Ruth Verda Werner, 99

Ruth Verda Werner, 99, of Galilee Rd., (North Beaver Twp) passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at her residence following a short illness.

Born March 26, 1918 in Butler, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Hazel Youkers Herold. She was married on June 29, 1938 to Walter C. Werner. They were married for 49 years when he passed away February 6, 1987.

Ruth was a member and former Sunday School teacher at Moravia Presbyterian Church. She is well remembered for selling her vegetables at the farm stand on Rt. 168. Ruth enjoyed people, cooking, baking, crocheting, and playing cards. The farm was a special place to go.

Survivors include daughter, Charlotte (Rev. Jim) Legge of Slippery Rock; two sons, Charles (Linda) Werner of New Galilee, Thomas (Lynn) Werner of Bessemer; two sisters, Veva McConnell of North Beaver Twp., Hazel Jane Webb of Butler; brother, Walter (Sally) Herold of Princeton; nine grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Kevin; grandson, Tommy Werner; three sisters, Edna Kelly, Pearl Daufen, Cora Elizabeth Herold; and three brothers, Lawrence “Sonny”, Joe, and Clarence Ed Herold.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday April 21, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 10 am with her son in law, Rev. Dr. W. James Legge and her pastor, Rev. Dr. David Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Moravia Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Harry D. Herko, 70

Harry D. Herko, 70, of Old Rt 18, Wampum (New Beaver Boro) passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Butler VA Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born October 31, 1946 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Herman F. and Leona I. Parish Herko. He was married for 22 years to Diana L. Rice Herko who survives.

Harry retired from Babcock and Wilcox, Wallace Run Plant where he was a conductor. He then worked for the American Asbestos Company. Harry served with the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He served three tours and received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was a member of the New Castle American Legion and the Ellwood City Hungarian Home. Harry enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing, especially at Crystal Lake.

In addition to his wife, Diana, survivors include a son, Harry D. Herko Jr. of Pittsburgh; daughter, Lori (Josh) McWilliams of Butler; sister, Debi Baldwin of Ellwood City; three brothers, Frank Herko of Ellwood City, Chuck (Cindy) Herko of Las Vegas, John Herko of Frederick, MD; four grandchildren and 1 step grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David Herko.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday April 18 from 2-4 and 6 until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Military rites will be conducted by the Veteran Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to VA Hospice in Butler.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Kenneth F. Bernd, 58

Kenneth F. Bernd, 58, of North Sewickley Twp. passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. following a short illness.

Born January 6, 1959 in New Brighton, he was the son of the late Floyd L. and Mildred E. Nye Bernd. He was married for 37 years to Diana L. Dixon Bernd, who survives.

Ken graduated from Riverside HIgh School in 1977. He worked at the Ellwood City Forge as a lathe operator for 35 years. Ken enjoyed restoring and maintaining vintage cars. He served as the first President of the “Redneck Rods” car club. His most cherished time was spent with family, especially lunches with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Diana, survivors include three sons, Justin (Jessica) Bernd of Baltimore, MD, Adam (Alexa) Bernd of Valencia, PA, Chad (Kimberly) Bernd of Fombell; two sisters, Katherine (Calvin L.) Sedgwick of Fombell, Susan (Dale) Stelter of Wampum; brother, Charles (Melva) Bernd of Buffalo, NY; brother in law, John Breuer of Indianapolis, IN; and three grandchildren, Natalie, C.J., and Landon Bernd.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ruth Ann Breuer.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday April 17 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 2 pm with Pastor Calvin Cummings officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Hermon Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to scaresthatcare.org.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

David J. Nocera, 58

David J. Nocera, 58, of North Tower Rd., Fombell (Franklin Twp.) passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 14, 2017 at his residence due to a ruptured aneurysm.

Born March 18, 1959 in Ellwood City, he was the son of Joseph Nocera of Ellwood City and the late Katie Pistacchio Nocera. He was married on November 27, 1993 to Julie Householder Nocera who survives.

Dave graduated from Lincoln High School in 1977. He furthered his education, graduating from Penn State in 1982 with a Degree in Accounting. He worked as an accountant for Lincoln Fabricating in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. He enjoyed playing volleyball, bowling, and basketball. Dave was an avid sports fan, always rooting for his alma mater, Penn State and all the Pittsburgh Sports Teams.

In addition to his wife, Julie and father, Joe, survivors include a son, Thadeus Nocera at home; two sisters, Kathy (Merel) MacDonald of Ellwood City, Susan (Jeff) Taylor of New Castle; brother, Mike (Julie A.) Nocera of Frisco; and father in law, Ted Householder of Fombell. He will also be missed by his dog and buddy, Smokey.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Katie and his mother in law, Sally Householder.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday April 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Friends and family will also be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 until the time of the blessing service at 11. Rev. Father Mark Thomas will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Richard J. Bartholomew, 86

Richard J. Bartholomew, 86, of North Beaver Twp. passed away Friday, April 7 2017 as a result of a house fire.

Born January 28, 1931 in Burton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Lisle H. and Helen Kotacka Bartholomew. He was married on November 4, 1955 to Kathleen J. Sheets Bartholomew who passed away December 7, 2016. They were married 61 years.

Richard had previously worked at JB Mill and for Veon’s Mining Company. He retired from Rhodes Bus Company where he drove for the Mohawk School District. He enjoyed farming and working his Belgium Draft Horses. He also enjoyed reading, taking daily walks, and going to Pioneer Festivals.

Survivors include three daughters, Corinne (William) Woods of Colonial Heights, Virginia, Colleen Farone of Bessemer, Barbara Yasher of Mt. Jackson; a son, Nelson Bartholomew of North Beaver Twp.; sister, Anita Ryhal of Wampum; eight grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Richard was preceded in death by a son, Daniel in 1990 and a granddaughter, Brenda Woods Dando in 2007.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday April 10 from 5 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.  Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 am with Rev. David Clark of Moravia Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Ronald R. Stelter, 83

Ronald R. Stelter, 83, of West Pittsburg passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at UPMC – Jameson Hospital following a brief illness.

Born December 16, 1933 in Shenango Twp, he was the son of the late Fred D. and Virginia Bowden Stelter. He was married for 56 years to Rita R. Atkinson Stelter who passed away December 1, 2010.

Ron graduated from Shenango High School. A Veteran of the US Air Force, he served during the Korean War. Ron retired from UPS in 1996 where he was a delivery driver. He was a member of the Savannah United Methodist Church and the Croatian Society in West Pittsburg. He was also a member of the Chewton Polish White Eagles where he played on the pool team and in their golf league. Ron was an avid and accomplished pool player and golfer.

Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda (Terry) Gricks of New Castle; two sons, Steve (Cindy Barber) Stelter of Mt. Jackson, Kenneth Stelter of West Pittsburg; sister, Dolores Cox of Pulaski; brother, Fred (Florence) Stelter of Wampum; four grandchildren, Penny (John) Medve, Kevin Stelter, Brandon (Shawna) Stelter, and Cassandra Stelter; and four great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ron was preceded in death by a brother, Richard

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 8 at the Savannah United Methodist Church at 5:00 pm. His pastor, Rev. Michael E. Long will officiate the service.

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

Jean Kirkwood, 90

Jean Kirkwood, 90, formerly of Wampum passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at Rhodes Estates in New Castle following an extended illness.

Born May 9, 1926 in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late John and Elsie A. Cunningham Grinnen. She was married for 73 years to Walter R. Kirkwood who passed away December 2, 2016.  A homemaker, Jean was a member of the Wampum United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Bette Jean (Dave) Capots of West PIttsburg; two sons, Walter Jack Kirkwood of New Castle, Gary Lee (Jana) Kirkwood of Wampum; son in law, Elmer McClain; three sisters, Hazel Yahn, Linda Grinnen, and Judy Butera; one brother, Lynn Grinnen; eight grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jean was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra McClain, a sister, Ethel Mae Harper; six brothers, Johnny, James Richard, Jerry, Robert, Ralph and Walter Grinnen; and a granddaughter, Dawn Ellen.

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

Glenn E. Armstrong, 56

Glenn E. Armstrong, 56, of New Beaver Boro passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at UPMC – Jameson Hospital following a year and half courageous battle with cancer.

Born April 16, 1960 in Fort Benning, Georgia, he was the son of Edwin Dewayne Armstrong of New Galilee and the late Betty L. Hackett Armstrong who passed away September 21, 2013. He was married to Lisa L. Libert Armstrong who survives.

Glenn was a lifelong machinist/programmer. For the last 17 years he has worked at VEKA in Fombell in the tool and die department. An avid outdoorsman, Glenn enjoyed hunting, trapping, and fishing. He also enjoyed metal detecting.

In addition to his wife and father, survivors include a son, Glenn E. Armstrong of Kittanning; step daughters, Kayla and Ashley Murin, both at home; sister, Wanda S. Allen of Koppel; and a brother, Bruce W. (Joan) Armstrong of Darlington.

He was preceded in death by his mother and brother, Brian Armstrong.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday March 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.  Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11 am with Rev. John McCready of the Park Alliance Church in Ellwood City officiating. Interment will follow in the Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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.