Local news Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001
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Russell M. Queen
Retired truck driver was active in seniors center
Funeral will be Thursday for Russell M. Queen, 8121 Atlantic St., Brookfield. He died unexpectedly at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday (2-20-01) in his home. He was 72.
Mr. Queen was born Oct. 9, 1928, in Thomasmills, Pa., to Mervel Queen and Alma Martel Queen.
He attended Richland (Pa.) Township area schools and retired in 1985 after 22 years as a truck driver for Williams Brothers Trucking, Wheatland.
An Army veteran, Mr. Queen served during the Korean conflict.
He was of the Baptist faith and was active in Mercer County Area Agency on Aging's Multi-Service Center for senior citizens, Farrell.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Anna Rice, whom he married May 2, 1959, at home; two daughters, Mrs. James (Virginia M.) Tataseo, Columbiana, Ohio; and Mrs. John (Patricia) Dye, Jackson Center; two sons, William Davidson, Hubbard; and Francis E. Davidson, Lake Milton, Ohio; five sisters, Marion Bibby, Brookfield; Maxine Russell and Lorma Jean Ridenour, both Johnston, Pa.; Margie Miller, Boswell, Pa.; and Alma Katherine Ravenscraft, Windber, Pa.; four brothers, Marshall and David Ravenscraft, both Sharon; John Ravenscraft, Hanover, Pa.; and Harvey Ravenscraft, Wheatland; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Marlene Davidson; one son, Leslie C. Davidson; and two brothers, Theodore and Dwight Ravenscraft.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shenango Valley Multi-Service Center, in care of Wheatland-Farrell United Methodist Church, 75 Mercer Ave., Wheatland 16161.
John T. Kostka
Fessler Machine retiree was Army vet, active in church
John T. Kostka, 661 Baldwin Ave., Sharon, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday (2-20-01) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell, after a brief illness. He was 72.
Mr. Kostka was born July 27, 1928, in Farrell to Thomas Kostka and Anna Tomczak Kostka.
He retired in 1993 after 37 years as a machinist for Fessler Machine Co., Sharon.
An Army veteran, Mr. Kostka served from Jan. 9, 1951, to Nov. 1, 1956, achieving a rank of private first class tech, participating in the Korean conflict.
As an active member of St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, Hermitage, he formerly belonged to the Holy Name Society and the church softball team.
Mr. Kostka also belonged to Local 2961 of the machinists union; and the 24th Constabulary Circle "C" Unit.
He loved gardening, flowers and crafts, and especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Marcella "Marcie" A. Adderty, whom he married April 18, 1953, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Edward (Janet L.) Cresswell, Hermitage; three sons, Gregory M. Kostka, and his wife Leslie, Jonesboro, Ga.; Richard T. Kostka, and his wife Jacqueline, Hubbard; and John J. Kostka, and his wife Lisa, Hermitage; 11 grandchildren, Valerie, Bethany, Timothy, Jeremy, Anthony, Adam, Alyssa, Jessica, Christopher, Joseph and Courtney Kostka; and a brother, Walter J. Kostka, and his wife, Rose, Farrell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Stanley and Bennie Kostka; and three sisters, Josephine Biros, Blanche Hornyak and Jennie Lenzi.
Alice R. Swartz
West Middlesex Presbyterian member was a homemaker
Alice R. Swartz, 8221 Lamar Road, East Lackawannock Township, formerly of Stinedurf Road, West Middlesex, died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday (2-18-01) in Countryside Convalescent Home, East Lackawannock Township, after a lengthy illness. She was 94.
Mrs. Swartz was born May 3, 1906, in Sandy Lake to George Chisholm and Zella Truxell Chis- holm.
A homemaker, she was a member of West Middlesex Presbyterian Church and its Ladies Aid organization.
Mrs. Swartz also belonged to West Middlesex Women's Club and West Middlesex Garden Club.
Her husband, Harvey Burton Swartz, whom she married Nov. 22, 1925, died Aug. 10, 1972.
Surviving are: a daughter, Virginia Pierce, Brandon, Fla.; a son, Walter G. Swartz, Sunrise Beach, Mo.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Yake.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Middlesex Presbyterian Church, 3082 Main St., West Middlesex 16159.
Charleston U.M. member worked at Sharon Steel
Paul Giroski, 360 Rexford Drive, Hermitage, died at 8:24 a.m. Tuesday (2-20-01) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. He was 80.
Mr. Giroski was born May 28, 1920, in Sheffield, Pa., to John Giroski and Betty Micho Giroski.
He was a rigger for 40 years at the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant.
Mr. Giroski was a member of Charleston United Methodist Church; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7599, Reynolds; and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 276, Greenville.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Stella McDeavitt, whom he married July 13, 1957, at home; a son, Thomas Giroski, Arizona; a stepson, David Springer, Waterloo, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Dave (Linda) Bartel and Mrs. Pete (Carol) Berger, both Mercer; a brother, Mike Giroski, Hermitage; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Andy Giroski.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 19 Jefferson Avenue, Sharon 16146.
Joseph M. Dolata
Obituary was published 2-20-01
Joseph M. Dolata, 212 Stambaugh Ave., Sharon, was survived by a half brother, Michael S. Dolata, Anderson, Ind.; and a half sister, Gerri T. Dolata, Hermitage.
The Herald received additional information.
Sarah F. Houston-Adkins
Ruth A.M.E. Zion church member had lived in Farrell
Sarah F. Houston-Adkins, Hermitage, formerly of Gargano Towers, 941 New Castle-Sharon Road, Farrell, died at 6:50 p.m. Friday (2-16-01) in Hospitality Care Center, Hermitage. She was 91.
Mrs. Houston-Adkins was born Feb. 7, 1910, in Masury to Hayes Houston and Mary Stewart Houston.
She was a lifelong member of Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Sharon.
Until December 2000, Mrs. Houston-Adkins lived independently at Gargano Towers.
Her husband, Charles E. Adkins, whom she married Aug. 23, 1934, died Sept. 9, 1982.
Surviving are: a daughter, Sarah F. Williams, North Pole, Alaska; two sons, Charles J. Adkins, Aliquippa; and Albert E. Adkins, Akron, Ohio; a devoted cousin, Beatrice Houston-Clark, Masury; a devoted sister-in-law, Wilma Houston, Sharon; 11 grandchildren, Timothy, Erika, Chet, Shean, Kevin and Charmine Adkins; Sharon Fashaw; Phillip Houston; Paullete Baker; and Brian and Darryl Williams; five great-grandchildren, Brittany Baker; and Sarah, Luke, Deidra and Michael Fashaw; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Paul Houston; two sisters, Helen Suddeth and Minnie Aldrich; and three brothers, Alford, John and Robert Houston.
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