Monthly Archives: February 2014


James F. Schell III, 72, of Hookstown (Greene Twp.), died Thursday afternoon, February 20, 2014, in the Life Line Hospital, Wintersville, OH.

Born September 2, 1941, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late James F. Jr. and Algena (Potter) Schell. Mr. Schell was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and had worked as an electrician with Local IBEW No. 102 in the construction industry. Continue reading

Charles Michael Policastro – HOOKSTOWN (GREENE TOWNSHIP)

Charles Michael Policastro, 77, of Hookstown, died peacefully Wednesday afternoon, February 26, 2014, in the home that he built with his beloved wife at his side.

Born July 20, 1936, in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of the late Charles and Mary (Gerardi) Policastro. He attended New York School of Industrial Arts and was founder and president of Policastro Construction Inc. His creative artistry will live on through his legacy and will be treasured by his family for years to come. His single goal in life was his devotion to and well being of his family. Continue reading


Betty Lee Smail Cain died peacefully February 24, 2014, at home. She was born in Armstrong County, PA, October 31, 1933, a daughter of the late Clyde F. and Eleanor Parks Smail.

She was preceded in death March 23, 1993, by her husband, Wilmer Carey Cain, whom she married Christmas Day 1954. Also preceding her in death were a brother, Robert F. Smail, and a sister, Judith Ann Murray.

A homemaker and avid genealogist, she was a charter member of the Tri-State Genealogical and Historical Society, who honored her in 2004 with a lifetime membership. Continue reading

Mary Elinor (Elliott) Searight – HOOKSTOWN


Mary Elinor (Elliott) Searight, 94, of Hookstown, passed away Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, 2014, in Friendship Ridge, Brighton Twp.

Born Nov. 17, 1919, in Rochester, a daughter of the late Frank and Florence (Stevenson) Elliott. A homemaker, she had attended the Hookstown Free Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond H. Searight,  her great-granddaughter, Madison Hope Searight and a brother, Chester Elliott. Continue reading

John A. Field – GEORGETOWN

John A. Field, 51, of Georgetown on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Born Aug. 11, 1962, in New York, NY, a son of Kathleen (Fay) Field of Washington and the late Arthur Field, he had worked as a truck driver with Schneider National Trucking, Coraopolis.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, April J. (Cain) Field, Georgetown; stepdaughters, Theresa and her husband, Mike Ervin, Center Twp. and their daughters, Ava and Tori; Jessica McFadden, Georgetown; a sister and her husband, Holly and Glenn Dickson, Washington and their children, Madeline and Matthew. Continue reading

Daniel W. King – GEORGETOWN

Daniel W. King, 91, of Georgetown, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, February 21, 2014, at his Georgetown residence.

Born September 10, 1922, in Amesville, Ohio, he was a son of the late Jesse E. and Edna May (Sanborn) King.  He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army and was retired after 38 years of working as a back hoe operator with the Aliquippa Water Authority. Continue reading

Andrew G. ‘Bunker’ McHaffie, Sr. – GEORGETOWN

Andrew G. McHaf-fie, Sr., 82, of Georgetown, passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver on Thursday, February 20, 2014, with family at his side.

Born on January 5, 1932 on the McHaffie Farm in Georgetown, PA, he was the son of the late Donald W. and Esther (Campbell) McHaffie. He was a member of the Georgetown United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, Dad, and Pappy who loved his family more than anything in this world. The memories of all of the wonderful holiday celebrations, tractor rides, and visits to the farm will live in his family’s hearts forever. Continue reading


Lawrence S. Searight, 92, of Hookstown, died Monday morning, February 10, 2014, at Fox’s Stone Pear Pavilion, Chester, WV.

Born July 29, 1921, in Aliquippa, he was a son of the late Harrison and Agnes (Brooks) Searight. Mr. Searight had worked as a farmer in the agriculture industry and had also worked at the Hancock County Children’s Home. He served in Europe as a PFC in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Mill Creek United Presbyterian Church. Continue reading

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