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Auld, Robert F. 80

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1935-04-28
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Robert F. "Bob" Auld, 80, of Hampton Township, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, with his family at his side. Born April 28, 1935, in Glenshaw, he was a son of John P. and Betty (Ferber) Auld. Bob was a graduate of Hampton High School, where he met his beloved wife, Connie Marie Ager. They were married for 56 years, until her death in 2013. He worked at Starr Lumber in Saxonburg and held key positions at John H. Auld Bros. in Allison Park for many years. He was a lifelong member of Parkwood Church. Bob enjoyed going to his hunting camp in Elk County and Steelers games. His family will remember his great sense of humor, deep love of family and appreciation for nature. He is survived by his three sons, Robert (Ruth) Auld, of West View; Daniel (Cindi) Auld, of Wildwood, and David Auld, of Hampton Township; grandchildren, Joshua (Jan) Auld, of Kennett Square, Carrie (Edis) Denic, of Chicago, Ill., Rachel (Robert) Reed, of Winchester, Va., Daniel Auld and Amber Auld, both of Wildwood; and great-granddaughters, Lily, Claire, Heidi and Caroline. Bob's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015 at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd. in Allison Park, with the Rev. Jeffrey Potter officiating. Please meet at the church. He will be laid to rest at the Mt. Royal Cemetery in Glenshaw. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor in support of Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Bob's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Belamarich, Jean 77

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Jean (Cercone) Belamarich, 77, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was the wife of the late Joseph M.; mother of Lisa Wilson (Greg), of Wexford, and Christopher Belamarich; sister of Edward Cercone and the late Ann Gionta, Oswald Cercone, Virginia Bruno and Vera Albrighton; Nana of Taylor, Alex and Meghan Wilson; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bonaventure Church, Glenshaw. Memorials suggested to TRY, a special needs organization, P.O. Box 40, Wexford, PA 15090. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Blaha, Margaret 83

  • North Hills
  • Born: 1931-12-06
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Ann" (Miller) Blaha, 83, of North Hills, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015. She was born Dec. 6, 1931, to the late Agnes Altvater. Ann worked for many years as a phone operator for Sears Department store, volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 10 years and was a longtime member of St. Athanasius Church. Ann lived a selfless life, always putting others before herself and always making everyone laugh. She enjoyed music and loved to sing and could always be found with a smile on her face. Family and friends were Ann's passion. She made every person in her life feel special. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her children and grandchildren were her angels. Her character is irreplaceable and she will be missed by many. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Blaha; and her siblings, Mary Janota, Dorothy Hill, Peggy Nauman, Jim Altvater and Loretta Varacalli. She is survived by children, Lynda (Larry) Weingartz, Theresa (Gino) LeDonne, Antoinette Kane and Joe (Shelly) Blaha; grandchildren, Crystal (Arceli) Rohm, Jodie Blaha, Perry Law, Shawna Kane, April LeDonne, Joel Blaha and the late Jimmy Rohm; great-grandchild, Lena Hines; and sisters, Teresa Brown and Jackie Schippmann. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews and countless friends. Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Friday in St. Athanasius Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Brazon, Helen 87

  • Brentwood
  • Born: 1928-03-04
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Helen Brazon, 87, of Brentwood, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was born March 4, 1928, loving daughter to the late Thomas and Mary (Cunko) Krlin. She was the faithful wife of Edward Brazon, whom passed in 1997; beloved mother to Mona (Lee) McCaffrey, Edward Brazon and Carol Rudolf; grandmother of Shawn, Ryan, Kendra, Amy, Jill and Jeffrey; and is also survived by her siblings, Barbara Gallagher, John Krlin and James Krlin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, in St. Sylvesters Catholic Church. Interment will be held at Jefferson Memorial Park. Please sign the online register book at www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Counahan, Paul M. 61

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Paul M. Counahan, 61, of McCandless, peacefully passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 surrounded by loved ones. He was the beloved husband for 39 years of Maura (Burwinkel); proud and loving father of Michael C. (Nicki), Mini Maura and Jack Counahan; caring brother of Kathy Thomas (Kevin) and Tammy Hunter (Keith); loving uncle of James Paul, Kelsey and MacKenzie; also survived by many loving friends and relatives. Paul enjoyed a 37-year career in the heavy equipment industry, working for Caterpillar Inc., Beckwith Machinery and Cleveland Brothers. The family would like to thank the staff at UPMC Shadyside for their support and care. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Hemochromatosis Society, P.O. Box 950871, Lake Mary, FL 32795-0871.
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Gregory, V. James 77

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1938-02-02
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Copelands, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • V. James Gregory, of Sewickley, known as "Big Jim" by family and friends, departed peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Feb. 2, 1938, in Port Chester, N.Y., Jim was a kind and generous man. He was a loving husband to his wife of 53 years, Margi (Brown) Gregory; and a wonderful father to his children and friend to their spouses: daughters, Katie Clarke (Tripp), Maggie Manuel (Robert) and Betsy Tseronis (Pete), and sons, Jim Gregory (Cathy) and David Gregory (Sharon). Additionally, Jim was a doting grandfather to his 16 grandchildren, Alyssa Jeanette (John), Evan Clarke (Taylor), Lauren Devlin, Will Clarke, KJ Devlin, Kate Manuel, Catlin Clarke, Libby Manuel, Coco Gregory, Peyton Gregory, Brett Gregory, Brooke Gregory, Jake Tseronis, Josh Tseronis, Brie Tseronis and Zach Tseronis. He is also survived by his brothers, Michael and Richard; his sister, Peg; as well as many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. One of Jim's earliest accomplishments was that of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. He utilized those learned attributes of determination and dedication toward his chosen school of higher learning, Villanova University. There, he swam on the varsity swim team and was spotted more than a few times at the local horse track (paying his way through school). He graduated in 1959 with a BS in psychology. He went on to study at the Wharton school's Executive Education program. After graduation from 'Nova, and a brief stint in the National Guard, he married the love of his life, Margaret Brown, from Brooklyn, N.Y. Anyone who has been in the presence of Jim and Margi knows the depth of love they had for each other. As children we would cringe when they would kiss in the kitchen or when we would catch them sharing a music-less slow dance as if they were the only two in the room. But secretly we all loved it. These small acts taught us how to share our love openly. The strength of their love was inspired by their involvement and leadership with Worldwide Marriage Encounter for almost four decades, where they developed many of their strongest friendships and were witness to God's grace. Jim and Margi continued their spiritual endeavors with Epiphany Association, Academy of Formative Spirituality and as Eucharistic, Pre Cana and Baptism ministers with St. James Parish in Sewickley. Margi was the sun that Jim orbited around. We are the moons set in motion from their energy. Jim spent a good part of his career as a corporate gypsy with Betz Laboratories moving seven times in almost 16 years until he moved his family for a final time to Sewickley in 1983 to become the president of Calgon Inc. Jim was an early developer on Pittsburgh's Herr's Island and built Washington's Landing Marina, which his son, Dave, presently operates. In the early 1990s, Jim took his decades of water treatment experience and founded the specialty chemical company Verichem on Neville Island. Jim also proudly served on the board of directors for LaRoche College, Epiphany Association and Ohio Valley Hospital. Jim's story is a classic rags to riches to rags to true riches story and persevered as a result of his tenacity, his faith and his family. One of Jim's many loves was golf. He greatly enjoyed the time on the course when he could connect with his cherished sons and son-in-laws, his adored wife and his many friends. As a member of Allegheny Country Club, Jim won numerous club events and, even to this day, claims to have the longest drive ever recorded on Hole No. 18. Oh, what a drive that was! He also had an adventurous sense of humor. He would plot great tricks to play on his friends, such as challenging them to beat him in swimming underwater laps or betting that he could blow out a table full of candles with one breath. Unwitting victims were unaware that he was great at the setup. Jim also taught through his actions the importance of family and creating memories. He was committed to numerous family vacations and traditions, many we still honor today. Jim had a way of listening so that all could be heard and he had an amazing ability to be focused on the people he was with in that moment. He could frequently be heard talking about rising above and being "Christ like" in our actions. But his actions spoke even louder than his words as he was generous and kind to all - even in the face of adversity. We have all learned how to be better people through Jim's example. Many people affectionately called him Big Jim, because of his drive, stature and loving heart. But there are not enough kind words or witty stories to describe Dad. He touched many lives, had boundless love, a sense of humor and a generous spirit that was infectious and inspiring to everyone he met. We miss him dearly. Please come prepared to celebrate the life of this wonderful man from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at COPELAND SEWICKLEY FUNERAL HOME, 702 Beaver St. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at St. James Church, 200 Walnut St., with Father Michael Sullivan as celebrant and Father Thomas J. Burke as concelebrant. In Big Jim's fashion, all are welcome. In lieu of flowers and keeping Big Jim's generous spirit in mind, please make contributions to The Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org); The Villa St. Joseph's in Baden (villastjoseph.org); or the The Epiphany Association (epiphanyassociation.org). The Epiphany Association is a center offering adult faith formation and is dear to our parents' hearts. Dad shared with us that the Boy Scouts saved him in his youth, and we witnessed the love, compassion and dignity that the Villa offered him in his final days.
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Henderson, Elizabeth A. 86

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. Henderson, 86, of Hampton Township, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was the wife of the late William E.; mother of Marlene Baysek (John), William L. Henderson (Denise), Tim Henderson, Chris Musico and Jane Henderson; daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Rolly; sister of Antoinette Matthews, Leonard Rolly and the late Tillie Schmidt and Dolores Czopek; grandmother of Christopher, Aaron, Nathan, Art, Joe, Angie, Corri, Zach, Cassie, Jesse, Calib and Christopher; and great-grandmother of Acelynn, Hailey, Makenna, Seth, Cheyenne, Cecilia and Kepler. Visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kramer, Leaetta A. 94

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Leaetta A. (Eisel) Kramer, 94, of Munhall, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the loving mother of Roberta "Bonnie" (Martin) Bauman; sister of the late Ruth Watkins, Lillian Feeney, Chuck Eisel, Bert Eisel, Grace Hawk and Elmer Eisel; aunt of Patti Stewart; also survived by many other nieces and nephews. Leaetta's family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice and Manorcare of Bethel Park for the care they provided to her. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, in St. Therese Church, Munhall. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Long, Thomas G. 78

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Thomas G. Long, 78, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 32 years of Lois J. Corson Long; father of Thomas S. (Karyn) Long; stepfather of David B. (Diana) Corson, Brian J. Corson and Cathy A. Mann; grandfather of Taylor, Danielle, Courtney, Jeremy, Stephanie, Justin, Joshua and the late David Lee; great-grandfather of Nikki, Gracie, Austin and Keaton; brother of Nancy K. Reiche and the late Carol Ann Mann; also survived by many cousins. Tom was a cable splicer with Duquesne Light Co., 53-year Mason, member of North Hills Lodge No. 716 F and AM and Navy veteran. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229 (no viewing Memorial Day). Service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in West View United Methodist Church. Please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to North Hills Food Bank, 845 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 or do something nice for someone as Tom did so often. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Lorenc, Elizabeth 89

  • Wilmerding
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Filia, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Stapinski Lorenc, 89, of Wilmerding, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was the wife of the late Walter F. Lorenc. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. Betty was the past president of PNA Council No. 76 and Star of Liberty Lodge No. 1692. Friend received from 9 a.m. until time of blessing service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the JAMES F. FILIA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 354 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding. Interment New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. To leave condolences, please visit jamesfiliafuneralhome.com.
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McLaughlin, Dennis J.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Dennis J. "Denny" McLaughlin, of Swissvale, died suddenly Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was the husband of the late Mary Patricia (Cooley) McLaughlin; loving father of David and his wife, Jodi, Patrick and his wife, Stephania, and Joseph and his wife, Teresa; dear grandfather of Jeremy, Brendan, Aidan, Kerrigan, Seth, Lillian, Emma, Liam, Knox, Olivia, Anthony and Nicholas; and brother of Marianna Reeves, Nancy Kimble, Karen Koncsol "Laurie," Gail McLaughlin, Maureen McLaughlin and Paul McLaughlin. Dennis is also survived by his many nieces and nephews. Mr. McLaughlin served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a retired steel worker who held many positions in a career that spanned 30 years at the Edgar Thompson Plant in Braddock. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUENRAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Word of God Roman Catholic Church (formerly St. Anselm). www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Patricia A. 79

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. (Gallo) Miller, 79, of Munhall, died peacefully Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Ron Miller; daughter of the late George and Nell Gallo; loving mother of Ronnie (Margaret), Lynnie (Jimbo), Lori (Luke) and Chris (Erin); cherished grandmother of Jimmy, Casey, Tommy, Brianna, Paige, Troy and Nolan; and great-grandmother of Tristan, Gabby, Connor and Cole. Friends received from noon to 4 p.m. Monday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a blessing service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday.
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Patterson, Deborah R. 59

  • North Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Deborah R. (Braddock) Patterson, 59 of North Hills, died Monday, May 18, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Gregg Patterson and Candace Patterson; sister of Virginia Kinsella, Judy Herbe, Michelle Weaver and the late William Braddock and Connie Broge; and grandmother of Tyler Patterson and Layla Patterson. Deborah formed her own path in life through her spontaneity. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and time at the beach. Her presence will be missed. There will be no visitation. Service and interment are private. Arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., West View. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Raimondi, Albert A. 90

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Albert Anthony "Dick" Raimondi, 90, of Forest Hills, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Doris Ann Pollitt. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Raimondi; and his sisters, Mabel Arruda and Laura Nicoli. He was also the loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Dick was a World War II Navy veteran and earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tuffs University and his master's in science and doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He was employed as a research engineer and manager for Westinghouse Research and Development in Churchill for 48 years. In 1970, Dick was elected as a fellow of the American Society of Lubrication Engineeers. In 1989, he received the George Westinghouse Innovation Award and also the Westinghouse Patent Award in recognition of the U.S. patents issued to the corporation as a result of concepts that he created and developed. In 1997, Dick was presented the Mayo D. Hersey Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dick also served on the board of directors of Auberle Home in McKeesport from 1984 to 1998. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the 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. Saturday in St. Jude the Apostle Church, Wilmerding. Dick will be laid to rest with military honors in Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Saffer, Catherine T. 84

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Catherine Theresa (Coyne) Saffer, 84, of Pleasant Hills, formerly of Baldwin, died Friday, May 22, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 56 years to Fred Saffer; loving mother of Bryan (Kathy), Dan (Arlene), Ken (Laura), and the late Tom Saffer and Donna Urbanowicz; mother-in-law of E.J. Urbanowicz and Sue Saffer; proud grandmother of Amanda (Andy), Matthew, Jared, Nathan, Jenna, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Colan, Lindsay and Madelyn; great-grandmother of Lillian; daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret Coyne; and sister of the late Margie Baluh. Cathy will be both deeply and sadly missed by all who knew her. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral Prayer at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas A' Becket Church. If desired, family suggests contributions to PA Association for the Blind, 1800 West St., Homestead, PA 15120. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Schopp, Elaine 94

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1920-08-01
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Elaine (Marcuzzi) Schopp, 94, of North Versailles, died peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Northern Italy, daughter of the late Arturto and Emma Marcuzzi. She was the dear mother of Geraldine (Michael) De Savage and Paul (Terri) Schopp; special grandma of Christy (Jason) Theil, Joseph (Kara) Schopp, Renee (Dennis) Englert, Michael (Michelle) De Savage and Michelle (Jack) Ellenberger; and great-grandma of Felicia, Elaina, Ashley, Kelsie, Dominick, Damian, Grayson, Nathaniel and Jack Alixi. Mrs. Schopp was retired from JDMH as an escort and will be deeply missed by many. Family and friends are welcome from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332. Parting prayers will be at noon Saturday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine. Entombment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery. www.alfierifuneralhome.com.
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Shaffer, Harrison L. 69

  • Bunola
  • Born: 1946-01-12
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Harrison L. "Uncle Rusty" Shaffer, 69, of Bunola, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1946, in Philippi, W.Va., the son of Harrison Bradford and Perlina Mitchell Shaffer. Harrison was a graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School and a member of the Bunola Nazarene Church where he was an usher. He retired after 36 years of employment from Metal Management in Elizabeth. Harrison enjoyed going to the movies and watching them at home. He liked window shopping and traveling to West Virginia where his roots were. He was a caregiver to his mother until her death. Kind, loving and helpful to all, Harrison was the best uncle in the world. He is survived by two brothers, Raymond Shaffer and wife, Carol, of Clairton, and Charles Shaffer and wife, Zona, of Bunola; and numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and nieces and great-great-nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ada Gay Streets; and his brother, William Shaffer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 West Main St., Monongahela, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015.Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Slagel, Edward 83

  • West View
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Edward Slagel, 83, of West View, loving husband of the late Madeline (Donovan) for 56 years passed away Friday, May 22, 2015. He was the father of Susan (Paul) Maslanka, of Dallas, Jean (Keith) Batykefer, of West View, Edward (Kathy) Knobeloch, of Ross, Michael, of Louisville, Ky., and Brian (Jessica) Andrews, of West View; grandfather of 16; and great-grandfather of four. Ed was a great artist and very musical. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at St. Athanasius Church, 7 Chalfonte Ave., West View, PA 15229. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford PA 15090. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Smay Jr., Edward W. 90

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1924-06-30
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Mr. Edward W. Smay Jr., 90, of Fawn Township, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Kittanning Care Center, Manor Township. He was born June 30, 1924, in Johnstown. Edward was the son of the late Edward W. and Mary (Senner) Smay Sr. He lived his entire life in the Tarentum area. He was a mine foreman for Consolidated Coal Company for many years and a World War II veteran serving in the Navy, Asiatic Pacific Theater. Edward was of the Protestant faith, 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Tarentum Elks and Oregon Club in Brackenridge. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and spending time at his camp in Clearfield. Survivors include his children, Terrance "Terry" (Diana) Smay, Fawn Township, and Joan (Edward) Stanley, Portage, Ind.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Vernie Stuchell. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Gene Smay and Emma Frances. Private family visitation and services were held from 9 on until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, in THE DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E.10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, with the Rev. Harold M. Mele Jr. officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Visit dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Stephan, Ruth M. 95

  • Born: 1920-01-02
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. (Roberts) Stephan passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. She was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Carrick. She got married on June 21, 1942, to Jack P. Stephan, who passed away in 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Walter Roberts; and one son-in-law, Allen Hewitt. She was the loving mother of Susan Hewitt, Linda Baker and Judy Classon; cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Ruth was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in education. She taught fourth grade in Brentwood during the war and later kindergarten in the Pine Richland Schools for 30 plus years until retiring at the age of 65. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother and teacher. She enjoyed a full life always with a smile and a kind word for everyone. She will be missed enormously by her family. A service will be held July 18, in South Side Cemetery with the Rev. Ted Martin officiating. Local arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown.
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Tanner, Donald P. 89

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Milton, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Donald P. Tanner, 89, of Bethel Park, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. He was the husband of the late Ruth (Rehrer) Tanner. He was the beloved father of Jean Tanner, of Akron, Ohio, and Jill (Gerald) Schutz, of South Park. He was the cherished grandfather of Jilean Schutz, Julia Schutz and Melodie Tanner; loved uncle of Paul W. Griffin, of Bethel Park; brother of Charles (Louise) Tanner and Ann Griffin; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews; and Don's faithful companion, Ozzie. Don was a World War II veteran, a retired woodshop teacher for Pittsburgh Public Schools and an avid golfer. He was instrumental in donating Native American artifacts to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at HAMEL MORTUARY, 169 McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Dr. Don J. Ewing officiating.
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Westmoreland County

Bryner Jr., Douglas M. 24

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1991-05-09
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Douglas Mark Bryner Jr., 24, of New Kensington, went home to be with our Lord Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was born May 9, 1991, in Natrona Heights, to Douglas Mark Bryner Sr. and Amanda Sue Murray Bryner, of New Kensington, and has been a lifelong resident of the local area. Doug was a member of Trinity United Christian Church, Lower Burrell, and worked for Little Caesar's, Lower Burrell, and UniFirst, New Kensington. He enjoyed baseball, especially the Yankees, music, basketball and spending time with his friends. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Zachary (Shelby) William Bryner, of New Kensington; paternal grandmother, Mary Ann Bryner, of Tarentum; aunts and uncles, James (JoAnn) and Charles Bryner, William (Bonnie) Murray Jr. and Kathleen (Kevin) Coudriet; and numerous cousins. He was preceded by his paternal grandfather, James Bryner; and maternal grandparents, William Murray Sr. and Helen Seagriff. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street. Funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. in Trinity United Christian Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold. The family suggests donations made in his name to Teen Challenge, 220 Challenge Lane, Cheswick, PA 15024, 724-265-4110. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Coffman, Robert C. 73

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1942-05-02
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Robert C. Coffman, 73, of Washington Township, Apollo, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights. Robert was born May 2, 1942, in Saltsburg, a son of the late Lillian (Fleeger) Linsenbigler. He worked for many years as an over the road truck driver for Baylor Trucking out of Milan, Ind. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sue (Solomon) Coffman; their two children, Robert W. (Karen) Coffman, of Freeport, and Bonnie (Michael) Guzzi, of Washington Township; his brother, Roger (Nancy) Coffman, of Freeport; and his two sisters Grace Brink, of Leechburg, and Rose Galzerano, of Washington Township. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Kristy, Michael and Josh Guzzi, Ashley (Joseph) Uptegraph, Jessica (Travis) Love and Charles McHenry; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob Tomanio, Logan Love, Carmine Guzzi and Mia Molnar. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joseph Linsenbigler; and his five brothers. At the family's request, there will be no visitation and services will be private. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Dahlmann, Joy A. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-12-20
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joy Alene (Titler) Dahlmann, 88, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at her home at Redstone Highlands. She was born in Tampa, Fla. on Dec. 20, 1926, and was the daughter of the late Linn and Thelma (Crosby) Titler. Joy was a member of First United Church of Christ in Greensburg and sang in the church choir. She was involved with the Appalachian Wagon Train and was a member of the Kecksburg Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer John Dahlmann Sr. Surviving are her children, Jack Dahlmann, of Florida, Tom Dahlmann (Mary), of Shamokin Dam, Pa., Mark Dahlmann (Mary), of Ohio, and Christina Mondock (John), of Mt. Pleasant; along with her nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Honoring Joy's wishes there will be no public visitation. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in Redstone Highlands Chapel, 8 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, with Pastor Bobbi Hineline officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Redstone Benevolent Fund, 8 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME is entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Dell, Michael V. 67

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-06-07
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michael V. Dell, 67, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at his home. He was born June 7, 1947, in Greensburg, a son of the late Verner A. Dell Jr. and Hilda Carpenter Dell. Mr. Dell had been employed in law enforcement for 43 years. He retired as a lieutenant with the City of Greensburg Police Department after 25 years of service and later served as chief of Campus Police at Seton Hill University. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police No. 56 and belonged to Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Michael was a veteran, serving in the Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam Era. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul V. Dell. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Papson) Dell; his children, Laura H. Urbani and husband, Jason, and Michael P. Dell; two grandchildren, Anthony and Alexander Urbani; two sisters, Cheryl (Richard) Larson and Patricia (Joseph) Kostelnik; a brother, Mark Dell; and several nieces and nephews. At Michael's request, services are private and under the direction of KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice or Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To share an online condolence, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Galata, Helen M. 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1938-01-05
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Galata, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at UPMC East, Monroeville. She was born Jan. 5, 1938, in Munhall, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Simko. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Galata was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. Helen enjoyed fitness and aerobics and especially had a sweet tooth for cakes, cookies and ice cream. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Simko, and sister, Valeria Pichura. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Larry Galata; and daughter, Cheryl Galata (Richard), of Harmony. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Interment will follow. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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McBride, Linda 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-06-11
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Linda McBride, 61, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, peacefully at home with her husband, William, at her side. She was born in Greensburg on June 11, 1953, to Marian (Coval) and survinving father, James Bittinger. She is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Jill, of Altoona, and their children, Zoey and Gavin McBride; her sister, Lee Boehme and her son, Alex, of South Greensburg; also survived by numerous nephew and cousins. As a 1974 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she became a published freelance graphic designer and later worked for the WCCC. She was active with Arnold Palmer Pavilion and other cancer support groups and enjoyed knitting and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be especially missed by niece, Monique and her three daughters; closest friend and soul mate, Myrna; and close neighbors who have helped provide support through these difficult times. Honoring Linda's request, there will be no public visitation. Services will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in memory of Linda to Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.ourclubhouse.org. Donations will help support a new Our Clubhouse in the Greensburg Area. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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McCracken, Virginia M. 72

  • Hostetter
  • Born: 1943-01-22
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Virginia Mae McCracken, 72, of Hostetter, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Jan. 22, 1943, in Hostetter, a daughter of the late Richard J. Sr. and Helen J. (Smoker) McCracken. Virginia was a graduate of Latrobe High School, class of 1960, and prior to retirement worked at Bon Ton Department Store and formerly Troutman's at Westmoreland Mall. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Youngstown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald R. McCracken. She is survived by a brother, Richard J. McCracken and wife, Linda, of Indiana; two nephews, Jay, of Mt. Pleasant Township, and Doug McCracken, of Blairsville; and a great niece, Krystal Sellers, of Latrobe. There will be no visitation or viewing. Family and friends are invited to a graveside service to be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, at St. James Lutheran Cemetery (upper) with the Rev. David H. Clement officiating. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, in charge of arrangements. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Portka, Thecla M. 89

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1925-09-08
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Thecla M. Portka, 89, of New Kensington, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Willows, at Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont. She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in New Kensington, to the late John and Mary Szelc Pilat and was a lifelong resident of New Kensington. Mrs. Portka was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington and worked as a secretary for the City of New Kensington and was very proud of her city. She enjoyed cooking and especially spending time with her family. She is survived by her three children, Frances (Dennis) Woytek, of New Kensington, Andrew (Tracee) Portka, of Fontana, Calif., and Joan (Donald) Polczynski, of Lower Burrell; five grandchildren, Jonathan (Jennifer) Woytek, Sarah (Erik) Hohlfeld, Marissa (John) Thompson and Jacob and Noah Portka; and two great-grandchildren Jacob Hohlfeld and Andrew Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Francis Andrew Portka; grandson, Zachary Portka; and five brothers, Joseph, Edward, Stanley, Louis and Walter Pilat. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at noon in St. Mary Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Rardin, Raymond C. 81

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1933-05-29
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Raymond Carl Rardin, 81, of Murrysville, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was born May 29, 1933, in Mattoon, Ill., son of the late Milo and Lulu Strech Rardin. He was a retired manager for MAB Paint Company; owner of a Baskin Robbins in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and a manager of Glenwood Condominiums in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was a former president of the Mattoon Lions Club in Mattoon, former president of the Heritage Square Condominiums, member of Manor Valley Knights of Columbus Council 4226, the Murrysville American Legion and the Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville. Carl was an avid golfer and maker of golf clubs and had belonged to the Cloverleaf Golf Course Tuesday League and the Irwin Country Club League. Carl also loved to play cards and he was a great storyteller. He is survived by his wife, Loretta Landy Rardin; three children, Ronald (Darena) Rardin, of Charleston, Ill., Chris (Greg) Bassett, of Homer Glen, Ill., and Pamela (Bob) Talley, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Laura, Kerry, Ryan, Robert, Shelley, Lindsay, Eric, Mark (Cheryl) Talley and Geoff (Ginny) Talley; one great-grandson, Sean; one brother, Jerry (Mary Beth) Rardin, of Grand Rapids; and two sisters, Carol (Paul) Welton, of Mattoon, Ill., and Connie Schaljo, of Lerna, Ill. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Additional visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the Mother of Sorrows Church with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. If desired, memorials may be made to the Mother of Sorrows Church. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rumbaugh, Karl E. 79

  • Avonmore
  • Born: 1935-11-04
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Karl E. Rumbaugh, 79, of Avonmore, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 4, 1935, in Maysville, Kiski Township, the son of the late Kenneth E. and Grace N. Dunmire Rumbaugh-Endress. Before his retirement, he was employed for more than 17 years at Hyde Park Foundry as an overhead crane operator. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, sitting on his porch and socializing. He will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and an extremely hard worker. He is survived by three sons, Jack E. Rumbaugh (Tammy Martin), of Tinsmill, Randy E. Rumbaugh, of Apollo, and Jeffery J. Rumbaugh (Jaime Plusquellec), of Avonmore; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six brothers, Tom Rumbaugh, of Avonmore, Kenny Rumbaugh, of Edmond, Jim Rumbaugh and his wife, Beverly, of Avonmore, Barry Rumbaugh and his wife, Diane, of Avonmore, Joe Endress, of Clarksburg, and David Endress and his wife, Patty, of Saltsburg; seven sisters, Martha Mack, of New York, Dawn Hayes, of South Dakota, Judy Weister and her husband, Clarence, of Perrysville, Sandy Shannon and her husband, John, of Salina, Gail Sofaly, of Kepple Hill, Roseanne Polloff and her husband, Jim, of Avonmore, and Lisa Flick and her husband, Richard, of Tin Town. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bonnie and Donna; and a brother, Dale. At Karl's request there will be no public viewing or memorial services. Interment will take place in Maysville Cemetery and be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore, PA 15618. To view and send online condolences, visit us online at www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Marie A. 90

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1924-05-21
  • Died: 2015-05-10
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Marie A. (Testa) Blasco Smith, 90, of Jeannette, died Sunday, May 10, 2015, at home. She was born May 21, 1924, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph and Florence Palagaine Testa. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Jeannette, and had previously worked at AB Ceramic Shop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Blasco; her second husband, Joseph Smith; four sisters, Catherine Moffe, Cora Massimo, Josephine Bregar and Genevieve DiPietro; a brother, James Testa; and a great-grandson, George Cline. She is survived by three children, Arthur "Sonny" Blasco and his wife, Joanne, of Harrison City, Rose Marie Gaudi and her husband, Gerald, of Jeannette, and Ruthanne Busato and her husband, John, of Jeannette; six grandchildren, Mia Cline and her husband, Scott, John Busato III, A.J. Blasco and his wife, Melanie, Jayson Busato and his wife, Jennifer, Gerald Gaudi Jr. and Christopher Gaudi; six great-grandchildren, Austin Cline, Toby Cline, Christian Blasco, Dominick Busato, Alexis Blasco and Mary Elizabeth Busato; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 51 S. First St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. with Father Vincente Santiago, as celebrant. Interment followed in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Tomechko, Mary E. 93

  • United
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Tomechko, 93, of United, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Florian Church, United. Full obituary to follow.
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Armstrong County

Cassesse, Salvadore 87

  • Brady's Bend
  • Born: 1927-09-07
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Buechele, East Brady | Get Directions
  • Salvadore "Sam" Cassesse, 87, of Brady's Bend, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Chicora Medical Center. Born Sept. 7, 1927 in Brady's Bend, he was the son of Vito and Maria G. (Mignemi) Cassese. Sam first married Mildred J. Crissman; she preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 1962. On Oct. 5, 1968, Sam married the former Elizabeth M. "Betty" Kennedy. She also preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 1998. A 1947 graduate of East Brady High School, Sam first was employed by Michigan Limestone from 1947 to 1954, then Elger Company in Ford City from 1954 to 1963. He purchased the Rocket Hotel in Brady's Bend and operated it until 1967. Next he worked at National Storage in Boyers until 1968 and then was employed by the PA Liquor Control Board as the state store manager in Chicora until 1979. A member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Brady's Bend, he belonged to the Alter Rosary Society, the Young at Heart Club and for years worked on the St. Mary's Cemetery Committee. A veteran, Sam first served during World War II with the Coast Guard. Later during the Korean War he served as an Airman First Class with the Air Force. His oversees duty was in French Morocco, North Africa. Sam was a life member of both the American Legion Post No. 488 in Brady's Bend and the VFW Post No. 7123 in Rimersburg. Sam enjoyed hunting, was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a collector of hundreds of hats and always enjoyed the company of numerous good friends. He will be dearly missed. Surviving are one son, David M. Cassesse and wife, Donna, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; one granddaughter Shelby Ann Cassesse, of Crystal Lake; one brother, Michael Cassese, of Tidioute; one sister, Mary A. Cassese, of Brady's Bend; and a number of nieces and nephews. Sam was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Mildred and Betty; his dear friend and companion, Marguerite Heginbotham; four brothers, Hoot, Tony, Popeye and Jim; and one sister, Carmella Bevcich. Friends of Salvadore "Sam" Cassesse will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 707 Kellys Way, East Brady, PA 16028. A Parish Prayer Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A veteran's service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Brady's Bend with the Rev. John Butler officiating. Committal, military honors and burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. The Cassesse family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Sam's name to St. Mary's Cemetery, 915 State Route 68, East Brady, PA 16028. To view or express condolences, please visit www.BuecheleFuneralHome.com.
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Fennell, Betty M. 81

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1933-10-29
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Betty M. (Densmore) Fennell, 81, of Gilpin Township, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, in West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born Oct. 29, 1933, in Leechburg, she was a daughter of the late George A. and Mildred Irene (Smith) Densmore. She was a typist in the quality control department of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. in West Leechburg for seven years before retiring in 1957, a member of Hebron Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leechburg, a member of the LCW of the church and the Order of Eastern Star in Freeport. She was a 1951 graduate of Leechburg High School. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, camping and playing bingo. Survivors include her husband, James C. Fennell, of 57 years; and daughter, Tracey L. Demboski (Gary), of Gilpin Township. Funeral ceremonies were held at the convenience of her family at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051, with her pastor, the Rev. Kevin L. Mackey, officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township. To send an online condolence to the Fennell family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Johns, Nelson L. 73

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1942-03-26
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Nelson Leroy Johns, 73, of Leechburg, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born March 26, 1942, in Adrian, a son of the late Genevieve Bowser. He retired from Eljer in Ford City from the Kiln and Shipping Departments, after 37 years. He was a member of Brush Valley Brethren Church in Adrian and enjoyed camping and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Sarah C. "Sally" (McDowell) Johns; brother, Rick John (Marsha), of Kittanning; nephew, Freddie John; and special friends, Sam and Christine Schrecengost and family, Tim and Jan Grates and family, Kathy and Bill Moore and family, Karen Jordan, Dianna Crawford, Bill and Patty Hepler and family and Gaye and Lou Hindman. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Jack Bowser; sister, Corrina Bowser; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Sue Foster will officiate. Interment in Brush Valley Cemetery in Adrian. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Kepple Sr., Don E. 83

  • Sugarcreek Township
  • Born: 1931-10-07
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Don E. Kepple Sr., 83, of Sugarcreek Township, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 7, 1931, in East Brady, to the late Charles Kepple Sr. and Vernie (Crawfod). He worked for Penreco Oil Refinery for 37 years and was a veteran of the Koren War, earning the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Korean Service Medal, all with Bronze Service Stars. He also earned the Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal. He enjoyed hunting, fishing trips to Canada, visiting casinos and yard sales and enjoyed country music. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois Kepple, of Sugarcreek Township; sons, Don E. Kepple Jr. (Michelle Woodkiak), of Fayetteville, Richard (Gail) Kepple, of Pittsburgh, and Brian Kepple, of Sugarcreek Township; brothers, George (Edyce) Kepple and James (Loretta) Kepple; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Kepple Jr.; and a sister, Kathleen Double. At the request of Don, services were private. Pastor Ryan Lucas officiated. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery. Services entrusted to SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUENRAL HOME, Cowansville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Community Church, 2167 State Route 268, Chicora, PA 16025. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Kozloski, Daniel 94

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1921-02-22
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Daniel Kozloski, 94, of Apollo (Kiski Township), passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at West Haven Manor in Washington Township. He was born Feb. 22, 1921, in Beyer, the son of the late Lawrence and Victoria Wierzbecki Kozloski. Daniel was an Army Veteran having served in both World War II and Korea. Before his retirement he was employed by Babcock and Wilcox (Apollo) in transport. He began his employment as a miner, beginning at a very young age in the mines at Sagamore. As a result of his early employment he became a collector of old mining equipment. He also had a passion and talent for restoring horse drawn buggies and sleighs. He is survived by a sister, Estell Reskiewicz, of Arnold; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Potts Kozloski; his son, Joseph D. Kozloski; three brothers, William, Victor and John Kozloski; and two sisters, Lottie and Nellie. Arrangements by KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. To view and send online condolences, visit us at www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Thomas, David E. 68

  • North Apollo
  • Born: 1946-10-15
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • David E. Thomas, 68, of North Apollo, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 21, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born Oct. 15, 1946, in Tarentum, he was the eldest son of the late Russell G. and Lillian (May) Thomas. Dave lived in North Apollo all of his life and was a 1964 graduate of Apollo High School. He enjoyed a 30-year career as a graphic arts supervisor at Alcoa Technical Center and retired as the communication resources coordinator in 1997. Dave began a second career at Xerox, where he served as an account coordinator for 15 years. Dave was a longtime member of the Kiski Township and Ford City Sportsman's Clubs, and the Franklin Township Pointer and Setter Club. Dave was loyal, passionate and caring. He brought a fierce commitment to excellence in all that he did. Whether loving his family and friends, serving his clients (he had a deep connection with his friends at Seton Hill; thank you Griffins!) to his multiple passions of hunting, fishing, motorcycling (Harley all the way!), and snowmobiling with family, friends and beloved hunting partners (Frost, Molly, Magic, Sam, Nick and Candy all beautiful English Setters). Dave filled the room with his energy and love for the moment. He loved to walk in nature, be in the woods, around fields and streams, especially those of the Franklin Township Pointer and Setter Club where he was an avid member for more than 25 years. Now he walks amongst the most beautiful heavenly woods, fields and streams, and we are confident that he will bring tremendous passion to and receive incredible joy from each perfect step he takes. Dave is survived by his wife, Susanne T. (Devico) Thomas; daughter, Marsha Ann (Walter Stump) Thomas, of West Vandergrift; brother, Jeffrey M. (Joanne Stumpf) Thomas, of Clymer; cousins, Kathleen Ferracio, of Shaners Acres, Cheryl Campbell, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ron and Lisa Wolk, and Dan and Tammy Rusbosin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A Celebration of Life Tribute Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, in the funeral home in Dave's honor. On behalf of Dave, our family deeply appreciates the loving care provided by Dr. John Zitelli, his practice and the other trusted members of Dave's medical team. They, like him, fought the good fight and we are all grateful. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Claypool, Rita M. 78

  • Butler
  • Born: 1936-10-25
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Renfrew | Get Directions
  • Rita M. (Girardi) Claypool, 78, of Butler, formerly of Freeport, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, while under the care of Sunnyview Nursing Home, surrounded by her family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff on Sunflower Way and Amedisys Hospice. Born Oct. 25, 1936, in Natrona Heights, she was the youngest of six children of the late Joseph and Marie (Trettle) Girardi. Rita was a graduate of Freeport High School. She grew up working in her parent's grocery store, Girardi Market, in addition to working at the former Jack's Restaurant and Freeport Foods. She was a member and past president of the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Rita loved visiting her camp at Smith Grove and even worked at the store there. At the campground, she enjoyed riding her golf cart and spending time with friends and family. In her free time, she also enjoyed playing bingo, dancing and going out to eat. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her beloved husband of 37 years, Raymond D. Claypool; her loving children, Richard (Rhonda Sue) Swartz, of Buffalo Township, Deborah (David W.) Coward, of Freeport, and Margaret Swartz, of Butler; her five grandchildren, Jason R. Swartz, Sophia Grace Swartz, David W. Coward II, Vincent W. Braden Jr. and Brandy L. Braden; her great-granddaughter, Jayla Amari Hernandez; her four-legged friend, Kimber; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Albert and Karl Girardi; her sisters, Emma Paluselli and Helen Burski; her father-in-law, Alton Claypool; and brother-in-law, Robert Stewart. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTER OF CONNOQUENESSING TOWNSHIP, 856 Evans City Road, Butler. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Rita's honor to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.boylanfuneralhome.com.
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Groves, Theodore C. 73

  • Mars
  • Born: 1941-12-19
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Theodore C. "Ted" Groves, 73, of Mars, formerly of McKeesport and Hazelwood, died Thursday evening, May 21, 2015, at Family Hospice in Pittsburgh. He was born Dec. 19, 1941, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Theodore C. and Margaret Culhane Groves. Ted had been a machinist, inspector and union rep for Union Switch and Signal. An avid car enthusiast, he was a member of the Corvette Club of the Palm Beaches, Fla. Surviving are his wife, Lynn Quinten Groves, whom he married Oct. 19, 1963; a son, Theodore R. Groves, of Mars; a daughter, Dana Stankiewicz and her husband, Paul, of Miami, Fla.; a brother, John "Jack" Groves and his wife, Mary, of West Mifflin; his grandchildren, Teddy, J.D., Justin and Kaylee; and a soon-to-be great-grandchild. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Those attending are asked to dress in casual attire. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Bryner, Albert 79

  • Dickerson Run
  • Born: 1936-04-05
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Albert "Ray" Bryner, 79, a longtime resident of Dickerson Run, passed away peacefully Friday, May 22, 2015, at his home, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 5, 1936, in Stewart Township, Fayette County, a son of the late Plummer F. and Hilda Edith Tissue Bryner. Prior to his retirement, Ray was a hardworking timberman with the Bryner Lumber Co. and later was the owner of J.B. Trucking Co., Ray was a member of the Cochran Lodge No. 614 F and AM, the Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, and the Syria Shrine. He was also a longtime member of the Vanderbilt/Dawson Lions Club and Vanderbilt Church of Christ, Ray will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving family, his wife of 58 years Joanne Rexrode Bryner, with whom he did extensive traveling over the years; his sons, Alan Bryner and wife, Jacky, and Barry Bryner and wife, Donna, all of Dickerson Run, and Thomas Bryner and wife, Denise, of Fayetteville, Ark.; his grandchildren, Adam, Wesley, Rachel, Allyssa, Amanda and Morgan Bryner; his great-grandchildren, Wade Marshall and Grace Ann Bryner; his brother, H.D. Bryner, of Vanderblit; his sisters, Kathleen Reeves and husband, Robert, of Concord Township, Ohio, Alma Fisher and husband, Thomas, of Madison, Ohio, Marie Scarlett and husband, Glenn, of Connellsville, and Sharon Lake and husband, Stanley, of Birmingham, Ala.; his half brothers, Theron Turner and wife, Sherry, of Chalk Hill, and Robert Fields and wife, Julie, of Dickerson Run; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his sisters, Carolyn Lear and Sheila Bryner; and his brothers, Ernest, Paul and Arthur Bryner. The family would like to give thanks to his caregivers Ruth Thomas, Marie Scarlett, Jacky Bryner, Kay Gualtieri, Donna Bryner and especially to his friend and caregiver, Cindy Morris. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, the hour of a funeral service with Pastor Greg Pelc officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run. The Vanderbilt/Dawson Lions Club will conduct a service 7 p.m. Sunday and the Cochran Lodge No. 614 F and AM will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, both in the funeral home. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Everly, Francis 64

  • Bitner
  • Born: 1950-10-19
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Francis "Fritz" Everly, 64, of Bitner, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, in the Uniontown Hospital. He was born Oct. 19, 1950, in Uniontown, son of the late Paul and Nancy (McManus) Everly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Everly; and his brother, Paul Everly. Fritz worked most of his life at the Glassport Steel Mill. He was a member of the Juniata Sportsman's Club and loved to ride his motorcycle. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 25 years, Bonnie Lou (Upton) Everly; his children, Danielle Cramer and Nathan Allen Everly; granddaughters, Caitlin Marie Cramer and Alexis Lynn Cramer; brothers and sisters, Wendell Everly, George "Jake" Everly, Judy Kosisko and Martha "Marcie" Everly; son-in-law, Ted Cramer; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 p.m. until the hour of service at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown, with the Rev. Terry Tulech officiating. Memorial donations can be made, in the care of Bonnie Everly, 849 Bitner Road, Dunbar, PA 15431. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Kutch, Andrew 91

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1923-09-12
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Andrew Kutch, 91, of Uniontown, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Point Manor North, Uniontown. He was born Sept. 12, 1923. Andrew was Protestant by faith. Andrew had no known survivors, but has many close friends who loved and cared for him. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the hour of service at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Green Brier Cemetery in Ohiopyle. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Martin, Mary C. 90

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1925-01-27
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Mary C. Martin, 90, of Dunbar, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at home. She was born Jan. 27, 1925, in Mt. Independence, Pa. She was a homemaker. Surviving are three children, Judith Martin and husband, Charles, James E. Martin, Janice Beal and companion, Scott Darnell, all of Dunbar; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Medvec; and her husband, James Martin, in 1994. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and until 11 a.m., the hour of service, Wednesday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Deacon William Pitts officiating.
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Whiting, Willard 60

  • Monarch
  • Born: 1954-10-17
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Willard "Wes" Whiting, 60, of Monarch, passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 17, 1954, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Willard F. and Doris Jean (Thomas) Whiting. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Wesley D. Whiting. Wes was a graduate of Laurel Highlands High School Class of 1973. He was employed with Volkswagen until their closing, and was currently employed with PennDOT, Uniontown. He was a member of the Connellsville BPO Elks and Juniata United Methodist Church. Wes loved to fish and ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Walt Disney World, where he shared many cherished memories with his family. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Deborah R. (Staggers) Whiting; their children, daughter, Kristen N. Hausmann and husband, Todd, of Mauldin, S.C., and son, Michael W. Whiting, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; his sister, Maureen E. Whiting Johnston and husband, Timothy, of Connellsville; aunts, Evelyn Whiting, of Uniontown, Lillian Wood, of Annandale, Va., Audrey Gribble and husband, John, of Uniontown, Martha Rice, of LaBelle, and Phyllis Seybert and husband, Rich, of West Middlesex; and many cousins. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown, the hour of service, with the Rev. Timothy McConville officiating. Interment will follow at LaFayette Memorial Park Cemetery, Brier Hill. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Cramer, John F. 90

  • Clarksburg
  • Born: 1924-08-02
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • John F. "Jack" Cramer, 90, of Clarksburg, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Olean, N.Y., a son of the late John L. and Emily Enterline Cramer. Jack was known as the "Volkswagen Guy". In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Allman; and two brothers, Karl and Philip Cramer. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Charlotte Stile Cramer; a son, Dr. Kerry J. Cramer and his wife, Tammie, of Gahana, Ohio; two daughters, Toni and Randy Cramer, of Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Tracy, Todd, Bethany and Brianna; six great-grandchildren, Bailey, Casey, Kyle, Kimberly, Will and Tessa; and several nieces and nephews. At Jack's request, all services are private for the family. "We will miss his practical application of life principles, his tenacity and sense of humor, but especially the way he loved our mother". McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Filson, Mary Lou 89

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1925-08-25
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Mary Lou (Smith) Filson, 86, of Blairsville, went to be with God on Thursday morning, May 21, 2015, at Nature Park Commons, Greensburg. Born Aug. 25, 1928, in Delmont, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. Smith and Luella (Kemerer) Smith Newhouse. She was a 1946 graduate of Hershey High School. While raising her family she held various jobs including Hershey Chocolate Factory and New Idea Farm Equipment in Harrisburg. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband of 39 years, Ernest "Ink" Filson, who passed away in 1988; and two brothers-in-law. Surviving are two daughters, Sherry Hower and husband, Tom, of Berwick, and Jana Childers and husband, Dan, of Derry; and two grandsons, TJ Hower and fiancee, Danielle Dickerson, of Corning, N.Y., and Cody Childers, of Derry, whom she loved spending time with. She is also survived by brothers, Charles Newhouse and wife, Francis, of Myerstown, and Larry Newhouse and wife, Wanda, of Harrisburg; sisters, Virginia Toomey and husband, Bill, of Harrisburg, Nancy Gerber, of Annville, and Lucy Russ, of Highspire. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed spending time with family and the "girl's weekends" to the outlets and wineries. At Mary Lou's request there will be no services. Memorial gift donations may be made in her name to the charity of the donor's choice. JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville, is handling the arrangements. www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Wagner, Virginia 88

  • Fallowfield
  • Born: 1927-04-11
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Virginia “Ginny” Lois Power Wagner, 88, of Fallowfield Township, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Donnell House in Washington, with her family by her side. Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Ginny was born April 11, 1927, in Monongahela, to the late Joseph M. and Zelda Tinley Power. Raised on her parents’ farm on Van Voorhis Lane, Monongahela, Virginia attended Wyley Elementary School and Monongahela High School. She went on to Douglas Business School in Charleroi for typing and a secretarial degree. She was office manager for the Charleroi Branch of AAA for 21 years.Married for 66 years to Charles Bateman Wagner, Virginia knew Charles as a teenager, as he was a friend of the family. It wasn't until he returned from the Army Air Corps. that she learned of his affections towards her. Charles asked Virginia to marry him. Her response, "I will have to get back to you." After almost a year, she accepted his proposal. They were married on April 10, 1949, at the First Presbyterian Church in Monongahela. They built their home and family in Fallowfield Township and it was there they continued their journey together. Virginia became a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church in Charleroi where she could always be found volunteering in the office or helping in the kitchen. She was a 21-year volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program. Ginny was a member of The Eastern Star, and an active Girl Scout Mother and troop leader. She enjoyed camping and traveling with her family and spent many summers together at their camp in Confluence. Virginia will be remembered for treating anyone she knew as if they were family. She loved caring for all members of her family, as well as doing their worrying for them. She was a true matriarch to her family she so dearly loved. Virginia will be deeply missed by her husband and soul mate, Charles Bateman Wagner; daughter, Diana (Bob) Bowden, of Beaver; son, Denis (Pam) Wagner of Fallowfield Township; grandsons, Jr. (Karen) Wagner of Charleroi, Bill (Brittany) Wagner of Fallowfield Township, Mike Marker of Beaver, Eric (Jackie) Marker of Beaver; great-grandchildren, Michele Cahill of Pittsburgh, Kate and William Wagner of Fallowfield Township; Deni and Charlee Wagner of Fallowfield Township, Dylan and Clarissa Marker of Beaver, Benjamin Marker of Beaver; sister-in-law, Jane Shultz of Brighton Township; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and dear friends that join her family in mourning the loss of a great woman.In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her brothers, Dale (Margie) Power, Jerry (Sally) Power; and brother-in-law, Robert Shultz. Friends and family will gather at the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, for visitation 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2015. A celebration of her life will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Charleroi United Methodist Church, 601 Lincoln Ave., Charleroi, with Pastor Lori Walters officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Charleroi United Methodist Church or The Donnell House Washington, Pa.
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Dobek, Mary L. 91

  • Hanover, Mass.
  • Born: 1923-06-21
  • Died: 2015-05-13
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  • Mary L. (Panigal) Dobek, 91, of Hanover, Mass., passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Born June 21, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Ferrara) Panigal. Mary was the beloved wife of the late Henry W. Dobek; devoted mother of Susan E. Drew and her husband, Leonard, of Hanover, Mass., Christine M. Dobek, of Hanover, Mass., and the late Theresa A. (Dobek) DeMaio; dear sister of John J. Panigal, of Penn, Frank M. Panigal, of Jeannette, and Josephine (Panigal) Chick, of Penn; and cherished grandmother of Kathryn and David Drew. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, Hanover, Mass. Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Donations in Mary's memory can be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station, Building No. 2 Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087 or www.theaftd.org. For Mary's online guestbook, visit www.SullivanFuneralHomes.com.
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Maeder, Paul R. 25

  • Arlington, Va.
  • Born: 1990-04-12
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Paul Ray Maeder, 25, of Arlington, Va., passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at home. He was born April 12, 1990, in Baltimore, Md., a son of Jeffrey and Debra (Grooms) Maeder, currently of Lyndhurst, Ohio, and previously of Brackenridge. Paul effortlessly graduated from Brush High School in Lyndhurstz, Ohio, and then went on to The Ohio State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in German and international business. About a year-and-a-half ago, Paul began his career as a financial analyst for Cambridge Associates and was successfully working toward his CFA certification. Throughout his life, he was an avid guitar player, an enthusiastic runner, a zealous world traveler and a passionate Steelers and Caps fan. Son, Grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, friend and genius. He loved and cared for his family and friends and was devoted to creating a greater world for them. It is believed by his family that Paul Ray Maeder would have taken over the world some day. Besides his parents he is survived by a brother, Maxwell Charles Maeder, of Lyndhurst, Ohio; paternal grandmother, Joanne (Varos) Maeder, of Brackenridge; uncles, James P. Maeder Jr., of Arlington, Va., Karl M. Maeder, of Brackenridge, and Scott A. Maeder, of Brackenridge; aunts, Nina E. (Don) Tomporoski, of Natrona Heights, Trisha C. (George) Starrett, of Pittsburgh, June (Steve) Elst, of Azalea, Ore., Janice (David) Post, of Lower Burrell, and Cathy (Bruce) Schneider, of Greenville, S.C.; also surviving are his cousins, Jeffrey, Kevin, Michael, Lucas, Chris, Beverly, Nathan, Meghan and Emily. Paul was preceded in death by a paternal grandfather James P. Maeder Sr. in 1993, maternal grandparents, Ray and Ceridwen (Williams) Grooms. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck officiating. Private interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Family suggests contributions to the charity of one's choice. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Stein, Erik G. 38

  • Edinboro , Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1976-08-26
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Erik Gregory Stein, 38, of Edinboro, formerly of New Kensington, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in his home. Born Aug. 26, 1976, in New Kensington, Erik was a son of Denise (Lippert) and Ray France, of Edmond, Okla., and Larry (Mary Shean) Stein, of New Kensington. He was the assistant director of residence life at Edinboro University. Erik graduated in 1995 from Valley High School and joined the Army Reserves where he served as a military police officer for six years. He was studying for his bachelor's degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania when he was activated due to 9/11, putting his education on hold. Erik returned to the university after his tour, and earned not only his bachelor's degree, but also a master's in student affairs and higher education in 2007. He accepted a position as area coordinator for residence life at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Erik returned to the Pittsburgh area to pursue his doctorate at Robert Morris University, where he was the area coordinator for residence life at the University. He received his doctorate in instructional management in 2013. He loved animals, particularly his beloved Lhasa, Apso, and faithful companion, Sid. Erik enjoyed being in the outdoors hiking, horseback riding or just hanging out with friends. He was an avid reader and more recently was pursuing the history and teachings of Buddhism. When he was young, it was all about wrestling - at the YMCA, junior high and high school. His sense of humor was something special. He could make anyone laugh. He cared deeply about his family and friends and was a very thoughtful, considerate and gentle man. Erik will be dearly missed. In addition to his parents, survivors include three brothers, William R. Stein, of Brookville, Lee A. Stein and Aaron E. Stein, both of New Kensington; and a sister, Holly M. Stein, of New Kensington; a niece and nephew he adored, Luma and Otto Stein; paternal grandmother, Aureola M. Stein, of New Kensington; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Robert W. Stein; and maternal grandparents, William O. and Wilma G. Lippert. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, until time of service at 4 p.m., where full military honors will be accorded by Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. The Rev. Dean Ward will officiate. To leave online condolences, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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