Robert J. “Dune” Bowser, 47 of Monaca passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 in Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver. He was born in Youngstown, OH on December 5, 1970 the son of the late Marion and Robert Bowser. He loved history and fixing cars. He was a former member of the Monaca Volunteer Fire Department #5. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Monaca.
Robert D. Short, 89, of Carmichaels, PA passed away after a brief illness on Monday April 16, 2018 in Washington Health System. He was born on December 15, 1928 in Aliquippa, the son of the late John & Della Short. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Erma M. Short in 2011, and a brother Jack Short.
He is survived by his 5 daughters: Janice (Karl) Baily, Waynesburg, PA; Joan (Shirl) Ater, Mebane, NC; Robin (Brad) Henderson, Brave, PA; Rhonda (John) Welty, Chester Springs, PA; Glenell (Walt) Agnolutto, Huntington, MD; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Gwen Hines and Lucille Morris, both of Aliquippa.
He began attending the University of Pittsburgh at age 16, where his scores helped the University of Pittsburgh rifle team win the William Randolph Hearst ROTC national competition. After enlisting in the US Army at age 17-he served in the Signal Corps as a radio operator in Japan for 18 months. He returned to the University of Pittsburgh-graduating with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he accepted a position with RCA, retiring from there after 31 years of service. Following this, Robert was consultant for ITS for 10 years, designing transmission towers. In addition, he authored many articles to the “Private Cable and Wireless Cable” magazine.
Known for his love of family, Robert enjoyed piloting his airplane, hunting, traveling and boating. Always passionate about his hobbies-he enjoyed golf, snorkeling, archery and was an avid reader of books about the Sciences. Up until age 87, “Bicycle Bob” could be seen cycling the Green River Trail in Rice’s Landing.
Friends will be received on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 3 pm until 7 pm at the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services , 2345 Mill Street, Aliquippa, PA, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 am.
Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Aliquippa.
Memorial contributions may be made in Robert Short’s name to the Ohio United Presbyterian Church, 1236 Longvue Ave., Aliquippa, PA or to the charity of your choice.
James “Jimmy” George Simmons, 54, of Rochester Twp., passed away on Monday April 9, 2018 in his home. Born April 10, 1963 in Rochester, he was son of the late Paul & Deuk Soon “Carol” Simmons. He worked for Penn Dot and participated with the Rochester Twp. Fire Department. He loved to fish and enjoyed spending time with his friends on the hill.
He is survived by his daughter who he loved and was very proud of, Paige Simmons and fiancé Gig Jewell, Ellwood City; a brother: Paul (Jamie) Simmons, Toledo, OH; a sister Betty (Sam Simoni) Guzzie, Las Vegas; 4 nieces and nephews: Brad (Amity) Guzzie, Kim (Mike) Daccache, Susan (Tony) Thomas, and David Simmons; several great nieces and nephews. Friends: Keith & Stephanie McQuiston, his “little buddy” Michael Suhy whom he loved spending time with and helping to take care of.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother in law: Keith Guzzie, an Uncle James Simmons, and his grandparents, Grace & Edward.
Friends will be received on Thursday from 4pm until the time of Funeral Service at 7pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Rochester.
Private interment will take place at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
Frances June Hyre, 91, of Crescent Twp. passed peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Brighton Rehab and Wellness. She was born in Parkersburg, WV on June 5, 1926 the daughter of the late John and Gladys Farr. She was a member of Brodhead Christian Missionary Alliance Church.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John Hyre in 1968; a son Jeff Hyre, and a brother George Farr.
She loved flowers and tending to her garden. She especially loved growing roses. She is now reunited with her husband John and tending to the rose gardens of heaven.
She is survived by her 4 sons: Terry Hyre, Parkersburg, WV; Randy (Edith) Hyre, Parkersburg, WV; Tim Hyre, Coraopolis, & Lenny (Marie) Hyre, Raccoon Twp.; 13 grandchildren; 15 Great grandchildren; a brother: Homer (Dolly) Farr; a sister Margarite Farr, and a daughter-in-law Brenda Hyre.
Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Aliquippa. Where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11am, by Rev. Rich Herbster.
Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church 846 RT 18 Aliquippa, Pa 15001.
Betty Jo (Barrett) Morris, 91, formerly of Hopewell Township and Masonic Villages of Sewickley passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018. She was born in Aliquippa on February 21, 1927, the daughter of the late Robert C. & Mary L. Barrett. A graduate of Westminster College with an Associates degree in Business, Betty was a member of the Beta Sigma Omicron sorority. She was employed by C&L Grocery Store as a bookkeeper and J&L Steel as a secretary before she and her husband became owners and operators of several Baskin-Robbins stores. She was a lifetime member of Mt. Carmel Presbyterian church where she served as a Deaconess; a secretary; the Superintendent of Sunday Schools; and a director of Vacation Bible School. A member of the Center Civic Women’s Club, Betty also served as leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and was a member of two ladies’ social groups formed while a student at Aliquippa High School and lasting well into this century. Betty had a variety of interests that include baking; knitting; sewing; gardening; reading and travel. A wonderful wife, mother, sister and aunt, Betty was dearly loved by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Matthew C. Morris; and three sisters and brothers-in-law: Norma Barrett Propst (Pitt), Florence Barrett Soppelt (Johnny), and Roberta Barrett Propst (Pat).
She is survived by her two children: Scott Morris (Rita Sweet), Altamonte Springs, FL and Lona Garrison (Steven) Atlanta; a sister, Ann Barrett Miller (Ray), Toledo, OH; four grandchildren: Matt & Greg Garrison, and Natalie & Ben Morris; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Monday from 2~4 & 6~8pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Aliquippa, where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11am. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Villages of Sewickley,1000 Masonic Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143 or the Alzheimers Association, 1100 Liberty Ave Suite E 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Archie W. Smith, 87 of Pulaski Twp., passed away on Tuesday March 13, 2018 in his home. He was born on February 22, 1931 in Rochester, PA The son of the late Archie and Sarah Smith. He was a 1949 graduate of Rochester High School and a US Army veteran serving as a staff sergeant during the Korean War. He was the owner and operator of Arch Smith Oil Company. He enjoyed spending his time rebuilding cars and camping. He was a member of the Park Finders Camping Club for many years. He also was a member of the Rochester VFW, Rochester American Legion and the Rochester Twp. Fireman’s Club.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two infant sons; a brother James Smith, a sister Edith Meteney, a daughter-in-law Lorilee Smith, and a great grandson Edward Smith II.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years Lois Smith, two children: Brian Smith, Wooster, OH; Margie Plocinik, Pulaski Twp.; 4 grandchildren: Edward (Carla) Smith, Gerry (Patrick) Corbett, Justin (Sara) Smith, Ryan (Emily) Plocinik; 7 great grandchildren: Cari (Brandon) Pryor, Caitlyn Smith, Lachlan, Max, and Gavin Corbett, McKenna and Lyla Smith.
At Archie’s request there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11AM in Unionville United Methodist Church (1299 RT 68. Rochester) conducted by Rev. Doug Myers.
The family wishes to thank the staff and aids at Life Beaver County especially Kaitlyn, Erine and Valerie for their wonderful care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver County Humane Society 3394 Brodhead Rd. Aliquippa, PA 15001.
The members of the Beaver County Special Unit will conduct Military Honors at the Church at 11:45am.
Virginia “Ginny” ONeal Douglass, of Hookstown, 70 passed away the morning o f March 2, 2018. She walked through the gates of heaven to a flower studded meadow greeted by a Host of Angels to meet her King, Lord and Savior after a long heroic battle with Alzheimer’s.
Born on August 21, 1947 in Neosho, MO, she is survived by her loving husband Edward “Red” Douglass, of 51 years. A son Edward J. Douglass IV (Sheri), Beaver and a daughter Skye Douglass Casey, Hopewell. Three granddaughters: Rebeka Douglass Gouger (Dakota), Chattanooga, Tn; Katie Douglass, Lynchburg, VA; and Alexandria ONeal Casey, Hopewell. Also, a beloved sister and brother-in-law Sandy and Mac McGee, Gloucester, VA.
We would also wish to thank all her friends and caregivers at Beaver Elder Care, Aliquippa and Good Samaritan Hospice of Heritage Valley Beaver.
She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church worshipping and praising Jesus. She was employed by Giant Eagle at Green Garden Plaza working in the floral department for 17 years before retirement. She enjoyed raising all her animals, working in her garden, and spinning and weaving wool.
As per Ginny’s request, there will be no viewing and interment will be private. Rev. Dr. Richard Herbster will officiate a graveside interment for the family. A memorial service, which the family invites you to remember her life and how she loved to worship will be held on Saturday March 10th at 11AM in Mt. Pleasant Church 846 Rt. 18 Raccoon Twp. A luncheon will be held immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Mt. Pleasant Church Building Fund.
Scott Mitchell, 78, of Hopewell Twp., passed away on Wednesday February 28, 2018 in Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver. He was born on January 2, 1940 in New Brighton, the son of the late Lawrence and Sylvia Mitchell. A 1958 graduate of Monaca High School. He was a retired ramp agent from US Airways and was a member of House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Aliquippa. Scott’s father was a railroader and Scott had a love of trains at an early age. He had a P & LE caboose as a summer place on Connoquenessing creek for many years. Scott loved to travel especially by bus. After he retired he and his wife planned and escorted bus trips for their friends for many years. Scott, with his outgoing personality and many stories made the trips a lot of fun. Scott was a people person who loved to talk, had many friends and never met a stranger. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, great uncle and friend to all.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Barbara Mitchell; a sister: Ardith Ceccariella, FL; a brother Tom Mitchell, Daugherty Twp.; a sister-in-law: Donna McLaughlin, Independence Twp.; and a brother-in-law: Joe (Marsha) Williamson, FL; 8 nieces and nephews: LuAnne Quinn, Carol (Michael) Moore, Dave (Tresa) McLaughlin, Dawn (Stephen) Ingram, Dan (Chris) McLaughlin, Debra Shaffer, Matthew (Melanie) Williamson & Stephen (Ceci) Williamson; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
Friends will be received on Monday from 3pm until 7pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Aliquippa. As well as on Tuesday from 10am until the time of Funeral Service at 11AM in House of Prayer Lutheran Church Aliquippa (2100 Irwin St.)
Private interment will take place in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver County Humane Society or to House of Prayer Lutheran Church.
James Keith Kearns, age 65, passed away peacefully, Saturday, February 24, 2018, in the Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley. Keith was supported by family, and love though a brief two-week illness.
A lifelong resident of Raccoon Twp., Keith was the son of Thomas Kearns and Evelyn (Ewing) Kearns, also of Raccoon Twp. After graduating from Hopewell High School, Keith graduated from a drafting school in Pittsburgh, before joining the Army in the early 1970’s. He served stateside during the end of the Vietnam War period.
After the service in the Army, Keith started working at the First Energy, Nuclear power plant in Shippingport, where he remained employed up until his death. A quiet man always willing to help family and friends, Keith enjoyed hunting, motorcycles, cars and collecting coins, die cast cars, and other collectables. He also enjoyed numerous family gatherings and placed the welfare of his two sons foremost in his life.
He is survived by his two sons, Devin Kearns of Winter Park, Colo., and Shane Kearns of Aliquippa, and a stepson, Josh McPherson of Hookstown. He is also survived by two brothers, Kenneth Kearns and his wife Lois, of Aliquippa, and Kevin Kearns and his wife Juliette, of Durham, Maine; numerous nieces and nephews, and his aunt, Donna Ewing, of Washington state.
The family would like to thank his friends and First Energy Plant co-workers who have been most supportive throughout this difficult time, and also to the Good Samaritan Hospice unit of Heritage Valley Beaver.
There will be no immediate services, a life memorial will be held in the late spring and interment will be held at Service Creek Cemetery, Raccoon Twp.
Arrangements by the HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES OF ALIQUIPPA