Obituaries

Bernard J. Pogozelec, 74

Bernard ” Bernie” J. Pogozelec, 74, of Chewton passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016 at UPMC Mercy Hospital. Born December 1, 1941 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late John B. and Anna B. Skoczylas Pogozelec. He was married for 52 years to Dorothy A. (Tedrow) Pogozelec as they were married on June 22, 1963. She survives. Bernie was the owner and operator of Keystone Lawrence Express Trucking Company in Koppel for over 25 years. He was a member of the former St. Monica Church in Wampum and a current member of St. Joseph the Worker Church…


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Vernon S. Haegg, 65

Vernon S. Haegg, 65, of Sewickley, Pa. passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Aspinwall, Pa. Vernon was born on Oct. 14, 1950 in Colorado to the late Lewis and Alice Haegg. He had graduated from high school in California. After high school, Vernon enlisted with the U.S. Navy serving for several years. Following his service with the Navy, he earned his Masters Degree in Psychology. Vernon worked for Allegheny County as a Social Worker until his retirement in 2013. He was a active member of the Trinity Full Gospel Church, and was an…


Joan E. Patterson, 59

Joan E. Patterson, 59 of Todd Avenue, Ellwood City passed away at her residence on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Born in Ellwood City on June 5, 1956, Joan was the daughter of the late Joseph S. and Esther Mchattie Petrak. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Patterson on July 7, 2006. They were married on June 17, 1988. Joan was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish. Joan is survived by two sisters and two brothers, Beverly Straw of West Palm Beach, Fla., Janet Perrico of Tarpon Springs, Fla., George Petrak of Ellwood City and Tim Petrak of…


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Rodney D. “Toot” Freed, 52

Rodney D. “Toot” Freed, 52, of Slippery Rock Twp. passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 1, 2016 in the Ellwood City Hospital. Rodney was born on June 19, 1963 in New Brighton to the late Harold Freed and JoAnn Moore Freed of Slippery Rock Twp. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator with the Operating Engineers Local #66. Rodney enjoyed motorcycle riding. Rodney is survived by his mother, JoAnn, his sister-in-law, Kathy Freed of Princeton, his niece, Rickie Jo Freed, his nephew, Dalton Freed, and his great nephew, Ryder Freed. He was preceded in death by his father, his…


Lois I. McCandless, 86

Lois I. McCandless, 86, of Lowell, MI, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, April 5, 2016 at Green Acres of Lowell, MI. She was born in Ellwood City on April 28, 1929 to the late Clyde L. Brewer and the late Madge Anderson Brewer.  She married her husband of nearly 60 years, Alvin Dale McCandless in 1952.  He preceded her in death on June 2, 2011.  She was a registered nurse, having graduated from the Beaver Valley General Hospital nursing program and worked at the Ellwood City Hospital. She did private duty nursing after moving to…


Emmett S. Burns, Jr., 74

Emmett S. Burns, Jr., 74, of Frisco, Ellwood City, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Ellwood City on August 29, 1941 to the late Emmett S. Burns, Sr. and the late Mary Ruth Brown Burns.  He graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1959 and served in the U.S. Army.  Emmett ran the Majestic Theater in Ellwood and then worked at the Lawrence County Vocational Technical School for many years.    Emmett enjoyed working on genealogy on the computer, wood carving, and collecting coins and memorabilia from Rock Point…


Shirley J. D’Amico, 80

Shirley J. D’Amico, 80 of Steifel Avenue in Franklin Township passed away at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:22 a.m. Born in Schwartz, Pa. on Nov. 12, 1935, Shirley was the daughter of the late Edward D. and Ethel L. Stewart McDonald. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene D’Amico on July 12, 1912. They were married on June 9, 1956. Shirley worked at Kimpel’s Jewelry Store in Ellwood City and was Presbyterian by faith. Shirley was a volunteer for both the Ellwood City Relay for Life and the March of Dimes. She…


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David H. Gilchrist, 72

David H. Gilchrist, 72, of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Healthcare Home Hospice in the West Penn Hospital. Born April 17, 1943 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Harold “Buss” and Estelle (Punzell) Gilchrist and beloved husband of Patty (Kennedy) Gilchrist. David began his career as a boilermaker at U.S. Steel’s Ellwood City plant, and eventually retired from the Clairton Coke Works in 2009. In his free time, David loved to spend time golfing with family and friends. In addition to his wife, David is survived by…


Dorothy M. “Dot” Marshall, 84

Dorothy M. “Dot” Marshall, 84, of Wake Forest, NC, formerly of Fombell, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, April 3 2016 at her son’s home in Wake Forest. She was born in Rochester, PA on June 7, 1931, the seventh of nine children of the late Albert  R. and Rilla Pickens Johnson.  Dorothy was a graduate of Beaver Falls High School in the class of 1950.  She married her husband of 65 years, Mervin D. Marshall, in November of 1950, who survives in North Carolina.  Dot and Merv purchased the Goehring farm in Marion Township in 1959 and spent an…


Richard A. Geer, 90

Richard A. “Arch” Geer, 90, of Perry Twp., Portersville passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Ellwood City Hospital. Born Sept. 14, 1925 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late David and Emily Maloney Geer. He was married for 64 years to Patricia Moser Geer who survives. Richard worked at the Aetna Standard until its closure. He was a member of the First Church of God. Arch served in the Navy from 1943-1946 in the South Pacific. He was a member of the F& AM Masonic Lodge # 599 in Ellwood City. An outdoorsman, Arch enjoying…