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Janet Lee Engstrom

Janet Lee Engstrom

Janet Lee Engstrom, 61, of Rochester passed away on May 29, 2019 in Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver after a hard fought battle with Cancer.  She was born in Beaver Falls on June 13, 1957. She was the daughter of the late Akiko Bair and was fostered by the late Ray and Ruth Buttermore of Rochester.

Janet was a loving, compassionate mother, grandmother and friend. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life and she loved spending every minute that she could with them.  

She is survived by her former husband and still friend Mike Engstrom,Negley, OH; Loving mother of Jarod McBride,Rochester; Kei Lee Boehm, Beaver; and Lindsay (Andrew Huey) Engstrom, Rochester; Grandmother(MiMi) of; Bella Badamo, Landan Boehm, Eleanora & Elowyn Huey; A sister of Jack (Barbara) Bair, Portland, OR; Nancy (Glenn) Brobeck, Center Twp.; Betty (John) Pitaro, Economy Borough; also a sister-in-law: Renda (Bob) Minehan, Peoria, Il; And also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; her best friend Ruth Jurcic of Rochester & her beloved cat Tux.

A memorial to celebrate her life will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Remtula, the nurses and staff at the Hillman Clinic in Beaver, and the staff at Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver for all of their wonderful care extended to Janet and family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National  Pancreatic Cancer Foundation PO Box 1848 Longmont, CO 80502.

Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Rochester are entrusted with the arrangements

Terry L. Probst

Terry L. Probst

Terry L. Probst, 71, of Beaver Falls, formerly of Rochester, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019.
Terry was born on September 3, 1947, the son of the late Henry and Elma (Hollenbaugh) Probst.
In addition to his parents, Terry was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy, Robert, and Charles Probst, and one sister, Florence Brightwell.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation.
Services are being handled by HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES OF ROCHESTER,

Jack E. Smith

Jack E. Smith

Jack E. Smith of Rochester, PA, formerly of Hopewell Twp., PA peacefully passed away Monday, April 15th, 2019 while surrounded by his family in Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley Beaver.

Born, January 23, 1925 in New Brighton, PA.  Jack was the son of Hilda and James Smith.  He was a member of the Faith Community United Methodist Church, Rochester.   The Smith family moved to Beaver Falls in 1929.  Jack started playing the piano and banjo at the age of five.   In 1930 his father put together a family minstrel act where Jack and his brother Bob preformed playing piano, saxophone, guitar and banjo, harmonizing and telling jokes.   In 1931 KDKA sponsored an amateur show at the Rialto Theater where Jack and Bob won first prize at the competition.   The prize was to open onstage at the New Oriental Theater in Rochester for “Uncle Sammy’s Kiddies Klub” (the Mr. Rogers of radio) and included a week-long engagement at the Orpheum Theater in Connellsville, thus becoming a professional performer which lasted until 2014.    The peak of the Great Depression prevented the Smith boys from continuing to travel regularly into Pittsburgh to perform but they remained on the radio station’s entertainment staff until 1934.  When Jack was a freshman in high school he and his brother started a new band call the High-Hatters, that played many local clubs.  The band did well until World War II.

In 1943 Jack proudly served his country for three years in the Army Air Corp during World War II serving in Europe.  When he was released, he and his brother played in several bands.   Most notably; the Jack Smith Quartet, the Vinnie Vincent Pisano Band and several others.  His bands were featured at many weddings, and they were featured players at the Holiday Inn in Beaver Falls; The Fez in Hopewell Twp.; The Elks Club in Rochester and Beaver Falls.  Jack was a regular playing organ at the Fireside Lounge.  Jack retired from music in 1983 when he moved to Downey, California.

Jack joined the Beaver Valley Musicians Union in 1940, later servicing on the board of directors in the 70’s.  One of the highlights of Jack’s musical career was when he was inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame in 1999.

In 1947 Jack married Charlotte Landsbach of Beaver Falls.   They moved to Hopewell in 1951 and proceeded to raise four sons and one daughter.   Jack was proceeded in death by his brother Robert, and by his third son (Tom) in 1986 at the age of 28 and his wife, Charlotte 9 month later.

Jack returned to the valley in 1988 and married his former high school sweetheart Shirley (Coxson) Osipuk who proceed him in death in 2017.

Jack is survived by a son, Jeffrey (Jenny) Smith from Bellflower California; son, Chris (Sherry) Smith from Bryan, Texas; daughter, Lisa (Bud) Burk from Bloomington, MINN; son, Kenn (Cami) Smith from Hopewell Twp., PA; Grandkids, Carrie Smith; Tim (Austin) Smith;  Jim (Lina) Smith; Matt (Shayla) Smith, Tom Burk, Charlotte (Louie) Delatorre, Kraig, Brett and Kylee Smith  and a step daughter, Becky (John) Homich and Step grandkids, John (Nicole) Homich and Amy (Randy) McClymonds  and many great grandchildren.  Jack was also blessed to have cherished friend Natasha Alexander and her family in is life.

Jack’s family would like to thank the staff at the Rochester Villa and Manor for their support and care and to the Good Samaritan Hospice for making his final days peaceful.  And, thank you to his step-daughter Becky for all of her hard work and care

Friends will be received on Thursday April 18th from 3-7PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Rochester (502 Adams St.) Visitation will also be held on Friday from 10AM until time of Funeral Service at 11AM in the Faith Community United Methodist Church, Rochester.  The Beaver County Special Unit will perform military honors at 11:30AM.  Private interment will take place at a later date in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA

 

 

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Grace Schleiger

Grace Schleiger

 

Grace Caroline Schleiger (nee Brightwell) has gone to her heavenly home at the age of 91. Born in Rochester on July 3, 1927, she was the daughter of Sarah Weber Brightwell and William Brightwell. She is survived by two daughters, Cathy Sheets (Cris), Brighton Twp., and Daphne Syrek, Economy Borough, and one son, Thomas Campbell, Orange City, Fl. A daughter, Cynthia Walker, preceded in her in death. Also surviving are her six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, as well as many loving nieces and nephews, including two special nieces, Judy Dawson of Ohioville and Mary Gallentine (Ernie) of Virginia Beach.

She had many wonderful aides who lovingly cared for her, including longtime aide, Tina Cleckley and her close aide Loretta Ricci- Schaffer. In addition to her daughter, she was predeceased by a sister, Frances Gallentine, and four brothers, John, William, Albert and Arthur Brightwell.

Grace worked many jobs including Rosalind Candy Castle. Her compassionate nature was evidenced by caring for patients as a sitter at the Medical Center, Beaver. She had a love for numbers and worked as a bookkeeper for Al’s Radiator and Brighton Construction. Grace was a gifted poet. She enjoyed her friends and pastors at Central United Methodist Church, Beaver Falls. Grace also had a huge heart for the many stray cats that she cared for and rescued over the years with her close friend Joanie Fields.

The family is grateful to the staff at Heritage Valley Medical Center, especially the nurses and aides on the 3rd floor, and also to the compassionate team at Rochester Manor for their loving care during Grace’s stays throughout the years. The family particularly acknowledges and appreciates the dedication of her devoted doctor, Grace Tarabay.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life at a special memorial service on Saturday, March 23rd at 2 PM at Central United Methodist Church, 1227 6th Ave. Beaver Falls, with a luncheon to follow.

Donations in Graces’s memory may be made to the beaver County Humane Society, 3394 Broadhead Rd., Aliquippa, PA 15001 and directed toward their TNR program for cats.

Nancy L. Reed

Nancy L. Reed

Nancy L. Reed, 91, of Pulaski Twp., passed away on Friday December 7, 2018 in Heritage Valley Beaver.  She was born on August 2, 1927 in Freedom, PA the daughter of the late Samuel and Antionette Frezzo.  Her mother passed away when Nancy was a baby and was subsequently raised by Jenny Massa.

She enjoyed bowling and spending time with her friends at Life Beaver County.  She faithfully attended St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Parish.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Reed in 2015, and her siblings: Louis, Mary, Lucy, Johnny, and Rudy.

She is survived by her three children: Joseph & Ginny Reed, South Heights; Janet & John Damaska, Wichita Falls, TX; and Thomas & Joellen Reed, Patterson Twp.; 6 grandchildren: Erin (James) Tompkins, Mallory Reed, Chris (Erin) Damaska; Alexandra (Leo) Hooker, Emily (Nick) Moyer, and Liza (Jonathan) Hummel; 6 great grandchildren: Stella, Connor, Barrett, Everett, Piper, and Cecilia.

Friends will be received on Tuesday December 11, 2018 from 4-8pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Rochester, where a Rosary Service will be held at 6:30pm .  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday  at 10 am in St. Cecilia Parish (Everyone please meet at church).

Private interment will take place in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cecilia Parish 632 Virginia Ave. Rochester, PA 15074.

Jacqueline K. “Jakki” Fore

Jacqueline K. “Jakki” Fore

 

Jacqueline K. “Jakki” Fore, 54, of Rochester formerly of Pittsburgh, died in her home on July 20, 2018.  She was born in Pittsburgh on January 15, 1964, the daughter of the late, John Fore & Catherine (Palkovic) Connell.

Jakki worked for many years as a Nurse’s Aide and was always willing to help anyone at any time.

She is survived by her three sons, George Goettel (Alyssa Busching), Rochester; Michael Goettel (Courtney Coubaugh), North Hills; Stephen Maksin (Rachel Colona), Baden.  Seven grandchildren: Damon, Mya, Kristen, Trey, Markus, Makayla & Arabella.  Two brothers, Craig Connell & Bradley Davis.  Many other extended family members will miss her as well.

Per her request all services are private.  The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Rochester is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Boyd Phillip Carr Jr.

Boyd Phillip Carr Jr.

 

Boyd Philip Carr Jr., 81, of New Sewickley Twp., passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018 in his home. He was born on April 15, 1936 in New Brighton, the son of the late Boyd and Viola Carr.

He is survived by his sister Janice R. Carr, of Fayetteville NY, a brother, John W. Carr, and wife Jimju of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. There are also two nephews, John Carr and Stephen Carr.

Boyd Carr served in the marines for four years. He received a BA in History and Philosophy from the University of Georgia and attended Law school at Emory University. He worked in the courts in Atlanta. Boyd, an environmentalist, enjoyed classical music and was an avid reader and scholar in the area of classic literature. Boyd loved to recite Virgil’s Aeneid in bardic style for groups and individuals.

All services were private. Arrangements entrusted to the Huntsman Funeral Home and cremation Services of Rochester.

Gerald Lee “Jerry” Bierline

Gerald Lee “Jerry” Bierline

 

Gerald Lee “Jerry” Bierline, 65, of Rochester, died on March 2, 2018. He was born in Rochester on September 2, 1952 the son of the late Lowrie & Imogene (Ruby) Bierline.

Jerry was a 1975 graduate of Rochester High School & a member of Faith Community United Methodist Church.   He supported all Rochester and Pittsburgh sports teams for his entire life, serving for many years as a member of the Rochester Quarterback Club.

He is survived by his brother, Robert F. Bierline Sr. (Christine), New Brighton. Nephew, Robert F. Bierline Jr. (Meagan Conte), niece, Michelle Mittner (Michael Covalt).  Great nephews & nieces, Zachary & Logan Mittner, Adelia Covalt & Ainsley Bierline.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Jean Holmes.

Friends will be received on Tuesday March 6th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Rochester (502 Adams St.) and also on Wednesday from 10 AM until time of Funeral Service at 11 AM in the Faith Community United Methodist Church, Rochester.  Private interment will take place in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Faith Community United Methodist Church, Rochester.

 

Helen Hazenstab

Helen Hazenstab

Helen Hazenstab, 83, of New Sewickley Twp., died on February 8, 2018 in Cranberry Place. She was born in West Aliquippa April 8, 1934 the daughter of the late Michael & Helen (Zubko) Tirik.

Helen was an active member of St. Felix Catholic Church, Freedom. She volunteered for many years for Meals on Wheels & the Special Olympics. Helen was a homemaker at heart; she enjoyed cooking & loved to eat. She also enjoyed gardening, bingo and watching the birds in the back yard.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 Yrs., Jerome W. Hazenstab, Four brothers and one sister.

She is survived by five children: Jerome V. Hazenstab, Kathleen Hazenstab (Nancy Griffin), William Hazenstab (Debbie), James Hazenstab (Rhonda), Thomas Hazenstab (Sue). Six grandchildren: Brett Hazenstab (Pat), Stacy Conlin (Rick), Cortney Hazenstab, Abby Hazenstab, Ray Hazenstab & Tyler Hazenstab. Nine great grandchildren.

Special thanks to Keith & Shirley Moore, You truly were your brother’s keeper.

Friends will be received on Tuesday February 13th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Rochester (502 Adams St.) Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 AM in St. Felix Catholic Church, Freedom. (Everyone meet at church) Private interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Freedom.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Felix Catholic Church, Freedom.

 

Robert W. Wharton Sr.

Robert W. Wharton Sr.

Robert W. Wharton Sr., 94 of Conway, passed away on Tuesday January 16, 2018 in Brighton Rehab and Wellness.  He was born in Sewickley, on February 20, 1923 the son of the late Robert & Charlotte Wharton. He was a US Marine Corps Veteran serving during WWII.  He worked as a millwright, apartment manager and a maintenance specialist.  He was a Mason and he loved the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter Dawn Ruckert and two grandchildren: Erica Warchol and Robbie Dukovich.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years Martha Wharton; 4 children: Robert & Delores Wharton Jr., New Brighton; Christine & William Simmons, Palm Bay, FL; Susan & Joseph Markovich, Monaca; and Valerie & Harvey Ruckert, New Sewickley Twp.; 6 grandchildren: Lisa (Bruce) Schwartzel, David (Linda) Wharton, Cheryl Fussell, Christopher Dukovic, Eric Ruckert, and Chuck Ruckert; three step grandchildren: Eric (Erica) Markovich and Brad (Laura Houton) Markovich and Nicole (Justin Lang) Markovich; many grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 1pm until the time of funeral service at 4:30PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Rochester.

Private interment will take place in Oak Grove Freedom.