Articles by Marshall Funeral Home

Maria L. “Mimi” Allen, 27

Maria L. “Mimi” Allen, 27, New Castle died unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital. Born July 7, 1988 in New Castle, Pa., she was the beloved daughter of Robert E. “Bobby” Allen and the late Teresa Shuler Kaczmarek . Mimi was a cheerleader and softball player at Union High School, where she graduated. She loved the outdoors and fishing. She loved life and family to the fullest. She was a devoted mother to her babies, Thomas “TJ” Ingram, Teresa, Aydrian and Elisea Jackson. Survivors in addition to her father and children are her brothers, Markus…


Rosella M. Shaffer Smith, 96

Rosella M. Shaffer Smith, 96, of Ellwood City, formerly of Wampum passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at UPMC Passavant Hospital surrounded by family following a brief illness. Born May 3, 1919 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Robert Herring and Mary Jane McCauley Herring . Rosella was a homemaker and also a retired custodian from the Riverside Area School District. She enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting and reading. She cherished time spent with her family and her dogs. Survivors include a daughter, Carol (Greg) Wood of Wexford; five grandchildren, Erin Wood, Justin (Jamie) Wood, Colby…


Thomas Maxwell, 68

Thomas Maxwell, 68, of Ellwood City, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at his residence. Born Jan. 1, 1947, in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late James A. and Elizabeth Jean McMurdo Maxwell. He was married to Joyce McDevitt Maxwell, who passed away in 2005. Tom retired in 2008 after 40 years of service as an accountant for the Heritage Valley Health System. Tom was a poster child for polio when he was eight years old. Despite his handicaps, he saved the neighbor boy from drowning in his youth. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman,…


Joseph J. Caravella Sr., 90

Joseph J. Caravella Sr., 90, of West Pittsburg passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his family following a one year illness. Born Aug. 5, 1925 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Joseph L. and Edna Jacobs Caravella. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Clara Fosnaught Caravella as they were married Feb. 14, 1947. Joe graduated from Mount Jackson High School. He retired from Sharon Steel following 39 years as the Assistant Superintendent in the Masonry Department. He also owned and operated Caravella Produce Farm for many years. Joe…


George O. Sewall, Jr., 91

George O. Sewall, Jr., 91, of Pittsburgh Circle, Ellwood City,Pa., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at the Jameson Care Center following a brief illness. Born July 13, 1924, in Rochester, Pa., he was the son of the late George O. and Elmira Fleming Sewall, Sr. of Newton Falls, Oh. He was formerly married to Mary Louise Gillespie Sewall who passed away March 26, 2011. George was a graduate of Kent University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He practiced law for over 60 years in Ellwood City and was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and…


Dale R. Newell, 55

Dale R. Newell, 55, of Franklin Twp., Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at his residence following a three year illness. Born June 26, 1960 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Harry and Ruth Clayton Newell. Dale had formerly worked at Romar Textiles and Cardello Electric. He graduated from Riverside High School in 1977. His greatest joy was his 1969 Chevy Pickup Truck. Survivors include sister, Linda Biddle of Ellwood City; brother, Chris (Brenda) Newell of Ellwood City; two nephews, David and Jason Biddle, nieces. Crystal (Doug) Fallecker, Jennifer (Roger) Brenneman; and great nieces,…


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Penny K. Shirk, 55

Penny K. Shirk, 55, of Ellwood City passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a lingering illness. Born July 21, 1960 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Robert L. Epling and Sandy Wachtel. She was married to Tom Shirk who passed away in 1997. Penny graduated from Lincoln High School. She worked as a ground support supervisor in the Aviation Department of Hall Industries. She loved to read. She was a very domesticated woman, enjoying gardening, baking, cooking and canning. Survivors include a sister, Glenys (Tom) Fogelsonger of Big Beaver; two…


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Daniel J. Kegarise, 62

Daniel J. Kegarise, 62, of E. Edison Ave., New Castle died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital following complications arising from an unexpected heart attack. Born May 26, 1953 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Ellis and Shirley Wehman Kegarise. He was married to Eleanor Durbin Kegarise who survives. Dan worked for Consolidated Glass Company. He had previously worked for the Union Township Road Department for 22 years. Dan also parked cars for Union High School home football games. Dan graduated in 1971 from New Castle High School where he played football and baseball….


Ruth I. Steckman, 96

Ruth I. Steckman, 96, formerly of Brighton Road, Ellwood City passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 surrounded by her loving family following a short illness. Born March 11, 1919 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Richard T. and Edna Sloan Stratton. She was married for 39 years to John C. “Jack” Steckman who passed away in 1975. Ruth and Jack owned and operated Steckman’s Memorial Studio in Ellwood City for many years. She was an avid and accomplished bowler having been inducted in the Ellwood City and the Lawrence…


James O. Yhelka, 50

James O. Yhelka, 50, a lifelong resident of Ellwood City passed away Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at UPMC Montefiore Hospital following a short illness. Born July 1, 1965 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late James Yhelka and Peg Duncan Casuccio of Ellwood City. Jim retired from VEKA in Zelienople. He was Catholic by faith. Jim enjoyed cooking, baking, reading and fishing. He loved his border collies. His most cherished time was spent with family, especially his brother, Joe. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Leindecker Yhelka who he was with for 17 years, his mother and step…