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Thomas Barber Jr.

Thomas Barber Jr.

Thomas Barber, Jr., 62, of Rochester passed away in his home, surrounded by family and friends on October 14, 2019.  He was born on June 15, 1957 in Rochester, a son of the late Thomas and Gertrude (Stork) Barber, Sr.

Thomas worked at Beaver Valley Alloy Foundry for 25 years, after which he worked at Zinc Corporation.  He was a member of the Rochester Turners and the Zelienople Sportsmen’s Club.  In his free time Thomas loved tinkering in his garage, working on classic cars, and going to his camp to spend time with friends and family.

Thomas is survived by his wife Paula (Nevill) Barber; his three children, Marianne (Tom) Barber-Boyer, of Monaca, Teresa (Bob Jackson) Barber, of Hopewell, and Tom (Alisha Roush) Barber III, of Rochester; and one grandson, Austin Boyer.

He is also survived by his six siblings, Mary Ann Morgan, Betty Bick, Valerie Saucerman, Trudy Barton, Nora Barber, and Jim Barber.

Thomas’ family would like to extend a special thank you to Vitas Healthcare for all of their tireless work.

Helen L. Reader

Helen L. Reader

Helen L. (Dawson) Reader, 92, of New Sewickley Twp., passed away on October 9, 2019.

She was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, on January 7, 1927, a daughter of the late Edward E. Dawson, Sr., and Helen (Leddon) Dawson. She is a graduate of Rochester High School and also from Duff Business School, Pittsburgh.
She was employed for many years with Armstrong Cork, in Beaver Falls and Baltimore, MD.  She was also very involved with the Rochester Hospital and the Beaver Medical Center Auxiliary working in the gift shop and the coffee shop.  She was an active member of the Faith Community United Methodist Church, the Century Club and the Junior Women’s Club, Beaver Falls.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Reader (2018); her siblings, Edward (Helen) Dawson Jr. and Barbara Dawson Jones; and her sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Jack Prothero.
She is survived by her son, David (Cheryl) Reader; grandchildren, Mike (Amanda) Reader and Mark (Jaclyn) Reader; and five great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Maddox, Ashton, Carson, and Cash. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Kate Reader, and LeRoy and Beth Jones; her step sister-in-law, Elva Petrick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES OF ROCHESTER,, 502 Adams St., as well as on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. in the Faith Community United Methodist Church, 341 Jefferson St., Rochester. Private Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Freedom.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Community United Methodist Church.

George Morgan Caler

George Morgan Caler

George Morgan Caler, 91, of Greene Township, Pennsylvania, entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Monday, October 7, 2019.

George was a devoted husband to his wife, Nancy of 65 years; a beloved father to his children: George Jeffrey (Susan) Caler, Jerry Ray (Laura) Caler, Lona Jayne (David) Kapanka, and Lori Jill (Robert) Zimmerman; and a wonderful grandfather to 13 grandchildren and 21+ great-grandchildren.

George is survived by sisters, Georgianna Robertson and Linda Caler, brothers, Michael Caler, Jon (Marlene) Caler, sisters-in-law, Ruth Caler and Joyce Caler, and brother-in-law, Joseph Almonte.

George is preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Almonte, his brothers, Paul Caler and Raymond “Jake” Caler, his parents, Raymond & Georgia White Caler, and his step-father, Roy Caler.

George was a WWII veteran and served in the US Navy. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 66, for 44 years.

George loved the Lord, his family, and his country.  His greatest blessings were his children and grandchildren.

Friends are invited to a funeral service on Saturday October 12, 2019 at 10 AM in the New Life Presbyterian Church, Hopewell Twp.  Interment will follow at Mill Creek Hill Cemetery, Hookstown where the Beaver County Special Unit will render military honors at 2PM.

The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Aliquippa is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: New Life Presbyterian Church, 2795 Patterson Dr. Aliquippa, PA 15001.      

Edna M. Bishop

Edna M. Bishop

Edna M. Bishop, 98, of Hopewell Twp., passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019.  She was born in Rochester on July 30, 1921, a daughter of the late Sanford and Goldie (Allen) Swogger.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Bishop (2002).
She is survived by her children, Edna Mae Bishop, Eugene L. (Carmella) Bishop Jr., Mary Bishop, and Joseph S. (Val) Bishop; her grandchildren, Tina Brown, Sheri Bishop, Michael Bishop and Ben Bishop; and also nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 3 p.m. until time of services at 7 p.m. in the HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES OF ALIQUIPPA, 2345 Mill St.  Private interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ruth A. Bender

Ruth A. Bender

Ruth A. Bender (Crawford), 72, of New Sewickley Township, passed away on September 23, 2019 in her home, after a long battle with ALS, which she fought bravely until the very end.  She was born on February 18, 1947, the daughter of the late John Curtis Crawford and Ruby (Weaver) Crawford-Holiday.  Ruth was a graduate of Rochester High School and worked as a secretary to the Board of Directors and CEO at Heritage Valley Health Systems, where she retired from.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ed Bender; 3 children, Shane (Julie) Bender of Monaca, Shelby Heavens of Rochester, and Nathan (Teresa) Bender of Mechanicsburg; 6 grandchildren, Tilynn (Chelsea) Dawson, Callum Heavens, Koryn and Adin Bender, and Isabella and Adalyn Bender; and a great granddaughter, Madison Brown.

Ruth is also survived by 2 siblings, Barbara Crawford of Pittsburgh, and John (Anita) Crawford of Seattle, WA; a sister-in-law, Shirley Rosinek of San Bernardino, CA; 2 nephews, Rick and Seth Smith of CA; and a beloved Aunt Margaret Peg Love; Monaca.

Ruth’s family would like to give a special thank you to the ALS Association Western PA Chapter for all of their support.  Memorial contributions, if desired, can be mailed to the ALS Association 416 Lincoln Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15209.

A public memorial service will be held on Sunday October 6, at 2:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver (252 College Avenue).

Marjorie Mae McHenry

Marjorie Mae McHenry

Marjorie Mae McHenry, 77, formerly of Aliquippa, passed away on Saturday September, 21, 2019 in Concordia at Cabot. She was born on December 13, 1941 the daughter of the late Charles and Bessie McHenry. She was a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors in Secondary Education and she received her Masters Degree in Logistics from the Air Force College.  She was a school teacher for 5 years in New Brighton, PA and Springfield, OH.  She retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a civilian employee.

She is survived by her two sisters: Beverly Houser, and Judy (Ron) Bridgman, both of  Hopewell Twp.; 2 nieces: Denise (Dave) and Michelle (Rob); 5 nephews: Frank, Chuck (Elaine), Ron (Deb), Mike (Deb) and Sean (Amy): 4 great nieces: Katy (Chris) Victoria, Emily, and Kayla; 8 great nephews: Luke, Sam, Michael, Robie, Christian, Michael, Shawn, and Max: and a great great nephew: Bennet.

All services are private.
Interment is in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

Arrangements were entrusted to Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Aliquippa.

Martha Hanshe

Martha Hanshe



Martha Hanshe, 86 of Daugherty Twp., passed away on September 19, 2019 in Providence Care Center.  She was the daughter of the late Rocco and Mary Pedaline.  Martha put her heart into her life long career and volunteer work in the mental health field.  She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.  She was always showing love, support and care to her family, whom have sadly missed her since Alzheimer’s has taken Martha away from them.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Earle “Bucky” Hanshe; a son David, a daughter Diane, 5 brothers: Frank, Joe, Sam, Bob, and Dominic “Mimi”; 4 sisters: Mary, Sara, Theresa, Josephine, and two sets of twin siblings.

She is survived by her son Gary (Becky) Hanshe; two daughter: Linda Hartling and Renee Eaton; 7 grandchildren: Garrett Hanshe, Kellie George, Ryan Leaf, Aaron Leaf, David Hanshe, Sam (Nichole) Eaton, Jordan (Natalie) Eaton; 19 Great grandchildren: Ashley & Shaley Hanshe, Christian, Brandon, Noel & Noah George, Corina, Michael & Rocco Leaf, David, Joey, Ivy & Romeo Hanshe, Gaige Smith, Ella & Ava Cupac, Pepper Eaton Brady & Nora Eaton.

Friends will be received on Saturday from 2~4 and 6~8 pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Rochester.

Her family would like to give much gratitude to all the loving caregivers on the 3rd floor of Providence Care Center for everything they did for their mother


Richard Oliver Klingelhoefer

Richard Oliver Klingelhoefer


Richard Oliver Klingelhoefer, age 90, died in McKees Rocks on September 3, 2019. He was born in Rochester, attended Rochester High School and was a resident there until he moved with his family to Brighton Twp. in 1961.

Richard worked most of his career with Ashland Oil Company at the refinery in Freedom, where he was a supervisor, and also at the Valvoline division in Dayton, OH until his retirement.

Richard was a voracious reader with particular interest in American and World history and WWI & II.

Preceding his death was his second wife, Lucy A. (Montagna) Klingelhoefer who passed in 2012.

Surviving are four daughters, Nancy Ullerich and husband, Bob of Florence S.C., Betsy Berenson and husband, Craig of Los Angeles, CA., Susan Klingelhoefer and partner, Jimmy Chen, New York, NY., and Judy Pamer and husband, Kevin of Beaver, and grandchildren from both sides of his family.

Surviving is his step-son, Jame Montagna, of Ambridge.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 3 PM to time of service at 5:30, in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremations Services, Inc. of Rochester (502 Adams St). Private burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Freedom.

LeRoy R. Meeder

LeRoy R. Meeder

LeRoy R. Meeder, 94 of Zelienople, passed away Saturday August 31, 2019 in St. Johns Specialty Care Center, Mars.  He was born September 2, 1924 in Cranberry Twp.,  the son of the late William H.  & Sarah “Sadie” (Goehring) Meeder.  He was retired shipping foreman with Halstead Industries in Zelienople and Scottsboro,AL. He also worked with the Butler Auto Auction as a lot attendant.  He was a World War II US Army Veteran and was a member of Park United Presbyterian Church, Zelienople. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty J. (Davis) Meeder;  a daughter Doris Keith; and 2 sons: Edward Meeder and an infant. 

Surviving are his 3 children: Paul (Sharon) Meeder, Butler; Sarah Meeder, Scottsboro, AL; Larry (Carol) Meeder,  Zelienople; a son-in-law; Joe Keith: 10 grandchildren:  numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. 

Friends will be received on Thursday  September 5, in Park United Presbyterian Church 109 East Grandview Ave. Zelienople, PAfrom 3:00 PM until time of Funeral Service  at 6:00 PMwith the  Rev. Gary Dindinger officiating. 

Private internment will be in Zelienople Cemetery. 

No flowers please, memorials made to the Park U.P. Church Memorial Fund are appreciated.

Myrtle (McCracken) Caputo

Myrtle (McCracken) Caputo


Myrtle (McCracken) Caputo, 99, went on to be with the Lord August 15, 2019. Born in Conway, Pa.  October 19, 1919 to CJ. McCracken and Lottie (Bird) McCracken.  Myrtle spent most of her years in Beaver County. After moving to Woodstock, Md. at age 95 to be near her daughter Judy, Myrtle cherished keeping close contact with her extended family, high school classmates, church and community friends through e-mail, cards and letters.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents C.J. McCracken and Lottie (Bird) McCracken, daughters Janice Smith and Brenda Trombetta and siblings Ernest (Jean) McCracken, Laurene (Howard) Henry, Genevieve (Russ) Waldron and Ruth (Francis) McCune.  She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Judy and Dennis Kelley, son-in-law Jim (Janice) Smith, 6 grandchildren Janeen (Robert) Goodrick, Denise Kelley, Jill (Michael) Collins, David (Christine) Kelley, Leroy (Robin) Trombetta and Lucas (Camille) Trombetta and 14 great-grandchildren Adam, Amie and Audrey Goodrick, Anne, Shane, Sarah and Ryan Collins, Bryce, Christianna, Julianna, Aryanna and Tobyn Kelley, Zeb and Jonas Trombetta.

Once employed by Westinghouse, JT Anderson Funeral Home and The Beaver County Office on Aging, Myrtle is best known for her 60+ years directing the Sunday School program at the Freedom United Methodist Church (UMC). Myrtle was a regular delegate to the UMC annual conference.  She enjoyed sewing, knitting, needlework, baking Christmas cookies and playing Pinochle and board games with her friends and family.

The family will greet friends at Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Rochester (502 Adams St.) on Friday from 3-8 PM.  A funeral service will be held at the Faith Community United Methodist Church, 341 Jefferson St., Rochester on Saturday, at 11 AM.  Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Freedom, Pa. where butterflies will be released in celebration of Myrtle’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Faith Community United Methodist Church.