Local news Tuesday, August 15, 2000
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Ruth Ann Armstrong
Financial services rep was Harrisville church member
Ruth Ann Armstrong, Branchton Road, Cherry Township, Butler County, died at 9:10 a.m. Monday (8-14-00) in University of Pittsburgh Medical Center following an extended illness. She was 49.
Mrs. Armstrong was born April 1, 1951, in Butler to Lawrence and June L. Fleeger Herold.
Having worked in the financial services industry since 1987, she was a self-employed registered representative for W.H. Stuart Financial Services, operating from her home.
Mrs. Armstrong was a member of Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Harrisville.
Surviving are: her husband, Kenneth Robert Armstrong, whom she married May 9, 1971; three daughters, Mrs. Adam (Cheri) Burnett, Slippery Rock; and Leslie and Bobbi Kay, both at home; her parents, Slippery Rock; two sisters, Mrs. Gary (Vicki) Link, Canton, Ohio; and Mrs. Mark (Trudy) Snodgrass, West Sunbury; and a granddaughter.
Memorial contributions may be made to Starzl Transplantation Institute, Attention: Sandee, 3708 5th Ave. Suite 400, Pittsburgh 15213.
Bernice Lee Phipps Black
Homemaker was Wayside Community Church member
Bernice Lee Phipps Black, Pine Township, formerly of Summit Street, Grove City; and Boyers, died at 5:10 p.m. Monday (8-14-00) in Orchard Manor, Pine Township, following a brief illness. She was 90.
Mrs. Black was born Sept. 26, 1909, in Venango Township, Butler County, to Albert E. and Cora Emma Cornelius Phipps.
She was formerly employed in the food service department of Grove City College.
A homemaker, Mrs. Black was a member of Wayside Community Church, Findley Township.
Her husband, Donald P. Black, whom she married Aug. 8, 1936, died April 22, 1992.
Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Avanel L.) Hennon, Grove City; and Emma Jane Belding, Galion, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Randy Hennon; three sisters; and four brothers.
Harlan B. Clark
Obituary was published 7-16-00
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (8-19-00) in Brookfield United Methodist Church, 6951 Grove St. S.E., for Harlan B. Clark, 62 Cormorant Circle, Newport Beach, Calif., formerly of Brookfield and Denver. The Rev. Geoffrey Oswald, pastor, will officiate.
Eulogies will be presented by a son, Paul J., Falls Church, Va.; a cousin, Thomas McMullin, originally of Brookfield; a grandson, Eric Smith, Lake Forest, Calif.; and a longtime family friend, Dr. Rashid Abdu, chief surgeon emeritus of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngs-town.
A reception will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.
Private burial of cremains will be in Brookfield Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made for audio equipment to Brookfield United Methodist Church, 6951 Grove St. S.E., Brookfield 44403.
Elsie Susanne Havrilla
Slovak Home Auxiliary past president was in food service
Memorial service will be Friday (8-18-00) for Elsie Susanne Havrilla, 551 Charlotte Drive, Hermitage, formerly of West Middlesex. She died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday (8-13-00) in Hospitality Care Center, Hermitage, after an extended illness. She was 83.
Mrs. Havrilla was born Jan. 16, 1917, in Old Economy, Beaver County, to Michael and Mary Zell Dengel.
She was employed formerly by Mercer County Multi-Service Center, Farrell. Mrs. Havrilla previously worked in the elementary school cafeteria of West Middlesex Area School District.
In her early years, she did private catering and also worked in numerous restaurants in the Shenango Valley.
The member of Christ Lutheran Church, Sharon, served as past president of Slovak Home Auxiliary, Farrell.
Mrs. Havrilla was a 50-year member of the Rush Card Club, which played in different locations throughout the area.
Her husband, Carl J. Havrilla, whom she married Dec. 14, 1934, died Feb. 2, 1968.
Surviving are: two sons, Carl R., Sharon; and Thomas R., Sewickley, Pa.; a sister, Agnes Sauer, Sharon; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Katherine Chiodo, Rose Mueller and Marie Moder; and a brother, Michael A. Dengel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 396 Buhl Blvd., Sharon 16146.
Helen V. Knappenberger
St. Paul’s UCC member lived in Sharpsville
Helen V. Knappenberger, 27 5th St., Sharpsville, died at 12:45 p.m. Monday (8-14-00) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell, following a brief illness. She was 83.
Mrs. Knappenberger was born Jan. 16, 1917, in Greenville to Eugene and Sophie Fike Smith.
She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hermitage.
Mrs. Knappenberger was an avid bowler and enjoyed sewing and crafts.
Her husband, F. LeRoy Knappenberger, died Feb. 27, 1972.
Surviving are: four daughters, Virginia Buynak, Georgitta Titus and Donna Sheldon, all Sharpsville; and Dorothy Anderson, Transfer; three sisters, Pauline Beck, Greenville; Betty Weaver, Tennessee; and Mildred Young, Wyoming; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Daniel; an infant grandson; two sisters, Dorothy Hunter and Frances Rabold Wellman; and a brother, Raymond Smith.
Anthony ‘Tony’ J. Palumbo
Obituary was published 8-14-00
Anthony "Tony" J. Palumbo, 759 Richmond Drive, Hermitage, will be buried in Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage.
The Herald was given an incorrect cemetery name.
Bonnie S. Ripple
Sharon High grad retired as Fla. county deputy registrar
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Bonnie S. Ripple, 3315 Sandleheath, Sarasota, died Sunday (8-13-00) at home. She was 79.
Mrs. Ripple was born March 29, 1921, in Sharon to Raymond and Maud Daniels Sheakley.
An alumna of Sharon High School, she retired in 1981 after 20 years as chief deputy registrar in Broward County, Fla.
Mrs. Ripple was a member of First United Methodist Church, Sarasota; Order of the Eastern Star Rose Croix Chapter 701, El Paso, Texas; and Mothers of Twins Club, Warren, Ohio.
Her husband, Perry Ripple, whom she married Feb. 15, 1941, died April 22 of this year.
Surviving are: two daughters, Beverly J. Noble, Longboat Key, Fla.; and Pamela Thompson, Old Town Alexandria, Va.; a son, Perry Jr., Mills River, N.C.; a brother, Raymond D. Sheakley, Cincinnati; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Genevive Dermer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
‘59 Sharon grad was phys ed teacher at St. Joseph School
Private funeral service will be Saturday for Rosemarie Seiple, 2893 Mercer-West Middlesex Road, Shenango Township. She died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday (8-13-00) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System following an extended illness. She was 59.
Miss Seiple was born March 28, 1941, in Sharon to Ralph Evans and Mary Catherine Flaherty Seiple.
She attended St. Joseph’s School, Sharon; and was a 1959 alumna of Sharon High School. She later earned a degree in physical education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and served as a physical education teacher at St. George’s parochial grade School, Erie; and St. Joseph’s School, Sharon. While employed by the Sharon school, Miss Seiple also coached girls’ basketball.
She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church, Sharon.
Miss Seiple enjoyed arts and crafts and gardening.
Surviving are 10 cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Ralph.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Regional Health System’s Hospice Home Care, 490 N. Kerrwood Drive, Suite 204, Hermitage 16148.
Levi ‘Pat’ Winfield Stambaugh
Army vet served in Korea, was Sharon Steel retiree
Levi "Pat" Winfield Stambaugh, 1533 Penn Ave., Sharpsville; and 1778 Perry Highway, Springfield Township, died unexpectedly at 7:30 p.m. Monday (8-14-00) at home in Sharpsville of natural causes. He was 67.
Mr. Stambaugh was born March 12, 1933, in Sharpsville to Levi Benjamin and Beulah Rodgers Stambaugh.
He retired after 44 years from the former Sharon Steel Corp.’s Farrell plant, where he was an operator in the Cold Roll Mill. In retirement, Mr. Stambaugh served as consultant for Duferco Corp., Farrell.
An Army veteran, he served during the Korean conflict and belonged to American Legion Post 162, Sharpsville.
Mr. Stambaugh was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Sharpsville; and Loyal Order of the Moose.
His first wife, the former Shirley Shaffer, is deceased.
Surviving are: his second wife, the former Sherry Smith Shaw, whom he married Nov. 18, 1989; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Patti) Peretic, Sharpsville; three stepdaughters, Melissa Shaw Davies, Volant; Martha Shaw, Leesburg; and Maralee Shaw Walter, Cranberry Township, Butler County; a sister, Mary Ellen; and a brother, Leroy, both Sharpsville; and four grandchildren.
Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Brian.
Memorial contributions may be made to Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 1831 Perry Highway, Volant 16156.
Betty Jane Stickney
Sharon native was nurse in WWII, airline stewardess
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Betty Jane Stickney, 9185 E. Desert Cove 307, Scottsdale, died at 7:40 a.m. Saturday (8-12-00) at home. She was 82.
Mrs. Stickney was born Oct. 17, 1917, in Sharon to Wilbert and Clara Heile Kloss.
She served as a nurse in the Army during World War II and was an airline stewardess with American Airlines.
Mrs. Stickney was an active member and deacon of Valley Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale.
She also belonged to the Newcomers Club and Western Greeters Club, both Phoenix; and the Kiwi Club, a retired American Airline stewardesses’ club.
Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Tom (Amy) Ward, Scottsdale; and two grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Presbyterian Music Endowment Fund, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday (8-18-00) in Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Condolences may be sent to 8402 E. Paradise Drive, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85260.
George E. Tarr
Retired Pittsburgh policeman had children in area
OVIEDO, Fla. -- George E. Tarr, Sabal Drive, Oviedo, died Saturday (8-12-00) at home. He was 85.
Mr. Tarr was born Jan. 2, 1915, in Pleasant Unity, Pa., to James and Mary Baum Tarr.
He retired in 1972 as a police officer for the City of Pittsburgh.
A Marine veteran, Mr. Tarr served during World War II and belonged to the American Legion.
He was also a member of McNaugher Memorial Church; Police Athletic League; and Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge 1, all Pittsburgh.
His first wife, the former Alice Noble, is deceased.
Surviving are: his second wife, the former H. Shirley Nolan, whom he married Sept. 1, 1967; a son, Charles, Slippery Rock; two daughters, Mrs. Frederick (Georgann) Rasch, Grove City; and Bonnie Lewis Yurchisin, Volant; a stepdaughter, Guiniviere Heath, California; a sister, Stella Kapp, Verona, Pa.; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Al and "Bumpy"; and several half brothers and half sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Florida Stroke Club, Box 530023, Orlando, Fla., 32853.
Obituary information remains incomplete.
Edward C. Woerz Sr.
Ex-Greenville man, Army vet retired from N.Y. business
Edward C. Woerz Sr., Ridgewood at Shenango Valley, Hermitage, formerly of 33 E. Stewart Ave., Greenville, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday (8-14-00) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. He was 85.
Mr. Woerz was born Dec. 23, 1914, in Manhattan, N.Y., to Edward and Sybil O’Brien Woerz.
An Army veteran, he served during World War II and retired after 40 years from American Laundry Machinery Co., New York.
Mr. Woerz enjoyed gardening and traveling with his wife, the former Ruth Hopkins, whom he married June 15, 1940. She died Feb. 20, 1999.
Surviving are: two sons, Edward C. Jr., North Richland Hills, Texas; and Thomas G., Greenville; a sister, Edith Mlynar, Appalachin, N.Y; a granddaughter; three stepgrand-children; and a stepgreat-grandson.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Hoffmann.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville Area Public Library, 330 Main St., Greenville 16125.
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