The Rev. Conway Keibler, 85, of Brownsville, peacefully passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
He was the beloved husband of Betty (Bumgarner) for 58 years; loving father of Charles Calvin (Tracy), and Robin Ann (Joe) Ashley; caring grandfather of Nicholas (Heather), Michael, Julia, and Charles Giacobbe, Brandon, Jennifer and Calvin Keibler; brother of Marilyn (Robert) Clarke; uncle of Anita Lawson and Mary Grace (Dan) Griffin.
Conway served as a pastor for over 40 years at United Methodist churches in Braddock, Clairton, McMurray, Ligonier, Washington, PA, as well as at the Smithfield United Church of Christ in Pittsburgh. He was also focused in community development in Ligonier and Brownsville.
Conway was very active in the youth program in Jumonville United Methodist Church Camp.
Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome at 2828 Washington Rd., McMurray, 724-941-3211 on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Additional visitation will be held in Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Rd., Bethel Park, 15102, on Thursday 10 a.m. until time of Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Interment private.
Memorial contributions may be made to BARC or Jumonville United Methodist Camp. Please add or view tributes at:
Rev. Robert Foltz of Pittsburgh died on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the age of 73.
Dr. Foltz was born in Pittsburgh on December 27, 1939 to the late Joseph W. and Nannette Harris Foltz. He and his wife Nancy Thomas Foltz were married for 48 years.
A 1962 graduate of Westminster College, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. in 1965, and a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Pittsburgh in 1972.
Ordained into the ministry of The United Methodist Church in 1962, he served parishes in Rogersville, Meadville and Pittsburgh. He served as the Protestant chaplain and program director at The George Junior Republic in Grove City, as well as executive director of The Ward Home for Children in Mt. Lebanon. From 1977 until his retirement in 2002, Dr. Foltz served as the CEO and President of Goodwill Industries. He also served as the interim pastor of The Smithfield Church.
He is survived by his wife Nancy; their two sons, Drayton Scott Foltz of Pittsburgh and Nelson Foltz of Brooklyn, NY; as well as a brother, Joseph Foltz and his wife, Dorothee of Sewickley Heights.
A Service of Celebration will be held at the Smithfield United Church of Christ at 620 Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh on Friday, April 19 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Goodwill of South Pennsylvania, Robert S. Foltz Building, 118 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Arrangements by the SMITH FUNERAL HOME, in West Middlesex, PA. See Pittsburgh Tribune news obituary.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 4 pm at First UM Church, 73 Clinton Street, Greenville, PA 16125. Calling hours will be from 1-4 pm at the church.
Betty I. Plyler Shaffer, 92, of Brookville, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
Born Feb. 20, 1921, in Strattanville, she was a daughter of the late Cameron Fike and Mary Shingledecker Fike.
She was married to Ronald E. Plyler, and later to Richard A. Stockdale, who both preceded her in death. In 1993, she married Clarence Shaffer, a widower who served as a full-time local United Methodist pastor from 1972-78 and died in 1999.
She worked as a clerk for South Side Market in Brookville for 27 years.
A member of the Brookville Church of Christ and Brookville Area Senior Citizens, she enjoyed cooking, canning, crafting and planting flowers. She especially loved her grandchildren, nieces, nephews and her bulldogs.
She is survived by two sons, Charles G. (Sharon) Plyler of Natrona Heights and Edward Plyler of Bowie, Md.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends were received at the McKinney Funeral Home of Brookville. A funeral service was held Monday, April 8, at the funeral home with the Rev. Timothy McConville officiating. Burial was in Temple Cemetery in Warsaw Township.
The Rev. Charles D. "Pastor Chuck" Moore, 83, of Elizabeth Township, went home to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, March. 31, 2013. He was born Oct. 12, 1929, in Dravosburg, son of the late Harold I. and Margaret Norman Moore.
Upon graduation from McKeesport High School in 1949, he joined the Air Force and served them well for 20 years. He was a member of the Strategic Air Command in munitions management. He was stationed in St. John's, Newfoundland, March Air Force Base in California, Westover Base in Massachusetts, Korea, Columbus, Miss., Spangdahlen Air Force Base in Germany and Alpena, Mich. He received several Air Force commendations and medals.
After retirement, he came home and completed his education at California University. He worked for Copperweld Wire and Cable Co. in Glassport for two years before entering the ministry. Chuck attended the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for four years while he served as a student pastor. He served West Side United Methodist in 10th Ward, Arona, Herminie 2, and Middletown UMCs. He also served the two-point Deckards and Sugar Lake charge, from which he retired in 1997.
A member of Central Highlands Community UM Church in Elizabeth Township, he served as co-chairperson in Christian education along with his wife, Emily. He was a member of the former Gospel Singers, CHCUMC choir and was a Sunday school teacher.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 62 years, Emily Lathrop Moore; sons, Charles D. and his wife, Deborah Moore, of Apollo, and Jeffrey D. and his wife, Laurie Moore, of Elizabeth Township; grandchildren, Dana and her husband, Mario Marsinetti, of Apollo, Jeffrey and Lindsay Moore, of Elizabeth Township; great-grandchildren, Alisa and Alaina Marsinetti, of Apollo; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, William and Elaine Lathrop Ross, of Elizabeth Township; and nieces and nephews in Indiana and Oregon.
There was no visitation. A celebration of his life was to be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the: the Rev. Charles D. Moore Scholarship Fund, c/o Central Highlands Community Methodist Church, 100 Timothy Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037; or the Elizabeth Township Humane Society, Fallen Timber Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037.
Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Rev. Spurgeon Dewitt Witherow, Jr. 87, of Youngsville, Pa., went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday morning, March 24, 2013.
He was born September 27, 1925 in Brookville, Pa., a son of the late Spurgeon and Hazel Brocious Witherow. Spurg was a WW II Navy veteran serving on the USS Riley destroyer escort vessel as a gunners mate.
A retired elder of the Western Pennsylvania Conference, he served at Evans Memorial, Deckards, Stillwater (Jamestown NY), Youngsville Evangelical, and Erie Simpson UMCs. He retired in 1991. An active member of the EUM Church in Youngsville, he enjoyed running the children's programs for many years.
Spurg served as chaplain for the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #75 of Warren County, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, and spending time with his family. Spurg touched many lives through his many years of ministry and will be missed by all that knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Lucille Causer Witherow, whom he married June 5, 1947 in Duke Center, Pa., a daughter Dorothy L. (Dale) Linton of Utica, Pa., two sons, Terry (Kim) Witherow and Mark (Heather) Witherow, both of Erie, 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Juanita Buchanan and Imogene Lamb.
A funeral service was scheduled for Thursday, March 28 at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services. in Youngsville, with the Rev. Anette Gerber, pastor, and the Rev. Thomas Strandburg, Kane District Superintendent, officiating. Burial was to be the Warren County Memorial Park in Warren.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial donations be made to the EUM Church, 18 2nd St., Youngsville, Pa., 16371 or to a charity of choice. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.