Obituaries

James Franklin Mentzer, 71

James Franklin Mentzer, 71, of Chippewa Twp, formerly of Shenango Twp, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Temple University Hospital. Born December 26, 1945 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Jack and Bess Kemp Mentzer. A 1964 graduate of Shenango Area High School, Jim worked for the Ellwood City Forge Corporation for 37 years starting as a tool grinder and retiring as a purchasing agent in 2004.   Jim was a lifelong member of the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, Elder, and clerk of session. He belonged to the Masonic…


Ronald M. Sheeler Sr. 80

Ronald M. Sheeler Sr., 80, of Madison Ave., Ellwood City passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Ellwood City Hospital. Although in ill health death was unexpected. Born November 27, 1936 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late John and Stella Moczan Sheeler. He was married for 58 years to Lallie Mehaffay Sheeler who survives. They were married August 28, 1959. Ron retired from the Ellwood City Post Office in 1988 following 33 years of service as a Mail Carrier. He was a 1954 graduate of Lincoln High School. Ron was a member and usher at…


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Mary E. Zollum, 90

Mary E. Zollum, 90, of Mahoney Avenue, Ellport passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver. Born in West Aliquippa on July 14, 1927, Mary was the daughter of the late Steve and Mary Golixer Novak.  Mary retired from Ro-Mar Textiles, formerly Dustproof, after 35 years of service.  A very active member of Holy Redeemer Parish, Mary was a member of its Christian Mothers and Ladies Guild.  She volunteered for over 25 years in the Holy Redeemer School cafeteria.  This last parish bazaar was the first Mary missed.  Mary was also a member…


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John M. Tomon, 82

John M. Tomon, 82 of Dutch Ridge Rd., Wayne Twp. passed away from Alzheimer’s Disease on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Golden Hills Nursing & Rehab Home. Born in Chewton, PA on September 30, 1934 John was the son of the late John and Angela Gorzkowski Tomon.  John married the former Priscilla Snezic on October 10, 1959.  He retired from both the B & W and Ellwood Quality Steel where he worked as an electrician.  A graduate of Wampum High School, John was an Army veteran serving from 1954 through 1957.   An avid hunter, John was a member of the…


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Cynthia A. Pritts, 60

Mrs. Cynthia A. Pritts, 60, of Fombell passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Cindy was born on January 14, 1957 in Pittsburgh to the late Carl and Elizabeth M. Tonecha Zilka. She is a member of the Seneca Valley High School class of 1975. Cindy had worked at Eat N Park as a supervisor for many years. From 1996 until 2004 she and her husband Dave where the owners and operators of the First Street Dinner in Ellwood City. She then worked as the head cook at King’s restaurant in Cranberry Twp. She was a member…


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Karen S. Ottaviani, 60

Mrs. Karen S. Ottaviani, 60, of Jamestown, Pa passed away at her residence on Monday, August 21, 2017. Mrs. Ottaviani was born on April 8, 1957 in Ellwood City to the late Richard Wright and Bertha Evans Wright of Franklin Twp.. She is a member of the Riverside High School class of 1975. Karen also graduated from the Beaver County Community College with a degree in accounting. A homemaker she enjoyed fishing, working puzzles, and especially spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her mother Bertha Wright, her daughters Anna (Matt) Peffer of Portersville, and Jamie (Bill) Kunz of…


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Albert D. Ierullo, 88

Mr. Albert D. Ierullo, 88, of Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the UPMC Jameson Memorial Hospital. Albert was born on November 11, 1928 in Ellwood City to the late Domenico and Mildred Fera Ierullo. He had attended Lincoln High School and is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. Albert served with the U.S. Army from February 28, 1951 with the 78th quartermaster base depot company until his discharge on February 12, 1953 and held the rank of Private First Class. He worked for many years at the U.S. Steel tube mill in Ellwood City and later…


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John Albert Manzetti, 93

Mr. John Albert Manzetti, 93, of Franklin Twp. passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Heritage Valley Medical Center. John was a true part of the “Greatest Generation” and was the “real deal”.  He was a proud father of 2 boys, grandfather of 4 and great-grandfather of 5. Mr. Manzetti was born on January 19, 1924 in Beaver Falls to the late Peter and Mary Trozzo Manzetti. John graduated from the Beaver Falls High School with the class of 1942.  He had served with the U.S. Army in 1945 during World War II.  John worked multiple jobs most of…


Donald Schlemmer, 87

Donald Schlemmer, 87, of Wurtemburg passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. Born in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Earl Emery and Mary Melzina Smith Schlemmer. He was married for 50 years to Mary Wolfe Schlemmer who passed away October 22, 2000. Donald retired after 40 years with Armstrong World Industries. He was a member and also served as the Secretary and Vice President of the Local 256 United Rubber Workers. He was a former member of the Beaver County Labor Council. Don graduated from the Ohio State…


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Arthur J. Mazzei, 47

Arthur J. Mazzei, 47, of Ellwood City went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Allegheny General Hospital following a brief illness. Arthur was born on July 29, 1970 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph “Lucky” and Connie DeBaise Mazzei, Sr.. He had attended Lincoln High School and graduated from the Lawrence County Vo-Tech where he studied the restaurant trade. He also graduated from the Butler County Community College in 1997 with a major in logistics. Arthur was a self employed owner/operator semi-truck driver for many years. He attended the Holy Redeemer…