• Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    Father William Ritzert

    The Reverend William J. Ritzert, “Father Bill”, 89, went to be with the Lord Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Chicora Medical Center. Father Bill was born on his family farm in Chicora on November 15, 1930.  He was the son of the late Urban and Caroline Weiland Ritzert.  He was a 1949 graduate of Butler High School and worked at Vavoline Oil Company in East Butler. Father Bill proudly served in the U.S. Army.  He trained in Kentucky and was then stationed in Japan…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    Ellsworth Swartzlander

    Ellsworth W. “Swartzie” Swartzlander, 91, of Chicora, Donegal Township, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday morning, March 31, 2020, after passing away of natural causes at his home.  Ellsworth was born in Chicora on September 7, 1928.  He was the son of the late Ralph and Velma McCollough Swartzlander.  Ellsworth was a 1948 graduate of Fairview Township Karns City High School and was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Korea.  He was a proud member of the…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    Robert Zanella

    Robert Dominick “Bob”  Zanella, 82, of Chicora, PA, passed away at Butler Memorial Hospital on Sunday morning, March 22, 2020, after a very brief illness.   He was born in Goosetown, Donegal Township, on February 20, 1938, to the late Flori and Ambrosina Flori Zanella.   Robert was a 1956 graduate of Karns City High School.  In his high school and teenage years he played both basketball and baseball on the field very close to the home in which he presently…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    Barbara Anthony

    Barbara A. Anthony, 73, of Chicora, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, March 18, 2020 at her residence.   Barbara was born in Fairview, Butler County on July 9, 1946. She was the daughter of the late Clifford L. and Ella Jean Mackey Adams.   She had attended Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicora. Mrs. Anthony was a homemaker. She enjoyed working with plastic canvas, reading, crossword puzzles, and most especially, the company of her…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    E. Irene Olcus

    E. Irene Olcus, 90, of East Brady, went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, March 15, 2020 at the Chicora Medical Center while in the company of her family. Irene was born in Cowansville on September 1, 1929.  She was the daughter of the late Marshall and Eva Ridley Brown. She was a 1947 graduate of Kittanning High School.  In her earlier years she had been employed as a secretary at the Armstrong County Courthouse in Kittanning.  Mrs. Olcus was a homemaker and enjoyed…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    Leo Gladys

    Leo Edward Gladys, 83, of Chicora, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Chicora Medical Center. Leo was born in Ford City on April 22, 1936.  He was the son of the late Ben A. and Ada S. Kijowski Gladys. Leo was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served from 1955-1959.  He was a member of the Chicora United Methodist Church.  He retired from International Staple and Machine Shop in 1998.  Leo was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and was a very proud…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    Mabel McNallen

    Mabel Coyle McNallen, 95, of Chicora, passed away Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020 at Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot.   Born May 4, 1924 in Fenelton, Mabel was the daughter of the late James Stuart and Claire Zimmel Coyle.   She was the loving wife for 68 years of John E. McNallen, who passed away December 7, 2015.  She met John “Johnnie” at a dance for returning War Veterans in Chicora upon his return from WWII in 1946.   Mabel was a graduate of Butler…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    Gary Yough Sr.

    Gary Dean Yough Sr., 73, of Karns City, Brady’s Bend Twp., Armstrong Co., passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Sunday morning, March 8, 2020 while working outside his home with his son. Gary was born in Brady’s Bend Twp. Armstrong Co. on March 29, 1947.  He was the son of the late Francis E. and Alberta “Boots” Mortimer Yough. He was a 1966 graduate of East Brady High School and was a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served as a firefighter in Laredo, TX…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    George Beck

      George A. Beck, 94, of Fairmont Road, Chicora, passed away peacefully, Tuesday morning, March 3, 2020 at Butler Memorial Hospital. George was born in Karns City on June 28, 1925, the son of the late John A. and Elva Frazier Beck. Mr. Beck attended Karns City Fairview Twp. High School leaving early to enroll at Allegheny College and enlist in the United States Navy.  Upon entering officer’s training school, he earned the rank of Ensign, and served in the Pacific theater of…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    Douglas McNany

    Douglas S. “Doug” McNany, 54, of Georgetown Rd., Harrisville, Irwin Twp., Venango Co., passed away late Sunday evening, March 1, 2020 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. Douglas was born in Butler on September 8, 1965.  He was the son of Paul and Louise Blymiller McNany of Emlenton. He was a 1983 graduate of Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School in Foxburg.  Doug was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in an artillery battery that took part in the…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    John Kaylor

    John R. Kaylor, 72, of Butler, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Butler Memorial Hospital from complications due to cancer.  John was born in Butler on September 1, 1947.  He was the son of Hazel Iman Kaylor of Chicora and the late Robert P. Kaylor. He was a 1965 graduate of Fairview Township Karns City High School. He had earned an associate’s degree from Butler County Community College and also attended the Pittsburgh Art Institute. John was a…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    Barry Hile

    Barry L. Hile, 69, of Chicora, passed away early Sunday morning, February 23, 2020 at Butler Memorial Hospital with his family at his side.  Barry was born in Karns City on October 27, 1950.  He was the son of the late Oliver G. and M. Grace McElravy Hile.  Barry was a 1968 graduate of Karns City Area High School.  He was a member of the Chicora Moose Lodge and a social member of the East Brady American Legion.  Barry was an avid hunter and an…

  • Chicora,  Saint Petersburg

    Nancy Fennell

    Nancy Lee Fennell, 71, of LaRay Drive, Butler, a former long time Chicora resident, went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, February 22, 2020 at Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. Nancy was born in Butler on October 24, 1948.  She was the daughter of the late Wallace H. “Dan” and Ella “Sis” McNany Fennell. Nancy persevered with valiant courage throughout her life as she struggled daily with the complications of cerebral palsy.  Nancy resided at the…