Josephine Theresa Scala Lawson, 95, of Koppel died Saturday, November 26, 2016 in Allegheny General Hospital after a short illness. Born January 3, 1921 in Chewton, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Adeline (DiTommaso) Scala. Jo was a former member of Queen of Heaven church until its closing, was a current member of Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City, where she was a member of the Christian Mothers. During World War II she worked at Ellwood Tube, then went on to work for Shenango China, and then Gaylords and Jamesway. Her favorite past times included dancing, bowling, playing bingo, playing cards, and going to the Circle of Friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Russell Lawson in 2004; her son, William Lawson, Jr.; her son-in-law, Gary Clerici; three brothers; and five sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Adele Clerici of Chippewa; her son, Richard (Jill) Lawson of Koppel; two grandchildren, Melody Clerici of Chippewa and Heather (Todd) Mattlak of Erie; two great-grandchildren, Hayley and Madison; her sister, Dolores Dando of Chewton; her daughter-in-law, Patty Lawson of Erie; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm in the Gabauer-Matter Funeral Home 3500 Third Avenue, Koppel www.gabauermatterfuneralhome.com where prayers will be held on Wednesday at 10:50am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Redeemer Church. Father Mark Thomas will officiate. Entombment will follow in Holy Redeemer Mausoleum. The family asks that contributions be made in Josephine’s name to a charity of your choice. Jo’s life revolved around her Catholic religion and her family. She prayed the rosary faithfully every day. She will be sadly missed, as she was the life of the party. You could always find her at an activity with her family or friends, and she was the driver for many of her friends.
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My condolences. I remember how Stanley was working I our barn and I fell into a pen with a mother pig and babies. I was probably about five at the time. Just in time Stanley was able to reach over the pen and pull me out before that angry Momma could take a bite. I have a scar under my nose where I hit the feeding trough! Glad to hear he had enjoyed some traveling. I remember my mom telling of the dances the Lapinski family had in their barn on 37th st. Lots of polkas.
Dear Lapinski family, So sorry for your loss. The memories came flooding back when I read your Dad's name. So many good times digging, cutting grass etc up at St. Mary's. I shot my first rifle at your farm... and learned to ride there too! I will remember your Dad with a smile telling the story of Fr. Chips sneezing and falling backwards into a "hole". I'm glad he and my Dad are together again... probably complaining that the new guys are digging "all wrong"! Warm prayers of strength for your family. Joe Corcoran
First of all I would like to extend my deepest condolences on the passing of your wife, mother and grandmother. You do not know me but Mary and Joanne were next door neighbors of my grandparents Frank and Matilda Dallas on 6th avenue. My parents Nancy and Frank Pavlinch lived with my grandparents until I was 2. Mary & Joanne took me for rides in my stroller and Mom remained friends after their parents moved to Morado. Mom would take my Grandmother to see Teresa. I remember writing Mom's Christmas cards for her and writing one to Platz . God Bless all of you as you get through this difficult time,
Rest In Peace Uncle Tom, we have many fond memories of you, you were such a character, we will always think of you in laughter,my children loved seeing their "great-uncle" they too will cherish their memories! Love from us here in Wooster Ohio...Rusty, Susan, Rick, Randy and families, so very sorry for your loss, i know how proud your Dad was of all of you!
Rest in peace my love and one day I'll meet you there! All my love! Wanda you have my sympathy Susan and Rusty.
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers to you & your family
So very sorry to hear about the loss of your father.... hugs and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time
God rest your soul cousin. You are now with the family that has gone on before you. We'll be along shortly♡