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Angle, Marie Jackie J. 81

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Marie Jacqueline "Jackie" (Barwick) Angle, 81, of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, after a brave battle with cancer. Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, David Angle; her daughter, LeAnn Angle; and her mother, Bernadette Barwick. She is survived by her five sons, David (Donna), Mark (Tracy), John (Marcy), Eric (Felicia) and Kurt (Giovanna) Angle, all of Pittsburgh; her sisters, Ruth Ann "Kitty" Burkey, of Pittsburgh, Audrey (John) Bushee, of Maryland, and Francine (Mike) Gill, of Maryland; her 21 beloved grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; four nieces; and one nephew. Jackie took great pride in her family and enjoyed her many friends. She will be lovingly remembered by all she touched. Friends will be welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, SS. Simon and Jude Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. www.slaterfuneral.come.
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Connors, Carole 76

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Born: 1938-12-04
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Carole Morgan Connors, 76, of Upper St. Clair, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. She was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Cumberland, Md., to the late Samuel E. and Anna Mae (Gerdeman) Morgan. She was the beloved wife of 51 years to Norbert J. Connors; loving mother of Timothy (Kathryn) and Christopher (Amy); and devoted grandmother of Samuel, Margaret, Kate, Claire and Daniel. Carole spent most of her childhood in Pittsburgh and was a proud graduate of Holy Rosary School and Sacred Heart High School. She earned a scholarship to Duquesne University and graduated with a B.A. in mathematics in 1960. She took a job with IBM in Pittsburgh, teaching computer programming to employees of IBM customers, one of whom was Norb Connors, a young accountant at U.S. Steel whom she would marry in 1963. Carole became a devoted mother and homemaker, moving with her family from Chicago to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago and Pittsburgh. She and Norb lived in Upper St. Clair from 1978 onward. Carole enjoyed vacations at the beach, spending time with dear friends and beloved relations, shopping for Christmas ornaments and supervising their careful placement and pulling out a map to explain the best way to get there. Her gravy was the world's finest and her pies were right up there, too. She was a whiz with punch cards, she could make do with a command line, but she never really got the hang of double-clicking a mouse. She taught her sons to cook and do laundry, she loved their wives like the daughters she had always wished for, and she doted on her grandkids (and kept them well-supplied with adorable outfits in their pre-teen years). She never had an unkind word for anyone else, and the reverse is equally true. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at BEINHAUER FUNERAL HOME, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at St. John Capistran, 1610 McMillan Road, Upper St. Clair. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, curealz.org; or to City Theatre Capital Campaign, 1300 Bingham St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203, www.citytheatrecompany.org.
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Cooley, James E. 67

  • Chalfant
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • James E. Cooley, 67, of Chalfant, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 45 years of Linda E. (Wall) Cooley; loving father of Lisa (Mark) Austin, of Michigan, Heather Cooley, of Chalfant, and Shawn Cooley, of Monroeville; dear grandfather of Selena and Serena Vinciguerra, Shyanna Wheeler, Chase and Ashley Nebel and the late Caleb Vinciguerra; brother of Chuck Cooley, of East Pittsburgh, the late Connie Cooley and the late Sylvia Noll; also survived by nieces and nephews. Jim served with the Army in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and he was a retired motor inspector from U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Works. He took pleasure in fishing, hot rods and car shows and greatly enjoyed animals, both domestic and wild. Friends welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, along with a presentation of military honors. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Davis, Dorothy J. 91

  • Allison Park , Formerly of McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. (Penner) Davis, 91, of Rebecca Residence in Allison Park, formerly McCandless, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Ray H. Davis Jr.; loving mother of Ray H. (Susan) Davis III, of Glenshaw, and Sharon (James) Kaczynski, of Gibsonia; sister of Gerry Sawyer and the late Robert Penner, Mary Elizabeth Nye, Shirley Hinkley and Jean Fox; proud grandmother of Lorrie (Kenneth) Nelson, Kelly (Robert) Brown, Kristen (Mike) Bowie and Daniel (Elise) Kaczynski; and is also survived by six dear great-grandchildren, Justin, Allison, Brandon, Jordan, Andrew and Emily. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 4 p.m. Sunday in Christ Lutheran Church, Millvale, with the Rev. Larry Kemp, officiant. Arrangements are by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. Memorial donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 917 Evergreen Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209 or Rebecca Residence, 3746 Ceder Ridge Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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DiCicco, George 96

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • George DiCicco, 96, of Shaler Township, formerly of the North Side, passed peacefully Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at home, where he was cared for by his daughter Palm and her husband, Paul Hoover, and their three daughters, Mandy (Tim), Heather and Shannon. He was the companion to the late Edith Tatton; father of Daniel (Lila) Tatton, Palm (Paul) Hoover, Georgeanna Kapetanovich, Joseph Tatton, Choice Leitch, Anna Margaret Bereksazi, Charles Tatton, Wilbert Tatton, Thomas Tatton and the late Daniel Tatton. He was also the loving Pap to five additional grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. DiCicco honorably served in the Army during World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless, PA 15090. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday March 2, 2015, in the funeral home. Remembrances may be left at www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Digiacomo Sr., John J.D. N. 87

  • Glassport
  • Born: 1927-11-15
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Glassport | Get Directions
  • John N. "J.D." Digiacomo Sr., 87, of Glassport, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at home. He was born Nov. 15, 1927, in Clairton to the late Joseph and Margaret (DeFrancisco) Digiacomo. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Eafrato) Digiacomo in 1998. John is survived by three sons, Joe (Carmel) Digiacomo, of Ormond Beach, Fla., John Digiacomo Jr., of Glassport, and Anthony (Denise) Digiacomo, of Lincoln Borough; daughter, Deborah (Clint) March, of Glassport; brother, Mario (Shirley) Digiacomo, of McKeesport; sister, Louis DeVito, of Glassport; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Along with his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Grossi. John retired as a tester from Copperweld Corp., Glassport. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran, having served with the Army. John was a member of Queen of the Rosary, Glassport, Sons of Italy, Glassport, and Citizens Hose Company No. 1, Glassport, where he received a certificate of recognition for his 60 plus years of dedicated service as a volunteer fireman. John played football in high school and continued to be an avid football fan all his life. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, PA 15045. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the funeral home, with Father Miroslaus Wojcicki officiating, followed by interment at Calvary cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Friday, Mary E. 66

  • Moon Township , Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1948-06-03
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Mary Elaine Friday, 66, of Moon Township, formerly of Elizabeth Township, left this life for her eternal home Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born June 3, 1948, in McKeesport, and most recently shared a home in Moon Township with her sister, Margie. She was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph E. and Margaret M. (Pisarcik) Friday. She is survived by sisters, Margie Charneicki, of Moon, and Joanne Black, of Townville; nephews, Brian Charneicki (Jody), of Houston, and Rich Charneicki, of Robinson Township; along with a dear family friend, Greg Gosbee. Ms. Friday was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Township. She worked at U.S. Steel Clairton Works as well as Great American Federal in Whitehall. After retirement, she spent many years working with close friend, Jackie Kranik, at Colonial Lanes Bowling Alley. In her younger years, Ms. Friday enjoyed traveling and had visited six countries. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in St. Michael's Parish, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth Township, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Visitation and interment will be private. Arrangements are by the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, Elizabeth. Memorial donations may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Gasbarro, Doris J. 82

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1933-02-20
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Doris J. Gasbarro, 82, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Family Hospice, Pittsburgh. She was born Feb. 20, 1933, in Beckley, W.Va., daughter of the late Emory and Alma McClung. Doris has lived the past 50 years in Natrona Heights, where she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of the Brethren. Doris graduated from McClasky High School in Lancaster and enjoyed baking, singing and performing at various nursing homes and parties. Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Anthony J. Gasbarro; children, Kevin M. (Janet) Smith and Eric D. Smith, both of New Kensington, Brian D. Smith, of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Kathleen E. Smith, of Natrona; and stepson, Michael A. Gasbarro, of Buffalo Township. Also surviving are her siblings, Emory (Bonnie) Mason, of Mingo Junction, Ohio, Robert (Bonnie) McClung, of Columbia, Donna (Richard) Wade, of North Carolina, and Betty (Harold) Shannon, of Missouri. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William McClung. Visitation from 3 p.m. until the time of service at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, with Pastor Thomas Bracken officiating. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Gilchrist, Dolores J. 83

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Dolores J. "Doe Doe" (Bryan) Gilchrist, 83, of Munhall, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was the mother of Loria (Mark) Galiyas, Anita Gricar, Robyn (Dale) McCall and the late Jacqueline Vinay; sister of Rosamont Sullivan, Bessie Shehady, Diana Salome, Jeanie Liebert, June Rose Gigante, Madeline Stevens, Anita Siyufy-Gates and the late William Bryan and Carrie Meyers; grandmother of Johnny, Michael, Sherry, Christopher, Ryan, Jeanine, Christina, Jackie, Jessica, Shanne and Dale; and great-grandmother of Mackenzie, Maitlyn, Madisyn, Tori, Jack, Joey, Kennedy, Rory, Aidan, Maddox and Spence. She is also survived by her dear friend, Alice Sabo; and many loving nieces and nephews. Dolores owned Doe's Beauty Shop and was a retired correctional officer for Allegheny County. Doe Doe took great pleasure in cooking, baking, ironing, watching football, gambling, smoking and cussing; however, her greatest joy came from spending time with her family. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Trisagion service at 2 p.m. Friday. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Oakland. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Hanick, Dennis J. 87

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1927-03-07
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Dennis J. Hanick, 87, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in Southwestern Nursing Center. He was a retired mechanical engineer from U.S. Steel, Clairton Works and member of St. Michael Parish, Elizabeth Township and American Legion Daniel Keffer Post 75 of Clairton. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dennis loved to bowl and enjoyed opera music and watching sports, especially the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. He was the first member of his family to graduate from college, graduating from West Virginia University. Born March 7, 1927, in Clairton, he was a son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Guba) Hanick. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara A. (Siler) Hanick; four daughters, Denise (Henry) Mykich, of Pittsburgh, Deborah (Ted) Salka, of Bunola, Catherine Hanick, of Smyrna, Ga. and Amy (Tim) Jarboe, of Ellicott City, Md.; granddaughters, Brooke Jarboe and Sarah Jane Jarboe, both of Ellicott City; two brothers, Andrew Hanick, of Elizabeth Township, and Ralph Hanick, of Auburndale, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Truax; and brother, Lawrence Hanick. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in St. Michael Parish, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Bridges Hospice, 1200 Gulf Lab Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or Smile Train, by calling 1-800-932-9541 or visiting www.smiletrain.org. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Harris, Lance A. 56

  • Shaler Township
  • Born: 1958-10-31
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lance Anthony Harris, a church chef and caterer, 56, of Shaler, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his home in Shaler. Mr. Harris was born in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 31, 1958, to Vivian and Nathaniel. He studied English at the University of Pittsburgh for several years after graduating from West Mifflin North High School. An avid lover of cooking, Lance worked with his father in the kitchen of the Hilton Hotel for many years before starting his own business, Harris Catering. Food ministry became an important part of Mr. Harris' work. While catering weddings, graduation parties and funerals, he pioneered the food ministry of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, which has blossomed into a multi thousand dollar mission. He organized and prepared weekly evening meals as well as Sunday brunches for church goers. Pastor Ron Hoellein admired Lance for his giving spirit. "He was a man who was a dedicated servant to so many people, whether in helping in any way he could, or feeding through his cooking ministry, or just being present. He cared in a kind, gentle, and loving way," Hoellein said. Stemming from a family of musicians, one of Mr. Harris' favorite past times was playing the cello. He could often be found listening to Bach Cello Suites or Stevie Ray Vaughan whenever he was away from the kitchen. Mr. Harris also cooked for his friends and family in his free time. "Lance brought his expertise in the kitchen to camp and raised the caliber of camp cooking to an all time high," good friend Robb Montgomery, said, remembering the camping trips their families shared together. "I'll never forget the panicked look on his face when I took him completely out of his comfort zone and made him climb a 60-foot high rock cliff. Although quite nervous, he climbed up with all of his kids, and Janet, smiling the entire time. We will always remember his smile," Montgomery said. Mr. Harris is survived by wife, Janet; children, Lance (Alex), Olivia and Luther; brother, Bruce; uncle, John Vincent Jones; and a multitude of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the ELOISE B. KYPER FUNERAL HOME INC. A viewing will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA, 15101, followed by a 3 p.m. funeral service and a light reception. Written tributes and memorials are welcomed and encouraged at www.Kyperfuneralhome.com.
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Hayes Sr., Kenneth J. 82

  • Formerly of Knoxville
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Mt. Oliver | Get Directions
  • Kenneth John Hayes, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, formerly of Knoxville. He was the husband of the late Mildred E. (Gruber); beloved father of Kenneth J. (the late Louise); beloved grandfather of Lauran; beloved brother of the late Joseph Hayes and Mary Ellen Finley; and he will also be missed by three great-grandchildren. He enjoyed his scouting, as he was a leader for numerous local troops, and also enjoyed playing Santa Claus for the area neighborhoods. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Golden Living, Mt. Lebanon, and a special thank you to the Krakowski family. Friends will be received 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at TIMOTHY K. SLATER FUNERAL SERVICES INC., 412-381-3338, 425 Brownsville Road, Mt. Oliver, PA 15210. In lieu of flowers, contributions are being accepted to help with final expenses. Condolences may be left at www.timothykslater.com.
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Honsberger, Kyle A. 30

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Kyle Allan Honsberger, 30, of Monroeville, died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. He was the beloved son of Christine and the late Fred Honsberger; adored grandson of Janet Honsberger; and wonderful brother of Kevin (Justina) Honsberger. Kyle loved being an uncle to Milo and Sara Honsberger. Kyle graduated from Gateway High School in 2002 and received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2008. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Salvation Army, Pittsburgh Temple. Arrangements by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) (412-856-4747). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, Pittsburgh Temple, 1060 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15226. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Knorr, Anne E.

  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Winter, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Anne E. Knorr died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was the wife of the late Albert Knorr; and beloved sister of Jack Palermo, Evelyn Kimmerle and the late Guy, William, Corrinne and Carl Palermo and Margaret Simon. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. Friends received from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the WINTER FUNERAL HOME PC, 4730 Friendship Ave., where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.
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List, Richard W. 78

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Richard W. List, 78, of McCandless, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. He was the husband of the late Betty Jean Landgraff List; beloved friend of Roberta Brocious; brother of Robert P. List; also survived by nieces and nephews. Dick was very active in the Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club and served as president a number of times. He was also a founding member of the Edgewood Symphony. Visitation is from 9 until the time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Edgewood Symphony.
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Marsh, Melissa E. 61

  • Shadyside
  • Born: 1953-10-03
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: McCabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Melissa Elizabeth Schnap Marsh, 61, of Shadyside, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. She was the wife of Raymond E. Marsh; stepmother of Alicia Suiters and Ernest Marsh; and sister of Richard Peyton Schnap. Melissa was born Oct. 3, 1953, in New York City, to the late Emil H. Schnap and Elizabeth Anne Studebaker Schnap. She was devoted to a number of charitable causes both as a board member of Off the Floor Pittsburgh and as a donor to a variety of organizations devoted to the safety and well-being of animals, particularly cats. Melissa was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and attended the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Friends received from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where a service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Bruce Robison officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Off the Floor Pittsburgh or the Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh.
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Mayer, Joseph G. 94

  • Formerly of Laurel Gardens
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph G. Mayer, 94, formerly of Laurel Gardens, Ross Township, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. He was the husband of the late Anne C. Mayer; loving father of Joseph D. Mayer (Chris), Michael T. Mayer, Claire Gresh (David) and Daniel J. Mayer (Karen); brother of Pauline Mahoney (John) and the late Robert L. Mayer and the late Anna Mae Mages; also survived by nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday in St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Mortimer, Robert L. 80

  • Whitehall
  • Born: 1934-09-06
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Robert Leo Mortimer, of Whitehall, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at his residence surrounded by family. Bob was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Munhall, a son of the late Sylvester "Dutch" and Hildur (Hanson) Mortimer. He was a brother of Ellen Andrews (and the late Jim Andrews) and Bill Mortimer. Bob was a graduate of Munhall High School and was a member of the Munhall wrestling team. His love for the sport led him to become the co-founder of the Baldwin-Whitehall wrestling organization. He furthered his education at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his bachelor's degree in business. Bob was an Army veteran and his career consisted of working for General Motors for more than 40 years. Bob is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 58 years, Norma Jean (Garrity) Mortimer, and together they had three beautiful children, Dr. Robert (Michelle) Mortimer, Sharon (Bruce) Matthews and Wendy (Jeffery) Earley. He was the adoring grandfather of seven, Robert, Brendan and Austin Mortimer, Olivia and Claudia Matthews and Hunter and Madison Earley. Bob was an avid golfer and sports fan. He was a man of unwavering integrity and honesty, a true disciple of Christ, guided by his everlasting faith. Bob will be greatly missed and loved forever. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Homestead United Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Two Chatham Center, Suite 1661, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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Mramor Jr., Frank M. 73

  • Formerly of North Braddock
  • Born: 1941-12-16
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Dodson, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Frank Michael Mramor Jr., 73, formerly of North Braddock, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was born Dec. 16, 1941, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Frank J. Mramor and Kathleen Halko Mramor. Frank was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam era. Frank graduated from technical school as an electrical draftsman and designer, worked for Christy Park, until it closed and worked for a variety of fabricating, welding and fitting shops. He retired from Ashcraft Self Storage and Record Management in Monongahela. Frank was an avid ham radio operator. His call sign was K3RGY. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Glenna Burnett Mramor; his sons, Frankie, Anton and Dominic Mramor, of West Newton; a brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Doreen Burnett; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME, 213 Main St. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville.
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Mutschler, Vanessa R. 27

  • Emsworth
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Linn, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Vanessa Raye Mutschler, 27, of Emsworth, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was a beloved daughter of Susan Miller and stepdaughter of Bryan Miller; devoted and loving mother of Gracen Jace Gaertner; sister of Jax Miller, Neo Miller and Celeste Mutschler; and granddaughter of Siriporn Plank and Arlene Miller. Vanessa was a graduate of Avonworth High School. Friends received from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the MCDONALD-LINN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 California Ave., Avalon. Services and interment will be private.
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Nese, Louis 92

  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Louis "Gi-Gi" Nese has passed away. Visitation has been postponed due to family illness. Please watch this paper for updated information.
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Pershing, Edgar J. 83

  • Blaine Hill
  • Born: 1932-01-09
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Edgar J. Pershing, 83, of Blaine Hill, passed away at home Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Born Jan. 9, 1932, in Blaine Hill, he was a son of the late David Pershing Sr. and Rose (Telesfore) Pershing. A retired maintenance man for Elizabeth Forward School District, Edgar was a parishioner at St. Michael's in Elizabeth Township and an Army veteran of the Korean War. Edgar was also a member of the Kastan Uveges VFW Post No. 7632 of Blaine Hill and a lifetime member of the Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co. He was also a former baseball player with the Daily News League. Edgar is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rebekah M. (Garland) Pershing; his four sons, Jaime (Kim) Thomas, of Blaine Hill, Jeff (Lisa) Pershing, of North Versailles, Jay (Nicole) Pershing, of Cambridge, Ohio, and Tim Pershing; his 10 grandchildren; his six great-grandchildren; his two sisters, Lucy (Frank) Thompson, of Grass Flats, and Sandra Davis, of Blaine Hill; his three brothers, David Pershing, of Blaine Hill, Richard (Marge) Pershing, of Blaine Hill, and Bill (Laurel) Pershing, of Blaine Hill; his sister-in-law, Bonnie Aungst, of Hollidaysburg; his brother-in-law, Stanley (Pam) Claar, of Duncansville; and also loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from noon until a 4 p.m. blessing service Sunday, March 1, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344) with Father Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions in Edgar's name should be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Reichert, Louise 92

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1922-09-26
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Louise (Wyncoop) Reichert, 92, a resident of the Masonic Village, Sewickley, formerly of Irwin, and Beaver, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Larimer, a daughter of the late William J. and Ethel (DeWalt) Wyncoop. Louise was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard E. Reichert; a daughter, Rebecca Reichert Duke; and siblings, William H. Wyncoop and Patricia Saunders. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Bishop, of Pittsburgh; son-in-law, Richard Duke; a sister, Jane (John) Johnson, of Tucson, Ariz.; also nieces and nephews. There will be no viewing. Services will be private with interment in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made in Louise's memory to Susan G. Komen PO Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265. Funeral arrangements are being handled by WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, PA 15642, 724-863-1200. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Sabo, Anne H. 102

  • Formerly of West Mifflin
  • Born: 1912-10-16
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Anne H. Sabo, 102, formerly of West Mifflin, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. She was born Oct. 16, 1912, in Donora, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Surcek) Krivacek. She retired from Sears and formerly worked at U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin, a former member of their former Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Guild, and member of 3rd Order of St. Francis. She was the wife of the late Andrew J. Sabo; and aunt of Jack Balog, John A. Balog, Kelley Durigon, Jennifer Zazzera, Phil Krivacek, Joseph Krivacek, Joyce Ordos, James Kopasko, Paul Kopasko, Florence Zewe and Geraldine Lawrence. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLIEFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schliefer, supervisor, William Brian Schliefer, funeral director. Blessing service at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Schneider, Regis J. 90

  • Avalon , Formerly of Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Regis J. Schneider, 90, of Avalon, formerly of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was the husband of the late Bertha E.; father of Donna McCarten and Karen Brown (Larry); stepfather of Leo A. Eger, Barbara Michal and Patricia Haugen; son of the late John and Irene Schneider; and is also survived by grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the blessing service at 2 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Schrock, Margaret Miss Betty E. 86

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Margaret Elizabeth "Miss Betty" Schrock, 86, of Braddock Hills, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. She was the mother of Martin Schrock (Diane), the late Renae Reynolds, Denise Murphy (Scott) and Grieg Schrock. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Aloma Arter, Chrisopher Schrock, Thomas Hempfield, Amber Aitken (Thomas) and Andre Schrock; great-granddaughter, Ana Chelosky; only surviving brother, John Donald Schrock; and a host of nieces and nephews. Friends and family are welcome to share in the celebration of her life from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 3000 Locust St., Braddock Hills. Arrangements by THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., Swissvale. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Light of Life Missions. Donate by phone: 412-258-6128.
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Silverman, Lyle V. 59

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Lyle V. Silverman, 59, of Cranberry Township, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 36 years of Susan (Weidner) Silverman; dear brother of Sandy (Gary) McStay; beloved son-in-law of Eleanor Weidner; loving uncle of Melissa (Wendy) Dunbar-Kraus, Terry (Carrie) Dunbar, Gregory, Jimmy and Shawn Gropelli, and Brad and Rachel Putch; also survived by many great-nieces and nephews. Lyle was a very dedicated man, giving 100 percent to everything he did in life and was extremely generous in every way towards his family, friends and community. Lyle and Susie share the perfect love story that forged a relationship so strong that not even their separation by death could break. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where a celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Lyle's memory to the Vasculitis Foundation at www.vasculitisfoundation.org. Or by mail at Vasculitis Foundation, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Soboslay, Margaret M.

  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. "Margie" Soboslay died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of John F. Soboslay; mother of Paul F. Soboslay (Amy), David A. Soboslay (Suzanne) and Michael J. Soboslay (Eileen); sister of James Carr; grandmother of Caitlin, Zoe, Connor, Shannon, Cassidy, Ryan and Austin Soboslay; and is also survived by her lifetime best friend, Anne Lofstrom. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.) Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Bede Church. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Bede Parish, 509 S. Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208.
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Suprak, Helen M. 56

  • Verona
  • Born: 1958-12-05
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Helen M. (Crusan) Suprak, 56, of Verona, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at UPMC East in Monroeville. She was born Dec. 5, 1958, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Edgar and Margie (Uplinger) Crusan. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by a sister, Irene Shupe; and brother, Robert Crusan. She is survived by her beloved husband of 14 years, Dennis Suprak; children, Debbie, Donald and Mary Smith and Starr Temple (Matt); her loving grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Russell Crusan (Pam), Sandy Owens (Ray), Betty Bohonis (Mike), Dorothy Morgan, Jack Crusan, Hary Crusan, Judy Brucker (Frank) and Brenda Crusan; and also many nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering will be held at a date and time to be announced at a later date at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Tull, Gladys M. 85

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1929-06-19
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Gladys M. Tull, 85, of White Oak, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at UPMC McKeesport. Born June 19, 1929, in Monroe Township, Bedford County, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Edna Mae Wilkinson Koontz. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George S. Tull; a son, John Kaminsky; and siblings, Robert Koontz, Evelyn Bulger, Betty Datig, Shirley Kline, Patricia Bittner, Maryann Conner, Bernard and Donna. Gladys was a member of Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church in White Oak. She enjoyed going to the casino, baking, cooking, visiting family, taking care of plants and watching her Steelers. Her favorite sayings were: "You just don't understand"; and "Whatever". Surviving are her daughters, Beverly Tull, of Lincoln Borough, and Debbie (Joseph) Plesniak, of White Oak; grandchildren, Eileen, John, Jamie and Robert; and great-grandchildren, Jayla and Isabella. Also surviving are siblings, Jack Koontz, of White Oak, Doris Ayers, of Jefferson Hills, Roy, Charlotte, Herbert, Hilda, Raymond Jr. and Brenda; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dr. Bruce J. Byers officiating. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Vercelli, Charles T. 98

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charles T. Vercelli, 98, a lifelong resident of Monroeville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen (Richardson) Vercelli; loving father of Caroline (Jeff) Duxbury; brother of Anna Scanlon and the late John Vercelli, Mary Knapp, Gulyerma Krenn, Gustine Krenn, Felix Vercelli and Corinne Benes; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at North American Martyrs Church. Interment will follow at St Joseph Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Walker-Bivins, Aniyah E. 0

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 2014-10-21
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Aniyah Elizabeth Walker-Bivins, 4 months, of North Versailles, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at McKeesport Hospital. She was born Oct. 21, 2014, in Pittsburgh, daughter of Rasul Bivins and Cassandra L. Walker, of North Versailles. Besides her parents, she is survived by her siblings, Laylah and Jamaal Walker-Bivins; maternal grandmother, Anna Walker, Natrona; great-grandmother, Mary Bivins, North Versailles; aunts and uncles, Elizabeth and Greg Moose, Junette Cobbs, Ma-Laika Bivins, Terri Bivins, T.T. Bivins, December Dixon and Vasco Murphy; godmother, Susan Jones; godfather, Dominque Watson; and numerous cousins. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 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. Edward Carter Jr. officiating. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Walsh Jr., John R. 82

  • Born: 1932-06-16
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • John Richard "J.R." Walsh Jr. passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at John J. Kane Regional Nursing Center in McKeesport. He was born June 16, 1932, in Jefferson Borough, to the late John R. and Barbara Mulkerin Walsh. John, along with his parents, was preceded in death by brother, Harry E. Walsh; and sisters, Alice Banikulis, Kathryn Lynch, Lillian Trainer, Luella Prinkey, Annabell Ferris, Elinor Matusovic and Mary Walsh. He spent most of his life in the Jefferson Hills/West Elizabeth area, was employed as a Screen Man for U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works for 41 years, a member of Old Time Fiddlers Organization in Fayette County, a member of the Sportsman's Club in Elizabeth, a member of United Steel Workers Union No. 1557 and played the mandolin and guitar for 30 years. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place following visitation. Interment will be immediately after service at Round Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Worsen, Barbara L. 70

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Barbara L. Worsen, 70, of Hampton Township, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was the mother of Raymond J. Worsen Jr. (Michelle) and the late Kimberly Bakaj; daughter of the late George L. and Sarah S. Ruetschi; sister of Chester Ruetsohi (Linda); and grandmother of Raymond and Michael. "Babs" was a former member of Elfinwild Firehall. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where service will follow at 11 a.m. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Boehme, Vince 66

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-02-21
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  • Vince Boehme, 66, Albany, Ga., formerly of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Phoebe Putin Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Emily Boehme; and brothers, William, George and David Boehme. He left behind a daughter, Megan Boehme, of Florida; and a son, Jason Boehme, of Ohio. He also left behind is his brothers and sisters, Ann Ruth Henzler, Kathy and Alex Ross, of Greensburg, Ronald and Patty Boehme, of Jeannette, Clifford Boehme, and Brenda S. Boehme, of Youngwood; and several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by everyone. No memorial will be planned at this time.
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Breck, Thomas L. 55

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1959-05-04
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Thomas L. Breck, 55, of Penn Township, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at home unexpectedly. He was born March 4, 1959, in Harrison Township, son of Howard N. and Phyllis M. (Clough) Breck, of Valencia. He has lived the past 25 years in Penn Township. Thomas was a construction foreman for 37 years for Fawn Developers. He formerly attended West Deer Bible Church and was a 1977 graduate of Highlands High School. He enjoyed hunting and especially enjoyed his family. Besides his parents, he is survived by his sons, Matthew (Crystal) Breck, Buffalo Township, and Christopher N. Breck, Penn Township; siblings, Joni (Clarence "Dutch") Hughes, of Coventry, R.I., Paul N. Breck, of Jacksonville, Fla., Nancy J. (David M.) Smith, of Fawn Township, and Becky J. (James) Kennedy, of Zelienople; and one grandson, Hunter Breck. He is also survived by six nephews and three great-nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Services will be held at noon Monday in West Deer Bible Church, 4341 Bakerstown-Culmerville Road, Gibsonia. Interment in Brownsdale Cemetery. Everyone please meet at church. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Brinker, Elizabeth Betty 92

  • Brinkerton
  • Born: 1923-02-16
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Brinker, 92, of Brinkerton, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg, with family by her side. Born Feb. 16, 1923, in Bovard, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Vidrich) Yomnick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Drew Anthony; a son, Robert Brinker; brothers, Edward and Frank Yomnick; sister, Emma Pryor; and two infant sisters. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Trauger, and their Mary Martha Fellowship. Betty was the loving wife of 68 years to Robert J. Brinker; loving mother to daughter, Sandra Specht and her husband, David, of Weltytown, and son, Keith Brinker and wife, Charlene, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and loving grandmother to Sarah (Gabe) Kinneer, Daniel (Kim) Specht, Jason Brinker and Justin Brinker; and great-grandchildren, Gabby, Darren and Elizabeth. Also surviving are sisters, Dorothy Carr, Sally Plevich, Dolores (Lou) Sabers; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, NorveIt, PA 15674. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday in St Paul's United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Richard L. Seigfried officiating. Please go directly to the church. Interment is to follow in St. Paul's Reformed Cemetery, Trauger. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Betty's honor to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Box 56 Pleasant Unity, PA 15676.
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Brunner, Mary A. 89

  • Smithton
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Mary A. Brunner, 89, of Smithton, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at her residence. She was the wife of Warren H. Brunner. Additional obituary information will be published in tomorrow's edition. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 SPRING ST., SCOTTDALE (724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Barren Run United Methodist Church, with Pastor John Logan officiating, followed by graveside committal services and interment in the church cemetery.
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Buhl, Joseph H. 91

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1924-01-22
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Joseph Harold Buhl, 91, of Arnold, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Platinum Ridge Nursing Center, Brackenridge. He was born Jan. 22, 1924, in Parnassus, a son of the late Joseph Herman and Mary Elizabeth Heidelmeier Buhl. He was employed by the former Allegheny Label of Cheswick as a paper cutter for more than 40 years, retiring in 1986. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Army in the 168th Infantry of the 34th Division, receiving a Purple Heart decorated with four Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the DAV Chapter 53 Order of the Purple Heart, serving on the executive committee for the Department of Pennsylvania, life member of the VFW Post 92, the American Legion of Arnold and the Order of the Purple Heart and St. Joseph Church, New Kensington. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Jeannie Swarts; great-granddaughter, Morgan Kemp; great-grandson, Noah Dzikowski; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Buhl; and two sons-in-law, Gus Widel and Thomas Graham. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Wanda Jean (Lanning) Buhl; daughters, Linda Graham, Debra (Leonard) Brzezinski and Lorraine Leuthauser; two brothers, Thomas (Mary Smith) Buhl and Gerald (Irene) Buhl; also survived by six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Ray Bolt. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. only Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, in the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, a service-oriented funeral home, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, 724-337-3325. The Disabled American Veterans will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell, with full military honors conducted by the VFW Tarentum Post 5758. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in loving memory of Joseph to the DAV, Chapter 53, Natrona Heights. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Caldwell, Melvin Moe E. 81

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1933-08-01
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Melvin E. "Moe" Caldwell, 81, of Irwin, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at his home. He was born Aug. 1, 1933, in Straw Pump, a son of the late Robert and Margaret Boice Caldwell. Prior to his retirement, Melvin was a self-employed plastering contractor who worked with many of the Irwin contractors. He was a BMW Motorcycle enthusiast and rode for many years with his wife across the United States and Canada. Moe and his family visited Ireland several times and he was an avid hunter who enjoyed spending time with his family at their camp in Kane. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and woodworking, and was a veteran of the Army, having served in the Korean War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Inez Fellers Caldwell, in 1972; brother, Dean Caldwell; and sister, Nancy Mertz. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Philomena McKay Caldwell; six children, Kathy King and her husband, Gene, Melvin E. "Buddy" Jr. and his wife, Debbie, Karen Conroy and her husband, Thomas, Terri Stanisha and her husband, David, Karen Broussard and her husband, Clay, and Stephen McKeown; sister, Beatrice Haubrich and her husband, Tom; four grandchildren, Erica Caldwell, Emily Conroy, Sean and Michelle McKeown; three great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Owen and Andrew; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors or the American Red Cross. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com .
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Claxon, Virginia L. 84

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1931-02-05
  • Died: 2015-02-21
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  • Virginia Louise (Jack) Claxon, 84, of Allegheny Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. She was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Avonmore, to S.W. and Iva (Nolf) Jack. She was a graduate of Winchester Thurston School and Seton Hill College. She was a member of DAR, The Freeport College Club and Allegheny Presbyterian Church. She was a lifelong benefactor to WQED, many libraries, The Susan G. Komen Foundation and several other nonprofit organizations. She enjoyed knitting, yard work, attending church, writing and volunteering. Virginia married James Lee Claxon on Sept. 10, 1958. She is survived by two sisters, Margaret Mann, of Cabot, and Patricia Blake, of Punxsutawney; three children, Jennifer Young, Thompson (Tim Stroud), of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Terri (Bob) Anderson, of Dunnellon, Fla., and Jethro (Kim) Claxon, of Allegheny Township; 10 grandchildren, Lucas, James and Micah Young, Catherine and William Anderson, Ashley, Jimmy and Danielle Bistline, Grace and Caleb Claxon; one great-grandson, Kamden Nelson; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, James Lee Claxon; and a brother, Samuel Jack. There will be a Celebration of Life Service at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at First United Presbyterian Church, 913 Lock Street, Tarentum, PA 15084.
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Cook, Mark T. 57

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1957-04-21
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mark "Bubba" T. Cook, 57, of Southwest Greensburg, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 21, 1957, in Greensburg, a son of the Beverly and Mary Porcha Cook, of Jeannette. Prior to his retirement, he was a captain with SCI, Chester. Mark was a graduate of Jeannette High School, class of 1976, and of Potomac State College. He also was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church of Jeannette. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Richard and Cora Lee Williams Porcha; his paternal grandparents, Henry Thomas and Lula Lipford Cook; and a grandson, Malachi Mills. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Charlene A. Jones Cook; three children, Angel Mills and husband, Michael, of Jacksonville, Fla., LaShawna Cook and Charise Cook and Todd Anderson, all of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Araylah Mills, Tarajai Mitchell and Zaionna Anderson; six siblings, Valerie Diggs and husband, Richard, Leonard Cook, all of Pittsburgh, Gloria Cook, of Greensburg, Larry Cook and wife, Kim, Charles Cook and wife, Carlene, all of Jeannette, and Shari Edwards, of Pittsburgh; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Mark from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Additional viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in Hopewell Baptist Church, 436 Chestnut St., Jeannette, 724-527-5367, where services will follow at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Anthony Murray officiating. Interment will follow in Hillview Cemetery, Greensburg. The family would like to thank Dr. Waas, the UPMC Cancer Center at Oakmont Commons, physicians and nurses at Westmoreland Hospital and Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for their care during Mark's illness. Mark's family has entrusted his care to Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Daw, Valorie D. 65

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1950-02-23
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Valorie Diane Daw, 65, of Greensburg (Unity Township), died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1950, in Penn Hills, a daughter of the late Louis and Louise (Russo) Vannucci. Valorie was employed as a teacher's aide with Latrobe Elementary School and most recently at Baggely Elementary School. She referred to the children she taught and cared for as her "little lovies." She enjoyed seeing shows at Mountain Play House and Civic Light Opera and was an avid supporter of the arts. She was a past PTO president of Mt. View Elementary School. She was also very much involved in Latrobe High School parent organizations, including hockey and theater boosters. She loved dinners out and spending time with her family and friends. Valorie is survived by her husband of 36 years, John A. Daw, and was a mother of three boys, J.D. Daw, of New York City, Joe Daw, of Greensburg, and Thomas Daw and fiancee, Amy Armstrong, of Greensburg; a brother, Dan Vannucci (Dorothy), of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nephews, nieces, great-nephews and many, many friends and loved ones. Friends and relatives will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online memorials and other information, please go to www.kepplegraft.com.
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Dipietro, Joseph E. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-03-12
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph Edmund DiPietro, 88, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born March 12, 1926, in Greensburg, he was a son of the late Tony DiPietro and Irene (Pricor) DiPietro. Joe was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 515, and the Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen Association. He was the owner/operator of DiPietro's Gulf Service for more than 40 years and was a World War II veteran, having served in the Philipines with the Army Air Corps. Joe was an avid bowler, who enjoyed going to casinos, going out for breakfast, watching the Steelers and Pirates, old western movies and wrestling, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Moffa) DiPietro; two sons-in-law, Joseph Derro and Craig Bumar; two brothers, Henry and Robert DiPietro; and two sisters, Catherine Angelicchio and Rita Bryga. Joe is survived by one son, Edmund J. DiPietro and his wife, Beth, of Latrobe; two daughters, Angela C. Bumar, of Latrobe, and Joetta Diorio and her husband, Scott, of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Mary Klocek and her husband, Brian, Nicole Ross and her husband, Anthony, Julie Hughes and her husband, Tim, Elana DiPietro, and Eric DiPietro; a great-grandson, Grant Joseph Klocek; two sisters, Anne Morelli, of Greensburg, and Irene DiPietro, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Angeline Panichella and her husband, Joseph, of Latrobe; his special caregiver, Nicole Case. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be accorded at 10:45 a.m. Monday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Post No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Veteran's Outreach Program, c/o American Legion Post No. 515, 1811 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650 or Action for Animals, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the 3rd floor nurses at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and to Lois Wozny of Excela Health Hospice for the compassionate care Joe received and also a special thanks to the staff and volunteers at St. Vincent Basilica. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Falbo, Alfred L. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-08-02
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Alfred L. Falbo, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Latrobe, a son of the late William Falbo and Margaret (Scalia) Falbo. Alfred was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was retired from Painter's Union Local No. 409. He was a member of the Sons of Italy, a life member Loyal Order of Moose, and a life member of the F.O. Eagles No. 01188. He enjoyed dancing, especially to polkas and the music of the 40s. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth A. (Repko) Falbo; a son-in-law, Dennis Banner; and an infant sister, Leona Falbo. Alfred is survived by three sons, Leon R. Falbo and his wife, Susan, of Latrobe, Keith A. Falbo and his wife, Mary Chris, of Butler, and Carmen L. Falbo and his wife, Becky, of Latrobe; one daughter, Vicky A. Banner, of Latrobe; two brothers, Raymond W. Falbo and his wife, Amy, of Greensburg, and William H. Falbo, of Youngstown; one sister, Gloria McIlnay and her husband, Jack, of Alexandria, Va.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Ruth Silvis, of Latrobe; and he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB as celebrant. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Husband, Marian M. 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-06-04
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Marian M. Husband, 74, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Hempfield Manor. She was born June 4, 1940, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Clyde M. and Lawella (Herman) Scott. Marian attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was a former member of the Church of the Open Door in Greensburg. For many years she was active with the Hempfield Band Parents Association. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Scott R. Husband; and great-grandson, Reese N. Pfoutz. Surviving are her husband, Neil R. Husband; children, Melinda S. Scott, Terri L. Rios (Rick), Cindy L. Husband, Sandy J. Spittka (Paul) and Kevin D. Husband (Heather); daughter-in-law, Laura Husband; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. D. Roy Dail officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greensburg Alliance Church, 4428 Pennsylvania 136, Greensburg, PA 15601. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Kirkland, Margaret E. 70

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1944-07-21
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret E. Kirkland, 70, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 21, 1944, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late George and Gretchen (Renner) Hoehler. Margaret was a retired school teacher having been employed by the Hempfield Area School District. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was very proud of her granddaughter, Kaylie. Margaret was also known for her giving and caring spirit. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Semans, Anna Adair and Ernestine Kocis; her brothers, Philip and George Caldwell; and her best friend, Dolores Just. She is survived by her husband, Paul J. Kirkland; her daughter, Kelly Matinsky and her husband, Brian; her granddaughter, Kaylie Matinsky; and her sister, Tina McFeaters and her husband, Wesley. Family and friends are invited to attend Margaret's funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Basilica Church, Latrobe. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements for Margaret have been entrusted to the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Manning, Randy E. 51

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1963-03-25
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Randy E. Manning, 51, of Arnold, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, Forbes Regional, Monroeville. Born March 25, 1963, in Jasper, Ala., he was a son of Franklin D. and Ruby M. Duncan Manning. He is survived by his close friends Mary and Cissie; two daughters, Crystal and Danielle; and brother, Billy Ray (Regenia) Manning, of Alabama. All services were private. Services entrusted to the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, a service oriented funeral home, New Kensington. Private burial will be held in Nauvoo, Ala. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Novotny, Kathleen 66

  • Formerly of Herminie
  • Born: 1948-02-28
  • Died: 2015-02-25
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  • Kathleen Milton Novotny passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, having lost her battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 28, 1948, in Herminie. She graduated from Sewickley High School in 1966, where she played in the school band. Survivors include her husband of almost 45 years, Ronald Novotny; daughter, Vikki; son, Steven; four grandchildren, Brittni, Cierra, Jquan and Nakayla; a great-granddaughter, Makaia; and many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Kathy was preceded in death by her father and mother, Noble and Mildred Milton; brother, Gerald Milton; sister, Dr. Clara Darden; and half brother, James aka Ike Milton. The funeral will be Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Northside Church of Christ on North Meridian in Wichita, Kan.
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Potter, Robert Rob J. 22

  • Born: 1992-05-04
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert "Rob" J. Potter, 22, sadly taken Tuesday, February 24, 2015, doing what he loved, skiing the mountains of Utah. Born May 4, 1992, Rob was the beloved son of Melissa (Perri) Potter and Robert Potter, of Greensburg; extraordinary brother of Madeline and Billy Potter, of Greensburg, and Brandi Berquist, of Texas; beloved grandson of Sam and Mary Carole Perri, of Florida, and Doris Potter and the late William Potter, of Irwin; cherished nephew of Peggy and the late Lloyd Martin, of Murrysville, Kim and Manny Rojas, of Oakdale, Felice Perri, of Florida, Samuel and Rosa Perri, of Pittsburgh, Scott and Cathy Perri, of Minnesota, Patty and Howard Katz, of New York, Melissa and Bob Gans, of California. Numerous cousins forever remember him as the jovial life of the party. Rob was a 2011 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School and went on to study fine arts at California University of Pennsylvania. An avid outdoorsman, Rob currently was employed at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. He also worked as a white water guide in Ohiopyle and was a mountain ambassador at Seven Springs Resort. Rob was at his happiest surrounded by friends, family and the outdoors. He played hockey, soccer and was a member of the fly fishing club at Greensburg Central Catholic. Rob began skiing at age of two and this winter was "the happiest he ever was, skiing in Utah." Robert was welcomed into Heaven by his grandfather, William Potter; aunt, Norma Zielinski; and uncle, Lloyd Martin. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 87 Sixth St., Herminie. Those attending Mass please go directly to the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Rob's name to TRAS (Three Rivers Adaptive Sports) P.O. Box 38235, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Tamasy, Virginia M. 64

  • Ruffs Dale
  • Born: 1950-05-01
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Virginia M. "Ginny" Tamasy, 64, of Ruffs Dale, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was born May 1, 1950, in Sewickley, a daughter of the late Philip and Clara (Rittelmann) Swarlis. Upon graduation from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Ginny worked as an art director for A.N.D. Associates of Pittsburgh; Bureau of Forestry; The Fireplace Restaurant; her own custom sign business, Virginia Signs; and Yough School Transportation Services. Residing mostly in Ruffs Dale, her main job and major accomplishment was being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Tom Tamasy; children, Aaron Tamasy and girlfriend, Angela Garzarelli, Michael Ludwig and wife, Laura, Nicholas Tamasy and wife, Amy, Julia McLaughlin and husband, Daniel and Maxwell Tamasy; grandchildren, Quinten Tamasy, Alexandra Ludwig, Evan Ludwig, Leif McLaughlin and Jordan Bryan; siblings, James Swarlis, Richard Swarlis and partner, David Anthony, Paul Swarlis and wife, Theresa, and Suzanne Krpicak and husband, Frank; her mother-in-law, Frances Tamasy; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffery Swarlis; sister-in-law, Kathy Ludwig; and father-in-law, Thomas E. Tamasy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. at which time services will be held Saturday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Taylor, Scott T. 89

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1926-01-09
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Scott T. Taylor, 89, of Rostraver Township, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was born Jan. 9, 1926, in East McKeesport, a son of the late Henry Clinton and Lidie (Welsh) Taylor. Scott was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, West Newton, and a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Chambers Development Company. Surviving are five children, Scott Taylor and wife, Helen, of Hanover, Marcia Hansen and husband, Richard, of Ephrata, Patty Simbeck and husband, Jerry, Nancy Thompson and husband, Earl, all of West Newton, and Christine Sayre and husband, Michael, of Monessen; seven grandchildren, Scott J. Taylor and Courtney, David J. Taylor and wife, Sara, Brandon Simbeck and wife, Kaylea, Ryan Thompson, Erin Thompson, Kevin Lisovich and Chloe Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Terra Rose, Scott Robert, and Patrick; two brothers, David Taylor and wife, Barbara, and Clarence Taylor and wife, Gladys; and a sister, Flora "Peggy" Medsger and husband, Carl. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte (Cope) Taylor; grandson, Connor Lisovich; brothers, William B., Charles, James C., Harold C., John Richard and Walter Taylor; and sisters, Marion Andrews and Sara Schmitt. Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY, JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Christ Lutheran Church, Vine and Fourth Street, West Newton. Everyone is asked to go directly to church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 251, West Newton, PA 15089. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Trice, S. Jerry 68

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • S. Jerry Trice, 68, of Jeannette, was called home to eternal life by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Jerry was the founder of Trice Professional Optical Services, retiring after many years of service to the community. He was a member of the First Reformed United Church of Christ in Greensburg. He had served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Seibert W. and Edith V. (Lloyd) Trice; and his brother, William E. Trice. He is survived by his brother, Richard L. (Eleanor) Trice; and his sister, Dolores "Dee" (Barrie) Marker, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by very special friends, Kevin Berger and John LaValle. Honoring Jerry's wishes, private services will be held at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME. Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery in Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the First Reformed United Church of Christ, 312 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. Kepple-Graft Funeral Home of Greensburg entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepple-graft.com.
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Armstrong County

Edens, Kenneth W. 57

  • Nu Mine
  • Born: 1957-03-11
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Wayne Edens, 57, of Nu Mine, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his residence. He was born March 11, 1957, to Kenneth W. Edens Sr. and Sylvia (Chobody) Smith, in Washington, D.C. Kenneth worked as a parts manager for numerous car dealerships. Kenneth was a member of William Penn Association and St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Yatesboro. He enjoyed reading, music, playing guitar, Pittsburgh sports and history. Kenneth is survived by two brothers, Alexander Smith, of South Carolina, and Robert Smith, of Virginia; sister, Rebecca Smith, of North Carolina; two uncles, Dennis (Kathy) Chobody, of Kittanning, and Joseph Chobody, of NuMine; three aunts, Viola Baculik, of Ford City, Mary (Eugene) Formaini, of Yatesboro, and Kathleen (William) Hughes, of Camp Hill; and a best friend, Karen. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Ralph Smith. A memorial Mass will be held in March. Burial will take place in St. Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery in Yatesboro.
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Butler County

Brown, Richard W. 65

  • Mars
  • Born: 1949-07-31
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Evans City | Get Directions
  • Richard W. Brown, 65, of Mars, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, while under the care of the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford. Born July 31, 1949, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, he was a son of Margaret (Murdock) Brown, of Adena, Ohio, and the late Kenneth Brown. Richard was a veteran of the Navy and was employed as a medical physicist. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Janice (Orchowski) Brown, of Mars; his son, Casey Hoyt Brown, of McLean, Va.; his brother, David (Laura) Brown, of Brunswick, Md.; his sister, Linda (Von) Mosser, of Littletown; his grandson, William H. Brown; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. There will be no visitation but a life celebration will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 116 E. Main St., Evans City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor in support of a local food bank of the donor's choice. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Brown family at www.boylanfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Elizabeth J. 80

  • Mars
  • Born: 1934-04-16
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. "Bette" Miller, 80, of Mars, died Tuesday evening, Feb. 24, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was born April 16, 1934, in Pittsburgh. Bette had been a school bus driver for 19 years at Bauman Bus Company for the Pine-Richland School District. She was a member of St. Kilian Church in Mars and the Cowansville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Bette loved to travel with Sam, her husband of 58 years, whether it was to the casinos in Pittsburgh or in the motor home to Florida. They travelled extensively and even saw Pope John Paul II. They enjoyed boating and motorcycling on their trike. Surviving are her husband, Willard E. "Sam" Miller, who she married Sept. 22, 1956; her daughters, Bridget K. Miller, of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Beth G. Miller (Keith), of San Mateo, Calif.; a son, Barry J. Miller (Tracy), of Mars; a sister, Marylou Fulton, of Morrow, Ga.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles, Theodore and Robert Fulton. Memorials may be made to the National Children's Cancer Society at www.thenccs.org. At Bette's request, arrangements are private under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, and please sign the guestbook and condolences at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Bielecki, Shirley A. 76

Grimm, Eva 90

  • Melcroft
  • Born: 1924-11-21
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Eva Grimm, 90, of Melcroft, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 21, 1924, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Dominick and Theresa DeLorenza Martin. Eva was a longtime resident of Melcroft and was a loving homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving daughters, Judy Shaffer, of Melcroft, June Geary and husband, John, of Melcroft, Donna Donitzen and husband, Ron, of Donegal, and Christine Keslar and husband, Ron, of Melcroft; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Vera Keslar, of Stahlstown. In addition to her parents, Eva was predeceased by her husband, Ira Grimm; her sisters, Jesse Bennington and Angie Johnson; and her brothers, David, Tom, Fred, Sam, Richard, Adam, Carl and Tony Martin. The family would like to give a special thanks to Redstone Highlands for all of their wonderful, loving care given to Eva during her stay there. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC. at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, 724-455-2310, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Douglas Nolt officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Iadanza, Nicholas 91

  • Republic
  • Born: 1923-10-14
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Kish Funeral Home, Republic | Get Directions
  • Nicholas Iadanza, 91, of Republic, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born Oct. 14, 1923, a son of Andrei Iadanza and Novina Marasco Iadanza. Nick was the owner of Republic Auto, a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II, a member of the Republic American Legion Post 590, the former Holy Rosary Church, now St. Francis of Assisi, the Fairbank Rod and Gun Club, and he, along with his wife, owned Rose's Lounge. In addition to his parents, Nick was preceded in death by his wife, Rose M. DeLeonibus Iadanza; grandson, Andrei Iadanza; a sister, Florence; and a brother, James. Surviving are his sons, Nicholas Eugene Iadanza and wife, Margaret, of Tigard, Ore., and David Iadanza and wife, Jody, of Charleroi; grandchildren, Matthew Iadanza, Christopher Iadanza and wife, Dena, Alexander Iadanza and wife, Christina, Andreanna Rivera and husband, Tony, and Aiden and Emily Iadanza; great-grandchildren, Zaeliegh, Alyvia, Andrei, Nicholas, Montgomery and Emilia; sisters, Adeline and Carmen; and brothers, John and Joseph; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the ROBERT T. KISH FUNERAL HOME, 1 Legion St., Republic, Pa., Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and Monday, March 2, 2015, until 10 a.m. when a blessing service will be held with the Rev. Father William Berkey officiating. Interment will be in Lafayette Memorial Park, where Military Rites will be accorded by Hopwood AMVETS Post 103.
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McCune, Wallace Wally B. 76

  • Dickerson Run
  • Born: 1938-11-27
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Wallace Beeson "Wally" McCune, 76, of Dickerson Run, died after a long illness, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in South Connellsville Personal Care Home. Wally was born Nov. 27, 1938, in Dickerson Run, a son of the late Adley and Ruth (Beeson) McCune. Wally was a lifetime member of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Vanderbilt, and member of its choir. He retired from the Air Force, giving 20 years of service. Wally then worked for CSX, where he retired after 20 years as a signalman. He was a member of The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA). Wally enjoyed going on trips with his wife, family and friends, fishing, hunting, nice cars, good food, music, long Sunday drives, reading puzzles and cherished his late Yorkshire Terrier, "Benny". Wally is survived by his wife, Janet (Dillinger) McCune; a sister, Ruth Fleming and husband, Leonard; three stepdaughters, Joni Hann and husband, Kevin, Lisa Brown and Cheri Curci and husband, Daniel; and four step-grandchildren, Hailey Reagan, Alex Reagen, Bethany Brown and Peter Dzambo III. Wally will also be missed by his lifelong friends, Dan Stiener and Dave Colbert; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Wally was predeceased by his brothers, Bill, Eddie and Bobby McCune; and a sister, Mary Griffin. Thank you, Joe Mulac; Pastor Lee Maley; and everyone who kept Wally in their prayers. A very special thank you to Carrie Detwiler and her caring staff at South Connellsville Personal Care Home. In remembrance of Wally's life and his involvement in his church, a memorial service will incorporated into the worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Vanderbilt, with Pastor David McElroy officiating. Fellowship will follow in the church Social Hall. Interment will be private for Wally's family. Funeral arrangements are being held under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Lucas, Madeleine 87

  • Long Branch
  • Born: 1927-11-23
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Madeleine Lucas, 87, of Long Branch, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Mount Macrina Manor, Uniontown. She was born Nov. 23, 1927, in France, the daughter of the late Victor and Eurgenie Madeleine Klien Jeanson. Mrs. Lucas was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish in Charleroi. She is survived by her son, Jean-Pierre Lucas and his wife, Karen, of Speers; two daughters, Francine Kucherawy and her husband, Thaddeus, of Weirton, W.Va., and Nicolette Bachinski and her husband, Michael, of Charleroi; her sister, Suzanne Leger of France; five grandsons, Chad Anthony, Michael Anthony, Eric James, Matthew Moses, and Jean- Pierre; granddaughter, Madeleine Lynn; seven great-grandchildren, Eli, Noah, Faith, Raeleigh, Landyn, Melyn, and Anthony. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lucas is preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Lucas; one sister, Gisele Jeanson; and two brothers, Pierre and Jean Jeanson. At the request of Mrs. Lucas, there will be no public viewing. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 2 at 1 p.m. in Mary, Mother of the Church, Seventh and Washington Ave., Charleroi. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Lucas may be made to the St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. 38105. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com. The SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME is in charge of the arrangements.
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Pierce, David M. 80

  • McMurray
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Mcmurray | Get Directions
  • David M. Pierce, 80, of McMurray, formerly of Versailles, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy Childers Pierce for 61 years; loving father of Thomas (Darlene) Pierce, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Dawn (Dan) Lynch, of McMurray, Lynne Larson, of Austin, Texas, the late Wendy Shekels; and his daughter-in-law, Melinda Pierce, of Elizabeth Township; son of the late Thomas and Esther Dakos Pierce; brother of Nancy Guglielmo, Janice DeGiovanni, Beverly (Ted) Caryk, Deborah (Nick) Chaconas and the late Edward Pierce. David is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Pierce worked in the metallurgical lab of U.S. Steel Duquesne for 31 years and was the owner of a ceramic tile business. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends and family are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Prentice, Dolores 77

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1937-11-25
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Pavlic Leonard M Funeral, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Dolores Gail Prentice, 77, of Charleroi, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at her home. Born in New Boston, Ohio, on Nov. 25, 1937, a daughter of Kenneth and Effie Bryant Hamilton. Mrs. Prentice retired from Corning Glass in 1999 as a trainer. Mrs. Prentice was a U.S. Army veteran. She is survived by four sons, Steven Prentice of Fallowfield Township, and Kenneth Prentice, Terry Prentice and Jon Prentice all of Charleroi; and four grandchildren, Kara, Steven, Samantha and Ashley. Preceded in death by her husband, Harry Prentice Jr.; a son, Charles Prentice; and a brother, Dr. Ronald Hamilton. There will be no public visitation. Private burial will be in Charleroi Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the LEONARD M. PAVLIC FUNERAL HOMES, INC., Charleroi.
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Walker, L. Marie 87

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Altemara, Julia 90

  • Formerly of Monessen
  • Born: 1924-03-12
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Julia C. Altemara, 90, formerly of North Charleroi and Monessen, died on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born in Monessen on March 12, 1924, the daughter of the late Joseph and Caroline Mandarino Magnone. Julia grew up in Monessen and was a 1942 graduate of Monessen High School. She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Monessen and was retired with 60 years of service from Corning Glass in Charleroi, having worked in quality control. Julia was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, who enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Penguins games with her grandson. She is survived by a son, Gary (Theresa) Altemara of North Charleroi; a daughter, Cynthia A. Altemara of Rostraver Township; three grandchildren, Kristy (George) Muchesko, Jessica Altemara, and Dylan Anthony Altemara; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Eric Muchesko; a brother, Albert (Wanda) Magnone of Monongahela; and by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Altemara; two sisters, Virginia Trilli and Margaret DiPiazza; and three brothers, George, Jerry, and Bill Magnone. Friends will be received on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave. Monessen. Services will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Entombment will follow in Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum, Monessen. Condolences accepted for the family at www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Baguet, Charles A. 90

  • Camden-Wyoming, Del.
  • Born: 1924-12-10
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Charles A. Baguet, 90, of Camden-Wyoming, Del., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, with his daughter at his side. He was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Clarence and Margaret (Ruffing) Baguet. On Jan. 17, 1947, he married Zora "Ruth" Gaines, who died June 6, 1974. He is survived by his daughter, Martha (James) Chapman; his grandson, David Chapman; his sister, Mary Friday; his brother, Walter Baguet; and many nieces and nephews. Charles retired from the Navy on July 21, 1964, after proudly serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and completed service in the European Theater, multiple sea duty tours and stateside tours and received a number of awards, commendations and medals. He was strong in his faith and love of his family, especially his sister and brother, and held a deep sense of service to his country. He loved playing cards, especially the family game of 66, and visits to the Moose. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at MAURICE L. KNEE, LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank) Plum, PA 15239. A blessing service and interment with military funeral honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery, 718 Hazelwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401, www.hospicechesapeake.org; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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Keck, John F. 87

  • State College
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Koch, State College | Get Directions
  • John F. Keck, 87, of State College, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Hearthside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, State College. Arrangements are under the care of KOCH FUNERAL HOME and will be announced when completed. Online condolences and signing of the guestbook may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.
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Merle-Smith, Katherine 92

  • Adamstown, Md.
  • Died: 2015-02-21
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  • Katherine Merle-Smith, an artist, teacher and humanitarian, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Adamstown, Md. She was 92. After attending Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Va., a school founded by her aunt, Charlotte Haxall Noland, Mrs. Merle-Smith received her undergraduate degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. For a period during World War II, she was the only woman in her drafting department at Bendix Radio. She married Richard Maddox Combs at West Point in 1943. They had met while she was teaching riding and art at Camp Marlin in Concord, N.H. Shortly after the birth of their son, Richard Maddox Combs Jr., her husband was killed in the South Pacific. After the war she returned to Foxcroft to teach. She soon met Van S. Merle-Smith Jr., who was visiting his sister at the school. They fell in love and were married for 56 years. As a couple, they worked in education for their entire married life, first at St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H., then back at Foxcroft, and finally at Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, Pa. Mrs. Merle-Smith's husband, Van, died in 2003. Several years later she married her longtime friend, Edward O. Thomas. She was widowed a third time in 2012. Throughout her life, she was a passionate advocate for the disadvantaged, particularly women and children. Mrs. Merle-Smith served on the boards of Wiley House (now KidsPeace), the Allentown Art Museum, Moravian Academy, The Hill School and Historic Bethlehem. She was first vice president of the National Council of Women and served as delegate to the United Nations and to International Council of Women conferences in Bangkok and Lima, Peru. She loved to travel and immerse herself and her family in other cultures. She relished the outdoors, riding, plein air painting, fly fishing and hotdogs. Her son, Richard, died in 2012. She is survived by her other children, Van, Ted, Katie, Grosvenor, Barton and their spouses; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her foster children, Normand, Peter, Tom, Nulsen, Tracy and their families. There will be a memorial service in her beloved Keene Valley, N.Y., at a later date. Memorial gifts: Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, Pa., and the Neighborhood House, Keene Valley, N.Y. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.keeneybasford.com.
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