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G. Edna Millett Smith
G. Edna Millett Smith, 94, of Emlenton, died at 5:31 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003. She was a resident of Emlenton's Laurel Manor since its opening. She was born Dec. 11, 1908, in Foxburg, and would have celebrated her 95th birthday Dec. 11. Surviving are a sister and her husband, Helen and Harold Baker of Downey, Calif.; a special friend and caretaker, Dorothy Sloan of Emlenton; and two nieces. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her father and stepmother, Percy and Maude Millett; her husband, Theodore Smith; and a sister, Bertha. At her request, there will be no visitation. Private graveside services were held in the Foxburg Cemetery with the Rev. Edward W. Lowrey, vicar of the Memorial Church of Our Father, Episcopal, officiating. Arrangements are in charge of the Christopher M. Hile Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Leona M. Barger
Leona M. Barger, 78, of Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Sligo, Pa. passed away at 5:30 am on December 4, 2003 at Clarion Hospital following an illness. She had resided at the Clarview for the past eight years. Born in West Monterey, Pa. on March 31, 1925, she was the daughter of George and Ethel Barger Kriebel. Mrs. Barger was Protestant by faith. As health permitted, she enjoyed caring for her family and visiting with family and friends. Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Blair (Saundra) Kriebel of Foxburg and Mrs. Thomas (Diane) Deitz of Emlenton; two sons: Rodney and wife Vicki Barger of Callensburg and Wesley Barger of Parker; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; on sister: Blanche Anthony of Parker, three brothers: Ivan Kriebel of Callensburg, Gary Kriebel and Denny Kriebel, both of Parker: also a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Barger, whom she married Dec. 23, 1944 and who passed away May 3, 1967. A brother Lewis Kriebel also preceded. Friends were received at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home Inc., Wayne St, Parker. Funeral Services were held in the funeral home with the Rev. Lonny Wolford, pastor of the Park Hill Church of God at West Freedom, officiating. Internment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Licking Township, Clarion, Co. Pa.

John J. Kaufman
John J. Kaufman, 81, of Parker, died Friday morning, Dec. 26, 2003, at UPMC Northwest in Franklin following an extended illness. Born Aug. 22, 1922, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Joseph C. and Helen (Griffin) Kaufman. Mr. Kaufman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He later did post-graduate work in chemistry, bacteriology and physics. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on Sept. 11, 1943. While serving as an infantry corporal, he was invited to attend and excelled in the infantry officer candidate school. For the remainder of World War II, he served in the infantry in the Pacific Theater of operations. Called back to duty in the Korean War, he was honorably discharged with the rank of first lieutenant. A research chemist by profession, he had been employed by several major corporations, including The Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, Gulf Research and Development, Allied Chemical Corp. and the Whitco Chemical Co. at Petrolia, from which he retired. He also was a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industries. The holder of many patents related to the wax and petroleum industries, Mr. Kaufman also authored many articles on the subject as well as oil processing procedures for professional publications and scientific encyclopedias. A family man who was recognized for his community efforts, Mr. Kaufman was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Parker and was a staunch supporter of the Altar Rosary Society. He was elected to the school board of the Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District in Foxburg in 1973. During his tenure, he served as vice president, president and chief negotiator for employee contracts for many years until his retirement from the board in 1984. He also served as a board member and later president of Intermediate Unit 6 in Clarion for many years. He enjoyed music and photography and became proficient in the art of woodworking. He also was involved in the day-to-day operations of his farm in Allegheny Township. He was married Jan. 4, 1948, to the former Margaret Morris, who preceded him in death July 13, 1991. Surviving are four daughters, Kathleen M. Kaufman and her husband, Jack Comeford, of Salt Lake City, Jeanne M. Kaufman of Pittsburgh, Madeline Havrilla and her husband, David, of Monroeville, and Maggie Craig and her husband, David, of Chicora; six sons, James J. Kaufman of Southampton, N.Y., Thomas J. Kaufman of Gaithersburg, Md., William J. Kaufman and his wife, Kathy, of Emlenton, Raymond J. Kaufman and his wife, Amy, of Parker, Paul J. Kaufman and his wife, Kim, of Parker, and Edward J. Kaufman of Parker; a sister, Mary Catherine Kaufman of Parker; and 18 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, James Kaufman. There was no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Parker, with Father Anthony Ditto as celebrant. Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family at the Kaufman Family Cemetery, Allegheny Township, Butler County. The family suggests memorials be made to the VNA of Western Pennsylvania, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, 16001. Arrangements were handled by the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home Inc., Parker.

Gertrude Shively Grimm Fleig
Gertrude Shively Grimm Fleig, 102, of The Caring Place in Franklin, formerly of Emlenton, died at 2:15a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004. Born Sept. 4, 1901, in Lamartine, Salem Township, Clarion County, she was the daughter of Dr. William and Elizabeth Dietrich Shively. Mrs. Fleig earned a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro State Teachers College and a master’s degree from Penn State University. A long-time schoolteacher, she began her teaching career in the one-room school in Lamartine. She later taught in Emlenton. Mrs. Fleig retired in 1972 as the reading consultant supervisor for Marion and Wayne Central Schools in Ontario Center, N.Y. She had also served at Clarion University as a consultant, evaluating reading needs and resources of a five county area in Appalachia. She was a member Pi Lambda Theta, a national honorary and professional society, whose purpose is maintaining the highest standards of scholarship and professional preparation in education. She was first married June 23, 1930, in the Salem Lutheran Church in Lamartine to Robert Levi Grimm, who preceded her in death in 1947. She later married Elmer William Fleig on Dec. 10, 1967, in the Salem Lutheran Church in Lamartine. Mr. Fleig died in 1995. Surviving are a son and his wife, Hugh S. and PJ Grimm, of Emlenton; and two step-sons and their wives, William and Pauline Fleig of San Jose, Calif., and Gordon and Donna Fleig of Oakland, Calif. Survivors also include four granddaughters, Mrs. William (Kim) Krebs, of Tarentum, Mrs. Robert (Lori) King, of Foxburg, Pam Edwards of Franklin and Megan Fleig of Oakland, Calif.; and six grandsons, Jeffery and Zachary Fleig of Oakland, Calif., Tim and Andrew Fleig of San Jose, Calif., Matthew Slater of Monongahela and Mark Slater of Emlenton. Also surviving are four greatgranddaughters, Katie, Chloe and Karley King of Foxburg and Sarah Fleig, of San Jose, Calif.; and two nieces and two nephews. Mrs. Fleig was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Beth Fleig; two sisters, Edna Shorts and Grace Smith; and two brothers, Walter and Charles Shively. Friends were received at the Christopher M. Hile Funeral Home in Emlenton. Funeral services were held in the funeral home with the Rev. Charles Campbell, pastor of the New Zion Evangelical Congregational Church, officiating. Interment was in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Lamartine. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Emlenton Area Ambulance Service, the Foxburg Free Library, the Venango County Visiting Nurses or to a charity of one’s choice.

M. Gumelda Sertik
M. Gumelda Sertik, 83, of Allegheny Township, Parker, died Sunday afternoon, Feb. 1, 2003, at her residence after an illness. Born April 25, 1920, in Concord Township, Butler County, she was the daughter of Earl C. and Edith R. Cross Rider. She was married May 6, 1939, to Walter J. Sertik Jr., who survives. Mrs. Sertik worked with her husband in their farming operation in Allegheny Township and in earlier years, she and her husband maintained a locksmith operation in Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Route 38, near Emlenton. Mrs. Sertik was a homemaker and enjoyed growing and maintaining flower gardens. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Mrs. Jackie (Edie) Davis of Laurel, Miss., and Mrs. Robin (Linda) Baer of Emlenton; one son, Richard Sertik of Chicora; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one sister, Mrs. James (Inez) Schmidt of Chicora; one brother, Richard Rider of Butler; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sertik was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Sertik in 1992; and four sisters. Friends called on Tuesday, February 2, 2004 in the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 3, 2004 in the funeral home with Pastor Mark Carpenter of the Fellowship Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in Allegheny Cemetery, Allegheny Township, Butler County.

B. Jane Master Black
B. Jane Master Black, 81, of Parker, died of natural causes at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at her residence. Born March 24, 1922, in St. Petersburg, Clarion County, she was the daughter of William and Ruth Logue Master. She was a 1940 graduate of the former Parker High School. Mrs. Black was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Parker and was active on committees and in serving dinners for the church. She also was a member and past president of the Women’s Association of the church. She was an avid reader of all types of novels, especially historical and religious. Mrs. Black was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 636 of Foxburg. She was married Oct. 19, 1940, to Donald A. Black, who died Aug. 16, 2002. Surviving are two sons and their wives, David John and Leilani Black of Shreveport, La., and Donald William and Judy Black of St. Simeon Island, Ga.; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She also is survived by one brother and his wife, William and Barbara Master of Knox; and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Black was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Friends were received in the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services were held in the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Anschutz, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Parker, officiating. Interment was in Allegheny Cemetery, Allegheny Township, Butler County.

Dorothy E. Slaugenhoup
Dorothy E. Slaugenhoup, 83, of Clintonville, died at 5:42 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, in United Community Hospital, Grove City, following a brief illness. For the past several months, she had resided at Grove Manor in Grove City. Born May 21, 1920, in Oil City, she was the daughter of Charles E. and Florence M. Shawl Downing. She was a graduate of East Brady High School. Mrs. Slaugenhoup was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Clintonville. She also was a member of the Harmony Grove Quilting Group, the Clintonville Women’s Club and the Scrubgrass Senior Center. Mrs. Slaugenhoup was a homemaker. She was married in Callensburg Nov. 3, 1941, to James Maxwell Slaugenhoup, who preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, James E. Slaugenhoup of East Brady and Roger L. Slaugenhoup of Lilburn, Ga.; a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Karen) Corbin of Clintonville; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two brothers, David H. Downing and Leland W. Downing, both of East Brady; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Charles E. Downing. Friends called on Thursday, February 19, 2004 in the Christopher M. Hile Funeral Home, Emlenton. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 20, 2004 in the funeral home. Interment was in Zion Union Cemetery, Emlenton.

John B. Findlay
John B. Findlay, 92, of Emlenton, died at 7:43 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004 in Clarview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Sligo. Born Oct. 13, 1911 in Rockland Township, Venango County, he was the son of George and Anna Forker Findlay. Mr. Findlay was a graduate of Rockland High School and served in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was employed for many years as a yard foreman at Quaker State Oil Refining Corp. in Emlenton retiring in 1976. Mr. Findlay was an avid baseball fan and had played for Rockland in the Hayrake League. He also had been a player manager for the Quaker State baseball team. He also enjoyed bowling. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Parker. Mr. Findlay was of the Presbyterian faith. He was married in the Nickleville Presbyterian manse Sept. 11, 1943 to the former Mary L. McCord, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Doug Findlay of Dayton, Ohio; a daughter and her husband, Susan and Ron Larimore of Emlenton; two grandsons, Jim Findlay, a student at Miami University of Ohio, and Lane Larimore and his wife, Dawn of Emlenton; two great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Helen M. Cann
Helen M. Cann, 71, of Laurel Manor, Emlenton, died at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2003, in UPMC Northwest, Franklin, following a brief illness. Mrs. Cann had been a long time resident of Snyder Rest Home in Emlenton. Born Jan. 6, 1933, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Erma Milford Kelly and was raised by James H. and Norma Taft Kelly. Mrs. Cann was a homemaker and enjoyed drawing, her family, car rides, singing and yodeling. She was a Protestant. She previously was married to Robert Cann of Venus. Surviving are two daughters, Helen M. Cann Deborah Novak and her fiance, Greggory Ritts of Greenville and Mrs. Brent (Brenda) Wise of Oil City; and five grandchildren, Crystal and Mike Novak, both of Franklin, Bruno Novak of Phoenix, Ariz., and Brandy Blair Shields and Bryan Blair, both of Oil City. She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Cann. Friends were received from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Christopher M. Hile Funeral Home, Emlenton. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Myers, pastor of St. Petersburg United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Emlenton Cemetery.

Kathleen Getty
Kathleen Getty, 89, of Main Street, Emlenton, died at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, in Beverly Healthcare-Shippenville, following a brief illness. Mrs. Getty had been a resident of Emlenton since 1933. Born June 3, 1914, in Crown, she was the daughter of Timothy F. and Loretta A. Castner Edwards. She was a graduate of Farmington High School in Leeper. Mrs. Getty was employed by the Emlenton News and later by the Progress News for 38 years, retiring in 1976. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Emlenton and the Altar- Rosary Society of the church. Mrs. Getty also was a member of the Emlenton Civic Club. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Getty was married in St. Michel Rectory, Emlenton, June 9, 1945, to Joseph C. Getty, who survives. Also surviving are two brothers, Robert F. Edwards of Montclair, N.J., and Timothy J. Edwards and wife, Teresa, of Grove City; one sister, Grace E. Thompson of Canton, Mass.; two sisters-in-law, Betty A. Edwards and Betty Getty, both of Emlenton; a number of nieces and nephews; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Getty was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo M. Edwards and Richard C. Edwards. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Christopher M. Hile Funeral Home, Emlenton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Michael Church, Emlenton, with Msgr. Conrad Kraus, pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Michael Roman Catholic Cemetery, Emlenton. Memorials may be made to the Altar-Rosary Society of St. Michael Church, Emlenton.

Nellie E. Dearolph
Nellie E. Dearolph, 91, of Lowrie House-Stirling Village, Butler, died of natural causes at 4:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at her residence Born May 21, 1912, in Dutch Hill, Clarion County, she was the daughter of Peter Bart and Flora Ann Horner Logue. During World War II, Mrs. Dearolph was employed by the former Wightman Glass & Bottling Corp. in Parker. She was a member of the North Main Street Church of God in Butler. Mrs. Dearolph was a Gold Star Mother. She was married July 4, 1928, to Clarence E. Dearolph, who died Oct. 24, 1984. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Bonnie) Kondos of Butler; five granddaughters; and six greatgrandchildren.

Patricia Sylvia Downes
Patricia Sylvia Downes, 70, of Kay Road Harrisville, for the past 22 years, formerly of McKeesport Pa, died March 2, 2004 at the United Community Hospital, Grove City, Pa at 10:28 p.m. after a illness. Born in McKeesport Pa. on March 17, 1933, she was the daughter of Michael Banas and Mary Samudovsky Banas. Married to John W. Downes on April 19, 1952, he survives. She graduated from Duquesne High School, Pittsburgh Pa, and attended Penn State University and studied as a dental technician. She was employed at the Homestead Steel Mill as a secretary. She also enjoyed being a homemaker. Her and her husband were foster parents for the organization of Charities out of Pittsburgh Pa for a number of years. She also was a dog fancier. She was of the Catholic faith and was a former member of the Holy Name Catholic Church of Duquesne, Pittsburgh Pa., and former member of the Catholic Christian Mothers Club of McKeesport, Pa. She is survived by her husband and 2 sons: Roy C. Downes Harrisville Pa, son Brett R. Downes and wife Michele of Emlenton Pa, a daughter in law Brandis J. Downes of Wesley, Pa, and a sister in law Mary Banas. 5 grandchildren: Michael, Cliff, Brett Jr., Sylvia, Brittney Downes. Also several nieces and nephews survive. Proceeded by her parents and one son: Jeffery S. Downes who died on March 19, 2003. 3 sisters: Ann Bartelo, Marie Nelson, Suzanne Shelepey, 1 brother: Albert Banas. Family will receive friends at the Larry E. McKinley Funeral Home, 109 Emlenton Street, Clintonville Pa, Friday, March 5, 2004 from 2- 4 and 7-9, the funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday March 6, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. with the Father Conrad L. Kraus-of St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church, Emlenton, Pa. Interment will be at the Clintonville Methodist Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the charity of your choice.

Nicholas G. (Nick) Dunlap
Nicholas G. (Nick) Dunlap, age 13 of Central Avenue, Chicora, Pa. died peacefully Monday evening February 23, 2004 at 9:25 p.m. at his home after a 16 month battle with brain tumors. He was born in Butler, Pa on June 13, 1990 and was a precious son of Jeffrey and Lisa Cumberland Dunlap. He graduated from Chicora Elementary School in June 2003 where he received the President’s Education Outstanding Academic Award. He currently was a member of the seventh grade class at Karns City High School. He was a member of the Chicora United Methodist Church and Junior High Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for four years and the FUTSAL Soccer Organization for two years. Nick enjoyed riding his go-cart and bike, playing uno, listening to country music, watching television and movies, photography, fishing, playing soccer, swimming, shopping, being an uncle and spending time with his family. Nick was a Nascar racing fan and collected No. 24 Jeff Gordan racing memorabilia. He witnessed to many thru his unwavering faith, courage and positive, never complaining, attitude. He is survived by his parents of Chicora, Jeffrey and Lisa Dunlap and Sister, Ashley M. Dunlap; at Home. A Brother and Wife, Jeremy J. and Shanon L. Dunlap of R.D. Chicora, Pa; a nephew, Hunter James Dunlap of R.D. Chicora, Pa; His maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ethel Cumberland of Butler, Pa; His paternal Grandmother, Mrs. Jeanne Dunlap of Chicora, Pa; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. He is joined in Heaven with an infant brother: Nathan James Dunlap and his maternal grandfather, George E. Cumberland and his paternal grandfather, Melvin J. Dunlap. Friends were received at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicora on Thursday, March 4 and on Friday from noon until 2 p.m. Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chicora on Friday, March 5, 2004, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Glea Foster, Pastor of the Chicora United Methodist Church; the Rev. James Higgins, Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Randall Worcester, pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and the Rev. David Zona former pastor of the Chicora United Methodist Church officiated. Interment followed in Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia, Pa. Memorial donations may be made to the Nicholas G. Dunlap Memorial Fund, care of Sky Bank, 101 South Main Street, Chicora, Pa 16025.

Joy Myers Morgan
Joy Myers Morgan, 86, of St. Petersburg, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, in UPMC Northwest, Franklin. She had suffered a heart attack Friday at her residence. Born March 24, 1917, in Van, she was the daughter of Ora E. and Sarah Elizabeth Hetzler Myers. She was a graduate of Rockland High School. Mrs. Morgan and her late husband operated the family farm in St. Petersburg and for many years, they supplied area residents with sweet corn and fresh milk. She enjoyed canning vegetables and was well known for her home- made preserves. She enjoyed poetry and gardening, working outdoors and the company of children. She was an artist and storyteller and in her younger days, she enjoyed building snow forts and hay houses for the children. For many years, Mrs. Morgan attended the West Home Free Methodist Church and Sunday school. Mrs. Morgan was honored for voting in 50 consecutive elections. She was married in Winchester, Va., May 24, 1941, to William Diehl Morgan, who died Feb. 29, 1988. Surviving are two daughters, Hazel Joyan Russell of St. Petersburg and Sarah R. Morgan of Parker; one son, David Jesse Morgan of DeRidder, La.; four grandchildren, Stephanie Dutton of Georgia, Meredith Medina of Fort Polk, La., Jessica Morgan of DeRidder, La., and Karen Bishop of Knox; and a number of greatgrandchildren. She also is survived by two brothers, Ora Edwin Myers Jr. of Granite Bay, Calif., and Donald Wayne Fultz of Centerville; one sister, Martha Myers Fetzner of Erie; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and ‘ husband, Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by a son, William Myers Morgan; two grandsons, Charles W. Russell Jr. and Ricky A. Russell; two brothers, Soloman K. Myers and John R. Myers; and three sisters, Clair M. Hopkins, Ethel Myers Bode and Chelsea Sheffer. Friends called at the Christopher M. Mile Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, on Friday March 5, 2004. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday March 6, 2004 in the funeral home with the Rev. Daryl Adams, retired Free Methodist Pastor, officiating. Interment was in Zion Union Cemetery, Emlenton.

Nicholas G. (Nick) Dunlap
Nicholas G. (Nick) Dunlap, age 13 of Central Avenue, Chicora, Pa. died peacefully Monday evening February 23, 2004 at 9:25 p.m. at his home after a 16 month battle with brain tumors. He was born in Butler, Pa on June 13, 1990 and was a precious son of Jeffrey and Lisa Cumberland Dunlap. He graduated from Chicora Elementary School in June 2003 where he received the President’s Education Outstanding Academic Award. He currently was a member of the seventh grade class at Karns City High School. He was a member of the Chicora United Methodist Church and Junior High Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for four years and the FUTSAL Soccer Organization for two years. Nick enjoyed riding his go-cart and bike, playing uno, listening to country music, watching television and movies, photography, fishing, playing soccer, swimming, shopping, being an uncle and spending time with his family. Nick was a Nascar racing fan and collected No. 24 Jeff Gordan racing memorabilia. He witnessed to many thru his unwavering faith, courage and positive, never complaining, attitude. He is survived by his parents of Chicora, Jeffrey and Lisa Dunlap and Sister, Ashley M. Dunlap; at Home. A Brother and Wife, Jeremy J. and Shanon L. Dunlap of R.D. Chicora, Pa; a nephew, Hunter James Dunlap of R.D. Chicora, Pa; His maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ethel Cumberland of Butler, Pa; His paternal Grandmother, Mrs. Jeanne Dunlap of Chicora, Pa; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. He is joined in Heaven with an infant brother: Nathan James Dunlap and his maternal grandfather, George E. Cumberland and his paternal grandfather, Melvin J. Dunlap. Friends were received at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicora on Thursday, March 4 and on Friday from noon until 2 p.m. Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chicora on Friday, March 5, 2004, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Glea Foster, Pastor of the Chicora United Methodist Church; the Rev. James Higgins, Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Randall Worcester, pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and the Rev. David Zona former pastor of the Chicora United Methodist Church officiated. Interment followed in Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia, Pa. Memorial donations may be made to the Nicholas G. Dunlap Memorial Fund, care of Sky Bank, 101 South Main Street, Chicora, Pa 16025.

Kenneth E. Moore
Kenneth E. Moore, 74 of Clintonville, Pa. has resided here his entire life. Passed away at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, Pa. after a brief illness and having been admitted there on Feb 27, 2004. Born in Oil City, Pa. on April 30, 1929 the son of Lawrence P. and Hilda I. Ruby Moore. Married 56 years to Bette Hovis Moore on January 1, 1948 and she survives. Mr. Moore had worked at the Quaker State Refinery in Emlenton, Pa. for 43 years and having retired as a foreman for the company. Mr. Moore was quite active in the community in that he was an electrician, plumbing and heating in having helped may families throughout the area over the years. Member of the Chapel on the Hill, Emlenton, Pa. of which he was a charter member of the church having served since 1982 and also a Deacon of the church. Prior to help starting the Chapel on the Hill, Mr. Moore was an active member in the Union Presbyterian Church of which he had been an Elder and Deacon of the church in Clintonville, Pa. He attended the Coal Valley School in Clinton Twp. And graduated from the Clintonville High School in 1946. Active member in the Clintonville Lions Club since 1970 having held numerous offices and positions for the club, he currently held the office of Lion Tamer. Member of the Gideon International - Venango County. Survived by 4 children: Mrs. Tom “Connie M.” Diehl of Allison Park, Pa. and Daniel K. and wife Janice K. Moore of Seven Fields, Pa., Mrs. Gary “Polly K.” Witherup of Kennerdell, Pa and Russell B. and his wife Diane S. Moore of Grove City, Pa. Seven Grandchildren: T.J. and Kenneth Diehl, Meghan E. Moore, Rev. Doug Witherup and Steve Witherup, Nathan D. and Scott R. Moore. Also surviving are 4 great grandchildren: Bekky M, Kelsey N., Brandon and Corina L. Also surviving are two brothers: Mr. L. Paul and his wife Lois Moore and Mr. Glenn A. and his wife Irene Moore of Emlenton, Pa.. Proceeded by his parents and an Infant sister. After the love of the Lord was the love of his family, grand and great grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working-especially cabinet making for his family and he also belonged to the Butler County Rifle League-Competition Target Shooting throughout Butler County for enjoyment. Family will receive friends at the Larry E. McKinley Funeral Home, 109 Emlenton St., Clintonville, Pa. on Sunday-March 7, 2004 from 2- 4 and 7-9. Funeral services will be held at the Chapel on the Hill, Emlenton, Pa. on Monday-March 8, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. with the Rev. Chris Clark, officiating-an Rev. Doug Witherup-“Grandson” of Mr. Moore will assist. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to The Gideon Memorial Bible Chairman, P.O. Box 981, Oil City, Pa. 16301.

Robert Isaac Fowler
Robert Isaac Fowler, 82, of Washington Township, Butler County, Parker, died Friday, March 5, 2004 at VAMC in Butler following an illness. Born May 16, 1921, in Rimersburg, he was the son of Frederick Paul and Anna Snyder Fowler, who preceded him in death. Graduating from Rimersburg High School in 1939, Mr. Fowler enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Core, a carrier vessel escort, in the South Pacific as well as the European waters. He was honorably discharged in 1946 as a yeoman first class. Mr. Fowler earned the World War II Victory Medal as well as American Theater, European Theater and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medals. Following his military service, he was employed by Weatherhead Oil Co. in Cleveland. He later was employed by the former Westinghouse Records Center in Boyers, where he retired in 1985 as a microfilm technician. He was an active member of Eau Claire Presbyterian Church, where he had been an ordained elder as well as a trustee. He had been a faithful attendee of the men’s prayer breakfast at the Plaza at Exit 5 for many years. Mr. Fowler enjoyed being outdoors and always maintained a productive garden, beautiful floral displays and a fruitful orchard. An avid hunter, he thoroughly enjoyed using his muzzle-loader rifle. He also loved to tinker in his workshop, making holiday gifts for his family. Mr. Fowler was married May 15, 1948, to the former Naomi Lucille Carmichael, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Gary (Susan) Marshall of Harrisville, Mrs. Jon (Janet) Schutz of Warsaw, Ind., and Mrs. Steven (Tina) Prokay of Parker; one son, Louis Robert Fowler of Hilliards; eight grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Virginia Kahle of Limestone; and a brother, Joseph Fowler of Rimersburg. In addition to his parents, Mr. Fowler was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul, Floyd, Earl and Raymond Fowler; and three sisters, Delores Fowler, Marie Smail and Flo McCall. Friends were received Sunday at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Inc., Main Street, Eau Claire. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Jay Croyle and the Rev. Judith Murray officiating. Interment was in Rimersburg Cemetery.

Verla Jean “Squeaky” Meals
Verla Jean “Squeaky” Meals, 71, of Village Acres, Clintonville, died at 10:03 p.m. Sunday, March 14, 2004, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after complications from gastric by-pass surgery. She had been a patient at Allegheny for 14 days. Mrs. Meals had resided in the Clintonville area most of her married life. Born Sept. 25, 1932, in Salem Township, Clarion County, she was the daughter of Harry E. and Mabel G. Cotherman Rossman. She attended the public schools in Salem Township and was a graduate of Salem High School. Mrs. Meals had worked as a hostess at the Quaker State Restaurant in Emlenton. She also had been manager for 14 years at the Scrubgrass Senior Center in Scrubgrass Township. She received the “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Scrubgrass Senior Center. She also had been a bus driver for Moore’s Transportation Service for the Franklin School District, working out of the Victory School area. She also was a prep cook at the Stop 8 Restaurant in Barkeyville. Mrs. Meals was affiliated with the Grace United Methodist Church in Clintonville. She was a member of the A.A.R.P. in Clintonville. Mrs. Meals enjoyed playing cards, bingo and her family. She was married Sept. 16, 1950, to Richard H. Meals, who died July 7, 1980. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Michael T. (Vicki E.) Mann of Grove City and Mrs. Jeffery A. (Brenda S.) Slagle of Bruin; one son and his wife, Richard R. and Susan C. Meals of Emlenton; one grandson, James A. “Jamie” Slater and wife, Tiffany J., of Parker; and one great-granddaughter, Makayla M. Slater of Parker. She also is survived by a twin sister, Mrs. William (Velma F. Rossman) Meals of Emlenton; and a brother and his wife, Donald and Neva Rossman of Knox RD. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Meals was preceded in death by one brother, Dale E. Rossman. The family received friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 in the Larry E. McKinley Funeral Home, 109 Emlenton St., Clintonville. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004 in the funeral home with the Rev. Stephanie Thompson, pastor of the Barkeyville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Clintonville Methodist Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Grace United Methodist Church, Franklin Street, Clintonville, 16372.

Lois Dreibelbis Stephens Rutherford
Lois Dreibelbis Stephens Rutherford of Oil City, age 85, died March 9, 2004 in UMPC Northwest, Franklin. She was the fourth of the six children of John A. and Amy Boyer Dreibelbis, born April 14, 1918, and grew up on the family farm near Emlenton. She attended White Hall and East Home Schools and was a graduate of Emlenton High School, Class of 1935. After completing a course in a business school she was employed as a secretary for the Erie Railroad in Meadville and later worked as the secretary for Pennsylvania Rubber and Supply Company, Oil City. There she met her first husband, Clemence J. Stephens and they were married November 8, 1946 in Meadville. He died January 20, 1983. She married Thomas R. Rutherford In Oil City October 19, 1985. He died November 15, 2001. She is survived by her three daughters, Amy Stephens Ziegler of Oil City, Janice Stephens Weaver and husband Mark of Knox, and Joyce Stephens Himes and husband Dean of Enterprise, OR; one step daughter, Mary Lou Stephens Raybuck and husband Perry of Fort Worth. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Robert Ziegler and wife Tina of Seneca, Kathleen Ziegler of Seneca, Nathan Weaver of Pittsburgh, Stephen Weaver of Knox, Timothy Weaver of Virginia Beach, Angela Himes English of Portland, OR; Aaron and Austin Himes of Enterprise, OR. She is survived by ten step grandchildren, five great grandchildren, twelve step great grandchildren and several step great great grandchildren. She also is survived by all of her siblings: Paul M. Dreibelbis of Emlenton. Eleanor D. Yargar of Oil City, Ruth D. McMurdy of Franklin, John A. Dreibelbis, Jr. of Wattsburg, and Charles Philip Dreibelbis of Tonawanda, NY; and thirteen nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Douglas Ziegler; a son-in-law, Mike Ziegler; and three stepchildren, Sue Ann Stephens McKinney, Jerry Stephens, and Larry Stephens. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., March 12 in her church, Grace United Methodist, Oil City and burial was in Brandon Cemetery. The Reverend Pete Knight, Assistant Pastor, officiated.

Audrey Lee Hilliard
Audrey Lee Hilliard, 42, of Parker, died at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 2004, in UPMC Northwest, Franklin, following an extended illness. Born Sept. 6, 1961, in Grove City, she was the daughter of Charles F. and Jean Ellen Taylor Hilliard. She graduated in 1979 from Allegheny- Clarion Valley School District. Following graduation, she began employment with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, from which she retired Sept. 28, 2001, due to ill health. During her 22 years of service, she held various positions with employment security and unemployment tax in Sharon, Mercer and Butler. She was a Protestant. Audrey enjoyed her children, crafts, yard sales and shopping with the family. Surviving are two daughters, Laura Jean and Carol Ann Hensley, both at home; one sister, Nancy Weckerly and husband, Mike, of Foxburg; three brothers, Dennis Hilliard and wife, Susan, Jeffery Hilliard and Marvin Hilliard and wife, Betsy, all of Parker; a number of nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Hannah Jane Hilliard; and all grandparents. Friends called on Monday March 15, and Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 in the funeral home. Interment was in the Perryville Cemetery.

Anna M. Crawford
Anna M. Callender Crawford, 68, of Foxburg died at 7:45 p.m. Sunday at her home after an illness. Born in Perry Township, Clarion County, Dec. 24, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Jane Brothers Callender. Mrs. Crawford was a United Methodist. Surviving are three daughters, Virginia VanZandt and Tina Burk, both of Foxburg, and Janett Ritchey of Franklin; two sons, Richard Crawford of Franklin and Arthur G. Crawford Jr. of Foxburg; and 11 grandchildren. She also is survived by four brothers, Jim Callender of West Freedom, Denzil Callender of Kennerdell, Gene Callender of Parker and Glenn Callender of Kane; and a number of nieces and nephews. Her husband, Arthur G. Crawford Sr., whom she married Oct. 8, 1955, died March 22, 1989. She also was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
CRAWFORD - Friends of Anna M. Callender Crawford, who died Sunday, March 21, 2004, received friends on March 23, 2004 at the H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL HOME, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services followed at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Myers, pastor of Foxburg United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was at the Crawford Family Cemetery, Butler County. Memorial donation may be made to her brother, James Callender, Route 368, Parker, 16049.

Catherine Elizabeth“Beth”Rapp Stewart
“BETH” RAPP STEWART, 48, of Emlenton, Pa. passed away Thursday evening (03-25-04) at 10:30 PM at her residence following an extended illness. Born on July 7, 1 955 in Oil City, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Andrew C. and Mary Louise Planker Rapp. Beth was a 1973 graduate of Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School at Foxburg, and had attended schools of further education on both the east and west coast. She was Catholic by faith. Ms. Stewart was employed by the former C&K Coal Co. of Clarion for over ten years. Following that employment, she was engaged in racing industry publications until three years ago when she returned to Emlenton. In Los Angeles, Ca., she first worked in marketing as assistant to the publisher of Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines, Petersen Publishing Co. She later became director of corporate racing events including NASCAR for the Petersen Company. This work included arranging and completing company hospitality suites at racing events throughout the United States. Returning to Emlenton, she was affiliated with the Progress News until ill health forced her retirement. Surviving are a daughter: Lynsay A. Stewart of Glendale, CA.; her former husband: Larry Stewart of St. Petersburg, Pa.; one sister: Trish Giles of Palm City, FL.; five brothers: Mike Rapp of Willow Grove, Pa., Jim Rapp of Parker, Bob and Brad Rapp of Emlenton, and Andy Rapp with the U.S. Army at Ft. Wachuka, AZ.; also a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, a sister, Carol Rapp, and a brother, Joseph Rapp preceded in death. There will be no public visitation at Ms. Stewart’s request. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 AM Monday, March 29, 2004 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Emlenton with Father Conrad L. Kraus officiating. Interment was in St. Michael Church Cemetery, Emlenton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Southern Care of New Castle at 3009 Wilmington Rd., New Castle, Pa.

Melissa R. Painter
Melissa R. Painter, 93, of East Brady,Pa. died Monday, March 22,2004, at the Armstrong Co. Memorial Hospital. Born on December 28, 1910, in Roseville, Bradys Bend Township Armstrong Co., she was the daughter of Mearle I. and Irene J. (McAfoose) Crissman. She was married November 28, 1934 to the late Robert Arthur Painter. Mrs. Painter graduated from the East Brady High School in 1928. She enjoyed cooking, knitting, word puzzles and her family. Mrs. Painter worked at the Butler Memorial Hospital as a cook for 10 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, East Brady, Pa. Surviving are one son Robert A. Painter and wife Carlene of Venice, FL., one sister Bonnie L. Olcus and husband John of Sugarcreek Twp. Armstrong Co., two grandsons Brian Painter and wife Heather of Bacova, VA., Darin Painter and wife Laura of Arlington, VA., one granddaughter Karin Stamford and husband Brian of Greensburg, PA., two greatgrandsons twins Nolan and Nathan Stamford of Greensburg, Pa,. also survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by, parents, step mother,(Nellie V. Crissman), husband, two brothers,(Albert Crissman and Merle Crissman Jr.) three sisters (Ann Hall, Hatie Bishop, and Kate Wetzel) one step-sister (Peg Lewis) and one stepbrother( Junior Hillwig) There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Family suggests memorials b made to: First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 365, East Brady, PA. 16028.

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