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John F. Dunlap

John F. Dunlap, 81, of Parker, died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000, in Clarview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Sligo, following an illness.
Born Nov. 18, 1918, in Parker, he was a son of George and Mary Gallagher Dunlap.
Mr. Dunlap graduated from the former Parker High School and began a 43-year career as a machinist with the former Glass Containers Corp. in Parker. He was a member and president for eight years of the local chapter of the Glass Bottle Blowers Association of America.
He was a lifelong member of the Parker United Methodist Church where he was involved in all operations of the church and had served many years as a trustee.
A veteran of World War II, John served in the U.S. Army Air Force. He completed pilot training and later served as a bombardier instructor stateside. He was discharged as 1st Lieutenant. He was a member of the American Legion Post 598 and a social member of V.F.W. Post 7073. For over twenty-five years, John called cadence when the veterans marched on Memorial Day.
Mr. Dunlap was a life member and chief for nine years of the Parker City Volunteer Fire Co. He was the weekly bingo caller for 37 years for the fire company’s fundraiser.
He was a member and served two terms as president of the Armstrong County Firemen’s Association and was involved in other functions of the firefighters association.
The Parker Fire Co. named Mr. Dunlap "Man of the Year" in 1984 in Parker City.
Mr. Dunlap was a member of Parker City Lodge No. 521, F. & A.M., and the New Castle Consistory.
He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 278 in Butler and had served in earlier years as district deputy of the Odd Fellow Lodge.
Mr. Dunlap served on the Armstrong County Advisory Board and was instrumental in acquiring senior citizen housing and luncheons for the seniors of Parker City.
He had served for 11 years as a Boy Scout leader in Parker.
Mr. Dunlap was married to the former Vesta Jordan, who died in March 1980. He later married Leanore Barr Elder, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. David (Nancy) Collette of Portersville RD 2; a stepdaughter, Mrs. George (Diana) Colley of North Truro, Mass.; two stepsons, Richard Elder of St. Louis, Mo., and William Elder of Springdale; seven stepgrandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
He also is survived by one brother, James Eugene Dunlap of New Castle; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Mr. Dunlap was preceded in death by a brother and a stepson.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2000 in the funeral home with the Rev. Victor and Molly Brown, pastors of the Parker United Methodist Church, officiating.
Members of the VFW and American Legion posts of Parker conducted full veterans honors during the services in the funeral home.
Interment was in the Parker Presbyterian Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Parker United Methodist Church, Parker, PA 16049.

Charles S. "Bud" Cooper

Charles S. "Bud" Cooper, 78, of McMurray, Pa. passed away on Saturday morning, November 11, 2000, at 6:20 a.m. at the Canonsburg Hospital following an illness.
Born in Allegheny Township, Butler Co., on March 5, 1922, he was the son of the late A. Truby and Alice Gamble Cooper.
He was married to the former Ruth Wilson who survives.
Mr. Cooper was a graduate of the former Parker High School at Parker, Pa.
Protestant by faith, he was a member of the F. and A.M. Lodge of Canonsburg, Pa.
A veteran of World War II, he served as a Tech/5 in the U.S. Army in Central Europe and the Rhineland. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
In 1957, he established Cooper Associates, an electronics representative firm, in McMurray, Pa. The company is still in operation today, and Mr. Cooper remained active in the operation as health permitted.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are a daughter Karen Miller of Sarasota, FL, two sons Kenneth T. Cooper of Carnegie and Charles M. Cooper of Hickory, Pa.; one stepsister Joyce Starr Cooper of Hooker. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and an infant sister.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 13, 2000, at 1;30 p.m. in the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Main St., Eau Claire, Pa. Burial was in the Eau Claire Cemetery.

Robert Valentine Letke

Robert Valentine Letke, 78, of Emlenton RD 3, died of cancer at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, in Northwest Medical Center at Franklin.
Born Feb. 14, 1922, in Kopple, he was a son of William P. and Stella Marie Zubalik Letke.
He was a 1940 graduate of Eau Claire High School and attended Slippery Rock College.
Mr. Letke was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a technical sergeant stationed in Bungay, England. He was a crew chief and top turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator. He flew 43 missions over Germany.
He retired from Quaker State research laboratory in Seneca.
Mr. Letke was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church, Emlenton, having served as a church council member, treasurer and Sunday School teacher.
He was a member of the American Legion Post in Foxburg.
Mr. Letke was a stained glass artist and enjoyed making various objects from stained glass. He also enjoyed woodworking and the company of his Newfoundland dog, Tarr.
He was married in Hanover Dec. 10, 1950, to Ruth Orene Brady, who survives. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this December.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Robert M. Letke and his wife, Debbie, and William J. Letke, all of Emlenton; four daughters and their husbands, Karen and Al Rider of Lexington, Ky., Susan and Richard Uhleman of Erie, Jane and Larry Aiken of Wrightsville and Nancy and Tom Hovis of Emlenton; and 16 grandchildren, Amy and Michael McFadden, Mark and David Rider, Lori and Jason McElwain, Kristy, Isaac and Ryan Aunkst, George Robert, Jamie, Christine and John Aiken and Thomas "TP", Curtis and Zane Hovis.
He also is survived by a brother, Emil T. Letke of Emlenton; and a sister, Gertrude Letke Beatty of Emlenton.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Letke was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Letke.
Friends were received in the Christopher M. Hile Funeral Home, Emlenton.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday in St. John Lutheran Church, Emlenton, with the Rev. Dennis Smith, pastor, and the Rev. Alan Rider, Lutheran Minister and son-in-law to Mr. Letke, officiating. Interment, with military honors, was in Emlenton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County, 308 Seneca St., Oil City 16301.

Charlotte M. Fithian

Charlotte M. Fithian, 81, of Foxburg, died Friday morning, Sept. 29, 2000, at Clarview Rest and Rehabilitation Center at Sligo after an illness.
Born May 19, 1919, in Barre, Vt., she was a daughter of Raymond C. and Irene Marr Farrington.
She was a graduate of the former Parker High School.
Mrs. Fithian was a member of the Foxburg United Methodist Church.
She was a member and past matron of Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 60, of Parker, and was a member and past treasurer of the Foxburg Country Club.
Mrs. Fithian was previously a member of the Allegheny-Clarion Valley School Board.
She had served as secretary and treasurer of the Parker High School Alumni Association for several decades.
She also was a member of the Clarion County Garden Club.
In 1981, she and her husband were named king and queen of senior citizens of the Zephyr Hills, Fla., Kiwanis Club.
Mrs. Fithian was an avid bridge player and enjoyed golf. She loved everybody and thoroughly enjoyed life.
She was married Dec. 16, 1939, in Parker to Herbert R. Fithian, who survives.
The couple celebrated their 60th anniversary last December.
Survivors also include a brother, Robert Farrington of Clarview Rest and Rehabilitation Center at Sligo; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marguerite Wolford.
There was no public visitation. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, in the Foxburg United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Steve Soltis, pastor, officiating. Interment was in Foxburg Cemetery.
The H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home in Parker was in charge of arrangement.
In lieu of Flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Virginia M. ‘Ginny’ Bell

Virginia M. "Ginny" Bell, 48, of Butler died Monday, October 2, 2000, of natural causes at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born June 26, 1952, in Butler, she was the daughter of Alfred and Muriel Miller Gschnell.
She graduated from Butler High School in 1970. She had worked for years at the Butler County Vocational Technical School in Butler. At the time of her death she was vice president and a crafter with the Laurel Tree at the Butler Mall.
She attended the Christ Community United Methodist Church. She was a life member of the Butler County Humane Society.
Surviving are her husband, I. Keith Bell, whom she married Oct. 8, 1977; her parents of Butler; a sister, Judy Gschnell of Butler; two brothers, Alfred Gschnell Jr. of Godley, Texas, and John Gschnell of Canal, Ohio; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne St. Parker.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000 at the funeral home with the Rev. Cloyd Osborne, a retired United Methodist pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Parker Presbyterian Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Butler County Humane Society.

James G. Page

James G. Page, 64, of Foxburg, died Thursday morning, June 29, 2000, in the emergency room of Clarion Hospital after he was suddenly stricken ill at his residence.
Born March 16, 1936, in Foxburg, he was a son of James L. and Annabelle Grazier Page.
He attended public school in Foxburg and then entered the United States Marine Corps Feb. 2, 1955. He was discharged Jan. 30, 1959, with the rank of lance corporal, serving most of his duty in Quantico, Va.
Mr. Page was employed from 1969 until his retirement in 1987 with the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad as both a brakeman and substitute conductor. He was a member of the United Transportation Local No. 596.
He was a member and had served as fire chief of Foxburg Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years. At the time of his death, he was serving as forest fire warden for District No. 8 of Pennsylvania, a position he held for more than 30 years.
Mr. Page served as mayor of Foxburg Borough for 28 years.
He was Protestant.
Mr. Page was a member of Canby Lodge No. 520, F. & A.M., of St. Petersburg and the Coudersport Consistory.
He was a social member of VFW Post 7073 of Parker and was a regular member of American Legion Post 636 of Foxburg.
Mr. Page was married Nov. 28, 1956, to Cleda C. Greenawalt, who survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Gila J. and Gayla M. Page, both of Foxburg, and Beth C. Courson of St. Petersburg; two sons, Jeffrey G. Page of West Freedom and Barry J. Page of Foxburg; five grandchildren, Jamie L. Pennington of Eau Claire, Timothy M. Pennington of Japan, Leonard J. Page of Hilliards and Amanda Curran and Eric E. Courson, both of St. Petersburg; and two great-grandchildren Ashley and Ivan E. Pennington of Eau Claire.
He also is survived by a sister, Rose Edinger of Foxburg; four brothers, John "Jack" Page of Bruin, William L. Page of Foxburg, Raymond L. "Buzz" Page of Emlenton and David C. Page of Emlenton RD; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Page was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Page.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment was in St. Petersburg Cemetery.
Veterans of the American Legion Post of Foxburg and VFW Post of Parker conducted full military services on Monday, July 3, 2000, both in the funeral home and at the cemetery.
The family suggest memorials be made to the Foxburg Volunteer Fire Department, Foxburg, PA 16036.

Emogene B. Hindman

Emogene B. Hindman, 69, of Emlenton, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, in Orchard Manor, Grove City.
Born Nov. 7, 1930, in Clinton Township, Venango County, she was the daughter of James E. and Elsie M. McFadden Kifer. She was a 1948 graduate of Parker High School.
Mrs. Hindman was a member of the Big Bend United Methodist Church of Emlenton.
She was married Oct. 25, 1950, to Paul F. Hindman, who died June 28, 1992.
Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Robert (Janet) Hiatt of North Richland Hills, Texas, Mrs. Raymond (Susan L.) Dunkle of Kennerdell, Mrs. Jack (Mary Louise) Gold of Hilliards, Mrs. Javier (Sandra) Elias of San Antonio, Texas, and Barbara Suggs and Mrs. Mark (Karen) Crisman, both of Emlenton; three sons, Larry F. Hindman of Library and Donald P. Hindman and James A. Hindman, both of Emlenton; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by one brother, Claire Kifer of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. James (Shirley) Overheim of Parker and Louise Cook of Hilliards; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Hindman was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and one sister.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Main Street, Eau Claire.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Ralph Tanner, pastor of the Big Bend United Methodist Church, Emlenton, officiating.
Interment was in Eau Claire Cemetery.

Antonio J. "Tony" Parenti

Antonio J. "Tony" Parenti, 78, of Parker died Thursday, April 27,'00 at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 17, 1922, in Forestville, he was the son of Enrico and Julia Parenti Parenti.
He had been a truck driver and worked in general maintenance at U.S. Steel’s Hillsville plant in New Castle for 33 years.
Mr. Parenti was a Catholic. He belonged to VFW Post 7073 of Parker and American Legion Post 636 of Foxburg.
During World War II, he served with the Army in the Pacific.
He is survived by a son, Robert Parenti of Parker; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Susan) Levier of Jamestown, Pa.; a brother, Sam Parenti of Slippery Rock; three sisters, Teresa Nagy, Annabelle Ekis and Diane Parenti, all of Boyers; six grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
His wife, Norma R. Hoover Parenti, whom he married Sept. 30, 1942, died May 10, 1992. He also was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2000 at St. Mary Roman Catholic church, Parker. The Rev. Thomas Federline, church pastor, officiated.
Burial was in Perryville Cemetery, Perry Township, Clarion County.
VFW Post 7073 and American Legion Post 636 conducted military honors at Perryville Cemetery.

Helene G. Boyd

Helene G. Boyd, 93, of Buchanan Commons Nursing Home, Grove City, formerly of Clintonville, Beaver and Foxburg, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 30, 2000, in the nursing home.
Born Oct. 11, 1906, in St. Petersburg, Clarion County, she was a daughter of John F. and Lillie Fulmer Eddinger.
During World War II, Mrs. Boyd was employed at the former Parker Glass Factory in Parker.
She attended the Union Presbyterian Church in Clintonville. Mrs. Boyd was a homemaker.
Mrs. Boyd was first married in 1926 to Orbin Branthoover. She was later married in Robinson Chapel near Parker on July 2, 1936, to James P. Boyd, who died Feb. 7, 1972.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, O.L. and Helen Mae Branthoover of Emlenton RD 3; a grandson, John R. Branthoover of Boyers; a sister Estellene Durnell of Greenville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Boyd was preceded in death by four brothers, Roger Eddinger, Byron Eddinger, Wendell Eddinger and Arnold Eddinger; and a sister, Marguerite Kunselman.
Friends were received at the Christopher M. Hile Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2000, in the funeral home with the Rev. John C. Boor, pastor of the Rouseville United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment was in St. Petersburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Department at Buchanan Commons Nursing Home, Grove City.

Dr. Paul K. Wellman

Dr. Paul K. Wellman, M.D., 77, of Fort Myers, Fla., a St. Petersburg, Clarion County, native and longtime Louisville, Ky., ophthalmologist, died at 2:55 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2000, at the Hope Hospice in Fort Myers.
Born Oct. 10, 1922, in St. Petersburg, he was a son of Dr. Harrison M. and Freda Keeler Wellman.
He was a member of the Cypress Lake United Methodist Church in Florida and enjoyed painting and woodworking.
Dr. Wellman was a 1940 graduate of St. Petersburg Richland Township Consolidated High School.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army and a 1947 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
Following an internship, he succeeded his father in his medical practice in St. Petersburg until 1951. He then returned to military service as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corp, serving during the Korean Conflict.
After a residency in ophthalmology at Tulane University, Dr. Wellman entered into private practice in Louisville, Ky., where he practiced for 38 years.
He retired from medicine in 1985, and lived in Florida for the past several years. Dr. Wellman was married March 5, 1944, in Foxburg to the former Kay Fowler, who survives.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Wellman is survived by three sons, Lt. Col. Robert G. Wellman of Travis Air Force Base, David B. Wellman of Columbia, Mo., and Lynn H. Wellman of Atlanta; and one daughter, Mrs. Steven (Patricia L.) Becker of Loveland, Colo.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren and two nephews.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Wellman was preceded in death by a brother, Richard H. Wellman.
Friends were received at the Christopher M. Hile Funeral Home in St. Petersburg. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2000, in the St. Petersburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Soltis, pastor of the St. Petersburg United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment followed in the St. Petersburg Cemetery.

Wanda Lee Horner

Wanda Lee Horner, 70, of Dutch Hill, Parker RD 1, died Wednesday morning, May 24, 2000, at Butler Memorial Hospital following an illness.
Born March 4, 1930, in Butler, she was a daughter of Jesse and Grace Lee Daubenspeck.
Mrs. Horner was a 1948 graduate of Butler High School, as well as a 1952 graduate of the Butler Hospital School of Nursing. She was a member of the alumni association of that school.
She was a member of the Concord Presbyterian Church, where she served as the church treasurer for many years. Mrs. Horner also was a member of the church’s Quilting Society.
Mrs. Horner was a member of the Clarion County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as the ladies auxiliary of the American Legion and VFW, both of Parker.
She was married Sept. 9, 1953, to David E. "Ed" Horner, who survives.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Horner is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Scott (Marcie) Douglass of Emlenton RD 2; one son Jesse Horner of Butler; four grandchildren, Jason Snyder of Butler, Tawnia Snyder at home and Benjamin and Sarah Horner of Butler; four sisters, Mary Fair of Butler, Mrs. Frank (Helen) Campbell of Lakewood, Colo., Mrs. Robert (Norma) Pritts of Parker RD 3 and Mrs. Donald (Shirley) Gould of Butler; one brother, Forest Daubenspeck of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Horner was preceded in death by one daughter, Leanne Snyder, who died Dec. 22, 1994; and one brother, Richard Daubenspeck.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2000 in the Concord Presbyterian Church, Perry Township, Clarion County. Interment followed in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Dutch Hill.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association or the National Diabetes Foundation.

Arlene L. Young

Arlene L. Young, 89, of Emlenton, died unexpectedly at 2 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at her residence.
She was born June 9, 1910, in Smicksburg.
Mrs. Young was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worthington and attended St. John Lutheran Church in Emlenton. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Young was married to Albert B. Young, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are a son, Daniel C. Young of Emlenton; a grandson, Daniel A. Young of Kittanning; and a niece, Margaret Loughry of Punxsutawney.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Young was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one stepsister.
Private graveside services were held Thursday, May 18, 2000, in Emlenton Cemetery with the Rev. Dennis Smith, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Emlenton, and the Rev. Jack Robinson, pastor of St. Petersburg Church of the Nazarene, officiating.
Arrangements are in charge of the Hile Funeral Home, Emlenton.

Sarah Catherine Ritts

Sarah Catherine Ritts, 80, or 1220 Chestnut St., Franklin, died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in Sugar Creek Station, Franklin RD 3.
Born Feb. 3, 1920, in Corsica, she was a daughter of Orean E. and Bessie Lucas McClain.
Mrs. Ritts had been a custodian for Butler Wick in Franklin and Garmong Nursing Home in Oil City.
She was a member of the Fox Street Church of God, Rocky Grove, and the Victory Heights Lo-Cal Gals.
Mrs. Ritts enjoyed reading, hunting and camping.
She was married April 29, 1939, to Leonard E. Ritts, who died Dec. 11, 1997.
Surviving are a son, Michael L. Ritts of Cooperstown; two daughters, Mrs. Malcom "Mac" (Carol) Newton and Mrs. Diane Orr, both of Franklin; five grandchildren, Mark Baker of Franklin, Michael Ritts of Bradleytown and Randy Ritts, Susan Zinz and Shannon Ritts, all of Cooperstown; and five great-grandchildren, Brandy Owens, Shawn Ownes, Michael Ritts III, Ashley Baker and Alison Baker.
She also is survived by one brother, Marvin Gerald McClain of Austintown, Ohio; two sisters, Leora Johnson of Reno and Silva Wilson of Saegertown; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Ritts was preceded in death by a son, Fred Eugene Ritts, who was killed in 1976 in an auto accident; and a grandson, Brian Baker, who died April 26, 1998.
Friends were received at the Robert W. Gardinier Funeral Home, Franklin.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2000 in the funeral home with the Rev. Phil Conklin, pastor of the Fox Street Church of God, officiating.
Interment was in Zion Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fox Street Church of God, or to the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County.

Ethel Fross

Ethel Fross, 87, of Grove City, formerly of Parker, died Wednesday afternoon, May 17, 2000, at Northwest Medical Center, Franklin.
Born Feb. 3, 1913, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Charles and Mary Elizabeth Dougherty Hazard.
She was a member of the Church of the Beloved Disciple of Grove City and the Rosary Altar Society of the church. She was a former member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church of Parker.
Mrs. Fross had worked at the Glass Containers Corp. of Parker for years and retired in 1978.
She was a member of the Glass Bottle Blowers Association and a former member of the Parker VFW Auxiliary.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. James (Dolores) Gallagher of Grove City, a stepdaughter, Marion Johnson of Florida; a son, George Fross Jr. of Franklin; a brother, James Hazard of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Fross, who died in 1950; four brothers; and a sister.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2000 at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Parker. Father Thomas Federline, church pastor, officiated. Burial was at Parker Presbyterian Cemetery.

Hazel C. Fitzgerald

Hazel C. Fitzgerald, 80, of Boyers RD 1, died at 4:07 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in Northwest Medical Center at Franklin following a brief illness.
Born Sept. 30, 1919, in Harrisville, she was a daughter of Francis V. and Edna Mae Bell McGuirk.
Mrs. Fitzgerald was employed for a number of years as a cafeteria worker at both Moniteau High School and Slippery Rock University.
She was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Murrinsville.
Mrs. Fitzgerald was married Sept. 30, 1937, to Paul L. Fitzgerald, who died Nov. 11, 1982.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Patricia) Shiban of Schaumburg, Ill., Mrs. Rodney (Karen) Hedglin of Boyers RD 1 and Mrs. William (Bonnie) Weiss of Harrisville RD 2; four sons, Barry Fitzgerald of Franklin and Thomas Fitzgerald, James Fitzgerald and Joseph Fitzgerald, all of Boyers RD 1; 18 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by one brother, Paul McGuirk of Foxburg; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Gilmore of Knox; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Fitzgerald was preceded in death by one brother, Charles McGuirk.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Main Street, Eau Claire.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2000 in St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Murrinsville, with Father Albert Koser, pastor, as the presider.
Interment was in the church cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department, Boyers, Pa. 16020.

Kenneth E. Hindman

Kenneth E. Hindman, 59, of Crawford Corners Road, Emlenton, died unexpectedly at 3 a.m. Sunday, May 28, 2000, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Born Nov. 15, 1940, in Emlenton, he was a son of Charles W. and Margaret Coulter Hindman.
He was a 1958 graduate of Emlenton High School.
Mr. Hindman worked as an electrician. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 10 of Butler for 42 years. For the past 10 years, he served IBEW as an organizer and assistant business agent and also was a member of the executive board.
He also was a member of the Democratic Men’s Association of Butler County.
Mr. Hindman attended both the Scrubgrass Stone Church and the Fellowship Baptist Church, both of Emlenton.
He enjoyed his grandchildren.
Mr. Hindman was married May 27, 1960, in the Clintonville Methodist Church to M. Susan McCormick, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Kevin E. and Paula L. Hindman of Cambridge Springs and M. Shawn and Joleen K. Hindman of Edinboro; and three grandchildren and one step grandchild, Kassi L. and Kayla A. Hindman of Cambridge Springs and Connor Hindman and Cory Herman of Edinboro.
He also is survived by a sister, Mrs. Eugene (Grace M.) Long of Emlenton; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jeanne Hindman of Emlenton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hindman was preceded in death by a brother, William E. Hindman.
Friends were received at the Christopher M. Hile Funeral Home, Emlenton.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Jeffery Cox, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Emlenton, officiating.
Interment followed in the Scrubgrass Stone Church Cemetery, Stone Church Road, Emlenton.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Scrubgrass Cemetery Association c/o R. Edward Scott, R.D. 2, Emlenton, Pa 16373.

Arabelle G. Brenneman

Arabelle G. Brenneman, 57, of West Monterey, Parker RD 1, died at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 28, 2000, in Clarion Hospital following an accident Saturday at her residence.
Born Sept. 27, 1942, near Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of William H. and Bertha Mae Conrad Phillips.
Mrs. Brenneman was a licensed beautician in Pennsylvania. She was a former secretary for Econo-Flo Flour Service near Pittsburgh.
She was of the Episcopal faith.
Mrs. Brenneman was married Sept. 9, 1978, to Dale V. Brenneman, who survives.
Also surviving are two brothers, William K. Phillips of Lower Burrell and Arthur D. Phillips of Plum Boro; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She also is survived by four stepdaughters, Sherry Hugan of New York, and Brenda Grogno, Tammy Pesanski and Barbara Barclay, all of Tarentum; four stepsons, Allen Brenneman of Gibsonia, Keith Brenneman of Arnold, Dave V. Brenneman Jr. of Pittsburgh and Terrence Brenneman of Blairsville; several step grandchildren; and several step great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2000 in the funeral home. Interment was in Greenwood Memorial Gardens, Lower Burrell.

Louis D. Bowser

Louis D. Bowser, 76, of Knox, died of natural causes Tuesday evening, June 6, 2000, at his residence.
Born Sept. 6, 1923, in Perry Township, Clarion County, he was a son of Dean and Amelia Helsel Bowser.
Mr. Bowser was a graduate of the former Parker High School.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Bowser served under Gen. George Patton with the 2nd Infantry Regiment in the European Theater of Operations. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge.
He also earned the Victory Medal, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, two Bronze Stars and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.
He was employed at Central Electric of Parker from 1948 until his retirement in 1985.
Mr. Bowser was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church of St. Petersburg, Pa., where he formerly taught Sunday School. He also had served as church treasurer for many years.
He was a member of VFW Post 7073 and American Legion Post 598, both of Parker, and was a member of the Commanders Club of the Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. Bowser was married June 26, 1953, to the former Bonnie Duncan, who survives.
Also surviving are a son and his wife, Neale Douglas and Bettie Bowser of Bernville; two daughters, Mrs. Jim (Lu-Ann) Carbaugh of Kenenrdell and Julie Elaine Bowser of Strattanville; nine grandchildren, Lisa Melanie, Jessica, Reid, Jason, Tracy, Katie, Russell and Rhonda; and five great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Carl (Norma) Jordan and Mrs. John (Helen)) Barger, both of Dutch Hill, Parker RD 1, Mrs. Richard (Alma) Fithian of Beaufort, S.C., and Mrs. Lowell (Mary) Smalligan of Brownsville, Texas; two brothers, Rodney Bowser of Dutch Hill, Parker RD 1, and Carl Bowser of Victoria, Australia; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Bowser was preceded in death by a son, Ray Gordon Bowser, who died in 1984; and two brothers, Frank Bowser and George Neale Bowser.
The H. Jack buzard Funeral Home, Parker, was in charge of arrangements. There was no public visitation.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2000, in Lawn Haven Burial Estates at Worthington with the Rev. Dennis A. Smith, St. Peter Lutheran Church, officiating.
Interment was in Lawn Haven.
The family suggests memorials be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Howard E. "Hubba" Blymiller

Howard E. "Hubba" Blymiller, 62, of Parker, died at 4:33 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2000, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Oakland in Pittsburgh following an extended illness.
Born Feb. 28, 1938, in Parker, he was a son of Leaudra Cobbett Blymiller of Parker and the late Ellsworth E. Blymiller.
He was a 1956 graduate of the former Parker High School.
Mr. Blymiller entered the U.S. Army in 1961, serving until 1963. He attained the rank of Spc/4 and served in the Pacific area in the service.
He began employment with the former Glass Containers Corp. in Parker in 1956 and worked there until its closing in 1980, except for his military service.
Mr. Blymiller served as custodian of the Parker VFW and the Parker Fire Department until his retirement earlier this year.
Howard E. BlymillerHe was a member of American Legion Post 636 of Foxburg, a social member of VFW Post 7073 of Parker and life member of the Parker City Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Blymiller was of the United Methodist faith.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Melissa) Buck of Hilliards; a sister, Mrs. William (Joyce) Zimmel of Chambersburg; a brother, William Blymiller of Cleveland, Tenn.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2000 in the funeral home. Interment was in Parker Presbyterian Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Parke City Volunteer Fire Department, Parker. Pa. 16049.

Mary J. Barger

Mary J. Barger, 70, of Beverly Healthcare, Oil City, formerly of Harrisville, died at 6:15 a.m. Monday, June 12, 2000, in the healthcare facility following an illness.
Born Aug. 20, 1929, in Rimersburg, she was a daughter of Chambers and Margaret Summerville Crissman.
Mrs. Barger was a Protestant. She was an avid bingo player.
Mrs. Barger was married April 1, 1953, to Byron W. "Buck" Barger Sr., who died Sept. 3, 1989.
Surviving are a daughter, Ethel White of Oil City; a son, Byron W. "Buckey" Barger Jr. of Harrisville RD 1, 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by a sister, Mrs. Wendell (Louise) Kriebel of Hubbard, Ohio; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Barger was preceded in death by two daughters, Peggy Chestnut and Elizabeth Ann "Sue" Weckerly.
Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2000, in the funeral home. Interment was in Perryville Cemetery near Parker.


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