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Nancy Taylor MacFarlane
Nancy I. MacFarlane, 67 of South Heights passed away after a battle with cancer on July 2, 2013 surrounded by her family that she cherished. She was born January 9, 1946 in Pittock,PA a daughter of the late John C. and Lucille M. (Galante) Taylor,Sr. Nancy was a member of the Croatian Club, Aliquippa She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and loved spending time with her family.Surviving Nancy is her loving husband, Robert J. MacFarlane, whom she married June 22, 1991. Her son, Chuck Bates, Sewickley, her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Marie and Tim Petrick, Moon Twp. Two grandsons: Jesse Calvin Bates and Jonathan Suchi. Nancy is also survived by her dear brother and sister-in-law, John and Julie Taylor, Hopewell Twp. A niece, Denise Taylor and two nephews: Charles Chichester and Bryan (Heidi) Chichester. Her photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Bonnie Maloney Fulton
NOTE: Bonnie was a valuable member of the class reunion committee for many years. Her contributions to past reunions were invaluable. She will be greatly missed by the committee.
Bonnie L. Fulton, 69, of Baden, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Beaver. Born December 3, 1944, in Sewickley, a daughter of the late Robert and Mary Louise Parsons Maloney, she was employed by American Eagle Outfitters in Warrendale. She was a member of the Good Samaritan Church and was the organizer of the Ambridge Class of 1963 Reunions. Surviving are her husband, Jerome Fulton, and a son and daughter-in-law, Patrick Fulton and Tracey Berg-Fulton of Harmony Twp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Maloney. Her photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Joann Leopardi Millie
Joann M. (Leopardi) Millie, 70, of Moon Township, died Sunday, December 13, 2015, in UPMC Cranberry Place. Born May 15, 1945, in Sewickley, a daughter of the late Thomas and Laura Santilli Leopardi, she was retired from the Sewickley YMCA. Surviving are her husband, John "Ed" Millie Sr.; a son and daughter-in-law, John "Eddie" Jr. and Natalie Millie, Economy; a daughter, Roni Lynn Millie, Coraopolis, and four grandchildren, Alicia, Jason, Kiara and Megan. She would have had her first great-grandchild in February. She is also survived by a brother, Dominick "Buddy" Leopardi, Harmony Twp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Leopardi, and two sisters, Anna Marie Caputo and Rose D'Alessandro. Her photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Harry E. Suttelle, Jr., 71, of Raccoon Twp., passed away Saturday December 26, 2015 in his home. Born April 14, 1944 in Sewickley, he was a son of the late Harry Sr. and Irene (Devaney) Suttelle. A retired employee of LTV Steel in Aliquippa, he also retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Harry was a proud U.S. Army veteran having served in Vietnam from 1966-1967 with the 25th Infantry Division. He was lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of American, Chapter #862; Hopewell V.F.W. Post #8805; and the American Legion Post #0945. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of 48 years, Victoria (Koplets) Suttelle; a son and daughter in law, Harry E. III and Erica Suttelle; a daughter and son in law, April and James Katsafanas; 4 granddaughers, who were the pride of his life, Aubrey and Ashlyn Suttelle, and Autumn and Amber Katsafanas; and many cherished friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Marlene Furguivelle. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Eileen "Chukie" Stratos, 72, of Baden, has gone to join her Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Born February 19, 1944, in Sewickley, she was a daughter of the late George and Josephine Laris.Surviving are her husband, Emanuel "Strut" Stratos; a son, Michael Stratos, Pittsburgh; a daughter, Michelle Gossett, Baden; five grandchildren, Hannah, Colton, Morgan, Zoe and Maddie, and a sister, Patricia Kostas, Philadelphia.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Nibler. Her photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Terry Lee Alberts, 70, of Beaver, beloved husband of Nancy K. Alberts, M.D., passed away peacefully at home, Monday, April 18, 2016, after an extended illness. Terry was born in Rochester, PA, on July 25, 1945, to Michael and Jean (Reich) Alberts and attended Ambridge High School. Terry's employment included 15 years as a Machinist at Bollinger Corporation and Herr Voss. Terry went on to be a No Destruction Inspector at B & W at Ambridge, Koppel and McDermottCorporation. Terry was a lifelong member of New Hope Church, where he was a proud member of the choir since he was 6 years old.Terry was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kenny M. Alberts; his brother-in-law, Eddie (the Milkman) Turnour and a special niece, Joyce Helsing.Terry will be remembered and missed by his wife of 50 years, Nancy K. Alberts, M.D.; his sister, Dona Turnour and her family, John (Kathy) Turnour, Tom Helsing and, Janet (Eric) Renner and their children, and his sister-in-law, Carol Alberts and her family, Sharon (Mike) Alberts-Campbell, Tracy (Jim) Alberts-Wilde and Professor K. Scott (Professor Hyun-Joo) Alberts and their children. He will be dearly missed by his little dog, Cookie. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Joseph Richard Masterson
A great musician, Joseph Richard Masterson, 70, of Monaca, went Home to sing for the Lord on Saturday, July 9, 2016. His passing occurred at his residence.Born November 7, 1945, in Sewickley, he was a son of the late Joseph A. and Mary A. (Hirak) Masterson. Raised in Ambridge, Joe was a member of the Ambridge ROTC before graduating from high school and entering the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Joe's first love was music. In the 1960's he was part of two bands inspired by The Jaggerz; The Soundsman and The Outside Index, playing guitar and bass and was currently learning to play the banjo. Joe was always creating and building something. A perfectionist, he taught himself many skills which led him to build the home that he and his wife, Mary, shared. An adventurous soul, he was not afraid to try anything.A member of Wildwood Chapel in Aliquippa, Joe participated with the worship team for over 20 years. He was also a member of United Hosanna Ministries of Beaver County for more than five years where he sang and played a variety of string instruments. A welder by trade, he was most recently employed at KMA Manufacturing in Vanport.
He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife, the former Mary L. Fogg, with whom he was united in marriage on December 2, 1967; a son, Joseph A. Masterson; five grandchildren, Ashley Marie Masterson, Elizabeth Rose Masterson, Rebecca Fay Shemerdiak (Masterson), Seth Phillip Masterson and Lily Ann Masterson; a brother, Pat Masterson and his wife, Bea, and a sister, Bernice Martin.In addition to his late parents, Joe will be reunited with his son, Phillip A. Masterson His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Arnold A. Ponevac Jr.
Arnold A. Ponevac, Jr., 71, of Ambridge, died Friday, October 21, 2016, in Heritage Valley Health System, Sewickley Campus. He was born May 2, 1945, in Sewickley, Pa., to the late Arnold A. Ponevac, Sr. and Lillian Shumray Ponevac. He was an avid fisherman and a member of the Ambridge District Sportsman Association and the Sons of Italy. He was a supervisor for Hardees and worked at the Allegheny Country Club in the tennis building. Arnold was a U.S. Army veteran serving his country during the Vietnam War.Surviving are his wife, Elda Sylvester Ponevac of Ambridge; five children, Lisa Barnett, at home, Jeffrey (Dawn) Wood of Belleville, Ill., Misty (Mark) Dunn of Harmony Twp., Robert (Sherri) Ponevac of Florida, and Kimberly Ponevac of Cranberry; five grandchildren, Leah Harlan of Baldwin Twp., Matthew Dunn of Harmony Twp, Savannah and Evan Wood of Belleville, Ill., and Samantha Ponevac of Florida.Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was a sister, Francis..His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Marlane Biancucci Brewer
Marlane J. Brewer, 71, of Brighton Township, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at Brighton Rehab & Wellness Center, where she resided following a brief illness.Born June 29, 1945, in Baden, she was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Young Biancucci, and father, Sam Biancucci, also her husband, Lyndon Brewer.Marlane is survived by a brother, Melvin Biancucci of Beaver, Pa.Marlane had been employed as a clerk for a credit department.She will be missed by her friends, Terry and Marcy Kushner and Meagan Kazora.Marlane was known as a kind sweet person by those who knew her. Marlane was also known as very good hearted and always willing to share with others.
Dorothy Cross Starr
Dorothy "Dot" Cross Starr passed away peacefully on December 21, 2016, with her family by her side, after an unexpected illness. Dot, 71, wife of William Starr, 73, lived a full and happy life. Married for 49.5 years, they were life partners in every sense. In addition to raising two children, Scott, 46, and Tracey, 43, they spent many years boating on the Chesapeake Bay, and also traveled, enjoying drives throughout the entire US, as well as cruises throughout Europe and the Caribbean.Born Dorothy Jean Cross in 1945 in Ambridge, PA, Dot graduated from Ambridge High School in 1963, and The Pennsylvania State University in 1966, where she met Bill. They married in 1967, and together moved to Allentown, where she worked as a buyer for Hess's department store, and then to Coopersburg, where she was active with the PTA and the JayCees. In 1984, the family moved to Lebanon, where Dot worked for Century 21 Krall Real Estate, and also volunteered with several organizations, including the Good Samaritan Hospital and Oakview Nursing Home.In 1999, Dot and Bill retired to Marco Island, FL, where they enjoyed life on the water. Seeking their next adventure, in recent years, they started spending time in the Palm Springs area of California. In 2015, they moved to Indio, CA, where they found their beautiful desert home. They also took several trips with Tracey and her husband Darrell, visiting sights throughout Asia and Europe. Only those closest to Dot knew how much she struggled with MS her entire adult life. Fiercely proud and determined, she battled pain nearly every day to maintain her strength and independence. Preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Matilda Cross, as well as her brother, Robert Butch Cross, Dot is survived by her sister, Mary Evans, as well as several nieces and a nephew. Her photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Ralph "Rip" Vallecorsa
Ralph James Vallecorsa, 72, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born on June 16, 1945, in Sewickley, Pa., to Herman and Mary (Direnzo) Vallecorsa. He spent his childhood in nearby Ambridge, where he developed an unshakably strong faith, formed lifelong friendships, and fell in love with Steelers football. Ralph earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in education from Kent State University. There, he met the love of his life, Catherine (Besst), and they were married June 22, 1968. Ralph began his career at St Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. Opportunity brought him to Arizona, and he spent 27 years as a college guidance counselor at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. He also taught driver's education, coached basketball and golf, and organized countless trips with students across the country to visit various universities. He continued his career at North Canyon High School in Phoenix. During his four decades in education, Ralph had an enormous impact on the lives of teachers, students, and families with his unique ability to touch people in a genuine and positive way. His sense of humor will undoubtedly be missed, especially his uncanny ability to create nicknames for those he loved.Ralph is preceded in death by his parents and survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Cathy; sister, Ada (Rita Ledford); sons, Alan (Jennifer) and David (Katie); daughters, Jamie (George Adams) and Gina (Max Rosenberg); and eight beautiful grandchildren. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Lawrence A. Nobile, age 72, of Ambridge, died Monday, December 11, 2017.Beloved husband of 36 years to Paula M. Cain Nobile, he was the father of Nicole (Joseph) Port of Monaca; grandfather of Caine and Emily Zbrzezny; brother of Frank Nobile Jr. of Florida and Patricia Police of Kentucky, and uncle of Frank Nobile III.Friends were received Sunday, December 17, 2018 at KASPER-HAHN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, Ambridge, where a blessing service was held Monday at 9:30 a.m. Burial was with military honors at Mount Olivet Cemetery. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Edward Neiman Jr. passed away June 15, 2017. A memorial service was be held Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 3151 Conway Wallrose Road, Baden. No additional information was listed. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Patricial Branowitzer Zellem passed way on January 2, 2018. The family did not publish an obiturary. Her photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Carl "Chip" Farrar Jr. Fort Worth, Texas -- Chip Farrar passed away peacefully at his home Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Laurel Land in Crowley. Chip was born Sept. 15, 1945, in Sewickley, Pa., to Carl G. and Geraldine Farrar. Chip joined the U.S. Air Force and served as an airman. He married the love of his life, Jenny, on New Year's Day, 1964. They had two daughters, Vicki and Sally. Chip was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Gloria Milliman and Iris Wood. SURVIVORS: He is survived by his wife, Jenny; his children, Vicki Dyer and husband, Bryan, Sally Stepan and husband, John; grandchildren, Felisha Saxton and husband, Cody, Janice Ivey and husband, Andrew, Brittany Stepan and fiance, Jerry Simmons; and great-grandchildren, Dayton and Chandler Saxton, and Elijah, McKinnley and Corbin Simmons; brother, Jerry and wife, Mary Jane Farrar. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Peter Sarar passed away on January 17, 2018. Funeral serviceswere held in Santa Barbara, CA. This was the only information found. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Helen Ann (Mowry) Kinlan ~ April 5, 1945 – May 15, 2018
Helen, the daughter of Dr. Harry Mowry and Mildred Hatfield was raised in Ambridge, PA. After graduating from Ambridge High School, she earned a BA from The University of Pittsburgh where she was a summa cum laude student and a Phi Beta Kappa University Scholar. Helen received a Masters of Arts in education from Boston University and worked in the field of special education focusing on developmentally disabled children in the Boston and Hartford, CT areas. After moving to the Washington, DC area, she earned a Master of Arts in counseling psychology and became a therapist focusing on individual, couples, and group counseling at The Women’s Center (Vienna, Va). Helen leaves her husband Patrick, daughter Johanna, and grandson Paxton. A son Brian predeceased her. Her photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Andrew J. Zajac III, 72, of Baden, died Friday, July 6, 2018, in UPMC Presbyterian. Born August 19, 1945, in Sewickley, a son of the late Andrew J. Jr. and Julia Jagiello Zajac, he was a teacher at Economy Elementary School, retiring after 37 years of service. He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and the Baden Lions Club, where he was past president and current secretary. He worked at Baden Hardware; taught furniture refinishing at CCBC, and was trained as an EMT for Economy Ambulance. He was a model train enthusiast, and was a graduate of Clarion University with a BS degree in Elementary Education. Surviving are his wife, Linda Thomas Zajac; a son, Andrew J. Zajac IV, Canonsburg; two daughters and a son-in-law, Natalie Zajac, Baltimore, Md., and Valerie and Ken Tyner; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Nicholas Tyner, all of Spring, Texas; a brother-in-law, Raymond Tomaszewski, Rochester, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Tomaszewski. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Donna Patton Mohney
Donna P. Mohney, age 73, of Oviedo Florida, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018. She was born February 25, 1945 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Charles Patton and Charlotte Coombs Patton. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Vern F. Mohney Jr. of Oviedo Florida, her son, Todd Mohney, wife Kristin, and son Colton of Kissimmee Florida, and by her six brothers and sisters; Robert Patton and wife Sue of California, Connie Wilt and husband George of Pennsylvania, Susie Pfister of Pennsylvania, Marty Patton of Florida, Linda Emmerick of Pennsylvania, and Mitch Patton and wife Lanna of Florida. She was a loving aunt to several nieces and nephews. Donna and Vern met when she was fifteen years old. They dated for five years and married in 1965 when she was 20 years old. They just celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary this past Christmas. Donna loved her family, especially her only grandson, Colton. The family relocated several times throughout her life due her husband’s work. The job that she was most proud of was when she was the head of the tour guides at the H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in the mid 1960s through the early ‘70s. Her photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Christ M. Goebel born December 7, 1945 in Rochester, PA., passed away peacefully in Charleston, SC. May 9, 2017. Beloved husband of Suzanne, adored father of Stephanie (Peter) Quinn of Massachusetts and proud grandfather of Cole Patrick Quinn. Christ was a math teacher for over 33 years at Lockport Senior High School retiring in 2000. He was a people person, loved conversation and helping others in any way, shape or form and always up for an outdoor adventure. Christ enjoyed life. Most of all, he looked forward to golfing with his friends.Special thanks to the Medical Staff at the Medical University of South Carolina and also Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, for outstanding care over the years.
Private services were held at the convenience of the family His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
It was recently learned that Terri DeLuca passed away in July 2017 after a long illness. No other information was available at the time of this posting. Her photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Ryan H. Beighley, 74, of Harmony Twp., died Wednesday morning, September 5, 2018, in Heritage Valley Sewickley. Born December 5, 1943, in Sewickley, Pa., a son of the late William Levitsky and Virginia Martin, he was a member of the Good Samaritan Church of Ambridge. He was employed by the Quaker Valley School District tranportation company, Monark Bus Lines. He coached high school football for Quigley and Ambridge High Schools. Surviving are his wife, Lois Frank Beighley; two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Lisa Beighley, Ambridge, and Sean and Jennifer Beighley, Shaler Twp.; six grandchildren, Leah Rubinstein, Harmony Twp.; Robin Michau (Gabriel), Beaver; Alex Rubinstein and Josea Rubinstein, both of Ambridge, Tyler Beighley and Brayden Beighley, both of Shaler Twp.; two great-granddaughters, Ava and Faye; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike and Judy Frank, Harmony Twp.; an aunt, Lillian Nawrocki, DuBois, Pa.; a special cousin, Jean Canyock, Pittsburgh, and lifelong friends, Frank and Judy Rubinstein, Harmony Twp. Through his life of football and Boy Scouts, he touched many youths’ lives with a positive impact. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Ronald L. Marsh, 73, of Ambridge, died Friday, September 28, 2018, in Brighton Twp. Health and Rehab. Born September 2, 1945, in New Castle, Pa., a son of the late Lester and Ethel Marsh, he was a retired employee of the Pittsburgh Forging Co., Coraopolis. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Tammy Marsh, Elizabethtown, Pa.; daughter, Lori Budd, Virginia; and fiancée,
Suzanne Prentice, Beaver. Per Ronald’s request there was no visitation. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.
Andrew "Whitey" Mikush
Andrew R. (Whitey) Mikush, III, lifetime resident of Harmony Township, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, December 13, 2018, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Beaver, at the age of 73. He was born in Sewickley on March 10, 1945, to the late Andrew R. and Helen (Persuitte) Mikush. He was a loving husband, father, uncle and friend to all. Survived by daughters, Andrea (husband Heinz) Werle and Antoinette (husband Matt) Diulus; brother, Robert (Janet) Mikush; sister, Roberta Mikush Sciulli (husband Dave Carlson); beloved uncle to Bob (wife Laura) Mikush, Bryan (wife Cindy) Mikush, Justin (wife Deanna) Sciulli, Luke Sciulli and Katie Carlson; and great-uncle to Ryan Mikush and Amanda Mikush. A 1963 graduate of Ambridge High School, Whitey worked for 38 years in the family business Mikush Appliance. Due to his pleasant demeanor and skill, many customers specifically requested him. Active in the community, Whitey was a long-time member of the Ambridge Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Ambridge Rotary Club (1988-90) and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2008 and received the Rotary Foundation International Paul Harris Fellow Award Certificate of Honor in 2015. He was also a board member of the New Alliance Federal Credit Union in Ambridge. He enjoyed working on cars and riding motorcycles with his many friends, launching fireworks at community events as part of the Zambelli team and was a fixture at the funnel cake booth on behalf of the Rotary Club. He loved to cook and share his creations with family and friends. His photo has been added to the In Memoriam Page.