Laura F. Armstrong, 93, of 310 Oak Road, Oil City, a former resident of 407 Dairy St., Titusville, died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, in UPMC Northwest, Oil City. Born Aug. 22, 1909, in Titusville, she was the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Theubet Foresther. She was a graduate of Titusville High School and was a graduate of a beauty school in Pittsburgh. During her working career, Mrs. Armstrong was employed as a beautician, a telephone operator for Titusville Telephone Co., a drill press operator at Queen Cutlery in Titusville and last was employed for 20 years in the catalog department at Serrins Auto in Titusville. While living in Titusville, Mrs. Armstrong was a member of St. Walburga Church. When she moved to Oil City, she attended St. Joseph Church and was active in the Prime Timers of the church. Mrs. Armstrong enjoyed playing cards, working in her flower garden, baking, traveling and being with her great-granddaughter. She was married Oct. 29, 1938, to Clive L. Armstrong, who died July 14, 1976. Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Susan and John Lee of Oil City; two grandsons, Todd C. Lee and Timothy C. Lee and wife, Roberta, of Oil City; and four great-grandchildren, Taylour Lee and Jessie, Nikko and Tyanna Hernandez, all of Oil City. She also is survived by two sisters, Anna Carson of Titusville and Helen Steinbuhler of Belleair, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Bernice McDonald of Titusville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Armstrong was preceded in death by a brother, Louis P. Foresther; and a sister, Gertrude Wentz. Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at 2 p.m. today in St. Walburga Church, Titusville, with the Rev. David Foradori, pastor, and Msgr. John Swoger, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Oil City, presiding. Interment will be in St. Catharine Cemetery, Titusville. The Gordon B. Garrett Funeral home, 303 N. Washington St., Titusville, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County, 178 E. Bissell Ave., Oil City, 16301.
Leslie G. "Buzz" Bechtel, 86, formerly of 832 Colbert Ave., died at 10:05 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, in The Caring Place, Franklin. Born Feb. 15, 1916, in Templeton, he was the son of Samuel M. and Carrie A. John Bechtel. He lived in Oil City all his life. Mr. Bechtel was employed as a craneman at Oilwell Supply. He was a member of the Second Free Methodist Church and the IOOF. Mr. Bechtel played in the Senior Golf League at Speers and enjoyed hunting and bowling. He was married to Marion L. Foulds, who died Sept. 17, 2000. Surviving are three daughters, Bonnie Jones of Franklin, Mrs. William (Marlene) Lockhart of Rouseville and Mrs. William (Linda) Felmlee of Oil City; one son, Dennis Bechtel of Oil City; and 13 grandchildren, Mrs. Kevin (Kim) Culver, Philip Jones Jr. and wife, Marci, Mrs. Jeff (Kathi) Reed and Kevin Jones and wife, Misti, all of Franklin, Mrs. Ron (Kari) McKee of Centerville, William Lockhart Jr. of Rouseville, Randy Lockhart and wife, Laurie, of Rockland, Jay Lockhart and wife, Pam, Jeff Lockhart and wife, Trisha, Brian Felmlee and wife, Terri, and Brad Felmlee and wife, Flo, all of Oil City; and Ahren Bechtel and Leslie Bechtel, both of Zelienople; 35 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a sister, Mildred Himes of Oil City. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bechtel was preceded in death by an infant son, David Bechtel. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Hutchinson Funeral Home, 201 Bissell Ave. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. W. Dale Rhome, minister of visitation at Trinity United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Brandon Cemetery.
Cecelia F. George, 73, of Oil City, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, in UPMC Northwest, Oil City, after a short illness. Born Sept. 15, 1929, in Oil City, she was the daughter of Michael H. and Florence G. Black Curran. She lived most of her life in Oil City. Mrs. George was a member of Rouseville United Methodist Church. She also was a member of American Legion Post No. 32 Ladies Auxiliary, the Lucky "13" CB Club and the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad. Mrs. George was a volunteer for the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her flower garden, reading poetry and spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. George was married in Nickleville Dec. 2, 1950, to LeRoy A. George Sr., who survives. Also surviving are a daughter and her husband, Rachel and David McKinney of Grove City; two sons, LeRoy George Jr. and wife, Cathy, and Alfred George and wife, Caroline, all of Oil City; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She also is survived by three sisters, Rose N. Curran of Emlenton, Geraldine Glass of Oil City and Wilma Davison and husband, the Rev. Gerald Davison, of Warren, Ohio; three brothers, William "Bud" Curran and Michael Curran Jr. and wife, Joyce, all of Emlenton, and Jim Curran and wife, Pat, of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. George was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Elizabeth George; and one sister, Thelma R. Curran. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Osenider Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. John C. Boor, pastor of Rouseville United Methodist Church, officiating. He will be assisted by the Rev. Gerald Davison, pastor of Delightful Evangelical Church in Southington, Ohio, and brother-in-law of Mrs. George. Interment will be in Rynd Farm Cemetery, Rouseville. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of one's choice.
Paul Hindman, 82, of South Sixth Avenue, Clarion, husband of Jane Smathers Hindman, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, in Hamot Medical Center, Erie. The Goble Funeral Home of Clarion is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will be published Wednesday in The Derrick.
John T. Nicewonger Jr., 29, of 72 Pearl Ave., died Sunday evening, Oct. 6, 2002, in an automobile accident on Grandview Road, Oil City. Born Nov. 23, 1972, in Franklin, he was the son of John Nicewonger Sr. and Pat O'Brien Nicewonger. Mr. Nicewonger was a 1991 graduate of Oil City High School. He currently was working at Grand Valley Manufacturing in Titusville. Mr. Nicewonger enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Surviving are his mother, Pat Nicewonger of Oil City; his father and stepmother, John Nicewonger Sr. and Faye Nicewonger of Shippenville; and a son, Randon Nicewonger of Oil City. He also is survived by a sister, Tracy Nicewonger of Oil City; a nephew, Shane Nicewonger of Oil City; a stepbrother, Russ Cohlhepp; and three stepsisters, Bonnie Wolfgong, Annette Hook and Connie Banner. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Edward and Bernice O'Brien; and his paternal grandparents, Hershel and Alice Nicewonger. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Reinsel Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. Joseph Church. Interment will follow in Rockland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Youth Sports Program at the Oil City YMCA, 7 Petroleum St., Oil City, 16301.
Ruth I. O'Neil, 78, formerly of 210 E. Fourth St., Oil City, most recently a resident of Sugar Creek Station, Franklin, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, in UPMC Northwest, Franklin. Born Sept. 20, 1924, in Irwin Township, she was the daughter of Howard and Leona Coulter Kilgore. Mrs. O'Neil had worked at Franklin Plastics. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Hope Circle of the church. Mrs. O'Neil enjoyed baking, sewing and gardening. She was married Oct. 24, 1946, to Frank J. O'Neil, who died May 31, 1997. Surviving are three sons, Robert Kilgore of Franklin, Thomas O'Neil of Meadville and Floyd O'Neil of Franklin; three daughters, Charlotte Rosenburgh of Grand Valley and Pauline Neely and Doris Wilson, both of Oil City; and 11 grandchildren. She also is survived by three brothers, Donald Kilgore of Texas and Paul Kilgore and Larry Kilgore, both of Franklin; and four sisters, Alice Beatty of Conneaut Lake, Florence Scriven and Mary Updyke, both of Franklin, and Grace O'Neil of Cochranton. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. O'Neil was preceded in death by an infant brother, James Kilgore. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Robert W. Gardinier Funeral Home, Franklin. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Bruce Merritt, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Franklin Cemetery.
Charles A. Rice, 88, formerly of Cochranton, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, in Beverly Healthcare-Meadville, where he had resided. Born May 2, 1914, in Shinston, W.Va., he was the son of David W. and Jennie Bradley Rice. At the age of 14, Mr. Rice began dairy farming in the Cooperstown area, retiring in 1967. He then moved to Cochranton where he worked as the Cochranton Borough maintenance and water supervisor, retiring in 1989. Mr. Rice was a member of the Cochranton Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. He was married May 4, 1935, to L. Irene Tanner, who died March 12, 1987. Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Wilma and Emerson Dick of Hadley; a son and his wife, Gaylord and Janet Rice of Florissant, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Bertocchini and husband, Dan, Douglas Rice and wife, Cassandra, Pamela Rice and Brian Dick; and one great-grandson, Zachary Callahan. He also is survived by two sisters, Doris Moorhead of Cochranton; and Burla Mumford of Meadville. In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Rice was preceded in death by a brother, James Rice; and a sister, Margaret Pritchard. Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Dickson Family Funeral Home, 123 S. Franklin St., Cochranton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. John McGarvey, pastor of the Cochranton Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Cochranton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, South Franklin Street, Cochranton, or to the Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department or Ambulance Service, Adams Street, Cochranton, 16314. Condolences can be e-mailed to dicksonfuneralhome@ alltel.net.
Ruth M. Thomas Servey, 81, of 1192 Buxton Road, Titusville, died at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, in Titusville Area Hospital. Born May 4, 1921, in Hydetown, she was the daughter of Frank P. and Margaret Curry Morse. She was a 1939 graduate of Titusville High School. Mrs. Servey previously was employed by Struthers Wells, Rural Smith, B. Levy Estate and as a bookkeeper with Sanford Equipment. She retired in 1986. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Titusville. Mrs. Servey enjoyed working on crafts, painting, sewing and knitting. She first was married to Donald W. Thomas, who preceded her in death. She then was married Nov. 5, 1972, in the First Presbyterian Church, Titusville, to Richard Servey, who survives. Also surviving are a son and his wife, Gary and Cathi Thomas of Titusville; and two grandchildren, Amy Thomas of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Jeffrey Thomas of Titusville. She also is survived by two sisters, Frances M. Shorts and Betty M. Currens and husband, Royal, of Titusville; one nephew, Duane Morse of Largo, Fla.; and one niece, Karen Partridge of South Point, Ohio. In addition to her parents and first husband, Mrs. Servey was preceded in death by a daughter, who died in infancy; and one brother, Paul Morse. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home, Titusville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Dr. Barry E. Cressman, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in East Troy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 216 N. Franklin St., Titusville, 16354.
William J. Walenia, 53, of 106 State St., Oil City, died at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, in UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. The Reinsel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will be published Wednesday in The Derrick.