James R. Norge Sr., 76

James R. Norge Sr., 76, of Wampum Mt-Air Rd., New Galilee (New Beaver Boro) went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. He died unexpectedly in the Emergency Room of the Ellwood City Hospital.

Born August 28, 1937 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Peter and Sophie Metta Norge Sr.

James was the owner and operator of Norge Construction for 50 years. He formerly attended church at the Church of God in New Castle and currently at the Victory Christian Center in Coitsville, Ohio. Jim enjoyed music and playing his guitar. He also enjoyed karate and had earned his black belt ranking.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Becky Anderson Norge; his former wife, Carmella Sbarra Russell of West Pittsburg; daughter and son in law, Lisa and Michael Rosati of West Pittsburg, two sons and their wives, James and Janet Norge of Shenango Twp., Mark and Brooke Norge of New Castle; two daughters and sons in laws, Toni and Brandon Mangino of West Pittsburg, Dawn and Fred Mozzocio of New Castle; 13 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; a brother and sister in law, Peter and Debbie Norge Jr. of New Beaver Boro; two step daughters and their spouses, Sheila and Ron Taylor of Georgia, Tami and Andrew DeLorenzo of Shenango Twp.; and four step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday October 13 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

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

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Iris Jean Ketterer, 81

Iris Jean Ketterer, 81, formerly of Big Beaver Borough, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at the Beaver Valley Nursing Center following a lengthy illness. 

Born November 22, 1931, in New Brighton, she was the daughter of the late Earl F. and Ethel M. Alberth Ketterer. 

Iris was a member of the former Queen of Heaven Church in Koppel, where she had taught CCD classes, belonged to the Christian Mothers and sang in the choir. Iris was employed as a clerk at both Neineinger’s and Pavlovic’s Markets retiring in 1995. As a young adult, she enjoyed the outdoors, walking her dog, Tramp, and riding bicycles. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Nola Ruth Ketterer on Feb. 27, 1999. 

Survivors include an uncle, Andrew Ketterer, New Brighton, several cousins and many loving friends. 

A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held at Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. with burial to follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, Main Street, Wampum.

Ann Vitril, 86

Ann Vitril, 86, formerly of Vitril Lane, Wampum died on Monday, September 30, 2013 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a short illness.

Born August 8, 1927 in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ethel Guy Davis. She was married for 52 years to Harry E. Vitril who passed away January 11, 2009.

Ann was a lifelong active member of the Wampum United Methodist Church having taught Sunday School for over 50 years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and entertaining.

Survivors include a sister, Jane (Don) Kwolek of Canfield, Ohio; 24 nieces and nephews; 58 great nieces and nephews; 95 great great nieces and nephews; and 7 great great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sister, Olive Huffman, and four brothers; Guy, Glenn, Harry and Wayne Davis.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday October 3 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 Friday at 11:00 am with Rev. Dr. William R. McGary of the Wampum Presbyterian Church officiating.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wampum United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Olive F. Graham, 97

Olive F. Graham, 97, of Pershing St., Ellwood City died on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a brief illness.

Born June 21, 1916 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Alice Hazel Scheidemantle. She was married to John E. Graham who passed away April 17, 2009.

Mrs. Graham loved to travel. Her most cherished time was spent with her family.

Survivors include two sons, John Graham of Ellport, Delbert (Chris) Schuster of Beaver Falls; three daughters, Shirley Shablesky and Charlotte Regna, both of Ellwood City, Alice Gibson of North Sewickley Twp.; sister, Orpha Young of New Castle; eleven grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Madeline Honneffer, Lola Kotuby; and a brother, William Scheidemantle.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday September 24, 2013 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 Wednesday at 11:00 am with Rev. Todd Onink of the Free Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Betty L. Armstrong, 79

Betty L. Armstrong, 79, of Edwards Rd., New Galilee (New Beaver Boro) died on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at UPMC Mercy Hospital following a short illness.

Born April 27, 1934 in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Ira and Irene Huffman Hackett. She was married for 55 years to Edwin Dewayne Armstrong who survives.

Betty was a member of the former Keeley Alliance Church. She loved her family and her pets dearly. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially watching hummingbirds. She also enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening.

Survivors include two sons, Glenn (fiancé, Lisa Murin) Armstrong of New Beaver Boro, Bruce Armstrong of Darlington; daughter, Wanda Allen of New Beaver Boro; sister – Evelyn Swogger of Wampum; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Brian Armstrong; two sisters, Eleanor Andorfer, Shirley Drotleff; and three brother, Harold “Red”, Charles, and Kenneth L. Hackett.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday September 24 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 Wednesday at 11:00 am with Rev. John McCready of the Park Alliance Church officiating. Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lawrence County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Phyllis M. Koach, 90

Phyllis M. Koach, 90, of Middletown, PA, formerly of Ellwood City passed away Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Middletown Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Born February 8, 1923 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Hazel Currie Adams. She was married for 33 years to the late Loyd G. Koach who passed away in 1978.

Mrs. Koach retired in 1988 from Shenango High School where she was a home economics teacher for 14 years. She graduated from Lincoln High School and earned her teaching degree from Penn State. She was a member of the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher and a member of the quilter’s circle. She was also a member of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary and a driver for Meals on Wheels. Phyllis enjoyed traveling, exercising, and walking. She was devoted to her family and was known for her hospitality.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan (Michael) Geer of Harrisburg, Barbara (Mark) DeWitt of Pittsburgh; two sons, Jeffrey (Peggy) Koach of Elizabethtown, Daniel (Tess) Koach of Virginia Beach, VA; sister, Peggy (Lewis) Shirey of Poland, OH; brother, Charles Adams of CA; cousin, Shirley Blaine of Ellwood City; twelve grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Averal Rhea.

Friends will be received on Friday October 4, 2013 at the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church from 10:00 am until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 am. Rev. Jean Smith will officiate. Interment will follow in Wurtemburg Cemetery.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Donald R. Anderson Sr., 78

Donald R. Anderson Sr., 78, of Gibson St. New Castle, (Shenango Twp.) passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at his residence following a brief illness.

Born February 23, 1935 in Montrose, West Virginia, he was the son of the late James and Myrtle Keller Anderson. He was married for 57 years to Dorothy Stiles Anderson as they were married on July 12, 1956. She survives

Don retired from the B & W in 1988 following 31 years of service as a furnace operator. He was a member and head elder at the Park Alliance Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He also enjoyed riding his 1969 and 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycles and watching NASCAR. Donald was a veteran of the US Army having served in Panama. Don was very proud of his children and he adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Dorothy, survivors include two daughters, Deborah (Bob) Sudano and Linda Anderson, both of Ellwood City; son, Donald (Barbie) Anderson Jr. of Lyndonville, New York; two sisters, Dorothy Bennett of Buckhannon, West Virginia, Josephine Long of New Castle; brother, Howard Anderson of Philippi, West Virginia; six grandchildren, Kristen (Goetz) Schaefer, Tammy (Gary) Rozanski, Ryan (Charlotte) Sudano, Evan Fennell, Haley and Steven Anderson; three great grandchildren, Keira and Jaxon Rozanski, and Marisa Sudano; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leslie and Robert Anderson, and two sisters Marie Thompson and Rosalie Moore.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday September 18 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the Park Alliance Church on Thursday at 11:00 am with his pastor, Rev. John McCready officiating.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Park Alliance Church, 701 Jefferson Ave. Ellwood City, PA 16117 .

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Sheryl L. Palombi, 54

Sheryl L. Palombi, 54, of Hazel Ave., Ellwood City died on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital following a brief illness.

Born December 15, 1958 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of Wayne and Pat Majors Courson of Ellwood City.

Sheryl graduated from Lincoln High School in 1977. She was catholic by faith. Sheryl loved and enjoyed taking care of her pets.

In addition to her parents, survivors include a daughter, Heather Palombi of Ellwood City; two sisters, Carol Courson of Ellwood City, Cathy (Mark) Smith of Maryland; two brothers, Dave (Bonnie) Courson of Shenango Twp., Richard (Sara) Courson of Mt. Jackson; granddaughter, Kaylee Palombi; three nieces; eight nephews; two great nieces; and two great nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny in infancy and an uncle, Jerry Courson.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday September 17 from 5 pm until the time of the Blessing service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, Inc. on September 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm with officiating.

Rev. Father Camillus Njoku will officiate. Interment will follow in Wurtemburg Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Sophia Ann Risko, 86

Sophia Ann Dukovich Risko, 86, of Martin Ave., Ellport passed away Monday, September 9, 2013 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Born November 2, 1926 in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Sophia Zalesnak Dukovich. She has been married to Nicholas Risko for 66 years, he survives.

Sophia was a member of Holy Redeemer Church. She was a member and past two year president of the St. Agatha Christian Mothers. She was also secretary of the St Agatha and Holy Redeemer Social Club’s for 15 years. Sophia graduated from Wampum High School in 1944 and was a member of the Do and Save Homemaker’s Club. She enjoyed cooking, baking, traveling, gardening, and crocheting.

In addition to her husband, Nick, survivors include three daughters, Tracey Risko of Ellport, Judith Thom and Cheryl (John) Pratt, both of Ellwood City; two sons, Larry Risko and Robert Risko, both of New York City; two sisters, Helen Tita of Koppel, Mildred Doutt of Wampum; and one grandchild, Cherie Pratt.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Vinko, Robert, and Joseph Dukovich; sister, Barbara Benn; and three siblings in infancy, Mikie, Johnie, and Annie Dukovich,

There will be no visiting hours. A private blessing service will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at 10 am at the Marshall Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Donald G. Meyers Sr., 59

Donald G. Meyers Sr., 59, of Second St., Ellwood City died on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born September 12, 1953 in Newark, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Raymond and Gladys Meyers.

Donald retired from Amtrak where he was a signalman for 27 years. He was a member of the Ellwood City Moose Club.

Survivors include a son, Donald (Jaclyn) G. Meyers Jr. of Darlington; daughter, Tara Meyers of Maplewood, New Jersey; two grandchildren, Sam and Jenna Biego; and a brother, Raymond Meyers of Florida.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.