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Today's death record

  • Maude G. Purdie, 95, Sharon, formerly of Sharpsville and Wynnewood, Pa.
  • Sanford C. Rinda, 84, of 3252 McCleary Jacoby Road, Cortland.

Today's obituaries
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M. Ruth Fields
Maude G. Purdie
  Sanford C. Rinda
John A. Marino
William Young

M. Ruth Fields
Stoneboro homemaker was native of Salem, Ohio

A funeral service will be held Friday for M. Ruth Fields of Stoneboro. She died Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, 2002, in Hamot Medical Center, Erie. She was 80.

Mrs. Fields was born Sept. 30, 1921, in Salem, Ohio, to Ralph and Mary Grice Martin.

She graduated from Salem High School in 1939 and married Dale R. Fields on July 24, 1942.

Mrs. Fields was a lifelong homemaker and was of the Protestant faith.

She was a member of the Sandy Lake Bowling League for several years and enjoyed sewing, cooking, and working jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles.

Mrs. Fields is survived by: three daughters, Barb Heckman and Mrs. James (Linda) Lewis, both Stoneboro; and Betty Doyle, Sandy Lake; two sisters, Ethel Lyons, Phoenix; and Betty Catlos, Salem; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers, Robert, Carl and Frank Martin; and a sister, Mildred Sherban.

Mrs. Dale R. (M. Ruth), 80, Stoneboro.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (1-31-02) in ALEXANDER FUNERAL HOME, 1154 Walnut St., Stoneboro.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday (2-1-02) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Ed Gresick, pastor of Stoneboro United Methodist Church, officiating.
    Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.

Maude G. Purdie

Retired art teacher was volunteer, had brother here

Maude G. Purdie, a resident of Clepper Manor in Sharon, formerly of Sharpsville and Wynnewood, Pa., died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002 in Clepper Manor. She was 95.

Miss Purdie was born April 25, 1906, in Rutherglen, Scotland, to John and Elizabeth Taylor Purdie.

A graduate of Farrell High School, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in education and art from Edinboro State Teacher's College, now known as Edinboro University.

Miss Purdie taught art in the Lower Merion (Pa.) School District for more than 40 years and completed advanced classes in art education at Pennsylvania State University, as well as from many accomplished artists.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Ardmore, Pa.; Pennsylvania State Education Association; Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Association; and National Education Association.

After her retirement, Miss Purdie spent many hours as a volunteer at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, and traveled extensively, continuing her appreciation of the arts.

Surviving are: one sister, Mrs. B.E. (Evelyn) Cooper, Sun City West, Ariz.; two brothers, William Purdie, Sharon; and James Purdie, Westerville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Miss Purdie was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Elizabeth McCandless; and one brother, George Purdie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 1040 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh 15219.

Maude G., 95, Sharon, formerly of Sharpsville and Wynnewood, Pa.
    Calling hours and service: None.
    Burial: Cremation.
    Arrangements by SAMPLE-O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME Inc., East State Street at North Oakland Avenue, Sharon. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to

Sanford C. Rinda

Packard retiree was Republic Steel worker, WWII vet

WARREN, Ohio -- Sanford C. Rinda, 3252 McCleary Jacoby Road, Cortland, died of a heart attack at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in St. Joseph Health Center. He was 84.

Mr. Rinda was born Nov. 25, 1917, in New Lime, Ohio, to John S. and Hulda Johnson Rinda.

He was a 1936 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, Warren.

A lifetime resident in the Warren area, Mr. Rinda retired in 1980 after 10 years of employment at Delphi Packard Electric Systems in Warren, where he was an electrician. He previously worked for 33 years for Republic Steel in Warren.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II.

Mr. Rinda was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Warren.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR and Outlaws races.

Surviving are: his second wife, the former Yvonne "Pat" Mustake, whom he married Aug. 3, 1978, Cortland; four sons, Thomas Rinda, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Jeffrey Rinda, San Diego; and Sanford C. Rinda Jr. and Christopher Rinda, both Cortland; one stepson, Victor Ferko, Sidney, Ohio; three daughters, Judith Crane, Los Angeles; Jill Palmer, Dublin, Ohio; and Susan Rinda, San Francisco; 10 grandchildren; three brothers, John W. Rinda, Robert E. Rinda and Harlan I. Rinda, all Warren; and one sister, Dorothy L. Rinda, Hubbard.

Mr. Rinda was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Kathleen Rinda, who died Nov. 5, 1977.

Sanford C., 84, of 3252 McCleary Jacoby Road, Cortland.
    Calling hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (2-1-02) in CARL W. HALL FUNERAL HOME, 533 N. Park Ave., Warren, Ohio.
    Service: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday (2-2-02) in St. James Roman Catholic Church, 2532 Burton St. SE, Warren, with the Rev. Charles Crumbley, pastor, as celebrant.
    Burial: All Souls Cemetery, Bazetta Township, Trumbull County.

John A. Marino

D'Onofrio's retiree was active in church, bowling

A funeral Mass will be held Friday for John A. Marino of 27 Williams Drive in West Middlesex. He passed away at 1:14 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. He was 85.

Mr. Marino was born Aug. 5, 1916, in Youngstown, a son of Joseph and Rose Bunocci Marino.

He graduated in 1933 from high school in Youngstown and moved to the Shenango Valley, settling in Wheatland following his marriage to the former Sue Dankanyin Orendi on June 5, 1954.

Mr. Marino retired in 1981 as a meat cutter from D'Onofrio's Food Center in Hermitage, where he worked for more than 20 years. He had previously been employed at the former Loblaw's in Youngstown and Sharon, where he met his wife. He also had owned and operated a grocery store in Youngstown before moving to the area.

Mr. Marino was an active member of Church of the Good Shepherd in West Middlesex, where he sang in the choir and volunteered for wedding and funeral meals. He was also a member of the church's men's club.

Mr. Marino was a member of the local meat cutters' union and a 39-year associate member of Fraternal Order of Police Rose of Sharon Lodge 3. He belonged to Knights of Columbus Council 684 in Sharon; Fourth Degree Sharon Assembly; and AARP.

An avid bowler, Mr. Marino bowled with the Thursday Night West Middlesex Merchants League at Hickory Bowl in Hermitage, where he had served as secretary for many years. He also bowled with the Monday Afternoon Senior Bowling League at Thornton Hall Lanes in Sharon, where he was currently serving as president and was a former secretary. He was a member of the Mercer County Bowling Association Inc. Board of Directors and was a sergeant-at-arms for the Pennsylvania State Bowling Association.

As a seaman first class in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Marino served during World War II from 1940-46.

He enjoyed gardening and traveling in the United States with his family.

A devoted husband and father, he leaves his wife of 47 years, Sue, at home.

Mr. Marino also leaves: one daughter, Mrs. Paul E. (Mary Ann) Moore, Sharon; one son, John "Jack" A. Marino and his wife Lucille, Boardman, Ohio; one daughter-in-law, Linda Jo Orendi, Greenville; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard M. Orendi; two brothers, Joseph and Anthony Marino; and one sister, Mary.

Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Good Shepherd, 3613 Sharon Road, West Middlesex 16159.

John A., 85, of 27 Williams Drive, West Middlesex.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (1-31-02) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Rosary recited at 6:45 p.m. by Knights of Columbus. Friends may also e-mail condolences to
    Service: Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday (2-1-02) in Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex, with Monsignor Salvatore P. Mitchell, retired priest, as celebrant. Brief prayer service at 9:45 a.m. in the funeral home.
    Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage, with full military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6233, West Middlesex; and American Legion Post 432, Wheatland.

William Young

Obituary information remains incomplete.

    William, 98, of 1001 Sherman Ave., Sharon.
    Arrangements will be announced by J.E. WASHINGTON FUNERAL SERVICES Inc., 1059 Hamilton Ave., Farrell.

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

Mrs. Glenn H. (Yvonne J.), 71, of 5070 Cassidy Road, Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 1-29-02
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (1-31-02) in STEPHEN J. SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage. Wake service at 8:45 p.m.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Friday (12-1-02) in Church of the Sacred Heart, Sharon, with the Rev. Stanley J. Swacha, pastor, as celebrant.
    Entombment: St. Rose Mausoleum, Hermitage.

Mrs. Franklyn "Bud" (Georgia Romaine Peters), 76, of 416 Oakland Ave., Grove City.
    Obituary was published 1-30-02
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (1-31-02) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday (2-1-02) in the funeral home, with the Rev. John K. Jefferis, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Grove City, officiating.
    Interment: Crestview Memorial Park, Pine Township.

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