Obituaries

Dr. Allen A. Dunstan, 69

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Dr. Allen A. Dunstan, 69, passed into eternal peace on Saturday, January 14th 2017.
Allen, a son of the late Kenneth and Thora Mae Dunstan was born December 20th 1947 in Meadville, Pa. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1966. He enlisted in the Army in 1967, where he was awarded a purple heart, a good conduct medal, a Vietnam gallantry cross with palm unit citation badge and a national defense service medal. He also won numerous military sharpshooting competition.
Returning from the military, he earned his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Mansfield University, his Masters degree in education and his PHD in Psycho Educational Processes from Temple University. While in college he wrote the curriculum for the Mansfield school district. He was a champion of education for underprivileged and special needs children also for adults to continue their education.
He retired from the Federal Government, working at the Navel Depot in Mechanicsburg, Pa in 2002.
Allen was a member of the Military order of the purple heart which grants scholarships to children of veterans killed in the line of duty. He was also a member of the American Legion, the NRA, the Masons where he was a Master Mason in the Eureka- West Shore Lodge 302, F. & A. M., and the Shriners, and a 37 year member of Mensa. An accomplished artist, he was a member of the Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg art associations, donating many of his paintings to charity auctions.
Allen was blessed with a brilliant mind, a great sense of humor and a caring heart.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Helen; two sisters, Lynn (Chip) Campbell and Dawn (Rick) Fleischer, both of Ellwood City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Bill Dunstan.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, January 19th, 2017, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 3 p.m. at the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave, Ellwood City, with Rev. Ray Medina officiating. Military rights will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will take place at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society.
Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Norma Jean Nye, 86

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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.

She was  the choir director at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City for 23 years, as well as a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church.

Norma enjoyed decorating her home as well as gardening.

Her husband  of  63  years, Robert E. Nye, passed away last week, on January 9, 2017.  They were married in 1954. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert  J.  Felton.

Norma is survived by her loving daughter, Janice Nye Greathouse of Ellwood City, and by her grandson,  Jonathan R. Greathouse, of Slippery Rock, PA.

Also surviving is one sister, R. Marilynn Hibshman of Sharpsville, PA and a  brother-in-law, Ronald L. Nye of Ellwood City.

Friends will be received from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 18 and from  10:00- 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 19 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 500 Sixth Street, Ellwood City.

Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 19, at TURNERS, with Pastor Chuck Cusick, retired;  Mr. Thomas A. O’Brien, Minster of First Christian Church; and  Rev. Matthew Bupp,  Allegheny Healthcare At-Home  Chaplain,  co-officiating.

Burial will be in St. Mark’s Lutheran Cemetery, Franklin Twp.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group,  UPMC Jameson Health System, 3410 Wilmington Rd., New Castle, PA 16105.  With her late husband, she was co-president of the support group.

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


Andrew Stiles, Jr., 81

Mr. Andrew Stiles, Jr., 81, of Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Mr. Stiles was born on August 19, 1935 in Coalport, Pa to the late Andrew and Vanda Gmerek Stiles, Jr. Andy had served with the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960, and was reactivated for 4 months during the Berlin Crisis. He worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Beaver Falls from 1955 until his retirement in 1986 as a torch operator. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and golfing.

Mr. Stiles is survived by his wife, Amelia “Millie” Thomas Stiles whom he married on October 15, 1955, his sisters, Lilly Mills of Ellwood City, Betty (Henry) Rafacz of Wampum, and Dorothy Anderson of Ellwood City, his brother-in-law, Casmiere Korowicki of Washington, Pa, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Rella Crofton and Jessie Korowicki, his brothers, Joseph and Leonard Stiles, his sisters-in-law, Mary Ciro and Madeline Suppa, and his brother-in-law, Joseph Thomas.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday at 11:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Zachary Galiyas officiating. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Monday by 10:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the church on Monday by 11:50 am to conduct full military honors. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mr. Stile’s name may be made to the Vitas Hospice or to the Ellwood City Area Public Library.

The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at www.teolisfuneralhome.com


Fred M. Smith, 74

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Mr. Fred M. Smith, 74, of Ellwood City passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in his residence.

Mr. Smith was born on September 7, 1942 in New Castle to the late Elizabeth Feinstein Slater. He is a member of the Neshannock High School class of 1961. Fred enlisted with the U.S. Navy on March 28, 1962 and served on the USS Page County as a diesel mechanic until his discharge on June 27, 1966. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

Fred had worked at Rockwell in New Castle from 1973 until the plant closed in 1991. He then worked for Good Wheels as a part time driver, and as a Crossing Guard for the Ellwood City Police Department. He enjoyed working on cars, fixing anything mechanical, and watching football.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Toni Schepisi Smith whom he married on September 7, 1968, his sons, Michael Smith, Scott Smith, and Cory Smith all of Ellwood City, his half sister, Nancy (Robert) McCurdy of New Castle, and his half brothers, Terry Slater of Bessemer and Ron Slater of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Mary Miller, his step father Bruster Slater, Sr., and his half brothers, Bruster Slater, Jr. and Gary Slater.

A private Memorial Service for Fred will be held at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Memorial contributions in Mr. Smith’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, or to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at www.teolisfuneralhome.com


Eunice T. Watt Boyles, 88

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Eunice T. Watt Boyles, 88, formerly of Wampum went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 14, 2017.

Born March 19, 1928 in Enon Valley, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Shirley Fraser Williams. In 1946 she married Robert Watt of New Castle who preceded her in death in 1980. She subsequently married William Boyles who also preceded her in death.

Eunice was a devoted wife and mother, who faithfully served God and her community throughout her life. Her singing blessed the residents of local nursing homes for many years. She also taught Sunday School, impacting the lives of numerous children. She was a member of Park Alliance Church, and was previously a long time member of Evangel Community Church.

Survivors include two sons, David (Nancy) Watt and Roy (Janey) Watt; a daughter, Janice Watt Wilson; a sister, Shirley Morris; six grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Eunice was preceded in death by four brothers, and two sisters.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, January 17 from 4 until the time of the funeral service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Rev. John McCready, her pastor will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Bethel Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Eunice to the Park Alliance Church, 701 Jefferson Ave. Ellwood City, PA 16117.   Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Betty J. Crawford, 93

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Betty J. Crawford, 93, formerly of North Sewickley Twp. passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Blair Personal Care Home following a lengthy illness.

Born January 17, 1923 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Dorothy Forbush Houk. She was married to Eugene E. “Curly” Crawford for 27 years when he passed away in 1969.

Betty, along with her son, “Crete” owned and operated the Shelby Bar for 14 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. An avid bowler, Betty bowled at Park Lanes for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Dottie (John) Boots of Daugherty Twp.; daughter in law, Patty Crawford of North Sewickley Twp., two brothers, Leroy Houk of Ellwood City, James Houk of Chewton, 3 grandchildren – Eric (Anna) Thompson, Jason Crawford, Tricia (Jeff) Beatrice; and six great grandchildren, Ashlyn and Owen Beatrice, Devin and Luca Thompson, and Jace and Zane Crawford.

She was preceded in death by a son, Eugene “Crete” Crawford in 2014, four sisters, Doris Crawford (2004), Kathryn Cable (2009), Janice Nolan (2009), Velma Noel (2011); and a brother, Clarence Houk (2016).

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, January 16 from 4 until the time of the funeral service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Rev. Keith R. Black, Vitas Hospice Chaplain will officiate the services. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Vitas Hospice, especially Jennifer, and all the caretakers at Blair’s for their kind and compassionate care.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Beaver County Humane Society, 3394 Brodhead Rd. Center Twp., PA 15001.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Donald F. Fazenbaker, 86

Donald F. Fazenbaker, 86, of New Beaver Boro passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospice in Beaver following a short illness.

Born May 10, 1930 in Westernport, MD, he was the son of the late Ernest S. and Florence E. Warnick Fazenbaker .  He was married for 67 years to Althea P. “Red” Green Fazenbaker as they were married February 12, 1949. She survives.

Don retired on August 14, 1986 following 35 1/2 years of service at Babcox and Wilcox, Koppel Works where he was a crane man. He was a member of the West Pittsburgh United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, Althea “Red”, survivors include a son, Donald F. Fazenbaker Jr. of Beaver; daughter, Cathy Fazenbaker of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and three brothers.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael A. Fazenbaker in 2006, four brothers and a sister.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 21 at 11 am at the West Pittsburgh United Methodist Church. His pastor, Rev. Todd Davis will officiate the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the West Pittsburgh United Methodist Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Marialice McElwain, 78

McElwainMarialice McElwain, 78 of Hillcrest Dr., Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly at Allegheny General Hospital on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 9:27 PM.

Born in Ellwood City on March 16, 1938 Marialice was the daughter of the late Nicola and Alice Borella Varrati. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, James Donald McElwain on August 25, 2008. Marialice had retired as a secretary in the Ellwood School District where she worked for many years. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish and was a 1956 graduate of Lincoln High School. Marialice was also a member of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary and the Municipal Women’s Club. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Marialice is survived by her 3 children, Joy Susan McElwain of Ellwood City, Cindy and Jeff Magnifico of Ellwood City and John R. McElwain of Ft. Worth, TX. 5 Grandchildren, Michelle Lolly, Laura Wardman, Katelyn Wardman, Nicholas Wardman and Matthew McElwain.

 Besides her parents and husband, Marialice was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Anthony, Nick and John Varrati.

Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Holy Redeemer Church on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10 AM.

Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at www.tomonfuneralhome.com.


Santiago E. “Jimmy” Martinez, 53

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Santiago E. “Jimmy” Martinez, 53, of Dushane St., New Castle passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017 at his residence. Although in ill health, death was unexpected.

Born November 10, 1963 in Cotulla, Texas, he was the son of the late Santiago Martinez and Adela Elizondo Perez with whom he resided.

Santiago was a self employed sign fabricator. He was affiliated with the Wampum United Methodist Church.

In addition to his mother, Adela and step father, Ernest Reyna, survivors include his significant other, Dora Lee Bove; seven children, Paul Michael Martinez of Cotulla, TX, Christina, Herlinda, and Patricia Martinez all of Pearsall, TX, Joe Selby of Tucson, AZ; Salvatore and Vienna Bove of New Castle; two sisters, Annette Morales of Butler, Adela (Joe) Yarzebinski of Wampum; brother, Jesus Martinez of Tucson, AZ; sister in law, Yolando Jaimez; and 13 grandchildren.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, JImmy Selby and a brother, Freddy Martinez.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday January 16 from 4 to 7 pm at the Wampum United Methodist Church on Main St. Wampum. Funeral Services will be at the church on Tuesday at 11 am with his pastor, Rev. Todd Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Bruce M. Hockenberry, 64

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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 Ellwood City.

He is survived by his sisters, Bonnie (and Herbert ) Cratty of Ellport (Ellwood City) and Beth (and David) Meteny of Beaver Falls.

He is also survived by a niece and nephew,  Brittany (Travis) Bates and Cameron Little; and a greatniece and greatnephews, Mariah Bates and Jason and Derek Little.

Friends will be received from 4  P.M. until 7 P.M. on Sunday, January 15 2017 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 500 6th Street, Ellwood City.

Services will be conducted at TURNERS on Sunday evening, Jan. 15 at 7:00 P.M. with his cousin, the Rev. Daniel Hockenberry of the Disciples of Christ Church, Brookfield OH, officiating.

Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial  donations may be made to  Easter Seals of Western PA, 875 Greentree Road, Suite 150, Pittsburgh PA 15220.

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