Obituaries for Mc-Donald-Aeberli Funeral Home Obituary for Betty Ann Werling EvartsBetty Ann Evarts, age 77, of Allison Park, died Saturday morning, July 4, 2015, in the comfort of her home. Born in Wexford, PA on June 27, 1938, she was the daughter of the late John D. and Hazel May Myers Werling, Sr. A homemaker, Betty Ann was a member of Hiland Presbyterian Church. Surviving are her husband, Frederick C. Evarts, who she married on January 12, 1957, a daughter, Polly Stehle and her husband, Ralph C., of Ross Twp. a son, Roger C. Evarts of Allison Park, her grandsons, Ralph A. (Alexandria) and Robert T. Stehle, and a brother, Eugene Werling of Avalon. She was preceded in death by a brother, John D. Werling, Jr. and a sister, Hazel May Stewart. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home, with Rev. Larry Ruby, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Marshall Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=9162367845Obituary for Barbara Powell FlinchbaughBarbara Powell Flinchbaugh, age 77, of Center Twp., Butler, PA, died Friday morning, July 3, 2015, in the comfort of her home. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 20, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Robert L. and Jessie Mayne Fisher Powell. Barbara had been a member of the Junior Women’s Club of Butler, the Butler County Art Association and the Butler Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen E. Flinchbaugh, who she married on October 11, 1958 and who died on August 28, 2009. Surviving are a nephew, David Cubbison of Bedford. Arrangements are private under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. Barbara will be buried on her families plot at New Waterford Cemetery in New Waterford, Ohio. Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Favorite Charity. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8005367766Obituary for Virginia R. "VA" CrummyVirginia R. “VA” Crummy, age 88, of Middlesex Twp., Valencia, died Wednesday morning, July 1, 2015 at Saxony Health Center in Saxonburg. Born in Middlesex Twp., PA on February 6, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Effie Morrow Lisman. In 1948, she graduated with 37 classmates in the last Cadet Nursing Class at Butler Memorial Hospital. VA was a Registered Nurse and had worked as the Supervisor for the Operating Room at Butler Memorial Hospital for 10 years. She then took time off to raise her family and then worked as a floor nurse for 25 years. She was a lifelong member and former Deacon of the Glade Run Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School and was Elementary Youth Director for 10 years. VA was active in the Royal Grange and was a volunteer with the South Butler Community Meals on Wheels. Surviving are her husband, W. Donald Crummy, who she married on August 30, 1952, two sons, William Crummy and his wife, Martha of Richland Twp., and David Crummy and his wife, Kristen of Butler, grandmother of Matthew, Tyler, Ellen and John Crummy, great grandmother of Carter Jacob and Shae Lynn Crummy and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Gladys Truver, Dorothy Lisman, Mary K. Stone and Hazel Wilson and her brothers, Andrew and Charles Lisman. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Friday from 1-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 7:00 PM at the Glade Run U.P. Church, 1091 Pittsburgh Rd. Valencia, PA 16059. Rev. Greg Wiest, pastor, officiating . Please meet at the church. Burial will be in Glade Run Cemetery, Middlesex Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to South Butler Community Meals on Wheels, 1091 Pgh. Rd. Valencia, PA 16059. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6a0d367657Obituary for Barbara A. EbertBarbara A. Ebert, age 88, of Zelienople, formerly of Marshall Twp. and Mars, died Tuesday morning, June 23, 2015, at New Haven Court in Zelienople. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 28, 1926, she was the daughter of the late George and Thelma Slick Arbogast. Barbara retired in 1987 from UPMC Passavant Hospital, where she was a Nurse Assistant in the Operating Room. She was a former Charter member of the Wexford U.P. Church and now belonged to the Mars U.P. Church, where she had served as an Elder and Deacon. Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” Peters and her husband, Robert of Harmony, two sons, George W. Ebert and his wife, Susan of Bensalem, PA and John H. Ebert and his wife, Linda of Greenwood, Indiana, her grandchildren, Bethany B. Jaconetty, Lyndsey and Nichole Peters, George W. “Bill” and Michael D. Ebert and Beth Ann Knapp, great grandmother of Gavin, Logan and Jack Ebert, Hannah Knapp and soon to be twin great granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Ebert, Sr., who she married on June 21, 1945 and who died on February 7, 1989 and by a sister, Kathryn Rexrode. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Friday from 3-8 PM. Services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 AM at the Mars United Presbyterian Church, 232 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA 16046 with Rev. Nathan Esser, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the Mars U.P. Church or to Passavant Retirement Community, 105 Burgess Dr. Zelienople, PA 16063. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=2aab366999Obituary for Elizabeth I. "Betty" McCombs-JanisElizabeth I. “Betty” McCombs Janis, age 78, of Economy Boro, died on June 15, 2015, in the comfort of her home. Born in Richland Twp., PA on October 15, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Viola Ann Harris McCombs. A homemaker, Betty had been a Data Entry Clerk for Mars Mineral and Herr-Voss in Callery. She was a former member of the Connoquenessing Country Club. Surviving are her husband, Alexander P. “Alex” Janis, whom she married on May 2, 1959, two daughters, Linda K. Janis of Zelienople and Theresa E. Janis-Goudie (Robert) of Reston, VA, a son, Michael S. Janis of Poland, OH, two grandsons, Christopher and Andrew Janis and a great granddaughter, Amber Janis. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary McCombs-Brandt and two brothers, James and George McCombs. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Thursday, from 3-7 PM. Private Blessing Services and burial will be held at Pinewood Memorial Park, Cranberry Twp., PA, for immediate family only. Betty requested that flowers be omitted and donations may be made to Hillman Cancer Ctr. Patient Assistance Fund, 5115 Centre Ave. Pgh., PA 15232 or to Celtic Hospice, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=2452366478Obituary for Peter R. IolePeter R. Iole, age 86, of Erie, formerly of Mars, died Thursday morning, June 11, 2015, at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie. Born in Pittsburgh, and a graduate of Duquesne University, he was the Grand Duke mascot, and also a member of Alpha Phi Delta. Pete was long-time educator for the Pine-Richland School District, serving in teaching and administrative roles. He also had been the owner of Emergency Denture Repair Service in Mars and North Hills. He was a member of St. Kilian Church, where he formerly taught religious education to children and served as eucharistic minister. He also belonged to the Mars Kiwanis Club, the Mars Chamber of Commerce, the Mars Historical Society, the Italian Sons and Daughters of America and was active in the Comtra Theater. He held the rank of Sergeant in the Army and taught for the Department of Defense in Spain, Germany and Italy for 10 years. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Maria (Leone), two sons. Peter J. (Bozena) of Erie, and John E. (Amy Ceraso) of Pittsburgh, two daughters, Jacqueline Woodward (Earl III) of Mars and Jennifer Iole-Groen (Daniel) of Ft. Collins, CO, six grandchildren, two brothers, Anthony of Oakmont and Edward in Florida, a sister, Dorothy Migliozzi of Delmont and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, on Saturday 7-9 PM and Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Sts., Mars Boro, on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM. Fr. Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=7390366087Obituary for Ernest J. 'Sarge" SimmonsErnest J. “Sarge” Simmons, age 88, of Pine Twp., Gibsonia, died Friday morning, June 5, 2015, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 17, 1927, he was the son of the late Stanley and Bernadine Szfranski Simmons. Ernie was retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad (Conrail) at the Conway Yards and later was the owner of E.J. Simmons and Son Cemetery Contractors. A career Marine, he was a Staff Sgt. in the United States Marine Corps during W.W. II and the Korean War. He attained the rank of Gunnery Sgt. at the time of his retirement from service. He was a member of the Marine Corps League Bantam Marine Detachment #743 in Butler, where he worked on the Toys for Tots project and was the Pennsylvania State Scholarship Chairman. He was the State and National Rifle Chairman and was the PA Marine Corp League Marine of the Year in 2003. He also belonged to the Butler American Legion and volunteered at the Butler VA Medical Center. He taught scuba diving and ham radio classes for the Boys Club of Pittsburgh and also did firearm safety classes at Camp Trees. He was a member of St. Kilian Church in Mars, where he had served as an usher. Surviving are his wife, Roseann Happe Ross Simmons, who he married on July 3, 1971, a daughter, Mary Elaine Tishey (Kenneth R.) of Valencia, four sons, Edward J. Ross (Brenda K.) of Mars, John L. Ross, William W. Ross (Lynn) and Richard S. Ross (Beverly) all of Gibsonia, a brother, Bernard A. Simmons (Diane), eleven grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. A foster parent, he had also fostered five children. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Simmons. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Monday from 7-9 PM and Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry St. Mars Boro on Wednesday at 10:00 AM. Rev. Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial with Military Honors by the Marine Corps League of Butler will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Marshall Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4156365734Obituary for Eldon G. RowbergEldon G. Rowberg, age 92, of Mars, formerly of Woodland Hills, CA, died Wednesday morning, June 3rd, at Paramount Living Center in Mars. Born in Hanley Falls, MN, on October 31st, 1922, he was the son of the late Gilbert Rowberg and Ida Voss Rowberg. Eldon first came to CA when called to active duty as a member of the MN Army National Guard in 1941. He served throughout the Second World War as an anti-aircraft artillery officer, rising to the rank of Captain in the Philippine Island campaign during 1944-45. After the war, he earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of MN and returned to CA to work for the Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City, CA. He eventually became the manager of the Airborne Display Systems Department at Hughes before retiring in 1978. He made his home in Woodland Hills, CA, until moving to Mars in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Tooney Rowberg, whom he married on August 4th, 1950, a son, Brian Rowberg and his wife Linda, of Anaheim, CA, and a daughter, Karen Arendt and her husband Jim, of Adams Township. He is also survived by five grandchildren -- Jason, Jeffrey, and Gregory Rowberg and their wives, and Michael and Karlee Arendt -- and six great-grandchildren, Joshua, Samuel, Nathan, James, and Michael (sons of Jason Rowberg), Julia Claire (daughter of Jeffrey Rowberg), and a sister, Carol Jagusch, of Stillwater, MN. Eldon was preceded in death by his elder brothers, Gilbert and Arley Rowberg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Eldon’s memory to the Mars Public Library, P.O. Box 415, Mars, PA 16046 or to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Rd, Renfrew, PA 16053.. Services are private under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc., 238 Crowe Avenue, Mars, PA. Condolences may be placed at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. A MORE IN DEPTH OBITUARY FOLLOWS: Eldon G. Rowberg, 92, of Mars, Pennsylvania, formerly of Woodland Hills, California, died Wednesday morning, June 3rd, at Paramount Living Center in Mars. Born in Hanley Falls, Minnesota, on October 31st, 1922, he was the son of the late Gilbert Rowberg and Ida Voss Rowberg. He was the third of four children, coming after his older brothers Gilbert and Arley, and before his younger sister Carol. Eldon and his siblings grew up in Benson, Minnesota. Coming from Norwegian and German heritage, the family attended the Lutheran church in Benson. The depression years were hard, but his father Gilbert was able to keep working to take care of the family. His mother Ida also had a job as a school teacher. Eldon was active in the high school marching band and the Boy Scouts. When he got too old for the Scouts, he joined the Minnesota National Guard unit. It was not a hard transition because his commanding officer in the Guard was his former Scout master. Eldon first came to Southern California when called to active duty with the National Guard in 1941. Stationed at the Santa Ana Army Air Base and located near many acres of orange groves, Eldon fell in love with the citrus farms and the warm California sunshine. He also became interested in flying after seeing the many types of US Army aircraft on training flights around Santa Ana. His favorite plane was the Ryan PT-22, an open-cockpit fighter trainer known as the “Maytag Messerschmitt.” (This is the plane that Harrison Ford was flying when he recently crash-landed on a golf course.) He seriously considered applying for flight school, but a home-town commanding officer recommended that he apply for Officer Candidate School (OCS) instead, and so he did. Graduating from OCS in 1943, Eldon was awarded the gold bars of a Second Lieutenant. He served for the remainder of the Second World War as an anti-aircraft artillery officer. Before going overseas, while stationed at the Ontario Army Air Base in California, he made friends with one of the fighter pilots there named Robin Olds. Captain Olds flew the P-38 Lightning twin-engine fighter and later became a famous American ace. At Ontario, he and the other fighter jocks were eager to fly as many hours as possible, so they were more than happy to take ground officers up for demonstration flights. Eldon took such a ride in a P-38 with Captain Olds himself at the controls. The cockpit space was tight " it was never intended to accommodate a pilot and a passenger, too. Eldon had to sit 2 piggy-back above and behind Captain Olds, with his lower legs draped over the pilot’s shoulders. Apparently it was a wild ride, and after that Eldon always spoke fondly of the P-38. Eldon went overseas in late 1944, serving in New Guinea and later in the Philippine Island campaign during 1944-45. In the Philippines he rose to the rank of Captain. He liked the Filipino people and made many friends there. He respected the people, and in turn he won their respect. They learned that he was a person they could go to for help. During this time, Eldon’s oldest brother Gilbert was also serving in the Pacific Theater in combat as a US Marine. Gilbert participated in the island invasions, including Saipan, and was decorated with the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. After the war, Eldon returned to Minnesota and wanted to go to college. He took an entrance examination for the University of Minnesota and was told by a counselor that his score was not very good " the counselor actually told him that only one person in five with his score ever graduated, and that person usually did it just to prove them wrong. With that encouragement, Eldon began his studies in 1946 " and earned a mechanical engineering degree in 1949. Perhaps remembering the beautiful orange groves (he always wanted to be a citrus farmer), he returned to California and met and married Dorothy Tooney on August 4th, 1950. He also went to work as an engineer for the Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City, California. Eldon and Dorothy bought and built their first new house in Van Nuys, California, and began raising a family. Their son Brian was born in 1952, and then Karen followed in 1956. Eldon worked at Hughes for the next three decades, designing hardware for airborne fire control systems for US and foreign military aircraft. He worked hard " the Soviet threat during the Cold War era was real, and defense aerospace work was taken seriously " a lot like serving in the military. Eldon eventually became the manager of the Airborne Display Systems Department at Hughes and held that position until retiring in 1978. Eldon decided to move his family to Woodland Hills, California, in 1962. He purchased a parcel of land and contracted to build another new house in this new and growing community. He and Dorothy made their home there until moving to Mars, Pennsylvania, in 2006 to be near Karen and her family. He never did buy 3 the orange grove he had dreamed about, but he was able to raise and care for a row of fruit trees and a garden for many years at the Woodland Hills home. In life, Eldon was a blessing to many people " his family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers. He had a strong sense of duty and did the best he could to take care of others. Over the years, he worked hard and sacrificed some of his own personal dreams to make sure he provided the best for his family. He was kind and very generous. His heart ran deep. Brian’s wife Linda said it best: “It was easy for me to call him Dad.” People who knew him best knew they could come to him for help, mercy, and wisdom in the worst of times. A memorable example is when his young secretary at Hughes Aircraft called him one weekend. Her first baby had been born the day before, and she called Eldon to tell him that the baby had died. She knew that Eldon had the strength, wisdom, love, and compassion to help her. And he did. Eldon is survived by his wife, Dorothy Tooney Rowberg, his son, Brian Rowberg and his wife Linda, of Anaheim, California, and his daughter, Karen Arendt and her husband Jim, of Adams Township, Pennsylvania. Eldon has five grandchildren " Michael and Karlee Arendt, and Jason, Jeffrey, and Gregory Rowberg. Jason and his wife Jessica have five sons -- Joshua, Samuel, Nathan, James, and Michael. Jeffrey and his wife Courtney have one daughter, Julia Claire. Gregory is married to Elizabeth. Eldon is also survived by a sister, Carol Jagusch, of Stillwater, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his elder brothers, Gilbert and Arley Rowberg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Eldon's memory to the Mars Public Library, P.O. Box 415, Mars, PA 16046, or to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Rd, Renfrew, PA 16053. Services are private under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc., 238 Crowe Avenue, Mars, Pennsylvania. Condolences may be paid at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e517365606Obituary for Marjorie J. HardtMarjorie J. Hardt, age 82, of Cranberry Twp., died Sunday morning, May 31, 2015 at Ellwood City Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 19, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Anna May McCully Edwards. Marjorie had been a bookkeeper for the Cranberry Sewer and Water Authority and Auld and Associates in Allison Park. She had also served as an election volunteer in Cranberry Twp. She had played in local card clubs for over 50 years and was an avid bowler at Freeway and Mars Lanes. Surviving are two daughters, Carol Ann McDowell (Donald) of McDonald, PA and Becky Yockey (Dean) of Palmyra, PA, a son, Gary W. Hardt of Cranberry Twp., her grandchildren, Sarah McDowell, Melissa Ballantine (Brad), Jennifer, Emily, Kimberly and Angela Yockey and Johnathan W. Hardt (Sara), and a brother, Robert Edwards, Jr (Shirley) of Valencia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne J. Hardt, who she married on November 29, 1952 and who died on March 21, 1992. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 10-11:00 AM. Services will follow at 11:00 AM Tuesday at the funeral home, with Rev. Robert Goossen, pastor of Crestview Community Church, officiating. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless Twp. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e657365286Obituary for Rick A. MontaniRick A. Montani, age 57, of Cranberry Twp., PA, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York, where he recently started a new career. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on February 10, 1958, he was the son of the late Samuel and Ann Lawson Montani. Rick was the Manager for the American Freight Furniture Store in Albany, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kimberly D. Montani, who he married on March 12, 1982 and who died on May 22, 2007 and by his brother, John Montani. Surviving are two sisters, Judy Porterfield and her husband, Clyde of Gibsonia and Debbie Montani of Wexford, a brother, Roy B. “Buster” Montani of Callery, a sister-in-law, Susan Montani in Hawaii, four nieces, Kim Montani, Samantha Siegelheim, Robyn Montani and Judy Moore, two nephews, Roy Montani and Mark Porterfield. Also great and great great nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at the Salem United Methodist Church, 350 Manor Rd, Wexford, PA 15090 on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM. Rev. Beth Nelson, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Marshall Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave. #1300, Pgh., PA 15222. Arrangements by the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA 16046 and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bd0f366156