J. Craig McDowell, 41

J. Craig McDowell, 41, of Mercer Rd., Ellwood City (Franklin Twp.) died Thursday, August 7, 2014 in the Emergency Room of the Ellwood City Hospital. Although in ill health, death was unexpected.

Born August 7, 1973 in Ellwood City, he was the son of Karen Smith Bentel of Ellwood City .

He was married for 13 years to Danielle Boring McDowell who survives.

Craig graduated from Riverside High School. He was the Network Administrator for the Beaver County Children and Youth Services. He was an active member of the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church. Craig was an EMT and also a member of the Franklin Twp. Volunteer Fire Department. He was a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 420 in North Sewickley Twp. He enjoyed electronics. His most cherished time was spent with his family.

In addition to his parents and wife, Danielle, survivors include three children, Tyler Jarod, Nikki, and Kaiden McDowell, all at home. He is also survived by his grandmother, Mary Louise Wilson of Ellwood City.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday August 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. The Franklin Twp. Fire Department will hold a service at 8 pm.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 am with his pastor, Rev. Dr. Daniel Stinson officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Beulah B. Stelter, 87

Beulah B. Stelter, 87, of Patterson Dr., New Galilee (New Beaver Boro) died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness.

Born June 1, 1927 in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Forrest and Clara Haag Rohr. She was married for 62 years to Earl T. “Red” Stelter who passed away March 22, 2008.

Beulah retired from AAA where she was the secretary in both the New Castle and Ellwood City offices. She was a member and former treasurer of the Moravia Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed quilting.

Survivors include a son, Todd F. Stelter of New Beaver Boro; a daughter, Cindy (Jeff) Pflugh of Victor, Idaho; sister, Flo (Dick) Shaw of Nebraska; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Elayne E. Stelter and three sisters, Harriet, Violet and Clara; and two brothers, Joe and Forrest.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Moravia Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 16 at 11 am with her pastor, Rev. David Clark officiating.

Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Moravia Presbyterian Church 4280 State Rout 18, Wampum, PA 16157.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Thomas R. Straitwell, 60

Thomas R. Straitwell, 60, of Ellwood Rd., New Castle (Slippery Rock Twp.) died Friday, August 8, 2014 at Jameson Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born April 20, 1954 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Robert M. and Sara Irene Shaw Straitwell.

Tom graduated from New Wilmington High School and was a computer analyst. He enjoyed astronomy. He loved animals and was a strong supporter of the Humane Society.

Survivors include a sister, Sandra (Don) Rape with whom he resided; niece, Hollie Rape; nephew, Matt Rape; and a great niece, Amari Jones.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday August 11 from 6 until the time of the memorial service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Rev. Todd Davis of the Wampum Methodist Church will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Jackie L. Pumphrey, 73

Jackie L. Pumphrey Sr., 73 of New Castle passed peacefully to rest with his Lord surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 26, 1941 in Weston, WV, he was the son of the late Cecil and Minnie Riffle Pumphrey.

Jackie’s family moved to PA in the 1950’s. His pleasures in life included; fishing, camping, working on cars, and music. His most cherished time was spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Mary Ellen Young Pumphrey along with two sons, Jackie (Darlene) Pumphrey and Jeffrey Pumphrey; four daughters, Brenda (Ron) Estermyer, Cindy (Ron) Steele, Judy Grim, Debbie (Jeff) Suchyta; brother, Daniel (Jessie) Pumphrey; three sisters, Jean (Jerry) Javens, Sharon (Edward) Stasik, Diana (Jimmie) Gross. He celebrated life with his 20 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, a brother, an infant son, a great grandson, and a son in law.

Jackie’s wishes were for no public visitation. A memorial service for family members was hosted by Pastor John Fraser of the Maitland Lane Free Methodist Church in New Castle.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

William S. Ferrucci Sr., 83

William S. Ferrucci Sr., 83, of West Pittsburg died August 5, 2014 peacefully at his home with his wife and family by his side. He was a devoted member of St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Mahoningtown.

Bill was born August 28, 1930 in Ellwood City. He was a graduate of the Lincoln High School Class of 1948 where he was a member of the Marching Band. Upon graduation he enlisted in the US Navy. Following his discharge he met his beloved wife, the former Barbara Cowher at a square dance at Lakewood Beach. At the time, he commented to his buddies, “I’m going to marry that girl.” He did 16 months later. They raised six children and had a long and happy 62 years of marriage. William retired after 35 years at Jones and Laughlin Steel in Aliquippa and LTV Steel. He was a foreman in the Tin Mill.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Dr. William S. (Cindy) Ferrucci Jr. of Valdese, NC; daughter, Kathleen (Jack) Deloplaine of Anderson, SC; son, Gregory (Carol) Ferrucci of Edinburg; son, Sylvester (Patricia) Ferrucci of Hillsville; daughter, Lori (Terry) Cumberledge of West Pittsburg; and a sister, Donna (Gene) Montozzi of Spring Hill, FL. He is also survived by grandchildren; Kristen (Barrett) Plasman, Daniel Ferrucci, Ryan (Jackie) Deloplaine, Todd Deloplaine, Lucas Ferrucci, Andrew Ferrucci, Russell, Marty and Alan Ferrucci, and Brandon, Katie, Jacob and Mikayla Cumberledge; six great grandchildren, Sam, Sophia, Will, and Charlie Plasman, and Tyler and Chase Deloplaine; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was a devoted loving husband, father and grandfather.

He loved music and played the accordion in a band for years for square dances and weddings. He loved traveling to Myrtle Beach, SC, Atlantic City, and on many trips with senior citizen groups. He also was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.

He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, Russell “Rusty” Ferrucci on March 18, 1979, his parents, Hazel and Sylvester Ferrucci, his grandparents, Louis and Ethel Ferrucci and Russell and Maude Gilcrest and his mother and father in law, Dan and Clara Cowher Sr.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday August 7 from 4 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Military rites will be offered by the New Castle Veterans Honor Guard on Friday at 9:15 am at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am at St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Mahoningtown with Rev. Father Frank Almade officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in New Castle.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Mildred M. Jenkins, 97

Mildred M. Jenkins, 97, formerly of Koppel and New Galilee, died on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Providence Care Center.

Born December 31, 1916 in Koppel, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Ida Smith Milliron. She was married to Frederick D. Jenkins Sr. who passed away November 17, 1971.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathryn Potts of Lakeland, Florida, Emily Hilton of Patterson Twp., Alice Stanley of Grand Rapids, Michigan; two sons, Fred D. Jenkins Jr. of Wampum, Frank J. Jenkins of Darlington; thirteen grandchildren; and twenty great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, and two sisters.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday August 6 from 2-4 and 6 until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Rev. Ed Hanley of the New Galilee Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Interment will follow in the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Dale R. Creely, 59

Dale R. Creely, 59, of Wampum died Friday, July 18, 2014 at his residence.

Born September 10, 1954 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Russel Creely and the late Eleanor Palmieri Creely Monnin .

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Martina Bruno Creely; a son, Justin Swan of Valencia; and a brother, Russel Creely of Brookline.

Dale formerly owned Vocelli Pizza in Ellwood City for 15 years.

Friends will be received on Sunday, July 27 from 1 until the of the memorial service at 3 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Pastor Cliff Reynolds of the Word Alive Church will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

James Joseph Curry, 44

James Joseph Curry, 44, of New Beaver Boro, passed peacefully from this life surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his residence following a courageous five year battle with cancer.

Born March 31, 1970 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the Bertram Joseph Curry of Pittsburgh and the late Dorothy Ann Drab Curry. He married Sandra Edwards Curry on September 18, 2010, she survives.

Jim graduated from Woodland Hills High School in 1988. He then attended the Allegheny County Fire Academy. He also graduated from the New Castle School of Trades Commercial Industrial Maintenance Program in 2012. While residing in Pittsburgh, he was a member of the North Braddock Fire Department. After moving to New Beaver Boro in 2010, he became very active with their Fire Department having served as its president from 2012 until now. Jimmy was actively employed since 1999 as a security guard at the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Verizon Wireless in Cranberry. He attended the Bridgewater United Methodist Church and the Victory Christian Center in Columbiana. Jim loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He also loved to travel. He absolutely loved helping friends and family. Jimmy will always be remembered for having a smile on his face, his jokes, his laugh, and his funny stories. He also enjoyed baking, cooking, the Irish Community and WWE wrestling.

In addition to his wife, Sandra, survivors include his father and step-mother, Bertram and Mary Hanafin Curry; two half brothers, Daniel Curry, Brian Curry; two step sisters, Liz Culloty and her fiancé, Pat Mahoney, Eileen Culloty; two brother in laws, William Edwards, Benjamin (Theresa) Edwards; his in laws, Keith (Mary) Edwards, Harriet (William) Hutton; and nieces and nephews, Declan McCabe, Mariah Culloty, Zachary, Makayla, and Alexia Edwards, and Timothy and Khloe Edwards.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Family and friends will be received from 6-9 pm on Thursday and from 2-8 pm on Friday at the New Beaver Borough Volunteer Fire Department. A Memorial Service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at the Fire Department on Saturday at 9:30 am. Following the services a memorial dinner will be held and then Jim will ride one last time on a fire truck for a graveside service at Northside Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Services will include a bagpiper and the Fire Honor Guard.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the funeral home to help cover expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Sherry Lee Wehman Weigel, 77

Sherry Lee Wehman Weigel, 77, of VanGorder Mill Rd., Ellwood City died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Creek Meadows Senior Guest Haus in Zelienople.

Born November 30, 1936 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Alvi Charles Wehman and Violet Wiley Wehman Luchka. She was married on July 9, 1954 to John Horace Weigel who passed away in 2007.

Sherry grew up on VanGorder Mill Road surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. She lived most of her life there and continued to enjoy the company of her relatives along the Slippery Rock Creek. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1954. Sherry was a stay at home mom working briefly at “The Boat Shop” and at Estey Organ Factory. When her husband retired from the steel mill and became the Pennsylvania State Director for the Loyal Order of the Moose, she was by his side traveling all over the state visiting and encouraging their members and leaders. Sherry could describe every mile marker of every exit on our four lane highways. When Sherry wasn’t on the Slippery Rock Creek, she enjoyed summers on Lake Erie. She could be fiercely competitive in a game of Texas Hold Em, Bingo, or Scrabble. She loved her grandchildren, nieces and nephews and they, in turn, loved her.

Survivors include three children, Raylene (Darryl) Boots, Jonica (Doug) Walters, William Wray “Chip” Weigel, all of Ellwood City; a stepdaughter, Gaye Drogus Davis of New Brighton; three brothers, Frank (Carol) Wehman, Michael (Patti) Wehman, Theodore (Pam) Wehman, all of Ellwood City; beloved sister, Kandace (Matthew) Wehman Masula of Summerville, SC; grandchildren: Charles (Kalei) Schaeffer, Kevin John (Shawna) Schaeffer,Jenica Violet (Chris) Schaeffer Jones, Roxy Ellen (Zac) Boots Jackson, Xander Boots, Ben (Beth) Walters, Janne Shaellen Walters, Anthony (Laura) Thompson, Carley Wray Weigel,Kayla Shay Weigel, Karolyn Leavelle and Andrea Mascher; her great grandchildren: “Kai” Kaleikaipuala Satori Schaeffer Smith, Violet Ku’upuananileihua Schaeffer Smith, Riley Schaeffer, Jonah Schaeffer, Solomon Walters, Anna Thompson, Coby Thompson, Avalon Mascher, Bradyn Mascher, Lee Leavelle, Matthew Leavelle.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Nellie Patterson Wehman; brother, Ralph Wehman; stepbrothers, Donald and Richard Pitts;and loving stepsister, Loretta Pitts Marshall.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, July 19 from 6-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 until the time of the funeral service at 3 pm. Rev. Jean Smith of the Wurtemburg Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Wurtemburg Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ellwood City Public Library or the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Kenneth E. Burns, 90

Kenneth E. “Rudy” Burns Sr., 90, of Portersville Rd., Ellwood City (Perry Twp.) died on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at his residence following a lengthy illness.

Born February 27, 1924 in Ellwood City,he was the son of the late Walter and Cora Hazen Burns. He was married for 66 years to Helen McKinney Burns who survives.

Rudy worked as a machinist for US Steel and then for Commercial Machine. He was an active member of the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church. Rudy graduated from Lincoln HIgh School in 1942 then served his country in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre. He was a Perry Twp Supervisor for over 20 years. He also coached Little League Baseball and enjoyed hunting.

In addition to his wife, Helen, survivors include three sons, Kenneth E. (Peggy) Burns Jr., Larry Burns, Randy (Patty) Burns; one daughter, Vickie (Dell) Streckeisen, all of Ellwood City; 9 grandchildren, Sean, Brent and Larry Burns, Nicole Robbins, Joel and Danielle Carosi, Troy, Josh and Kassi Streckeisen; and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Durbin and Nina Alford and two brothers, Walter and Charles “Buster” Burns.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday July 12 from 3-5 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 2 pm with his pastor, Rev. Dr. Daniel Stinson officiating. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church PO Box 709 Ellwood City, PA 16117.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.