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CEO's widow was active
in church, community life
A funeral service will be held Tuesday for Catherine Phillips Evans, formerly of 3640 Mount Hickory Blvd., Hermitage, and currently residing at 506 Brookfield Ave., Masury. She died at 2:25 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2003, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 89.
Mrs. Evans was born Dec. 28, 1913, in Sharon, a daughter of the late George and Catherine Griffith Phillips.
Mrs. Evans was an active and lifetime member of First Baptist Church in Sharon.
She graduated from Sharon High School in 1931 and had been employed as the chief telephone operator for Strouss' department store in Youngstown for 18 years.
On Sept. 23, 1939, she married Henry G. Evans who was former chief executive officer of the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant. He died on Jan. 1, 2000.
She was a past president of the Sharon General Hospital Auxiliary, Unit I, and was recognized as a life member of the auxiliary.
Her civic leadership was also noted as a life member of Mercer County Crippled Children's Society, now known as Mercer County Children's Aid.
She enjoyed the outdoors and was a member of Sharon Country Club, Greenville Country Club, Youngstown Country Club, as well as the Iroquois Club of Conneaut Lake and the Youngstown Club.
Surviving are: four nieces, Mrs. Reese (Shirley) Jones, Brookfield; Mrs. Frank (Faith) Kachaylo, Sharon; Mrs. James (Beverly) Forsythe, Hermitage; and Mrs. Robert (Carole) McMasters, Newton Falls, Ohio; and five nephews, John "Jack" W. Bingham and his wife Mary Jane, Hermitage; James C. Phillips, Fort Myers, Fla.; Harvey "Buck" Phillips and his wife Gail, Chapin, S.C.; Donald "Butch" Wiseman and his wife Gail, Cranberry Township; and Dr. Paul Bodamer and his wife Barbara, Darien, Ga. She is also survived by several great-nieces and -nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Cecil, Reese and Harvey Phillips; and two sisters, Beatrice Goehrig and Florence Sheridan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to West Hill Ministries in care of First Baptist Church, 301 W. State St., Sharon 16146.
Westinghouse retiree also worked for Sharon Steel
BRUNSWICK, Ohio -- A funeral service will be held Wednesday for Fred Hurd, 857 Penny Drive, Brunswick, formerly of First Avenue, Sharon; and Ocala, Fla. He passed away of natural causes early Saturday morning, March 8, 2003, in Rolling Hills Health Care Center. He was 96.
Mr. Hurd was born Jan. 6, 1907, in Sharon.
He attended Sharon schools and was employed for more than 30 years at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., where he was a mechanic. Mr. Hurd previously worked for the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant.
He enjoyed bowling.
His first wife, Jessie, passed away in 1970. His second wife, the former Alyce Calvin, passed away in 1992.
Surviving are: two stepdaughters, Carol Calvin, Florida; and Karen Buxton and her husband Donald, Florida; one son, Donald Hurd and his wife Rita, Brunswick, with whom he lived; two stepsons, James Calvin and his wife Sharon, Florida; and Robert Calvin and his wife Mary, Sharon; one granddaughter, 10 stepgrandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.
Beside his first and second wives, Mr. Hurd was preceded in death by his parents.
Janie Y. Adams
Mercer woman was nurse's aide, Protestant
Janie Y. Adams, of East Market Street in Mercer for the past 7èyears, passed away at 12:48 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, in her residence after a brief illness. She was 60.
Born April 21, 1942, in Grove City, Mrs. Adams was a daughter of James R. and Sarah J. Schrecengost McMurdy.
She was married first to John R. Shellhammer, who passed away on Oct. 23, 1990. She then married James A. "Buck" Adams on March 11, 1995, who survives.
Mrs. Adams was employed at Orchard Manor, Pine Township, as a nurse's aide for the past 25 years. She was a Protestant by faith and graduated from Victory Joint School in Irwin Township, Venango County.
Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. Jeff (Janie L.) Wetzel, Polk, Pa.; and three sons, John O. Shellhammer and his wife Shirley, Harrisville; James M. Shellhammer and his partner Greg, Kansas City, Mo.; and Jody W. Shellhammer, Sharon. Also surviving are her stepchildren: James A. Adams and his wife Patricia, St. Mary, Ga.; Charles E. "Ed" Adams and his wife Donna, Grove City; Sue A. Adams, Anchorage, Alaska; and Paul R. Adams, Grove City.
Also surviving are: her mother, Mrs. Robert (Sarah J.) Bagnall, Mercer; seven grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Besides her first husband, Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her father, James R. McMurdy.
Farrell native worked
for National Castings
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Arthur D. Brown Jr., 1336 Church, Virginia Beach, formerly of Farrell, died on Friday, March 7, 2003, in his residence. He was 51.
Mr. Brown was born Aug. 31, 1951, in Farrell to Arthur D. Brown Sr. and Margaret Hooks Brown.
An alumnus of Farrell High School, he was employed for 17 years in the U.S. Navy, for which he was an aviation store clerk. Mr. Brown served in the Navy during Operation Desert Storm and in the conflict with Afghanistan aboard the USS George Washington and the USS Theodore Roosevelt, achieving a rank of AK II.
He also worked for National Castings Division of Midland-Ross Corp., Sharon.
Mr. Brown was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Farrell.
His wife, the former Glenda Smith, whom he married on Feb. 8, 2003, survives at the residence.
Surviving are: two stepsons, Jacob Smith and Pierre Smith, both Virginia Beach; two daughters, both of whom he reared, Marlena Dowdy, Meadville; and Tang Dowdy, Georgia; a stepdaughter, Tewanda Smith, Virginia Beach; his parents, Farrell; four brothers, Daniel M. Brown and John R. Brown, both Farrell; Roger D. Brown, Japan; and James E. Brown, Long Beach, Calif.; two sisters, Gloria Moss, Hermitage; and Judy A. Drumn, Sharon; and three grandchildren, Deonta Watson, Tia McGowan and Remont Messenburg. He leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a great-niece, Jasmine Norris.
Sandra 'Sandy' Marie Harpst
William 'Dale' Klink
Former Cooper worker was outdoorsman
William "Dale" Klink, 576 Comanche Trail, Jackson Township, died at 4:51 a.m. Sunday, March 9, 2003, in United Community Hospital, Pine Township, having been ill since August of 2002. He was 54.
Mr. Klink was born Nov. 24, 1948, in Grove City to William C. Klink and Alice P. Johnston Klink.
A graduate of Grove City High School Class of 1966, he was a machinist for five years at Rossi Precision of Mahoningtown, Pa. Mr. Klink previously worked at Cooper Energy Services Reciprocating Products, Grove City.
He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Mercer.
He was an avid hunter, golfer and fisherman and belonged to Lake Latonka Players and Latonka Fish Club.
His wife, the former Shirley V. Holmes, whom he married on Dec. 26, 1992, survives at the residence.
Also surviving are: a daughter, Dalynne, wife of Martin Sanborn, Geneva, Ohio; four stepchildren, Michael Citro, Sunrise, Fla.; Victoria Citro, Westlake, Ohio; and David Citro; and Christina, wife of James L. Ward, all Newark, Ohio; his mother, Alice Johnston Klink, Grove City; two brothers, R. Alan Klink, Germantown, Md.; and J. Edward Klink, Destin, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
Mr. Klink was preceded in death by his father.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Latonka Fish Club, 420 Latonka Drive; or the Youth Group of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Main St., both Mercer 16137.
Robert James Rowe
Retired Reznor engineer worked with Scouts
Robert James Rowe, 1956 Mercer-Grove City Road, Pine Township, died at 11:50 a.m. Sunday, March 9, 2003, in United Community Hospital, Pine Township, after being ill since December of 2002. He was 80.
Mr. Rowe was born Nov. 19, 1922, in Findley Township, to James J. Rowe and Mary Jane Greggs Rowe.
A graduate of Grove City High School, he retired in 1986 from Reznor -- a unit of Thomas & Betts, Mercer, where he was a project engineer for more than 40 years.
As a member of Balm United Methodist Church in Blacktown, he served for more than 10 years on the church administrative board and was active with the young people's group.
Through the 1960s, he was active with Boy Scouts of America as an assistant Scout master of Troop 88 in Grove City, and served as a merit badge counselor.
His first wife, the former Ida Jean Zahniser, whom he married July 22, 1945, died on May 17, 1982. His second wife, the former Elsie King Wright, whom he married on June 14, 1986, survives at the residence.
Also surviving are: five children, Diane Rea, Grove City; Deborah Thompson, wife of Robert Thompson, Mercer; Robert J. Rowe Jr., husband of Darlene, Industry, Pa.; and Kenneth J. Rowe, husband of Pat; and William D. Rowe, husband of Robin, all Mercer; one stepdaughter, Sandra, wife of Edward Fleck, Sharon; and 10 grandchildren.
Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.
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