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Local news Saturday, May 18, 2002 newsie
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Today's death record

  • Stanley F. Bitenz, 86, of 811 Harmony-Fisher Ave., Ellwood City.
  • John Edward Kephart, 49, of 2415 Custer Orangeville Road, Hartford.
  • Adolph Pacifico, 93, of 539 Lafayette St., Sharon.


Today's obituaries
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Stanley F. Bitenz
John Edward Kephart
  Catherine Kiester
Adolph Pacifico

Stanley F. Bitenz
Ellwood City retiree had sister living in Sharpsville

NEW CASTLE -- Stanley F. Bitenz, 811 Harmony-Fisher Ave., Ellwood City, died at 10:35 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2002, in the hospital of Jameson Health System. He was 86.

Mr. Bitenz was born Oct. 10, 1915, in Sharon to Frank Bitenz and Helen Peterson Bitenz.

He was employed at Aetna Standard in Ellwood City as a chief inspector and, after retiring, did field service and consulting for the company.

Mr. Bitenz was a very active member of St. Agatha Worship Site, Holy Redeemer Parish, Ellwood City.

He also enjoyed golfing and gardening.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Mary H. Zele, whom he married on Oct. 2, 1937, at home; two daughters, Patricia Mollick, New Castle; and Elizabeth Package, Kingston, Ohio; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Helen Lange, Sharpsville.

Mr. Bitenz was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Stanley E. Bitenz; and two brothers, Frank and Rudolph Bitenz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Angel Fund of Holy Redeemer Parish, 124 Fifth St.; Ellwood City Public Library, 510 Crescent Ave., both Ellwood City 16117; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

BITENZ
    
Stanley F., 86, of 811 Harmony-Fisher Ave., Ellwood City.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday (5-19-02) in JOSEPH A. TOMON JR. FUNERAL HOME, 123 Fifth St., Ellwood City.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Monday (5-20-02) in St. Agatha Church, Ellwood City.
    Interment: Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Ellwood City.


John Edward Kephart

Self-employed carpenter was dachshunds breeder, handler

John Edward Kephart of 2415 Custer Orangeville Road, Hartford, died at 10:53 a.m. Thursday (5-16-02) in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, following an extended illness. He was 49.

Mr. Kephart was born June 18, 1952, in Sharon, a son of Jasper and Irene Bordell Kephart.

He served our country in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Kephart was a self-employed carpenter for 31 years, working under the name of Kephart Construction. He was also nationally known as a breeder and handler of American Kennel Club Dachshunds.

His memberships included St. Anthony's Church, Sharon; the Dachshund Club of America; and the Central Ohio Dachshund Club.

In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and all outdoor activities.

Survivors include: his wife, the former Joanne Karlovic, whom he married Jan. 22, 1981; two sons, John E. Kephart Jr. Pittsburgh; and Shawn Kephart, Slippery Rock; four brothers, Charles Bordell, Hermitage; and George, Richard and Jasper Kephart, all Sharon; and one sister, Linda Negrea, also Sharon.

Mr. Kephart was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Larry Kephart; and a sister, Joanne Hummel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trumbull County Humane Society, 409 Harmon Ave. NW, Warren, OH 44483.

KEPHART
    
John Edward, 49, of 2415 Custer Orangeville Road, Hartford.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (5-19-02) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Service: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday (5-20-02) in St. Anthony's Church, Sharon, with the Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, Order of Friars Minor, pastor, as celebrant.
    Burial: Hartford Township Cemetery.


Catherine Kiester

Sharon High School graduate was homemaker

A funeral service will be held Monday for Catherine Kiester, 745 Dutch Lane, Hermitage, formerly of Forker Boulevard, Sharon. She died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2002, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System after an extended illness. She was 49.

Mrs. Kiester was born Feb. 19, 1953, in Bellefonte, Pa., to Harry Rutherford Sr. and Betty Hockenberry Rutherford.

She attended Sharon High School.

A homemaker, Catherine enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting, cooking, camping, boating, fishing and gardening.

Surviving are: her former husband, Harold Kiester Sr., Mesa, Ariz.; a daughter, Michelle Kiester, with whom she made her home; three sons, Todd Kiester, Farrell; Harold M. Kiester Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.; and Chad E. Kiester, Hermitage; a brother, Harry Rutherford Jr., Sharon; and four grandchildren, Nicole, Chrissy and Paige Kiester, all Virginia Beach; and John Wansor Jr., Hermitage.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

KIESTER
    
Catherine, 49, of 745 Dutch Lane, Hermitage, formerly of Forker Boulevard, Sharon.
    Calling hours: 5 p.m. to time of service Monday (5-20-02) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to www.flynnfuneralhome.com
    Service: Funeral service at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Larry Haynes officiating.
    Burial: Cremation in the funeral home.


Adolph Pacifico

Sharon man born in W.Va. was National Castings retiree

Adolph Pacifico, 539 Lafayette St., Sharon, died at 1:25 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2002, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System after being stricken at home. He was 93.

Mr. Pacifico was born Nov. 26, 1908, in Morgantown, W.Va., to Adolph Pacifico and Olivea Leone Pacifico.

He retired in 1973 as a chipper and grinder from the former National Castings Division of Midland-Ross Corp., Sharon, where he worked for 35 years.

Mr. Pacifico enjoyed hunting and gardening.

His wife, the former Thelma Cameron, whom he married April 14, 1940, died Oct. 5, 1991.

Surviving are: a son, Joseph and his wife Margie Ser, Farrell; two sisters, Laura Vaccaro and Minnie Valentino, both Hermitage; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Mr. Pacifico was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Emma Mazza, Jennie Wiley and Corinda Squalis; a brother, Weda Pacifico; and a grandson, Roy Ser.

PACIFICO
    
Adolph, 93, of 539 Lafayette St., Sharon.
    Calling hours: 11 a.m. to time of service Monday (5-20-02) in STEPHEN J. SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage.
    Service: Funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.
    Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.


PREVIOUS DEATHS
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BERNARD
    
Mrs. Walter L. (Vera M. Kozar), 92, Hermitage, formerly of Shenango Boulevard, Farrell.
    Obituary was published 5-16-02
    Calling hours: 9 to 10:30 a.m. today (5-18-02) In A.E. PUSTINGER FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 1310 Idaho St., Farrell. Condolences may be e-mailed to pustinger@adelphia.net
    Service: Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. today in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell, with the Rev. Donald E. Berdis, pastor, as celebrant.
    Burial: St. Ann's Cemetery, Hermitage.


CLARK
    
Mrs. George Paul (Hilda S.) Sr., 88, Boardman, Ohio, formerly of Woodside Drive, Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 5-16-02
    Calling hours: Were Friday (5-17-02) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE MEMORIAL HOME Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. today (5-18-02) in the memorial home, with the Rev. William G. McCoy, pastor of New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, officiating.
    Interment: Fair Oaks Cemetery, New Wilmington.


DARDEN
    
Mrs. Randolph R. (Tina M.), 86, of 117 Florida St., Farrell.
    Obituary was published 5-16-02
    Calling hours: 10 a.m. to time of service today (5-18-02) in WILBERT L. SHANNON FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 33 Broadway Ave., Wheatland. Friends may also call in the home of Hasco Darden, deceased's son, 930 Emerson Ave., Farrell. Condolences may be sent by fax at (724) 347-1917 or by e-mail to shannonfhltd@netscape.net
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. today in the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert E. Chavers, pastor of Community Missionary Baptist Church, Farrell, officiating.
    Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.


HUDAK
    
Emil G., 87, New Castle, formerly of 260 Shenango Blvd., Farrell.
    Obituary was published 5-16-02
    Calling hours: Were Friday (5-17-02) and 10 a.m. to time of service today (5-18-02) in JOHN A. PALISIN FUNERAL HOME, 86 Maple Drive, Hermitage.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. today in the funeral home, with the Rev. Bruce Allen, pastor of First United Methodist Church, New Castle, officiating.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage, with committal service in the cemetery chapel.


KING
    
Mrs. Gene R. (Grace Adelia Craig), 69, of 448 E. Main St., Grove City.
    Obituary was published 5-16-02
    Calling hours: Were Friday (5-17-02) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. today (5-18-02) in the funeral home, with Monsignor Edward J. Zeitler, pastor of Church of the Beloved Disciple, Grove City, officiating.
    Interment: Crestview Memorial Park Inc., Pine Township.


MAGNER
    
John H. Jr., 80, of 1 Eastwood Drive, Hempfield Township.
    Obituary was published 5-16-02
    Calling hours: Were Friday (5-17-02) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial with committal prayers at 10 a.m. today (5-18-02) in St. Michael's Church, Greenville, with the Rev. Dennis J. Veltri, parochial vicar, as celebrant. Following Mass, a military service will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7599, Reynolds.
    Burial: Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh.


STEELE
    
Samuel A., 75, of 284 Tait Road, Coolspring Township.
    Obituary was published 5-17-02
    Calling hours: Were Friday (5-17-02) in ROBERT L. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 169 Second St., Fredonia.
    Service: Funeral and committal service at 11 a.m. today (5-18-02) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Philip Chalfant, pastor of Coolspring Presbyterian Church, Fairview Township, officiating.
    Interment: Millbank Cemetery, Fairview Township.


VINCENT
    
Mrs. Dean O. (Mae Ellen Christy), 87, East Lackawannock Township, formerly of State Street, Grove City.
    Obituary was published 5-17-02
    Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday (5-19-02) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Monday (5-20-02) in the funeral home, with the Rev. John K. Jefferis, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Grove City, officiating.
    Interment: Crestview Memorial Park Inc., Pine Township.



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