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Abate, Florence 83

  • Mt. Washington
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt Washington | Get Directions
  • Florence (Lanick) Abate, 83, of Mt. Washington, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late William L. Abate Sr.; loving mother of William L. Jr. (Judi) Abate, Joanne (David) Puhac, Cynthia (Joe) McKenzie, John (Rose) Abate and the late Steven Abate; sister of Dolores Fulcher, Rudy Lanick, Rosemarie Stiles and the late Michael Lanick, Jenny Pritchard and Irene Adamiak; also survived by 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and loving family and friends. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, 412-381-2323. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Mount Church. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Abel, Enos C. 80

  • Moon Township
  • Born: 1933-09-27
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Hunstman, Moon | Get Directions
  • Enos Charles Abel, 80, of Moon Township, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. He was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Henry and Margaret (Flynn) Abel. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Irene S. (Jendrasik) Abel, and their children, Lynne Abel VandenBosche and Matthew C. Abel; one grandchild, Heidi VandenBosche; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Catherine Mary Steiner, Jack Abel and Peggy Walther. After being stationed in Tokyo, Japan with the Army from 1954 to 1956, where he also played baseball, he managed the order invoice department at Mine Safety Appliances for many years. Using his business experience, he then struck out on his own and became an entrepreneur and ran his own company, Abel Associates, until he retired. An avid singer, Enos sang in the church choir at St. James in Sewickley and St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township. Enos was past president of the Moon Township Rotary and also a member of Sewickley Men's Club. A huge Pirates fan, Enos met his wife, Irene, after Bill Mazeroski's famous 1960 World Series winning homerun. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MOON TOWNSHIP, 1522 Coraopolis Heights Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley. Everyone please meet at church. Cemetery interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Villa St. Joseph, ATTN: Jim Neidenberger, 1030 W State St., Baden, PA 15005. http://www.huntsmanfuneralhomes.com.
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Alderson, Robert 64

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1949-11-20
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Robert Alderson, 64, of Clairton, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at home. Born Nov. 20, 1949, in McKeesport, he was a son of Geraldine (Daniel) Brown Alderson Cochran, of Clairton, and the late William D. Alderson. Robert graduated from Clairton High School in 1968, was a member of First United Methodist Church of Clairton, and worked as a clerk with the Allegheny County Treasurer's Office in Pittsburgh. He was past chairman and committeeman of the Clairton Democratic Committee, president of Clairton Lions Club, vice president of Century Townhomes Association and an aide to former State Representative David Levdansky. He was a faithful volunteer to anyone who needed anything and was a great and loving son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Besides his mother, Robert is survived by his siblings, William D. (Sharon) Alderson Jr., of Midland, Mich., Donna Jean (Joe) Bartolomeo, of Dublin, Ohio, David G. (Danette) Alderson, of Jefferson Hills, Janine (Gary) Larsen, of Ostrander, Ohio, and Jonette A. (Paul) Emsurak, of Elizabeth Township; and also nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his father, Robert was preceded in death by a nephew, Joseph W. Bartolomeo. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, and Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 5th St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in the funeral home's chapel, with Pastor Hal Dangel officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions in Robert's name should be made to the Clairton Lions Club or First United Methodist Church of Clairton. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Allias, James R. 80

  • Formerly of Springdale
  • Born: 1934-03-01
  • Died: 2014-07-29
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  • James R. Allias died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Born March 1, 1934, in Pittsburgh, to Joseph and Angeline Allias, he graduated from Springdale High School where he excelled in football. He was living in retirement in Charlotte, N.C., after a career with Armour and Company. He was predeceased by his mother and father, and by his brothers, Joseph Allias and Dr. Richard Allias. He is survived by his sisters, Rose Marie Cherry, of Springdale, and Isabelle Staffeldt, of Naples, Fla.; and is also survived by his former wife, Mary Allias, of Denver, Colo.; and by his children, James Allias, Janelle Knutson and Julie David, of the Denver area; and by his longtime companion, Diane White, of Charlotte, N.C. There will be s memorial Mass at a later date. Interment will be private.
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Bartek, Frances 93

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Homestead
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Frances (Radziwon) Bartek, 93, of West Mifflin, formerly of Homestead, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Bartek Sr.; mother of John (Nancy Carney) Bartek Jr.; sister of Emily Regula and the late Helen Prusick, Pauline Kavel, Joseph Radziwon, Stanley Radziwon, John Radziwon, William Radziwon, Mary Yazinni and Rozella Armstrong; grandmother of John (Debbie) Bartek; and great-grandmother of Payton and McKenzie. Friends received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Homestead. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Boyd, Lynda J. 66

  • Coraopolis
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Lynda J. Boyd, 66, of Coraopolis, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, after a 12 year battle with lung and brain cancer at home with Diane O'Toole by her side. Lynda was the daughter of the late Mary Jean Fisher and Ronald Lane Boyd Sr. She was a graduate of Moon High School, graduate of Shadyside School of Nursing and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She is survived by a sister, Laurie Coulter, of Streetsboro, Ohio; a brother, Ronald Lane Boyd Jr., of Madill, Okla.; her uncle, Warren (Shirley) Boyd, of Erie; aunt of Leanne Coulter and Danielle Fonseca; great-aunt of Alexis and Bradlee Fonseca; and also surviving are extended family and friends, Patricia O'Toole, Lori, Mackenzie and Dean Patrick O'Toole, Martin, Cheryl, Martin III, Todd, Brandon and Andrew Rubeo, Dean Joseph O'Toole and Tom Halchak. A private memorial Mass will be held at a later date in St. Joseph Church with interment in Queen of Heavens Cemetery. Arrangements are by COPELAND CORAOPOLIS FUNERAL HOME. Contributions in her name to American Cancer Society will be appreciated.
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Constantino Jr., Abraham A. 74

  • Forest Hills
  • Born: 1939-09-16
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Abraham A. Constantino Jr., M.D., of Forest Hills, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. He was born Sept. 16, 1939. He was the beloved husband of 49 years to Rose Eva Constantino; father of Charles, Kenneth and Abraham III; and is survived by sisters, Aurora, Becky and Rex. Dr. Constantino practiced general surgery and physical medicine for many years. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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Degaro, Jane L. 100

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Jane L. "A.J." (Schwartz) Degaro, 11, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent J. Degaro; loving aunt of James R. Brunetti and many other nieces and nephews; and is also survived by a dear sister-in-law, Rita Degaro. Jane grew up and resided in Cincinnati, Ohio, later moving with her husband, Vince, to Sarasota, Fla., where she lived until 2003, when she relocated to Pittsburgh to live with her nephew, James. There will be no viewing. Family and friends are invited to a chapel service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio. Arrangements are entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, West View. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to your local "Animal Humane Society". http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Emmert, Jeanetta L. 36

  • Formerly of Gibsonia
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Jeanetta Lynn Emmert, 36, formerly of Gibsonia, passed on to her heavenly home Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. She was the daughter of David and Karol Emmert, of Montana, formerly Gibsonia; mother of Nicholas Gualazzi, Aidan James Seibert and Danika Seitz; sister of David Edward Emmert, of Amherst, Va.; and granddaughter of Karl and Ruth Feitl, of Shaler. She was preceded in death by three sons, James David Seibert, James Seibert and Daniel Seitz. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Memorial services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Equilibrium, The Bi-Polar Foundation, http://www.bipolar-foundation.org. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Entwisle Sr., Bruce S. 65

  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Bruce Shawn Entwisle Sr., 65, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Kathryn "Kathy" (Pegnetter) Entwisle; loving father of Bruce "Shawn" Jr. (Christine); cherished grandfather of Brandon, Justin, Shawn and Evelyn Entwisle; and brother of Jeanne Cararnini, Edward "Ned" and Stevan Entwisle. Bruce was a son of the late Dr. Edward "Ted" and Ruth Entwisle. Services private. Memorial contributions may be made to an animal shelter of your choice. Professional services trusted to the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD.
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Fine, Marvin 77

  • Forward Township
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Marvin Fine, 77, of Forward Township, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at home. He was a retired maintenance man at the Youghiogheny Country Club in Elizabeth Township. Born June 10, 1937, in Forward Township, he was a son of the late George Dewey Fine and Gertrude Mary Louise (Behanna) Fine. He is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. William Heaton officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Greager, Kimberly G. 48

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Kimberly G. Greager, 48, of Ross Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of William and the late Bella Greager; loving sister of Deborah Greager, John Greager (Anita), Kathy Gehry (Robert) and the late Sandra and Leslie "Tom" Greager; proud aunt of John, Theresa, Tracy, Cheryl Lynn and Karie Greager; John and Michael Greager; Erica Welsh, Ashley Gehry and William Gehry; and devoted great-aunt of Austin, Alyssa, Kailey and Bella. She is also survived by many loving friends and relatives. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where a service will also be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
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Guadagnino, Frank Grady S. 79

  • Plum , Formerly of East Liberty
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Frank S. "Guady" Guadagnino, 79, of Plum, formerly of East Liberty, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Molitierno); loving father of Salvatore (Lisa) Guadagnino, Rachelle Dever and Rosanne (Dale) Falvo; brother of Pauline Griggs; and grandfather of Alyssa, Aaron, Carlo and Elizabeth. Frank was a member of "The Rogues." Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church, Plum.
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Hawkins, Carl O. 77

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Carl O. Hawkins, 77, of Pittsburgh, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. There will be no visitation or service. A private burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, O'Hara Township. Professional services are by D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville.
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Held, Corinna 76

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Corinna (Dalla Bernandina) Held, 76, of Pleasant Hills, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Gary Held; loving mother of Ralph, Carla and Dolores Held and Christine Marte; grandmother of Marc and Elizabeth Held and Abner Jr., Leena, Joya Marte and Violet Hoover-Held; also survived by Debbie Held, Lisa Barber and Abner Marte. Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Hudec, John D. 68

  • Formerly of Tarentum
  • Born: 1946-02-15
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • John D. Hudec, 68, formerly of Tarentum, currently living in Douglasville, Ga., the past two years, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. John was born Feb. 15, 1946, in Harrison Township, to the late John and Susan (Cajka) Hudec. He graduated from Tarentum High School in 1964 and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. John served in the Army in Vietnam, retired Allegheny County Police Detective and Arson Investigator alongside his beloved partner, Onyx. A member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brackenridge, John was also a Life member of Summit Hose Company in West Tarentum. John loved photography, was an avid bowler, but he especially enjoyed his family and pets. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Shirley A. (Bowser) Hudec; four sons, John W. (Maryanne) Hudec, of Tarentum, Kevin (Elizabeth Erb) Hudec, of Alpharetta, Ga., Matthew (Erica) Hudec, of Dallas, Ga., and Brian (Meghan) Hudec, of Acworth, Ga. Also surviving are grandchildren, Brittany, Courtney, Gage, Shae, Eric, Addison, Morgan, Brady and Kolton; and one sister, Ilene (James) Meyer, in Avon Lake, Ohio. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua David. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Gene A. Lenk, officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell, with full military honors by Tarentum VFW Post 5758. Summit Hose will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Summit Hose Fire Department. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Jacobetz, Vera A. 87

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Vera A. Jacobetz, 87, of West Mifflin, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Vera is survived by her loving children, Charles Jacobetz Jr. and wife, Francis, Tina (Jacobetz) Ganch and husband, William, Michael A. Jacobetz and wife, Philomena, Marlene Jacobetz and Mark Steele; also survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles R. Jacobetz Sr.; daughter, Tina (Jacobetz) Ganch; and her parents, Vincent and Marie Alice Leone. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh. Blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will take place at the Jefferson Memorial Park. Online condolences can be given at http://www.JeffersonMemorial.biz.
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Johnson, Donna J. 86

  • Plum
  • Born: 1927-10-27
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Donna Jean Johnson, 86, of Plum, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. She was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Revloc, Pa., a daughter of the late Alf and Cora Johnson. She was a graduate of Slippery Rock University and received a master's from the University of Pittsburgh. Donna worked for 30 years as a health and physical education teacher at Apollo Ridge School District as well as a professor of sports education at California University of Pennsylvania, where she also coached fencing, gymnastics and volleyball. She was a former member of the Pittsburgh Field Hockey Association and the Mid-East field hockey team. In her spare time, she played the flute in both the Delmont and Scottdale Community Bands. She was also a fine seamstress and loved to sew and knit. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marian Wizniak; and a niece, Jean Aydlett. She is survived by nieces, Nancy (Lew) May and Sally (John Zigland) Wizniak; great-nieces, Amanda (Andrew) Costello, Rebecca (Jeremy) Reed, Amy (Thomas) Eller and Lisa (Max) Hernandez; as well as her dear friends, Jane Fisk and Lois Snyder. Arrangements are private and are being personalized by the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC, 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Jurik, Richard A. 84

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee's Funeral Home, Bentleyville | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Jurik, 84, of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Richard graduated from Bentleyville High School. He earned a bachelor degree from Duquesne University and earned a master’s degree from Penn State University. He held education positions in Donora, Bentleyville, and retired while teaching in Mt Lebanon public schools. Mr Jurik and his late wife Irene owned Nettle Creek Shops in Mt. Lebanon, Monroeville, Greensburg, North Hills and Bentleyville. He was the loving father of Diane (Mike) Campbell of Mt. Lebanon, Anthony (Linda) Jurik of Smithsburg, Md., Janet (Jeff) Meinbresse of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Richard (Janet) Jurik of Mt. Lebanon. He was the grandfather of Andrew Meinbresse, Bryan Jurik, Dale Meinbresse, Erin (Campbell) Smith, R. J. Jurik, Kristin Jurik, Sean Campbell, Steven Meinbresse and Bradley Jurik; and great-grandfather of James Matthew Jurik. He is also survived by his loving sister, Louise (Jurik) Smith of Bentleyville; and his beloved sister-in-law, Helen Messerotes of Ft. Myers, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Sandy Smith, Kim Smith, Patty Smith, Gary Smith, Gary Messerotes and Greg Messerotes. Mr. Jurik was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Ann Martinkus Jurik; his late wife of 48 years, Irene Messerotes Jurik; and his infant granddaughter, Danielle Campbell. Friends and family will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 619 Main St., Bentleyville, where prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Danielle Lauren Campbell Foundation Fund, 35 Highland Road, Apt. 2304, Bethel Park, PA 15012. Online guestbook and personal condolences may be accessed at www. GreeneeFuneralHome.com.
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Kay, Gerri 70

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Born: 1943-09-10
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Gerri Kay, of Squirrel Hill, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, Sept. 1, 2014. Born Sept. 10, 1943, Gerri was a loving and beloved daughter of the late Irwin Porter and the late Rachel Rakusin Porter; loving and beloved sister of Idy (William) Goodman and Charles (Hilary Tyson) Porter; loving and beloved aunt of Mollie Goodman (Andrew O'Brien), Jacob Goodman (Sean Shepherd), Abby Goodman (Rose Covert), Marisa Porter and Gillian Porter; loving and beloved niece; loving and beloved of numerous cousins and their children. Gerri was extraordinary in creating relationships throughout her family's generations, past and present, as well as with so many others throughout her communities in Pittsburgh, New York and Cape Cod. Gerri was well-known throughout the city of Pittsburgh for her commitment toward issues of social justice and bringing together diverse collaborations. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social work, later receiving its Distinguished Alumni Award, Gerri was active in the early days of school integration. This culminated with Reizenstein School, bringing together a huge and diverse population. Gerri then put together the Reizenstein Middle School Consortium. She moved on to work at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, became director of the Public Education Fund, and worked as vice president for Program and Policy at the Pittsburgh Foundation. After retirement, Gerri became deeply engaged in a wide variety of community organizations. A woman who could fit more into one 24-hour day than anyone, Gerri was deeply engaged in justice, social service and arts organizations. During that time, Gerri served on such boards as the ACLU Pittsburgh Chapter - Executive Committee and membership development committee chair, Chamber Music Pittsburgh Advisory Board, City of Asylum, City Theater board and Executive Committee, Jewish Women's Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Free Clinic, Quantum Theater, Society of Contemporary Craft, Squirrel Hill Health Center as vice chair of the board, Squonk Opera, United Jewish Federation board member and former chair of the Local/National Funding Committee, and University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Health and Human Services committee co-chair. Gerri will be deeply missed by her family and so many who loved her. As one friend said, "Pittsburgh loved Gerri." We will miss her love, intelligence and wonderful laughter; we will miss her passion and outrage; we will miss her sense of style and guidance in all things chocolate; we will deeply miss her sense of adventure and fun, and all the love she showered on us. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Ave. in Squirrel Hill. Family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Synagogue prior to the service. Interment will be in B'Nai Israel Cemetery. Donations can be made to: American Civil Liberties Foundation, Pennsylvania Chapter; Squirrel Hill Health Center; The Institute of Politics, University of Pittsburgh; City of Asylum Pittsburgh. Arrangements entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC. http://www.schugar.com.
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Marasco, Elaine A. 85

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Elaine A. (Caliguiri) Marasco, 85, of McCandless, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Augustine "Gus" Marasco; stepmother of Michele (Brian) Pivar, Linda (Alan) Killmeyer and Christine (William) Laboon; sister of Dr. Lawrence Caliguiri and the late Angela Alvino, Fred, Louis and Dr. Joseph Caliguiri; sister-in-law of Mary (Richard) Kruger; and is also survived by step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. Elaine was a longtime active member of the Phi Mu Sorority. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church, followed by entombment in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Agnes A. 91

  • Allison Park , Formerly of Troy Hill
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Agnes A. Miller, 91, of Allison Park, formerly of Troy Hill, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. She was the wife of the late John; mother of Jack Miller (Barb), Karen Tredway, David Miller (Sonja), Mark Miller (Judy), Linda Price (Jim) and the late Donald Miller; daughter of the late George and Agnes Werbanec; sister of Dolores Kozlowski and the late George, Raymond, Mildred, Veronica and Jozie Werbanec; grandmother of Jennifer Howard, Mark Miller and Lisa Roedersheimer; great-grandmother of Mara, Eva, Piper and Skyler; and her beloved pets, Honey and Hazel. Agnes was a member of the Lay Carmelites. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Middle Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Father Scott Seethaler, TASH Inc., 9448 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101 or online at http://www.fatherscott.com., click Clinica Del Pueblo. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Morrow, Jerry L. 79

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Jerry L. Morrow, 79, of Upper St. Clair, died peacefully Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Joan; loving father of J.C. (Lori) Morrow, Janet Schmelzer, Jeri Morrow (Michael) Thomas and Jennie Morrow; stepfather of Carolyn Hall, Maureen (Bart) Bertocci and Nancy (Casey) Gillespie; grandfather of Tyler and Trevor Morrow, Abigail Schmelzer, Jordan and Bryson Thomas, Ashley and Amanda Bertocci and Kylie and Peyton Gillespie; bother of James (Jean) Morrow and the late Charles (Dolores survives) Morrow; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jerry was employed for 37 years by Bell of PA and AT and T and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed vacationing in Cape May, golfing in Florida and was an avid sports fan of the Pittsburgh teams, Pitt University and his children and grandchildren's sports teams. He also coached baseball and football. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS, 724-941-3211. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be private. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Muzzio III, Henry J. 58

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1956-05-19
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Henry J. Muzzio III, 58, of Pittsburgh, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at his home. Born May 19, 1956, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Mary Stella (Cunningham) and Henry J. Muzzio Jr. Henry was a 1974 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. He was an Army Veteran and was employed at University Drive VA, Pittsburgh. Henry was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and also enjoyed reading. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Kathy Brousseau and Ginny Connors and his brother, Dan. He is also survived by three nieces and a nephew. A private memorial is planned. MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., in care of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans.
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Nicklas, Raymond J. 85

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1929-04-19
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Raymond J. "Jack" Nicklas, 85, of Richland Township, formerly of Middlesex Township, died Saturday afternoon, Aug. 30, 2014, at St. Barnabas Nursing Home after a brief stay. Born April 19, 1929, in Butler, he was the son of the late Raymond G. and Agnes R. Dodds Nicklas. A 1951 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. He met his future wife, Joy, in Des Moines, Iowa. Jack was a realtor at Agnes R. Nicklas and Associates Realty, which was founded by his mother, the late Agnes R. Nicklas, in 1953. He was also co-founding partner of Nicklas, King and MConahy, an appraisal and accounting firm. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Realtor's Association and was a four-year director for the Butler County Board of Realtors. He had served for 16 years as a member of the Butler County Development Board. Jack also had served 10 years as the secretary for the Middlesex Township School Authority. He was an 81-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown. Jack was a charter member of the Rich-Mar Rotary Club, where he had served as secretary/ treasurer for 1970 to 1972 and as president in 1974. He had served as Rotary District No. 7280 Governor in 1977 and was a Paul Harris Fellow many times over. He was co-chairman for Rotary's Polio Plus campaign for the district raising monies to help eradicate polio throughout the world. He served many years on the Butler County AAA Board and was president when Butler AAA merged with AAA of Western Pennsylvania. He then served as a representative on the AAA Board of Western Pennsylvania. Jack had served on the Pennsylvania State Board of the Easter Seals Foundation for two terms as well as the local board of Easter Seals. He received his 50 years of service award as a member of John E. Mair Lodge No. 729, F and AM in Mars in 2001 and is a member of the Naco Caravan No. 19, the Gourges Lodge of Perfection, Syria Shrine and the Royal Order of Jester's Pittsburgh Court No. 2. An avid golfer, Jack was a 74-year member of the Butler Country Club, where he had two holes-in-one. He also served on the board of directors of the West Penn Golf Association, as well as chairman of the caddy scholarship fund for the WPGA. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Joy Fletcher Nicklas, whom he married June 21, 1953; two daughters, Melinda N. Meighan and her husband, Jim, of Bradford Woods, and Melanie N. Hynden and her husband, Douglas, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and his two grandchildren, Kyle N. Hynden, of Cincinnati, and First Lt. Richard Hynden, USMC, of Corpus Christi, Texas. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown, 5825 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Please meet at the church. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Dan Muttart, the Rev. Dr. Richard Morledge and the Rev. Donn Ed. Burial will be in North Cemetery, Butler. Following the burial, a luncheon will be held at the Butler Country Club to celebrate Jack's life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693; or to Hosanna Industries, 109 Rinard Lane, Rochester, PA 15074. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Novak, Terry F. 67

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Terry F. Novak, 67, of North Versailles, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. He was the son of the late Edward and Margaret Novak; dear father of Terry M. and Michelle Novak; special grandfather of Savannah Krall and Michael Novak; brother of Patty (Eric) Schmeltz, Allan (Raquel) and Edward (Linda) Novak; dear friend of Penny and Frank Haenel; and is also survived by nieces, nephews and many friends. Terry served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was also a baseball coach for EAAA and was a Quarter Master for the Wall VFW Post 1768. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Prayers will be at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by Mass of Christian Burial in St. Jude the Apostle. Burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors.
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Novotny, Stefani 56

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-08-11
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Stefani Novotny, 56, of Turtle Creek, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer surrounded by family and friends. She was a daughter of the late Margaret (Stefanos) Novotny; mother of Vanessa Novotny, Travis O. Novotny and the late Mark Allison and Joseph Novotny; grandmother of Margaret and Isiah; sister of Kathy (Jay) Costello, Carol A. (Paul) Elmer, Sophie A. (Ron) Swyka and the late Robert (surviving spouse Suzy) Novotny; and also many nieces, nephews and friends. Stefani worked many years at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Holy Angels Lutheran Church, 201 Caldwell Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148. Arrangement by the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Memorial contributions may be directed to Holy Angels Church. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Riddle Jr., Louis J. 82

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1932-03-03
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Louis J. Riddle Jr., 82, of Tarentum, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Belair Nursing Home, Lower Burrell. He was born March 3, 1932, in Tarentum, to the late Louis J. and Virginia H. (Grimenstein) Riddle Sr. A life insurance agent for 30 years with United Insurance Company, Mr.Riddle was a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, a Gold Card life member of the Verona Eagles and a 30 year member of the former Belgium Club in Tarentum. He was a 1951 graduate of Tarentum High School. Louis enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid handyman. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth (Hollinger) Riddle; a son, Thomas Riddle, of Verona; daughter, Mary Beth and (Frank) Palko, of New Kensington, daughter, Ellen and (James) Kuhn, of Marco Island, Fla., and son, Joseph and (Linda) Riddle, of Lower Burrell. Also surviving are six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Riddle, in Ohio, sister, Mary Lou Cicolini, in Natrona Heights, brother, William Riddle, in Tarentum, and brother, Andrew Riddle, in Brackenridge. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Delores Francescon, in Florida. At the request of Mr. Riddle, all services and burial will be private. Arrangements are by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084, 724-224-1526. The family suggests contributions may be made to The Ladies of Charity, C/O Holy Martyrs Church, 344 W.9th Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Salancy, Carl L. 64

  • Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Carl Louis Salancy, 64, of Wilkinsburg, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Jay Blackford; son of the late Leroy and Anna (Marvenko) Salancy; beloved father figure of Valentyn (Marianna Foo) Olegiaovich Rukhaylo; and loving grandfather of Pausha and Emily. Per Carl's request, there will be no viewing or service. Arrangements entrusted to JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., Turtle Creek (412-823-1950). Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Slagle Sr., Gordon W. 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Gordon Wayne Slagle Sr., 87, of Monroeville, formerly of Greensburg, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Grace (Murphy) Slagle; loving father of Gordon W. Slagle II (Nancy), Shaun R. Slagle (Cindy), Eric D. Slagle (Lisa) and Colleen C. Apgar (Brian); and loving Pap Pap of Nicole, Andrew, Jordan, Allison, Shaun, Will and Jack. Gordon was an Army World War II veteran and was a retired switchman with the Bell Telephone Co. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100), where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, with Pastor Robert Schaefer officiating. Interment following in Cross Roads Cemetery. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Slobodnik, Robert S.

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2014-08-14
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Robert S. "Bob" Slobodnik, 75, of Deltona, Fla., formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. A memorial Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in St. Ladislaus Church in Natrona, with the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Local arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights.
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Smith, Elaine A. 74

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Elaine A. (Cahill) Smith, 74, of Turtle Creek, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Erma Dodson Cahill; mother of Mark Brucker, of Scranton, Deborah Smith, of Swissvale, and Bonnie Oviedo, of North Carolina; sister of Robert, Gordon and Leo Cahill, Mary Ellen Pusateri, Maureen Cahill, Marian Kaufman, Edith Maisano and Beverly Eskdale; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Elaine may have been Elvis' biggest fan and was the historian of the family through her photography. We love you and will truly miss you. There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at Allegheny Cemetery. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Thomas A. 68

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Ball, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Thomas Adam Smith, 68, of North Side, died peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, from lung cancer, in UPMC Shadyside. He was a 1964 graduate of Perry High School. He was the beloved son of Dorothy A. Smith and Adam Smith; beloved grandson of Paul and Alice Zickis and Charles and Justinea Behone, from Russia. He leaves behind three children, Missy M. McKenny, Monique Lycette and Samuel Smith; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He also had two girls and three boys as great-nieces and nephews. He was the brother of Andrea Pohl, Jeanette M. Singer and the late Robert T. Smith and his brother-in-law, Bud Singer. He had many friends from all over, especially Jan and Jane Comport and family, who we appreciate for everything they did for Tom in his time of need. Thank you very much. We will miss you more than you could have imagined. God have mercy on his soul. May he rest in peace. Eternity starts in a second. Cremated Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, a private Mass service being held by family. We would appreciate a Mass in memory of Thomas A. Smith.
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Sozanski, Claudette 83

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Claudette Sozanski, 83, of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 62 years of Robert Sozanski; loving mother of Mary Westerlund (Stu), Christine Patterson (Bob), Lauren Notz (Robert), the late Janice Sozanski and infant son, Robert; sister of Victor Mulvihill (Dottie) and the late Donald Mulvihill; sister-in-law of Julie Mulvihill; loving grandmother of Robert Beveridge, Emily and Molly Bernoski; also several nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Susanna Church.
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Stanko, Dennis E. 60

  • Creighton
  • Born: 1953-09-14
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Ajak, Creighton | Get Directions
  • Dennis E. Stanko, 60, of Creighton, formerly of Springdale and Monroeville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at home. He was born Sept. 14, 1953, in Natrona Heights, a son of Catherine G. (Vasicek) Stanko, of Creighton and the late Joseph L. Stanko. Dennis was a graduate of Deer Lakes High School, Class of 1971, and Clarion University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. He taught for one year in West Virginia and worked for Allen Gauge and Tool Co., Westinghouse Corp. and the Curtiss-Wright Electro Mechanical Corp. He worked in the electro-mechanical department before retiring. He attended St. Bernadette Church, Monroeville, and Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Creighton. Dennis was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 1914, American Slovak Protective Society, in Creighton, and the Krivan Club in Springdale. Dennis enjoyed playing baseball and softball. He played college baseball also and tried out for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also played softball for the Slovak Club and for other area teams. He liked hunting, fishing and boating. He was a huge Steelers fan. Survivors include his mother; a son, Michael R. Stanko, of Monroeville; two daughters, Elise (Owen) Foley, of South Park, and Gina (Tom) Dynoske, of West Mifflin; three grandchildren, Mac and Jocelyn Foley, and Cora Dynoske; his sister, Deborah A. (LeMoyne) Zacherl, of Oak Hill, Va.; two brothers, Donald J. (Paula) Stanko, of Lower Burrell, and Douglas M. (Marisa) Stanko, of Allison Park; five nieces and one nephew; and one great-niece and four great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Relatives and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the PAUL R. AJAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 921 Freeport Road, Creighton, where parting prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 787 Freeport Road, Creighton, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss as celebrant. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township.
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Stillwagon Jr., James E. 61

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1953-03-08
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • James E. Stillwagon Jr., 61, of West Deer Township, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Born March 8, 1953, in Quantico, Va., he was a son of the late James E. and Patricia (Plesco) Stillwagon Sr. He is survived by his wife, Lori (Comport) Stillwagon; son, James E. Stillwagon; daughter, Julie C. Stillwagon and siblings, Patricia (Mike) Mullaly, Susan (Don) Johnson, Mark (Shelley) Stillwagon, David (Colleen) Stillwagon and Charles (Bill) Stillwagon. James' family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will held be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at St. Victor Roman Catholic Church, 527 Bairdford Road in Bairdford. If desired, memorial donations may be made in his honor in support of the Genesis of Pittsburgh, 550 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202, 412-766-2693. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with James' family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Swankler, Marie

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Karish, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Marie Swankler, of Braddock Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the Late James W. Swankler Sr.; dear mother of James (Mary C.) Swankler Jr., Frank (Jan) Swankler, Debbie (Chuck) Lubay, Doug Swankler and Karen (Fred) Malerbo; also 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Family and friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the ROBERT P. KARISH FUNERAL HOME, 1300 Fourth St., Braddock Hills (412-271-3430). Parastas service at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Funeral Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Braddock.
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Tomasic Jr., Nicholas G. 65

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Nicholas G. Tomasic Jr., 65, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. He was a dear son of Helen (Haggerty) Tomasic, of North Braddock, and the late Nicholas "Mike" Tomasic Sr.; beloved husband of the late Joanne (Labik) Tomasic for 39 years; loving father of Joanne (Dana) Buffo, of Pleasant Hills, and Daniel (Valerie) Tomasic, of West Mifflin; loving pappy of Jonathan and Peter Tomasic and Ella Buffo; beloved brother and friend of James (Jerri) Tomasic and Debra (Joseph) Balcik, all of Monroeville; beloved uncle of Tracy Sharpley, Jennifer Tomasic, Christopher and Sarah Balcik; and nephew of Mary (late Ozzie) Kerlin and George (late June) Tomasic. Nick was an avid traveler and thoroughly enjoyed trains, whether driving or riding them or collecting models of various kinds of trains. Friends welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Resurrection Church, West Mifflin. Burial will be in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579 or http://www.rrmuseumpa.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Wegener, Eileen C. 79

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Eileen C. (Lotz) Wegener, 79, of McCandless Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 55 years of Ralph M. Wegener; loving mother of R. Michael Wegener Jr. (Doley), Susan Miller (Matt) and Patricia Wegener; and dear grandmother of Matthew and Julia Miller and Chelsey and Courtney Wegener. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Sebastian Church, 311 Siebert Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow at Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Sebastian School.
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Young, Catherine L. 80

  • Oakmont
  • Born: 1934-04-11
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Catherine L. Young, 80, of Oakmont, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at Canterbury Place, Lawrenceville. Born April 11, 1934, in Kittanning, she was the daughter of the late Clifford R. and Alice M. (Swiger) Bowser. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald B. Young Sr.; loving mother of Timothy J. Young, of Verona, Donald B. "Butch" Young Jr., of Arnold, and Cheryl Ann McCorkle, of Arnold; and grandmother of six and great-grandmother of six. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Wilson officiating. Interment will follow next to her husband in the Verona Cemetery, Oakmont. Visit us online at http://www.burket-truby.com.
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Zipf, George W. 66

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • George W. Zipf, 66, of Millvale, died suddenly Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. He was a son of the late Donald Eugene and Francis Zipf; the beloved husband of 37 years to Janet C. "Greygor" Zipf; loving father of Damian, Nikkia and Jesse Zipf; brother of Cindy Rhoades, Judy Zipf and the late Donald Zipf; and also survived by many in-laws, neices, nephews and his dog, Jayda. George was known for his knowledge and ability to fix anything. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave., Millvale (Next to Holy Spirit Parish). Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Spirit Church.
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Bero, Anna K. 95

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1919-07-31
  • Died: 2014-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Anna K. Humphrey Bero, 95, of Hunker, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Sept. 1, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Lois, and son-in-law, Charles Springer, while being comforted by her loving family. She was born July 31, 1919, in Williams, a daughter of the late George Lee and Mattie Browning Hartman. Anna was Protestant by faith and was known for her skill in planning and creating beautiful quilts. She made many for her family and friends and in her later years she began making quilts with love for the children at Children's Hospital. She was an avid sports enthusiast, enjoying any and all sports but especially loved cheering on the Pittsburgh Pirates. She loved baking and cooking for her family and many friends. She enjoyed everything about the outdoors and especially loved the variety of fruits and the assortment of berries from the wild. Anna's memories will forever live in the hearts of those she loved, especially her family: her sons, Robert L. Humphrey and wife, Judith, of Greensburg, Calvin K. Humphrey Jr. and wife, Pauline, of Whitney, and David E. Humphrey and wife, Nancy, of Greensburg; her daughter, Lois A. Springer and husband, Charles, of Hunker, with whom she resided; her 12 grandchildren, Jeff, Craig, Luke, Garry Jr., Lisa, Calvin, Robin, Annette, Eric, Jay, Cory and Shawna; her 19 great-grandchildren; and her pet Cocker Spaniel companion, Abby. In addition to her parents, Anna will once again be reunited with her two sons, Gary Humphrey (1990) and Thomas Humphrey (2006); her first husband, Calvin Humphrey Sr. (1954); her second husband, George J. Bero (2007); her great-granddaughter, Annen Jay Springer (March 17, 2014); and her three siblings, Charles and William Hartman and Elsie Berzinski. Anna's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where her funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Bonnie King, of the New Stanton United Methodist Church, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Westmoreland Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Anna in a special way may direct memorials to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 45th Street and Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Anna's family will be forever grateful to Heartland Hospice, especially Suzie, Susan and Brenda, for their professionalism and love they gave to Anna during her journey. To view on line obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, order flowers or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Borish, Stanley W.

  • Greensburg , Formerly of West Deer
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Stanley W. "Bill" Borish, of Greensburg, formerly of West Deer, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. He was the husband of Silvana Borish; loving father of Bonnie (Kenneth) Stapchuck; grandfather of Kira and Ivan Stapchuck; and brother of Josephine Raynovich and the late John, Joseph, and Mary Jane Peluchette. Services are private. Professional services are trusted to the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023.
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Brasco, Angeline T. 97

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1917-05-06
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Angeline T. Brasco, 97, of Jeannette, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. She was born May 6, 1917, in Beyer, a daughter of the late Anthony and Terzina Marsico. Angie was an active member of the Ascension Church Jeannette and its Rosary Altar Society. She participated in the churches spaghetti dinners and Italian Festivals. You could always find her in the kitchen stirring the sauce. Angie also loved to crochet for herself and others. She loved making blankets for the nuns and the shut ins. Angie was adored by all and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends who loved her. In addition to her parents, Angie was predeceased by her husband, Domenick, in 1986; and many siblings. She is survived by her children, Frances Feher and husband, Charles, of Belle Vernon, Janet Shaffer and husband, Bill, of Cranberry Township, and Richard Brasco and wife, Barbara, of North Augusta, S.C.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Theresa Marsico, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. The Ascension Rosary Altar Society will pray the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Ascension Church with Father Paul A. Lisik, as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Connelley, Robert 91

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1922-09-04
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Robert "Bob" Connelley, 91, of Murrysville, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at the Golden Living Center, Murrysville. He was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late James and Arta (Myers) Connelley. Prior to retirement, he worked for Westinghouse as a draftsman. He was also a veteran of World War II, serving with the Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Urban) Connelley; and a grandson, Quinter James Connelley. Bob is survived by his son, James U. Connelley; a grandson, Ian R. Connelley; ex-daughter-in-law and friend, Lori Quinter Connelley and his dear friend, Terry Konkus. Bob was an amazing grandfather and a loyal friend to all. His grandson was his pride and joy and he will be sadly missed. Visitation was private. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, with the Rev. Marnie Silbert, officiating, and military honors following the service. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Davey, Dorothy J. 94

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-11-28
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. Davey, 94, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. She was born Nov. 28, 1919, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Fred and Emma Onosko Eckenrod. Prior to her retirement, she worked for the former W.T. Grant Company. Dorothy enjoyed playing bingo at #7 Hose House. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William A. Davey Sr.; a son, Robert E. Davey; a brother, Fred Eckenrod Jr.; and a sister, Helen Cribbs. She is survived by a son, William A. Davey Jr., of Greensburg; a daughter, Sally A. (Robert) Davis, of Shalimar, Fla.; three grandchildren; and nine-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Dugger, Bob J. 88

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1926-01-01
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Bob J. Dugger, 88, of Scottdale, Upper Tyrone Township, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, Aug. 31, 2014, in Oak Hill Nursing Home, Greensburg. Bob's Family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Additional Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Scottdale Church of Christ, Chestnut St and Loucks Ave., where his funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., with his Pastor, Bob Chambers, Minister, officiating. Full military honors will be accorded at 7:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home by the Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Gamble, Robert L. 86

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1928-07-23
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Robert L. Gamble, 86, of New Florence, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at home. He was born July 23, 1928, in Bolivar, a son of late Lafayette and Mildred (Hall) Gamble. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Allen Gamble; and sister, Doris (Gamble) Fisher. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy (Dick) Gamble; children, Cindra Shearman and husband, John, of New Florence, Robert A. Gamble and wife, Kathleen, of New Florence; Lu Ann Hosek, of Aldie, Va., Lindon D. Gamble and wife, Mary, of New Florence, and Vernon Gamble and wife, Phyllis, of Winchester, Va.; grandchildren, Eric Gamble, Valerie Strohm, Lindon C. Gamble, Timothy Hosek, Nicole Englert, Stephen Gamble, Josh Shearman and Alicia Shearman; great-grandchildren; and brother, J. Conrad Gamble, of Bolivar. He was the co-owner of Gamble and Gamble Construction Co., a former employee of EADS Engineering, a member of the Acacia Lodge No. 355 F and AM, 32nd degree Mason, Coudersport Consistory, as well as a member at Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he was a past trustee. He enjoyed train watching and loved dachshunds, especially his dog, Candy. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 117 Chestnut St., New Florence. Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box D, New Florence. Online condolences may be left at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Harrold, Richard A. 82

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1931-11-25
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Harrold, 82, of Hempfield Township, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at home. He was born Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1931, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John A. and Mildred (Lowe) Harrold. He retired from Robertshaw Controls, of New Stanton. He was a member of St. Matthias Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greensburg and the Robertshaw Retirees. Surviving is his wife, Patricia (Burkett) Harrold; and nine children Lizabeth A., Richard M., Grace P., Adam F., Mark G., Matthew B., Luke R., Benjamin L. and Rachel A.; four grandsons, Adam B., Samuel R., Shawn P. and Andrew M.; a sister, Mildred Giles; cousin, Ruth Jean Chalfant, of Pittsburgh; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, John W.; and a brother, John O. There will be a memorial service 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at St. Matthias Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Excela Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 200, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Oplinger, Vicky L. 52

  • Madison
  • Born: 1961-12-27
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Vicky Lynn (Martin) Oplinger, 52, of Madison, formerly of Kiski Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. Born Dec. 27, 1961, in Natrona Heights, she was the daughter of James E. (Barbara) Martin, of Kiski Township, and Barbara L. (Kowalczyk) (Dan) Hilty, of Kiski Township. Vicky lived in Madison for the last 30 years, and was a 1980 graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School. She worked as an appointment secretary at the Olan Mills in Greensburg for a time after school. Vicky loved watching soaps, especially General Hospital, and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Stanley C. and Gertrude Kowalczyk; paternal grandparents, Charles B. and Mary D. Martin; and father-in-law, Lester E. Oplinger. In addition to her parents and stepparents, Vicky is survived by her husband of 30 years, Rick E. Oplinger, of Madison; son, Joshua D. Oplinger, of Madison; mother-in-law, Jane E. Oplinger, of Arona; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Services have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Apollo. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Orr, Joseph D. 69

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Joseph D. Orr, 69, of New Kensington, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 28 years to Debbie Orr; loving father of Joseph D. (Richelle) Orr Jr. and the late Chad A. Orr; and his caring uncle, William (Gerry) Bartlett. Joseph was the son of the late Clair and Ella Mae Orr. Services private. Professional services trusted to the care of THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Overly, Gertrude E. 89

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1925-05-31
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Gertrude Ethel (Uber) Overly, 89, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at home. She was born May 31, 1925, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Raymond and Anna Pauline (Walker) Uber. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Edward N. Overly Sr.; two granddaughters; two grandsons; one great-great-granddaughter; son-in-law, Stanley Kruel; two sisters; and three brothers. Gertrude was a member of the Monroeville Church of the Brethren and was a loving wife, mother and housekeeper. She is survived by her children, Jerilynn (Lawrence) Zielinski, Cheryl Kruel, Kathy (James) Carnathan, Arlene Overly, Marianne (Daniel) Blazowich, Edward (Debi) Overly Jr. and Timothy (Cindy) Overly; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; and her beloved dog, Lucky. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1ST. St., Jeannette, with Pastor Tim Schultz. Interment will follow in Mt. Joy Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Pulcini, David A. 57

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1957-05-04
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • David A. Pulcini, 57, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in his home. He was born May 4, 1957, in New Kensington Citizens General Hospital to the late Raymond Pulcini, who passed June 4, 2011, and Sophie (Olszewski) Pulcini, who passed June 4, 2013. In addition, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Monica Pulcini, Precious Baby, Kaitlyn Marie Pulcini; father-in-law, Frank Adams; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Adams. He was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. David worked as a maintenance mechanic at Pennex Products Pharmaceutical for 18 years and Scott Electric for 13 years as an order filler and truck driver. David enjoyed Pirates baseball, fishing, family time, yard work and vehicle maintenance. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Debra (Adams) Pulcini, of New Kensington; two daughters, Nicole Marie Pulcini and Rebecca Sue Pulcini, of New Kensington; sister, Barbara Ann (Fred) Snyder, of Penn Hills; nephew, Shawn (Jennifer) Snyder; brother, Raymond Pulcini, of Florida; four nephews, Ronald, Christopher, Johnathan and Timothy; a niece, Amber; several great-nieces and nephews; brother, Robert (Robin) Pulcini, of New Kensington; two nephews, Nicholas and Zachary; a niece, Olivia; mother-in-law, JoAnn Adams, of New Kensington; sister-in-law, Tina (Tom) Yaworski; niece, Danielle, of New Kensington; and brother-in-law, Michael Adams, nephew, Michael, and a great-niece. Friends will be received from 7 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 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Sherer, Robert E. 91

  • Formerly of Derry
  • Born: 1923-01-29
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Sherer, 91, formerly of Derry, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Excela Latrobe Hospital. He was born Jan. 29, 1923, in Baggley, a son of the late Charles and Sarah Daugherty Sherer. He was a member of the Alpha Lions Den Church in Derry, an Army veteran and had retired from Latrobe Steel. Bob liked hunting, gardening, puzzlebooks, Bingo, the Pirates and the Steelers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rakay Cramer. Bob is survived by his wife, Cheryl L. Walsh Martin Sherer; two daughters, Tonja Cramer (Jim), of Derry, and Michelle Ansell (David), of Lycippus; two sons, Marshall "Robert" Sherer, of Baltimore, Md., and Shane Edward Sherer (Crystal), of Latrobe; two sisters, Betty Harr, of Youngstown, and Suzie, of Bradenville; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. 3rd Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday with his Pastor, Ronald Kosor, officiating. Interment will be made in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Smith, Gail E. 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-05-30
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Gail E. Smith, 74, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Excela Health Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 3, 1940, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Anthony and Elizabeth (DeGlau) Gennaro. Prior to her retirement, she had been a bookkeeper for Schaller's Bakery in Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert F. Smith Jr. She is survived by a daughter, Tammy Smith; a daughter-in-law, Yvonne Aliaga-Smith, both of Greensburg; three grandchildren who meant the world to her, Nicholas Smith, Cierah Isenberg and Bella Moser; and several aunts uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St. Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. David Clement officiating. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Solomon, Elsie M. 103

  • Scottdale
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Elsie M. Solomon, 103, of Scottdale, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at her residence. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday with Pastors Lee Kline and Wendell Grimm officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Alverton Cemetery. Additional obituary information will be published on Thursday. Love Lasts Forever!
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Waugaman, Eleanor M. 95

  • Irwin
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Eleanor M. Waugaman, 95, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at St. Paul Homes, Greenville. She was a daughter of the late Frank and Bertha Berlin Waugaman; and loving sister of Flora Waugaman; also survived by nephews, Richard Owens (Karla), Rodney Croyle (Becky), Gregory Croyle (Debbie) and Shawn Croyle; and niece, Judy Stoves (Dave). Eleanor was a 1937 graduate of Norwin High School. She was a lifelong resident of Irwin and member of First United Church of Christ in Irwin. She was predeceased by a sister, Sarah Owens; and a brother, Franklin Waugaman. There will be no viewing. Private interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. To send condolences, visit our webpage at http://www.williamsnyderfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Doms, Dorothy M. 94

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1920-05-27
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. Doms, 94, of Ford City, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at her residence. Born May 27, 1920, in Charleroi, she was a daughter of Stephen and Caroline Body Hegar and was a lifelong community member. She was formerly employed at St. Mary's School Cafeteria, LaModa Shop and LefKovsky's Clotherie. She attended Christ Prince of Peace Parish, Ford City, and was a member of LCBA, enjoyed bowling, playing cards and spending time with her family. She was the wife of the late Richard W. "Red" Doms, who died Feb. 12, 1998; mother of Carol Janovsky, of Canton, Mich., and Margie Doms, of Kittanning; grandmother of three, Charles and Renee Janovsky, Chris Janovsky and Mark McRae, and Michael and Lynnette Janovsky; and four great-grandchildren, Joshua, Tierney, Nicole and Charlie Janovsky. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Cecelia Nimerosky and Mildred Lorence. Visitation will be held 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Christ Prince of Peace Parish, with Father Bryan Summers officiating. Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery. Family requests donations be made to Three Rivers Hospice, 1195 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137.
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Kemp, Lois L. 78

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1936-06-15
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Lois L. Kemp, 78, of Kittanning, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Altmeyer's Country Rest Home after losing her battle with pancreatic cancer. Lois was born June 15, 1936, in Fenelton, to the late Carl H. and Mary (Cannon) Kemp. She graduated from Worthington West Franklin High School in 1955, then retired from the telephone company in Kittanning after 37 years of service. A very devout Catholic, Lois was a member of St. Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Kittanning. She enjoyed traveling, dancing and spending time with her family. She is survived by her sisters, Ruth (Bill) Eyth, of Fenelton, Kathleen (Al) Davis, of Prospect; and sister-in-law, Beverly Kemp, of Worthington; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Carl John Kemp and Donald Robert Kemp; two sisters, Betty Jean Murray and Margaret "Peggy" Fauset and her fiance, Byron "Barney" Lowmaster. At Lois's request, there will be no public viewing and she will be buried in St. Johns Catholic Cemetery, Coylesville. A public memorial Mass will be announced. F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME in Worthington is honored to be handling arrangements. For more information, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Rearick, Edgar D. 87

  • North Apollo
  • Born: 1927-07-02
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Edgar Dean Rearick, 87, of North Apollo, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights. He was born July 2, 1927, in Apollo, the son of the late W.W. and Lorraine M. Porter Rearick. Before his retirement, he was self-employed in a family owned and operated building supply and equipment business. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Apollo. Edgar was an Army veteran, having served during the occupation of Japan. He enjoyed gardening and will always be remembered as a very hard worker. He is survived by his wife of more than 66 years, Imogene L. Miller Rearick; four daughters, Lucinda Crawford and her husband, Ralph, of North Apollo, Mary Louise Bopp and her husband, Craig, of Albuquerque, N.M., Judy Columbus and her husband, Paul, of Sunset, N.C., and Donna Blumer and her husband, David, of Wexford; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer (Paul) Mitchell; a great-granddaughter, Candice Bopp; and two sisters, Martha Biers and Helen Osheskie. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. An additional hour of visitation will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at the First Lutheran Church in Apollo. Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Richard Grance officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Seibel, Eugene F. 62

  • Leechburg , Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Eugene F. Seibel, 62, of Leechburg, formerly of Penn Hills, died suddenly Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. He was the loving father of Jennifer (Sam) Folino, of Monroeville, Chris (Christa) Seibel, of Norfolk, Va., and Chad (Kacie) Seibel, of Leechburg; adored son of Bernadette and the late Eugene Seibel; grandfather of Joseph, Alyssa, Ethan, Chad Jr. and Tyler; and brother of Debbie Smith, Cheryl Seibel and the late David Seibel. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, (412-856-4747). Interment will be private. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association - Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Beaver County

Heinle Jr., Edward W. 82

  • Beaver
  • Born: 1932-04-04
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Noll, Beaver | Get Directions
  • Edward William Heinle Jr., 82, of Beaver, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born April 4, 1932, in Natrona Heights, to Edward W. Heinle, DDS, and Mary Purvis Heinle. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh summa cum laude and attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, graduating in 1958. During his internship year, he married Marie Cicone on Jan. 31, 1959. After his first year of residency, he served a tour of duty in Germany for the Army Medical Corps in 1961 and 1962. Returning to the University of Pittsburgh, he completed a residency in internal medicine and served as chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in hematology in 1965. Edward was an active member of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Beaver and served on the parish council. Although he was offered an academic career in medicine, he desired to serve in a community hospital, and he left Pittsburgh to join Dr. Thomas McCreary III. They were part of a small group of physicians and community leaders who encouraged the communities of Beaver County to pool resources and combine several smaller community hospitals to form The Medical Center. Together, they established Medical Oncology Clinics at both the Aliquippa Hospital and Heritage Valley Beaver, known then as the Medical Center of Beaver County. He was instrumental in bringing the Home Health Nursing Associations from Aliquippa, Beaver Valley and Sewickley to organize and establish a Hospice program for which he also served as the medical director. He was also founding director of the Beaver County Red Cross Blood Program. He served his colleagues as president of the Medical Center and chairman of the Department of Medicine. He also served as president of the Beaver County Heart Association and the Beaver County Medical Society. He was recognized by the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine as their laureate for 2001. His patients sought not only his medical expertise, but the caring manner in which it was applied. He felt it his duty not only to apply state of the art medical care, but equally important, to do his part to ease the burden of another human being. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn, who died in childhood, another sister, Alice Paz; and a brother, Robert A. Heinle, M.D. In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by his brother, Norbert P. Heinle, DMD; two daughters, Patricia Hoover, Esq., of Beaver, and Anne and Jeff Ingros, of Beaver; and four sons, Dr. Edward W. and Patricia Heinle, of Danville, Dr. Michael S. and Dawn Heinle, of Cranberry, Glenn H. and Debbie Heinle, of Silver Springs, Md., and Drs. Robert A. and Rachel Heinle, of Wilmington, Del.; and 25 grandchildren. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the NOLL FUNERAL HOME INC., 333 Third St., Beaver. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul by his pastor, Father Robert Miller. Interment will follow at the Beaver Cemetery.
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Butler County

Ashworth, Robert H. 84

  • Cabot , Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Born: 1929-09-14
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Robert H. Ashworth, 84, of Cabot, formerly of Penn Hills, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Hospice located in the Concordia retirement community. Born Sept. 14, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Bob was the son of the late Harry and Grace Ashworth; husband of Betty; and brother of Don (Joan) Ashworth, of Carpinteria, Calif., and Jack (Karen) Ashworth, of Norfolk, Va. Bob grew up in Penn Hills, was the father of Scott (Linda) Ashworth, of Gibsonia, and Julie Ashworth, of Dallas, Texas. He had three wonderful granddaughters, Kendall, Austen, and Kelly. Bob graduated from California State Teacher's College and Carnegie Institute of Technology. He taught industrial design, worked in consulting design firms and managed the industrial design section at the US Steel research laboratory. Bob met his wife, Betty Griest, at California STC, and they were married for 62 years. Bob and Betty, born-again Christians, were members of Allegheny Center Alliance Church, where Bob served as elder before relocating to Concordia. He served in the Army Engineers Corps and Medic Corps during the Korean Conflict. There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, with a celebration following at 5 p.m. at Concordia Haven 1 in Cabot. FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., Saxonburg, was entrusted with arrangements. Please don't send flowers, but if you are so inclined, we would appreciate your support for the Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023. For all who have been offering prayers for Bob, thank you very, very, much. Praise the Lord, Bob is home with his Lord. http://www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Smithco, Frederick 94

  • Formerly of Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Healy-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Frederick "Fred" Smithco, 94, of Wexford Healthcare Center, formerly of Cranberry Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. He was the beloved father of the late Lois J. Geis. He is survived by a son-in-law, Richard Mitesser; a granddaughter, Jacqueline Geis (Frank); and two great-grandsons, Cameron and Kolby Yourison. Fred was a proud veteran of the Merchant Marine, having served in World War II. He was a retiree of the chamber of commerce and was a lifetime member of the BPOE Elks Lodge No. 2249 of Cranberry Township. In his free time, Fred enjoyed spending time with friends, golfing, playing bingo and watching the Pirates, Steelers and the Price is Right on television. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the HEALY-HAHN FUNERAL HOME INC., 512 Grant Ave., Millvale, 412-821-2940, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The family would like to thank all the caring patient staff from Wexford Healthcare Center.
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Fayette County

Prestia, Lucetta 85

  • Perryopolis
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: __, __ | Get Directions
  • Lucetta Erney Prestia, 85, of Perryopolis, passed away peacefully of natural causes Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Lucetta, affectionately known as Cettie, was the beloved wife of the late Ross Prestia and loving mother of Maralyn, Ross (deceased) and Jon; and dear mother-in-law of Christine and Richard. She was the cherished "Nana" of four grandchildren, Kate, Matthew, Lauren and Amanda; as well as three beautiful great-granddaughters, Zoe, Aubrie and Gracie. Cettie was the precious sister of Robert (deceased), Dewey and Jon Erney; and the sister-in-law, aunt and great-aunt to many in both the Prestia and Erney families. Cettie loved listening to the world's great opera singers, playing cards with her friends and watching figure skating, but more than anything she treasured time with her loved ones. Spending a lifetime of devotion to her family, whom she loved deeply, Lucetta will be remembered by her sweetness, her rich soprano singing voice, a gracious ease and generosity when entertaining her friends and family and a cheerful laughter that came straight from her heart. Cettie had an uncanny ability to turn a "house" into a warm, welcoming and loving "home." She cared deeply for others and will always endearingly live in the hearts of those who loved her. She will be missed, but never forgotten. Even in death, Lucetta still continues to contribute to the welfare of others by donating her body to the Humanity Gifts Registry. A memorial service to honor Lucetta will be held at a later date and will be announced by the family. For those who are so inclined, donations in her memory can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. http://www.lls.org/waystohelp/donate/donateonline.
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Semzock, Benedict R. 96

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1917-10-10
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Benedict Regis "Ben" Semzock, 96, of Connellsville, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 10, 1917, at his family's home in the Trotter section of Dunbar Township. Ben was the 11th child (fifth son) of the late Valent and Theresa (Hovanec) Semzock. He was the last surviving member of their 12 children. His brothers and sisters who preceded him in death were Steve Semzock, Joe Semzock, Bill Semzock, Eddie Semzock, John Semzock, Annie Mullen, Veronica Mullen, Agnes Hazuda, Caroline Zulkowsky, Mary Szczygiel and Margaret Gall. He also had a brother, Francis Semzock, who died at birth. Ben retired from the CSX Railroad Corp. in 1984 after 37 years working in the accounting department in Pittsburgh and then as an assistant to the Yardmaster in Connellsville. He attended Waynesburg College on the GI Bill. He served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II. He was among the replacement troops sent to Normandy five days after the D-Day Invasion. He survived the Battle of the Bulge and was among the first troops to enter Germany in March 1945 after fighting in the Battle of Remegan. He and his younger brother, John, were serving in the National Guard and were on a training mission in Danville, Va., when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. Their National Guard unit was immediately federalized and they were sent to Fort Indiantown Gap Military Base. It would be three months before they could get a pass and come home to visit their parents. Ben married Anna Mae Bowlin, from Confluence, on Feb. 14, 1947. Anna Mae died Sept. 26, 1966, from complications of asthma. They had five children; four that survive their father: Joyce Albert, of Uniontown, died in 2003 from lymphoma. The surviving children are Barbara Foley, of Nashua, N.H., Marsha Forrest, of Nashua, N.H., Jacqueline Conn, of Seattle, Wash., and Kevin Semzock, of Connellsville. There are six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ben was a lifelong communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. He attended elementary school at the parish school. Ben was a member of the Knights of Columbus from the age of 18, and had achieved the rank of third degree Knight. Friends will be received from 3 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where prayers of transfer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church in Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park.
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Shiery, William K. 78

  • Everson
  • Born: 1935-12-05
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William K. Shiery, 78, of Everson, Upper Tyrone Township, passed away early Saturday morning, Aug. 30, 2014, in Redstone Highlands SNF, Greensburg. Bill's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where his funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Neil Stevens, pastor of New Hope Alliance Church, Scottdale, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Scottdale Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the gravesite by the Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Smith, James 89

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1925-05-09
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Smith "Smitty" James, 89, of Connellsville, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at home, comforted by his family. He was born May 9, 1925, in Connellsville, a son of the late Smith and Betty (Craft) James. He was Protestant by faith. Smith was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Marine Corps. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as an engineer for the B and O Railroad. He was a member of the VFW Post 21 and the Polish Club. He is survived by his children, Joni Piccioni, of Connellsville, and Gary James and wife, Bobette, of Acme; grandchildren, Mike Piccioni and wife, Amanda, Justin James and girlfriend, Yvonne Rush, all of Connellsville, and Jared James and wife, Gina, of Acme; great-grandchildren, Jaden Daniel Golden, Braden Michael Piccioni and Sunny Rose James; brother, Neil James and wife, Barb, of Mentor, Ohio; sister-in-law, Mary Conaway; brother-in-law, Lyle Reagan; special nieces and nephews; and his pet dog, Buddy, and bird, Smokey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty James (2001); and a son, Ronnie James (1972). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park.
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Indiana County

Sparks, Donna J. 66

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1947-09-13
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Donna Janine (Huff) Sparks, 66, of Saltsburg, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in William Penn Care Center, Jeannette. She was born Sept. 13, 1947, in Altoona, a daughter of the late Donald L. and Betty J. (Mackey) Huff. Donna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was very involved in her community, having been a member of the Slickville Ladies Auxiliary, Slickville Ambulance Service and Slickville Athletic Association. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Earl and Mary Sparks; and brother-in-law, William Ritchey. Donna will be dearly missed by her loving family. She is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years, Eugene Earl Sparks; daughter, Christine Shipley, of Youngwood; son, Jered Sparks, of Vandergrift; brothers, Gary (Judy) Huff and James Huff; sisters, Bonnie (Ken) Keagy and Carol Ritchey; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was the proud grandmother of Brystol, Ryan, Alyssa, Jeremy, Ashley, Dylan, Dustin and Kayla; and proud great-grandmother of six great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Donna will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Dan Lawrence of the Murrysville Alliance Church, officiating. Private interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Washington County

Grandy, Roger L. 89

  • Speers
  • Born: 1925-02-23
  • Died: 2014-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Roger L. Grandy, 89, of Speers, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in the Hallsworth House, Monessen. A son of the late George and Josephine Barbouse Grandy, he was born in Dunlevy on Feb. 23, 1925. He was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church of Charleroi, the Charleroi American Legion, Post 22, where he had served as commander and secretary, the Charleroi Lions Club and the Charleroi Elks. Roger was a devoted member and past president of both the state and national ARC. He was also a board member of the Washington County MHMR board. He tirelessly committed himself to improving the quality of life of those with disabilities. He served on the council of Speers Borough for over 30 years and as the council president until his recent illness. He had been the owner and operator of the former B and G Distributing in Dunlevy and was a manager of government contracts for Westinghouse Electric, retiring in 1992. An avid golfer, Roger enjoyed traveling and many winters in Ft. Myers, Fla. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Fay Pezzoni Grandy; one son, Chris Grandy, at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and David Berquist of Monroeville, Betsy and Ed Herbert of Grand Prairie, Texas and Kathy and Bill Mocilan of Peters Township; two grandchildren, Derek Mocilan of Pittsburgh and his fiancee, Emily Buhman, and Michael Mocilan of Peters Township; and one cousin, George Grandy of Greensburg. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. Funeral services will be in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friday with the Pastor Allen Riethmiller officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to ARC Mon Valley, P.O. Box 694, Belle Vernon, PA 15012.
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Hare, Damon L. 56

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1957-10-21
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Damon L. Hare, 56, of Monongahela, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at home. He was born Oct. 21, 1957, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Ralph Hare and Sylvia (Lynn) Hare. He was a security guard for Jefferson Hospital, Jefferson Hills. He was a Navy veteran, serving in their submarine division. Survivors include his sisters, Patricia M. (Gene) Opfer, of Elizabeth, and Denise (Robert) Moody, of Austin, Texas; former wife, Mary Hare, of Williamstown, N.J.; dear friend, Sara (Beara) Reid, of Uniontown; aunts, uncles and nieces; and beloved pet rabbit, Raven Skye "Time Traveling Pants" Hare. Memorial gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344, where a memorial service will follow at 4 p.m., with Pastor Harold Dangel officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Gardner, Leonard J. 70

  • Waukesha, Wis. , Formerly of Monongahela
  • Born: 1944-05-14
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home, Watertown, Wis. | Get Directions
  • Leonard J. Gardner, 70, of Waukesha, Wis., formerly of Monongahela, went to be with his savior on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital of Brookfield, Wis. He was born on May 14, 1944, in Johnstown, Pa., the son of James and Luella (Custer) Gardner. Leonard worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 41 years and retired in 2004. Leonard was an avid metal detector and enjoyed searching for buried treasures, loved collecting coins, hunting grey and Grinny squirrels and fishing. He had a life-long commitment to Christ and served as a trustee and deacon at First Baptist of Monongahela and treasurer at Onley Methodist Church (Virginia). Most recently, he was an active member of Brookside Baptist of Brookfield, Wis. He was a devoted husband and father and loved spending time with his family. He is survived by wife, Nancy of Waukesha, Wis.; children, Jody (Robert) Leonard of Pewaukee, Wis. and William Gardner of Waukesha, Wis.; siblings, Sharon Gardner, Carolyn Gardner and Gary Gardner all of Monongahela; niece, Yvonne (Brady) Shimer of Lincoln, Del. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials to First Baptist Church of Monongahela, in Leonard's honor would be appreciated. A memorial service will be held at a later date at First Baptist Church of Monongahela. Interment will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery of Somerset. PEDERSON-NOWATKA FUNERAL HOME of Watertown, Wis. is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, please visit http://www.pn-fh.com.
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Lee Jr., John Jack A.

  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Moon | Get Directions
  • John A. "Jack" Lee Jr. died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Lee is survived by his wife, Marsha Kelly-Lee; his children, Nicole Lee and Danielle Lee, and the mother of these children, April McGarvey; his stepchildren, Shana Seifert, Heather Artura, Kathryn Kelly-Richmond and Cortney Kelly-Sonkin; and his siblings, Dr. Jean Wahl, Charles Lee and Richard Lee. He was predeceased by a son, Joshua Lee. More important than Jack Lee's death is how he lived. He grew up on the English/Lee Farm in Wexford. After graduating from Westminster College, he began his career in business, eventually creating Strategist Inc., an innovative way for companies to speak and listen to their employees. Jack thrived on knowledge, process and understanding. Through example, he showed his children that anything was possible. He promoted self-learning and betterment of not only the mind but the spirit. He was the husband, the father, the friend that said, "You can do it," "It is what it is," and would always ask, "Do you have your running shoes on?" Those of us who love him wish that every person could feel that type of love and support, the power of it was immense and will remain long after his death. Jack graduated from Perry Hall High School. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a member of Leadership Pittsburgh. Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at COPELAND'S FUNERAL HOME, 981 Brodhead Road, Moon Township, PA 15108, http://www.copelandfuneralhomes.com, where celebration of life service will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Make A Wish Foundation, greaterpawv.wish.org or to the charity of your choice.
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Patchin, Lynn M. 82

  • Williamsport
  • Born: 1931-10-30
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Lynn McGregor Patchin, 82, of Williamsport, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at the Williamsport Home in Williamsport. He was the youngest of two sons born Oct. 30, 1931, in McGrann, to the late William Lynn and Bernice Patchin. Lynn graduated from Ford City High School in 1951, and then from the Pennsylvania State University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health education. After he graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, he served our country in the Marine Corps. He married Rosemary (Butko), also of Ford City, in 1956. They resided in Ford City, until they relocated to Williamsport in 1972. After Lynn moved to the Williamsport area, he became the program/athletic director of the Williamsport YMCA, where he held that position for 28 years. He then left the YMCA program to become the vocational director of the LA-SA Quik Program in Williamsport, a position he held for the next 15 years until he retired in 1995. Lynn was a member of the St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in Williamsport. Lynn was predeceased by his daughter, Christy Lynn Patchin-Spunt, of Upper Saddle River, N.J. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, of Williamsport; two children, Paula Skolnick, of West Orange, N.J., and Christian Patchin, of Williamsport. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Sarah Beth Spunt, of New York, N.Y., Aubrey Skolnick, of Philadelphia, and Aaron Patchin, of Williamsport. Lynn was an avid fisherman, gardener and woodworker. After his retirement, he spent most of his time enjoying his three grandchildren. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish with Father Douglas Dorula. Burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Redman, Joanne M.

  • St. Petersburg, Fla. , Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Joanne M. (Murray) Redman, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Ross Township, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. She was the wife of the late Richard R. Redman; loving mother of Joseph P. Redman and the late LuAnn Kranack; grandmother of Jennifer (Nick) Lawery, Richard, Ronald and Robert Redman; and great-grandmother of Hunter and Kayla Lawery. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Robinson, Nellie M. 91

  • Jonesboro, Ga.
  • Born: 1923-04-26
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Nellie Mae Davison Robinson, 91, of Jonesboro, Ga., departed this life peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in the Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Ga. She was a former resident of Elizabeth. She was born April 26, 1923, in Elizabeth, daughter of the late Luke and Nellie Larue Davison. She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Robinson Sr. Mrs. Robinson worked in several restaurants during her career as a short order cook including the Metz, Moulin Rouge, Red Lion and Kozy Corner restaurants. Prior to moving to Georgia, she was a member of Oasis Ministries. Inc. Surviving are her children, Jacqueline R. (Weldon) Johnson, of Princess Anne, Md., and Walter M. Robinson, of Jonesboro, Ga.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Audrey (Nathan) Lankford; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at Oasis Ministries Inc., 2017 Pennsylvania Ave., West Mifflin, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, with Bishop Ray A. Lankford officiating. Interment will follow in the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth.
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