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Today's death record

  • Francis I. DeBlase, 61, of 331 Lincoln St., Sharon.
  • Kay Tryntje DeVries, 98, of 4117 Blue Jay Drive, Sharpsville, formerly of Altoona.
  • Madeline Elizabeth Klein Johnston, 83, Hempfield Township, formerly of Merrick, Long Island, N.Y.
  • Betty R. Laver, 76, of 952 Fredonia Road, Perry Township.
  • John E. Marsh, 84, of 8710 Squirrel Hill, Warren, Ohio

Today's obituaries
Annie ‘Mozell’ Chambers
Packard retiree was active Mount Olive church member

Funeral will be Monday for Annie "Mozell" Chambers, 8129 Campbell St., Masury. She died at 6:10 a.m. Wednesday (5-31-00) at home. She was 74.

Mrs. Chambers was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Reidsville, N.C., to Joseph and Annie Sue Perkins Willis.

She retired in 1983 after 30 years as a clip-press operator at Delphi Packard Electric Systems, Warren, Ohio.

As a member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Masury, Mrs. Chambers served as a deaconess and a former usher, and belonged to the church missionary board and kitchen committee.

Surviving are: her husband, Willis Chambers, whom she married Jan. 10, 1953; two daughters, Carol A. Harris, Cleveland; and Carmella Howell, wife of Minister Nolan Howell, Farrell; two sons, Greg, Masury; and Minister Derrick W. Chambers, Palmdale, Calif.; three sisters, Sinia Johnson, Greensboro, N.C.; Shirley Muller, Eden, N.C.; and Patricia Galloway, Reidsville; two brothers, Louis and Samuel Willis, both Eden; and seven grandchildren, including Shayla R., at home, whom she reared.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Virginia Scales, Jessie Galloway and Dorothy Hairston; and two brothers, John Willis and Joseph Willis Jr.

Mrs. Willis (Annie "Mozell"), 74, of 8129 Campbell St., Masury.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday (6-4-00) in WASHINGTON FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1059 Hamilton Ave., Farrell. Wake service from 11 a.m. to time of service Monday (6-5-00) in Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Masury.
    Service: Funeral service at noon Monday (6-5-00) in the church, with the Rev. Raymond O. Brown, pastor, officiating,
    Burial: Brookfield Township Cemetery.

Francis I. DeBlase

Francis I. DeBlase, 331 Lincoln St., Sharon, died at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday (5-31-00) at home following an extended illness. He was 61.

Obituary information was incomplete.

    Francis I., 61, of 331 Lincoln St., Sharon.
    Arrangements will be announced by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.

Kay Tryntje DeVries

Ex-Altoona woman belonged to Sharpsville Presbyterian

Kay Tryntje DeVries, 4117 Blue Jay Drive, Sharpsville, formerly of Altoona, died at 4:05 a.m. today (6-1-00) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 98.

Mrs. DeVries was born May 28, 1902, in Chandler, Minn., to Wein and Ethche (Edith) VanderStoep VanOrt.

She was reared in the midwest in a Holland-Dutch community and attended school in Rock Valley, Iowa.

For 62 years, Mrs. DeVries worked in Altoona in the veterinary office of her husband, Dr. Theodore M. DeVries, whom she married Aug. 25, 1926. He died Dec. 19, 1994.

She also was an operator in an early telephone office in Edgerton, Minn.

Mrs. DeVries was a member for more than 60 years of Broad Avenue Presbyterian Church, Altoona; and belonged to First Presbyterian Church in Sharpsville after moving to the area in 1994.

She loved to travel and visited many countries.

Surviving are: a sister, Arty Peterson, Grandville, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn DeVries Charney; a granddaughter, Suzanne Combine; and a grandson, Burt, all caregivers of Sharpsville; and three great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert O.; two brothers, Henry and Floyd; and a sister, Eva.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 603 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville 16150; or Broad Avenue Presbyterian Church, Broad Avenue, Altoona 16602.

Kay Tryntje, wife of the late Dr. Theodore M. DeVries, 98, of 4117 Blue Jay Drive, Sharpsville.
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family in First Presbyterian Church, Sharpsville, with the Rev. C. Robert Hibshman, pastor, officiating.
    Arrangements by DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME, 124 Main St., Sharpsville.

Fern Irene Eppinger

Homemaker belonged to New Bedford church, groups

NEW CASTLE -- Funeral will be Saturday for Fern Irene Eppinger, Villa Maria, formerly of Route 208, New Bedford. She died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday (5-31-00) in St. Francis Hospital following an extended illness. She was 90.

Mrs. Eppinger was born Feb. 12, 1910, in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, to Ellis Leroy and Nettie Clark Harry.

A homemaker, she belonged to the Presbyterian Church and Ladies Fireman’s Auxiliary, both New Bedford.

Mrs. Eppinger was a 50-year member of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 105, New Castle; and belonged to the New Bedford Bridge Club for 65 years.

Her first husband, Earl Hutchison, whom she married Oct. 20, 1928, died April 20, 1933. Her second husband, Glen Dale Eppinger, whom she married March 20, 1937, died May 1983.

Surviving are: two sons, Wayne Hutchison, Yuma, Ariz.; and Dahl H., New Bedford; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Beside her husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Harry; and a sister, Mabel Grunenwald.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Bedford Presbyterian Church, Marr Road, Pulaski 16143.

Mrs. Glen Dale (Fern Irene), 90, Villa Maria, formerly of Route 208, New Bedford.
    Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (6-2-00) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday (6-3-00) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Douglas Runyan, pastor of New Bedford Presbyterian Church, officiating,
    Burial: Neshannock Cemetery, New Wilmington.

Madeline Elizabeth Klein Johnston

Former Long Islander had daughter living in Greenville

Madeline Elizabeth Klein Johns-ton, Hempfield Township, formerly of Merrick, Long Island, N.Y., died at 10:35 a.m. Monday (5-29-00) in White-Cliff Nursing Home, Hempfield Township. She was 83.

Mrs. Johnston was born Dec. 17, 1916, in Sparta, N.J., to Harvey H. and Edith Fischer Bull.

An alumna of Newton (N.J) High School and Scudder School of Business, New York, she retired as a secretary for Teacher’s Insurance Annuity Co., New York, where she worked from 1936-43 prior to rearing her children.

For several years, Mrs. Johnston volunteered at the Presbyterian Home in Syosset, N.Y.

She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church, Sparta; and Community Presbyterian Church, Merrick.

Her first husband, William C. Klein, died in 1976. Her second husband, Robert Johnston, died in 1992.

Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Nancy) Miller, Greenville; and JoAnne Klein, Camarillo, Calif.; a brother, Herbert Bull, Birchwood, Tenn.; a sister, Frances Florenzie, West Milford, N.J; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Presbyterian Church, William Place, Merrick, N.Y. 11566.

Mrs. Robert (Madeline Elizabeth Klein), 83, Hempfield Township, formerly of Merrick, Long Island, N.Y.
    Calling hours: 10 a.m. to time of service Saturday (6-3-00) in GOBLE FUNERAL HOME, 22 Main St., Sparta, N.J.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Litteer, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Sparta, officiating,
    Burial: Sparta Cemetery.
    Local arrangements by ANDREW H. OSBORNE III FUNERAL HOME Inc., 73 & 75 Columbia Ave., Greenville.

Ethel Jean Kish

Stoneboro woman’s former hotel drew top country acts

Funeral will be Saturday for Ethel Jean Kish, 20 Jones St., Stoneboro. She died unexpectedly at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday (5-31-00) in United Community Hospital, Pine Township. She was 68.

Mrs. Kish was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Jackson Center to John L. and Mabel A. Laber McAnallen.

She attended the former Jackson Center School.

With her husband, Frank A. Kish, whom she married April 28, 1948, Mrs. Kish owned and operated for more than 20 years the former Kish Hotel, Stoneboro. The bar was once known as the largest country-western tavern in western Pennsylvania, featuring many nationally-known stars.

Mrs. Kish was a Methodist and a member of Stoneboro Historical Society.

For several years, she was an avid bingo player and enjoyed socializing with friends.

Surviving besides her husband of Jackson Center are: three daughters, Mrs. William E. (Cynthia) Swingle and Lydia "Buffy," both Mercer; and Karen S. Slater, Sandy Lake; a son, Frank T., Jackson Center; two brothers, Raymond McAnallen, Fombell, Lawrence County; and Robert "Tom" McAnallen, Mercer; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Charles A. "Chuck"; six sisters, Mary Patterson, Mae and Caroline Greggs, Lil Hart, Ila Weaver and Faye Gills; and five brothers, Nelson, Bill, John, Sam and Fred McAnallen.

Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family to 2151 Sandy Lake-Grove City Road, Jackson Center 16133.

Mrs. Frank A. (Ethel Jean), 68, of 20 Jones St., Stoneboro.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (6-2-00) in SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday (6-3-00) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Galen "Joe" MacDonald, pastor of Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church, officiating,
    Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.

Betty R. Laver

Homemaker, Jerusalem UCC member tended family farm

Betty R. Laver, 952 Fredonia Road, Perry Township, died Tuesday evening (5-30-00) at home. She was 76.

Mrs. Laver was born Nov. 22, 1923, in Fredonia to Paul and Sarah Voorhies McCartney.

A 1941 alumna of the former Fredonia-Delaware High School, she worked at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co.’s former Hempfield Township plant and in the office of the former Camp Reynolds Depot.

Mrs. Laver was a homemaker and member of Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Otter Creek Township.

She also belonged to Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 110, Stoneboro; and Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem Shrine 47, Greenville.

With her husband, Edwin G. Laver, whom she married June 14, 1945, Mrs. Laver tended a family farm.

Surviving besides her husband are, a daughter, Mrs. Ray (Sherry) Cannon, Transfer; two granddaughters; and a grandson.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Doris A. Powell; and three brothers, Gerald, Clifford and William McCartney.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4617 Winthrop St., Pittsburgh 15213; or Jerusalem United Church of Christ, 560 Donation Road, Greenville 16125.

Mrs. Edwin G. (Betty R.), 76, of 952 Fredonia Road, Perry Township.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (6-2-00) in ANDREW J. VANA FUNERAL HOME, 102 Church St., Hadley.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday (6-3-00) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Kathy Mitchell, pastor of Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Otter Creek Township, officiating.
    Burial: Hadley Cemetery.

John E. Marsh

Retired corporate president had sons, daughter in area

WARREN, Ohio -- John E. Marsh, 8710 Squirrel Hill, Warren, died at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday (5-30-00) at home. He was 84.

Mr. Marsh was born May 13, 1916, in Jamestown, N.Y., to George E. and Mary B. Foley Marsh.

He retired in 1976 as president of ADS Machinery Corp., Warren, where he worked for 20 years.

Mr. Marsh was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church and the Buckeye Club, both Warren; and the Irish Heritage Society and Mahoning Valley Civil War Roundtable.

The avid flyer enjoyed airplanes and traveling.

His wife, the former Eunice Marie Barrett, whom he married June 27, 1944, died April 29, 1997.

Surviving are: five sons, David A., Vienna; George A., Howland, Ohio; and Robert A., Hartford; James P., Hubbard; and John E. Jr., Greensburg, Pa.; two daughters, Kathleen M. Fowler, Houston; and Janet Marsh-Lloyd, Hartford; two sisters, Georgia Gilbert, Warren; and Rosemary Smith, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; and 12 grandchildren.

A son, Thomas M., preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northeast Ohio, 219 N. River Road N.W., Warren 44483.

John E., 84, of 8710 Squirrel Hill, Warren, Ohio.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (6-2-00) in McFARLAND & SON FUNERAL HOME, 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, Ohio.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Saturday (6-3-00) in Blessed Sacrament Church, 3020 Reeves Road, Warren.
    Burial: Brook Park Cremation Center, Brookfield.

Frederick ‘Fritz’ W. Schenker

WE retiree formerly lived in Farrell, was league bowler

A private funeral service will be Friday for Frederick "Fritz" W. Schenker, Orange Village Care Center, Masury, formerly of Farrell. He died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday (5-30-00) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell, following an extended illness. He was 91.

Mr. Schenker was born Oct. 23, 1908, in Farrell to Peter and Katherine Schenker.

An alumnus of Farrell High School, he retired in 1974 from the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., where he was a pipefitter’s helper.

An Army veteran, Mr. Schenker served during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 160, Farrell.

He also belonged to the Saxon Club, Croatian-American Citizens Civic Club and the former Grace Lutheran Church, all Farrell.

Mr. Schenker bowled in three bowling leagues until 1993. He also was an avid golfer.

His wife, the former Mary Mikulin, whom he married Feb. 20, 1944, died Jan. 24, 1990.

Surviving are: three daughters, Fredericka Hill, Phoenix; Rosemary Frantz, Sharon; and Mrs. Randy (Judy) Gelnett, Farrell; a sister, Kate Harris, Montgomery, Ala.; a caregiver, Gina Vuich, Hermitage; and two grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Jean; two sisters, Matilda Quinn and Pauline; and four brothers, Peter, Carl, Bill and Sam.

Frederick "Fritz" W., 91, Masury, formerly of Farrell.
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Private funeral service will be Friday (6-2-00) in the chapel of JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.
    Entombment: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.

Erin Margaret Scullin

Honor student at Kennedy was active in school activities

Mass of Christian burial will be Friday (6-2-00) for Erin Margaret Scullin, 4025 Main St., Adamsville. She died at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday (5-30-00) in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, from injuries sustained Saturday morning (5-27-00) when she fell while working at Greenville Memorial Swimming Pool. She was 17.

Erin was born Dec. 15, 1982, in Greenville to Dr. John P. and Marguerite Calior Scullin.

The 1997 alumna of St. Michael School, Greenville, had just completed her junior year at Kennedy Christian High School, Hermitage. She was an honor student.

At Kennedy, Erin was a member of the track and cross country teams; the Action, Art and Latin clubs; and Students Against Drugs & Alcohol. She was an office aide and took part in Campus Ministry.

Erin was a volunteer at John XXIII Nursing Home, Hermitage.

As a St. Michael student, she participated in basketball, swimming, soccer, softball and choir.

In 1997, Erin received the first Courage to Come Back Youth Award from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwest Pennsylvania; and a Christian Service Award.

At her graduation, she also won an award for the highest cumulative grade point average for a female during her eight years at St. Michael School.

Erin had been employed during the summer months as a life guard at Greenville Memorial Pool; and also at Camp Nazareth in Delaware Township.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Greenville.

Surviving are: her parents, Adamsville; two sisters, Meaghen Scullin Gramley, Sharon; and Brigid Scullin, Durham, N.C.; two brothers, Patrick Scullin, Hermitage; and Michael Scullin, Adamsville; and two exchange-student brothers, Leo Nadal, formerly of the Dominican Republic, now Manassas, Va.; and Isaac King, Montreal.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Kirin Scullin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kennedy Christian High School, 2120 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage 16148; or St. Michael School, 85 N. High St., Greenville 16125.

Erin Margaret, 17, of 4025 Main St., Adamsville.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (6-1-00) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday (6-2-00) in St. Michael’s Church, 85 N. High St., Greenville, with Monsignor Andrew H. Karg, pastor, and a host of other priests as concelebrants.
    Burial: St. Michael’s Cemetery, Greenville.

Look in past days’ obituary files to find the full obituaries

Mrs. William P. (Mary Brenneman), 84, formerly of Ashberry Lane, New Castle.
    Obituary was published 5-11-00
    Calling hours:10 a.m. to time of service Saturday (6-3-00) in the chapel of Castle View Memorial Gardens, New Castle.
    Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the memorial gardens chapel, with the Rev. Ronald McGinnis, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, New Castle, officiating.
    Burial: Castle View Memorial Gardens.
    Arrangements by R. CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.

Mrs. Peter (Alice), 85, of 306 W. Market St., Mercer, formerly of Farrell.
    Obituary was published 5-31-00
    Calling hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today (6-1-00) in JOHN A. PALISIN FUNERAL HOME, 86 Maple Drive, Hermitage. Panachida at 8:30 p.m.
    Service: Private funeral service to be held at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. Michael Polanichka, pastor of St. John’s Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church, Sharon, officiating.
    Burial: St. John’s Cemetery, Hermitage.
    Arrangements by THOMAS S. PODLEYON FUNERAL SERVICE, 86 Maple Drive, Hermitage.

Milton R. "Bubba," 62, of 411 Fruit Ave., Farrell.
    Obituary was published 5-30-00
    Calling hours: Were Wednesday (5-31-00) in WILBERT L. SHANNON FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 33 Broadway Ave., Wheatland.
    Service: Funeral service was at 11 a.m. today (6-1-00) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Andrew Adams, associate minister of New Light Missionary Baptist Church, Sharon, officiating.
    Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.

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