Month: September 2023

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.

Bertha May Washington

Bertha May Hunter Washington, 89, daughter of Charles and Mary Hunter of Beaver Falls, PA, passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio on September 18th, 2023. Bertha
was born on September 2, 1934, in Beaver Falls, PA.

She poured her love, life, and everything into caring for her family. Her light was bright enough to fill the darkest times with warmth and the feeling of home. Our Mother had no conditions or limits to her love. Mom, Mommy, Mum, Nana to some, Mrs. Washington to others, but a guardian Angel to all. As the matriarch to our family, our mother set the standard for what it means to be a Washington, a Mali, and a Hunter. Some of you may feel like she set that same standard in your homes too; Horton, Anderson, Helisek, and I’m sure many others come to mind. We were
taught that family is not limited to those you share a name with; that real family lies in the bonds you form with friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, and cousins. We were taught how to
truly and selflessly care for and about others. Through her vision of Family, we define who we are and whom we belong to.

Our mother is no longer here. However, she is asking us to look beyond the snow caps, beyond the redwoods, beyond, the oceans, and beyond the stars. If you do, you will hear her call. yes,
her call. Her call will make you focus, make you persevere, make you joyful, make you love, and yes, make you have the audacity to reach her. I am certain she can hear your call. Why, because
she has raised us all and knows all our voices. Her call will be tender, her call will be sweet, it will be stern, and at times faint but it will be our mother’s call.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Charles M. Washington, Pete Mali, father: Charles Hunter, mother: Mary Hunter, sister: Jeanee Hunter, brother: Donald Hunter, nephew: Jackie
Lee Hunter (Head).  Brother-in-laws: Skip, Chick, Deb, Daniel, Bob, and Clarence. Sister-in-laws:Mildred, Sue, Lillie, Margaret, and Maxine. Nieces and nephews: Lester, Lawrence, Gineen,
Miranda, Bernie Washington and Nephew Jackie Lee Hunter Jr.

Bertha is survived by her sons: Peter (Kathy) Mali, Charles (Melissa) Washington, Rocky (Sheree) Washington, Ivan (Lisa) Washington, and Georgie Mali. daughters: Linda Sherwood, Cheryl
(William) McClendon, Regina Washington, Drenda (Honey) (Darrell) Banks, Linda (Doll) Mali, Quantia Mali, and Gina Mali. Bertha has many grandchildren, great and great-great
grandchildren, and numerous nieces, and nephews. Blessed was her life and Blessed is her legacy.

Our Family would like to express our gratitude and love for the overwhelming support we have received during this trying time. Every Prayer, every phone call, every visit, every word of
encouragement has reminded us of the immense love everyone held for our Mother. We are sincerely grateful.

View on Thursday, September 21, 2023 from 4pm to 6pm at Washington Funeral Home & Cremations 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, Pa and a Service on Friday, September 22, 2023 at 11am Second Baptist Church, 2322 10th Avenue, Beaver Falls PA

Eric Bell

Eric Bell of Ellwood City, went home to be with our Lord, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 at Allegheny General Hospital, surrounded by his beloved family.

Born November 21, 1970 in Aliquippa, PA to the late Mary E. Bell and Malcolm Bell Sr. He was a lifelong member of Second Baptist Church of Beaver Falls. A 1989 graduate of Beaver Falls High School and Beaver County Vocational School for welding. North American Forgemasters was his place of employment.

He was a former Head coach of the Ellwood City Lil Wolverines for 8 years and coached his daughter’s powderpuff team for 4 years. The love he had for the kids in the community was unmeasurable. He was also a devoted Dallas Cowboy football fan, enjoyed riding motorcycles with his brother, and collecting Jordan sneakers. His most devoted love was for his two heartbeats: his wife, Jennifer and daughter, Ashley.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Jennifer Bell, of Ellwood City; daughter, Ashley Bell (Maurice Jackson) of Koppel; father, Malcolm Bell Sr. of Rochester; Grandmother Betty Supples of Ambridge siblings: Angela Freeman (Joe) of Ambridge, Malcolm Bell Jr. of Rochester, Robert Rea (Julie) of Cleveland, Ohio; a host of niece and nephews: Aaron Bell (Kayla Cepull), Sheyanne Bell, Christopher, Kara, & Joey Freeman, Ameilah Bell; great nieces and nephews: Iyonna, Darian, Nate, Alonna, Kalya, Capri, & Nia Freeman; Aunts & Uncles: Sandra, Linda, & Russell Johnson, Marsha (Willie) Ellis, Sundy (Mike) Ubaldi, Vonnie & Doris Bell; a host of cousins: Eddie Bell (LaRie) & Robert Bell (Renita); and lifelong friend Chris Allen (Jennifer).

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his grandparents: Edward & Katherine Bell; Stepfather J.W. Huntley; Grandfather Russell Johnson Sr.

Friends and family are invited to gather for a viewing on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Washington Funeral Home LLC on 1411 6th Ave., Beaver Falls, 15010. Homecoming service will be Friday, Sept. 15, 2023 at Second Baptist Church, Beaver Falls 15010 starting at 11 am.

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