Obituaries

Charmaine Johnson

Charmaine Johnson, beloved mother and grandmother, was born May 14, 1940 in Rochester, PA transitioned into the arms of God on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 12:15 pm at Life Beaver
County Assisted Living Home. She was the daughter of the late James Edward Johnson and Mildred Irene Johnson. She was a resident of Bridgewater, Pennsylvania.

Charmaine truly loved the Lord and was active at Second Baptist Church, Rochester, PA. She gave her life to the Lord as a young child and continued to serve throughout her adult life. She served on various committees within the church, including the Church Clerk, the Nurses Unit, the Service Guild, Choir, and Vacation Bible School. Her children (raised within the church) regularly attended Sunday School and Church services with her as a family.

Charmaine was a hard worker, loyal to whatever company she worked for including retail sales, a secretary at a drug rehab center, and Arco Polymer where she was a top-grade laborer and the only African American female in her department. She retired and was genuinely revered by her co-workers. In her later years, she enjoyed working as a Direct Care aide at Passavant Memorial Homes and Providence Care Center. Her patients were her passion.

Charmaine was a lover of people, young and old. To the youth she was their cheerleader, always celebrating their accomplishments and the elderly serving them with a car ride, grocery shopping or whatever was needed. Anywhere she went she found some friends. She spoke to everyone which normally ended up in a lengthy conversation. She made an impact on many peoples’ lives by caring for them, listening, and always encouraging them to be strong, proclaiming that “You can do it! “. It wouldn’t be a complete conversation with her without a little “fussing” and cracking a joke or two. Everyone called her Mimi, Mom, and Aunt Char and she was just that to many.

Charmaine was under the care of Life Beaver County for the last 6 years of her life. She attended the adult day care center daily. When she needed more care they came to the house to assist her and then finally she resided in their Assisted Living home in Aliquippa. Even there Charmaine made friends with the care staff, other residents and their families. She was never alone. They took great care of her allowing the family to have peace in knowing that she was in good hands.

Charmaine is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Smith, and her sister, Shirley Eady.

She is survived by her sister, Bonita Jefferson. Children: Tracey Johnson and Edward Johnson (Carrie). Grandchildren: Jada Anderson, Imani Anderson, Tre Johnson (Ciara), Alente Johnson and Preston Johnson. Great-grandchildren: Keiavyon Brooks, Tamia Anderson, Janiah Lowe, Nylah Hill, Justice Johnson, Elijah Hill, Ramzie Johnson, and Nesta Johnson. She has many other family members living in Beaver County, including nieces, nephews, and cousins that were very close to her. Charmaine will be missed!

Viewing will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023, from 5 pm to 7 pm and Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 10 am; service starting at 11 am at Second Baptist Church, 200 Clay Street, Rochester, PA. Arrangements entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremation, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Regina Washington, Supervisor.
Service will be streamed on Face Book Sbc Rochester.

John E Hunter Jr.

John E Hunter 69 passed away November 1, 2023, at his home surrounded by family. He was born November 28, 1953 in Union, South Carolina to Pauline Hunter and the late John Hunter.

John was affectionately called “Brutha” by his mother. This nickname was forever what loved ones called him. Other family members called him John Ed. He graduated from Freedom Area School District where he was involved with Drama Club and the Marching Band. He was the Drum Major in the band and mastered the twirling of the baton, but “acting” was his love and what he perfected. He was cast in several plays, but West Side Story earned him a leading role. While attending Robert Morris College he was cast as “Mr. Brinks” in “On Borrowed Time”. He also attended Penn State and majored in psychology.

John was employed by J&L in the 1970’s. He also worked for the Mental Health Association, HAP, K-Mart, and Dollar General. He loved reading books, adored all babies, and enjoyed the pleasure of his family and friends. This is when a group of all his friends created the BS Reunion, (which was big in the community), and the event was celebrated with tons of food and fun. He was very knowledgeable in politics and worked with the election polls. He eventually worked for George McGovern’s political campaign when he was running for president.

He is survived by his mother Pauline Hunter, sisters; Shirley (Stephen) LaVette Rochester, PA., Wanda (Larry) Horton, Beaver Falls, PA., Sheila (Brian) Bell Coraopolis, PA., brothers; David Hunter, New Brighton, PA., and Richard (Yegennia) Kelly, S.C., nieces; Rashonda (Spencer) Waldron, Jasmine (SaQuan) Clark, Jakesha LaVette and fiancé Remondo William, Keyera Fisher, LaTia Horton, LaTaya Horton, NaBrea Hunter and boyfriend AJ Riggins., nephews; Antoine (Hannah) Hunter, Reon Hunter, Brian Jr, Brandon, Braylon and Jamie Lavette, and girlfriend Diamond Norman. 5 great nieces, 7 great nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. John is also survived by special friends, Paul and Michelle Avery, Bill Valentine, Toni and Herb Bradley, Brandi and Dave Beers, Frank Berry, and the late Connie Wright, Lottie Bazemore and Walter “Leroy” Woods.

The family wishes to thank family and friends for their heartfelt words of comfort and condolences.

Viewing will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 4pm to 8pm and Friday, November 10, 2023 at 10am; service starting at 11am at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 410
Wykes Street, Aliquippa, PA. Arrangements entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremation 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Regina Washington

Paul James Wolf

Paul James Wolf, 64, of Beaver Falls. Son of Ray and Sandy Wolf passed away at Heritage Valley Beaver, PA on October 6th, 2023. Paul was born on September 18, 1959, in McKees Rocks, PA.

Paul is survived by his Loving wife Diane Wolf. Son: Terry Wolf. Grand-daughter: Ciara Wolf. Mother: Sandy Wolf. Brother: Ray Wolf and Sisters: Shelly and Brandy Wolf. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Due to Paul’s wishes there will be no services.

Service entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremations, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA

Sheila Marie Thomas

Sheila Marie Thomas 61 of Beaver Falls, PA went home to be with the Lord on Thursday October 5th, 2023 after a lengthy illness. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loved ones.
Born 1/31/1962 to the late Otho Thomas and Mary (Williford) Thomas.

Everyone who knew Sheila knew her heart. She was very loved in her community by both the young and old. She had the best sense of humor, helped those she could in any way she could,
and lived her life to the fullest. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.

She was proceeded in death by her sister Cynthia (Williford) Tolbert.

She left behind two children Shamara Daniels (Keishjuan) and Raevon Coley. Surviving siblings Loretta Williford Smith of New Brighton, PA, Patty Elazier of Denver Colorado, Peggy (Edmonds) Dreher of Sacramento, CA, Mary Denise Thomas of Detroit MIchigan and Leon (Brenda) Thomas of New Brighton, PA. Four grandchildren Denija Irving, Mandel Irving Jr., Daeauja Irving, Zayonna Doucet and her great grandson De’Nylin Irving all in Seattle,WA. She also left behind a host of neices and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2023 12pm until 2:00pm followed by a homegoing service at Washington Funeral Home and Cremation, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA. Regina Washington, Supervisor.

Vivian Jones Kirkland

Vivian Jones Kirkland transitioned from labor to reward on September 29, 2023. She was born on February 11, 1935 to the late Jimmie and Emma (Powell) Jones in Aliquippa, PA.

Vivian was a 1953 graduate or Aliquippa School District. Vivian graduated from the Pittsburgh Training School. Vivian was employed in 1955 at the Bureau of Elections. Vivian was the first female and African American Director before retiring in 1999.

Vivian married Jackson Kirkland in 1958. They were the parents of one daughter. Vivian accepted Jesus Christ as het Lord and Savior at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Aliquippa. Once moving to Beaver Falls, she joined Second Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and Usher. She was a graduate of Harty Bible School. 

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents Jimmie and Emma Jones, Bartow and Lillie Tipper, Fred and Ira Mae Johnson; siblings Dorothy Jones, Howard Jones, Robert Tipper and Edward Jones.

She will be remembered fondly by her daughter Karen Kirkland, sisters Grace Tipper King, Gerline Johnson Young; Brothers Leroy Johnson, Harold Johnson; Sisters in law Mae Ruth Johnson, Hattie Kirkland, Ethel Truss; Brother in law John Chuckie Kirkland, Sr.

Viewing will be on Friday October 6th from 4-8pm. Homegoing celebration Saturday October 7th at 11am. Both will be held at Second Baptist Church 2322 10th Avenue Beaver Falls. Arrangements are entrusted to Washington Funeral Homes & Cremations 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls.

Mattie Lee Ward

Mattie’s Service will be lived streamed on Monday at noon.

Mattie Lee Ward, 87, was born in New Castle, PA on August 27, 1936 to the late Governor Lawson and Vashti (Harrell) Lawson, and raised by her step-father Hiram Hawkins. She went home to be with the Lord on September 26, 2023.

She was the youngest of her mother’s four children, but helped raise a host of her step-children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was affectionately known as “Ma Mattie”, “Molly”, “Aunt Molly”, “Grandma”, “Ma”, and “Mom” by her family.

She was educated in the new Castle Area School District. She worked at Jameson Memorial hospital as a secretary at the beginning of her work career. In 1978, she took a job with the Office of Personnel Management in Boyers, Pa. She retired from there after being employed with them for over 20 years.
She married (the late) Richard Leon Ward (I) on July 10, 1960. To this marriage was born 2 sons and 5 step-daughters. She also had two grandchildren that she helped raise. She loved to brag about her children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s accomplishments.

Mattie loved to cook, and is well known for her texas sheet cake, apple pies, calico beans, pork chop casserole, and all of her grandkids wish they could have one more plate of her famous spaghetti. She cooked and baked regularly for family and friends. Cooking was her main form of ministry and sharing her love with family and friends. Mattie was an avid reader. Her favorite genre of books were romance and mystery novels. Her favorite author was Nora Roberts.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, step-father, and husband.

She is survived by her son and daughter in love Kenneth & Angenette Ward of Beaver Falls, PA, Son Richard Arthur Ward of New Castle, PA, Step-daughter and late Son in love Carmen & (late) Renwick Smoot Farrell, PA, Step-daughter and son in love Geri Willaims & William (Bill) Shah of New Castle, PA, step-daughter and son in love Valerie & Darrin Longs of Marietta, GA, Step-daughter and son in love Tammie & Thomas Cowen of Birmingham, AL, step daughter Tamara Johnson (Travis) of Birmingham, AL. Granddaughter Chastity King of New Castle, PA, Grandson Richard Leon Ward(II) of Pittsburgh, PA. A host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins she affectionately loved.

Visitation will be at Second Baptist Church 537 Bell Ave New Castle, PA 16101 on Monday, October 2, 2023 from 10:00am-12:00pm. Followed by a celebration of her life. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Washington Funeral Home and Cremations, 1411 6th Ave Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Regina Washington Supervisor

Annie Lee Brandyburg

Annie Lee Brandyburg 92 of Beaver Falls went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday September 25, 2023 in her home surrounded by family.

Annie was born on October 31, 1930 in Savannah Georgia to the late Mozelle Smith Johnson and Henry Johnson. Annie was a member of Christ Temple Church of God in Christ located in Beaver Falls, Pa.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband James Brandyburg, her two sons David and Chris Brandyburg, daughters Lillian Brandyburg and Gloria Brandyburg, grandsons Christopher (Critter) Brandyburg and Devon Thompson, special cousin Gertie Young, and daughter-in-law Autumn Brandyburg.

She is survived by two daughters Revina Brandyburg and Antoinette Brandyburg Donald Ross, sons Jerome (Wendy) Brandyburg, Larry Brandyburg, and Gregory Brandyburg, 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, and a host of cousins and friends. Annie Brandyburg was most loved as a mother and grandmother.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, from 4-6pm at Washington Funeral Home & Cremations 1411 6th Ave, Beaver Falls, PA. The Homegoing service will be held the following day October 4, 2023; at 11am at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ 2420 9th Ave, Beaver Falls, Pa.

Walter Lee Weaver

Walter Lee Weaver 79 passed away on September 20, 2023 in Whitehall Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pittsburgh.

Walter was a graduate from Duquesne University. Walter worked for the Board of Education, Treasurer for the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and Treasurer for Pittsburgh Teachers Credit Union. He is survived by his Loving Wife Marlene Pesacreta and his care giver (Nephew) Bryan Hartman. A host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Service entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremations, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA

James Howard Pogue

James Howard Pogue (Smackey) passed away on August 13, 2023, at Brighton Wellness and Rehabilitation Center, Brighton Township, PA, after a brave battle with cancer. He was loved by family and friends and will be fondly remembered.

Born on January 29, 1956, in East Liverpool, Ohio the son of Delores M. and James A. Pogue and was a 1974 Lincoln High School, Midland PA graduate of where he participated in sports and
student government. Smackey was a resident of Beaver County most of his life. He was employed by Crucible Industries, Midland, PA prior to joining the U.S. Army from which he was honorably discharged.

Smackey was preceded in death by his grandparents Howard (Mary) Vaughn, Henry (Dolly) Armstrong, Father James A. Pogue, Aunt Rita M. Vaughn, daughter Ebony Bacon Jarrett and wife Shirley Pogue.

He leaves to cherish is memory granddaughter Rayniah McMiller, great granddaughter Kai’ Oni (Scooter) Hassett, mother Delores M. Pogue, Radcliff, KY, sisters –Charlene (Eugene) Watson, Laurel, MD, Tonya Mention, Ambridge, PA, Rita (Andrew) Yates, Lanham, MD, brothers – Don and Michael Pogue, Louisville, KY, Gregory Pogue, Leetsdale, PA along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Upon meeting Kai’Oni for the first time, he could not stop smiling and proudly said, “That’s my Scooter”.

The immediate family would like to thank the staff from Grove 2 at Brighton Wellness and Rehabilitation Center and the Three Oaks Hospice staff for their devoted care and support.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2023 11am until 12:30 followed by a homegoing service at Washington Funeral Home and Cremation, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA. Regina Washington, Supervisor.

Donna J. Smith, 74 of Sharpsville, PA passed away on September 18, 2023 at home.

Born in Ellwood City to James and Josephine Evans (Tisdale) on August 18th 1949, Donna Jean Evans was the oldest of six children. She is preceded in death by both of her parents, as well as her younger brother James Evans of Beaver Falls, (Wife Sandra & Daughter Mariah), and her younger sister Rhonda Evans, of Ellwood City.

Donna attended Ellwood City High School where she graduated in June of 1969. Donna’s tried her hand at other vocations, however, her long term career choice was to be a caregiver. She worked for several years at Friendship Ridge as a CNA. And most recently she continued her work as a home care aid with the elderly, sick and shut in.

Those who truly knew Donna, know she loved to host parties and events. She was a woman constantly in motion. During her time as a CNA at Friendship Ridge, Donna volunteered her time and her great cooking skills to host annual Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheons for the residents.

Donna is survived by her three children, Brian Evans of Decatur Georgia, (wife Dana & son Lamar); Laina Early of McKeesport, grandchildren Jamar Mosby, (Morgan and daughter Leila) and Jadien Mosby; and her youngest child, Leah Evans-Smith of Philadelphia. Donna leaves behind three siblings, Karen Evans (Michael), of New Brighton; Douglas Evans of Ellwood City; and her youngest sister Annette Boarders (husband Charles), of Beaver Falls. Donna will also be missed by a host of loved ones and extended relatives.

The immediate family extends their gratitude and thanks to Donna’s extended Family and Friends, Michelle & Dalton Baskerville, Duncan, Donna Thomas, Effie Samuels, Tawana & Cory Robinson, The Tyler Family, and all others who made sure to look after her, love her, and keep her company in her last years.

The family invites you to say your goodbyes and see you laters on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 11am to 1pm followed by a service at Washington Funeral Home & Cremation 1411 6th Avenue Beaver Falls.

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