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Today's death record

  • Jacqueline J. Costell, 73, of 6501 Saranac Drive, Transfer.
  • Virginia "Ginny" Linn Horstman, Colorado, formerly of the Shenango ValleyNo age or exaact city given. Lisa.
  • Theodore "Ted" J. Lutz Jr., 83, of 446 S. Mercer Ave., Sharpsville, formerly of Butler, Pittsburgh and Greenville.
  • Sarah C. "Sally" Murray, 96, Mertz Towers, 52 S. Mercer Ave., Sharpsville.
  • Janet L. Ostheimer, 81, of 348 Myron St., Hubbard.
  • Mary Wiley, 63, of 601 French St., Farrell.
  • Jesse H. Wright, 89, of 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage.



Today's obituaries
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Jacqueline J. Costell
Virginia 'Ginny' Linn Horstman
Theodore 'Ted' J. Lutz Jr.
Sarah C. 'Sally' Murray
  Janet L. Ostheimer
Dorothy A. Sheatz
Mary Wiley
Jesse H. Wright

Jacqueline J. Costell
Transfer woman retired

as manager at Grant's

Jacqueline J. Costell, 6501 Saranac Drive, Transfer, died Wednesday (1-22-03) in her residence after an extended illness. She was 73.

Mrs. Costell was born Jan. 23, 1929, in Sharpsville to Irvin and Doris Hunt Kantner.

The 1947 Sharon High School graduate retired in 1976 as operations manager of W.T. Grant, where she was employed for 22 years.

She was a Protestant.

Mrs. Costell was a NASCAR fan who enjoyed crafts, jigsaws, gardening and vacationing with friends.

Surviving are: her husband, Richard "Dick" W. Costell, whom she married Dec. 29, 1948; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Sally Wheeler; and a brother, James Kantner.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Regional Health System's Hospice Home Care, 490 N. Kerrwood Drive, Suite 204, Hermitage 16148.

COSTELL
    
Mrs. Richard "Dick" W. (Jacqueline J.), 73, of 6501 Saranac Drive, Transfer.
    Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. today (1-23-03) in DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME, 124 Main St., Sharpsville.
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Friday (1-24-03) in the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Sabella, associate pastor of First Assembly of God, Hermitage, officiating.
    Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.


Virginia 'Ginny' Linn Horstman

Former local woman was First Presbyterian member

Virginia "Ginny" Linn Horstman, Colorado, formerly of the Shenango Valley, died Jan. 17, 2003, in Colorado Lutheran Home.

She was the loving wife of the late Clifford Charles Horstman and mother of three children: Clifford "Mike" Charles Horstman, Pinehurst, N.C.; Linda McAfee, Arvada, Colo.; and Karen Tolfa, deceased.

Ginny will be missed greatly by her two surviving children, eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Ginny was well thought of for her unselfish giving and kindness. She spent many years working with the crippled children's organization in Sharon and various church groups that gave back to the community. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sharon.

Cliff and Ginny loved traveling and visited places in Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and South America.

Ginny was a 1935 graduate of Margaret Morrison College with a bachelor of science in biology.

She married Cliff in 1935 and they settled in Sharpsville shortly after.


Theodore 'Ted' J. Lutz Jr.

Retiree, WWII vet was Elks, Lions member, musician

Theodore "Ted" J. Lutz Jr., 446 S. Mercer Ave., Sharpsville, formerly of Butler, Pittsburgh and Greenville, passed away at 4:59 p.m. Wednesday (1-22-03) in the coronary care unit of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 83.

Mr. Lutz was born May 14, 1919, in Crafton, Allegheny County, the son of Theodore J. Lutz Sr. and Mary Rogers Lutz.

An alumnus of Butler High School, Ted attended Pennsylvania State University, State College, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He obtained his degree while attending night classes.

Ted retired in 1984 as a branch manager for Frick and Lindsay Co., Reynolds Industrial Park, where he had been employed for more than 20 years.

He was a member of Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage. He also was a member and past president of Sharon Lions Club and a former member of Greenville County Club and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Sharon Lodge 103.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6404, Sharpsville. During his tour of duty, he served as a first lieutenant with the Army Air Corps, having spent 20 months overseas. He was the recipient of many medals including the D-Day medal from France, which he recently received, and five battle stars.

An accomplished, self-taught musician, he played the piano, organ, harmonica and concertina. Ted was also a private pilot, artist, an avid golfer, a Pittsburgh Steeler fan and, most recently, an Internet enthusiast.

He is survived by two daughters, Susan Craghead and her husband, Warren, Lynchburg, Va.; and Judith "Judy" Lutz-Woods and her husband, Brian, Fredonia, N.Y.; one son, Theodore "Ted" J. Lutz III, Russell City (DeYoung), Pa.; and nine stepchildren.

He is also survived by one sister, Mary Stehle; two brothers, Joseph Lutz and his wife, Paula; and Robert Lutz and his wife, Charlotte, all Butler; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert, in 1966; two brothers, Roger Lutz in 1945; and Richard Lutz in 2000; one sister, Nancy Hilliard in 1982; and two wives, Rita Cooper Lutz in 1985; and Agnes Flaherty Lutz in 1997.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Lions Club, 279 Case Ave., Sharon 19146.

LUTZ
    
Theodore "Ted" J. Jr., 446 S. Mercer Ave., Sharpsville, formerly of Butler, Pittsburgh and Greenville.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (1-23-03) 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 (1-24-03) in Church of Notre Dame, 2325 Highland Road, Hermitage, with the Rev. Jason A. Glover, parochial vicar, as celebrant.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage, with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6233, West Middlesex; and Wheatland American Legion Post 432.


Sarah C. 'Sally' Murray

Sharpsville homemaker

was born in Scotland

Sarah C. "Sally" Murray, Mertz Towers, 52 S. Mercer Ave., Sharpsville, died of natural causes at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday (1-22-03) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 96.

Mrs. Murray was born in Motherwell, Scotland, to Samuel H. and Mary Adkinson Cardwell.

She was a homemaker and member of First Presbyterian Church, Sharpsville.

Mrs. Murray helped with Sharpsville Service Club Santa Program and loved to play bingo.

Her husband, William J. Murray, whom she married in April 1928, died Nov. 17, 1972.

Surviving are: several nieces and nephews; one grandson, William A. Murray; and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Richard and William Murray; two sisters, Mary Newton and Margaret Thom; and four brothers, Robert, John, Samuel and Frank Cardwell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shenango Valley Children's Transplant Fund, First National Bank, 107 E. State St., Sharon.

MURRAY
    
Mrs. William J. (Sarah C. "Sally"), 96, Mertz Towers, 52 S. Mercer Ave., Sharpsville.
    Calling hours: Noon to time of service Friday (1-24-03) in DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME, 124 Main St., Sharpsville.
    Service: Funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Ronald McGinnis, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Sharpsville, officiating.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.


Janet L. Ostheimer

Hubbard woman

was secretary at plants

Janet L. Ostheimer, 348 Myron St., Hubbard, passed away in her residence on Tuesday (1-21-03) after a brief illness. She was 81.

Mrs. Ostheimer was born March 5, 1921, in Sharon, a daughter of Clyde M. and Clara A. Burwig Hoagland. She lived in the area most of her life.

She was a 1939 graduate of Sharon High School and attended the former Shenango Valley Commercial Institute of Sharon.

Mrs. Ostheimer was a secretary for General American Transportation Corp.'s former Masury plant; and later for the former Carnegie-Illinois Steel Co., Farrell. She was a member of Delta Chapter of Gradale Sorority and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her husband, Richard Ostheimer, whom she married Oct. 10, 1942, passed away March 30, 1998.

She leaves four sons, Richard Ostheimer II and his wife, Carol, Youngstown; James C. Ostheimer and his, wife Linda, Richmond, Va.; Jeffrey Alan Ostheimer, Hubbard; and Mark Ostheimer, Sharon; a daughter, Deborah Kay Nees and her husband, David, Basye, Va.; and 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family requests contributions to Sharon Regional Health System's Hospice Home Care, 490 N. Kerrwood Drive, Suite 204, Hermitage 16148.

OSTHEIMER
    
Mrs. Richard (Janet L.), 81, of 348 Myron St., Hubbard.
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (1-28-03) in St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 159 Todd Ave., Hermitage.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.
    Arrangements by STEWART-KYLE FUNERAL HOME, 407 W. Liberty St., Hubbard.


Dorothy A. Sheatz

Sandy Lake homemaker was active in church, GOP

Funeral and committal service will be Friday (1-24-03) for Dorothy A. Sheatz, 2571 Mercer St., Sandy Lake. She died at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday (1-21-03) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville, after a brief illness. She was 84.

Mrs. Sheatz was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Mill Creek Township to Samuel and Mary Patton Martin.

She was a 1937 graduate of the former Sandy Lake High School.

She was a prideful homemaker. She was a consummate wife and devoted mother.

The lifetime member of New Lebanon Community Church, Mill Creek Township, was very active in the church for more than 60 years. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Stoneboro Chapter 110. She served as the local Republican committeewoman for several years.

She married Charles Wesley Sheatz on March 25, 1938, and he preceded her in death Aug. 19, 1988.

She is survived by two daughters: Yvonne M. Gilmore, wife of William J. Gilmore III, Sandy Lake; and Cheryl L. Procner, Raleigh, N.C.; one son, Mark W. Sheatz, Sandy Lake; two grandsons, Troy Wesley Shoemaker, Boca Raton, Fla.; and Mark Allen Shoemaker, Mercer; and two great-granddaughters, Ashley Shoemaker and Melissa Shoemaker, both Mercer.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St., Sandy Lake 16145.

SHEATZ
Mrs. Charles Wesley (Dorothy A.), 84, of 2571 Mercer St., Sandy Lake.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (1-23-03) in SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
    Service: Funeral and committal service at 11 a.m. Friday (1-24-03) in New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St. (Route 173), Mill Creek Township, with Dr. Richard C. Steinlechner, pastor, and the Rev. William C. Merritt, pastor emeritus, co-officiating.
    Interment: New Lebanon Cemetery, Mill Creek Township.


Mary Wiley

Mary Wiley, 601 French St., Farrell, died Wednesday (1-22-03) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 63.

Obituary information was incomplete.

WILEY
    
Mary, 63, of 601 French St., Farrell.
    Calling hours: 10 a.m. to time of service Saturday (1-26-03) in New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 909 Lee Ave., Farrell.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church with Rev. Clevon Dukes, pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage


Jesse H. Wright

Hermitage man retired

from Westinghouse

Jesse H. Wright, 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage, died at 6:28 p.m. Tuesday (1-21-03) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 89.

Mr. Wright was born Dec. 22, 1913, in Homestead, Pa., to Harry and Lyda Myford Wright.

He retired as a machine operator from Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp.

Mr. Wright was a former member of Hickory United Methodist Church, Hermitage.

His wife, the former Joan Yeager, whom he married June 14, 1940, died Sept. 20, 1996.

Surviving are: two daughters, Joyce Davis and her husband, Arthur, Hermitage; and Joanna Scott and her husband, James, Sharon; one son, Jeffrey Wright and his wife, Christine, Moyock, N.C.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Wolf; and a brother, Harry Wright.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hickory United Methodist Church, 240 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage 16148.

WRIGHT
    
Jesse H., 89, of 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage.
    Calling hours: 1 p.m. to time of service Friday (1-24-03) in STEVENSON-WEBB FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1142 Ridge Ave., Sharpsville. Condolences may be e-mailed to webb@surf724.com
    Service: Funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. G.H. Trumbo Jr., pastor of Hickory United Methodist Church, Hermitage, officiating.
    Burial: Hadley Cemetery.


PREVIOUS DEATHS
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BEST
    
Mrs. Herbert A. (Elizabeth "Libby" A.), 70, of 103 Goetsch Road, Sugar Grove Township.
    Obituary was published 1-22-03
    Calling hours: Were 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (1-22-03) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN FUNERAL HOME, 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. today (1-23-03) in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Douglas, senior pastor of Greenville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Hempfield Township, officiating.
    Burial: Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville.


CAMPMAN
    
Albert H. Jr., 74, of 29 Hamilton Ave., Wheatland.
    Obituary was published 1-21-03
    Calling hours: Were 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (1-22-03) and are 10:30 a.m. to time of service today (1-23-03) 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 11:30 a.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. David J. Henderson, pastor of Wheatland-Farrell United Methodist Church, Wheatland, officiating.
    Internment: Reickert Church Cemetery, Pymatuning Township.


FRIEDNAMER
    
Mrs. John C. "Jack" (Florence Elizabeth DuRell), 96, of 900 Dogwood Lane, Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 1-21-03
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday (1-24-03) in West Middlesex Presbyterian Church, 3082 Main St., with the Rev. John Hicks, retired minister, officiating.
    Burial: Cremation.
    Arrangements by JOHN A. PALISIN FUNERAL HOME, 86 Maple Drive, Hermitage.


FRITZ
    
Mrs. Ralph S. (Myrtle L.), 85, West Salem Township, formerly of 158 Heckman Road, Delaware Township.
    Obituary was published 1-22-03
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (1-23-03) in ROBERT L. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 169 Second St., Fredonia; and 10 a.m. to time of service Friday (1-24-03) in St. John's Lutheran Church, 10 Beil Hill Road, Delaware Township.
    Service: Funeral and committal service at 11 a.m. Friday in the church with the Rev. Ronald Harbaugh, pastor, officiating.
    Interment: Delaware (Township) Cemetery.


IFFT
    
Robert L., 74, of 340 N. Perry Highway, Coolspring Township.
    Obituary was published 1-22-03
    Calling hours: 1 p.m. to time of service Friday (1-24-03) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.
    Service: Memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. William P. Crooks, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Mercer, officiating.
    Burial: Findley Township Cemetery.


KUHNS
    
Edmund L., 74, of 169 Brook Drive, Brookfield.
    Obituary was published 1-21-03
    Calling hours: Were 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (1-22-03) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Service: Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. today (1-23-03) in St. Bernadette Church, 7808 Locust St. S.E., Masury, with the Rev. John Lody, pastor, as celebrant.
    Burial: Private.


LAIRD
    
Gilbert "Jake," 81, of 32 Hermitage Hills Blvd., Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 1-22-03
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (1-23-03) 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 11 a.m. Friday (1-24-03) in Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 2090 Mercer-West Middlesex Road (Route 318), Lackawannock Township, with the Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson, pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.


MILLER
    
Mrs. Edward T. (Rita M.), 84, of 2186 Flint Drive, Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 1-21-03
    Calling hours: Were 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (1-22-03) 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 10 a.m. today (1-23-03) in St. Joseph Church, 79 Case Ave., Sharon, with the Rev. Marc Stockton, parochial vicar, as celebrant.
    Burial: St. Rose's Cemetery, Hermitage.



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