James Davison, 59, of Port Orange, Fla., died unexpected Wednesday at
Halifax Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Born in Butler on May 8, 1942, he was the son of Ellsworth and Irene
He moved to Port Orange from Orlando, Fla., in 1999.
He was a self-employed kitchen designer.
Mr. Davison was an Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn “Timmie” Davison; two daughters,
Jody Kostek and Julie Chawalik, both of Pennsylvania; a stepdaughter, Lee
Burke of Winter Springs, Fla.; a stepson, Chris McCullough of Apopka, Fla.;
and four grandchildren.
Also surviving are a brother, Ellsworth “Shorty” Davison of Pennsylvania;
and three sisters, Helen Dunbar and Shirley Abt, both of Butler, and May
Steinke of St. Cloud, Fla.
DAVISON — Friends of James Davison, who died Wednesday, May 16, 2001,
will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel at BAGGETT &
SUMMERS FUNERAL HOME, 736 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. A memorial service
will follow at 2 p.m. with a family friend officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart
Association, 555 W. Granada Blvd., A-2, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.
Charles Henry Bareis
Charles Henry Bareis, 84, of Ellwood City died Tuesday at Ellwood City
Born Aug. 18. 1916, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Charles W. and
Marie T. Ginghambacher Bareis.
He retired in 1978 as a millwright at J&L Steel after 20 years.
Mr. Bareis was a former member of the Zelienople Odd Fellows.
He is survived by his wife, Twila M. Houk Bareis, whom he married June
3, 1940; three daughters, Myma Best of Portersville, Audrey Rogan of Ellwood
City and Janet Zeigler of Evans City; two sons, Dennis Bareis of South
Carolina and Nelson Bareis of Virginia; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
A brother preceded him in death.
BAREIS — Friends of Charles Henry Bareis, 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 1
p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Bruce Seivers and the Rev. Michael
Charles will officiate. Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery,
Middle Lancaster, Lancaster Township.
Memorial donations may be made to Portersville Bible Church, 111 E.
Portersville Road, Portersville, PA 16051.
Dorothy E. Rock
Dorothy E. Rock, 80, of Butler died at 11:55 p.m. Thursday at the Sunnyview
Born April 1, 1921, in Coaltown, Cherry Township, she was a daughter
of Xavier Hugh and Bertha M. Stevenson Gardner.
Mrs. Rock was a retired nurse’s aide. She had worked at the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center on New Castle Road.
She is survived by four sons, John Rock Jr. of Pittsburgh, Steve Rock
of Orlando, Fla., Robert Rock of Butler, and Douglas Rock of Kansas City,
Mo.; two sisters, Emma Goas of West Sunbury and Mrs. Lawrence (Wilhelmina)
Miller of Cherry Township; two brothers, William X. Gardner of Butler and
Clair W. Gardner of Slippery Rock; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant sister and a brother.
ROCK — Friends of Dorothy E. Rock, who died Thursday, May 17, 2001,
will be received from 12 to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the YOUNG FUNERAL
HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St., Butler. Funeral services will be held at 11
a.m. at the funeral home, the Rev. David L. Fisher of Homeacre Chapel officiating.
Burial will be in the West Sunbury Union Cemetery.
Dominick ‘Buddy’ Nastasi
Dominick M. “Buddy” Nastasi, 64, of 225 Alameda Road died at 11:07 a.m.
Thursday at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born in Butler, March 3, 1937, he was the son of James L. Sr. and Julia
He and his brother owned and operated the Manhattan Restaurant on West
Mr. Nastasi was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic
Church, Center Avenue.
He was a veteran of the Marine Corps.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia A. Suchy Nastasi, to whom he was married
for 42 years; three sons, James M. Nastasi of Tallahassee, Fla., Gregory
P. Nastasi of Philadelphia and Philip F. Nastasi of Butler; two daughters,
Mrs. Vincent (Dominique M.) Haibach of Erie and Juliann Nastasi of Butler;
and a granddaughter.
He also is survived by his parents of Butler; a brother, James “Buster”
Nastasi Jr. of Butler; and a sister, Mrs. Frank (Judy) Wojcik of Fort Lauderdale
NASTASI — There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian burial for
Dominick M. “Buddy” Nastasi, who died Thursday, May 17, 2001, will be celebrated
at noon Saturday at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. James Dolan,
church pastor, will officiate. Private burial will be at St. Michael Cemetery,
Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Arrangements are by MARTIN FUNERAL HOME.
Rose M. Garbish
Rose M. Garbish, 86, of Steelton, Dauphin County, formerly of Hickory
Street, died Thursday evening at the Middletown Home, Dauphin County.
Born in Patton, Cambria County, Aug. 31, 1914, she was the daughter
of Santo and Anna Pizzutti Rogers.
She formerly worked at Spaide Shirt Factory and also had been a senior
aide at Sunnyview Nursing Home.
Mrs. Garbish was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic
Church of Butler and Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church of Steelton.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Marlene) Moyer of Steelton;
a sister, Mrs. Pauline Kenyon of Butler; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Andrew Garbish, died in 1953. A son, eight brothers and
five sisters also preceded her in death.
GARBISH — Friends of Rose M. Garbish, who died Thursday, May 17, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME,
429 Center Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Monday at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. James Dolan, church
pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at St. Michael Cemetery, Summit
The Bereavement Group of St. Michael Parish will hold a scriptural wake
service at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Paul J. ‘Baldy’ Clawson
Paul J. “Baldy” Clawson, 75, of West Freedom, Clarion County, died at
4 p.m. Thursday at his home after a brief illness.
Born in Clarion County, Oct. 30, 1925, he was the son of Lewis and Inez
He attended the West Freedom United Methodist Church and was a social
member of the Clarion VFW post.
Mr. Clawson had owned and operated Clawson Trucking in West Freedom
for years. He also had been employed by Westrac Inc. in Mercer.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also initiated and coached Little
League baseball in West Freedom for years.
Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Wilson of Parker; a son, Jim Clawson
of West Freedom; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Also
surviving are three sisters, Mrs. James (Minnie) Callender of West Freedom,
Janet Wike of Clarview Rest and Rehabilitation Center, Sligo, and Mrs.
Don (Betty) Young of Cortland, Ohio; and a number of nieces and nephews.
His wife, Jennie Hofler Clawson, whom he married Dec. 24, 1944, died
Nov. 12, 1995. A grandson, four brothers, and three sisters preceded him
CLAWSON — Friends of Paul J. “Buddy” Clawson, who died Thursday, May
17, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to
9 p.m. Sunday at H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL HOME, Wayne Street, Parker. Visitation
also will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at West Freedom United Methodist
Church, where services will follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. Barry Wyent, church
pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Freedom Cemetery.
Woodrow P. McCandless
Woodrow “Woody” P. McCandless, 82, of William Flynn Highway, Slippery
Rock, died Saturday at 4:10 a.m. at his residence after an extended illness.
Born June 20, 1918, in Branchton, Slippery Rock Township, he was the
son of Thomas G. and Clara M. Hockenberry McCandless.
During World War II, Mr. McCandless was employed at Cooper Bessemer
in Grove City. He was then employed at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing
in Butler as a foreman.
Mr. McCandless was a member of No. 603 Free and Accepted Masons of Grove
City and of the Grove City AARP.
He had attended the First Church of God in Grove City.
Mr. McCandless is survived by his wife, Miona Bachman McCandless, whom
he married Oct. 17, 1947; a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Dianna) Kelly of Grove
City; four sisters, Mrs. Clyde (June) Coulter of Grove City, Mrs. Donald
(Esther) Eller of Erie, Mrs. Howard (Kathryn) Hockenberry of Clintonville
and Mrs. Chester (Clara) Coulter of Grove City; and two brothers, Cecil
McCandless of Slippery Rock and Kenneth McCandless of Grove City. Also
surviving is a grandson.
He was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.
McCANDLESS — Friends of Woodrow “Woody” P. McCandless, who died Saturday,
May 19, 2001, will be received from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at SMITH FUNERAL
HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. Services will be at 8:30 p.m.
Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Barrett, pastor of the First
Church of God in Grove City, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County
Memorial Cemetery, Butler.
C. Edward Maphis
C. Edward Maphis, 92, of 111 South Cliff St., died at 1:46 p.m. Thursday
at his residence.
Born May 17, 1909, in Girard, Ohio, he was the son of Charles Edward
and Blanche Smith Maphis.
A 1927 graduate of Girard High School, Mr. Maphis was an inspector for
the Navy at Dravosburg during World War II.
Mr. Maphis was employed as a welder at Butler Armco, now AK Steel, until
his retirement on May 31, 1974.
He was a member of the Victory Lodge F & AM, No. 694 for more than
50 years. He also was a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
Valley of New Castle and of the Syria Temple of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Maphis was a member of Summit United Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by two sons, John E. Maphis of Brook Park, Ohio, and
Charles Edward Maphis, Jr. of Painesville, Ohio. Also surviving are seven
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
His wife, Esther Lucille Huppe Maphis, who died July 4, 1996, preceded
Mr. Maphis in death.
MAPHIS — Friends of C. Edward Maphis, who died Thursday, May 17, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St., Butler. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday
at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul E. Roberts of Summit United Presbyterian
Church officiating. Burial will be at Summit United Presbyterian Church
The officers and members of Victory Lodge F & AM No. 694 will conduct
memorial services at the funeral home at 6:45 p.m. Sunday.
David R. White
David R. White, 81, of Oakland Township died at 1:50 a.m. today at the
Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Born May 15, 1920, in Knox, he was the son of Basil and Pearl Lapsley
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II.
He was retired from the former Pullman-Standard Co.
He is survived by a daughter, Patricia White of Butler; two sons, David
White and Howard White, both of Butler; two sisters, Pearl Best and Sheba
McCall, both of Knox; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Hottel White, who died Oct.
5, 1994. Also preceding him in death were two brothers.
WHITE — Friends of David R. White, who died Monday, May 21, 2001, will
be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME,
127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the
funeral home, with the Rev. Henry Hall, Butler V.A. Medical Center chaplain,
officiating. Burial will be in West Sunbury Union Cemetery.
Rev. Howard Weyand
The Rev. Howard Weyand, 77, of 409 S. Main St., Harrisville, died at
3:50 p.m. Sunday at his home following a lengthy illness.
Born March 22, 1924, in Jersey City, N.J., he was a son of George and
Margaret Vandermark Weyand.
Rev. Weyand was a missionary with the Evangelical Baptist Missions,
where he worked with his wife, Betty, for 39 years in Martinique, West
Indies. They also did missionary work in France.
He started his missionary work with the American Mission for Opening
and Closing of Churches in Folsomdale, N.Y., for three years, starting
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grove City.
He was a graduate of Valley Central High School in Utica, N.Y., the
Utica School of Commerce, and Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.
He is survived by his wife, whom he married Aug. 30, 1946.
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Timothy (Holly) Sutton of Middleburg,
N.Y., and Heather Harper of Pensacola, Fla.; a son, Bradley Weyand of Newman,
Ga.; three sisters: Katherine Treible of Greencastle, Ind.; Barbara Kucza
of Danbury, Conn.; and Joan Bush of Matamoras, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
WEYAND — Friends of the Rev. Howard Weyand, who died Sunday, May 20,
2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at CUNNINGHAM
FUNERAL HOME, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City. Services will be held at 1:30
p.m. Wednesday, with David Johnson, pastor of the First Baptist Church,
Grove City, officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Harrisville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church building
fund, 103 Cranberry Road, Grove City, Pa., 16127, or Hospice Services,
Inc., Visiting Nurses Association, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, Pa. 16001.
Florence L. Weber
Florence L. Weber, 85, of Cranberry Township, formerly of Baden, died
Sunday at St. Francis Nursing Center North, Cranberry Township.
Born Aug, 1, 1915, in Sewickley, she was the daughter of Harry and Helen
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Baden.
Surviving are five sons, Dale Weber of Sewickley, Dave Weber of Houston,
Texas, Jack Weber of Zelienople and W. Arthur and Jamie Weber, both of
Cranberry Township; and a daughter, Nancy Louise Kumpf of Sewickley. Also
surviving are a sister, Betty Ankowski of Harmony Township, Beaver County;
16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo D. Weber, who died in
1964; a brother; and a sister.
WEBER — Friends of Florence L. Weber, who died Sunday, May 20, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at JOHN SYKA FUNERAL
HOME, 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge. A service will be held at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at
10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Catholic Church, Baden. The Rev. Mauro Camels,
pastor of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church of Ellwood City, and the Rev. Joseph
Dascenzo, church pastor, officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery,
Freedom, Beaver County.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Nursing Center North Activity’s
Fund, 5 St. Francis Way, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.
Mary L. Snyder
Mary L. Snyder, 88, of Glenford Drive, Chicora, and formerly of Petrolia,
died at 1:15 a.m. Sunday at the Chicora Medical Center following a lingering
Born Aug. 13, 1912, in Bradys Bend Township, Armstrong County, she was
the daughter of Michel and Mary Bernard Zeitler.
She was a member of the Karns City United Methodist Church and a graduate
of Midland High School.
She had worked as a waitress at the Narrows Restaurant near East Brady,
and at the East Brady Woolen Hill.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Mary Kathryn) Shakley
of Chicora and Mrs. Charles (JoAnn Louise) Wigton Jr. of Florissant, Mo.;
12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Snyder, who died Sept.
25, 1979, and whom she married Oct. 12, 1935.
Two daughters, two brothers and six sisters also preceded her in death.
SNYDER — Friends of Mary L. Snyder, who died Sunday, May 20, 2001 will
be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL
HOME, Petrolia. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral
home, with the Rev. John Emigh, pastor of the Karns City United Methodist
Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Chicora.
Joseph Robert Scott Jr.
Joseph Robert Scott Jr., 47, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Zelienople,
died Thursday at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas.
He was born June 4, 1953.
Mr. Scott was a broker/salesman/property manager for Century 21 Advantage
Gold in Las Vegas.
He is survived by a son, Nathan Scott of Las Vegas; his mother, Lillian
E. Rainy Scott of Mars; a sister, Mrs. Bruce (Linda) Beckey of Zelienople;
and two nieces.
His father, Joseph R. Scott Sr., preceded him in death.
SCOTT — Friends of Joseph Robert Scott Jr., who died Thursday, May 17,
2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at BOYLAN FUNERAL
HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be at 2
p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. David Littke, pastor of Christ
Lutheran Church in West View, will officiate. Burial will be in the Pinewood
Memorial Park, Cranberry Township.
Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, Northwest
Pennsylvania Chapter, 10 Duff Road, Suite 304, Pittsburgh, PA 15235-3207.
Robert J. Sauers
Robert J. Sauers, 79, of Mars died Sunday at Allegheny General Hospital
Born Feb. 8, 1922, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of George and Theresa
He was a retired chemical worker for Mine Safety and Appliance Co. in
Callery. He also was a freelance photographer.
He was a member and Eucharistic Minister at St. Kilian Roman Catholic
Church in Mars.
He is survived by his wife, June Gensimore Sauers, whom he married May
30, 1944; a daughter, Patricia Sauers of Pittsburgh; three sons: Robert
Sauers Jr. of Gibsonia, and Joseph and William Sauers, both of Cranberry
Township; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son and three brothers.
SAUERS — Friends of Robert J. Sauers, who died Sunday, May 20, 2001,
will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday
at MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. A Mass of Christian
burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church
with the Rev. John Rebel, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be in
St. Gregory’s Cemetery, Zelienople.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church.
Paul Payung, landscape service owner
Paul Payung, 95, of Meridian died Sunday at his home after an illness.
Born Dec. 6, 1905, in Breslau, Germany, he was the son of Friedrich
and Ida Kuemmel Pajung.
He owned and operated Payung’s Landscape Service and Nursery in Meridian
from 1943 until his death and specialized in landscape design, rock gardens
and bonsai trees.
While in Germany, his neighbor and best friend was Baron von Richthofen,
better known as the Red Baron, the World War I flying ace.
He helped his parents on their horse farm, where they raised horses
for Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. When Czar Nicholas Romanov visited Breslau,
Czarina Alexandra visited the farm, and Payung spent the day visiting with
the czarina and playing with her children.
He attended two years of the Lutheran seminary while in Germany.
At 21, he emigrated to the United States. He lived with his aunt and
uncle in New Jersey and worked for the Campbell Soup Co.
He attended the Wanamaker Institute for English and then attended Drexel
Institute in Philadelphia, where he earned a degree in landscape architecture
In 1928, he earned his wings and received his pilot license from the
American School of Aviation in Chicago and built his own airplane.
He also had the honor of standing next to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt
at the christening of the USS Saratoga; and while living in Philadelphia,
he was the head landscaper for the Strauss family estate.
Mr. Payung moved to Western Pennsylvania in 1935, and was the general
manager at Freelands Nursery in Bakerstown and assisted in the design of
Point State Park and its fountain in Pittsburgh.
He was active in the Boy Scouts and was leader of Pack 19, Troop 19
and Explorer Post 19 in Meridian. He received the Boy Scout Distinguished
Service Award and was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He
also was a registered member of the Girl Scouts and assisted his wife with
Girl Scout activities.
He was a life member of the Meridian Volunteer Fire Company.
He was a member of St. Fidelis Catholic Church of Meridian, formerly
St. Conrad Church, where he served on the church council. He also was a
member of the St. Conrad Holy Name Society, a longtime member of St. Conrad
Church Choir and had taught First Communion for years. He also decorated
the church’s altar for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
He was a former member of the Butler High Band Parents and a member
of the Western Pennsylvania Rock Garden Society.
Surviving are a son, Gordon L. Payung of Meridian; a daughter, Mrs.
Norman (Trena Ann) Henthorn of Connoquenessing; eight grandchildren; 13
great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Also surviving
are cousins, nephews and grandnephews in Germany.
His wife, Helen Schnur Payung, a native of Herman, whom he married June
23, 1934, at St. Mary Church in Herman, died March 25,1991. He also was
preceded in death by two brothers, a sister, and a great-grandson.
PAYUNG — Friends of Paul Payung, who died Sunday, May 20, 2001, will
be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday
at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Fidelis Roman Catholic
Church, Meridian. Entombment will be at Calvary Mausoleum.
Memorial donations may be made to Butler Catholic School or Meridian
Volunteer Fire Company.