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Mary D. Wright Wiley
Farrell homemaker served in New Hope Baptist
Funeral service will be Saturday (1-26-03) for Mary D. Wright Wiley, 601 French St., Farrell. She died at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday (1-22-03) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 63.
Ms. Wiley was born May 22, 1939, in Demopolis, Ala., to William Wright Sr. and Mamie L. Jones Wright.
She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Farrell, and its choir and usher board. Ms. Wiley also was an avid fisherwoman.
Surviving are: an adopted daughter, Rosaland Martin, Farrell; four daughters, Rochelle Denise Wiley, Hermitage; Kimberley Lynn Wiley, Hermitage; Althea Renee Johnson and her husband, Myron, Farrell; and Mary Catherine Wiley, Galvastin, Tenn.; three sons, Robert LeVerne Wright Sr., Farrell; Daniel Wayne Wiley, Farrell; and Alvin "Chip" Wiley, Jamestown, Calif.; her mother, Farrell; her companion of 20 years, Robert E. Newby, Farrell; two sisters, Amanda Phillips and her husband, Jeremiah, Brookfield; and Charlene Allen and her husband, Edward, Warren, Ohio; two brothers, Caldwell Wright, Farrell; and William Wright Jr., Farrell; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Her father preceded her in death.
Josephine Rebecca Ion
Kittanning native was active in Wheatland and Farrell
Josephine Rebecca Ion, 18 Canal St., Wheatland, died at 10 a.m. Thursday (1-23-03) in her home after an extended illness. She was 56.
Mrs. Ion was born Dec. 12, 1946, in Kittanning, Pa., to Oswaldo and Maude Wolff Gaggini.
She was an alumna of East Brady High School.
Mrs. Ion operated Vaughn's Floral Shop and Wheatland Floral Shop from 1978 through 1984.
She was employed by Farrell schools for nine years as a materials production supervisor.
Mrs. Ion was an avid member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell, and was very involved in the community.
She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Wheatland American Legion Post 432. Mrs. Ion held various offices for 34 years.
During the onset of Desert Shield in 1990, Mrs. Ion was the founder and president of the 475th Quartermaster Family Support Group in Farrell.
Mrs. Ion was a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teacher for more than 25 years at Our Lady of Fatima Church. She was a Farrell school board member and held various offices in the Parent-Educator Group in Farrell schools.
Josephine was involved in the development of Head Start of Farrell. She was involved in many various sports and music programs in Farrell schools.
She was a member of the Pythan Sisters in Wheatland and a member and officer of Wheatland Fire Ladies.
Mrs. Ion was a member of the Quilting Ladies at Our Lady of Fatima.
She raised money for the American Cancer Society and for Josie's Poseys Cookbook, which was made to raise funds for the organization.
Surviving are: her husband, Eugene D. Ion, whom she married April 20, 1968, at home; two daughters, Patricia M. Ion, Scenary Hill, Pa.; and Laura J. Roupe, Sharpsville; a son, Michael Ion and his wife, Holly, Wheatland; her parents, Cowensville, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. Kevin (Margie) Hetrick, Kittanning; and Mrs. Bernie (Elizabeth "Libby") Bundy, Watersonville, Pa.; three brothers, Charles Gaggini and his wife, Linda, Mercer; James Gaggini and his wife, Pam, Worthington, Pa.; and Lloyde Gaggini, East Brady; three grandchildren, Kerri-Lynn, Christian and Emily Roupe; and two stepgrandchildren, Cameron and Cassey Tyrpin.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 19 Jefferson Avenue, Sharon 16146; or Sharon Regional Health System's Hospice Home Care, 490 N. Kerrwood Drive, Suite 108, Hermitage 16148.
Brian Daniel Grgurich
Senior at Hickory was headed to Penn State
A funeral Mass was held Wednesday (1-22-03) for Brian Daniel Grgurich of 1549 Catalina Place, Hermitage, who passed away unexpectedly at the home of a friend on Saturday morning (1-18-03) of unknown causes. He was 17.
Brian was born Feb. 22, 1985, in Sharon, the son of Dale E. Grgurich and Theresa M. Whorten Grgurich.
A senior at Hickory High School, he was a member of both the football and track teams. Brian was accepted at Pennsylvania State University, where he had planned to attend in the fall of this year.
Brian was a loving son and brother and will be sadly missed by his parents and his sister Rebecca, with whom he lived.
He is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Mary Norene Whorten, Sharon; and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Marion L. Grgurich, Hermitage.
His paternal grandfather, William T. Grgurich, preceded him in death.
Hartford man was WWII vet, retired from ODOT
Charles Longley, 3470 state Route 7, Hartford, died at 6:35 a.m. Thursday (1-23-03) in Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Warren, Ohio. He was 76.
Mr. Longley was born Dec. 26, 1926, in Masury to Charles I. and Etta Orlinda Davis Longley.
He served in Panama with the Army during World War II.
Mr. Longley retired in 1997 from Ohio Department of Transportation, where he worked for 23 years.
He previously was a truck driver for Copey's Transfer and Frank Cross Trucking in Sharon.
Mr. Longley was a member of Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club. He enjoyed reading, watching car racing, gardening and taking care of animals. He was a great storyteller.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Barbara Hodom, whom he married Nov. 20, 1948; two daughters, Barb "Tunie" Longley and Bonny Michael and her husband, David, all Hartford; two sons, Charles Longley II and his wife, Kathleen; and Frank Longley and his wife, Cedelia, all Hartford; two sisters, Doris Szabo, Brunswick, Maine; and Edna Rado, Sharon; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Four sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Welfare League Shelter, 545 Brunstetter Road S.W., Warren, OH 44481.
Rosemary M. Askerneese Hayes
Rosemary M. Askerneese Hayes, 941 Sharon-New Castle Road, Farrell, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Thursday (1-23-03) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. She was 66.
Obituary information was incomplete.
Edwin W. Englebaugh
Edwin W. Englebaugh, 2910 Morefield Road, Hermitage, passed away peacefully at 12:05 p.m. Thursday (1-23-03) in Jameson Care Center, New Castle, following an extended illness.
Obituary information was incomplete.
Lucille M. Virostick
Kroger's retiree belonged to Carpatho-Russian church
Lucille M. Virostick, John XXIII Home, 2250 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, formerly of Lincoln Street, Sharon, died at 7:15 a.m. Jan. 23, 2003, in her residence. She was 89.
Mrs. Virostick was born Oct. 18, 1913, in Wheeling, W.Va., to Stephen and Catherine Miller Kiziminski.
She retired after 29 years at Kroger, where she was a manager in Wheeling and an assistant manager in Sharon.
The member of St. John's Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church, Sharon, was co-founder and past president of the Charity Fund of the church.
Her husband, Peter P. Virostick, whom she married July 4, 1947, died March 28, 1991.
Surviving are: five sisters, Catherine Chess, Claysville, Pa.; Frances Hewell, Snellville, Ga.; Mary Ann Kiziminski and Helen Elizabeth Kiziminski, both Elm Grove, W.Va.; and Joan DePriest, Newport News, Va.; and a brother, Thomas Kiziminski, Valley Grove, W.Va.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Carl and Edward Kiziminski; and two sisters, Marcella Stuart and Virginia Kiziminski.
Joseph 'Don' McNicholas
Active in community, WWII veteran had daughter here
Joseph "Don" McNicholas, 26 Bellaire Drive, New Castle, died Wednesday evening (1-22-03) in the hosptal of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 82.
Mr. McNicholas was born May 2, 1920, in New Castle to Patrick and Mary Travers McNicholas.
He served during World War II from Jan. 19, 1942, to Sept. 9, 1945, in the U.S. Army Air Force. Mr. McNicholas was a staff sergeant with the 305th Air Force Base Unit in Normandy and Northern France. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired from Bell Telephone Co. in 1981 as supervising service foreman in the New Castle area.
Mr. McNicholas was a Neshannock Township supervisor from 1984 to 1989. He received the Fraternal Order of Police Appreciation Award in 1989 from Lawrence County Lodge 110 for his concern, involvement and support of the Neshannock Township police department.
Mr. McNicholas was past president of Easter Seals of Lawrence County and a member of Rotary Club in Hermitage and of Bell Telephone Pioneers Club. He also belonged to First United Methodist Church, New Castle.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Edna Ruth Emery, whom he married June 12, 1948, at home; three daughters, Ruth A. McNicholas, Hermitage; Donna J. McNicholas, Pittsburgh; and Mary J. Farrington, Watkinsville, Ga.; one son, Michael J. McNicholas, Morgantown, W.Va.; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John and Thomas McNicholas.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509.
Elizabeth C. Brown
Masury homemaker was member of First U.M.
Elizabeth C. Brown, 563 Brookfield Ave., Masury, died at 5:25 a.m. Thursday (1-23-03) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. She was 86.
Mrs. Brown was born Sept. 22, 1916, in Patagonia, a daughter of Ember and Matilda Schellenberger Kloss.
She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church, Sharon.
Her husband, Samuel H. Brown, whom she married Oct. 12, 1934, died Aug. 25, 1996.
Survivors include: two sons, Larry E. Brown, Brooklyn, Ohio; and James E. Brown, Warren, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Carol) Anderson, Sharon; and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Paul Samuel Brown; two brothers, Clarence Kloss and Charles Howard Kloss; and four sisters, Nina Blair, Matilda Fette, Ellen Margaret Kloss and Margaret Marsh.
Geralyn Ann Mowry
'73 West Middlesex grad had owned cleaning service
Geralyn Ann Mowry, West Middlesex, died at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (1-22-03) in an auto accident on Millburn Road in Springfield Township. She was 48.
She was born Dec. 23, 1954, in New Castle to Earl Sherman and Loretta Champ Mowry.
Geralyn was the former owner and operator of Buffy Brite Professional Cleaning Service of West Middlesex.
She graduated in 1973 from West Middlesex High School and was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex.
She loved spending time with her daughters and her grandson, Nicholas.
Surviving are: her mother of New Castle Road, Pulaski; two daughters, Tiffanie Radford, Philadelphia; and Nicole Bralich, Greenville; two brothers, Ron Mowry and his wife, Hershey, Pa.; and Thomas Mowry, Minneapolis; one sister, Mary Jo Allen and her husband, Max, Noglas, Ariz.; and one grandson, Nicholas Hanahan, Greenville.
She was preceded in death by her father and one sister, baby Mary Ann Mowry.
Gail Ann Parker
Pymatuning Twp. woman attend MCAR workshops
Gail Ann Parker, 76 Edgewood Drive, Pymatuning Township, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday (1-22-03) at home. She was 56.
Miss Parker was born April 26, 1946, in Sharon, a daughter of Carl Z. and Myrtle B. Nelson Parker.
Gail attended MCAR workshops, Hermitage, for the last 25 years. She enjoyed music, crafts, sports and had also loved family gatherings.
During her recent Alzheimer's illness, Gail was lovingly cared for by the MCAR staff and nurses as well as expert care of Sharon Regional Health System's Hospice Home Care, Hermitage.
Survivors include: one sister, Carol Thompson and her husband, Jerry, Brookfield; two sisters-in-law, Mary Parker-Haton, Hermitage; and Nancy Parker, Treasure Lake, Pa; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, William L. and Edward A. Parker.
Memorial contributions may be made to MCAR Workshops, 850 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage 16148.
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