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Today's death record

  • Harold W. Clarkson, 87, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Grove City.
  • Alfred 'High' W. Davis, 83, of 110 Fredonia Road, Hempfield Township.
  • Clara Diurba, 57, of 540 12th St., Pymatuning Township.
  • Dorothy I. McCauley, 79, Meadville, formerly of Greenville and Warren, Pa.
  • Dorothy McDermott, 93, or 2300 Canfield Road, No. 132, Boardman.
  • Jack A. Thompson, 50, of 7763 Bedford Road, Hubbard.

Today's obituaries
Norine Anne Bolyard

New Wilmington woman was teacher, homemaker

Norine Anne Bolyard, 230 Meadowbrook Drive, New Wilmington, died at 10:45 a.m. Saturday (5-13-00) in Overlook Medical Clinic, New Wilmington. She was 82.

Mrs. Bolyard was born June 16, 1918, in Kingwood, W.Va., to Ola and Dorothy Beavers Sterling.

A graduate of West Virginia University, Morgantown, she received a masters degree from Westminster College in 1969.

Mrs. Bolyard was a member of New Wilmington Presbyterian Church.

A homemaker, she had been an English Teacher in Grafton, W. Va.

Mrs. Bolyard was a member of the Garden Club, New Wilmington, and took many Lifelong Learning Classes at Westminster College.

She was an active volunteer at the former Mercer County Home.

Her husband, William Thomas Bolyard, Jr., whom she married Dec. 28, 1944, died Dec. 17, 1974.

Surviving are: two sons, William Thomas Bolyard, Clifton, Va., and Charles Ray Bolyard, Mercer; a sister, Dorothy Lou Skinner, St. Petersburg, W. Va.; a brother, Richard Sterling, Parkersburg, W.Va.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Organ Fund of New Wilmington Presbyterian Church 229 S. Market St., New Wilmington, PA 16142.

BOLYARD

Mrs. William (Norine Anne), 82, of 230 Meadowbrook Drive, New Wilmington.

Calling hours: 10 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday (5-16-00) in the SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. William G. McCoy, New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, pastor, officiating.

Burial: Fair Oaks Cemetery, New Wilmington.

Clarence J. Dickman

Burghill man was pipe fitter at Westinghouse for 30 years

Clarence J. Dickman, 7901 state Route 305, Burghill, died at 3:20 a.m. Saturday (5-13-00) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System after a heart attack. He was 88.

Mr. Dickman was born Aug. 2, 1911, in Farrell, to Peter and Francis McFadden Dickman.

Retiring in 1973, he worked for 30 years as a pipe fitter at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp.

Mr. Dickman previously worked at Carnegie Steel as a security guard.

He attended Hartford Community Church, Hartford, Ohio.

Mr. Dickman was a member of Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, Sharon.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

His wife, the former Ethel L. Mowry, whom he married Jan. 3, 1935 died Oct. 14, 1993.

Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. James (Delores) Messersmith, Kinsman, Ohio; three sons, Richard Dickman, Hartford, Ohio; Thomas Dickman, Hayward, Calif.; and Phillip Dickman, Wheeling, W.Va.; a sister, Mrs. Mae Kurpe, Hermitage; a brother, Jack Dickman, Hermitage; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of Hartford Community Church, Box 38, Hartford, Ohio 44424.

DICKMAN

Clarence, 88, of 7901 state Route 305 Burghill, Ohio.

Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (5-16-00) in the GALLOWAY-ONSTOTT FUNERAL HOME, 3451 state Route 7, Hartford.

Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday (5-17-00) in the Hartford Community Church, 3312, state Route 7, Hartford, with the Rev. William Roden, pastor, officiating.

Burial: Hartford Township Cemetery, Hartford.

Esther Hall Henrey

STEWART, Fla. -- Esther Hall Henrey, 224 Villas St., formerly of Vernon, died Thursday (5-11-00) after a lenghty illness. She was 91.

Obituary information was incomplete.

HENREY

Esther Hall, 224 Villas St., Stewart, Fla.

Arrangements will be announced by GALLOWAY-ONSTOTT FUNERAL HOME, 3451 state Route 7, Hartford.

Kathryn Pearl Hodge

Church of God member was Millbrook granger

Kathryn Pearl Hodge, Orchard Manor, Grove City, formerly of Carrie Way, Grove City, and Jackson Center, died at 4:57 a.m. Saturday (5-13-00) at United Community Hospital, Pine Township, after a brief illness. She was 97.

She was born Nov. 27, 1902, in Worth Township to William and Anna Glenn Westlake.

Mrs. Hodge was a member of Lakeview Church of God and the church Missionary Society.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Lakeview Senior Citizens and the Millbrook Grange.

Her husband, Stanley R. Hodge, whom she married Oct. 19, 1921, died Jan. 6, 1980.

Surviving are: two sisters-in-law, Helen Westlake, Jackson Center, and Lorrain Westlake, Avon, New York.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence, Kenneth and William Westlake.

HODGE

Mrs. Stanley (Kathryn), 97, Orchard Manor, Grove City.

Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (5-15-00) in the CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.

Service: Funeral service 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (5-16-00) in the funeral home with the Rev. Patrick Vance, pastor of Lakeview Church of God, and the Revs. Jay and Sue Montgomery, Knox, Pa. officiating.

Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Jackson Center.

Jane M. Knauff

Homemaker belonged to GC’s Holy Trinity Lutheran

Funeral will be Tuesday for Jane M. Knauff, 650 Old Ash Road, Springfield Township. She died at 12:10 p.m. Friday (5-12-00) in Buchanan Commons, Grove City, after an eight month illness. She was 68.

She was born May 8, 1931, in Grove City, to Clarence and Helen Morrison Urey.

A homemaker, she was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Grove City.

Her husband, Richard E. Knauff, whom she married June 22, 1951, died Sept. 23, 1988.

Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Rodney (Ruth Ann) Rodgers, Harrisville; a son, Richard J. Knauff, Mercer; a sister, Hazel Hirst, Orchard Beach, Maine; a brother, William C. Urey, Grove City; and two grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Lou Kenny and Lois Ann Midberry; three brothers, John Urey, Ross L. Urey and Fred Urey.

KNAUFF

Mrs. Richard (Jane), 68, of 650 Old Ash Road, Springfield Township.

Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (5-15-00) in the CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.

Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday (5-16-00) in the funeral home.

Burial: Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City.

Otis Odem

National Castings retiree was avid hunter, fisherman

Funeral will be Wednesday for Otis Odem, 1053 Emerson Ave., Farrell, who died at 6:05 p.m. Friday (5-12-00) in his home of a heart ailment. He was 77.

Mr. Odem was born Sept. 18, 1922, in Goodwater, Ala., to Alex and Alice Tuck Odem.

Retiring in 1984, he worked at the former National Castings Division of Midland-Ross Corp., Sharon, for 33 years.

Mr. Odem was a member of Community Missionary Baptist Church, Farrell.

He was a former member of the Free and Accepted Masons Prince Hall Affiliation Lodge 25, Farrell.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Katie Phillips, whom he married May 10, 1947; two daughters, Mrs. James (Mary) Chikwyna, Tacoma, Wa., and Mrs. Mark (Joyce) Harvey, Masury; two sons, William Odem, Tacoma, Wa. and Raymond Odem, Puyallup, Wa.; two sisters, Mrs. George (Lilly Mae) Phillips, and Mrs. Mildred Daniels, both New Orleans; a brother, O.D. Odem, Goodwater, Ala.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Dorothy and Patricia Odem; a son, Milton Odem; a sister, Estelle Thomas, and six brothers, James, Irvin, Son, Henry, Andrew and Ed.

ODEM

Otis, 77, of 1053 Emerson Ave., Farrell.

Calling hours: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (5-16-00) in the WILBERT L. SHANNON FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 33 Broadway Ave., Wheatland.

Service: Funeral service 12 noon Wednesday (5-17-00) in the Community Missionary Baptist Church, 1013 Emerson Ave., Farrell, with the Rev. Robert E. Chauers, pastor, officiating.

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.

Mary Ellen Riddle

Former Sharon woman was born in New Castle

NEAVITT, Md. -- Mary Ellen Riddle, formerly of Sharon and New York, died Thursday (5-11-00) at the Memorial Hospital, Easton, Md. She was 89.

Mrs. Riddle was born May 29, 1910, in New Castle, to Howard and Mary Daugherty Fulkerson.

After graduating from New Castle High School, she worked as a store credit manager.

Her husband, Dr. Ransford J. Riddle, an opthamologist, whom she married Dec. 19, 1931, died June 9, 1984.

Surviving are: two daughters, Patricia L. Pyne, Falling Waters, W. Va.; Kathleen R. Burchett, Neavitt, Md.; a brother, Jack Fulkerson, Melbourne, Fla.; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Joyce Riddle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 585 Cynwood Dr., Easton, MD 21601.

Graveside services will be held at Oak Park Cemetery, New Castle, at a later date.

Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Easton, Md.

Michael A. Stawaisz

Korean War veteran was draftsman at Westinghouse

Michael A. Stawaisz, 819 N. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage, died at 1:35 a.m. Saturday (5-13-00) at the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 71.

Mr. Stawaisz was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Farrell, to Jacob and Frances Jamro Stawaisz.

He was a 1947 graduate of Farrell High School and attended Youngstown State University, Youngstown.

Mr. Stawaisz served in the Army during the Korean war.

Retiring in 1985, he was a layout draftsman for 38 years at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp.

Mr. Stawaisz was a member of the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage.

He was an avid gardener.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Barbara McGinty, at home, whom he married Oct. 9, 1954; two daughters, Susan Stawaisz, Largo, Fla., and Patricia Stawaisz, Gastonia, N.C.; a son, Robert Stawaisz, Hermitage; two sisters, Stella Dignan, Munhall, Pa., Mary Stawaisz, Farrell; and a brother, Henry Stawaisz, Farrell.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Claffey, and three brothers, Joseph, Anthony, and John Stawaisz.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Notre Dame Church Building Fund, 2325 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.

STAWAISZ

Michael A., 71, of 819 N. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage.

Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (5-15-00) in the STEPHEN J. SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage.

Service: Mass of Christian burial 11 a.m. Tuesday (5-16-00) in the Church of Notre Dame, 2325 Highland Road, Hermitage, with the Rev. John Haggerty, pastor, as celebrant.

Burial: St. Rose Mausoleum, Hermitage

Virgil Steverson

Sharon man was Army vet, retired from Sharon Steel

Virgil Steverson, 841 Wallis Ave., Sharon, died Friday (5-12-00) at home of natural causes. He was 72.

He was born Dec. 27, 1926, in Farrell, to Nathaniel and Mamie Fields Steverson.

Mr. Steverson attended Farrell High School.

He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Steverson retired in 1992 after 30 years at the Sharon Steel Corp.’s former Farrell plant.

His wife, the former Johnie Mae McLean, died in 1994.

Surviving are: three daughters, Shirley and Jessica Steverson, both Maryland; and Linda Reed, Youngstown; two sons, Matthew Steverson, Mississippi, and Philip Steverson, Youngstown; a brother, Clyde Steverson, Farrell; and 13 grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Malloy and Anna Hall; three brothers, Raymond, Ernest, and Luther Steverson.

STEVERSON

Virgil, 72, of 841 Wallis Ave., Sharon.

Service: Graveside service 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (5-16-00) at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.

Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.

Arrangements by: JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.

Martha Whiston Wachter

Alabama woman was reared in Greenville, had local ties

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Martha Whiston Wachter, died at 2:15 p.m. Friday (5-12-00) in the home of her son, G. Thomas Wachter, after an extended illness. She was 94.

Mrs. Wachter was born Sept. 26, 1905, in Meadville, and spent much of her early life in Greenville.

She was the widow of George W. Wachter, formerly of the Shenango Valley, who for many years was affiliated with the U.S. Steel Corp. in Birmingham, Ala., and Pittsburgh.

Her husband died in 1974.

Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Rita Lilly, Florence, Ala.; and Mrs. Diane Farmer Swatek, Birmingham, Ala.; a son, G. Thomas Wachter, Florence, Ala.; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild.

Funeral is Monday in Hoover, Ala. Burial will be in Ellwood Cemetery, Birmingham.


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

ADAIR

Mrs. Ernest W. (Leola A.), 103, of 729 Lee Ave., Farrell.

Obituary was published 5-12-00

Calling hours: Body viewing from 1 to 6 p.m. today (5-14-00) in J.E. WASHINGTON FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1059 Hamilton Ave., Farrell, and noon to time of service Monday (5-15-00) with the family in Valley Baptist Church, Farrell.

Service: Funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday in the church, with the Rev. Anderson T. Tatum, retired pastor, officiating.

Burial: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage.

BENIC

Mrs. John (Carole), 55, of 208 N. Buck St., Wernersville, Pa.

Obituary was published 5-13-00

Calling hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday (5-15-00) in LAMM & WITMAN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 243 W. Penn Ave., Wernersville.

Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday (5-16-00) in St. Francis DeSales Church, Robesonia, Pa.

Burial: Hain’s Church Cemetery, Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County.

CRAMER

Grace J. 56, of 1055 Hamilton Ave., Farrell.

Obituary was published 5-13-00

Calling hours: 5 to 7 p.m. today (5-14-00) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.

Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday (5-15-00) in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. C. Charles Eckles, pastor of Central Christian Church, Hermitage, officiating.

Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.

GIBBONS

Burton C., 75, of Rochester, formerly of Honeoye, both N.Y.

Obituary was published 5-13-00

Calling hours: None.

Service: Private graveside memorial service will be held Monday (5-15-00) at the convenience of the family in Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage, with the Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson, pastor of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Lackawannock Township, officiating.

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by JOHN A. PALISIN FUNERAL HOME, 86 Maple Drive, Hermitage.

VAHEY

Mrs. Robert (Matilda), 72, Shaler Township, Allegheny County.

Obituary was published 5-13-00

Calling hours: Were Saturday (5-13-00) and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (5-14-00) in the NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mount Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, Pa.

Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Sebastian Church, Ross Township, Allegheny County.

Burial: Northside Catholic Cemetery, Ross Township.

WILCOX

Mrs. Donald Earl (Rita V.), 76, of 1956 Pennacle Drive SW, Wyoming, Mich., formerly of 14 Oak Hill Drive, West Middlesex.

Obituary was published 5-12-00

Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday (5-14-00) in W. WAYNE CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 3126 Main St., West Middlesex.

Service: Funeral and committal service at 11 a.m. Monday (5-15-00) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson, pastor of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Lackwannock Township, officiating.

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.



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