Tina L. Maxwell, 20, of Shippenville, formerly of Tylersburg, died Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2001, on Route 208 near Shippenville in a car accident. Born Aug. 24, 1980, in Clarion, she was a daughter of Stephen and Linda Smith Maxwell of Tylersburg. Ms. Maxwell graduated in 1998 from North Clarion High School and in 1999 from the Graphics Art Program and Bradford Business College. She worked for Venango Newspapers as a graphic artist. Ms. Maxwell was a member of Tylersburg United Methodist Church where she played organ and piano. She enjoyed art and music and collecting teddy bears. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Jeremy Maxwell of Venus; maternal grandparents, James and Loise Jean Smith of Tylersburg; paternal grandparents, Wayne and Joan Maxwell of Miola; and a great-grandfather, Richard Steigerwald of Leeper. Ms. Maxwell was preceded in death by three great-grandmothers, Emma Steigerwald, Lucille Maxwell and Gladys Smith; a great-grandfather, Walter Maxwell; and an uncle, James Smith. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Borland Funeral Home, Inc. in Leeper. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. William Saxman, pastor of Tylersburg Charge United Methodist Churches, officiating.
Ethel M. Yashinski, 64, of 610 Walnut St., Reno, died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2001, at her home. Born Aug. 25, 1936, in Marble, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur Gilson and Mary Kuberry Gilson. Mrs. Yashinski was a 1954 graduate of Titusville High School and completed her LPN training at the Venango County Area Vocational-Technical School. She was a LPN at Polk Center for 24 years, retiring in 1998. She lived in Reno for the past 30 years. Mrs. Yashinski was a member of the Pulaski Club and the PNA and enjoyed bowling, bingo, playing cards and traveling. She was married Nov. 20, 1971, to Wallace L. Yashinski, who survives. Also surviving are two sisters, her twin, June and husband Ron Brzezenski of Erie, and Patricia and husband Clifford Woodworth of Seneca; two brothers, Willard "Bill" Gilson of Rouseville and Joseph and wife Diane Gilson of Erie; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford "Chip" Gilson. There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hutchinson Funeral Home, 201 Bissell Ave., with the Rev. Robert E. Robinson, the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice pastor, officiating. Family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County, Reno Volunteer Fire Department or the charity of one's choice.
Alyce Ruth Chaney, 96, of Distant, died Monday afternoon, March 5, 2001, at the Pennsylvania Memorial Home in Brookville. Rupert Funeral Home of New Bethlehem is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will be in Wednesday's paper.
Jacob A. Mortimer, 88, of Apache Junction, Ariz., born in Rimersburg, died Monday, February 26, 2001, in Apache Junction.
David Foster Phillips, 57, of Polk Center, Polk, died Sunday March 4, 2001, at Northwest Medical Center. Born Sept. 27, 1943, in Rosalia Founding Home in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Clifford F. Phillips and Elizabeth C. Schreibeis Phillips. Mr. Phillips was of the Catholic faith. Surviving are his mother, Elizabeth C. Phillips of Pittsburgh; and brother, Donald C. Phillips, also of Pittsburgh. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Phillips. There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Robert W. Gardinier Home, Inc. with the Rev. John Neff, pastor of the Polk Center, officiating. Interment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial in Westmoreland.
Richard W. "Dick" Taylor, 73, of Titusville, died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2001, at Titusville Area Hospital following a brief illness. Born Nov. 14, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was a son of Mildred Taylor, who preceded him in death when he was 6 years old. Mr. Taylor was raised by his grandparents, William and Alice Taylor, and his aunt, Virginia Gardener of Marietta, Ga. He was a graduate of West Tech High School in Cleveland. Mr. Taylor joined the Navy on his 17th birthday, Nov. 14, 1944 and served as a motor machinist mate on the USS Nestor and the USS Mataco in Okinawa, Japan during World War II. He was honorably discharged May 13, 1946. Mr. Taylor had been employed at NASA and Republic Steel in Cleveland before moving to Titusville. He went to work at Universal Cyclops in Titusville, Nov. 14, 1955, where he worked as a foreman and chief electrician. He retired as an instrument repairman, Jan. 31, 1992, following more than 36 years of service. Mr. Taylor was a member of St. Walburga Roman Catholic Church, where he served as a hospitality minister. He was a member and past president of the Cyclops Quarter Century Club and a member of the Elder Statesmen Golf League. He was a life member of the Titusville Elks No. 264, a life member of the VFW Post No. 5958, a social member of the Polish National Alliance No. 2031, and he was a charter member of the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors. Mr. Taylor was a loyal Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians fan and enjoyed golf, the outdoors, electronics, history and time with his family and friends. He was married Aug. 22, 1981, in Titusville, to the former Judith L. Nadolny, who survives. In addition to his wife and his special aunt, surviving are his daughter, Mrs. David (Ginger) McCann of Titusville; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence "Nate" and Myrtle Nadolny of Titusville; two brothers-in-law, James P. Nadolny and Ann Ehret of Fairview and Gerald W. and Katherine Nadolny of Erie; five grandchildren, Sarah Proper, Kevin Proper, Slobahn Wright, Zoe Nadolny and Jessica Nadolny; three nieces, Lisa Nadolny, Jennifer Nadolny and Jessica Nadolny; three nephews, Michael Nadolny, Matthew Nadolny and Kevin Nadolny; and cousins Carol Browne of Chardon, Ohio, Mary Catherine Hertel of Brookfield, Wis., Tom Gill of Indianapolis, Ind., Jim Gill of Loveland, Ohio, Mary Floyd of Acworth, Ga., Rob Gardner of Jacksonville, Fla. and William Taylor. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Leo N. Hennes Funeral Home, Titusville, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Walburga Church. Funeral services will be held at 3:45 p.m. today at the funeral home and at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Rocco A. Tito, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Walburga Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Walburga Church, 120 Brook St., Titusville, 16354 or Hospice of Crawford County, 322 1/2 W. Main St., Titusville.