Obituaries

Mary Spiker, 82

Mary Spiker, 82, of Franklin Twp. passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at West Penn Hospital following a brief illness.

Born May 24, 1935 in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Ethel Bartholomew Hutchison. She was married for 64 years to Donald M. Spiker as they were married on December 26, 1953. He survives.

Mary graduated from New Castle High School. She was a former member and Sunday School Teacher at the United Bretheran Church in Ellport. She currently is a member of the Free Methodist Church. Mary enjoyed making wedding cakes and was a talented seamstress. She was a member of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary for over 24 years. Her most cherished time was spent with family.

In addition to her husband, Don, survivors include three sons, Donald M. (Mary) Spiker Jr. of Missouri, James H. (Cathy) Spiker and Ronald J. (Tara) Spiker, both of Fombell; two daughters, Diane (Tim) Flick of New Jersey, Debra J. Foreman of Ellwood City; two sisters, Eilene Bower of Franklin, PA, Elizabeth Parry of New Castle; three brothers, Harold and Frank Hutchison, both of New Castle, John Hutchison of New Wilmington; 18 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Lois Arkwright, June Reiber, and Ethel McClosky and a son in law, Gary Foreman.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11am. Pastor Tim Flick will officiate the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Free Methodist Church 412 Glen Ave. Ellwood City, PA 16117.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Harriet June Mulroy, 89

Harriet June Mulroy, 89, of West Mayfield passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at her residence.

Born April 21, 1928 in Meadville, she was the daughter of the late Redden Lamuel and Thelma Leona Straley Terrill .

Harriet was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John E. “Jack” Mulroy, a daughter Cynthia “Cindy” L. Fuze, a son, Charles “Chuck” Mulroy, a sister, Jacquelyn “Jackie” Kaufman, and a grandson, Charles “Chuckie” Mulroy.

She will be sadly missed by seven grandchildren, her beloved granddaughter and her fiancé, Dusty L. Mount and Bob Cumberledge, Seneca Fuze, Farrah, Christopher, Timothy, and John Mulroy, and Jacqueline Turner; numerous great grandchildren; a cherished niece, Deidrea Mulroy and beloved friends, Clyde and Ena McDonald.

Per Harriet’s wishes, there will be no services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Virginia Y. LaCava, 91

Mrs. Virginia Y. LaCava, 91, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at The Grove in Harmony.

Mrs. LaCava was born on September 22, 1926 in Wampum to the late Keith and Martha Boone Hazen, Sr.. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1944, and the Providence Baptist Church. Virginia had worked at the U.S. Steel Tube Mill in Ellwood City during World War II, the Ellwood City News Stand, and Straws Bakery. For many years she volunteered with the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary, the Golden Agers, and served as a Girl Scout and Brownie Leader. She mainly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter Karen Lunn of Cary, NC, her son Gregory D. (Noreen) LaCava of Ellwood City, her grandchildren; Gregg Lunn, Christopher Lunn, Erica LaCava, Adam Cohen, Allissa Cohen, her great-grandchildren; Samuel Lunn, Mathew Marsano, and Chanse Marsano, and her sister Helen Henderson of New Castle.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 57 years Joseph H. LaCava, her daughter Elaine Cohen, and her brothers Robert D. Hazen and Keith Hazen, Jr..

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 11:00 am until the time of the service at 2:00 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Pastor Calvin Cummings will officiate the service. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. LaCava’s name may be made to the Providence Baptist Church, 201 Chapel Dr., Ellwood City, Pa 16117.


Robert E. Mohrbacher, 91

Mr. Robert E. Mohrbacher, 91,  formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Cumberland Crossing at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

Mr. Mohrbacher was born on December 15, 1926 in Marion Twp. to the late Frederick and Anna Borman Mohrbacher.  He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1944. Robert enlisted with the U.S. Navy on January 3, 1945 and served as an Apprentice Seaman until his discharge on November 22, 1946. He was awarded the Word War II Victory Medal and the American Area Campaign Ribbon. Following his service with the Navy, Robert graduated from Dartmouth College in 1948 with a degree in Economics. He worked in the management department for the U.S. Steel Corporation until his retirement in 1984 in Ellwood City PA, Gary IN, Pittsburgh, PA, and McKeesport PA. While living in Ellport, Robert helped start the Ellport Boosters Club which benefited the Wur-Ell-Wayne Little League Baseball organization. He is a past member of the Connoquenessing Country Club, and had served on the Ellwood City Area School District school board for two terms as President.  In his spare time Robert enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his daughter Beth Anne (Ted) Makowski of Franklin Twp., his son Fred (Susan) Mohrbacher of Franklin Park, his grandchildren Robert (Erin) Makowski, Erick Mohrbacher, and Patrick Mohrbacher, his great-grandchildren Makenna, Emma, and John Makowski, his sister Delores (John) Jackson of Texas, and his brother John Mohrbacher also of Texas.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Emma I. Mozes Mohrbacher whom he married on February 26, 1949 and passed away on July 24, 2009, and his brother Joe Mohrbacher.

Family and friends will be received on Friday from 4-8 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of the service at 10:00 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Mr. Mohrbacher’s name may be made to the St. John Newmann Appalachian Camp, 2230 Rochester Rd., Pittsburgh, Pa 15237, or to the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, One Children’s Place, Pittsburgh, Pa 15224.


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 is survived his wife, Joyce, of Hermitage, four children; Kathryn Lynch of Alexandria, VA, Tom Ierace, also of Alexandria, VA, Betty Jo (Scott) Rockwell of Shepherdstown, WV and Dan (Lori) Ierace of Reva, VA, two granddaughters, Gina Rockwell of Shepherdstown, WV and Erin Lynch of NY, NY, a sister, Josephine Massine of Ellwood City and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by four brothers:  Philip, Sam, Albert and Robert Ierace and a sister, Rose Nocera.

Friends will be received on Thursday, January 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 11:45 AM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.  Visitation will be immediately followed by a Memorial Mass at Holy Redeemer Church at 12 noon with Fr. Mark Thomas.  Full military rites will conducted by the Veteran’s Honor Guard.


Albert W. Poholsky, 96

Albert W. Poholsky, 96, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Sunday January 7 2018 at his home.

He was born in Sagamore PA,    on  November 29 1921, to the late Stephen  and Anna Gaborack  Poholsky.

Al graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City,  and Geneva College with a B.S. in accounting.

He served his country as a medic during World War II in the US Army Air Corps and earned the rank of sergeant.

He worked in the sales department  of  the  Fittings and Forgings department at the former B. & W. Tubular Products Co. in Beaver Falls and the Koppel steel mill.

Al was a  mason for 46 years  in the  Ellwood-Parian  F. & A.M.  Lodge #599;   New Castle Consistory and Syria Shrine in Pittsburgh.

He was a longtime member  and treasurer of the Ellwood City Rotary Club.  Al also was recognized as a  Rotary Paul Harris Fellow for his service.

Al belonged to the former St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Ellwood City, and later the  St. Nicholas Church in New Castle.

Al enjoyed golfing ,  traveling with his wife, and attending golf tournaments–  especially the Masters. He loved his family and grandchildren, and even taught his grandson how  to golf.

He is survived by his wife of 74  years, Joan  Lloyd   Poholsky.

He is also survived by two children :   Graceann  (and   George) Snyder of Ellwood City;    and Thomas   Poholsky of Kennerdell  PA.

Two  grandchildren survive:   Melissa Snyder (and fiancé Pete Leck) and Chad  (Marissa) Snyder.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by  one brother, Jack Poholsky.   One sister-in-law, Goldie Poholsky, survives, in West Pittsburg, as well as nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2:00- 5:00    P.M. on      Wednesday, January  10, 2018 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 500 Sixth Street, Ellwood City.

An orthodox mass will be celebrated  on Wednesday Jan. 10 at 5:00 P.M.  at TURNERS, with the Rev. Fr. Richard Salley, of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, New Castle, as celebrant.

Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Members of F & A.M. #599 are asked to meet at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday at Turners  to conduct services there at  2:00  P.M.

A Flag presentation ceremony  will be conducted  by the Veterans Honor Guard at Turners.  Members are asked to meet at Turners at by 2:00 P.M. prior to conducting their services.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ellwood City Area Public Library, or to the Ellwood City Rotary Club.

You may read the obituary, sign the guestbook, or send condolences at: www.turnerfh.com


Ralph W. Mohr, 88

Ralph W. “Red” Mohr, 88, of Chewton passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at UPMC – Jameson Hospital.

Born July 1, 1929 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Orrie and Reine Snare Mohr. Ralph was married for 63 years to Agnes “Tootsie” Vansovich Mohr who survives.

Red graduated from Wampum High School. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Higby and Bryce during the Korean War. Ralph was a member of the former Queen of Heaven Church in Wampum and a current member of Holy Redeemer Parish. He retired from Medusa Cement Company where he worked in the packhouse. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. A sports enthusiast, Red was a fan of all sports. Red cherished time spent with his great grandsons who he adored.

In addition to his wife, Agnes, survivors include a son, Scott A. (Debra) Mohr of Chewton; grandson, Scott A. (Katie) Mohr II of Chewton; granddaughter, Diana M. (Joshua) McClure of New Castle; and four great grandsons, Hoyt and Chase Mohr, and Bryce and Caiden McClure.

The last of his family, Ralph was preceded in death by three sisters, Augusta Hogue, Caroline Capalbo, Doris Turner; and four brothers, Norm, John, Don, and Paul Mohr..

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday January 10 from 4-7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street, Wampum. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10 am at Holy Redeemer Parish with Rev. Father Mark Thomas officiating. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Robert M. Crawford, 89

Robert M. Crawford, 89, of North Sewickley Twp. passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in the comfort of his home, with family at his side.

Born July 5, 1928 in Karns City, PA, Bob was the son of the late Melvin S. and Clara E. Waddington Crawford. He was married for 61 years to Helen Paul Crawford who survives. Their lives were blessed with two sons, Curt and Bryan.

Bob resided in the Ellwood City/Beaver Falls area for most of his life. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946. Bob was an active member of Calvin Presbyterian Church where he was a chancel choir member for many years. He retired from US Steel where he worked in the accounting department for 35 years.

He is survived by his wife, Helen, son and daughter in law, Curt and Sue  Crawford of Kettering, Ohio; sisters, Verna Stinson and Audrey Peters; brother, Donald (Donna) Crawford; and brothers in law, George (Marge) Paul, and John (Dorothy) Maley. Bob is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son and daughter in law, Bryan and Barbara Moriarity Crawford, brother, Thomas Crawford, and in laws, George Peters, Floyd Stinson, and Ray and Katie Johns.

Services will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, January 10 from 11 am until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 pm. Bob’s pastor, Rev. Sean Brubaker will officiate. Interment will follow in the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Carol L. Kotuby, 70

Carol  L.  Reeder Kotuby, 70, of Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family,  on Friday evening, January  5, 2018 at the VNA Inpatient Hospice  in Butler.

She was born in Beaver Falls  on   August 30 1947, to the late Ralph and Barbetta “Betty” Seelhorst Reeder.

Carol graduated from  Riverside  High School in 1965.  She attended first,  the Edgewood Baptist Church, and later the First Baptist Missionary Church in Chewton.

She worked  for many years  with her husband at the family’s grocery store, Kotuby’s Shop n’Save in Ellwood City.

Carol loved cooking, but her  grandchildren and great granddaughter were her life.    Her family was everything to her.

She is survived by her loving husband, George  R. “Butch” Kotuby.  They were married for  50 years, last July 15.

Also surviving are two  daughters:      Pamela  Weller  of Patterson Township;  and Kristine Rogers of Wampum; as well as four grandchildren:  George, Sarah, Katelyn, and Lindsey Weller; and her great granddaughter, Morgan Weller.

Two sisters also survive:  Linda Garen  in Texas; and Susan ( and Dennis) Smith of Freedom PA.

Friends will be received from 2-4 P.M.  and from   6-8 P.M. on  Tuesday, January  9, in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME,  500 Sixth Street, Ellwood City.

Services will be conducted at TURNERS on Wednesday , Jan.  10, at  11:00  A.M. with  Pastor Eric Board of First Baptist Missionary Church of Chewton, officiating.

Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Twp.

Memorial donations may be made to the VNA Hospice, 115 Technology Drive, Butler PA 16001.

You may read the obituary, sign the guestbook, or send condolences online at: www.turnerfh.com


Norma Michels, 88

Mrs. Norma Michels, 88, of Slippery Rock Twp. passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Mrs. Michels was born on November 7, 1929 in New Castle to the late Roy K. and Florence Jones Shaffer. She had graduated from Princeton High School with the class of 1948. Norma worked as a bookkeeper and secretary for Farmer Supply in New Castle, and later at New Castle Auto Parts. She is a past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, and a member of Challenges.

Mrs. Michels is survived by her daughters Ann (Steve) Zemko, Branda (Dan) Diana both of Slippery Rock Twp., and Tricia (John) Vose of North Carolina, her son David L. Michels, Jr. of Slippery Rock Twp., and her grandchildren Kristoffer, Devon, and Avery Vose.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David L. Michels, Sr. whom she married on March 3, 1951 and passed away on July 2, 2006, her daughter Susan D. Michels, her son Daniel Michels, her sister Marjorie Cooper, and her brother Thomas R. Shaffer.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of the Memorial Service at 11:00 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Rev. Roy Meyers will officiate the service. Inurnment will be at the Mt. Hermon Cemetery.