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Today's death record

  • James D. Curtin, 81, Hempfield Township, formerly of 126 N. High St., Greenville.
  • Nellie E. Kizima, 76, of 325 Columbia St., Sharon.
  • Maj. Terry L. McKay, 50, Norwalk, Ohio.
  • Ann E. Terpak, 81, formerly of 53 Abbey St., Girard, Ohio.



Today's obituaries
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James D. Curtin
Maj. Terry L. McKay
Herbert J. Walter
Nellie E. Kizima
  Rudolph A. 'Rudy' Krafft
Madeline I. 'Maggie' Oleszko
Ann E. Terpak
Todd Matthew Hierta

James D. Curtin
WWII vet, B&LE retiree belonged to K. of C., Elks

James D. Curtin of White-Cliff Nursing Home, Hempfield Township, formerly of 126 N. High St., Greenville, died at 9:12 p.m. Tuesday (2-4-03) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. He was 81.

Mr. Curtin was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Greenville to George A. and Mary V. Jones Curtin.

He was a 1939 graduate of the former St. Michael High School in Greenville.

Mr. Curtin served from 1942 to 1946 in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of tech sergeant.

He was a diesel electrician with the former Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad, retiring in 1982 after 40 years of service.

Mr. Curtin belonged to St. Michael Catholic Church in Greenville.

He was a third degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 1446; and a member of Benevolent and Protected Order of the Elks Lodge 145, both Greenville.

He was an avid gardener and enjoyed crossword puzzles.

His wife, Margaret "Peggy" D. DeArment, whom he married April 30, 1946, died Oct. 1, 1996.

Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Jonathan (Shirley) Slaff, New York, N.Y.; three sons, James C. Curtin, Jr. and his wife, Linda, Dunkirk, N.Y.; John E. Curtin and his wife Mary Jo, Erie; and David J. Curtin, Greenville; a brother, Phillip Curtin, Greenville; and eight grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Agnes Bauer and Mary Katherine Cleary.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael School Endowment Fund, 85 N. High St., Greenville, 16125.

CURTIN
    
James D., 81, of White-Cliff Nursing Home, Hempfield Township, formerly of 126 N. High St., Greenville.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (2-6-03) at LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday (2-7-03) at St. Michael Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dennis J. Veltri, parochial vicar, as celebrant.
    Burial: With military honors at St. Michael Cemetery, Greenville.


Maj. Terry L. McKay

'70 Mercer grad, Navy vet served with Salvation Army

NORWALK, Ohio -- Maj. Terry L. McKay, Norwalk, died Monday (2-3-03) from injuries in an auto accident. He was 50.

Maj. McKay was born July 21, 1952, in New Castle to Robert and Jean McKay. He came to the Norwalk area from Lorain, Ohio.

Maj. McKay was commissioned in 1980 in Kansas City and had served many appointments in Pennsylvania and Ohio including Cleveland, Lorain and, currently, with the Norwalk Salvation Army.

He had served as director of the Close Encounter Teen Center in Lititz, Pa., and had also been the director of the Community Center in the Lancaster (Pa.) Salvation Army.

Maj. McKay was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed spending time with his family, was an avid reader and enjoyed sports, camping and wildlife.

He graduated from Mercer High School in 1970 and attended Slippery Rock University and Millersville (Pa.) University.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Brenda Polinsky, Norwalk; his son, Ryan McKay, Norwalk; his daughter, Julie McKay, Berea, Ohio; his mother, Jean McKay Dicks, Mercer; his brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Gladys McKay, Mercer; and his sister and brother-in-law, Cpts. Robbin and Bruce Eckhart, Tiffin, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1988.

Memorial contributions may be made to Norwalk Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk 44857.

McKAY
    
Maj. Terry L., 50, Norwalk, Ohio.
    Calling hours: 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today (2-6-03) in WALKER FUNERAL HOME, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk.
    Service: Funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday (2-7-03) in First Presbyterian Church, 21 Firelands Blvd., Norwalk, with Lt. Col. Norman H. Voisey and Maj. Kenneth W. Maynor officiating.
    Burial: In Mercer.


Herbert J. Walter

Army vet, Shenango Inc. retiree worked for Goodwill

Herbert J. Walter, 3472 Sharon Road, West Middlesex, died at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday (2-4-03) in his residence after an extended illness. He was 71.

Mr. Walter was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Reno, Venango County, to Clifford and Mary Walter.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Korea Engineer Combat Unit.

Mr. Walter retired from the former Shenango Inc., Sharpsville, where he was a craneman for 30 years.

He also worked for Goodwill Industries as an apartment maintenance manager.

Mr. Walter was a member of Shenango Valley Church of God, Hermitage; Loyal Order of the Moose Farrell Lodge 55; and Wheatland American Legion Post 432. He was an avid hunter.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Aletha Bowser Keck, whom he married March 6, 1993; 10 children, Rosemary Lozier and her husband, Bruce, Sharpsville; Lawave Urbanek and her husband, Tony, Oklahoma; Diana Weir and her husband, David, California; Carolyn Canon and her husband, John, Sandy Lake; Helene Roberts, West Middlesex; David Beich and his wife, Peg, Blairsville, Pa.; Mary Howard and her husband, Wayne, Oklahoma; Randal John Walter, Ohio; Donald "Carl" Keck III and his wife, Amanda, Clark; and Clifton Keck and his wife, Lenora, Mercer; 29 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ralph Walter, Mercer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first two wives, Phyllis and Violet; and one brother.

Donations to the family may be made through the funeral home.

WALTER
    Herbert J., 71, of 3472 Sharon Road, West Middlesex.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (2-6-03) in STEVENSON-WEBB FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1142 Ridge Ave., Sharpsville. Condolences may be e-mailed to webb@surf724.com
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday (2-7-03) in the funeral home with the Rev. Gary Bryan, pastor of Shenango Valley Church of God, Hermitage, officiating.
    Burial: Findley Township Cemetery.


Nellie E. Kizima
Nellie E. Kizima, 325 Columbia St., Sharon, passed away peacefully at 11 a.m. Wednesday (2-5-03) in Nugent Convalescent Home, Hermitage. She was 76.

Obituary information was incomplete.

KIZIMA
    Nellie E., 76, of 325 Columbia St., Sharon.


    
Arrangements will be announced by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.


Rudolph A. 'Rudy' Krafft
Obituary was published 2-5-03

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 396 Buhl Blvd., Sharon 16146.

KRAFFT
    Rudolph A. "Rudy," 75, of 774 McClure Ave., Sharon.
    Calling hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (2-7-03) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to www.flynnfuneralhome.com
    Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday (2-8-03) in Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 396 Buhl Blvd., Sharon, with the Rev. Dr. Arlon K. Stubbe, pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Cremation in the funeral home crematory.


Madeline I. 'Maggie' Oleszko
Farrell homemaker was

St. Stan's church member

Mass of Christian burial will be Friday for Madeline I. "Maggie" Oleszko, 637 Fruit Ave., Farrell. She died at 6:05 p.m. Monday (2-3-03) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell, after an extended illness. She was 80.

Mrs. Oleszko was born April 28, 1922, in Hickory Township, what is now Hermitage, to Charles and Mary Breu Hassell.

She attended Farrell area schools. Mrs. Oleszko was a homemaker and, prior to that, she worked for the former Ernst Co. of Sharon for 15 years.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Sharon. Mrs. Oleszko enjoyed playing card games and was an avid bingo player.

Her husband, Frank S. Oleszko, whom she married in June 1942, died Oct. 10, 1979.

Surviving are: a daughter, Desiree Hassell, Farrell; three sisters, Mary Jane Milano, Hermitage; Doris Fennell, Hermitage; and Nancy Kitsch, West Middlesex; a brother, Jerry Hassell, Hermitage; and six whom she raised as her own grandchildren, Marge, Kim, Frank and Adam Opalenik; Frank Kuncio III; and Chase Smith.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Elizabeth Zec, Dolly Hassell and Helen Rupert; and three brothers, Edward, Ralph and infant Joey Hassell.

OLESZKO
    
Mrs. Frank S. (Madeline I "Maggie"), 80, of 637 Fruit Ave., Farrell.
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (2-6-03) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to www.flynnfuneralhome.com
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Friday (2-7-03) in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 370 Spruce Ave., Sharon, with the Rev. Jeffrey Lucas as celebrant.
    Burial: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage.


Ann E. Terpak

Homemaker formerly

lived in Girard, Ohio

Ann E. Terpak, formerly of 53 Abbey St., Girard, died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (2-4-03) in Orange Village Care Center Inc., Masury. She was 81.

Mrs. Terpak was born Aug. 31, 1921, in Youngstown, a daughter of Joe and Edna James James.

Mrs. Terpak was a homemaker.

Her husband, Edward F. Terpak Sr., died in 1961.

Survivors include: three sons, Douglas K. Terpak, Lordstown, Ohio; Donald M. Terpak, Champion, Ohio; and David B. Terpak, Warren, Ohio; three sisters, Ruth, Mary Lou and June; four brothers, Bill, Gomer, Steve and Richard; eight grandchildren, Kevin, Lisa, Nathan and Nicole Terpak; Elena Kerr; Nicoletta Stavole and Christopher and Angel Gianakos; and three great-grandchildren, Michael, Zackery and Brittany Kerr.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Raymond G. and Edward F. Terpak; and three brothers, Joseph Jr., Ray and David.

TERPAK
    Mrs. Edward F. (Ann E.), 81, formerly of 53 Abbey St., Girard, Ohio.
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday (2-8-03) in Champion (Ohio) Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Paul Gaug officiating.
    Arrangements by MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.


Todd Matthew Hierta
A memorial service will be Saturday for Todd Matthew Hierta, of 267 Plain Grove Road, Plain Grove Township, Lawrence County, formerly of Naples, Fla. He died Oct. 31, 2002. He was 47.

HIERTA
    Todd Matthew, 47, of 267 Plain Grove Road, Plain Grove Township, Lawrence County.
    Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday (2-8-03) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City, with the Rev. John Bailey, pastor of New Life Baptist Church, New Wilmington, officiating.


PREVIOUS DEATHS
Look in past days' obituary files to find the full obituaries


ANDERSON
    
Ernest, 76, of 830 Butler Pike, Mercer.
    Obituary was published 2-5-03
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (2-6-03) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.
    Service: Funeral service at noon Friday (2-7-03) in the funeral home with the Rev. Byron Harvey, pastor of Fellowship Community Church, Mercer, officiating.
    Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.


COPPINGER
    
Mrs. Walter W. (Margaret "Bee), 86, Austintown, Ohio, formerly of Girard, Ohio.
    Obituary was published 2-5-03
    Calling hours: 4 to 8 p.m. today (2-6-03) in BLACKSTONE'S FUNERAL HOME Inc., 104 E. Liberty St., Girard, and 10 a.m. to time of service Friday (2-7-03) in First Christian Church, Girard.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday in the church.
    Interment: Girard City Cemetery.


LEWIS
    
V. Marion, 94, of 28 Manor Drive, Village Park, Pine Township, formerly of West Washington Boulevard, Grove City.
    Obituary was published 2-5-03
    Calling hours: 1 p.m. to time of service Saturday (2-8-03) in the parlor of East Main Presbyterian Church, 120 E. Main St. (Route 58), Grove City.
    Service: Memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday in the church with the Rev. Dr. Donald C. Hoagland, pastor; and the Rev. Christopher J. Weichman, assistant pastor, officiating.
    Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.


MULLEN
    
Mrs. Mark E. (Joyce M.) 45, of 405 Prindle St., Sharon.
    Obituary was published 2-5-03
    Calling hours: Were 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (2-5-03) in SCOTT A BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. today (2-6-03) in the funeral home with the Rev. Galen Joe MacDonald, pastor of Sandy Lake (Township) Presbyterian Church, officiating.
    Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.


NEWBY
    
Cebenna, 43, of 1060 Baldwin Ave., Sharon.
    Obituary was published 2-5-03
    Calling hours: 11 a.m to time of service Friday (2-7-03) in Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ, 1825 Roemer Blvd., Farrell.
    Service: Funeral service at noon Friday in the church.
    Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.
    Arrangements by J.E. WASHINGTON FUNERAL SERVICES Inc., 1059 Hamilton Ave., Farrell.


PADENICH
    
Robert, 46, of 1810 N. Water Ave., Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 2-5-03
    Calling hours: 5 p.m. to time of service today (2-6-03) 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 8:30 p.m. today in the funeral home.
    Burial: St. John's Cemetery, Hermitage.


READ
    
John Winship, 85, of 304 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township.
    Obituary was published 2-4-03
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. today (2-6-03) at St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Greenville, with the Rev. Martha Ishman, rector, officiating.
    Burial: Burial with full military honors at Transfer Cemetery, Pymatuning Township.
    Arrangements by LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.



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