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Venezia, John  
GROVE CITY - John A. Venezia, of Liberty Township, Grove City, passed away in his home on Saturday (Feb. 21, 2015) at 8 a.m., following complications from surgery that he had in December of 2014. He was 75. John was born in Pittsburgh on May 23, 1939 to the late Dominic John and Pauline G. Chirico Venezia. He married Rebecca A. Ramage on May 5, 1973; she survives at home. He grew up in the Lawrenceville area of Pittsburgh. Following high school in the mid 50s, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was a paratrooper. John has lived in both Butler and the Bradford areas of Pennsylvania before moving to Grove City in 1978. Throughout his life he was always involved in sales. He formerly owned Venco Auto Sales in Barkeyville. At the present time he owned and operated Venezia Antiques and Collectables, located in the old Harrisville Hardware Store. Also he owns the Harrisville Pizza and More. John was a past master of Free and Accepted Masons Lodge #603, Grove City and a member of New Castle Consistory and Zem Zem Shrine, Erie. He was a Past High Priest of the Mound Royal Arch Masons Chapter, 212, Greenville, Thrice Illustrious Master-Sharon Council, #48, Past Commander of Mount Calvary Commandry, No. 67, Greenville. KYCH-Knights York Cross-of Honor, Past Patron of the Order of the East Star, Chapter #86 Grove City. Also he was a member of the Order of the Amarath, Farrell Court, West Middlesex. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. John enjoyed traveling with his wife. Other than his wife, Becky, John is survived by two sons, James K. (Linda) Venezia of Virginia Beach, Va., and John A. (Ginny) Venezia of Bradford; four daughters, Darlene G. (Roy) Venezia-Skaggs of Bradford, Denise M. (Al) Cochran of Limestone, N.Y., Jill C. (Craig) Hess of Manor and Dr. Vanessa (Ray) Venezia Heuer of Fairbanks, Alaska; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carmen P. (Dolly) Venezia of Tarpon Springs, Fla. and Richard P. (Kathy) Venezia of Shaler Township. John was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronald P. Venezia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to any Shriners Hospital or Amaranth Diabetes Research Foundation. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Cunningham Funeral Home Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City; a Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 24 to Mar. 3, 2015
Verbeck, James  
RIDGWAY - James V. "Speedy" Verbeck, 85, of 101 North Mill St., Ridgway, died unexpectedly at his residence Sunday evening. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home, Ridgway.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 17 to Feb. 24, 2015
Verbeck, James  
RIDGWAY - James V. "Speedy" Verbeck, 85, of 101 North Mill St., Ridgway, died unexpectedly at his residence Sunday evening. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home, Ridgway.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 17 to Feb. 24, 2015
Viola, Marie  
Marie Stella Viola, 95, formerly of 20 York St., passed away Friday (Feb. 20, 2015) at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born April 9, 1919 in Rochester, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Carmella Lafaro Crupi. On Sept. 14, 1946 in Holy Rosary Church in Rochester, she married Henry M. Viola, who passed away Jan. 12, 1985. A 1937 graduate of Jefferson High School in Rochester, she worked for nine years as a secretary in Rochester before moving to Bradford and raising her family. She is survived by four children, Linda (Phillip) Sheridan of Bradford; Nancy (Gary) Smarcz of Penfield, N.Y.; David (Patricia) Viola of Watertown, Wis. and Mark (Stephanie) Viola of Bradford; 12 grandchildren, Phillip Sheridan II, Scott Sheridan, Lisa Tygart, Nicholas Smarcz, Ben Smarcz, Mary Smarcz, Jennifer Fargo, Angela Martinez, Adrianne Talbot, Cory Viola, Kyle Viola and Ryan Brennan; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Charmaine Viola, Joyce Crupi and Angelina Crupi; a brother-in-law, Ray Henke; and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Carmella Henke; and two brothers, Rocco Crupi and Dominic Crupi.  Friends are invited to call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis Church with the Rev. Stephen Collins, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.  Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to The Pavilion at BRMC, The Bradford Hospital Foundation or to a charity of the donor's choice.  Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
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Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 21 to Feb. 28, 2015
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