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Page 4 — Friday, October 25, 2002 REGION (Saacttc Obituaries Joseph Benko Joseph A. "Cupa" Benko, 75, of Heilwood died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at Beacon Ridge Nursing Center, Indiana. A son of Jacob Jack and Louise Lewis Benko, he was bom Dec. 13, 1926, in Heilwood. Mr. Benko was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Heilwood. He had worked as a coal miner and was a member of. UMWA District 2, Local 1269. He served as a seaman second class in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Trego in the Pacific and American theaters during World War II and as a corporal in the U.S. Army, 339th Infantry, during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of Indiana VFWPost 1989 and Heilwood Legion Post 936. Surviving are his sisters: Mrs. Betty Smith and her husband, Bud, of Baltimore, Md.; Mrs. Anna Trent, of Baltimore; Mrs. Helen Coy, Clymer; a brother, William Benko, Heilwood; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife. Rose Marie Bogel Benko, on Aug. 15, 2000; his brothers, Jack, Frank, Robert and Dick; a sister, Irene; and three infant brothers: Eddie, Walter and Joey. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bence Funeral Home, Ciymer, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in the Church of the Resurrection Cemetery, Camerons Bottom. Military honors will be conducted by the Indiana VFWPost 1989. The family requests memorial contributions may be made to Beacon Ridge Nursing Home, 1515 Wayne Ave., Indiana, PA 15701. Elizabeth Griffith Elizabeth "Bunny" Griffith, 85, of Indiana, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at Communities at Indian Haven. She was born Aug. 24, 1917, in Indiana, a daughter of Jacob H. and Minnie Mae Wilson Otto. Mrs. Griffith was a member of the Homer City United Methodist Church. She had worked as a registered nurse in the operating rooms of Indiana Hospital. She was a member of the local and state nursing associations; the Homer City Women's Club and was a Red Cross Volunteer during World War II. Surviving are her two sons: Larry Jack Griffith and his wife, Gem Ann, of Ravenna, Ohio; Terry Griffith and his wife, Donna, of Indiana; a daughter, Bonnie Jill Conners, Indiana; seven grandchildren: Mary, Craig and Christopher Conners; Lisa Empfield; Greg, Sherry and Sean Griffith; eight great-grandchildren; one great- great-grandchild; two brothers: Wilson and Ralph Otto, both of Homer City. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Forrest Griffith in 1984; and a brother, Maurice Otto. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bence- Mihalcik Funeral Home, Indiana. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Joseph Stains officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana. Her family requests memorial contributions be made to the Homer City United Methodist Church, Main and Church Streets, Homer City, PA 15748. Dorothy Moreland Dorothy J. Faith Moreland, 89, of Blairsville died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, in Halisworth House, North Charleroi. A daughter of Thomas and Mary Myrtle Bothel Faith, she was born Dec. 22,1912, in Blairsville. Mrs. Moreland was a member of the Biairsville United Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Mizpah Bible Class and the Women's Association; and the Craft Club. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, bowling, following Pirate baseball, taking long walks and being with family and friends. Mrs. Moreland owned and operated Moreland's Taxi Service, Blairsville. Surviving are three children: Shirley Lettrich, Charleroi; Robert L Moreland and his wife, Sandy, Latrobe; and Mary Schildnecht, Pins- burgh; three grandsons: Michael Lettrich, Army Capt. Stephen Lettrich and Brian Moreland; and two granddaughters: Kristen and Carey Faith Schildnecht. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Louis P. Moreland, in 1962; her son, Thomas R. Moreland, in 1985; and a sister, Grace Borland. Mrs. Moreland's wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Blairsville United Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. with the Rev. David A. Salinger officiating. Her remains will be buried beside her beloved husband in the Blairsville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blairsville United Presbyterian Church, 137 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, PA, 15717. The Shoemaker Funeral Home Inc., Blairsville, is in charge of arrangements. Isabelle Riddle Isabelle Riddle, 83, of St. Andrews Court, Indiana, died Thursday, Oct. 24,2002, at her residence. She was born Aug. 31, 1919, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of James O. and Mabel Edna Coleman Beck. Mrs. Riddle was a member of the New Washington United Methodist Church, New Washington, and Harmony Grange 1201and a volunteer at St. Andrew's Village and Meals on Wheels, Indiana. She was a homemaker who was also employed as an inspector at Punxsutawney Sportswear. She also worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service, La Jose Post Office. Surviving are her three sons: John M. Jr. and his wife, Donna, Mahaffey; James and his wife, Colleen, Brush Valley; Thomas and his wife, Jo Anne, Bethlehem; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John M. Riddle, whom she married June 25, 1938, in Homestead; three sisters and an infant brother. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. John White officiating. Memorials may be sent to the Mount Zion Cemetery Association, c/o Charles Rorabaugh, RD 2 Box 6808, Mahaffey, PA, 15757. Helen Stiles Helen M. Stiles, 93, of Roswell, N.M. died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, in Roswell. She was born Dec. 13,1908 in Indiana County, the daughter of Michael and Ella Bennett Dick. Mrs. Stiles lived most of her life iri Pennsylvania and moved to Roswell 32 years ago. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarerie and was involved in many of its activities. Surviving are her daughter, Gloria Eller, of Capitan, N.M.; two sons: Fred Stiles, of Boring, Ore.; Mark Stiles, Roswell, N.M.; one sister, Hazel Eckenrod, of Indiana; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, S. Albert Stiles; and one brother, Jesse Dick. Friends will be received Monday from noon to 2 p.m., the time of the funeral service, at Swamp Church, in Cherryniil Township. Interment will be in Laurel Swamp Union Ceme- teiy. , .. - . . Robinson-Lyde Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Sara Steelman, left, readied campaign volunteers for going door to door in Homer City recently. From left: Beth Marshall, Parveen A//, Ira Goldberg and Ron Fairman, vice chairman of Indiana County's Democratic party. (Gazette photo by Jamie Isenberg) Steelman: Not a career politician Gary Stoika Gary J. Stoika, 66, of Tipton, formerly of Nanty Glo, died Oct. 24, 2002, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born March 12, 1936, in Johnstown, a son of the late John Stoika and Florence Mosley Holby. Mr. Stoika served in the U.S. Air Force. . After spending his working years in the Baltimore, Md., area, he retired to Tipton in rural Blair County to enjoy nature. Mr. Stoika was an avid outdoorsman who was equally content along a stream, fishing with his hand-tied flies, in the woods cataloging rare mushrooms or harvesting vegetables from his garden. Surviving are his stepmother, Lois Stoika, Nanty Glo; sisters Marcia and husband, John Alexander, Penn Run; Sharon and husband, Bernard Smay, Nanty Glo; and Connie and husband, Mark Mastovich, Mineral Point. Friends wil! be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Askew- Houser Funeral Homes, Inc., Nanty Glo. A funeral service will be heid at 11 a.m. Monday. Revs. C. Edward Albert and Howard Darr will officiate. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Leona Kowchuck Leona Grace Bagley Kowchuck, 73, of Indiana died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at Beacon Ridge Nursing Center. Friends will be received on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bence-Mihalcik Funeral Home, Indiana. Complete arrangements will be announced in tomorrow's edition of The Indiana Gazette. Tomorrow's funerals BENKO, Joseph A. "Cupa," 10 a.m. at the Bence Funeral Home, Clymer GRIFFITH, Elizabeth "Bunny," 1:30 p.m. at the Bence-Mihalcik Funeral Home, Indiana MORELAND, Dorothy J. Faith, 3 p.m. at Blairsville United Presbyterian Church, Blairsville RHUE, Raymond "Mike" Jr., 11 a.m. at the Long-Contres Funeral Home, Inc., Cherry Tree Continued from page 1 "Too many people in the Legislature can't stand the mought that they won't get re-elected, and it makes them afraid to do things they should do or say things they should say. A lot just go along and cast procedural votes, even when it seems they should know it's not a good idea." But what really makes her stay in the game is the feeling that the more she leams, the more she can accomplish. "After my first term, I really did feel I was just getting started," she said. "There was so much to find out about and so many frustrating things that you wanted to do something about but didn't have the levers to move the machine. "Every time that I've run, I've gotten more experience and I've done more, but there are always new levels that keep opening up. Maybe I don't think of myself as a career politician because I keep studying, ;md I'm always growing." She counts among her accomplishments gaining funding for the expansion of Route 119, being the sponsor of the farm-safety bill that passed in 1994 and making contributions toward improving school standards and school-funding issues. And she doesn't plan to give up anytime soon. "I'll run as long as there are issues that I don't want to put down, and I don't see somebody out there that I think can do a better job," she said. She calls the economy, the environment and education — and funding for it — her nearest and dearest issues. "There are serious problems in those areas, and having tried to put my hand to the plow, I don't feel I can take it off yet," she said. "If I really felt I couldn't make any difference, I wouldn't do it anymore, but I still feel that I am and 1 can — and people have told me that I make a difference to them." Steelman's latest challenger is 24- year-old Dave Reed, a newcomer to the political arena, who said in early campaign interviews that he would bring energy and new ideas to the office. In Steelman's eyes, the choice is between "someone young and energetic and somebody who is experienced, energetic, accomplished and knowledgeable and who has made ideas — like the farm-safety bill, better roads for Indiana County and higher standards for students and teachers — realities." They are qualities her colleagues, too, see as crucial. "Experience counts for a lot," Shane said. "It takes some time to recognize how to get things done and the games being played in Harrisburg ... and how to get around barriers and gatekeepers. "I've not seen any evidence that she's been corrupted or hardened by the process," he added. "She's still the same compassionate person she was 12 years ago, and she's committed to the people of Indiana County." Despite her experience and accomplishments, or maybe because of them, Steelman said, she knows not to take anything for granted when approaching a new election. "I've never felt I had a lock on the seat," she said. "That's why I keep working and showing people what I'm doing." But when Steelman — or the voters — decide that the political career of this non-career politician should end, she'll have no problem rinding something else to do. "I'd like to go back to writing," she said, toying with the idea of writing Washington-based murder mystery novels like U.S. Sen. Barbara McCul- sky, D-Maryland. "Sometimes I think I've heard a lot of good dialogue in the last 12 years." Writing political commentary for a newspaper or magazine or going back to teaching are other options she would consider. However, she's not shy about treading on new territory, either. "Sometimes I think I'd like to have a landscaping business," she said. "I'd get to dig in the dirt all the time and get paid for it." Briefs Deaths elsewhere By The Associated Press indianagazette.com The Indiana Gazette on the 'Net Adolph Green NEW YORK — Adolph Green, the Broadway lyricist who co-wrote such valentines to New York as "On the Town" and "Wonderful Town," as well as the screenplay Cor the classic movie musical "Singin' in the Rain," died Wednesday. He was 87 and had been in poor health for some time. Green and longtime collaborator Betty Comden worked with some of Broadway's best composers, including Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Cy Coleman. They wrote lyrics and often the books for more than a dozen shows, which featured such stars as Rosalind Russell, Judy Holliclay, Phil Silvers, Bert Lahr, Lauren Bacall and Carol Burnett. Comden and Green's lyrics were brash and buoyant, best exemplified by the song "New York, New York," which celebrated their favorite city and included lines like, "the Bronx is up and the Battery down." The duo had surprisingly few pop hits because their lyrics were tied directly to the shows they wrote. Their biggest pop hits included "The Party's Over," "Just in Time" and "Make Someone Happy." It was "On the Town," a musical comedy expansion of Jerome Robbins' ballet "Fancy Free," that introduced Comden and Green to Broadway in 1944. They won five Tony Awards, and three of their shows — "Wonderful Town," "Hallelujah, Baby!" and "Applause" —• won the top prize for best musical. On film, their most celebrated work was the screenplay for "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), considered by many to be the finest movie musical ever made. Xu Zhongtian BEIJING — Xu Zhongtian, president of the Chinese Communist Party newspaper People's Daily, died Thursday of an illness, the newspaper's Web site said Friday. He was 62. Xu, who was also president of the China Newspaper Association, died Thursday night from an illness, the site said. No other details were provided. Xu began his career as an administrator and educator in his native province of Jilin in China's northeast. School board to discuss renovations ELDERTON — The Armstrong School District will hold a board meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at the Elderton High School gymnasium. The closing and renovation of district schools will be discussed. The board is still undecided concerning renovations to Elderton schools, a spokeswoman said. The board encourages all taxpayers in the Armstrong School District to attend. Neighborhood Watch meeting HOMER CITY — Troopers from the state police will conduct a public meeting to organize a neighborhood watch program for Homer City borough residents. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Homer City fire station. Police will advise citizens of ways to prevent and report criminal activity in the area. Residents can call Mayor John Pulliam at the borough office at (724) 479-8005 for more information. Animal shelter hours Beginning Nov. 1, the Indiana County Humane Society's animal shelter will be open: • 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, • Noon to 6 p.m. Wednedays and Fridays, • Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The shelter will be closed Mondays and Thursdays. Anyone interested in adopting an animal is welcome during these times. The shelter will hold an "adoptathon" Sunday in an all-out effort to put all of the animals in good homes. Burrell Township library events The Burrell Township library is having Teen Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 through Nov. 19. The Halloween party for teenagers will be held Tuesday; all those attending should wear costumes and be prepared for games, scary stories and refreshments. Movies, games, and arts and crafts are planned for the other Tuesdays. The library also plans to hold free adult board game nights from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, beginning Nov. 7. The library is located on the corner of Park Drive and Willow Street in Black Lick. Earll to be banquet speaker State Sen. Jane Earll, the Republican candidate for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor, will replace Carol Fisher, wife of Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Fisher, as the keynote speaker at the Indiana County Republican Committee's Fall Banquet Wednesday at Rustic Lodge. Banquet organizers said Carol Fisher might still attend the banquet that begins at 6:30 p.m. A reception will start at 5:30 p.m. United Way Donut Day The United Way of Indiana County and Dunkin' Donuts will team up on Friday, Nov. 1, for a fund-raiser to benefit the United Way. The cost for a dozen doughnuts is $5 and a portion of the sale will be donated to the United Way of Indiana County. Doughnuts can be picked up or delivered to your workplace. To order, call the United Way office at (724) 463-0278. Orders must be placed by Oct. 31. Arts Council program The Indiana Arts Council will host a free presentation of "The Search for Lady Marianna: A Forgotten Composer" by Dr. Irving Godt on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the community room on the fourth floor of the Indiana Theater building. Godt is a musicologist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has extensively researched the life and work of Lady Marianna. He is writing her biography and working to rehabilitate her memory and her music. Marianna Martines was born in 1744 as the first girl in a large and talented family with access to the imperial court in Vienna. The Empress Maria Theresa often called upon her to entertain at the keyboard and in song and the emporer himself sometimes turned pages for her. She wrote 65 compositions that have recendy come to light. Volunteers raise spirits after haunting burglary Continued from page 1 "They knew what they were doing," Judge said this morning. "They got all the good stuff." Since 1984, Judge has built the inventory and, recruited volunteers to help scare the bejeebers out of those who dare to visit. Annually, the haunted house raises $3,000 to $8,000 for the Washington Township Memorial Park and the Washington Township Fire Department, Judge said. She is secretary of the' park department and her husband, Gino, is president of the fire company. Work on decorating the old classrooms begins around Labor Day each year. When Judge discovered Tuesday that the place had been pillaged, she rallied her volunteers. "I asked kids to ask around for strobe lights and back lights and masks," Judge said. "We banded together and redid it in two days. Lawn Haven Cemetery donated a replacement casket. We got it all done." The show will go on as scheduled tonight and Saturday and Sunday evenings. Upper-level rooms and mazes will be haunted by Freddie Kreuger, Jason, Dracuta — "name any kind of monster, we have it" — and a basement room with a separate entrance is suited for the squeamish and the very young. "It's non-scary, a pumpkin patch for the little ones," Judge said. "The kids just love it. It's a maze made of bales of straw with light-up pumpkins." Counting the volunteers who park cars, serve refreshments and lurk in dark corners, between 40 and 50 people make the Sherrett haunted house come alive. "It's still going to be scary, the kids are going to scare ... you," Judge promised. State police asked anyone with information about the stolen haunted house fixtures to phone the Kittanning station at (724) 543-2011. LAST ARMORY USED BOOK SALE FRIDAY 25™ & SATURDAY 26™ 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. DO YOU IN YOUR CONTACT LENSES? WOULD YOU LIKE TO? Now You Can! 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