Category: Death Notices

OBIT: Elsie Weaver (Irwin)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Elsie was the grandmother of our KP Journalist Jonathan Weaver. The staff at the Kittanning Paper would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to him and his family.


Elsie E. (Kregel) Weaver, 86, of Irwin, formerly a resident of Walnut Ridge Memory Care in Greensburg, passed away Tuesday October 21, 2014 in the RNC of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg.

She was born April 23, 1928 in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Janoziz) Kregel.

Elsie was very involved in the Irwin Photo Lab, assisting her late-husband Bill and son,Bob, in the day-to-day operations.

She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, also a member of the Country Hills Homemakers for over 20 years, and was a very active volunteer at St. Emma’s Monastery in Greensburg.

A 1946 graduate of Norwin High School, Elsie was an avid flower gardener and loved doing crafts.

Elsie is survived by her four children: William D. Weaver and his wife, Sherry, of Columbia, South Carolina, Cynthia Weaver of San Francisco, Robert Weaver and his wife, Debbie, of Irwin, and Brian Weaver and his wife, Suzanne, of North Huntingdon; five grandchildren: Christy Weaver, Sarah Zupon, Jonathan Weaver, Kara Weaver and Rachel Weaver; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William C. Weaver, in 1988; two brothers: Joseph and Victor Kregel; and two sisters: Irma Wentzel and Emma Wagoner.

Friends will be received from 4-8PM Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Joseph F. Ott Funeral Home Inc. in Irwin.

Parting prayers will be held at 9AM Saturday, October 25, 2014 in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church.

Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in North Huntingdon.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Immaculate Conception Church 308 2nd Street Irwin Pa. 15642.

Elsie’s family would like to thank the staff at Walnut Ridge Memory Care, RNC and Asera Care Hospice and her home caretaker, LuAnn Beresford, for their special care and compassion that they showed their mother.

OBIT: Susie Reefer (Kittanning)

Susie Jo (Mervis) Reefer, 70, of Kittanning, died on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at her home.

She was born on June 15, 1944 in Kittanning, a daughter of Samuel and Josephone (Heasley) Mervis. She was a lifelong resident of Templeton and Kittanning, retiring from ALLTEL in 1984 and then from F&M Bank in 2008. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kittanning and Furnace Run Chapel.

She was very active in the Methodist church throughout the years, serving on many committees. She enjoyed traveling and was a staunch Pirates fan – attending Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.

She is survived by her husband: Richard Reefer, whom she spent 49 years being married in 1965; a daughter: Jolena (Matthew) VanMeter and granddaughter Morgan from White Oak, PA; sister: Judy (Ray) Atherton of Kittanning; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandmother: Lena Heasley, whom raised her; aunt: Marion Pence; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Friends will be received at the Snyder-Crissman Funeral Home in Kittanning on Monday, October 20, 2014 from 6-8 PM; Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM; and Wednesday from Noon until the time of a funeral service at 1PM at the funeral home. The Reverend Daniel Stinson will officiate. Interment will take place in the Cochran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 in Susie’s honor.

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