Obituaries

Donald A. Mineweaser

Donald A. Mineweaser, 45, of Russell, PA, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer.

Born on August 19, 1970, Don was the son of Al and Myra Fitzgerald Mineweaser. On December 12, 1988 in Gerry, NY, he married Krista M. Alonge Mineweaser who survives.

Don was a graduate of Warren Area High School and served with the U. S. Army during the Gulf War from 1988 until 1992. He was co-owner of R & M Concrete. His passions were hunting and archery and was also an avid golfer.

In addition to his wife, Don is survived by his parents of Warren, PA, two children, Payton Mineweaser and Allyson Mineweaser, both at home, four sisters, Diane Ross, Denise Scalise and her husband, Ron, Dawn Hice and her husband, Bill, and Patty Sheldon and her husband, John, all of Warren, PA. Don is also survived by several aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews.

There will be no public visitation. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to place a memorial may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA 16365. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Ada Lynnell Gable

Ada Lynnell Gable, 52, of Sheffield, PA, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born on October 24, 1963 in Martinez, CA, she was the daughter of Walter Lawson and Janice Joyce Begley. Ada graduated from Richard Gahr High School. She was formerly employed with the Germaine and Pappalardo Music Shop in Warren and as a cook at The Shaw House in Sheffield. Though not having a church affiliation, Ada had her relationship with God. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She was an avid fisherman and writer. She enjoyed playing the piano and had a love for all music. Ada will be missed by those who knew her as she touched the hearts of many.

Ada is survived by her fiancé, Mark Menteer, her three daughters – Jesselyne (LeRoy) Winslow and her children, Conner, Braylon and Owen Winslow, Sarha (Patrick) Kiser and her children, Karli, Kelci, Kenzi and Eric Kiser, and Janell Gable and her children, Jesse and Brooke Campbell and Lilly Troutman, four sisters, Lynne Yim, Sandra Kurzrock, Chicky Hardwick and Sherri Cox, two brothers, James Lawson and Leon Lawson and several nieces and nephews. Ada was preceded in death by her parents, step-dad, George Furman, a nephew, Joby Lawson, and a granddaughter, Macie Winslow.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Sheffield United Methodist Church with Rev. Terence Teluch, Pastor, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o Janell Gable, P. O. Box 992, Sheffield, PA 16347. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Lois Sigworth Conaway

Lois Sigworth Conaway, 86, a lifelong resident of the Warren area, died unexpectedly but peacefully last Thursday morning, March 10, 2016. She had been a resident of the Rouse Home in Youngsville since last October.

Lois was born in Starbrick, PA on December 25, 1929—Christmas Day, a birthday that her children always regarded as auspicious, even though their mom was surely cheated out of many a birthday party. She was the daughter of Harold Clinton Sigworth and Elizabeth (Betty) Frank Sigworth, who preceded her in death in 1978 and 1995, respectively.

Lois graduated from Warren High School with the Class of 1945.

Lois was successful in a diverse series of jobs. In the early 60’s, she worked for the U.S. Census Bureau, driving her Chevy Nova over northwestern Pennsylvania backroads to count citizens and document their lives. Later, she managed advertising for Betty Lee, one of several prominent dress shops in Warren in those days. The job included writing and hosting a daily radio program on WNAE in which she conducted interviews and discussed the issues of the day. Lois’s son Tom remembers the marvel of listening to his mother’s voice on days when he stayed home from school.

In the late 60’s, when she joined the Women’s Merchandising Department at New Process (now Blair) as an administrative assistant, Lois hit her stride, finding her passion and her career. A former colleague described her in business as “talented, driven, and fierce.” She had an intrinsic sense of style that—combined with her Starbrick roots—gave her a unique understanding of the aspirations of the women she referred to collectively as “my customer.” She also had prodigious confidence in her decisions.

Lois rose quickly through the ranks at Blair, eventually becoming its first female officer. Her work at Blair involved frequent international travel and required her to spend lots of time in New York City, which she came to know well and cherish. Lois loved her job. She retired as Assistant Vice President of Women’s Merchandising.

Lois was engaging and inclusive, and would strike up conversations with people she met on airplanes, at parties, in waiting lines, at dentists’ offices… everywhere. She’d learn all about their lives, their children, and their plans for the future. Afterward, she’d reflect, “I don’t know why; we just hit it off!” which usually sparked bemused eye-rolls from her kids.

Lois was a talented cook and a brilliant baker. She and her husband Chuck loved to entertain in their lovely Georgian home on Conewango Avenue; there was always delicious food, beautifully presented, and she was an impeccable hostess. She loved trying new recipes, introducing guests to new flavors. After a fall on the ice in 2008, Lois inexplicably lost her senses of taste and smell. Undeterred, she continued to host dinner parties and bake her amazing pies, even though she couldn’t fully enjoy her own creations.

One of Lois’s greatest loves was music, especially jazz. It’s comforting to her family to know that when she passed, she was wearing her ever-present headphones, tapping her toes to the last. She was very knowledgeable and possessed an exhaustive musical library. She loved the traditional performers—Bill Evans, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and Ray Brown—but also appreciated the talents of more recent stars like Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse. She met George Shearing following his performance in Warren in the 70’s and they became lifelong friends. Anyone would tell you: Lois definitely was cool.

Having grown up on its banks in Starbrick, and lived on or near it during much of her adult life, Lois loved the Allegheny River. Her friends and family recall sitting on the porch of her house on the Shipmans Eddy watching fish rise to an evening hatch and birds skim the water’s surface in the setting sun. Lois had a keen appreciation of natural beauty, and particularly enjoyed watching birds feeding outside during the stillness of winter.

Lois bore a generosity of spirit that was rooted in her faith—she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Warren for more than 60 years—and also found expression in her politics. She was a deep thinker and lifelong progressive. In her children and grandchildren, she fostered compassion for the world’s disenfranchised and under-served. Even in her late 70’s, she campaigned tirelessly for Barack Obama in 2008, and greeted his election with bouyant optimism. She was young at heart.

Lois’s children and grandchildren were a source of enormous joy. She delighted in their accomplishments in high school and college, and was so proud to see them become engaged and engaging citizens of the world.

Lois Conaway is survived by her husband, Charles (Chuck) Conaway, whom she married in Warren in 1999; her son Tom Bartholomew (Sarah Mack); her daughters Mary Beth Bartholomew (Carol Whitlatch) and Connie Waxman (Neil); her step-daughter Cathy Simpson (Patrick); her grandchildren, Hannah Bartholomew Block (Nick), Bevin Simpson, Drew Waxman, Sam Bartholomew, Peter Waxman; Ryan Simpson, Michael Cunetta, Nicholas Cunetta, Kyle Whitlatch, and Gabriel Whitlatch; her brother, James (Jim) Sigworth (Irma); her brother-in-law Raymond Bartholomew (Joy); and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death in October, 2013 by her former husband of 42 years, Gayton James (Jim) Bartholomew.

Visiting hours will be at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Friday, March 18th from 4:00 pm until 7:30 pm.

Family will greet guests at the Warren First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market Street, on Saturday, March 19th at 10:00 am. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with the Rev. Jeffrey Ott, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Warren County Memorial Park. The family will host a luncheon at the Woman’s Club of Warren following the funeral and interment.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: Paws Along the River Humane Society, 212 Elm St; Warren, PA 16365 (www.pawsalongtheriver.org)

E-mail condolences may be sent to: www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Joseph G. Misik

Joseph G. Misik, 90, died Sunday morning, March 13, 2016 at Warren General Hospital after a brief illness. He was born August 2, 1925 in New Brighton, PA. Joe was the son of Cornelius & Mary Pesco Misik. He has resided in the Warren area for the last 57 years. He was a graduate of Block House Run High School. Joe had served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was employed as a Union Carpenter.

He was a former member of St. John’s R.C. Church, Tidioute, PA.

Joe was a longtime member of Watson Grange. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and especially enjoyed his hunting trips to Colorado.

He is survived by his Brother – John Misik and Sister – Eileen Kaminski both of New Brighton, PA.

Good friends and caregivers, Todd and Kris Bines of Warren, PA.

Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Frances M. Kalcevic Misik whom he married May 12, 1958 in New Brighton, PA., who died October 31, 2003, 1 Brother – Cornelius Misik.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., one hour prior to a funeral service will be conducted Friday, March 18, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA 16365 or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505.

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Christopher W. Henry

Christopher W. Henry, 57, a longtime resident of Warren, PA, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the home of his sister, Maria Blume, of Bradford, PA, following a year-long battle with cancer.

Born on June 17, 1958 in Butler, PA, he was the son of William and Kathryn Bearfield Henry. Chris had been employed as an automobile detailer with Warren Midtown Motors and also with Jones Chevrolet. He had served for 10 years with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and was a member of AMVETS and ABATE. He was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

Chris is survived by his parents, William and Kathryn Henry of Frewsburg, NY and Lakeland, FL, two sisters, Linda Barger and her husband, Randy, of Newport News, VA, and Maria Blume of Bradford, PA, aunts and uncles; Larry and Judy Bearfield of Florida, Doris Bearfield and Robert Henry of East Brady, PA, nieces – Melissa Becker of Warren, PA, Lisa and Travis White of Newport News, VA, Jenny Blume and her fiancé, Michael Wurst of TX, Lacy Blume of Bradford, PA, and great nephews – Matthew Morrison, Mason Wurst, Clay Trojanowski, and Tavin and Talin White. Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Florence Henry and Thomas and Edna Bearfield, and uncles, John “Pie” Henry and Thomas Bearfield.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, March 11, 2016, at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, with Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of Warren General Hospital, officiating. Those wishing to place a memorial may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

E. Margaret (Peggy) Hoff

E. Margaret (Peggy) Hoff, 86, of Warren, PA., died Tuesday evening, March 8, 2016 at Warren General Hospital after an brief illness. She was born August 22, 1929 in Mel fort, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was the daughter of Earl E. and Edith Campbell Patten. Peggy has been a Warren area resident since 1963 and was formerly of Maine. She was employed as a Laboratory Technician with G.T.E. Sylvania for 21 years retiring in 1984. She was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, was an avid crocheter and golfer.

She is survived by 5 Children – Terry W. Campbell & Mary, James F. Campbell and Carmen all of Warren, PA., Darcy E. Campbell and Sandra of Cherry Grove, PA., Bonnie M. Webster and Kevin of Tiona, PA., Lynda Lee of Pleasant Twp., 1 Sister – Shirley Shine and Eugene of Tiona, PA., 18 Grandchildren 35 Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter – Launa Wooten, her husband, George Thomas Hoff whom she married November 3, 1979 in Warren, PA., 1 Sister – Myrtle Patten, 1 Great Granddaughter – Toni Nicole Donato.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Friday, March 11, 2016 two hours prior to a funeral service at 12:00 Noon with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Holy Redeemer Church Building Fund, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA. 16365 or Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Joseph Tutmaher

Joseph “Joe” P. Tutmaher, 91, of Chandler’s Valley, PA., died Thursday morning, February 18, 2016 at the Rouse Warren County Home, Youngsville, PA. He was born May 22, 1924 in Royal, Susquehanna Co., PA. He was the son of Andrew and Ann

Marchin Tutmaher, Sr. Joe has resided in Chandler’s Valley, PA., since the age of 7 and had worked the family farm. Joe had served during World War II, with the U.S. Army, as a Staff Sergeant from November 23, 1943 until November 11, 1946. He served with the 1st Division, 8th Calvary, and was stationed at Camp Blanding, FL., Fort Ord, CA., Leyte & Luzon in Philippine Islands, and Tokyo, Japan. He was a superintendent/foreman with Blackstone of Jamestown, N.Y., retiring from there in the late 1970’s after many years employment. He was also employed with Warren Tire Center and Jones Chevrolet.

He was a member of the Warren Knights of Columbus, Lakewood Rod & Gun Club and served as former chief of the Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid hunter, loved working on automobiles, helping others and had a great sense of humor.

Joe is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elaine Henning Tutmaher whom he married September 4, 1948 in Warren, PA. 2 Children – Larry Tutmaher and wife, Cheri of Warren, PA., Lori Gustafson and husband, Scott of Youngsville, PA., 1 Brother – Paul Tutmaher of Sugar Grove, PA., 1 Sister – Sophie Bosko and husband, Andy of Lakeland, FL., 3 Grandchildren – Jennifer Gullotti and husband, Chad of Jamestown, N.Y.,  Jordan Tutmaher and Katie Gustafson both of Youngsville, PA., 2 Great Grandchildren – Trent and Nolan Gullotti of Jamestown, NY, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 Sisters – Mary Glotz, Ann Bobelak Slack, 2 Brothers – John and Andrew Tutmaher, Jr.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Monday, February 22, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., followed by a funeral and committal service by Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Rouse Warren County Home, officiating. Full military honors will be conducted there by members of the Sheffield/Clarendon V.F.W. Honor Guard and the U.S. Army personnel. Interment will be in Mission Covenant Cemetery. 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

Joseph J. Suppa

Joseph J. Suppa, 97, of Irvine, PA., died Friday evening, February

12, 2016 at Rouse Warren County Home after a brief illness. He

was born May 12, 1918 in Irvine, PA., Son of the late Frank and

Victoria Randinelli Suppa. Joe was a longtime resident of Irvine

and formerly of Warren, PA. He was a 1938 graduate of Warren

High School and attended the former Hoff Business College. Joe

was a veteran of the Second World War serving with the U.S.

Navy as a Machinist Mate 3rd Class. He was owner and operator

of the former Suppa Motor Sales of Irvine for 37 years, retiring in

1973. He drove school bus for Warren County School District for

43 years. He was a member of St. Luke’s R.C. Church and a

church usher. Joe enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening, watching

golf and baseball on television. He loved spending time with his

family and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

He is survived by 2 daughters – Victoria Kuzminski of Irvine,

PA., Sandra Malchow of Hamburg, N.Y., 1 Brother – Ralph and

wife Bonita of Irvine, PA., sister-in-law, Frances Suppa of Warren,

PA., 5 Grandchildren – Rebecca and Bernard McConaghy, Renee

and Thomas Koller, Matthew Kuzminski, 1 Great Grandson –

Maxwell Koller, several nieces and nephews. In addition to his

parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years,

Eleanora Pulli Suppa whom he married July 12, 1947 in

Clarendon, PA., who died December 12, 2009, 4 Brothers – John,

Jim, Frank, Dominic Suppa, 3 Sisters – Rose Work, Isabel Lucia,

Elizabeth LeTrent.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304

East Street, Warren, PA., on Thursday, February 18, 2016

from 6 to 8 P.M., where a vigil service will be conducted at 5:45

P.M. by Deacon Joseph Lucia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be

conducted at St. Luke’s R.C. Church, 420 N. Main St.,

Youngsville, PA., on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 11:00 A.M., Fr.

John R. Neff, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph

R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so

through Rouse Warren County Home, designated for the

Alzheimer’s Unit, 701 Rouse Avenue, Youngsville, PA. 16371.

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Melissa L. “Missy” Castor

Melissa “Missy” L. Castor, 45, of Warren, PA., died Tuesday

afternoon, February 9, 2016 at U.P.M.C. Hamot, Erie, PA., after an

illness of the past 6 months. She was born March 29, 1970 in

Warren, PA. Missy was the daughter of the late John Castor and

Deanne Benson Castor Palmer who survives in Warren, PA.

Missy was a lifelong Warren area resident and was employed for

5 years in the electrical supplies distribution industry. She had

attended St. Paul Lutheran Church. Missy enjoyed bowling,

hunting, fishing, country music, four wheeling, gardening. She

was a devoted mother and wife to Joey and Scott.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her fiancé of 25 years

D. Scott Nowacki, Joey Nowacki and his fiancé, Briana Sleeman,

and granddaughter, Aiyanna Nowacki , 2 Sisters – Vonnie Betts

and husband, Kane, Erica Castor all of Warren, PA., 1 Brother –

Johnny Castor of Sheffield, PA., Maternal Grandmother – Audrus

Farnsworth Benson of Warren, PA., several aunts, uncles, cousins,

nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her

stepfather, Ervin H. Palmer, Paternal Grandparents – Norman

and Alverga Castor, Maternal Grandfather – Robert L. Benson.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday,

February 13, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 306

Conewango Avenue, Warren, PA., with Rev. Larry Scofield,

Interim Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Oakland

Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through

National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Suite B.,

Centennial, CO 80112. The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.,

has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. E-mail

condolences may be sent by visiting

www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

John Gagliardi

John Gagliardi, 76, of Warren, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday,

February 8, 2016, at Warren Manor in Warren, PA. Born on October 17,

1939 in Punxsutawney, PA, John was the son of the late Fred and Rose

Belott Gagliardi. He worked as a crane operator with National Forge,

retiring in 2001. He was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church, Warren

Moose Lodge 109, and American Legion Post 135. John had served with the

U. S. Army. He enjoyed bowling, Indy car racing, and was an avid Boston

Red Sox fan and New England Patriots fan. In his younger days, he

enjoyed playing baseball and softball.

John is survived by his two sisters, Marlene A. Brasington and her

husband, Fred, and Carole A. Stewart and her husband, Allen, all of

Warren, PA, nieces and nephews – Christopher (Connie) Zaffino, Cathleen

Zaffino, Todd (Michele) Chiaravalloti, and Renee (Joshua) Anthony, all of

Warren, PA, Christina Cullen of Bristow, VA, Martin (Laura) Brasington of

Blacklick, OH, Jennifer (Richard) Anderson of Union City, PA, and Bethany

Chiaravalloti of Erie, PA, great nieces and nephews – Christopher Zaffino,

Jr., Brianna Zaffino, Spencer Zaffino, Dextri Zaffino, Jakobe Anthony,

Aydin Anthony, and Wyatt Chiaravalloti, all of Warren, PA, Riley Cullen,

Reanne Cullen and Raegan Cullen, all of Bristow, VA, two great-great-

nieces, Skyler Zaffino of Warren, PA and Lillianna Zaffino of Sheffield, PA,

and many cousins. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death

by a sister, Mary Rose Zaffino.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be conducted at

10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 11, 2016 at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600

Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA, with Fr. Richard J. Toohey,

Pastor, officiating, assisted by Fr. James Gutting, Pastor of Holy Redeemer

R.C. Church. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum of the Ascension in St.

Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted by members

of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Honor Guard and U. S. Army

personnel. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to place a memorial may do so

through the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association,

Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 1900,

Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or to the Warren Cancer Center, 2 Crescent Park,

Warren, PA 16365. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E.

Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences

may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

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