Obituaries

Doris L. “Tooter” Covert

Doris Covert

Doris “Tooter” Fitzgerald Covert, 85, of Warren, PA. died Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Warren General Hospital after an extended illness. She was born April 28, 1927 in New Kensington, PA. to the late George and Laura Coon Fitzgerald. She has resided in Warren for over 35 years moving from Marienville, PA. Tooter was a 1945 graduate of Sigel High School and earned her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree from the Warren County Vocational Technical School. She was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse with the Rouse Warren County Home, Brookville Hospital and retired from the Warren State Hospital. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees. She was a faithful attendee of the River Rat Reunion in Clarington, PA. She is fondly remembered as a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her son, Dennis C. Covert and wife, Jane Of Moon Twp., PA., 1 Son-in-Law – David Zock and wife, Karen of Warren, PA., 4 Grandchildren – Melissa Shene and husband, Mark of Clarendon, PA., Matthew D. Zock and wife, Dr. Kerstin of Pittsburgh, PA., Kristin Candiotti and husband, Mark of Clark, PA., Dr. Kayla Covert of Moon Twp., PA. 5 Great Grandchildren – Marylin and Parker Shene, Lilyann Zock, Isabella and Alexandra Candiotti, 2 Step Grandchildren – Abby Wenzel and husband, Chris, Andrea Hall all of Warren, PA., 3 Step Great Grandchildren – Bekah, Lani and Niclas Wenzel, 1 Half Sister – Katherine Fitzgerald of Leechburg, PA.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Covert in 1975, 1 Daughter – Mary R. Covert Zock who died April 5, 2001, 1 Grandson – Jason Covert in 1979, 2 Brothers – Evan and Ray Fitzgerald, 2 Sisters – Marie Cassatt and Bernice McNeil.

Friends may call on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a funeral and committal service will be conducted Monday, January 7, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Nancy Schwanke, Chaplain of the Warren State Hospital, officiating. Interment will be in North Forest Cemetery, Marienville, PA. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.

Angeline M. Vavala Natale

Angeline Natale

Angeline M. Vavala Natale, 89, of Scottsdale, AZ., formerly of Youngsville, PA. passed away, Wednesday, January 2, 2013 with her family by her side. She was born February 17, 1923 in Morrison, PA. to the late Joseph and Vincentina Zaffino Vavala. She had resided in Youngsville most of her life, having lived in Scottsdale, AZ. For the past 20 years. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Scottsdale, AZ., and a former member of St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in Youngsville. She was an active member of the Altar Rosary Society at St. Luke’s and was so devoted to her faith and the many activities celebrated there. She will always be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and loving grandmother, in addition to her outstanding Italian cooking and talent as a seamstress. She was the consummate homemaker.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jeanne M. Natale and Susan Natale Gulick (Chuck), all of Scottsdale, AZ., 1 brother – James J. Vavala of Warren, PA., 2 grandchildren – Bethany Gulick and Andrew Gulick both of Scottsdale, AZ., many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Natale, whom she married on September 23, 1944, 2 sisters – Rose Natale and Jean Vavala, 4 brothers – Bruno, Carl, Sam and Frank Vavala and an infant son, James Natale.

Friends will be received at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 6 to 8 .M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 P.M. by Fr. John Neff. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at St. Luke’s R.C. Church on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. with Fr. John Neff, Pastor, officiating. Burial will take place at St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. Luke’s R.C. Church, 420 N. Main Street, Youngsville, PA. 16371 and e-mail condolences may be submitted by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Eileen M. Anderson

Eileen M. Anderson

Eileen Marie Anderson, 86, a resident of Golden Living-Kinzua Valley died there Tuesday morning, January 1, 2013. She was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on July 2, 1926 to the late George and Wilhilmine Struntz Potratz. Eileen was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church and Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her daughter – Pamela A. Slack of Warren, PA., four sons – Lyle J. Slack (Jane) of Glendale, CA., Dennis Slack (Helen) of Kissimmee, FL., Joseph Slack (Cora) of Warren, PA., Jerry Slack (Helen) of Niles, OH., a half brother, Fred Altreuther of Lawrenceville, GA., 2 Step children, Mary Pat Mulder of Midland, TX., John Anderson of Washington State, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard J. Anderson who died April 10, 1990 whom she married October 23, 1976, 1 Brother – Robert Potratz.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Friday, January 4, 2013 from 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Saturday, January 5, 2013 at St. Joseph R.C. Church at 10:00 A.M with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park. The family suggests in lieu of flowers contributions may be made through Golden Living-Kinzua Valley Nursing Home Patient Activity fund, 205 Water Street, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be made by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.

John C.R. Biekarck

John Biekarck

John C.R. Biekarck, 79, of Warren, PA. died Sunday morning, December 30, 2012 at the Warren Manor Nursing Home. He was born May 27, 1933 in Warren, PA., son of the late F.C. Rex and Martha Grettenberger Biekarck. He has resided in Warren most of his life. John was a 1951 graduate of Warren High School and a 1955 graduate of Allegheny College where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration. He had served with the United States Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant, serving from 1955 to 1957. He was a third generation, owner and operator of Biekarck Music Store, working there from 1960 until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church where he was a former vestry member. John enjoyed canoeing, gardening, sailing on Chautauqua Lake, especially his time spent at his cottage at Colburns Point, Bemus Point, N.Y.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis Beck Biekarck whom he married September 1, 1954 in Jamestown, N.Y. 4 Children – R. Steven Biekarck of Corry, PA. David Biekarck (Lois) of Warren, PA, Marie Ann Biekarck of Newburg, OR., Nancy L. Biekarck of Johnstown, CO., 2 Sisters – Valerie Lynde and husband, Nelson of Bemus Point, N.Y., Violet “VI” Heise of Tuscan, AZ., 10 Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 Son – William “Bill” R. Biekarck.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 from 6 to 8 P.M. A funeral and committal service will be conducted Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church at 11:00 A.M. by Rev. Matthew Scott, Priest-in-charge, officiating. Interment will be Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, PA. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Warren Cancer Center, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365 or National Parkinson’s Foundation Western Pennsylvania, 3468 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA. 15237. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Helen Steele

Helen Steele

Helen E. Steele, 77, of Warren, PA. died after a brief illness Wednesday evening, December 26, 2012 at St. Vincent Health Care Center, Erie, PA. She was born May 25, 1935 in Warren, PA. to the late Per August Sigred and Anna Budda Hoflund. She has resided in Warren her entire life and was a 1953 graduate of Warren Area High School. She was employed with the former Quality Markets in the produce department where she took care of the salad bar retiring from there after 11 years employment. She was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church and was an avid reader.

She is survived her husband of 51 years, John R. Steele whom she married October 28, 1961. 3 Children – Bryan and John Steele, Lori Johnson and husband, Craig, all of Warren, PA. 1 Sister – Mary Erik of Summerville, S.C. , 7 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph R.C. Church with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating.

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through a charity of one’s choice. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com. The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Anna M. Young

Anna M. Young

Anna Marie Anderson Young, 72, of Tiona, PA. died Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA. after a brief illness. She was born in Warren, PA. on April 16, 1940 to the late Melvin William and Mary K. Giltinan Anderson. She had resided in Clarendon and Tiona, PA. most of her entire life. Anna was a graduate of Warren Area High School Class of 1958. She was a member of Clarendon Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and attended the Tiona United Methodist Church. She was an avid cook, enjoyed Farmville on Facebook, fishing, camping and the outdoors and was a caretaker for everybody.

Anna is survived by her children – Deborah Casias and husband, Curtis of Russell, PA., Jodi M. Papalia and husband, Terry of Warren, PA., Ramsie W. Young and wife, Sandra of Panama City, FL., her companion, Tony B. Mihalko , Siblings – Mary Lou Trusso and husband, Matthew of N. Port, FL., Rita Cogar and husband, Daniel of Sutton, W.V., 6 Grandchildren 7 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Young whom she married September 1959 at the former St. Clara’s R.C. Church, Clarendon, PA. who died March 3, 2002, 1 Sister – Carol Samuelson, 2 Brothers – William J. and Melvin R. Anderson.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a funeral and committal service will be conducted Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. by Rev. Martin Reynolds, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences maybe sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Mary Dashem Walls

Mary Dashem Walls

Mary “Mawgo” Dashem Walls, 95, passed away at 9:15 p.m. on December 23, 2012 at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice House, Warren.. She was born February 19, 1917, at the family home in Centre Hall, Centre County, Pennsylvania., the daughter of Franklin Wesley and Mary Ruth Bower Dashem. She lived on the family farm with her parents and her two daughters. In 1956, Mary , her children and parents moved to Warren, Pa. She was a graduate of Centre Hall High School with the Class of 1934.

In Warren she was a member of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church. She worked at Metzgar-Wright, Levinson Brothers, Myers Laboratory, House of Printing, and Jamesway. She cared for elderly ladies in their homes until she was in her 80s.

She enjoyed gardening, baking, and knitting. She made afghans for friends, neighbors, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and for dozens of babies.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan (Thomas) Curtin, Clarendon; Maryjane (Charles) Getz, Millbury, Ohio; three grandchildren, Wendy Stanko, Sheffield and her fiancé, James Fitch; Janet (David) Talbott, Brownstown, Michigan; and Michael (Jackie) Getz, Livonia, Michigan; six great grandchildren, Anna and Joe Stanko, Andrew and James Talbott and Oliver and Molly Getz. She is also survived by three nieces, Linda (Alan) Sinclair, Berwyn Heights, Maryland; Patty Danyluk, Hillard, Ohio and Dorothy (Mark) Dutchess, Lebanon, Pa., as well as several great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dedicated friend and caregiver, Dr. John O’Shaney His excellent care allowed Mary to stay in her home until her recent decline.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, William Bower Dashem; one grandson, Joseph Thomas Curtin, and one niece Barbara Dashem Audiss.

Friends will be received at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 28. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, with the Rev. Marcus Briggs, officiating. Friends may call on Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1034 Benner Pike, State College, PA..from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 P.M. when a committal service will be held. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Sheffield Scholarship Fund, %Judy Nuhfer, PO Box 43, Sheffield, Pa., 16347 or to Caring For Life Foundation, PO Box 1756, Warren, Pa. 16365.

Carla B. Lewis

Carla Lewis

Carla Lewis died Saturday morning, December 22, 2012 at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Born October 11, 1946 in Kane, PA., she was the daughter of Roy “Rusty and Elizabeth Latt Burgason. In 1974 she married Leslie James David Lewis at Bethany Lutheran Church in Sheffield, and they spent 38 years together on Henrys Mill Hill in Barnes gardening, enjoying the woods, and their pets. A 1964 graduate of Sheffield Area High School, Carla graduated from Clarion State College with a BS in ed., and from Edinboro University with an MA in English Literature. She also studied at the Anglo-American University in England. Les and Carla traveled semi-annually to England on leaves of absence for study, and in later years, became interested in the history of the Western US, visiting there often. Two weeks at a remote cottage in Downeast Maine and eating lobster were highlights of the month of August each year. Carla was employed as an English/Theatre teacher by the Kane area schools from 1968-2003 and was one of 6 finalists for state secondary teacher of the year nominated in 2000 by the PA Department of Education. Carla enjoyed her church family and served as a Sunday School teacher, Director of Children’s Music, Assistant Minister, Vacation Bible School musician, and as an alto in the choir. She was active in Warren Players as an actress, director, and writer, and for 8 years wrote a bi-weekly column, “From the Pines,” for the Valley Voice. She also enjoyed being a member of the Warren General Hospital Auxiliary and served as a waitress at the Window Box Café until her illness. Girl Scouts were an important part of her life also.

Preceded in death by her parents, and several aunts and uncles, she is survived by her husband, Les; sister, Jill Fraser; brother-in-law, Gregory Fraser; and cousins, Earlene Peterson, Jan Phinney, Barbara Burgason, and Burdette Burgason.

A memorial service will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church of Sheffield, PA. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Don Costlow, Pastor, officiating. Calling hours will be for one hour prior to the service in the sanctuary. Carla’s ashes will be scattered at the convenience of the family on Henrys Mill Hill. Arrangements are being handled by the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. Memorial gifts may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, Hospice of Warren County, or the Sheffield Township Library.

Scott W. Warner

Scott William Warner

Scott William Warner, 56, of Pittsfield, PA died unexpectedly on Friday, December 21, 2012 at UPMC-Hamot, Erie, PA. He was born October 14, 1956 in Warren, PA to William S. and Shirley J. Hubert Warner of Youngsville, PA. He was a Warren County resident most of his life and was a 1974 graduate of Youngsville High School. He attended Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio where he met his wife, Nancy Hammond Warner whom he married November 14, 1981 in Marysville, Ohio. He was employed as Vice-President of Allied Fire Protection, Inc. of Falconer, NY, where he worked for over 25 years. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed and treasured the protection of St. Hubert, Patron Saint of hunters, he was also an avid fisherman.

Scott coached Warren Girls Little League for many years and took an All Star Team to compete in the State Championship. Scott’s faith and family were the highest priorities of his life. He dearly loved his family and focused all his energy and life experiences with them. He was instrumental in taking care of his entire family.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he is survived by 3 Daughters – Megan Warner of Richmond, VA, Sara McGraw and husband, Kelly, Emily Warner all of Pittsfield, PA, his sister – Jill Schnell and husband, Richard of Chantilly, VA, mother-in-law, Jean Johnson Hammond of Columbus, OH, one grandchild on the way through his daughter, Megan, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents – Ivan and Lovinia Warner, maternal grandparents – Ferdinand and Rose Prigent Hubert, step- grandmother Betty Mulvey Hubert, his father-in-law, John “Jack” J. Hammond.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. A prayer vigil service will be conducted Wednesday at 8:45 P.M. A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Thursday, December 27, 2012 at St. Joseph R.C. Church with Fr. Mark Hammond, brother-in-law to Scott and Pastor of St. Vincent DePaul R.C. Church in Mt. Vernon, OH, main celebrant and Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, concelebrant officiating. Interment will be in Davey Hill Cemetery, Pittsfield, PA. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. Joseph Educational Center Fund, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA 16365 or Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Ruth G. Gorfida

Ruth G. Gorfida

Ruth G. Dahler Gorfida, 84, of Warren, PA. died Friday evening, December 14, 2012 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Winston Salem, N.C.. She was born November 17, 1928 in Warren, PA. to the late Casper and Anna Kehlri Dahler. She was a lifelong Warren area resident. Ruth was employed at the former Montgomery Wards Company as a credit clerk for 16 years and had been employed at the former Struthers Wells Corp. from 1969 to 1975 as an office service specialist. She was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, the church altar rosary society, Lakewood Rod & Gun Club Ladies Auxiliary. She had served on the board of directors of the Warren Crimestoppers and was crowned as Warren County Ms. Senior.

She is survived by her daughter – Judith A. Meyer and husband, David J. of Winston Salem, N.C., 1 Granddaughter – Allison Marie Meyer, 1 Grandson – Adam James Meyer, 1 Sister – Freida Mansfield of Warren, PA., several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, James P. Gorfida whom she married July 18, 1955 in Bradford, PA. who died June 17, 2000, 2 Brothers – Robert L. and Walter H. Dahler, 2 Sisters – Louise Tannler, Martha Solock. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum of the Resurrection in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery.

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Holy Redeemer Church Building Fund or Music Ministry at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4820 Kinnamon Road, P.O. Box 130, Clemmons, N.C. 27012 or a charity of one’s choice. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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