Pauline E. Fryar
formerly of Vandergrift
Pauline E. Fryar, 82, formerly of Vandergrift, died Monday, February 14, 2005, in Highland Center Genesis ElderCare, Brackenridge, where she was a patient for eleven months.
Born March 17, 1922, in Vandergrift, she lived in Vandergrift all of her life.
She was the manager of Miller's Market in Vandergrift, and then worked as a clerk at Forbes Hospital, Monroville, before retiring in 1992.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Vandergrift.
Mrs. Fryar was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leslie F. Fryar in 1981; and three sisters: Katherine Arduino, Mary Logero, and Alberta Gourley.
Survivors include a son, Leslie (Edna) Fryar of Colonial Heights, VA; two daughters, Sandra (James) Crooks of Allegheny Township, and Paulette (Nicholas) Angeloff, Jr., of Leechburg; two grandsons: Les (Jacqueline) Crooks of White Plains, NY and Nathan Michal Angeloff of Leechburg; four granddaughters: Tracy Lee Fryar of Colonial Heights, VA, Jacquelyn (Terry) Moorhead of Oklahoma Borough, Tammy Lynn Fryar of Colonial Heights, VA, and Elizabeth Marie Angeloff of Leechburg; and three great-grandchildren: Austin Keifer Moorhead, Ian Hunter Moorhead, and Keaton Leigh Moorhead, all of Oklahoma Borough.
Friends welcome at BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 429 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift, on Friday, February 18, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. until the time of services at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment will be private. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Highland Center Genesis ElderCare, Brackenridge, PA 15014.
Robert B. Carson, Sr.
Robert B. Carson, Sr., 65, of Kiski Township, died on Friday, February 18, 2005 in St. Margaret Memorial Hospital, Aspinwall, PA.
Mr. Carson was born on May 20, 1939 in New Kensington, a son of the late Henry and Alice Gromley Carson and had lived in the Kiski Valley most of his life.
He was employed as a mechanic for Monroeville Dodge, Monroeville until retiring in 1986. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and building model cars and trucks.
Mr. Carson was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ben Carson and Barney Gromley; and a sister Marie Whitzell.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Connie Karpinski Carson of Kiski Township, two daughters, Marilyn (Kenneth) Hollis of Kiski Township and Debbie (Todd) Fish of Erie; a son Robert Carson, Jr. of Polk, PA; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister, Janet (Robert) Bentley of New Kensington and a brother Elmer Carson of New Kensington.
Friends welcome at CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, on Monday, February 21, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. There will be additional visitation on Tuesday, February 22, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. in the Spring Church Lutheran Chuch, Spring Church where the funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend Lawrence Camberg presiding. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.
James R. "Dick" Wright, Sr.
James R. "Dick" Wright, Sr., 79 of Gilpin Township died Saturday, February 19, 2005 in his home.
Born September 1, 1925, in Leechburg, he was a son of the late William and Alverda (Steele) Wright and lived in the Leechburg area all of his life.
Mr. Wright was employed by the R & P Coal Company, Indiana, PA as a coal miner retiring in 1987.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during World War II.
Mr. Wright was a member of the Slovak Club, the V.F.W., and the Moose Club all in Leechburg; he was also a member of the American Legion #775 in Schenley. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf.
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, Thomas, William, John, Clarence, George, Donald and Harry Wright; four sisters, Jane Crofutt, Nina Richards, Susan Boggel and Patricia Wright.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Laura Ruffner Wright of Gilpin Township; two daughters, Carolyn Wright of Kittanning and Jane (Larry) Ross of Lower Burrell; two sons, James (Judy) Wright, Jr. and William Wright both of Leechburg; five grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Shirley) Wright of Ford City; two sisters, Yvonne (William) Smeltzer and Ruth (Raymond) Fiornia both of Leechburg.
The family suggest that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church, 251 Main Street, Leechburg, PA 15656.
Friends welcome at CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market Street, Leechburg on Monday, February 21, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday by the Armstrong County Honor Guard. Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, February 22, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home, with the Reverend Ronald Raptosh officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township.
James Arthur Parks
James Arthur Parks, 85, of Parks Township, formerly of Burrell Township died on Saturday, February 19, 2005 in the Pine View Personal Care Facility, Parks Township.
Born on January 21, 1920, Mr. Parks was a son of the late John H. and Lyda Belle Bortz Parks.
Before moving to Parks Township he lived in Burrell Township most of his life. He enjoyed talking on his C.B. radio and spending time outdoors.
Retiring in 1979 from the Leechburg Mining Company in Kiski Township where he worked as a joy loader operator, Mr. Parks was a coal miner for 30 years.
Mr. Parks was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ila E. Parks in 1994; three brothers, Robert, Vernon, and Ellis Parks; four sisters, Emma Brown, Lenora Wilson, Vera Hilty and Grace LaBorde.
Survivors include three daughters, Verna (Thomas) Westergom of Vandergrift, Vada Parks of Apollo and Velma (James Radebach) Vensel of Rural Valley: 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren.
The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
Friends welcome at CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, on Monday, February 21, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Clair Knappenberger presiding. Interment will be in the South Bend Cemetery, South Bend Township.
Joanne Coffman Helman
Cabot, formerly of Apollo
Joanne Coffman Helman, 74, of Cabot, formerly of Apollo, died on Saturday, February 19, 2005 in Concordia Lutheran Home, Cabot.
Born on September 3, 1930, in Vandergrift, she was a daughter of the late Ephraim and Gladys Rowley Coffman.
Mrs. Helman had lived in Apollo and Vandergrift before moving to Cabot in 1996.
She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Apollo; Order of Eastern Star Chapter #437 and she was a past president of the Apollo Junior Women's Club. She enjoyed singing, trips to Ocean City, NJ and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Helman was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Patricia Rupert.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Glen L. Helman of Cabot; a daughter Malinna (John) Townsend of Spring Church; 4 grandchildren, Kelli, Joshua, Matthew and Kaitlin Townsend and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends welcome at CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, on Tuesday, February 22, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Charles Horn presiding. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell, PA
Albert S. Auden
Albert Samuel Auden, 87, of Saltsburg, died on Sunday, February 20, 2005 in Latrobe Area Hospital, Latrobe, PA.
Born July 5, 1917, in Glen Campbell, PA he lived in Saltsburg most of his life.
He was employed by Kiskiminetas Springs School in Saltsburg as a maintenance man retiring in 1980.
Mr. Auden was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corp, having served during World War II as a staff sergeant.
He was a member of the Saltsburg Senior Citizens.
Mr. Auden was preceded in death by his parents, Silas and Bella Ellsmore Auden; his wife, Lois Marie Auden in 1989; and two sisters, Dorothy Kennedy and Mildred Berger.
Survivors include two sons, David (Linda) Auden and Thomas (Carlotta) Auden, Sr. both of Saltsburg; three sisters, Marian Laughlin and Helen (Michael) Elko of Glen Campbell, PA and Mary Ramaley of Las Vegas, NV; three grandchildren Thomas (Wendy) Auden, Jr. of Avonmore, Shannon Auden of Saltsburg, Stacy (Jason) Cooper of Nitro, WV; and four great grandchildren.
Friends welcome at CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt Street, Saltsburg, on Tuesday, February 22, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 23, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., with the Reverend Rick Helsel officiating. Interment will follow in Edgewood Cemetery, Saltsburg.
Bessie A. Hill
Bessie A. Hill, 86, of Apollo, died Thursday, February 24, 2005, in Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights, where she was a patient for one day.
She was born April 6, 1918, in Apollo, and lived in the Kiski Valley all of her life.
Mrs. Hill was employed as a personal secretary for Attorney Harold Bair in Vandergrift, and also worked as a clerk for Murphy's 5 & 10 in Vandergrift.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Apollo, and was a former Girl Scout leader.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Earl and Mary Elizabeth (Brookhouser) Datz; her husband, Orville Curtis Hill in 1999; a sister, Katherine Sawyer in 2001; and a brother, Leroy Datz.
Survivors include two sisters, Lillian A. Datz of Apollo, and Ruth Nardulli of Harrisburg; a niece, Barbara Narduilli of Harrisburg; two nephews, Dennis (Nancy) Toy of Harrisburg, and Paul L. Sawyer of Flagstaff, AZ; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends welcome at CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, on Sunday, February 27, 2005, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 1:00 p.m. Reverend Dr. Olivia E. Graham will officiate. Burial will be in Ford City Cemetery, Ford City.
John L. Fleeger
Interment Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell
John L. Fleeger, 84, of Allegheny Township, died Thursday, February 24, 2005, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh.
Born August 30, 1920, in Saltsburg, he was the son of the late Lewis and Maudi Mae (Kelly) Fleeger.
He lived in Allegheny Township for the past 58 years.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Allegheny Ludlum, West Leechburg plant, as a forklift operator for 30 years.
Mr. Fleeger was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the First Assembly of God in New Kensington, and was also a member of the East Vandergrift Senior Citizens.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Florence P. Fleeger on March 30, 2004; and five sisters.
Mr. Fleeger is survived by his daughter, Sandra K. (Leonard) Leto of Yardley, PA; his son, Ronald L. (Shirley) Fleeger of Renton, WA; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his three sisters, Clara, Gladys, and Rose.
William L. Shellhammer
Chesapeake, Virginia (formerly of Oklahoma Boro)
Interment Fairview Cemetery Spring Church
William L. Shellhammer, 79, formerly of Oklahoma Boro, died Friday, February 25, 2005, at the home of his daughter in Chesapeake, VA.
He was born September 19, 1925 in Kiski Township, a son of the late William and Belva Coulter Shellhammer.
He lived in Oklahoma Boro from 1946-2003, before moving to Chesapeake, VA, to live with his daughter, Susan.
He was employed as a truck driver for Breman's Trucking in Leechburg until his retirement in 1985. He was then a maintenance worker for Oklahoma Boro from 1985-2003.
A United States Army veteran, he served during World War II, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and Normandy.
He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vandergrift, where he was a past member of the church council. He was also a life member of the Oklahoma Volunteer Fire Department, and enjoyed gardening, woodworking, hunting, and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Homer, Ralph, and Leroy Shellhammer; and two sisters: Frances Crownover and Belva Wedge.
Mr. Shellhammer is survived by his wife of 58 years, Georgia (Henry) Shellhammer of Chesapeake, VA; a son, David W. (Judy) Shellhammer of Kiski Township; two daughters: Susan (Allan) Hardy of Chesapeake, VA, and Debbie (Phillip) Rozic of Butler; ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; a brother, Arthur L. (LaRue) Shellhammer of Kiski Township; and three sisters: Grace Shellhammer of Kiski Township, Wilda Harm of Vandergrift, and Alice Talmadge of Kiski Township.
Mary R. Cicala Raimer
formerly of Avonmore
Interment Westview Cemetery, Avonmore
Mary R. Cicala Raimer, 87, formerly of Avonmore, died Saturday, February 26, 2005, at the home of her son in Blairsville.
Born November 6, 1917, in Altman, PA, she was a daughter of the late Dominick and Mary (Chiodo) Cicala.
She lived in Avonmore most of her life.
Prior to her retirement in 1958, she was employed by Federal Laboratories in Tunnelton, as a hose clamper.
Mrs. Raimer was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Avonmore, and its Rosary Society.
She was also a member of SS. Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church, Blairsville, and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court of St. Theresa.
She is survived by her son, Reverend Chester J. Raimer, pastor of SS. Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church, Blairsville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph R. Raimer in 1999; and a sister, Catherine Knapp in 1997.