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Benko, John

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • John Benko, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Mr. Benko was the beloved husband of Virginia Wojciak Benko; father of Sharon Yoder (David), of Scottdale, John M. Benko (Mary), of Irwin, Kenneth Benko (Ann), of Hoover, Ala., and the late Richard, Brian and Alan Benko; son of the late Michael and Eva Good Benko; brother of Ann Benson (Cal), of New Jersey, and Ed Benko, of Shaler Township; and is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Celebrate Mr. Benko's life with his family at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw. Arrangements are by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Beresford, Jean L. 85

  • Acheson , Formerly of Boston
  • Died: 2014-10-05
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  • Jean Beresford, 85, formerly of Boston, Pa., died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. She moved to Lake Mary, Fla., three years ago. She is survived by a niece, Marsha Ritenour; and a nephew, Gary Baker. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov., 25, at Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
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Betzner, Louise 83

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1931-05-19
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Louise (Galata) Betzner, 83, of Port Vue, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born May 19, 1931, in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Balog) Galata, and the wife of the late William Paul Betzner. Above all, Louise was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was active in Scouts and generously gave her time supporting many community events in Port Vue. She is survived by children, Kurt (Shirley), of Port Vue, Thomas (Andrea), of Liberty Borough, Gregory (Andrea), of Port Vue, and Don (Sharon), of Ashburn, Va.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Stephen (Vickie); brother-in-law, Robert (Alice) Betzner; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Bruce; and siblings, Florence, John "J.J.", Marion and Dolores. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi Church. Father Michael Maranowski will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. http://www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Bowser, Eleanor D. 91

  • Natrona
  • Born: 1923-01-20
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Ajak, Natrona | Get Directions
  • Eleanor D. (Gajda) Bowser, 91, a lifelong resident of Natrona, Harrison Township, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Platinum Ridge Center, Brackenridge. She was born Jan. 20, 1923, in Natrona, a daughter of the late Stanley and Antonina (Burek) Gajda. She graduated from Har-Brack High School. Mrs. Bowser worked for more than 40 years as a receptionist at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation, Brackenridge. She was very proud of her late husband's, Paul N. Bowser, Natrona Bottling Co. business which has nationwide product distribution. Paul acquired the business July 5, 1939, with his late brother, John "Ducky" Bowser. She was a member of St. Joseph Parish, St. Ladislaus Roman Catholic Church, Natrona. She enjoyed long walks with her husband and their dog, Buffy. She and Paul liked to dance and dine out. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Paul N. Bowser, who passed away May 20, 2008; her three brothers, Albert, Frank and John Guida; and a nephew, Gregory Guida. Survivors include two nieces, Priscilla "Percy" Wright, of Natrona Heights, and Deborah (Ray) Marcinak, of Natrona Heights; and two nephews, Stephen Guida, of Phoenix, Ariz., and David Guida; many cousins; and a dedicated employee and caregiver, Mary Jane Zdila, of Natrona. Family and friends are invited to Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in St. Ladislaus Roman Catholic Church, 48 Spruce St., Natrona, with her pastor, the Rev. James K. Mazurek, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Arrangements entrusted to the PAUL R. AJAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 2 Pine St. and River Avenue, Natrona. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Joseph Parish, 1526 Union Ave., Natrona Heights, PA 15065.
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Briski, Anna T.

  • Stanton Heights
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Anna T. Kunic Briski, of Stanton Heights, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Mrs. Briski was the beloved wife of the late Aloysius J. Briski; mother of Janet B. Lewis (Mike), of Indiana Township, Diane Foley (Jim), of Shaler Township, Jim Briski (Linda), of Plum Borough, Regis Briski (Linda), of Shaler Township; daughter of the late Matthew and Katherine Zunic Kunic; sister of Angela Lavrich (Henry), of Canonsburg, and the late John Kunic; and grandmother of Carly, Katie, David, Adam, Greg, Brad, Angela, Maria and Mark. Mrs. Briski was a seamstress who loved to cook and bake, especially Slovenian Strukli and Cremeschnitte. Mrs. Briski loved singing and dancing to Slovenian songs. She appreciated all the "helping hands" and being surrounded by her family. Celebrate Mrs. Briski's life with her family from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Raphael Church, Morningside. Family respectfully suggests donations be made to Slovene Radio Hour-Association of Slovene Americans, 381 F St., Pittsburgh, PA 15209. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Cardiff, John W. 66

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • John W. Cardiff, 66, of Pittsburgh, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Cheryl E. Cardiff; father of John Michael (Katie Marts), Kristen (Vito) Geraci and Joseph M. (Jessica Walker) Cardiff; grandfather of Anthony William Geraci, Domanic Geraci, Donte Anthony Geraci, Joseph Wayne Cardiff and the late Alexa Marie; and brother of Mary (Thomas) McGettigan. John was an Army veteran during Vietnam. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.
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Cleary, Ruth

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Ruth Brennan (Poetain) Cleary, of Swisshelm Park, died Wednesday, Nov., 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James F. Brennan and Norman V. Cleary; beloved mother of Kathleen Short (the late James), William Brennan (Denise), Cynthia Stiegel (Gary), and the late James F. Brennan Jr. (surviving spouse Carol); loving grandmother of 13 grandchildren; great-grandmother of 22; great-great-grandmother of one; daughter of the late William A. and Ruth C. Poetain; and sister of the late Thomas C. Poetain. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, http://www.mccabebrothers.com, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where a family service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Animal Rescue League and Shelter, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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Cloonan, James J. 58

  • Mt. Lebanon , Formerly of Garfield
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • James Joseph "Jimmy" Cloonan, 58, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Garfield, died peacefully Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. He was the beloved son of the late James H. and Mary Theresa Cloonan; proud father of James Francis and Sean Thomas Cloonan; loving brother of Maureen, Terri Royal (James), Kevin (Vicki), Michael (Jeri Lynn) and Daniel; and is also survived by nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Jimmy was a retired auto mechanic who enjoyed reading, cars and spending time with family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCABE BROTHERS INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, Penn Campus. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice.
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Cristallini, Cena 92

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Cena (Mascari) Cristallini, 92, of Munhall, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Lambert A. Cristallini; mother of Louis Cristallini, of West Mifflin, Stephen (Mary) Cristallini, of West Mifflin, Linda (Gerard) Case, of West Mifflin, and Mark (Bonnie) Cristallini, of Pittsburgh; grandmother of Jason, Jeffrey, Keri, Amy and Adam; and great-grandmother of Antonio, Adrianna, Bella, Ava and Maxwell. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Therese Church, Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Dietz, Robert E. 64

  • South Park
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Dietz, 64, of South Park, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 37 years of Peggy (Rinn) Dietz; devoted father of Matthew J. and his wife, Michelle, Sarah E., Emily R. and Alexandra K. Dietz and her husband, David Owens; brother of William and Diana Dietz; and loving Pap of Connor, Evan and Ryan Dietz. Bob was dedicated to his beloved St. Anne Parish and school. He adored his family, friends and Irish heritage. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Anne Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne School Endowment Fund, 400 Hoodridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Dynoske, Edward T. 87

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1927-10-21
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Edward T. "Ed" Dynoske, 87, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Family Hospice and Palliative Care. He was born Oct. 21, 1927, in Duquesne, a son of the late Joseph Dynoske and the late Johanna (Wrobleski) Nebinski. He was retired from electrical maintenance at Bucyrus Erie in Glassport and Scalise Industries. He was a member of St. Hedwig Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne. He attended the Schwab School of Trade and was an Army corporal during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Patricia K. "Pat" (Kelleher) Dynoske; twin daughters, Karen (Matt) Marasco, of Elizabeth, and Holly (Steve Prazenica) Dynoske, of Allison Park; twin sons, Mark (Alisha) Dynoske, of Elizabeth, and Thomas (Gina) Dynoske, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Evan and Madelyn Marasco, Cora and Bennett Dynoske and Dylan Dynoske; also survived by cousins. He was the brother of the late Dr. Judith Dynoske. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 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 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Hedwig Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski. Interment with military in St. Hedwig Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Feidak Jr., Robert D. 52

  • Pitcairn
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Robert Daniel Feidak Jr., 52, of Pitcairn, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was a son of Nancy (Ron) Bayliss and the late Robert Daniel Feidak Sr.; husband of Kellie (Carrigg) Feidak; father of Erica Feidak, Samantha Feidak, Bobbie (Brett Hemple) Feidak and Daniel Feidak; brother of Kimberly (Steve) Gourdouros and Billy (Dawn) Bayliss; grandfather of Payton Kelly, Frankie Manilla and Levi Hemple; and also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Robert worked for Pitcairn Borough. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Dr. Cyndi Bloise officiating.
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Ferragonio, Franco

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Franco Ferragonio, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Gloria (Taverna) Ferragonio; and brother of Donna Varley (Robert). He is also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Service and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, contributions made to Animal Friends.
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Ferraro, Margaret 94

  • Highland Park
  • Born: 1920-02-12
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Margaret Aloe Ferraro, of Highland Park, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Forbes Hospice. She was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Thomas and Eleanor D'Alessio Aloe. Marge graduated from Peabody High School, attended Seton Hill College and the University of Pennsylvania, and received her dental hygiene degree from the Guggenheim School of Dental Hygiene in New York City. She worked at Aloe Army Air Field in Victoria, Texas during World War II. After the war, she worked in the dental department at B. Altman and Company in New York City, and then returned to Pittsburgh where she worked in dental offices in Oakland and downtown. In 1954, she married Francis P. Ferraro, M.D. For many years she was an active member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Allegheny County Medical Society, the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, the Pittsburgh Opera Guild and the Pittsburgh CLO Guild. At the time of her death she was still actively participating in a book club and in the Highlands Garden Club. She was a member of the Pittsburgh Field Club. She is survived by her son, Francis T. Ferraro, M.D. (Eve); grandsons, F. Alexander (Alex) Ferraro and Anthony (Tony) Ferraro; and her sister, Gilda Ognibene. She was preceded in death by her husband; her brothers, Eugene, William, Julius and Arthur Aloe; and sisters, Anne DeLuca and Mary Grace Nucci. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. (http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.), 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Raphael Church. Remembrances may be made to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust or Forbes Hospice.
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Fitzgerald, Janet M.

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Janet M. Fitzgerald, of Fox Chapel, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Janet was predeceased by her ever loving husband, Patrick J. Fitzgerald; and her parents, Henry B. and Anne (Sabatasso) Martone. She is survived by her four devoted children, Patrick G. (Roseann) Fitzgerald, of Boston, Anthony H. (Linda) Fitzgerald, Anne (Kevin) Duggan and Francesca McTighe (and William S. McTighe). She had been blessed with eight amazing grandchildren, with whom she personally enjoyed all aspects of their interests and accomplishments: Michael Anthony Fitzgerald, Charles Loughney Duggan, Peter Kane Duggan, Colleen Anne Duggan, Patrick Flynn Duggan, Brady (Erik) McTighe Dolan, Tara Rose McTighe and Julia Fitzgerald McTighe. She is also survived by her brothers, Henry (Jean) Martone and Dr. Louis Martone (Christine); her sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Stock, Catherine Stehle, Annamae (John) DePellegrini, Rose Marie (Tony) Treser and Bernadette McMillan; and many more loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Janet was born and raised on Larimer Avenue in a traditionally extended Italian family. She quickly learned getting along with others and how the preparation and planning of family meals celebrated the family warmth and love she enjoyed throughout her life. Her marriage to her extraordinary Irishman, Pat Fitzgerald, composed a special legacy of love that is treasured by her children and grandchildren, and extended to both of their larger extended families. Although her deep love and heartwarming company will be forever missed, her family takes great comfort in her reunion with Pat and their eternal guidance from above. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Centre Ave., Aspinwall, where a parting prayer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall. Burial will follow in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association (http://www.alz.org).
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Gruber, Anne M. 88

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Anne M. Gruber, 88, of O'Hara Township, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. She was the wife of Edward; mother of Margaret Gruber Sharp (Wayne), Edward J. (Karen Sokol) and Donna M. Gruber; sister of Joseph and Anthony Stanek and the late Stanley, Frank, Fred, Leo, John Stanek and Helen Waryck; grandmother of Rachel Herrara (Juan) and Jeffrey Gruber; and great-grandmother of Jude. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Haas, Elizabeth Mary

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Mary" (Lenahan) Haas, of Ross Township, formerly of Bloomfield, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the wife of the late Joseph B. Haas; loving mother of Mary Jo Karlovits (Joseph), Patricia A. Schultz, Joseph M. Haas (Ruth), Sarah E. Hodge (John) and James R. Haas (Paulette). She is also survived by 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Huwalt, Charles E. 77

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Charles E. Huwalt, 77, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was the husband of Michelene "Evelyn" Machi Huwalt; father of Christine (Jeff) Woodward, Joann Drab and Michael Chance; son of the late William E. and Allene Floramae Huwalt; grandfather of JC, Nicholas, Zachary, Jaclynn, Christine, Natalie and Lexie; great-grandfather of Shayla and Elana; and brother of Dorrie Torres, Sandra O'Brien and Juanita Huwalt. Mr. Huwalt was the former owner of Charlies Diner on Penn Ave. in Wilkinsburg. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Blessing service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Jablonski, Walter 89

  • Bridgeville
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Warchol, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • Walter Jablonski, 89, of Bridgeville, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Marjorie C. (Perret) Jablonski. Walt and Marge celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on Nov. 17th. Walter is survived by his sister, Virginia Cypher, of McKees Rocks; and many nieces and nephews. Walt worked at Universal Cyclops for 38 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Sygan S.N.P.J Lodge No. 006, the Independent Club of Muse and was a lifetime member of Moose Lodge No. 688 of Weirton and Cuddy Sports Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and traveled the country with Marge in their recreational vehicle for more than 20 years. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Bridgeville, followed by a luncheon. Everyone please meet at church. Arrangements entrusted to the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412-221-3333). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Brother's Brother Foundation, 1200 Galveston Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233 or the Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 E. Beau St., Washington, PA 15301. View and share condolences at http://www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, George W. 82

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1932-07-29
  • Died: 2014-11-14
  • Funeral Home: Corl Funeral Home, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • George W. Jones, 82, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at UPMC East in Monroeville. He was born July 29, 1932, in Belle Vernon, to the late William S. Jones and Clara Springer (Jones). Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nan Swaney Jones; his sister, Clara S. Jones; sisters-in-law, Lynne S. McConnell and Victoria Henderson; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Samuel Jones and William Jones. Mr. Jones served his country honorably, attaining the rank of corporal in the U.S. Army and was deeply involved in his community with membership in the First Presbyterian Church of Belle Vernon, Tri County Masonic Lodge (Donora) and American Legion Post No. 659. Mr. Jones' particular joy was singing with the Mon Valley Chapter of Barbershop Quartet. His family and friends will always remember him as a kind and caring person. A celebration of life service led by the Rev. Suzanne Currie will be held beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Belle Vernon or the American Heart Association. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Kelly, William Bill A. 86

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • William A. "Bill" Kelly, 86, of Franklin Park, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was a Doctor of Education. He was the beloved husband of Sally; father of the late Jeanne Kelly Domville; father-in-law of Mike Domville; and grandfather of Peter and Andrew Domville. Bill was a proud member of the Robert Morris College Faculty for 35 years. He was a dedicated supporter of the Northland Public Library. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. If desired, the family suggest memorials to the Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh PA 15237.
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Kruth, Michael D. 61

  • Sharpsburg
  • Born: 1953-02-10
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Worrell, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael D. Kruth, 61, of Sharpsburg, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Canterbury Place, Pittsburgh. He was born Feb. 10, 1953, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Florence and Ruth Dickey Kruth. He is survived by his son, Bradley Kruth; his brothers, George Kruth (Mary Lou) and Paul Kruth (Flora); his sisters, Jean Sipko (Dan), Judy Marcella (Bill) and Janet Spagnola (Chris). In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Carol Selling; and by two brothers, Ronald and Larry Kruth. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by WORRELL FUNERAL HOME INC., Sharpsburg, 412-782-2211.
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Lewis, William C. 100

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1913-12-30
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • William C. Lewis, 100, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Clairton, passed away at home Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Born Dec. 30, 1913, in West Elizabeth, he was a son of the late Daniel and Hannah Lewis. A retired supervisor at the former Hercules and PICCO Corporations, William was a member of the former Beulah Baptist Church and was also a regular attendee at First United Methodist of Clairton. He joins his wife, the late Martha Nadine (Holt) Lewis. William is survived by his daughters, Patricia Jane (Ronald) Cuddy, of Lake Orion, Mich., and Donna Jean Charles, of Forward Township; son, Daniel W. (Sharon) Lewis, of Jefferson Hills; his eight grandchildren, William (Joyce), Ronald, Dean (Gaye) and Dana Cuddy, Keith (Gina) Charles, Bobbie Jean Krznaric, and William and Capt. Michael Lewis, USAF; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his brother, Berl Lewis, of Elizabeth; "Big Bill's" two girls, Heather and Eliza Sopko; and also nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by siblings, Daniel Lewis and Leona and David Alderson. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, and from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A funeral service will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in First United Methodist Church of Clairton with Pastor Hal Dangel officiating. Procession and burial to follow to Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in William's name should be made to the First United Methodist Church of Clairton, 500 Thompson Ave., Clairton, PA 15025. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Little Jr., Ronald G. 58

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1956-02-10
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Ronald G. Little Jr., 58, of Elizabeth Township, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at home. He was born Feb. 10, 1956, in McKeesport, and was the son of Dorothy Nagy Little, of White Oak, and Ronald G. (Violet) Little Sr., of Greenock. Ronald was the chef at the Boston Waterfront and was a member of Free and Accepted Masons, Youghiogheny Lodge 583, Scottish Rite, Knights Templar and was also a 33rd Degree Mason. Ronald also was instrumental in Road Rallies for Special Olympics and other charities. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Dr. Gregory (Jennifer) Little, of Dubois; nephew, Gregory Little and niece, Angelina Little; and aunts, uncles and many cousins. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Masonic service will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society of America, 4371 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Mains, James P. 69

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1945-11-12
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • James Patrick Mains, 69, of Elizabeth Township, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. He was born Nov. 12, 1945, in McKeesport, the son of the late James A. and Winifred Kelly Mains. He was a graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School and Point Park College. He was employed for the P and LE Railroad for many years until they closed and then transferred to CSX Railroad in Jacksonville, Fla. He was a member of the Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh, Astrology Club of Pittsburgh and the Jacksonville Astrology Association. He is survived by his sister, Sarah "Sally" Mains, of Elizabeth; cousins; and his faithful companions, Tommy the cat, and dogs, China Moon and Charlie. Friends will be received from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass will be held at 6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
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McFadden Sr., Frank A. 80

  • Valencia
  • Born: 1934-10-30
  • Died: 2014-11-20
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  • Frank Arthur "Mac" McFadden Sr., 80, of Valencia, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at UPMC Passavant in Pittsburgh. Born Oct. 30, 1934, and raised in Marlinton, W.Va., he was retired from a career as a barber. A veteran of the Army, he was married for 59 years to Carol Sweetland McFadden. He is survived by his wife, Carol; three sons, Mark (Maria), of Denver, Colo., Frank Jr. (Mary), of Virginia Beach, Va., and Brett (Sophia), of Waco, Texas; and five grandchildren, Dawson, Isaiah, Sofia, Grace and Aaron. He was predeceased by two sons, Wade and Christopher. He is also survived by three brothers, Al, Ed and Tom; and one sister, Corenia Jordan. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at CrossWays Church, 109 Davis Road (off Route 228), Valencia, PA 16059. Viewing and visitation from 1 to 3p.m., followed by the funeral service at 4 p.m. Burial will be at VA Cemetery in Bridgeville late Monday morning (TBA).
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McMullan, Robert J. 61

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1953-02-18
  • Died: 2014-11-16
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Robert John McMullan, 61, of Bethel Park, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, surrounded by family. Bob, as he was known by his family and friends, was born Feb. 18, 1953, in Bethel Park. He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilhelmina; father, Stewart; sister, Kathy; his best friend and brother, David; as well as his beloved uncle, Walter Monning. Bob graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and worked for many years as a mechanical engineer at Wheelabrator-Frye Pittsburgh, where he made many lifelong friends. He had a fond love of animals and spent his weekends walking dogs at Angel Ridge Animal Rescue helping place countless rescues with loving families. Bob rooted for his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, for all of his 61 years, and treasured spending time in the company of his "Steeler Family" with whom he enjoyed many games. He is survived by a sister, Mary McMullan and her children, Eva, Daniel, Joshua and Emma; brother, Stewart McMullan, of Minnesota, and his children, Stewart (Denise), Heidi (Todd) Westby, Daniel, Patrick (Leah) and Molly (Jeff) Wellens; sister-in-law, Denise McMullan and her children, Dominick (Stephi), Kelly (Nathaniel) Newsted, Ryan and Christopher; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Bob was known for his extraordinary kindness and love for his family. His loss leaves an unfillable void in all of our lives. Bob will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at PAUL L HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102. A memorial Mass will be offered at noon Saturday at St. Valentine's Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, 390 Old Hickory Ridge Road, Meadowlands, PA 15347, a cause that he cared about deeply. http://www.henneyfuneralhome.com.
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McMullan, Robert J. 61

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1953-02-18
  • Died: 2014-11-16
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Robert John McMullan, 61, of Bethel Park, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, surrounded by family. Bob, as he was known by his family and friends, was born Feb. 18, 1953, in Bethel Park. He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilhelmina; father, Stewart; sister, Kathy; his best friend and brother, David; as well as his beloved uncle, Walter Monning. Bob graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and worked for many years as a mechanical engineer at Wheelabrator-Frye Pittsburgh, where he made many lifelong friends. He had a fond love of animals and spent his weekends walking dogs at Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, helping place countless rescues with loving families. Bob rooted for his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, for all of his 61 years and treasured spending time in the company of his "Steelers Family," with whom he enjoyed many games. He is survived by a sister, Mary McMullan; her children, Eva, Daniel, Joshua and Emma; brother, Stewart McMullan, of Minnesota; his children, Stewart (Denise), Heidi (Todd) Westby, Daniel, Patrick (Leah) and Molly (Jeff) Wellens; sister-in-law, Denise McMullan; and her children, Dominick (Stephi), Kelly (Nathaniel) Newsted, Ryan and Christopher; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Bob was known for his extraordinary kindness and love for his family. His loss leaves an unfillable void in all of our lives. Bob will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Friends will be received at from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102. A memorial Mass will be offered at noon Saturday in St. Valentine Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, 390 Old Hickory Ridge Road, Meadowlands, PA 15347, a cause that he cared about deeply.
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Mikszan, Russell J. 88

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Russell J. Mikszan, 88, of Hampton Township, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. He was the husband of Helen A. Leo Mikszan; stepfather of Mary Louise Kalisz and Ron Burkarth (Karen); son of the late Joseph and Josephine Bria Mikszan; brother of Anna Mae Newmaster, Donald Mixon, David Mikszan (Kathleen), Carol Flickinger (Don) and the late Mary Lou Biedrzycki and surviving husband, Eugene; grandfather of Ronald and Dillon; also many nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Middle Road. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Milliken, Richard L.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Richard L. Milliken, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Mr. Milliken was the beloved husband of Elaine R. Brandt Milliken; father of Ricky Milliken, of Austin Texas; step-father of Tammy Claybaugh, of O'Hara Township, Darlene Bristol (Mark), of Blawnox, and the late Thomas Claybaugh. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Milliken was a retired forklift operator for Glenshaw Glass. Celebrate Mr. Milliken's life with his family from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township, where services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Myers, Marjorie W. 85

  • Cheswick , Formerly of Scottdale
  • Born: 1929-05-06
  • Died: 2014-11-15
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Marjorie W. Myers, 85, of Cheswick, formerly of Scottdale, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Arden Courts Memory Care Community of North Hills. She was born May 6, 1929, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late William Ellsworth and Ella Rose (Taylor) Walter. Marjorie was a graduate of Scottdale High School Class of 1947 and attended Duffs-Iron City College (Duffs Business School) in 1948. She was a member of Cheswick Presbyterian Church, Falls Creek Presbyterian Church and numerous church groups. Prior to her marriage, she worked as a secretary then served as a church organist and choir director at Cheswick Presbyterian Church, Verona United Methodist Church and Falls Creek Presbyterian Church. When she was younger, Marjorie was a member of the Junior Women's Club and also served as a Girl Scout leader. She also belonged to the "Ladies of the Lake" women's group and the "9 Hole Swingers" golf league after retiring with her husband to Treasure Lake in DuBois. During her life, Marjorie participated in numerous bowling leagues, both couples and women's. She enjoyed golf, bowling, quilting, gardening, birding and cross-country skiing. In addition to her parents, Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Earl E. Myers; and two brothers, Bill and Bob Walter. Marjorie had a great sense of humor which, even as her illness progressed, she continued to share with her family and her caregivers. She loved her family and will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by four daughters, Cathy (John) Renkiewicz, Connie (Clarke) Ewart, Sandy (Dion) Costello and Becky (Larry) Frauen; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Family and friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 485 Wesley Chapel Road, Scottdale, where her funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Larry Ruby officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at http://www.alz.org. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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Novosel, Anthony G. 85

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Anthony G. "Tony" Novosel, of West Mifflin, died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at his home, at the age of 85. He has now rejoined his beloved wife, Mildred, in a reunion marked by a polka that will last forever. Tony worked for 35 years as a machinist at Mesta and then six more years at WHEMCO in West Homestead. He was also a longtime member and trustee of the American Croatian Club of Duquesne. His brother, Steve, of Duquesne, survives him. Tony is also survived by his children and their spouses: daughters and spouses, Anita and Alan Calbert, of Montana, and Rose and Dennis Rush, of Texas; sons and spouses, Mike and Carol Novosel, of Georgia, and Tony and Alice Novosel, of Munhall; as well his grandchildren whom he loved so much, Jackie Rush, Joe Rush, Tony Crew and Michael Novosel. We will remember him as a great father, a great friend and a wonderful person who left an enormous mark on all of us and all who knew him. Tony leaves a lasting legacy for all of us through his commitment to his family and to making the lives of everyone around him better. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A funeral service to celebrate Tony's life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, Tony requested that donations be made to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Paradise, Faith W. 76

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1938-09-25
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Faith W. Paradise, 76, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. She was born Sept. 25, 1938, in West Newton, the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret Peters Matthews. She is survived by her husband, Henry; children, Paula Paradise, of McKeesport, Becky (Tom) Poremba, of Mt. Gretna, Pa., and Michael (Meghan) Paradise, of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Krista, Shawn, Anthony, Taite and Jax; great-grandchildren, Rosa and Jamar; and brother, Paul (Karen) Matthews, of Pittsburgh. Friends will be received from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
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Pascoe, Kathryn J. 94

  • Jefferson HIlls
  • Born: 1920-01-18
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Kathryn J. (Kaspary) Pascoe, 94, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Baldwin, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Jefferson Hills Manor. Born Jan. 18, 1920, in Clairton, she was the daughter of the late Jacob W. and Sarah Belle (Ferree) Kaspary. She was a 1937 graduate of Clairton High School and enjoyed homemaking, cooking and baking. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur J. Pascoe, who passed away in 1974; brother, Harold J. Kaspary; and twin sister, Mary Belle McGowan. She is survived by a son, Harold (Faith Ann) Pascoe, of Jefferson Hills; daughter, Wanda Fay (Steven) Bucher, of Dexter, Mich.; four grandchildren, Douglas A. (Jennifer) Pascoe, Dena B. Conrad, Brian (Heather) Bucher and Jason Bucher; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. William Heaton officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions are suggested to Agape Outreach, P.O. Box 8183, Canton, OH 44711, agapeoutreach.org. The family would like to thank Jefferson Hills Manor and Horizon Hospice for all the special care they provided Kathryn. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Pasquale, Colleen M. 42

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Colleen M. (Erny) Pasquale, 42, of Dormont, died peacefully at home Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Angelo E. Pasquale; devoted mother of Mia and Salvatore Pasquale; loving daughter of Dick and Gerry Erny; daughter-in-law of Salvatore and Christine Pasquale; sister of twin brother, Michael Erny, Christine Mamone and Mark Erny; granddaughter of Rose Savchak; and is also survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Colleen was a guidance counselor at Jefferson Middle School in the Mt. Lebanon School District for many years. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Bernard Church. Entombment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Bernard School, 315 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Pasquinelli, Joyce Joy M. 72

  • Mt. Washington
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt Washington | Get Directions
  • Joyce Marie "Joy" Pasquinelli, 72, of Mt. Washington, died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. She was the beloved sister of Joanne Pasquinelli; daughter of the late Theresa Piaggesi and John Pasquinelli; and loving niece of Angie Serio, Monsignor Frederick A. Pasquinelli and Raymond Piaggesi. She will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends. Joyce was a secretary for the late Don Brockett (Brockett Productions). A special thank you to Family Hospice for their compassionate care. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington (412 381-2323). Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Mount Church. The family suggests contributions to St. Mary of the Mount "Keep the Light Shining" Capital Campaign, 403 Grandview Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15211. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Reichert, Alberta S. 77

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Alberta S. (May) Reichert, 77, of Munhall, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Reichert; loving mother of Linda (Phil) Mariani, Robert (Kathleen) Reichert, John (Diane) Reichert, James (Karen) Reichert, Richard (Karen) Reichert and Debra (Jon) Curran; grandmother of 14; great-grandmother of four; and sister of Catherine Septak and the late Michael and Carl May. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chordoma Foundation, PO Box 2127, Durham, NC 27702.
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Rothey, Dorothy E. 81

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1933-05-02
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Dorothy E. Rothey, 81, of Dravosburg, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. She was born May 2, 1933, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Theodore and Dorothy Kelly Stumme. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack H. Rothey; second husband, James "Smitty" Smith; brothers, Ted, Cliff and Tom Stumme; and a sister, Nancy Lee Stumme. A retired delicatessen manager from Krogers, she was also employed in the housekeeping department at Pitt and was a hostess at Wagners. Surviving are her sons, Jack Rothey, of Hillsboro, Fla.; Mark Rothey, of Greenock, Dale (Michelle) Rothey, of Elizabeth; and a daughter, Cheryl Diffendal, of McKeesport. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Edwin Stumme, of North Huntingdon, and Frank Stumme, of White Oak; sisters, Maud Andrew, of Port Vue, Barbara Hiquet, of North Versailles, and Kay Stumme, of McKeesport; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held at noon Monday with Dr. Doug Burns officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Rutledge, William G. 92

  • Glenshaw
  • Born: 1922-11-15
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Rev. William G. Rutledge, 92, of Glenshaw, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Vincentian Home. He was a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Born Nov. 15, 1922, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late James Albert and Hilda (Luther) Rutledge. He was also preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and parishioners. Born and raised on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Father Rutledge graduated from St. Vincent Seminary earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1950 and Master of Arts in 1953 and was ordained to priestly ministry, May 30, 1953. He served as parochial vicar of St. Philip Church, Crafton, from 1953 to 1958; parochial vicar of St. Henry Church, South Side, from 1958 to 1963; parochial vicar of Annunciation Church, North Side and chaplain of North View Heights, from 1963 to 1968; pastor of St. Brendan Church and St. Joseph Parish, Braddock, from 1968 to 1985; and pastor of St. Aloysius Church, Reserve Township, from 1985 until retirement in 2002. During his years at St. Aloysius, the Rev. Rutledge was a counselor at St. Francis Hospital helping countless young people. During retirement, the Rev. Rutledge lived in residence at St. Mary Church, Glenshaw, where he assisted with pastoral ministry. Family will welcome friends 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Additional visitation will be held noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116. Translation vesper service will immediately follow visitation at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church by Bishop David A. Zubik. Interment will be held in Christ Our Redeemer, North Side Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Scherer, Diana

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Diana (Delach) Scherer, of Ross Township, died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. She was the wife of the late William J. Scherer; loving mother of William H. Cherer, Laurie A. Uhler (Paul), John J. Scherer (Zoe) and Terri L. Marciniak; sister of the late Albert Delach and Elsie Carlin; and grandmother of Sara, Billy, Courtney (Keane), Annie, Allison, Samuel, Kendall, Jacob, Emma, Luke, Isabel and Rachel. There will be no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. Everyone please meet at church. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Schultz, Duane L. 66

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Duane L. "Butch" Schultz, 66, of North Versailles, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was an Army Vietnam veteran, worked for the U.S. Postal Service in McKeesport, was an AMA life member, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and of the VFW No. 8430 in East McKeesport. He was a son of the late Donald J. and Blanche E. (Berwick) Schultz; beloved husband for 41 years of Florence H. "Flo" (Howard) Schultz; devoted father of Harley David (Kimberly) Schultz, Jay (Amelia) Schultz and Joshua Schultz; loving brother of Carol (Ken) Larson, Donald A. "Don" (Georgeanne) Schultz and the late Dale Schultz; son-in-law of Bernice and the late Robert Howard; brother-in-law of Robert "Butch" (Marie) Howard, Earl "Huck" (Jan) Howard and Ethel Eileen (George) Skiles; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and all who loved him. Family and friends received from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Additional visitation from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. Monday with Pastor Tim Williams officiating. Interment at St. Mary's Polish Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 412-471-0935 or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; or Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 103 Yost Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 or 412-829-2818 or http://www.familyhospicepa.org.
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Subak, Charles J.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Charles J. "Chuck" Subak, of Swissvale, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. He was a son of the late Edward J. Subak Sr. and Frances Mary May Subak; and dear brother of Edward J. Subak Jr. and his wife, Marta, of Old Mystic, Conn. Friends 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 at noon Friday in the Word of God Church. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Tonarelli, Ferdinand A. 77

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Born: 1937-07-29
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Ferdinand A. (Fred "Junior") Tonarelli, 77, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Southwestern Nursing Center, Pleasant Hills, on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, after a year-long illness. A son of the late Ferdinand and Clara Traversari Tonarelli, he was born in Dunlevy on July 29, 1937. He was a member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, the Washington Township Fire Department, where he served as chaplain and a 2nd lieutenant, the former Garibaldi Club in Dunlevy and the Washington Township Senior Center on the Hill, where he was on the board of directors. A resident of Belle Vernon most of his adult life, Fred served in the U.S. Army reserves and worked as a clothing cutter for several local businesses, including Charland, and also had been employed at the former Volkswagen Plant in New Stanton, and retired in 2012 from Caterpillar. Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Marie Tomalski Tonarelli; five children and 10 grandchildren including son, Riccardo Tonarelli of Elizabeth and grandson, Gregory; daughter, Rosemarie Jennewine of Belle Vernon and grandchildren, Marie and husband Neil Paris, Michael, Mikayla and Mitchell; son, Dennis Tonarelli of Belle Vernon; son, Edward Tonarelli and wife, Jodi, of North Hills and granddaughters, Madison and Bethany; daughter, Valerie and husband, David Fowler, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and grandchildren, Eva, Julia and Andrew. Also surviving are an aunt, Sive Traversari; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Patricia Sciore, Dorothy Ramsier, Ralph and Marcella Niccolai, Sam and Annette Suppa, Tom and Debbie Tomalski and Shirley Tonarelli, as well as, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers; Ronald, Alfao, Leonard and Albert and a son-in-law, Michael Jennewine. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 724-929-5300, 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. A blessing service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr Roger A. Statnick as celebrant. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home led by members of St. Sebastian Parish.
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Vinski, Margaret E. 92

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Margaret E. (Coyne) Vinski, 92, of Millvale, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Mark J. Vinski; loving mother of Mark (Lorraine) Vinski, of Ohio Township, John (Diana) Vinski, of Ross Township, and Albert (Cynthia) Vinski, of Apollo; sister of the late Dolores Ennis and Rosemary Kasicky; and grandmother of John Huffman, Karen Reffner and John Vinski. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren. Blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View 15229. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Warfel, John Jack H.

  • Wexford
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • John H. "Jack" Warfel, of Wexford, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. He was the loving husband of Rae E.; dear father of Cindy Achenbach and John H. Warfel Jr.; grandfather of Grace Madeline; brother of Donald Warfel. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.
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Werder, William 87

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • William Werder, 87, of Pittsburgh, died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. He was the husband of the late Marlene (Szeszko) Werder and Mary Carol (Funk) Werder; father of Paul (Yasmin) Werder, Lisa (Terry) Brown, Mary Beth Lucius and Eric and Mark (Carol) Werder; grandfather of Aaron Lucius, Gretchen McDaniel, Jonathan, Nathan and Mackenzie Brown, Philip, Melissa, Nichole and Caitlin Werder and Justin and Amber Quast; and two great-grandchildren. He was the son of the late Vincent C. and Helen (Devlin) Werder; brother of Francis, of Kansas, Raymond, of Michigan, Ruth Ferraro, of Texas, Margaret Belsterling, of Alabama, and the late Vincent, Helen Cannon, Lawrence, John and James Werder. William retired from the Catholic Cemeteries Association, where he served as superintendent of St. Mary and St. Stanislaus Cemeteries. William was very proud to have served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church.
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Willison, Robert M. 94

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Robert M. Willison, 94, of O'Hara Township, died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, with family at his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Betty (Hyson) Willison; loving father of James (Judy) Willison, of Bethel Park, and Robert (Mary Beth) Willison, of Bloomington, Ind.; cherished grandfather of James R. (Lynn) Willison III, Jennie (Roger) Zioncheck and Karin Willison; and great-grandfather of Sarah, Russell and Ella Willison. Robert Enlisted in the Navy upon Allegheny College graduation in 1942. He retired from the Navy Reserves after 20 years. He met Betty and had a whirlwind World War II courtship. They had 60 loving years together. He was vice-president of Mellon Bank, past president of Society of Residential Appraisers and was a longtime member of O'Hara Township Zoning and Pension Boards. He was an avid bridge player and model train and car enthusiast. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at the WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or to Meals on Wheels, 450 Walnut St., Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Wilson, John L. 101

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • John L. Wilson, 101, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was a son of the late Matthew and Isabella (Wardrop) Wilson. He was the husband of Lois (Furlong) Wilson. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl D. Wilson, of West Mifflin; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews. John was a life member of Duquesne Presbyterian Church, where he served as a trustee and elder, as his father before served as an elder. John was very closely involved with the Masonic and Shrine organizations. He was a member of the Duquesne-McKeesport Lodge 731, where he was the oldest living past master four times: Gorgas Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite of Pittsburgh, Syria Shrine of Cheswick, Syria Legion of Honor and Legion Drum and Bugle Corps and Dravosburg American Legion. He proudly served his country during World War II with the 84th Chemical Motor Division and the European Campaign, receiving the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Duquesne, at which time a funeral service will be held, with the Rev. Judy Slater officiating. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Entombment will be following in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Syria Shrine Children's Hospital, c/o Syria Shrine, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA 15024.
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Wislie Jr., Joseph P. 97

  • Creighton
  • Born: 1917-07-24
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Ajak, Creighton | Get Directions
  • Joseph P. Wislie Jr., 97, a lifelong resident of Creighton, East Deer Township, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born July 24, 1917, in Creighton, son of the late Joseph P. Wislie Sr. and Rosie (Bodnar) Wislie. Joe worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., Creighton, for 17 years, and as a craneman at Pullman-Standard, Butler, for 17 years, retiring in 1982. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran who served in the Pacific Theater. His major duty was the skipper of an emergency rescue boat. He was a sergeant and was awarded a Rescue Star on the bow of his boat, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Creighton, Brackenridge American Legion Post 226, and the William Penn Hungarian Branch 296, Springdale. Joe was an avid outdoorsman who liked to hunt and fish at his Hunting Camp Compound 28 Westline in McKean County with his sons, grandsons, close relatives, and friends. He had much joy spending time with his beloved wife, Mickey, devoted children, grandchildren, family, and friends. His niece, Mary Dee Herstek, and his nephews, Tony Taliani and Louis Wislie, and a special boy in his life, Logan Lindenmuth, were also very close to him. He will be sadly and greatly missed by all. Survivors include a daughter, Angela RW Misera, of Creighton; sons, Gary J. (Janee) Wislie, of Natrona Heights, and Robert A. (JoAnne) Wislie, of Natrona Heights; grandsons, Justin Misera, of Cheswick, and Jonathan (Becky) Wislie, of Bridgeville; granddaughters, Megan (John) Lowry, of Lower Burrell, Lindsey Wislie, of Natrona Heights, Allison Wislie, of Morgantown, W.Va., and Julie Wislie, of Pittsburgh; a great-granddaughter, Maria Grace Lowry; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and abundant special friends. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Angelina (Taliani) Wislie; his wife, Madeline "Mickey" (Santucci) Wislie, of 60 years, who passed away Oct. 1, 2007; two brothers, Louis Wislie and Paul Wislie; two sisters, Mary Wesolowski and Julia Dolansky; and his beloved in-laws, Alexandro "Alex" and Leona (Taliani) Santucci. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday in the PAUL R. AJAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 921 Freeport Road, Creighton, where parting prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 787 Freeport Road, Creighton, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss and the Rev. Miroslaw Stelmaszczyk concelebrating. Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joe's name may be made to the East Deer Volunteer Hose Company and Ambulance Service, 927 Freeport Road, Creighton, PA 15030.
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Zell, Katherine M. 91

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1923-02-02
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Jordan, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Katherine M. Zell, 91, of White Oak, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. She was born Feb. 2, 1923, in McKeesport, and was a daughter of the late George and Freda (Pusch) Zell. She is survived by her brother, Louis (Theresa) Zell, of White Oak; best friend, Emma Jane Pattison, of White Oak; and many nieces and nephews. Katherine was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence Zell; and sister, Elizabeth Hall. She was a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in business administration. Katherine retired in 1984 as the vice president and manager of the former Equibank, White Oak branch, making her the first woman in Pennsylvania to hold this position. She also was the former vice president of the Western PA Bank, Great Valley and Eastland Branches. Katherine is a member of Faith Lutheran Church in White Oak, where she was the former treasurer and a member of the Order of the Easter Star in Clairton. Katherine was a former board member of the White Oak Sanitation Department and Altrusa International. Family and friends will be received from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JENNIFER S. JORDAN FUNERAL HOME INC., White Oak. Funeral service will be held at 11 p.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Michael Ryan officiating. Interment will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. At Katherine's request, please do not send flowers but rather make a memorial contribution to Faith Lutheran Church, 1656 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. Condolences may be made at http://www.jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com.
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Austin, Elinor J. 88

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1926-03-31
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Elinor Jean Austin, 88, a resident of Jeannette for 80 years, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Emeritus in Latrobe. She was born March 31, 1926, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Kenneth B. and Elsie Louise Russell Everett. After graduating from Duffs Business Institute, she worked as an executive secretary at Old Republic Insurance. Elinor was known for her cooking, baking, her cheery smile and bright personality. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Eugene Edward Austin; and a brother, Kenneth R. Everett. She is survived by a son, Roger Austin and his wife, Amy, of Greensburg; a daughter, Donna Impink and her husband, Keith, of Greensburg; a grandson, Gregory Impink and his wife, Rachelle, of Mountville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon Saturday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626. Elinor's family would like to thank Emeritus and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care and support. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Bellicini, Veronica 91

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1923-04-16
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Veronica Bellicini, 91, of Monessen, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in VNA Hospice, Butler. She was born in Webster on April 16, 1923, the daughter of the late John Macik and Anna Leheny Macik. Mrs. Bellicini was a 1940 graduate of Rostraver High School and retired as a bookkeeper having worked for John L. Gibson in Monessen, Donora Motor Co., and Davies and Tregembo in Charleroi. She was a member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church and the former Most Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Monessen, and its Christian Mothers. She was an active member of First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 88, having served as auditor. She is survived by a son, David J. (Sandra) Pushkar of Queenstown, Md., a daughter, Ruth Ann Pushkar (Lewis) Panion of Titusville; three grandchildren, Tonya Panion (Richard) Bishop of Aston, Pa., Jeremy Jones of Queen Anne, Md., Taylor Jones of Cambridge, Mass.; two great-grandchildren, Catherine and Adam Bishop; a brother, Edward (Donna) Macik of Anaheim, Calif.; two brothers-in-law, Paul (Betty) Bellicini of Eighty Four, Michael Bellicini of Ellsworth; two sisters-in-law, Daisy Bellicini of Roswell, N.M., Mary Bellicini of New Eagle; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph F. Pushkar; her second husband, Anthony "Tony" Bellicini; two grandsons, Nathan J. Panion and Andrew D. Pushkar; three brothers, John Matsik, Paul Macik, Michael Mason; seven sisters, infant, Ruth Mae, Anna Schwartz, Mary Lastoka, Margaret Vernile, Helen Suhy, Pauline Macik, Norma Jean Latta, and Lillian Macik. Friends will be received on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, beginning with a 9:15 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in St. Sebastian Church with pastor, the Rev. Msgr. Roger A. Statnick, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, Monessen. Condolences accepted for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Bittner, Kathleen 83

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Kathleen Hunger Bittner died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in her home at Newhaven Court in Greensburg, at the age of 83. Born in Arnold, to George and Lillian Hunger, she married Dean Bittner in 1951 at Heinz Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The two moved to Oakmont and later Penn Hills, where Dean was an executive with PA National Insurance Co. while Kathleen taught guitar lessons from their home. Both were active in their church, Laketon Heights United Methodist Church, and when they moved to Delmont, Faith United Methodist Church. They also enjoyed volunteering with their friends at the annual St. Bartholomew Church festival. During those years, Kathleen co-owned and operated a deli in Regent Square and volunteered with the Wilkinsburg Junior Symphony Orchestra. She was a patient and supportive teacher interested in developing musical talent in children. She was the devoted mother of three: daughter, Kim Rauch (Gary), of Greensburg; and sons, Paul (Donna) Bittner, of Erie, and David Bittner, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kathleen also is survived by 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Jean Galvin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; and her sisters, Shirley Woods and MaryAlice Martin. Viewing will take place from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Faith United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont. Everyone is asked to go directly to the church. A private burial service will take place in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Bonk, Theresa A. 83

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1931-01-24
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Theresa Antionette DiFonso Bonk, 83, of New Kensington, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. She was born Jan. 24, 1931, in New Kensington, residing there all her life with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Biajo "Bill" DiFonso; sister, Pauline Duffy; and brother, Mario DiFonso. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Michael Charles Bonk Jr.; three sons, Michael J. (Theresa) Bonk, New Kensington, David W. (Shelley) Bonk, of New Kensington, and John D. (Susan) Bonk, of New Kensington; a daughter, Lisa R. (Raul) Lizalde, of Escondido, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sister-in-law, Margie Bonk Scalise; brother-in-law, John "Bobbie" (Barbara) Bonk; and many, many close friends. As per Theresa's wishes, all arrangements were private and entrusted to the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, New Kensington, 724-337-3325. Burial was private. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to http://www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Bucciarelli, Frances L. 65

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1948-12-02
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frances L. Bucciarelli, 65, of Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Fran was born Dec. 2, 1948, daughter of the late August and Margaret (Angelicchio) Bucciarelli. Fran graduated from Greensburg Central Catholic in 1966 and Seton Hill College in 1970, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and elementary education. Fran continued her graduate work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned a master's degree in counseling and a certificate of advanced studies in school psychology. While attending Seton Hill College, Fran began her elementary teaching career as an intern teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Irwin. Fran taught for the Diocese of Greensburg at St. Bruno's and St. Paul's for four years. Upon receipt of her degree in counseling, Fran began working with the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit in elementary counseling and then in gifted education, assigned to the Norwin School District. In 1985, Fran became a school psychologist at Norwin School District where she served its children until her retirement in 2006. Fran loved children and dedicated her life to making a difference in their lives and the lives of those children's parents. She loved learning new things. Technology was always "her friend," and she shared her expertise with anyone who expressed a need for help. Fran was a born problem solver, creative thinker, and lifelong learner. She had a passion for justice and her compassion touched the lives of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed. Frances is survived by her aunt, Theresa Ereditario, of Jeannette; and uncles, Clo Angelicchio, of Greensburg, and Charles Bucciarelli, of Latrobe; as well as cousins, Denny and Doreen Angelicchio, of Greensburg, and Debbie (Angelicchio) and Ron Jackson, of North Huntingdon, Al and Kiki Angelicchio, David and Sue Angelicchio, Donna (Angelicchio) and Scott Breegle, all of Greensburg, Paul Ereditaro and Monica (Ereditario) and Tom Scholl, of Greensburg, Carol (Bucciarelli) Halferty, Mary Lou (Bucciarelli) and Joe Chesarino, Charles Bucciarelli Jr., Nelson and Camille Weimer, John and Kathy Weimer, Harry Weimer, Mary Ann Gilligan, Tom Gilligan and Tina Gilligan, all of Latrobe; numerous second cousins and friends; her adopted family, Diane and Melissa Wiley; and "her little boy," Teddy. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frances Bucciarelli '70 Endowed Scholarship Fund at Seton Hill University, Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601-1599.
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Campbell, Elaine M. 54

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1960-05-15
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elaine M. Sullivan Campbell, 54, of Trafford, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at her home. She was born May 15, 1960, in McKeesport, a daughter of Joan Caldwell Sullivan Lindsay and fiance, Paul Richardson, of Herminie, and the late David G. Sullivan and stepmother, Judith Sullivan. Elaine was a 1979 graduate of Norwin High School. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, George C. Lindsay; a brother, David Sullivan; and her fiance, David Nickle. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Crystal Campbell; a granddaughter; a sister, Robin Wisenbarger and husband, Chester, of Ohio; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Kenneth Jackson, of Trafford; dear friend, Nicky; and her mom's dog, Pugs. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:45 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, where a prayer service will take place at 7:45 p.m. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Cassette, Alexander 89

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1925-04-24
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Alexander "Sonny" Cassette, 89, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born April 24, 1925, in Jeannette, a son of the late Angelo and Angeline DiMartino Cassette. Prior to his retirement, Sonny was a truck driver for the ANR Trucking Co. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Army Air Corps. Sonny was a member of the Ascension Church, the Teamsters Local No. 30, American Legion Post No. 344, the VFW Post No. 8240 and the Jeannette Italian Club, all of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Albert Cassette; and two sisters, Marie Paulone and Antonette Elias. He is survived by his longtime companion, Naomi Levinson, of Jeannette; nieces and nephews, Donald Paulone (Judy), of Jeannette, Albert Cassette (Carmella), of Greensburg, Kathy Garrick (John), of Jeannette, Becky Itle (Gary), of Florida, Dan Paulone (Patrice), of Greensburg, Rachele Paulone (Don Rainville), of Wexford, Marian Scully (Tim), of Falls Church, Va., and Anthony Cassette (Sharon), of Chantilly Va.; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. As per Sonny's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass to be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday in the Ascension Church, 615 Division St., Jeannette, with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Dillon, Mary Jane 83

  • Derry Township
  • Born: 1931-08-28
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Hunter Dillon, 83, of Derry Township, went to be with her beloved husband of 52 years on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in UPMC East. She was born Aug. 28, 1931, in Derry Township, a daughter of the late John R. and Naomi E. Baltozer Hunter. A member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Derry, Mary Jane was a graduate of Derry Township High School and a 1952 graduate of the Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing. She was a registered respiratory therapist and department head at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Detroit where started the WIN program to educate women on welfare on how to become respiratory techs. She taught at the University of Detroit where she started a program for Bachelor Degree of Science students to become respiratory therapists. After starting her own Durable Medical Equipment Company, she opened a medical retail store in Plymouth, Mich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Denton Dillon; and her brother, Luther Hunter. Mary Jane is survived by her son, Jeffrey Merrill Dillon (Debbie); her two daughters, Diana Elizabeth Dillon-Smith (Larry J.) and Faun Kathleen Dillon, all of Derry Township; 10 grandchildren, Justin Dillon, Lettie Joles, J. Daniel Schaar, Hattie Calabrese, Robert Denton Dillon, Hilary Hitte, Brock and Timothy Smith, Chasity Weiers and Justin Jones; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. John D. Tollner officiating. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Finoli, Eleanor L. 89

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1925-08-22
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Eleanor L. Finoli, 89, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Aug. 22, 1925, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Thomas S. and Inez M. (DePodesta) Fury. Prior to retirement, she had been employed at the Village Lamppost, Greensburg. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and former member of the Westmoreland Hospital Ladies Auxiliary Unit 9. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Lonigro. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Domenic R. Finoli; a daughter, Mary Tirdil and her husband, Matthew, of Greensburg; two sons, James R. Finoli and his wife, Cynthia, of Greensburg, and David M. Finoli and his wife, Vivian, of Monroeville; five grandchildren, Anthony, Matthew, Marissa, Cara and Brianna Finoli; two sisters, Betty Pellegrini, of Bradenton, Fla., and Mary Ann Calabrase, of Greensburg; a brother-in-law, Paul Lonigro, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Louise Finoli, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by funeral Mass to be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. The family would like to extend their gratitude and acknowledge the caregivers, Carol, Terry, Lesa, Lynn, Sarah, Brandy and Debbie; and her nurse, Carol; and the staff at Amedysis Hospice for their care and compassion. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Gebadlo, Ann C. 86

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1928-03-28
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Ann C. Gebadlo, 86, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin. She was born March 28, 1928, in Searight, a daughter of the late John and Anna Gabor. Prior to her retirement, Ann was employed at the A and P Grocery Store in the meat department with 25 years of service. She was a member of St. Agnes Church, Markvue Manor Womens' Club and AARP 3221. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis R. Gebadlo; two brothers, John and Daniel; and two sisters, Mary and Sophie. She is survived by her sons, Lawrence W. and his wife, Mary Louise, of West Newton, and Daniel M. Gebadlo and his friend, Anna Winship, of Erie; grandchildren, Mark and Jill Gebadlo, Michael and Kelly Gebadlo, Anne Marie Cataldi and John, Aaron and Danielle Gebadlo, Emily Leroy and Michael and Timothy Gebadlo; 20 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Agnes Church in memory of Ann. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Graham, Thomas E. 82

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1932-05-06
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Graham, 82, of Ligonier, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. He was born May 6, 1932, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late John Edward Graham and Julia (Poiriez) Graham. He was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane (Bernett) Graham; a grandson, Christopher J. Cardy; a brother, John P. Graham; and a son-in-law, William R. Ludvigson. Tom is survived by his daughter, Coleen J. Cardy, of Ligonier; his son, Bruce E. Graham and his wife, Cheryl, of Johnstown; his brother and sisters, Dolores "Dee" Jackson, of Ligonier, Elizabeth "Libby" McKlveen and her husband, Don, of Ligonier, Julia "Dicky" Ambrose and her husband, Jim, of Ligonier, Howard Graham and his wife, Mary Ann, of Cadiz, Ohio, Loretta Wissel and her husband, Duane, of Lincoln, Neb., and Leona Moyer and her husband, Harry, of Latrobe; his two grandchildren, Megan Ashley Graham and Abbey Taylor Graham; his sister-in-law, Sandy Graham, of Ligonier; and he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at the St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. Paul Poerschke, officiating. Interment is private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 601 Weldon Street, Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 W. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center emergency room, Good Samaritan 5th floor, ICU, and palliative care for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Hatlapatka, Irene C. 55

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1959-10-23
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Irene C. Hatlapatka, 55, of Rostraver Township, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 23, 1959, in Jeannette, she was the daughter of Betty E. (Schweinsburg) Fordyce, who survives and resides in Irwin, and the late James Robert Fordyce. Irene was Catholic by faith. She was a licensed practical nurse and worked at Westmoreland Manor. She also did home health care. In addition to her mother, Irene is survived by her husband, Robert Hatlapatka; sister, Julia A. (Douglas) Jepsen, of Irwin; and three nieces and two nephews. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford R. Fordyce. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon, Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com., where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Vincent J. Gigliotti, officiating. Interment will follow in Fells Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations for funeral expenses made to the James C. Stump Funeral Home Inc.
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Henschel, Marie A. 88

  • Pleasant Unity
  • Born: 1926-01-04
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Marie A. Henschel, 88, of Pleasant Unity, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at home. She was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late John G. and Marie A. (Biller) Tlumack. She was a member of St. Pius X Church, Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William N. Henschel; three sons, infants, William E. and Christopher, and William P. Henschel; a daughter, Deborah A. Ament; a brother, William Biller; and a sister, Madelyn DiCocco. She is survived by three children, Susan Dorsey and husband, Dean, of Medina, Ohio, Cynthia J. Walters, of Pleasant Unity, and Kevin "Slick" Henschel and wife, Rhonda, of Pleasant Unity; a daughter-in-law, Patricia A. "Patsy" Henschel, of Pleasant Unity; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Selembo, of Greensburg; two brothers, John G. Tlumack, of United, and Philip J. Tlumack, of Mt. Pleasant; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. A prayer will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Catholic Church, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Houser, William Bill A. 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-08-15
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • William A. "Bill" Houser, 74, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at his home. He was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Acme, a son of the late William S. Houser and Margaret R. (Weimer) Houser Testa. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed at Piad Casting Co., and was a Navy veteran. William "Bill" was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He loved football, his dogs, taking care of his yard, and most of all he loved being a grandfather. Michael and Jonathan were his pride and joy. He never missed a game or practice in whatever sport his grandsons were participating in. Bill had a heart of gold and his smile was contagious. He will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline "Jackie" (Christopher) Houser; a grandson, Jonathan D. Morelli; a step-father, Vincent Testa; and a sister, Dorothy June Houser. He is survived by his daughter, Rachele Morelli, of Greensburg; a grandson, Michael W. Morelli, of Greensburg; and his sister, Betty Houser, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard will follow. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ALS Foundations. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kalp, Olive I. 96

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1918-09-07
  • Died: 2014-11-11
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Olive I. (Hamilton) Kalp, 96, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in the Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born Sept. 07, 1918, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late David Hamilton and Leona Shearer Hamilton. She was a member of First Methodist Church in Greensburg since the age of 10 and was an executive secretary for the Council House in Pittsburgh. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Kalp; a grandson, Craig Bates; a sister, Gerda Chrin; three brothers, David, Morris and Eddie Hamilton; and a nephew, Jackie Chrin. She is survived by her daughter, Marianne Bates and husband, David, of Latrobe, with whom she resided; two grandsons, Scott Bates and wife, Ruth, of Jeannette, and Brian Bates and wife, Rhonda, of Crabtree; seven great-grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, Sarah, Alex, Breanna, David and Kole; two special granddaughters, Denise Henry and Angie Randolph; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Unity Chapel, Latrobe, with Pastor Steven Morse officiating. Inurnment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Westmoreland County Mental Health, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601. Olive's family has entrusted her care to the Clement L. Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Kelley, Jay H. 94

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-03-09
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Coshey-Nicholson, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jay Hilary Kelley, 94, of Greensburg, passed into the hands of our Lord Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Dr. Kelley, who was known as Hil to his family and friends, was born March 9, 1920, in Greensburg. He was one of nine children. His father was a member of the House of Representatives for 20 years. Hil attended Greensburg High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Penn State. During World War II, Hil served in the Army as lieutenant and later captain in the 51st Combat Engineers. He was part of the invasion force at Omaha Beach, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where his unit was commemorated in the book "Unbroken Line". As a captain, he served in occupation government supervising census and reconstruction in Munich and Erfurt, Germany. When he returned home, Hil was introduced to Catherine Holway Thom by their mutual friend, John F. Kennedy, who was a junior congressman at the time. After a three-month, whirlwind courtship, Kate and Hil were married, and Hil went on to complete his PhD in engineering at Penn State. In 1961, Dr. Kelley was invited by the newly-elected President Kennedy to join his staff as a science advisor. He served in both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations before accepting an executive position at Rutgers University. Dr. Kelley also worked as an executive at Ford and taught at Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania before being appointed a dean at West Virginia University. Dr. Kelley also held multiple patents, ran a successful engineering consulting business and was a proud member of Washington, D.C.'s Cosmos Club. Hil was a brilliant, objective and humble man who accepted every man and women as an equal and every child as a student. He was a true renaissance man who not only preached individualism but practiced it in every aspect of his life. Dr. Kelley is preceded in death by his father, Rep. Augustus Bernard Kelley; mother, Ella Marie; son, attorney Hilary Gerard; daughter, Christine Thom; brothers, Regis, Robert, Richard and Paul; and sister, Kathleen. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Catherine Holway Kelley; brother, James R., sisters, Tek (Theresa) and Marcy; sons, Leonard, of Eagle River, Alaska, and Patrick, of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughters, Kitty Nutter, of Kingwood, W.Va., Mary, of Nevis, West Indies, Joyce Ann, of Columbus, Mont., Michele Maureen, of Billings, Mont., and Sheila Roseline, of Los Angeles; daughters-in-law, Laura W. Kelley and Cindy Kelley, of Phillipi, W.Va.; and sons-in-law, Richard Schiff, of Louisiana, Pius Schenker, of Columbus, Tim Russell, of Columbus, and Tom Nutter, of Kingwood. Hil was also blessed with 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." - Revelations. Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Mr. Kelleys Home at 320 Maple Dr., Greensburg. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, beginning with prayers at home and Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., Supervisor, in charge of arrangements for the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, please provide assistance to "Wounded Warrior Project." http://www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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Klingensmith, Barbara A. 76

  • Acheson , Formerly of Hyde Park
  • Born: 1938-11-08
  • Died: 2014-11-09
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. (Cox) Klingensmith, 76, of Warren, Ohio, formerly of Hyde Park, Pa., passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at Community Skilled Care Center in Ohio. She was born Nov. 8, 1938, in Leechburg, the daughter of the late Theodore and Mable Orr Cox. She married Ralph L. Klingensmith Aug. 17, 1957, and spent 50 years of her life with him until his passing in 2011. She was a graduate of Leechburg High School. Barbara owned and operated Ralph's Service Station, in Hyde Park, until 1980. Barbara was a member of Shiloh Ministries where she was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent. Barbara was also a choir member, an intercessory Prayer Warrior, and made many visits to nursing homes. Left to cherish her memories are her daughter, Joanne Milliron, of Warren, Ohio; son, Paul (Jeanette), of Southington, Ohio; grandchildren, Kari Milliron and Alyse (John) McMullen, of Garrettsville, Ohio, and Tiffany and Samuel Klingensmith; great-granddaughter, Arlena Proffitt; and her sister, Beverly Van Damia, of Edinboro. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Kenneth Klingensmith; and her brother, Kenneth Cox, who died Sept. 18, 2014. Services were held in Ohio Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Entombment took place at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.
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Kolmer, Stephen D. 61

  • Export
  • Born: 1953-08-26
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Stephen Daniel Kolmer, 61, of Export, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at the home of his good friends and caregivers, Nick and Dawnna Kerr. He was born Aug. 26, 1953, in Philadelphia, to Barbara (Burns) Kolmer, of Virginia, and the late Daniel A. Kolmer. Stephen was the second son born to Dan and Barb, and the fourth child. Three more children were born into the family before they moved from Bala Cynwyd to Murrysville. Stephen was a graduate of Franklin Regional High School. Stephen is survived by his two daughters, Sara Kolmer Layton, wife of Todd, of Pennsylvania, and Emily Kolmer Davidson, wife of Sam, of Virginia. Stephen sadly missed his son, Derek Stephen Kolmer, who passed away Aug. 27, 2011, at the age of 22. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Colby, Logan, Bella, Sophia and Alayna. Stephen will be sadly missed by his mother, Barbara; sister, Kathy Klein, wife of Roger, of Pennsylvania; brother, Michael Kolmer, of Ohio; sister, Susan Marshall, wife of Bill, of South Carolina; brother, Jim Kolmer, husband of Laurie, of Maryland; brother, Patrick Kolmer, of Ohio; and brother, David Kolmer, of Virginia. Stephen's family also included numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Stephen's final resting place will eventually be next to his son, Derek, in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. This was Stephen's wish. The family wishes to thank everyone involved in Stephen's care, all medical personnel at UPMC Shadyside, coworkers at CSE Corp., Monroeville, and especially Nick and Dawnna Kerr and family. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Kovach, Richard A. 66

  • Unity Township
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard A. "Dick" Kovach, 66, of Unity Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the HARMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Vincent Basilica. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Father Gilbert J. Burke OSB Alumni Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com. A complete obituary will appear in tomorrow's edition.
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Kovach, Richard A. 66

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1948-04-05
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard A. "Dick" Kovach, 66, of Unity Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 5, 1948, in Indiana, Pa., the son of the late Albert A. and Stella E. (Guzik) Kovach. Dick was a 1966 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School where he played football and was a member of the only GCC undefeated football team in 1964. He was also the recipient of the school's 2008 Distinguished Centurion Alumni Award. He attended the University of Pittsburgh on a full football scholarship, graduating in 1970. He then graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1973. A lawyer for more than 41 years, Dick operated the firm Kovach and Kovach, in Latrobe, and was a member of the Pennsylvania and Westmoreland Bar Associations. He was also the owner and operator of the Chetremon Golf Course, in Cherry Tree, Pa., for 45 years. Chetremon became a special place for the gathering of family and friends over the years. Dick was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish in Latrobe, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and, at one time, taught CCD classes. He was a member and past president of the Latrobe Rotary Club, where he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow and served on the board of directors as advisor. He also served as district governor for Rotary District 7330 in 1991. Dick truly lived the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self." Other memberships included the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce and the Knights of Columbus Daniel P. Nolan Council No. 940. In 2002, he was the recipient of Christ the Divine Teacher School's Divine Donor Award. Dick will always be known as a wonderful family man and an extremely generous man whose door and heart were always open to anyone. One of his favorite quotes was "Superstars play hurt." Dick is survived by his wife, Judith A. (Diehl) Kovach; three children, Elizabeth A. Kunz and her husband, Daniel, of Wexford, Douglas A. Kovach and his wife, Amanda, of Pittsburgh, and Sarah A. Thompson and her husband, John, of Greensburg; six grandchildren, Thomas and Stella Kunz, Grace and Norah Kovach, and Ryan and Joseph Thompson; two sisters, Bernadette Ponko and her husband, Duane, of Delmont, and Celine Steinmiller and her husband, Kenneth, of Export; three aunts, Scholastica Geary, Elizabeth Gessler and Charlotte Shea; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Vincent Basilica. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Father Gilbert J. Burke OSB Alumni Scholarship Fund, c/o Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Krasik, Willard 99

  • Formerly of Monessen
  • Born: 1915-04-02
  • Died: 2014-11-17
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  • Willard Krasik, a former resident and longtime business owner in Monessen, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in an assisted living facility in Seattle, Wash., after a brief illness. He was 99. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie (Ginsberg) Krasik, who also is 99. Born a few days apart in Monessen in 1915, the Krasiks celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary in June and would have turned 100 together in April. Mr. Krasik was the co-owner and operator of the former Krasik's furniture store on Donner Avenue. He was the son of the late David and Ellen Krasik, who emigrated to Monessen from Russia. His father was one of the city's merchant pioneers, opening a jewelry store in 1907, expanding to appliances, phonographs, musical instruments and later furniture. Mr. Krasik attended the University of Pittsburgh and worked in the family business before enlisting in the Army in World War II. He fought with the 3rd Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge, was injured in combat in Germany and awarded a Purple Heart. After the war, Mr. Krasik and his younger brother, James, helped their father run the furniture store, which had to be rebuilt after a 1949 fire. Mr. Krasik operated the store himself from 1973 until its closing in 1986. The four-story building, with its large "Krasik's" sign, was razed a few years ago. Active in the Monessen community, he was a member of Temple Beth Am, served on the board of the Salvation Army and belonged to the Monessen Rotary Club, Elks Lodge and Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Krasik and his wife retired to Florida, where they resided for more than 20 years. They moved to the Seattle area a few years ago to be near their daughter, Davida. In addition to his wife, Mr. Krasik leaves a son, Ralph, and his wife, Doris, of Columbus, Ohio; and two daughters, Wilma Dalton and her husband, Tom, of Lynnfield, Mass., and Davida Rosen and her husband, David, of Belllevue, Wash. He also leaves six grandchildren: Erin Krasik of Washington, D.C., Ryan Krasik of Nauheim, Germany, Susan Rosen of Issaquah, Wash., Debra Einck of Snoqualmie Ridge, Wash., Elizabeth Honer of Wilmington, Mass., and Robert Dalton of New York City; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his late brother, Mr. Krasik was predeceased by two sisters, Sylvia Seiavitch and Lillian Kurtz. Memorial donations may be sent to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD. 21741-5018; or to the Greater Monessen Historical Society, 505 Donner Ave., Monessen, PA, 15062.
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Marino, Deanne N. 68

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1946-09-09
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Deanne N. Marino, 68, of Vandergrift, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in her home. Born Sept. 10, 1946, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Carol (Bee) Marino. Deanne lived in Vandergrift for the last eight years and was a 1965 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School. She was an avid reader, especially romance novels, and loved playing on the computer, with favorite games Bingo and Candy Crush. Deanne is survived by her daughters, Lisa L. (Keith Mallik) Ruefle, of Vandergrift, Debbie L. (Brion Hunt) Tysarczyk, of Houston, Texas, Kristie R. (Rob) Odom, of Austin, Texas, and Kimberly R. (Jerry Davila Jr.) Wooten, of Baytown, Texas; grandchildren, Justin, Meagan, Jacob, Kevin, Kayla and Nick; siblings, Gary Marino, of Florida, Sandy St. John, of Coraopolis, and Chris Marino, of Upper St. Clair; nieces and nephews; and her beloved Shih Tzu, Holly. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at noon Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. In lieu of flowers, the family asks Memorial Donations be made to the funeral home to help offset funeral expenses. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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McMunn III, George J. 59

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1955-07-12
  • Died: 2014-11-14
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • George J. McMunn III, 59, of Greensburg, passed away suddenly Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. He was born July 12, 1955, in Newark, N.J., a son of Dorothy L. (Jones) McMunn, of Greensburg, and the late George J. McMunn Jr. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a brother, Edward McMunn. George is survived by his sons, George J. McMunn IV and Judston McMunn, both of Greensburg; grandson, Dakota Bejster, of Latrobe; and a sister, Susan Olenick and her husband, Gabe, of Greensburg. George was honorably discharged after serving in the United States Marine Corps. According to the family's wishes, visitation and funeral services will be held privately. Funeral arrangements are being handled by BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Morgan, David G. 59

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1955-04-25
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • David G. Morgan, 59, of Huntingdon, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born April 25, 1955, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Charles G. Sr. and Isabelle (Stasiowski) Morgan. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for Holtec Industries of East Pittsburgh as a tool and die maker. Dave was an avid golfer and belonged to several golf leagues throughout the area. Dave enjoyed the outdoors, he loved to hunt and raising English Setters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Morgan Jr. Surviving are three children, Marissa Morgan, of Seattle, Wash., Kerri Morgan, of Manor, and Nicholas Morgan, of North Huntingdon; four brothers, Gerald, James, Tim and Bob Morgan; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ronald Wakeman, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Irwin, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Russman, Judith A. 68

  • Belle Vernon
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Judith Ann Russman, 68, of Belle Vernon, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Judith is survived by her beloved husband, Bertram Russman Jr.; children, Christine (Bobby) Smith and Pamela (James) Lazur; grandchildren, Katherine and Natalie Smith, Hailey and Ty Lazur; and siblings Ronald, James and Alan Clemence, and Dorothy Melsoner. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aloysius and Agnes Clemence. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236. A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anne Parish, 1870 Rostraver Road, Belle Vernon, PA 15012. Condolences may be left at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Sanner, Kenneth J. 90

  • Smithton
  • Born: 1924-07-27
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Kenneth J. Sanner, 90, of Smithton, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Latrobe Hospital. He was born July 27, 1924, in Vanderbilt, a son of the late Leroy and Viola Rodgers Sanner. Ken worked as a coal miner in the Banning mine, American Chain and Cable in Monessen, and was a school bus driver for the Yough School District. He was a member of Marion Lodge No. 562 of Scottdale, a 32 degree Mason, and past master in 1971. He was also a member of the Olive Branch Cemetery Board. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Evelyn Prydek, Betty Aldrighetti, Jean Cox and Deloris Ehrhardt. He is survived by his wife, Esther Lebe Sanner; a son, Kenneth L. Sanner and wife, Debbie, of Derry; two sisters, Audrey Cox, of South Carolina, and Maxine Storey, of Ruffsdale; and a brother, Roy Sanner, of Smithton. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the L. L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Second St., Smithton. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Olive Branch Cemetery, Rostraver Township. Masonic service will be held 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
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Skovira, Loretta A. 80

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-01-24
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Loretta A. Connors Skovira, 80, of Scottdale, died peacefully Thursday evening, Nov. 20, 2014, at St. Anne's Home, Greensburg, while being comforted by her loving children and grandchildren. She was born Jan. 24, 1934, in Everson, a daughter of the late William R. and Bridget Flanagan Connors. Loretta was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and a former member of the Catholic Daughters of Americas Court Lambing No. 314. She was self-employed as owner/operator, along with her late husband, James Skovira, of Skovira Machine Co. since 1951. She was a member of the Everson Senior Citizens Organization. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren in their sporting events and taking bus trips. Loretta was a loving mother, grandmother and sister to her family. Her devotion and love were unconditional and never-ending for her family and friends. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family at their lake house at Indian Lake. Her favorite pastime was watching her grandchildren at their sporting events and also taking bus trips and traveling. Loretta is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her: her six loving children, Judy A. Wittig and husband, Dan, of Plum Borough, James P. Skovira Jr. and Laura, of Scottdale, Michael D. Skovira and wife, Diana, of Scottdale, Robert W. Skovira and wife, Michele, of Scottdale, Barbara J. Fencil and husband, Walter, of Acme, and Thomas R. Skovira and wife, Kelly, of Scottdale; her 13 caring grandchildren, Kelli Davis and husband, Rob, Kari Skovira, Lori Wittig and husband, Conor Rogers, Kimmy Hoeltje and husband, Jim, Rebecca, Pamela and Tanner Skovira, Lindsay and Haley Skovira, Amanda Hribal and husband, Zach, Emily Stout and Christopher and Jessica Skovira; her three great-grandchildren, Tatum and Rowan Hribal and Catherine Davis; her brothers and sisters, Margaret Louise Keill, of Connellsville, Ronald Connors and wife, Dorothy, of San Antonio, Texas, Aloysius Connors and wife, Stephanie, of Scottdale, and John "Jack" Connors and wife, Barbara, of Everson; and her sister-in-law, Lee Snyder, of Scottdale. In addition to her parents, Loretta will once again be reunited with her loving husband of 57 years, James P. Skovira, who died March 8, 2012; her two brothers, William and Eugene Connors; and two sisters, Mary "Eileen" Osniak, who died May 12, 2004, and Colette Rosenberry. Loretta's family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC. Prayers of transfer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a wake service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Squeglia, Bernadette P. 64

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-06-03
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Bernadette P. Squeglia, 64, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born June 3, 1950, in Duquesne, a daughter of the late William and Pauline (Pesto) Wasko. Prior to her retirement, Bernadette was a school teacher, where she taught French for the South Allegheny School District and was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, McKeesport. She is survived by her husband, Carl Squeglia; brother, William Wasko and his wife, Denise, of White Oak; and sister, Patrice Friedman, of Port Vue. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Duquesne. Arrangements made by the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Society. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Sucanic, Timothy J. 53

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1961-02-27
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Timothy James Sucanic, 53, of Herminie, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. He was born Feb. 27, 1961, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Raymond and Nancy (Crossland) Sucanic. Mr. Sucanic was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School. He was a member of Word of Life Church, Greensburg, and its Celebrate Recovery Program. He is survived by two children, Michael and Emily Sucanic, of Beaver; two brothers, Daniel Sucanic and his wife, Paula, of Mt. Pleasant, and Raymond Sucanic, of Mt. Pleasant; and four nieces and several aunts and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Donna Rae Shorts. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 4068, Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. Additional viewing will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in Word of Life Church, 4497 State Route 136 Greensburg, where services will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Thomas Walters officiating, assisted by Pastor Chris Toth. The family would like to especially thank the pastors of Word of Life Church for being wonderful friends to Tim. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Thornton, Richard L. 61

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1953-05-08
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Richard L. Thornton, 61, of Mt. Pleasant, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Thornton was born May 8, 1953, in McKees Rocks, a son of the late Robert and Grace (Krebs) Thornton. He was a graduate of Sto-Rox High School. Rich served in the Army during the Vietnam War era. He was employed by the Wabtec Co. of Greensburg as a press operator. Rich enjoyed camping and working in his garden. He was a member of the Shaft Club. Rich is survived by the love of his life for more than 29 years, Denise Anderson; his son, Ryan Thornton; his brothers and sisters, Ronnie Thornton, David Thornton and his wife, "Babs," and Linda Barrett, all of McKees Rocks, and Robin McBane and her husband, Chris, of Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Rich was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Thornton; his brother-in-law, Leo Barrett; and his sister-in-law, Frannie Thornton. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will be in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com. The family wishes to thank the staff of CCU at Frick Hospital for their exceptional care and kindness.
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Tommasini, Joseph B. 88

  • Millwood
  • Born: 1926-01-03
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Joseph B. Tommasini, 88, of Millwood, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Bethlen Home, Ligonier. He was born Jan. 3, 1926, in Lovett, a son of the late John and Lucy (Blanchetti) Tommasini and his stepfather, Steve Sliva. Prior to retirement, Joe was the owner of Tommasini's Tavern in Millwood. He was previously employed as a milk man for Bergman's Dairy. Joe served in the Army during World War II in the European Theater. He was member of the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Derry, Knights of Columbus No. 2648 Derry, Derry Rod and Gun Club, New Derry Sportsman, Derry American Legion Post 324, VFW Post 444, Derry, and the FOE Eagles, Latrobe. He enjoyed his daily morning visit to Hitchman Supply to talk with his buddies. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to his hunting camp, watching sports and gardening. He was an avid outdoorsman. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Elizabeth A. (DeCario) Tommasini, of Millwood; two sons, John J. Tommasini and wife, Janet, of Harrisburg, and Joseph A. Tommasini and wife, Cheryl, of Millwood; one daughter, Lisa A. Berkey and husband, Raymond, of Boalsburg; one brother, James J. Tommasini and wife, Sue, of Latrobe; one sister, Jean Beason and husband, Joe, of Millwood; seven grandchildren, John, Anthony, Frank, Maria, Joseph, Brian and Anne; one great-grandson, Michael; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Knights of Columbus Council 2648 Derry will conduct a service at 3:30 p.m. Friday November 21, 2014, in the funeral home. Family will receive friends for Joe's life celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held AT 10:30 A.M. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Stephen C. West, officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry. Blairsville Military Service Group will conduct military honors at the cemetery.
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Tranchine, Albert 86

  • Export
  • Born: 1928-03-02
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Albert Tranchine, 86, of Export, died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in RNC of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. He was born March 2, 1928, in Export, a son of the late Celestino and Marianne (Carfang) Tranchine. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Prior to retiring, Albert was employed by Fisher Pontiac Inc., Export, as a mechanic. He was an Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. Albert was a lifetime member of the Export Volunteer Fire Department and Loyal Order of Moose, Export, where he formerly served as an officer. He was also a former member of St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church, Delmont, and the Italian American Club, Export. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Shirley M. (Heaps) Tranchine; sister, Della Tranchine; and brothers, Frank, Faulk, Tony and John Tranchine. Albert will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his children, son, Scott Tranchine (Sue), of Export; son, Lynn Tranchine, of Florida; daughter, Lois Ann Tranchine (Jon Mintus), of North Huntingdon; five grandchildren, Shawn (Tracy), Jessica (Bill), Jamie, Kayla and Jennifer; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and extended family members. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, (724) 468-1177. Blessing and committal services for Albert will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Father Ken Zaccagnini officiating. A military honors service accorded by American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg, will follow. Private interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Albert's memory may be made to RNC of Greater Pittsburgh Activities Department, 890 Weatherwood Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601. Please write "Albert Tranchine" on check memo line. The Tranchine family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and caregivers of RNC and Dr. Kumar for the excellent and compassionate care Albert received during his stay with them. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Yakubisin, John Yak E. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-10-02
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • John E. "Yak" Yakubisin, 90, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 2, 1924, in Hempfield Township, a son of the late Michael J. and Elizabeth (Kostan) Yakubisin. Prior to his retirement, John had been a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Greensburg. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS PC 1167. He was proud of his American Slovak heritage. He was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, the Wednesday Rosary Group, as well as an usher for the church. He was also a member of the Jednota Lodge Branch 512, the American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg. John enjoyed gardening and maintaining his home. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, John M. Yakubisin, April 24, 2014. He was the last surviving member of his birth family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rosemary "Terry" (Terrify) Yakubisin; three daughters, Patricia Mills, Suzanne Bishop (Donald) and Diane Qualey (Thomas); four granddaughters, Anne Yakubisin Smith (Chris), Meghan Moore (Craig), Jaimie Mills (Charlie) and Maggie Qualey; and three great-grandchildren, Cooper and Nolan Hubbard, and Marlo Moore. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Parich, Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 981 Honor Guard. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Armstrong County

Long, Donald F. 68

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1946-01-21
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Donald F. Long, 68, of Worthington, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was born Jan. 21, 1946, in Kittanning, son of the late Fred and Ruth (Bowser) Long. He was a lifelong resident of his beloved Worthington. He was a steelworker for 21 years at Pang Born, in Butler, and the owner of Long's Worthington Market for 21 years. He was also an Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. Donald was a member of the First Church of God in Kittanning. He was also a member of the Worthington American Legion, Steelworkers Union, and the Kittanning-East Brady Lodge No. 244 F and AM. He was president of the Worthington Borough Council for 32 years, vice president of Worthington-West Franklin Fire Department, board member of Worthington Water and Sewage, and Harley Owners Group. Donald is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Marcia (Masters) Long, of Worthington; daughters, Julie L. Long, of Sarver, Stacey K. Grantz (Sam), of Kittanning, Mari Dawn Zilla (Chris), of Kittanning, and Mandy Allison Jones (Dan), of Kittanning; grandchildren, Tyler and Cody Grantz, and Megan, Dawn and Owen Zilla, and Carter Jones, all of Kittanning; brother, Robert Long, of Worthington; and sisters, Betty Cressler, of Kittanning, and Linda (Long) Flick, of Florida. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Charles and Paul Long; and a sister, Deloris Stewart. Don loved his hometown of Worthington and the Worthington Fire Department. He could always be seen driving around to make sure the town was kept up and worked selflessly doing things to make it a great place to live. He loved the Worthington Carnival, serving as chairman for many years, and could be seen always working the hot sausage stand and selling tickets to fund raise. He was a great leader, always believing in leading by example, and keeping peace and goodwill for the community. He always stood up for the underdog and was a true friend to many. He was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, going to Super Bowl XIII on his birthday when they beat Dallas. He really enjoyed the many motorcycle trips he and Marcia took, especially to Tennessee. He put his heart and soul into Long's Market when the steel mill closed and made it locally famous for its hoagies. Most of all, he loved his family, and always worked sacrificing himself to give to them and countless others. He got great joy from his precious grandchildren, always amazed by each one's unique personality. He will be truly missed by all who loved him. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Worthington. Services will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at First Church of God, Kittanning, with Pastor Gale Winning assisted by Pastor Nick Wilson, both of First Church of God in Kittanning, officiating. Interment will follow in Worthington Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Church of God or Worthington-West Franklin Fire Department, in Don's memory.
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Poprik Jr., Michael 89

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Died: 2014-11-19
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  • Dr. Michael Poprik Jr., 89, formerly of Ford City, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at his home in Fayetteville, N.C. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at JERNIGAN-WARREN FUNERAL HOME in Fayetteville. Funeral will be held at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fayetteville. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
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Rea, Geraldine M. 82

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1932-06-25
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Geraldine M. Rea, 82, Kittanning, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born June 25, 1932, in Kittanning, she was a daughter of the late Dean A. Slease and Mildred A. (Dimmitt) Slease-Paup. She worked at the Armstrong County Health Center for many years. She enjoyed going to the beach, out to dinner, word puzzles and cleaning. Survivors include her daughters, Amy S. Hindman, of Kittanning, and Jill A. (Butch) Davis, of McGrann; stepchildren, Lisa L. (Larry) Rice, of Manorville, and Terry (Gail) Rea, of Chicora; stepdaughters-in-law, Karen Rea, of Chicora, and Debbie Rea, of Chicora; sister, Kathleen P. Rupp-Zambotti, of Kittanning; sister-in-law, Julia A. Slease, of Kittanning; grandchildren; and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, George N. Hindman and Paul M. Rea; brother, John H. Slease; stepsons, Ronald Rea and Greg Rea; brothers-in-law, Tim R. Rupp and Joseph A. Zambotti. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning, where services will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Edward Walters officiating. Interement will follow in United Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orphans of the Storm, 11878 State Route 85, Kittanning, PA 16201 or charity of one's choice. For more information or to send an online condolence please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Stewart, Gertrude S. 96

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1918-11-02
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Gertrude S. Stewart, 96, of Ford City (Burrell Township), died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Born Nov. 2, 1918, in Brick Church, Burrell Township, she was a daughter of the late Perrin B. and Ida Esther (Heilman) Slease. Mrs. Stewart was a retired teacher, having taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Sugarcreek Township. She was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Brick Church. She enjoyed maintaining the family homestead, raising chickens, gardening, canning, reading and mowing her lawn. Mrs. Stewart is survived by her son, Robert Stewart and his wife, Vange, of Leechburg; a granddaughter, Beth Stewart, of Concord, Ohio; and a grandson, David Stewart, of Greensboro, N.C. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Allen Stewart; four sisters, Mae Strachan, Madge Bruce, Josephine Myers and Louise Stewart; and a brother, Dr. C.B. Slease. At Mrs. Stewart's request, there will be no public visitation and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.welchfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ford City Public Library, 1136 4th Ave., Ford City.
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Fayette County

Beucher Jr., Joseph Joe J. 72

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1942-11-17
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Joseph John "Joe" Beucher Jr., 72, of Connellsville, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in his home, surrounded by his loved ones. A patient, kind, gentle and loving man, Joe was born Nov. 17, 1942, in Connellsville, to the late Joseph "Dutch" Sr. and Elizabeth (Bartholomai) Beucher. He grew up in Connellsville and graduated from Immaculate Conception in 1960. He married his high school sweetheart, Sandra A. Vaughn, in 1961. They were happily married for 53 years. Joe was happiest spending time with his large, loving family. Their annual family trip to the beach was one of his favorite things to do with Sandra. He loved watching sports, especially his children and grandchildren's sporting events. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing and shooting trap. He was an active member of the Connellsville Sportsman Association. Joe was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Prior to his retirement, he was a die-setter at Crown Cork and Seal, formerly Anchor Hocking, for 46 years. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sons, Joseph John Beucher Ill, John Vaughn Beucher and Gregory Alan Beucher. He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his devoted wife, Sandra A. (Vaughn) Beucher; his son, Jeffrey J. Beucher and wife, Margaret, of Connellsville; daughters, Colleen Beucher Smith and Chris Ritter, of Connellsville, Jennifer Beucher Prinkey and husband, William, of Chalk Hill, and Melissa Sue Beucher, of Greensburg; a brother, Thomas Beucher and wife, Paula, of Connellsville; granddaughters, Jessica McLaughlin, Gabrielle and Morgan Smith, McKinley and Shannon Beucher; grandsons, Zachary Beucher and fiancee, Chelsea Kuhn, Gregory Beucher Jr. and wife, Corie, of Belle Vernon, Andrew and Samuel Beucher and Joseph Beucher; great-grandchildren, Anthony Rowan and Aubriana McLaughlin; his mother-in-law, Charlene Vaughn, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and a large, loving family of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, who were more like brothers and sisters, and many nephews and nieces, who were more like sons and daughters. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. A committal service and interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, P.O. Box 375, Connellsville, PA 15425, in memory of Joseph John Beucher. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneraIhomes.com.
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Eutsey, Crystal D. 52

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1962-06-03
  • Died: 2014-11-16
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Crystal D. Eutsey, 52, of Connellsville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian. She was born June 3, 1962, in Connellsville, a daughter of Herman David and Lena (Burkholder) David. Crystal was preceded in death by sisters, Rosemary David and Diane David. Crystal was a member of Morning Glow Ministries. Left to cherish Crystal's memory is her son, Jimmy Eutsey, of Connellsville, and Timothy Eutsey, of Dunbar; daughter, Amanda Eutsey, of Munhall; granddaughter, Analise Younkin, of Connellsville; brothers, Herman David and Rick David, of Connellsville; sister, Jessie Taylor, of Connellsville; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, followed by a service at 2 p.m. celebrating Crystal's life, with Pastor Robert Sanner officiating. Interment will follow in Stouffer Cemetery, White. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at http://www.adferguson.com.
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Huey, Wayne E. 86

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1928-11-12
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Wayne Emerson Huey, 86, of Connellsville entered Heaven to be with his Savior Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, while in Eicher's Personal Care Home, Normalville. He was born Nov. 12, 1928, in Bullskin Township, a son of the late Walter and Jean (Longanecker) Huey, Wayne served this country in the Marine Corps. Following his years of service, Wayne worked for the Anchor Hocking Corp. in South Connellsville and later in life at Swan's Appliance and Furniture. While he was hard worker, always on the go, Wayne lived for fellowship with his family and his devotion to serving his Lord as an active member and caretaker of East Connellsville United Methodist Church. He was the Sunday School superintendent and served on the administrative board at the church for many years. He also was a longtime member of the Connellsville United Methodist Men. Wayne is survived by two sons, Paul Huey and wife, Andrea, of Greensburg, and Jim Huey, of Connellsville; a daughter, Sandra Smith and husband, Dennis, of Connellsville; his grandchildren, Renee Urbach and husband, Jason, Leslie Rochenberg, Deanna Milicki and husband, Scott, Matthew Huey, Clark Huey and Madeline Huey; and his great-granddaughter, Bristol Milicki. Wayne was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, Wayne was predeceased by his loving and wonderful wife, Eleanor Louise Huey; a son, John Wayne Huey; his sisters, Dorothy Harshman and Audrey Huey; and his brother, Paul Huey. The family sends special thanks to the entire staff of Eicher's Personal Care Home and the employees of Amedisys Hospice. Each one of you truly were a blessing to Wayne and to all of us. Thank you greatly for each compassionate and loving act you gave. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC. 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, where a funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. William Mock 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 Connellsville Community Ministries, 110 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425, in memory of Wayne E. Huey. To leave a message or send condolences please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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McGavitt, William P. Jr. 69

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1945-07-26
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • William P. "Billy" McGavitt Jr., 69, of Belle Vernon, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. A son of the late William P. and Anna Fike McGavitt, he was born in North Charleroi on July 26, 1945. He was a member of the Char-Belle Free Methodist Church and was a life member, with 38 years of service, of the Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Company. He had been a volunteer at the former Community Ambulance Service for 12 years and volunteered for the Washington Township, Fayette City, Food Bank. Billy was loved by all those who met him and would do anything for anyone in need. Survivors include three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Joyce Ann Parks of Belle Vernon, Linda and William Dudeck of Charleroi and Donna and Steve Tiernan of Belle Vernon; one brother and sister-in-law, James M. and Cathy McGavitt of Fayette City; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. Funeral services will be in the funeral home at noon on Monday with the Rev. Eugene Spear officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery. The members of the Belle Vernon Fire Company will meet in the funeral home Sunday at 7 p.m. to hold services.
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Indiana County

Nicewonger, Mary F. 79

  • Shelocta
  • Born: 1935-09-13
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Robinson-Lytle, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Mary Florence Nicewonger, 79, of Shelocta, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 13, 1935, a daughter of the late Leonard Stiver and Ethel Hall Gibson. Mrs. Nicewonger was a school bus driver for the Indiana Area School District and had also been a nurse's aide. She was a member of the Grace Independent Baptist Church in Shelocta. Mrs. Nicewonger was an excellent cook and enjoyed gardening, baking, canning, crocheting, spending time with family and reading the Bible. She was a true Christian woman who was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by five children, Karen L. Blystone and husband, Nolan, of Penn Run, Wayne A. Nicewonger and wife, Mary, of Shelocta, Cheryl A. Wright and husband, Randy, of Ford City, Clarence "Chip" Nicewonger Jr., of Shelocta, and Kathie Jo Johns and husband, Bob, of Clymer; nine grandchildren, Bethany Blystone, Melinda Filkosky, Heidi Nicewonger, Gretchen Nicewonger, Robin Nicewonger, Bill Johns, Bobby Johns, Shane Nicewonger and Holly Wright; one great-grandchild, Christopher James Filkosky; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dog, Tippy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Valjean Nicewonger; a daughter, Terri Nicewonger; a son, David Nicewonger; a brother, Ray Stiver; and a sister, Edie Yount. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at ROBINSON-LYTLE INC., Indiana. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Grace Independent Baptist Church, Shelocta, with Pastor Nicholas Kostella officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has kindly suggested memorial contributions be made payable to Pastor Nicholas Kostella or Buddy Orr at the Grace Independent Baptist Church, 350 Main St., P.O. Box 1, Shelocta, PA 15774. http://www.robinsonlytleinc.com.
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Orenak, Ronald M. 62

  • Indiana
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Bowser-Minich, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Ronald Mark Orenak, 62, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at his home. He was born in 1952, in McKeesport, to Howard and Anne Yablonsky Orenak. Ron was a member of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Homer City, a 20-year member of the Indiana Volunteer Fire Association, retired, and a PIAA football official for 36 years with the majority of his time in District VI as a member of the Tri-County Chapter of Officials. He was also a passionate model railroader and a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Mustang Club, owning five throughout his lifetime. Ron enjoyed scuba diving and was one of the first 7,000 Certified PADI Divemasters. He was a graduate of IUP in 1974 with a bachelor of science in biology education. He was a member of the IUP football team throughout his entire college career and held the record for points scored as a kicker for a number of years. He was employed as a teacher for South Allegheny High School, the U.S. Steel Clairton Works, and for Allegheny General Hospital as a dialysis technician. He also worked at the Indiana Dialysis Center as a technical supervisor, and finally he was employed as a chemical analyst for Environmental Services Laboratories, Inc. Ronald is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ann Mores Orenak, Indiana; one daughter and one son, Tania Nacios and husband, Kevin, Annandale, Va., and Michael Orenak, Rockville, Md.; one granddaughter, Kiera Nacios; one sister, Marilyn Burns, Elizabeth; one nephew, Christopher Burns, Clairton; and one great-nephew, Gabriel Burns. He was preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the BOWSER-MINICH FUNERAL HOME, Indiana. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Homer City, with the Rev. Cuthbert Jack as celebrant. Interment will be made in the St. Mary's Cemetery, Ford City. http://www.bowserminich.com.
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Washington County

Behanna, Mary J. 84

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1930-03-03
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Behanna, 84, of Monongahela, passed to life eternal Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in the Golden Living Center, Canonsburg. She was born March 3, 1930, in Irwin, the daughter of Andrew and Anna Minjock Dubovsky. A homemaker, Mary Jane was a selfless provider for her family. She will always be remembered for her strength and perseverance, yet gentleness, her green thumb, great cooking, fondness for birds, bingo games with the kids, with her greatest joy in life coming from being with her family. She is survived by three daughters, Joni Scagline of West Newton, Donna Behanna of Raleigh, N.C., and Janet Reynolds and husband, David, of Monongahela; four sons, John Behanna and wife, Barb, and Alan Behanna, all of Forward Township, Dennis Behanna of Elizabeth, Andrew Behanna of Perryopolis; 11 grandchildren, John and Jeff Scagline, Traci, Lea, Bryan, Michael and Vincent Behanna, Autumn Denne, Stephen, Aaron and Jordan Reynolds; two great-grandchildren, Emily and Jacob Denne; two sisters, Helen Placidi of Levittown, Betty Jean Minor of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Behanna who died Aug. 17, 1973, and a sister, Anna Mae Zadnik. Friends will be received on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 West Main St., Monongahela, where services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Alan Morrison officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Dawkins, Christine E. 83

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1931-10-01
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Christine E. "MeeMaw" Dawkins, 83, of Monongahela, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in the Hallsworth House, Monessen. She was born Oct. 1, 1931, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of James and Jean McLelland Braid. During the late 1970s, Mrs. Dawkins was a bus driver for the Ringgold School district. For over 25 years, she volunteered her time with the Ladies Auxiliary at Monongahela Valley Hospital where she held the office of president for eight years. She enjoyed volunteering her time, especially attending social events throughout the Mon Valley with her husband John. She was a member of the former Fine Arts Club in Monongahela. When she wasn't busy with her family, she liked to clean, do crossword puzzles, read, and played the accordion and piano by ear. No matter what she was involved with, her family was the biggest part of her life. She is survived by her son, Gary Dawkins of Coal Center; three daughters, Sandra Jean Vaughan and husband, Lee, of Monongahela, Margaret Suty and husband, Ron, of Finleyville, and Catherine Pocky and husband, Mark, of Coal Center; six grandchildren, Ian Barnett, Kelsey Vaughan, Joshua Suty, Jenica Lowe, Machall and Jordan Pocky; five great-grandchildren, Caden and Addison Suty, Demetri, Gavyn and Kaleb Lowe; and brother, Douglas Braid and wife, Peggy, of Michigan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Dawkins who died Jan. 23, 1998; and her grandson, Logan Vaughan who died Dec. 8, 2007. Friends will be received on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 West Main St., Monongahela, where services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Woomer officiating. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Memorial contributions may be made to The Auxiliary, Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc., Country Club Road, Monongahela, PA 15063. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Simala, Anne 93

  • Stockdale
  • Born: 1921-07-10
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Home, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • Anne Simala, 93, a longtime Stockdale resident died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born July 10, 1921, in Roscoe a daughter of Edward and Mary Gillen. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. A member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Roscoe. Anne married Michael Nicknadarvich in 1947 and were married for 33 years until his death in 1980. They had one son, Michael E. Nicknadarvich (Crusher) who was a 1971 graduate of Charleroi Area High School and now resides in Valrico, Fla. After the passing of her first husband, Anne married Matthew Simala in 1988, also a longtime resident of Stockdale. They remained married until his death in August of 2002. In addition to her son, Anne is survived by her former daughter-in-law, Valerie Sproul of Beaufort, S.C.; a grandson and great-grandson, Brian and Cooper Nicknadarvich, both of Beaufont, S.C.; and a granddaughter and great-granddaughter, Jennifer Aiken and Paige Bowers of Beaufort, S.C.; and a stepdaughter, Debbie and husband, Jeff Barnes of West Virginia. In addition to her husbands, she was also preceded in death by four brothers, John, Stanley, Edward and Vincent Gillen; and two sisters, Della Shiflet and Nelly Reedy. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Roscoe, with the Rev. Michael Zavage officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Coal Center.
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Branca, Barbara A. 75

  • St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-11-10
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Barbara Ann Branca, 75, of St. Augustine, Fla., passed away unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh and was a graduate of St. Paul's Cathedral High School. Barbara worked for Union National Bank in Pittsburgh for 30 years, retiring as an officer of the bank in 1996, and was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church. She had only recently moved to St. Augustine to live near her daughter and family. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William A. Branca; a sister, Nancy Lockwich; and a brother, John Connolly. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Branca and his wife, Laura, of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Kathleen Higgins and her husband, Joe, of St. Augustine; beloved sisters, Patricia Dupuis, of Quebec, and Mary Kaufman, of Pittsburgh; and her grandchildren, John Branca, Alyssa Branca, Megan Higgins and Michael Higgins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 311 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216, with a luncheon to follow at 11:30 a.m. at Calabria's Italian Restaurant, 3107 Library Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234. Arrangements by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Lanz, Peggy 79

  • Parma Heights, Ohio
  • Born: 1935-02-26
  • Died: 2014-11-15
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  • Peggy (Palladine) Arcangelini Lanz, 79, of Parma Heights, Ohio, passed away peacefully in her home Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. She was born Feb. 26, 1935, in Connellsville, the daughter of the late Michael Cataldo Palladine and the late Grace Grimm Palladine Papantonion. She graduated from Connellsville Joint High School with the Class of 1952 and was retired from the Firestone Corporation. She is survived by her son, Frank Michael Arcangelini (Karen), of Cleveland, Ohio; and her daughter, Susan Arcangelini Gabriel, of North Olmsted, Ohio; five grandchildren, Matthew Arcangelini (Connie), Tony Arcangelini, Kelly Foster, Gregory Arcangelini (Angela) and Andrew Foster; and two great-granddaughters, Kaelin and Reese Arcangelini, all of Ohio. She is also survived by her sister, Betty J. Hall, of Connellsville; nieces, Terri Ann Ewing (Gregg), of Greensburg, and Linda J. Black (Harold Sr.), of Marshall, Mich.; nephew, Raleigh David Hall Sr. (Rose), of Connellsville; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Peggy was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. As per her request, there was no viewing or visitation. A small family memorial was held Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Parma Heights, Ohio.
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Meloy Sr., John F. 92

  • Abilene, Texas
  • Born: 1922-03-18
  • Died: 2014-11-07
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  • John Francis Meloy Sr., 92, of Abilene, Texas, passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Abilene. John was born March 18, 1922, in Blairsville, to Thomas M. Meloy and Margaret Hamil Meloy. He married Valetta Mae Way Feb., 11, 1950, in Blairsville. He worked as a shipping supervisor for the Federal Laboratories in Saltsburg. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Army. He loved to hunt. He was also an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. He was a dedicated family man who loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his wife, Valetta Mae Meloy; his parents, Thomas M. Meloy and Margaret Hamil Meloy; his brothers, Leo, Dutch, Frank and Jim; and sisters, Dorothy, Jean, Mary and Margaret. John is survived by daughters, Barbara and husband, Gary, of Blairsville; Genevieve and husband, Malin Sadler, of Denver, Colo.; sons John Meloy Jr., of Lexington, N.C., and Mark Meloy and wife, Vicky, of Abilene, Texas; six grandchildren, Carrie Elrick, Kelley Boudreau-Backlund, Kim Boudreau-Harder, Katelyn Sadler, Corey Meloy and Chris Meloy; seven-great grandchildren, Morgan Elrick, Nathan Backlund, Kaley Backlund, Matthew Backlund, Michael Harder, Sean Harder and Brayden Heath. Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at THE HAMIL FAMILY FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, in Abilene, with burial following in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Oaks at Radford Hills, 725 Medical Drive, Abilene, TX, 79601. Online condolences may be submitted at http://www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
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Page, Dorothy Sis A.

  • Died: 2014-11-10
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Anne "Sis" Page passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, after a long and vibrant life. Born in 1921, Miss Page was the youngest of eight children of the late Frank T. and Elizabeth (Hogan) Page. She is survived by her brother, Frank T. Page Jr. She was preceded in death by brothers, John D., Edward F. and Richard J. Page; and by sisters, Elizabeth P. Murray, Virginia P. Sheedy and Martha P. Wilson. She is also survived by 28 nieces and nephews and approximately 150 of their children and grandchildren. For many years, Sis was an administrator at McClosky and O'Neill insurance brokers, and then at Alexander and Alexander. She will be fondly remembered for her intelligence, remarkable sense of humor and sincere love of God and family. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at St. Paul Cathedral. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Shadyside Hospital Foundation, 532 S. Aiken Ave., Suite 302, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Scott, Kenneth C. 66

  • Sunnvale, Calif.
  • Born: 1948-09-08
  • Died: 2014-11-15
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Kenneth C. Scott, 66, of Sunnyvale, Calif., passed Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. He was born Sept. 8, 1948, in England. Kenneth was a brilliant power electronics engineer, CEO at his own engineering company, Westinghouse Elevator Division, Vicor, and General Atomics. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 27 years, Lisa (Cehula) Scott. Surviving loving family includes in-laws: father and mother, Joe and Becky Cehula; sisters, Cynthia Brunner, Mary Cehula and Renee Cehula; brother, Joseph Cehula; and nieces, Regina Ransom and Christine Stack. He is also survived by his loving family, including father and mother, John and Anne Scott, of England; sisters, Mavis Scott and June Wilson, of England; and nieces and nephews. A private service will be followed by interment at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. Arrangements handled by the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 1313 5th Ave., East McKeesport, PA 15035 or the charity of your choice in Ken's name.
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Zuzik, Thomas B. 79

  • Califon, N.J. , Formerly of Crabtree
  • Born: 1935-03-25
  • Died: 2014-11-18
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  • Thomas Bartholomew Zuzik, 79, of Califon, N.J., formerly of Crabtree, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Thomas was born March 25, 1935, in Hempfield Township. He has lived in Califon since 1985 and was previously of Wayne, N.J. Thomas was the president of Artistic Railings Inc. in Garfield, N.J. He was extremely industrious and built his own company in which his metal work can be found nationally. Thomas was a dedicated parishioner of St. George's Byzantine Catholic Church in Newark, N.J., for many years and was currently a parishioner at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Hillsborough, N.J. Most importantly, Thomas was a family man. Thomas is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elaine (Plosa); his children, Paul Zuzik and wife, Phyllis, Janice-Anne (Zuzik) Voyce and husband, Dr. William J. and Thomas B. Zuzik Jr.; his siblings, Bart, Denis and Mark; his seven grandchildren, Nicole, Michael, Steven, Amanda, Zachary, Anna and Marykate; and his two great-grandchildren, Karsen and William. He was predeceased by his brother, Paul Zuzik. A celebration of Thomas's life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at the WILLIAM J. LEBER FUNERAL HOME, 15 Furnace Road (corner of Route 206), Chester, NJ (908-879-3090). A funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Hillsborough, N.J. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester, N.J. Condolences can be entered on the funeral home's website, http://www.williamjleberfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Thomas's name to either St. George's Byzantine Catholic Church in Newark, N.J. or to St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Hillsborough, N.J.
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