Elizabeth "Liz" Allen (Teconchuk)
Elizabeth “Liz” (Teconchuk) Allen, age 87, of Erie and formerly of North Warren, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at UPMC Hamot, in Erie. Born June 11, 1926, Liz was the 10th child of prominent farmers, the late Peter and Catherine Teconchuk, of Pittsfield, PA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon “Jack” Allen, whom passed away in 1979; five brothers, Metro, William, George, John and Alex; five sisters, Mary, Anna, Catherine, Helen and Pauline.
Liz loved nature, music, reading and traveling, having traveled most of the USA. She also took advantage of a Pan Am around the world trip. Liz loved the old player piano at the age of 2 and gradually took interest in the accordion, playing at birthday parties, amateur contests and in high school; an assembly wasn’t complete without a solo from Liz!
She showed great interest in the Women’s Army Corps at 16, which was too young to join and her parents would not sign for her, so she did the next best thing by accepting a war-time job in Washington, D.C. She trained at Deshon Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Butler, PA and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. to work in the Department of Defense.
She was called home due to the serious illness of a family member and met her husband to be. They were married in 1951 at the First Presbyterian Church in Warren. They purchased a home in North Warren and joined the United Presbyterian Church, where Liz was active in youth club, vacation bible school, choir, the women’s association and she was a church deacon.
She was very active at North Warren Elementary School, with the PTA and as a den leader of Cub Scout Pack 13. Liz volunteered at Warren State Hospital, Warren General Hospital and for the Red Cross. She was a member of Warren General Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of Library Theater, Warren County Literacy Society and Beta Sigma Phi, an international women’s organization. She was listed in Who’s Who Women of the World.
She joined the Peace Corps at age 60 as she was so impressed by President John F. Kennedy’s speech in 1962 saying “Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. She served for five years in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala and was a member of the Peace Corps organization.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda A. Ropelewski, husband Ray; three sons, Dr. Douglas L. Allen, Charles C. Allen, wife Ginger and Richard L. Allen, wife Janis; eight grandchildren, Jackie and Mattie Ropelewski, Kelly and John Allen, Greggory, Gary, and Derrick Allen and Elizabeth Stanek; one sister, Ruth Scheidemantle, of Beaver Falls, PA and several nieces and nephews. As per Liz’s wishes, there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Presbyterian Church of North Warren or a charity of one’s choice. https://www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/9252
Jean Morris Boley (and Jack Boley)
Jean Morris Boley was born on June9, 1918 in Zillah to Ross and Anna Morris. Encouraged by her father, an engineer and farmer who was one of the founders of the Roza Irrigation Projectin the Lower Valley, she developed a love of learning and an activeimagination. Eager to pursue an education, she enrolled in the University ofWashington. There she met Jack Boley, who was advertising editor for theUniversity Daily. They married in 1937, beginning a 63 year partnership thatincorporated careers, friendships and adventures that spanned the globe. One ofher first adventures was narrowly escaping a fire that destroyed her home. Thesound of her kitten scratching on the window alerted her to the fire. Afterward,she never found the cat who saved her life.
Harriette Louise Beeler Koberline
Jack and Jean raised five children,living in Seattle, Portland, Yakima and Washington D.C. Eventually, they owneda radio station in Anaconda, Montana until their retirement. They joined thePeace Corps and served for five years until health problems forced theirreturn. Jean’s kind and accepting personality endeared her to the villagers inFiji and the artisans in the Dominican Republic whom they served.
The couple actively participated in community activities wherever they lived, including early efforts to develop community mental healthprograms in Yakima County. Jean pursued her own passions, including classes inwriting and painting. She worked as a bookkeeper and office manager in avariety of professional settings.
Jean lived in Seattle followingJack’s death in 2000. She died peacefully on March 23, 2014. She will be remembered for her graceful beauty and her playful stories about people and locales from distant places and times.
Jean is survived by her five children, John (Margarette)of St. Louis, Missouri, Steven (Kathi Murphy-Boley) of Athens, Texas, Todd(Susan Carson) of Alameda, California, Peter (Norman Bauer) of Seattle, CarrieBrown of West Seattle, nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Harriette Louise Beeler Koberline, 95, died Jan. 21, 2014, at her residence at Lorretto Bernadine in Syracuse. She was a 1934 graduate of Fayetteville High School, she and her husband raised and trained champion Hackney ponies of their farm in Nedrow for many years. She was a successful and highly respected businesswoman in the Syracuse community. During her career she was personnel director of Flahs, controller of the Syracuse Credit Bureau for 18 years and manager at Manpower Temporary Services. She later founded her own employment agency, Western Temporary Service. She was past president of the Consumer Council of the Better Business Bureau of Syracuse and was a member of the Women's Advisory Council of the New York State Fair, the Metropolitan Business Women's Association and the Advisory Council of the Syracuse Board of Education. A self-taught artist, she would eventually have her artwork featured in an exhibit at the Metropolitan School of Art in Syracuse. At 71, she joined the Peace Corps. and spent two years in the Dominican Republic. She was a volunteer at Westside Learning Center at St. Lucy's Church. http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/todays_obits_harriette_koberline_joined_the_peace_corps_at_age_71.html
Chastine "Tina" Melcher
Chastina M. “Tina” Melcher (Jubett) of Sharon passed away July 27th, 2013 at the Epoch of Sharon surrounded by her loving family. Born in Boston, she was raised in Brighton and graduated from Brighton High School. She attended Northeastern University where she received her Associates in Criminology and received her LPN Certification from Foxboro State Hospital. She and her husband operated the Danbury House Restaurant in Danbury, NH for 5 years during the early 70’s. She later worked for Bridgewater State Prison as a Nurses Aid and the Head of Volunteer Services for several years and later went into the Peace Corp in the Dominican Republic from 1987-1989. Beloved wife of the late William P. Mother of Judith A. Stevens of Plymouth, Ruth M. Parker of Sharon, Chastina W. Pozzi of FL, Marie C. Underwood of VA, Lewis C. Melcher of Norfolk and the late William P. Melcher. Sister of Phyllis Gould of Sharon, Kenneth Jubett of N.H. Sister-in-law of Louise Melcher Mittenberg of Foxboro. Visiting hours at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home 455 Washington St. Canton Monday 5-8 pm. Funeral mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Sharon Tuesday afternoon at 1 pm. Burial Rock Ridge Cemetery, Sharon. Donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Assn 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472 or the family requests you to do a kind deed for someone in need as Tina so often did. The family would like to thank the Staff at the Epoch of Sharon for their loving and compassionate care during Tina’s 5 years there. http://www.currentobituary.com/Memory.aspx?Memory_ObitdID=129240
Dorothy passed away during her Peace Corps service. http://fpcv.org/fallen-pcvs/
Olive Geneve Pomeroy
Pomeroy, Olive Geneva 83 Aug. 31, 1929 Jan. 25, 2013 Olive was born in Starbuck, Minn., daughter of Oscar and Gina Thompson and wife of Dick Pomeroy, her husband of 65 years. In addition to Dick, she leaves behind four sons, Jeff, John, Jim and Joe; three daughters-in-law, Melinda (Jeff's wife), Katherine (John's wife) and Hedy (Jim's wife); plus two grandsons, Nickolas and Art. Olive was a retired school teacher having taught in the Beaverton school district in Oregon and the Oakland school district in Oakland, Calif. Olive and Dick were true partners in almost everything they did, having lived as a U.S. Forest Service Couple in multiple places in Oregon, Washington and California, initially on Ranger Stations, then a Job Corps Center and finally homes in Oregon and California. They served together, Olive as a volunteer mother away from home and Dick as director at the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center, near Roseburg. Job Corps is a part of the national War On Poverty. Subsequently, they lived in various places in Oregon, Washington and California, having moved 8 times in 12 years all with the U.S. forest Service. Following their retirement, Olive and Dick served two years in the Dominican Republic as Peace Corps Volunteers, took a number of Volunteer in Mission trips to countries in Latin and South America, founded the Goose Hollow Family Homeless Shelter, located at the First United Methodist Church in SW Portland and became involved in too many activities to be listed here. Olive passed away as a result of a 20 year battle with Parkinson's disease and will be sorely missed by family and friends who considered her to be an angel. Her Memorial Service is scheduled for March 2 at the First United Methodist Church located in the 1800 block of SW Jefferson Street, Portland. - See more at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?pid=162911100#sthash.onJ4X0BF.dpuf
Warmoth, Mary Elizabeth (Forney) 87 Sept. 02, 1926 Nov. 12, 2013 Mary Elizabeth Warmoth passed Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Forest Grove, after extended care for Alzheimer's. Mary was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Surprise, Neb., to Roland and Ruth Forney. She attended school in Rising City, Neb., graduating in a class of nine in 1944. She moved to Portland with her family, where she met her husband of 65 years, Edward J. Warmoth. For the last 38 years they made their home in Hillsboro. Prior to that they lived in Newport, Salem and Portland. They were very active square dancers, dancing at many national events and square dance ambassadors to many countries. They had been members of River City Dancers, RV 8ers and Rose City Squares clubs. They were on the board for the National Square Dance Conventions held in Portland, 1994 and 2005. After retirement as a cook in Hillsboro Schools, she joined her husband in U.S. Peace Corps volunteer assignments, followed by several years of work with the National Habitat for Humanity Organization, including headquarters of the organization in Americus, Ga. All these activities, afforded the opportunities to travel and enjoy the country in their motor home. She is survived by husband, Edward; brother, Stanley Forney; sister, Margaret (Forney) Chiechi; sons, Woody, Wally and Will and spouses; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 168 N.E. Eighth Ave. (Eighth and Lincoln), Hillsboro, OR 97124. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association or West Tuality Habitat for Humanity.
See more at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/argus/obituary.aspx?n=mary-elizabeth-warmoth-forney&pid=168331730#sthash.Bq8OiHJK.dpuf