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Josephine M. Rambo

Josephine M. Rambo

Josephine M. Rambo, 94 of Beaver Pa., went home to be with our Lord in heaven. She lived a full life and later in her years developed dementia, which she succumbed to on January 5, 2021. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a devoted homemaker, a wonderful cook and gardener. She never was afraid to tackle whatever task that needed done, from pouring cement for a sidewalk, to climbing a ladder to trim a tree.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bruno R. Sr. and Theresa (Gaudio) Mammone; her husband, George H. Rambo Sr. (1994); two sisters, Elizabeth Bair, and Caroline Snyder and her brother, Bruno R. Mammone, Jr.

She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Deborah Rambo, Ocala Fl., George and Donna Rambo, Astatula FL.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Allen Martino, Monaca, Pa., Christine and David Ryce, Richlands, NC., Connie Rambo, Beaver, PA., and Tammy and Mike Chittum, Chesapeake, VA., twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Sunday, January 10th, from 2-4 PM, in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Rochester (502 Adams St.) where a funeral service will be held at 4 PM, with Pastor Donald MacNeil officiating. Masks and social distancing required in accordance with the CDC guidelines. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Fund or one of your choice

JH Elliott

JH Elliott

JH Elliott, 49, of New Brighton left the world too soon on Sunday, November 29th, 2020 to meet his Heavenly Father. 

Born April 6th, 1971 in New Brighton, he was the son of Elaine (Goehring) and Dan Chevalier and John and Terry Elliott.  In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mandy, and 2 sons Ryan (Kersten) and Aaron; his brother and sisters Shannon (Mike) Mathews, Kent (Erica) Chevalier, Justine (Dave) Elliott, and Danielle (Aaron) Albert.  Along with them, he was loved by his In-Laws Rick and Nancy Lynn Greathouse, Rich (Amie) Greathouse, & Amy (Graham) Rose.  He was also adored by his 13 nieces & nephews.

JH was his kids #1 fan for every activity they were involved in.  He was a dedicated member of the New Brighton Church of the Nazarene from birth.  JH’s passion was anything sports related with his favorite teams being the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, and Lakers.

The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff of the UPMC Passavant McCandless COVID ICU unit for their dedication to his care.  He was loved by countless family and friends who we could not have gotten through this without.  He will be forever missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to NB Baseball Boosters Association (Contact Mike Kirchner) and New Brighton Church of the Nazarene. 

Friends are invited to view from 5pm until 7pm on Thursday in the New Brighton Church of the Nazarene 417 Penn Ave. New Brighton.  Please be aware that masks, social distancing and gathering limits will be expected.  A private funeral service will be conducted by his Pastor Randy Owens.

Thomas H. Summers

Thomas H. Summers

Thomas H. Summers, 78, of Rochester Twp., passed away Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, in UPMC Passavant Hospital after a very courageous battle against COVID-19.  He was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1942, the son of the late Howard and Mary Louise (McNutt) Summers of Rochester Twp.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Kenny Summers, niece, Brenda Summers, nephew, David Lentz and son-in-law, Robert Scott.

Tom was a crane operator for Dravo Corp. for nearly three decades and then was the foreman for Rochester Township.  He was a US Marine Corps Veteran, having served on the USS Boxer in the Bay of Pigs Cuban Missile Crisis and during the Vietnam War era. He was a longtime member of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Parish, a member of the Rochester Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, Rochester Twp. Firemen’s Club, and the Operating Engineers Local 66. He was a 3-time elected Rochester Township Commissioner and was a board member of the Rochester Joint Sewer Authority.  Most recently, he worked proudly for Carpenters For Hire.

Tom was affectionately nicknamed “Big Guy”, as he was blessed with large physical size and strength. He helped anyone he ever met, even if it was for the first time.  He was passionate about his family, his country, his community and working.  While he didn’t have any hobbies besides working, Big Guy really enjoyed going to his camp in Endeavor, PA (Camp STaG) to hunt, fish and spend time with family and friends. Also, while at camp, he treasured going to the Little Store and visiting with the George family.

He’s survived by his loving wife Elizabeth “Betty” (Graff) Summers of 58 years; five children: Thomas (Nancy) Summers, Lorton, VA; Charles (Karin) Summers, Cranberry Twp.; Kristin Scott, Economy; David (Nicol) Summers, Rochester Twp.; and Daniel (Jamie) Summers, Rochester Twp.; eleven grandchildren: Bennett, Austin, Megan, Sienna, Lindsey, Brandon, Mandy, David John “DJ”, Dawson, Lauren and Nathan; two great grandchildren: Remington and Amelia; one brother: Harold Summers, and two sisters: Faye Lentz, and Linda (and her husband Bob) Hagerty. In addition to numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws who he loved very much, he’s also survived by special nephews Bill “Willy” Lentz, Keith Summers, Dwayne Hagerty and Mike Trunick, as well as close family friends Tino Yaccich and Michael Kurtz.

Due to COVID-19, all services were private for immediate family only.

Burial is in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the following charities: COVID-19 Response and Recovery organizations; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Rochester Volunteer Fire Department; Sts. Peter & Paul Church and School; St Cecilia’s Catholic Church.

Francine Ernestine (Timpano) Chase

Francine Ernestine (Timpano) Chase

Francine Ernestine (Timpano) Chase, 58, of Rochester, died on March 16, 2020.  She was born in Rochester on September 10, 1961 the daughter of the late Joseph Timpano & Carmel M. (Gallo) Timpano.

She is survived by her husband, Rickey A. Chase Sr.  Her son, Rickey A. Chase Jr. and his wife, Linda M. Chase, Monaca.  A brother, Anthony Timpano and his wife Terri (Reed) Timpano.  An uncle, Alfred Gallo, and an aunt, Norma (Gallo) Roberto.  Her many nieces, nephews and cousins will miss her as well.

In addition to her parents Francine was preceded in death by her sister, Mary (Timpano) Hendrickson and a brother-in-law, Roy Hendrickson.

Frannie was loved by so many and even during difficult times she never gave up her hope and kept her faith. She loved animals esp. her dog Jennifer, her cat Comet, and her grandfurbabies Maggie and Jax very much. She spent most of her time these past 2 years watching movies, spending time outside on the porch, feeding the birds, and being with her husband, son, and daughter in law.

To all of the healthcare providers that helped her in the past two years, we want to thank you. You gave Frannie a fighting chance to have more time with us and we really appreciate that. God bless you all.

She is no longer suffering and is at peace with her family in heaven. But we will all miss her dearly.

At this time the viewing is private and Interment and committal services will be held at St. Cecilia Cemetery at a later date.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Ye, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

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.

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

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.