Edward LaVerne Hallstein


Edward LaVerne Hallstein, 88, of Grove City, passed away at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 2, 2019) at Trinity Living Center in Grove City.
He was born in Portersville and was a lifelong resident there until 2006.
He was the son of Carl Zembeck Hallstein and Earla Aleta Ray Hallstein.
He graduated from Portersville-Muddy Creek Township High School in 1948.
Ed married Sarah Lee Aspinall on Feb. 3, 1950.
He worked for Portersville Stainless Equipment Corp. from 1950 until 1976 and later worked for Applied Systems located in both Saxonburg and Butler from 1976 until his retirement in 1985.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Portersville from early childhood through most of his life.
He will be remembered for his love of music and singing at church and weddings. He was a founding member of the Portersville-Muddy Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department.
He had a lifelong interest in automobiles, driving race cars, collecting toys and trains, and traveling with his wife throughout the United States, visiting historic sites and attending NASCAR races.
They visited many of the presidential birth sites, residences, cemeteries, and libraries. They were part of the Bicentennial tour in 1976 and saw their grandson Steve travel on the ceremonial wagon on the very last leg of the journey, representing the long trek from California into Philadelphia.
For 20 years, Ed was involved in Barr Racing and especially watching number 25, driven by his grandson Steve. Most of all he enjoyed time with his family.
He was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather. He will always be deeply loved and missed forever by his wife and family.
He is survived by: his wife Sarah at home; daughter, Carrie L. (James) Barr of Grove City; eight grandchildren, Susan L. (Ted) Kane, James E. (Dana) Barr, Steven P. Barr, T. Michael (fiancé Nikki) Barr, Jodie L. (Josh) Halin, David R. (Lisa) John, Deana R. (Tom) Palla, and Joseph B. (Missy) John; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; sister in law, Polly Aspinall; nieces; nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; daughter, Sandra John Koziar; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Leslie Fisher; and great-grandson, Chad Spahn.

Edward LaVerne, 88, of Grove City.
Calling hours: 2 p.m. until service at 5 p.m. Sunday (1-6-19) at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Village of Leesburg, 1778 Perry Highway, Volant.
Funeral: 5 p.m. Sunday with Rev. David Lingle, retired pastor from Mercer, presiding.
Entombment: Monday (1-7-19) in Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mt. Chestnut, Butler.
Published on January 3, 2019
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