providing traditional funeral and cremation services.
David W. Willison
David W. Willison, 59, of Freedom, passed away Monday, October 27, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
Born July 28, 1955, in Rochester, a son of David E. Willison, of Rochester, and the late Lois J. Cummings Willison, in 1979, he was a security officer with Heritage Valley Sewickley and was formerly a supervisor with Anchor Hocking/Phoenix Glass, Monaca. He was Protestant by faith and was a former member of the Freedom FOE, where he was in charge of the softball team for many years. He was also a member of the Zelienople Sportsmen's Club and an avid fisherman.
Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Karen L.M. (Miller) Willison; three sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Linda and Frank Yothers, Robin and Robert Tolbert, all of Freedom, and Barbara and Mark Huth, Tionesta; numerous nieces, great nieces and one great nephew; two cousins, David Grimes and his wife Toni, Unionville, and David Miller, Center Twp.; his special friends, Donna and Ron Safran, Hopewell Twp., and Linda and Alan LaRose, Rochester Twp., and his beloved canine companion, Chase.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Patrice Weirick, of the Van Kirk Lutheran Church, will officiate.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made, if desired, to the Beaver County Humane Society, 3394 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001.
Donna M. Phillips
formerly of Monaca
Donna M. Phillips, 67, of Rochester, formerly of Monaca, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014, in Rochester Manor.
Born November 9, 1946, in Rochester, a daughter of the late Donald and Sarah Phillips, she was Protestant by faith.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Ellen Mae and Lee McCarrell, and a son and daughter-in-law, Donald Leroy and Louise Phillips, all of Monaca, and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Norma and Dan Miller, Daugherty Township, and Myrtle Jane Bosley, Ellwood City.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel 'Buddy' Phillips.
Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where a service will be held at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Gregory S. Clagg, of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rochester, will officiate.
Interment will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made, if desired, to the Epilepsy Foundation, Cardello Bldg., 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 3002, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, or to the Alzheimer's Association, Landmarks Bldg., 100 West Station Square, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Rochester Manor and Mother Teresa Hospice for the care and comfort given to our mother.
Lillian A. Ruckert Owens
formerly of Rochester
Lillian A. Ruckert Owens, 94, of Beaver, formerly of Rochester, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Friendship Ridge.
Born Feb. 26, 1920 in New Brighton, a daughter of the late George A. and Lillian May Berry Ruckert, she was a member of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rochester, where she had been a past member of the choir, the Women's Bible class, the Elizabeth Circle and the Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was a volunteer with Rochester Meals on Wheels and was a past member of the Pennsylvania Gladiola Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Melvin Owens, in 2001, and six brothers, Allen L. , Frederick H, Earl K., Robert M., Warren C. and George Blaine Ruckert.
Surviving are one son, Darrell M. 'Curly' Owens, residing in Florida, formerly of Rochester; a former daughter-in-law, Sue Riggs and her husband, Richard, Beaver; four granddaughters, Christi Anna and Mark Ringer, Brighton Twp.; Becki Lynn and Jim Circle, Chippewa; Leahrae and Eric Ringer, Beaver and Jannasue Owens Larris and Michael, Beaver.; four great-granddaughters, Cassandra, Haley, Stephanie and Zoe; four great-grandsons, Micah, Mason, Wyatt and Luke; three sisters-in-law, Faye Ruckert, New Sewickley Twp.; Harriet 'Betsy' Ruckert, Monaca, and Mildred Ruckert, New Sewickley Twp. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. A service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 393 Adams St., Rochester. Officiating is her pastor, the Rev. Gregory S. Clagg.
Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
The family wishes memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Evangelical Church Building Fund, 393 Adams St., Rochester, PA 15074.
James W. Singleton
of Daugherty Twp.
James W. Singleton, 71, of Daugherty Twp., passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital.
Born February 25, 1943, in New Kensington, PA, a son of the late James A. and Ruth P. Schafer Singleton, he was a retired Plant Manager and Vice President of Operations with Horsehead Corp., Potter Township. He was a member of the Rochester Free Methodist Church, where he was very active serving in many capacities. He was the former chairman of the building committee, former Sunday school teacher, former trustee and former member of the Pittsburgh Conference Administration Board, and was currently chairman of the finance committee. He was a member of the Beaver County Land Preservation Board. A 1961 graduate of New Kensington High School, he received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and his master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Surviving are his wife, June E. (States) Singleton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Wendy J. and Gregg Peffer, Zelienople, and R. Darlene and Bob Thomas, Center Twp.; four grandchildren, Matthew and Alaina Thomas, Center Twp., and Rachel and Luke Peffer, Zelienople; a brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Robert T. and Carol Singleton, Rochester Twp., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, and on Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Rochester Free Methodist Church, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Rev. Mel McRoberts will officiate, and Jim's brother-in-law, Rev. Forrest States, will assist.
Entombment will follow in Sylvania Hills Mausoleum.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made, if desired, to the Rochester Free Methodist Church Building Fund, 480 Jefferson St., Rochester, PA 15074.
James R. 'Jeff' Jeffries Sr.
of New Brighton
James R. 'Jeff' Jeffries Sr., 87, of New Brighton, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in Heritage Valley Beaver.
Born November 30, 1926, a son of the late George and Irene Bretheny Jeffries, he was a retired group leader from Westinghouse, Vanport. A Protestant by faith, he had served in the U.S. Army during World War II and with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Beverly M. Sainer Jeffries, and a son and daughter-in-law, James R. Jr. and Brenda M. (Dushac) Jeffries, Vanport.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry 'Sonny' and Goldie Sainer.
Friends will be received Sunday 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 Monday at 11 a.m. Pastor David Snyder, of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Beaver, will officiate.
Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
The Beaver County Special Unit will conduct full military rites Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675.
Paul C. Evans
Paul C. Evans, 91, of Beaver, PA, passed away October 15, 2014 at Rochester Manor in Rochester following a lengthy illness.
Paul was born on September 9, 1923 in Beaver Falls, PA a son of late Clarence C. and Ruth A. (Hoffman) Evans and was a lifelong resident of Beaver, PA.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret A. 'Butchie' (Bloom) Evans, who passed away earlier this year.
He graduated from Beaver High School in 1941 and the following year entered the U.S. Army. An Eagle Scout, he credited his experience in scouting as an excellent preparation for the rigors of the Army. He was a decorated World War II veteran, served in the European Theatre and spent over 300 days on the front line. As a member of the 84th infantry Division, Paul participated in the Battle of the Bulge and later helped breach the Siegfried Line as they advanced into Germany. He returned home to earn a bachelor's degree in music from Westminster College on the G.I. Bill, became a music teacher and band director in Coshocton, Ohio and went to earn a master's degree in music education from Duquesne University. He taught music for several years at the former Wampum High School, then at Blackhawk School District where he was a very popular teacher, until his retirement in 1988.
A well-known musician, he led and played trombone in a number of dance bands throughout the tri-state region, including the Bobby Caputo Band, and was a long time member of the Monaca Coronet Band and the Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He gave private lessons to numerous students, taught music courses at the Community College of Beaver County and was inducted into the Beaver County Musicians Hall of Fame in 1997.
He was an active member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rochester where he played each Sunday morning. He was a member of the St. James Masonic Lodge #457 and a life member of the Rochester BPOE Lodge 283.
He was an excellent swimmer, having learned to swim in the Ohio River as a boy and later became one of the first lifeguards at the Beaver Public Swimming Pool when it opened in 1940.
In 1953, Paul married Margaret Bloom of Rochester, PA. During their marriage of 61 years, they traveled extensively all over the world and entertained lavishly in their home. Although they did not have any children, they were especially kind to their nieces and nephews. He will long be remembered for his friendly ways, easy laugh and good nature.
He is survived by nieces, Susan Evans, Sewickley; Lois Brashears, Beaver; Kristina and her husband, Jerry Michaluk, Monaca; Dr. Margaret and her husband, Brett Jackson, Longmeadow, MA.; nephews, Bill Evans, Beaver; David Shafer, Beaver; Robert Shafer, Beaver, and Dr. Thomas Evans, Kalamazoo, MI; F. Walter and his wife, Becky Bloom, Oil City, PA; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Charles O'Data, Beaver; nephew, Jon and his wife, Judy O'Data, Rochester and a niece, Ann and her husband, Tom Lawson, Tallmadge, OH, also survive.
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. Services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 393 Adams St., Rochester. Officiating will be his pastor, Rev. Gregory S. Clagg. Private interment will be in the Beaver Cemetery.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Music Department, 393 Adams St., Rochester, PA 15074
The family would like to express special thanks to the staff at Rochester Manor.
Linda Lee Pumphrey
of Beaver Falls
formerly of Ohioville
Linda Lee Pumphrey, 62, of Beaver Falls, formerly of Ohioville, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014, in Kindred Care, Heritage Valley Beaver.
Born April 22, 1952, in Augusta, GA, a daughter of the late James D. and Lillian Leist Lambert, she was a former supervisor with the Center Twp. Burger King, and had attended the Vanport Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Tammy S. Pumphrey, Beaver Falls; a son, James E. Pumphrey, Sebastian, FL; five grandchildren, Alyssa Treantafellow, Linda and Jo Ellen Gossard, Alexis Pumphrey, and J.J. Pumphrey, and two brothers and a sister-in-law, James 'Sonny' and Stella Lambert, Monaca, and Michael Lambert, Beaver Falls.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Maryann Patterson.
There will be no public visitation. A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Tammy's residence, 1713 16th Ave., Beaver Falls.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Linda Pumphrey Memorial Fund c/o Huntington Bank, 921 Third Ave., New Brighton, PA 15066.
Arrangements by WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester.
Katherine L. 'Kay' Townsend Spataro
of Patterson Twp.
formerly of Baden
Katherine L. 'Kay' Townsend Spataro, 88, of Patterson Twp., formerly of Baden, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014, in Cambridge Village, Patterson Twp.
Born October 13, 1926, in Buckhannon, WV, a daughter of the late French F. and Gail Snyder Smallridge, she was a former employee with K&N Furniture of Hopewell Twp. and Walmart in Monaca. She was Methodist by faith and was a former member of the Baden Plus 60. She enjoyed working with crafts, especially beading.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leslie F. Townsend, in 1987; her second husband, Frank V. Spataro, in 2011; a daughter, Debra L. Uhernik, in 2002; a half sister, and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Iva Miles and Haskel F. Townsend.
Surviving are a son-in-law, James M. Uhernik and his wife Jacqueline, Lancaster, PA; a beloved friend, Joyce Kurzawski and her husband Gerard, Pittsburgh, and a close friend, Mary A. Uhernik, Ambridge.
Friends will be received Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where a service will follow at 6:30 p.m. Officiating will be Chaplain Richard Roos of Heartland Hospice.
Interment will be Friday in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made, if desired, to the Alzheimer's Associate, Landmarks Building, 100 West Station Square, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Charles F. Elia
Charles F. Elia, 91, of Beaver, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014, in Heritage Valley Beaver.
Born March 24, 1923, in East Brady, PA, a son of the late Rocco A. and Sarah Barranco Elia, he was a retired employee of Armco Steel, Ambridge, where he worked for 38 years. He was a member of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Parish, Rochester; a member of the Green Valley Sportsmen's Club and a member of the Aliquippa BPOE Lodge 122. He was a member of the NRA and was a firearms instructor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty A. Senk Elia in 1997; five brothers, Frank R. 'Rocky' Elia, Vincent, Frank, Joseph, and John Elia; two brothers-in-law, Thomas E. Haslett and Ralph Caratelli and three nephews, Brian Haslett, Kenneth Elia and Joe Phillips.
Surviving are a son, Charles R. Elia, Beaver; a daughter, Toni Jo Elia, Beaver; two stepdaughters, Barbara Forrester and her husband Jack, Monaca and Deborah McNary and her husband William, Hookstown; one stepson, Richard 'Rick' Biancucci and his wife Lisa, Industry; eight grandchildren, Ian Elia Boyd and his fiancée Emily Haslett, Patterson Twp.; Kimberly Gross and her husband Dean, Brighton Twp.; Debra McCandless and her husband Eric, Orlando, FL; Ronald Dishler, Orlando, FL; Ben Hall and his wife, Anne, Pittsburgh; Jason Hall, Florida; Adam Biancucci and his wife Courtney, Monaca and Bob Biancucci and his wife Tasha, Ohio; 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, James V. Elia, Beaver; a sister-in-law, Nancy Elia, Florida; two sisters, Jo F. Haslett, New Brighton and Mary Caratelli, Rochester Twp., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received Tuesday 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 Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Rochester Twp.
Interment will be in St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Cemetery.
A Christian wake service will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, 628 Virginia Ave., Rochester, PA 15074.