Obituaries

Doyle Kent Butler, 67

Doyle Kent Butler, 67, of Ellwood City passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the VNA Hospice in Butler.

Doyle was born on January 20, 1950 in Charleston, West Virginia to the late Doyle E. and Doris Taylor Butler. He is a member of the Riverside High School class of 1968, and was certified as a diesel mechanic by the Diesel Mechanic School in New Castle. He enlisted with the U.S. Army on September 26, 1969 and served until his discharge on March 24, 1972.  He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.  Doyle worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill for 13 years, and then as a truck driver for TBJ Trucking Co.. Most recently he was working with his son-in-law Randal for Graham’s Renovations. He enjoyed going to Turkey shoots with his friend Chuck Bingle, fishing, vacationing at Hatteras Island, North Carolina, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Cookie Rough Butler whom he married on April 6, 1991, his daughter, Michelle (Randal) Graham of North Sewickley Twp., his sons, Kirk Butler and his partner Johnathan Valentine of Carlisle, Pa, Mathew (Kelly) Butler of Chippewa Twp., and Jake Butler of Ellwood City, his 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, his sister, Sharon (Rich) Hajec of Jeffersonville, Indiana, his mother-in-law Hildegard Rough of North Sewickley Twp.,  his step-daughter Christa McAnallen, his step-son Michael (Ashley) McAnallen, his first wife Marsha Chesko, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Kathy Declynn.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held by the family at a later date. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

 


Ramah J. “Dunnie” Thomas, 96

Mrs. Ramah J. “Dunnie” Thomas, 96, of Perry Twp. passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Mrs. Thomas was born on June 26, 1920 in Grove City to the late Judson R. and El-len Carlie Bassett Hulbert. She had graduated from the Grove City High School with the class of 1938. She was a home maker, and enjoyed working crossword puzzles and watching game shows.

She is survived by her son-in-law, Charles Kotuby of Franklin Twp., her grandchildren, Carrie L. (Mark) Popovich, Charles T. (Rebecca) Kotuby, and Clint Kotuby, her great-grandchildren, Thatcher, Elizabeth, and Olivia Kotuby, Anthony and Matthew Popovich, and her nieces, Carli White, Amy Kay McCamey, and Julie Ann McCamey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Carl J. Thomas, Sr., her daughter Carol Lynn Kotuby, her son Carl J. Thomas, Jr., her brother William Hulbert, her sisters, Wanda McCamey and Shirley White, and her nephew, Billy White.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 9:00 am until the time of the Blessing Service at 11:00 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Crestview Memorial Park in Grove City.


Dale G. Kelly, 76

Dale G. Kelly, 76, of Moravia, Pa. formerly of Big Beaver Pa, passed away on April 23, 2017.

Dale was a loved father, grandfather, husband, brother, and member of the community.

Dale was the son of Joseph A. and Marie Clark Kelly. Born in Moravia, Pa on April 6, 1941, and moved to New Beaver as a child, attending Glen Kirk and New Port schools. He graduated with the class of 1959 from Wampum High School.

Dale married Glenda L. Hennon on December 2, 1961. In addition to owning Kelly’s Sales and Service Station in Beaver Falls, he worked at B & W as a crane operator and millwright supervisor. He also worked at Nationwide Fork Truck in Hollywood, Florida. But the work that brought Dale real joy was with his tools and woodworking, which could be found in everything from picture frames to kitchen cabinets.

His lifelong community commitment includes serving on Big Beaver Council for many years, his membership in Meridian F & A M Lodge in Enon Valley, PA and in the Valley of New Castle Consistory, New Castle, PA.

He is survived by his wife Glenda L. Kelly, two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard D. and Jennifer Pesci-Kelly, (Pittsburgh), William T. and Wanda Kelly (Willow Springs NC); one daughter, Janet L. Kelly (Wampum, PA); four grandchildren (who all called him Pap), Kaitlyn and Kelli Heeter, Grace A. Kelly and Luke Kelly; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Pat Kelly (Fordland, MO), Carl and Janice Kelly (New Beaver, PA); two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and James Shelenberger, (Henderson, NC), Ruth and David Peterson (Fort Myers, FL), sister, Nora Bell Howard (Duncanon, PA) and sister-in-law Norma Kelly (Ellwood City, PA), along with many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, David G. Kelly in 1963, his grandson Adam T. Kelly in 2004, brother Vernon T. Kelly, sister Alice Kelly and brothers-in-law Clarke E. Howard, Jr., Dr. Charles B. Hennon and Frank Dick Allen and sister-in-law, Nora Hennon Allen.

Friends and family will be received on Thursday at the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum from 3 pm until the time of the funeral service at 6 pm. Rev. Mike Wimer will officiate. Interment will take place at Grandview Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com


Ruth Verda Werner, 99

Ruth Verda Werner, 99, of Galilee Rd., (North Beaver Twp) passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at her residence following a short illness.

Born March 26, 1918 in Butler, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Hazel Youkers Herold. She was married on June 29, 1938 to Walter C. Werner. They were married for 49 years when he passed away February 6, 1987.

Ruth was a member and former Sunday School teacher at Moravia Presbyterian Church. She is well remembered for selling her vegetables at the farm stand on Rt. 168. Ruth enjoyed people, cooking, baking, crocheting, and playing cards. The farm was a special place to go.

Survivors include daughter, Charlotte (Rev. Jim) Legge of Slippery Rock; two sons, Charles (Linda) Werner of New Galilee, Thomas (Lynn) Werner of Bessemer; two sisters, Veva McConnell of North Beaver Twp., Hazel Jane Webb of Butler; brother, Walter (Sally) Herold of Princeton; nine grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Kevin; grandson, Tommy Werner; three sisters, Edna Kelly, Pearl Daufen, Cora Elizabeth Herold; and three brothers, Lawrence “Sonny”, Joe, and Clarence Ed Herold.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday April 21, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 10 am with her son in law, Rev. Dr. W. James Legge and her pastor, Rev. Dr. David Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Moravia Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Anna R. Spoa, 96

Mrs. Anna R. Spoa, 96, formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Avalon Spring Health Campus in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Mrs. Spoa was born on February 12, 1921 in Gary, Indiana to the late Michael and Anna Molnar. She had served with the U.S. Army, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) from October 3, 1942 until her discharge on July 27, 1943. She had worked at Weirton Steel and Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Factory in Baltimore, MD.  Anna later was a home maker and a really good cook,  she enjoyed making Sunday dinner for her family and  loved taking care of her cats.

Mrs. Spoa is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Larry) Koch of Freedom, her son, George Spoa of Burns Harbor, IN, her granddaughters, Erin (Christopher) Wheeler of Myrtle, Beach, SC,  June Kimmel of Hanna, IN, and Kimberly (Jesse) Spoa-Harty of Westville, IN, her grandson, Daniel Koch of Sleepy Hollow, NY, her great-grandchildren, “Elle” Gabrielle Kimmel, Zak” Zackery Kimmel, Michael Koch, Brock Harty, and Nolan Harty. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Rose Molnar and Irene Molnar.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George H. Spoa whom she married on June 22, 1947 and passed away on February 27, 1999, her grandson-in-law Richard Kimmel, and her brothers, James, Frank, and Michael Molnar.

The family would like to thank the staff, caregivers, and all her friends at Avalon Springs Health Campus for the exceptional care and friendship they have extended to Anna.

Family and Friends are invited to the Blessing Service which will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:00am at the Locust Grove Cemetery Mausoleum which will be officiated by Father Zachary Galiyas. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Saturday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.


Margaret K. Mitchell, 92

Margaret K. Mitchell, 92, of Ellwood City passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at her daughters residence.

Margaret was born on December 20, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late John and Marie Moran Crespo. She had worked at the Ellwood City Hospital in the housekeeping department, the Ellton Hotel as a cook for several years, Leeds and Northrup in Ellport during the 1960’s, and was a home health care giver for many people in the Ellwood City area.  Margaret also was the manager of Daufen’s Bar and Grille for a year. She was a member of the Beaver Falls Elks and the Turner Club in Beaver Falls, the Eagles club, Hungarian Club, and the Ladies of the Moose in Ellwood City. Margaret also was a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She enjoyed cooking and gardening.

Margaret is survived by her daughters, Shirley (Terry) Hill of Shenango Twp. and Michelle Mikosz of Ellwood City, her sons, John (Linda) Norge of Wampum and Sam Norge of New Castle, her seven grandchildren, and her twelve great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Sarah Olayer McCready of Wampum, Elizabeth (Bob) Wilks of North Sewickley Twp., and Lucy Thompson of Joplin, Missouri, and her brother, Edward (Donnie) Crespo of Tacoma, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Anthony Norge, her second husband John Mikosz, her companion King Daufen, her sisters, Marie Crespo and Katherine Crespo, and her brothers, Charles, Alfred, Joseph, John, Philip, Henry, and Thomas Crespo.

Family and friends will be received on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 5:00 pm until the time of the Blessing Service at 7:00 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services. Inurnment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Margaret’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Social Services.


Harry D. Herko, 70

Harry D. Herko, 70, of Old Rt 18, Wampum (New Beaver Boro) passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Butler VA Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born October 31, 1946 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Herman F. and Leona I. Parish Herko. He was married for 22 years to Diana L. Rice Herko who survives.

Harry retired from Babcock and Wilcox, Wallace Run Plant where he was a conductor. He then worked for the American Asbestos Company. Harry served with the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He served three tours and received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was a member of the New Castle American Legion and the Ellwood City Hungarian Home. Harry enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing, especially at Crystal Lake.

In addition to his wife, Diana, survivors include a son, Harry D. Herko Jr. of Pittsburgh; daughter, Lori (Josh) McWilliams of Butler; sister, Debi Baldwin of Ellwood City; three brothers, Frank Herko of Ellwood City, Chuck (Cindy) Herko of Las Vegas, John Herko of Frederick, MD; four grandchildren and 1 step grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David Herko.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday April 18 from 2-4 and 6 until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Military rites will be conducted by the Veteran Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to VA Hospice in Butler.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Kenneth F. Bernd, 58

Kenneth F. Bernd, 58, of North Sewickley Twp. passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. following a short illness.

Born January 6, 1959 in New Brighton, he was the son of the late Floyd L. and Mildred E. Nye Bernd. He was married for 37 years to Diana L. Dixon Bernd, who survives.

Ken graduated from Riverside HIgh School in 1977. He worked at the Ellwood City Forge as a lathe operator for 35 years. Ken enjoyed restoring and maintaining vintage cars. He served as the first President of the “Redneck Rods” car club. His most cherished time was spent with family, especially lunches with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Diana, survivors include three sons, Justin (Jessica) Bernd of Baltimore, MD, Adam (Alexa) Bernd of Valencia, PA, Chad (Kimberly) Bernd of Fombell; two sisters, Katherine (Calvin L.) Sedgwick of Fombell, Susan (Dale) Stelter of Wampum; brother, Charles (Melva) Bernd of Buffalo, NY; brother in law, John Breuer of Indianapolis, IN; and three grandchildren, Natalie, C.J., and Landon Bernd.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ruth Ann Breuer.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday April 17 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 2 pm with Pastor Calvin Cummings officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Hermon Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to scaresthatcare.org.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


David J. Nocera, 58

David J. Nocera, 58, of North Tower Rd., Fombell (Franklin Twp.) passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 14, 2017 at his residence due to a ruptured aneurysm.

Born March 18, 1959 in Ellwood City, he was the son of Joseph Nocera of Ellwood City and the late Katie Pistacchio Nocera. He was married on November 27, 1993 to Julie Householder Nocera who survives.

Dave graduated from Lincoln High School in 1977. He furthered his education, graduating from Penn State in 1982 with a Degree in Accounting. He worked as an accountant for Lincoln Fabricating in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. He enjoyed playing volleyball, bowling, and basketball. Dave was an avid sports fan, always rooting for his alma mater, Penn State and all the Pittsburgh Sports Teams.

In addition to his wife, Julie and father, Joe, survivors include a son, Thadeus Nocera at home; two sisters, Kathy (Merel) MacDonald of Ellwood City, Susan (Jeff) Taylor of New Castle; brother, Mike (Julie A.) Nocera of Frisco; and father in law, Ted Householder of Fombell. He will also be missed by his dog and buddy, Smokey.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Katie and his mother in law, Sally Householder.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday April 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Friends and family will also be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 until the time of the blessing service at 11. Rev. Father Mark Thomas will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Daniel D. Pelloni, 91

Daniel D. Pelloni, 91, of Mercer Road, Franklin Township, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 3:15 AM at The Grove at Harmony.

Born on December 10, 1925 in Ellwood City, Daniel was the son of the late John and Minnie Martino Pelloni. He married the former Lillian Jolley on April 10, 1947 and she preceded him in death on June 12, 2008. Daniel was a founding member of the Ellwood City Bolt Busters semi-pro football team, where he played center. He was a Veteran of the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Pelias During WWII. He was active in Riverside Amateur Baseball and he was a member of the Ellwood SOI Lodge. Daniel retired from Bison Labs in Ellwood City, but everyone knew Daniel from the 53 years he spent driving school bus for the Riverside School District. Daniel always volunteered to drive the athletic and academic teams to their games and meets and he drove four generations of students to school.

Daniel is survived by his sons, David and Elaine Pelloni and Kevin Pelloni and his fiancee, Jada Lehman, all of Ellwood City, a grandson, Nicholas Pelloni and two step-granddaughters, Camaria and Madison Lehman.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Daniel was preceded in death by three brothers; Anthony, Peter and John Pelloni and three sisters; Theresa Antonelli, Jennie McBride and Mary Jane Wiley.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, April 18th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 19th at 1:30 PM with Rev. Elizabeth Wallace. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Military Honors will be conducted by the Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be sent to www.tomonfuneralhome.com