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Local news Friday, May 3, 2002 newsie
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Today's death record

  • Barbara Arbanas Crniak Berkovich, 100, New Wilmington, formerly of North Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage.
  • Claude D. Bish Jr., 75, of 6000 Smith Drive, Jamestown.
  • Hope L. Butler, 24, of 26 Kirkland Drive, Lot 42, Mercer.
  • Matthew Thomas Garish, 22, South Point, Ohio.
  • Helen B. McKelvey, 84, Masury.
  • Angela Moderelli, 73, Whispering Oaks, 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Apartment 327, Hermitage.
  • Florence Virginia "Ginny" Redfoot, 86, of 370 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township.

Today's obituaries
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Claude D. Bish Jr.
Hope L. Butler
Matthew Thomas Garish
  Florence Virginia 'Ginny" Redfoot
Helen B. McKelvey
Angela Moderelli
Barbara Arbanas Crniak Berkovich

Claude D. Bish Jr.
Retired electrician, ex-WE worker lived in Jamestown

Claude D. Bish Jr., 6000 Smith Drive, Jamestown, died at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002, in UPMC Horizon, Greenville, after an extended illness. He was 75.

Mr. Bish was born July 31, 1926, in Grove City to Claude D. Bish Sr. and Margaret Gertrude Englehart Bish.

As a Navy veteran, he served during World War II, having achieved the rank of EM3/C.

An electrician, Mr. Bish retired in 1991 from Cummings Inc., Fostoria, Ohio, and previously worked for 22 years at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp.

He was a life member and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7599, Reynolds; and belonged to Free and Accepted Masons Genoa (Ohio) Lodge 0433.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Patricia L. Schaffner, whom he married Oct. 12, 1946, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Barry (Claudia) Morrison, Espyville; a son, David W. Bish, Bowling Green, Ohio; four brothers, A. Lynn Bish, Bayoach Point, Fla.; A. Richard Bish, Alan D. Bish and a foster brother, George Senn, all Transfer; five grandchildren, Ronald B. Morrison Jr., West Middlesex; Kristen Chuko, Columbus, Ohio; and Jacklyn Bish, Derrick Bish and Jamie Bish, all Findlay, Ohio; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler Reed Morrison and Max Desmond Morrison, both West Middlesex; and Justice Bish, Findlay; and Colton Alexander Chuko, Columbus.

Mr. Bish was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jon Bish; and a brother, Delmore Bish.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department.

Claude D. Jr., 75, of 6000 Smith Drive, Jamestown.
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Memorial service will be held at a later date.
    Burial: Cremation services by DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME, 124 Main St., Sharpsville.

Hope L. Butler

Homemaker attended school in West Middlesex

Hope L. Butler of 26 Kirkland Drive, Lot 42, Mercer, passed away at 7:37 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002, in the intensive care unit of UPMC Horizon, Farrell, after a long illness. She was 24.

Born Dec. 6, 1977, in Sharon, Hope was a daughter of David A. and Sandra L. Kerr Peterson.

She attended schools in West Middlesex and was a homemaker.

Hope was an avid bingo player who enjoyed crocheting and listening to all kinds of music.

She was a devoted wife and mother who loved spending time with her son.

Survivors include: her husband, Craig A. Butler, whom she married Aug. 6, 1999; a son, Richard Debelak, at home; her father, Masury; her mother, Mercer; two sisters, Rebecca and Angel Peterson, both Masury; one brother, David A. Peterson, Mercer; her grandmothers, Marion Peterson, Farrell; Margaret Butler, Pulaski; and Doris Harrison, New Castle; and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins.

A daughter, Sheila Marie Debelak, preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh 15213; or the American Heart Association, 59 N. Crescent Drive, Hermitage 16148.

Mrs. Craig A. (Hope L.), 24, of 26 Kirkland Drive, Lot 42, Mercer.
    Calling hours: 10 a.m. to time of service Saturday (5-4-02) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may also e-mail condolences to
    Service: Funeral and committal service at noon Saturday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. David J. Henderson, pastor of Wheatland-Farrell United Methodist Church, officiating.
    Interment: Mount Washington Cemetery, Jefferson Township.

Matthew Thomas Garish

Ohio laborer belonged to St. Bernadette Church

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- Matthew Thomas Garish of South Point died at 7:01 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2002, in King's Daughter Hospital in Ashland, Ky. He was 22.

Matthew was born Nov. 10, 1979, in Sharon.

He was a laborer at Pyro-Chem in South Point and a member of St. Bernadette Church in Masury.

He is survived by: his wife, Laura Morrison Garish, South Point; his father, Thomas M. Garish, Masury; his stepfather and mother, Joseph P. and Gailene Miller Smith, South Point; one daughter, Abby Mae Garish, at home; one brother, Devin M. Garish, South Point; maternal grandparents, Dale J. and Marie Miller, West Middlesex; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Frances Garish, Masury; aunts and uncles, Terri and Mark Sanata, Brookfield; Charlene and John Johnson, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Ann and James Abbott, Davie, Fla.; Francis Garasic, Masury; and John Garish, Masury.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Matthew T. Garish Fund, for Abby Mae Garish, in care of National City Bank, Chesapeake Plaza, Chesapeake, Ohio 45619.

Matthew Thomas, 22, South Point, Ohio.
    Calling hours: 5 p.m. to time of service today (5-3-02) in SCHNEIDER-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, 313 Big Branch Road, Chesapeake, Ohio.
    Service: Funeral service at 7 p.m. today in the Chesapeake funeral home, with the Rev. Jason Leonard officiating; and 11 a.m. Monday (5-6-02) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.

Florence Virginia 'Ginny" Redfoot

Florence Virginia "Ginny" Redfoot, 370 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township, died at 8 p.m. Thursday (5-2-02) in her home. She was 86.

Obituary information was incomplete.

    Florence Virginia "Ginny," 86, of 370 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township.
    Arrangements will be announced by LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville.

Helen B. McKelvey

Ex-Brookfield court clerk was officer in fire units auxiliaries

Helen B. McKelvey of Orange Village Nursing Home, 8055 Addison Road SE, Masury, died at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday (5-1-02) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 84.

Mrs. McKelvey was born on July 16, 1917, in Mansfield, Mass., a daughter of William P. and Anna E. Barron Biggs.

She was a clerk for Trumbull County Courts, Eastern District in Brookfield, under the administration of its former judge, Ray Rice.

Mrs. McKelvey was the former treasurer for 15 years of Brookfield Township Fireman's Auxiliary. She also was a past president of Mercer County Fireman's Ladies Auxiliary. Her memberships also included the Trumbull County Fireman's Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are: one daughter-in-law, Delores Ann Jeffries, Masury; a grandson, William J. Jeffries, Masury; a granddaughter, Karen Bartholomew, Etters, Pa.; and a great-grandson, Logan Bartholomew.

Mrs. McKelvey was preceded in death by her parents; a son, William J. Jeffries Sr.; and a sister, Anna Williams.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brookfield Fireman's Auxiliary, 774 state Route 7 NE, Brookfield 44403.

Helen B., 84, Masury.
    Calling hours: 10 a.m. to time of service Saturday (5-4-02) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. John Benigas, pastor of Masury Methodist Church, officiating.
    Burial: Brookfield Township Cemetery.

Angela Moderelli

Angela Moderelli, Whispering Oaks, 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Apartment 327, Hermitage, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday (5-2-02) in her home. She was 73.

Obituary information was incomplete.

    Angela, 73, Whispering Oaks, 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Apartment 327, Hermitage.
    Arrangements will be announced by DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME, 124 Main St., Sharpsville.

Barbara Arbanas Crniak Berkovich

Born in Croatia, Hermitage woman owned Farrell tavern

Barbara Arbanas Crniak Berkovich, The Overlook nursing home, New Wilmington, formerly of North Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage, died at 8:44 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2002, in the hospital of Jameson Health System, New Castle, after an extended illness. She was 100.

Mrs. Berkovich was born Nov. 25, 1901, in Velika Gorica, known as Croatia, to Matt and Barbara Arbanas.

As a tavern owner in Farrell from 1940 to 1979, she owned Barbara's Cafe.

Her first husband, Michael Crniak, whom she married in 1920, preceded her in death in 1934.

Mrs. Berkovich later married Frank Berkovich in 1995. He passed away in 1997.

Surviving are: one daughter, Zora Evakich, Farrell; two grandchildren, Andrea Evakich Gierhart, Jerome, Mich.; and Steven and his wife Peggy Evakich, Sharpsville; four great-grandchildren, Barbara, Michael, Bill and Jason; and five great-great-grandchildren, Chasity, Whitney, Zachary, Michenzi and Bill.

Beside her first and second husbands, Mrs. Berkovich was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Frank (Barbara Arbanas Crniak), 100, New Wilmington, formerly of North Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage.
    Calling hours and service: Private with the Rev. Nancy Mussehl, pastor of New Wilmington United Methodist Church, officiating.
    Interment: Fair Oaks Cemetery, New Wilmington.
    Arrangements by SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.

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

Warren W., 63, of 7156 Chestnut Ridge Road, Hubbard.
    Obituary was published 5-2-02
    Calling hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today (5-3-02) in HAROLD W. STEVENSON FUNERAL HOME, 264 E. State St., Sharon. Panachida service at 8:45 p.m.
    Service: Funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (5-4-02) in the chapel of St. John's Cemetery, Hermitage, with Monsignor Michael Polanichka, pastor of St. John's Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church, Sharon, officiating.
    Interment: St. John's Cemetery.
    Arrangements by JOSEPH P. BRASHEN FUNERAL SERVICE, 264 E. State St., Sharon.

Robert "Bob," 74, of 917 Baldwin Ave., Sharon.
    Obituary was published 5-1-02
    Calling hours: 6 to 8 p.m. today (5-3-02) in WILBERT L. SHANNON FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 33 Broadway Ave., Wheatland. Condolences may be sent by fax at (724) 347-1917 or by e-mail to
    Service: Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (5-4-02) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Kevin Cooper, pastor of Greater Morris Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Farrell, officiating.
    Burial: Veterans' Section of Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage, with full military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars New Murray Bell Post 7597, Farrell.

Ruth Elizabeth, wife of Dr. George Haymaker, 99, Newtown Square, Pa., formerly of Sharon.
    Obituary was published 5-2-02
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Private funeral service will be held Saturday (5-4-02) in SAMPLE-O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME Inc., East State Street at North Oakland Avenue, Sharon, member Selected Independent Funeral Homes and the International Order of the Golden Rule. The Rev. Dr. Glenn Hink, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Sharon, will officiate. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to
    Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.

Paul R., 46, of 420 E. Beaver St., Mercer.
    Obituary was published 4-26-02
    Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday (5-4-02) in Fellowship Community Church, 300 S. Pitt St., Mercer, with Pastor Byron Harvey officiating.
    Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.

Mrs. William Kenneth (Frances M. Sidley), 96, Coolspring Township, formerly of 37 Johnston Road, Coolspring Township.
    Obituary was published 4-29-02
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (5-5-02) in Mercer United Methodist Church with the Rev. David M. Davis, pastor; and the Rev. Dr. Hugh D. Crocker, minister of visitation, officiating.
    Interment: Mercer Citizens Cemetery.
    Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.

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