Local news Tuesday, August 8, 2000
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Ralph D. Baker
Sharon Steel retiree was WWII Army veteran
Funeral will be Friday for Ralph D. Baker, 1272 Glenwood Drive, Sharon. He died at 9:35 p.m. Sunday (8-6-00) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 84.
Mr. Baker was born Aug. 21, 1915, in Sharon to John Ross and Sarah Webb Baker.
The 1933 alumnus of Sharon High School attended Westminster College, New Wilmington, and retired in 1980 after 47 years from Sharon Steel Corp.’s former Farrell plant, where he was a general foreman in the coating department.
An Army veteran, Mr. Baker served in the 284th Combat Engineer Unit in Europe during World War II.
He attended Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sharon, and belonged to Free and Accepted Masons Shenango Lodge 668, Sharon.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Martha M. Roberts, whom he married Dec. 16, 1936; a son, Ralph D. Jr., Brookfield; two daughters, Mrs. William Carl (Carol Ann) Shellenberger, Haver, Mont.; and Mrs. William D. (Martha Lee) Smith, Hermitage; a brother, William P., Masury; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn R. and Robert D.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Juliana ‘Julia’ J. Baumstark
Obituary was published 8-7-00
Among survivors is a companion, Vince McGhee, Farrell. Additional information was given to The Herald.
Adlour ‘Al’ M. Bilodeau
Marine vet had been school director, member of CCC
Funeral will be Thursday for Adlour "Al" M. Bilodeau, East Mercer Street, Harrisville. He died at 8:40 p.m. Saturday (8-5-00) in Orchard Manor, Pine Township, following a lengthy illness. He was 81.
Mr. Bilodeau was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Weedville, Pa., to Dolph and Nancy Hedberg Bilodeau.
The 1937 alumnus of Weedville High School retired in 1982 after more than 40 years from the former Shelley Furniture Store, Grove City.
A Marine veteran, Mr. Bilodeau served in the Fourth Marine Air Wing on the Pacific front during World War II. He previously belonged to Civil Conservation Corps.
He was a member and longtime trustee of Harmony Presbyterian Church, Harrisville.
For many years, Mr. Bilodeau belonged to the board of Slippery Rock School District.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Irene Gibson, whom he married Jan. 1, 1942; a daughter, Joyce Meredith, Larkspur, Calif.; a son, James K., Stillwater, Okla.; six sisters, Christine Doucette, Phoenix; Mrs. Frank (Mildred) Ford, Corning, Calif.; Esther Fleming, St. Mary’s, Pa.; Mrs. William (Beverly) Averill, Emporium, Pa.; Mrs. Stanford (Emily) Anderson, Warren, Pa.; and Deloris Lawrence, Dana Point, Calif.; two brothers, Fred, Wabash, Ind.; and Gerald, Broomfield, Colo.; two granddaughters; a grandson; and a great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John; and a sister, Dorthea.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Harmony Presbyterian Church, Box 406, Harrisville, 16038.
Carl Robert Bobby
Noted Farrell musician active at Grace Lutheran Church
Carl Robert Bobby, 1907 Shady Drive, Farrell, died at 1:16 p.m. Monday (8-07-00) at home following an extended illness. He was 86.
Mr. Bobby was born April 22, 1914, in Sharon, to Michael and Emma L. Steinek Bobby.
A 1932 Farrell High School graduate, he also attended Thiel College in Greenville from 1934 to 1936.
He was a transformer inspector in the H-building of the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. for 34 years before retiring in 1976.
Mr. Bobby belonged to the former Grace Lutheran Church in Farrell for 75 years, where he was an usher, choir member and served on church council.
A proficient trumpet player from the age of 12, Bobby played in a high school jazz group called the Harmony Seven; and toured the tri-county area for 10 years with the Pennsylvania Nighthawks, headed up by Sam Campagna Sr.
In 1946, Bobby formed his own group, which evolved into Mike Stone’s Orchestra with Charlie James, the house band at Schusters in Greenville.
During the big band era, Bobby performed with the Ted Rosenberg, Hal McIntyre, Ed Telega, American Steel Wire and Sunshine bands; and the Shenango Valley Concert Band, Marks Concert band, Westinghouse Orchestra and the Shenango Valley Community Orchestra.
Bobby also belonged to the Swinging Seniors band, formed by Sam Campagna, Sr. and performed on Sunday afternoons at Buhl Farm park.
In addition, he sang with the Shenango Valley Chorale and played taps at many military funerals in the area.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts 5286, Farrell; 6166, Hermitage; and 6233, West Middlesex; American Legion Post 299; and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 103, both Sharon; and was a lifetime member of Sharon Musicians Local 188, where he served as treasurer for many years.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Emily Bernola, whom he married April 25, 1936; a son, Carl M., Sharon; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Elinor Osserman; and two brothers, Walter and Paul Bobby.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Regional Health System’s Hospice Home Care, 490 N. Kerrwood Drive, Suite 204, Hermitage 16148; or Carl R. Bobby Memorial Music Scholarship Fund in care of Carl M. Bobby, 120 White Ave., Sharon, 16146.
Grace A. Bortz
Grace A. Bortz, West Salem Township, formerly of 175 W. Jamestown Road, Greenville, died at 6:50 p.m. Monday (8-7-00) in St. Paul Homes, West Salem Township. She was 96.
Obituary information was incomplete.
William P. Dout Jr.
Mercer man retired after 42 years with Conrail
William P. Dout Jr., 7266 W. Market St., Mercer, formerly of Hopper Road, Transfer; and Orangeville Road, Greenville, died at 8:20 a.m. Monday (8-7-00) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville, after an extended illness. He was 75.
Mr. Dout was born March 19, 1925, in New Castle to William P. and Myra B. Carr Dout Sr.
He attended New Castle area schools.
Mr. Dout retired in 1987 after 42 years as a track foreman with Conrail.
He was a member and past governor of Loyal Order of the Moose Mercer Lodge 1637. The life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3374, Hempfield Township, also belonged to Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Sharon Lodge 103 and was Shenango Valley Alert Team’s past president.
His first wife, the former Margaret G. Minner, died April 1, 1991.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Eleanor J. Burkhart DeMarco, whom he married Nov. 4, 1994; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Harry (Eleanor) Smeltz, Greenville; Antoinette DeMarco, Las Vegas; Theresa DeMarco, Sharpsville; and Mary DeMarco, Transfer; four stepsons, Louis S. DeMarco, Hermitage; Frank W. DeMarco, Sharon; and Joseph S. and James E. DeMarco, both Mercer; a brother, Kenneth E., Stewart, Fla.; and several step-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Paul K. Malyk
Army vet, dairy farmer enjoyed helping the elderly
CHARDON, Ohio -- Paul K. Malyk, 254 Chestnut St., Andover, Ohio, died Sunday (8-6-00) in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jeffrey L. (Nancy M.) Smock, 318 Allynd Blvd. He was 79.
Mr. Malyk was born July 14, 1921, in Wayne Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, to Stephen and Anna Mazur Malyk.
An Army veteran, he served during World War II.
He owned and operated his own dairy farm for many years.
Mr. Malyk retired in 1983 after 15 years as a tool grinder from Kennametal, Orwell, Ohio; and as the Wayne Township road supervisor and cemetery sexton, where he worked for more than 20 years.
He belonged to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Andover, and was a member of the Youngstown Cursillo Movement, and the Andover Cursillo Group Reunion.
Malyk belonged to Lindenville Grange, Wayne Township, and Knights of Columbus, Kinsman, Ohio, for 25 years.
He enjoyed helping the elderly in Wayne Township, playing piano, listening to music and reading.
Surviving besides his daughter are: his wife, the former Dorothy I. Logan, whom he married Jan. 1, 1949, Andover; two sons, David K., Aurora, Ohio, and Donald P., Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Rose Malyk Samsone, Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Petryna Malyk Pinkert, Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Walter, Leesburg, Fla.; a stepbrother, Robert Woodworth, Bethesda, Md.; and five granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Lucia; a brother, Andrew; and a stepbrother, Roger Woodworth.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the American Diabetes Association.
James Harold ‘Smack’ Montgomery
Noted Grove City civic leader worked for Cooper, CCC
James Harold "Smack" Montgomery, 204 Garden Ave., Grove City, died at 10:20 p.m. Sunday (8-6-00) in United Community Hospital, Pine Township. He was 91.
Mr. Montgomery was born Dec. 10, 1908, in Marshall Township, Allegheny County, to James Alexander and Ella Kreps Montgomery.
A 1927 alumnus of Grove City High School, he retired in 1969 after 40 years from Cooper Energy Services Reciprocating Products, Grove City.
Mr. Montgomery was a member and trustee of East Main Presbyterian Church, Grove City, where he belonged to the church Fidelius Sunday school class.
In the 1930s, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Mr. Montgomery also belonged to Free and Accepted Masons Cedar Lodge 800, Pine Township; Scottish Rite’s New Castle Consistory; and Mercer County Regional and Northwest Pennsylvania Planning commissions, serving as a past chairman of its county branch.
Following retirement, he was active in civic work, serving for 22 years as a Grove City Borough councilman. Mr. Montgomery was president of the council from 1978-87, and during his tenure, was responsible for major improvements to public facilities, including renovations to the wastewater treatment plant and constructions of a new water treatment plant; new police and fire station; and municipal building and library complex.
For his achievements, Mr. Montgomery was honored with a borough resolution Jan. 18, 1988.
Mr. Montgomery was a member and past president of Mercer County Boroughs Association; past vice president of State and County Boroughs Association; and was Mercer County representative to Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.
He was instrumental in founding in 1973 the Wolf Creek-Slippery Rock Council of Governments, serving as a charter member and first chairman.
Mr. Montgomery was a recipient of many awards, including, in 1983, the Florence E. Mackenzie Campus-Community Award given by Grove City College in recognition of cooperative efforts between the community and college; and Grove City Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award in 1988, for outstanding contributions in leadership and service for the improvement of Grove City.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Virginia Ruth Neel, whom he married Sept. 15, 1934; a son, Robert Harold, Fairfax, Va.; three grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William; five sisters, Ida Bingham, Mary H. Burt, Elizabeth Foster, Grace Patterson and Dr. Margaret Montgomery.
Memorial contributions may be made to J.H. Montgomery Scholarship Fund for political science students in care of Grove City College, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City 16127.
Joseph M. Sangregorio
Joseph M. Sangregorio, 420 Westinghouse Blvd., Hermitage, died at 4:08 p.m. Monday (8-7-00) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell, following surgery. He was 66.
Obituary information was incomplete.
The Rev. Frances Mary Segers
Farrell pastor opened home to youth, the homeless
Funeral will be Saturday for the Rev. Frances Mary Segers, 1400 Union St., Farrell. She died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday (8-6-00) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. She was 64.
Rev. Segers was born Feb. 22, 1936, in Farrell to Austin and Mary Nelson Howard.
As a child and through young adulthood, she attended Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ, Farrell, where she was director of the junior choir and briefly, of the church Sunshine Band. Rev. Segers also served as church pianist and organist.
In 1964, she joined Pentecostal House of Prayer, Farrell, where she served as youth superintendent, church pianist, organist, choir director and several other offices.
Rev. Segers also trained many singing voices throughout the years and was musician for the Pentecostal Gospel Singers and Pentecostal Specials. She was also a gospel promoter.
She was ordained as a minister Oct. 16, 1966, and in 1978 became co-pastor, with her husband, Bishop Charles Segers, whom she married Jan. 30, 1954. Bishop Segers died Dec. 15, 1994, and for six years, Rev. Segers served as pastor of the church.
With her husband, she was well known for feeding homeless and hungry residents of Shenango Valley in their home during the holidays.
Rev. Segers and her husband accepted many troubled youth in their home, reared them and gave them religious instruction.
She and her husband were recipients of an award from Mercer County branch of Frontiers International; and were featured in an article by The Herald for their generosity during the Christmas season.
Surviving are: a daughter, Carol P. Jones, Erie; a sister, Louise Smith, Hermitage; and a grandchild.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
Frank E. Towns
Navy vet was deacon of Mount Olive Baptist Church
Frank E. Towns, 807 Boyd Ave., Masury, died at 10:28 a.m. Monday (8-7-00) at home of a heart ailment. He was 77.
Mr. Towns was born June 7, 1923, in Sharpsville to Frank and Willa Wade Towns.
The alumnus of Sharpsville High School retired in 1987 as a mold finisher from the former Shenango Inc., Sharpsville.
A Navy veteran, Mr. Towns served during World War II and belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars New Murray-Bell Post 7597, Farrell; and Twin City Elks Lodge 187, Farrell.
He was a member and deacon of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Masury.
Surviving are: two daughters, Dr. Shakoora I. "Frankcena" Rashada, Douglasville, Ga.; and Denise I. Manning, Farrell; three sons, Johnny Frank, Mobile, Ala.; Lawrence M., Sharon; and William Lamar, Somerset, Pa.; a sister, Lucille Thompson, Sharon; 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Huey W.; and a sister.
Theodore T. ‘Mitsy’ Vadala
Obituary was published 8-7-00
An incorrect spelling of Mr. Vadala’s nickname was given to The Herald.
He was a member of 40 & Eight. The Herald incorrectly stated he was a member of Eight & 40, a women’s organization.
Lila Pearl Webster
Former Greenville woman was Presbyterian
WARREN, Ohio -- Lila Pearl Webster, Briarfield of Cortland, Ohio, formerly of Greenville, died at 6:47 p.m. Friday (8-4-00) in St. Joseph’s Health Center, Eastland. She was 92.
Mrs. Webster was born June 21, 1908, in Stoneboro to Joseph and Viola Smith Patterson.
She was a member of Southside Presbyterian Church, Niles, Ohio; Loyal Order of the Moose, Warren; and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 805, Greenville.
Mrs. Webster enjoyed needlework and crocheting.
Her husband, William H. Webster, whom she married Aug. 15, 1929, died Aug. 1, 1965.
Surviving are: two sons, William S., Warren; and Ed, Niles, Ohio; two daughters, Ruth Woods, Greenville; and Elizabeth Stearns, Prattville, Ala.; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, John; a granddaughter, Deborah Turner; four brothers, Gilbert, Leland, Karl and Harry Patterson; and three sisters, Vera Troy, Mable Stroup and Thelma Magoon.
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