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Today's death record

  • Earl Brauchle, 72, of 1506 Skyline Drive, Hermitage.
  • James Dale "JD" Burrows, 48, of 366 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township, formerly of West Middlesex.
  • Dale Lamont Busch, 70, of 8 Turnberry NW, Champion, Ohio, formerly of Howland, Ohio; and Sharon.
  • Nellie C. Heath, 91, Cathedral Drive, Apartment 1, Farrell.
  • Phillip Clive Antony Moreton, 44, of 365 Mill Road, Irwin Township, Venango County.
  • Melvin H. Morris, 79, of 619 Ridgeway Ave., Grove City.
  • Robert E. Moser, 70, of 1050 Vernon Road, West Salem Township.
  • Daniel H. Reiber, 51, Indian Run Road, Wilmington Township.


Today's obituaries
Dale Lamont Busch
Youngstown company retiree was born in Greenville

CHAMPION, Ohio -- Dale Lamont Busch, 8 Turnberry NW, Champion, formerly of Howland, Ohio; and Sharon, died at 2:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, in his home of cancer. He was 70.

Mr. Busch was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Greenville to Lawrence Kermit and Thelma Louise Hittle Busch.

He graduated in 1948 from the former Penn High School in Greenville and retired in 1992 from National Cash Register Co. of Youngs-town, where he was a service technician for 36 years.

An Army veteran, Mr. Busch served in Germany during the Korean conflict from 1952-54.

He was a past member of Living Word Lutheran Church in Howland.

Mr. Busch enjoyed yardwork, jigsaw puzzles, fishing, hunting and playing with his grandchildren.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Nancy Jane Stewart, whom he married Feb. 12, 1955, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Bill (Kim) Martin, Fowler, Ohio; and Mrs. Dave (Kelly) Gornichec, Delaware, Ohio; two sons, Randy and his wife Cindy Busch, Howland; and Tim and his wife Laurie Busch, Champion; two sisters, Mrs. Richard (Judith) Menster, Canton, Ohio; and Mrs. Jeff (Jill) Funk, Mifflintown, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown 44512

BUSCH
    Dale Lamont, 70, of 8 Turnberry NW, Champion, Ohio, formerly of Howland, Ohio; and Sharon.


    Calling hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (7-18-01) and 10 a.m. to time of service Thursday (7-19-01) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to www.flynnfuneralhome.com


    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, with Elder Timothy Headrick of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kirtland, Ohio, Stake, officiating.


    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.


Nellie C. Heath

St. John's choir member was housing authority supervisor

Nellie C. Heath, Cathedral Drive, Apartment 1, Farrell, died at 8:50 a.m. July 16, 2001, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System following an extended illness. She was 91.

Mrs. Heath was born Sept. 9, 1909, in Sharon to Samuel and Annette Bianca Deluchie.

An alumna of Sharon High School and the former Shenango Valley Commercial Institute in Sharon, she was a tenant selection supervisor and social director for 26 years for Mercer County Housing Authority.

Mrs. Heath was previously a credit manager for the former Robins Furniture in Farrell.

She was a member of the Kiwanianne Club; Commission on Human Relations; and the Pennsylvania Power Consumers Advisory Board, all Farrell; and Sharon Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

Mrs. Heath also served as secretary of the Mercer County Democratic Party and belonged to St. John's Episcopal Church in Sharon, where she was a 26-year member of the church choir.

Her husband, Mark C. Heath Sr., whom she married Sept. 9, 1930, died Oct. 2, 1968.

Surviving are: a son, Gary C. Heath Sr., Longwood, Fla.; three sisters, Helen L. Rossi and Anne Jarocki, both Farrell; and Rose M. Mikulin, Sharon; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mark C. Heath II; and a grandson, Jay Alan Heath.

HEATH
    
Mrs. Mark C. (Nellie C.) Sr., 91, Cathedral Drive, Apartment 1, Farrell.
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.
    Burial: Cremation.
    Arrangements by STEPHEN J. SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage.


Robert L. 'Wolf' Wolfe

Harley enthusiast drove truck, belonged to ABATE

A funeral service will be held Saturday for Robert L. "Wolf" Wolfe, 897 Crowder St. in Sharon. He died at 7 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, in his home after an extended illness. He was 36.

Mr. Wolfe was born Dec. 8, 1964, in Sharon to Clark M. and Mary E. Bagnall Wolfe.

He was a truck driver for one year for Nick Strimbu Trucking in Brookfield.

Mr. Wolfe belonged to the Mercer County Chapter of the Alliance for Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE); and Maenerchor Club of Sharon.

He loved Harley motorcycle riding.

Surviving are: a companion, Hila M. Cooper, Sharon; a son, Andrew, Sharon; and his parents, all Sharon; four brothers, Clark L. Wolfe, Sharon; Warren Wolfe, Greenville; John Wolfe, Orlando, Fla.; and Joe Wolfe, Youngstown; his grandparents, Shaw and Dorothy Mistretta, Hermitage; Merle Wolfe, Sharon; and Robert Bagnall, Mercer; a niece, Elizabeth; and a nephew, Warren.

He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Dorothy Bagnall; and a sister, Mary Grantz.

WOLFE
    
Robert L. "Wolf," 36, of 897 Crowder St., Sharon.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday (7-19-01) and Friday (7-20-01) in DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME, 124 Main St., Sharpsville.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday (7-21-01) in the funeral home.
    Burial: Mount Washington Cemetery, Jefferson Township.


Robert E. Moser

Packard retiree belonged to Orangeville U.M. church

Robert E. Moser, 1050 Vernon Road, West Salem Township, died at 4:20 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2001, in his home after an extended illness. He was 70.

Mr. Moser was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Greenville to Raymond F. and Mary Margaret Christman Moser.

A 1948 alumnus of the former Penn High School in Greenville, he attended Thiel College in Greenville and retired in 1989 after 24 years of service with Delphi Packard Electric Corp., Warren, Ohio, where he was an electrician.

For about 15 years, he served as union representative for Local 717 of International Union of Electrical Workers.

He was a member of Orangeville United Methodist Church.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Nancy W. Whaley, whom he married May 7, 1970, at home; three sons, Barney Moser, Louisiana; and Greg and Jeff Moser, both Pennsylvania; three daughters, Laura Lynn Flaviani, North Carolina; and Nancy Goblinger and Jodi Coppenger, both Pennsylvania; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Richard Moser.

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

MOSER
    Robert E., 70, of 1050 Vernon Road, West Salem Township.


    Calling hours: Friends may gather from 10 a.m. to time of service Thursday (7-19-01) in BAIRD FUNERAL HOME, 14 Louisa Ave., Greenville. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to Baird@infonline.net


    Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with the Rev. David Cox and Elder Greg Moser, deceased's son, officiating.


    Interment: Rock Ridge Cemetery, West Salem Township.


Melvin H. Morris

Cooper retiree was Marine, Mason, Grace U.M. member

Melvin H. Morris, 619 Ridgeway Ave., Grove City, died at 3:15 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, in United Community Hospital, Pine Township, following a six-month illness. He was 79.

Mr. Morris was born Nov. 7, 1921, in Westville, Pa., to John F. and Ella Christine Nestor Morris.

A 1939 alumnus of Grove City High School, he retired in 1985 after 44 years of service from Cooper Energy Services Reciprocating Products in Grove City, where he was a manufacturing engineer.

The U.S. Marine Corps veteran served during World War II.

Mr. Morris was a member of Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 603; Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 1579; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 519, all Grove City; and Scottish Rites New Castle Consistory.

He also belonged to Grace United Methodist Church in Grove City, and its United Methodist Men.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Betty Jean Phillips, whom he married Nov. 27, 1941, at home; a daughter, Marsha L. Morris, Grove City; two sons, Philip J. Morris and his wife Nancy, Ashland, Ohio; and Greg A. Morris and his wife Ingrid, Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, Brijette, Erica, Brett, Nathaniel, Daniel and Emma Morris; and a great-granddaughter, Samantha Morris.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Donald Morris.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 210 S. Broad St., Box 368, Grove City 16127.

MORRIS
    
Melvin H., 79, of 619 Ridgeway Ave., Grove City.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (7-18-01) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 1 p.m. Thursday (7-19-01) in the funeral home, with the Rev. John K. Jefferis, pastor; and the Rev. W. Stephen Morse, associate pastor, both of Grace United Methodist Church, Grove City, officiating.
    Interment: Woodland Cemetery, Grove City.


Daniel H. Reiber

New Castle mail carrier was member of Volant U.M.

Daniel H. Reiber, Indian Run Road, Wilmington Township, died at 5:45 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, in his home after a one-year illness. He was 51.

Mr. Reiber was born March 30, 1950, in New Castle to Clarence William Reiber II and June Hutchison Reiber.

He was a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in New Castle.

Mr. Reiber belonged to Volant United Methodist Church.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Paula D. Atwell, whom he married June 13, 1969, at home; six daughters, Mrs. Kevin (Amber) Marett, Volant; Leah Williams, Anchorage, Alaska; Mrs. Samuel (Amanda) Koi, New Castle; and Lisa, Jessica and Juliana Reiber, all at home; two sons, Joshua Daniel Reiber and Jacob Paul Reiber, both at home; his father, Volant; his mother, Grove City; a sister, Mrs. Merle (Barbara) Verner, Mercer; three brothers, Clarence William Reiber III, Canton, Mich.; Dave Reiber, New Wilmington; and Kenneth Reiber, Volant; and seven grandchildren, Haley N., Cassidy N., Colton J. and Cameron D. Marett; and Demetrice, Cedric and Trevon Williams.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Russian Ministry of Volant United Methodist Church, Main Street, Box 86, Volant 16156.

REIBER
    
Daniel H., 51, Indian Run Road, Wilmington Township.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (7-18-01) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME OF LEESBURG, 1778 Perry Highway, Springfield Township.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday (7-19-01) in Volant United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Church streets, with the Rev. Ronald G. Naugle, pastor, officiating.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday for Paul C. Benson, 511 State St., Grove City. He died at 5:55 p.m. Sunday (7-15-01) in his home after a 15-month illness. He was 80.

Mr. Benson was born March 11, 1921, in Byrnedale, Elk County, to J. Arthur and Margaret Mullany Benson. He had lived for 52 years in his current residence.

Mr. Benson retired in 1979 from the U.S. Postal Service in Grove City, where he was a clerk and rural carrier for 39 years.

Mr. Benson was a 1938 graduate of Grove City High School. He was a veteran of World War II, where he was a staff sergeant with the 112th Infantry of the U.S. Army, and was a prisoner-of-war in Germany.

A veteran of the Korean conflict, he served as the Battery Commander of the C Battery 229th Field Artillery of Pennsylvania National Guard with the rank of first lieutenant.

A member of the Knights of Columbus Grove City Council 3658, he was past Grand Knight and past Faithful Navigator.

Mr. Benson also was a member of Church of the Beloved Disciple and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 519, both Grove City.

His first wife, the former Doris Kemper, whom he married July 13, 1942, died Sept. 29, 1967.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Mae Buxton Maddalena, whom he married July 1, 1968; nine daughters, Barbara, wife of Thomas Sokach, Kennersville, N.C.; Mary Lou Martin, Ocala, Fla.; Susan, wife of Vincent Augenti, Melbourne, Fla.; Margaret, wife of Larry Trudeau, Sumner, Wash.; Kathryn Benson, Fort Pierce, Fla.; Trisha, wife of Les Sloan, Grove City; Barbie, wife of James Patterson, Rotan, Texas; Ann, wife of Dr. Joseph Dearani, Rochester, Minn.; and Janet, wife of William Logan, Greensboro, N.C.; four sons, David A. Benson, Carlsbad, Calif.; John Benson, Manchester Conn.; Steve Maddalena, Grove City; and Bob Benson, Austin, Texas; a sister, Janet M. Heywood, Yucaipa, Calif.; and 18 grandchildren.

Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Paul C. Benson, Jr.; and a brother, John A. Benson.

BENSON
    
Paul C., 80, of 511 State St., Grove City
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (7-18-01) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Thursday (7-19-01) in Church of the Beloved Disciple, 313 N. Broad St., Grove City, with Monsignor Edward J. Zeitler, pastor, as celebrant.
    Interment: Military burial in Crestview Memorial Park, Pine Township.


James Dale 'JD' Burrows

'71 WM grad worked in Transfer, belonged to ABATE

James Dale "JD" Burrows, 366 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township, formerly of West Middlesex, died at 2:46 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. He was 48.

Mr. Burrows was born April 6, 1953, in Sharon to Millard "Pete" and Elizabeth "Betty" Fair Burrows.

A 1971 alumnus of West Middlesex High School, he was employed by Select Industries in Transfer. Mr. Burrows was previously a quality control supervisor in the automotive manufacturing industry and a machinist during the late 1970s and early 1980s at Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad in Greenville.

A motorcycle enthusiast, he was a lifetime member of Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE).

Mr. Burrows was also an avid NASCAR fan and worked on street rod cars.

He enjoyed camping with his family and friends and had a fond affection for his recently adopted kittens.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Crystal Dawn Graham, whom he married Oct. 21, 1989, at home; a daughter, Amanda Burrows, Sharon; his parents, West Middlesex; a brother, Thomas Burrows and his wife Sally, Portersville; and nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

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

BURROWS
    
James Dale "JD," 48, of 366 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township, formerly of West Middlesex.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (7-18-01) and 10 a.m. to time of service Thursday (7-19-01) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may also e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Aland D. Smith, pastor of Hillside Presbyterian Church, Greenville, officiating.
    Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.


Phillip Clive Antony Moreton

Venango Countian, born in Germany, had worked in GC

Phillip Clive Antony Moreton, 365 Mill Road, Irwin Township, Venango County, died at 3:41 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2001, in Horton Memorial Hospital in Middletown, N.Y., after a heart attack. He was 44.

Mr. Moreton was born Aug. 5, 1956, in Munster, Germany, to Thomas and Florence "Vera" Maslin Moreton.

He was a machinist for General Electric Co., Grove City and Pine Township; and was a former employee at Winchester (England) Hospital. Mr. Moreton also previously worked for the former Grove City Hospital as an operating room technician and was employed by Cooper Energy Services Reciprocating Products in Grove City.

He was a member of the Church of England.

Mr. Moreton enjoyed horses and the training of horses.

Surviving are: three daughters, Elizabeth, Sabrina and Kayla Moreton; a son, Collin Moreton; his mother, Florence "Vera" Fabry; and a sister, Mrs. Kevin (Debra) Burdette, all Grove City; five brothers, Robert and Stephan Moreton, England; Robert Fabry, Harrisville; Terry Fabry, Erie; and Andrew Fabry, Grove City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; his stepfather, Bill Fabry; and a nephew, Will Fabry.

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

MORETON
    
Phillip Clive Antony, 44, of 365 Mill Road, Irwin Township, Venango County.
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday (7-21-01) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City, with the Rev. Randi O. Stringer, pastor of Amity Presbyterian Church, Irwin Township, Venango County, officiating.
    Interment: Cremation.


Earl Brauchle

Earl Brauchle, 1506 Skyline Drive, Hermitage, died at 10:02 p.m. Monday (7-16-01) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. He was 72.

Obituary information was incomplete.

BRAUCHLE
    Earl, 72, of 1506 Skyline Drive, Hermitage.


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


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


LEGAL
    
Mrs. John "Jack" E. (Delores "Dee" M.), 79, of 958 Airport Road, Fairview Township.
    Obituary was published 7-16-01
    Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today (7-17-01) in SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday (7-18-01) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Philip H. Chalfant, pastor of Coolspring Presbyterian Church, Fairview Township, officiating.
    Interment and committal services: Crestview Memorial Park, Pine Township.


PICCIRILLI
    
Ralph J., 55, of 117 Wakefield Drive, Sharpsville.
    Obituary was published 7-16-01
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (7-17-01) in DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME, 124 Main St., Sharpsville.
    Service: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday (7-18-01) in St. Bartholomew's Church, Sharpsville, with the Rev. John S. Lynch, pastor, as celebrant.
    Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.


SMALLEY
    
Mrs. Walter E. "Pop" (Stella Viola Peffer), 94, of 412 Union St., Grove City.
    Obituary was published 7-16-01
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (7-17-01) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday (7-18-01) in the funeral home, with the Rev. James M. Seeley, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Grove City, officiating.

Interment: Crestview Memorial Park, Pine Township.



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