Obituaries

Robert Lee Dreher Jr.

Robert Lee Dreher Jr., 75 of Phoenix AZ formerly of Beaver Falls PA; passed away unexpectedly on January 7, 2023.

Robert graduated from Beaver Falls High School. After high school he joined the U.S Army after returning from service he worked at J&L Steel. Robert went back to school and graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Robert Morris University. He worked at Traco Windows for over 10 years until he moved to Arizona where he worked at the University of Phoenix and acquired his Master’s Degree.

Robert enjoyed coaching and being involved in the Beaver Falls Little Tigers football program and little league baseball. His favorite activity was fishing and he enjoyed watching sports mainly his Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; Robert Lee Sr. and Gladys Dreher. Brother Larry Dreher Sr. Sister Cynthia Covington.

He is survived by his wife, Felice Dreher. Children: Marika (Vernon) Jeter, Demetria Dreher, Adarryl (Deonna) Dreher and Andre (Lisa) Dreher. Stepchildren: Eric Dishler and Jessica Hermez. 12
Grandchildren and 3 Great grand-daughters. Sisters: Marguerite (Christopher) Wilson and Karen Dreher. Brother: Edmund (Peggy) Dreher. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and
friends.

A Memorial service is scheduled to receive family and friends on Saturday, February 04, 2023, from 10:00am – 11:00 am followed by a Home Going Service at Washington Funeral Home & Cremations, LLC 1411 6th Avenue Beaver Falls, PA. Regina Washington Supervisor.

Kevin Estelle

Kevin Estelle, 55 of Beaver Falls, PA passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at The Heritage Valley Medical Center, Beaver, PA.

Kevin was born on September 11, 1967 to the late Edward “EL” and Ernestine (Howard) Estelle; raised in Beaver Falls, Kevin was a 1985 graduate of Beaver Falls High School where he played basketball; after high school Kevin moved to Hartford CT, where he was employed with Aetna Insurance, upon returning back to Beaver County he worked for Anchor Hocking; he was a diehard BF Tiger and Steeler fan, watched CNN daily and could talk to you about any topic and was willing to debate you! making you think he gave you advice, he also enjoyed a great game of spades and also gambling.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and brother-in- law Denise (George) Tapp; paternal grandparents Katherine and Dorsey Howard, paternal grandparents Charles and Lurlie Estelle, uncle Dorsey Howard, aunts Nellie Cook, Dorothy Taylor, Charles Estelle; a nephew Eddie Estelle, Jr., sister-in-law Dorothy T. Estelle and god-mother Melva “Sister” Simpson.

Kevin leaves to cherish his memories his children Charity Estelle, Orlando, FL.; Dominique Vaulk, Arizona, Tamara Estelle and Kevin Jr., Beaver Falls, a sister Mary Jean (Charles) Godfrey, Sylacauga, AL., two brothers Edward (Dr. Francis) Estelle, Windsor, Ct., Kenny (Margaret) Estelle, Bloomfield, Ct., a granddaughter Iylah Estelle; his aunt Barbara Jean (Nathaniel) Lyles, New Brighton and Fred (Nancy) Howard, Detroit, MI., his life partner Tammy Milligan, nieces and nephews Lakitsha Harris, Angela Alford, Keona Estelle, Victoria Estelle, Amber, Kenny, Jacob, Faith, and Caleb Estelle. Great-nieces Anisa Alford and Ka’Shyia Alford a devoted cousin Michael “Buzzy” Moreland, special friends Allen Mobley, Edward Reynolds, Lonnie Williford, Neal McDowell, cousins and friends.

The family would like to thank each of you for all that you have done and we ask that you continue to keep his children in prayer.

View for Family and Friends will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, January 27, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. followed by a Homegoing Service at Washington Funeral Home & Cremations 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls.

Eva J. Leak

On January 19, 2023, Eva J. Leak, age 82, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Eva was the daughter of the late Leroy and Thelma Slappy and was a lifelong resident of Midland, Pa.

After 3 plus decades of employment at Westinghouse, Eva retired. Prior to working for Westinghouse, she was a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She enjoyed time with her family and hosted many cookouts and family parties. She was a devout servant of the most high God and a prayer warrior. She taught bible study, Sunday School and ministered the gospel of Jesus Christ for many years. Her church tenure of over 60 years included memberships at The Holiness Church of Christ, Mt. Calvary Chapel, The Father’s House, and she had recently joined The First Baptist Church of Beaver, Pa.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 64 years, Carl “Collie” Leak, Sr., two daughters, Rose Ross and Frances Leak, both of Midland, her only son Carl “Tubby” Leak (Nicole) of Beaver Falls, 11 grandchildren, Carl “Cheeks” Leak, III, Diana Ross, Timothy Leak, Charles Ross, Qualisha Cottrill, Kylee Braham, Torian, DaeVon, Breona Leak, Aryana and Craig Harris as well as a host of great-grandchildren, brothers John Thomas Slappy, Donald Slappy (Bunny), James Slappy (Phyllis), sisters Carolyn Harris, Rev. Mary Burton and Paula Waldron (Nate) and a host of nieces and nephews.

Eva was preceded in death by her siblings, Leroy Slappy, Jr.,Thelma Perkins, her twin brothers, John and Joe Slappy, Becky Bell, Christine Slappy, Paul Slappy, Shirley Dorsett-Pogue, Roger Slappy and Larry Slappy.

Friends and family will be received on Friday, January 27th , 2023 from 6pm – 8pm and on Saturday, January 28th from 10am – 12pm followed by a Homegoing Service at the First Baptist
Church, 370 Beaver Street, Beaver PA. Service entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremations 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA. Regina Washington Supervisor.

Dianna Carroll Williams

Dianna Carroll Williams, a gifted vocalist and singer in a band during her high school years, passed away on January 18th, 2023. Born to the late Edward and Josephine Williams of Beaver Falls, PA, she attended Duff’s Business Institute at Duquesne University before returning home to become a nurse’s aide at the Geriatric Center in Beaver, PA. After working at Westinghouse for several years, she retired on disability. She was an active member of Lifeway Christian Fellowship.

She leaves behind her two children, Carmen Lynn and Marcess Edward Williams, and her beloved granddaughter, Gia Lyene Dianna Williams. In addition to her children and granddaughter, she is survived by her baby brother, Edward E. Williams, Sr. and sister-in-law, Valarie S. Williams; nephews, Edward E. Williams Jr. and Evan D. Williams; aunts, Gloria Pipkin and Anna Mae Brown; and uncles, Charles and Robert Pipkin, and many cousins and other family members.

Special friends/Family more like sisters, Antoinette Stinson Wiley, Hannah (Honeybee) Ross, Audrey Smith, Patricia Monts, and Joanie Gilbert and special friend Ronald Hendrix.

Dianna will be remembered for her infectious laugh, her radiant smile and her wit, always brightening up any room with her presence. We thank everyone for their kind words and support during this difficult time.

At Dianna’s wishes the family will have a private service for her on Tuesday and a memorial service for friends on Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 from 5pm – 7pm followed by a Homegoing Service; at Washington Funeral Home & Cremations 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA. Regina Washington Supervisor.

Trista Clegg-Orienza

Trista Clegg-Orienza 38; of Monaca PA passed away on January 16th unexpectedly. Trista was born on March 4th, 1984 to late Randy Clegg and Sherry King.
 
Trista was a very outgoing, loving, and one of the most forgiving people in the world. She truly loved her children and adored her grand baby. She was silly and loved to laugh. She really loved the career path she was on; working in retail sales as a manager; however, she loved shopping even more. She loved spending time with her family and friends; she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her father Randy Clegg.

Trista is survived by her fiancé Park Lutton Jr. of 11 years, her son Noah, daughter Jade, her grandson Simeon Thomas Jr, her sisters Nikki and Ashley. A host of aunts, uncles, cousins other relatives and friends.

A Memorial service is scheduled at Washington Funeral Home on Friday, January 20, 2023, from 4:00pm –7:00 pm followed by a Home Going Service. Arrangements are entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremations, LLC 1411 6th Avenue Beaver Falls, PA. Regina Washington Supervisor.

Edwina Joyce Drummer Coleman

Edwina Joyce Drummer Coleman, 87, of Pittsburgh, PA was called home to be with the Lord on November, 28 2022. She was born January 29, 1935 in Louisville, KY to Rev. Charles E. Drummer Sr. and Emma Pipes Drummer. At the age of 9 years old, she faced one of the hardest tragedies of her life, experiencing the passing of her biological mother. Later, her father married Coeany Ransom, who nurtured and raised her and her four siblings. Edwina was the eldest of five children: Charles Jr., Harold Sr., Phyllis, and Coeany.
Being a child of a minister, Edwina quickly adapted to the itineracy of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, traveling with her father to the different pastoral charges. In 1953, Edwina graduated from East High School located in Xenia, OH. Later, she attended Wilberforce University as an English major. In 1954, her father was moved to the pastoral charge of Park Place A.M.E. Church in Homestead, PA. This move was the beginning of a new chapter in her life.
December 3, 1955 she married the love of her life Andrew Coleman, Sr. at Park Place A.M.E. Church. Anybody that knew her, knew that she was proud to say she was married for 50 years, 4 Months, 3 Days, and 9 minutes. Out of this union came three wonderful children. Andrew Jr., Edward, and Matthew. She was very passionate in raising her three boys. She supported them in their various passions, dreams, and aspirations.

Edwina was a very active member of Park Place A.M.E. Church, fulfilling the many roles of musician, choir member, church officer, missionary, and much more. While attending, she co-founded what is known today as the Just Us Club whose focus was women’s empowerment through church fashions. In November of 1988, she transferred her membership to St. James A.M.E. Church – Pittsburgh, PA, where she remained active, serving as the President of the Senior Choir, Altar Guild, Missionary Society, and more. She was also very active in the A.M.E. church on all levels. She traveled to just about every General Conference, Women’s Missionary Society (W.M.S.) Quadrennial, Planning Meeting, Mid-Year and Annual Conferences, etc. In 2000, she was honored with the highest award of Life Membership by the W.M.S. of the A.M.E. Church, for dedication of over 25 years of service. In addition to her service within the church community, Edwina served a 25 year career as a clinical clerk at Magee Women’s Hospital where she worked until retirement.

Anyone who knew Edwina knows how proud she was of her family; and that she took advantage of every opportunity to show pictures, boast on their accomplishments, and share updates about her children, grandchildren, and great-grandsons. Affectionately known as “Nana” by her grandchildren and so many others, she found true joy in taking care of her grandchildren and sharing unforgettable experiences with them as they grew older. She took on the privilege of raising her youngest grandson Andrew Coleman III. Her care and dedication of service to others was displayed throughout her roles as Den Mother for Boy Scouts, PTA, and basketball mother and mentor to members of the African American Music Institute. A self-taught seamstress, Edwina will be remembered for her passion for sewing; making blankets with love; her boisterous laugh that would fill a room; homemade holiday dinner rolls; her love of dancing, music, and making TikToks; talking on the telephone; reading; completing crossword puzzles; and watching football and basketball games, soap operas, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune. Most of all, Edwina will be remembered for her love of others and profound pride in family. Her legacy will be carried on through generations.

Edwina was preceded in death by her parents Rev. Charles E. Drummer, Sr., Emma Pipes Drummer, and Coeany Ransom Drummer; her siblings Rev. Charles E. Drummer Jr., Harold B. Drummer Sr., and Phyllis Drummer; husband Andrew Coleman Sr.; and grandson Marcus Coleman.

She leaves to cherish her memory her sister Coeany Bryant (James); sister-in-law Helen Drummer; children Andrew Jr., Edward (Brenda), Matthew (Ginger), and Pamela Johnson, whom she affectionately refers to as her daughter (James and family); grandchildren Edward “E.J.” Jr. (Alexandra), Brittany, and Andrew III; great grandchildren Xavier and Angelo; goddaughters Carrlyn Johns (and family) and Lemiah A. Cross (and family); as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, December 9, 2022 at St. James A.M.E. Church 444 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. A viewing will be held from 9-11A.M. with a service following and entombment at Allegheny Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Edwina to the African American Music Institute 7131 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Timothy George Brown

Timothy George Brown Sr. (60), born April 9, 1962 of Beaver Falls Pennsylvania went home to be with the Lord November 27, 2022..

Tim was a kind and gentle man, he was known for his generous loving spirit. He loved his Wife and family; spending most of his time with them, but most
of all just being a grandfather. Tim will truly be missed by all who knew him. Tim was Baptist at Tabernacle Baptist Church Beaver Falls PA by the late Pastor Calvin
Brown; Years later he became a member of Second Baptist Church Rochester PA under Pastor Butch Cottom. Tim will truly be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his Parents: George Brown and Lillian Brown, Grandchildren: Jamal, Isaac, Quincy and Donovin Brown. Sisters: Henrietta
Gibbs, Billy Gibbs, Marcella Gibbs, Veronica Jeannine Brown. Brothers: Thomas Gibbs, and Bruce Gibbs.

He is survived by his Loving Devoted wife of 37 years plus Annette Brown. Children: Timothy (Debra) Brown Jr., Daniel (Marcy) Brown, Zacchaeus Brown,
Isaiah (Elizabeth) Brown, Laraya (David) Porcher. 18 Grandchildren. Sister: Carol Padgett, Brothers: Zachary Gibbs, James Franklin (Valerie) Brown. A host of
Nieces and Nephews and other relatives.

Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 1 2022 at 2pm Bethel AME Church 33 N Spring Avenue, Greensburg, PA 15601. Service entrusted to
Washington Funeral Home Cremations, LLC 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA.

Theodore F. Gibson

Theodore F. Gibson of Beaver Falls, PA passed away on November 22, 2022 in the Sunny View Nursing Center, Butler, PA at the age of 86.

Thee was the son of the late Walter and Georgia (Crawford) Gibson. He was born on October 23, 1936. The youngest and last survivor of 8 brothers. He grew up in New Brighton, and Beaver Falls where he made many close friendships.

He was employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation (Cutler Hammer) for 35 years. He retired in 1991 at the age of 55 to care for his aging mother. He was a member of Waymen Chapel AME Church in New Brighton.

He loved nice cars – always maintaining and making sure his cars were in tip top condition and spotlessly clean. He was always passing along the importance of caring for and taking care of your car to family and friends. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loved watching the Young and The Restless!! His daily plans started “when the Young and the Restless goes off”. He was big on family and always available and willing to lend a helping hand anyway he could. He was always in contact with his nieces and nephews, here and far away. Having no children of his own, his nieces and nephews were his children too.

In his later years, you could find him sitting at Foodland in New Brighton chatting up with his friends, relatives and strangers passing by.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 8 brothers: Harold, Daniel Gale, Loyal Jerome, Paul, Donald, Kenneth, William, and James Gibson. His nephews Marcus (Markie), Loyal Jerome, II (Butch), Ronald Gibson and Ronald Crawley.

He leaves to cherish his memory (numerous) nieces, nephews and great, and great-great nieces and nephews. Also, special friends, Reverend and Mrs. Samuel Chambers, Charles Wallace, Tommy Monts, William Odum, Billy and Hattie Walker and cousins Mickey and Dee Dee Crawford.

Services entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremations 1411 6th Ave. Beaver Falls, PA. Viewing: Thursday, December 1,2022, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Homegoing Service: Friday, December 2, 2022 11:00 am. Regina Washington, Supervisor.

Denise N. Simon

Denise N. Simon, loving mother, and grandmother passed unexpectantly away on November 10, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. Denise was born on the military installation Camp Hanford, Washington, on September 27, 1955.

Denise’s father was in the military, so her early childhood was spent traveling the US and US territories. The family settled in El Paso, Texas, where she attended and graduated from Burges High School in 1974. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance. She worked alongside her father as an insurance broker at Simon and Associates. She went on later in life to finish her Ph.D. in Early Child Hood Education. She was also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Grove City. Denise loved the Lord and studied the bible and became a Sunday school teacher, and helped with prayer groups for many years. Denise had many interests – baking, astrology, and higher education. She would empower anyone with knowledge who would listen. Those who knew her would fondly address her as “Professor.” Whether you were a family member or acquaintance, Denise would move mountains to help you as best as possible, no matter the need. Her love for another was heartfelt, and you could feel it when you stepped into her ora. Her smile was contagious, and her laugh magnetic.
Denise will be loved and celebrated for being a dedicated mother, grandmother, and loving friend.

Denise joins her father, Matthew H. Simon, and her sister, Gayle M. Simon, in heaven.
She is survived by her two daughters, Cari M. Washington and Cimone M. Washington; her granddaughters Leila Rae M.S. Kubli and Savannah Lynn S. Kubli; her mother Doris M. Simon;
her brother Matthew D. Simon; her sister Doris (Beth) E. Simon.
Denise’s life will be celebrated with family and friends; her light has not been dimmed by death, but shines even brighter in a better place.

A Memorial service is scheduled at Washington Funeral Home on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 11:00am – 12:00 pm followed by a Home Going Service. Arrangements are entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremations, LLC 1411 6th Avenue Beaver Falls, PA. Regina Washington Supervisor.

James Michael Swoger

James Michael Swoger died at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville on Oct 28 2022. He was born in Pittsburgh on Feb 10 1949 to James Wesley Swoger and Willie Williams Swoger. Survived by sister Andrina Swoger Todus and niece Stephanie Vera Bass. He was preceded in death by his sister Melinda Simon. James retired from Giant Eagle as a stock clerk. He had previously worked for AB Smith and Levco. He was an avid model train collector and loved to collect movies and tv shows. He will be missed by all his friends and relatives. Thanks for all the condolences from his neighbors and friends. Service entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremations, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA

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