John F. "Jack" Collar, 522 E. Main St. Ext., Grove City
Reva M. Cooley, Franklin
Courtney Ann Hittle, 4226 Mercer St., Sandy Lake
Betty A. Osborne, 3472 County Line Road, Cochranton, formerly of Sandy Lake
Bryn K. Pritt, Knox RD 3
Helen M. Thorpe, Kennerdell, formerly of North Royalton, Ohio
Rita A. Wagner, Tionesta
Florence B. Nulph Weaver, 674 Sterrett Road, Grove City
John F. "Jack" Collar, 87, of 522 E. Main Street Ext., Grove City, since 1947, died at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, in Orchard Manor, Grove City, following a six-week illness. Born Aug. 11, 1915, in Parker's Landing, he was the son of John Mathew and Nina Pearl Martin Collar. Mr. Collar retired in 1967 from Cooper Energy Services where he was a supervisor. He was a former Civil Defense Police Officer for the Grove City Police Department. Mr. Collar was a member of IOOF Lodge No. 910 of Grove City. He was of the Methodist faith. Mr. Collar was married Sept. 19, 1936, to Helen J. Cook, who died June 27, 1989. Surviving are four children, John L. "Louis" Collar, Kate Thompson and husband, Richard N., and Shirley A. Wilson and husband, Eugene P., all of Grove City, and Richard L. Collar and wife, Anna Marie, of Butler; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Collar was preceded in death by three brothers, Guy Collar, Robert Collar and George "Jeff" Collar; and two sisters, Ann Donaldson and Amy Howard. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Cunningham Funeral Home, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. G. Kenton Shaw, pastor of Wayside Community Church, Grove City, officiating. Interment will be in Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City.
Reva M. Cooley, 87, a resident of The Caring Place, died there at 4 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002. Born Oct. 25, 1914, in Bessemer, she was the daughter of Ancel B. and Pansy Bowles Chapin. Mrs. Cooley had been active in the PTA while her children were in school. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She also had been active in the Calvary Baptist Church where she helped with Vacation Bible School. Mrs. Cooley also was a member of Nursery Chapter No. 25, Order of Eastern Star, The Washington Club and AARP. For many years, she served on the election board for the Third Ward in Franklin and had volunteered at the Franklin Hospital and Meals-On-Wheels. Mrs. Cooley was married Oct. 9, 1935, to Walter G. Cooley, who died Jan. 7, 1978. Surviving are seven children: Paul D. Cooley and wife, Gen, of Tumwater, Wash., John R. Cooley and wife, Elaine, of North Hills, Calif., Kathleen Jansen and husband, James, of Cary, N.C., Beverly Brown and husband, Ronald, of Casa Grande, Ariz., Joy Wagner and husband, Timothy, of Palmer Lake, Colo., Martha Jo Taylor and husband, Lewis, of Denver, Colo., and Samuel C. Cooley and wife, Joyce, of Franklin; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Carl (Gail)Weber of Annapolis, Md., and Mrs. Robert (Virginia) O'Hare of Franklin; and one brother, George W. Chapin of Phoenix, Ariz. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Cooley was preceded in death by three grandsons, Randy Scott Brown and infant twin sons of John Cooley; a step-great-grandson, Aaron Orr; a brother, Howard Chapin; and a sister, Lois Campbell. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Huff Chapel, 312 W. Park St. Services will be held at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Peter B. Conlin, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Franklin Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Caring Place, 103 N. 13th St., Franklin, 16323, or to the Franklin Public Library, 421 12th St., Franklin, 16323.
Betty A. Osborne, 77, of 3472 County Line Road, Cochranton, formerly of Sandy Lake, died Friday evening, Oct. 11, 2002, in Peaceful Rest Home. Born March 27, 1925, in Sandy Lake Township, she was the daughter of James Earl and Mary E. Beggs Osborne. She was a 1942 graduate of Sandy Lake High School and a 1946 graduate of Franklin Business School. Ms. Osborne was employed for 33 years in the office of Farm House Administration, Franklin. She was a member of the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and elder for many years. Ms. Osborne also was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARF). She was an avid bowler, winning many trophies. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at community functions such as hymn sings and was a consistent card sender for all occasions, bringing many smiles to her face. Surviving are a brother, John Osborne of Clinton, Okla.; and numerous cousins. In addition to her parents, Ms. Osborne was preceded in death by two brothers, James Osborne and Kinsey Osborne. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Alexander-McMullen Funeral Home, 3236 S. Main St., Sandy Lake. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Galen Joe MacDonald, pastor of the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church, 3461 Sandy Lake-New Lebanon Road, Sandy Lake, 16145.
Bryn K. Pritt, 24, of Knox RD 3, died at 1:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, of injuries received in a motorcycle accident near Marble. Born Nov. 22, 1977, in Clarion, he was the son of Donald R. "Dick" and Rose Mary Hedrick Pritt of Monroe. Mr. Pritt was employed by Versitec Industries of Monaca. He was a member of the Knox Rod & Gun Club, Fryburg Rod & Gun Club, Clarion Eagles Club and the Sons of the American Legion in Knox. Mr. Pritt was an avid hunter and enjoyed motorcycles, playing pool, pool tournaments and working on his truck. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his fiancee, Tomi Tyler of Knox and her parents, Tom and Mary Tyler of Shippenville; a brother and his wife, Richard B. and Heather Pritt of Knox; a niece, Jacey Taylor Pritt of Knox; paternal grandmother, Bessie Pritt of Beverly, W.Va., and maternal great-grandmother, Eva Wolford of West Virginia; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. Pritt was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Walter Lee and Pansy Pauline Hedrick; and his paternal grandfather, Donald D. Pritt. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the David C. McEntire Funeral Home, Knox. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Pleasant Hills Cemetery, Shippenville, with the Rev. Donald Poole, pastor of the Knox United Methodist Church, officiating.
Helen M. Thorpe, 74, a resident of Kennerdell since 1988, formerly of North Royalton, Ohio, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, in The Caring Place, Franklin. Born April 8, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Russell B. and Helen Burgung Baker. Mrs. Thorpe was of the Catholic faith. She was a devoted homemaker and mother and enjoyed needlework and reading. Mrs. Thorpe was married in North Royalton, Ohio, Nov. 17, 1980, to Stanley L. Thorpe, who survives. Also surviving are four children: Michael Sherman of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, James Sherman of Kettering, Ohio, Sally Carner of Bellbrook, Ohio, and Donna Ruhland of Ravenna, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Pamela Smith of Cape Coral, Fla.; five granddaughters; and two stepgrandsons. She also is survived by three sisters, Mary Fox of Medina, Ohio, Eileen Simmons of Grafton, Ohio, and Jean Conley of Elyra, Ohio; and one brother, Donald Baker of North Ridgeville, Ohio. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thorpe was preceded in death by a son, John K. Sherman; a sister, Barbara Fertig; and a brother, Robert Dean. There will be no visitation. The Larry E. McKinley Funeral Home, 109 Emlenton St., Clintonville, is in charge of arrangements.
Rita A. Wagner, 62, a lifelong resident of Tionesta, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, at her home. Born Aug. 20, 1940, she was the daughter of Rose and Ernie McFarland. She attended Farmington High School. Mrs. Wagner owned and operated The Sky Jet Restaurant in Tionesta. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Tionesta. Mrs. Wagner loved her family, her grandchildren and cooking. She was an avid NASCAR and Steelers fan. Mrs. Wagner was married in Crown June 25, 1960, to Delbert L. Wagner, who died May 6, 2001. Surviving are two sons, Jeffery L. Wagner and wife, Deborah L., and Timothy C. Wagner and friend, Deena Graham, all of Tionesta; two daughters, Angela R. Payne and Mrs. Ray (Jean Marie) McCleary, both of Tionesta; and six grandchildren. She also is survived by five brothers, Eugene Steer of Venus, Harold McFarland of Tylersburg, Dale McFarland of Georgia, Michael McFarland of Erie and Douglas McFarland of Lucinda; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Wagner was preceded in death by two sons, Delbert James Wagner and Theodore Ernest Wagner; and a granddaughter, Rachel Ann Wagner. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Norman J. Wimer Funeral Home of Tionesta. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Tionesta Church of God with Pastor Randy L. Evans officiating. He will be assisted by the Rev. David Foradori of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Tionesta. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tionesta Ambulance Service.
Florence B. Nulph Weaver, 92, of 674 Sterrett Road, Grove City, Irwin Township, Venango County, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, in Orchard Manor, Grove City, following an extended illness. Born Nov. 3, 1909, in Boyers, Butler County, she was the daughter of Wilbert O. and Gertrude Wiles Taylor. Mrs. Weaver retired in 1974 from the former Bashline Memorial Hospital, Grove City, where she was an electrocardial technician. She was a member of the Amity Presbyterian Church, Irwin Township, Venango County. Mrs. Weaver also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 86 and the White Shrine Chapter No. 53, both of Grove City. She was a member and former secretary of the Wesley Grange. Mrs. Weaver enjoyed flowers, gardening and ceramics. She first was married May 4, 1927, to Wallace L. Nulph, who died June 4, 1951. She then was married Oct. 5, 1957, to Walter G. Weaver, who died Oct. 14, 1986. Surviving are nine children, Janet Croll and husband, Elmer, of Slippery Rock, Phyllis Shiels and husband, Samuel, and Larry B. Nulph and wife, Arlene, all of Philadelphia, Sally Snyder of West Middlesex, Linda Nulph, James W. Nulph and wife, Georgia, and Robert E. Nulph and wife, Edna, all of Grove City, Dennis P. Nulph of Oil City and W. Bruce Nulph and wife, LaRue, of Mercer; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great grandchildren. She also is survived by a sister, Gay Taylor of Grove City. In addition to her parents and two husbands, Mrs. Weaver was preceded in death by a sister, Elsie Miller; four brothers, Merle B. Taylor, Wilbert Taylor, Roy Taylor and Edgar Claire Taylor; a stepsister, Grace Jacobs; a stepbrother, Ralph Taylor; a grandson, Gregory Nulph; and a daughter-in-law, Gloria Nulph. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Cunningham Funeral Home, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Patterson officiating. Interment will be in Eau Claire Cemetery, Eau Claire.