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Ames, Rena J. 88

  • Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2015-05-25
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  • Rena June Ames, 88, formerly of Lower Burrell, succumbed after a brave fight with cancer Monday, May 25, 2015. June was born in 1926 and reared in Western PA, moving faithfully with her husband, Thomas, to Ohio and Illinois. They both retired to Bonita Springs, Fla. in 1994. June and Tom were married for 60 plus years. June was widely known for her decorating and floral abilities, winning several Tri-Color Awards under the employ of several businesses in Western PA. She was an avid reader, crossword puzzler, and computer gamer being self-taught on the PC at the age of 65. June was a BPOE Elks life member for 50 plus years. June was preceded in death by her parents, Rena and Joseph Connor; brother, Joseph Connor; husband, Thomas Trees Ames Sr.; and son, Thomas Trees Ames Jr. She leaves behind her loving family of sister, Ruth Hoke; brother, Thomas (Dee) Connor; son, James Connor Ames; son, Howard Francis Ames; granddaughters, Jennifer Lynne Ames, Victoria Connor (Alex) Ridder and Heather Nicole Ames; and great-grandson, Thomas Kenae Ridder. The Neptune Society is handling the cremation and June and Tom will be buried with their son Tom in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers or other considerations, donations can be sent to, by mail, Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or by a secure donation page: donate.hopehcs.org.
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Gathers, Hilton B. 82

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1933-03-19
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Hilton B. "Bud" Gathers, 82, of Lower Burrell, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia. He was born March 19, 1933, in Clarion, to the late Blake Gathers and Ruth Pasternak, and had lived in the Lower Burrell area most of his life. He was the founder of Gathers Construction in Lower Burrell. Bud was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Plum Creek and Bethel Lodge No. 789 in Lower Burrell. He was proud to have served his country in the Army during the Korean War. Bud enjoyed golfing, but his greatest pleasures in life came from his wife, children and especially his grandchildren. Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Wanda (Morrow) Gathers; sons, David (Lorraine) Gathers and Donald (Darlene) Gathers; daughter, Debra (Curtis) Walbert; grandchildren, Stacey, Scott and Jaimee Gathers, Jacob (Keena) Gathers, Lucas Gathers and Cooper Walbert. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Shirey. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Presbyterian Church of Plum Creek, 550 Center New Texas Road, Plum Borough, PA 15239, with the Rev. Allan Drake officiating. Burial will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Makowski, Dorothy F. 86

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1928-08-22
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Dorothy F. Makowski, 86, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was born Aug. 22, 1928, in New Kensington, to the late Louis and Agnes Jedlowski Thomas. She was a Lower Burrell resident since 1950. Mrs. Makowski was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church in Lower Burrell. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking. Surviving are her children, Shirley Knapp, of Anchorage, Alaska, Daniel (Monica) Makowski, of Upper Burrell Township, Darlene (Robert) Brown, of Connellsville, and Naples, Fla., and Malinda Martel, of Lower Burrell, and Naples; grandchildren, Tiffany Durand, Christina Iagnemma, Melissa Tzan, Stephanie Zolbrod, Shannon (Daniel) Williams, Marla, Frank and Harlen Knapp, Marion Abney and Danny Makowski; and 20 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Makowski, who died March 9, 2015; her brother, Donald Thomas; and her grandson, Stephen Knapp. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a funeral liturgy outside of Mass will be held at noon Saturday, by her pastor, the Rev. Kenneth Zaccagnini. Private burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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McNally, Carolyn A. 56

  • Formerly of Brackenridge
  • Born: 1959-01-26
  • Died: 2015-04-18
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  • Carolyn Ann (Levish) McNally, 56, of Plano, Texas, formerly of Brackenridge, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, due to complications related to her seven-month battle with breast cancer. She was born Jan. 26, 1959, to Harry and the late Pauline (Skoda) Levish. She graduated from Highlands High School in 1976, from Clarion State College in 1980 and later earned her master's degree from Carlow College. Carolyn lived and worked all over the country before settling in Plano, Texas. She is survived by her loving husband, Bill McNally, and his son, Bill McNally (Daria); father, Harry Levish; siblings, Gregory Levish (Susan), Paul Levish (Marsha), Joseph Levish (Christy) and Mary Venetos (Mario); also by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Pauline Levish. A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church, 339 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084. Reception to immediately follow in the church hall. Please see complete obituary, video and condolences at www.affoplano.com.
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Nayman, Ruth S. 89

  • Aberdeen, N.C. , Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2015-05-26
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  • Ruth Singer Nayman, 89, of Aberdeen, N.C., formerly of Natrona Heights and Sarver, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Ruth graciously shared her love of music and talents as a violinist in local churches and with the Butler County Symphony during her years in the area. Ruth was the widow of the late Burton D. Nayman; and mother of the late Mark D. Nayman. Her surviving children are Barbara Oviatt, of West Virginia, Brian Nayman, of North Carolina, and Lisa Love, of Alaska. Her sister, Alma S. Sarver, of Quincy, also survives her. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, family and all who got to know her, lovingly remember her with great affection.
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Tartamella, Joseph M. 79

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1935-11-01
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Joseph M. Tartamella, 79, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the VNA Hospice, Butler. He was born Nov. 1, 1935, in Brackenridge, a son of the late Leonard and Virginia (Vena) Tartamella. Joe lived in Brackenridge and Natrona Heights his entire life, where he was a crane operator for 32 years at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, retiring in 1996. He was an Air Force veteran, where he was an aircraft mechanic working on B-47's, at Forbes AF Base, Kans. Joe was a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, and a graduate of the former Har-Brack High School. He enjoyed fishing, wood working and gardening, was a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society, Four Corners Unit, played the guitar and was the facilitator for the United Way, Allegheny Ludlum, Brackenridge. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marie (Magoc) Tartamella; children, Theresa (Harry) Crytzer, of Natrona Heights, Joseph M. (Jennifer) Tartamella Jr., of North Carolina, and Leonard (Susan) Tartamella, of Connecticut; grandchildren, Alexandra Davies, Harry Tobias Crytzer, twins Hannah M. and Rachel L. Tartamella and Mason J. Tartamella; and his siblings, Mary Kanakis, of Brackenridge, and Samuel (Kathleen) Tartamella, of Ohio. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Anthony Tartamella, Caroline Simak and Joann Kucinski and brother, Michael Ruscillo. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss officiating. Everyone please meet at church. Private interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave, Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Wolf, Dennis P. 61

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1953-09-02
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Dennis P. Wolf, 61, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully in his home Monday, May 25, 2015. He was born in Waukegan, Ill., Sept. 2, 1953, to the late Leonard P. and Norma L. Nicholson Wolf. Dennis was a roofer for several local contractors in the area. Surviving are his wife, Donna Jean Layhew Wolf; twin brother, Douglas Wolf, of Lynnwood, Wash.; brother, David Wolf, of Florida; and sister, Renee Lankas, of Cedar Lake, Ind. Burial will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., of New Kensington. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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