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Today's death record

  • Florence M. Bertolasio, 70, New Bedford.
  • John E. Habarka, 78, of 227 Wansack Road, West Middlesex.
  • Mary L. (Giroski) Karol, 86, Hermitage, formerly of Glenwood Drive, Sharon.
  • Ralph J. Lunn, 89, of 1786 state Route 7 N.E., Brookfield.
  • Jacobo "Jack" Andreas Marti, 73, Wilmington Township, Lawrence County.
  • Susie M. Wheeler, 85, of 80 Chestnut St., Wheatland.

Today's obituaries
Susie M. Wheeler
Susie M. Wheeler, 80 Chestnut St., Wheatland, died at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday (5-9-01) in Clepper Convalescent Home Inc., Sharon. She was 85.

Obituary information was incomplete.

    Mrs. Susie M., 80 Chestnut St., Wheatland.
    Arrangements will be announced by WILBERT L. SHANNON FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 33 Broadway Ave., Wheatland.

Franklin J. Blakeley

    Franklin J., 67, of 137 E. Hillcrest Ave., New Castle.
    Calling hours: 10 a.m. to time of service Friday (5-11-01) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Val Vais Sr., pastor of Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church, New Castle, officiating.
    Burial: Cremation.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Native American Heritage Association, Box 512, Rapid City, S.D. 57709.

Ralph J. Lunn

Yankee Lake mayor retired as brother business partner

Ralph J. Lunn, 1786 state Route 7 N.E., Brookfield, died two weeks short of his 90th birthday on May 8, 2001, Tuesday at 11:40 p.m. at UPMC Horizon Hospital, Farrell. He was 89.

Mr. Lunn was born in Masury on May 23, 1911, a son of Joseph W. and Anna Marie Otte Lunn.

He was current mayor of the village of Yankee Lake, serving in the office for more than 20 years. He also was a retired partner in Lunn Brothers Construction, Brookfield, having worked in the family business for more than 60 years.

The 1929 Brookfield High School alumnus was a member of First Baptist Church, Sharon; Operating Engineer's Local 66; and Optimist Club.

Surviving are: one son and his wife, Ralph J. Lunn Jr. and Jacqueline Lunn, Cherry Hill, N.J.; two granddaughters, Suzette Southerland, Ashboro, N.C.; and Maribeth Wallace, Oaklyn, N.J.; four great-grandchildren, Kimberly Marie Southerland; and Michelle, Michael and Amanda Wallace; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Betty Lunn, Masury; and a niece, Janice Reardon, Masury, who were his caregivers throughout his later years; and also by several other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, William, Francis, Karl, Harry and Earl Lunn; and three sisters, Dorothy Mittall, Helen Lunn and Elizabeth Smith.

Ralph J., 89, of 1786 state Route 7 N.E., Brookfield.
    Calling hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (5-10-01) in SAMPLE-O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME Inc., East State Street at North Oakland Avenue, Sharon. If unable to visit the family during calling hours or the funeral service, please feel free to send your condolences by e-mailing the family at Sample@
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday (5-12-01) in the funeral home with the Rev. John M. Trojak, pastor of First Baptist Church, Sharon, officiating.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.

Mary L. (Giroski) Karol

Sharon homemaker was

hospital auxiliaries member

Mary L. (Giroski) Karol, Hospitality Care Center, Hermitage, formerly of Glenwood Drive, Sharon, died at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday (5-9-01) in the nursing home after an extended illness. She was 86.

Mrs. Karol was born April 1, 1915, in Sheffield, Pa., to Michael and Elizabeth Yavchak Giroski.

The 1933 Sharon High School alumna was a housewife.

Mrs. Karol was a charter member of the auxiliary of the former Shenango Valley Osteopathic Hospital (now UPMC Horizon, Farrell); and a former active member of Sharon Regional Health System Auxiliary.

She belonged to several card clubs and loved to do sewing, knitting and crafts.

Mrs. Karol was a member of St. Joseph Church, Sharon.

Mrs. Karol and her husband spent winters in Sandalwood, Fla., where she liked to spend time at the ocean collecting sea shells. She truly enjoyed her family and friends.

Surviving are: her husband, William V. Karol, whom she married Feb. 19, 1937; three daughters, Patricia Kouch, Sharon; Beth Prizant, wife of John Fahnert, Hermitage; and Mrs. William (Susan) Atwood, Kansas City, Mo.; a son, William S. Karol, Sharpsville; two sisters, Betty Vetrick, Cleveland; and Agnes Karas, Hermitage; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Michael Giroski; and two sisters, Helen Dzurinda and Margaret Woj-danowski.

Memorial contributions may be made to UPMC Horizon Shenango Valley Auxiliary, 220 Memorial Drive, Farrell 16121.

Mrs. William V. (Mary L. Giroski), Hermitage, formerly of Glenwood Drive, Sharon.
    Calling hours: At the family's request, there will be no visitation. Family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Beth Prizant at 1372 Monticello Ave., Hermitage.
    Service: Memorial Mass at 9 a.m. Saturday (5-12-01) in St. Joseph Church, 79 Case Ave., Sharon, with the Rev. D.G. Davis III, parochial vicar, as celebrant.
    Burial: Cremation will take place.
    Arrangements by HAROLD W. STEVENSON FUNERAL HOME, 264 E. State St., Sharon.

Jacobo 'Jack' Andreas Marti

Swiss Olympian, Argentina native had cheese businesses

Jacobo "Jack" Andreas Marti, Wilmington Township, Lawrence County, died at 11:02 a.m. Wednesday (5-9-01) in the hospital of Jameson Health System, New Castle, of an apparent heart attack. He was 73.

Mr. Marti was born Oct. 28, 1927, in MarDel Plata, Argentina, to Jacob and Josephine Burki Marti.

His schooling was in business administration and cheese making in Bern, Switzerland.

Mr. Marti came to the United States in 1951. He worked in Holmesville, Ohio, at Holmes Cheese Factory; and then at Bruster (Ohio) Dairy.

He settled in New Wilmington in 1955 and founded, owned and operated Farmers Cheese in New Wilmington that same year.

Mr. Marti sold the business in 1986, but stayed on as general manager of the operation until his final retirement in 1998.

He also was the co-founder of Savoldi Cheese Co. in West Middlesex in 1983.

Because of his contributions to the community, Marti Park was named after him in 1988.

Mr. Marti was on the Swiss Olympic wrestling team in 1948.

He obtained his United States citizenship in 1996. This was an achievement of which he was very proud.

Mr. Marti was an avid sports fan who especially followed the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was proud that all four of his sons were Eagle Scouts.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Jane Young, whom he married Oct. 17, 1953; a daughter, Mrs. Dan (Debbie Marti) Kennedy, New Wilmington; four sons, Jack A. Marti, James A. Marti and Timothy L. Marti, all New Wilmington; and Rick A. Marti, Chippewa, Beaver County; and 11 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis, in care of Foundation for Neurological Research, 10 State St., Newbury, Mass. 10950.

Jacobo "Jack" Andreas, 73, Wilmington Township, Lawrence County.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (5-11-01) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.
    Service: Funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday (5-12-01) in Neshannock Presbyterian Church, 330 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington, with the Rev. William H. Stone Jr., pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Neshannock Cemetery, New Wilmington.

John E. Habarka

GATX retiree ran family farm, was expert beekeeper

John E. Habarka, 227 Wansack Road, West Middlesex, died unexpectedly Tuesday (5-8-01) in his home. He was 78.

Mr. Habarka was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Inman, Va., to John E. and Anna E. Kalafut Habarka.

The World War II veteran of the U.S. Army retired in 1982 as a lay-out man for General American Transportation Corp.'s former Masury plant.

Mr. Habarka operated the family farm in Shenango Township. He was an expert beekeeper and loved to garden. He was a member of St. Ann Church, Farrell.

His wife, the former Mary E. Ostrowski, whom he married in 1949, died Nov. 10, 1997.

Surviving are: two sons, John A. Habarka, Grove City; and Donald W. Schmidt and his wife Kathy, Hermitage; two brothers, Nicholas Habarka and his wife Esther, Shenango Township; and Paul Habarka and his wife Rose, Hartford; and a granddaughter, Jacqueline Schmidt, Pittsburgh.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Andrew and Michael Habarka; and a sister, Cecilia Wagaman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 19 Jefferson Avenue; or Meals-On-Wheels Program, 396 Buhl Blvd., both Sharon 16146.

John E., 78, of 227 Wansack Road, West Middlesex.
    Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (5-11-01) in A.E. PUSTINGER FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 1310 Idaho St., Farrell. There will be a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday (5-12-01) in the funeral home with the Rev. Richard C. Tomasone, pastor of St. Ann Church, Farrell, officiating.
    Burial: St. Ann's Cemetery, Hermitage.

William G. Trulick

Kittanning High grad lived in Hermitage, was GATX retiree

A private family funeral service will be Friday (5-11-01) for William G. Trulick, 1766 Woodside Drive, Hermitage. He died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday (5-8-01) in White-Cliff Nursing Home, Hempfield Township, after an extended illness. He was 78.

Mr. Trulick was born April 24, 1923, in Sherrett, Pa., to Lawrence and Mildred Mellish Trulick.

The Kittanning (Pa.) High School alumnus worked for 40 years in the axle department of General American Transportation Corp.'s Masury plant, and retired when the plant shut down.

He was a member of Sherrett (Pa.) Methodist Church. Mr. Trulick enjoyed hunting, gardening and being with his family.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Geraldine (Crowe) Trulick, whom he married Dec. 3, 1946; two daughters, Judy Ann Wiles, at home; and Mrs. Peter James (Cindy) Jorewicz, Hermitage; a son, William J. Trulick, Sharpsville; two sisters, Mildred Ulisky, Kittanning; and Anna Costanzo, Ford City, Pa.; a brother, John Trulick, Cowansville, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Mrs. Jack (Melissa) Valinsky, Youngstown; Leslie D'Amore and Tony D'Amore, both Hermitage.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Hays, Olga Scripps, Nuba McMillen and Margaret Sadler; and five brothers, Lawrence Jr., Paul, Donald, Rudolph and Joseph Trulick.

William G., 78, of 1766 Woodside Drive, Hermitage.
    Calling hours: Private.
    Service: Private family funeral service Friday (5-11-01) in the chapel of JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.
    Arrangements by JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.

Florence M. Bertolasio

New Bedford woman was retired cook at Villa Maria

NEW BEDFORD -- Florence M. Bertolasio, New Bedford, died Wednesday afternoon (5-9-01) in the hospital of Jameson Health System. She was 70.

Mrs. Bertolasio was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Brookfield, a daughter of Sylvester and Eva Jozan Marion, and had resided in New Bedford since 1965.

She was a cook for the former Villa Maria High School in Lawrence County, retiring in 1993 after 21 years of service.

Mrs. Bertolasio was a member of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, New Bedford, and its Christian Mothers Organization.

Besides her husband, Robert W., whom she married April 26, 1960, she leaves two sons, Dr. Paul M. Bertolasio and his wife Jane, Liberty, Ohio; and Robert J. Bertolasio and his wife Brenda, Mercer; a daughter, Cheryl L. Bertolasio, Struthers, Ohio; two brothers, Clement Marion, Masury; and John Marion, Lakeland, Fla.; two sisters, Anna Bires, Wheatland; and Rae Bires, Sharon; and six grandchildren, Bobby M. Cupan, Joey Bertolasio, Nicole Bertolasio, Giana Bertolasio, Vincenzo Bertolasio and Nicholas Cupan.

Two sisters and a brother are deceased.

Mrs. Robert W. (Florence M.), 70, New Bedford.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (5-11-01) in WASKO FUNERAL HOME, 216 Coitsville Road, Campbell, Ohio.
    Service: Funeral service at 9:15 a.m. Saturday (5-12-01) in the funeral home, and at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, New Bedford, with the Rev. McCaffrey, pastor, officiating.

Burial: St. James Cemetery, New Bedford.

Louise McConnell Malsom
Obituary was published 4-11-01

A memorial service for Louise McConnell Malsom, Englewood, Sarasota County, Fla., formerly of Grove City, will be at 2 p.m. May 19 in Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5130 E. State St., Hermitage, with the Rev. Robert Coval, rector, officiating.

Look in past days' obituary files to find the full obituaries

Robert Lee, Brockway, Pa.
    Obituary was published 5-9-01
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (5-10-01) in EDWARD L. RAISLEY FUNERAL HOME, 387 Main St., Prospect, Pa.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday (5-11-01) in the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Reuter, pastor of Presbyterian Church of Prospect, officiating.
    Burial: New Bethlehem (Pa.) Cemetery.

Mrs. William (Donna P.), 66, of 1124 Centertown Road, Grove City.
    Obituary was published 5-9-01
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (5-10-01) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday (5-11-01) in the funeral home.
    Burial: Carpenters Cemetery, Springfield Township.

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