Category: Obituaries

OBIT: Stanley Ritrosky (Kittanning)

Stanley Ritrosky, 90, of Kittanning, passed into the loving arms of his Savior on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Sugarcreek Rest.

He was born on March 8, 1926 is Ford City, to Joseph and Teresa (Lorenz) Ritrosky. He proudly served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He married Rosie (Livengood) Ritrosky on September 6, 1956 and remained married to her until her death in 1999. He worked as a welder in the Ironworkers Union, Local 3, never taking a sick day during his career. His hobby was his work. He enjoyed being a blessing to others by fabricating and making repairs to things. He faithfully attended and served at Worthington Baptist Church in Worthington, PA. He was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing.

He will be deeply missed by his children: Martin (Cindy) Ritrosky and Patrick (Robin) Ritrosky – both of Kittanning; grandchildren: Nathan (Jessica) Ritrosky, Ashlee (Ryan) Strawcutter, Lindsay (Brian) Kimmel, Crystal (Gary) Truitt, Tabbatha (Nate) Adams, Sarah Weldenhof, Levi Ritrosky (fiancé Courtney Johns); great-grandchildren: Naomi, Maya, Maleigha, Noah, Jacob, Deanna, Brook, Gavin, Emma, Timothy, Ivy, Abigale, Eli, Olivia, Lila, and Logan; and his furry friend Thomas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife; also brothers: John and Michael Ritrosky; and sisters: Sophie Cook, Katherine Demetris and Anna Dollin.

Friends will be 2-4 and 7-9 PM Monday at the F. Duane Snyder Funeral Home in Worthington. Additional viewing from 10AM until the time of services at 11AM Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Worthington Baptist Church, with the minister of the church officiating. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates.

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OBIT: Martha Velma Ford (Kittanning)

Martha Velma Ford

Martha Velma Ford


Martha Velma Ford, 87, of Kittanning, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016 peacefully in her home.


She was born in Nu Mine on September 24, 1929, and was the daughter of the late Oliver Meade and Viola Peters Boarts.


She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her loving husband, James Frank “Jim” Ford, Jr.; her two brothers: Christy and Harold Boarts; and her two sisters: Josephine Reinauer and Loretta Enterline.


Martha’s heart was full of love, and for those closest to her, including her three children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren, she had given the world.


She is survived by daughter, Sandy Snyder (David); two sons: Jamie Ford (Sue) and John Ford (Robin); grandchildren, Bryan Snyder (Renee), Kelly Holmberg (Michael), Marsha Conroy (Michael), Michael Snyder, Jay Ford (Heather), Trisha Desiderio (Tye), Joe Ford, and Kylie Ford; great grandchildren, Sydney Snyder, Skylar Snyder, Brayden Snyder, Alexis Snyder, Cameron Holmberg, Hailey Holmberg, Addison Holmberg, Emery Holmberg, Maddox Ford, Maysa Ford, and Rhys Conroy; and her faithful canine companion, Willow.


If you were ever given the opportunity to meet Martha, then you know that she was truly one-of-a-kind. Her life was the epitome of the American Dream. After being raised on a rural farm, she married Jim, and together they established Ford’s Flowers, Inc. (West Kittanning) in 1950. Through their love and compassion, the pair grew their business into the local landmark that it is today.  Their legacy has had the opportunity to bring the joy of quality, family-grown flowers throughout the region, and instill a work ethic on decades of young job seekers.  Martha never stopped working hard, but also was full of joy. Every person who knew her has a story of at least one hilarious moment.


Her family wishes to thank the exceptional care received from her children; granddaughter and nurse, Trisha Desiderio; caregivers, Peggy Kovalovsky and Ally Zanotti; long-time friend, Linda Crytzer; and the Amedisys Hospice of Butler for their compassionate care during her long illness.


To celebrate her life, her family hopes that you can recall the memories she brought to you and smile as you remember the amazing woman and true individual that has held us together since 1929. She will be greatly missed by many.


The family will receive friends from 11AM until the time of the memorial service at noon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning.


Arrangements are being handled by Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.


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OBIT: Ronald S. Townsend, Sr. (Spring Church)

Ronald S. Townsend, Sr., 72, of Spring Church, PA, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born February 23, 1944 in Mercer, PA to Robert S. and Janet R. (Smith) Townsend.

Ron worked as a welder at Allegheny Ludlum, retiring in 1998. He also loved being a Deputy Constable for South Bend and was a co-owner of G.P.S. Security, Inc.

Ron took great pride in being part of the Masons; he was a life member of the Apollo Masonic Lodge #437 and of the Scottish Rite Masons at the Valley of Coudersport, and was a member of the Royal Arch Chapter since 1969. He was a member of the St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ of Shelocta. Ron served on the Dayton Fair Board and was Secretary and Treasurer of UCT.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his most memorable moments were spending time at camp and at the beach with his family and traveling with his wife, Karen.

His memory will be cherished by his loving wife of 23 years, Karen Kennedy Townsend; son, Ronald S. Townsend, Jr. and companion, Michelle D. Zanetti of Ford City; daughter, Cheryl Graff and husband, David of Plumcreek Twp.; two step-sons: J. Scott Bussard and wife, Rhonda of Mt. Joy, PA, and Brian Bussard and wife, Sherri of Atwood; two step-daughters: Lisa Bussard Kocent and husband, Ron of Pittsburgh, and Sheila Bussard Wadding and husband, Jeff of Dayton; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Townsend and wife, Sara Inez of South Bend; and sister, Barbara Goldstrom of New Kensington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Robert Leland “Bobby Lee” Townsend.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 PM tonight – Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – and 2-4 and 7-9PM tomorrow – Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – at the Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home, Inc., 238 S. Main Street, Elderton, PA. A Masonic service will held on Tuesday at 7 PM.

Additional visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of funeral services at 11 AM on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the funeral home with the Rev. Sheila Wadding officiating.

Interment will follow in South Bend Cemetery, South Bend, PA.

Contributions can be made in Ron’s honor to the St. Jacobs United Church of Christ, 643 Crooked Creek Road, Shelocta, PA 15774.

Arrangements are being handled by the Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home, Inc.

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