Obituaries

William A. Sturgis, 64

Mr. William A. Sturgis, 64, of Franklin Twp. passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in his residence.

Bill was born on March 26, 1952 in Allegheny County to the late James A. Sturgis and Agnes Miller Sturgis Fischer. He had graduated from Shaler High School with the class of 1969. Bill then served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was the owner and operator of Bill’s Garage in Franklin Twp. for many years. He is also a member of the Lillyville Church of God. He enjoyed working on cars, reading, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Marziale Sturgis whom he married on June 5, 1987, his daughters, Christine (Gary) Morton of Pittsburgh, Valerie (Brett) Lindenmuth of Rochester, NY, and Jesce Sturgis of Beckley, W. VA, and his grandchildren, Hannah Morton, Sam Morton, Jacob Lindenmuth, Tyler Lindenmuth, Hailey Walker, Ryleigh Sturgis, and Makayla Fischer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Colin Charles Fischer, Jr., and his brothers, James C. Sturgis and John Sturgis.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and on Monday from 9-10 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Services for Bill will be held on Monday at 10:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Dennis Arndt officiating. Interment will follow at the Lillyville Church of God Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to the Butler VNA Hospice.

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


Mary E. DeCaria, 85

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Ms. Mary E. DeCaria, 85, of Ellwood City, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Ms. DeCaria was born on June 3, 1931 in Ellwood City to the late James V. and Ruth Perry DeCaria. Mary graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1949, and from the Garfield Business College. She had worked at Glover Insurance Agency in Beaver Falls, and Airway Industries as a secretary. Most recently, Mary has been working for the Holy Redeemer Social Services. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers. Mary was a long time volunteer for the Holy Redeemer Annual Bazaar working in the outside kitchen. She enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends.

Mary is survived by her sister, Phyllis Maochi of Ellwood City, her nieces and nephew, Paula (Kevin) Maochi, Valarie (David) Sheldon, and James Maochi, her great nieces and nephews, Nicholas and Lauren Maochi, Emma, Jordan, Jack, and Kate Sheldon, and numerous close and loving cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother-in-law, Paul Maochi.

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 1:00 pm in the Holy Redeemer Church. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Holy Redeemer Mausoleum.

Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church by 12:50 pm to form an honor guard. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home by 12:20 pm. Memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Social Services.

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


William Joseph “Joe” Ray, 60

William Joseph  “Joe”  Ray, 60, of  North Sewickley Township, (Beaver Falls),  passed away peacefully and unexpectedly  in his sleep at his home on Thursday morning, March 23 2017.

He was born in Ellwood City on June 6 1956 to Ethel Mullenax Ray of North Sewickley Township, and the late Delbert W. Ray.

Joe was a heavy equipment mechanic   for over 30 years, at Murphy Tractor Co.,  formerly known as Doyle Equipment Co in Cranberry Twp.

Joe enjoyed spending time with his family, his  friends, and coaching girls softball  with the Riverside R.G.A.A.

He is survived by his  loving wife of 31 years, Sherri  Graeser-Ray.

Two daughters,  Amanda Jo  and Emily Sue Ray, as well as his mother,  Ethel Ray, also survive.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Sunday, March 26 2017 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 500 Sixth Street, Ellwood City.

Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, March 27 at TURNERS.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Beaver County Humane Society, 3394 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001.

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


Michael Parks, 49

Michael Parks, 49, of Ellwood City passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Golden Hill Nursing Center following a courageous two year battle with cancer.

Born June 20, 1967 in Ellwood City, he was the son of Eugene Parks of Harmony and Ruth Lumley of Deltonia, Florida.

Mike worked for Aiken Refuse for 20 years. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed archery and riding ATV’s.

In addition to his parents, survivors include a daughter, Chrystal Parks of Ellwood City; grandmother, Anne Lumley of Deltonia; two brothers, Todd Parks of West Pittsburg, Kris “Critter” Parks of Harmony; and a granddaughter, Mackenzie Parks.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Troy and Thelma Parks, and Roy Lumley.

Per Mike’s wishes, there will be no services.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.  Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Mona Mineo, 82

Mona Mineo, 82 formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Edison Manor in New Castle.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mona was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna Vanchiro Mineo. Mona worked at Grossman’s Restaurant and later at Carsele’s Restaurant in Ellwood City. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish.

Mona is survived by her four nephews, Charles Mineo, Randy Mineo, Samuel Mineo and Mark Mineo. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Joann Mineo Bigos of Osprey, FL.

Besides her parents, Mona was preceded in death by her two brothers, Joseph and Samuel Mineo and two sisters, Rose Mineo and Ann Shaffer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Holy Redeemer Church on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11 AM by Fr. Zachary Galiyas. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences may be sent to www.tomonfuneralhome.com


Charles B. Baker, 92

Charles B. Baker, 92, of North Sewickley Township, (Ellwood City) , passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Creek Meadows Nursing Home in Zelienople.
He was born on September 13, 1924 in Ellwood City, PA, to the late Charles W. and Suzanne Welsh Baker.
He attended Lincoln High School in Ellwood City .
He was a member of the First Christian Church, VFW Post #252, where he helped form the Honor Squad, and also a member of the American Legion. He was a lifetime member of both the Castlewood Rod & Gun Club and the Ellwood Wampum Rod & Gun Club, where he served on the Board of Directors.
Charles was a very active outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, and spend time at his camp. He was a handyman who always carried a toolbox and helped anyone in need of repairs. He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
Charles worked at the former B&W Tubular Products Co. in Beaver Falls as a crane operator in the Cut Off Department until retirement in 1984 after 42 years of service.
Charles served in the US Army from 1942 to 1946 during WWII holding the rank of PFC – Tech/5 where he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal – WWII.
Charles was a lifetime member and former Assistant Fire Chief of the North Sewickley Vol. Fire Dept., where he helped start the North Sewickley Twp. Ambulance Service.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Mary Peters Baker.
Also surviving are two sons and their spouses: Larry C. (and Loraine)Baker of New Castle and Bruce W. (and Cynthia) Baker of Harmony PA; Five grandchildren: Meghan, Emily, Philip, Cassidy, and Casey; and 5 great grandchildren: Craig, Madison, Luke, Callie, and Rayleigh.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond J. and Bernard M. Baker.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 500  Sixth Street, Ellwood City.
Services will be conducted at 11 AM. On Saturday, March 25, 2017 at TURNERS with Mr. Thomas A. O’Brien, Minister of First Christian Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Pittsburgh.
The North Sewickley Twp. Vol. Fire Department will perform a service at 7 PM on Friday.
Full military honors will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard. They should meet at the funeral home at 10:30 AM. on Saturday.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church, Ada Drive, Ellwood City PA 16117.
You may read the obituary, sign the guestbook, or send condolences at: www.turnerfh.com


Lawrence Lance, 88

Mr. Lawrence Lance, 88, of North Sewickley Twp. passed away on Monday, March 21, 2017 in the Rochester Manor.

Mr. Lance was born on January 10, 1929 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph and Ida Cagni Lance. He had graduated from Lincoln High School and watch makers school in Pittsburgh. Larry enlisted with the U.S. Army on September 11, 1946 and served with the Company 1 34th Infantry until his discharge on December 18, 1947 with the rank of Private First Class. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan. Larry had worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill, and the Armstrong Corkworks in Beaver Falls. He was also a passionate watch and clock maker. Larry was a hard working handyman and loved to whistle.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan Lance of Tucson, AZ, his son, Joseph (Toni) Lance of North Sewickley Twp., his grandchildren, Eric Lance and Jason (Rachel) Lance, his great-grandchildren, Chase and Emilee Lance, his sisters, Dolores (Donald) McMichaels of Franklin Twp. and Katherine “Kitty” Anderson of Moon Twp., and his brother, Ray (Peggy) Lance of Ellwood City. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Clara S. Owoc Lance whom he married on September 5, 1953 and passed away on September 10, 2013, and his sister, Geraldine “Gerry” Calve.

Visitation will held on Friday from 3-6 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

A Service for Larry will be held on Friday at 6:00 pm in the funeral home. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 5:50 pm to conduct full military rites. Entombment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Resurrection Mausoleum. Mr. Lance’s family would like to thank the Northview Estates and the Rochester Manor for the wonderful care they gave to him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Lance’s name may be made to the Concord United Methodist Church or to the Meals on Wheels program.

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


Sally G. Householder, 87

Sally G. Householder, 87, of North Tower Rd., Fombell passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Ellwood City Hospital following an extended illness.

Born May 2, 1929 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Charles R. and Sarah Anderson Gillespie Sr. She was married for 66 years to Ted Householder as they were married June 30, 1950. He survives.

Sally graduated from Lincoln High School and attended Beaver County Community College. She had formerly worked for US Steel and Matthews Conveyor. Sally was also a manager for Tupperware. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Ellwood City Saxon Club. Sally enjoyed playing cards and traveling around the United States.

In addition to her husband, Ted, survivors include three daughters, Carol DiFrischia, Sue (James) Reed, Julie (Dave) Nocera; daughter in law, Jody Householder; brother, James E. Gillespie; nine grandchildren, Robert (Missy) Williams, Kari (Dave) Williams Bender, Jamie (Evan) Reed Miller, Andrew (Nicole) Reed, Joshua Reed, Ashleigh Householder, Stephanie Householder, Tyler DiFrischia, and Thadeus Nocera; and six great grandchildren, Jax and Avalee Bender, Nash and Silas Miller, Jackson Reed, and Julia Williams.

Sally was preceded in death by a son, Jon Householder, brother, Charles R. Gillespie Jr, sister, Joyce Faurie, and a son in law, Tim DiFrischia.

Per Sally’s wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Jameson Hospice or the First United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Robert Clark Nesbit, 72

Mr. Robert Clark Nesbit, 72, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in the Butler VA Medical Center from health issues that occurred due to his exposure to agent orange during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Nesbit was born on May 6, 1944 in New Castle to the late Clark James and Margaret Bell Shaffer Nesbit. Bob graduated from Shenango High School and Florida Technical College. He proudly served two tours of duty with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He had served with the Army from April 9, 1965 until his discharge on January 28, 1968 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Service Star, and the Vietnam Medal with Device. He later followed his fathers footsteps working as a brick mason in Florida and Colorado. He enjoyed motorcycles, fishing, and feeding the deer that visited his back yard.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Loriann Macgregor of College Station, TX, 2 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, his brother, Richard (Patricia) Nesbit of Georgetown, TX, and several nieces and nephews. His daughter remembers him as a loving father with a fantastic sense of humor. His favorite pastime was doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, which he always finished correctly. She will miss having those conversations on the phone where they chatted about many things. The family will miss him greatly, and we were honored to know such a man.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4pm and on Monday from 11am until Noon in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Service for Bob will be held on Monday at Noon in the funeral home with Pastor Jeff McKay officiating. Interment will be at the Greenwood Methodist Cemetery in Shenango Twp.. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Monday by 11:50am to conduct full military honors.

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


Dolores Mae Houk, 84

Dolores Mae Houk, 84, formerly of Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Silverado Memory Care in Austin Texas.

Born April 11, 1932 in Keyser, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ruby Creasy Helmick. She was married for 64 years to Clarence Houk who passed away February 10, 2016.

Dolores graduated from Lincoln High School. She enjoyed gardening and traveling. Her most precious times were spent with family especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Thomas (Cindy) Houk of Waverly, Ohio; daughter, Annette (Carlos) Espinoza of Austin; step sister, Phyllis Lombardo of Cleveland, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Jennifer Houk, Steven Houk, Eric Espinoza, and Kevin Espinoza.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sons, James, John, and Ronald Houk.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday March 18 from 11 am until the time of the funeral service at 12 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Rev. Bruce Gardner of the Berean Presbyterian Church will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.