NIEMELA EVERETT ARTHUR
90, of Newtown Square, PA, educator, woodworker, and WWII veteran, died September 13, of heart failure, at his White Horse Village home. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Virginia; by his daughter, Kimberly Niemela Tang; his granddaughter, Grace Tang; and two step-grandchildren, Yuefung and Gregory Tang. He is preceded in death by six sisters; four brothers; and his son-in-law, Philip Tang. Born in western PA to Finnish immigrants, Everett was the youngest of 11 children on a working farm. He served as a flight engineer on a B24 crew in WWII, earning three Bronze Stars. Residing for nearly 50 years in Ben Avon, PA, he taught Industrial Arts at Quaker Valley Jr. High School in Sewickley. Everett was an expert woodworker and an avid genealogist, tracing his family background to the 1500s and writing several books about his heritage. He served as a Deacon, Elder, and Trustee of the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. A celebration of his life will be held at White Horse Village, Newtown Square, PA on October 13 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to COSACOSA art at large, Inc., 4427 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 23, 2012