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Design icon Oscar de la Renta, favorite of first ladies, dies

By USA Today
One of the world’s most legendary fashion designers, Oscar de la Renta, died Monday, reported ABC News and Women’s Wear Daily. He was 82. De la Renta’s health was described this month by The New York Times as “precarious.” He had cancer in 2006, and at his women’s wear show …

Connellsville native Stafford remembered for her generosity

By Mark Hofmann
A woman who donated both money and ideas to her hometown passed away this month and is being remembered for her generosity. Nancy L. Stafford, 80, was born in Connellsville to Tweek H. and Minnie Behrens Stafford on Nov. 17, 1933. Stafford graduated from Connellsville High School in 1951, went …

Cantor was passionate about church, heritage

By Aaron Aupperlee
When Michael Drabik led the Divine Liturgy during Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Braddock, he would occasionally slip in a …

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Birmingham, Virginia

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Musmanno, McKees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Virginia "Ginnie" (Willey) Birmingham, of Pittsburgh, loving mother, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Ginnie graduated from Winchester-Thurston in 1957 and Vassar College in 1961, then earned a Masters Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962. After starting her family, she decided she wanted to make a difference in the world and went to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. After graduation, she practiced family law and helped battered women. This led to her involvement in various women's shelters in the area. Aside from the law, Virginia was an avid bridge player, loved traveling and enjoyed spending time with her dog, Maverick. But Virginia's true passion was her family. She is survived by a sister, Julie Haase, of Dallas, Texas, who she traveled the world with; four children, Julia Lawson (James), John (Kathy), both of Pittsburgh, Beth LaBlanc (Mike), of Phoenix, Ariz., and Carolyn Smith (Gwyeth), of New York. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren who she adored more than anything, Thomas, Emilie and Alex Lawson, Maddie and Patrick Birmingham, Amy, Mika and Lucas LaBlanc and "Gigi's Final Four" Charlie, Owen, Andrew and Benjamin Smith. Funeral services are private. Arrangements are entrusted to the ANTHONY M. MUSMANNO FUNERAL HOME INC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to two foundations dear to Virginia's heart, The National Fragile X Foundation (http://www.fragilex.org) or the American Diabetes Association (http://www.diabetes.org.)
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Bonacci, Sylvia 75

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Sylvia (Bobich) Bonacci, 75, of Monroeville, died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Mildred (Dojonovic) Bobich; wife of the late Vincent Bonacci; beloved sister of Millicent Bozic and Peter (Jane) Bobich; special aunt of Melanie Bozic, Michelle (Dave Hawes) Lukas, Nicole (Joe) Tominello, Peter J. (Christy) Bobich; and special great-aunt of Julianna, Kaylee, Merissa, Mason, Dexter, Gloria, Bryce, Brock and Braylee. Sylvia was an office manager for the Serb National Federation, was on the democratic committee in Monroeville and was a member and chairman of the Monroeville Zoning Hearing board for many years. Family and friends are being received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a Pomen service at 8 p.m. in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Services in the St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Very Rev. DC Malich officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery. Everyone please meet at the church. Memory eternal Sylvia.
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Bowersox, Clarence H. 86

  • Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Clarence H. "Babe" Bowersox, 86, of Wilkinsburg, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Babe was the last surviving of 13 children of Anthony and Daisy Bowersox. He was the special uncle of Don (Bonnie) Bowersox, of Monroeville, and many other nieces and nephews. Babe was a Korean War Army veteran and for more than 30 years, he was an owner of Hoffman's Garage in Wilkinsburg. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial with Military honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Brucker Sr., Regis W. 74

  • Brackenridge
  • Born: 1940-04-23
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Regis W. Brucker Sr., 74, of Brackenridge, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at the Aspinwall VA. He was born April 23, 1940, in Natrona, a son of the late Regis and Mildred (Carney) Brucker. Regis has lived most of his life in Natrona Heights and Brackenridge where he was a unit secretary for 15 years at Allegheny Valley Hospital, retiring in 1994. A 1958 graduate of Har Brack High School, he entered the Navy in 1957 and served honorably for 15 years as a Navy Corpsman, served at several Naval Hospitals, naval bases, naval ships and three tours with the Marine Corps at Camps Pendleton, Lejeune and Vietnam. Regis' awards include the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Medal, two President Unit Citations and Fleet Marine Force Conduct Operation Action Medal with three stars. Regis was a life member of the Natrona Legion and past Commander; life member of Disabled Vets, Life member of Tarentum VFW and Marine Corps League 872. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Brackenridge. Regis enjoyed spending time with his family, children and his grandchildren. He enjoyed current events and writing letters to the editor. He also enjoyed visiting Atlantic City and eating out at restaurants with his family. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sandra (Gronski) Brucker; his children, Sondra (Mark) Basista, of Tarentum, Regis Brucker Jr., of Brackenridge, Timothy Brucker, of Pittsburgh, and Shawn Brucker, of Creighton; and his wonderful grandchildren, Matthew Basista, of Washington, D.C., Danielle Basista, of Tarentum, Seth and Emily Brucker, of Natrona Heights, and Bailey Brucker, of Warren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Brucker, in 1970; and a brother, David Brucker. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Alan Morris, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights, with full military honors by Tarentum VFW and the Navy. The Marine Corps League will hold services at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Brunner, Mary M. 70

  • New Sewickley Township , Formerly of McCandless
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • Mary M. (Ehman) Brunner, 70, of New Sewickley Township, formerly of McCandless, died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 46 years of John Brunner; loving mother of Mark, Matthew (Nancy) and David (Allison); proud grandmother of Valerie, Heather, Joshua, Lila and one on the way in May 2015; sister of Harry (Janet) Ehman; and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Ferdinand Church. Mary had a love of crocheting, especially making afghans and blankets for her loved ones. She also had a very strong connection to her faith. Mary was adored by her grandchildren and will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Ferdinand Church Building Fund.
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Bruno, Hermoine W.

  • Verona
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Hermoine W. Bruno "Herm", of Verona, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at her residence. She was the wife of the late Anthony F. Bruno Sr.; dear mother of Kandy Bruno, Anthony "Tony" (Jeannie) Bruno and the late Guy Bruno; grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of seven. Herm was an active member of Verona Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon. She enjoyed her many friendships at the William McKinley Center, Penn Hills. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Family suggests memorials to Verona Presbyterian Church, 566 S. Ave., Verona, PA 15147. Visit us at http://www.burket-truby.com.
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Byrne, Evelyn L. 80

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1933-10-30
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Evelyn L. Byrne, 80, of Richland Township, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born Oct. 30, 1933, in Hampton Township, she was a daughter of the late Milo and Bertha Grace (Allison) Fetterhoff. Evelyn worked at several places throughout her career. She began at the Richland School District cafeteria. Next, she worked as a baker and finally as a seamstress. Evelyn enjoyed helping and caring for anyone who needed it. She loved to travel, camp and snowmobile with her family and friends. She volunteered as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and belonged to the Auto-Go's camping group and North Hills Historical Car Club with her late husband. Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Terri (Thomas) Bridge, of Richland Township; grandchildren, Lauren Bridge and Matthew Bridge, of Richland Township, Christin (Robbin) Campbell, of Elizabethtown; and siblings, James Fetterhoff, of Valencia, Barbara Fredly, of Mars, and Nancy Coon, of Mars. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Patrick J. Byrne; and her sister, Mildred Delucia. Evelyn's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park, where a funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m., with Pastor Scott Kuechenmeister-Hall officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Evelyn's honor to Try Special Needs Inc., P.O. Box 40, Wexford, PA 15090. She will be laid to rest at Hampton Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Evelyn's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Carothers, Dorothy T.

  • Duquesne
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Dorothy T. Carothers, of Duquesne, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Wellington Memorial Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was born in Duquesne, daughter of the late John and Mary (Kovach) Lenhart. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. She enjoyed going to church, cooking, baking and yard work. She was very close and at peace with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was the wife of the late George H. Carothers for 57 years. Survivors include her son, George Gary (Dale) Carothers, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and she is also survived by nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers and sisters, John Lenhart, Andrew B. Lenhart, George Lenhart, Katherine Clark, Marie Pollier, Anna Woods and Margaret "Peg" England. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A blessing service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Hedwig Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
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Cole, Rodney W. 72

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Rodney W. Cole, of Monroeville, passed away at the age of 72 on Oct. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Joanne (Bender) Cole; father of Michael J. and Traci A. Cole; brother of William Cole (Doris); uncle of Paul Connelly (Karen), Kenneth Connelly, Tina Wetmore (Adam) and Margie Connelly; and great-uncle of Chace Cole, Michael and Kristen Connelly. He was an Army Vietnam veteran. Friends will be received for a memorial visitation from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the funeral chapel. Inurnment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Cribbs Sr., George A. 84

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1930-04-30
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • George Allen Cribbs Sr., 84, of Dravosburg, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. Born April 30, 1930, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Allen O'Neil Cribbs and Susan Pearl (Spindler) Grove Cribbs, and beloved husband of EvaLyn (Bachisin) Cribbs for 58 years. George was employed by U.S. Steel Clairton Works for 36 years, where he was a wireman and vice foreman. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, spending most of that time in Arabia, Germany and France. His memberships included the Dravosburg American Legion Post 380, Free and Accepted Masons Wilson-Joppa Lodge 714, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Al-O-Mon No. 138 and the Pittsburgh Elks Lodge. He also was a baseball coach in Dravosburg for kids of all ages, a Cub Scout leader and an avid golfer. In addition to his wife, EvaLyn, George is survived by his children, George Allen Cribbs Jr., of Dravosburg, Jay S. (Vicki) Cribbs, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Nancy (Patrick) Hamilton, of McKeesport; grandchildren, Jill Steele and Alexander Hamilton; great-grandchildren, Amber, Aspen and Olivia; brother, David (Alexis) Cribbs; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Walter Grover; sister, Beatrice Grove Shoaf; and granddaughter, Mindy Lee. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 220 Ninth St., McKeesport, PA 15132. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Bruce Mounts will officiate. Burial and military honors will follow at Richland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 or to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Dan, Beatrice Bea P. 89

  • South Hills
  • Born: 1924-12-04
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Beatrice P. "Bea" (Zielinski) Dan, 89, of Friendship Village of South Hills, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. She was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Plains, Pa., a daughter of the late Charles and Pauline (Shimshock) Zielinski. She was the beloved wife of 48 years to the late John Dan Jr., a former executive with the P and LE Railroad; loving mother of John Charles Dan and wife, Barbara, of Mickleton, N.J.; cherished grandmother of Alexander Dan, of Dallas, Texas; sister of the late Bernard (Anne) Zielinski and Edward (Anna Mae) Zielinski; devoted aunt of Janis Pasko (Bill Ebbinghaus), of Madison, Ohio, Edward Zielinski (Diane Chaycosky), of Kirtland, Ohio, and Dana Zielinski, of University Heights, Ohio. She is also survived by extended family members. Mrs. Dan attended Western Reserve University and was employed as a bookkeeper while in her 20s in the Cleveland, Ohio area and later in her life at various businesses in Allegheny and Washington Counties. She was also a professional musician for a brief period. She was a resident of Bethel Park from 1959 to1962 and of Upper St. Clair since 1969, where she was active in the Woman's Club and the Coterie Club. Bea and her husband, John, loved to travel and visited over 20 states, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. The family would like to express their gratitude for the compassionate care provided by the staff of Friendship Village's Health Center. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BEINHAUER FUNERAL HOME, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray (724-941-3211). A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Ruthfred Lutheran Church, South Park and Patterson Roads, Bethel Park, PA 15102. Interment in Forest Lawn Gardens Cemetery. Please add tributes at beinhauer.com.
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Dornetto, Rose M. 90

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Rose M. (Domino) Dornetto, 90, of Mt. Lebanon, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Dornetto; devoted mother of the late Thomas Dornetto Jr. and Robert Dornetto; sister of James A. (Josephine), Antoinette "Toni", the late Joseph (survived by Betty) and Josephine Domino; mother-in-law of Mary Anne Dornetto; cherished grandmother of T.J. (Brandi), Chuck (Candace) and Jonathan (Lena); loving great-grandmother of Xzavier, Wyatt, Lilia, Jessica, Brooks and Evvie. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard Church. If desired, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Drabik Jr., Michael 91

  • Churchill , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael Drabik Jr., 91, of Churchill, formerly of North Braddock, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Chirko) Drabik for 62 years; loving father of Michael J. (Carol) Drabik, of North Braddock, Diane Popp, of Churchill, and Myron J. (Ruth) Drabik, of East Pittsburgh; proud grandfather of Alecia (John) DiMatteo, Jeremy (Talin) Drabik and Melissa Trisch; great-grandfather of Nadya and Joslyn; brother of the late Stephen (late Margaret) Drabik; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Mike was a World War II Army veteran and served with the 82nd Combat Engineers Battalion. He was a retired employee of US Steel Edgar Thomson Plant with 39 years of service. Mike served as a cantor for SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Braddock for more than 47 years. He was a member and vice-president of the local S.O.A.R., an association of retired steelworkers. Mike was a member and president of the Board of Directors of the Monongahela Cemetery. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus since 1958 with Council No. 911 in Braddock. Mike also was a member and past officer of the Slavonic Social Club in Braddock and was a lifetime member of the East Pittsburgh VFW Post 5008. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Parastas will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Office of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church. Burial with Military honors will follow at Monongahela Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Felicetty, Harriet R. 85

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1928-10-28
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Harriet Rena Felicetty, 85, of Jefferson Hills, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. She was born Oct. 28, 1928, in West Elizabeth and was a daughter of the late William and Mary Myers Dolan. She was the wife of the late Albert Felicetty, who died April 20, 2008. Harriet was a member of Bible Alliance Church and Critchfield Alliance Church, and also attended Gospel Alliance Church. She was a member of and served on the Board of Directors of the Clairton Anglers Club and was also a member of the Gems and Holy Rollers Bowling Leagues. Harriet is survived by her son, Daniel (Kathy) Felicetty, of Shreveport, La.; daughter, Mary (David) Kozemchak, of Elizabeth Township; brother, William (Virginia) Dolan, of Carmichaels; sister, Edith McCall, of Beaver; grandsons, Kirk (Michelle), Chad (Cathy), Jason (Beth), Jeremy (Dorine) and Joshua (Jennifer); 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Blatchford. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Ferraro, Barbara J. 78

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Barbara J. "Dolly" Ferraro, 78, of Baldwin, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Joseph Ferraro; and loving mother of Catherine McGrew (Slim), Linda Wagner (Robert), Chris Walker (Dan McKee) and the late Regis Schulz. She was also blessed and loved by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Dolly retired from Hornes/Lazarus and Pat Catan's. Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, Broughton-Curry-South Park Township. Funeral prayer will be at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Ascension of our Lord Church. The family requests donations in Barbara's name to the Western PA Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Condolences may be offered for the family at http://www.GriffithFH.com.
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Garrow, Anna Mae 87

  • Pine Township
  • Born: 1927-06-20
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae (Kremer) Garrow, 87, of Pine Township, formerly of Allison Park, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. She was born June 20, 1927, to the late Joseph and Hilda (Heisel) Kremer. She was the beloved wife for 57 years of the late Robert W. Garrow; loving mother of Steven R. (Barbara) Garrow, of Tarentum, Lynn A. (Timothy) Rizzo, of Cheswick, and Jeffrey D. (Patricia) Garrow, of Pine Township; sister of Paul (Betty) Kremer, of Allison Park, Jim (Lois) Kremer, of Hudson, Fla., Rose Blazier, of Sun Lake, Ariz., and Jack (Elva) Kremer, of Gibsonia; proud grandmother of Jessica and Jayme Garrow, Dianna (Norman Osthoff) and Lana Rizzo, Stephanie (Nathan) Indergaard, Robert and Michelle Garrow; and great-grandmother of Giavonni Rizzo, Mina Mae Indergaard and Bruno Osthoff. Anna Mae was an active member of the Allison Park Assembly of God and loved gardening. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Entombment in Allegheny County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Love a Child, P.O. Box 60063, Fort Meyers, FL 33906; or International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, P.O. Box 96105, Washington, DC 20090-6105, http://www.ifcj.org. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Harms, Virginia M. 92

  • Formerly of Etna
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Virginia M. Harms, 92, of St. Barnabas, formerly of Etna, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. She was the wife of the late Ellwood; loving mother of Ginny Fisher, Bill Harms and Patty Petro; sister of Teresa DeLuca, Judy Shoop and the late Rich, Jack and Don Ladesic and Mitzi Perka; and is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in SS. John and Paul Church, Sewickley. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.
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Hrehocik, Lucille A. 89

  • Glassport
  • Born: 1924-12-07
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Lucille A. (George) Hrehocik, 89, of Glassport, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, and rejoined her husband, Elmer, after a nine-year separation on May 26, 2005. She was known to all as having a caring and giving heart. She was a faithful member of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church in McKeesport and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Queen of the Rosary Church in Glassport and formerly worked at McKeesport Hospital in the Dietary Department. Born Dec. 7, 1924, in Port Vue, she was a daughter of the late Elek and Agnes (Janka) George. She met the true love of her life and married Elmer V. Hrehocik on July 17, 1948. She is survived by her son, Eric (Alice) Hrehocik, of Sarasota, Fla.; daughters, Letitia Hrehocik, of Glassport, and Celeste McGraw, of Upper St. Clair; grandson, John "J.J." McGraw Jr., of Upper St. Clair; granddaughter, Maura McGraw, of Upper St. Clair; also nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Louis George, Joseph George, Alex George, Anne Nemeth and Helen Mikolics. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski. Entombment following at New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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James, Robert W. 84

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Robert W. James, 84, of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. He was the loving and devoted husband for 58 years to Sophie Xidis James; best dad ever to Susan T. and David C. James; beloved brother of Kay Yeager; and is also survived by his nieces and nephews. Bob loved to golf, fish, hunt and was a total outdoorsman. Most of all, he loved his family. The family wishes to thank Dr. Terence Philbin and his staff for their many years of wonderful care and to also thank all the special care givers who treated Bob and Sophie so well. At his request, service and interment in Allegheny Cemetery will be private. Arrangements are by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory may be made to Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church, 900 Country Club Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Barbara

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Barbara Frketich Jones, of O'Hara Township, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Mrs. Jones was the beloved wife of the late John V. "Jack" Jones; mother of Suanne Balestrieri (Frank), of West View, Richard J. Jones (Cyndi), of McCandless, Paul T. Jones (Debbie), of Shaler Township, and the late Janet Meinert and Robert J. Jones; daughter of the late Matthew and Anna Profozich Frketich; sister of Dorothy McGinn (late Pat), of Millvale, Rose Augustine (Jim), of Shaler, Catherine Doverspike (late Bill), of West View, Matthew Frketich (Ann), of Arizona, Mary Ann Miller (Joe), of Shaler, and the late Anna Mae Smith; and is also survived by six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Mrs. Jones was a member of Guardian Angels CFU Lodge 4 and the Red Hat Ladies. Celebrate Mrs. Jones' life with her family from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Kniss, Evelyn B. 63

  • Moon Township
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Huntsman, Rochester | Get Directions
  • Evelyn B. Kniss, 63, of Moon Township, went to be with the Lord peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, surrounded by her family at her side. Evelyn was the daughter of the late John Sr. and Blanche (Olszewski) Brandebura; wife of Thomas C. Kniss and loving, caring mother of Kenneth T. Kniss and his fiance, Anna Barefoot; sister to Dr. John Brandebura (Margaret) and their children, William, Stephen and Matthew Brandebura and Laura Strum (Stephen) and their son, Andy, who she loved dearly. Evelyn is also survived by many loving family members and friends including her brother-in-law, Timothy Kniss (Debbie) and their sons, Timothy Allen and Tyler. Evelyn touched each person she met with her affectionate smile and personality. There will be no public visitation. The HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MOON TOWNSHIP is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Zion's Lutheran Church, 140 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org. or The UPMC Cancer Center, http://www.upmccancercenter.com. http://www.huntsmanfuneralhomes.com.
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Kusha, Joseph 61

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Joseph "Mark" Kusha, 61, of Penn Hills, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He was the son of Barbara and the late Joseph Kusha; and nephew of James (Cathy) Kusha. Friends received from 2 p.m. until a service at 4 p.m. Saturday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, PA Division, Southwest Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
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Lazur, Rose A. 86

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1927-11-20
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Rose A. Lazur, 86, of Bethel Park, formerly of West Mifflin, died peacefully Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in her home. Born Nov. 20, 1927, in Duquesne, she was predeceased by her parents, Andrew N. Noll and Catherine Gilch; and her late husband of 38 years, George Lazur, of West Mifflin; along with her sister, Eva Scharding; and brother, Leo Noll. Rose was a homemaker living in West Mifflin and joined with her husband, George, in the ownership and operation of the George's Barber Shoppe from 1963 until his death in 1998. She loved to sew and was an avid reader, as well was an active member of the Ladies Guild of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne. She enjoyed her many trips to the Meadows, Atlantic City and Wheeling with her lady friends, as well as her weekly dinners with her brother, niece and nephew. She was also an avid supporter of all of her grandchildren's accomplishments. Survivors include her two children, Mark (Maria) Lazur, of Upper St Clair, and Linda (Don O.) Ollio, of Arlington, Tenn.; granddaughter, Victoria Lazur, of Columbus, Ohio; grandsons, Nicholas and Zachary Lazur and Brandon Ollio; brother, Andrew Noll, of West Mifflin; six nieces; and three nephews. Friends and family will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing service at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the memorial home, followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. John Cuccaro as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. A Parastas service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the memorial home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Upper St. Clair Township Library in Rose's honor, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair Township, PA 15241, a location that she loved and spent many hours over the years.
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Lewczyk, Patricia S. 55

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1959-09-08
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Patricia S. (Gallo) Lewczyk, 55, of Natrona Heights, passed away at home from complications of Diabetes Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. She was born Sept. 8, 1959, in New Kensington, a daughter of Jean M. (Seguiti) Gallo, of Arnold, and the late Michael J. Gallo. She lived most of her life in Arnold and the past 15 years in Natrona Heights. Patricia was a homemaker and also worked at Pittsburgh Best Ice Cream, Oakmont, and Tri Arc Manufacturing, Blawnox. She was of the Catholic faith and a 1977 graduate of Valley High School. Patricia was a Steelers fan, enjoyed her pet, Mindy, and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband of 17 years, Stanley "Ted" Lewczyk; her sisters, Ann L. (James) Grogno, of Arnold, and Marybeth (Jeffrey) Getz, of Norfolk, Va. Also surviving are several cousins, aunts and uncles and nephew, Josh Getz, and nieces, Sara Getz and Elise Grogno. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Louis Gallo, in 1987. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Christian funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, with Monsignor Michael Begolly, officiating. Private Interment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Little, Betty J. 91

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1923-08-18
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Betty J. Little, 91, of Hampton Township, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born Aug. 18, 1923, in Follensby, W.V., she was the daughter of the late John and Bess (Kremer) Scordellis. Betty was a medical assistant at Passavant Hospital and for private doctor's offices for over 20 years and volunteered at Health South for many years afterwards. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for many years. Betty enjoyed playing the organ, playing cards and traveling with her husband. Betty is survived by her children, Raymond (Lucille) Lagundo, of Westminster, Calif., Patricia Goodrich, of Hampton Township, and Rev. William (Ellen) Little, of East McKeesport; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Kenneth Little, Oct. 20, 2002; brother, James Scordellis; and great-granddaughter, Alexis Pegher. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1610 Powers Run Road, Fox Chapel, PA 15238, with the Rev. Robert Musser officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Betty's honor to Susan G. Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309. She will be laid to rest at Hampton Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Betty's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Long, Mercedes J. 79

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Mercedes J. Long, 79, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Frances Snow; beloved mother of Albert (Marie) Long, Joanne (Glenn) Maiers-Grimsley, Carol (Roy) Matthews and Pamela (Kenneth) Bahle; devoted grandmother of Josiah, Robin, Nicole (Jeremy), Brian (fiance, Ashly), Jennifer and David; loving great-grandmother of Alissa, Riley, Abigail and Madelyn; and sister of Paul (Eloise) Snow, Geraldine Snow, Andrew T. Snow and the late Frances and Raymond Snow. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Blessing service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Maggio, Pamela C. 62

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1952-07-16
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Dolence, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Pamela Christine Maggio, of Plum Borough, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. She was born July 16, 1952, to Donald and Dorothy (Redinger) Youngker. She was a great lover of animals. Survivors include her husband, James Crawford, of Plum; a son, Michael Youngker; brothers, Donald (Susie) Youngker and David (Mary Beth) Youngker; and a sister, Sandy (Mark) Squillace and Mother Dorothy (Dolly) Youngker. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Youngker. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the STEPHEN P. DOLENCE Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 1519 Renton Road (Plum Borough). Services and interment will be private for the convenience of the family.
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Menzemer, Charles L. 85

  • Sewickley Hills
  • Born: 1929-05-14
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Musmanno, McKees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Charles Le Roy Menzemer, 85, of Sewickley Hills, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. He was born May 14, 1929, in St. Louis, M0. Defined by his tireless dedication in all of his many endeavors, Charlie, as he was known to those close to him, graduated from the Missouri School of Mines with a degree in chemical engineering and George Washington University with a law degree. For 35 years, he worked as a senior patent attorney at Westinghouse, specializing in acquisitions and divestitures, retiring in 1995. Charlie served his country as a captain in the Korean War in the Army's Intelligence Division. An active member of his community, Charlie served as mayor of Sewickley Hills from 2006 to 2009. He also spent 26 years as a member of the Sewickley Borough Council, where he was instrumental in the building of the Sewickley Hills Borough Building and successfully negotiated to obtain water service for the borough of Glenfield. A lover of dogs and other animals, he received a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his pro bono work with the Police K-9 Association of PA. Among his many interests, Charlie was an avid gun and weapons collector, a skilled marksman and skeet shooter, an avid reader and history enthusiast, a participant in martial arts, and he fenced at Salle D'Escrime of Pittsburgh, which is where he met his loving wife, JoAnn (Iorio), to whom he was devoted in marriage for 51 years. Charlie is survived by his wife, JoAnn; brother-in-law, Dominic Iorio Jr.; sister-in-law, Connie (Gene) Benacquista; sister-in-law, Marlene Edwards; 10 nieces and nephews; and 19 great-nieces and great-nephews. His passion for learning and knowledge continues beyond his death as his body will be donated to the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. A memorial service will be held in his honor from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at the Sewickley Hills Borough Building (349 Magee Road, Sewickley, PA 15143), followed by a luncheon from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Atria's (12980 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090). Arrangements entrusted to the ANTHONY MUSMANNO FUNERAL HOME INC. Donations can be made in his memory to the Ohio Township Police and Fire Department, the Salvation Army, the Wounded Warriors Project or the Police K-9 Association of PA.
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Minnich, Joseph R.

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Joseph R. Minnich, of North Versailles, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, with his family by his side. He was born in 1935, the son of Joseph Rossman Minnich and Sylvia Marie (Hughes) Minnich. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Helen; and a son, Steven. Joe was a driver/instructor for Greyhound Bus Lines until his retirement. After that, he worked part-time at NAPA Auto Parts in White Oak. He was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by children, Vicki (Barry) Slepsky, Ronald (Chris), Michael (Carol) and Tim (Sue) Minnich. Grandchildren include Valerie, Brian Slepsky, Kourtney (Brian) McGonigle, Ron (Natalie) Minnich, Marissa, Stephanie Minnich, Jayme, Danny Klein, Jessica and Jason Weinberg. Great-grandchildren are Bryce Slepsky, Slater and Asher McGonigle, Ava Minnich and Sofia, Jayden Klein. Surviving siblings include sisters, Joan Arthur and Jackie Kovatch; and one brother, James Minnich. He was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita (Dee) Dowling; and two brothers, Charles Robert and Norman Lee Minnich. Joe, who was fondly known as "Pap" or "Pappy Joe" will always be remembered for his love of life and his wicked sense of humor. He loved the outdoors and spent much time on the front porch swing greeting any and all who passed by. He also loved all kinds of activities with his sons, which included watching sports, hunting and fishing. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Joe will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In memory of Joe, please feel free to come in casual dress (jeans) as that is what he would have wanted. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday followed by a service at 7 p.m. in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332.
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Mischler, William J. 90

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • William J. Mischler, 90, of Highland Park, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jeanne M. (Klingensmith) Mischler; father of Michael G. Mischler, Mary Beth Niksic (Kemal), Jeanne M. Laird (Tom), Barbara A. Rossi (Dave) and Steven E. Mischler (Shannon); grandfather of T.J., Jenny, Paula, Jamie, Troy, Jack, Mary Rose, Will, Sead, Peter, Amila and Eva; brother of John V. and the late Wernert E. Mischler; and is also survived by countless nieces and nephews. A lifelong resident of the East End, Bill attended Central Catholic High School. In 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and piloted the B-24 Liberator. Upon his return to Pittsburgh, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and began a long career with Koppers, as a professional engineer and manager. Soon after, he met his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Klingensmith, whom he married at Sacred Heart Church, where he remained a lifelong parishioner. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCABE BROTHERS INC. FUNERAL HOME, http://www.mccabebrothers.com., 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Friday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, http://www.jdrf.org.
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Mitchell, Fenton M. 84

  • Forest Hills , Formerly of Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Fenton M. "Mitch" Mitchell, 84, of Forest Hills, formerly of Fox Chapel, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Marie Shaler Mitchell and the late Kathleen Mitchell; loving father of Jeffrey (Rebecca) Mitchell, Jason Mitchell and Jennifer Mitchell; cherished grandpa of Aydin and Arrington; and brother of Byron and the late James Mitchell. Mitch was a cardiologist in Pittsburgh area hospitals until his retirement. There will be no visitation. Service and interment are private. Arrangements are entrusted to WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 412-731-5001. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Masonic Children's Hospitals.
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Moran, Margaret J. 91

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1923-04-19
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Margaret J. "Marge" Moran, 91, of Duquesne, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. She was born April 19, 1923, in Duquesne, daughter of the late Michael and Helen (Evanko) Gavlik. She worked at the Pentagon during World War II under General Omar Bradley as a secretary. She co-owned with her late husband the Union Grill in Duquesne. They bought the bar and the rights to the name "Union Grill" in 1947. They were known for the hand cut and hand breaded fish sandwiches and shrimp. The walls inside contained a mural of patrons who frequented the bar. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. "Kaufmann" Moran; mother of Gregory (Virginia) Moran, D.M.D., Elizabeth Township, and Gary (Margaret) Moran, of West Mifflin; four grandchildren, Christopher Moran, Matthew (Angela) Moran, Joseph (Erin) Moran and Kelly (fiance Robert) Moran; and five great-grandchildren, Maeve, Brynn, Reilly, Aidan and Liam Moran. She was the sister of the late Helen (late George) Toth and late Dorothy (surviving husband, Gabe) Medich, of White Oak. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at noon in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League.
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Nagy, Dolores M. 83

  • Churchill , Formerly of Homestead
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Dolores M. Nagy, 83, of Churchill, formerly of Homestead, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Dolores was a longtime school teacher and administrator in the Churchill area school district. Friends will be received from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. John Fisher Church.
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Oliver, Margaret Jean 88

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Jean" (Kudravy) Oliver, 88, of Monroeville, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Ann Kudravy; beloved wife of 65 years to Lawrence J. Oliver; loving mother of Lorraine Stephens, Candice "Candy" Sambol and Patricia "Patti" Masterson; dear grandmother of M.J. Oliver, Sonya J. Boyd and Ashley Sambol; and sister of the late John Kudravy. Family and Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Alfieri Funeral Home Inc., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayers will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Bernadette Roman catholic Church. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Pasquinelli, Raymond A. 91

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Raymond A. "Ray" Pasquinelli, 91, of Whitehall, formerly of Brookline, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 49 years of Santa "Tina" (Pellarin); loving father of Raymond J. (Kelly) Pasquinelli and Donna Marie (Stephen) Flinn; devoted Pap Pap of Maire, Lauren, Connie and Corey; brother of Eleanor Pasquinelli; also survived by his many loving nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Ray loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid golfer and former member of The Duquesne Golf Club and the South Park 60 Golf League and was known to have multiple hole-in-ones. He was and a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He retired after working as a butcher for Giant Eagle, and many years previously as the proprietor of his own market. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church. Family suggests contributions to St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Reddington, Patrick 63

  • Christy Park
  • Born: 1951-05-27
  • Died: 2014-10-10
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Patrick Reddington, 63, of Christy Park, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at home. Born May 27, 1951, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Joseph and Ethel (Morton) Reddington. Patrick was an auto worker at the former G.M. Fisher Body Plant, who retired in 2006. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was an amazing cook and loved to cook for his family and friends, as an avid local sports fan, he especially rooted for the Steelers and enjoyed political discussions with his friends. Patrick is survived by sisters, Donna Wargo, of Palmyra, and Kathleen Reddington, of New York; brother, James Reddington, of Cape Coral, Fla.; and nieces and nephews, Melissa, Rick, Kara, Jim and A.J. In addition to his parents, Patrick was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Reddington. Family and friends will be received from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES.
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Reid, Catherine R. 91

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Catherine R. (Henke) Reid, 91, a lifelong resident of McCandless, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John F.; cherished mother of Steven E. (Nancy) Reid, Jackie (Robert) Boyd and Michael F. (Cindy) Reid; proud grandmother of Steven P. (Debra) Reid, Bethany L. (Paul) Lesczynski, Melinda A. (William) Petrina, Robert S. (Rachael) Boyd, Michelle T. (Michael) Calderone and Michael F. (fiancee, Rachel Peters) Reid; great-grandmother of Katherine, Ashlee, Steven, Katherine, William and Mia; and sister of Evelyn Unger and the late Victor Henke and Rose Ebitz. Catherine worked for Bell Telephone and retired from the GC Murphy Company. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Alexis Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Alexis Church Building Fund. http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Sadowski, Eleanor M. 92

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Eleanor M. Sadowski, 92, of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was beloved wife of the late Leonard H. Sadowski; loving mother of Dennis P. Sadowski and his wife, Judy, and the late Leonard J. Sadowski and his surviving wife, Barbara; grandmother of three and great-grandmother of four; sister of Lorraine Ridge and the late Catherine Ricci and Bernice Kozioziemski; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at St. Bernadette Church. Interment following in St. Mary's Cemetery in Sharpsburg. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Scott, Raymond Scotty M. 85

  • Hazelwood
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • Raymond M. "Scotty" Scott, 85, of Hazelwood, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores M. (Thomas) Scott; loving father of Linda L. (Keith) Moore, Elizabeth A. (Kevin) Retenauer and the late Paul R. Scott; "Pap" of Katie (Jeremy) Shrum; "Pap Pap Scott" to Bailee and Aubree; and brother of the late Robert and Richard Scott and Sarah Hill. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Ave., where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday.
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Scott, Theresa A. 54

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1959-12-19
  • Died: 2014-10-14
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Theresa Ann Scott, 54, of Clairton, departed this life Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. She was born Dec. 19, 1959, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Junie Brown and Mabel L. Scott Hammonds. She was also preceded in death by children, Latia and Ian Scott; and grandmother, Thelma Scott. She was a 1978 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and member of Morning Star Baptist Church, Clairton. She was formerly employed as a Nurse's Aide for Mitchell Manor in Clairton. Surviving are her stepfather, William Hammonds, of Clairton; children, Autumn Bush, Allen Herring, Yusef Herring, Timeena Hudson and Deonte Reddick, all of Clairton; six grandchildren; siblings, Kathy Scott, Regina Hammonds, Rhonda Hammonds, William Hammonds, Kevin Hammonds and Lisa Hammonds, all of Clairton; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Morning Star Baptist Church, 307 Shaw Ave., Clairton, with services following the visitation hour with the Rev. Dr. Willie J. Thompson officiating. Interment will be private. Local arrangements are by the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton.
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Shick, John D. 80

  • Blawnox
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • John D. Shick, 80, of Blawnox, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Anne M.; loving father of JR, Robert (Teressa), William (Jenni), David Shick and Joanne (Ken) Martin; grandfather of Austin, Zachary, Sabrina, Quay, Jessyca, Peyton, Candace, Amanda, Kelly, Samantha and the late Lucy and Brett; and brother of Twila Rudiger and the late Lois Rager. Visitation from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Animal Rescue League.
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Silbaugh, William Sil E. 72

  • Jefferson Hills , Formerly of Clairton
  • Born: 1942-04-10
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • William E. "Sil" Silbaugh, 72, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Clairton and Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in his home. Bill was born April 10, 1942, in Uniontown, to the late George and Ann (Durhammer) Silbaugh. He was a retired coke loader for U.S. Steel Clairton Works, a member of First United Methodist Church, Clairton and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 714 of Dravosburg. Bill was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Army, and also served three years in the Navy. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bonnie L. (Abercrombie) Silbaugh; sons, William L., of Coraopolis, and Brian T. (Nancy) Silbaugh, of Port Vue; brothers, George, of Florida, and David Silbaugh, of Roanoke, Va.; sister, Pamela "Pennie" (Mike) Harsmanka, of Clairton; and also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, with the funeral service to follow at 7:30 in the funeral home chapel, officiated by Pastor Hal Dangel. Memorial contributions can be made to Allegheny Valley School for Exceptional Children, 1996 Ewings Mill Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Sinkler, William F. 62

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1952-07-23
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • William Franklin Sinkler, 62, of Clairton, departed this life Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in the Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills. He was born July 23, 1952, in McKeesport, son of the late Ruther S. Sinkler Jr. and the late Sarah Johnson Sinkler Hardin. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sarah "Gert" Sinkler. He was a graduate of Clairton High School and later attended Community College of Allegheny County in their nursing program. He formerly worked as a nurse's aide for Kane Regional Hospital in McKeesport and was a former member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Surviving are two daughters, Brandi Lynn Sinkler and Brittnie Rae Sinkler and their mother, Carla Yvonne Barden Sinkler, and two granddaughters, all of Houston, Texas; siblings, Catherine Sinkler, Ruther S. Sinkler III and Craig A. Sinkler, all of Clairton, and Lawrence "Larry" (Rhonda) Sinkler, of Baltimore, Md.; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 177 Mitchell Ave., Clairton. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, with the Rev. Rhonda Alderman officiating. Interment will be private. Local arrangements are by the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton.
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Sivak, John R. 85

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John R. Sivak, 85, of North Braddock, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband 59 years of Florence (Skladany) Sivak; loving father of Michele Sivak, of North Carolina, Bruce (Janet) Sivak, of Forest Hills, and Kenneth Sivak, of Gibsonia; and proud grandfather of Lauren and Michael Sivak. John was a Korean War Army veteran and a retired employee of U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Plant. As a pastime, John enjoyed collecting model scale cars, trucks and military vehicles. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial Friday in Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish, time later. Burial with military honors will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Snyder, Ryan M. 30

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1984-03-07
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Ryan M. Snyder, 30, of Clairton, departed his life Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. He was born March 7, 1984, in McKeesport, to Karen Snyder, of Dravosburg, and Robert Randolph, of Boston, Pa. He is survived by his girlfriend, Kirsta Barker, of Clairton; one son, Ryan M. Snyder Jr., of Clairton; stepdaughter, Karissa Gibshaw, of Clairton; one brother, Garrett Sianak, of Confluence; three sisters, Tiara Snyder, Brittnay Gonzales and Rakell Greene, of McKeesport; stepfather, Rafeel Greene, of Elizabeth; also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, three nieces, four nephews, grandparents and many friends. Ryan was a graduate of McKeesport Area High School and just recently started a new job. He enjoyed basketball and would play pick-up games. Ryan had faced many obstacles in his life. Ryan was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and grandson; he will be deeply missed. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, with service to follow at 8 p.m. at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made to funeral home to help defray funeral costs. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Stasko, Mark W. 56

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1957-10-31
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Mark W. Stasko, 56, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at his home. He was employed in the maintenance department at Carnegie Mellon University and was a member of St. Mary's Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church in McKeesport. Mark was a 1975 graduate of South Allegheny High School, where he was an all-conference and honorable mention all-state football player. He was also a member of Preferred Liars Golf League at Butler's. Born Oct. 31, 1957, in McKeesport, he was a son of Clara (Zarski) Stasko, of Port Vue, and the late Donald Stasko. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Danette (Bonadio) Stasko; daughter, Courtney Stasko, of Elizabeth Township; sons, Ian (Katie) Stasko, of Jefferson Hills, and Jesse (Krista) Stasko, of Arlington, Va.; grandson, Cassius Stasko; brother, David (Kathy) Stasko, of Hudson, Ohio; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner and Father Paul Voida officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Romanian Church, 318 26th St., McKeesport, PA 15132. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Stresky, Bruce W. 48

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1966-05-06
  • Died: 2014-10-12
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Bruce W. Stresky, 48, of Springdale, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at his home in Springdale. He was born May 6, 1966, in New Kensington, to the late Eugene and Janet Roach Stresky and was of Presbyterian faith. Bruce was formerly employed by Presbyterian Senior Care, as well as Chelsea Grill in Oakmont. Among his interests, besides his family, was coin and stamp collecting, music and movies. Survivors include his sister, Tracey Sipes, of Cheswick; his brother, Marshall (Lisa) Stresky, of West Deer Township; sister-in-law, Mary Stresky, of Oxford, Mich.; and two nieces and five nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Warren Stresky, of Oxford, Mich. Arrangements are being handled by CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., Springdale. A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Lower Burrell. Memorial donations may be made to the Springdale Food Bank.
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Taylor, Robert E. 82

  • Lincoln
  • Born: 1932-07-21
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Robert "Bob" Elliott Taylor, 82, of Lincoln, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. He was born July 21, 1932, in North Versailles, and was the son of the late Fred and Tillie Elizabeth Race Taylor. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen J. Case Taylor; son, Curt E. Taylor, of Baldwin; daughter, Juneau R. Bowman, of Ingram; grandchildren, Danny Guy Taylor, Robert E. Taylor, Zachary Guy Taylor, Olivia R. Bowman and Dylan G. Bowman; great-grandchildren, Gabby and Jackson; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Guy Robert Taylor; brothers, Fred Taylor Jr., and John W. "Jack" Taylor; and sisters, Ruth M. Wilding Howden and Ola Mae Shotwell. Bob was a conductor for Union Railroad/Transtar and retired after 42 and a half years of service. He was also an ironworker for Local No. 3 with 25 years of service. Bob was a 50 year member of Solomon's Staircase Lodge No. 357 Free and Accepted Masons, Buena Park, Calif. Friends are welcome from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the funeral home chapel. Inurnment will follow at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery Praying Hands Columbarium, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Wolf, Robert A.

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Robert Anthony Wolf, of Munhall, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 53 years of Mary (Lamanna) Wolf; son of the late Francis and Helen (Miller) Wolf; loving father of Robert Wolf, of Munhall, Richard A. (Tina) Wolf, of Morgantown, Charles Wolf, of Bridgeville, and Steven Wolf, of Moon Township; brother of Richard Wolfe, of Philadelphia, Adele Delich, of Penn Hills, and the late Ida Jacobyansky, Helene Merritt and Paul Wolf; pap pap of Hannah, Ryan, Meagan and Robert; and also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Robert was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army Air Corps, where he retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a member of the 492nd and 801st Bomb Group, the Air Arm of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services). The unit's code name was the "Carpetbaggers". Robert graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and was a physicist with the Bureau of Mines. He was the former cubmaster of Pack 15, served as an usher at St. Therese Church, was past president and cofounder of Trinity Manufacturing and a member of the Reserve Officers Association. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Therese Church, Munhall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert's memory to St. Therese Church, 1 St. Therese Court, Munhall, PA 15120 or a charity of your choice. Robert's family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Alan Iskowitz and staff for their concern and assistance during these difficult years. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Albini, Joseph L. 83

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1930-07-28
  • Died: 2013-09-14
  • Funeral Home: __, __ | Get Directions
  • Joseph L. Albini, a native of Vandergrift and recognized as one of the foremost experts on American and international organized crime, died at the age of 83 on Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. Dr. Albini is considered the "godfather" of revisionist organized crime research. With the publication of his seminal book, The American Mafia: Genesis of a Legend in 1972, he became a founding father in the field of organized crime literature. In addition, he wrote hundreds of professional journal articles and lectured worldwide. His last book, Deconstructing Organized Crime: An Historical and Theoretical Study, co-authored with Jeffrey Scott McIllwain, was published in 2012. Born July 28, 1930, in Vandergrift, Joseph Luigi Albini was the only one of five children born in the United States to Italian immigrants, Albino Albini and Teresina Napoli Albini. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Albini, of Vandergrift; and three brothers, Anthony, of Homestead, and later, Arnold, Fernando A. Albini, of Brackenridge and New Kensington, and Salvatore Albini, of New York City, who later returned to Vandergrift. Dr. Albini was a graduate of Vandergrift High School. In 1954, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, followed by a Master of Arts in 1956 from Louisiana State University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Ohio State University in 1963. He held full tenured professor status at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he also acted as chair of the Department of Sociology. He also taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the University of Windsor in Ontario and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in the Department of Criminal Justice. In 1992, he was awarded Professor Emeritus status. He is survived by his niece, Theresa K. Albini, of Chicago, Ill., formerly of Vandergrift and Brackenridge. Dr. Albini died in a Las Vegas hospital following heart surgery. His remains will be placed in the family mausoleum at St. Gertrude Cemetery Mausoleum in Vandergrift, where a short chapel service will be held for family and friends at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
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Ankney Sr., Edward W. 81

  • Hillside
  • Born: 1933-01-04
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Edward W. Ankney Sr., 81, of Hillside, died unexpectedly Saturday Oct. 18, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1933, in Hillside, a son of the late Lemon O. and Sarah Elizabeth Wedge Ankney. Ed was an Army veteran. He was a former road master for South Loundon Derry Township and a former Derry Township supervisor. He worked at Blairsville Westinghouse in the 70s. His memberships include the Hillside United Methodist Church, LaMonte Lodge No. 568 F and AM of Derry, Thomas B. Anderson Royal Arch, Latrobe, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Westmoreland Forest No. 77, Kedron Commandery No. 18, Latrobe, Lamas Club, Latrobe, Scottish Rite Valley Coudersport and the Olivet Council No. 13, Latrobe. He loved gardening and hunting. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Dean, Bill, John and Donald Ankney; a half-sister, Sarah Mickey; and four half-brothers, Charles, Arthur, Norman and Robert Ankney. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Catherine J. "Susie" Willard Ankney; his two sons, Edward Ankney Jr.(Debra), of Marion Center, and Randall Ankney, of Hillside; four sisters, Grace Johnson, of Derry, Betty Guiher and Hazel Byers, of Hillside, and Helen Mascilak, of North Huntington; two brothers, Duane Ankney (Anna Mae), of Segar, and Ronald Ankney (Paula), of Latrobe; seven grandchildren, Holly Woodley, Sarah, Aaron, Joseph, Jenny, Richard, and Abby Ankney; one great-granddaughter, Ali Woodley; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MCCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. John Emigh officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. LaMonte Lodge No. 568 F and AM will conduct a service at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Bernabo, Lois G. 79

  • Formerly of Bolivar
  • Born: 1935-05-07
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken J Paul Funeral, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Lois G. Bernabo, 79, of Queens, N.Y., formerly of Bolivar, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in North Shore University Hospital. She was born May 7, 1935, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Anthony Bernabo and Dorinda Muir Bernabo. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as a social worker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David R. Bernabo, in 2014. She is survived by three sisters, Janet Marsh, of Bolivar, Judy Lichtenfels, of Robinson, and Valli (Bill) Peterson, of Stoneboro, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where her life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment will follow in the Bolivar Westview Cemetery, Bolivar. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit: http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Blycheck, Paul B. 96

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1917-12-29
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Paul B. Blycheck (Blazicek), 96, of Latrobe, formerly of Uniontown, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at St. Anne's Nursing Home in Greensburg. He was born Dec. 29, 1917, in Dearth, son of the late Paul and Elizabeth (Hriska) Blazicek. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by sisters, Pauline Janos, Mary Bradshaw, Sister Sylvia Blazicek and Ann Zahuranic; and a stepgrandchild, Randy Mitchell. Paul was a member of St. Mary (Nativity) Roman Catholic Church in Uniontown, where he served as an usher for many years. He recently attended St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Latrobe. Paul worked most of his life as a painter in the construction industry and served in the Army during World War II. He was also a member of the former Uniontown VFW, the Amvets, Slovak Club and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Uniontown. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ruth Blycheck, of Confluence; son, Paul Blycheck and wife, Chrissy, of Latrobe; granddaughters, Abigail, Grace, Mary and Lucy Blycheck; stepdaughters, Nancy Mitchell and husband, Robert, of Confluence, Sally McClintok, of Somerset, and Barbara Shipley and husband, Ron, of Confluence; stepgrandchildren, Brooke Fichtner, Jena Brenneman, David Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell and Bria Shipley; and a stepgreat-grandchild, Logan Mitchell. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave., Ext., Uniontown, and until 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, when prayers of transfer will be said. The funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Mary (Nativity) Roman Catholic Church, 61 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., Uniontown, with the Rev. Peter L. Peretti as celebrant. Interment will be held at St. Mary (Nativity) Cemetery, Uniontown, where military honors will be accorded by the North Union VFW. The parish wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in the funeral home chapel. The Knights of Columbus will also have a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at http://www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Ciacco, Ralph E. 64

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1950-06-06
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ralph Eugene Ciacco, 64, of Mt. Pleasant, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Mr. Ciacco was born June 6, 1950, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Eugene M. and Marjorie J. Petro Ciacco. He was a member of the Scottdale Church of Christ. Ralph was a 1968 graduate of the Southmoreland High School. He is the President and CEO of Penn State Tool and Die Corporation. Ralph was a board member for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and served as a trustee of the Foundation. He was also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Ralph was an avid hunter and an Italian food connoisseur. He loved living in a small town and one of his favorite pastimes was going for drives on the back roads through the country and stopping for a Dairy Queen, or at one of their favorite restaurants. He also enjoyed traveling to Lancaster with his wife, enjoying the beautiful countryside and the Amish food. His best moments, however, were spent with his little "stinkweeds", his grandchildren, Alex and Katie. Ralph was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Ralph is survived by his loving family, his wife of 42 years, Cheryl A. Cramer Ciacco; his daughter, Roslyn Karstedt and her husband, Rick, of Jacksonville, Fla., and his beloved grandchildren, Katie Belle and Alex Jonathan Karstedt. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services for Ralph will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Bob Chambers, Minister of the Scottdale Church of Christ, officiating. Entombment will be in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Donations are also being accepted in honor of Ralph's legacy to the industry of tooling and machining through the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Foundation Inc., specifically for their apprenticeship program.This program will assist young people in getting a start in the same career as Ralph. Ralph's greatest desire was helping young people today get started in this industry. Checks can be made payable to "Pittsburgh Chapter NTMF" and mailed to: Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Foundation Inc., 107 Freedom Court, Moon Township, PA 15108. Please note that all donations are tax deducible. Tax ID 43-1955325, 501c3. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Cline, Barbara J. 66

  • Export
  • Born: 1948-09-15
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Barbara J. (Lauffer) Cline, 66, of Export, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at home. She was born Sept. 15, 1948, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late John and Margaret (Gledhill) Lauffer. Prior to retiring, Barbara was employed in customer service by the former Thrift Drug Company, in Murrysville, and later RIDC Park, Blawnox. She was more recently employed by Alterra Clare Bridge, Murrysville. She was Presbyterian by faith. Barbara will be dearly missed by her loving family. She is survived by her son, Ben Cline; sisters and brothers, Shirley (Bob) Gosnell, of Arizona, John "Pete" (Sherry) Lauffer, of New Kensington, Kathie (Jim) Troutman, of Gastown; and she was the triplet sister of Bill Lauffer, of Arizona, and Betsy (Frank) DeSimone, of New Kensington. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Barbara will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Chaplain Gary Evans officiating. Interment will follow in Fennelltown Cemetery, Hi Acres Road, New Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4256, or by phone, 412-261-5040. Please write "Barbara Cline" on check memo line. Barbara's family wishes to offer many thanks to her caregivers and numerous friends at Alterra Clare Bridge. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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DiPasquale, Claude A. 88

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1926-06-03
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Claude A. DiPasquale, 88, of Youngwood, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. He was born June 3, 1926, in Greensburg, a son of the late Vincent and Mary Testa DiPasquale. Claude was a 1944 graduate of Greensburg High School. He served in the Navy during World War II as a petty officer signal man on an LST 1030 in the South Pacific. He was a proud graduate of Penn State University in 1950. Claude was a retired mail carrier for the Youngwood post office. He had been a member of Holy Cross Church, of Youngwood, for over 50 years, a Democratic Committee Person for many years, a life member and past commander of the Youngwood VFW, and a member and past president of the Westmoreland County Nittany Lion Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Nicholas Lucarelli; two sisters, Anna Marie Erdeky and Flavia Grazan; and a niece, Arlene Lynn. Claude is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise Pfeifer DiPasquale; a son, Jim (Dayna) DiPasquale, of Greensburg; a daughter, Patty (Terry) Lucarelli, of Greensburg; three grandsons, Michael Lucarelli, C.J. DiPasquale and Brett DiPasquale, all of Greensburg; a brother, Edmund DiPasquale; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME, 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood. A blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, Youngwood. Interment with full military honors accorded by the Armbrust veterans will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg.
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Foust, Barbara R. 79

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-01-05
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Barbara R. Foust, 79, of Greensburg, died Friday Oct. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 5, 1935, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Frank and Lillian (Storey) Riley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Foust, May 16, 2008; two brothers, Barry and Jack Riley; and a sister, Dorothy Morton. She is survived by a son, Eric Foust, of Tamarac, Fla.; a daughter, Ann Little and her husband, Brian, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Patrick, Kathleen, Keri and Kevin; four sisters, Shirley Walro, of Fla., Ina Riley, Kathy Mehalic and Linda Lavender, all of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fox, Margaret 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Aggie" Fox, of North Huntingdon, died in her sleep Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Westmoreland Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was 87 years old. Aggie, as she was known to everyone, had a great laugh and a sly wit. She also had a very green thumb and her skill was demonstrated in the beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers she planted around her house and yard, an always-abundant vegetable garden, and the African violets, Christmas cactus or poinsettias she encouraged to bloom indoors in the dead of winter. She could grow just about anything. In addition to gardening, Aggie also enjoyed knitting, hooking rugs and needlepoint, and for years her family regularly received handmade socks, sweaters, rugs or pieces of needlepoint as much-valued gifts. She also liked to take driving trips to visit family in California, Florida, Indiana and Georgia, and to go on frequent camping trips to state parks in Pennsylvania and New York. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Donald V. Fox, of North Huntingdon; her daughter, Cyndi Fox, of Pacific Grove, Calif.; and her sons, Thomas S. Fox, of San Francisco, Calif., and Michael P. Fox, of Winter Park, Fla. She was grandmother to Claire Cronin, of Macon, Ga., and Christopher Fox, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and great-grandmother of Neeley and Easton Cronin, also of Macon, Ga. At her request, Aggie will be cremated. A memorial gathering is in the planning stages. For online condolences, please visit http://www.barnhartfuneralhome.com.
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Griffin, Betty R. 92

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1922-03-18
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Betty R. Griffin, 92, of Mt. Pleasant Township, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born March 18, 1922, in Hempfield Township, a daughter of the late John L. and Bessie C. (Van Dyke) Daugherty. She was a member of Open Door Baptist Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin A. Griffin; a son, Franklin L. Griffin and his wife, Deborah; five brothers, infant Dale, Floyd, Donald, Gerald and Larry Daugherty; and her sister, Nell Nutter. She is survived by her daughter, Betsy E. Griffin and her husband, Dennis Adams, of Windber; three sons, David L. and wife, Darlene, of Greensburg, Dean, of Acme, and Timothy Griffin and wife, Edith, of Greensburg; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Craig S. Pendl officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Westmoreland Manor, 2480 S. Grande Blvd., Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hamlin, Peggy A. 64

  • Manor
  • Born: 1950-06-13
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Peggy Ann Hamlin, 64, of Manor, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Crest Personal Care Home in New Alexandria. She was born June 13, 1950, in Latrobe, daughter of Raymond G. McNaughton and Marie B. Newhouse McNaughton. She was co-owner of McNaughton Milling of New Alexandria. Peggy was a member of St. James Church of New Alexandria. She was also very active in supporting the animal rescue league. Peggy loved animals of all types, especially her cat, Callie. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ronald E. Hamlin. She is survived by a sister, Joan Dickerson and husband, George; a brother, David R. McNaughton and wife, Georgette, all of New Alexandria; a niece, Lindsay Haluck and nephews, Michael Dickerson and David and Cory McNaughton; and her cat, Callie. Visitation will be from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington Sts., New Alexandria, in charge or arrangements. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria, with Monsignor Larry J. Kulick J.C.L. Pastor of St. James Church as Celebrant. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria.
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Hantz Sr., George T. 63

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1950-11-27
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • George T. "Butch" Hantz Sr., 63, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at his son "Rocky's" home. He was born Nov. 27, 1950, in Derry; a son of the late George T. Hantz and Wanda M. (Hull) Hantz. "Butch" was a disabled Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and going to casinos. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie A. (Platt) Hantz; and one brother, Terry Hantz. He is survived by four sons, George T. "Butch" Hantz Jr. and his wife, Kimberly, of Youngstown, Matthew A. "Rocky" Hantz and his wife, Beth, of Derry, Chad R. Hantz and his wife, Danielle, of Savannah, Ga., and Trenent "T.J." Hantz and his wife, Jessica, of Latrobe; three daughters, Tracy Fisher, of Bradenville, Angela M. Galando and her husband, Lyle, of Latrobe, and Melissa McPherson and her husband, Craig, of South Mills, N.C.; two brothers, Donald D. Hantz and his wife, Lori, of Loyalhanna, and Richard W. Hantz and his wife, Donna, of Loganville, Ga.; two sisters, Sara L. "Sally" Beaken and her husband, Samuel, of Latrobe, and Marie V. Brubaker and her husband, Thomas, of Latrobe; 20 grandchildren, Felicia, Kristin, Haley, Justin, Nathan, Madison, Hunter, Jasmine, Elizabeth, Gabrielle, Logan, Savanna, Alana, Asiah, Naia, Jade, Maddox, Justin, Greyson and Salem; two great-grandchildren, Damien and Onyx; and he is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Almon Birt officiating. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery where graveside military services will be accorded by the VFW Post 33, Greensburg. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Hawley, Henry R. 85

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Henry R. "Pete" Hawley, 85, of Greensburg, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 16, 1929, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Henry and Elva (Wessel) Hawley. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by People's Natural Gas Company. He had attended Armbrust Wesleyan Church, an Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of Masonic Lodge and 32nd degree Mason. He was also a member of the Youngwood Sportsman Club, the New Stanton Volunteer Fire Department and a devoted Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America where, under his leadership, six young men received their Eagle Scout awards. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and organic gardener. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anna A. (Altman) Hawley; a son, Richard W. Hawley and his wife, Beverly, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters, Dawn Getz and her husband, Jay, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marie A. Wilson and her husband, Ron, of Cleveland, Ohio; six grandchildren, Alexandra Poole (Nathaniel), Hillary Tobin (Josiah), Jonathan Getz, Jeremy Getz, Leah Wilson and April Getz; his brother, the Rev. Wayne Hawley and his wife, Lois, of Arizona; a sister, CoraLee Mason and her husband, Dr. Charles Mason, of State College; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Armbrust Wesleyan Church, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., with his brother, the Rev. Wayne Hawley, officiating. Private interment at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Boy Scouts of America. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Knopsnider, Ryan D. 31

  • Acme
  • Born: 1983-08-03
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Ryan D. Knopsnider, 31, of Acme, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He was born Aug. 3, 1983, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Walt Knopsnider and Pam Leeper Knopsnider, who survive. Ryan worked for Dean Lenhart Plumbing and Heating for the past 15 years and recently had been employed with Lineal Industries Inc., and as a laborer with the Local No. 1058 with Price Gregory International. Surviving are his mother, Pam Leeper Knopsnider and companion, Jim Hoover; father, Walt Knopsnider and companion, Dee Boyle; sister, Candy Knopsnider Clark and husband, Jermey; nieces and nephews, Jasmine Madden, Jeffrey, Jagger and Jaden Clark; grandparents, Donna Knopsnider, and Don and Shirley Leeper; and several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter J. Knopsnider, Mary Ellen and Harold D. Trout, Josephine and John Ray Leeper, and Lossie and Jim Gray. Friends were welcomed Monday, Oct. 20, at the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, Melcroft. Services will be held at the Clyde Brooks Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, with Mark Sholtis officiating. Interment will follow in the Knopsnider Cemetery, White, Pa. Contributions may be made to the Knopsnider family in memory of Ryan. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., Monessen. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Knopsnider family at http://www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
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Lamolinara Jr., Nat A. 80

  • Loyalhanna
  • Born: 1933-11-11
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Nat A. Lamolinara Jr., 80, of Loyalhanna, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Latrobe Regional Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Crabtree, a son of the late Natale A. Lamolinara Sr. and Ann M. (Zeman) Lamolinara. Nat was a member of St. Rose Church and the St. Rose Seniors. He was retired from Latrobe Area Hospital and had previously worked at Toyad. Nat was an Army veteran, having served in Korea. He was a member of the American Greek Catholic Beneficial Society, the American Slovak Society and the White House Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking and spending time on "the Derry Ridge," a place very special to him where he found peace, solace and comfort. During his retirement, he gave of his time to reach out to family and dear friends to offer help with their care and needs. Nat was a true people person who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Rosella M. (Moyer) Lamolinara, of Loyalhanna; one son, Nat A. Lamolinara III and his fiance, Maryann, of Loyalhanna; one daughter, Lynn Dee Bumar and her husband, Chris, of Ligonier; one brother, Edward F. Lamolinara and his wife, Joanna, of Latrobe; and a grandson, who was the light of his life, Tyler Bumar. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Rose Church. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Action for Animals or The Alzheimer's Association. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Heartland Hospice, the staff of Latrobe Regional Health and Rehabilitation Center and its residents who have opened their hearts so kindly to Nat and his family. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Laufer, Catherine E. 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-06-18
  • Died: 2014-10-13
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Catherine E. Laufer, 61, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born June 18, 1953, in Jeannette, a daughter of Mary Gelfo Shuster Sweeney, of Greensburg, and the late Andrew Shuster. Catherine was employed by the Dollar Tree Store in Greensburg. In addition to her father, Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Larry Laufer; and her stepfather, Frank Sweeney. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Joseph Shuster and wife, Georgeanne, of Maryland; a sister, Patti Tomayko, of New Kensington; nephews, Joey Shuster and wife, Shujin, and Joshua Shuster; a great-nephew, Andrew Shuster, all of California; an uncle, Anthony Gelfo and wife, Betty; and cousins, Anthony and Eric Gelfo, all of Florida. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Route 30, Jeannette. The JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, are entrusted with arrangements.
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Leeper Jr., Robert W. 60

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1954-03-23
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Robert W. Leeper Jr., 60, of Scottdale, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday morning, Oct. 19, 2014, at Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born March 23, 1954, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Robert W. and Evelyn Louise Gonda Leeper Sr. Robert was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and was employed by the borough of Mt. Pleasant as a meter reader with 19 years of service. He was also involved with the Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department band for a number of years and was a member of the Connellsville Moose. Bobby was a train enthusiast and had a large collection along with a collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. Most recently, he was involved in the Tenant Organization of the Pearl Street Manor, assuming the duties of treasurer. Bobby is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his fiancee, Betty Elaine Porter, of Scottdale; his aunt, Betty Maruszewski, of Tarrs; numerous cousins, Ruth and Don Graft, of Mt. Pleasant, Kimberly and Bob Cramer, of Tarrs, Matthew Graft and Samantha Martin, of Irwin, Lindsey and Alan Love, of Jeannette, Nicole Cramer, of Tarrs, Sophie Love, of Jeannette, Cindy and Dave Forgette, of Mt. Pleasant, Michelle and James Shawly, of Scottdale, Patty and Ray Brandsetter, of West Newton, and Krissy and Bob Garsteck, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Leeper. Bob's family will greet friends from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, at which time his funeral service will be held in the funeral home, with his pastor, the Rev. Kenny Butts, officiating. Committal service and interment will take place Thursday morning in Mt. Joy Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Lowers, Laura B. 93

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1921-05-07
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Laura B. Lowers, 93, of Allegheny Township, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, while in the company of family members at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia in Cabot. Laura was born May 7, 1921, in Kittanning, the daughter of the late Sarah (Bouch) and Leb Klingensmith. She was the widow of Val P. Lowers, who passed in 2003. She had attended Allegheny Presbyterian Church in Allegheny Township. Laura enjoyed going camping in her earlier years, shopping, playing cards, watching TV and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her two sons, Val D. (Dorothy) Lowers Sr., of Allegheny Township, and Phil Lowers, of Orange County, Calif.; daughter, Sally (Tom) Thomas, of South Buffalo Township; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Lois (Walter) Swarmer, of Tarentum. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Val David Lowers Jr.; her brothers, William and Robert Klingensmith; and her sisters, Mary Pacek and Evelyn Foltz. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in the funeral home with Lay Pastor Lloyd Riggle officiating. Burial will be held in Brookland Cemetery, Leechburg. To send a condolence, visit http://www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lunn, William G. 92

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1922-10-03
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • William G. Lunn, 92, of Irwin, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Walnut Ridge Memory Care, Greensburg, after a long battle with severe Sundowners dementia and Parkinson's disease. He was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Adamsburg, a son of the late Franklin Boocks and Irene Abbott Lunn, and was also preceded in death by brothers, Lt. Cameron Stahl Lunn, John Cameron Lunn, Maurice Johnston "Pete" Lunn and Franklin Boocks "Man" Lunn; a sister, Harriet Virginia Lunn Smith; and infant great-granddaughter, Emilee Elizabeth Kiser-Loughran. He is survived by daughters, Lana Lunn (Gary) Washek, of Greensburg, Rene Lunn (Richard) Amen, of Irwin, and a son, Timothy Michael Lunn, of Irwin; grandchildren, Mark Loughran, of Greensburg, Dr. Darren (Jennifer) Loughran, of Oil City, Patrick Boyle (fiance Sharon Paine), of Greensburg, Jeny (Daniel) York, of Irwin, Robert (Keightley) Amen, of Monroeville, Richard Amen, of Wilkes Barre, Brian Lunn and Susie Myslivy and Heather (Dale) Felice, both of Greensburg; great-grandchildren, Cameron Loughran, Shane Loish, Peyton and Landon Loughran, Tegan Boyle, Logan and Gabriel Loughran, Bradley and Allison Hazlett, Khloe Lunn, Hannah and Adam York, Elizabeth, Alex, Matthew, William and Brayden Amen and Chase Welsh; a sister, Jane Maxwell Lunn Kifer, of Ferguson, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Dolores Lunn, of Adamsburg, and Joyce Lunn, of Ligonier; along with many nieces, nephews and numerous good friends. Bill was a graduate of Norwin High School, Class of 1940. After high school, he was employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation before enlisting in the Navy to serve our country. As a World War II veteran, he achieved the rank of Pharmacist Mate, Second Class. Bill was sent to Africa, then to Salerno, Italy, to train for the invasion of southern France and transported to the Pacific area serving on a PT boat, Platoon B-4, Battalion No. 8, until the end of the war and was discharged Dec. 22, 1945. Upon returning from serving his country, he attended Robert Morris College, majoring in accounting. He then began his career in insurance working with his father-in-law, H. Earl Whitehead, at their home in Irwin, (Nationwide Insurance at that time was known as Farm Bureau Insurance). Bill worked for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as an agent in Irwin for 53 years. Over that time he acquired many designations; CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter), and RHU (Registered Health Underwriter). Bill was a lifetime member of Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, Irwin. Over the years he was extremely active serving as superintendent of Sunday school and an adult Sunday school teacher along with serving on numerous committees both in the Sunday school and church. His passion was sports. He loved the Steelers, Pirates and was an avid Pitt fan. Bill loved to read, mainly history books about World War II as well as others about our country. For many years, Bill was extremely competitive playing racquet ball and hand ball. He enjoyed golf and played tennis into his late 70's. He also enjoyed walking and the outdoors. He was a member of the Carl Leroy McKelvey Post 472, American Legion, Manor, for more than 55 years, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 33, of Greensburg, and a charter member of the National World War II Museum, in New Orleans, La. Bill was also a charter member of Norwin Rotary serving as president, treasurer and on various committees. He was a member of the Westmoreland Business Referral Association, Westmoreland Investment Club and the Norwin Area Chamber of Commerce. Until recently he also enjoyed a Friday lunch group with area businessmen and a Friday happy hour with a group of friends. At Bill's request, there will be no viewing. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship room of the Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, 133 Altar Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary with his pastor, Rev. Diane Wiley, officiating. Interment with Naval honors will be at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, 133 Altar Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. No flowers please. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Walnut Ridge for their wonderful care and compassion, and also Heartland Hospice for all their insight, excellent care and help over the past year. It takes special people to care for dementia patients and everyone that had a part in his care went way beyond what was required.
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Mazza, Leida I. 99

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1915-08-05
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Giunta - Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Leida I. Mazza, 99, of Arnold, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Presbyterian Senior Care at The Willows. Born Aug. 5, 1915, in Arnold, she was a daughter of the late Modesto and Sestilia (Fusco) Pagliari and the wife of the late Albert T. Mazza in 1993. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by an infant grandson, Eric Berg; two brothers, Harry and Fred Pagliari; and sister, Merina Monzi Bologna. She attended Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and was a member of the Addolorata Society of the church. Mrs. Mazza enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, dancing, cooking and spending time with her family. She is survived by her son, James Mazza, of Arnold; daughter, Eileen Berg, of Arnold; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services and burial are private. Arrangements are in the care of GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, Owner-Supervisor. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertuccui.com.
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Menarchek, Helen J. 95

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1919-02-15
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Helen J. Menarchek, 95, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born Feb. 15, 1919, in Latrobe. Helen was a member of St. Vincent Basilica. She was retired from Glosser Brothers "Gee Bee's" and enjoyed gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen A. Menarchek; four brothers, Louis, Joseph and Stanley Falenski and George Kole; and one sister, Nellie Bayus. Helen is survived by her son, John S. Menarchek and his wife Diane, of Weyers Cave, Va.; her daughter, Kathleen Weiss and her husband, Chris, of Derry; and one grandson, Andrew Menarchek and his wife, Emily, of Blacksburg, Va.; she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The family would like to extend their special thanks to the staff at Loyalhanna Care Center for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Murray, Edith M. 79

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1935-10-05
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Edith M. Murray, 79, of Ruffsdale, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at home. She was born Oct. 5, 1935, in United, a daughter of the late Henry and Edith M. (Dayton) Lowther. She was a member of Fairview Church of God. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Murray Sr.; a son, James E. Murray Jr.; two brothers, Robert H. and Ed Lowther; and five sisters, Henryetta Lowther, Dorothy Miller, Leona Trout, Betty Snyder and Jean Preston. She is survived by three children, Douglas W. Murray, of Ash, N.C., Diane L. Lofstrom, of Yukon, and Denise M. Murray, of Ruffsdale; two grandchildren, Jason L., of Wexford, and Brittney M. Lofstrom, of Ruffsdale; two sisters, Cora Hilland, of Alice, and Sandy Ross, of Lycippus; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Fairview Church of God, with the Rev. D. Keith Solomon officiating. Please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Nickolich, Rainelle C. 65

  • Monessen
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Taylor Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Rainelle C. Nickolich, 65, of Monessen, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at home with her family surrounded by her side. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced Wednesday. WILLIAM R. TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 645 McMahon Ave., Monessen, 724-684-4877, Trudy Taylor Williams, funeral director, is in charge of arrangements.
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Pavelek, John A. 89

  • Formerly of Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1924-11-19
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • John A. Pavelek, 89, formerly of Allegheny Township, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born Nov. 19, 1924, in Leechburg, a son of the late Andrew Pavelek and Anna (Tolepka) Pavelek. He was employed as a mechanic/maintenance man for the former Schenley Plant of the Joseph S. Finch Company, retiring in 1989, after 40 years of service. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Christ the King Parish, Gilpin. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and golfing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Paul Pavelek, Michael D. Pavelek and Joseph G. Pavelek; and sisters, Kathryn Mrasz and Mary Kubik. He was the beloved uncle of 12 nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends welcome to attend a Christian Funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Christ the King Parish, 125 Park Road, Gilpin Township, with the Rev. James H. Loew, OSB, officiating. Interment following in St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin Township. Arrangements by CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051). To send an online condolence to the Pavelek family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Pogue, Richard L. 95

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1919-04-27
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Richard L. Pogue, 95, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday Oct. 19, 2014. He was born April 27, 1919, in Greensburg, the son of the late Clarence and Margaret E. Thomas (Keller) Pogue. He was a retired welder for Westinghouse Electric Corp., Trafford and East Pittsburgh plants, and a Navy veteran of World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilburetta L. (Shorthouse) Pogue; and daughter, Gloria Raishart. He is survived by a son, Bruce (Darlene) Pogue, of Georgia; grandchildren, Kimberly (Brian) Bernhardy, of North Versailles, Danielle (Will) Kelly, of North Huntingdon, Jennifer (Morgan) Lamb, of Georgia, Kelly (Michael) Kelley, of Georgia, Stephen Kurtz, Amanda (Rory) Cady, of Arizona, and Christopher Pogue, of Georgia; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Clarkson, of North Carolina; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday 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. Saturday with the Rev. Eric E. Dennis officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Porter, Ivalean 91

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1923-03-27
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Ivalean Porter, of Scottdale, passed away at her home Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Ivalean was born March 27, 1923, in Barren Run, Westmoreland County, a daughter of the late Clarence Finley and Almildra (Kelley) Finley. She was the wife of the late Albert William Porter, who passed away Dec. 9, 2006. Ivalean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and she enjoyed being outdoors and camping with her husband. Ivalean will be sadly missed by her devoted family, her two children, Judith Stoner, of Scottdale, and Clarence L. "Sonny" Porter Sr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Scottdale; her four grandchildren, Stacey Stoner, of Herminie, W. Douglas Stoner and wife, Marsha, of Bullskin, C. Lester Porter Jr. and wife, Dee, of Lancaster, and Jayson Porter and wife, Christina, of Lancaster; and her five great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Christopher, Jacob, Ryan and William. In addition to her parents and husband, Ivalean was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Ronald Stoner, who passed Sept. 7, 2008. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300) http://www.fergusonfunerals.com/GPS N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Steve Moore officiating. Committal service and interment next to her husband will follow in Barren Run Cemetery. Love Lasts Forever!
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Rudberg, Ronald L. 63

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1950-10-25
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Ronald Lynn Rudberg, 63, of Belle Vernon, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at home. He was retired as an assistant district administrator for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Washington, Pa. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he received his master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from West Virginia University and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in Korea. Ron was a former steelworker and union official at U.S. Steel's Duquesne Works, private counselor for Rudberg and Rudberg Consultants, a licensed professional counselor, certified rehabilitation counselor and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor. He was also active coaching with Mt. Vernon Youth Softball. Born Oct. 25, 1950, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Clifford and Esther Louise (Dougherty) Rudberg. He is survived by his wife, Mary Rose (Shuma) Rudberg; daughter, Stormi Lynn Rudberg, of Versailles; son, Skylar Matthew Rudberg, of Scottdale; stepdaughters, Malorie Hope Majoris, of Belle Vernon, and Lyndsey Faith Majoris, of Leesville, La.; twin brother, Donald L. (Signe) Rudberg, of Wexford; sisters, Sandra (Bob) Rippel, of Pearland, Texas, and Marlene Rudberg Pavlo, of Gibsonton, Fla.; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454, followed by a service at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home, with Ray J. Beard officiating. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Showman, Ardella R. 88

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1926-08-03
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Ardella R. Showman, 88, of Youngwood, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at home. She was born Aug. 3, 1926, in Tarrs, daughter of the late Henry James and Carrie (Kalp) Stoner. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald I. Showman; two daughters, Mena Showman, of Durango Colo., and Donna Mohar and husband, David, of Hecla; three grandchildren, Erin Shepard, of Milliken, Colo., and Rebecca and Adam Mohar, of Hecla. She is preceded in death by an infant daughter; a son, David K. Showman; four brothers, Paul, Warren, Orton and Carl Stoner; and four sisters, Elsie Craig, Bhirdell Perkins, Beulah Aller and Dorriane Harrity. She was a member of St. John's Union Church, and she was a loving wife and mother. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with pastor Robert Kruel officiating. Interment to follow at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Family suggests memorial contributions to St. John's Union Church, 170 Hecla Road, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666.
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Smith, Muriel G. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1925-08-06
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Muriel G. Smith, 89, of Ligonier, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Ligonier Gardens. She was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Eugene and Ruth Cogan Soisson. Muriel had been an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and was a member of the Westmoreland County Republican Party. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Smith, in 1986; a brother, Robert Soisson; and two sisters, Betty Brant and Claire Zollinger. She is survived by her son, Donald R. (Carol) Smith, of Milton, Del.; two grandchildren, Todd Smith and Kelly (Peter) Boyer; two great-grandchildren, Katie and Jody Boyer; a brother, Edgar (Marlene "Cookie") Soisson, of Ligonier; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Thursday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Paul Poerschke officiating. Interment will follow in the Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Muriel's memory to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit: http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Solomon, Mary E. 58

  • Manor Borough
  • Born: 1956-07-30
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Solomon, 58, of Manor Borough, died peacefully in her home Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. She was born July 30, 1956, in Altoona, to the late James and Margaret Colella Beatty. She was a member of St. Barbara Parish and worked as a registered nurse. She also taught special needs children in Greensburg and also in Fairfax, Va. Mary will be remembered as putting others before herself and for her kindness and generosity toward others. Surviving are her beloved husband, James W. Solomon; loving sons, Patrick J. and Ryan W. Solomon; sister, Maggie (Jerry) Larson; brothers, Jeff (Melissa) Beatty and Karl (Sandy) Bemesderfer; brother-in-law, Randy (Melanie) Solomon; mother-in-law, Marie (late William) Solomon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in St. Barbara Catholic Church, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City, with Father Matthew J. Morelli officiating. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow at St. Barbara Cemetery, Claridge. A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the St. Barbara's Haiti Mission in Mary's memory. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Todoric, Lesley A. 30

  • Formerly of Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Lesley Anne Todoric, 30, formerly of Penn Township, died suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of Steven and Sally Anne Todoric, of Penn Township; loving granddaughter of Margaret Miholovich, the late John Miholovich and the late Steve and Marie Todoric; sister of Steven Daniel Todoric; and niece of Betsy (Thomas) Costellic and Diane Miholovich. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, (724-744-2721). The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to Pet Friends, 409 Main St., Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Turner, Dolores 82

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1932-09-12
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dolores (Brant) Aukerman Turner, 82, of Latrobe, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Loyalhanna Care Center, Latrobe. She was born Sept. 12, 1932, in Greensburg, daughter of the late Paul J. and Edith M. (Leonard) Brant. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her former spouse, Earl Aukerman; and a granddaughter, Sherri Aukerman. She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Marie Healey and her husband, William, of Greensburg, and Dolores Lehman and her husband, Richard, of Derry; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Paul E. Brant, of Slidele, La., William J. Brant and his wife, Pat, of West Point, Ohio, and James Brant and his wife, Deanna, of Latrobe; two sisters, Pat King, of Latrobe, and Darlene Garris, of Bradenville; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Wallace, Nancy J. 67

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1946-12-16
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Nancy J. Wallace, 67, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Hickory, N.C. She was born Dec. 16, 1946, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late George McKain and Pearl (Byers) McKain Zimmer. Prior to retirement, she was the clubhouse manager at Cloverleaf Golf Club and she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jeannette. She is survived by her children, Russell Wallace and his wife, Mary Beth, of Jeannette, Scott Wallace and his wife, Karen, of Mandeville, La., and Marlo Grant and her husband, Willie, of Hickory, N.C.; five grandchildren, Paige and Brad Wallace and Brianna, Jada and Parker Grant; a brother, Fred McKain and his wife, Pam, of Warner Robbins, Ga.; a sister, Ruth McKain, of Kissimmee Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews and her significant other, Les Fink, of Jeannette. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the First Presbyterian Church, 4th and Bullitt Ave., Jeannette. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Weaver, Elsie E. 86

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1928-04-23
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elsie E. (Kregel) Weaver, 86, of Irwin, former resident of Walnut Ridge Memory Care, Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the RNC of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. She was born April 23, 1928, in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Janoziz) Kregel. Elsie was very involved in the Irwin Photo Lab, assisting her late husband, Bill, and son, Bob, in the day-to-day operations. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, also a member of the Country Hills Homemakers for more than 20 years, and was a very active volunteer at St. Emma's Monastery in Greensburg. She was a 1946 graduate of Norwin High School. Elsie was an avid flower gardener and loved doing crafts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Weaver, in 1988; brothers, Joseph and Victor Kregel; and sisters, Irma Wentzel and Emma Wagoner. Surviving are four children, William D. Weaver and his wife, Sherry, of Columbia, S.C., Cynthia Weaver, of San Francisco, Robert Weaver and his wife, Debbie, of Irwin, and Brian Weaver and his wife, Suzanne, of North Huntingdon; five grandchildren, Christy Weaver, Sarah Zupon, Jonathan Weaver, Kara Weaver and Rachel Weaver; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 308 Second St., Irwin, PA 15642. Elsie's family would like to thank the staff at Walnut Ridge Memory Care, RNC and Asera Care Hospice and her home caretaker, LuAnn Beresford, for their special care and compassion that they showed their mother. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Ciuca, Henry D. 82

  • Parks Township
  • Born: 1932-05-06
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Janette, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Henry D. Ciuca, of Parks Township, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, from Parkinson's disease. He was born May 6, 1932, in Vandergrift, the Son of the late Ferdinand G and Lena A.M. Schnorfeil Ciuca. He graduated from Vandergrift High School in 1950 with high honors. He served in the Army for three years, two years in Japan, and was employed at Allegheny Ludlum for 43 years, retiring in 1994. He is survived by his lovely wife of 58 years, Carol Crosby Ciuca; four sons, Douglas (Liz) Ciuca and Ray Ciuca, both of Vandergrift, Richard (Laura) Ciuca, of Leechburg, and Robert Ciuca, of Apollo; grandchildren, Gina Ciuca, of Tarentum, Joshua and Roxanna Ciuca, of Vandergrift, Stephen Ciuca, of Vandergrift, Lindsey Ciuca, Robbie Ciuca and Ryan Ciuca, all of Apollo, Jesse Ciuca, of Washington Township, John (Tara) Demmer and Alicia (Josh) Cannon, both of Kingsley, Pa., Erika and Brendan Kelley, of Pittsburgh, and Aaron and Kelly Ciuca, of Vandergrift; great-grandsons, Liam Kelley and Finnegan Kelley and Colson Kelley, of Pittsburgh; great-granddaughter, Liliana Ciuca, of Vandergrift; a brother, Fred and Larue Ciuca, of Vandergrift; one sister, Joyce Ciuca Cole, of Johnstown; also several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Charlotte Ciuca Lemon and Alice Ciuca Martin; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Demmer; and a nephew, Charles Martin Jr. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006. Additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the High Field Lutheran Church, Dime Road, Vandergrift, with Pastor Arter officiating. A private burial will take place at Greenwood Mausoleum. Online condolences may be made at Gamblefh.com.
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Croyle, Willard Wimpy E. 88

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1925-10-18
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Willard E. "Wimpy" Croyle, 88, of Gilpin Township peacefully passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, surrounded by his family. Born Oct. 18, 1925, in New Kensington, he was a son of the the late Hamilton and Sarah (Richey) Croyle. He was employed as a bundler and shipper at Bagdad Plant of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. for 45 years, retiring in 1989. He was also a carpenter, brick and block layer, furniture maker, remodeler and refinisher, a jack-of-all-trades, member of Christ The King Parish in Gilpin Township, lifetime member of the Elks Lodge No. 377 in Leechburg, the Marconi Club in Leechburg, United Steelworkers of America Local 1138 Leechburg, past member of the Hungarian Club in Georgetown, Gilpin Township and Slovak Club in Leechburg. Enjoyed woodworking, traveling, going to fairs, especially the Dayton Fair, hunting, fishing, ice skating, playing ping pong, playing cards and bingo, an avid pool player, watching boxing and baseball on TV, helping his children and grandchildren with all their school projects; he was very creative and artistic. Survivors include his daughters, Karen Croyle-Fischer (Robert), of Frederick, Md., and Kathleen Matarrese, of Gilpin Township; granddaughter, Roni Lee Matarrese; great-granddaughter, Marissa Matarrese, of Gilpin Township; and twin brother, Willis (Pearl) Croyle, of New Kensington. Also surviving are two beloved sisters-in-law, Joyce (Bianco) Betts, of Punxsutawney, and Janet (Bianco) Ecelbarger, of North Tonawanda, N.Y. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary A. (Bianco) Croyle, May 6, 2006; son, Ronald J. Croyle, Oct. 8, 2006; brother, Leslie Croyle; and sisters, Melvina Lessig, June Frank, Vera 'Ruby" Riggle, Janet Croyle at 18 months, and a sister in infancy. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are welcome to attend a Christian funeral Mass at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Christ The King Parish, 125 Park Road in Gilpin Township, with the Rev. James H. Loew, OSB, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin Township. Arrangements by CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051. To send an online condolence to the Croyle family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Fultz, Madylon Sam S. 74

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Born: 1940-07-19
  • Died: 2014-10-18
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  • Madylon S. "Sam" Fultz, 74, formerly of Ford City, has passed away. She was born July 9, 1940, in Murphysboro, Ill. Her father, Leo Lipe, and mother, Lucille Lipe, had passed away, as had her grandparents. She is survived by a sister, Judith Haven; and a brother, Larry Lipe. A younger brother, George Lipe, had passed away. She has a son and daughter, Brian Cook and Patricia Leonard, both living in St. Louis, Mo. Her daughter has three children, Haley, Barrett and Lucy all living in the St. Louis area. Sam spent more than 45 years as a hairdresser working in Granite City, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo. She also worked with her husband of 46 years, Gerold Fultz, in the sailboat industry, from 1991 to 2012 when she retired, and had spent the last 10 years living in Ford City, working for Sail Care. Sam and Jerry moved to Florida, where they always wanted to retire, in June this year. God bless her short time she had spent with family and friends; she brightened the lives of all she touched and will be sorely missed. As she had willed, her remains will be cremated and her ashes are to be divided up for her family plot and the rest put to sea.
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Fayette County

Miller, Dorothy E. 86

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1928-08-08
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Dorothy E. Burkley Miller waved her last goodbye to family and friends Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. She was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Bairdstown/Blairsville, to Edward Burkley and Edna Roley. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Miller; her two brothers, Donald and Kenneth; her sister, Edna Mae; and her two sons, Bradley and Timothy. During World War II, Dorothy worked at the Airplane and Marine Factory in Clearfield and she was a member of the Rosie the Riveter Association. Dorothy was a deeply spiritual woman and her relationship with God was expressed in the way she approached life. No matter what trials came her way, she was responded with the same unwavering faith in her God and surrendered to His will. She was a 40 year breast cancer survivor and volunteered for "Reach for Recovery", an organization that helps those who have experienced breast cancer. Widowed at age 31, Dorothy raised her five children on her own, through the strength of her faith and the help of the people that God always seemed to place in her life to assist or lead her. After the death of her husband, she went to Beauty School and had a successful beauty salon (Dot's Curl Corner) for 43 years. She went back to school at age 42 to add electrolysis to her beauty business. Dorothy was also a valued employee of the Brooks Funeral Home Inc. since 1973. She leaves behind a rich legacy, an example of a life well lived. She searched for ways to share her passion of Our Lord with others. She has been a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, since 1948, joined the Charismatic renewal in 1970, was a member of Christ's Light of the Cross prayer group and a Diocesan leader since 1980. She became a Eucharistic Minister, headed a music ministry for the charismatic movement in the Greensburg Diocese called "Dot and the Doves". She was a hospice volunteer and later became a public speaker, sharing her story with others who have experienced traumatic loss in their lives. She is survived by three daughters, Janice Hay, Nancy Leidy and Barbara Jack; two stepchildren, Jeff Sechrist and Karen Sechrist Anderson; two daughters-in-law, Kathy Cornwall and Nancy Miller; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. The Christ's Light of the Cross Prayer Group will gather at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brookshomes.com.
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Miller, Nicole A. 31

  • Whitestt
  • Born: 1982-12-11
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Nicole Ann (Martinak) Miller, 31, of Whitsett, passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, after a lengthy illness. Nicole was born on Dec. 11, 1982, in Monongahela, the daughter of Thomas and Virginia (Davis) Martinak Jr. She is survived by her parents, beautiful daughter, McKenzie Miller; brother, TJ Martinak; grandfather, Thomas Martinak Sr.; as well as an extended family and friends that loved her and will cherish her memory. Nicole was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Bernard and Ann Davis; and paternal grandmother, Betty Martinak. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. the hour of service in the funeral home. Pastor Melissa Snyder will officiate. There will be a private interment.
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Nicholson, Kimberly S. 56

  • Mill Run
  • Born: 1958-04-24
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Kimberly S. Nicholson, 56, of Mill Run, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born April 24, 1958, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Benjamin John (B.J.) and Gertrude Shaulis Nicholson. Kimberly was a graduate of Connellsville High School. She is survived by one daughter, Melinda Richter; two grandsons, Daniel and Logan Richter; three brothers, John Nicholson and his wife, Susan, of Mill Run, Ronald Nicholson, of Mill Run, and Thomas Snyder and his wife, Darlene, of Normalville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by an infant brother, Donald. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, the hour of services with the Rev. Mark Sholtis officiating in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft. Interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Ritenour, Shirley F. 80

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1934-10-09
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Shirley F. Ritenour, 80, of South Connellsville, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in the Amber House, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Oct. 9, 1934, in South Connellsville, a daughter of the late Charles and Emma Jane Trump Morgart. Shirley was a 1952 graduate of Connellsville High School and she was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church. She is survived by three sons, Vernon Ritenour, of South Carolina, Mark Ritenour, of Connellsville, and Jason Ritenour, of Mt. Pleasant; and six grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Leroy Vernon Ritenour, in 1994; a sister, Irma Ritenour; and a brother, Darrell Morgart. At the request of Mrs. Ritenour, funeral arrangements are private with private interment in Green Ridge Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

Crawford, Emma R. 64

  • Indiana, Pa.
  • Born: 1950-02-10
  • Died: 2014-10-14
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  • Emma R. Crawford, of Indiana, Pa., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. She was born Feb. 10, 1950, to the late George J. and Lydia J. Suppers. She is survived by her husband, Terry L. Crawford; two sons, George (Heather) Edwards and Joseph Edwards; a daughter, Dawn (Audley) Shearer; seven grandchildren, Anthony, Andrea, Zach Kosicek, Sylvia, Courtney Jo, Austin, Kayden Edwards; and two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Kira Edwards. She is also survived by one sister, eight brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters.
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Ober, Idella 88

  • Marion Center
  • Born: 1926-08-04
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Rairigh, Hillsdale | Get Directions
  • Idella (Rushton) Ober, 88, of Marion Center, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, after a short illness at her daughter's home in Pennsylvania Furnace. She was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Grant Township, Indiana County, a daughter of Will and Grace (Abel) Rushton. Idella was a lifelong Lutheran. Her life was focused upon her family and her church. Idella and her late husband, Dwight, owned and operated Ober's Clover Farm Store in Mahaffey. Idella is survived by her three children, Leland Ober and wife, Janice, of Irwin; Jannette Ober-Lauck and husband, George, of Pennsylvania Furnace, and Darrell Ober and wife, Kim, of Enola; and her 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her sister, Dorothy R. Marshall; and husband, Robert, of Blairsville. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dwight, Jan. 30, 1997; granddaughter, Amy LaVanish; and brother, William Rushton. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the RAIRIGH FUNERAL HOME LTD., 18944 Route 286, Highway East in Hillsdale, Indiana County. There will also be visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Grove Chapel Lutheran Church, 1990 Route 119 Highway N., Indiana, Pa., where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Dave Wasemann officiating. Interment will be at the East Mahoning Cemetery in Purchase Line. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lutheran Ladies Aid Society, 353 Blossom Hollow Road, Commodore, PA 15729 or the Grove Chapel Lutheran Church, 1990 Route 119 Highway N., Indiana, PA 15701.
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Thomas, Richard B. 63

  • Shelocta
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Bowser-Minich, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Richard B. Thomas, 63, of Shelocta, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born in 1951 in Indiana, to Dennis and Ethel Barr Thomas. Rich attended the Shelocta Community Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the Indiana County Fire Police, Wednesday Night Men's Bowling League at Greendale and a former member of the Elderton Volunteer Fire Company. He was an avid hunter and bowler. His team won the 1975 PA State Team Bowling Championship. Rich was employed by Specialty Tires of America in Indiana for the past 27 years, having achieved 21 years of perfect attendance. He was also employed as a security guard for many school functions and coin shows. Richard is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cheryl E. Fleming Thomas, of Shelocta; one daughter, Stephanie Fiely and husband, Chris, of Titusville; one brother and two sisters, Delone Thomas and wife, Pauline, of Hanover, Barbara Remaley, of Kittanning, and Marcia Shirley and husband, Gary, of Saltsburg; brothers-in law, Jim Fleming and wife, Karen Sue, of Indiana, Wallace "Bud" Fleming and wife, Linda, of Indiana, and Terry "Legs" Fleming and wife, Julie, of Dayton; sisters-in-law, Karen Redinger and husband, Gary, of Shelocta, Pam Cavalier and husband, Tom, of Clarksburg, Susan Patterson and husband, Ed, of Indiana, and June Good and husband, Keith, of Camden, S.C.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dennis Quay Thomas, in 1976; and by his father and mother-in-law, Walter "Quay" and Bernice Fleming. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the BOWSER-MINICH FUNERAL HOME, Indiana, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Joseph Tagliaferre officiating. Interment will be made in the Atwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelocta Community Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 177, Shelocta, PA 15774; and to VNA/Hospice, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701. http://www.bowserminich.com.
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Helfer, Delila D. 59

  • Washington , Formerly of Murrysville
  • Born: 1955-03-29
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Warco-Falvo, Washington | Get Directions
  • Delila Dawn Helfer, 59, of Washington, formerly of Murrysville, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at the Washington Hospital. She was born March 29, 1955, in Apollo, the daughter of Brooks F. Troup Sr. and Pauline "Polly" Morrow Troup, of Apollo. Mrs. Helfer was a 1973 graduate of Kiski Area High School. She was an avid Hallmark ornament collector and was also a member of HECK (Hallmark East Collectors Klub). Mrs. Helfer loved spending time with her family, especially her two granddaughters (her two princesses). She married Kenneth A. Helfer on June 5, 1976, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Nicole M. (Jeffrey) Dunn, of Washington, and Brooke M. (Richard) Boggess, of Houston; two brothers, Brooks "Fred" (Marietta) Troup Jr., of Middletown, Md., and Edward (Teresa) Troup, of Apollo; two granddaughters, Riley A. Dunn and Evelyn V. Boggess, along with several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the WARCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., Wilson at E. Katherine Aves., Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, the time of service, at the funeral home. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or to Susan G. Komen http://www.Komen.org. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.
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Kistler, Linda D. 69

  • Coal Center
  • Born: 1944-12-13
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Linda D. McCullough Kistler, 69, of Coal Center, Long Branch, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 9 a.m. at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Dec. 13, 1944, in North Charleroi, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Helen M. Walkush McCullough. A resident of Long Branch for the past 44 years, Mrs. Kistler was Catholic by faith and a homemaker. Linda enjoyed spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren and enjoyed going to the Meadows with her loving husband. She is survived by her husband, Barry L. Kistler to whom she was married 27 years; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Darryll Myers of Penn Township, and Lisa and Chris Shahan of Belle Vernon; four grandchildren, Jessica Myers, Dylan Myers, Ian Shahan, and Lily Shahan; two brothers, Clarence "Mac" McCullough of Houston and Robert D. McCoullough of Fredericktown; and two sisters, Helen Salisbury of Irwin and Barbara Moorehead of West Newton. She was preceded in death by three brothers, George McCullough, Edward McCullough and William McCullough. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Parzynski Funeral Home and Cremations at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Msgr. Roger A. Statnick, pastor, of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church officiating. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Members of St. Sebastian parish will pray the rosary for the departed soul of Linda Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Rygiel, Antoinette T. 91

  • Donora
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Antoinette T. Rygiel, 91, of Donora, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township. She was a member of the Our Lady of the Valley Church in Donora. Antoinette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved spending time with her family. Though she endured many complications from diabetes she still managed to find joy in day-to-day living. She loved listening to music and clapping and whistling along. Thanks to her loving family, she spent her final years in the comfort of her own home. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Walter Rygiel; a sister, Rose Sismondo; and a brother, Sam Scalise. Survivors include her daughters, Cathy (Keith) Siebert of Donora, Mary Lou (William) Kramer of Belle Vernon, Linda (Roy) Sarver of Monongahela and Annette (John) Marcius of North Huntingdon; a sister, Nancy Caso of Altoona; 10 grandchildren, Shelley, Sherri, Tracy, Renee, Ryan, Kimberly, Christina, Violet, Johnny and Sharon; also 10 great-grandchildren. Arrangements are being handled by ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Prayers will be recited in the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Valley Church at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Father Pierre M. Falkenhan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Bigler, Bryce A. 2

  • Elizabethtown
  • Born: 2012-08-29
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Miller/Sekely, Elizabethtown | Get Directions
  • Bryce A. Bigler, 2, of Elizabethtown, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at home after a courageous battle with Niemann Pick Disease Type A. He was born Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Lancaster, the son of Matthew Bigler and Cortney Showalter. Bryce was always a happy, content child with a smile that could light up a room and never wanted to be treated differently because of his illness. He enjoyed watching the Bubble Guppies and Looney Toons, and especially liked Porky Pig. Giraffe's were his favorite of all the animals. Bryce ultimately loved fire trucks and because of this he was an honorary member of Elizabethtown Fire Department, Rheems Fire Department and North Irwin Fire Company. He was also bestowed the title of chief, lieutenant, and paramedic at other fire departments. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandfather, Keith Showalter, of Elizabethtown; maternal grandmother, Marian Williams and her husband, Jeff, of Elizabethtown; paternal grandfather, Keith Bigler, of Jeannette; paternal grandmother, Mary Smith and her husband, Larry "Smitty", of Jeannette; an aunt, Lindsey Showalter, of Elizabethtown; an uncle, Scott Bigler and his wife, Devon, of Manor; and several cousins and a large extended family. A memorial service to honor Bryce will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552, with Pastor Jim Moynihan officiating. Visitation will be from 1p.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday in the church. Arrangements are under the care of the MILLER-SEKELY FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY OF ELIZABETHTOWN. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster for the exceptional service they provided. To share condolences, please go to http://www.millerfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions in Bryce's name may be made to Wylder Nation Foundation, 8912 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite F9-574, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 or to Quinn Madeleine Inc., PO Box 721, Lynbrook, NY 11563.
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Conte, Mafalda 87

  • Westerville, Ohio
  • Died: 2014-10-19
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  • Mafalda "Ginny" Conte, 87, of Westerville, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Domenic; and her daughter, Darlene Manley. She is survived by daughters, Barbara Wilcox and Sandra Conte; grandchildren, Domenic (Daniella) Manley, Michael (Karly) Manley, Joseph (Kristy) Manley and Carmon Wilcox; and four great-grandchildren. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at HILL FUNERAL HOME, 220 S. State St., with prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Paul Catholic Church, 313 N. State St., Westerville, with Father David Gwinner, Celebrant. Entombment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences can be made at http://www.HillFuneral.com.
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Corbett, Judith L. 76

  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Boles Funeral Home, Southern Pines, N.C. | Get Directions
  • Judith Lee Genovese Corbett, 76, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away peacefully Oct. 16, 2014, in Southern Pines, N.C. after a courageous 10-month battle with lung and brain cancer. She was with her family as she entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Judy was born in McKeesport, and raised in Donora. She married her husband, Joe Corbett in February 1961. After several moves and three children, Judy and her family finally settled in Raleigh, N.C., in 1980 where she worked for Raleigh Family Practice for many years. She was a faithful member of Bethany Hills Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and served in the church nursery. Judy truly experienced a life well lived. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Maud Genovese; and her brother, Jack Genovese. Judy leaves behind her husband of 53 years, Joseph Corbett; three children, Valerie Everette and her husband, James, of York, S.C., Eric Corbett and his wife, Tracy, of Pinehurst, N.C. and Karin Potter and her husband, Jon, of Southern Pines, N.C. She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Jonathan Potter, Sarah Everette, Nicole Potter, Kyle Corbett and Karsen Corbett, as well as her large, extended family, friends and neighbors. The family received friends Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Yates Thagard Baptist Church in Carthage, N.C., followed by funeral services at the church. Burial followed at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Southern Pines, N.C. BOLES FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTHERN PINES is serving the family. Condolences may be left at http://www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
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Mohall, Sandra L. 60

  • Enola
  • Born: 1954-09-15
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Sandra "Sandy" L. Pieczynski Mohall, 60, of Enola, died peacefully early Monday morning, Oct. 20, 2014, surrounded by the love of family and in the comfort of her home. Sandy was born Sept. 15, 1954, in Connellsville, a daughter of Edward Pieczynski, of Monarch, and the late Irene Rifnosky Pieczynski. Sandy was a devout Catholic and a faithful member of Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church, Enola, and a former parishioner of Our Lady of Peace in Conway, Beaver County, where she was the parish secretary for 16 years for the former Pastor Rev. Robert Guay, who is currently Parochial Vicar of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She was also a member of the Church Choir and Christian Mothers. She was a Girl Scout and also a member of the Alpha Zeta Delta Soroity. Sandy was a graduate of Geibel High School Class of 1972 and received her Liberal Arts degree at Mt. Aloysius College in 1974. She then received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Sandy was an administrative assistant of Youth and Young Adults of the Diocese of Harrisburg with six years of service. In addition to her father, Sandy is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 37 years, Richard "Rick" A. Mohall, whom she married Aug. 20, 1977; her two loving daughters, Leann Manning and husband, Ryan, of Pittsburgh, and Susan Mohall and fiance, Chad Szymanski, of Toledo, Ohio; her grandson, Chase Michael Manning, of Pittsburgh; her siblings, Alan Pieczynski, of Monarch, Diana Downing and husband, Jim, of Pittsburgh, and their daughter, Anna, Barry Pieczynski and wife, Theresa, of Connellsville, and their children, Julissa and husband, Allen Arison, and Stephen Pieczynski and Ian Alec Pieczynski and wife, Kelly, of Pittsburgh, and daughters, Alex and Bailey, Carl Pieczynski and wife, Laura, of Pittsburgh, and sons, Luke and John Pieczynski. Sandy's family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson, with the Rev. Robert Guay, of Pittsburgh, and the Rev. John Bednarik, Pastor of St Francis of Assi Parish, Harrisburg, as con-celebrants. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Everson. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Phillippi, Allan P. 70

  • Lancaster, Calif. , Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1943-11-22
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Allan P. Phillippi, 70, died suddenly in his home Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Lancaster, Calif. He was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Natrona Heights, son of the late Guy and Katharine Phillippi. Allan was a 1961 graduate of Har-Brack High School. He was a 20-year Navy veteran, serving several tours on board the USS Constellation in Vietnam as a photographer. After leaving the service, he did some freelance photography for many well known stars, including John Wayne and Don Rickles among others. He was an academic counselor at Antelope Valley College until his retirement. He enjoyed photography, graphic design, the Steelers and his beloved cats. He is survived by his son, Brian, of Lancaster, Calif.; stepdaughter, Heather (John) Fuller, of Viera, Fla.; step-grandsons, Logan and Dylan; brother, Daryl (Marie) Phillippi, of Portland, Ore.; sister, Beverly (Dennis) Klaric, of New Kensington; and numerous nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine; and brothers, Jack, Fred and Dean Phillippi. Burial will be at Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the DUNMIRE-KERR ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., Vandergrift. To leave an online condolence, visit us at http://www.dunmirekerr.com.
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