|Donna Marie Crawford
Donna Marie Crawford, 63, of 45 W. 10th St., Greenville, Mercer County,
died at 7:14 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2001, at United Community Hospital
in Pine Township after an extended illness.
Born July 9, 1937, in Butler, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Catherine
Mrs. Crawford was a homemaker and a Catholic.
She is survived by her husband, Howard S. Crawford, whom she married
in November 1954; four daughters, Mrs. Richard (Linda) Scott of Mercer,
Mrs. Randy (Stacey) Daye of Sandy Lake, Mrs. Kenneth (Kathy) Kane of West
Middlesex and Mrs. Jay (Kimberly) Wolfe of Greenville; three sons, Larry
Crawford of Sharon, Peter Crawford of Mercer and Richard Crawford of Sharpsville;
four sisters, Mrs. David (Sandra) Lewis of Marienville, Lois Watterson
of New Castle, Mrs. Herman (Patty) Rounce of Chicora and Mrs. Carol Osche
of Fenelton; and three brothers, William, Lawrence and Paul Furey, all
of Fenelton. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, a daughter and a sister preceded her in
Services were Monday at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, Mercer. The Rev. James
Kennelley, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, officiated. Burial
was at Mount Washington Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Mercer County.
Alice I. Bryan
Alice I. Bryan, 78, of Hooker died at 6:29 p.m. Monday at Sugar Creek
Rest after an illness.
Born Aug. 29, 1922, in Butler County, she was the daughter of David
John and Dora Kay Keffer Swope.
She was a member of the Concord Presbyterian Church and the Mary Kay
Club, both in Hooker.
Mrs. Bryan had been a line worker at Penn Champ, East Butler.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Gladys) Gordon of Bruin,
Mrs. Gary (Hazel) Weitzel of Florida and Linda Morris of Montana; 10 grandchildren;
18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Two sisters, Mrs.
Dorothy Moon and Mrs. Mary Moon, both of Volant; and two brothers, Paul
Swope of Grove City and John David Swope of South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyal H. Bryan, who died Oct.
16, 1994; three brothers; and two sisters.
BRYAN — Friends of Alice I. Bryant, who died Monday, May 28, 2001, will
be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday
at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, West Sunbury. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday
at the funeral home. The Rev. Robert Mathias, her church pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be at Concord Church Cemetery, Hooker.
Edward T. Weleski Sr.
Edward T. Weleski Sr., 83, of Cabot died Wednesday at Allegheny Valley
Hospital, Natrona Heights.
Born in Carnegie, Feb. 11, 1918, he was the son of Martin W. and Anna
Margaret Blascheck Weleski.
He had been president and co-owner of Winfield Lime & Stone Co.
Mr. Weleski was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of Cabot
and the Saxonburg American Legion Post 683.
During World War II, he served with the Army in Europe in the Anti-tank
Co. 18th Infantry, 1st Division.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Bielski Weleski, whom he married
May 15. 1946; four sons, Edward T. Weleski Jr. of West Grove, Chester County,
Kenneth J. Weleski of Scottsbluff, Neb., Dennis M. Weleski of Elizabethtown,
Lancaster County, and Thomas A. Weleski of Natrona Heights; and three daughters,
Mrs. Larry (Roseann W.) Rybicki of Kittanning, Mrs. Charles (Karen L.)
Love of Butler and Mrs. Curtis (Jane M.) Rea of Natrona Heights; 13 grandchildren;
and a great-granddaughter.
Three brothers, Charles, Robert and Richard Weleski, all of Cabot; and
four sisters, Mrs. Paul (Dorothy) Rockar, Mrs. Joseph (Helen) Sepich and
Mrs. James (Anna Margaret) Boldy, all of Cabot, and Mrs. Lucille Green
of Sarver, also survive.
Two brothers preceded him in death.
WELESKI — Friends of Edward T. Weleski Sr., who died Wednesday, May
30, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at FOX FUNERAL
HOME Saxonburg. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m.
Friday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Greb,
O.F.M. Cap. officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Herman.
A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church,
315 Stoney Hollow Road, Cabot, PA 16023; or to Saxonburg Area Library,
P.O. Box 454, Saxonburg, PA 16056.
Walter B. Terbovich
Walter B. Terbovich, 69, of 109 Linhurst Ave., Butler Township, died
at 6:58 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2001, in the emergency room at Butler Memorial
Born in Lyndora, July 15, 1931, he was the son of Walter B. and Mary
He retired as the owner of the Terbovich Beer Distributor, Lyndora.
Mr. Terbovich was a member of St. Fidelis Catholic Church of Lyndora,
Elks Lodge 170, VFW Post 249, Moose Lodge 64, the American Legion and the
He was an Army veteran and had been a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne
Surviving are his wife, Agnes R. Kovach Terbovich, whom he married Aug.
11, 1966; three sons, James W. Terbovich of Columbus, Ohio, George S. Terbovich
of Stoutsville, Ohio, and Stephen J. Terbovich of Fort Benning, Ga.; and
three granddaughters. A sister, Mrs. Barbara Scholle of Pittsburgh also
He was preceded in death by a brother.
There will be no public visitation or service.
THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME is handling arrangements.
Sandra Lynn Prorok
Sandra Lynn Siford Prorok, 36, of Harrisville died at 12:50 p.m. Friday,
May 25, 2001, at United Community Hospital in Grove City.
Born July 6, 1964, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Lillian Hollenbeck
Siford and the late Howard Siford.
She was a graduate of Hampton High School and had worked as a secretary
and waitress at various businesses.
She was a member of the Allison Park Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband, Martin Prorok; a stepson, Garrett Prorok
of Harrisville; her mother of Boyers; a family friend, Richard Ash of Boyers;
a sister, Laurie Siford of Boyers; and two nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by a grandmother.
Private services and burial were held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements were handled by YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, West Sunbury.
Ethel K. Pfirrman
Ethel K. Pfirrman, 93, of Middlesex Township died Wednesday at her home.
Born in Dorseyville, Allegheny County, on March 24, 1908, she was the
daughter of Charles and Margaret Thomas.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Wilbur H. Pfirrman, died in 1993. Three brothers and three
sisters also preceded her in death.
PFIRRMAN — Friends of Ethel K. Pfirrman, who died Wednesday, May 30,
2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at SCHELLHAAS
FUNERAL HOME, 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Funeral services will be at
10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial
John J. Moscar Sr.
John J. Moscar Sr., 83, of Clarksburg, W.Va., died Tuesday at Butler
Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Clarksburg, July 9, 1917, he was the son of Samuel and Maria
He had retired from the Rolland Glass Co. in Clarksburg after 46 years.
Mr. Moscar was a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish and the
East View Community Action Association in Clarksburg and attended St. Fidelis
During World War II, he was a master sergeant in the Army Air Corps.
He is survived by a son, John J. Moscar Jr. of La Plata, Md.; a daughter,
Mrs. John (Bernadette) Sanderson of Butler, with whom he made his home
since 1999; and two grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Sam (Virginia) Oliverio
of Stonewood, W.Va., and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
His wife of 49 years, Rose Bruno Moscar, died in 1996. Five sisters,
three brothers and several nieces and nephews also preceded him in death.
MOSCAR — Friends of John J. Moscar Sr. who died Tuesday, May 29, 2001,
will be received from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at BARTOLO FUNERAL HOME,
515 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, W.Va. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at
10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Parish, 124 E. Pike St., Clarksburg.
Burial will be at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Mount Clare, W.Va.
A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Fidelis Building Fund, 125 Buttercup
Road, Butler, PA, 16001.
Thelma Marie Karel
Thelma Marie Karel, 83, formerly of Pleasant Hills, died at 2 a.m. today
at her home in Butler.
Born May 17, 1918, in Cadiz, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late
George and Rhoda Baker Edgar.
She had been a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone and also had
worked at Sears.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. George (Yvonne) Laconi of Butler and
Donna Hegley, with whom she made her home; a son, Robert Karel of Butler;
eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Two sisters, Mrs. Michael (Either) Salem of Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Donald
(Neita) Bateman of Mount Pleasant; and a brother, Merle Edgar of Pittsburgh,
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Slater, who died
March 16, 1940; and by her second husband, Frank Karel, who died April
1, 1997. A son, two grandsons, an infant sister and four brothers also
preceded her in death.
KAREL — Friends of Thelma Marie Karel, who died Thursday, May 31, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9:15 p.m. Saturday at YOUNG FUNERAL
HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. A blessing service will follow at 9:15 p.m.
Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Staszewski, pastor of
St. Paul Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be at Lebanon Presbyterian
Cemetery, West Mifflin.
Helen M. Hilovsky
Helen M. Hilovsky, 79, of Alterra Clare Bridge of Adams, formerly of
Butler died Wednesday evening at St. Francis Medical Center, Cranberry
Born in Lyndora, May 14, 1922, she was the daughter of Jacob and Kathryn
Mrs. Hilovsky had been the assistant manager of Community Finance Co.
for more than 15 years.
She was a member of St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church of Meridian and
the Christian Mothers of the church. She also had been an Eucharistic minister,
a volunteer worker for many church activities and a volunteer at St. Vincent
de Paul Society.
Surviving are a son, Rowland “Ron” Hilovsky of Rocky River, Ohio; two
brothers, John Penar of Florida and Dr. Theodore Penar of Grove City; and
a number of nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Thomas T. Hilovsky, died March 23, 1975. She also was preceded
in death by nine brothers and sisters.
HILOVSKY — Friends of Helen M. Hilovsky, who died Wednesday, May 30,
2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at GEIBEL FUNERAL
HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated
at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church, 125 Buttercup
Road, Meridian. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Alma E. Guthrie
Alma E. Guthrie, 72, of 1312 N. Main St. Extension, Center Township,
died at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday at Sunnyview Home.
Born in Butler, Oct. 8, 1928, she was the daughter of Albert L. and
Elizabeth Neill Edmiston.
She retired in 1990 as a secretary at Orthopedic Associates.
Mrs. Guthrie was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Church
of Chicora and the BTA MU sorority.
She is survived by her husband, John A. “Jack” Guthrie, whom she married
May 28, 1954; a daughter, Mrs. Richard C. (Jane) West of Butler; and a
GUTHRIE — Friends of Alma E. Guthrie, who died Wednesday, May 30, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Chicora. The Rev. Tom Pesci, pastor
of East Brady Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be at St. Paul’s
United Church of Christ Cemetery.
Norman E. ‘Bob’ Gray
Norman E. “Bob” Gray, 75, of Wilmington, N.C., died May 20, 2001.
Born June 15, 1925; in West Deer Township, Allegheny County, he was
the son of Paul B. and Bertha Campbell Gray.
He was a 14-year Marine Corps veteran and had served in World War II
and the Korean War.
Mr. Gray retired from GE in Wilmington.
He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Hiles of Wilmington; a son, Gary
Gray of South Carolina; and a granddaughter. Also surviving are four sisters,
Ruth Pearce of Moon Township, Allegheny County, Sara Choura of Butler,
Lois Nicklas of Evans City and Harriet Argentah of Maryland; and four brothers,
Barton Gray of Kentucky, Merle Gray of Renfrew, Stanley Gray of Georgia
and Lawrence Gray of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Eunice Blanton Gray;
two sisters; and a brother.
Graveside military services were May 25 in Wilmington.
Grace A. Keep Craig
Grace A. Keep Craig, 92, formerly of Kaylor, Armstrong County, died
Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at Manchester Presbyterian Lodge, Erie.
Born in Utica, Venango County, March 1, 1909, she was the daughter of
Robert S. and Lena A. Johnston Keep.
She liked to crotchet and knit afghans and embroider pillowcases and
In her younger days, she had taught Sunday school at the Kaylor United
Methodist Church. She also enjoyed singing in the church choir.
Mrs. Craig attended the West Springfield United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two stepdaughters, Mrs. Dick (Barbara) Umstead of Chicora
and Mrs. Lee (Eileen) Ballance of Norfolk, Va.; two stepsons, Earl Craig
of Chicora and William Craig of Gillett, Bradford County; and many step-grandchildren
and step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two nieces, three nephews;
and many grandnieces, grandnephews great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Craig, whom she married
Jan. 12, 1985. A sister, a brother and a stepdaughter also preceded her
Services were today at JEAN EVANS THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, East Springfield,
Erie County. The Rev. Robert Klingler, pastor of West Springfield United
Methodist Church, officiated. Private burial was at Girard Cemetery, Erie
Memorial contributions may be made to West Springfield United Methodist
Church, School Street, West Springfield. PA 16443.
Genevieve M. Charlier
Genevieve M. Charlier, 85, of Zelienople died Thursday at Passavant
Retirement Center, Zelienople.
Born June 27, 1915, in Boswell, Somerset County, she was the daughter
of William and Edith Smith Palmer.
She was a member of the Park United Presbyterian Church of Zelienople
and a former member of the Mendelssohn Choir.
Surviving are a son, Richard Cochran of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a brother,
William G. Palmer of Pittsburgh.
Her husband, Albert Charlier, died in 1994. Two brothers and a sister
also preceded her in death.
CHARLIER — A memorial service for Genevieve M. Charlier, who died Thursday,
May 31, 2001, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Park United Presbyterian
Church, Grandview Avenue, Zelienople. The Rev. Don Hurray, church pastor,
will officiate. At the request of the deceased, there will be no public
HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME, Rochester is in charge of the arrangements.
Elaine C. Richards
Elaine C. Richards, 53, of 219 Chipmunk Rd., Evans City, died Thursday
at her residence following an extended illness.
Born April 10, 1948, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Ruth Williams
Wallace and the late William C. Wallace.
A 1966 graduate of Fox Chapel High School, Mrs. Richards was a homemaker,
and had formerly been employed as a waitress at Morgan’s Eastland Diner
in Butler. She had also worked as a waitress in Massachusetts.
Mrs. Richards was a Roman Catholic.
She is survived by her mother of Butler; her husband, Dennis J. Richards,
whom she married March 17, 1991; two sons, Thomas P. Cavanaugh III of Boston,
Mass., and William C. Cavanaugh of Butler; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Tracy
A.) Zappi and Jennifer L. Cavanaugh, both of Boston; and two sisters, Mrs.
Dennis (Mary) Van DerSchaegen of Minneapolis, Minn., and Bridget C. Wallace
of Sharpsburg. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and a number of nieces
RICHARDS — A Memorial Mass for Elaine C. Richards, who died Thursday,
May 31, 2001, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Wendelin Roman
Catholic Church, Carbon Center, St. Wendelin Rd., Oakland Township, with
the Rev. Harry Beilowicz, officiating. Burial will follow in the parish
cemetery. There will be no public visitation.
Memorial donations may be sent to the family of Elaine C. Richards,
c/o Dennis J. Richards, 219 Chipmunk Rd., Evans City, PA 16033.
Arrangements are being handled by GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham
Darvin D. ‘Dean’ Purvis,
ex-Mars, Adams official
Darvin D. “Dean” Purvis, a retired Army captain, 84, of Mars, died
Friday evening at Butler Memorial Hospital.
He was a former Adams Township supervisor and had been a longtime member
of the Mars School Board.
Born Dec. 21, 1916, in Adams Township, he was the son of Thomas Darvin
and Margaret Conley Purvis.
Capt. Purvis was an army veteran of World War II with the 70th Army
Tank Battalion. His medals include the Distinguished Service Cross and
five Purple Hearts. He retired from the Army after 23 years.
After his retirement, he was employed for Purvis Brothers, Inc., in
Mars for years.
He was a life member of the Mars Volunteer Fire Department and the Mars
American Legion. He was also a life member and past post commander of the
Mars V.F.W. Post 7505.
He established the Mars Baseball League and was a supporter of the Mars
High School Independent League. He had been involved with the Mars Midget
Football League and supported all athletic programs in the Mars area.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Fallon Purvis, whom he married
May 3, 1941; two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Peggy) Landis of Stewartsville
and Mrs. Donald (Eleanor) Purvis Cupps of Edgewood, N.J.; two sons, Thomas
and Gerald Purvis, both of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, Mac Purvis, Sr. of
Valencia, and a sister, Hazel Purvis of Mars. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
PURVIS — Friends of Capt. Darvin D. “Dean” Purvis, who died Friday,
June 1, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 7
to 9 p.m. Monday at McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mars V.F.W. Post 7505, Mars-Valencia
Rd., Mars. The Rev. Robert B. McCrumb II of the Mars United Presbyterian
Church will officiate. Burial with full military honors will be at Arlington
National Cemetery later in the week.
Memorials may be made to the Mars V.F.W. Post 7505, Mars-Valencia Rd.,
Mars, PA 16046 or to Butler Memorial Hospital.