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Steven M. Wogen
Steven M. Wogen, 63, of Beaver, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014, in Heritage Valley Beaver.
Born September 29, 1950, in Albert Lea, MN, he was the son of Delores J. Clough Wogen of Brighton Twp., and the late Roger A. Wogen. He was a retired baker in Stewartville, MN. He was a member of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rochester, and Life Beaver County. Steven loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Jayleen Olson Wogen.
Surviving are his sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth C. and David Hulsizer, Brighton Twp.; a brother, David P. Wogen, Wabasha, MN; two nieces and five nephews, and his aunt and godmother, Dolores Benbow, Albert Lea, MN.
There will be no public visitation. However, friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rochester. His pastor, Rev. Gregory S. Clagg, will officiate.
Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Rochester, MN.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver County Humane Society, 3394 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001.
Arrangements are by the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester.
Richard I. George Sr.
of Daugherty Township
Richard I. George Sr., 82, of Daugherty Township, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in his home, surrounded by his family.
Born May 7, 1932, in Rochester, a son of the late Wilmer H. Sr. and Geraldine Brown George, he was a retired self-employed building contractor for 50 years. He was a member of the Faith Community United Methodist Church, Daugherty Township, formerly the Zion United Methodist Church. He was a 1950 Rochester High School graduate, a retired member of the Daugherty Township Volunteer Fire Dept., a former Boy Scout Master, and a member of the New Brighton Union Lodge No. 259 F&AM.
He enjoyed his plants and greenhouse and caring for his lawn. Most importantly, he enjoyed being with his family especially his 'coffee breaks' with his siblings. He will be missed most for his witty charm and humorous sayings and has taught each of us many lessons in life.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janet Bender George; one daughter and son-in-law, Darlene A. and Wray Noel, Daugherty Township; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard I. Jr. and Marsha George, and David P. and Michelle George Sr., all of Daugherty Township; a special niece and two special nephews, Mark, Jeff and Nancy Jo, who he considered his own; four grandchildren, Justin Noel and his wife, Jodie, Center Township; Carrie LoFaso and her husband, T.J., New Brighton, and David P. George Jr. and Jenna M. George, both of Daugherty Township; five great-grandchildren, Nathan, Ryan, Brady, and Zachary Noel and Sophia LoFaso; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Wilmer H. George Jr. and his wife, Doris, Rochester Township; Robert C. George Sr., Philadelphia; a sister, Margaret Vild, Daugherty Township; numerous other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Aaron R. George.
Friends will be received Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Sister Mary Clark of the Catholic Hospice. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
The family wishes memorial contributions be given to the Daugherty Township Fire Dept., 4198 Marion Hill Road, New Brighton, PA 15066.
The family would like to give special thanks to Catholic Hospice, especially Janet Johnston and Jo Willoughby for watching over Pap.
Bona Lou (Robinson) (Vaughn) Specketer
of New Castle
formerly of Freedom and Beaver
Bona Lou (Robinson) (Vaughn) Specketer, 85, of New Castle, formerly of Freedom and Beaver, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Jameson Hospital, New Castle.
Born April 16, 1929, in Freedom, daughter of the late Roy D. and Ruth McKenna Robinson. She was a retired manager and buyer for J.C. Penney Co. in the former Northern Lights and Center Township, where she had worked for 53 years. In the course of her job, she had met the founder of the company, Mr. Penney, and spent many days with him when he would come to the Northern Lights Shopping Center to visit. Bona was the great-great-great-granddaughter of Jonathan Betz who was the founder of the town of Freedom and was also a descendant of the founder of Robinson Township. She was a member of the former Freedom United Methodist Church and had attended the Assembly of God Church in Conway.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie Haney and her husband, Kenneth Sr., New Castle; a granddaughter, Erin VanKirk Daugherty and her husband, Joseph, New Castle; a grandson, Kenneth Haney Jr. and two step-grandchildren, Ryan Haney and his girlfriend, Amy Keilman, all of New Castle; Megan (Haney) Chase, Medford, OR; two great-grandchildren, Landon Daugherty, New Castle and Kaleah Chase, Medford, OR; a cousin, Betty Barnick, Brighton Twp. and several other cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by five infant brothers.
Friends will be received Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Freedom.
William H. Harris Sr.
William H. Harris Sr. was called to rest in the arms of the Lord on Thursday, September 11, 2014.
A lifelong resident of Rochester, he was born on March 23, 1928, to the late John F. and Louise Carper Harris. He was a lifelong member of the Second Baptist Church of Rochester. In 1957, he founded Harris Cleaning Service Inc., in Rochester, which led to numerous honors, including receiving the Small Business Person of the Year Award for the State of Pennsylvania in 1982 and the Small Business Person of the Year Award for Pittsburgh, PA District in 1985.
Mr. Harris served as a Member of the Board of Governors' for the American Red Cross and was a Charter Member of the Republican Task Force. Along with the many other outstanding achievements received throughout the years from numerous organizations, he was the recipient of an award from the Pentagon's Department of Defense and received the Medal of Merit from the late President Ronald Reagan.
He leaves to cherish his memory two sons and a daughter-in-law, Timothy C. Harris, Bridgeville, PA and William H. and Lorene Harris Jr., Rochester, PA. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Dana Harris, New Brighton, PA and Alana McKee, Hopewell, PA and two step-grandchildren, Dayna Kemp, Charlotte, NC and Dan Kemp, McDonald, PA. In addition, he is survived by five great-grandchildren, Jared and McKenna and Zachary, Jacob and Isabella. He is survived by two sisters, Gloria Martin, Sharon, PA and Annie Harris, State College, PA and two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Janet Harris of Maryland and David and Betty Harris Esq. of New Jersey. He also leaves a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and his former wife and best friend, Ruth M. Whittington Harris of Rochester Twp., PA.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Dana A. Harris, 1971; a sister, Julia Duncan and brother, Ed Harris.
Friends will be received Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where a service will be conducted Thursday, September 18, at 12 Noon with the Rev. Kevin Lee officiating. Interment will follow at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Daugherty Twp.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
Aina M. Nielsen
Aina M. Nielsen, 90, of Rochester, formerly of Aliquippa and Baden, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014, in Kindred Care, Heritage Valley Beaver.
Born January 17, 1924, in Aliquippa, a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Barklett Durbin, she was a former foster grandmother with the Red Cross and had formerly worked with Conrail in Conway with the private dining room car. She was a member of the Freedom First Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Freedom FOE 1429.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Nielsen in 1982.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Harry Leasha, Freedom; a stepdaughter and son-in-law, Donna J. and Hubert Giehll, Sunny Hill, FL; five grandchildren, John and Joseph Leasha, Freedom; Lori Barto, Rochester; Maryann Mizenko, New Brighton, and Michelle Rae Giehll, California; ten great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Evelyn J. Plofchon, Mars, PA; three brothers-in-law, Kenneth and Raymond Nielsen, Arkansas, and William Nielsen, New Jersey, and seven special friends, Mary and Ronnie Eaton, Beaver Falls; John and Kathy Roebuck, Freedom; Joannie Gauss, New Brighton, and Butch and Irma Jean McKelvey.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Joseph Edward and John Paul Nielsen, five sisters and four brothers.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Ronald Kronk.
Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Freedom.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Freedom Little Bull Dogs, Freedom, PA 15042.
The family would like to thank the fourth floor staff and nurses of Rochester Manor for the care given to Aina.
Roseann DeMacio, 69, of Rochester, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014, in Friendship Ridge, Brighton Township.
Born April 23, 1945, in Rochester, a daughter of the late John Sr. and Josephine Polce Mayo. She was a housewife and was a member of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Parish, Rochester.
She is survived by her husband, Leslie A. DeMacio; one son, Eric J. DeMacio, Rochester; her mother-in-law, Mary DeMacio, Baden; one brother and sister-in-law, John Jr. and Margaret Mayo, Rochester; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jason DeMacio, in 1970; a brother, Anthony Mayo; two sisters, Margaret Tallon and Mary Mayo.
There will be no public visitation. A private blessing service will be held at St. Cecilia Cemetery, Daugherty Township. Officiating will be Father Paul Kuppe, O.F.M. Cap.
Arrangements by WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Beaver County Humane Society, 3394 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001.
Thomas J. 'Dirt' Cordes
of Miami, FL
formerly of Rochester
Thomas J. 'Dirt' Cordes, 60, of Miami, FL, formerly of Rochester, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014, in the Watercrest Care Center, North Miami Beach, FL.
Born May 30, 1954, in Beaver Falls, a son of the late Raymond G. and Helen G. Wooley Cordes, he was a construction worker with various companies in Florida. He was an Army veteran and a Catholic by faith.
Surviving are a sister, Helen G. (Hipple) Cordes, New Sewickley Twp.; seven brothers and three sisters-in-law, Joseph W. and Kim I. Cordes, Beaver Falls; David R. and Donna Cordes, Illinois; Gary A. Cordes, North Sewickley Twp.; James H. Cordes, Beaver Falls; Daniel G. and Kathy Cordes, Center Twp.; Gregory D. Cordes, New Sewickley Twp., and Matthew Cordes, Rochester, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth E. Cordes, in 2002.
There will be no public visitation. A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, September 3, 2014, in St. Cecilia Cemetery, Daugherty Twp.
Arrangements by the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester.