Darlene C. Burton, 70

Darlene C. Burton, 70, formerly of Ellwood City passed away on  Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Overlook Health Care Center following a brief  illness.

Born July 29, 1942 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Clarence K. and Madeline Deitrick Kennedy.

Darlene graduated from Lincoln High School.  A devoted Christian, her faith was very important to her.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Burton of Ellwood City, John (Jarae) Burton of Phoenix, Arizona; brother, Robert (Connie) Kennedy of Mt. Jackson; six sisters, Carolyn (Bob) Moore of New Castle, Karen (Milton) Ippolito and Linda (Oval) Moore, all of Wampum, Kathy (Jack) Fleckenstein of Mercer, Cheryl Kuhn of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Brenda (Blair) Getz of Monaca; and a granddaughter, Abigail Burton.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Grekon and a brother, Kenneth Kennedy.

Visiting hours will be held on  Monday May 20, 2013 from 4 until the time of the funeral service at 7 pm  at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.   Rev. Dr. William R. McGary of the Wampum Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Overlook Activities Department, 520 New Castle St. New Wilmington, PA 16142.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Virginia E. (Moore) Porter, 94

Virginia E. (Moore) Porter, 94, passed away at Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople on  Monday, May 13, 2013.

Born March 30, 1919 in , PA,  she was the daughter of the late Clarence D. Moore  and Ethel Waneata Egbert Moore.

She was married for 72 years to Ralph J. Porter who passed away March 24, 2010.

Virginia graduated from Muddy Creek Township and Portersville Borough Joint Schools in 1937.  She was affiliated with the Portersville Bible Church.  She was a former tax collector for Muddy Creek Township and enjoyed gardening and homemaking but most of all she enjoyed being a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her family.

Survivors include a son, Ralph (Leona) Porter of Portersville; two grandchildren, LaDawn VanKirk  and Jason Porter, both of Portersville; four great grandchildren, Chris (Debbie) Sharon of New York, Brian Sharon, Jordan (Landon) Maslyn and Aaron Hibler, all of California.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Waneata (VanKirk) Rowlands in August 2010 and her granddaughter, Tammy (VanKirk) Sharon in December 2010.  Two brothers, Samuel and Frank Moore, a sister, Jean (Clair) Miller  and her step mother, Ellen Ellefson Moore also preceded Virginia in death.

Visitation will be held from 11 until the time of the funeral service at 1 pm on  Monday May 20 at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Rev. Michael Charles of the Portersville Bible Church will officiate, along with her grandson in law, Gerald Sharon

Interment will follow in Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.

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Johanna Gandy, 54

Johanna  Gandy, 54, of Ellwood City died on  Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at UPMC Mercy Hospital following a brief  illness.

Born January 17, 1959 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Willie Howard Gandy Sr. and Mae Evans Gandy of Ellwood City.

Hanna graduated from Lincoln High School in 1976.  She loved to cook, having cooked at the Moose Club and formerly at the West End Cafe.  She had also worked at the Ellwood Children’s Center and Airway Industries. Hanna enjoyed to be in a social environment.  The loves of her life were her children and her grandson, Jatavion.

In addition to her mother, Mae, survivors include two children, Caren Gaskins and James Gandy, both of Ellwood City; sisters, Barbara Gandy of Ellwood City, Katherine Hough of Texas; brothers, Vernon Gandy of Virginia, Willie Gandy Jr. of New Castle; grandson, Jatavion Gandy; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held on  Friday  from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Friends will also be received on Saturday from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Sarah Tucker Simms, 102

Sarah Tucker  Simms, 102, formerly of Ellwood City died on  Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Passavant Care Center in Zelienople.

Born January 2, 1911 in Wilkes-Barre, and raised in Canonsburg,  she was the daughter of the late Hiram D. and Frances Wilson Tucker.  She was married on the grounds of Morganza on June 12, 1937 to Thomas W. Simms who passed away  January 24, 1997.

She graduated from the California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in teaching.  After a long and distinguished career as a school teacher, Mrs. Simms retired from the Etna School District.  She had previously taught in Muse and Millvale, PA.  Many years later, a student wrote her a letter saying she herself had become a teacher because she was so inspired by Mrs. Simms.   The Simms family lived in the Shalercrest area of Pittsburgh for 50 years before moving to Ellwood City.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara (James) Deal of Ellwood City; brother in law, Charles Toth of Goshen, IN; three grandchildren, Kristen (Jeff) Davis, Kimberly Trimpey, Richard  Deal; and six great-grandchildren, Sarah and Kevin Davis, Noah and Micah Trimpey, Emily and Veronika Deal.

The last of her family, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Toth, and three brothers, Wilson, Philip and Hiram Tucker.

Friends will be received on Saturday, May 18 at the Calvin Presbyterian Church from 10 am until the time of the memorial service at 11 am. Sean Brubaker will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Calvin Presbyterian Church Missionary Committee or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Diane K. McClintick, 56

Diane K. McClintick , 56, of  Blackhawk Rd., Chippewa Twp. died on  Saturday, May 11, 2013 at  Heritage Valley  Beaver Hospital following a brief  illness.

Born May 16, 1956 in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late Jack McClintick  and Dorothy E. Weller McClintick of Ellwood City.

Diane was employed at E.O.C. in Moon Twp and was a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church.

Diane was lovingly cared for by her mother and father and for the past four years by the staff of the McGuire Memorial to whom the family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks.

In addition to her mother, Dorothy, survivors include a sister, Linda (Bill) Rough of Missouri; a brother, Rick (Sharon) McClintick of Ellwood City; a special aunt, Norma McClintick of Ellwood City; nieces and nephews, Jamie and Erika Rough, and Britt, Rikki, and Aaron McClintick; and great nieces, Rebecca Rough and Arianna Cox.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Private services were held at the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City with Sean Brubaker officiating.

Interment followed in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the McGuire Memorial Foundation, PO Box 48 New Brighton, PA 15066.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Sebastian Littman, 19

Sebastian “Billy Bob” Littman, 19, of Hutter Ave., Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) died on  Sunday, May 5, 2013 as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Born June 18, 1993 in California,  he was the son of Jonathan and Sonja Wimer Littman, who survive.

Sebastian graduated from Riverside High School where he played football.  He recently finished his Freshman year at the Community College of Beaver County.  He was employed part time at McDonald’s in Ellwood City.  He loved to read and enjoyed sports and music.  He loved to hang out with his friends.

in addition to his parents, survivors include a brother, Maximillian J. Littman of California;  grandparents, Betty J. Rodriguez, Margaret Canavan, both of California, Charles (Darlene) Wimer of North Sewickley Twp.; and an uncle, Kevin  Rodriguez of California.

Visiting hours will be held on  Tuesday  from 2-4 and 6-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11:00 am.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Jenifer Gatto, 55

Jennifer  Gatto, 55, of  Surf Dr., Butler (Penn Twp.) died on  Saturday, May 4, 2013 at  UPMC Passavant  Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born March 31, 1958 in Beaver, she was the daughter of the late William F. Cornelius  and Thelma Herman Cornelius Laurain.  She was married to Rocco  Gatto Sr. who survives.

Jennifer graduated from Riverside HIgh School in 1978.  She was a member of the Middlesex Presbyterian Church.  She was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

In addition to her husband, Rocco, survivors include two sons, Matthew A. (Juliann)  Cornelius and Rocco Gatto Jr., both of Butler; step son, Jeremy Gatto of Erie; sister, Mary Kay (Stacey) Bisceglia of Beaver Falls; four brothers, William (Janice) Cornelius and John (Sally) Cornelius, both of Ellwood City,  Harold (Karen) Cornelius of New Martinville, West Virginia, Joseph (Laura) Laurain of Pulaski; and four grandchildren, Matthew, Haley, Patrick and Anna Cornelius.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step father, Alvis Laurain, and sister, Cheryl A. Keul, and a step brother, A. Ronald Laurain.

Visiting hours will be held on  Monday from 6 until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Rose Shymko, 97

Rose Shymko, 97 formerly of Third St. Koppel passed away May 4, 2013.

She was born June 27, 1915 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  She was married for 60 years to the late Michael Shymko, who passed away in 2004.

Michael and Rose were residents of Koppel, PA for nearly fifty years.

She was a graduate of Perth Amboy High School.  Rose was an active member of the former St. Teresa’s Parish in Koppel, where she sang in the choir  and was a member of Holy Redeemer Church.

Rose is survived by son Adrian Shymko (wife, Alva) of Santa Monica, CA, grandson Gregory  Shymko of Santa Monica, CA,  grandson Christopher Shymko (wife, Jennifer) and great grandchildren, Peja and Nicolai Shymko of Mountlake Terrace, WA.

Friends and relatives will be received at the Marshall Funeral Home in Ellwood City  on Wednesday, May 8,  from 4PM to 7PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Redeemer on Thursday, May 9,  at 10AM.  Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Beaver Falls.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Nina Alford, 77

Nina  Alford, 77, of  Thomas Hill Rd., Fombell, formerly of Ellport, died unexpectedly on  Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at her residence.

Born May 21, 1935 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Walter Coston and Cora Ruth Hazen Burns.  She was married on September 13, 1962  to Manford  Alford who passed away January 11, 2001.

Nina worked at the Aetna Standard for 30 years.  She was a member of the Lillyville Church of God.  She graduated from Lincoln HIgh School and was a former member of the Wurtemburg Perry Twp. Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.  Her most cherished time was spent with family.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Ted) Kelosky of Fombell; two brothers, Kenneth (Helen) Burns and Walter (Vonda) Burns, both of Perry Twp.; brother in law, George  Durbin of Ellwood City; and two grandchildren, Brittney and Mason Kelosky.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Cora Ruth Durbin in 2006.

Visiting hours will be held on  Thursday April 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11:00 am with her pastor,  Rev. Dennis Arndt officiating.

Interment will follow in Kahletown Cemetery in Sigel, PA .

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lillyville Church of God..

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Jill Ann Mentzer, 58

Jill Ann  Mentzer, 58, of Wampum, PA went to be with the Lord on  Monday, April 22, 2013 after an extended illness.  She was surrounded by loving family and friends as she entered into eternal rest.

She was born December 29, 1954, as the second of four children born to the late Jack Duwayne Mentzer  and Shirley May Thomas Mentzer of New Castle.

She was a 1972 graduate of Laurel High School and received a diploma in Nursing in 1974 from the Community College of Beaver County.  She married the late James Edward “Butch Beltz at Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church on December 21, 1974, built a home and raised two daughters, Rachel Elizabeth and Rebecca Lynn Beltz on Dutch Ridge Road, Ellwood City.

Jill accepted Jesus Christ as Savior on February 21, 1981 and joyfully served in teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Youth Group, and Women of the Church at Berean Presbyterian Church for over 15 years, before joining First United Brethren Church in Eastbrook, PA.  Here she was active in World Vision Missions, the Worship Team, and Music Ministry.

She loved the outdoors, photography, movies, poetry, and writing.  She had a heart for animals and loved her career in Nursing.  She was employed over 30 years by the Ellwood City Hospital and taught classes such as CPR, Crisis Prevention Techniques, and Diabetes Education.

Although she was preceded in death by her father, husband, and sister, Pamela Mentzer, she leaves her mother, two brothers – Jack E. Mentzer of New Castle and Russell W. Mentzer of Portersville, her beloved daughters, Rachel Elizabeth (Luke) Miller and Rebecca Lynn (Andrew) Pilch and one granddaughter, Peyton Elizabeth Pilch.

Her life is meant to be celebrated.  Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 on Thursday, April 25 at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Memorial services will be held on Friday at 11:00 am at the  First United Brethren Church Eastbrook, PA with Rev. David Bell and Rev. Alan DiChristoforo officiating.  There will be a reception in the fellowship hall for family and friends following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the World Vision Missions.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Blessed be the name of the LORD!