Obituaries

John Joseph Burns

John Joseph Burns

John Joseph Burns, 60, of Chicora, went to be with the Lord Friday morning, July 18, 2014, at his home on East Danville Rd.
John was born in Butler on December 20, 1953. He was the son of the Late Charles W. and Dorothy Lehner Burns. He was a lifetime member of Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church in Chicora, where he was a lector, a member of the Holy Name Society, and had served on the Church’s Parish Council. He was a 1971 graduate of Karns City Area High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy in 1976 from the Mylan School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University.

Betty Hope (Lowmaster) Bender

Betty Hope (Lowmaster) Bender

Betty Hope (Lowmaster) Bender 82, passed away quietly on July 7, 2014 after an extended illness. Betty was born April 9, 1932 to the late Vera (Spencer) Lowmaster and William Lee Lowmaster of Glen Campbell, PA. On September 13, 1949 Betty married the love of her life William Michael Bender of Pittsburgh who proceeded her in death.

Betty was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed spending time and doing things with her family. She loved making homemade Easter candy with her children, cooking, sewing, camping, crafting especially making things with her seashells.

Harold R. Perkins

HAROLD R. PERKINS, 85, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, formerly of Clarion Co., passed away Tuesday evening, June 17, 2014 at Renaissance Care Center, Olmsted Falls following a brief illness.
Born in St. Petersburg, Pa. on May 2, 1929, he was the son of the late Raymond Henry and Annie Black Perkins.
He was a retired employee of General Motors of Ohio, member of the UAW, and was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army.

Francis Paul "Chick" McGuirk

Francis Paul "Chick" McGuirk

FRANCIS PAUL “Chick” McGUIRK, 84, of Foxburg passed away late Sunday evening, June 15, 2014 at Parker Personal Care Home following a period of declining health.
Born in St. Petersburg, Pa., on March 31, 1930, he was the son of the late Frank Vincent and Edna Mae Bell McGuirk.
A 1948 graduate of the former St. Petersburg High School, he later graduated from Clarion State Teachers College (now University) with a B.S. in Applied Sciences. He also earned a Masters Degree in Guidance from Westminster College in New Wilmington.

Ann B. Stevenson

Ann B. Stevenson

Ann B. Stevenson, 84, of Chicora, went to be with the Lord at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Patricia Ann Bowman Mitchell

Patricia Ann Bowman Mitchell was born on August 2, 1953 and went to be with the Lord on June 6, 2014.
She was the daughter of Henry J. Bowman St. and Helen Roberta Deloe Bowman.
She was preceded by her father, Henry J. Bowman Sr., and a brother, Henry J. Bowman Jr.
Patricia was born in Mckeesport, PA and raised in Foxburg, PA.
She was a 1971 graduate of A-C Valley High School.
She is survived by a daughter, Heather Drost of Kentucky, a brother, Donald Bowman and two sisters, Cathy Bowman and Marcia Bowman, and many nieces and nephews, and two grandchildren, William and Lexie.

Gerald T. “Tom” Barnhart

Gerald T. “Tom” Barnhart

Gerald T. “Tom” Barnhart, age 73, of Donegal Township, Fenelton, PA. died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, June 11, 2014 in Butler Memorial Hospital of natural causes.

Gerald was born in Chicora, July 14, 1940, the son of the late George H. and Florence M. Emminger Barnhart.

He worked as a truck dispatcher for Pullman Standard until the plant closed. He was a member of Fenelton United Methodist Church. He was a member of Happy Hunters Sportman Club of Fenelton and an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing with his grandson and spending time at his camp in Halton, PA.

Robert Lee Simmons

Robert Lee Simmons

Robert Lee Simmons, 60, of Triangle Road, Knox, Beaver Township died at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 12, 2014 at his home, following an illness.

Mr. Simmons was a long-time truck driver, and retired from Superior Carriers in Karns City.

He is survived by his wife Dusty Elder Simmons, whom he married on January 14, 1987 in Knox.

Harry John Armstrong

HARRY JOHN ARMSTRONG, 92, of Ohio, formerly of Parker, Pa. passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at residence of his son Jeff, of natural causes.
Born in Parker on June 5, 1921, he was the son of the late Harry J. and Ethel Hallack Armstrong.
A 1939 graduate of the former Parker high School, he served in World War II from Jan. 1941 to October 1945. Much of his war experience was a radio repair and operator at a weather station in the Baffin Islands. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Tech. Sgt.
He was a charter member of Roy Calvin McGinnis VFW Post 7073 of Parker.

Keith M. Witherup

KEITH M. WITHERUP, 56, of Perryville, Parker, Pa. passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at UPMC – Northwest following an extended illness.
Born in Butler, Pa. on June 17, 1957, he was the son of Lewis A. and the late Ruby Stewart Witherup.
Keith was a graduate of the ACV School District, Slippery Rock University, and earned a Master’s Degree in Bio-Chemistry at Purdue University.
He was of the United Methodist faith.
Surviving are his father Lew, with whom he made his home, two children, Chelsea and Ethan Witherup of New Jersey, and a brother, Terry of Kentucky.

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