Articles by Teolis Funeral Home

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Walter Freson, 90

Mr. Walter Freson, 90, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at his residence. Walt was born in Cincinnati, OH on January 16, 1927 to Frank J. and Jeanne E. Freson. He moved here in 1939 and has lived and worked here since. He was married to the former Betty Jean Smith on June 7, 1948 and together they had two sons Mark David and Joel Allen. Walt was very proud of his country and served with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Walt’s greatest love and pride came from his wife and…


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William E. Balin III, 2 months

William E. Balin III, 2 months, of Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 18, 2017. William was born on September 15, 2017 at the Beaver Valley Medical Center to William E. Balin, Jr. and Jessica Knechtel. He is survived by his parents, his sisters Lydia Edwards of Beaver Falls, Elizabeth Jerome of Ellwood City, and Willow Balin of Ellwood City, his brother Michael Edwards of Beaver Falls, his maternal grandparents Lori and Mark Abels of Franklin Twp., and his paternal grandparents William E. Balin of Ellwood City and Jennifer Matheny of Fombell. Family and friends will be received on…


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Mike Zelic, 50

Mike Zelic, 50 of Perry Twp. passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Mike was born on July 5, 1967 in Ellwood City to Dann Zelic and Mary Jane Zelic Viccari. Mike graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1985. Mike, along with his parents, operated Mike’s Bait Shop in Perry Twp. while he was growing up. Following high school Mike moved to Florida and worked for Chem-Lawn for five years. After moving back to the Ellwood City area, Mike worked at the BMC Steel Mill in Butler in the shipping and receiving…


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Donald C. Edinger, II

Donald C. Edinger II, 47, of Edinburg, Pa passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017 in the UPMC Montefiore Hospital. Don was born on September 29, 1970 in Ellwood City to Donald and Janet Stanton Edinger . He graduated from Beaver Falls High School with the class of 1989 and the New Castle School of Trade where he studied HVAC. He had worked briefly at Central Air in New Castle, then American Industries  and Donahue Rail Cars as a welder. He also had worked as a Fireman with Station 81 in Sheakleyville, Pa, and as a EMT with Life Force in Greenville. An outdoorsman,…


Elaine Marie Barillaro, 65

Elaine Marie Barillaro, 65, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017. She was born in Ellwood City on May 9, 1952 to the late Bruno Anthony and Ellen Marie (Lascoula) Barillaro. Elaine graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City with the class of 1970. She worked at the Team Enterprises and ICE both in Chicago, IL, as a product demonstrator. Elaine enjoyed cooking and being with family and friends. She was a caring, compassionate, loving, honest person who was everyone’s best friend that was always smiling. Elaine is survived by her daughter, Michele Caruso of Woodridge, IL whom…


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Dolores “Dolly” Sansalone, 84

Mrs. Dolores “Dolly ” Reda Sansalone, 84, formerly of Ellwood City and Villa Maria, PA passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Heritage in Findlay, Ohio. Mrs. Sansdalone was born on June 15, 1933 in Ellwood City to the late Louis and Elizabeth Frisk Reda. She had graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1951. Dolly had worked at the National Plumbing and Fixtures Company in Ellwood City, the Brickyard in Eastvalle, and the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Beaver Falls as a clerk. For many years she taught CCD for St. James Catholic Church…


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Guy P. “Nootch” DeFonde, 95

Mr. Guy P. “Nootch” DeFonde, 95, of North Sewickley Twp. passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Butler Veterans Administration Hospital. Mr. DeFonde was born on May 30, 1922 in Ellwood City to the late Angelo and Mary Innocent DeFonde, Sr.. He had enlisted with the U.S. Army on October 31, 1942 and served with the 1st Base Air Depot 39th supply section with the rank of corporal  until his discharge on February 5, 1946.  He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.  Following…


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Rose Sberna, 88

Mrs. Rose Sberna, 88, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at her daughters residence. Mrs. Sberna was born on April 17, 1929 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph and Lucy Frisk Segretti. She had graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1947 and from the Garfield Business School in Beaver Falls. Rose had worked at the Eastvalle Clay Products for 4 years as a bookkeeper. She later worked for the Ellwood City Area School District in the Business and Superintendents Office as a secretary for 23 years. She retired in 1996. Rose is…


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Alice Elizabeth Betty Woodfield, 94

Mrs. Alice Elizabeth “Betty” Woodfield, daughter of Mabel McQuiston Cover and George Cover, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Northview Estates in Ellwood City, Pa. Growing up during the great depression, Alice was born on July 16, 1923. She attended a one room school house at the top of Mount Hope road and Dutch Ridge road where she excelled in her class work. During World War II, she assisted in the war effort by working at United States Steel Tube Mill in Ellwood City. After the War, she worked at places such as Isaly’s Ice Cream store, Precision…


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Joann E. Parau, 85

Joann E. (Neff) Parau of The Grove at Harmony, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away at the Butler Memorial Hospital on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Joann was born on December 8, 1931 in New Castle to the late Curtis and Anna (Duvall) Neff. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1949. Joann had worked at the former Lawrence Savings and Trust, Lawrence County Board of Assistance, and the Lawrence County Housing Authority. Joann was an encyclopedia of movies and movie stars, and could tell you anything about them. She loved people and loved talking. While growing…