Local news Tuesday, July 11, 2000
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Ralph H. Burnett
Ralph H. Burnett, 136 S. Irvine Ave., Sharon, died at 10:15 p.m. Monday (7-10-00) in the emergency room of UPMC Horizon, Farrell. He was 78.
Obituary information was incomplete.
Harry W. Cole
Obituary was published 7-10-00
Among survivors are five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Among those preceding him in death was a sister, Alice Dobis. Incorrect information was given to the funeral director.
Former WM service station co-owner worked at Kmart
Ruth Fabian, 50 N. Crescent Drive, Hermitage, died at 1:55 p.m. Monday (7-10-00) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System following an extended illness. She was 70.
Mrs. Fabian was born May 23, 1930, in West Middlesex to Otto and Barbara Nettinger Mirage.
She was an alumna of West Middlesex High School.
With her husband, she owned and operated the former Fabian's Ashland Service Station, state Route 318 in West Middlesex.
Mrs. Fabian was service desk supervisor for the past eight years at Kmart, Hermitage.
Her husband, Robert Fabian, whom she married on June 4, 1955, died April 14, 1992.
Surviving are a son, Robert J., Hadley; and a brother, Paul Mirage, Greenville.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Billie Jean.
Francis M. 'Whistle' Hedglin
Sharon Steel retiree worked at car auction
Francis M. "Whistle" Hedglin, 7266 W. Market St., Lackawannock Township, died at 10:38 a.m. Monday (7-10-00) at home. He was 78.
Mr. Hedglin was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Volant to William and Naomi McConnell Hedglin.
He retired in 1985 after 20 years from the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant, where he worked in the railroad gang. At the time of his death, he was a part-time employee for ADESSA Pittsburgh car auction, Jackson Township.
Mr. Hedglin attended New Fellowship Baptist Church, Charleston; and was a former member of Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1637, Mercer; and American Legion Post 299, Sharon.
A citizen's band radio enthusiast, Mr. Hedglin previously belonged to the former AID Citizen's Band Radio Club, Sharon.
The outdoorsman enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, and playing bocce, and was an expert tailor.
Mr. Hedglin was a member of West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department.
Surviving are: his wife of 37 years, the former Thelma I. Stafford Kennedy, whom he married Oct. 6, 1962; four daughters, Mrs. William (Barbara D.) Findling, Crandall, Texas; Frances I. Fiscus, Mercer; Mrs. Calvin (Lillie E.) Beers, Masury; and Mrs. Robert (Patricia A.) Buckley, Youngstown; two sons, Albert H. Brannon, Sharon; and William A. Kennedy, Mercer; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary Fiscus; and a sister, Marie Curry.
Jennie 'Ginger' V. Jewell
Hermitage woman retired from Cleveland plant
Calling hours will be Wednesday for Jennie "Ginger" V. Jewell, 975 Biscayne Drive, Hermitage, formerly of Summerfield, Fla. She died at 8 p.m. Tuesday (7-4-00) in Hospitality Care Center, Hermitage, following a brief illness. She was 77.
Mrs. Jewell was born March 24, 1923, in Cleveland to John and Gertrude O'Boyle Vicchiarelli.
She retired in 1981 after 30 years from the assembly line of Fisher Body Plant, Cleveland.
Mrs. Jewell was an avid bowler and golfer.
Her husband, Charles R. Jewell, whom she married April 16, 1960, died May 16, 1999.
Surviving are a daughter, Connie, Hermitage, with whom she lived; and three grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Patrick Vicchiarelli.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 19 Jefferson Avenue, Sharon 16146.
Obituary information remains incomplete.
John P. Niec
Sharon Steel retiree lettered in football, was Army veteran
John P. Niec, formerly of Sharon and Jamestown, died at noon Monday (7-10-00) in Clepper Manor, Sharon. He was 85.
Mr. Niec was born Oct. 29, 1914, in Farrell to Matthias and Anna Fularz Niec.
He was an alumnus of Sharon High School, where he lettered for three years in football.
An Army veteran, Mr. Niec served as a sergeant in the Air Corps during World War II.
He retired after 35 years as a roller from the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant.
Mr. Niec was a member of St. Adalbert's Church, Farrell, and its Men's Club.
He loved to read, work crossword puzzles and golf. He also enjoyed boating.
Surviving are a brother, Edmund, Muncie, Ind.; and a sister, Olga Morgenstern, Sharon.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Peter and Ted; and a sister, Stephanie.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Adalbert's Church, 1035 Fruit Ave., Farrell 16121.
Irvin Grant Orr
Retired Farrell teacher was active in church, Masons
Irvin Grant Orr, 1510 N. Keel Ridge Road, Hermitage, died at 1:15 p.m. Monday (7-10-00) in O'Brien Memorial Nursing Home, Masury. He was 82.
Mr. Orr was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Sharpsville to Arthur and Bertha Grant Orr.
The alumnus of Hickory High School in Hermitage attended the University of Pittsburgh.
An Army veteran, Mr. Orr served during World War II.
He retired in 1979 after 35 years as an industrial arts teacher for Farrell Area Schools, where he worked since 1944. He was previously a welder for the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant.
He was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Sharpsville; and belonged to Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 810, Hermitage; and Scottish Rite's New Castle Consistory.
Mr. Orr was an avid bowler and golfer.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Martha L. Uber, whom he married Aug. 24, 1944; a daughter, Kathryn L. Venema, Tiffin, Ohio; a son, James L., Hermitage; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Giebner; and a brother, Chester.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 148 E. Shenango St., Sharpsville 16150.
Stella (Stoyanko) Rajsich
Retiree, noted WE employee, was active in church, lodge
Stella (Stoyanko) Rajsich, 142 S. Mercer Ave., Sharpsville, formerly of Farrell, died at 5 a.m. Monday (7-10-00) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 84.
Miss Rajsich was born June 16, 1916, in Youngstown to George and Vera Parcetich Rajsich.
A 1934 alumna of Farrell High School, she attended what was then Carnegie Technical School, Pittsburgh; and graduated in 1938 from Thiel College, Greenville.
Miss Rajsich retired in 1978 after 34 years from the drafting department of the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., where she was the first woman engineer.
She was a member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Hermitage, where she served as choir director for many years and taught children for all church programs. Miss Rajsich also belonged to St. Petra Ladies Auxiliary and Catering Group.
As a member of Serbian National Federation Lodge 68, she was treasurer for the past 30 years and was honored as Woman of the Year in 1995.
Surviving is a cousin, Rose Zipay, Sharpsville, with whom she lived.
Obituary information remains incomplete.
Sandra Lynn Stern
Grove City native lived in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -- Sandra Lynn Stern, 3213 Kennett Square, Pittsburgh, formerly of Grove City, died at 1:31 p.m. Saturday (7-8-00) following a fire in her home. She was 41.
Mrs. Stern was born May 5, 1959, in Grove City to James E. and Carol Jean Mathay Hoffman.
She attended schools in Devils Lake, N.D., and was an alumna of Bellevue (Ohio) High School.
Mrs. Stern was disabled.
Surviving are: a daughter, Sarah Jean, Pittsburgh; her father and stepmother, Vonnie Hoffman, Grove City; a sister, Mary Beth Reece, Lawrenceville, Ga.; and two brothers, Bruce Hoffman, Belleville, Mich.; and Steve Hoffman, Fargo, N.D.
She was preceded in death by her mother; and a brother, Scott Hoffman.
Memorial contributions may be made in care of James E. Hoffman for the Sandra Stern Fund to Cunningham Funeral Home Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City 16127.
Edward A. Thomas Jr.
Hubbard man worked at Sharpsville Container
TIONESTA -- Edward A. Thomas Jr., 3796 Orchard Ave. SE, Hubbard, was found dead at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (7-6-00) of carbon monoxide poisoning in Kingsley Township, Forest County, police said. He was 38.
Mr. Thomas was born March 17, 1962, in Youngstown to Edward and Dorothy McKnight Thomas Sr.
A lifelong area resident, he was employed by Sharpsville Container.
Mr. Thomas enjoyed camping, fishing and riding his Harley-Davidson.
Surviving are: his father, Chicago; his mother and stepfather, Curtis Myers, with whom he lived; a son, Cody; a stepson, Jason Wess; and a stepdaughter, Amber Wess, all Hubbard; two sisters, Deanna Milligan, Liberty; and Jennifer Myers, Hubbard; and his grandparents, Charles and Dorothy Myers, Youngstown.
Olga E. Zajdel
Ex-Sharon woman co-owned former hotel in Wilmerding
PITTSBURGH -- Olga E. Zajdel, 1709 Jamestown Place, Pittsburgh, formerly of Sharon, died at 3 a.m. Monday (7-10-00) at home of cancer. She was 82.
Mrs. Zajdel was born Aug. 18, 1917, in Pittsburgh to John and Rose Gazda.
She was co-owner with her husband, Theodore T. Zajdel, of a former hotel in Wilmerding, Pa. He died in 1995.
Mrs. Zajdel attended First Evangelical Church, McKeesport.
Surviving are: three sons, Theodore T. Jr., Richard K. and Daniel P.; a sister, Eugenia Gazda Parisho; a brother, Theodore Gazda; and three grandsons.
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