Category: Death Notices

OBIT: Oscar Earl Houser (New Bethlehem)

Oscar Earl Houser, 93, of New Bethlehem, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Kittanning Care Center.

Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9PM on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Bauer-Bly Funeral Home in Dayton.

Additional visitation will be held from 10AM until the time of funeral services at 11AM on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will run in a subsequent edition.

OBIT: Donald C. Petras (Ford City)

Donald C. Petras, 80, of Ford City, died Monday, August 18, 2014, at ACMH.

He was born December 30, 1933 in Ford Cliff, the son of Paul F. and Ethel M. (Wolfe) Petras.

Don was a lifetime resident of the Ford City area and was a member of Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church.

He worked as a millwright at PPG, retiring in 1994, and also owned Don Petras Backhoe and Trucking Services for many years.

Don loved working on farms and being outdoors. He enjoyed working with his equipment and each year plowed the gardens of his neighbors.

Don was happiest when spending time in the mountains at his camp in Mix Run and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

His memory will be cherished by his three children:  David Petras and wife, Diane, Timothy Petras, and Barbara Emmonds and companion, Bob Shaul, all of Ford City; five grandchildren: Joshua, Jacob and Tyce Petras, Katie Emmonds-Bailey and husband, John, and Brooke Emmonds; two great-grandchildren: Owen and Anna Bailey; two  brothers: Bob Petras and wife, Norma, of Ford City, and Carl Petras and wife, Mary, of Galion, Ohio; and five sisters: Louise McIntire and husband, Ron, of Kittanning, Dorothy McIlwain, of Ford City, Mary Jane Shankle and husband, Tom, of Worthington, Janet Lux and husband, Al, of Ford City, and Patty Fennell, of Ford City.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Sandra L. (McCarthy), whom he married July 10, 1954 and who died September 6, 2013; son, Michael Petras; and four brothers: Ed, Bill, Dick and Glenn Petras.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 PM today -Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kitttaning.

Additional visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of funeral service at 11 AM tomorrow -Thursday, August 21, 2014 - at Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church, 810 Main St., Ford City, with the Rev. Laurie Milligan officiating.

Contributions can be made in Don’s memory to Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church, 810 Main St., Ford City, PA 16226.

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