Delores R. Smith, 81

Delores R. Smith, 81, of Third Ave., Koppel died on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Providence Care Center in Beaver Falls following an extended illness.

Born February 6, 1932 in Clarion, PA, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Rosie Mohr Benetti. She was married to the late Joseph T. Smith Sr.

Delores was a member of the Koppel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Joseph T. Smith Jr. of Wampum; brother, Larry (Trink) Benetti of Clarion; two granddaughters, Jaime (Torrey) Jones, Kristine Smith; one grandson, Joseph T. Smith III; and five great grandchildren, Noah, Nash, and Natalie Jones, and Katie and Joseph Smith IV.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters, Marg Tremba and Virginia Benetti.

Per Delores request, there will be no services.

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

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Mary Jane Sapp, 78

Mary Jane Sapp, 78, of Koppel died on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a short illness.

Born March 23, 1935 in Lincoln, Nebraska, she was the daughter of the late Everett L. and Hazel Margaret Henderson Wollen. She was married for 55 years to Donald R. Sapp who survives.

Mary Jane was an active member of the Valley Baptist Church in Beaver Falls. She taught Sunday School and was the church pianist. Mrs. Sapp was the volunteer coordinator for 27 years for the Providence Nursing Home Ministry. She loved missionary work. She also sponsored the Child Evangelist Fellowship 5 Day Club at their home for over 10 years.

In addition to her husband, Don, survivors include a daughter, Sherry Sapp of Koppel; two sons, Donald W. Sapp of Bessemer, Scott A. Sapp of Pennsville, New Jersey; brother, Richard (Margaret) Wollen of Lincoln, Nebraska; and five grandchildren,Shasta Dawn Sapp, Jessica Leigh Sapp, Kara Lynn Sapp, Hannah Louise Sapp, Charles Everett Sapp.

She was preceded in death by parents and an infant daughter, Carol Lynn Sapp.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday December 6 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Valley Baptist Church, 1405 8th Ave. Beaver Falls.

Funeral Services will be held at the Valley Baptist Church on Saturday at 1 pm with Pastor Jeff Seivers officiating.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Valley Baptist Church Missionary Program.

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

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Ocey A. Bosley, 74

Ocey A. Bosley, 74, of Wampum Rd., Wampum (North Beaver Twp.) died on Monday, December 2, 2013 at his residence following an extended illness.

Born November 14, 1939 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Ocey L.and Jessie Streets Bosley. He was first married to the late Frances R. Nye Bosley who passed away December 30, 1970. In 1972, he married his current wife, Ruth D. Morse Bosley, who survives.

Ocey retired in 1983 from Babcock and Wilcox Hot Mill in Beaver Falls where he was a crane operator. He was Protestant by faith. Ocey was a Veteran of the US Army and a member of the F&AM Lodge #599 in Ellwood City. He enjoyed traveling and spending his winters in Florida.

In addition to his wife, Ruth, survivors include a daughter, Kimberly Wetzel of Mahoningtown,; two sons, Jeffrey (Cassandra) Bosley of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Timothy (Lisa) Bosley of Lake Mary, Florida; son in law, Greg Butchelle of Edinburg; two sisters, Ruby St. Clair of Kissimmee, FL, Norma Ruzicka of Lexington, SC; brother, Harvey (Mary Ann) Bosley of Ellwood City; six grandchildren; and three step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; a daughter, Roberta Butchelle on October 10, 2010; and five brothers, George, Boyd, Emuel, Dale and James Bosley; and three sisters, Verda McElravy, Annes Anderson, and Mary Garvin.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday December 4 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7 pm.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11:00 am with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating.

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Evelyn R. King, 90

Evelyn R. King, 90, of Shadyrest Rd. Ellwood City (Frankling Twp.) died on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at the Butler VA Hospital following an extended illness.

Born November 26, 1923 in Dime, PA, she was the daughter of the late Nelson Orr and Margaret B. Gourley Riffer. She was married to Warren “Fuzzy” King who passed away February 23, 2002.

Evelyn worked at Doutt’s Dry Goods and Clothing in Ellwood City until 1977. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Evelyn served in the Marine Corp during WWII. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, and playing cards.

Survivors include three sons, Stanley (Pat) King of New Jersey, Craig (Grace) King of Ellwood City, Bruce (Sue) King of Warren, Ohio; daughter in law, Elaine King of Ellwood City; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by son, Wayne King, and a brother, Orwin Riffer.

Per Evelyn’s wishes their will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Monday, December 2 at 11:00 am with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley officiating. Interment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Virgil E. Coonfare, 67

Virgil E. Coonfare, 67, of New Castle died on Monday, November 25, 2013 in the Emergency Room of Jameson Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

Born November 28, 1945 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he was the son of the late Vern H. and Mary I. Malone Coonfare.

Virgil was a member of St. Vitus Church in New Castle. He was a Veteran of the Army serving during the Vietnam Era as a Paratrooper with the 101st Airborne.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Barbati Coonfare; three sons, Michael (Kendra) Coonfare, John D. Coonfare and Chad A. Coonfare, all of New Castle; four brothers and seven sisters, Vern H. (Cathy) Coonfare Jr. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mary Ruth (Jim) Drake of Fan Tan Village, Arizona, Alice Abrams of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Lorna Stadnik of Aliquippa, Verla Fox of New Brighton, Dale Coonfare of Wampum, Lawrence (Renee) Coonfare of Poland, Ohio, Colletta (Bob) Vessels of Bellaire, Ohio, Pat (Tony) Morriello of Christiana, Tennessee, Pam Coonfare of Memphis, Tennessee, Steve (Joyce) Coonfare of Wampum, sister in law, Amelia Coonfare of Sun City Arizona; and two grandchildren, Lauren Emily and Gabriel V. “Gabe” Coonfare.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest and John Coonfare and an infant daughter.

Visiting hours will be held from 5-8 pm on Friday November 29 at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Military rites will be offered by the New Castle Veterans Honor Guard at 7:45 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Saturday at St. Vitus Church with Rev. Frank Almade officiating.

Interment will follow in Parkside Cemetery.

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Gloria Wasilewski, 81

Mrs. Gloria Wasilewski, 81, of Fairview Drive in Ellwood City, passed away at Kindred Care in the Beaver Medical Center on Friday, November 15, 2013 surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Wasilewski was born January 12, 1932 in Warren, Ohio, to the late Thomas and Geraldine Rose Ben. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School and Westminster College, where she obtained her degree in communications. Gloria (or “Mrs. Waz” to most students) began her teaching career at Beaver Falls High School in 1953, and in 2004 retired from Riverside High School following 51 wonderful years of teaching.

During her tenure, Gloria, a communications teacher, initiated a Forensics club and a debate team, assumed the role of cheer leading sponsor, directed countless musicals, and made a positive impact on thousands of students.

Gloria was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City where she was a member of the choir, Hazel Adams Scholarship committee, the quilting group, and various other positions throughout the years. She also had a passion for travel, exploring dozens of countries and every continent except Antarctica.

Other activities that she enjoyed include reading, writing, attending musicals and plays, spending her winters in Florida, and in particular, traveling and spending time with her loving family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Wasilewski in 1996, and a sister, Betty Jo Cummings in 1976.

She is survived by her three daughters, Jody (and Dean) McCracken of Tampa, FL, Pepi (and Barry) Baker of Grove City, Tanya (and Bruce) Bellissimo of Ellwood City; one son, Geno Wasilewski of Golden, CO; ten grandchildren, Gemma, Gino and Nico Bellissimo, Brooke (and Candace) Hatcher, Stephanie (and Leone) Siliga, Kevin Baker, Michael and Kylie McCracken, Chelsea and Gena Wasilewski; one great granddaughter, Leila Siliga; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

A private viewing will be held for the family at the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City. Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, November 23 at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Fifth Street and Crescent Ave, across from Lincoln High School.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the “Gloria Wasilewski Scholarship Fund,” a trust fund to be established for high school seniors planning to major in education. Donations can be sent to 110 Fairview Dr., Ellwood City, PA 16117. Or, donations can be made for the United Methodist Women at the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City.

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Victor C. Lero, 92

Victor (Vic) C. Lero, 92, of , New Springfield, Ohio passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Hospice of the Valley in Poland, Ohio following an illness.

He was born in Wampum on May 12, 1921 and lived most of his life in Ellwood City, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1939. He furthered his education, graduating from New Castle Business College in 1941 and from the Ford Merchandising School in 1949 in Dearborn, Michigan. He was associated with the automotive business his entire life. At age 15, he started with his Uncle Joe at Lawrence Motor Sales in 1936. Vic eventually took over in the 50’s and 60’s, operating as Lero Ford Sales. During his sales career, he received many awards, the first in 1941. In 1969, he won Ford’s highest, “The Top Hatter”, awarded for exceptional sales. At the time, there were 161 Ford Dealers in the Pittsburgh District, one of 35 Districts nationwide. He received the award as one of the top two Ford Salesman in the District. Vic and his father also built and owned the Ellwood City Country Squire Inn Motel on Route 65 in Ellwood. Vic served in the US Army after enlisting in the 10th Armored Division in 1942, serving in North Africa and Italy, and receiving two Bronze Stars. He was discharged in November of 1945 with the rank of Sergeant. Before going off to basic training, he married his wife, Ann F. Barkich on December 26, 1942. Vic was a member of the Ellwood City Rotary Club and proudly served as the first Italian American President in 1954-1955.

It wasn’t all work for Vic and Ann. Early years were spent with yearly trips to New York, playing golf at the Concord Hotel in North Carolina, vacationing with their family. He was an avid Steeler and Pirate fan. He and Ann were at Forbes Field when Bill Mazeroski hit the game winning home run in game 7 of the 1960 World Series that beat the NY Yankees.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Ann, his parents, Oronzo (Jimmy) Lero and Nellie Summers Lero, along with many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey (Thelma) Lero of Margate, Florida, Craig (Diane) Lero of Wayside, New Jersey; two daughters, Kathleen Hartblay of Port Washington, New York, Karen Shakespeare of Wampum; five grandchildren, Yolanda, Sheree, Trevor, Scott and Melissa; five great grandchildren, Jordan, Peyton, Alana, Maximus and Karina; with another great grandchild on the way; niece, Patricia Moritz; and his close friend for the last three years, Marie Bendel.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, November 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at Holy Redeemer Church on Saturday at 10 am. Victor will be laid to rest next to his wife, Ann in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Military rites will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Dale R. Mackey, 86

Dale R Mackey, 86, of Hogue Road, Ellwood City (Slippery Rock Twp) died on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital following a illness.

Born October 9, 1927 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Roy and Lois Mentzer Mackey.  He was married for 52 years to the late Grace M. Lipp Mackey who passed away October 7, 2005.

Dale was member of Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Grove City College. Dale retired from Remacor in West Pittsburg where he was a chemist. He served in the Army of Occupation in Japan following WWII.

Survivors include a daughter, Debra (Joseph) Lahr of Ellwood City; a son, Thomas R. Mackey of Cameron Mills, New York; sister, Irene Weaver of Poland, Ohio; four granddaughters, Valerie (Jared) Greco, Leslie (Tom) Crandall, Carrie (Evan) Milliken, Bonnie (Ryan) Beachem; four great grandchildren, Mackenzie and Autumn Milliken and Joel and Addelyn Crandall; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, November 12, 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 Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church on Wednesday at 11:00 am with Rev. Julia Williamson officiating. Military Rites will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Association for the Blind, 319 N. Jefferson St. New Castle, PA 16101.

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Donald L. Vogel Sr., 68

Donald L. Vogel Sr. , 68, of N. Beaver St., New Castle died on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at his residence following an illness.

Born July 24, 1945 in Beaver Falls, he was the son of the late Louis A. and Violet Ida Klear Vogel. 

Don was a retired truck driver. He enjoyed tinkering, camping and fishing. His most cherished time was spent with family.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judith I. Bailey Vogel; son, Donald L. Vogel Jr. of New Castle; two daughters, Kimberly (Terry) Craig Sr. of Ellwood City, Heidi (Josh) Piatt of New Castle; sister, Alice Buckenheimer of Rochester; brother, Robert Vogel Sr. of Beaver Falls; twelve grandchildren; and one great grandson, Brycen.

He was preceded in death by twin daughters and sixteen siblings.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday November 9 from 2-4 and 6 until the time of the funeral services at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main St. Wampum. Rev. Dr. William R. McGary of the Wampum Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Stephen L. Monyak, 74

Stephen L Monyak, 74, of Clearwater Drive, Ellwood City PA, died on Friday, November 1, 2013 at UPMC Passavant following a short illness.

Born May 1, 1939 in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of the late Stephen and Theresa Bodzer Monyak .

He was married to Mary Patricia “Pat” Hattman Monyak, she survives.

Stephen retired from UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie following a long career as a Respiratory Therapist in many different hospitals.

Survivors include one daughter – Stephanie L Monyak of Washington, PA; 3 sisters – Joanne Pipp of McKeesport, PA, Theresa Southerin of Atlanta, GA, LInda Goosby of Pittsburgh, PA; 2 brothers – Joseph Chambers of North Charleston, SC, Ken Chambers of Beaver Falls, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John Monyak.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday November 4, 2013 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home. 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm with his cousin Pastor Robert Pollick officiating.

Interment will follow in the Mount Calvary Lutheran Cemetery, McKees Rocks PA.

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