Obituaries

Albert G. Smith Jr. “Smitty”, 67

Albert G. Smith Jr. “Smitty”, 67, of old Rt. 18, Wampum passed away unexpectedly though in ill health Thursday, June 15, 2017 at his home. Born May 3, 1950 in Annapolis, MD, he was the son of the late Albert Sr. and Sophie Kazenski Smith. He was married to Avis D’Amico Smith for 38 years, she survives. Smitty was a Combat Engineer in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1999, where he retired as a Sergeant First Class. He was a Marine during the Vietnam War 1968-1972. Smitty was a member of the 1/229th and 1/107th PA National Guard. He…


Delores M. Weingartner, 85

Delores M. Weingartner, 85, of Ellwood Rd., (Wayne Twp.) passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 at her residence. Born February 18, 1932 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Edith Ross Filippone. She was married for 66 years to Harold “Bucky” Weingartner as they were married May 5, 1951. He survives. Delores graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950. She was a beautician at her own shop, Delores Weingartner’s Beauty Shop for over 25 years. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Church. Active in the community, Delores was a member of the Ellwood City…


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Isabelle “Izzie” N. Catarcio, 98

Mrs. Isabelle “Izzie” N. Catarcio, 98, of Ellwood City passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the Carriage Manor Personnel Care Home. Mrs. Catarcio was born on November 17, 1918 in Beaver Falls to the late Louis and Theresa Chiapetta Muoio. She had attended the Beaver Falls High School. Isabelle worked at Dust Proof Manufacturing in Ellwood City as a seamstress for 20 years. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She also belonged to the Golden Agers, and was a long time volunteer at the Holy Redeemer…


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Ann Ferruchie, 92

Mrs. Ann Ferruchie, 92, formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Banner Medical Center in Casa Grande, Arizona. Mrs. Ferruchie was born on September 12, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late Frank and Anna Zollum Tukalo. Ann had attended Lincoln High School, and is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Gene) Foster of Casa Grande, AZ, her son Christopher (Donna) Ferruchie of Ellwood City, her grandchildren, Vinny (Jennifer) Rossolillo, Christopher (Kristen) Ferruchie, and Carlee (Roy) Raven, her great-grandchildren Nicholas (Casey) Rossolillo, Alexandra Rossolillo, and Nellie Ann…


John A. Calabria, 87

John A. Calabria, 87, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully at the Community Living Center at the VA Medical Center in Butler, on Sunday afternoon, June 11 20017. He was born in  Sabraton WV  on September 29 1929, to the late Angelo Mario “Charley” Calabria, and the late Mary Elena Rocco  Calabria. He graduated from New Castle High School in 1948. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving during the Korean War from 1951-1953. He worked first at Shenango China in New Castle, then in yard shipping  at the former Babcock and Wilcox Tubular Products Div. in Beaver…


Warren Peffer, 75

Warren Peffer, 75, of Perry Township passed away Friday, June 9, 2017 following a long battle with cancer. Born March 6, 1942 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Marion and Thelma Rupert Peffer. He was married for 48 years to Nancy M. Peffer who passed away November 21, 2016. Warren retired from BNZ Materials in Zelienople where he was a machine operator. He was an active member and longtime Sunday School teacher at the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church. Prior to that, he attended the Zion Lutheran Church. A Veteran of the US Air Force, Warren served…


James J. Scala, 84

James J. Scala, 84, of 35th St., Beaver Falls passed away Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Beaver. Born September 14, 1932 in Wampum, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary Norge Scala. He was married to Rose Marie Keppen Scala who passed away in 1967. James retired in 1987 after 35 years with Babcox and Wilcox where he was a hydraulic repairman. He graduated from Wampum High School in 1950. He enjoyed bowling and working in his yard. Survivors include a daughter, Karen (Tom) Trzcinski with whom he resided; two sisters, Virginia…


Leonard A. Agnello, 80

Leonard A. “Bobo” Agnello, 80, of Kittanning (formerly of Wampum) was called home by his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. “Bo” was a Veteran of the US Army, serving in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a cottage parent, barber instructor, and bounty hunter all at George Jr. Republic, At George Jr, he also coached and instructed the drill team, winning many competitions. There were many other occupations and he owned several businesses thereafter, but the business he enjoyed the most was the amusement business. He was a ride owner/operator and concessionaire for over 50 years, traveling to fairs…


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Richard H. Householder, 67

Richard H. Householder, 67, of Wurtemburg, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Ellwood City Hospital. Born on August 19, 1949 in Ellwood City, Richard was the son of the late Leroy and Betty Wilson Householder.  A graduate of Lincoln High School, Richard enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He was an avid Steeler fan.  He was Presbyterian by faith. Richard is survived by his companion of over 20 years, Cyndy Jeannette, a daughter, Tricia, and two brothers, Robert A. Householder of Zelienople and David R. Householder of Ellwood City. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death…


Ralph Melfi Jr., 82

Ralph Melfi Jr., 82, formerly of Mt. Vernon Dr., Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Community Living Center of the Veterans Hospital in Butler. Born February 7, 1935 in Wampum, he was the eldest son of the late Ralph and Philomena Barile Melfi Sr. He was married to Kay Takako Melfi for 40 years when she passed away January 4, 2000. Junior graduated from Wampum High School where he played basketball and earned an athletic scholarship to attend Youngstown State University. While in college, he was drafted into the Army and served during the Korean War….