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Aubele, William F.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • William F. Aubele died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, of Swissvale. He was the loving longtime partner of Douglas Kirsch; son of the late Gilbert and Rosemary; and dear brother of Gilbert and wife, Diane, John and wife, Dianna, David and wife, Kathy, Susan, Joseph and wife, Marilyn, Gerald and wife, Michele, Stephen and the late, Rosemary "Linda". Bill is also survived by his numerous loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday in Word of God Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Bence, Dolores J. 85

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Dolores Jean Bence, 85, of Penn Hills, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 60 Years of the late John "Jack"; loving mother of Linda (John) DeRiggi, Steve Bence, Diane (Thomas) Cadwell; grandmother of John (Mindy) and Anthony DeRiggi and Daniel Cadwelt; sister of Robert (Jean) Barthalow; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jean enjoyed bowling and loved gardening most of her life. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road at Rodi Road, Penn Hills, where funeral prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 in St. Bartholomew Church.
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Carr, Stephenson J. 90

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Stephenson J. "Steve" Carr, 90, of Turtle Creek, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Helen M. (Ludinich) Carr for 68 years; loving father of Stephenson "Steve" (Tim) Carr Jr., of Duquesne, Michael (Kathy) Carr, of Penn Township, and Bruce (Cindy) Carr, of Plum; dear grandfather of Stephen (Cassandra) Carr and Allison (Jeff) Moschetta; great-grandfather of Isabelle, Charlotte, Mannasseh and Laura; and brother of Barbara Sadar, of Turtle Creek, John Carr and Georgeann Leger, both of Florida. Steve was preceded in death by his brother, George Carr; and sisters, Katherine Carr and Carol Sboray. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Steve was a World War II veteran, having served with the Marine Corps; and a retired employee of the Union Railroad Co., with 42 years of service as a boilermaker at The Roundhouse. Friends will be welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave., at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Colman Church. Steve will be laid to rest with military honors in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Connelly, Paul H. 76

  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Paul H. Connelly, 76, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Betty Rhoden Connelly; father of Cindy C. Ryan (Kevin) and Paul G. Connelly; brother of William F. Connelly (Mildred), Ann Connelly, Karen Connelly and the late Ben Connelly and Margaret Connelly; grandfather of Conal Ryan; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul Cathedral.
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Davis, Harry 82

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Rapp, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Dr. Harry Davis, 82, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Mabel Sumter Davis; devoted father of Harry A. (Rosalind) Davis Sr., of Penn Hills, Sharon Marie Davis (Timothy) Bradford, of Hopkins, S.C., Cheryl Virginia Davis, of Atlanta, Ga., and Deborah Yvonne Davis, of Verona; brother of Edward (Rita) Davis, of Penn Hills; great-grandfather to 19; great-great-grandfather to seven; also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, family and friends. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at RAPP FUNERAL HOME, 10940 Frankstown Road. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Charles Lwanga Parish Mother of Good Counsel, 7705 Bennett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208.
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DeWalt, Craig 64

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Craig "Moe" DeWalt, 64, of West Mifflin, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Hospital after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. He was a loving husband, father and friend. He was born July 14, 1951, in McKeesport, a son of the late Charles Walter DeWalt Sr. and Gizella (Jean) Kozak DeWalt. Moe was a self-employed master carpenter, as well as a retired maintenance worker for Riverview Homes Association, who loved life to the fullest. He was "bigger than life" to his wife, Bev, his family and all that knew him. Moe's biggest enjoyment of life was fishing on the New Jersey party boats with his buddy, Tim, and gatherings with his family. He was an avid Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan, enjoyed having a beer, floating in his pool and listening to the game. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Beverly (Linn) DeWalt; son, Benjamin (Rachel) DeWalt, of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; daughter, Katharine L. DeWalt, at home; and granddaughter, Mollie Rose, whom he adored. He is also survived by his brothers, Charles (Joyce) DeWalt, of West Mifflin, and Carl "Bucko" (Dawn Hoffman) DeWalt, of Maryland; and sisters, Charlotte (Ed Mogus) DeWalt, of White Oak, Carla (Alan) Ochap, of McKeesport, and Cyndi (John) McGinnis, of Washington, Pa. Moe is also survived by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, who loved their Uncle Moe, as well as many, many friends, who will never ever forget "Moe." Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating.
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DiGnazio, Genevieve M. 94

  • South Park , Formerly of Mt. Oliver
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Genevieve M. "Jean" DiGnazio, 94, of South Park, formerly of Mt. Oliver, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 71 years to John N. DiGnazio; loving mother of Harry (Judy), Frank (Kellie), Carol Kontul and John (Karen); cherished grandmother "Bogie" of Lisa (Bryan), Jillian, Cory, Elle, Frank (Tracy), Nikki (Kolby), Philip, Justin, Christian, John and Isabella; proud great-grandmother of Natalie, Rebecca, Bryn and Piper; and sister of the late Art, "Gin", Norman "Doc" Nieder, Leona Loveland, Mae Glowacki, Dolores Holt and Madge Sieger. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends Janet and JoAnne. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where funeral prayer will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial will be following at noon in Nativity Catholic Church. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, family suggests contributions to Nativity Church, 5811 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Douglas, Mary 89

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1925-12-12
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary (Morosko) Douglas, 89, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her residence. Born Dec. 12, 1925, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Masley Morosko; and the beloved wife of the late Charles E. Douglas. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael, John, Joseph and Pete; and sister, Ann (Morosko) Benjamin. Mary was the loving mother of three children, Marlene (Charlie) Burns, William (Kay) Douglas and Linda (Don) Stoddard. Also, she was the loving grandmother of five, Darren (Angie) Barnes, Danny (Andrea) Barnes, Bill (Jennifer) Douglas, Amy (Dave) Ruland and Lisa (Bill) Walker; six great-grandchildren, Katie, Emma, Jake, Nathan, Madilyn and Tyler; and aunt to many nieces and nephews. Mary is also survived by her sisters, Irene (Ciro) Venturini and Helen (Mike) Stovar. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with Pastor Marty Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Dunbar, Gladys L. 89

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1926-02-21
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Gladys L. Dunbar, 89, of Fawn Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at the Willows of Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont. She was born Feb. 21, 1926, in Harrison Township, daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth (Weleski) Frederick. Gladys has lived in the area her entire life where she was a homemaker. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights and auxiliary of Pioneer Hose and Brackenridge American Legion. Gladys was a 1944 graduate of Har Brack High School and was an avid gardener, enjoyed crafts, cooking, baking and bingo. She especially enjoyed her family, children, grand and great-grandchildren and loved her many friends. Survivors include her children, John H. (Susie) Ramaley, of Butler, James C. (Cathy) Dunbar, of Lower Burrell, Barbara J. (Gary) Blanchard, of Buford, Ga., Janice L. (Robert) Kepes, of Fawn Township, Jeffrey A. (Robyn) Ramaley, of Fawn Township, and Louis J. (Renee) Dunbar, of Lower Burrell; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; also surviving are her sisters, Elizabeth Klabnik and Mary Ann Dunbar, both of Buffalo Township. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John A. Ramaley, in 1952; and second husband, James C. Dunbar, in 1993. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Family suggests contributions to Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fabric, Robert J. 65

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Fabric, 65, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was a son of the late John J. and Anna Fabric; and brother of Rita Simon (Charles). Robert had been an employee of the LCB for a number of years. There will be no visitation. Interment will be private. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Fink Jr., Albert M. 62

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Albert M. Fink Jr., 62, of McCandless, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 32 years to Cynthia Bowers Fink; also survived by his two sons, Paul Michael Fink and Kevin James Fink; and in-laws, James and Mary Jane Bowers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norma Jean and Albert M. Fink Sr. Albert was a University of Pittsburgh Police Officer for 35 years, an avid hunter, camper and boogie boarder. Friends received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2230 Rochester Road. www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Flanagan, Barbara J. 77

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Barbara J. Flanagan, 77, of O'Hara Township, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John G. Flanagan; mother of Lori Z. Hardiman (Thomas), of Pittsburgh, and Richard A. Zappala II, of Los Angeles; grandmother of Kate, Matthew and Marissa Hardiman; sister of Joan Palarino and the late Joseph Contosta II; also survived by step-children, Timothy Flanagan, Lissa Markwardt and Kathy McMorrow. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8p.m. Sunday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Monday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org.
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Garvin, Yvonne 85

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1929-10-31
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Yvonne "Bonnie" (Goettel) Fedorka Garvin, 85, of Elizabeth, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at The Palms at O'Neil in McKeesport. She was born Oct. 31, 1929, in Elizabeth, to the late Edmund Goettel and Bertha (Achtzehn) Goettel. Prior to her retirement, she was a cashier at the former Marraccini's in Elizabeth for 25 years. She was a member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth and was also a former housemother at Grove City College. She is survived by three children, Lisa (Gualberto) Carhuaslla, of Squirrel Hill, Iva Fedorka, of Crafton, and Paul (Lisa) Fedorka, of Humble, Texas; two stepchildren, Beverly Christian, of Whitmore Lake, Mich., and Frederick L. (Cathleen) Garvin Jr., of West Newton; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one step-grandson; one step-great-grandson; brother, Ernest Goettel, of Elizabeth Township; sister, Alma Jarvis, of Belle Vernon; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest Fedorka and Frederick L. Garvin Sr.; sisters, Charlotta Cain, Iva Metz and Emma Joll; and brothers, Brinton, Emmett "Bill" and Edmund Goettel. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Walter Pietschmann and the Rev. Jay M. Hollinsworth officiating. Private burial will be held at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, 314 S. Third Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Gibson, Robert 71

  • Formerly of Brookline
  • Born: 1944-02-17
  • Died: 2015-08-24
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  • Robert "Bob" Gibson, after a hard, unsuccessful battle with pancreatic cancer, sadly, our friend, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and great-uncle passed away at home on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Bob was born Feb. 17, 1944, to the late Robert and Mary (Bakos) Gibson. Formerly of Brookline, he was a graduate of South Hills Catholic High School. Bob was an Air Force veteran and lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion in Monroeville. He is survived by two daughters, Donna (Gibson) Minsterman and Karen (Gibson) Coleman; four grandchildren, Anna, David, Justin and Alexandra; and two sisters, Joyce Edwards and Mary Earla Ruda. A memorial service and gathering in Bob's honor will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at the American Legion in Plum (980) for family and close friends.
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Graham, Dorothy L. 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Dorothy L. (Loncar) Graham, 90, of West Mifflin, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife to the late Albert Graham; loving mother to Albert (Cathy) Graham, of West Mifflin; and cherished grandmother to Matthew, Joshua and Ryan. Services private. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, No. 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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Heckenstaller, Donald G. 84

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Donald G. "Hecky" Heckenstaller, 84, of East McKeesport, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was the loving husband of 63 years of Theresa (Swacus); beloved father of Virginia (David) Rowe, Donald Heckenstaller, David (Kathleen) Heckenstaller and Craig Heckenstaller; grandfather of Nathan (Casey Rowe) and Emily Rowe; also numerous nieces and nephews. Don graduated Scott High School in 1948 and Duquesne University. A proud Korean War veteran, Don served in the Navy. He had 32 years with Peoples Gas. Don was a member of Wilmerding Lions Club, Braddock Knights of Columbus Council 911 and the St. Roberts Men's Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and was an avid Pirates, Penguins and Steelers fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and helping out at Heckey Graphics. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Burial will follow with full military honors at Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Henzler, Valeria M. 92

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Valeria M. Henzler, 92, of Pittsburgh, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late George Henzler; mother of Susan (Larry) Michalik and the late Karen Egbert; grandmother of Amy (Chris) Carlisle and Larra (Jim) Daniels, Jacob (Georgia) Michalik and Scott (Kristy) Michalik; and great-grandmother of Owen, Elliott, Delaney, Aidan, Braidan, Andrew and Logan. No visitation. Services private. Arrangements by H. P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-364-4444. Online condolences may be sent to: www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Kaduke, Andrew 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1924-12-07
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Andrew Kaduke, 90, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Andrew was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Glassport, to the late Joseph and Margaret (Janitor) Kaduke. He joins his beloved wife of 58 years, Catherine Vrabel Kaduke, who preceded him in death July 19, 2013. He is survived by his children, Karen (Fred) Blanchard, of Elizabeth, Donna (Robert) Szarmach, of Havelock, N.C., David (Beverly) Kaduke, of Columbus, Ohio, Sandra (James) Dinofrio, of West Mifflin, Raymond (Ruth) Kaduke, of Pittsburgh, Charlene (Michael) Lacey, of Bethel Park, and Suzanne (David) Cipriani, of Bethel Park. Andrew loved and cared deeply for all his family and especially his grandchildren, Careen (Rod) Waterman, Allison, Adam, Rachel, Brianna, Todd (Stephanie), Rebecca, Nicholas, Christian, Cecilia, Catherine, Delaney and Thomas. His sisters, Helen Ciavarra and Irene McLaughlin, also survived him. After 39 years of hard work and service, Andrew retired from U.S. Steel Clairton Works in 1982. Everyone was welcome to his home and to share at his table. Andrew was an avid lover of dancing, golfing and Pittsburgh sports. Keeping their home and yard well-cared for was a labor of love both he and Catherine shared. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, 412-881-4100. A funeral Mass will be noon Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Holy Spirit Church, 2603 Old Elizabeth Road, West Mifflin. Everyone please meet at church. Gifts in memoriam of Andrew may be made on behalf of his beloved grandson, Tommy, to Autism Society of Pittsburgh, 4371 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Laird, George W. 88

  • McCandless , Formerly of Princeton, N.J.
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • George W. Laird, 88, of McCandless, formerly of Princeton, N.J., died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of 53 years of Dolores (Salen) Laird; father of Kim (Robert Barowski) Laird, of Nesquehoning, and Gary (Kelly) Laird, of Ross Township; beloved grandfather of J.D., Drew and Josh Laird; brother of the late John, Betty, Charles (who died as a toddler) and Irene. George made friends everywhere he went due to his joyful spirit, wisecracking nature and love of life. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John's Lutheran Church, 501 North Ave., Millvale, PA 15209. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mario Lemieux Foundation or Austin's Playroom Project, www.mariolemieux.org. "His passing was the first time that (George) ever made anyone sad." Red Skelton.
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McWilliams Sr., Charles C. 86

  • Born: 1929-07-04
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East Mc Keesport | Get Directions
  • Charles C. McWilliams Sr., 86, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was born July 4, 1929, in Tionesta, a son of the late Frank E. and Gertrude H. (Wert) McWilliams. Charles was an Army veteran that had a long career as a steel worker and retired from Washington Steel. He was a former member of Penn's Woods United Methodist Church, North Huntingdon, and was a member of Shidle Lodge No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons, Irwin, Syria Temple, Pittsburgh, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, past Grand Tall Cedar of Westmoreland Forest No. 77, and a former member of the Hartford Heights Volunteer Fire Department. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and was an avid hunter and fisherman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of more than 47 years, Mary Lou (Walker) McWilliams; son, Charles C. McWilliams Jr. and his wife, Victoria; brothers, Frank, Forest and Wallace McWilliams; and sister, Eleanor McWilliams. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie (Mark) Altieri, of McKeesport; grandchildren, Missy (Joe) Nadzan, Mario Altieri, Kyle Altieri and Abbie Altieri; and great-grandchildren, Austin, Ian and Mia; brother, Russell (Jean) McWilliams; and sisters, Donna and Laurabelle McWilliams. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, 412-823-8083, where everyone will gather at 2:30 p.m. Monday for a funeral service with Pastor Cindy Lindow officiating. Interment will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Township. Memorial contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospital at www.loveshriners.com. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Miele, Madeline E.

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Madeline Estella (Penrod) Miele, of Swisshelm Park, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late Crescente Miele; loving mother of Robert C. Miele and his wife, Rosemarie, of Swisshelm Park, and Vito D. Miele and his wife, Kathleen, of North Huntingdon; dear Grandma Madeline of Robert Miele, Jennifer Maloney and her husband, Michael, Susan Voinchet and her husband, Robert, David Miele and his wife, Jessica, and Amy Panneton and her husband, David; great-grandmother of Katherine, Laura, Peter, Julia, John, Robby, Maddie, Isabella, Christopher, Tommy, Jack, Charlie, Aiden and Anthony; daughter of the late Estella and George Penrod; and sister of the late Ruth, George and Thelma. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Madonna Del Castello Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Mihlfried, Paul N. 91

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Millvale | Get Directions
  • Paul N. "Milky" Mihlfried, 91, of Millvale, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy Ritter Mihlfried; loving father of Cheryl Pfennigwerth, Paul W. (Kathy) Mihlfried, Gary Mihlfried and Gail Mihlfried; grandfather of Heidi Pfennigwerth, Thomas Pfennigwerth, Adam Mihlfried, Brad Mihlfried, Stephen Mihlfried, Sara Mihlfried, Nicole Mihlfried and Jesse Beck; grandfather of eight grandchildren; brother of Grace Spalick and Lawrence Mihlfried; brother-in-law of William Greiner; also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Mihlfried was an World War II veteran, having served with the Army. He served in the China, Burma and India theaters and also was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 12. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 123 North Ave., Millvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be noon Monday in Holy Spirit Church. Family requests memorial contributions to Holy Spirit Church.
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Pacak, Michael J. 70

  • South Side
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Gmiter, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Pacak, 70, of the South Side, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. He was the son of the late Michael and Anna Pacak; beloved brother of Mary Vavrek and the late Anna Pacak and Helen Rusinko. He is survived by seven nieces and nephews; and 16 great-nieces and nephews. Friends received from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday in THOMAS J. GMITER FUNERAL HOME INC., 2323 E. Carson St. Funeral prayer at 8:15 a.m. Monday. Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church. www.thomasjgmiterfh.com.
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Page, David A.

  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • David Arthur Page died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was born in Norwich, N.Y., the middle son of Howard Lloyd Page and Doris Loomis. He graduated from New Berlin High School, was a graduate of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and received an M.S. in economics from RPI in 1960. He also received a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design and was awarded his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1965. He received a full scholarship from The Brookings Institute to write his Ph.D. thesis. Dr. Page worked with the New York Telephone Company, the Area Planning Office of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., and then moved to Washington, D.C., where, for five years, he was a member of the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. In 1970, Dr. Page moved to Pittsburgh where he did consulting work and then become professor at Robert Morris University where he taught strategic management and business policy. Additionally, he started Regional Resources Inc., a non-profit corporation which restored a historic building on Strawberry Way in downtown Pittsburgh. Dr. Page is survived by his wife, Anne Penrose "Penny" Page, whom he married in 1978. He was predeceased by his older brother, Howard Loomis Page, of Pittsboro, N.C. He is also survived by his younger brother, Raymond Waldo Page, of Parkville, Md.; and a daughter, Marcia, of Troy, N.Y. David Page was a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers and a former president of the Harvard, Yale, Princeton Club. There will be no visitation and interment is private. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in the ballroom of Longwood at Oakmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Harvard University or Longwood at Oakmont. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC.
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Radu, Elizabeth J. 86

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1928-10-28
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. Radu, 86, of McKeesport, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was born in Liberty Borough on Oct. 28, 1928, to the late John Miller Sr. and Elizabeth (Kadar) Miller. Elizabeth was an avid reader and enjoyed watching soap operas. She was employed for many years at Kaufmanns in Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by brother, John Miller Jr.; and nephew, John Miller the first. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah E. Radu, of McKeesport; niece, Susan E. Bilec, of Port Vue; and nephew, Gregory A. Miller, of McKeesport. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN INC., 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark of Port Vue with father Daniel Straughn officiating. Burial will follow.
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Sabol Sr., Eugene J. 67

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1947-09-24
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Eugene J. "Gino" Sabol Sr., 67, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, as a result of an automobile accident in West Virginia. Born Sept. 24, 1947, in McKeesport, he was the son of Mary (Spirnak) Sabol and the late John J. Sabol. He was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin. He was the proprietor of Gene's Homeville Service Center, and a proud Army Vietnam veteran. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Eugene J. Sabol Jr., of West Mifflin, and a daughter, Rachael (Bill) Fike, of South Park; two sisters, Marian (Michael) Gross, of Dumfries, Va., and Audrey (Frank) Steiner, of West Mifflin; two grandchildren, Aidan and Ashton Fike; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by an infant, daughter, Angel Sabol. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Holy Trinity Church (everyone please meet at church) with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Estate of Mr. Sabol, c/o Wm. S. Skovranko Memorial Home, 828 Richford St., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Schmidt, Arleen 76

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1938-12-03
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • Arleen Thomas Schmidt, 76, of Dravosburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was born Dec. 3, 1938, in Canonsburg, to the late George Thomas and Mary Ann McCartney Thomas. Arleen was a graduate of St. Peter's High School in McKeesport and a member of Corpus Christi Parish. Arleen worked as a receptionist for Westinghouse transportation division. She was an avid reader and considered her greatest joy to be her family. She was preceded in death by son, David Schmidt; and sister, Carol Bradley. She is survived by daughters, Maureen (Bill) Cleary, of North Versailles, Suzanne (Jim) Spakauskas, of Gibsonia, and Jennifer (Jeff) Meier, of Pittsburgh; and son, Ron (Kelly) Schmidt, of North Huntingdon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a loving Meme to 10 grandchildren, Brandon and Jordan Cleary, Laura, Michael, Joshua and Tyler Schmidt, Marty Konopka, Brian and Rachel Spakauskas and Amy Hentzschel; and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN INC., 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi Church with Father Michael Maranosky. Entombment will follow at Lebanon Chapel Mausoleum of West Mifflin.
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Schmidt, Sandra L. 61

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1954-05-01
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. Schmidt, 61, of Forward Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in her home. Born May 1, 1954, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late John and Geraldine (O'Neil) Rogan. Sandra was a former secretary for California University of Pennsylvania. She loved spending time with family and close friends and vacationing in Stone Harbor, N.J. Survivors include her husband of 29 years, William K. Schmidt, of Forward Township; daughter, Colleen (Terence O'Neill) Schmidt, of Arlington, Va.; brother, David (Patricia) Rogan, of Bethel Park; also survived by an aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Jack Rogan. A memorial gathering will be held for Sandra from 4 p.m. until the time of a memorial service at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, with Pastor Richard Krug. A gathering of friends and family will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the family home. Memorial contributions can be made to ALS Association, Western PA Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Millvale, PA 15209. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Stepanian II, Steven A.

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1935-04-15
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Steven Arivd Stepanian II, of Pittsburgh, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, from complications from pneumonia. He was a well-known Pittsburgh attorney. Born April 15, 1935, he was 80 years old. Mr. Stepanian had practiced sports, corporate and financial law since his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1963. Mr. Stepanian served as counsel to the Pittsburgh Penguins for more than 18 years, from 1985 through 2003, when they won their two Stanley Cups. He handled personal matters for players such as home purchases and sales, celebrity appearances and product endorsements. He often traveled with the team to away games. His best friend was Paul Martha, the Penguins President and they had lunch together every day for 35 years. From 1981 through 1990, he was general counsel for the National Football League Alumni. He negotiated a pension plan for the pre-1959 players who had been excluded from the original pension agreement. He previously was an owner of Marine Magnesium Co., which purchased its pharmaceutical business from Merck and Co. in 1988. MMC became the world's largest independent producer of magnesium pharmaceutical products and was sold in 1994 to Morton Salt Co. As past president of the Pittsburgh University Club, he was instrumental in removing the racially-discriminatory membership requirements of the club in 1981. He was a member of the Duquesne Club for more than 40 years and a lifetime member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Mensa International. Mr. Stepanian was the son of the late Steven and Edithmarion Stepanian and was raised in Charleroi. He attended Grove City College and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He flew for more than three years as a navigator for the Strategic Air Command and then remained active in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He was recalled to active duty in Vietnam in 1967 to 1968 and retired in 1972 with the rank of major. His wife, Pamela, is an international flight attendant for USAirways/American Airlines and together they traveled the world. He was a man of great humor, style and wit. His zest for life and his intellect were boundless. He will be immensely missed by his family. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Abbey Stepanian, of Pittsburgh; his brother, Leo, and his sister, Dr. Laurie Anne, both of Butler; as well as his niece and nephews, Leanne, Leo, Joshua and Jonathan; and many great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the JOHN A. FREYVOGEL INC., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, 320 Sixth Ave. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or an organization of your choice.
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Tyler, Doris M. 86

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Doris M. "Buck" Tyler, 86, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at home. She was born in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Morlen and Victoria (Dennison) Buck. She was the wife of the late Edward W. Tyler Jr. III. Doris worked for many years as a home health aide taking care of people in their homes or her own. She was a member of the Highland Grove United Methodist Church. She is survived by three daughters; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. According to her wishes, there was no visitation. Private graveside services were held in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Arrangements were under the care of the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., of McKeesport.
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Vecchio, James A. 62

  • Homestead
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • James A. Vecchio, 62, of Homestead, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was a son of the late James and Helen (Theodore) Vecchio; brother of Kevin Vecchio, Gene (Dana) Vecchio and Diane (late John) Stairs; and uncle of Gina (Bill) Kristoff and John (Traci) Stairs. James was a chef at Mercy Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of Shaw and Triboro Avenues, Turtle Creek (412-823-1950). www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Barron, John A. 80

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1934-09-20
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • John Alvin Barron, 80, of Vandergrift, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at home. Born Sept. 20, 1934, in Ligonier, he was a son of the late Alfred and Alice (McMasters) Barron. John lived in Vandergrift for the last 17 years after moving from Ligonier. He owned and operated Ligonier Valley Camper Sales for 30 years, and was the former owner of Paulton Mini Storage, and current owner of Uptown Storage in Vandergrift as well as Cabrileo's Coffee Shop in Leechburg. John was an avid gardener, growing vegetables and flowers. He enjoyed woodworking, making furniture for anyone and anybody. He loved cooking as well, and was the author of the Man to Man Cookbook. John also liked fishing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura "Sue" Barron; daughters, Beverly and Brenda Barron; son-in-law, Dennis E. Petrosky; and brother-in-law, Albert Troiano. John is survived by his wife of 11 years, Lorraine (Troiano) Barron, of Vandergrift; daughter, Robbin Petrosky, of Greensburg; sons, John A. (Erin) Barron, of Washington Township, Ronald (LuAnn) Barron, of Lenoir City, Tenn., and William Barron, of Tampa, Fla.; grandson, John Barron, of Natrona Heights, Dennis and Eric Petrosky, both of Greensburg, and Jacob Barron, of Tennessee; great-grandsons, Jackson and Grant Petrosky; great-granddaughter, Ella Petrosky; brother, Ronald Barron, of Cape Coral, Fla.; sister, Alice Joy ("Butch") Mazzarelli, of Ligonier; stepniece, Karen (John) Shelar, of Novi, Mich.; stepnephews, David (Kathleen) Troiano, of Houston, Texas, and Mark Troiano, of Wexford; and many other loving members of his extended family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in the funeral home. Interment in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Biagini, James D.

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1946-12-24
  • Died: 2015-08-26
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  • James Darryl Biagini, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. James was born Dec. 24, 1946. He was a son of Louis and Lucille M. (Howard) Biagini. He was a graduate from West Newton High School Class of 1965. He participated on the football team and was recognized for his dancing at the school dances. He served in the Army and was part of the boxing team. He continued his passion to be a boxer where he became the Light Weight Champion of Pennsylvania for four years and a Golden Glove Boxer. He was an extraordinary baker and the owner/operator of Biagini's Bakery. He had a great love for dogs, boxing and football. Those who know him will remember him for the crazy, goofy and fun-loving person that he was. He was preceded in death and reunited with his mother, Lucille; and father, Louis. Surviving to cherish the memories are his twin brother, Robert Biagini, of Nevada; his children, James L. Biagini and wife, Doris, Jill L. Pegg and husband, Gerald, Jenna M. Shobert and husband, Bradly, Chad Biagini and Brian Kwiecinski and wife, Adele; grandchildren, Amanda Sanner and husband, James, Krysta Goodwin and husband, Alex, Amber Biagini and fiance, Brandon, Ashley Biagini and boyfriend, Malcolm, Joseph Pegg, Sydney and Tristyn Ackerman, Madison, Max and Joshua Kwiecinski and Tana and Hope Shobert; great-grandchildren, Lexie, Cailyn, James, Chase, Sophia and McKenzie; his niece, Kim Biagini, of Nevada; childhood friend, and aka "brother" Russ. He also leaves behind a special furry friend, his dog, Rambo. A memorial was held in his honor Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the West Newton Lions Club, where his family and friends shared pictures and memories of Jim. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all who shared and offered their love and support. May God's blessing, peace and comfort be with you all.
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DeLambo, Frederick J. 73

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-09-08
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frederick J. DeLambo, 73, of Southwest Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe. He was born Sept. 8, 1941, in Greensburg, a son of the late John J. and Amelia (Dent) DeLambo. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Quality Building Services. Pappy was the perfect husband, father and grandfather anyone could ask for. His family meant everything to him, including his fur babies. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sallyann (Ream) DeLambo, on March 6, 2011; a granddaughter, Misty Dawn Croushore; a brother, John D. DeLambo; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Nalevanko. He is survived by a son, Mark G. Croushore and his wife, Sheri, of Marienville; two daughters, Mona L. Dorko, of Southwest Greensburg, and Marcia J. Sompel and her husband, Duane, of Greensburg; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael F. DeLambo and his wife, Amy, of South Carolina; a sister, Patricia Nalevanko, of South Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Services and interment will be private. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Dennison, Ricky S. 57

  • Jones Mills
  • Born: 1958-02-28
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ricky Stephen Dennison, 57, of Jones Mills, went to be with his lord and Savior Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, after a courageous battle with an initial blood infection. Rick was born Feb. 28, 1958, in East Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Homer Dennison, who passed in 1991, and Hettie Gum Dennison, who passed in 2001. Rick was a 1976 graduate of Harrisville High School, Harrisville, W. Va., and retired in 2012 as a certified water and wastewater operator in West Virginia and Pennsylvania for more than 24 years. He was currently active as board president and adult Sunday school teacher at Kreger Community Church and was an avid Nascar fan. Family and family functions were very important and a joy in his life. Surviving are his wife, Connie Kunkle Dennison; children, Sarah Beth Lewis and husband, Luke, of PO Box 45, Hemlock, IN 46937, and Benjamin Dennison and wife, Benita, of 221 N. Church St., Harrisville, WV 26362; grandchildren, Daniel and Elijah Dennison, Melissa and Matthew Lewis, and arriving in November, Eliana Marie Lewis; nieces and nephews, Emily Still, Rachel Williams, Ashley Brehm Wyncoop, Mathew, Deanna and Chelsea Kunkle, Mark and Brianna Hissem and Dennis and Bethany Rogers; sisters, Nina Williams and husband, Thom, of 2409 Gum Creek Church Road, Loganville, GA and Rosena Rogers and husband, Darrel, of 4018 Sycamore Drive, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641. In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by his first wife, Pamela Moss Dennison (2003), and a nephew, Zachary Williams (1990). Friends are welcome from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kreger Community Church, 863 Old Franklin Road, Stahlstown, where services will be held at 4 p.m. with Pastors Harry Langley and Keith Hauger officiating. Additional visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pennsboro Apostolic Church, Pennsboro, W. Va., where services will be held at 4 p.m. with Brother David Simon officiating. A fellowship meal will follow after each service. Private interment will follow in the Moss Family Farm Cemetery, Cairo, W. Va. Arrangements are under direction of SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Peasant, PA 15666, Richard Rega funeral director. Please visit Rick's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook.
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Eberhart, Loye 77

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1937-12-29
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Loye Eberhart, 77, of Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Eberhart was born Dec. 29, 1937, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Frank and Mable Solomon Eberhart. He proudly served in the Army from 1956 to 1959. Prior to his retirement, Loye was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Local No. 66 Operating Engineers. He loved spending his time making custom carved canes and powder horns. Loye is survived by his loving family: his wife of 48 years, Gloria Goodwin Eberhart; and his son, Loye Eberhart II, both of Mt. Pleasant. As per Loye's wishes, there will be no hours of public visitation. Private inurnment will be in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank Inc., 190 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626 (800-462-2080), in memory of Loye Eberhart. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Fennel, Kristen L. 41

  • Irwin , Formerly of Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Kristen L. (Stone) Fennel, 41, of Irwin, formerly of Turtle Creek, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was the loving wife of Adam Fennel for 12 years; beloved daughter of Ardale E. (Pringle) Stone and James (Beverly) Stone; caring sister of Michael (Deanna) Stone, Vanessa (Rob) O'Rourke and Jaison (Jennifer) Stone; devoted aunt of Emily and Steven Fennel, Michael Stone, Ryan and Aiden Stone, and Zachary, Rylee and Addisyn O'Rourke; dear daughter-in-law of Vernon C. and Mary Rose Lentz; and sister-in-law of Kenneth R. (Kelly) Fennel and Margaret Lentz. She is also survived by her two companions, Frankie and Tessi. Kristen was outgoing, loved hiking with her dogs, and lived life to the fullest. She put up a courageous fight and will always be remembered for her smile. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950), where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment to follow at Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Gardner, Nicole A. 32

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1983-07-29
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Nicole A. Gardner, 32, of Hunker, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was born Friday, July 29, 1983, in Jeannette, a daughter of Alan Gardner, of Crabtree, and Sharon Mayhorn, of Hunker. Surviving is brother, Michael Shotwell, of Hunker; and two half sisters, Alana and Stephanie. Arrangements by the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood.
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Griffin, Nevaeh L. 9

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 2006-05-01
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nevaeh L. Griffin, 9, of Ruffsdale, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at home being held by her mother and father. She was born May 1, 2006, in Jeannette, a daughter of Jason and Amber Holmes Griffin, of Ruffsdale. Prior to her illness, Nevaeh attended West Newton Elementary School. During her illness, Nevaeh spent countless hours giving to other children by collecting over 20,000 cans of Play-Doh. She used her time in the hospital and at home trying to ease the pain of other children through her selfless acts of kindness. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfather, Richard Black; and her paternal great-grandparents, Thelma and Joseph Griffin. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her little brother, Izayah L. Griffin; maternal grandparents, Jo Ann Loughner, of Jeannette, and Kenneth Holmes, of Smithton; paternal grandparents, Tina Underwood and husband, Eddie, of Derry, and Kevin Griffin Sr., of Greensburg; maternal great-grandmother, Leona Loughner, of Darragh; maternal great-grandparents, William and Mary Ann Holmes, of Youngwood, and Hannalore Steiner, of Darragh; and many loving aunts and uncles and cousins, whom she enjoyed spending time with and were her closest friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nevaeh from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020, where services will be held at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, teddy bears may be brought to the funeral home to be donated in memory of Nevaeh. Nevaeh's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Harshberger, Mary O. 97

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Born: 1918-03-19
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Mary O. Harshberger, 97, Goshen, Ind., formerly of Scottdale, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, 2015, at Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen. She was born March 19, 1918, in Holsopple, to John F. and Amanda (Shetler) Harshberger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John E. Harshberger; a half sister, Anna (J. Frank) Brilhart; a half brother, Erwin L. (Trella) Harshberger; a niece, Mildred Blucas; and two nephews, Donald Brilhart and Paul Harshberger Sr. Surviving are the following eight nieces and nephews: Dorothy Ramos, Mary Peachey, Martha Helmuth and Ruthann Peachey, of Goshen, Ind., Lois Cable, Lester (Pete) Harshberger and David Harshberger, of Johnstown, and Carol Mellinger, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 23 great-nieces and nephews; and many great-greats in various parts of the United States and even in Asia. Mary left the Johnstown area when she was 30 years old and moved to Scottdale, where she was employed at Mennonite Publishing House for some 20 years. She enjoyed keeping a clean house, baking cookies and cakes, making candy and offering the gift of hospitality to the many guests who ate at her table and enjoyed her delicious meals. She loved children and "mothered" her many nieces and nephews. In earlier years, she led singing and taught children's Sunday school at church. She was a faithful member of Scottdale Mennonite Church, where she participated in various ministries before moving to Goshen. She will be remembered as a "people person" and a friend to many. Mary's family will greet friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Scottdale Mennonite Church, followed immediately by the funeral service at noon. Committal services and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Mary have been entrusted to the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. After the burial at Scottdale Cemetery, a light meal will be served at the church. To view online obituary, sign guest registry or send online condolences, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Mediate, Donna Jean 77

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-01-21
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Donna Jean Mediate, 77, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Kathryn (DeMaria) Emerick. She met her husband, Anthony, in 1957, and they were married Nov. 5, 1960. Donna Jean had been employed by JC Penney and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her son, Vincent Michael; her special grandfather, Michael DeMaria; sisters, Lois and Mary Margaret; and a niece, Anarene. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Mediate; three children, Rocco Mediate and wife, Jessica, Nicole Maria Leavy and husband, Peter, and Gina Marie Mediate; six grandchildren, Rocco Vincent, Nicco, Marco, Blake, Logan and Francesca; a niece, Kathy Vernau and husband, Jack, and a great-nephew, Justin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by Donna Jean's funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Redstone Highlands and Promise Hospice for the amazing love, support and kindness they showed Donna and the entire Mediate family during her time there. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Blvd., Delmont, PA 15626 or the UAMS Myeloma Institute at www.myeloma.uams.edu/giving/. For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Odendahl, Lois A.

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Lois Ann Odendahl, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her residence. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Ludwig F. Odendahl and Othelia C. (Kutchenreiter) Odendahl. Lois was a member of Holy Family Church and its Rosary Society and was an office volunteer. She was retired from Latrobe Steel Company. She was a member of Westmoreland Photographers and Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society and volunteered for Faith in Action. Lois enjoyed traveling, photography and hot air balloons. Lois is survived by a brother, C. Robert Odendahl and his wife, Mary Anne, of Latrobe; two nieces; two nephews; and six great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church Restoration Fund. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Parshook, Leon A. 80

  • Lower Burrell , Formerly of Arnold
  • Born: 1935-08-11
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Leon A. Parshook, 80, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Arnold, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in his home. He was born in Arnold, Aug. 11, 1935, to the late Archie and Mary Greshkevich Parshook, and had been a life resident of the local area. After graduating from Arnold High School in 1955, Leon served in the Army as a military policeman. Having a great love of trains, upon being discharged he worked for Union Railroad as a brakeman before becoming employed at PPG Paints in Springdale, where he worked for 37 years prior to his retirement. Leon met his wife, Eleanor, of 53 years, at a dance and enjoyed dancing until his illness. They enjoyed traveling, especially cruises and an annual trip to Ocean City, Md. He was a Pitt, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan and enjoyed local high school football and basketball games, as well as jogging daily and coffee with the Get-Go Gang. Most of all, he loved his wife, children and grandchildren. Leon was an active member of St. John Orthodox Church, New Kensington, and was involved with its perogie projects. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor M. Kapezynski Parshook; son, Lee (Cyndi) Parshook, of Tampa, Fla.; daughters, Robin Parshook and Jamie (Tom) Solano, of Pasadena, Md.; and grandchildren, Zachary (Danielle), Jacqueline, Victoria and Benjamin Parshook, and Cameron and Cailey Solano. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Parshook; and sisters, Valentina Templin, Vera Scott, Olympia Neander and Dolly Chekanski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Nicholi Breckenridge. Burial with military honors by the Tarentum VFW will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold. Panikhida services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Pelino, Tina M. 59

  • New Kensington , Formerly of West Deer Township
  • Born: 1956-08-27
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Tina M. (Myers) Pelino, 59, of New Kensington, formerly of West Deer Township, died Aug. 29, 2015. Born Aug. 27, 1956, in Harrison Township, to the late John "Monk" and Loretta M. (Olar) Myers Jr. Tina grew up in the West Deer area and graduated from Deer Lakes High School in 1974. She worked on the sanitizing crew for North Side Foods, Arnold, for more than 19 years. She was of Catholic faith. She enjoyed decorating for holidays, crafts, reading and especially spending time with her family. Survivors include her children, Terrence L. (Vincent) Bachman, of Arnold, Anthony M. Bachman, of New Kensington, Nicole J. Pelino, of Dallas, Texas, Dominick J. Pelino, at home, and Michael A. (Christina) Pelino, of Arnold; grandchildren, Isabel, Brionna, Gavin, Haley and Aubree; brothers, William L. Myers, of Arnold, and John Myers III, of New Kensington; and sisters, Brenda S. Kestner, of Creighton, Julieanne Hoffman, of Arnold, and Beverly J. Myers, of New Kensington. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bruce Myers. Family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where a blessing service will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Charles Speicher officiating. Burial will be private. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Ramsden, Patricia L. 84

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1931-05-09
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Patricia L. Ramsden, 84, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. She was born May 9, 1931, in New Kensington, to the late Elmer and Rose Wisneski Leiter. Patricia loved caring for her pets and enjoyed crocheting and reading, and was a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Survivors include her children, Paul (Ethel Jane) Ramsden, of Whiteville, N.C., Gloria Curtis (partner Mark Venglik), of Lower Burrell, and George Ramsden, of New Kensington; grandchildren, Dustin (Heather) Ramsden and Alan Curtis; and great-grandchildren, Shawn, Dante and Aaron Ramsden and Laila Curtis. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Ramsden, in 2005; and her sister, Gloria Leiter Ramsden. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park will be private. Arrangements entrusted to ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., New Kensington. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Roberts, Gary R. 69

  • Irwin , Formerly of Manor
  • Born: 1945-09-01
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Gary R. Roberts, 69, of Irwin, formerly of Manor, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was born Sept. 1, 1945, in McKeesport, a son of the late Glenn and Helen (Churchman) Roberts. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, and a member of the Manor American Legion, Norwin Elks and the NRA. Gary adored his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time at Mammoth Park with his model airplane buddies. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, William and David Roberts. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 47 years, Linda S. (Keating) Roberts; children, Jennifer (Chris) Dixon, of North Huntingdon, and Kristen (Christian) Conte, of Penn Township; grandchildren, Kaia Conti and Lucas and Jameson Dixon; and also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Earl Caldwell officiating. Interment will be held at Ligonier Valley Cemetery. A memorial contribution may be made to Family Hospice, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Shopsky, William 87

  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • William Shopsky, 87, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, with his family surrounding him. family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. His funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Mr. Shopsky's full obituary will be published in Sunday's Tribune Review.
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Shopsky, William E. 87

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1928-06-09
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • William E. Shopsky, 87, of Norvelt, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, with his family surrounding him. Born June 9, 1928, in Pleasant Unity, he was a son of the late William P. and Marie Loughner Shopsky. Bill was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Trauger. He was a life member of the Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg and the Norvelt Volunteer Fire Department and a member of Pleasant Unity VFW. Mr. Shopsky was a past scout master of Troop 472 of Norvelt, where he was known as "Chip." Also, he taught hunter safety classes. Mr. Shopsky was a veteran of the Navy and while serving he witnessed two atomic bomb tests in Bikini Atoll. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William E. "Pudgie" Shopsky, who died Oct. 8, 1984; brother, Harvey Shopsky; and sisters, Peg Loughner and Lib Struble. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Bernardine Lesko Shopsky, with whom he would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary with on Sept. 4, 2015. He is also survived by his sons, Bruce M. and Brian M. Shopsky; and daughter-in-law, Patty and her husband, Dan Wolfe. He was the grandfather of Karonia, Jenna, Cory and Wyatt; and great-grandfather of Elizabeth and William E. Bill's interests were hunting, fishing, boating, reading his "junk mail," going to his camp, and hanging out with his buddies at the lake building. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674. His funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Mark A. Werner officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg, with military honors accorded by Armbrust Veterans Association. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Shopsky's memory may be made to his church, St. Paul Lutheran, 108 Dutch Hill, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Spears, Michelle L. 37

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1978-05-10
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michelle Lee Spears, 37, of Greensburg, entered into the Lord's embrace, while being surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2015. Her father and mother were there to see Michelle's first breath and her last breath. Michelle was born Wednesday, May 10, 1978, at St. Mary's Hospital, Langhorne, to Colleen M. Spears and Thomas E. Spears. Michelle is survived by her beautiful and kind son, Joseph Louis Geiser VI.; her mother and father; brother, Thomas J. Spears (Tammy); sister, Lisa M. Panzarello (Jesse); along with nieces/nephews, Tyler, Brody, Guiliana, Adelina, Alayna and Alessandra. Michelle graduated from Franklin Regional High School in 1997. She was the strongest-willed person you would ever meet, had an extraordinary zest for life and always had a story to tell. She was a talented photographer, able to capture life's moments. Her smile, yell and laughter could light up an entire room. Michelle, Shell, Shelly, Mom, Daughter, Sister and Friend will be missed more then we can bear, but we find comfort now knowing that she is now at eternal peace. May God rest her soul and continue to love her as she watches over her son, Joey, family and friends. Though she may be gone from the physical plane, she will still live on with us in our hearts and minds. As Michelle always said, "One day at a time, one foot in front of the other." Family and friends will be received on from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by Michelle's funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, 300 N. Main St., Greensburg. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Emma Monastery, 1001 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and further information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Zwierzelewski, Kathryn L. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1935-08-19
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Kathryn L. (Srogoncik) Zwierzelewski, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Zwierzelewski was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Everson, a daughter of the late John and Cecelia Tokarcik Srogoncik. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. Kathryn was a 1954 graduate of the former Hurst High School. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed in the Kitchen at Kraisinger's Market. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was an avid sports fan. Kathryn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her life to caring for her family. Kathryn is survived by her loving and devoted children, Walter J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Debra, of Everson, Edward J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Christine, of Scottdale, Kathryn A. Rymarz and her husband, Robert, of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Wanda E. Hegedus, of Scottdale; her grandchildren, Kyla and Laura Zwierzelewski, Robbie and Renee Rymarz, Alex Zwierzelewski, Alexis Zemba, Brianna Rymarz, and Cheyanne Hegedus; and her great-grandchildren, Aubreanna, Savannah and Alaina Zwierzelewski and Olivia and Hunter Jones. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas F. Srogoncik and his wife, Terry, of Mt. Pleasant; and her sister, Annie Srogoncik, of Prescott, Ariz. In addition to her parents, Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Walter M. Zwierzelewski in 2001; her grandson, James Allan Zwierzelewski; and by her brothers and sisters, John, Steven, George and Joseph Srogoncik, Margaret Kitta and Cecelia Koskee. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at noon in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Burk, William R. 71

  • Freeport
  • Born: 1944-03-05
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • William R. "Bill" Burk, 71, of Freeport, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at home following a 2 1/2-year illness with cancer. He was born March 5, 1944, in Harrison Township, son of the late William J. and Maryellen A. (Doumont) Burk Jr. Bill has lived the past 49 years in River Forest and prior to that Natrona Heights. He was a welder at Blawnox Steel, Pullman Standard in Butler and Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh. Bill was a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Freeport, and a 1963 graduate of Har Brack High School. He enjoyed boating, fishing, was a Corvette enthusiast and enjoyed his cars. Bill also enjoyed doing yard work and working around the house and bird watching. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Bill always looked forward to Sunday dinners with family and friends and especially his beloved nieces Maryellen and Barbara Ruk and his many friends. Survivors include his twin sister, Mary Louise "Muffy" Ruk, Tarentum; his twin brothers, Rene Alan Burk, Freeport, and David E. (Cleatus) Burk, Alexandria, Va. Also surviving are his twin nieces, Maryellen and Barbara Ann Ruk, both of Tarentum; and a number of cousins also survive. At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation; however, relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in St. Mary Church, Freeport, with the Rev. Ronald Maquinana officiating. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Family suggests contributions to St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Freeport. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Jackson, Betty M. 63

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1952-06-18
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Betty Mae (McElfresh) Jackson, 63, of Ford City, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, after a brave battle with cancer. Born June 18, 1952, in Kittanning, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Evelyn (Goodwin) McElfresh. Betty was a strong and devoted wife and mother to her five children. When her children were young, she spent many summer hours with them swimming in their backyard pool or fishing at a local stream. She cherished time spent with family and friends, and loved the many dogs she rescued over the years. She was always active, and enjoyed watching sports almost as much as she liked playing them, particularly tennis, volleyball and most recently was an avid golfer. Betty dedicated her life to providing a nurturing home for her family, while helping her husband run Lenape Premium Beverages, a successful family-owned business. Betty will be most remembered for her wry sense of humor, contagious laugh, drive to always get the job done and, most of all, for being a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her infant sister, Barbara McElfresh; and brother, Ronald McElfresh. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, David Jackson; five children, Jessica Jackson Rock (Jim), Sara Jackson, Rachel Jackson, Kate Jackson and Daniel Jackson; sister, Jean Novotnak (Raymond); two nephews, Geoffrey McElfresh (Vanessa) and Patrick McElfresh; and two step-grandchildren Rachel and Noah Rock. Family and friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at the funeral home. There will be an additional hour of visitation prior to the service. Interment will be in Ford City Cemetery. To send an online condolence, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Jackson, Leonard 72

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1942-11-09
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Leonard Jackson, 72, of Apollo, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in his home. Born Nov. 9, 1942, in Kiski Township, he was a son of the late Emanuel and Minnie (Johnson) Jackson. Leonard lived in Apollo for the past 22 years. He retired in 2002 from Allegheny Ludlum West Leechburg Works where he had been employed for 32 years as a welder. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union. Leonard enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing bingo, building barbeque grills, car racing and working on cars. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marylou (Nelson) Jackson; an infant son, Kevin Jackson; and a brother, Emanuel Jackson Jr. He is survived by his wife, Mattie (Nabors) Jackson, of Apollo; son, Leonard Jackson Jr., of Arlington, Va.; daughters, Christine Jackson and Angela Jackson, both of Martinsburg, Va.; five grandchildren; sisters, Freddie Jackson, of Kiski Township, Toni (Fred) Jackson and Tracy Trammell; brothers, Marvin (Quana) Booker and Zachary Booker; sisters-in-law, Lenor Nabors and Jeniffer Nabors; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert H. Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery, Avonmore. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Jordan, Willis R. 91

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1923-10-29
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Willis R. Jordan, 91, of Leechburg, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Fair Winds Manor, Sarver. Born on Oct. 29, 1923, in Butler, he was the son of the late Willis and Francis (Quinn) Jordan. He was employed as an engineer at TNN Engineering Services, Lower Burrell, retiring in 1982. Mr. Jordan served in the Army as a Private and was a World War II POW veteran. He enjoyed watching television, especially wrestling, and eating sweets. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Margaret (Howell) Jordan; son, Alva Jordan (Laura), of Tarentum; stepsons, Earl Redmond and William Howell, of Butler; daughters, Sandy Jenkins (Al), of Springfield, W.Va., Diane Harris, of Springfield, W.Va., Catherine Fryar (Jesse), of Freeport, and Jaclyn Kostelansky (Nick), of North Apollo; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brother, Ellis Clark (Joann), of Butler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Pete Jordan and Leroy, who passed away in infancy; and his sister, Lila Young. At the request of Mr. Jordan, there will be no public visitation or ceremonies. Arrangements by CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051). To send an online condolence to the Jordan family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Mollick, John E. 68

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1946-11-11
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • John E. Mollick, 68, of Washington Township, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at home. Born Nov. 11, 1946, in Apollo, he was a son of the late Stanley C. and Stella (Skwirut) Mollick. John lived in the Apollo area most of his life and was a 1964 graduate of Apollo High School. He served our country with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, serving in the 1st and 3rd Marine Division as a forward observer for 81 mortars. John worked as a production foreman in local mines, including Tunnelton Mining Co., for 30 years and was last employed as an armored truck driver. He was a member of the VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell and the American Legion Post 114 in Vandergrift. John enjoyed hunting, riding four-wheelers, spending time at his friend's camp and loved watching his son race, from three-wheelers to super late models at local tracks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Victoria L. Kloc; and his favorite pet, his cocker spaniel, Madison. John is survived by his wife, Judith R. (Voelker) Mollick; son, John W. "Muggy" (Kimberly) Mollick, of Toronto, Ohio; brothers, Stanley C. (Joyce) Mollick, of Apollo, Frank (Joan) Mollick, of Easton, Md., Andrew (Jesilyn) Mollick, of Lakeland, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in the funeral home, with Father John Euker officiating. At the conclusion of the service, military honors will be accorded by the Armstrong County Veterans Honor Guard. Private interment will be in the Cemetery of The Alleghenies, Bridgeville, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's memory to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250-0301. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Smith, Russell B. 82

  • Butler
  • Born: 1933-05-20
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Russell Blair Smith, 82, of Butler, was born May 20, 1933, at home in Rayburn township, and passed away gently Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Lee Smith and Ella Mae Chesnut; and siblings, Ken, Edna Harry and twins. He is survived by his companion, Ann Aites; daughters, Patty Wilson, Linda Fry, Pam Beers, Bonnie Sue Cravenor and Jackie Grates; sons, Russell B. Smith Jr. and Billy Smith. Russ was retired from head of security at Butler Hospital and as a constable. He continued to work numerous other jobs, including 422 Auto Auctions, until the month before his passing. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Alameda Park Steelworker's Shelter, 184 Alameda Park Road, Butler, PA 16001, for all family, friends and co-workers. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD, Blawnox.
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Sopher Jr., James A. 28

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • James A. Sopher Jr., 28, of Cranberry Township, died Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015. He was the beloved son of James A. and Marcia (Schrecengost) Sopher; loving brother of Lindsay Senft (Zachary); uncle of Luciana and Henrik Senft; nephew of Cindy Sopher, Terry Sopher, Kay Dunkle, Donna LaSitis, Lynne Schrecengost and Carol Karistofik; also survived by many cousins. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but now he rests peacefully in the hands of his Father, Jesus Christ in Heaven. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Additional visitation 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at Victory Church, 21150 Route 19, Cranberry township, PA 16066. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Victory.
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Stebler, Dorothy M. 90

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. "Dotty" (Fennell) Stebler, 90, of Cranberry Township, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 65 years to Philip F. Stebler Jr.; loving mother of Edward Stebler, Karen Nadrash (Richard), Dennis Stebler (Donna), Gary Stebler (Nancy) and the late Kenneth Stebler; and sister of the late Harry Fennell, Wilmer Fennell, Betty Cornell, Lawrence Fennell. Dorothy is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Dotty attended Taylor Allderdice High School and one year at Pennsylvania College for Women. She was the co-owner, costume designer and seamstress of Esser Costume Company from 1945 until 1975 and was past president of the Pittsburgh Jaycettes. Dotty designed first place award costumes for competition at the National Costumers Association Convention in 1968. She was a ceramic teacher for 13 years and won "Best of Show" for original raised nationality figures on a world globe at the Pittsylvania Ceramic Guild Tri-State competition in 1962. Dotty designed and made the wreaths used annually at the Cranberry Township Veterans Memorial Day ceremony at North Boundary Park from 1999 to the present. As an associate member of the Ohio Valley Marine Corps League, she was assistant coordinator for three years with the Toys for Tots program. Dotty compiled their annual scrapbook that won first place in state and national competitions in 2004. She created the nose design drawing for a refueling plane of the 171st National Guard USAF in 2006. Dotty creatively designed and made greeting cards for all occasions. She enjoyed making gifts using ordinary recycling items: something from nothing. Dotty made custom Christmas gifts for family and friends with a different theme each year. She had a love for God, family and her God-given artistic talent. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ferdinand Church.
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Vasko, Edward E.

  • Adams Township
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Edward E. Vasko, of Adams Township, formerly of Mt. Washington, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was the husband of the late Helen (Malley) Vasko; loving father of Catherine Crawford, Janice Dunbar (William), Cindy Vasko-Roesser (Phil), Edward Vasko Jr. (Patricia), Christina Sandherr (Thomas), Peggy Kelly (Thomas), Susan Tighe (Edwin), Douglas Vasko (Lisa), Darlene Vasko and the late Patricia Mullen; also survived by 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ferdinand Church Monday. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, 4800 Jonestown Road No. 102, Harrisburg, PA 15109.
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Walia, Pushpa 79

  • Mars
  • Born: 1935-09-03
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Pushpa Walia, 79, of Mars, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, 2015, in the comfort of her daughter's home. Born Sept. 3, 1935, in Delhi, India, she was the daughter of the late Babu Lal and Brahma Devi Ahluwalia. Surviving are her children, Sunil K. Walia (Rampyari), Dushyant K. Walia (Chanda), Harsh V. Walia (Liliette), Ashok K. Walia, Deepak K. Walia (Rupa), Sidharth K. Walia (Rhea), Pradeep K. Walia (Suzanne), Geeta Kaul (Bipin) and Sandeepa Kaleida (Brian); 18 grandchildren; her siblings, Shakuntala Devi Ahluwalia, Amar Singh Ahluwalia, Santosh Chandar and Sushila Mehta; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mohinder Singh Walia, who she married March 7, 1954, and who died June 6, 1990; and by her brother, Lalit Ahluwalia. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Henry, Nancy L. 61

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1954-02-23
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Nancy Lizabeth Crislip Henry, 61, of South Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1954, in Connellsville, a daughter of her loving mother, Audrey Cavanaugh Crislip, of Connellsville, and the late Jack E. Crislip Sr. Nancy was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1972. She then received her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 1976. Nancy was a talented journalist and worked for the Connellsville Daily Courier in advertising for many years, and she most recently worked as a freelance journalist. She was also employed at Woods Jewelry in Mt. Pleasant. Nancy was known for upbeat and interesting articles about local people and activities in Connellsville and currently wrote the "Around Town" weekly column. Nancy was active in many civic organizations, including Friends of the Carnegie Library, Connellsville Rotary Club, Downtown Connellsville, Fayette Cultural Trust and Crossroads Magazine. She was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award and was a member of the Connellsville Slovak Club. She attended the Connellsville Presbyterian Church. Nancy was an avid NASCAR and stockcar racing fan. She was an alumna and huge fan of West Virginia University. In addition to her mother, Nancy will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her brother, Jack Crislip and wife, Patty; and her sisters, Marilee McFadden and husband, Gene, and Kathe Crislip. Nancy was a loving and caring aunt to her nieces, Audra McFadden and Elle Crislip; and her nephew, Michael McFadden. She is also survived by her longtime companion, Dow Carnahan. Family and friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. until the hour of a funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), with the Rev. Suzanne Zampella officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Friends of Carnegie Free Library, 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, PA 15425; or Fayette Friends of Animals, 223 Searights Herbert Road, Uniontown, PA 15401, in memory of Nancy L. Henry. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Wiltrout, Kayla M. 16

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kayla Marie Wiltrout, 16, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete.
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Wiltrout, Kayla M. 16

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1999-03-06
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kayla Marie Wiltrout, 16, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born March 6, 1999, in Springfield, Ore., a daughter of Keith Wiltrout, of Scottdale; and Susanna (Nilsson) Wiltrout. Kayla was employed by McDonalds, Connellsville. She was a member of Connellsville Area High School Musical Theatre Arts; she enjoyed writing, drawing and playing piano. In addition to her parents, Kayla is survived by two sisters, Sommer Wiltrout, of Connellsville, and Tonya Jensen, of Cottage Grove, Ore.; paternal grandparents, Junior and Cheryl Kubasky, of Scottdale; maternal grandparents, Suend and Judy Nillson, of Eugene, Ore.; three uncles, Eric Wiltrout and Tim and Danny Nilsson; and Susanna's boyfriend Johnny Vanorsdale, his daughters, Amber and Ashley Miller, and his mother, Betty Vanorsdale. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Wolfe, Tyler 22

  • Bullskin Township
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Tyler Wolfe, 22, of Bullskin Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME and will be announced when complete.
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Wolfe, Tyler G. 22

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1992-11-17
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Tyler G. "Jynx" Wolfe, 22, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 17, 1992, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Sherry (Prinkey) Shultz, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, and the late Robert Wolfe. Jynx was employed as a mechanic for Mongell Tire Co., Scottdale. He enjoyed the outdoors, and liked art and skateboarding. In addition to his mother, Jynx is survived by two brothers, Robert Smith and Hayden Brooks, of Connellsville; three sisters, Christa Wolfe and fiance, TA Manzella, of Perry, Ohio, Kassandra Shultz and companion, Brian DeWitt, of Connellsville, and Danni Shultz, of Connellsville; grandparents, Jerry Prinkey and Margaret Shultz, both of Connellsville; three nephews; a niece; and stepfather, Troy Shultz. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the hour of service, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Jynx was a registered organ donor. In lieu of flowers, Jynx's family requests donations be made payable to the funeral home. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Clark, Ruth D. 79

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1935-08-29
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Ruth Diana Igoe Clark, 79, of Monongahela, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in her home. She was born Aug. 29, 1935, in Fairhope, the daughter of David Clarence Igoe and Elizabeth Kiefer Igoe Gates. Ruth graduated in 1953 from Monessen High School. In the mid 1960s, she was a cook at Salem College in West Virginia. She later was employed at H and R Block and Beneficial Finance, as well as being the bookkeeper for her husband's business, Clark Insurance Agency, both in Clarksburg, W.Va. Ruth was a big part in lovingly raising her grandchildren and enjoyed macrame and cross stitch. She is survived by her husband, Cleo Clark with whom she celebrated 59 years of marriage on April 15, 2015; three sons, Lester Clark and wife, Mary, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ron Clark of Monongahela, and Leo Clark of North Charleston, S.C.; daughter, Diana Irey Vaughan and husband, Robert, of Eighty Four; seven grandchildren, Brett and Christine Clark, Diana Stamm, Christopher Clark, Frank and Victoria Irey, Ali Irey Vaughan; three great-grandsons, Christopher, Parker and Brandon Stamm; two brothers, David Igoe of Fairhope, Robert Igoe and wife, Barbara, of West Newton; sister, Elizabeth Gillingham and husband, Sturgis, of Monongahela; sister-in-law, Jackie Gates, of Enfield, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Brandon Clark; and four sisters, Mary Jane Igoe, Gloria Hohenberger, Alice Eschman, and Emma Lou Bettinelli. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, and 11 a.m. until noon Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at noon in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 West Main St., Monongahela, with Betsy West, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parker Stamm Kidney Fund, 146 Dyers Stone Drive, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Kerr, Robert A.

  • Washington
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Piatt Barnhill, Washington | Get Directions
  • Robert Andrew Kerr, of Washington, Pa., died peacefully Thursday morning, Aug. 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Joy. Bob will be dearly missed by his children, Heather and Erik; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Marlene; grandchildren Brandon, Morgan, Brooke, Cailyn, Liana and Emilie; brother, James B. Kerr; and nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Raised by a single mother, Bob became "man of the house" at a young age, developed a strong work ethic, sense of responsibility and a capacity to care for others that never left him, even in his last years of life. Bob received his formal training as a hearing and speech pathologist from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and California University of Pennsylvania, earning undergraduate and master's degrees respectively. In 1978, he founded Progressive Mobility and Medical Supply, now the largest home medical showroom in the tri-state area. Though often irreverent and skeptical, Robert was a devoted follower of Christ. He generously supported numerous ministry and mission organizations. As a member of the local church, he served as an elder and was always willing to roll up his sleeves and help to see God's kingdom advance. Bob was also an active member of the community and served in various roles through the years, from township supervisor to board member with Children and Youth Services. He was a member of the Jaycees and Elks. Bob loved music, especially doo-wop and jazz. He enjoyed golf and excelled at throwing darts. He was wildly imaginative and funny. But most of all, he loved his family. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m., the hour of service, Sunday in the PIATT AND BARNHILL FUNERAL HOME, 420 Locust Ave., Washington, with Erik Kerr officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, Director.
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Waddington, William A. 82

  • Peters Township
  • Died: 2015-08-09
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • William Aloysius Waddington, 82, of Peters Township, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at his home. He was the beloved husband of 62 years to Joan (Diviny) Waddington; loving father of William A. (Katherine) Waddington, Gail Marie Waddington, Joanne W. (James) Kyriacopoulos, Gregory J. (Beti) Waddington and Thomas A. (Rachel) Waddington; loving grandfather of Justin (Colleen) Waddington, Matthew (Amy) Waddington, Brendan Waddington, Alexandra Kyriacopoulos, John Kyriacopoulos, Jonathan Waddington, Michael Waddington, Madison Waddington, Josiah (Tara) Atkins, Susanna (Austin) Miller, Rosalynn Atkins, Caroline Atkins, Elaina Atkins, Samuel Waddington and Noelle Waddington; loving great-grandfather of Emily Waddington and Taylor Waddington; and loving brother of James Waddington (Dorothy), Margaret Polinsky (Edward) and Robert Waddington. Mr. Waddington served in the Army during the Korean War where he attended Signal School and served as a cryptographer. He also was a graduate of the Drexel Institute of Technology and was employed by RCA and through mergers and acquisitions retired from Lockheed Martin where he established, led and served as director of Proposal Operations. William was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Trinity Church in Moorestown, N.J., where he faithfully served and volunteered to manage various church operations. William was an avid golfer and joined leagues in Moorestown, N.J., and Mt. Lebanon, and he was a longtime member and champion speaker of Toastmasters International. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS, 724-941-3211. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair. Inurnment will be private. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx and Gateway Hospice www.gatewayhospice.com. Please view or add tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Carey, Imogene 90

  • Hastings, Minn. , Formerly of Acme
  • Born: 1925-01-05
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Imogene Chackan Carey, 90, of Hastings Minn., formerly of Acme, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Acme, to the late Lewis and Minnie Yothers Shaffer. She was a member of Acme United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Domer Chackan; second husband, Lawrence Carey; daughter, Sherri Forsythe; and brother, Robert Shaffer. Imogene is survived by a son, Larry (Barbara) Chackan, of Hastings; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her sister, Georgia Ulery, of Acme. Family and friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with the Rev. John A. Logan, with interment to follow in Donegal Cemetery.
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Lutz, David M.

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Evans, Baltimore | Get Directions
  • David M. Lutz, of Baltimore, Md., died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was the loving son of Paul and Erma Jean Lutz; devoted father of Ben, Stephen, Emily and Tim Lutz; dear brother of Christine Mahone and her husband, Herb, Larry Lutz and his wife, Judy, Karl Lutz and his wife, Diana, Mary Jean Bujdos and her husband, Joe, and Michael Lutz and his partner, Jason Sumney; also survived by his many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and all of his students at Xpert Driving School. Family and friends will honor Mr. Dave's life from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the family owned EVANS FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES - Parkville, 8800 Harford Road. A funeral liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael the Archangel-Overlea. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Dave's name may be made to Evans Funeral Chapel for helping with funeral expenses. Memory tributes may be sent to the family at www.evansfuneralchapel.com.
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Riveiro, Dorothy 93

  • Southport, N.C.
  • Born: 1921-12-15
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Bowser-Minich, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Monko Riveiro, 93, of Southport, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center. She was born Dec. 15, 1921, in Sagamore, to Nick and Anna Kostella. Dorothy had a passion for cooking, gardening, dancing and playing musical instruments. She was especially fond of sharing her life stories with her grandchildren. Dorothy was very proficient at remembering the important dates of her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Egert (Gerry), of Holden Beach, N.C., and her son, John (Denise Ann), of Athens, Ga.; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive her. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Paul Monko, of 38 years (1978); her second husband, Cilio Riveiro, of 15 years (2004); a daughter, Kathy Gundy (1998); and a granddaughter, Wendy Egert Partsch (1989). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Yatesboro. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, 955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422.
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Walor, Barbara J. 82

  • Crystal Lake, Ill.
  • Born: 1933-06-08
  • Died: 2015-08-25
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  • Barbara Joanne Walor, 82, of Crystal Lake, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Lombard, Ill. She was born June 8, 1933, in Wichita, Kan. She was the only child of Florence Mae (Polson) and Curtis Everett Hunter. She attended Wichita State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1956. She married John Walor on June 2, 1957, in Wichita and they lived there until 1966 when they moved to Crystal Lake. She was a longtime teacher at Cary-Grove and Crystal Lake South High Schools, teaching and counseling students who were at high risk of dropping out of school. In 1974, she completed her Master of Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. During her retirement, she and her husband lived in the Ozarks for five years before moving back to Crystal Lake, where they continued to golf and enjoy other outdoor activities. Her husband predeceased her, having passed away Aug. 6, 2013. She is survived by her sons, Hunter (Julie) Walor and Curt (Kendy) Walor; and her grandchildren, Gregory, John, Marin, Tru and Chase. A burial site service and ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Union Cemetery, 127 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. For more information, please call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
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