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Alioto, Frank J. 92

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Frank J. Alioto, 92, of Shaler Township, died peacefully Sunday, June 28, 2015. He was a son of the late Jon and Rosa (Machi) Alioto; the loving father of Frank (Julie) Alioto, of Brookline, and Elaine (Tony) Falleroni, of Mettmann, Germany; and the grandfather of Eric and Laura Alioto and Gina Falleroni. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine "Gerry", in 1985. He is survived by his siblings, Samuel, Rosemarie Pawlawski, Antonette Sonavec and Vito; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Joseph, Michael, Nunzio, Mario, Anne Balestrino and Anthony. Frank was the founder and proprietor of Alioto's Pizza in Etna until 1986. He was a proud World War II veteran for 449th AAA C-Battery and organized many reunions over the years. He was a lifelong Frank Sinatra fan. He enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach, S.C., bowling and in his later years, karaoke. His piercing blue eyes, warm smile and love of singing will remain with us forever. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in All Saints Church, Etna. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Frankie and Elaine would like to thank Debbie Lyle and Bill Evans for their loving care and to Joyce Davey for being such a wonderful friend.
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Barnes, Connie M. 51

  • Wexford
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas Sons, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Connie M. (Dressel) Barnes, 51, of Wexford, died Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 22 years of David Barnes; mother of Cameron Barnes; sister of Cathy Gholson and Carla Hall; and aunt of Jessica, Samantha, Ian, Shayne, Abigail, Lauren, Mackenzie and Grayson. Family will welcome friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Franklin Park, PA 15143, where service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please leave condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Bellios, Vickie

  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Vickie Bellios died peacefully Monday, June 29, 2015. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. Born in Tripoli Greece, and raised in Naplion, Greece, Vickie was a young radio personality before immigrating to the United States to marry Gust Bellios. Vickie had three boys, Phillip, George and Chris, born in Ashtabula, Ohio, before moving to Erie, with her husband and sons. In Erie, she was a homemaker, seamstress and baker. In 2000, Vickie and Gust moved to Pittsburgh. Vickie was passionate about her faith and a member of several Greek Orthodox Churches in Pittsburgh, including her home parish, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in the North Hills. She was a member of the church choir for 20 years, as well as a member of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, where she served as president. Her infectious smile, bigger-than-life personality and huge heart were known to so many. She was a passionate volunteer for almost any organization or event. She gave her time at the soup kitchen in Erie for more than 10 years. She also volunteered in Erie and Pittsburgh for a total of 20 years. She had a fierce love of God and family and she especially loved her three boys. She was also a loving grandmother and relished the role as she showered them with affection. She is survived by her husband, Gust and sons, Phillip (Toula), George (Elaine) and Chris (Karen), as well as her grandchildren, Christopher, Colin, Maive, Maria and Constantine. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, and Thursday, July 2, 2015, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, where a Trisagion service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Family and friends will also be received from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2015, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 985 Providence Blvd., where funeral will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vickie's honor to either Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church or St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
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Betz, Joseph R. 63

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Joseph R. "Joe" Betz, 63, of East McKeesport, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was a son of the late John "Jack" and Josephine "Jo" (Casey) Betz; beloved husband of Peggy Betz; dear father of Gene (Rhonda) Zuro; grandfather of Samantha, Johnathan and Nicholas Zuro; brother of Patricia "Pat" (Tim) Dalton and Jack (Toni) Betz; son-in-law of Angie Pash; brother-in-law of Barbara Socci; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayer service at 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Jude the Apostle Church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
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Carrozza, Lena C.

  • Bridgeville
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Warchol, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • Lena C. Carrozza, a lifelong resident of Bridgeville, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, surrounded by family. Born in 1920, Lena worked at her parents' local produce store on Washington Ave. before earning a business degree from Robert Morris College. In 1986, Lena ended her lifelong career as an executive secretary when she retired from Ryan Homes after 28 years, a trusted confidant of Ed Ryan and a valued colleague in the Ryan Homes family. Many of Lena's proudest accomplishments are rooted in her love and devotion to her family, friends, community, country and God. In 2013 she was a founding sponsor of the Flight 93 National Memorial and devoted countless hours to preserving the history of the town she called home, serving as a director of the Bridgeville Historical Society. She practiced her love of knitting as a member of the Holy Child Parish Prayer Shawl group. Lena loved without need or expectation, bringing an immeasurable amount of happiness to those in her life. The wisdom she shared and selflessness she showed will live on in a lifetime of cherished memories by all those she touched. Her spirit is carried on by her surviving sister, Dolores Palumbo (Carrozza); nieces and nephews, Michael J. Carrozza, Lisa Herbick, Denise Ahrndt, Jim Palumbo, Susan Edinger and Sandra Edinger; nine great-nieces and nephews; and an extended family of relatives and friends. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, (412-221-3333). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday in Holy Child Parish. Memorial contributions may be made to Rome Monument, 6103 University Blvd., Moon Township, PA 15108, for a memorial bench in Lena's memory. View and share condolences at www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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Doerflinger, Lois V. 90

  • Collier Township
  • Died: 2015-06-26
  • Funeral Home: Warchol, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • Lois V. (Downey) Doerflinger, 90, of Collier Township, passed peacefully Friday, June 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late James Doerflinger Sr.; loving mother of Mary "Chris" Doerflinger, James Doerflinger Jr., Lyn (Pat) McGinnis and Lois Moretti; daughter of the late William and Cecilia "Sid" (McCabe) Downey; cherished grandmother of Amy and Kimberly Doerflinger, Kira and Sean McGinnis, James and Daniel (Aileen) Moretti; and great-grandmother of Macy Joy Moretti and her unborn baby sister; sister of the late William (Eleanor) Downey, Rita Downey (infant), James "Benny" (Ann) Downey, Joseph "Tony" (Audrey) Downey, Robert "Bob" Downey, Tim Downey; and also survived by sisters-in-law and many loving nieces and nephews. Lois was a 1947 graduate of St. Joseph's School of Nursing and a member of Holy Child Parish. She worked as an RN at Mayview, John J. Kane and St. Clair Hospital and went on to volunteer at St. Clair Hospital in the ER after her retirement. Family and friends were received 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412-221-3333). A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Barbara Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, www.bvrspittsburgh.org or 1800 West St., Homestead, PA 15120. View and share condolences at www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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Dominyak, Bela 86

  • Forest Hills , Formerly of Bloomfield
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Bela Dominyak, 86, of Forest Hills, formerly of the Bloomfield-Friendship Area of Pittsburgh, died Monday, June 29, 2015. He was the former husband of the late Phyllis (Blasco) Dominyak; and brother of the late Emma. He is survived by niece, Maria Feki, and four stepchildren. He was the dear friend of Theresa and Sam Maksimchuk, of Forest Hills. Bela was a devoted employee of the former St. Francis Hospital, where he retired as a painter. Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Maurice Church. Entombment will follow at Allegheny Cemetery Mausoleum.
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Eckert Jr., George W. 83

  • Formerly of Allison Park
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • George W. "Bud" Eckert Jr., 83, formerly of Allison Park, died Thursday, June 30, 2015. He was the husband of Shirley M. Eckert; son of the late George W. and Margaret Eckert; father of Kathleen (Charles) Patterson, Keith and Gary (Kathie) Eckert; grandfather of Melissa, Robert, Samantha, Felicia, Brandon and Haley; great-grandfather of Jennifer, Ashley, Danielle, Raymond and Charles; brother of William and Edward Eckert and Marlene Koenig. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Middle Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to Butler V.A. Hospital "Village of Valor" nursing section, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Gruver, Linda 76

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-06-25
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Linda Kooser Gruver, 76, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 25, 2015. She was the wife of the late Jack Gruver. Linda spent 25 years living in Greenville, N.C. Upon retiring as a social worker from East Carolina University Hospital, she returned to live in Chatham Village. She is survived by her sisters, Carol Fairgrieve, of Scott Township, and Nancy DeAngelis, of Westbury, Conn. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews. Service and interment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery will be private. Arrangement by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or to the American Red Cross, 2801 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Hawk, William J. 75

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • William J. Hawk, 75, of Plum, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Mary Lou; father of William F. (Mary), Timothy (Vincent) and Brian (Carolyn); grandfather of Delaney, Reese, Carson, Declan and Murphy; brother of Allen, Richard and the late Arthur; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was an Army veteran, was retired from Duquesne Light and also worked at Schultheis Bros. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Bernadette Church. Everyone please meet at church. Donations may be made to www.opendoorhousing.org.
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Jones, Bobette D. 86

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Arizona
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Bobette D. Jones, 86, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Arizona, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William Evans Jones Jr.; loving mother of William Evans Jones III, Robert Edward (Susie) Jones and David Wendell (Cynthia) Jones; dear grandmother of Meghan Jones and William Robert (Alexis) Jones; and sister of Shirley Blossom Kappeler. She was preceded in death by 11 siblings. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the H. P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the widow's fund at the Steamfitters local Union No. 449. Online condolences may be sent to www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Jordan Jr., William B. 88

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • William B. "Bugs" Jordan Jr., 88, of White Oak, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 28, 2015, after a long illness. He was the son of William B. and Margaret Wagner Jordan Sr. He was raised by his father and grandmother, Jennie Jordan, after his mother died when he was 18 months old. He is survived by his wife, June Wynn Jordan; daughter, Lisa (Chris) Jeffer and grandchildren, Christopher and Ashlee Jeffer, all of Williamsburg, Va.; Chris Wampler, who was like a son and was also his caregiver, and Dale Wampler, who was also like a son, both of McKeesport; and cousins, Victoria (the late Dave) Martin, of North Carolina, and Peggy Lou (Jim) Heatley, of Florida. He was preceded in death by two sons, an infant who died in 1960 and Terry Lee Jordan, Esq., who died in 2001; and a sister, Jean Jordan. He served as a signalman third class on the Destroyer Escort, USS Johnnie Hutchins, during World War II and these men held their first reunion in 1975 and William attended the reunion each year since that time. He was a member of the West Side United Methodist Church, where he was a former Sunday school teacher, a church treasurer, an usher, the treasurer of trustees and a member of the church dart ball league. He was a plumber for Local Union No. 27 and for the last 10 years before retirement, he was employed by Allegheny County Parks. He also prepared and provided blueprints for many of the buildings in Pittsburgh. He loved to travel and every year took his family to Ocean City, N.J. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, 412-678-6177). Services will be held Friday in the funeral chapel. Burial will follow.
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Kennedy, Maureen A. 74

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1940-12-06
  • Died: 2015-06-23
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  • Maureen A. Kennedy Costello, 74, formerly of Pittsburgh, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior suddenly Tuesday, June 23, 2015, after heart surgery in Portsmouth, Va. She was born Dec. 6, 1940, in Pittsburgh, to Donald Kennedy and Cecille Cornell Kennedy. Maureen attended St. Peter's Grade school and Allegheny High School. In 1959, she married Edward C. Costello. Maureen was a nurse for more than 40 years working at Allegheny General Hospital and in later years for various private duty nursing assignments. She was preceded in her passing by her parents, Donald and Cecille Kennedy; sister, Patricia Kennedy Ricciardelli; husband, Eddie "Pie" Costello; daughter, Dianna L. Costello Isasky; and granddaughter, Stacey L. Holste Virgilli. She is survived by her daughter, Maureen A. Costello Holste; son, Marty D. Costello; four grandchildren, Edward J. Holste Jr., Dr. Ryan P. Holste, Thomas Magana and Alexis Isasky; seven great-grandchildren, Alyssa N. Virgili, Kaitlyn M. Virgili, Cage M. DeBruyne, Emily-Jean N. Holste, Edward J. Holste 3rd, Landon P. Holste, Adelyn M. Holste. Maureen was known for her quick wit, humor and great memory, strong work ethics and determination. Maureen resided with her daughter. Maureen, in Virginia, will be taken home to Pittsburgh, in which will be her final resting place. Services will be privately held Friday, July 3, 2015, in Pittsburgh, at her daughter's gravesite. A Catholic Mass will be held in her name at St. Raphael Church, by Father Joe Mele, date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Maureen's name to St. Raphael Church, Morningside.
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Kremen, David

  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • David Kremen died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. He was the son of the late Abraham and Leona Kremen; brother of Paula (Morton) Smith; uncle of Brian Smith (Deborah Becker), Jill Smith (Richard Butwinick) and Erica (Alexander) Nicholson; and great-uncle of Claire and Aaron Butwinick and Mia and Sam Nicholson. David belonged to Alliance Francais and also George Romney Society in England. David was a president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Jewish Committee. He was a member of the Law Department of Westinghouse and was their principal international attorney. He was a member of the International Nuclear Law Association and the American Bar Association. David was a gentleman and a scholar. David traveled the globe as a corporate lawyer for Westinghouse Corporation and lived for many years in Bruxelles, Belgium. He spoke six languages: English, Hebrew, Spanish, French, Italian and Portugese. He was a great lover of the arts and attended performances and gave generously to the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, PICT, Kinetic Theatre, the Andy Warhol Museum, and many, many others. He was a volunteer and contributor for the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. He narrated one of their feature films called "Deadly Medicine." David was also president and very active in his condominium council on Forbes Avenue. He was a brilliant conversationalist and loved to discuss and debate. He could have an informed discussion on nearly any topic and was the most brilliant man I've ever met. He loved the underdog and always reached out to and fought for the persecuted and under served. In the words of friend Dana Spiardi, "He was a man for all seasons, a dapper bon vivant, a fellow traveler, adventurer, art addict, film fanatic, music devourer, culture junkie, history buff and a lover of all things ethnic, exotic, and exquisitely produced." His favorite city was Venice, Italy and he loved to stay at the famous Danieli Hotel there, conversing effortlessly in Italian, sipping his coffee, and nibbling on his morning pastry overlooking the Grand Canal. Graveside services and interment at 9 a.m. Thursday in Homewood Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 12, at New Light Congregation, 1700 Beechwood Blvd., Squirrel Hill. Contributions may be made to Keren Ayelet Hahachar -- The Gazelle Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, 5 PPG Place, No. 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Arrangements entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC. www.schugar.com.
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Lazar, Phyllis 74

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Phyllis "Grandma Tootsie" (Churney) Lazar, 74, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in HCR ManorCare, Bethel Park. She was a retired bus driver from the Elizabeth Forward School District where she drove Bus No. 27. She was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Township and its Christian Mothers, a former Eucharistic minister, lector and director of the Youth Group. Born Jan. 24, 1941, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late John and Victoria (Walczak) Churney. Phyllis is survived by her husband of 57 years, Francis J. Lazar; daughters, Lisa Kehr, of Elizabeth Township, Shari (James) Murtha, of Lititz, and Vicki (Jerry) Taylor, of Natrona Heights; sons, Jeffrey (Ami) Lazar, of Mt. Lebanon, and Mark (Laurel) Lazar, of Glassport; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Marlene (Michael) Nikolich, of Elizabeth Township, and Patricia (George "Buzzy") Weber, of Jefferson Hills; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, in St. Michael's Parish with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Ascension Cemetery, Clairton. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Manno, Alfred 86

  • Findlay Township
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Herrick, Imperial | Get Directions
  • Alfred Manno, 86, of Findlay Township, Coraopolis, died Wednesday morning, July 1, 2015, at his residence. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Mary (Musuraca) Manno; beloved father of Anna Marie (Michael) Babich, Linda (Jeffrey) Matz and Terry (Jeffrey) Dezulovich; cherished grandfather of Jaclyn (Jeffrey) Berthney, Nicolas (Danelle) Matz, Jenna, Alyssa and Amanda Dezulovich and Jada Babich; and adored great-grandfather of Micah and Marco Berthney. Alfred served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He retired as a transmission specialist. He was a member of St. Columbkille Roman Catholic Church. Family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HERRICK COMPASSIONATE FUNERAL SERVICE, P.C., Edward M. Herrick, supervisor/owner, 951 Cliff Mine Road, North Fayette Township, Imperial, 724-695-7332. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Columbkille Roman Catholic Church, Route 30, Imperial, followed by entombment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles.
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Martin, Elizabeth J. 86

  • Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Jean (Gloekler) Martin, 86, of Castle Shannon, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, George K.; her sister, Mary Frances; and brother, Walter. She is survived by her sister, Roseanne (Thomas); her children, David, James (Joetta), Patrick (Patty), Paul (Rebekah), Susan (Tim) Brazel and Diane (Tim) Murray; her grandchildren, Meghan, James (Lauren), Ian, Elizabeth (Nate), Maria, Gabrielle, Daniel, Anna, Timothy, Emily, Luke, Ryan, Grace, Will, Ben and Julia; and her great-grandchildren, Nathan Jr., Josiah and Noah. The organizer, the occasion-marker and the glue, she'd put a date on the calendar a year in advance and the whole family would be there: pretzel salad and holiday beef at Christmas, plus picnics, Gloekler family reunions and Martin Vacation, a week at the shore for more than 30 years. You can bet there would be peanut butter cookies and coffee cake and endless bags of peanut M and M's. She was the third of four children born to Elizabeth and Walter Gloekler. Her years at St. Rosalia left her with the brand of quiet, determined faith she would use to raise her family. Her upbringing in Greenfield instilled the same wanderlust that drew her parents on many trips around the globe - trips she and her siblings would eagerly replicate years later. She was a force: quiet, strong, witty and independent. Her eyes were kind, so deeply kind. They're how she smiled. For 59 years, Jean and George built a family for whom support and love - and lots of wit and laughter - were a given. Grandchildren were a delight. Throughout their lives, holding hands and helping each other along in this world, navigating life so completely in sync you would swear their clothes were matching (sometimes they actually were). Grandma and Pop-pop: they celebrated family. And they showed exactly how important family is by living it, embracing it and being it. Friends will be welcomed 4 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 at St. Winifred Church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Winifred Church Food Bank, 550 Sleepy Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Mittereder, Florence A. 99

  • Formerly of Shaler
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Florence A. (Galloway) Mittereder, 16 days short of her 100th birthday, formerly of Shaler, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Bernard J.; sister of Elizabeth Galloway and the late Margaret Stewart, John, Hank, Raymond and Charles Galloway; lovingly cared for by her niece, Mary Mittereder Donnelly and her husband, Joe; also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at The Arbors of St. Barnabas. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the HP BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Richard Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Barnabas or a charity of one's choice. www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Orlowski, Chad A. 26

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Chad A. Orlowski, 26, of Mt. Lebanon, died Monday, June 29, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was a loving son of Lawrence W. and Renee A. (Fridey) Orlowski; cherished brother Max A. and Brant A.; grandson of the late Lawrence R. and Bernadine (Kutzler) Orlowski; Charles K. and Theresa (Antonietta) Fridey; nephew of Bonnie and Bob Romanosky, Ken and Annette Fridey, Dave and Kelly Fridey and Bob and Sharon Orlowski; also survived by many loving cousins. Chad was a kind and gentle soul with a joyful, innocent smile. He attended the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children most of his life and eventually the Allegheny Valley School. Chad liked music, especially Elvis; he enjoyed the beach, Pirates games and Phipps Conservatory. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Anne Church, 400 Hoodridge Drive. Interment will be private. If desired, memorials may be made to Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, the Allegheny Valley School or Make-A-Wish Foundation. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Owens, Catherine M. 97

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Catherine M. "Cass" Owens, 97, of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was the daughter of the late John J. and Anna (Sheran) Owens, Sr.; sister of Marion Regina "Jean" McKee, Robert J. Owens, the late John J. Jr., Thomas A. Owens, of Florida, Dolores E. Stone, Margaret M. Dawson, Anna Thelma Conley and Francis E. "Buddy" Owens; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Perciavalle, Diana 51

  • McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Diana "Bunny" Reilly Perciavalle, 51, of McKeesport, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer Monday, June 29, 2015, at UPMC McKeesport. She was born Aug. 4, 1963, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late James T. and Catherine Rose Gerdich Reilly. "Bunny" was a standout athlete and scholar at South Allegheny High School. She devoted 30 years of service as a nurse to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She spent the last 18 years of her life being a devoted and selfless mother to her children. For the last three years she fought a heroic battle against cancer, defying all odds, she persevered to attend her oldest son Anthony's graduation. She is an inspiration to us all and will be truly missed. "Our Sweet Diana." Surviving are her husband, Thomas J. "T.J." Perciavalle; sons, Anthony James and Riley Joseph Perciavalle; siblings, James (Karen) Reilly, Kathleen "Sissy" Reilly and Eugene Reilly; sister-in-law, Susie Perciavalle (Pete) Brundu; nieces and nephews; a great-niece and great-nephews; sister by choice, Sue Renwick; special friend and private nurse, Maureen Gioia; and many, many friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mark Parish, Liberty Site, with the Rev. Gerald S. Mikonis as celebrant. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Port Vue. Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620 and/or the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh, 5513 William Flynn Highway, Suite 400, Gibsonia, PA 15044, www.dsapgh.org/donate.http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Pivirotto, Roger A. 85

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-06-24
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Roger Arthur Pivirotto, 85, of Turtle Creek, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Helen (Walton) Pivirotto; loving father Roger Allan (Cynthia) Pivirotto; dear grandfather of Marc (Krystelle) Pivirotto and Alana (Don) Deane; and brother of the late Earl, Ray, Robert, Ralph, Earnest and Bernard Pivirotto. Roger served in the Korean War and was an engineer for the Union Railroad. He was an accomplished baseball and softball player in years gone by. He also enjoyed hunting, bowling and golfing. Arrangements entrusted to the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of Shaw and Triboro Ave., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950). www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Plance, Robert R. 81

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1933-10-10
  • Died: 2015-06-25
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Robert Raymond "Bob" Plance, 81, of Plum Borough, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 25, 2015, at the Ark Twin Valley Personal Care Home in Delmont. Bob was born Oct. 10, 1933, in Wilkins Township, to Sterling and Anna Ruth (Geyer) Plance. Bob was an electrician for IBEW Local No. 5 and an avid antique and car collector. He was a member of Sardis Community Park, Fort Allen Antique Farm Machinery, Antique Truck Club of America, Hudson Club, Chevy Club and enjoyed auctions, flea markets, working at his garages, family and traveling. Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife, Betty (Starkey) Plance; sister, Ester Ruth Plance; and brother, David W. Plance. Bob leaves surviving longtime friend, Irene Poppick, of Golden Living Murrysville; loving sisters, Lois Holmes, of Plum Borough, and Mary Jane Walker, of Ontario, Ohio; loving children, Robert Raymond Plance Jr., of Corona Del Mar, Calif., and Douglas (Cindy) Plance, of Murrysville; and two outstanding grandsons, Daniel Plance, of Murrysville, and Matthew Plance, of Murrysville. Friends were received Sunday and Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, (412-856-4747), where a service took place Tuesday. Interment followed at Plum Creek Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Simcic, Mary P. 84

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary P. "Marika" (Papoulas) Simcic, 84, of Forest Hills, died Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Robert Simcic for 60 years; loving mother of Peter Simcic, of Forest Hills, Sister Epistime (Harriet), of St. Kosmas Aitolos Monastery in Ontario, Margo (Randy) Peretik, of Wilkins Township, and Barbara (Gary) Theofilis, of Churchill; dear grandmother of Jonathan, Daniel, Christian, Aristotle and Alexander; and great-grandmother of Olivia. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Thelma Bellini, Romilia Crouse and Despina Papoulas. In her younger days, Mary was an airplane pilot, flying Piper Cubs. She began her career as a bookkeeper at Vic's Service store in East Pittsburgh and was later employed at Jordan's Tax Service, both in their downtown office and in Forest Hills. She also had been a secretary for her church, Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti), in East Pittsburgh. Mary was a very talented woman with varied interests. She was a classical pianist, excellent seamstress and was adept at crocheting, painting and quilting. Above all of her gifts, she was a phenomenal and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion will be prayed at 7 p.m. Thursday. A funeral service for Mary will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Ypapanti. Additional viewing will be in Church one hour prior to service. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Kosmas Aitolos Greek Orthodox Monastery, 14155 Caledon King Townline South, Bolton, Ontario, L7E-5R7 Canada.
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Teti, Salvatore A. 93

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1922-03-14
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Willig, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Salvatore A. Teti, 93, of McKeesport, died Monday, June 29, 2015, at Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. He was born March 14, 1922, in Palena, Italy. He was the beloved husband of the late Enis (Pettinari) Teti and son of the late Angelo and Rosemilda (Travalini) Teti. Salvatore worked as a millwright for U.S. Steel for 42 years. He was a World War II Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He was also a longtime member of St. Patrick Church and was a choir member until 2013. He was also a member of the American Legion No. 731, Amvets, Italian Sons and Daughters of America and President of the Palanese Club of America for more than 25 years. He was a member of the 11th Ward Club. His hobbies included gardening, handyman work and he was also an avid bowler until the age of 92. He was the loving father of Gloria (the late Robert) Wargo, of Garden Grove, Calif., Anthony (Karen) Teti, of Pittsburgh, and the late Rita Taylor; grandfather of Jenna (Jim) Murphy, Aaron Wargo, Evan (Meaghan) Wargo, Josh and Cassi Teti, Tracy and Jesse Taylor; great-grandfather of Elizabeth and Jaise Murphy and Isla Wargo; and brother of Mario and Perino Teti. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Church. Father Vincent Velas will be the celebrant. Entombment to follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery. Salvatore was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Abraham, Wendy S. 39

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1976-05-15
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Wendy S. (Balego) Abraham, 39, of North Irwin, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born May 15, 1976, in Greensburg, the daughter of Kenneth and Dolores (Kunkle) Balego, of North Irwin. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Samuel Abraham, of North Irwin, and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family wishes to express a special thank you to the ICU nurses at Forbes Regional Hospital for their loving care given to Wendy. Friends were received Wednesday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert Lewis, officiating. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Amalong, Virginia G. 67

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1947-09-09
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Virginia G. Amalong, 67, of Unity Township, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Latrobe Health and Rehabilitation Center, Unity Township. She was born Sept. 9, 1947, in Syracuse, N.Y., a daughter of the late Dr. Bruce R. Brummitt Jr., Ed. D. and Phyllis (Otto) Brummitt. Ginny was a graduate of Camden Central High School, attended Penn State University, was a graduate of Seton Hill College, attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and then received her Master of Education from University of Pittsburgh. Prior to retirement in 2006, she taught first grade and kindergarten at Baggaley Elementary School and previously at Mountain View Elementary School, both part of the Greater Latrobe School District. Ginny was a member of Latrobe Presbyterian Church, the NEA and PSEA. She is survived by her husband, Gerald L. Amalong; two daughters, Julie A. Stott and husband, Glen, of Unity Township, and Laurie M. Miller, of Latrobe; three grandchildren, Justin and Zachery Stott and Dylan Miller; her brother, Bruce R. Brummitt III, of Hamburg, N.Y.; a niece, Joelle Yale and husband, David, and their son, Finn, of Pittsboro, N.C.; and a nephew, Michael Brummitt and wife, Katie, and their children, Jacob, Lainey and Kylee, all of Swedesboro, N.J. There will be no visitation or viewing. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Unity Chapel, 114 Chapel Lane, Latrobe, with the Rev. Clark R. Kerr officiating. Private inurnment will be in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, in charge of arrangements. The family would like to thank special friends Jan Mills, Arlene Ulishney and Beth Goodwin as well as her "good buddy" Linda Banker for their care and assistance over the years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation (GLPIEF), 1816 Lincoln Ave., Latrobe, PA 15650. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Barlock, Donald R. 80

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1934-09-09
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Donald R. Barlock, 80, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Don was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Latrobe, a son of the late Michael A. Barlock and Catherine M. (Yandrick) Barlock. He attended Greater Latrobe High School, class of 1952, and served in the Navy upon graduation. He was employed with Kennametal for 50 years and also owned his own painting company. Don loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed their activities. Don was a kind, generous, giving and fun-loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed his garden and taking care of people who were important to him in his life filled with grace. He was deeply loved and will be missed by his family and many friends. His three children survive him, daughter, Denise Barlock Levy and her husband, Leon, of Keystone, Colo.; his two sons, Donald M. Barlock, of Latrobe, and David Barlock and his wife, Michele, of Leesburg, Va.; his sister, Rebecca (Becky) Brean and brother-in-law, Daniel Brean, of Greensburg; and his ex-wife, Theresa Barlock, of Latrobe. He leaves behind his seven grandchildren, Kyle Hill, of Gunnison, Colo., and Aaron Hill, of Big Sky, Mont.; Jagger and Morgan Barlock, of Latrobe; Chelsea Salko, Devan and Drake Barlock, of Leesburg, Va.; and he is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Members of the Sacred Heart Rosary Altar Society will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery with graveside military services accorded by the VFW Post 33 of Greensburg. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Barton Jr., Walter W. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1937-01-15
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Walter W. "Pete" Barton Jr., 78, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in UPMC Mercy, Uptown. He was born Jan. 15, 1937, in Elrama, Allegheny County, a son of the late Walter and Mary (McCaslin) Barton. Prior to retirement, he had been employed as a plant manager by Pre Finish Metals. He was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, and was an Army veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ellen Yanichko. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Nancy (Brancolini) Barton; two sons, Lee J. Barton, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Todd P. Barton and his wife, Ruth, of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Samantha, Jackson, Peter and Luciana; two brothers, Frederick Barton and his wife, Rita, of Mt. Lebanon, and Paul Barton; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Friday 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 St. Clair Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Butler, Ida 89

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1925-12-21
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Ida "Stella" Butler, 89, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, June 29, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 21, 1925, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Elmer R. and Viola (Griffith) Stephens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Butler; brothers, William D., Jack, Elmer and Thomas Drew Stephens; and sisters, Nora Bella Stephens, Florence Myers, Oma Pifer, Harriet Kalbfleisch, Ruth Kifer and Phyliss Griffin. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Greensburg, Strawpump Volunteer Fire Department, North Huntingdon Canteen, Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader and Esther Circle. Stella is survived by her son, Michael A. Butler and his wife, Ardella, of Arona; daughter, Christine L. Pry and husband, James, of Westmoreland City; grandsons, Michael A. Butler Jr. and Nicole and Gregory A. Butler and Heather; three great-grandchildren, Matthew, Abigail and Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Cliff Hockensmith officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Celesnik, Paula J. 67

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-11-30
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Paula Jean (Garland) Celesnik, 67, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Select Specialty Hospital. She was born Nov. 30, 1947, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Paul E. Garland and Ida Marie (Valenti) Garland. She worked at St. Anne Home for many years. Paula loved doing crossword puzzles, watching game shows and playing bingo. She enjoyed dancing to the oldies and meeting new people. Paula greeted everyone with a smile on her face and always put others before herself. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ida Marie Falbo; and a grandson, Nickolas Jericho Fox. Paula is survived by her husband, Frank J. Celesnik Jr., of Greensburg; her two daughters, Wendy Fox, of Latrobe, and Pejay Celesnik and John Burick, of Greensburg; a sister, Nancy Smith and her husband, Jack, of Texas; two grandchildren, Coree Celesnik and Mario Jeffrey, of Brackenridge, and Carter Fox, of Bethlehem; and a great-grandson, Ignazio Giovanni. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Justin Matro, OSB, officiating. Interment will follow in Germany Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the family would be greatly appreciated. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Cimbala, Julia 84

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1930-10-20
  • Died: 2015-06-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Julia Cimbala, 84, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, June 26, 2015, at the Bristol House. She was born Oct. 20, 1930, in Rochester Mills, Indiana County, a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Julock. Julia was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. She loved cooking for her family, gardening, sewing and solving Sudoku puzzles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Cimbala in 2014; brothers, Charles, John, Michael, Nicholas and Peter; and sisters, Mary, Ann and Eva. She is survived by two sons, John and his wife, Suzie, Matthew and his wife, Roxanne; three daughters, Julie Boyette and her husband, Joe, Helen Dickey and her husband, Tom, Lisa Hill and her husband, Alan; nine grandchildren, Nathan, Ruth, Andy, Michael, Luke, Brian, Dylan, Chelsea and Esther; and sisters, Katherine Marusa and Rose Poppal. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Dwornick, Joseph A. 76

  • Manor
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. Dwornick, 76, of Manor, died Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Carol Ann Barth Dwornick. Surviving are his daughters, Jodi A. (the late Randy) Antonacci and Jada A. (Mark) Donato. He was the grandfather of Alex J. Antonacci and Annessa A. "Freddy" Donato; and brother-in-law of Robert, who was like a brother to Joe (the late Susan) Platt and Ellen (John) Hermesmann. He is also survived by nephews, Patrick and Matthew Hermesmann. He spent his entire career working in the transportation industry; first, self-employed as an owner operator and then a safety director for Landstar Transportation. In his semi-retirement years, he also enjoyed driving for Bradish Glass Inc. Services will be private and interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Oakmont, PA 15139. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ursula School, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park, PA 15101. Online condolences may be sent to www.englishfuneralhome.com.
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Etling, Jean A. 84

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1931-03-27
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Jean A. Etling, 84, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born March 27, 1931, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Peter and Caroline Piwowar Czekaj. Mrs. Etling was a 1949 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. She was a former member and past president of the Kosciuszko Club Ladies Auxiliary, member and past president of the Shaft Club Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of the former Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Christian Mothers and was a member and past president of the Transfiguration Rosary Society. She is survived by her children, Richard R. Etling and his wife, Cindy, of Murrysville, Karen Tordy and her husband, Joseph of Hainesport, N.J., and Scott A. Etling and his wife, Sandy, of Latrobe; her grandchildren, Jonathan, Carly, Joseph, Hillary, Katie, Abbey, Kelsey and Jake; a brother, Leonard "Swifty" Czekaj and his wife, Helen, of Mt. Pleasant; and her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Bernadine Czekaj, of Mt. Pleasant, Ginny Czekaj, of State College, and James Etling and his wife, Edie, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert "Cubby" Etling, in 2011; her brothers, Joseph "Doodie," Frank "Smiles," Stanley "Jerry," Walter "Jake," Thomas "Buck," Louis "Archie" and Edward Czekaj; and sisters, Helen Wisniewski and Sophie Demagall. Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Visitation Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Cemetery. A parish wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Transfiguration Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. Wednesday, both in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to a favorite charity of one's choice in memory of Jean A. Etling. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Fontana, Barry R. 52

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1963-02-06
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Barry R. Fontana, 52, of Greensburg, died Monday, June 29, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Feb. 6, 1963, in Panorama City, Calif., the son of Adeline (Petrella) Castellano, of Greensburg, and the late Romeo Fontana. He was Catholic by faith. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Dominick Castellano. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Lisa Siard and her husband, Jeffrey, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Freer, Elizabeth J. 82

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-01-10
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Jean "Betty" Freer, 82, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Manor Care, Monroeville, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 10, 1933, in Martinsburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Page and Elizabeth O'Roke. She was a charter member of the Penns Woods United Methodist Church and, until recent years, was an active member of Compassionate Friends and Penns Woods Civic Association. Betty will be remembered with love and kind thoughts by all her extended family and friends. Everyone who met her remarked on her sweetness. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Gordon Scott "Scotty" Freer. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Gordon L. Freer; and daughter, Susan E. Freer and her partner, Jeanne Grazier. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, McKeesport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Penns Woods United Methodist Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Hilty, Betty J. 85

  • Salem Township
  • Born: 1930-02-17
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Betty J. (Long) Hilty, 85, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, at her home in Salem Township. She was born Feb. 17, 1930, in Greensburg, daughter of the late Clarence E. and Mary A. (Burger) Long. In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by three brothers, James H., Edward C. and Earl W. Long; and a sister, Margaret Waltenbaugh. She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, John B. Hilty Sr.; daughters, Beverly J. Kellner and her husband, Thomas, of Greensburg, Deborah A. Zilliot and her husband, Charles, of Greensburg, Marcie L. Baker and her husband, Richard, of Latrobe, and sons, John B. Hilty Jr., of Greeensburg, Richard W. Hilty, of Greensburg, and Mark A. Hilty, of Greensburg; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma Jean Mangold, of Pittsburgh; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Steven L. Craft presiding. Interment services will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Jagodrinski, Sara E. 91

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1924-04-09
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Sara E. Jagodrinski, 91, of Vandergrift, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born on April 9, 1924, in Vandergrift, she was a daughter of the late Sabatino and Mary (Petrarca) Ferrara. Sara lived in Vandergrift her entire life where she was a 1942 graduate of Vandergrift High School and member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Kousins Klub. Sara enjoyed reading, gardening and loved cooking and spending time with her family and friends. She was employed at Schenley Distillery for several years and was the first female crossing guard in Vandergrift. Besides her parents, Sara was preceded in death by her husband, Appolonius "Jug" Jagodrinski; sister, Eleanor Myer; and two brothers, Dominic and Gene Ferrara. Survivors include her two sons, James (Laurel Sober) Jagodrinski, of Vandergrift, and Mark (Cherie) Jagodrinski, of Washington Township; four grandchildren, Autumn (Tony) Dippolito, of Erie, Matthew (Elyse Jackson) Jagodrinski, of West Leechburg, Marcus Jagodrinski, of Washington Township, and Ryan Jagodrinski, of Leechburg; two great-grandsons, Jackson and Alexander Jagodrinski, of West Leechburg; and a brother, Robert (Norma) Ferrara, of Vandergrift. At Sara's request, there will be no viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday, July 3, in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, with Father Michael Sciberras officiating. Private burial will be in St. Gertrude Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contribution is Sara's memory be made to St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Paul, Karen A. 60

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1955-05-09
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Karen A. (Martz) Paul, 60, of Herminie, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was born May 9, 1955, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of JoAnn (Magill) Martz, of North Huntingdon, and the late Paul W. Martz. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department Woman's Auxiliary. She was an employee of Target Department Store. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her husband of more than nine years, David Paul. In addition to her mother, she is survived by sisters, Cheryl (Mark) Dufford, of Irwin, Nancy (George) Molovich, of West Newton, and Susan (Michael) Stokes, of North Huntingdon; and nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 8 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather for a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman officiating. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 617 Main St., Irwin, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Peterman, Ellen C. 92

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1923-02-07
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ellen C. Peterman, 92, of Ligonier, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Lansing, Mich., a daughter of the late Verner R. and Emily Morrow Griffith. She was an alumna of the Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing. She had been employed as a registered nurse, having worked for Westmoreland Hospital, Uniontown Hospital until 1985, and retiring in 1995, after having worked for the late Dr. Richard Cribbs. She was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church and its Women's Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl A. Peterman, in 1981. She is survived by three children, Carl R. (Kaye) Peterman, of Greenwood, Del., Mark A. Peterman, of Tampa, Fla., and Linda Schurg, of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Carla (Patrick) Williams, Kristen (Jerry) Thomas, Tammy (Steve) Bruck and Tarrah (William) Cooney; eight great-grandchildren, Morgan Thomas, Kyle Moyer, Ian and Riley Cooney, Ellen and Elaina Williams, and McKayla and Ashley Bruck; a soon to be born great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Dorothy Shultz, of Ligonier, and Betty Barnhart, of Youngwood; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Ellen's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday with her pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., officiating. Private interment will be in Zenith (Pa.) Lutheran Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Piper, Alice M. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-07-24
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Alice M. Piper, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was born July 24, 1930, in New Alexandria, a daughter of the late Lewis and Lucille (Silvis) Risher. She is survived by her two children, Walter L. "Sonny" Piper Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Latrobe, and Ronald E. Piper and his wife, Rita, of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Chad (Kelly) Piper, Jeremy, Nicole and Heather Piper; two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Cheyenne Piper; four sisters, Mary Ellen, Vern and her husband, Dan, Peggy and her husband, Richard and Edie; a brother, William "Bill" and his wife, Jennie; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Piper Sr.; an infant son; a grandson, Ryan Piper; four brothers, Charles, Lewis, Walter and George; two sisters, Kay and Mary; and stepmother, Lucinda Risher. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, in the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier, with Amedisys Chaplin David Hixson. Interment will be in the Bethel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Amedisys Hospice, 109 Crossroads Road, Scottdale, PA 15683. Alice's family would like to thank everyone at the Mountainview Speciality Care Center and the Amedisys Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion given to Alice.
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Romito, Yolanda I. 90

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1925-04-09
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Yolanda I. Romito, 90, of New Kensington, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Canterbury Place, Lawrenceville. Born April 9, 1925, in New Kensington, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Rosina (DeBenedetto) Rapp. For more than 20 years, she was a cashier for Golden Dawn grocery store in New Kensington. She was a member of Mt. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, Columbiana Ladies Lodge, Arnold, and UFCW Local 23. She loved to cook for her family and take care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Romito was always known to have a joke on the tip of her tongue. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John N. Romito, in 2011; six brothers, her twin, Charles Rapp, and Frank, James, Samuel, Anthony and Louis Rapp; and seven sisters, Lenora Lentina, Theresa Livrone, Josephine Suatoni, Julia Capone, Jennie DiMaio, Pauline Straccia and Lena Rapp. She is survived by two daughters, Diane Reimer, of Shaler Township, and Maria Romito, of Pittsburgh; two granddaughters, Amy (D. Thomas) Reimer Cegan, of Shaler, and Megan Reimer; and three great-grandchildren, Sofia, Olivia and Declan. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 Fifth Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Family and friends will meet at Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church for a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be private. To leave an online condolence, visit www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Sarosi, Elizabeth J. 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-04-10
  • Died: 2015-06-25
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. Sarosi, 79, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, June 25, 2015, at her home. She was born April 10, 1936, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late George and Helen McMarlin. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Sarosi was employed with US Steel, Homestead, and later worked as a sales associate for Hornes at Greengate Mall. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, White Oak, and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and reading mystery books. She was the widow of William Sarosi; and daughter, Lisa. She is survived by her two sons, John W., of North Huntingdon, and George W. (Lisa), of Niwot, Colo.; three grandchildren, Jake, Hannah and Claire; and sister, Georgine McMarlin. Friends were received Sunday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment was in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Seigh, Larry D. 68

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1947-03-11
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Larry D. Seigh, 68, of Penn Township, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born March 11, 1947, in Wilkinsburg, to the late Charles and Elsie Holly Seigh. Larry is survived by his beloved spouse of 47 years, Laurel Beech Seigh; two loving daughters, Lisa (Jason Nuss) Nicely and Lora (Joe Schreiber) Febbraro; grandchildren, Kevin (Lissa McLaughlin) Bresnan, Kayla (Joe Schriver) Bresnan, Justus Seigh, Michael and Vincent Febbraro; step-grandchildren, Morgan, Hanna and Alivia Schreiber and Bryce Nuss; great-grandson, Landon Bresnan; and his brother, Charles E. (Bonnie) Seigh. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, with Pastor John Simpson officiating. Interment will follow in Church Hill Cemetery, Turtle Creek. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Hillman Cancer Center c/o Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Shipley, James W. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-07-16
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • James W. Shipley, 88, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in St. Anne Home. He was born Friday, July 16, 1926, in Pine Grove, W.Va., son of the late William and Ethel (Gump) Shipley. He was a decorated Marine World War II veteran, having served in the South Pacific. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Greensburg. He worked for Robertshaw Controls in Youngwood. He then went to Massachusetts and was employed by Texas Instruments in Attleboro, Mass. After retirement, he lived in Latrobe and Greensburg. Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Doris L. Shipley. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Additional view will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, at the funeral home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, at C. Richard McCauley Funeral Home Inc., with the Rev. Brian B. Chaffee officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, 120 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. To send condolences, visit crmfh.com.
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Stapf, John W. 76

  • Manor
  • Born: 1938-08-23
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John W. Stapf, 76, of Manor, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. He was born Aug. 23, 1938, in Grafton, N.D., a son of the late Harvey L. and Elaine (Scott) Stapf. He was a retired Army Master Sergeant with more than 20 years of active service during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and was involved with the Pershing Missile System. After retiring from the military, he was an instructor for more than 15 years at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnston. He was a member of the New Stanton Assembly of God Church, the American Legion, Manor and was the past president of the Jeanette Rotary Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Stapf. He is survived by his wife of more than 53 years, Patricia A. (Tatters) Stapf; children, Patricia (Edward) Kushner, of Irwin, Yvonne Brickley, of Manor, and Walter (Teresa) Stapf, of Jeanette; grandchildren, Ralph Hensell, Rachel Hensell, Michael (Chisato) Hensell, John A. Stapf, Victoria Stapf and Stephanie Stapf; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Brice, Katar, Nikole and Peighton; and sister, Sharon (David) Adler, of Eagle River, Wis. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather for a funeral service at 1 p.m. Friday with Pastor Mike Hampton officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Starke, Doris M. 94

  • Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1921-04-22
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Doris M. (Johnson) Holt Starke, 94, a resident of William Penn Care Center, formerly of Irwin, died Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was born April 22, 1921, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Harry and Margaret (Airgood) Johnson; and was stepdaughter of the late Frank T. Lawton. Doris was a former member of Central Park Baptist Church, Versailles, and First Baptist Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands, Lester E. Holt (owner of L.E. Holt Grinding Company, Irwin) and George Carl Starke, both World War II Navy veterans; a daughter, Linda Waite; and siblings, Harry Johnson Lawton, Frank Lawton and Betty Holden. She is survived by her children, Wayne Holt and his wife, Judi, of Irwin, James Holt and his wife, Julie, of Liberty Borough, and Carol Baughman and her husband, Edward, of Greensburg; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and special friends from Pershing Square, Greensburg, and Ridgeview Residential Care, Youngwood. Friends were received Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service was held Wednesday. Interment followed in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Stashick, Victor 88

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-03-18
  • Died: 2015-06-24
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Victor "Vic" Stashick, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. Vic was born March 18, 1927, in Tarrs, the son of the late Andrew and Julia Martinowski Stashick. Vic was a 1945 graduate of East Huntingdon High School. He was a radio operator with the Army during World War II and a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Vic retired from Kennemetal as a skilled machinist, was a member of American Legion Post 446 and VFW Post 3368, Mt. Pleasant, the Mt. Pleasant Fireman's Club, the Western Pennsylvania Fireman's Association, Slovak Club and Falcons Club of Mt. Pleasant, Everson PAK, where he played baseball in the Fay West Baseball League and a past member of the Kosciuszko Club, Mt. Pleasant, bowling in their league. He was also a member of the Mt. Pleasant Senior Citizen Center. Surviving are his children, Judy Kiral and husband, Mike, and Sandy George and husband, Bill, of Mt. Pleasant, Randy Stashick and wife, Sandy, of Georgia, and Ron Stashick and wife, Pam, of Trafford; grandchildren, Michael Kiral and wife, Amanda, Amy Peifer and husband, Joe, Brandon George and wife, Laura, Darcy Firmstone and husband, Bill, Morgan Stashick, Adam Stashick and wife, Meredith, Aaron Stashick and Allison Emsurak and husband, Brad; great-grandchildren, Nyla Kiral, Brayden Stashick, Brooke and Zachary Emsurak and Jillian Stashick; a sister, Florence Walker, of Mt. Pleasant; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Vic was preceded in death by his wife, Anastasia Stashick; a great-grandchild, Laney Grace Kiral; and a brother-in-law, E.W. (Bill) Walker. Family and friends were invited Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where a blessing service was held Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, followed in the Transfiguration Cemetery. A parish wake service was held Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Center for Active Adults, 424 Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666. Please visit Vic's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Armstrong County

Cieply, Rose 94

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Rose Cieply, 94, of Ford City, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Funeral arrangements by MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, are incomplete.
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Koeller, Carla W. 90

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1925-06-20
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Carla W. (Leuther) Koeller, 90, of Gilpin Township, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in her residence. Born June 20, 1925, in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Karl and Johanne (Dreyschultze) Leuther. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Reinhard Koeller, of Freeport, and Albert Koeller (Judy), of Apollo; three daughters, Edda King, of Worthington, Marion Collins, of North Carolina, and Hannelore Rush (John), of Ford City; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Hertha Schaumburg, Gretchen Leuther, Mariechen Kuske, and, in infancy, Katrin Leuther; and her best friend and companion of 34 years, Robert M. Tomanio. Friends welcomed by her family from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051). Funeral ceremonies will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Forks-Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Gilpin Township, with Pastor Donald Toy officiating. To send an online condolence to the Koeller family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Sroka, Stanley G. 77

  • Wattersonville
  • Born: 1938-06-03
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Buechele, East Brady | Get Directions
  • Stanley G. Sroka, 77, of Wattersonville, (Cowansville), formerly of the Washington, DC Metro Area and Pottstown died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Hospice. Born June 3, 1938, in Pottstown, he was the son of Valentine A. and Mary F. (Krause) Sroka. Stan married the former Nancy J. Fenney on Nov. 17, 1962, she survives. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Stan earned his MBA from George Washington University. He spent his career as a banker, retiring as executive vice president of Riggs National Bank (now PNC Bank) and was member of the American Banker Association. Stan honorably served as a Specialist 4 with the Army. A member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Stan was involved with the Catholic Youth Organization. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, studying history, was a life member of the NRA and loved spending time with his grandkids. Stan is survived by his wife, Nancy Sroka, of Wattersonville; one daughter, Michele (Josh) Wolf, of Indian Shores, Fla.; and one son, Mark (Patty) Sroka, of Woodbine, Md. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Melissa Wolf, Becca Wolf, Katie Sroka and Zach Wolf. Stan was preceded in death by his parents. Friends of Stanley G. Sroka will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, at BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 707 Kellys Way, East Brady, PA 16028. A parish prayer service will be held at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. A veteran's service will be held at 6 p.m. in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 4, 2015, in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Bradys Bend, with the Rev. John Butler officiating. Private burial will follow in Wattersonville Methodist Cemetery. The Sroka family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Stan's name to St. Patrick Church, 915 State Route 68, East Brady, PA 16028. To view or express condolences, please visit www.BuecheleFuneralHome.com.
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Young, J. Christopher 42

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1973-03-13
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Switzer, Port Allegany | Get Directions
  • J. Christopher Young, 42, of Ford City, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. Born March 13, 1973, in Bradford, he was a son of John J. and Evelyn M. Anderson Young. Mr. Young was a graduate of the Ford City High School Class of 1992. Chris had worked for Eljer Co. of Ford City, before having to retire. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 606 and the Latin American Club, both of Ford City. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed motorcycle racing with his nephew, Nate. Surviving in addition to his mother, Evelyn M. Zimmerman, of Ford City, is a daughter, Amy A. Young, of Leechburg; two brothers, Jeffery A. Young and Todd M. (Trish) Young, both of Ford City; several nieces and nephews, Nate, Noah and Zack; and several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father, John J. Young; a sister, Amy L. Young, who died 1989. There will be a private visitation and graveside service held at the convenience of the family. The Rev. James Campbell, pastor of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the SWITZER FUNERAL HOME, Port Allegany. Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences can be made at switzerfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Ackerman, Robert A. 50

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Robert A. "Bob" Ackerman, 50, of Cranberry Township, formerly of Monroeville, died suddenly on Monday, June 29, 2015. He was a beloved son of Donald and Caroline Ackerman; father of Tina (fiance, Andrew Sikora) Ackerman, Nathan Ackerman and Kylee Ackerman; brother of David Ackerman; also survived by three nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a blessing service will conclude the visitation at 8 p.m. Thursday. Private interment at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Millvale. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 or online at www.animalrescue.org.http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Allen, Dorothy M. 75

  • Butler
  • Born: 1939-07-08
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Geibel, Butler | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. Allen, 75, of Butler, passed away Monday evening, June 29, 2015, at her daughter's home. Born July 8, 1939, in Butler, she was a daughter of the late William J. Heller and Anna (Katchur) Heller. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert M. "Bob" Allen for 45 years, they married Dec. 31, 1958; he died Dec. 8, 2003. Dorothy retired in 2006 after working for Butler County for 23 years. She was a Reach to Recovery volunteer for 10 years and also a volunteer at the VA. She enjoyed traveling, biking and spending time with family and friends. She is known by many for her loving kindness and giving heart. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Butler and attended Prime Timers at Christ Church at Grove Farm, Sewickley. She was the loving mother of Lori (Allen) McDonnell and husband, Jamie, of Seven Fields. She also was the devoted grandmother of Brendan, Sean and Brian McDonnell. She is also survived by a sister, Ruth Leopold (late husband, Vaughn), of Cabot; and a brother, Tom Heller (wife, Joan), of California; also a number of nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was a sister, Jeanne Heller, of California; and a brother, William Heller, of Pittsburgh. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler. Funeral services will then be at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Internment will be in the North Side Cemetery, Butler. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 201 W. Jefferson St., Butler, PA 16001, or Good Samaritan Hospice of Pittsburgh, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Crummy, Virginia R. 88

  • Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1927-02-06
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Virginia R. "VA" Crummy, 88, of Middlesex Township, Valencia, died Wednesday morning, July 1, 2015, at Saxony Health Center in Saxonburg. Born in Middlesex Township, Feb. 6, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Andrew J. and Effie Morrow Lisman. In 1948, she graduated with 37 classmates in the last Cadet Nursing Class at Butler Memorial Hospital. VA was a registered nurse and had worked as the supervisor for the operating room at Butler Memorial Hospital for 10 years. She then took time off to raise her family and then worked as a floor nurse for 25 years. She was a lifelong member and former deacon of Glade Run Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and was elementary youth director for 10 years. VA was active in the Royal Grange and was a volunteer with the South Butler Community Meals on Wheels. Surviving are her husband, W. Donald Crummy, whom she married on Aug. 30, 1952; and two sons, William Crummy and his wife, Martha, of Richland Township, and David Crummy and his wife, Kristen, of Butler. She was the grandmother of Matthew, Tyler, Ellen and John Crummy; and great-grandmother of Carter Jacob and Shae Lynn Crummy. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Gladys Truver, Dorothy Lisman, Mary K. Stone and Hazel Wilson; and her brothers, Andrew and Charles Lisman. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in Glade Run United Presbyterian Church, 1091 Pittsburgh Road, Valencia, PA 16059, with the Rev. Greg Wiest, pastor, officiating. Please meet at the church. Burial will be in Glade Run Cemetery, Middlesex Township. Memorials may be made to South Butler Community Meals on Wheels, 1091 Pittsburgh Road, Valencia, PA 16059. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Dorrier, Shirley 85

  • Butler
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Gibson) Dorrier, 85, of Butler, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, while under the care of the VNA Inpatient Hospice in Butler. Born in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Edwin P. and Mary (Sherback) Gibson; sister of Faye A. Yingling and the late Lillian Bailey; and wife of the late Walter James Dorrier, who passed away in 1977. She worked at Valencia Woods Nursing Home and was a member of Allegheny Valley VFC. She is survived by her children, Edward (Terril) Unks, Pamela (George) Manning and Andrew J. Dorrier; grandchildren, Brett (Meghan) Unks, Ryan Unks, Antonio (Amanda) Mattone, Cara Mattone, Stephanie Manning, Alysha Freehling, Matthew (Tera) Donnelly and Megan (Craig) Johnson; and great-grandchildren, Amelia and Isabel Unks, Dante and Adelina Mattone, Benjamin, Christopher and Abigal Donnelly and Colin Johnson. Shirley's family welcomed friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at the funeral home with the Rev. David Clawson officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Lakewood Memorial Gardens in Cheswick. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Shirley's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Pushak, Claire 83

  • Evans City
  • Born: 1931-10-28
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • Claire "Dolly" (McDonald) Pushak, 83, of Evans City, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, while under the care of The Arbors at Valencia Woods Nursing Home in Valencia. Born Oct. 28, 1931, in McKees Rocks, she was a daughter of the late John D. Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Becker) McDonald. Dolly was a longtime member of St. Matthias Catholic Church in Evans City and currently attended St. Christopher on the Lake Catholic Church in Prospect. She proudly owned and operated River Towing Co. and The River Boat Restaurant and Lounge for many years. Dolly was a lifetime member of the Cranberry Elks Lodge 2249, a member of the Cranberry Township Senior Center and during her free time, enjoyed playing bingo. She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her four children, Jean Ann (William) Smith, of Zelienople, Peggy (Earl) Pfaff, of New Sewickley Township, Ronald J. Pushak, of Prospect, and Joan Swayne, of Renfrew; her sister, Thelma Schnelbach, of Carnegie; her 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Dolly was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Pushak Sr.; her son, John Pushak Jr.; and her two siblings, John D. McDonald Jr. and Joan Faller. Dolly's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015, at the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, in St. Gregory Catholic Church, 2 W. Beaver St., Zelienople, with Father Lawrence R. Smith as celebrant. (Friends please meet at church.) She will be laid to rest at Evans City Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in her honor in support of the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave., E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, One Children's Hospital Drive, Central Plant, Floor 3, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Pushak family at www.boylanfamilyservices.com.
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Fayette County

Cooper, Brendon D. 18

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Brendon D. Cooper, 18, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, as the result of a motorcycle accident. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.Martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Logan, Minnie M. 82

  • Brownsville
  • Born: 1932-08-09
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Skirpan Funeral Home, Brownsville | Get Directions
  • Minnie M. Logan, 82, of Brownsville, passed away Tuesday evening, June 30, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born Aug. 9, 1932, in Footedale, Pa., a daughter of the late Pete and Blanche Hixon Ferrari. Minnie was a member of The Historic Church of St. Peter in Brownsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond R. Logan Sr.; daughter, Cheryl Logan Anderson; sisters, Sara Waters, Josephine Hetrick, Theresa Phipps; brother, James Ferrari. Minnie is survived by five of her children, Raymond R. Logan Jr. and wife, Sharon, of Brownsville, Debra J. Beck and husband, Edward Jr., of Merrittstown, Pa., Peter "Poe" Logan and wife, Mary, of Monessen, with whom she resided, Diane L. Kearney and husband, Edward, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Tammy R. Knezovich and husband, Martin, of Indiana, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Raymond R. Logan III and wife, Adria, Tony Logan and wife, Gwen, Tiffany Peck and husband, Brian, Brian Logan, Edward Beck III and wife, Caty, Julianne and Jennifer Knezovich; four great-grandchildren, Raymond Logan IV, Ryan Logan, Edward J. Beck IV, Gwen Logan and another great-granddaughter on the way; five sisters and two brothers, Betty Kelley, Maryann Feddor, Pete Ferrari, Laura Elliott, Wanda Staley, Helen Davis and Ray Ferrari; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to give a special thank you to her sister, Wanda for all of her kind, loving and compassionate care in taking care of Minnie. Friends will be received in the SKIRPAN FUNERAL HOME, 135 Park St., Brownsville, Thursday, July 2, 2015, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday until 12:30 p.m. where a prayer service will be held followed by a Funeral Mass at 1 p.m. at The Historic Church of St. Peter, Brownsville, with the Rev. Father Timothy Kruthaupt as celebrant. Interment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park. Wake service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m.
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Pletcher, Patricia R. 90

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1924-08-22
  • Died: 2015-06-23
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ruth (Porter) Pletcher, 90, of Uniontown, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Mt. Macrina Manor, Uniontown, where she had been a resident for the past month. Pat was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late John Donald and Lulu (Gallentine) Porter. Surviving are her son, James E. Pletcher Jr. and his wife, Judy Pletcher, of Uniontown, with whom she made her home since 2010; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pat was the wife of the late James E. Pletcher, who she married on Dec. 5, 1942, and celebrated 65 wedding anniversaries before his death on April 19, 2008. Pat was also preceded in death by her sister, Janet Porter Banks; and a son, John D. Pletcher, on March 2, 2001, whose widow, the former Susan Henderson, survives. Pat was a housewife and homemaker until she began working as a nanny to James Richard Ray Werkman, of Scottdale. She later joined Laurel Group Press in Scottdale as a proof reader and compositor, a position she held for more than 14 years. Pat had many pastimes including area auctions searching for antique furniture when she was a young married woman and mother. She furnished her home with what she collected and refinished and her purchases were made using household money. Pat was a member of the former Scottdale Art Club and exhibited some of her paintings through that organization. Upon retiring, she and her husband moved to Stahl Road near Somerset where they lived for 25 years. In her retirement, she worked for two local gift and craft shops where she displayed and sold some of her own handicrafts. She was known for her home decorating skills and was a voracious reader. Pat formerly attended the Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale where she served as a youth leader and managed a monthly submarine sandwich sale and other youth activities. She later became a born-again Christian. Pat also loved animals and will be missed by her cat, Sammy. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com). At Pat's request, there will be no viewing, visitation or service. Memorials may be made to: Scottdale Public Library, 106 Spring St., Scottdale, PA 15683 in her memory. Love Lasts Forever!
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Indiana County

Tinney, Ruth E. 89

  • Indiana , Formerly of Carnegie
  • Died: 2015-06-20
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Ruth E. Tinney, 89, of Indiana, Pa., formerly of Carnegie, died Saturday, June 20, 2015. She was married to Martin Robert Tinney, who preceded her in death in 2000. She was the mother of five children, James (Karen) Tinney, of Dayton, Ohio; daughter, Ruth Ann (William) Mrozowski, of Indiana, Pa.; Thomas (Nancy) Tinney, of Beaver Falls, and the late Robert Tinney and Patrick Tinney. She was grandmother to 11 grandchildren, including granddaughters, Loren Ann Mrozowski and Samantha Jo Stevens, who preceded her in death; thirteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 323 Second Ave., Carnegie. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 330 Third Ave., Carnegie. www.leohenneyfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Peatross, June L. 84

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1931-06-18
  • Died: 2015-06-26
  • Funeral Home: Marshall Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • June L. Valentine Peatross, 84, of Monongahela, died Thursday, June 26, 2015, in her home. Born June 18, 1931, in Nyack, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Elias Sr. and Mary Belle Waller Valentine. June worked as a psychiatric aide and union steward at the former Mayview State Hospital until 1991. For the next 17 years, she worked for Southwestern PA Health Services as a home health aide. She was a 1949 graduate of Nyack High School and served as a trustee for many years at the former Ebenezer Baptist Church in Monongahela. An avid reader, June enjoyed writing and reading poetry. She was past president and vice president for (SAC) Senior Action Committee and was on the PA Council on Aging as a representative for Washington County. She always considered the Monongahela Area Senior Center her second home helping to deliver Meals on Wheels. When she had time, she was always willing to help those less fortunate than herself. Surviving are her husband, Irving Peatross whom she married Aug. 23,1975; three sons, Chester Young of Incline Village, Nev., Dunmore "Moose" Young of Monongahela and Scott Trapp of New Brunswick, N.J.; five daughters, Joanna Stevenson of Donora, Laurel Norfleet of Monongahela, Anita Lawson of Pittsburgh, Anita Cox of Monongahela and Billie Leeper (Ron Arnold) of Donora; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. She is also survived by six very special sisters, Lillian "Micki"Crawford of Monaca, Leoda Roddy of Akron, Ohio, Parilee Edwards of Charleston, S.C., Ella Pettijohn of Belle Vernon, Audrey Wheeler of Washington and Donna Glenn of Belle Vernon; one adopted son, Edward "Sonny" (Dee Dee) Lawson of Donora; and special caregiver, KarenAnn Young of New Eagle. Preceding her in death were her grandson, Cheyne Young; nine brothers, James, Elias Jr., Robert, Douglas, Chesley, Theodore, John, Benjamin and Charles Valentine; and two sisters, Belle Brooks and Patricia Cates. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, in the Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ (formerly Ebenezer Baptist Church), 503 6th St., Monongahela, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, with Pastor James Williams giving the Eulogy. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Arrangements have been entrusted to the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, in memory of June Peatross. Condolences are being accepted at marshallmarrafuneralhome.com.
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Poziviak, Margaret 94

  • Formerly of Elrama , Formerly of Elrama
  • Born: 1920-09-18
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Slater Funeral Home, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Margo" Poziviak, 94, formerly of Elrama, Union Township, Washington County, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015. She was born Sept. 18, 1920, in Large, Allegheny County, one of six children to Charles Patrick Newmeyer and Carrie Potts Newmeyer. Margaret was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, the Elrama Volunteer Fire Department Women's Auxiliary, "The" Card Club and an avid Duck Pin bowler, Polka dancer, Bingo player and Pirates fan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andy Poziviak; one son, Ronald "Monk" Poziviak; and all of her five brothers and sisters. Margaret is survived by her twin sons, Dennis (Alice) and Paul (Nancy) Poziviak; three grandchildren, Dane Hone and Erik and Jacob Tannehill; six great-grandchildren, Arek and Dylon Allen, Emma Hone, Connor, Hannah and Martin Tannehill; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015, and 10 a.m. until the time of blessing service at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51, Large, Jefferson Hills. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery, Pleasant Hills. For condolences please visit www.stephendslater.com.
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DeFrancisis, Geno S. 87

  • St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Born: 1928-02-16
  • Died: 2015-06-12
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  • Geno S. DeFrancisis, born Feb. 16, 1928, in Avella, died Friday, June 12, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. He has lived in St. Pete Beach since 1984 following his retirement from U.S. Steel as a lab technician. He served honorably in the Army from 1950 to 1952 as a sergeant. He is survived by a loving family consisting of his wife of 61 years, Rita Ann DeSalvo DeFrancisis; two sons, Dr. Domenick (Becky) DeFrancisis, of Sarver, and Anthony (Elizabeth) DeFrancisis, of Tyler, Texas; five grandchildren, Kristi, Michael, Natalie Ann, Joseph and Jeffrey; as well as two sisters, Hilda Alesii, of Canonsburg, and Norma Mele, of Arnold; and a brother, Arthur DeFrancisis, of Vandergrift. Online memorial and guestbook at www.brettfuneralhome.net.
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Evans III, Rev. John D. 76

  • Charleston, SC
  • Born: 1938-07-22
  • Died: 2015-06-29
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  • Rev. John Duncan Evans III, MS MDiv, 76, of Charleston, S.C., died Monday, June 29, 2015. He was the husband of Vernelle "Nell" Peterson Evans. John was born July 22, 1938, in Pittsburgh, son of the late John Duncan Evans Jr. and the late Ida Virginia Evans. He attended Shady Side Academy, St. Paul's School, Harvard, Oxford, Pittsburgh Seminary and Drexel. Though he was from a family of privilege, after his second birth during his college years, he chose to follow his Lord and Master Jesus and live a life of service. John served as pastor of an inner city Philadelphia church with two congregations; Spanish and English and a church in Central PA where his two children were born. After serving as teacher and librarian at Manna Bible Institute in Philadelphia, John later organized a resource center, Kairos, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was involved in the men's movement "Promise Keepers," supported missions and served as coordinator of church volunteers doing community service work in Juarez, Mexico. Upon retirement, he served as Pastoral Associate for Mission to the World and taught a weekly Bible Study in Spanish for inmates at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia. In addition to his wife of 46 years, he is survived by his daughter, Faith Evans-Sills (Francis), of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; son, Dr. John Paul Evans (Louisa). of Marlow, England; sister, Margaret Evans Tuten; brother, David Courtney Evans; six grandchildren, Jasper, Carys and Griffin Sills and Beatrix, Freya and Jensen Evans; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held in Philadelphia in September. Memorials may be made to The City School (Christian Education for Urban youth), 860 N. 24th St., Philadelphia, PA 19130. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.
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McKenna, James 90

  • Avon Park, Fla.
  • Born: 1924-08-21
  • Died: 2015-06-24
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  • James "Jim" McKenna, 90, of Avon Park, Fla., passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Jim was born Aug. 21, 1924, in Renton, to James (Kenny) and Hannah (McLean) McKenna. He graduated from Plum Borough High School in 1942. Jim served in World War II as a member of the Navy's Underwater Demolition Team. He was married to Antoinette Petrone (deceased 1967) and Dorothy Fellers McIntyre (deceased 2004), both of Pennsylvania. He retired from the Army Corps of Engineers in 1979, as Lockmaster of Lock No. 3, Allegheny River, Pittsburgh. Since his retirement, he lived in Driftwood, Pa., and later Highlands County, Fla. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing euchre and poker, cooking and Steelers football. He spent many happy years in Cameron and Elk Counties in Pennsylvania as well as Florida. As a member of the Lake Placid, Fla., American Legions Forty and Eight, he was a former Chef de Guare. He was a life member of the VFW in Springdale. He was also a member of the Avon Park, Florida American Legion. In addition to his wives, Jim was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his siblings, Gilbert McKenna, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kenneth (Ronna) McKenna, of Creighton. He is survived by his children: sons, James Barry McKenna, of Driftwood, Pa., William McIntyre, of Valencia, and daughter, Dr. Maureen Ann McKenna, of Florida. He has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews. Interment will be held at Bushnell National Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. Memorial services will be private and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
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Nelson, Wayne A. 84

  • Born: 1930-08-26
  • Died: 2015-06-11
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  • Wayne A. Nelson, 84, died Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home in Oakland, Md. He leaves his wife, Ann Nelson; his children, Kirsten Nelson (Pittsburgh), Chris Nelson (South Deerfield, Mass.) and Karen Nelson Sebolt (Sewickley); his stepchildren, Anne Hanson (Alexandria, Va.) and Charles Lawhead (Boulder, Colo.); and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his first wife, Ruth Kjaer. Wayne was born Aug. 26, 1930, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Arvid N. Nelson and Anna (Clark) Nelson. He was a graduate of Grandview College (Des Moines, Iowa) and the University of Iowa. Wayne worked as a Human Resource Executive at Iowa Power and Light (Des Moines, Iowa), Sundstrand Corp. (Rockford, Ill.), Rudy Manufacturing (Dowagiac, Mich.), J.I. Case (Racine, Wisc.), Copperweld Corp. (Pittsburgh) and Highmark (Pittsburgh). Wayne was active on the boards of United Way, Goodwill and the Alpine Lake Property Owners Association. He loved to sail, read history novels and play pool. He also enjoyed woodworking projects, particularly building model sailboats. He lived in Sewickley with his wife Ann for 16 years and retired in Terra Alta, W.Va. at Alpine Lake for the past 18 years. Wayne A. Nelson was proud of his Swedish heritage, his kids and his grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made to Partners in Health atpih.org/support or Christian Crossing at P.O. Box 707, Oakland, MD 21550.
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Ruscella, Norma J. 87

  • St. Petersburg, Fla. , Formerly of Stanton Heights
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Norma J. (Daugherty) Ruscella, 87, formerly of Stanton Heights, and most recently of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John E. Ruscella; mother of Laura A. Roney, Phyllis L. Ruscella and Joan E. Ruscella; mother-in-law of James M. Roney; grandmother of John Joseph Roney (wife Linda) and Kevin Patrick Roney (wife Letitia); and great-grandmother of Matthew, Kailee, Natalie and Michael Roney. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
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Taylor, Dawn J. 78

  • The Villages, Fla. , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1936-12-28
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dawn J. Taylor, 78, of The Villages, Fla., formerly of McKeesport, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was born Dec. 28, 1936, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Herbert and Evelyn (Carlson) Campbell. She is survived by her husband, James R. Taylor, of The Villages Fla.; daughters, Cheryl Lynn Taylor, of Falling Waters, W. Va., and Wendy Vogt, of Clio, Mich.; son, Jeffery J. Taylor, of The Villages, Fla.; grandchildren, James Yatsko, of Falling Waters, W. Va., Julie (Michael) Dale, of Falling Waters, W. Va., David J. "D.J" (Amanda) Vogt, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tyler Vogt, of Clio, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Josie Dale, of Falling Water, W.Va.; and sister, Gail (James) Vickers, of Boardman, Ohio. Dawn was preceded in death by grandchildren, Joseph Yatsko and Dawn Liv Taylor. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday July 2, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES INC., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, (412-678-6177). Services will be held Friday in funeral home chapel. Burial will follow.
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