Obituaries

John Albert Manzetti, 93

Mr. John Albert Manzetti, 93, of Franklin Twp. passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Heritage Valley Medical Center. John was a true part of the “Greatest Generation” and was the “real deal”.  He was a proud father of 2 boys, grandfather of 4 and great-grandfather of 5.

Mr. Manzetti was born on January 19, 1924 in Beaver Falls to the late Peter and Mary Trozzo Manzetti. John graduated from the Beaver Falls High School with the class of 1942.  He had served with the U.S. Army in 1945 during World War II.  John worked multiple jobs most of his life, often 2 or 3 at the same time, to provide for his family. He was retired 31 years after spending 34 years at Standard Steel Specialty Co. in West Mayfield, Pa. He also worked with his wife of 69 years, Evelyn L. Manzetti, at Manzetti’s Candies on College Hill in Beaver Falls. John and Evelyn were quite a team.  Before moving to Ellwood City, John was an active member of the St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in Beaver Falls. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, and watching western movies.

John is survived by his sons John W. Manzetti and wife Renee L. Manzetti of Cranberry Twp, Pa, and Daryl D. Manzetti and wife Emily D. Tudor-Manzetti of Aurora, OH, his grandchildren Joseph William (Tamara Marlise) Manzetti, Anne Marie (John T.) Dey, Elizabeth Jane Manzetti, and Jonathan Lee Manzetti, his great-grandchildren Gianna Marie Manzetti, John Timothy Dey, Jr., Raven Marlise Noell, Inara Lenore Manzetti, and Majel Abigail Manzetti,  his sister Elizabeth “Betty” DeRose of New Brighton, and his sister-in-law Susan Manzetti of Beaver Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Evelyn L. Docchio Manzetti whom he married on June 11, 1946 and passed away on October 18, 2015, his sister Margaret (Manzetti) Beegle, and his brothers Frank, Gene, George, Robert, and Richard Manzetti.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm  in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Monday by 9:20 am.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Manzetti’s name may be made to the Passavant Retirement Community, 101 Burgess Dr., Zelienople, Pa 16063.


Donald Schlemmer, 87

Donald Schlemmer, 87, of Wurtemburg passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.

Born in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Earl Emery and Mary Melzina Smith Schlemmer. He was married for 50 years to Mary Wolfe Schlemmer who passed away October 22, 2000.

Donald retired after 40 years with Armstrong World Industries. He was a member and also served as the Secretary and Vice President of the Local 256 United Rubber Workers. He was a former member of the Beaver County Labor Council. Don graduated from the Ohio State Labor Institute and VRW Time Study School. He was a former Perry Twp. Supervisor and served two terms as President of the Lawrence County Twp. Associations. Don was elected the first President of a Township with an under 4000 population. He served on the Board for the Lawrence County Partners for Progress. He also served on the Board of the North West Planning Commission.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Lou Ehrenberg (Mike Blair) of New Castle; four sons, Frank (Felicia) Schlemmer of Oviedo, Florida, Tim (Diane) Schlemmer of Ellwood City, Bill (Jayne) Schlemmer of Chippewa, Rick (Patty) Schlemmer of Georgia; daughter in law, Nancy Schlemmer of Ellwood City, son in law, Barry Meister of Tennessee; sister, Nancy Spencer of Sylvania, Ohio 12 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Don J. Schlemmer on May 25, 2011, daughter Beth Meister on November 14, 2012, grandson, Cory Schlemmer in February of 2000; and siblings, Paul and David Schlemmer, Ruth Loccisano, Betty Jean Ross, and Arthur, Richard, Raymond and Anna Jean Schlemmer. and a grandson, Cory Schlemmer in February of 2000.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 2 until the time of the Funeral service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

 

 

 


Arthur J. Mazzei, 47

Arthur J. Mazzei, 47, of Ellwood City went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Allegheny General Hospital following a brief illness.

Arthur was born on July 29, 1970 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph “Lucky” and Connie DeBaise Mazzei, Sr.. He had attended Lincoln High School and graduated from the Lawrence County Vo-Tech where he studied the restaurant trade. He also graduated from the Butler County Community College in 1997 with a major in logistics. Arthur was a self employed owner/operator semi-truck driver for many years. He attended the Holy Redeemer Church. An outdoorsman, Arthur enjoyed being at his camp in Kennerdell, hunting, and fishing. His kind heartedness, generosity, and strong family values will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and all that knew him.

Arthur is survived by his fiancé Mari Beth Castelli of Ellwood City, his sister Lisa L. (Jeff) Mannion of Gulf Breeze, FL, his brothers Joseph A. Mazzei, Jr. of Beaver, and Anthony Mazzei of Ellwood City, his niece Marisa Mannion, and his dog and travel companion Cheech.

Authur’s family would like to send a special thank you to all of Arthur’s doctors, nurses, and his fiancé for the wonderful care that they extended to him.

There will not be a public visitation or service. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

Memorial contributions in Arthur’s name may be made to the funeral home.


Helen M. Montgomery, 73

Mrs. Helen M. Montgomery, 73, of Fombell passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Passavant Retirement Community.

Mrs. Montgomery was born on November 30, 1943 in Leechburg to the late Herbert and Viola Wyrick. She is a member of the Leechburg High School class of 1961. She had worked at Reboard in Apollo, PA and later for Romar Textiles for 26 years as a seamstress. Helen also was a member of the former Knox Presbyterian Church and the Franklin Twp. Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed line dancing, cooking, and most of all spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Helen is survived by her husband William S. Montgomery, Sr. whom she married on September 21, 1968, her daughters Roselyn (Rick) Fontana and Tammy (Ken) Bennett, her son William S. (Joan) Montgomery, Jr. all of Fombell, her grandchildren Cody Bennett, Dylan Bennett, Janelle Montgomery, Sam Montgomery, Brock Fontana, and her step-grandchildren Matt and Madison Segar. She is also survived by her sisters Louise Burdett of Leechburg, Alice Peak of Cincinnati, and Dora Gamble, and her brother Richard (Marlene) Wyrick all of Leechburg, PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother William Wyrick.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of the Service at 11:00 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services with Rev. Will Getz officiating. Interment will be at the St. Marks Cemetery in Fombell.


Mary Jane Appollino Caccia, 88

Mary Jane Appollino Caccia, 88, of Johnson St., Ellwood City passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at The Grove At Harmony.

Born October 30, 1928 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Vienna Giard Appollino. She was married on August 20, 1957 to William Caccia Jr.

Mary Jane graduated from Lincoln High School and was a member of Holy Redeemer Church. She retired in 2005 from Angel’s Cleaning Service.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Lane Caccia of Beaver Falls, David Ernest (Debby Tincani) Caccia of Ellwood City; sister, Dorothy Appollino of Florida; and a grandson, David Edward Caccia Jr. of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Della Boccardi and Lillian Hudspath.

Per Mary Jane’s wishes, no services will be held.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Beaver County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Charles V Badger, 87

Charles V “Chuck” Badger, 87, of Franciscan Manor, formerly of Big Beaver Borough, devoted husband, loving and caring father and grandfather went to be with his Lord on Friday, August 11, 2017 following a brief illness.

Born November 16, 1929 in Lawrence County, he was the son of the late Lester V. and Blanche Brown Badger. He was married for 53 years to Edna L. “Irene” Butkevitz Badger who passed away August 9, 2004.

Chuck graduated from Wampum High School where he played basketball and baseball. Following graduation, he played Minor League Baseball for the Boston Braves. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post 749 in Wampum. Chuck retired after 37 years from Babcock and Wilcox where he worked as a tube inspector. He was an active member and Elder of the First United Presbyterian Church in Darlington. Chuck was also a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Meridian Lodge 411 in Enon Valley.

Survivors include two daughters, Colleen (Paul) Shotts of Everett, Kellie (David) Cercone of New Brighton; grandson, Aaron Shotts of Mechanicsburg; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Feola of Beaver.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday August 14, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 10 am with his pastor, Rev. C.F. Hoffman officiating. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, 3385 Old Darlington Rd Darlington, PA 16115.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Gloria Jean Skornickel Kleinhample, 70

Gloria Jean Skornickel Kleinhample, 70 of Mars passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at her current home with her cousin’s family in Ellwood City.

Gloria was born in Pittsburgh on February 9, 1947 to the late Charles and Grace Braun Skornickel.  She was a graduate of Mars High School and a retired nurse’s aide at St. John’s Specialty Care Center in Mars.

Besides her parents Gloria was recently preceded in death by her cousins, Shane and Mike Bastain

Gloria was loved by many and gave until she had nothing more to give.  She would give you the shirt off her back and ask if you need one from her closet.  She will be missed but has been welcomed by God in His mansion.

In keeping with Gloria’s wishes there will be no visitation.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport, PA.

 

 

 


Christina M. Allen, 59

Christina M. Allen, 59, of Zelienople formerly of New Castle passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 7, 2017 at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

Born September 27, 1957 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Angeline Quintana Sbarro.

Chris graduated from Mohawk High School and Jameson School of Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. She lived her life for her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include children, Mark S. (Jenna A.) Milone and Leonard, Jauan, Julius Allen, all of Zelienople, Nicole Allen of Pittsburgh; three sisters, Carmella (Glen) Russell of West Pittsburg, Linda (George) Thomas of Chippewa, Ellen (Frank) Bekoski of Bessemer; brother, Anthony (Joan) Sbarro of Shenango Twp.; and seven grandchildren, Mark Jr, Marissa, Tyler, Rylee, and Maleah Milone, and Drake and Kyrie Allen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Allen, son, Joseph Milone, and a brother, Thomas Sbarro.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday August 10 from 4 until the time of the funeral service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum. Rev. James Downs will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Ann Konyak, 95

Mrs. Ann Konyak, 95, of Ellwood City passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 in the Franciscan Manor.

Ann was born on January 4, 1922 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph and Theresa Palakovic Gretch. She had graduated from Lincoln High School and Nursing School. Ann worked as a Supervising Nurse in the OB department at the Ellwood City Hospital for over 40 years. She is also a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She enjoyed gardening, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son  Joseph C. (Colleen) Konyak of Ellwood City, her grandchildren, Abigail Konyak and Kyle Konyak, and her niece Alice Pariso of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph Konyak whom she married on April 4, 1957 and passed away on March 7, 1995, her sisters Mary Dumont, Pauline Malak, Ethel Christoff, Theresa Jack, and Evelyn Giancotti, and her brothers John and Charles Gretch.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:30-10:30 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday at 11:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will be at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions in Ann’s name may be made to the Ellwood City Area Public Library.


Samuel J. Santillo, 94

Mr. Samuel J. Santillo, 94, of Ellwood City passed away on Sunday, August 6,2017  under the care of Good Samaritan Hospice at the Heritage Valley Medical Center, in Beaver, Pa.

Samuel was born on July 12, 1923 in Ellwood City to the late Antonio and Catherine Carofino Santillo. Sam attended Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, Pa. As a child Sam worked as a golf Caddie at the Connoquenessing Country Club and played ice hockey on the frozen ponds and rivers of the local area.

As a young man, Sam joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which took him to Washington State. Sam was assigned to remote Lumber Camps in the Entiat Valley and outside of Chelan, Washington where he assisted with the cutting of timber to create roads through the wilderness. Sam was one of the two men selected and assigned to an even more remote camp where Sam was responsible for climbing trees utilizing boot spikes and a waist harness to string and maintain telephone communication lines from the base camp all the way up the mountainside to the fire lookout tower on the top.

Following his tour in the CCC. Sam Volunteered for the U.S. Forest Service and was stationed in Idaho. Sam was again stationed at remote logging camps outside of Grangeville, Idaho, where he re-supplied the U.S. Forest service fire lookout towers by ferrying supplies up the mountains to the fire towers by pack horse and also on foot. The supplies would be carried by pack horse until the slope became too steep, and the snow too deep for the horses. After that, Sam packed the supplies on his back and snow shoed the supplies the rest of the way up the mountain to the fire tower on the mountain top where he would then spend the night and walk down to the pack horses the next day. It was during this time that Sam fell in love with the mountains and vistas of the American west.

Later Sam enlisted with the U.S. Navy where he went through basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Center in Samson, New York.

Sam was a tremendous ice hockey player as a young man and even tried out for the Pittsburgh Hornets professional Ice Hockey Team. A professional ice hockey career was a possibility, but would have taken Sam away from family and he decided against it for that reason.

Samuel met the love of his life, Dorothy Komorowski at a Ballroom Dance in Westview, Pa. Sam and Dorothy enjoyed ballroom dancing to the greatest of the Big Bands. Some of their favorites were: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians.

Sam married Dorothy and they settled in Ellwood City. Sam was married to his beloved wife Dorothy for 54 years until she preceded him in death in March of 2013. Sam and Dorothy had one son, Keith  (Diane) Santillo who reside in Fredricksburg, Virginia.

Sam was a member of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City, Sam volunteered and helped  set up, and take down, the annual Holy Redeemer Bazaar for many years.

Sam worked for U.S. Steel in Ellwood City, where he worked as a painter, roofer, and ambulance driver.  He later worked at D’Addio’s Nursery along side his best friend Ken Boffo. His passions in life were firearms & hunting, ballroom dancing, gardening and playing ice hockey.

Sam’s greatest outdoor love was hunting. Sam was an incredible hunter and hunted all over North America, including Canada. Sam hunted all over Pennsylvania, Maine and the American west in Wyoming and Montana. Sam and his eldest brother Wally hunted small game, deer, and bear in Pa. Sam and Wally loved going up to “the big woods” of Pa for deer season. They hunted in Emporium, and at the “straights” of Johnsonburg, in Marienville, Lolita, Ridgeway, and St. Mary’s, Pa. Sam took several Whitetail Deer trophies which qualified him for membership in the Big Bucks Club of Pennsylvania and Maine. Sam and Wally traveled to Encampment, Wyoming every fall for many years to hunt Mule Deer and Pronghorn Antelope.

Sam also traveled to the wilds of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada on two separate 30 day Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep big game hunting trips. On his first trip, Sam caught a Greyhound bus in Pittsburgh and traveled alone non-stop to Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada where the outfitters rigged pack horses. Sam and the guide then traveled by horseback many miles deep into the wilderness where they camped in sleeping bags and tents for 30 days. On this big game hunt Sam took trophy heads of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Mule Deer and Black Bear.

On the second 30 day hunt, Sam once again traveled alone by Greyhound bus from Pittsburgh to Alberta, Canada. On this hunt, Sam hunted with an Indian Guide and took trophies of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Royal Bull Elk and Black Bear. Most notably, Sam made the most spectacular shot of his life on the Elk during this hunt. The trophy Royal Bull Elk was separated from the herd by the younger bulls and climbed into the high country for safety. Sam spotted the Elk late in the day with the light fading quickly, several hundred yards away up on a mountainside in a high gusting wind. It was too late in the day for a stalk to get closer and cut the distance and the Elk would be gone if he waited until the next day. Sam decided to take the shot despite the failing light and high wind conditions. Sam began firing with his Model 70 .270 Winchester and adjusted for elevation and windage on each shot. The distance was so great that the elk was not even spooked by the shots. After 20 shots, Sam sent the guide back to the pack horse for more ammunition. On the 21st shot Sam connected with a perfect heart shot on the elk. The Royal Bull Elk was a true trophy and would easily have qualified for the Boone & Crockett Club record books. The Elk’s antlers were not officially measured. Sam also taught Keith to fish and made a tradition of traveling up to Pigeon Lake in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario every October to fish for Musky and Walleye.

Sam was a prolific gardener and was well known for having one of the best gardens in Ellwood City. He grew tomatoes, peppers, beans, swisschard, lettuce, endive, zucchini, corn, carrots, onions, garlic, cabbage and beautiful roses and grapes which he shared with his many family members and friends. Sam also loved to grow and pick grapes and make home made wine.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, his sister Concetta “Mae” Pace, and his brothers, Valerio “Wally”, Louis, Joseph, Orlando, Fred, Sam, and Michael Santillo.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at the Slippery Rock Cemetery Mausoleum. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home by 9:20 am.  Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Thursday by 11:00 am to conduct full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Sam’s name may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Medical Center. the Ellwood City Hospital, American Heart Association, National Park Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, or the Ellwood City Area Public Library.