Local news Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002
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Sarah Mae Odem
Homemaker was active in Community Baptist Church
Sarah Mae Odem, 1141 Fruit Ave., Farrell, passed away at 7 a.m. Friday (11-1-02) in the home of her daughter, Ruth, 389 Emerson Ave. in Farrell. She was 67.
Mrs. Odem was born April 1, 1935, in Goodwater, Ala., to Morgan Burton and Henrietta Carmichael Burton.
She attended Goodwater schools and was a homemaker.
As a member of Community Missionary Baptist Church in Farrell, Mrs. Odem belonged to the Pastor's Aide; the missionary group; and the kitchen committee.
She enjoyed fishing and gardening and adored flowers and plants.
Her husband, Fred L. Odem, whom she married April 4, 1953, survives at home.
She also leaves: three daughters, Peggy A. Burns, wife of Samuel L.; and Theresa J. Odem and Ruth M. Odem, all Farrell; three sons, Timothy L. Odem and his wife Mavis C., Sharon; and Willie F. Odem and his wife Tammy A.; and Derrick A. Odem, both Farrell; 20 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Mrs. Odem was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Margaret and Tina Odem; one brother, James Burton; and two great-granddaughters, Dante R. Scarbrough and Justice A. Odem.
Farrell native was retired Greenville school teacher
Frank Hetra, John XXIII Home, Hermitage, formerly of Greenwood Drive, Hermitage, died of natural causes at 9:20 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 82.
Mr. Hetra was born June 8, 1920, in Farrell to John Hetra Sr. and Anna Ondich Hetra.
A graduate of Farrell High School Class of 1938, he earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1942 and a master's in secondary education in 1947, both from Westminster College in New Wilmington.
Mr. Hetra retired in 1976 as a school teacher for Greenville Area School District.
He was a Lutheran and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Surviving are: one brother, Joseph Hetra, husband of Margaret, Erie; a sister-in-law, Margaret A. Hetra, Sharon; and a close friend, James Bowers, Hermitage.
Mr. Hetra was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Hetra Jr., former superintendent of Farrell Area School District; and George S. Hetra; and two sisters, Anna Hetra and Suzanne Hetra.
Memorial contributions may be made to John XXIII Home Auxiliary, 2250 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage 16148.
Stephen B. Kaluzne
was WWII Marines veteran
Stephen B. Kaluzne, Hermitage, died unexpectedly of natural causes at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, in his residence. He was 80.
Mr. Kaluzne was born Nov. 14, 1921, in Sharon, to Joseph A. Kaluzne and Mary Lepeta Kaluzne.
He was a graduate of the Class of 1941 at Hickory High School in Hermitage.
A World War II veteran, Mr. Kaluzne served as a corporal in the Marine Corps.
He was employed for 40 years at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., retiring in 1980 as a structural worker.
He attended Church of the Sacred Heart in Sharon and belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars Hickory Post 6166 in Hermitage.
Mr. Kaluzne was an avid golfer and woodworker.
His wife, the former Stella Gladysz, survives.
Also surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. William (Renee) Lyden, Erie; two sons, Dr. Stephen J. Kaluzne and his wife Patti Kaluzne, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Robert P. and his wife Leslie Kaluzne, Grenada Hills, Calif.; four sisters, Susan Banes and Paula Kaluzne, both Hermitage; Mrs. Patrick (Elsie) McGarry, Sherman Oaks, Calif.; and Val Zelman, Studio City, Calif.; one brother, Edward Kaluzne, Akron, Ohio; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mary Harsche, Ann Klasic and Betty Petres; and three brothers, Joseph, John and Paul Kaluzne.
Memorial contributions may be made to "First Tee," Buhl Farm Trust, Box 709, 730 Forker Blvd., Sharon 16146.
Michael, 57, of 1745 State Line Road, Shenango Township.
Service: Private memorial service will be held at the convenience of family. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to www.flynnfuneralhome.com
Burial: Cremation in the funeral home crematory.
Arrangements by JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.
Todd Matthew Hierta
Lawrence County man
was chef, volunteer
Todd Matthew Hierta, a resident since July 2000 of 267 Plain Grove Road, Plain Grove Township, Lawrence County, formerly of Naples, Fla., died at 2:05 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, in UPMC Horizon, Farrell, following a two-year illness. He was 47.
Mr. Hierta was born Nov. 18, 1954, in Birmingham, Mich., to Hans Magnus Hierta and Yolanda Ahne Hierta.
He was a graduate of Dulich College, London; Scots College, Sidney, Australia; Manila schools in the Philippines; and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Mr. Hierta played rugby, polo and was a Dressage horse rider.
Having been ill since October 2000, Todd suffered a two-year illness from complications stemming from a second liver transplant in April 1993.
As a career chef-cordon bleu, he enjoyed cooking.
While in Florida, Todd was a volunteer for the American Heart Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association and worked extensively for organ procurement and organ donation.
His wife, the former Donna Jean Rylander, whom he married Dec. 16, 1989, survives at home.
Also surviving are: his mother and stepfather, Homer LaGassey, Greenbush, Mich.; two sisters, Ebba L. Hierta, Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Helen M. Hierta, Newport Beach, Calif.; and three nieces and two nephews.
Todd was preceded in death by his father.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Todd M. Hierta to UPMC Horizon-Shenango Auxiliary Memorial Garden, 2200 Memorial Drive, Farrell 16121.
Joseph E. Menster
40-year Sharon Steel
worker lived in Ohio
MASSILLON, Ohio -- Joseph E. Menster, Massillon, formerly of Sharon, died early Friday morning, Nov. 1, 2002, in Hanover House Inc. He was 90.
Mr. Menster was born July 21, 1912, in Scottsdale, Pa., and lived in the Canton, Ohio, area since 1996.
He had worked at the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant, where he was a cost clerk for 40 years.
Mr. Menster was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Canton.
He is survived by: his wife, the former Ruth Williams, to whom he was married for 69 years; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Ronnie Menster, Plainfield, Ill.; Joseph "Richard" and Judy Menster, Canton; and William and Penny Menster, Rogers, Ark.; a daughter and son-in-law, Leslie Ann and Ben Roberts, Sunnyvale, Calif.; a sister, Eva Hudson, Dekalb, Ill.; two brothers, Edward Menster, Mulberry, Fla.; and John Menster, Youngstown; a brother-in-law, Bill Williams, North Canton; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Menster was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maude Owens Menster; a brother, Ralph Menster; and a great-granddaughter, Megan Blackwood.
Ann E. Thomas
Ann E. Thomas, Grove City, died Friday morning (11-1-02) in Grove Manor, Grove City. She was 89.
Obituary information was incomplete.
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