Obituaries

Carroll, Robert L.

6/9/2021
Robert L. Carroll, 91, of Erie and Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community in Meadville, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Erie on September 13, 1929, son of the late Donald and Alda Blum Carroll. Robert graduated from Lawrence Park High School in 1947. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from 1948 to 1951. Robert worked as a Locomotive Draftsman/Designer at General Electric for 41 years, retiring in 1988 and ... read more

Hildbold, Cheryl Anne

6/1/2021
Cheryl Anne Hildbold, 63, of Jennerstown, went to be with the Lord on June 1, 2021. She is a daughter of the late Grant Abrams and Dolores and William Brown. She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Chuck Hildbold Jr.; children, Charlie (Carolann) Hildbold, Carrie (Ben) Floyd, Caitlin (Scott) Huber and Caleb (Stephanie) Hildbold; and 8 grandchildren. She is also survived by brother Grant (Bonnie) Abrams; sister Diane (Bob) Smith; step-brother Barry (Lynn) Brown and step-sister Jyl ... read more

King, Rev. John V.

6/1/2021
John Vernon King, 69, died at his home in Tucker, Georgia on June 1, 2021. John was born October 11, 1951, in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, to Earle Cochran King and Margaret Elizabeth McNemar King. He was a dedicated husband to his late wife, Rev. Bonnie Tyack Friend King, whom he married on June 23, 1973, and was a loving father to his three children.  After losing his beloved wife on April 8, 2020, he knew he would one day see her again in Glory, and that time has come.  A celebration of life... read more

Lewis, Linda Carol Howes

5/31/2021
Linda Carol Lewis, age 81, of Brewton, Alabama, formerly of Clarksville died May 31, 2021 in McMillan Memorial Hospital, Brewton, Alabama. She was the surviving spouse of Pastor James D. Lewis, who died Friday, May 7, 2021 in Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Fla. See his obituary   Funeral arrangements were incomplete and will be announced by the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320. read more

Edder Thompson, Sylvia M. Gregory

5/25/2021
Sylvia M. "Sib" Gregory Edder Thompson, 90, of Girard, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. She lived as a Pastor's wife with her late husband Rev. Merritt W. Edder in Marion Center and Greensboro Indiana, before returning to Pennsylvania, living in Tionesta and Ridgway, returning to Erie in 1981 following the death of her husband Mert. She had been a resident of the Wattsburg (Phillipsville) area since 1983 when she married her second husband, Richard S. Thompson, recently moving... read more

Lewis, Rev. James D.

5/7/2021
Reverend James D. Lewis Sr., 78, of Brewton, Ala., formerly of Clarksville, died Friday, May 7, 2021, in Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Fla. James was born December 21, 1942, in Millsboro, a son of the late William M. and Elsie M. Bane Lewis. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Carol Howes Lewis (married July 6, 1963); five children, James D. Lewis Jr. (Diana) of Arkansas, Linda Lucille Lawry (James) of Brewton, who was his caregiver, Jeffrey L. Lewis (Sharon) of Clarksville, Timothy ... read more

Wilson, Rev. Paul E.

4/19/2021
Rev. Paul E. Wilson Sr., 74, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, quietly at his home in Derry, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. Born March 19, 1947, at Latrobe Hospital, he was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Alexander (Junior) Wilson and Josephine Viola Bowers Wilson. Paul was a graduate of Derry Area High School, Waynesburg College and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He has served United Methodist congregations in Western Pennsylvania for 53 years and was a... read more

Raptosh, Cindy Lou

4/8/2021
Cindy Lou Raptosh, 56, of Delmont, PA. passed away at UPMC-St. Margaret’s Hospital on April 8, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Born July 23, 1964, in New Castle, PA, the daughter of the late David and Marylou (Allen) Snyder, she is survived by her loving husband, the Rev. Dr. Ronald W. Raptosh and daughter, Sarah N. Raptosh, and family dog, Toodles. She was the sister of David A. Snyder and Diane L. (Nick) Butchelle, both of New Castle. Cindy enjoyed cooking, artwork, and sketching. She... read more

Rulong, Rev. Roger G.

4/8/2021
Reverend Roger G. Rulong, Sr., 90, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 8, 2021. Roger was born on October 13, 1930, in Morristown, OH and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jane K. Rulong, who passed away in 2018 shortly after they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Glen L. Rulong and Ruth T. Rulong of Moundsville, WV. Roger met and married his college sweetheart Jane at Asbury College in Wilmore, ... read more

Parker, A. Faye

4/3/2021
Averyl Faye Smock Parker (“Faye”) passed away April 3, 2021 at age 88 in Jacksonville FL. She was a lifelong Methodist and the widow of the Rev. Lee W. Parker. Born June 14, 1932 to Arthur Lee Smock and Cleora Muriel Joy Wheeling of Sharon, PA, from her baptism, Faye lived her faith through active, life-long participation in the Methodist Church. As a young adult, she contributed her considerable musical talents as a choir member, director, and organist. She was a Sunday School teacher, MYF ... read more

Hartman, Grace

4/1/2021
Grace G. Hartman, 86, of Liberty Twp., passed peacefully in Orchard Manor on Thursday, April 1, 2021 following an extended illness.    Born in Youngstown, OH on Aug. 26, 1934 to Lester and Grace (Martin) Good, Grace married Charles R. Hartman on Dec. 23, 1955.   Grace was a graduate of Mount Union College and she received a Masters of Science in Teaching at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. She did graduate work at a number of universities. She retired from Grove City College where she taught ... read more

Shaw, Rev. William Douglas

3/24/2021
Rev. William Douglas Shaw, 80, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away on March 24, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Dianne Shaw for 56 years. The son of the late William and Leota Shaw, he was the loving father of Scott (Kathleen) Shaw, Laurie (David) Maietta, and Kristin (Michael) Henry, and cherished grandfather of Will, Logan, Tanner, Jacob, Waylon, and Sawyer. A Methodist minister for over 35 years, Bill loved spending time with his family and grandsons. He went out of his way to help anyone in ... read more

Rodkey, Geraldine Bush

3/13/2021
Geraldine Bush Rodkey of Uniontown passed away the morning of Saturday, March 13, 2021, with family and loved ones at her bedside. Born in 1932 in Bullskin Township, the daughter of William J. Bush and Anna M. (Freiberg) Bush, she was the surviving spouse of Wilbur W. Rodkey, Jr., who served as a Local Pastor in the Connellsville District from 1989-1993. They had been married 48 years when he passed away in 1999. Geraldine was a past matron of Order of Eastern Star #263 and past watchman of ... read more

Gawlas, Rev. William

3/11/2021
Rev. William C Gawlas, 83, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Castle Shannon, passed away suddenly in his sleep at home on March 11, 2021. William was a passionate lover of music especially jazz. He was a singer, musician and tap dancer. He served as a pastor for urban churches in the Pittsburgh Methodist conference beginning in the 1960s and later worked for agencies in the city. He returned to pastoral ministry in 1993 at the Noblestown/Federal Charge and also served the Monessen/Webster Charge from ... read more

Maher, William Joseph Sr.

3/9/2021
Rev. William Joseph Maher Sr., 79, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday March 9, 2021 at UPMC Hamot in Erie from complications due to COVID-19. Born in Oil City on July 5, 1941, he was the son of the late Michael Sheridan and Mary Kathryn Kugler Maher. He was a graduate of Oil City High School, and served proudly for a short time in the United States Air Force after graduation. Years later, he went on to graduate from Westminster College and earned his Master’s Degree in Divinity from Methodist ... read more

Livermore, Martha Estella

3/5/2021
Martha Estella Livermore, 81, of Brookville, PA, died Friday, March 5, 2021, at home of pulmonary fibrosis after an extended illness. She was the wife of Rev. Dale Livermore and mother of Rev. D. Christopher Livermore. Martha was born in Cambridge Springs on November 24, 1939, daughter of the late Paul and Hazel Salen Smith. She died sharing scripture with her loving, devoted husband Dale U. Livermore by her side. She and Dale were childhood sweethearts and were married for nearly sixty-three ... read more

Ridley, Rev. Herman L.

3/4/2021
The Rev. Herman L. Ridley, 88, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.  A son of the late William Valentine and Annie (Rickel) Ridley, he was born March 30, 1932, in Sherrett, Armstrong County.  Herman was a 1950 graduate of Kittanning High School. After high school he attended Transylvania Bible School, where he graduated in 1954. Herman graduated from Grove City College in 1971, with a Bachelor of Arts. He attended Wesley Seminary in Washington, ... read more

Clark, Betty Jean

2/28/2021
Betty Jean Clark, 86, of Oil City died at home, surrounded by her children, on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Edward Clark who passed away in August, 2019. Born on July 29, 1934, Betty was the daughter of Robert and Gladys Burchett of New Castle. She married Edward D. Clark on Nov. 23, 1955.  She is survived by two sisters, two brothers and her three children, Donna Tarleton and husband, Joe, of Oil City; Judy Millar and husband, Tom, of Plumer, and Edward D. ... read more

Foster, Bruce Alan

2/23/2021
Bruce Alan Foster, 61, of Osterburg in Bedford County, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday February 23, 2021 at home. He was born January 19, 1960 in Fall City, Nebraska, son of the late Jerry and Lori (Anderson) Foster. He married Rebecca Kaizer on June 8, 1981 in Tarkil, Missouri.   Surviving are his wife; four children -- Dominic Foster and wife Deanna of Bedford, Ashley Socks and husband Richard of Hancock, MD, Dillon Foster and wife Brandi of Mercersburg and Alison Wilson and husband ... read more

Tunnell, Rev. Linda

2/17/2021
Rev. Linda Louise Tunnell, 76, of Murfreesboro, TN passed away Wednesday February 17, 2021. She retired as an Elder in the Western PA Conference in 2008 after serving Johnstown: Centennial; Miller  Miller and East McKeesport: First; and Geneva: Faith/Mumford Chapel.   A member of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, she served in retirement for a time as pastor of Blanton's Chapel UMC in Manchester, TN.   As a faithful Christian, she was a mentor to many in her life. She also was ... read more

Updegraff, Rev. Richard

2/14/2021
Rev. Richard D. "Rich" Updegraff, 71, of Margate, FL joined the Lord on February 14, 2021. Born in North Braddock, PA to Robert and Ethel Updegraff, he was one of two sons.  Rich graduated with a Masters degree in Physical Education for the Handicapped before earning a Master of Divinity degree. A member of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, he retired in 2012 after 40 years of service. In his younger years, Rich was a very athletic man and loved many sports, ... read more

Cassidy, Phyllis C.

2/12/2021
Phyllis C. Cassidy of Doylestown passed away on Friday, February 12 at Pine Run Health Care. She was 94 and the wife of the late Rev. William A. Cassidy, who served churches in Western PA from 1952-1972 and passed away in 1982. Born in Three Springs, Huntingdon County, PA, she was the daughter of the late John and Grace G. Whann. Phyllis had been an accredited medical librarian early in her career, having worked in various hospitals in western Pennsylvania, including Greenville Hospital until ... read more

Wilson, Erwin Woodrow "Woody"

2/2/2021
Erwin Woodrow "Woody" Wilson, 84, of Greensboro, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Waynesburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Waynesburg, Pa. He was born July 19, 1936 in Keisterville, Fayette County, Pa., a son of the late James W. and Blanche A. (Lambert) Wilson. Woody attended Point Marion High School and later received an associate degree in Business Administration. He attended radio and television repair school before enlisting in the U. S. Air Force in ... read more

Richter, Rev. Daniel G.

1/30/2021
Reverend Daniel "Papa" Gordon Richter, 65, pastor of the Marienville UM Charge, went to be with the Lord on January 30, 2021. Born November 6, 1955 in Zelienople/Harmony, he was the son of the late William Richter and Daphne (Wren) Richter. On October 10, 1986, he married the love of his life, Pamela J. Reitz, who survives. They were married for 35 beautiful years. A graduate of Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA, Daniel continued his education at Edinboro where he received his degree ... read more

Lynn, James C. Jr.

1/22/2021
James C. Lynn, Jr., age 86, of Gibsonia, beloved husband of the late Rev. Carol E. Sayenga Lynn, passed away on January 22, 2021. Jim was a longtime accountant for the Hillman Company, a seventh degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate, and lived to care for and make happy his beloved wife Carol, who was his high school sweetheart. Surviving are their sons J. Curtis Lynn III and Scott G. (Emily Morrison) Lynn, his sister Lois Jean Wright and three granddaughters, Courtney, Eleanor, and Abigail ... read more

Grau, Mary Ann Clark

1/20/2021
Mary Ann (Clark) Grau, 72, of Flinton, PA went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, PA. She was the loving wife of the Rev. Gary L. Grau for 51 years. Mary Ann was born in Harrisburg, PA to the late Richard Clark and the late Mary Elizabeth (Weikert) Clark. A graduate of Upper Arlington High School class of 1966, Mary Ann received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Ohio State University in 1970.  She was employed as a Social Worker ... read more

Gordon, Ruth Ellen Diehl Feagin

1/12/2021
Ruth Ellen Diehl Feagin Gordon, 95, died in Greensburg, PA on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 of COVID-19 side effects.  Born at her parents’ farm in New Stanton, PA on Feb. 4, 1925, she was the third of six children born to Clarence Diehl and Amelia (Weston) Diehl. Ruth graduated from Greensburg High School in 1942 and attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky the following year.  There she fell in love with a fellow student, Olin B. Feagin, Jr.  Both delayed further college after the freshman year,... read more

Reitz, Pastor Kathryn

1/11/2021
Pastor Kathryn A. Reitz, 71, of Sligo, who was serving the Sligo and East Brady United Methodist churches, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at the Butler Memorial Hospital. Born on June 19, 1949 in Sligo, the daughter of the late Paul and Elsie Pago, she graduated from Union High School, received her beautician license from the Kittanning Beauty Academy and later completed the Course of Study at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio to become a pastor. Kate began serving as a student ... read more

Harriger, Doris Jean

1/6/2021
Doris Jean Harriger, 85, of Belsano, passed away on her birthday, Jan. 6, 2021. Born Jan. 6, 1936 in Sligo, daughter of the late Arthur, Sr. and Iona (Dixon) Botzer, she is survived by her husband of 67 years, Pastor Clayton D. Harriger, a retired elder; children Richard (Lynn) Harriger, Vicki (Don) Stophel, Eric (Vicki) Harriger, Linda (Jim) Lindrose, and Stephen (Alberta) Harriger; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother Arthur Botzer, Jr.; sister Fern ... read more

Hinrichsen, Rev. Robert

1/1/2021
The Rev. Robert Hinrichsen, 95, of Laurel View Village, Davidsville, PA died January 1, 2021 at Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown PA. Born July 6, 1925 in East Orange, New Jersey the son of the late Herbert J. and Marion (Smith) Hinrichsen. Bob graduated from High School in Orange, NJ in 1943 and Columbia and Tufts through the Navy V-12 program. He served as a Lieutenant on a destroyer escort in the Pacific in WWII. Bob was employed for over 35 years as an electrical/chemical engineer for ... read more

Baldwin, Rev. Audrey Dayen

12/28/2020
Rev. Audrey Dayen Baldwin, 87, a retired elder died peacefully on December 28, 2020, at Longwood at Oakmont after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. Audrey is survived by Clarence, her adoring and dedicated husband of 63 years, her children Beth (Chris) Tigges of Albuquerque, NM, Ted (Diane) Baldwin of Cocoa Beach, FL, Laura Baldwin of Anchorage, AK, Barbara (Robert) Rubinstein of Pittsburgh, PA; and her grandchildren, Austen (Allie Joseph) Tigges, Jarett Tigges, Gabrielle Rubinstein; her ... read more

Maihle, Bessie Belle Callender

12/28/2020
Bessie Belle (Callander) Maihle, 89, a retired local pastor, passed away Dec. 28, 2020, at Brookside Senior Living, Pinecreek Township, Jefferson County. Born Sept. 20, 1931, in Dutch Hill, Perry Township, Clarion County, she is the daughter of the late Merle Clyde and Nina Leach (Fair) Callander. She married Allen Franklin Maihle Jr. on March 4, 1950 at her parents' home in West Freedom, Perry Township at a service officiated by the Rev. Merle C. Wonderling, retired United Methodist minister ... read more

Grenci, Rev. Nicola

12/24/2020
Nicola Grenci, 91, of Washington, died Thursday, December 24, 2020, in Southminster Place of Presbyterian Senior Care, Washington. He was born July 13, 1929, in Baltimore, Md., a son of the late Frank and Carmella Sorrentino Grenci. A graduate of Dundalk High School in Maryland, he went on to graduate from Clarion State Teachers College, now Clarion University, and Wesley United Methodist Seminary. On August 12, 1949, in Dundalk, Md., he married the love of his life, Wenda, who preceded him in... read more

Lynn, Rev. Thomas Snyder

12/24/2020
Rev. Thomas Snyder Lynn, 92, of Bridgeville, formerly of Liberty, passed away at 6:30 AM Thursday, December 24, 2020 in UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. Thomas was born August 3, 1928 in Liberty, Fayette County, a son of the late Thomas Snyder and Freda (Arison) Lynn. He married Verna Dean (Lint) Lynn on June 1, 1946 and she passed away on July 12, 2001. Thomas was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. He graduated from Dunbar High School, ... read more

Yurko, Rev. Joseph J. Jr.

12/17/2020
Rev. Joseph J. Yurko, Jr., pastor of South Greensburg and Youngwood Christ United Methodist churches, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at age 49. The son of Rebecca “Becky” (Dawson) Yurko and the late Joseph J. Yurko, Sr., he is survived by his sister, Dr. Jill Yurko Porter and her fiance’ Dr Jose Rocha, an aunt Patricia (John) Walsh, and several cousins. He was the stepfather of Tyler and Zakery.  Formerly of North Braddock, Joe was a 1989 graduate of Woodland Hills High ... read more

Harris, Rev. Darell D. "Bud"

12/16/2020
The Reverend Darell "Bud" D. Harris, 92, native of Oswayo, PA passed away peacefully from natural causes at his daughter's home in Cooperstown, PA on December 16, 2020. He was born to Carl R. Harris and M. Lucille (Brizzee) Harris on May 4, 1928. At age 15, Darell found Christ and eventually went into full-time Christian ministry. As a young adult he worked as a driller in the oil and gas fields, and later as a welder at the Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY. He served in the US Army from ... read more

Beam, Rev. Donald Bruce

12/9/2020
Rev. Donald Bruce Beam, 87, of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. He began his ministry serving as a full-time local pastor in the Evangelical United Brethren Church, serving the Lickingsville Charge in 1960. He then served at Celina; Coalport/ Beaver Valley;  Cooperstown/Bethel/Bradleytown November; Unionville; and Johnstown: Centennial/Faith. He retired from active ministry in 1983, but was called to serve Northern Cambria: Barnesboro: Saint Johns UMCs from ... read more

Walker, Elizabeth V.

12/9/2020
Elizabeth V. “Betty” Walker, 99, of Williamsport, died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 at the Williamsport Home. She was born June 30, 1921 in Hagerstown, MD. On Nov. 26, 1944 she married the Rev. Fred Walker, who preceded her in death Dec. 11, 2005. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage. Early in life, Betty worked for the former Gable’s Department Store, Altoona. She was also the consummate minister’s wife; accompanying Fred during his missionary service in Sierra Leone from 1946 - 1957. ... read more

Pizer, Betty Marie

12/6/2020
Betty Marie Pizer, 84, of Somerset formerly of Stoystown, went to be with her Lord Dec. 6, 2020 at Siemon’s Heritage. A member of Mostoller UMC, she was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Dean Pizer, who passed away in 2009.  Born May 26, 1936 in Hooversville, daughter of Alton and Flossie (Kinsinger) Sheets., she was preceded in death by parents, husband, infant daughter Brenda, two sisters, and four brothers. She is survived by children: Dean Jr. married to the former Mary Ann Reed of ... read more

Zimmerman, Nancy

11/28/2020
Nancy P. Zimmerman, 89, of Meadville, PA, widow of the Rev. Hank Zimmerman, passed away November 28, 2020 at Wesbury Grace Center.  Born February 27, 1931 in Boonville, IN, the second daughter of Gilbert & Mary “Elizabeth” (Schenk) Perigo, Nancy attended Purdue University where she met the love of her life Henry “Hank” Zimmerman.  They married in 1950 and formed a partnership in ministry and in life.  They served various United Methodist churches over the next 46 years.  Nancy held several ... read more

Patterson, Rev. James B.

11/17/2020
Rev. James B. Patterson, 79, of Entriken, PA passed away November 17, 2020 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown from Covid 19 complications.  Born on May 12, 1941 in Wilkinsburg,  to the late James and Freda Elizabeth (Freise) Patterson of Monroeville, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Gaye (Lockhart) July 8, 1967. Jim graduated from Turtle Creek High School in 1959, Catawba College in North Carolina in 1964 then Wesley Theological Seminary in 1968. As a clergy member of the Western Pa.... read more

Mitchell, Paul O.

11/11/2020
Paul O. Mitchell, passed away Thursday afternoon, November 11, 2020 in the comfort of his home in Fredonia surrounded by his family following a long courageous battle with cancer.  He was 80. Paul was born in Fredonia on Feb. 6, 1940, a son of the late Walter O. and Eva Mae (Lanning) Mitchell. After attending Lakeview School, he graduated from Fredonia Delaware High School in 1959. Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army as a data procession unit specialist and was stationed in Italy. After leaving the ... read more

Hastings, Phylle M.

11/3/2020
Phylle M. Hastings, 89, of Meadville, died of pneumonia on November 3, 2020. Born December 27, 1930 in Meadville, a daughter of Nicholas and Susan Petrenchik Boyle, she married Rev. Lewis S. Hastings on September 1, 1949. He preceded her in death on January 27, 2010. Phylle graduated from Meadville High School and Boston University with a Bachelor's degree. She subsequently earned a Master's degree in education. She taught 2nd grade in the Pittsburgh and Baldwin Whitehall School Districts. ... read more

Woods, Marie J.

10/27/2020
Marie J Woods, 86, formerly of Brighton Township and more recently of Zelienople, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was the wife of the late Reverend Charles H.A. Woods, Jr.   Marie leaves three children: Linda (David) Rogers in Florida, Deborah (Larry) Beeman of Economy and David (Chris) Woods of Lawrence, PA. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Daniel, Melissa, Amie, Ben and Abby; five great-grandchildren, and a sister, Helen Porter of ... read more

Crooks, Dorothy

10/19/2020
Dorothy L. “Dottie” Crooks, of Gibsonia, formerly West View, beloved wife of the late Rev. George S. Crooks, passed away on Oct. 19, 2020. She was the loving mother of Mark (Lydia) Crooks, David (Peggy) Crooks, and Jane (Chris) Davis; sister of the late George Cook Jr.; dear grandmother of Matthew, John, Alexandra (Stephen) Eren, Aaron (Heather) Crooks , Brianne (Chris) Angelopoulos, Dan, Spencer, and Samantha; and great-grandmother of Luca, Tyler, Maia and Charlie. Born July 1, 1928, the ... read more

Hartley, Harold VanFleet Jr.

10/11/2020
Harold VanFleet Hartley Jr., 89, of Brookville, PA, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020, of natural causes. His wife Carolyn, a retired diaconal minister, preceded him in death on April 26, 2020. Born on February 5, 1931, to the late Harold VanFleet and Olwen Morgan Argust Hartley in Lenoxville, PA, Harold graduated from the Harford Vocational High School in Harford, PA, in 1948. He was a member of both the basketball and track teams in high school. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree ... read more

Wilson, Rev. William R.

10/7/2020
Rev. William R. Wilson, 91, formerly of Beaver, passed away Wednesday October 7 in his home in Monroeville surrounded by his loving family. Born January 6, 1929 in West Reading, PA, he was the son of the late William and Mildred Bailey Wilson. Rev. Wilson served as a pastor for more than 40 years at United Methodist churches in McKeesport, California and Washington PA, Ingomar, Oakmont and Beaver, where he retired and lived for more than 30 years. He was a lifelong Rotarian serving as Rotary ... read more

Polowsky, Rev. Jay

9/30/2020
Rev. Jay R. Polowsky, 63, of Bobtown, Pa., passed into glory on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at his home, following a lengthy illness. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Oct. 25, 1956, he was a son of the late Samuel and Lois (Newell) Polowsky. A minister of the Lord Jesus Christ, Rev. Polowsky served in the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference for 35 years until his retirement in 2019. He pastored a number of churches in various charges throughout the conference, including Oil City, Ford... read more

Bankert, Richard

9/22/2020
Richard Bankert, 65, of Brighton Township, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Richard was born on September 22, 1955, he served as an associate pastor at Grace UMC in Grove City from 1985-88 and as pastor at Noblestown/Federal Charge from 1988-1993.   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Corless-Matter Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Ambridge, PA 15003.     read more

Burdick, Emilia M.

9/21/2020
The Reverend Emilia "Pastor Em"  Burdick passed away on Sept. 21, 2020 at home. She loves Jesus, was excited to meet him and passed peacefully with that ever caring smile that just brightened up everyone’s day. Pastor Em was born on June 5, 1953 in Elizabeth, N.J. the daughter of Alassandra and John G. Rivierio. She is survived by her loving husband F. Alan Burdick and two daughters, Maria Shoop and Loni Hawn; as well as two brothers, John Rivierio and Vincent Rivierio, and numerous ... read more

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