Obituaries

Fuller, Rev. Patti

10/9/2018
Rev. Patti Fuller, 55, of Lawrence Park, PA entered eternity on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was an ordained deacon who served churches and as a chaplain in the Erie-Meadville District.  Born March 15, 1963 in Erie to Ruth Moody Lewis and the late Robert Harry Lewis, she was a member of the Iroquois High School class of 1981 and a graduate of Slippery Rock University and Asbury Theological Seminary, where she earned her M.Div. degree. She worked in various...

Halula, Grace

10/2/2018
Grace A. Halula, 85, (formerly of Greensburg), died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Livermore, CA, where she lived. She was the widow of the Rev. Raymond A. Halula, a retired elder of the Western PA Conference who died in 2002. Born Dec. 27, 1932, in Greensburg, to Harry B. and Margaret M. (Johns) Myers, Grace was raised in Marguerite and graduated from Greensburg High School in 1950. She was a member of Charter Oak United Methodist Church, Greensburg, and a former member of Bradenville United ...

Webb, Beverly Ruth

10/1/2018
Beverly Ruth Webb, 84, the surviving spouse of the Rev. James R. Webb, went home to be with the Lord she loved and dedicated her life to serving on Monday, October 1, 2018 with her family by her side. Born on April 12, 1934 in Sharon, PA, she was the daughter of Ethel (Bell) and Arthur King and grew up on Curtis St. in Sharon, Pennsylvania, where she learned about the love of family, animals, music, and her Lord. Beverly graduated in 1952 from Sharon High School and from the Sharon General ...

Knappenberger, Rev. Harold "Sammy"

9/2/2018
The Rev. Harold L. "Sammy" Knappenberger Jr., 93, of Washington,PA, died Sunday, September 2, 2018, in Washington Hospital, following a brief illness.  Born March 14, 1925, in Warren, a son of the late Rev. Harold L. Sr. and Ruth Rosebud Smith Knappenberger, the Rev. Knappenberger graduated from Warren High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Allegheny College and a master's of divinity from Drew University. He later was honored with a doctor of divinity from Allegheny College. He...

Elder, Rev. Jack E.

8/19/2018
Rev. Jack Eugene Elder, of Edinboro, a retired associate clergy member of the Conference, went to be with the Lord on August 19, 2018. Born on August 17, 1934 in Sligo, PA, Jack graduated from Sligo High School in 1952. He attended Clarion University, then worked odds-and-ends jobs while attending Grove City College, where he later was received as an associate clergy member of the Western PA United Methodist Conference. He served numerous churches, including Stanton UMC, Fredonia UMC, ...

Kutz, Charles James "Jim"

8/19/2018
Charles James Kutz "Jim", 79, of St. Johns, Fla., a retired associate member of the Western PA Conference, died Sunday, August 19, 2018 after a difficult battle with cancer of the throat caused by smoking.  Born June 2, 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles and Virginia Kutz. He attended Brookville High School, Mercersburg Academy and Allegheny College.  Following his graduation from Allegheny College, Jim served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he met his wife ...

Rautner, Rev. William F.

8/11/2018
A memorial service was scheduled for 2 p.m., August 25, 2018 at Asbury Heights for the retired Rev. William F. Rautner, who passed away on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the age of 81.  Born Feb. 9, 1937 in Pittsburgh to William and Esther Rautner, Bill married Nancy Ann Bosely, in Tacy, WV, on December 20, 1958. They were married almost 60 years. He was the devoted father of James Rautner of Sterling, VA, Stephen Rautner of Belington, WV and the late David Allan Rautner and the brother of Barbara ...

Rudge, Rev. Donald

8/10/2018
Pastor Donald E. Rudge, 63, of Oil City, died unexpectedly, Friday, August 10, 2018 at UPMC Northwest in Seneca. Born June 26, 1955 in Johnstown, he was the son of Donald E. and Dorothy J. Young Rudge. After graduating from high school, Don worked for several years at Fisher Auto Parts in South Fork, and while working there was called to the ministry and began his ministerial studies. Pastor Rudge served as the pastor of Trinity and Bethel UMC. Before moving to Oil City in 2013, he served as ...

Hinderliter, Rev. Dr. Harold H.

8/9/2018
The Rev. Dr. Harold H. Hinderliter, 90, of New Wilmington, formerly of Ada, Ohio, died on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at UPMC Jameson, New Castle. The son of Delbert and June Johnston Hinderliter and was born on March 5, 1928, in Timblin. On June 9, 1956, he married Nancy Odil. They were the parents of three children, Joel (Paula) of Dayton, Ohio; Diane (John) Wendlandt of Anchorage, Alaska; and Eric (Susan) of Van Buren, IN. After Nancy's death, he married a college classmate, Helen Orr Rawski, ...

Spahr, Rev. John V.

8/7/2018
A celebration of the life of the Rev. John Vickers Spahr, Sr, a retired member of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church, will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 at Grace UMC in Warren, PA. He died at home in Mt. Vernon, OH, on Aug 7, 2018. Born December 3, 1947 in Natrona Heights, Pastor John was raised in Tarentum, PA. He is a graduate of Tarentum High School, Heidelberg College and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in 1971 courtesy of the ...

Brown, Carolyn A.

7/27/2018
Carolyn A. Brown, 86, passed away peacefully Friday, July 27, 2018 in Elyria. She was the surviving spouse of the late Rev. William Brown who passed away Nov. 27, 2017. Carolyn was born January 19, 1932 in Cleveland, daughter of Chester W. and Olive L. Blank Neuberg. She married William L. Brown on August 1, 1975. and he preceded her in death on November 27, 2017. Carolyn was a 1950 graduate of John Marshall High School, Cleveland. In high school, Carolyn was active in music, drama and ...

Sayre, Rev. Giard M. Jr.

7/25/2018
Rev. Giard “Gi” Sayre, Jr., (Retired), 89, of Washington, Pa. and formerly of Claysville, Pa., passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in the Washington Hospital. Born January 21,1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was a son of the late Giard Martin and Mildred May Jones Sayre and had resided in Clarion County and Monroeville area prior to moving to Claysville. Rev. Sayre was a 1948 graduate of Westinghouse High School and later attended Boston University Seminary. He served the United Methodist Church...

Janacek, Patricia Louise Bonner

7/3/2018
Patricia Louise "Pat" Janacek, widow of the Rev. Robert N. Janacek, died July 3, 2018, from complications of Alzheimer's.  Pat was born January 20, 1931, to Nanny and Bruce Bonner in Atlasburg, Pennsylvania, a hardscrabble town of oil drilling and coal mining. Upon graduating from high school, Pat moved to Cleveland with one of her sisters, Marie Bonner, to work and save for college, later enrolling in Eastern Nazarene College in Quincey, Mass., intending to become a social worker.  While she ...

Morris, Marilyn Wickerham

6/19/2018
Marilyn (Wickerham) Morris, of Brooksville, Fla., wife of the Rev. James J. Morris, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the age of 84. Born Oct. 7, 1933, in Monongahela, to Joseph and Aline Wickerham, Marilyn is survived by her husband of 62 years; daughters, Lynn (Malcolm) Andrews of Mt. Lebanon, Barbara (GH) Trumbo of Brooksville, Fla., Beverly (Joseph) Yakubisin of Level Green, and Robin (Robert) Zang of Penn Hills; and son Robert (Kathy) Morris, of Barboursville, W.Va. She is also ...

Critchlow, Bonnie Lou Williams

6/8/2018
Bonnie Lou Williams Critchlow, 73, of Castle Shannon, passed away suddenly on Friday evening, June 8, 2018. She was the beloved wife of the late Rev. Robert L. Critchlow and the devoted mother of Geneva M. Exler (Michael) and Blair R. Riley (Shannon); stepmother of Deborah Dougherty (Stan), Paulette Crisman (Robert) and Thomas Critchlow (Dee); loving grandmother of Anna, Emily and Louis Sheridan; Mackenzi Goebel and Daniel Riley (Lexi); Ian Dougherty and Amanda Obusek (Ken); also survived by 3 ...

Parsons, Rev. Jackson

5/23/2018
Rev. Jackson Harold Parsons, Sr., 95, was born in Cherry Creek, NY on August 23, 1922 and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday May 23, 2018. He was the son of the late Harold B. Parsons and Edith Abbey Parsons and the second oldest of 14 children. Jackson graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 1940, and after training in welding, worked for the American Locomotive Company in Dunkirk, NY through the fall of 1942. Then with World War II in progress, he enlisted in the Army Air ...

Roda, Rev. Randall

5/11/2018
Reverend Randall “Randy” Roda, 52, of Lawrence Park Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Millcreek Community Hospital. He was born in Cleveland, OH on June 30, 1965, the son of Rosemarie Testa Roda and the late Robert Roda. Randy graduated from La Roche College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. Randy was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1997, having served most recently in the Lawrence ...

Kramer, Rev. James W.

5/3/2018
On May 3, 2018, at the age of 72, Jim went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a resident of Franklin Park. Ordained an elder in The Western PA Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1975, Rev. Kramer served as associate pastor of Warren: First 1975-1978; and Mount Lebanon UMC1978- 1982. He served as director of Metowers senior highrise community in Bellevue Director: Metowers April 29, 1983-January 1, 1990; then served as pastor of Canonsburg: First UMC before moving to ...

Dunn, Lois M.

4/7/2018
Lois Maxine Dunn, 78, of Frederick, Md., passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late Rev. Paul (PD) Dunn for over 50 years. Born Jan. 29, 1940, she was the devoted daughter of the late Howard and Mary Jane Beisel. Lois always loved Jesus and is now resting in his loving arms. Rev. Dunn was ordained an elder in 1971 and the couple served the following churches in Western PA:  Scenery Hill/Davidson 1970-1971; Boston 1971-74; New Castle: Savannah 1974-1976; Johnstown:...

Schmittle, Rev. S. James

3/25/2018
S. James Schmittle, Sr., 88, of Erie, passed away Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Sarah Reed Retirement Center. He was born in Johnstown, Pa., on August 31, 1929, son of the late Sherrill Wellington and Edith Caldwell Schmittle. A graduate of Strong Vincent High School, Allegheny College, and Garrett Theological Seminary, Rev. Schmittle served as pastor of Kingsley Church in Erie, Grace UMC in Albion, Grace UMC in Warren, as well as Methodist congregations in Corry, Edinboro and McKean. Jim was...

Killian, Rev. Earl C. II

3/15/2018
Rev. Earl C. Killian, II, of Castle Shannon, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the age of 67. Born Feb. 1, 1951 to the late Earl C. and Mary Pepper Killian, he was the beloved husband for 29 years of the Rev. Deborah Ackley Killian and the devoted father of Grace E. Killian. Other survivors include his sister Elizabeth Caldwell (David); sister-in-law Pamela Bright (Stephen) and nieces and nephews Patricia Dee; Joyce Crofutt; and James, Jeffrey and ...

Gnagey, Rev. Ray E.

3/10/2018
Rev. Ray E. Gnagey, 99, of Meyersdale, went to be with the Lord on March 10, 2018 at In Touch Hospice House in Somerset.  Born May 29, 1918 in Summit Twp. the son of Alvin and Elsie Gnagey, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Glenn, Bruce, Max, and Clay Gnagey, Merle Murphy; and sister Helen Fike. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marie; daughters Carolyn Sharkey and husband Tim of Virginia Beach, VA and Amy Dickson and husband Ernest of  Houston, TX; grandchildren Lee ...

Jay, Mearle H.

3/5/2018
Mearle H. Jay, 93, formerly of Corry, Pa., died Monday, March 5, 2018, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was a retired elder who had served as a U.S. Navy chaplain and later as an Air Force chaplain.  He was born March 29, 1924, in Everett, Pa., a son of the late Earl S. and Mary Effie Clingerman Jay. Mearle was raised and educated in New Castle, Pa., where he graduated from high school in 1942. He attended Waynesburg College graduating in 1948. He then attended Boston ...

Hauck, Shirley Burson

2/28/2018
On February 28, 2018, Shirley Burson Hauck, 86, of Ingomar, beloved wife of 51 years to the late Rev. Larry Bartlett Hauck, passed away peacefully.  She was born on April 18, 1931, in Ellwood City, PA.   A memorial service was scheduled for March 24, 2018 at Ingomar United Methodist Church with a service at 11 a.m. and a lunch reception to follow. "I did the best I could to love and care for others by visiting them. I tried to shine for God." Shirley was dedicated to helping others throughout ...

Myers, Doris L.

2/15/2018
Doris L. Myers, 88, of Seneca, died peacefully, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Oakwood Heights in Oil City.   Born August 2, 1929 in Rockland, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and S. Irene Martz Hetzler. Doris loved baking, her artwork, and was an avid seamstress.   Doris and her husband Donald E. Myers owned the only Montgomery Ward Catalog Store in Seneca from 1971 to 1977. After the store closed, Mrs. Myers worked and supported her husband as he pastored four Methodist churches in ...

Smith, Rev. W. Craig

2/12/2018
Pastor W. Craig Smith, 79, who was passionate about his ministry at the Mt. Jewett and Hazel Hurst UMCs and reached many others through his Light on the Hill radio show, died Monday, February 12, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie following a brief illness. Born June 25, 1938 at his family farm in Limestone Twp., he was a son of the late William and Margaret McLaughlin Smith.  On September 22, 1988, at Kingsville United Methodist Church, he married Roberta "Bobi" Schrubb, who survives. ...

Sanford, Rev. Richard H.

2/4/2018
The Rev. Richard H. Sanford, 79, a retired elder who served as Indiana District Superintendent and President of Wesley Woods, died on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Wesbury United Methodist Community due to complications from hydrocephalus. Born on Sunday, April 3, 1938 in Titusville, PA to Frank H. and Alice McKinney Sanford, he married his high school sweetheart, Myrna Ellis, in 1959. He was always her anchor and her sail. He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandsons, Charles & Randy ...

Ammon, Mary E. "Betty"

2/2/2018
Mary E. "Betty" (George) Ammon, 95, was called home to our Lord Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at Florida Hospital Altamonte Springs, after a short illness. She was the widow of the Rev. Jack Ammon. Mrs. Ammon was born Feb. 7, 1922, in Donora, to Harry and Mary George, and graduated from Donora High School, along with Stan "the Man" Musial. She lived for 27 years in Deland, Fla., with her husband Jack, a United Methodist Church minister, who died in 2012. The couple enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage....

Shaffer, Rev. Jay F.

1/31/2018
The Rev. Jay F. Shaffer of Greensburg passed away Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 at the age of 92.  Born December 3, 1925 at the family farm in a community called Beautiful Lookout, New Bethlehem, PA, he was the son of the late Albert King and Grace Rugh Shaffer.  Pastor Shaffer was a graduate of New Bethlehem High School, Clarion University and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  He was ordained in the former Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1961.  In the E.U.B. Church, he served Lickingville ...

Hess, Joyce

1/21/2018
Joyce Marie Hess, 79, of Brockway, died on Thursday December 21, 2017 at her home. She was the wife of the Rev. Howard Hess. Born on April 5, 1938 in Westville, Joyce was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Margaret Aldine Postlewait Lundblad. On February 29, 1992 she was married to Rev. Hess and he survives. Joyce started her working career at Child Evangelism where she served as a missionary. Eventually she became an L.P.N. and at her retirement she was working as an operating room nurse at...

Barca, Rev. Faye A.

12/28/2017
The Rev. Fay Arlene Barca, 83, of Sharpsville, passed away on Thursday Dec. 28, 2017, at her home in Sharpsville, following an extended illness. Fay was born on July 21, 1934, to Earnest and Molly (Dameron) Roberts in Sharpsville. She graduated from Sharpsville High School, Class of 1952, and Slippery Rock University. Before attending seminary, she worked for Cusick, Madden, Joyce and McKay and for Peter J. Schmitt. She graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a 3.6 GPA average. The ...

Goodin, Alcinda Ann (Cindy)

12/26/2017
Alcinda Ann “Cindy” Goodin, 79, of Phoenixville PA, formerly of Richland Township, died on December 26, 2017 at Parkhouse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Royersford, PA. She was the widow of the Rev. Charles E. Goodin, who died Nov. 8, 2008.  Cindy loved serving the United Methodist Church alongside her husband. They served in Pittsburgh, Beaver Falls, Greenville, Johnstown, Washington, California and Johnstown, where he served as chaplain at Arbutus Park Retirement Center until 2004 after...

Schmeling, Rev. Dr. William

12/13/2017
Rev. Dr. William D. Schmeling, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday December 13, 2017. He was a longtime pastor and served as superintendent of the Greensburg District of the United Methodist Church from 1994-1998. He also was the director of the Conference Ministers' Chorus from 1986-2006.  Born October 20, 1933 in Johnstown, a son of the late Henry J. and Evelyn (Blough) Schmeling, he was a graduate of Windber High School, attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and graduated ...

Boor, Janet M. Eddinger

12/9/2017
Janet Marie Eddinger Boor, 83, formerly of Emlenton, who served in ministry in the United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, went to be with the Lord Saturday morning, December 9, 2017, at her home in Myerstown. Janet served in ministry with her husband, the Rev. John C. Boor, who preceded her in death in 2015. They were married May 27, 1951. She leaves a legacy of kindness, courage, laughter, love and beautiful memories. Janet was born on January 27, 1934, in West Freedom, PA. She was ...

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 ...

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