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Local news Monday, August 7, 2000 newsie
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Today's death record

  • Ralph Baker, 84, of 1272 Glenwood Drive, Sharon.
  • Juliana “Julia” J. Baumstark, 83, of 6862 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
  • Adlour “Al” M. Bilodeau, 81, East Mercer Street, Harrisville.
  • Fannie M. Byler, 79, of 1244 S. Vernon Road, Lake Township.
  • Emma M. Barner Gill, 90, of 290 N. Perry Highway, Coolspring Township.
  • Selwyn B. Lewis, 87, Pulaski Township, Lawrence County.
  • The Rev. Frances Segers, 64, of 1400 Union St., Farrell.
  • Theodore T. “Mitzi” Vadala, 77, of 927 Main St., Sharpsville.

Today's obituaries
Ralph Baker
Ralph Baker, 1272 Glenwood Drive, Sharon, died at 9:35 p.m. Sunday (8-6-00) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 84.

Obituary information was incomplete.

    Ralph, 84, of 1272 Glenwood Drive, Sharon.
    Arrangements will be announced by SAMPLE-O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME Inc., East State Street at North Oakland Avenue, Sharon.

Juliana ‘Julia’ J. Baumstark

Brookfield woman operated styling salon until 1997

Juliana "Julia" J. Baumstark, 6862 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield, died at 6:28 a.m. Sunday (8-6-00) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 83.

Mrs. Baumstark was born June 1, 1917, in Brookfield to Michael and Julianne Varga Obermiyer.

She retired in 1997 after 55 years as a beautician, operating Julia’s Beauty Shop in Brookfield.

Mrs. Baumstark was a 25-year member and treasurer of Gabby Dobbers China Painting Class.

An avid bowler, she bowled in several area leagues and enjoyed gardening and bird watching.

Her husband, Joseph Baumstark, whom she married June 1, 1935, died Aug. 11, 1982.

Surviving are: four daughters, Johanna Showman, Sharpsville; Mrs. David (Kathleen) Bobby and Rosemarie Coryea, both Brookfield; and Mary Jane Embree, Dayton, Ohio; a brother, Frank Obermiyer, and a sister, Tillie Allen, both Brookfield; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Frank William; three brothers, Steve, Michael and Jake Obermiyer; and two sisters, Anna Faller and Mary Roman.

Mrs. Joseph (Juliana "Julia" J.), 83, of 6862 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (8-7-00) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (8-8-00) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Daniel F. Cesene, pastor of Faith Assembly of God, Brookfield, officiating.
    Burial: Brookfield Township Cemetery.

Adlour ‘Al’ M. Bilodeau

Adlour "Al" M. Bilodeau, East Mercer Street, Harrisville, died at 8:40 p.m. Saturday (8-5-00) in Orchard Manor, Pine Township. He was 81.

Obituary information was incomplete.

    Adlour "Al" M., 81, East Mercer Street, Harrisville.
    Arrangements will be announced by JAMISON FUNERAL HOME, 117 N. Main St., Harrisville.

Fannie M. Byler

Lake Twp. homemaker was native of Middlefield, Ohio

Fannie M. Byler, 1244 S. Vernon Road, Lake Township, died unexpectedly at 1:47 p.m. Sunday (8-6-00) in the emergency room of UPMC Horizon, Greenville. She was 79.

Mrs. Byler was born July 7, 1921, in Middlefield, Ohio, to Mose E. and Martha Hershberger Borkholder.

A homemaker, she married Ben A. "Tinner Ben" Byler on Jan. 15, 1942. He died Aug. 30, 1997.

Surviving are: five daughters, Mrs. Crist (Martha) Byler and Mrs. Wollie (Amanda) Coblentz, both Rochester Mills, Pa.; Mrs. Melvin (Mary) Mullet, Woodhull, N.Y.; Mrs. Wollie (Clara) Byler and Esther Byler, both Mercer; six sons, Jonas B., Sugar Grove, Pa.; Andrew B., Punxsutawney, Pa.; Mose B., Dayton, Pa.; Manas B., Stoneboro; Benjamin B., Troy, N.Y.; and Lester B., Atlantic; two sisters, Mary Miller, Middlefield; and Emma Byler, Dayton; three brothers, Eli Borkholder, LaGrange, Ind.; Manas Borkholder, Wilton, Wis.; and Levi Borkholder, Phoenix; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday (8-9-00).

Emma M. Barner Gill
50-year church member worked for Mercer schools

Emma M. Barner Gill, 290 N. Perry Highway, Coolspring Township, died at 7:15 p.m. Saturday (8-5-00) in United Community Hospital, Pine Township, after an extended illness. She was 90.

Mrs. Gill was born July 31, 1910, in Mercer to Clyde and Mary Huey Barner.

She was employed for 23 years in the cafeteria of Mercer High School, and previously worked for Brandy Springs Park pool, Mercer.

Mrs. Gill was a 50-year member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Mercer.

She also belonged to Mercer Business and Professional Women and Mercer Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and was a lifetime member of Ladies of the Moose, Mercer.

Her husband, Clifford B. Gill, whom she married March 19, 1931, died May 15, 1970.

Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Dorothy Louise) Rudolph, Mercer; a sister, Evelyn Stull, Hubbard; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Maurice Barner, and two sisters, Alma Barner Moose and Mary Elizabeth "Dolly" Wardman.

Mrs. Clifford B. (Emma M. Barner), 90, of 290 N. Perry Highway, Coolspring Township.
    Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today (8-7-00) and 10 a.m. until time of service Tuesday (8-8-00) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. F. Stanley Keehlwetter, pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Mercer, officiating.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.

Selwyn B. Lewis

Pulaski farmer also owned grading, excavating business

Selwyn B. Lewis, Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, died at 8:05 p.m. Sunday (8-6-00) at home after a brief illness. He was 87.

Mr. Lewis was born Oct. 18, 1912, on the family farm where he lived to William David and Martha Edmunds Lewis.

A self-employed farmer, he also owned and operated a grading and excavating contracting service.

Mr. Lewis was a member of Shenango Presbyterian Church, Neshannock Township, Lawrence County.

As a charter member of Pennsylvania Flying Farmers, he was the second person elected president of the group.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Dorthea I. Minner, whom he married Aug. 18, 1931; a daughter, Mrs. James (Martha) Robinson, New Castle; a sister, Dorcas Garrett, Pulaski; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mae Horne, and an infant, Katherine; and two brothers, Dewey and Glenn.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shenango Presbyterian Church, 3144 Wilmington Road, or City Rescue Mission, 319 S. Croton Ave., both New Castle 16101.

Selwyn B., 87, Pulaski Township, Lawrence County.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (8-8-00) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.
    Service: Funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday (8-9-00) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Bud Green, pastor of Shenango Presbyterian Church, Neshannock Township, Lawrence County, officiating.
    Burial: Fairs Oaks Cemetery, New Wilmington.

Rev. Frances Segers
The Rev. Frances Segers, 1400 Union St., Farrell, died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday (8-6-00) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. She was 64.

Obituary information was incomplete.

    The Rev. Frances, 64, of 1400 Union St. Farrell.
    Arrangements will be announced by J.E. WASHINGTON FUNERAL SERVICES Inc., 1059 Hamilton Ave., Farrell.

Theodore T. ‘Mitzi’ Vadala

Retired millwright worked for Hermitage schools

Theodore T. "Mitzi" Vadala, 927 Main St., Sharpsville, died at 9:10 p.m. Saturday (8-5-00) in O’Brien Memorial Nursing Home, Masury, after an extended illness. He was 77.

Mr. Vadala was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Sharpsville to Dominic and Victoria Moro Vadala.

He retired as a millwright from the former Shenango Inc., Sharpsville, where he worked for 30 years. He later worked for 10 years in the maintenance department of Hermitage schools.

A Navy veteran, Mr. Vadala served aboard USS San Jacinto during World War II and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6404, American Legion Post 162 and Eight & 40, all Sharpsville; and Catholic War Veterans, Sharon.

He was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Sharpsville, and called bingo for several organizations.

Mr. Vadala was an avid gardener and fisherman.

His wife, the former Mary Vendemia, died March 25, 1977.

Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Ronnie (Rita) George, Masury; and Mrs. Michael (Shirley) Vojtko, Brookfield; two sisters, Rose Cole, Tucson, Ariz.; and Mae DeSalvo, Sharpsville; and two grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathryn Rosaci and Carmella Anthony, and two brothers, John and Ben Vadala.

Theodore T. "Mitzi," 77, of 927 Main St. Sharpsville.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (8-8-00) in STEVENSON-WEBB FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1142 Ridge Ave., Sharpsville.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday (8-9-00) in St. Bernadette’s Church, Masury, with the Rev. Robert J. Hannon, pastor, as celebrant.
    Burial: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hermitage.

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

Dr. Robert O., 11666 South Ave., North Lima, Ohio.
    Obituary was published 8-6-00
    Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. today (8-7-00) in CLEMENTE FUNERAL HOME, 10170 Main St., New Middletown, Ohio, and 10 until time of service on Tuesday (8-8-00) at Zion Lutheran Church, 10857 Main St, New Middletown, Ohio.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the church with the Rev. Larry Klinker, pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage
Paula J., 33, of 2309 Lynnwood Drive, Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 8-6-00
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (8-7-00) in SAMPLE-O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME Inc., East State Street at North Oakland Avenue, Sharon. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to:
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday (8-8-00) in the funeral home with the Rev. Gary Bryan, Pastor of Shenango Valley Church of God, Hermitage, and the Rev. Richard Henderson, Assoc. Pastor of Hickory United Methodist Church, Hermitage, officiating.
    Burial: Eau Claire Cemetery.

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