Obituaries for Mc-Donald-Aeberli Funeral Home Obituary for Lowry S. "Butch" LeonbergLowry S. “Butch” Leonberg, age 77, of Mars, died Tuesday evening, September 1, 2015 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born in Mars, PA on March 15, 1938, he was the son of the late Elmer and Frances Davidson Leonberg. Butch had been the head of maintenance for Penn Mar Plaza for 25 years. He also was a self-employed auto mechanic for many years. A Life Member of the Mars Volunteer Fire Company, now Adams Area Fire District, he had served two decades as Assistant Chief and was an E.M.T. He was a member of the Mars United Presbyterian Church and was an avid hunter. Butch had served as an Airman Second Class with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard with the 171st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and was a social member of the Mars V.F.W. He also belonged to the John E. Mair Lodge #729 F. & A.M. Surviving are his wife, Alice Keefer Leonberg, who he married on January 23, 1959, his children, Jeffrey Leonberg of Mars, Brian Leonberg of Seymour, TN, and LeaAnn Chairizio and her husband, Frank of West Homestead, his grandchildren, Erica, Amber, Mitchell, Nate and Ben, his sisters, Carol Stanford and her husband, Edward of Roanoke, W.VA, Patricia Garvin and her husband, Gerald of Chander, AZ, and Lois Nichols and her husband, Gordon of Sedona, AZ, his brothers, Chuck Leonberg of Bakersfield, CA and Rick Leonberg of Middlesex Twp., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Friday from 2-4 & 6-9 PM. Services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 AM at the Mars United Presbyterian Church, 232 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA 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, P.O. Box 805, Mars, PA 16046 or to the Adams Area Fire District, P.O. Box 232, Mars, PA 16046. Members of John E. Mair Lodge #729 F. & AM will conduct a Masonic Service on Friday at 8:30 PM at the funeral home. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=f47d372277Obituary for Duane L. "Pete" LudwickDuane L. “Pete” Ludwick, age 73, of Middlesex Twp., Valencia, passed away on Saturday afternoon, August 29, 2015 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. Born in Baum, PA on May 5, 1942, he was the son of the late Donald and Doris Swartzlander Ludwick. Pete was a foreman at Carl Strutz and Company in Mars, where he had worked for 55 years and was retiring August 31, 2015 (today). He was a social member of the Mars V.F.W. and enjoyed hunting, fishing and racing. Surviving are his wife, Jean Himes Ludwick, who he married in Butte, MT on September 14, 1978, a daughter, Vickie Kowalski and her husband, Bob of Wexford, two grandchildren, Christy Kline and her husband, Troy of Mars and Michael Mitchell and his wife, Candace of Evans City and his great grandchildren, Tyler, Jacob and Hailie Mitchell and Kyler and Khloe Kline. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Ludwick. 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. Memorials may be made to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=06d4372006Obituary for Susan L. HaysSusan L. Hays, age 58, of Portersville, formerly of Evans City, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday afternoon, August 29, 2015 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, with her family at her side. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints, Psalm 116:15. Born in Rochester, PA on October 9, 1956, she was the daughter of Betty Miller Kramzar and the late Frank Kramzar. A homemaker, Susan was a member of the First Bible Baptist Church of Harmony. Susan enjoyed traveling and camping and she and her family had made many trips around the country in their travel trailer. Surviving are her husband, Larry L. Hays, who she married on July 31, 1982, her children, Benjamin Hays and his wife, Deborah of Frederick, MD, and Timothy Hays and Sarah Hays, both of Portersville, her grandchildren, Abigail, Micah, Caleb, Luke, and Hannah Hays, her mother, Betty Kramzar of Edmond, OK, her sister, Kathleen Epps and her husband, William of Edmond, OK, her brother, John Kramzar of Greenville, N.C., her niece, Jackie Kramzar and her nephew, Daniel Epps. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Thursday from 6-9 PM. Services will be held on Friday at 10:30 AM at the funeral home with Pastor David Smith, officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the First Bible Baptist Church, 127 Seneca School Rd. Harmony, PA 16037. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b35d372014Obituary for Pushpa WaliaPushpa Walia, age 79, of Mars, died Wednesday evening, August 26, 2015, in the comfort of her daughter’s home. Born in Delhi, India on September 3, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Babu Lal and Brahma Devi Ahluwalia. Surviving are her children, Sunil K. Walia (Rampyari), Dushyant K. Walia (Chanda), Harsh V. Walia (Liliette), Ashok K. Walia, Deepak K. Walia (Rupa), Sidharth K. Walia (Rhea), Pradeep K. Walia (Suzanne), Geeta Kaul (Bipin) and Sandeepa Kaleida (Brian), 18 grandchildren, her siblings, Shakuntala Devi Ahluwalia, Amar Singh Ahluwalia, Santosh Chandar, and Sushila Mehta and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mohinder Singh Walia, who she married on March 7, 1954 and who died on June 6, 1990 and by her brother, Lalit Ahluwalia. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Friday from 4-8 PM and on Saturday from 10 AM until time of Services at 1:00 PM. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=35b2371838Obituary for Kenneth C. KellyKenneth C. Kelly, age 74, of Mars, formerly of Redondo Beach, CA., died Monday morning, August 24, 2015, at his home. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 11, 1940. Ken was an engineering manager for Southwest Bell in Pasadena, CA. He was a fifty year member of the NRA, where he was a Benefactor. Ken had served in the United States Navy and was of the Catholic Faith. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Danshaw Kelly, who he married on December 11, 1965, two sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Fisher and her husband, Donald of Edgewood and Paula Logue and her husband, Gerald of Mars and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Terrence S. Kelly. 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. Memorials in his memory may be made to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Rd. Renfrew, PA 16053. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=32db371610Obituary for Dolores Mincer NelsonDolores Mincer Nelson, age 78, of Mars, died Tuesday morning, August 18, 2015 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. Born in Callery, PA on May 26, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Lewis G. and Francis M. Harris Mincer. Dolores had been a clerk for the Callery Credit Union. She was a member of Old Union Presbyterian Church. Surviving are two daughters, Nancy Pappas and her husband, Brian of Evans City and Shirley Govan and her husband, James of Valencia, two sons, James Nelson and his wife, Margaret of Clinton Twp., and Donald Nelson and his wife, Jean of Mars, her grandchildren, Kristy Nelson, Danielle Nelson, Rebecca Pappas, Faith Ann Govan, Chad Nelson, Sarah Pappas, Lindsay Nelson, Laura Pappas, Lukas Nelson, Hannah Govan and Jakub Nelson, her great grandson, Joseph Donald, a sister, Carol McCandless and her husband, Bill of Zelienople and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore A. “Duck” Nelson, Jr., who she married on June 22, 1957 and who died on April 24, 2011, by her sisters, A. Pauline Dunbar and Madeline and Anna Faye Mincer and her brothers, Lewis Dean and Keith Mincer. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at Old Union Presbyterian Church, 200 Union Church Rd. Mars, PA 16046 on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM. Rev. Dr. Peter deVries, pastor, officiating. The family will greet friends at a reception following the service in the Social Hall of the Church. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association (TEAM DUCK), c/o BAECU, 963 Rt. 228, Mars, PA 16046. 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=f70d371219Obituary for I. Paul BhameI. Paul Bhame, age 94, of Indiana, PA, formerly of Mars and Zelienople, died Saturday morning, August 15, 2015 at the Indiana Regional Medical Center. Born in Zelienople, PA on March 21, 1921, he was the son of the late Ira W. and Weltha E. Weller Bhame. Paul had been a pipe cleaner for Pittsburgh Pipe Cleaning Company, later known as GPX. He had served as a Sgt. in the United States Marine Corps during W.W. II and belonged to the Zelienople American Legion. Paul was a member and former Elder, Deacon and Clerk of Session at the Mars United Presbyterian Church, where he was active on the A-Team. He also belonged to the Zelienople Volunteer Fire Department. Surviving are two daughters, Linda Schott of Escondido, CA and Ruth Thomas in Indiana, PA, a brother, William Bhame in Florida, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne V. Lockard Bhame, who died on January 16, 1999, by a son-in-law, James B. Schott, by two sisters, Elmina Lewis and Ruth Wilson and by a brother, Omar V. Bhame. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc., 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Wednesday from 6-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at the Mars United Presbyterian Church, 232 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA with Rev. Nathan Esser, pastor, officiating. Please meet at the church. Burial with Military Honors will be in Pinewood Memorial Park, Cranberry Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the Mars U.P. Church, P.O. Box 805, Mars, PA 16046. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=1e55370990Obituary for Kenneth D. "Slick" EdingerKenneth D. “Slick” Edinger, age 63, of Mars, died Monday morning, August 10, 2015, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on February 24, 1952, he was the son of the late Kenneth D. and Ardeth J. Harley Edinger. A homebuilder and remodeler, he was the owner of Edinger Construction. He was a member of the Mars Alliance Church, where he had served as a Trustee for 8 years and he also helped with the construction of the new church. Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle and attending his son’s many Cross Country events. He also enjoyed shooting pool and hosting family pool tournaments at his home. Surviving are his wife, Cynthia Burgard Edinger, who he married on February 9, 1974, his sons, Christopher Edinger of Mars and Nicholas Edinger and his wife, Alayna of Kent, Ohio, two sisters, Sara Horgos and her husband, Rich of West Sunbury and Darlene Burgett and her husband, Tom of Hermitage, two brothers, Donald F. Edinger and his wife, Jacqueline of Middlesex Twp., and David Edinger and his wife, Cindy of New Castle, and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at the Mars Alliance Church, 997 Rt. 228, Mars, PA 16046, with Rev. Jeff Lawther, officiating. Memorials may be made to the church. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c03d370533Obituary for Diane M. BaxterDiane M. Baxter, age 74, of Mars, died Monday afternoon, August 10, 2015, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp., PA. Born in Ben Avon, PA on September 24, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Jay and Marie Kimmel Kress. A homemaker, Diane enjoyed painting and was a certified Bob Ross Painting Instructor. Surviving are four daughters, Diane Hassinger and her husband, Dale and Deborah Jabaut and her husband, John, both of Prospect, Jayne Yobst and her husband, Lonnie of Saxonburg and Tracy Yendell and her husband, Matt, of Mars, a son, Jason Baxter and his wife, Tina of Lyndora, fourteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and a sister, Shirley Sitton of Evans City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Cain Baxter, who she married on March 11, 1960 and who died on February 19, 2012, and by a grandson, Matthew Cain Hassinger. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to St. John Specialty Care Center, P.O. Box 928, Mars, PA 16046. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=dec2370587Obituary for Marvin W. HaysMarvin W. Hays, age 90, of Rock Glen, PA, formerly of Middlesex Twp., died Sunday morning, August 9, 2015 at the Butler VNA Inpatient Hospice. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 11, 1924, he was the son of the late Frances and Mary Benyak Hays. Marvin had been a pilot for Flying Tigers Air Freight and later a businessman. He served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. Surviving are his son, M. Wayne Hays and his wife, Beth, of West Sunbury, a nephew, Thomas Hays and wife, Cindy, of Saxonburg, a niece, Rose Hays Altmire and husband, Douglas, of Saxonburg and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Elsie Sydlik Hays and a brother, Robert Hays. Services were private under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc., 238 Crowe Avenue, Mars, PA. Burial was in Glade Run Cemetery, Middlesex Twp., PA. Condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=21e3370493