|Joseph M. Potochny
Joseph M. Potochny, 81, of Pasadena, Texas, died Dec. 19, 2001.
He was born in Butler, March 31, 1920.
He was a member of St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, Deer Park, Texas; the
Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 521.
Mr. Potochny had retired from Armco.
He served in the Army Air Force from 1944 to 1947.
Surviving are two brothers, Steve Potochny of Missouri and Bill Potochny
of Butler; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
His wife, Virginia Potochny, preceded him in death.
Arrangements were by Pasadena Funeral Chapel.
Thomas P. Parnell
Thomas P. Parnell, 86, of Saxonburg, formerly of Cabot, died at 5:15
p.m. Wednesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born in Huron County, Ohio, on March 9, 1915, he was the son of George
and Hariette Rowe Parnell.
He was a retired farmer.
Mr. Parnell was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Saxonburg,
Armstrong Lodge 239 F&AM of Freeport, Scottish Rite of New Castle,
Syria Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Cheswick, Syria Caravan 14 of Butler, and
was a former president of the Butler Shrine Luncheon Club.
He was a past commander of VFW Post 7376 of Saxonburg and a member of
the American Legion Post 683 and the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company and
a life member of Tanglewood Senior Center.
During World War II, he served with the Army in England and France.
He enjoyed gardening and traveling.
Surviving are his wife, Pearl L. Neubert Parnell, whom he married Nov.
8, 1986; six stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and a number
of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Charolett Harris Parnell,
who died in 1984; two brothers; and two sisters.
PARNELL — Friends of Thomas P. Parnell, who died Wednesday, Jan. 2,
2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at FOX FUNERAL
HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
The Rev. Wayne Gillespie, his church pastor, will officiate. Burial will
be at Allegheny Cemetery Mausoleum, Pittsburgh.
Memorial donations may be made to Shrine Transportation Fund, c/o Syria
Shrine Temple 1877 Shrines Way, Cheswick PA 15024-1075.
John M. Martonik
John M. Martonik, 62, of Butler died Wednesday at his home after an
Born Nov. 21, 1939, in McKees Rocks, he was the son of the late John
R. Martonik and Olga (Malanchuck) Martonik of McKees Rocks, who survives.
He was a former member of St. John Catholic Church and was a state police
corporal, retiring after 29 years. He was a member of the FOP Brady Paul
Lodge 54, Slovak Society of Lyndora, and the Butler Quarterback Club. He
was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and was an avid sports fan.
In addition to his mother, survivors in addition to his mother are his
wife, Sandy (Schlentner) Martonik of Butler; a daughter, Mrs. Tim (Sandy)
Fristoe of Virginia; a son, John J. Martonik of Fenelton; three sisters,
Mrs. Ed (Barbara) Sweeney of Chicago Ridge, Ill., Mrs. George (Paula) Logue
of Moon Township, and Mrs. Nancy Broda of Great Falls, Mont.; and a granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by a brother.
MARTONIK — Friends of John M. Martonik, who died Wednesday, Jan. 2,
2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the YOUNG
FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St., Butler. A Mass of Christian burial
will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Fidelis Catholic Church, 303
Penn Ave., Lyndora, with the Rev. James Murphy officiating. Burial will
be at Butler County Memorial Park.
Mary Kelly Legros
Mary Kelly Legros, 53, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., formerly of Bruin, died
Tuesday at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center after an illness.
Born in Butler, Feb. 4, 1948, she was the daughter of Herbert and Geraldine
She graduated from Karns City High School and received a bachelor of
arts degree from Geneva College.
Mrs. Legros was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church
Surviving are her husband Jules Legros; a daughter, Natalie Fike of
Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Karen Rukovena of Tallmadge, Ohio, and several
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother.
LEGROS — Friends of Mary Kelly Legros, who died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002,
will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL
HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m.
Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Terry Kennedy, pastor of Martinsburg
Presbyterian Church of Bruin, officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Creek
Memorial donations may be made to the American Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals or the Beesley Animal Humane Society, Murfreesboro,
Hoyle S. Howell
Hoyle S. Howell, 84, of Saxonburg died today at the Sugarcreek Rest
Born May 15, 1917, in Todd, N.C., he was the son of Robert and Kathleen
Mr. Howell retired after 42 years from Electromelt Corp. in Pittsburgh,
where he was a welder. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps
during the Depression.
He was a member of the Zion Methodist Church in Todd and enjoyed hunting
He is survived by three sons, Don A. Howell and Stewart B. Howell, both
of Saxonburg, and Samuel G. Howell of Butler; three sisters, Elma Hayes
and Kathleen Miller, both of West Jefferson, N.C., and Ardna Lail of Todd;
seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise (Joyce) Howell, who died
in 1981, and a daughter.
HOWELL — Friends of Hoyle S. Howell, who died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at FOX FUNERAL HOME,
Saxonburg. Additional hours will be held at Boone Family Funeral Home,
West Jefferson. Burial will be at Zion Church Cemetery, West Jefferson.
Steve Hoshak, 81, formerly of Butler died Monday at Sunnyview Nursing
Born April 24, 1920, in Butler, he was a son of Michael and Katie Opar
He was a retired crane leader in the silica department at the former
Armco — Butler Works. He worked there for 31 years and retired in 1973.
He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Lyndora.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he had served as a sergeant
in the 755th Anti-aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion.
He was a member of the VFW Post 249 in Butler, American Legion Post
778 in Lyndora, the Butler Elks Lodge 170, and the Slovak Club in Lyndora.
He enjoyed golf and bowling and participated in numerous leagues in
He is survived by two nieces and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
HOSHAK – Friends of Steve Hoshak, who died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, will
be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham
St. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with
the Rev. Stefan Zencuch, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox
Parastas services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Diana R. Budner
Diana R. Budner, 68, formerly of Butler, died Sunday at her son’s home
in Sharpsburg after an illness.
Born Sept. 11, 1933, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Lawrence
and Antoinette Yelenti.
She was a homemaker and attended the Sharpsburg Worship Center.
Surviving are three sons, Bob J. Budner of Saxonburg, Sam J. Budner
of Sharpsburg and Mike W. Budner Sr. of Butler; three daughters, Linda
Right of Alabama and Annette Budner and Debbie Kabel, both of Butler; 10
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Budner Sr.; her companion,
Charles “Chuck” Pullen; and a son.
BUDNER — Friends of Diana R. Budner, who died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001,
will be received from noon to 2 p.m. today at WORRELL FUNERAL HOME, 820
Main St., Sharpsburg, where services will follow at 2 p.m. Private burial
will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler township.
Memorial donations may be made to Sharpsburg Worship Center, 200 Ace
St., Sharpsburg, PA 15215; or to Worrell Funeral Home, 820 Main St., Sharpsburg,
Edith M. Bartlett
Edith M. Bartlett, 94, of O’Hara Township, Allegheny County, died Wednesday
morning at Harmar Village Care Center, Harmar Township.
Born March 3, 1908, in Mars, she was the daughter of George and Beatrice
Mrs. Bartlett was a homemaker and lived in O’Hara Township since 1940.
She belonged to the Hoboken Presbyterian Church of Blawnox.
Surviving are four sons, Raymond E. Bartlett of Prospect, Robert T.
Bartlett of Texas, Howard M. Bartlett of Saxonburg, and Samuel M. Bartlett
of O’Hara Township; a brother, Harry Lawther of Mars; 10 grandchildren;
13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward M. Bartlett, and three
BARTLETT — Friends of Edith M. Bartlett, who died Wednesday, Jan. 1,
2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at THOMAS M. SMITH
FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 930 Center Ave., Blawnox. Services will be
at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hoboken Presbyterian Church, 921 North Ave., Blawnox.
Hilda M. Tackett
Hilda M. Tackett, 88, of Butler died at 5:21 p.m. Wednesday at her home
after an illness.
Born Feb. 11, 1913, in Mars, she was the daughter of William and Minne
She was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Donald (Florence) Domhoff of Renfrew,
Mrs. Vic (Shirley) Walowen of Butler, Mrs. William (Judith) Parker of Boiling
Springs, Cumberland County, Mrs. James (Mary) Minton of Cabot and Mrs.
Richard (Debby) Newell of Butler; and a sister, Florence Rounce of Mars.
She also is survived by 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, James A. Tackett, whom she married June 4, 1937, died Sept.
25, 1997. A sister also preceded her in death.
TACKETT — Friends of Hilda M. Tackett, who died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002,
will be received from noon to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at YOUNG FUNERAL
HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral
home with the Rev. Philip Williams, her church pastor, officiating. Burial
will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township.
W. Ralph McCracken
W. Ralph McCracken, 84, of Sun City, Ariz., died of pneumonia Tuesday
at Boswell Memorial Hospital, Sun City.
He was born in 1917 on the family farm near New Castle .
In his early 20s, he moved to Butler, where he worked for Eastern States
Farmers Exchange, now Agway. He also owned a farm, where he operated a
sod business and bred riding horses.
He retired in 1972 and moved to Wickenburg, Ariz., where he lived for
19 years before moving to Sun City seven years ago.
In Sun City, he did volunteer work at Royal Oaks Life Care, where he
made his home and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
He enjoyed playing the banjo and was a member of the Banjo Band. He
also enjoyed writing limericks and playing billiards.
Surviving are his wife, Anna Mae McCracken; a daughter, Jane Herlihy
of Oakland, Calif., a son, Thomas McCracken of Baltimore, Md.; five grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren. Three sisters and two brothers, all of Pennsylvania,
He was preceded in death by a daughter and a grandson.
McCRACKEN — A memorial service for W. Ralph McCracken, who died Tuesday,
Jan. 1, 2002, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church
in Sun City.
Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 12225 N.
103rd Ave. Sun City, AZ 85351.
Helen E. Keefer
Helen E. Keefer, 78, of North Washington died at 5:45 a.m. Thursday
at United Community Hospital, Grove City.
Born Aug. 16, 1923, in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of Charles
and Bettie Kriss Walker.
She was a Methodist.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Jack (Linda) Sutton of Oklahoma,
Mrs. Clint (Betty) McDowell of Tennessee and Mrs. Bruce (Lillian Marcia)
Bailey of Ellwood City; and three sons, David Keefer of Hilliards, Donald
Keefer of Butler and Ralph Card of New Castle. She also is survived by
Three sisters preceded her in death.
Services were today at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, West Sunbury. The Rev. Robert
Mathias, pastor of North Washington Presbyterian Church, officiated. Burial
was at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.