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Pearl Salem, of Hermitage, formerly of West Middlesex and Miami Beach, Fla., passed away at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in UPMC Horizon Hosptial, Farrell. She was 93.
Mrs. Salem was born Nov. 27, 1924, in West Middlesex, a daughter of Carl and Cora (Frye) McWhirter.
She was a 1942 graduate of West Middlesex High School.
Pearl was a homemaker and a member of the Church of the Sacred Heart, Sharon. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing bingo and crocheting. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family.
Her husband, Samuel J. Salem, whom she married Aug. 11, 1944, passed away July 20, 1987.
She is survived by four daughters, Mary E. Ost and her husband Jack, Sharon; Joanne R. Derr, Masury; Linda L. Gardlock, Loraine, Ohio; and Gloria J. Kovach and her husband Richard, Masury; a son, James F. Salem and his wife Lynn, Sunshine, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Terri Salem, Hubbard; a sister, Mable Byers, Mahaffy, Pa.; a brother, James McWhirter, West Middlesex; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Samuel J. Salem, Jr.; a son-in-law, Bob Derr; a sister, Bessie Rowe; a brother, Clair McWhirter; an infant brother, Scott McWhirter; two grandchildren, Alicia Derr, and Samuel J. Salem, III; and one great grandchild, Joshua Ost.

Pearl, 93, of Hermitage, formerly of West Middlesex and Miami Beach, Fla.
Calling hours: None.
Service: Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday (12-14-2017) in the Church of the Sacred Heart, 40 S. Irvine Ave., Sharon, with Rev. Thomas Whitman, pastor as celebrant.
Burial: St. Elizabeth's Cemetery, Farrell.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Published on December 13, 2017
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