Obituaries

Karl E. Shoup Jr., 35

Karl E. Shoup Jr., 35, of Rt 168, New Galilee (New Beaver Boro) passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at his residence following a lengthy illness. Born July 30, 1981 in New Castle, he was the son of Karl E. Shoup Sr. of Ellwood City and Jean Ann Pallerino Shoup of New Castle. Karl graduated from New Castle High School in 1999. He worked at various businesses in New Castle but most recently at Walmart in Cranberry Twp. He was Presbyterian by faith. Karl enjoyed boating. His most cherished time was spent with his children. In addition to his parents,…


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Emma F. Naticchioni, 91

Mrs. Emma F. Naticchioni, 91, of Ellwood City passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017 in the UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Mrs. Naticchioni was born on January 20, 1926 in Ellwood City to the late Eutimio and Caroline Lanza Mancini. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1944, and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Emma had worked at the U.S. Steel Ellwood City plant in the payroll bureau and accounting department from January of 1945 until November of 1948. For many years she and her husband Earl volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program. While her children where…


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Ruth V. Bell, 63

Ms. Ruth V. Bell, 63, of New Castle passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in the UPMC Magee Hospital. Ruth was born on July 15, 1953 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Lewis and Geraldine Alben Bell Johnston. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1971, and attended the Cincinnati Bible College for 1 year. Ruth then earned her Degree in Education from Geneva College. She had worked as a substitute teacher for over thirty years for the New Castle School District at the elementary level. She is an active member of the First Christian…


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Harry T. Kauffman, 81

Harry  T.  Kauffman, 81, of North Sewickley Township  passed away peacefully on  Tuesday evening, March 7 2017 at the Ellwood City Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was a  union  trucker for  30 years, and worked for Quality Carriers trucking.  He loved his job, and always said “ the bigger the truck, the better”. Harry was proud that he had driven over 1 million miles completely  accident-free. He loved all his vehicles and loved to travel. He loved spending time with his family.  Harry was a loving husband, father, stepfather, and “pa” and “great pa”. He is survived by his…


John E. Lon, 74

John E. Lon, 74, of Chewton passed away to joyfully rejoin his mother and wife onTuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Ellwood City Hospital following an extended illness. Born May 5, 1942 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Stanley J. and Josephine Kellner Lon. He was married for 42 years to Patricia J. Scheidemantle Lon who passed away December 24, 2004. John graduated in 1960 from Lincoln High School. He retired from Hall Industries in Ellwood City where he was a machinist. He was prominent at the Portersville Steam Show where he exhibited large engines. He…


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Judith L. Maassen, 74

Judith L. Maassen, 74 of River Rd., North Sewickley Twp. passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in the Butler Memorial Hospital. Born in Ellwood City on September 19, 1942, Judith was the daughter of the late William H and Mildred C. Miller Bushyeager. She was preceded in death by her husband Lambertus Maassen and her first husband, Howard E. Dallies. Judith was a member of Park Gate Baptist Church and enjoyed sewing and reading. Judith is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carrie L. and Chad Yopp of Murrysville, PA, a grandson, Chase R. Yopp, 3 sisters, Kay Borzi…


Dr. Milton L. Caplan, 101

Dr. Milton L. Caplan was born in 1915, son of the late Jacob L. Caplan and Gertrude Goldman Caplan, in Ellwood City, and lived in Ellwood most of his life, until  2003, at the age of 88, when he retired to West Palm Beach Florida. Dr. Caplan lived to be over 101, when he passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7 2017.  He would have celebrated his 102 birthday in May. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Smith Caplan, as well as his two sons, Mark Jeffrey Caplan, and Ronald Jay Caplan.  The last of his family,…


Charles Vance Solbrig, 88

Charles (Charlie) Vance Solbrig, 88, of Ellwood City, PA passed away on March 5, 2017 at his home in Harrisburg, PA where he has been living with his wife, Rita Joyce Solbrig since becoming ill several years ago. Born December 7, 1928 in South Bend, IN, he was the son of Hardin Elsby and Maude Elizabeth Solbrig, and the brother of Betty (Solbrig) Spaid. He graduated from Washington Clay HS in South Bend, IN in 1946, then attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where, in 1951, he earned a B.S. degree in Geology. In college he served in the Air…


James L. Smith, 92

 James L.  “Captain Jim” Smith, of (Wayne Twp.) Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, March 3 2017 at the Ellwood City Hospital.  Jim was a loving family man.   He loved mowing his lawn, caring for his cars and was an avid boater.   Jim has spent his entire life, 92 years, in Ellwood City and has lived in the same house his father built. He was born in Ellwood City to the late Harry and Louise McKelvey Smith. He served in the US Army during World War II.   Jim worked at the former Ellwood Works of US Steel…


Esther Jean Aiken, 86

Esther Jean Aiken, 86, of North Sewickley Twp. Ellwood City passed away peacefully Thursday, March 2, 2017 at her residence. Born February 21, 1931 in New Brighton, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Mildred Gorby Welsh. She was married for 64 years to Donald R. Aiken, who survives. Esther was a professional homemaker, taking pride in raising her four children. She was an active member of North Sewickley Presbyterian Church. Spanning 64 years, Esther was involved as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and served on the Kitchen Committee. She also worked on the Global Links Medical Mission…