Local news Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001
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Frederick W. Creed
Marine in WWII was retired Murdoch Ford mechanic
Funeral service will be Friday (8-3-01) for Frederick W. Creed, RD 1 Westlake Road, Transfer. He died unexpectedly at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday (7-31-01) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. He was 81.
Mr. Creed was born Oct. 29, 1919, in Coitsville, Ohio, to George A. and Nellie Walker Creed.
The 1936 West Middlesex High School alumnus served as a U.S. Marine Corps corporal during World War II, and participated in action at Okinawa and in the occupation of China.
He retired in 1984 after 15 years as an auto mechanic from Chuck Murdoch Ford, now Preston Ford, Sharon.
Mr. Creed enjoyed his family and gardening. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8860, Masury.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Dorothy M. Allen, whom he married July 29, 1956; his former wife, Geraldine Springer; a daughter, Mrs. Bruce (Kathryn) Shaffer, Brookfield; two sons, George Creed and his wife, Mira, Colville, Wash.; and Frederick J. Creed and his wife, Donna, Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Mabel Brewer, Sharon; a brother, Gilbert Creed and his wife, Dorothy, Masury; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents preceded him in death.
Doris Womer Edwards
Brookfield High, YSU alumna was active in music circles
Funeral service will be Saturday (8-4-01) for Doris Womer Edwards, Tucson, Ariz. She died Monday (7-30-01) in Tucson. She was 80.
Mrs. Edwards was born Oct. 17, 1920, in Sharon to Norman and Ethel Colton Womer.
She attended Sharon schools and was a graduate of Brookfield High School and Youngstown State University.
Mrs. Edwards was active in music circles and frequently played for her sister's singing recitals.
As the wife of an educator, she was known for her dedicated assistance to students and others.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Sharon, during her life in the area.
Surviving are: her husband, John R. Edwards Jr., whom she married 55 years ago on April 12, 1946; children Sandra Lynne Tufts, Baldwinsville, N.Y.; and John W. Edwards, Brentwood, Tenn.; a grandchild, Jacque Lynne B. Tufts; and a sister, Wilda G. Womer, Miami Shores, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, she may be remembered by a donation to Youngstown State University; or Westminster College, New Wilmington.
Lois Elaine Elavsky
'47 Sharon grad was retired Beneficial assistant manager
Lois Elaine Elavsky, 394 Spruce Ave., Sharon, died at noon Tuesday (7-31-01) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 72.
Mrs. Elavsky was born April 26, 1929, in Steubenville, Ohio, to Francis Louis and Maude Elizabeth Oliver Smith.
She moved to Sharon in the mid-1930s and was a 1947 alumna of Sharon High School.
Mrs. Elavsky retired in 1984 as assistant manager of the Beneficial Finance Co. in Sharon, where she worked for 20 years.
A loving and dedicated wife, an encouraging mother and a devoted sister, she was a homemaker and member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Sharon.
Her husband, Edward Paul Elavsky, whom she married in June 1949, died in March 2000.
Surviving are: three sons, Edward M. "Butch" Elavsky, Frederick A. Elavsky and Daniel B. Elavsky, all Sharon; and two sisters, Mrs. Theodore T. (Ethel Elizabeth) Sullivan, Lawton, Ore.; and Mrs. Charles E. (Mary J.) Merat, North Olmsted, Ohio. She was a loving grandmother to Joseph, Gregory, Danny, Rachel and Aimee Elavsky.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and eight brothers, Francis, Harold, Ralph, Richard, John, Robert, Arthur and Frederick Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 370 Spruce Ave., Sharon 16146.
Eugene V. Hockett
WWII vet, Scout leader was Greenville Steel Car retiree
Eugene V. Hockett, a resident of Woodland Place, Coolspring Township, formerly of 9 Penn Ave., Greenville, died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday (7-31-01) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. He was 82.
Mr. Hockett was born June 29, 1919, in Two Buttes, Colo., to Harry and Martha Hockett.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater of Operations in the 713th Tank Battalion.
Mr. Hockett was a member of Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ, Greenville.
Mr. Hockett retired from Greenville Steel Car Corp.
He was an active member of AA and former Scout leader with Boy Scouts of America Troop 55 bivouacked at First Baptist Church, Greenville.
Mr. Hockett was a member of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3374, Hempfield Township; and was an avid bowler.
Surviving are: two sons, Kenneth E. Hockett, Transfer; and Paul V. Hockett, Columbia, Pa.; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Verba Hockett.
Memorial contributions may be made to Woodland Place Social Auxiliary, Woodland Place Care Center, Mercer 16137.
Edward E. Hostetler
Ohio retiree, an avid golfer, had son living in Grove City
DOVER, Ohio -- Edward E. Hostetler, 72, of 1803 N. Walnut St., Dover, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday, July 31, 2001, on the seventh hole of Willandale Golf Course at Sugarcreek.
Ed retired in 1978 from a sheet metal company in Canton, Ohio, where he worked for 25 years. He was then a custodian for Dover Schools, where he maintained Crater Stadium.
He formerly owned and operated the Sugarcreek Golf Course and formerly worked summers at the Zoar Golf Course.
Born March 11, 1929, in Sugarcreek, Ohio, he was the son of the late Lester and Catherine Widder Hostetler.
Ed was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Dover, where he was a former trustee and church council member. He was also a trustee for the Dover Elks Lodge and a member of the Elks Golf League and investment club. He was past president and former treasurer of Dover Tornado Club and life member of the Tuscarawas County (Ohio) Coin Club.
He was a baseball coach for many years in Dover Youth Baseball League and was an avid sports enthusiast. He was an avid golfer and qualified for several years in the Pub-links Golf Tournament. He also enjoyed playing cards.
He was a 1947 graduate of Sugarcreek Shanesville High School, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, during which he was posted in Germany.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Shirley Baumgartner, with whom he celebrated 33 years of marriage Feb. 22; two sons and one daughter, Andy Gintz and his wife Patty, Dover; Mrs. Steve (Kris Gintz) Smith, Columbus; and Michael Hostetler and his wife Jennifer, Grove City; five grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremy, and Jordan Gintz; Noah Smith; and Hannah Hostetler; two sisters, Mrs. Richard (Doris) Ely, Baltic, Ohio; and Mrs. Kurt (Betty) Disler, Sugarcreek; and one brother, James Hostetler and his wife Kathy, Sugarcreek.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Hostetler.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ Renovation Fund in Dover; or the American Heart Association.
Helen M. Matthews
Helen M. Matthews, 1037 Isaac Dock Drive, Fayetteville, N.C., formerly of the Shenango Valley, died Wednesday morning (8-1-01) in her home. She was 83.
Obituary information was incomplete.
Andrew G. Meleky Sr.
'45 Farrell grad, WWII vet retired from Sharon Steel
Andrew G. Meleky Sr., 67, of 483 Georgetown St., Sharpsville, died at 10:25 p.m. Monday (7-30-01) in Butler Veterans Administration Medical Center following a long illness.
Mr. Meleky was born Sept. 11, 1933, in Farrell, the son of John and Mary Meleky Meleky.
The 1945 graduate of Farrell High School was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hermitage.
Mr. Meleky also was a member of the Slovak Home of Farrell; Loyal Order of the Moose Farrell Lodge 55; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5286, Farrell.
He retired in 1991 as an electrician from the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant with 35 years of service.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served with Occupied Forces in Germany.
He is survived by a son, Andrew G. Meleky Jr., Sharpsville, with whom he lived; and a brother, Paul Meleky, Brookfield.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Drobny, Susan Hurney, Sophia Godala and Anna Kovac; and two brothers, Col. John Meleky and Flight Officer Joseph Meleky, killed in action during World War II.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Organ Fund of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3325 Morefield Road, Hermitage 16148.
Melva D. McCullough
Ex-Sharon woman worked for what is Protected Life
Cremation services will be held for Melva D. McCullough, Hermitage, formerly of State Towers, Sharon. She died at 1:55 a.m. Wednesday (8-1-01) in Nugent Convalescent Home, Hermitage. She was 90.
Mrs. McCullough was born June 17, 1911, in Duquesne, Pa., to John W. and Hannah M. Davis Tarr.
After graduating from high school, she formerly worked for what is now Protected Home Mutual Life Insurance Co. in downtown Sharon.
She was a member of Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church, Sharon; and enjoyed bingo and bowling.
On July 31, 1936, she married Francis J. McCullough. He preceded her in death Sept. 24, 1986.
Several nieces and nephews survive.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army Shenango Valley Corps, 660 Fisher Hill, Sharon 16146.
Forresteene McKean, 3240 S. Main St., Sandy Lake, died this morning (8-2-01) at home. She was 85.
Obituary information was incomplete.
Earl W. Shaffer
Earl W. Shaffer, East Lackawannock Township, died at 12:25 a.m. today (8-2-01) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. He was 77.
Obituary information was incomplete.
'42 Farrell grad worked on Surveyor, had siblings here
CASTAIC, Calif. -- Michael Svetina, 77, of Henry Mayo Road, Castaic, died July 2, 2001, in Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Valencia, Calif.
Mr. Svetina was born Oct. 30, 1923, in Farrell to Marko and Marjia Broncic Svetina.
He was a 1942 graduate of Farrell High School.
During World War II, he served as a radio technician stationed in Ireland. He attended Columbia University in New York and moved to California in 1950.
He was a freelance design engineer for Hughes Air Craft Co. He worked on the Surveyor space craft and was awarded a tie-pin replica when it landed on the moon.
Survivors include his wife, LaDonna, whom he married Feb. 1, 1957; and his children, Michael, Rebecca, Collette and Creig; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all California. Local survivors are his brother Joseph; and sisters Kathryn Svetina and Rosemary O'Leary, all Farrell. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews in this area.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John; and a sister, Marjorie S. Byrne.
Mr. Svetina was cremated and a memorial service was held July 29, 2001, in Castaic.
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