G. Raymond Dengler

G. Raymond “Bunky” “Digger” Dengler, 93 of Birdsboro, PA, died on Monday, August 2, 2021 at home.
Born February 11, 1928 in Birdsboro, PA, he was the son of the late Rufus Gail Dengler and Ruth Ruppert (Lutz) Dengler.
He married his high school sweetheart Alice R. (Ehrgood) Dengler. They were together 77 years and married for 72 years.
He established the Dengler Funeral Home in 1959 and remained involved even after retiring in 2003.

Raymond was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Birdsboro, PA where he had served on various committees through the years. He was a Past Master of Union Lodge #479, member of the Rajah Shriners, Reading Consistory and past Birdsboro Rotary member.
Surviving along with his wife are son, Gail R. husband of Susanne M. Dengler of Birdsboro, PA; sister, Audrey L. widow of Charles N. Minnich of Birdsboro; grandson, Dr. Christopher Dengler of Philadelphia, PA; nephew, Craig; great nephews, Matthew, Ryan and Andrew; great niece, Johanna; great great nephew Kai, great great nieces, Audrey, Eliza and Lynley; his and his wife’s little buddy, King David “KD” the little white dog.
He was predeceased by his niece Cheryl and nephew Todd.

Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc., 144 N. Spruce St., Birdsboro, PA on Friday, August 6, 2021 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. A Masonic service by Union Lodge #479 F & AM will be held Friday at 6:45 PM. The funeral service will be Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro, PA. Burial will be private in Birdsboro Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to “Shriners Hospital of Philadelphia” c/o Rajah Shrine, PO Box 40, Blandon, PA 19510 or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – Digital Outreach Fund, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro, PA 19508.
Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. Birdsboro, PA is in charge of arrangements. 

Samuel J. Steff

Samuel J. Steff, age 76, of Albion, passed away peacefully at his home in Albion on August 4, 2021 after a long illness. He was born in Erie on May 14, 1945, the son of Sam and Stella Mikolajzyk Steff. He attended St. Anne Grade School, Cathedral Prep ’63, Gannon College and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Upon graduation from high school he started his career in the funeral profession, working at Rzepka, Dusckas, Quinn and Kloecker funeral homes. During the Viet Nam Era he served with the U.S. Naval Reserves attached to the Commander Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet. In 1978 he and his family purchased the James P. Summers Funeral Home in Albion and operated it until 2008, when he retired. In 1978 he was appointed to serve as a part time deputy coroner in the West Erie County area and continued to serve until his death. He was a past member and president of Albion Area Chamber of Commerce, LoveINC of West Erie County. He, along with other funeral directors, was very proud to work Flight 427 that crashed in Pittsburgh in 1993. He was a member and past President of Erie-Crawford County Funeral Directors Association. From 1993 to 1997 he served on the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors, Board of Governors. Since 1978 he enjoyed the Albion Area Fair, standing night watch with Cranesville VFD. He was a member of Albion Assembly of God, McLane Church, Edinboro, American Legion Post in Edinboro. In the late 90’s he attended first Assembly of God in Erie, where he was a makeup artist for their plays. He served as a member of the Albion Borough Council and also served as president. In retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively around the world, but one of his greatest enjoyments was visiting all 13 Presidential libraries throughout the United States.

He did many great works, but he always said, “All these works will not get me into Heaven, only my belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior will.” Sam’s ministry was the funeral profession. He took pleasure in serving the community of Albion and surrounding areas to personalize the funeral experience for each family. It was his belief that this was the last act of love the family could express. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Henderickson Steff, whom he married on May 2, 2003; four daughters, Jennifer Steff (Jill); Julie Steff, Megan Hunter and Kate Steff (Alex) all of Seattle, WA; His bonus daughter, Kim Edgar, IN; two bonus sons, Sean (Lisa) Edgar, TX and Bill (Alina) Edgar, CA., a sister, Sr. Audrey Steff, O.S. B., Erie. He is further survived by nine grandchildren.

Friends may call on Sunday, August 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion. A Celebration of Life service will take place at the Albion Assembly of God Church on Monday, August 9 at 11:00 a.m. with interment following at the Albion Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Albion VFD, Albion, PA 16401; LoveINC, P.O. Box 5, Girard, PA or the Erie City Mission, Erie, PA. To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit www.matterafuneralhome.com 

Ruth Selong Dearth

Ruth Selong Dearth, age 102, of New Salem, PA passed away on Wednesday, August 4th 2021 Beechwood Court in Uniontown, PA.
She was born on March 1st, 1919 in Uniontown, PA.
Daughter of the late George and Suzanna (Bogar) Selong.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hayden B. Dearth in 1979.
Two sisters: Edith L. Selong and Mildred S. Selong
Two brothers: William G. and Joseph D. Selong
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Ruth was a member of The New Salem Presbyterian Church where she had served as an Elder and Deacon. She was a Member of The Order of The Eastern Star #263, The New Salem Business and Professional Women, and The Uniontown Hospital Auxiliary Board. Ruth along with her husband, Hayden, and son, Clark, owned and operated the Dearth Funeral Home in New Salem.
Ruth is survived by her two children: Clark B. Dearth and wife Margie - McClellandtown, PA
Susan D. Stone and husband Malcolm - Uniontown, PA
Four grandchildren: Paul H. Bortz, Jr. - Connellsville, PA
Bradley D. Bortz and his wife Elizabeth - Cumming, GA
Meg Radolec and husband Todd - Uniontown, PA
Paige Miller and husband Doug - Uniontown, PA
Four Great-Grandchildren: Parker Radolec, Noemi Bortz, Hayden Bortz, and Lisette Bortz.
and several other dearly loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Sister-in-law: Edith Selong - OH
Also survived by several nephews and a niece.
Friends will be received in The Dearth Funeral Home 35 South Mill Street New Salem, PA on Monday, August 9th from 6-8PM and on Tuesday from 10:00AM until 11:00AM where a Funeral Service will be held with Pastor Michael Lyons officiating. Private Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery.
A Special Thank You to Amedisys Hospice and Beechwood Court for their compassionate and wonderful care of Ruth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth's name to the New Salem Presbyterian Church PO Box 455 New Salem, PA.

Janice Lynn (Black) Novak

Janice Lynn (Black) Novak, 47, of Brownsville, PA passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Born November 9, 1973, in Warren, PA, the daughter of Patrick and Susan Black of Russell, PA.,
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother Lillian Rockwell, paternal grandparents Lester and Mary Black, sister- in- law Jody Novak and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Janice graduated in 1991 from Eisenhower High School in Russell, PA. She was a 1995 graduate of Thiel College and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, with degrees in Business and Funeral Directing. She was the co-owner of Novak Funeral Home, Brownsville, PA.
Janice was compassionate, friendly and funny. Her service to and impact on her community as a funeral director and comforting friend was far reaching. She was an active member of the Brownsville Fire Co. #1 Ladies Auxillary, Grindstone Lions Club where she served as past president, Southwestern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Brownsville Events Committee board member, the former Brownsville Professional Women's group and she was also the Judge of Elections for Brownsville Boro Ward 2.
Her family will remember her sharp sense of humor, her generosity of support and time for her nieces and nephew and her love for all of her family and all animals, especially cats. She loved all cats; her own, the neighborhood cats Momma, Miss Priss and Dood, stray cats and she was a strong supporter of cat rescue and foster programs.
Janice enjoyed beach trips to Topsail Island NC with her parents, sisters , aunt, nieces and nephews, traveling around the world with her husband, in-laws and friends, reading, coffee, a glass of sweet wine, playing games and puzzles on her iphone, sitting on the front porch with all the neighborhood cats, watching tv and movies especially Modern Family, Mom and Friends reruns, knitting, going to Alpine Lake in WV,  St. Patrick's Day at Bud Murphy's, dressing up for Halloween and giving treats to all the local kids at the funeral home, thrift shopping, cat jewelry, slip on Skechers shoes, getting her hair and nails done at Envy, listening to Pink, Maroon 5 and Christina Perri, attending Pittsburgh Penguins games, shopping for and planting flowers at the funeral home, Cinco De Mayo parties at her in-laws, Forth of July parties with friends and relatives, Steelers tailgate parties at the Eperjesi's, Valentine's Day game nights at the Depto's, her Mini Cooper Convertible, volunteering and supporting many organizations in her community and spending time with good friends.
In addition to her parents, Janice is survived by her husband Jason of 23 years and their cats Beesley and Betsy; sisters Sharon (Kevin) Goode of Erie, PA and Carin (Rick) Giannini of Warren, PA; nieces and nephew Ellen Morrison, Dominick Giannini, Emma Morrison, and Lydia Giannini; father and mother in- law John and Karen Novak. Janice is further survived by a large extended family of aunts and uncles Phillip (Jeanette) Rockwell, Rose (Clare) Theuret, Mary Meley, and Nancy Theuret and many cousins.
Friends and family will be received in the NOVAK FUNERAL HOME, 515 Front Street, Brownsville, PA 15417 from 3 -6 PM Sunday August 8, 2021 and Monday August 9, 2021 from 10 - 11 AM the hour of service with the Rev. Roger Diehl officiating.  
Burial will be a private ceremony in her hometown.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to Fayette Friends of Animals, 223 Searights Herbert Road, P.O. Box 1282, Uniontown, PA 15401, Cat Rangers Rescue Group, P.O. Box 132 Acme, PA 15610 or a community service organization of your choice. 
Condolences to the family may be made at www.novakfuneralhome.net