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Eileen McGown, 93, of New Brighton, PA passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, surrounded by her family.
Born to the late Edward and Lenore McClure on December 8, 1920 in McKinleyville, WV, she graduated from Rochester High School in 1939. A charter member of the Big Knob Grange, she was also active in the New Brighton Lioness, Daugherty Twp. Ladies Auxiliary, and the VFW and Eagles Ladies Auxiliaries of Geneva, Ohio.
She worked at St. Joe Lead during World World II, and later at McDanel Refractory in Beaver Falls. She also catered and was an outside sales representative for Rosalind Candy Castle for more than 50 years.
Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, Duane, brothers Edward and James and sisters Margaret (Jack) Mance, Anna Gene (Clarence) McKeel, Imelda (Edward) Vesitis, and Coletta McClure.
She is survived by her son Lawrence (Linda) McGown, daughter Laraine (Dennis O’Shea) McGown, and daughter Sharon (Robert) Henry, five grandchildren, Vona Lynn (Bruce) Rupert, Sean McGown, Lindsey (Michael) Sise, Eric Henry and Ryan O’Shea, and her great-grandson, Zander Sise. She is also survived by her niece and nephew, Lori and Keith, for whom she had a special love, and many other nieces and nephews.
A viewing is scheduled in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 1117 Fifth Avenue, www.luttonfuneralhome.com, Friday, March 14 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm followed by a service on Saturday, March 15, at 11 am. A memorial service will be held at the Big Knob Grange after the Friday viewing.
Ralph J. Flanick, 92, of Beaver Falls, formerly of Patterson Twp., died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Providence Health Care Center.
He was born April 27, 1921, in Fallston, Pa., a son of the late Frank and Anna Malasich Flanick. He was a member of St. Monica Church. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Force. He retired after 30 plus years of service from B&W.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth L. Gregg Flanick, and several brothers and sisters.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Mark Falkowski, Patterson Twp.; a son, Roger Flanick, Texas; five grandchildren, Bethany (Brandon) Plotner, Brianne Falkowski, Helen (Brian) Kulisek, Brent (Lane) Flanick, and Jessica (Philip) and eight great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., www.luttonfuneralhome.com, where prayers will be offered Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass at St. Monica Chippewa site at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park where the Beaver County Special Unit will meet at 11 a.m. to present military honors.
The family wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of Providence Health Care Center for the care provided to Ralph.
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Elizabeth M. “Tootie” (Strathman) Walters, 72, of North Sewickley Twp., died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Beaver.
Born July 13, 1941 in Beaver Falls to the late Mr. & Mrs. Ted Strathman, she was a member of the Edgewood Baptist Church and the Rod and Classic Car Club.
Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Donald Ray Walters, a son, Donald Allen Walters, Franklin Twp.; two brothers, Ted, North Sewickley Twp. and Bob, New Brighton; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Betty and Ed, North Sewickley Twp., Audrey, New Brighton and Cindy and Rod, Beaver Falls and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME, 1117 Fifth Avenue, Beaver Falls, www.luttonfuneralhome.com, where a funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 10 am with her pastor, Rev. Michael Coleman, officiating.
Private interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.
William C. “Cam” Thomas, 42, of Beaver Falls, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at his residence.
Born September 13, 1971 in New Brighton to Kenneth R. Thomas Sr., Beaver Falls and Laura Meek Thomas, Beaver, he was a member of Riverview United Methodist Church. He graduated from Blackhawk High School in 1990. A construction worker by trade, he was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 922. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hanging out with his friends.
In addition to his parents he is survived by a daughter, Taylor “Pooky Bear” Thomas, West Mayfield; a brother, Kenny R. Thomas Jr., Patterson Twp. and his friend, Stacey Fullel; a niece, Karlie Thomas; beloved cousin, Ann Arnold; cousins Mark and Kenny Thomas and Sam and Jim Kildoo and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bryan “Tomer” Thomas; paternal grandparents, Dora and Bill Thomas and maternal grandparents, Fred and Eethel Meek.
Friends will be received in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME, 117 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, Friday from 2 to 8 pm and Saturday from 10 am to the time of service at 12 noon with his pastor, Rev. Heidi Helsel, officiating.
Interment will follow in Little Beaver Cemetery.
If you so desire, contributions may be made to the Carnegie Free Library, 1301 Seventh Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
Ed Cary, 83, of Beaver Falls, died Friday, February 28, 2014, at his residence.
Born January 24, 1931, a son of the late Bollard and Margaret Irvine Cary, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War. It was his love of football, which led him to his true love. While stationed in Guam, playing football for the Agana Flyers, he met his wife to be on a blind date attending a football banquet. He was a retired Physical Education/Health Teacher for Beaver Falls and Seneca Valley for over 40 years. He was a highly respected assistant football coach at Beaver Falls and a head football coach at Seneca Valley.
He will be remembered and missed by his wife of 58 years, Natalie Gifford Cary; his five sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Brenda Cary, GA; Dana and Mary Kay Cary, Chippewa; Christopher and Carol Cary, Monaca; David and Shelly Cary, Conway and Colin and Stephanie Cary, GA; his six grandchildren, Amanda, Rob, Samantha, Daniel, Matthew and Andrea; a brother, John Cary and a sister-in-law, Barb Cary.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Bo and Jim Cary and his sister, Mary Schar.
Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., www.luttonfuneralhome.com.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the College Hill Presbyterian Church, 3400 5th Avenue, Beaver Falls, with the Reverend Dennis Burnett officiating.
A private inurnment will take place at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
The family requests donations be made to Catholic Hospice, 6200 Brooktree Road, #220, Wexford, PA 15090.
Theresa Marie (Hayden) Stack, 54, of Chippewa Twp., selfless organ donor now giving life to others, passed away February 22, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.
Theresa was born in St. Louis, raised in Rochester, NY, and resided in the Pittsburgh area since 1977. A member of Christ the Divine Teacher location of St. Monica Parish, having served as catechist and Bible study participant, she was an active volunteer parent in the Blackhawk School district and a food service worker at the Highland Middle School. She loved to help with the school musical while enjoying hobbies of painting, drawing and sculpting. She worked for several years at U.S. Airways and enjoyed world travel.
She was predeceased by her father, Donald Hayden.
Theresa is survived by her husband of 20 years, David Stack; daughter, Sarah; son, Bruce (Felicia) Stack and grandchildren Dahlia, Jordan and Bella. Also survived by her mother, Shirley Hayden-Pinaire; siblings Bill (Susan) Hayden, Bob (Kate) Hayden, John (Kathie) Hayden, Frank (Noreen) Hayden, Patrick Hayden, Gregory (Tanya) Hayden, and Anne (Bob) Fagioli; also in-laws, Jack (the late Theresa) Stack, Mary Lou (Drew) Van Orden, and Charles (Rosalind) Stack, along with 22 nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, Inc., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., www.luttonfuneralhome.com, where prayers will be offered Wednesday at 9:30 am followed by a Mass at 10 am in St. Monica – Chippewa with Father John Naugle as celebrant.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Meghan Alyssa Mercadante, 26, of Chippewa Twp., died Thursday, February 13, 2014, at UPMC Montefiore.
Born on November, 12, 1987, in Beaver, she was a daughter of Gary and Sharlene Cahill Mercadante. She was a graduate of Blackhawk High School, Bella Capelli Academy in Robinson and completing an undergraduate degree through Penn State. She was a member of The Chippewa United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Shirley Rader Cahill.
Along with her parents, she is survived by her 'twin' sister, Colleen Sue Mercadante and her sister, Jenna Mercadante; maternal grandfather, David Cahill and paternal grandparents, Ronald and Rose Mercadante.
Her hobbies included reading, sight-seeing, and trips to the beach. Meghan loved to spend time with her friends and loved going out to dinner and enjoying good meals. All that knew her will miss her sense of humor and quick wit. Meghan was known for her strong mind set to live life on her terms.
Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa, www.luttonfuneralhome.com, where prayers will be offered Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. at the Chippewa United Methodist Church, 2545 Darlington Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Pastor Rodney Smith will officiate.
Private interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Chippewa United Methodist Church, Here We Grow Fund or to the Ronald McDonald House.
Esther 'Estee' Barrow, 84, of Chippewa Twp., died Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Brighton Twp.
Born March 31, 1929, in New Brighton, the daughter of the late Anthony and Theresa (Pullion) Petuch, she was a retired telephone operator for Bell Telephone and Verizon. She was a member of St. Monica's Catholic Church, Chippewa Twp., and the Pioneer. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and a very kind and generous person.
Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Robert Barrow, Chippewa Twp.; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Nickolas Bendekovic, Brighton Twp.; a sister, Helen Early, New Brighton; three grandchildren, Eric Bendekovic and his wife Allison, Nicole Bendekovic-Gibson and husband Gregory, and Greg Bendekovic and wife Amanda; five great-grandchildren, Jacob and Joshua Gibson, and Hannah, Ethan and Luke Bendekovic, and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Petuch, and two sisters, Florence Antonia and Rose Sayre.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Monica's Chippewa, with Father Kim Schreck as celebrant.
Arrangements by the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., www.luttonfuneralhome.com.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
Grace L. Leavengood Gabauer, 92, Patterson Twp., died Saturday, February 8, 2014, at Heritage Valley-Beaver
Born May 7, 1921 in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Worth and Gertrude Spahman Leavengood. Grace was an avid card player and was involved in many bridge clubs over the years. She loved big band era music, flowers, and butterflies. Most of all she enjoyed visits with family and watching her grandchildren and great- grandchildren grow through the years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George D. Gabauer, May 8, 2013.
She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, John D. and Janet Gabauer, Beaver and James A. and Sandy Gabauer, Chippewa Twp.; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Kathy and Mike DeLuca, West Mayfield, Susan and Jeff Saal, Brighton Twp., David and Lisa Gabauer, Chippewa Twp., Brian Gabauer, West Mayfield, Dennis and Marsha Gabauer, Center Twp., Lynn and Adam Eicholtz, Chippewa Twp., and Michael and Colleen Gabauer, West Lafayette, IN; fourteen great-grandchildren, Gracyn Gabauer, Austin Saal, Devon Gabauer, Brendan DeLuca, Kelly Saal, Christopher DeLuca, Olivia Saal, Celeste Gabauer, Dominic Eicholtz, Logan Gabauer, Liam Gabauer, Vivian Eicholtz, Isabella Gabauer, and Keegan Gabauer; a brother and sister-in-law Robert and Evelyn Leavengood, Pittsburgh and many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm and on Thursday from 10 am till time of service at 11 am at the Gabauer-Lutton Funeral Home, 117 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 www.luttonfuneralhome.com, with Pastor Rodney E. Smith officiating.
Entombment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
Family request contributions be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis society, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Ste 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
Dr. Elmer Robert Lipp, 88, of Chippewa Twp., formerly of the North Side of Pittsburgh, a devoted husband, father and grandfather died Friday, February 7, 2014, at Covington Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, East Palestine, Ohio.
He was born February 21, 1925, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Richard and Frances Lipp. He was a 1943 graduate of North Catholic High School, where he played on the basketball team and won the state title his senior year. He then went on to graduate from Geneva College where he also played basketball. While attending Geneva, he met Eleanore Otto, Beaver, whom he married and settled in Chippewa Twp. with for 63 years. Elmer attended the University of Pittsburgh Dental School where he graduated in 1950 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Lipp practiced on College Hill for 40 years retiring in 1990. He taught Sunday school for 18 years at the Rochester Free Methodist Church. He was a member of the Gideons, Chippewa Lions Club, Ft. McIntosh Club and Chippewa United Methodist Church. He was the past president of the Beaver Valley Dental Society, member of the Ketler Society of Grove City College and the President Council of Geneva College.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eleanore Otto Lipp; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Charles Timothy Shane and Lisa Lipp, Patterson Twp.; two grandsons, Timothy and Charles Lipp.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Lipp, and two sisters, Helen Gerstberger and LaVerne McNally.
Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., www.gabauerluttonfuneralhome.com, where prayers will be offered Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. at the Chippewa United Methodist Church, 2545 Darlington Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010, Pastor Rodney Smith will officiate.
Entombment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Chippewa United Methodist Church, Here We Grow Fund, 2545 Darlington Rd., Beaver Falls, PA 15010.