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BERTHA M. ALBERT HOSTETLER
Hostetler, 83, worked at Strayer Coin, Woolworth's
Bertha M. Albert Hostetler, 83, of Friendship Ridge, formerly of Chippewa Township, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002. She was born Feb. 22, 1919, in Fombell. She was married to James Hostetler, who survives. She had been employed by the Strayer Coin Bag Company, and was a salesperson at the former Woolworth's Five and Dime store at the Beaver Valley Mall. She was a member of Chippewa United Methodist Church. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jena Albert of Cape Cod, Mass.; a sister, Dorothy Koble of Fallston; two stepsons and their spouses, James and Gloria Hostetler III of New Brighton, and Jay and Donna Hostetler of Temulca, Calif.; two stepdaughters and their spouses, Jennifer and Larry Hill and Janet and Thomas Green, all of New Brighton; five step-grandchildren, and seven step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Steven Albert, who died in 1978, and a brother, Arthur Adams. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow in the Hill and Kunselman Funeral Home, 3801 Fourth Ave., College Hill, Beaver Falls. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with her pastor, the Rev. Rodney E. Smith, officiating. Entombment will be in the Beaver Mausoleum, Beaver.

ZELDA WEHMAN FUNKHOUSER
Funkhouser, 87, First Baptist member, Scouter
Zelda Wehman Funkhouser, 87, of New Brighton, formerly of Ellwood City, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, in The Medical Center in Beaver County. She was born July 7, 1913, in Ellwood City to the late Louis and Mary Pearl Keller Wehman and was married to Glenn A. Funkhouser who died in June 1991. Mrs. Funkhouser graduated from Lincoln High School in June 1931. She was a life member of First Baptist Church, Ellwood City, where she taught Sunday school for 60 years. She was a Cub Scout leader for 47 years and was the first woman in Beaver County to receive the Silver Beaver award in scouting. Mrs. Funkhouser belonged to Wenonah Chapter 124, Order of the Eastern Star, and Navy Mothers. She was a craft instructor for the Wednesday Hobby Class for the blind at the Lighthouse in New Brighton. She is survived by two sons, Dr. Jay L. Funkhouser of Daugherty Township and M. Dale Funkhouser of Greeley, Colo.; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Ruth Ann) Brandt of Chippewa Township; and 11 grandchildren, Roger G. Brandt, Dr. Rodney D. Brandt, Randall J. Brandt, Mrs. Keith (Rosalyn) Carlson, Liza M. Funkhouser, Lorraine D. Funkhouser, Jay L. Funkhouser II, Debra L. Funkhouser, Erik J. Funkhouser, Kristen D. Alexander and Mark D. Funkhouser. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren, Taylor, Michael, Cody and Zachary Brandt, Katie, Andrew and Claire Carlson, Melody Funkhouser and Benjamin Alexander, and a brother, Robert L. Wehman of Ellwood City. Mrs. Funkhouser was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a grandson, Robert I. Brandt Jr. in November 1969; and an infant brother, Paul Wehman. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Donald D. Druschel Funeral Home, 1612 Third Ave., New Brighton. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home by Pastor Keith R. Carlson of Grace Community Church in Indianapolis, Ind. Entombment will be private. Memorial donations in Mrs. Funkhouser's name may be made to the Children's Ministry, First Baptist Church, 220 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City or Wednesday Hobby Class, The Lighthouse, 720 Third Ave., New Brighton 15066.

CLARA A. KOSCIUSZKO
Kosciuszko, 81, former voter registration director
Clara A. Kosciuszko, 81, of 306 Mitchell Road, New Castle, died at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2001, in Indian Creek Nursing Home, New Castle. She was born Jan. 10, 1920, in New Castle to the late Anthony P. and Carmella Ginocchi Cipriano and was married for 42 years to the late William S. Kosciuszko. Mrs. Kosciuszko was director of voter registration in Lawrence County for 20 years. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of St. Vitus Roman Catholic Church, New Castle. A graduate of New Castle High School, she was a member of ABWA and was a past member of Quota Club. She is survived by a daughter, Atty. Annette Hutchison of New Castle; four sons, Anthony J., Stanley M., William S. Jr. and Wayne R. Kosciuszko, all of New Castle; six grandchildren; and four sisters, Mildred DeCarlo, Charlotte Pivarnik, Frances Parrott and Edith Lauro, all of New Castle. Mrs. Kosciuszko was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, William Kosciuszko; a brother, Anthony Cipriano; and two sisters, Ann and Mary Cipriano. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Noga Funeral Home, 1142 S. Mill St., New Castle. Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Vitus church. The Rev. John Petrarulo, pastor, will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery, New Castle.

LLOYD F. "WAHOO" VASBINDER
Vasbinder, 80, retired from Babcock & Wilcox
Lloyd F. "Wahoo" Vasbinder, 80, of RD 2 Wampum, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, in The Medical Center, Beaver. He was born Nov. 19, 1920, in Fallintimber, Pa., to the late Frank and Railey Reffner Vasbinder. He was married to Betty L. Simmers Vasbinder for 52 years. She survives. Mr. Vasbinder was a retired laborer from Babcock and Wilcox with 29 years of service. In addition to his wife, he is survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Lutton Koppel Funeral Home, 3500 Third Ave., Koppel. Burial will be private in Grandview Cemetery, Big Beaver Borough.

WILLIAM CHARLES SCHLEMMER
Schlemmer, 53, machinist, truck driver, former Seabee
William Charles Schlemmer, 53, of 726 Harmony Baptist Road, Shenango Township, died at 6:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at his home. He was born June 16, 1948, in New Castle to the late William B. and Marie Buchner Schlemmer. He was married for 28 years to Rose Marie Kitzko Schlemmer of Shenango Township. Mr. Schlemmer served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee during the Vietnam War. He was employed for four years as a truck driver at Route 422 Auto Sales in Portersville, and had previously worked at K.O. Express Trucking in Bessemer for four years and Bilco Manufacturing in Ellwood City for 10 years as a machinist. He was Christian by faith. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, William Charles Schlemmer Jr. of New Castle; a sister, Janice Marie Schlemmer of Ellwood City; his stepmother, Edna Hill Schlemmer of New Castle; a stepsister, Janice Irene Burns of New Castle; and a stepbrother, Buddie Hughes of Beaver Falls. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Mae McKnight. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Noga Funeral Home Inc., 1142 South Mill St., New Castle. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in SS Philip and James Cemetery. New Castle Area Honor Guard will conduct a full military service at the funeral home Friday.

ELEANOR A REAUGH
Reaugh, 92, retired from restaurant management
Eleanor A. Reaugh, 92, of West Park Road, Portersville, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, in Ellwood City Hospital. She was born April 22, 1909, in Worth Township, Butler County, to the late Hayes F. and Nellie A. Gallagher Bauder. She was married Jan. 23, 1955, to Bryon M. Reaugh, who died March 24, 1979. Mrs. Reaugh worked in restaurant management at Prior's Restaurant in Portersville and was a longtime employee at Wright's Restaurant in New Castle. She was a member of Presbyterian Church of Portersville, where she attended the J.B. Cheeseman Sunday School Class and was a longtime member of the Ladies Missionary Society. She directed numerous church dinners over many years. Mrs. Reaugh also was a member of Keenagers of Portersville and a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Portersville-Muddy Creek Volunteer Fire Department. Considered an expert at needlework, Mrs. Reaugh also enjoyed crocheting and loved to fish. She is survived by two daughters, Lois J. Clouse and Beverly J. Kyper, both of Portersville; a son, Gordon B. "Butch" Reaugh of Portersville; a brother, H. Roy Bauder of Portersville; and a sister, Elsie Burr of Evans City; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six step-grand-child-ren; and one great-great-grandson. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Don Bauder, Dean Bauder and Arthur Bauder; and four sisters, Stella, Lena, Grace and Thelma. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Smith Funeral Home, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock; and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Presbyterian Church of Portersville, 1297 Perry Highway, Portersville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Dana Opp, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Portersville building fund or Portersville Fire Department.

R. CARL "SPARKY" GLENN
Glenn, 80, funeral director, World War II veteran
R. Carl "Sparky" Glenn, 80 of Zelienople, died unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 at St. Francis Hospital, Cranberry Township. He was born Feb. 20, 1922, in New Castle to the late J. Gailey and Helen K. Reinhard Glenn. Mr. Glenn was married on Feb. 23, 1946, to Mary Lou, who survives. An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Glenn received three Bronze Star medals and a Purple Heart. A 1940 graduate of the Cleveland College of Embalming, Mr. Glenn began working with his father at the Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home in Zelienople after returning from military service in 1946. Mr. Glenn's father founded the Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home in 1922. Mr. Glenn was active in the funeral home business until his death. Lloyd L. Kildoo joined the business Nov. 15, 1969 and in 1986, the business opened a second location in Cranberry Township. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post 474 in Zelienople. He also was a member of Harmony Lodge 429 F&AM and the New Castle Consistory. In addition to his wife, Mr. Glenn is survived by a daughter, Linda L. Miller of Altoona; and three grandchildren. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home, 219 East Grandview Ave. Zelienople, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Peter Everett, of Grace Church of Harmony, will officiate. Interment will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Zelienople.

RONALD L. HALL
Hall, 49, School of Trades grad, truck driver, welder
Ronald L. Hall, 49, of Harbor Terrace No. 8, RD 1, Edinburg, died at 9:42 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2001, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Oct. 17, 1951, in New Castle to the late John H. and Evelyn Stickle Hall and was married more than 24 years, since June 19, 1976, to the former Marcia McComb who survives. Mr. Hall was a truck driver for Toys R Us. He had also worked as a truck driver for Jevic Transportation in New Jersey and Ambrosia Trucking and had been a welder at City Welding. He was a graduate of New Castle High School and New Castle School of Trades. His hobbies were carpentry and swimming. Mr. Hall attended New Covenant EP Church. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Jamie Lynn Hall Stuart of New Castle and Stacey Lee Hall of Edinburg, and three sisters, Shirley Shropshire of West Pittsburg, Betty Marvella of Brandon, Fla., and Marilyn Sankey of Edinburg. Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John H. and Robert Hall. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home, 2429 Wilmington Road, Neshannock Township. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home by the Rev. George Yates of New Covenant church.

STELLA F. "BETTY" McGARRY
McGarry, 78, meter maid, nurse's aide, caterer
Stella F. "Betty" McGarry, 78, of College Hill, Beaver Falls, died Saturday, June 9, 2001. She was born in Monaca Jan. 23, 1923, to the late Merle and Estella Ruby. Mrs. McGarry was a charter member of St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church and belonged to the Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Top 50 Club and Beaver Falls American Legion Post 261 Auxiliary. Mrs. McGarry was the first meter maid in the city of Beaver Falls and was a nurse's aide at Providence Hospital. She set up the central supply department for the former Elmcrest Extended Care Center in South Beaver Township, now known as the Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and was the owner and operator of McGarry's Catering Service for several years. She is survived by a son, James McGarry of Southold, N.Y.; two daughters and sons-in-laws, Patricia and Andrew James of Long Beach, N.Y., and Brenda and Joe Matos of College Hill; and four grandchildren, Jason and Jessica McGarry, Kyle Amos and Marissa Matos. In addition to her parents, Mrs. McGarry was preceded in death by her husband, James P. McGarry, who died in 1998, and a brother, Arthur Ruby. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Hill and Kunselman Funeral Home, 3801 Fourth Ave., College Hill, Beaver Falls. A wake service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home will be followed at 10 o clock by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Philomena church with the Rev. David Scharf, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Big Beaver Borough.

GEORGE E. WHITE
White, 83, World War II vet, U.S. Steel retiree
George E. White, 83, of Portersville, died unexpectedly, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at his residence. He was born Feb. 12, 1918, in Wurtemburg to the late Clarence and Katherine "Kitty" Barnes White and was married for 60 years to the former Mary C. Long, who survives. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II., he was a member of the Ellwood City VFW Post 252. Mr. White was employed for 31 years in the hot mill department of the former Ellwood Works of U.S. Steel until his retirement in 1974. He was a member of Keen Agers of Portersville, National Horse Lovers Association and Beaver Creek Horseman. He was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of Portersville. Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons and a daughter-in-law, David A. and Carol White of Ellport and Thomas White, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Edward A. (Diana) Campbell of Slippery Rock; a sister, Mary Emma Dreimyer of Ellport; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Hannah Lersch and Ida Whybrew; a brother, Homer " Pete" White; and a great-grandson. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul Johnston of Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Portersville Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mr. White's name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

PAUL "BUCKY" GECINA
Gecina, 60, owned Gecina Electric Co.
Paul "Bucky" Gecina, 60, of 617 Morningstar Drive, Churchill Plan, died at 6:30 a.m. today, Friday, April 26, 2002, at his home following a three month illness. He was born April 24, 1942, in Ellwood City, to Mary Jumia Gecina of Rochester, Pa. and the late Peter Gecina. He was married Nov. 3, 1962, to the former Carol Mazzano, who survives. Mr. Gecina owned Gecina Electric Co. and was the general foreman of the electric department of Babcock and Wilcox Co., Beaver Falls and Koppel plants. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish, Purification BVM Church and the Ellwood City Moose Lodge No. 93, where he was an avid member of the pool team. Mr. Gecina graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960 and served in the U.S. Navy from June 24, 1960, to April 1, 1964, as a petty officer, second class. Skilled in many fields, he constructed all the electrical work at the Olde Stonewall Golf Course and Shakespeare's Restaurant, North Sewickley Township. In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul M. and Carrie Gecina of Shenango Township and Ronald and Bethany Gecina of Chippewa Township; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Sister Mary Ann Gecina of New Jersey and Rose Mary and Thomas Humphrey of Slippery Rock; five grandchildren, Kirstyn, Dane, Megan, Nicole and Christian Gecina; and his mother-in-law, Eleanor Mazzano of Ellwood City. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, 309 Spring Ave., Ellwood City. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Purification BVM Church with the Rev. Mauro Cautela officiating. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

HOWARD SCHWARZ
Schwarz, 68, Korean War veteran, retired conductor
Howard Schwarz, 68, of West Middlesex, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at his home. He was born July 15, 1934, in Aliquippa to the late Raymond Jacob and Hazel Obenrader Schwarz. Mr. Schwarz was a Korean War veteran, having served as a hospital orderly in the Air Force. He was a retired conductor for Conrail, and held membership in the Baden American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars post in West Middlesex. Mr. Schwarz is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Carol Schwarz of Industry and Russell and Linda Schwarz of Vanport; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Shirley Stienmiller of Vanport, Betty Short of Hopewell; Lois Olson of Hubbard, Ohio, and Donna and Norman Jones of Hopewell; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park Chapel, Daugherty Township. The Rev. Paul Savage, Friendship Ridge chaplain, will officiate. Interment will be in Sylvania Hills. Spratt Funeral Home, 1901 Seventh Ave. Beaver Falls, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. The Beaver County Special Unit will assemble at 1:45 p.m. at the cemetery to perform full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations be made in Mr. Schwarz' memory.

FLORENCE DEJULIUS
DeJulius, 91, enjoyed cooking, music
Florence DeJulius, 91, of Golden Hill Nursing Home, New Castle, formerly of Wayne Township and 138 Wampum Ave., Ellwood City, died at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at Golden Hill Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. She was born, Jan. 31, 1911, in Pardo, Butler County, to the late John and Mary Altobello Cavallaro. Mrs. DeJulius was married on Aug. 2, 1941, to the late Joseph A. DeJulius, who died Jan. 21, 1986. A housewife, Mrs. DeJulius enjoyed cooking and listening to music. She was an avid participant in activities, including the bell choir at Golden Hill Nursing Home, where she lived for five years. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish, Purification BVM Church. Mrs. DeJulius is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary Louise and Thomas Hetrick of Ohio, and Joanne and Richard Verone of Wayne Township; a brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Dorothy Cavalier, of Mechoopany, Pa.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Lyda M. D Angelo and Emma and Louis Franzi, all of Ellwood City; and three grandchildren, Wendy Hetrick Brown, Aaron Hetrick and Melissa Verone. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. DeJulius was preceded in death by a sister, Nellie DiFalco, who died in 1991; and four brothers, Edward and Eugene Cavallaro, and Michael "Mac" and Earl Cavalier. A private blessing service and private visiting hours will be held tomorrow at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, 309 Spring Ave. Ellwood City. Interment will be in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial donations in Mrs. DeJulius' name can be made to the Holy Redeemer Parish Angel Fund.

ROSE MARIE WILEY
Wiley, 68, LHS graduate, co-owner of restaurant
Rose Marie Wiley, 68, of RD 1, Box 268-B, Ellwood City (Dutch Ridge Road, Wayne Township), died at 4:10 a.m. today, Monday, June 11, 2001, in the Cleveland Clinic following an extended illness. She was born in Pittsburgh Jan. 19, 1933, to the late John and Margaret Nagel Keul and was married more than 46 years ago, on March 29, 1955, to William Wiley who survives. Mrs. Wiley was previously employed in the accounting department at Lawrence Savings and Trust, as a secretary for the First Baptist Church, in the development department for the City Rescue Mission and in computer data entry for Ellwood City Area Historical Society. She was also co-owner of Wiley Country Corner restaurant for 10 years. A 1951 graduate of Lincoln High School, she was a member of Providence Baptist Church and its Women Missionary Society. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John W. Wiley of New Galilee; a daughter, Mrs. John (Wendy Mae) Maldoyan of Jessup, Md.; two grandchildren, Erica and William Wiley; and a brother, J. William Keul of RD 2, Beaver Falls. Mrs. Wiley was preceded in death by an infant brother, Norman. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Services will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Ralph Y. Scott of the First Congressional Church and the Rev. John Brassell of Providence Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Wiley's name may be made to the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, 310 Fifth Street.

ROSE RAE CASUCCIO PALLADINO
Palladino, 88, beautician, Assembly of God member
Rose Rae Casuccio Palladino, 88, formerly of 5 E. Wallace Ave, New Castle, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, in the Indian Creek Nursing Center. She was born Aug. 9, 1913, in Clarksburg, W.Va., to the late Antonio and Christina Thomas Casuccio. She was formerly employed as beautician and waitress. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and the First Assembly of God. Surviving are two sons, Bernard "Barry" Palladino and Robert E. Brophy, both of New Castle; a brother, Charles Casuccio of Ellwood City; two sisters, Sarah Costa and Christine Tomeo, both of Ellwood City; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Barry Brophy, and two brothers, John and Anthony Casuccio. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Don DeCarbo Northside Funeral Home, 3000 Wilmington Road, New Castle. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

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