Obituaries

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Jean DeMark, 94

Jean DeMark, 94, formerly of Main Street Extension, Wampum, currently residing in Mill Manor Care Facility, Vermilion, Ohio passed away on Oct. 16, 2015. Born Dec. 23,1920 in Ellwood City, she was the oldest daughter of the late Carl and Mary Sheldone Tammaro. She was married in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Nov. 20,1942 to Eugene L. DeMark of Wampum. The couple moved to Columbia, S.C. until Eugene was shipped out to England a few months later to assist the U.S. Army in WWII. After the war, Jean and Eugene lived in Wampum for 55 years of marriage together when Eugene passed…


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Loretta A. Leventry, 69

Loretta A. Leventry, 69, of Princeton, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, Oct. 18, 2015. She was born in Ellwood City on Nov. 21, 1945 to the late Albert Claire Brown and the late Alice Petro Brown Haley. She graduated from Laurel High School and worked as a finisher at Shenango China for many years. Loretta enjoyed flowers and gardening. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, George Brown. Loretta is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (and Derek) Pelligrene of Princeton, as well as three grandchildren, Frankie, Molly, and Leland Pelligrene. Two sisters and…


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Ada Zeigler, 100

Ada Zeigler, 100, of Rhodes Estates passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Born Dec. 15, 1914 in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Peter J. and Josephine Aiken Tillia. She was married for 54 years to Wilbur Zeigler who passed away in 2007. Mrs. Zeigler retired from the New Castle School District where she was an Elementary Teacher. She attended Harmony Baptist Church. Ada enjoyed traveling, having visited 49 of the 50 states. Survivors include three nephews, Richard “Dick” (Peg) Badger of Wampum, Barry (Virginia) Badger of Manheim, Virginia,…


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Marie Ella Hart, 90

Marie Ella Hart, 90, of Fombell and Ellwood City went to rest peacefully in the arms of God on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at the Evergreen Nursing Center in Harmony after a brief stay. Prior to her stay at Evergreen, she was a resident of Northview Estates in Ellwood City. Born on Feb., 23, 1925, Marie was the oldest child of George H. and Esther (Rape) Lauten of Fombell. On March 1, 1944 she married Emerson J. Hart of Fombell, a farmer who had courted her on horseback. Marie was a hard working farm wife who raised…


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Floyd L. Mayberry, 74

Floyd L. Mayberry, 74, of Portersville Rd., Ellport passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at UPMC Passavant Hospital following a lengthy illness. Born Nov. 6, 1940 in Ellwood City,he was the son of the late Floyd E. and Betty Russell Mayberry. He was married for 56 years to Judith A. Grady Mayberry as they were married Sept. 23, 1959. She survives. Floyd was a lifelong mechanic. He worked at many local companies including 27 years at Halstead Industries, three years at SSD Distribution, three years at Trinity Industries and eight years at BNZ Materials. He also worked at Timpano Motors…


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Valerie R. Shablesky, 56

Valerie R. Shablesky, 56, of Summit Ave., Ellwood City passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at her residence following a two year illness. Born April 17, 1959 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Raymond “Corky” and Janna Shaffer Hulick. She was married for 12 years to Mark Shablesky who survives. Val graduated from Riverside High School. She worked at Co Part as a dispatcher for 15 years. Val enjoyed flower gardening, relaxing at the beach, and sitting outside on her back porch. She was a Pittsburgh Pirate and Steeler fan. Her most cherished time was spent…


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Jerome J. “Jerry” Cowan, 81

Jerome J. “Jerry” Cowan, 81, of Slippery Rock Twp. passed away on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in the Carriage Court assisted living facility. Mr. Cowan was born on April 20, 1934 in Ellwood City to the late Wilbert and Fay G. Gallaher Cowan. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1952, where he had played football and baseball. Mr. Cowan enlisted with the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 24, 1954 and served with the 497th Recon Tech Squadron until his discharge on Oct. 8, 1957. He had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Good…


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Joseph B. Bellissimo, Sr., 89

Joseph B. Bellissimo, Sr., 89, of Hershey, Pa., formerly of Ellwood City and Pittsburgh, died on Sept. 25, 2015. Born July 17, 1926 in Derry, Pa., he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Antoinette Cosentino Bellissimo. Mr. Bellissimo graduated in 1944 from Lincoln High School, Ellwood City and attended music schools in Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Julliard Conservatory of Music in New York City. He was a member of the French horn section of the West point Army Orchestra. He played as a member of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra and principle French horn with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra….


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E. Ruth Allen, 87

E. Ruth Allen, 87, of Market St., Zelienople passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at UPMC Passavant Hospital following a brief illness. Born Jan. 14, 1928 in Portersville, she was the daughter of the late Ray E. and Lulu R. Aiken Miller. She was married to Lewis Allen who passed away in June of 2014. Ruth retired from the banking industry having worked at numerous banks in the area, including the former Lawrence Savings and Trust. She was Presbyterian by faith. Ruth enjoyed baking, crocheting, and working with leather. She loved her animals. Survivors include daughter, Diana “DeDe” Kaminski of…


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John D. Yoho, 86

John D. Yoho, 86, of Ellwood Road (Wayne Twp.) died on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at his residence following a brief illness. Born Jan. 12, 1929 in New Castle, he was the son of the late John E. and Irene Houk Yoho. He was married for 65 years to Norma Weingartner Yoho who survives. John retired from Jewel Tea Company where he was a truck driver. He was an active member of the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church having served as an Elder, former Deacon, and he also served on the Cemetery Board. He was a member of the F&AM Lodge…