Bernice J. Platt, 84

plattBernice J. Platt, 84, of New Middletown, Ohio formerly of North Sewickley Twp. passed away Friday, December 11, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman.

Born December 22, 1930 in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Dolly T. West Shuster.

She was married for 66 years to Carl D. Platt who survives.

Bernice was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Ellwood and a current member of the First Baptist Church in Beaver Falls. She was very active in summer Bible School Programs for numerous churches in the area. She was instrumental in starting the hot lunches in the Hillcrest Elementary School She also organized and founded the PTA at Riverside Middle School. Bernice was also active in the North Sewickley Twp. Women’s Club and was a former scout leader.

In addition to her husband, Carl, survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Patrick of Harmony, Deborah VanDoren of Virginia; son, David (Donna) Platt of New Middletown, Ohio; ten grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two son in laws, James Patrick and Emory VanDoren.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday December 14 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 Tuesday 11:00 am with her pastor, Rev. Steven D. Brotzman officiating. Interment will follow in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

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Frances Atkinson, 86

AtkinsonFrances Atkinson, 86, of Pittsburgh Circle, Ellwood City passed away Friday, December 11, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Beaver following a brief illness.

Born July 14, 1929 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna Janose. She was married to Robert D. Atkinson who passed away October 18, 2013.

Frances was a member of Holy Redeemer Church. She graduated from Lincoln High School and was a hostess at the Holiday Inn in Beaver Falls for many years. She enjoyed shopping and having lunch with friends.

Survivors include a daughter in law, Sandy Atkinson, two grandsons, Chad and Blake Atkinson, all of California; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, Raymond; two sisters, Julia Coast, Katherine McMahon, and six brothers, John, Stanley, Joseph, Peter, Henry, and Edward Janose.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday December 14, 2015 from 4 -7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Family and friends should meet at Holy Redeemer Church on Tuesday at 10 am for the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

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Grace D. DeMark, 97

Demark, GraceGrace M. DeMark, 97, of Beaver St., Wampum passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 at Vibra Hospital of Mahoning Valley following a short illness.

Born September 7, 1918 in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Theresa Aiello DeMark.

Grace owned and operated Grace’s Beauty Shop in downtown New Castle for 45 years. She was a lifelong member of the former St. Monica Church in Wampum and a current member of Holy Redeemer. Grace graduated from Wampum High School and the New Castle Beauty Academy. She loved cooking, reading, and cross stitching. Her most precious time was spent with her family.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Allgood of New Middletown, Ohio; three nieces, Mary Ann Allgood of New MIddletown, Joan Hinkle and Kathleen (Clyde) Widener, both of Boardman, Ohio; and three great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Virginia Rose DeMark, and a great nephew, John Widener.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday December 7 from 10 am until the time of departure for the Mass of Christian Burial that will be held at noon at Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City. Rev. Father Mark Thomas will officiate the services. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

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Charlie Baird, 79

BairdCharlie Baird, 79, of North Sewickley Twp., Beaver Falls died Saturday, November 28, 2015 at his residence. Although in ill health, death was unexpected.

Born July 26, 1936 in North Sewickley Twp., he was the son of the late Thomas and Josephine Baird. He was married for 33 years to Shirley Baird as they were married October 30, 1982. She survives.

Charlie owned and operated his own trucking company for 35 years. He then drove for FBC Chemicals in Mars until his retirement in 1998. He was also a part owner of Eisenbrown, Baird International Harvester Dealer. He was a member of the North Sewickley Presbyterian Church since 1947. An Army Veteran, he served from 1955-1957. Charlie was also a member of the Riverside Lions Club for over 40 years. He was co founder of MATC (Moraine Area Tractor Cruisers) and the local and national Tri State Hart Parr Oliver Clubs. He was also a member of the Big Knob Tractor Club and the Portersville Steam and Antique Association. Charlie was an avid farm toy collector. His dedication to farm toys earned him a membership in the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame in Iowa. He organized and founded the Beaver Falls Farm Toy Show for 18 years. He was very proud of his five different Combine Model toys that he made from scratch.

In addition to his wife, Shirley, survivors include a son, Bill (Stacey) Bush of Ellwood City; adopted son, Rich Christy of Beaver Falls; brother, Robert (Donna Mae) Baird of Wayne Twp.; and two granddaughters, Lauren and Kelsey.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday December 1 from 2 pm until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. His long time friend, Rev. George Nagel will officiate the services.

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

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Rosella M. Shaffer Smith, 96

Shaffer SmithRosella M. Shaffer Smith, 96, of Ellwood City, formerly of Wampum passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at UPMC Passavant Hospital surrounded by family following a brief illness.

Born May 3, 1919 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Robert Herring and Mary Jane McCauley Herring .

Rosella was a homemaker and also a retired custodian from the Riverside Area School District. She enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, and reading. She cherished time spent with her family and her dogs.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol (Greg) Wood of Wexford; five grandchildren, Erin Wood, Justin (Jamie) Wood, Colby (Tonya) Wood, Jodi (John) Biedka, Joyce (Michael) Myers; eleven great grandchildren, Sean, Jason, and Matthew Myers, Charlie Kaufman, Michael Savage, Addison, Caiden, and Ian Wood, Amanda Kelly, Amber and Stephen Biedka; and five great great grandchildren, Dahlia Myers, Austin and Jayne Kaufman, Viridianna Savage, and Serenity Johnson

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 27 years, Russell Shaffer, son, William Lee Shaffer, and a granddaughter, Lee Ann Shaffer.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday November 28 from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Pastor Tom O’Brien of the First Christian Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

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Joseph J. Caravella Sr.

caravellaJoseph J. Caravella Sr., 90, of West Pittsburg passed away Thursday, November 19, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his family following a one year illness.

Born August 5, 1925 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Joseph L. and Edna Jacobs Caravella. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Clara Fosnaught Caravella as they were married February 14, 1947.

Joe graduated from Mount Jackson High School. He retired from Sharon Steel following 39 years as the Assistant Superintendent in the Masonry Department. He also owned and operated Caravella Produce Farm for many years. Joe served 3 years in the Navy during WWII. He was a member of the New Castle Legion Post 343, a life member of the New Castle Moose Lodge 51, and of Sylvan Height Golf Course. He enjoyed golf, travel, casinos, but his favorite time was spent with family.

In addition to his wife, Clara, survivors include two sons, Terry (Melonie) Caravella and Kenneth (Pam) Caravella, all of West Pittsburg; two sisters, Lorrie Grinnen and Peg Grinnen both of Wampum; two daughter in laws, Glory Caravella of Neshannock Twp., Mary Louise Caravella of New Castle; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Joseph and Rick Caravella, a brother, Robert Caravella, sister, Betty Kumrow, and a grandson, Joseph J. Caravella III.

A Private Blessing service will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum on Saturday at 1pm with Rev. Father Larry Adams of St. Vitus Church officiating. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Interment will follow in Castleview Memorial Gardens

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George O. Sewall, Jr. 91

sewallGeorge O. Sewall, Jr., 91, of Pittsburgh Circle, Ellwood City,Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at the Jameson Care Center following a brief illness.

Born July 13,1924, in Rochester, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late George O. and Elmira Fleming Sewall, Sr. of Newton Falls,Ohio. He was formerly married to Mary Louise Gillespie Sewall who passed away March 26, 2011.

George was a graduate of Kent University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He practiced law for over 60 years in Ellwood City and was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Lawrence County Bar Association.

He was a Lieutenant Commander serving in WWII as a pilot. George was instrumental in the founding of the Del Mar Golf Course and the Beaver Valley Yacht Club. He belonged to the Connoquenessing Country Club and the Ellwood City Saxon Club and was a 50 year member of Lodge #462 of the Free and Accepted Masons and Leading Star Chapter #79, Order of the Eastern Star in Newton Falls,Ohio.

Surviving are his four children: Pamela (Tim) Powell and George (Sandy) Sewall, III of Ellwood City, Patricia Sewall of Malvern,Pa, and Penny (Tim) Wallis of Zionsville, IN. His seven grandchildren: Tiffany (Mike Horanski) Powell, Robert (Abby) Powell, Kaitlyn (James) Hyde, Tierney and Cara McQuaid, and Hayley and Dustin Wallis.Three great grandsons: Aidan Horanski, Preston and Evan Powell. One sister Jane Macklin of St. Louis, MO.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 1 to 4 at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Avenue, Ellwood City, PA. Military Rites and services will follow. Interment will be in the Newton Falls Cemetery in Ohio.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Library.

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Dale R. Newell, 55

newellDale R. Newell, 55, of Franklin Twp., Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at his residence following a three year illness.

Born June 26, 1960 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Harry and Ruth Clayton Newell.

Dale had formerly worked at Romar Textiles and Cardello Electric. He graduated from Riverside High School in 1977. His greatest joy was his 1969 Chevy Pickup Truck.

Survivors include sister, Linda Biddle of Ellwood City; brother, Chris (Brenda) Newell of Ellwood City; two nephews, David and Jason Biddle, nieces. Crystal (Doug) Fallecker, Jennifer (Roger) Brenneman; and great nieces, Cheyenne Biddle, Olivia Gaus, Jolynn and Lea Brenneman.

He was preceded in death by parents, and a brother in law, Terry Biddle in 2015.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday November 20 from 4 pm until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Pastor Pat Cleary of the First United Methodist will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family in care of the Marshall Funeral Home.

The family would like to extend their special thanks to Dale’s neighbors, his doctors, the nurses from Hospice and Elizabeth MacChainnigh and Gene Dimeo.

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Penny K. Shirk, 55

Penny K. Shirk, 55, of Ellwood City passed away Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a lingering illness.

Born July 21, 1960 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Robert L. Epling and Sandy Wachtel. She was married to Tom Shirk who passed away in 1997.

Penny graduated from Lincoln High School. She worked as a ground support supervisor in the Aviation Department of Hall Industries. She loved to read. She was a very domesticated woman, enjoying gardening, baking, cooking, and canning.

Survivors include a sister, Glenys (Tom) Fogelsonger of Big Beaver; two brothers, Jeffrey (Billie Jo) Epling of Spencer, West Virginia, Robert W. Epling of New Castle; very special friend, Jimmy Wallace of Ellwood City; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Joe Aegan in 2010.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday November 17 from 5 pm until the time of the funeral service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Rev. Corben Russell will officiate the services.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice, 2009 Mackenzie Way, Suite 110 Cranberry Township, PA 16066.

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Daniel J. Kegarise, 62

KegarizeDaniel J. Kegarise, 62, of E. Edison Ave., New Castle died Friday, November 13, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital following complications arising from an unexpected heart attack.

Born May 26, 1953 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Ellis and Shirley Wehman Kegarise. He was married to Eleanor Durbin Kegarise who survives.

Dan worked for Consolidated Glass Company. He had previously worked for the Union Township Road Department for 22 years. Dan also parked cars for Union High School home football games. Dan graduated in 1971 from New Castle HIgh School where he played football and baseball. He received a football scholarship to attend Arizona where he played until he had an injury that ended his football career. Dan then went on to play professional baseball with the Arizona Rattlers Minor League organization. Dan enjoyed time spent with his family and he loved his dog, Buddy.

In addition to his wife, Eleanor, survivors include three sons, Justin Kegarise of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ty (Bobbie Jo) Kegarise of Pittsburgh, Shawn Kegarise of Pittsburgh; daughter, Ashley (Richard Powell) Kegarise of Hermitage; three step daughters, Michelle Woolsey of New Castle, Lori Hill of Wampum, Shannon Crass of New Castle; two sisters, Amy (Donald) Cubellis of Hermitage, Mary Kegarise of Texas; a brother in law, Bob Rio of Florida; twelve grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Anita Rio.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday November 17, 2015 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. Susan Petritis of Gateway Hospice will officiate the services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family in care of the Marshall Funeral Home..

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