Obituaries

Betty L. Wright, 91

Betty L. Wright, 91, of Foch Street, Ellwood City, passed away in her residence on Thursday, September 21, 2017.  Born in Wurtemburg on May 28, 1926, Betty was the daughter of the late Leo O. and Caroline Hartzel Fox.  She married Raymond C. Wright on her birthday in 1946 and he preceded her in death in 1988.  Betty was a former member of the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church.  She loved spending her summers fishing and socializing at the family cottage in Henry’s Bend in Oil City.  She enjoyed cooking for family and friends, often searching cookbooks for the perfect recipe.  After spending their first 57 years in Wurtemburg, Betty and Raymond were sent on an adventure for Raymond’s work to Charlotte, NC where they spent three years and then returned to the Ellwood Area, making their home in Ewing Park.
 A loving and devoted wife and mother, Betty is survived by her children Charles W. (Pam) Wright of Ellwood City and Kathy R. Wright (Bruno Lorusso), of New Castle and a cousin Jim (Nancy) Horton of Ellwood City.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Betty was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles W. and Nancy Rutter Fox and William L. Fox.
Friends will be received on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 AM with Pastor Wayne R. Hobbes at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.  Interment will take place in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions can be made in Betty’s name to the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church, 1244 Portersville Rd., Ellwood City, PA  16117.  The family would like to thank Gateway Hospice and their wonderful staff and Dr. Lawrence Rahall for their compassionate care.

Helen E. Swogger, 83

Helen E. Swogger, 83, of Swogger Lane, New Beaver Boro passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 following an extended illness.

Born May 29, 1934 in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late Earl S. and Effie Clingerman Jay. She was married for 60 years to John Ralph Swogger who passed away June 29, 2012.

Helen graduated from Wampum High School with the Class of 1952. She could sew anything. Helen had the ability to turn any idea into reality. Through the years she created one of a kind wedding gowns, mother of the bride and bridesmaids dresses, prom gowns, along with children’s apparel. She did everything on a limited budget and made every customer feel beautiful. Her creativity carried over into her home as she loved changing decorations for every season. What she did best was make you feel important and loved. She enjoyed county music, watching Christmas movies, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy (David) Arner of Brook Park, Ohio, Trudi (David) Nottingham of Wampum and Gayle (Jeffrey) Smith, both of Wampum; two sons, Eric Swogger of Homewood, Erin “Guzz” Swogger of Wampum; three brothers, Mearle, Elmer “Butch”, and Gary “Pudge” Jay; eleven grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Vada Yagersky, Carrie Shea, Edith Preisel, Ethel Dennis; and three brothers, Guy, Arthur, and Elbert Jay.

Family and friends will gather on Saturday, September 23 at the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church for visitation from 1 pm until the time of the Memorial Service at 4:30 pm.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Jay Fund in care of Michele Beichner, 150 North School St. Shippenville, PA 16254.

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


Margaret L. Price, 87

Margaret L. Price, 87, formerly of Castlewood passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Avalon Nursing Center.

A lifelong resident, Peg was born May 9, 1930 on Harmony Baptist Rd in Castlewood, the daughter of the late Robert and Lula Lutz Newton. She was married for 69 years to Keith E. Price as they were married June 19, 1948. He survives.

Peg graduated from Shenango High School in 1948. She was an active member of the Center United Presbyterian Church. She was also active with the Cub Scouts and TOPS. She enjoyed traveling with the Laurel Travel Club. She cherished time cooking and baking for her family.

In addition to her husband, Keith survivors include two sons, Timothy (Judy) Price of Kent, Ohio, Mark (Debbie) Price of Ellwood City; daughter, Cindy Means of Hermitage; sister, Lois (Charles) Sari of Ellwood City; nine grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Keith and siblings. James and Robert M. Newton and Dorothy Bell Newton Black.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday September 18 from 12 noon until the time of the funeral service at 2 at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Her pastor, Rev. Dr. James Bibza will officiate. Interment will follow in the Center Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Center United Presbyterian Church 1143 Center Church Rd. New Castle, PA 16101.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Frederick P. Curry, 82

Frederick P. Curry, 82, of New Beaver Boro passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the UPMC – Jameson Hospital following a short illness.

A lifelong resident, Fred was born September 12, 1935 in Wampum to the late William and Ellen Wardman Curry. He was married for 60 years to Martha Rorabaugh Curry who survives.

Fred graduated from Mount Jackson High School. He was a Sergeant in the US Army and a member of the Wampum American Legion. Fred retired from Medusa – Southdown Cement Company where he was a machine operator. He was a former Chief and the last remaining Charter Member of the New Beaver Boro Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Lawrence County Fire Chief’s Association and a member of the West Pittsburg United Methodist Church. Fred was active with the former Wampum Baseball Association, serving as a coach and the commissioner for many years.

In addition to his wife, Martha, survivors include three sons, Paul (Sandy) Curry of New Castle, Doug “Bunger” (Sue) Curry of Wampum, Glen (Lisa) Curry of Hopewell Twp.; sister, Sara (William) Hardy of North Beaver; two brothers, Levis Curry of Ellwood City, James (Connie) Pulliam of Chatsworth, Georgia; 5 grandchildren, Jarrett (Tia) Curry, Kylie (Ed ) Sheridan, Richard (Kristin) Curry, Griffin and Sean Curry ; four great grandchildren, Everrett, Izabella, Brady, and Mackenzie.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William Curry.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday September 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.  Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am. Rev. Todd Davis will officiate. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the New Beaver Fire Department or the West Pittsburgh United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Theo C. Cusato, 93

Theo Chase Johns Cusato, 93, of Ellwood City went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 10 2017.  She leaves a legacy of faith and will be remembered fondly for the selflessness, love and generosity she extended to all those who knew her.

 

Theo was born July 30, 1924 to the late Edward and Marie Bloom Johns in Berwinsdale, PA. She graduated from Coalport High School in 1941 and moved to New Jersey with several friends to work in war material factories. When her twin nieces were born, she moved to Ellwood City where she met her husband, Domenic, and they  married in 1948. Together they opened Dom’s Market, later Dom’s IGA, which they operated for 40 years.

 

To remember Theo’s life is to remember “Dom and Theo” as even the license plate of their Cadillac shared their names, reflecting the life they lived side-by-side. They believed that all should hear the Gospel and were devoted members of the The Gideons International for 50 years, founding the Beaver County Camp still active today. When Dom joined the Art Club, learning to play the organ, Theo followed reigniting her love of painting. Beyond her artwork, she authored more than 300 poems recounting her love of family and personal relationship with her Savior. Her book is aptly named for the one thing she always wanted, A Gift of Peace and Quiet. 

 

Theo is preceded by her husband, Domenic A. Cusato, Jr, who died May 27, 2015; a brother Edward Johns; a sister Evelyn “Bette” Johns Walker; and a granddaughter Renee Bastide.

 

She is survived by her children, Dennis (Arloene) Cusato, Lydia (David) Ialongo, both of Ellwood City, and Todd (Joy) Cusato of Toccoa, GA;  sisters, Willivyn “Winnie” Stiles Tilkey and Colleen (Charles) Shepson; grandchildren Domenic, Rocco and Saverio Cusato, and Nicole Bastide; Cara (Ben) Huth, Marisa (Stephen) Mandel, Sara (Kevin) Huber; and Elizabeth (Ron) Forkey, Maria (Ben) Johnson, Bethany (Nicholas) Craig and Ben (Sarah) Cusato; and 16 great grandchildren.

 

Friends will be received from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm on Wednesday, Sept 13 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 500 Sixth Street, Ellwood City. A service will be held at 10:30 am on Thurs, Sept 14 at the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, with Rev. Matthew Bupp,  officiating. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

 

The family would like to thank the staff of Northview Estates for their kind and compassionate care. Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International (www.gideons.org).

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


Kathryn E. Mazzanti, 58

Kathryn E. Mazzanti, 58, of Ellport passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 in the UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital.

Mrs. Mazzanti was born on September 28, 1958 in Ellwood City to Jerome and Judy Pfeil Cowan. She had graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1976, and from the Community College of Beaver County with a degree in Nursing. Kathy worked as an LPN at the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center or 38 years. She was an active member of the Victory Family Church in Cranberry Twp.. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and most of all her grandchildren. Kathy was a very compassionate and caring person who will be missed by her loving family and friends.

Kathy is survived by her mother Judy Cowan of Fallston,  her husband Fred Mazzanti, Jr. whom she married on October 20, 1979, her daughter Melissa Marie (Matt) D’Amico of Fombell, her son Kevin (Lauren) Mazzanti of Ellwood City, her grandchildren Levi, Luke, Bennett, and Brantley D’Amico, Mia, and Elden Mazzanti, her sisters Sue (Donald “Cork”) DiFrischia of New Castle, and Jane (Ken) Erickson of Fayetteville, NC, her brother Joe Cowan of Virginia Beach, her mother and father-in-law Fred and Rita Mazzanti, Sr. of Franklin Twp., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and her daughter Maureen Marie Mazzanti in infancy.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1-3 and 5-7 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A service for Kathy will be held on Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Steve Moore officiating. Inurnment will be at the Wurtemburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Kathy’s name may be made to the Ellwood City Area Public Library, or to the Victory Family Church building fund.


Kirk A. “Zeke” Zikeli, 61

Kirk A. “Zeke” Zikeli, 61, of Ellwood City passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 in the Allegheny General Hospital.

Kirk was born on March 16, 1956 in Ellwood City to the late Karl R. and Doris H. Gillespie Zikeli. He had graduated from the Lawrence County Vo-Tech in 1974, and from EMT Training School. Zeke worked  for Buccelli’s Service Station, Pete’s Flower Shop, Ellwood Ambulance Service, Ellwood BP Station, Harry’s Service Station, and then became the owner and operator of Zikeli Auto Repair. He was one of the first EMT’s and a well known auto mechanic in the Ellwood City area. He also is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Zeke was an avid model train collector, and enjoyed tracing family genealogy, fishing, boating, motorcycles, and watching Nascar racing.

Zeke is survived by Terri Brown Zikeli, his son Zach Zikeli both of Ellwood City, his step-son Matt (Tammi) Redmond of Harlensburgh, his step-grandson Clayton Redmond, his sister Karla Gorgas of Wampum, his brothers Robert Zikeli & Lori Coulter, and Bruce (Donna) Zikeli of Ellwood City, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Kevin W. “Zeke” Zikeli, his brother-in-law Walter “Wally” Gorgas, and his nephew Tom Gorgas.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday from 9-11 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church. A Celebration of Life Service for Zeke will be held on Saturday in the church at 11:00 am with Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkley officiating. Inurnment will be at the Slippery Rock Cemetery. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

Memorial contributions in Kirk’s name may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church,  207 Spring Ave., Ellwood City, Pa 16117.


Philip A. Yoho, 78

Philip A. Yoho, 78, of Mallory Rd., Wampum peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Born October 3, 1938 in the home he passed in, Philip was the son of the late Harvey and Pearl Kelly Yoho. He was married for 53 years to Lorena Ilene Weatherby Yoho who passed away April 12, 2012.

Philip loved growing up on the family farm. During high school, he won the Keystone Farmer Award. Following graduation, he was a dairy farmer for 20 years. He also worked and retired from Medusa Cement Company. Philip was an avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt, trap and cut firewood. He cherished time spent with his family.

Survivors include a son, Jeff (Darlene) Yoho; daughter, Stacey (Robert) Krisuk, both of Wampum; brother, Russel (Virginia) Yoho of Mayville, NY; 5 grandchildren, Tia Pennington-Curry, Ashlee Stankovich, Kalene Bowser, Jeffrey Yoho, and Jimmy Pennington; 4 great grandchildren, Izabella, Brady, Everrett, and Stella.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two sisters, Eleanor Yoho Davenport and Elsie Yoho Macri.

Per Philip’s instructions, no public services will be held. Private family service was held and interment took place in Graceland Cemetery.

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


Dorothy E. McClintick, 88

Dorothy E. McClintick, 88, of Trinity Oaks Nursing Home, formerly of McKinley St., Ellwood City passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a brief illness.

Born August 23, 1929 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Pearl Weisz Weller. She was married to Jack C. McClintick who passed away April 24, 2009.

Dorothy was a member and former Deacon at the Calvin Presbyterian Church. She volunteered for the Meals on Wheels Program in Ellwood for many years. Her most cherished time was spent with family.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (William) Rough of Linn Creek, Missouri; son, Rick (Sharon) McClintick of Ellwood City; sister, Yvonne (John) Boariu of Ellwood City; five grandchildren, Jaime Rough, Erika Rough, Brittania McClintick, Rikki (Brandon) Downey and Aaron McClintick; and two great granddaughters, Rebecca and Arianna.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane in 2013, and two sisters, Lillian Dillan, and Viola Anthony, and a brother, Paul Weller.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday September 11 from 5 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 am with her pastor, Rev. Sean Brubaker officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Trinity Oaks for their kind and compassionate care.

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

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


Robert B. Jackson Jr., 86

Robert B. Jackson Jr, 86, of Jackson Lane , New Beaver Boro passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at UPMC Passavant Hospital following a short illness.

Born January 2, 1931 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Robert B. and Eleanor R. McKinley Jackson Sr. He was married for 66 years to Helen E. Little Jackson who passed away March 2, 2017.

Bob was a lifelong dairy farmer, owning and operating Jackson Farms. Active in the community, he was a member and served as an Elder, Deacon, and Trustee of the Wampum Presbyterian Church. Bob served and was the First President of the Mohawk Area School Board. He also served on the School Boards at the Lawrence County Vo Tech School and the Intermediate Unit. Bob was a member and past president of the Lawrence County Conservation District., former membership chairman of the Beaver Lawrence County Farm Bureau . He also served on the Lawrence County and the State Republican Committees. He was a licensed pilot and a former member and president of the Flying Farmers of America. Bob was also involved with many other interests and activities on the local, county and state level.

Survivors include three sons, William (Sharon) Jackson, James (Charmaine) Jackson, and Robert B. “Charlie” (Lauren) Jackson III, all of New Galilee; daughter, Linda Shellhammer of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; sister, Thelma J. McMillin of Apopka, Florida; brother, Raymond C. (Mary Ann) Jackson of Wampum; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by a son in law, Dale Shellhammer, and a brother in law, Ed McMillan.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday September 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Friends will also be received on Tuesday, from 10 until the time of the fuernal service at 11 am at the funeral home. His pastor, Rev. Dr. William R. McGary will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wampum Presbyterian Church PO Box 25 Wampum, PA 16157.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.