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Ida (Murray) Ritenour


Ida Ritenour

Ida (Murray) Ritenour was born on April 4, 1876 at Normalville, Fayette County, PA the daughter of Elijah and Hannah (Minerd) Murray.

At the age of nine, in May 1885, Ida was orphaned when her parents died just eight days apart. She and her sister Lucy were adopted five years later by a cousin, Richard S. and Mary Jane (Whetsel) Murray. 

Her adoptive father became tax collector of Springfield Township, and the Connellsville Daily Courier said he was "regarded as one of the most thorough men ever to be in that office…."

On April 13, 1899, at the age of 24, Ida married 39-year-old widower Aaron M. Ritenour (1861-1933), the son of Christopher and Sarah (Miller) Ritenour. They were 15 years apart in age. The Courier reported that the ceremony was performed at the home of Walter Prinkey, and that afterward, "an excellent supper was served."

Aaron’s first wife, Flora (Ritenour) Ritenour -- daughter of John G. and Emeline Ritenour -- had died in 1897, at age 27, leaving four children – Lyda Ohler, Bertha Garlick, George Ritenour and Scott W. Ritenour. 

Aaron and Ida went on to have seven children of their own – Duella Hoover, Leroy C. Ritenour, Ernest Ritenour, Anna Morgan, Mary Baird Pirl, Sarah Hoyle and Rebecca Ranker.

Aaron was a carpenter by trade, and also a timber contractor and farmer. In November 1896, the Courier reported that "While on the roof of his wagon shed…, [he] became ill, and fainted, fell a distance of 15 feet on a pile of rails and stones, bruising him considerably."



Aaron, Ida and son Ernest (left) and Ida later in life



News article, 1921

They resided at St. John’s School near Normalville. She was a member of the Melcroft Assembly of God Church, and later attended the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church at Donegal, PA. 

The marriage always seems to have been rocky. According to a newspaper article published circa 1921, in a newspaper in Indiana, PA, Ida had "left her husband 33 times during the 21 years of their married life..." At the time the story appeared, Ida was residing in or near Scottdale, Westmoreland County, PA, where she worked in a restaurant. 

She sued Aaron for non-support, and he was ordered to pay $30 a month to support her and their three youngest children. With the court award, added to her $15 a week pay, she would be able to "barely make both ends meet," she said. Aaron, on the other hand, told the newspaper that he was so old that "it is almost impossible for him to do a day's work," and that he was "puzzled to know how he is going to get the money with which to meet the court's order." A divorce finally was granted.


Daily Courier, 1933

On June 22, 1930, Aaron celebrated his 69th birthday with a party held at his home, featuring a cake with a centerpiece of 69 candles. A host of games were played, including a three-legged race and men's and boy's sack races. An article in the Daily Courier reported that attendees included the Mr. and Mrs. Ray Garlick and children of South Connellsville, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Garlick and family of Vanderbilt, Mr. and Mrs. Heiskell C. Hoover and son of Indian Head, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Ritenour and children, Leroy Ritenour and children, Ernest Ritenour, Grace and Duella Ritenour, Lida Ohler and children, Thomas Burns and Mary Baird and daughter of Scottdale, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hall and family of Connellsville, and William Hall and Lloyd Miller of Normalville.

Sadly, Aaron died at age 72, the day after Christmas, 1933, in Connellsville State Hospital. He had been stricken with an enlarged prostate gland, and was showing signs of senility. A newspaper said he succumbed to "complications." He was buried at Normalville Cemetery following funeral services in the United Brethren Church, with a mixed quartet singing some of his favorite hymns. His daughter Duella Hoover signed the death certificate.


Normalville Cemetery

Ida lived for another 35 years after the death of her former husband. She variously made her home in Scottdale and Jones Mills, PA. 

Suffering from a lingering illness, Ida resided in later years with her daughter Duella at Jones Mills. She died on Feb. 12, 1968. She is buried at the Normalville Cemetery.

The Ritenours are mentioned in Chip’s Off the Old Block’s by Kimberly (Ritenour) Gach. In a strange twist of fate, three of the children and step-children died in 1976.


~ Daughter Duella (Ritenour) Hoover ~

Daughter Duella Ritenour (1900-1977) was born on Jan. 4, 1900 in Springfield Township.

She married Heiskell C. "Happy" Hoover ( ? -1968), a native of Jennings, MD and the son of George and Elizabeth (Bowers) Hoover. As they courted in 1917-1918, they often spent Sundays visiting at the home of Duella's parents at Normalville.

They made their home over the years in Donegal, Melcroft and Indian Head, Fayette County and were members of the Melcroft Assembly of God Church. 

The couple had one son, Forrest Duane Hoover.

Happy worked in coal mines of Indian Head and Melcroft, PA for 31 years, and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and the Donegal Post of the American Legion. Sadly, he died on Jan. 17, 1968. 

Duella outlived her husband by nine years. She passed away in Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant at the age of 77 on Jan. 11, 1977. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery with Rev. Roger Pence officiating.

Son Forrest Duane Hoover lived in Indian Head and had six children.


Indian Head, Fayette County


~ Son Leroy Ritenour ~

Son Leroy C. Ritenour (1901-1976) was born on Nov. 30, 1901 in Normalville.

He "was a life long resident of the Normalville area and a retired farmer and carpenter," said the Courier. "He was a member of the Hampton Church of God."

Leroy married Emma E. (Hostetler) McGuire Fisch ( ? -1972), also spelled "Fish." She had been married twice before, to Thomas McGuire and (?) Fisch, and brought these children to the marriage -- Eugene V. McGuire,Gilbert W. Fisch and Merle G. Fisch.

Leroy and Emma went on to produce nine more children of their own -- Wayne Ritenour, Vane Avey, Dollie Sanner, Ruth Hyatt, Beatrice Eutsey, Shirley Jaynes, Darrell L. Ritenour, Leroy R. Ritenour Jr. and Reid D. Ritenour. Grief cascaded over the family when son Wayne died in infancy.

Sadly, Emma died on Nov. 16, 1972. 

Leroy lived for another three and a half years in Connellsville. He was stricken on March 13, 1976. He was rushed to Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant where he was pronounced dead on arrival at the age of 74. The Daily Courier reported that he was survived by 34 grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mount Tabor Cemetery following funeral rites held at the Pleasant Hills United Methodist Church, with Rev. Carl Ritenour and Rev. E.J. Marker officiating. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Vane Duella Ritenour (1923-2015) was born on April 30, 1923 in Normalville,. She married George "Craig" Avey (1924-1971) and had one daughter, Gloria Migliaccio. The Aveys lived in Washington, DC where Vane was employed as a cashier in a Piggly Wiggly Supermarket and as a waitress at Dulles International Airport. She maintained her membership in the Mount Tabor Church of God. Sadly, Craig passed away on Sept. 18, 1971, at the age of 47. His remains were interred in Mount Tabor Cemetery. Vane returned to Normalville at some point where she spent the balance of her long life. She died at home at the age of 91 on April 8, 2015.

  • Granddaughter Gloria Avey wedded (?) Migliaccio.

Daughter Dollie Ritenour (1924-2015) was born on Christmas Day 1924 in Connellsville. She was wedded to Benjamin Franklin Sanner (1922-1990), son of George Arnold and Effie May (Stillwagon) Sanner. During World War II, Benjamin served as a private in the U.S. Army. After the war, the Sanners dwelled in Connellsville and produced four children -- Eugene D. Sanner, Oma Lee Resrode, Bonnie L. Sanner and Christina Sanner. Benjamin died on July 2, 1990, with burial in Mount Tabor Cemetery. Dollie survived him by a quarter of a century. She joined him in death on Sept. 5, 2015, in Connellsville. [Find-a-Grave]

  • Grandson Eugene D. Sanner lived in Uniontown.
  • Granddaughter Oma Lee Sanner ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married (?) Rexrode and resided in Virginia.
  • Granddaughter Bonnie L. Sanner (1954-2020) was born on Jan. 17, 1954 in Connellsville. She never married. During the Vietnam War, she served in the U.S. Army. Later, she returned to Connellsville and was self-employed as a hair stylist. As her health failed, she was admitted to Excela Westmoreland Hospital in nearby Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA. She succumbed there to death at the age of 66 on Jan. 17, 2020. She received a military funeral, led by Rev. Keith Solomon and with rites provided by the local Americal Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, and interment in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Christina Sanner made her home for many years in Connellsville.

Daughter Ruth Ritenour ( ? - ? )was united in matrimony with John Hyatt and in 1976 resided in Connellsville.

Daughter Beatrice Ritenour ( ? - ? )married Kenneth Eutsey and lived in Connellsville.

Daughter Shirley V. Ritenour ( ? - ? )was united in wedlock with James "Frank" Jaynes, son of James S. Jaynes of East Connellsville. Circa 1959, they lived in Aliquippa, Beaver County, PA, where Frank was employed at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport in the aircraft control department. By 1976, they  had relocated to Amherst, OH. They had at least two daughters -- Betsy Lee Jaynes and Amy Elizabeth Jaynes.

  • Granddaughter Betsy Lee Jaynes
  • Granddaughter Amy Elizabeth Jaynes


Greater Pittsburgh Airport, 1950s, where James Frank Jaynes worked.


Son Darrell L. Ritenour ( ? - ? )lived in Normalville.

Son Leroy R. Ritenour Jr. ( ? - ? )dwelled in Elyria, OH.

Son Reid D. Ritenour ( ? - ? ) joined the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1955. After his military discharge, he married Dorothy Pirl, daughter of Joseph and Mildred Pirl of Normalville. They were wed in January 1960 in a quiet ceremony at the Connellsville Church of God. They resided in Elyria, OH, where Reid was employed by General Motors Corporation.

Stepson Gilbert W. Fisch/Fish (1915-1991) was born on May 19, 1915. He married Anetta J. Fisch (1925-1997). They were a decade apart in age. Gilbert served in the U.S. Army during World War II. They made their home in Connellsville. Gilbert died on July 22, 1991. Anetta passed away six years later on Jan. 27, 1997. They are buried in Mount Tabor Cemetery.

Stepson Merle G. Fisch/Fish ( ? - ? ) called Connellsville home in the mid-1970s.

Stepson Eugene V. McGuire (1920-2012) was born on Dec. 10, 1920 in Connellsville. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army and was deployed to the Philippine Islands and Japan. After the war's end, at the age of 26, he relocated to Elyria, OH, where he spent the rest of his long life. Then in 1949, he was united in the bonds of wedlock with Oma Monhollen ( ? - ? ). Their marriage endured for 63 years. The couple did not reproduce. For 27 years, he was employed by Ridge Tool in Elyria, progressing to the position of repairman for customer service. He was a longtime member of Midway Baptist Church and gave of his time as a deacon, organist and pianist. Reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, he "enjoyed quartet singing and piano playing and spent many hours visiting shut-ins in the nursing home, blessing them with his music." At the age of 91, on Aug. 26, 2012, he passed away at the Wesleyan Village of Elyria. burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in South Amherst, OH, with Rev. Charles Keesee preaching the funeral sermon.


~ Daughter Amy "Anna" (Ritenour) Morgan ~

Daughter Amy " Anna" Ritenour (1903 -1988) was born in about 1903. 

She married Thomas A. Morgan ( ? - ? ).

They resided in Scottdale and had nine sons -- Paul Morgan, John E. Morgan, Thomas Morgan, Robert Aloysius Morgan, Dennis Morgan, Anna Irish, Betty Maglicco, Mary Theresa Katona and Owen Morgan.


A bird's-eye view of industrial Scottdale


In 1976, Anna lived in Phoenix, presumably with one of her daughters. She passed away in 1988, at the age of 85. Her remains were lowered into eternal rest in Normalville Cemetery.

Son John E. Morgan (1925-2004) was born in 1925. He was "a former employee of the former Ruth Lumber Co., of Scottdale, and previously had been employed with the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad," said the Courier. He died in 2004.

Son Robert Aloysius Morgan (1927-2016) was born on Oct. 18, 1927 in Scottdale. On May 26, 1951, when he was age 24, Robert married 20-year-old Marjorie Lee (1931-2009), daughter of John S. and Dorothy (Kreinbrook) DeLuca. Their four children were Robert Alan "Red" Morgan, John Patrick Morgan, Cindy Boley and Kathleen Morgan. They resided in Morgan Road in Scottdale. During the post-World War II years, from 1945 to 1949, Robert served in the U.S. Navy. Later, he was employed for 29 years as a millwright with Teledyne Summerill in Scottdale. He was a member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church of Scottdale, the Scottdale Veterans of Foreign Wars post, East Huntington Sportsmen's Club and the 30-06 Club. He also enjoyed spending time at the Brownfield Community Center and with senior citizen groups. Marjorie was a longtime clerk for the County of Westmoreland, from 1968 to 1984. She also served as a Democratic Committee woman for East Huntington Township. Said the Greensburg Tribune-Review, Marjorie "loved to travel and enjoyed taking cruises with her family. She was a great hostess and loved to cook and entertain her family and friends. Her devotion and love were unconditional and never ending to her family." Sadly, Marjorie passed away on Nov. 17, 2009, ending their union of many decades. He lived for another seven years and passed into eternity at age 88 on Jan. 25, 2016. A funeral mass was led by Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki. 

  • Grandson Robert Alan “Red” Morgan married Shirley Lane.
  • Grandson John Patrick Morgan was wedded to Janine Vies.
  • Granddaughter Cindy Morgan was united in matrimony with Donald Allison Boley, son of Richard H. and Margaret SW. (Allison) Boley. They had three children - Eron Allison Boley, Craig M. Boley and Brett P. Boley. In 2002, they made their home in Humble, TX. Tragedy struck the family when 19-year-old son Eron -- a lieutenant colonel with the Civil Air Patrol, and a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University -- died of injuries on Sept. 15, 2002 from an automobile accident in Daytona Beach, FL, in which he was a passenger.
  • Granddaughter Kathleen Morgan 


~ Daughter Mary (Ritenour) Baird Pirl ~

Daughter Mary Ritenour ( ? - ? ) was born in about (?). 

She was married twice, first to (?) Baird. They lived in Scottdale in 1930 and had one daughter. 

By 1933, Mary had moved back to Normalville.

She married again to (?) Pirl ( ? - ? ).

In 1976, she made her home in Jones Mill, PA.


~ Son Ernest Ritenour ~

Son Earnest Ritenour (1905- ? ) was born in about 1905 at Foxburg, Fayette County.

Following his father's occupation, Ernest was a lumberman of the Normalville area. 

On July 26, 1934, at Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA, he married Ellen Basinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Basinger of Rogers Mills, Fayette County. On the same day and at the same place, in a double wedding officiated by a justice of the peace, Ellen's sister Violet Basinger was united in wedlock with Elmer Shultz, son of Samuel and Mary (Fulton) Shultz. 

The Ritenours lived in Connellsville and had five children -- Etta Marie Hall, Luella Ritenour, Ida Elizabeth Ritenour, Ernest William Ritenour and Kenneth Eugene Ritenour. 

In July 1959, the Ritenours and the Shultzes celebrated their mutual 25th wedding anniversaries, with an article appearing in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Daughter Etta Marie Ritenour married Carl Hall and resided in Connellsville.


Rebecca Ranker

~ Daughter Rebecca (Ritenour) Ranker ~

Daughter Rebecca Ritenour (1912- ? ) was born in 1912. 

In the early 1930s, she resided with her divorced mother in Scottdale, Fayette County and was considered as "a popular member of Scottdale's younger set," said the Connellsville Daily Courier.

On June 10, 1933, at the age of 21, Rebecca married Eugene J. Ranker (1910-1964), son of John and Clara Ranker of Fairview Avenue in Connellsville. 


Rebecca and her mother

The ceremony was held in the Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. Henry Geibel officiating. In a headline article about what it called "an attractive and interesting wedding," the Daily Courier reported that Rebecca "wore a charming gown of shell pink organza over taffeta of the same hue, with a pale blue taffeta, sash, a pink horsehair picture hat, blue slippers and white gloves. She carried an arm bouquet of pin, rosebuds, blue delphinium and baby breath tied with blue taffeta ribbon." Eugene's sister Cornelia Ranker served as maid of honor, and his friend Leo Duncan was best man.

At the time of marriage, Eugene was employed as manager of Mason Motor Company. They made their home on South Hickory Street and later at 509 South Chestnut Street in Scottdale. By 1936, he was working for Scottdale Motor Company. An avid golfer, he was a member of Pleasant Valley Country Club and in 1948 served on its swimming pool committee and was involved in planning social activities. He also belonged to the Elks Club of Scottdale.

They produced these children -- Shirley Jean Sloan Stewart, Linda J. Ranker and Antoine "Toni" Rocksund.

Eugene owned the automobile business in Scottdale, Fayette County, PA for 10 years. They then made the decision to move to Florida in 1950, and established another Ranker Motors in Fort Myers. Their address was 4325 Princeton Street.


Daily Courier

Eugene died in Fort Myers, FL, in August 1964, at the age of 54. 

Today, Eugene's nephew, John Ranker, owns the Ranker dealership in Connellsville.

Rebecca survived her husband by many years.

Daughter Shirley Jean Ranker (1935- ? ) was born in about 1935. At the age of 10 she underwent throat surgery at Frick Memorial Hospital in Mount Pleasant, PA. She moved to Fort Myers, FL with her parents in about 1950. Three years later, in March 1953, she was pictured in a full-page layout of the Fort Myers News-Press. The Daily Courier described the image showing Shirley "perched in the rigging of a shrimp boat. Festooned behind her are the nets. Miss Ranker, clad in a bathing suit, gives real appeal to the photograph." At the time, she was a freshman at the University of Miami. On June 18, 1955, Shirley was wedded to David Clifton Sloan ( ? - ? ), son of Thomas C. Sloan of Decatur, AL. The nuptials were held in the First Methodist Church of Fort Myers, with Rev. John J. Rooks officiating. In reporting on the wedding, the Daily Courier said that Shirley graduated from Charron William Commercial College in Miami and had attended the University of Miami for two years. David, a graduate of Florida Power and Light Electrical School, was an electrical journeyman for the company in Fort Myers. They had one son, Randall E.R. Sloan. Later, by the early 1960s, she married for a second time, to Edward S. Stewart ( ? - ? ). The couple produced one daughter of their own, Margo Schlotterbeck.

  • Grandson Randall E.R. Sloan ( ? - ? )
  • Granddaughter Margo Stewart (1963-2014) was born in about 1963 and grew up in Fort Myers. She married Paul R. Schlotterbeck ( ? - ? ) and lived in Fairview, NC. Their three children were Joseph Schlotterbeck, Thomas Schlotterbeck and Rebecca Schlotterbeck. The couple eventually divorced. Margo died in Fairview at the age of 51 on Aug. 12, 2014. An obituary was published in the News Press.

Daughter Linda J. Ranker (1943- ? ) was born in about 1943.

Daughter Antoine "Toni" Ranker (1949-2010) was born on Sept. 13, 1949 in Frick Memorial Hospital in Mount Pleasant. In about 1992, Toni married Russell A. Rocksund ( ? - ? ). They resided in Tennessee and Florida and had these children -- Jeanette R. Debiram, Joanne L. Ley, Justin R. Rocksund and Andrea R. Stricklin. Toni served as recording secretary of the Pilot Club of Fort Myers. Over the years, Toni graciously and unselfishly provided important material for this Minerd.com webpage. Sadly, Toni died on Feb. 9, 2010, in Florida, at the age of 60. Funeral services were held at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Fort Myers.


Sarah Hoyle

~ Daughter Sarah Agnes (Ritenour) Hoyle ~

Daughter Sarah Agnes Ritenour (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906.

On April 26, 1926, when she was 20 years of age, Sarah married Kenneth A. Hoyle ( ? -1975). He was the son of William and Sabina (Gates) Hoyle of the Browntown community in South Everson, Westmoreland County, PA. 

As an 18-year-old in 1922, Kenneth had endured a freak injury to his face, hands and knees after falling to the pavement from the window of a trolley car. 

The couple produced these six known children -- Kenneth A. Hoyle Jr., Colleen Schwartz, Mildred Lorraine Connors, Doris Shipley, Beatrice Eckenrod and Kenneth A. Hoyle Jr. II.

Heartache rocked the family when son Kenneth Jr. died at the age of only three hours, on Jan. 16, 1926, following a protracted labor and delivery using mechanical instruments. When Sarah bore another son in later years, he too was given the name "Kenneth A. Hoyle Jr."


National Tube furnaces, McKeesport


In the 1940s and '50s, they dwelled at 5 Fifth in Scottdale, Fayette County. Kenneth was employed by National Tube Division of U.S. Steel Corporation in McKeesport, near Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA. He retired in 1951.

Kenneth was pronounced dead upon arrival at Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant on July 21, 1975. Interment was in Green Ridge Memorial Park, with Rev. Robert B. Patton officiating. An obituary in the Daily Courier said there were 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Daughter Colleen Hoyle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On Jan. 6, 1948, she married Daniel W. Schwartz ( ? - ? ), son of Minnie Schwartz of Owensdale, PA. The ceremony was held at the home of the bride's parents in Scottdale, with Rev. Paul Morris officiating from the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Owensdale. Daniel had been married and divorced previously. They had these known children -- Kenneth C. Schwartz, Donald Eugene Schwartz, Tina Haney, Gary Schwartz, Ronald Schwartz and Kevin Schwartz. The couple eventually separated in the late 1960s or early '70s, with Daniel making a home in Everson, Westmoreland County. In the 1960s and '70s, Colleen lived in Scottdale in the home of her parents at 5 Fifth Avenue. During the Vietnam War, she worried as her son joined the U.S. Army. On day in 1967, the telephone rang with a call from her son's girlfriend. She had a copy of the August 1967 issue of Teen Life Magazine, featuring a photograph of Kenneth posing with Johnny Crawford, the teenager who co-starred with Chuck Connors in the popular television show Rifleman. Both men were serving in the Army when the image was snapped during the filming of a training movie in which both appeared. Colleen then obtained a copy of the magazine from a local news dealer. At the time, Kenneth was stationed at Fort Bliss, TX but soonafter shipped out to Korea for assignment at Kunson Air Force Base.

  • Grandson Kenneth C. Schwartz served in Korea during the Vietnam War. He married Susan (?).
  • Grandson Donald Eugene Schwartz (1962-2014) was born on Jan. 4, 1962 in Mount Pleasant. "Growing up his father figure and mentor was William Siegel," said a newspaper. On Oct. 24, 1981, he married his high school sweetheart, Janie Keller ( ? - ? ). The couple had one son, William Schwartz. They resided in Garland, TX, where for more than three decades Donald was employed by Lincoln Property Company as a service technician. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. In about 2008, he was diagnosed with cancer of the brain. He fought the disease for eight years and died on May 10, 2014. Said the family in a statement: "Normally you would hear people say that the person with cancer lost the fight, but we believe Don won the battle. He is now cancer free with his Heavenly Father." 
  • Granddaughter Tina Schwartz married (?) Haney. 
  • Grandson Gary Schwartz was wedded to Cathie Schmek. Their address in 1973 was 9 Second Avenue in Scottdale. They had at least one daughter, Prudence Rebecca Schwartz.
  • Grandson Ronald Schwartz 
  • Grandson Kevin Schwartz was united in matrimony with Jackie (?).

Daughter Mildred Lorraine Hoyle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In about 1947, she was united in holy wedlock with Robert L. Connors ( ? - ? ), son of David Connors of Maple Street in nearby Everson. At the time, Robert was employed with R.E. Uptegraff Manufacturing Company in Scottdale. They lived at 7 Fifth Avenue in Scottdale had one son, Kenneth Lloyd Connors. On March 9, 1953, when she was age 24, Mildred left home without telling her family where she was going. Newspapers described her as five feet, four inches tall, "of slight build," with hazel eyes and auburn hair. Eventually the couple reunited. They lived in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County in the 1970s.

  • Grandson Kenneth Lloyd Connors 

Daughter Doris Hoyle (1939- ? ) was born in about 1939. At the age of 11, as reported by the Connellsville Daily Courier, she underwent surgery for appendicitis at Frick Memorial Hospital in Mount Pleasant. She married Lewis Shipley ( ? - ? ) and made their residence in 1975 in Scottdale.

Daughter Beatrice Loretta Hoyle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In 1958, she married Joseph Robert Eckenrod ( ? - ? ), the son of William and Mildred (Miller) Eckenrod of Mount Pleasant. The couple obtained their marriage license in Indiana County (PA). They initially resided with Beatrice's parents at 5 Fifth Avenue in Scottdale in 1958. They had one known child, Ricky D. Eckenrod. By 1965, they had relocated to Texas, making their place of dwelling in Mesquite, where they remained for many years.

  • Grandson Ricky D. Eckenrod (1957- ? ) was born on Nov. 22, 1957 and on his first birthday was pictured in the Connellsville Daily Courier.


~ Stepdaughter Lyda (Ritenour) Ohler ~

Stepdaughter Lyda Ritenour (1877-1942) was born on July 15, 1877. 

On Oct. 3, 1907, at the age of 20, she was united in matrimony with 28-year-old Daniel Ohler (1877-1965). He was the son of John and Susan (Grimm) Ohler and resided in Normalville at the time. Justice of the peace A.G.C. Sherbondy officiated at the wedding.

They made their home in Connellsville and attended the Mount Tabor Church of God. Their children were George Ohler, Henry Ohler, Richard Ohler, Ira Ohler, Harold Ohler, Scott Ohler and Edith Davis.

Suffering from heart valve disease and rheumatic fever, Lydia died on Dec. 23, 1942, at the age of 55. H.D. Ohler of 224˝ Wilbur Avenue in Columbus, OH signed the official certificate of death. Burial was in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.

Daniel survived his bride by 23 years and made his home in Laurelville. He died in Uniontown, PA at the age of 88 on Sept. 27, 1965. Burial was in Mount Tabor Cemetery with Rev. Samuel Weibel officiating at the funeral.

Son George W. Ohler (1911-1940) was born on July 29, 1911. He never married. For four years, starting in about 1936, he lived on the farm of D.J. Beachley in Berlin, Somerset County, where he earned a living as a farm hand. On the fateful day of July 19, 1940, just 10 days before what would have been his 29th birthday, George shot himself in a suicide. His remains were placed into eternal repose in Mount Tabor Cemetery.

Son Henry Ohler (1905-1963) was born in about 1905 near Normalville. He married Mary (?) and relocated to Columbus, OH. They did not reproduce. Henry died in April 1963 in Columbus, and the Daily Courier noted that the funeral and interment was in Columbus.

Son Richard Ohler lived in Normalville.

Son Ira Ohler made his home in Connellsville.

Son Harold Ohler dwelled in Connellsville.

Son Scott Ohler resided in Mount Pleasant.

Daughter Helen "Edith" Ohler married Robert Davis. In 1963, they resided in Dunbar, Fayette County and in 1965 in Lemont Furnace near Uniontown, PA.


~ Stepdaughter Bertha (Ritenour) Garlick ~

Stepdaughter Bertha Ritenour (1897-1976) was born on April 4, 1897 in Springfield Township. 

When she was age 18, living at Normalville, she married 23-year-old Connellsville resident Raymond Garlick ( ? -1968). He was the son of William and Elizabeth Garlick and employed as a laborer at the time. Justice of the peace Ivan G. Sherbondy led the marriage ceremony held on June 4, 1915 at the home of A.G.C. Sherbondy. 

The Ritenours had seven children -- H.R. Garlick, Ray R. Garlick, Glenn G. Garlick, Eleanor Marie Garlick, Freida Schroyer, Sarah Elizabeth Shaffer and Pearl Honse. They also raised a grandson, David W. Garlick.

For many years, their home was in South Connellsville, where they operated a general store. Active in the community, Bertha was a member of the Daughters of America, Daughters of Veterans of the Civil War, Edna Rebekah Lodge of Connellsville, Dames of Malta, Nature Study Club and Happy Twelve Club. During World War II, she volunteered in the Connellsville Canteen. Bertha attended the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run and belonged to the Albright United Methodist Church.

Sadly, Raymond passed away in 1968. 

Bertha survived for another eight years and maintained her home at 210 West Allegheny Avenue in South Connellsville. At the age of 79, she died in Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant on Oct. 17, 1976. The Daily Courier noted in an obituary that she was survived by 22 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Son H.R. Garlick lived in South Connellsville.

Son Ray R. Garlick Sr. (1931-2018) was born on Christmas Eve 1931 in Connellsville. He was united in holy matrimony with Bertha "Jane" Mitchell (Jan. 21, 1933-2014), daughter of Russell and Sally Mae (Linderman) Mitchell of Humbert, Somerset County. They made residence in South Connellsville and were together for 61 years until the separation of death. The couple produced these five children -- Carol Ann Loughran, Ray R. Garlick Jr., Sharlene Dawn Adanitsch, Janie Fawn Garlick and James Michael Garlick. Ray had a strong work ethic and gravitated toward leadership positions in whatever he chose to do. He founded his own firm, Ray R. Garlick Builder and Home Improvement and was self-employed until retirement. He then went to work as a van driver with Professional Transport, Inc., only stepping down at age 80. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, "He served in the Army National Guard, 110th Infantry Medical Company, being called to active duty during the Korean War under Eisenhower and was stationed in Ulm, Germany. He was awarded the permanent rank of Corporal and was discharged as a Sergeant. He was most proud of his service to our country.... He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being around his family." Active in the community, he was a member and leader of the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Department, South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Local No. 9, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 21 of Connellsville, Albright United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 21 of Connellsville.He helped to construct the Singing Tower at Green Ridge Memorial Park and, as a masonry expert, achieved the status of master mechanic. While a Boy Scout master in South Connellsville, he led the only Sea Scout Ship Troop in the Fayette/Westmoreland County Chapter, sponsored by the Connellsville Elks. Bertha Jane earned income of her own at South Connellsville Elementary School, McCrory's Department Store, Leon's Department Store and Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. Sadly, the Garlicks endured the death of their daughter Carol Ann Loughran. Bertha Jane passed away on Aug. 20, 2014. Ray survived as a widower for about three-and-a-half years, and joined his wife in death at the age of 86 on Feb. 22, 2018 as a patient in Kane Glen Hazel Regional Center in Pittsburgh. Rev. Dr. Marvin Watson officiated at the funeral, with military honors provided by the American Legion Honor guard and Connellsville Veterans of Foreign Wars.

  • Granddaughter Carol Ann Garlick (1955-1996) was born in 1955. She received a degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. A talented musician, she played clarinet while touring Europe as a member of the American Youth Band. In 1980, when she was 25 years of age, she married Bernard Joseph "Buddy" Loughran (1952- ? ) III, a native of Darby, PA. The couple produced two children -- Kathleen R. Loughran and Daniel "Danny" Loughran. They relocated to California and were residents of Downey, later moving to Fremont, Alameda County in abouit 1982. The couple eventually divorced. While in Fremont, Carol was employed by Novell for 18 years as a financial analyst, and she was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church. Sadly, she was stricken with breast cancer and joined Mothers with Breast Cancer Support Group. Unable to beat the illness, she died on April 26, 1996, at the age of 40.Interment was in the Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, CA. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American, asking that any memorial donations be made to the Carol Ann Loughran Trust Fund to cover the cost of medical equipment for families.
  • Grandson Ray R. Garlick Jr. married Paula. Their home in 1996-2018 was in Belle Vernon, PA.
  • Granddaughter Sharlene Dawn Garlick married (?) Adanitsch.She lived in Mill Run, Fayette County in 1996 and today dwells in Front Royal, VA.
  • Granddaughter Janie Fawn Garlickwedded (?) Orndorff. They divorced, and she makes her residence in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Grandson James Michael Garlicklived in Scottdale in 1996 and in Normalville, Fayette County in 2018.

Son Glenn G. Garlick 

Daughter Eleanor Marie Garlick (-1920-) died at birth the day after Christmas 1920, arriving as a breech birth. Her tender remains were placed into repose in Chestnut Hill Cemetery.

Daughter Freida Garlick ( ? -1974) was born in (?). She married (?) Schroyer. She died in 1974.

Daughter Sarah Elizabeth Garlick was wedded to (?) Shaffer. She lived in South Connellsville in 1976.

Daughter Pearl Garlick married Charles Honse ( ? - ? ). They made their residence in Mill Run, Fayette County.


~ Stepson George Ritenour ~

Stepson George W. Ritenour (1892-1972) was born in about 1892. He earned a living as a young man as a farm laborer, living under the roof of his father and stepmother.

At the age of 24, on Dec. 7, 1915, he was wedded to 18-year-old Clarabelle Marie Thompson (1897-1950), daughter of John and Nancy (Shaffer) Thompson of Springfield Township. Justice of the peace Ivan G. Sherbondy officiated, with the nuptials held at the residence of John Grim.

The Ritenours lived in McClellandtown, Fayette County and went on to produce six children -- Herbert Ritenour, Robert Ritenour, Hazel Bender, Bertha Shaw, Dolores Poole and Violet Ritenour. 

Sadly, Clarabelle suffered from what physicians called "excessive obesity" in addition to heart and artery problems. She died in Uniontown Hospital at the age of 53, on Sept. 1, 1950, ending their marriage of 35 years. 

George spent his final time in their home in Mount Sterling, PA and died there at the age of 81 on Nov. 24, 1972. An obituary in the Daily Courier said he was survived by 17 grandchildren. After a funeral service held in McClellandtown, near Uniontown, his remains were transported to Mount Tabor Cemetery for interment.

Son Herbert Ritenour lived at Gates Hill in Adah, Fayette County in 1972.

Son Robert Ritenour dwelled in Masontown, Fayette County. 

Daughter Hazel Ritenour married Walter Bender and made their home in Ashland, OH. 

Daughter Bertha Ritenour was wedded to William Shaw and lived in Mount Sterling. 

Daughter Dolores Ritenour married Albert Poole and dwelled in Mount Sterling. 

Daughter Violet Ritenour lived with her father in 1972.


~ Stepson Scott W. Ritenour ~

Stepson Scott W. Ritenour (1893-1976) was born on Sept. 6, 1893 in Springfield Township. His middle initial also has been given as "E."

He earned a living as a young man as a farm laborer. 

He married Mary J. ( ? -1972). They produced five children -- Raymond O. Ritenour, Woodrow W. Ritenour, John H. Ritenour, J. Harold Ritenour and Dorothy Clark. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, Scott was "a lifelong resident of Springfield Township, a retired farmer and lumberman, and a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where he was an honorary deacon, a former Sunday school superintendent, and held other church offices."

Mary passed away in 1972.

Scott died at home at the age of 82 on June 19, 1976. The Daily Courier counted his survivors as 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Son Raymond O. Ritenour lived in Normalville in 1976.

Son Woodrow W. Ritenour made his home in St. Albans, WV in the mid-1970s.

Son John H. Ritenour died in 1964.

Son J. Harold Ritenour resided in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA.

Daughter Dorothy Ritenour married Harry Clark and dwelled in Connellsville.


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