Articles by Teolis Funeral Home

Deborah E. Gillespie, 63

Deborah E. Gillespie, 63, of Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 in the Butler VNA. Deborah was born on March 22, 1952 in Ellwood City to the late Charles and Betty Senior Kriedisch. She is a member of the Riverside High School class of 1971. She enjoyed doing embroidery and reading. She is survived by her husband, Craig E. Gillespie whom she married on Aug. 19, 1979, her three sons, Jared, Troy and Darrin Gillespie all of Florida, her three sisters, Barbara Fink of Monaca, Sharon Brytczuk, and Cheryl Ansbach of South Carolina, her mother-in-law, Anita Gillespie of…


Dana Kaye Banko, 67

Dana Kaye Banko, 67, of Franklin Twp. passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 in her home. Dana was born on Feb. 18, 1948 in Ellwood City to the late Paul “Bus” and Kathleen Allen McKinney. She is a member of the Riverside High School class of 1966, and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Dana had worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill for 16 years, and later at the Eat-N-Park restaurant in Cranberry Twp. as a server for 25 years. Dana lived for her children and husband, and adored all activities with them. She…


John R. Toth, 83

John R. Toth, 83, of Ellport passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 in the Ellwood City Hospital Emergency Room as the result of an automobile accident. Toth was born on April 20, 1932 in Ellwood City to the late John and Helen Remack Toth. John served with the U.S. Navy from April 21, 1950 until his discharge on Feb. 16, 1954 with the rank of Seaman First Class. He had served on the USS Soley, USS Putnam and the USS Loeser during the Korean War Era. He had then worked at the J&L steel mill in Aliquippa for over…


John A. Pistachio, 74

John A. Pistachio, 74, of Ellwood City passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 in his residence. Pistachio was born on Jan. 14, 1941 in Ellwood City to the late Samuel R. and Lucy K. (Greco) Pistachio, Sr. He had attended Lincoln High School, and served in the U.S. Navy from Jan. 22, 1958 until his discharge on Jan. 12, 1962 as a aviation machinist mate. While growing up, John worked at his families service station and junkyard. Following his service with the Navy he worked at Tita Brothers, and then with the Babcock and Wilcox Steel Mill for 26…


Emilio “Emil” Carosi, 87

Emilio “Emil” Carosi, 87, formerly of Ellwood City passed away peacefully in his home in Melbourne, Fla. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 surrounded by his family, and became reunited with his loving wife Lucy in the Kingdom of Heaven. Carosi was born on May 29, 1928 in Pittsburgh to the late Umberto and Josephine Maggi Carosi, Sr. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1947. Emil served with the U.S. Navy from May 8, 1946 until his discharge on March 10, 1948 with the rank of Seaman First Class. Following his service with the Navy, Emil…


Ray M. Keener, 68

Ray M. Keener, 68, of Ellwood City passed away on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 at his residence. Ray was born on Jan. 7, 1947 in Pittsburgh to the late James and Lillian Pulaski Keener. Ray was an auto body technician, and had been the owner and operator of Keener’s Auto in Wurtemburg. He had previously worked at Pearsall’s Auto Village and also Timpano’s Dodge in Ellport. He is a former member of the Sons of Italy in Ellwood City and the Polish White Eagles in Chewton. Ray was a CB Radio Operator and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Ray is survived…


Joziah John “Jo-Jo” Christofferson, 4

Joziah John “Jo-Jo” Christofferson, 4, of Ellport, passed away on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. Joziah was born on Dec. 30, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pa. He is the son of the late Scott M. Christofferson and Holly Mulhollen Gatto-Christofferson of Ellport. Jo-Jo enjoyed camping, being in the outdoors, music, watching Barnie and the Wiggles and most of all being around people. Joziah is survived by his mother, Holly; his siblings, Carly, Kayla, Melissa, Eryn, Rachael, Cella, Xena, Audrey, Tigist, Ro, Sean, Davidson, Tyler, Keshawn, Sami, Zach, Paxton, Quinn, Austin, Hogan, Darion, Roni, Ashley, and Sayje; his…


Rose Gottuso, 90

Rose Gottuso, 90, of Ellwood City, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in the Ellwood City Hospital. Rose was born on March 24, 1925, in Ellwood City, to the late Biagio and Concetta Cione Cientanni. She graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1943. Rose had worked at the Ellwood City Ledger as a secretary, and then for the Ellwood City Area School District as a library assistant for over 40 years. She was a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, the Golden Agers and Challenges. Rose was an avid bowler and had belonged to many bowling…


Rosemary LeClair Kaskie, 92

Rosemary LeClair Kaskie, 92, of Leesburg, Fla., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford, Pa. Rosemary was born on Feb. 25, 1923, in Denver, Colo., to the late Henry Paul, Sr. and Emma Marie O’Brien LeClair. She graduated from College with an associate’s degree. She worked for the Smythe Cramer Realty Agency in Cleveland for 27 years as a real estate agent. While living in Florida, Rosemary served as a Eucharistic Minister for her church. She also had taught English to immigrants through her local library’s “Project Read” program. She enjoyed painting…


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Michael Taylor, 64

Michael Taylor, 64, of North Sewickley Twp., passed away on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, in his residence. Michael was born on Dec. 5, 1950, to the late Victor “Lutz” and Grace E. Knight Taylor. He had graduated from the Beaver Falls High School with the class of 1968. He later attended Penn State University for 1 year, and then in 1984, Mike graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with a degree in Computer Programming. He and his father where co-owners and operators of “Wheels Afield” which was located on State Route 65 in North Sewickley…