Obituaries

Larsen, Rev. Wilbur Charles

12/3/2017
Wilbur “Bill” Charles Larsen, 91, of Sharpsville, a retired elder, died Sunday, December 3, 2017 at St. Paul Homes in Greenville.  He was born on Monday, September 27, 1926 in Corry, Pennsylvania.  He was the only child of Foster Kent Larsen and Bertha Sutton Larsen.  Bill’s father died in 1929 as the result of an accident sustained while working for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a train engineer.  Bill and his mother survived “The Great Depression,” and in the 1940’s a step-father Joseph ...

Brown, Rev. William L.

11/27/2017
The Rev. William L. Brown, 91, who served as executive director of the Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville from 1977-1993, died Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Cleveland Clinic, Avon. Born in East Mecca, Ohio January 25, 1926 to Emerson W. and Helen G. Lewis Brown, he married Carolyn A. Barch on August 1, 1975. She survives. He was a 1943 graduate and Salutatorian of Bristol High School, Bristolville, Ohio and was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps on a B29 ...

Getschman, Goldye LeAnn

11/22/2017
Goldye LeAnn Getschman, 88, of Meadville passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the Rev. Robert Getschman, who survives.  Born on May 22, 1929 in Bellaire, OH, the daughter of the late Kenneth Timberlake and Josephine Workman Timberlake, she married Robert Getschman, a retired Associate Member of the Conference  on September 13, 1962. He survives. They served the New Millport/Bloomington/Mount Zion/O'Shanter churches from ...

Miller, Rev. Gerald H.

11/11/2017
Rev. Gerald H. Miller, 75, of Townville, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 11, 2017, at Country Acres Personal Care Home in Titusville. Jerry was born on June 8, 1942 in Meadville, Pa., a son of Betty Gelnet Miller Knapp Barr and the late Harris Miller. He was married to Mabel Haag on June 15, 1963 at the Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church at Grampian, Pa. A graduate of Brookville High School, class of 1960, and of Penn State University, he attended seminary in Washington, D.C. and served...

Griffith, Doreen L.

11/4/2017
Rev. Doreen Lynnae Sterner Griffith, 52, of Johnstown, went home to be with her Lord and Savior after a courageous five-year battle with cancer on November 4, 2017. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Born May 30, 1965 in Jamestown, NY, to Dean and Elaine (Steeg) Sterner, she was preceded in death by her father; and grandparents Herman and Florence Steeg and Oscar and Evalene Sterner. She is survived by her mother, her husband of 31 years, the Rev. Mark A. Griffith; ...

Keiper, Rev. R. Kenneth

10/28/2017
The Rev. Ralph Kenneth (Kenny) Keiper Jr. of Bolivar was called to his heavenly home on October 28, 2017, at the age of 87. Known to many as "Coach Keiper," he was a baseball coach, baseball scout, horseman, Methodist pastor and loving family man.  A dynamic person actively involved in many areas of the community during his life, Ken began his ministry in the United Methodist Church in 1959 serving the Bolivar UMC for 58 years. During that time, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh ...

Stewart, Rev. Alexander Jr.

10/28/2017
SHELBURNE, Vt. - Rev. Alexander Stewart, Jr., 83, died peacefully in his sleep October 28, 2017 in Shelburne, Vermont. An elder who transferred into the Western PA Conference to serve as pastor of Crafton UMC in 1964, four years later, he moved to Boston University School of Theology as planned giving director.  Born September 7, 1924 in Clinton Mass., his parents were Rev. Alexander Stewart and Dr. Annalee Stewart of Washington, D.C. His wife of 68 years, Hilda Hill Stewart of Louisville, MS, ...

White, Kathryn S.

10/26/2017
Kathryn S. (Sandefur) White, 75, of South Bend, IN passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Kathy retired in 2010 as the Director of Camping for the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Kathy earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Elon College and a Master of Christian Education from Emory University Candler School of Theology. She served as a Christian educator in many ways throughout her career and retired as the director of camping in January, 2010, after ...

Jones, David L.

10/13/2017
Dave Jones, 81, of Clairton, husband of the Rev. Lota Jones, a retired elder, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 13, 2017.  Born May 31, 1936 in Munhall, he was the youngest of four children of Franklin W. and Hilda Elizabeth (Schroeder) Jones.  Dave grew up in the Lincoln Place section of Pittsburgh and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh. Dave lived in several areas of southwestern PA as his wife was appointed to serve as pastor in New Derry, Lycippus, ...

Landis, Rev. Ralph

10/5/2017
Rev. Ralph G. Landis, Jr., 94, of Berlin, a retired associate member of the Western PA Conference and a former missionary, returned to the Lord on Oct. 5, 2017 at Meadow View Nursing Center. Born Oct. 7, 1922 in Brothersvalley Twp., son of Ralph Sr. and Anna Grace (Queer) Landis, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Judd, Levi, Ray, Myron, Devon, Paul, and Robert; sisters Jane Hosken and Phoebe Lutz-Hosselton; brother-in-law Charles Hosken; sisters-in-law Ruby (Dively) Landis, ...

Remaley, Rev. Charles F.

10/3/2017
Rev. Charles F. "Red" Remaley, 91, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Born October 19, 1925, to the late Charles F. and Elizabeth (Stewart) Remaley, Sr., in Verona, he graduated from Verona High School in 1943 and, at age 17, enlisted in the US Navy. He served on the USS LST-1024 during World War II in the South Pacific, participating in the invasions of Leyte (Philippines), Lingayen Gulf, and Okinawa. He continued to serve during the occupation of Japan. A chance encounter in the ...

Rousseaux, Joan L.

10/1/2017
Joan L. Rousseaux, 71, of Mayport, a retired associate member who served as a pastor and directed the Women Ministers Chorus, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at home. Born Jan. 2, 1946, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Edna (Williams) and John Greenewald, she married Armand A. Rousseaux, who survives, on on April 12, 1969.  Joan attended Thomas Jefferson High School. She graduated with honors as a music major from Indiana University of PA and completed the Course of Study at Wesley Theological...

Pons Perez, Juan Alberto

8/30/2017
Juan Alberto Pons Perez, 76, of Erie, the founding pastor of San Juan United Methodist Church in Erie, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Alberto was born in Chiquimulilla, Santa Rosa, Guatemala, Central America on December 15, 1940, son of the late Josefina Pérez Barrientos and Colnl. Carlos Alberto Pons Alejos.   Alberto is survived by his wife Erenie Beatrice Hudson de Pons; children Terry Lynn (John Blake), Brian, and Tammy Pons (Will Holloway); sisters Olga Alicia Pons Gutierrez and ...

Monticue, Rev. Mildred Sadler

8/18/2017
The Rev. Mildred E. "Mid" Sadler Monticue, 87, of Stahlstown, passed away Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. She was born March 22, 1930, in Elizabeth, a daughter of the late Fred and Alice (Douglas) Sadler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Monticue; and an infant brother, Douglas Sadler. Mid attended the Heritage United Methodist Church and was ordained as an elder in 2004 after serving as a local pastor. She served as pastor at Lyppicus: Calvar;  Sinnemahon...

Gay, Rev. Richard Rodda

8/13/2017
Richard Rodda Gay passed away peacefully on Aug. 13, 2017, in Bend, Ore., surrounded by family members. Rev. Gay served as an associate pastor at First Methodist Church in Pittsburgh from 1946-1950, then joined the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan College.  Born on May 23, 1920, to Thomas Ward Gay and Lydia Reaver Brower in Phoenixville, Pa. He graduated from Phoenixville High School in 1938. He attended Ursinus College, where he met Averill Virginia Fox. He graduated, in 1942, with a Bachelor of Arts ...

Jordan, Rev. Sandra J. Young

8/9/2017
Rev. Sandra J. Young Jordan, 74, of Collier Twp., a retired local pastor and wife for 55 years of the Rev. Robert B. Jordan Jr., passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Sandy served for 19 years as associate pastor of Glenwillard and Shannopin United Methodist churches, where her husband served as senior pastor. Both retired in 2013. Strong in her faith, she was a former member of Carnegie UMC, as well as having served for many years as secretary of the Bridgeville UMC.  As a lifetime ...

Slack,Gwenda Mae

8/5/2017
Gwenda Mae (Richards) Slack, 88, of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  She was the surviving spouse of the late Rev. Robert R. Slack, who died Oct. 24, 2015. Born in New Castle, PA on September 30, 1928, the daughter of Thomas Humphrey Richards and Minnie Olive (Lutz) Richards, Gwenda  is survived by three children, Barbara A. (Ron) Lewis, Laura M. (Craig) Edwards and Thomas R. (Henrietta) Slack; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Lewis) Spatara, Rebecca Lewis,...

Northey, Rev. Bruce

7/28/2017
Rev. Bruce K. Northey, 59, of McMurray passed away on Friday July 28, 2017. He was the beloved son of Meredith Northey Goodwin and the late William Northey; brother of Michelle (Robert) Lee; and former husband of Connie Stopka Northey. Ordained a deacon in 1990 and an elder in 1994, Rev. Northey served as a pastor in Cambridge Springs, an associate at Bakerstown UMC, pastor of Millvale and Sharpsburg UMCs; Charleroi First UMC, Monessen and Webster UMCs and Greenock UMC in McKeesport before ...

Fleischman, Rev. John F.

7/24/2017
The Rev. John F. Fleischman Sr., 87, a retired clergy member of the Conference, passed away Monday morning, July 24, 2017, in The Grove at Greenville. He was born in Tarentum on May 30, 1930, a son of John E. and Edith (Roberts) Fleischman. He was a 1952 graduate of Adrian College, Adrian, Mich. On Sept. 1, 1951, he married the former Mary K. Browne; she passed away April 30, 2015. John taught sixth grade at Fawn Township Elementary School for 30 years, where he touched many young minds. After...

Devorick, Dr. James E.

6/30/2017
Dr. James E. Devorick, 84, June 30, 2017, at Windber Hospice. Born April 28, 1933, in Johnstown, son of John Paul and Zelma Pearl (Stephens) Devorick. As an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, he served Faith EUB Church in Altoona, First United Methodist Church, Bowserdale United Methodist Church, Garfield Street United Methodist Church, Trinity Asbury United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, St. John's Church of Christ and First Christian Church, Johnstown. He ...

Jones, Nancy C.

6/30/2017
Nancy C. Jones, 83, a longtime lay member and legislative section leader for the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, passed away on June 30, 2017.  A lifelong resident of West View and member of West View United Methodist Church, Nancy was a pioneering woman in journalism, working as a reporter and later a journalism professor at three universities. She served the past several years as a member of the WPAUMC Commission on Communications. Nancy began her career as a reporter for the Daily ...

Janacek, Rev. Robert

5/22/2017
The Rev. Robert "Bob" Janacek, 86, of Clarington, Pa., passed away on May 22, 2017, at Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Born Sept. 1, 1930, to the late Chester T. and Merlin G. (Durrin) Janacek in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, he was married on June 25, 1955, to Patricia L. (Bonner) Janacek, in Atlasburg, Washington County, PA.  Patricia survives him. Bob was a very educated man who used his knowledge and experience to help others as a pastor, counselor, mental health ...

Kerr, Carol Ann Moritz

5/20/2017
Carol Ann (Moritz) Kerr, 73, of Derry, widow of the Rev. Raymond P. Kerr, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, PA.  She was born June 13, 1943 in Torrance, PA, the daughter of the late Elder Moritz and Ruth (Howard) Moritz.  Carol was a graduate of Derry Area High School Class of 1961.  Following graduation she worked briefly for the US Naval Dept. in Washington, DC.  She was married to Raymond P. Kerr on January 19, 1963.  The couple served ...

Morse, Carol J.

5/20/2017
Carol J. Morse, 77, of Liberty Township, Grove City, passed away on Saturday evening, May 20, 2017, following a brief illness. She was the wife of the Rev. Willard S. Morse, a retired elder, and mother of the Rev. Steve Morse, pastor of Greensburg First UMC. Carol was the oldest of five children of the late George Elwin and Bernice (Leinbaugh) Johnston. She was born July 2, 1939, in Cortland, N.Y.  She married the Rev. Willard S. Morse on July 13, 1957. Together they raised four sons, and for ...

Rev. John Dallape

5/13/2017
The Rev. John Dallape, 82, a retired associate member who served as pastor of Westover Grace, East Ridge Harmony and LaJose UMCs for 23 years before retirement and later served two years as an associate at Glasgow Larger Parish, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 13, 2017, at Haida Manor, Hastings. Rev. Dallape gained much experience in many fields by working at various jobs as a young man. After being drafted into the U.S. Army and serving in France, he worked in sales and management for ...

Sass, Rev. John

5/7/2017
On Sunday, May 7 at 2:33 a.m., the Reverend John Sass, Jr. entered the Church Triumphant while holding the hand of his youngest granddaughter Danielle, who faithfully kept watch over him during his last days. One of 13 children, Rev. Sass was born in his parents’ home near Berlin, PA, on August 9, 1926, to John Sass Sr. and Ida Domer Sass. On August 13, 1943, at the age of 17, he joined the US Navy and served until March 24, 1946, on the heavy cruiser, the USS Quincy. He was at the Battle of ...

Myers, Rev. Jane Morrison

4/20/2017
The Rev. Jane Morrison Myers, who began studies toward ordination as an elder as soon as the predecessor Methodist Church began ordaining women as full clergy members in 1956, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Erie, at the age of 95. Born on November 26, 1921, daughter of the late Karl E. Morrison of Erie and Edna May (Wolfgang) Morrison of Albany, N.Y., she attended Erie public schools: McKinley Elementary, Wilson Junior High, Academy, and Strong Vincent High. She graduated from ...

Yohe, Martha R. "Mary Ann"

4/4/2017
Martha R. Yohe, 91, known by friends as "Mary Ann," died peacefully Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington, with family members at her side. She was the widow of the Rev. Marcus Yohe, who passed away in 2000 after 55 years of marriage. She was born December 20, 1925, in Washington, a daughter of the late Dorsey Strosnider, a streetcar motorman in Washington, and Ethel Jones Strosnider. She married Marcus G. Yohe of Ginger Hill, a roofing and steeple contractor who ...

Lash, Betty M.

3/16/2017
Betty M. Lash, 87, of Greensburg, widow of the Rev. Donald Lash, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Nature Park Commons, Greensburg. Born Oct. 5, 1929, in Herminie, a daughter of the late George and Florence (Thomas) Johnson, Mrs. Lash was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. She was a member of Charter Oak United Methodist Church, where she was very active, serving as a longtime organist at the church and as a member of the handbell choir. Over the years, she made many friends through ...

Horner, Wilma Grace Page

3/10/2017
Rev. Wilma G. Horner, (Pastor Wilma), 83, of Westmont, died March 10, 2017 at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born on March 15, 1933 in Mineral Point, the daughter of the late Sherman and Deborah (Shaffer) Page, she is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Robert James Horner, and children Debra (Horner) married to Larry Gehlman, Boswell; Robert Edward Horner (“Toby”) married to Tracy, Sweet Valley; Gregg Steven Horner married to Kathleen, Frederick, MD and Traci (Horner) married to ...

Pollock, Rev. H. B.

3/7/2017
Rev. Horace Blair "H. B." Pollock , a retired elder, passed away on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at his daughter's home in Shelocta, PA. He was born August 13, 1925 in Marion Center, PA, the son of the late Wilbur Carl Pollock and Emma Winifred (Neal) Pollock.  Licensed to preach by the Evangelical United Brethren Church and ordained in elder in 1960, he served EUB and, after merger of denominations, United Methodist churches including Oak Ridge/Fairmount City; Sewickley: Little Hill; East Connells...

Ankeny, Ruth Widdowson

3/3/2017
Ruth (Widdowson) Ankeny, 88, wife of the Rev. E. Eugene Ankeny, joined the church triumphant on Wednesday, March 3, 2017.   Ruth lovingly and devotedly served as a pastor’s wife for 66 years.  During that time she always sang in the church choir, sometimes directing and occasionally developing a youth choir, always sharing her joyous spirit with everyone as a friend and confidante.  The Ankenys served churches in Western Pennsylvania, including Mount Jewett/Hazelhurst, Edinboro, New Castle ...

Cole, Donna Jean Peterson

3/2/2017
After a courageous battle with cancer, Donna Jean Peterson Cole, wife of the Rev. Dr. Ted Cole, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Donna was born on July 13, 1945 in Corry, PA. She is the daughter of the late Walter and Naomi Peterson of Titusville. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her late grandmother, Mrs. Lafe Peterson, whom she dearly loved. She is a graduate of Academy High School in Erie and served as a nurse’s aide at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie in 1966. In...

Holste, Laura E.

2/23/2017
Laura E. Holste, 68, of Seneca, wife of the Rev. David Holste, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, surrounded by her family at Oakwood Heights in Oil City. Born in Richwood, W. Va., on June 4, 1948, she was a daughter of John L. and Lillian J. McDowell McIntosh. She was a graduate of Langley High School in Pittsburgh. Laura worked for NCR while residing in Dayton, Ohio; and Quaker State before retiring in 2009 after 15 years working at Slippery Rock University as secretary for orientation ...

Hogg, Wilma Ruth

1/30/2017
Wilma Ruth Hogg, 94, of Dallas, Texas passed away on Monday, January 30, 2017 in Dallas, TX. Born Oct. 25, 1922 in Oregon, she served with her husband of 55 years, the late Rev. William Richey Hogg, as a missionary in India from 1952-55. The couple moved to Texas, where Dr. Hogg, an elder in the Western Pennsylvania Conference, served as professor of World Christianity at Perkins School of Theology. He passed away in 2005. A graveside service was scheduled for Mrs. Hogg, who was born Oct. 25, ...

Bodnar, Rev. Frank

1/28/2017
The Rev. Frank A. Bodnar, 86, who served United Methodist Churches in southwestern PA for 44 years, entered eternal rest on January 28, 2017. He was a resident of Westminster Woods in Huntingdon, PA for the past eight years. Pastor Frank was many things: beloved son of Hungarian immigrants Frank and Julia Beregsasy Bodnar; full-time coal miner in Nemacolin, PA while putting himself through school at Waynesburg College and Westminster Theological Seminary; circuit rider for churches in Mt. ...

Brown, Rev. Victor Lemoyne

1/20/2017
The Rev. Victor Lemoyne Brown, 94, of Perry Township went to be with the Lord, and his beloved wife and childhood sweetheart Molly on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. He died peacefully at his home in Sleepy Hollow.  An educator who felt God's call into the Ministry in 1957, Rev. Brown was both a teacher and preacher until 1965, when he resigned from teaching to go full time as a United Methodist pastor. He served churches throughout Western Pennsylvania, including Clark: Trinity, Shenango Charge, ...

Richards, Marlene H.

12/26/2016
Marlene H. Richards, 73, of Franklin, an educator and the widow of the Rev. Donald D. Richards, passed away Monday December 26, 2016 at Wesbury in Meadville, with her daughter at her side. Born in Pittsburgh on September 23, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Clyde J. and Blanche E. Keller Hecht. Marlene was a 1961 graduate of the former Snowden Twp. High School and later graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She earned her first Master of Arts...

Hemskey, Rev. Dr. Jack Levi

12/11/2016
The Rev. Dr. Jack Levi Hemskey, 85, who served as a pastor for 50 years before retiring in 1993, went to his heavenly home on December 11 at Oak Grove Manor Assisted Living in Waynesboro, Virginia. Ordained an elder in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1959, he pastored churches and charges in Ohio and in Jeannette, at Scenery Hill/Davidson  Saegertown/Blooming Valley; Aspinwall: Community/Blawnox; Creighton: Janes 1987-1990; and Cabot. He also served six years as chaplain at ...

King, Lois Jane

12/6/2016
Lois Jane Leyshon King, 71, of Blairsville, who was the widow of the late Rev. Richard M. King, passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2016 in her home due to complications of Parkinson's Disease. Born Nov. 10, 1945 in Sharpsville, PA, to the late Jack and Esther (Perrine) Leyshon, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Blairsville and for many years enjoyed being a pastor's wife and serving in that church.  She also loved keeping her house, decorating and snuggling with her pets, ...

Shindledecker, Ruth Mae

11/26/2016
Ruth Mae Shindledecker, 74, of DuBois, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville. She was the wife of the Rev. Tim Shindledecker, a retired local pastor in the Indiana District. Born on Jan. 18, 1942, in DuBois, she was the daughter of the late Clarence E. Bochert and Helen R. Yount.  She was an excellent mother and enjoyed playing the piano, singing in the choir, gardening, spending time in the outdoors, camping, sight-seeing, and walking her beloved dogs, Ginger and ...

Wilson, Esther I. Henderson

11/24/2016
Esther I. Henderson Wilson, 88, of Butler passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice. She was the surviving spouse of the late Rev. David D. Wilson, who died on July 1, 2004. Born Aug. 15, 1928, in Pittsburgh to the late Floyd N. and Leah Coleman Henderson, Mrs. Wilson worked for a short time in the Children's Hospital Records Department in the 1940s, but her most important job was as homemaker and mother. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Butler ...

Bell, Rev. David

11/17/2016
Rev. David A. Bell, Sr. 69, of Scottdale died suddenly on Thursday evening, November 17, 2016 at his home. Rev. Bell was an ordained elder in the Western Pa. Conference of the United Methodist Church and attended Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale. He was a graduate of Hempfield High School, California University of Pa and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He served numerous churches in the Western Pa. Conference. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, serving with the 1st Air Cavalry...

Shields, Rev. Richard

11/3/2016
Reverend Richard W. Shields, 77, of Hollidaysburg, a United Methodist elder who served 41 years in ministry before retiring in 2001, died Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring, after a lengthy illness.   Richard was born September 17, 1939, in Ellwood City, son of the late George J. and Jenevie (Kirchner) Shields. On July 24, 1965, he married Susan Myers at Bare Memorial Church of God, Roaring Spring.   Surviving are his wife, daughters Elizabeth Patrick of Moon Township,...

Reitz, Donna G.

10/30/2016
Donna G. Reitz, 82, of Warren, the widow of the Rev. H. Dale Reitz, passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at Warren General Hospital.  Donna was born July 31, 1934, in Knox, PA. She was the daughter of the late Arnold Benedict and Mary Gladys (Best) Seigworth.   Donna married Rev. Reitz on November 26, 1960.  An active member of the Covenant United Methodist Church, she sang in the choir, assisted with funeral dinners, was a member of the United Methodist Women, and had belonged to the ...

Garvin, Audrey

10/29/2016
Audrey Garvin, 84, the surviving spouse of the Rev. John C. Garvin, passed away on Oct. 29, 2016, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.  Rev. Garvin served at Bethany House, Church of Our Savior,  Calvary and Evergreen UMCs in Pittsburgh from 1962-75, when he moved to Alaska as executive director of Children's Services and later as a Christian Counselor.  He retired in 1989 and died in March, 2014. The family was to plan a memorial service for Mrs. Garvin at a later date.  

Roddy, Nancy Lee Elder

10/13/2016
Nancy Lee Elder Roddy, 79, of Bridgeville, formerly of Greensburg and North Huntingdon, passed away October 13, 2016 with her family at her side. She was the beloved wife of the Rev. Dale Webster Roddy for 61 years. Nancy was a devoted mother to Patrick (Sally) Roddy of Eighty Four; Rev. Dale (Tawney) Roddy, pastor of Crossroads UMC's Boyce Road campus; and Rev. David (Jessica) Roddy, pastor of Alive Community Church in Saxonburg; doting 'Gran' to Jay (Katherine), Erin, Allison (fiance Cody), ...

Olds, Dorothy

9/28/2016
Dorothy Olds, 96, of Florence, SC, widow of the late Richard N. Olds, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. One of the founding members of Highland Park UMC in Florence, SC, she was a professional seamstress and among her many talents, she loved to create and sew beautiful angel dolls. She was a member of the Lenore Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as the past Grand Ester for the state of SC. Born in Richmond, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Leslie ...

Critchlow, Rev. Robert

9/25/2016
Rev. Robert L. Critchlow, 87, of Castle Shannon, died peacefully on Sunday evening, September 25, 2016. He was serving in retirement as the pastor of West Homestead United Methodist Church.  Rev. Bob was a Methodist minister for 58 years. Beginning his ministry as a supply pastor in the former Erie Conference, he served Conneautville/Dicksonburg/Palmer UMCs from 1960-1963 and Manor from 1963-1966, then attended school from 1966 to 1970, when he was ordained an elder and appointed to the ...

Sherry, Rev. Harry C.

9/14/2016
The Rev. Harry C. Sherry, 87, of Somerset, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at The Patriot in Somerset. He was born July 23, 1929, in Dora, Pa., the son of Harry Edward “Ed” and Hazel Elizabeth (McDowell) Sherry. He married Naomi Lowmaster on Aug. 19, 1950, and last month celebrated 66 years of marriage. The Rev. Sherry graduated Punxsutawney High School in 1947. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Germany. He worked in coal stripping until he was ...

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