Virginia Snyder Widdowfield, 86

Virginia Snyder Widdowfield, 86, of  Ashberry Lane, New Castle (Neshannock Twp.) died on  Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital following a one week illness.

Born June 11, 1926 in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late Charles R.  and Lena B. Kelly Aiken.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years,  John C. “Jack” Snyder who passed away on March 27, 2000, her second husband, H. Leslie Widdowfield who passed away on July 8, 2005 and a brother, James Aiken.

Virginia graduated as the Valedictorian of the Wampum High School Class of 1944.  She first worked for Bell Telephone.  She then worked and retired from the Department of Public Assistance in New Castle where she was the switchboard operator and receptionist.  She was a member of the Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church.  She was an active member for many years at the former First Christian Church in New Castle.  She was an active participant in many activities conducted by Challenges in New Castle and was a member of TOPS-Eastbook Chapter.  She also volunteered at the Jameson Care Center.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Elaine (Jay) Friedman of College Park, MD; a son, J. Randall “Randy” (Lisa) Snyder of Union Twp.; and two  grandchildren, Kylee (Ken) West of Gaithersburg, MD and Rory Snyder of Union Twp.

Visiting hours will be held on  Friday March 22, 2013 from 3 -5 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11:00 am with her pastor,  Rev. Chris Weichman officiating.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

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Alice I. Baker, 82

Alice I. Baker, 82, of  Park Dr., Wampum went to be with the Lord surrounded by her family on  Monday, March 18, 2013.  She passed away at the Ellwood City Hospital following a short illness.

Born July 1, 1930 in Wayne Twp., she was the daughter of the late Frank E. and Ruth E. McMunn Foreman.  She was married for 51 years  to George F. Baker who passed away on May 8, 2001.

Alice graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948.  She had formerly worked at Isaly’s and Morini’s in Wampum.  She also had worked at the Post Offices in Wampum, Koppel, and West Pittsburg.  She was affiliated with the Wampum Presbyterian Church.  Alice enjoyed crocheting and making puzzles.  She also enjoyed watching the wildlife around her home.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas O. (Carolyn) Baker of Wampum,  Mark R. (Marie) Baker of West Pittsburg; two daughters, Kathleen (James) Martin of Heath, OH, Karen (Scott) Murray of New Castle; sister, Gladys Peffer of Ellwood City; two sister in laws, Betty  Miller, Antoinette Foreman; brother – Earl Foreman of Virginia Beach; ten grandchildren, three step grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren.

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

Visiting hours will be held on  Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.   Friends will also be received from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 am on Thursday with Rev. Marvin Mayle of the Work Alive Church and Rev. Dr. William R. McGary of the Wampum Presbyterian Church  officiating.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Animal Friends in Ellwood City .

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Madison C. “Sonny” Main, 76

Madison C. “Sonny”  Main, 76, of Clearvue Dr., Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) died on  Thursday, March 14, 2013 at his home.  Although he had been in ill health, death was unexpected.

Born September 13, 1936 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Carl V. and Lena M. Burr Main. He was married for 44 years to Dorothy L. Kettler Main who passed away on April 28, 1999.

Sonny retired from Rochester Machine in 1998 where he was a machinist.  He had previously worked  at the Aetna Standard in Ellwood City.  He was a life member of the North Sewickley Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept where he served as the Assistant Chief of Station 2 for many years.  He enjoyed his farm, his animals, hunting and practical jokes.  Sonny’s most cherished time was spent with his family.

Survivors include four sons, Carl (Kathy) Main at home, Madison “Ken” (Jill) Main of North Sewickley Twp., Steve (Jill) Main of Harmony, Mike Main of North Sewickley Twp.; four daughters, Bonnie (Dennis) Fedder of Arkansas, Betty Main of Wampum, Sally Main at home, Dorothy (Roy) Baney of Big Beaver Boro; three sisters, Nina Freed of New Castle, Leona Zeigler of North Sewickley Twp., Carolyn Smith of Florida; special friend, Tamara Blackburn, of North Sewickley Twp.; sixteen grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren,

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bidwell Main; three sisters, Madolyn Majors, Ethel Piper, Emma Druschel;  and a grandson, Matthew Edward Main.

Visiting hours will be held on  Sunday March 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11:00 am with Pastor Ron Follett officiating.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be mad to the North Sewickley Volunteer Fire Department.

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Jack R. Kingman, 64

Jack R. Kingman, 64, of Beaver St., Wampum died on  Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital following an illness.

Born October 17, 1948 in Glendale, CA,  he was the son of the late Earl “Jack” LaRue and Kathryn Winstead Kingman.  He was married to Denise Thewes Kingman.

Jack retired as a Process Engineer. He worked internationally with his specialty in metal casting.  He was a longtime member of the Wampum United Methodist Church, having formerly served as a trustee and on the church council.  He was a member of the Wampum Lion’s Club and a 32 Degree Mason.  Jack enjoyed bowling and was an avid and accomplished golfer, playing with the Wampum Senior Golf League.  He was interested in Military History and enjoyed sports.  His favorite time was spent golfing with his brother in law, Dale Leslie, his sons, and grandsons.

In addition to his wife, Denise, survivors include two sons, Brian (Jodi) Kingman of New Castle, Matthew (Kristen) Kingman of Wampum; brother, Rev. Donald (Sue Ann) Kingman of Clifton, TX; and five grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Katie, Zack, and Max Kingman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Barbara and Linda.

Visiting hours will be held from 4-8 pm  on  Sunday March 17  at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11:00 am with his pastor, Rev. Todd  Davis officiating.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

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

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Robert J. Davis, 75

Robert J. Davis, 75, of State Route 18, Wampum (New Beaver Boro) died on  Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Edison Manor following a short  illness.

Born September 16, 1937 in Enon Valley,he was the son of the late Russell H. and Elizabeth Lester Davis Sr.

Robert retired on August 1, 1999 from Medusa Cement Co following 26 years of service.  He was a member of the Cannelton Baptist Church.  He was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and a member of  the Ellwood-Wampum Rod and Gun Club.  He was also a member of the Chewton Polish White Eagles.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Ann (Alan) Overland of Sable, Idaho; two sons, Jeffery M. (Doris) Davis of Anchorage, Alaska, Matthew D. (fiancé – Kimberly Dykes) Davis of Rimersburg, PA; five sisters, Sarah Simcox of New Springfield, Ohio, Kathryn  Burns of Summertown, Tennessee, Pat Harold and Eva Mae Settler, both of Negley, Ohio, Evelyn Pearl Kubicar of Carmichael, PA; brother, Kenneth Davis of East Palestine, Ohio; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren and two former wives, Leona and Jesse.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Russell Jr., Harry, and Charles Davis and a granddaughter, Amanda Jean Davis.

Visiting hours will be held on  Saturday March 16, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 2 pm with his pastor, Pastor Dale Regner officiating.

Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cannelton Baptist Church.

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Donald W. Shinsky,73

Donald W. Shinsky, 73, of Wexford passed to his eternal reward on March 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM after a long brave battle with cancer.

Born September 7, 1939 in Ellwood City,  he was the son of the late Louis and Norma French Shinsky. He was the loving husband of MaryAnn Kavulic Shinsky who survives.

Don graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City in 1957.  He was a member of the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church.  He had a varied work career which included years at Babcock and Wilcox, Amtrak, Youngstown Steel, Alcoa, Calig Steel Drum and in his retirement he worked at Billco VW.  He was a devoted husband and father who always put others ahead of his own needs.  He enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and long walks on the beach in Stone Harbor.   Don always had time to listen and was a true friend.

He leaves behind his loving wife, MaryAnn, children; Darla (Mike) Bassar, Greg Shinsky, Steven (Marcy) McClelland, and Suzanne McClelland.  He was a wonderful  grand pap to Brendon and Justin Bicehouse and Jay (Karen) McClelland.  Survivors also include a sister, Shirley Spaniel and a brother, Raymond (Margie) Shinsky, both of Ellwood City; his ex-wife, Marie and several nieces, nephews, and his buddy, Larry.

Visiting hours will be held on  Friday March 8 from 3-8  at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11:00 am with Pastor Jean Smith officiating.

Interment will follow in Lafayette Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Mary Alice Kelly, 85

Mary Alice Kelly, 85, of Chewton passed away on  Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Northview Estates following a lengthy illness.

Born July 22, 1927 in Harmony, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Dorothy Shever Wehr.  She was married for 52 years to David M. Kelly Sr. who passed away August 28, 1997.

Mary Alice was a lifelong member of the Chewton Christian Church.  She was a member of the Wimodausis Society, the Order of the Eastern Star # 121, the Order of Rainbow Girls # 18 where she served on the Board, and the Ellwood City Rainbow Council.  She was also a member of the New Castle and the Ellwood City Historical Societies and the PA Farm Bureau.

Survivors include two sons, David (Mary) Kelly Jr. of Youngstown, Ohio, Tom (Erin) Kelly of Chewton; four daughters, Judy (Ed) Berendt of Ellwood City,  Sandra (Pat) Hennon of Ellwood City, Cathy (Ken) Ketterer of Wayne Twp., Tammy (Mark) Mazzant of Ellwood City; sister, Lois Chappell of Florida;  two brothers, Roy (Ann) Wehr of Florida, Bob Wehr of Portersville; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Visiting hours will be held on  Friday March 8 from 2-4 and -7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. There will be an Order of the Eastern Star Service at 7 pm.  Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11:00 am with Pastor Dick Allen officiating.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Chewton Christian Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Lillian Dillen, 85

Lillian  Dillen, 85, of  Park Ave., Ellwood City died on  Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at her residence following a lengthy  illness.

Born May 6, 1927 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Pearl Weisz Weller.

Lillian formerly owned and operated Dillen’s Grocery Store in Fallston.  She enjoyed playing bingo, cards, and going to the casino.  Her most cherished time was spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons, Gary “Goatt” (Donna) Kloos of New Castle, James “Jeebs” Rugh of Ellwood City; daughter, Norma Rugh Shirk of Ellwood City; two sisters, Yavonne Boariu of Ellwood City, Dorothy McClintick of Ellwood City; 18 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Weller and a sister, Viola Anthony.

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

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday  at 11 am with Rev. Elizabeth Mayforth of the Mother Theresa Hospice officiating.

Interment will follow in the Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Felix Patrick Biega Jr., 66

Felix Patrick Biega Jr., 66, of Chewton died unexpectedly on  Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Ceder Manor Nursing Home in Mahoning Twp.

Born August 9, 1946 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Felix P. and Genevieve Rozanski Biega Sr.

A 1964 graduate of Lincoln High School, Felix worked at the former Medusa Cement Co.  He was a member of the former St. Monica’s Church in Wampum.  An avid outdoorsman, Felix enjoyed hunting, fishing, and mushroom and ginseng gathering.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Jane Cowmeadow of New Castle, Susan Beall of Chewton and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Loretta Cwynar.

Visiting hours will be held on  Monday March 4, from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Holy Redeemer Church on March 5, 2013 at 10:00 am.  Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Mary F. Jelen

Mary F. Jelen of Second Ave., Koppel passed away on  Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Franciscan Manor in Patterson Twp.

Born in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Maria Volterelli Procopio.  She was first married to Joseph Chulak who passed away in 1975.  She has been married for 28 years to Robert E. Jelen, who survives.

Mary was the lunch coordinator for the Koppel School for many years.  She was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish.  She loved music and enjoyed singing.  She was an avid and accomplished ballroom dancer well known to a wide circle of fellow dancers.

In addition to her husband, Robert, survivors include two daughters, Sandy Richardson of Ellwood City, Barb (Bill) Miskolcze of Beaver Falls; two step daughters, Jeanette (Mario) Garcia of Texas, Barb Jelen of Arizona; two step sons, Bob Jelen of Texas, Bill (Mary Ellen) Jelen of Ohio; two sisters, Rose (Don) Lieberman of Florida, Lillian Crespo of Wampum; sister in law, Patty Procopio of Pittsburgh; brother, Sam (Kathy) Procopio of Chewton; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Frank Procopio, a sister, Barbara Jean Procopio in infancy, and a son in law, Ralph Richardson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 1 at  Holy Redeemer Church  at 10:00 am with Rev. Father Mark Thomas  officiating.

Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Angel Fund at Holy Redeemer Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.