William Eugene Thall
William Eugene Thall, 79, of Washington Township, died Monday, January 3, 2004, in Outlook Pointe Nursing Home, Saxonburg.
Mr. Thall was born on December 10, 1925 in Millvale, PA, a son of the late George Thall and Mary Lechner.
He lived in Pittsburgh prior to moving to Washington Township in 1958.
Mr. Thall was employed by Thorofare Markets in Murrysville as a warehouseman and Burrell Car Wash in Lower Burrell as the manager, retiring in 1992. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during WW II.
He was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church, Apollo where he served as an usher. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post 92 in Lower Burrell.
Mr. Thall was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dolores Thall who died in 2003; a brother, George Thall; a sister Rose Marie Hopper, and an infant grandson, Christopher Thall.
Survivors include three sons, William (Mary) Thall of Jamestown, PA, David (Donna) Thall of Mt. Pleasant, PA and John Thall of Apollo; two daughters, Patricia (Robert) Michalowski of Apollo and Sandra (Stephen) Velicky of Grand Rapids, MI; 10 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 nephews and 1 great niece.
MR. THALL - Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, PA. Services will be conducted on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. in the St. James Roman Catholic Church, Apollo with his pastor, Father John T. Sweeney presiding. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. The Armstrong County Horor Guard will conduct military honors at the cemetery.
Eglonide (Troiano) Bucci
formerly of Vandergrift
Eglonide (Troiano) Bucci, 92, formerly of Vandergrift, died Monday, January 3, 2005, in Vincentian Home, Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Bucci was born on October 8, 1912, in Rivisondoli, Italy, and lived most of her life in Vandergrift.
She was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church where she was a member of the rosary society.
Mrs. Bucci was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pompei Bucci; a son, Alfred R. Bucci in 1982 and a daughter, Dora Zollinger.
Survivors include two stepdaughters, Jean (Frank) Lembo of Glenshaw and Bradenton, FL, and Ida Porreca of Zelienople; a granddaughter, Rebecca Sobolak of New Kensington; a grandson, Michael (Amy) Zollinger of Lower Burrell; 6 step grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
MRS. BUCCI - Visitation will be from 6-00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2005 in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 429 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift, PA. Funeral mass will be conducted on Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, with her pastor, Father Chad Ficorilli officiating. Burial will follow in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift.
Bud J. Rearick
Kent, Blacklick Township, Indiana County
Bud J. Rearick, 77, of Blacklick Township in Indiana County died Monday, January 3, 2005 in the Indian Haven Nursing Home, Indiana, PA.Mr. Rearick was born on June 2, 1927 in Elderton, PA, a son of the late Arthur Eugene and Mary Jane (Grantz) Rearick, he lived in Blacklick Township for the past 40 years.
He was employed as a coal miner, retiring in 1987 from the Canterbury Coal Company, Maysville, PA
He served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal during WW II.
Mr. Rearick was a member of the Gastown United Church of Christ, U.M.W.A., N.R.A., and he enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
Mr. Rearick was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Roy, Earl, William and Ivan Rearick.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Gayle (Kaufman) Rearick of Kent; three sons, Sanford (Barbara) Rearick of Avonmore, Ronald (Dee Ann) Rearick of Popua, New Guinea and Daniel (Donna) Rearick of Dallas, TX; a daughter, Gwendolyn (Jeffrey) Howell of Spring Church; a sister, Dorothy M. Adams of Indiana, PA; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Memorial Request - The family request memorial contributions be made to the Gastown United Church of Christ.
MR. REARICK - Visitation will be on Thursday, January 6, 2005 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, PA. Services will be conducted on Friday, January 7, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with his pastor, Reverend Herman Ridley presiding. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana, PA.
Ruth Louise Speer
formerly of North Apollo
Ruth Louise Speer, 90, of Amherst, Ohio, formerly of North Apollo, died Tuesday, January 4, 2005 in the Golden Acres Nursing Home, Amherst, Ohio.
Ms. Speer was born in Pittsburgh, PA, a daughter of the late David and Blanche H. Boarts Speer on May 28, 1914.
Having lived most of her life in North Apollo, Ms. Speer moved to Amherst, Ohio in 1995. She was employed by G.C. Murphy Company in Vandergrift as a sales person, retiring in 1971.
Ms. Speer was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Apollo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Kenneth Speer and two sisters, Gladys Barclay and Madaline Hileman.
Survivors include a daughter, Marsha (Michael) Zoruba of North Ridgeville, Ohio; a sister, Janet Glover of Greensburg; a brother, Dale (Amelia) Speer of North Apollo; 3 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
MS. SPEER - Visitation will be on Thursday, January 6, 2005 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, PA. Services will be conducted on Friday, January 7, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with her pastor, Reverend Dr. John Helgeson officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Apollo.
Vernon E. Shaffer
Vernon E. Shaffer, 59, of Kiski Township, died Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at his residence.
He was born August 19, 1945, in Natrona Heights, a son the late Raymond William Emerson and Marie (Davis) Shaffer.
Mr. Shaffer lived in Kiski Township all of his life.
He was employed by Allegheny Ludlum, West Leechburg Works, then Bagdad Works on the MGO line for 15 years.
A United States Navy veteran, he served as a corps man in Operation Hastings during the Vietnam Conflict.
Mr. Shaffer was a member of Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church, Kiski Township, and the United Steel Workers. He also enjoyed hunting, playing golf, and spending time with his family. He was also involved with the Relay for Life, having served as the team captain for seven years for "Addie's Teddy Bears", a team in memory of his mother-in-law, Adelaide Hilty.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Shaffer is survived by his wife of 37 years, Diana K. (Hilty) Shaffer of Kiski Township; four sons, Kevin E. (Delana) Shaffer of Zelienople, Steven S. (Lanae) Shaffer of Kettering, OH, Corey A. (Candy) Shaffer of Goose Creek, SC, and Chad A. (Toniann) Shaffer of Annapolis, MD; and 12 grandchildren.
Also surviving are two sisters, Viola Huth of Washington Township, and Erma Davis of Cleveland, OH; and a brother, Edgar (Arlene) Shaffer of Davenport, FL.
MR. SHAFFER - Friends welcome on Sunday, January 9, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 10, 2005. Reverend Terri Swails will officiate. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Apollo Area Relay for Life, c/o American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society.
Alice Louise Binns
Alice Louise Binns, 88, of Washington Township, Westmoreland County, died Thursday, January 6, 2004, in Manor Care Health Services, Monroeville.
She was born March 11, 1916, in West Brownsville, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Oliver P. and Daisey M. (Houpt) Hopes.
Mrs. Binns had lived in the Apollo area since 1998. Before moving here, she had lived in Phoenix for 25 years, and then in Coraopolis for one and a half years.
She was a licensed practical nurse for 40 years, and was of the Protestant faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ellen Smith; a brother, Harry Hopes, and a granddaughter, Linda Oregon.
Survivors include three daughters: Ruth Eileen McGee of Brownsville, PA, Joyce A. (Michael) Hritz of Washington Township, and Jane E. Cutshaw of Texas; and five grandchildren.
Also surviving are four sisters: Margaret Hopes of New York, Esther Warne of Brownsville, PA, Daisey Binns of Arizona, and Ruth Blaho of New York; and a brother, Eugene Hopes of Akron, OH.
MRS. BINNS - There will be no public visitation, and services will be private. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo.
Beth A. Jackson
Beth A. Jackson, 49, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died Thursday, January 6, 2005, in Regency Place at Castleton, Indianapolis.
She was born May 6, 1955, in Greensburg.
Mrs. Jackson lived in Greensburg and Jeannette, then in Drums, PA, for three years, and Indianapolis for the past one and a half years.
She was employed by the Latrobe Post Office in Latrobe as a clerk and postmaster for 14 years.
She was a parishioner of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Indianapolis.
Mrs. Jackson is survived by her husband, Charles Jackson of Indianapolis; her father and stepmother, Earl and Donna Anger of Harrison City; her mother and stepfather, Jane and Peter A. Spino of Greensburg; a son, Mark Sawinski of Jeannette; a stepson, Stephen Jackson of Monaca; a stepdaughter, Amy Jackson of Apollo; her sister, Laurie Lacher of Pittsburgh; and a nephew, Luke Lacher of Pittsburgh.
Friends are welcome at CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, on Sunday, January 9, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m., and Monday, January 10, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. James Roman Catholic Church, Apollo, on Tuesday, January 11, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. Father John T. Sweeney will officiate. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Church of the Holy Spirit, 7243 East 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219.
Susan Marie Kelley
South Bend Township
Susan Marie Kelley, 52, of South Bend Township, Armstrong County, died Thursday, January 6, 2005, at her residence.
She was born November 13, 1952, in Erie, a daughter of the late Rex and Eleanor (Brady) Cunningham.
She was a homemaker, and had lived in South Bend Township for most of her life.
Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Robert Kelley.
She is survived by her fiance, Dennis Snyder of South Bend Township; two daughters, Bobbie Sue Smith and Blanche Vermeulin, both of Apollo; a son, Robert Kelley of South Bend Township; and three grandchildren, Marie and Kelley Smith and Elizabeth Vermeulin.
Also surviving are her sister, Jean Cunningham of Rochester Mills, PA, and her brother, William Cunningham of Indiana, PA.
MRS. KELLEY - There will be no public visitation. A gathering to celebrate Susan's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, 2005, at the home of Robert and Shirley Kelley in South Bend Township. Professional services are under the care of CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo.
Linda L. Baker
Linda L. Baker, 55, of Loyalhanna Township, died Friday, January 7, 2005, in her home.
She was born March 4, 1949, in Johnstown.
Mrs. Baker lived in Loyalhanna Township most of her life, and was a personal caregiver in the area.
She was a member of Sons of Zebedee Lutheran Church in Saltsburg.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty (Schrecengost) Shaw in 1986.
Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband of 40 years, Dennis E. Baker, Sr., of Loyalhanna Township; two sons, Dennis E. Baker, Jr., and his fiancee, Kathy Lewis of Loyalhanna Township and Joseph C. Baker of Loyalhanna Township; a daughter, Tammy L. (Michael) Haupt of Loyalhanna Township; and three grandchildren.
Also surviving are three brothers: Harry Shaw of Harrisburg, Daniel Shaw of Oil City, and Herman Shaw of Conemaugh Township; and four sisters: Barbara (Robert) King of Kiski Township, Virginia (Raymond) Doland of Conemaugh Township, Debra (William) Fulton of Franklin, PA, and Brenda (Thomas) Shearer of Conemaugh Township.
Friends are welcome at CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt Street, Saltsburg, on Monday, January 10, 2005, from 12:00 Noon until the time of services at 3:00 p.m. The Reverend Dr. Judith A. Campas will officiate.
L. Marie Weister Bowman Brewer
L. Marie Weister Bowman Brewer, 91, of Washington Township died on Tuesday, February 1, 2005 in her home.
Born on January 18, 1914 in Salina, PA she was a daughter of the late Harry and Elsie Carnahan Weister.
Mrs. Brewer was a homemaker and lived in Bell Township until moving to Washington Township in 1939.
A member of Poke Run Presbyterian Church in Washington Township she was a former deacon and a member of the Rugh Circle. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Apollo.
Mrs. Brewer was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Elmer W. Bowman; her second husband, Edgar L. Brewer; three brothers, David E., Leonard L. and Brooks E. Weister; and five sisters, Ora Z. Troup; Mae C. Parks; Hazel Stock, Stella Miller and Mildred George.
Survivors include four sons, Raeburn "Ray" (Sylvia) Bowman of Washington Township, L. Keith (Carol) Bowman of Greensburg, Lee. M. and Ronald W. (Carole) Bowman of Mamont; a daughter, Karen E. (Clifford) Lightner of Greensburg; a sister Bessie McDivitt of Bell Township; 12 Grandchildren and 16 Great grandchildren.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Poke Run Presbyterian Church, 1091 Poke Run Church Road, Apollo, PA 15613
MRS. BREWER - Friends will be welcomed from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2005 in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, PA. Services will be conducted in the Poke Run Presbyterian Church, Washington Township, on Friday, February 4, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. with the Reverend Peter Goetschius officiating. Interment will be in the Poke Run Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Washington Township.