Marilyn A. Connors, 83

Marilyn A. Connors, 83, of Ellwood City passed away Friday, March 22, 2024 at Providence Care Center.

Born April 5, 1940 in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph W. and Mary T. McElhivly Johnson.

A devoted homemaker, Marilyn was a member of the Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City, and cherished time spent with her family.

Survivors include daughter, Ann Layciak of Darlington; granddaughter, Mandy Layciak; grandson, Christopher Layciak; two great-granddaughters, Belinda and Anastasia Bailes.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Crescent Place Community Room in Ellwood City on her birthday Friday April 5, 2024 from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm with a Blessing Service at 3:00 pm conducted by Father Joseph Freedy.

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

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Edna Ellen Blake, 81

Edna Ellen Blake, 81, Darlington Township, formerly of Big Beaver, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

Born November 14, 1942 in Burns, OR, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Olive Parsons Pierce.

Edna worked in housekeeping and laundry for 33 years at the Holiday Inn. Edna was a talented and accomplished seamstress. She loved going on road trips, watching the Top Gun Movies and also enjoyed watching WWII movies.

Survivors include her husband William L. Blake of Big Beaver; two daughters, Chris (Mike) McManus of Darlington with whom she resided, Wendy Fisher of Koppel; son, Adam (Dora Hall) Blake of Taylor Mill, KY; three granddaughters, Kerri (Zach) Bandish, Shannon (Justin Wichryk) McManus, and Joni (Julian Taylor) Fisher; four grandsons, Jordan McManus, Conner (Kristin) McManus, Cody (Kristi) Fisher, and Matthew (Sabrina) Fisher; seven great-grandchildren, a brother Kenneth Earl Pierce of Boise ID and two sisters in law Mae Broyles and Shirley Blake, both of Virginia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law Randy Fisher.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday March 19, 2024 from 4:00 pm until the Funeral Service 7:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum. Rev. Tim Casey will officiate.

Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

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Erma C. Madden, 88

Erma C. Madden, affectionately known as “Cookie,” transitioned from this life on to rest as the Creator wills on March 1, 2024, in Solon, Ohio, at the age of 88. Born on March 8, 1935, in Wampum, PA, she was the daughter of the late Talmadge and Mary (Groom) Richardson.

As the middle child among eight siblings, Cookie cherished her family deeply. She was also preceded in death by her siblings Eula, Wesley, Geraldine, Otis, Regina, and Raymond. Her brother Willie Richardson remains her sole surviving sibling.
Erma was married to the dynamic and charismatic late James “Ted” Madden. A committed wife, mother, sister, cousin, grandmother, and friend. She was fixed on endowing those around her with skills and mindset to lead educated, healthful, and independent lifestyles.

She leaves behind a legacy of tenderness and stability to her three daughters, Benita, Brenda, and Bridgette, along with eight grandchildren – ReShawne and Channing; Jazzmen, John II, Julia, and Justin; Anthony Jr. and Aaliyah. In addition, six great-grandchildren – Cree, Codie, Charlie, Chandler, Dominique Jr. and Everleigh. Son-in-law Michael Bowers and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Throughout her life, Erma was a trailblazer and a hardworking career woman. She started as a humble bean picker. With hard work, she rose to make history at former global luggage manufacturer, Airway Industries Inc. as the first black manager of the local factory. Her commitment to excellence and perseverance were evident in her career trajectory and she went on to earn many sales accolades and awards.
Passionate about opportunity and equality for the Black community, Erma was a lifetime member of the NAACP, where she once served as Treasurer at both local and state levels. She was also an active member of the New Castle, PA advisory committee council in the 60s. Balancing career, civic duty, and a household during the peak of the Civil Rights era she was a Renaissance Woman ahead of her time and created the idea of ‘leaning in’ and ‘having it all’ before it was trendy. Her advocacy for advanced education and financial savvy empowered many in her community.

Beyond her professional achievements, Cookie found joy in various interests, including travel, lawn care, gardening, local parades, dining out, politics, gambling, and socializing with family and friends. Her tough-as-nails personality was marked by courage, boldness, cunning, humor, and generosity.

A celebration of Erma’s life will be held on March 16, 2024, (1:00pm) at Marshall Funeral Home in Wampum, PA, with her niece, Evangelist Jacqueline Montgomery, officiating the service. As we gather to honor her memory, let us remember Cookie for her remarkable contributions, her unwavering spirit, and the love she carried for all who knew her.

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Paula Ann Tinney, 57

Paula Ann Rambo Burnette Tinney, 57, Darlington passed away Monday, March 4, 2024 at her sister’s residence in Wampum.

Born December 19, 1966 in New Brighton, she was the daughter of David Paul Sr. and Jeraldyne Ann “Jerry” Haswell Rambo.

Paula had worked in the dietary department of the Providence Care Center as a cook. She enjoyed playing bingo and cards, puzzles, and bonfires.

Survivors include her husband Randy Tinney of Darlington; father, David of Tionesta; two daughters, Melinda Lambert of Durham, NC and Nicole Delaney of Beaver Falls; son, James Burnette of Beaver Falls; two sisters, Jackie (Joe Butera) Rambo of Wampum and Heather (Kevin Hall) Rambo of Tionesta; seven grandchildren; her best friends Kathy Thumm and Marion Wallace of Beaver Falls, and her former husband Jay Burnette of Homewood.

She was preceded in death by her mother Jerry and brother David Rambo Jr.

A Celebration of Paula’s life will be held on Tuesday March 12, 2024 from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm with a Memorial Service at 2:00 pm at the New Galilee Community Building.

Arrangements entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.

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Harry W. Lyons, 72

Harry W. Lyons, 72, of Shenango Township passed away Sunday, March 3, 2024 at his residence.

Born May 6, 1951 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Harky and Adell E. Parker Lyons.

Harry attended Lincoln High School with the class of 1969. He was the owner and operator of H & P Trucking. Harry enjoyed working on and repairing cars. Above all, he cherished time spent with his family especially his grand and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years Patricia A. Radich Lyons; three sons, Harry (Jennifer) Lyons, Jr. of Shenango Twp, Michael (Sherri) Lyons of Mt. Jackson, Patrick (Reagan) Lyons of Shenango Twp; daughter, Sheila (Dana) Lyons of Meadville; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Flesher of Las Vegas, NV, Linda (Tyler) Montgomery of Lecanto, FL, Elaine (Ken) Gebhardt of Ellwood City, PA, Laurie (Doug) Harlan of New Galilee and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Cathy Lyons.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday March 8, 2024 from 5:00 pm until the Memorial Service at 6:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum. Pastor Adam Goswick will officiate.

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Audrey Bolam, 86

Audrey Bolam, 86, of Ellwood City, PA died peacefully in her sleep at Quality Life Services in New Castle, PA on March 3, 2024 after a long illness. Audrey was born on November 30th, 1937 in Ellwood City to the late Andrew and Julia Zudal. On July 19th, 1958, she married Howard Bolam. They remained happily married for 53 years until Howard’s passing in 2011 residing most of their life on Heinz Camp Road in Portersville, PA.

Audrey was employed at Precision Metal in Ellport, PA for over 30 years until she retired. In her retirement, she enjoyed bowling, line dancing, and spending time with her family and her dear friends at Challenges in Ellwood City. Audrey will be remembered as loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who made days brighter. She is survived by her son, Ronald Bolam and his wife Debra of Fletcher, VT and daughter Tracy (Bolam) Griffin and her husband Chris of Cortez, CO and three grandsons, Daniel, Justin, and Tyler of Fitchburg, MA. She is also survived by a sister Catherine Conroy and her husband James of Ellwood City, PA.

Private services will be held at the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, INC, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City.

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Michael Milnes

Michael Milnes, of Ellwood City, passed away on Thursday February 29, 2024 peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.

For those who knew him, he lived his life curious, adventurous, brave, funny, hard-working, passionate, generous, and loving. While employed by the YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Fombell, he organized many projects including hayrides for ARC and the Blind Association, construction projects for the Navy Seabees, and many other organizations across PA. In addition, he was a man of many talents. He always had a plan to build, create, or serve. He cherished the memories of the times he coached Lil Angels Softball, and more recently was fulfilled and passionate about volunteering with the Wampum Chapter of the North Country Trail, Riverside Lions Club, and Meals on Wheels.

Throughout his life, he always dreamed big, and loved travel, storytelling, nature, and a good laugh. Above all else, he valued and loved his friends and family. Mike’s greatest joy was his grandchildren, Justin and Hannah Cameron, and Elijah and Jonah Mohr. May they always be reminded by their “Bubba” that, “It’s the little things in life that make it so sweet”.

He leaves behind his devoted wife of 26 years Lisa Calio Milnes; two daughters, Stephanie (Richard) Cameron Meister and Georgia (Ben) Mohr both of Ellwood City; four brothers, James (Loraine) Shaffer of Mercer, Dan Milnes of Ellwood City, Robert (Ginny) Milnes of Myrtle Beach, and Tom (Barbara) Milnes of Ellwood City, and one sister Susan (Mike) Rowan of Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents James V. and Lois Jean St. Clair Milnes; two brothers, Harry and Jack Milnes, one sister Rosetta Milnes, and his sister-in-law Shirley Zac Milnes.

A Celebration of Mike’s life will be held on March 16, 2024 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm with a Memorial Service and luncheon starting at 2:00 pm at the Lillyville Church of God Fellowship Hall. His brother, Pastor Tom Milnes will officiate.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Jessica and Jenn from Good Samaritan Hospice, and Dr. Stephen Abel at the AHN Cancer Institute, for all of their kindness, patience, and care.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s name to Club Hope 237 6th St. Ellwood City.

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

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Daniel V. Nonnemacher, 54

Daniel V. Nonnemacher, 54, of Wampum passed away unexpectedly Saturday, February 24, 2024 at his residence.

Born February 9, 1970 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Richard W. Nonnemacher and Anita Leonard Hunter of Wampum.

Daniel worked as a mail carrier for the US Post Office. He was a gifted artist and enjoyed painting.

A loving son, father, brother and friend, he is survived by his mother Anita (Jerry) Hunter; son, Zachary Lee (Kathleen) Nonnemacher of Florida; daughter, Sydney Rae Nonnemacher of Enon Valley; sister, Theresa (Bill) Coates of New Castle; brother, Michael W. (Lisa) Nonnemacher of New Castle; two stepsisters, Sandra Hunter Krosovic of Harmony and Sherry Cojox of New Castle; and two stepbrothers, Brad and Terry Hunter both of New Castle.

He was preceded in death by his father Richard and his son Daniel Jr.

Following Daniel’s wishes no services will be held.

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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 (Bryce), 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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