Obituaries

Trever, Rev. Winston

2/7/2012
The Rev. Winston Trever, the oldest clergy member of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church, passed away on February 7, 2012 in Lake Forest, CA at the age of 99. Rev. Trever served as pastor of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist  Church from 1960 - 1978. He previously served churches in Arizona, California, and Nevada.  Rev. Trever is survived by his children Norman, Carolyn and George; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois Trever ...

Young, Janet Grace Allaman

2/7/2012
 Janet Grace Allaman Young, 78,  of Ross Twp., passed away on February 7, 2012.  She is survived by her husband of 60 years, the Rev. Norman C. Young.  She has two loving daughters, Kathy (Bill) Hamilton of Bellevue and Marsha Young of Enola, PA.  Grandchildren include Amy (Mark) Garbin, Kevin Hamilton, Jason Woods, and Kaley (Ken) Gasper.  She also has two great grandchildren, Mikenna and Alex Garbin, whom she greatly adored.  Janet is also survived by a son Steven (MaryJo) Young and was ...

Heckman, Dorothy "Dorie"

12/24/2011
 Dorothy Louise "Dorie" Dunning Kaufman Heckman, 66, of Russell, PA, went home to her Lord and Savior, Saturday morning, December 24, 2011 at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home, Warren, PA after an illness that began in October, 2011. The wife of the Rev. David Heckman, pastor of Russell and Akeley United Methodist Churches, Dorie was a leader, board member and administrative assistant for Western PA Prison Outreach Ministries. As a volunteer, she led a weekly Bible study in Spanish at a ...

Rhodes. Gloria Jean Hipple

12/24/2011
 Gloria Jean Hipple Rhodes of Clarion died on 12/24/11 at her home after a heroic battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. She was 70 years old. Gloria was born on August 22, 1941 in Titusville, PA. She was the daughter of the late Jeanne (Russell) Hipple Williams and the late Harold Hipple. She was the step-daughter of the late Harry Williams.   On May 27, 1995, she married the love of her life, Arnie Rhodes. They shared 16 1/2 years together. Gloria was known as "Duchess of the Kane District" ...

Hammett, Virginia Elizabeth

12/17/2011
 Virginia Elizabeth (Bashforth) Hammett, 80, wife of the Rev. Edward S. Hammett, passed away Dec. 17, 2011, at home with family members at her side. Her life began March 12, 1931, in a log cabin in Elizabeth Township, and ended in a log cabin on Indian Lake in Somerset County. The daughter of Henry and Bertha (Sommerville) Bashforth, Virginia was united in marriage to Edward S. Hammett on Aug. 30, 1952, a blessed union of nearly 60 years. A graduate of McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing, she ...

Callihan, Rev. Robert Gerald

12/12/2011
The Rev. Robert Gerald Callihan, 82, of Richland, died peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and children Dec. 12, 2011, at Arbutus Park Manor. Born March 2, 1929, in Johnstown, son of Hadson G. and Verna (Souders) Callihan. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Glenn; and cousin, Paul Callihan. Survived by wife, the former Eleanor Dabbs, Richland; daughters, Sheryl, wife of Daniel Mock, Bear Creek Township, Pa.; and Merrilee, wife of Ronald Saccol, Green Bay, Wis.; grandchildren, Ann K. ...

Osborne, Cloyd M. "Oz"

12/8/2011
Rev. Cloyd M. "Oz" Osborne, 88, of 112 Marwood Road, Cabot, peacefully went to be with his Lord on December 8, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia. He was born in Clark, Pa., on Sept. 25, 1923, a son of John C. and Lillian Wishart Osborne. He was a 1941 graduate of Sharon High School and was awarded a bachelor of science from Thiel College in 1949. He earned a master's of divinity at Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, N.J., in 1952. During World War II, Oz served three years in ...

Loney, Betty T.

12/2/2011
Betty Tether Loney, of Grove City, beloved wife of the Rev. Charles S. Loney, died Dec. 2, 2011, after an extended illness. She was 83. Betty and her twin brother Ted were the youngest of the seven children born to James and Mai Lovelady Shewbert of Dalhart, Texas. When their mother died, the twins were adopted by their aunt and uncle, Ted and Mollie Tether of Pauls Valley, Okla. Betty graduated from Pauls Valley High School in 1946 and enrolled at Central State College in Edmond, Okla., where...

Foster, the Rev. Glea L.

11/29/2011
Rev. Glea L. Foster, 62, of Chicora, pastor of Chicora and Karns City United Methodist churches, went home to be with the Lord late Tuesday evening, November 29, 2011, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning following a 21-year battle with cancer. span style="font-size:9.0pt;Arial","sans-serif"; color:#270000">Born on May 18, 1949 in Madison Twp., Clarion County.  She was the daughter of Mabel Swartz Bearfield of Rimersburg and the late Willis D. Bearfield. span style="font-size:9.0p...

Scruton, Marjorie Ellen

11/1/2011
Marjorie Ellen Scruton, 88, of Richland, died Nov. 1, 2011, at Arbutus Park Manor. She is survived by her husband the Rev. Paul H. Scruton, whom she married Aug. 12, 1945, and children,the Right Rev. Gordon Paul, married to Rebecca Polley, Agawam, Mass.; Carol Jean, married to Gary Griffith, Great Falls, Va.; Lois Elaine Mock, Mundys Corner; and Wayne Morris, married to Melanie Bracey, Chester, Va. Also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and a sister, Elizabeth Jane ...

Lynn, Rev. Carol E.

9/28/2011
The Rev. Carol E. (Sayenga) Lynn, 75, of Hampton Township, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, surrounded by her family in the comfort of her home. Born Sept. 20, 1936, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late George and Helen (Frye) Sayenga. She was the beloved wife for 53 years to her high school sweetheart, James C. Lynn Jr., whom she married Aug. 23, 1958; loving mother of J. Curtis Lynn III, of Hampton, and Scott G. Lynn and his wife, Emily Morrison, of Maryland; sister of Donald A. ...

Mostoller, Ralph V.

7/8/2011
Ralph V. Mostoller of Richland died July 8 at Arbutus Park Manor at the age of 104. Born June 15, 1907, in Johnstown, he was the son of the late Cyrus Albert and Dessie (Reel) Mostoller. He is survived by two sons, the Rev. Ralph A. Mostoller, pastor of Tarrs United Methodist Church, and George A.(Elaine) of Johnstown; two granddaughters and a great-grandchild.   Ralph was a 1925 graduate of Johnstown High School and earned a B.S. in education in 1936 and a masters in letters in 1949 from the ...

Crocker, Rev. Dr. Hugh D.

6/13/2011
Age 80, formerly of Grove City after an extended illness on Monday, June 13, 2011 with his loving family around him. Dr. Crocker was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh D. and Lois Moore Crocker, and a brother James Crocker. He is survived by his wife Ruth (McCullon); sisters Ida (James) Hirst and Eileen (Ray) Verbanic; and one brother Robert (Becky) Crocker. He has two daughters, Susan (Greg) Bixler and Paula (John) Slater; and five grandchildren, Christopher and Lindsey Bixler and John, ...

Park, Rev. Ferd

3/7/2011
 Rev. Dr.span style="font-size:10.0pt; color:black"> Ferd Brownlee Park, 80, of Indiana, died after an extended illness on Monday, March 7, 2011 with his loving family around him. Born May 17, 1930 in Munhall, he was the son of the late Ferd B. and Mary Bishop Park. Ferd graduated from Munhall High School in 1948.  After learning his machinist trade at U.S. Steel in Homestead, Ferd experienced a call to the pastoral ministry.  He graduated from Waynesburg College, where he majored in history.  ...

Pullen, Paul T.

1/10/2011
Paul T. Pullen, 81, died Jan. 10 in Salem, VA. Born Nov. 3,1929, in Charleston, WV, he was the son of the late Rev. Oden M. and Anna M. Pullen. Finishing high school in Charleston, he felt the call to preach and went to college receiving an A.B. degree from Asbury College, and the M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. Later he completed the M. Th. at Pittsburgh-Zenia Theological Seminary and PH.D. at the University of Pittsburgh.   He entered the Methodist ministry in the WV conference in ...

Ernst, Eleanor Graham "Sally"

1/4/2011
 Age 83, on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 of Providence Point, Scott Township, formerly of Bethel Park, from complications of a stroke suffered on Father's Day 2010. Born in Pittsburgh on January 17, 1927. Daughter of Freda and Howard L. Graham of Wilkinsburg, PA; sister of Howard L. Graham, Jr. of Saxonburg, PA; Jean Kelsey of Mayville, NY; Henry Graham of Ohio and proceeded in death by Nancy Ross of Winston-Salem, NC; married to Edwin G. Ernst, Jr. on September 16, 1950; mother to three sons, Edwin...

Foster, John L.

1/2/2011
John L. Foster, age 70, of 475 Smith Road, Hadley, PA (Perry Twp) went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 while at UPMC Horizon, Greenville, after a short illness.  On this special day he and his wife Pearl were married 49 years ago.  Born September 21, 1940 in Harrison Twp, Allegheny County, he was the son of John L. and Edna Ruth Pence Foster, Sr. He was a graduate of Freeport High School and Clarion State College (now Clarion University of PA) with a degree in ...

Merz, Catherine

11/7/2010
Catherine O. Merz, 96, of Blandon, passed away Sunday, November 7, 2010 in her residence at 12:01 AM. She was the widow of Reverend Albert Merz, a United Methodist Minister and retired Army chaplain, who passed away in 1997.  Prior to and following his service in the US Army, Reverend Merz was the minister serving south western PA churches at Brave, Spraggtown, Kuhntown and Phillips Church.   Born in Barnesboro, PA she was the daughter of the late Martin and Margaret (Woodley) Lamer. ...

Peters, Robert

11/4/2010
  Rev. Peters, 84, of Waynesburg died Thursday, November 4 in the home of his daughter in Rostraver Township. He followed his father’s footsteps into the Methodist ministry. In retirement, he related to First UMC of Waynesburg, where he held the title of pastor emeritus. Upon retirement, he was often called upon to fill pulpits for various pastors and took pride in the fact that he had preached in every United Methodist church in Greene County. Memorial donations may be made to the Peters Family...

Armstrong, Rev. Robert C.

The Rev. Robert C. Armstrong, 89, of Nottingham Township, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Heritage Valley Hospital, Beaver. Born October 15, 1924, in Searsboro, Iowa, a son of the late Emmett and Alice Bingham Armstrong, he married Maudie M. Hargis on September 18, 1947, She passed away September 27, 2007. The Rev. Armstrong and his late wife were founding board members of Washington County Habitat for Humanity. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy during World War II. The...

Clark, Rev. Florence P.

A celebration of the life of the Rev. Florence "Flo" Parker Clark, 83, of Knox Dale, Pa., who served as a chaplain and local pastor in Western PA,  will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Knox Dale UMC. She passed to her heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. She is survived by her five children: Rev. Charles S. Clark, Jr. (Diane), of McKinleyville, Calif.; Jeffrey Clark of Decatur, Ga.; Joseph Clark (April) of Terre Haute, Ind.; Linda Lazzeroni, Tucson, Ariz.; and Miriam Barker, Huntington, ...

Maybray, Rev. Virgil E.

At 96 years of age, the retired Rev.Virgil E. Maybray passed away on Nov. 4, 2015 in his apartment at the Waterford, in Juno Beach, Florida. Born to John Charles Maybray and Helen Peterson Maybray, on Feb. 10, 1919, in East Liverpool, Ohio, he was a graduate of New Castle Senior High School and earned degrees at Taylor University (BA), Wesley Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Temple University (STM), and did post-graduate studies at Hartford Theological Seminary. During his ministry, he served ...

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