Richard A Geer, 90

Geer2Richard A. “Arch” Geer, 90, of Perry Twp., Portersville passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Ellwood City Hospital.

Born September 14, 1925 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late David and Emily Maloney Geer. He was married for 64 years to Patricia Moser Geer who survives.

Richard worked at the Aetna Standard until its closure. He was a member of the First Church of God. Arch served in the Navy from 1943-1946 in the South Pacific. He was a member of the F& AM Masonic Lodge # 599 in Ellwood City. An outdoorsman, Arch enjoying hunting, fishing, boating, and camping. He also enjoyed meeting with friends at McDonalds for coffee with the “Coffee Club”.

In addition to his wife, Patricia, survivors include two sons, Richard A. (Donna) Geer Jr. and Bryan Geer, all of Portersville; two grandchildren, Alissa Schlemmer and Amanda Geer ; and one great grandchild, Callen Schlemmer.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday April 6 from 6 until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. His pastor, Phil Conklin will officiate the service. Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Butler.

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Mary Kathryn Fosnot, 97

SKM_C3350160405024600_0001Mary Kathryn Fosnot, 97, of Wampum passed away March 31, 2016 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys, PA. She is no longer wondering why she is still here on Earth as she is now with her Lord and Savior Jesus in Heaven.

Mary was born in Chewton on May 2, 1918 to the late Charles and Essie Mayberry Tillia. She was married for 49 years to Russell S. Fosnot who passed away June 25, 1987.

She was an active member of the Wampum United Methodist Church. She enjoyed square dancing.

She is survived by a brother, Frank Tillia and his wife Mary; daughter in-law Susan Fosnot; six grandchildren and their spouses- Kevin and Lisa Burgess, Billy and Barbie Burgess, Kristine and Eric Breindel, Wade and Darci Fosnot, Kim and Tim Kennedy, Scott and Tabi Fosnot; thirteen great-grandchildren, Chelsea and Alec Burgess, Blake and Brianna Burgess, Shawn and Bridgette Breindel, Meg, Will and Max Fosnot, Lacie and Nathan Kennedy, Alayna and Alyssa Fosnot, and many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

She was predeceased by her husband, two sons William and Wayne Fosnot, and two brothers, Eugene and William Tillia.

Visitation will be at Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main St. Wampum on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 5-8 p.m. Services will be at funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Todd Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Park Cemetery in New Castle.

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Donald “Dike” Perry, 82

PerryDonald “Dike” Perry, 82, of Rustic Park Rd., Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at his residence..

Born January 4, 1934 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Joseph and Pauline Minnocci Perry. He was married for 52 years to Mary Ann Leopardo Perry who survives.

Dike retired as a millwright supervisor from Babcock and Wilcox in 1982. He graduated from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1953. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Church and a Veteran of the US Army. An avid golfer, Dike was a member of both the Connoquenessing County Club and Delmar Golf Course. He held the course record at the Country Club for many years shooting a round of 31 and was the Club Champion in 1963. He also had four holes in ones. Dike was a former member of the SOI, Moose, and Saxon Clubs in Ellwood City. Dike’s most cherished time was spent with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Mary Ann, survivors include three daughters, Debra (Joseph) Price of Chippewa Twp., Donna Perry of Weirton, West Virginia, Deanna (Doug Staab) Perry of Seattle, Washington; two sisters, Kathryn (Gene) Ioanilli and Brenda (Tim) Pigza, all of Ellwood City; sister in-law, Geraldine Perry of Minneapolis, brother in law, John Leopardo; two sisters in law, Phyllis (Nick) Palagallo, Patricia (Bill) Skvarla; and two grandchildren, Kyle and Carson Price of Chippewa.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane Lorraine Perry in infancy, brother, Michael Perry, and his in-laws, Joseph and Sylvia Massa Leopardo.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday April 3, from 4-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at Holy Redeemer Church at 10 am. Interment will follow in the Beaver Falls Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 1000 Dutch Ridge Rd. Beaver, PA 15009 or the Thomas Starzl Transplant Institute, 3459 5th Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

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Jerome A. Ambrose, 83

AmbroseJerome “Jerry”¬†A. Ambrose, 83, of Paden Rd., North Beaver Twp. passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Jameson Memorial Hospital.

Born November 14, 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he was the son of the late Henry R. and Beatrice Elizabeth Carkhuff Ambrose. He was married for 63 years to Delores “Dolly” McConnell Ambrose as they were married December 5, 1952. She survives.

Jerome retired from Wampum Hardware. He was a member and former Trustee at the Moravia Presbyterian Church. Jerome was an avid hunter and fisherman. His most cherished time was spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Delores, survivors include three sons, Gary (Tammy) Ambrose of Wampum, James (Sandy) Ambrose of Poland, Ohio, Randy (Diana) Ambrose of Bessemer; daughter, Carolyn (Mark) Anderson of Bessemer; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren.

The last of his family, Jerome was preceded in death by five sisters and one brother.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday April 1 from 7 to 9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street 25 Wampum. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 am until the time of the funeral services at 11 am. Jerome’s nephews, Rev. Eugene McConnell and Rev. Kevin McConnell¬†will officiate the services. Interment will follow in Castleview Memorial Gardens.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Allegheny Health Network Hospice – Healthcare at Home, 4818 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15224.

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Ann L. Hackett, 93

SKM_C3350160329021200_0001Ann L. Hackett, 93, formerly of Wampum passed away Monday, March 28, 2016 at Rhodes Estates in New Castle following an extended illness.

Born March 13, 1923 in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Ethel Binger Ferrucci. She was married for 50 years to James W. Hackett Sr. who passed away May 19, 1996.

Ann was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish. She was a sports enthusiast, especially enjoyed following Notre Dame.

Survivors include two sons, James W. (Joyce) Hackett Jr. and Randy (Stacie) Hackett, and two grandchildren, James M. Hackett and Taylor J. Hackett, all of Wampum.

The last of her siblings, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Pauline Morella, Nettie Kobbe, Rita Scherfel, and six brothers Louis Jr., Albert, Sylvester, Joseph, Orlando, and Ralph Ferrucci.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday March 30 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Redeemer Church on Thursday at 10 am. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Arthur L. St. Clair, 77

St.ClairArthur L. St. Clair, 77, of Perry Twp. Ellwood City passed away. Friday, March 11, 2016 at his residence.

Born in Portersville, on June 3, 1938, he was the son of the late Edwin and Mary Allen St. Clair. Art was married to Lois (Richt) St Clair, for over 56 years. She survives.

Art retired from BNZ in Zelienople. He also worked for 8 years at the Ellwood City Public Library. He was active in Lillyville Church of God. In his younger years, Art was into horses and riding his motorcycle. He loved his dogs.

In addition to his wife, Lois, survivors include a son, Tim St.Clair of Perry Twp; sister, Zelma Musser of New Castle; three brothers, Edwin of Volant, Carl of Butler, and Daniel of Florida.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lillian Bupp and Louise Lample, and two brothers, James and Charles St. Clair.

Per Art’s wishes there will be no public services.

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

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Ethel Mae Sorcio, 94

SorcioEthel Mae (Koach) Sorcio, 94, of Wampum Ave, Ellwood City passed away Monday, March 7, 2016 at St. Johns Care Center in Mars following a brief illness.

Born November 30, 1921 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Harold Paul and Ethel Mae Webster Koach. She was married to John J. Sorcio for 20 years who passed away in 1971.

Ethel retired in 1989 from the United States Postal Service where she was the Data Supervisor in New York. She was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church in Ellwood City. Active in the community, Ethel volunteered for the American Cancer Society, the local Meals on Wheels Program, and for the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, traveling and playing cards. Her most cherished time was spent with family who loved her dearly.

Survivors include four daughters, Sandra Dishman of Port Jefferson, New York, Marlene (Joe) De Rosa of Allentown, Rosemarie (Jeff) Stragand of Seven Fields, Cheryl Lynn (Paul) Sorcio of Sewickley; two sisters, Mary Lou Eonta of Ellwood City, Nancy Lee (Ed) Perschke of Grove City; ten grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold George and Paul Edward Koach, sister, Frances Curry, son in law, John Charles Dishman, brother in law, Paul Anthony Eonta, niece, Paula Lou Hudspath, and a dear friend, Florence Harlin.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 10 from 4 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 am with her pastor, Rev. Jeff McKay officiating.

Interment will follow in Harmony Baptist Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to any of the programs she volunteered for.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Joseph Scala, 79

Joseph Scala, 79, of Larchwood Dr., New Galilee passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 29, 2016 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.

Born June 11, 1936 in Wampum, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary Norge Scala.

Joe retired from B & W Steel after 19 years of service in the Hot Mill Works in Beaver Falls. He also farmed for many years. Joe enjoyed gardening and his dogs.

Survivors include two sisters, Virginia Greco and Margaret (Earl) Klien, both of West Virginia; two brothers, Eugene (Margaret) Scala of North Sewickley Twp., James Scala of Beaver Falls; two nieces and two nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Florence Keppen Scala; two sisters, Pauline Bigley, Phillis McAnlis; and two brothers, William and John Scala.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home in Wampum on Wednesday March 2 at 11:00 am. Joe’s brother in law, Rev. Earl Klien will officiate.

Interment will follow in Oak Park Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Glenda K. Nicklas

NicklasGlenda K. Nicklas, 65, of Short St, Ellwood City died Monday, February 22 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a 30 year courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Born April 25, 1950 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Curtis Glenn Brown and Elva Vogler Brown of Ellwood City, formerly of Castlewood. .

Glenda graduated from Shenango High School in 1968. She was the manager at T& M True Value Hardware Store in Ellwood for many years. She was an active member of the Lillyville Church of God. She will be remembered for her hand made greeting cards commemorating her loved ones special occasions. She enjoyed scrap booking and gardening. Her most cherished time was spent with her grandchildren, Jacob, Paige, and Easton.

In addition to her mother, Elva, survivors include a son, Glenn (Robyn) Nicklas of Ellwood City; son in law, David Alters of Fombell; two sisters, Dorothy Jean (Ed) Moyer of Castlewood, Dianna Brenneman of Neshannock; two brothers, Jim (Marge) Brown of Ellwood City, Bill (Anita) Brown of St. Petersburg, Florida; and three grandchildren, Jacob Alters, Paige Alters, and Easton Nicklas;

She was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Brown and a daughter Kelly D. Alters.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at Lillyville Church of God from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am on Friday. Pastor Dennis Arndt will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to all her wonderful caregivers through out the years.

Memorial Contributions may be made to MS Society Of Western PA, 1501 Reedsdale St. Suite 105 Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

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Clara C. Armstrong, 85

Clara C. Armstrong, 85, of Grant Ave., Butler (Oakland Twp.) went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from the VNA Hospice following a short illness.

Born April 13, 1930 in Oakland Twp.,she was the daughter of the late Orie and Florence McMillen Mottern. She was married for 64 years to Clair Armstrong who survives.

Clara formerly was employed at Penn Champ in East Butler for several years. She was an active member of the Faith Fellowship Alliance Church where she arranged the Sunday flower arrangement for 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, both flower and vegetable. Clara was an accomplished seamstress.

In addition to her husband, Clair, survivors include daughter, Dlynn (Mike) Williams of Cumming, Georgia; son, Jeff (Karen) Armstrong of Amhearst, New Hampshire; sister, Judy (Donald) Hays of Chicora; two brothers, Harry (Nadine) Mottern of Chicora, Bert (Beryl) Mottern of Sarver; and four grandchildren, Angela, Joelle, Samara, and Rachel.

Clara was preceded in death by sisters, Carrie June Mottern, Hazel Karenbauer, Alberta Callen, Leona Osche; and a brother, Lee Mottern and a granddaughter in infancy.

Friends will be received on Monday from 11 am until the time of the funeral service at the Faith Fellowship Alliance Church. Pastor Richard Jenks will officiate the services. Interment will follow in the West Sunbury Union Cemetery.

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

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