Articles by Tomon Funeral Home

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Keaira Cunningham, 16

Keaira Cunningham, 16, of Deemer Avenue, Ellport passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Ellwood City Medical Center. Born in Brighton Township on May 22, 2001 Keaira was the daughter of Dana Locke of New Castle and the late Alan B. Cunningham.  Keaira was junior at Lincoln High School and a member of the History Club.  She was also a former member of Drama Club and Choir.  She worked at the Ellwood City Medical Center in the dietary department.  A member of 1st Church of God in Franklin Township, Keaira volunteered in the nursery and children’s church and…


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Mary Beth Dunning, 57

Mary Beth Dunning, 57 of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in West Penn Hospital following a courageous battle with Leukemia. Born in Ellwood City on September 4, 1960, Mary Beth was the daughter of the late Thomas R. and Rose Ann Sulia Dunning.  Mary Beth started her career at Duquesne Light now known as First Energy as an electrical engineer in 1982.  Over the past 35 years she worked in various positions.  Her most recent position she held was the Supply Chain Manager.  She was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City.  Mary Beth…


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Jeffrey A. Linville, 58

Jeffrey A. Linville, 58 of Line Avenue, Ellwood City passed away in Koppel on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Born in Ellwood City on November 3, 1959, Jeffrey was the son of Lemuel and Janie Courson Linville of Ellwood City.  He is also survived by his companion, Amanda D’Amico of Koppel and his two brothers, Randy (Krista) Linville of New Cumberland, PA and Gregg (Jody) Linville of Ellwood City. Jeffrey was a member of the IMBS Club in Koppel.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and he especially enjoyed hiking. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. A private family memorial…


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Kurt Steilner, 74

Kurt Steilner, 74, of Harrisville passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at VNA Hospice in Butler. Born in Transylvania, Romania on July 4, 1943, Kurt was the son of the late John and Katherine Orr Steilner.  He was a Veteran of the US Marine Corps. Kurt is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, John and Carol Steilner of Ellwood City, also surviving are two nieces and a nephew, Doreen and Dave Houk, John and Karen Steilner and Christal and Mike Rossi all of Ellwood City. In addition to his parents, Kurt was preceded in death by his step-father, Mike…


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William “Bill” Cox, 75

William “Bill” Cox, 75, of Ellwood City, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospice in Brighton Township. Born in Beaver Falls on June 27, 1942, Bill was the son of the late Everett and Martha Schwartz Cox.  After Bill retired from B&W, he worked for several years at Camp Kon-O-Kwee.  Bill served in the Pennsylvania National Guard.  He loved riding and restoring vintage motorcycles and he also loved his black lab, Cole.  A lifetime member of the NRA, Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited and Castlewood Rod…


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John Robert Gavrile, 65

John Robert Gavrile, 65 of Ellwood City passed away at Allegheny General Hospital on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Born in Ellwood City on April 28, 1952, John was the son of the late John and Antonetta Butchelle Gavrile.  John is survived by his wife, the former Kelly Jesseman whom he married on September 16, 1979.  John had worked at the Aetna Standard in Ellwood until its closing.  He later worked for Phoenix Glass in Monaca and at US Airways.  John always enjoyed sports, playing as a youth and later in several Ellwood adult softball leagues.  John also enjoyed coaching, he…


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Harold L. Laderer II, 60

Harold L. Laderer II, 60, of Worth Township, a much loved husband, father, grandpa, son, brother and uncle, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at VNA Hospice. Harold was born on December 12, 1957, the son of Harold and Doris Bupp Laderer of Portersville.  He married the former Lynn Wilver on July 10, 1982.  Harold grew up in Slippery Rock and graduated from Slippery Rock High School.  He furthered his education at Berkley School of Music in Boston and Stanley Spector School of Drumming in New York City.  He retired in 2014 from the Ellwood City Forge and attended…


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Raymond M. Bettoni, 60

Raymond Michael Bettoni, 60, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on October 19, 2017, ending his courageous battle with cancer. Born in Ellwood City on April 22, 1957, Raymond was the son of the late Raymond and Rose Delorenzo Bettoni.  He graduated from Riverside High School in 1975 and enlisted in the United States Navy the following year.  He served on the USS Tarawa during Desert Storm.  Raymond retired from the Navy in 2000 as a Petty Officer 1st Class.  He then worked as a computer analyst for CVS until he retired in March of 2017. Raymond…


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Ida Ottaviani, 93

Ida Ottaviani, 93, of Hazel Avenue, Ellwood City, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at VNA Hospice in Butler Township. Born in Ellwood City on May 19, 1924, Ida was the daughter of the late Vincent and Mary Grace Zona Riccardi.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Ottaviani in 2010 after 68 years of marriage.  A member of Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of the Church, Ida was also a member of the Opti-Mrs. Club.  She enjoyed golfing and playing cards. Ida is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Alice Nunes and Regis Young…


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Eugene “Gene” Ierace, 88

Eugene “Gene” Ierace, 88, of Whispering Oaks, Hermitage, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018 at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born on January 4, 1930 in Ellwood City, Gene was the son of the late Dominic and Bertha Florio Ierace.  He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Joyce Fosnaught, whom he married on September 15, 1956.  Gene retired from Air Products and Chemicals where he was a plant supervisor.  A Veteran of the US Army, Gene served in Korea from 1951 to 1953.  He enjoyed fishing, music, home remodeling projects and spending time with his family. Gene…