Obituaries for Mc-Donald-Aeberli Funeral Home Obituary for Charles R. "Chuck" DarrellCharles R. “Chuck” Darrell, age 53, of Mars, died unexpectedly on Wednesday afternoon, January 21, 2015 in the emergency room of UPMC Passavant Hospital in Cranberry after suffering a heart attack at home. Born in Connellsville, PA on November 27, 1961, he was the son of the late Gerald and Sandra Hart Darrell. Chuck was the owner of DCER Service in Mars-a commercial equipment repair company. A true family man, Chuck was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family, cooking-especially barbeque, and was a novice wine connoisseur. An avid sports fan, he loved all sports and enjoyed watching cooking shows. He had attended the Mars Alliance Church and he had served five years with the United States Marine Corps. Surviving are his wife, Jeanne Yute Darrell, who he married on September 15, 1989, his children, Nathan Darrell and his wife, Ashley of Butler, Kolby and Tyler Darrell, both of Mars, and Joshua Carrasco in Texas, his grandchildren, Gavin and Miley, a special little girl, Mackenzie Patterson, his friends he regarded as sons, Mitchell Holzer of Valencia, and Brian Good of Warrendale, his sister, Donna Bonzon and her husband, Ron of West Sunbury, his brother, Scott Strickler of New Castle, and many other relatives and in-laws. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Sunday from 1-4 and 7-9 PM. Services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Military honors by the Butler V.F.W. Post 249-American Legion Post 778 Honor Guard will follow the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=2e7d354405Obituary for Derrick H. UniatowskiDerrick H. Uniatowski, age 28, of Mars, formerly of Slippery Rock, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in the comfort of his home. Born in Butler, PA on August 14, 1986, he was the son of Michael and Mary Rochford Uniatowski. He was a graduate of Slippery Rock High School and had been a member of the Zion Baptist Church in Slippery Rock. Derrick was a Sgt. in the United States Marine Corps, serving one tour in Iraq and two terms in Afghanistan. During his second term in Afghanistan, he was critically wounded in an IED explosion while operating heavy equipment. He was a member of the Mars V.F.W. Post 7505 and the Volant V.F.W. Surviving are his parents, Michael E. and Mary K. Uniatowski of Mars, and two brothers, Michael R. Uniatowski of West Middlesex and Brian Uniatowski of Norfolk, VA. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 AM at the funeral home, with Rev. Bob Martin, pastor of the Valencia United Methodist Church, officiating. Military honors will follow the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=a022353528Obituary for Brandy L. GriffithBrandy L. Griffith, age 32, of Valencia, died Monday afternoon, January 12, 2015 at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born in Shelbyville, KY on May 26, 1982, she was the daughter of Glynis Kerr Griffith and Kerry Griffith. Brandy had worked in restaurant service and loved her dogs. Surviving are her mother, Glynis Griffth (Howard McCawley), her father, Kerry Griffith in TX., a brother, Cody Griffith, a sister, Whitney Griffith (Fiancee Bill Allison) all of Valencia, her grandparents, Margie Zito (Dom) in AZ., Doris Griffith in KY., and Stuart Kerr (Judy) in KY. Friends are invited to visit with Brandy’s family on Thursday from 2-4 PM at the Mars V.F.W., 331 Mars-Valencia Rd. Mars, PA 16046. A service will follow at 4:00 PM. Memorials may be given to the family to assist them with final expenses. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=f099353491Obituary for Janet P. SchesslerJanet P. Schessler, age 79, of Cranberry Twp., formerly of Shaler Twp., died Sunday evening, January 11, 2015, in the comfort of her home. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 2, 1935, she was the daughter of the late William and Emelia Freehauf Pavlis. Janet had been a phlebotomist for St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church of Cranberry Twp. Surviving are her husband, Paul J. Schessler, who she married on November 17, 1956, two daughters, Michelle Schessler of Shaler Twp., and Cynthia Flinn and her husband, Richard of Mars, a son, William P. Schessler and his wife, Laurie of Gibsonia, and her grandchildren, Erica and James Flinn and Owen, Keelin and Aislyn Schessler. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Sts. Mars on Thursday at 10:00 AM. Fr. Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery, Ross Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of St. Kilian Church, 7076 Franklin Rd. Cranberry Twp., PA 16066. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c94a353279Obituary for Elizabeth A. "Betty" ScheutzowElizabeth A. “Betty” Scheutzow, age 74, of Penn-Mar Plaza, Mars, formerly of Altoona, died Friday morning, January 9, 2015 at her home. Born in Altoona, PA on May 13, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Bernadette O’Neill Zeak. Betty had been an X-ray Technician at the Cleveland Clinic and was a member of St. Kilian Catholic Church. Surviving are her daughter, Christine Brennan and her husband, James of Gibsonia, PA, and her grandchildren, Emily, Cole and Sean Brennan. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Sts. Mars, PA on Monday at 11:30 AM, with Fr. Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Holy Savior Cemetery, Richland Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to Quality E.M.S. 222 Brickyard Rd. Mars, PA 16046. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=0b46353048Obituary for Nancy Merriman KoeglerNancy Merriman-Koegler, age 65, of Mars, formerly of Cranberry Twp., died Sunday morning, January 4, 2015, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. Born in Glenfield, PA on September 28, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester and Mary Louise Knecht Merriman. She was the foster daughter of the late Paul and Lois Koegler. Nancy had been a secretary for the Pine-Richland School District at both the High and Middles Schools. She enjoyed bingo, casinos and crossword puzzles and had been a member of Plains Presbyterian Church. Surviving are four sisters, Phyllis Falcona of Ross Twp., Norma Fisher in Arizona, Carol “Midge” Ganster of Freedom and Eunice “Charlie” Guenther of Mars, five brothers, William Merriman (Betty) of Franklin Park, James Merriman (Twila) of Carlisle, Robert Merriman (Linda) in Florida, Joseph Merriman (Kathy) of Cranberry Twp., and David Merriman of Mars and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Janet Smith and her brother, Russell Merriman. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Tuesday from 7-9 PM and Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home, with Rev. Deborah Mentel, officiating. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park, Cranberry Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=939c352425Obituary for Phyllis Ann Koegler NesbittPhyllis Ann (Koegler) Nesbitt, 66, of Emlenton passed away Sunday while at home in the hands of her Lord. Phyllis was born October 10, 1948 in Pittsburgh. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Margaret (Milligan) Koegler of Cranberry Township. She was a proud “Cranberry Original,” growing up on, and subsequently residing at, “The Homestead,” an 1890, 50-acre farm owned by the Milligan family upon which many Native American arrowheads and a burial mound were found, located on the corner of Freedom Road and Rolling Road in Cranberry Township. She had fond memories of simpler times in Cranberry, especially sled riding with her brother, the late Roy Koegler, down Freedom Road. She was one of the founding members of the Cranberry Township Historical Society. She graduated from the second graduating class of Seneca Valley High School in 1966 and served as the school’s first-ever Raider mascot. As a teen (and adult!) she loved twirling baton. In later years she enjoyed being on the high school reunion committee, and was rewarded for her work by being pulled over by Zelienople police twice in one day for speeding as she hurriedly prepped that day’s reunion festivities. In 1968 she married Roy (Tom) Nesbitt of Zelienople. Over the next 12 years they lived in Great Lakes, IL, Norfolk, VA, the U.S. Navy Base in Gitmo, Cuba, Uniontown, PA, North Hills, PA and York, PA. They later divorced. This union produced two children, Crystal Carleen and Dean Thomas with whom Phyllis enjoyed many trips to Moraine, Lake Erie, and other local “vacation” spots. Phyllis’ favorite trips, however, had to be those on which she went “covered bridgin’.” A hobby unique to (and invented by) Phyllis, “covered bridgin’” involved getting in the car, meeting up with her covered bridgin’ partner Marilyn Kramer Boyle, and going to see any number of covered bridges in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Her bridgin’ adventures were once chronicled in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Another memorable trip included one to Prince Edward Island where she and her dear (now deceased) friend Vesta Breckenridge explored the land that served as the setting for the Anne of Green Gables series of books. Phyllis’ first job was at the original Cranberry Hall. Through the years Phyllis held many administrative positions including those with U.S. Marine Corps in Gitmo, Foreman Architects in Zelienople, and Traco in Cranberry Township. She held an A.S. degree in business from Butler County Community College. She most recently worked for Campbell Bus Company driving school busses. Phyllis spent many of her last years in the company of her companion, Donald Pritts. They first met in high school, and became acquainted again years later when Phyllis began listening to Donnie play country music. Phyllis purchased property and moved to Emlenton in the early 2000s, where she and Don enjoyed a quiet and peaceful life. Phyllis was an active participant in the Scrubgrass Stone Church near Emlenton. Early in life she was confirmed at the original wooden Dutilh United Methodist Church. She remained an active member when the new church was built. Phyllis touched the lives of many through her endless kindness, enthusiasm, and creativity. In her words, she’s “gone to catch the last bridge.” She is survived by her daughter, Crystal (Nesbitt) Stanionis, and her favorite son-in-law, Ryan Stanionis, both of Bozeman, MT, and her son Dean Nesbitt of Zelienople. She is also survived by two grandsons: her Doodlebug, Luke Stanionis, and her Brady Bug, Brady Stanionis, and also her companion Donald Pritts. She leaves behind four nieces and nephews, and a plethora of kind friends. Cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends from Noon to 1:00 PM at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA. A Remembrance Service will begin at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the funeral home. at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA. Following the service burial will take place in Dutilh Cemetery in Cranberry Twp. All are welcome to attend. Memorials may be made to the Scrubgrass Stone Church, 258 Stone Church Rd., Emlenton, PA 16373. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6c81352680Obituary for Phyllis L. YutePhyllis L. Yute, age 68, of Mars, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, December 30, 2014, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. Born in New Kensington, PA on April 27, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Phyllis Stewart Roberts. Phyllis had worked in Customer Service for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and previously worked for 25 years as a mailing supervisor for the Material Research Society in Wexford. She enjoyed playing the slots at the Meadows and Mountaineer Casinos, playing her numbers at Planet Mart and was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan. Surviving are her husband, Victor J. Yute, who she married on October 30, 1965, her children, Jeanne Darrell (Chuck) of Mars, Colleen Blair (Mark Pollick) of Gilpin Twp., and Victor Yute (Jodi) of Sarver, her grandchildren, Nathan (Ashley), Tyler, Kolby, Abbey, Ethan, Lee (Courtney), Kaycee and Ryan, her great grandchildren, Gavin and Miley, her sister, Gloria Montgomery (Robert) of Saxonburg, her brothers, Robert Roberts of Sarver, Ronald Roberts (Sandra) of Lower Burrell, and Gary Roberts (Vicki) of Saxonburg, and nieces and nephews. Phyllis was also the guardian of Jacob Ferragonio. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=7ad6351971Obituary for Michael C. KieferMichael C. Kiefer, age 57, of Cranberry Twp., formerly of Clearfield Twp., died Monday morning, December 22, 2014, at Manor Care of North Hills. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 20, 1957, he was the son of the late Hubert J. and Evelyn Genevieve Gray Kiefer. Mike had been a Mental Health Coordinator at the Center for Community Resources at Torrance State Hospital. Surviving are three daughters, Angela Sue Holsoppele and her husband, Dr. Richard of Bristo, OK, Karin Lynn Kiefer of Cranberry Twp., and Elizabeth Steele and her husband, Nathan, of Cranberry Twp., five grandchildren, three sisters, Cynthia Ann Smith of Penn Hills, Rose Marie Wirtz and her husband, Allen of Callery and Barbara McCormick and her husband, Jeff of Mars, and nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held at Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp., Pa. Rev. Jeff Lawther, officiated. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=561e351261Obituary for Albert P. "Al" SmolenskyAlbert P. “Al” Smolensky, age 96, of Mars, died Sunday morning, December 21, 2014 in the comfort of his home with his family at his side. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 5, 1918, he was the son of the late Michael and Anastasia Juszczeszyn Smolensky. He was a 1936 graduate of Oliver High School. Albert was a retired Shop Foreman for Moore-Flesher Hauling in Etna. He had served in the United States Army Air Corps during W.W. II, reaching the rank of Staff Sgt. He was a member of Mars V.F.W. Post 7505. Al was a member of St. Kilian Church, and formerly belonged to Nativity, St. Bonifice and Annunciation Parishes. Surviving are two daughters, Mary Lou Fleming and Ann C. Roczko, both of Ft. Myers, FL, three sons, Paul A. Smolensky and his wife, Marianne of Estero, FL.,Robert W. Smolensky and his wife, Sally, of Raleigh, N.C., and Dr. David Smolensky and his wife, Jennifer of Mars, with whom he made his home, his grandchildren, Daniel Meyer, Heather Lewis and Holly Lowther, Jennifer Foster and Corey Roczko, seven great grandchildren, two brothers, Chester Smolensky of Atlanta, GA and Robert Smolensky of Pittsburgh, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice C. Hune Smolensky, who he married on April 24, 1946 and who died on December 19, 1996 and by a brother, Edward M. Smolensky and three sisters, Ruth Kennedy, Grace Muchow and Agnes Ruhl. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Blessing Services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM at the funeral home, with Fr. Charles Bober, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the Mars V.F.W. Post 7505, 331 Mars-Valencia Rd. Mars, PA 16064. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. Another version of the obit follows this notice. “Million Dollar Crew” Member Passes Albert P. “Al” Smolensky, age 96, of Mars, died Sunday morning, December 21, 2014, in the comfort of his home with his family at his side. Born on June 5, 1918 to Michael and Anastasia Smolensky on the N.S. of Pittsburgh, Al was the third of seven children. He attended Oliver High School, graduating in 1936 with honors and four years of perfect attendance. He declined a scholarship to Duquesne University, choosing instead to go to work to help support his four younger siblings. When W.W. II broke out, Al enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Excelling in aerial gunnery, he was assigned to a crew of a B-24 Liverator as a nose gunner. Al became a part of Crew #118, in the 375th Bomb Squadron. “The Flying Tigers”, of the 308th Bomb Group under the command of General Claire Chennault. Following combat crew training, Crew #118 were assigned a brand new aircraft, a bright gleaming B-24 Liberator, which the crew promptly dubbed “American Beauty”. They left Hamilton Air Force Base in San Francisco on September 12, 1944 and arrived in Kunming, China on October 17, 1944. Having flown six missions, “American Beauty” was destroyed on the ground during a night raid by the Japanese. The crew was safe in a bomb shelter. From then on, Al’s Crew were known by the Air Corps as an orphaned crew, and flew any available plane. Their next plan, “Kings Ex”, was the oldest plane in the squadron. Flying several more missions, it experienced equipment failure on landing and the nose wheel collapsed and the plane was damaged beyond repair with the crew intact. Their third B-24 was known by its serial number only. This was February 1945 and Al and the Crew were flying 10 hour missions almost daily. On Al’s thirty-first mission during a bombing raid, their plane sustained enemy flak fire, damaging the plane so severely that they would not make it back to base. The decision was made and the crew readied for a crash landing in China behind enemy lines. The pilot and co-pilot managed a successful crash landing and the crew scrambled out, banged and bruised but alive. Although the radio was knocked out, Chinese peasants, then our allies guided the crew to safe haven in the mountains. Because of the damaged radio, they could not make contact with command and the crew was considered lost. After three weeks, the radioman fixed the radio and they called for help. Al’s crew was picked up and transported to North Africa where Crew #118 was assigned their fourth B-24. In 1945, B-24 Liberators cost $250K wach, thus earning the Crew the nickname, “The Million Dollar Crew”. While in North Africa, Al was bitten by a venomous spider and the ensuing infection turned his leg black. Doctors feared possible amputation, but through the grace of God and the skill and attention of the doctors and nurses, Al pulled through intact, though severely weakened. Unable to rejoin his crew and accompanied by the tail gunner, John Trisch who was also from the N.S. of Pittsburgh, the two headed for the States on a hospital ship, enroute to Miami. Once back in the U.S, Trisch rejoined the crew who had also come home, while Al recuperated in the hospital. Once released, having flown 31 combat missions and 252 combat hours, Al was honorably discharged on October 29, 1945. Crew #118 was awarded many medals and commendations, including the “Air Medal” and the “Distinguished Flying Cross”. Once again a civilian, Al married Alice Hune on April 24, 1946. Five children followed: Paul wed to Marianne (Brisco) Smolensky, Robert, wed to Sally (Ashton) Smolensky, Mary Lou Smolensky Fleming, Ann Smolensky Roczko and Dr. David wed to Jennifer (Brockett) Smolensky, with whom Al and Alice lived their remaining years in Mars, PA. Shortly after celebrating 50 years of marriage, Alice died on December 19, 1996. Also mourning his passing by celebrating a life well lived and loved, are his five grandchildren, Daniel Meyer, Heather (Smolensky)/Phil Lewis, Dr. Holly (Smolensky)/Michael Lowther, Jennifer (Smolensky)/Jack Foster and Corey Roczko. Al was also great-grandfather (Pap-Pap-Pap) to Colin, Morgan, Abigail, Claire, Nora, Seth and Robert. As a father, Al was the kindest, gentlest, strongest and most accepting man ever known. He only saw the good in people, and truly welcomed everyone to his home. He was a true friend to his friends and they were many. A loving and devoted husband, father, pap, and favorite uncle, he was always full of kind words and deeds. Al’s life was truly worth celebrating. He will be remembered fondly and lovingly. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Blessing Services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM at the funeral home, with Fr. Charles Bober, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the Mars V.F.W. Post 7505, 331 Mars-Valencia Rd. Mars, PA 16064. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=2fe9351122