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Today's death record

  • Vivian L. Campbell, 85, of Apollo Beach, Fla., formerly of Greenville.
  • Mary Alberta Devore, 83, Chicora, formerly of Brady Township, Butler County.
  • Lucille M. Palanti, 86, Hermitage, formerly of Farrell.
  • Richard D. Rapuk, 50, of Wickcliffe, Ohio, formerly of Sharon.
  • Carroll Benjamin Riffe, 78, of 2435 Carlisle Drive, Transfer.



Today's obituaries
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Vivian L. Campbell
Mary Alberta Devore
Shirley Ann Simmons Dickson
Clayton S. Hanna
  Eva A. 'Mandy' Keck
Richard D. Rapuk
Rev. John McCastle
Carroll Benjamin Riffe
Lucille M. Palanti

Vivian L. Campbell
Florida woman formerly

lived in Greenville

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. -- Vivian l. Campbell, Apollo Beach, Fla., formerly of Greenville, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, in South Bay Hospital. She was 85.

Mrs. Campbell was born Jan. 24, 1917, in Ripley, N.Y., to Claude Gibbens and Irene Christ Gibbens.

She was a graduate of the former Penn High School in Greenville.

Mrs. Campbell was a past member of First Baptist Church and a past officer for White Shrine of Jerusalem Shrine 47, both Greenville.

She also belonged to WOOM Lodge 276.

Her husband, Robert Campbell, is deceased.

Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Dennis (Sherry) Yeager, Clarks Mills; and Mrs. Robert (Janet) Peterson, Apollo Beach; two sons, Ronald L. Clark and his wife Karen; and Richard A. Clark and his wife Diane, both Greenville; two sisters, Marjorie Little, California; and Shirley Pears, Greenville; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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


Mary Alberta Devore
Butler County woman worked in civil service

Mary Alberta Devore, formerly of Brady Township, Butler County, died at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, in Chicora Medical Center after a three-week illness. She was 83.

Mrs. Devore was born Oct. 25, 1919, in New Castle to Frank Lawrence Magill and Mary Elizabeth Matthews Magill.

She married Grant David Devore on Sept. 6, 1959. He preceded her in death Feb. 5 of this year.

Mrs. Devore had worked in civil service at the National Underground Storage in Boyers.

She was a member of St. John's Methodist Church in Halstead, Pa.

Surviving are: two daughters, Earlene Malinda Hagan, West Middlesex; and Donna Jean Hughes, Parker; two sons, Donald E. Beighley, Sharon; and Ronald R. Beighley, Beaver Falls; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David Beighley, who died in 1967; and two daughters, Clara Johnson and Dormae Hughes.

DEVORE
    
Mrs. Grant David (Mary Alberta), 83, formerly of Brady Township, Butler County.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today (8-8-02) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday (8-9-02) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Steve Soltis, pastor of St. John United Methodist Church, Halstead, officiating.
    Interment: Muddy Creek Cemetery, Franklin Township, Butler County.


Shirley Ann Simmons Dickson

'63 Greenville High grad was longtime GCC housekeeper

A funeral service will be held Saturday for Shirley Ann Simmons Dickson, 174 Stoneboro Road, Wolf Creek Township. She died at 6:46 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, in Pew Fine Arts Center of Grove City College following an apparent heart attack. She was 55.

Mrs. Dickson was born Nov. 29, 1946, in Meadville to Wallace B. Simmons and Mable Clarke Simmons.

A 1963 graduate of Greenville High School, she was employed for 25 years in the housekeeping department of Grove City College.

Mrs. Dickson was of the Protestant faith.

She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren, and was a dedicated wife and mother.

Surviving are: her husband, John D. Dickson, at home, whom she married Dec. 20, 1964; two sons, John Dale Dickson Jr. and his wife Susan, Canfield, Ohio; and James M. Dickson and his wife Amanda, Grove City; her father and stepmother, Ann, Jamestown; four sisters, Mrs. Alvin (Mary) Griffith, Carol Davis and Ruth Simmons, all Greenville; and Mrs. Willis (Mildred) Hewlett, Los Angeles; one brother, Harry Simmons and his wife Nancy, Greenville; and three grandchildren, Alexis, Madison and Tyler, all Grove City.

Mrs. Dickson was preceded in death by her mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grove City Community Library, 125 W. Main St., Grove City 16127.

DICKSON
    
Mrs. John D. (Shirley Ann Simmons), 55, of 174 Stoneboro Road, Wolf Creek Township.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (8-9-02) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday (8-10-02) in the funeral home, with Monsignor Edward J. Zeitler, pastor of Church of the Beloved Disciple, Grove City, officiating.
    Interment: Union Home Cemetery, Wolf Creek Township.


Clayton S. Hanna

Former Delaware Twp.

man was longtime farmer

A funeral service will be held Saturday for Clayton S. Hanna of 294 East Ave., Greenville, formerly of 151 Cochran Road, Delaware Township. He died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday evening (8-6-02) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. He was 84.

Mr. Hanna was born Aug. 2, 1918, in New Springfield, Ohio, a son of the late Walter Roland Hanna and Mary Rebecca Siferd Hanna.

On Nov. 1, 1939, he married Clara M. Burrows, who survives.

Mr. Hanna was an area farmer for more than 51 years.

He is remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Besides his wife, Mr. Hanna is survived by: five daughters, Janet G. Parks and her husband David, Alliance, Ohio; Doris J. Stuyvesant and her husband David, Greenville; Virginia C. Folsom and her husband James, Fruitland Park, Fla.; Louise R. Myers and her husband Richard, Valdosta, Ga.; and Rebecca L. Cunningham and her husband Don, Lincoln, Neb.; six sons, Walter R. Hanna, Clarks Mills, Howard H. Hanna and his wife Glenna, Fountain, Fla.; Milford A. Hanna and his wife Lenora, Lincoln; Clayton D. Hanna and his wife Cynthia, Stoneboro; Thomas E. Hanna and his wife Mary Ann, Fredonia; and Timothy R. Hanna and his wife Tammy, Fredonia; three sisters, Hazel Chambers, Struthers, Ohio; Martha Blosser, New Bloomfield, Ohio; and Edith Franklin, Salem, Ohio; two brothers, Eugene Hanna, Columbiana, Ohio; and Paul Hanna, Struthers; 21 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hanna was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bruce A. Hanna; a grandson, Edward Charles Folsom; a great-granddaughter, Sandra Jo Hanna; a brother, Winfield Hanna; and two sisters, an infant, Mary Hanna; and Esther Zarlingo.

The family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to Fredonia Volunteer Fire Department or Hempfield Station One.

HANNA
    
Clayton S., 84, of 294 East Ave., Greenville, formerly of 151 Cochran Road, Delaware Township.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (8-8-02) in ROBERT L. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 169 Second St., Fredonia.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday (8-9-02) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Eric Peters, pastor of Fredonia Presbyterian Church, officiating.
    Interment: With committal service in Millbank Cemetery, Fairview Township.


Eva A. 'Mandy' Keck

Sharon woman cleaned homes and businesses

A memorial service will be held Friday for Eva A. "Mandy" Keck of 502 Meek St., Sharon. She passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, in her residence of an apparent heart attack. She was 44.

Born June 12, 1958, in Sharon, Mandy was a daughter of Earl F. Sweeney of Masury and the late Barbara Ann Guthrie Sweeney.

She attended Brookfield schools.

Mandy was an extremely hard worker who cleaned homes for many families and businesses.

She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 299 in Sharon.

A Christian, Mandy enjoyed watching evangelical ministers on television, particularly John Hagee, who broadcasts on Cornerstone TeleVision network.

She was an avid walker and reader who also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Earlier in life, she and her dad, to whom she was very close, would compete against her three brothers in football.

Mandy will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her father, survivors include: her fiance, Eric Jones, at home; two sons, Roy Peter Keck Jr., serving with the U.S. Army; and Shaun Bradley Franklin Keck, Sharon; four brothers, Perry Piper, Motown, Pa.; Earl F. Sweeney II, Ohio; Darren Sweeney, Kentucky; and Daniel Sweeney, Masury.

KECK
    
Eva A. "Mandy," 44, of 502 Meek St., Sharon.
    Calling hours: 11 a.m. to time of service Friday (8-9-02) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Memorial service at noon Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Mark Thompson, parish associate pastor of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Lackawannock Township, officiating.
    Interment: Brookfield Township Cemetery.


Richard D. Rapuk

'70 Sharon grad, Vietnam vet was welder with railroad

Richard D. Rapuk of 30438 Euclid Ave., Wickcliffe, Ohio, formerly of Sharon, died Saturday (8-3-02). He was 50.

Mr. Rapuk was born in Sharon on May 12, 1952, to William and Dorothy Harkabus Rapuk.

He was a 1970 graduate of Sharon High School, where he was on the varsity football and track teams.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a corporal during the Vietnam conflict.

Mr. Rapuk was a welder with Norfolk and Southern Railroad in Cleveland.

He was of the Roman Catholic faith.

Surviving are: his mother, Sharon; two brothers, William J. Rapuk and his wife Kathy, Indiana, Pa.; and Robert M. Rapuk, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and three nephews, Kevin Lazor, Jonathan Rapuk and Michael Rapuk.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

RAPUK
    
Richard D., 50, of Wickliffe, Ohio, formerly of Sharon.
    Calling hours: None at the family's request. Condolences may be e-mailed to pustinger@adelphia.net
    Service: Private funeral service will be held Saturday (8-10-02) in A.E. PUSTINGER FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 1310 Idaho St., Farrell, with the Rev. John R. Boeckman, pastor of St. Adalbert Church, Farrell, officiating.
    Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Hermitage.


Rev. John McCastle

Ordained minister retired from Sharpsville company

A funeral service will be held on Saturday for Rev. John McCastle, Masury, formerly of Sterling Avenue in Sharon. He died at 6:51 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, in Orange Village Care Center, Masury. He was 89.

Rev. McCastle was born Sept. 5, 1912, in Greenville, Ala., to Willie McCastle and Georgia Burnett McCastle.

He was employed for 28 years as a mold chipper by Shenango Penn Mold in Sharpsville, retiring in 1977.

He graduated from American Baptist Theological Seminary. Ordained on April 2, 1989, he formerly served as an assistant pastor at First Baptist Church in Farrell. He most recently was an associate minister at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Masury.

He was an assistant at the former William H. Capitol Funeral Home in Farrell.

His wife, the former Catherine Nolan, whom he married May 20, 1946, died June 16, 1989.

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

Surviving are: four daughters, Mary Hooks, Youngstown; Ruth A. Powell, Greenville, Ala.; Mildred Shepard, Dayton, Ohio; and Connie Nicholson, Girard, Ohio; one son, Eddie McCastle, Montgomery, Ala.; two sisters, Georgia Brooks, Farrell; and Mrs. Charles (Anna L.) Hawthorne, Georgiana, Ala.; three brothers, James B. Coleman and his wife Marden, Farrell; and Louis Coleman and Robert Coleman, both Detroit; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.

McCASTLE
    
Rev. John, 89, Masury, formerly of Sterling Avenue, Sharon.
    Calling hours: 11 a.m. to time of service Saturday (8-10-02) in Mount Olive Baptist Church, Masury.
    Service: Funeral service at noon Saturday in the church, with the Rev. Raymond O. Brown, pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.
    Arrangements by J.E. WASHINGTON FUNERAL SERVICES Inc., 1059 Hamilton Ave., Farrell.


Carroll Benjamin Riffe

Carroll Benjamin Riffe, 2435 Carlisle Drive, Transfer, died at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. He was 78.

Obituary information was incomplete.

RIFFE
    
Carroll Benjamin, 78, of 2435 Carlisle Drive, Transfer.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (8-9-02) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to www.flynnfuneralhome.com
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Saturday (8-10-02) in St. Michael's Church, Greenville, with Monsignor Andrew Karg as celebrant.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage, with full military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7599, Reynolds.


Lucille M. Palanti

Former waitress belonged

to bowling league

Lucille M. Palanti of Hermitage, formerly of Farrell, died at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2002, in John XXIII Home, Hermitage. She was 86.

Mrs. Palanti was born May 11, 1916 in Arnold, Pa., to Anthony Rossi and Anne Ricciardi Rossi.

She attended New Kensington area schools and worked as a waitress at New Villa Restaurant in Farrell for more than 20 years before retiring in 1986. She had previously worked at The Wave restaurant in Sharon.

Mrs. Palanti was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Farrell and belonged to the Altar/Rosary Society.

She also bowled in a retirement league at Thornton Hall Lanes, Sharon.

She married Anthony Palanti in January of 1935. He died in April of 1975.

Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Elmer F. (Rosemarie) Baker and Mrs. Leo F. (Lucille A.) Scott Jr., both Sharpsville; two brothers, Angelo F. Rossi, New Port Richey, Fla.; and Anthony Rossi, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter; and four brothers, Nickolas, John, Sam and James Rossi.

PALANTI
    
Mrs. Anthony (Lucille M.), 86, Hermitage, formerly of Farrell.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (8-9-02) at J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Rosary service at 6:45 p.m. Friends may e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday (8-10-02) in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell, with the Rev. Donald E. Berdis, pastor, celebrating. Brief prayer service at 9:15 a.m. in the funeral home.
    Interment: St. Anthony's Cemetery, Hermitage.


PREVIOUS DEATHS
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FAIRCHILD
    
Mrs. Gerald D. (Frieda A.) Sr., 82, of 347 Ellsworth St., Sharon.
    Obituary was published 8-6-02
    Calling hours: 10 a.m. to time of service Saturday (8-10-02) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dan Salla, associate pastor of New Life Baptist Church, New Wilmington, officiating.
    Interment: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage.


NELSON
    
Mrs. Lyle S. (Ruth M.), 78, of 221è S. Broad St., Grove City.
    Obituary was published 8-7-02
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (8-8-02) in FICCA FUNERAL HOME, 203 E. Pine St., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday (8-9-02) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Robert G. McCreight, officiating.
    Interment: Findley Township Cemetery.


PULLAM
    
Mrs. C. Clyde (Julia), 74, of 84 Pullam Drive, Shenango Township.
    Obituary was published 8-7-02
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (8-8-02) in W. WAYNE CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 3126 Main St., West Middlesex.
    Service: Funeral and committal service at 11 a.m. Friday (8-9-02) in Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 710 Carnegie Ave., Sharon, with the Rev. James Wigley, retired minister, officiating.
    Burial: Haywood Cemetery, West Middlesex.



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