Betty Popa, 99

Betty Popa, 99, of Wampum passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 at her residence following an extended illness.

Born February 15, 1918 in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Zenovia Toda Pope. She was married to George Popa Jr. who died June 8, 1959.

Betty graduated from Wampum High School and from St. Francis School of Nursing. She worked from 1945 to 1959 as the Nurse Supervisor of the Operating Room at the Ellwood City Hospital. In 1959 until her retirement in 1975, Betty worked as the Industrial Nurse at the Ellwood City Works of US Steel and then from 1975 to 1980 at Babcock and Wilcox as their nurse. Betty was a lifelong member of the Queen of Heaven Parish in Wampum and was active with its Rosary Guild for many years. She was also a member and former secretary of the Wampum AARP. Betty loved to read but her most cherished time was spent with family.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Butera of Wampum, Betty Popa-Schuld and her husband John Schuld of Canfield; and three grandchildren, Robert and Jacqueline Butera, and Juliana Schuld.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Pope in 1986 and John Pope in 2005, and a sister, Marie Almansan in 1935.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday June 30 from 9:00 to 10:30 am at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.  Following visitation, family and friends will celebrate Betty’s life with a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Redeemer Church at 11 am. with Rev. Father Zachary Galiyas officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Paul Zurynski, 89

Paul Zurynski, 89, of Koppel, PA, died peacefully at Allegheny General Hospital on Sunday, June 25, 2017 with his children at his side.

On April 1, 1928, Paul was born in Koppel, PA. He was the son of the late Stanley and Katherine (Gurniak) Zwierzynski. Paul was a long-time member of St. Teresa’s Parish in Koppel (integrated into Holy Redeemer Parish).

One of ten siblings, Paul was born into a strongly family-centered environment, and Paul’s life continually focused on his love for his entire family. Affectionately known as a “Palo” by many of his friends, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Paul worked for Ingrich-Richardson Manufacturing Company in Beaver Falls, and for the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Company. While working full days, he also found time to attend carpentry school. Eventually, after working at the B&W for many years, he retired and devoted his time, energy, and steadfast love to his wife Jane and the rest of his family.

Paul was also a skilled carpenter, an avid hunter and fisherman, and a constant reader. Paul had a distinctive enthusiasm for ingeniously designing and building a variety of different projects – especially for his family members. “Palo” delighted in polka music, socializing with his friends and family members, enjoying trips to Mountaineer Park, and frequently traveling to flea markets and auctions.

Entering the Army Air Force in 1946, Paul served his country as an Army Medic.

A quietly faithful, devoted, and persistent man, Paul followed unyielding Christian principles – principles that guided him through his entire life.

Paul is survived by three children: Lori (Phil) Wimer of Apopka, FL, Paul R. Zurynski of Ohioville, PA, and Joseph D. (Nancy) Zurynski of Wampum, PA; brother, John (Joyce) Zwierzynski of Michigan; sister, Ann Sentak of New Brighton; eight grandchildren: Shannon Hunston, Joni-Ann Pickerl, Jon-Paul Wimer, Kyle Zurynski, Kayla Zurynski, Joseph P. Zurynski, Jacob Zurynski, and Jayne Zurynski; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years Jane (Watson) Zurynski, six brothers, Joseph, Larry, Stanley (Hoppy), Michael (Ziggy), Richard, and Pete and one sister, Lucy Jadyck.

Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM in the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 341 Main St., Wampum. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 AM at Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City officiated by Father Mark Thomas. Entombment will follow at the Assumption Mausoleum at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Full Military Rites will be presented by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

 

Ralph E. “Meg” Ferrucci, 74

Ralph E. “Meg” Ferrucci, 74, of Main St., Wampum passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, June 23, 2017 at his residence following an extended illness.

Born May 2, 1943 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Ralph A.”Smitty” and Eileen “Ikie” Altman Ferrucci. He was married for 27 years to Terry Beshero Ferrucci who survives.

Meg retired in 1984 as a Supervisor at the Wallace Run Plant of Babcock and Wilcox. He was also the former owner operator of the Colonial Manor in West Pittsburg. He was Catholic by faith. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid Steeler and Pirate Fan. Meg also enjoyed trips to the casino.

In addition to his wife, Terry, survivors include two daughters, Jodi Johnston and Kim Ferrucci,. both of Ohio; son, Brad Ferrucci of Kentucky; mother in law, Joann Beshero of New Castle; two brothers in law, George (Linda) Beshero of Ohio and Richard Beshero of New Castle; and two grandchildren, Dalton and Delaney Ferrucci.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father in law, George Beshero, and brother in law, David Beshero.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday June 26 from 4 pm until the time of the Blessing Service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum. Rev. Father Richard Salley will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Timothy D. Gorgas, 66

Timothy D. Gorgas, 66, of Ellport passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at UPMC Passavant Cranberry Twp. following an apparent heart attack.

Born January 6, 1951 in New Castle, he was the son of the late John Adam and Helen Cello Gorgas. He was married for over 33 years to Pam Rossman Montozzi Gorgas, who survives.

Tim graduated from Lincoln High School in 1968 and continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh. He worked at the Ellwood City Forge for 33 years in the sales department. He enjoyed playing golf and pool. He also enjoyed cooking, grilling, gardening and listening to music. His most cherished time was spent with family.

In addition to his wife, Pam, survivors include a son, Adam (Rayya Rashid) Gorgas of Seven Fields; step son, Erik Montozzi of New Castle; brother, Chris Gorgas of Slippery Rock; sister in law, Jackee Gorgas of Fort Myers, Florida; and a granddaughter, Jada Montozzi.

He was preceded in death by parents and a brother, Jack Gorgas.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday June 23 from 4-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 am with Rev. Sean Brubaker of the Calvin Presbyterian Church officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Delores M. Weingartner, 85

Delores M. Weingartner, 85, of Ellwood Rd., (Wayne Twp.) passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 at her residence.

Born February 18, 1932 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Edith Ross Filippone. She was married for 66 years to Harold “Bucky” Weingartner as they were married May 5, 1951. He survives.

Delores graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950. She was a beautician at her own shop, Delores Weingartner’s Beauty Shop for over 25 years. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Church. Active in the community, Delores was a member of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary, Jr. Women’s Club, Wayne Twp. Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, and the Town and Country Garden Club. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing cards with her card club friends. She also enjoyed dancing and was a member of the Four Seasons Dance Club. Her most cherished time was spent with her family.

In addition to her husband, Bucky, survivors include four daughters, Cynthia (Clyde) Sutton of Carlisle, Denise (James) Wade of Mechanicsburg, Kim Weingartner of Ellwood City, Joyce (Mark) Gebrosky of Cranberry Twp.; eight grandchildren,Patrick Sutton, Jesse (Laurie) Sutton, Emily Wade, Trevor (Allison) Wade, Troy Senchak, Matthew, Megan and Jacob Gebrosky; and two great grandchildren, Fiona Wade and Audrey Sutton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joan Haney Rainey.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday June 15 from 5 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at Holy Redeemer Church at11:30 am with Rev. Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in the Slippery Rock Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Vitas Healthcare, 2009 Mackenzie Way #110 Cranberry Twp, PA 16066 or the Slippery Rock Church Cemetery Association, 266 Slippery Rock Dr. Ellwood City, PA 16117.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Warren Peffer, 75

Warren Peffer, 75, of Perry Township passed away Friday, June 9, 2017 following a long battle with cancer.

Born March 6, 1942 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Marion and Thelma Rupert Peffer. He was married for 48 years to Nancy M. Peffer who passed away November 21, 2016.

Warren retired from BNZ Materials in Zelienople where he was a machine operator. He was an active member and longtime Sunday School teacher at the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church. Prior to that, he attended the Zion Lutheran Church. A Veteran of the US Air Force, Warren served from 1960 to 1964. He enjoyed teaching, building, and flying model aircraft and undertook various leadership roles as a lifetime member of the Butler Aircraft Modelers Society (The BAMS).

Survivors include three sons, Steven (Lori) Peffer of Nashville, TN, David (Karen) Peffer of Dublin, OH, Kevin (Melanie) Peffer of Greeley, CO; two sisters, Velma Hollerman and Diane Young; seven brothers, Glenn, Larry, Tom, Neil, Bob, Dale and Chuck; and three grandchildren, Joshua and Addison Peffer, with the third due in August.

He was preceded in death by a son in infancy, Paul Martin Peffer, and two sisters, Laura Ridenour and Bonnie Nicodemus.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday June 13 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday morning at 11am after a 10am viewing at the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church with his pastor, Rev. Chad Bogdewie officiating. Interment will follow in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church or The BAMS.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

 

 

James J. Scala, 84

James J. Scala, 84, of 35th St., Beaver Falls passed away Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Beaver.

Born September 14, 1932 in Wampum, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary Norge Scala. He was married to Rose Marie Keppen Scala who passed away in 1967.

James retired in 1987 after 35 years with Babcox and Wilcox where he was a hydraulic repairman. He graduated from Wampum High School in 1950. He enjoyed bowling and working in his yard.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen (Tom) Trzcinski with whom he resided; two sisters, Virginia Greco and Margaret (Earl) Klien, both off WV; brother, Eugene (Peggy) Scala of North Sewickley Twp.; four grandchildren, Thomas (Jaclyn), Jamie, Amy, and Renee; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, James A. Scala; stepmother, Florence Keppen Scala; two sisters, Pauline Bigley, Phillis McAnlis; and three brothers, William, John, and Joseph Scala.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, June 11 from 4-7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main St. Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Oak Park Cemetery .

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice. 1000 Dutch Ridge Rd. Beaver, PA 15009.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to Dr. Carl Sestito, Dr. Curtis Feldmeier, Dr. Grace Tarabay, Dr. Beant Gill, and Good Samaritan Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Leonard A. Agnello, 80

Leonard A. “Bobo” Agnello, 80, of Kittanning (formerly of Wampum) was called home by his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

“Bo” was a Veteran of the US Army, serving in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a cottage parent, barber instructor, and bounty hunter all at George Jr. Republic, At George Jr, he also coached and instructed the drill team, winning many competitions. There were many other occupations and he owned several businesses thereafter, but the business he enjoyed the most was the amusement business. He was a ride owner/operator and concessionaire for over 50 years, traveling to fairs and festivals in many states feeding several, his unforgettable sausage sandwich and the best fresh squeezed lemonade there was! Bo was always spreading laughter and joy wherever he went!

Left to mourn his passing are his loving companion of 20 years, Gloria Kunselman… To whom we will be forever grateful to for the extraordinary love, care, and dedication she game to him…his former wife and friend, Jean Mars of New Beaver Boro; two daughters, Lisa Douglas of Wampum and Jeannie Kunselman of DuBois; two sons, David Agnello of Wampum and John Kunselman (Kelly) of Brookville; two brothers, Joseph of Anita and Richard Agnello (Nancy) of Anita; brother-in-law Bill Anderson of Texas; 14 grandchildren, Jordan, David and Michelle Agnello, Jonna, Kaylee, Brenden, Cody and Payton Kunselman, Alex Peace, Zac Dinger, Josi and Tessa Mansfield and Holly and Megan Cress; and two great-granddaughters, Raelynn and Kinsley.

He was preceded in death by his son, Lenny Agnello; his parents; four sisters; and three brothers.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, June 13 from noon until the time of the funeral service at 3 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, Main St. Wampum. Pastor Mike Wimer will officiate the services. Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.marshallsfh.com

Ralph Melfi Jr., 82

Ralph Melfi Jr., 82, formerly of Mt. Vernon Dr., Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Community Living Center of the Veterans Hospital in Butler.

Born February 7, 1935 in Wampum, he was the eldest son of the late Ralph and Philomena Barile Melfi Sr. He was married to Kay Takako Melfi for 40 years when she passed away January 4, 2000.

Junior graduated from Wampum High School where he played basketball and earned an athletic scholarship to attend Youngstown State University. While in college, he was drafted into the Army and served during the Korean War. After the War ended, he returned home and graduated from YSU. He then re-enlisted and began his 30 year military career. Junior traveled all over the world, serving his country earning many medals, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and the Meritorious Service Medal. During Vietnam, he served during the Tet Offensive. Retiring in 1988 as a Sergeant Major, Junior returned home to Ellwood City. He was a life member of the VFW and the DAV.

Survivors include son, Ralph (Alaine) Melfi III of Indianapolis, Indiana; daughter, Deborah (Dave) Petrucci of New Castle; two sisters, Phyllis A. Melfi of Pittsburgh, Rose Marie Melfi of Mayfield Heights, Ohio; two brothers, William R. (Jeannie) Melfi and Donald L. (Jackie) Melfi, both of Ellwood City; and two grandchildren, Jenna and David Petrucci.

He was preceded in death by a son, Nicholas Patrick in 1971 and a brother, John J. Melfi in 2003.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday June 9 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Saturday at Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Full military rites will be offered by the New Castle Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Community Living Center of the Butler VA Hospital – Attention: MaryAnn/Recreation 325 New Castle Rd. Butler, PA 16001.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Sandy Lynn Boots, 41

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelations 21:4

Sandy Lynn Boots, 41, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Born May 6, 1976 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of Barry and Beth Peeples Boots who both preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Ruth Ann Boots.

Sandy is survived by her son, Zachary Griffith and daughter Haleigh Robinson, both of Ellwood City; paternal grandfather, Harry Boots, maternal grandparents, David and Lois Peeples; aunts and uncles, Mike and Kathy Boots, Leonard and Kim Ripper, Todd Boots, Eric and Tina Boots, Virginia Peeples, Mark and Robyn Peeples and Jeffrey Peeples and many cousins who loved her dearly.

A memorial service in honor of Sandy will be held at the Live Out Baptist Church on Saturday at 11 am. Pastor Mark Sentell will officiate the service.

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