Har-Brack Union High School Class of 1957

Natrona Heights and Brackenridge, Pennsylvania





Janice Aline Beale

No obituary found. Born: 5 November 1938.  Died: 3 July 2008.  Age at death:  69 years, 7 months, 28 days.  Last known to be living in Pittsburgh, Oakland, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Post Gazette issue of 5 July 2008 mentions Janice was living in Ross, PA.  Funeral home cited as D'Alessandro of Lawrenceville, PA.


Cephus Lee Benton


Cephus L. Benton, 48 of 7511 Millrace Road, Capital Heights, MD., died of a heart attack Sunday (July 5, 1987) in Prince Georges County, MD.  Born February 7, 1939, in New Kensington, he was a son of James Benton, Sr, and Claudine Benton.  Mr. Benton was a member of the Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA.  He was a program director for the Prince George County Community Center.  Besides his wife, Phyllis Benton, he is survived by a son, Chad Benton of Capital Heights, MD.; a daughter, Cora Benton of Capital Heights, MD.; and a brother, James L. Benton.  Age at death:  48 years 5 months.
Ronald C. Bibza
Ronald C. Bibza, 54, of McCandless, formerly of Natrona Heights, Harrison, died Tuesday (May 10, 1994) in Passavant Hospital, McCandless.  He was born January 17, 1940, in Natrona Heights.  Mr. Bibza was a salesman.  Survivors include his wife, Sally Genszler Bibza; a son, Lt. Todd R. Bibza of Pensacola, Fla.; a daughter, Tracy L. Bibza of Philadelphia; a granddaughter; his father, Joseph Bibza; and two sisters, Alice Sankey of New Wilmington, and Janet McCurdy of Natrona Heights.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice Feil Bibza.  Age at death:  54 years, 3 months, 28 days.

Edwin Ronald


Edwin Ronald Bohn May 30, 1939 - September 15, 2012 Resident ofSan Jose Edwin was born and raised in Breckenridge, PA. He was a Navy Veteran and a graduate of Grove City College, where he received his BSEE. He and his family moved to San Jose in 1973, where he was a Marketing Engineer at several Silicon Valley Companies. Later, he enjoyed playing pinochle with his pinochle group. He is survived by his wife, Jill Prosser Bohn, and his son Brian Douglas Bohn of San Mateo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grove City College: Grove City College Development Office, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA 16127.   Source:  email notification from family received 10/29/2012 and obituary found at San Jose Mercury News (CA) - Friday, September 21, 2012.
Cheryl Bonner

Cheryl M. (Bonner) Harbison, 75, of Washington, Pa., passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at Washington Hospital. She was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Brackenridge, daughter of the late Dennis C. and Geraldine (Best) Bonner. She lived most of her life in South Buffalo Township and the past 20 years in Washington, Pa. Cheryl was a registered nurse at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Upper St. Clair and Wheeling Hospital, where she retired. She also worked as an OR nurse for five years in Shelby, N.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was a former member of St. Mary Mother of God, Freeport, and a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School, Allegheny Valley Hospital School of Nursing and earned a B.S. in nursing from LaRoche College. Cheryl enjoyed reading, sewing, counted cross stitch, baking and cooking. Survivors include her daughters, Erin L. (Michael) Sherrieb, of Washington, Pa., and Cara M. (Tovo) Raboanarielina, of Cotonou, Benin, West Africa; grandchildren, Sydney and Evan Sherrieb and Miasoa Raboanarielina; also surviving is a sister, Jane (Robert) Sennett, of Farmington. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Harbison; and a brother, Dennis Bonner. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. Tenth Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Edward Volz, OSPPE, officiating. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.

Robert Chester Brooks

Robert "Chet" Brooks, 72, of New Kensington, departed this life Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 28, 1939, in Brackenridge, to the late William Sr. and Bessie Kendall Brooks. He was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School and served his country in the Army Reserve. Mr. Brooks was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church of Brackenridge and served as a district sales manager for the Quaker Oats Company, until his retirement in 2002. He was a member of the Masons and the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, where he was a Past Exalted Ruler, and currently was serving as secretary, both of New Kensington. An avid fisherman, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Mattie L. Edwards Brooks; children, Robert Chester Brooks II, of Cleveland, Ohio, Terence Lee Brooks, of Huntsville, Ala., Lisa LaRue, of Atlanta, Ga., Jeffrey Lynn (Nancy) Brooks, of Wexford, Jana M. (Michael) Graves, of New Kensington, Charles E. (Dawana) Howell, of California, and Michael T. Howell, of Germantown, Md.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Shirley I. (James) Houser, of Arnold, Odessa L. Fletcher and Rosetta V. (Walter) Bush, both of Pontiac, Mich. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Edy Elizabeth Allen, Betty L. Duffey, Gloria A. Johnson, Henry F. Brooks, William Brooks Jr. and Paul C. Brooks. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (724-335-1234), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 1150 Fourth Ave., New Kensington. The Rev. Edward Carter will officiate. Private burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Both the Masons and the Elks will hold services in the funeral home Friday evening. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.

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Douglas Kent Brumbaugh



Doug Brumbaugh passed away on Monday, May 31, 2010. Doug was surrounded by his family and friends right up to the end. His final hours, like his entire life, were filled with lots of laughter, smiles, and joy. Educator, friend, mentor, son, husband, uncle, brother, father, and child of Christ, Doug spent his entire life serving others. Born May 26, 1939 to Pat and Wilbur Brumbaugh, Doug received his incredible work ethic from his steel mill working father and tireless working mother. His students span the globe, from the Orient, to Europe, to countless states in America. If you met him you were immediately part of his family. Because of this, Doug is survived by too many family members to mention. He taught his hundreds of children math, life skills, the Bible, how to love your neighbor, and what it means to keep your word. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 4 at 11 a.m. at the Metro Church in Winter Springs, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your favorite Christian charity in Doug's name.

Last known residence was Ovieda, Chuluoto, Seminole County, Florida

Anthony S. Bucholz

Anthony S. "Tony" Bucholz, 75, of Buffalo Township, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, peacefully in the serenity of his home. Tony was born in New Kensington, Nov. 14, 1939, son of the late Margaret Hrebicek. He worked as a supervisor at Oberg Industries for 34 years and retired in 2001. Tony worked in many different areas of the tool and die trade. He worked as a surface grinder, assembler and was a supervisor for many years, all for Oberg. Many things that people use in their daily life are produced by machines that Tony created tooling for. He enjoyed golfing, reading, gardening and photography. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and going to all of their activities. Tony is survived by his wife of 52 years, Donna Jean (Check) Bucholz; their two daughters, Cheryl (James) Farrell, of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Laura (James) Stewart, of Buffalo Township; and his three grandchildren, Kayla Farrell, Lurena and Addison Stewart. He was preceded in death by his grandparents who raised him, Frank and Marie Hrebicek; his three sisters, Dolores Hutchison, Louise Hudson and Grace Oldaker. Family and friends will be received from noon to 2 and 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday Jan. 11th, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. Funeral service will follow the visitation at 6 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Barry Keurulainen of St. Luke Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be held in McVille Union Cemetery in Freeport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 330 Hannahstown Road, Cabot, PA 16023. To send a condolence, visit http://www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com. Sign / View Guest Book Redmond Funeral Home, 524 High Street, Freeport PA 16229

Victor Samuel Capoccioni

Victor Samuel Capoccioni, 60, of Natrona Heights, Harrison, died at 12:50 a.m. Sunday (May 28, 2000) in the Butler Veterans Administration Medical Center of Lou Gehrig's disease.  He was born Sept. 13, 1939,  in Brackenridge.  A Navy veteran, he was stationed on the USS Des Moines.  Mr. Capoccioni was owner and operator  of Samson Produce, Tarentum, for 22 years.  He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Worship Site, Harrison, Brackenridge Integrity, a longtime member of the Boy Scouts of America, for which he was assistant Cubmaster and Webelos leader in Tarentum and assistant scoutmaster in Natrona Heights.  Mr. Capoccioni was an avid gardener and enjoyed Scouting.  Survivors include his wife, Carol Ann Staley Capoccioni; a son, Gregory S. Capoccioni of Bloomsburg; two daughters, Mrs. Michael (Pamela) Ventorini of Natrona Heights and Mrs. Richard (Kimberly) Linkenheimer of Gibsonia; four grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Capoccioni of Buffalo Township; and two sisters Patricia LaRussa of New Kensington and Jeanne Corsi of Arnold.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Carmela Sgro Capoccioni.  Age at death was 60 years, 8 months, 15 days. 

James Patrick Conroy

James Paul Conroy 66, of State College, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at The Fairways in State College. He had a cottage at Conneaut Lake and enjoyed spending as much time there as he could. Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights. The Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Most Blessed Sacrament Worship Site, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Centre County Youth Service Bureau, 410 S. Fraser St., State College, Pa. 16801.No obituary found.  Last known address was Corapolis, PA. Source:  Nancy Jordan Snyder and Meadville, PA Times Newspaper

Louis Stanford Crow

aka "Tucky"

Louis S. Crow Sr., 68, of Libby died from natural causes Monday, July 28, 2008, at his home in Libby. 

He was born Aug. 31, 1939, in Charleroi, Pa., to Hady and Gertrude Stenburg Crow. He grew up and attended school in Pennsylvania and graduated from high school [Har-Brack Union High School} there.  At age 18, he entered the U.S. Navy where he served for four years. He was honorably discharged in May 1962. He married Patty Parker in 1983. He lived and worked in Denver for 30 years. In 1998, he and Patty moved to Libby. Mr. Crow enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and restoring old cars. He was a simple man who loved his family and friends very much.Survivors include his wife Patty Crow of Libby; children Louis Crow Jr. of Tarentum, Pa. William Crow and wife Kelly of Denver, Colo.; stepchildren Heather Anderson of Denver; Nathaniel Scott and wife Tina of San Jose, Calif.; grandchildren Nicole, McKenzie, Sarah, Jordon and Nathaniel; sisters Bonnie Vigalent of Georgia; brothers George Crow of Buena Vista, Colo.; and Paul Crow and wife Kathy of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Private family services will be held. Local arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home. 

David Martin Crytzer

David Martin Crytzer, formerly of Natrona Heights died Friday, April 11, 2014.  David was born Oct. 8, 1939 in Natrona Heights, a son of the late Gerald Crytzer and the late Irene Mizer Crytzer.  He graduated from Har-Brack High School in 1957.  He earned his bachelor's degree in education at Slippery Rock State University and master's degrees in English and counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Dave is survived by his loving wife of more than 45 years, Sue Ann Coll Crytzer, of Surfside Beach, S.C.; daughter, Jessica Sue Crytzer, of Lexington, KY; and son, Daniel Martin Crytzer, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.  Dave is also survived by brothers, Paul Crytzer and Joel Crytzer; and sisters, Janet Ackerman and Anita Lloyd.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard Crytzer and Layton "Rusty" Crytzer; and sister, Joanne Elkin.  Dave involved himself in numerous fields throughout his professional life.  He worked as a high school teacher in his early years but spent the majority of his career as director of financial aid at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, N.Y.  Upon retiring from JCC, Dave pursued a degree in nursing and began his tenure at WCA Hospital, where he worked primarily as a mental health counselor for most of his 15 years at the hospital's Jones Hill facility before relocating to Surfside Beach, S.C., with his wife, Sue, in 2000, where he continued to work and volunteer in public education for another 10 years.  The family requests that any memorial gestures be forwarded to the:  Karen S. Mitchell Nursing Scholarship Fund c/o Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701; Mercy Care, Attn:  Development Director, 8216 Devon Court, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 c/o: the Crytzer Family; W.C.A. Foundation Inc., c/o Dennis P. Bush Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 214, Jamestown, NY 14701-0214.  Friends and family are invited to visit a memorial page for Dave at www.burroughsfh.om.  He was my Dad, he was a force to be reckoned with, and to my mom, my sister and to me he was, is, and will always be our everything, we love you Dad.  Regarding services:  our family would like to thank everyone who has shown so much support and love throughout Dad's illness.  We felt it appropriate to let you all know that Dave shared with us that he didn't want anyone to go through all the sadness and formalities when he passed, instead he simply wants everyone to think a happy thought when you think of him.  Dave shared with our family where he wanted to make his final resting place, it is a beautiful garden he loved visiting in recent years.  Our family will travel there this week to fulfill his wishes and place him at rest.

Irene Katherine Cullen
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Irene K. Cullen Dayen, 58 of Copeland Road, Leechburg, died at 1:25 p.m. Friday (May 23, 1997) in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, Harrison, after a lingering illness.  Born August 7, 1938, in Distant, she lived in Leechburg for 30 years.  Mrs. Dayen was a member of First Baptist Church, Tarentum, and the American Baptist Women Association of the church.  She enjoyed reading.  Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Douglas J. Dayen; two sons, Paul Dayen of Finleyville and Mark Dayen of North Apollo; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Dawn) Waltz, at home; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; a step-great-granddaughter; three brothers, SWilliam Cullen of Lubbock, Texas, Donald Stancomb of Richmond, Va., and Joel Hannaman of Arnold; and three sisters, Delphine Mason of Rockland, Wanda Hannaman of Rome, Italy, and Barbara Hannaman of Indiana, Pa.  She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Delphine Hudson Cullen; and three brothers, Ernest and Thomas Cullen, and Walter Hannaman.

Robert L. Cusma
Robert L. Cusma II, age 71, of Harrisburg, passed away on Sunday January 16, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family and friends. Robert was the Director of Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund where he retired from in 2001 and was also the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Employers State Retirement System. He was a graduate of Har-Brack High School and Lehigh University where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He enjoyed wood working, was an avid golfer and Steelers' Fan. Most of all he was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 47 years, Bonnie L. Shotwell Cusma and his children Rae Lynn Klein and her husband Michael of Hummelstown and Robert L. Cusma III of Pittsburgh as well as his grandchildren Robert L. Cusma IV, Madolyn Klein and Alex Morgan Cusma. Family and friends are invited to his memorial service at noon on Thursday January 20, 2011 at the Jesse H. Geigle Funeral Home, 2100 Linglestown Road in Harrisburg. A visitation will be from 11am to noon. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in his memory to the V Foundation for Cancer, 106 Towerview Ct., Cary, NC 27513 or the Bethesda Mission, 611 Reily Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. Memorial condolences can be made at www.geiglefuneralhome.com.  Source: Page: The Patriot-News Co.
Tony Cywinski
No Obituary Found.  Last known address was West Palm Beach, FL.
Adelaide Antoinette Dan
Adelaide A. Robbins, 63, of Tarentum died at 9:45 p.m. Friday (Oct. 4, 2002) at Alle-Kiski Medical Center (formerly Allegheny Valley Hospital), Harrison. Born Sept. 23, 1939, in Brackenridge, she lived in Tarentum her entire life. A 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School, she also attended Penn State University, New Kensington Campus. She worked for 10 years for Mellon Bank, Parnassus, New Kensington, and also worked 10 years for North Co. Vocational Training Center in New Kensington. Mrs. Robbins was a member of St. Barnabus Episcopal Church, Brackenridge, where she was a eucharistic minister and member of St. Barnabus Guild. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crafts and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Robert L. Robbins; three sons, Brian J. Robbins of Tarentum, Christopher J. (Kimberly) Robbins of Cadogan and James A. Robbins, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Terri L. (Robert L. Jr.) Artman of Tarentum and Mrs. Laurie A. (David) Alva of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and two brothers, Anthony G. (Ida) Dan of Valencia and George (Kay) Altamas of Slippery Rock. Also surviving are a grandson, Jared Robbins of Cadogan, and five granddaughters, Valerie Artman, Laura Artman and Megan Artman, all of Tarentum, and Amanda Robbins of Cadogan and Stephanie Smith of Fresno, Calif. Mrs. Robbins was preceded in death by her parents, Guy A. Dan, in 1956, and Laura I. Grabigel Dan, in 1983. Relatives and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 10th Avenue at Corbet Street, Tarentum. Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Monday in St. Barnabus Episcopal Church, Brackenridge, with her pastor, the Rev. Stephen M. Smalley, officiating. Burial will be private. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Barnabus Episcopal Church or to the Community Library of Allegheny Valley.
Mary Louise DeMichele

Mrs. James Widmer, died in 1986 while living in Houston, Texas.  Age at death was 46 years, 3 months.  Obituary courtesy of DeMichele Family. Mary Widmer, 46, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Brackenridge, died yesterday (April 11, 1986) in St. Joseph's Hospital, Houston.  Born in Brackenridge, she was a daughter of Albert and Esther DeMichele.  Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Widmer of Houston; two sons, Gregory and Christian, both of Houston; a sister, Donna Cruea of Chicago; two brothers, Richard DeMichele of Brackenridge and Joseph DeMichele of Penn.  Mary Lou Widmer, who died April 11, 1986, was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School and was employed several years at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge.


Luigi Digiacobbe

Luigi W. DiGiacobbe Sr., 69, of Freeport died at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday while in the company of family members at Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Jefferson Township. Luigi was born in Curtisville on Nov. 28, 1938, the son of the late Fioravante and Julia Minda DiGiacobbe. He attended Faith Community Church in Freeport. He served in the Air Force for eight years as a member of the 38th Bomb Wing while stationed in France. After his discharge, he worked as a truck driver at Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge for 30 years. He also worked as a stocker in the No. 3 Department at the mill until his retirement in 1998. Luigi was a member of the Outdoor Life Lodge in Fawn Township, a member of the Police Car Owners Association and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed collecting coins, gardening and spending time with his family and all his grandchildren. 

Luigi is survived by his wife, Rosetta M. Cornman DiGiacobbe; his daughter, Cindy Burd and her husband, Edward, of Columbus, Ohio; five sons, Luigi W. DiGiacobbe Jr. of Rock Hill, S.C., Dino DiGiacobbe and his wife, Jeanne, of Buffalo Township, Bruce DiGiacobbe and his wife, Carol, of Freeport, Joseph DiGiacobbe of Freeport, and Mario "Rocky DiGiacobbe of Dallas, Texas. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren; a sister, Jenny Neupert and her husband, John, of Manorville, and a brother, Tony DiGiacobbe and his wife, Eleanor, of Lower Burrell.


DIGIACOBBE - Family and friends of Luigi DiGiacobbe, who died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 12 to 2 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME, 524 High St., Freeport. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Faith Community Church, the Rev. Chuck Edwards, pastor, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be held at Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Community Church, 407 Freeport Road, Freeport, PA 16229. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.

Paul Finley Edwards

Paul F. Edwards, Jr., formerly of Harrison died March 13, 1988, in West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park.  Born in Kittanning, he lived in Oak Park since 1981.  Mr. Edwards was a graduate of Har-Brack High School and attended West Point Military Academy in New York and Gannon College in Erie.  He was director of marketing for Morton Chemical Division of Morton-Thiokol Corp. for 18 years.  In 1984 he served as corporate chairman for the company's Crusade of Mercy.  Mr. Edwards, a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park, was elected to the Vestry in 1983 and Senior Warden in 1985.  Besides his parents, Robert and Ruth Prokity of Harrison, survivors include his wife, Margaret K. Froehlich Edwards; a son, Paul F. III; a daughter, Shelly; two grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Robert (Ruth Ann) Cunningham.  A funeral service was conducted March 16 in Grace Episcopal Church by the Rev. Thomas A. Momberg.  Burial was private.  The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park., Ill. 60302


Herbert Arthur Emanuelson
H. Arthur Emanuelson, 71, of Tarentum, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, in Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia, Cabot. He was born Aug. 16, 1937, in Brackenridge, where he lived all his life. He was the husband of Betty Gayle (Bash) Emanuelson, to whom he was married for 39 years. He graduated from Har-Brack High School and was employed as a grocer, where he made deliveries for B. Wikes and Sons, Brackenridge, for 43 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of First Congregational Church, Tarentum, and was a social member of the American Legion and Pioneer Hose, Brackenridge. He also served on the council of First Congregational Church. He is survived by his wife, Betty Gayle Emanuelson, of Tarentum; daughter, Dotti (David) Sloan, of Harrison Township; grandson, Kyle Sloan; sisters, Beverly Dixon, of Cheswick, and Ruth Jean Kozir, of Monroeville; also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert L. and Lucy Fassett Emanuelson; brothers, Leonard, Carl and Walter; and sisters, Irene, Lillian and Elvira. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the KRYNICKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1007 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. R. Cameron Malcolm, pastor of Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial in Mt. Airy Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.krynickifh.com.
Dolores Ann Falleroni
Dolores Jean Fedorchak, 42, of 1910 Kimball Avenue, Arnold, died late last evening (Feb 22, 1980) at 10:55 in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh where she was a patient for 17 days.  Born May 31, 1937, in Brackenridge, she was a daughter of Domenic and Josephine DiPerna Falleroni of Brackenridge.  A lifelong resident of the area, she was a member of Saints Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Tarentum, the Ladies Altar Guild of the church and Arnold Fire Department No. 2 auxiliary.  She graduated in 1957 from Har-Brack High School and later from Mason Felix Beauty School, New Kensington.  Besides her parents she is survived by her husband, Charles and two brothers, Albert Falleroni of Lower Burrell and Vincent Falleroni of Natrona Heights.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.  A sister, Vincenzina preceded her in death.  Friends will be rec3eived this evening from 7 to 9 and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Duster Funeral Home, Inc. 10th Avenue at Corbert Street, Tarentum where a para??? service will be conducted Friday at 9 p.m.  A blessing service will be conducted Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Saints Peter & Paul Church with her pastor, the Rev. John Kasarda, officiating.  Burial will be in Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.  Source:  Valley News Dispatch Feb 25, 1980. 
Paul Lynn Fleischer

The following article from an unknown newspaper was provided by Val Jean Sowinski English

MURDER:  A-K native slain in popular D.C. bistro

Paul L. Fleischer, 29, formerly of Natrona Heights, was one of two employes of a plush Wahington, D.C. bistro found stabbed to death in the restaurant early yesterday morning.  Capital police kicked open the doo of the popular eating place, Gentlemen II at 1800 M. St., N.W., and discovered Fleischer, night manager, and Darlene Julie Elliott, 20 of 5015 Denmore Ave., Baltimore, bookkeeper-trainee.  Lying dazed on the carpet near the bar was Stanley Cobb, 26 a janitor, of the 1300 block of Fifth Street, N.W. Washington, with superficial cuts on his hands and arms. 

Janitor is Charged.

Police took him into custody and at midmorning charged him with homicide in connection with the two deaths.  No indication of a motive was made.  Cobb was held without bond for further hearing on July 16, U.S. Commissioner Sam Wertleb.  Continuance was granted at Cobb's request to obtain a lawyer.  He is charged with the slayings, but police said today that Cobb said the restaurant was held up by four men.  Police added, however, there is no visible evidence of forced entry.

Found Early Monday

Both victims suffered multiple stab wounds and were discovered inside the locked restaurant at 4:21 a.m., after police received a routine telephone company trouble report that the phone there was off the hook.  Police said Miss Elliott's body was found on the carpet about 35 feet from the front door, just inside the dining room.  Detective said Miss Elliott who had short curly dark hair, was wearing a one-piece print mini dress that tied at the shoulders.  They said it had been ripped down to her waist. 

Fleischer, who was reportedly living with a friend at River House Apartment, 1400 S. Joyce St., Arlington, Va..was fully clad in shirt and trousers, police said.  He was found face down, with his head at the foot of the stairs, in the basement.  The stairs were beyond the front area where Miss Elliott's body was discovered -- through the kitchen and around the corner, Police said the basement was used as a storage area.  Detectives said a bloody knife, which hey believed to be the weapon, was found on the staircase near Miss Elliott's body.  The staircase leads up to a balcony-bar, from which patrons can look out over the high-ceilinged first floor.  Policy would not say if there was any evidence of robbery, although an official of the restaurant told reporters that the safe was undisturbed.  Police said there were signs of a struggle in the area between the places where the bodies were found, but would not elaborate.  Owner Michael O'Horro, who opened the "young singles restaurant" last August with co-owner James Desman, would not comment.  Employes arriving for day-shift work said the restaurant normally closes at midnight Sunday.  Police placed time of the slaying at between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 4:29 a.m. Monday.  Miss Elliott was working for Gentlemen II weekdays and attending evening classes at Towson State College, Baltimore, according to an official at a parking lot behind the restaurant.  He blue sports car was still parked yesterday morning -- a red suitcase in the front seat.

The restaurant., in a three-story corner building, was formerly LaSalle du Bois, a noted French restaurant.  Its ornate gold chandeliers still hang above the pale green rooms of the new restaurant. 

Mr. Fleischer was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene P. Fleischer Sr., of 2207 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights.  Immediately upon being notified of their son's death, Mr. Fleischer, accompanied by the family minister, the Rev. Robert Harlan Cairns, D.D., of Grace Methodist Church, Natrona Heights, left for the nation's capital to make arrangements to return his body home.

The following obituary was found on the internet 4/16/2012:


On Monday, June 24, 1968, PAUL LYNN FLEISCHER of Natrona Heights, PA.  He is survived by his parents, Eugene P. Fleischer Sr., and Jeannette Campbell Fleischer; also his brothers, Gordon and Dale.  Services will be held Friday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at the Walters Funeral Home, 543 East 10th Ave., Tarentum, PA.  Friends may call and flowers may be sent to the Walters Funeral Home.  Source: Washington Post, Times Herald The (1959-1973).  Washington District of Columbia 27 June 1968 obituary.

Georgie Lou Fleischmann
No obituary found.  Mrs. Georgie Lou Russell last known address was Cloudcroft, New Mexico according to SSDI.
Mary Beth Friel

Mary Beth Prescher, 58, of Lady Lake, Fla., formerly of Lake Forest, died April 20, 1998.  Mrs. Prescher was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Natrona, Pa. She was a homemaker, a former secretary for Alcoa Research and a former Executive Secretary to Vice President of Papercraft. Mrs. Prescher was active in Wives of the Submariners of World War II where she was former National Historian, former President of the Anchorettes of North Central Florida and present National 2nd Vice President.  Survivors include her husband, Ardell A. Prescher of Lady Lake; her daughter, Nadia Anne Prescher of Athens, Ga.; her stepson, Andrew Prescher of Green Bay, Wis.; and her sister, Suzanne Wozniak.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Lake Sumter, 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778, or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1180, Ocala, FL 32678. Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice Highland Park News (IL) - May 7, 1998

Nicholas Thomas Gamer

Nicholas T. Gamer, III, 69, of Natrona Heights, formerly of Latrobe and Palo Alto, CA passed away Friday, March 6, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Son of the late Nicholas and Agenes (Lisco) Gamer; father of Nathan and Adienne; brother of Marlene Paulick, O'Hara Twp., Carol (Alan) Dignon in Maryland and Joyce Gamer, Natrona Heights; uncle of Lisa Paulick (Steven) Blume Scottsdale, AZ, and Laura Paulick (Jim) Moody of Denver, Colorado.  Member St. Joseph Parish, Natrona.  Outstanding Metallurgical Engineer with Kennametal in Latrobe, PA and Western Gold and Platinum in Belmont, CA where he developed two metal bonding patents.  Graduated Har-Brack High School in Natrona Heights in 1952 (sic) [1957] (was Class President 3 years) and Grove City College in 1962.  Avid reader, sports fan, wine expert, researcher of ideas in art and philosophy, Nick was never short of new visions, and he touched many lives. 

Another Obituary adds the following:

He also worked for Pittsburgh Corning Glass in Port Allegheny, and in recent years, while caring for his mother and sister, was retired from the PA Liquor Control Board.  He was a member of St. Joseph Parish, St. Mathias Church.  ...enjoyed gardening and living organically.  Nick was a researcher of ideas and in science, art and philosophy.  A lifelong learner, Nick was never short of new visions.  Friends included:  Lisa and Larry Keefer, Bob Hild, Louis Heinle, Christopher Unknown as article was cut off.


Chester Carlton "Cookie" Gilchrist

Note from the Webmaster:  We all remember Cookie and even though he did not graduate with us, I have chosen to add him to this obituary page as a tribute.  For those interested in reading the most recent book published about Cookie, click here.  The title is "The Cookie That Did Not Crumble."  There is also a great website located at the following URL:  http://cookiegilchrist.com/.  Just click it and the internet link will take you there.

Here is the obituary provided by Skip Culleiton. 

A star player at Har-Brack High School (Natrona Heights, Pa), in 1953 he led the team to the W.P.I.A.L. co-championship with Donora. As a junior, he was talked into signing a professional football with the NFL's Clevenad Browns by Paul Borwn. The signing was against NFL rules and likely illegal, and when Brown reneged on his promise that Gilchrist would make the team, Gilchrist left training camp at Hiram College, in Hiram, Ohio, and went to Canada to play. There, in the Ontario Ruby Football Union, he received the Jim Shanks (Team MVP) Trophy for the Sarnia Imperials in 1954, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchen’s Team MVP Award in 1955. 

In 1956, he joined the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, helping to lead them to a 1957 Grey Cup victory. He spent one season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, rushing for 1,254 yards. He then was traded to the Toronto Argonauts and played three years in Toronto. In his six years in the CFL, Gilchrist was a divisional All-Star at running back five consecutive years from 1956 to 1960 (there were no All-Canadians selected in those years) and was also an Eastern All-Star at linebacker in 1960. Additionally, in 1960 he was runner up for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award. In his CFL career, Gilchrist recorded 4,911 rushing yards, 1,068 receiving yards and 12 interceptions. 

Gilchrist then joined the roster of the Buffalo Fills of the fledgling American Football League. Gilchrist was Buffalo's backup plan: they had actually drafted Ernie Davis to be the team's franchise running back in 1962. Davis instead chose the NFL, but died of leukemia before ever playing a down of professional football. The Bills instead signed Gilchrist as a free agent. While with Buffalo, Gilchrist played fullback and kicked, though he insisted he could have played both ways. He was the first 1,000-yard AFL rusher, with 1,096 yards in a 14-game schedule in 1962. That year he set the all-time AFL record for touchdowns with 13, and he earned AFL MVP honors. Gilchrist rushed for a professional football record 243 yards and five touchdowns in a single game against the New York Jets in 1963. Though he was with the Bills for only three years (1962–1964), he remains the team's fifth-leading rusher all-time, and led the league in scoring in each of his three years as a Bill. Gilchrist ran for 122 yards in the Bills' 1964 American Football League championship defeat of the San Diego Chargers, 20-7. His 4.5 yard/rush average is second as a Bill only to O.J. Simpson.

In an early civil rights victory for black athletes, Gilchrist led a successful boycott of New Orleans as the site of the 1965 American Football League All-Star game. He is the only athlete to turn down being enshrined into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum, because of what he described as racism and exploitation by management. Gilchrist frequently was at odds with team management. He told a reporter from the “London Free Press” that most of the problems he encountered were a result of his standing up for principles at a time when black athletes were expected to remain silent.

Gilchrist also played for the Denver Broncos in 1965 and 1967, and for the Miami Dolphins in 1966. He was an American Football League All-Star in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965, making him one of only a few professional football players who made their league's All-Star team for 10 consecutive years (six in the CFL, and four in the AFL). Gilchrist was selected as the fullback of the All-Time American Football League Team.

Gilchrist had numerous feuds with the people he worked with during his football career. He refused entry into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame on account that he did not believe he was paid well enough for his services. He also refused to accept enshrinement on the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame because he wanted payment for appearing; Van Miller eventually convinced Gilchrist to change his mind, but Gilchrist was not inducted prior to his death. Gilchrist was posthumously inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

In an article in “The Buffalo News” on March 18, 2007, Gilchrist, then 71, announced that he was being treated for throat cancer. At the time, he lived in Natrona Heights, PA.

On January 10, 2011, Gilchrist died at an assisted living facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was posthumously diagnosed with stage four chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which may explain, in part, some of his behavioural difficulties. Gilchrist was aware of the possibility that he had the disease when writing his autobiography, The Cookie That Did Not Crumble, along with Chris Garbarino.

Robert F. Gilchrist
No obituary found.  Last known address is unknown.
Henry J. Goffart

Henry J. "Hank" Goffart, 60, of Little Rock died Thursday after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.  A travel consultant, he was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church.  Survivors are his wife of 37 years, Geraldine M. Goffart, and their son, Scott H. Goffart, both of Little Rock.  The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to John Dodson, Mr. Goffart's caregiver for four years. 


Meredith Gohn
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No obituary found.  Last address is unknown.
Phyllis Joyce Harnish

Phyllis J. Brown, 47 of 2714 Woodford Drive, Springfield, Ohio, formerly of Natrona Heights, Harrison, died Monday (Sept. 1, 1986) at 12:05 p.m. in Grandview Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, after a long illness.  Born August 11, 1939 in Natrona Heights, she was a daughter of Olive Elliott Harnish of Natrona Heights and the late John Nelson Harnish.  She was an executive secretary employed by the Kissell Co., Springfield, Ohio, and formerly was employed by Allegheny Ludlum Research Laboratory, Natrona Heights.  Mrs. Brown was a member of Grace Luthern Church, Springfield.  She was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School.  Besides her mother, survivors include her husband, Donald H. Brown; three sons, Timothy Nelson Brown of Lakenheath, England, serving with the United States Air Force, Matthew R. and Robert H. Brown II both of Springfield.

Joan Gay Hetrick

Joan Woods, New Jersey

Joan Hetrick Woods, 45 of Summer's Point, N.J., formerly of Natrona Heights, died Friday (September 21, 1984) in Shore Memorial Hospital, Summer's Point, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  Born April 18, 1939 in Natrona Heights, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Dorothy Hetrick.  Mrs. Hetrick was an area resident.  She moved to Summer's Point 24 years ago.  She was a graduate of Har-Brack High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She was employed as Food Manager at the Westley Manor Home in Ocean City, N.J., and formerly was a dietician at the Atlantic County Nursing Home.  She also had taught school in Summer's Point and the Mainland School District for several years.  Survivors include her husband, Jess Woods; a son, Joe Woods of Linwood N.J.; two daughters, Kathleen and Carleen, both of Linwood; two brothers, Ward Hetrick of Bradley Beach, N.J., and Richard Hetrick of Tarentum; and two sisters, Audrey Essig of Gibsonia and Joyce English of Summer's Point.

Joyce Kay Hetrick

Joyce Kay Hetrick English of Linwood, succumbed to a short bout of cancer on Tuesday April 27, 2010 at 8:20 pm, peacefully in her home with family at her side.  Joyce, along with her identical twin Joan Gay Woods, was born in Natrona Heights, PA to Dorothy and Stanley Hetrick at April 18, 1939. She and her sister graduated from Indiana State College.   Joyce was a home economics teacher at Mainland regional high school in Linwood from 1962 to 1979. She later worked at Playboy as a Bunny Mother and at the Hilton Hotel. Joyce has spent her recent years as a locally known artist being a member of the Ocean City Arts League. Her works included scenes of serenity and nature and spiritual enlightenment. These themes permeated her life as well. She was the author of a soon to be published inspirational book entitled "How You Choose to See It." She was predeceased by her parents, Dorothy and Stanley Hetrick, brother Richard Hetrick, sisters Joan Woods and Audrey Dilembo.  She is survived by her son Ron Frey of Linwood, her four grandchildren James Frey of Jersey City, Charles Frey of Atlantic City, April Martin (Kyle) of Elwood, Charlotte Frey of Egg Harbor City, great grandson Riley Martin, brother and wife Ward and Lillian Hetrick, former husband Fred English, plus many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  She was of the Methodist faith.  One of Joyce's favorite past times was working in and around her home and garden.  Memorial services will be held at the Adams-Perfect funeral home at 1650 New Road (Route 9) Northfield, NJ on May 1st at 11:00 am (gathering at 10 am).  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 626 North Shore Rd., Absecon, NJ 08201.

Thomas Ardell Hoak
Thomas Hoak, 36 of Cabot, a veteran of the Marine Corps, died yesterday (June 6, 1975) at 6:35 p.m. in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, after an illness of two years.  Mr. Hoak was born in Brackenridge, Sept. 13, 1938, to Edward C. and Garnett Campbell Hoak.  He resided in Brackenridge until moving to Cabot eight years ago.  He was graduated by Har-Brack High School, Natrona Heights, in 1957.  Mr. Hoak was a lance corporal in the Marines.  He was employed as a welder by Puillman-Standard Co., Butler.  He was a member of United Steel Works of America, Butler Local No. 1415, and Zion United Methodist Church of Sarver.  Surviving, besides his parents in Brackenridge, are his widow, Mrs. Marlene Nowikowski Hoak; a step-son, William G. Blust, at home; two brothers:  Donald, New Orleans, and Kenneth L., Tarentum; and a sister, Mrs. Robert (Cathy) Hurlbut, Pittsburgh.
Edward Leroy Hooks

Edward L. Hooks, 64, of Buffalo Township, died 12:35 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 25, 2004) in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison.    Born April 9, 1939, in Harrison, he lived there before moving to Buffalo Township in 1993.  He was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School. A veteran, he served with the Army. Mr. Hooks was a glass cutter at Liberty Mirror, Brackenridge, and at Westinghouse, O'Hara. He was a former member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Brackenridge. Survivors include a son, Alan E. (Becky Morrow) Hooks of Arnold; two daughters, Laurie Jacob of Tarentum and Cyndie Hooks of Harrison; a brother, Carl (Velvet) Hooks Jr. of Brackenridge; and his fiancee, Susan Georgic of Harrison. He also is survived by three grandchildren, Nathan Jacob and Heath Phillips, both of Tarentum, and Amber Hooks of Harrison. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Hooks Sr. and Viola Hooks.   Relatives and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Wednesday in DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 10th Avenue at Corbet Street, Tarentum. The Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge.


John Lawrence Hoover
No obituary found.  Last known address is unknown.
Donald Louis Hoss
Donald Louis Hoss, 60 of 995 Freeport Road, East Deer, died unexpectedly Tuesday (March 24, 1998) at 10:30 a.m. in his home.  Born January 16, 1938, in Harrison, he lived in Brackenridge before living in East Deer for the past five years. Mr. Hoss was a graduate of Har-Brack High School, Harrison.  He was a laborer at Boron Service stations in Tarentum and Harrison for 15 years.  Mr. Hoss enjoyed working on cars and playing softball.  Survivors include his mother, Mary Goldinger of Brackenridge.
Carole Elaine Houk
No obituary found.  Last address is not known.
Howard Roger Huey, Jr.

No obituary found.  Last known address is Montgomery, AL.  Age at death was 67 years, 8 days. 

Dolores Catherine Janceck
No obituary found.  Last known address was Lower Burrell, PA.
Dorothy Joan Jankowski

Mrs. Dorothy Joan Hutchison, 27, wife of Ernest Hutchison, of 59 River Ave., Natrona died last evening (Jan, 10, 1967) at 8:25 in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Mrs. Hutchison, quite ill for several years, entered the hospital on Monday. She was born to John and Evelyn Helmirak Jankowski on Aug. 11, 1939, in Natrona. In 1957 she was graduated from Har-Brack High School, Natrona Heights. She was a member of St. Ladislaus Roman Catholic Church, Natrona. Surviving are her husband, a postal carrier out of the Natrona Heights office; two children Sharon Theresa, 3, and Gavin Paul, 2, both at home.  She also leaves her parents; a sister, Miss Geralyn Charlene Jankowski, Natrona; her grandfather, Marion Jankowski, Natrona; and several uncles and aunts. A sister, Theresa Ann, died in 1961. After 7 this evening friends may call at the George I. Rusiewicz Funeral Home, 2 Pine St. at River Ave. , Natrona. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  Thanks go to Skip and 1957 Classmate Anne Marie Zagst Culleiton who provided this obituary.

Joseph H. Jentgens
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Joseph H. Jentgens, 68 of Tarentum, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2007 in the Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, Harrison.  He was born March 19, 1939 in Harrison, a son of the late William and Helen  (Conwell) Jentgens. Joseph was a veteran serving in the Navy.  He retired in 2004 from United Bronze, in Tarentum, where he worked as a cutoff grinder.  He enjoyed fishing. He is survived by four daughters, Colleen (Ron) Bellman, of Tarentum, Julie Stewart, of Pittsburgh, Carla Redmond, of Tarentum, and Colette Jentgens, of New Kensington; 10 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; three brothers; two sisters; and by his best buddy, Abigail.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne; a sister, Eileen; and by his companion, Nancy L. Coughenour, on July 18, 2003. 

Betty Ann Jones
Betty Ann Ross, 57, of 171 Clinton, South Buffalo, died Thursday (August 3, 1995) in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.  Born June 9, 1938 in Harrison, she lived in South Buffalo the past 24 years.  A 1957 Har-Brack High School graduate, Mrs. Ross was a sales clerk for Hallmark Cards at the Wishing Well, Natrona Heights, Harrison, for 15 years, and at Wal-Mart, Kittanning, for two years.  She was a member of the former Free Methodist Church, Tarentum.  Mrs. Ross enjoyed ceramics and playing bingo.  Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Melvin S. Ross; a son, Michael H. Ross of Brackenridge; a daughter, Rose Marie Lindley of South Buffalo; two grandsons; two stepgrandchildren; a stepgreatgranddaughter; and two sisters, Mrs. John (Carol Lee) Crytzer of South Buffalo and Mrs. Michael (Moneen) Nicastro of Harrison.  Her parents, Howard Coon and Faye Hartzel Jones, preceded her in death.
James Francis Jordan

James Francis Jordan, Captain, USN, Retired, passed away on May 2, 2014.  He served in the U.S. Navy for 34 years from 1957 until 1991.  After receiving a Fleet Appointment to the United States Naval Academy he graduated with the Class of '62.  His service included command of three ships:  The USS White River (LSMR-536), USS Newman K. Perry (DD-883), and USS Sumter (LST-1181), as well as two shore duty commands.  After retiring from the Navy, he worked for Service Master for 10 years as Director of Buildings and Grounds at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

In his spare time he became an accomplished Bowl Turner. 

James was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, on August 21, 1939.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy L. Jordan, his children Laurie Adams (Edward), Kellie Jordan, James F. Jordan, Jr., five grandchildren, Edward, Samuel, John Henry, Abigail, and James III.  He is also survived by four sisters, Judy Gaydos, Mary Noble, Nancy Snyder, Patty Slemok, and a brother Joseph Jordan, Jr.  He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association (www.apdaparkinson.org) in James' name.   There will be a Funeral Mass at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Saturday, May 10th, 2014 at 10 a.m., followed by interment in the church columbarium. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Laskin Road Chapel is handling arrangements and online condolences may be made at hdoliver.com.

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Eileen Klemzak
Eileen C. Klemzak, 68, of Natrona Heights, passed away Friday, June 20, 2008, at her home. She was born Sept. 29, 1939, in Natrona, the daughter of the late Walter and Catherine Karpinski Klemzak. She is survived by her two precious grandchildren, John Taylor Herwald and Sarah Marie Herwald; two daughters, Patricia Crawford-Mazur and husband John F. Mazur, of Wilmington, N.C., and Mary Beth Herwald and husband Michael Pacilio, of Mt. Lebanon; her son, John Michael Kapusnik; three sisters, Lorraine Klemzak of Buffalo Township, Mary Elizabeth Smith, of North Carolina, and Geraldine (Thomas) Krzeminski, of Natrona Heights, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Klemzak. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Services and burial will be private. Contributions in memory of Eileen may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. Due to the sudden death of their mother, Eileen's daughters would appreciate any thoughts or words of comfort be sent to the funeral home or posted on the funeral home Web site. These messages will be forwarded to her daughters. To send a online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
Paul Frederick Kokenda



Pastor Paul F. Kokenda, 68, of the North Side, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. Born in Natrona Heights, Aug. 23, 1939, he was a son of the late Louis G. and Ruth C. (Feil) Kokenda. Brother of John M. (Cheryl) Kokenda, Ruth M. (Wayne) Berry, Beryl J. (Ken) Obringer, Rebecca (Paul) Hagelthorn and the late Myra Harbison, Louis A. and Martin G. Kokenda. Also survived by nieces and nephews. He retired as pastor of St. Michael and All Angels' Church after 39 years of service. Pastor Paul loved music and enjoyed playing the organ. There will be no viewing. A memorial liturgy service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in St. Michael and All Angels' Lutheran Church, preceded by an organ prelude at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. Michael's Memorial Fund, 1308 Spring Garden Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Arrangements entrusted to the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES INC., West View. www.schellhaasfh.com
Jane Ann Kowalski
Jane Comperatore, 40, of 50 Wood Street, Natrona, was dead on arrival yesterday (Feb. 7, 1980) at 12:20 a.m. at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.  Born May 14, 1939, in Natrona, she was a daughter of Stanley and Jennie Kopec Kowalski.  Mrs. Comperatore was a licensed practical nurse.  She was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2009 Auxiliary, both of Natrona.  Last year Mrs. Comperatore was voted Mother of the Year by the Eagles Auxiliary. Besides her mother in Natrona, she is survived by her husband, Charles T. Comperatore; two sons; Mark and Matthew, bot at home; three daughters:  Debbie and Donna, both at home, and Mrs. Arthur (Diane) Kramer of Tarentum; a grandson, Arthur George Kramer and a brother, John D. Kowalski of Upper Burrell.
Patricia Louise Kunkle
Patricia L. Jones, 62, of Fawn died Friday (Dec. 7, 2001) in her home. She was born May 28, 1939, in Indiana, Pa.

A member of Bull Creek Presbyterian Church, West Deer, she worked at Tandem Health Care in Indiana Township.

Mrs. Jones enjoyed playing bingo and listening to country music. Survivors include four sons, Alvin Jones and Timothy Jones, both of Allegheny Township, and David Jones and Craig Jones, both of Fawn; a daughter, Mrs. David (Barbara) Greiner of Fawn; seven grandchildren; and three sisters, Juanita Mears and Eleanor Rafalko, both of Natrona Heights, Harrison, and Mrs. Lyle (Marge) Shank of Brook Park, Ohio.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin A. Jones, in 2001; her parents, Roy and Mildred McComb Kunkle; and a brother, Roy Kunkle.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, where services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. James Legge. Burial will be in Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.


Sandra Jean Litak
No obituary found.  Mrs. Bernacki.  Last address is unknown.
Lewis Raymond Lynch
Lewis R. "Lew" Lynch, 72, formerly of Natrona Heights, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. He was born March 20, 1939, in Natrona Heights, to the late Ralph and Hilda (Porter) Lynch. He was a graduate of Har-Brack High School, class of 1957. Lew graduated from Franklin University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in industrial management, and from Capital University in 1985 with an Master of Business Administration. He was employed by Rockwell International. Lew served our country proudly in the Navy as an electronics technician and was a member of American Legion Post 797. He was a 49-year member of Stonybrook United Methodist Church. Lew is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sandra (Lowry) Lynch; daughter, Lisa (Dave) Siegesmund; sons, Todd Lynch and Scot Lynch; grandchildren, Ashley and Eric; siblings, Ralph (Betty) Lynch, Bob Lynch, Mary Ann (Ken) Painter and Bill (Nancy) Lynch; uncle, Clark Porter; and many nieces and nephews.
James Maeder
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James P. Meader Sr., 53, of 956 Ninth Avenue., Brackenridge, died Wednesday (Jan 20, 1993) at 2 p.m. in the emergency room of Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, Harrison, after becoming ill at home  He had been ill for several months.  Born Aug. 18, 1939 in Tarentum, he moved to Brackenridge in 1967.  Mr. Meader was a long distance independent truck driver for 20 years before retiring on disability in 1987.  He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Natrona Heights.  Mr. Maeder enjoyed football, coin collecting, refinishing furniture and horse racing, and was a gourmet cook.  Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Joanne S. Varos Maeder; for sons, James P. Maeder Jr. of Washington, D.C., Jeffrey C. Maeder of Baltimore., Karl M. Maeder, at home, and Scott A. Maeder of Tarentum; two daughters, Mrs. Don (Nina) Tomporoski of Natrona Heights and Trish C. Maeder, at home; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. David (Linda) Lucas of Freeport and Mrs. Lud (Ruth) Lippert of Alexandria, Va.  His parents, Paul and Helen Witt Maeder, preceded him in death.
Donna Rae Mills

Donna Rae Rowe, 70, of Memphis, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. Mrs. Rowe was preceded in death by her parents, Blair and Myrville Mills. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, John T. Rowe, one son, Eric T. Rowe of Southaven, one daughter, Amy L. Simmons of Collierville, two brothers, Blair Mills of PA, and Jack Mills of Hattiesburg, MS, and 7 grandchildren, Ryan, Alexis, Chase, Thomas, Erica, Daniel and John Robert. A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2009 at Memorial Park Funeral Home in the Riverside Chapel with a funeral service beginning at 6:00 p.m. Interment will be in Auburn, KY. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Memorial Park Funeral Home

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Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - May 1, 2009

Judith Ann Mills
No obituary found. Mrs. James B. Wright.  Last known address was Ocoee, FL.
Harold I. Montgomery

Harold I. Montgomery, 66, of Allentown, formerly of Lebanon, Ohio, died Jan. 14, 2006 in his home. He was employed by Air Products & Chemicals for many years until retiring. Born in Natrona Heights, Pa., he was a son of the late Frank I. and Ruth I. (Helgert) Montgomery.  Survivors: Son, Robert J. and his wife, Holly, daughter, Jodie L. Douglas and her husband, Russell, and son, David L. and his wife, Michelle, all in Ohio; sister, Pamela West in Maine; six grandchildren.  Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th and Hamilton streets, Allentown. Call 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday.  Contributions: Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2166 S. 12th St., Allentown, Pa. 18103.  Please sign Guest Book on mcall.com/obits

William Edward Mueller
William E. Mueller, 71, of Brunswick, Ga., passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, Ga. Survivors include his wife, Diane Mueller, of Brunswick; three children, Barbara Jean Mueller Spitnale-Wolf, of Tullahoma, Tenn., Bill Mueller Jr., of Bluffton, S.C., and Brett L. Mueller, of Bedford, Ind.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Bill was born Aug. 26, 1939, in Harrison Township, and grew up in Brackenridge. He was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School, and earned a bachelors degree in Labor Studies from Defiance College and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He was retired from the Central Foundry Division of General Motors Corp. in 1998 and moved to Brunswick, where he has lived for the past 11 years, working part-time on Little St. Simons Island, in the Naturalist Department, maintenance and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Brunswick, Friends of the Brunswick - Glynn County Library, and Classic Coastal Cruisers. He was also a member of Moose Lodge International and CORSA. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at CHAPMAN FUNERAL CHAPEL in Brunswick, Ga. The family received friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening and one hour prior to services Wednesday. Chapman Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Brunswick is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia Inc., 4627 U.S. Highway 17 N., Brunswick, GA 31525, Friends of the Brunswick - Glynn County Library, 208 Gloucester St., Brunswick, GA 31520, or First United Methodist Church, 1400 Norwich St., Brunswick, GA 31520.
Constance Elaine Novak
Constance "Connie" E. Novak passed away December 11, 1999.  She was born October 19, 1939 in Pittsburgh, PA.  Shortly after graduation from Har-Brack High School in 1957 she married her sweetheart, Lloyd Fisher, from Wilmerdins, PA.  Their union produced 7 children and 6 grandchildren all of the Greater Pittsburgh, PA area.  Connie was very active in and a volunteer for the various charitable activities of the Salvation Army.  Her husband of 15 years preceded her in death.  Connie is survived by her brother living in Nevada and her children and grandchildren.   Obituary provided by her brother and classmate William Novack.
Reccie T. Patrick
The Rev. Reccie Theatrick Patrick went to see his Lord on Monday, April 19, 2010, in Denver, Colo. He was the youngest son of the late Hattie Lee (Jones) Patrick and Robert Lee Patrick, of Natrona Height. Patrick was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School and a 1961 graduate of Cheyney University. He retired from the Wilkinsburg School District as a teacher and coach. A celebration of life service for the Rev. Reccie Patrick will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Bethel AME Church, 250 W. Seventh Avenue, Tarentum, 724-224-2417. The Rev. JoElla Williams will be the minister officiating. Your fellowship is cordially requested at Midge Patrick's home, 1347 Ninth Ave., Natrona Heights.
LuVonne Pierre

LuVonne Pierre Shaffer, 57, of Mentor, Ohio, formerly of Brackenridge, died Tuesday (Sept. 17, 1996) in Hospice House, Cleveand.  Born Aug. 15, 1939 in Tarentum, she lived Mentor the past 27 years.  Previously, she lived in Brackenridge and Youngstown and Ashtabula in Ohio.  Mrs. Shaffer was an elementary school teacher for 23 years, and worked at the Mentor public schools for 19 years before retiring in 1995.  She was a member of Mentor United Methodist Church, the Tarentum Easter Star, National Education Association, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Education Association and a Delta Zeta sorority alumni.  Mrs. Shaffer was a former Rainbow and 4-H adviser, former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a former Sunday school teacher.  She enjoyed gardening.  Survivors include her husband of 33 years, David M. Shaffer; a son, Kurt S. Shaffer of Glen Burnie, Md.; a daughter, Mrs. Anthony (Kim G.) Caito of Mentor; six grandchildren; her stepfather, Archie Norris of Sarver; and a stepbrother, David Norris of Chicago.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis Pierre and Georgia-Belle Pierre Norris.

Carole Jean Pogorzelski
Carole J. Bralski, 70 - of Mays Landing, was tragically taken away from us on Thursday, December 17, 2009. She was born in New Kensington, PA and grew up in Natrona, PA. She graduated from Har-Brack High School in 1957. She has lived in Mays Landing for the last 33 years. She worked as a Program Analyst at the FAA Technical Center from 1982 until she retired in 2004. She was also a member of the local chapter of the Red Hats Society. She will be remembered as a devoted grandmother, mother, and wonderful friend to many. She touched the lives of all the people who knew her in such a beautiful way. She enjoyed her retirement by spending as much time as she could with her two grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening and spending time with her friends. Carole was predeceased by her son Kevin and her husband Daniel. She is survived by her son Michael and her beautiful grandchildren, Ryan and Megan. A viewing will be held on Monday, December 21 from 6-8 pm and Tuesday, December 22 from 10-11 am at Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main Street, Mays Landing, N.J, where services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.
Audrey Rose Reinehr
Audrey Reinehr Engroff, passed away on Feb. 14, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was 72. Beloved and devoted wife of the late, John Engroff; Audrey was the mother of, Autumn Engroff Spencer and Joshua Engroff; grandmother of, Elena Spencer, Cormac Spencer, Zoe Engroff, and Lukas Engroff; and sister of, Carol DiPerna, Cassie Schweers, and Maureen Gigler - all of whom she loved beyond words. The youngest of four daughters born to Margaret and Herbert Reinehr, Audrey grew up near Pittsburgh, where she attended nursing school and met her husband John, in the 1960s. Vivacious and fearless, in the summer of 1968 Audrey set out with John on a four-month tour of Europe, driving from London to Athens before embarking to Lebanon by boat. Beirut would be their home for the next year, and the birthplace of their son, Joshua, in 1969. The young family spent the next four years in Boston, where Audrey honed her nursing skills at the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital, before settling in Vermont. In 1973, Audrey gave birth to a daughter and named her Autumn, in recognition of Vermont's most beautiful season. Over the next two decades, Audrey and John lived in Burlington, Randolph, and finally Isle La Motte, where they built a house on Lake Champlain and enjoyed the close company of their great friends, John and Barbara Duffy. As a nurse, Audrey specialized in palliative and geriatric care and became known for her extraordinary professionalism. As anyone who worked with her could attest, her standards were exacting and her compassion profound. As a mother, Audrey excelled brilliantly, embodying the very values she taught: courage, self-sacrifice, industriousness, optimism, humor and, above all, love. If her children possess these qualities in any measure, it is due to Audrey's example. As a grandmother, Audrey was simply "Tootsie." Always there to hold a hand, wipe a tear, sneak a candy. Commenting on the unique impact Audrey had on the people around her, a friend recently wrote, "Many bows to a wonderful, loving spirit. She took part of us with her." We will miss you greatly, Mom, Sister, Tootsie. We loved you so very much indeed. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at 3 p.m., in the North Hero United Methodist Church, North Hero. Funeral arrangements by Stephen C. Gregory & Son, Shelburne. Donations in Audrey's memory are appreciated and should be made to, Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on February 19, 2012



Nellie Katherine Richards
Nellie K. Richards, Harrison, 58, of Sheldon Park, Natrona Heights, Harrison, died Tuesday (May 27, 1997) in Allegeheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.  She was born May 12, 1939, in Natrona HIeights.  She worked in the dietary department of Allegheny Valley Hospital and was the former manager of the National Record Mart, Natrona Heights.  Miss Richards enjoyed reading, traveling and working puzzles.  Survivors include five brothers, Jack and Keith Richards, both of Natrona, Harrison, James Richards of Lower Burrell, Russell Richards of Freeport and Joseph Richards of Nashville, Tenn.; and seven sisters, Mrs. Leon (Mary Jean) Fagan and Helen Mack, both of Natrona Heights, Mrs. Joel (Marlene) Carpenter of Monroe, N.C., Mrs. Paul (Phyllis) Reed of Butler, Geraldine Graby of Westerly, R.I., Mrs. Keith (Charlotee) Keener of South Buffalo Township and Mrs. George (Dolores) Felsing of Tarentum.  She wass preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Jean Zbrzyski Richards; and a brother, Robert Richards.  Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 1 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Friday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle Street, Natrona Heights.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Evangel Heights Assembly of God, Buffalo Township, with the Rev. John Kuert, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.  Source:  Valley News Dispatch, May 28, 1997
Felix Richard Sadowski

Felix "Phil" Sadowski, 64, of Brackenridge died Friday (Nov. 15, 2002) while vacationing in California. Born Nov. 2, 1938, in Harrison, he lived in California for seven years before residing in Brackenridge.  He was a graduate of Har-Brack High School.  A veteran, he served in the Air Force as a Corporal stationed in Atlanta, Ga.  He was a craneman at Allegheny Ludlum, Brackenridge Works, where he worked for 29 years.  Mr. Sadowski was a member of the Shelby American Automobile Association.  He enjoyed displaying his car at car shows, camping building model airplanes and collecting trains.  Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Zella Simpson Sadowski; a daughter, Lisa Love of California; a stepson, Timothy Minich of Harrison; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Paula (Robert) Mainhart of Buffalo Township; two brothers, Roman "Ray" Sadowski and John (Lorraine) Sadowski, both of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a sister, Pauline Mangini of California; a half brother, Steve Laskowski of Arnold; and a half sister, Mrs. Christine (Harry) Armour of Lower Burrell.  Survivors also include four grandchildren, Jason and Nathan Minich and Chris and Vickie Mainhart; and two great-grandchildren, Blake and Donovan Minich.  He was preceded in death by a stepson, William Minich; his parents, Felix and Stella Sobieryski Sadowski; and a brother, Marion "Mike" Sadowski.  Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME, 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. Officiating will be the Rev. James Gascoine. Burial will be in Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Read more: Valley News Dispatch - Obituaries - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/obituaries/index.html?mode=view&obit_id=28603#ixzz1mlC5HeO1

Richard Michael Sanoba
No obituary found.  Last known address was Virginia Beach, VA.
William Ted Savage

William T. "Ted" Savage, 64, of Natrona Heights, Harrison, died at 2:25 a.m. Friday (Oct. 31, 2003) in the emergency room of Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison, after becoming ill at home. Born Oct. 10, 1939, in Harrison, he was a life long resident of the township.  He was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School.  An Air Force veteran, he served during the Vietnam War era.  He worked at Harrison Men's Wear in Tarentum. Previously, he worked 30 years for the former Herbert Men's Wear in Natrona Heights. At one time, he was an automobile dealership service advisor and worked 10 years for Weitzel Motors in Pittsburgh and three years for Nick Chevrolet, Tarentum.  Mr. Savage was a member of the Masonic Pollock Lodge in Tarentum, Pittsburgh Consistory and Shrine, and a social member of the Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, skeet and trap shooting, cooking, gardening, and Steelers football. He also was taking flying lessons and working towards obtaining a private pilot's license.  Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Karen A. Ledoux Savage; a daughter, Mrs. Laura (Michael) Poffenberger of Dunwoody, Ga.; two brothers, Larry D. (Constance) Savage of Brackenridge and James A. (Teri) Savage of Lower Burrell; and a sister, Mrs. Gloria (Kenneth) Backsen of Metarie, La.  He was preceded in death by his parents, William "T" Ted Savage in 1979 and L. Mona Jean Bartholic Savage in 1995.  Relatives and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., Tenth Avenue at Corbet Street, Tarentum, where services are set for 11 a.m. Monday. Officiating will be the Rev. Rich Nulph, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Natrona Heights. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell, preceded by a graveside service. Full military honors will be accorded by the Natrona Heights VFW. Tarentum Masonic Pollock Lodge members will hold a service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

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Joyce Ann Schreckengost

No obituary found.   Married to Michael J. Regenda (B: 1923 D: 2013).

Charles David Schultz

C. David Schultz, South Buffalo Township, 51 of 110 Iseman Road, South Buffalo Township, died Wednesday (Oct 3, 1990) at 4:32 a.m. in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, Harrison of kidney failure.  Born September 29, 1939 in Harrison, he was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School.  Mr. Schultz was a supervisor in the Production Control Department of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. Leechburg, for 32 years.  He was a member of Leechburg Elks and enjoyed classic sports cars.  Survivors include his parents, Charles C. and Elizabeth Jensen Schultz of Brackenridge; a daughter, Lee Ann Schultz of Natrona Heights; and his fiancee, Darla Welling Toborkey of Freeport.  Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. in the Robert E. Peters Funeral Home, 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, where services will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. by Rev. R. Cameron Malcolm IV.  Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge.  Source Valley News Dispatch with special thanks to the history research department of the Tarentum Library.

Robert Stanley

. "Bob" Slobodnik

Mr. Robert Stanley "Bob" Slobodnik, age 75, formerly of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania (of Deltona, FL) passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Sanford, Florida.


Born July 23, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Joseph and Rose Slobodnik. Bob lived in Deltona, Florida with his wife, Carolyn since 2005. He was a retired school teacher and coach of (35+ years) from the Richardson Independent School District. Bob loved his God and raised and taught his family to make God the pillar of their lives. He had a deep passion and loyalty for the kids he helped mentor in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He loved to golf, fish, garden and spend time at the beach. He also loved to read. He was one of the best story tellers and could captivate any audience. He loved sports, especially basketball. He was a 4 year All-American at Duquesne University. Being 6'9", wherever he walked, he always drew attention, but he was a humble man that always wanted others to get the spotlight. What he loved most though was spending time with his family and 4 grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carolyn I. Slobodnik; two sons, Paul (Neida) Slobodnik of Austin, Texas and Jamie (Ana) Slobodnik of Orlando, Florida; four grandchildren, Bronson, Joshua, Roman and Nicolette Slobodnik; two sisters, Pat Walters and Sue Hughes and many nieces and nephews.Local service will be held on Saturday Sept 6 @ 12:30pm at the local Catholic Church in Natrona, followed by brunch at the Clarion Hotel in Lower Burrell

Bob's favorite quote was "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." - Helen Keller

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E. Marlene Smith

Marlene Smith Doutt, 67, of Little River, S.C., died at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 2, 2005) at Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C. Born April 28, 1937, in Russellton, West Deer, she was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School. Mrs. Doutt was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Evelyn Smith, and a brother, Richard "Dick" Smith. Survivors include a sister, Rosemary Nealer of Tarentum; several nieces and nephews; and two great-nieces. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Gary L. Sprague Sr. No Image Available
Gary Lee Sprague Sr., 61 of Tarentum died at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday (July 21, 1999) in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, Harrison.  Born November 27, 1937 in Brookville, he lived in Tarentum and Brackenridge most of his life.  Mr. Sprague was a crane operator at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge Works, for 30 years before he retired.  He was a member of the Moose, Elks and Belgium clubs, all in Tarentum, a former sky diver with the Mon-Yough Skydiver Club and an amateur boxer.  Survivors include four sons, Gary Lee Sprague, Jr. and Charles S. Sprague, both of Tarentum, Dale R. Sprague of Brackenridge and James H. Sprague of Tennessee; two daughters, Mrs. Nick (Mellissa) Verri of Highland Park and Susanne Sprague of Cheswick; 16 grandchildren; and a great granddhild.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Howard G. and Hazel Martz Sprague.
Sandra Marlene Staley

Sandra Staley Vaporetti, 69, Pittsburgh Jazz legend, of Brackenridge, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, with her daughter and close friends by her side after a long, courageous battle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlo "Buddy" Vaporetti; her brother, Jim Staley; and her mother and father, Ellen and Bill Staley. She is survived by her daughter, Jenny McRae Vaporetti; her brother, Jon Staley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial celebrating the extraordinary life of Sandy Staley will be held at a later date, to be announced. Arrangements by the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.  Click here for an article published about Sandra Marlene Staley.



Donald Andrew Steffan

Donald Andrew Steffan, 69, of Villa Drive in Butler died at 1:51 a.m. Sunday in Butler Memorial Hospital.  Born Jan. 11, 1940, he was the son of the late Andrew Steffan and the late Loretta Kaniecki Steffan.  Mr. Steffan was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicora, where he was past president of the church council.  He graduated from Har-Brack High School, the Penn Technical Institute of Pittsburgh and New Kensington Commercial College.  He served in the Navy as a hospital corpsman operating room technician.  He was employed at American Hardware-Servistar Corp. for 39 years, where he was a computer operations supervisor.  He served on the Karns City School Board for 12 years, 10 of which he was president, the Intermediate IU-IV board of directors, the Butler Area Vo-tech board of directors and the Pennsylvania School Board College of Directors.  He started the Karns City Boys Elementary Basketball program, and coached Little League baseball and Karns City Youth Football.  He filmed Karns City varsity football for 30 years and was a charter member of the Gremlin Quarterback Club.  He served on the Butler County Lafayette Committee that recommended the Butler County Government Center be built and on the Butler Area Sports Hall of Fame board of directors.  He played Santa for many organizations, in Karns City schools and for friends for years.  He received the first Karns City teachers Gold Apple Award.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 778 in Lyndora, where he served for three years as post adjutant, and he was a member of the Pennsylvania Gold Brigade.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing. 

Mr. Steffan is survived by his wife, Diana Simpson Steffan, who he married on Aug. 17, 1968; two sons, Troy Andrew Steffan and Quay Donald Steffan, both of Butler; a granddaughter, Abbey Steffan; a sister, Mrs. John (Carol) Cielslinski of Natrona; two nieces, Lynnette Bastin and Tracey Maskas; and two nephews, Steven Simpson and Patrick Preston. 

STEFFAN Friends of Donald Andrew Steffan, who died Oct. 4, 2009, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2217 Chicora Road, Chicora, with the Rev. James A. Higgins of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. There also will be visitation before the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235Please sign the guest book at www.butlereagle.comDonald A. Steffan, Karns City school official: Newspaper Obituary and Death NoticeButler Eagle (PA) - October 5, 2009

Joseph Stanley Sydlik, Jr.
No obituary found.
Patricia Ann Varos
Patricia Ann "Patty" Varos Schuster, 51 of 44 E. Seventh Ave., Tarentum, died Monday (August 20, 1990) at 6:05 a.m. in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, Harrison, where she had been a patient since August, 16. She had been ill with cancer the past two years. Born June 27, 1939, in Brackenridge, she was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School.  Mrs. Schuster was an aide at Allegheny Valley Residence Inc., Tarentum, for two years.  She was a member of Sacred Heart-St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Tarentum.  Mrs. Schuster enjoyed playing cards.  Survivors include two sons, Alfred P. Schuster Jr., at home, and Edward J. Schuster of Tarentum; a daughter, Mrs. Anthony (Kimberly A.) Krynicky of Mogadore, Ohio; four grandchildren; her mother and stepfather, Ann Kanasko Varos Grondwalski and Harry Grondwalski of Brackenridge; a brother, Peter J. Varos of Tarentum; a sister, Mrs. James (Jo Ann) Meader of Brackenridge; and a stepbrother, John Grondwalski of East Deer.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred P. "Pete" Schuster Sr., in 1984; and he father Peter J. Varos. 
Ronald William Vogel

Ronald W. Vogel, 70, of Etters and formerly of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday June 9, 2009 in his residence surrounded by his loving family to whom he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Vogel was born in Brackenridge, PA to the late William and Winifred (Smith) Vogel. He was an Army Veteran of the post Korean War and was a retired insurance adjuster from both School Claims Services, Fairview Twp. and Sedgewick James Insurance, Pittsburgh. He was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Camp Hill; thoroughly enjoyed history, especially WWII history; and was an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams. He is survived by his wife, C. Elaine (Boeltz) Vogel; a son, Mark Philip Vogel and wife Jean of Linglestown; a daughter, Amy Lynn Lundvall and husband Eric of Fairview Twp.; a twin brother, Richard Vogel; and two grandchildren, Haley Elizabeth and Grace Ashton Lundvall. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Vogel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 10 a.m., in his church, 1610 Carlisle Road, Camp Hill, with the Rev. Keith Fair, his pastor officiating. Viewing will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday in Parthemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Cumberland and again from 9-10 a.m., Saturday in the church. There will be an additional viewing in Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Pittsburgh just prior to burial at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 15, 2009. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Bountiful Blessings, c/o Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 500 Hummel Avenue, Lemoyne, PA 17043 or to Crossings Hospice of the VNA, 3315 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111.


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Linda Lea Walsh

Linda Lea (Walsh) Thomas, 70, of Cedar Park, Texas, passed away Friday, March 19, 2010. She was born Sept. 12, 1939, in Natrona, to Clarence and Lucy Walsh. Linda married her soul mate of 49 years, Joseph Thomas, on Sept. 17, 1960. Linda met Joe on a blind date to her senior prom and graduated in 1957 from Har-Brack High School, where she was head majorette. She went on to nursing school and remained an RN specializing in labor and delivery for 33 years before retiring in 1993. Her children grew up with fond memories of watching their parents dance in the kitchen. Her husband Joe wishes to remember not how Linda died, but how she lived. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her sisters, Eleanor, Flo Isabel and Patty; and her grandson, Cohen Walsh Greenhill. She is survived by her husband, Joe Thomas; daughters, Cheryl Bonfils-Rasmussen and husband Jann, Sandra Meola and Jody Greenhill; son, Joe Thomas and wife April; grandchildren, Thomas, Anders, Mei Li and Ying Li Rasmussen, Samantha, Sarah and CJ Morgan, Chase Knighton, Corin and Hannah Greenhill, Joe, Mia and Jake Thomas; and great-grandchild, Cadence Hatley Morgan. A visitation is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and a private funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the COOK-WALDEN DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, Georgetown, Texas, with Chaplain Dan Lupo officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Linda's honor to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1000, Austin, TX 78767. Be still. Close your eyes. Breathe. Listen for the footfall in your heart. I am not gone but merely walk within you. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628, 512-863-2564.

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Bernice J. Wasilowski

Bernice (Wasilowski) Hooven, 69, of Ormond Beach, Fla., died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at home. She was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Natrona. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary (Kozluk) and Barney Wasilowski; and her sister, Phyllis Meyers. She is survived by her husband, Jack Hooven; two daughters, Sue Lupoli and her husband, Steve of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Amy Campbell and her husband, Bob, of Vero Beach, Fla.; and brother, Ray Wasilowski and wife, Linda, of Greensburg. Her four grandchildren, Michael and Christina Lupoli and Joseph and Christopher Campbell, will miss her dearly. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Brendan's Church in Ormond Beach. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345.Read more: Valley News Dispatch - Obituaries - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/obituaries/index.html?mode=view&obit_id=168916#ixzz1ml4bRqNK

Thomas Barthold Wilson

Thomas B. Wilson, 68, of Irwin, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2007, at home, after a two-year battle with kidney cancer. He was born March 20, 1939, to Berthold and Isabelle Wilson, in Brackenridge. They are deceased. Tom graduated from Har-Brack High School in 1957. He married Judith A. Mills, of Natrona. She is deceased. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Thomas Jeffery Wilson. He served four years in the U.S. Navy at Quonset Point, R.I. Tom is survived by his wife, Janet Wilson; his previous wife, Maryann Wilson; and seven children, Kelli Steiner and her husband, James, of Conneaut Lake, Sean Wilson and his wife, Cassie, of Murrysville, Erin Race and her husband, Ted, of Kane, Lynn Littleton and her husband, Bob, of Sebastian, Fla., Leigh Dennick and her husband, David, of South Park, Mike Stetar and his wife, Beth, of Delmont, and Mike Edmiston, of Verona. He is survived by 18 grandchildren, Abby, Cori, Tommy, Jessica, Jordan, Teddy, Tabitha, Luke, Noah, Priscilla, Paul, Mitchell, Jacob, Rileigh, Heather, Jamie, Mike and Zachary. He is also survived by a sister, Madelyn Farneth and her husband, Roger, of Apollo; and a special friend, his Little Brother through Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, Mike Troup, of Herminie. Tom was a respected dog breeder and friend to all animals. He created Smokey City Kennels, which produced a record number of champion show dogs. He was a charter member of the Weimaraner Association of Greater Pittsburgh and a member of the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Club for over 40 years. He served as president of the Pittsburgh chapter for many years and held many other offices over the years. He served as national president for the Weimaraner Club of America for six years, served on the national committee/board for over 20 years and was a Weimaraner Club of America member for over 40 years. He served as a Weimaraner Club of America correspondent to the American Kennel Club and a feature article and quarterly breed column writer for the AKC Gazette. He dedicated his life to the advancement and preservation of this breed. He established Weimaraner Rescue in the Pittsburgh area, an organization that takes in unwanted or distressed Weimaraners and provides them with medical, nutritional and emotional needs and places them in loving adoptive homes. He also owned and operated Animal Talent, an agency that provides animals of all types for commercial and media needs, and Royal Dutch Grooming, an all breed pet grooming salon. Tom actively participated in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Fresh Air Fund, a program that gives inner city children an opportunity to experience a rural environment. He was loved and respected by his family and friends. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He kept everyone entertained with his quick wit and offbeat sense of humor and loved to share quotes and anecdotes that he often chose to live by: "If you aren't the lead dog, the scenery never changes." Peace Big Guy. Friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Memorials may be made to Weimaraner Rescue, 262 Durst Road, Irwin, PA 15642. Read more: Valley News Dispatch - Obituaries - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/obituaries/index.html?mode=view&obit_id=136387#ixzz1ml1lRdow

Nancy Carle Wolfe

Born: 2 Nov 1939 Died: 31 Aug 2005 in Worthington, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.  Married to Robert Kuntz, Sr. who was born in 1937 in New Kensington, PA and died 2012 in Cabot, Pennsylvania.  One son, Robert Kuntz, Jr. Parents: Carlaline and Louis Leroy Wolfe.  No obituary found.  Photo found on Findagrave.com.  No Class photo known to be available.
Russell Dale Wolfe, Jr.

Russell Dale Wolfe, Jr., 75, of Sugarcreek Rest Home, formerly of Buffalo Township, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Butler Memorial Hospital, Butler.  He was born Feb. 27, 1939, in Harrison Township, and has lived in Buffalo Township since 1973.  He was a retired Porter for Sun Drug Store, Harrison Township, for 23 years.  He was the son of the late Russell D. Wolfe Sr. and Alice Josephine Klingensmith.  He was a member of First Christian Church, Tarentum.  He enjoyed pastel painting and artwork.  Survivors include his sister, Lisa Hill (James), of Harrison Township; and three nieces, Elisa, Emily and Elaina Hill; and caregiver, Tammy Patterson (Dennis), of Winfield Township.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell D. Wolfe Sr. and Alice Josephine Klingensmith; and brother, William E. Wolfe.  Family will receive friends from 6 until time of service at 8 p.m.  Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the KRYNICKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1007 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, with Pastor Greg Blythe officiating.  Private burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township.  Online condolences may be made at www.krynickifh.com. Information provided by Ron Wolfe, Cousin, who now lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

Mary Jane Woods
Mary Woods Hoover, 58 of Prescott, Arizona, formerly of Tarentum, died Wednesday (Jan 21, 1998) in her home.  Born December 21, 1939 in Tarentum, she lived there and in Churchill before moving to Arizona.  Mrs. WOods was a teacher's assistant at Beulah Christian Pre-School in Churchill before moving to Arizona.  Survivors include her husband, Delmer Q. Hoover, Jr.; two sons, Evan L. Hoover of Penn Hills and Gary S. Hoover of Mount Laurel, NJ; tree grandchildren; and a sister, Margaretta Woods of Columbia, S.C. Grandchildren's names are Devon, Ryan and Jessup Hoover.
Arlene M. Wray

Arlene M. Diehl, 43, of 1525 Carlisle Street, Natrona Heights, died yesterday (Oct 22, 1982) at Citizens General Hospital, New Kensington.  She was born in Natrona Heights on Jan. 20, 1939 to Nason E. and Mildred C. Shaffer Wray.  She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Natrona Heights.  She is survived by her mother, Mildred C. Wry of New Bethlehem; her husband, Thomas Diehl; a son, Ronald at home; two daughters, Mrs. Patrick Holly R. Lynam of Natrona Heights and Trish Wood at home; a brother, Ronald N. Wray of Redford, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Patricia L. Wood of New Kensington; and a granddaughter, Amanda.  She was preceded in death by her father on April 7, 1980.

Richard Donald Zandarski


Richard D. Zandarski, 56 of 5746 Logan Arms, who died of cancer Wednesday at his home.  Mr. Zandarski, known as "Ski" was born October 25, 1939, in Natrona, Pa., a son of Chester and Mary Dobies Zandarski, and lived in the Trumbull County area for 25 years.  He was a graduate of Har-Brack in Natrona Heights and retired as a Navy chief petty officer and Vietnam War Veteran, having served 20 years.  He was a member of the church.  Besides his wife, the former Deborah Harvey, whom he married Feb. 15, 1978, he leaves two daughters, Misses Krystan and Megan, both at home; four stepsons, Joel Meyer at home, Todd Meyer of Akron and Rodd and James Meyer, both of Warren; and three grandchildren. A sister, Miss Patricia, is deceased.  Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home, Warren, and one hour before services in the church.  Contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association, Hospice of Trumbull County or the church.  Source:  The Vindicator newspaper of Trumbull County, Ohio on 5/30/1996.

George Mark Zendarski

George M. Zendarski, 44, of 106 Opal Court, Natrona Heights, a veteran teacher in Highlands School District, died on Friday (Feb. 17, 1984) in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born in Harrison Township on Dec. 2, 1939, to Stanley and Wanda Perdyck Zendarski. Mr. Zendarski was employed with Highlands School District for 23 years and taught math and science at the high school level. In 1980, he received a national award for outstanding environmental science curriculum. Mr. Zendarski was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School and a 1961 graduate of Slippery Rock University where he also attended graduate school, majoring in science study. He was active in Natrona Heights Little League and was a member of the Pennsylvania State and the National Educational Association, the Oregon Hunting and Fishing Club, the Polish National Alliance Group and the Polish Falcons. He was a member of St. Ladislaus Roman Catholic Church, Natrona. He is survived by his mother; his wife, Joyce A. (Demharter) Zendarski; two sons, Michael and Mark, both at home; one daughter, Melissa, at home, a brother, William of Lower Burrell; one sister, Miss Marsha Zendarski, of Natrona. Friends are being received in the Carl J. Cicholski Funeral Home, 1522 Carlisle Street, Natrona Heights today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home on Monday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Ladislaus Roman Catholic Church, Natrona, with the Rev. Stanley Zachwicz officiating. Burial will follow in Mr. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.  Thanks go to Skip and Anne Marie Zagst Culleiton who provided this obituary.