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Albert, Lucille M. 97

  • Castle Shannon , Formerly of Lincoln Place
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Lucille M. (Krysmalski) Albert, 97, of Castle Shannon, formerly of Lincoln Place, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was the wife of the late Arthur Albert; loving mother of Lucille (Ed) Aschley, Emily (the late Fran) Dansevicus, Thomas Albert and Janet (John) Zitelli; and is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one-great-great-granddaughter. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 1008 Castle Shannon Blvd., Castle Shannon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Anne Church. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne School Endowment Fund, 400 Hoodridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 or Heartland Hospice, 750 Holiday Drive, Foster Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Amorose, David J. 55

  • Greenfield
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • David John Amorose, 55, of Greenfield, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. He was a son of Norma Jean (Long) and her late husband, Leo Mangold; brother of Barry Amorose and Cindy Olsavicky; uncle of David (Emily) Harmon, Misty Harmon, Melinda and Mark Olsavicky and Garrett Amorose; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Ave. Funeral with a blessing service at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday will be held in the funeral home, followed by interment with military honors in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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Andrews, Daniel J. 66

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Daniel J. Andrews, 66, of Upper St. Clair, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He was a beloved son of Joseph and the late Loretta (O'Brian) Andrews; brother of Jean Andrews, of Munhall, and the late Linda Foster; and uncle of Tori, Melissa and Brooklyn Andrews and Gavin Brugos. Daniel loved all animals and was a retired accountant for the U.S. Government and a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Navy. Services will be private. Arrangements by SAVOLSKIS - WASIK - GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Birkos, Caliope 94

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Caliope Birkos, formerly of Universal in Penn Hills, 94, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Caliope was the owner of the former Birkos' Confectionary in Universal, Penn Hills. She was a daughter of the late Gus and Mary (Dvorak) Birkos; sister of John (Jean) Birkos, of Verona, the late Andrew Birkos, the late Emannuel Birkos and the late Catherine Squires; and aunt of Marina "Toni" Maguire and other nieces and nephews. Friends welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti). http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Brady, Donald J. 81

  • East McKeesport , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Brady, 81, of East McKeesport, formerly of North Versailles, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at the Riverside Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Kane) Brady for 50 years; loving father of Dennis (Yvonne) Maceno, Danny (Karen) Maceno, Gary Maceno and Cindy Brady (Jim); proud grandfather of 10 and seven great-grandchildren; dear brother of Gladys (the late George) Jacobs and the late Joseph (the late Marge) Brady; and uncle of Maureen Brady and cousin of William Brady. Donald served with the Army in the Korean War, was a heavy equipment operator for the North Versailles Road Department and was an avid golfer. Donald's family would like to thank Riverside Care Center and Grane Hospice for all the wonderful care and loving support. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish. Entombment will follow at Penn Lincoln. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Chiponis, Michael A. 69

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1944-12-11
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Michael A. "Cookie" Chiponis, 69, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. Born Dec. 11, 1944, he was a son of Anthony Chiponis, of West Mifflin, and the late Helen (Gust) Chiponis. Cookie was retired after 31 years as a fourth-grade teacher at New England Elementary School in the West Mifflin School District. He was a graduate of Penn State University and loved all things about Penn State. He enjoyed playing pool, was a member of the GBU in Duquesne, the head trustee at Mifflin Social Club and a social member of Homeville Fire Department, VFW Post 188 and Whitaker VFW. He had a loving relationship of 20 years with his wife, Maggie (Gibbons) Chiponis. He was the father of Chris Chiponis (Jack Hruska), of West Mifflin, and Eric Chiponis, of Duquesne and his daughter, Emma; also grandfather of Brooke Panfil, who was the light of his life; and brother of the late Anthony "Chipper" Chiponis (surviving wife, Janie), of West Mifflin. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Christy, Marjorie S. 100

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-09-04
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Marjorie S. Christy, 100, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully with her family by her side, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at her the home of her daughter, Carol Christy Raughley, in East Stroudsburg, where she has resided for the past six years. She was the beloved wife of the late Rev. Dr. Wilbur C. Christy; loving mother of Dr. Wallace Christy, Barbara Christy Filner, Carol Christy Raughley, Kathryn Christy Roseberry and Kenneth Christy; and is also survived by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. Marjorie and her late husband, Dr. Wilbur Christy, were former missionary workers in Pakistan, India, and long time residents of Mt. Lebanon, where Dr. Christy was pastor for many years at Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church. All are welcome to attend her memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, 255 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until service time at 10 a.m. in the church parlor. Interment in Bull Creek Church Cemetery, Tarentum, will be private. Arrangements are by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gujranwala Theological Seminary c/o http://www.presbyterianmission.org. or c/o Presbyterian Church USA, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Demor, Frank J. 87

  • Hampton
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Frank J. Demor, 87, of Hampton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at his home, peacefully surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine (37 years) and Margaret Jean (17 years); loving father of Frank J. Jr., Kathleen, Darlene (Richard) Prendergast, Mary Catherine (James) Belmondo, Russell (K.C.), Lisa (Rex) Ours, Amy Lynn and Beth Ann; brother of Margaret Renner and the late Barbara Micklos and Helen Milkey; and grandfather of William (Courtney), Mary Elizabeth and Laura Mae (Ryan). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. From humble beginnings on the North Side of Pittsburgh, where his Croatian immigrant mother supported the family by working in various factories and scrubbing moviehouse floors in Depression-era Pittsburgh, Frank founded Demor's Lincoln-Mercury and always made a comfortable living for his family through his determination, intelligence and hard work. He was a prominent businessman in the City of Pittsburgh for many years and will be missed by all who came to know him. Praying for peace, love and happiness, his memories will stay in our hearts forever. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Alexis Church, Wexford. Donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor or Catholic Hospice. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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DiMartini, John Q. 48

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • John Quirino DiMartini, 48, of Bethel Park, unexpectedly, yet faithfully departed Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was the devoted and adoring husband of Lori DiMartini; beloved father of Zachary; loyal and loving son of Linda and the late Jack DiMartini; protective big brother and best friend to Janet (Dr. Robert) LoCastro and Jason (Melissa) DiMartini; and absolute hero and best/coolest "Uncle Johnny" to Isabella, Sophia, Aly, Chloe, Michael, Jimmy, Nina, Anthony, Domenic, Christopher, Chessie, Joey and Mikey. John recently moved back home to Pittsburgh to be closer to family after living in Chicago and Milwaukee for the past 14 years. He was a phenomenal chef to those lucky enough to have sat at his generous table. His charisma, understanding, humility, loyalty, work ethic, humor, generosity, strength, calmness and directness made him the quiet and true leader of the DiMartini family. He made everyone and everything better and will be deeply missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Germaine Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions in John's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through http://www.stjude.org. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com. "We adore You, O' Lord Jesus Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world."
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Donatelli, Robert T. 81

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Robert T. "Bobby D" Donatelli, 81, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice Mae (Hytla); wonderful father of Robert (Cindy) Donatelli, Linda (Doug) Hupe, Tina (Ron) Skiba and Angela (Anthony) Scolieri; grandfather of Douglas, Ashley, Brian, Natalie, Joshua and Christina; great-grandfather of Noah; and brother of Thomas, Sam, Richard and the late Frank Donatelli. Bob was a Korean War Army veteran, proud owner of Rosedale Water Company and Tyler Mountain Water Company. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. In lieu of flowers, contributions acknowledged to St. Joseph School, 825 Second St., Verona, PA 15147. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills. Funeral prayers will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Verona.
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Downing, John Jack E. 88

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John Edward "Jack" Downing, 88, a lifelong resident of North Braddock, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. He was the husband of the late Gladys (Wenning) Downing for 54 years; father of Kristin (Eugene) Sciulli and Nick (Heather Brown) Downing; and grandfather of Tyler and Natalie Sciulli, Brandon Brown, Colin and Samantha Downing; brother of Patricia (Neal) Sacramento. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Leckey) Downing; and also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack was an avid sports fan, but mostly enjoyed spending time with family and friends (especially his grandchildren). In 1935, as a 9-year-old, his father took him to a Pirates game at Forbes Field and he witnessed the last three home runs ever hit by Babe Ruth. A 1944 graduate of Scott High School, he was a member of the WPIAL Class A Championship Basketball Team during his junior year. Jack was a staunch fan of his local football teams: the Pittsburgh Steelers, California University Vulcans and especially his beloved Woodland Hills Wolverines. He was a longtime member of the VFW Post No. 5008 in East Pittsburgh, the Braddock Elks and the AOH Irish Club in Monroeville, where he enjoyed socializing and playing shuffle board. He will be remembered as a humorous, loving, devoted family man and a friend to everyone. Friends will be welcome 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery.
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Ferlan, Michael J. 48

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Ferlan, 48, passed away Friday, Sept, 17, 2014, in Portland, Ore. Memorial Mass will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Grysiak, Helen 92

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Helen (Popovich) Grysiak, 92, of Pitcairn, formerly of North Versailles, reposed in the Lord Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was the daughter of the late George and Helen Popovich. Helen was the wife of the late Charles Grysiak for 45 years and beloved mother of Deborah, of Penn Hills, and Gary (Janet), of Monroeville. She was the dear "Grammy" to Benjamin, Luke and Irene Grysiak, along with being an aunt to several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her dear brothers, George and John Popovich. Helen was a pious and faithful parishioner of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church of East Pittsburgh, where she was very active, especially for nutroll baking and pirohi making! Helen was a skilled baker, cook, seamstress and recently enjoyed crocheting rescue and lap blankets with her friends at the Broadview Manor in Pitcairn. The family would especially thank those friends at Broadview who befriended and watched out for her, especially her dearest friend, Beatrice Stagon. In addition, we are also grateful for the love and compassion shown to her by the Sandusky and Wlahofsky families, especially the late John and Millie Reiland. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be prayed at 7 p.m. A funeral Divine Liturgy will be served at 10 a.m. Friday in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 211 Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, with interment at William Penn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 211 Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, PA 15112. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Hershman, Lois H. 84

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Lois H. Hershman, 84, of Hampton Township, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Isabel (O'Neal) Hershman; and sister of the late Robert. She will be greatly missed by her brother, James and his wife, Marge; sister-in-law, Jean; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Lois worked as a paralegal for 30 years in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She returned to Pennsylvania to spend her retirement years closer to her family. Lois's family will welcome friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in St. Catherine of Sweden Roman Catholic Church, where Lois was a member, 2554 Wildwood Road, Wildwood. She will be laid to rest at the Uniondale Cemetery in Pittsburgh. If desired, memorial donations may be made in her honor in support of the Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horn Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Lois's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Hrabovsky Jr., James T. 48

  • Edgeworth
  • Died: 2014-09-20
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  • James Thomas Hrabovsky Jr., 48, recently of Edgeworth, died tragically Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was the beloved son of Katherine Unger Hrabovsky and the late James Thomas Hrabovsky Sr.; beloved brother of Kathy Hrabovsky (Michael Oppenheimer) and Sharon Hrabovsky (Robert Serafin); loving father of Kyle, Annie and Mia; beloved uncle of Lily and Andy Oppenheimer; and beloved uncle of Bobby and Katie Serafin. Jim graduated from Chartiers Valley High School in 1983, where he was captain of the baseball team, and graduated from Kent State University in 1987, where he also played baseball and obtained a degree in marketing and sales. Jim went on to work in insurance and sales, most recently at National Oilwell Varco, where he was passionate about his work and excited about the opportunities. Although he loved his work, Jim's greatest devotion was to his faith and his family. Jim built a wonderful life for his children and supported them in their interests including swimming, gymnastics and therapeutic horseback riding. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service held for Jim by his mother and his sisters at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 218 Alter St., Carnegie, PA 15106. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made, in the name of James T. Hrabovsky Jr., to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 218 Alter St., Carnegie, PA 15106; or to Riding for the Handicapped of Western PA, P.O. Box 23, Allison Park, PA 15101-0023 (riding@rhwpa.org, 724-443-4485).
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Iacone, Judith M. 67

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1947-08-23
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Judith Marie Fedak (Small) Iacone, 67, of Greenock, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at her home. She was born Aug. 23, 1947, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Stephen and Pauline Moran Fedak. Judy was a 1965 graduate of Norwin High School and worked as a nurses aid for Hospital Home Health in McKeesport. She is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Joseph Small; her son, Joseph (Mendy) Iacone, of Acworth, Ga.; her stepdaughter, Angela Iacone, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Vincent Iacone, Anthony Iacone and Madison Iacone; and by her sister, Barbara (Anthony) Falco, of Apollo. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Parish, McKeesport, with the Rev. Vincent Velas as celebrant. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Legin, Karen M. 67

  • Duquesne
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Karen M. Legin, 67, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Elsie (Kraynak) Surgent. She is survived by her husband, Michael Dennis Legin; sons, Matthew J. (Stephanie) Legin, of Sarver, and John "JR" (Lori) Legin, of Mt. Lebanon; grandmother of Alexander, Nathan and Abigail; and sister of Robert Surgent, of Plum. Karen was a retired school teacher for Duquesne School District for 33 years, retired from the Teacher's Association, was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish and graduated from Thiel College. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino and the Rev. Tom Lewandowski officiating.
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McCormick, William L. 75

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • William L. McCormick, 75, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Katherine (Barbera) McCormick; loving father of Kelly L., William S. (Kathryn) and Scott J. (the late Cynthia Kay) McCormick; grandfather of Taura, Jordan, Mariah, Lani, Noelle and Anna; brother of Bonny (Roger) Lind; and is also survived by his brother-in-law, Vincent F. (Barb) Barbera, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William G. "Captain Boots" and Ruth McCormick; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Rabe. Bill was a 1957 graduate of Charleroi High School and honorably served in the Army National Guard for three years. He was employed by The Power of Bowser from 1984 to 2012 and was top salesman countless times. Bill loved to vacation with his family at The Tropical Manor in Daytona Beach, Fla., and one of his greatest joys was celebrating Christmas Eve with his entire family. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jamie's Dream Team,1985 Lincoln Way, Suite 23-232, McKeesport, PA 15131, http://www.jamiesdreamteam.myfastsite.net., whose mission is to lift the spirits of those suffering from and ease the burden caused by serious illness, injury, disability or trauma. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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McHugh, James F. 75

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1939-05-31
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • James F. McHugh, 75, of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Born May 31, 1939, James was the son of the late Elizabeth McHugh, and was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Jean McHugh; and brothers, Leo McHugh Jr., Donald McHugh and Robert McHugh. He is survived by brother, Patrick McHugh; two sons, Gary P. McHugh and Douglas Patrick McHugh; daughter-in-law, Kimberlee J. McHugh; three stepdaughters, Lynne Young, Karen Yuhas and Kristen Calfo; immediate grandchildren, Gary Beining, Sabrina McHugh and Connor McHugh; and stepgrandchildren, Allison, Brittney, Nicole and Reggi. James was a Naval veteran, serving as a radarman from 1959 to 1961, retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1998. He married to the love of his life, Donna, and they shared many happy years together. James was an avid fisherman and loved to fish on the boat or from the banks. He was a member of the Sons of Italy in Carrick and bocce champion for many years. A former social dance instructor, he tripped the light fantastic on the dance floor and especially loved swing dancing. James will especially be remembered as a loving father, doting husband and grandfather, and loyal friend to many. He was guided by a strong faith in God and now rests in peace with his heavenly maker. Thanks to the Vitas Hospice staff and volunteers for their help and support. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall, followed by a service at 8:15 p.m. A private family burial will be held Friday. Memorial contributions are welcome and should be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or the St. Jude's Foundation for cancer research. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Palmer, Leonard 86

  • Munhall
  • Born: 1928-01-06
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Leonard Palmer passed away at 86 on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was born Jan. 6, 1928, in Munhall, to Leonard Alexander Palmer and Dora Howden Palmer. He grew up there, graduating from Munhall High School in June of 1945. In August 1945, he enlisted in the Marines and spent a year in post World War II Asia, serving in the China Theater. When he returned from overseas, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1950 with a degree in political science. For the next 36 years, he worked for U.S. Steel, rising from the mills to become the supervisor and coordinator of the Eastern Steel Division. Leonard was married for 41 years to Helen Ann Palmer. His stepson, Joe Ripper and Joe's wife, Sharon Ripper; his stepdaughter, Doreen Ripper; and his grandchildren, Brian Ripper and Kira Ripper, survive him. In addition, he leaves behind his brother-in-law, Ken Benner; and his nieces, Kathleen Duble, Lauren Romain and Mara Benner; and a nephew, Bill Martin. Leonard loved to go to the races and was an avid Steelers fan. At his last residence, St. Barnabas Retirement Village, where he had many friends, he loved playing cards and bocce. At age 85, he fulfilled one of his bucket list items and went skydiving. He was a man who was always there for those who loved him, and he will be deeply missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. A service will be held for Leonard at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at the same location. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Price, Leona F. 80

  • Gibsonia , Formerly of Claremont, N.H.
  • Born: 1934-06-11
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Leona F. Price, 80, of Gibsonia, formerly of Claremont, N.H., died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was born June 11, 1934, in Claremont, a daughter of the late Leonard and Lena (St. Martin) Bugbee. She was also preceded in death by her first two husbands, the late Kenneth Bemis and Stanley Fitch. She was the beloved wife of R. Gerald Price, of Gibsonia; loving mother of Karen F. (David) Parker, Stephen Fitch, Kevin Fitch, Corinne (Bill Curry) Price and Timothy Price; sister of Bernard, Richard and Robert Bugbee; and dear grandmother of Katharine Parker; a graduate of Stevens High School in Claremont, where she remained active with the alumni association for many years, Leona went on to attend Keene Teacher's College in Keene, N.H. She was a longtime member of First Congregational Church in Claremont, teaching Sunday School for more than 10 years, serving as a church clerk as well as a deaconate member for many years. Leona loved the beach, music, cooking, had a wonderful sense of humor and was a true people person, always enjoying the company of friends and family. A devoted wife, mother, sister and friend, she loved her dear family and especially her pet cats. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in First Congregational Church, 72 Pleasant St., Claremont, NH 03743. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to First Congregational Church, Stevens High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or Sullivan County Humane Society.
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Pyle, Mary 93

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1921-08-11
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Thomas, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Mary Pyle, 93, of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Harmar Village Care Center. She was born Aug. 11, 1921, to the late John and Mary Candek. She lived in Natrona Heights for the past 26 years. She is survived by two daughters, Janice Sedmak, of Springdale Township, and Joyce McQuade, of Brackenridge; two sons, William (Lynn) Pyle, of Jeannette, and Raymond Sedmak, of Galion, Ohio; grandchildren, Stephen, Matthew and Amy Pyle, Jay McQuade, Joel (Melissa) McQuade, Shawn McQuade, David (Terry) Sedmak and Scott (Chris) Sedmak; and great-grandchildren, Noah and Nicholas McQuade and Emily Sedmak. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl M. Pyle, on Jan. 13, 2006. Professional services by THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Ross, Willadean 83

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1931-03-26
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Willadean Harris Ross, 83, of Duquesne, departed this life peacefully Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in the Kane Regional Hospital, McKeesport. She was born March 26, 1931, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Cornelius Moore and Jewel Harris. She received her Bachelor's Degree in child development from the University of North Ridge California and was formerly employed as a social worker with Mon Yough. She attended Macedonia Baptist Church in Duquesne. She formerly wrote an article in the Elizabeth Herald known as the "Chit Chat Corner" and was a member of the NAACP. Surviving are two daughters, Linda Marie Ross, of Duquesne, and Carmelita Ross, of Clairton; son, William Ross Jr., of Duquesne; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister, Emma Jean Walker, of Monongahela; and two nieces, one nephew, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 449 Mitchell Ave., Clairton, with services following the visitation hour. Interment will be private.
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Slagel, Gloria B. 86

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Gloria B. (Santella) Slagel, 86, passed peacefully Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was a resident of Allison Park. She was the loving mother of Gary (Joyce) Slagel and G. Anthony (Tracy) Slagel; sister of Anne Lucente and the late Herman (Viola) Santella; beloved grandmother of Matthew (Adriane) Slagel, Mark (Janet) Slagel, Savannah (Garrison) Slagel Hennig, Madison Slagel, Mackenzie Slagel, Evan Slagel and Emory Slagel; devoted great-grandmother of Arlo Slagel and a soon to arrive great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her devoted nephew, Dennis Lucente. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o St. Mary Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116. Remembrances can be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Staniszewski, Leah J. 29

  • South Park
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Leah J. Staniszewski, 29, of South Park, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was a beloved daughter of Kathy and the late Michael; loving sister of John, Amy, Jill (Sean) McArdle, Emily (her twin sister) and April (Mike) Gitzen; special person who was like a father to her, Lenny McArdle; cherished aunt of Olivia McArdle; and granddaughter of Jerry and Sue Geiser, Gertrude and the late John Staniszewski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park. Donations in her memory can be made to The American Liver Foundation, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 215, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.henneyfuneralhome.com.
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Tirpak Jr., Andrew J. 73

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of East McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Andrew J. Tirpak Jr., 73, of Penn Hills, formerly of East McKeesport, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He was a son of the late Andrew Sr. and Nellie (Mazur) Tirpak; beloved companion of 18 years to Nancy Bertoni; loving father of Dana (Todd) Allison; stepfather of Dave (Mary Beth) Bertoni and Chris (Mary) Bertoni; brother of Edward, Joanne Behun, Albert, Patricia and the late John; and stepgrandfather of Samantha, Nick, Carlo and Dom Bertoni. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Andy was a graduate of Grove City College and served in the Army Reserve. He played college baseball and was an avid softball player and a proud member and third baseman of the winning Pittsburgh Gold, a team in the 65-plus North Allegheny Senior Softball League. Andy was involved in harness racing at The Meadows, where he acted as a trainer, driver and owner for more than 10 years. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Monroeville. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Vinski, Lillian G. 83

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lillian G. Vinski, 83, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. She was the mother of Suzannah Maduro; daughter of the late Nicholas and Margaret (Dukovic) Vinski; and sister of Rita Liebler and the late Bernice Bubanovich and Lawrence Vinski (surviving wife, Nancy). And so God calls home one of his finest of all his daughters. Lillian was an incredibly faithful and grateful woman who gave her all, always, for others. Her perpetual smile and desire to learn never ceased, nor did her desire to share and teach. A gentle woman who did her best to be Christ-like, she passed in peace and soulful prayer at her home, surrounded by loved ones. An adventurer and philosopher, Lillian's travels took her to Europe and to the Virgin Islands, where she would eventually live, teach and raise her daughter, before returning home to Pittsburgh. She leaves behind many special friends and family, but number one is her only and devoted daughter, Suzannah Maduro, her loving friend and caretaker. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute: UPCI/UPMC Cancer Center Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Lillian would be pleased if she knew that all reading this would give thanks for their blessings while at the same time, doing what they are able, to help others. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Whealdon, Judith

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Judith Keenan Whealdon, of McCandless, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Friends received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Alexis Church, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Westmoreland County

Biller, Jonathan W. 38

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1976-07-21
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Jonathan W. Biller, 38, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was born July 21, 1976, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Theresa E."Tess" Brzezinski Biller, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late William "Budda" Biller, who died Dec. 21, 2009. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School Class of 1995. He was a certified Heat and Air Conditioning Technician and was employed by Callis Corp. of New Kensington. Jonathan was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding quads. Jonathan is gone from our lives but will forever remain in the hearts of his family. In addition to his mother he is survived by three children, Jonathan W. "Billy" Biller Jr., of Mt. Pleasant, Justin Robert Biller and Janis R. Biller, both of Hunker; his two brothers, Jason P. Biller and Kate, and Joseph M. Biller and Jaymie McCabe, all of Mt. Pleasant; a sister-in-law, Jamie L. Ruggiero Biller, of Greensburg, his paternal grandfather, William R. Biller Sr., of Mt. Pleasant; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Amy L. Schultheis and husband, Chris, of Ruffsdale; and a number of aunts and uncles. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Additional visitation with the family will be held with family from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Route 130, at which time his funeral service will begin, with the Rev. Frank S. Podolinski Jr. officiating. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Bird, Mary A. 99

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1915-09-23
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Mary Alice Bird, 99, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. She was born Sept. 23, 1915, in New Kensington, to the late Slaman and Helen Abbott Hanna-Sabbagh. Mrs. Bird was a graduate of the Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing and was a pediatric nurse for Dr. Plotkin at the Russellton Miner's Clinic. She and her late husband operated the Bird Nursery of Mt. Pleasant and New Kensington, and their primary interests included raising experimental hybrids of azaleas and rhododendrons. She was also an avid reader. Mary Alice was a member of the Connellsville Church of God. Surviving are her son, George G. Moffat, of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, George H. (Lesley) Moffat, Darragh (Russ) Bailey, Stuart (Julie) Moffat and Paul (Crystal) Moffat; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Dr. Henry J. Bitar Jr. and his wife, Patricia. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Bird, who died Sept. 1, 1992; sisters, Elmaza Michael, Amelia Zabec, Effie Alex, Rose Marie Bitar, Anne Thomas, Stella Moses, Lillie Chakur and Ruth Wilson; and brothers, John Hanna, Sam Hanna, Mark Hanna and Albert Hanna, who died in childhood. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Those desiring may contribute to Amber House at Harmon House in Mt. Pleasant or the Connellsville Church of God in Mary Alice's memory. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Buchan, Pete 78

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1936-09-11
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Pete Buchan, 78, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Born Sept. 11, 1936, in Latrobe, he was the son of the late Marko Bucan and Helen Annie (Korenich) Bucan. Pete was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe. He retired from the Pennsylvania State Police as a Sergeant on July 5, 1989 after 31 years of service. While in the State Police, Pete was detached to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation during the years of 1968 to 1969 for undercover work in organized crime. He was named supervisor of the Greensburg Vice Unit in 1970 and in July of 1971, Pete started a western Pennsylvania Narcotics Detail and assumed command of the Region Five Strike Force. Pete was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July 1972. In October of 1980, Pete left the Narcotics division to return to Greensburg where he assumed the roles of traffic sergeant, crime sergeant, vice sergeant and commander of the Somerset station. A Korean War veteran, Pete served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958, stationed in the United States and Paris, France. After his retirement from the State Police, he also worked for a number of years as a safety supervisor for Mashuda Corporation. Pete was also an avid woodworker and quilter, and his quilts were exhibited at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, and in an exhibition titled "Men of Biblical Proportions," which traveled throughout the United States. His handmade miniature pianos are exhibited in the homes of friends and family throughout the United States as well. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved son, Daniel Peter; four brothers, John, Michael, William and George; and four sisters, Mary Bordanaro, Helen Demyanovich, Dorothy Krinock and Catherine Sluk. Pete is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Margaret (Gebhardt) Buchan, of Latrobe; daughter, Mary Paige Coyne (and John), of Stockholm, N.J.; daughter, Amy Buchan Baldonieri (and Kenneth M.), of Greensburg; and three grandchildren, Katie Lynn Coyne, of Stockholm, N.J., Hannah Paige Buchan and Maggie Dawn Buchan, both of Latham, N.Y. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pete's name to the Pennsylvania State Police Museum in Hershey, (http://www.psp-hemc.org.) or the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation (http://www.psta.org/troopers.php). To sign online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Burlbaugh, Philip A. 78

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1935-10-24
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Philip A. Burlbaugh, 78, of Delmont, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township. He was born Oct. 24, 1935, in New Kensington, son of the late George and Frances (Thompson) Burlbaugh. Philip is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Venese Gallagher Burlbaugh; children, Venese "Vennie" Burlbaugh (Nick Kalogeris), of Swissvale, Marc Burlbaugh and his wife, Susan, of Penn Township, and Vikki (Burlbaugh) Sherman and her husband, John, of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Nicole, Megan (Tony Nguyen), Laura and Kara Burlbaugh and Olivia Sherman; great-grandchild, Mason; a brother, George Lester Burlbaugh and his wife, Norma, of North Carolina; and also nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his pets, Buddy and Molly. Phil retired after 35 years from the Franklin Regional School District, where he was a chemistry teacher. Along with his wife, he also owned a photography business, Burlbaugh's Photos, which specialized in wedding photography. Photography was also a favorite hobby, as well as woodworking and camping. Phil was honorably discharged after serving in the Air Force. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Gary A. Evans presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to American Parkinsons Disease Association, 490 E. North Ave., Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Cameron, Robert F. 65

  • Formerly of Latrobe
  • Born: 1949-06-25
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Robert Frederick "Fritz" Cameron, 65, formerly of Latrobe and Arnold, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey. He was born June 25, 1949, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Charles Robert and Helen (Tutka) Cameron. Fritz joined The Peace Corps as a volunteer in 1979 and started teaching math in Ghana, West Africa. After two years, he moved to Istanbul, Turkey, to continue teaching math at Robert College, where he met his wife, Derin. In 1983, Fritz moved again, this time to Kuwait, to teach at the American School of Kuwait. During the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Fritz was held hostage by the Iraqis for four and a half months. Undeterred by this experience, Fritz volunteered once again to go back and rebuild ASK after the liberation of Kuwait. Through the years, his role at ASK changed from math teacher to physical education teacher and finally student activities director for close to two decades. He coached basketball, volleyball and softball through the years at different levels. Despite his illness, he insisted on finishing the school year at ASK in 2013. Apart from his love for family and ASK, Fritz was an avid softball player. He participated in several international tournaments in Dubai, Cairo, Dhahran and Bangkok. Fritz spent his summer vacations in Latrobe with his beloved sisters and thoroughly enjoyed their golf games, jogging around the neighborhood, summer barbecues, visits to Muskoka, Canada, Steelers and Pirates games. Fritz is survived by his wife, Derin Dosdogru Cameron; three children, Sarah Nile Cameron, Joseph Marlee Cameron and Grace Derin Cameron; and four sisters, Cindy Pieza (Tom), of Lower Burrell, Debbie Iskra (Gary), of Cohasset, Mass., Nancy Smail (Jim), of Ligonier, and Robin Kniffen (Alan), of Latrobe. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Vincent Basilica, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe. Everyone please go directly to the church. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com. Please visit http://www.ask.edu.kw/fritz-cameron.html to see the impact Fritz made on students, faculty and friends.
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Frye, Richard M. 80

  • Export , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1934-01-26
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Richard M. Frye, 80, of Export, formerly of Greensburg, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, with his beloved family at his side. He was born Jan. 26, 1934, in Greensburg, a son of the late Floyd and Margaret Olive (Hugus) Frye. Prior to retiring, Richard was employed by U.S. Steel in the research department. He was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War and will be remembered as "a true patriot." Richard was a member of the Veterans of the Korean War and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Export. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wesley Frye; and sister-in-law, June Frye. Richard will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Annette (Kapera) Frye; daughters, Brenda Frye and her fiance, Mark Bope, both of Shadyside, and Sonya Sauter and her husband, Kevin, of Missouri; and a number of nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his loyal canine companions, Lady, Chipper and Ava. Richard was the proud and loving grandfather of Griffin and Carly. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A blessing service for Richard will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment with full military honors accorded by VFW Post 33 Honor Guard, Greensburg, will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or online: http://www.dav.org. Please write "Richard Frye" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Gelsdorf, Richard J. 74

  • Derry
  • Born: 1939-11-01
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Gelsdorf, 74, of Derry, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Nov. 1, 1939, in Derry, a son of the late William Edward Gelsdorf and Margaret T. (Kopcha) Gelsdorf. He was a member at St. Martin's Church and was retired from G.C. Murphy Company. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward P. Gelsdorf. Richard is survived by two sons, Greg Bucciarelli, of Latrobe, and Chris Bucciarelli, of Mt. Lebanon; and a brother, John W. Gelsdorf, of Derry. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Martin's Catholic Church with the Rev. Stephen West as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Martin's cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors at Latrobe Family Practice, nurses of Excela Health Latrobe Hospital IMU and ICCU departments, and the nurses and "Reverend Mother" of Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for their tremendous care. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Hall, Ruth J. 91

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-02-13
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ruth Jean "Jeannie" Hall, 91, of Thompson, Ohio, formerly of Greensburg, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Blossom Hill Care Center, Huntsburg, Ohio. She was born Feb. 13, 1923, in Adelaide, a daughter of the late Henry William and Hazel Marie Washabaugh Seighman. Ruth was a telephone operator for 42 years with Bell Telephone, later known as AT and T, before retiring in 1985. She was a member of First Christian Church, Greensburg. Also, she was a member of Telephone Pioneers, AARP No. 3897 and a former member of the Greensburg YWCA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Hall; four brothers, Bill, Crawford, Donald and Jack Seighman; and two sisters, Sara Kalp and Dolores Early. She is survived by two sisters, Doris Hough, of Fairchance, and Marlyn Sullivan, of Thompson, Ohio; also, a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Dr. Renny Domske officiating. Interment will be in Pennsville Independent Cemetery. For more information and online condolences, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Herrup, William 84

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-04-03
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • William Herrup, 84, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was born in Pittsburgh on April 3, 1930, and is the son of the late Leon and Fannie Mantel Herrup. He is the beloved husband of the late Phyllis Roth Herrup. He was a retired manager for the carpet department at the former Golden Rule in McKeesport and also was employed by Molyneaux Carpet in Verona. He graduated in 1947 from Peabody High School and the University of Pittsburgh in 1951. He was a past president of the Pittsburgh Tri-State Floor Covering Association, a past president of the White Oak Lions Club, a past president of the Redstone Highlands Residents Council and a former board member of Temple B'Nai Israel. He served in the Army as a sergeant first class during the Korean War. He is survived by his children, Lisa and Bill Rogers, of Mountain View, Calif., Diane and Brinkley Sprunt, of Winfield, Pa., and Daniel and Mary Herrup, of Alexandria, Va.; grandchildren, Barbara, Laura and Timothy Sprunt and Megan, Andrew and Emilyanne Herrup; and sister, Mildred Kass, of Hillsborough, N.J. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Esther Saperstein and Leah Buckler. Friends will be received from noon until the time of service at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Rabbi Paul Tuchman will officiate. Burial will be in Temple Cemetery. Remembrances in Bill's name may be made to Temple B'Nai Israel, 2206 Cypress St., White Oak, PA 15131 or Carnegie Library of McKeesport.
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Jones, Daniel H. 64

  • Lower Burrell , Formerly of Washington Township
  • Born: 1950-01-12
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Daniel H. "Dan" Jones, 64, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Washington Township, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born Jan. 12, 1950, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Walter T. and Josephine (Henderson) Jones. Dan lived most of his life in Washington Township until recently moving to Lower Burrell. He was employed as a truck driver for the James W. White Excavating Company for 10 years and had worked as a meter reader for the Apollo Gas Company for 24 years, retiring in 1999. A veteran, Dan served with the Navy during the Vietnam War and was stationed on the USS Shangri-La. He was a 1969 graduate of Elders Ridge High School and a member of the VFW. An avid outdoorsman, Dan enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He also enjoyed woodworking. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah E. "Sally" Weinel. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Cynthia A. "Cindy" (Mrena) Jones, of Lower Burrell; two daughters, Sara J. Jones, of Louisburg, N.C., and Rebecca A. Jones, of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Susannah Calvo, of Latrobe, and Kathryn Mawhinney, of Cranberry; twin brother, David W. Jones, of Leechburg; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the funeral home with Father Michael Sciberras, presiding. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit, http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, LaRay A. 33

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1981-07-27
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • LaRay Anton Jones, 33, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was born July 27, 1981, in Jeannette, a son of Veronica Jones, of Jeannette, and Louis Berry III, of Rankin. He was employed by PPG Industries and he co-owned Steel City Soles. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church, Jeannette, graduated from Jeannette High School in 1999 then served in the Navy during Operation Iraqi Freedom and afterwards worked for the Department of Defense. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Nila Pigott, of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Ciara Smith, of Jeannette; a brother, Joseph Johnson, of Columbia, S.C.; maternal grandmother, Floretha Jones, of Jeannette; paternal grandmother, Ruth Jefferson, of Rankin; and host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by an uncle, Keith Jones; and cousin, Daveen Jones. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hopewell Baptist Church, 436 Chestnut St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the church, with Pastor Anthony Murray officiating. Interment will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, entrusted with arrangements. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Kakos, Mary 97

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1916-11-15
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary Andresio Kakos, 97, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Mingo Junction, Ohio, a daughter of the late John and Susan (Cibota) Andresio. Mary was employed as a cake decorator for more than eight years by Pacific Bakery. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, in North Huntingdon, and a former member of Holy Trinity Church, in McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, George J. Kakos Sr.; a son, George J. Kakos Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Kakos; a brother, Michael Anderson; and sisters, Anna Kakos and Susie Bickerstaff. Mary loved crocheting and playing bingo at St. Anne's. Surviving are four children, Thomas W. Kakos and his wife, Janet, of Bethel Park, Joseph J. Kakos, of Vanderbilt, Eleanor J. Swartz, of West Mifflin, and Janet Fazio and her husband, Anthony, of North Huntingdon; nine grandchildren, Tom, Suzanne, Mark, Dan, Gary, Jeff, Pam, Bob and Joanne; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Agnes Nicholson, of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Anne Home and Heartland Hospice for the loving care they gave to Mary. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Kratzenberg, Anna M. 72

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Anna Mary "Blanche" (Watt) Kratzenberg, 72, of Penn Township, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph C. Kratzenberg; loving mother of Jeffrey Allen (Carolyn) Kratzenberg, of Brunswick, Ohio, and Trina (Frank) Tarr, of Irwin; and sister of Lyle, Leonard and Edna Watt. Blanche was a well-known seamstress in the Penn Township area for many years. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721), where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Joseph Hedden officiating. Interment to follow at Twin Valley Memorial. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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McAdoo, Charlotte

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charlotte McAdoo died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Charlotte went to heaven to be with her beloved husband Stanley McAdoo of 70 years. She is survived by her son, Gary McAdoo and his wife, Sue; and her daughter, Shirley (McAdoo) Pickens and her husband, Jack. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at the Murrysville Community Church, with an ice cream social to follow. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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McCoy, Rosemary 80

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1934-08-19
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Rosemary McCoy, 80, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Born Aug. 19, 1934, to the late Hugh and Dorothea Duggen McCoy, she was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Frederick Mershimer. Rosemary worked as a floor manager for the Woolworth Department Store in East Liberty for 30 years until the stores closing in 1985. She enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Martin J. "Marty" McCoy, of Gilpin Township, Lisa M. Cavanaugh, of Lower Burrell, and Terri (Robert) McSherry, of Arnold; seven grandchildren, Robyn, Keith, Mark, Dustin, Erica, Tara and Marty; 10 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Bernie (Martha) McCoy, of Lower Burrell. Viewing will be from 2 p.m. until time of services at 4 p.m. Friday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. The Rev. Philip A. Beck, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tarentum will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Penn Hills. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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McDowell, Mildred G. 79

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1934-11-17
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Mildred G. McDowell, 79, of Ligonier, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Ligonier Township, a daughter of the late Noah and Cora (Roddy) Knupp. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene McDowell; and an infant son. She was a member of the Laughlintown Christian Church. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a mentor to her family. She is survived by her four loving children, Judy (Thomas) Cataldo, of Florida, Jerry (Sandy) McDowell, of Ligonier, Linda (Robert) Queer, of Ligonier, and Ronald (Bobbi) McDowell, of Ligonier; six grandchildren, Lisa (A.J.) McQuillan, Thomas Jr. (Stephanie) Cataldo, Timothy (Jodi) McDowell, Michael (Carla) McDowell, Matthew Queer and Faith McDowell; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence (Violet) Knupp, of Ligonier, and Ronald (Helen) Knupp, of Florida. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. George Umphlett and the Rev. Charles Burd co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Mildred's name to the Laughlintown Christian Church, PO Box 102, Laughlintown, PA 15655.
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Miller, Thomas A.

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Dr. Thomas Allan "Al" Miller, of Murrysville, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Born in 1928, in Boston, Ga., he was the son of the late Thomas I. and Pearl (Roper) Miller. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty (Miller) Young; a brother-in-law, Fred Young; and his beloved wife, Violet J. (VanRy) Miller. He is survived by his three brothers, Roy Miller, of Niles, Mich., Henry Miller (Caroleene), of Tremont, Ill., and Herbert Miller (Marcia), of Statesville, N.C.; two children, Paul Miller (Michelle), of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Tamara Zeliff (James), of Export; three grandchildren, Dustin, Alexandra and Haley Zeliff; and 11 nieces and nephews. Al spent his early years in Thomasville, Ga., growing up on the family farm. Later, they moved to a farm in Niles, Mich. Upon graduation from Niles High School, he worked as an arc welder for Studebaker in South Bend, Ind. He attained his private pilot's license in 1949. Al was drafted into the Army in 1950. He served as a Master Sergeant in the Fifth Army Area during the Korean War, working trans harbor craft, and was awarded the Bronze Combat Star for his service. Al married the love of his life, Violet J. VanRy, in 1954. He was a devoted and loving husband and cherished his wife, Violet, all of his life. Al attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1960 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He purchased Milford Large Animal Clinic and practiced there for more than 35 years. He is a lifetime Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He participated in field studies for pharmaceutical companies, and working with his partners, brought innovative, compassionate care to his clients. Al was loved and admired by his clients and colleagues for his honesty, sincerity, integrity and intellect. As a dedicated father, and a fun, loving, grandfather, he taught by example. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren and loved them dearly. Golf, fishing and a love of nature and the outdoors were just some of his passions. He loved sharing these activities with his friends and family. Dedicated to the service of others, he was a lifetime member of the Lions Club and he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services to Lions Club's International Foundation. Al was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason and received an Award of Gold from his home lodge in Indiana. He was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church, acting as a lay leader. He served for more than 10 years as the president of the Milford Town Council in Milford, Ind., and was awarded the Citizen of the Year award in 1980 by the Milford Area Development Committee for his work in the community. Al and Violet moved to Murrysville after his retirement in 1997. Here, he was a member of the Holiday Park United Methodist Church, the Lions club and performed many volunteer activities. Al loved a good joke and making people laugh. He saw the humor in life and enjoyed brightening people's lives with a funny story. The many and varied experiences of his life became the fodder for his stories, which he loved to share. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in the Holiday Park United Methodist Church. If desired, charitable donations may be made in Al's name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, http://www.michaeljfox.org., or the Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, http://www.Redstonehighlands.org/Murrysville, http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Penrose, Lisa A. 56

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Born: 1958-03-22
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Lisa Ann Penrose, 56, formerly of Ligonier, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. She was born March 22, 1958, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Earl Eugene and Dolores Scott Johnson. Lisa had attended the Ligonier Alliance Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Brooke Penrose; and a brother, Clifford Johnson. She is survived by a brother, Jeffrey E. (Kathleen) Johnson, of Ligonier; three sisters, Anita M. Charlton, of Somerset, Doreen L. Rose, of Derry, and Denise Neiderhiser, of Ligonier. A service to celebrate Lisa's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Larry C. McDonnell, officiating. Interment will follow in the Beulah Church Cemetery, Somerset. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Pezze, Mildred 90

  • Rillton
  • Born: 1924-07-01
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Mildred "Toots" Pezze, 90, of Rillton, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born July 1, 1924, in Rillton, daughter of the late Paul and Martha (Stopic) Ekovich. Toots worked for Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh and Gaich Trucking as an office clerk. She was also a teacher's aide at the Rillton Elementary School. She was a member of Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood. Toots was a charter member and treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary VFD in Rillton. She was also a member of the St. Edward's Sunshine Club in Herminie. She enjoyed cooking for friends and family and was famous for her pie-making skills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Pezze Jr.; her son, Don Pezze; a brother, Miller Ekovich; and four sisters, Amelia "Mecy" Medich, Dorothy Popovich, Donna Yackovich and Mary Zivkovich. Toots is survived by her two sons, Joseph P. (BettyAnn) Pezze, of Wexford, and Gary (Barb) Pezze, of Grove City; daughter-in-law, Jan Pezze, of West Newton; two special grandchildren, Joey and Lauren; a sister, Angeline Klassen, of Rillton; two special nieces, Marianne Klassen and Martha Reilly; sister-in-law, Julie Ekovich; along with numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Toots will be dearly missed by her family, friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with Father Milan Medakovich officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. Pomen services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church, 24 N. Third St., Youngwood, PA 15697, in memory of Toots.
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Trapolsi Jr., Joseph M. 74

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1940-01-08
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Joseph M. Trapolsi Jr., 74, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. He was born Jan. 8, 1940, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Joseph M. and Margaret (Sahadi) Trapolsi Sr. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Priest; three brothers, Michael, Arthur and Victor Trapolsi; and two sisters, Joan Nader and Marcella Abrams. He worked in sales for Home Improvements and was an independent contractor with FEMA for many years. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was full of spirit and enjoyed life and his family. He is survived by his two daughters, Sara (Paul) Wrona, of Apollo, and Christine Trapolsi, of California; nine grandchildren, Rachel, Katy and Sean Wrona, Brandon Degano, Sabrina Smith, Cheri Smith, Nicole Imbornone, Mary and Joseph Priest; and is also survived by a great-grandson. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Prayers of transfer will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations to the family. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Venturo, John J. 53

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1961-02-03
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • John J. Venturo, 53, of Trafford, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in the Forbes Regional Hospital. John was born Feb. 3, 1961, the son of the late John J. Sr. and Norma Jean (Bradley) Venturo. John was a carpenter by trade and was an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Trafford, volunteered helping children in the church and he was a friend of Bill W. John was preceded in death by his son, John David Venturo; his long term companion, Joyce Mack; and a brother, Edward Venturo. He is survived by his children, Dana Lee Venturo and Steven E. Venturo; his granddaughter, Liliana Venturo; a stepson, Michael Mack, all of Trafford; his fiance, Kim Lucarelli, of Trafford; his sister, Camille Venturo, of Trafford, Marianne Zipnock, of New Stanton, and Robert Venturo, of Trafford; uncle, Joe Venturo; and many nieces, nephews, their spuoses and children, cousins and friends. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 407 Duquesne Ave., Trafford, with Pastor Justin Judy, officiating. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Weimer, Doris T. 90

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1924-05-28
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Doris Thelma (Haney) Weimer, 90, of Allegheny Township, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born May 28, 1924, in Brick Church, she was a daughter of the late Charles Dunham Haney and Margaret L. (Sheasly) Haney. Doris was a 1942 graduate of Leechburg High School and lived in Allegheny Township since 1944. She worked as a motor winder for Arrow Electric. Doris belonged to God and was a member and former secretary at First United Methodist Church in Leechburg, where she was a member of many church groups and committees. She was a member of Mt. Joy Grange No. 537 in Gilpin Township. Doris enjoyed crossword and word search puzzles, watching game shows and was an avid reader. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne B. Weimer; grandson, Aaron Fulkrod; brothers, Conrad and Erwood Haney; and sisters, Bernice I. Best and Alda L. Tromby. Survivors include her children, Margo Joy (Tracy) Gordon, of Erie, Alan Kent Weimer, of Allegheny Township; grandchildren, Amy, Christy and Michael; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in First United Methodist Church, Leechburg, with Pastor Jerrad Peterman officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Memorial contributions may be made in Doris's memory to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 251 Main St., Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Woycio, Daniel J. 54

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1959-11-13
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Daniel Jon Woycio, 54, formerly of New Kensington, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, of natural causes at his home in Glendale, Ariz. He was born Nov. 13, 1959, in New Kensington, to Margaret Woycio and the late Theodore Woycio Jr. He graduated from Valley High School in 1977 and attended classes at Penn State University, New Kensington campus. He traveled to the Western United States where he settled in Steamboat Springs, Colo., for 25 years and worked in a variety of jobs in the ski industry. Dan loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hiker, camper, skier and league softball, often with his trusty dog tagging along. His unique sense of "Dan" humor brought many smiles to family and friends. Family get-togethers in Colorado resulted in more than a few adventures. He easily made lifelong friends wherever he traveled and frequently performed volunteer work for the community. He recently moved to Glendale, Ariz., where he worked at a variety of jobs. Daniel was a member of St. John Orthodox Church, New Kensington, where he previously was an altar boy and later a member of the church choir. Survivors include his mother, Margaret Telesko Woycio; brothers, Theodore M. (Debra) Woycio, Gregory (Carla) Woycio, David G. (Lilia) Woycio; and nephew and niece, Scott and Larisa Woycio. He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Jr.; uncle, Walter; and nephew, Jason. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where a Panichida service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. in St. John Orthodox Church, with the Rev. Nicholas Breckenridge officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Parastas services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Zundel, Leona M. 96

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1918-06-23
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Leona M. (McIntire) Zundel, 96, of Hempfield Township, went home to be with Jesus Christ on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor. She was born June 23, 1918, in Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Alex and Dessie McIntire. Leona was a member of Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, where for years she was active in the church choir, missionary and organized and went on many bus trips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther (Dutch) Zundel; daughter, Darlene; two brothers; and three sisters. Surviving are her son, Bernard (Carolyn) Zundel; grandchildren, Christie (Michael) O'Neill, Brad (Lisa) Zundel and Bret (Heidi) Zundel; great-grandchildren, Kelly and Emily O'Neill, Jesse and Lucas Zundel, Kayla Zundel and fiance Mike, Chase and Audrey Zundel; great-great-grandson, Levi; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. The Zundel family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff, nurses and nurse's aides at Westmoreland Manor. Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Thursday in Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 671 Baltzer Meyer Pike, Greensburg, with the Rev. John Smaligo officiating. Interment will follow in Harrold Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, for her love of children, memorial contributions may be made to Harrold Zion Playing with Faith Playground. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Beaver County

Camp, Eric D. 25

  • Aliquippa
  • Born: 1988-10-03
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Mastrofrancesco, Aliquippa | Get Directions
  • Eric Daniel Camp, 25, of Aliquippa, went home to dance with the Angels when he unexpectedly passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was born Oct. 3, 1988, with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Eric was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Samuel J. and Lois Bristow Jr.; and a sister, Christina L. Bartko. Eric had a zest for life. He loved music, making pottery with friends he made at Muddy Rose Pottery, watching the beautiful colors of fireworks, a good game of bowling, sharing laughter at a comedy club and being outdoors. He was very observant and loved to socialize. Eric was a member of Passavant Memorial Homes, his church, God's Choice in Rochester, Pa., American Legion Riders Post No. 925 and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Surviving Eric is an aunt and two uncles, Dana and Tim Syput and Sam Bristow; and a cousin, Shelby Syput. Eric is also survived by his adoptive family, Lori Hess and Robert Cumberledge Jr., Adam Hess, Tiffanie and Josh Lightner; and their daughters, Jennavieve and Ryeleigh. In addition to his family, Eric is survived by his longtime nurses, Linda Waddell, Julie Bialik and Cindy Woollett along with other family members who survive him. Visitation will be from noon to 2 and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the ANTHONY MASTROFRANCESCO FUNERAL HOME, 2026 McMinn St., Aliquippa, 724-375-0496, where a service will follow at 5:30 p.m., with Pastor Mel from God's Choice Church officiating. Private interment will be in Long Run Cemetery.
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Fayette County

Basinger, Margaret B. 52

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1962-07-22
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Margaret B. Basinger, 52, of Connellsville, passed away suddenly Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Highlands Hospital. She was born July 22, 1962, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Aber and Georgia Smith Lint. She was Protestant by faith. She is survived by a daughter, Shawna M. Courie and husband, David Conn, of Vanderbilt; a son, William Courie and wife, Desiree, of Diamond, Ohio; three grandchildren, Alexis Conn, of Vanderbilt, Abigail Courie, of Diamond, Ohio, and Brenden Conn, of Vanderbilt; two brothers, Mike Lint and Jarrett Lint, of Connellsville; six sisters, Naiomi McDowell, of Connellsville, Rosetta Lint, of Everson, Dolly Le, of Connellsville, Lorrie Lowther and husband, Vince, of Star Junction, Kathy Lint, of Clairton, Darla Bennett and husband, Al, of Connellsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Margaret was predeceased by her parents; a son, Calvin Currie; and a brother, Walter Lint. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, where services will be held at 7 p.m. with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will be private. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Magni, Carmella C. 88

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1926-09-05
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Kucera, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Carmella C. Magni, 88, of Connellsville, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Sunrise Estates, Connellsville. She was born Sept. 5, 1926, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late John Magni and Theresa Paduono. She was a member of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church and was retired from Connellsville Sportswear. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Vincent Magni; and sister, Angeline Magni. Survivors include her nephew, Regis Magni; grandniece, Michell Magni; and several cousins. Visitation from 9 a.m. until the hour of blessing service at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the RICHARD KUCERA FUNERAL HOME, 127 E. Fairview Ave., Connellsville, with Father Robert Lubic officiating. Interment in St. Rita Cemetery.
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Washington County

Gedda, Gwendoline G. 88

  • California, Pa.
  • Born: 1926-08-04
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Mariscotti, California | Get Directions
  • Gwendoline G. Gedda, 88, of California, Pa., died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. She was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Bristol, England, a daughter of the late Roy and Rosina Blanche (Hunt) Fielding. In addition to her parents, Gwendoline was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley Gedda (Feb. 5, 1997); sister, Joyce Dawes; and brother, Ernest Fielding. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 68 years, Thomas J. Gedda Sr.: and two children, Bonnie Filoni, of California, Pa., and Thomas Gedda Jr. and wife, Diane, of Charleroi. Also surviving are grandchildren, Wendy Filoni, Aldo Filoni and wife, Heather, Ashley Gedda, Peyton Gedda and Liam Gedda; and great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Good. Funeral services and interment were private at the request of the family and were entrusted to the care of the MARISCOTTI FUNERAL HOME INC., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth St., California, Pa.
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Hajdu, Wilma J. 82

  • Daisytown
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville | Get Directions
  • Wilma J. Hajdu, 82, Daisytown, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. in the JOHN B. GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.
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Tokar, Mary E. 91

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1922-10-28
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Mary Elizabeth “Bette” Tokar, 91, of Charleroi, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Beaver. She was born Oct. 28, 1922, in Charleroi, the daughter of the late Albert A. and Nancy M. DeSellems Wilson. Mrs. Tokar was a lifelong and active member of the Charleroi Presbyterian Church and sang in the Sanctuary Choir and was a past member of the Athena Club. A devoted homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, sewing and crocheting, all of which she did to perfection. Her homemade fudge was the best. She loved watching all Pittsburgh sports teams on TV, especially her beloved Pirates. Mrs. Tokar is survived by three sons, Albert A. (Nancy) Tokar Sr. of Elkton, Md., Joseph R. (Julia) Tokar Jr. of Perryopolis, Arthur E. (Diane) Tokar of Hillsboro, Ohio; one daughter, Myra Leigh Tokar of Aliquippa, with whom she resided the past six years; six grandchildren, Nicole, Phillip, Nancy Leigh, Morgan, Alexandra, Albert A. III; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha and Zackary. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Tokar was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph R. Tokar Sr.; three sisters, Arvilla McFeely, Alberta Lovejoy and Jean C. Wilson; and one brother, Kenneth D. Wilson Sr. Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life at a memorial service Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 5th and Lincoln Ave., Charleroi, with the Rev. Mark Woomer officiating. Private interment will be in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. The SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS INC., Charleroi, was in charge of the arrangements. The family expresses thanks to her doctors and the staff at Good Samaritan Hospice for their loving care of our mom. Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or the Charleroi Presbyterian Church.
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Asbee, Dennis J. 64

  • Norfolk, Va.
  • Born: 1949-10-06
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dennis J. "Pidge" Asbee, 64, of Norfolk, Va., passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1949, in Latrobe. Pidge enjoyed spending time with his family, bowling, fishing and traveling. Pidge is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sharon Giles Asbee; two sons, Nathan (Carrie) Asbee and Lance (Rachael) Asbee; three stepchildren, Chris (Melissa) Vogle, Melinda Vogle and Nicholas (Kristy) Vogle; nine grandchildren, Lily, Jack and Evelyn Asbee, Casey, Dalton, Addison, Colton and Conner Vogle and Cindy Smith; four brothers, Chuck Asbee, Robert (Judy) Asbee, Dan (Debbie) Asbee and Walter (Angel) Asbee; three sisters, Audrey Toth, Pauney Miller and Mildred Douglas; and several nieces and. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A committal service with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests financial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society. For online donations and condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Bradley, William V. 70

  • Rio Rancho, N.M. , Formerly of Dravosburg
  • Born: 1944-03-21
  • Died: 2014-09-29
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  • William Vincent Bradley, 70, of Rio Rancho, N.M., formerly of Dravosburg, passed away Monday, Sept. 29. 2014, in his home in the care of his family. William was born March 21, 1944, in McKeesport, a son of William and Madeline Bradley. He was preceded in death by wife, Carol Bradley. He is survived by daughters, Rebecca Bradley Scheffler and Kelly Bradley; son, William V. Bradley; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Bradley proudly served his country in the Army. He retired from a long, decorated career at Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp., formerly Bettis Atomic Power Plant. Funeral services will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Rio Rancho. The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to St. Felix Pantry. Mr. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine on your face and until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand.
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Greenewald, James H. 67

  • Springfield, Mass. , Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1947-06-10
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • James H. Greenewald, 67, of Springfield, Mass., formerly of Elizabeth Township, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was born June 10, 1947, in McKeesport and was a son of the late Albert "Rubbie" Greenewald and the late Lois Nelson Greenewald. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Springfield and was an Air Force veteran. He was a retired electronic tester for United Technologies-Hamilton Sundstrand. He is survived by his wife, Marie Ann Belardia Greenewald; sons, Steven K. Greenewald and Robert A. Greenewald, of Springfield, and Anthony A. Greenewald, of Westborough, Mass.; brother, Rubbie (Donnell) Greenewald, of Elizabeth Township; a niece, Dana; and nephews, Ryan and Justin. He was preceded in death by his brother, Herman Daniel Greenewald. Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel at noon Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Interment will follow at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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