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    66 Monday • February 17, 2014 The Kittanning Paper






    OBITUARIES... (continued from page 2)

    “Buzz” Bruner, age 77 of Ford City, died Friday, February 14, 2014 at ACMH Hospital.

    He was born August 17, 1936 in Leechburg, the son of Harold F. “Mike” Bruner and Gertrude (Blake) Bruner.

    Buzz graduated from Leechburg High School in 1954 and then attended the Mercy Hospital School of X-Ray Technology. After graduating, he began working as an x-ray technician at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and then Armstrong County Memorial Hospital; he later became the x-ray department head chief at Lee Hospital in Johnstown. Buzz had a successful career in sales, working as a representative for Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance, a medical and surgical representative for Propper Manufacturing of New York, and a sales representative for Jerome Olds-Cadillac of New Kensington and Bouchat Buick of Natrona Heights. He was also the manager of Captain Charley’s Marina along the Allegheny River.

    Buzz was very involved in the community and was a lifetime member of Armstrong/ Freeport Masonic Lodge #239 and the Coudersport Consistory. He was also a member of the Kittanning B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #203, Kittanning Men’s Club, Ford City V.F.W. and American Registry of Radiological Technicians. Buzz formerly served as vice president of the council of Christ Rupp Lutheran Church and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Kittanning. He was very active with the Fort

    Armstrong Folk Festival and was well known for raising bird dogs. Buzz’s favorite pastimes were fishing and boating.

    Left to cherish his memory are three nieces; one nephew; and many dear friends who loved him.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Harriett Metzger, Bernice Pazics and Patricia Davis; and brother- in-law, Kenneth Davis.

    At Buzz’s request, services will be private.

    Memorial contributions may be made in Buzz’s honor for Cerebral Palsy in care of the Kittanning B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #203, 203 N. Water Street, Kittanning, PA 16201.

    To leave an online condolence for Buzz’s family, visit

    MECHLING - Vivian E. (Rupert) Mechling, 89, of Ford Cliff, died Friday, February 14, 2014, in the VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler.

    Born August 21, 1924, in Ford Cliff, she was a daughter of the late Fred, Sr. and Ruth (Pepper) Rupert.

    Mrs. Mechling was a homemaker, and a member of Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, puzzle books and watching game shows, and loved cats and dogs.

    She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline (Richard) Hogue of Ford Cliff; four grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; three great- great-grandchildren; and a sister, Wilma Creel of Ford Cliff.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death

    by her husband, Kelly C. Mechling, and her brother, Fred Rupert, Jr.

    Friends will be welcomed from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Sunday, February 16, 2014 in the Welch Funeral Home in Ford City, where services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, February 17, with Rev. Wendell Flick officiating. Interment will follow in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. To send an online condolence, please visit

    ISENBERG - Robert E. “Ike” Isenberg, 84, of Creekside, PA, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014at Kittanning Care Center with his family by his side.

    He was born September 24, 1929, in Pitcairn, PA, the son of W. Kenneth and Ethel M. (Clawson) Isenberg.

    Ike lived in the Creekside area for most of his life and honorably served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. For many years he worked in maintenance for Blue Spruce Park in Indiana, PA, retiring in 1992. Ike enjoyed hunting and playing cards, and also loved bluegrass music. Working on antique cars was one of his favorite hobbies and he will be best remembered for being a gifted storyteller.

    He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 17 years, Marlene (Ewing) Isenberg, whom he married August 31, 1996; sons, Kevin Isenberg and wife, Debbie, of Graceton, and Duane Isenberg and wife, Rhonda, of Ernest; daughters, Billie Silvis and husband, Daryl, of Creekside, Michelle Shaffer and husband, John, of Avonmore, and Bonnie

    Robertson and husband, Tom, of Shelocta; grandchildren, Jessie Isenberg, Ethen Isenberg, Joseph Toy and fiancée, Vikky Stonebreaker, Jeremy Robertson and Willie Robertson; and sisters, Janet Adams and husband, Art, of Eden, NY, Marie Stadtmiller and husband, Bernard, of Creekside, and Shirley Visnick and husband, Ron, of Indiana; several nieces and nephews; best buddy, Emanuel Mano, of Creekside; and beloved puppies, Billie Jo and Chloe.

    Ike was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Barbara (Biehl) Isenberg, who died May 9, 1994; brother, Kenneth Isenberg; and grandson, Matthew Silvis.

    Friends and family will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home in Elderton. Additional visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of funeral services at 11 AM on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana, PA

    To send a condolence to Ike’s family or view a tribute honoring his life, visit www.

    BONNESS - Ruth A. Bonness (Nee Frick), age 78, beloved wife of the late Dale for 50 years; loving mother of Bruce (Cheryl), Mark James (deceased), Ralph, Esther Arcuri, Sheila and Darlene; dearest grandmother of Nicholas Arcuri, Sarah Arcuri (John Galinas) and Matthew Arcuri (Stephanie Kramer), Joseph, Danielle, Jacob and

    Gabrielle Bonness, Amanda Kelber (Ryan), and Nicholas Rajca (Addy David); great- grandmother of Hannah, John, Jillian and Jace; daughter of the late James and Margaret Frick; sister of Fred (Martha, deceased), Rene Hoffman (Edward), Larry Frick (deceased) (Sharon) and Yetta Getty (Milton); beloved aunt of many; member of the Royal Arcanum Number 1105.

    Family and friends will be received from 7-9 PM on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in the Snyder- Crissman Funeral Home in Cowansville and on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 1PM until the time of a funeral service at 2PM in the Montgomeryville Baptist Church in Adrian. Burial will follow in Montgomeryville Baptist Cemetery.

    To send an online condolence, please visit:

    KOWALCYK - Sara Ann “Sally” Kowalcyk, 92, of Baden, PA, passed away on February15, 2014 at the Fairfax Nursing Center, Fairfax, VA.

    She was born on June 28, 1921 to Arthur and Mamie (Anderson) Kirkpatrick in Dayton, PA. Sara worked as a Time Clerk for National Electric, Ambridge, PA.

    Sara loved life and enjoyed team bowling for many years as well as music, singing and dancing.

    Sara is survived by her daughter - Mrs. Ernie (Sally) Bilotto of Alexandria, VA;

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