Obituaries

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, ...

Stants, Zelma Marie (Mellors)

2/28/2015
Zelma Marie (Mellors) Stants, 92, of Irwin, formerly of Youngwood, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at her home. She was the widow of the Rev. Nelson E. Stants.  Born May 12, 1922 in Latrobe, she was the daughter of Joseph and Eva McCurry Mellors. Zelma was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Youngwood, where she was a member of the choir; the United Methodist Women, serving as treasurer for the Greensburg District; taught Sunday school and was a youth leader. Zelma also was a...

Russell, Rev. Donald L. Sr.

2/25/2015
The Rev. Donald L. Russell Sr., 81, of 118 Bank St., Pleasantville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Rev. Russell was born on Feb. 12, 1934, in Cokeburg, to the late Elmer and Lillian Matthews Russell. He married Joan Crowe on Feb. 1, 1958, at Liberty Methodist Church. A 1952 graduate of Ellsworth High School, he completed the United Methodist Course of Study, leading to his licensing as a local pastor.He served Mt. Hope, Pine Grove and ...

Michel, Rev. Gerald W.

2/24/2015
Rev. Gerald W. Michel went to his glorious heavenly home early on February 24, 2015. Born on August 6, 1933 in Niagara Falls, New York, he was the son of the late Herbert L. and Elizabeth (Trotter) Michel.   He was a retired clergy member of the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference, and served the Greensboro/ Mapletown/Bobtown and Dunbar/Fairview/Franklin: Memorial charges as well as at Cranberry: Rockland UMC.   He is survived by his wife Barbara D. (Dovenspike) Michel, a daughter, ...

Patton, Rev. Robert L.

2/12/2015
Robert L. Patton, Sr., age 92, of Knox, went to be with the Lord early Thursday morning, February 12, 2015 at the DuBois Nursing Home. Born September 27, 1922 in Knox, he was a son of the late Ralph Patton and Nora Cope Patton.   Bob was a graduate of Knox High School, attended Clarion and Edinboro State Teachers Colleges and was a United States Army veteran, serving during World War II. He was an ordained elder in the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving in churches in ...

Himes, Rev. George E.

2/2/2015
Rev. George E. Himes, 81, of Kennerdell, Rockland Township, a long time United Methodist pastor, went to be with the Lord Monday morning, February 2, 2015 at UPMC Hamot in Erie.   Rev. Himes was born in Brockport on September 18, 1933.  He was the son of Rev. B.C. and Alice Walton Himes.  George enjoyed hunting, going to yard sales, and baseball cards. He was 1951 graduate of Rockland High School.  He later graduated from Clarion College and the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio.  ...

Elliott, Rev. Charles L.

2/1/2015
Rev. Charles L. Elliott, 90, of Fairborn, Ohio, passed away Feb. 1, 2015.  He was born October 13, 1924 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to James Lynn and Florence Johnstone Elliott. Charles served the New Alexandria/Luxor Methodist churches before attending seminary and was ordained on June 4, 1964, as a member of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of After serving two years at East Brady UMC, he became a hospital chaplain. He retired in 1990.  A member of Summit Station United Methodist Church, ...

Beck, Faye I.

1/27/2015
Faye I. Beck, 93, of Brookville, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Wilbert G. Beck, who died in October of 2003. Born Sept. 21, 1921, in Sligo, she was a daughter of the late Orville Myers and Ida Burns Myers. She was married to Wilbert G. Beck on Sept. 23, 1945, in Sligo. Faye worked as a crew leader for Owens Illinois in Clarion for 35 years. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church. Survivors include a ...

Johnson, Ardith Pauline Trumbull

1/13/2015
Ardith Pauline Trumbull Johnson, Toby, widow of the Rev. Ivan Dewayne Johnson and mother of the Rev. Doug Johnson, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Greensburg, where she had relocated to be closer to her son Doug, following a debilitating illness. Born May 26, 1925, in Brandy Camp, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth Jefferson Trumbull. She was married to the Rev. I. Dewayne Johnson on May 20, 1951, in Brandy Camp. Ardith and Dewayne celebrated 61 years of marriage before his ...

Schaeffer, Scharma J. Sphar

1/6/2015
Scharma J. Sphar Schaeffer, 83, of Charleroi, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in the Donnell House, Washington. A daughter of the late George H. and Christina Cowell Soles, she was born in Speers on March 16, 1931. Formerly of Speers, she had resided in Charleroi since 2014. A member of the Speers United Methodist Church, she had previously been employed by Drs. Waite and Paluso and the Mon Valley Health Center, retiring in 1993. Survivors include daughter Susan ...

Burns, Wilma Jean

12/31/2014
Wilma Jean Curstead Burns, 85, of Johnstown, went to be with her Savior Wednesday December 31, 2014 at her residence.  Jean was born August 17, 1929 in Bowood, Pa., Fayette County, a daughter of the late Wilbur J. and Leanna G. Forbes Curstead. She graduated from Georges Twp. High School , Fairchance, Pa. in 1947, then attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY.  Jean held many part time jobs caring for the elderly in the various towns in which they lived, all the while maintaining her home and ...

Prince, Rev. Harry Clayton

12/27/2014
Harry Clayton Prince died peacefully with family at his side on December 27,2014 at the Kobacker House, a hospice facility in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on August 23, 1918 in Kewanee, Illinois to Marcia (Martin) Prince and Leroy Prince. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, at the University of Illinois in Champaign. He met Edna Durrant at a freshman "rushing" party at the Triangle fraternity in Champaign and Immediately decided that he was going to marry her, which he did ...

Shindledecker, Erma J.

12/27/2014
Erma J. Shindledecker, 96, formerly of New Castle, passed away December 27, 2014 at Golden Living Nursing Home in Camp Hill, PA. She was the widow of Rev. Ormel G. Shindledecker. Born July 5, 1918 in New Castle, she was a daughter of H. Clair and Ella May McConnell Matthews. Erma was a 1937 graduate of New Castle High School.  She was preceded in death on February 11, 1992 by her husband of 51 years, Rev. Ormel G. Shindledecker, whom she married April 4, 1940. Together, they served many ...

Robinson, Rev. Hengust, Jr.

12/26/2014
Rev. Hengust Robinson, Jr., 83, of Patterson Township, died on Friday, December 26, 2014 in Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley Beaver. He was surrounded by his family. Born November 24, 1931 in Glassport, PA, he was the son of the late Hengust and Florence Auslander Robinson. Hengust was a graduate of Glassport High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received his Masters of Divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological ...

Utz, Karen Marie

12/2/2014
Karen Marie Utz, 71, wife of retired Rev. Gary Utz, of  Hiddenite, NC passed away after an extended illness on December 2, 2014 at the Gordon Hospice House, in Statesville, NC. Born April 4, 1943, in Denver CO. to the late Paul B. Young and Shirley L. Young. Mrs. Utz was a homemaker, former registered nurse and pastor in the United Methodist Church, most recently affiliated with South River United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Jobs Daughters. She is survived by her...

Reinard, Rev. James L.

11/25/2014
Rev. James L. Reinard, 89, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Born Oct. 1, 1925, in Eldred Township, he was the son of the late John Franklin Reinard and Twila Elva Shaffer. Jim lived in Sigel until the age of seven when his family moved to Heath Pump Station (Cross Station). It was there that he met is best friend and soul mate, Kathleen May McKendree, the girl next door. After the end of World War II, Jim and Kathleen wed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1947. They would have ...

Babcock, Rev. Russell L.

11/15/2014
Rev. Russell L. Babcock, age 90, of Grove City passed away in the Grove City Medical Center on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, following a two-year illness. Russell was born in Grove City on April 6, 1924, to the late Frank E. and Emma Mc- Dougall Babcock. He married Jeanne L. Patterson on Sept. 7, 1946.Russell was a graduate of Grove City High School, Class of 1942.  Following high school, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, for four years. He was aboard a landing craft on Omaha Beach on...

Albright, Rev. Dr. H. Pat

11/9/2014
The Rev. H. Pat Albright, long-time pastor of Mt. Lebanon and Erie: First United Methodist churches, died  peacefully on Sunday November 9, 2014, at Providence Point in Scott Twp. He was 83.   Dr. Albright was born in Bluefield, WV on September 8, 1931. After graduating from Beaver High School in Bluefield, Pat attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY, returning to West Virginia to serve three small churches and to complete his college education at Marshall University. He earned  his Masters of ...

Woodcock, Vera

10/29/2014
Vera Woodcock, 94, wife of the Rev. Everett Woodcock, passed from this life into the presence of her Savior on Oct. 29, 2014 in Ashville.  She was born Dec. 28, 1919 in the farm home of Chester and Mary (Mellott) Decker near Harrisonville, Pa.   In 1942 she earned her B.S. in Education from Shippensburg State College and began teaching at Needmore, PA.,  elementary  school.  August 29, 1944 she married Rev. Everett Woodcock, in her home church, Sideling Hill Christian Church. After their ...

Basinger, Rev. John Jr.

10/24/2014
Rev. John Basinger Jr., 92, of Normalville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 23, 1922, in Normalville, the first son of the late John and Lottie Whipkey Basinger. John was an avid reader all of his life. He believed you were never too young or too old to learn. He would ride on the mail truck to high school and walk to the Carnegie Free Library after school and read until it was time to catch the mail ...

Ostrander, Elaine W.

10/17/2014
Elaine Ostrander, widow of the Rev. David Lee Ostrander, passed away Oct. 17 in Florida. A memorial service was to be scheduled at a later date.   Rev. Ostrander died on June 7, 2014 at their daughter's home in Sugarloaf Key. See obituary.

Spencer, Rev. Jack Emerson

10/15/2014
Rev. Jack Emerson Spencer, 87, of Meadville, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1 at Stone UMC in Meadville.  He was born Jan. 29, 1927, in DuBois, a son of Furman Burdell and Izetta Anderson Spencer. He married Mildred (Millie) Littell on March 21, 1953, and she survives. Jack was a 1954 graduate of DuBois High School, and was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy in the South ...

Leslie, Jo Ann Nolder

10/10/2014
Jo Ann Leslie, loving and devoted wife of the Rev. F. Richard Leslie, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away October 10, surrounded by family who joined together in song to usher her into the arms of Christ. A resident of Quincy Village, Jo Ann was born in Brackenridge, PA to Jessie and Florence Nolder and had survived her parents and brother, Larry, her son Keith (Oksana) and brother-in-law Ron (Robin) Leslie. Jo Ann graduated from Har Brack High in Natrona Heights, PA and ...

Stewart, Hilda Hill

10/5/2014
Hilda Hill Stewart, wife of retired Rev. Alexander Stewart Jr., died on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at home in Northfield, Massachusetts. Hilda was born January 25, 1924 in Ellison Ridge, Mississippi and was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women. She studied at Colgate Rochester Divinity School and held an advanced degree from Boston University School of Education. She married Rev. Alexander Stewart Jr. in Louisville, MS on October 20, 1946. Together Hilda and Alex spent 68 years in ...

Hayes, Lois E. ( Balliet)

10/3/2014
Lois E. Hayes, 91, widow of the Rev. John Balliet, a Methodist pastor, and the Rev. Parker Hayes, an Assembly of God pastor, went to her eternal reward on October 3, 2014 in Carney's Point, New Jersey. She died at home under the loving care of her beloved niece, Donna McNee, family and Hospice. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on January 6, 1923 to Thomas John Mosley and Anna Williams, after graduation from Central High School, she married Rev. John Balliet who was an Assembly of God pastor in ...

Beal, Rev. Wiliam "Bill" Clark

9/14/2014
Rev. William "Bill" Clark Beal, Jr., 87, a retired Western PA pastor and archivist for the General Commission on Archives and History, died September 14, 2014. Licensed to Preach in 1944 in the Evangelical Pittsburgh Conference, he was ordained an elder in Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1950. He served the Timblin/Dora/Mount Tabor/Porter charge from 1950-1954; Huntingdon from 1954-1956; Ligonier: Calvary/ Rector/Lebanon/Tarrs charge from 1956-1958; Somerset: Grace from 1958-1964; ...

Snyder, Debra L. Howell

8/29/2014
Debra L. (Howell) Snyder, 63, of Windber, the wife of the Rev. John H. Snyder, went to her Heavenly Father Aug. 29, 2014, at Windber Hospice. Born June 16, 1951, in Meadville, daughter of John F. and Shirley M. (Roche) Howell, she was preceded in death by father and brother Robert C. Howell. She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, the Rev. John H. Snyder of Windber; sons, James R. Snyder of Nanty Glo and Jeremy E. Snyder, and wife, Erin, of Port Matilda; granddaughter Jada; grandson ...

Drake, Rev. Donald E.

8/23/2014
Rev. Donald E. Drake, 85, of DuBois, went home to the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the DuBois Nursing Home. Born April 22, 1929, in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Robert B. and Lola Wolfe Drake. On June 8, 1949, he married Jeanne Barner Drake. She preceded him in death May 5, 1987. He resided in Hyner, and graduated from the Bucktail Area High School. He was a member of the Army National Guard, serving as a Staff Sergeant at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Don was employed by the ...

Chamberlin, Sylvia A. Davis

8/16/2014
Sylvia A. Chamberlin, 87, the widow of the Rev. William Lee Chamberlin, passed away on Aug. 16, 2014, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville. Born Jan. 15, 1927, in Detroit, Mich., she was a daughter of the late Chesleigh L. and Vesta R. Lowry Davis, who died in childbirth. She was raised by her stepmother, Mae LeBritton Davis. She graduated from Brookville High School where she met her late husband. They were married on Dec. 31, 1947, in Hazen, PA. Together they bought and operated the family ...

Wobrak, Rev. MIchelle

7/28/2014
Pastor Michelle L. Wobrak, 54, of Latrobe died Monday July 28, 2014 in Excela Health, Latrobe. She was born November 1, 1959 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Elmer and Marjorie (Hadley) Stewart. Michelle graduated from Seton Hill College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree. Beginning as a local pastor in 1998, she served at Christ UMC in Youngwood, Gethsemane UMC in Jeannette; Brush Valley, Mt. Tabor and Calvary UMCs in Indiana District. She was ordained ...

Buzard, Rev. Rodger Raymond

7/23/2014
LTC Rodger R. Buzard, PNG. ret., and a retired United Methodist minister, of Bellefonte, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday morning July 23, 2014, at the Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College. He was 69. Rodger was born in Rimersburg on January 22, 1945, the son of the late Clyde D. and Betty P. Thomas Buzard.  LTC Buzard served in the U.S. Army National Guard of Pennsylvania and retired following 30 years of service.  Rev. Buzard was ordained as a United Methodist elder in 1975 ...

Stenger, Nancy L.

7/14/2014
Nancy L. Stenger, 72, of Finleyville, president of the Washington District United Methodist Women, died Monday, July 14, 2014, in Canonsburg Hospital.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Houston, where she served as liturgist and was active in United Methodist Women. Mrs. Stenger attended the UMW Assembly in St. Louis in April. Born June 18, 1942, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Sam and Rose Testa Beton, Mrs. Stenger was a 1961 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School. ?On ...

Reitz, Rev. Harold Dale

7/13/2014
Rev. H. Dale Reitz passed away on Sunday morning, July 13, 2014 at Warren General Hospital after a brief stay under Hospice Care.  He was born July 21, 1933, in Heathville, the son of the late Walter and Elva Myers Reitz. He served 42 years with the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church in various locations, retiring in 2002 in the Warren area.  A long-time member of the Order of St. Luke, he served on both the Jefferson and Warren County Housing Authority boards of directors. ...

Parker, Rev. Lee Wayne Jr.

7/8/2014
The Rev. Lee Wayne Parker Jr., a United Methodist Church pastor for 40 years, passed away at the Diamond Ridge Rehab Center in Lecanto, Fla. on July 8, 2014.  A service of celebration was scheduled for July 23, at the Crystal River United Methodist Church, Crystal River, Fla., with Pastor David Rauls officiating. Lee was born on June 14, 1931, in Sharon, to parents Marie Isabel Chantrey Parker and William Lee Wayne Parker Sr. He was a member of the Sharpsville First United Methodist Church and...

Ostrander, Rev. David Lee

6/9/2014
The Rev. David Lee Ostrander, 93, who served churches in the Erie Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren, died at his daughter's home in Sugarloaf Key, FL on June 9. Rev. Ostrander was born in Ostrander Hollow, Oct. 30, 1920, at the home of his paternal grandparents. He graduated from Ft. Allegheny High School in 1937, and worked for several years before enrolling in Houghton College, in New York. From there, he went to Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore, Ky. He graduated in 1948, ...

Griffith, Rev. William George Sr.

6/3/2014
Rev. William George  “Bill,” Griffth, Sr.entered into God’s eternal care June 3, 2014. Born Dec. 16, 1930, in Johnstown, he was the son of the late John James Griffith and Grace Fidelis (Hammers) Griffith. He was preceded in death by siblings, John Francis Griffith, Robert Wesley Griffith, Richard Lawrence Griffith, Katherine Elizabeth Fuller, Phyllis Virginia Reese Fuller and Betty Grace Lamison. He is survived by his loving wife Thelma Lou (Dunn) Griffith of Upper Yoder Township, to whom he ...

Shutters, Freda Alice (Shutters)

6/1/2014
Freda Alice (Thacher) Shutters, a Certified Lay Minister, died Sunday, June 1, 2014. Known as Alice to most, she was born on March 20, 1937 to the late Freida and John Thacher in Millstone Township, Elk County, in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Ridgway High School and wed Alvin Shutters Sr. on Sept. 12, 1959. She worked at Stackpole Corporation for many years, and later for BiLo grocery store. She was an officer of Mt. Zion Cemetery Association nearly her entire adult life. She also served ...

Haslett, Jean Larraine

5/28/2014
Jean Larraine Haslett , 72, a retired elder who served as a hospital chaplain in Pittsburgh for several years, died May 28, 2014.   Born Oct. 10, 1941, in Johnstown, daughter of the late William and Florence (Campbell) Haslett, she was a music teacher and received a local pastor's license in 1995. Ordained a full elder in 2001, in addition to serving as a chaplain at West Penn Hospital, she served three years as pastor at Muhlemann Memorial and Harmarville UMCs. She is survived by her brother ...

Perry, Evelyn June

5/20/2014
Evelyn June Perry, widow of the Rev. Russell Perry, entered into the arms of our loving Father on the 95th anniversary of her baptism, May 20, 2014.  Her longtime friends, the Rev. Bill and Lois Hiles, said June died peacefully in her sleep. She had been listening to George Beverly Shea sing The Old Rugged Cross. The daughter of Anna Mae and Clyde J Smith, June was born in Youngstown, Ohio on March 24, 1919. She graduated from Passaic High School and Drake Business and Secretarial College in ...

Applegate, Harry R.

5/13/2014
Harry R. Applegate, 86, of Conneaut, OH, husband of the Rev. Julie L. Applegate, died on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at his home. Born August 12, 1927, in Sharon, PA, to Salem H. and Catherine (Rankin) Applegate, he was a member of New Virginia United Methodist Church in Hermitage, PA, where he had served as head usher, and was under pastoral care from New Leaf United Methodist Church in Conneaut, OH. A 1945 graduate of Sharon High School, Mr. Applegate retired after 38 years of service from the ...

Cook, Rev. George Sturley

5/6/2014
Rev. George Sturley Cook died May 6, 2014, about a month after suffering a massive heart attack. Born June 23, 1918 in Munhall, PA, and known as Sturley to his family and hometown friends, he was a member of Homestead Park UMC, where he received his call into the ministry.  He began his pastoral ministry at W. Homestead UMC in 1968, serving part-time while he continued working as a supervisor at Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh, where he worked for 28 years.  He entered full-time ministry in 1970,...

Boor, Rev. John C.

4/22/2014
Rev. John C. Boor, 88, of Myerstown, formerly of Emlenton, a retired United Methodist pastor, went to be with the Lord Tuesday afternoon, April 22, 2014, at the StoneRidge Towne Center in Myerstown.    John was born on January 4, 1926 in Altoona.  He was the son of Veryl Kenneth and Anna Mary Carter Boor.  John grew up in Fertigs and played for the Hayrake Amateur Baseball League.  He was a 1948 graduate of Cranberry High School.  John left school to enlist in the U.S. Air Force and finished ...

Morris, Rev. Henry Arden

3/24/2014
Rev. Henry (Hank) Arden Morris, 85, of  Johnstown, went to be with the Lord on March 24, 2014. Rev. Morris is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Jean (Earl); his children, Pastor Ruth Ann, married to Robert Moore; Lois Elaine, married to Joseph Howanec; Keith Alan, married to the former Dr. Marie (Schuessler); Ronald Jay and his friend, Kenna Raymond; and Karen Lynne, married to Dr. Michael Moriarty; sister Eleanor Sauer; grandchildren Nancy, married to Jeff Boring; Jeannie, married to ...

Garvin, John Charles

3/16/2014
The Reverend Dr. John C. Garvin died March 16 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage at the age of 80. He was born Easter Sunday, April 16, 1933, in Finleyville, PA to Horace and Mildred (Barton) Garvin. As a young man, he met Audrey Clark of Greentree, PA at a church ice cream social, introducing himself by stealing candy from her plate. They were wed at Greenstone UMC on July 19, 1952. John was a big man with a big intellect and a big heart. After college, John graduated from ...

McGowan, Rev. Kenneth A.

2/2/2014
Rev. Kenneth A. McGowan Jr., 79, of Valencia, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 54 years of Janet (Dembroski) McGowan; loving father of Kenneth A. (Ruth) McGowan III, of Murrysville, and Kathleen (David) Meuschke, of Gibsonia; brother of Edwina "Sis" Bradshaw, of South Carolina; proud grandfather of Ryan, Cullen and Casey McGowan and Lauren, Zachary and Jacob Meuschke. Rev. McGowan was a Methodist minister for many years, serving as pastor at Sardis United Methodist and...

Eddinger, Rev. Richard Allen

1/24/2014
Rev. Richard Allen Eddinger, 77, of Knox, PA passed away early Friday morning, January 24, 2014 at the Clarion Hospital, following an illness. Beginning his pastoral ministry in 1962, he served churches in Western PA until retirement in 1998. He preached at the Rustic Acres Campground until last year. He and his wife, the former the former Margaret A. Beisel started the Sunday School program at the Mount Joy United Methodist Church and for many years he served as a counselor and board member ...

Heiser, Lois Weber

1/24/2014
Lois W. Heiser, widow of the Rev. John Wesley Heiser, died on Friday, January 24, 2014 in St. Clair Hospital at the age of 88. She was a resident of Bethel Park. Lois was the beloved mother of Dr. John R. (Debra) of Gainesville, FL, Joseph P. (Iris) of Bethel Park and the late James W. Heiser.  Survivors include brothers Dr. Raymond Weber (Joanne) of Ford City, PA, Paul Weber (Ann) of Washington, PA, and John Weber of Clairton, PA; grandchildren Zachary Heiser, Samantha Heiser, Heather Griffith...

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