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Aubele, William F.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • William F. Aubele died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, of Swissvale. He was the loving longtime partner of Douglas Kirsch; son of the late Gilbert and Rosemary; and dear brother of Gilbert and wife, Diane, John and wife, Dianna, David and wife, Kathy, Susan, Joseph and wife, Marilyn, Gerald and wife, Michele, Stephen and the late, Rosemary "Linda". Bill is also survived by his numerous loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday in Word of God Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Boarts, Jill E. 57

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2015-08-21
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Jill E. (Schafer) Boarts, 57, of Highland Park, died unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Alan C. Boarts; daughter of Lillian and the late William Schafer; sister of Steve Schafer; aunt of Erica Schafer as well as other nieces and nephews. Originally from Sewickley, Jill attended North Allegheny Senior High School and graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with dual baccalaureate degrees in journalism and political science. She used her writing talents throughout her career, elevating communications for organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh, Education Management Corp. and PNC Financial Services. Most recently, she worked at A to Z Communications as a senior writer and contributed to many outstanding marketing campaigns. Jill is remembered for beautiful blue eyes, fun-loving personality and her easy laugh. She cherished her husband and family and was devoted to her pets. She shared the love of jazz with her husband, had a keen wit and a generous spirit. Jill had limitless compassion for the suffering of others, including lost and homeless pets. She always went out of her way to comfort those in need, offering help and hope. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends. Funeral and interment will be private. A celebration of life may be held at a later date. Arrangements by McCABE BROS. INC.
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Burns, Judy 69

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Healy-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Judy (Bickleman) Burns, 69, of Millvale, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. She was the loving mother of Kelly Wehrer and her husband, Chris, of Missouri, and the late Scott Burns; sister of Carolyn Phillips, of Wheatland, Pa.; and sister-in-law to David Burns, of Millvale. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by HEALY-HAHN FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-821-2940.
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Carr, Stephenson J. 90

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Stephenson J. "Steve" Carr, 90, of Turtle Creek, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Helen M. (Ludinich) Carr for 68 years; loving father of Stephenson "Steve" (Tim) Carr Jr., of Duquesne, Michael (Kathy) Carr, of Penn Township, and Bruce (Cindy) Carr, of Plum; dear grandfather of Stephen (Cassandra) Carr and Allison (Jeff) Moschetta; great-grandfather of Isabelle, Charlotte, Mannasseh and Laura; and brother of Barbara Sadar, of Turtle Creek, John Carr and Georgeann Leger, both of Florida. Steve was preceded in death by his brother, George Carr; and sisters, Katherine Carr and Carol Sboray. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Steve was a World War II veteran, having served with the Marine Corps; and a retired employee of the Union Railroad Co., with 42 years of service as a boilermaker at The Roundhouse. Friends will be welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave., at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Colman Church. Steve will be laid to rest with military honors in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Casper, Michael J. 41

  • West Deer
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Michael J. "Mikey" Casper, 41, of West Deer, formerly of Titusville, Fla., died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 10 years of Regina L. (Chamberlain) Casper; loving father of Cassandra R. and Lydia J. Casper; son of Daniel "Jack" and Patricia (Collins) Casper, of Titusville, Fla.; brother of Daniel (Melanie) Casper, of Titusville, Fla., and Tracey Casper (dear friend of LaMarr Hastie); son-in-law of Lois and the late Ron Chamberlain; brother-in-law of Ron (Beth) Chamberlain Jr. and Michael (Allyson) Chamberlain; and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Michael enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing games with his daughters and going to car cruises. Services and interment will be held privately. Arrangements entrusted to the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. In lieu of flowers, donations to Trust for Cassandra Rylee and Lydia Jasmine Casper, Citizens Bank, 400 Northtowne Square, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Conley, Louis D. 82

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1932-12-13
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Louis D. Conley, 82, of Springdale, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in UPMC Shadyside. He was born Dec. 13, 1932, in New Kensington, to the late William and Violet Goodman Conley, and has been a lifelong member of the community. He served his country in the Air Force and served during the Korean War. He operated our first defense radar, always watching Russian air space. Later, Louis worked and retired from Alcoa as a machinist for more than 33 years. He enjoyed fishing, watching the Pirates and the Steelers, gardening and especially loved his family's pets. Surviving Louis are his children, Debora Dunn, of Lower Burrell, Stanley (Betty Jo) Klimczyk, of Cheswick, and Toni Conley Hover, of North Carolina; grandchildren, Caleb and Tarah Dunn and Kevin Hover Jr.; and four great-grandchildren, Brittany, Kevin III, Joseph and Briana. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ethel E. Conley, in 2004; four brothers; three sisters; a grandson, Troy; and three daughters, Pam, Cindy and Linda. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in the CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., where services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday with burial to follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights, with military honors. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Coyner, Lynne E.

  • Stanton Heights
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe Bros., Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Lynne E. Coyner, of Stanton Heights, passed unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Lou; mother of BJ (Michelle), Kelly and Danny; grandmother of Logan James Songer; daughter of Shirley Morris and the late Raymond Morris; sister of Elaine Grimes (Joey), Sharon Mitchell (Danny) and Janet Galbreath (Chris); daughter-in-law of Marie and the late James Coyner; sister-in-law of Karen Fey (Ralph), Jimmy Coyner (Candie), Annemarie Reckhouse (Jim) and Krista Coyner; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Lynne was a selfless, loving and compassionate woman who lived for her family and touched many lives. A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, www.core.org.
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Davis, Harry 82

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Rapp, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Dr. Harry Davis, 82, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Mabel Sumter Davis; devoted father of Harry A. (Rosalind) Davis Sr., of Penn Hills, Sharon Marie Davis (Timothy) Bradford, of Hopkins, S.C., Cheryl Virginia Davis, of Atlanta, Ga., and Deborah Yvonne Davis, of Verona; brother of Edward (Rita) Davis, of Penn Hills; great-grandfather to 19; great-great-grandfather to seven; also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, family and friends. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at RAPP FUNERAL HOME, 10940 Frankstown Road. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Charles Lwanga Parish Mother of Good Counsel, 7705 Bennett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208.
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DiGnazio, Genevieve M. 94

  • South Park , Formerly of Mt. Oliver
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Genevieve M. "Jean" DiGnazio, 94, of South Park, formerly of Mt. Oliver, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was the beloved wife of 71 years to John N. DiGnazio; loving father of Harry (Judy), Frank (Kellie), Carol Kontul and John (Karen); cherished grandmother of Lisa (Bryan), Jillian, Cory, Elle, Frank (Tracy), Nikki (Kolby), Philip, Justin, Christian, John and Isabella; proud great-grandmother of Natalie, Rebecca, Bryn and Piper; and sister of the late Art, "Gin", Norman "Doc" Nieder, Leona Loveland, Mae Glowacki, Dolores Holt and Madge Sieger. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends Janet and JoAnne. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where funeral prayer will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial will be following at noon in Nativity Catholic Church. If desired, family suggests contributions to Nativity Church, 5811 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Douglas, Mary 89

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1925-12-12
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary (Morosko) Douglas, 89, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her residence. Born Dec. 12, 1925, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Masley Morosko; and the beloved wife of the late Charles E. Douglas. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael, John, Joseph and Pete; and sister, Ann (Morosko) Benjamin. Mary was the loving mother of three children, Marlene (Charlie) Burns, William (Kay) Douglas and Linda (Don) Stoddard. Also, she was the loving grandmother of five, Darren (Angie) Barnes, Danny (Andrea) Barnes, Bill (Jennifer) Douglas, Amy (Dave) Ruland and Lisa (Bill) Walker; six great-grandchildren, Katie, Emma, Jake, Nathan, Madilyn and Tyler; and aunt to many nieces and nephews. Mary is also survived by her sisters, Irene (Ciro) Venturini and Helen (Mike) Stovar. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with Pastor Marty Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Dunbar, Gladys L. 89

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1926-02-21
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Gladys L. Dunbar, 89, of Fawn Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at the Willows of Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont. She was born Feb. 21, 1926, in Harrison Township, daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth (Weleski) Frederick. Gladys has lived in the area her entire life where she was a homemaker. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights and auxiliary of Pioneer Hose and Brackenridge American Legion. Gladys was a 1944 graduate of Har Brack High School and was an avid gardener, enjoyed crafts, cooking, baking and bingo. She especially enjoyed her family, children, grand and great-grandchildren and loved her many friends. Survivors include her children, John H. (Susie) Ramaley, of Butler, James C. (Cathy) Dunbar, of Lower Burrell, Barbara J. (Gary) Blanchard, of Buford, Ga., Janice L. (Robert) Kepes, of Fawn Township, Jeffrey A. (Robyn) Ramaley, of Fawn Township, and Louis J. (Renee) Dunbar, of Lower Burrell; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; also surviving are her sisters, Elizabeth Klabnik and Mary Ann Dunbar, both of Buffalo Township. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John A. Ramaley, in 1952; and second husband, James C. Dunbar, in 1993. 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. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Family suggests contributions to Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fabric, Robert J. 65

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Fabric, 65, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was a son of the late John J. and Anna Fabric; and brother of Rita Simon (Charles). Robert had been an employee of the LCB for a number of years. There will be no visitation. Interment will be private. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Fink Jr., Albert M. 62

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Albert M. Fink Jr., 62, of McCandless, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 32 years to Cynthia Bowers Fink; also survived by his two sons, Paul Michael Fink and Kevin James Fink; and in-laws, James and Mary Jane Bowers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norma Jean and Albert M. Fink Sr. Albert was a University of Pittsburgh Police Officer for 35 years, an avid hunter, camper and boogie boarder. Friends received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2230 Rochester Road. www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Garvin, Yvonne 85

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1929-10-31
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Yvonne "Bonnie" (Goettel) Fedorka Garvin, 85, of Elizabeth, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at The Palms at O'Neil in McKeesport. She was born Oct. 31, 1929, in Elizabeth, to the late Edmund Goettel and Bertha (Achtzehn) Goettel. Prior to her retirement, she was a cashier at the former Marraccini's in Elizabeth for 25 years. She was a member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth and was also a former housemother at Grove City College. She is survived by three children, Lisa (Gualberto) Carhuaslla, of Squirrel Hill, Iva Fedorka, of Crafton, and Paul (Lisa) Fedorka, of Humble, Texas; two stepchildren, Beverly Christian, of Whitmore Lake, Mich., and Frederick L. (Cathleen) Garvin Jr., of West Newton; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one step-grandson; one step-great-grandson; brother, Ernest Goettel, of Elizabeth Township; sister, Alma Jarvis, of Belle Vernon; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest Fedorka and Frederick L. Garvin Sr.; sisters, Charlotta Cain, Iva Metz and Emma Joll; and brothers, Brinton, Emmett "Bill" and Edmund Goettel. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Walter Pietschmann and the Rev. Jay M. Hollinsworth officiating. Private burial will be held at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, 314 S. Third Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Gibson, Robert 71

  • Formerly of Brookline
  • Born: 1944-02-17
  • Died: 2015-08-24
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  • Robert "Bob" Gibson, after a hard, unsuccessful battle with pancreatic cancer, sadly, our friend, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and great-uncle passed away at home on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Bob was born Feb. 17, 1944, to the late Robert and Mary (Bakos) Gibson. Formerly of Brookline, he was a graduate of South Hills Catholic High School. Bob was an Air Force veteran and lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion in Monroeville. He is survived by two daughters, Donna (Gibson) Minsterman and Karen (Gibson) Coleman; four grandchildren, Anna, David, Justin and Alexandra; and two sisters, Joyce Edwards and Mary Earla Ruda. A memorial service and gathering in Bob's honor will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at the American Legion in Plum (980) for family and close friends.
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Graham, Dorothy L. 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Dorothy L. (Loncar) Graham, 90, of West Mifflin, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife to the late Albert Graham; loving mother to Albert (Cathy) Graham, of West Mifflin; and cherished grandmother to Matthew, Joshua and Ryan. Services private. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, No. 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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Heckenstaller, Donald G. 84

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Donald G. "Hecky" Heckenstaller, 84, of East McKeesport, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was the loving husband of 63 years of Theresa (Swacus); beloved father of Virginia (David) Rowe, Donald Heckenstaller, David (Kathleen) Heckenstaller and Craig Heckenstaller; grandfather of Nathan (Casey Rowe) and Emily Rowe; also numerous nieces and nephews. Don graduated Scott High School in 1948 and Duquesne University. A proud Korean War veteran, Don served in the Navy. He had 32 years with Peoples Gas. Don was a member of Wilmerding Lions Club, Braddock Knights of Columbus Council 911 and the St. Roberts Men's Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and was an avid Pirates, Penguins and Steelers fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and helping out at Heckey Graphics. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Burial will follow with full military honors at Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Henzler, Valeria M. 92

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Valeria M. Henzler, 92, of Pittsburgh, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late George Henzler; mother of Susan (Larry) Michalik and the late Karen Egbert; grandmother of Amy (Chris) Carlisle and Larra (Jim) Daniels, Jacob (Georgia) Michalik and Scott (Kristy) Michalik; and great-grandmother of Owen, Elliott, Delaney, Aidan, Braidan, Andrew and Logan. No visitation. Services private. Arrangements by H. P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-364-4444. Online condolences may be sent to: www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Howard, Maxine G. 63

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1952-04-13
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Maxine G. Howard, 63, of Tarentum, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in her home. She was born April 13, 1952, in Natrona Heights, to the late Mack and Bette Jean Pendleton Howard, and was a 1970 graduate of Kiski High School. Maxine was a faithful member and servant of the Vermont Baptist Church of New Kensington, where she served as an usher. She enjoyed cooking and collecting elephants and knick-knacks, shopping and visiting consignment shops. She had a servant spirit and loved to make sure everyone was comfortable and okay. She fervently loved the Lord, her family and her friends. She was an assembler and production line worker for Kensington Windows for more than 13 years. Surviving are her son, Christopher (Michele) Howard, of Plum Borough; two granddaughters, Kyisha Howard-Bentz and Kacy Howard; her fiance of 16 years, Randy Carter; and her siblings, Andre Howard, of Orlando, Fla., Roland (Flora) Wilson, of San Antonio, Texas, and Jacqueline (Jan) Willingham, of New Kensington. The viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Monday, August 31, 2015, in Vermont Baptist Church/First Lutheran Church, Kenneth and Ridge Aves., New Kensington. The Rev. William Zachary will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Karpinsky, Helen 99

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Helen Karpinsky, 99, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. She is the daughter of the late Paul and Anna (Minarcik) Bak; wife of the late Frank Karpinsky; mother of Frank (Paully) Karpinsky, of Long Beach, Miss., and Robert (Audrey) Karpinsky, of Cranberry; also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen was a member of St. John Mark Lutheran Church and Faith Circle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John Mark Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jack Hernstrom. Interment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park.
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Kowalski, Victor R. 82

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1933-03-15
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Victor R. Kowalski, 82, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Duquesne, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Forbes Hospice at West Penn Hospital. He was born March 15, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Helen (Radzazewski) Kowalski. He was retired from U.S. Steel Homestead Works with more than 30 years of service as a blacksmith helper. He was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, the Teutonia Mannerchor Club in Duquesne and the Moose. He enjoyed spending time with his family at our trailer. He was the beloved husband for 63 years on Sept. 8 to Shirley J. (Fullard) Kowalski; father of Gloria (Ron) Schafer, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Lisa (Craig) Marasco, of Elizabeth Township, Kimberly Moore, of West Mifflin, and Julie (Brad) Danjou, of Polk City, Fla.; grandfather of Melany (Rob) Schafer Yep, Brooke (Tim) Barnard, Elliott, Madison and Savannah Moore and Dane and Andra Marasco; great-grandfather of Sawyer Barnard; brother-in-law of Gladys Reihms, of Brentwood; also many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Florence, Stephan, Walter and Samuel Kowalski and Rose Marie Pall. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Hedwig Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski. Interment in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the Light of the World Parish, 32 S. First St., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Libonati, James J. 82

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas Sons, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • James J. Libonati, 82, of Marshall Township, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was the loving husband of the late M. Christine Libonati. James is the proud father of Jimmy Libonati, Joe Libonati, Cindy Dumont, Johnny Libonati and Aaron Libonati; grandfather of Nick Libonati, Julie Furman, Adam Libonati, Corey Libonati, Jamie Rhodes, Jonathan Dumont, Anthony Libonati, Erica Libonati and Jocelyn Libonati; and great-grandfather of Carson Rhodes and Chase Furman. James was always eager to discuss what it meant to be a Penn State Dad and Granddad. He joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, fought in the Korean War in 1950-51, where he carried a Browning automatic rifle. James is the recipient of three Purple Hearts from wounds suffered during combat. James was a man who took the motto "God, Family, Country" very seriously and was a man of great faith. He loved working outside around the house, cutting grass and making sure that all of his landscaping was in top shape. He will be missed dearly by everybody who surrounded him, especially the family dog, Surge. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park/Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in SS John and Paul Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Please leave condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Lockwood, Robert A. 68

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1947-05-12
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Lockwood, 68, of Pittsburgh and Butler, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at the VA Medical Center, Aspinwall. Robert was born May 12, 1947, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of the late Leonard and Eleanor Benko Lockwood. Robert was a 1965 graduate of East High School, Rochester, N.Y., and attended the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. Robert was a Vietnam veteran, serving with and retiring from the Air Force. He was a member of the North American Hunting Club and the National Rifle Association. Surviving are his brothers, Cade F. Lockwood (Carol), of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Allen F. Lockwood (Annette), of Harrisburg. Private interment will be in the Mt. Joy Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Arrangements are under direction of SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122. Please visit Robert's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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McWilliams Sr., Charles C. 86

  • Born: 1929-07-04
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East Mc Keesport | Get Directions
  • Charles C. McWilliams Sr., 86, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was born July 4, 1929, in Tionesta, a son of the late Frank E. and Gertrude H. (Wert) McWilliams. Charles was an Army veteran that had a long career as a steel worker and retired from Washington Steel. He was a former member of Penn's Woods United Methodist Church, North Huntingdon, and was a member of Shidle Lodge No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons, Irwin, Syria Temple, Pittsburgh, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, past Grand Tall Cedar of Westmoreland Forest No. 77, and a former member of the Hartford Heights Volunteer Fire Department. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and was an avid hunter and fisherman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of more than 47 years, Mary Lou (Walker) McWilliams; son, Charles C. McWilliams Jr. and his wife, Victoria; brothers, Frank, Forest and Wallace McWilliams; and sister, Eleanor McWilliams. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie (Mark) Altieri, of McKeesport; grandchildren, Missy (Joe) Nadzan, Mario Altieri, Kyle Altieri and Abbie Altieri; and great-grandchildren, Austin, Ian and Mia; brother, Russell (Jean) McWilliams; and sisters, Donna and Laurabelle McWilliams. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, 412-823-8083, where everyone will gather at 2:30 p.m. Monday for a funeral service with Pastor Cindy Lindow officiating. Interment will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Township. Memorial contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospital at www.loveshriners.com. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Miele, Madeline E.

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Madeline Estella (Penrod) Miele, of Swisshelm Park, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late Crescente Miele; loving mother of Robert C. Miele and his wife, Rosemarie, of Swisshelm Park, and Vito D. Miele and his wife, Kathleen, of North Huntingdon; dear Grandma Madeline of Robert Miele, Jennifer Maloney and her husband, Michael, Susan Voinchet and her husband, Robert, David Miele and his wife, Jessica, and Amy Panneton and her husband, David; great-grandmother of Katherine, Laura, Peter, Julia, John, Robby, Maddie, Isabella, Christopher, Tommy, Jack, Charlie, Aiden and Anthony; daughter of the late Estella and George Penrod; and sister of the late Ruth, George and Thelma. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Madonna Del Castello Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Mihlfried, Paul N. 91

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Millvale | Get Directions
  • Paul N. "Milky" Mihlfried, 91, of Millvale, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy Ritter Mihlfried; loving father of Cheryl Pfennigwerth, Paul W. (Kathy) Mihlfried, Gary Mihlfried and Gail Mihlfried; grandfather of Heidi Pfennigwerth, Thomas Pfennigwerth, Adam Mihlfried, Brad Mihlfried, Stephen Mihlfried, Sara Mihlfried, Nicole Mihlfried and Jesse Beck; grandfather of eight grandchildren; brother of Grace Spalick and Lawrence Mihlfried; brother-in-law of William Greiner; also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Mihlfried was an World War II veteran, having served with the Army. He served in the China, Burma and India theaters and also was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 12. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 123 North Ave., Millvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be noon Monday in Holy Spirit Church. Family requests memorial contributions to Holy Spirit Church.
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Mowry, Gale E. 96

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Born: 1918-09-17
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Gale E. Mowry, 96, of Pleasant Hills died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Delmont. He was born Sept. 17, 1918, in Pleasant Hills, the son of the late Charles E. Mowry and Edith (Tompkins) Mowry. He was preceded in death by his wife, Allene (Oskin) Mowry; and eight brothers and sisters. He is survived by five children, Joan Mowry, Barbara (Andy) Ogrodnik, Calvin (Nancy) Mowry, Mary (Mike) Zastempa and Ruth (George) Kereczman; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bob (Audrey) Oskin; and multiple cousins, nieces and nephews. Gale had been a farmer with his father until the early 1950s, did work with home builders, and retired after 25 years with the Pleasant Hills Borough Sewage Treatment Plant. His passion was vegetable gardening - best sweet corn in the world! There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 310 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, Red Cross or the Jefferson United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, South Park Township, (412-655-4600). Condolences may be offered for the family at www.GriffithFH.com.
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Nicholson, Marie 86

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Marie Rice Nicholson, 86, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at Paramount Senior Living in Seven Fields. Marie is survived by her husband of 37 years, James L. Nicholson; her children, Monica Rice Mitchell (James), of Alpharetta, Ga., and Megan Rice Cunningham (Thomas), of Pittsburgh; her grandchildren, Lauren Mitchell Volker (Brian), Stephen Mitchell, Ben, Don and Morgan Cunningham; as well as her stepchildren, Jim, Linda and John Nicholson; and step-grandchild, Chloe, of San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucy and Frank DelMonaco, of Forest Hills; and first husband, Benjamin Rice, to whom she was married for 24 years. Marie enjoyed spending time with her family, was an avid bridge player and loved to travel, having visited nearly every state in the U.S., cruised the Caribbean and toured in Europe. Friends will be received at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Eloise B. Kyper Funeral Home, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116, for a short gathering that will be immediately followed by a memorial service. The family suggests memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Written tributes and memorials are welcomed and encouraged at www.Kyperfuneralhome.com.
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Pacak, Michael J. 70

  • South Side
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Gmiter, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Pacak, 70, of the South Side, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. He was the son of the late Michael and Anna Pacak; beloved brother of Mary Vavrek and the late Anna Pacak and Helen Rusinko. He is survived by seven nieces and nephews; and 16 great-nieces and nephews. Friends received from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday in THOMAS J. GMITER FUNERAL HOME INC., 2323 E. Carson St. Funeral prayer at 8:15 a.m. Monday. Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church. www.thomasjgmiterfh.com.
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Page, David A.

  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • David Arthur Page died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was born in Norwich, N.Y., the middle son of Howard Lloyd Page and Doris Loomis. He graduated from New Berlin High School, was a graduate of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and received an M.S. in economics from RPI in 1960. He also received a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design and was awarded his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1965. He received a full scholarship from The Brookings Institute to write his Ph.D. thesis. Dr. Page worked with the New York Telephone Company, the Area Planning Office of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., and then moved to Washington, D.C., where, for five years, he was a member of the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. In 1970, Dr. Page moved to Pittsburgh where he did consulting work and then become professor at Robert Morris University where he taught strategic management and business policy. Additionally, he started Regional Resources Inc., a non-profit corporation which restored a historic building on Strawberry Way in downtown Pittsburgh. Dr. Page is survived by his wife, Anne Penrose "Penny" Page, whom he married in 1978. He was predeceased by his older brother, Howard Loomis Page, of Pittsboro, N.C. He is also survived by his younger brother, Raymond Waldo Page, of Parkville, Md.; and a daughter, Marcia, of Troy, N.Y. David Page was a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers and a former president of the Harvard, Yale, Princeton Club. There will be no visitation and interment is private. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in the ballroom of Longwood at Oakmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Harvard University or Longwood at Oakmont. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC.
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Plassio, Dennis P. 62

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Dennis P. Plassio, 62, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He was the husband of Susan (Reid) Plassio; stepfather of Ronda Kelly, Robert, David and Jillian Boyd; also 12 grandchildren; brother of Bruce, Ricky and Jerry Plassio. Friends received from 2 p.m. until the blessing service at 6 p.m. Saturday at CHARLES W.TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills.
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Ryan, Mary M. 86

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Mary M. Ryan, 86, of Forest Hills, formerly of Brookline, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul W. Ryan; loving mother of Mary Pat (the late John) Harper, Elizabeth "Libby" (Clifford) Keough, Paul (Pui) Ryan, Rita (Ronald) Campbell and Sheila (Jim) Fries; and dear sister of Beatrice (the late Regis) Whiteside, Dorothy (the late Henry) Baumiller, Joseph (Rose) Mitsch and the late Sylvester (Phyllis) Mitsch. Mary believed in strong family values and was blessed with 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was a retired secretary from Duquesne University and a frequent volunteer at Angels' Place in Swissvale. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Friday at Mary's home parish of St. Maurice Church, followed by burial in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Angels' Place, 2538 Woodstock Ave., Swissvale, PA 15218. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Sabol Sr., Eugene J. 67

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1947-09-24
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Eugene J. "Gino" Sabol Sr., 67, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, as a result of an automobile accident in West Virginia. Born Sept. 24, 1947, in McKeesport, he was the son of Mary (Spirnak) Sabol and the late John J. Sabol. He was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin. He was the proprietor of Gene's Homeville Service Center, and a proud Army Vietnam veteran. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Eugene J. Sabol Jr., of West Mifflin, and a daughter, Rachael (Bill) Fike, of South Park; two sisters, Marian (Michael) Gross, of Dumfries, Va., and Audrey (Frank) Steiner, of West Mifflin; two grandchildren, Aidan and Ashton Fike; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by an infant, daughter, Angel Sabol. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Holy Trinity Church (everyone please meet at church) with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Estate of Mr. Sabol, c/o Wm. S. Skovranko Memorial Home, 828 Richford St., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Schmidt, Arleen 76

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1938-12-03
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • Arleen Thomas Schmidt, 76, of Dravosburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was born Dec. 3, 1938, in Canonsburg, to the late George Thomas and Mary Ann McCartney Thomas. Arleen was a graduate of St. Peter's High School in McKeesport and a member of Corpus Christi Parish. Arleen worked as a receptionist for Westinghouse transportation division. She was an avid reader and considered her greatest joy to be her family. She was preceded in death by son, David Schmidt; and sister, Carol Bradley. She is survived by daughters, Maureen (Bill) Cleary, of North Versailles, Suzanne (Jim) Spakauskas, of Gibsonia, and Jennifer (Jeff) Meier, of Pittsburgh; and son, Ron (Kelly) Schmidt, of North Huntingdon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a loving Meme to 10 grandchildren, Brandon and Jordan Cleary, Laura, Michael, Joshua and Tyler Schmidt, Marty Konopka, Brian and Rachel Spakauskas and Amy Hentzschel; and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN INC., 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi Church with Father Michael Maranosky. Entombment will follow at Lebanon Chapel Mausoleum of West Mifflin.
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Schmidt, Sandra L. 61

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1954-05-01
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. Schmidt, 61, of Forward Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in her home. Born May 1, 1954, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late John and Geraldine (O'Neil) Rogan. Sandra was a former secretary for California University of Pennsylvania. She loved spending time with family and close friends and vacationing in Stone Harbor, N.J. Survivors include her husband of 29 years, William K. Schmidt, of Forward Township; daughter, Colleen (Terence O'Neill) Schmidt, of Arlington, Va.; brother, David (Patricia) Rogan, of Bethel Park; also survived by an aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Jack Rogan. A memorial gathering will be held for Sandra from 4 p.m. until the time of a memorial service at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, with Pastor Richard Krug. A gathering of friends and family will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the family home. Memorial contributions can be made to ALS Association, Western PA Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Millvale, PA 15209. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Schneider, Louis A. 96

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Louis A. Schneider, 96, of Allison Park, formerly of McCandless, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was the husband of the late Margaret "Peg" (Cordon) Schneider; father of Patricia Schneider Smith (Roger), David L. Schneider (Mary Jane) and the late Janet Schneider Lahner (and her surviving spouse, William F. Lahner); brother of the late Agnes Rhodes, Charles, Jane Smith, George, Harry, Margaret Russell, Sara Reiling, John William and Dr. Robert Schneider; proud grandfather of Colleen Davis (Hamilton), Matthew Smith, Tyler Smith, Dr. Patrick Schneider, Peter Schneider, Molly Schneider and Katherine Parker (Stephen). Louis enjoyed a 41-year career with Dravo Corporation. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVILN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John Neumann Church. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
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Smith, Lorraine A. 61

  • Bunola , Formerly of Emporium
  • Born: 1953-11-21
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Lorraine A. Smith, 61, of Bunola, formerly of Emporium, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at home after battling numerous ailments over the years. Born Nov. 21, 1953, in St. Marys, she was a daughter of the late Francis "Tim" LaBrozzi and Marie (Caldwell) LaBrozzi. On June 16, 1973, Lorraine married Stephen C. Smith, at St. Mark's Church in Emporium. Lori was a loving, energetic caretaker of her family, who enjoyed cooking, needlepoint and crocheting. She dedicated her life to making their lives easier to bear. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Antoinette Smith, of San Diego, Calif., and Roberta Smith, of Pittsburgh; son, Eric Smith, of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Luke Smith and Benjamin Bordogna; foster children, Matt Sebetich, of Monessen, and Randy Makin, of Johnstown; sisters, Catherine Schlotzhauer, of Florida, Judith LaBrozzi, of Canton, Ohio, and Vicki (Rick) Hollowell, of Tennessee; also aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Nicole Ann Smith. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221, North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Funeral services will be private. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Tittler, Sister Patricia 78

  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Sisters of St. Joseph, Baden | Get Directions
  • Sister Patricia Tittler (Sister Sebastian), CSJ, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Sewickley Valley Hospital in her 60th year as a Sister of St. Joseph. The daughter of Paul and Elsie Coons Tittler, Sister Patricia entered the Congregation from St. Theresa Parish in Altoona. Sister ministered in the field of education for more than 35 years in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Altoona/Johnstown and Sioux Falls, S.D. She served as teacher, including six years at Sacred Heart School in Altoona, and as principal including Transfiguration, Monongahela, St. Bede and St. Raphael in Pittsburgh and 10 years at St. Bernard School in Mt. Lebanon. Sister Patricia also ministered as principal and pastoral care coordinator at St. Joseph Indian School, Chamberlain, S.D., and as director of education at Sacred Heart Southern Missions in Walls, Miss. From 1998 to 2003, Sister served on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She was co-manager at St. Thomas More Manor in Bethel Park, and manager of Beechview Manor from 2007 to the present. Throughout her life, Sister Patricia reached out in service to others with care and compassion. She was an excellent teacher and dedicated administrator. She generously served on several boards and committees where she shared her gifts of wisdom and insight. Sister Pat is survived by two brothers, the Rev. Leo Tittler, of Timonium, Md., and Robert Tyler (Judy), of Tinley Park, Ill.; nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sisters' Cemetery on the Motherhouse grounds. Donations in the name of Sister Patricia may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph Memorial Fund, St. Joseph Convent, 1020 State St., Baden, PA 15005.
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Tomasits Sr., Joseph A. 82

  • Baldwin
  • Born: 1933-05-22
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Joseph Anthony Tomasits Sr., a resident of Baldwin Borough for 50 years, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Joe was born May 22, 1933, and grew up in Mungeltown. He was the husband of 32 years to the late Jean (Bocheneck), and of seven years to the late Patricia (Boyle Long); father of Michael C. (Suzanne), Andrew J. (Jennifer) and the late Joseph A. Jr. (survived by Alicia) Tomasits; grandfather of Joseph M., Julia Jean, Jack C., Lea, Alex and Jake; brother of the late James R., Albert R. and Paul E. Tomasits; also survived by many in-laws, nieces and cousins. I love you all. Joe was a Korean War veteran, attended the University of Pittsburgh and was the general superintendent for Noralco Corporation for 50 years. He was a board member serving on the Baldwin Planning Commission, EDS, and the Baldwin Historical Society. Joe was also a member of the American Legion Nix-Vogel Post 935. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral Prayer at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in Holy Angels Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made to the Baldwin Borough Library, 41 Macek Drive No. 115, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Tutsie, Sister Agnes 88

  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Sister Agnes Cecilia Tutsie, SHS, the former Sister Anastasia Tutsie, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Marian Manor, at age 88. She entered the community of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit from Cardale. A graduate of Duquesne University, she taught in elementary schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio and was an organist in the parish churches. Her latest assignment was at Immaculate Conception School in Bloomfield, from where she retired to the Motherhouse and eventually to Marian Manor. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Anastasia Tutsie; and four siblings, Albert and Joseph and Mary and Cecilia. She is survived by her sisters, Theresa Kiec, of Aliquippa, Josie Danastasio, of Pittsburgh, and Stacy Greenwald, of Arizona; and a brother, Steve, of Idaho; nieces and nephews; and Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, and from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. A Vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at the Motherhouse. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday followed by interment in the cemetery of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Professional services were trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. www.thomasmsmithfh.com.
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Tyler, Doris M. 86

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Doris M. "Buck" Tyler, 86, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at home. She was born in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Morlen and Victoria (Dennison) Buck. She was the wife of the late Edward W. Tyler Jr. III. Doris worked for many years as a home health aide taking care of people in their homes or her own. She was a member of the Highland Grove United Methodist Church. She is survived by three daughters; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. According to her wishes, there was no visitation. Private graveside services were held in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Arrangements were under the care of the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., of McKeesport.
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Vecchio, James A. 62

  • Homestead
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • James A. Vecchio, 62, of Homestead, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was a son of the late James and Helen (Theodore) Vecchio; brother of Kevin Vecchio, Gene (Dana) Vecchio and Diane (late John) Stairs; and uncle of Gina (Bill) Kristoff and John (Traci) Stairs. James was a chef at Mercy Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of Shaw and Triboro Avenues, Turtle Creek (412-823-1950). www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Yerkins, Wayne J. 62

  • Springdale
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Wayne J. Yerkins, 62, of Springdale, passed away at home Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was born in Pittsburgh to the late Floyd and Betty Jane Jazbinsek Yerkins and has been a lifelong resident of the valley. Wayne graduated from Springdale High School in 1971 and was of the Catholic faith. Surviving Wayne are sisters, Elizabeth Darlene (Ed) Mavrinac, of Springdale, Karen (Pat) Allen, of Pooler, Ga., and Beverly (Sam) Lydic, of Springdale; and brother, Alan Yerkins, of Indiana Township. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Cliff Yerkins. Visitation and services will be private for family. Arrangement's supervised by the CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Zelando, Margaret 94

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Margaret (Molitierno) Zelando, 94, departed peacefully Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was a longtime resident of Swissvale, formerly of Larimer Ave. She was the wife of the late Gus Zelando; loving mother of Joseph along with wife, Diane; and daughter, Connie, along with husband, Ronnie; grandmother to Diane, Kathy, Michele, Pamela and Joe; and also great-grandmother to seven great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by a brother and sisters, along with her many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Madonna del Castello Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Barron, John A. 80

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1934-09-20
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • John Alvin Barron, 80, of Vandergrift, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at home. Born Sept. 20, 1934, in Ligonier, he was a son of the late Alfred and Alice (McMasters) Barron. John lived in Vandergrift for the last 17 years after moving from Ligonier. He owned and operated Ligonier Valley Camper Sales for 30 years, and was the former owner of Paulton Mini Storage, and current owner of Uptown Storage in Vandergrift as well as Cabrileo's Coffee Shop in Leechburg. John was an avid gardener, growing vegetables and flowers. He enjoyed woodworking, making furniture for anyone and anybody. He loved cooking as well, and was the author of the Man to Man Cookbook. John also liked fishing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura "Sue" Barron; daughters, Beverly and Brenda Barron; son-in-law, Dennis E. Petrosky; and brother-in-law, Albert Troiano. John is survived by his wife of 11 years, Lorraine (Troiano) Barron, of Vandergrift; daughter, Robbin Petrosky, of Greensburg; sons, John A. (Erin) Barron, of Washington Township, Ronald (LuAnn) Barron, of Lenoir City, Tenn., and William Barron, of Tampa, Fla.; grandson, John Barron, of Natrona Heights, Dennis and Eric Petrosky, both of Greensburg, and Jacob Barron, of Tennessee; great-grandsons, Jackson and Grant Petrosky; great-granddaughter, Ella Petrosky; brother, Ronald Barron, of Cape Coral, Fla.; sister, Alice Joy ("Butch") Mazzarelli, of Ligonier; stepniece, Karen (John) Shelar, of Novi, Mich.; stepnephews, David (Kathleen) Troiano, of Houston, Texas, and Mark Troiano, of Wexford; and many other loving members of his extended family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in the funeral home. Interment in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Biagini, James D.

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1946-12-24
  • Died: 2015-08-26
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  • James Darryl Biagini, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. James was born Dec. 24, 1946. He was a son of Louis and Lucille M. (Howard) Biagini. He was a graduate from West Newton High School Class of 1965. He participated on the football team and was recognized for his dancing at the school dances. He served in the Army and was part of the boxing team. He continued his passion to be a boxer where he became the Light Weight Champion of Pennsylvania for four years and a Golden Glove Boxer. He was an extraordinary baker and the owner/operator of Biagini's Bakery. He had a great love for dogs, boxing and football. Those who know him will remember him for the crazy, goofy and fun-loving person that he was. He was preceded in death and reunited with his mother, Lucille; and father, Louis. Surviving to cherish the memories are his twin brother, Robert Biagini, of Nevada; his children, James L. Biagini and wife, Doris, Jill L. Pegg and husband, Gerald, Jenna M. Shobert and husband, Bradly, Chad Biagini and Brian Kwiecinski and wife, Adele; grandchildren, Amanda Sanner and husband, James, Krysta Goodwin and husband, Alex, Amber Biagini and fiance, Brandon, Ashley Biagini and boyfriend, Malcolm, Joseph Pegg, Sydney and Tristyn Ackerman, Madison, Max and Joshua Kwiecinski and Tana and Hope Shobert; great-grandchildren, Lexie, Cailyn, James, Chase, Sophia and McKenzie; his niece, Kim Biagini, of Nevada; childhood friend, and aka "brother" Russ. He also leaves behind a special furry friend, his dog, Rambo. A memorial was held in his honor Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the West Newton Lions Club, where his family and friends shared pictures and memories of Jim. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all who shared and offered their love and support. May God's blessing, peace and comfort be with you all.
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Burczyk, Joachim W. 58

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Joachim "Jim" Walter Burczyk, 58, of Penn Township, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, of natural causes, at his home. "We know that when Christ comes, we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He really is." 1 John 3:2. When you arrive in heaven something wonderful will happen. A final transformation will occur. You will be just like Jesus. Of all the blessings of heaven, one of the greatest will be you! You will be God's magnum opus, his work of art. The angels will gasp. God's work will be completed. At last you will have a heart like his. You will love with a perfect love. You will worship with a radiant face. You'll hear each word God speaks. Your heart will be pure, your words will be like jewels, your thoughts will be like treasures. You will be just like Jesus. You will, at long last, have a heart like his. Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years, Roxanne Norton Burczyk; his sons, Joachim "Jim" and his wife, Dallana, and their daughter, Kailey, and Rory and Christopher "Chris" Burczyk; his parents, Walter and Ilona Christa Burczyk; brothers, Peter and wife, Barbara, Burczyk and Ralph, and wife Shirley, Burczyk; and many nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Jim's life starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Burczyk home. Arrangements are by LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org. Online condolences can be given at www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Carney, Susan D. 65

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Susan D. Carney, 65, of New Kensington, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was the loving wife of Donald Carney; mother of Kevin and Keith (Jolene); grandmother of Hannah and Maxwell; sister of Kate (Patrick) Carney and Missy (Mike) Wasilick; and aunt of Lauren and Andrew Wasilick. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and John Carr; maternal and paternal grandparents; and her nephew, P.J. Carney. Susan was born July 10, 1950, in New Kensington, and attended the Allegheny Valley Nursing School to become a registered nurse, working as a psychiatric nurse for 40 years. She enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and vacationing at the beach. Susan was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Church in New Kensington and the Christian Mothers. There will be no visitation per her wishes. Memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1526 Union Ave., Natrona Heights, PA 15065. Professional Services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. www.thomasmsmithfh.com.
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Cogley, Roger W. 78

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1936-10-27
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Roger W. Cogley, 78, of Irwin, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Oct. 27, 1936, in McKeesport, a son of the late William H. and Eliner (Simpson) Cogley. Roger received a bachelor's degree from Bethany College and was a retired purchasing agent for Westinghouse Benelite, Manor. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and a former longtime member and secretary of Norwin Rotary. He is survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Mary W. Devison Cogley; children, James R. "Rick" Cogley and his wife, Akiko, of Yokohama, Japan, Karen E. Sawall and her husband, John, of Woodbridge, Va., and Thomas R. Cogley, of Irwin; also his grandchildren, Kylie and Julie Cogley, Tavia Gatanas and Stephanie Sawall. There will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 617 Main St., Irwin, with Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman officiating. A reception will follow in the church fellowship room. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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D'Argan Sr., David A. 75

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1940-02-26
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • David A. D'Argan Sr., 75, was called to be home with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at his residence in the Parnassus section of New Kensington. He was born in Mars, Butler County, on Feb. 26, 1940, and was a graduate of Ken-Hi. He served four years with the Army during the Vietnam War. David enjoyed shooting pool, family functions, watching the Steelers and spending time with his best friend, Jack, his dog. He was employed at Westinghouse, Model Box and the City of New Kensington, working at the City Garage. Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, Geraldine Taper D'Argan; seven daughters, Justine E. Nolan, of New Kensington, Nina S. (Robert) Scott, of Arnold, Tanua L. D'Argan, of Brackenridge, Deneen (Raymond) Springs, of Pittsburgh, Michelle (John) D'Argan-Deegan, of Clark, N.J., Theresa (James) Wilder, of Arizona, and Lois (Artone) D"Argan-Bent, of Connecticut; three brothers, Fred (Lil) Bacon, Frank (Kathy) Luna and James Luna; sisters, Malta Langston, from Pittsburgh, and Ruth Bacon-Williams, of New York City, N.Y.; 39 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his three sons, David A. D'Argan Jr., Orlando A. D'Argan and Juan Miguel D'Argan; mother, Malta Bacon, and mother, Daisy Lee Hammond; father, Frank Luna; and brothers, Robert, Tammy, Richard, Eugene, Art, Joe and Louise Wayne Bacon; sisters, Lois Ford and Virginia Bacon; and his grandmother, Laura Duncan. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Lovie Scott will officiate. Following the service, military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Washington County. To leave an online condolence visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Dennison, Ricky S. 57

  • Jones Mills
  • Born: 1958-02-28
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ricky Stephen Dennison, 57, of Jones Mills, went to be with his lord and Savior Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, after a courageous battle with an initial blood infection. Rick was born Feb. 28, 1958, in East Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Homer Dennison, who passed in 1991, and Hettie Gum Dennison, who passed in 2001. Rick was a 1976 graduate of Harrisville High School, Harrisville, W. Va., and retired in 2012 as a certified water and wastewater operator in West Virginia and Pennsylvania for more than 24 years. He was currently active as board president and adult Sunday school teacher at Kreger Community Church and was an avid Nascar fan. Family and family functions were very important and a joy in his life. Surviving are his wife, Connie Kunkle Dennison; children, Sarah Beth Lewis and husband, Luke, of PO Box 45, Hemlock, IN 46937, and Benjamin Dennison and wife, Benita, of 221 N. Church St., Harrisville, WV 26362; grandchildren, Daniel and Elijah Dennison, Melissa and Matthew Lewis, and arriving in November, Eliana Marie Lewis; nieces and nephews, Emily Still, Rachel Williams, Ashley Brehm Wyncoop, Mathew, Deanna and Chelsea Kunkle, Mark and Brianna Hissem and Dennis and Bethany Rogers; sisters, Nina Williams and husband, Thom, of 2409 Gum Creek Church Road, Loganville, GA and Rosena Rogers and husband, Darrel, of 4018 Sycamore Drive, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641. In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by his first wife, Pamela Moss Dennison (2003), and a nephew, Zachary Williams (1990). Friends are welcome from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kreger Community Church, 863 Old Franklin Road, Stahlstown, where services will be held at 4 p.m. with Pastors Harry Langley and Keith Hauger officiating. Additional visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pennsboro Apostolic Church, Pennsboro, W. Va., where services will be held at 4 p.m. with Brother David Simon officiating. A fellowship meal will follow after each service. Private interment will follow in the Moss Family Farm Cemetery, Cairo, W. Va. Arrangements are under direction of SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Peasant, PA 15666, Richard Rega funeral director. Please visit Rick's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook.
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Eberhart, Loye 77

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1937-12-29
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Loye Eberhart, 77, of Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Eberhart was born Dec. 29, 1937, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Frank and Mable Solomon Eberhart. He proudly served in the Army from 1956 to 1959. Prior to his retirement, Loye was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Local No. 66 Operating Engineers. He loved spending his time making custom carved canes and powder horns. Loye is survived by his loving family: his wife of 48 years, Gloria Goodwin Eberhart; and his son, Loye Eberhart II, both of Mt. Pleasant. As per Loye's wishes, there will be no hours of public visitation. Private inurnment will be in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank Inc., 190 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626 (800-462-2080), in memory of Loye Eberhart. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Fine, Dr. Daniel

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Dr. Daniel "Dan" Fine, a physician and social activist, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in his home surrounded by his family. Fine was born in 1924, grew up in New York City and was educated at the Fieldston School and Yale University. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from the Yale School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital of the Harvard Medical School. Based on a strong interest in organized labor and occupational health, he moved to western Pennsylvania in 1957 to become medical director of the Russellton Medical Group at the Miners Clinic in New Kensington where he practiced medicine for more than 30 years. The Miners Clinic was organized as an early group model for healthcare delivery where salaried physicians provided comprehensive medical services to coal miners, their families and community members. Daniel fought for social justice his entire life and participated in many causes including workers' rights, equal opportunity for women, civil rights, the anti-war movement, health care reform and nuclear non-proliferation. He was an active member and leader in many local and national organizations including the National Organization for Women, Alle-Kiski Citizens for Peace, Alle-Kiski Peace Center, New Kensington Free Clinic, Concerned Citizens for Improvement of our Schools, NAACP, Neighbors Against Hate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and the Thomas Merton Center. Daniel was married for 61 years to his wife, Anita, who worked with him at the Miners Clinic and collaborated with him on many social causes. He enjoyed spending time with his family, planting trees, cultivating ornamental grasses and tending his vegetable garden and fig trees. He is survived by his wife, Anita; three children, Michael (Kathryn) Fine, Susannah Fine (Greg Shaw) and David Fine (Jane Piecuch); and six grandchildren, Danielle, Jacob, Max, Emma, Jonah and Talia. Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626, westmorelandfoodbank.org or Thomas Merton Center, 5129 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224, thomasmertoncenter.org/donate. Please leave condolences at www.rossgwalker.com.
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Griffin, Nevaeh L. 9

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 2006-05-01
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nevaeh L. Griffin, 9, of Ruffsdale, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at home being held by her mother and father. She was born May 1, 2006, in Jeannette, a daughter of Jason and Amber Holmes Griffin, of Ruffsdale. Prior to her illness, Nevaeh attend West Newton Elementary School. During her illness, Nevaeh spent countless hours giving to other children by collecting over 20,000 cans of Play-Doh. She used her time in the hospital and at home trying to ease the pain of other children through her selfless acts of kindness. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfather, Richard Black; and her paternal great-grandparents, Thelma and Joseph Griffin. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her little brother, Izayah L. Griffin; maternal grandparents, Jo Ann Loughner, of Jeannette, and Kenneth Holmes, of Smithton; paternal grandparents, Tina Underwood and husband, Eddie, of Derry, and Kevin Griffin Sr., of Greensburg; maternal great-grandmother, Leona Loughner, of Darragh; maternal great-grandparents, William and Mary Ann Holmes, of Youngwood, and Hannalore Steiner, of Darragh; and many loving aunts and uncles and cousins, whom she enjoyed spending time with and were her closet friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nevaeh from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020, where services will be held at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, teddy bears may be brought to the funeral home to be donated in memory of Nevaeh. Nevaeh's family has entrusted her care to the 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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Harshberger, Mary O. 97

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Born: 1918-03-19
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Mary O. Harshberger, 97, Goshen, Ind., formerly of Scottdale, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, 2015, at Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen. She was born March 19, 1918, in Holsopple, to John F. and Amanda (Shetler) Harshberger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John E. Harshberger; a half sister, Anna (J. Frank) Brilhart; a half brother, Erwin L. (Trella) Harshberger; a niece, Mildred Blucas; and two nephews, Donald Brilhart and Paul Harshberger Sr. Surviving are the following eight nieces and nephews: Dorothy Ramos, Mary Peachey, Martha Helmuth and Ruthann Peachey, of Goshen, Ind., Lois Cable, Lester (Pete) Harshberger and David Harshberger, of Johnstown, and Carol Mellinger, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 23 great-nieces and nephews; and many great-greats in various parts of the United States and even in Asia. Mary left the Johnstown area when she was 30 years old and moved to Scottdale, where she was employed at Mennonite Publishing House for some 20 years. She enjoyed keeping a clean house, baking cookies and cakes, making candy and offering the gift of hospitality to the many guests who ate at her table and enjoyed her delicious meals. She loved children and "mothered" her many nieces and nephews. In earlier years, she led singing and taught children's Sunday school at church. She was a faithful member of Scottdale Mennonite Church, where she participated in various ministries before moving to Goshen. She will be remembered as a "people person" and a friend to many. Mary's family will greet friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Scottdale Mennonite Church, followed immediately by the funeral service at noon. Committal services and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Mary have been entrusted to the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. After the burial at Scottdale Cemetery, a light meal will be served at the church. To view online obituary, sign guest registry or send online condolences, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Iacopino, Darlene J. 78

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1936-11-14
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Darlene J. Iacopino, 78, of New Kensington, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. She was born Nov. 14, 1936, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late James and Ethel Meredith Lyle. Darlene worked first as a respiratory therapist at the former Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington and retired in 1996 from Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights where she worked as a ward secretary. She was a member of the former Gospel Tabernacle in New Kensington. Darlene enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and Atlantic City. She is survived by her daughter, Robbin (Fred) Ramsey, of New Kensington; granddaughter, Danette Iacopino; five great-grandchildren, Kaylyn, James, Jayvon, Jackai and Natyia; step-sisters, Janice Ruediger, of North Carolina, and Faye Andrzejewski, of New Kensington; and by several cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert C. Pennington, on Feb. 18, 1974; her second husband, Battista S. "Bud" Iacopino, on May 23, 2007; her son, Darrell Pennington; and step-brother, James Lyle. Funeral services and burial for Darlene will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory or Darlene may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Lang, Dennis W. 62

  • Harrison City
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Dennis W. "Big Den" Lang, 62, of Harrison City, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Denise M. (Steligo) Lang; loving father of Todd Lang, Tara (Nicholas) Wilson and Ashley (Russell) Shorkey; brother of James (Dorothy) Lang; brother-in-law of Darlene Aigner; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and his canine buddy, Baylor. Denny was a well-respected sales professional in the retail hardware industry for more than 30 years. "Big Den" was a comedian that loved to entertain his family and friends. He loved his hobbies of softball, cornhole, golf, and head stands. His greatest success in life was being a devoted husband, loving father and a great friend to many. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mario Lemieux Foundation, 816 Fifth Ave., 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. www.Lindsay-Jobefuneralhome.com.
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Lindenberg, Earl Ray 68

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1947-08-05
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Earl Ray Lindenberg, 68, of Murrysville, born Aug. 5, 1947, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at UPMC East, after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer. Earl Ray was a veteran of the Navy and graduate of Point State Park and Penn State University. He worked as an electrical technician and customer service manager at Memorex, Northern Telecom and EMC before retiring in 2000. He had a strong faith and was a lifelong member of Sons of Zebedee Lutheran Church in Saltsburg. He was an avid hunter and also enjoyed travel, playing cards and spending time with friends and family. Earl Ray was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; father, Ray; and stepmother, Valera. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Gayle (Johnson) Lindenberg; brother, Wayne Lindenberg, of Clarksburg; sons, Jason Lindenberg (Jenn), of Charlotte, N.C., Steven Lindenberg (Kelly), of Mars; daughter, Elizabeth Edgar (Rich), of State College; and his eight grandchildren. He will always be a beloved husband, father, grandfather (Pap), uncle, cousin and friend who will be deeply missed. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at HART FUNERAL HOME INC. in Murrysville. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Sons of Zebedee Lutheran Church in Saltsburg. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Histiocytocis Association (www.histio.org) in honor of Earl Ray's granddaughter, Miranda, who was diagnosed with a rare histio disease in 2009. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Maloney, Richard A. 84

  • Acme
  • Born: 1930-09-02
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Maloney, 84, of Acme (Bear Rocks), died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at his residence. He was born Sept. 2, 1930, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Raymond and Marie Snyder Maloney. Mr. Maloney was a graduate of St. Vincent College and he was employed at the Children and Youth Services of Allegheny County. He is survived by his wife, Donna Kirsch Maloney; two children, Timothy Maloney and his wife, Lisa, of Greensburg, and Erin Cigich and her husband, David, of Irwin; his grandchildren, Jack, Seth and Brock Maloney and Mallory and Ben Cigich; and one brother, Patrick Maloney, of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Emily Maloney; and two sisters, Raymonda Wohead and Mary Jane Maloney. As per the wishes of the family there will be no public viewing or services. All arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer condolences or remembrances, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Odendahl, Lois A.

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Lois Ann Odendahl, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her residence. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Ludwig F. Odendahl and Othelia C. (Kutchenreiter) Odendahl. Lois was a member of Holy Family Church and its Rosary Society and was an office volunteer. She was retired from Latrobe Steel Company. She was a member of Westmoreland Photographers and Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society and volunteered for Faith in Action. Lois enjoyed traveling, photography and hot air balloons. Lois is survived by a brother, C. Robert Odendahl and his wife, Mary Anne, of Latrobe; two nieces; two nephews; and six great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church Restoration Fund. 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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Ramsden, Patricia L. 84

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1931-05-09
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Patricia L. Ramsden, 84, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. She was born May 9, 1931, in New Kensington, to the late Elmer and Rose Wisneski Leiter. Patricia loved caring for her pets and enjoyed crocheting and reading, and was a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Survivors include her children, Paul (Ethel Jane) Ramsden, of Whiteville, N.C., Gloria Curtis (partner Mark Venglik), of Lower Burrell, and George Ramsden, of New Kensington; grandchildren, Dustin (Heather) Ramsden and Alan Curtis; and great-grandchildren, Shawn, Dante and Aaron Ramsden and Laila Curtis. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Ramsden, in 2005; and her sister, Gloria Leiter Ramsden. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park will be private. Arrangements entrusted to ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., New Kensington. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Roberts, Gary R. 69

  • Irwin , Formerly of Manor
  • Born: 1945-09-01
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Gary R. Roberts, 69, of Irwin, formerly of Manor, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was born Sept. 1, 1945, in McKeesport, a son of the late Glenn and Helen (Churchman) Roberts. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, and a member of the Manor American Legion, Norwin Elks and the NRA. Gary adored his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time at Mammoth Park with his model airplane buddies. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, William and David Roberts. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 47 years, Linda S. (Keating) Roberts; children, Jennifer (Chris) Dixon, of North Huntingdon, and Kristen (Christian) Conte, of Penn Township; grandchildren, Kaia Conti and Lucas and Jameson Dixon; and also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Earl Caldwell officiating. Interment will be held at Ligonier Valley Cemetery. A memorial contribution may be made to Family Hospice, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Shopsky, William 87

  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • William Shopsky, 87, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, with his family surrounding him. family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. His funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Mr. Shopsky's full obituary will be published in Sunday's Tribune Review.
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Spears, Michelle L. 37

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1978-05-10
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michelle Lee Spears, 37, of Greensburg, entered into the Lord's embrace, while being surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2015. Her father and mother were there to see Michelle's first breath and her last breath. Michelle was born Wednesday, May 10, 1978, at St. Mary's Hospital, Langhorne, to Colleen M. Spears and Thomas E. Spears. Michelle is survived by her beautiful and kind son, Joseph Louis Geiser VI.; her mother and father; brother, Thomas J. Spears (Tammy); sister, Lisa M. Panzarello (Jesse); along with nieces/nephews, Tyler, Brody, Guiliana, Adelina, Alayna and Alessandra. Michelle graduated from Franklin Regional High School in 1997. She was the strongest-willed person you would ever meet, had an extraordinary zest for life and always had a story to tell. She was a talented photographer, able to capture life's moments. Her smile, yell and laughter could light up an entire room. Michelle, Shell, Shelly, Mom, Daughter, Sister and Friend will be missed more then we can bear, but we find comfort now knowing that she is now at eternal peace. May God rest her soul and continue to love her as she watches over her son, Joey, family and friends. Though she may be gone from the physical plane, she will still live on with us in our hearts and minds. As Michelle always said, "One day at a time, one foot in front of the other." Family and friends will be received on from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 North Main St., Greensburg. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by Michelle's funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, 300 North Main St., Greensburg. Interment will follow on the grounds of St. Emma Monastery, Greensburg. For online condolences and further information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Toucey, Donald W. 69

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of Indiana
  • Born: 1946-05-06
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Donald W. Toucey, 69, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Indiana, Pa., loving husband, father, grandfather "Pop" and friend, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. He was born May 6, 1946, in Bridgeport, Conn., a son of the late Richard Matson Toucey and Hazel Evelyn Wells Wiest. A self-employed florist for many years owning and managing his own shop, he was a member of the Elks and the Parkinson's Group in North Huntingdon. He loved swimming and was an avid Steelers fan. Surviving are his wife, Michele "Shelley" Delo Toucey; daughters, Kerry (Kris) Johannssen, of Monkton, Md., Erin (Shawn) Gilliland, of King of Prussia, Meghan (Joe) Strong, of Stephens City, Va., and Kathleen "Katie" (Paul) Derry, of Port Clinton, Ohio; stepsons, Robert "Bob" (Jeanine) Eastman, of McKeesport, and Seth (Erika) Eastman, of North Dakota. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jillian, Molly, Natalie, Lily, Sammy, Mackenzie, Ben, Maitlyn, Brady, Madisyn and Rilynne; a brother, Richard "Rick" Toucey, of Deluth, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a memorial service will be held immediately following at 4 p.m. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Zwierzelewski, Kathryn L. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1935-08-19
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Kathryn L. (Srogoncik) Zwierzelewski, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Zwierzelewski was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Everson, a daughter of the late John and Cecelia Tokarcik Srogoncik. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. Kathryn was a 1954 graduate of the former Hurst High School. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed in the Kitchen at Kraisinger's Market. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was an avid sports fan. Kathryn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her life to caring for her family. Kathryn is survived by her loving and devoted children, Walter J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Debra, of Everson, Edward J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Christine, of Scottdale, Kathryn A. Rymarz and her husband, Robert, of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Wanda E. Hegedus, of Scottdale; her grandchildren, Kyla and Laura Zwierzelewski, Robbie and Renee Rymarz, Alex Zwierzelewski, Alexis Zemba, Brianna Rymarz, and Cheyanne Hegedus; and her great-grandchildren, Aubreanna, Savannah and Alaina Zwierzelewski and Olivia and Hunter Jones. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas F. Srogoncik and his wife, Terry, of Mt. Pleasant; and her sister, Annie Srogoncik, of Prescott, Ariz. In addition to her parents, Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Walter M. Zwierzelewski in 2001; her grandson, James Allan Zwierzelewski; and by her brothers and sisters, John, Steven, George and Joseph Srogoncik, Margaret Kitta and Cecelia Koskee. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at noon in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Adams, Edna M. 89

  • Spring Church
  • Born: 1926-01-20
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Edna Marie Lee Adams, 89, of Spring Church, formerly of Apollo, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. She was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Ohio Pyle, the daughter of the late Charles B. and Marah E. Thompson Lee. Edna was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Leechburg. She most recently enjoyed the monthly Keenager dinners with the youth of her congregation. Edna enjoyed reading, watching Hallmark movies and spending time with her family. She was also a member of the Spring Church Grange. Before her retirement, she was employed by the Apollo School District in the cafeteria for more than 18 years. She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Wilson and her husband, Layden, of Spring Church; three sons, Dennis R. Adams and his wife, Lynn, of Readdington Shores, Fla., Jay W. Adams and his wife, Debbie, of Stony Brook, N.Y., and Thomas P. Adams his wife, Janet, of Murrysville; seven grandchildren, Scott Adams, of Orlando, Fla., Karen Salles and her husband, Rubens, of Carolina Beach, N.C., Joanna Ricchiuto and her husband, Mike, of Gibsonia, Bryan Wilson and his wife, Lisa, of Cranberry Township, Samantha Adams, of Philadelphia, Douglas Adams, of Hawthorne, Calif., and Mark Adams and his wife, Brittany, of Blaine, Minn.; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Horace F. "Frank" Adams Jr., in 2003; and a brother, Roy W. Lee. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in the First Baptist Church in Leechburg. The Rev. Jim Williams will officiate. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To view and send online condolences, visit us at www.corridnifuneralhome.com.
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Burk, William R. 71

  • Freeport
  • Born: 1944-03-05
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • William R. "Bill" Burk, 71, of Freeport, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at home following a 2 1/2-year illness with cancer. He was born March 5, 1944, in Harrison Township, son of the late William J. and Maryellen A. (Doumont) Burk Jr. Bill has lived the past 49 years in River Forest and prior to that Natrona Heights. He was a welder at Blawnox Steel, Pullman Standard in Butler and Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh. Bill was a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Freeport, and a 1963 graduate of Har Brack High School. He enjoyed boating, fishing, was a Corvette enthusiast and enjoyed his cars. Bill also enjoyed doing yard work and working around the house and bird watching. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Bill always looked forward to Sunday dinners with family and friends and especially his beloved nieces Maryellen and Barbara Ruk and his many friends. Survivors include his twin sister, Mary Louise "Muffy" Ruk, Tarentum; his twin brothers, Rene Alan Burk, Freeport, and David E. (Cleatus) Burk, Alexandria, Va. Also surviving are his twin nieces, Maryellen and Barbara Ann Ruk, both of Tarentum; and a number of cousins also survive. At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation; however, relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in St. Mary Church, Freeport, with the Rev. Ronald Maquinana officiating. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Family suggests contributions to St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Freeport. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Chasse, Lionel 89

  • Bridgeburg
  • Born: 1925-11-30
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Lionel "Leo" Chasse, 89, of Bridgeburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Concordia in Cabot. Born Nov. 30, 1925, in Maine, he was a son of the late Thomas and Lizzanne (Coreavue) Chasse. He was retired as a foreman at Agway Fertilizer in Tarrtown after 40 years of service. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy in the South Pacific and was a longtime member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Kittanning. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and yardwork. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marlene (Luke) Chasse, who he married Nov. 6, 1954; daughter, Debra Fry (Bill Moorhead) and his children, Kayla, Kelsea, Kendra, Kiera and granddaughter, Laikyn, of Kittanning; son, Douglas Chasse (Darcy), of Kittanning; grandchildren, Brian Crissman (Leah) and Corey Chasse; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Marcella Levesque, of Connecticut. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Clifford, Romeo and Edmund Chasse; sisters, Blanche Lagasse, Gertrude Lapointe and Anita Faucher; father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Velma Luke. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Kittanning. Additional viewing will be 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Kittanning, where services will follow at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Carl Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Kittanning Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Leo's memory to St. John's Lutheran Church in Kittanning. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Gaiser-Minteer, Lydia P. 93

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1922-05-02
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Lydia P. Gaiser-Minteer, 93, of Kittanning, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Country Manor. Born May 2, 1922, in West Franklin Township, she was a daughter of the late John and Julia (Zvara) Pavlik. She formerly worked for the Graff family in Worthington, then as a secretary for the military during World War II, owned a grocery store in Walk Chalk and was a bookkeeper for Keystone Tall Trees. She was a longtime member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worthington and the Girl Scouts Council. She loved fishing and going on cruises. Survivors include son, Marve Gaiser Jr. (Connie), of Kittanning; and grandson, Lt. Daniel Gaiser (Allison), in the Air Force. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Marve Gaiser Sr.; second husband, Karl Minteer; brother, John Pavlik; and sisters, Julia Goepfert, Rose Adams and Margaret Konesky. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME in Worthington. Additional viewing will be 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worthington, where service will follow at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Sue Irons officiating. Interment will be in Worthington Lutheran Cemetery. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Grafton, Martha M. 89

  • Manor Township
  • Born: 1925-12-11
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Martha M. (Maus) Grafton, 89, of Manor Township, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Born Dec. 11, 1925, in Manor Township, to Hubert Alban and Mathilda Mary (Lux) Maus, Mrs. Grafton was a lifelong resident of the Ford City area except for the nine years she accompanied her husband, Lewis E. Grafton, to various Naval installations prior to his retirement. The Graftons were married March 15, 1958, in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Ford City. Prior to their marriage, Mrs. Grafton was employed as a glass cutter for 13 years at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. in Ford City. She was a member of Christ, Prince of Peace in Ford City and was a member of the parish's prayer chain and the LCBA. Mrs. Grafton was a volunteer for Father Raphael at the health center in Kittanning and read for him at the monastery. She also taught CCD for seven years. Mrs. Grafton was an avid reader and previously participated as a tutor with the Armstrong County Literacy Council. She is survived by her husband, Lewis; their son, Michael L. Grafton, of Allegheny Township, and his wife, Christine D., their daughter Kathryn M. Holt, of Pittsburgh, their daughter, Kristine A. Shunk and her husband, Joseph W., of Hanover; and three grandchildren, Nicholas M. Grafton and wife, Yuliya, Courtney A. Stopansky and husband, Joseph, and Thomas W. Holt II. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy T. Slovensky and husband, Albert, of Ford City, and Mildred A. Cramer, of Confluence, Pa. Mrs. Grafton was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Margaret Pivarnik; and her brother, Frank J. Maus. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9p.m. Friday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Christ Prince of Peace Parish with Father John Harold officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Family requests donations be made to Ford City Public Library or Divine Redeemer School.
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Hileman Jr., Ralph 88

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1927-07-26
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Ralph Hileman Jr., 88, of Kiski Township, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at home. Born July 26, 1927, in North Apollo, he was a son of the late Ralph and Ada M. (Shellhammer) Hileman. Ralph was a 1946 graduate of Apollo High School and served our country with the Army during World War II and the Korean War. He was the owner and operator of Ralph Hileman's Beauty Salon in Monroeville for several years and previously worked at Jason's in Squirrel Hill. Ralph loved nature and enjoyed fishing and feeding birds and chipmunks. He was an avid gardener and also liked taking care of his house plants. Ralph loved visiting Florida in the winters and was skilled at knitting and crocheting, often making socks and sweaters for family members. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bertha Mae Barth. Ralph is survived by his brother, William L. "Bill" (Joyce) Hileman, of Tavares, Fla.; and many loving nieces and nephews. At Ralph's request, all services are private and have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Apollo. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell, at the convenience of the family. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Jackson, Betty M. 63

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Betty M. (McElfresh) Jackson, 63, of Ford City, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in the ACMH Hospital, East Franklin Township. Funeral arrangements by the WELCH FUNERAL HOME are incomplete. A complete obituary will be published in Saturday's paper. For more information, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Jackson, Betty M. 63

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1952-06-18
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Betty Mae (McElfresh) Jackson, 63, of Ford City, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, after a brave battle with cancer. Born June 18, 1952, in Kittanning, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Evelyn (Goodwin) McElfresh. Betty was a strong and devoted wife and mother to her five children. When her children were young, she spent many summer hours with them swimming in their backyard pool or fishing at a local stream. She cherished time spent with family and friends, and loved the many dogs she rescued over the years. She was always active, and enjoyed watching sports almost as much as she liked playing them, particularly tennis, volleyball and most recently was an avid golfer. Betty dedicated her life to providing a nurturing home for her family, while helping her husband run Lenape Premium Beverages, a successful family-owned business. Betty will be most remembered for her wry sense of humor, contagious laugh, drive to always get the job done and, most of all, for being a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her infant sister, Barbara McElfresh; and brother, Ronald McElfresh. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, David Jackson; five children, Jessica Jackson Rock (Jim), Sara Jackson, Rachel Jackson, Kate Jackson and Daniel Jackson; sister, Jean Novotnak (Raymond); two nephews, Geoffrey McElfresh (Vanessa) and Patrick McElfresh; and two step-grandchildren Rachel and Noah Rock. Family and friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at the funeral home. There will be an additional hour of visitation prior to the service. Interment will be in Ford City Cemetery. To send an online condolence, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Jackson, Leonard 72

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1942-11-09
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Leonard Jackson, 72, of Apollo, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in his home. Born Nov. 9, 1942, in Kiski Township, he was a son of the late Emanuel and Minnie (Johnson) Jackson. Leonard lived in Apollo for the past 22 years. He retired in 2002 from Allegheny Ludlum West Leechburg Works where he had been employed for 32 years as a welder. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union. Leonard enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing bingo, building barbeque grills, car racing and working on cars. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marylou (Nelson) Jackson; an infant son, Kevin Jackson; and a brother, Emanuel Jackson Jr. He is survived by his wife, Mattie (Nabors) Jackson, of Apollo; son, Leonard Jackson Jr., of Arlington, Va.; daughters, Christine Jackson and Angela Jackson, both of Martinsburg, Va.; five grandchildren; sisters, Freddie Jackson, of Kiski Township, Toni (Fred) Jackson and Tracy Trammell; brothers, Marvin (Quana) Booker and Zachary Booker; sisters-in-law, Lenor Nabors and Jeniffer Nabors; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert H. Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery, Avonmore. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Powers, William E. 86

  • Rural Valley
  • Born: 1928-10-27
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • William E. Powers, 86, of Rural Valley, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at his residence. He was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Kittanning. He was a son of William Floyd Powers and Lulu Smith Powers. He was of the Lutheran Faith and a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He worked as a production foreman for Peoples Natural Gas Co. Valley Station for 37 years. Surviving is his wife of 63 years, Mildred (Lewis) Powers, whom he married April 5, 1952; daughter, Betty Jean Zemko (Bill); son, Bill Powers Jr. (Tammy); seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Goldstrohm. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., where services will follow at 4 p.m. Interment will follow in the Harkleroad Cemetery.
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Schoentag, Jean W. 89

  • Parker
  • Born: 1925-12-13
  • Died: 2015-08-22
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  • Jean W. Schoentag, 89, of Parker, formerly of Manchester (Pittsburgh), passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Jean was born Dec. 13, 1925, in Manchester, Allegheny County. She was the daughter of the late Ignatius Walkauskas and the late Barbara Putriment Walkauskas. Jean retired with more than 20 years of teaching in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She was of the Catholic faith. Jean is survived by her son, William Schoentag and his wife, Diane, of Hilliards; two grandchildren, Jared and Eva Schoentag; and one sister, Alice Martin, of Venice, Fla. Jean was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Lynn Schoentag; her son, David Carl Schoentag; one sister; and three brothers. Services and burial in St. Casimir Cemetery were private. A brief memorial prayer will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at St. Casimir Cemetery grave site.
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Butler County

Smith, Russell B. 82

  • Butler
  • Born: 1933-05-20
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Russell Blair Smith, 82, of Butler, was born May 20, 1933, at home in Rayburn township, and passed away gently Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Lee Smith and Ella Mae Chesnut; and siblings, Ken, Edna Harry and twins. He is survived by his companion, Ann Aites; daughters, Patty Wilson, Linda Fry, Pam Beers, Bonnie Sue Cravenor and Jackie Grates; sons, Russell B. Smith Jr. and Billy Smith. Russ was retired from head of security at Butler Hospital and as a constable. He continued to work numerous other jobs, including 422 Auto Auctions, until the month before his passing. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Alameda Park Steelworker's Shelter, 184 Alameda Park Road, Butler, PA 16001, for all family, friends and co-workers. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD, Blawnox.
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Sopher Jr., James A. 28

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • James A. Sopher Jr., 28, of Cranberry Township, died Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015. He was the beloved son of James A. and Marcia (Schrecengost) Sopher; loving brother of Lindsay Senft (Zachary); uncle of Luciana and Henrik Senft; nephew of Cindy Sopher, Terry Sopher, Kay Dunkle, Donna LaSitis, Lynne Schrecengost and Carol Karistofik; also survived by many cousins. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but now he rests peacefully in the hands of his Father, Jesus Christ in Heaven. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Additional visitation 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at Victory Church, 21150 Route 19, Cranberry township, PA 16066. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Victory.
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Stebler, Dorothy M. 90

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. "Dotty" (Fennell) Stebler, 90, of Cranberry Township, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 65 years to Philip F. Stebler Jr.; loving mother of Edward Stebler, Karen Nadrash (Richard), Dennis Stebler (Donna), Gary Stebler (Nancy) and the late Kenneth Stebler; and sister of the late Harry Fennell, Wilmer Fennell, Betty Cornell, Lawrence Fennell. Dorothy is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Dotty attended Taylor Allderdice High School and one year at Pennsylvania College for Women. She was the co-owner, costume designer and seamstress of Esser Costume Company from 1945 until 1975 and was past president of the Pittsburgh Jaycettes. Dotty designed first place award costumes for competition at the National Costumers Association Convention in 1968. She was a ceramic teacher for 13 years and won "Best of Show" for original raised nationality figures on a world globe at the Pittsylvania Ceramic Guild Tri-State competition in 1962. Dotty designed and made the wreaths used annually at the Cranberry Township Veterans Memorial Day ceremony at North Boundary Park from 1999 to the present. As an associate member of the Ohio Valley Marine Corps League, she was assistant coordinator for three years with the Toys for Tots program. Dotty compiled their annual scrapbook that won first place in state and national competitions in 2004. She created the nose design drawing for a refueling plane of the 171st National Guard USAF in 2006. Dotty creatively designed and made greeting cards for all occasions. She enjoyed making gifts using ordinary recycling items: something from nothing. Dotty made custom Christmas gifts for family and friends with a different theme each year. She had a love for God, family and her God-given artistic talent. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ferdinand Church.
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Vasko, Edward E.

  • Adams Township
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Edward E. Vasko, of Adams Township, formerly of Mt. Washington, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was the husband of the late Helen (Malley) Vasko; loving father of Catherine Crawford, Janice Dunbar (William), Cindy Vasko-Roesser (Phil), Edward Vasko Jr. (Patricia), Christina Sandherr (Thomas), Peggy Kelly (Thomas), Susan Tighe (Edwin), Douglas Vasko (Lisa), Darlene Vasko and the late Patricia Mullen; also survived by 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ferdinand Church Monday. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, 4800 Jonestown Road No. 102, Harrisburg, PA 15109.
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Walia, Pushpa 79

  • Mars
  • Born: 1935-09-03
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Pushpa Walia, 79, of Mars, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, 2015, in the comfort of her daughter's home. Born Sept. 3, 1935, in Delhi, India, she was the daughter of the late Babu Lal and Brahma Devi Ahluwalia. Surviving are her children, Sunil K. Walia (Rampyari), Dushyant K. Walia (Chanda), Harsh V. Walia (Liliette), Ashok K. Walia, Deepak K. Walia (Rupa), Sidharth K. Walia (Rhea), Pradeep K. Walia (Suzanne), Geeta Kaul (Bipin) and Sandeepa Kaleida (Brian); 18 grandchildren; her siblings, Shakuntala Devi Ahluwalia, Amar Singh Ahluwalia, Santosh Chandar and Sushila Mehta; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mohinder Singh Walia, who she married March 7, 1954, and who died June 6, 1990; and by her brother, Lalit Ahluwalia. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Henry, Nancy L. 61

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1954-02-23
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Nancy Lizabeth Crislip Henry, 61, of South Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1954, in Connellsville, a daughter of her loving mother, Audrey Cavanaugh Crislip, of Connellsville, and the late Jack E. Crislip Sr. Nancy was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1972. She then received her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 1976. Nancy was a talented journalist and worked for the Connellsville Daily Courier in advertising for many years, and she most recently worked as a freelance journalist. She was also employed at Woods Jewelry in Mt. Pleasant. Nancy was known for upbeat and interesting articles about local people and activities in Connellsville and currently wrote the "Around Town" weekly column. Nancy was active in many civic organizations, including Friends of the Carnegie Library, Connellsville Rotary Club, Downtown Connellsville, Fayette Cultural Trust and Crossroads Magazine. She was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award and was a member of the Connellsville Slovak Club. She attended the Connellsville Presbyterian Church. Nancy was an avid NASCAR and stockcar racing fan. She was an alumna and huge fan of West Virginia University. In addition to her mother, Nancy will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her brother, Jack Crislip and wife, Patty; and her sisters, Marilee McFadden and husband, Gene, and Kathe Crislip. Nancy was a loving and caring aunt to her nieces, Audra McFadden and Elle Crislip; and her nephew, Michael McFadden. She is also survived by her longtime companion, Dow Carnahan. Family and friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. until the hour of a funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), with the Rev. Suzanne Zampella officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Friends of Carnegie Free Library, 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, PA 15425; or Fayette Friends of Animals, 223 Searights Herbert Road, Uniontown, PA 15401, in memory of Nancy L. Henry. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Turek, Paul R. 54

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1960-09-14
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Paul R. Turek, 54, of Dunbar, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. He was born Sept. 14, 1960, in Cleveland, Ohio, son of Walter Turek and Kathryn Machinia Turek. He was a truck driver for Donald Woods Trucking. Surviving are children, John Paul Turek, Autumn Gustafson and husband, Michael and Jeremy Turek; grandchildren, Kolton, Kalob, Courtney and Corey; sisters, Stephanie McClain and husband, David, and Mary Kay Turek; brother, Walter (Walley)Turek; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Susan Dyer. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, followed by a funeral service at 8 p.m. with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions suggested to Paul R. Turek Memorial Fund, c/o Burhans-Crouse Funeral Home, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, PA 15431.
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Wiltrout, Kayla M. 16

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kayla Marie Wiltourt, 16, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete.
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Wolfe, Tyler 115

  • Bullskin Township
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Tyler Wolfe, 22, of Bullskin Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME and will be announced when complete.
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Indiana County

Wannett, Lorraine 84

  • Indiana
  • Born: 1930-11-23
  • Died: 2015-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Lefdahl, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Lorraine (Cameron) Wannett, 84, of Indiana, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, while at Bethany Place. The daughter of Joseph Ralph and Mary Elizabeth (Franklin) Cameron Sr., she was born Nov. 23, 1930, in Lockport. Lorraine had been employed by Seasonal Industries and later as a manager for Sheetz. She was a member of the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church. Lorraine loved the time she spent with her family, especially the grandchildren. She loved being with people and found her best friend to be God. Surviving are her children, Michelle (Mike) McHugh, of Twin Rocks, Deborah (Rick) Brindle, of New Derry, Larry (Andrea) Wannett, of Indiana, Mark (Melanie) Wannett, of Creekside, and Susan Wannett-Hill, of Indiana; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a brother, Joseph Cameron Jr. (Ellen), of Blairsville; and several nieces and nephews. Lorraine was preceded in death were her parents; husband, Michael Wannett Jr.; and sisters, Mary Elizabeth Noss and Edna Lethman. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at the JOHN A. LEFDAHL FUNERAL HOME. Funeral service will immediately follow at 8 p.m. in the Lefdahl Chapel with the Rev. John Swanger, officiating. Interment in the Blairsville Cemetery will be private. www.lefdahlfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Kerr, Robert A.

  • Washington
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Piatt Barnhill, Washington | Get Directions
  • Robert Andrew Kerr, of Washington, Pa., died peacefully Thursday morning, Aug. 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Joy. Bob will be dearly missed by his children, Heather and Erik; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Marlene; grandchildren Brandon, Morgan, Brooke, Cailyn, Liana and Emilie; brother, James B. Kerr; and nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Raised by a single mother, Bob became "man of the house" at a young age, developed a strong work ethic, sense of responsibility and a capacity to care for others that never left him, even in his last years of life. Bob received his formal training as a hearing and speech pathologist from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and California University of Pennsylvania, earning undergraduate and master's degrees respectively. In 1978, he founded Progressive Mobility and Medical Supply, now the largest home medical showroom in the tri-state area. Though often irreverent and skeptical, Robert was a devoted follower of Christ. He generously supported numerous ministry and mission organizations. As a member of the local church, he served as an elder and was always willing to roll up his sleeves and help to see God's kingdom advance. Bob was also an active member of the community and served in various roles through the years, from township supervisor to board member with Children and Youth Services. He was a member of the Jaycees and Elks. Bob loved music, especially doo-wop and jazz. He enjoyed golf and excelled at throwing darts. He was wildly imaginative and funny. But most of all, he loved his family. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m., the hour of service, Sunday in the PIATT AND BARNHILL FUNERAL HOME, 420 Locust Ave., Washington, with Erik Kerr officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, Director.
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Elsewhere

Carey, Imogene 90

  • Hastings, Minn. , Formerly of Acme
  • Born: 1925-01-05
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Imogene Chackan Carey, 90, of Hastings Minn., formerly of Acme, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Acme, to the late Lewis and Minnie Yothers Shaffer. She was a member of Acme United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Domer Chackan; second husband, Lawrence Carey; daughter, Sherri Forsythe; and brother, Robert Shaffer. Imogene is survived by a son, Larry (Barbara) Chackan, of Hastings; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her sister, Georgia Ulery, of Acme. Family and friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with the Rev. John A. Logan, with interment to follow in Donegal Cemetery.
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Crawford, Edward L. 85

  • Westfield, N.Y.
  • Born: 1929-11-09
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Elkin, North East | Get Directions
  • Edward L. Crawford, 85, of Westfield, N.Y., died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Soldiers and Sailors Home of Erie. He was born Nov. 9, 1929, in Kittanning, to the late Edward E. and Edith Custer Crawford. Edward served in the Air Force as a mechanic and was later employed as a truck driver and mechanic for several companies, including Hills Trucking. He was a member of the Brockton American Legion Post 35 and was an active volunteer for the Make A Wish Foundation's "Share A Dream Drive" for several years. Edward's passion in life was family and the art of mechanics. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold and Jack Crawford. He is survived by his daughters, Pamela Lidlow, of Dunkirk, N.Y., Cathy Hanson, of Westfield, N.Y., Cheryl Farnham (James), of Sherman, N.Y., Belinda Rudenski (Richard), of Clymer, N.Y., Cindy Seiter (Scott), of Jacksonville, Fla., Lori Byers (John), of Corry, Pa., and Alison Bolinger (Jeffery), of Westfield, N.Y.; stepsons, Thomas Bolinger, of North East, Pa., and J. Steven Bolinger, of Billings, Mont.; sisters, Patricia Booher, Barbara Bemish, Judy Anthony, Diane Wagnor, Doris Brison, Susan Barton (Carl) and Bonnie Anthony (Chuck); brothers, Donald Crawford (Mary), Chuck Crawford (Rita), Frank Crawford and Rocky Crawford (Cathy);16 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Private funeral arrangements being handled by the WILLIAM D. ELKIN FUNERAL HOME, 65 S. Lake St., North East. Private interment North East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Soldiers and Sailors Home of Erie, Unit E, 560 E. Third St., Erie, PA 16507. Please send condolences to elkinfh.com.
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McNatt, Ronald H. 70

  • Pawleys Island, S.C. , Formerly of Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Ronald H. "Ron" McNatt, 70, went home to be with Jesus Thursday, July 30, 2015. Ron was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Marilyn Sue Elliott McNatt. Ron was also preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Satzger; and parents, Charles H. and Charlotta E. McNatt. Formerly of Oakmont, the McNatts made their home in Pawleys Island, S.C., and were members of First Baptist Church, Murrells Inlet, S.C. Ron is survived by his son, Richard (Jody) McNatt, of Atlanta, Ga., and daughter, Jennifer McNatt, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Ron's grandchildren include Emily, Tyler, Mackenzie, Sarah, Bodie, Connor, Colin and Bella. Mr. McNatt served his country in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1968. He worked for 33 years as a sales and marketing executive in the food brokerage industry. A memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet, 3891 Highway 17 ByPass, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Arrangements are entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Murrells Inlet, PO Box 285, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 or Riverside Community Church, 401 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Online condolences may be made to: www.englishfuneralhome.com.
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Osborne, Kathryn

  • Brownstown
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Eley-McCrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • "Well done, Thy good and faithful servant" was heard as Kathryn "Kay" Lorinchak Osborne, 82, of Brownstown, entered into the presence of her Savior on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. She was the wonderful wife of 58 years to the late Gilbert Osborne. She was blessed with four children, Jill (Ron) Auther, Joni (Bill) Hugland, Jon Osborne and Joy (J.K.) Folmar Jr. She was a Godly grandmother to Ronnie (Alyssa) Auther, Jennifer Younkin, Johnny (Jamie) Folmar, Billy (Ashley) Hugland, Robbie Auther, Becky (Jordan) Timko and Jared Folmar; and great-grandchildren, David Younkin, Brooke and Billy Hugland and Hope Younkin. Surviving siblings include, Jean (late Sheridan) Livingstone, Judy (Bill) Arrow, Andrew (Nola) Lorinchak and Edmund (Marianne) Lorinchak; and many nieces and nephews. Kay was a faithful servant and follower of Jesus Christ. She was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church all of her life. A homemaker, Kay devoted her life to showering her children and grandchildren with her time and love. She was welcomed into heaven by her parents, Andrew and Kathryn Lorinchak; husband, Gilbert; and sister, Betty Lorinchak. Funeral services were private, officiated by her grandson, Pastor Ronnie Auther. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME. INC.
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Riveiro, Dorothy 93

  • Southport, N.C.
  • Born: 1921-12-15
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Bowser-Minich, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Monko Riveiro, 93, of Southport, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center. She was born Dec. 15, 1921, in Sagamore, to Nick and Anna Kostella. Dorothy had a passion for cooking, gardening, dancing and playing musical instruments. She was especially fond of sharing her life stories with her grandchildren. Dorothy was very proficient at remembering the important dates of her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Egert (Gerry), of Holden Beach, N.C., and her son, John (Denise Ann), of Athens, Ga.; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive her. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Paul Monko, of 38 years (1978); her second husband, Cilio Riveiro, of 15 years (2004); a daughter, Kathy Gundy (1998); and a granddaughter, Wendy Egert Partsch (1989). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Yatesboro. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, 955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422.
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