Richard Gerald Oswald, 72, of Chippewa Twp., went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
Born November 27, 1943, in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Richard F. and Harriet A. (Stillwagon) Oswald. He was an active member of St. Monica’s Parish in Chippewa. Richard was a dedicated teacher in the Blackhawk School District for 37 years, and could frequently be found volunteering there even after retirement. He founded the Junior Historians Club, where he sponsored numerous student trips. He also produced and directed annual middle school plays, the most well known being “The Legend of Barbara Davidson.” You could always count on him to tell a good ghost story, teach you something new about history, lend you a helping hand, or make you laugh with a joke. He was a former member and past president of the Blackhawk School Board. Richard was a published novelist, softball umpire, avid golfer, and an enthusiastic Steelers fan.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sharen H. (Cepris) Oswald; his children, Meredith Oswald-Oliver of Patterson Twp., Richard K. and Carli Oswald of Hartville, OH, and Emily and Matthew Milbert of Durham, NC; his brother, James (Patti) Oswald of Catonsville, MD; his sisters, Susan (Larry) Kaufman and Joyce Oswald, both of Beaver; his sister-in-law, Patty Oswald of Chippewa Twp.; his brother-in-law, Rick (Lyn) Cepris of Erie; his four grandchildren, Zachary Oliver, and Ashlyn, Richard Neal and Cason Oswald; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David Oswald.
Friends will be received Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from Noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., www.gabauerluttonfuneralhome.com, where prayers will be held on Saturday at 9:20 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Monica’s, Darlington site. Father Kim Schreck will officiate.
Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made, in Richard’s name, to the Blackhawk Foundation, 500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls PA 15010 or the Knights of Columbus # 604, c/o St. Monica’s Parish, 116 Thorndale Drive, Beaver Falls PA 15010
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We will all miss you, we know you are in good hands, rest well Tom and Mary Sterling and family Love you much.
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♡