Obituaries

Robinson, June E.

8/12/2016
June E. Robinson, 84, of Franklin, widow of the Rev. Robert E. Robinson, died Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Homewood Nursing Facility in Hanover, PA.   A daughter of Charles L., Sr. and Leona G. Stein Dittman, she was born June 4, 1932 in St. Petersburg, Richland Township, Clarion County, PA.   A 1951 graduate of Rocky Grove High School, on Nov.  25, 1954, she married Robert E. Robinson, Sr. who proceeded her in death on September 10, 2005.   June was a member of the East Grove United Methodist...

Hughes, Rev. Dean

7/23/2016
The Rev. Dean Earl Hughes of Kingwood WV, a retired Western Pennsylvania Conference elder, died Saturday, July 23 in Preston Memorial Hospital. He was born April 30, 1933, in Johnstown, PA, a son of the late Richard Owen and Florence Pearl (Sell) Hughes. A graduate of Waynesburg College and Wesley Seminary, Rev. Hughes began serving as a supply pastor in the Methodist Pittsburgh Conference in 1955 and was ordained an elder and became a full member in 1962. He served the Fairall Circuit from ...

Hawke, Rev. Richard E.

6/25/2016
The Rev. Richard E. “Dick” Hawke, 84, a long-time Western Pennsylvania pastor, mission advocate and former Pittsburgh District Superintendent, died suddenly at home in Chapel Hill, NC, on Saturday, June 25, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Marybelle; daughter, Cynthia Joy Hawke Renn and her husband, Bill; and grandchildren, Evan and Lydia. He was preceded in death by his daughter Jennifer Hawke-Petit and granddaughters Hayley and Michaela Petit, all of Cheshire, Connecticut. Rev. Hawke was ...

Sara Mae Beveridge

6/14/2016
Sara Mae Beveridge, 92, the surviving spouse of the late Rev. Harry William Beveridge, died at 12:20 p.m. June 14 at her home in Butler. Born Oct. 28, 1923, in Hill City, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Luella Rhoades Hecathorn. Sara was a graduate of Cranberry High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in education at Clarion College, now Clarion University. She was a member of the Butler First United Methodist Church. Sara was a homemaker. She and her husband enjoyed traveling all...

Rothwell, Vincent

6/1/2016
Vincent L. Rothwell, 91, of Camelot Dr., Westfield, NY died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 surrounded by his family at home in Westfield following a brief illness. A long-time U.S. Army chaplain, he was ordained an elder and began ministry as a member of the Erie Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, where he served as pastor at Bethel church in Warren, PA from 1955-57. He re-entered the U.S. Army as a chaplain in 1957 and served 20 years before retiring.     Vincent was born on March ...

Lyman, Rev. Craig

4/30/2016
A memorial service will be held August 31 for the Rev. Craig L. Lyman, who died on April 30, 2016 at the Meadville Medical Center. He had been a resident of Wesbury Community since January, 2016. Born in Buffalo, New York on May 2, 1940, Craig graduated from Clarence Central High School, Clarence New York in l958; Houghton College, Houghton, New York in l963 and earned his Master of Divinity Degree at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky in 1967. He received his Probationer’s License ...

Sass, Mildred Jenette

4/19/2016
Mildred Jenette Sass, 88, of Franklin, wife of Rev. John Sass, Jr., died peacefully, surrounded by her family members at 2:25 a.m.,Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at home. A daughter of Calvin and Ada Petenbrink Bittner, she was born in Larimer Twp., Somerset County on August 9, 1927. She was a graduate of Meyersdale High School. Mildred had been employed by Citizen’s National Bank in Meyersdale; Shaver & Heckman, attorneys at law in Somerset and Baumgardner Gas & Oil Co. in Johnstown. While in ...

Uhrin, Beulah Ruth

4/3/2016
Beulah Ruth Uhrin, 79, of New Bethlehem, wife of the Rev. John Uhrin Jr., went to be with her Lord on Sunday night, April 3, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, following a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. Born June 14, 1936, in Collins Center, New York, she was the daughter of the late Rev. George H. Schroder and Catherine B. Wermuth Schroder. She graduated from the Rushford Central School in Rushford, New York, in 1954 and received a full scholarship to attend Roberts Wesleyan ...

Becker, Rev. Siglinde Luise

3/19/2016
Siglinde Luise Becker, 89, passed away Saturday morning at Homewood at Martinsburg. Born in Germany on Jan. 31, 1927, she married Russell Glenn Becker of Pittsburgh, who preceded her in death. Rev. Becker was licensed to preach in 1988 and served as a Licensed Local Pastor from 1989-1994, when she became an associate member and was ordained as a deacon. She served the Beechview church in Pittsburgh, Boyers/Hilliards/Ridgeville UMCs, and the Westmoreland Charge before retiring in 1997. She then ...

Park, Lura Jean (Gibson)

3/1/2016
Lura Jean (Gibson) Park, 87, of Indiana, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Bethany Place, with her family around her. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Ferd Park and is the mother of the Rev. Eric S. Park, pastor of First UMC in Butler. Born January 7, 1929 in Munhall, she was the daughter of the late Walter W. and Emma Gray Gibson. Lura Jean graduated from Munhall High School in 1946. In 1949, she married her beloved husband, Ferd B. Park, and began with him a beautiful marriage ...

Cassiday, Arlie D.

2/20/2016
Arlie D. Cassiday, 92, who served Evangelical United Brethren and United Methodist congregations from 1954 until 1986, died Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Wellbrooke of Wabash in Wabash, IN. Born October 16, 1923 in St Marys, Ohio to Leo James and Edith (Gorham) Cassiday, Arlie was a 1943 graduate of Wabash High School, received his BS from Manchester University in 1951, and graduated from the United Theological Seminary in 1954. He was a WWII US Navy veteran, and enjoyed building furniture. ...

Barber, Lois Ann

2/19/2016
Lois Ann Barber, 80, surviving spouse of the Rev. Otto Z. Tinkey,  passed away Friday evening, Feb, 19, 2016, at United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus, Jenkins Township, where she had been a resident since 2007. Born in Luzerne, the daughter of the late Walter M. and Alice L. Baer Barber, Lois was a graduate of Ridley Park High School and Clarion University, earning her master's degree in education. She was employed as a special education teacher for more than 35 years, until her ...

Davis, Jean Eileen

2/1/2016
Jean Eileen (Rupp) Davis, 86, of Sylva, NC, formerly of Pittsburgh and Lakeland, FL, went to be with the Lord on February 1, 2016, A retired church organist and piano teacher, she was married for 60 years to the late Rev. James Davis, who died on Jan. 9, 2013. Together they served churches in southwestern Pennsylvania, including Bellevue: Central; Jefferson; Canonsburg: First; and East McKeesport: First before he retired in 1994. She was the loving mother of Dr. Jeffrey (Sandy) Davis and Rev. ...

Schmidt, Rev. R. Gerald

1/27/2016
Rev. R. Gerald "Jerry" Schmidt, 74, former superintendent of the Greensburg District, went to heaven Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judy; son, Joel (Julie); daughter, Jill (Brian); grandchildren, Emma, Amelia, Luke, Dylan and Tyler; brother, Eric (Jackie); sister, Janet; as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Rudolph; and his mother, Gertrude. Jerry graduated from Asbury College and Wesley Theological Seminary. He served as a ...

Kolacz, Stephen

1/14/2016
Stephen J. Kolacz, 73, of Meadville, went into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at the Marquette Hospice House. A stroke survivor in 2013, Steve declined in health this past year and was recently diagnosed with A.L.S. – Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was born Feb. 17, 1942, in Lowell, Mass., a son of Edward C. and Claire Beaulieu Kolacz. He married Julie Ann Sparks of Pleasantville on Sept. 3, 1994. She serves as pastor of New Ireland and Lake Pleasant ...

Shuttleworth, John LaVere III

1/14/2016
Pastor John LaVere Shuttleworth III, 51, of Brockway, Pa., pastor of Brown Hill UMC in Cambridge Springs,  was a faithful servant of God and went to be with his Father in Heaven on Jan. 14, 2016, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family. John was born Oct. 12, 1964, in DuBois, to John Jr. (Jack) and Milly (Custer) Shuttleworth of Reynoldsville. On Aug. 8, 1992, he married Marsha Hathaway. A 1982 graduate of DuBois Area High School, John earned  his bachelor's degree at ...

Smith, Rev. William Harold

1/14/2016
Rev. William Harold Smith, age 93, of Seaford, DE went into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2016. Rev. Smith was born at home; the son of the late William O. and Ethel McCool Smith. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during WW II. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, he served 3 ½ years as a fighter pilot with 11 months overseas duty in France. He flew missions into Germany, Czechoslovakia and Belgium. Seven years after service in the Air Corps he was called to full time ...

Sargent, Mary E. Gosbee

1/8/2016
Mary E. Gosbee Sargent, 90, of Washington, the surviving spouse of the Rev. C. Clifford Sargent, died Friday, January 8, 2016. Rev. Sargent, who was ordained an elder in Pittsburgh in 1947, served churches in New England for several years before returning to Western Pennsylvania in 1983.  A memorial service for Mary Sargent is planned for Saturday, Jan. 23 in First United Methodist Church, Washington. The time was to be announced.

Adams, Doris Elaine Ross

12/31/2015
Doris Elaine (Ross) Adams of Clymer, NY, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 31, 2015. She was the widow of the Rev. Leonard Adams, who served churches in the Erie EUB Conference, as well as in New York and other states. Doris was born March 13, 1927, one of nine children born to the late Rev. Cecil and Anna (Madison) Ross, near Corry, PA. She married Rev. Adams on June 26, 1948, in Corry. He preceded her in death on January 22, 2011. She was also preceded in death by a sister, ...

Cooper, Rev. James H.

12/31/2015
Rev. James H. Cooper, 79, of Harmonsburg went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. He died at home with his beloved wife and family at his side. He was born on Nov. 27, 1936, in New Castle, to the late Ralph and Marie Johnston Cooper. At a young age after his mother’s death, he and his youngest brother, Alan, were raised by the late Sam and Vivian Phenecie. He married Nancy Seibold on May 16, 1964. She was the love of his life and together they raised five children. A graduate of ...

Claar, Rev. Herbert E.

12/28/2015
The Rev. Herbert (Herb) Ellsworth Claar, M.Div., 86, was called to his Heavenly home on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. He died peacefully and pain free at I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, in the presence of family and God's angels, following complications from aspirated pneumonia. The youngest of three sons, Herb was born Feb. 15, 1929 in Alum Bank, Pa. (Bedford County), to the late Clyde Adam Claar and the late Mae Grieff Claar. After high school graduation, he apprenticed and then worked ...

Kelso, Rev. Loyal W.

12/18/2015
On Dec. 18, 2015, Sgt. Loyal W. Kelso, one of the remaining veterans of World War II and also of "The Greatest Generation", heard the call from "The Commander-in Chief of Heaven's armies" to report for duty. His response was, "Yes, Sir, I am on my way!" With those words, he left this world for his new assignment in the future world, serving his new "Commander-in Chief", Almighty God. After serving in the U. S. military from 1942 - 1951, he heard a call to ministry while living in Baltimore and ...

Hummer, Rev. Earnest

12/15/2015
Rev. Earnest Hummer of Lewisberry, pastor and former president of China Outreach Ministries, died on Tuesday, December 15 after a fall at his residence.  Rev. Hummer was a man of God, passionate about reaching the lost for Jesus, and kind and loving to all. He was a man of prayer, praying for God’s will and blessing, provision, and grace for so many throughout the years. He and Ruth, his wife of 65 years, served in the pastoral ministry for many years before coming to lead COM, and from 1982 to ...

Marshall, Rev. Ronald E.

12/1/2015
Rev. Ronald E. Marshall, 75, of Patton, who served 38 years as pastor of churches in the Cherry Tree Charge, passed away December 1, 2015. Born December 2, 1939, in Spangler, the son of the late Norman and Alfretta Lois (Hoover) Marshall, he is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lois A. (Beckwith) Marshall. He is also survived by two daughters, Pamela Marshall Caretti, wife of Bud, of Patton and Sharon Ann Marshall Burley, wife of Robert, of Tavenier, FL; grandchildren Rory M., Kylie J., ...

Beam, Alverda M.

11/23/2015
Alverda M. (Yoder) Beam, 88, of Windber went to be with the Lord Nov. 23, 2015, at her residence. She was the widow of the Rev. H. Wayne Beam.  Born Dec. 7, 1926, in Hollsopple, daughter of Glenn Sr. and Ida (Stern) Yoder, she was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Curtis Reddecliff; second husband, Rev. H. Wayne Beam; son, Jere Reddecliff; brothers, John Yoder and Robert Yoder; and sisters, Evelyn Bracken, Marion Saylor and Esther Suskie. Alverda is survived by children, Faye ...

Clark, Rev. Florence P.

11/23/2015
A celebration of the life of the Rev. Florence "Flo" Clark, 83, of Knox Dale, Pa., was scheduled for 2 p.m., Jan. 16, 2016  at the Knox Dale UM Church. She passed to her heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Florence is survived by her five children: Rev. Charles S. Clark, Jr. (Diane), of McKinleyville, Calif.; Jeffrey Clark of Decatur, Ga.; Joseph Clark (April) of Terre Haute, Ind.; Linda Lazzeroni, Tucson, Ariz.; and Miriam Barker, Huntington, Ind.; six grandchildren and five ...

Fouts, Rev. Theresa Marion "Rose"

11/15/2015
The Rev. Theresa Marion "Rose" Fouts of Freedom passed away Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015,  with her family at her side. Born Sept. 21, 1934, in Amity, Ark., she was a daughter of the late Victor L Sr. and Virginia Campbell Rose. Theresa was a United Methodist pastor with the Western Pennsylvania Conference. She began as a part-time local pastor in 1981, serving Robison Chapel, Uniontown Larger Parish, and North Richmond/Teepleville, before moving to full-time status and serving Green Valley from ...

Maybray, Rev. Virgil E.

11/4/2015
Rev. Virgil E. Maybray, 96, passed awayon November 4, 2015 in his apartment at the Waterford in Juno Beach, Florida. He was born to John Charles Maybray and Helen Peterson Maybray on February 10, 1919, in East Liverpool, OH. He graduated from New Castle (PA) Senior High School. He went on to earn degrees at Taylor University (BA), Wesley Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Temple University (STM), and did post-graduate studies at Hartford Theological Seminary.  As a United Methodist pastor, ...

Young, Rev. Norman C.

10/29/2015
Rev. Norman Carlysle Young of Pittsburgh, PA marched into glory Thursday, October 29, 2015.  He was born April 6, 1928 in Allenport, PA to the late Adam and Sylvia (Hamman) Young.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Janet (Allaman) Young, infant son Danny, sisters Margaret and LaVerna, and brothers Adam Jr. and Clarence Keith. Norman was a graduate of Charleroi High School, Waynesburg College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Pittsburgh.  He ...

Slack, Rev. Robert R.

10/24/2015
The Rev. Robert R. Slack, 89, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Weltytown, PA, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Born May 29, 1926 in New Castle, PA to the late Robert Audley & Violet Lucille (Jacob) Slack, Robert was a retired United Methodist pastor who served at churches in Pardoe, Stoneboro, West Elizabeth, Elrama, Pleasant Unity, Lycippus, Centerville, Taylor, Shanksville & Central City. He was most recently a member of Jefferson United Methodist Church. Robert was also a WWII ...

Kerr, Rev. Raymond P.

10/4/2015
Rev. Raymond P. Kerr, 75, of Derry went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 04, 2015 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, PA.   He was born September 22, 1940 in Cokeville, PA, the son of the late John Kerr and Betty (Cogley) Kerr.  A retired elder, he was a member of the Hillside UMC in Derry, PA. Ray graduated from Derry High School in 1958.  He then married his wife, Carol (Moritz) Kerr on January 19, 1963.  They shared 52 years of marriage and more than 50 years of ...

Snair, Rev. Ray Alton

9/14/2015
Rev. Ray Alton Snair (retired), 88, of Rockport, Texas, went to be with the Lord, whom he lovingly served, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. He passed at his home in Lamar Texas with his loving wife of 67 years by his side. Born Nov. 7, 1926, in Parnassus, which became part of New Kensington, PA, to Albert Clarence Snair and Helena Mable (Craig) Snair, he had three brothers, Roy, Albert and Layden, and one sister Joann. He graduated from Ken High School in New Kensington, where he joined the Marine ...

Bolds, Rev. Dr. Annette M. Bobby

9/3/2015
Rev. Dr. Annette B. Bolds, 63, pastor of the McKeesport: West Side and Dravosburg UMCs, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday morning, Sept. 3. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on June 28.  Annette was a pioneering woman pastor in the United Methodist Church.  Beginning her 32-year ministry in Eastern Pennsylvania, she served churches in the Philadelphia and Chester areas before moving to Pittsburgh in 2007 with her husband, the Rev. Stanley Bolds.  She served at Dormont UMC and...

Huson, Rev. William B.

8/24/2015
The Rev. William B. Huson, 88, of Ferndale died Aug. 24, 2015, at his residence. A member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Johnstown, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.  Ordained an elder in 1960, he served several churches throughout western Pennsylvania, including:  Liberty 1960-1964; Pittsburgh: Emory 1964-1966; Verona First 1966-1969; McKeesport: Jenny Lind/Shoemaker 1969-1970; Green Valley: Shippingport/Georgetown/Bethel 1970-1972; Johnstown: Park Avenue 1972-1982; Coal ...

Shettler, Leah J. (Fitch)

8/22/2015
Leah J. (Fitch) Shettler, 73, of North East died on Saturday August 22, 2015 at Presque Isle Rehabilitation and Nursing Home. She was the wife of the retired Rev. Robert R. Shettler and mother of the Rev. Mark Shettler, pastor of North East Immanuel and State Line United Methodist churches.  Born in August 29, 1941 in Corry, PA to the late William F. and Jean Edwards Fitch, Leah graduated from Corry High School in1959. She worked in the United Methodist ministry with her husband, was a Sunday ...

Gruver, Terri Lynn Doverspike

8/10/2015
Terri Lynn (Doverspike) Gruver, 51, of Pittsfield, Pa., wife of the Rev. Steve Gruber, went to be with her Lord on Monday, August 10, 2015. Terri was born on February 20, 1964, in Punxsutawney, Pa., a daughter to Rev. Fred and Constance (Cuddy) Doverspike.  She graduated from General McLane High School, Asbury College and Eastern Kentucky University. Terri married her elementary school sweetheart, Steve Gruver, on June 21, 1986. In addition to her parents and husband, Terri is survived by a ...

Luker, Dr. Ralph E.

8/8/2015
Ralph E. Luker, 75, a historian, professor and 1960s civil rights activist, passed away peacefully at his home in Atlanta on Saturday August 8, 2015. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, he earned his B.A. degree from Duke University, his Master of Divinity degree from Drew University, and his Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Ordained an elder in the Western Pennsylvania Conference in 1977, Ralph taught in the history and religion departments of ...

Howe, Grace Pound

7/21/2015
Grace Pound Howe, widow of the late Rev. Dr. Charles Howe, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the age of 100. Formerly of Bradenton, FL, she resided at Seneca Hills Village in Penn Hills.   Rev. Howe served Methodist churches in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and the Pittsburgh area, retiring in 1978 after serving at Baldwin Community and Wilkinsburg South Ave. UMCs. He died in January of 2002. Survivors include her children: Susan Grace Howe of Pittsburgh; Robert Pound Howe of ...

Stollings, Rev. Clifford Eugene (Gene)

6/21/2015
Clifford Eugene (Gene) Stollings passed away on Father’s Day, June 21, 2015 at the age of 89.  Gene was born on November 12, 1925 in Boone County, West Virginia, to parents Verona Varney Stollings and Burley Sanford Stollings. Gene was the oldest of five children; his three sisters, Juanita Isaac, Maxine Toppins, and Virginia Toppins, predeceased him, while his brother David survives.  Gene was an intellectual with a subtle sense of humor and kind heart. Graduating from high school at the age ...

Rudat, M. Patricia Clark

6/9/2015
M. Patricia “Pat” Clark Rudat, 86, of Marysville, OH, the surviving spouse of the Rev. Donald C. Rudat,  went home to be with her Lord, Tuesday morning, June 9, 2015 at Carriage Court of Marysville Assisted Living. Pat was born in Huntsville, OH on March 21, 1929 to the late Wallace A. and Eva Killough Clark. She married Donald C. Rudat at Hopewell United Methodist Church on June 12, 1960 and he preceded her in death on October 21, 1994. During his ministry, he served (Beck's Run Methodist ...

Kennedy, Rev. George E.

6/3/2015
Rev. George E. ("Precious") Kennedy, 83, of Erie, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. George was raised and educated in the Pittsburgh area, graduating from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1949. In 1953, he was inducted into the US Army during the Korean Conflict, where he served at Ft. Rucker, Ala. and Ft. Benning, Ga. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class and was later honorably discharged, returning home to the Pittsburgh area. He began his further ...

Hammett, Rev. Edward S.

5/23/2015
The Rev. Edward S. Hammett, 85, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Somerset, PA after a long illness. In his final days, he was uplifted by the many members of the Somerset community who came to visit him, some even bringing him his famous "Grandpa" candy which he had so readily handed out for years wherever he went. Born on August 2, 1929, in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Dr. James M. and Mary Hunter Hammett. On August 30, 1952, he married Virginia Bashforth, a blessed union of ...

Pennington, Nan Bare

5/4/2015
Nan Bare Pennington, 85, of Brookville, surviving spouse of the Rev. Herbert M. Pennington Jr., passed away peacefully on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Brookside Senior Living in Brookville, PA. Born November 9, 1929, in Organ Cave, W.V., Nan was the daughter of the late Charles Somler Bare, Sr., and Nannie Grace Shires Bare.  She was a 1947 graduate of Greenbrier High School in Ronceverte, WV, and attended Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV.  On December 23, 1948, she married Rev. Pennington, who ...

Schrecengost, Sally Ann

5/2/2015
Sally Ann Schrecengost, 53,  of Brookville, PA, died Saturday May 2, 2015 at ACM Hospital Kittanning, PA.  Born July 3, 1961 in Redbank Township. Sally was a 1979 graduate of Brookville High School.  She was employed as the secretary at First United Methodist Church in Brookville, and also was a member of the church. Her family was everything to her, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed scrapbooking, reading her Bible, visiting with her nieces and nephews when they stopped in,  as well as...

Alvarez, Jaime Potter

5/1/2015
Jaime Potter Alvarez, 65, of Somerset, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 27, 2015, surrounded by her family and friends. Jaime was born on November 18, 1949, in Johnstown, PA. She was called to ministry when she was a Junior in high school and was a faithful servant of God her whole life. She was ordained an elder in the Western PA Conference in 1976 and, after serving as a pastor and a chaplain, was appointed as Superintendent of the Johnstown District, among the first women to serve on...

Reinard, Kathleen M.

5/1/2015
Kathleen M. Reinard, 89, formerly of Sigel, went to her heavenly home Friday, May 1, 2015. She was the surviving spouse of Rev. James L. Reinard.  Katie was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Heath Township, Jefferson County, the youngest of seven children of  Oren Butterfield McKendree and Alma Rose Hidinger. Katie attended early education at the one-room school above Heath Station and then graduated from Brookville High School in 1943. After the end of World War II, she wed the boy next door, who she ...

Fleischman, Rev. Mary K.

4/30/2015
Mary K. Fleischman, 88, of Jamestown, Pa., who served as a pastor and was ordained a deacon in the Western PA Conference, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at her residence. She was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Harold E. and Keturah (Byer) Browne. She married Rev. John F. Fleischman Sr., who survives, on Sept. 1, 1951; he survives. Licensed to preach in 1986, she served as an associate pastor for churches in the New Hope Parish along with her husband, served three years in the...

Stevenson, Rev. John W. "Jack"

3/14/2015
Rev. John W. “Jack” Stevenson, of Hermitage, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Nugent Convalescent Home in Hermitage from infirmities. He was 85. A graduate of Hickory High School in Hermitage, Thiel College and Union Theological Seminary, John was a pastor for 41 years until his retirement in 1993. John was born on Aug. 21, 1929, to John and Helen (Wise) Stevenson in Blacktown. On Aug. 14, 1948, he married his wife, Helen N. Patton, who survives at home. John served churches in in ...

Waybright, William Luke

3/8/2015
William Luke Waybright of Cochranton, who served many years as the Western PA Conference archivist, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Meadville Medical Center following a lingering illness. He was 64. A long-time member of Grace United Methodist Church in Meadville, he was an avid church historian and compiled a book containing an illustrious history of the pastors and their families who had served this church over the many years. For many years and until his death, Bill was also the ...

Mowrey, Rev. Dr. Thelma N.

3/2/2015
Rev. Dr. Thelma N. Mowrey, 90, of Johnstown, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at Arbutus Park Manor. She and her husband of 59 years, the Rev. Dr. James Mowrey, who survives, are believed to be the first clergy couple in the Western PA Annual Conference of the UMC.  Born Dec. 12, 1924, in Canton, Ohio, daughter of John Peter and Clara (Osborne) Nelson, she was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary Agnes. Survived by husband of 59 years, Rev. Dr. James Mowrey; children, Philip, ...

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