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Wesley Miner
(1902-1976)

 

Wesley Miner

Wesley Miner was born on March 20, 1902 in Mill Run, Fayette County, PA, the son of William Henry "Squire" and Sara Jane (Basinger) Minerd.

On April 4, 1923, when both groom and bride were 21 years of age, Wesley married Susie Bertha Roslosnik (Jan. 26, 1902-1965), daughter of Samuel and Susan Roslosnik of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. Her maiden name eventually was shortened to "Rossnick."

 

Susie Miner's postcard to Lela Rowan

As a schoolgirl, Susie resided in Mill Run and befriended a distant cousin, Lela (Rowan) Jordan, the young daughter of Marshall E. and Jennie (Steyer) Rowan. The Rowans must have relocated to Mt. Braddock, near Uniontown, causing Susie to send her friend a penny postcard dated June 1918. The card is seen here.

The Miners produced a family of nine children Mary Ann Donnadio, Donald W. Miner, Dolores W. Miner, Hughey Miner, Shirley Jean Childress, Connie I. Miner, Regis D. Miner, Carolyn Lou "Cookie" Means and Brenda Kay Ryan.

Sadly, son Donald contracted a fatal case of typhoid fever and diphtheria in the waning summer of 1930. After lingering for15 days, he died on Sept. 29, 1930, at the age of four years, 11 months and 17 days -- just 13 days shy of his fifth birthday. He was buried in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Mill Run.

Wesley was a coal miner his entire adult life. He was employed at mines in West Virginia and also in Pennsylvania,  including at the Phillips Mine, Leisenring No. 1 and 2 Mines, and later at Leisenring No. 3 Mine from where he retired in 1966.

 

Leisenring No. 3 Mine

 

In about 1945, the Miners moved from Mill Run to nearby Connellsville, Fayette County. Their address thereafter was at 602 Trump Avenue. They were members of the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

 

Wesley Miner

The family suffered through the untimely deaths of more of their children and grandchildren. In 1952, married daughter Mary Ann, wife of Frank Donnadio, was stricken with cancer of the lungs which spread into the breast. She passed into eternity at the age of 31 on Feb. 7, 1955, and reposes in St. Rita's Cemetery in Connellsville.

Then in 1955, son Regis contracted cancer of his bone, and the illness metastasized and moved into his skull. He lingered for two years and succumbed at the age of 16 on Aug. 4, 1957.

Suffering from heart problems and an eventual heart attack, Susie was admitted to Connellsville State General Hospital. There, she passed away on Dec. 3, 1965, at the age of 63. Her remains were laid to rest at the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery.

Wesley outlived his wife by more than a decade. He is seen here relaxing in a favorite chair with a birthday cake resting precariously on the arm. He grieved even more in June 1973, when their infant grandson Robert W. Ryan Jr. was swept away.

Wesley died at age 73 on Leap Day, Feb. 29, 1976, and is buried beside Susie in Mill Run.

In 1999, Wesley was honored among hundreds of cousins at our national family reunion for their longtime work in the coal, coke and steel industries. He also was pictured in our 1999 reunion booklet, Coal, Coke & Steel.

 

Graves of brothers Donald and Regis. Below, their parents' resting place.

 

~ Daughter Mary Ann (Miner) Donnadio ~

Daughter Mary Ann Miner (1923-1955) was born on May 31, 1923.

She was united in marriage with Frank H. Donnadio ( ? - ? ), son of Mary Donnadio of Youngstown, OH.

They had two known daughters, Sandra Sue Knopsnider and Frances Ann "Fran" Walker.

The Donnadios were members of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.

Sadly, Mary Ann was felled by cancer. She fought for two-and-a-half years, including surgery in Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital, but could beat the infernal disease. Her passing in 1955, left her husband and two young daughters behind. Interment was in the church cemetery following requiem high mass led by Rev. Henry Geible.

Mary Ann's mother helped provide care for the motherless girls and in 1957 threw a party honoring granddaughter Fran's eighth birthday. Fran's photo and related article were published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Frank married again, in about 1957, to Doris Zaronsky ( ? - ? ), daughter of Paul A. and Helen (Long) Zaronsky Sr. Evidence suggests that they produced at least two more daughters, Lori Lynn Donnadio and Kimberly Jean Donnadio.

Daughter Sandra Sue Donnadio ( ? - ? ) married Gilbert W. Knopsnider Jr. ( ? - ? ), son of Virginia Knopsnider. They dwelled along the Star Route near White, Fayette County and were the parents of Gilbert W. Knopsnider III.

  • Grandson Gilbert W. Knopsnider III (1975- ? ) was born in about 1975. When he turned one, his photograph was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Daughter Frances Ann "Fran" Donnadio ( ? - ? ) wedded James A. Walker Jr. ( ? _ ? ). They have a daughter, Jamie Ann Walker.

  • Granddaughter Jamie Ann Walker (1970- ? ) was born in about 1970. At her third and seventh birthdays, she was pictured in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

~ Daughter Dolores W. Miner ~

Daughter Dolores W. Miner (1928-2010) was born in 1928.

She never married. For many years she resided at home with her parents at 602 Trump Avenue.

Dolores worked at the Anchor Hocking glass plant in Connellsville, "where she was employed as a selector for more than 40 years, working on the D crew," said the Connellsville Daily Courier. She enjoyed pets and had a special dog, Winston. 

She passed away at the age of 81 on March 13, 2010. She was laid to rest in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery in Mill Run.

 

~ Son Hughey P. Miner ~

Son Hughey P. Miner (1931-2011) was born on Sept. 6, 1931.

He never married.

Hughey passed away on July 13, 2011. He rests for all time in Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Mill Run. Inscribed at the base of his grave marker are the words "Beloved brother."

 

~ Daughter Shirley Jean (Miner) Childress ~

Daughter Shirley Jean Miner (1935-2015) was born on St. Patrick's Day 1935 in Springfield Township, Fayette County.

In the summer of 1940, at the age of about five, she was struck by a moving automobile and eventually was taken to Connellsville State Hospital.

As an adult, Marlene was employed as a switchboard operator by Bell Telephone in or around Connellsville. Later, she relocated to Oregon. What took her there is not yet known.In Oregon, she continued her work as a telephone operator and receptionist in a physician's office.

In the mid-1950s, Shirley wed Kenneth Childress ( ? - ? ).

They produced three offspring -- John Childress, Douglas Childress and Debbie Childress.

At some point, Kenneth and Shirley purchased Weece's Market in Gresham, OR. The entire family worked there until it was sold. They relocated to Prineville and later to Beaverton and Shirley was rehired by GTE, which had purchased Bell.

The couple eventually divorced.

Shirley belonged to the Beaverton Methodist Church and later transferred to Scholls Community Church.  After retirement, Shirley volunteered at St. Vincent's Hospital assisting patients post-surgery. She also cooked dried nuts and raised colorful flower gardens, liked to paint, knit, sew and golf, and for a period of time owned a beach house.

At the age of 80, Shirley passed away on Nov. 13, 2015.

Son John Childress ( ? - ? ) married Jeri and has lived in Prineville.

Son Douglas "Doug" Childress ( ? - ? ) wedded JoAnne. They make a home in Redmond, OR

Daughter Debbie Childress ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married Vincent Tilden ( ? - ? ). She was deceased by 2015.

 

~ Daughter Connie I. Miner ~

Daughter Connie I. Miner (1938-2019) was born on Nov. 16, 1938 in Mill Run.

She appears to have never married.

For three decades, she was employed in the Budget Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. Circa 1976, she resided in Arlington, VA.

She maintained her membership in the Otterbein United Methodist Chuch. In retirement, she returned to Connellsville.

Connie died in Uniontown Hospital at the age of 80 on June 2, 2019. Rev. Dr. Martin Watson officiated at her private funeral service, with an obituary appearing in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

~ Daughter Carolyn Lou "Cookie" (Miner) Means ~

Daughter Carolyn Lou "Cookie" Miner (1948-living) was born in about 1948.

At the age of 18, on Sept. 14, 1963, she was joined in matrimony with 26-year-old Terry Wallace Means Sr. (1937-living), son of Naomi Means of Vanderbilt, Fayette County. The nuptials were held in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. At the time, Terry was employed as a tire changer and made their home in Vanderbilt, Fayette County.

The Meanses resided in Dunbar and had three children, Terry Wallace Means Jr., Deane Petzel and Gregory Means.

They have attended many of our national Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor Reunions over the years.

Son Terry Wallace Means Jr. ( ? - ? )

Daughter Deane Means ( ? - ? ) married (?) Petzel.

Son Gregory Means ( ? - ? )

 

~ Daughter Brenda Kay (Miner) Ryan ~

Daughter Brenda Kay Miner (1951-living) was born in about 1951.

When she was 19 years of age, on Nov. 12, 1970, she married 24-year-old laborer Robert W. Ryan Sr. (1946- ? ), son of George E. Ryan of South Connellsville. The ceremony took place in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

The Ryans' home in 1973 was at 606 West Gibson Avenue in Connellsville. 

Their children were Robert W. Ryan Jr., Carly Beth Guerrero, Amanda Sue Johnson and Ian Ryan.

They mourned in June 1973 when their infant son Robert W. Jr. died in Frick Community Hospital. The precious baby's remains were placed into rest in Green Ridge Memorial Park, following a funeral officiated by Rev. B. Frank Clampa.

Daughter Carly Beth Ryan ( ? - ? ) wedded (?) Guerrero

Daughter Amanda Sue Ryan ( ? - ? ) married (?) Johnson.

Son Ian Ryan ( ? - ? ).

 

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