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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 Greggs.

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 Park. 
  

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 Schenck Fleske.

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 and step-great-grandchildren. 

A half brother, John E. Wilson of Grove City and of Bradenton, Fla., also survives.

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 Stuckie.

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 great-grandchildren.

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 Memorial Hospital.

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 Travelers.

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 company.

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 Hesselgesser Sutton.

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 Stepp.

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, Butler Township.

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 Karvanick Rau.

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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