Sunday, June 14, 2009

PLANNING OPEN HOUSE (appeared March 16, 1957)
Mr. and Mrs. George Howes, of Route 31 at Eighty four, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with Open House in their home on Wednesday, March 20, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 p.m. They will be guests of their children at a family dinner in the White Swan Hotel, Uniontown, Sunday, March 17. Mr. and Mrs. Howes were married March 20, 1907. At Pittsburgh. Mrs. Howes is the former Orthelia Mae Layton of Fayette City. The couple lived much of their married life in Centerville Borough and now reside with their daughter, Mrs. J. Boyd Spillman. They are the parents of three children: Mrs. Spillman and Mrs. Earnest Coyle, Eighty Four, and the Rev Allan J. Howes, D.D. Pastor of the Asbury Methodist Church, Uniontown. They have two granddaughters, Thalia Mae Coyle and Ruth Ann Howes. Mr. Howes is retired from the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation

ALBERT – funeral card
In Memory of Charlotte Albert
– date of birth: June 17, 1873 – date of death; December 14, 1940 – date and hour of service; December 17 at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Elsie Mae Weirich Reighard
, 48, of 235 Center Church Road, McMurray, died Wednesday, November 19, 1980, in Washington Hospital.
She was born October 25,1932, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Kenneth and Emma Martin Weirich of Canonsburg, both of whom survive.
Mrs. Reighard graduated from the South Side Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh. She later received a bachelor of science degree from Mansfield College and held a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh.
She formerly worked for the Canon-McMillan School District and taught the physically handicapped at Hawthorne School she was later employed by Charleroi School district and taught at Stockdale School
Mrs. Reighard lived in McMurray for the past 15 years and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a past worthy matron Shawnee Chapter No. 545, OES, McMurray.
On August 3, 1963, she married E. Ward Reighard, who survives along with two sons. Kenneth Ward Reighard and Karl David Reighard, both at home; one brother, Harry Weirich of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one niece, Terri Weirich of Washington.

COX - obituary
Albert N. (Abe) Cox
, 65, of Chestnut Ridge Road, Washington R.D.8., died of a heart attack Sunday, March 9, 1986, in his home.
He was born September 11, 1920, in Washington, a son of John N. and Bertha Mae Allen Cox.
Mr. Cox was Protestant.
He had attended Wolfdale Schools and had attended the West Bethlehem Township High School.
He was an automotive mechanic for Falconi Ford which was later Imperatore Ford. Previously he had been employed by Crile Metallizing. Mr. Cox was last employed by G.G.N.C. Bus Line. He had operated a school bus in the Chestnut Ridge area until his retirement in 1984.
On June 23, 1956, he married Edith Aldene Myers, who survives. The couple had resided for 21 ½ years at their Chestnut Ridge address.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons, Edwin N. Cox, Randy A. Cox and David L. Cox, all at home; one daughter, Amy E. Cox at home; two brothers, John L. Cox and Richard Cox, both of Washington R.D.8; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Shipe of Washington R.D.8, Mrs. Ellen Pitzer of Rogers, Ohio, and Mrs. Betty Fordyce of Amity R.D.1; several nieces and nephews.
One brother, Ralph Cox is deceased.

COX – funeral announcement
Friends of Albert N. (Abe) Cox of Chestnut Ridge Road, Washington R.D.8. who died Sunday, March 9, 1985, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Nichol funeral Home 1873 East maiden Street Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday March 12 with the Rev. James s. Durlsser, pastor of Scenery Hill United Methodist church officiating. Burial in Beallsville Cemetery.

Thelma Yorty Hill
, 79, of Beallsville, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mary 9, 1986, in Brownsville General Hospital.
She was born February 15, 1907, in Centerville Borough, a daughter of Norman and Tryphena Scott Yorty.
She was a member of the Beallsville United Methodist church, the Joy Bearers Sunday School Class, and the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Hill was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of California, and the Old Trails BPW.
She was a graduate of the Centerville High School and California Normal School, and had taught in the Bentleyville school system.
On July 8, 1931, she married Frank R. Hill, who died on August 32, 1984.
Surviving are two sons, Jack R. Hill of Beallsville, and William Y. Hill of Houston; a foster son, John Colvin of Zolfa Spring, Fla.; a brother George Yorty of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Thomas (Helen) Montgomery of Huntingdon, W. Va.; four grandsons, Jack R. Hill, Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, Thomas Hill of Beallsville, and William Y. Hill, Jr. and Robert A. Hill; both of Houston; three-granddaughters, Christy Rohrer of Fredricktown R.D.1, Mary Zuchowski of Beallsville, and Jill R. Hill of Reading, and four great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Jess Yorty and Raymond Yorty, and three sisters, Sara Robison, Dorothy Moffitt and Vera Buckingham, are deceased.

Ella Willery Harkey
died in the Washington Presbyterian Church [Home]at 12:10 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 1981.
She was born in Parnassus, a daughter of George and Mary Elizabeth McElfresh Willery.
A graduate of slippery rock State Teachers college, she taught in the Parnassus School system.
On August 26, 1919, she was married to the Rev. Dr. William Franklin Harkey, and with Dr. Harkey served the following churches: North Avenue United Presbyterian, Baltimore, MD; Wallace Memorial United Presbyterian, Washington, D.C.; First United Presbyterian of Houston and Third Presbyterian of Washington. Dr. Harkey died October 8, 1968.
Mrs. Harkey resided at 696 Shirls Avenue before becoming a resident of the Presbyterian Home in June 1974.
The last of her immediate family, she is survived by two cousins, D.L. and H. T. McKeever of New Kensington

HARKEY – funeral announcement
Friends of Ella Willery Harkey, who died in the Washington Presbyterian Home on Thursday, March 19, 1981,will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Stewart F. Barnhill Funeral Home, Stewart F. Barnhill, supervisor, 420 Locust Avenue, where the funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22, by the Rev. Dr. H. H. McConnell, pastor of the Church of the Covenant. Burial will be private in Plum Creek Cemetery, Piatt & Barnhill Funeral Directors

Sheldon Kelley
, 76, former assistant principal of Washington High School, died at 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 1981, in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Mr. Kelley, who lived at 1028 Redstone Road, Washington, was born January 27, 1905, in Greene County, a son of Kent and Luella Griffin Kelley.
A graduate of Waynesburg College, he was associated for 37 years with Washington High School as a science and physics teacher and later as assistant principal retiring in 1964. Prior to that, he taught two years in Bentleyville.
Mr. Kelley was a member of the Church of the Covenant.
On December 26, 1940, he was married to Marian Litle of Washington, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Dr. William S. Kelley of Brookline, Mass.; a daughter, Helen Kelley Henning, Palmdale Calif., and four grandsons. Three brothers and two sisters are deceased .

BURKE – funeral card
In Loving Memory of Lawrence W. Burke. Born November 8, 1916, Died February 8, 1981. Reichlin – Cooley funeral Home, Inc. Lorain, Ohio.

Ray E. Knestrick
, 95, of 153 East Katherine Avenue, Washington, died at 7:05 a.m., Thursday, October 1, 1981, in the Breese Nursing Home following a brief illness.
He was born December 21, 1885, in Washington County, a son of David S. and Floretta Watson Knestrick.
He was an industrial artist and glass designer for Hazel Atlas Glass Co. for 36 years before his retirements in 1957.
Mr. Knestrick was a member of the Church of the Covenant, the Fort Nightly Club, the Washington Historical Society, and the Fort Vance Historical Society, ans was a life Fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters.
He served on the Washington School Board from 1931 to 1953 and was president of the board from 1930 – 1953.
Mr. Knestrick wrote a column entitled “Old Names and Places Recalled” for the Observer-Reporter until 1977. His book, “Old building on Main street,” was published in 1976.
On June 7, 1911, he marred Julia Irene Duvall, who is deceased.
Surviving are three sons, Paul and Ray Knestrick Jr., of Washington and Robert W. Knestrick of Bethel Park; one daughter, Mrs. James (Mary Etta) Greenwalt of Coraopolis; two brothers, Autsin and Gordon Knestrick, both of Washington; two sisters, Gwen Dobbins of Brockway and Edna Burkhart of Massillon, Ohio; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
One brother and two sisters are deceased.

KNESTRICK – funeral card
In Memory of Ray E. Knestrick. Born December 21, 1885, died Octobe 1, 1981. Services 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 3, 1981, Warco funeral Home, Inc. Washington, Penna. Officiating Dr. Harold H. McConnell. Final resting Place Washington Cemetery.

OSTRANDER – funeral notice
Friends of L. Herbert Ostrander of 161 Dorris Street, North Franklin Township, Washington, who died Monday March 29, 1982, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Stewart F. Barnhill funeral Home, Stewart F. Barnhill, supervisor, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, with the Rev. Willard Wellman and the Rev. William McKinney officiating. Burial in Washington Cemetery. Friends wishing to make memorial gifts are asked to contribute to the American Heart Association of southwestern Pennsylvania. Piatt and Barnhill, J. Douglas Cowieson, Funeral Directors Inc.

Irene L. Hammers
, 80, of The George Washington Apartments, died at 6:50 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 1981, in Washington Hospital Extended Care Facility after a long illness.
She was born October 23, 1900, in Nineveh, a daughter of William w. and Clara Belle Beabout Hammers.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Washington, where she was past chairman of the administrative board, member of the United Methodist Women’s Association, teacher of the Fidelis class and a member of numerous committees.
A retired school teacher, she attended Nineveh High School, and held a bachelor of religious education degree from Boston University and master of education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Miss Hammers was a member of the American Association of University women, Delta Kappa Gamma teachers honorary sorority, the Current Events Club, National Travel Club and local, state and national Retired Teachers Associations.
She began her teaching career at Hill Station (Lawrence), later at Week Day Schools of Religion in Youngstown, Ohio, and taught in First Ward School of Washington and Washington High School. Several summers she taught at church camps and conducted vacation church schools.
Since 1959 she traveled extensively to all continents and to 66 countries.
The last of her immediate family, two brothers, Ollie W. and Preston K. Hammers are deceased.

Vaun Adrian Moffitt
, 82, of 6152 North Verde Trail, Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Centerville, died at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, 1981, on Route 40 in North Bethlehem Township. He suffered an apparent cardiac arrest.
He was born March 11, 1899, in West Pike Run Township, a son of Alva H. and Phoebe Taylor Moffitt.
Mr. Moffitt was an associate member of the first Presbyterian Church of Boca Raton, Fla., and a past member of the former Oak Grove Presbyterian church. In 1921, he graduated from Penn State University as a mechanical engineer.
Mr. Moffitt was in the area to attend the 60th anniversary of his graduation.
For many years he was associated with Boy Scouts of America and had served as president of the council of boy Scouts of America in Washington and Greene counties.
He owned and operated the Moffitt Coal Co. of Daisytown and owned the Ward Supply Co. of West Brownsville.
He is survived by his wife Augustus Moffitt of Boca Raton; a son, Kenneth S. of Eaton; one sister, Irene F. Moffitt of Boca Raton; and two grandchildren.
A sister, Evelyn Moffitt, is deceased.

MOFFITT – funeral notice
Friends of Vaun Adrian Moffitt of 6152 North Verde Trail; Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Centerville, who died Wednesday, June 10, 1981, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Burial in Taylor Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Penn State Alumnae Scholarship Fund, class of 1921, Penn State University, State College.

State police said a 82 year-old Florida man was found dead Wednesday morning in his car along Route 40 in North Bethlehem Township – the victim of a cardiac arrest.
Vaun Adrian Moffitt of Boca Raton was pronounced dead by Washington County Coroner Farrell Jackson at about 11 a.m. The car was found parked about 1 mile east of Route 519.
Police said Moffitt apparently steered his car off the road when he suffered the seizure.

Grace Grooms Kinder
, 86, of 2693 Beverly Drive, Washington, formerly of Malden, died Saturday, December 12, 1981, in Washington Hospital.
She was born April 22, 1895, in Rices Landing, the daughter of John and Anna McCann Grooms. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Centerville.
Surviving are five children, Eileen Meadows of Clarksville, Archie L. Kinder Jr. of North Brunswick, Norma Gower of Washington, Allan Kinder of Milltown, N.J., and Audrey Simpson of Irwin; one stepdaughter, Dorothy Polan of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three brothers, Samuel Grooms of Saxonburg, Ira Grooms of Carmichaels, and Arthur Grooms of Leechburg; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Archie L. Kinder Sr., died May 19, 1973. One brother and one step-daughter are deceased.

Viva Newman
, 83, of Cross Creek, died Wednesday, March 7, 1984, in Washington Hospital.
She was born April 19. 1900, in Patterson’s Mills, a daughter of Louis and Anna Pettibon Wiegmann.
Mrs. Newman was a resident of Cross Creek for 58 years. She was a member of Cross Creek United Presbyterian Church, secretary of the Ladies Aide Society, and a member of the Missionary society.
On December 8, 1919, she married Ralph S. Newman, who died in 1966.
Surviving are one son, Glenn E. Newman of Burgettstown R.D.2; one daughter, Dorothy Olson of Ashland, Ohio; one sister, Helen Martin, and two brothers, Van Nest Wiegmann and Paul Wiegmann, all of Eldersville; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, Walter and Sidney Newman; and two brothers, Dale and Leroy Wiegmann.

ANDERSON – funeral card
In Memory of J. Ralph Anderson, born July 29, 1903; died July 31, 1982; Services held Church of the Covenant; Monday 7:30 p.m. August 2, 1982; Officiating Rev. H. H. McConnell. Burial private. Piatt & Barnhill, J. Douglass Cowieson Funeral Directors Inc.

J. Ralph Anderson
, 79, of 549 Franklin Terrace, North Franklin Township, died at 4:47 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 1982, in Washington Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born July 29, 1903, in Turtle Creek, a son of Thomas P. and Beulah McGuffie Anderson.
Mr. Anderson was a member of the Church of the Covenant. He was a graduate of Washington High School and a 1925 graduate of Washington and Jefferson College.
Mr. Anderson was a resident of Washington since 1915. He was employed at Citizens national Bank until 1948, when it became the Washington office of Mellon Bank. He remained with Mellon Bank until 1968, when he retired as an assistant vice president.
Mr. Anderson was Treasurer and a director of the Washington YMCA, the Washington community Chest, the Washington branch of the Pennsylvania Economy League and the Visiting Nurses Association. He was a member of the Washington Golf and Country Club and a former member of the Washington Rotary Club.
He was married March 21, 1970, in Washington, to Elizabeth Gartley Anderson, who survives.
Also surviving is one cousin, Dr. Helen Louise McGuffie of Bethany, W. Va.

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