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From: "Ellis Weller" <>
Subject: [PACLARIO] Obituaries, The Derrick, August 4, 2007
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 12:31:09 -0400

The Derrick, August 4, 2007:

Opal Irene Bell, Cape Coral Fla., formerly of Ninevah
Ricky E. Harrelson, Raleigh, N.C., formerly of Franklin
Sonja L. Mawhinney, 721 Wilson Ave., Rocky Grove
Donna W. McCarthy, Reno-Tahoe Nev., formerly of Oil City
Harry L. Sheatz, 71, RD 1 Knox
Alyssa Lynn Stroup, 14055 Fisher Road, Sigel
Doris Rose Woolstrum, 29117 Fowler Road, Guys Mills
Jane Elizabeth Kahle Cameron, service set

Opal Irene Pierce Bell, 83, of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Ninevah,
Clarion County, died Friday, June 29, 2007, in Florida after a long
Born March 17, 1924, at the family farmhouse in Ninevah, she was the
daughter of Fred N. Pierce and Maude E. Stumpner Pierce.
She married James L. Bell in 1941, and he preceded her in death in
Mrs. Bell worked at J.C. Penney in Oil City for several years as a
retail sales manager, and she later worked at Owens Illinois in
Clarion until she retired.
She will always be lovingly remembered by her family for her
outstanding cooking and baking. Holidays always brought all of Mrs.
Bell's family together, along with friends and acquaintances, for
incredible spreads of home-cooked meals, fresh baked breads and rolls,
and outstanding pies, cakes and other desserts to complete the
Mrs. Bell's pies were sold around the Clarion area at one time.
She lived in western Pennsylvania for 65 years until moving to Cape
Coral in 1989.
Once in Florida, her love of the beach and warm sun did not fade. No
longer did she have to wait for springtime temperatures to start her
tanning process, it was a year-round ritual.
Mrs. Bell also finally acquired her dream car - a bright red
Corvette - at the age of 67.
She loved life, and lived life, to the fullest.
Mrs. Bell is survived by two daughters, Carol Knight and her husband,
Donald, of Lenoir, N.C., and Peggy Sue Wells and her husband, Stephen,
of Copperas Grove, Tex.; one son, Randy L. Bell and his wife, Bonnie
Jean, of Fort Myers, Fla.; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren
and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by
one son, Terry A. Bell, in 2000.
A memorial service to celebrate Mrs. Bell's life was held July 5 in
Cape Coral. Many family members gathered from all over the country to
share in her remembrance.
The service was officiated by Pastor Steve Rogers of the River Church
and Pastor David Pleasant of Covenant Community Ministries.
Inurnment will be in Clarion Cemetery.

Ricky E. Harrelson, 26, of Raleigh, N.C., formerly of Franklin, died
on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, due to a motorcycle accident in Raleigh.
He was born Dec. 6, 1980, in Conway, S.C.
Ricky was a 2000 graduate of Franklin High School.
He was employed as a trim carpenter and cabinet installer.
He enjoyed NASCAR, riding ATV's, motorcycles, bowling and football.
Ricky is survived by his mother, Cindy Daniels and her husband of Oil
City; his father Ricky D. Harrelson and his wife of Youngsville, N.C.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Shanon
Shawgo and her fiancé Jim McCauley of Franklin and their four
children, and Ashley Westfall of Oil City; and two step-sisters,
Shasta Sutton and Tiffany Johnson of North Carolina; grandparents,
Joanie and Jack Schmader of Oil City, and Henry Earl Harrelson of
Conway, S.C.; and a special friend, Suzanne Chytil of Raleigh, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Evelyn and Todd Shawgo.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rynd Farm Cemetery in
Rouseville, PA and will be conducted by Rev. Ron Bole.
The Robert W. Gardinier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Robert
W. Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc., to help defray funeral expenses.

Sonja L. Mawhinney, 60, of 721 Wilson Ave., Rocky Grove, died suddenly
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007.
Born June 27, 1947, in Franklin, she was a daughter of the late Melvin
B. Mong Jr. and Margaret A. Reed Mong, who survives.
She graduated from Rocky Grove High School and later attended beauty
school in Buffalo, N.Y., and in Oil City.
Mrs. Mawhinney had been a beautician for the last 16 years at Sugar
Creek Station.
She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Rocky Grove, the
Order of the Eastern Star and the Rocky Grove Fire Department
Auxiliary, of which she had been named woman of the year.
Mrs. Mawhinney also was very active in the Venango County 4-H, serving
as leader of the Dazzlers, on the Extension Club, and on the
Development Committee.
She enjoyed all kinds of arts and crafts.
She and her husband, James R. Mawhinney, whom she married May 26,
1967, just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Michelle
Butkiewicz and her husband, Frank, of Crosby, Texas; two sons, Rusty
Mawhinney and his wife, Johna, of Durango, Colo., and Benjamin
Mawhinney and his wife, Nicole, of Cooperstown; a sister, Sally
Burrows of Bayfield, Colo.; a brother, Thomas Mong and his wife,
Sarah, of Brazoria, Texas; and her mother, Margaret Mong of Franklin.
Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Kimberly and Carrie Butkiewicz
of Crosby, Texas, G.J., Toshua, Raven and Miranda Mawhinney, all of
Durango, Colo., and Elizabeth Mawhinney of Cooperstown; one niece,
Whitney Martindale of Bayford, Colo.; and one nephew, Alen Burrows of
Oceanside, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the
Huff Chapel, 312 W. Park St., Franklin.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral
home with the Rev. Ed Gresick, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church
in Rocky Grove, officiating.
Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.
The family suggests donations be made to Rocky Grove Volunteer Fire
Department, 29 Wood St., Frnaklin, 16323; or Grace United Methodist
Church, 350 Front St., Franklin, 16323.

Donna W. McCarthy, 59, formerly of Oil City, died Wednesday, Aug. 1,
2007, in Reno-Tahoe, Nev.
Born Donna Gay Wynkoop on Sept. 5, 1947, in Oil City, she was the
oldest of four daughters to the late Donald and Phyllis Crouch Wynkoop
of Oil City.
Donna grew up on Cowell Avenue and excelled in school. She attended
Clarion University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with honors.
Donna completed her masters of education degree at Clarion and
returned to Oil City to teach elementary education.
She became Mrs. John D. "Mickey" McCarthy II on June 27, 1970. They
made a home at 508 Cowell Ave., Oil City - the street where they both
grew up and where she lived until her recent move to retire in Lake
Tahoe on the California/Nevada border.
Mrs. McCarthy no longer taught while raising their two children. She
returned to work in the 1980s as vice president of Weaver Buick Co.
and continued in that capacity until the sale of the business in the
early 1990s.
Following the death of her husband in 1992, Donna returned to school
and ultimately went to work in the travel industry with Williams
Insurance and Travel in Oil City.
She was an avid and excellent bridge player and will be missed by the
many friends with whom she shared that pastime.
Upon her move to the Reno-Tahoe area, she enjoyed walks by the lake
with her son and long drives on mountain roads in her classic
She is survived by her daughter, Michelle S. McCarthy; and son, Thomas
E. McCarthy II; and four-legged friends Beau, Molly and Annie.
Also surviving are three sisters, Sharon L. Hermanson of Raliegh, N.C.
and Susan M. Goss and Janet R. Wynkoop of the Oil City area.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Morrison
Funeral Home in Oil City.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home
with the Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, pastor of St. Stephen Church,
Interment will be in Grove Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the
American Diabetes Association, Canine Seizure Assist Society of North
Carolina, 369 Cedar St., Moorsville, N.C., 28115; or a charity of one'
s choice.

Harry L. Sheatz, 71, of RD 1 Knox (Ninevah) died early Friday morning,
Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at his home, following a two-year battle with
Born Feb. 6, 1936, in the same room of the family homestead in which
he passed away, he was the son of the late Guy L. and Elsie Mitchell
Mr. Sheatz worked for C&K Tool Company prior to his retirement.
He was president of the Starr Cemetery Association and attended the
Church of the Nazarene near Kossuth.
He enjoyed hunting, gardening, watching NASCAR and spending time with
his family.
On Feb. 5, 1955, he married Helen J. Felmlee, who survives.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Sheatz is survived by four sons, Chris
Sheatz and his wife, Franki, of RD Cranberry, H. Scott Sheatz and his
wife, Elaine, of RD Cranberry, Jody Sheatz and his wife, Andrea, of RD
Knox, and Tim Sheatz of RD Knox; 10 grandchildren, Rainey Hetrick and
husband, Randy, of Brookville, Heather Crompton and husband, Chad, of
Knox, Lindsey Sheatz and special friend, Brandon Summerville, of Knox,
April Sheatz of Pittsburgh, Joelle Sheatz of RD Cranberry, Joy Lillian
Sheatz of Knox, Toby Sheatz and special friend, Kathy Beers, of
Franklin, Christopher Sheatz of Pittsburgh, Jeremiah Sheatz and
special friend Kayla Bullers of Shippenville, Hunter Sheatz of RD
Cranberry; and three great-grandchildren, Caleb Crompton, Drew
Crompton and Brittney Sheatz, all of Knox.
He is also survived by three sisters, Ruby Keely, Kay Fye and husband,
LeRoy, and Roberta O'Neil and husband, John, all of the Knox area; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law,
Donald Keely and Kenneth Rossman.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday
at the David C. McEntire Funeral Home, Inc., 504 East Penn St., Knox,
and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nazarene near
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with the
Rev. Fred Ryman, pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Starr Cemetery in RD Knox.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Clarion-Forest V.N.A.
Hospice Program, P.O. Box 668, Knox, PA 16232.

Alyssa Lynn Stroup, 7, of 14055 Fisher Road, Sigel, died Thursday,
Aug. 2, 2007, in Brookville Hospital.
Born Jan. 27, 2000, in Clarion, she was a daughter of Dennis E. "Jake"
Stroup Jr. and Melissa L. Porter Stroup.
Alyssa was a second grade student at Pinecreek Elementary School in
She was a member of the Sigel United Methodist Church and the Sigel
Brownie Girl Scout Troup #322. She also was a member of the Brookville
Soccer Association, the Brookville Bowling League and attended
cheerleading camp and was looking forward to being a cheerleader.
She enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, camping and
motorcycle riding with her dad.
In addition to her parents, Alyssa is survived by her sister, Danica
Stroup at home; maternal grandparents, James and Sally Porter of
Fisher, paternal grandparents, Dennis and Ramona Stroup of Mayport;
paternal great-grandparents, Donald and Louella Stroup of
Strattanville and Richard and Betty Shick of Smicksburg; a step
great-grandmother, Lucille Sayers of New Bethlehem; numerous aunts,
uncles and cousins; her dog Snap and her cat Weezer.
She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Roland
S. and Mary Lillian Porter; paternal great-grandparents, Russell and
Cynthia Sayers; and a step great-grandmother, Eveline Porter.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Sunday at the McKinney Funeral Home in Brookville.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home
with the Rev. Gary Sheesley officiating.
Interment will be at Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Eldred Township, Jefferson
The family suggests memorials be made to the Sigel United Methodist
Church, Brookville Soccer Association or Sigel Brownie Troup #322.

Doris Rose Irwin Woolstrum, 83, of 29117 Fowler Road, Guys Mills, died
Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at her residence.
Born Jan. 4, 1924, in Cochranton, she was the daughter of David James
and Minnie Best Irwin.
She graduated from Cochranton High School in 1942.
She then worked for American Viscose and also at Talon.
On Oct. 7, 1943, she married Ralph E. Woolstrum, who preceded her in
death on Aug. 3, 1996.
She and her husband owned and operated their family dairy farm.
Mrs. Woolstrum was a member of Sugar Lake United Methodist Church and
the Townville Senior Citizens.
She enjoyed canning and gardening, especially her irises.
She is survived by seven children, Sandra Buchanan and her close
friend, Jack, of Meadville, Donna Lang and her husband, John, of Guys
Mills, Kathryn Amos and her husband, Glenn, of Waterford, Charlie
Woolstrum of Guys Mills, Charlotte Hamilton and her husband, Steve, of
Meadville, Ruth Pratt and her husband, Rick, of Meadville, and Bonnie
Feiereisen of Phoenix, Ariz.
Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Scott Whitman, Julie Snyder, Phil
and Brian Amos, Matthew Woolstrum, Stacey Chess, Amy Pianta, Ryan
Pratt, Sarah McKnight, and Kenny, Katie and Krissy Feiereison; and 15
great-grandchildren, Christopher and Ashley Amos, Michael Pringle,
Christen, Amanda and Zach Snyder, Jack Turner, Carrissa and Morgan
Chess, Gavin, Collin and Elaina McKnight, Kenneth and Isabella
Feiereison and Jordan Clay.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four
brothers, Harry, Glenn, Neil and an infant brother, Kenneth Irwin; two
sisters, Marion Copeland and Ila Mattocks; and an infant grandson,
Dave Woolstrum.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Dickson
Family Funeral Home Inc., 123 S. Franklin St., Cochranton.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home
with the Rev. Chris Shreve of Sugar Lake United Methodist Church
Interment will be in Cochranton Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Sugar Lake United Methodist Church, 6680
Sugar Lake Road, Cochranton, 16314.

Cameron service set
A Celebration of Life service for Jane Elizabeth Kahle Cameron, 97, of
Madison, Ind., formerly of Oil City, who died Monday, March 26, 2007,
in Madison, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in the First
Presbyterian Church, Oil City, with the Rev. Joseph E. Filer, IV, D.
Min., officiating.
Interment was in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of
Oil City, the Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, or the
donor's favorite charity.

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