Articles by Turner Funeral Home

Dr. Milton L. Caplan, 101

Dr. Milton L. Caplan was born in 1915, son of the late Jacob L. Caplan and Gertrude Goldman Caplan, in Ellwood City, and lived in Ellwood most of his life, until  2003, at the age of 88, when he retired to West Palm Beach Florida. Dr. Caplan lived to be over 101, when he passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7 2017.  He would have celebrated his 102 birthday in May. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Smith Caplan, as well as his two sons, Mark Jeffrey Caplan, and Ronald Jay Caplan.  The last of his family,…


James L. Smith, 92

 James L.  “Captain Jim” Smith, of (Wayne Twp.) Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, March 3 2017 at the Ellwood City Hospital.  Jim was a loving family man.   He loved mowing his lawn, caring for his cars and was an avid boater.   Jim has spent his entire life, 92 years, in Ellwood City and has lived in the same house his father built. He was born in Ellwood City to the late Harry and Louise McKelvey Smith. He served in the US Army during World War II.   Jim worked at the former Ellwood Works of US Steel…


Shirley L. Tanner, 93

Shirley L. Tanner, 93, of  Franciscan Manor, Beaver Falls, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning , February  8,  2017 at Franciscan Manor. She was born in Ellwood City  on October 25 1923 to the late  John Frederick  Rutter and  the late Margaret  Straley   Rutter. Shirley graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, and was a longtime active member of the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City. Shirley cooked for the Wednesday Soup Luncheons at First Methodist  for many years, and made many apple dumplings for the First Methodist Church booth at the Ellwood City…


Mary Shapiro, 88

Mary  Shapiro, 88, of  Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on  Tuesday evening, February 7,  2017 in UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was born in New Castle   on   May 23 1928  to the late Frank and  Julia Soup Kerestly. Mary  enjoyed  decorating, especially her home, and flower arranging. She enjoyed holiday get togethers, and  she especially  loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Lawrence Shapiro,  who died April 7 2006, and by her first husband, Dan Boy. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Evan Hawken Boy on…


Judith A. Wise, 72

Judith  A.  Wise, 72, of  Camp Allegheny Road,  Ellwood City, (Wayne Township),  passed away suddenly  and unexpectedly  on Wednesday evening, February 1, and went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in the Ellwood City Hospital. She was born in Ellwood City  on  November 15 1944  to the late  Henry and Nina  Gongaware Wilson. She graduated from  Lincoln High School, and also graduated from the Beaver Falls Beauty Academy. She was a member of the Berean Presbyterian Church in Wayne Township. For over  41 years, she has worked for Ellwood City Transit Co. as a school bus driver…


Loretta H. Hutchison, 96

Loretta H. Hutchison, 96, of Ellwood City (Wayne Township), passed away peacefully on  Wednes day, February   1, 2017 at The Grove at  Harmony PA . She was born In Ellwood City on December 26 1920 to the late Byron Hutchison Sr., and the late Olive Umstead  Hutchison. She attended Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, and  for many years,  did private duty housekeeping for many families in the area. She was Protestant by faith. She enjoyed sewing,  and  was deeply devoted to her pet cats, Missy and Midget. She was preceded in death by two sisters and brother:  Ethel H….


Dorothy A. Lumley, 73

Dorothy A. Lumley, 73, of Beaver Falls, formerly of North Sewickley Township, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 31 2017 in  Curahealth  at  Heritage Beaver Valley. She was born in New Castle   on January 7 1944 to the late  George  and Minnie  Keller. She  was a member of Valley Baptist Church in Beaver Falls. Dorothy enjoyed crocheting, sewing, reading and puzzle books. She also  enjoyed  listening to Christian music. She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years,  Clair E. Lumley, who died  on August 20 1989. Dorothy is survived by her loving daughter, Linda (and Stephen)  Andresen…


Raymond Lopez, 83

  Raymond Lopez, 83, of Portersville PA (Perry Twp., Lawrence County) passed away peacefully on January 25, 2017, at Franciscan Manor, in Beaver Falls, with family at his side. He was born in Callery PA, Butler Co., on April 7, 1933 to the late Louis Lopez, and the late Cornelia Adams Lopez. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City before serving in the US Air Force during the Korean War, from 1951-1955. Upon returning from active duty he graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA followed by a Masters degree at Westminster College in New Wilmington PA….


Norma Jean Nye, 86

Norma Jean Nye, 86, of  New Castle, (Shenango Twp.) passed away peacefully on  Monday morning, January 16 2017 at her residence. She was born in Sharpsville, PA (Mercer Co.) on October 26, 1930, to the late Samuel Miller Reed Felton and the late Rachel Julia Shaffer Felton. Norma graduated from Sharpsville High School in 1948  and Westminster College in 1952.  She began her career as a teacher for one  year in Hermitage,  then in the Ellwood City Area School District where she taught  elementary music education at Hartman, North Side, Perry, Ewing Park and West End Schools for 32 years….


Bruce M. Hockenberry, 64

Bruce M. Hockenberry, 64, of Harper’s Ferry Road,   Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) , passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 12 2017 at his residence. He was born in  Ellwood City  on  June 27 1952 to the late Donald L. Hockenberry, who died Sept. 29 2016, and the late Donna J. Majors Hockenberry, who died March 19 2015. Bruce graduated from Riverside High School, class of 1970, and later Geneva College, and also graduate work at the University of South Carolina at Columbia SC. He was employed as a metallurgy  chemist, working at Koppers Co. in Pittsburgh, and Inmetco in…