|Donald R. ‘Sam’ Greggs
Donald R. “Sam” Greggs, 87, formerly of Erie, died Sunday evening at
the Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Grove City after an extended illness.
He was born in Franklin, April 4, 1914, a son of Carl and Gertrude Mushrush
Mr. Greggs worked as a welder and fabricator for A.O. Smith Co. in Erie,
the former Erie Meter System, for 36 years until retiring in 1976. He also
did plant maintenance while working there.
He was a square dancer and belonged to the Squaws ’n Paws Square Dancing
Club in Erie.
Mr. Greggs also was a member of the Club 14 of Gusty’s Hall, the A.O.
Smith Retirees Association and the Perry Keystone Lodge 392 F. A.&M.
He also bowled, enjoyed dogs, reading and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Grace B. Shafer Greggs of Boyers, whom he
married in Ripley, N.Y., on Dec. 9, 1933; a daughter, Nancy Ferrere of
Boyers; three sons, Donald L. Greggs of Clarence, N.Y., Richard C. Greggs
of Dothan, Ala., and Gerald B. Greggs of Geneva, Ohio; several nieces and
nephews, including Ruthie Bertelsen of Erie, whom he raised; eight grandchildren;
and several great-grandchildren.
Mr. Greggs was preceded in death by a son, a grandson, three brothers
and an infant sister.
GREGGS — Friends of Donald R. “Sam” Greggs, who died Sunday, Dec. 30,
2001, will be received from 10 a.m. Wednesday at the RUSSELL C. SCHMIDT
& SON FUNERAL HOME, 2926 Pine Ave., Erie, until noon when services
begin. Services will be at the funeral home. The Perry Keystone Lodge 392
F. & A.M. will hold Masonic services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the
funeral home. Burial will be in the Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orchard Manor Nursing Home,
20 Orchard Drive, Grove City, 16127.
Marion S. Sargent
Marion S. Sargent, 84, formerly of Aliquippa, died Tuesday at Valencia
Woods Nursing Center.
Born July 31, 1918, in Aliquippa, she was the daughter of John Budd
and Mary Elizabeth Galbreath Scott.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John K. Sargent, who died
on June 11, 2001.
She is survived by her son, Kent Sargent of New York City, and a daughter,
Melinda Sargent of Alma, Mich.
SARGENT — Friends of Marion S. Sargent, who died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the HUNTSMAN ALIQUIPPA
FUNERAL HOME, 2345 Mill St. Funeral services will be at the funeral home
at 11 a.m. Friday. A private burial will be at Allegheny County Memorial
Verna A. Shanor
Verna A. Shanor, 85, of Butler died at 1:25 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2001,
at the Sunnyview Nursing Home after an illness.
Born March 4, 1916, in Butler, she was the daughter of Otto and Louisa
Mrs. Shanor was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church.
She is survived by a cousin, Nancy Campbell, with whom she made her
home for 21 years; and a brother, John Fleske of Butler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Richard Shanor, who
died Aug. 29, 1965; a sister; and three brothers.
There was no visitation and services were private. Arrangements were
by Young Funeral Home in Butler.
Ambrose C. Elliott
Ambrose C. Elliott, 90, of 178 Bell Road, Wolf Creek Township, Mercer
County, died at 9 a.m. Tuesday at his home after a brief illness.
Born in Slippery Rock Township, March 24, 1911, he was the son of Brose
C. and Lottie Louise Hockenberry Elliott and the stepson of Boyd Wilson.
He retired after more than 62 years as a self-employed farmer. He also
had been a Wolf Creek Township supervisor.
Mr. Elliott was a member of the Wayside Community Church of Findley
Township, Mercer County.
He is survived by four children, Evelyn G. Blom, Mrs. Richard C. (Patricia
A.) Bicehouse and Donald E. Elliott, all of Grove City, and Mrs. William
(Shirley L.) Jenkins of Sandy Lake; four stepchildren, Mrs. William (Evelyn)
Habel and Mrs. Edward (Jennifer “Jenny”) Klink, both of Fort Walton Beach,
Fla., Rebecca “Becky” Horstman of Colorado and Leonard J. Martin of Cranberry
Township; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren
A half brother, John E. Wilson of Grove City and of Bradenton, Fla.,
His first wife, Grace Ellen Campbell Elliott, whom he married Dec. 25,
1933, died July 20,1982; and his second wife, Grace Houston Martin Elliott,
whom he married Feb. 10, 1985, died June 26, 1995. A grandson also preceded
him in death.
ELLIOTT — Friends of Ambrose C. Elliott, who died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL
HOME, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday
at Wayside Community Church, 1911 Grove City-Mercer Road, Mercer, with
the Rev. G. Kenton Shaw, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at
Union Home Cemetery, Wolf Creek Township, Mercer County.
Ila Irene Kennedy
Ila Irene Stuckie Beighey Kennedy, 86, formerly of Prospect, died early
Tuesday morning at LAS Passavant Retirement Community, Zelienople.
Born July 24, 1915, in Connoquenessing, she was the daughter of Annie
A graduate of Slippery Rock College, she taught for 38 years in many
one-room schools in what is now the Slippery Rock and Butler school districts.
She was a member of the Mount Nebo Presbyterian Church and the Willing
Workers Sunday School Class. She also belonged to the Senior Citizens of
Prospect and the Butler Teachers’ Association.
She is survived by a son, William Beighey of Butler; three daughters,
Mrs. David (Jean) Ziegler of Evans City, Mrs. Ronald (Judy) Hirtzy of Gibsonia
and Pamela Sue Kennedy of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; and five
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ray W. Beighey, who
died Dec. 25, 1947; and her second husband, Lloyd D. Kennedy, whom she
married Aug. 21, 1953, and who died Feb. 26, 1998.
KENNEDY — Friends of Ila Irene Stuckie Beighey Kennedy, who died Tuesday,
Jan. 1, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at
EDWARD L. RAISLEY FUNERAL HOME, 387 Main St., Prospect. The funeral service
will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Daniel Reuter will
officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.
Ryan James McCaffrey
Ryan James McCaffrey, 16, of Prospect died Tuesday from injuries in
a two-vehicle accident in Slippery Rock Township.
Born Dec. 27, 1985, in San Angelo, Texas, he was the son of Patrick
Joseph McCaffrey and Brenda Andrie Lentz.
He was a member of St. Christopher at the Lake Catholic Church in Prospect
and belonged to the Faith Fellowship Alliance Church Youth Group in Butler.
He was a sophomore at Slippery Rock High School and was a two-year letterman
in the marching band, where he was in the drum line. He was also in the
percussion section of the Concert Band and belonged to the Spanish Club,
the stage crew and enjoyed his ceramic classes. He was a former member
of the Slippery Rock Junior High football and track teams.
He was employed at the Clearview Mall Eat ‘N Park.
He also had been a member of the Prospect Boys and Girls Club, where
be had played football and baseball.
He enjoyed skate boarding, snow boarding and video games and was an
Oakland Raiders’ fan.
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Peter “Chief’ and Brenda Lentz,
with whom he made his home; his father and his father’s fiancée,
Patrick McCaffrey Sr. and Beverly Landis of Sarver; five brothers, Patrick
Jr. and Sean McCaffrey, both at home, Peter Lentz of Fort Bragg, N.C.,
Christopher Lentz of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Joseph Landis of Sarver;
and two sisters, April Lentz of Germany and Jennifer Landis of Sarver.
His maternal grandparents, Richard and Joyce Andrie of St. Cloud, Minn.;
his paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Philomena McCaffrey of Youngstown,
Ohio, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.
McCAFFREY — Friends of Ryan James McCaffrey, who died Tuesday, Jan.
1, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at EDWARD
L RAISLEY FUNERAL HOME, 387 Main St., Prospect. A funeral Mass will be
celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Christopher at the Lake Catholic Church,
Prospect, with the Rev. Matthew Tosello, church pastor, officiating. Burial
will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Prospect.
Adam J.P. Protzman
Adam J.P. Protzman, 16, of Franklin Township died at 12:28 p.m. Tuesday
from injuries in an automobile accident.
Born March 19, 1985, in Butler, he was the son of Gary Allen and Sue
Ann Bartley Protzman.
He was a sophomore at Slippery Rock High School, where he was active
in the Spanish Club and the Landscaping Club
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Garrah Lynn
Protzman at home; his grandparents, Stanley and Pauline Bartley of Butler;
and an uncle.
PROTZMAN — Friends of Adam J.P. Protzman, who died Tuesday, Jan. 1,
2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at YOUNG FUNERAL
HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral
home with Rev. Jeffrey Curtis, pastor of Mount Chestnut Presbyterian Church,
officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township.
Joseph R. Vedilago
Joseph R. Vedilago, 18, of Seldom Seen Lane, Slippery Rock, died at
12:28 p.m. Tuesday from injuries he suffered in a car accident.
Born July 2, 1983, in Queens Borough, New York, he was a son of John
Vedilago and JoAnn Johnson Ferguson.
He was a senior at Slippery Rock High School, where he belonged to the
marching band, drama club, soccer team and leadership council.
He was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Slippery Rock.
He is survived by his mother of Slippery Rock; his father of Gotenberg,
Sweden; a brother, John Vedilago of Slippery Rock; a sister, Sarah Ferguson
of Slippery Rock; and paternal grandparents, Bernard and Elizabeth Ferguson
of Westerly, R.I.
VEDILAGO — Friends of Joseph R. Vedilago, who died Tuesday, Jan. 1,
2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SMITH FUNERAL
HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. Services will be held at 10 a.m.
Saturday at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Slippery Rock. The Fr. James
Armstrong, pastor of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, will officiate. Burial
will be private.
Robert L. Young
Robert L. Young, 70, of Butler died at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Butler
Born Feb. 4, 1931, in Wilkinsburg, he was the son of Harry Lester and
Alma Hawbaker Young.
He was a member and elder of the Calvary Evangelical Presbyterian Church,
where he was on the board of trustees and in the chorus. He was a life
member of the Butler Elks Lodge 170 and a former member of the United Commercial
A graduate of Wilkinsburg High School and Slippery Rock University,
he received his master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and taught
in Jefferson Township schools. He later was a principal in the Fox Chapel
School District in Allegheny County and at the Clearfield and Oakland Township
schools in Butler County.
He retired as a sales representative with Silver-Burdett-Ginn, a textbook
Surviving are his wife, Joyce A. Humes Young, whom he married June 11,
1955; two daughters, Michele Young of Butler and Debbie Young of Atlanta;
a son, Robert H. Young of Butler; two sisters, Elisabeth Young and Mary
Louise Oberlin, both of Pittsburgh; and three grandchildren.
A sister preceded him in death.
YOUNG — Friends of Robert L. Young, who died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME,
127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral
home. Burial will be at North Side Cemetery.
Lisa Ann Sutton
Lisa Ann Sutton, 42, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Evans City, died Sunday
at her residence.
Born Nov. 7, 1959, in Butler, she was the daughter of James E. and Nancy
She was a member of the College Church of Wheaton, Ill. She was an office
worker and was an avid reader. She was a member of the Support Group of
Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, Fla.
She is survived by her parents, with whom she made her home; three brothers,
James E. Sutton III of Haltom City, Texas, David E. Sutton of Clintonville
and Lorin P. Sutton of Clovis, Calif.; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ruth
Hesselgesser, Gibsonia, formerly of Marwood; two aunts; and nine cousins.
SUTTON — Friends of Lisa Ann Sutton, who died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001,
will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the KINSEY-VOLZ FUNERAL
HOME, Evans City. Services will follow at noon Saturday at the funeral
home with the Rev. Jeffrey MacKay of First Baptist Church, Evans City,
officiating. Burial will be at Evans City Cemetery.
The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations
be directed to the attention of Jim Lyons at Epilepsy Services of North
Central Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
Michael L. Stepp
Michael L. Stepp, 88, of 110 Bellefield Drive, Butler Township, died
at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.
Born in Butler, June 25, 1913, he was the son of Michael and Mary Petrun
He had worked in the finishing department at Armco-Butler Works and
retired in 1975 after 42 years.
Mr. Stepp was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, the
Butler Armco Vets Club and a life member of the Butler City Hunting &
Fishing Club and the National Rifle Association.
He was a World War II veteran of the Army’s 9th Air Corps.
Surviving are a son, Richard L. Stepp of Gainesville, Fla.; a daughter,
Mrs. Richard A. (Carolyn) Heck of Wellsboro, Tioga County; four grandsons;
a great-grandson; two nieces; and a nephew.
His wife, Estella Pearce Stepp, died Aug. 15, 1987. A sister also preceded
him in death.
STEPP — Friends of Michael L. Stepp, who died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002,
will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME,
124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home
with the Rev. Richard Leseganich, her church pastor, officiating. Entombment
will be at Butler County Memorial Park’s Chapel of Devotion Mausoleum,
Sara Ann Steiner
Sara Ann Steiner, 15, of Prospect died Tuesday in a two-car accident
in Slippery Rock Township.
She was a student at Slippery Rock High School and enjoyed sports.
Surviving are her parents, Michael and Mary Jo Pawlowski Steiner of
Prospect; a brother and a sister, Matthew and Gemma Steiner, both at home;
her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Adella Pawlowski of Pittsburgh’s
South Side; her paternal grandmother, Marie Steiner of Pittsburgh; and
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a sister.
STEINER — Friends of Sara Ann Steiner, who died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Friday at OLECHOWICZ
FUNERAL HOME, 133 South 18th St., South Side, Pittsburgh. A funeral prayer
service will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A Mass
of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John
Vianney Parish, St. Henry Church, Arlington section of Pittsburgh. Burial
will be at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Carrick.
Lorraine ‘Lori’ Rovito
Lorraine “Lori” Rovito, 54, of Bangor, Maine, formerly of Butler, died
at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, after a long illness.
Born July 10, 1947, in Butler, she was the daughter of Patrick T. Rovito
and Ethel Rovito Meredith.
A 1965 graduate of Butler High School, she had worked at the Someplace
Else Restaurant in Butler and was well known for her creative cooking stills.
In 1980, she relocated to Bangor, where she was regionally successful as
a free-lance artist.
Ms. Rovito is survived by a son, Eric Rovito of Bangor; five sisters,
Patricia Patterson, Christine Minehart and Sharon Macklin, all of Butler,
and Kathleen Benson and Carol Heckman, both of Colorado; and two brothers,
Kevin Rovito of North Carolina and Thomas Rovito of Butler. Also surviving
are two granddaughters.
Private services will be held in Marblehead, Mass.
Raymond L. Rau
Raymond L. Rau, 58, of Portersville died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at St
Francis Hospital in New Castle of an apparent heart attack.
Born Oct. 26, 1943, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of William and Margaret
He was employed as a salesman with Northland Ford in Zelienople, where
he worked for 16 years.
Mr. Rau was a member of the Polish Falcons, Pittsburgh.
He was a Catholic.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene Schweiger Rau; two sons, Stephen
Rau of Clearfield and Scott Rau of Butler; two daughters, Ms. Stephanie
Rau of Natrona Heights and Ms. Shawn Davison of Gibsonia; a brother, James
F. Rau of South Park; a sister, Linda Marie Rau of Florida; and 17 grandchildren.
A blessing service was held Wednesday afternoon, with the Rev. William
Ritzert of St Matthias Roman Catholic Church officiating. Arrangements
were made by the Kinsey-Volz Funeral Home, Evans City.
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