Harry Lee Dykes Jr. – Hookstown (Greene Township)

Harry Lee Dykes Jr., 58, of Hookstown (Greene Township), died unexpectedly on Wednesday evening November 22, 2017, in the Emergency Room of Heritage Valley Beaver. Born November 21, 1959, in New Kensington, he was a son of the late Harry Lee Dykes Sr. and Mary (Mator) Dykes.

He was an assistant manager with Penndrill Manufacturing Co., McKees Rocks.  An avid drag racer, he enjoyed working on his cars with his friends and for years was at the Friendship Raceway, Smithfield, Ohio, every Saturday. Continue reading

Sandra Kay Moore Rybacki – Hookstown (Hanover Twp.)

Sandra Kay Moore Rybacki, 74, of Hookstown (Hanover Twp.), died Wednesday afternoon, November 22, 2017, in UPMC Shadyside. 

Born April 18, 1943, in East Liverpool, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Smith David and Anna Jeanette (Rogers) Hayward. Sandy was a retired beautician having worked out of her home for many years and also retired as a home health nurse. She attended the Hookstown Free Methodist Church and was a member of the Raccoon Women’s Club in the Senior Citizens Group of Shippingport.  Continue reading

Faye S. Pettner – Center Township

Faye S. Pettner, 58, of Monaca (Center Twp.), died unexpectedly Sunday, October 29, 2017, in her home.

Born May 27, 1959, in Rochester, she was a daughter of Blaine M. McMelleon of Center Twp. and the late Margaret E. Griffith McMelleon. A devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, Faye was a “doer” helping others even in death being an organ donor. She worked as a computer programmer with Vesuvius USA for 40 plus years.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Margaret Ann Elizabeth (Strayer) McMelleon; her father-in-law, Frank J. Pettner Sr.; an infant sister, Karen M. McMelleon; a sister, Janet L. Blair; a stepbrother, Shawn M. Bryan, and brother-in-law, Terry D. Pettner. Continue reading

Susan Ann Laughlin Johnson – Georgetown (Greene Township)

Susan Ann Laughlin Johnson entered eternal glory on October 19, 2017. She was born October 27, 1933, in East Liverpool City Hospital to William Benjamin Laughlin and Ann Hamilton Adams Laughlin (both deceased).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph (Jack) Johnson.

Susan was beloved mother of Diane Elizabeth Johnson Brown (Tom) of Dormont, PA, and her son, Robert (Rob) Patrick Johnson (Jill Elizabeth) of Edmond, OK. She was proud “Grandma Susie” to Maureen Brown Koch (Brandon) and Rebecca Brown Dreger (Ryan); adoring “Suey” to Carter Johnson and Catherine (Cassie) Johnson; and smitten great-grandma to Miles Ryan Dreger. Sue is survived by her brother, William Benjamin Laughlin, Jr. (Bonnie), and nephews, David (Tiffani) Laughlin and Tommy Laughlin, all of Vancouver, WA area. Continue reading

Merle E. Vogus

Merle E. Vogus, age 96, passed away on October 12, 2017 in McMurray, Pennsylvania.  Merle was born on June 15, 1921 in Allegheny Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania to Martin Leroy Vogus and Lena Ruth (McGinnis) Vogus. He graduated from Franklin Area High School in 1940. He joined the armed forces shortly after graduation and saw combat in Europe with the 34th Infantry Division of the Army National Guard. After training in Ireland, Merle, who attained the rank of First Lieutenant, fought in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy and participated in the liberation of Rome. Merle was injured in the Battle of the Volturno River and was hospitalized in Tunisia for four months, after which he was sent back into combat. He was awarded the Purple Heart for this combat injury. The 34th Infantry Division is credited with seeing the most front-line combat of any US division during the war. Merle rarely spoke about his experiences in the war. Continue reading

H. David Fleming – Shippingport

On Oct 4, 2017, H. David Fleming passed away peacefully at Ellwood City Hospital, Ellwood City, Pa. from brain disease. He was 66 years old.

Dave graduated from Hopewell High School in 1969. He became an operating engineer, heavy equipment operator with Local 66, Monroeville, Pa. in 1975, retiring in 2013. He built, owned and operated Fleming Mobile Home Park, Hookstown, Pa. He was one of four founding fathers of the Western Pennsylvania Triumph Association, and had built over 32 sports cars. His love for faith, family and community was paramount in his lifetime. Dave belonged to the Shippingport Voluntary Fire Department. Continue reading

Eva M. Ramsey

Eva M. Ramsey, 95, a lifelong resident of Georgetown, died Tuesday evening, October 3, 2017, at Providence Healthcare Center, Beaver Falls.

Born February 12, 1922, in Georgetown, she was a daughter of the late Ennis and Gladys (McKee) Swearingen.  In addition to being a homemaker, she worked on the farm just as hard as any man.

She was a member of the Christian Assembly Church of Ohioville, an avid quilter, and a member of the Peacemaker’s Quilt Club winning numerous blue ribbons at the Hookstown Fair for her efforts. Continue reading

Harry E. Yokim Sr. – Georgetown (Greene Twp.)

Harry E. Yokim Sr., 76, of Georgetown (Greene Twp.), died Sunday morning, September 24, 2017, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Beaver.

Born July 22, 1941, in Carnegie, he was a son of the late Pete and Florence (Cope) Yokim. Harry had worked as a millwright and welder in the steel industry and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Continue reading

Susan A. Reckner – Hookstown (Greene Township)

Susan A. Reckner, 63, of Hookstown (Greene Twp.), died Saturday afternoon, September 9, 2017, surrounded by her family in the comfort of her home.

Born July 8, 1954, in Rochester, she was a daughter of the late Paul Sr. and Thelma (Miller) Rambo. A homemaker and an avid crafter, along with her daughter and best friend. Continue reading

Charles O. Price – Clinton (Hanover Township)

Charles O. Price, 79, of Clinton (Hanover Twp.), died Monday morning, September 4, 2017, in the comfort of his home with his family at his side.

Born December 30, 1937, in Pine Bank (Greene County), the son of the late Woodrow and Thelma (Roberts) Price, he was a retired shipper with the St. Joe Lead Company, Potter Twp. He was Presbyterian by faith and a peacetime veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Continue reading

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