Fulton, Rev. Robert "Bob"

Rev. Robert Fulton, who died on January 11, 2013, was ordained in 1961 as an elder of The United Methodist Church. He was an active duty chaplain in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve from 1963-70. He attained the rank of Major in the Reserves. His second career was with the claims department of State Farm Insurance Company. He spent 35 years with State Farm and retired in 1998 as a Divisional Claims Manager. Bob served as pastor of Sewickley Little Hill United Methodist Church from 1961-63 ... read more

Carns, Thelma "Turk" Leshko

Thelma "Turk" L. Carns, 87, beloved leader at Camp Allegheny for many years who literally touched thousands of kids with her kindness, grace and  good humor, died Monday, January 7, 2013 after a brief illness in Florida.   Mrs. Carns, of Smithton, was born September 1, 1925 in Nineveh, PA, a daughter of the late Robert and Mary (Rauton) Clutter. Prior to retirement, Turk was employed as a school bus driver by the Yough School District. She was a member of the Barren Run United Methodist Church ... read more

Rainey, Rev. Donald T.

The Rev. Donald T. Rainey, 77, of Ebensburg, died January 4, 2013.  Surviving are his wife Mary Ann; two sons: David and Matthew; two granddaughters; and five siblings: Lois Smith, Eileen Lohr, Howard, Bernon and Dick. He was preceded in death by three siblings: Alvassa Hopkins, Charles and James. Friends were received at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc. in Ebensburg. A funeral service was held Jan. 7, 2013, at Ebensburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Frank Brosius officiating. Rev. ... read more

Maher, Sarah

Sarah A. Maher, wife of the Rev. William J. Maher, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness. She was 73. Mrs. Maher was born Dec. 12, 1939, in Carmichaels, Pa., and was a graduate of Grove City High School and attended Grove City College. A homemaker and formerl meadville restaurant owner, she was in the catering business for many years. Her husband, the Rev. William J. Maher, whom she married Sept. 29, 1964, survives at home. Also surviving... read more

Rupert, Sally E.

Sally E. Rupert, 65, of Southmont, went home to be with her Lord Dec. 16, 2012. Born Aug. 24, 1947, in Johnstown, she is survived by her husband, the Rev. Edward “Jack” Rupert; children, Daniel; Christopher, married to former Stephanie Vore, and their children, Sydney and Jackson; and Matthew, married to former Jill Henderson, and their children, Jake and Addison. Also survived by brother, Craig, and his wife, Colleen; sister, Susan, and her husband, Alan Raymore; sister, Joni, and her husband,... read more

Lyman, Helen Mabel

Helen Mabel Lyman, age 98, had a joyous reunion with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday December 14, 2012 at Wesbury Community.  She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Harold L. Lyman, who died June 13, 1980. Born to Elmer Dan Stairs and Grace Pleiades Wood Stairs on February 22, 1914, in Sayre, Pa., Helen graduated from Parker High School in  Clarence, New York. She received her R.N. degree from Deaconess Hospital, Buffalo, New York School of Nursing in l936. She and her husband ... read more

Basinger, Rosemary

Rosemary Basinger, 87, of Normalville, wife of the Rev. John R. Basinger, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant.  She was born September 21, 1925 in Normalville a daughter of the late Carl C. and Lola Belle Miller Brooks. Rosemary was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the Class of 1943. She worked as a Civil Defense Aircraft riveter in Philadelphia. She also worked at Murphy's 5&10 Store in Connellsville, and was the owner of ... read more

Garner, Esther C.

Esther C. (Chris) Garner, 91, of Canonsburg, died Friday, November 23, 2012.  The surviving spouse of the Rev. Lawrence E. Garner, she was born October 24, 1921, in Milltown, N.J., a daughter of the late George and Emma Christ. Mrs. Garner attended Drew University in New Jersey, and graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 1975.  On September 1, 1951, she married the Rev. Lawrence E. Garner. He passed away February 17, 1969. In addition to being a homemaker, she also was employed by ... read more

Cable, Jean C.

Retired Part-Time Local Pastor Jean C. Cable, 92, of Laurelbrooke Landing in Brookville, PA, died Sunday, October 28, 2012. Born on June 25, 1920 in Brookville, PA, she was the wife of the late Rev. Boyd Cable, who died on June 1, 1976. Pastor Cable was a former manager of Silco Department Store in Brookville, PA and worked as a minister for 27 years at Boone Mt. United Church of Christ, Sabula United Methodist Church, and Hickory United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Zion United ... read more

Rowles, Constance Ellen

Constance Ellen “Connie” Rowles, 69, of Olanta, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at her residence after a lengthy illness. Born Dec. 11, 1942 in Clearfield, she was the daughter of Gerald and Kathleen (Turner) Collins. Mrs. Rowles was a homemaker and also worked in United Methodist Ministries in the Western Pennsylvania Conference alongside her husband teh REv. Forrest D. Rowles, for 26 years. She was a 1959 high honors graduate of the Clearfield Area High School, was a member of the Mount Zion ... read more

Preuss, Rev. Frederick Arthur

Reverend Fred A Preuss, age 70, of Cape Coral, passed away on October 12, 2012 in Cape Coral Hospice House. He was born and raised in McKeesport, PA and graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School. Fred graduated from Lycoming College and Wesley Theological Seminary at American University where he earned his BA, BST and Masters of Divinity. Fred was a retired member of the Western Pennsylvania conference of the United Methodist Church and an Associate Member of the Florida Conference. In ... read more

Patterson, Rev. John D. "Jack"

The Rev. John Dobbs (Jack) Patterson, 81, a long-time pastor and former Johnstown District Superintendent, died Saturday, Sept. 22 at Grove City Medical Center.  Rev. Patterson was married to Dorothy L. Patterson, who preceded him in death in 2009, for 58 years. A graduate of Akron (Ohio) East High School, Geneva College and Westminster Theological Seminary, he served churches in Wampum; Eastbrook; West Middlesex; Union City; Chippewa; Butler; and Indiana, and was superintendent of the Johnstown... read more

Brown, Rev. Molly O.

The Rev. Molly O. Brown, 89, of Perry Twp., Ellwood City, passed away at her residence on Monday, August 6, 2012. Surviving is her husband, Rev. Victor L. Brown, whom she married on September 22, 1942. Admitted as a probationary member of the Western Pennsylvania Conference 1985 and ordained a full elder in 1989, she served Pittsburgh Buena Vista and Bell Chapel UMCs from 1985-87, and Houston UMC from 1987-93. After retiring in 1993, she continued to serve West Pittsburgh UMC from 1993-97. After... read more

Jedlowski, Erin Marie

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 21 at Bethel UMC in Lower Burrell for Erin Jedlowski, 23, the missions and youth director of First UMC in Waynesburg who suffered fatal injuries July 1 when a mission team van crashed en route to Slidell, LA.   The rented van carrying Erin, the Rev. Gary Grau, another adult leader and four youth from the Waynesburg church blew a tire, hit a guard rail and tumbled over. Erin was ejected from the van and was hospitalized at the University of Tennessee ... read more

Frye, Joseph

Joseph Urli Frye, 71, of Monongahela, passed away Monday, July 9, 2012, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born October 22, 1940, in New Eagle, son of the late Lawrence V. and Mary Urli Frye. Shortly after graduating from Waynesburg College with a degree in business administration, he founded Frye Construction, which has grown to include Frye Restoration and FCI Associates. As president of Frye Restoration Inc. and Frye Home Center in Monongahela, Mr. Frye had presented at ... read more

DuPont, Rev. C. Dale

The Rev. C. Dale DuPont, 79, of Waterford, formerly of Cochranton, went to be with his savior and beloved wife on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Born Aug. 11, 1932, in Meadville, he was a son of Preston and Erma Check DuPont. He married Dorothy Hovis on Aug. 11, 1952, and she preceded him in death on July 21, 2011.   He was a 1950 graduate of Cochranton High School and, following graduation, he served with the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954.   Returning from the service, he began a correspondence course ... read more

Ellis, Rev. Pat Edward

Rev. Pat Edward Ellis, 62, of Seneca, went home to his Lord and Savior at 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at UPMC Northwest in Seneca after a brief illness. An ordained United Methodist elder currently serving as pastor of Heckathorn United Methodist Church in Seneca, Pat also served as the chaplain for the Oil City Presbyterian Nursing Home.  He served many United Methodist congregations through the years, including Webster, Timblin-Porter, Salisbury (Maryland), Venango/Woodcock/Teeplev... read more

Shaffer, Beverly B.

Beverly B. Shaffer, wife of the Rev. Terry G. Shaffer, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at her home in Blairsville at the age of 64. Born July 20, 1947, in Bethlehem, PA, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Blairsville, PA. Beverly loved Jesus and the church. She sang in the choir and played the chimes in church. She was the best support to her husband Terry as pastor of the church. Beverly loved camping and going to the beach. She worked for Jeannette Home Health Care for many ... read more

DeGerlando, Rev. Peter A

 Rev. Peter A. DeGerlando, who died March 11, 2012 at the age of 90, was born in Luzerne, Pa. the son of the late Salvatore and Assunta DeGerlando. He was the last surviving member of his family of six children. Peter served his country during the WW II time period by joining the United States Marines, and served until he was discharged in 1946. It was while he was in the service he met and married Ada Comstock. After he was discharged, they established residence in Union City, Pa. He wore many ... read more

Trever, Rev. Winston

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 ... read more

Young, Janet Grace Allaman

 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 ... read more

Heckman, Dorothy "Dorie"

 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 ... read more

Rhodes. Gloria Jean Hipple

 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" ... read more

Hammett, Virginia Elizabeth

 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 ... read more

Callihan, Rev. Robert Gerald

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. ... read more

Osborne, Cloyd M. "Oz"

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 ... read more

Loney, Betty T.

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... read more

Foster, the Rev. Glea L.

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... read more

Scruton, Marjorie Ellen

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 ... read more

Lynn, Rev. Carol E.

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. ... read more

Mostoller, Ralph V.

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 ... read more

Crocker, Rev. Dr. Hugh D.

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, ... read more

Park, Rev. Ferd

 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.  ... read more

Pullen, Paul T.

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 ... read more

Ernst, Eleanor Graham "Sally"

 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... read more

Foster, John L.

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 ... read more

Merz, Catherine

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. ... read more

Peters, Robert

  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... read more

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... read more

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, ... read more

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 ... read more

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