Madeline E. Copeland
Madeline E. Copeland, 82, of Kingview Road, Scottdale, passed away Monday evening, March 6, 2000, in Forbes Regional Medical Center, Monroeville. Funeral arrangements are being personalized by the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300) and will be announced when completed.
William A. Craft Jr., Scottdale
William A. 'Wild Bill' Craft Jr., 70, of Pearl Street, Scottdale, died Friday evening, Aug. 18, 2000, in Oak Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Greensburg, where he had been a patient for the past two weeks. A memorial service celebrating BillŐs life will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME, INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, with the Rev. Jesse Flack of White officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the donorŐs favorite charity in memory of William A. Craft Jr. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Fay-West Home Health Nurses, especially Susan Swank, who was special to Bill, also to the staff of Oak Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their professionalism and courtesy extended to Bill and his family.
Michael Levine, Tarrs
Michael Levine, 68, of Tarrs, went to his eternal rest Monday, Aug. 21, 2000 at Frick Hospital, Mount Pleasant. He was born June 22, 1932, in Somerset, a son of the late John Sr. and Mary Labasky Levine. He was a student at the former Sewickly School and was an honorary life member of the East Huntingdon Township FiremenŐs Association. He was a Korean Conflict veteran, having served with the U.S. Army. Prior to retirement in 1976, he was employed as a welder by the former Walworth Foundry, South Greensburg. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Anna Marie Sobinsky Levine. His memory will be cherished by his family: sons, Robert M. Levine of Tarrs and James E. Levine and wife, Janet, of Ruffsdale; daughter, Lynda Levine of Tarrs; grandchildren, Samuel Grimm and Kaeli Levine; brother, Joseph Levine and wife, Pauline, of Ruffsdale; and four sisters, Mary Smith and husband, Joseph, of Belle Vernon, Margaret Kolar of Ruffsdale, Elizabeth Higgins and husband, Junior, of Madison and Catherine Sinnamond of Yukon. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, John Levine Jr. Friends will be received at the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mount Pleasant, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Father Michael W. Matusak officiating. Interment will follow in Madison Union Cemetery.
Harry Lee Stewart Jr., South Connellsville
Harry Lee Stewart Jr., 48, of South Connellsville, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Aug. 21, 2000. He was born May 9, 1952, in Connelllsville, a son of Harry L. and Mollie G. Porterfield Stewart of Connellsville. He was formerly employed at Anchor Hocking Glass Corp. for 24 years and then Williamhouse Corp. He was a Protestant by faith and member of the Apostolic Holiness Church in Connellsville. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen May McFadden Stewart to whom he was married 27 years; five sons, Jeffrey Lee, Jamie Alan, Jeremy David, Joseph Michael and Jack Aron Stewart; two daughters, Jeana Stewart and Jessica Lee Stewart, all of Connellsville; two sisters, Rosemary Pluck and her husband, Clarence of Hooversville, Pa. and Wendy Swank and her husband, Bill, of Scottdale; three brothers, Larew Stewart and his wife, Bonnie, Mark Stewart and his wife, Ruth, and Robert and his wife, Carol Stewart, all of Connellsville. Friends will be received in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday until 11 a.m. the hour of service with Pastor Terry Upton officiating. Interment will follow in Normalville Cemetery.
C. Earl Conner, Bradenton, Fla.
Charles Earl Conner, 79, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Connellsville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center at St. Petersburg, Fla. He was born March 27, 1921, in Connellsville, the son of the late Claude William and Helen Estella Clawson Conner. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II and also the Korean Conflict. He was a retired machine operator from the Steel Scaffolding Co. at Uniontown where he had worked for 22 years. He was a member of the Walter E. Brown Post 21 V.F.W. of Connellsville and also the American Legion. He was a member of the Braidentown Lodge No. 99 F&AM of Bradenton, Fla., the Scottish Rite Valley of Tampa and Sahib Temple Shrine. When living in Connellsville, he attended the Otterbein United Methodist Church. Surviving is his wife of 58 years, Dolores F. (Dolly) Reed Conner; three sons, Reed Conner and wife, Paula, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Ronald Conner and wife, Tanya, of Connellsville and Robert Conner of Atlanta, Ga.; three daughters, Renee Cox and husband, Allen, of Prattville, Ala., Rhonda Bohner and husband, Thomas, of Cave Creek, Ariz. and Robin Shultz and husband, Lonnie, of Connellsville; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, David Conner of Connellsville, George Conner of Baltimore, Md. and Ronald Conner of Sarasota, Fla.; and a sister, Bernice Conrad of Smithton. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Claude Francis Conner, Burton Conner, James Clark Conner, Clarence W. (Bill) Conner and Walter Randall Conner; and two sisters, Vera Schetrompf and Eleanor Francis. Friends will be received at the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. David Brothers officiating. Committal and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery. King Solomons Lodge No. 346 F&AM will conduct a memorial ritual at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Winfield C. Hissem, Normalville
Winfield C. Hissem, 36, of Normalville, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born Sept. 4, 1963, in Connellsville, a son of Beatrice Stahl Hissem of Normalville and the late A. Jay Hissem. He was a graduate of Connellsville Area High School. He was employed by the P.J. Dick Corporation as a construction worker, currently working at the Somerset Correctional Institution. He was a member of the Laborers Union Local No. 419 and he was a veteran of the U.S. Army. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a brother, Robert Delmar 'Redeye' Hissem. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Gloria Skelton Hissem; two sons, Amos, at home, and Mark of Donegal; three daughters, Wendy and Sarah, at home, and Brianna of Donegal; one brother, James Hissem and his wife, Verna, of Normalville; six sisters, Joyce Frederick and her husband, Timothy, of Glenmore, Pa., Patty Lander and her husband, Bert, of Glen Rock, Pa., Linda Richter and her husband, Ray 'Pete,' of Normalville, Carol Shreve and her husband, Scott, of Normalville, Jayne Smith and her husband, Gary, of the state of Georgia and Beverly Keyser and her husband, Larry, of Scottdale; his mother-in-law, Dottie Upton of Scottdale; his father-in-law, Paul Skelton of Clinton; two brothers-in-law, Paul Skelton Jr. and his wife, Dorothy, of Owensdale and Kenneth Skelton and his wife, Ann, of Scottdale; one sister-in-law, Cindy Skelton of New Derry, Pa.; and a special first cousin, Dave Hissem of Spencer, Mass. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, INC., Route 711, Melcroft, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor William Nicholson officiating. Interment will follow in the Snowball Cemetery, Cook Township.
Florence E. King, Champion
Florence E. King, 87, of Champion, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000 in the Frick Hospital, Mount Pleasant. She was born Feb. 5, 1913, in Champion, a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Nichol. She was a member of the County Line Church of the Brethern, Champion, and the Ladies Aid. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Elmer F. King Jr. in 1998; six sisters, Rebecca Montgomery, Nettie Slate, Irene King, Ella Pletcher, Margaret Tinkey and Sadie Delgross; and two brothers, Joseph and Will Nichol. She is survived by one son, Elmer King Jr. and his wife, Alberta, of Melcroft; two daughters, Mary Jane Pirl and her husband, Ross, of Champion and Betty Lou King, at home; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Pa. today from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 12 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Barry Conn and the Rev. Kermit Jones co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Mount Nebo Cemetery.
Luella Saylor, Connellsville
Luella Stillwagon Saylor, 88, of Connellsville, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, in EicherŐs Family Home, Normalville. She was born Feb. 26, 1912, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Frank and Cleveland (Paes) Stillwagon. Luella was a loving homemaker for many years. She was Protestant by faith and was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church, Connellsville. She is survived by seven children, Naomi Saylor Miller of Ravenna, Ohio, Frank Saylor and wife Mary of Connellsville, Paul Saylor and wife Audrey of Churchville, N.Y., James Saylor and wife Juanita of Connellsville, Ruth Saylor Rich and husband Donald of Connellsville, Mary Evans of South Connellsville, and John Saylor and wife Patty of Schulton, Pa.; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Kenneth Paes of Grindstone, Pa. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert J. Saylor (1987); four sisters, Edna Basinger, Caroline Lawver, Emma Springer and Frieda DeWitt; three brothers, Carl Stillwagon, Norman Paes and Charles Paes; two grandchildren, Susan Miller and Donald Rich, Jr. Friends will be received in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME, INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, today from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. the hour of the funeral service with the Rev. David C. Bashor officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.
Samuel E. Giles Sr., Dunbar
Samuel E. Giles, 64, of Dunbar, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, in Harmon House Care Center, Mount Pleasant. He was born Sept. 12, 1935, in Connellsville, a son of the late Albert F. Giles Sr. and Minnie B. (Richter) Giles. Samuel formerly worked for Dunbar Township Maintenance Department as a general laborer. He was Protestant by faith. He was a member of the American Legion Post 301, VFW Post 21, F.O.E. No. 3293, Italian Independent Social Club, Independent Slovak Citizens Club and the Dunbar Sons of Italy Club. He is survived by 10 children, John Giles and wife Karen of Dunbar, Amos Giles and wife Christina of Connellsville, Agnes Giles of Monarch, Samuel Giles Jr. and wife Beverly of Louisiana, Sadie Bloom and husband Jim of Dunbar, Annie Buzzelli of Dunbar, Jacqueline Perryman and husband Harry of Louisiana, Paula Brothers and husband Richard of Vanderbilt, Hazel Giles of Monarch and Heather Giles of Leisenring; 27 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Hazel Chaney and Mabel Sanner, both of Connellsville, Minnie Bryner of Shadyside and Dorothy Hall of Virginia; and three brothers, Joe Giles of McKees Rocks and Jim and Paul Giles, both of Indiana, Pa. Friends will be received in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the hour of the funeral with the Rev. Lee Maley officiating. Interment will follow in Normalville Cemetery.
Hubert S. Craig, New York
Hubert S. Craig, son of the late Marshall and Maude Craig, died Aug. 14, 2000, in New York. He was born in Connellsville Dec. 26, 1915. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School and the University of Southern California. He was a veteran of World War II and a former member of the Connellsville Christian Church; also a member of the Masonic Order. He is survived by two brothers, Robert L. Craig of Chester, Conn., and Richard S. Craig of Connellsville; a sister-in-law Virginia Craig of Riva, Md., and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, James C. Craig. There will be no viewing or visitation. Interment will be private.
Fredrick W. Hart, Escandido, Calif.
Fredrick William Hart, 90, of Escandido, Calif., and formerly of McClellandtown, Fayette County, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, in Escandido. He was born Nov. 2, 1909, in McClellandtown, a son of the late Matthew and Henrietta Sandusky Hart. He had been a resident of Escandido, Calif., for the last 39 years, and prior to his retirement, he worked in maintenance for the Anaheim California School District. He is survived by his wife, Emma Pearl Marsden Hart; two daughters, Doris Marie Sleasman and her husband, Jack, of Mount Pleasant, and Thelma Lee Zallack and her husband, Bill, of Ranchita, Calif.; grandchildren, Dale Sleasman and his wife, Mona, of Connellsville, Bruce Sleasman and his wife, Anita, of Youngwood, Barry Sleasman and his wife, Nancy, of Connellsville, and Fred Sleasman of Mount Pleasant; six great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Lindsay, Charles, Nicole, Kaitlin and Paige Seasman; brothers, Matthew Hart of Bitner, Pa., Charles Hart of Juniata, Pa., William Hart of Santa Anna, Calif., Francis Hart of Uniontown, Robert Hart of Irvin, Pa., and Emmett Hart of Smock, Pa.; sisters, Irlean Dragan of Monessen, Lorraine Morgan of Finleyville, Pa., Margaret Erler of Perryopolis, Ethel Mae Ruck of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Christabell Branthoover of Monessen. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, James Hart, and an infant daughter. Services were held in California. Obituary information provided by the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC.
Rockwell V. Bigham, Connellsville
Rockwell V. Bigham of Connellsville passed away early this morning Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, in Highland VA Hospital in Pittsburgh. Arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, and will be announced when completed.
Joseph Frederick Gettemy, Mount Pleasant
Joseph Frederick Gettemy, 62, of Mount Pleasant, R.D. 7 (East Huntingdon Township) died Monday Oct. 2, 2000, at his residence. He was born Jan. 8, 1938, in Stoystown, a son of the late Raymond W. and Edna Millward Gettemy. He was a member of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, Tarrs. He was also a member of the Connellsville Eagles and Hempfield Hunt Club. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a Steel Worker for US Steel, Homestead Plant, and currently at George's Trading Post. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany, and a graduate of East Huntingdon High School. He was an avid hunter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Gettemy; and a sister, Grace Marie Lewis. He is survived by a special friend, Glada Bierer of Connellsville; a sister, Phyllis Schomer and husband Dale, also of Connellsville; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME, INC., Main Street, Mount Pleasant, Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ralph A. Mostoller, officiating.
Florence H. McShane, formerly of Uniontown
Florence H. McShane, 87, of Quincy, Ill. and formerly of Uniontown, passed away Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, in the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Quincy, Ill. She was born Aug. 14, 1913, in Bagley, a daughter of the late George and Anna Marie Nickadem Heintzelman. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband James A. McShane in 1985; a daughter, Patricia Show in 1996; and several brothers and sisters. Surviving are three sons, James A. McShane Jr. and his wife Jane of Hopwood, Paul McShane and his wife Nancy of Uniontown, and Glenn McShane of Summit Hill; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother, Beryl Heintzelman of California, Helen Horak of Uniontown and Robert Heintzelman of Latrobe. Mrs. McShane was a member of St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Scottdale and the Uniontown Circle Club. Friends will be received in the DONALD R. CRAWFORD FUNERAL HOME, Hopwood, today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday until 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Scottdale. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Eva S. Mitchell, Hayward, Calif.
Eva S. Mitchell passed away Sept. 29, 2000, in Hayward, Calif. She was 93. Born in Bullskin Township, Pa., Eva enjoyed knitting, sewing and crocheting. Predeceased by her husband, Ruple Joseph Mitchell in 1993. Loving mother of Elaine Stoll of Oklahoma and Joann M. Reed of San Jose, Calif. Dear sister of Earl Siesky of Jacksonville, Fla. and Bob Siesky of Baton Rouge, La. Devoted grandmother of seven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Internment will be at Green Ridge Memorial Park in Connellsville.