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Venetta Pearl (Minerd) 
McLaughlin Sawyer


Venetta Pearl (Minerd) Sawyer was born on March 2, 1900 in Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Andrew and Anna (Kissinger) Minerd

At the age of 16, on Nov. 28, 1916, Venetta married 22-year-old George A. McLaughlin Sr. (1894-1934), son of Sam and tillie (Johnston) McLaughlin, and a native of Tyler, Texas. They eloped and were joined in matrimony at Wellsburg, Brooke County, WV. She fibbed and gave her age as 21 on the marriage license. 

They had three children -- Hershell D. McLaughlin, Lillian Betty Ruble and George A. McLaughlin Jr.

When the federal census was taken in 1920, the McLaughlins made their home on Hazelwood Avenue in Pittsburgh. George was employed as an optician in an optical firm. 

By 1930, the growing family made its home along Pine Creek Road in Franklin Park, near Wexford, Allegheny County. George Sr.'s occupation was as clerk for B. Dale Dickson's grocery store in Ingomar.

Heartache rocked the family when George was afflicted with acute lobar pneumonia right before Christmas 1934. He died on Dec. 30, 1934 at the age of 38. Burial was in Richland Cemetery, with funeral arrangements handled by Brandt Funeral Home in Perrysville.

Later, Venetta wed Harry P. Sawyer (1908-1972), the son of John and Julia Sawyer of Pine Township in Pittsburgh's North Hills. She was eight years younger than her husband. They had one son, Harry E. Sawyer.

For many years, the Sawyers resided at 308 Pine Road, McCandless Township in the Ingomar community of Pittsburgh's North Hills. Harry was the proprietor of Sawyer and Son.

Harry suffered a heart attack and was admitted to North Hills Passavant Hospital, where he died at age 64 on Aug. 15, 1972. An obituary in the North Hills News Record noted that he was survived by a dozen grandchildren.

Venetta outlived her husband by more than seven years. 

She passed away on Nov. 6, 1979, at the age of 79. Following funeral services at Brandt Funeral Home in Perrysville, she was laid to rest with her husband at Allegheny County Memorial Park, next to her mother and brother Hershell Minerd.


~ Son Hershel D. McLaughlin ~

Son Hershel McLaughlin (1919- ? ) was born in about 1919.

Unmarried at age 21, in 1940, he lived at home with his mother and stepfather in Franklin Park, and was employed as a laborer at a steel mill.

Nothing more about him is known.


~ Son George A. McLaughlin Jr. ~

Son George A. McLaughlin Jr. (1922- ? ) was born in about 1922.

He grew up in Franklin Park in the North Hills suburbs of Pittsburgh.

In 1972, he dwelled in Tyler, TX.


~ Daughter Lillian Betty (McLaughlin) Ruble ~

Daughter Lillian Betty McLaughlin ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

She was united in holy wedlock with Victor Ruble ( ? - ? ).

The Rubles made their residence in St. Petersburg, FL in the early 1970s.


~ Son Harry E. Sawyer ~

Son Harry E. Sawyer (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938.

He apparently was married twice -- first to Wilma E. King ( ? - ? ), daughter of William J. King of Pittsburgh. They were wed on Oct. 8, 1962, at the St. Henry Roman Catholic Church in Pittsburgh. Wilma was pictured in a story about the wedding in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. At the time of marriage, Harry was a partner with his father in Sawyer and Son, while Wilma worked at Screw and Bolt Corporation of America.

They lived at 5900 Babcock Boulevard, and were members of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church near the intersection of McKnight Road and Siebert Road in Ross Township.

Harry's second wife was Esther Watson ( ? - ? ), daughter of Fred and Esther Watson of Bellevue, near Pittsburgh. They made their home in the early 1970s at 130 Hillvue Lane in McCandless. 

Harry had two children -- Yvonne Michele Sawyer and Diane Carol Sawyer. Several of the children's births were announced over the years in the North Hills News Record. He also had these step-children from his wife's earlier marriage, who took his name but were never formally adopted -- James Sawyer, Robert Sawyer and Denise Sawyer.

In 1974, Harry was employed as an engineer with the Penn Central Railroad.


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