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Melvin T. “Tug Boat” Wakefield – Georgetown (Greene Twp.)

Melvin T. “Tug Boat” Wakefield, 85 of Georgetown (Greene Twp.) passed Saturday morning, July 6, 2024 at Heritage Valley Beaver. Born December 19, 1938 in Elizabeth, PA., he was a son of the late Melvin C. and Isabell (Douglas) Wakefield. Tug had worked for years on the rivers as a tug boat captain and was a veteran of the US Army 82nd Airborne. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Ruth Joanne (Smith) Wakefield on July 6, 2018 and a daughter Melanie Cavlovich. Continue reading

Harold R. Roberts, Sr. – Burgettstown (Hanover Twp)

Harold R. Roberts, Sr., 77 of Burgettstown (Hanover Twp) passed Thursday morning, July 4, 2024 at the Oakland VA Hospital. Born December 27, 1946 in Sewickley, he was a son of the late Marlin and Mabel (Vanhorn) Roberts. Harold was a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Christopher and Clifford Roberts and Jack Vanhorn and sisters Rita Anskate, Kay Orson and Fay Roberts.

Surviving are his children Harold R. Jr. (Michele) Roberts, Cassandra (Jim) McIntyre, Patricia (Esvin) Starling and Desarie Lobb. His brother and long-time care giver Marlin Roberts Jr., Roger Roberts, sisters Paula Anskate and Mary Lombardi. Grandfather of 11 and great grandfather of one. Continue reading

Joye Emily (Brinkman) Mock – Oakdale, PA

Joye Emily (Brinkman) Mock, 89, of Oakdale, PA, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 1, 2024. Joye was preceded in death by her loving husband, Rev. C.E. “Ted” Mock. She is the beloved mother of Pamela Vohar (Don) and Susan Eaton (Sam); grandmother of Kara Eaton, Samuel Eaton, II (Lauren), Leah Birone (Michael), Jessica Fennell (Kevin), and Tyler Eaton (Ashley); great grandmother (“GiGi”) of Gavin, Janelle, Lily, Bryce, Grayson, Knox, Rocco, and Maggie; and a friend to many. Above all, Joye’s life was defined by sharing joy in Christ, devotion to her family, and teaching.

Joye was a special lady. She was born with a twinkle in her eye on January 6, 1935 in Aurora, Indiana to Rev. Emil and Edna Barbara Brinkman. She graduated from Academy High School in Erie, PA (‘52) and then attended Nyack College, where she met her beloved husband, Ted. Even though she had vowed not to marry a Pastor, Ted was special enough to change her mind. Continue reading

Carol E. Bres – Sturgeon

Carol E. Bres, 83 of Sturgeon on June 29, 2024. Beloved wife of 59 years to the late Harry Bres, mother of Terri and her husband Dennis McConnell and Scott Bres and his fiancé Sharon. Cherished Bop Bop of 4, Zac and his wife Taylor McConnell, Josh and his fiancé Laura Hytla, Makayla (Anthony) Bres and Travis Bres. Great grandmother of Rose and Harrison McConnell. Also predeceased by her daughter in law Debbie Bres. Continue reading

Christopher “Chris” Lynn Shively – Port Charlotte, FL

Christopher “Chris” Lynn Shively a beloved father and husband and a resident of Port Charlotte, FL. Passed away unexpectedly on Saturday June 15, 2024, at the age of 76. Born on December 1, 1947 in Warren, Ohio, he was a son of the late Virgil and Virginia (Florence) Shively. Chris is survived by his wife Judith (Rogers) Shively, his daughter Sarah and her husband Robert Fox, Jr. Also survived by brother-in-law Herbert Rogers and his wife Diane, James Laughlin and his wife Donna and Sam Dibacco and his wife MaryAnne. Sisters-in-laws Bonnie Brady, Janet Stoneburner and Sharon Shively. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephew.

Chris was a devoted father, husband and brother, always placing the needs of his friends and family before his own. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters in laws Carl “Sam” and Joyce Shively, Douglas and Joan Shively, brother Eric Shively, sister Stephania Nathan, mother-in-law Elva Rogers, brother in laws William Brady and Robert Stoneburner, along with 4 nephews and 2 nieces. Continue reading

Lillah Beal – Georgetown (Hanover Twp.)

Lillah Beal, 91 of Georgetown (Hanover Twp.). Our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed on June 8, 2024 with her girls at her side. She was the daughter of Kenneth and Bernice Ramsey. Born on April 26, 1933 at her home in Aliquippa. In her early years she lived in Aliquippa before moving with her family to Hanover Twp. as a teenager. She graduated from West Allegheny in 1951. There she met the love of her life, Paul Beal. They married August 13, 1951 and were together for 52 years before his death on June 27, 2003.

Two daughters, Debi and her late husband Robert John McCoy Jr. and Pam and her husband Paul Davidson cherish her memory and will miss her love, stories and spending time with her. Also, she leaves cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, Erin and Michael Patterson, Ryan & Jessica McCoy, Benjamin & Casey Davidson, and Adam Davidson and Laney Vaughan. She loved her grandchildren so very much and then the greats came along and she filled her heart with them. Sarah , Hannah, and David Patterson, Liam & Genevieve McCoy. Also, she leaves a daughter by heart, Margaret Frazier and a sister JoAnn Ramsey. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins. Continue reading

Joseph C. Barrett – Hookstown (Greene Twp.)

Joseph C. Barrett, 79 OF Hookstown (Greene Twp.) passed Saturday afternoon, June 8, 2024 at Heritage Valley Beaver with his family at his side. He was born February 24, 1945 in East Liverpool, Ohio. He was a son of the late John and Wilda Marie (Sayers) Barrett.

Joe had worked Weirton Steel and J & L Steel where he was in charge of the union for several years, also had worked as site security at the Nuclear Power plant in Shippingport. A South Side School Board member for years, along with being a constable. He was a member in his younger years and then a Scout leader while his boys were active. He also worked as a guard at the Hookstown skating rink for Mr. and Mrs. Berger and was involved with the Hookstown Free Methodist Church. Continue reading

Raymond S. Poland – Georgetown (Hanover Twp.)

Raymond S. Poland, 76 of Georgetown (Hanover Twp.) passed unexpectedly Sunday evening, June 2, 2024 at Brighton Wellness and Rehabilitation Center, Beaver. Born June 5, 1947 in Lonaconing, Maryland, he was a son of the late Raymond S. and Evelyn A. (Shockey) Poland. Ray had worked as a steel worker with J&L Aliquippa Works before retiring. He enjoyed riding his motor cycle and hunting, but most of all, spending time with his family on the weekends.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by 2 sons, Raymond S. Poland and James E. Poland and a brother, Gary Poland. Continue reading

Donna M. Rakoczy – Clinton

Donna M. Rakoczy, 86, of Clinton, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2024, at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh.

Born September 11, 1937, in Clinton, Pa., she is the daughter of the late Frank and Katherine (Bauer) Skvarj. Donna retired from PNC Bank in 1997 as a manager after 26 ½ years. She was a member of St. Columbkille Church, St. Isidore the Farmer Parish.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Rakoczy, two brothers, John Skvarj and Richard Skvarj; three sisters, Mary Hissom, Helen Carr and Rose Doerr. Continue reading

Alex J Lizzi Sr. – Summerville, SC

Alex J Lizzi Sr, 94, of Summerville, SC, formerly of Freedom PA, passed away Friday, April 19, 2024 surrounded by his family. Born January 18, 1930, in Freedom, Alex was the son of the late Joseph and Nellie (Lodovico) Lizzi.

Alex was preceded in death by his wife Mary Anne (Emerick) Lizzi, his son John A. Lizzi, his brother James Lizzi and his mother and father. Continue reading

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