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Ahmuty, George 93

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • George Ahmuty, 93, of the Villages at St. Barnabas died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Arbors Nursing Home. Born in Indiana, he was the son of Mary and Richard Ahmuty, of Cumberland, R.I. He graduated from Woonsocket High School and Chancey Hall prior to entering MIT where he earned degrees in aeronautical and industrial engineering. He served in the Army in World War II from 1942 to 1944 and was honorably discharged as a PFC. He was predeceased by his first wife, Alice, of Westport, Conn., where they made their home for more than 30 years. Both had grown up in Woonsocket, R.I. He is survived by his second wife, June Elliott, of Pittsburgh, where they moved after their wedding in 1993. Mr. Anthony ran his own company involved in computer sales from 1964 to his retirement in 1992. As an avid golfer, he played Longshore Country Club and later he and his wife, June, belonged to Wildwood Country Club in Pittsburgh. Until five years ago, Mr. Ahmuty skied New England resort areas all winter long. He is survived by two daughters, Jane Perry, of Weston, Conn., and Patti Trudel, of Manchester, Vt.; four grandchildren, R. Christopher Steele, Tamara McKenna, Jonathan Trudel and Charlotte Perry; and five great-grandchildren. There will be a private burial at Assumption Cemetery in Westport, Conn. Arrangements are by NEELY FUNERAL HOME. Donations can be made in his memory to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AK 72202, or Outreach Ministries, St. Luke Church, 49 N. Turkey Hill Road, Westport, CT 06880.
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Barefoot, Russell 94

  • Lincoln Place
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Russell Barefoot, 94, of Lincoln Place, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 58 years to the late Mildred Barefoot. He was the cherished father of Russell (Elma), Randy (Terri) and Robin (Terry) Steyer; loving grandfather of Russell (Cory), Christie Lynn (Robert) and Wesley Barefoot; and special great-grandfather of Amanda Feight, Tyler, Justyn and Lucas Barefoot. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Rhoda Barefoot; brother, Ned; and sister, Pauline Heckman. Russell was a World War II veteran, having served with the Marine Corps, and was retired as a utility analyst for U.S. Steel for 42 years, a Life Member of Alliquippa Lodge No. 375 F and AM with more than 50 years of service, a life member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Al-O-Mon Forest No. 138, life member of the American Legion White Oak Post No. 701 with 44 years of service, life member of the Elks former Homestead No. 650. He was the oldest active member of the Thompson Run Athletic Association, a member of the AARP No. 3172, and Lincoln Place VFW Post 5321. Russ was an avid bowler and golfer until the end with a high score in bowling of 290 and had two holes in one in golf. Everyone who met Russ loved him and his fun-loving spirit. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, PA 15120, 412-461-6394, where a funeral service will be held Monday, time later. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Lincoln Place Presbyterian Church, 1202 Muldowney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15207 or the Lincoln Place VFW Post 5321, 5132 Interboro Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Beamer III, Henry G. 80

  • Churchill
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Henry G. "Skip" Beamer III, 80, of Churchill, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine Beamer; and stepfather of Bill (Barb) DeVenzio, of Dayton, Ohio. Henry will be lovingly missed by his extended family, his many close friends and his colleagues. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University, Henry was commissioned as an officer in the Marines, achieving the rank of major upon his discharge. Henry received his Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law. He was a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Academy of Trial Lawyers, Virginia State Bar, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, American Legion Post 0002 East Pittsburgh and the Duquesne Club. Henry served on the advisory board of Penn State Fayette and was also a proud member of the Penn State Nittany Lion Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Penn State University for the Henry Beamer Basketball Scholarship, 1 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.
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Bernhart Jr., C. Baker 96

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • C. Baker Bernhart Jr., 96, of Monroeville, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Baker was son of the late Charles Baker and Carolyn (Hopper) Bernhart and was the beloved husband of the late Jean (Wilson) Bernhart. He is survived by his daughters, Carol Anne Salancy and Alexis Jean Lassow (Edward); five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Jean Thomas and the late John Bernhart. Baker was a graduate of Bucknell University and was retired from US Steel, where he had been an electrical engineer. He was a longtime member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Haymaker Road, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert Marrow, officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at Cross Roads Cemetery. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Brooks Sr., John W. 58

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Watts, Braddock | Get Directions
  • John W. "Johnny" Brooks Sr., 58, passed away quietly at home in North Versailles Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the father of John W. Brooks Jr. and Brandace Coney; brother of Barbara E. Jackson and the Rev. Dr. Janis C. Brooks; also two grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 90 Port Perry Road, North Versailles, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Interment private. Services of comfort entrusted to WATTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 808 Talbot Ave., Braddock, PA 15104, 412-271-3880.
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Burgman Jr., George R. 79

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1935-02-12
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • George R. Burgman Jr., 79, of Dravosburg, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was born Feb. 12, 1935, in McKeesport, the son of the late George R. and Jane Boddice Burgman Sr. He served in the Army as a helicopter mechanic. He was a mechanical draftsman and a manager at Lehigh Design. He was an active member of the South Park Area Radio Control Society and was also involved with local NASCAR racing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary "Betty" Oskin Burgman; son, G. Jayme (Carol) Burgman, of White Oak, Michael (Laurie) Burgman, of Pleasant Hills, Debra (Daniel) Tepper, of Acme, and Cherie (Todd Phillips), of White Oak; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN FUNERAL HOME, 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Church and burial will be in Lebanon Church Cemetery.
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Coffman, Donna J. 79

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1935-05-11
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Donna J. (Sherbondy) Coffman, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born May 11, 1953, in Mendon, a daughter of the late Thomas and Hattie Finley Sherbondy. She was the beloved wife of Gerald Coffman for 58 years; loving mother of Bruce (Laurie) Coffman, of South Park, and Robin (David) McMasters, of Monroeville; dear grandmother of Lindsey (Max) and Rachael Coffman, Ryan (Kathleen), Sean (Amy) and Kelly McMasters; sister, Karen (James) Potts; and sister-in-law, Donna (Robert) Crosby. Donna devoted her life to providing a warm and loving home to her family and she was happiest when her devoted grandchildren were around her. She was a gifted singer and pianist, blessing others as she used her talents during her lifelong service to God. Her vibrant personality allowed her to touch lives wherever she went, and she was a caring, compassionate friend to many. She will be dearly missed by her family and a lifetime of friends. She was recently attending the Barren Run United Methodist Church. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Smithton. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastors John Logan and George Lammay co-officiating. Burial will be in the Barren Run Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Donna's name to a local church.
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Collins, Thomas Tom 76

  • Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Thomas "Tom" Collins, 76, of Wilkinsburg, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was a son of the late Thomas and Helen Collins; former wife and companion/caregiver of Anna Marie Collins-McCune; special dad of Tina M. (Keith) Dzikiy and Tom (Christina) Collins; and grandfather of Alexandria and Kailey Collins and Hunter Dzikiy. Tom was also survived by nieces and nephews and all who loved him. Family and friends from will be received 2 to 7 p.m. Monday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332, with a service to follow at 7 p.m.
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Cosatch, Myrtle Mert E. 95

  • Bunola
  • Born: 1919-07-16
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Myrtle E. "Mert" (Metcalf) Cosatch, 95, of Bunola, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Southwestern Nursing Center. Born July 16, 1919, in Canada, she was a daughter of the late Reul Metcalf and Ada (Hubbard) Metcalf. She was the postmaster for Bunola Post Office, retiring in 1981, and also a lifetime member of Bunola Volunteer Fire Company. Myrtle is survived by a daughter, Peggy Lazzari, of Bunola; three sons, George (Bernice) Stewart, of Pahrump, Nev., Charles (Arlene) Stewart, of Punxsutawney, and Bill Stewart, of Las Vegas, Nev; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Albert "Mike" Stewart; second husband, Alfred Cosatch; and son, Fred Stewart. No viewing is scheduled. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4256. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Dziemski, Edward W. 78

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1936-09-09
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Edward W. Dziemski, 78, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, after a long illness. He was born Sept. 9, 1936, in McKeesport, the son of the late Martin and Catherine (Kubik) Dziemski. Edward was a veteran of the Air Force, serving during the Korean War. He was retired from U.S. Steel Christy Park Works. He was predeceased by his parents, and brothers, William and Walter Dziemski. He is survived by his sister, Florence Dziemski, of McKeesport; and many good friends. According to Edward's wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Inurnment will be in the McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. Funeral and cremation arrangements are under the care of the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave. McKeesport.
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Fischer, Phyllis G. 90

  • North Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Phyllis G. (Greb) Fischer, 90, originally from East Liberty/Highland Park, Monroeville and in recent years Vincentian Home, North Hills, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. A daughter of Frank and Clara Greb, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Clayton Fischer (1982); and 10 siblings, Frank, Margaret, Alma, Clarence, Henry, Ruth, Dolly, Charles, Wilbert and Patrick. She is lovingly remembered by her son, Paul; grandson, Jack; stepdaughter, Christie Surmacz; many nieces, nephews and dear friends that go back to third grade. Refined and appropriate, yet sweet and approachable, Phyllis lived with an understated elegance that belied growing up in Depression-era hard times. A bookkeeper by trade, she later kept the Miracle Mile Hallmark store in business while working there and served as a volunteer at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. She also was a lifetime member of St. Peter's Church in the East End. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, PA 15235. Service at 1 p.m., nearby at St. Peter's Cemetery Chapel. "Death is not extinguishing the light, it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come." - Tagare
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Goff, Wilbur E. 83

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Born: 1931-06-07
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Wilbur E. "Wiggles" Goff, 83, of Swisshelm Park, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Mr. Goff was born June 7, 1931, in Ohio, to the late Myron and Esther (Grafton) Goff; beloved husband of 44 years to Anna (Bruno) Gaff; loving father of Ruth Rogel and husband, Tom, Esther Harris and the late Ada Harris; and brother of Russell Goff and wife, Patricia, Evelyn Steer and husband, Gerald, Charlotte Jackson and husband, Les, and the late Raymond and Martha Goff, Roger Goff and surviving wife, Barbara, and Virginia and Paul Stanley. Wilbur served in the Navy Seabees and retired as a postal clerk in the main office in Pittsburgh. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially at the campsite on Allegheny River, where he loved swimming and riding his boat. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Word of God Roman Catholic Church. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Graper, Mary Ann 82

  • Reserve Township
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Hughes, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Weis) Graper, 82, of Reserve Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife and best friend of the late Richard E "Dick" Graper for 60 years; loving mother of Richard (Lisa) Graper, Sandra (Mike) Baker, Daniel Graper, Charles (Cheryl) Graper and Tim (Christine) Graper; loving grandmother of Benjamin, Elizabeth, Jaime, Michael, Lauren, Matthew, Nicklas, Ethan and Maria; loving great-grandmother of Olivia; dear sister of Fred, John and Barbara. Mary Ann was a faithful chapel attendant at St. Anthony's Chapel for more than 20 years; and daughter of the the late Fred and Mary Weis. Family is to receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME, 1501 Lowrie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, Troy Hill. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Anthony's Chapel, Most Holy Name Parish, with the Rev. James R. Orr as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to St. Anthony's Chapel, 1700 Harpster St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Grubbs, Shirley F. 78

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Shirley F. (Driggers) Grubbs, 78, of Turtle Creek, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, after a courageous battle with many health issues including heart disease, lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. Shirley has earned her wings. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Evelyn Driggers; and siblings, Tracy, Louise, Jim, Marshall, Kathleen, Curtis and Dorothy. She is the beloved mother of Dr. Charles (Artina) DeNunzio Jr., Lynn Denunzio (Rick) Crowe, John (Nicole) Grubbs and Frank (Dana) Grubbs. She was the loving grandmother of the late Ashlee Grubbs and is survived by seven other grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was the dear sister of Betty M. Afton; and an aunt to numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in Grandview Cemetery. The family would like to thank Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital CCU and Excela Hospice for the wonderful care that she received.
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Haritan, Michael 91

  • Dormont
  • Born: 1923-11-13
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael Haritan, 91, of Dormont, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Born Nov. 13, 1923, in Carnegie, to immigrant parents from Ukraine, he attended Carnegie High School and received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He also attended St. Francis College and the University of Virginia. A World War II veteran, Michael served in the Army in North Africa and Italy with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. After returning from the war, he began dating the love of his life, Alice Kucher, and they married in September 1948. Michael worked as a draftsman at Westinghouse Atomic, Blawnox, and Obenchain Engineering and worked as a drafting and design teacher at Connelley Vocational High School in the Pittsburgh Public School System for more than 25 years before retiring in 1989. He loved his family, gardening, bowling, boating, dancing, reading, singing, traveling, vacations to the beach, decorating Ukrainian pysanky, making Ukrainian pyrohy, playing the harmonica, eating and M and M's. Michael was a longtime, active member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Friends of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans and the Pittsburgh Folk Festival since its founding in 1956. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Alice; six children, Michael E. (Jane) Haritan, Dianne (Mike) Brown, Elaine Kimber, Adrienne (Alan) English, Monica Haritan and Timothy (Andrea) Haritan; 14 grandchildren, Matt (Christina), Andrew, Adam and Danny Haritan, Neal (Kristin) and Amy Brown, Caryn (Joe) Bevins, Alex and Ian Kimber, Alana, Alden and Alicia English and Allegra and Tyler Haritan; as well as two great-grandchildren, Ella and Mila Haritan. The family will receive friends 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh. Parastas service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, 730 Washington Ave., Carnegie. Contributions in Michael's memory can be made to the Diocesan Resource Committee, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, P.O. Box 16319, Pittsburgh, PA 15242 and to Family Hospice and Palliative Care 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Hilliard Jr., Thomas J. 94

  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Thomas J. Hilliard Jr., 94, passed away in his sleep early Thursday morning, Jan. 29, 2015. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Audrey Hillman Hilliard. Tom is survived by his sister, Elsie H. Hillman and her husband, Henry L. Hillman; his five children, Thomas J. Hilliard III, Constance C. Hilliard and Francis Coyne, Elsie H. Humes and her husband, Billy, Peggy H. Martin and her husband, Max, and James F. Hilliard and his wife, Christine; his grandchildren, Colin F. Hilliard, Genevieve G. Hilliard, Thomas J. Humes (Meg B. Humes), Liza H. McNulty (Mike McNulty), Frazer H. Humes and Elsie McL. Humes, Constance M. Miller (Andrew B.B. Miller), William H. Martin, Marguerite H. Martin, Lilah K. Hilliard and Frazer LeC. Hilliard; and his great-grandchildren, Cayden B. Hilliard and M. Cabell Humes. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. in Calvary Episcopal Church. Interment in Homewood Cemetery is private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206; or Shadyside Hospital Foundation, 532 S. Aiken Ave., Suite 302, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC.
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Kielty, Annabelle V. 90

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Annabelle V. (Barth) Kielty, 90, of Hampton Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late William J. Kielty Jr.; daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Barth; loving mother of William J. Kielty III and June A. Kielty; grandmother of Jason and Renee; sister of the late Helen Bihler and Ruth Templin; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Annabelle lived life to the fullest, always put others needs before her own, and her laughter will ring on forever. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery.
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Kuntz, Martha Jane 84

  • Shaler Township
  • Born: 1930-07-25
  • Died: 2015-01-30
  • Funeral Home: Healy-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Martha Jane (King) Kuntz, 84, of Shaler Township, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. She was born July 25, 1930, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Thomas and Elma King. She was the beloved wife of the late Don G. Kuntz Sr.; loving mother of Don Kuntz Jr.; grandmother of Donny James (Holly) Kuntz; and great-grandmother of Cole Michael Kuntz. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lila (Bud) Black. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday in the HEALY-HAHN FUNERAL HOME INC., 512 Grant Ave., Millvale, 412-821-2940, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vitas Hospice, 235 Alpha Drive No. 101, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Lesko, Mary Ann 76

  • Churchill
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Lesko, 76, of Churchill, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, and is now in God's loving arms. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to Regis J. Lesko; loving mother of Anna (Nick) Olivier of Virginia Beach, Va., and Suzanne Lesko, of Southwest Florida; cherished daughter of Mary Hahalyak Sekela and the late John Sekela; grandmother of Johnathan, David and Grace; and sister of the late John Richard Sekela. Mary Ann was very service-oriented. During her active years, she dedicated herself to the Churchill area swim club, her local Girl Scout troop, Bethlehemhaven and the Southwest Florida Nature Conservancy. She was passionate about serving others and knew this was God's plan for her life. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001, with Parastas service at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Divine Liturgy will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church, Oakland. Everyone please meet at church.
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Mazzenga, Anthony 88

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Anthony Mazzenga, 88, formerly of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Carole (Vitti) Mazzenga; loving father of Mark (Mary Pat), Michael (Michele) and Teresa Farls (Chris); and brother of Gennarina and Louis (Lena). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, extended family and many friends. Friends will be received from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Bartholomew Church.
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Minnaji, Stephen A. 63

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Stephen A. Minnaji, 63, of North Versailles, diedpeacefully after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Susan (Marcoz) Minnaji for 39 years; loving father of Rachel (Bobby) Breze, of Penn Hills, and Steven L. Minnaji, of North Versailles; grandfather of Dylan and Parker Breze; brother of Philip Minnaji, of Chalfant, Patrick Minnaji, of Wilkins, Mark Minnaji, of Claridge, John Minnaji, of Chalfant, and the late Anthony Minnaji; son of the late Stephen and late Lydia (Botti) Minnaji; brother-in-law of Gloria (late Jim) Gralewski, of Manor, and Diane (Dan) Arvidson, of Florida; and is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Steve was a veteran of the PA National Guard. He had been employed at both US Steel, Homestead Plant and UPMC, Presbyterian. For the past 20 years, Steve has been a bus driver for the Port Authority, East Liberty Division. He enjoyed being at his cabin in Glendale year round and also travelling with his family and friends. Steve will be remembered for living his life to the fullest. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Jude Church, Wilmerding. Entombment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the National Pancreatic Foundation, PO Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502 or http://www.npcf.us. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Prosser, Catherine M. 76

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1939-01-19
  • Died: 2015-01-30
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Catherine Meyer Prosser, 76, of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at St. Clair Hospital. She was born Jan. 19, 1939, in McKeesport, to the late Jacob and Gertrude (Heeg) Meyer. She was a retired manager from the J.C. Penny Telemarketing Center in Cheswick. She was a member of the St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, and was a former member of the church choir. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas E. Prosser; mother of Todd T. Prosser, of West Mifflin; and sister of Florence Kenny, of Upper St. Clair, and Sister Jacqueline Meyer C.D.P., of Massachusetts. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers and sisters, Monsignor Joseph Meyer, Mary Combs, John Meyer, Ambrose Meyer and Gertrude Malone. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in the 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 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Thomas Lewadowski. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Rose, Marth 99

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Martha (Slaine) Rose, 99, of Pleasant Hills, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Martha is survived by her loving children, Gretchen R. Fuller, Lucinda R. Fudge and Richard A. Rose Jr.; grandchildren, Megan Fuller, Bridget Fuller, Jennifer Fudge, Kathleen Fudge Gonnelli, Crystal Rose and April Rose; great-grandchildren, Oscar Benjamin Murillo, Sylvia Murillo, Maya Murillo, Robert Buzard, Andrew Buzard and William Buzard; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard Allen Rose Sr.; parents, George and Anna Catherine Slaine; siblings, Mary Josephine Slaine, R. Amelia Slaine, Vincent Rhobanus Slaine, George Herman Slaine, Joseph Benedict Slaine, Dorothy Cecilia Slaine, Andrew Thomas Slaine, Theresa Antoinette McMenamin and Isabelle Clementine Colonna. Arrangements have been entrusted to JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 1 Grove Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth of Hungary for Our Campaign to Remember, Renew and Renovate. Condolences may be left at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Scampone, Josephine 96

  • East Liberty
  • Died: 2015-01-30
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Josephine Scampone, 96, of East Liberty, died peacefully Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Scampone, loving mother of Louis Scampone (Rosa) and Rita Paliotta; cherished grandmother of eight; adoring great-grandmother of 11; dear sister of MariAntonia DeBellis, of Italy; preceded in death by five brothers and one sister; also loved by nieces nephews, cousins and friends. Josephine was born in New York City, N.Y. When she was three years old, the family moved back to Selvacava, Italy, where Josephine grew up, was married and started a family. In 1953, the family moved to the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh, where she lived the rest of her life. Josephine was a longtime member of the Madonna della Civita Society. Friends will be received 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at McCABE BROS INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, Friendship Campus. Interment is to follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Tolbert, Saniah G. 18

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1996-07-07
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Saniah Gabrielle Tolbert, 18, of McKeesport, departed this life Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in UMPC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was born July 7, 1996, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Tracy A. and Caroline E. Singleton Tolbert. She was a 2014 graduate of McKeesport Area High School with highest honors and was a member and President of the National Honor Society. She recently attended Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus as a business marketing major. She recently worked at Chick-fil-A at The Waterfront and had done an intern position with Marc USA. She was an active member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. Surviving are her parents; two sisters, Felisha P. Singleton and Alayna E. Tolbert, all of McKeesport; grandparents, Charles and Edna Jones, of McKeesport; grandfather, Terry A. Tolbert, of Greenville, S.C.; and a niece, six nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ameer Bentley; and paternal grandmother, Margaret E. Burts. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport, with funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1350 Locust St., with the Rev. John F. Newby officiating. Entombment will follow in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.
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Treese, Jane J. 96

  • Formerly of Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Jane J. (Jennings) Treese, 96, of Longwood at Oakmont, formerly of Fox Chapel, passed away with family at her side Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Townsend N. Treese; loving mother of Christopher J. (Amy) Treese, of Colorado; and cherished grandmother of Sarah Jane Treese. No visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to the Audubon Society of Western PA or to the Animal Rescue League.
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Ullrich, Genevieve L.

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Genevieve L. (Johnston) Ullrich, of Forest Hills, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. She was the wife of the late Walter W. Ullrich Sr.; loving mother of Barbara G. UlIrich, of Brentwood, Walter W. Ullrich Jr., and his wife, Debbie, of Upper St. Clair, Richard A. Ullrich and his wife, Kitty, of Monroeville, and James B. Ullrich and his wife, Linda, of Allegheny Township; dear grandma of Walter III, Rebecca, Eric, Richard Jr., Alexander and Daniel; great-grandmother of Robert, Alexis, Jasmine, Liam, and Derick; sister of the late William and Paul Johnston. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Maurice Parish. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Buttermore, William W. 92

  • East Huntingdon Township
  • Born: 1923-01-16
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William W. "Bill" Buttermore, 92, of East Huntingdon Township, passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Bill was born Jan. 16, 1923, at Waymart, Wayne County, a son of the late Homer and Olga (Glosser) Buttermore. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie E. (Hahn) Buttermore, on March 23, 2004, and his second wife, Anna Snyder Buttermore, on Oct. 30, 2013. Bill was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a longtime self-employed farmer in East Huntingdon Township, operating the William Buttermore and Sons family farm. Along with founding and serving as COO of the family farm supply business, he was instrumental in formation of the grain drying and storage operation in the township. He was awarded Westmoreland County's "Farmer of the Year" and PA's "Dairy Distinction Award". He held board positions with the Westmoreland Conservation District, Westland Dairy and Mt. Lebanon Cemetery Association. Years ago, he was a member of the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, that he helped build and more recently, was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale. A graduate of East Huntingdon High School, Class of 1940, he served as District No. 7 Chairman of the Westmoreland County Republican Party and along with his wife, hosted yearly summer picnics. Bill enjoyed traveling to destinations in Hawaii, Ocean City and Delaware. Bill will be sadly missed by his loving family; his four children, Kathy L. Ansell and her husband, Carl, of Connellsville, Karen L. Barnhart and her husband, Barney, of Scottdale, William G. Buttermore, of Scottdale, and Ronald M. Buttermore and his wife, Tammy, of Scottdale; his 10 grandchildren, Jeremy Ansell, Clinton Ansell and wife, Erin, Kristy Philburn and husband, Greg, Jason Dodd and wife, Angie, Joshua Dodd, Justin Dodd and wife, Lisa, JW Buttermore and wife, Michelle, Amanda Buttermore, Ryan L. Buttermore and wife, Kelly, and Katie L. Buttermore; his 11 great-grandchildren, Autumn and Andrew Ansell, Madison, Emma and Greyson Philburn, Shane and Cody Dodd, Dillan and Addison Buttermore, Nick Carbonara and Presley Buttermore; his sister, Verna Rhodes, of Scottdale; his brother-in-law, Fred Rankin, of Norfolk, Va.; his nephew, his two nieces, his several great-nieces and nephews; his three stepchildren, Steven Snyder and wife, Peggy, and David Snyder and wife, Joy, all of Newcomerstown, Ohio, and Ruth Burgner and husband, Pastor Greg, of Atlanta, Ga.; and his five step-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by a son, James Ronald Buttermore (1956); and a sister, Mary Martha Rankin (1993). 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 8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Additional viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday in Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday with Pastors Stephen Moore and Greg Burgner co-officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Harmon House Activity Fund. The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of Harmon House and Grane Hospice for their loving care! Love Lasts Forever!
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Cavaliere, Louis 80

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1934-03-25
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Louis Cavaliere, 80, of Murrysville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born March 25, 1934, in Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, Vincent P. and Josephine (Raimondi) Cavaliere, Louis was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Cavaliere; and a sister, Ermie (Cavaliere) Colosimo. Louis served his country in the Army and was a member of Monroeville Assembly of God. Prior to retirement, Louis worked for the Port Authority of Pittsburgh for many years. Louis is survived by his loving wife, Mary C. (Dymer) Cavaliere, of Murrysville; three sons, Christopher L. (Susan) Cavaliere, of Farmington Hills, Mich., Vincent E. (Darla) Cavaliere, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Richard A. (Connie S.) Cavaliere, of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Catherine (Harold) Mansfield, Theresa (William) Grassi and Millie (Pete) Jeffries; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Lance Lecocq and Pastor James Hart officiating. Entombment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Penn Hills.
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Cyktor, Connie L. 74

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1940-04-13
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Connie L. Cyktor, 74, of Hunker, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at her home. She was born April 13, 1940, in Hempfield Township, daughter of the late Willis Elma Storey Fox. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Westmorland Manor in Greensburg as a dietician. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Cyktor; a daughter, Renee Cyktor; a son, Jeffrey Cyktor and his wife, Lori; a brother, Alan Fox, and infant brother, Donald Fox. Surviving are a daughter, Melissa Ames and her husband, Jeffery, of Hunker; a son, Terry Cyktor and his wife, Sue, of West Newton; her loving grandchildren who were her pride and joy; one great-granddaughter; and one great-grandson to be born soon. Also surviving are her sisters, Joan Stamm, of New Stanton, Marley DiNozzi and her husband, Tony, of Youngwood, Marsha Goudi and her husband, Sonny, of Confluence, and Linda Basco, of Hunker; a sister-in-law, Gerri Fox, of Youngwood; and a special niece, Shelli Kurtz, of Hunker. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Randy Sweet officiating. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery.
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Elefante, Henry L. 88

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1926-04-08
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Henry L. Elefante, 88, of Parks Township, passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in VNA Hospice, Butler. Born April 8, 1926, in Vandergrift, he was the son of the late James and Barbara (Baroni) Elefante. Henry lived in Parks Township for 53 years, and was a 1947 graduate of Vandergrift High School. He served our country with the Army during World War II, and was the recipient of a Purple Heart. Henry was employed by U.S. Steel in Vandergrift for more than 30 years in the accounting department, retiring in 1984. He was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church and the Men's Club; Bari Club; former Sons of Italy; former officer of the DAV and VFW Post No. 566 of Vandergrift, all located in Vandergrift; and a board member of Kiski Valley Opportunities Unlimited. Henry enjoyed music, sports, traveling, volunteering and bowling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Frank Elefante. Henry is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary M. (Kasecky) Elefante, of Parks Township; son, Dennis J. (Vicki) Elefante, of Corona, Calif.; daughter, Christine M. (Robert) Kulick, of Lower Burrell; son, David H. Elefante, of Parks Township; seven grandchildren, Steven Elefante, Andrea Costello, Valerie Kulick-Brown, Victoria Vierra, Jessica Giorgi, Travis Elefante and Chelsea Elefante; 11 great grandchildren; two sisters, Victoria Calizzi, of Cabot, and Susan DiMenna, of Washington Township; several nieces and nephews. There will be a private family viewing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, with Father James Loew, OSB, celebrant. Everyone please meet at the church. Military honors will be accorded following Mass by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. Entombment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Henry's memory to St. Gertrude Church Restoration, 303 Franklin Ave. Vandergrift, PA 15690; or Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County, 301 Oak Ave., Kittanning, PA 16201. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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France, Jim James D. 64

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1950-07-10
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jim "James" D. France, 64, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born July 10, 1950, in Washington, Kan., a son of the late Merrill and Florence Wright Cain. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a database administrator for UPMC, Pittsburgh. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Greensburg. Jim was also a member of Westmoreland Masonic Lodge No. 518 and the Steel City Corvette Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Bush France, in 2008; two sisters, Betty Arendes and Mary Seago; and an infant brother, Merrill. Jim is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Ann France, of Greensburg, and Andrea Brown, of Delmont; three grandsons, Jared, Cameron and Zander Brown; a brother, Robert Marion Cain (Margaret), of England; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg, with Pastor Jerry Nuernberger officiating. Interment will be held in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and other information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Gogolin, Sister Marie Veronica 77

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Sisters Of Charity, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sister Marie Veronica Gogolin, SC, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Marie Veronica entered the congregation Sept. 8, 1955, from St. John the Baptist Parish. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Regina (Ludwik) Gogolin; and a brother, Leo. She is survived by a sister, Regina Rudio. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master's degree in early childhood education from Loyola Marymount University. Sister Marie Veronica taught primary level students in schools of the dioceses of the Greensburg, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Tucson, Ariz., and Los Angeles, Calif. Her longest tenure was at SS. Peter and Paul School, Tucson, where she taught from 1995 until 2008, when she returned to Greensburg to begin her retirement. Sister Marie Veronica once commented, "St. Elizabeth Seton told us, 'Be children of the Church' and I believe this is what I've become by being a Sister of Charity." Visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb 1, 2015, at Caritas Christi Motherhouse, Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, where funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Vigil service will be held 7 p.m. Sunday at Caritas Christi Motherhouse. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity, De Paul Center, 144 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. For more information, visit the website, http://www.scsh.org.
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Gozelanczyk, Thaddeus Ted H. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1932-08-06
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Thaddeus H. "Ted" Gozelanczyk, 82, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the Redstone Highlands. He was born Aug. 6, 1932, in Greensburg, a son of the late Stephen and Mary Hilinsky Gozelanczyk. Ted was proud to have been born and raised in Slickville and was a faithful and devoted member of Sacred Heart Church in Jeannette. He enjoyed his time with family and watching and supporting his grandchildren in their activities. He was retired from the Dick Corp of West Mifflin and a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army. He will be sadly missed by his family and loved ones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda and Joanne Gozelanczyk; and a brother, Edward Gozelanczyk. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Winogene M. Dornin Gozelanczyk; three daughters, Tami Adams and husband, Ron, of Hempfield, Sandra Brasili and husband, Geno, and Melissa Pecuch and husband, Raymond, all of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Nick and Max Adams, Reno Brasili and Morgan and Megan Pecuch; five brothers, Richard Gozelanczyk and wife, Giz, of Pierpont, Ohio, Joseph Gozelanczyk, of Saltsburg, Milton Gozelanczyk, of Brecksville, Ohio, Steven Gozelanczyk and wife, Kathy, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Donald Gozelanczyk, of Chambersburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Ted from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724-837-0020). Parting prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, with Father Paul Lisik celebrating. Interment with full Military Honors will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Special Projects, 504 Cowan Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644. Ted's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Hofecker, William C. 70

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1944-02-13
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • William C. Hofecker, 70, of Bolivar, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. He was born Feb. 13, 1944, in Fairfield Township, a son of the late Ralph and Lois McBurney Hofecker. Prior to his retirement in 2001, he had been employed by Penelec for more than 30 years. He was an active member and past elder of the Fort Palmer Evangelical Presbyterian Church. After retirement, he had been employed as a parts deliveryman for Malinish Auto Wreckers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Hofecker. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Hood Hofecker; a son, Curtis S. (Delphine) Hofecker, of Rector; a granddaughter, Jordan Hofecker; a sister, Dorothy (Thomas) Shurie, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fort Palmer Evangelical Presbyterian Church with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken, officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort Palmer Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Kozar, Michael J. 86

  • Bradenville
  • Born: 1928-03-30
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Kozar, 86, of Bradenville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Kelly's Personal Care Home. Born March 30, 1928, in Whitney, he was a son of the late Michael Kozar and Mary C. (Burlas) Kozar. Mike was a very active member at St. Rose Church, where he was an usher for more than 50 years, served as a funeral altar server, and an officer for the St. Rose Seniors. He was retired from Latrobe Steel Company with 43 years of service, and was a Korean War veteran having served in the Army. Mike enjoyed woodworking, camping and traveling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Miscovich; one brother, Thomas Kozar; and two sisters, Ruth Ulishney and Mary Kendi. Mike is survived by his wife, Irene (Kondrich) Kozar, of Bradenville; three sons, Michael S. Kozar and his wife, Peggy, of Laughlintown, Richard F. Kozar and his wife, Heidi, of Whitney, and John M. Kozar, of Thibodaux, La.; one daughter, Rita E. Burd and her husband, Lance, of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Renee Miscovich, Christopher Kozar, Cathryn Blake and Macy Logan; two great-grandchildren, Mitchell Logan and Joseph Kozar; he is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday 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. Sunday in the funeral home. Military services will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Post No. 3414 and 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Church with the Rev. William P. Donahue as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Kelly's Personal Care Home and Medi Home Hospice for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Loughry, Harry J. 91

  • Salem Township
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Harry J. Loughry, 91, of Salem Township, formerly of Penn Township, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Jean (Ashbaugh) Loughry; loving father of Daniel (Mylene) Loughry, Kim (Tom) Lewandoski, Todd Loughry and the late Tracy Loughry; grandfather of Amy (Sam) Gary and Lacey (Dan) Bridge; great-grandfather of Phoebe Grace Gary; half-brother of Florence Loughry and Carolyn Ruth (Bob) Ansell; brother-in-law of Eleanor Ashbaugh; also survived by his "Flings" Friends. Harry was a World War II Army veteran serving in the South Pacific. He was a farmer, mechanic, retired from Beckwith, Femco, and Benolite. He enjoyed traveling in their motor home, working with his wife at Draperies By Jean, and was a proud owner of his Harley and antique cars. He was also a lifetime member of the Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community United Methodist Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Forbes Trail Lodge No. 783 F and AM services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. We want to thank the nursing staff at Westmoreland Hospital, Dr. Monsour and Pastor Ciampa for their kindness and support during Harry's final days. We lost a great and loving man. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Tracy Loughry Scholarship Fund, c/o Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Malezija, Mary 92

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1922-05-22
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Mary (Cieply) Malezija, 92, of Monessen, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Hallsworth House. She was born in Monessen on May 22, 1922, the daughter of the late Teofil Cieply and Anna Cheplee Cieply. Mrs. Malezija was a lifelong resident of Monessen and a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union and the Croatian Home in Monessen. Mrs. Malezija was a loyal and passionate Greyhounds fan. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Ronald Sarber of Monessen; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Carol Malezija of Denver, Colo.; a brother and sister-in-law, Walter "Wooch" and Loretta Cieply of Monessen; three grandchildren, Marc (Alyssa) Malezija of Denver, Colo., Ronald J. (Lisa) Sarber of Jefferson Hills, Merijo Rohrer of Monessen; five great-grandchildren, Zoe Rohrer, Cameron and Brendon Sarber, Lucas and Addison Malezija; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Malezija; three brothers, George, Joseph and John Cieply; and a sister, Ann Andryc. Friends will be received on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Condolences can be left for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Meehan, John D. 84

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • John Donald Meehan, 84, of Murrysville, peacefully Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Doris (Jack) Meehan; devoted father of Donna Pisani, Patrick (Rosemarie) Meehan and Erin Lynn (James) Daugherty; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Dan) Stettmier, Lauren Pisani, Sean, Joshua and Tricia Meehan, James (Melissa) Daugherty and Brittney (Travis) Armstrong; and two great-grandchildren, Aicen Armstrong and Luca Daugherty. John was a Navy Korean War veteran and an employee of AT and T for 39 years. He loved Florida, and spent 20 years of his retirement winters in Fort Myers. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eye and Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh (for Macular Degeneration Research), 203 Lothrop St., Suite 251, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Osip, Erwin A. 85

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1929-11-25
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Erwin A. Osip, retired Air Force Staff Sergeant, 85, of Scottdale, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the Excela Heath Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Mr. Osip was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Everson, the son of the late Anthony and Rose Sochacki Osip. He was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church of Mt. Pleasant. Erwin served for 20 years and two days in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, he had worked for U.S. Steel Edgar Thompson Works. Erwin was a member of the American Legion Post 446 and the VFW Post 3368, both of Mt. Pleasant, and the PAK Club of Everson. He is survived by his loving family: his daughters, Rita Palmer and her husband, Wayne, of Mt. Pleasant, and Rose Osip, of Scottdale; by his grandson, Jonathan Kolar and Nicole; and his very special great-granddaughter, Kennedy Marie Kolar, of whom he was most proud. Erwin is also survived by his brothers and sister, Joseph, Tony and Helen. In addition to his parents, Erwin was preceded in death by his wife, Mary I. Dearmitt, in 2010; and his brothers and sisters, Eugene, Lewis, Chester, Florence and Frances, and three infant siblings. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home, followed by his funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, concluding with military rites. Private inurnment will be in the St. Pius X Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Excela-Health Hospice in memory of Erwin A. Osip. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Perriello, Dale E. 63

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Dale A. Perriello, 63, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Hildann (O'Barto) Perriello for 32 years; loving father of Tina (Jason) Ondish, of Washington Township, Joseph (Tara) Perriello, of North Huntingdon, and Ashley (Jimmy) Cheripka, of North Huntingdon; proud and dear grandfather of Angeles, Gavin, Isabella, Sawyer, Kemper and Walker Ondish; Joseph Perriello Jr.; Kylee and Myrah Cheripka; brother of Jody (Sandy) Perriello, of Plum. Dale was a retired employee of Gexpro in Pittsburgh. He was a hardworking, outstanding family man, provider, husband, Dad and Pappy. Friends will be welcome from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday 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 7 p.m. Friday. For full obituary or online condolences visit http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Peyronel, Albert 84

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1930-10-22
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Albert Peyronel, 84, of Lower Burrell, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Good Samaritan, Hospice, Wexford. He was born Oct. 22, 1930, in Alladin, and had lived in Lower Burrell since 1967 having moved from Natrona Heights. A steelworker, he was a ladle liner of the 8-3 Department of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation's Brackenridge Works, retiring with 32 years of service. A Korean War veteran, he served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army. Albert was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church, the American Legion and VFW all in Lower Burrell and the United Steelworkers of America. He enjoyed time with his grandchildren, sports and was a Steelers and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Anne McCudden Peyronel; children, Melissa (Joseph) Truesdell, of Wexford, John Peyronel, of Oakmont, Laurie (James) Brown, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Caitlin, Lauren and Ashley Brown, Vincent Peyronel, Seth, Ian, Joshua and Benjamin Truesdell; brother, Ernest Long; and sister, Josephine Long, Schenley; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Josephine Bosco Peyronel; and brothers, Lewis and James Peyronel. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where prayers of transfer will be said at 10 a.m. Monday followed by Christian funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Parish wake services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Sefchick, Martin J. 96

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1918-11-12
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Martin J. Sefchick, 96, of Norvelt, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Born Nov. 12, 1918, he was a son of the late Steve Sr. and Mary (Hahula) Sefchick. Martin was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, and a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1937. Prior to retirement in 1987, he was employed by Super Valu (Charley Brothers) as a customer service director. In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Margaret C. (Condupa) Sefchick; siblings, Elizabeth Swiderski, Joseph Sefchick and Steve Sefchick Jr. He was the last surviving member of his family. Martin is survived by his son, Niles Sefchick and wife, Judith, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Sherri and Donald Conde, of Greensburg, and Jodi Douglas Sefchick, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Rachel Coletta and fiance, Andrew Lopacinski, of New Kensington, Ashley Coletta, of Greensburg, and Morgan and Raymond Douglas, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; stepgrandson, Jordan Conde, of Connellsville; plus numerous nieces and nephews. As per Martin's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Martin's Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Florian Catholic Church, United, with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Entombment to follow at St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. Family and friends are invited to go directly to the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the non-profit organization which grants senior citizen wishes, Don't Stop Dreamin, 512 N. Main St., Butler, PA 16001. To leave an online condolence, visit hofferfuneralhome.com. The family would like to thank the administration and staff of both Easy Living Country Estates and Medi Hospice.
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Witucki, Donald V. 79

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1935-04-05
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Donald V. Witucki, 79, of Irwin, formerly of Lower Burrell, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, after a brave battle with Leukemia. He was born April 5, 1935, in West Natrona, a son of the late Alfred and Frances Simcoviak Witucki. Don was a 1953 graduate of Har-Brack High School. He was a veteran, serving in the Army during the Korean War. Don was above all a devoted family man. His greatest joy in life was Sunday dinner for the whole family. He was an ardent Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Pitt basketball fan. Every day he could be seen walking his beloved cat, Charlie. He was a kind, selfless man, a legend in the building world, and was loved by everyone whose life he touched. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Mohan Witucki; daughter, Kathy (Laurie) Faunce; daughter-in-law, Judy Witucki; and by his grandchildren, Kylie and Nick Witucki. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Matt Witucki, on Jan. 3, 2011; and by his sister, Toni Sluka. Friends will be received from 6 p.m. until the time of service at 8 p.m. Saturday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Officiating will be the Rev. Thomas Holmes. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Yawczak, Gertrude 99

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1915-02-05
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Gertrude Yawczak, 99, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Feb. 5, 1915, in Bradenville, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Yawczak and Theophilia Rudy Yawczak. She was retired from the dietary department of Torrance State Hospital and was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by five brothers, all World War II veterans, John, George, Peter, Theodore and Nicolaus (Mickey) Yawczak; and two sisters, Sophie Kopetsky and Mary Trovel; also one nephew, Joseph Kopetsky. She is survived by her sister, Kathryn Daniels; neices and nephews, Marcia (Trovel) Ballinger and her husband, Charles, Charles Trovel and his wife, Kathleen, Lisa (Daniels) Timek and her husband, Frank, Mary (Daniels) Lafferty, and Daniel Yawczak and his wife, Tammy; great-nieces and great-nephews, including Michelle Ballinger, Kelsey and Cassidy Lafferty, Cheryl Kopetsky, Christopher Trovel and his wife, Tzu-Chieh and Brandon Trovel and his wife, Jennifer; and one great-great-nephew, Alexander Trovel. There will be no public visitation. A Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4827 Route 982, Latrobe, PA 15650, with, the Rev. Yaroslav Koval officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry. To send condolences, please visit http://www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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Young, Ian O. 29

  • Upper Burrell
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Ian O'Neil Young, 29, of Upper Burrell, formerly of Monroeville, lost his courageous, lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Ian was a 2003 Gateway graduate and attended postgraduate courses at CCAC. Ian is survived by his father and stepmother, Allen E. and Georgeann Young; mother and stepfather, Jean E. and Chuck DeSabato; brother, Nolan E. (Kim) Young; stepsister, Heather (Chuck) Sneddon; stepbrother, Seth (Donna) DeSabato; grandfather, William S. O'Neil; grandmother, Natalie J. Young; many loving and supportive aunts, uncles, cousins and his faithful and much-loved canine companion, Penny. Ian was an avid motorcyclist and taught PA MSP motorcycle safety courses. Ian was a founding member of Chi Signs and DeSigns and following that, along with a partner, owned Cycle Control, designing and fabricating aftermarket cycle levers until his health prohibited his participation. Ian was kind of a computer geek and also enjoyed tinkering with his cars. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched, including his CF Family at Childrens and Presbyterian Hospitals. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a celebration of life service will follow the visitation at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 810 River Ave., Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Johnson, Deward M. 80

  • Adrian
  • Born: 1934-03-08
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Deward M. Johnson, 80, Adrian, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Armstrong Country Memorial Hospital. A 64-year resident of the community, he was born March 8, 1934, in Rowan County, Ky., to the late Carmel and Bessie Mae Johnson. He was a sawyer and truck driver for Bracken Construction and served four years in the Army. He was a founding life member of the Buffalo Valley Sportsman's Club and was an avid hunter, outdoorsman and pool shooter. He is survived by his wife, Mickey Johnson; daughters, Debbie and Tim Dunlap and Kate Biechner; sons, Deward Jr. and Susan Johnson, Bruce and Lori Johnson and Gary and Kim Dittman; stepson, Dan and Christina Mikulich; brothers, Donald and Barbara Johnson and Delmore and Erma Johnson; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Cowansville, with additional viewing from 10 until time of service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Donald Toy officiating. Interment will be in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Reefer, Bertha M. 103

  • Gastown
  • Born: 1911-02-22
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel, Elderton | Get Directions
  • Bertha Marie (Houser) Reefer, 103, of Gastown, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at St. Andrew's Village. She was born Feb. 22, 1911, in Plumcreek Township, a daughter of the late Robert Houser and Minnie Edith (Dunmire) Houser. A homemaker, she was a lifelong resident of Gastown and a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the Elderton Senior Citizens. Bertha was preceded in death by her infant son, Ronald, in 1942; husband, Lloyd, in 1965; sister, Virginia Rearick, in 1965; and son, William, in 2010. She is survived by her daughters, Nadine (Russell) Altheide, of Greensburg, and Linda (William) Sullivan, of Stow, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Irene Reefer, of Metairie, La.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the CLARK CHAPEL OF THE BAUER FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 S. Main St., Elderton. Additional visitation will be from noon until the time of funeral services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Elderton Cemetery, Elderton. Arrangements are being handled by Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home Inc. To leave a condolence for Bertha's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Stockdill, Charles S. 87

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1927-07-23
  • Died: 2015-01-29
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  • Charles S. Stockdill, 87, of Kittanning, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Kittanning Care Center. He was born July 23, 1927, in Kittanning, to the late Lloyd and Alice (John) Stockdill. He was a Marine Corps veteran and a lifetime member of Eagles 606 in Ford City. Survivors include a son, Charles David (Doreen) Stockdill, of Natrona Heights; granddaughter, Lauren (Nathan) Tomparoski; grandson, Joshua (Alberta) Stockdill; two great-granddaughters; one great-grandson; and sister, Martha Myers, of Kittanning. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris J. Stockdill, Nov. 25, 2004; and son, James W. Stockdill, Feb. 2, 1993. There will be no visitation per his requests and burial will be private at Lawn Haven, Kittanning. Arrangements made through Cremation Society of Pennsylvania.
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Butler County

Dillner, Mildred J. 80

  • Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1934-04-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Mildred J. (Frenchko) Dillner, 80, of Middlesex Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Born April 12, 1934, in Gibsonia, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Pauline (Chick) Frenchko; and beloved wife of the late Elmer F. Dillner. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, the late Kimberley O'Hern; and six brothers and sisters. She is the loving mother of Gary (Betsy) Dillner, of Middlesex, Cheryl (Tony Ortiz) Rodriguez, of Saxonburg, and Michele (Jim) Bruggeman, of Saxonburg; mother-in-law of Craig O'Hern, of Minnesota; sister of Dorothy Frenchko, of Gibsonial; dear grandmother of Adam, Andrew, Marci Dillner, Nicole (Jason) Snow, Jasmine Ortiz, Adam, Ashley and Brittany O'Hern and Dakota and Shelby Bruggeman; and great-grandmother of Mackenzie and Jadeyn Snow and Brody O'Hern. Mildred was a bottle packer with Glenshaw Glass for more than 35 years and worked in the cafeteria upon retirement from Middlesex Elementary School. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Dorseyville. Family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Fayette County

Carpinelli, Richard L. 95

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1920-01-11
  • Died: 2015-01-30
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Richard Lawrence Carpinelli, 95, a longtime resident and local businessman in Connellsville, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. He was born Jan. 11, 1920, in Greensburg, a son of the late James and Mary Renze Carpinelli. Richard was a graduate of the Greensburg High School, with the class of 1938. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a staff sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry of the Army. Richard was very civic-minded and had belonged to many clubs and organizations. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus No. 948, the BPO Elks No. 503, Loyal Order of MOOSE No. 16, Connellsville VFW No. 21 and he was a longtime member of the Pleasant Valley Country Club. He was also a member of St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. The family would like to give a special thanks to Donna Hayes and the staff of Amedysis Hospice for all of their wonderful care given to Richard during his illness. Richard will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving family: his children, Robert Carpinelli and wife, Debbie, of Forest, Va., Richard Carpinelli and wife, Paula, of Gibsonia, James Carpinelli and wife, Kimberly, of Connellsville, Carol Rencheck and husband, Michael, of Powell, Ohio, and John Carpinelli and wife, Jessica, of Pittsburgh; his grandchildren, Katie Wiltrout and husband, Chris, Lauren Carpinelli, Jessica Carpinelli, Michael Rencheck, Rob Carpinelli and Mitchell Rencheck; his brothers, Vince Carpinelli and wife, Vernie, of Roanoke, Va., and Ernie Carpinelli and wife, Mary, of Greensburg; and his sister, Donna Carr, of North Carolina. In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor Jean Soltis Carpinelli; a daughter, Mary Ann Carpinelli; his sisters, Terry Shaner, Kay Nesta and Rosella Carpinelli; and his brothers, Joseph and Nick Carpinelli. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the St. Rita's Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Connellsville VFW and American Legion Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Amedysis Hospice, 109 Crossroads Road, Suite 400, Scottdale, PA 15693, in memory of Richard L. Carpinelli. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Washington County

Augenstene, Milton G.

  • Prosperity
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Neal, Washington | Get Directions
  • Milton G. Augenstene went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born in 1921 in Pittsburgh, a son of G. Milton and Alma Brubach Augenstene. He was a Christian and a member of Central Assembly of God, where he served at one time as a greeter. He visited the shut-ins and was interested in evangelism. Mr. Augenstene was a World War II veteran serving with the Coast Guard in the Aleutian Islands, and was also an instructor of radar for the U.S. War Department. He graduated from Brentwood High School and from Lamar University (Port Arthur, Texas) Radio School. He began his broadcasting career at Radio Station WWSW and then was manager of engineering operations at Channel 11, WPXI until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of the IEEE and a life member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Upon retirement, he moved from Bethel Park to Prosperity and kept busy gardening and operating Augenstene's Evergreen Farm selling cut-your-own Christmas trees. He was also interested in Amateur Radio Broadcasting, with call letters W3UWS. He married Elinor Lloyd, his wife of 63 years, on July 7, 1951, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, David M. Augenstene, of McKeesport, Donald W. Augenstene, of Prosperity, Richard (Ladise) Augenstene, of Allen, Texas, and Daniel L. Augenstene, of Springfield, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are his two sisters, Grace Schindler and Lillian Hasenkopf. He was the last of his immediate family. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at The Rock Youth Center, 2203 W. Pike St., Houston, Pa., with Pastor Todd Stemple officiating. Burial will follow at Woodruff Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to Central Assembly Mission Fund, 155 McGovern Road, Houston, PA 15342. Additional information and guestbook are available online at http://www.NealFuneralHome.com.
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Barkey, Lori A. 58

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1956-07-08
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Lori A. Barkey, 58, of Monongahela, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at her home. She was born July 8, 1956, in New Eagle, the daughter of the late Arthur and Dorothy Leyda Williams. Lori was a 1974 graduate of Ringgold High School. After graduation, she attended the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy in Charleroi and had cut hair for a few years in the area. She then became employed at the Monongahela Valley Hospital where she worked for 25 years. Lori enjoyed dancing and relaxing in her pool. Her greatest passion was spending time with her husband, Steve. She is survived by her husband, Stephen R. Barkey with whom she celebrated 22 years of marriage on May 22, 2014; two sons, Shawn Trump and wife, Tinesha, of Pittsburgh, Christopher Trump of New Brighton; stepson, Bill Watson and wife, Jodi, of Belle Vernon; two grandchildren, Shainiece and Shaianna Trump; stepgranddaughter, Rachel Watson; sister, Cathy Castor and husband, Harry, of Finleyville; four brothers, Mark Williams of Meadville, Patrick Williams and wife, Janice, of Uniontown, Ohio, Steven Williams and wife, Maryann, of Monessen, and Jack Williams of Monongahela; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepdaughter, Tammy Sue Barkey who died April 15, 2008; and brother, John Williams who died in infancy. Friends will be received on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 West Main St., Monongahela, where services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Patrick Barkey officiating. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the McGuire Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 48, New Brighton, PA 15066; or to the Ensure Fund (which provides Monongahela Valley Hospital's cancer patients with nutritional supplements vital to their treatment), Monongahela Valley Hospital, 1168 Country Club Road, Monongahela, PA 15063. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Carter, Victor A. 61

  • Donora
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Taylor Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Victor Allen Carter, 61, of Donora, passed away unexpectedly at Monongahela Valley Hospital ER on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. He was born on Jan. 8, 1954, to the late James E. Carter and Margaret Sanders Carter who resides in Donora. "Pige" as he was called by many of his family and friends was loved and lived life to the fullest. He was an avid lover of Jazz music and a Steelers fan to the end. He was always preaching to those he cared for, and his favorite thing to say to you as he departed your presence was "God loves you, and so do I." In addition to his mother, Victor leaves to cherish his memory one son, Victor A. Canter Jr.; four brothers, Juan Brock of Maryland, Tyrone Carter of Donora, James Carter Jr. of Monessen, and Terrence Carter of Donora; three sisters, Janice E. Carter Lomax of Mon City, Gloria A. Littleton of Donora, Jacqueline Carter of Belle Vernon; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was also preceded in death by sister, Denise Carter Lomax. Friends will be received for visitation on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at which time services will begin at St. Paul Baptist Church on McKean Avenue, Donora. Interment will be at Round Hill Park Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the WILLIAM R. TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 645 McMahon Ave., Monessen, 724-684-4877. The Rev. Terry Sanders of Uniontown is officiating service.
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Anderson, Barb 65

  • Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio , Formerly of Glenshaw
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Barb Anderson, 65, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, formerly of Glenshaw, died suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. She was the beloved sister of David C. (Jan) Anderson and Tom (Leslie) Anderson; and dear aunt of Erika (Todd) Williams, Zach Anderson, Kristen (Aaron) Windle, Katie (Vern) Jeffries, Kelsey (Lyndsay) Anderson, Aaron Anderson and Rachel Anderson. She is also survived by five great-nephews. She was the daughter of the late Floyd and Shirley Anderson. Friends will be received from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church, Glenshaw. Burial will be in Mt. Royal Cemetery. Donations may be sent to Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 22441.
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Bright, David W. 60

  • St. Cloud, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-12-18
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  • David William Bright, 60, died unexpectedly at his home in St. Cloud, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. David was born in New Brighton, to William Walter Bright and Florence Marie Brewer Bright. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are daughter, Heather Marie Bright and her sons, Kayden, Elias and Coen, of Conroe, Texas; daughter, Stefani Gail Hale (Heston) and her daughters, Alexia Stewart and Kylie Hale, of Spring, Texas; sister, Beverly Faye Leonberg, of Lake Wylie, S.C.; nephew, Craig Ryan Leonberg (Alanna) and his children, Bailey and Owen, from Kingsport, Tenn. Dave graduated from Beaver Area High School and attended Penn State. He held an Industrial Electrician Journeyman license. He spent the majority of his career with several major companies as a chief engineer and facilities/maintenance operations manager, most recently with Walgreens Central Pharmacy Operation Center in Orlando, Fla. Dave was an active member of Peace United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee. A memorial service celebrating Dave's life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at Peace United Methodist Church in Orlando, Fla.
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Magagnotti, Lacy A. 29

  • Fairmount City
  • Born: 1985-03-14
  • Died: 2015-01-29
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  • Lacy Adele Magagnotti, 29, of Fairmount City, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family. Born March 14, 1985, in Clearfield, she was the daughter of James Flanagan and Jane Frelin. She was married Oct. 2, 2010, to Frank Kenneth Magagnotti and he survives. She worked as a physican assistant for DuBois Regional Medical Center with an orthopedic surgeon and she belonged to the National Board of Physican Assistants. She attended Oakland Church of God in Distant. She is survived by her husband, Frank Magagnotti; and their daughter, Mia Adeline Magagnotti, of Fairmount City; her mother, Jane Frelin, of Clearfield; her father, James Flanagan; and stepfather, Paul Pellerite, both of Phillipsburg; sister, Cassie Frelin, of Clearfield; five stepsisters, Jenn Nunn (Brian), of Wilmington, N.C., Sandy Angelovic (Steve), of Phillipsburg, Paula Pellerite, of Wilmington, N.C., Jackie Albran and Juleina Flanagan, both of Cranberry Township; her in-laws, Frank and Janna Magagnotti, of New Bethlehem; two sisters-in-law, Sara Shreckengost (Ray), of Fairmount City, and Tessa Ellis (Chris), of New Bethlehem; nieces and nephews, Raymond, Max, Maggy and Grant Shreckengost, Caleb Pellerite, Joseph Angelovic, Isaiah Angelovic, Jacob Angelovic; and other nieces and nephews. Lacy was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Raymond and Adeline Frelin; two uncles and a cousin. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Oakland Church of God, in Distant. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at the church, with Pastor Jimmy Swogger officiating. Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Distant. THE ALCORN FUNERAL HOME in Hawthorn is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.alcornfuneral.com.
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Pounds, Janet L. 70

  • Houston, Texas
  • Born: 1944-11-29
  • Died: 2015-01-24
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  • Janet Lynn Pounds, 70, of Houston, Texas passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Houston, Texas, following a short battle with respiratory failure. She was a survivor of three primary cancers for more than 18 years. Born Nov. 29, 1944, in Dallas, Texas, she was the 1962 Valedictorian of Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, La., and belonged to the school's cheerleading squad. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (1966) and Master of Science (1968) in chemistry from Louisiana State University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and the Golden Girls of the LSU Tiger Band. Her professional career began as a chemistry instructor at Southern University and continued for 32 more years as a research chemist for PPG Industries. She shared her love and knowledge of chemistry with family and friends, whether they were struggling to pass a chemistry class or unexpectedly in everyday situations. In 1971, Janet joined the Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Organization of Women and lobbied aggressively for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).She became an active member of the Montgomery County NOW Chapter in 2013. She was a past member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Charles, La., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Barberton, Ohio, St. Alban's Chapel at LSU in Baton Rouge, St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Murrysville and a current member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Houston. Janet was devoted to her cat and three dogs and was actively involved in supporting Hungry Dog Rescue in Montgomery, Texas. She also spent hours feeding and watching birds in her backyard. Janet is survived by her husband, John Dwayne Driskill; daughter, Kristina Schori Pounds, of Denver, Colo.; brother, Charles Granville Pounds; and sister-in-law, Donna Harris Pounds, of Alvin, Texas; and nephews, Trevor Scott Pounds, of Seattle, Wash., Christopher Michael Pounds, of Houston, and John Edward Pounds, of Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Truman Edward Pounds and Marilyn Carlton Pounds, of Dallas. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at GREEN OAKS FUNERAL HOME, in Baton Rouge, where funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Mark Holland officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030 or to your local animal rescue organization.
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Sposito, Paul 83

  • Oak Hill, Va.
  • Died: 2015-01-27
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  • Paul Sposito, 83, retired Army colonel, of Oak Hill, Va., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Patricia L. Sposito for almost 57 years; devoted father of Julie Sposito, of Fairfax, Va.; loving brother to Esther Goodman; uncle to Jim Sposito; and "big brother" to his cherished cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Mary; and his brother, Samuel. Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Va. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Va. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Capital Caring "Adler Inpatient Center," 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042; or to St. Matthews United Methodist Church, "Power Pack Program (P3)," which helps feed local school children. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, Apollo.
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Wain, Eunice R. 73

  • Hershey , Formerly of West Mifflin
  • Born: 1941-03-16
  • Died: 2015-01-25
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  • Eunice Rosemarie (Hanks) Wain, 73, of Hershey, formerly of West Mifflin, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. She was born March 16, 1941, in West Mifflin, daughter of the late Raymone and Anna Hanks. Eunice was a former member of Homeville Christian Church in West Mifflin. She was a selfless person whom loved her family and spent much of her life devoted to caring for them. Mrs. Wain is survived by her husband, Walter Wain, of Hershey; daughter, Amy (husband, Tom) Zewe, of Hershey; son, David (wife, Jennifer) Wain, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Taylor, Paige and Julia Zewe and David Wain Jr.; great-granddaughter, Megan; sister, Florene Madden, of Pittsburgh; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Robert Hanks, Jack Hanks, James Hanks and Jean Radcliffe. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in the Gravel Hill United Methodist Church, 131 Gravel Hill Road, Palmyra. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. HOOVER FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY INC., of Hershey, is handling the cremation arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer's Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Send condolences via the online guest book at http://www.hooverfuneralhome.com.
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