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Joseph James Kasunic, Jr.
formerly of Freedom
Born July 7, 1928, Joseph James Kasunic, Jr., formerly of Freedom, passed away on April 23, 2015 at the age of 86 at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Village, Cranberry.
A veteran, Joe served in the U.S. Infantry as an MP in WWII and as a decorated soldier on the front lines in The Korean War. Joe graduated from St. Vincent's Preparatory High School in Latrobe, PA in 1946. After WWII, he married Rita Werner of Freedom, PA, where they spent most of their life together. Joe worked for Armco Steel for 32 years, becoming a Foreman in Transportation. Active in St. Felix Catholic Church in Freedom, PA, he served as a lector and a member of Parish Council, the Holy Name Society, and the choir. For years, he and Rita were a fixture at daily Mass.
Loving husband for 62 years to his sweetheart, Rita Werner Kasunic, and proud father of five boys, Mickey Kasunic, Mark and Rose Kasunic, Tim Kasunic and partner, Paul Jednak, Jon and Mary Claire Kasunic and David Kasunic and partner, Michael D'Alva; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul and Teri Kasnic and a sister, Mary Ellen and Jack Smelko.
Joe was preceded in death by five brothers, Robert, Gerald, Hugh, John and Kevin.
Friends will be received on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Felix Roman Catholic Church, Freedom. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Freedom.
We love you and miss you Dad. You'll be with us forever.
Marcella (Marcie) Lowe
of Rochester Twp.
Marcella (Marcie) Lowe, at the age of 91, of Rochester Twp. passed away on April 20, 2015.
Born July 15, 1923 in Delancy, PA, Marcie was the daughter of the late John and Mary Farkas O'Lear. Marcie was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Lowe in 1988 and her daughter, Mrs. Ian (Barbara Lowe) Coles in 2013.
Surviving are her three granddaughters, Lauren Coles, (Los Angeles, CA), Amanda Coles (Naugatuck, CT), Sarah Van Winkle (Seattle, WA), one great grandson, Kenneth Charles Waterhouse IV (Naugatuck, CT), son in law, Ian Coles (Dyersburg, TN), and special niece and nephew, Evelyn and Karl Aigner (Bell Acres, PA). In addition to her husband, daughter and parents, Marcie was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret (Peggy) Stoner Ploy (Baden, PA), Agnes Novotny (Leetsdale, PA), and Mary DiNovo (Baden, PA), and one brother, Frank Patrick (Pat) O'Lear (Warner Robins, GA).
Marcie was a member of the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in New Brighton. She was active in girl scouts and enjoyed trading match covers with club members and traveling.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to special neighbors, Bonnie and John Morell for their constant help and loving care.
Friends will be received on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 7th Avenue, New Brighton. Officiating will be Father Tom Kredel.
Entombment will follow in Sylvania Hills Mausoleum, Daugherty Twp.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marcie's name to the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 1851 Third Street, New Brighton, PA 15066 or Rochester Public Library, 252 Adams Street, Rochester, PA 15074.
Elena C. Nudi
Elena C. Nudi, 94, of Freedom, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the Heritage Valley Sewickley, following a courageous battle and rehabilitation following surgery. She was a mother from heaven with a beautiful smile.
Elena was born February 19, 19021, in Tussio Province L’Aquila, Italy, a daughter of the late Gaetano and Ida Rosa DiBartolomeo. She was a member of St. Felix Roman Catholic Parish, Freedom, where she was a Christian Mother. She was an excellent cook having attended a cooking school in Italy and had worked at the former Didio’s Restaurant in Rochester, Ambridge Country Club, Sewickley Holiday Inn and the St. James Catholic School in Sewickley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph F. Nudi, on January 3, 1996; a sister, Rosa Fabrizi; a brother, Dante DiBartolomeo, and a granddaughter, Monica A. Nudi McQuillen.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Richard G. and Judith A. Nudi, Marietta, GA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Eda and Luciano Giordani, Baden, and Maria and Giovanni Spagnoli, Freedom; five grandchildren, Marco Giordani and his wife Jennifer, Gino Spagnoli and his wife Samantha, Rosa Giordani, Antonio Spagnoli, and Alisa Barrau and her husband Reggie, and seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Samantha, Jeremiah, Anthony, Julia, Rachel and Leonardo.
There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Felix Roman Catholic Church, 450 13th St., Freedom, PA 15042. Father Michael Greb, OFM Cap., will officiate.
Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Calvary Cemetery Fund, 450 13th St., Freedom, PA 15042 or Villa St. Joseph, West State St., Baden, PA 15005.
Lee Ann Herzog
of New Sewickley Twp.
Lee Ann Herzog, 76, of New Sewickley Twp., passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley Beaver.
Born September 15, 1938, in Portsmouth, OH, a daughter of the late James and Alice J. Williams Dobbs, she was a retired dispatcher for Beaver County 911. A Lutheran by faith, she was a member of the Unionville American Legion Auxiliary and a former member of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. She loved her children and grandchildren and was very family oriented.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Charles "Chuck" Herzog, in 2002, and a brother, David Dobbs.
Surviving are a daughter, Judith Lynn Herzog, New Sewickley Twp.; four sons and daughters-in-law, Charles C. and Janis Herzog, Columbus, OH; Daniel L. and Dawn Herzog, Clinton, MI; Robert J. and Bonnie Herzog, Selma, NC, and John H. and Susan Herzog, New Sewickley Twp.; eight grandchildren, Kristian, David, Joshua, Katherine, Jessica, Jason, Margaret and Amanda; five great-grandchildren, Bailey, Chloe, Greyson, Abigail and Macy; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Judy and Ray Otte, Palm Harbor, FL; Peggy and Ray Guzzetti, Lancaster, PA, and Rosey VanRyn, San Antonio, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received Friday 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 held Saturday at 11 a.m. The Rev. William Silver, of the First United Presbyterian Church, Bridgewater, will officiate.
Interment will be in Wagners Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery, New Sewickley Twp.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made, if desired, to the Beaver County Humane Society, 3394 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001.
George D. Craig Sr.
of Rochester Twp.
George D. Craig Sr., 86, of Rochester Twp. George arrived in paradise on Easter day, April 5, 2015.
Born November 8, 1928, in Beaver, a son of the late Oliver Ewing and Emma C. Jones Craig, he was a retired employee of the former Hydril Co., Rochester Twp., and the Beaver County Rehabilitation Center, and also retired from the Colonna Steel Corp., where he had been an industrial relations manager. He was Protestant by faith and a World War II Army veteran.
Surviving are his beautiful wife of 65 years, Gwen Miller Craig; a son and daughter-in-law, George Don Jr. and Edith Baughman Craig, Clayton, NC; a daughter and son-in-law, Patty A. and Robert Burns Cunningham III, Brooklyn, OH; three grandchildren, Patrick E. Craig and his wife Mary Elizabeth, Winston-Salem, NC; Steven A. Craig and his wife Heidi, Garner, NC, and Scott T. Cunningham, Brooklyn, OH, and four great-granddaughters, Katherine Christine Craig and Megan McKenzie Craig, Winston-Salem, NC; Cara Brianne Craig and Eavan Noel Craig, both of Garner, NC.
He was preceded in death by a brother and four sisters.
Per his request, there will no viewing. A memorial service for George D. Craig Sr. will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 423 Penn Ave., New Brighton. Officiating will be Pastor Donald W. MacNeil. A light gathering will follow at the church.
Arrangements by WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made, if desired, to a favorite charity of choice.
Mary K. "Honey" Morgan
and Punta Gorda, FL
Mary K. "Honey" Morgan, 88, of Beaver and Punta Gorda, FL, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, in the Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley Beaver.
Born July 25, 1926, in Rochester a daughter of the late William E. and Margaret Crawford Howe, she was a retired employee with the former Bell Telephone Co. for 40 years in the Rochester office. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Beaver and formerly a member of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Parish, Rochester. She was a proud member of the Bell Telephone Pioneers and a charter member of the R-S Bellco Credit Union. She was also a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Rochester B.P.O.E. No. 283.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald N. Morgan, in 2002; one brother, William J. Howe, in 2009; two sisters-in-law, Mary Grace Howe and Ellen M. Howe.
She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dennis E. and Lorraine L. Morgan, Center Twp.; David W. and Carlotta Morgan, Monaca; Mark R. Morgan and his significant other, Mary McDeavitt, Punta Gorda, FL; one grandson, Derrick C. Morgan, Monaca.
As per Honey's wish, there will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Rochester Twp. Officiating will be Father Bob Miller of SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Beaver.
Interment will be in Beaver Cemetery.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to SS. Peter and Paul Church, Angel Fund, 200 Third Street, Beaver, PA 15009 or the Beaver Library, 100 College Avenue, Beaver, PA 15009.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Heinle and Dr. John Carey for their care of our mom over the last several years.
Betty Ann Farris
Betty Ann Farris, 80, of Baden, passed away peacefully from complication due to Parkinson’s disease, on Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Villa St. Joseph, Baden.
Born in Bloomington, MD, a daughter of the late Harvey F. and Etta F. Green Miller, she was a homemaker, Methodist by faith, and a member of the Circle of Friends, Baden. She belonged to the Cranberry and Mars Line Dancing Group and was a member of the Beaver County Parkinson’s Support Group.
Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Donald G. Farris; two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda and Al Goehring, Rochester, and Barbara Farris, Baden; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Donald and Lynn Farris, Corpus Christi, TX; Michael and April Farris, Cleveland, OH, and Jeffery Farris and his life partner Ray Roberts, Alameda, CA; six grandchildren, Jason Goehring, Connellsville, PA; Savannah Dugan and her husband Paul, Lakewood, OH; Hunter Farris and his wife Calynne, Corpus Christi, TX; Nicole Farris, Baden; Erica Brown and her husband Justin, and Bethann Farris, all of Cleveland, OH, and four great-grandchildren, Michael Reeder, Madison Farris, Emily Dempsey and Valencia Dugan.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Miller, and two brothers, Harvey Frederick and John Thomas Miller.
Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of service at 12 noon in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. Rev. Dennis Burnette, of the New Sewickley Presbyterian Church, will officiate.
Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to Villa St. Joseph, 1030 State St., Baden, PA 15005.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Villa St. Joseph for the care and comfort given to their mother over the past four years.
Darrell M. "Curly" Owens
of Fort Myers, FL
formerly of Beaver
Darrell M. "Curly" Owens, 83, of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Beaver, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015, in the Hope Health Hospice, Joanne's House, Bonita Springs, FL.
Born April 8, 1932 in Rochester, he was a son of the late William F. Melvin Owens and the late Margaret Gombosh and was preceded in death by his stepmother, Lillian A. Ruckert Owens. He was a retired self-employed bricklayer and was also formerly employed by Coca Cola, Vanport office. He was a 1951 graduate of Rochester High School, a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rochester and the New Hope Presbyterian Church, Fort Myers, FL. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce R. Reynolds Owens; four daughters and sons-in-law, Christi Ann and Mark Ringer, Brighton Twp.; Becky Lynn and Jim Circle, Chippewa Twp.; Leahrae and Eric Ringer, Beaver, and Janna Sue and Michael Laris, Brighton Twp.; four granddaughters, Cassandra Ringer, Haley Schramm, Stephanie Schramm, Zoe Ringer; four grandsons, Micah Ringer, Wyatt Ringer, Mason Matteo, and Luke Laris; one stepson, Bill Bain and his wife Debbie, Imperial, PA; a stepdaughter, Tracy Strasser and her husband Jason, Toledo, OH, and four step grandchildren, Olivia, Thomas and Molly Strasser, Toledo, OH, and Jaclynn Bain, Imperial, PA.
Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 393 Adams St., Rochester. Officiating will be his pastor the Rev. Gregory S. Clagg.
Interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society, 4575 Via Royale #110, Fort Myers, FL 33919 or the Hope Hospice, Joanne's House, 27200 Imperial Parkway, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.
Evelyn V. Mary Spade
of Center Twp.
formerly of Rochester
Evelyn V. Mary Spade, 94, of Center Twp., formerly of Rochester, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015, in the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center, Harmony, PA.
Born January 9, 1921, in Rochester, a daughter of the late John Wesley and Phebe Lila Smith Bard, she was a retired employee of the Rochester Area High School. She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a volunteer with Rochester Meals on Wheels.
Surviving are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Maizie Haglan and Gladys Spade, and a brother, John Bard.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, with services following at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Edward Bailey, of the Family Bible Church, Freedom, will officiate.
Interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 393 Adams St., Rochester, PA 15074.
M. Marlene Smiley
of New Brighton
M. Marlene Smiley, 73, of New Brighton, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015, at her home.
Born January 10, 1942, in New Brighton, a daughter of the late Herbert H. Sr. and M. Catherine Dowey Buck, she was a retired secretary for Dr. Brian Lambert of New Brighton and was also retired from Adelphia Cable. She was a member of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Parish, Rochester, where she was a lector and member of the Christ Renews His Parish Committee. She was a member and past secretary of the Beaver County Car Club Unlimited and a past president of the New Brighton Football Mothers. She enjoyed playing cards with her high school friends which began when they were all in high school together. She loved her Florida friends who were the “Crazy Eights of Naples Estates.”
Surviving are her husband of 53 years, John P. Smiley Sr.; a daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Dave VonKaenel, Sewickley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Lynda Smiley of Sewickley, and Joseph T. and Julie Smiley, Washington, PA; six grandchildren, Hanna, Brett, Jake, Bryn, Matthew and Shannon; three sisters-in-law, Patty Boyd, Nashville, TN; Elizabeth “Betty” Buck, Bridgewater, and Evelyn “Evy” Carroll, Coraopolis; two special nieces, Bobbie Buck and Kimmy Buck, and several other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, John P. Smiley Jr., in 1967, and two brothers, Herbert H. “Buddy” Buck Jr. and Ronald Buck.
Friends will be received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Rochester Twp. Father Michael Greb will officiate.
Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, New Brighton.
A Christian wake service will be held Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made, if desired, to UPMC Cancer Research, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232 or Melanoma Research, 1411 K Street, Northwest, Ste. 800, Washington, DC 20005.
Rita C. Little
Rita C. Little, 66, of Pulaski Homes, New Brighton, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Heritage Valley Beaver.
Born November 9, 1948, in Rochester, she was a daughter of the late William O’Neil Little Sr. and Betty Love Little.
Surviving are a daughter, Monique Leverette-Obuya and her husband Edwin; sisters, Barbara and Terry Foster Sr., and Toni M. Thompson and Eugene Ptomey, and brothers, Ralph and Stephanie Collins, Laurence K. Little, William O. Jr. and Cynthia Little, and Michael A. and Michelle Little.
Friends will be received Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where a service will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Cassandra Liggett, of the Triumph Baptist Church, officiating.
Minister Samuel Boyd Jr.
Minister Samuel Boyd Jr., 84, of Rochester, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 26, 2015.
Born April 4, 1930, in Morgantown, WV, he was a son of the late Bernice and Samuel Moore. Samuel served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. Samael was a trustee for the Holiness Church Christ Deliverance Center and was also a member of Christian Assembly Church, Ohioville. He was retired from J&L Steel.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Boyd; a son, Jerry Boyd; a daughter, Sandra Boyd; grandson, Darnell Harris and siblings, Jimmy Boyd, Nancy Coleman, Beaunie LaSane, and Claude Gilmore.
Samuel is survived by his children, Rose Harris, Sylvester Boyd, Melvin and Rose Mary Boyd, Gregory and Brenda Morris, Kenneth Boyd, Sylvia Boyd, Burnard and Kim Bloodworth, Celestine Boyd and Gregory and Janet Williams; 23 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., the time of service, at the Christian Assembly Church, Tuscarawas Road, Ohioville, with Pastor Bill Anzevino officiating.
Interment will follow at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.