David W. Filbert, 70, of New Sewickley Twp., passed away October 1, 2022 in Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center, Beaver. Born April 7, 1952 in Rochester, he was the son of the late Harold W. and Thelma M. Bonzo Filbert. He was a graduate of Freedom Area High School and the Flight School of Beaver County Community College. He was formerly employed by Oak Grove Cemetery, Freedom, Big Lots, Rochester, and a pilot for Dad’s Dog Food and Beaver Aviation. He was a member of the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, Economy Borough, where he was a very active choir member, and always willing to help. He was also a member of the Pine Run Sportsman Club.
He was preceded in death by a brother in law, Rev. Donald S. Worth.
He is survived by one sister, Rev. Dorothy J. Worth, Monroeville; three brothers and sisters in law, Daniel H. and Carla Filbert, Irondale, Ohio, Donald E. and Ling Filbert, New Sewickley Twp., and Dennis G. “Pete” and Melissa Filbert, Economy Borough; nieces Lillia A. Boehm, Ohio, Katie A. Worth, Monroeville, Hui Wang, Secaucus, NJ; nephew, Dylon L. Filbert, Irondale Ohio; and four great nephews and nieces.
Friends will be received Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 3-7 PM in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC. 349 Adams Street, Rochester, and Thursday from 10 am until time of service at 11 am in the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 2nd Ave Freedom, Economy Borough. Officiating will be Rev. Martin Galbraith. A Private Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery Freedom.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 2nd Avenue, Freedom, PA 15042.
Robert H. Morris Jr., 44, of McCandless Twp., formerly of Economy Borough, passed away at his residence September 24, 2022. Born September 30, 1977 in Brighton Twp., he was son of the late Robert H. Sr. and Barbara Russell Morris. He was employed by Totin’s Restaurant in Wexford as a cook and was Methodist by faith.
He is survived by two sisters, Paula M. Steele, Monaca, and Barbie Jo Morris; one nephew, James Steele; five nieces Nicolle Steele, Rebecca, Brittany, Kayla, and Christina Morris, and a close friend, Jim Steele.
Robert’s wishes were to be cremated. Arrangements are being handled by the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC. 349 Adams Street, Rochester.
A beloved father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend, Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Lentz went home to be with the Lord on September 23, 2022.
Larry was born on May 4, 1962 in Rochester, Pennsylvania to his parents the late Merrill Stanford Lentz, Jr. and Jeanne Marie (Petcovic) Lentz of Freedom. Larry graduated from Freedom Area High School with many friends and family members who enjoyed spending their school years together. He, then, moved to Washington state with his lifelong best friend Brenda, where he started a career with Aramark formerly known as Service Master. Larry had a long career in the environmental services department at multiple hospitals around the country, serving as a director for 30 years. After his career at Aramark, Larry worked in various other industries. He was well respected by his employees and colleagues and committed to his work – wherever that took him. Larry always wanted everyone to feel heard and made many personal connections with those around him.
Larry had a laugh that was contagious and a presence that lit up a room when he entered it. He touched many lives during his time in this world. He was always there to be a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen for anyone who needed him. Larry loved traveling and visited almost every state. He loved art and would spend hours painting and listening to music; it was his creative way to view the world and express his thoughts. Larry always said he wanted to write a book, and while he never got that chance, it surely would have been a story to help many people on the dos and don'ts of life.
Family was most important to Larry. He cherished every minute he had with the people he loved, and he didn't take that time for granted. He loved talking about his children Lawren and Nick and would tell everyone he met how proud he was of each of them. He truly cherished close to his heart the strong connection he had with his grandson Gabriel. Larry loved Gabriel more than life and would spend hours playing with and loving on him.
To summarize how Larry spent his time on this earth, we suspect he would smile and quote the lyrics of his favorite song by Frank Sinatra, “I did it my way.”
Larry was preceded in death by his beloved father Merrill Stanford Lentz, Jr.; grandfather Merrill Stanford Lentz, Sr. and grandmother Ruth Lentz; grandfather Louis Joseph Petcovic and grandmother “Grandma P” Marie Petcovic; and nephew Cody Joseph Lentz. Larry is survived by his daughter Lawren and son-in-law Matthew Williams, son Nickolas Lentz, grandson Gabriel Lentz, mother Jeanne Marie (Petcovic) Lentz, brother Michael “Mickey” and sister-in-law Karen Lentz, brother Timothy “Timmy” Lentz, brother James “Jimmy” Lentz and life-partner Barb Maines, sister Joy and brother-in-law Todd Bonzo, and his former wife and the mother to his children Brenda Jordon along with his wonderful extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Larry always had a special place in his heart for children. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. Memorial service details are forthcoming.
Arrangements are being handled by the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC. 349 Adams Street, Rochester.
William F. Budacki, 80, of Youngsville, PA, formerly of New Brighton, passed away September 14, 2022.
Accompanied by the sound of a soft drum roll, William F. Budacki, age 80 was escorted to his eternal home on September 14th, 2022. Bill spent his last few hours with his beloved life partner of 30 years, Carole Howe Price, as they watched the tranquil Allegheny River flow past their serene riverfront home. The fish were jumping, and the ducks went paddling by as they waited for Bill’s symbolic friend, the local bald eagle, to come for one final perch in the giant maple that rose above their beloved majestic river vista.
After graduation from Rochester High School, Bill served his country as a member of the Army’s elite Black Ops team behind enemy lines in the rice paddies of Southeast Asia. Bill proudly served his country with dignity and faithfulness, but he carried the mental and incipient physical results of those years with him until they finally won in his personal post-war battle with an increasing number of health issues.
Bill was one of the most accomplished drummers to ever come out of Beaver County. His tutelage of upcoming drummers provided for many years of top-notch drum lines for his Alma Mater. He also performed with numerous local musical groups to the delight of those who came to dance and enjoy an evening of fine music. Following his return from military duty, Bill worked at Nova Chemical in Potter Township where he was a plant electrician and union steward. He continued his dual career as a local entertainer and plant electrician until his retirement in 1997, he was also a member of St Cecilia R.C. Church, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Rochester and a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Arch Bishop Canevin Assembly.
He is survived by his life partner, Carole Howe Price; his sisters, Maryann (Budacki) Sprecker and her husband, Rick; Diana (Budacki) Sciarro and her husband, Jim; and Butch’s wife, Terri Budacki. Bill is also survived by two daughters, Stephanie (Budacki) Rieger, her husband, Scott; Betsy Budacki and fiancé, Jeremy Tabor; granddaughters, Alexa and Hannah Rieger; Tanner Tabor, and grandson, Tyler Rieger. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Budacki) Long, Bob Budacki, Jr, Heather (Sprecker) Coladonato, Matthew Sciarro, Shawn Sprecker, Gina (Sciarro) King, and many loving cousins along with Carole’s sons; David Price and wife, Mona, Chad Price and companion, Danielle Lee, and Carole’s granddaughters, Anna and Kate Price.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Mary (Piccinini); his father, William; and brother, Robert Alan (Butch).
Bill was devoted to Carole and was effusively appreciative of the years of loving care she provided as he battled an endless set of residuals that he suffered from his Vietnam era service for his country. He told friends and care givers that as good as his medical care was, it was Carole’s love, compassion, and careful coordination of his many health providers that kept him alive after his monumental thoracic aortic aneurysm of 6 years ago.
A loving father and grandfather, Bill was ever proud of the many accomplishments and endless joy that his daughters and grandchildren provided him over the years. He also appreciated the assistance Stephanie provided to ease the burden on Carole and for the visits she made during his frequent periods of hospitalization.
Even during his increasingly difficult journey through what seemed like an endless stream of hospitalizations and health treatments, Bill never lost his faith in God, his sense of humor, and his love for his country. Bill was always warmly greeted by his many medical team members whenever they saw him in his trademark Vietnam Veteran’s ball cap and heard his heartfelt stream of thank-you proclamations as he greeted all who provided care for him. It was only fitting that so many provided
support for this humble man who dedicated his life to serving his country, his family, his friends, and anyone he encountered who needed assistance.
Bill’s sense of humor stayed with him even during those difficult last days at a constant care facility. Although his humor sometimes leaked out in an unfiltered fashion, Bill was always the center of attention during an endless stream of physical/occupational therapy and renal treatments. At times when he was unable to walk on his own or care for himself, Bill still found the strength and dexterity to entertain the occupational and physical therapy rooms with his surprising ability to perform on his new set of bongo drums.
Friends will be received Tuesday evening September 20, 2022 from 4-8 at the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Wednesday at St. Cecilia R.C. Church, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, in Rochester Township. May you Rest In Peace, Billy Boy, you deserve it.
The Vietnam Veterans of America will have their service for their fallen comrade on Wednesday at 11 AM at St. Cecilia R.C. Church, Rochester.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 4219 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
George Edward Hosko, Jr., 71, of Rochester, passed away August 25, 2022 in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a brief illness and battle with cancer. Born August 14, 1951 in Pittsburgh, George was the son of the late George E. Hosko Sr., and Mary Spicuzza Hosko. He was a member of St. Cecilia R.C. Church, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Rochester. He was a 1969 graduate of Rochester High School, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, with an Economics Degree. George was a retired Superintendent of the Rochester Area Joint Sewer Authority. He loved the time spent as Head Coach of the Beaver High School Volleyball teams, and was an avid walker, and enjoyed all of his walking partners over the years.
He is survived by one brother and sister in law, John A. and Vicki Hosko; a nephew, Adam Hosko; a niece Amanda Maselli and her husband, Rich, all of Naperville, Illinois. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and best friends, Mike Falcone, and Rick Glass, as well as all his friends from the breakfast group.
George’s request was to be cremated, with no viewing or visitation. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 30, 2022 at 10 AM in the St. Cecilia R.C. Church, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Rochester.
A private inurnment will be Friday in St. Cecilia Mausoleum following mass. Arrangements are in the care of the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC. 349 Adams Street, Rochester.
Marjorie J. (Lash) Smith, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 2, 2022, at home surrounded by her loving family. Margie was born August 10, 1936 in Beaver Falls, Pa, to the late William R. and Violet Welsh Lash.
She was a resident of Beaver Falls her entire life. She fell in love and married the love of her life George C. Smith on March 23, 1956 and together they enjoyed six children and 44 years of marriage until George's untimely death on October 31, 2000.
Margie was a member of Ashes to Life Church, formerly Otterbein United Methodist Church, where she and George were very active in the church, as they were the custodians for 26 years. Margie was also a Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, church trustee and was very active in the Ladies Bible Class.
Nana's greatest delight were her children, grand children and her great grandchildren. Family was her life and there was always something happening at the Smith house. Nana instilled the love of family in all of us.
She leaves behind one son, George ( Diane) Smith, Minot, N.D., five daughters, Debbie Spain, Dayton, Ohio, Amy (Lance) Walker, Chippewa, Jodi Smith, Beaver Falls, Beth Anne (Steve) Burcik, Huntingtown, Md. and Faith (Brian) Murphy , Rochester. Thirteen beloved grandchildren, Charity and Hope Spain, Joyelle (Brett) Kopp, Tara (Mike) Sullivan, Travis (Sara) Smith, Tabitha (Travis) Brossart, Michael Walker, Kasi (Rick) Fera, Alexis (Andrew) Walker, Zachary Burcik, Amara (Kyle) Chapman and Parker and Ella Murphy. Twenty two beloved Great Grandchildren, Lucas Smith, Lila Hall, Trenton Riddle, Eleanor Kopp, Isaac, Liam and Elizabeth Sullivan, Liam, Crosby and Katja Smith, Triston, Nathaniel, Elyse, Samuel, Mariella, Micah, Jude and Isaiah Brossart, Sydnee, Mason and Payton Walker and Cadence Chapman.
Also surviving are two sister's, Nellie (Raymond) Valli and Thelma Quest, both of Beaver Falls, two sisters in law, Chong Lash, California, and Lillian Bevington and numerous nieces and nephews as well as very close friends who are like family.
Besides George, Margie was preceded in death by two brothers, William and James Lash, grand daughter Janelle Spain, great grandchildren Myles Sullivan, Ashlyn Smith and Elijah Brossart.
The family would like to thank Gallagher Hospice and the wonderful care and compassion she received over the past two months, especially from her wonderful team of nurses (Angels) , Andrea and Jocelyn, as well as Dr. Sestito for all of his and care over the years.
Viewing will be Tuesday, September 6, at the William Murphy Funeral Home, Inc, Rochester, from 3 to 7. A service will be conducted Wednesday, September 7, at the William Murphy Funeral Home, Inc. at 10 a.m., by Margies Pastor Mark Ongley assisted by Margies son, George. Private interment will be at Sylvania Hills memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, Margie's wishes were for memorial contributions be made to Tiger Pause, P.O. Box 34, Beaver Falls, PA, 15010 or to Ashes to Life Church, 906 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, Pa.
Albert Nicholas “Jim” Bogolea, Jr., 84, of East Rochester, was a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, railroader, hunter, fisherman, camper, outdoorsman, and storyteller extraordinaire, went home to heaven August 31, 2022. Born February 24, 1938 in Freedom, the beloved oldest son of the late Jean Watson Bogolea and Albert Nicholas Bogolea Sr. He married the love of his life whom he never stopped missing after her passing, Donna Sallade Bogolea on November 29, 1958.
Jim graduated from Freedom High School in 1956. A fourth generation railroader, he worked in the signal department for the Pennsylvania, Penn Central, Conrail and Norfolk Southern Railroads for 42 years.
He was a member and former deacon of the First Christian Church of Beaver. Jim epitomized family first, toughness and hard work; his passion for the woods, skies and rivers are his children’s legacy. He was a life member of the Pine Run and Millvale sportsmen’s clubs, Rochester Owls, Fraternal Order of Eagles, NRA Lifetime Benefactor, National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees and former East Rochester Borough Councilman, Fireman and Rochester Youth Football Coach.
Jim was the loving father to Terri (Alan) Gallagher of Rochester Twp., Brad (Melissa) Bogolea, Beaver, and Jim Bogolea, Rochester; proud grandfather to Bradley (Brittany) Bogolea, Adam (Amanda) Gallagher, Cory (Karly) Gallagher, Derek (Chelsea) Gallagher, Jared Nicholas Bogolea, Emily Bogolea, Nicolette Bogolea and Payton Wright; over the moon great grandfather to Carson, Deacon, and Blaine. He is also survived by his devoted brother and sister in law, Randy and Carole Bogolea; uncle, Gary (Becky) Bogolea, sisters in law Marie Bogovich, Ruth Brimmeier, Lynda Sallade, brother in law Rick Sallade, his Watson cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends, Denny and Beverly Kunkle.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and his brother, Doug Bogolea.
Friends will be received Monday, September 5, 2022 from 3 to 7 pm in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC. 349 Adams Street, Rochester where a service will be held Tuesday at 11 AM. Officiating will be Rev. Robbie Manypenny, of the First Christian Church, Beaver. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank and send love to the following people who were truly family in Jim’s (Mr. B’s) heart and our blessing: Mary and Ron Lehocky, his buddy Jordy Leonberg, John Dunkle, George Davies, the Karens and amazing East Rochester neighbors, especially the Hills.
In lieu of flowers if desired, donations may be made to the First Christian Church of Beaver, (370 Iroquois Pl. Beaver, Pa 15009) the Rochester Public Library (252 Adams Street, Rochester, PA 15074) or the Rochester Area Heritage Society (350 Adams Street Rochester)
“I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”
Leila M. Stokes, 95, of Ellwood City, formerly of West Mayfield, passed away August 30, 2022 at her home. Born April 28, 1927 in Eastvale, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and Hazel Hahn Winterburn. She was a housewife and homemaker, a Christian woman who loved walking, especially in the woods enjoying nature.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph L. “Bo” Stokes in 1996. She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Emma Nesbitt, Velma Allison, Gladys Yeager, Leona Norris, and Lila Winterburn; and a brother Willis Winterburn.
She is survived by one daughter and son in law, Jody L. and her husband, Craig Frey, Ellwood City; a grandson, Ian Frey, Ellwood City; a granddaughter, Leah Frey, and a great granddaughter, Evie Clark, both of Butler.
Friends will be received Friday, September 2, 2022 from 5-7 PM in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC. 349 Adams Street, Rochester, where a service will be held at 7:15 PM.
Ruby G. “Dooby” Anderson, 77, of New Brighton, passed away August 29, 2022 at Good Samaritan, Beaver. Born September 13, 1944 in Americus, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late James and Viola Hoston Lassiter. She was a housewife and homemaker and a loving caregiver and babysitter for her family for many years. She was a member of the 2nd Baptist Church, Rochester.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome C. Anderson.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Marshall, Beaver Falls, and Christine Anderson, New Brighton, and her significant other, Brian Taylor, Beaver Falls; a former son in law, Ransom Marshall III, New Brighton; three grandchildren, Jocelyn, Ransom IV, and Micah; six sisters and two brothers in law, Vera and her husband, Dan, Jessie, Ernestine, Minnie, Gaynelle, and Dorothy and her husband, Craig; two brothers and a sister in law, James Jr., and Patricia Lassiter, and Cicero Lassiter, all of Rochester, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.
Friends will be received Friday, September 2, 2022, 10 am to 12 pm in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC. 349 Adams Street, Rochester where services will be held at 12:30. Officiating will be her brother, Minister Cicero Lassiter. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Freedom. The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff at the Dialysis Clinic, Chippewa, and the staff at Good Samaritan, Beaver for the care and comfort given our mother.