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Today's death record

  • Dr. J. Robert Brown, 90, of 1901 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
  • Esther Piazza Mullen, 96, formerly of Yankee Run Road, Masury; and South Myers Avenue, Sharon.
  • E. Wayne Spencer, 70, of 1502 Brentwood Drive, Pymatuning Township.
  • Jane H. Trice, 71, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Sharpsville.
  • Edward Van Ziccardi, 79, of 614 Euclid Ave., Grove City.


Today's obituaries
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MaryLou Weber
Dr. J. Robert Brown
Frances L. Wilson Fischer
Richard D. Mooney
  Esther Piazza Mullen
E. Wayne Spencer
Jane H. Trice
Edward Van Ziccardi

MaryLou Weber
Pastor's wife was choir director, soloist, hobbyist

A funeral service will be held Friday for MaryLou Weber, 146 Shenango St., Sharpsville. She died unexpectedly at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 3, 2002, in her residence after being stricken at home. She was 59.

Mrs. Weber was born Nov. 12, 1942, in Pittsburgh to William H. and Christina Reid Wilkenson.

A 1960 alumna of Dormont (Pa.) High School, she graduated in 1965 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and in 1967 from Boston University School of Theology.

As a member of First United Methodist Church of Sharpsville, MaryLou served as a choir director for 25 years, belonging to the church choir and the United Methodist Women.

She was an accomplished soloist, a decorative painter and a prize-winning cross-stitcher.

MaryLou loved to collect Santas and was known for her pie-making.

She was an avid reader of novels and was involved in antique collecting and genealogy.

She especially loved her grandson.

Her husband, the Rev. Richard Lee Weber, whom she married June 24, 1967, survives at home.

Surviving are: two daughters, Beth Ellen Weber, Suffield, Conn.; and Mrs. Thomas (Amy) McKean, Arvada, Colo.; her aunt, Elizabeth "Aunt Be" Wilkenson, Sharpsville; a brother, William Wilkenson and his wife Janet, Antioch, Calif.; and a grandson, Jacob L. McKean.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Program of First United Methodist Church, 148 E. Shenango St., Sharpsville 16148; or through the funeral home to Sharpsville Historical Society; or Rovers Rescue Resort-Club Pet adoption organization.

WEBER
    
MaryLou, wife of the Rev. Richard Lee Weber, 59, of 146 Shenango St., Sharpsville.
    Calling hours: 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (9-5-02) in DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME, 124 Main St., Sharpsville, and 10 a.m. to time of service Friday (9-6-02) in First United Methodist Church, Sharpsville.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday in the church.


Dr. J. Robert Brown

New Castle man was longtime veterinarian

PITTSBURGH -- Dr. J. Robert Brown, 1901 Wilmington Road, New Castle, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 4, 2002, in Life Care Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was 90.

Dr. Brown was born May 7, 1912, in Harlansburg to Frank C. Brown and Sara Peebles Brown.

A 1934 alumnus of New Castle High School, he graduated in 1937 from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine.

In 1937, he began his practice in veterinary medicine, Dr. Brown's Veterinary Clinic, which remained in operation until his death.

His professional memberships included Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Association; Northwestern Pennsylvania Polled Hereford Association; Pennsylvania Ag Republicans; Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association; Northwestern Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association; and American Animal Hospital Association.

As a member of Second Presbyterian Church in New Castle, Dr. Brown served as an elder.

He also belonged to New Castle Rotary Club; AASR Valley of New Castle; Syria Shrine Temple; Salvation Army board, New Castle; and City Rescue Mission, New Castle.

His wife, the former Margaret E. Bowers, died Sept. 1, 1999.

Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Bob (Sally) McCrumb, Valencia, Pa.; and Mrs. David (Jane) Vance, Thompson, Ohio; two sisters, Mildred Fouse, Zelienople; and Jane Book, New Castle; nine grandchildren, including four grandsons, David Vance and his wife Meghen; Mark Vance and his wife Tracy; Bob McCrumb III and his wife Sandy; and Tom Vance and his wife Nami; and five granddaughters, Peggy and her husband Jeff McConn; Becky and her husband Troy Courson; Katie and her husband David Foster; and Sarah and Jessica McCrumb; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Dr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Laura Griffith; and one brother, Thomas R. Brown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 439 Countyline St.; City Rescue Mission, 319 S. Croton Ave.; or the Salvation Army, 240 W. Grant St., all New Castle 16101.

BROWN
    
Dr. J. Robert, 90, of 1901 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
    Calling hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday (9-7-02) in R. CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
    Service: Funeral service at 4 p.m. Sunday (9-8-02) in Second Presbyterian Church, New Castle, with the Rev. Dr. Donald Aull officiating.
    Burial: Graceland Cemetery, New Castle.


Frances L. Wilson Fischer
Obituary was published 9-4-02

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. PT Saturday, Sept. 7, in Conejo Mountain Chapel. Interment will follow in Mount Conejo Memorial Park, Camarillo, Calif.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 230, Torrance, Calif. 90505.


Richard D. Mooney

MOONEY
    
Richard D., 71, New Castle RD 5.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (9-6-02) in R. CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle, and 10 a.m. to time of service Saturday (9-7-02) in First Assembly of God Church, 2021 Pulaski Road, New Castle.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church, with the Rev. Kenneth M. Meyer officiating.
    Burial: Castle View Memorial Gardens, New Castle.
    Memorial contributions may be made to City Rescue Mission, 319 S. Croton Ave.; or to Gideons International in care of Glenn Steinheiser, 101 Orange Drive, both New Castle 16101.


Esther Piazza Mullen

Former Masury, Sharon resident was homemaker

NILES, Ohio -- Esther Piazza Mullen, formerly of Yankee Run Road in Masury and of South Myers Avenue in Sharon, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening, Sept. 3, 2002, in Autumn Hills Care Center. She was 96.

Born July 31, 1906, in Sharon, Mrs. Mullen was a daughter of the late Anthony and Josephine Malley Piazza.

Esther was a homemaker, an avid golfer, gardener and traveler. She was a former member with her husband of Oak Tree Country Club in Shenango Township.

Her husband of 70 years, Roy L. Mullen, whom she married Nov. 17, 1931, passed away Feb. 9 of this year.

Survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Darlene) McBride, Brookfield; and Mrs. James (Shirley) Walsh, Hermitage; one sister, Mrs. Peter (Irene) Mantz, Middleburg Heights, Ohio; five grandchildren, Kenneth Hazlett and his wife Chrissy; Deborah Park; Mrs. Robert (Christine) Clark; Mrs. Robert (Dina) Bright; and David McBride and his wife Susan; and seven great-grandchildren, Riley McBride and Jesse Park; twins Adriene and Amy Clark; Kayla; and twins Summer and Samantha Hazlett.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary, Frances, Jesse and Edith; and two brothers, Phillip and Anthony.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Aid Society, West Market Street, Mercer 16137; or Buhl Farm Park, F.H. Buhl Trustees, 730 Forker Blvd., Sharon 16146.

MULLEN
    
Mrs. Roy L. (Esther Piazza), 96, formerly of Yankee Run Road, Masury; and South Myers Avenue, Sharon.
    Calling hours: 1 p.m. to time of service Friday (9-6-02) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. M.N. Zezzo, retired pastor, officiating.
    Interment: St. Rose Cemetery. Hermitage.


E. Wayne Spencer

Retiree was meat manager in Greenville

E. Wayne Spencer, 1502 Brentwood Drive, Pymatuning Township, died at 11:49 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. He was 70.

Mr. Spencer was born Oct. 16, 1931, in Key, Ky., to Ealy Spencer and Beaulah Pence Spencer.

He attended school in Kentucky.

Mr. Spencer was a meat manager for 20 years for D'Alfonso's Golden Dawn in Greenville. He also was a meat supervisor for Golden Dawn Foods of Sharon; H.M. Pollock in Kittanning, Pa.; and Tusco Co. in Dennison, Ohio, retiring in 1994.

He was of the Protestant faith and belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7599 in Reynolds.

Mr. Spencer enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and gardening.

His wife, the former Anna J. Yanovich, whom he married May 29, 1954, survives at home.

Also surviving are: three daughters, Terry Kerwood, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Maryanne Spencer, Glen Ridge, N.J.; and Mrs. Daryl (Catherine) Bishop, Melbourne, Fla.; four sons, John W. Spencer and his wife Diane, Tampa, Fla.; Alan E. Spencer, Greenville; Richard S. Spencer, New York City; and Ronald D. Spencer, Kingston, N.Y.; five sisters, Mabel Herron and Betty Lou Forde, both Ashtabula, Ohio; Dorothy Chapman and Shirley Spencer, both Beattyville, Ky.; and Helen Pahel, Rock Hill, S.C.; five brothers, Milton Spencer, Franklin, Ohio; Roger Spencer, Hopedale, Ohio; Herbert Spencer, Ashtabula; John Spencer, Kingsville, Ohio; and Albert Spencer, Richmond, Ky.; and five grandchildren.

Mr. Spencer was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant brother.

SPENCER
    
E. Wayne, 70, of 1502 Brentwood Drive, Pymatuning Township.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (9-5-02) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN FUNERAL HOME, 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville.
    Service: Funeral and committal service at 11 a.m. Friday (9-6-02) in the funeral home, with Monsignor Andrew H. Karg, pastor of St. Michael's Church, Greenville, officiating.
    Burial: Rickert Cemetery, Pymatuning Township.


Jane H. Trice

Former Sharpsville resident lived in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Jane H. Trice, Jefferson City, formerly of Sharpsville, died at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in St. Mary's Health Center. She was 71.

Mrs. Trice was born April 21, 1931, in Sharpsville, a daughter of Glenn and Hilda Jennings Hazlett.

She was a 1949 graduate of Sharpsville High School.

Mrs. Trice was married May 3, 1955, in Sharpsville to Chester F. Trice, who preceded her in death Oct. 8, 1996.

She worked as a payroll clerk for the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. from 1951 to 1956; for Standard Oil Co. in Detroit from 1956 to 1957; for Still Hospital in Jefferson City from 1976 to 1985; and for Public Water District 1 in Jefferson City from 1986 until her retirement in 1987.

Mrs. Trice was a member of First United Methodist Church, Jefferson City.

She is survived by: one son, Robert G. Trice and his wife Leslie A., Roswell, Ga.; two daughters, Patricia A. Trice, Holts Summit, Mo.; and Susan T. Goedde and her husband John A., Jefferson City; one brother, Glenn Hazlett, Southport, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Eric R. Trice and Mallory A. Goedde.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Trice was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Susan Young.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, 19 Jefferson Ave., Sharon 16146; the American Heart Association, 59 N. Crescent Drive, Hermitage 16148; or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1040 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh 15219.

TRICE
    
Mrs. Chester F. (Jane H.), 71, Jefferson City, Mo.
    Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (9-6-02) in HOUSER-MILLARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS -- JEFFERSON CITY CHAPEL, 2613 W. Main St., Jefferson City.
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday (9-7-02) in the funeral home chapel.
    Interment: Hawthorn Memorial Gardens, Jefferson City.


Edward Van Ziccardi

Cooper Energy retiree

of GC was WWII veteran

Edward Van Ziccardi, 614 Euclid Ave., Grove City, died at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in his residence. He was 79.

Mr. Ziccardi was born July 12, 1923, in Forestville, Pa., to John P. Ziccardi and Mary Iovino Ziccardi.

He retired in 1985 from the former Cooper Energy Service Reciprocating Products in Grove City, where he was a moulder for 39 years.

He belonged to Church of the Beloved Disciple and, since 1947, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 1895, both Grove City.

A U.S. Navy veteran, he served during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 220 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 519, both Grove City.

He also belonged to the Sons of Italy.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Emma "Annabelle" McAninch, whom he married Oct. 26, 1946; his children, a daughter, Barbara McMurrey and her husband William, Kings Mountain, N.C.; and twins, Gayle Bentz, wife of Fred, Holiday, Fla.; and Gary J. Ziccardi, husband of Ginger, Knoxville, Tenn.; one sister, Esther Campasano, Swissvale, Pa.; one brother, William D. Ziccardi, Grove City; and four grandchildren.

ZICCARDI
    
Edward Van, 79, of 614 Euclid Ave., Grove City.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (9-6-02) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday (9-7-02) 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.


PREVIOUS DEATHS
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BENDER
    
Mrs. Charles J. (Roberta Sarah) Jr., 61, of 180 Concord Road, Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 9-4-02
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (9-5-02) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday (9-6-02) in Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, with the Rev. Jason Glover, parochial vicar, as celebrant.
    Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.


CROMARTIE
    
Mattie Lou, 70, of 1014 Hamilton Ave., Farrell.
    Obituary was published 9-3-02
    Calling hours: 11 a.m. to time of service Friday (9-6-02) in Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ, 1825 Roemer Blvd., Farrell. Condolences may be sent by fax to (724) 347-1917 or by e-mail to ShannonFHLtd@netscape.net
    Service: Funeral service at noon Friday in the church, with Superintendent Wilbert G. Hadden, pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage.
    Arrangements by WILBERT L. SHANNON FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 33 Broadway Ave., Wheatland.


JOHNSON
    
Marlowe W., 77, of 206 Lynwood Drive, Hempfield Township.
    Obituary was published 9-4-02
    Service: So as to be able to include the Thiel Alumni Choir, the members of which live across the country, the memorial service is being planned for 4 p.m. Sept. 29, 2002, in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of Penn Avenue and Clinton Street, Greenville.
    Calling hours: Family will receive friends immediately after the service in the church lounge.
    Inurnment: Cremains in the Columbarium of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville.
    Arrangements by LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN FUNERAL HOME, 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.


ROSATI
    
Mrs. Louis (Concetta "Connie" E.) Sr., 87, of 1046 Fruit Ave., Farrell.
    Obituary was published 9-4-02
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (9-5-02) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Funeral Mass with time to be announced on Friday (9-6-02) in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell, with the Rev. Donald E. Berdis, pastor, as celebrant.
    Interment: St. Anthony's Cemetery, Hermitage.


RUEBERGER
    
Robert, 63, of 1980 S. Hermitage Road, Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 9-3-02
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. to-
    day (9-5-02) in JOHN A. PALISIN FUNERAL HOME, 86 Maple Drive, Hermitage. Church prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Friday (9-6-02) in St. Anthony's Church, Sharon, with the Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, Order of Friars Minor, pastor, as celebrant. Brief service at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
    Burial: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hermitage.
    Arrangements by THOMAS S. PODLEYON FUNERAL SERVICES, 86 Maple Drive, Hermitage.


VOORHEES
    
Richard N., 76, of 33 Dogwood Lane, Pine Township, formerly of Warren, Ohio; and Fenelton, Pa.
    Obituary was published 9-4-02
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday (9-7-02) in East Main Presbyterian Church, Grove City, with the Rev. David Maitland, family friend, officiating.
    Interment: Woodland Cemetery, Grove City.
    Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.



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