Helen Rabatin, 73, of Smock, Pa., died Wednesday, July 10, 1996, in her home. She was born May 4, 1923, in Smock, Pa., the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Semonick Beercheck (Bircak). In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by five brothers, Michael, John, Joseph, Steve and Peter: and three sisters, Mary, Susan and Elizabeth. Surviving are her husband, Stephen A, Rabatin Jr.; four children, Joyce Medvitz and husband, Richard of Uniontown, Gregory and wife, Kimberly of Flatwoods, Gerald, at home and Lorraine of Bear Rocks; three grandchildren, Richard, Ryan and Melanie Medvitz; a sister, Ann Botek of Bedford Heights, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Margaret Beercheck of Uniontown, and many nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Hedwig Roman Catholic Church of Smock, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Smock Volunteer Fire Department and a former 4H Leader in Smock. Friends are being received in the HAKY FUNERAL HOME, 139 West Fayette St., Uniontown, this evening from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, 1996 until 9 a.m., in St Hedwig R.C. Church, Smock, with the Rev. Fr. John Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery, Smock. A Vigil Service (remainder of article is missing.)
RABATIN, STEVE A. (SR.)— Age 78 years of Star Junction, Pa., died Monday, November 1, 1976 in the Uniontown Hospital at 10:30 a.m. He was born in Czechoslovakia on August 17, 1898. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine in 1975. Surviving are two sons, Steve Rabatin Jr. of Smock, Pa. and Edward Rabatin of Star Junction; two brothers, Andrew Rabatin and Joseph Rabatin both of Cleveland, Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Katherine Hornyak and Mrs. Earl Tiedman both of Cleveland, Ohio and Mrs. Anna Evans of Pricedale, Pa.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Friends are being received in the John W. Kallok Funeral Home, Cemetery Rd., Perryopolis, Pa. until Thursday where short prayers will be held at 10 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial in St. John’s R.C. Church of Perryopolis at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Frank Lesinowski and Rev. Fr. Larry Kiniry as celebrants. Interment in the Church Cemetery. Wake service will be held tonight at 8 p.m.
Clyde. E. Rabbitt, died on Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997, at his residence. Clyde was the husband of Veronica E., for 51 years and they were residents of Garfield Heights since 1949, father of Genie Kutolowski (James) and Chip Rabbitt (Karen), grandfather of Brian Kutolowski (Jody), and Bill and Sara Rabbitt, and brother of Walter V. Rabbitt and Dolores Mele. He was a truck driver for Refiners Transport for 15 years, retiring in 1983. Friends will be received in the Rybicki & Son Funeral Home, 4640 Turney Rd., Garfield Heights, Ohio, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Friday until 9:00 p.m., followed by a service at 9:30 a.m., in St Therese Church.
Andrew RABEL died in 1935. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
Andrew Rabel, aged 70 years, died suddenly following a stroke of apoplexy in his home at Griffin No. 2, near Masontown, where he had resided for 30 years, at 3 o'clock Sunday morning, April 28, 1935. He is survived by his widow, Anna Rabel, and the following children: Steve and Andy, Isabella; Mrs. Nick Molnar, Leckrone; Katherine, Joseph, and George, at home and Sue Rabel, New York City. Fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive.
Meeting at the residence the funeral cortege will proceed to the New Salem G. C. church where services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in charge of the pastor, Rev. Fr. Czap. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
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RACUTT, JOHN M.— Age 45 years; died at the Huron RD Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, April 6, 1966. He was the husband of Mary Jacob, (formerly of Uniontown), and is survived by the following children, John Jr., Steven, Connie Herda and Rose Mary Studnicka, Virginia, brothers and sisters, Adam, Uniontown, Walter, Andrew, Chicago, Pete, Minnesota, Nellie Zolner, New Jersey, Blanche Yost, Detroit, Helen Morofka, Cleveland, Francis Neff, Glenview, Ill., Marge Fantozzi, Chicago, IL. Friends are being received at the Jack Monreal Funeral Home, Wickcliffe, Ohio. Services will be held at the St. Mary Magdalene Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9.
Stanley F. Raczkowski, 80 of Suterville and a native of Blythedale died Thursday in his home. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ganio Raczkowski; one son, Stanley M. Raczkowski, and one daughter, Elaine Raczkowski Saccani, both of Sutersville; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Adam Raczkowski of Monessen; and three sisters, Anna Duda of Norvelt, Mary Kufka of Bridgeville, and Sophie Chelen of Monessen. Visitation will be held today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday until 10 a.m. at the J. William McCauley Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 901 Vine St., West Newton.
Social Security Death Index:
Born—– April 24, 1914
Died—– August 18, 1994
Michael RADATIN died in 1931. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
Michael Radatin, aged 52, died Thursday, September 24, 1931, at 5 a.m., in the Uniontown Hospital, from the effects of injuries received early last week when struck by an automobile while walking along the Gates road. Surviving are two daughters, Anna at home and Mrs. Lena Sholtis, of Gates; one son, Michael, at home, and a brother Steven. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1:30 from the late home with burial in St. John's cemetery, Connellsville.
(Genius - Sept. 25, 1931)
SUDDEN DEATH— On Thursday last Mr. Joseph Radcliffe, an old and respected citizen of Upper Middletown, in this County, fell dead while engaged at work in one of his fields. We learn that Mr. Radcliffe was engaged, with one of his sons, in hauling in fodder, and while in the act of loading fell dead. Nothing unusual had been noticed about him, and from all appearance he was in good health during the day.
D. L. RADNEY died in 1935. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
D. L. Radney, aged 86, of Allison, died at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday of complications. He is survived by his widow, Ola, two sons, Charles, of Calvert, Pa., and Arthur, of Cleveland, O., and a daughter Cora, of Williamsport.
For more than 50 years Mr. Radney was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge at Irondale, O.
Funeral details have not been completed.
(Genius - 1/31/1935)
Stella Dolores Radovich, 86, of Footedale, Pa., passed away, Thursday, August 17, 2006, in Cherry Tree Nursing Center, Uniontown, Pa. She was born, October 24, 1919, in Footedale, Pa., a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Stelmock. Stella was a member of Saint Thomas Roman Catholic Church, Footedale. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Andrew Radovich in 1970, sisters, Ann Roll, Nellie Miller, Maggie Sowinski, and Helen Papernik, and a brother, Joe Stelmock. Stella was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Surviving are daughters: Barbara Zimcosky and husband, Thomas of Madison, Ohio, Pat Molek and husband, Victor of Hopwood, Pa., and Stephanie Dowling and husband, John of West Mifflin, Pa.; grandchildren: Chris Matuscak, Lisa Zimcosky, Toni Bildstein, David Zimcosky, Laura Zimcosky Tran, Victor Molek Jr., Dana Molek, and Ronald Molek; and ten great-grandchildren. Friends will be received in the ROBERT T. KISH FUNERAL HOME INC., 20 North Mill Street, New Salem, Pa., on Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Monday, August 21, 2006, until 9:30 a.m., when a Prayer Service will be held. A Funeral Mass follows at 10 a.m., in Saint Thomas Church, Footedale, Pa., with Rev. Father James Popochock, as Celebrant. Interment will be held in Saint Thomas Cemetery. A Parish Wake Service will be held on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Mrs. Lavera RADTKA obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project. (2)
Mrs. Lavera Radtka aged 69, of Allison, died at 4:35 Thursday morning in the Brownsville hospital after a lingering illness. Mrs. Radtka has made her home with a son-in-law and a daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Norman, of Allison. In addition to Mrs. Norman, she leaves a son, Ernest, of Lewisburg, Pa., four sisters, Mrs. Lilly Pyle, Newburg, W.Va., Mrs. Mollie Eslick, New York City; Mrs. Birdie Satterfield, W.Va.; and Mrs. Della Fetty, Clarksburg, W.Va.; a brother, Richard, of Grafton, W.Va., and four grandchildren.
The body will be removed this evening to the home of Mrs. Harriet Walls, House 594, in Allison 2, where funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Burial will be in Acklin cemetery.
Mrs. Thomas D. Radtke, aged 29 years, of Scottdale, died in the Mt. Pleasant Hospital, Tuesday morning, March 21, 1922, at 4:45 o’clock following an operation in that institution last Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William R. McElroy, of Gallatin avenue, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. G. W. Watson officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove cemetery. Mrs. Radtke was born September 22, 1893 in this city, and lived practically all her life here. She graduated from the North Union township high school with the class of 1911, and became cashier at the Union Supply company store at Smock. She was later employed by the Fayello Supply company store at Oliver No. 1. On July 3, 1913, the deceased, who was formerly Miss Minnie McElroy, was married to Thomas D. Radtke, by Dr. Cloyd Goodnight. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Central Christian church of this city and of the Loyal Daughters class of that Sunday school. She was also a member of Uniontown Review, Ladies of the Maccabees. She is survived by her husband, her parents, and the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Clark M. Lessig, William R. McElroy, Jr., and John McElroy, all of Uniontown.
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Thomas D. Radtke, of Scottdale, will be held Friday afternoon, March 24th, 1922, from the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. William R. McElroy, of Gallatin avenue, Uniontown, at 2 o’clock. The Rev. G. W. Watson will officiate and will be assisted by the Rev. Paul White, of Scottdale. Interment will take place in Oak Grove cemetery.
Mrs. Mary Ann RADVANSKY died in 1937. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
Mrs. Mary Ann Krofcheck Radvansky, 30, died at 6:20 o'clock Tuesday evening, April 27, 1937, in Uniontown hospital, following an extended illness. She was the wife of Adam J. Radvansky and resided at 65 North Morgantown street, Fair-????
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(Standard - April 28, 1937)
RAE, LOUISE VERSET— The family will receive friends in the Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 p.m. and until 2 p.m. Tuesday, the hour of service with Rev. Joseph Gluck and Dr. Earl P. Confer officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Park, Pt. Marion.
Haley Marie Rafail, infant daughter of Waddia Rafail and Carol (Lowery) Rafail of Smithfield, Pa., born in Morgantown, W.Va., on Aug. 24, 2005, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at 4:33 p.m., in the West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., as the result of an automobile accident. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandfather, William Lowery of Smithfield, Pa.; grandmother, Sandra Garski Lowery of Smithfield, Pa.; and grandmother, Betty Rafail of West Leisenring, Pa. Haley was predeceased by her grandfather, Waddia Rafail Sr.; and great- grandparents, Charles "Jagger" Lowery and Kaushon Lowery. Friends are invited to call today at the JOHN S. MAYKUTH JR. FUNERAL HOME, Masontown, Pa., from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the time of the service, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Randy Byers officiating. Interment will be in IOOF Cemetery, Smithfield, Pa.
Mrs. Hassoun Rafail, 74, of Uniontown, died Sunday at her home after an extended illness. She was a member of St. George Meronite R. C. Church and the Lady’s Guild of St. George R. C. Church. Surviving are eight children, including Ferris, Mrs. Paul (Mae) Mitchell, Elias, George, Shomoonie, and Betty of Uniontown; 27 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Requiem high mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. George R. C. Maronite Church. Interment will be in Park Place Cemetery.
Note from contributor:
Came to this country in 1884
Joan Rafail, aged two, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Waddia Rafail, 103 Coolspring Street, died at 5:15 Tuesday morning, November 26, 1940, from illness or pneumonia. She was born September 19, 1938. In addition to her parents, she leaves the following brothers and sisters, Thomas, Waddia, Jr., Beatrice and Rita, at home, and her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Faris. Angel mass will be celebrated at 9 o'clock Friday morning in St. George's R. C. church, Lincoln street. Msgr. Hayek will be celebrant and burial will follow in Park Place cemetery, under the direction of Stephen Haky.
A Uniontown woman was killed last night when struck by a car on Connellsville Street shortly before midnight. Dead on arrival at Uniontown Hospital was Mrs. Rose W. Rafail, 61, of 103 Coolspring St. Mrs. Rafail suffered internal injuries when she was crossing Connellsville Street near the Thomas St. intersection and was struck by a vehicle operated by Dennis R. Helmick, 26, of Brownfield. Witnesses to the accident told city police Helmick swerved his car to avoid hitting Mrs. Rafail but could not avoid the accident. Uniontown fireman's ambulance took the victim to the hospital where she was pronounced dead at approximately 11:50 p.m. Mrs. Rafail was a member of St. George Maronite R. C. Church, Ladies Guild of the Church, St. Joseph's Confraternity of Christian Mothers and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Lebanese Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Waddia, Sr., in 1952 and a son, Thomas, in 1963. Survivors include the following children: Mrs. Duane (Beatrice) Mills of Uniontown, Mrs. Michael (Rita) Koury of Connellsville, and Joseph F. and Waddia, Jr., both at home; the following brothers and sisters: John Faris, Jr. and Mrs. Anna Joseph, both of Uniontown; Si Faris of Rollsburg, W. Va.; Carmen Kay Faris of San Antonio, Tex.; Samuel Fais of Baltimore, Md., and Mrs. Walter (Margaret) Magda, of Midland, and 12 grandchildren. Friends will be received at Haky Funeral Home from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, and 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 9:3O a.m. on Monday followed by Solemn Requiem High Mass at 10 in St. George Church. Burial will be in Park Place Cemetery.
Notes from contributor: Daughter of John Niggen Faris and Shomena Salem Faris
Salem Rafail, son of Mr. and Mrs. Waddie Rafail, died in the family residence, 98 Coolspring Street, Uniontown, Pa., at 10 o'clock Monday night, September 18, 1933, following an illness of pneumonia. He was aged one year and four days. Only last Thursday, September 14, he was christened with seven of his cousins, in the home of his uncle, Gaston Rafail. Surviving, besides his parents, are one brother, Thomas and two sisters, Beatrice and Reta Rafail, all at home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Funeral services for Salim Rafail, 10-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wadda Rafail, who died of pneumonia Monday night at the home of his parents in 96 Coolspring street, were held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock at the home with Father Hayek officiating. Burial was in Park Place Cemetery.
Shmoonie (Mimi) Rafail, of Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., passed away on March 3, 2009 at the Uniontown Hospital, with her family by her bedside. Mimi was born in Uniontown, Pa., on March 1, 1929, the daughter of Gestin and Hassoun (Salim) Rafail. Mimi was a member of St. George Maronite Catholic Church, in Uniontown, the Altar Rosary Society, and the Ladies Guild of St. George. "Aunt" Mimi looked forward to spending time with her nieces and nephews and to her daily trips to ABC School House. She loved to travel and to play penny slots and bingo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by 3 brothers, Ferris, Rafail (Ray), and George, and 2 sisters Mae Mitchell and Iona George. Mimi is survived by her loving and devoted sister, Betty M. Rafail, with whom she made her home; 2 brothers: Francis Rafail, of Waynesburg, Greene County, Pa., and Elias Rafail, of Uniontown, and numerous adoring nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the THOMAS M. DOLFI FUNERAL HOME, 136 N. Gallatin Ave. on Friday, March 6, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday until 9:30 a.m., at which time Prayers of Transfer will be recited, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. George Maronite Catholic Church, with Fr. Phillip Kanfush and Sub Deacon Thomas R. George, presiding. Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, in Uniontown. On Friday, the Altar Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 3:00 p.m. and the parish will do a Ghinnaz Service at 7:30 p.m.
Waddia Anthony Rafail Jr., 62 of Smithfield Pa, died Wednesday, February 6, 2002 in Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was born February 3, 1940, in Uniontown, a son of the late Waddia Anthony Rafail, Sr. and Rose Faris Rafail. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Mills; and a brother Tom Rafail. Waddia was a member of Fairchance Church of Worship, was a graduate of St. John's High School, and attended St. Vincent College. He was the owner and operator of Waddia Rafail Beer Distributor in the area and was a good family man who loved his family. He is survived by his wife Betty Stark Rafail; six children, Rose Sanders and husband Robert, Jr. of Masontown, Waddia Anthony Rafail, III, and wife Carol, Jerome Rafail and wife Billie, Phillip M. Rafail, Lisa M. Rafail and Beth Ann Rafail, all of Smithfield; four grandchildren, Robert Sanders, III, Joshua Sanders, Julie Sanders and Jerome Edward Rafail; a sister Rita Koury, of Connellsville; a brother Joseph Rafail and wife Ann, of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the Haky Funeral Home, Inc., a Dignity Provider, 139 W. Fayette Street, Sunday from 2 -4 and 7-9 p.m. and Monday, Feb 11, until 11 a.m., the hour of service, with Pastor Mark Kephart officiating. Interment will follow in Park Place Cemetery.
Anna C. RAFFLE died in 1938. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
Mrs. Anna Chocola Raffle, aged 42, wife of William Raffle, well-known Uniontown city fireman, died suddenly at 1:30 this morning in the Uniontown hospital where she had been a patient since last Thursday. Death was attributed to a complication of diseases.
Mrs. Raffle was one of Uniontown's best known residents. Active in the affairs of the Great Bethel Baptist church, her death comes as a distinct shock to a wide circle of ????
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(Standard - August 24, 1938)
Margaret (McClintock) Rafitz, 75, of Uniontown, Pa., died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, in Uniontown Hospital. Friends will be received this evening from 7 to 9 p.m., and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced on Friday by the Haky Funeral Home of Uniontown.
RAFTER, EMMA— Smock, Pa. died Monday, May 16, 1994 at her home. She was born March 16, 1902 in United, Pa., daughter of the late Charles and Mary Jaworski. She was also predeceased by her husband, Patrick J. Rafter, Sr. in 1978; two sons: James and John Rafter; and eight brothers and three sisters. She was a member of St. Hedwig R.C. Church, Smock and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. Surviving are these children; Betty Bencze of Carmichaels, Pa., Mrs. Walter (Katie) Gilsdorf of Lexington, S.C., Mrs. Vincent (Emma) Florkewitz of Fairfield, N.J., Patrick J. Rafter, at home Edward Rafter of Smock, Agnes Rafter of Lyndhurst N.J., and Mrs. Bernadette Padula of Fair Lawn, N.J., Frances Rafter, at home, Robert Rafter and his wife, Donna of Uniontown, Richard Rafter and wife Maureen of Lyndhurst, N. J. and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Rafter of Perryopolis; 15 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; a brother, Sylvester Jaworski of Leisenring 1; one sister, Mrs. Bridget Stock of Crowley, Texas and a sister-in-law, Miss Mary Rafter of Uniontown. Friends are being received in the HAKY FUNERAL HOME, 139 W. Fayette St., Uniontown, today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursday until 9:15 a.m., when a prayer service will be held, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Hedwig R.C. Church, Smock, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Edward J. Kretz as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery in Leisenring 1, Pa.
Michael Rafter, about 80 years of age, died Monday morning, February 19, 1923, at his home at Ohiopyle. He had been a lifelong resident of the town and was at one time section foreman for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. He was born in Ireland, coming to this country when a boy. At the time of his death he was borough assessor. He was a member of the borough council and also the M. E. church. He is survived by his wife, Rachel, one son, Richard Rafter, and three daughters, Mrs. John Stewart, Mrs. R. A. Marshall and Mrs. Connelly.
Funeral services will be held from the late home at Ohiopyle Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Stricken with a heart attack, Richard H. Rafter, 65 years old, of Uniontown fell dead from a chair Monday afternoon at 5:05 o’clock at the home of Johnson VanKirk, 85 years old, an invalid of Merrittstown. Mr. Rafter had been nursing Mr. VanKirk and was sitting in a chair beside him, when he was stricken. He was a brother-in-law of Fire Chief W. E. DeBolt of Connellsville. Mr. Rafter was born at Ohiopyle, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rafter, and is well known in this community, having been employed by W. J. Rainey, Inc., at Elm Grove for 30 years. He moved from Elm Grove to Uniontown and was employed by the Oliver Steel Company until the works closed. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Missouri DeBolt. His second wife, Mrs. Florence Rafter, and three children to the first marriage survive, as follows: Mrs. Freda Gibson of Connellsville, Harry Rafter of Uniontown, R.D., and Mrs. Stella Martin of Morgantown, W. Va. Three sisters also survive. They are: Mrs. Nancy Connelly of Duquesne, Mrs. Nora Marshall of McKeesport and Mrs. Mary Stewart of Connellsville. There are six grandchildren. Mr. Rafter was a member of the Uniontown Council, Junior Order United American Mechanics. The funeral service will be held Thursday afternoon. After a short service at the home, 212 Whyel avenue, Uniontown, the body will be taken to the Methodist Church at Ohiopyle, where a full service will be conducted. Interment will be at Ohiopyle.
Adeline RAGLAND died in 1931. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
Mrs. Adeline Ragland, 48, colored, died at the late residence, House 72, Palmer, Monday, August 24, 1931, of complications. She is survived by her husband, Wade Ragland, one son, Wayman, and one daughter, Mrs. Rosie Lee Bradford, both at home.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Donald Dobson Rahm, 62 of LaFayette, La., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1995 and was buried Saturday, Nov. 18, 1995. Mr. Rahm was formerly a resident of Fairchance, Pa., and a son of the late John C. and Margaret E. Rahm. Surviving are his wife, Lucille Trosclair Rahm; a son, Brian Keith; Daughters, Kimberly Denise, Elizabeth Renee and Mrs Gerald (Tara) Miquez; and five grandchildren, all of LaFayette. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Miller of Fairchance; sisters-in-law, Velma Rahm of Fairchance, and Eileen (Pat) Rahm of Bossier City, La. He was predeceased by three brothers, John O. Rahm, Sr.; Albert J. Rahm and William H. Rahm. Pallbearers were Gerald Miquez, Milford Trosclair, Warren Lotz, Lee Thornton, Douglas Rahm and Herbert Moody. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren. Eric Rahm, Seth Rahm, Cory Rahm, Klye Desormeaux, and Summer Miquez. Interment was in Fountain Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were under the direction of the DELHOMME FUNERAL HOME, LaFayette La.
RAIN, MRS. HATTIE— 121 Edenborn, died in her residence, Saturday, November 25, 1961. She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Otis (Frances) Williams, Edenborn; Mrs. Richard (Gladys) Tuck, Leckrone; one son Samuel Rain, Edenborn; three grandchildren, Sheila Rain, Edenborn; Delnora and Samuel Rain, Sharon; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Pendleton, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Sadie Jones, Waynesboro, Va.; four nieces and nephews, Mrs Ann Fields, Los Angeles, Calif., John Pendleton, Edenborn; Mrs. Nerassa Crawford and Mrs. Ora Jackson, Waynesboro, Va. Friends will be received in the late home after 5 p.m. today. Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Antioch Baptist Church. The Rev. J. S. Brack will officiate. Interment will be in the Edenborn cemetery under the direction of the Carl A. Lantz Funeral Home.
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Samuel D. Rain, 47, of Edenborn, was a World War Two veteran and a member of Robena Local No. 6321, U. M. W. A. Surviving are three children, Sheila, Delano and Samuel R., and two sisters, Mrs. Otis (Frances) Williams of Edenborn and Mrs. Richard (Gladys) Tuck of Leckrone. He was preceded in death by his wife, Varndella; a son, Samuel, Jr.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Rain, and a sister, Mrs. Hester Watson. The body will be in the home after …… p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Antioch Baptist Church, with the Rev. J. S. Brack officiating. Interment will be in Edenborn Cemetery under direction of the Lantz funeral home of Uniontown.
George R. Rainey, 91 of Fayette City and a native of West Pike Run Township, Washington County, died Thursday in South Hills Health System’s Jefferson Center. He is survived by a niece, Nora Bailey of Pensacola, Fla.; a nephew, Robert john of Denton, Texas; a goddaughter, Missy Cramer Campbell of Belle Vernon; and a sister, Miss Ethel Rainey of Bentleyville who died Friday morning March 25, 1994. Friends will be received in the Howard W. McCrory Funeral Home, 334 Main St., Fayette City, today from 12 to 9 p.m. and Monday until 12:30 p.m.
Social Security Death Index:
Born—– July 22, 1902
Died—– March 24, 1994
Fern V. Raley
Formerly of Rockwood
Fern V. Raley, 90, of Connellsville, formerly of Rockwood, passed Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the Harmon House in Mt. Pleasant. Born Dec. 20, 1920, in Rockwood, she is the daughter of the late Irvin and Mary (Bowers) Francis. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Claude, in 1987; and sisters, Doris Hechler and Mary Davis. Fern is survived by her children, Kenneth D. Yutzy and his wife, Nancy, of Addison, Claudia Smith and her husband, James, of Connellsville, Connie Berkey, of Boswell, and Freeman Raley and his wife, Barb, of Somerset; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sisters, Wave Stoner and Sally Butler and her husband, Eugene, both of Connellsville; and brother, Richard Francis, of Boynton Beach, Fla. Fern was a member of Trinity Reformed Church in Rockwood and later, a member of the Mt. Olive Church of North America in Bullskin Township. She enjoyed baking and cooking, reading her Bible, sitting on her porch and spending time with her grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, Somerset, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with Pastor Joseph McCarty officiating. Interment at Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.millerfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
Claude E. Ralph, 37, of Oliver No.3, died Saturday morning at Cresson. Surviving are two brothers and one sister, Sgt. Charles W. Ralph in France and James Earl and Miss Verna C. Ralph at home. The funeral service will be held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of Oliver Hoar on Old Connellsville Road with Rev. H.L. Davis officiating. Interment will be in Park Place Cemetery in charge of Funeral Director A. D. Ferguson of Uniontown.
Notes from contributor:
Father–Samuel H Ralph
Mother–Amanda Hoar Ralph
Brothers and sisters –
Mary E., Verna C., Sgt. Charles W., James Earl
Martha Graham Ralph, age 91 years, a resident of Menallen Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, died Saturday, March 15, 2008, in Hillside Manor, Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa. She was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1916, the daughter of Hugh Keys Graham and Lavenia Gibson Graham. Mrs. Ralph graduated from California State Teachers College (now the California University of Pennsylvania) with a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree. She received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She taught for many years in Menallen Township. Mrs. Ralph was a member of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the International Teacher's Organization, and served three years as Vice President and three years as President. She served as Regent for three years for The Colonel Andrew Lynn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was Secretary of the Menallen Grange 1091 for eleven years, and Treasurer of the Fayette County Pomona Grange for five years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, James Earl Ralph, in 2003. She is survived by five children, 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren: child Paul Edward Krieger, of Houston, Texas, grandchildren Andrew Keys Krieger and Thomas Burdette Krieger, great-grandchildren: Andrew Paul, Caroline Marie, and Katherine Grace Krieger, great-grandchildren: Delaney Sky, Fiona Tyne, Eden Simone, and Pippa Rose Krieger; child, Lavenia Ann Vallozzi, of Uniontown, Pa., grandchildren: Stephanie Ann Krahenbuhl, Alan Lee Dettling, Sara Lynn Dettling; child, Amanda Susan Ralph, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, grandchildren: Rebecca Grace Shapiro and Jacob James Shapiro; child, James Samuel Ralph, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, grandchildren Amanda Ralph and Allison Ralph; and child, Charles Richard Ralph, of Elgin, Texas, grandchildren, Benjamin Thomas Ralph and Hollis James Ralph.
Friends will be received in the J. HARRY JOHNSTON FUNERAL HOME, 65 North Gallatin Avenue, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at 10 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Paul Lesher, officiating. Interment will follow in Grace Episcopal Cemetery, Menallen Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Personal expressions of sympathy may be sent to email@example.com.
Miss Mary E. Ralph, 26, died at her home, House # 65, Oliver # 3, Pa., Thursday afternoon, March 20, 1941 at 1:10 o'clock of a complication of diseases. She was a member of the Belle Vernon (Pa.) Presbyterian Church. Surviving are her father, Samuel B. Ralph, and the following brothers and sisters: James and Charles, at home; Claude, at Cresson, Pa.; and Verna, at home. The body was removed last night from the A. D. Ferguson Funeral Home to the family residence where friends will be received until Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, when funeral services will be held. Rev. Billett will officiate. Burial will follow in Park Place Cemetery, Uniontown Pa.
Verna C. Ralph, 27, of Oliver No. 3, died Saturday night at Cresson Hospital. She was a sister of Sergeant Charles W. Ralph in France and James S. at home.
The funeral service for Verna C. Ralph of Oliver No. 3 will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home in charge of Rev. H. L. Davis. Interment will be made in Park Place Cemetery, Uniontown.
Notes from contributor:
Father–Samuel H. Ralph
Mother–Amanda Hoar Ralph
Brothers–Claude E., Charles W., James E.
Mrs. Anna Ramage, age about 40 years, wife of John M. Ramage, proprietor of the Fairchance hotel at Fairchance, died yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Mercy Hospital in Pittsburg where she underwent an operation for gall stones about two weeks ago. The body was removed to Fairchance last evening. No arrangements have been made for the funeral. The interment will likely take place in Uniontown.
Mrs. Ramage was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O'Hara and was born at Morrell, Dunbar township. When a child she came to Connellsville with her parents where she resided until the time of her marriage. She was married to John Ramage about 22 years ago. For a number of years they resided on a farm near Fairchance. Several months ago they moved into their new hotel at Fairchance which was recently completed. She was the mother of 16 children, eight of whom are living. She was a member of the Roman Catholic Church in Uniontown. Her husband and the following children survive: Attorney Thomas Ramage of Clarksburg, W.Va., Mary, Agnes, Anatasia, John, James, Eleanor and Joseph Ramage all at home. Three brothers Martin, James and William O'Hara, all of Connellsville, also survive.
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Parents were born in Ireland
Charles Arthur Ramage, 51, of Uniontown, died Monday in his home. He was a member of District 50, U. M. W. A. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Marguerite Ewart Ramage; eight children, including Charles, Harry and Mrs. Doris Seese of Masontown, Mrs. Robert (Danna) Fitzpatrick of Uniontown, George and Norman at home and Mrs. James (Marguerite) Hines of Marianna; eight grandchildren; four brothers, and four sisters, including Mrs. James (Eleanor) Cavalcante of Masontown and Mrs. William (Alverta) Christopher of Searights. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Honsaker funeral home, Masontown, with the Rev. Henry Burke and the Rev. Anna Dillow officiating. Interment will be in Greendale Cemetery.
Mrs. Ramage, wife of G. W. Ramage, of Elben, died Saturday morning of lung trouble. The interment takes place at Brownsville.
Mrs. Sara E. Ramage, age 80 years, widow of James Ramage, passed away at her home in Old Wynn, Sunday morning, June 14, 1936. Mrs. Ramage is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Jane Emerson of Detroit, and Mrs. Barbara Anne Jacobs of Old Wynn; two sons, Edmund Ramage of Brownsville, and Robert C. Ramage of Uniontown. A son, John passed away about five years ago. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and a brother and sister in England. The body was removed to the Minerd funeral home, Uniontown, where funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon. Burial in Park Place cemetery.
Mrs. Sarah Ramage, aged 75 years, died at the home of her son-in- law, George Emerson, at Allison, Sunday night, August 4, at 8:20 o'clock of complications. Mrs. Ramage is survived by three sons, Daniel of Lambert, Henry of Cassville, W. Va., and A. W. of Isabella, and two daughters, Mrs. Emerson and Mrs. Fannie Utterbank, both of Allison.
Glenn L. Rambo, 20, son of Rev. William A. and Sarah Rambo of Cove Run, died Saturday evening in Selins Grove. In addition to his parents he is survived by four brothers, Herbert S. Rambo of Guys Mills, William A. Jr., of Monaca, Robert A. of Hollywood, Cal., Corporal Lawrence L., stationed in Japan with the armed forces; four sisters, Miss Margaret Rambo and Mrs. Lois DeBrine of Rochester, N. Y., Mrs. Alma Jones of Memphis, Tenn., Mrs. Lillian Devan of Hopwood and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Emma Rambo of Monaca. He was a member of the Cove Run Free Methodist Church.
RAMSEY, ALICE, age 68 years died at 5:30 o’clock Monday evening at her home at Mount Braddock after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Ramsey, 9 years ago. The following children survive; Haley of Grindstone, Mrs. Rachel Wilson of Mt. Braddock, with whom she resides, James of Lake Lynn, Mrs. Irene George of Mt. Braddock and Harry of the Marine Corps at Parris Island. Seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Martha Davis of Revere and four brothers, Rev. McClelland Riggar of Rosedale, William Riggar of Rosedale, James Riggar of Oliphant Furnace and Thomas Riggar at home. Funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Mount Braddock Methodist church, Rev. William F. Hamilton officiating. Interment in Park Place cemetery, Uniontown.
Allen Ramsey, 63 year old, a former resident of Monvue, died Sunday afternoon at 12;15 o'clock at the home of a son-in-law, James Wilson, House 220, Mount Braddock, following an illness of five weeks. Death was attributed to a stroke. Mr. Ramsey, a constable for 15 years in Nicholson Township, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alice Ramsey; three sons, Harry of Clarksburg, W. Va., James of Lake Lynn and Haley of Smock; two daughters, Mrs. Irene George and Mrs. Rachel Wilson, both of Mount Braddock; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Sally Wolf and Mrs. Ella B. Murphy and one brother, Ockman Ramsey all of Clarksburg, W. VA. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon with a brief service at the Wilson home in Mount Braddock at 2 o'clock followed by full rites at the Mount Braddock Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. William S. Hamilton, pastor, officiating, assisted by Rev. Haley Richards of Clarksburg, W. VA.
Notes from contributor:
Buried–Park Place Cemetery, Uniontown
Father–William George Ramsey
Mother–Rachel Jordan Ramsey
Allan Ernest Ramsey departed this life on Thursday, September 02, 2010. He was born April 19, 1945 to Roy and Justine Ramsey. Allan graduated from South Union High School in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He served in the Vietnam War. Allan retired from Columbia Gas with 33 years of service. He will be remembered for his gentle and compassionate ways. Allan was the type of gentleman who could talk to anyone.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Sylvia Ramsey; sons: Todd Ramsey, Greg Beckwith and wife Julie of Midlothian, Virginia and Brian Beckwith of Richmond, Virginia; four grandchildren: D'Auria, Chelsea, Brittany and Greg, Jr.; siblings: Jean Wright Edison (Audrey) Hairston, Harold (Patricia) Hairston, Sr., Thomas (Patricia) Ramsey and Brent (Carol) Ramsey; a host of other nieces, nephews and relatives; and many friends.
Viewing will be at CITY CHAPEL, 254 East Main Street, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Services will be held in CITY CHAPEL on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 11 a.m. Reverend Leonard Kirby will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under direction of the LANTZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 297 East Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401 (724.438.4030), Muriel E. Lantz, Supervisor
Artentious Nix Ramsey, 84, a longtime resident of Tuskegee Terrace in Uniontown, Pa., and a recent resident of Mount Macrina Manor, who graduated from the former South Union Township High School in Uniontown and was born in Johns, Alabama, passed away Friday evening, September 26, 2003 in the Uniontown Hospital, Uniontown, Pa. She is survived by 14 beloved children: Geraldine Ramsey Dowe and her husband Allen Dowe, Richard Ramsey and his wife Felicia, and Gary Ramsey all of Columbus, Ohio, Larry Ramsey of Morgantown, West Virginia, William Ramsey and his wife Georgiana, and Bernice Ramsey Hall all of New Jersey, Gloria Ramsey Boatright, Marva Ramsey, Kimberly Ramsey, Linda Ramsey Kinney and her husband Fred Kinney, Jeffrey Ramsey and his wife Renee, and Stanton Ramsey and his wife Tonya all of Uniontown, Pa.; 80 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; one niece and one nephew: Lorraine Daniels and Kenneth Daniels; many cousins and friends. Friends will be received in the Muriel E. Lantz Funeral Home, 297 East Main Street, Uniontown, Pa., on Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, October 2, until the Service at 1 p.m.
Charles K. Ramsey, Sr., departed this life Tuesday, November 13, 2007, in Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh, Pa., following a very brief illness. Born, May 4, 1928, in Ralphton, Pa., the son of Adolph and Minnie King Ramsey. Chuck has resided in Whitsett, Fayette County, Pa., since 1942. A veteran of the United States Army, Chuck was at one time a steel worker, and has spent the majority of his life as a professional musician, including playing with the Harold Betters Quartet. He also served as committeeman for Whitsett.
In addition to his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marcine Bates Ramsey; two daughters, Joyce Drake, of Hiller, Fayette County, Pa., and Bernice (Benjamin) Butler, of North Braddock, Pa.; and six sons, Charles, Jr., Gary, and Calvin Ramsey, of Whitsett, Wesley Ramsey, of Whitehall, Pa., Robert (Shelley) Ramsey, of Belle Vernon, Pa., and Brian Ramsey, of Murrysville, Pa.; eight grandsons; four granddaughters, three great grandsons and three great granddaughters; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Friends will be received in the PILGRIM REST BAPTIST CHURCH in Whitsett, Pa., on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 until 11 a.m. the hour of service. Interment to follow at Olive Branch Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BEVERLY C. DRAPER FUNERAL HOME.
Ella E. Ramsey, 91, of Point Marion, Pa., died Thursday, February 2, 1995, in Fairfield Personal Care Home, Fairchance, Pa. She was born July 21, 1903, in (Cheat Neck) Morgantown, W.Va., daughter of the late George H. and Maude Beatty Lewellen. She is the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, James Ramsey in 1981; and three sisters, Elizabeth Anne Betchey, Donna Lewellen and Jessie King. Surviving are a niece, Jessie Szerensci of Grays Landing, Pa.; two nephews, Bill Betchey of St. Paul, Minn., and Lawrence King of Temple Hills, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall of Morgantown, W.Va. Friends will be received in the HAKY FUNERAL HOME, 515 North Main St., Masontown, Pa., Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m., and Sunday until 1 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted by Jehovah Witness. Interment will follow in Fletcher Cemetery, Cheat Neck, W. Va.
George M. RAMSEY died in 1934. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
George M. Ramsey, 57, a mine official at Bradenville, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1934, at his home in Bradenville after a lingering illness. Mr. Ramsay lived in Uniontown over 30 years ago, and for the past 15 years was employed as a mine executive in Bradenville.
Mr. Ramsay is survived by his wife, Mamie Pegg Ramsay, and three married daughters. He was the youngest son of the late Morris Ramsay, for many years general manager of the four Southwest coke plants near Mt. Pleasant.
The remaining members of his family are: Sadie, William, Hannah, Robert and Adelaide Ramsay.
Funeral services will be held from the Bradenville home on Sunday afternoon. Interment probably will be in Derry, Pa.
RAMSEY, HALEY — Age 78 years, of Gallatin Bank Apartments, Brownsville, Pa., died in the Uniontown Hospital Tuesday, January 10, 1978, at 7:40 p.m. He was born in Revere, Pa., October 31, 1899, a son of the late Allen and Alice Ramsey. He was a retired coal mine foreman of the Bridgeport Mine. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brownsville Aerie No. 1356. He was a past member of the Brownsville Moose Lodge, and a former governor of the Moose. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Anderson Ramsey; two daughters, Mrs. Darlene Sheffield, Waldorf, Md., and Mrs. Alice Catherine Robinson, Uniontown; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, James Ramsey of Point Marion and one sister, Mrs. Rachel Wilson of Evans Manor, Pa. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Ramsey, on August 28, 1977, at Clarksburg, W. Va. Friends are being received in the J.W. Kisinger Funeral Home, 515 Front St., Brownsville today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted on Friday, January 13, at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Tolson officiating. Interment will follow in the LaFayette Memorial Park.
Harriet E. (Puttsey) Ramsey, 68, of Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., passed away in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa., on Monday, July 7, 2008. She was born to the late Bernice Ramsey on January 23, 1940, in Uniontown. She is survived by her brother, Howard Ramsey, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a nephew, Preston Ramsey, of Manhattan, N.Y.; a great-niece, Briaha Ramsey, of New Jersey; and a host of cousins, relatives and friends. Friends will be received in the MURIEL E. LANTZ FUNERAL HOME, 297 East Main Street, Uniontown, on Saturday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the hour of service. Interment will follow immediately after in the Mount Moriah Cemetery, Smithfield, Fayette County, Pa.
James Cross Ramsay, five, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Ramsay of Masontown, died in Allegheny General hospital, Pittsburgh, Saturday morning, following a lingering illness. In addition to his parents his grandfather, Lloyd Ramsay of Masontown, survives. Funeral services will be held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. Sidney E. Kuhn of Jacob’s Lutheran Church, Leckrone.
John E. Ramsey, 79, of Jefferson Twp., Perryopolis, Fayette County, Pa., entered into eternal rest with his loving family at his side, Wednesday, February 6, 2008, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born August 20, 1928, in Fayette City, Fayette County, Pa., a son of the late Abe and the late Ruth Coughenour. He was a member of Braznell C&MA Church. Mr. Ramsey worked at Corning Glass from 1944-1946, and served with the USAF, in Japan 1946-1949. He was a carpenter for many years, and retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Allenport Plant in 1993. Surviving are three daughters: Cindy Kostelac and husband, Ken, of Belle Vernon, Pa., Laurene Ramsier and husband, Bruce, of Perryopolis, Luanne Ramsey, of Belle Vernon; son, John A. Ramsey and wife, Donna, of Stevensville, Md.; nine grandchildren: Tracy Everett, Kelly Seaton, Chad Everett, Melissa Fidel and husband, Charles, Emily Kostelac and fiancé, Matt Johnston, John-Paul Kostelac, Jordan Ramsier, Alanna Ramsier, Todd Kostelac and wife, Shelley; nine great-grandchildren: Morgan Fidel, Damian Fidel, Dragen Kostelac, Tyler Everett, Trent Everett, Trisha Everett, Gavin Seaton, Owen Seaton, Cody Seaton; sister, Sally Pisarchick, of Ohio; aunt, Grace Sindlinger, of New Castle, Pa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leah A. Livingstone Ramsey, and brother, Melvin Ramsey. Friends will be received in the ELEY-MCCRORY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 334 Main Street, Fayette City, Fayette County, Pa., today 6 to 9 p.m., Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, February 9, 2008 until 11 a.m., the hour of services, with Rev. George McNeel, officiating. Interment will follow in the Belle Vernon Cemetery, Belle Vernon, Pa.
Ockman B. Ramsey, 50, of Railroad Street, a WPA worker, died at 3:50 a.m. today at his home. He was the son of William George Ramsey and Rachel Ramsey. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Lena Ramsey; a son William, and two daughters, Mary Frances and Lucille, all at home; two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Wolf, of Ashcroft Street and Mrs. Ella B. Murphy of North Twenty-forth Street. Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Davis Funeral Home. Burial will be made at Greenlawn Cemetery with Rev. Charles Tate, of the Adamston United Brethren church, in charge.
MOUNT PLEASANT, April 5.— Plyllis June Ramsey, born August 19, 1926, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Ramsey of Tarr, died at the home yesterday. The funeral service will be Wednesday at Mount Lebanon Church at Tarr. Burial will be in Mount Lebanon Cemetery.
Phylis June, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Ramsey, died Monday, aged eight months. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon. Rev. G. J. Rowe of Millvale was in charge.
Phyllis M. (Anderson) Ramsey, 59, of North Hollywood, Calif., passed away Monday evening, April 26, 2004, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, Calif. She was born on April 26, 1945, in Uniontown, Pa., daughter of the late Laymon and Genevieve Anderson. She was a member of The Ever Increasing Faith Ministries, Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, Calif. She was a graduate of South Union High School and later moved to North Hollywood, where she worked as an actress for Central Casting Company, Burbank, Calif. She appeared in several movies, most notably, "What's Love Got To Do With It", daytime dramas and primetime television shows. She was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), until her retirement in November, 2003. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one brother, James Anderson Sr.; and sisters, Genevieve Davis, Betty Fairfax and Yvonne Lawrence. Surviving are her beloved son, T.A. (Chico) Ramsey of North Hollywood, Calif.; one sister, Lorraine Tarpley of Uniontown, Pa.; brothers, Laymon Anderson Jr., and wife, Audrey and Richard Anderson Sr., all of Cleveland, Ohio, Norman Anderson and wife, Carolyn of Pittsburgh, Pa., William Anderson of McClellandtown, Pa., the Rev. Owen Anderson and wife, Virginia of Hiller, Pa., Marvin Anderson of Springdale, Md., and Clinton Anderson of Uledi, Pa.; and a host of relatives and friends. Arrangements are being handled by the MURIEL E. LANTZ FUNERAL HOME, Uniontown, and will be announced in the Saturday edition of the newspaper.
Rebecca Hague RAMSEY died in 1938. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(3)
MRS. REBECCA H. RAMSEY
Mrs. Rebecca Hague Ramsey, aged 86 years, 10 months, 21 days, died at 6:15 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, 1938, in the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Harry Houseman, 213 Lookout avenue, Charleroi, with whom she made her home.
A former resident of Masontown. Mrs. Ramsey had resided in Charleroi for the last 36 years.
Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Thomas Christopher, Charleroi; Lloyd Ramsey, Masontown; Mrs. Harry Houseman, Charleroi, and Glenn D. Ramsay, Rochester, N.Y.
Brief funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the Houseman Home, Charleroi, follow-
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Roger L. Ramsey
Roger Lee Ramsey, 61, of Donegal, Somerset County, Pa., died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, in the state of Montana. He was born Sept. 4, 1944, in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pa., a son of the late Floyd I. and Marie L. White Ramsey. Roger was a retired technician with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard with over 30 years of service. After retirement, he worked as a flower delivery person for Barron's Floral, a delivery driver for Champion Mine Supply Co., and as a school bus driver for the Champion Christian School. He served with the 110th Infantry Battalion, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pa. He was a member of TREA, the Donegal American Legion and the Four Wheel Drive Club. He was a former member of the Barbershop Chorus in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., and Somerset, Somerset County, Pa. Roger was a member of the Davistown United Methodist Church. He greatly loved watching his grandchildren participate in their sports activities.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce White Ramsey; five children, Robert Ramsey and his wife, Danette, of Melcroft, Fayette County, Pa., Ronald Ramsey and his wife, Jodi, of Acme, Fayette County, Pa., Timothy Ramsey and his wife, Angela, of White, Fayette County, Pa., Shelly Mineweiser and her husband, Eric, of Youngsville, Pa., and Michael Ramsey, of Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Amanda, Rachel, Bradley, Ally and Autum Ramsey, Paige Mineweiser, Taylor Ramsey and Halee Mineweiser; and one brother, Kenneth Ramsey and his wife, Anita, of Lebanon, Pa.
Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Paul Freidhof officiating. Interment will follow in the Keslar Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside.
Thomas A. Ramsey, 58, of Canonsburg, died at his home Wednesday morning at 6:05 o’clock. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Anna Ramsey of Uniontown; four sons, Robert, Roye, William and Ernest, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Smothers and Miss Bernice Ramsey of Uniontown; two brothers and three sisters, all residing in North Carolina. The body will be removed tonight from the Stephens funeral home to the family residence at 165 South Grant street, Uniontown, where services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will follow in Clearview cemetery.
DIED— About 5 o’clock this morning, at the inn of Mr. B. Aughinbaugh, in this place, the Hon. Wm. Ramsey, aged about 50 years. Mr. R. had served as one of the representatives in congress from this district for the last 5 sessions, and was again preparing to return to this post which he had filled with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. His illness was of but little more than three days continuance.
William F. Ramsey, 42, of Connellsville, Pa., died Tuesday, September 9, 2003, in Mercy Hospital, from a heart attack he sustained while in the line of duty with the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department. He was born July 17, 1961, in Mannheim, Germany, a son of Barbara Reynolds Ramsey of Connellsville, and the late Major Billie R. Ramsey. He was a graduate of the Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Acme, and from the Oxford Academy in Westbrook, Conn. Bill also attended John and Wells College in Providence, R.I. Bill was co-owner, along with his mother of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Connellsville. He was a member of the Connellsville Presbyterian Church. Bill was a member of King Solomon's Lodge No. 346 F&AM, Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, Consistory Valley of Pittsburgh, the Syria Shrine, the Eastern Star, and the Connellsville B.P.O. Elks No. 503. Bill was a very active and dedicated member of the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department, Station No. 7, and the Fayette County Hazmat Team. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Rita L. Livingston Ramsey; his loving daughter, Annabeth Grey Ramsey, living at home, whom he affectionately called "Monkey"; his aunts, Jane R. Reynolds Bell of Sarasota, Fla., Naomi P. Garnese of McConnellsburg, Pa., and Betty Yeager of Chambersburg, Pa.; his great aunt, Frances Reynolds of Connellsville; a special cousin, Edgar K. Luckey of Connellsville; and his cousins, Scott W. Bell of Atlanta, and Eric R. Bell and his wife, Greta of Melbourne, Fla., and several other cousins.
Funeral services for William George Ramsey, 80, better known as "Uncle Billy", who died Friday evening at 7:15 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Wolfe, of 1523 Ashcroft Court, Adamston, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the late home, presided over by Rev. Joseph Van Sickle. Internment will be in Greenlawn cemetery.
Mr. Ramsey was a veteran of the Civil War and was a native of Virginia. He was well known in Clarksburg having made his home here with his daughter for several years. Besides his daughter he leaves four other children, Mrs. C. A. Murphy of Adamston, Mrs. August Yost of East Clarksburg, Ockman of Adamston and Allen of Masontown; seventeen grandchildren; three brothers, Charles and A. J. of Pennsboro and Lafayette of Harrisville.
Lois Landymore Ramseyer, 83, of Baltimore, Md., died on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005. She was born in Dawson, Fayette County, Pa., on Dec. 3, 1922. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis E. Ramseyer. She was the devoted sister of Marian L. Wilson and William A. Landymore. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at St. James Lutheran Church, 8 W. Overlea Ave., Baltimore, MD 21206, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the organ fund of St. James Lutheran Church. Lassahn Funeral Homes in Baltimore, Md., is in charge of arrangements.
Dawson — Sylvia J. Ramsier, age 85, of Dawson, Fayette County, Pa., died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at the Harmon House in Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pa. She was born May 25, 1921, in Lower Tyrone Township, Fayette County, Pa., the daughter of the late George C. Newell and Lydia Dillinger Newell. She was a member of the Spring Grove Church. Sylvia was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved cooking and baking and sharing it with family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Carl Ramsier and wife, Mary, of Mason, Ohio, Carol Hesson, of Owensdale, Fayette County, Pa., Linda Beran and husband, Robert, of Scottdale, Westmoreland County, Pa., Judy Timms and husband, Donald, of Vanderbilt, Fayette County, Pa., William Ramsier and wife, Geri, of Belle Vernon, Pa., Nina Dancho and husband, David, of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pa.; a nephew, Carlton Stimmel and wife, Janet, of West Chester, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, Sylvia Riley, Scott Ramsier and wife, Christine, Lisa Hudec and husband, Robert, Susan McCracken and husband, Richard, Karen Seighman and husband, Dean, Richard Beran and wife, Candi, Jennifer Puskar and husband, Jerry, Joseph Timms and wife, Jamie, Dylan Ramsier, Adam Dancho, and Bobbi Jo Shaner, Aaron Dancho; eight great-grandchildren, Heather Ramsier, Christopher Ramsier, Nicole McCracken, Mark McCracken, Marissa Seighman, Cheyenne Beran, Roman Beran, and Claire Puskar.
She was preceded in death by her husband Henry "Bud" Ramsier; a son-in-law, Donald F. Hesson; brothers Emmett Newell, John "Wes" Newell, George "Gigs" Newell, Walter Leroy Newell, and Harry Newell; sisters Bessie Keffer, Nellie Newell, Alice Stimmell, Goldie Newell, Myrtle Newell, and Olive Strickler.
Friends will be received in the RALPH E. GALLEY FUNERAL HOME, Dawson, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, and until 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Hour of the Service, with the Rev. David A. Bell, Sr., officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville, Fayette County, Pa.
Harry J. Randall
Harry J. Randall, 88, of Acme, Fayette County, a., passed away Thursday, June 1, 2006, at his home while surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 2, 1918, in Melcroft, Fayette County, Pa., a son of the late Harry G. and Sarah Miller Randall. Harry was a resident of Acme for the past 55 years. He had worked as a carpenter through Union Local 2274 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and later in life he worked as a self-employed cabinet maker. Harry had been a member of the White Senior Citizens, Fayette County, Pa., and served as its president for several years. He also had coached the Jones Mills baseball team for years. Harry was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountain Roman Catholic Church in Donegal, Somerset County, Pa.
Harry is survived by his loving family: his children, Richard W. Randall and his wife, Gloria, of Acme, Nancy J. Poole and her husband, Donald, of Youngwood, Westmoreland County, Pa., and S. Catherine Peters and her husband, Donald, of Acme; his grandchildren, Dr. Randall A. Poole, of Duluth, Minn., Susan Lynn Schuerman and her husband, John, of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pa., Lisa R. Whitten, of Acme, and Jennifer D. Peters, of Munich, Germany; his great-grandchildren, Brandon and Nathan Schuerman, Noah Randall Kauffman, and Wheeler Whitten; and his brother, Milton Randall and his wife, Doris, of Melcroft. In addition to his parents, Harry was predeceased by his wife, Genevieve G. Gregor Randall, in 2000.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Raymond of the Mountain Roman Catholic Church, Donegal, with the Rev. John Harrold as celebrant. A committal service and interment will follow in the Brown Cemetery, Saltlick Township, Fayette County, Pa.
Milton C. Randall
Milton C. Randall, 88, of Melcroft, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at his home. He was born March 6, 1921, in Melcroft, a son of the late Harry G. and Sarah J. Miller Randall. Milton was formerly employed as a maintenance worker at Seven Springs Mountain Resort and he retired as a custodian for the Connellsville Area School District. He was a veteran of the World War II, serving in the Army in the Medical Corps. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the EAME Medal and a Bronze Star. He was active as a motor sergeant in the motor pool with the duty of supervision of transportation. He was a member of the Normalville VFW Post 12019 and the Connellsville American Legion Post 301. He was an original member of the Melcroft Assembly of God Church, which is now the Christian Life Assembly.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Plyler Randall; four children, Carolyn Williams and her husband, John, of Acme, Ronald Randall and his wife, Pamela, of Jacksonville, Fla., Joyce Hauger and her husband, Barry, of Acme, and David Randall and his wife, Bonnie, of Woodhaven, Mich.; eight grandchildren, Rhonda Porterfield, Tracy Keys and her husband, Drew, Tonia Sparks and her husband, Rich, Robert Randall, Jason Randall and his wife, Laura, Krista Randall, Tyler Randall and his wife, Megan, and Devan Petri and her husband, Adam; and 12 great-grandchildren. Milton was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Jamie Lee Hauger; one brother, Harry Randall; and an infant sister.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Wayne Plyler officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Normalville VFW Post 12019. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Albert Gallatin Hospice or to a charity of one's choice in memory of Milton C. Randall. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Albert Gallatin Hospice staff and caregivers for their care and concern of Milton during his illness.
Harry Randlett, 38 years old, while shocking hay Thursday evening on his farm midway between Chalk Hill and Farmington, was struck by a bolt of lightning and instantly killed. There was not a mark or scar on his entire body. His shoe laces were broken, his shoes cut from his feet and his trouser leg cut, by the lightning, but the body was not burned. Mr. Randlett is survived by his widow, Mrs. Jennie Cromwell Crandlett [Randlett], three children, his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Workman, of near Farmington, one brother, Ewing, of Alicia, two sisters, Miss Lida B. Gleason of Elliottsville and Miss Edna Gleason of Farmington. Funeral services Saturday afternoon from the house at 3 o’clock, followed by services at the Chalk Hill Lutheran church.
Mrs. Anna Jane Randolph, 81 years old, one of the most widely known residents of Liberty, died Saturday night at her home following an illness dating back to three years ago. Deceased was born near Dickerson Run, June 13, 1841, a daughter of the late John and Nancy Wadsworth and had resided in that community all of her life. Since her marriage to William Fitz Randolph she had lived at Liberty. Mrs. Randolph was a woman of a good Christian character, having united with the East Liberty Presbyterian Church in her early girlhood, and was respected and esteemed by all who knew her. Besides her husband she is survived by three daughters, Miss Nannie Randolph, employed by the Wright-Metzler Company and Miss Althea Randolph, both at home; Mrs J. W. Gween of Vanderbilt; three sons, Frank, at home; Gaylord F., of Dunbar; Emmett F., of Denver, Col.; one sister, Mrs. Mollie Hoke of Laurelville; one brother, Thomas Wadsworth,of California state; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home, followed by internment in Dickerson Run Union Cemetery.
Clara Belle (Barre) RANDOLPH died in 1920. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(130)
Clara Belle, wife of Richard Randolph, died at the Gallatin avenue home , March 6, 1920, aged 63 years, 8 months. Over a month before her death s he fell on the ice and broke her left arm which gave her trouble till h er death. She is survived by her husband and eleven children, Mrs. A. C . Lee, Masontown; Mrs. W. B. Jacobs, Uniontown; J. N. Randolph, Searigh ts; Irvin K. Randolph, McKeesport; Geo. E. Randolph, Brownsville; Clare nce R. Randolph, Brownsville; Caroline Davidson, Uniontown; Mrs. W. H. B enson, Uniontown; Mrs. Clayton Whetsell, Uppermiddletown; Levi S. Rando lph, Uniontown, and Harold R. Randolph, who served in France one year, l ives at McKeesport.
One sister, Mrs. Geo. N. Johnson, lives at Cumberland, Md., and one bro ther, Thomas Barre, at Grantsville, Md. Also twenty-four grandchildren.
Mrs. Randolph was a daughter of John and Margaret Barre, of this place, h er mother preceding her in death just eight years. She was well and fav orably known both in Uniontown, and in the neighborhood in which she sp ent most of her life in Redstone township. She was a good neighbor, and a n affectionate mother. When sickness or death occurred in the home of a n eighbor, she always went and helped willingly. When sickness came into t he home of any of her children she never allowed home affairs to interf ere with what was felt was her duty to the ones afflicted. Her greatest p leasure was in having as many as could get together, to come to the old h ome for a day of reunion. She never cared to travel, always saying she w ould rather visit one of her own than go any place in the world. Her gr andchildren loved her, and will sadly miss her cheery visits. At the ti me of her death, which came after a sickness of only eight hours' durat ion, she was as active as many persons are at a much younger age. Twent y-five years ago she united with the Pleasant View Presbyterian church. T he pastor of that church, Rev. M. P. Steele, conducted the funeral serv ices held at her home. The interment was in Oak Grove cemetery. Pallbea rers, Neal Frost, N.O. Phillips, John Adams, John Brown, Leslie Hess, R obt. Arnett, Emmor Ball and John Dawson. The Third Presbyterian church c hoir sang, "Jesus Lover of My Soul," "Face to Face," and "Abide With Me ." Clayton W. Whetsell, of Uppermiddletown, had charge of the funeral
Mrs. Clara May Randolph, wife of David Randolph of Lincoln avenue, died at the home at 7:45 o’clock Saturday evening following a brief illness. She had been a life-long resident of Connellsville, her father being one of the city’s early settlers. She was a daughter of George W. and Ellen Cunningham Shaw and was born May 28, 1860. Mrs. Randolph was an active member of the First Baptist Church for almost 50 years. She was also a member of the Ladies Aid Society of that church and at one time was its president. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Her husband is critically ill, having been confined to his bed for six months following a paralytic stroke. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Randolph is survived by Mrs. James R. Dull and Miss Mae Randolph, daughters, and David and Edgar Randolph, sons, all of Connellsville. The following sisters and brother also survive, in addition to six grandchildren: George Shaw, Mrs. Belle Stillwagon, Mrs. Wilson Stillwagon, Mrs. Frank Holland, Mrs. William Watt and Mrs F. N. Sherrick.
Dana Marie Randolph
Dana Marie Stockton Randolph, 27, of Uniontown, died suddenly March 21, 2008. She was born July 6, 1980, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Joseph Cope and Martha Rae Stockton. Dana was a loving homemaker and an avid WWE Wrestling fan. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Paul R.F. Randolph IV of Uniontown; children, Joshua Burton, Dana Marie Randolph, Paul R.F. Randolph V, Belle Frye, James (Mikey) Baker, Autumn Baker and Kenny; father-in- law Paul R.F. Randolph III; mother-in-law Dorothy Davis; Grammy Debbie and Pappy Tom; sister, Stormy Williams; and also many other siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her beloved "nanny," grandmother, Barbara Hiles and also many other loved ones. Family and friends will be received in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, from noon until 1 p.m. Friday, the hour of the funeral service with Pastor Cheryl Barron officiating.
David RANDOLPH died in 1893. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(5)
At East Liberty, Dunbar township, Tuesday, November 21st. 1893, of pneumonia, David RANDOLPH. He contracted a severe cold which soon developed into pneumonia. RANDOLPH was a member of the Disciple Church, and by his death the community loses an old and highly esteemed citizen. A wife, two daughters and a son survive him. Funeral services were held in the Disciple Church yesterday at 1 p.m.
Courier Fri. 11-24-1893
David J. “Flick” Randolph, 71, of 416 Parker Ave., Scottdale, died Friday, Jan. 6, 1995, at his home. He was born Jan. 29, 1923, at Thornwood, a son of the late Donald A. and Ethel Grimm Randolph. He was a 1941 graduate of Scottdale High School; a member of Calvin United Presbyterian Church, Scottdale; and a member of the American Legion Post 240, BPO Elks 777 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7781, all of Scottdale. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he was a retired foreman of Duraloy Blaw-Knox in Scottdale, with 30 years service. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Audrey Broush Randolph; three daughters, Mrs. Lonnie (Jackie) Marchewka, Canton, Mich., Mrs. George (Pamela) Askey, Scottdale, and Mrs. Jeffrey (Karen) Hough of Alverton, R.D.3; seven grandchildren; and a brother, Donald H. Randolph of Scottdale. He was predeceased a brother, Robert E. Randolph (April 12, 1992) and an infant brother, James Randolph. Funeral services were held today. Interment was in Scottdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Westmoreland Hospice, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg 15801.
Donald Wright F. Randolph, 59, of Alexandria, Va., formerly of Dunbar, died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, February 28, 1965, in his home. He was born May 23, 1906, in Star Junction, a son of the late Gaylord and Elizabeth Hardy Randolph. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Viola Martin Randolph; two sons, James of Fairfax, Va., and Donald of Wexford; four grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Althea Marker of Brownsville. The body will be at the Burhans funeral home at Dunbar after 7 p.m. today. Burial in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
Obit from the scrapbook of Mr. Robert M. Martin, of Dunbar, PA.
Eric Douglas Randolph 36, of North Broadway, Scottdale passed away on Wednesday, May 22,, 1996 at his home. He is survived by his parents, Donald H. and Marguerite Eberharter Randolph of Scottdale; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas (Donna) Yarabinetz of Greensburg and Mrs. Thomas (Jean) Bowman of Connellsville; a brother, Stephen F. Randolph and wife, Darlene of Scottdale; seven nieces and nephews; a great-niece; numerous aunts and uncles and a friend, Jackie Christner. The family will receive friends at the Robert B. Ferguson Funeral Home, 105 Spring St., Scottdale on Friday, May 24, 1996 from 10 to 11 a.m. the hour of the service. Family request memorials to the Calvin United Presbyterian Church, Chestnut and Mulberry St., Scottdale, Pa., 15683 or UPMC.
RANDOLPH, MRS. ISABELLE (POGUE)— Age 63 years, a resident of 607 High St., Brownsville, Pa., died suddenly, in the Brownsville General Hospital, Saturday, December 10, 1966 at 11:50 AM. She was born May 21, 1903, the daughter of Charles W. and Bertha Gwynn Pogue, and had been a lifelong resident of Brownsville. She was a seamstress for the Karts Department Store in Brownsville for many years, a member of the First Methodist Church, Brownsville, a Sunday School teacher for the O.B.A. Class, a member of the Order of Eastern Star, No. 153, a Past Matron and a Past District Deputy Grand Matron, and a Grand Committee member, a member of Malinda Court 122, Order of the Amaranth, and was a Past Royal Matron, and was at present the secretary of this Court: a member of the Margaret E. Craven Shrine, No. 42, of Pennsylvania, and a member of the Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem, of Uniontown. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Ann Sprouse, Brownsville; two sons, Paul F. and Harry L., both of Brownsville; one sister, Mrs. Marie Wertz, Bellwood, Pa.; three brothers, Joseph G., of Brownsville, Charles F., of Jefferson, Pa., and William Lutellus, of Bedford, Pa.; nine grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul F. Randolph, in 1952. The family is receiving friends in the Ross Funeral Home, 128 Front St., Brownsville, where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 PM. Rev. Guy L. Burt will officiate. Interment will follow in the Redstone Cemetery.
Marguerite Eberharter Randolph, 82, of Woodcrest Circle, Scottdale, passed away at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at her residence. She was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Everson, a daughter of the late Frederick Joseph and Clara Elizabeth Brindlinger Eberharter. Marguerite married Donald H. Randolph on June 5, 1942. Marguerite was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a longtime and faithful member of Calvin United Presbyterian Church, in Scottdale, and a graduate of Scottdale High School, Class of 1941. Through the years, she enjoyed her membership in the Scottdale Bridge Club. Marguerite will be sadly missed by her devoted family; her husband of 63 years, Donald H. Randolph; her three children, Donna Yarabinetz and husband, Thomas, of Greensburg, Stephen Randolph and wife, Darlene, of Everson, and Jean Bowman and husband, Thomas, of Connellsville; her seven grandchildren, Lisa Young and husband, Matthew, Douglas Yarabinetz and wife, Elaine, Stephen Randolph, Colette Trader and husband, Paul, Clinton Bowman, Christine Wagers and husband, Garhet, and Clayton Bowman and fiancée, Christina Kistler; her seven great-granddaughters, Kayla Young, McKenna and Avery Yarabinetz, Sara and Rebecca Trader, Emily Bowman and Isabel Wagers; her brother, Frederick L. "Plute" Eberharter and wife, Laura, of Scottdale; a sister-in-law, Helen Eberharter, of Scottdale; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Eric Douglas Randolph, on May 22, 1996; a brother, Stephen Eberharter; and two sisters, Mildred Halsted and Elizabeth "Betty" Miller. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887- 5300/e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvin United Presbyterian Church, Mulberry and Chestnut streets, Scottdale, with the Rev. Dr. James W. Hepler officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery. Family suggests memorials to: Medi Home Health Hospice, 9173 Lincoln Way, Irwin, PA 15642, or Calvin United Presbyterian Church, Mulberry and Chestnut, Scottdale, PA 15683, in memory of Marguerite Randolph. Love Lasts Forever!
Marian L. Randolph
Marian Louise Randolph, 74, of Monongahela, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was born April 23, 1927, in Brownsville, a daughter of the late Freeman Baldwin and Frances Strawn Baldwin Coughenour and stepdaughter of the late J.B. Coughenour. Mrs. Randolph was a Connellsville High School graduate, Class of 1945. She attended Westminster College in Pennsylvania and Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va., where she was a swimming instructor. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Monongahela and volunteered her time with underprivileged children in Washington, Pa. Surviving relatives are her husband, Robert G. Randolph, with whom she celebrated 47 years of marriage on June 25, 2001; a son, William H. Randolph of Elizabeth; two grandchildren, Jill and Steve Randolph; one great-grandchild; and several nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Baldwin; a stepbrother, Thomas Coughenour; and a stepsister, Patricia Coughenour Redick. Friends will be received on today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the L.M. FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 W. Main St., Monongahela. Funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Rev. John Fierro officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 130 W. Main St., Monongahela, Pa. 15063.
RANDOLPH— November 11, in West Brownsville, Pa., Miss Martha Randolph, only surviving daughter of Nelson Randolph, dec’d, in the 21st year of her age.
Mildred M. Brock Randolph, 95, of Brier Hill, Pa., passed away Friday, January 2, 2004 in Life Care Hospital, Wilkinsburg, Pa. She was born May 11, 1908 in Franklin Township, Fayette County, Pa., daughter of Frank Brock and Phoebe Murphy Brock. Mildred was a member of Pleasant View United Presbyterian Church in Smock, Pa. Her husband, Ernest W. Randolph, two sons, Ernest W. Randolph and E. Merle Randolph, three great grandchildren, Kimberly Bracaiella, Sean Higinbotham and Julie Randolph, sisters and brothers, Harriett Cunningham, Helen Brock, Wendell Brock, Paul Brock, Blanche Lynn, James Brock, Frances Budd, and parents preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters and a son, Erma Lou Higinbotham of Bridgeton, New Jersey, Janet McGrady of Brownsville, Pa., and Roy Randolph and his wife Karen of Brier Hill, Pa.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. Friends will be received in the DEARTH FUNERAL HOME, 35 South Mill Street, New Salem, Pa., today after 7 p.m., Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, January 6, until 11 a.m., the hour of Service with Rev. Keith Conover officiating. Interment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill, Pa.
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Richard Randolph, one of Uniontown and Fayette county's most widely known residents and a lifelong resident, died at 4:15 o'clock Sunday morning, January 5, 1936, in his residence, 37 South Gallatin avenue. Death came following a three weeks illness. He was aged 82 years, six months and eight days. Mr. Randolph was a son of the late Nelson and Sarah Keys Randolph having been born June 28, 1852 in Redstone township where his grandfather settled in 1795. An active farmer of that township, Mr. Randolph, in 1903, became actively involved in real estate, transferring his place of residence to Uniontown. He was preceded in death, March 1, 1920, by his wife, Clara Barre Randolph, and two daughters, Mary, who died at the age of three years in 1897 and Martha H. Benson, wife of W. H. Benson, who died January 23, 1932. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. A. C. Lee, Masontown; Mrs. W. B. Jacobs, Uniontown; Mrs. J. C. Ache, McClellandtown; Mrs. W. C. Whetsel, Uppermiddletown; J. Nelson Randolph, Searights; Irvin K., McKeesport; George E., Brownsville; Clarence R., McKeesport; Levi S., Uniontown and Harold R. Randolph, of Wilkinsburg. Thirty one grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren also survive. Rev. Donald Kent Johnston, pastor of St. Peters Episcopal church, will conduct funeral services at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the W. B. Jacobs residence, 42 North Mt. Vernon avenue. Rev. E. Conn Plaes, D. D., pastor of the Third Presbyterian church, will assist.
At the residence of her husband, in Redstone township, on the 8th of March, 1861, Mrs. SARAH, wife of Nelson Randolph, of Acute Gastretis, in the 47th year of her age. The deceased was a daughter of the late Hugh Keys. She leaves a husband, four children and many other relatives and friends, who were fondly attached to her on account of her many amiable and noble qualities, to mourn their loss; but they’d not sorrow as those having no hope, for she left them the assurance that their lord was her eternal gain. Com
William E. Randolph, 62, of 217 Smithfield St., died at 6:20 a.m. today in St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a five- month illness. He was born Dec. 8, 1908, in Mount Pleasant, a son of the late Oscar and Agnes Lewis Randolph. He was a life member of the Mount Pleasant Vol. Fire Dept., and had been employed for 38 years by the Montgomery Ward Co., most recently in the auto accessory department of the Charleroi store. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Sophia Rafecz Randolph; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Phyllis) Forrest of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and two brothers, Joseph of Kahoka, Mo., and Harry Ankney of Kecksburg.
RANDOLPH— Friends of William E. Randolph of 217 Smithfield St., Mount Pleasant, who died Friday, April 24, 1968, may call after 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eugene Saloom Funeral Home, Main St., Mount Pleasant. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the H. Denver …. Funeral Home of Morgantown and are incomplete.
George RANKER died in 1931. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
George Ranker, aged 34 years, a widely known resident of Connellsville, died at 1:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 2, 1931, in the Uniontown Hospital. Death was due to complications arising from three major operations within the period of the past year. He was a salesman for the Mason Motor Company, of Connellsville.
Mr. Ranker was a son of Mrs. Clara E. and the late John J. Ranker and was born in Connellsville.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his widow; two children, Clara Jean and Mary Anne, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Bowman Roth, of Uniontown; Mrs. Harry G. Mason, Mrs. William Carroll, Miss Cornelia Ranker, John J., Frederick H., and Eugene Ranker, all of Connellsville.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic church, Connellsville, where high mass will be read Friday morning at 9 o'clock with the pastor, Rev. Fr. Henry Geibel, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.
(Herald - June 3, 1931)
Aaron R. Rankin
Aaron Robert Rankin, 27, of Tarentum, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born June 10, 1980, in Kittanning. Aaron attended Valley High School and then the Allstate Career Academy, receiving a Commercial Driver's License. Mr. Rankin worked for Vocelli Pizza in Springdale. He enjoyed auto mechanics, installing stereo systems, and was also a DJ for karaoke. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lawrence H. Rankin; grandparents, Burrell L. and Ada Belle Robertson; and two uncles, Alan Paul Rankin and Henry Manchinni. He is survived by his son, Jason Rankin, of New Kensington; his father, Robert (Lavonne) Rankin, of South Buffalo Township; his mother, Emily Rankin, of West Chester; grandmother, Doris Stickley Rankin, of Natrona Heights; a brother, Kurt Rankin, of West Chester; a stepbrother, David Bond, of Searcy, Ark.; and a stepsister, Dawn Alwine, of Kittanning. Also survived by numerous aunts and uncles on both sides of the family. Visitation 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, A Service Oriented Funeral Home, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068, 724-337-3325. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Stewart A. Pollock, pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, Tarentum, officiating. Burial will be private.
The funeral of Adam Rankin, who died Sunday night at his home at Speers hill, Dunbar, will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in Mount Auburn cemetery. Mr. Rankin was 64 years old and was one of the best known residents of Dunbar. He apparently was in his usual health up until about 9 o’clock Sunday night when he was stricken with acute indigestion. He was a life long resident of Dunbar and was a member of the Baptist church. For a number of years Mr. Rankin was stable boss at Mahoning. He is survived by his widow, who was formerly Miss Lenora Ferren, and the following children: Mrs. Ray Campbell, Mrs. Grant Blackwell, Charles Buell, William Robert and Daniel Warne Rankin, all of Dunbar. One half-brother, Charles Rankin, of Brownsville, and the following half-sisters also survive: Mrs. Hannah Jenkins of Stafford, Neb.; Mrs. John Stockdale of Uniontown; Mrs. Henry Hetzel of Connellsville, and Mrs. William Rhodes of Haydentown.
Alan P. Rankin
Formerly of Natrona Heights
Alan Paul Rankin, 54, of Lahaina, Hawaii, formerly of Natrona Heights, died Friday, May 12, 2006, at his home. He was born on July 24, 1951, in Natrona Heights, to the late Lawrence H. Rankin and Doris E. Stickley Rankin, of Natrona Heights. He was a graduate of Highlands High School, class of 1969, and then Grove City College, class of 1973. He lived in the area until moving to California and Hawaii. Mr. Rankin worked in the logistics and transportation areas before becoming an antique dealer in California and then Hawaii. He enjoyed collecting stamps, music and playing the guitar. He is survived by his mother; his children, Michael and Jessica Rankin, both of California; five brothers, Kenneth R. Rankin, of Needmore, Pa., Charles L. Rankin, of Penn Hills, Robert D. Rankin, of Slatelick, Donald L. Rankin, of Watsonville, Calif., and David M. Rankin, of Natrona Heights. He was preceded in death by his father. Family and friends are invited from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, where services will be held on at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Stewart A. Pollock officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Memorial contributions can be made to: Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St., Tarentum, PA 15085.
Following an illness of a complication of diseases, Albert Rankin, aged 52, died at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon, May 20, 1938, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John Jackson, Chalk Hill. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Belle Rankin, and the one daughter, Mrs. Jackson. Funeral services will be solemnized at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the Jackson residence. Burial will be in Lutheran cemetery, Chalk Hill.
Alfred Rankin, 94, of Farmington, R. D. 1, died at the home of his son, Robert, following a brief illness. Surviving are two sons, Robert and George of Farmington, R. D. 1; three daughters, including Mrs. Gertrude Myers of Uniontown; 21 grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Mrs. Fannie Burkholder Rankin, in 1922, and four sons, Orville, Albert, Emmett and Harold.
Alice L. Rankin, 56 years of Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., died Thursday, August 30, 2007, in her home with her loving family by her side. She was born December 16, 1950, in Uniontown, Pa., daughter of the late John Dillow and Goldie Tate Dillow. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Linda Wilson, and her father-in-law, Robert H. Rankin.
Surviving are her husband of 30 years, Fred A. Rankin; five children, Virginia Voithofer and husband, Edward, of Smithfield, Fayette County, Pa., Tammy Handlin and friend, James Porterfield, JoAnn Swann and husband, Stu, Kenneth Rankin, Jr., Robert Earl Rankin and fiancée, Dawn Wiltrout, all of Uniontown, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Carrie Handlin, Amy Handlin, Samantha Grimes, Vincent Voithofer, Tonya Handlin, Joseph Swann and Robert Rankin; two sisters, Shirl Hudson, of New York, and Beverly Smith, of Waldorf, Maryland, mother-in-law, Jessie Rankin, of White House, Fayette County, Pa., and brother-in-law, Robert Rankin and wife, Meredith, of Granite City, Illinois.
Friends will be received at the DEAN C. WHITMARSH FUNERAL HOME, 134 West Church Street, Fairchance, Fayette County, Pa., today, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday, September 3, 2007, from 1 to 2 p.m. Services begin at 2 p.m. with Rev. Paul Lesher officiating. Interment will follow in Brown Cemetery, Elliottsville, Fayette County, Pa.
A well-known Nemacolin World war veteran and miner, Alonzo Rankin, 48, ended his own life after an unsuccessful attempt to slay his former housekeeper, Mrs. Christine Smith, 40, in a home near Woodside. Suffering three gunshot wounds, Mrs. Smith is given an “even chance” to recover.
Explosion of gas in a mine, near McKeesport, proved fatal to Norman L. Williams, 47, of Dunbar, a veteran electrician and former official of the American Manganese Company, Dunbar.
Dale Dunlap, 26, a Dawson railroad brakeman, was crushed to death between two cars on the Western Maryland line, near Luke, Md.
Alonzo Rankin, 48, war veteran and member of the Nemacolin Local of the United Mine Workers, died at 5:04 Monday evening in Uniontown Hospital from a self-inflicted bullet wound behind the right ear. The woman state police said he attempted to murder, Mrs. Christine Smith of Bucktown, near Waynesburg, and his housekeeper for eight years, is fighting valiantly for her life in the local hospital. She suffered bullet wounds in the side of her neck, left shoulder and left arm.
The shooting occurred Monday morning in the home of Mrs. Bessie Smith, who resides on the Woodside-High House road. State police were told that Mrs. Christine Smith, who had taken care of Rankin’s home for eight years, departed unceremoniously three weeks ago from the home of Mrs. Bessie Smith, a distant relative. Two day ago, Rankin located his former housekeeper and tried to “persuade” her to return to his home. The woman refused. Rankin returned to the Woodside home on Monday morning. His persuasions were again futile.
“I’m asking you for the last time to come back,” Rankin is quoted as saying. “If you don’t, you’ll be sorry,” he added. Mrs. Smith, who weights more than 200 pounds, was apparently unmoved. The other Mrs. Smith was in an adjoining room. Rankin displayed a .22 caliber pistol to punctuate his persuasive method. Mrs. Smith still refused to adhere to his pleas.
Three shots rang out in quick succession; intermingled with the cries of terror from Christine Smith, who crumpled to the floor—shot three times. Mrs. Bessie Smith found Rankin unconscious on the floor, while Christine Smith was pleading for help. Police said the small pistol was near Rankin’s right hand. Dr. J. Holmes Sangston of McClellandtown, after a cursory examination, ordered the couple to the Uniontown Hospital. Bessie Smith told investigating officers, including Trooper John Beck, that she heard the “loud talk in the room” but did not witness the shooting. Christine Smith has not been living with her husband for a number of years. Rankin and his wife also were estranged.
Rankin is survived by his widow, Josephine; one daughter, Genevieve, of Uniontown; a son, George, Daisytown; two sisters, Mrs. W. V. Feather, Smithfield, and Mrs. May Edenfield, Uniontown; and a brother, William, of du Pont, near White Rock. The body was removed to the R. L. Sharp funeral home in Fairchance. Plans for the funeral are incomplete.
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Funeral rites for Alonzo Rankin, 48, who ended his life on Monday, January 2, 1939, will be held at 2:30 Thursday afternoon in the Hopwood Christian church. Rev. LeRoy F. Carter of Uniontown will officiate, and burial will follow in Hopwood cemetery. Friends will be received until noon on Tuesday at the Sharp Funeral Home, Fairchance. The American Legion Post, of Waynesburg, of which Rankin was a member, will have charge of the services in the cemetery.
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Alonzo Rankin, 52, of near Waynesburg, came to his death January 2 from a gunshot wound, self-inflicted, it was decided yesterday by the coroner’s jury making inquiry into one of the New Year’s first violent deaths in this county. The victim was visiting in Smithfield at the time he took his life, testimony developed. It was said the man had gone to the home of Mrs. Bessie Smith to effect a reconciliation with Mrs. Christine Smith, his housekeeper for eight years. Trooper John C. Beck, investigating officer, said he learned Rankin, when told by the woman she wouldn’t go back and that he would receive a letter from her by the following Tuesday, declared “that will be too late—we’ll both be dead by then.” The woman also suffered gunshot wounds and is a patient in Uniontown hospital.
Alva Cameron Rankin, aged 59, widely-known farmer of the Bethelboro vicinity, died Friday night, March 17, 1939, at the family residence following a six years’ illness of a heart ailment. Surviving are the widow, Rose Bryson Rankin, and the following children: Grace Grubbs, Dunbar township; Fred, at home; William, Washington, D. C.; Thomas, at home; Jean Grubbs, Masontown, and Hazel, at home; four grandchildren, and his mother, Mrs. Mary Rankin, Uniontown R. D. 1. He also leaves the following brothers and sisters: G. H. Rankin, Youngstown, O.; Harry V. , Los Angeles, Cal.; C. J.., of Percy; Frank, of Uniontown R. D. 1; Mrs. Nellie Van Swearingen, Mrs. Edwin Steele and Miss Elizabeth Rankin, all of Uniontown R. D. 1. The body was removed to the J. T. Burhans Funeral Home, Dunbar, and will be taken to the residence in Bethelboro this afternoon.
Funeral services for Alva Cameron Rankin, aged 59, who died Friday night, March 17, 1939, will be held at 1:30 this afternoon at the home in Bethelboro, followed by additional rites at 2 o’clock in Laurel Hill church. Rev. McKee, the pastor, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Harry Humbert, of Fairchance. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
RANKIN, AMANDA JANE— Age 80 years, of Fayette National Bank Building, died in the Uniontown Nursing Home at 12 P.M. Monday, March 25, 1962 after an extended illness. Born in Dunbar Twp., August 26, 1881, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Jane Barricklow Rankin. She was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and the Oxford Bible Class. She became a member of the Second Presbyterian Church April 13, 1903. She was predeceased by a sister, Ida Kate Rankin. Arrangements under the direction of the Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home, 80 Morgantown St.; will be announced later.
Services for Amanda Jane Rankin, 80, of Fayette National Bank Bldg., will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Andrew D. Ferguson funeral Home, 80 Morgantown St. Rev. Wilbur F. Christy will officiate. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Miss Rankin died Monday, March 25, 1962, in the Uniontown Nursing Home after an extended illness. She was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church more than 50 years and the Oxford Bible Class. Friends will be received in the funeral home after 2 p.m. today.
Mrs. Anna Rankin, 67, widow of William D. Rankin, and well known local resident, died suddenly at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 1947, in her home in the Titus Apartments, Morgantown street. She was a member of the Second Presbyterian church and the Oxford Class. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Stoy, Uniontown and Mrs. Dorothy Moats, Morgantown, W. Va.; one son, William Rankin, Cleveland, and three grandchildren. Five sisters and one brother, Mrs. A. R. Umbel, Confluence; Mrs. H. R. Umbel, Uniontown; Mrs. J. A. Thomas, Uniontown; Mrs. Alice Schultz, Pittsburgh; Miss Lillie Herring, Clifton Mills, W. Va., and Henry Herring, Uniontown, also survive. Friends are being received in the Johnston Mortuary chapel, 65 North Gallatin avenue, where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Dr. Lorne H. Beiden, of the Third Presbyterian church will officiate. Burial will be in Chalk Hill cemetery.
Anna Blanche Rankin—Aged 72, R.D. 1, Smithfield, died in Dixmont, Wednesday, July 15, 1964 at 9:20 p.m. She was predeceased by her husband Charles (Frank) Rankin in 1961. She is survived by these children, George, Frenchville; Earl, Seattle, Wash.; Charles, Allison; Harold, Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Helen Johnson, Clarksville; Mrs. Edna Krause, Cleveland Ohio; twenty grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; one brother John Robinson and one sister, Mrs. Hattie Hixon, Walnut Hill. Friends are being received in the Wagner-Colley Funeral Home, Fairchance where services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. Dr. Earl P. Confer will officiate. Interment will be in Mt. Moriah Baptist Cemetery, Smithfield.
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Born Smithfield, Pa.
Died Feb. 18, 1899 Smithfield, Pa.
Buried-Mt. Moriah Bapt. Cem., Smithfield
Bernard R. Rankin, 72, of Smithfield, Pa., died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, in Beverly Health Care, Uniontown, Pa. He was born April 9, 1932, in Grays Landing, Pa., son of the late Harry L. Rankin and Annie M. Fisher Rankin. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Mary E. Hotsinpiller Rankin; and his brother, John Wesley Rankin. When he was younger, he played with the New Geneva Softball League for many years. He was a very avid hunter and enjoyed being in the mountains, especially in the fall. He was employed for many years as a mechanic with New Warwick Mining Company, formerly Duquesne Light, until his retirement. Bernard was a member of UMWA Local 6310, Masontown Mennonite Church, life member of the NRA, and a former member of the Fayette County Horse Owners Association.
Surviving are his children, Annie Willard and husband, James Willard of Smithfield, Pa., and Joseph Rankin and wife, Esther of Point Marion, Pa.; a granddaughter, Juliann Elizabeth Rankin; two sisters, Alice Conway and Beatrice Martin, both of Martin, Pa.; several nieces and nephews; and former wife, Mary Anne Gabor Rankin.
The family will receive friends in the DEAN C. WHITMARSH FUNERAL HOME, 134 West Church St., Fairchance, Pa., on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and on Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, until 10 a.m., the hour of service, with the Rev. David Crable officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Moriah Baptist Cemetery, Smithfield, Pa.
Bernice K. Rankin, 91, a former longtime resident of Point Marion, Fayette County, Pa., died Saturday, September 13, 2008, at the home of Debbie Huey, her caregiver for the past several years. Born July 12, 1917, in Star City, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Walter and Victoria Andresky Koztosky. She had been employed in the decorating department of the Houze Glass Corp., in Point Marion, for 50 years, and served as the local Union Officer in the American Flint Glass Workers Union. Over the years, she enjoyed gathering a large collection of rare and beautiful dolls.
Surviving is her son, Richard Allen Rankin and his wife, Rebecca, of Potomac, Maryland; two grandsons: Richard A. Rankin and wife, Amber, and Dean A. Rankin; two step-grandchildren: Bill Brown, and Sarah Hahn and her husband, Ricky, and eight great-grandchildren. Her surviving brother, Edmund Koztosky, of Florida, passed away two days later, on September 15, 2008. Predeceased are a sister, Eleanor Rye Macozzi, and a brother, Chester Koztosky.
Her son and his family will be greeting friends in the RICHARD R. HEROD FUNERAL HOME, 501 Morgantown Street, Point Marion, Pa., 15474, on Sunday, September 21, 2008 from 4 to 6 p.m. Interment will be in the Gates of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Mrs. Bessie Pickard Rankin died Saturday morning at her home in York, Pa., after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her husband, Isaac H. Rankin, who died September 26, 1933. Mrs. Rankin is survived by two brothers and a sister. Funeral services were held this afternoon at York. The deceased was known in Uniontown, having visited relatives here frequently.
Betty LaRue Rankin
Betty LaRue (Jewart) Rankin, 68, of 216 East Indiana St., Creekside, Atwood Borough died Sunday, May 2, 2004 at her residence. She was born Feb. 29, 1936 in Washington Township, Indiana County to Avery and Hazel (Orr) Jewart. Mrs. Rankin was a homemaker. She was a member of the Atwood Presbyterian Church where she was an elder. She was also a member of the Bell Grange. Survivors include two sons, Edward Rankin and wife Nancy and Leonard Rankin and wife Karen, all of Atwood; three daughters, Carol Parks and husband Teddy of Atwood, Doris Roush and husband William of Indiana and Debbie Barr and husband Michael of Home; eight grandchildren; and three sisters, Violet Stewart and husband Charles of Indiana, Cora Brewer and husband Donald of Cleveland and Shirley Hamil and husband Lewis of Troy, Mich. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ronald LeRoy Rankin who died Nov. 8, 1996; an infant son, John; and two grandchildren, Johnathan and Emily. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson/Boyer Funeral Home, Inc., 724 Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Atwood Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Matthew Jones officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery, Atwood. The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Atwood Presbyterian Church.
Bonnie Grace Dillow Rankin, 68 of Smithfield, Pa. died Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at the Uniontown Hospital with family and friends by her side. Bonnie was born June 2, 1942, daughter of the late Thomas Dillow and Ethel Hileman Dillow. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Rodney Rankin and daughter Tammi "Sis" Rankin. She was a member of the Fairchance Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and an avid bingo player at the Fairchance Fire Hall.
Surviving are the following children: Gary and Donna Rankin, Uniontown, Pa., Thomas Rankin and Margie, Uniontown, Pa., Rodney Rankin and Gracie, Scott and Debbie Rankin, Marion Rankin and Jackie and Debbie Rankin all of Smithfield, Pa.; former daughter-in-law, LouAnn; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and brothers, George Dillow, Smithfield, Pa., Harry and Rita Dillow of Georgia and Larry and Linda Dillow of Smithfield, Pa.
The family will receive friends in the DEAN C. WHITMARSH FUNERAL HOME, 134 West Church Street, Fairchance, Pa. today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Services begin at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. George W. McLaughlin officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park, Brownfield, Pa.
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP)—A state trooper was killed today when his unmarked cruiser and a tractor-trailer rig collided on U. S. 119, one mile south of here, authorities said. The officer was identified as Bruce C. Rankin, 25, of Brownsville, Fayette County. Rankin, who authorities said was pinned in the wreckage of his cruiser for a half-hour, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the accident occurred at what’s known as Willow Crossing, just south of this Westmorland County seat.
Funeral services will be held Saturday for State Trooper Bruce C. Rankin, 25, of 100 Spring Ave., Brownsville, who was killed yesterday when his cruiser was struck by a tractor-trailer on Route 119, south of Greensburg. The services will be held at the South Brownsville United Methodist Church with Rev. John W. Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Redstone Cemetery. Full military rites will be held by the State Police.
Friends will be received in the Crawford Funeral Home, Brownsville, today from 7 to 9 p.m.; Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9, and on Saturday from 12 noon until the hour of service.
Police said Rankin was pinned in the wreckage of his cruiser for a half-hour and was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:12 a.m. at Westmorland County Hospital. The driver of the rig, William L. Fischer, 56, of Crystal Springs in Bedford County, told police he was southbound on the four-land highway and lost control of his truck when he attempted to avoid hitting another rig. Police said Fischer’s truck crashed through a medial barrier and hit Rankin’s oncoming car. Rankin, a trooper just over two years, was transferred to the Greensburg Barracks three months ago from the Indiana substation.
The victim was born Aug. 20, 1947, in Brownsville, the son of Ella Ellig Rankin of Brownsville and Curtis Rankin of Uniontown. He was to be married on May 26 to Kathy Marchand of Newell. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lynn Helene Christopher of Hiller. Rankin was a member of the South Brownsville United Methodist Church and was a former member of the DeMolay and Brownsville Jaycees.
RANKIN, CHARLES FRANK—Aged 75, R. D. 1, Smithfield, husband of Anna Rankin, died in the Uniontown Hospital, Wednesday, November 22, 1961, at 3:15 p.m. In addition to his widow he is survived by four sons, George, Frenchville; Earl, Seattle, Wash.; Charles, Allison; Harold, Cleveland, O.; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Johnson, Clarksville; Mrs. Edna Krause, Cleveland, O.; eighteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Harry, Fairchance. He was a member of the UMWA Charters local 6330. Friends are being received in the Wagner-Cooley Funeral Home, Fairchance, where services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. The Dr. Earl P. Confer will officiate. Interment will be in the Smithfield Baptist Cemetery.
Charles A. Rankin, aged 75, father of County Commissioner John W. Rankin and one of the most highly-respected residents of Fayette county, died at 2:35 Monday afternoon, February 27, 1939, at the Rankin homestead, near McClellandtown, following a protracted illness. Mr. Rankin took ill several weeks ago from a complication of diseases but his condition did not become critical until late last week. Despite his remarkable valiant fight in the face of extreme odds, he passed quietly away with members of the immediate family at the bedside. Mr. Rankin’s life work was devoted to the coal business in Fayette county and farming. He resided at the Rankin estate, near McClellandtown, for a number of years and the major part of his life was spent in South Union township.
Surviving is the widow, Mrs. Victoria Shirer Rankin, and the following children: John W. Rankin, Mrs. Lillian Jeffries, Robert B. Rankin and William L. Rankin, all of South Union township, and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Stockdale, South Uniontown, and Mrs. Kathryn Moore, of Maple street, Uniontown. He was preceded in death by the following sisters: Mrs. Georgia Hetzel, Connellsville; Mrs. Hannah Jenkins and Mrs. Mary Jenkins, both of Stafford, Kansas, and Mrs. Ella Rhodes, Georges township, also the following half brothers and sisters: John Stevenson, Dunbar; Robert Rankin, Stafford, Kansas, and Adam Rankin, Mrs. Jane Humbert, Miss Esther Rankin and Miss Elizabeth Rankin, all of Dunbar. He also leaves the following grandchildren: Mrs. Bertha Livingston, Miss Mary Ellen Grigsby, Miss Marie Jeffries, Robert B. Rankin, Jr., Mrs. Marjorie Rankin Over, John W. Rankin, Jr., and Miss Jane Rankin.
Mr. Rankin, a son of Robert and Rachael Wilson Rankin, of Dunbar township, was born January 3, 1884. His death will be mourned by a wide circle of older residents throughout Fayette county. His parents were among the earliest settlers in Fayette county. Mr. Rankin was a lifelong and staunch Democrat.
The body was removed to the A. D. Ferguson Funeral Home and will be taken today to the residence of Mrs. Lillian Jeffries, 520 Morgantown Road. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Funeral services for Charles A. Rankin, aged 75, father of County Commissioner John W. Rankin, who died Monday afternoon, February 27, 1939, at the family homestead near McClellandtown, will be held at 3:30 Thursday afternoon in the Great Bethel Baptist church. Rev. L. Spurgeon Clark, pastor of the church, will officiate and burial will follow in Hopwood cemetery. The body was removed from the A. D. Ferguson Funeral Home to the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Lillian Jeffries, 520 Morgantown Road, where friends will be received until 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon. The body will lie in state from 2 to 3:30 Thursday afternoon in the Baptist church.
RANKIN, CHARLES WILLIAM, aged 74, died suddenly in his home, White Rock, near Fairchance, Monday, December 29, 1948, at 10:00 a.m. Surviving are his wife, Isabella and these children, Albert Rankin of Clairton; Mrs. Raymond Abel of Fairchance; Clarence Victor of White Rock; 9 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Edenfield of Brownfield; Mrs. William Feathers of Smithfield. Friends will be received in the late home after 12 noon today where brief services will be held Thursday, December 21, at 2:30 p.m., followed by additional rites in the Central Christian Church, Hopwood, at 3 o’clock with Rev. Harry Humbert officiating. Interment will be in the Hopwood cemetery under the direction of the J. W. Goldsboro Funeral Home, Fairchance.
Charles W. Rankin
Charles W. "Bill" Rankin, 82, of Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born April 12, 1927, in Hopwood, a son of the late Charles Albert and Sylvia Josephine (Whoolery) Rankin. He was a Navy veteran, having served in World War II and the Korean War. Prior to retirement, he was a supervisor for Bell Telephone Co. and was founder and CEO of the Kinton Carbide Co. in Export. He was a member of the McKeesport Masonic Lodge, Bell Telephone Pioneers of America and the White Oak American Legion Post 711. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly A. Rankin; son, Brent Rankin in 2009; and daughter-in-law, Jill Rankin. Surviving are his son, Patrick Rankin, of Elizabeth Township; and two grandsons, Patrick and Tanner Rankin. Private funeral arrangements with no public visitation and interment will be in the Hillview Cemetery, Greensburg. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME OF GREENSBURG, entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 602, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 in Bill's memory. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
Debra L. Rankin
Debra Lee (Daugherty) Rankin, 41, of West Leechburg, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007, in her parents residence in West Leechburg. She was born Dec. 20, 1965, in Natrona Heights, a daughter of Edward H. and Patricia A. (Oberdorf) Daugherty. She was employed as a medical receptionist and medical records secretary for Russellton Medical Group in Harmarville. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Leechburg, the Relay for Life in Spring Church, where she did much fund raising and was a former member of the administrative board of her church. She was a 1983 graduate of Leechburg Area High School and a graduate of Career Training Academy in New Kensington, class of 1992. She enjoyed camping, doing crafts, reading, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, riding motorcycles, shopping and her nieces and nephew. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of seven years, James L. Rankin; her two cats, Amos and Toby; two sisters, Tracy (David) Albert, of West Leechburg, and Janel (Erik) Cibik, of Leechburg; two nieces, Emily Rankin and Anna Cibik; and a nephew, Nicholas Albert. Friends will be welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in CLAWSON'S, Second at Main streets, Leechburg. Additional viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of funeral ceremonies at 11 a.m. in First United Methodist Church. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Ronald W. Raptosh. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Allegheny Township. The family encourages memorials in her memory to The DAR's Daffodils-Relay for Life. To send an online condolence to her family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
Delbert Rankin, age 89, of Leckrone, Fayette County, Pa., died Monday, March 20, 2006, in the Uniontown Hospital, Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa. He was born March 3, 1917, in Coolspring, Fayette County, Pa., the son of John Henry Rankin and Amanda Varndell Rankin. Mr. Rankin was formerly employed by United States Steel Corporation, Lear-Seigler Aircraft, and at one time worked in the Robena Mine, Greene County, Pa. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army in the Philippines, and was a member of the Uniontown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 47.
He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Rose Pearl Hall Rankin, his second wife, Myrtle Deneen Hoover Rankin, two sons, Alan Curtis Rankin and Ralph Lynn Rankin, three brothers, Ralph, John, and Alvin Rankin, and six sisters, Nellie Jordan, Clara Milan, Adah Wolfe, Zelda Rankin, Martha Butler, and Nora Varndell. Surviving are two sons, Delbert Eugene Rankin, of San Francisco, California, and Gary Wayne Rankin and his wife, Bonnie, of Lemont Furnace, Fayette County, Pa.; three daughters, Viola Louise Hull and her husband, William, and Lida Rose Rankin, all of Leckrone, Pa., and Dawn Allison Kelly and her husband, Charles, of Smithfield, Fayette County, Pa.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received in the JEROME W. SHELL FUNERAL HOME, 164 South Mount Vernon Avenue, Uniontown, Pa., this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning, March 22, at the CHRIST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH CEMETERY, Chalk Hill, Fayette County, Pa. Military Honors will be accorded at graveside by Uniontown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 47.
Dewey Rankin, aged 26 years, three months and nine days dropped dead at the Revere Mine, Thursday morning, April 2, 1925 at 5:30 a.m. from heart trouble while waiting for the cage to go back to his work in the mine. He is survived by his wife, his mother and seven brothers; C. F. and Harry of Revere; Grant of Dearth: Arthur of Ragtown; Thomas of West Finley; Jake of Washington County and John at home. Services will be held Saturday evening at 7:30 o'clock from the family home. Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, the funeral cortège will leave for the Brown Cemetery near Elliottsville where internment will take place.
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Father - Charles F. Rankin
Mother - Pheobe Ann Maust Rankin
Donald L. Rankin Sr., age 60, of Hopwood, Pa., passed away Thursday, July 31, 2003, in Uniontown Hospital. He was born January 23, 1943, in Prosperity, Pa., son of Harry Rankin and Henrietta Ringer Rankin. He was a Truck Driver by profession for D. M. Bowman of Williamsport, Maryland, and was awarded "Driver of the Year". He was a member of the Million Miles Club and also the Hutchinson Sportsman's Club. A brother, Robert Rankin, a sister, Gladys Bush, a son, Paul Rankin, and parents preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Bonnie Shaffer Rankin; two sons: Donald Rankin Jr. and his fiancée, Lori, and Christopher Rankin and his wife, Billie Jo; two very special grandchildren: Christopher Jr. and Rachel; a special little girl, Chelsea; special children of Lori's: Leann, Samantha and Ryan; brothers and sisters: Harry Rankin Jr. And wife, Irene, of Texas, Ronald Rankin and wife, Tully, and James Rankin all of Uniontown, Pa., Irene Crupe, Ann Phillips and Mary Jane Williams all of Washington, Pa., Geraldine Fisher and husband, Gifford, of Fairchance, Pa., Freda Ritz of Hopwood, Pa., and Dotty Campbell and husband, Larry, of Fairchance, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the DONALD R. CRAWFORD FUNERAL HOME, Hopwood, Pa., today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday, August 4, until 11 a.m., the hour of Service with the Rev. Kenneth Walls officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park, Brownfield, Pa. Visitation was also held Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Earl Raymond Rankin, 28, of Fairchance was killed and two other employees at the Phillips mine of the H. C. Frick Coke company were painfully injured Tuesday morning about 7 o’clock when the man-trip wrecked. Vito Labella, 59, of 61 Delaware avenue, suffered a compound fracture of the left forearm, concussion and lacerations of the face and Charles S. Svec, 22, of Oliver No. 1, fracture of the left leg and bruises and brush burns of the body. Both men were removed to the Uniontown hospital where they were resting comfortably last night.
The car left the rails and crashed into a post, causing a fall of slate. It was several hours before rescuers could clear the debris and remove the dead and injured men. Rankin was dead when removed from under the fall. Labella and Svec, the latter a member of the Phillips team in the Big Ten and slated to pitch in the All-Star game this week, were rushed to the hospital. Other men on the man-trip escaped injury, only one car being crushed in the accident. Coroner L. R. Herrington and Frick officials are conducting an investigation.
Rankin is survived by his widow, Mrs. Fanchion Rankin; a son, Marle; his father, George Rankin, of Elliottsville; three brothers, Donald and Herbert of Elliottsville and Delbert of Brownfield, and five sisters, Mrs. Blanche Alarvird of Brownfield; Mrs. Verna Morrison of Brownsville; Mrs. Bessie Squires of Fairchance; Mrs. Cora Hennigan of Fairchance and Mrs. Edith Taylor of Balsinger. He was a member of the Phillips Local 7415 UWMA. Friends may view the body at the R. L. Sharp Funeral Chapel, Fairchance, after this afternoon. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Chapel. The Rev. Mr. Jones will officiate. Burial will follow in White Rock Cemetery.
Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Griffith Rankin, daughter of D. A. Griffith, of this city, and sister of Col. Paul H. Griffith, of Washington, D. C., will be conducted in the family home in Narberth, near Philadelphia, Saturday at 2 p.m. Mrs. Rankin died at 1 o’clock Thursday morning, February 22, 1945, in Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, where she had been a patient one month. She had been a resident of the Philadelphia area 18 years and was a member of the Narberth Presbyterian church. In addition to her father and brother, survivors include her husband, Ralph L. Rankin, and two daughters, Mrs. Betty Jane McLeister, of Woodstown, N. J., and Mrs. Virginia Rankin Donnelly, at home. She was preceded in death by on only sister, Mrs. Irene Griffith Oglevee, August 8, 1944.
Uniontown, Jan. 17.—No trace of Charles Smith, who murdered Edward Rankin has been discovered. County Detective McBeth and Constable Bowie are still searching for him but as yet, they have not found a single clue of his whereabouts. It is the general impression that Smith after committing the crime made his escape on a freight train at the Monongahela river and is now well out of Fayette county.
The body of Rankin was brought to Uniontown and prepared for burial at the undertaking establishment of J. H. Johnson after which it was removed to the home of a brother of Lemon street. The funeral services will be held from there tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will take place at Hopwood.
Uniontown, Jan. 15.—E. C. Rankin, a well known resident of Smock Station, was murdered about 8 o’clock last evening at the Pennsylvania railroad station at Smock. Charles Smith, alias Charles Ross, an Italian, stabbed Rankin to death with a single thrust of a dirk knife. The murderer escaped after the stabbing, and has not been seen since. A reward which appears below has been offered for Smith’s arrest.
Rankin was at Uniontown yesterday afternoon and last evening he rode on the same train with County Commissioner Townsend most of the way down and talked to him of his work and other matters he was interested in about Smock. Instead of getting off the train at Smock, however, he continued on to Brownsville. There he ran across Smith, also a resident of Smock. The two men wrangled and some say quarreled on the train coming up. It had reached a violent stage just before the train came to Smock where they got off.
There was little said between the men after they got off the train. Before the bystanders realized what had happened Smith darted at Rankin and with a lightning like thrust pierced his heart with a dirk knife. Rankin screamed several times that he had been stabbed, took several steps and tumbled over dead. Smith ran swiftly away in the darkness.
Rankin was employed at Smock as boss over a gang of laborers. He is well known in the river district and the Connellsville region as a labor gang boss, at one time being in the employ of Patrick Reagan, the coke oven builder of North Union township. Smith and Rankin were on bad terms, it is said, over a raid made last week on a speakeasy at Smock. Rankin was blamed for tipping the officers off on the location of the speakeasy and for the arrest of its proprietors and inmates by county Detective McBeth.
Uniontown, Jan. 16, 1906.—We, the undersigned Commissioners of Fayette county, Pennsylvania, hereby offer a reward of $100 for the arrest of Charles Smith, alias Charles Ross, alias Italian Charley, an Italian, five feet sex inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, 30 years old, dark mustache, dark hair, heavy eyebrows; limps a little; wore a derby hat and dark suit and worked at Chamoni mines, Fayette county. Wanted on a charge of murdering E. C. Rankin on the evening of January 15, 1906, at Smock Station.
M. E. TOWNSEND,
JOHN S. GRAHAM,
ALVIN J. STENTZ.
Commissioners of Fayette County.
Attest: O. G. CHICK, Clerk.
Charles Ross alias Italian Charley, the slayer of Edward Cresap Rankin at Smock Station of Monday evening, January 15, 1906 is safe in his native land and has written back a letter to friends near Brier Hill telling of his escape and his determination to remain in Sunny Italy. Ross was formerly employed by Rankin and they were well acquainted. On the day of the killing they were returning from Brownsville to Smock on the evening train when they became involved in a quarrel and some blows were exchanged. The conductor separated them. Both left the train at Smock whereupon it is claimed by eyewitnesses, Ross stepped behind a pole and as Rankin passed, sprang out and plunged a stiletto through his heart. Rankin gave one cry and fell dead.
In the excitement, Ross escaped fleeing to the lower part of Smock where he took temporary refuge in a vacant building. He was pursued but during the absence of officers his pursuers feared to press too close upon him and remained guard outside the building. He suddenly burst out the door, climbed on a moving freight train and disappeared in the direction of Brownsville. Although he was reported to have been seen at a number of places during the few days following the crime, no definite clue was obtained of him.
The Commissioners offered a reward of $100 and later increased it to $250. Since the receiving of the letter from the fugitive it is now believed that he escaped to Pittsburg made his way to New York and thence to Italy, while officers were looking for him in another direction. He was once reported to have been seen in the neighborhood of Morgantown. Ross was an Italian of above the average intelligence and spoke English fluently. This to doubt, greatly facilitated his escape as with a slight glimpse he might easily have passed for an American. He owned some stock in the Pittsburg Coal Company and other property in Fayette county which he sacrificed when he fled. It was partly with reference to his property that he was led to send a letter back but he made no request that his whereabouts be kept secret.
The letter fell into the hands of the Fayette county officers and it is understood that the fugitive cannot be returned to this country for trial, being a native born Italian and never having taken out naturalization papers in this country. The extradition laws with Italy are not very stringent and a native of that country who is not a naturalized American cannot be brought back to America for trial. It is therefore likely that so long as Ross remains in the land of his birth, he will be free from prosecution for his Fayette county crime.
Edward N. Rankin, age 85, of Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, in the Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pa. He was born on June 30, 1920, in Cumberland Township, Greene County, Pa., the son of John L. Rankin and Nora Lelia Guesman Rankin. He served in the United States Army Corp of Engineers in New Guinea as a heavy equipment mechanic from December 1942 to November 1945. He later worked as a mechanic for LTL Corporation in Ohio, and also drove coal trucks, and was employed as a school bus driver. Edward was a Founding Member of Stringtown Sportsman Club. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Uniontown, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary M. Rankin, a son and daughter-in-law, John E. and Susan Rankin, a son-in-law, Thomas Jaynes, and sisters: Dorothy Rankin and Betty R. Lindsey. Edward is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Jaynes, of North Royalton, Ohio; a son, Norman Wayne Rankin and his wife, Carol, of Streetsboro, Ohio; 23 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Rankin and his wife, Isabelle, of Carmichaels, Greene County, Pa.; a sister, Anna Belle Pratt, of Carmichaels, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received in the LESAKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 204 Dowlin Avenue Carmichaels, Pa., today from 7 to 9 p.m., on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, April 21, from 12 until 1 p.m. Services will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Roger Saunders officiating. Interment will be in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels, Pa.
Following a lingering illness of complications, Miss Eliza Ellen Rankin, aged 64 years, died in the home of a sister, Mrs. Reuben Thomas, 45 Maurice street, Wednesday morning, August 3, 1932, at 2:40 o’clock. She was a daughter of the late Joseph H. and Mary Kemp Rankin and a native of Wharton township. She had been a resident of Uniontown for a period of more than 25 years prior to her death, however, where she was well and widely known.
She is survived by five sisters: Mrs. Fannie Leonard, of Ohiopyle; Mrs. Agnes Rohlf, of Farmington; Mrs. Sara Chidester, of Uniontown; Mrs. Myrtle Porter, of Pittsburgh, and Mrs. Mary Thomas. Six brothers preceded her in death. They were: George W., Charles H., Jacob, Frank, Oliver, and William Rankin. When still a young girl she became a member of the Mount Washington Presbyterian church but upon transferring her residence to Uniontown she became affiliated with the Second Presbyterian church.
Funeral services will be conducted in the Thomas residence Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with Rev. Dr. W. Scott Bowman officiating in the absence of the pastor James O. Clark. Burial in Hansel cemetery, near Farmington.
Mrs. Elizabeth Bryner Rankin, aged 34 years, one month and 14 days, died at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, April 18, 1937, in the family residence near Allison following an illness of complications. She was the wife of Robert S. Rankin. Surviving besides the husband are one daughter, Anna Elizabeth Rankin, at home, and a brother, John Bryner, of Bobtown, Green county. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
SOMERSET, Nov. 9.—Staff Sergeant Elmer E. Rankin, formerly of Company C, 110th Infantry, was killed in action in France on August 1. The son of Mrs. Ellen Rankin of Friedens, R. D. 1, formerly of Listie, he was born at Boswell and went overseas February 15, 1943.
Elmer Scott Rankin, 64, of Dunbar, died at 4 p.m. Thursday in Connellsville State General Hospital. He was born Nov. 12, 1902, in Dunbar, a son of the late John and Mary McLaughlin Rankin, and was former employee of the West Penn Power Co. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and its Men’s Bible Class. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Nevada Rankin; a son, David at home; five brothers, William of Masontown, Harry of Snithfield and David, Curtis And Matthew of Dunbar, and two sisters, Mrs. Iola Hopwood of Grays Landing and Miss Loretta Rankin of Dunbar. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Mary Rankin, in 1966; a brother, James in 1964, and his father, John, in 1955. The body will be at the Burhans funeral home, Dunbar, from 7 p.m. today until noon Sunday, and in the Baptist Church from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, the hour of the service. The Rev. George Hagen will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Dunbar.
Profound regret was evidenced yesterday when the many friends of Mrs. Hugh L. Rankin were apprised of her unexpected death, news of which reached this community through a telegram to Attorney W. J. Johnson. The contents of the message were meager but contained the information that Mrs. Rankin had been stricken suddenly in her apartments in the Alexandria hotel in Los Angeles where she was spending the Winter with Miss Anna Dawson of this city, daughter of the late Squire Dawson, and the sister of Attorney R. W. Dawson. It is expected the remains will reach this city on Saturday, when funeral arrangements will be made known. Miss Dawson is accompanying the remains here for burial. Mrs. Rankin numbered thousands among her friends in Western Pennsylvania and it was through her untiring energy that many a little waif was sheltered and clothed until it could be adopted or put in some good home. For over a quarter of a century she and the late Mrs. A. P. Bowie were the leading spirits in the Children’s Aid Society work of Fayette county. She came to this city many years ago from Detroit, Michigan, as the bride of the late Hugh L. Rankin, for many years the owner of the Central hotel property. Since his death, she has made periodical visits here for a few months at a time but most of her time has been spent at the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia. During the extreme Winter she would generally go to Florida or California. She will be interred in Oak Grove cemetery in the family plot occupied by the remains of her daughter, Miss Lilly, who died many years ago and her husband, Hugh L., who died about five years ago.
Ernest D. Rankin, 27 years old died Monday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Howard Phillips, near Uniontown, following a brief illness. He was born in Smithfield, January 21, 1900. He is survived by his father James H Rankin of Smithfield and the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Howard O. Phillips and Mrs. Harry Dills, Uniontown, Mrs. Frank E Lewis, Brier Hill, Mrs. James V. Scott, Beach Bottom, W. Va., Hugh A Rankin, Mingo, Ohio, Mrs. Russell Thompson, Uniontown, Mrs. Charles Hare, Point Marion, Joseph Rankin, Akron, Ohio, Mrs. Arthur Malone, Smithfield, Ray and Roy Rankin at home, Mrs. Donald Evans, Smithfield, James, Jr. at home.
Note from contributor: Mother-Sarah E. Miller Rankin
Born 5 June 1862 died 24 Feb 1927
Daughter of Daniel and Sarah Ingle Miller
SUDDEN DEATH— Mrs. Esther Rankin, relict of John Rankin, deceased, died suddenly at her residence in North Union township, on Saturday morning. She retired in usual health at 8 o’clock in the evening and was taken about 9 o’clock with the Billious Colic and died before 3 o’clock the next morning. She was about 45 years of age.
Mrs. Fannie Rankin, aged 40 years, died at her home in Wharton township Saturday of pneumonia. She is survived by her husband, Alfred Rankin and six children.
Frank Rankin, aged 53 years, one of the best know business men of Uniontown, died early this morning in his apartment suite in the new Rankin Building, North Gallatin avenue, following an attack of grip and pleurisy.
Fred J. RANKIN died in 1931. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(3)
FRED J. RANKIN
Fred J. Rankin, aged 49 years, 10 months and 14 days, died at his home, 36 Carlisle street, at 4 p. m., Monday, April 6, 1931, following a short illness of pneumonia.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rose Rankin and three children, Mrs. Freda Hixon, of Detroit, Mich., Miss Anna Rankin, of Connellsville, and James Rankin at home. His father, George W. Rankin of Claysville, Washington county, also survives.
The body has been removed to the mortuary parlors of A. D. Ferguson, 108 Morgantown street, were it may be viewed by friends, until 10:30 o'clock this morning when it will be taken to the father's home in Claysville where funeral services will be solemnized. Burial will be in the Claysville cemetery.
G. Paul Rankin Jr.
Formerly of Pittsburgh and Jeannette
G. Paul Rankin Jr., 52, of Jupiter, Fla., passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Born in Pittsburgh, he had been a resident of South Florida for 30 years, coming from Jeannette. He was a local businessman and the owner of Paul Rankin Insurance Co. in Jupiter for more than 10 years. Paul graduated from Greensburg Central Catholic High School, where he was a high school football All-American, and the University of Notre Dame, where he played offensive line for the Fighting Irish from 1969-1972. He had been active in JTAA youth sports programs for many years and a member of the Gator football coaching staff at Palm Beach Gardens High School, where his son, Jeff, will begin his senior season in August. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Lynn M. Rankin, of Jupiter, Fla.; two sons, Paul R. Rankin, of Tequesta, Fla., and Jeffrey J. Rankin, of Jupiter; two daughters, Erin A. Rankin, of Chicago, Ill., and Lynn S. Rankin, of Jupiter; a brother, James, and a sister, Nina, both of Pittsburgh; cousins, Jacqueline Dempsey, of Pittsburgh, and Karen Root, of San Diego, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Annabelle M. and George P. Rankin Sr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Jude Catholic Church, Tequesta, Fla. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to JTAA Tackle Football Program, P.O. Box 3024, Tequesta, FL 33469, or Palm Beach Gardens High School Football Program, 4245 Holly Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Visitation Thursday and Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the AYCOCK FUNERAL HOME, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter, Fla. Please visit the online memorial at mem.com.
RANKIN, GEORGE DEWEY—Aged 55, a mine foreman of the Marion Coal Co., Pt. Marion, died instantly, Saturday, August 20, 1953 at 3:43 a.m. from the result of a unreadable accident on Route 119, South of Uniontown. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, and a social member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Uniontown; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brownsville, and Slovak Club of West Brownsville. Born April 2, 1827, in Latrobe, he was the son of the late George and Rebecca McIntosh Rankin. He is survived by three daughters, Misses Thelma Virginia, Geraldine Colleen and Nora Rebecca, Brownsville; two sons, George Phillip, Detroit, Mich., S/Sgt. Thomas Dewey with U. S. Air Force, Mason, Texas; four grandchildren, two brothers, Frank E., Chillicothe, Ohio: John L., Carmichaels, R. D. 1; step-father, Thomas J. Kennedy, Carmichaels, R. D. 1. He was predeceased by his wife, Mrs. Anna Mae McMillan Rankin, December 10, 1946, and a son, William was killed in France, August 28, 1944. Friends will be received in the Kisinger Funeral Home, Brownsville, until 1 o’clock this afternoon and thereafter in the home of his brother, John L., Carmichaels R. D. 1, where services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the family plot, Hewitts Cemetery, Rice’s Landing.
The body of Private George R. Rankin, who was killed in the action in the Aisne-Marne front August 19, has arrived in America and will be buried in the National Cemetery at Arlington, Thursday. His mother, Mrs. Mary Rankin, of Fairbank, and other relatives will motor to Arlington to attend the funeral services. Private Rankin was a member of Company C, 110th Infantry.
Word has been received here by Mrs. Bertha Wyatt, of the death, Thursday, December 17, 1931, at his San Francisco, Cal., home of her father, George S. Rankin. Mr. Rankin formerly was a resident of Uniontown, but for the past 23 years has made his home on the West coast. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Laura Rankin, of Uniontown, and tow daughters, Mrs. Alice Burd, of Charleroi, and Mrs. Wyatt. Mrs. Carrie Wildey, of Uniontown; Mrs. Fred Schwable, Huntington, W. Va.; Mrs. Henry Pollock, Bluefield, Va., sisters, together with one brother, Shriver Rankin, of Clarksburg, W. Va., and three grandchildren, also survive. Funeral services were conducted Sunday in the Halsted Chapel with burial in Woodlawn cemetery, San Francisco.
Grant Rankin, 64, of Royal died Friday at Inkster, Mich., after a brief illness. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Hilda Grant; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Sutton of Fairchance and Mrs. Richard Allen of Inkster; three brothers, Frank of Wymps Gap, Harry of Fairchance and Jake of Elliottsville, and eight grandchildren.
Harry W. Rankin
Formerly of Elco
Harry W. Rankin, 65, of Riverside, Calif., (formerly of Elco), passed away suddenly on Monday, April 4, 2005, of a massive heart attack at his residence. He was born Aug. 6, 1939, in Belle Vernon, a son of the late Paul C. and Florence M. Rankin of Elco. He had resided in the state of California for the past 46 years. For many years, Mr. Rankin owned microfilming services in Corona, Calif. Following the sale of the business, he opened Advanced Imaging Systems, a sales and service photocopy business in Riverside, Calif. Mr. Rankin was a member of American Legion Post 289 in Riverside and served as S.A.L. Commander (1999-2000); S.A.L. 5th Area Vice Commander (1996); chairman, S.A.L. Ways and Means Committee, State of California (1994-1995); S.A.L. State of California Committee, S.A.L. Committee American Legion Child and Welfare Foundation, as well as numerous other S.A.L. committees. He is survived by his girlfriend, Mary Lou Tellinghuisen of Riverside, Calif.; two daughters, Cherii Rankin, and Dorae Pagano and husband Chuck of Fontana, Calif.; four grandchildren, Dorae Rankin of northern California, and Charlie, Pauline and Stephanie Pagano of Fontana, Calif.; a sister, Rae Dawn Leyda and husband Donald of Elco; a brother-in-law, Harold "Sonny" Andrews of Jeannette; two nieces, Dawn Leyda of Elco, and Kim Miller and husband Randy of Greensburg; a nephew, Rick Andrews and wife Pam of Belle Vernon; two great-nieces and three great-nephews; and numerous cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother and sister, Paul C. Rankin Jr., in 1984; and Joan Andrews, in 2003. A memorial service was held Sunday, April 10, 2005, at American Legion Post 289, Riverside, Calif. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family, followed by interment in Howe Cemetery, Coal Center.
Hazel Belle Rankin, 84, of Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., passed away Monday, March 27, 2006, in Smithfield, Fayette County, Pa. She was born December, 14, 1921, in Uniontown, Pa., daughter of the late Alvin Rankin and Rose Bryson Rankin, she retired from Anchor Hocking Cap after 47 years of employment, graduated from North Union High School, Fayette County, Pa., in 1940, a member of Ridgeview Grange 1948, and a member of the Trinity United Presbyterian Church, in Uniontown. Hazel enjoyed horses and was an avid reader. After all was said and done, Hazel did it her way.
Surviving are a sister, Jean Grubbs, of North Pole, Alaska; nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Fred, Bill, and Tom Rankin; one sister, Grace Grubbs.
Visitation will be held at 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 30, in the BURHANS-CROUSE, Funeral Home, 28 Connellsville Street, Dunbar, Fayette County, Pa., Friday, March 31, 2006, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Michael Orsted officiating. Interment will follow in the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Fayette County, Pa.
Mrs. Hester A. Rankin, 81 years old, died at her home in Wharton township Thursday from diseases incident to age. She was the widow of Robert Rankin, who died about a year ago. She spent practically her entire life in Wharton township. She is survived by the following children: George W. and Albert Rankin, Wharton township, Mrs. Martha King, Farmington, and Mrs. Maggie Fike, Georges township.
Irvin C. Rankin
Irvin C. Rankin, on Sunday, April 7, 2002. Beloved husband of Bevlah Rankin. Father of Nadine Emmel and Iris Smith. Brother of Frances Jackson. Grandfather of Juliet Hildenbrand, Michelle Weber, Angela Smith and Dawnmarie Gorsin. Also survived by two great-grandchildren. No visitation. Memorial service in St. Mary's Church, St. John's Street, McKees Rocks, Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. Arrangements by BRADY FUNERAL HOMES, Pittsburgh.
Isaac H. Rankin, 66 years of age, died suddenly at his home in York, Pa., Tuesday, local relatives learned late Tuesday evening. Although Mr. Rankin suffered a stroke three years ago, his condition was not considered alarming until several days ago. Mr. Rankin was in Uniontown last spring to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. J. L. Hankins and at that time planned to return here for a visit in October. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bessie Pickard Rankin; his mother, Mrs. Martha B. Rankin; one brother, William H. Rankin, of Uniontown, and three sisters, Mrs. Frances R. Craig, Mrs. Ida M. Trimmer and Miss Daisy M. Rankin, all residents of South Union township. Many local residents are planning to attend funeral services at York. Arrangements have not been completed
RANKIN, ISABELL—Age 86 years, of RD 2, Uniontown, Pa., died in the Uniontown Hospital, Sunday, May 28, 1967, at 2:30 AM. Surviving are the following children: Charles Albert Rankin, Elizabeth Twp., Pa., Mrs. Ethel Mae Abel, Fairchance, and Clarence Victor, of Smithfield, Pa.; ten grandchildren and twenty nine great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles William Rankin in 1948. The family will receive friends in the James W. Goldsboro Funeral Home, Fairchance, today from 7 to 10 PM, Tuesday, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 PM, and until Wednesday at 1:30 PM, the hour of service. Rev. H. L. Davis will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hopwood Cemetery.
Jacob A. Rankin, aged 85, died in his home in Elco Friday morning, January 29, 1937. He was born in Frederickstown, June 20, 1851, the son of the late Paul and Margaret Ulery Rankin, whose ancestors emigrated to this country from the of Ireland in St. Clair's colony and were among the old settlers of Uniontown. Mr. Rankin, the last of a large family of fourteen children, was a highly respected citizen of Elco, an active Democrat, and a faithful member of the M. E. church. He was a carpenter by trade and leaves much of his handiwork as a mark to his memory for many years. He is survived by his widow Anna Sphar McGee Ranklin, and three children Harry, Clyde and Mrs. Vinta Gregg, all of Elco. He was laid to rest in Howes' cemetery by the side of the wife of his early manhood, Lydia Kennedy Rankin, the mother of his three surviving children. Services were held in the home Sunday at 2 o'clock with Rev. Roders of the M. E. church officiating, assisted by the choir.
RANKIN, JACOB K.—Aged 53, of Church St., Fairchance, and formerly of High Point, Wharton Township, died suddenly, Wednesday, December 24, 1958, at 5:30 p.m. He was the son of the late John William and Phoebe Maust Rankin. He is survived by two brothers, Frank, Wynn’s Gap; Harry, Uniontown, R. D. 3. He operated a sawmill. Friends will be received after 1 p.m. today in the Wagner-Cooley Funeral Home, Fairchance, where prayer service will be held Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by additional rites in the United Pentecostal Church, Fairchance, with Rev. Paul Walker officiating. Interment will be in the Brown Cemetery, Elliottsville.
Final rites were to be conducted today in Sharon for James E. Rankin, 52, formerly of Smithfield, who died Friday. He had been employed by the Bell Telephone Co. for many years. Surviving are his widow, Veryl Rankin: one brother, Joseph, Mogadore, Ohio; six sisters, Mrs. H. C. Dils, Mrs. Russell Thompson, both of Uniontown; Mrs. Mary Hare, Lake Lynn; Mrs. Arthur Malone, Smithfield; Mrs. Ida Scott, Willsburg, W. Va., and Mrs. Donald Evans, Washington, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lewis, Waynesburg, were in Smithfield Monday attending the funeral services of her father, James H. Rankin.
Jane C. Rankin
Formerly of Hills
Jane C. Rankin, 78, of Penn Hills died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004. Wife of the late Robert R. Rankin. Sister of the late Rev. W. Millar Crawford of Rochester, N.Y.; Dr. T. James Crawford of Bloomington, Ind., and Robert S. Crawford of Forest Hills. Affectionately known as "Aunt Jane" by everyone, she is survived by nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. She was loved and will be missed by her family and many friends. Jane was a longtime, active member of First Reformed Presbyterian Church, Penn Hills. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC. FOREST HILLS CHAPEL, 3604 Greensburg Pike, (412) 731-5001, where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to M.T.W., First Reformed Presbyterian Church, 12900 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
Jessica Lyn Rankin, age 23 years, of Fairchance, Pa., died suddenly on Sunday, April 24, 2005, in Smithfield, Pa. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home, 134 West Church Street, Fairchance, Pa.
Jessica Lyn Rankin, 23 years, of Fairchance, Pa., went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 24, 2005. She was born November 1, 1981, in Mount Pleasant, Pa., daughter of Keith V. Rankin and Christine Herman Rankin of Fairchance, Pa. Jessica had a zest for life and will be missed by her loving family and friends. She graduated from Albert Gallatin Senior High School Class of 2000 and was a Catholic by faith.
Jessica was predeceased by her paternal great grandparents, Clarence V. and Catherine Rankin. In addition to her loving parents, she is survived by her brother, Kyle V. Rankin, and sister, Jocelyn Marie Rankin, of Fairchance, Pa.; paternal grandparents, Donald and Charlotte Rankin, Smithfield, Pa.; maternal grandparents, Ronald and Mary Ann Herman, Connellsville, Pa.; maternal great grandparents, Albert and Margaret Herman, Connellsville, Pa.; uncles: Ronald and Dana Herman, Donald and Cheryl Rankin, Jr., Clarence and Cheryl Rankin, Kevin and Mildred Rankin, and Terry and Amy Rankin; numerous cousins, great aunts and great uncles; and her very close great uncle, Frank Patrick, Atlanta, Georgia.
The family will receive friends in the DEAN C. WHITMARSH FUNERAL HOME, 134 West Church Street, Fairchance, Pa., today from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, April 28, until 9:30 a.m. when a Prayer Service will be held. A Mass of Christian Burial follows at 10 a.m. in Ss. Cyril & Methodius Roman Catholic Church in Fairchance with the Rev. Father Andrew M. Kawecki as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown, Pa. Parish Wake Service on Wednesday at 8:45 p.m.
A Fairchance woman was found dead in a car Sunday morning, hours after authorities believe she was involved in a traffic accident in Fayette County. But further investigation will be needed to determine if she would have lived if she had received immediate medical treatment, Fayette County Coroner Dr. Phillip Reilly said Monday.
Jessica Lynn Rankin, 23, was pronounced dead at 5:20 a.m. Sunday by Fayette County Deputy Coroner Thomas Tomi after her body was found in a car in Smithfield. The 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, owned by Christopher Meyokovich, 21, of Smithfield, is believed to have been involved in an accident about four hours earlier and then driven, damaged, about three miles to Showalter Lane in Smithfield. The accident occurred early Sunday morning near the intersection of Smithfield-Highhouse and Fan House roads, State Police said. No vehicle was found when emergency crews responded to the scene around 1:30 a.m.
Shortly before 4 a.m., authorities were summoned again, this time to Showalter Lane. Meyokovich and another man, identified as David Keister, 22, of Uniontown, were outside the car when police arrived, while Rankin was inside, according to published reports. Keister was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. He was in stable condition yesterday, according to a spokeswoman. Meyokovich, who was questioned by police, suffered minor injuries, according to a police report. He lives near where the car was found.
Deputy Coroner Elsie Dvorchak said an autopsy was ordered because of the circumstances involved in Rankin's death. Rankin was a passenger in the vehicle and was ejected, Reilly said. She died of injuries to her head, face, left side and left arm, he said. The autopsy revealed she also sustained a lacerated liver, Reilly said. "The car rolled and she was ejected. She was not the driver," he said. Rankin suffered "significant trauma" from the accident, but Reilly said he would need further information from investigators about the time frame of the crash and other facts to determine if there was enough evidence to perform a coroner's inquest. State police at Uniontown were considering yesterday what, if any, criminal charges to file.
Sgt. David Heckman, supervisor of the barracks crime unit, would not discuss the investigation yesterday. Trooper Joseph D'Andrea, an accident reconstruction expert who investigated the incident, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.
The victim's father, Keith Rankin, remembered his daughter as a vivacious person. "She was a very energetic, enthusiastic person, with a lust for life," he said yesterday. "She died too young. She was 23 years old. She was getting ready to enroll at Penn State." Rankin said he doesn't know the two men. "I'm assuming they were friends. I don't know either one of them. They were friends, but obviously not very good ones," he said. Rankin said his daughter moved to Georgia after graduating from Albert Gallatin High School in 2000. She then returned to Pennsylvania. "She decided to come home and go back to school," he said. She planned to enroll in the fall at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus. In addition to her father, other survivors include her mother, Christine; a brother, Kyle; and a sister, Jocelyn. "She's going to be sadly missed," her father said.
Authorities investigating the circumstances around Jessica Rankin's recent death have learned that the 23-year-old Fayette County woman had done a considerable amount of drinking before getting into a car with two men.
Toxicology testing results indicate Rankin, of Fairchance, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.265 percent. By comparison, Pennsylvania motorists are considered too drunk to drive at 0.08 percent -- less than one-third of the amount found in Rankin's system. But police do not believe that Rankin had been driving. Sgt. David Heckman, supervisor of the criminal investigation unit at Uniontown's state police barracks, said on Tuesday that investigators continued working to determine what happened.
Rankin was pronounced dead at 5:20 a.m. on April 24. Her body was found in a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier just outside of Smithfield, about three miles from where police believe the same car had been in an accident four hours earlier. Police say the car's owner, 21-year-old Christopher Meyokovich, was driving when the vehicle rolled over at about 1 a.m. after grazing a tree near the intersection of Smithfield-Highhouse and Fan House roads in Georges Township. Though someone had reported the crash to police, the car was gone by the time officers arrived.
Shortly before 4 a.m., authorities were summoned to Showalter Lane, near Smithfield. Meyokovich and another man, identified as David Keister, 22, of Uniontown, were outside the car when police arrived, while Rankin was inside, according to published reports. Fayette County Coroner Dr. Phillip Reilly ruled that Rankin had died of hemorrhagic shock resulting from blunt-force trauma to the head, face, neck, left shoulder and left chest. Her liver was found to be lacerated as well.
Exactly when Rankin died that night is unknown. "That could be quick or it could be slow," said Elsie Dvorchak, Reilly's chief administrative aide. "There's no way of telling." Rankin graduated from Albert Gallatin Senior High School in 2000. Her father said she had planned to enroll this fall at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus.
John RANKIN died in 1865. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(17)
Sudden Death.-Mr. John Rankin, an old and very respectable citizen of North Union township, died very suddenly, on Saturday, 18th inst. On the day previous he was attending to the transaction of business, as usual, and apparently bid fair to live many yeas. We have no further particulars.
The Genius of Liberty, Feb. 23, 1865
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John Rankin, Sr. aged 78 years, father of J. A. Rankin of South Pittsburg street, died suddenly at his home in North Union township near Uniontown at 2 o’clock this morning. About 12 o’clock his wife was awakened by him and he complained of a severe pain in his right side. He had been troubled with rheumatism for several years. A physician was immediately sent for but Mr. Rankin expired before his arrival. Funeral Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock from his late home. Rev. W. S. Bowman and Rev. J. B. Reed will officiate. Interment in Laurel Hill cemetery.
Mr. Rankin was born December 21, 1831. He was a farmer all his life until about three years ago when he moved to the house in which he died located on the Pittsburg road near the Crawford school house.
He is survived by his wife and the following seven children: Mrs. Zella Poundstone, William A., James P., Mrs. Neeson Amos, and C. S. of Uniontown, J. A. Rankin, Connellsville and R. W. Rankin at home.
John Rankin, 68 years old, died suddenly Monday at his home in North Union township. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Walters Rankin, one son, Charles, and three brothers, Hiram of Washington, Pa., William of North Union township and Samuel of Los Angeles, Cal.
UNIONTOWN, Dec. 27—The body of a man frozen to death, found near the Washington Springs road a few miles from the Summit, was identified as that of John Rankin, 74, a mountain resident. He had left the home of his son at Dunbars Camp Sunday evening to make the Christmas rounds, visiting first with a son, John A. Rankin, Jr., who lives farther down the mountain. He returned Monday to the home of a cousin, Daniel Varndell along the Washington Springs road and was making his way home when a second stroke rendered him helpless.
Apparently on his way back home after visiting at the home of a son and a cousin, John Rankin, aged 74, dropped over in the snow some time late Monday night. His body with just a few sparks of life, was discovered at 8:30 o’clock Tuesday morning lying along the gutter of the Washington Springs road, about two miles from the Summit. It lay but a few yards from an abandoned gate just beyond the road leading into the home of Jake Swaney.
While the cause of death has not yet been determined, it is believed that Rankin suffered a second stroke of paralysis and fell over helpless in the snow. He may have died from the ravages of the weather of exhaustion. He had suffered a slight stroke several months ago. The aged farmer left the home of his son at Dunbar’s Camp, Sunday evening, to make the Christmas rounds, visiting first with his son, John A. Rankin, Jr., who lives farther down the mountain. He returned Monday to the home of a cousin, Danny Varndell along the Washington Springs road and was believed making his way along the mountain road when attacked. The battery cell in a flashlight which Mr. Rankin carried with him had burned out.
The aged man had left the Varndell home, it was said, shortly after 11 o’clock last night. Identification was made complete at the mortuary parlors of J. Harry Johnston & Sons Tuesday afternoon by Ralph Rankin, another son. Mr. Rankin is survived by three sons, John A., Ralph and Relbert and three daughters, Nellie, Niroa and Martha Rankin. The body was found along the roadside by Richard Moyer, a timberman, as he and a companion were making their way along the road toward a lumber camp where they work. Hastily they picked up the body and brought Rankin to Turner’s Inn on the National Pike from where they called the hospital. Rankin was dead, however, when aid arrived.
John A. Rankin, 89 of Route 3, Albany, Ohio, and formerly of Uniontown, Pa., died early Friday morning in O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, Athens, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Pratt Rankin; two sons, Allen Rankin and Robert Rankin both of Shade, Ohio; two daughters, Ann Rankin Babbs of Lancaster, Ohio, and Charlotte Rankin Thompson of Albany, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Martha Butler and Nellie Jordon both of Uniontown and Nora Varndell of Hopwood, Pa; one brother, Delbert Rankin of Hopwood, Pa.; several nieces and nephews. Services were held Sunday.
Social Security Death Index:
Born—– April 25, 1905
Died—– August 5, 1994
RANKIN, JOHN OLIVER—aged 55, of Elliottsville, died in the Torrance State Hospital, Tuesday, January 30, 1951, at 5 p.m. He is survived by five brothers, Frank of Maxwell; Grant of Chestnut Ridge; Thomas of Washington, Pa.’ Harry of West Finley; Jake of Elliottsville. Friends will be received after 7 o’clock this evening in the Sharp & Wagner Funeral Home, Fairchance, where services will be conducted Saturday, February 3, at 2 p.m. wit Rev. Marvin Welsh officiating. Interment will be in the Brown cemetery near Elliottsville.
Rev Dr. John Roberts Rankin, of Brownsville, Fayette County, Pa., part time Pastor of the Roscoe Presbyterian Church, in Washington County, Pa., PCUSA, died Sunday, February 24, 2008, after a six month battle with cancer complicated by heart disease. The 76 year old Pastor was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. John A. and Ella Mae Hoover Rankin, and his brother, Rev. Harry W. Rankin. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Boyd Rankin and four children: Rebecca Eileen Rankin, of Washington, Washington County, Pa., John Alexander Rankin, of Loganville, Ga., Elizabeth Kathleen Rankin McEvoy, of New Gloucester, Maine, and Rachel Margaret Van Der Stuyf, of Fishkill, N.Y.; four grandchildren: Keaton Elizabeth and Carson Rhys McEvoy, Tommy Alexander Rankin and Finn Roberts Van Der Stuyf. He is also survived by two sisters: Betty French, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Helen Hunter, of McMurray, Pa.
Rev. Rankin graduated from Muskingum College and from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he received both his Masters of Theology and Doctorate of Ministry degrees. He has served Churches throughout the larger Pittsburgh area, having started as Director of Christian Education at the Edgewood Presbyterian Church while starting his seminary training. He then was ordained and served as the first Pastor of the newly built Community Non-Denominational Church of Bradfordwoods. Four years later, he was ordained into the PCUSA when he went to serve the Mt. Prospect Presbyterian Church, Hickory, Pa. (now known as the Hickory United Presbyterian Church). He came to first serve the First Presbyterian Church, California, Pa. in 1968 and retired from there in 1997. He was in his tenth year of part time ministry at Roscoe at the time of his death. He was a Church leader in Washington Presbytery, where he was a past Moderator. He had served as a member of the Council of both the Presbytery and the Synod of the Trinity. Dr. Rankin was also active in the California Ministerial Assoc. and in forming a united campus ministry to the California University community. A leader in ecumenical activities and worship, he con-celebrated the liturgy at the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, California, Pa. for seven years, when their priest was challenged with cancer. (He did so with the approval of the local Bishop and the encouragement of the PCUSA Synod Executive.) He led a week of Worship Services in the multi-national Anglican Church at St. Lawrence, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indies. In his years of ministry he was active in the communities. He served 20 years as a Volunteer Fireman in Bradfordwoods, Hickory and California. He is a member and former President of the Board of the Center in the Woods as it evolved to the regional facility it is today. He was the past President and member of the Board of the California Public Library and Washington County Children and Youth Services. A Memorial Celebration of, "The Life of Rev. John Rankin" is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the Center in the Woods, Rt. 88 between Brownsville and California. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the "Rev. John Rankin Memorial" at Roscoe Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 716, Roscoe, Pa., 15477, First Presbyterian Church, 303 Fourth St. California, Pa., 15419, or Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Ct. Brownsville, Pa., 15417. Arrangements are being handled through the NOVAK FUNERAL HOME, 515 Front Street, Brownsville, Pa., 15417. To sign the on line guest book, or to record a personal condolence, please log on to www.novakfuneralhome.net
John W. Rankin, 37 years old, died Sunday afternoon at his home near Elliottsville. Deceased is survived by his wife and eight sons, one of whom is in training at San Antonio, Tex.
John W. Rankin, 72, of 512 Morgantown St., Uniontown, Fayette County commissioner for 20 years, died at 1 a.m. today in Uniontown Hospital. He had been a road supervisor of South Union Township before becoming commissioner in 1928. A World War One veteran, he served for two years as Pennsylvania state commander of the Foreign War Veterans, a member of Lafayette Post No. 51, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 47, both of Uniontown. He was a son of the late Charles A. and Mary Victoria Sherer Rankin. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Myra V. Rankin; two sons, Robert B. of Cleveland, Ohio, and John Jr. of Oliver No. 1; a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Rankin Over of Oliver No. 1; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Lillian Jeffries of Uniontown. Two brothers, Robert and William, died in 1951. The body will be at the Minerd funeral home, 196 West Main St., Uniontown, after 7 p.m. today.
The funeral service for John W. Rankin, former Fayette County commissioner, will we held at 11 a.m. Friday in Minerd funeral home, Uniontown, with Dr. Earl P. Confer officiating. Interment will be in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, with military rites at graveside.
The Smithfield post of the American Legion accorded full military honors to Joseph A. Rankin, aged Civil War veteran of their community, at his funeral services Thursday. Mr. Rankin had been a lifelong resident of the community; taken an active part in civic and religious affairs and was particularly active in the affairs of the local post of the G. A. R., of which he was commander for a long time. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. Betts of the Smithfield M. E. church, assisted by Rev. M. M. Smith, of the Mount Mariah Baptist church, with interment in the Baptist cemetery.
The Smithfield post of the American Legion provided pallbearers, firing squad, colors, unreadable from their membership and conducted the services at the cemetery in accordance with the G. A. R. ritual. S. G. Moser, commander of the post was in charge. E. L. Morgan acted as chaplain and Clark Robinson as commander of the firing squad. While the Smithfield post has always been ready and willing to accord the last military honors to departed comrades of all wars, they have the unusual distinction of not having had a member of their post die during the 13 years of activity since its organization. Dr. H. B. Guther is the oldest member of the post. He is a charter member of the post as well as of the County committee, and active and well known in all Legion affairs of the county. There are still living in the Smithfield community, only two veterans of the Civil War Comrades, Hix and Brady, to whom the American Legion extends best wishes for health and contentment in their remaining years, a reward justly due them from a sense of duty well done and patriotic service rendered to both community and nation.
RANKIN, JOSEPH H., 72, of 723 Jefferson Ave., W. Brownsville, died Dec. 31, 1976, in Brownsville General Hospital. He was born Jan. 4, 1904, in Brownsville the son of the late William L. and Anne E. Chadwick Rankin. He was a member of the South Brownsville United Methodist Church. He was a retired miner of the Maxwell Mine with over 40 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Toye Rankin; two sisters, Mrs. Frances Stevenson and Mrs. Jenny Artis. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.
Work was received here yesterday of the death at 12:20 p.m., of Joseph T. Rankin, 69 years old, in Wickenburg Community Hospital at Wickenburg, Ariz. He had been a patient there since October 9 when he was injured in an automobile accident. His home was in Long Beach, Calif. Mr. Rankin was a native of Fayette County. He joined the Texas Company nearly 30 years ago, retiring only in recent years. In addition to his widow he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. R. M. Leiberger of this city and Mrs. A. H. Hunsaker of Fairmont, W. Va.
Josephine Cravotta Rankin of Dallas, Texas, and formerly of Uniontown, Pa., peacefully went to be with her Lord surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 30, 2004. She was born March 9, 1920, to James and Margaret (Carcione) Cravotta in Uniontown, Pa. She retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1983. She loved to travel and always looked forward to returning to Uniontown for her High School reunions.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles P. Rankin, brothers and sisters, Charles Cravotta, Rosalie Sages, Samuel Cravotta, Mary (Geyer) Parry and Lillian Hall, and her parents. She is survived by her brother, James Cravotta and his wife Mary Grace of Boynton Beach, Florida; her daughter, Karen and husband Leon Ligon of Dallas, Texas; son, Charles P. Rankin and wife Linda of Plano, Texas; grandchildren: Teresa Morey, Charles Ligon, Christine Rankin, Charles P. "Rocky" Rankin and Collin Rankin; and six great grandchildren. She was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown, Pa.
Local funeral arrangements were handled by the THOMAS M. DOLFI FUNERAL HOME, 136 North Gallatin Avenue, Uniontown, PA 15401.
Mrs. Kate Rankin, age 88, of Smithfield, died Saturday morning at her home after a lingering illness. She is survived by her husband Joseph Rankin, one daughter, Mrs. Anderson Kiger of Smithfield, two sisters, Mrs. James Stuck of Smithfield and Miss Adda Wise of Uniontown. Funeral services were held this afternoon at two o’clock at the home. Burial in the Baptist cemetery at Smithfield.
Keith E. Rankin
Keith E. Rankin, 67, of Buffalo Township died Tuesday (Nov. 30, 2004) in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, Harrison. Born Aug. 23, 1937, in Jefferson Center, he lived in the Valley all of his life. He served in the Army with the Second Armored Division. Before retiring in 1999, he was a pipe fitter 35 years for Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge. Mr. Rankin was a member of Sarver Brethren Church, Buffalo Township, where he was a trustee. A volunteer for the Cabot Food Bank, he enjoyed woodworking, cars and helping people. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Sally L. Elliott Rankin; two sons, Keith E. (Wendy Kaye) Rankin II of Brackenridge and James L. (Debbie) Rankin of West Leechburg; and a brother, James L. Rankin of Port Allegheny. Also surviving is a granddaughter, Emily Jane Rankin. He was preceded in death by his parents, James L. and Evelyn M. Piper Rankin, and two sisters, Gertrude Miller and Evelyn Sperling. Family and friends are invited from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday to the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Sarver Brethren Church by the Rev. Clair Knappenberger. Private burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Everyone is asked to meet at the church. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society Relay for Life, c/o Dar's Daffodils, PO Box 57, Apollo, PA 15613.
Kenneth L. Rankin
Kenneth Larry Rankin, 59, of Munhall, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, in Munhall. He is survived by his wife, Maria Lourdes (Evardone) Rankin; sons, Kenneth and wife Joyce A. of Munhall, Christopher of Jefferson Hills and Brian and wife Cindy L. of Elizabeth Township; sisters, Phyllis Hann of Munhall, Barbara McCleod of Maryland and Deborah Verna of West Mifflin, and granddaughters, Nicole and Courtney. Mr. Rankin was a veteran of the Air Force, having served during the Vietnam era, and was an office manager for the Koppers Co. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, where prayers will be said at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church, Munhall, with the Rev. Nicholas Mastrangelo officiating.
Mrs. Norah Ferren Rankin, widow of Adam Rankin, prominent resident of Dunbar, died last night at 7:40 o’clock after an illness of many years. Born at Smithfield, Mrs. Rankin was the daughter of William and Rebecca Ferren. She is survived by two daughters and three sons, Mrs. Roy Campbell, Mrs. Grant Blackwell, Buell, Robert and Warne of Dunbar: two sisters, Mrs. Anna Wilson, of Washington, D. C., Miss Elizabeth Ferren, teacher in the Dunbar Public schools, and a brother, Dr. O. S. Ferren of Connellsville. The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the late home. Rev. H. D. Purrier, pastor of the Baptist Church at Dunbar, will officiate. Burial will be made in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
FROM THE SCRAP BOOK OF MARY ELIZABETH COVER EASTER
ABOUT 1918 NEWSPAPER CLIPPING
DUNBAR, APRIL 5.—In the list of draftees who left yesterday for Camp Lee appear the names of Charles Buell Rankin and William Robert Rankin of this place. Back of these names is as pathetic a story of devoted patriotism as this pen has ever recorded. Their mother, Mrs. Norah Ferren Rankin, widow of the late Adam Rankin has been so badly afflicted with rheumatism for the past dozen years she has to be carried to and from her bed. In fact she is helpless and can barely use her fingers to knit or crochet. Her sons have been her support and reliance. Lovingly they have carried her down from her room in the morning and placed her on her easy chair, and in the evening carried her back to her bed. All day she would ply her knitting needles as a past time, while her sons took turns reading to her until bedtime. They got along happily. The mother bearing her severe affliction uncomplainingly, rejoicing in the fact her sons found their greatest pleasure administering to her needs and comfort. When the war began, the mother turned her attention to knitting for the soldiers and her loyal heart rejoiced that her feeble hands could thus do their bit for her beloved country. Her sons were drafted, examined and accepted and she knew it was only a matter of time until they would be called. Still the feeble fingers continued to knit on through unbidden tears coursed down her cheeks and dampened the garments she was knitting.
Friends brought to the attention of the committee that the brothers were the soul support of their afflicted mother, and the committee offered to exempt one of the boys if the mother would designate which she would have. The committee knew little what a colossal task they were imposing on that mother. How could her mother heart choose one boy and allow the other to go from her perhaps never to return. Both were dutiful sons and both had the same love. She would not, could not choose. If the committee sent one of them back she would abide by their choice but she would not choose between them. Both were taken and yesterday when they came to bid their mother goodbye, possibly for the last time, she was powerless to wipe away the tears that blinded her eyes and suffused her face. The sons wiped them lovingly away, kissed her dear lips and were gone. The tears still flowed, and the knitting lay neglected while the feeble hands folded as the sweet incense of a mother's prayer ascended to the widow's God pleading that her boys be kept safe and returned to her again after this cruel war is over. This mother has, like the widow in the temple treasury, given all that she had to her company. She has again taken up her knitting, God keep her boys safe.
Lewis "Curtis" Rankin, 99, of Dunbar, Pennsylvania, died Friday, May 21, 2004, in Beverly HealthCare. He was born on October 9, 1904, in Grays Landing, Pennsylvania, the son of the late John and Mary McLaughlin Rankin. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by seven (7) brothers, Charles, James, David, Harry, Elmer, Ernest and Matthew, and two (2) sisters, Iola and Loretta. He was retired from Keystone Fireworks as a Night Watchman for 16 years. He was a Private in the United States Army during World War II stationed in Camp Edwards and Fort Divins, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received at the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville Street, Dunbar, Pa., on Monday from Noon to 9 p.m. Funeral Services will be in the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 25, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Dunbar, Pa.
Margaret B. Rankin
Margaret B. Rankin, 96, of Penn, died Friday, March 4, 2005, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born June 7, 1908, in Penn, a daughter of the late John and Catherine Yost Broker. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a teacher in the Penn-Trafford School District. She was a member of St. Boniface Church in Penn and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Silver Threads, the Catholic Daughters of America Court 383, Santa Maria, a former officer of the Over 55 Club of Penn, and a member of the Twin Clover Bridge Club for over 70 years. She volunteered many hours at Mercy Jeannette Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David H. Rankin; a son, D. Thomas Rankin; four brothers, John, Nicholas, Fritz and Charles Broker; and five sisters, Frances Broker, Barbara Gillespie, Eva Depp, Emma St. Peter and Nora Miller Harrold. She is survived by two sons, Robert W. Rankin and his wife, Kathleen, of Riverview, Mich., and John F. Rankin and his wife, Catherine, of Greensburg; a daughter-in-law, Mary Anne S. Rankin, of Aiken, S.C.; six grandchildren, Anne Marie "Molly" Rankin, Alison Rankin, Matthew Rankin and his wife, Gretchen, Mary Catherine Reljac and her husband, Jason, Monica Methven and her husband, Thomas, and Rebecca Rankin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Boniface Church Hall with Father John Foriska as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery. The St. Boniface Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Silver Threads and CD of A Court 383 will meet Monday at 3 p.m. to pray the rosary. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Boniface Church, Penn. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
Mrs. Margaret B. Rankin, one of the oldest residents of South Union township, died at her home, 522 East National Pike, Thursday night, April 2, 1936, at 10:30 o’clock following a lingering illness of two months. She had celebrated her 94th birthday on Wednesday, having been born at Rubles Mills on April 1, 1842, the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Mary Shaw Hurst. On November 19, 1861, she was united in marriage with William Rankin, who preceded her in death in 1922. She had been a resident of South Union township for the past 52 years and of the First Presbyterian church since 1883. She was also a member of the missionary society of the church and of the quilting organization although she had not been active in recent years. Surviving are the following children: William H. Rankin, Mrs. Frances Craig, Mrs. Ida Timmer and Miss Daisy Rankin, all of South Union township, and a sister, Mrs. Frances Hankins. Three children, Mrs. Mary E. Hankins and Isaac H. Rankin in 1933 and Adah J. Rankin in 1873 and the following brothers and sisters, Isaac Hurst, Mrs. Sarah Batton, Mrs. Elizabeth McShane, Mrs. Julia Tate and Mrs. Rebecca Baker, are all deceased. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Mrs. Margery Rankin, aged 89 years and 27 days, widow of John Rankin, died Saturday morning at 4:30 o’clock at her home along Pittsburgh road, North Union township, where she had resided for the last 62 or 63 years. Mrs. Rankin had been ill about four weeks, her illness starting with a severe cold. Mrs. Rankin was born in Fayette county and spent virtually all her life here. For many years she was a member of the Laurel Hill Presbyterian church and after moving near Uniontown she became affiliated with the Second Presbyterian church. Three sons, J. A. Rankin, of South Union; C. S. Rankin, of Balsinger, and R. W. Rankin, at home, survive. Four step-children, W. A. Rankin and James F. Rankin, of Uniontown; Mrs. Jennie Poundstone of Uniontown and Mrs. Nanny Amos of North Union township, also survive as do 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Rankin home with interment in the Laurel Hill cemetery.
Marlene E. Rankin
Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
Marlene E. Kaminsky Rankin, 49, of Houston, Pa., formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at her home. Marlene was born June 27, 1956, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Thomas and Kathryn Turik Kaminsky, of Mt. Pleasant. She was a nurse anesthetist, employed by Washington Hospital. She was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School, Class of 1974, and a graduate of Washington Hospital School of Nursing, and the University of Pittsburgh. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, J. Thomas Rankin, of Nagano, Japan; her sister, Kathy Walters and her husband, Larry, of White; and her two nieces, Christie Fraser and her husband, Ted, and Nicole Horak and her husband, James. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at GALONE-CARUSO'S, 204 Eagle St., Mt Pleasant. A blessing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass to be celebrated in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Msgr. Michael W. Matusak as concelebrant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. There will be a parish wake service at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be made to Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, corner of Walnut and Eagle streets, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666.
Mary F. Bruckner Rankin, 88, of Dunbar, Pa., died Thursday, January 1, 2004, in Beverly HealthCare, Uniontown, Pa. She was born March 14, 1915, in Jefferson, Pa., daughter of George Bruckner and Laura Cowen Bruckner. Mary was a member of Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church and retired from Anchor Hocking Glass Plant in South Connellsville, Pa., where she had been a Selector. Her husband, Warne Rankin, former Postmaster of Dunbar, died in 1949. Also deceased are two sisters, Emma Bruckner and Josephine Phillips, two brothers, Donald and Raymond, and parents. She is survived by her beloved Sons: Warne A. Rankin and wife Dolores of Dunbar, Pa., and Robert R. Rankin and wife Sharon of Pasadena, Maryland; six grandchildren: Mike Rankin, Sherrie Milner and husband John, Brian Rankin and wife Paige, Matthew Rankin and wife Holly, Steven Rankin and wife Angela, Eric Rankin and wife Lisa; eight great grandchildren; and sisters: Virginia Leahew, Uniontown, Pa., and Nora Cicone, Dundalk, Maryland. Family will receive Friends in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville Street, Dunbar, Pa., today from Noon to 9 p.m. Services will be held Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. in Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeffrey Popson officiating. PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH.
Mrs. Mary N. Rankin, aged 57 years, died Thursday morning at her home in Hopwood following an illness of pneumonia. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lydia Furnier, Miss Ada Rankin, and one son, Selwig Rankin. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Mary Patty Rankin
Mary "Patty" Rankin, 67, of Connellsville, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2008. She was born Dec. 21, 1940, in Dickerson Run, a daughter of the late Jack and Theresa Dolan Lloyd. Mary was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church in Leisenring. She is survived by a daughter, Donna R. Ruck and her husband, Edward, of Harrison City; a son, Leslie P. Rankin and his fiancée, Mary Ann Strickland, of Fort Rucker, Ala.; a granddaughter, Rebecca; a sister, Donna Sweitzer and her husband, Louis Sr., of Newell; two nephews, Louis Sweitzer Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Allison Park, and Jack Sweitzer and his wife, Denise, of Uniontown. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 South First St., West Side, Connellsville. A blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church with Monsignor Edward J. McCullough as celebrant. A parish rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
Merle Edward "Mark" Rankin, 67, of Uniontown, Pa., died Monday, August 14, 2006, in the Uniontown Hospital, Uniontown, Pa. He was born on June 4, 1939, in Fairchance, Pa., the son of the late Earl Rankin and Franchion V. "Pat" Huey Rankin Kelly. Mark was employed as a Transportation Director of the Fayette County FACT system until his recent retirement. He was a member of the BPOE # 370 Uniontown and AMVETS Post 103 of Hopwood.
Surviving are his step-father, George J. "Tuck" Kelley of Fairchance, Pa., dear close friends, Brenda and Michael Price of Uniontown, Pa. and their children Mike and Dan Price, who he was their godfather.
Private family graveside services will be held at the Mount Moriah Baptist Cemetery, Smithfield, Pa., on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 with the Rev. Wade L. Kuhlewind officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the DEAN C. WHITMARSH FUNERAL HOME, 134 West Church Street, Fairchance, Pa.
Minnie Iris Bryner Rankin, 85, of Dunbar, died Thursday, January 20, 1994, in the Uniontown Hospital. She was born September 13, 1908 in Dunbar, a daughter of the late John Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Hardy Bryner. She was a homemaker and a member of The Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church of Dunbar.
Surviving are two sons, James H. Rankin of Dunbar and Irvin L. Rankin of Shipensville, PA, two brothers; Dr. Charles "Chappy" Bryner of Waynesburg, PA, and Irvin Bryner of Dunbar; one sister, Emma Ellen Rodkey of Blairsville; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, James Albert Rankin in 1964; three brothers Walter, Lewis and James I. Bryner.
Friends were received at the Burhans-Crouse Funeral Home, 28 Connellsville Street, Dunbar. Interment in Franklin Cemetery, Dunbar, PA.
RANKIN, MRS. MOLLIE L., widow of the late William A. Rankin, died suddenly in her home, 165 Pittsburgh road, Uniontown, Pa., early Monday morning, April 3, 1944. She was born in North Union Township, September 29, 1886, and was a daughter of the late William and Emily Crossland Craig, pioneers of Uniontown. Mrs. Rankin spent her entire life in Uniontown and was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and its various organizations for the past 45 years. Surviving are one daughter, Maude R. Altfather, of Chalk Hill; two sons, Harry R., of Uniontown; Ralph L., of Philadelphia; six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Friends will be received in the A. D. Ferguson funeral Home, 80 Morgantown street, Uniontown, until 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, the body will then lie in state in the Second Presbyterian Church until 2:30, the hour of service with Dr. J. C. Clark officiating. Interment in Sylvan Heights cemetery.
RANKIN— In North Union tp., on the 12th inst., Nancy, wife of John Rankin, and daughter of Mr. Andrew Bryson, in the 31st year of her age. Deceased who was highly respected by all who knew her, has left four children, the youngest only 22 days old. With us her name shall live, Through long succeeding years, Embalm’d with all our hearts can give, Our praises and our tears. T. H. F.
One of the most prominent residents of Masontown, Nettie E. Rankin, aged 74 died at 7 o'clock Saturday morning, December 17, 1938, at the residence of a brother, William Rankin, in Masontown, after a lingering illness. Miss Rankin was born March 20, 1864. She also leaves another brother, John S. Rankin, of Grays Landing. Friends will be received at the Rankin Home until 11 o'clock this morning. Private funeral rites will be conducted at 1 this afternoon. Rev. Floyd Silbert will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn cemetery, Dunbar.
RANKIN, NORA LELA (GUESMAN)— Age 70 of Carmichaels, R.D. No. 1, Stringtown, died 2:10 p.m. Monday, January 31, 1972, in the Greene County Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was born December 23, 1901 in Carmichaels. She was the daughter of the late Isaac and Annabelle Sickles. In 1918 she married John L. Rankin who survives today. She is also survived by two sons, Edward N. Rankin of Streetsboro, Ohio, and Raymond L. Rankin of Carmichaels; two daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Betty) Lindsey of Loraine, Ohio, Mrs. Robert (Annabelle) Pratt of Carmichaels, R.D. ; three sisters, Ethel King of Carmichaels, Mrs. Margaret A. Cunningham of Carmichaels, and Mrs. William (Gertrude) Sands of Carmichaels; fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Dorothy and spent most of her life in the Carmichaels area. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carmichaels. Friends will be received in the Paul Lesako Funeral Home Carmichaels after 7 p.m. today where funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 1972. Rev. Bernard Shuey will officiate. Burial at Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels.
P. Alexander Rankin, aged 84 years and 26 days, died at his home in Smithfield, Tuesday, May 5, 1942 of complications. He was the oldest member of the Smithfield Methodist Church. Mr. Rankin was born April 9, 1858, and was preceded in death, February 18, 1899 by his wife, Mrs. Anna Clawson Rankin and an infant daughter. Surviving are the following children, Mrs. Arthur Pringle of Fairchance; Mrs. Clyde C. Jones of Akron, O.; Alice Abraham Rankin at home; Earl A. Rankin of Akron, O., and Mrs. F. G. Watson of Point Marion; a brother, James H. Rankin of Smithfield; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Friends will be received at the O. S. Vance and Sons Funeral home until the hour of the services, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. J. D. Stillwagon will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mt. Moriah Baptist Cemetery.
Park Y. Rankin
Park Y. Rankin, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003 of heart failure. A lifetime resident of Canonsburg and a respected community leader, Mr. Rankin was the former owner of Hardy & Rankin Co. and Moninger Realty. Long involved with community activities, he was a former board member of the Washington County Redevelopment Authority and Industrial Authority, serving as chairman from 1977 to 1983. Named as Business Man of the Year in 1983 by the Central Chartiers Valley C of C, Mr. Rankin remained committed to helping community, neighbors and his extended family throughout his life. A member of the Canonsburg U.P. Church and former First Presbyterian Church of Canonsburg, he was a Session member for over 50 years. He was president of the former First National Bank of Canonsburg, past-president of the Canonsburg-Houston Rotary and a member of Chartiers Lodge #297 F&AM. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Rankin served as an officer in the Navy Construction Battalion in the Pacific arena. Married to Marguerite Yates Rankin, who died June 16, 1992. Survived by two daughters, Mary Jo Bethem, husband Don and children, Tucker, Zachary and Courtney and Carole A. Richardson, husband Ron and children Katie and Eric; a son, Park L. Rankin, daughter-in-law, Janice and children, David and Sean. Friends received 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the BOGAN FUNERAL HOMES INC., 164 W. Pike Street, Canonsburg. www.woodrufffamilyservices.com. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Canonsburg U.P. Church, 112 West Pike Street, Canonsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Music Fund of Canonsburg U.P. Church, Chartiers Hill U.P. Church Building Fund or Oak Spring Cemetery Association.
Paul Eugene Rankin Sr.
Paul Eugene Rankin Sr., age 65, of Uniontown, Pa., passed away Monday morning, September 10, 2012 in his home with his loving family at his side. He was born June 22, 1947 the son of Herb Rankin and Marie (Joseph) Rankin. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dale Rankin; sister, Pauline Close; and his first wife, Marion (Zapotosky) Rankin. Paul is survived by his second wife, Eva (Rockwell) Rankin; son, Paul E. Rankin Jr. and wife Theresa and grandson “Little” Paul; three daughters: Kimberly (Hice) Idrovo, Jamie (Hice) Guth and Joni Marie Hice; grandchildren: Christian and Eric Idrovo, Taylor Ansell, Nicholas and Matthew Guth; also his sister, Irene Guthrie; “special” daughter, Linda Frey, and her children James, Leanna and April Tucker; Paula Rae Brozik whom he affectionately called his girlfriend; special friends: Michael Crosby and Charlie Long. Paul was a lifelong truck driver with his own rig and worked 17 years for his friend and employer Dale Malinzak and all his fellas at D&M Trucking. Last, but not least, Paul will be sadly missed by Shelby and Rocks. Friends will be received in the KEZMARSKY FUNERAL HOME, 71 Pennsylvania Avenue, Uniontown, Pa, today, September 13, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 and on Friday morning until 10 a.m., the hour of Service. Interment will follow in Mount Washington Cemetery, Perryopolis, Pa.
Paul James Rankin of Swissvale, husband of the former Helen N. Kline, died Monday in Braddock Hospital. Also surviving are his father, C. Tracey Rankin of Youngstown, Ohio, and a sister, Margaret Morgan. The funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the VanHorn funeral home, Swissvale.
Pauline Agnes Rankin (nee McElroy), 84, of Amherst, Ohio, died Tuesday, November 23, 2004, at home after a six-year battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Friends will be received in the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst, Ohio, today from 4 to 8 p.m., and in the DEAN C. WHITMARSH FUNERAL HOME, 134 West Church Street, Fairchance, Pa., Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and Monday, November 29, 2004, until 10 a.m., the hour of service, with the Rev. Wayne Sawyer officiating. Interment will follow.
Mrs. Pearl Rankin, 39 years old, of Elliottsville, died Saturday at the Uniontown Hospital. She was a sister of Commodore Fields of Mount Braddock.
Mrs. Phoebe Rankin, aged 72, died of complications, in her home at Elliottsville, Monday morning, February 12, 1934, at 10 o’clock. She was the widow of John W. Rankin. Surviving are seven sons, Thomas and Harry Rankin, of West Finley; Grant, Frank and Arthur Rankin, of Charlfers, and John and Jacob Rankin, at home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Ralph Leslie Rankin, 76, of West Chester, died at his home. He was born in Uniontown, a son of the late William A. and Mary Elizabeth Craig Rankin. The Rankin family had lived in Uniontown for more than 200 years. He had lived in West Chester for the past 10 years, previously living in Narbeth and Haverford for 34 years. He was a member of Westminister Presbyterian Church, Laurel Lodge No. 651, F. & A.M., of Uniontown, and was former member and former president of the board of trustees of the Narbeth Presbyterian Church. Surviving are two daughters, including Mrs. Virginia R. Murray of West Chester, with whom he made his home. His wife, Mrs. Edna Griffith Rankin, preceded him in death. A sister, Mrs. Maude R. Altfather of Uniontown, died Sunday.
R. Roy Rankin
R. Roy Rankin, 63, of New Bethlehem (Porter Township), died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born Aug. 15, 1944, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Russell L. and Helen Remaley Rankin. He married Carol Henry on May 7, 1965, she survives. Mr. Rankin was construction superintendent for Palo Excavating Inc., of Clarion, and owned and operated his own farm. He attended the Leatherwood Church, was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 66 and the Loyal Order of Moose in New Bethlehem. He enjoyed raising Scottish Highland cattle. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Rob Rankin and his wife, Jen, of New Bethlehem; one daughter, Martina L. Hornberger and her husband, Jeff, of New Bethlehem; three grandchildren, Breanna Hornberger, Korbin Hornberger and MacKenna Rankin, all of New Bethlehem; one step granddaughter, Nicole Schrecengost, of New Bethlehem; one brother, William Rankin, of Sligo; three sisters, Donna Stuart and her husband, Tom, of Norwood, Judy Lewis and her husband, Rayburn, of Mosinie, Wis., Emma Jayne Wiant and her husband, Larry, of Glouchester, Va.; 15 nieces and nephews; 22 great-nieces and -nephews; and 1 great-great niece. Friends received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the RUPERT FUNERAL HOME in New Bethlehem, where funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Robert Moore and the Rev. Doug Henry co-officiating. Interment will be at the Squirrel Hill Cemetery in Porter Township, Clarion County. The family suggests that memorial contributions be given to the Leatherwood Church at 899 Church Road, New Bethlehem, PA 16242, New Bethlehem Area Free Public Library at 720 Broad St., New Bethlehem, PA 16242 or your local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Rebecca Ann Rankin, 78 years old. Of Chatham, Ontario, Canada, died of paralysis Saturday at her childhood home in Uniontown, where she had been visiting.
Robert Rankin, 67, a retired coal miner who formerly lived at Allison, died Wednesday at Lonaconing, Md.
Robert H. “Poke” Rankin, 79, of Farmington R.D. 1 died Monday evening in his residence. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jessie Guthrie Rankin; sons, Fred A. Rankin of Uniontown, Robert E. Rankin of Farmington, R.D. 1 and Harold Myers of Smithfield, and grandson, Robert E Rankin. Friends will be received in the Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home. 134 west Church St., Fairchance, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday’s arrangements will be announced.
Social Security Death Index:
Born—– March 19, 1916
Died—– October 23, 1995
Robert Roy Rankin, 50, died suddenly at his home in Akron, Ohio, Monday morning. He was a former resident of Smithfield.
Roy H. Rankin
Formerly of Hampton and Shaler
Roy H. Rankin, 81, of West Deer, formerly of Hampton and Shaler, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008. Husband of Agnes. Father of Ronald Rankin, Patricia Monheim, Kathy Nugent, Mary Graham, Nancy Heaver and Carole Owens. Brother of Margaret Lamond, Elaine Hieber and the late Grace Austen. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at NEELYS, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Shaler. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The family suggests memorials to the church, 1719 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116.
Funeral services for Russell Raymond Rankin, aged 34, who was fatally injured while working in the Eclipse mine on Monday morning, November 29, 1937, will be held at the home in House 58 at Royal, at 1:30 Thursday afternoon, followed by additional rites in the Smithfield M. E. church. Rev. Paul E. Trimphy will be in charge. Burial will be in Smithfield Baptist cemetery.
Ruth J. (Tully) Rankin, age 54, of Uniontown, Pa. died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, in Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. She is survived by her husband, Ronald L. Rankin; three children: Jerry (Nooner) Walters and wife Rita of Brownsville, Pa., Billy Walters and fiancée Bridgett of Brownsville, Pa., and Jeffrey Walters and wife Lori of Brownsville, Pa.; three step-children: Donnie Walters of Royal, Pa., Rhonda Rankin of Uniontown, Pa., and Ranee Kolosky of Uniontown, Pa.; eight grandchildren: Jerry, Amanda, Derek and Kari Walters, Mike and Jessica Kolosky, Bryon Kolosky and James Bryte; a sister, Nancy Koffler, and husband Paul of West Leisenring, Pa.; a brother, Amnie (Buddy) Lawver, and fiancée Cathy of East Millsboro, Pa.; a brother-in-law, Robert Hersh; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Friends will be received in the Skirpan Funeral Home, 680 Cherry Tree Lane, Uniontown, Pa., today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., where a funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Leslie Fuller officiating. Interment will take place in Lafayette Memorial Park.
RANKIN, SAMUEL CURTIS—Age 74 years of 23 E. Craig St., Uniontown died Sunday, June 29, 1975 at 5 a.m. in the Connellsville State Hospital. He was born at Hickory, Pa., the son of the late Harry and Jessie (Curry) Rankin. He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church and a member of the Men’s Bible Class. He was a retired employee of the Uniontown City Schools and was presently employed as a City Parking Lot employee. Surviving are his wife, Hilda (Black) Rankin, a daughter Mrs. Dale (Lynn) Christopher, Brownsville, Pa., one step-son, Richard L. May, Dubois, Pa., a sister, Miss Willa Rankin, Uniontown, and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Bruce Rankin on April 23, 1973. Friends are being received in the Edward E. Minerd Funeral Home, 196 W. Main St., today 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday until 11 a.m. the hour of service with Rev. Charles S. Loney officiating. Interment will follow in the LaFayette Memorial Cemetery. The Men’s Bible Class will hold services this evening in the funeral home at 7:30 p.m.
Sarah RANKIN died in 1864. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(49)
RANKIN- Dec. 16, '63, at the residence of her son, Mr. Joseph H. Rankin, Wharton Tp. Sarah Rankin, in the 88th year of her age.
The deceased became a convert to the religion of Christ about thirty five years ago, and joined the M.P. Church in Monroe, of this county, then under pastoral charge of Rev. Moses Scott, in which church she remained a faithful member until within a few years ago, when being removed some distance from the M.P. Church, she united herself with the M.E. Church at Mt. Washington, where she regularly filled her place among the worshipers of the meek and lowly Jesus, who perished on the rugged brow of Calvary to redeem fallen man. About three years ago she accidentally fell which crippled her to such an extent that she was never able to walk afterwards. She was a devoted christian and an affectionate mother. Zealous in pursuing the paths of piety, thereby setting a noble example to her children and to the world generally. When the monster death laid his cold and icy hands upon her, she was calm and resigned. Amid the pangs of death a smile of delight played over her countenance so she was leaving this world to meet her Savior, and felt that
"Jesus can make a dying bed
Feel soft as downy pillows are,
While on his breast I lean my head,
And sweetly breathe my life out there."
The Genius of Liberty. Uniontown, Pa. Jan. 7, 1864.
Sarah Elizabeth Rankin, aged 65 years, died at her home near Smithfield Wednesday night, February 23, 1937, at 11:15 o’clock following a lingering illness. She was born at Clifton Mills, W. Va., on June 4, 1863. In addition to her husband, she is survived by 14 children, Mrs. Howard O. Phillips, Mrs. Harry O. Dills, Mrs. Russell B. Thompson, Ernest D. Rankin, all of Uniontown; Mrs. Frank E. Lewis of Brier Hill, Mrs. James V. Scott of Beech Bottom, W. Va., Hugh Rankin, Mingo, O.; Mrs. Charles S. Hare, Point Marion; Joe A. Rankin of Akron, O.; Ray and Roy Rankin, twins, at home; Mrs. Arthur Malone of New Salem; Mrs. Donald L. Evans of Point Marion and James V. Rankin at home. Another son preceded Mrs. Rankin in death. Funeral services will be held in the home Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock followed by burial in the Smithfield Baptist cemetery.
Mrs. Sarah Ellen Rankin, wife of David C. Rankin, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday at her home in Chalk Hill. Death was due to complications. Mrs. Rankin is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Annie Collins of Ohiopyle and Belle Rankin, of Uniontown. Two brothers, T. B. Groover of Chalk Hill; W. A. Groover of Ohiopyle, and one sister, Mrs. Della Trader of Hopwood, survive, as also do a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Lutheran church at Chalk Hill. Interment in the church cemetery.
Sarah F. Rankin (Sadie)--Age 91 years, of 55 Bierer Lane, Uniontown, died, Sunday, April 3, 1977 at 10:30 p.m. in her home. She was born March 12, 1886, in North Union Twp., the daughter of the late John and Emily Morris White. In addition to parents she was predeceased by her husband, Harry R. Rankin and three brothers, Springer M., Henry and Raymond White. She was a former member of the Second Presbyterian Church and attended the Great Bethel Baptist Church. She was a member of the Laurette Chapter 178 OES and Chief Tanacharison Chapter Daughters of American Colonists. Surviving are three daughters, Frances E. at home; Mrs. Vernon (Mae) Black, Uniontown, and Mrs. Frank (Gladys) Riva, Charleroi; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The family will receive friends in the Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home, 80 Morgantown St., from 7 to 9 today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday until 11 a.m. the hour of service, with Dr. Otto H. Zaiser officiating. Interment will be in Sylvan Heights Cemetery.
RANKIN— On the 20th ult., at her residence in Wharton township, Fayette County, Penn’a. SUSAN, wife of Joseph Rankin, in the 38th year of her age. In the death of this estimable lady, society has lost one of its most useful members, her husband a loving partner, her children a tender and affectionate mother, and the poor a true friend, as many a living witness can justly testify. While her husband and six small children, in connection with a large circle of relatives and friends are left to mourn an irreparable loss, they have the infinite satisfaction of knowing that she was a true Christian and died in the faith of a living Savior. Mrs. Rankin was a member of the M. E. Church, and remained true to her vow taken when first embracing the religion of the blessed gospel, and, in her last moments, as well as in her former life, she was happy in the love of God and strong in the faith of redemption through a crucified Savior. She passed __ the cold Jordan of death with a bright hope of a blessed immortality. Living as she had lived, well might she exclaim in the language of the Apostle, when the king of terrors stood by her bedside: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith – Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge shall give me at that day, and not be me __, but unto all them also that love __ ___. [Some words are illegible.]
RANKIN, MISS THELMA VIRGINIA—Aged 33, a resident of 146 Vesta 6, Centerville Borough, passed away Monday, September 15, 1958 at 1:30 a.m. in the Brownsville General Hospital. She was a well known resident of the district area for the past seventeen years and had been employed as a stewardess by the Crucible Steel Co. on one of its river boats. She was a member of the National Maritime Union. Born February 18, 1920, in Carmichaels, R. D. she was the daughter of the late George Dewey and Anna Mae McMillen Rankin. She is survived by two sisters and two brothers: George P. Rankin, Twinsburg, O.; Thomas D. Rankin, with the U. S. Air Force, Lebanon; Mrs. Donald (Geraldine) Patterson, W. Brownsville R. D. 1; Mrs. Donald (Nora) Brady, Vesta 6, Centerville Borough; five nieces and five nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Pvt. William H. Rankin, who lost his life in World War II in 1944. Friends will be received after 1 p.m. today in the Kisinger Funeral Home, Brownsville, where services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery.
Thomas "Bob" Rankin, 73, of South Franklin Township, Washington County, Pa., died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000 in the Washington Hospital after a five month illness. Mr. Rankin was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Republic, Fayette County, Pa., a son of Harry and Henrietta Ringer Rankin. He served in the Navy during World War II, and later served with the U.S. Army, in peacetime. He was a member of the Houston American Legion Post 902, and a lifetime member of the Carmichaels VFW Post 3419. Mr. Rankin served Washington County over the years as a Deputy Constable, Deputy Sheriff, and County Detective. He formerly worked as a security guard for Glosser Brothers and as a truck driver for Gacon Construction. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Myra Merchant Barnhouse; a son, Patrick Barnhouse of Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Teri Barnhouse Worthington of Dayton, N.C., and Theresa Cooper of Washington; four brothers, Harry Rankin Jr., of Casterville, Texas, and Donald, Ronald, and James Rankin, all of Uniontown; seven sisters, Irene Crupe and Ann Phillips of Washington, Jane Williams of Claysville, Gladys Bush of Perryopolis, and Geraldine Fisher, Dottie Campbell, and Freda Ritz, all of Fairchance; two granddaughters, Danielle Barnhouse and Stephanie Barnhouse; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the HUMMEL & BARNHILL MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 585 Fayette St., Washington, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Friday at 11 a.m., the hour of service, with the Rev. David R. Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Prosperity Cemetery.
Thomas H. (Tucker) Rankin, 83, of Vestaburg, Washington County, Pa., died Sunday, October 19, 2008, in the Donnell House, in Washington, Washington County, Pa., after a lengthy illness. He was born April 22, 1925, in Vestaburg, a son of the late Thomas H. Rankin, Sr., and Helen Staley Rankin. Mr. Rankin was a 1943 graduate of East Beth High School, in Washington County, Pa. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II attaining the rank of Sonarman 3rd Class. He served on the USS Mitchell and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon (8 Stars), American Area Ribbon, Victory Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon for his service. In 1984 he retired from the Beth-Center School District, in Washington County, Pa., where he had been employed as the Maintenance Supervisor. For many years he worked independently as a plumber and electrician in Fredericktown, Washington County, Pa., and the surrounding area. Mr. Rankin was an avid Beth-Center High School football fan. He was a lifelong member of the Vestaburg Presbyterian Church until its closing. He is currently a member of the Millsboro Presbyterian Church. Mr. Rankin was a member of the Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391, of Fredericktown, and was a member of the V.F.W. Vestaburg, where he served as Quartermaster.
On December 18, 1945 he married Margaret Smith Rankin, who survives. Surviving in addition to his wife, are three children: Pamela J. Famularo (Frank), of Washington, Pa., David C. Rankin (Elizabeth), of Fredericktown, and Marcia L. Balas, of Fredericktown; five grandchildren: Jennifer Craig (Mark), Jodi Callas (Creighton), David S. Rankin (Sharianne), Richelle DiLeonardo (Robert) and Garrett Balas; five great-grandchildren; three sisters: June Shulsky, of Vestaburg, Nancy Phillips (Julius), of Vestaburg and Diana Fetsko (Raymond), of Marianna, Washington County, Pa.; one brother, John Robert Rankin (Catherine), of Cleveland, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to his parents is a sister, Mary Louise Bitner, and a brother, Barry Rankin.
Friends will be received today from 6 to 9 p.m., and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., in the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown, Pa., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 23, 2008, with Rev. Dr. John Garvin, officiating. Interment will be in Green County Memorial Park, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pa. Full Military Rites will be accorded by the Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391, Fredericktown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, Pa., 15301, or the Millsboro Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 265, Millsboro, Pa., 15348. On line guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Thomas J. Rankin, born September 20, 1915, died Sunday, January 11, 2004, at Beverly Healthcare, Waynesburg, Pa. He was the son of the late Alva Rankin and the late Rose Bryson Rankin. He is survived by two sisters, Jean Grubbs and Hazel Rankin. Mr. Rankin was a flight instructor at the Connellsville Airport during World War II. His main occupation was being a machinist in the Philadelphia area. He was a member of the Connellsville United Presbyterian Church. Interment will be private at the Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Arrangements are by the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, Dunbar, Pa.
Tracy B. Rankin
Formerly of Elizabeth
Tracy Brent Rankin, 49,of Smithton, formerly of Elizabeth, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Family Hospice and Pallitive Care, Mt. Lebanon. He was born Jan. 17, 1960, in McKeesport, a son of Charles W. Rankin and the late Beverly Ann Harvey Rankin, who passed away in 1999. Mr. Rankin was the co-owner of Kinton Carbide in Export. He was an avid motorcyclist and skydiver. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua. He was the beloved husband of 10 years to Lori Garbin Rankin; devoted father to Nicole Kratochvil and her husband, Chris, of Irwin, Trista Skedel and her husband, Martin, of Smithton, R.J. Dietz, of Smithton, Jonathan Dietz and his wife, Jessica, of Irwin, and Yvonne Habajec and her husband, Chris, of Glenshaw. He enjoyed spending time with his six grandchildren, John, Anthony, Alex, Kendal, Adam and Lucas. Also surviving is a brother, Patrick Rankin, of Elizabeth. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Memorials may be made to the liver center at Monteifore Hospital. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Victoria Sherer Rankin, 82, mother of former county commissioner, John W. Rankin, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Lillian Jeffries, in 520 Morgantown street, Uniontown, at 11 o’clock Sunday night after an illness of two years. She was born at Sumerfield in Henry Clay township, a daughter of the late Christian B. and Martha Conaway Sherer, pioneer residents of Fayette county. Surviving in addition to Mr. Rankin and Mrs. Jeffries are a sister, Mrs. Florence Crawford of Uniontown, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral was held this afternoon with interment in Hopwood Cemetery.
Violet M. Mosier Rankin, age 97 years, of Hyattsville, Maryland passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2010. She was born December 25, 1912 in Upper Middletown, Pennsylvania the daughter of Reno L. Mosier Sr. and Dora A. Hagerty Mosier. Violet had been an employee of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) which later became NASA in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the Riverdale Presbyterian Church, Riverdale, Maryland.
Violet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William R. Rankin; her son, Jesse R. Rankin; and her brothers, R. Taylor, R. Rebok, Reno and George Mosier. She is survived by her son, James L. Rankin, Hyattsville, Maryland; by her grandson, William Rankin; her sisters: Dorothy Quinn Mosier of Smock, Pennsylvania and Sara Evelyn Glisan of New Salem, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received in DEARTH Funeral HOME, New Salem, Pennsylvania today (Sunday, August 1, 2010) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday, August 2, in LAUREL HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., the hour of Service with Pastor Bonnie Hartley officiating. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church
Walter C. Rankin
Formerly of Penn Hills
Walter C. Rankin, 79, of Oakmont, formerly of Penn Hills, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. Beloved husband of Mary Lou Rankin. Loving father of Jeffrey J. Rankin (Kathleen). Brother of John Rankin, of Florida. Grandfather of Ruthann, Joseph, Michael, Andrew, Stephen, John, Timothy and Mary Rankin. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, where a service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Warren D. Rankin
Warren D. Rankin, 78, of California, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, in the Donnell House Hospice Care of Washington Hospital. He was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Fredericktown, Pa., a son of the late Clarence and Mary (McCarty) Rankin. He was a member of the board of directors and the building committee for the Center in the Woods. Since his retirement in 1984, he has delivered meals-on-wheels. For the past 27 years, he served on the church council at the United Methodist Church of California, where he was very active with the Care and Share Shop. He was a retired employee of J&L Steel Corp., where he worked in a clerical position for 21 years. He worked for Sun Oil Company for 14 years prior to taking the position at J&L. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Ethel; one sister, Helen Sabocheck of Bentleyville; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the MARISCOTTI FUNERAL HOME INC., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth St., California. Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the United Methodist Church of California with the Rev. David Lindberg officiating. Interment will follow in Lafayette Memorial park, Brier Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to the California United Methodist Church, Box 426, California, Pa., 15419.
Wm. RANKIN died in 1853. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(17)
On the 2d inst. of Billious Fever, at his residence in Jefferson co., Ohio, Wm. Rankin, agad 60 years, formerly of this county.
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The Genius of Liberty, Uniontown, Pa. May 26, 1853.
William Rankin, aged 81 years, one of the oldest and best known residents in the county, died Thursday morning, March 23rd 1922, at his home in South Union township. He had suffered a stroke of paralysis two days ago and did not recover. Mr. Rankin spent his entire life in the vicinity of Uniontown. He was born in North Union township on the old Rankin farm, February 20th, 1841. During his entire life he had enjoyed exceptional health and up to the very day of the paralytic stroke had been physically active, despite his age. His memory was excellent and, identified as he was with the early history of the community, he was an entertaining talker on local past events. His friends throughout the county were legion, admiring him at all times for his honest generosity and sunny disposition. In 1861, Mr. Rankin was married to Martha B. Hurst, who survives him with the following children: Mrs. John F. Haukins, of Uniontown; Mrs. Albert R. Craig and Mrs. John H. Trimmer, of South Union township; Miss Daisy M. Rankin, at home; William H. Rankin, of South Union township; and Isaac H. Rankin, of York, Pa. Two brothers, Hugh, of Franklin township, and Samuel, of Galesburg, Ill., also survive. Funeral services will be held from the late home Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. Dr. William Hamilton Spence, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, will officiate and interment will be in Oak Grove cemetery.
William Rankin, aged 76 years, a widely know resident of North Union township, died in his home this evening following a lingering illness of complications. He is survived by his widow, Mary M. Rankin, and several children.
Two Purple Heart Medals have been received by Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Rankin of Brownsville for their sons, Private William Rankin, who was killed in combat in France on August 28, and Sergeant George P. Rankin, who was wounded in action July 11. The sergeant is now recuperating from his injuries at an Army general hospital in England.
War Department announces names of the following district soldiers killed in action in the European area: Cpl. John A. Balaban, Connellsville,; Pfc. Harold K. Cobb, Brownsville; Pfc. Harry O. Evans, Scottdale; Pfc. Vito M. Graziano, Jr., Dunbar; Pfc. Raymond H. Grummer, Fayette City; Staff Sgt. John J. Juran, East Millsbore; Pvt. Harry C. Mathis, Connellsville; Pvt. William H. Rankin, Brownsville; Pfc. Emil W. Sadlek, Mather; Capt. James W. Williams, Dunbar.
UNIONTOWN, June 15.—Native of North Union township, William A. Rankin, of 65 Pittsburg street, died at 8:40 o’clock this morning after a brief illness. Until 30 years ago, Mr. Rankin had spent his life as a farmer. He was born November 11, 1858, coming to Uniontown in 1908. For many years Mr. Rankin had been a member and elder in the Second Presbyterian Church of Uniontown. Mr. Rankin is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Craig Rankin and three children: Harry R. Rankin, Uniontown; Mrs. Maude Altfather, Chalk Hill, and Ralph C. Rankin, Narberth, Pa. One sister, three brothers, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, also survive.
William D. Rankin, 60, of Evans street, Uniontown, was fatally injured in an automobile accident on the National pike, about a half mile east of Elk Park Thursday evening at 6:15 o’clock and died about two and a half hours later in Uniontown Hospital. Mr. Rankin, a salesman for a Uniontown wholesale concern, was returning from a trip to Kingwood, W. Va. Mr. Rankin for many years was a school teacher in the district near Farmington before he opened a grocery store in Uniontown, later becoming a salesman for the wholesale concern. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna Rankin, and two daughters, Mildred, at home, and Mrs. Dorothy Moats of Morgantown, W. Va., and a son, Billy, at home.
Funeral services for W. D. Rankin, 220 Evans street will be held at the home Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Services will be conducted by Rev. J. C. Clark, assisted by Rev. W. Scott Bowman. Burial will be in the Lutheran cemetery at Chalk Hill, after additional brief services in the Lutheran church there. Pall bearers are: R. J. Arnett, Clarence Moyer, James Burke, Leland Wright, H. F. Bailey and Lindsey Craig.
William J. Rankin
William J. Rankin, 84, of White Oak, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in UPMC Presbyterian. He was a World War II Army veteran who served in the 10th Mountain Division, a carpenter, a member of the former Long Run Presbyterian Church and a past commander and president of the board of directors of Gen. Smedley D. Butler American Legion Post 701. Husband of the late Virginia Stearns Rankin. Son of the late William J. and Viola Hirschelroth Rankin. Father of Deborah and William J. Jr. Rankin, of White Oak. Grandfather of Amy Rankin, of North Versailles. Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the HUNTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 1600 Coursin St., McKeesport, where an American Legion service will be at 7 and a funeral service at 8 with the Rev. Kathleen Barnhart officiating. Private interment will be Tuesday in Long Run Cemetery.