providing traditional funeral and cremation services.
James R. Smith
of Rochester Twp.
James R. Smith, 83, of Rochester Twp., passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in Rochester Manor.
Born July 15, 1932, in Rochester, a son of the late Archie Lester and Sarah Louise Ahrens Smith, he was a retired employee of Armco Steel, Ambridge, and was a former employee of the Lutton Funeral Home in Beaver Falls and Chippewa Twp. He was a member for over 50 years of the Chippewa United Methodist Church, where he had served as an usher. Jim enjoyed golfing, hunting and woodcraft work.
Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Pam Smith, Darlington, and Valerie and Eric Daniels, Lower Burrell, Pa.; three grandchildren; a sister, Edith M. Meteney, Rochester Twp., with whom he resided; a brother and sister-in-law, Archie W. and Lois Smith, New Brighton; a loving niece, Margie Plocinik, New Brighton; a nephew, Brian Smith, Wooster, Ohio, and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Louis Meteney, in 1985.
His desire was to be cremated and have no viewing. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Chippewa United Methodist Church, with associate pastor, the Rev. Gary Hilton, officiating.
Arrangements by WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester.
Formerly of New Sewickley Twp.
Joseph T. Habrle, 94, of Conway, Arkansas, formerly of New Sewickley Twp., passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015, in St. Andrews, Conway, Ark., while under hospice care.
Born February 6, 1921, in Conway, Pa., a son of the late Joseph and Antonia Zaher Habrle, he was a retired employee of the Freedom Area School District. He was a Lutheran by faith and an Army veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma E. Whipple Habrle, in 2005, and two brothers, John and Frank Habrle.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Richard T. and Cecilia Habrle, Conway, Ark.; a grandson, Daryl T. Habrle; a sister, Kaye Lutz, Kittanning, Pa., and a brother, Steve Habrle, Baden.
There will be no visitation. Interment will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery, Freedom.
Arrangements by WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester.
Flatwoods, Kentucky, Formerly of Freedom
John Sunday Tatsch, 78, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, formerly of Freedom, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015, at his residence.
Born April 29, 1937, in Rochester, he was a son of the late LoveVurn Calvin and Adeline Della Grant Tatsch. He was retired from Ashland Oil Company in Kentucky, where he went to work as an operator 35 years ago, but he never lost his love of Pittsburgh sports. John also enjoyed hunting, golf and bowling. He was Lutheran by faith.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Diana Rich Tatsch; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Johnathan R. Tatsch, Pittsburgh; Christopher M. and Yvonne Tatsch, Cape Coral, FL, and Matthew A. and Sarah Tatsch, Ashland, Ky.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Brian Hunt, Flatwoods, Ky.; four granddaughters, Amanda, Emily, Jordan and Morgan Tatsch; his favorite grandson, Johnathan K. Jackson; a brother, Anthony C. Tatsch, Center Twp., and two sisters, Rosemary Patton and Linda Tatsch, both of Industry. John will be missed by his nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, LaVerne C. Tatsch Jr. and Charles A. Tatsch, and his loving in-laws, Robert and Kathryn Rich, who loved him as a son.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. A private interment will be held Thursday in Oak Grove Cemetery, Freedom. Rev. Martin Galbraith, of the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, Economy, will officiate.
Nick Zarnich, 77, of Rochester Township, was welcomed into Heaven's Gate by a host of angels on August 10, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with bone cancer. Nick was born December 12, 1937, in Ambridge, and was the only son of Nick and Mary Jackish Zarnich who predeceased him. He was also preceded by his stepfather, Rade Opacich. Nick was raised and educated in the Aliquippa School District where he graduated in 1955.
Nick worked at a very young age selling newspapers on the street and having a delivery route. Still at a young age, he worked at the D.T. Watson Home (for handicapped children) where he was a test candidate for Doctor Jonas Salk experimenting and perfecting the Polio vaccine. After graduating, he worked at J & L Steel and trained as a mechanical draftsman. From there he worked at numerous other area steel mills where he continued to perfect his craft.
A workaholic wanting to do his best for his family, he passed a real estate test in 1960 and began working for the Jack Sidler Agency in Rochester, PA. He later opened his own office in Rochester on Pinney Street and most recently Nick owned and operated the Zarnich & Associates Real Estate Appraisers. The joke between Nick and his wife, Darlene, was asking her to get a license to help him out, which she did and still maintains today. Nick and Darlene (Thomas) were married with an outdoor wedding at the home of his Kum and Kuma, Nick and Mildred Mamula on June 14, 1959. They quietly celebrated their 56th anniversary in 2015 since they celebrated their 40th and 50th anniversaries with large parties given by their three children and their spouses.
After he and Darlene married, they moved to Monaca, and then bought their first home in Rochester. Along the way, they bought and sold two other family homes in Rochester, before building their final home in Rochester Township.
Nick was a member of the Beaver County Association of Realtors, the PA Association of Realtors and National Association. On a local level, Nick served twice as President, was honored as Realtor of the Year in 1975 and maintained Emeritus status.
Nick was a 50 year member of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry in New Castle and Masonic Lodge #229 in Rochester.
Later in life, Nick discovered a passion for golf, but his disease unfortunately shortened his hobby.
Nick is the proud and loving father of three children; Nick (Dana) Zarnich, Debra (Michael) Seybert, George (Pam) Zarnich. He and his wife kept busy as both boys played sports and Debbie was a majorette which meant they didn't leave the stands for fear of missing a play or step. They were also active in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts plus other activities as needed. A loving and devoted grandfather of his five grandsons, Nick II and his wife, Jacqueline; Ryan and his wife, Kimberly; Daryl, and Cameron Zarnich, Shawn Seybert and the only granddaughter, Jamie Nicole Seybert. Nick was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, Haylee Elizabeth and Bentley Nicholas. All were deeply loved by Pap-Pap and as he did with his children, he loved to follow the sports activities of his grandchildren.
An only child, Nick married into the Thomas family and considered his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law his family who are Sandy and Richard Smallwood, Roberta Kay and Perry Tice, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are Aunt Babe and cousins, Sis, Dorothy, Nancy, and George.
Friends will be received on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where a service will be held on Friday at 11 am. Officiating will be Pastor Ken McGaffic of the Wildwood Chapel, Hopewell, PA. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
The family wishes memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to be made to the Rochester Public Library, 252 Adams St., Rochester, PA 15074 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 42, Memphis, TN 38148 or the DAV, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 42520.
Mildred Genova, 85, of Freedom, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015, in Friendship Ridge, Brighton Twp.
Born June 16, 1930, in West Aliquippa, a daughter of the late Michael Sr. and Ruth Martin, she was a former cook with the former Kaufmann's Dept. Store, Tic Toc Lounge, Rochester. She was a member of St. Felix Roman Catholic Parish, Freedom, where she belonged to the Christian Mothers, and was a member of the Tusca Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl R. Genova, 2011; a daughter, Theresa McFee, 1990; a son-in-law, Robert K. McFee, 1978; a brother, Michael Martin, Jr., and a sister-in-law, Ida Ungarean, 2011.
She is survived by one grandson, Robert V. McFee, Freedom; a great-granddaughter, Maria Besong, Edinboro, PA; a former brother-in-law, Victor Ungarean, Brighton Twp.; six sisters, Julie Bartolotto, Sophie Verity, Doris Moore, Mary Smith, and Violet Coccia, all of Florida and Evelyn Goodwald, Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Felix Roman Catholic Church, Freedom, where friends are requested to come directly to the church.
Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Freedom.
The family wishes memorial contributions be given to St. Felix Roman Catholic Church, Freedom.
Robert D. Tuffs Jr.