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Today's death record

  • Elizabeth Burnett, 53, Meadville.
  • Jennie R. DeRosa, 78, New Castle.
  • Joseph A. Jurisek, 86, of 504 Hull Street, Sharon.

Today's obituaries
M. Kathryn Pahon
M. Kathryn Pahon, of 339 East Jamestown Road, West Salem Township, formerly of Owensboro, Ky., died Thursday (11-29-01) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. She was 89.

She was born Nov. 16, 1912 in Burghill, Ohio to George Cassius and Myrta Brockway Fell.

Mrs. Pahon was a 1930 graduate of Vernon High School.

She was employed as a sales associate for Interstate Department Store in Owensboro for more than 20 years before retiring in 1975.

A resident of the Cortland area since 1993, Mrs. Pahon was a member of the Burghill Baptist Church, Burghill, Ohio.

She enjoyed flowers, playing bingo and spending time with family.

Her husband, Michael K. Pahon, whom she married Sept. 23, 1940, preceded her in death on June 1, 1993.

Surviving are: one sister, Evelyn B. McKinley, Astabula, Ohio; one brother, James A. Fell, Cortland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Pahon was preceded in death by her parents, three infant children, Richard, Cinthia and Sueann Pahon; and a brother, Willard Fell.

Mrs. Michael K., (M. Kathyrn), 89, of 339 East Jamestown Road, West Salem Township, formerly of Owensboro, Ky.
    Calling Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday (12-03-01) in BAUMGARDNER FUNERAL HOME, 8569 Main St., Kinsman, Ohio.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (12-04-01) in the funeral home with Rev. Steven E. Voelker, pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Kinsman Cemetery, Kinsman, Ohio.

Elizabeth Burnett

Meadville woman was church leader, office manager

Elizabeth Burnett, 1082 East Alley, Meadville, went home to her Lord Thursday (11-29-01) in Hamot Medical Center, Erie. She was 53.

She was born July 28, 1948 in Zebulon, Ga. to K.C. and Ida Ruth Burnett.

Ms. Burnett was a 1966 graduate of Meadville High School.

She was employed as office manager for 18 years for Pattersons Auto Wrecking, Cochranton.

Ms. Burnett was a lifelong member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church where she was a licensed minister scheduled for ordination credentials in the summer of 2002. She would have been the first "home grown" preacher to come from St. John's in the church's 85 years of service in the Meadville area, along with the first woman minister at St. John's.

Her church leadership roles included: assistant superintendent of Sunday school; Sunday school teacher; minister in charge of pastoral care; and was named minister in charge of Women's Ministry. She formerly served as youth leader, was actively involved in the Allegheny Union Baptist Association where she served as secretary for many years. She was also involved in the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship and she preached at various places.

Surviving are: two daughters, Laurie Johnson and her husband Duane; and Patricia Burnett, all of East Lansdowne, Pa.; three sons, Paul Burnett, Laurel, Md.; Michael Burnett, Austin, Texas; and Donald Burnett, Meadville; six sisters, Anna Ruth Smith, Erie; Genell Brown, Jacksonville, Fla.; Betty Jenkins, Harrisburg; Melissa Burnett, Meadville; Melinda Brown and her husband Ross, Pittsburgh; Millicent Burnett, Pittsburgh; seven brothers, Eddie Joe Burnett, Melville Gene Burnett and Marvin Burnett, all Meadville; Robert Lewis Burnett, Las Vegas, Nev.; Winifred Morris Burnett, Florence, S.C., Marshall Burnett, Turner Falls, Mass.; Wayne Burnett, Erie; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Crawford Unit, 464 Pine St., Meadville, 16335.

Elizabeth, 53, of 1082 East Alley, Meadville.
    Calling hours: 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (12-04-01) in BYHAM-MILLER-MIZNER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, Pa.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday (12-05-01) in St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Meadville.
    Interment: Greendale Cemetery, West Mead Township.

Jennie R. DeRosa

New Castle woman was co-owner of DeRosa Bakery

Jennie R. DeRosa, 401 Winter Road, New Castle, died Saturday morning (12-01-01) in Jameson Memorial Hospital, New Castle. She was 78.

She was born March 8, 1923, in New Castle, to Arturo and Charlotte Matteo DiNucci.

Mrs. DeRosa was the former co-owner of DeRosa Bakery, New Castle.

She was a member of St. Vitus Church, New Castle.

Surviving are: her husband, Anthony DeRosa, Sr., whom she married Nov. 16, 1940, at home; two daughters, Dorinda Walsh, New Castle, and Toni Lee Butkowski, Clinton, Miss.; one son, Anthony DeRosa, Jr., Kinsman, Ohio; one sister, Delores Alessio, New Castle; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Mangino and Louise Dantonio; and four brothers, Michael, Steve, Tony and Frank.

Mrs. Anthony, (Jennie R.) Sr., 78, of 401 Winter Road, New Castle.
    Calling hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Monday (12-03-01) in ED & DON DeCARBO FUNERAL HOME, 941 S. Mill St., New Castle.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at noon Tuesday (12-04-01) in St. Vitus Church, New Castle.

Joseph A. Jurisek

Sharon man loved polka music; attended Notre Dame

Joseph A. Jurisek, 504 Hull Street, Sharon, passed away peacefully at 5:04 a.m. Saturday (12-01-01) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System following an extended illness. He was 86.

He was born May 17, 1915 to John and Mary Matey Jurisek.

Mr. Jurisek had been employed by the Parker-Hannifan Co., Cleveland, where he worked in the shipping department.

He attended Notre Dame Church, Hermitage.

Mr. Jurisek loved polka music and in his earlier years enjoyed playing baseball. He will always be remembered as a gentle man who was kind to everyone he met.

His wife, Anna Rose Mikulin, whom he married May 26, 1943, preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 2000.

Surviving are: a niece, Gloria M. Jurcisek, Cleveland; and one nephew, John Jurcisek, Macedonia, Ohio.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by three infant siblings and two brothers, John and Stephen Jurcisek.
Joseph A., 86, of 504 Hull Street, Sharon.
    Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday (12-03-01) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1090 East State Street, Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences to
    Service: Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday (12-04-01) in the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, with the Rev. John B. Hagerty, as celebrant.
    Internment and committal service: Buhl Chapel, Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.

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

Mrs. Frank Paul (Clara Margaret), 90, of 435 North Broad St., Grove City, formerly of Jefferson, a borough in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

    Obituary was published 12-1-01

    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (12-02-01) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday (12-03-01) in the funeral home with Dr. Donald C. Hoagland, pastor of East Main Presbyterian Church, Grove City, officiating.
    Interment: Jefferson Memorial Park, Allegheny County.

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