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    Baby New Year 2001
    Sherrie and William Johnson of Transfer hold their newborn daughter, Kayla Nicole, on Monday in Mrs. Johnson's room in the Women's Center at Sharon Regional Health System. Kayla was born at 2:30 a.m. Monday, making her the first baby of 2001 in Mercer County. The Johnsons also have three boys, ages 15, 11 and 2. (Gene Paulson/Herald)

Today's death record

  • Clarence "Pappy" Raymond Carr, 78, Butler.
  • Philip Culcasi, 84, Masury, formerly of Hubbard.
  • Corinthia A. Currie, 101, formerly of 246 N. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage.
  • Chester August "Pete" Gawne, 82, of 364 Cranberry Road, Pine Township.
  • Terrance "Terry" Hinkson, 50, Apollo, Fla., formerly of Hermitage.
  • J. Maxine Heck, 85, Wilmington Township.
  • Stella G. Knox, 93, Sharon.
  • Kathryn A. Cornelius Martin, 82, of 444 N. Pitt St., Mercer.
  • Carl Nitch, 52, of Magnet Cove, Ark., formerly of Sharpsville.
  • Michael Pirko, 79, of Mineral Ridge, Ohio, formerly of Niles.
  • Margaret P. Pryor, 86, of 2802 Morefield Road, Hermitage.
  • Nancy Watson Reese, 77, Flagler Beach, Fla., formerly of Grove City.
  • Mary Elizabeth Robinson, 75, Worth Township, Butler County.
  • Emil "Skeets" Roman, 78, of 4303 Sharon Road, Pulaski.
  • Nancy Shultz, 70, of 88 Mitchell Road, Shenango Township.
  • Mamie Georgina Harris Asqueth Norris Wilson Masson Sidley, 104, Coolspring Township.
  • Ronald Simpson, 70, Ickesburg, Pa., formerly of Farrell.
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Today's obituaries
Clarence 'Pappy' Raymond Carr
Butler man had sister living in Slippery Rock

Clarence "Pappy" Raymond Carr, East Brandon Road, Butler, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday (12-31-00) in United Community Hospital, Pine Township, after an extended illness. He was 78.

Mr. Carr was born Oct. 10, 1924, in Virginia to Leonard Lubert and Pearl J. Guesman Carr.

He retired on a disability from building construction. Prior to that he worked at Allegheny Steel Co., Tarentum, Pa.

Mr. Carr was of the Protestant faith.

His wife, the former Betty Everson, is deceased.

Surviving are: a stepson, Sam Everson, Cresson, Pa.; and three sisters, Gladys Crocker, Slippery Rock; Lillian Smith, Cabot, Pa.; and Mrs. Delmar (Norma Jean) Shilling, Butler.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mabel Cypher, and two brothers, Virgil and Robert Carr.

CARR
    
Clarence "Pappy" Raymond, 78, East Brandon Road, Butler.
    Calling hours: 2:30 p.m. until time of funeral Wednesday (01-02) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock.
    Service: Funeral service at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Rev. Randy Yost, pastor of Morning Star Ministry, Springfield Township, and Rod Burk, a lay pastor and deceased's friend, officiating.
    Burial: At a later date.


Philip Culcasi

Philip Culcasi, Masury, formerly of Grandview Avenue, Hubbard, died Monday evening (1-1-01) in O'Brien Memorial Nursing Home, Masury. He was 84.

Obituary information was incomplete.

CULCASI
    Philip, 84, Masury, formerly of Grandview Avenue, Hubbard.
    Arrangements will be announced by KELLEY-ROBB FUNERAL HOME, 709 N. Main St., Hubbard.


Corinthia A. Currie

Active church member also belonged to fraternal groups

Corinthia A. Currie, formerly of 246 N. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage, died at 6 p.m. Sunday (12-31-00) in John XXIII Home, Hermitage, after a brief illness. She was 101.

Mrs. Currie was born Jan. 9, 1899, in Fairview Township to Frank and Myra Runkle McDowell.

An alumna of Grove City High School, she attended Westminster College, New Wilmington.

She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sharon, and its senior citizens group. She was a former member of Coolspring Presbyterian Church, which she served for many years as a Sunday pianist.

Mrs. Currie was a life member and past matron of Order of Eastern Star Chapter 180, Mercer. She was a past worthy high priestess of White Shrine of Jerusalem Shrine 8, Sharon.

A charter member of the 50 Year Club of National Society of the American Revolution, she was a past regent of Pymatuning Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her husband, Earl Currie, whom she married Oct. 9, 1934, died Sept. 20, 1972.

Surviving are: her great-nieces and caregivers, Mrs. Wilmer (Pat) Needels and Mrs. Anthony (Carol) Daniello, both Greenville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Anson McDowell, in 1968, and David McDowell, in 1989.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

CURRIE
    
Mrs. Earl (Corinthia A.), 101, formerly of 246 N. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage.
    Calling hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in HAROLD W. STEVENSON FUNERAL HOME, 264 E. State St., Sharon.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday (1-4-01) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Richard H. Herman, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sharon, officiating, assisted by Monsignor Homer DeWalt, retired priest.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.
    Arrangements by JOSEPH P. BRASHEN FUNERAL SERVICE, 264 E. State St., Sharon.


Chester August 'Pete' Gawne

Clinch-Tite retiree enjoyed hunting, fishing

Chester August "Pete" Gawne, 364 Cranberry Road, Pine Township, died at 11:20 a.m. Saturday (12-30-00) in United Community Hospital, Pine Township. He was 82.

Mr. Gawne was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Mercer to Philip and Wilheimina Dahn Gawne.

He retired after many years as a bookkeeper for Clinch-Tite Corp., Sandy Lake.

He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Mercer.

Mr. Gawne enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are: his wife the former Margaret "Peg" L. Shank, whom he married April 23, 1946; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald B. (Kimberly) Mealy, Corry, Pa.; two brothers, Ellsworth "Toad" and Russell, both of Mercer; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Beulah West and Mabel; and four brothers, Fred, Howard, Philip and Ralph.

GAWNE
    
Chester August "Pete," 82, of 364 Cranberry Road, Pine Township.
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Private services to be held at the convenience of family.
    Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.


J. Maxine Heck

Homemaker was member of Neshannock Presbyterian

J. Maxine Heck, Volant RD 1, Wilmington Township, Mercer County, died at 6:15 a.m. Saturday (12-30-00) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell, after a short illness. She was 85.

Mrs. Heck was born April 9, 1915, in DuBois to Oscar Maxwell and Mae Augusta Stockbridge Bilger.

She was a homemaker and a member of Neshannock Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington.

Surviving are: her husband, Thomas Morehead Heck Sr., whom she married Nov. 18, 1941; two daughters, Mrs. George F. (Elizabeth "Betsy") Horchler, Volant; and Mrs. Raymond (Suzanne) Peluso III, New Castle; two sons, Thomas M. Heck Jr. and Gary, both Mentor, Ohio; and eight grandchildren.

A sister, Mary Louise Patterson, and two brothers, Edward H. and William C. Bilger, preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 19 Jefferson Ave., Sharon 16146 or a charity of the donor's choice.

HECK
    
Mrs. Thomas Morehead (J. Maxine), 85, Volant RD 1, Wilmington Township, Mercer County.
    Calling hours: 12:30 p.m. until time of service Saturday (1-6-01) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME OF LEESBURG, 1778 Perry Highway, Springfield Township.
    Service: Memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (1-6-01) in the funeral home with the Rev. William Stone, pastor of Neshannock Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington, officiating.
    Burial: At a later date.


Terrance 'Terry' Hinkson

BRANDON, Fla. -- Terrance "Terry" Hinkson, Apollo, Fla., formerly of Hermitage, died Sunday (12-31-00) in Brandon Regional Hospital. He was 50.

Obituary information was incomplete.

HINKSON
    Terrance "Terry," 50, Apollo, Fla., formerly of Hermitage.
    Arrangements will be announced by SAMPLE-O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME Inc., East State Street at North Oakland Avenue, Sharon.


Jeanne E. Kelly

Former Shenango Inn waitress enjoyed genealogy

Funeral will be Wednesday for Jeanne E. Kelly, 8099 Sharpsville-Thompson Road, Masury. She died at 1:06 p.m. Sunday (12-31-00) in Nugent's Convalescent Home, Hermitage, after an extended illness. She was 74.

Mrs. Kelly was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Wheatland to Orris H. and Zadie M. Lehman Pears.

A 1945 graduate of Hickory High School, Hermitage, Mrs. Kelly retired in 1980 after 10 years as a waitress at the Shenango Inn, Sharon, when it was a hotel and restaurant. Prior to that she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Kelly was a member of Sharpsville Church of the Nazarene and she enjoyed genealogy.

Surviving are: her husband, Kenneth Kelly, whom she married June 1, 1946; three sons, Timothy M. Kelly, Brookfield; Samuel C. Kelly, Willard, Ohio; and Christopher G. Kelly, Burghill; two sisters, Norma Keough in California; and Frances Marhoefer, Saegertown; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

KELLY
    
Mrs. Kenneth (Jeanne E.), 74, of 8099 Sharpsville-Thompson Road, Masury.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (1-02-01) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.
    Service: Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (1-03-01) in the funeral home with the Rev. Joseph E. Coniglio, pastor of Gentle Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, Hermitage, officiating. Friends also may send condolences by e-mail to: www.johnflynnfuneralhome.com.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage


Stella G. Knox

Stella G. Knox, Sharon, died at 10:45 a.m. Monday (1-1-01) in Kettering Personal Care Home, Sharon, after an extended illness. She was 93.

Obituary information was incomplete.

KNOX
    Stella G., 93, Sharon.
    Arrangements will be announced by HAROLD W. STEVENSON FUNERAL HOME, 264 E. State St., Sharon.


Michael Kohut

Electrical engineer was an accomplished banjo player

Funeral will be today for Michael Kohut, 900 Third Ave., Beaver Falls. He died at 9:55 a.m. Sunday (12-31-00) in Providence Care Center, Beaver Falls. He was 93.

Mr. Kohut was born Aug. 5, 1907, in Austria-Hungary to Michael Kohut and Katherine Steransak.

Mr. Kohut graduated in 1940 from Tri State University, Angola, Ind., with a degree in electrical engineering.

Mr. Kohut also studied arranging and counterpoint in 1935 at the Chicago Conservatory of Music and was an accomplished banjo player.

He worked as an electrical engineer at the former Mercer Tubular, Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Corp., and Michael Baker Engineering Co. He retired in 1980 from Shippenport atomic plant near Pittsburgh.

Surviving are: three sisters, Helen Salae, New Wilmington; Margaret Dulaney, Masury; and Irene Schaller, Pulaski; and two brothers, Andrew Kohut, Farrell; and William Kohut, Sharon.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Kohut and Pauline Palazzini, and two brothers, Joseph and John Kohut.

KOHUT
    
Michael, 93, of 900 Third Ave., Beaver Falls.
    Service: 2 p.m. today (1-02-01) in STEPHEN J. SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage, with the Rev. Frank Firko, pastor of St. Michael's Byzantine Church, Hermitage, officiating.
    Burial: St. Michael's Cemetery, Hermitage.


Kathryn A. Cornelius Martin

Homemaker was member of Immaculate Heart of Mary

Kathryn A. Cornelius Martin, 444 N. Pitt St., Mercer, died at 4 p.m. Sunday (12-31-00) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville, after a two-week illness. She was 82.

Mrs. Martin was born Sept. 1, 1918, in Slippery Rock to Lee and Edna Morrison Cornelius.

A homemaker, she was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Mercer.

She married Kenneth P. Martin on April 30, 1968. He died Aug. 28, 1993.

Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Fred (Nancy) Kelly, Buffalo, N.Y.; three sons, Richard Wimer, at home; William Wimer, Seaford, Del.; and Edward Wimer, Germantown, Wis.; two sisters, Evelyn Beighley, Grove City; and Mrs. Leroy (Florence) Sillery, Reelsville, Ind.; three brothers, Kenneth Cornelius, Slippery Rock; Robert Cornelius, Plainview, Texas; and James Cornelius, Hermitage; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 3168 E. State St., Hermitage 16148, or American Cancer Society, 19 Jefferson Ave., Sharon 16146.

MARTIN
    
Mrs. Kenneth P. (Kathryn A. Cornelius), 82, of 444 N. Pitt St., Mercer.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (1-2-01) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer. Wake service at 8:30 p.m.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 2 p.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Mercer, with the Rev. James Kennelley, pastor, as celebrant.
    Burial: St. Columbkille Cemetery, Stoneboro.


Thomas J. Mooney

Thomas J. Mooney, 1041 Hall Ave., Sharon, died Friday (12-29-00) at home. He was 74.

Obituary information remains incomplete.

MOONEY
    Thomas J., 73, of 1041 Hall Ave., Sharon.
    Arrangements will be announced by STEPHEN J. SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage.


Bernice Althea Myers

Missouri woman was active in area church, local groups

Bernice Althea Myers, Kansas City, Mo., formerly of 319 Mitchell Road, Shenango Township, died Friday (12-29-00) at home after a short illness. She was 83.

Mrs. Myers was born May 28, 1917, in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, to Clifford Hall and Ethel Snyder Smith.

She attended school through eighth grade.

A homemaker, she was a member of Shenango Presbyterian Church, New Castle, where she served as an elder and was a member of its Bible study group and Women of Shenango Church.

Mrs. Myers belonged to West Middlesex Woman's Club and Where the Corners Meet quilting group at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Wilson Morton "Fuzzy" Myers, whom she married July 8, 1946, died in August 1990.

Surviving are: a son, James W., Kansas City; three daughters, Mrs. Bill (Beverly M.) Webb, New York Mills, N.Y.; Mrs. Jim (Darlene) Lott, Chesapeake, Va.; and Mrs. Tom (Althea "Jo") Nelson, Liberty, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, a brother and a grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shenango Presbyterian Church, 3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle 16105.

MYERS
    
Mrs. Wilson Morton "Fuzzy" (Bernice Althea), 83, Kansas City, Mo., formerly of 319 Mitchell Road, Shenango Township.
    Calling hours: 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (1-2-01) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.
    Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in Shenango Presbyterian Church, 3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle, with the Rev. Harold "Bud" Green, pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Fair Oaks Cemetery, New Wilmington.


Carl Nitch

Valley native was veteran, repairman in Arkansas

MAGNET COVE, Ark. -- Carl Nitch, Magnet Cove, died Sunday (12-31-00) in St. Joseph's Regional Hospital, Hot Springs, Ark. He was 52.

Mr. Nitch was born July 28, 1948, in Sharon to John and Pearl Sabo Nitch.

The Sharpsville High School alumnus served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Nitch was a repairman with Chamber Doors, Hot Springs.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Patricia Phelps, whom he married Sept. 13, 1969; his mother, Sharpsville; three sons, Carl "Jay," Jeff and Matt, all Magnet Cove; a brother, Gary, New Castle; a sister, GAil Hanes, Warren, Ohio; and five grandchildren.

His father preceded him in death.

NITCH
    
Carl, 52, Magnet Cove, Ark.
    Calling hours: 6 to 8 p.m. today (1-2-01) in REGENCY FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1839 Pine Bluff St., Malvern, Ark. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at regency1@ipa.net
    Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in the funeral home's chapel with Brother, Bruce Gilmore, pastor of Buttefield (Ark.) Missionary Baptist Church; and Brother David Carroll, pastor of Magnet Cove (Ark.) Missionary Baptist Church.
    Burial: Magnet Cove Cemetery


Michael Pirko

Retiree was WWII veteran, teacher and scoutmaster

MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio -- Michael Pirko, Bianco Avenue, McKinley Heights, Niles, Ohio, died at 9:45 p.m. Friday (12-29-00) in Glenn View Manor Nursing Home after a two-month illness. He was 79.

Mr. Pirko was born Dec. 23, 1921, in Niles to Andrew and Mary Hawrylak Pirko.

He graduated in 1939 from Niles McKinley High School and attended Youngstown State University.

Mr. Pirko was a lifelong resident of McKinley Heights and retired in 1980 as general foreman in the open hearth department of U.S. Steel Co., Ohio Works, Youngstown, where he worked for 30 years.

He held several industrial management positions in the area and began a second career as a refrigeration and electronics instructor at New Castle School of Trades; and ATES and ETI Technical schools, both Niles. He retired in 1996.

A Navy veteran, Mr. Pirko served as a petty officer first class on a minesweeper with the invasion fleets liberating North Africa, Sicily and Italy during World War II. He served in the Pacific fleet on a troop transport in Indochina and China, earning a Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Medal with four stars, African European Middle Eastern Medal, American Area Medal, Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Pirko also served in the Naval Reserves during the Korean conflict.

He served as a scoutmaster for Troops 35 and 31 of Boy Scouts of America, Niles. He was also active in Cub Scout Pack 39 for several years and was an amateur radio explorer post adviser.

Mr. Pirko was a charter member of McKinley Heights Mutual Benefit Association.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Phyllis Rose Adams, whom he married May 25, 1950; five sons, James, Butler; Richard, Southington, Ohio; Thomas, Chesterland, Ohio; Michael, Poland, Ohio; and Charles, Niles; two sisters, Ann Kuzman and Catherine Graffius, both of Niles; and two brothers, Nick Pirko, Temple Terrace, Fla.; and John Pierko, Niles.

PIRKO
    
Michael, 79, Bianco Avenue, McKinley Heights, Niles, Ohio.
    Calling hours: 6 p.m. until time of service Wednesday (1-3-01) in HOLETON-YUHASZ FUNERAL HOME, 126 W. Park Ave., Niles, Ohio.
    Service: Funeral service at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
    Burial: Private.


Nancy Watson Reese

Former Grove City woman was Woman's Club member

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Nancy Watson Reese, South Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, Fla., formerly of Grove City, died Dec. 23, 2000, in Holiday Care Center, Daytona Beach. She was 77.

Mrs. Reese was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Corning, N.Y., to Harry and Nellie E. Hungerford Watson.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Flagler Woman's Club.

Surviving are: her husband of 53 years, William "Bill" J. Reese; three daughters, Janet Archer, North Canton, Ohio; Gail, Austin, Texas; and Cynthia Miller, Tallmadge, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Marguerite H. Sturgeon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the activity fund of Holiday Care Center, 1031 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

REESE
    
Mrs. William "Bill" J. (Nancy Watson), 77, South Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, Fla., formerly of Grove City.
    Calling hours and service: None.
    Burial: 3 p.m. Thursday (1-4-01) in Crestview Memorial Park, Pine Township.
    Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.


Margaret P. Pryor

Hermitage woman enjoyed flowers and grandchildren

Margaret P. Pryor, 2802 Morefield Road, Hermitage, died at 8 a.m. Monday (1-1-01) in Orange Village Personal Care Home in Masury. She was 86.

Mrs. Pryor was born Oct. 9, 1914, in Greenville to George and Edna Snyder Swartzbeck.

She graduated in 1932 from the former Penn High School, Greenville.

A 70-year member of First United Methodist Church in Sharon also belonged to its United Methodist Women.

Mrs. Pryor also was a member of the Dames of Malta and the Sharpsville Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed working in her garden with flowers and treasured her time teaching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are: her husband, Kenneth J. Pryor, whom she married Aug. 8, 1932; two daughters, Gladys J. Cramer, Masury; and Norma Jean Pettitt, Sharon; a sister, Roseanne Gosser, Greenville; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Hazel Swartzbeck; a brother, Clifford Swartzbeck; an infant brother; and two infant sisters.

Contributions may be made to the memorial fund of First United Methodist Church, 237 W. Silver St., Sharon 16146.

PRYOR
    
Mrs. Kenneth J. (Margaret), 86, of 2802 Morefield Road, Hermitage.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in SAMPLE-O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, East State Street at North Oakland Avenue, Sharon. Condolences also may be sent via e-mail to: Sample@infonline.net
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday (1-4-01) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Myles T. Bradley, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Sharon, officiating.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage


Mary Elizabeth Robinson

Butler County woman was cook at area restaurants

Mary Elizabeth Robinson, of Robinson Road, Worth Township, Butler County, died at 5:34 a.m. Saturday (12-30-00) in United Community Hospital, Pine Township, after a short illness. She was 75.

Mrs. Robinson was born May 22, 1925, in Worth Township, Butler County, to Samuel Newton and Grace V. Cornelius Taggert.

She was retired, but had previously worked as a cook at the Village Inn of Harlansburg and Eppingers' Restaurant, U.S. Route 19, Butler County, and had also done cleaning locally at various residences and businesses.

Mrs. Robinson was a member of Wolf Creek Presbyterian Church, Worth Township, Butler County.

Her husband, Walter Melvin, whom she married Feb. 4, 1945, died Feb. 4, 1976.

Surviving are three daughters, Betty J. and Nancy L. Robinson, and Mrs. Ronald (Shirley) Bergbickler, all Butler; two sons, Russell W., Slippery Rock, and Alvin B. Robinson, Grove City; a sister, Helen Hancharick, Tyrone, Pa.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert, and a brother, Clarence Taggart.

ROBINSON
    
Mrs. Walter Melvin (Mary Elizabeth), 75, of Robinson Road, Worth Township, Butler County.
    Service: Private services at 3 p.m. Thursday (1-4-00) at Wolf Creek Presbyterian Church, Worth Township, Butler County, with the Rev. Edwin C. Carlson, pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Wolf Creek Cemetery, Worth Township, Butler County.
    Arrangements by SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock.


Emil 'Skeets' Roman

Army veteran retired from Westinghouse

Emil "Skeets" Roman, 4303 Sharon Road, Pulaski, died at 8:07 p.m. Sunday (12-31-00) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 78.

Mr. Roman was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Wheatland to Roman and Maria Nicula Roman.

He retired as a tester in the H Aisle of the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp.

The Army veteran was a former member of Holy Cross Romanian Orthodox Church, Hermitage.

His wife, the former Mildred Vojtko, is deceased.

Surviving are: two sisters, Mary Jane Mailand, Littleton, Colo.; and Elizabeth Ann Halfhill, New Wilmington; three sisters, Mary McFarland and Virginia Williams, both New Wilmington; and Jennie Tuck, Pulaski; three brothers, Nick, Streetsboro, Ohio; George, Brookfield; and Earl, West Middlesex; and four grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kiara Ferrell; two brothers, John and Richard "Romie" Roman; and a sister, Anna Coon.

ROMAN
    
Emil "Skeets," 78, of 4303 Sharon Road, Pulaski.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in LEIPHEIMER-TOMON FUNERAL HOME, 1246 Roemer Blvd., Farrell; and 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday (1-4-01) in Holy Cross Orthodox Church, Hermitage.
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Thursday in the church, with the Rev. David Subu, pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.


Nancy Shultz

Homemaker was member of United Methodist Church

Nancy Shultz, 88 Mitchell Road, Shenango Township, died at 9:05 a.m. Monday (1-1-01) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System after a lengthy illness. She was 70.

Mrs. Shultz was born Feb. 20, 1930, in Pittsburgh to Alden and Elsie Horner Traver.

A homemaker, she was a member of United Methodist Church, Parker.

Surviving are: her husband, William Leonard Shultz Sr., whom she married Nov. 28, 1948; four daughters, Nancy Getsay, West Middlesex; Mrs. Larry (Jennifer) McCord, Bulger, Pa.; Carol AnnShultz, Lackawannock Township; and Jane McClelland, Mesa, Ariz.; a son, William L. Shultz Jr., West Middlesex; her mother, Mesa; and a sister, Jane Fee, Fort Myers, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 19 Jefferson Ave., Sharon 16146.

SHULTZ
    
Mrs. William Leonard Sr., 70, of 88 Mitchell Road, Shenango Township.
    Calling hours: 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday (1-4-01) in W. WAYNE CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 3126 Main St., West Middlesex.
    Service: Funeral and committal services at noon Thursday in the funeral home, with Monsignor George Adams, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex, officiating.
    Burial: Haywood Cemetery, West Middlesex.


Mamie Georgina Harris Asqueth Norris Wilson Masson
Sidley
Scotland native leaves 170 survivors

Mamie Georgina Harris Asqueth Norris Wilson Masson Sidley, died at 12:53 p.m. Monday (1-1-01) in Woodland Place, Coolspring Township. She was 104.

Mrs. Sidley was born June 30, 1896, in Glasgow, Scotland, to Robert and Jeanie Forrest Norris.

She came to America with her mother and sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, in 1908, and was a housekeeper for H.G. McClelland and a cook for the former Gyler Restaurant, both Mercer.

The member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Mercer, was a past member of Betsy Ann Ross Rebekah Lodge 450, Mercer, and Women's Christian Temperance Union.

Mrs. Sidley loved Scotland and enjoyed traveling, entertaining, flower gardening and playing cards.

Her first, second and third husbands, George Wilson, John F. Masson and Reid B. Sidley, respectively, are deceased.

Surviving are: two stepsons, Joe Masson, Mercer; and Paul Masson, Franklin; a stepdaughter, Frances Masson Tyne, Lakeland, Fla.; a granddaughter; 45 stepgrandchildren; 107 stepgreat-grandchildren; and 14 stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Nelson; 13 stepchildren; two stepgrandchildren; an infant brother; and two sisters, Mary Norris and Elizabeth Mackie.

SIDLEY
    
Mrs. Reid B. (Mamie Georgina Harris Asqueth Norris Masson Wilson), 104, Coolspring Township.
    Calling hours: 2 p.m. until time of service Thursday (1-4-01) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.
    Service: Funeral service at 3 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. F. Stanley Keehlwetter, pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Mercer, officiating.
    Burial: Mercer Citizens Cemetery.


Ronald Simpson

Former Farrell man was veteran of Korean War

Ronald Simpson of Ickesburg, Pa., formerly of Farrell, died Wednesday (12-27-00) in Carlisle (Pa.) Hospital. He was 70.

Mr. Simpson was born May 24, 1930, in Dayton, Ohio.

He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict.

He was a commercial truck driver.

Mr. Simpson attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ickesburg.

Surviving are: his wife, E. Betty Simpson; three daughters, Emma Helm, Port Royal, Pa.; Mable Marie Master, Punxsutawney; and Catherine Navarro, Kings Mountain, N.C.; a son, Ronald Simpson, Ickesburg; a stepson Roger A. Gum, Columbus, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Sheryl Ann Gulla, Port Jervis, N.Y.; and Sharon Rose Shannon, Sharon; a brother, Oscar Simpson, West Middlesex; two sisters, Lennie Koster, Englewood, Ohio; and Rose Clearwater, Gold City, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

SIMPSON
    
Ronald, 70, Ickesburg, Pa.
    Calling hours: Noon to 1 p.m. today (1-2-01) in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ickesburg.
    Service: Funeral service at 1 p.m. today in the church.
    Burial: Thursday (1-4-01) with full military honor in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Andville, Pa.
    Arrangements by DAVID M. MYERS FUNERAL HOME, Second and Walnut streets, Newport, Pa.


PREVIOUS DEATHS
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FAIT
    
Steven A., 85, of 1074 Hillcrest St., Sharon.
    Obituary was published 12-30-00.
    Calling hours: 4 to 6 p.m. today (1-2-01) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in St. Joseph's Church, 79 Case Ave., Sharon, with the Rev. William C. Karg, pastor as celebrant.
    Burial: Entombment at St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage.


FOLLMEYER
    
Mrs. Russell (Regina), 79, of 214 Fullingmill Road, Jefferson Township.
    Obituary was published 12-31-00
    Calling hours: 5 to 7 p.m. today (1-2-01) in SAMPLE-O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME Inc., East State Street at North Oakland Avenue, Sharon. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to: Sample@infonline.net. The funeral procession from the funeral home to the church will depart at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) to arrive for the 11 a.m. Mass.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 100 Penn Ave., Mercer, with the Rev. James Kennally, pastor, as celebrant.
    Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.


KNOX
    
Richard W., 69, of 1375 N. Darby Road, Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 1-1-01
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (1-2-01) in HAROLD W. STEVENSON FUNERAL HOME, 264 E. State St., Sharon.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in the funeral home officiated by the Rev. Richard Herman, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Lester Kirk, pastor of Apostolic Christian Church, both of Sharon.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.


RATKOWSKI
    
Anthony, 86, New Wilmington.
    Obituary was published 1-1-01
    Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. today (1-2-01) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in the funeral home.
    Burial: Unity Cemetery, Salem Township.


WILLIAMSON
    
John, 87, Shenango Park Road, Pymatuning Township.
    Obituary was published 1-1-01
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (1-3-01) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME OF LEESBURG, 1778 Perry Highway, Springfield Township.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday (1-4-01) in the funeral home with the Rev. Sperry Hogue, pastor of Church of Christ, Hermitage, officiating
    Burial: Carpenter Cemetery, Springfield Township.



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