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Allegheny County

Abbinanti, Mariano 82

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Mariano "Sonny" Abbinanti, 82, of Shaler Township, formerly of the North Side, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, surrounded by loving family. He was the beloved husband of 59 years of the late Joan R. (Dietz) Abbinanti; father of Deborah (Frank) Stamos and Michael (Kristina) Abbinanti; brother of the late Frances Gregory; grandfather of Kimberly (Jerald) Meyer, Keith (Michelle) Stamos, Michelle and Michael Abbinanti and Jessica Joy Olson; and great-grandfather of Hailey and Olivia Meyer and Peyton and Reese Stamos. Mariano, "Sonny," or also called "Mario," worked as a boy for his family's market, Abbinanti's Market, on Arch Street, stocking shelves and making home deliveries with a horse-drawn cart. He later drove for Dad's Root Beer, worked for McKinney's Hinge and Allis-Chalmers. For many years, until just a few ago, he worked in the Party Cake Shop as a baker. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted family man who was a friend to everyone. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Peter's Church, 740 Arch St. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Chapel, 1704 Harpster St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Acklin, Keith 41

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2015-01-06
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Keith Acklin, 41, of Pitcairn, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. He was a beloved son of the late Wayne and Jean Acklin; father of Brianna and William; brother of Tammy Acklin; uncle of Kiara Jean; also aunts, uncle and cousin and friends. Memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in St. John Lutheran Church, 715 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15139. Arrangements by THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., Swissvale. http://www.niedfuneral.com.
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Alfieri, Concetta 89

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Concetta "Connie" (Russo) Alfieri, 89, of Turtle Creek, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Virginia Russo; wife of the late Joseph Alfieri; beloved mom of Martin, Jim and Vincent (Denise) Alfieri; grandma of Tracy (Chad) Staller, Tony (Jennifer) Alfieri, Melanie (Joe) Lauterbach, Matt Alfieri and Jennifer Alfieri; great-grandma of Jake Ava, Gabby, Lily, Rona, Joey and Lindy; sister of Louise (late Phillip) Calabrese, Anthony (Patty) Russo and Michael (Sylvia) Russo and the late Joseph (late Blanche) Russo and late Lena (late Frank) DeCarlo; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Tuesday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332. Prayers will be at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Colman Church. Burial will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.
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Allerton Jr., Charles Chuck C. 66

  • Ross Township
  • Born: 1948-01-30
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Charles C. "Chuck" Allerton Jr., 66, of Ross Township, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was born Jan. 30, 1948, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Charles C. Allerton Sr. and Josephine (McKuta) Allerton. He was a graduate of North Hills High School. He then went on to further his education at Duquesne University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the University of Pittsburgh for his Master of Business Administration. Chuck was a certified professional accountant, having worked for Arthur Young, Allegheny International, Highmark Blue Cross, Alcoa and finally retiring with IBM. His career found him traveling across the country where he made quite a number of friends and developed a tight knit group of business associates. While at home, he and his wife also cherished the times they had with their close friends and family. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Renee L. (Gordon) Allerton; and his sons, Charles C. Allerton III, Colin Gordon Allerton and Corey Lee (Gretchen Boehm) Allerton. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Hiland Presbyterian Church. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hiland Presbyterian Church, 845 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation, http://www.michaeljfox.org. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Byrne, Michael S. 46

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Michael S. Byrne, 46, of Whitehall, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved son of Rosemarie and the late Raymond "Mike" Byrne; loving brother of Mary Joyce, Jeffrey and the late Thomas Byrne. There will be no visitation or service. Professional services are trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Cersosimo, Joseph B. 71

  • Kennedy Township
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Sanvito, Kennedy Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph B. Cersosimo, 71, of Kennedy Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was a son of the late Joseph and Steffie Cersosimo; beloved husband of Diane M. Cersosimo; loving father of Michelina Cersosimo and Brian (Jessica) Cersosimo; brother of Bonita (late Jakie) Cersosimo; and loving grandfather of David, Kaylee, Mary, Mikki and Livianna. Joe was a current board member of the Forest Grove Sportsmen's Club and a past board member of Allegheny County Sportsmen's League. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the ANTHONY J. SANVITO FUNERAL HOME, 1650 Broadway, Stowe/Kennedy Township. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Malachy Church, Kennedy Township. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery.
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Condron Jr., James E. 68

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • James E. Condron Jr., 68, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Beatrice; loving father of Jeffrey Michaiski, Anna (Kevin) Dudek, Camilea Andrews and Jamie Michalski; grandfather of 12; and great-grandfather of 10. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville, until time of service at 7:30 p.m. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Glass, Lawrence E. 55

  • Plum
  • Born: 1959-08-18
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Lawrence E. "Larry" Glass, 55, of Plum, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Larry was born Aug. 18, 1959, at Braddock Hospital, a son of the late John J. and Patricia (Mattiko) Glass. He was the loving husband of Carol (Kuehn) Glass, and cherished father of Amber E. Glass, of Morehead City, N.C., and Nicholas Glass, of Plum. He was stepfather of Katherine E. and Ryan S. Kuehn, both of Monroeville. Larry was also grandfather of Wyatt, son of Katherine. He is survived by his brothers, John J. Glass Jr., James P. Glass and Paul E. Glass. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was a 1977 graduate of Plum High School and attended Warner University where he received a B.S. degree in business management. He also earned an A.S. degree in fire science technology. Larry dedicated his life to fire service and was currently fire chief of Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department in Plum. He was an advocate in educating children and parents in fire prevention. Larry took great pride and satisfaction in the training, mentoring and development of firefighters so they could better serve the community. He was a member of the International Fire Chiefs' Association and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 85. He was employed at the Port Authority of Allegheny County as a bus driver and was later promoted to dispatcher. Friends and family will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Joy Church, 2000 O'Block Road, Plum. Everyone please meet at the church. Entombment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, the Glass family suggest contributions to a college fund set up for Nicholas at Citizens Bank, Route 286, Plum.
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Goldbach, Elizabeth J. 90

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Jane (Graham) Goldbach, 90, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, on her wedding anniversary. She was the beloved wife of the late Clyde Wilson Goldbach; loving mother of Clyde W. (Cida) Goldbach Jr., of Vienna, Va., and James Graham (Ginny) Goldbach, of Carol Stream, Ill.; grandmother of Ricardo, Amy, Rebecca and Gregory; great-grandmother of Owen; and sister of the late William, Eleanor and Isabelle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747, where a service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Private interment will be at Penn Lincoln Memorial. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to a Breast Cancer organization of one's choice. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Kerr, Daniel R. 62

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Daniel Robert Kerr, 62, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, of natural causes. He was preceded in death by parents, Robert J. Kerr and Joan Orbin Kerr; and is survived by cherished daughter, Hannah Marie Smith, of Williams, Ariz.; loving sister, Nancy (Thomas) Junker, of Mt. Lebanon; beloved niece and nephews, Max (Stefanie), Parke (Kelly) and Lily (Joe McGranaghan); and grandniece and grandnephews, Annabelle, Reid, Tommy and Jack. A graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, Dan worked as a massage therapist and attended seminary in California where he lived for 30 years. Since returning home to Pittsburgh six years ago, he became active in the Allegheny Center Alliance Church where he was a well-loved member. A gentle, compassionate and kind soul, Daniel loved helping and healing others, ministering through prayer, playing guitar and singing, song writing, entertaining others with his impersonations and jokes, and riding his bike through his adopted neighborhood on the North Side. A man of unfailing faith, he now resides with his beloved Jesus. There will be no visitation, and the family plans a memorial service in the spring. Arrangements entrusted to the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, Carnegie.
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Kleeb, Lois S. 88

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lois S. Kleeb, 88, of Shaler Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was the wife of the late George F.; mother of Thomas (Linda) and Robert (Linda) Kleeb; daughter of the late Theodore Russell and Miriam Hickler Schroth; sister of the late Naomi Rabold Fincke; grandmother of Kelli and Jeffrey Kleeb, Talia Gilrain and Kristin Johnson; and is also survived by six great-grandchildren. Lois was the former owner of Bendot's Beauty Shop and also sang in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Choir and the AARP Chorus. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Etna. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kokoska, Louis 77

  • Rankin
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Louis Kokoska, 77, of Rankin, passed away, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the son of the late Andrew and Anna (Beran) Kokoska; loving brother of Elizabeth Teamann; and uncle of Brian, Thomas and Kenneth Teamann. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. He is also survived by great-nieces and nephews. Louis was a laborer for US Steel and served in the Army. In lieu of flowers, family asks contributions to your local Meal on Wheels. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 107 4th Ave., Rankin, PA 15104. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Good Shepherd Church, Braddock. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Lau, Ruth D. 67

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Ruth Diane Lau, 67, of Dormont, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was the beloved companion and wife of Keith L. Lau; loving mother of Richard, Gerald (Renee), Keith D. (Jennifer) and Shawn (Debbie) Lau; sister of Jackie (late David) Sipe, Pio (Karen) DiPofi, Dino DiPofi, Michele (Ron) Conely and Darlene (Wayne) Falgiani; and grandmother of Lacey, Lindsay, Ashley, Haley, Jacob, Justin, Sadie, Koral and Jason. Friends welcome from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1810 Belasco Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Everyone please meet at church. Burial in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Livi, Ivan D. 94

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Ivan D. Livi, 94, of Pleasant Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the husband of Annabelle (Rigotti); father of Darla Jean (James) Mroski; son of the late Attilo and Maria (Lazzari); brother of the late George Livi; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Ivan Livi was employed by the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) for 42 years, assuming its presidency in 1978. During his 15 years at the helm, he took PIA to great success. During his tenure, the institution enjoyed its highest student enrollment, the largest number of graduates, and during the peak of the aviation industry was considered the leading aviation school in the United States. It was also during this time that PIA, on behalf of the OX5 Pioneers, restored the history-making airplane, "Miss Pittsburgh," that made the first airmail flight. That aircraft continues to proudly hang on display at the Pittsburgh International Airport. He served on numerous boards and professional organizations including Aviation Technician Education Council, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators, OX5 Aviation Pioneers, Northrop Rice Foundation and the State Board of Private Licensed Schools. He was celebrated as "Educator of the Year" by both the Aviation Technician Education Council and the Italian Heritage Society. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Please send condolences to http://www.JOHNFSLATER.COM.
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Lutz, John J. 85

  • Mount Washington
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • John J. Lutz, 85, of Mt. Washington, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Grace Cimillo Lutz; loving father of Jeannie (Don Richards) Lutz, Cathy (Nick) Fortunato, John (Marlene) Lutz and Tony (Kerry) Lutz; grandfather of Melody (Norman) Campbell, Nichole (Jayson) Stonehouse, Tara (Rob) Hammel, Lauren (Dan) Krchmar, Tony, John J., Michael Angelo and Shirleyann Lutz; great-grandfather of Bailey and Jordan Campbell, Ella, Bobby and Reese Hammel and Lyla Krchmar; brother of the late Gert, William, Mae and Jeannie; and is also survived by loving family and friends. Visitations will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC.214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, 412-381-2323. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Mount Church. http://www.bruscofalvo.com
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Malack, Edward R. 84

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-09-14
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Jordan, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Edward R. Malack, 84, of McKeesport, died Monday Jan. 26, 2015, at his residence. He was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Rankin, the son of the late Joseph and Anna Begg Malack. He is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Kain Malack; son Edward "Poco" (Andrea) Malack, of McKeesport; daughter, Andrea (John) Bendel, of Mt. Lebanon; three grandchildren, Christopher, Dane and Teresa Bendel; and nieces and nephews. Mr. Malack played for the Pirates Minor League Baseball Farm System. He was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and the East Boros Region of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Malack was retired from the Information Technology Department of the U.S. Steel Corp. and McKeesport Hospital. Mr. Malack was past president of USX National-Duquesne Works Management Club. He also served as an instructor for the Pittsburgh Pirates tryout programs. Friends will received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JENNIFER S. JORDAN FUNERAL HOME INC., White Oak. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Corpus Christi Parish with the Rev. Kevin J. Dominik as celebrant. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests memorial contributions to Three Rivers Hospice, 1195 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137; or Corpus Christi Parish, 2515 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132. Condolences may be made at http://www.jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, James R. 75

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • James R. Miller, 75, of McCandless, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Marion (Hutchison) Miller; loving father of James K. Miller (Carolyn), Michelle M. Brungo (the late Craig) and Michael J. Miller (Christine); brother of Marilyn Pentland, Karen Chillcott, John Miller, Nancy Miller, Robert Miller, Richard Miller, Timothy Miller and the late Judy Fletcher; and grandfather of Brittany, Ashley, Allison, Lauren, Robert, Daniel, Kaitlyn, Kelsey and Megan. Jim was a retired McCandless police officer and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Sebastian Church.
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Miller Jr., John H. 86

  • Fox Chapel , Formerly of Churchill
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • John Hobart Miller Jr., 86, of Fox Chapel, formerly of Churchill, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Lucille (Wroblewski) Miller; and nine adored children, Karen (Val) Homze, John H. (Jane) Miller III, Lynn Miller, Amy (Frank) Palermo, David James (Teresa) Miller, Martin Miller, Lisa (Steve) Tessier, Christopher (Kim) Miller and Patrick (Melissa) Miller. He was especially proud of his 24 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; brother of Marie Fazio, Rita Bingaman and the late Richard and Raymond Miller; extended family of Jeanne Cimino and Maureen Hergenroeder. His family was the centerpiece of his life. Born in Swissvale, John graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1947. He started his own construction firm, John Hobart Miller Inc., in 1956 and expanded the single family home building company and entered the land development business. One of his favorite quips, when asked about being in the development business, was, "You should have what I owe." He was a big believer in giving back to the community and his industry. He served on the Allegheny County Planning Commission, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority and the Urban Redevelopment Authority. He was president of the Builder's Association of Metro Pittsburgh and was awarded the honor of Pittsburgh Builder of the Year twice. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Builder's Association and was awarded Pennsylvania Builder of the Year. He was an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan. Friends will be received 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001, Thursday only. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. John Fisher Church, Churchill. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Lucy's Guild for the Blind or Forbes Hospice.
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Mockenhaupt, Ingeburg E.E. 93

  • Born: 1921-08-11
  • Died: 2015-01-15
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Ingeburg Esther Elizabeth (Wenz) Mockenhaupt, 93, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Longwood at Oakmont. She was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Sllingen, Germany, a daughter of Hermann and Mina (Becker) Wenz. Her family arrived in New York, N.Y., in 1926, and she was a resident of the Pittsburgh area from the time of their arrival until her death. She married Alban Mockenhaupt on Aug. 23, 1947, and who passed away June 24, 2003. They raised their family in O'Hara Township. Inge moved to Longwood after her husband's death. Inge was devoted to her family and friends. She was a charter member of the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, where she served with CONTACT and with Stephen Ministry and volunteered for many church activities. She was employed at Burke Marketing Research for many years, and after retirement, she was involved in childcare in O'Hara Township. She enjoyed crafts and quilting. Inge was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Hildegard (John) Amuso. She is survived by one sister, Marguerite (Nevin) Rinaman, of Wexford; a son, Ronald (Linda) Mockenhaupt, of Oakmont; and three daughters, Karen (Bob) Richey, of Keswick, Va., Christal Mockenhaupt (Anthony Edmonds), of Media, and Robin Mockenhaupt (Ralph Popp), of Robbinsville, N.J.; a loving grandson and stepgrandchildren, Kieran Edmonds, Shawn Cleveland, Chatara Meyer, Kara Shafer and Kristen Popp; their children; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in the Ballroom at Longwood at Oakmont, 500 Route 909, Verona. Gifts for the Longwood Memorial Garden in honor of Ingeburg Mockenhaupt can be made to Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation, 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139. Professional services by THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Morris, Marvin 84

  • Oakland
  • Born: 1930-01-31
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Marvin "Sonny" Morris, 84, of Oakland, passed away surrounded by his beloved family Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was born Jan. 31, 1930, in Aliquippa, the son of the late Rose and Milton Morris. He was the beloved husband of Benita "Bunny" Morris; devoted father of Stacey (Mark) Raskin and Burton (Sara) Morris; loving Papa Sonny of Dean and Chloe Raskin and Ava and Bella Morris; and brother of the late Eugene Morris. Sonny was a Korean War veteran in the Air Force. He was a tax agent with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom and the Jewish Community Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation will be one hour prior to services from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Beth Shalom Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or Hadassah-Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 1824 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. http://www.schugar.com.
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O'Neill, Barbara A. 87

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1927-12-31
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Barbara Ann O'Neill, of Monroeville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at the age of 87. She was born Dec. 31, 1927, to the late Leo and Clara Fleckenstein. Barbara was a devoted wife to Robert Andrew O'Neill Sr., her loving husband of 53 years on earth and 11 more while he's been in heaven. She was a nurturing, loving and supportive mother to her seven children, Mary Anne Knapp, Jeanne Klanchar, Bob, Bill, Paul, Tom and John O'Neill, as well as their wonderful spouses, Brian, Marty, Pat, Terry, Susan, Claudia and Shelly; an encouraging grandma to her 12 grandchildren, Stephen, Brian, Kelly, Tommy, Matthew, Andrew, Cathryn, Christine, Sarah, John Michael, Emma and Katie; an adoring great-grandmother to Owen Thomas; beloved sister of Leo (Betty) Fleckenstein and Mary (Richard) Loeser, of Huntington, W.Va., and Joanie (Bruce) Forrest, of Taylor, Mich., and the late Sister Theresa Fleckenstein, CSJ, Elizabeth Fleckenstein and Leona Hamm; as well as loving aunt to her numerous nieces and nephews and all their delightful children. Barbara was valedictorian of her graduating class at St. Joseph Catholic High School, Huntington, W.Va., and a graduate of Marshall University. Barbara raised her seven children with an unwavering focus on Christ, love and education. She was a devoted parishioner of North American Martyrs Catholic Church and she prayed daily for her children, husband and friends, as well as the poor, homeless and hungry, throughout the world. She had a huge heart and kind words for everyone, and she never complained, nor wanted anything for herself, except for the love of God, who was clearly with her every moment of her life. In the closing years of her extraordinary life, Barbara was most appreciative of the excellent and loving care provided by her children, neighbors and caregivers, and she thanks them all. She also loved all of the cards, letters, phone calls and Skypes from so many of her friends and relatives that kept her spirits soaring over the years. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in North American Martyrs Church. Interment following at Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh, 212 Ninth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Owens, Stewart E. 89

  • Liberty Bourough
  • Born: 1925-04-22
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Stewart E. Owens, 89, of Liberty Borough, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was born in McKeesport, April 22, 1925, the son of the late Stewart and Olive Owens. Following his 1943 graduation from McKeesport High School, Mr. Owens enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served during World War II and again during the Korean War as member of the Air Force. Following his honorable discharge, Mr. Owens returned to the Liberty Borough and began his lifetime of dedicated service to that community and the surrounding Mon Valley. Mr. Owens' contributions to Liberty Borough included more than 30 years as a member of the borough council and the proud distinction of serving as the community's first mayor in the 1960s. He also served on the borough's Planning Commission and was a lifetime member of the Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Owens was a founding member of the Twin Rivers Council of Governments and the McKeesport 911 Center and was a member of the South Allegheny School District's Board of School Directors. His extensive knowledge of local issues aided him well during his 18-year tenure as a field representative for US Congressman Joseph Gaydos. In addition to his innumerable political contributions, Mr. Owens was a faithful member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, serving as a Ruling Elder, Sunday school teacher, and as a member of numerous pastoral search, finance and building committees. Mr. Owens' dedication to his church was limitless and he could typically be found assisting with various maintenance projects in the church, even into his late 80s. In December 2014, Mr. Owens was presented with a 65-year membership pin by Local 230 United Brotherhood of Carpenters, having retired from the construction industry after 27 years as a carpenter and foreman. Mr. Owens also was associated with numerous civic organizations including Free and Accepted Mason - Aliquippa Lodge No. 375, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Scottish Rite Consistory Valley of Pittsburgh, Syria Shriners, Liberty Borough Senior Organization and the Liberty Borough Veterans' Club. Mr. Owens will be remembered for his tireless work ethic, his hands-on leadership style, his attention to detail, his selfless service to his church and community and his dedication to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandsons. In additional to his parents, Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Dorothy; and his sister, Betty Lou Martin; as well as other cherished relatives, in-laws and friends. Mr. Owens will be dearly missed by his two children and their spouses, Deborah and Bruce Piker, of Liberty Borough, and David and Mary Ann Owens, of North Huntington; four grandchildren and their spouses, Colleen and Benjamin Stumpf, of Erie, Lindsey and Matthew Abel, of Latrobe, Eric Owens, of Tyson's Corners, Va., and Amy Owens, of North Huntingdon; and two great-grandsons, Nathaniel Stumpf and Levi Abel. His surviving siblings include older sister, Edna Long, of Cypress, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Blaine and Arlene Owens, of Elizabeth; and sister and brother-in-law, Shelia and Steve Mendel, of South Park; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2015, and from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2015, to the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Liberty Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charissa Clark Howe officiating. Procession and committal will follow to Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Liberty Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 900 Elizabeth St., McKeesport, PA 15133. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Popojas, Dennis J. 61

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1953-08-04
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dennis John "Pop" Popojas, 61, of Port Vue, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 4, 1953, in McKeesport, a son of Albert "Jake" and Theresa Bollas Popojas, of Liberty Borough. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Vicky Carraher Popojas; son, Dennis Popojas, of Pittsburgh; brother, Jeffrey (Mary Jane) Popojas, of White Oak; sister, Terrie Lynn (Gary) Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; cousin, Andy (Sandy) Popojas, of North Huntingdon, who was more like a brother to him; niece, Kristina Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; many other cousins and nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Cathy Atkins, of Liberty Borough. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and family, drinking in the wine and sun. He was active and always moving toward brighter days, but never too busy to help anyone in need. His quick wit made every greeting memorable. He left his kindest words unsaid, but instead spoke with his actions. He will be missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (412-678-6177). Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel.
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Priatko, George 88

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • George Priatko, 88, of Plum, formerly of North Braddock and Forest Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Lois E. (Mueller) for 51 years; loving father of Michael (Charlotte) Priatko, of Plum, Gregory (Jacqueline) Priatko, of Wisconsin, Theresa (Jeffrey) Kucic, of Clarion, and Christopher (Sharon) Priatko, of North Huntingdon; dear grandfather of Joshua, Matthew, Emily, Andrew, Lydia and Chloe Priatko and Lauren and Amanda Kucic; proud great-grandfather of Anthony Priatko; brother of Marion (late Hugh) Campbell, William (late Helen) Priatko, Terry (late Joseph) Bonacci and the late John Priatko; also survived by nieces and nephews. George was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Plum American Legion, Post No. 980. After World War II, he worked for 10 years for U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock. He then became employed with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after a long career from the Northside facility. His Christian faith was very important to him as he was a former member of St. Gregory Orthodox Church in Homestead and currently was a member of Our Lady of Joy in Plum. George was a physical fitness buff and was known for doing more than 100 pushups every day, even until these last 6 months. He also was proud to be a founder, along with his brother John, of the former Shady Lane Club in North Braddock, where neighborhood youth gathered for exercise, fitness and fellowship. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Joy Church, Plum. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Restland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Raynak, Emil W. 94

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1921-01-09
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Emil W. Raynak, 94, of Elizabeth Township, passed away at home Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Born Jan. 9, 1921, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Michael and Suzanne (Elko) Raynak, and the husband for 66 years of Marcella (Sedney) Raynak, who predeceased him in 2012. Emil served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific as a signalman. He worked 42 years for US Steel, McKeesport-Duquesne Works, retiring in 1983 as the paymaster. Emil was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth for many years where he was a long-standing member of the Ushers' Club and formerly, a Eucharistic Minister. He was also involved with the Thomas Merton Center and participated in peace and justice programs, starting with the Vietnam War. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Cynthia (Decker) Raynak, of State College, Christopher and Mary (Spyra) Raynak, of Liberty Borough, and Timothy and Patricia (Blaha) Raynak, of Elizabeth Township; two daughters, Susan Raynak, of McKeesport, and Kathleen Raynak, his primary caregiver, of Elizabeth Township; three grandsons, Sean (Alexis), Ryan (Tara) and Benjamin Raynak; granddaughter, Jessica Raynak; and one great-grandchild, Jameson Raynak. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in St. Michael's Church with Father Thomas Wagner officiating. Procession and burial, with military honors, will follow to St. Mary's Polish Cemetery in White Oak. In lieu of flowers, Emil's family asks that memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Michael's Parish, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037 or any Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Chapter. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Reams, Bernadine M. 96

  • Reserve Township , Formerly of North Side
  • Born: 1918-08-04
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Bernadine M. (Wieprzkowski) Reams, 96, of Reserve Township, formerly of North Side, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was born Aug. 4, 1918, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Ladislaus and Helen Weiprzkowski. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Reams; mother of the late Gerri (Edward) Chmura; grandmother of Michael (Tracy) Chmura, Marci Chmura, and Mark Chmura; great-grandmother of Melissa, Edward, Jeramey, Henry, Caelan, Nathan, Jordan and Cassidy; and great-great-grandmother of Daphne, Alyssa, Dorian, Kylie, EJ and Gavin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES WEST VIEW, 388 Center Ave., Pittsburgh PA, 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. She was a member of the 1941 Auxiliary Policewomen class, as well as the Christian Mothers of St. Peter Parish and the Oasis Club. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 110 Liberty Ave., Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please pay tribute with our online condolences at http://www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com.
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Robison, Matthew E. 39

  • Verona
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Matthew E. Robison, 39, of Verona, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Amy E. (Cullumber) Robison; loving father of Andrew, Owen and Mariana; son of Mary Ann Spehar; and brother of Patricia Steinbach and Jeannette Robinson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SVC. INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be made to help with the children's education fund. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Ruch, Robert W. 79

  • Emsworth
  • Born: 1935-03-19
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Linn, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Robert Wayne Ruch, 79, retired Avalon police officer, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, of natural causes, at his home in Emsworth. Mr. Ruch was born March 19, 1935, in Iowa. He served in the Army, in the Honor Guard. Following his service, Mr. Ruch continued to serve as an officer with the Kilbuck and Avalon Police departments until his retirement. Mr. Ruch was an active member of North Hills Boroughs and Township Police Association. Bob was an avid fisherman, hunter and patriot. Robert Ruch is survived by his children, Mark Ruch, of Emsworth, Alisa Welsch, of Florida, Andrea Montgomery, of South Carolina, and Michelle Yeiser, of Virginia; grandchildren, Leanne Montgomery, Cody Ruch, Isabelle and Ava Yeiser; sister, Dorothy Falco; and cousin, Jackie Kralosky. He was preceded in death by brother, Gene Ruch. Friends received from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the McDONALD - LINN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 California Ave., Avalon. Fraternal Order of Police services will be held at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Russell, Bess 96

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1918-07-05
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Bess "Bessie" Russell, 96, of Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Lakeview Personal Care Home in Darlington. Born July 5, 1918, in Large, she was a daughter of the late James Trumbo and Dora (Rhodes) Trumbo, and wife of the late William Russell, who passed away June 29, 2002. Bessie enjoyed toll painting and woodcarving. She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy (George) Hart, of Salt Lake City, Utah; her five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; also survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Wilma Brnilovich; and brother, Ross Trumbo. No visitation is scheduled. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 221 N. Second St., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344, with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson United Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jefferson Hills. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care the last three years. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Schneider Jr., John L. 61

  • Emsworth
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • John L. Schneider Jr., 61, of Emsworth, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved father of Ryan "RJ" Schneider and the late Evan L. Schneider; loving brother of Susann Schneider; son of the late John L. Sr. and Romayne Schneider; and is also survived by several cousins. John was a letter carrier for more than 20 years and was the mailman that all dogs (and cats) loved. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Western PA, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, 412-321-4625.
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Shemenski, Jared 27

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1987-07-18
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Jared Shemenski, 27, of Pittsburgh, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was born July 18, 1987, in Natrona Heights, to Nadine Sue French Schmitt, of Pittsburgh, and Jeffrey Lee Shemenski, of Upper Burrell, and had been a lifelong resident of Lower Burrell until moving to Pittsburgh last year. Jared worked as a driver for UPS and enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Justin Shemenski, of Leechburg; paternal grandmother, Janet Shemenski, of Cheswick; maternal grandfather, Wesley French, of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; stepfather, Kevin Schmitt; stepsister, Nichole Schmitt; and stepbrother, Kevin Schmitt. He was preceded by his paternal grandfather, Adam Shemenski; and maternal grandmother, Clara French. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Robert D. Waterloo. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Snooks, William Menzie F. 90

  • Rankin
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Watts, Braddock | Get Directions
  • William F. "Menzie" Snooks, 90, of Rankin, passed away quietly Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Presbyterian Hospital surrounded by family and loved ones. He was the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress for service with the 110th Regiment, 30th Battalion of Camp Montford Point, North Carolina Marines, which was a Black unit that was instrumental in breaking the color barrier in the armed forces. Menzie served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946. He was involved in the fierce fighting that took place in the Pacific Islands, Mariana Islands and Iwo Jima. Born on John's Island, S.C., and was a son of the late Frank and Fannie Snooks. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Johnson and John Snooks. Menzie graduated from McKeesport High School and after graduation he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, a retiree from U.S. Steel Duquesne Works with 30 years of service and a business owner of Snooks Cafe for more than 20 years. At one time, he was the superintendent of Sunday School at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was also very active in the Masonic Order, accomplishing many degrees. Once he purchased his business, he gave up his activity in organizations and devoted his time to business, work and family. Menzie leaves to cherish his memory, from his first marriage, two children, Mara Lynn Snooks-Holmes, of Philadelphia, and William F. Snooks Jr., of Clairton; devoted and cherished wife of 51 years, Elaine Snooks; youngest son, Deric Snooks; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law; nephews, nieces; a host of other family members and friends. His season has come to an end, but his legacy and good deeds will last forever. The Snooks family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to everyone for the outpouring of love, kindness and support that we have received - Thank you. No visitation/viewing or service. Private interment will be in VA National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Sevices of comfort entrusted to WATTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 808 Talbot Ave, Braddock, PA 15104, 412-211-3880.
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Stabile, Alfred J. 98

  • Formerly of Tarentum
  • Born: 1916-07-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Alfred J. Stabile, 98, formerly of Tarentum, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Sunnyview Nursing Home, Butler. He was born July 12, 1916, in Carnegie, son of the late Biagio and Asunta (Conforti) Stabile. Alfred was a ladle man for PPG Industries in Creighton for a number of years and also Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge for 36 years. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Coast Guard. He was a life member of Summit Hose Fire Company in Tarentum and enjoyed walking, swimming, boating, canoeing and building a dock on the Allegheny River. Al was an avid Steelers and Pirates fan and enjoyed watching his nephews play football and baseball, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews, as they were all his children. Survivors include his sister, Irene Wyson, of Southern Pines, N.C.; and nieces and nephews, Rita A. (Gary) Miller, of Summit Township, Thomas Stabile, of Natrona Heights, David Stabile, of Horsehead, N.Y., Constance (William) Zbryski, of Tarentum, Cynthia (Theodore) Kijanka, of Fox Chapel, Kurt (Marisue) Wyson, of Vass, N.C., Kem (Chris) Wyson, of Colts Neck, N.J., Michael (Shirley) Stabile, of Alexandria, Va., James (Huguette Kihl) Stabile, of Montreal, Canada, Valerie (John) Baker, of Lower Burrell, the Rev. Frank Ziemkiewicz, of Savannah, Ga., Paul (Chris) Ziemkiewicz, of Morgantown, W.Va., Susan (Fred) Huemmrich, of College Park, Md., Alex (Brenda) Ziemkiewicz, of Cranberry Township, Jeri (Joe) Sitariak, of Landenburg, Carl (Roseann) Jack, of San Diego, Calif., Luana Ellis-Governor, of Central Park, Ore., and James Hammond, of Monrovia, Calif. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Ann Jack, James, William, Edward, Victor Stabile, Lucille Ziemkiewicz, Robert and Thomas Stabile and Margaret Hammond; and nieces and nephews, Janice Stabile, Daniel Stabile, Carol Hammond, Eleanor Maliszewski and Edmund "Ed" Stabile. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss and his nephew, the Rev. Frank Ziemkiewicz, officiating. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights, with full military honors by the Tarentum VFW Post 5758. Summit Hose will meet at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Family suggests contributions to Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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White, Rev. Paul 78

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Wilkes-Barre
  • Born: 1936-09-21
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mitred Archpriest Paul "Red" White, 78, of West Mifflin, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Sept. 21, 1936, in Homestead, and was the son of the late Sue Maxwell White (John) Homer and the late Reynolds White. He was the husband of the late Matushka Pauline Babilya White, who died April 22, 2010. Father Paul was a graduate of St. Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, and was ordained as a priest in December 1970 at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport. He served at SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Crossingville, St. John the Divine Russian Orthodox Church in Monessen, St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church in Masontown and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre for 28 years. He was a member of Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in McKeesport and the church choir there, the Pittsburgh Russian Orthodox Male Chorus and the Northeastern Balalaika Group. He is survived by his sons, David (Kera) White, of Memphis, Tenn., and Mark White, of West Mifflin; daughters, Tanya (Very Rev. Andrew D.) Nelko, of Campbell, Ohio, and Natasha (Rev. Dimitri D.) Ermakov, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Kristianna, Anastasia, Andrew, Nathanael, Nadia, Tatyana, Justina, Mark, Samantha, Kristina, Alexandra, Natalia, Ksenia, Maria and Dimitri II; and great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Lily and Yelena. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, 330 Shaw Ave., McKeesport. Panihida service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 58 Seneca St., Wilkes-Barre. Burial of a Priest service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, with the Very Rev. Andrew D. Nelko and the Rev. Dimitri D. Ermakov as concelebrants. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Centralia. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Beck, Barry A. 61

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Barry A. Beck, 61, of Latrobe, passed away on his birthday, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Glenda L. (Miller) Beck; son of Marion (late Lewis "Pete") Errett and the late Raymond Beck; father of Jessica (Matthew) Olson, Heather Beck, Nicholas Beck, Jennifer (Nathan) Strickler and Nicole Miller; PapPap of Bailey and Leah Olson; brother of Karen (Lee) Hinkle and Larry (Marsha) Beck; and uncle of Matthew Beck and Steven Smith. He is also survived by his loving cats, Toby and Ginger, and was preceded in death by many other loving pets. Barry was employed by the Adam Eidemiller Inc as a laborer for 40 years. No visitation, per Barry's request. A memorial service is going to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at the Hose Company No. 8, 900 Highland Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. Please contact family for information. In lieu of flowers, family suggest contributions to Excela Health Hospice, Excela Health, Administrative Offices, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or Arnold Palmer Cancer Center, 200 Village Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. The family would like to extend thanks to the nurses and staff of the third floor oncology unit at Westmoreland Hospital and Excela Health Hospice for their care and compassion. Many thanks are also extended to Barry's fellow coworkers and friends at Adam Eidemiller Inc for their support over the last few years. Arrangements entrusted to the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, Carnegie. http://www.leohenneyfuneralhome.com.
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Brentzel, Wayne 76

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1938-03-20
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Wayne Brentzel, 76, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian. He was born March 20, 1938, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late Frank and Ethel (Barton) Brentzel. Wayne was the owner of the Wayne Brentzel Construction Co. since 1963. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Beth Brentzel; and sister and brothers, Frank Brentzel, Romaine Hensler, John Brentzel, Edward Brentzel and William Hamilton. Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Elaine (Napolitano) Brentzel; four children, David W. Brentzel and wife, Erin, of North Huntingdon, Stephen E. Brentzel, of Ardara, Renee A. Miscovich and husband, Mark, of North Huntingdon, Matthew A. Brentzel, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren Jillian, Emily, Devin, Alexandra, Nicholas and Jessica; a brother, Ronald Brentzel and wife, Diane, of North Huntingdon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel, with Ron Nelson officiating. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Brubaker, Lester E. 92

  • Latrobe , Formerly of Apollo
  • Born: 1922-03-08
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Lester E. Brubaker, 92, of Latrobe, formerly of the Apollo area, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Latrobe Care Center, Latrobe. Born March 8, 1922, in North Apollo, he was the son of the late Emmett and Gertrude "Mae" (Hartman) Brubaker. Lester lived in Latrobe for the last 16 years after moving from Apollo. He served our country with the United States Army during World War II. Lester worked as a steelworker for Allegheny Ludlum in Leechburg for more than 40 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Community Church of Pine Run. Lester was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping and fishing. He was an excellent woodworker, and even worked for a time building homes. Lester loved hanging out with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Randy Brubaker; daughter, B. Dianne (Eckman) Lehman; brothers, Leland, Carl and Vernon Brubaker; and sisters, Edna Parsons, Effie Altman, Dorothy Strunk, Norma Jean Ransom and Virginia Bojtor. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Grace L. (Shick) Brubaker; daughters, Maxine (David) Weaver, of Latrobe, Linda Bradish, of Arizona; son, Terry Brubaker, of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Hallard Brubaker, of St. Charles, Ill.; sisters, Alice Shelenburger, of Meadville, and Orvetta Mellinger, of McPherson, Kan.; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave, Apollo. Additional visitation takes place from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the funeral home with Pastor Joshua Strunk, officiating. Following the service, military honors will be accorded by the Armstrong County American Legion Honor Guard. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. Memorial Contributions may be made in Lester's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Cramer, Opal J. 88

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-09-01
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Opal J. Cramer, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in the Forbes Hospice at West Penn Hospital. She was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Albert and Mary Ritenour Barnes. Mrs. Cramer was a member of the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren and its Adult Bible Sunday School Class. She is survived by one son, Edward M. Cramer and his wife, Jackie, of Coral Springs, Fla.; two daughters, Carol Helkowski and her husband, Daniel, of Rochester, and Janet Simanovich and her husband, William, of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Danny Helkowski and his wife, Danicla, Bill Simanovich and his wife, Paula, Tim Simanovich and his wife, Melissa, and Cory Lyn Cramer; eight great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Juliana, Maria, Rae, Sara, Timmy, Bradley and Nicolas; one great-great-grandchild, David; and one sister, Erma Galasso, of Connellsville. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward P. Cramer, in 1990; a granddaughter, Robin Helkowski; two brothers, Lewis and Earl Barnes; and one sister, Ethel Moore. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Lee Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Joy Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the West Penn Hospital Hospice staff and to the Amber House in Mt. Pleasant for their excellent care and concern for Mrs. Cramer during her stays there. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Delligatti, Theresa M.

  • Scottdale
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Theresa M. "Daisy" Delligatti, of Scottdale, passed away unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Peter and Catherine Zaffina Zucco. Daisy was a devout Catholic and a lifelong faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. She attended the former Scottdale High School and was the owner and operator of Theresa's Salon in Kingview, where she worked from her home for more than 55 years. Daisy also worked on the Fayette County Election Board with more than 55 years service. Being an avid sports fan, she enjoyed all types of sports, especially cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates and the Steelers. She was impeccable in her appearance and took delight in maintaining her home and working outdoors in her garden and flower beds whenever possible. Daisy is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her: her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law, who were also her best friends, Rose A. Brophy and husband, Paul R., of Greensburg; her two sisters, Rose Hough, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Marie R. Pilatic, of Scottdale; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Daisy was preceded in death by her husband, Michael E. Delligatti (Feb. 24, 1985); two brothers in infancy, both named Peter; four sisters, Mary Robertucci Santore, Angeline Zucco, Florence Robertucci (June 17, 1996) and Frances Yuhouse (April 24, 2001); also two brothers, Frank and Dominic Zucco. Daisy'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. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a parish wake service at 1:45 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Parting prayers will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her Pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. Rose and her husband, Paul, would like to extend a genuine Thank You to the nurses, aides and the entire staff of Westmoreland Manor for their expert care and compassion they showed her mother and especially Dr. James Masterson, of Greensburg, who was her physician and friend for many years. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Eichler, Patricia A. 68

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1946-10-28
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann "Patty" Sloskey Eichler passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Select Specialty Care Hospital in Latrobe. Pat was born Oct. 28, 1946. She was the daughter of the late John and Ann Kivador Sloskey, of New Alexandria. Pat was also predeceased by her sister, Joann Shirley; two brothers, John and Edward, and her fiancee, Doug Dovenspike. She is survived by her daughter, Anna Marie; also her former husband and caregiver, Tim Eichler, of Greensburg; her brother, Michael Sloskey, of New Alexandria; sisters, Mary Lou Mochan, of New Alexandria, and Joyce Blough, of Boswell; a niece, Terri; nephews, Joseph, JR, Jonathan and Michael; her cousins, who loved her very much; a special friend, David Dovenspike; her friends at Pershing Square apartments; and all others who knew her. Pat endured many hardships in her lifetime, but the "little things" in life brought her much happiness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the Community Room at Pershing Square Apartments, 209 W. 3rd St., Greensburg. The Rev. A. Wayne Duffield will conduct the service. Interment will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, 215 Church St., New Alexandria. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Fellner, David P. 67

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1947-06-19
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • David Paul Fellner, 67, of Irwin, passed away quietly in his sleep Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was born June 19, 1947, in Belleville, Ill., a son of the late Paul and Ruth (Bailey) Fellner. He retired after 36 years as a junior high English teacher at Southmoreland Intermediate Elementary School, where he served as a junior high and varsity girls basketball coach. He loved golf, music and sports and was an alumnus and avid supporter of the University of Michigan. He will be dearly missed by friends and family. He is survived by children, Holly Thomas, of Pittsburgh, and Douglas (Susan) Fellner, of New Kensington; his granddaughter, Harper Fellner, with whom he shared a special bond and spent a great deal of time; sister, Lynn Lund, of O'Fallon, Fla.; two nieces and one nephew. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather at 10 a.m. Friday for a blessing service with Father John Moindau officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at http://www.pittsburghclo.org. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Glasser, Melvin 62

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1952-09-22
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Melvin Glasser, 62, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was born Sept. 22, 1952, in Greensburg. Melvin was employed at the Westmoreland County Blind Association in Greensburg. Melvin brought joy to everyone he met. He especially loved music and attending dances. He made friends everywhere he went. He always had a smile and reminded those around him to "just be happy." He always believed the Steelers would pull out a win. He is survived by one brother, Ronald, of Jeannette, his good friends, Bob and Kathy Faye, and his buddy, Noah Newill. He will be sadly missed by countless friends and the staff that worked with him at Passavant Memorial Homes. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity or organization of your choice.
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Goodwin, Stacey A. 37

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1977-02-14
  • Died: 2015-01-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Stacey A. (Swanson) Warren Goodwin, 37, of Chesapeake, Va., formerly of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 14, 1977, in Jeannette, a daughter of Keith W. Sr. and Joan M. (Zello) Swanson, of Latrobe. She had been employed as a bartender, was Catholic by faith, and a 1995 graduate of Jeannette High School. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Henry and Louise Zello; and paternal grandfather, John Swanson. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her loving husband, Robert A. Goodwin; a son, David Warren, and two daughters, Brittany Warren and Madison Warren, all at home; her children's father, Dave Warren, of Hampton, Va.; her paternal grandmother, Ruth Swanson, of Ligonier; a brother, Keith W. Swanson Jr., of Leechburg; a sister, Heather Wise and her husband, William "Porky," of Jeannette; her lifelong friend, Tricia Kottelich Worley; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hall Sr., Donald R. 70

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1944-07-13
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald Richard Hall Sr., 70, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Mr. Hall was born July 13, 1944, in Latrobe, the son of the late Donald and Frances Bitner Hall. He was employed as a housekeeper for the Harmon House Convalescent Center of Mt. Pleasant. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing, but he most looked forward to spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Don is survived by his loving family: his children, Frances Rose Phillips, of Lafayette, Tenn., Donald R. Hall Jr., of Mt. Pleasant, and Jason A. Hall, of Garrett, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Roy Hall, of Auburn, Ind., Wilbert "Web" Hall, of Laughlintown, Anna Jane Jennings, of Findlay, Ohio, and Helen Stevenson, of Stahlstown. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his stepmother, Marie Hall; his granddaughter, Britni Rose Hyso; his first wife, Barbara Raye Beatty; his second wife, Frances Ann Sumner; and by his brother and sisters, Calvin James Hall, Edna Hazlett, Ethel Hissem and Donna Jean Swope. There will be no hours of public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Don at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Mt. Nebo Church, Mt. Nebo Road, Champion. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Hitlan, Patricia A. 80

  • Acme
  • Born: 1934-02-05
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. Hitlan, 80, of Acme, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. She was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Homestead, a daughter of the late Thomas Francis and Mary E. Mellon Cloherty. She was a graduate of the former Homestead High School. She was employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company in Pittsburgh and later the Laurel Highlands Telephone Company. She was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal. She is survived by three sons, Daniel W. Hitlan, of Acme, Timothy P. Hitlan and his wife, Sandra, of Cheswick, and Mark E. Hitlan and his wife, Laurel, of McDonald; and three grandchildren, Kevin Hitlan, Hali Emerick and Julie Hitlan. Mrs. Hitlan was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William Hitlan, in 2014; a brother, Thomas Francis Cloherty Jr.; and two sisters, Virginia M. Martin and Mary Louise Mentzer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal, with the Rev. Thaddeus Kaczmarek as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Raymond Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Immel, Alma M. 84

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Lycippus
  • Born: 1930-09-22
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Alma M. Immel, 84, of Greensburg, formerly of Lycippus, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Lycippus, a daughter of the late William McKinley Immel and Bessie (Keslar) Immel Gamble. Alma was a member of the former Lycippus United Methodist Church and was a former trustee at the church. She also was a former member of DAR. She was retired from Westmoreland Plastics in Latrobe and was a graduate of Hurst High School. Alma loved music, especially country music and polkas. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Paul Gamble; a brother, William D. Immel; and a sister, Bertha Mae (Immel) Shaffer. She is survived by her sister, Olive B. Marin and her husband, Richard, of Greensburg; a nephew, David R. Marin, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a brother-in-law, Joseph D. Shaffer, of Delmont. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. John George officiating. Private interment will follow in Lycippus Community Cemetery. Alma's family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff and residents at Redstone Highlands. Memorial contributions may be made to Redstone Highlands, 6 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kerr, Helen R. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-11-18
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Helen Rose DiRaimondo Kerr, daughter of the late Peter and Jennie (LaMotta) DiRaimondo, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Easton. Following graduation from Easton High School, she married and raised and educated her three children. For 30 years, Helen worked as a floral designer in Greensburg. She was a Dom Care provider for 26 years in her home and also worked at Seton Center Adult Day Care. She was a patient and giving person who loved entering flower shows, taking care of children and the elderly. While living at Pershing Square in Greensburg, she donated her time for many years to make flower arrangements for their fund raising efforts. Helen faithfully attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was a childcare provider for the Moms 24/7 program. She is survived by her children, Sheri Statler and husband, Robert, Susan Eplee and husband, Doug, and Edward Kerr and wife, Lisa. She is also survived by grandchildren, Robert D. Statler, Rebecca Malloy and husband, Joseph, Jennifer Dail and husband, Kevin, Tyler Rieth and wife, Kerri, Justin Rieth and wife, Nicole, Travis Rieth, Autumn Kerr, Jonathan Kerr, Katie Lipp and Gregory Lipp. She enjoyed her great-grandchildren, Sophia Dail, Abigail Rieth, Ari Malloy and Kaylee Lipp. She is survived by sisters, Grace Crivellaro, Martha Erdie and husband, Michael and Joanne Renzulli and husband, Doug; and numerous nephews and nieces. Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Helen from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Kirkpatrick, Christine M. 80

  • Formerly of Level Green
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Hollenbeck-Cahill, Bradford | Get Directions
  • Christine M. Eschrich Kirkpatrick, 80, formerly of Level Green, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, at Kane Community Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Walter G. and Pauline L. (Dawley) Eschrich; wife of the late John D. Kirkpatrick; mother of Kathy (Charles) Beattie, of Bradford, Gail (Edward) Lesoon, of Pittsburgh, Terry (Maria Lucia) Kirkpatrick, of Melbourne, Fla., and Aaron Kirkpatrick, of New Kensington; grandmother of Kristy and Megan Hilbert, Courtney and Jonathon Lesoon, Sydney Kirkpatrick and Hope and Faith Smail; and sister of Cora Jean Kirkpatrick, of Nampa, Idaho, Mary (Keith) Wright, of Smethport, Walter Paul Eschrich, of Smethport, and Frank (the late Elizabeth) Eschrich. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the HOLLENBECK-CAHILL FUNERAL HOMES INC., 33 South Ave., Bradford, where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as celebrant, officiating. Burial will be in Kerr Hill Cemetery in Titusville. Online condolences may be made at http://www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
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Lesnock, John J. 66

  • Penn
  • Born: 1948-05-22
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • John J. Lesnock, 66, of Penn, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, surrounded by his family. He was born March 22, 1948, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Rose Orange Lesnock. John was employed by the Sisters of Charity in Greensburg handling maintenance. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the Army. John was a member of the American Legion Post No. 344, of Jeannette. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and also enjoyed caring for his pets. John was always thinking of others and lived his life serving and doing all for family and friends. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by an infant brother, Joseph Lesnock. He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Ricci Lesnock; daughters, Diana Lesnock McCormick, of Pittsburgh, and Christina Lesnock Sappe, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Jade and Hunter Sappe; two brothers, Paul Lesnock, of Jeannette, and Bernie Lesnock and wife, Barbara, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. As per John's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Funeral services will be private. THE JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Honors and Memorials: c/o Mr. John Lesnock http://www.ccf.convio.net/site/TR/DIY/CCFTeamRaiser?px=2902781 and pg=personal and fr_id=1390#.VMfiIYg8KrU.
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Mandzok, Mary E. 93

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1921-02-04
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Billick, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Mary Emma (Malezija) Mandzok, 93, of Monessen, passed away in her sleep Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Thorpe's Personal Care in Charleroi, from complications of the flu. She was born Feb. 4, 1921, a daughter of the late Anna (Neral) and Michael Malezija. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and Michael Malezija; her sister, Emma (Malezija) Magaruh; her first husband, John "Dubby" Matush, who passed away in 1963; her second husband, George Mandzok, who passed away in 1993; and her daughter, Diane (Matush) Carmella, who passed away in 2010. Mary graduated from Monessen High School in 1939. During the World War II period, she worked at Corning Glass in Charleroi before marrying and having children. She was a longtime member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Monessen, as well as the Croatian Ladies Auxiliary and Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 194, where she was a 50-year honoree. She was very proud of her Croatian heritage and had fond memories of her travels to the former Yugoslavia in the mid-1980s with the St. George Junior Tamburitzans of Cokeburg. On her 90th birthday, friends and family surprised her with a celebration at Rego's Restaurant, which was one of the many highlights of her life. She led a long and full life, yet lived simply and encouraged others "not to sweat the small stuff." She will be greatly missed by her surviving family, of whom include her son, John (Cathy) Matush, of Monongahela; granddaughters, Lindsy (Jason) Kollar, of Bridgeville, and Amy (David) Lieber, of Potomac, Md.; and stepchildren, Barbara Ann and Betty Jean. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Grace, Jackson, Piper, Austin and Owen, who affectionately referred to her as "GG"; eight great-stepgrandchildren; and several great-great-stepgrandchildren. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1415 Marion Ave., Monessen. Departing prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery in Monessen. For those unable to attend, condolences can be sent at http://www.billicksfuneralhome.com.
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McCracken, Thomas D. 71

  • Upper Burrell Township
  • Born: 1943-03-16
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Thomas D. McCracken, 71, of Upper Burrell Township, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was known to friends and family as "T.Mac" He was born to the late David D. and Edna G. Ashby McCracken, on March 16, 1943, and was a graduate of Ken-Hi Class of 1961, and then graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in 1963. He worked for Sikorsky Helicopter in Stratford, Conn., before serving in the Army from 1964 to 1966 in the 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Air Medal of Heroism in May of 1966 during his tour of duty in Vietnam. After leaving the Armed Forces he resided in Upper Burrell where he was a life active member of the Upper Burrell Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, and held various positions. He was a lifetime member and trustee of the VFW Post 92 where he assisted with refurbishing the helicopter in the Vietnam Memorial. He also assisted with the Toy Run, participated in the Veterans Day Parade, driving other veterans in his antique 1950 Ford. Tom retired from ALCOA as a boiler mechanic in 1995 and worked as an assistant instructor, after retirement, at Forbes Vo-Tech in HVAC. He also belonged to the American Legion in Lower Burrell. "T. Mac" enjoyed the outdoors and spent time fishing, boating and camping on the Allegheny River. He had a love for animals and worked for a local veterinarian throughout his high school years. He also had a love for country music and oldies. He was most at home when seated on a tractor and took pleasure in helping neighbors and friends. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Phyllis J. Haslett McCracken; daughters, Michelle L. McCracken, of Upper Burrell Township, and Heather R. (Brian) Colgan, of Lower Burrell; grandsons, Brady and Brennen Colgan; his sister, Terry Lyons, of New Mexico; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Yorkie-Poo, Lacey. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Kirk Orr. Burial with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The Upper Burrell Township Volunteer Fire Company will assemble in the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by the VFW Post 92, at 3 p.m. Thursday to hold services for their late member. Those desiring may contribute to either the Upper Burrell Fire Company No. 1 or the VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Radebaugh, Ronald J. 66

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ronald J. Radebaugh, 66, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born in Greensburg and was a son of the late Melvin James and Florence (Blank) Radebaugh. Ron served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as a cosmetologist for Velocity Hair and Nail Salon in Greensburg. Surviving are his sister, Joyce L. Block and husband, Joe; brother, Dennis R. Radebaugh; several nieces and nephews; and his dog, Zues. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Reidmiller, Francis J. 87

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1927-07-02
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Francis J. Reidmiller, 87, of Irwin, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital. He was born July 2, 1927, in Jeannette, the son of the late Jerome F. and Eleanor G. (Otto) Reidmiller. He was a retired employee of General Motors, Fisher Body Plant, Dravosburg, a founding member of Rillton Volunteer Fire Department with more than 55 years of service and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was very proud of receiving his GED diploma at the age of 47 and attended Vale Tech in Blairsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn E. (Ogg) Reidmiller; and brothers, Henry Reidmiller; and an infant brother, Stanley. He was survived by his children, James R. (Marlene) Reidmiller, of Palmyra, F. Keith (Marsha) Reidmiller, of West Newton, and Kevin J. (Linda) Reidmiller and Audrey (Michael) Skrgic, both of Irwin; grandchildren, Scott, Lisa, Stephanie, Mathew, Daniel, Christopher, Joshua, Kyle, Rachel and Paul; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Reidmiller, of Jeannette; numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Keith and Kathy Vay. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to the Rillton VFD. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and caregivers at Allegheny General Hospital for their kind and compassionate care; also his neighbors, Leland and Jan Ober and Robert "Hutch" Novak, and everyone at Rillton VFD for always being there. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Seman, Robert M. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-12-07
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Robert M. Seman, 78, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Born Dec. 7, 1936, in Calumet, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Yamnitsky) Seman. Prior to retirement, Bob was employed as a machinist at Hamill in Harrison City. Robert was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United. He was a lifelong bowler, and loved to golf and watch sports, especially baseball. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Rita (Hudak) Seman; a sister, Loretta Benci; and a brother-in-law, John Janis. He is survived by his children, Michele (Michael) Ingraham, of Arizona, Robert F. Seman, of Greensburg, and Cheryl (Ed) Olszewsski, of Georgia; grandchildren, Adam (Carrie) Ligus, Jared and Nathan Ligus, and Avery and Alexandra Olszewski; siblings, Richard and William Seman, Betty Janis, Katie (Frank) Arthur, Evelyn (Norm) Limpert, Barbara Seman and Bernadette (Joseph) Kitchen; numerous nieces and nephews; and his loving companion, Patty Miller, and her son, Robert E. Miller. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674. His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Florian Catholic Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Transfer prayers will be at 9:10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A vigil service will be at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be given at http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Sieminski, Donna 53

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Herman, Hazelwood | Get Directions
  • Donna (Conrad) Sieminski, 53, of New Kensington, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness. She was a loving wife to her husband and best friend, Andrew, for 30 years; mother of Joshua Sieminski, Shawn (Lynndee) Sieminski and Jennifer Sieminski; beloved daughter of Paul and Dorothy Conrad; admired sister of Loretta (John) Rae, Virginia (Ed) Gage and Logan Conrad; warmhearted aunt of Amanda Rae and Haley Gage; and grandmother of Nikki Sieminski. Donna was preceded in death by the late Howard and Dorothy Conrad and Charles and Virginia Bitner. Donna grew up in New Kensington. She was a 1979 graduate of Valley High School. She homeschooled all three children. She loved spending time with her family, especially her 2-year-old granddaughter. Her greatest joys were traveling with her husband, going fishing, shopping at flea markets and working in the garden every spring. She will be sadly missed by everyone. Burial will be private. Arrangements by ELMER L. HERMAN FUNERAL HOME.
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Skochylas, Michael 97

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1917-09-28
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Michael "Mike" Skochylas, 97, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 28, 1917, in Arnold, to the late Paul and Mary Roman Skochylas, and was a New Kensington-Arnold resident for his entire life. Mike was a graduate of Arnold High School and graduated from Robert Morris College and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He was the accountant for Hetrick Manufacturing and in earlier years, worked for the Arnold News. He proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and was a longtime member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Kensington. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Esther Maruk Skochylas; and his two daughters, Elaine Widmer and her husband, Tom Gruber, of West Hartford, Conn., and Ellen Smith and her husband, Tom, of Oakmont; grandchildren, Erin Yacovetti and her husband, John, and Lauren Smith; his great-grandchild, John Collin Yacovetti; and his sister, Mildred Rewnicki, of Arnold. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gene Scott. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral service and military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 221 Ridge Ave., New Kensington, by his pastor, the Rev. Alfred S. Petrill. Private burial will be in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Susick, Christopher C. 50

  • Export
  • Born: 1964-08-07
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Christopher C. "Chris" Susick, 50, of Export, died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 7, 1964, in Greensburg, a son of Joyce (Galicic) Susick, of Export, and the late Nicholas Susick. Chris was employee of Steel City Collision in Export. He enjoyed fishing, camping, vacations at the beach, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his granddaughters. Chris was known for his meticulous bodywork which he was very proud of. He will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him. Surviving is his beloved wife, Peggy (Oslosky) Susick; loving daughter, Nikki (Matt) Carr, of New Alexandria; cherished granddaughters, Taylor, Brianna, Madison, Aislinn and Alexis Carr; devoted brother, Sean (Jodi) Susick, of Greensburg; nephew, Jack Susick; niece, Gracie Susick; and great-aunts, Stella Peanoske and Joan Susich, both of Export. Family and friends are welcome from 5 p.m. until time of memorial services at 7 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Dan Lawrence officiating at the WOLFE-von GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will be private. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Swackhammer, Donna 57

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1957-08-08
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Donna Diddle Swackhammer, 57, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at her residence. She was born Aug. 8, 1957, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Dr. Kenneth W. and Glenna Floyd Diddle. Donna was employed by the Pediatric Associates of Westmoreland in Greensburg. She was a member of the Cornerstone Ministries Church in Murrysville. Donna is survived by three daughters, Brienne Marco and husband, Adam, of Charleston W.Va., Meghan Smith and husband, David, of Montross, Va., and Addison Swackhammer, of Greensburg; a grandson, Owen Smith; a sister, Deborah Malfara and husband, David Sr., of Reunion, Fla.; brothers, Kenneth W. Diddle Jr., of Greensburg, and Jeffrey Diddle, of New Alexandria; nephews, David Malfara Jr. and wife, Sarah, Dominic Malfara, Andrew Diddle and Carly Diddle. Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Templeton, Voris A. 95

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-11-02
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Voris A. "Popeye" Templeton, 95, of Southwest Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Nature Park Commons. He was born Nov. 2, 1919, in Greensburg, a son of the late Virgil S. and Margaret (Green) Templeton. Popeye was the donut baker at Schaller's Bakery for many years, and was a member of Greensburg Alliance Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John Templeton, in 2010, and Virgil Templeton Jr., in 1989. He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Learn and her two daughters, Cheryl and Nancy, all of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Vareda Love Templeton, of Royersford, and her three sons, Jerry, Tom and Kevin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a service will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. D. Roy Dail officiating. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Tourney, Sarah E. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-04-05
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sarah Elizabeth Tourney, 95, of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born April 5, 1919, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late William Steck and Freda (Storey) Steck. Sarah was a member of First Christian Church of Greensburg, was active in the Christian Women's fellowship and was the first female deacon of her church and deacon ameritis. Sarah was young at heart. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Tourney; sister, Dorothy M. Long; and brother-in-law, Donald and brother, William Steck. Surviving are her daughters, Salley T. Eicher and husband, Robert B. Jr., of Delmont, Sandie Ryan and husband, Buzz, of Greensburg, Susan R. Johnson and husband, Ronald A., of New Alexandria; son, Donald R. Tourney, of Lock Haven; six grandchildren, Robert B. Eicher III and fiancee, Linda Dammit, of Greensburg, Steven B. Eicher and wife, Dora, of Greensburg, Nita Johnson Small and husband, Steven, of Newberry, Fla., Rachael Johnson and husband, Marcus, of Minneola, Fla., Robert V. Tourney and wife, Jesse, of Nazareth, and Hanna M. Tourney, of Lock Haven; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Dawn Mosesman at Redstone Huglands for her exceptional loving care to our mother. Honoring Sarah's wishes, there will be no public visitation and services will be private. Interment will be in the Hillview Cemetery. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 134 Mathews St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Treichler, Therese A. 73

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-17
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Therese A. Treichler, 73, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Church, Greensburg. Inurnment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, P.O. Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Wesling, Anna M. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-05-14
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Anna M. Wesling, 87, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born May 14, 1927, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Antonio and Lucia Como Aquilino. Prior to retirement, she worked in packing at Jeannette Glass. In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by six siblings, Frank and Alfred Aquilino, Mary Casorio, Laura Litterini, Susie Aquilino and Edith Pompei. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Eugene Wesling, of Greensburg; two daughters, Debra Hudock and her husband, Alan, of Latrobe, and Diana Swanson and her husband, Kenneth, of Addison; five grandchildren, Chad and Kevin Swanson, Ranelle and Tasha Hudock and Jessica Polski; seven great-grandchildren, Brittany, Lynsey, Chloe, David and Christopher Swanson, Miles Conway and Zavia Polski; a great-great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Bailey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Jeff Swanson officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics, 2570 Blvd. of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19403 or at specialolympicspa.org. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Armstrong County

Fullerton, Robert P. 75

  • Manorville
  • Born: 1939-04-05
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Robert P. Fullerton, 75, of Manorville, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at his residence. He was born April 5, 1939, in Ford City, a son of the late Vernon A. Fullerton and Eva Maxine Harris Fullerton Fletcher. He grew up here and moved back the last 10 years. He was retired from the U.S. Information Agency and was a veteran of the Marine Corps from 1957 to 1959. He received his BSJ from West Virginia University in 1963, serving as managing editor of the Daily Athenaeum in his senior year. He also worked at the Office of Communications as a news service writer from 1970 to 1987. His last 17 years, he was a writer and late evening news editor for the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) and the U.S. Department of State. He also worked for the USIA for nearly three years in the mid-1960s, including six months as one of two newsroom staffers at the White House. He also worked two years as a writer for the United Press International, including covering the Maryland legislative session in Annapolis and Orioles baseball some in 1966, a year as a general assignment feature writer and staffer on the rewrite desk for the Baltimore News Association newspaper, and briefly out of journalism school as a writer for the Riverside, Calif., Daily Enterprise. Survivors include his brother, Thomas Michael and Nancy Fullerton, of Cameron, W.Va.; nieces, April Pachuta and Jennifer Fullerton; and nephew, Shawn Fullerton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William D. Fullerton. Visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Saturday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, with Pastor Ali Berkey. Interment in Ford City Cemetery.
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Himes, Earl 98

  • Dayton
  • Born: 1917-01-13
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bauer-Bly, Dayton | Get Directions
  • Earl Himes, 98, of Dayton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Earl was born Jan. 13, 1917, in Wayne Township, Armstrong County, to Eincel and Arminta (Engle) Himes. Earl graduated from Dayton High School in 1935 and was a lifetime resident of Wayne Township. For many years he and his wife operated a dairy farm, and later went to work managing Stockdale's Meats and Provisions until retiring in 1982. Earl was a member of Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church and served as a church elder. Hunting and farming were his favorite hobbies. His memory will be cherished by his daughters, Lois Barnett and husband, John, of Lower Burrell, Marjorie Hollenbaugh and husband, William, of Dayton, and Brenda McCalmont and husband, Michael, of Johnson City, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and brothers, Robert Himes, of Rochester Mills, Melvin Himes, of Reynoldsville, and Andrew Himes, of Meadville. Earl was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Thora M. (Stuchell) Himes, whom he married July 6, 1938, and who died July 23, 2003; brothers, Merle, Ellis and Roy Himes; and sisters, Ruth Troupe and Ida Beatty. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Margaret Manor for their kindness and care during Earl's two-year stay with them. Family will receive friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at BAUER-BLY FUNERAL HOME INC., 125 E. Main St., Dayton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church, 2540 Dayton Smicksburg Road, Dayton, with Sheila Wadding officiating. Interment will be in Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Cemetery, Dayton. Contributions can be made in Earl's honor to the VNA of Butler, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001, or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are handled by Bauer-Bly Funeral Home Inc. To send a condolence to Earl's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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McKelvey, Shirley J. 85

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Shirley Jean Slagle (Lauster) McKelvey, 85, formerly of Ford City, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Arrangements by the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, are incomplete. A complete obituary will be published in Thursday's paper.
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Novak, Helen W. 81

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Helen W. Novak, 81, of Kittanning, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at her residence. MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., is in charge of arrangements.
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Shellhammer, Thomas L. 49

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Thomas Leroy Shellhammer, 49, of Ford City (Burrell Township), passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at his home, after injuries sustained in a backhoe accident. He was born April 30, 1965, in Burrell Township, the son of the late John M. and Shirley Smith Shellhammer. Tom was employed as an operator by Rush Well Site Services in Canonsburg. He also owned and operated Tom's deer processing. He enjoyed hunting, bailing hay and raising and "tending to" the sheep and pigs at his farm. He was happiest spending time with his family, especially his grandsons. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Carol Lyn Daugherty Shellhammer; two sons, Thomas "T.J." McCarthy, of Ford City, and Justin McCarthy and his wife, Tara, of Apollo; three grandsons, Brayden, Hunter and Aiden; and three brothers, Larry Shellhammer and his wife, Brenda, of Ford City, Devit Shellhammer, of South Bend Township, and Bob Shellhammer and his wife, Kim, of Apollo. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Interment will be private. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Wagner, Kenneth E. 81

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1933-05-28
  • Died: 2014-12-30
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Eugene "Pete" Wagner, 81, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in the Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. He was born May 28, 1933, to the late Kenneth Eugene Wagner Sr. and the late Delilah Mae (McIntire) Wagner. Pete had lived most of his life in Lower Burrell with his late wife, Marlene, where they raised their five children. He was a very talented and skilled mason. He worked with his father during the early years of his career, worked as a union bricklayer for 30 years and then at Allegheny Ludlum for the last 15 years of his career. He retired in 1998. After retiring, he and Marlene moved to the countryside of Leechburg where he enjoyed the simple life and taking his beloved dogs for walks in the woods. Pete was a strong man both physically and spiritually. He touched many lives with his wit and acts of love and kindness and was well liked and respected by all he met. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances. Pete is survived by his children, David (Sharon) Wagner, of Brackenridge, Chris (Gary) Cigler, of Verona, Terri (Bill) Key, of Leechburg, Kevin Wagner, of New Kensington, and Dawn (Bill) Caldwell, of Tampa Bay, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; nine and one half great-grandchildren; and sisters, Carol (Ron) Caporali, Patricia (Joe) Provenzano and Shirley Wilkins. In addition to his parents and his wife, Marlene, he was preceded in death by his sister, Maxine Ziencik; and brother, William (Bill) Wagner. He is now reunited with his love, Marlene. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association at http://www.alz.org under the Pete Wagner Memorial Fund. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Wingard, Billie C. 89

  • Formerly of Apollo
  • Born: 1925-08-22
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Billie Charles Wingard passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at home, surrounded by his family. Born Aug. 22, 1925, in Echo, Billie was the son of the late Charles "Ward" and Ruth Wingard. Billie worked for 29 years in a variety of roles within the Peoples Natural Gas Company in Pittsburgh, retiring in 1987 as a dispatcher. Billie, known as "Pop" by many, was a loving husband of 68 years, a caring father and grandfather. In May of 2000, Billie and his wife moved from Apollo, to Kingston, N.Y., so that they could play an active role in the life of their granddaughter. An avid woodworker and handyman, Billie was always eager to help family and friends with their home improvement projects. In recent years, he built beautiful birdhouses for the special people in his life. He loved to show off his train layout in the family room. Many a child got to wear the engineer hat, operate the train and blow the whistle. Billie was an accomplished traveler, always up for a rollercoaster or submarine ride. He was active in his church, loved a good story, often dispensed wisdom in the form of humor and was a fan of a good piece of lemon pie. In addition to his parents, Billie was preceded in death by his brother, Jackie H. Wingard. He is survived by his wife, Eva "Dorgene" Wingard; his son, Dan; daughter in-law, Shari; and his granddaughter, Sarah Rose. He will be missed by his many beloved friends and family. A Rite of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts St., Kingston, N.Y., with the Rev. James Rowe presiding. Friends and family will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at CARSON/ BOYER FUNERAL HOME, 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Harkelroad Cemetery, Rural Valley. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts St., Kingston, N.Y.
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Butler County

Brutico Sr., Robert W.

  • Seven Fields
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Robert W. Brutico Sr., of Seven Fields, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Clara (Mieczkowski) Brutico; father of Christina Lutz (Ray), Robert Brutico, Neil R. Christopher (Diane), Nancy C. Svenson (Art) and Tommy M. Christopher (Lisa); brother of Janice Lutz (David); grandfather of 11 grandchildren and the late Cece Svenson; and uncle of David and Daniel Lutz. Friends received from 2 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800.
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Kacsuta, George 98

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • George Kacsuta, 98, of Cranberry Township, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Caroline (Salopek) Kacsuta; loving father of Donna Hovis (Ronald), Patricia Pride (Allen), George Kacsuta and the late Carol Ann Kacsuta; grandfather of Steven and Matthew Hovis; great-grandfather of Jacob, Alyssa and Amanda Hovis; and brother of Elizabeth Estok and the late John, Thomas, Paul, Joseph, Edward, Ann and Margaret. He also is survived by many loving relatives and friends. George proudly served his country in World War II as captain and B-17 pilot for 25 combat missions with the Eighth Air Force, 94th Bomb Group, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with five Battle Stars, World War II Victory Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge. He also served as a troop carrier pilot during the Korean War. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory Catholic Church, Zelienople. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402 (http://www.mightyeighth.org).
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Kvindis, William 80

  • Adams Township
  • Born: 1934-08-16
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Glenn-Kildoo, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • William "Bill" Kvindis, 80, in Adams Township, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 10, 2014. Bill was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Canonsburg, to John and Katherine (Sage) Kvindis. The son of a coal miner, Bill grew up in Canonsburg, and had an early interest in music, playing both piano and bugle. Bill was a member of his high school track team and ran relays with his Greek teammates. Slovak in nationality, Bill was baptized Greek Catholic. Bill attended Duquesne University and later enlisted in the Army, serving in the 351st Combat Regiment and later the 98th Army Band at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he regularly played reveille and taps on the bugle at the base. Upon returning to Canonsburg, he worked as an insurance underwriter for New Amsterdam Casualty in Pittsburgh. In 1959, he met and dated Jeani Reidenbaugh, later Pierce and they dated for one year. After the passing of his father, Bill hitchhiked to Southern California via Route 66. Bill met his future wife, Terry Moniz, in Hollywood, Calif., and they married in 1974. Bill became an instant and loving father to six wonderful children and worked in the insurance industry and HVAC wholesale industry. Bill and Terry were married for 16 years until Terry's untimely passing. Bill reconnected with Jeani Pierce in 1997 which began their love story again, after 38 years apart. Bill relocated back to Pittsburgh the same year. Bill and Jeani enjoyed music and attending the theater together and traveled often to places as far away as Europe. Bill worked for years at Johnstone Supply. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry and a member of the Bible Study Group and the Knights of Columbus. An avid photographer, Bill chronicled travels, nature and every gathering of family and friends and captured much joy through the lens. Bill loved watching the Steelers play and was so happy to see the Pirates finally get a winning season. He was an LA Dodgers fan as well and enjoyed classic movies, 40's music, local history and Ford Mustangs. Bill constantly put others first with his warm smile and sense of humor and Hollywood looks. Bill awoke early each day with the genuine intention of doing random acts of kindness for others. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Terry; parents, John and Katherine; and his long lost, much loved, and recently found twin sister, Margo (Bob) Scott, John (Ragena) Kvindis, Adam (Peg) Kvindis and Francis (Warner) Fahlgren. Bill is survived by his beloved partner, Jeani Pierce, of Mars; daughters, Teri (Steve), Hazzard, of Torrance, Calif.; grandchildren, Matt, Erica and Andrew, Anita Ross, of Glendale, Calif., Thom and Tracy, Sandy Frazier, of Worcester, Mass., Brian, Kevin, Wendy and Michael, Patty Libner, of Silverton, Ore., and Debbie and Cheryl; and was preceded in death by son, Joe Moniz; and daughter, Donna Harvey, surviving grandchildren, Kenny, Wendy, Joe and Joanie. Bill is also survived by daughters of Jeani Pierce, Lynn (Mike) Pierce, of Leominster, Mass.; granddaughter, Megan, and Kate (Joe), of Vermilion, Ohio; granddaughter, Jackie; and many other great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends. Bill was a very loving and kind person, very strong in his faith and was always willing to help someone. He was just a great human being. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. A luncheon in his honor will take place immediately after the Mass in Oldenski Hall at the church. Bill will be laid to rest aside his wife, Terry, and son, Joe Moniz, at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego County, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the A-T Children's Project, (Ataxia-telangiectasia disease) at http://www.atcp.org. or checks can be mailed to William Kvindis Memorial, c/o A-T Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., No. 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Kvindis family at http://www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Campbell, Douglas 63

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1951-04-27
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Douglas Campbell, 63, a lifelong resident of the Connellsville area, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at his home. He was born April 27, 1951, in Connellsville, a son of the late George and Berdie Eutsey Campbell. Douglas was Apostolic by faith. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by his loving wife of 42 years, Trula Hall Adams Campbell; his children, Brian Adams and wife, Tammy, Douglas Adams, Kory Adams and James Campbell, all of Connellsville; his grandchildren, Dylan, Haley, Tyler, Tesla, Seth, Abigail and Andrew Adams and Colton Swope; his brothers, Charles Campbell and wife, Betsy, of Mt. Pleasant, and John Campbell and wife, Annie, of Connellsville; his sister, Mary Hart, of Connellsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Douglas was predeceased by his brothers, James and Daniel Campbell; and his sister, Darlene Thomas. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, (724-628-1430), where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Chad Stallard officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Stouffer Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Kline, Kathryn G. 92

  • Jumonville
  • Born: 1923-01-23
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Kathryn G. "Kitty" Kline, 92, of Jumonville, formerly of Dunbar, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Dunbar, daughter of the late John Medved and the late Catherine Kubala Medved. She was the last member of her immediate family. She was a member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. Kitty worked in the cafeteria of Dunbar Elementary School for many years. She enjoyed playing cards with her grandchildren and best friend, Rose Novak and her family. She also enjoyed sewing for her family and many friends. Surviving are daughter, Terry Janosek and husband, Ron, of Jumonville, whom she resided with for six years; grandchildren, Michael Gambone and wife, Robbi, Michelle Larsen and husband, Dave, Mark Gambone and wife, Suzette, Erin McFadden, Maria Phillips and husband, Troy, Chevella, Jeremey, Bryan, Mary Catherine and Sara Kline; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack A. Kline; daughter, Kathy Gambone; son, John Kline; son-in-law, Sully Gambone; and sisters, Mary, Margaret, Helen, Elizabeth and Ann. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Prayers will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with the rosary at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Dunbar, with the Rev. Micah E. Kozoil as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude for the care she received at Sunshine Estate for the past year and also Golden Living for the care she received and the attention given to her in her final days. In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to St. Aloysius St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.
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Porterfield, Thomas E. 83

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Thomas Edward Porterfield, 83, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at home, with his loving family members by his side. Born in Connellsville, he was the son of the late Clarence and Dorothy Prickett Porterfield. He was a Corporal in the Army, stationed at Fort Dix, N.J., and he served from 1948 until 1952 in the Korean War. He worked for Herriott's Trucking in Buffalo, N.Y. for five years, worked for Anchor Hocking of South Connellsville for 11 years and from there Maple Creek Mines, where he worked for 19 years until he retired. He was a member of Greenwood Methodist Church and American Legion 301, Connellsville. He was a great fan of the Steelers and Pirates games. He is survived by wife, Edith Burnsworth Porterfield; his five daughters, Esther (Vinnie) Potoka, of Alabama, Patty (Gary) Potoka, of Loysville, Tammy (Clyde) Caldwell, of Elliottsburg, Tomi Renae (Rick) Trout, of Scottdale, and Dorothy (Glenn) Daniels, of South Connellsville; grandchildren, Vinnie (Jennifer) Potoka, of Alabama, Thomas (Amber) Potoka, of Alabama, Matthew Caldwell (fiancee, Alexa Thompson), of Belle Vernon, Liling Caldwell, of Elliottsburg, and Braleigh, Kayden and Kyle Trout, of Scottdale; great-grandchildren, Blakely Thompson and Italia Caldwell, of Belle Vernon, Ben Potoka, of Alabama, and Bryson Potoka, of Alabama, who will be born this week; and also many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Walter Porterfield; and his sister, Jane Pirl. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until noon Friday, the hour of his funeral service with Pastors Lee Maley and Mark Sholtis officiating in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. Interment will follow in Hill Grove Cemetery, Connellsville. Full military rites will be accorded at the funeral home by the VFW Post 21 and American Legion Posts 310 and 762. Tom's family would like to thank the Amedysis Nurses and Aides for all the hard work and love that they showed for Tom. Also, thank you to Pastor Lee Maley and Pastor Mark Sholtis for being there all the time for Tom and his family. Thank you to everyone that has shared in the life of Tom.
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Rutter, Sandra L. 68

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1946-04-17
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. Rutter, 68, of South Connellsville, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. She was born April 17, 1946, in Dunbar, daughter of the late Wilbert Garletts and the late Evelyn Jolliffe Garletts. She worked in the deli at Pechins. Surviving are children, Donald C. Rutter and wife, Bonnie, of Greensburg, Stanley Breakiron and wife, Ann, of Blairsville, Brian Rutter, of Latrobe, Terri Younkin and husband, Scott, and Debbie Wable and husband, Ed, all of South Connellsville, and Lori Villar and husband, Agustin, of Sarasota, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Ronald Garletts and wife, Linda, Wilbert Garletts and wife, Ivy, Gary Garletts and wife, Mary, Hilda Garletts and Donna Cole and husband, Bob; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Rutter; sister, Sally Smiley; and brothers, Keith, George and Richard Garletts. Friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Services will be at 8 p.m. with Pastor Lee Maley officiating.
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Bocchini, Marie L. 87

  • McMurray , Formerly of Greene County
  • Born: 1927-09-17
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Marie Louise (Colaianni) Bocchini, 87, of McMurray, formerly of Greene County, peacefully passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was born Sept. 17, 1927, the daughter of the late Carmelo and Rose Colaianni. She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio "Tony" Bocchini; loving mother of Anthony (Barbara), of Waynesburg, David (Janet), of Naples, Fla., and Perry, of Lawrence; proud grandmother of Mark, Anthony, John and Peter; and caring sister of three. She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Marie was a proud Italian lady, who always enjoyed cooking for her loving family. She was involved and volunteered for many activities throughout the community, including Catholic Daughters of America and Peters Township Senior Citizens. The Bocchini family would like to thank the staff at Paramount Senior Living, Peters Township, for all the care and support given to Marie and her family. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends and family are welcome from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Louise de Marillac Church. Interment in the Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 7829 National Pike East, Uniontown, PA 15401. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Fleming, Clifford W. 74

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1940-08-23
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Clifford Wayne Fleming, 74, of Charleroi passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the Nevaeh Cove Personal Care Home, Charleroi. A son of the late Clifford D. and Myrtle Finley Fleming, he was born in Pittsburgh on Aug. 23, 1940. He was retired from the Washington County Authority as an Administrator and served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Carolyn "Lynn" Suhoza Fleming; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Douglas Fleming of Painsville, Ohio, Matthew (Lisa) Fleming and Wade (Traci) Fleming, all of Charleroi; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Barbara) Fleming of Pymatuning; and one sister and brother-in-law, Kay (Steve) Vinay of Munhall; and four grandchildren, Cameron, Jensen, Jonathan and Gianna Fleming. There will be no public visitation or funeral services. The FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, is handling arrangements, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com, 724-929-5300.
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Kluchko, Matushka M. 71

  • Bridgeville
  • Born: 1943-03-25
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Matushka Mildred "Millie" Seymour Kluchko, 71, of Bridgeville, formerly of Belle Vernon, Rostraver Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at her home. Born March 25, 1943, in Olyphant, she was the daughter of the late George and Julia Nemitz Seymour. Mrs. Kluchko was a member of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, sang in the Holy Resurrection Church Choir, served as a Sunday school teacher, was a member of the St. Barbara's Altar Guild, volunteered at her local food pantry and was a member of the Bridgeville Library Scrabble Club. Mrs. Kluchko was a retired health physical education teacher in the Frazier School District. She is survived by her husband, Rev. John J. Kluchko former pastor of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church to whom she was married 52 years; son and daughter-in-law, Luke and Oksana Kluchko of Kiev, Ukraine; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kyra and Egor Panchenko of Jersey City, N.J., and Melanie and John Nobile of West Caldwell, N.J.; seven grandchildren, Brendan Nobile, Aiden Nobile, Declan Nobile, Dmitri Panchenko, Marianna Kluchko, Michael Kluchko, and Emily Kluchko; and two brothers and sister-in-law, George Seymour of the state of California and William and Jean Seymour of North Carolina. Visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Relatives and friends will gather at noon Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Mary Street, Belle Vernon, for funeral services with the Very Rev. Samuel Smolcic Pastor of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church officiating. Interment will take place in St. Tikhon Cemetery. Parastas services will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Mildred L. Kluchko to St. Tikhon Seminary, 175 St. Tikhons Road, Waymart, PA 18472; or to Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 321 Monastery Lane Elwood City, PA 16117. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Carson, Majorie N. 98

  • Sarasota, Fla.
  • Born: 1916-02-19
  • Died: 2015-01-17
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Private services were held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, for Marjorie Nelson Carson, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Fallowfield Township. She passed away Jan. 17, 2015. Mrs. Carson was born Feb. 19, 1916, in Fallowfield Township, at the Nelson Family Farm. Her parents were the late John Firman Nelson and Mayme Bonnell Nelson. Family life was centered around the farm. Marjorie began her education in a one-room schoolhouse called the Certain School in Fallowfield Township. She enjoyed reminiscing about lunch-time sled rides during the winter months, warming mittens on the coal stove in the middle of the classroom, and the mile-long walk to and from the county school. After attending Fallowfield School and Charleroi High School, she graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science in education. Marjorie served as an elementary school teacher for 35 years at Fallowfield School and Charleroi High School. Fallowfield School had a wonderful reputation for outstanding education, and she was very proud of being a member of the staff. During that time, she trained 43 student teachers from California University of Pennsylvania. She loved teaching and appreciated the many friendships made during her classroom years. On April 10, 1942, Marjorie married her high school sweetheart, Donald Edward Carson, also of Fallowfield Township. They spent 42 years together prior to Don’s death Sept. 8, 1984. For over 30 years, their favorite pastime was dinner and an evening bridge with the same couples club. They loved the beach and spent each summer of the Boardwalk in Ocean City, N.J. After retirement, they wintered at Indian Shores, Fla., while enjoying the beach, playing bridge and planning numerous activities with large groups of “Snowbirds” from Charleroi. Gathering sand dollars along the shore and watching the shore birds scurry and soar were especially peaceful and enjoyable moments. Marjorie was active in civic affairs. She was a member, and served as president, of the Daughters of American Pioneers and the Athene Club. For 25 years, she served on the Board of Directors, Washington County Federation of Women’s Clubs. Marjorie was a 50-year plus member of the Order of Eastern Stars and had served as Mother Advisor for the Charleroi Rainbow Girls. She was a student of parliamentary law. While living in Florida, she was a member of the Florida Parliamentary Law Association. Sarasota, Fla. became her full-time residence since 1994. Marjorie fondly enjoyed her special friendships there where bridge games became an almost daily event. She was a member of the Charleroi Presbyterian Church where her family belonged for four generations. Marjorie served there as a Sunday school teacher for over 30 years, deacon, session member and elder. Surviving are her daughter, Suzanne of Sarasota, Fla.; and Marjorie’s two nieces, Pat Nelson Morgan and Judy Nelson Sykora. The private burial was in Maple Creek Cemetery, Fallowfield Township, as requested by Marjorie. The SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Jaffe, Arthur H. 93

  • Delray Beach, Fla.
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Thompson-Miller, Butler | Get Directions
  • Arthur H. Jaffe, 93, passed away peacefully at his residence Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Delray Beach, Fla., after a short illness. Mr. Jaffe was born in Butler to the late Israel Max Jaffe and the late Fannie (Posner) Jaffe. He had a varied and distinguished life and was a former resident of the City of Pittsburgh. He received his Bachelor of Arts in classical studies from Penn State in 1942 and studied Modern Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Mr. Jaffe served as an Army Intelligence and Infantry Captain during World War II and participated in the Battle of Europe after the landing at Normandy. He subsequently joined the Haganah, the Jewish Defense Force, from 1946-1948, engaged in the struggle for the establishment of the State of Israel. Mr. Jaffe was a partner in a family business, I.M. Jaffe and Sons, which operated retail stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, for 30 years. Upon his retirement, he became director of endowments for the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and was also involved in the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh. His many honors include a Bronze Star for his wartime service; the Israel Defense Medal; the Silver Medallion from the Broward/South Palm Beach Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice; and the Legion of Honor from France in recognition of his contribution to the liberation of that nation during World War II. He recently received an Honorary Doctoral Degree and President's Distinguished Service Medallion from Florida Atlantic University. Upon his move to Florida, he became a founding director of the Jewish Community Foundation of South Palm Beach County. His last crowning achievement was the establishment of the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University, which was initially endowed with Mr. Jaffe's private collection. Upon receiving an honorary doctorate in humane letters from FAU in 2011, Mr. Jaffe said, "If I was able to do some good things, it was because others were helping me and because I was willing to accept their help. Success is only made possible through cooperation. It is never something that is achieved by one person alone." Mr. Jaffe is survived by his children, Jeanne Jaffe, of Philadelphia, Jonathan Jaffe, of San Francisco, Calif., Joel Jaffe, of Houston, Texas, and Julie Jaffe, of Vashon Island, Wash. Mr. Jaffe is also survived by his stepson, Steven Loevner, of Pittsburgh; his stepdaughter, Peggy Sloane, of Philadelphia; eight grandchildren; his brother, Norman D. Jaffe, of Pittsburgh; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Silverstein Jaffe; his second wife, Mata Loevner Jaffe; a step-grandson, Michael Gardner; a sister; and three brothers. There will be no public visitation. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at the THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 124 E. North St., Butler, with Cantor Michal Gray-Schaffer of Congregation of B'nai Abraham officiating. A graveside service will follow at B'Nai Abraham Congregation Cemetery, Butler. Memorial donations in Arthur's name are suggested to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Online condolences can be given at http://www.thompson-miller.com.
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Karidis, Penelope A. 89

  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Penelope A. "Penny" Karidis, 89, of Spokane, Wash., died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter G. Karidis and the late Achilles P. "Acky" Copetas; daughter of the late Sarantis "Charles" Sarandou and the late Orania Sarandou; mother of Rayanne (Robert) Barnes, Constance Copetas (Gerald Smith) and Stephen (Maria) Copetas; stepmother of Cynthia (James) Widmer, George (Lynn) Karidis and the late John (Lynn) Karidis; sister of the late Dr. Spero Sarandou, Marie Johnston and the late John Sarandou; and is also survived by 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Penny was born June 7, 1925, in Pittsburgh. During her childhood years, she helped her parents operate the Keystone Candy Shoppe and Restaurant in Lawrenceville. After marrying Acky Copetas in 1950, she moved to Glenshaw and raised her three children. After Acky died in 1979, she married Peter Karidis and lived in Mt. Lebanon. She was a homemaker and member of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon. She was active in church activities such as the Philoptocos. After Peter passed away in 2009, she moved to Spokane, Wash., to be near her daughter, Dr. Constance Copetas. A private family service will be held. Interment is to be at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Allison Park. Arrangements are by BOCK FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gikeson Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.
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Miller, Charlotte A. 68

  • Lancaster
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Lancaster | Get Directions
  • Charlotte A. Miller, 68, of Lancaster, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Harrisburg Hospital, following a lengthy illness. She was married 46 years to Isaac Miller. Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late William T. Sr. and Charlotte M. Bolton Stiles. Charlotte had worked for the Medical Bureau for many years. She was a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School. Surviving, besides her husband, are two sons, Michael I. Miller and Brian C. Miller, both of Lancaster; four grandchildren, Hunter, Gabriel, Brandon and Samantha; two brothers, William T. Jr., husband of Dawn Stiles, of Yuma, Ariz., and Robert J., husband of Cyndi Stiles, of Greensburg; and a sister, Roxana, wife of Jeff Kirchoff, of Lancaster. A Christian prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the KEARNEY A. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, with the Rev. Daniel O'Brien officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Miller's memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 101 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603; or to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at http://www.KASnyderfuneralhome.com.
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Palkovitz, Esther Y.

  • Pembroke Pines, Fla. , Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Esther Y. Palkovitz, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., formerly of Pittsburgh, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Jack Palkovitz, Esq.; daughter of the late Morris and Fannie Katz; cherished mother of Sharon and Barry Moskowitz, M.D., Bobbi Zimmer Kann and Richard E. Kann and Barry J. Palkovitz, Esq.; mother-in-law of the Late Ben Zimmer, M.D; sister of the late Louis Katz, M.D.; devoted grandmother of Freya Moskowitz, V.M.D. and Aaron Olszewski, Esq., Dr. Robert Moskowitz and fiancee, Monica Lupiloff, Jordanna and Dr. Paul Ufberg and Rabbi Dovid and Rivka Zimmer; great-grandmother of Ryan, Nathan, Jack, Ella, Charlotte, Moshe, Baruch, Sari, Yocheved and Shraga; also survived by loving family and friends, five grand-dogs and two grand-birds. The family wishes to thank Drs. Adam Sohnen, Emily Yee, Michelle Organist and Saul Silver for their loving care and Forbes Center and their compassionate caregivers. A graduate of Margaret Morrison Carnegie Tech, Esther earned her Master of Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a licensed real estate broker for 68 years, owning and managing her many properties. She was a world traveler first with her husband, Jack, and then with friends and family. Esther was deeply committed to Israel and to Jewish communal causes. She was a Lion of Judah and an active participant with the UJF and received a Spiritual Adoption Award from Na'amat. Esther dedicated the Jack and Esther Palkovitz Grand Lobby at Beth Shalom Synagogue. She was involved with countless Boards including B'nai Brith Women, Technion, ZOA, Ladies Auxiliary of Weinberg Village, National Council of Jewish Women, Poale Zedeck Sisterhood, Beth Shalom Sisterhood, State of Israel Bonds-Women's Division and the Sapphire Society of Jewish National Fund. She was a 2009 JAA 8-over-80 Honoree. Esther touched the hearts of many and will be deeply missed. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the Jack and Esther Palkovitz Grand Lobby at Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon St. in Squirrel Hill, where services will follow at noon. Interment will be in Beth Shalom Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC. Contributions may be made to Hadassah-Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 1824 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or Starzl Transplant Institute, Forbes Tower, Suite 8084, 3600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. http://www.schugar.com.
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Queen, Roy P. 61

  • Belmont, Calif.
  • Born: 1953-02-17
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: Hunter, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Roy Paul Queen, 61, of Belmont, Calif., passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Born Feb. 17, 1953, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Elmer and Shirley Queen. He was a graduate of McKeesport High School and Robert Morris University. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Heather, Dana and Paul; sister, Patty Keller; nephew, Jason Wentroble; uncle and aunt, Richard and Flora Mae Dorman; cousins, Jim Duffy, Mark Dorman, Kim Turnbill, Wendy Brukwinski, Sandra Mazolewski, KR Hovatter, Susan Thornton and Lynn Hovatter; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Belmont, Calif. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.
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Sanoba, Edward P. 91

  • Maple Heights, Ohio , Formerly of Ford City
  • Born: 1923-06-29
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Edward P. Sanoba, 91, of Maple Heights, Ohio, formerly of Ford City died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Villa St. Josephs, Garfield Heights. Born June 29, 1923, in Ford City, he was a son of the late Michael Sanoba and Mary Augustine Sanoba; and the husband of the late Dorothy Wintgens Sanoba, who died Oct. 5, 2011. He was employed as a drill press operator and inspector by Cleveland Pneumatics Tool Co. and served with the Army's 20th Armored Tank Division. He attended St. Monica Church, Garfield Heights, Ohio. He was a member of the Ford City VFW, the Holy Name Society at St. Monica and Jednota. He enjoyed eating out. He was an avid Pittsburgh and Cleveland baseball and hockey fan. He enjoyed watching his granddaughter, Maddie, in sports, and also enjoyed traveling and his family. He is survived by his son, Michael and Marie Sanoba, of Maple Heights; daughter, Kathleen Sanoba, of Garfield Heights; one granddaughter, Maddie; and beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Agnes Bator, Pauline Elger and Clara Tremont. Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Christ Prince of Peace Parish, with Father Bryan Summers officiating. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Wilson, Claire 88

  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Died: 2015-01-18
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Claire Cote Wilson, 88, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Survivors include her son, Wesley (Debbie) Dumas; granddaughters, Darlene Maurer and Alicia Baker; a great-granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and loving friends. She will be sadly missed by all. Claire was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison Wilson, formerly of Apollo. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Jacksonville, followed by a celebration of her life. Local arrangements by CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo, PA 15613.
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