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Obituary Dated -June 11, 2012 to January 26, 2014

MARJORIE LEE SCARFPIN, "MARGE''  73, of N. 7th Street, Martins Ferry, OH, died Monday, June 11, 2012. 
Marge was born in Wheeling, WV on July 18, 1938, a daughter of the late Thomas  Edward and Virginia Elizabeth (Martin) Blust.
She was a retired employee of the former Stone & Thomas Dept. Store of Wheeling. She was a member of the First Christian Church and a member of the Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority both of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, a brother, Thomas E. Blust, Jr., preceded her in death.
In addition to her husband, Willis L. Scarfpin, she is survived by two sons, Willis L. (Valerie) Scarfpin, Yellow Springs, OH; David A. (Kelly) Scarfpin, Estero, FL; sister, Cheryl L. (Michael) Flynn, Manassas, VA; three grandsons,  Jared, Travis and Riley; granddaughter,  Remini.  
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. with minister, Brad Johnston officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.
The Sorority held services at the funeral home Thursday at 6 p.m. 


JAMES F. McANINCH,  75, formerly of Broadway Street, Martins Ferry, OH, died Saturday, July 14, 2012. 
Jim was born in Martins Ferry on February 10, 1937, the son of the late James O. and Dora M. (Oberfield) McAninch.
Jim graduated from Martins Ferry High School in 1955 and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and a former police officer for the city of Martins Ferry. He was an avid reader, especially of serious history, a lover of classical music, and liked writing provocative letters to the Times-Leader. He loved his nieces and nephews and their children, and hoped that on his departure they would miss him--but not too much.
He is survived by  sister, Rosalie (Thomas) Ashby, Wheeling, WV. He is also survived by eight nieces and nephews, 12 great nieces and nephews and seven great-great nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Philip K. Van Dam officiating.
Interment  followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.


DANIEL  N.  HULL, 84, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH died Monday, July 30, 2012.   
 Daniel was born in Martins Ferry, OH on May 14, 1928, a son of the late Wilbur W. and Margaret A. (Dichtenmiller) Hull.  
He was a retired  property manager at Property Illustrated, West Palm Beach, Fla. were he was employed for 30 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Hull; two sons, Daniel N. Hull Jr. and Robert Hull; daughter, Barbara Mussard; five brothers, Harold, Orville, Alfred, Wilbur, and Arthur Hull; and a sister, Margaret Szeckacs. 
He is survived by a daughter, Melody Gamage, Jupiter, Fla.; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were private at the convenience of the family.

RICHARD LEE LAUGHMAN, 68, of So. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH, died Friday, August 17, 2012.  
He was born in Martins Ferry, OH on May 31, 1944,  a son of the late  William Arnold and Elizabeth  Ann Laughman who survives him of Martins Ferry.
He was a retired  warehouse manager at former Allying and Cory of Bellaire, OH. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry. Richard also served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Marie James.
In addition to his wife, Lillian B. (Bierie) Laughman, he is survived by his mother and two sons, Richard L. Laughman, Jr., Bridgeport, OH and Joseph J. Laughman of Martins Ferry; brother, William A. Laughman, Jr., also of Martins Ferry; several nieces and nephews.  
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21,  2012 with Rev.  Tom Marut as the Celebrant. 
Interment followed at Holly Memorial Gardens Pleasant Grove, OH. 
Rosary was held Monday at the funeral home at 3 pm followed by a Wake Service at 7:45 P.M.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Daily Bread Center, 420 Walnut Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.


CHESTER BRIAN PHILLIPS, 31, of N. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH , died Sunday, August 19, 2012. 
He was born in Onieda, TN on October 19, 1980,  a son of the late  Sarah Ann (Sexton) and Chester Phillips.
In addition to his father, he is survived by  three brothers, Herman (Angela) Phillips, Martins Ferry, OH ; Shannie L. Phillips, Warwood, WV and Charlie L. Barnes, Huntsville, TN.  
At the family's request there will be no visitation. Services are private at the convenience of family. 



FATHER  JOHN  H.  ''JACK''  BELFIELD, died peacefully August 19, 2012 in Canton, OH. 
He was born December 28, 1923 in Martins Ferry, OH. 
He was preceded in death by his loving parents, John Fisher Belfield and Loretta O'Donnell Belfield, and his dear sister, Agnes Belfield. 
He is survived  by two sisters: Rita Whitlatch (Raymond-deceased) of Sebring FL and Mary Christmycr (Harold) of Mentor, OH. Fr. Belfield also leaves behind his dear cousin, Pal Geho of Sebring, FL, family friend, Christine Jobson of Garfield Hts, OH, and a host of neices, nephews and friends who loved him and will miss him daily. 
Fr. Belfield attended four seminaries in preparation for his vocation to the priesthood: St. John Vianncy, Bloomingdalc, OH, 1981, University of Steubcnvil1e, Steubcnville, OH. Theological College, Washington. D.C., and Catholic University of America. He was ordained by the late Bishop John King Mussio of Stc:ubenvillc OH, May 31, 1958. His priestly assignments included teacher and vice-principal at Catholic Central HS, Steubcnville, OH; on staff of the Stcubenville Register; instructor at St. John Vianney Seminary; leader of the Jewish-Christian Secretariat; member of the council of priests; president of the Diocesan Priest's Senate; coordinator of Diocesan Health Care and a member of the Diocesan Entertainment Commission. He was assigned to Holy Name Cathedral, Stcubenville, St. Pius the Tenth, Steubenville, St. Agnes, Mingo Junction. St John Bosco Mission, Sardis; St. Mathias Mission, Freeport; Christ the King Mission, Tappan Lake and Chaplain/Client Advocate, Cambridge Mental Health and Development Center. In Cambridge, he was the chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters of America., Scouting. and Hospice. Since his ordination, he has celebrated Mass in 29 countries, including Rome while on pilgrimages there.
He retired December 23, 1993 and moved to Sebring. Florida with his family where he played many rounds of golf and served as an assistant to the pastor at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in neighboring Avon Park, Fl.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tom Marut as the Celebrant at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry OH. 
Interment  followed in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the day care center for adults with memory problems at Change of Pace, 4514 Hammock Rd., Sebring, Fl. 33872.



EDWARD  J.  FROHNAPFEL, 77, passed away Monday, August 20, 2012 at his residence, leaving a legacy of love and laughter among his many family and friends. 
Edward was born October 9, 1934, owned and operated Red Arrow Gulf and Car Wash, and retired in 1996. He was proud to be a member of the 1951 OVAC AA championship St. John's Fighting Irish football team, and he won an athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa. While serving in the U.S. Army and assigned to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Ed met and married Lorraine Tattarelli. They had five children together during a 55 year marriage adventure. 
Ed is survived by Lorraine and his children Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson and husband Gary, Steve Frohnapfel and wife Lynn, Theresa Frohnapfel Hodge and husband Bill, Matthew Frohnapfel and wife Andrea, Jennifer Frohnapfel Patterson and husband Bruce, and 11 beautiful grandchildren: Emily, Anthony, Sarah, Mariah, Blake, Eric, Kirby, Jenna, Cole, Peyton, and Zachary. He is preceded in death by father Joseph Frohnapfel and mother Albertha Fox Frohnapfel. Of his five siblings, he is survived by Linda Frohnapfel Evans and preceded in death by sisters Leona Frohnapfel Wilson and Mary Lou Frohnapfel Hawkins, and brothers Ray and Robert Frohnapfel.
Ed is a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church in Colerain.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Frances Cabrini Church, Colerain, OH at 11 a.m on Friday, August 24, 2012 with Father Dale Tornes as the Celebrant.
Interment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John Central High School, 2625 Gurnsey Street, Bellaire, OH 43906 or St. Frances Cabrini Church, P. O. Box 38, Colerain, OH 43916.
Scripture Service was held at the funeral home Thursday at 7:30 p.m.


JOHN BRIAN CAPRITA, 37, of Virginia Street, Martins Ferry, Oh., died Sunday, September 2, 2012. 
John was born in Bellaire, Ohio on November 24, 1974,  a son of  Harry J. and Sandra Sue (Berletch) Caprita of Martins Ferry.
He was a retired police officer  for the city of Cambridge, Oh. John was a member of Ohio City Lodge #486 F & AM. 
In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, April L.(Wildman) Caprita;  daughter, Cambyl M. Caprita, Windsor Heights, W.Va.; son, Brydan J. Caprita, Senecaville, Oh.; three brothers, Todd Caprita, Jamie Caprita and Josh C. Caprita, all of Martins Ferry, Oh.  
Funeral service were held Friday, September 7, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Philip K. Van Dam officiating.

ERMA  REASBECK, 95, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
She was born June 18, 1917, in Martins Ferry, Oh., daughter of the late Charles and Effie Caldwell Ellis.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was active in the Catholic Daughters of America, for which she received an award for fifty years of service. She also served as president of the Mackey Community Center for forty years. Erma was a member of the Martins Ferry Booster Club and an avid supporter of Martins Ferry Schools in the areas of academics and athletics. In 2001, she was named Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month, and was a nominee for Citizen of the Year. Erma held the position of Democratic precinct judge for the Belmont County Board of Elections, serving in her home precinct for twenty-five years, in addition to many other areas of community volunteer service.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Reasbeck in 1996; one sister, Thelma Ellis Pasz; four brothers, Ray, James, Edward and Charles.
Survivors include two sons, Richard (Larai) Reasbeck of Yorkville, Oh. and David (Cynthia) Reasbeck of Martins Ferry; one daughter, Suzanne Reasbeck of Bardstown, Ky.; three grandchildren, David (Danielle) Reasbeck and Anthony Reasbeck of Martins Ferry and Christinia (Karl) Reasbeck-Huber of Sykesville, Md.; two greatgrandchildren, Sabine and Greta Reasbeck-Huber; one brother, William Ellis of Martins Ferry.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant.
Interment  followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Martins Ferry Schools Student Athletic Growth Fund, 5001 Ayers-Limestone Road, Martins Ferry, Oh. 43935, or the Mackey Community Center, 1520 N. Eighth S1. Martins Ferry, Oh. 43935.
Wake service will be held Thursday at 8:15 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family extends its gratitude to the staff at Beacon House and the third floor nursing staff at East Ohio Regional Hospital for their kind attention to Erma.


MACK BERNARD ''BERNIE" PROBST,  77, of Mercer Road, St. Clairsville, OH died Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at his residence. 
He was born in New Martinsville,  WV,  on August 3, 1935,  a son of the late Lawrence and Laura E. (Hamilton) Probst.
Bernie was a retired employee of Nickles Bakery of Martins Ferry. 
He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Colerain V.F.W. Post 8848 and a  member of Harrisville Covenant Presbyterian Church of Harrisville, OH. 
He is survived by his wife, Clara J. (Ayers) Probst; three daughters: Judy A. (Michael) Kinnick, St. Clairsville, OH; Lois J. (Rob) Marshall, Indianhead, MD; Amy J. (Marty) Barnes, Bridgeport, OH; two brothers, Jim (Josie) Probst and Charlie (Shirley) Probst, both of Martins Ferry; six grandchildren:  Zach and Matt Kinnick; Travis and Amanda Marshall; Kayla and Logan Barnes; several nieces and nephews.  
Funeral service were held at the funeral home at 11 a.m.  on Saturday, September 15, 2012 with Rev. Barry Hall officiating. 
Interment  followed at Holly Memorial Gardens Pleasant Grove, OH.
Belmont Council of the V.F.W. gave military honors prior to the service.
CHARLES LEROY KIDDER,  57, of  N. 9th Street, Martins Ferry, OH, died Saturday, September 15, 2012 at his residence. 
He was born in Bellaire, Ohio on January 12, 1955,  he was the son of the late Donald and Lillian Kidder.
He was a retired employee of Jay & L. Montgomery Roofing of Martins Ferry.
He is survived by son, Jamey Kidder, Wheeling, WV and a daughter, Renee Doty, Colerain, OH; grandchildren: Kayana and Kiria Kidder; Jillian, Graysen and Jonathan Doty;  Joshua Snider; four brothers: Jay and Lee Ann Montgomery; Joey Amos; Jimmy Kidder; and Donnie and Cindy Kidder;  three sisters: Sharron and Pete Weeks; Melinda and Rob Fischer; Kimber Lym; uncle, Charles Kidder; nephews and nieces, T. J. and Brittany Montgomery, Michelle Woodford, Christina and James Wise, Jamie Stenger and Alisha Kidder.
Friends received at 1112 N. 9th Street, Martins Ferry Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 2 until time of memorial service at 6 p.m. 


MARY ELIZABETH HUMPHREY, formerly of Wheeling, WV died Saturday, September 29, 2012. at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling. 
She was born in Wheeling, WV, daughter of the late Samuel and Mayme (Boss) Humphrey.
She was a timekeeper at Sylvania Electric Co. of Wheeling, until they moved to Pittsburgh and then she retired from Genuine Parts of Wheeling. She was a Catholic by faith.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank  and William Humphrey; two nephews, James Humphrey, Sr. and Eugene Humphrey; great-nephew, James Humphrey, Jr.; niece, Barbara Humphrey; great niece, Sandy Humphrey; sister-in-law, Hazel Humphrey; life long friend, Jack Williams; her beloved dog, Taffy.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Jenny Humphrey, Warwood, WV; two nieces, Judy (Robert) Houston, CA and Jill (John) Vessels, Wheeling, WV. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Paul Schafer officiating.
Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling at the convenience of the family.

JEAN  W.  JONES, 94 of Martins Ferry, Ohio, and formerly of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, passed away Tuesday morning, October 9, 2012 at East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry.
Born in Factoryville, PA, on March 9,1918, she was the daughter of the late George F. and Ruth (Swartwood) Walton, Jr.
       Jean was a graduate of Factoryville High School, and Los Angeles School of Business. She was employed as a Library Aide for the Wyoming Valley West School District for 18 years, retiring in 1984. Jean resided in Forty Fort for 50 years before moving to Ohio. She was a member of the Forty Fort Presbyterian Church where she served as Elder, Clerk of Session, a member of the Women's Association, and a member of the Quilters. She also served as Secretary of Forty Fort V.F.W. Auxiliary.
       She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Chester R. Jones in 1999, and sisters Roberta Millington and Pauline Parisi.
       Surviving are her son William Jones and his wife Barbara (Venosh) of Oarks Summit, PA, daughter Linda Webster and her husband Rev. William Webster of Martins Ferry, Ohio, three grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel and Matthew Webster, sister-in-law Mildred Morris and several nieces and nephews.
       Funeral Services were held Friday, October 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son, Inc.,Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, PA 18704, with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. her son-in-law, officiating. 
      Interment followed in Washburn Street
Cemetery, Scranton.
      Memorial donations may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 7 N. 4th St., Martins Ferry, OH.
      Local arrangements by Keller Funeral Home.
      

DAVID L JOSEPH,  65, of Columbus Circle, Steubenville, OH and formerly of Martins Ferry, OH, died Friday, October 12, 2012. 
Dave was born in Martins Ferry, OH on June 4, 1947,  a son of the late  Joseph T. and Ethel M. (Nagy) Joseph who survives him of Martins Ferry.
He was a retired salesman at Iron City Distributing, Mingo Jct., OH. He retired in 1986. Dave taught school at Chopticon High in MD for two years and coached football; taught at Akron Hoban and coached football for two years; both schools he worked for Dan McGrew. For five years, at Steubenville Central Catholic High School, he was a successful head basketball and baseball coach.
His teaching fields were biology and world history. Dave also taught one year at Martins Ferry High School as a substitude teacher in biology and physical education. He served in the U.S. Army. 
In addition to his mother, he is survived by brother, Kenneth E. Joseph, Martins Ferry, OH; niece, Pria L. (Michael) Myers, St. Clairsville, OH and a host of friends. 
       Funeral services were held at the funeral home Monday, October 15, 2012 at 3 p.m. with Rev. Tom Marut officiating.                     Entombment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum, Martins Ferry. 
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 20 N. 4th Street Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.


ELIZABETH LEE WILDMAN, "LIBBY",  91, of S. 3rd St., Martins Ferry, OH  died Sunday, October 14, 2012. 
She was born in Staunton, VA on December 27, 1920, the daughter of the late Samuel  and Emma (Forbes) Mitchell  and step-daughter of Grover Snodgrass.
She was a retired cook at Bellaire Hospital.  Libby was a lifetime member of Grace Presbyterian Church; member of the Women's Auxilary of the Martins Ferry Fire Department.                
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Otho Wildman; daughter, Robyn Lynn Soriano; sister, Louise Snodgrass Sponholtz and brother Darrell Snodgrass.
She is survived by  two sons,  Terry A. (Jane) Wildman, Martins Ferry, OH; Andrew R. (Marilyn) Wildman, St. Clairsville, OH; seven grandchildren, Taralyn (Jerry) Manukin, Brookside, OH; Terry A; Wildman, Jr., Grove City, OH; Andrew L. (Dallas) Wildman, Granville, OH; Jennifer (Chris) Brown, Martins Ferry, OH; Diane (Chad) Senakievich, St. Clairsville, OH; Heather (Frank) Quesenberry, Bridgeport, OH; Amy (Tyler) Laughman, Tipp City, OH. , and 16 great grandchildren 
 Funeral services were held at the funeral home Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating. 
Entombment followed in Park View Memorial Gardens, Wheeling, WV.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, Cor. 4th and Hanover Sts. Martins Ferry, OH  43935.
The Elders of Grace Presbyterian Church held a bereavement service at the funeral home Wednesday at 7 p.m.



MARGARET LOUISE HENDERSON, "MARG," 85, formerly of Pearl Street, Martins Ferry, OH, died Saturday, October 27, 2012. 
She was born in Martins Ferry on March 7, 1927,  a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Protin) Rochus.
She was a retired secretary at First Presbyterian Church and a former employee of the former Tri-State Asphalt.  Margaret was a member of Saint John's Lutheran Church and a member of the Eastern Star all of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jack" Henderson; brother, John W. Rochus.
She is survived by her son, Scott R. Henderson, Moundsville, WV; two granddaughters, Tiffany Crane, Bridgeport, OH and Ashley  Henderson, Martins Ferry; two great granddaughter, Hannah Coffield, Bridgeport, OH and Olivia Augenstein, Martins Ferry; great grandson, Evan Augeastein, Martins Ferry; sister, Elizabeth Young, Fairborn, OH.  
Services are private at the convenience of family. Interment will be at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.



MARIAN  REASBECK  SKORICH, 69 , of Bellaire, OH passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012.
 She was born February 20, 1943, in Martins Ferry, OH, the daughter of the late Robert and Betty (Coleman) Reasbeck.                 Marian was a parishioner at St. John Catholic Church in Bellaire, OH, and a nurse by profession. She was employed by   The Khoury Surgical Group, Inc. She was a 1961 graduate of Martins Ferry High School. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant sisters, Judith and Elizabeth Ann.
Marian is survived by her husband of almost 48 years, Richard Skorich; two sons, Mark Skorich of Norwich, OH and Eric (Rebecca) Skorich of Hilliard, OH, as well as a daughter, Elaine Skorich (Chris Batog) of Cross Lanes, WV; a brother, Robert (Maureen) Reasbeck of Wheeling, WV, and a sister, Marjorie (David) Artman of Duncan Falls, OH.  She is also survived by the loves of her life, grandchildren Laraine Skorich, Ava Skorich and Benjamin Skorich as well as numerous nieces and nephews and her furry son, "Mr. Cat." 
Mass of Christian burial was held at noon Saturday, November 3, 2012 at St. John Church in Bellaire with Father Dan Heusel as the celebrant.        
Interment followed at Powhatan Point Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Central High School, 3625 Guernsey Street, Bellaire, OH 43906.







JOSEPHINE C. CONNER, "JOSIE", 91, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH, died Thursday, November 29, 2012. 
She was born in Steubenville, OH on July 17, 1921, daughter of the late Leonard and Teresa (Belfiore) Monteleone.
She was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church; Member of the Catholic Women's Club and a  Honorary member of the Wayne L. Hayes Towers Club all of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Ann Flaherty; three brothers, Frank ,Sr., James and Leonard Monteleone and one sister Elizabeth Monteleone.
She is survived by a sister, Mary Yankavitch of Wheeling, WV; three sister-in-laws, Lottie, Ann and Mary Jean; several nieces and nephews and step-children. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 10 A.M. on Monday, December 3, 2012 with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant. 
Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery Wheeling, WV
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, Adopt-A-Child Program, 90 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.
Note of gratitude to many "ole" friends, far and near, who remembered and loved me through the years and also to my second family at Shadyside Care Center for their love and hugs!


LOIS K. MITCHELL,  90, of So. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH , died Tuesday, December 11, 2012.
She was born in Martins Ferry, OH on October 3, 1922,  a daughter of the late Adam H. and Edith M. (Paxson) Ehni.
She was a retired Assistant Treasurer and Vice President for the former Sky Bank of Martins Ferry. She was a long-time member of Grace Presbyterian Church and a member of the Eastern Star,  both of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, and her husband, Carl A. Mitchell, she was preceded in death by one sister, Betty L. Mitchell; brother, Edwin A. Ehni; daughter-in-law, Sharon W. Mitchell and her mother-in-law, Hannah J. Mitchell.
She is survived by two sons, Carl R. Mitchell, Martins Ferry and Richard "Dick" A. Mitchell, Worthington, OH; two daughters, Carole A. Mitchell, Upper Arlington, OH and Lois A. Mitchell, Martins Ferry; sister, JoAnn M. O'Toole, Martins Ferry; two granddaughters Stefanie  E. Mitchell, and Stacey E. Mitchell, both of Chicago, IL. 
Funeral services were held at the Grace Presbyterian Church, Cor. 4th and Hanover Sts. Martins Ferry on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11 A.M. with Rev. William O. Webster officiating.
Interment  followed at Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry. 
Bereavement service was held by the Elders of the church at the funeral home Friday at 7 P.M. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church Cor. 4th & Hanover Sts. Martins Ferry, OH 43935.


JOHN J. KUNZE, "BIG JOHN", 78, of Martins Ferry, OH , died Saturday, December 29, 2012. 
John was born in Martins Ferry, OH on August 31, 1934, a son of the late Lawrence and Mary Jeannette (Wagener) Kunze.
He was a retired employee for the former Wheeling-Pitt Steel Mill of Martins Ferry. He was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Martins Ferry. He served in the U.S. Army. 
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilfred and Donald.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Ann (Knapp) Kunze; two daughters, JoAnn (Scott) Taylor and Marjorie J. Kunze-Lewis; two sons, John J. Kunze, Jr. and David W. Kunze; grandson, John Lewis; granddaughter,  Amanda Lewis; brother, Ronald (Jane) Kunze; two sisters, Phyllis Tate and Suzanne (Henry) Phemester; two special people John Huston and Helen Sun.  
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Monday December 31, 2012 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Larry Lewis officiating.
Interment  followed at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. 
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 306 Locust Street, Martins Ferry, OH  43935.

ROBERT E. MILLER, 78, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at his residence. 
Bob was born in Wick, WV on April 21, 1934, a son of the late Homer H. and Mildred M. (Wells) Miller.
He was a retired from Crummitt and Son Vault Co.; a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, both of Martins Ferry.
 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, David; two sisters, Margaret V. Blinco and Betty J. DeVaul.
In addition to his wife, Mary Victoria (Davolio) Miller he is survived by son, Robert A. (Cindy) Miller, Quaker City, OH; brother, Herman (Mae) Miller, Rayland, OH; sister, Barbara S. (Ernie) Cain, Rayland, OH; two grandchildren, Cheryl and Dawn; four great grandchildren,  Joey, Ryan, Alyssa and Ava.  
Friends will be received at the funeral home Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 until time of service at 7 p.m. with Rev. Tom Marut officiating.
Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Riverview  Cemetery Martins Ferry. 

ORIN D. RUTTER, JR,  63, of Martins Ferry, OH , died Sunday, January 27, 2013 
Dave was born in Martins Ferry, OH on January 14, 1950, a son of the late  Orin  David and Esther M. (Brandon) Rutter who survives him of Martins Ferry, OH.
He was retired from Nemeth Machine of Benwood, WV.  He was a member of Sycamore Tree Church of Steubenville, OH.
In addition to his father, Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie (Modranski) Rutter and  one sister, Penny June Gardner.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by step son, Michael Williams; granddaughter, Danyelle Williams, both of Martins Ferry; two brothers, Thomas E. (Dee) Rutter, Flushing, OH; Samuel D. Rutter, Martins Ferry; two sisters, Karen L. (Samuel) Egan, Butler, PA and Linda S. (James) Lampasone, Yorkville, OH. 
Friends are invited to a memorial services on February 9, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Sycamore Tree Church, 301 N. 4th St. Steubenville, OH. with Rev. Stephen Modranski, III officiating. 


ROGER ROBERT GILDOW, 77, of Colerain Pike, Martins Ferry, OH died Thursday, January 31, 2013. 
Roger was born in Martins Ferry on January 5, 1936, a son of the late Robert and Mildred C. (Starkey) Gildow.
He was a retired employee of the former Picoma Industries and the Health Plan, St. Clairsville, OH. He was an honorary member of the Liberty Engine Co., Martins Ferry Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Staley) Gildow; two sons, Robert L. (Judith) Gildow, Bridgeport, OH and Roger Todd (Lisa) Gildow, Martins Ferry; daughter, Leigh Ann Gross, Texarkana, TX; brother, Ronald (Sandy) Gildow, Bridgeport, OH; sister, Carolyn (Barry) Peterson, Wheeling, WV; grandchildren, Joseph, Ashleigh, Joshua, Emileigh, and Haleigh; great grandchildren, Erek, Grayson and Hudson; numerous nieces and nephews; his special friend, Gertie. 
Friends will be received at the funeral home Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013 with Rev. David A. Stammerjohn officiating. 
Interment will be held in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Belmont Co. Animal Rescue League, 45244 National Road West, St. Clairsville, OH 43950.
The Martins Ferry Fire Department will hold services at the funeral home Sunday at 2 p.m.


GEORGE L.MURPHY, 76, of  Center Street, Martins Ferry, OH, died Thursday, February 21, 2013. 
He was born in Wheeling, WV on March 1, 1936, the son of the late James F. and Mary H. (Tappe) Murphy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda Diehl.
He is survived by four sons: James C.;  George L.; Timothy M.; and Robert A. Murphy; sisters, Nellie L. Bosley of Martins Ferry. He is also survived by several grandchildren. 
Graveside service will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Bellaire, OH at the convenience of the family.


`AMELIA K. BIERY, "MAE", 95, of Virginia Street, Martins Ferry, OH, died Friday, February 22, 2013. at her residence. 
`She was born in Wheeling, WV on April 23, 1917,  she was the daughter of the late John and Anna V. (DiGertrude) DeMarco.
`She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church; Catholic Women's Club; Linden Twig of E.O.R.H. all of Martins Ferry.
`In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers and six sisters.
`She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Russell L. Biery; four daughters: Diana L. (Larry) Armbruster, Clemmons, NC; Judy A. (Tom) Long, Martins Ferry; Linda M. (Mick) Brown, Martins Ferry; Kathleen S. (Luther) Mills, Delaware, OH; 12 grandchildren, Beth, Brad and Becky Armbruster; Lisa, Tom, Debbie and Russ Long; Cindy and Jamie Orr; Daniel, Stacy and Christie Mills. , and 18 great grandchildren.
Mae, as she was known to her family and friends was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an avid gardner and her greatest joy was having all of her family get together. Her favorite sayings were "the more the merrier" and "call when you get home. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at  St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 11 A.M. on Monday, February 25,  2013 with Rev. Tom Marut, as the celebrant. 
Interment  followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery Wheeling, WV. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 or charity of donor's choice.
Rosary devotions were held Sunday at the funeral home at 3 p.m.



Evada Ann Jones (Maguire), 77, went to be with her Heavenly Father February 23, 2013. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio to the late William H. Maguire, Sr. and the late Clara V. Maguire on October 5, 1935.         She began her life as a mother early and had 5 wonderful children over the years.  Her five children were truly the joy and loves of her life.  She taught them love and acceptance -she had a true artistic free spirit whose kind heart, laughter and incredible smile touched them and everyone who ever knew her.  Evada had many creative talents including sewing, painting and arts & crafts which she passed down to her children.  She won many blue ribbons for artwork and always strived to gain the next award at a creative show.  Even to the last of her life, she was known to share her beautiful talent and pass on gifts to her sister, brothers, their families, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren – special Christmas gifts customized with your name painted on!  She warmed the lives of the people who cared for her and came to love her.
When she became a single mom, she concentrated on hard work and diligence, and sacrificed to provide a good life for her family. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many.  Her place of work was a beautiful large building in downtown Columbus – which surely mirrored her grand taste for life and success.  She retired after 27 years of dedicated work at the company that held her in such high regard for over a quarter of a century.  She continued to stay at “work” doing joyful tasks with grandkids, reading, and painting the next scenery that struck her fancy.
Evada Ann is preceded in death by her parents William and Clara Maguire and her brother William H. Maguire, Jr.  
She is survived by all 5 children: Paul B. White, Jr., Elizabeth A. White, James E. Jones, Janette Jones-Ball, and Matthew W. Jones, and her grandchildren Paul White III, Amanda White, Justin Saavedra, Laura Saavedra, Andy Williamson, Nathan Jones, Julia Marrero, Ian Ball, Destiny Cashwell, Dustin Cashwell, and Shawn Cashwell.  She is also survived by her great grandchildren including 3 sets of great grand-twins!  Emmett White & Eli White, Madelyn & Makenna Jones, Bentley & Gabriel Ball, as well as Cameron Ball.  She is also survived by her sister Jane Gordon and brothers James Maguire, Dave Maguire, great nieces and nephews and many beloved cousins. 
The family wishes to thank Hospice Care in Columbus Ohio for the comfort that they provided and the professionalism that they brought to us while taking care of mom at home during the last months.  She passed in her own home of 30 years, and went peacefully with many family members at her side.  She is finally breathing fresh air and whole standing in the presence of the Lord. We would give anything to see her beautiful smile and hear her laugh. She was the most incredible mom and we are so thankful she was ours.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Van D. Fisher officiating.
Interment  followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.


BETTY JANE HILL, 86, of Broadway Street, Martins Ferry, OH, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013. 
She was born in Niles, OH on October 6, 1926, a daughter of the late Robert and Hazel (Doll) Turner.
She was a member and a retired secretary at the former Bridgeport Eagles. Betty was a Past Madam President of the Aerie Aux #995. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry..
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Robert; sister, Mary Carroll.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne Hill; sister-in-law, Dorothy Turner, VA; nieces and nephews, Linda (Mike) Sopjack, MD; Robert (Roberta) Curry, OH; Paul (Sue) Carroll, OH; Becky (Bob) Miklas, OH; Cindi (Jim) Pollock, OH; Jackie Troxal, TN; Tom (Lucy) Wkither, VA; Dave (Charlotte) Turner, NC; Diane (Jerry) Matthews, VA.  
        Funeral services were held Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  In the absence of Rev. Webster, Lisa Buckingham, family ministries coordinator officiated.  
Interment followed in Weeks Cemetery, Bridgeport, OH 
Bereavement service was held by the Elders of the church Friday at 7 p.m.



 CHARLES E. JOHNSON, 82, of Blaine-Barton Road, Barton, OH, died Monday, April 15, 2013. 
He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 23, 1930, the son of the late Charles and Emma D. (Neely) Johnson.
He was a retired miner having worked at the Shoemaker Mine in WV.
In addition to his parents, five sisters, Thelma, Betty, Ethel, Mary and Shirley, preceded him in death.
In addition to his wife, Margaret Ann (Keringer) Johnson, he is survived by two daughters, Lessie V. Clemens, Barton, OH and Rosemary L. Johnson, Bellaire, OH; sister, Helen M. Briggs, Glasgow, WV. 
Services were held at the convenience of the family.



JOYCE ARLENE BECCA,  82, of Twp. Rd. 113, Rayland, OH , passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013 at her residence. 
She was born in Butler, PA on December 1, 1930,  she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Ruth Mary (Kummer) Gillman.
She was a retired teacher for the Brilliant Elementary School, Brilliant, OH. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Rotonda, FL.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Becca
She is survived by two sons: John F. (Pamela) Becca and Timonthy C. Becca; daughter, Ruth Anne Becca, all of Rayland, OH. 11 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren also survive her. 
A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on a date to be announced


JOSEPH JOHN SHEMENSKI, 102, formerly of N. 9th Street, Martins Ferry, OH passed away peacefully Saturday, April 20, 2013 while in the company of family members in Orrville, OH. 
He was born in Martins Ferry on March 9, 1911, a son of the late Frank and Agatha (Sharek) Shemenski.
He lived 89 years in Martins Ferry happily raising four children. In his later years he divided his time between his son's homes in Newcomerstown, Orrville and Doylestown, PA. For the last year he has lived at Orrvilla Maple Terrace in Orrville.
He was a retired employee of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Martins Ferry Plant for 40 years and he also had a television repair shop. In his retirement years he purchased his own saw mill and established a lumbering business; loving every minute of the process. He loved to garden and always liked to share his fruits and vegetables with friends and neighbors. Music was very important to Joe. He loved to entertain folks with his guitar, key board and harmonica. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry; Past President of the SOAR (Retired Steelworkers); Founding member of the Mackey Community Center of Martins Ferry; Member of Doylestown Senior Center of Doylestown, PA.
 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. (Bazar) Shemenski; five brothers, Stanley, Frank, Andrew, John and Walter; five sisters, Nell Rees, Frances Migdal, Theresa Vickers, Mary Klus and Ann Casshie. Sadly, he is preceded in death by his first born grand child, Scott  of RI.
He was a loving father to Joseph (Patricia) Shemenski of Doylestown, PA, James (Carol) Shemenski of Orrville; Kenneth (Johanna) Shemenski of Newcomerstown, OH and Mary Kay (Kenneth) Hayward of Palm Coast, FL. He liked to boast with pride that he had four children, 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and a 1 year old great- great granddaughter. 
        Funeral Liturgy with Mass was held at St Mary's Catholic Church Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Tomas Marut as the Celebrant.
Entombment  followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Prayer servicewas held in the funeral home Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions to St. Mary's Church, N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.





WILLIAM HOWARD CLEARY, SR.,  80, of N.3rd Street, Martins Ferry, OH passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013. 
Bill was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on January 9, 1933,  he was the son of the late Edward M. and Lottie M. (Stipes) Cleary.
He was a retired manager and loan officer at the former City Loan of Martins Ferry, Bellaire and St. Clairsville. He was also employed at Bank One in Bellaire, OH. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Post 38 American Legion both of Martins Ferry He served in the U.S. Air Force. 
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Jean Cleary; two brothers, Charles and James; seven sisters, Lillian Jones, Betty Ann Graves, Dorothy Mills, Matilda Biggs, Ruth Moran, Nancy Jean (Volan) Cleary and an infant sister.
He is survived by  two sons, William H. Cleary, Jr., Martins Ferry, OH; Christopher P. (Lee Ann) Cleary, Martins Ferry, OH; two sisters, Carolyn (William) McKean, Martins Ferry, OH; Patricia Hanlin, So. 
Carolina; brother, Edward M. Cleary, Georgia.  
        A Memorial Mass was held at Noon on Thursday, April 24, 2013 at St. Mary's Church, with Rev. Thomas Marut as the Celebrant.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Daily Bread Center, P.O. Box 416, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 or WeBark Estates, No Kill Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 918, Moundsville, WV 26041.


MARYANN  TALASIS, "MARY", 97, formerly of N. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013. 
She was born in Pittston, PA on January 28, 1916, a daughter of the late Michael and Helen (Jackowski) Makuch.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul A. Talasis; sister, Stella Ulczynski; two brothers, Michael and Tony Makuch. 
Mary is survived by three daughters: Mary Lou (John) Wonsik, Fairfax, VA; Judy (Robert) Wood, Martins Ferry; Paula Brown, Mercer, PA; two brothers, John (Clara) Makuch and Chester (Angie) Makuch, both of Dillonvale, OH. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 6,  2013 with Rev.  Tom Marut  and Rev. Thomas Magary, Concelebrants 
Interment followed at St. Adalberts Cemetery, Dillonvale, OH. 
Rosary was held at 3 p.m. Sunday followed by a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book to the left of this page.


 ETHEL M. JOSEPH,  94,  of Adams Street, Martins Ferry, OH died Saturday, May 11, 2013 
She was born in Barton, OH on October 20, 1918, a daughter of the late Gabriel and Rose (Torok) Nagy.
She was a retired employee of the former A & P Tea Company.  She was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Catholic  Women's Club, Eucharistic Minister, Funeral Brunch Committee and Religious Instructor at St. Mary's of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph "Fatty" Joseph; son, David L. Joseph; two brothers, Gabriel Jr. and Steve Nagy; sister Elizabeth Riedel.
She is survived by a son, Kenneth E. Joseph, Martins Ferry; brother, Don Nagy, Arizona; sister, Catherine Blake, Wheeling, WV; granddaughter, Pria Lynn (Michael) Myers, St. Clairsville, OH; great granddaughter, Shelby Myers; great grandson, Mason Myers. 
Friends will be received at the funeral home Tuesday 2 to 6 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church  at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15,  2013 with Rev. Tom Marut, celebrant. 
Mausoleum entombment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery Martins Ferry. 
Rosary devotions will be given Tuesday at 4 follow by a wake service at 5:30 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.
Condolences may be made to the family by signing the guest book to the left of this page.
HELEN A. KNIGHT, 83, of St. Clairsville, OH went to be with her Beloved Mother, Father and Brothers on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Helen was born in Triadelphia, WV on February 25, 1930, a daughter of the late Clark H. and Helen S. (Wheeler) Knight.
She was a retired employee of AT & T after 44 years; was a Presbyterian by faith, volunteered at the Salvation Army for many years, belonged to Oasis. Helen loved the opera, loved to travel, Helen traveled the world for many years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Edward Knight and older brother, Harry Knight.
She is survived by a sister, Laura Kyle, St. Clairsville, OH; sister-in-law, Eleanor Knight, Valley Grove, WV; nephew, Bill (Dolly) Kyle, Mesa, AZ; four nieces, Jenny Roach, Houston, TX; Marie Mitchell, Mesa, AZ; Sandy (Butch) Channel, Martins Ferry, OH; Debbie (Karl) Kosem, Valley Grove, WV; numerous nieces and nephews.  
At Helen request there will be no services. 
Condolences to the family by signing the guest book to the left of this page.

BARBARA ANN McKIM,  73, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Saturday, June 8, 2013. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, on July 6, 1939, daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Sonk) Craig.
She was a member of Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church Martins Ferry.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Kenneth E. McKim; four sons: Kenneth Lee (Diane) McKim, Yorkville, OH; William J. (Jill) McKim, Rayland, OH; Gary M. (Pamela) McKim, Yorkville, OH; David C. McKim, Martins Ferry; two daughters, Carol Jo (Tony) Trouten, Martins Ferry and Michelle (Mark) Ritchie, Rayland, OH; two brothers, Jerry Craig and Gary Craig, both of Martins Ferry. Eleven grandchildren and one great grandson also survive her. 
Arrangements entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover Street, Martins Ferry. Friends received at the funeral home Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 11 to 1 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Alzheimer's Association / Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, 3695 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Suite 301B, Canfield, Ohio 44406.
Condolences to the family by signing the guest book to the left of this page.

JOSEPH RICHARD VOYTECEK, SR,  90, of South 8th Street, Martins Ferry, OH passed away peacefully Thursday, July 18, 2013 while in the company of his family. 
Joseph was born in Martins Ferry on March 24, 1923, a son of the late Joseph A. and Anna (Zupko) Voytecek.
He was a retired employee of the United Dairy and the Metropolitan Housing Authority. Joe was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 1421 all of Martins Ferry..
 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth "Liz" Voytecek and a sister, Anna Tratar.
He is survived by  son, Joseph R. (Sue) Voytecek, Jr.;  daughter,  Elizabeth "Teg" Parsons; brother, Robert Voytecek;  four grandsons, Chad (Amber) Voytecek, Shane (Brandi) Parsons, Jeremy (Melissa) Voytecek, grandson, Anthony Voytecek; granddaughter, Megan Parsons; three great -grandsons, Joey, Kaiden and Nicky; four great-granddaughters, Kylie, Kara, Kayla and Jayde; numerous nieces and nephews..  
        Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 22, 2013 with Rev. Tom Marut, celebrant.
Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Rosary devotions 2:30 and Wake service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 
Memorial contributions to SMC 2000, 24 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.

DENISE  FALBO,  83, of Carlisle Street, Martins Ferry, OH,  passed away Sunday, July 21st, 2013 while in the company of family members.  
She was born in Bannock, OH on January 5, 1930, the daughter of the late Andrew and Catherine (Padyjasek) Padyjasek.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, OH.
        In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Joseph, Stanley, William, Andy and Mike Padyjasek and a daughter-in-law, Teresa Falbo.
In addition to her husband, Donald J. Falbo, she is survived by two sons, Donald Falbo and Jon (Jennifer) Falbo, both of St. Clairsville, OH; daughter, Jamie (Raymond) Huff, Shadyside, OH; five grandsons, Jon Michael, Donnie, Nick and Vince; five granddaughters, Natalie, Olivia, Isabel, Giana and Hannah; numerous nieces and nephews.  
        Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2013,  with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant.
Interment followed in Upland Cemetery, Yorkville, OH.


JERRY A. "GUY" BROWN, 46, of Shadyside, Oh, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013, at East Ohio Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born February 11, 1967, in Martins Ferry, Oh. an only son of the late Jerry C. Brown and Brenda J. (Mosser) Craver.
Guy had a passion for music and movies and spent hours shopping for the same.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ken Craver Sr. and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
He is survived by four sisters, Vicki (Jim) Bartrug of Adena, Oh; Joyce (JD) Davis and Kris Brown of Martins Ferry, Oh; and Shelly (Allen) Jaworski of Colerain, Oh; three nieces, Amber (Lance) Nardo, Megan and Shelby Bartrug; nephew, Hunter Jaworski; and great nephews Vinny and Carmine Nardo.
Funeral services were held Monday July 29, 2013,  at 6 p.m. with pastor Marvin Schooler officiating. Burial will follow at the convenience of the family.
The family would like to especially thank the staff, his friends, of rescare, Inc. for all their  patience, effort, and caring for Guy wihile in their care.

RUSSELL J. BIERKORTTE, ''RUSS'', 80, of  S. Zane Hwy., Martins Ferry, OH died Saturday, July 27, 2013. 
He was born in Wheeling, WV on January 12, 1933, a son of the late Henry A.  and Eva Mary (Weitzel) Bierkortte.
He was a retired  carpenter for A. Kutsch and Sons of Wheeling, where he worked for 30 years. Russ was a member of the Ohio Valley Elks Lodge #231 of Martins Ferry. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He received the Occupation Medal (Germany) and the National Defense Service Medal. 
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers, Henry, Herbert, Robert, and Ralph Bierkortte; two sisters, Evelyn Hohnsee and Lois Bierkortte.
He is survived by two sons, Craig L. (Anne) of Tucson, AZ and Paul D. (Denise) Bierkortte of Westerville, OH; two daughters, Darlene A. (Ross) Kleiner of Lake Wylie, SC and Beth A. (Jim) Matuska of Pickerington, OH; brother, George (Martha) Bierkortte, Fountain Valley, CA; two sisters, Gladys Hersey, Wheeling and Clara DiClemente of Martins Ferry. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at the funeral home, Tuesday, July 30, 2013  at 7 p.m. 
Elks Lodge held services at the funeral home.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice,  10686 St. Rt. 150, Rayland, Ohio  43943.

 EMMA P. ZIMBECO,  86, of N. Erie Street, Wheeling, WV,  passed away at Friday, August 2, 2013. 
She was born in Adena, OH on April 29, 1927, daughter of the late Ray and Bessie May (Chamberlin) Albright.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Zimbeco, Sr.
She is survived by two sons, Gregory (Ronda) Zimbeco, Wilmington, NC and John M. Zimbeco, Wheeling, WV; two brothers, James and Pete Mills; former daughter-in-law, Janie Zimbeco. She is also survived by one granddaughter, and one great granddaughter. 
Funeral service was held at the funeral home Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.         
Interment  followed in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling.


ELIZABETH ANN LAUGHMAN,  93, formerly of Grant Ave., Martins Ferry, OH died Sunday, August 4, 2013. 
She was born in New Philadelphia, OH on October 20, 1919, the daughter of the late William Howell and Eliza Marie (Boles) James.
She was a retired  employee of Alling & Cory, formerly of Bellaire, OH.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard Laughman,
She is survived by her son, William A. Laughman of Martins Ferry. She is also survived by five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. 
Funeral service was held at the funeral home Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview  Cemetery, Martins Ferry.

        THOMAS W. DUKE, 57, of  Terrace St., Martins Ferry, OH, died  Friday, August 30th, 2013 
Thomas was born in Detroit, MI.,  on March 18, 1956,  the son of Shirley Ann Duke.
He was employed as an installer at Xfinity, formerly Comcast for 25 years. 
In addition to his wife, Susie (Federman) Duke, he is survived by a son, Timothy  Duke; daughter,  Tricia (Ted) Rogers; two granddaughters, Kaelynne and Mercedes Duke;  two grandsons, Kameron Myers all of Martins Ferry and Jordan Duke of Bethesda, OH.. 
Memorial service was held at the funeral home at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.


NELLIE MAY CARPENTER, 87, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013. 
She was born in New Martinsville, WV on November 9, 1925, the daughter of the late Raymond Kohens and Arta Angues.
She was a retired employee of Nickles Bakery of Martins Ferry.
Nellie was a faithful caretaker to the animals and a supporter of several dog and cat shelters in the area.
Services at the convenience of the family.

CAROLYN LOU McKEAN, 76, of Delaware Street,` Martins Ferry, OH , died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at her residence. 
She was born in Martins Ferry on December 11, 1936, a daughter of the late Edward and Lottie M. (Stipes) Cleary.
Carolyn was a retired employee of the M and M Bank of Steubenville, OH. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, James and William Cleary: seven sisters, Lillian Jones, Betty Ann Graves, Dorothy Mills, Matilda Biggs, Ruth Moran, Nancy Jean Cleary and an infant sister.
In addition to her husband of 55 years, William C. McKean, Sr., she is survived by three sons, William C.  (Vickie) McKean, Jr., Austin, TX; Michael T. (Diane) McKean, Pataskala, OH; Jim D. (Rochelle) McKean, Reynoldsburg, OH; daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Robert) Medlyn, Martins Ferry, OH; brother, Edward "Mick" M. Cleary; sister,  Patricia Lee Hanlin. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at the funeral home Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Van D. Fisher officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.


REBECCA ANN GLASGOW, 58, of Bellefontaine, OH died Sunday, September 22, 2013.
She was born in Wheeling, WV on December 24, 1954, a daughter of the late  Denzil and Patricia A. (Benline) Tremoulis who survives her of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her father, a sister, Terri Hiam, preceded her in death. 
She is also survived by two sons, William Glasgow, Bellefontaine, OH; Nicholas (Katie) Glasgow, De Graff, OH; two grandsons, Austin and Tanner Glasgow; Also two loving sisters, a brother and many nieces, nephews and friends. 
Services were private at the convenience of the family.


 RUSSELL L. BIERY, "RUSS" 99, of Virginia St., Martins Ferry, OH, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at his residence. 
Russ was born in Wheeling, WV on September 6, 1914, a son of the late Paul A. and Mary Ida (Snyder) Biery.
He was a Triadelphia High School graduate. He was a retired carpenter from Grubb Construction; a member of Carpenters Union Local # 3, both of Wheeling, WV. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Amelia Katherine (DeMarco) Biery on February 22, 2013; two brothers, Paul and Kenneth Biery; three sisters, Mildred Nelson, Kathryn Grubb and Dorothy Schuler.
He is survived by  four daughters, Diana L. (Larry) Armbruster, Clemmons, NC; Judy A. (Tom) Long, Martins Ferry, OH; Linda M. (Mick) Brown, Martins Ferry, OH; Kathleen B. (Luther) Mills, Delaware, OH; 12 grandchildren, Beth, Brad and Becky Armbruster; Lisa, Tom, Debbie and Russ Long; Cindy and Jamie Orr; Daniel, Stacy and Christie Mills; 18 great -grandchildren. 
Russ, as he was known to his family and friends was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a master carpenter and an avid euchre player. He was best known for his dry sense of humor and was famous for saying "Look at that bird out the window" and then snatching the cookies off your plate.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 19,  2013, with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant. 
Interment followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 or the charity of your choice.


JOAN  MILLER,  84, of Westlawn,  Martins Ferry, OH , died Monday, November 11, 2013. 
She was born in Wheeling, WV on August 18, 1929, a daughter of the late John and Anna (Walas) Sheleva.
She was the owner and operator of Miller Catering of Colerain, OH for 40 years. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Colerain, Ohio, and also a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church of Wheeling, WV.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Miller, Sr.; two brothers, Alex and John Sheleva; five sisters, Mary Bowman, Catherine Kilgore, Norma Tomczyk, Olga Shaffer and Anne Szemreylo.
She is survived by  five sons, William  A.  (Rhoda Ann) Miller, Jr., Chicago, IL; John M. (Juli) Miller, Athens, OH; Laurence J. (Mike Unzueta) Miller, Rome, Italy; Thomas P. (Juliane) Miller, Alexandria, VA; Andrew J. (Julie) Miller, Weyers Cave,. VA; three daughters, Judith E. (Robert) Gildow, Bridgeport, OH; Paula J. Hill, Martins Ferry, OH; M. Cindy (Gary) Neitzelt, Circleville, OH; 16 grandchildren Joseph Gildow, Natalie Eddy, David Yoder, Ron Hill, Brittany Van Culin, Bethany McFerin, Margot Miller, Billy Neitzelt, Jacob, Johanna and Avenelle Miller, Simon and Lara Miller and Ian, Riley and Trey Miller; seven great-grandchildren,  Erek, Carter, Aubrey, Maddox, Ryder, Howie and Olivia. She is also survived by her sister, Eva Morrow and special niece,  Sister Mary Bowman.  
Wake service was held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday with Father Dale Torres at the funeral home and Panachida Ukrainian service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with Father Michael B. Krupka.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Colerain, Ohio. at 12 Noon on Saturday, November 16,  2013 with Father  Torres officiating. 
Interment followed at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 72581 US Route 250, Colerain, OH 43916 or Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4136 Jacob Street, Wheeling, WV 26003.

THEODORE M. YONAK, ''TED", 93,  formerly of N. 8th Street, Martins Ferry, OH died Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Ted was born in Johnstown, Pa. on February 29, 1920,  a son of the late Albert and Mary (Kozuszck) Yonak.
Ted was a retired cranemen for the fomer Blaw Knox of Wheeling. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry; a member of the  Belmont Jefferson Co. Beagle Club, B.P.O.Elks Lodge # 28 of Wheeling, former Eagles and V.F.W. of Martins Ferry and the Polish Club of Fairpoint, OH. He served in the U.S. Navy in WW II. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia (Koler) Yonak ; two brothers, John and George Yonak and a sister, Wanda Gramatikos.
He is survived by a daughter, Cherlyn J. (Stephen) Bradley, Leesburg, FL; brother, Stanley (Barbara) Yonak, Wheeling, WV. He is also survived by two grandchildren. 
Friends will be received at the funerral home Sunday 5 to 7 p.m. Wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 10 a.m.  on Monday, November 25, 2013,  with Rev. Tom Marut  as the celebrant. Mausoleum entombment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book to the left of this page.


NEAL  SIMPSON,  72, of  Colerain Road, Bridgeport, OH , died Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
Neal was born in Drift, KY on August 13, 1941,  a son of the late Neal and Ethel (Fraley) Simpson.
He was a retired  bus driver for the Martins Ferry Schools System and also retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Follansbee Plant after 30 years. He was a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge #231 of Martins Ferry.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine (Mazur) Simpson; two sons, Michael N. (Terri) Simpson, and Andrew J. (Mary) Simpson, both of Bridgeport, OH; daughter,  Bobbie Jo Pettit, Westerville, OH; two brothers,  Charles (Paulette) Simpson, and Harold (Cathy) Simpson, both of Louisa, KY; sister,  Sally Lockridge, Denver, CO; six grandchildren, Nick, Kevin, Rileigh, Jake; Luke, and Raena; numerous nieces and nephews.  Neal and Elaine would have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on April 4, 2014.
Funeral service were held at the funeral home Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Father Dale Tornes officiating.
Interment followed at Farmington Cemetery, Bridgeport, OH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Colerain Fire Dept., P.O. Box 3, Colerain, OH 43916.
Elks Lodge # 231 held services at the funeral home Friday 7 p.m. 

CATHERINE M. ZIMMERMAN, ''KITTY'' 91, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Monday, December 2, 2013 
She was born in Clarington, OH on November 22, 1922, the daughter of the late John H. and Myrtle A. (Morris) Brake.
She was a retired employee of the former Hub Department Store and a dietician at East Ohio Regional Hospital.
 In addition to her parents and her husband of 61 years, Thomas P. Zimmerman,  she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ermine, Morris and John Alvin Brake.
She is survived by son, Timothy T. Zimmerman, Columbus, OH; three daughters: Judith K. (John) Runkel, Sewickley, PA; Janet L. (Gary) Zurenko, Kalamazoo, MI; Cathy J. Zimmerman, Martins Ferry, OH; sister-in-law, Almeda Brake, Sardis, OH. She is also survived by four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. 
Funeral service was held Friday, December 6, 2013 at the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Pastor Karen Torrez officiating. 
Interment followed at Weeks Cemetery, Bridgeport, OH. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Belmont Co. Animal Rescue League, 45244 National Road West, St. Clairsville, OH 43950 or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 56381 National Road, Bridgeport, Ohio 43912.



PAUL  ROBERT  MOCZEK, 77, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away at noon, on Monday December 30, 2013 at Wheeling Hospital. Born July 1, 1936 in Benwood, WV to Stanley and Alice Lowe Moczek, Paul was a 1955 graduate of St. John Central High School in Bellaire, OH. There he met and fell in love with his surviving wife of fifty-six years, Shirley Ann (Tankovits) Moczek. Together they raised four daughters: Paula (Marty) Spanner of Bethel Park, PA; Jayme (Perry) Nardo of Shadyside, OH; JoEllen (Louis) Pytlak of Glen Dale, WV; and Dawn (Todd) Zelczak of Cincinnati, OH. Paul and Shirley are loving and proud grandparents to their baker's dozen: Marty (Sarah) Spanner, Matthew Nardo, Benjamin (Alison) Spanner, Bryan Nardo, Kaitlyn Pytlak, Natalie Spanner, Kyle Pytlak, Daniel Spanner, Hannah Pytlak, Luke Nardo, Riley Zelczak, Steven Zelczak, and Audrey Zelczak. 
In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by brothers Harry, Tom, Mike, his sister Bette, and his two brother-in-laws,  Joe "Sonny" Tankovits, and Bill Collignon. Surviving are Paul's sisters Nancy (Tony) Anthony, Rosalie (Bob) Gillespie, his brother Pat (Clara Lou) Moczek, and his sisters-in-law: Marlene (Bill) Collignon, Henrietta (Harry) Moczek, Helen (Mike )Moczek, and Jean (Joe) Tankovits - as well as several special nieces and nephews.
Paul worked at Bayer Corporation (Mobay) for over 30 years as the supervisor of drafting.  Paul took great joy in being an active member of St. Mary's Parish and served as the Parish Council President for several years. Paul and his wife Shirley helped rekindle the St. Mary's chapter of the Infant of Prague Society in 1988 and each summer's annual novena to the Infant Jesus brings hope to hundreds of Catholics in the Ohio Valley. Paul was known by many as a man of strong faith, highly devoted to the Blessed Mother. He is also affectionately remembered by his family as a gifted singer, talented carpenter, avid photographer, ingenious trickster, and entertaining "Pumpkin Sucker" storyteller.
Rosary was recited at the funeral home Thursday, January 2, 2013, follwed by a wake service at 7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial, concelebrated by Fr. Thomas Marut and Fr. Thomas Magary, was held Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11am at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Martins Ferry. 
Entombment in the St. Mary Cemetery Mausoleum followed Mass. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: St. Mary's Infant of Prague Society, 20 North 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935. 
JERRY B. ARNOLD, 82, formerly of So. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH, died Sunday, January 5, 2014. 
He was born in Fairview, OH on September 6, 1931,  a son of the late Ray B. and Elsie F. (Baker) Arnold.
He was a retired employee of the former International Harvester of Shadyside, OH. He was a 32 Degree Mason; Member of the Scottish Rite of Steubenville and a member of the Kirkwood Lodge #0446 F & AM of Hendrysburg, OH, member of the American Legion Post 38 of Martins Ferry.  He served in the U>S. Army during the Korean War.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty and Peggie Arnold and two brothers, Billy and Paul R. Arnold.
In addition to his wife, Vivian (Stevens) Arnold, he is survived by daughter, Susan D. Arnold-Pack, Martins Ferry, OH; granddaughter, Andrea M. Pack, Wheeling, WV; brother, Jimmie B. (Norma) Arnold, Hopedale, OH; sister-in-law, Wanda Arnold, Magnolia, OH; several nieces and nephews.  
Funeral service was held at the funeral home Wednesday January 8, 2014  at 7 p.m. with Pastor Bob Merritt officiating.
Interment private at convenience of the family in Fairview Cemetery Fairview, OH. 
The Bel. Co. Council of the American Legion gave military honors Wednesday at the funeral home at 3 p.m. followed by masonic services at 5 p.m. by the Kirkwood Lodge #0446 F & AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kirkwood Lodge # 0446 F& AM Henrysburg, OH.

ALVIN K.  WALTON, "PIE", 90, of N. 3rd Street, Martins Ferry, OH, died Sunday, January 19, 2014.  
He was born in Martins Ferry, on November 26, 1923,  the son of the late John Alvin and Stella (Yoho) Walton.
He was employed as a lineman for Ohio Power for 18 Yrs. and a former employee for the city of Martins Ferry Power Plant for 23 Yrs. He was a member of the Alerts Fire Dept. and Italian Club of Martins Ferry; Sons of Italy of Bellaire; former Eagles and the V.F.W. of Martins Ferry. He served in the U.S. Army as a Sgt in WW II. 1st Armored Division, Africa & Italy Campaign., Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, EAME TH SER MED W/4 BR STARS,  Naples-Foffia,  Rome-Arno,  No Appennines  PO Valley. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rose M. (Bianconi) Walton; sister, Ina Jo Dawkins.
He is survived by son, Kenneth E. (Cheryl) Walton, Hagerstown, MD; daughter, Sylvia Rhodes, Martins Ferry; six grandchildren, Kristen  Nugent; Katie Neavin; Lewie Rhodes; Dan Rhodes; Adam Walton; Mallory Rumler. , and ten great grandchildren 
Funeral service was held at the funeral home Saturday, January 25, 2014  at 1 p.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating,
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.
The M. F. Fire Dept. held services Friday at 7 p.m. The "Belmont County Council of Veterans of Foreign Wars" gave military honors Saturday prior to the service at 12:45.

SALLY L. WILLIAMS,  87, of Martins Ferry, OH , died Sunday, January 26, 2014. 
Sally was born in Wheeling, WV on September 10, 1926, the daughter of the late William E. and Margaret B. (Weigel) Joseph.
She was a retired employee of the former Sears of Wheeling. She was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Williams.
She is survived by five daughters, Kathy J. (Vincent) Keller;  Becky Johnson, both of Martins Ferry; Ruth Ann (Mark) Sanfort, St. Peters, Missouri; Carolyn (James) Redinger, Columbus, OH; Madalyn (Abner) Jacobs, Gretna, VA; two sons, Bruce Lodge, Beallsville, OH; and John Williams, Lansing, OH;  She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at the funeral home, Saturday February 1, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Dr. Bill N. Lawrence officiating. 
Interment at Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville, Ohio. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer Research Foundation, 119 Water Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10038.




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