Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Miscellaneous obits

Lila C. Wines,
76, formerly of 1041 Park Avenue, died at 1:45 pm Monday, December 25, 1972, in McMurray Hill Manor.
She was born January 27, 1896 in Venice to Scott and Annie Willison [?] Crumm. Her husband Frank K. Wines, died September 3, 1972.
She was head bookkeeper at Mellon National Bank for many years and retired in 1959. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and the St. Margaret’s Guild of the church. She was a charter member of the Lincoln Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
Surviving are a son, Donald F. wines, of Washington; a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Jean) Varley, of Ramsey, N.J.; a sister, Mrs. W. L. (Lillian) Claffery, of Washington. And three grandchildren.
A daughter, Dorothy; two sisters, Lela Bemis and Oliver Horner, and a brother, Cyril Crumm, are all deceased.

Florence William Stitt
, 74, of 2846 Hillgate Road, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Brownsville RD 2 died at 10pm Thursday, March 30, 1972, in Mercy Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.
She was the daughter of William and Matilda Watkins Williams.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Wilbur (Irene) Smith, of Columbus, Ohio and Mrs. Edmund (Jean) Schwitters, of Anchorage, Alaska; three brothers, John, of Apache Junction, Arizona; Roger, of Miami, Fla., and David, of Homestead, Fla.; four granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

Friends of Ernest R. Baker, of 38 Pennsylvania Avenue, California, who died Monday, June 9, 1969, will be received after 2pm. Tuesday in the Caleffie and Greenlief Funeral Home, California. Services will be held at 2 pm Thursday in the United Methodist Church of California in charge of Rev. Leroy Jones. Burial in Highland Cemetery.

Jane Furie Higgins
, 85, of 315 West Maiden Street, Washington, died Wednesday, June 10, in Maybelle Manor Nursing Home.
She was born in Sudersville, March 29, 1885, a daughter of the late James J. and Jeanette Conley Furie. She lived in Washington since 1942, and prior to that was a resident of Charleroi.
Mrs. Higgins was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She was associated with Morganza, as a matron from 1942 to 1950.
There are no known survivors.

Dr. Meyers B. Horner,
77, who served as superintendent of the Washington City School for more than 30 years, died Saturday, August 22, 1970, about noon in Washington Hospital, after a long illness.
Dr. Horner headed the city school system from 1930 until his retirement in 1961 and it was during his tenure that the present Washington High School was built. He lived at 48 Morgan Avenue.
Born February 6, 1893, at Meyersdale, a son of Milton C. and Magdalena Horner, he was reared on a farm and attended a one-room country school. He graduated at the age of 16 from Meyersdale High School and took his first teaching job – also in a one-room school in the Meyersdale area.
His first students were boys of 18 to 20 who attended school during the period in the year when chores at home were the lightest. At the time of his retirement he said that one of the most cherished possessions, which he still kept, was the bell he rang to call the students from recess or to signify the start of school.
After a year there, Dr. Horner entered Juniata College, where he graduated in 1913. He taught at Daleville College in Virginia from 1913 – 1915 and at Juniata from 1915 – 1917.
In August, 1917, he enlisted in the Aviation Section of the U.S. Army signal Corps and became a first lieutenant. He served as adjunct at Wilbur Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, until his discharge in January, 1919.
He taught at Meyersdale High from 1919 – 1920 and in the summer of 1920 helped conduct an experimental school for U.S. Army illiterates at Camp Upton, L.I. He assisted Dr. Gary Cleveland Myers, author of the The Parent Problem, which appears daily in the Observer-Reporter.
Dr. Horner then served six years as principle at Coraopolis High School, before being named principal at Washington High School in 1926. He became superintendent in 1930.
He received his master’s degree in 1926 from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from Pitt in 1938. Washington and Jefferson College awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1938.
Dr. Horner retired from the city schools October 1, 1961, and was succeeded by Dr. Glenn C. Hess.
He became a member of the Washington Hospital Board of Directors in 1934 and was board president from 1945-59. He was appointed trustee emeritus in 1969.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School and was a member of the official board. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association; a life member of the national Association; a member of the American Association of School Administrators; XI Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa, and a life member of the America Legion. He served on various boards and was president of the WPIAL from 1928-30.
He was past president and lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis Club.
He was married October 12, 1918, at Covington, Ohio, to Lucille Gump, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Hilda, wife of James C. McCreight, of Washington, and Mary Evelyn, wife of Dr. J. Edward McClenathan, of Bethesda, MD.; one brother, Foster G. Horner, of Tamaqua; one sister, Mrs. Cora Bittner, of Rockwood, and seven grandchildren.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Obits continued

William Cassius Grimes
, 79, of 217 Fourth Street, California, died at 8:05 am Friday Sept. 27, 1963, in Brownsville General Hospital of a heart ailment, after a short illness.
Mr. Grimes was vice president and manager of the California Office of Western Pennsylvania national Bank at the time of his retirement in 1956. He had been with the bank for a number of years.
He was born July 20, 1884, in Centerville Borough, a son of William s. and Elizabeth Dorsey Grimes. He had resided in California since 1929. He attended California State Teachers College and Bucknell University.
He was a member of California Methodist Church; Beallsville Lodge 237, F&AM; California Hungry Club and California Century Club. He was married May 29, 1930, to Nancy Walters of Lincoln, Neb. who survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Judith E. Beisner, Washington D.C.; one brother, Paul Brownsville, R.D. 2; three sisters, Mrs. J. F. Watkins and Mrs. Harry Wolf, both of Brownsville, R.D.2. And Mrs. Will R. Carothers, Mt. Lebanon and one granddaughter, Amy Lynn Beisner.

Mrs. Stella Grable Lane
, 73, widow of T. Alex Lane, died Saturday, Oct 19, 1968, after a long illness.
Mrs. Lane was born Aug 29, 1895, in West Bethlehem Township, a daughter of James L. and Sadie Barre Grable. She attended Washington schools and was a graduate of Washington High School in the spring class of 1914. She was a member of Second United Presbyterian Church, Washington, and an associate member of the United Church of Christ, Islamorada, Fla. She was also a member of Lincoln Chapter 112, Order of the Eastern Star.
She was married Aug 14, 1914 to T. Alex Lane, who died June 23, 1961. A son, Dr. Robert A. Lane, died April 13, 1963.
Surviving are one granddaughter, Judy, wife of Harry Daunhauer, Plantation, Fla.; two grandsons, Robert A. Lane, U.S. Marine Corps, in Vietnam and William Lane, Plantation, Fla. and several cousins.

Mis Armanella L. (Nell) Stone
, of the George Washington Hotel, died Sunday, June 1, 1969, in her home. She had been ill for several months but her death was unexpected.
She was born in Washington, a daughter of Charles L. and Mary Charlton Stone.
Miss Stone attended the East Washington Schools and was a graduate of East Washington High School. Before her retirement in 1957, she was employed by the Citizens National Bank, and later the Mellon National Bank of Washington.
Miss Stone was a member of the Church of the Covenant where she had served on the Board of Deacons. She had also served as treasurer of the YWCA, was on the board of the Salvation Army, and was past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Washington. Miss Stone took an active interest in many civic affairs.
Surviving are one uncle, Robert C. Bennet, of Cambridge, Ohio; one aunt, Mrs. Grace L. Charlton, of Washington, and several cousins.

Clarence (C.O.) Ashbaugh
, 666 Donnan Ave, Washington, for many years a member of the Washington School Board, died at 12:10 pm Tuesday, may 7, 1968, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was 66.
He was born Nov 26, 1901, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Charles and Margaret Coslett Ashbaugh, and had been a resident of Washington since childhood.
Mr. Ashbaugh was a graduate of the Washington City Schools and had attended the University of Pittsburgh. He was associated with the Morris Insurance Agency for the past 20 years.
For 14 years he served as a member of the Washington School Board and was elected as president of the board in 1966. He served in that capacity until his retirement from the school board in 1967.
He was a member of Fairhill Manor Christian Church of Washington, the Washington Board of Realtors and Sunset Lodge No. 623, F & AM.
On Nov 12, 1927, he married Hilda Dailey of Washington.
Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Phyllis, wife of Earl Doria of Washington; two granddaughters, Amy Sue and Julie Ann Doria, both of Washington; two nephews, William D. Ashbaugh of Indianapolis, Ind., and James William Ashbaugh of Washington.

Charles E. McFeely,
59, of 656 Donnan Avenue, Washington, was dead on arrival at Washington Hospital at 10:47 pm Wednesday, August 18, 1971. He had been in declining health since 1962, seriously ill the last three months.
He was born December 5, 1911, in Finleyville, a son of William and Anna Crouch McFeely.
A member of Third United Presbyterian Church, he had served as a trustee and at the time of his death was an elder in the church.
Mr. McFeely attended Canonsburg High School.
He was a butcher by trade, having worked for Albert Packing Company. He retired four years ago due to ill health.
August 29, 1937 he married Betty Jane Clemens, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Robert W. McFeely, and a daughter, Sandra Sue McFeely, both at home; three brothers, Harold R. McFeely, Venetia R.D.1., James A. McFeely, Washington, and Chalmer mcFeely, Los Angeles, Calif.; and two sisters, Mabel M. Smith, Oakdale, R.D., and Blanche Kammere, Deale, Md. Preceding him in death was a sister Mildred.