Eric R. Shoaf, 61

Eric R. Shoaf, 61, of North Sewickley Township passed away Monday, August 14, 2023 at his residence following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born July 23, 1962 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Ronald and Patricia Toland Shoaf.

Eric attended Mohawk High School and then graduated from Lawrence County Vo-Tech. He worked as a self-employed welder. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, having a beer with friends, and most of all, time spent with his family.

Survivors include his mom Pat; two sons, Justin Shoaf of West Pittsburg and Eric (Nikki) Shoaf of Fombell; granddaughter, Arianna Shoaf and special friend, Mary Ann.

He was preceded in death by his father Ronald and his sister Karen.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday August 18, 2023 from 3:00 pm until the time of the Funeral Service at 6:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

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Donald E. “Donnie” Kumrow Jr., 65

Donald E. “Donnie” Kumrow Jr., 65, of Mahoning Township passed away Sunday, August 13, 2023 at the Hospice House in Poland Ohio following a short-term illness.

Born June 9, 1958 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Donald E. and Mary Jane James Kumrow Sr.

Donnie had worked in different fabrication shops and then retired from Poland Concrete. He was Presbyterian by faith. An avid outdoorsman, he belonged to the Mahoning Sportsman Club.

Survivors include two sons, Jacob J. Kumrow of East Palestine and Jarod C. Kumrow-Davis of Bessemer; daughter, Julianna Maria Kumrow of Negley, OH; three grandchildren and his sister Pamela S. McElroy of Enon Valley.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday August 17, 2023 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum.

Graveside Services will be held at the Little Beaver Cemetery on Friday at 11:00 am. Interment will follow.

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

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William E. “Bill” Moore, 92

William E. “Bill” Moore, 92, of East Palestine (formerly of Wampum) passed away Monday, July 31, 2023 at Covington Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born November 25, 1930 in Wampum, he was the son of the late Oval E. and Idella Zeigler Moore.

Bill had first worked for Owens Corning Fiberglass, then had retired from McDonald Douglass where he was an aerospace engineer.

He is survived by his daughter, Jan Marie Moore of Glenford, OH.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years Araminta “Amy” Weir on June 29, 1999 and his son Arnett Moore.

Per Bill’s wishes no services were held.

Interment was held in Clinton Cemetery.

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

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Harry L. Boots, 85

Go Rest High on That Mountain; Son your work on Earth is Done.
Go To Heaven a-Shouting, Love for the Father and the Son

Harry L. Boots, 85 of Ellwood City was called home by Jesus Christ, our Lord on August 8, 2023.
Harry was born June 11, 1938, to the late Henry Plugh Boots and Pearl Olive Gallaher Boots. He was married to the love of his life, his soul mate Ruth Ann McKeough Boots who preceded him in death in April 2014. They were reunited in heaven on her birthday and those who knew the love that Harry and Ruth Ann shared can only imagine their celebration in heaven. He is survived by 2 sons, Michael (Kathy) Boots, of Portersville, Eric (Tina) Boots, a daughter, Kimberly (Leonard) Ripper of Ellwood City, a special son, Thomas Pace of Montana, and grandchildren, Rachael Pearson Steinbach, Lenny Ripper, Renee Boots, James Boots, Shannon Steigerwald, Josh Clyde, Shawn Perkins, Lacey Boots and many great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Barry Boots and Todd Boots, a daughter in law Beth Peeples Boots,
3 grandchildren, Bradley Schiedemantle, Sandi Boots, and Jessica Spaulding, a brother and sister-in-law Henry (Mary) Boots, 2 sisters and brothers in law) Mary Lou (Bob) Brown and Wilma (Frank) Steffler.

Harry loved fishing and hunting and even falling from a tree stand could not keep him out of the woods. He also enjoyed and excelled in baseball. In his early years he worked as a carpenter and helped to build Riverside School. He later became a truck driver for McClean Trucking where he established lifelong relationships who to this day remain his friends.

He was an active member of Living Faith Church in Fombell. He loved serving God by helping others in need. This past year, you could see him straightening tombstones with his backhoe at Lillyville Church – at 84 years of age!

He loved reminiscing and wrote several short stories, including “The Good Old Days” and the “Back Porch” which includes the following excerpts:

I thank God for all the good things and the hope of something better.
I thank God for a family that love one another and stick together and help each other, no matter what.
I thank God for the gift of a woman that I truly love and enjoyed for 58 years, that was a great mother, grandmother, and wife.
I thank God for all my friends, old and new, past and present.
Above all I thank God for the promise of a place that there will be no sickness, no sad times, or things to worry about, and everything will be good and beautiful. We won’t need to worry about who is in control, that has been taken care of years ago.

Go Rest High on That Mountain; Son Your Work on Earth is Done!
Go to Heaven a-Singing Love for the Father and the Son.

Rest in Heavenly Peace, Harry.

Goodbye…For Now

Visiting hours will be held on Friday August 11, 2023 from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Visiting hours will also be held on Saturday August 12, 2023 from 10:00 am until the Funeral Service at 11:00 am at the Lillyville Church of God. Pastor Mark Sentell and Pastor Wade Henderson both of the Living Faith Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Lillyville Church of God Cemetery.

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Robert L. Lutz, 73

The children of Robert Lewis Lutz, 73, of Beaver Falls would like to take this opportunity to announce the death of their father who passed away Monday, August 7, 2023 at Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mr. Lutz was born September 6, 1949 in Ellwood City, where he was raised and spent the entirety of his youth and is predeceased by his parents John L Sr. and Lorena M. (Gifford) Lutz, three sisters; Erma Lutz, Emma (Lutz) Blaskowitz, and Marilyn (Lutz) Peters, and his former wife Barbara Strohecker who passed on November 25, 2020.

Robert attended Riverside High School. He worked for several businesses in the area including Value Structures, Aetna Standard, and American Eagle Outfitters. Bob was a knowledgeable music fan with his favorite group being the Rat Pack. He enjoyed genealogy and learning about his family’s history. Some of his other interests were gardening, James Bond Movies, and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers. His most cherished moments were spent with his four beloved grandchildren.

Survivors include three children, Tracy N. Lutz of Monaca, Todd E. (Jennifer) Lutz of North Sewickley, and Karen T. (William “Bill” Sr.) Huff of Canton, OH; four grandchildren, MyKaila “Kaila” and William “Bubby” Huff Jr. and Serenity and Emilee Lutz; four brothers; George, John, William, and Jim; five sisters; Sarah, Pam, Nancy, Jeannie, and Vivian.

Family, acquaintances, and anyone that considers themselves friends are invited to the Visiting Hours from 5:00 to 6:30 pm and the Memorial Service which commences at 6:30 pm on Friday, August 11, 2023 at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

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Robert L. Nalesnik, 85

Robert L. Nalesnik, 85, of Big Beaver Borough passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2023 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born August 21, 1937 in Beaver Falls, he was the son of the late Stephen L. and Emma Popp Nalesnik.

Bob first worked for Kohlman’s Bottling in Beaver Falls then for 7 Up Bottling in Cranberry. He was a member of the Church of Nazarene in New Galilee. For many years he was a volunteer fireman for Big Beaver Borough where he held many offices including Chief. He was an avid Steelers and Pirates fan, loved scratch off tickets, and going to the casino. Bob was a hard worker who loved and cared for his family in any way that he could.

Survivors include his beloved wife Helen M. Iman Nalesnik; son, Robert (Rhonda) Nalesnik of Katy, TX; four daughters, Mary (Johnny) Jankowski of Ellwood City, Charlene (Steve White) Sypolt of Portersville, Marilyn Rockar of Koppel, and Lynda (Randy Love) English of Tennessee; five sisters, Emma Evanson, Genevieve Nalesnik, Nancy Nalesnik, Margaret Nalesnik, Mary Jane (Edward) Dwyer; two brothers, Tony Nalesnik andJohn Nalesnik; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Angeline M. Nalesnik; granddaughter, Codie R. Lovitt; brother; Steve E. Nalesnik; and two sisters Julia Daellenbaugh and Betty Teapole.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday August 2, 2023 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday August 3, 2023 at 11:00 am. Pastor Samantha Vannoy of the HIllcrest Church of the Nazarene will officiate.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

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Jack L. Brandon, 82

Jack L. Brandon, 82, of Shenango Township passed away Sunday, July 23, 2023 at Canterbury Family Hospice in Lawrenceville.

Born April 20, 1941 in New Castle, he was the son of the late George W. Sr. and Rebecca Baker Brandon. He was first married to Dorothy A. Connor Brandon when she passed away, then he married Cheryl Ann Reno Brandon.

Jack served the country in the Army during the Vietnam War. A mechanic by trade, he worked on cars and tractors. He belonged to the Lawrence County Cycle Club. He enjoyed farming on his family farm in Shenango Township, playing ball with his dog Aaron, and bicycle riding.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years Cheryl Ann Brandon and brother, Robert H. (Sandra) Brandon.

In addition to his parents and first wife Dorothy, Jack was preceded in death by two brothers George Jr. and David L. Brandon.

Interment will be in Harmony Baptist Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.

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Virginia M. Comcowich, 94

Virginia M. Comcowich, 94, of Beaver, PA passed away Saturday, July 22, 2023, while under the care of Good Samaritan Hospice Beaver.

Born December 17, 1928 in West Haven, CT, she was the daughter of the late Carmen Thomas and Alice Jasmin Thomas. Virginia lived most of her life in West Haven, CT until 2017 when she moved to Beaver, PA to be closer to her daughter and her family. She worked for many years as a bookbinder at Herlin Press and then worked at Pez until her retirement. Virginia always looked “put together” with her matching outfits, hair done, and a monthly manicure. She loved to play bingo, dominoes, and cards. She was in a Bowling League and received many trophies. She vacationed with her daughter’s family, spending time with her grandchildren, who were her pride and joy. She always enjoyed sending out greeting cards and would always sign them “have a nice day!”

She leaves behind her daughter, Patricia (Steve) Ruggiero of Beaver, PA; granddaughter, Marissa (Eric) Seaman of New Brighton, PA; grandson, Scott Ruggiero of Denver, CO; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her first husband, James Brennan, who passed away on December 11, 1984; second husband, Peter Comcowich, who passed away on January 13, 2005; two sisters, Elsie Russello and Dolores Monchamp; and her brother Carmen Thomas.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday August 2, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Harmony Zelienople Global Methodist Church, 123 N. Pittsburgh St. Zelienople PA, 16063. Pastor Dan Owen will officiate.

Interment will take place late this fall in the St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven CT.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 116 Browns Hill Rd. Valencia PA, 16059. Online Memorial Contributions may be made to

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

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Patricia Ann (Myers) Pyles, 90

Patricia Ann (Myers) Pyles, of Zelienople, formerly Darlington passed away peacefully on July 18, 2023 at the Lutheran Passavant Senior Living Community. She was beloved wife Of Robert Thomas Pyles, who passed away May 16, 2021 at the same facility. She struggled with his absence the rest of her life, having been side by side for 70 years (married November 13, 1950).

She was born April 2, 1933 to Elfreida J (Merz) Myers and Corbett Vance Myers. Her father was an engineer on the Pittsburgh Lake Erie Railroad until his retirement as well as a farmer in Darlington PA. Patricia left school early to care for her mother at home in her decline from cancer and therefore was not able to graduate high school. She was, however, Valedictorian at her Eighth Grade Graduation and her favorite teacher was Miss Carrie Gatti. Soon after her mother passed, she married Bob “so they could take care of each other” as they so often told the story. She resided on the family farm she was born to until retirement years when they moved to Ellwood City for a time before moving to the retirement community in Zelienople.

Pat was a proud traditional wife, staying at home raising children, a gorgeous garden and countless farm animals. She had particular pride in her Jersey cows and made fabulous products with their milk. Every year she filled every canning jar she owned (a lot) for the winter. She was a great cook which the neighborhood could attest, as she fed anyone who came through the door at any time. There is a photo of her striding through a field carrying a hay bale in each hand, showing her strength & determination. She did fine needle work and was a very good seamstress.

Pat was preceded in death by two children, Kirby Dale Pyles and Randall Gentry B Pyles. Randy’s widow, Sharon (Berry) Pyles resides in Darlington PA . Her surviving children are Kristina V Pyles, married to Peter Sotos MD (Freeport PA) and Jeffrey C Pyles, married to Joan Stahl Pyles (Pittsburgh PA ).

She was preceded in death by brothers Gottlieb Norman (Bud) Myers, Gottlieb Theodore (Papa) Myers, George Robert Myers, and is survived by a sister Marie Arlene (Myers) Fry of Plant City Florida.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Marcel (Pyles) Nieten and Cassandra Sotos, with great grandchildren Hailey, Hannah and Adeline, Marcel’s Children. Her many surviving nieces and nephews are Virginia (Myers) Moore, Dale Myers, Elizabeth (Myers) Ewer, John Myers, Eugene Myers, Arlene Myers, Jennifer Closshey, Yvonne Fry and Harold Fry II

Her honorary children are Barbara (Weigel) Ward, Timothy Weigel, Jon Grey, Bob Mc Fetridge and Betty Brown. Her honorary grandchildren are Jason, Stephen and Carie Brown.

On her 90th birthday, 2023, friends and family gathered with Patricia for a celebratory lunch and shared many memories. Burial will be at Sylvania Hills Cemetery at the Garden of Chimes Tower D 203, in New Brighton. She will rest between Kirby and Bob and near her mother and father. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Marshall’s Funeral Home in Ellwood Pa No services will be held.

Condolences address; 1320 Sarver Rd Freeport Pa 16229 or online at

Gloria Ann Scheller, 93

Gloria Ann Scheller, 93, formerly of Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at Rochester Manor.

Born August 20, 1929 in Everett, PA, she was the daughter of the late Porter and Faye Bottomfield DuVall. She was first married to the late Maynard Sheffield, then to the late Frank Scheller.

Gloria had graduated from McConnellsburg High School. She was a member of the 1st Baptist Church in Ellwood City. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved music and traveling. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and aunt.

Survivors include three sons, Terry (Sandra) Sheffield of Phoenix, Eric (Marge) Sheffield of South Carolina, and Matthew (Kim) Scheller of Harmony; daughter, Tina (Jerry) Wallace of Ellwood City; four grandsons, Matthew Sheffield, Robert Sheffield, Ryan Sheffield, and John Paul Wallace; three granddaughters, Dedra Sheffield, Jennifer Wallace, Shelby Jacob; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, her first husband Maynard, and her second husband Frank, Gloria was preceded in death by her son Larry Scheller, two sisters, Janice Glaizer and Leona Balzer, and one brother James DuVall.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday July 23, 2023 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the First Baptist Church on Monday July 24, 2023 at 12:00 noon with Pastor Dave McQuaid officiating. Interment will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the 1st Baptist Church 220 Fountain Avenue, Ellwood City 16117.

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