|Nicholas R. Whoolery Sr.
Nicholas R. Whoolery Sr., 77, of Pinellas Park, Fla., died Friday, May
11, 2001, at his son’s home in Azle, Texas, after a long illness.
He was born in Allenport, Washington County.
Mr. Whoolery moved to Pinellas Park from Dublin, Ga., in 1966 and retired
as an administrative assistant at the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Medical
Center in Florida. Following his retirement, he was a night auditor for
LaQuinta Inns in St. Petersburg. Fla.
He was a member of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Gulfport,
He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War and was
a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Whoolery; four sons, Nicholas
R. Whoolery Jr. of Cave Junction, Ore., Ronald L, Whoolery of Catawba,
S.C., Wendel J. Whoolery of Pinellas Park, Fla., and William J. Whoolery
of Azle; and two daughters, Colleen F. Halderman of Henderson, N.C., and
Jean M. Marshall of Homestead, Fla. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren
and a great-grandchild.
ANDERSON-McQUEEN FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION TRIBUTE CENTER, St. Petersburg,
Jean L. Sloan
Jean L. Sloan, 82, of Clearwater, Fla., died Sunday May 6, 2001, at
Integrated Health Services in Clearwater.
She was the daughter of Emmett and Grace Kennedy, and had lived in Zelienople
She is survived by her husband, Merle E. Sloan; and a daughter and son,
Cheryll Wells and Edward Sloan, all of Clearwater. Also surviving are a
sister, Marella “Detta” Senn of Zelienople; four grandchildren; and two
Margaret E. Maze
Margaret E. Schrecengost Maze, 76, of 238 Constitution Ave., Connoquenessing,
died Monday afternoon at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born June 22, 1924, in Mayport, Clarion County, she was the daughter
of Lemuel E. and Nannie C. Lucas Schrecengost.
She was a Protestant.
Surviving are two daughters, Candy C. Maze who made her home with her
mother, and Ms. J. Marie Rettig of Slippery Rock; a sister, Mrs. Joyce
Kohler of Butler; a half-sister, Ms. Louise Troup of Fairmont City, Clarion
County; two brothers, Clifford Schrecengost of Renfrew and Lemuel Schrecengost,
of Seminole, Armstrong County; and four half-brothers Richard Dinger of
Altoona, Gary Dinger of Fairmont City, Clarion County, Roger Dinger of
Rochester Mills, Indiana County, and Fred Dinger of Summerville, Jefferson
County. Three grandchildren, including Mindy Jo Maze, who made her home
with her grandmother, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
Her husband, Chester H. Maze, died Nov. 3, 1994. Four sisters and four
brothers also preceded her in death.
MAZE — Friends of Margaret E. Schrecengost, who died Monday, May 14,
2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at KINSEY-VOIZ
FUNERAL HOME, Evans City. Funeral services will follow at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday
at the funeral home. The Rev. John Park, pastor of Westminster United Presbyterian
Church of Evans City, will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial
Estates, Mount Chestnut.
Betty J. Lannen
Betty J. Lannen, 83, of State College, formerly of Philipsburg in Centre
County, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Centre Community Hospital.
Born Oct. 5, 1917, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of Wesley and Blanche
She was a graduate of Philipsburg High School and had been a sales clerk
at various Philipsburg businesses.
Mrs. Lannen was a member of First Church of Christ in Philipsburg.
She enjoyed her miniature Yorkshire terriers.
She is survived by two sons, Richard Lannen of Butler and Thomas C.
Lannen of Tyrone; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Thomas A. Lannen, whom she married in 1938, died in 1980.
She also was preceded in death by a grandson.
There will be no public visitation, funeral or burial.
Arrangements are under the direction of MARK D. HEINTZELMAN FUNERAL
SERVICE, Centre Hall, Pa.
Mildred Esther Jordan
Mildred Esther Jordan, 84, of Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot,
formerly of Perry Township, Clarion County, died of natural causes Monday
morning at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born Aug. 27, 1916, in Perry Township, she was the daughter of Israel
Clyde and Catherine Barger Jordan.
She was a Lutheran.
Miss Jordan and her brothers and sisters owned and operated the Jordan
farm near Dutch Hill in Clarion County all their adult lives until they
She is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Mae Kriebel of Butler and Margaret
Ruth Jordan of Concordia Lutheran Ministries and a number of nieces and
Two brothers, a sister and an infant sister preceded her in death.
JORDAN — Friends of Mildred Esther Jordan, who died Monday, May 14,
2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at H. JACK
BUZARD FUNERAL HOME, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services will be at
11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in at Mount Calvary
Cemetery, Dutch Hill.
Raymond S. Carver
Raymond S. Carver, 81, of Butler died at 9:10 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2001,
at Sunnyview Home.
Born Nov. 12, 1919, in Butler, he was a son of Sherman Monroe and Laura
Mae Snow Carver.
Mr. Carver was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and had served
in World War II.
He was a retired steelworker and was a former member of St. Paul’s Catholic
Mr. Carver is survived by a stepdaughter, Elsie Malone of Las Vegas;
a stepson, Ronald Reynolds of Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Clarence
(Frances) Rumbaugh of Las Vegas; a grandson, whom he raised, Charles Kolich
of Baton Rouge, La.; and his caregiver, Betty Rieger of Butler.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorotha Iona Hepler Carver, whom
he married June 21, 1950, and who died March 10, 1999; and two brothers.
Services will be private, as will be the burial in the West Sunbury
Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being
made by the YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, Butler.
Clara Ruth Tinker
Clara Ruth Tinker, 92, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Butler and
West Sunbury, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Mercy Medical
Center, Cedar Rapids.
Born April 13, 1909, in Butler County, she was the daughter of James
T. and Lida Jane Albert McCandless.
She was a member of First English Lutheran Church of Butler and Glenwood
Methodist Church of Wyandotte, Mich.
She was a 1927 graduate of Slippery Rock Normal School, now Slippery
Rock University, and received her master’s degree in education from Wayne
Mrs. Tinker had been a teacher for 44 years and had taught in the Butler
area and in Wyandotte.
She is survived by son, A. James Tinker of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Dorothy Henderson of Grove City
and Lucille Naugle of New Castle, also survive.
Her husband, Wilkins Z. Tinker, died Oct. 7, 1945. Two brothers and
three sisters also preceded her in death.
TINKER — Friends of Clara Ruth Tinker, who died Wednesday, May 9, 2001,
will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME 127
W. Jefferson St. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral
home with the Rev. James Dollhopf, pastor of First English Lutheran Church,
officiating. Private burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, West Sunbury.
Bruce ‘Murf’ Stark
Bruce “Murf” Stark, 48, of Clinton Township died at 4:17 a.m. Tuesday
at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.
Born in Natrona Heights, April 4, 1953, he was the son of James W. and
Nettie Miller Stark.
A graduate of Knoch High School, he worked as a truck driver for McClymonds
Supply and Transit of Portersville and John W. Thrower of Saxonburg.
Mr. Stark was a member of the Saxonburg Memorial Presbyterian Church
and the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Department.
He enjoyed fishing and singing.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Davis Stark, whom he married Dec.
21, 1984; two daughters, Shelley Stark of West Sunbury and Crystal Stark
of Petrolia; two stepdaughters, Evonne Carnahan of Sewickley and Teree
Gail Matthews of Kittanning; and three grandchildren. Also surviving are
his parents of Sarver; and two sisters, Mrs. Alan (Janet) Bochek of Cheswick
and Mrs. Joseph (Cheryl) Criswell of Sarver.
STARK — Friends of Bruce William Stark, who died Tuesday, May 15, 2001,
will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday
at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Saxonburg
Memorial Presbyterian Church. The Rev. James Boos, church pastor, and the
Rev. David West, pastor of North Main Street Church of God, will officiate.
Burial will be at Clinton United Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Clinton
Memorial donations may be made to Saxonburg Memorial Presbyterian Church,
P.O. Box 466, Saxonburg, PA 16056.
Edna P. Gelsdorf Piper
Edna P. Gelsdorf Piper, 87, of Zelienople, formerly of Latrobe, died
Born June 11, 1913, in Derry, Westmoreland County, she was the daughter
of Edward Sr. and Sara Dora Mann Gelsdorf.
She is survived by two sons, Timothy Piper of Santa Rosa, Calif., and
William Piper of Uniontown; a sister, Mary Alice Piper; a brother, Donald
Gelsdorf; and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl R. “Bill” Piper Sr.,
a son, a sister, a brother and a great-grandson.
PIPER — Friends of Edna P. Gelsdorf Piper, who died Tuesday, May 15,
2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at BOYLAN FUNERAL
HOME, 234 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday
at the funeral home.
Dennis F. Piper
Dennis F. Piper, 41, of Zelienople died Tuesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born March 29, 1960, in Butler, he was the son of Delores Buffington
Piper LaSota and the late Frank Piper.
He was a maintenance man and an occasional disc jockey.
Mr. Piper was a member of Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed playing pool.
He is survived by two sons, Jacob S. and Drew Piper, both of Portersville;
and a daughter, Mandy L. Piper of Ellwood City. Also surviving are his
mother of Cranberry Township; two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Debbie) McCorkle
of Knox and Mrs. Randall (Diane) Marburger of Duncansville, Blair County;
and a half sister, Mrs. Terry (Mary) Derrick of Pittsburgh.
He was preceded in death by a brother.
PIPER — Friends of Dennis F. Piper, who died Tuesday, May 15, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME,
324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be at noon on
Thursday at Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church. The Rev John Seth,
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association,
300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235; or to Harmony-Zelienople
United Methodist Church, 123 N. Pittsburgh St., Zelienople, PA 16063.
Nancy E. McKain
Nancy E. McKain, 62, of 402 Piper Lane died at 2:20 p.m. Monday at Butler
Born in Butler, Nov. 12, 1938, she was the daughter of Eugene and Mary
She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1959 and retired
in 1998 as a registered nurse at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. McKain was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church. She also
belonged to the YMCA.
An active volunteer, she taught the wellness program at Slippery Rock
University and computer classes to elderly residents of Concordia Lutheran
Ministries. She also volunteered at the Butler Public Library.
She is survived by a son, Rick McKain of Butler; a daughter, Mrs. Denis
(Tammy) Wilson of Trinity, Fla., her twin brother, the Rev. Dismas Young,
O.F.M., Cap., of Export; and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Richard E. McKain, died Dec. 27, 1997. A brother also preceded
her in death.
McKAIN — Friends of Nancy E. McKain, who died Monday, May 14, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL
HOME, 124 E. North St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at
10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St. Her
twin brother, the Rev. Dismas Young, O.F.M., Cap., of St. Mary Catholic
Church of Export, will officiate. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial
Park, Butler Township.
Members of the St. Paul Guild and Christian Mothers will meet at 9:35
a.m. Thursday at the church to recite the rosary.
Memorial donations may be made to Butler Area Public Library, 218 N.
McKean St., Butler, PA 16001.
Samuel J. Vignone
Samuel J. Vignone, 88, formerly of Butler and a longtime resident of
Beaver Falls, died Monday in Columbus, Ohio, at the home of his stepdaughter,
Born March 23, 1913, in Vandergrift, Westmoreland County, he was the
son of January and Theresa Pugliese Retacco.
He had done carpentry work for the Association for the Blind.
Mr. Vignone was a member of St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church, Beaver
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Ann Horstman Vignone.
Surviving are a stepson, Kevin J. Raisley of Columbus; three stepdaughters,
Mrs. Richard (Deborah Lynn) Maynard and Mrs. Joseph (Marie Ann) Choate,
both of Columbus, and Mrs. George (Tammie Sue) Maubach of Alexandria, Ohio,
five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
He also is survived by three brothers, Ralph F. Vignone of Butler County,
Andrew Vignone of Carthage, N.Y., and John Vignone of Butler; and a sister,
Mrs. Louise Jeffrey of Dorseyville.
VIGNONE — Friends of Samuel J. Vignone, who died Monday, May 14, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at LUTTON FUNERAL HOME,
1117 Fifth Ave., Beaver Falls. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m.
Friday at the funeral home. A Mass or Christian burial will follow at 10
a.m. Friday St. Philomena Catholic Church, Beaver Falls. The Rev. David
Scharf will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Chippewa
Township, Beaver County.
The rosary will be recited at 3:30 today at the funeral home.
A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Gladys Lenora Schlagel
Gladys Lenora Schlagel, 69, of Butler died at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, May
15, 2001, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after an illness.
Born Oct. 19, 1931, in Claytonia, Clay Township, she was the daughter
of Wilbur Curtis and Lillian Jane Bell Stevenson.
She had been a dishwasher and cook at Bonetti Nursing Home, now Autumn
Grove, in Harrisville.
She was a member of the Butler Church of God.
Surviving are two sons, Bruce Schlagel of Prospect and Larry Schlagel
of West Sunbury; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Also
surviving are her mother, of Harrisville, and a brother, Wilbur Stevenson
Three brothers preceded her in death.
There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held at West
Sunbury Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, Butler.
Charles R. Myers
Charles R. Myers, 77, of Winfield Township died Wednesday at his home.
Born in Freeport, May 29, 1923, he was the son of Boyd and Carrie Baker
He retired as a leveler operator at Allegheny Ludlum in Brackenridge
after 41 years.
Mr. Myers was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Natrona
Heights VFW Post 894.
He enjoyed gardening, traveling and camping.
Surviving are his wife, Bernice Reinhold Myers, whom he married July
15, 1950; four sons, Charles E. Myers of Sarver, Dennis L. and Ronald D.
Myers, both of Lower Burrell, and Ray A Myers of Butler; and a granddaughter.
He also is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Burchill of Cochranton
and Mrs. Goldie Myers of Natrona Heights; and several nieces and nephews,
including Mrs. Don (Karen) Zakrewski of Natrona Heights.
He was preceded in death by a sister.
MYERS — Friends of Charles R. Myers, who died Wednesday, May 16, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at FOX FUNERAL HOME,
Saxonburg. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The
Rev. Dennis Swineford, pastor of Cabot United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Burial will be at Saxonburg Memorial Church Cemetery.
Full graveside military honors will be accorded by VFW Post 894.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O.
Box 3014, Butler, PA 16003; or to Three Rivers Hospice, 3029 Jack’s Run
Road, White Oak, PA 15131.
Ada Jean Mackin Gage
Ada Jean Mackin Gage, 69, of El Macero, Calif., died April 12, 2001.
Born Nov. 24, 1931, in Butler, she was the daughter of James and Fiordinda
She was raised in Butler and lived in Raleigh, N.C., before she moved
to El Macero in 1966.
Mrs. Gage was a member of the El Macero Country Club, Novel Reader Book
Club, El Macero Republican Women, Friends of the University of California-Davis
Presents, Davis Flower Arrangers and St. James Catholic Church.
She enjoyed golf, bridge and tennis and was an avid world traveler.
Her husband, John Gordon Gage Sr., died Dec. 6, 1987.
She is survived by two sons, John Gordon Gage III and James Gregory
Gage, both of Sacramento; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and her
companion, Dan Louis of Sacramento and Davis. Also surviving are two brothers,
Elmer and Alvin Mackin, both of Butler.
A memorial Mass was at St. James Catholic Church, El Macero. Private
burial will be at North Side Cemetery, Butler.
Memorial donations may be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis,
CA 95617. Arrangements were handled by DAVIS FUNERAL CHAPEL.
John A. Fleishner
John A Fleishner, 85, of Evans City died Tuesday at the Butler Veterans
Affairs Medical Center after a brief illness.
Born June 27, 1915, in Etna, Allegheny County, he was the son of John
and Mary Selinski Fleishner.
He had retired as steel truck driver.
Mr. Fleishner served in the Navy during World War II.
His son, John L. Fleishner, of Saxonburg; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
and a great-great-grandchild survive.
He was preceded in death by a sister.
FLEISHNER — Friends of John A. Fleishner, who died Tuesday, May 15,
2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at HERBERT R. KING JR. FUNERAL
HOME, Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle, Hampton Township. A prayer service
will follow at 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Private burial will be at Mount Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw.