Al C. Kocher, 85

Al C. Kocher, 85, of Ellwood City passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Shenango On the Green after a brief illness.

Born August 13, 1938 in Beaver Falls he was the son of the late Harry A. and Helen Groscost Kocher.

Al graduated from Ellwood City Lincoln High School in 1956 and from Geneva College where he earned his B.S. degree. He spent his career in the steel industry, first working at Blaw Knox and then United Engineering in sales and management. While working at United Engineering he was the co-inventor of the Kool Flo product. He then worked at NKK Steel Engineering where he served as President and COO until his retirement in 2001.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #599, the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, and Christ Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City where he formerly served as an Elder. Al was also a past president of the Ellwood City Jaycees and served in the Air Force National Guard. He enjoyed volunteering in his community, working in his yard, and reading. Above all, he cherished time spent with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years Jane Brooks Kocher; two daughters, Erin (Jeff) Barone of Boardman and Brooke Kocher of Arizona; step-son, David (Tammy) Chapnell of New Castle; six grandchildren, Lauren (Kelby), Nicholas, Megan, Tobin, Elaina (Andrius), and Matthew; one great-grandson Jameson; sister, Carol Bisceglia of North Carolina; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Allison Kocher and his half-brother Ferris Kocher.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, Inc. 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City, during which Masonic Services will be held.

Visiting hours will also be held at Christ Presbyterian Church on Thursday, February 29, at 9:30 am and will be followed by the Funeral Service at 10:00 am. Rev. Tod Custer will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Rockland Cemetery in Kennerdell.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Christ Presbyterian Church or to the donor’s favorite charity.

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Catherine T. Shuttleworth, 89

Catherine Theresa (Klemenz) Shuttleworth, 89, of Wampum died on Sunday February 11, 2024 at home surrounded by many family members.

Catherine was born in Philadelphia on October 10, 1934, the daughter of the late Kathryn and Joseph Klemenz.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 65 years, William (Bill) Shuttleworth on December 17, 2020, a son-in-law, William J Fleck and a daughter-in-law, Regina Santamaria Shuttleworth.

Catherine and Bill married on October 22, 1955, at St. Mathew Catholic Church in Philadelphia. After his death, she spoke to him every day and longed for the time when God would see fit to bring them back together.

Catherine was a deeply spiritual woman. She attended Church regularly and when able, always knelt beside her bed at night to say her prayers.

She loved being a mother to her 7 children. William J Shuttleworth of Sarasota, FL, Kathleen A (John) Pansera, Joseph E (Kandy) Shuttleworth, Jeanne M (Charles) Shebanie, Susan L Fleck, Debra A (Carmen) Evans-Mazzant and Anne M (Jon) Disher, all residing in the Ellwood City Area.

There is nothing she enjoyed more than when her family got together to tell stories, play games (especially cards), crossword and jigsaw puzzles, watch football, and just laugh and “carry on”. She loved to go camping and especially sitting around a bonfire.

She was an awesome grandmother to 18 grandchildren, Edward G (Maureen) Hiser, Christine N Shuttleworth, Lynn N (Ben) Kristophel, William J Shuttleworth, Joseph E Hiser, Michael J (Jamie) Shuttleworth, Frank J (Lisa) Pope, Andrew S (Renee) Hiser, Jennifer L (Josh) DeStefano, Kathryn A Hiser, Joseph T Shuttleworth, Debrah L (Garrett) Boots, William S (Kaley) Evans, John E Evans, John J Fleck, JT (Alisa) Baldelli, Maria C Fleck, and Matthew J Fleck. She was a wonderful “Grandma”, “Honey-Honey”, “Gray-Gray”, and “GG” to her Grandchildren, 18 Great-Grandchildren (+2 on the way), 7 Step-Grandchildren and 10 (+1 on the way) Step-Great-Grandchildren.
In addition to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Catherine is survived by a brother, Nick and Nancy Klemenz of Philadelphia, a sister, Kathleen (Robert) Bunting of Philadelphia, PA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was a member of Divine Grace (Holy Redeemer) Catholic Church of Ellwood City, PA and served as a member of Christian Mothers.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday February 15, 2024 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street, Wampum, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 10:00am. Father Joseph Freedy will officiate. Interment will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Club Hope Foundation, 237 Sixth Street, Ellwood City, PA

We would like to express special thanks to Three Rivers Hospice for their great care and Donna Grinnen who helped take care of our mother and who was loved by our mother as another daughter.

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Louise E. Newman, 86

Louise E. Newman, 86, of North Sewickley Township passed away peacefully on Friday, February 2, 2024 at her home. Born September 13, 1937 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Ruth Hazen Lersch.

Louise graduated from Lincoln High School in 1955, and then off to nursing school at St. Francis in New Castle. During her working career, she worked as a Registered Nurse at Jameson Hospital and Ellwood City Hospital. In addition, Louise was a maternity ward nurse at Mary Evans Hospital. She has told many stories about delivering babies before the doctors could arrive. Later in her career she worked for Dr. Lydell in his office. After her boys were raised, she went back to nursing at the Ellwood City School District as a substitute nurse.

Louise and Mike were high school sweethearts. Shortly after getting married they welcomed two baby boys and 10 years later another boy. Louise was a full-time mom to Todd, Scott and Adam. She made daily home cooked meals for the family. Clams and linguine, steak, city chicken, braciole, and American pizza were some favorites. Louise was amazing in the kitchen. Every meal was a big event, cloth napkins, bread basket, table fully set, salads, and some sort of dessert usually! When she wasn’t toting the boys to sports, she enjoyed sunbathing in her swimming pool and gardening in the backyard.

Throughout Louise’s life she enjoyed golfing, gardening, bowling, crossword puzzles, games on the iPad, growing indoor plants and traveling. Louise spent many years at their cottage in Conneaut Lake. She loved having family and friends come for weekend trips. Louise was always up for a trip to the beach with her family. She traveled to Hilton Head Island, Nags Head and Captiva Island year after year. Louise and Mike would make their annual trip to London to meet with Jane and Peter, her sister and brother-in-law. The four of them would then adventure off throughout Europe to visit exotic places like Egypt, Turkey, Istanbul, Nile River, Paris and Germany just to name a few.

Louise adored many pets during her life. She had many dogs and cats, a few favorites were her three poodles Angel, Jemima and Kramer.

Louise enjoyed life to the max and was always on the go down the hill of Churchill Plan. Louise would be seen driving her red convertible Geo tracker with bubbles and eyelashes on it. She loved shopping at Marshall and TJ Maxx with her best friend Marlene. She was always adventuring with Mike to see her grandkids events. You might have seen her little red car at the fence at the Riverside football field watching a track meet or football games. She loved entertaining and having friends to her home, either around the pool or in the basement bar at her home on Morningstar Drive. Upon moving to the condo, Louise loved spending time with her new neighbors around the fire pit.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years Mike J. Newman whom she married on January 23, 1960; three sons, M. Todd (Rachelle) of New Brighton, D. Scott (Bridget) of Mars, and P. Adam (Lori) Newman of Franklin Township; sister, Jane (Peter) Noble of London; brother, John Lersch of New Castle; seven grandchildren, Matthew (Nicoline), Trent, Ian, Sydney, Sean, MacKenzie, and Brady; one great-granddaughter Jadeyn.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday February 5, 2024 from 3:00 pm until the time of the Funeral Service at 5:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

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Lana Jo Hudson, 70

Lana Jo Hudson, 70, of Beaver Falls (formerly of Wampum) passed away Thursday, February 1, 2024 at Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born April 23, 1953 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Melda Stanford Martin.

For many years Lana worked as a nurses aide in Roman Eagle, VA. She enjoyed painting, doing puzzles, and loved her cats.

Survivors include three sons, Philip D., Paul D. and Robert E. Parker; three sisters, Terrie (James Lester) Parish, Judy McDermot, Janis (Ed) Lyberger; two brothers, Mike (Trina) Martin, Roger Martin; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday February 6, 2024 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and on Wednesday February 7 from 10:00 am until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 am conducted by Pastor Glenn Lester at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

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Rodger D. Swogger, 85

Rodger Dale Swogger, 85, of New Beaver Borough passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 25, 2024 at his residence.

Born April 16, 1938 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Hubert Lee and Goldie May Snyder Swogger.

Rodger spent his working years as a meat cutter and also managed the meat department in grocery stores in the area.

Survivors include his wife Carlotta Germanski Swogger; four daughters, Kimberely (Paul) Wolanski of New Castle, Stacey (Frank) Walker of Campbell, OH, Deborah (Greg) Borichevsky of Butler, and Melissa (James) Ryhal of New Castle; two sons, Rodger Dale (Donna) Jr. of Edinburg and Brian (Mindy) of Bessemer; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter, and his brother, Chauncey (Rose Mary) Swogger of Wampum.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

In honoring Rodger’s wishes, no services will be held.

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

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Carol Bash

Carol Bash, 80, of Portersville passed away Thursday, January 25, 2024 at the Butler Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Born October 7, 1943 in Beaver Falls, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Marjorie Suders. She was married to Donald E. Bash for 45 years when he passed away on October 30, 2012.

Carol worked for 30 years at Montgomery Ward in Beaver Falls and then for 25 years at Airway Luggage until their closing. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a devout Christian who enjoyed reading her Bible daily. She loved to sing, badly but enthusiastically. She also enjoyed playing on her tablet and collecting gnomes. Carol’s most cherished time was spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include two children, Deborah Welch and Bryon (Juanita) Bash, all of Portersville; niece, Tawnia (Mitch) Harpold of Beaver Falls; nephew, Andy Suders of South Carolina;six grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Jeff Lloyd, Chris Lloyd, and Joel Bash, daughter, Diane Belcoski, and a brother Herbert Suders.

Graveside service will be held at Clinton Cemetery on Monday at 2 pm.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society

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

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Harry R. “Bob” Shirley, 93

Harry Robert “Bob” Shirley, 93, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully at home following an extended illness on January 22, 2024. He was born on September 12, 1930 in Huston, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Thomas Charles Shirley and Mary Louise “Putt” Shirley Nicholson. Bob married the love of his life, Carol Ann “Cook” Shirley, on March 28, 1970, who passed away on February 08, 2003.

Bob was inducted into the U.S. Army in February 1949, served in Italy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953. He worked as a truck driver for over 50 years, owning his own trucking company for a period of time, and retired in 1997. Bob enjoyed fixing anything and everything, especially cars and RV’s – there was nothing that Bob could not fix and he loved to share his knowledge with anyone that would listen. Bob was the person you went to if you ever needed directions and he could tell how to drive just about anywhere. Bob enjoyed watching WWE wrestling while pulling at his socks with excitement and talking with his nephew Tony on the telephone. In the evenings, Bob enjoyed watching MSNBC while making his nightly telephone calls to make sure everybody was okay. Bob loved to go to Christy’s Restaurant to get a hot meatloaf sandwich and chocolate pudding. His greatest joy was spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, especially making hardtack candy, watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and spending the entire weekend at his house for the Ellwood City Arts, Crafts, and Food Festival.

Bob is survived by six children: Melissa (Gerrad) Dober, Bobbi (Shawn) Thornley, Marianne (Daniel) Yurich, Ronald (Debra) Shirley, Susan (Albert) Carusone, and Kenneth (Sherry) Shirley. He is survived by twenty-six grandchildren: Robye Wilson, Michael (Kate) Dober, Erin Dober, Bradley Dober, Kevin Dober, and Ryan Dober; Kaitlyn Thornley, Miranda Thornley, and Matthew Thornley; Shelbey Baney, Joshua Baney, Dylan Baney, Aunonseeis Shirley, Ryeleigh Yurich, and Race Yurich; Ronald (Keshia) Shirley; Dana (Coleman) Ratliff, Dawn Lamenza, and Beth (John) Peterson; Brandie (Rick) Massioni, Nicole (Dylan) Main, and Kayla Carusone; Kenneth (Alexandra) Shirley, Ashley Shirley, Stephen Shirley, and Dustin Shirley. He is also survived by thirty-five great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. He is survived by two brothers Frederick “Chubb” Shirley of Mabon, Mississippi and Harry David (Mary Lou) Shirley of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Shirley; his sister, Olive Johnson; and his brothers Elmer Shirley, Jacob Shirley, and James Shirley.

One of his favorite quotes was “I’ll talk to you tomorrow, if not, I’ll be at Marshall’s.”

His viewing at Marshall’s Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Avenue, Ellwood City, will be on Thursday, January 25 from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm, followed by a service at 6 pm. Military Rites will be observed by the Veteran’s Honor Guard. A private burial will take place at Grandview Cemetery in Beaver Falls.

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Paul R. Zurynski, 67

Paul Robert Zurynski passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at his residence with his loved ones steadfastly surrounding him.

Paul was born on September 17, 1956, in Beaver Falls, PA to the late Paul and Jane (Watson) Zurynski. He graduated from Big Beaver Falls Area High School with the Class of 1974. He was a long-time member, and even an altar boy, at the former St. Teresa’s Roman Catholic Church in Koppel, PA (now a part of the Divine Grace Parish).

Paul spent his employment years as a dedicated and skillful machinist and a tool and die maker. But, most people remember Paul as a man of many outdoor passions. He will be remembered primarily as an accomplished fisherman and an avid hunter. When not with his friends or family, Paul would typically be found scouting for different locations to hunt or fish.

He leaves his son, Kyle Zurynski of Ohioville, PA; daughter, Kayla Zurynski of Beaver Falls, PA; and six grandchildren: Ava, Kyla, Ahna, Amar, Arin, and Arlo.

He also leaves his sister and brother-in-law Lori (Zurynski) & Phil Wimer, of Apopka, FL; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph & Nancy (Markey) Zurynski of Wampum, PA; a very special friend, Toni Swager; as well as several nieces, nephews, and numerous extended family members and friends.

To honor Paul’s wishes, no services will be held. The interment will be at the Clinton Cemetery.

In place of gifts, please give to one of Paul’s favorite charities, Saint Jude’s Research Hospital (, or contribute to the donor’s favorite charity “In Memory of Paul R. Zurynski.”

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

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Richard P. Himes, 86

Richard P. Himes, 86, of North Sewickley Township passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at his residence.

Born February 22, 1937 in Porter, PA. He was married to Maxine M. Hollabaugh Himes for 61 years when she passed away on April 16, 2016.

Richard had graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1955. He worked at Colonial Clay Production in Fallston for 19 years and retired from Littell Steel in Fallston after 25 years. He enjoyed traveling, especially going to casinos. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and working in his garden. Richard took pleasure in cooking and baking and loved to tinker.

Survivors include five daughters, Ginger (Gary) Atkinson of Poland, OH, Cheri (Rick) Rowles of Punxsutawney, Paula (Scott) Perry of Dayton, PA, Wendy (John) Cooper of Beaver Falls, and Diane (Randy) Cunningham of Ellwood City; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren, and three half-sisters Donna, Shirley, and Doris.

He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine, granddaughter Cari Lewis, and sister Sally Thomas.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday January 18, 2024 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Friday, January 19, from 10:00 am until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:30 am at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. His son-in-law Pastor Gary Atkinson will officiate.

His final resting place will be in Concord Church Cemetery Beaver Falls, PA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the American Cancer Society.

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Brett K. Gess, 55

Brett Kevin Gess, age 55, of Wampum, Pennsylvania passed away January 9th 2024. He is survived by his wife Lori, children: Jared, Robin, Paul and Josh with four grandchildren and one expected. Brett was incredibly proud of his wife’s and children’s military service.

Brett was born November 26,1968 in Winter Park, Florida – the first-born child of David and Grace Gess. He became big brother to Shawn, Tiffany, Keisha, Ericka, Carrie, Anthony, Kyle and Annie. His father, David and youngest brother Kyle preceded him in death.

Brett graduated from Northwest High School in Jackson, Michigan class of 1987 and loved his participation in Jack Town Packers trip out west the summer of 1987.

He attended Michigan Tech in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula majoring in Forestry. This love of nature stayed with Brett his entire life, as he loved fishing, hunting and enjoying the great outdoors.

Brett spent much of his career in the construction field and his last employer was Wilson Excavating. During his time there he spoke of his love to teach others what he knew while still learning from them every day.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Because Brett accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, we know he is now experiencing what it is to be face to face with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Memorial services will be held at Center Lake Fitness, 3859 Hoyer Road, Jackson, Michigan at 4pm Saturday, February 3rd 2024.

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

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