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Today's death record

  • Doris J. Chapin, 68, of 6325 Rice St., Winston, Ga., formerly of Hermitage.
  • Anne Economides, 84, of 678 Hazelton Road, Masury.
  • Julianna "Jay" Gancsos, 88, of 2050 N. Water Ave., Hermitage.
  • Charles E. Lauer Sr., 70, of 6827 Grove St. SE, Brookfield.



Today's obituaries
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Charles E. Lauer Sr.
Doris J. Chapin
  Anne Economides
Julianna 'Jay' Gancsos
W. Clarence 'Hick' Hickman

Charles E. Lauer Sr.
Charles E. Lauer Sr., 6827 Grove St. SE, Brookfield, died Sunday (12-29-02) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 70.

Obituary information was incomplete.

LAUER
    Charles E. Sr., 6827 Grove St. SE, Brookfield.
    Arrangements will be announced by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.


Doris J. Chapin

WINSTON, Ga. -- Doris J. Chapin, 6325 Rice St., Winston, formerly of Hermitage, died at 3:15 p.m. Thursday (12-26-02) in her home after an extended illness. She was 68.

Obituary information was incomplete.

CHAPIN
    Mrs. Raymond (Doris J.), 68, of 6325 Rice St., Winston, Ga., formerly of Hermitage.
    Arrangements will be announced by HAROLD W. STEVENSON FUNERAL HOME, 264 E. State St., Sharon.


Anne Economides

Anne Economides, 678 Hazelton Road, Masury, died at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (12-29-02) in O'Brien Memorial Nursing Home, Masury. She was 84.

Obituary information was incomplete.

ECONOMIDES
    Anne, 84, of 678 Hazelton Road, Masury.
    Arrangements will be announced by MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield.


Julianna 'Jay' Gancsos

Homemaker was a 1932 graduate of Farrell High

Julianna "Jay" Gancsos of 2050 N. Water Ave., Hermitage, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday (12-28-02) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. She was 88.

Mrs. Gancsos was born July 29, 1914, in Farrell, a daughter of George and Anna Janocko Dvoryak.

Julianna was a homemaker and a 1932 graduate of Farrell High School.

Her memberships included Grace Lutheran Church in Farrell, where she was a member of their COTTA Society; the church choir; and the German Ladies Aid. She was also active in the Salvation Army Senior Citizens group.

Her husband, George P. Gancsos, whom she married on March 31, 1933, died Nov. 6, 1997.

Survivors include: one son, Kalman George Gancsos, Hatteras, N.C.; two daughters, Jean Samol, Sharpsville; and Connie DePreta, Sharon; two sisters, Anne Parker, Farmington Hills, Mich.; and Katherine Mamone, Hermitage; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Gancsos was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Roger Samol; two brothers, George and Albert Dvoryak; and three sisters, Helen Burnace, Gertrude Miller and Margaret DeMaria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 660 Fisher Hill, Sharon 16146.

GANCSOS
    
Mrs. George P. (Julianna "Jay"), 88, of 2050 N. Water St., Hermitage.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (12-30-02) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (12-31-02) in the funeral home.
    Burial: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage.


W. Clarence 'Hick' Hickman

40-year Sawhill worker also

played mandolin in band

A funeral service will be held Tuesday for W. Clarence "Hick" Hickman, Countryside Convalescent Home, East Lackawannock Township, formerly of Hermitage. He died of natural causes at 4:24 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, in UPMC Horizon, Farrell, after an extended illness. He was 90.

Mr. Hickman was born July 5, 1912, in Farrell to Clement James Hickman and Millie May Roberts Hickman.

He was employed for 40 years at Sawhill Tubular Co. in Sharon, where he worked in the Finishing Department.

As a Protestant and member of First Baptist Church in Sharpsville, Mr. Hickman was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent; a deacon, trustee and choir member.

He also played mandolin in a family band, the "Tune Busters," who were featured on radio shows and at square dances.

He enjoyed woodworking, bee-keeping, gardening and hunting. Mr. Hickman also tuned pianos and served as a scoutmaster in Sharpsville.

His wife the former Edna L. Roberts, whom he married on April 20, 1934, died on Sept. 19, 1999.

Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Gayle) Cranford, Hermitage; a son, David N. Hickman, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Howard (Sara Velma) Freedle, Sharpsville; two grandchildren, Mrs. Thomas (Jennifer) Rhatigan, Severna Park, Md.; and Mrs. Burke (Joanna) Roberts, Camp Hill, Pa.; and two great-grandchildren, Benjamin Roberts and Kyra Rhatigan.

Mr. Hickman was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Mildred Peterson Hurl, Edna Pearl Hoch and an infant, Elsie Hickman.

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

HICKMAN
    
W. Clarence "Hick," 90, East Lackawannock Township, formerly of Hermitage.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (12-30-02) in DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME, 124 Main St., Sharpsville.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (12-31-02) in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Glenn Hink, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Sharon, officiating.
    Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.


PREVIOUS DEATHS
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CHASE
    
John B., 81, of 4024 Wynwood Drive, South Pymatuning Township.
    Calling hours: 10 a.m. to time of service Tuesday (12-31-02) 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 noon Tuesday in the funeral home with Monsignor John B. Hagerty, pastor of Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, officiating.

Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, Hermitage.


MOHNEY
    Mildred B., 99, Beaver County, formerly of Pittsburgh and Barkeyville.
    Calling hours: 11 a.m. to time of service today (12-30-02) in JAMISON FUNERAL HOME, 117 N. Main St., Harrisville.
    Service: Funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Terry Weyan Jr., pastor of Church of the Nazarene, Grove City, officiating.
    Burial: Old Log Cemetery, Irwin Township, Venango County.
RAGSTER
    Rev. Jonathan L., 43, of 842 Cedar Ave., Sharon.
    Calling hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (1-1-03) in Second Baptist Church, 1138 Spearman Ave., Farrell. Condolences may be sent by fax to (724) 347-1917 or by e-mail to ShannonFHLtd@netscape.net
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday (1-2-03) in Mount Olive Baptist Church, 663 Barkeyville Road, Pine Township, with the Rev. Richard L. Roberts, pastor of Valley Baptist Church, Farrell, officiating; and the Rev. Alphonse Allen, pastor of Unity African Methodist Episcopal Church, Xenia, Ohio, as eulogist.
    Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.
    Arrangements by WILBERT L. SHANNON FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 33 Broadway Ave., Wheatland.
THORNE
    
Robert C., 67, of 217 Madison Ave., Grove City.
    Obituary was published 12-28-02
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (12-30-02) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
    Service: Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (12-31-02) in the funeral home.
    Interment: Crestview Memorial Park Inc., Pine Township.



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