Obituaries

Betty Popa, 99

Betty Popa, 99, of Wampum passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 at her residence following an extended illness.

Born February 15, 1918 in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Zenovia Toda Pope. She was married to George Popa Jr. who died June 8, 1959.

Betty graduated from Wampum High School and from St. Francis School of Nursing. She worked from 1945 to 1959 as the Nurse Supervisor of the Operating Room at the Ellwood City Hospital. In 1959 until her retirement in 1975, Betty worked as the Industrial Nurse at the Ellwood City Works of US Steel and then from 1975 to 1980 at Babcock and Wilcox as their nurse. Betty was a lifelong member of the Queen of Heaven Parish in Wampum and was active with its Rosary Guild for many years. She was also a member and former secretary of the Wampum AARP. Betty loved to read but her most cherished time was spent with family.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Butera of Wampum, Betty Popa-Schuld and her husband John Schuld of Canfield; and three grandchildren, Robert and Jacqueline Butera, and Juliana Schuld.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Pope in 1986 and John Pope in 2005, and a sister, Marie Almansan in 1935.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday June 30 from 9:00 to 10:30 am at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.  Following visitation, family and friends will celebrate Betty’s life with a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Redeemer Church at 11 am. with Rev. Father Zachary Galiyas officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Richard E. Rodgers, 71

Richard E. Rodgers, 71 of State St., Ellport passed away at his residence on Monday, June 26, 2017 following a lengthy illness.

Born in Ellwood City on February 24, 1946, Richard was the son of the late Thomas and Katherine Miller Rodgers.  Richard was married to the former Virginia “Ginger” Mazzant on August 2, 1969.  He had retired from Koppel Steel where he worked as a crane operator.  He previously worked at Matthews Conveyor and B & W.  Richard was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish and a 1964 graduate of Lincoln High School.  He was also a veteran of the Army serving from 1964 through 1967.  During his tour he served in Vietnam.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and golf but mostly spending time with his grandchildren.

Besides his wife Ginger Rodgers, at home, Richard is survived by his 3 children, Janet and Chris Pesce of Ellwood City, Rick and Danielle Rodgers of Neshannock and Bob and Michelle Rodgers of Cranberry Twp., 9 grandchildren, Colton, Courtney and Chelsea Funkhouser, R.J., Kyra, Cross, Ravenna, Pierce and Jace Rodgers and 3 great grandchildren, MacKenna, Chase and Avery Funkhouser.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at Holy Redeemer Church on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 1 PM.  The Veteran’s Honor Guard will offer full military rites following the Mass at the Church.


Paul Zurynski, 89

Paul Zurynski, 89, of Koppel, PA, died peacefully at Allegheny General Hospital on Sunday, June 25, 2017 with his children at his side.

On April 1, 1928, Paul was born in Koppel, PA. He was the son of the late Stanley and Katherine (Gurniak) Zwierzynski. Paul was a long-time member of St. Teresa’s Parish in Koppel (integrated into Holy Redeemer Parish).

One of ten siblings, Paul was born into a strongly family-centered environment, and Paul’s life continually focused on his love for his entire family. Affectionately known as a “Palo” by many of his friends, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Paul worked for Ingrich-Richardson Manufacturing Company in Beaver Falls, and for the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Company. While working full days, he also found time to attend carpentry school. Eventually, after working at the B&W for many years, he retired and devoted his time, energy, and steadfast love to his wife Jane and the rest of his family.

Paul was also a skilled carpenter, an avid hunter and fisherman, and a constant reader. Paul had a distinctive enthusiasm for ingeniously designing and building a variety of different projects – especially for his family members. “Palo” delighted in polka music, socializing with his friends and family members, enjoying trips to Mountaineer Park, and frequently traveling to flea markets and auctions.

Entering the Army Air Force in 1946, Paul served his country as an Army Medic.

A quietly faithful, devoted, and persistent man, Paul followed unyielding Christian principles – principles that guided him through his entire life.

Paul is survived by three children: Lori (Phil) Wimer of Apopka, FL, Paul R. Zurynski of Ohioville, PA, and Joseph D. (Nancy) Zurynski of Wampum, PA; brother, John (Joyce) Zwierzynski of Michigan; sister, Ann Sentak of New Brighton; eight grandchildren: Shannon Hunston, Joni-Ann Pickerl, Jon-Paul Wimer, Kyle Zurynski, Kayla Zurynski, Joseph P. Zurynski, Jacob Zurynski, and Jayne Zurynski; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years Jane (Watson) Zurynski, six brothers, Joseph, Larry, Stanley (Hoppy), Michael (Ziggy), Richard, and Pete and one sister, Lucy Jadyck.

Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM in the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 341 Main St., Wampum. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 AM at Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City officiated by Father Mark Thomas. Entombment will follow at the Assumption Mausoleum at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Full Military Rites will be presented by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

 


Ralph E. “Meg” Ferrucci, 74

Ralph E. “Meg” Ferrucci, 74, of Main St., Wampum passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, June 23, 2017 at his residence following an extended illness.

Born May 2, 1943 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Ralph A.”Smitty” and Eileen “Ikie” Altman Ferrucci. He was married for 27 years to Terry Beshero Ferrucci who survives.

Meg retired in 1984 as a Supervisor at the Wallace Run Plant of Babcock and Wilcox. He was also the former owner operator of the Colonial Manor in West Pittsburg. He was Catholic by faith. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid Steeler and Pirate Fan. Meg also enjoyed trips to the casino.

In addition to his wife, Terry, survivors include two daughters, Jodi Johnston and Kim Ferrucci,. both of Ohio; son, Brad Ferrucci of Kentucky; mother in law, Joann Beshero of New Castle; two brothers in law, George (Linda) Beshero of Ohio and Richard Beshero of New Castle; and two grandchildren, Dalton and Delaney Ferrucci.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father in law, George Beshero, and brother in law, David Beshero

Visiting hours will be held on Monday June 26 from 4 pm until the time of the Blessing Service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum. Rev. Father Richard Salley will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Dan B. Hawke, 65

Dan B. Hawke, 65, of Koppel passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in his residence.

Dan was born on April 23, 1952 in Fombell to the late Arthur J. and Jean Matthews Hawke.  He is a member of the Riverside High School class of 1970. Dan served with the U.S. Air Force  February 12, 1971 until his discharge on February 10, 1978.  He than worked at Tex Oil and Gas and Marathon Oil in Texas than at Trader Horn. Dan enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mr. Hawke is survived by his wife, Janice M. Dickson Hawke, whom he married on July 17, 1973,  his sons, Michael J. (Lynda) Hawke of Waldorf, MD and Matthew J. (Carrie) Hawke of Pulaski, PA, his grandchildren, Eric C. Hawke, Danielle Hawke, Kathryn Hawke (Tyler Lunn) and Brittany Hawke, his great grandchildren, Matti Lynn Hawke and Peyton Rae Lunn, his brothers, Richard (Norma) Hawke of Fombell and Donald (Fran) Hawke of Midland, TX,  and his sisters, Betty Cooper of Fombell and Mary Jane Assalone of New Castle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Art Hawke and his sister Dorothy Cresse.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 1:00 pm until the time of the service at 4:00 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Monday by 3:50 pm to conduct full military honors.

Memorial donations in Dan’s name may be made to the VA Butler Healthcare, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001.

 


Margaret L. Lutz, 89

Mrs. Margaret L. Lutz, 89, of Ellwood City passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the Wexford Healthcare Center.

Mrs. Lutz was born on February 20, 1928 in Ellwood City to the late James and Marie Durbin Coast. She had attended Lincoln High School, and was a member of the United Free Methodist Church in Ellwood City.

She is survived by her sons, Bernard (Patty) Lutz of Portersville, and Ralph (Kathleen) Lutz of Ellwood City, her 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and her daughter-in-law, Marsha Lutz of Slippery Rock, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norman L. Lutz whom she married on December 20, 1946 and passed away on August 2, 1985, her son Norman R. Lutz, and her brothers, Sam, Ronald, Raymond, Alfred, and Ralph Coast.

As per Margaret’s wishes there was not a public visitation or service. Inurnment is at the Wurtemburg Cemetery. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.


Robert T. Yanke, Jr., 70

Robert T. Yanke, Jr., 70, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, June 21-2017 in his residence.

Robert was born on November 23, 1946 in McKees Rocks to the late Robert T. Yanke, Sr. and Gertrude Hufnagel Yanke of McKees Rocks.  He served with the U.S. Army December 7, 1967 until his discharge on December 5, 1969 with the Company D 7th Engineering Battalion Fifth United States Army. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He then worked as a maintenance supervisor for Envirotrol in Darlington for 33 years. Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching Nascar, along with being an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan.

He is survived by his mother Gertrude Yanke, his companion Donna Lallament,  his daughters, Michaelle Yanke of Monongahela, Pa, Angela Andrews of East Palestine, Ohio, and Kristin (Jeffrey) Dudash of Ellwood City, his sons Jody Yanke and his companion Robin Schmidt of Butler, and Jed (Carrie) Yanke of New Castle, his step-children, Randy Coombs, Nathan McFee, Bernie McFee, Krista Lallament, Katlyn Lallament, and Kourtney Lallament, his sisters, Carol Horvath of McKees Rocks, and Diane (Paul) Marion of McKees Rocks, 18 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and on Saturday from 10-11 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Serrvices.

A Blessing Service for Robert will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will be at the Neilltown Cemetery in Pleasantville. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Saturday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors.


Ralph L. Stoyanoff, 53

Ralph L. Stoyanoff, 53, of Perry Twp. Passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in his residence.

Ralph was born on January 26, 1964 in Ellwood City to the late James Stoyanoff and Octavia Conforti Stoyanoff of Ellport. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1982 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Ralph served with the U.S. Army from 1984 until his discharge in 2007 with the rank of Staff Sgt.. He served in Desert Storm, Korea, Germany and Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Army Accommodation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Drivers Badge, and Expert Rifleman Badge. His assignments included the 60th ordnance in Friedberg, Germany, 465th TC in Franklin , Pa and Ft. Lee, Virginia, 58th TC at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, 2nd Tank in the Republic of Korea, 298th TC in Bristol, Pa, the U.S. Air Assault Academy at Fort Campbell, KY, Recruiter School at Fort Eustis, VA, and the Pittsburgh, Recruiting Battalion in Pittsburgh. Ralph studied Phlebotomy at Towson College in Maryland, and had worked at the Butler VA Hospital as a phlebotomist while he was serving with the Army Reserve. He is a lifetime member of the American Legion in Monaca, and the V.F.W. Post 8106 in New Galilee. He had played and coached American Legion baseball for several years, and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. Ralph loved animals, but must of all enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all.

Ralph is survived by his wife Sue Ellen Boy Stoyanoff, his mother Octavia Stoyanoff, his daughters Allison Velasquez of New Castle, and Caitlyn Stoyanoff of Ellwood City, his grandchildren, David, Xavier,  Ariana, and his future granddaughter who is expected in July, his sisters Laura Stoyanoff of Ellwood City, and Eileen McKelvey and her companion Bill Viccari of Ellwood City, his brothers James R. Stoyanoff of Ellport, Jeffrey (Clydene) Stoyanoff of Ellwood City, and William Stoyanoff of Ellport, and his dog Mauri.

He was preceded in death by his father, and his brother David Stoyanoff.

A Private Blessing Service will be held for Ralph at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Military honors will conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial donations in Ralph’s name may be made to the Human Society, or to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.


Timothy D. Gorgas, 66

Timothy D. Gorgas, 66, of Ellport passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at UPMC Passavant Cranberry Twp. following an apparent heart attack.

Born January 6, 1951 in New Castle, he was the son of the late John Adam and Helen Cello Gorgas. He was married for over 33 years to Pam Rossman Montozzi Gorgas, who survives.

Tim graduated from Lincoln High School in 1968 and continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh. He worked at the Ellwood City Forge for 33 years in the sales department. He enjoyed playing golf and pool. He also enjoyed cooking, grilling, gardening and listening to music. His most cherished time was spent with family.

In addition to his wife, Pam, survivors include a son, Adam (Rayya Rashid) Gorgas of Seven Fields; step son, Erik Montozzi of New Castle; brother, Chris Gorgas of Slippery Rock; sister in law, Jackee Gorgas of Fort Myers, Florida; and a granddaughter, Jada Montozzi.

He was preceded in death by parents and a brother, Jack Gorgas.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday June 23 from 4-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 am with Rev. Sean Brubaker of the Calvin Presbyterian Church officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Winifred R. Manzo, 85

Winifred R. Manzo, 85, of Wampum, finally free of the pain she suffered with for years, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Rochester Manor following a longterm illness.

Born October 23, 1931 in Wampum, PA, she was the daughter of the late James Kirkwood and Helen Nagel Kirkwood.

She was a member of Wampum Methodist Church, and a former member of St. Monica’s in Wampum. She was last employed at the Airway Luggage Company. She graduated from Wampum High School. She enjoyed word search books. Her most treasured time was spent with family.

Survivors include three daughters, Patty (Chuck) Shoemaker of Chippewa, PA, Debby (Cliff) Ziegler of Somerset, PA, and Linda (Scott) Creed of Imperial, PA; brother, John (Joanne) Kirkwood of Wampum, PA; 7 grandchildren, Kristy Reitz; Brian and Eric Shoemaker, Chad and Brett Zeigler, Chelsey Miller, and Amber Creed; 12 great grandchildren;

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, William “Punzo” who passed in 2009, her parents, her brothers James, Bob, Eugene, and Walter, two sisters Delores Talley, and Tippy LaPenta.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday June 20, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm and from 6 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main St. Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, on June 21, 2017 at 11 am with Rev. Todd Davis officiating.

Interment will follow in the Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the donors favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.