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Esther Lou Ellen 'Nell' Vath
Lake Twp. homemaker owned farm with husband
Esther Lou Ellen "Nell" Vath, 122 Vath Road, Lake Township, died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday (2-3-01) in Countryside Convalescent Home, East Lackawannock Township, after an extended illness. She was 95.
Mrs. Vath was born Jan. 24, 1906, in Lake Township to David and Elizabeth Parker Greggs.
She attended the former Hall Shaft Country School in Lake Township.
Mrs. Vath was a homemaker and along with her husband owned and operated a dairy farm for many years.
She was of the Protestant faith.
Mrs. Vath belonged to a local "Stitch and Sew" group that met in the members' homes; and was an avid gardener who enjoyed growing flowers and loved birds.
She enjoyed her family and loved all children, especially her grandchildren.
She married Frederick M. Vath on July 29, 1925. He preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 1968.
Surviving are: seven daughters, Mrs. Richard (Betty Lou) Trevitt, Stoneboro; Esther Mae Wasser, wife of Dr. Louis Wasser of Washington, N.J.; Mrs. Donald (Faye Marie) King, Mercer; Ida Joan "Polly" Vath, Stoneboro; Mrs. Donald (Nancy Lee) Beckman, Stoneboro; Mrs. Garner (Marion Ruth) Lloyd, Stoneboro; and Mrs. Ronald (Sherry Lynn) Wright, Greenville; one son, William Eugene Vath and wife Margaret, Stoneboro; one sister, Mrs. Leland "Sandy" (Elizabeth) Patton, Sandy Lake; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three sons, Howard Bennett Vath, who was killed in action during World War II; and two infant sons; six brothers; and two sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to Countryside Convalescent Home, 8221 Lamor Road, Mercer 16137.
John S. Lefes
Sawhill retiree, Army vet was active in AHEPA, Masons
Funeral will be Tuesday for John S. Lefes, 240 Meadowbrook Road, Hermitage. He died at 3:35 p.m. Friday (2-2-01) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 74.
Mr. Lefes was born Oct. 6, 1926, in Sharon to Stelil and Stamatia Xenakis Lefes.
A 1945 alumnus of Sharpsville High School, he retired in 1988 after 42 years of service at what is now AK Steel, Sawhill Tubular Division, Sharon. He was a tool and die maker.
An Army veteran, Mr. Lefes served in the Air Corps during World War II.
The lifelong member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Farrell also belonged to Farrell Lions Club; American Legion Post 162, Sharpsville; and was a charter member of Shenango Valley Chapter 414 of Order of American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, holding various offices throughout his lifetime. He was also active in the AHEPA Scholarship Fund.
As a member of Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 250, Sharon, Mr. Lefes was a 32nd degree Mason and belonged to Scottish Rite's New Castle Consistory and Zem Zem Temple of the Shrine, Erie.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Kalliope "Kal" Gerves Lefes, whom he married Sept. 27, 1964; one son, Stanley J. Lefes, Sharon; two daughters, Stacie K. Lefes, Pittsburgh; and Mrs. Gregory (Cynthia M.) Detty, Belle Center, Ohio; two brothers and their wives, William S. and Sue Lefes, Cary, N.C.; and Steve S. and Dorothy Lefes, Hermitage; one sister, Anna S. Lefes Topougis, Akron, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Mary S. Charlton.
Memorial contributions may be made to AHEPA Scholarship Fund, Box 83, Sharpsville 16150; or Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society, 11432 Mayfield Road, Cleveland 44106.
Dr. Gilbert D. 'Skip' Taylor
'62 Sharon High grad, Eagle Scout was geologist, pianist
HOUSTON -- Dr. Gilbert D. "Skip" Taylor, 13011 Wincrest Court, Cypress, Texas, formerly of Sharon, died Friday evening (2-2-01) in Methodist Hospital of renal failure. He was 56.
Dr. Taylor was born Sept. 21, 1944, in Sharon, the son of Gilbert D. Taylor Sr. and Mildred E. "Mid" Young Taylor.
A 1962 alumnus of Sharon High School, he graduated in 1964 from Thiel College, Greenville, from which he earned a bachelor's degree. He later received a master's degree in 1967 from the University of Illinois; and a doctorate in 1975 from the University of Louisiana.
Dr. Taylor had been a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Sharon; and Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 250, Sharon; and was a ham radio operator.
An Eagle Scout, he was a Boy Scout leader and had been a referee for the National Soccer Association.
The accomplished pianist had been a member of numerous national and international geology associations and was a charter member of Phi Theta Phi Fraternity at Thiel College.
Dr. Taylor was employed for 20 years as a senior geologist at Mobil Oil and BHP Oil Corp., both Houston.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boys Scouts of America.
Besides his mother of Sharon, surviving are: his wife, the former Betty Anglin, whom he married Feb. 8, 1975; a daughter, Laura Taylor; and a son, Scott Taylor, all Cypress.
Ann Wansack, 1045 Haig St., Sharon, died at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (2-3-01) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 78.
Obituary information was incomplete.
Leland V. Hibler
'50 Sharon High grad lived in Warren, was Packard retiree
WARREN, Ohio -- Leland V. Hibler, 5950 Parkman Road NW, Warren, formerly of Sharon, died at 2:20 p.m. Thursday (2-1-01) in Trumbull Memorial Hospital of cancer. He was 69.
Mr. Hibler was born March 1, 1931, in Sharon to Ralph Eugene and Mary Sowash Hibler.
A 1950 alumnus of Sharon High School, he retired in 1999 after 38 years from Delphi Packard Electric Systems, Warren, for which he was a tool crib.
The 37-year resident of Warren previously worked for the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp.; Nichols Bakery; and for what is now Sharon Regional Health System.
Mr. Hibler was a past member of Leavittsburg (Ohio) Helping Hands; and Citizens Band Club, Leavittsburg, where his handle was "Hong Kong Louie."
His wife, the former Bonnie Lee Dunlap, whom he married May 29, 1967, died Jan. 15, 1996.
Surviving are: two sons, Randy Hibler, Bristolville, Ohio; and Timothy Reitz, Newton Falls, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Kemp (Tracy) Fazekas, Wheatland; and Mrs. Edward (Lucinda) Schmidt-Reitz, Warren; two sisters, Stella Hacker and Grace Hibler, both Brookfield; a brother, Raymond Hibler, Washington, Iowa; and nine grandchildren.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Joyce Hibler; a sister, Sylvia Bartholomew; and a brother, Thomas Eugene Hibler.
Florence L. Mathieson
Retired housekeeper formerly lived in Lawrence County
Florence L. Mathieson, College View Towers, 301 S. Broad St., Grove City, formerly of the Village of Brent, Plain Grove Township, Lawrence County, died Saturday (2-3-01) in United Community Hospital, Pine Township, after a brief illness. She was 84.
Mrs. Mathieson was born Aug. 27, 1916, in Forrestville, Pa., to Tony and Mary Cacchione DeAngelo.
Prior to her retirement many years ago, she was a longtime housekeeper for what is now Smith Funeral Home of Leesburg.
Mrs. Mathieson was a Catholic.
Her husband, William "Bill" Isaac Mathieson, whom she married in June 1937, died Dec. 3, 1969.
Surviving are: a son, Jay A. Mathieson and his wife Mary, Mercer; three sisters, Viola Guy, West Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Melfa Phillips and Minnie Jenkins, both New Castle; a brother, Lewis Angelo, Rockville, Md.; three granddaughters, Lynda Mathieson, Fountain Valley, Calif.; and Shelly Mathieson and Mrs. Timothy (Randi) Zenobi, both Grove City; and two great-grandsons, Benjamin and Lucas Zenobi.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Jennie Lee, who died in 1941; six sisters; and six brothers.
Helen V. Butterfield
Greenville woman was cook, active in church, as volunteer
Helen V. Butterfield, 20 Lancaster Ave., Greenville, died at 8:09 p.m. Friday (2-2-01) in Delaware Township.
Mrs. Butterfield was born in Summerville, Pa., to Ross and Gertrude Shea Defibaugh.
She was educated at Summerville School System and was a cook at her son's business, the Alan Butterfield Restaurant in Mercer.
Mrs. Butterfield belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, for which she was past president and helped at the post bingo games.
As a dedicated member of First United Methodist Church of Greenville, she belonged to the Ruth Circle, was a Sunday school teacher and was in charge of all church social activities.
An avid volunteer, Mrs. Butterfield also was an active helper at Greenville Public Library; Good Shepherd Center; and the gift shop of UPMC Horizon, both Greenville; and volunteered for Butler Veterans Administration Medical Center.
She was a tutor for the Literacy Council and was involved in Girl Scouts of America and was a Cub Scout den mother.
Mrs. Butterfield also helped to prepare income tax forms for the elderly at St. Paul Homes, West Salem Township.
She was recipient of the Unsung Hero of 2000 Award bestowed by Kiwanis Club of Greenville.
Her husband, Earl L. Butterfield, whom she married Dec. 12, 1946, died Nov. 26, 1975.
Surviving, including her son, Alan, of Mercer are: another son, Earl Butterfield, Greenville; three daughters, Lin Ditta, Hollywood, Fla. and Greenville; Karen Beil, Grove City; and Susan Karns, Sheakleyville; a sister, Jane McCullough, Tonawanda, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Good Shepherd Center Inc., 144-46 Main St.; or First United Methodist Church, Box 185, both Greenville 16125.
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