Thomas L. Goebel, 75

Thomas L. Goebel, 75, of Wayne Twp. passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, February 18, 2018 following a brief battle with leukemia.

Born December 26, 1942 in Wayne Twp., he was the son of the late Gus and Mabel Lechner Goebel. Tom was married for 52 years to Karen Chappell Goebel who survives.

He retired as a crane man from Babcock and Wilcox after 25 years of services. He then drove school bus for 24 years. Tom was a lifelong active member of the Chewton Christian Church where he served as a Deacon and Trustee. He was also a lifelong farmer who enjoyed tinkering with the farm machinery and could fix anything. He also enjoyed traveling.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Mark (Cris) Goebel of Wayne Twp., Stephen Goebel of New Castle; four sisters, Suzanne Krueger and Mary Hall, both of Wayne Twp., Janice Davis of New Bedford, Sally Fitzgerald of Monaca; two brothers, John (Fran) Goebel and Charles (Mary Lou) Goebel, both of Wayne Twp.; two grandchildren, Alison Goebel and Stephen Goebel Jr.; and one great grandchild, Sage Burkett; and many nieces and nephews inclduing his special nephew, Dennis Hall.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday February 20 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday at the Chewton Christian Church with Pastor Gene Hydrick officiating. Interment will follow in the Harmony Baptist Cemetery.

The family would like to express their special thanks to Barb, Jen, and Melissa of Heritage Hospice for their kind and compassionate care. Memorial Contributions may be made to Chewton Christian Church.

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Lillian Durbin French, 96

Lillian Durbin French, 96, formerly of Ellwood City passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in Littleton, Colorado.

Born December 3, 1921 in Chewton, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Charles P. and Martha Smith Durbin. She was married for 62 years to Russell B. French, who passed away December 28, 2013.

Lillian graduated from Lincoln High School; Indiana State Teachers College (PA); and the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her Masters of Letters Degree in accounting. Lillian worked as a teacher at Lincoln High School until her marriage She married her husband in July of 1951 and they moved to Long Island, New York in 1952 and called it home for 32 years until his retirement in 1984 when they returned home to the Ellwood City Area. She was Lutheran by faith.

Survivors include a son, Howard French and his wife Jo Ann of Falcon Heights, Minnesota; daughter, Judy Thomson of Centennial, Colorado; and five grandchildren: Daniel French, and Aimee, Joel, Brian, and Marc Thomson.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lillian was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Durbin and a son-in-law, William Thomson.

Friends will be received on Saturday February 17, 2018 from 2:00 PM until the time of the funeral service at 3:00 PM at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Rev. Gene Hydrick of the Chewton Christian Church will officiate the services. Entombment will follow in Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church Mausoleum.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ellwood City Public Library.

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Marilyn G. Geniviva, 64

Marilyn Grace Geniviva, 64, of Ellwood City passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at her residence.

Born December 2, 1953 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Helen U. Konowaluk and Cosmo S. Geniviva Sr.

Marilyn graduated from Lincoln High School in 1971. She braved a 20 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Marilyn was known for her sense of humor, strong will, and her generosity. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Church.

She was a licensed Cosmetologist and Beautician who owned and operated The House of Hair Beauty Shop in Ellwood City for many years. She also was an owner of the former Cully’s Restaurant in Ellport. Marilyn was a car enthusiast. She enjoyed the many dogs and cats that she took care of over the years.

She is survived by a cousin, Al Geniviva and other family members and many friends.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 13 at 10 am at Holy Redeemer Church with Rev. Father Mark Thomas officiating. Final interment will take place in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their special thanks to her caregivers, Marylou Ehrenberg, Vickie Krieser, Kaitlyn Phillippi, and Cheryl Wheeler for their kind and compassionate care.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of PA.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Norman E. McKinney, 85

Norman E. McKinney, 85, of Brighton Rd., Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the VNA Hospice in Butler following a brief illness.

Born August 16, 1932 in Frisco, he was the son of the late Walter McKinney and the late Thelma Bartle McKinney Smith.  He was married for 63 years to Rosalie Hover McKinney who survives.

Norman retired after 37 years from Babcock and Wilcox in Beaver Falls where he worked in the Eastworks Shipping Dept. He was an active member of the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, Deacon, and member of the choir. He was a longtime Volunteer for the North Sewickley Fire Department Station # 2. Norman was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed being a member of Challenges for over 18 years. His most cherished time was spent with his family, especially his grand and great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Kevin (Audrey) McKinney; two daughters, Debby (Cliff) Boring and Pam (Ed) Coates, all of Ellwood City; two sisters, Helen Burns of Ellwood City, Joanne Piccirillo of Lowellville, Ohio; six grandchildren, Kevin (Normita) McKinney, Danielle McDowell, Kayla and Krista Boring, and Jennifer and Denise Coates; two step grandchildren, Dan and Ken Ghoering; eighteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter McKinney.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, February 9 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am. His pastor, Rev. Rob Guy will officiate. Interment will follow in Wurtemburg Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Janis E. Sommers, 83

Janis E. Sommers, 83, of Sechen Dr., Portersville (Muddy Creek Twp.) peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the VNA Hospice in Butler following an extended illness.

Born March 21, 1934 in New Brighton, she was the daughter of the late John E and Ruth Ayers Hawthorne. Janis was married for 63 years to Henry G. Sommers who survives.

Janis graduated from Beaver Falls High School and was a member of the Portersville Presbyterian Church. She was the Kitchen Manager at Seneca Hills Bible Camp where she trained the cooks and staff who hold her in the greatest regard to this day. Janis was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed camping. Her most cherished time was spent with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Thomas H. (Susan) Sommers of Ellwood City, David J. (Jane) Sommers of Edmonton, Alberta Canada; two daughters, Barbara (Pete) Christopher of Ellwood City, Susan (David) Marcyjanik of Portersville; ten grandchildren, and two great granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Carolyn and Jack Hawthorne.

Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, February 7 at the Portersville Presbyterian Church from 3 until the time of the funeral service at 6 pm. Her pastor, Rev. Dana Opp will officiate.  A time of fellowship will follow at the church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Portersville Presbyterian Church or the Seneca Hills Bible Camp.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Robert J. Rossi, 91

Robert J. Rossi, 91, of Glen Ave, Ellwood City died Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida. Bob was a man who will always be remembered for all that he created and for all the lives he touched.

He was born September 1, 1926, the son of the late Patsy and Perina Martucci Rossi. He grew up in Ellwood City and graduated from Lincoln High School. Bob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attained the rank of Machinist Mate 1st Class.

Bob was founder and co-owner of Ro-Med Construction Co., West Penn Asphalt, and Mahoning Sand and Gravel. He later established Rossi Construction Co. and Rossi Manufacturing. He attended Calvin Presbyterian Church. Bob was a gifted carpenter and an active participant with the annual Carpenter Project since its onset. He built a replica of the Harmony Short Line Streetcar for Ellwood City’s Centennial Celebration. Bob and his wife, Alice enjoyed wintering in South Florida for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Alice Gaul Rossi, their two children,Barbara Rossi of New York City and Robert A. Rossi and his wife Amy of Apex, North Carolina; and a sister, Norma Zingaro of Ellwood City.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Pat Rossi and a sister, Mary Ann Agostonelli.

Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City on Sunday, Feb 4 from 2-6 pm. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11 am with his pastor, Rev. Sean Brubaker officiating. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard. Entombment will follow in the Slippery Rock Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvin Presbyterian Church, 615 Crescent Ave. Ellwood City, PA 16117.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

 

Cheryl A. Gallaugher, 75

Cheryl A. Gallaugher, 75, of South St., Ellwood City passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018 at her residence following a one year illness.

Born June 4, 1942 in Akron, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Lester Heyl and Wilma Herzig Heyl Columbus. She was married for 57 years to Dean Gallaugher who survives.

Cheryl was a member of the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church. She had worked at Ames and then at Dollar General for many years. She enjoyed bowling. Cheryl loved being a grandmother and great grandmother. She cherished time spent with them.

In addition to her husband, Dean, survivors include three sons, Jim (Amy) Gallaugher of Enid, Oklahoma, Cory (Laura) Gallaugher of Columbus, Ohio, David (Amy) Baldwin of Seven Fields; two daughters, Cindy (Randy) Houk of Columbia Falls, Montana, Wendy (Richard) Lisko of Ellwood City; four sisters, Janet Grimsley, JoEllen Baack, Margaret Lias, and Carla Vennard; ten grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Zackary, and Tristan Gallaugher, R.J., Dean, and Madelyn Lisko, Mason and Emma Baldwin, and Lindsey Rohrmann; two great grandchildren, Gunner and Willow Rohrmann; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lester Jr. and George Heyl; and four sisters, Lois Muck, BeBe Smith, Velda Cosgrove, and Mary Wright.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, February 5 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 am with her pastor, Rev. Rob Guy officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made in Cheryl’s name to the Wurtemburg Presyberian Church .

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Curtis Stephenson, 83

Curtis Stephenson, 83, of Turkey Hill Rd., Shenango Twp., passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018 following an illness.

Born October 5, 1934 in Moravia, PA,  he was the son of the late Jesse Merit and Florence Blanche Allen Stephenson.

Curt worked at the P&LE Railroad and at CSX until his retirement on his 63rd birthday. A longtime member of the NRA and of the Wampum Rod and Gun Club, he enjoyed all shooting sports. He was a member of the A.B.A.T.E Motorcycle Club and the Johnson Club in Hillsville. He also enjoyed going to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C..

Survivors include a daughter, Cherie (Steve) Catale, of New Wilmington; two sisters, Edna Booher of Newton Falls, OH and Sarah Aiken of Princeton; a niece, Dian Hughes of New Castle; other nieces and nephews; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a dear friend, Sandy Douglas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Del Booher.

A Graveside Service will be held Friday. January 26, at 2 pm at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Princeton with Jim Nestasie Chaplan of A.B.A.T.E officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Warren E. Snider, 78

Warren E. Snider, 78, of Portersville Rd., Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Golden Hill Nursing Home, following an on and off again battle with cancer.

Born April 16, 1939 in Dravosburg, PA, he was the son of the late Floyd Snider and Ethel Wall Snider .

He was married to Linda Dougherty who passed in 2014.

Warren retired from Westinghouse after 40 years as a research and development technician. He belonged to both the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City and the Central Highlands Community Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and played dart ball in Elizabeth, Pa. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Amateur Astronomers Club. He enjoyed photography and loved to eat out.

Survivors include his loving companion Patricia Seaburn; two sons, Donald (Jeanine) Snider of Scottdale, Pa., Daniel (Julie) Snider of Jamestown, SC; daughter, Denise (Gerald) Eisaman of Elizabeth, Pa; four grandchildren, Ethan, Evan, Alex Snider and Jacob Eisaman; his sister, Audrey Dougherty of Charlotte, NC; nephew and niece, Wayne (Nancy) Johnston of Monongahela and Sharon (Mark) Vargo of North Huntington; great nephews, Christopher and Ashley Johnston, Chris (Tiffany) Vargo, and Sean (Erin) Vargo.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Again on Friday at the Bekavac Funeral Home in Versailles, from 6 pm until the time of the Funeral Service at 8 pm conducted by Angelique Bradford.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Crescent Ave. Ellwood City.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Keri Rose Lambert, 38

Keri Rose Lambert, 38, of New Castle passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at her residence.

Born November 15, 1979 in Ellwood City, PA, she was the daughter of Evan B Lambert Jr. and Shirley Andrews Steffler .

Keri attended Lincoln High School. She was known as a good cook and an accomplished artist. She was a wonderful daughter who’s most cherished time was spent with her son.

Survivors include her father, Evan B. Lambert Jr. of Pittsburgh; her step father and her mother, Jeff and Shirley Steffler, of Wampum; her son, Nicholas Falba of Ellwood City; her brother, Evan B. (Marcie) Lambert III of Pulaski; two nieces, Alexis and Alexandera Lambert; and one step brother and three step sisters; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a cousin Helen Eiler and her grandparents, Evan Sr. and Carolyn Lambert, and Richard and Helen Andrews.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday January 27, 2018 from 12 until the time of the Funeral Service at 2 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, Inc. 341 Main St. Wampum, conducted by Rev. Elizabeth Wallace.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.