|Mildred I. Potts
Mildred I. Potts, 83, of Athens Township, Crawford County, formerly
of East Brady, died Friday at the Homestead Hearth Personal Care Home in
Born Nov. 16, 1917, in West Monterey, Clarion County, she was the daughter
of William M. and Anna R. Pickerd Moltekin.
Mrs. Potts was a member of the Regular Baptist Church in East Brady.
She is survived by three daughters, Lois Nelson of Wilmington, N.C.,
Connie Lewis of Appomattox, Va., and Barbara Helgert of Union City; and
three sons, Dean W. Potts of Bradys Bend Township and Charles R. and Gary
A. Potts, both of Union City. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, 17
great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Potts was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Potts, whom
she married Nov. 7, 1934, and who died Dec. 12, 1972; a son; two brothers;
two sisters, and four grandchildren.
POTTS ó Friends of Mildred I. Potts, 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 CHARLES B. BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME, 105 Fourth St., East Brady. Services
will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Burlingame,
pastor of New Life Church of the Nazarene in Ricefield, officiating. Burial
will be at Bradys Bend Cemetery, Bradys Bend Township, Armstrong County.
Donald E. Fabian
Donald E. Fabian, 57, of Pine Township died on Friday at UPMC Passavant
Hospital in McCandless.
Born on April 6, 1944 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of John and Mary
Mr. Fabian was a truck driver who worked for Dart Trucking and was a
member of Teamsters Local Union 249. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Church
Survived by his wife; Ruth A. (Ambrose) Fabian, his sons; David Fabian
of Pine Township and John J. Fabian of Middlesex Township; two sisters,
Dolores Buch of Crafton, Rita Kasarda of Bellevue; two brothers, John Fabian
of Middlesex Township and Richard Fabian of West Sunbury, and a granddaughter.
FABIAN ó Visitation for Donald E. Fabian, who died Friday, June 1, 2001,
will be Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to
9 p.m. at the HERBERT R. KING, JR. FUNERAL HOME, Inc. Route 8 at 2841 Woodland
Circle, Allison Park, PA 15101.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St.
Alphonsus Church, Wexford. Interment will follow Mass in Holy Savior Cemetery
in Richland Township.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fabian Family,
St. Richard Church, Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.
Mary Emma Buckham
Mary Emma Buckham, 99, of the Grove Manor Nursing Home, Grove City,
formerly of Slippery Rock, died Friday at 8:10 p.m. at Grove Manor after
an extended illness.
Born Aug. 1, 1901, in Carter, Butler County, she was the daughter of
Norman E. and Ida Jane Hockenberry Cranmer.
Mrs. Buckham was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Hilltoppers Club of Slippery Rock, Slippery
Rock AARP and Slippery Rock United Methodist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Clyde (Grace E.) Rettig and Mrs.
William (Helen M.) Rogerson, both of Butler; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren,
and a number of great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Buckham was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Cordell Buckham
Sr., whom she married Dec. 2, 1919, and who died April 11, 1977; two daughters;
two sons; two sisters, and three brothers.
BUCKHAM ó Friends of Mary Emma Buckham, who died Friday, June 1, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at SMITH FUNERAL HOME,
421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday
at the funeral home with Dr. H. Rand Edwards, pastor of the Slippery Rock
United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Slippery Rock Cemetery,
Slippery Rock Township.
Clyde S. Newcome
Clyde S. Newcome, 82, of 188 Blakely Road died Saturday at Butler Memorial
Born in Brookville, Jefferson County, Aug. 18, 1918, he was the son
of John E. and Mina Burkett Newcome.
He retired as a self-employed floor and tile contractor. He previously
had worked in the shipyards in San Francisco, Calif., and at Spang &
Co., C.R. Kriner Floor Co. and Center Avenue Floor Co., all of Butler.
Mr. Newcome attended the First Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening
He is survived by his wife, Ruth M. Groves Newcome, whom he married
June 15, 1945; three daughters, Mrs. Patricia Varnum, Ms. Bonnie K. Newcome
and Mrs. Arthur W. (Cherie) Schultz, all of Butler; five grandchildren;
and a great-granddaughter.
A sister, Mrs. Margaret Hummel of Rockland, Calif.; three brothers,
Lewis Huber of Summerville, Ore.; Floyd Huber of Butler and Harold Huber
of Sterling Heights, Mich.; and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
A brother preceded him in death.
NEWCOME ó Friends of Clyde S. Newcome, who died Saturday, June 2, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at
the funeral home. The Rev. David Maitland, pastor of First Baptist Church,
will officiate. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township.
Linda L. Miller
Linda L. Miller, 52, of Chicora died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Chicora
Medical Center after a short illness.
Born in Butler, Jan. 21, 1949, she was the daughter of Robert J. Mary
E. Tilko Hovis.
She worked in the circulation department at the Butler Eagle for three
Mrs. Miller attended St. Johnís Reformed Church, Chicora.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. James (Liberty) Edgar of Pittsburgh,
Mrs. Mark (Tracy) Deal of Fairview and Mrs. Michael (Melissa Jo) Sigworth
of Bruin; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Horacio (Julie) Cornea of Miami, Fla., and
nine grandchildren. Also surviving are her mother-in-law, Leona Miller
of Chicora, with whom she had made her home; two sisters, Mrs. Michael
(Carol) Morgus of Butler and Susan Hovis of Kane; two brothers, Robert
Hovis of California and David Hovis of Butler; and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, George R. Miller, whom she married Dec. 24, 1966, died
June 17, 1991. A granddaughter and a sister also preceded her in death.
MILLER ó Friends of Linda L. Miller, who died Saturday, June 2, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at STEIGHNER FUNERAL
ROME, 111 E. Slippery Rock St., Chicora. Funeral services will be at 11
a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Rev. Richard Rowe, pastor of Petrolia
United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be at Hemphill Cemetery,
Kelly A. Lopez
Kelly A. Lopez, 21, of 423 W. New Castle St. died Saturday in the trauma
unit of Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, of injuries received in
an auto accident. Her unborn son, Anthony Michael Lopez, also died in the
Born Jan. 26, 1980, in New Brunswick, N.J., she was the daughter of
Felix and Kathleen A. Lopez.
She was a 1998 graduate of Piscataway Vocational-Technical School, Piscataway,
N.J., where she majored in cosmetology and hairstyling and had been class
president and prom queen.
Ms. Lopez was the 1987 Poppy Queen and the 1995 Loyalty Day Queen for
the VFW in Milltown, N.J.
She had been a part-time cashier at Marshallís Department Store in New
Jersey for about four years.
She was Roman Catholic and attended St. Peter Roman Catholic Church,
Surviving are her mother of Butler; her father of East Brunswick, N.J.;
a brother, Felix K. Lopez of Butler; a sister, Amy D. Lopez Rinker of Butler;
her maternal grandfather, Gerald C. Rinker of Trenton, N.J.; and her paternal
grandmother, Guillermina Rivera of Catano, Puerto Rico. Also surviving
are numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
LOPEZ ó There will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian burial
for Kelly A. and Anthony Michael Lopez, who died Saturday, June 2, 2001,
will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Roman Catholic
Church, Franklin Street. The Rev. Jack Nanz, church pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be at St. Peter Cemetery.
The Womenís Council of St. Peter Parish will recite the rosary at 10:10
a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Arrangements were handled by GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, Butler.
Roy Arthur Kemery Sr.
Roy Arthur Kemery Sr., 67, of Emlenton R.D. 3 died Thursday, May 31,
2001, at United Community Hospital, Grove City.
Born Dec. 19, 1933, in East Brady, Clarion County, he was a son of Howard
R. and Pearl I. Waterson Kemery.
He was a heavy equipment operator at various coal companies.
Mr. Kemery was a Protestant.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Surviving are his wife, June Gordon Kemery, whom he married June 10,
1954; three sons, Roy Kemery Jr. of Emlenton R.D. 2, Roger Kemery of St.
Petersburg, Clarion County, and Ronald Kemery of Rimersburg; two daughters,
Mrs. Kenneth (Joyce) Stalker of Boyers and Mrs. Michael (Judy) Gates of
Groton, Conn.; and 15 grandchildren. A brother, William Kemery of Emlenton
R.D. 3; and a sister, Louise. Freeman of Mercer, also survive.
Two sisters preceded him in death
Services were today at WILLIAM N. RUPERT MORTUARY, Knox. The Rev. Charles
Campbell, pastor of New Zion Evangelical Church, officiated. Burial followed
at Emlenton Cemetery.
Shirley M. Hubstenberger, 65, of Adams Township died Sunday at her home.
Born in Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County, Dec. 20, 1935, she was the daughter
of Ward and Dorothy Kirscht Steinmetz.
She retired as a nurse at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Mrs. Hubstenberger served as a nurse in the Womenís Army Corp. during
the Vietnam War and achieved the rank of captain.
Surviving are her husband Ernest Hubstenberger Jr., whom she married
May 24, 1969; a son, Ernest Hubstenberger Ill., of Adams Township; and
a sister, Mrs. Mary Lou Sherry of Emlenton.
HUBSTENBERGER ó Friends of Shirley M. Hubstenberger, who died Sunday,
June 3, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at
McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Avenue, Mars. A blessing service
will follow at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will at Mars
Cemetery, Adams Township.
Michael P. Strecansky
Michael P. Strecansky, 78, of Farrell, Mercer County, died at 8:01 a.m.
Monday at Sharon Regional Health System following an extended illness.
Born Sept. 17, 1922, in Sharpsville, Mercer County, he was the son of
Joseph and Mano Strecansky.
He retired in 1973 from the former Sharon Steel Corp.ís Farrell Plant,
where he worked as a rigger for more than 20 years.
A member of St. Annís Church in Farrell, he enjoyed fishing and golfing.
He was a member of the Sharon Steel Golf League and the Jai Alai Golf
He enjoyed gardening and showed flowers at the East Liverpool Flower
Show, where he won many awards.
He was a World War II veteran, enlisting in 1940 with the U.S. Coast
Guard. He served on board an Army freight supply ship in the Philippines
and also served on the North Atlantic Patrol in Greenland prior to being
transferred to the southwest Pacific.
His ship carried supplies to Gen. Douglas MacArthurís forces. He received
the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star.
He was a member of the VFW Post 5286.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Gallagher Strecansky, whom he
married Aug. 10, 1949.
Also surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Francis (Terrie) Lunn of Butler;
a sister, Cecelia Beyth of Sharpsville; a brother, Andrew Strecansky of
Cleveland; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers.
STRECANSKY ó Friends of Michael P. Strecansky, who died Monday, June
4, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the
J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME, 1090 E. State St., Sharon. A Mass of
Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann Church,
Farrell, with the Rev. Richard Tomasone officiating. Burial will be in
St. Annís Cemetery, Hermitage, with full military honors.
Clifford R. Reed
Clifford R. Reed, 86, of Metzger Avenue died at 11:45 p.m. Sunday at
Sunnyview Home after a long illness.
Born in West Kittanning on Oct. 27, 1914, he was the son of David B.
Reed and Cora A. Wiant Reed.
He was a graduate of Rimersburg High School and worked 25 years as a
printer and compositor for the Rimersburg Record.
Moving to Butler in 1980, he retired after 25 years with the Butler
Eagle as a printer-compositor.
He belonged to Typographical Union No. 415 and was a past president.
He was a charter member of the Calvary Evangelical Presbyterian Church,
the Voyagers Class and served as a Sunday school teacher and elder.
He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Medical Corps.
He had been a prisoner of war in Stalag, Germany. He received the Good
Conduct Medal, the G.O. 7 Hg 33 First Infantry Reg. 44, the American Theater
Service Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and
World War II Victory Medal.
He received an honorable discharge with the rank of sergeant on Nov.
He was a member of the Butler Eagle Retirees Group and the AARP.
He enjoyed working with wood, traveling and fishing, as well as boating
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lillian L. Young Reed, whom
he married Nov. 28, 1946, at the Rimersburg Reformed Church.
Also surviving is a son, the Rev. James Reed of North Carolina; two
daughters, Mrs. Jon (Kathleen) Macrina and Mrs. David (Annette) Burns,
; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and
He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.
REED ó Friends of Clifford R. Reed, who died Sunday, June 3, 2001, will
be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME,
124 E. North St. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral
home. The Rev. L. Michael Winship, pastor of Calvary Evangelical Presbyterian
Church, and Mr. Reedís son, the Rev. James Reed, will officiate. Burial
will follow in the Greenlawn Burial Estates.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Evangelical Presbyterian
Church, 123 E. Diamond St., Butler, PA 16001, or to the Seneca Hills Bible
Conference, P.O. Box 288, Franklin, PA 16323.
Earl E. Meray
Earl E. Meray, 67, of Cranberry Township died Sunday at UPMC Presbyterian
Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Born July 29, 1933, in Barnesboro, Cambria County, he was the son of
Mary Maines Meray and the late Joseph Meray.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during the Korean War.
Mr. Meray was a retired postal clerk.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge 2249 in Cranberry Township.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Kleinhenz Meray, whom he married
Feb. 27, 1971.
Also surviving are a daughter, Debra Harnel of Altoona; two brothers,
Robert Meray and Timothy Meray, both of Northern Cambria, Pa.; two sisters,
Gail Bailey of Northern Cambria and Dolores Shahan of Virginia.
He was preceded in death by a brother.
MERAY ó Friends of Earl E. Meray, who died Sunday, June 3, 2001, will
be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at GLENN-KILDOO CRANBERRY
CHAPEL, 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township. Services will be held at
11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jerry Davis officiating.
Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park, Cranberry Township.
Elks Lodge 2249 will hold services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Annabelle Lee Marte
Annabelle Lee Marte, 60, of 233 Vogel Road died at 10:10 a.m. Monday
at her home.
Born in Kellersburg, Armstrong County, July 17, 1940, she was the daughter
of Lester Ellsworth and Flossie Margaret Young Sanford.
She was a 1958 graduate of Redbank Valley High School, New Bethlehem,
where she had been an All-State basketball champion. She was a 1961 alumna
of Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh; received a bachelorís
degree in nursing in 1976 from Slippery Rock State College, now Slippery
Rock University, and her masterís degree in nursing from Duquesne University
Mrs. Marte retired as associate chief of nursing services at the Butler
Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She previously worked at Allegheny General
Hospital in Pittsburgh, Butler Memorial Hospital and the Highland Drive
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh.
She received the Distinguished Liaison Award from LAHEC representing
the Butler VA Medical Center.
She was a member of St. Markís Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Pennsylvania
and American Nurses associations, the American Red Cross and Sigma Theta
Tau honorary nursing fraternity.
She had been a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed crafts, traveling and dancing
and belonged to the Butler Two Steppers.
From 1962 to 1968, she served with the U.S. Army in Germany, Fort Dix,
N.J., and Hawaii and was a captain.
Surviving are her husband, Dr. Jay G. Marte, whom she married Aug. 24,
1967; a daughter, Mrs. Kevin (Jennifer Ann) Patton of Harrisville; a son,
Timothy Jay Marte of Spring, Texas; and two granddaughters.
Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Gale (Elsie) Hopper of Templeton,
Mrs. David (Geraldine) Krause of North Tonawanda, N.Y., and Mrs. Frank
(Dorothy) Gallo of New Bethlehem; and a brother, Paul Sanford of Templeton;
and Mrs. Miriam Craig of Callensburg, Mrs. Carl (Barbara) McCall of Parker,
and Mrs. James (Sandra) Olson of Seneca, all who provided care during her
An infant brother preceded her in death.
MARTE ó Friends of Annabelle Lee Marte, who died Monday, June 4, 2001,
will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
p.m. Thursday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services
will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Philip Williams,
her church pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.