Michael Parks, 49

Michael Parks, 49, of Ellwood City passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Golden Hill Nursing Center following a courageous two year battle with cancer.

Born June 20, 1967 in Ellwood City, he was the son of Eugene Parks of Harmony and Ruth Lumley of Deltonia, Florida.

Mike worked for Aiken Refuse for 20 years. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed archery and riding ATV’s.

In addition to his parents, survivors include a daughter, Chrystal Parks of Ellwood City; grandmother, Anne Lumley of Deltonia; two brothers, Todd Parks of West Pittsburg, Kris “Critter” Parks of Harmony; and a granddaughter, Mackenzie Parks.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Troy and Thelma Parks, and Roy Lumley.

Per Mike’s wishes, there will be no services.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.  Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Sally G. Householder, 87

Sally G. Householder, 87, of North Tower Rd., Fombell passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Ellwood City Hospital following an extended illness.

Born May 2, 1929 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Charles R. and Sarah Anderson Gillespie Sr. She was married for 66 years to Ted Householder as they were married June 30, 1950. He survives.

Sally graduated from Lincoln High School and attended Beaver County Community College. She had formerly worked for US Steel and Matthews Conveyor. Sally was also a manager for Tupperware. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Ellwood City Saxon Club. Sally enjoyed playing cards and traveling around the United States.

In addition to her husband, Ted, survivors include three daughters, Carol DiFrischia, Sue (James) Reed, Julie (Dave) Nocera; daughter in law, Jody Householder; brother, James E. Gillespie; nine grandchildren, Robert (Missy) Williams, Kari (Dave) Williams Bender, Jamie (Evan) Reed Miller, Andrew (Nicole) Reed, Joshua Reed, Ashleigh Householder, Stephanie Householder, Tyler DiFrischia, and Thadeus Nocera; and six great grandchildren, Jax and Avalee Bender, Nash and Silas Miller, Jackson Reed, and Julia Williams.

Sally was preceded in death by a son, Jon Householder, brother, Charles R. Gillespie Jr, sister, Joyce Faurie, and a son in law, Tim DiFrischia.

Per Sally’s wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Jameson Hospice or the First United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Dolores Mae Houk, 84

Dolores Mae Houk, 84, formerly of Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Silverado Memory Care in Austin Texas.

Born April 11, 1932 in Keyser, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ruby Creasy Helmick. She was married for 64 years to Clarence Houk who passed away February 10, 2016.

Dolores graduated from Lincoln High School. She enjoyed gardening and traveling. Her most precious times were spent with family especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Thomas (Cindy) Houk of Waverly, Ohio; daughter, Annette (Carlos) Espinoza of Austin; step sister, Phyllis Lombardo of Cleveland, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Jennifer Houk, Steven Houk, Eric Espinoza, and Kevin Espinoza.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sons, James, John, and Ronald Houk.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday March 18 from 11 am until the time of the funeral service at 12 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Rev. Bruce Gardner of the Berean Presbyterian Church will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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, survivors include a daughter, Gracie Seybert of New Castle; a son, Beckam Shoup of Ellwood City; sister, Jodi Lynn (Kelly) Bartley of Germantown, Wisconsin; niece, Kaleigh Bartley; and nephew, Niklas Bartley.

Private services were held at the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City. Interment followed in St. Lucy’s Cemetery in New Castle.  Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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 enjoyed motorcycles and hot rods.

Survivors include a son, Mike (Cheri) Lon of New Galilee; a daughter, Nancy (Jay) Kaplan of Silver Springs, Maryland; grandson, Timothy Lon; two lifelong special friends, Bill Kwolek and Larry Walls; and a special niece, Linda McQuiston.

John was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary P. Sobczak and Rita Brommer.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.  Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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 7th, 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 Force reserves. After college, he worked for a short time before joining the U.S. Navy where he trained as a pilot. From 1952 to 1953, Charlie was stationed in Pensacola, FL. He honorably discharged from the Navy in 1959. He met his wife Rita Joyce Polasik in 1952 and they later married on June 6th, 1954 in Chicago, IL.

Over the years, Charlie worked in a variety of industries all over the United States primarily as an industrial chemist. He held positions at: The U.S. Geological Survey, Ford Motor Company, Petroleum Engineering Associates, Central Pharmaceutical Company, Marquette Cement Co., and upon moving to Ellwood City: Medusa Cement Co., Ellwood City School District, Remacor Metals, The U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and Century 21 Real Estate.

In his youth, Charlie enjoyed the outdoors, especially flying airplanes which he learned through his time in the Navy rekindling this passion by renewing his pilot’s license in his 70’s. He also enjoyed sailing, which he learned to love in his teens at summer camp, and competed in sailing regattas while living in WI. Music played a large role in his life. He was fond of listening to and playing music; he played coronet in his youth, and often relaxed by banging out tunes, ranging from Ragtime to Mozart, on his Steinway piano throughout his life. Other hobbies included, electronics/computers, investing, and photography. After retirement, Charlie spent time playing pickle ball and cards with the guys at the Ellwood City Area Family Center, and enjoyed lifetime learning by researching various topics at the Ellwood City Library.

Charles and Rita eventually settled down in Ellwood City in 1970 where all their three children attended Lincoln HS, and they lived until 2014. In addition to his wife Rita, Charles is survived by his sister Elizabeth Elsby Spaid and her husband Richard Spaid of Ann Arbor, MI, his children Camille Solbrig and her husband Michael Weiner of Guilford, CT, Carolyn Sinisi and her husband David Sinisi of Harrisburg, PA, Charles E. Solbrig and his wife Gail Monds of Ypsilanti, MI, and six his grandchildren, Evan, Samantha, Alan, David, Eliot, and Emily.

Funeral services will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Visiting hours will be on Thursday March 9th from 4 pm to 6 pm, Friday March 10th from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 7 pm to 9 pm. The funeral will be on Saturday March 11th starting at 10 am at Marshalls funeral home with Rev. Tod Custer officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Library or the Ellwood City Area Family Center (311 College St.).  Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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 Team. Esther enjoyed camping and she loved to embroider. She was famous for making delicious pies.

In addition to her husband, Don, survivors include three sons; Larry, Doug, and, Michael “Buck” (Vicki) Aiken; daughter, Cheryl (Dennis) Cortez, all of North Sewickley Twp.; two brothers, Raymond Welsh of New Brighton, Donald Welsh of California; four grandchildren, Lindsay (Jason) French, Josh Cortez, Brittany and Devin Aiken; and three great grandchildren, Chase, Karter, and Presley French.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Tuscic.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday March 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Friends will also be received at the North Sewickley Presbyterian Church on Tuesday from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 am. Pastor Nathan Loudon will officiate the services.   Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Esther’s name be directed to Alzheimer’s Research or Gateway Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Helen E. Jackson, 85

Helen E. Jackson, 85, of Jackson Lane, New Beaver Boro passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital following a two day illness.

Born May 16, 1931 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late James Ralph and Helen Esther Anderson Little. She was married for 66 years to Robert B. Jackson Jr who survives.

Helen began her working career as a draftsman with Rexnord and Matthews in Ellwood City and then at Koppers in Pittsburgh.  She was currently the Jury Commissioner for Lawrence County. She was an active member of the Wampum Presbyterian Church, serving as the secretary for over 40 years. Active with local, county and state government, Helen was a former member and past president of the New Beaver Boro Council, former President of the PA State Boro’s Association, Co Founder of the PA State Elected Woman’s Association, Director of the PA Farm Bureau, State Republican Committee representing Lawrence County, and the Lawrence County Planning Commission. Helen was also a licensed pilot and was a former member and president of the Flying Farmers of America. She was also involved with many other interests and activities on the local, county and state level.

In addition to her husband, Bob, survivors include three sons, William (Sharon) Jackson of New Galilee, James (Charmaine) Jackson of New Galilee, Robert B. “Charlie” (Lauren) Jackson III of New Galilee; daughter, Linda Shellhammer of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by a son in law, Dale Shellhammer.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Friends will also be received on Monday from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 am at the funeral home. Her pastor, Rev. Dr. William R. McGary will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Grceland Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wampum Presbyterian Church, PO Box 25 Wampum, PA 16157.  Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Jackie McMillan Hoffman, 34

Jacklyn McMillan Hoffman, 34, of Freedom (formerly of Ellwood City) passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at her residence.

Born January 2, 1983 in Merced, California, she was the daughter of Jeff and Kerri Eichenberger of Ellwood City. She was married to Scott Hoffman who survives.

Jackie attended Riverside High School. She had previously worked at the Marriott in Cranberry Twp. She was affiliated with the New Hope Lutheran Church. Jackie was a talented artist. She enjoyed dancing and the outdoors, especially thunderstorms. She loved her kids.

In addition to her parents, Jeff and Kerri, husband, Scott, survivors include children, Amber and Manny; grandparents, Forrest and Rita Foeks of East Palestine, Ohio and Raymond Iddings Sr. of Indianapolis, Indiana; four brothers, Robert Foeks and Jeffery Andry, both of Indianapolis, and Andrew and Nicholas Eichenberger, both of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Gracie Iddings.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday March 3 from 7 to 9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 until the time of the funeral service at 2 pm. Rev. Martin J. Galbraith of New Hope Lutheran Church will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Joseph J. Buzzelli, 92

Joseph J. Buzzelli, 92, of Franklin Twp., Ellwood City passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Beaver following a lengthy illness.

Born August 29, 1924 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late John and Girloma Frazzini Buzzelli. He was married to Mary Ann Pasquarelli Buzzelli who passed away on August 26, 2013.

Joe retired from J & L Steel in Aliquippa. Following his retirement, he was well known as recently as two years ago as a handyman. He was a Veteran of the Army, serving in the European Theatre during WWII. Joe was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish and the SOI Club. He enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach for the winters. His most cherished time was spent with family.

Survivors include a son, Randy (Barbara) Buzzelli of Niantic, Connecticut; a daughter, Dona (Bill) Jamison of Wampum; sister, Ann Tillia of Darlington.; three grandchildren, Joseph (Nicole) Buzzelli, Karla (Clay) Wilbanks, Kyle (Hannah) Jamison; and six great grandchildren; Victoria, Alex, and Karmella Buzzelli, Brooke and Shane Wilbanks, and River Jamison.

In addition to his wife, Joe was preceded in death by three brothers, Adam Sozio, Rudy Buzzelli, and Orie Buzzelli; and four sisters, Augostine “Augie” Antinozzi, Flora Mariani, Rose Vitto, and Grace Conglose.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday March 3 from 4 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. A Blessing service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 am with Rev. Father Mark Thomas officiating. Private entombment will follow in Holy Redeemer Mausoleum. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Good Samaritan Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.