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Catherine McLachlan

Catherine Moore McLachlan, 82, a 37-year resident of Natrona Heights, died Sunday at Allegheny General hospital, Pittsburgh. She previously lived in Sarver for 45 years. 

Born Dec. 27, 1918, in Natrona, she was the daughter of Patrick J. Sr., and Helen Welsh Moore.

She retired as a nurse’s assistant at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Gibsonia after 15 years.

Mrs. McLachlan was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Worship Site, Natrona Heights. She formerly had been a 40-year member of Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Cabot. She also belonged to the St. Joseph Church Christian Mothers, the Buffalo Township Senior Citizens and the Holy Family Prayer Group.

She enjoyed traveling.

Surviving are three sons, William P. McLachlan of Leechburg, Thomas J. McLachlan of Gibsonia and Robert J. McLachlan of Curwensville, Clearfield County; a daughter, Catherine M. Boggs of West Sunbury; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Edward Moore of Tarentum and Joseph Moore of Lower Burrell; and three sisters, Patricia Pakulski and Rose DiIenno and Marie Factor, all of Natrona Heights, also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. McLachlan, who died in 1973; three brothers, and a sister.

MCLACHLAN — Friends of Catherine Moore McLachlan, who died Sunday, June 3, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Wednesday at CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME, 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. Thursday at Most Blessed Sacrament Worship Site, Natrona Heights. Burial will be at Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. 
 

Phoebe I. Kern

Phoebe I. Kern, 78, of Kittanning died Monday at Armstrong County Health Center, Kittanning.

Born Jan. 14, 1923, in Kittanning, she was the daughter of Elsie Hall.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and cooking.

Mrs. Kern was a Catholic.

She is survived by her husband, Louis Kern of Butler; three daughters, Mary Woodridge of Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Robert (Susan) Fleeger of Butler and Mrs. Edward (Rose) Bell of Kittanning; three sons, Joseph Puskar of Kittanning, Jim Rosenberger of Eagle Pass, Texas, and Merle Johns of Warren, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are two brothers, Crawford Rumbarger of Kittanning and William Rumbarger of Poland, Ohio; and two sisters, Bonnie Horkey of Poland, Ohio, and Martha Boyer of Youngstown, Ohio.

Her first husband, Florian S. Puskar, died in 1977. Two sons and a sister also preceded her in death.

KERN — Friends of Phoebe I. Kern, who died Monday, June 4, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at KENNEDY-BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME, 253 N. Grant Ave., Kittanning. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Raphael Glinkowski, O.S.P., will officiate. Burial will be at Lawn Haven Burial Estates, Worthington.
 

Arthur M. Delano

Arthur M. Delano, 84, of East Brady died Sunday at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born July 7, 1916, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of Angelo and Concentina Carestia Delano.

He retired after 36 years at U.S. Steel in Cleveland.

Mr. Delano was a member of St. Eusebius Roman Catholic Church of East Brady, where he had been president of the Holy Name Society, an extraordinary Eucharistic minister and a hospitality minister. He was also active in the Cursillo Movement of the Erie Diocese.

From 1935 to 1937, he served in Company H, 34th Infantry, Army’s Hawaiian Department. In March 1944, he re-enlisted and served in the Army’s 97th Chemical Mortar Battalion. He campaigned in Central Europe and was the recipient of an American Campaign Ribbon, an EAMET Service Ribbon, a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 488 of Bradys Bend.

In 1938, he participated in a march from Washington, D.C. to Gettysburg to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Verna J. Poshedly Delano, whom he married June 21, 1941, in Cleveland; two sons, Arthur M. Delano Jr. of Sugarcreek Township, Armstrong County, and David Delano of Butler; a sister, Mary D. Irwin of Little Rock, Ark.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, and a grandson.

DELANO — Friends of Arthur M. Delano, who died Sunday, June 3, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at CHARLES B. BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME, 105 Fourth St., East Brady. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Eusebius Church, East Brady. The Rev. William Kuba, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at the church Cemetery, Brady Township, Clarion County. 

American Legion Post 488 will hold a memorial services at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. It also will conduct graveside military honors on Thursday.

A parish prayer service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 

Edwin ‘Jerry’ Clarke III

Edwin “Jerry” Clarke III, 37, of Butler died at 5:26 p.m. Sunday.

Born Jan. 19, 1964, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Edwin Clarke Jr. and Donna Mills.

He worked for Shawrose Construction in Coraopolis, where he was a tower erector. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Allison Maier Clarke, whom he married Aug. 6, 1994.

Also surviving is a daughter, Darien Clarke, and two sons, Kristopher and Reno Clarke, all at home; and three sisters: Mrs. Robert (Charlene) Hoglund and Laurie Clarke, both of Florida, and Karen Charles of Zelienople.

CLARKE — Friends of Edwin “Jerry” Clarke III, who died Sunday, June 3, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, West Jefferson Street, Butler. Services will be held at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Patrick Summers of Crossway Church officiating. A private burial will be held in West Sunbury Cemetery. 
 

Joseph M. ‘Joe’ Swall Jr.

Joseph M. “Joe” Swall Jr., 67, of 137 Harris Road died at 8:30 a.m. Monday at his home after an illness.

Born in Pittsburgh, Dec. 4, 1933, he was the son of Joseph Sr., and Ruth Deitz Swall.

He had been a construction superintendent for 43 years. He and his wife also established and built Lakewood Manor Personal Care Home on Harris Road.

Mr. Swall was a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church of Coylesville and the Natrona Heights VFW Post. He was a life member of the RC Men’s Club, Herman.

During the Korean War, he was stationed in Germany with the Army.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy M. Miller Swall; two sons, Joseph M. Swall III of Waldorf, Md., and Daniel W. Swall of Culpeper, Va.; a daughter, Mrs. Marty (Elizabeth) Stephens of Culpeper; and six grandchildren.

A brother, Thomas F. Swall of Vienna, Va.; four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Kelly of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Ruth Cupps of Falls Church, Va., Mrs. Ray (Joan) Mellish of Warrenton, Va., and Mrs. Steve (Rita) Cypher of Vienna, Va., also survive.

SWALL — Friends of Joseph M. “Joe” Swall Jr., who died Monday, June 4, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 429 Center Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John Roman Catholic Church, Coylesville. The Rev. Louis Pascazi, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at the church cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. John Roman Catholic Church, 455 Clearfield Road, Fenelton, PA 16034.
 

James C. Meyers 

James C. Meyers, 80, of Zelienople died Tuesday at Ellwood City Hospital.

Born Aug. 16, 1920, in Zelienople, he was the son of Carl C. and Hazel Duffy Meyers.

He had owned and operated Isalys dairy store on Main Street in Zelienople with his wife, retiring in 1979 after 33 years.

Mr. Meyers was a member of the Calvin Presbyterian Church of Zelienople and Harmony Lodge 429 F&AM.

He was an avid boater and enjoyed traveling in his RV.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

His wife, Margaret “Peg” Meyers, died Oct. 11, 1996.

Surviving are two sons, Carl Meyers of Florida and Denny Meyers of Annapolis, Md.; a daughter, Mrs. Christopher (Susan) Arnold of Zelienople; and five grandchildren. A brother, Jay Myers of Iowa and a sister, Dorothy Hall also survive.

MEYERS — There will be no visitation. Funeral services for James C. Meyers, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Seaman Memorial Chapel, Passavant Health Center, Zelienople. Entombment will be at Zelienople Community Mausoleum. 

Memorial donations may be made to Zelienople Community Mausoleum, P.O. Box 24, Zelienople, PA 16063.

Arrangements are by BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, Zelienople.
 

William ‘Bud’ Gebhardt

William A. “Bud” Gebhardt, 78, of Zelienople died Tuesday at Passavant Hospital, McCandless.

Born April 19, 1923, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Paul G. and Violet J. McMaster Gebhardt.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Zelienople.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

Surviving are three sons, the Rev. William A. Gebhardt Jr. of Kenner, La., Gary L. Gebhardt of Zelienople and Curt M. Gebhardt of New Brighton; two grandsons; and two great-granddaughters. A brother, Richard “Sam” Gebhardt of Evans City; and three sisters, Gertrude “Nancy” Daubenspeck, Mrs. Robert (Dee) Vollrath and Mrs. Donald (Shirley) Huffman, all of Zelienople, also survive.

His wife, Esther Sutch Gebhardt, to whom he was married for 49 years, died March 5, 1997. Two brothers and four sisters also preceded him in death.

GEBHARDT — Friends of William A. “Bud” Gebhardt, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. His son, the Rev. William Gebhardt Jr., and the Rev. William Brewer, his church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Zelienople. 

Memorial donations may be made to St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 215 N. Main St., Zelienople, PA 16063.
 

Joan ‘JoAnn’ Colsey

Joan “JoAnn” Claypoole Colsey, 73, formerly of South Nyack, N.Y., died Tuesday at Arden Hill Hospital, Goshen, N.Y.

Born Oct. 2, 1927, in Butler, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Bernice Fulton Claypoole.

She was a 1945 alumna of Butler High School and graduated from Capitol University of Columbus, Ohio, in 1947.

Mrs. Colsey lived in South Nyack until 1981 and retired in 1997 from Sears Roebuck of Nanuet, N.Y., after 30 years in customer service.

She was a member of the Maqueda Chapter 421 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She loved music and had been an orchestra and band saxophone player.

Surviving are her husband, Lloyd Corwin Colsey, whom she married in 1950; two sons, Lloyd Claypoole Colsey of Butler; and Alan Blair Colsey of Valley Cottage, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

COLSEY — Friends of Joan “JoAnn” Claypoole Colsey, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at JOSEPH W. SORCE FUNERAL HOME, 728 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack, N.Y. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, 1055 Taylor Ave., Suite 201A, Baltimore, MD 21286.
 

Earl A. Baumgartel

Earl A. Baumgartel, 81, formerly of Springdale, Allegheny County, died Tuesday at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born May 6, 1920, in West Deer Township, Allegheny County, he was the son of Joseph F. and Lena H. Seibert Baumgartel.

Mr. Baumgartel retired as director of engineering at St. Francis Medical Center.

He was a member of the Springdale Presbyterian Church and John E. Mair F&AM Lodge 729. He was a life member of the VFW Post 249 of Butler, the Hospital Engineers of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the American Society of Hospital Engineering.

During World War II, he served as an Army sergeant and received the Bronze Star and Victory Medal.

He is survived by two sons, Dr. Earl D. Baumgartel of Loveland, Colo., and Ronald L. Baumgartel of Cranberry Township; a daughter, Mrs. David (Joyce) Howard of Tarentum; a sister, Helen Wylie of Clinton Township; a brother, Ralph Baumgartel of Murrysville; and six grandchildren.

His wife, Edna Hamilton Baumgartel, and a brother preceded him in death.

BAUMGARTEL — Friends of Earl A. Baumgartel, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME, 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Norma Prima-Murphy will officiate. Entombment will follow at Allegheny County Memorial Park.
 

Harold W. Walker

Harold W. Walker, 76, of Zelienople died Wednesday at St. John Specialty Care Center, Mars.

Born Aug. 6, 1924, in Swissvale, he was the son of Roy T. and Jessie Hudson Walker.

He was a member of the Grace Church of Harmony, American Legion Post 474 of Zelienople, Harmony Lodge 429 F&AM and the Harmony Moose Lodge.

Mr. Walker enjoyed bowling and golfing.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

Surviving are a son, Lavon H. Walker of Evans City; two sisters, Mrs. William (Edith) Marlowe of Butler and Mrs. Frank (June) Hortsman of Herman; and a grandson. 

His wife, Virginia “Ginny” Walker, died Feb. 17, 2001.

WALKER — Friends of Harold W. Walker, who died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME, 319 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Peter Everett, his church pastor, officiating. Entombment will be at the Zelienople Community Mausoleum. 

A Masonic service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Church of Harmony, 538 Main St., Harmony, PA 16037.
 

Thelma V. Rupert

Thelma V. Rupert, 79, of East Brady died Tuesday at Chicora Medical Center.

Born March 13, 1922, in Altoona, Blair County, she was the daughter of Charles and Irene Smith Irvin.

She had retired from the cleaning services department at Altoona Hospital.

Mrs. Rupert was a past commander of the Disabled American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary of Palatka, Fla.

She enjoyed crocheting.

Surviving are her companion, Alexander Massaro; three daughters, Janet Houston and Phyllis Seevers, both of Altoona, and Saundra Simpson of East Brady; 15 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Ruth Prough of Mount Union, Huntingdon County and Sally Mazza of Vero Beach, Fla.; three brothers, Richard Irvin of Hastings, Fla., Charles Irwin of Thompsontown, Juniata County, and Kenneth Irwin of Florida, also survive.

RUPERT — Friends of Thelma V. Rupert, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SANTELLA FUNERAL HOME, 1106 Eighth Ave., Altoona. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Moyer will officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery, Altoona.
 

Marion H. Peffer

Marion H. Peffer, 86, of Scott Ridge Road, Harmony, died Tuesday at St Francis Hospital, New Castle.

Born June 7, 1914, in Lancaster Township, he was the son of Paul H. and Rebecca Coulter Peffer.
  
   
  
  He was the sixth-generation farmer on his family’s century farm, which was first deeded in 1839. He also had been a field service manager for John Deere for 30 years and retired from Matthew Conveyor of Ellwood City in 1973.

Mr. Peffer served on the Butler Fair Board for 47 years.

He hobbies included water dowsing, gardening, bee-keeping and small orchard management.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Middle Lancaster, where he and his wife, the former Thelma M. Rupert, were married Feb. 9, 1941.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by eight sons, Warren Peffer of Ellwood City, Glenn Peffer of York, Robert “Bob” Peffer of New Castle, Larry Peffer of Epsyville, Dale Peffer of Slippery Rock, Thomas “Tom” Peffer of Portersville and Neil and Charles “Chuck” Peffer, both of Harmony; and three daughters, Mrs. James (Bonnie) Nicodemus of West Sunbury, Mrs. Philip (Velma) Hollerman of Harmony and Mrs. Dale (Diane) Young of New Sewickley.

A brother, Paul Luther Peffer of Fombell; 32 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, a brother and a sister.

PEFFER — Friends of Marion H. Peffer, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be private. Entombment will be at the Zelienople Community Mausoleum. 

Memorial donations may be made to St Francis Hospital, 1000 S. Mercer St., New Castle, PA 16101; or to Zion Lutheran Church, 557 Perry Highway, Harmony, PA 16037. 
 

Bartram G. Murray III

Bartram G. Murray III, 81, of Zephyrhills, Fla., formerly of Sarver, died Tuesday at East Pasco Medical Center in Florida.

Born in Cheswick, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bartram G. Murray Jr.

He had worked in the steel industry.

Mr. Murray was a member of Tyrian Lodge 644 F&AM of Lower Burrell, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of New Castle, Syria Temple of Pittsburgh and the Odd Fellows of New Kensington.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps.

Surviving are his wife, Mabel Rahner Murray; a son, Bartram G. Murray IV of Zephyrhills; a daughter, Debra Rothen of Saxonburg; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, H. Bruce Murray of Zephyrhills and D. Wayne Murray of Flowery Branch, Ga.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A daughter preceded him in death.

MURRAY — Friends of Bartram G. Murray III, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Dennis Swineford, pastor of Cabot United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Cheswick. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 2251, New Port Richey, Fla., 34656-2251; or Shriners’ Hospitals for Children, Childs Life Department, Tampa Unit, 12502 Pine Drive, Tampa FL 33612.
 

Howard Heim

Howard Heim, 84, formerly of Saxonburg, died Wednesday at his home in Richmond, Va.

Born in West Winfield, March 11, 1917, he was the son of Albert and Elvia Smith Heim.

He retired after 13 years as superintendent of Saxonburg Borough. He previously was self-employed. He also served on the Saxonburg Planning Commission for 20 years. 

Mr. Heim was a member of the Hill United Presbyterian Church, a 50-year member of the Butler Masonic Lodge and a member of Saxonburg VFW Post 7376.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

Surviving are a son and a daughter, Jeffrey Heim and Mrs. Art (Becky) Matz, both of Richmond; and two grandchildren. Three sisters, Mrs. Walter (Grace) Wiegand of Sarver, and Mrs. William (Viola) McFarland and Mrs. Roland (Ester) Germuth, both of Ellicott City, Md., also survive.

HEIM — Friends of Howard Heim, who died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. John Porter, his church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Deacon Fund, Hill United Presbyterian Church, 501 Second St., Butler, PA 16001.


 

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