Charles Duwayne Yoho – Raccoon Twp.

Charles Duwayne Yoho, 69, of Raccoon Twp., passed away on January 8, 2022, following a long battle with cancer surrounded by his family. In addition to his parents, Charles E. and Geraldine Yoho, he was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Helen, his son Louis, brothers-in-law Jack Strum, Harry and Perry Russell and his nephews Jackie Strum and Kenneth Dotson.

He is survived by his daughters Carmeleda (Doug) Stiner of Plano and Ashleigh (Josh) Deal of Georgetown. His grandchildren Spencer, Andrea, Tavia and Josie. His sister Carol Strum and brother Dennis (Andrea) Yoho, sisters-in-law Norma Russell, Jennifer (Kevin) Dotson and Linda Snowden. Also numerous nieces and nephews, and his companion Kathy Walker who he adored and his neighbors Karen and Dave Pryzbius and children who he thought of as his own. And his niece Jeannie Henry who has helped in his care over the years. Continue reading

Takoda Anne Eaton – Clinton (Independence Twp.)

Takoda Anne Eaton, 17, of Clinton (Independence Twp.), died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, January 4, 2022. She was born on September 15, 2004, in Sewickley, the beloved daughter of Brian K. and Trish (Kearns) Eaton.

Takoda was a student at Hopewell High School, she enjoyed time with her friends, Marvel Comics, movies and a wide variety of music, and adored her little brother and sister. Continue reading

Alice M. Gardner

Alice M. Gardner, 92, passed from this world peacefully on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, in her home at Apple Blossom Senior Living, where she had resided for the past year.

She was born July 7, 1929, to the late Howard and Minnie (Such) Boyd and graduated from Hopewell High School. She married her husband, Donald in 1948. Alice was a member of the Green Valley United Methodist Church of Shippingport, where she was a past choir director, Sunday School teacher and Youth Group leader. Continue reading

Cora Sue Trulli – Aliquippa (Raccoon Twp.)

Cora Sue Trulli, 57, of Aliquippa (Raccoon Twp.), passed in the comfort of her home with family surrounding her on Monday evening, January 3, 2022. Born April 9, 1964, in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Morris J. and Zona F. (Wilfong) Phillips. Cora had worked as a Mortgage Clerk in the Real estate industry.

Surviving are her significant other Paul (Critter) Crisp of Raccoon Twp., her brother Gary Phillips of Ambridge and her nieces and nephew Gary Phillips Jr., Amber (Brent) Sopko, Brienna Phillips and Berlynn Sopko. Continue reading

Jack L. Staley – Georgetown (Hanover Twp.)

Jack L. Staley, 88, of Georgetown (Hanover Twp.), passed Wednesday evening, December 22, 2021, at the Brighton Rehabilitation and Rehab Center; Brighton Twp. Born April 29, 1933, in New Cumberland West Virginia, he was the last surviving son of the late Paul and Olive May (Davidson) Staley. Jack had worked as a steel worker for 32 years, retiring in 1982 with National Steel of Weirton, he served as a CPL. In the US Army during the Korean war, was a member of the New Cumberland West Virginia Lodge#22 F & AM and former member at the Paris Presbyterian Church. Jack enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, gardening and tooling around in his Mustang.

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Esther E. Anderson – Georgetown (Greene Twp.)

Esther E. Anderson, 82, of Georgetown (Greene Twp.), passed Wednesday afternoon, December 22, 2021, at the Allegheny General Hospital: Pittsburgh. Born February 18, 1939, in Florence, she was a daughter of the late Ralph L. and Gladys O. (Locke) Cain. A homemaker, Esther was a member of the Mill Creek EPC of Hookstown where she had taught Sunday school. She was a graduate of Burgettstown High School and had also taught swimming at the Thompson Park Pool in East Liverpool.

Surviving are her husband of 64 years, David C. Anderson, her sons Dale Anderson of Ohio and Daniel Anderson of Hookstown and her son-in-law John D. Skidmore. Sister of Geraldine Dorn of Beaver Falls, Darlene Cain of Burgettstown and Elva Jones of Paris. Grandmother of 6, great grandmother of 1.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter Patty G. Skidmore on June 19, 2020. Continue reading

Patricia Mae Kavals – Hookstown

Patricia Mae Kavals, 73, of Hookstown, passed Sunday morning, December 19, 2021, at Trinity West Valley Hospice, Steubenville, Ohio. Born May 30, 1948, in Rochester, she was a daughter of the late Charles Bevington and Mildred Mae (Lutton) Wright. A homemaker, she enjoyed crocheting, but her greatest joy was watching her grandchildren playing sports and her children when they were young. Her whole life revolved around her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald Paul Kavals, her son James Wylie and her grandson Trey Kavals.

Surviving are her children and their spouses, Robert (Nicole) Kavals, William (Mara Fairley) Kavals and Michael Kavals. Sister of David Wright and Joyce Wright. Cherished grandmother of Cal Bertram, Austin, Vann, Reagan, Tenley and Guy Kavals. Continue reading

John Thomas Reed

John Thomas Reed, My Husband submitted by his wife, Terrie Suica-Reed.

What can I say that I haven’t already said thousands of times. Tom was the kindest, strongest, gentlest, most-decent, forgiving, confident man who I have and will ever know and loved me with all of his being as just as I will always love him. I was safe and home in his arms. He used to say I was Christmas to him. He will always be the complete love of my life and I cannot bare to think beyond my next breath.

Tom is the man the Lord blessed me with for 36 years and I wish I had one more day to hold him, to help him, to rest by his side. He was – and is– the wind beneath my wings and remains my strength. But, on December 17th at noon, the Lord wrapped Tom in His arms, took him from mine, and carried him home to heal from all the physical and emotional pain and suffering he had endured for so long. Tom passed at home, outside, in my arms. Continue reading

Matthew Paul (Sonny) Shaffer – Georgetown (Greene Twp.)

Matthew Paul (Sonny) Shaffer, 74, of Georgetown (Greene Twp.), passed peacefully Friday afternoon, December 17, 2021, at Heritage Valley Sewickley with family at his side from complications from Guillain Barre Syndrome and pneumonia. Born June 22, 1947, in Rochester, he was a son of the late Matthew and Helen (Belich) Shaffer. Sonny was a retired airline mechanic working for United Airlines, a member of the Mill Creek EPC of Hookstown, he loved going to car shows with his beloved corvette and his wife. He along with his wife were the former owners and operators of Shaffer’s Garage and Market.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Evelyn M. (Soisson) Shaffer, whom he married on June 4, 1966, his children Sandy (Danny) DeBacco, Randy and his fiancée (Rachel Petock) Shaffer and Melinda and her fiancé (German Perez) McLaughlin. Brother of Dale (Toni) Shaffer, Marion Floyd and the late Joann Estel. Brother-in-law of Terry Estel. Grandfather of 7, great grandfather of 7. Continue reading

Gayle F. Harris Sr. – Hookstown

Gayle F. Harris Sr., 85, of Hookstown, passed Saturday morning, December 11, 2021, at UPMC Presbyterian. Born June 4, 1936, in Bradford, Pa., he was a son of the late Jess Fred and Erma Zone (Raught) Harris. Gayle was a retired Millwright who enjoyed gardening and working in his yard, an avid fisherman, he also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed organizing the family reunions.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son Billy Joe Harris, two brothers Robert & Doyle Harris and three sisters Virginia Grimes, Louise Morrison and Barbra Gorby. Continue reading

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