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Today's death record

  • Helen Knapik Craig, 87, Howland Township, Trumbull County.
  • L. McClure "Mac" Lanning, 93, of 600 Slippery Rock Road, Butler County, formerly of Shadyside and Upper St. Clair.
  • Sarah "Sal" Robertson Linn, 97, Mount Pleasant, Mich., formerly of Sharon.
  • Linda Kay McCarthy, 61, of 3565 Goldner Lane, Lordstown, Ohio.
  • Edythe T. Schehl, 80, Sharon, formerly of 3317 N. Hermitage Road, Transfer.
  • Mario Trotta, 85, of 326 Pierce Ave., Sharpsville.


Today's obituaries
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Sarah 'Sal' Robertson Linn
Helen Knapik Craig
Edythe T. Schehl
  Mario Trotta
L. McClure 'Mac' Lanning
Linda Kay McCarthy

Sarah 'Sal' Robertson Linn
Former Sharon woman was GCC graduate, supporter

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Sarah "Sal" Robertson Linn, Mount Pleasant, formerly of Sharon, died quietly in her sleep on Friday afternoon, May 3, 2002, in her home in Mount Pleasant at the age of 97.

Sarah was born July 20, 1904, in Sharon to Mott and Bessie Collins Robertson. She was the great-great-granddaughter of Hugh McKean, a gunsmith and early settler of Coolspring Township.

In her youth, she attended East Side Church (Baptist-Disciples of Christ), Sharon, and the former Gamble Grade School. She graduated president of her Sharon High School Class of 1922.

Mrs. Linn was a lifelong supporter of Grove City College, where she was a member of Sigma Delta Phi Sorority. She graduated as the class historian in 1926.

She married Edward Voit Linn on Aug. 19, 1926, at the Robertson Farm on Robertson Road in Hermitage, where they made their home. They moved their family to Washington Street in Sharon in 1936. She remained there through World War II while her husband was serving in the Navy Seabees in the Pacific theater of operations.

Following her husband's death in 1965, she sold her farm in Jefferson Township and shared an apartment with her sister, Isabel Thompson, in Hermitage.

She drove for Meals-on-Wheels; was past president of the former Sharon General Hospital Auxiliary; and was a past worthy matron of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 156, Farrell. She also played bridge to benefit the Crippled Children's Home.

In 1986, she and Isabel moved to Sarasota, Fla. At the age of 90, she moved to Maplewood, an assisted living home in Mount Pleasant, so she could be looked after by her family.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sharon.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.

Sarah is survived by: a daughter, Marcia Linn Johengen, Mount Pleasant; a son, Dr. Mott R. Linn and his wife Ruth, Harleysville, Pa.; six grandchildren, Edward A. Johengen and Mott Johengen, both Mount Pleasant; Carole Battaglia and her husband Anthony, Rochester Hills, Mich.; Diane Johengen, Lexington, Ky.; Mott R. Linn Jr., North Oxford, Mass.; and Charles Linn and his wife Debbie, West Chester, Pa.; and four great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service is being planned at her home in Mount Pleasant. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Sharon.


Helen Knapik Craig
Howland Township woman managed club's dining room

WARREN, Ohio -- Helen Knapik Craig, Howland Township, Trumbull County, died at 6:51 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2002, in St. Joseph's Health Center, Warren, following a period of declining health. She was 87.

Mrs. Craig was born Aug. 13, 1914, in Clymer, Pa. a daughter of the late Stephen Knapik and Mary Zrelac Knapik.

Mrs. Craig was employed as the dining room manager at the Trumbull Country Club from 1949 until her retirement in 1965. Prior to that she had worked as a waitress at Cafe 422 in Warren.

Mrs. Craig had lived in the Howland area for most of her life and attended Howland High School.

She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church in Warren and Howland SCOPE Senior Center.

Mrs. Craig enjoyed playing cards, gardening and traveling.

Her husband, Michael Craig, whom she married on Feb. 18, 1933, died Dec. 14, 1997.

Surviving are: three daughters, Judith Bailey, Roaming Shores, Ohio; Helen Swift, Rio Verde, Ariz.; and Fran Henry, Shaker Heights, Ohio; a son, Retired Lt. Col. Michael P. Craig, Scottsdale, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, George Knapic, Warren; and two sisters, Ann David, Warren; and Margaret Stella, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Craig was preceded in death by one grandson; three brothers, Steven, John and Michael Knapik; and one sister, Mary Morris.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Sts. Peter and Paul School, 180 Belvedere NE, Warren, Ohio 44483.

CRAIG
    
Mrs. Michael (Helen Knapik), 87, Howland Township, Trumbull County.
    Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (5-7-02) in ROBERT H. ROBERTS-CLARK MEMORIAL HOME Inc., 180 Garfield Drive NE, Warren, Ohio. Prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
    Service: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday (5-8-02) in Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church, Warren, with the Rev. John Koza, pastor, as celebrant. Brief service at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
    Entombment: Pineview Mausoleum, Warren.


Edythe T. Schehl

Transfer woman was security officer, volunteer

Edythe T. Schehl, Sharon, formerly of 3317 N. Hermitage Road, Transfer, died at 10:29 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002, in Clepper Manor, Sharon, after an extended illness. She was 80.

Mrs. Schehl was born Feb. 10, 1922, in Bell Ellen, Ala., to Franklin Teague and Effie Mae Clay Teague.

She graduated in 1939 from high school in Alabama and attended one year of college.

Mrs. Schehl retired in 1985 after three years as a security officer for Shenango Valley Mall in Hermitage.

At one time, she volunteered at Mercer County Crippled Children's Home.

Her husband, Herbert A. Schehl, died Aug. 4, 1985.

Surviving are: a daughter, Linda J. Schehl, Transfer; a stepdaughter, Connie Meszaros, Farrell; two sons, H. Franklin Lawrence, Longwood, Fla.; and Roger C. Lawrence, Thonosassa, Fla.; two stepsons, John W. Schehl, Dallas; and Timothy J. Schehl, Hubbard; five grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

Mrs. Schehl was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Maurice Teague.

SCHEHL
    
Mrs. Herbert A. (Edythe T.), 80, Sharon, formerly of 3317 N. Hermitage Road, Transfer.
    Calling hours: None. Friends may also e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday (5-6-02) in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell, with the Rev. Donald E. Berdis, pastor, as celebrant.
    Interment: St. Peter's Cemetery. Butler.
    Arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.


Mario Trotta

Shenango retiree served in the Italian Army

Mario Trotta, 326 Pierce Ave., Sharpsville, died Saturday afternoon (5-4-02) following a brief illness. He was 85.

Mr. Trotta was born Oct. 2, 1916, in Italy, a son of Sebastiano Trotta and Maria Fiorini Trotta.

He was educated in Italy, served during World War II in the Italian Army and moved to the United States in 1957.

A very hard worker, Mr. Trotta retired from Shenango Inc. in Sharpsville, where he worked as a furnace operator for 15 years. Following his retirement, he became self-employed.

He was a member for more than 45 years of St. Bartholomew's Church in Sharpsville.

Mr. Trotta enjoyed gardening.

His wife, the former Angela DeSantis, whom he married Aug. 10, 1941, survives him at home.

He is also survived by: a daughter, Mrs. Anthony J. (Maria) Digiacomo, Saegertown, Pa.; a brother, Giuseppe Trotta and his wife Tomasina, Italy; a sister-in-law, Marcella Trotta, Endicott, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Angela Digiacomo and Anthony Digiacomo III.

Mr. Trotta was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

TROTTA
    
Mario, 85, of 326 Pierce Ave., Sharpsville.
    Calling hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Monday (5-6-02) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may also e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday (5-7-02) in St. Bartholomew's Church, Sharpsville, with the Rev. John S. Lynch, pastor, as celebrant.
    Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.


L. McClure 'Mac' Lanning

Retired school owner, WWII vet was honored by groups

L. McClure "Mac" Lanning, 600 Slippery Rock Road, Butler County, formerly of Shadyside and the Upper St. Clair areas of Pittsburgh, died at 4 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002, in Trinity Living Center, Grove City, after a brief illness. He was 93.

Mr. Lanning was born May 9, 1908, in Greenville to Lester G. Lanning and Birdie McClure Lanning.

He was a graduate of Thiel College in Greenville and later became a trustee of the college.

Mac was retired after 31 years as a teacher, owner and headmaster of The University School, a private school in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh.

He attended West Liberty United Methodist Church in West Liberty borough, Butler County.

Mac was a member of Slippery Rock Lions Club and was a founder and director of Youth Opportunity Unlimited on the North Side of Pittsburgh. He was also a founder and supporter of Pennsylvanians for Right to Work in Harrisburg.

Mac was a recipient of many achievement awards including the Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions International; Gilbert Love Award; and Alumni Association Award, both from Thiel College; Citation for Distinguished Service from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology; and Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation.

A World War II Navy veteran, he served in the Pacific theater.

His wife, the former Florence Cornforth, whom he married June 19, 1941, died Aug. 21, 1999.

Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. Vern (Karen) Hawkins, Houston; and two sons, Dr. Richard C. Lanning, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and Robert W. Lanning, Slippery Rock.

Mac is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He also leaves two special friends, Grace Schermerhorn, Wesley, Pa.; and Celeste Fodor, Slippery Rock.

Besides his wife, Mac was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Liberty United Methodist Church, 135 Church Road, Slippery Rock 16057.

LANNING
    
L. McClure "Mac," 93, of 600 Slippery Rock Road, Butler County, formerly of Shadyside and Upper St. Clair, both Pittsburgh
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (5-10-02) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday (5-11-02) in the funeral home, with the Rev. James Lewis, pastor of West Liberty United Methodist Church, Butler County, officiating.
    Interment: West Liberty Cemetery, Butler County, with full military honors by the New Castle Area Honor Guard.


Linda Kay McCarthy

Lordstown woman was devoted to family

WARREN, Ohio -- Linda Kay McCarthy, 3565 Goldner Lane, Lordstown, Ohio, died at 6:06 p.m. Friday evening (5-3-02) in Trumbull Memorial Hospital of Multiple Myeloma. She was 61.

Kay was born Jan. 15, 1941, in Meadville, a daughter of Boud and Reva Deeter Heffernan.

She was a member of Rocky Grove Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin.

Kay was a 1959 graduate of Cochranton High School.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother and loved to travel and read.

Kay is survived by: her husband, John McCarthy, whom she married April 30, 1960, in Cooperstown, Pa.; one daughter, Robyn and her husband Ron Darocha, Lordstown; and their three children, Jason, Matthew and Heather Darocha; her mother, Reva Hogg, Cooperstown; a brother, Darryl "Jack" and his wife Judy Heffernan, Cochranton; aunts and uncles; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Memorial contributions may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation.

McCARTHY
    
Mrs. John (Linda Kay), 61, of 3565 Goldner Lane, Lordstown, Ohio.
    Calling hours: 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (5-6-02) in LANE FUNERAL HOME, 1350 N. Canfield-Niles Road, Mineral Ridge, Ohio. Condolences may be sent to www.lanefuneralhomes, com
    Service: Funeral service at 1 p.m. Tuesday (5-7-02) in the funeral home.
    Burial: Lordstown Cemetery.


PREVIOUS DEATHS
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MODERELLI
    
Mrs. Guy. A. (Angela B.), 73, Whispering Oaks, 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Apartment 327, Hermitage, formerly of Sharpsville.
    Obituary was published 5-4-02
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (5-5-02) in DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME, 124 Main St., Sharpsville.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Monday (5-6-02) in Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, with Monsignor John B. Hagerty, pastor, as celebrant.
    Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.
REDFOOT
    
Mrs. Paul F. (Florence Virginia "Ginny"), 86, of 370 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township.
    Obituary was published 5-4-02
    Calling hours: 2 to 5 p.m. today (5-5-02) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday (5-6-02) in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Aland D. Smith, pastor of Hillside Presbyterian Church, Greenville, officiating.
    Burial: With committal service at Millbank Cemetery, Fairview Township.
SHAFFER
    
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Emmett C. Jr., 76, of 1954 Warner Road NE, Brookfield.
    Obituary was published 5-4-02
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (5-5-02) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Service: Requiem Mass at 1:30 p.m. Monday (5-6-02) in Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, Vienna.
    Burial: Brookfield Township Cemetery.


GARISH
    
Matthew Thomas, 22, South Point, Ohio.
    Obituary was published 5-3-02
    Calling hours: Were Friday in SCHNEIDER-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, 313 Big Branch Road, Chesapeake, Ohio.
    Service: Funeral service was Friday 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.



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