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Margaret (Miner) Bottomley
(1891-1946)

 

Charles and Margaret

Margaret (Miner) Bottomley was born on Sept. 16, 1891 in Connellsville, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Henry and Eliza (Swink) Minerd (or "Miner").

On the third day of the new year in 1908, the 16-year-old Maggie married 22-year-old Charles Edward Bottomley Sr. (1885-1956). A native of the coal mining town of Moyer, near Connellsville, he was the son of Charles S. and Alice (Riggar) Bottomley of Moyer, Fayette County. The ceremony was performed by justice of the peace Frank Miller. 

At the time of marriage, Charles was a merchant, residing in Connellsville.

The Bottomleys together became the parents of at least 10 children Barbara Ellen Bottomley, Alice Gordon, Elizabeth Margaret Stineman Denvir Sheldon, Charles E. Bottomley Jr., Myrtle Orndorff, Margaret Lindsay, Harry E. Bottomley Sr., Mary Louise Breakiron, Charlotte Reynolds and Thomas J. Bottomley.

The family resided on Mt. Vernon Street in Uniontown in 1918, at 226 North Arch Street in Connellsville, circa 1942, and at 115 West Fayette Street in 1946.

 

The Grim Reaper of Death took away two of the Bottomleys' children during the decade of the 1910s. On Feb. 2, 1912, in Connellsville, five month old daughter Barbara Ellen died after being stricken with pneumonia. She was buried at the Union Dickerson Run Cemetery. 

Then on April 7, 1918, one-year-old son Thomas, suffering from bronchial pneumonia and inflammation of the heart, died at their Uniontown home on Mt. Vernon Street. The child's remains were placed into rest at Park Place Cemetery in Uniontown.

Main Street looking east in Connellsville 

Margaret died at the age of 55, on Oct. 14, 1946, "after a lingering illness," reported the Connellsville Daily Courier. Following a funeral service in the Bottomley home, she was laid to rest in Mount Olive Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Harry R. Roach, of the First Presbyterian Church.

Charles outlived his wife by a decade. On the evening of Feb. 9, 1956, while at the State Hotel in Connellsville, he suffered a stroke and fell down a flight of stairs.

He was hospitalized in critical condition, but did not recover, and died of his injuries the next day at the age of 70 on Feb. 10, 1956. His remains were interred at Mount Olive Cemetery, with Rev. Clair Ralston Wick leading the funeral service. 

At the time of death, Charles was survived by 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Margaret (right) with some of her adult children. Courtesy Jack Lewis

 

~ Daughter Alice Elizabeth (Bottomley) Gordon ~

Daughter Alice Elizabeth Bottomley (1909-1978) was born on April 30, 1909 in Connellsville, PA.

She married Charles B. Gordon Sr.  (Jan. 1, 1908-1972), said to have been the son of John H. and Lucinda E. (Moon) Gordon.

The known children produced by this marriage were Margaret Jean Gordon, Charles Gordon, Kenneth Gordon, Doris Gordon and Donald Gordon. 

Circa 1935, the Gordons made their home in South Connellsville. Then in the late 1930s, they migrated to New York State and settled in Olean, Cattaraugus County, NY. They remained in Olean for good.

The 1940 federal census enumeration shows Charles earning a living as a press operator in a glassworks. By 1950, his occupation was shakeout man for a heavy machine factory. Their address in 1950 was 813 Buffalo Street.

Olean, NY, home of the Charles and Alice Gordon family 

Sadly, Charles passed away in March 1972. 

Alice succumbed to the spectre of death in Olean in Sept. 1978. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Daughter Margaret "Jean" Gordon (1929-1999) was born on April 30, 1929 in Connellsville, PA. Dr. H. Atkinson assisted in the birth. Her birthdate also appears in some public records as May 8, 1928. She moved with her parents in childhood to Olean, NY and made that her permanent home. She was a graduate of Olean High School. On Aug. 20, 1949, she wed William James Cousins Sr. (1928-2008), son of Albert and Beatrice Cousins Sr. of 208 Hamilton Avenue, Olean. The wedding nuptials were conducted by Rev. Robert A. Delorme at Trinity Methodist Church. The couple were pictured in a public announcement in the Olean Times Herald, saying that the bride "was attired in a gown of white net over satin fashioned with sweetheart neckline. She wore white mitts and a fingertip length veil attached to a tiara of seed pearls. She carried a colonial bouquet of roses and babies' breath." William also was an alumnus of Olean High and at the time of marriage worked for Rhodes Bakery. The two sons in this family were William James Cousins Jr. and Russell Lee Cousins Sr. The United States Census of 1950 shows the young couple residing with his parents in Olean, and William working as a carpenter for a house-building contractor. He continued to earn a living as a building contractor in Olean for a total of 50-plus years. Said an obituary, he "enjoyed hunting and fishing in Canada or just being in the woods with his sons." She died on Oct. 1, 1999. Her remains were lowered under the sod of Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Portville, NY. William lived for another nine years as a widower and dwelled at 330 Hamilton Avenue. With his health in decline, he was admitted to Olean General Hospital and passed away there on July 2, 2008. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial gifts be made to the Western Mills Volunteer Fire Department. Inscribed on the face of their grave marker is this epitaph: "Hand Made Memories Last Forever."

  • Grandson William James Cousins Jr. ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). On Oct. 26, 1974, he tied the knot with Deborah Neff (Aug. 10, 1953-2007), daughter of Joseph and Harriet (French) Neff of Cuba, NY. They were together for 32 years until cleaved apart by death. Their only son was William James Cousins III. Deborah was an alumna of Olean High School. They resided on Hartwig Road in Olean. Sadly, Deborah died at the age of 53 on Feb. 20, 2007. Leading the funeral rites was Rev. Bert Tidlund, with interment in the veterans field of honor at Mt. View Cemetery. William made his dwelling-place in 2008 in Olean. He endured the death of their only son in 2009.

    Great-grandson William James "Will" Cousins III (1976-2009) was born on March 21, 1976 in Olean. He wed Keri Cheyne ( ? - ? ), daughter of James Garrick and Jeanne Suzanne (Kamerling) Cheyne III of Fort Smith, AR. Will was the father of Lydia Cousins and Aiden Cheyne. He is known to have served in the U.S. Air Force and attained the rank of staff sergeant. The Counsinses lived in Indiana in 2007 and in Fort Smith, AR in 2009, and he was employed in the oil and gas industry. The family was plunged into mourning when William died in Arkansas at the age of 33 on April 17, 2009. Funeral rites were led by the hand of Rev. David Orr in the First United Methodist Church. His remains were laid to honored rest in Fort Smith (AR) National Cemetery.

  • Grandson Russell Lee Cousins Sr. ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Barbara. They planted themselves in Olean and were the parents of Russell Lee Cousins Jr.

Son Charles B. "Bud" Gordon Jr. (1929-2005) was born in 1929 in Connellsville, PA. At age 20, in 1950, he earned income as a janitor and errand boy at an Olean newspaper office. Charles was joined in wedlock in 1950 with Florence M. Stuck (April 26, 1932-2006). She was a native of Bolivar, NY and the daughter of Arthur and Gladys (Heyshem) Stuck. They exchanged their vows in Bradford, PA. The three children they bore together were Sharon Hendryx, Marcie Eno and Edward Gordon. Said an obituary, Florence "was raised in the Richburg and Friendship areas and had been employed for AVX Corp. in Olean for many years. Prior to her retirement she worked as an aide for the Allegany Nursing Home, now The Waters in Allegany. She had a special love for the outdoors where she enjoyed gardening and growing flowers. She enjoyed playing bingo..." They also supported the Cuba Fire Department. The angel of death cleaved Charles away on Jan. 9, 2005 in Cuba, NY. Burial was in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, NY. Florence only outlived her husband by 16 months. She passed away at the age of 74 on May 10, 2006. Rev. David Herne, of Heritage Aflame Ministries, led the funeral rites. 

  • Granddaughter Sharon Gordon married Lee Hendryx. They put down roots in Portville, NY.
  • Granddaughter Marcie Gordon tied the knot with Michael Eno. Circa 2006, they dwelled in Olean, NY.
  • Grandson Edward Gordon relocated to Orlando, FL.
Olean, NY, billed as having one of the world's widest business streets 

Son Kenneth E. Gordon (1932-2010) was born on Sept. 2, 1932 in Connellsville, PA. He spent his earliest years in Connellsville and then moved to Olean, NY with his parents. Kenneth was employed as a service station attendant in 1950 at Nelson's gasoline station. On Sept. 2, 1950, he was united in holy matrimony with Julia Marie Kolasinski (Dec. 12, 1931-2008), daughter of Stanley and Julia (Gawronski) Kolasinski of 504 North Eighth Street, Olean. The ceremony was held in the rectory of the Church of the Transfiguration, by the hand of Rev. John Glazik. In announcing the happy event, the Olean Times Herald said that the bride "chose a navy blue suit with pink accessories and a corsage of yellow roses." Julia was an alumna of the Transfiguration School and at the time of marriage was employed by Electrical Reactance. They remained together over the thick and think of a remarkable 58 years. Together they produced a brood of four -- John C. Gordon, Theodore Gordon, Kenneth E. Gordfon Jr. and Lois Sullivan. Kenneth earned a living through his work at Clark Brothers and Dresser Rand Company and belonged to the United Steelworkers of America Local 4601. He retired in 1993. As time allowed he liked to be outdoors, with a special love for fishing and hunting. Said an obituary, Julia was "a lifelong resident of Olean and was a homemaker. She enjoyed taking care of her home and being outside growing flowers in her garden. She also was an avid bingo player." The Gordons' final address together as 1718 West Fall Road. Sadly, Julia passed away at home at the age of 77 on Dec. 15, 2008. The widowed Kenneth survived for another 15 months and remained in their longtime dwelling-place. He surrendered to the angel of death on March 18, 2010. 

  • Grandson John C. Gordon ( ? - ? ) has lived in Olean.
  • Grandson Theodore Gordon wed Terry. They have dwelled in Olean.
  • Grandson Kenneth E. Gordon Jr. married Lisa. They put down roots in Olean.
  • Granddaughter Lois Gordon entered into marriage with Jerry Sullivan. The pair was in Olean circa 2008.

Daughter Doris Lavarne "Dodie" Gordon (1933-2002) was born on July 6, 1933 in Connellsville, PA. As a girl, she joined her family in a relocation to New York State and was an alumna of Olean High School. At the age of 16, in 1950, she worked as a roll filler in a wholesale bakery in Olean. When she was 17 years of age, on Jan. 27, 1951, she was joined in wedlock with George W. Cowles Sr. (Dec. 24, 1931-2013), a native of Bolivar, NY and the son of Charles and Mary (Eaton) Cowles. The wedding nuptials were conducted in the First Baptist Church of Olean. Together they produced five offspring -- Deborah McFall, Darlene Firkel, Diane Franz, George W. Cowles Jr. and Gary Cowles. George attended Bolivar Central High School. He spent his 43-year working career as a machinist with Clark Brothers and Dresser Rand, with retirement in February 1994. Doris generated income over the years through her work for the Downtown Deli and later for AVX Corporation. She retired in 1994. He was a member in St. Stephen's Club, Eagles Club and the Pulaski Club. Said the Olean Times Herald, "He enjoyed a host of activities including playing cards, woodworking, being a handyman and hunting..." When time allowed, she liked to raise her garden. Their final home together was at 421 Third Avenue, Olean. Sadly, with her health in decline, she was admitted to Olean General Hospital. There, she died on Dec. 3, 2002. An obituary said she was survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. George lived for another nearly 11 years as a widower. He passed away at the age of 81, at Olean General Hospital, on July 6, 2013. Interment of the remains was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Deborah Cowles was united in wedlock with Larry McFall. They lived in Portville, NY in 2002-2913.
  • Granddaughter Darlene Cowles tied the knot with Craig Firkel. In 2002-2013, they were in Olean.
  • Granddaughter Diane Cowles entered into marriage with Robert Franz. The pair put down roots in Olean.
  • Grandson George W. Cowles Jr. married Mary. They dwelled in Olean in 2002-2013.
  • Grandson Gary Cowles wed Teri. Their dwelling-place in the early 2000s-2013 was in Olean.

Son Donald Gordon married Penny Walton ( ? - ? ), daughter of Jacob and Florence G. (Smith) Walton. They planted themselves in Olean and lived there in 2002-2012. One son of their marriage is Donald Gordon Jr.

  • Grandson Donald Gordon Jr. ( ? - ? ) 

 

~ Daughter Margaret Elizabeth (Bottomley) Stineman Denvir Sheldon ~

Daughter Margaret Elizabeth Bottomley (1911-1992) was born on May 30,1911 or 1914. 

She was wed thrice. 

At the age of 21, in 1932, she resided in the coal mining community of Davidson near Connellsville and made a living as a maid. That year, on Aug. 1, 1932, she married 23-year-old John Leonard Stineman (1909- ? ), a native of West Virginia and the son of Harry and Anna (Carlson) Stineman. Justice of the peace J. Cramer Echard officiated the nuptials, held in Star Junction, Fayette County. News of the marriage was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

At the time of marriage, John was a laborer, making his home in Scottdale, Westmoreland County, PA. How their marriage ended is not yet known.

Margaret's second husband was Robert Joseph Denvir  (Nov. 14, 1908-1947), a native of Pittsburgh and the son of Ann Denvir and (?) Burns.

The Denvirs became the parents of three known children, Roberet Leroy Denvir, Thomas Edward Denvir and Eleanor Denvir. Grief blanketed the family when son Robert Jr. died at the age of just three days, on June 26, 1936, having suffered from an enlarged gland known as the "thymus." The baby's tender remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Chestnut Hill Cemetery. 

They lived in Connellsville in the 1930s and 1940s. Their address circa 1936 was 207 Cottage Street and in 1947 at 115 West Fayette Street. During World War II, Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Forces and was deployed to the European Theatre. After the war, he earned a living as a glass bottle blower in Connellsville.

Tragically, Robert became deathly ill with chronic heart disease, phlebitis of the left leg and a peptic ulcer. He was treated in Cleveland's Marine Hospital and then transferred to Connellsville State Hospital. A month later, when the ulcer hemorrhaged, he died an hour later at the age of 39 on July 15, 1947. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier said he "had been in poor health for some time." His brother-in-law Charles Gordon of Olean, NY was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Leading the funeral service was Rev. William C. Marquis of the Central Methodist Church. The remains were lowered into eternal repose in Green Ridge Memorial Park.

The following Memorial Day 1948, Robert's name was remembered at a special service at the Connellsville High School auditorium, organized by the Milton L. Bishop post of the American Legion.  

Margaret remained a widow for about six years and moved to 208 North Pittsburgh Street. Then in 1953, she entered into marriage with Oscar Curtis Sheldon ( ? - ? ). During World War II, he had served in the U.S. Army and bore the rank of corporal.

The Sheldons relocated in 1955 to Windham, OH.

Sadly, Oscar died at the age of 72 on March 23, 1982. 

Margaret passed away in Ravenna, OH on June 28, 1992. Burial of the remains was in the city's Grandview Memorial Park. 

Main Street and county courthouse in Ravenna, OH 

Son Thomas Edward Denvir (1938-2011) was born on April 27, 1938 in Connellsville, PA. He was nine years old at his father's death, and was raised in Connellsville by his mother and stepfather, Oscar Sheldon. In 1955, when he was 17, he moved with his family to Windham, OH, where he graduated in 1957 from Windham High School. In 1957, he tied the marital cord with Conchita Sue "Connie" Nutter (Dec. 13, 1939-2021), a native of New Lexington, OH and the daughter of Charles Rolland and Florence (Flowers) Nutter. Their four children were Thomas Joseph Denvir, David Alan Denvir, Cheryl Ann Denvir and Christopher Denvir. They were plunged into mourning at the deaths of infant son Christopher in Ravenna, OH on April 23, 1973 and teenage son David in an auto accident in 1975. Their years were lived in Windham, where he was a longtime police officer and Conchita belonged to St. Michael's Catholic Church. In 1992, he was promoted to chief and stayed in this role for three years until retirement in 1995. Said an obituary, "As a businessman, Thomas owned and operated the Windham Coffee and Pizza Shop where he enjoyed the company of his friends. He volunteered as a coach for his sons and grandsons baseball teams. He enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his grandchildren. A favorite pastime was bowling with his teammates on the Wednesday night bowling league." He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in Windham in 2006. The Denvirs' marriage dissolved in divorce. Conchita was "employed for 24 years as a medical secretary at the Windham Clinic," said an obituary, "Additionally she had been employed as a medical secretary at Robinson Memorial Hospital since 1988, moving to the Med Center in Kent, retiring in 2009. She enjoyed the Thursday Lunch Bunch in Hiram, and will be remembered for riding her John Deere, always with the 'Gilligan Hat'." Thomas was spirited away by the angel of death in the Cleveland Clinic at age 72 on Feb. 22, 2011. The remains were lowered under the sod of Windham Township Cemetery in Windham, OH, with Pastor Roy Harman leading the services. Conchita lived for another decade-plus. Death enveloped her at home at the age of 81 on May 27, 2021. Presiding over her graveside rites was Rev. James Lang.

  • Grandson Thomas Joseph Denvir (1958-2023) was born on March 22, 1958 in Ravenna, OH. He was a 1976 graduate of Windham High School. Thomas was the father of three sons -- Christopher M. Denvir, Thomas E. Denvir and Joseph T. Denver. They lived in Windham. He was employed over the years with Harbison Walker and in a part-time role with the Windham Police Department. He followed the fortunes of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League and enjoyed bowling. At the age of 65, Thoams died at UH Geauga Medical Center on Sept. 1, 2023. His remains were cremated. A celebration of his life was held at the Windham American Legion.

    Great-grandson Christopher M. Denvir wed Brandi. They dwelled in Warren Township, OH in 2023.

    Great-grandson Thomas E. Denvir II has made a home in Ravenna, OH.

    Great-grandson Joseph T. Denvir has resided in Newton Falls, OH. 

  • Grandson David Alan Denvir (1959-1975) was born on Feb. 3, 1959. His young life was cut away at age 16, on Sept. 5, 1975, the result of an automobile accident. As a passenger in a car driven by another 16-year-old, their vehicle was trying to pass when it "crashed into another car and then a utility pole on Ohio 88 near Ravenna," said the Akron Beacon Journal. He sleeps in a Windham Cemetery grave with his baby brother Christopher. Inscribed on the face of the red barre granite grave marker is this epitaph: "God's children -- they are just away, ever close in mind and heart."
  • Granddaughter Cheryl Ann Denvir was joined in wedlock with Henry Lee. She lived in Windham, OH in 2011-2023.

Daughter Eleanor Ruth Denvir (1932-2014) was born on Oct. 19, 1932 in Connellsville. Circa 1949, she was employed at the G.C. Murphy Company store in town and then by the Connellsville Manufacturing and Mine Supply Company. She was a 1950 graduate of Connellsville High School. Upon graduation she relocated to Olean, NY where her aunt and uncle, Alice and Charles Gordon, had settled. There, she worked in the shipping and receiving department of Van DerHorst Corporation of America, but returned to Connellville in 1951. In 1952, during the Korean War, she joined the U.S. Navy and trained at Bainbridge, MD. She became a seaman aprentice and in 1953 was assigned to the naval air station in Jacksonville, FL. Once her military service ended, she moved to Waverly, OH and found a job in the security department of the Goodyear Atomic Plant. In time she was joined in marriage with Richard Noel ( ? - ? ). The children in this brood were Chris Montes, Robert Wingard, Eric Noel, Loren Noel and Denise Maylone. Other of her working positions over the years were as an administrative assistant with the United Way of Portage County and in the accounting and payroll departments of the County Engineers and the County Sanitary Engineers Offices for nine years. Said an obituary, "Eleanor retired under the Public Employees Retirement System with twenty five years of full time service and three additional years of part-time service. She began employment in 1982 at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine working in the accounting department for seven years and then promoted to the bookstore manager position. She served in this position for an additional five years and retired from full time service in 1994. The next day, she was accepted for a part-time position with the Continuing Medical Education Department and retired permanently in 1998." She also was an original member of the Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, providing care for abused and abandoned dogs until they could be placed in safe homes. Death swept her away in Cleveland at the age of 81 on Oct. 3, 2014. Burial was in Homeland Cemetery in Rootstown, OH. Inscribed on her grave marker was this epitaph: "A special warm smile, A special Mom we can never replace. You gave your love your whole life through. God bless you Mom." 

  • Grandchild Chris wed Mauro Montes. The pair has resided in Edinburg, OH.
  • Grandson Robert Wingard married Deborah. They settled in Rootstown, OH.
  • Grandson Eric Noel entered into marriage with Tori. As of 2014, their dwelling-place was in Rootstown, OH.
  • Grandson Loren Noel tied the knot with Karen. They have dwelled in Rootstown.
  • Granddaughter Denise was joined in wedlock with Robert Maylone. Circa 2014, they were in Alliance, OH. 

 

~ Daughter Myrtle (Bottomley) Orndorff ~

Daughter Myrtle Bottomley (1923-1993) was born in 1923.

Circa 1940, Myrtle married Franklin Maxwell "Max" Orndorff (Feb. 18, 1917-1982), son of Joseph Jay and Alice M. (Shipley) Orndorff and originally from Ohiopyle, PA. News ot their marriage license was published in the Uniontown Morning Herald

They are not to be confused with Myrtle M. Clare (1894-1992) who wed Max Richard Orndorff (1892-1971), also of Connellsville.

Two sons borne of this union were James Matthew Orndorff and Jackson M. Orndorff. 

Max stood 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 131 lbs. He had a 10th grade education and as a teenager received semi-skilled glass production training. The Orndorffs lived in Connellsville in the early 1940s at 503 West Crawford Avenue and at 155 East Crawford Avenue. Max had no occupation in 1941, and the pair received government relief. 

During World War II, on June 29, 1943, Max joined the U.S. Army bearing the rank of private first class. He served overseas for about 18 months and was discharged on Jan. 3, 1946 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation.

Upon his return home, the pair continued to reside in Connellsville. He earned a living as a mold polisher with Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation and held a membership in the Glass Bottle Blowers Association union based in Pittsburgh. Their address in 1950 was 512 Avenue and later in 1982 was 542 Highland Avenue.

The Orndorffs are known to have traveled in 1949 to Olean, NY to attend the wedding of Myrtle's niece Margaret Jane Gordon. 

Max succumbed to the spectre of death on Nov. 17, 1982.

Sadly, Myrtle passed away on March 15, 1993. She rests for eternity at Green Ridge Memorial Park.

Son James Matthew Orndorff (1947- ? ) was born in 1947 and grew up on Highland Avenue in Connellsville. He was a 1965 graduate of Connellsville Joint High School and then majored in business education at Pennsylvania State University. Circa 1969, he was employed as a teacher with the Laurel Highlands School District. In 1969, he was united in matrimony with Catherine T. Hrezo ( ? - ? ), daughter of Joseph R. and Catherine Marie (Fiano) Hrezo of 123 Witter Avenue, Connellsville. Their vows were exchanged in St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church of Connellsville. News of the wedding was announced in the Uniontown Morning Herald. Catherine was an alumna of Geibel High School and at the time of their marriage worked as a bookkeeper for Second National Bank of Connellsville. A trio of known children produced by the couple were Brian Patrick Orndorff, Stephanie Kay Orndorff and Jamie Lynn Orndorff.

  • Grandson Brian Patrick Orndorff (1971- ? ) was born in 1971. At his sixth birthday, his photograph was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. He received his bachelor of arts in accounting and political science from Washington and Jefferson College and then went on to earn his law degree in 1997 from Duquesne University. Brian tied the knot with Christie ( ? - ? ). For 13 years, he was a tax manager with the Big Four accounting firm KMPG and dwelled in Pelham, NY. Then in 2011 joined the insurance giant AIG as senior tax director and in 2018 . He then relocated his practice to Fortitute Re.
  • Granddaughter Stephanie Kay Orndorff (1974- ? ) was born in about 1974. Her home was in Pittsburgh in 2009.
  • Granddaughter Jamie Lynn Orndorff (1976- ? ) was born in 1976. She migrated to Pittsburgh and today is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Pittsburgh South..

Son Jackson M. "Jack" Orndorff ( ? - ? )

 

~ Son Charles Bottomley ~

Son Charles Bottomley (1919-1994) was born in 1919. In 1939, at the age of 20, he married 20-year-old Violet Miner (1919-2000), a distant cousin who was the daughter of Raymond and Rebecca (Rugg) MinerSee the Miner biography for more.

 

~ Daughter Margaret (Bottomley) Lindsay ~

Daughter Margaret Bottomley (1925-2009) was born in 1925.

She married Robert E. Lindsay Sr. (July 9, 1926-1971), son of Roy and Grace (Sherrer) Lindsay of Connellsville.

Their pair of children were Robert E. Lindsay Jr. and Linda Vorrassi. 

Robert was a 1944 graduate of Dunbar High School. He then joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He went on to study at the Franklin Commercial College in Connellsville.

Robert Lindsay's employer, Anchor Hocking Glass in Connellsville 

The Lindsays' residence in 1946, at the death of Margaret's mother, was the coal mining patch town of Leisenring No. 1. Eventually they moved into Connellsville at the address of 301 South Ninth Street. Robert was employed by Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation for 25 years, attaining the position of senior industrial engineer of its Plant No. 15. He also was elected president of the Glassco Club.

The couple is known to have traveled in 1949 to Olean, NY to attend the wedding of Margaret's niece Margaret Jane Gordon.

They held a membership in the Central Fellowship Church, where he sang in the senior choir and was a trustee of the congregation. He also at one time was affiliated with the Central Methodist Church, teaching Sunday School and serving as president of the Methodist Men. Robert also was a leader in the Boy Scouts of America as scoutmaster of Troop 104 at a time when his son achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Robert also was an honorary member of the Order of the Arrow.

In early July 1971, Robert suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Connellsville State General Hospital. He died the next day, on July 7, 1971, just two days shy of what would have been his 45th birthday. 

Margaret lived in Connellsville in 2006. She passed away in 2009, reunited with her husband in death after a separation of 35 years. Their remains sleep for the ages in Green Ridge Memorial Park near Connellsville.

Daughter Linda Lindsay (1949-2023) was born on Jan. 4, 1949 in Connellsville. She was a 1966 graduate of Connellsville Joint High School. She then obtained her bachelor's degree in 1970 from California (PA) State Teachers College. Linda wed Richard Vorrasi ( ? - ? ). Together, they produced two daughters -- Kelly Vorrasi and Heather O'Nell. Their home was in Connellsville. Linda was employed for many years as a teacher at the Dunbar Township Elementary School of the Connellsville Area School District. Said an obituary, she "loved traveling and was a world traveler and she loved children, animals and she was a staunch supporter of our country's military." The Vorrasis' marriage appears to have ended in divorce. Sadly, Linda died at the age of 74, in Uniontown Hospital, on May 12, 2023. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital of Memphis.

  • Granddaughter Kelly Vorrrasi has been a companion of Steve Bigam of Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter Heather Vorrasi wed Allen O'Nell. They make a home in Adelaide, Fayette County and are the parents of Ashleigh O'Nell.

Son Robert E. Lindsay Jr. (1953-2021) was born on June 14, 1953 in Connellsville. He was a1971 graduate of Connellsville High School and was 18 years old at his father's death. In January 1977, Robert entered into marriage with Donna Halfhill ( ? - ? ). Their union endured for 44-plus years. They bore one daughter, Jessica Ryan. For 46 years, Robert earned a living with Crown Cork and Seal. The family belonged to the Faith Bible Church. Said an obituary, "Bob was a family man who loved to golf, play chess, enjoyed his Friday night card games and Yard Sales. He was always a jokester and one to lend a helping hand to anyone." Robert passed away without warning in Connellsville's Highlands Hospital at the age of 68 on Oct. 2, 2021. Rev. Barry Witt officiated the funeral service. His remains sleep for all time in the mausoleum of Green Ridge Memorial Park.

  • Granddaughter Jessica Lindsay ( ? -living) tied the marital cord with David Ryan. They dwell in Acme, PA and are the parents of Arabella Ryan. 

 

~ Son Harry E. Bottomley Sr. ~

Son Harry E. Bottomley Sr. (1926-2014) was born on Aug. 5, 1926 in Connellsville. 

At the age of seven, while playing with a dynamite cap, the cap exploded, burning Harry on the leg. He was taken to Connellsville State Hospital, but was soon released and sent home. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.

Harry wed Nada Kelly (March 15, 1922-2019), daughter of Albert and Blanche (Bigam) Kelly of Coalbrook, Fayette County. Four-plus years older than her husband, Nada grew up in the 1930s attending school in a one-room building on Bellview Road.

They resided in Connellsville, where Harry worked for Anchor Hocking Corporation as foreman of the carton department. Nada began working for Anchor Hocking in 1943 and spent 35 years with the company, retiring in 1978. The family were members of the East Connellsville United Methodist Church, and Harry belonged to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Their four children were Harry E. Bottomley Jr., Robert Miller, Betty (Miller) Casini Bellus and Connie Kaylor.

 

Harry died at home on Oct. 30, 2014, at the age of 88. Funeral services were led by Pastor Douglas Johnson, followed by burial in Green Ridge Memorial Park. In an obituary, the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that he was survived by seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Nada survived her husband by five years and remained in Connellsville. At the age of 97, on Sept. 21, 2019, she passed away in Westmoreland Hospital.

Son Harry E. Bottomley Jr. made his home with his parents in Connellsville.

Son Robert Miller married Linda. Their home was in Scottdale.

Daughter Betty Miller ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was married twice. Her first husband was Peter M. "Pete" Casini (Dec. 23, 1945-2018), future Mayor of South Connellsville. They bore two children, Kristin Marie Casini and Kelly Lynn Casini. The couple was separated by 1968, with Betty moving to Mount Pleasant. She later married William Bellus and lived in Connellsville in 2019.

  • Granddaughter Kelly Lynn Casini (1966-2011) was born on Nov. 4, 1966 in Connellsville. She studied cosmetology at Connellsville Area Vocational Technical School and later worked in Uniontown for Denny's Restaurant. Evidence suggests that she was married twice. Her first spouse was Darrell Ross ( ? -living), son of Irma Ross. They produced a son, Darrell Laki Ross. After a divorce, Kelly wedded a second time to William "Bill" Kirby Jr. ( ? -living), and they established a residence in New Salem. They were the parents of Ja'Leia Janae Kirby. Kelly died at the age of 45 on Nov. 29, 2011. Her funeral service was preached by Rev. Leonard Kirby, with burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Connellsville. An obituary was printed in the Greensburg Tribune-Review. Even more sadness cascaded over the family when son Darrell -- an acclaimed scholastic baseball, football and basketball player -- died at the age of 17 on Nov. 21, 2013. His remains were lowered into rest in Greenlick Cemetery after a funeral led by Rev. Doug Johnson.
  • Granddaughter Kristin Marie Casini was joined in marital wedlock with Paul Means. They have made a home in Connellsville.

Daughter Constance "Connie" Bottomley ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In about 1966, she wed John Raymond Kaylor (April 4, 1937-2015), son of Herman and Alice (Moran) Kaylor of South Connellsville. Their union lasted for 49 years. The Kaylors were the parents of John Kaylor Jr., Thomas Kaylor, Lori Kaylor, Deborah Kaylor and Rebecca Kaylor. They made their residence in South Connellsville and were members of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Navy and then was hired to operate a forklift at Anchor Hocking Corporation. He worked there for 33 years, from about 1960 to 1993. In his spare time, he was a charter member of the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club, a lifetime member of the South Connellsville Fire Company and president for 25 years of the local union 125 of the The Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union (GMP). He also loved bicyling and pedaled thousands of miles on the Yough River Trail. He kept a woodshop in their home, fashioning furniture and other objects, and he was a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers. Heartache enveloped the family at the deaths of their infant daughters Deborah and Rebecca . John died at the age of 78, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in nearby Morgantown, WV, on June 27, 2015. An obituary was printed in the Greensburg Tribune-Review, with Father Gerry Juarez celebrating the funeral mass and interment in St. Joseph Cemetery.

  • Grandson John Kaylor Jr. wedded Debra and lives in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Thomas Kaylor dwells in Perryopolis, Fayette County.
  • Granddaughter Lori Kaylor established a home in Greensburg, Westmoreland County.

 

~ Daughter Mary Louise (Bottomley) Breakiron ~

Daughter Mary Louise Bottomley (1931-2006) was born on July 18, 1931. 

She married Norman W. Breakiron (July 10, 1920-2013), originally from White, PA and the son of George and Edna (Shupe) Breakiron. Their marriage endured the ebbs and flows of a remarkable 56 years.  

The couple's trio of children were Kenneth E. Breakiron, Barbara E. Nogy and David W. Breakiron. 

George was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. For many years, he was employed by Local 66 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. They lived in Monongahela, PA and later at Smithton in South Huntingdon Township. Westmoreland County, PA. Said an obituary, "Norman was a hard worker and was always proud of the home he built himself."

Mary Louise passed away on New Year's Day 2006 at UPMC Montefiore in Oakland, near Pittsburgh. She was laid to rest at Olive Branch Cemetery in Rostraver Township, with Rev. Elizabeth A. Dunlap leading the funeral rites. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courierin which her mother's maiden name was spelled "Minerd."

Norman survived his bride by nearly eight years. The angel of death spirited him away at the age of 93 on Dec. 12, 2013. He was among a number of deceased military veterans honored by West Newton community during a memorial service held Nov. 11, 2014 at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, West Newton, led by Rev. Michael Milinovich and covered in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

Son Kenneth E. Breakiron entered into marriage with Lynn Renquest ( ? - ? ), daughter of Annabelle S. "Anne" (Shaffer) Renquest. They established their home in Ocala, FL as of 2006 and in Summerfield, FL by 2013, including in a Del Webb active adult community. The Breakirons are the parents of Lance Breakiron and Christina Wheeler.

  • Grandson Lance Breakiron ( ? - ? ) is married to or a companion of Christina.
  • Granddaughter Christina Breakiron ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Chris Wheeler.

Daughter Barbara E. Breakiron wed Mark Nogy ( ? - ? ), son of Martin "Streamline" and Audrey "Jean" (Spanish) Nogy. Their residence in 2000-2006 was in Belle Vernon, PA. She appears to have remained in Belle Vernon while he moved to Fayette City. Two children of this union were Brittany Nogy and Stephanie Nogy.

  • Granddaughter Brittany Nogy ( ? - ? ) appears to have been a 2006 graduate of Belle Vernon Area High School.
  • Granddaughter Stephanie Nogy ( ? - ? )

Son David W. Breakiron ( ? - ? ) lived with his parents in Smithton, PA in 2006.

 

~ Daughter Charlotte (Bottomley) Reynolds ~

Daughter Charlotte Bottomley (1935- ? ) was born in 1935 in Connellsville.

She moved to New York State as a young woman and at the age of about 21 lived with her married sister Alice Gordon in Olean, NY circa 1956. 

Did she wed Cecil J. Jackson in Olean on July 13, 1957? 

Charlotte is known to have married Ronald Reynolds ( ? - ? ).

They resided in Bradford, McKean County, PA.

 

~ Acknowledgements ~

Many thanks to Jack Lewis and the late Thomas Lewis for their permission to use their book, The Lewis Family of Oliphant Furnace, PA, as source material for this biography.

 

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