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Madeline Robinson Branch, 86, of Sewickley, died in Sewickley Valley Hospital on March 31, 2001. 
A service will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Triumph Baptist Church. 
Interment will follow at Sewickley Cemetery. 
She was born Sept. 28, 1915, in Leetsdale, the daughter of Ernest Robinson and Celia Russell. 
She worked for a private family in Sewickley. 
She was an avid gardener, and she enjoyed her flowers. She was an excellent cook. 
Mrs. Branch was a member of Triumph Baptist Church of Sewickley. 
During WWII, she worked at the American Bridge Co. as a welder. 
She was predeceased by her husband, Curtis Branch Sr. 
She is survived by her son, Curtis Branch Jr. of Aleppo Township; one brother, George Robinson of Beaver, Pa.; two sisters, Frances Byrd of Dayton, Ohio, and Betty Robinson Jones of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews. 
Arrangements were made by Richard D. Cole Funeral Home, Sewickley. 

Clifford Crighton, born in Birkenhead, England, on Sept. 28, 1924, died in Sewickley on March 28, 2001. 
As a patriot in England, during WWII, he served as a civil volunteer in the fire brigade during the air raids. 
He helped teach navigation skills to the young pilots for the Royal Air Force, and he worked tirelessly in helping to repair damaged battleships. 
In 1962, he immigrated to the U.S. and became a citizen in 1978. 
In 1976, he founded the C&E Plastics Inc. with his wife Esther. 
He was a pioneer in the design and fabrications of thermo-plastic tanks and equipment for the steel industry. 
C&E Plastics employs more than 30 people. 
He is survived by his wife Esther, seven children, 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one sister. 
Copeland's Moon Township handled the arrangements. 

A memorial service will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Broad Street and Frederick Avenue, Sewickley, for Mary Cupper Hamlen. 
Mrs. Hamlen, 74, died at home on March 29, 2001. 
She was born and raised in Detroit where she attended The Liggett School. 
After graduating from Wellesley college, she lived briefly in Boston before moving to New York City. 
In 1958, she married and relocated to Sewicley. 
She served as the leader for her daughter's Girl Scout Troop and was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. 
She was also a member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh. 
Mrs. Hamlen was an office manager retired from a physician's office. 
She is survived by three children: James Hamlen, Barbara Andrews and Sarah Hamlen; and two grandchildren, Edwin Rosales Andrew and Nicholas Keith Hamlen. 
There was no visitation, and interment was private. 
Arrangements were handled by Richard D. Cole Funeral Home, Beaver Street, Sewickley. 

Mary Pellegrini, 64, of Emsworth, died on March 31, 2001, in Bellevue Suburban Hospital. 
She was born July 18, 1936, to the late Anthony and Elizabeth (Williamson) Graig in Sewickley. 
She was the wife of the late Frank Pellegrini and mother to Robert C. Schockley of Emsworth, Rebecca and her husband Robert Haas of Ben Avon, sister of Richard Graig of Beaufort, S.C., and grandmother to Nicole Haas. 
A faithful child of Christ foremost, she was devoted member of Christ Church at Grove Farm in Ohio Township. 
A memorial service was held at the church yesterday. 

Elizabeth Rutan Royster, 94, died at her home on March 22, 2001. She was born in Sewickley, the daughter of Martha (Fleming) and noted architect Frank E. Rutan. 
She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years Hubert ("Peanut") A. Royster Jr., M.D.; her sister, Martha Rutan Brown; and her brother, Frank E. Rutan Jr. 
Surviving are two daughters, Virginia Royster, and Martha Williams and her husband David; and four grandchildren. 
She was a first cousin of Frank ("Bud") E. Richardson Jr., who is survived by his wife Rosamound Richardson of Sewickley. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday in Maine. 
Gifts in her memory may be made to Bay School Scholar-ship Fund, P.O. Box 269, Blue Hill, ME 04614, or to Hancock County HomeCare, P.O. Box 156, Blue Hill, ME 04614. 

Hilda Westerwick, 82, a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and most recently of Valley Care Masonic Home, died on March 27, 2001, at Sewickley Valley Hospital. 
She was born in Kilbuck Township on Jan. 10, 1919, to the late John and Ida (Adomeit) Westerwick. 
Ms. Westerwick was a retired elevator operator for Allegheny General Hospital. 
She is survived by her brother, Hugo Westerwick of Pittsburgh; and two nieces and one nephew. 
Interment was in United Cemetery. 
Arrangements were made by Copeland's Sewickley-Irvine Chapel.

Arlene C. Frey, 67, of Sewickley, died at her home on April 21, 2001. 
She was born Dec. 23, 1933, the daughter of the late George Robert and Rosanna (Boyer) Miller. 
Mrs. Frey was a retired secretary at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Sewickley. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Frey, and one sister, Josephine Miller. 
She is survived by three children: Cynthia Wilson and her husband David of Coraopolis; Raymond Frey and his wife Angela of York, Pa.; and Timothy Frey and his wife Teri of West View. 
She is also survived by four sisters: Elizabeth "Betty" Hemperly of Annville, Pa.; Elsie Grumbine of Lebanon, Pa.; Marie "Sue" Ream of Lancaster, Pa.; Sandra Itkor of South Carolina; and four brothers: Carl Miller of Harrisburg, George Miller of Lancaster, James Miller of Lebanon and David "Sonny" Miller of Orlando, Fla. 
Mrs. Frey is also survived by two grandchildren, Jessica and Cory. 
A service was held on Monday. Burial was private. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Forbes Hospice, 6655 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15217 
Copeland's-Sewickley handled the arrangements. 

Glynn Walters Causey, 81, of Bell Acres, died April 20, 2001, in Sewickley Valley Hosptial. 
He was born in Sewickley on July 7, 1919, the son of the late Paul and Emma (McDougall) Causey. 
Mr. Causey was a self-employed plumber. 
He was a member of Little Hill Methodist Church and the American Legion Sewickley Valley Post #4. 
He was a veteran of the U.S.Army, having received a Purple Heart, The Bronze Star and the Bronze Arrowhead. 
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Ruth Motter Causey; and children: Linda Causey Clarke and husband David; Richard and wife Susan; Terry Causey and wife Patti; Timothy and wife Milissa; and Steven Causey 
He is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild and brother, Charles Oliver Causey of Seattle. 
Memorials may be made to The Little Hill Church Music Fund. 
A service was held on Monday. Burial was in the Little Hill Church Cemetery. 
Arrangesments wre made by Richard D. Cole Funeral Home, Sewickley. 

James T. Moore, age 81, of Sewickley, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2001, at Valley Care Masonic Home. 
Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Copeland's Sewickley-Irvine Chapel at 702 Beaver St. 
A funeral service will be observed at Copeland's tomorrow (Thursday) at 11 a.m. 
He was born on April 3, 1920, on the South Side of Pittsburgh to the late James Thomas and Edith (Graham) Moore. 
Mr. Moore is survived by his children: Thomas J. (Kath-erine) Moore of Sewickley, Barbara S. (Chuck) Kornetz of Erie, Robert C. (Lisa) Moore of Economy, and Ronald A. Moore of Sewickley. 
He is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy Smith and Eileen Kearcher, both of Sewickley. 
Mr. Moore has eight grandchildren, Jason, Tom, Kaitlin, Scott, Robin, Brian Kornetz, Shawn and Craig; and one great grandchild, Ashlyn Kornetz. 
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen M. (Dyska) Moore. 
Mr. Moore had been a resident of Sewickley since 1958. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. 
He worked as a welder for Dally Engineers before his retirement. 
Donations in his name may be made to Special Olympics.

John E. Blackson, 69, of Sewickley Heights, formerly of Vandergrift, and New Castle, Pa., died in his home on Dec. 9, 2001. 
He was born Feb. 11, 1932, in Vandergrift where he resided until adulthood. 
A 1950 graduate of Vandergrift High School, he was a member of the football team and vice president of his class. 
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 and after being discharged enrolled at Indiana University of Pa., graduating in 1959. He earned his master's degree at Univer-sity of Southern Illinois. 
He was employed by the City of Park Ridge, Illinois, as a city planner. 
Mr. Blackson returned to New Castle as the Lawrence County Regional Planning Director. Subsequently, he entered business for himself as John Blackson Associates and later Towne Development Inc. 
Mr. Blackson was involved with numerous urban projects in the New Castle area and the development of Towne Mall. 
He enjoyed golfing, hunting and watching football, especially his alma mater, IUP. 
He was a lifetime member of the VFW, a 32nd degree Mason and a former board member of the Art Rooney Dinner for the CYA. 
Mr. Blackson is survived by his wife, Joyce Albrecht Blackson; a son, Bradley, of Escondido, Calif.; and three daughters: Beth Dickinson of Birmingham, Ala., Lisa Agnet-ti of Winter Springs, Fla., and Brenda Robey of Valley Center, Calif. 
He also is survived by five grandchildren; and two brothers, Raymond C. of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and David L. of Ben Avon Heights; and a sister, Mrs. Donald (Diane) Dezzutti of Oakmont, Pa. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Hulda (Broski) Blackson. 
Interment was private. 
A memorial service will be announced. Arrangements by Copeland's Sewickley/ Irvine Chapel, 702 Beaver St. 
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Fund at the Benedum Geriatric Center at Montefiore Hospital, 3459 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; the IUP Athletic Scholarship Fund for Football, Indiana, PA 15701; or to Animal Friends, Inc. of Pittsburgh, 2646 Penn Ave. 

Jerry Wheeler, 71, of Osborne, died on Dec. 16, 2001. 
He was structural engineer and a member of the Sports Car Club of America. 
He was the beloved husband of Diane Mawhinney Wheeler. 
He is survived by cousins, Jack, Tom and David Stewart and Jean Ann Whitehouse. 
Friends will be received on Thursday (tomorrow) from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 3 p.m. at the McDonald-Linn Funeral Home Inc., 529 California Ave., Avalon. 
Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society or a favorite charity.

Jane Dufford Zuschlag died Dec. 6, 2001, at her home in Gouldsboro, Me., surrounded by her loving family. 
She was born June 15, 1932, in Sharon, Pa., to the Rev. Clair Otto Dufford and Margaret (Bost) Dufford. 
Her joy for life everlasting was often expressed through the written word. We rejoice with her in the words of Joyce Fossen: 
Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there; I do not sleep. 
I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glint on snow. 
I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain 
When you wake in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight. 
I am the soft starlight at night. 
Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there I do not sleep.
She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Noble Ray Zuschlag, of Gouldsboro; five children: Margaret Metz of Trenton, Me.; Debra Ceranic of Bar Harbor, Me.; Robert Zuschlag and wife Kristen of Freeport, Me.; Matthew Zuschlag of Bar Harbor; and Mindy Viechnicki and husband John of Gouldsboro. She is also survived by her sisters, the Rev. Ann Dufford Kruger of Fincastle, Va., and Becky Duf-ford and husband Albert Canzonieri of Marathon, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and many dear friends and family. 
In honor of and to continue her love an dwork with children, a memoria fund has been established. Donations can be made to The Jane Zuschalg Memorial Fund, c/o Machias Savings Bank, Attn: Nancy, P.O. Box 557, Ellsworth, ME. 04605. 
Arrangements were made by the Brookings-Smith Funeral Home in Bangor, Me.

Martha Smith Cooper, 84, beloved wife of Charles William Cooper, died peacefully on Jan. 15, 2002.
Known as "Mats," she was a lover of bears, nurturer of a child's heart in her children and all whom she met.
She is survived by her devoted husband, "Willy," and her children, Carolyn, Barbara, Pam and Doug.
We who are left behind will see her life and love in the wildflowers that always return.
A service was held at The Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David McFarlane officiating.
Burial was in Sewickley Cemetery.
Copeland's Sewickley/Irvine Chapel handled the arrangements.

John Arthur Curtis Jr., 76, formerly of Sewickley, died Jan. 17, 2002, in St. Clair Hospital.
He was born on Nov. 10, 1925, in Greenville, Pa., the son of John A. and Anna Helen McClimans Curtis Sr.
Mr. Curtis was a signal man for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
He was a member of the Sewickley United Methodist Church, The American Legion in Sewickley and Doric Lodge #630 F. & A.M. Sewickley. He was a lifetime member of the Coraopolis Sportsman's Club, serving on the board of directors.
Mr. Curtis belonged to the Model Railroad Club of Sewickley, The Signalman's Club and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by an uncle, William M. Shinn Jr. of Aliquippa; and cousins, Patricia A. Colonna of Aliquippa, J. Wesley Stubert and his wife, Alta, Lisa and Donald Moore of Industry, Pa., and Leslie and Terry Herman of Aliquippa.
A service was held at the Richard D. Cole Funeral Home, Beaver Street, Sewickley. 
Interment was in Glen Cemetery in Adamsville, Pa.
Memorials are suggested to the Coraopolis Sportsman's Club, Coraopolis, PA 15108.

A service will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at The Richard D. Cole Funeral Home, 328 Beaver St., for Thelma May Hopkins Schneider.
Mrs. Schneider, 92, died on Jan. 18, 2002, at St. Francis Health Center, Cranberry Township.
She was born in Sewickley on Aug. 20, 1909, the daughter of Oliver and Florence Householder Hopkins.
Married the late Henry Schneider, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her son, Richard Schneider and his wife, Emma, of Baden, Pa.; sisters, Enesta Nippes of Ambridge, and Dorothy Beitsinger of Sewickley; brother, Wallace Hopkins of Crucible, Pa.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Henry and William Hopkins, and sister, Martha Schwartz.
Interment will be in Sewickley Cemetery.


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