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Larry W. Black

Larry W. Black

Larry W. Black, 64, of Hopewell Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday March 21, 2021 in his home.  He was born in Rochester on August 25, 1956 the son of the late Milton and Carole Black.  He was a Jack of all Trades working many years in construction.  Larry’s sense of humor was second to none, always living life to the fullest and loving his family.  He enjoyed photography, riding his motorcycles, and collecting guns and knives.  He was a lover of music, especially Lou Reed and Frank Zappa. He is survived by his two beloved daughters: Samantha Black, Atlanta, GA and Jessie Black, Boulder, CO; three siblings: Karen Black, William (Brenda Socia) Black and Kim (D.C.) Evans; numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews and many great friends.  He is also survived by Moe, his dog and best friend, and brother-from-another-mother, Terry Constantine (Byner). As per his wish, all services are private.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org.

Richard W. “Bud” Martin

Richard W. “Bud” Martin

Richard W. “Bud” Martin, 82, of Beaver, formerly of Center Twp., reached out and touched the hand of God on Monday, March 22, 2021 in his home.  He was born in Rochester, PA on November 2, 1938 the son of the late William and Diane Martin.  He started his career in the IT Department by working with J&L Steel, then spent 27 years with HH Robertson, and finally retiring with FedEx.  He was a past master and a 50 year member with the (former Woodlawn) St. James Chapter of the Free and Accepted Masons #457.  He was a lifelong and devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Aliquippa where he sang in the choir for more than 60 years.  He enjoyed fishing, golfing and being a snowbird in Florida, but more than anything he enjoyed being with his family whom he loved more than life itself!

He is survived by his beloved wife Audrey; three daughters: Michelle & Dave Kuhni, Center Twp.; Kelly & Steve Paris, Williamsburg, VA; and Pam & Ray Boring, Potter Twp.; 4 grandchildren: Kate (Brian) Levengood, NJ; Ricky (Natalie) Capelli, TX; Nick (Hayley) Shawger, Center Twp.; and Ryan (Ley Ann) Capelli, LA; 5 great grandchildren: Will, Owen & Finn Levengood; and Colton and Clayton Capelli; 3 siblings: Kenneth Martin, Brighton Twp.; Elsie Spearing, Beaver; and Tim (Chris) Martin, SC.; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law: Helen Martin, and a brother-in-law Leroy Spearing.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 3pm ~ 8pm in the HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES OF ALIQUIPPA.  A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11AM in the First United Methodist Church of Aliquippa. Members of the St. James F&AM Lodge will conduct a Masonic Service on Thursday at 7pm in the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Gallagher Hospice, especially Lori and Jocelyn for their wonderful care. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Aliquippa. 2816 Brodhead Rd. Aliquippa, PA 15001.

John E. Bandula

John E. Bandula

John E. Bandula, 88, of Aliquippa passed away on March 17, 2021 in Heritage Valley Beaver.  Born in Aliquippa on May 30, 1932 the son of the late John & Frances Bandula.  He retired from J&L LTV Steel where he was the Supervisor of Production Planning.  John was a longtime and devoted member of House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Aliquippa and was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean War.  He enjoyed taking his daily walks around the neighborhood and talking to his friends along the way. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Anna Belle, his parents, and a sister Frances Zanath.

He is survived by a sister Mary L. Werling, Center Twp., numerous nieces and nephews and friends. 

A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11AM in House of Prayer Lutheran Church, conducted by his friend Rev. Arlene Schweitzer.

Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial Contributions may be made to House of Prayer Lutheran Church.  2100 W Irwin St. Aliquippa, PA 15001

Virginia L. Williams

Virginia L. Williams

Virginia L. Williams, 75, of Rochester Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 13, 2021 in her home.  She was born on July 18, 1945 the daughter of the late James and Nellie (Richards) Tutwiler.  She was a retired kindergarten teacher from Ambridge Area School District where she taught for 42 years.  Teaching was her passion, she loved children and helping them to learn.  She enjoyed tending and growing flowers and spending time at her cabin in Marienville, PA.  She was an active member of Word Alive Church in Ellwood City for more than 25 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard L. Williams in 1994.

She is survived by her children, Michael Williams, Richard (Debbie) Williams, Fred (Sandy) Williams, Tambra (Baney) Willis and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is also survived by, a brother and sister-in-law, James M. and Catherine “Tina” Tutwiler, and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the World Alive Church, 124 Scenic Hill Blvd, Ellwood City, PA 16117 or the Rochester Fire Department at  www.rochesterfd.com

Kevin Duane Hill

Kevin Duane Hill

Kevin Duane Hill, 64, of Hopewell Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 5, 2021 in his home.  He was born in Rochester, PA on January 28, 1957 the son of the late Henry and Ernestine Hill.  He worked as an operator for BASF in Monaca for 35 years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing and fixing things around the house.  Kevin was always ready and willing to help out others and was a member of the Rochester Second Baptist Church.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Richard Hill and a sister Donna Jones.  He is survived by his loving wife Anita; 5 children: Kevin Hill Jr., Pittsburgh; Tasha Hill, New Brighton; Sareta Baldwin, Bethel Park; Tiffani Hill, New Brighton; and Kivana Hill, Baden: 7 grandchildren: Jayla, Jada, Kevin, Ionna, Kane, Gary, and Kyenn; a sister: Terri Vaughn, Beaver Falls; his mother-in-law: Zera Young; a host of nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; several friends and BFFL. Friends will be received on Friday from 2~4pm and 6~8pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Aliquippa.

Carl T. Falk

Carl T. Falk

Carl T. Falk, 93, of Hopewell Twp., passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021 in his home. He was born on October 26, 1927 in Aliquippa the son of the late Carl and Ellen Falk. He was a retired Metallurgist from J&L Steel. He was a US Airforce Veteran serving in Panama. He was a very active member of House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Aliquippa; he served on church council, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the choir for 30 years. He had a very welcoming personality and was able to talk and make friends with anyone. For many years, he was a referee for baseball, basketball, and football games all around Beaver County. He enjoyed , golfing, reading and working crossword puzzles. He loved traveling. He and his wife traveled to numerous countries and islands. They also enjoyed camping across the USA and Canada. His true love was spending time with his family.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years: Dorothy Falk; two sons: Carl (Janis) Falk, Hopewell Twp.; and Donald (Kathy) Falk, Suwanee, GA; 3 grandchildren: Kristin (Donald) Kozik, Reading, PA; Justin (Alicia) Falk, Lower Burrell, PA; Ashley (Jack) Banks, Atlanta; 5 great grandchildren: Jackson, Nicholas, Gabriella, Carter, and Mila; 2 sisters: Carla (Rick) Yacievello, and Kathy (John) Greathouse; 2 sisters-in-law: Joni & Karen Falk; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter: Cheryl Darlene Falk; 3 brothers: John, Joseph, and Charles Falk; and 3 sisters: Gladys Kuhni, Frances Oakes, and Nora Cook.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 3pm until 7pm in the HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE OF ALIQUIPPA. As well as Friday from 10am until the time of funeral service at 11am in House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Aliquippa.

Memorial contributions may be made to House of Prayer Lutheran Church 2100 W. Irwin St. Aliquippa, PA 15001

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice for their excellent care and compassion.

Alice LaVerne Vorhaben

Alice LaVerne Vorhaben

Alice LaVerne Vorhaben, 81, of Sewickley, passed away on Wednesday, March, 3, 2021 in UPMC Passavant Hospital. She was born on August 3, 1939 in Oxnard, California, the daughter of the late Roy and Zelda McNeil.  She worked for many years as the secretary at the First United Methodist Church of New Jersey in Westfield, NJ.  She was very active in her church and enjoyed spending her time volunteering there.  She also worked as a Word Processing  Center Supervisor for AT&T.  She enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, bird watching, and learning about history.  She also was an avid movie watcher that she loved doing with her family. In addition to her church in New Jersey, she was a member of the Ingomar United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, William S. Vorhaben; three children: Pamela Vorhaben (Scott Stiles) Gibsonia; Lisa Davidson, Moon Twp., and Keith (Marge) Vorhaben, Wakefield, Rhode Island; 6 grandchildren: Ellie, Margaret, and Anna Vorhaben and Jeremy, Heather, and Ashley Davidson. As per her request, all services are private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Ingomar United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh PA.

Mary Ellen Owens

Mary Ellen Owens

Mary Ellen Owens, 97 (and eight months) of Aliquippa, is now worshiping in person with her loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She was born June 3, 1923 in Wireton, Pennsylvania, to the late John and Tamar (Backhouse) Owens.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Jane (David) Vaughn, Tamar Owens and Betty (Alfred) Lovra.

At the age of ten Mary Ellen gave her life and heart to Jesus Christ which formed who she would be and the decisions she would make.

Mary Ellen was focused on her family and being the hands and feet of Christ.  She loved to talk about her favorite childhood memories of singing in the choir with her sister Jane, helping take care of her family, and being a working woman. She started at Farmers Bank which transitioned to Mellon Bank. Mary Ellen worked the Ambridge branch, then the Hopewell branch where she retired as a manager after 43 years- which enabled her to tithe and continue to do the Lord’s work.

Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Mary Ellen could feel the love of Jesus through her joy, her humor, and her acts of service. She began her lifelong music ministry singing, playing piano and organ at Ambridge Christian Missionary Alliance Church and continued to play at Crestmont Alliance Church (now the Gospel Tabernacle), North Branch Presbyterian, and Monaca United Methodist playing and praising for over 75 years.

Mary Ellen lived with a posture of humility and openness to God’s word and Jesus’ calling in all aspects and circumstances of life which made her who she was. Mary Ellen wanted to make sure everyone knew that they were loved by her but especially by Jesus, that her works were for the glory of God and that arriving in heaven was her life’s goal.

Family and friends will miss her baking, her consistently updated knowledge of Pittsburgh sport news and schedules, and the light that she would shine into their lives with her always timely scripture and hymn recall and constant covering with prayer.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 5th, 2021 at the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, inc., 2345 Mill Street Aliquippa, PA 15001, from 3pm to 7pm, with a service immediately following at 7pm officiated by Rev. David Vaughn and Pastor Joel Repic. The service will also be available via zoom. 

All CDC guidelines will be followed, masks and social distancing required.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary Ellen’s memory to the Gospel Tabernacle

Marian Ruth Druzak

Marian Ruth Druzak

Marian Ruth Druzak, 79 of Center Twp., passed away on February 21, 2021 in UPMC Presbyterian.  She was born on September 27, 1941 in Center Twp., the daughter of the late Ida Mae and Louis Chop.  She was a Lutheran Lay Minister. She enjoyed traveling around to many churches across Western PA to preach when she was needed.  Her home churches were Faith Lutheran and Van Kirk Lutheran in Center Twp., but she never hesitated to go to any church when she was called.  She was an amazing mother and grandmother, always making sure that everyone had enough to eat. Marian loved to watch sports with her husband, especially the Penguins.  She was a fan of Jay Caulfield, and was thankful that he helped her to understand the game better.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons: Mike in 2012 and Charlie in 2020; a grandson Benjamin Druzak in 1995 and a brother James Chop in 2018. She is survived by her husband of more than 60 years, George; three children: Jeff & Cheri Druzak, Presto, PA; Mark Druzak, New Brighton; and Janice & Steven Miller, Palestine, TX; 11 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 3 sisters: Donna Mateer, Frances Lambing, and Georgina Knotts. A Celebration of Life memorial will be held for both Marian and Charlie Druzak on Saturday, August 29 th 2021, at 2pm in the Four Seasons Pavilion at Brady’s Run Park.

Catherine Miller

Catherine Miller

Catherine C. (Tina) Miller, 93 of Hopewell Twp., passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday January 27, 2021.  She was born in 1927, the daughter of the late William and Ernestine Figura. Tina was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish.  During WWII she went to work as a grenade bag maker, a true Rosie the Riveter, and was very proud of her service.  She loved to crochet, knit, paint and was very artsy.  In addition to her parents, Tina was preceded in death by her husband Walter Miller in 2006, her 12 brothers and sisters, and a Daughter-in-law, Donna Miller, Catonsville, MD. She is survived by her two sons: Bill Miller, (devoted husband of the late Donna Miller) Catonsville, MD and Jimi & Dena Miller, Ambridge; grandchildren: Kelly  (Josh) Bartels;  Justin Miller (Kendra Sheaffer), Grant Kidney, Kelly Kidney, Nikki Marie (Garrett Johnson) great grandchildren;  Jordan Bartels, Devin Bartels, Summer Kidney , Hunter Whitaker, Ava Rose Johnson,  and two great, great grandchildren, Josey Bartels and Ava Rose Johnson; one Sister-in-law, Betty Hands, Chandler Arizona.
Many friends, nieces and nephews. Thanks to those special nieces, nephews, and friends who would visit and call regularly; Debra Weber, Diana Sangregario, John and Darlene Sangregario, Jamie Barasso-Weber, Joyce Muto, Catherine (Sissy) and Mike Strushenky, Kathleen Jonila, Joan Puinno, Nancy Franz , Phyllis Holdsworth, Scott Pankoke, Rene Melendez, Nancy Call, Kevin Burns, Patrick Barto, Stephen Baklarz, Tom Helman, and Donna Perkins.

The Family would like to thank Gallagher Hospice Care for their support, compassion, and guidance. Andrea, Jocelyn, Nica, David, Jaime, Erica, and Bonny truly made up a stellar team making our Mom comfortable and pain free in her home under the care of Dena and Jimi Miller. A very special thanks to ALL. Dena and Jimi Miller were Tina’s caretakers for the past 2- years, and 24/7 for the past year. Bill Miller for his visitation, caring support in so many ways, guidance, and love. Debra Weber for her loving support, visitation with Tina’s favorite meal – barbecued spare ribs, and Grace Fortunato for sitting with Tina during Dr. appointments for Dena and Jimi.  As per her request, there will be no visitation, a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
I’m lieu of flowers, the Family asks that donations be made to the Stroke Association.