Robert James Abbott, 73

AbbottRobert James “Jim” Abbott, 73, of Beaver Dam Rd., New Galilee (New Beaver Boro) passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Heritage Valley – Beaver Hospital.

Born August 10, 1941 in Kansas City, Kansas, he was the son of the late James D. and Fern Scott Abbott. He was married for 42 years to Sandra Ketterer Abbott who survives.

Jim worked as a salesman for Phil Fitts Ford in New Castle and later for Prudential Insurance Company until his retirement in 1982. He served in the US Army from 1958-1961, stationed at various missile sites. He was a past member of the American Legion in Wampum, the LMBA and the VFW in New Galilee. Jim enjoyed genealogy research and his dogs.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sandra, and a half sister, Debra Abbott of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Visiting hours will be held Monday, June 22 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 Tuesday at 11:00 am with Rev. C.F. Hoffman of the Galilean Presbyterian Church officiating.

Interment will follow in White Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

John “Jack” Brest, 81

BrestJohn “Jack” Brest, 81, of Fountain Ave., Ellwood City passed away Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Ellwood City Hospital following an illness.

Born December 25, 1933 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Charles L.and Florence Miller Brest. He was married for 58 years to Mary Virginia “Ginny” Nagel Brest who survives.

Jack relocated to Ellwood City at the age of 9 and graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1951. He served in the US Navy from 1952 to 1956 and was honorably discharged with the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. While in the Navy, Jack attended fire schools in Long Beach California and received formal instructions on high and low pressure boilers. Following his discharge, he worked at US Steel for a few years. On April 18, 1960, Jack was hired as a paid fireman for the Ellwood City Fire Department. Between 1959 and 1974, Jack received 186 hours of schooling in a variety of fire fighting, arson detection and fire officership techniques and programs. He was a first aid instructor from 1966-1974 and completed 48 hours of training in emergency care and transportation of the sick and injured at Jameson Hospital in New Castle. He also attended Beaver County Community College and completed courses in fire service procedures and operations, fire prevention, and building codes and construction. In 1971, Jack was appointed Assistant Fire Chief and then in 1975 was officially named Fire Chief and served as such until his retirement in 1991. While serving as the Fire Chief, Jack was instrumental in implementing many training programs for the volunteer fireman. Under his guidance, the volunteers learned how to operate the fire equipment and drive the fire trucks so as to eliminate risks of accidents and to improve the efficiency of the department.

Prior to his retirement, Jack was a member of the Western PA Firemen Association and the National Fire Chiefs Association. Jack was affiliated with the Calvin Presbyterian Church. He was a former member of the Elks and Saxon Clubs in Ellwood City. He enjoyed reading, but his most cherished time was spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Ginny, survivors include two daughters, Terri L. Contreras, Tracey L. Hasan; two sons, Todd L. (Janet) Brest, Thomas L. (Beth) Brest, all of Ellwood City; eight grandchildren,Allison, Adriana, and Kyle Contreras, Amanda, Korrie, and Kasey Hasan, Ryan (Laurel) and Aaron Brest; and two great grandchildren, Jack and Jenna Brest.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, K. Graham Brest.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday June 18 from 204 and 6-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Members of the Ellwood City Fire Department will hold a service at 6:30 pm.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11:00 am with Rev. Sean Brubaker officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Veteran’s Honor Guard

Interment will follow in Castleview Memorial Park.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Volunteer Fire Department or the donor’s favorite charity..

Robert K. Steffler, 71

Steffler, RobertRobert K. Steffler, 71, of Wurtemburg Heights, Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford following a one year illness.

Born July 14, 1943 in Fombell, he was the son of the late Harold K.and Jackie Wate Steffler. He was married for 31 years to Carol Ketterer Steffler who survives.

Bob was the owner and operator of his own window cleaning company for the past thirty years. He recently retired and passed the business on to his son. Bob was a dedicated member of the Faith Gospel Fellowship Church in Leesburg. He currently was the Vice President of the West Keystone Chapter of Cowboys for Christ and lead one of the ministry teams. He enjoyed gardening and horseback riding. His most cherished time was spent with his wife Carol, their children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Carol, survivors include two daughters, Darci (Freddy) Wheat of Chesapeake, VA, Christeen (Steve) VanHorn of Ellwood City; two sons, Jeffery Jay Steffler of Lubbock, TX, David (Michelle) Steffler of Ellwood City; sister, Eltakay Smalley of Fombell; brother, William (Joan) Steffler of Fombell; five grandsons, Dustin Wheat, Dean Steffler, Drew Steffler, Drake VanHorn, Bryce Steffler; and two granddaughters, Alexis Wheat and Brooke VanHorn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jay Steffler.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday June 12 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at the Faith Gospel Fellowship Church, 1725 Perry Highway, Rt. 19 Volant (Leesburg) at 11 am with Pastors Dale Brenneman and Samuel Hill officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to West Keystone Chapter of Cowboys for Christ, 3369 Eckert Bridge Rd. Portersville, PA 16051.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Joseph A. Procopio, 67

Procopio 2Joseph A. Procopio, 67, of Reed Rd., New Castle (North Beaver Twp.) passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 8, 2015 in the Emergency Room of Jameson Memorial Hospital.

Born May 6, 1948 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Helen Anthony Procopio. He was married for 44 years to Catherine J. Meade Procopio who survives.

Joe graduated from Mohawk High School. He retired in 2010 from North Beaver Township where he worked in the Maintenance Department. He enjoyed camping and hunting. His most cherished time was spent with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Cathy, survivors include three daughters, Valerie (James) Funera of New Castle, Susan (Frank) Mangina of New Castle, Cheryl (Hercules) Savakis of Pulaski; son, Anthony (Christina) Procopio of New Castle; brother, Richard S. (Kathy) Procopio of New Castle; and thirteen grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Carol Doran, and a granddaughter, Olivia Savakis.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday June 10 from 5-8 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. Eugene McConnell officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Park Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

James C. Bright Jr., 73

BrightJames C. Bright Jr., 73, of North Beaver Township passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 at his residence.

Born on July 29, 1941 in New Galilee, he was the son of the late James C. and Virginia McCready Bright Sr. Jim married the former Patricia Shearer on June 7, 1960. She survives.

Jim graduated from Mohawk High School, Class of 1959. He attended the First Assembly of God Church on Pulaski Road. Jim was in the United States Navy and was aboard the USS Nantahala from 1959-1962. He worked at Bessemer Cement until its closure. He also worked at Rockwell International and Medusa Cement, retiring in 2004.

Among Jim’s interests were watching and playing basketball, riding horses, and farming. His prized possession was his 1967 Oldsmobile 442. He enjoyed riding his Gold Wing and taking day trips with friends. Jim always looked forward to attending yearly Navy reunions. He was a Steeler and Nascar fan and enjoyed listening to Doo Wop and 50’s music.

In addition to his wife, Patty, survivors include two sons, Steven (Jennifer) Bright of New Castle, Scott (Rachel) Bright of New Castle; and three grandchildren, Kylie, Brandon and Haylee. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Jane (C.W.) Houk of St. Petersburg, FL, Karen (Jim) Hudson of Anaheim, CA, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Lisa, and two sisters, Sarah Williams and Janet McKibben.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday June 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Friends will also be received from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am at the First Assembly of God Church, Pulaski Rd. Pastors Kenneth Meyer and Chad Stoecker will officiate. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God Church, 2021 Pulaski Rd. New Castle, PA .

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Shirley B. Blaine, 89

BlaineShirley B. Blaine, 89, of Massachusetts Dr., Ellwood City passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 at the Evergreen Nursing Center.

Born July 15, 1925 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Olive Adams Babbitt. Shirley lived with her grandmother, Olive Adams and grew up with her cousins, Charles, Averil, Phyllis and Peggy. She was married for 54 years to James A. Blaine Sr. who passed away in 2002.

Shirley graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943. She worked in the payroll department for Matthews Conveyor in Ellwood City. She also worked at the Ellwood City Hospital. Shirley was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed camping, but most of all, she cherished time spent with her grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons, James A. (Donna) Blaine Jr. of Slippery Rock, Robert J. (Luann) Blaine of Ellwood City; daughter, Cynthia Blaine of Ellwood City; five grandchildren, Lori (Mat) Harrison, Kelly Blaine, Patrick (Monica) Blaine, Lindsay (Lee) Bowman, Colleen Blaine; and three great grandchildren, Payton, Jaxson, and Danny.

Her life will be honored in a memorial service at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday at 11 am. Friends will be received for one hour before the services. Her pastor, Rev. Pat Cleary will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Ellwood City Public Library.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staffs at the Ellwood City Hospital and Evergreen Nursing Home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Dorothy J. Capp, 87

CappDorothy J. Capp, 87, of Eliza St. Wampum (Chewton) passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Family Hospice in Lawrenceville.

Born January 15, 1928 in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Pauline Moskal Krosovic. She was married for 64 years to John Capp who passed away February 8, 2011.

Dorothy graduated from Wampum High School in 1946. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Church and a former member of the Alter and Rosary Society. Dorothy was active with and past president of the Chewton Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Wampum Women’s Club and served on the Wayne Twp. Election Board.

Survivors include two daughters, Marianne (George) Fabich of Chewton, Melinda (Phillip) Fabich of Shenago Twp.; son, John A. (Sharon) Capp of Ross Twp.; sister, Mary Gonzales of Kentucky; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Krosovic, and a daughter in law, Elaine Capp.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday May 31 from 3-7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at Holy Redeemer Church at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Myasthenia Gravis or the Kidney Foundation.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Ray Weingartner, 89

Weingartner, RayRay Weingartner, 89, of Wayne Twp. passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Golden Hill Nursing Center in New Castle.

Born November 28, 1925 in Wayne Twp.,he was the son of the late Jesse and Meryl Hazen Weingartner. He was married to Peggy Eichholtz Weingartner who passed away July 14, 2005.

Ray was a strong, yet kind and gentle man who loved his family dearly. He will be missed by all who knew him. Ray worked at the Ellwood City Forge for 38 years, retiring in 1987. He was also a life long farmer which was his first love, along with his garden and his famous raspberry jelly. Ray graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943. He was a member of the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church, the Masonic Lodge in New Castle, the Wayne Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, and the Ellwood City Saxon Club.

Survivors include two sons, Ed Weingartner of Woodbury, Minnesota, Rick (Terri) Weingartner of Wampum; siblings, Lois Harlan, Norma (John) Yoho, Harold “Bucky” (Delores) Weingartner, all of New Castle, and Arlene Shields of Punxsutawney; five grandchildren, Chad (Tami) Weingartner of New Wilmington, Andrew (Brandy) Weingartner of Bessemer, Sarah (Lee) Hentges of Bangor, Maine, Zach (Josie) Weingartner of Broomfield, Colorado, and Becca (Chris) Stone of Avon, Ohio; eight great grandchildren, Tylor, Emily, Nicole, Zane, Emerson, Smith, Fisher, and Perry. He is also survived by a special friend, Mary Dolter and her family.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by siblings, Fred and Clair Weingartner, Florence Nasti, and Lilabelle Weisz.

Friends will be received on Friday from 10 until the time of the funeral services at 11 at the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church. His pastor, Rev. Julia Williamson will officiate.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.

The family would like to extend their special thanks to the care givers at the Ellwood City Hospital, Golden Hills Nursing Home, and Gentiva Hospice for their loving and compassionate care during the last six weeks of Ray’s life.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Thelma G. Miller, 93

Miller, ThelmaThelma G. Miller, 93, of Ellwood City passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the VNA Hospice in Butler following a brief illness.

Born June 7, 1921 in Punxsutawney, PA, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Julia Fenzie White. She was married for 58 years to Hobart “Hobie” J. Miller who passed away January 14, 2004.

Thelma graduated from the Rayen High School in Youngstown, Ohio. She worked as a secretary at Matthews Conveyor Company and also at JC Penney’s. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. Thelma was a former member of the Ellwood City Order of the Eastern Star and the Connequenessing Country Club. She was an avid golfer and bowler. Thelma also enjoyed playing bridge, knitting, and crocheting.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandy (Raymond) Miller of Ellwood City; a son, Ronald (Judy) Miller of Vienna, Ohio; sister, Donna Soos of San Jose, California; four grandchildren, John (Debbie) Miller, Steven Miller, Julie Miller, and Michael Miller; two great grandchildren, Cassie and Owen Miller.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, David Paul Miller in 1969, a daughter, Diane E. Miller in 2001, and a brother, Donald White.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday May 12, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Wednesday at 11:00 am with Rev. Pat Cleary officiating. Rev. Dave Wilson will assist the services.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or Trinity Oaks Personal Care Home..

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Rita Jo Nicol, 68

NicolRita Jo Nicol, 68, of Clark Rd., Enon Valley (Little Beaver Twp.) passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital following a brief illness.

Rita was born March 31, 1947 in Rochester. She retired from Rochester Area High School where she taught business accounting for 30 years. Rita graduated as the Valedictorian from Monaca High School. She continued her education receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Geneva College and then her Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Rita enjoyed actively working of the family farm. She was an active leader with the Lawrence County 4H Baby Beef club and a member of the PA Limousin Cattle Assn. She was an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Rita also enjoyed spending time with her dogs and cats and flower gardening. Rita greatest pleasure was helping others.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Ed Nicol; sister, Juliana (John) Carpenter of Slippery Rock; two nephews and their families. She also leaves behind her in laws and many special friends who cherished their time spent with her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Dudzak Chuey and her step-mother, Geraldine Garrison Chuey.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday May 4 from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lawrence County 4H, 430 Court St. New Castle, PA 16101.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.