Sass, Rev. John

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 ... read more

Myers, Rev. Jane Morrison

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 ... read more

Yohe, Martha R. "Mary Ann"

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 ... read more

Lash, Betty M.

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 ... read more

Horner, Wilma Grace Page

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 ... read more

Pollock, Rev. H. B.

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... read more

Ankeny, Ruth Widdowson

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 ... read more

Cole, Donna Jean Peterson

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... read more

Holste, Laura E.

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 ... read more

Hogg, Wilma Ruth

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, ... read more

Bodnar, Rev. Frank

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. ... read more

Brown, Rev. Victor Lemoyne

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, ... read more

Richards, Marlene H.

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... read more

Hemskey, Rev. Dr. Jack Levi

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 ... read more

King, Lois Jane

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, ... read more

Shindledecker, Ruth Mae

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 ... read more

Wilson, Esther I. Henderson

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 ... read more

Bell, Rev. David

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... read more

Shields, Rev. Richard

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,... read more

Reitz, Donna G.

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 ... read more

Garvin, Audrey

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.   read more

Roddy, Nancy Lee Elder

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), ... read more

Olds, Dorothy

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 ... read more

Critchlow, Rev. Robert

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 ... read more

Sherry, Rev. Harry C.

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 ... read more

Kelso, Alva P.

Mrs. Alva P. Kelso, 84, of Hollidaysburg, the widow of the Rev. Loyal Kelso died Friday, September 9, 2016 at Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.   Mrs. Kelso was born in Sharpsburg on Tuesday August 30, 1932,  the daughter of the late Robert and Bertha (Marondie) Patterson. On November 21, 1952, she married Rev. Kelso.  He preceded her in death on December 18, 2015.   She is survived by  daughter LuAnn (James) Boyd, Clarksville; son Mark W. (Marilyn Calderone) Kelso, Cumberland, MD; son Michael A. ... read more

Hickman, Rev. Hoyt Leon

Hoyt Leon Hickman of Los Altos, CA, a retired United Methodist elder, author and recognized authority on worship and liturgical traditions, died peacefully on Sept. 6, 2016 at age 89 following a long illness. Hoyt was born in Pittsburgh PA to Leon and Mayme Hoyt Hickman and raised in Mt. Lebanon PA. He was a graduate of Haverford College, Yale Divinity School and Union Theological Seminary. Hoyt was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Martha Whitmore Hickman, and by his daughter... read more

Mikita, Rev. Dr. Carleton

Rev. Dr. Carleton McKita, who served as pastor of churches in the southwestern Pennsylvania from 1954 until 1978, passed away in August, 2016, in Rocky Mount, NC.  Licensed to preach in 1948 and ordained an elder in the Methodist Western Pennsylvania Conference in 1954, he served Concord, Salem UMC in Wexford, Sheradon, Dormont and Crafton UMCs until moving to West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1978 and later to North Carolina Wesleyan, where he was vice president for development. He retired in ... read more

Applebee, Rev. Roger Arlo

The Rev. Roger Arlo Applebee, 80, of Vanderbilt, who served as pastor of the Dawson Charge from 1995-2002, passed away peacefully Friday, August 26, 2016, in his home, with his loving wife of 43 years, Rhoda Lee Kinder Applebee, and family by his side. The Rev. Applebee was called to be a minister, but few may know that he had done so much more. He was born September 10, 1935, and was raised on a dairy farm in Erie County, a son of the late Arlo and Alma Curtis Applebee. He helped run the ... read more

Hiles, Rev. William

Rev. William Harold Hiles of Port Orange, FL, formerly of Carnegie, PA, passed away on Friday, August 26, 2016. Rev. Hiles was an elder in The Western Pa. Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he served as pastor of several churches, including the Jollytown Charge, West Bridgewater, King's Chapel, Canonsburg, Mercer, and Titusville UMCs. He and his wife Lois retired to Florida in 1999 and were active in Community United Methodist Church, Daytona Beach. In recent years, they returned... read more

Hampson, Dr. David

The Rev. David Hampson, PhD, 59, who served as pastor of Galloway UMC in Franklin from 1993-2009, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016  at his home in Fort Worth, surrounded by his loving family. Hampson left Galloway to study for his PhD, and began working as director of ministry relations at Arkeo Online Discipleship Training in 2011. Later he also  joined the adjunct faculty of The KIngs Seminary in Dallas/Ft. Worth, where he was voted Adjunct Professor of the Year. In Western ... read more

Pomrenke, Audrey

Audrey Pomrenke, wife of retired Rev. Louis Pomrenke of Bradenton, FL,  passed away on August 20, 2016. Services were held on August 24.  Rev. Pomrenke served the following Western PA churches before retiring in 1996: Beaver Falls: Concord 1967-1970; Clarion: First Associate 1970-1973; Beaver Falls: College Hill 1973-November 1980; Hermitage: Hickory November 1980-1987; and Erie: Asbury 1987-1996. No other details were available.   read more

Robinson, June E.

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

Ludlow, Frances Anne

Frances Anne Ludlow, 84, of Takoma Park, MD,  the surviving spouse of the Rev. Willis Ludlow, passed away on August 11, 2016 from a sudden illness. Anne was predeceased by her parents, Bruce and Helen Mellis; her brother, Richard Malcolm Mellis, and her husband of 41 years, Willie Ludlow., who died in 1998. He transferred to the Western Pennsylvania Conference in 1995 after serving in campus and higher education ministries in other areas, to serve as pastor of the Community of Reconciliation in... read more

Bish, Lloyd S.

Lloyd S. Bish, 83, of Ford City, husband of retired Rev. Jacqueline Bish, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Born Sept. 23, 1932, in Manorville, he was a son of the late George W. and Beulah G. (Klingensmith) Bish. A veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Kittanning. Mr. Bish was the co-owner of Bish Motors in Ford City from 1960-2002. He was a life member of the Ford City V.F.W., and Worthington ... read more

Hughes, Rev. Dean

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

Hawke, Rev. Richard E.

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

Sara Mae Beveridge

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

Rothwell, Vincent

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

Lyman, Rev. Craig

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

Sass, Mildred Jenette

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

Uhrin, Beulah Ruth

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

Becker, Rev. Siglinde Luise

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

Park, Lura Jean (Gibson)

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

Cassiday, Arlie D.

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

Barber, Lois Ann

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

Davis, Jean Eileen

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

Schmidt, Rev. R. Gerald

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

Kolacz, Stephen

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

Shuttleworth, John LaVere III

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

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