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James Davison

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 Clager Davison.

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 Hospital.

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 Home.

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 Kolch Nastasi.

He and his brother owned and operated the Manhattan Restaurant on West Cunningham Street.

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 Fla.

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, Summit Township. 

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 Township. 

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 Boyd Clawson.

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 in death.

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 Cemetery. 

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 White.

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 in 1950.

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 Lulkovitz Shivley.

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 illness.

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 in Pittsburgh.

Born Feb. 8, 1922, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of George and Theresa Betzold Sauers.

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 and design. 

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.


 

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