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Barnes, Shirley L.

  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Shirley L. Barnes, beloved wife of the late Rev. Albert E. Barnes, went home to her lord and savior Sunday, July 5, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones. Mrs. Barnes is the mother of the late Michael Barnes, of Pennsylvania, and Kristen Barnes, of Los Angeles, Calif. Her funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in the Trinity Lutheran Church, 616 W. North Ave. (Northside). Arrangements are by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL INC.
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Brownawell Sr., Charles A. 82

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1932-10-10
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Charles A. Brownawell Sr., 82, of Monroeville, formerly of Delmont, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 10, 1932, in New Bloomfield, Perry County, a son of the late Frank and Florence (Blumenschein) Brownawell. Charles was married to his beloved wife, Louise (Cramer), for 54 years until her death in 2008. An honorably discharged veteran, having served with the Army, he served in Germany during the Korean War. Charles worked for more than 40 years in the tool and die industry, including 20 years at Capitol Products in Mechanicsburg. He retired in 1995 after a two-decade career at Extrusion Die Makers, Murrysville, where he managed quality control. Charles enjoyed traveling with his family, fishing, bowling, boating and most recently played in a weekly golf league. He meticulously cared for his lawn. Charles was a member of No Walls Ministries Church in New Alexandria. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; his son, Gary; and seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his two children, Charles A. Brownawell Jr. and his wife, Young, of Monroeville, and Jane Wyatt and her husband, William, of Antrim, N.H. Also surviving are his seven grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Abigale, Garrett and Christin and her husband, Scott, Melanie and her husband, Scott, and Angel and her husband, David; one sister, Jean Bouder, of Plainfield; and two great-grandchildren, Marcus and Norah. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. Visitation will continue from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the HOFFMAN-ROTH FUNERAL HOME in Carlisle, with services following, with his son, the Rev. Charles A. Brownawell Jr. officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Three Rivers Hospice and Palliative Care, 1195 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137, or No Walls Ministries, 214 Church St., New Alexandria, PA 15670.
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Burkhart, Jacob G.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Jacob G. "Jack" Burkhart, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Mr. Burkhart was the beloved husband of the late Rita M. Kaiser Burkhart; father of Bonnie A. Burkhart, of Hampton, Robert Burkhart, of Shaler, Jim Burkhart (Amy), of Shaler, and Laurie Mushinsky (Richard), of Hampton; son of the late Jacob and Anna Spehar Burkhart; brother of Bernadette Sutter Zang (Bob), of Gibsonia, and Betty Kunich (late Ed), of Florida; and grandfather of Jake, Brett, Paige, Josh and Ava. Mr. Burkhart was a retired regional field manager for AT and T for 35 years. Jack was a consummate professional who loved to cook, garden and entertain, especially for the Annual Pig Roast at his home. Celebrate Mr. Burkhart's life with his family from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to the Hope Hospice, 3356B Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Leave condolences at www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Carr, Carole A. 64

  • Baldwin , Formerly of Duquesne
  • Born: 1950-12-15
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Carole Ann Carr, 64, of Baldwin, formerly of Duquesne, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 15, 1950, in Dearborn, Mich., to the late Edward and Mary Louise (Morini) Kozarian and was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. She was the past president of the GFWC - Women's Club of Duquesne. She was also the past president of Allegheny County Circle of Presidents, the Allegheny County Federation of Women's Clubs and was a former member of the Extended State Board of GFWC Federation of Women's Clubs. She loved being around her grandchildren and their activities. She was the beloved wife of 48 years of Dennis P. Carr; mother of Denise (Joe "Chuck") Swenglish, of Munhall, D.J. (Tracy) Carr, of Duquesne, and Jennifer (Eric) Allen, of West Mifflin; grandmother of Brittany Allen, Austin Swenglish, Christopher Swenglish, Lacey Allen, Falyn Carr, Tori Carr and Demi Carr; sister of Edward (Patti) Kozarian, of York, Pa., Michael (Patti) Kozarian, of Baldwin, and Joseph (Lori) Kozarian, of Baldwin; sister of the late Barbara Kozarian and the late Christine Shuestock. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, and Friday, July 31, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, Supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, Funeral Director. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish, with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment will be in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Pittsburgh, 6507 Wilkins Ave., Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
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Crowe, Vera 92

  • Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Vera Fennell Crowe, 92, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, July 31, 2015, at Platinum Ridge Nursing Home. She was the daughter of the late Lula and Charles Fennell, of Fenelton. She was born May 1923 in Butler County. She was the wife of the late Turney Crowe, a World War II veteran. After living in Natrona Heights for more than 50 years, she moved to East Deer Personal Care Home in September 2005, and then onto Platinum Ridge Nursing Home in April 2015. Along with her husband, Turney, she co-managed an Esso Service Station in Tarentum for many years until his death in 1965. After his death and at the age of 43, she went to nursing school. She practiced nursing as a visiting nurse in New Kensington continued her nursing career at Marcy State Hospital and Dixmont State Mental Hospital in Pittsburgh and retired from there in 1984. After her retirement and before moving to East Deer Personal Care Home, she lived in Raleigh, N.C., where she worked as a nurse at Dorthea Dix Mental Hospital and also was an aide to handicapped children at Wake County Public Schools. She will be remembered for her sacrificial love and taking care of family members as well as the many friends. She persevered in her goals and was an inspiration to those who knew her. She faithfully attended the Highland Free Methodist Church in Natrona Heights as long as she was able. She was predeceased by her husband, Turney; her mother and father, Lula and Charles Fennell; sister, Dorothy Armstrong; brothers, Donald, Charles "Bud" and Howard Fennell. She leaves to cherish her memory her brother, Sheldon (Diane) Fennell; sons, William (Mary Ann) Crowe and Charles (Patty) Crowe, in Natrona Heights; her daughter, Donna (John) Jezik, in Raleigh, N.C.; and 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. Tenth Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastor Michael S. Mummert, Lower Burrell Baptist Church, officiating. Interment in Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. Flowers are welcome or you may make contributions to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Donley, Ruth E.

  • Formerly of Carrick
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Boron, Carrick | Get Directions
  • Ruth E. Donley, formerly of Carrick, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. She was the daughter of the late John F. and Mary Elizabeth (Bittner) Donley; sister of Edward (Mary Jean), James (late Patricia), Thomas (Margaret) Donley, and the late Mary Alice (Henry) Fry, Jean (Harry) Thomas and John (Helen Jean) Donley; also survived by three generations of nieces and nephews. Visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the BORON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1719 Brownsville Road. Funeral prayers at 11:15 a.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul of the Cross Monastery at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to St. Paul of the Cross Monastery or St. Paul's Passionist Retreat Center. www.BoronFuneralHome.com.
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Duty, James S. 69

  • Bradfordwoods
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • James S. Duty, 69, of Bradfordwoods, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was the loving husband for 44 years of Nancy Murray Duty; proud father of Brenda Gerber (Matt) and Amy Foley (Seth); pappy of Maggie and Samantha Foley; brother of Ruth Anne Richard, Patricia Marks, Robert Duty, David Smith and Gary Smith; and son of the late Ethel S. Steigerwald Duty Smith, Ralph S. Duty and David L. "Sarge" Smith. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the AlzheimerAssociationof Greater Pittsburgh, The Pennsylvanian: Management Office, 1100 Liberty Ave., E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (412-261-5040).
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Fuhrer, Richard E. 87

  • Oakmont
  • Born: 1928-02-12
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Richard E. "Dick" Fuhrer, of Oakmont, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, after a long struggle with Parkinson Disease. Born Feb. 12, 1928, in East Brady, Dick grew up during the Great Depression and matured into an amazing athlete as World War II raged on. He set scoring records in basketball for East Brady High School that stood unbroken for decades until only another great athlete by the name of Jim Kelly came along to finally break them. Dick enlisted in the Marine Corps at the tail end of World War II but was turned away due to bad eyesight. He went on to Westminster College where he also enjoyed basketball success and was a key member of the team that was actually ranked 10th in the nation, an era when tiny Westminster was a basketball powerhouse and literally lived up to its nickname of "Towering Titans". Westminster is also where he met the beautiful Gladys Stitt, and the two were married April 5, 1951. They settled in Oakmont where Glad actually grew up and began a family. Dick originally started his business career as a pharmaceutical sales rep and while perhaps secretly always desiring to be a physician, he quickly migrated to the life insurance business, where he set a standard of excellence that once again put him into a category of success that can only be described as a "Towering Titan". He started his own independent agency, Fuhrer's Inc., in 1962, and was not only a lifetime member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table but also qualified five times for their elite status of Top of the Table. His legacy is evidenced by the many clients he served and families that he helped make whole during their time of need. In addition to the insurance business, Dick's other passion was golf. He was a life member of the Oakmont Country Club and president of the club in 1983-84. And once again, he left an indelible footprint in the golf world that many fans of golf today might not realize. Dick very much can be recognized as the inventor of the "modern US Open" where the golf course is set to a standard of excellence and difficulty that demands that the winner of the event play his very best and thus the championship itself produces the most deserving winner. In 1983 when the US Open Championship came to Oakmont, Dick demanded that course be set to a standard that the leaders of the USGA of that time did not agree with. They thought Dick's standard was too difficult, in particular the height of the rough that captures errant shots. However, Dick's preference prevailed and the Open was a major success. Since then, the USGA sets its Open venues to extreme difficulty, often to the dislike of the players participating, but nevertheless the modern Open is accepted as "The" toughest test in golf, admired by golf fans worldwide for its demanding nature and producing great champions. They can thank Dick Fuhrer and his unyielding stance in 1983 for today's modern Open. However, Oakmont was not the only golf course that Dick had an influence on. He also owned St. Jude Golf Club, which he bought as a nine hole public course in 1979 and eventually built into an 18 hole facility. St. Jude was known for its fast greens and own difficulty and built a reverend following of members and elite golfers in Western Pennsylvania, representing another lasting legacy of Dick's strong personality and vision. His life was one of remarkable accomplishment and enduring influence. Gladys predeceased him in 2000 but he leaves behind many friends, clients and cherished family, brother, Frank Fuhrer (Heidi), and sister, Mary Lou Waltman; his daughter, Gayle Hitchcock (Doug), and sons, Kurt (Becky) and Steve, along with grandchildren, Amber, Erik, Ashley, Brad, Steve, Drew and Wil; also great-grandchildren, Carter, Lucca and Colton. Family and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont. Everyone meet directly at church. Private interment will take place in St. Eucebius Cemetery next to his wife, Gladys. Donations may be made in his name to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Garrity, Karen 55

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Karen Garrity, 55, of Swissvale, passed away at her home the morning of Wednesday, July 29, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa Gladis, of North Braddock. She is survived by her loving husband, Richard "Trick" of 33 years; her daughters, Jen Peters (Jack) and Steph "Effie" Garrity; and grandchildren, Jack Jr., Jayna, Jace and Jaden. Karen was formerly the president of the Swissvale Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for many years. She will be remembered for her warmth and kindness shared with her grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association of Pittsburgh, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or the National Lymphedema Network, 225 Bush St., Suite 357, San Francisco, CA 94104. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Haines, Paul E. 82

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Paul E. Haines, 82, of Munhall, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was the loving husband to the late Margaret M. (Lips) Haines; brother of the late DeV Haines; beloved friend of Rocco and Kay Panaiia, of West Homestead, and Robert and Donna Greenhow and family, of Munhall. Paul was a member of the Greater Homestead Bowling League, First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh where he was a former Deacon, retired employee of United Air Lines and a veteran of the Coast Guard. Friends received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with Pastor Josh Fisher officiating. Please share your memories and condolences at georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Harvanek, Bernadette 81

  • Formerly of Dorseyville
  • Born: 1933-10-18
  • Died: 2015-07-23
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  • Bernadette Harvanek, formerly of Dorseyville, died peacefully Thursday, July 23, 2015, in the home of her daughter in Media, Pa. She was the eldest of five daughters born Oct. 18, 1933, in Weirton, W.Va., to the late Anthony and Mary Kuritz Dworzecki, and was preceded in death by her sister, Teresa Brogan Kloska, of Steubenville, Ohio. Bernadette is survived by three children, Darlene De La Paz (Bruce Boone), who was her primary caregiver, Mark, of Oakmont, and William (Susan), of Concord, N.C. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Dana De La Paz, Jacob Geary, William Harvanek, Laurie (Lee) Herendeen, Eric, Sara (John) Wood and Toni (Russ) Dailey; and four great-grandchildren, Beckett, Rebecca, Anthony and Tobias. Bernie was a former resident of Dorseyville and relocated four years ago to the Philadelphia area. She was the manager of Oakmont Truck Rental. Her three sisters survive. They are: Toni (Anthony) Popp, of Montana, Regina (Francis) Sunseri, of Pittsburgh, and Mary (Richard) Himmel, of Colorado. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to gather for a celebration of her life and a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Middletown Friends Meeting House, in Lima, Middletown Township. Condolences may be sent to Darlene De La Paz at ddeIapaz72@gmail.com. Memorial donations may be made in Bernie's name to the charity of your choice.
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Korvick, Arthur H. 84

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Arthur H. Korvick, 84, of Ross Township, died Monday, July 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Ann (Dickman) Korvick; father of Paul A. (Gwendolyn) Korvick, Robert L. Korvick and Jason P. (Elizabeth) Korvick; grandfather of Tyler Korvick and Sydney Korvick; and brother of Richard Korvick, George (Helen) Korvick, Dorothy Lukitch and the late Joseph Korvick and Anne Pitkin. Friends will be received from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday, August 7, 2015, at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Art was a Korean War Army veteran and a devoted husband. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Kurtz, Dorothy M. 89

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. Kurtz, 89, of Forest Hills, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Ernest M. Kurtz; loving mother of Stephen (Joanne) Kurtz, of Ormond Beach, Fla., Ernest (Kimberly) Kurtz, of Forest Hills, and Elizabeth (the late Mark) Taylor; cherished grandma to Stephen and Brian Kurtz, and Teddy Taylor; and great-grandmother to Madeleine Mae. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Maurice Church. Memorials may be made to the Kane Foundation, 955 Rivermont Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.
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May Jr., William R. 79

  • McCandless , Formerly of Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • William R. May Jr., 79, of McCandless, formerly of Baldwin, passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior Monday, July 27, 2015. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and was a man of great faith. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Joyce A. (Wahl) May; loving father of Leslie O'Rourke, of Pittsburgh, and Lori (Jake) Creps, of Indiana, Pa.; cherished grandfather of Matthew Brennan, Todd Bertram, Courtney, John and Ryan Creps; these dear souls were his pride and joy. He was the brother of David (Janice) May, of New Jersey; brother-in-law of Janice Pine and her husband, Charles; and is also survived by John Wiedenheft and his wife, Darlene. Bill graduated from Baldwin High School, University of Pittsburgh and retired from Alcoa and Centria. He never met a stranger, he had a wonderful sense of humor, engaging smile and was always willing to help anyone in need. He will truly be missed. Funeral service will be held privately. A heartfelt thanks to everyone for their prayers, compassion and sympathy during our very difficult time. Arrangements were entrusted to JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to a charity of one's choice. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Mellor, Ronald W. 68

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ronald W. Mellor, 68, of Ross Township, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He was the beloved father of Robert (Melissa), Rhonda (Larry) Kirchner and the late Ronald Evans and Lisa Marie Evans; grandfather of Malinda, Joshua, Angie, Fred, Laura and Christopher; son of the late Ronald W. and Jenny Mellor; and brother of Margie Dove and the late Joanne Bulboff. Friends will be received from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday only, Aug. 2, 2015, at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Ave., where a funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday.
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Miller, Kathleen J. 72

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Kathleen J. (Snyder) Miller, 72, of Ross Township, lost her courageous battle to pancreatic cancer Thursday, July 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of James H. Miller Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Marie Pastorius; and a brother, Michael; beloved mother of William Snyder (Linda) and Robert Snyder (Nicole); stepmother of Gretchen Graham (Allen), Michelle Obst (Dr. Brian) and the late James Miller III; and sister of Joseph Pastorius (Florence), James Pastorius and Marie Barie (Richard). She will be missed by her 10 grandchildren, Zachary, Annie, Julie, Katie, Ryan, Loralei, Ryder, Alaina, Raegan and Paige; as well as her many nieces and nephews. Kathleen had an Associate Degree from Robert Morris University and worked at WHEMCO in Homestead for many years. After retiring in 2004, she took a part-time job as a tour director for Lenzner Coach Lines which complemented her love to travel. She also was a Eucharistic minister at St. Teresa of Avila and Passavant Hospital. She will be missed by her many friends including her Tuesday night group. Friends will be received 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Morgan Jr., John P.

  • Presto
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer-Fryer, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • John P. Morgan Jr., of Presto, died peacefully Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to the late Anne (Dernosek) Morgan; loving father of John (Linda), Dave (Maryanne), Joe (Arlene), Elizabeth (Tom), Janet (Jim), Andy (Karen) and Art (Ellen); 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was the oldest of 15 in his family. Mr. Morgan served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he received three Bronze Stars. He was in the APO Bombardment Squadron and served in the Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea and Air Combat in Borneo. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and lived on his farm in Presto for 62 years. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUER-FRYER, 412-221-3800. Friends will be welcome 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at 430 Washington Ave., Bridgeville, PA 15017. Services will be held at the Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Monday. Interment in St. Barbara Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Celtic Hospice, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046. Please add or view a tribute at www.beinhauer.com.
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Orr, David J.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Perna, Dengler, Roberts, Williamsville | Get Directions
  • David J. Orr, formerly of Ross Township, died Wednesday July 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Doris (Wolos); father of James D. Orr, of Elport, Patricia Jasko, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Susan (Reed) Orr-McManigle, of Pittsburgh; grandfather of Christopher, Kathryn "Katie" and Claudia; great-grandfather of Phoebe; brother of the late Kenneth (Nancy) Orr; brother-in-law of Lee Wolos; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family will be present from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Road, Williamsville, N.Y. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Gregory the Great Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in David's name to Willow Lodge Hospice Unit, Buffalo VAMC, 3495 Bailey Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215 or the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation, NFLPAR Buffalo Chapter, P.O. Box 118, Getzville, NY 14068. Online condolences may be offered at www.denglerrobertsspernafuneralhome.com.
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Papazian, Dr. Ara 84

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Dormont | Get Directions
  • Ara Papzian, M.D, 84, of Mt. Lebanon, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Irlene (Franks); loving father of Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" (William Atwell Jr.), Dr. Gretchen (Matthew Roberson) and Victoria (Alan Slothower); and grandfather of Svetlana Papazian-Atwell, Nicholas and Alice Roberson. Ara served two years in the Turkish Army. He became a proud citizen of the United States in 1974. Ara retired from Allegheny General Hospital after 25 years as an anesthesiologist with Allegheny Anesthesiology Associates Inc. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at 2630 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont, 412-531-4000, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Lebanon Public Library or Little Sisters of the Poor. Please add or view tributes at: www.beinhauer.com.
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Pletz, Rowene G. 99

  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Rowene G. (Schnaufer-Daniels) Pletz, 99, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was the mother of Jack (Juanita) Daniels, Nancy (Richard) Remy and the late Fred Daniels; grandmother of Fred, Teddy, Craig, Margie, Richard, Jill and Gary; and is also survived by seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four siblings. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park/Wexford. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Rowene is a past Worthy Matron for the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 343, District 26D. She was proud owner of many businesses including Rowene's Beauty Shop's with locations on both East Ohio Street and Madison Ave., and of Rowene's Casual Shop's with locations on Perrysville Ave. and McKnight-Siebert Shopping Center. Rowene was a long time licensed practical nurse at Shadyside Hospital. She also enjoyed playing the piano and was a very gifted artist. The family suggests donations to Allegheny Valley School, ATTN: Dorothy Gordon, 1996 Ewings Mill Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108 or Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ, 08540. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Porco Sr., Richard D.

  • Brighton Heights
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Richard D. Porco Sr., of Brighton Heights, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Mary Grace; father of Richard Jr. and Kathleen Rodgers; also survived by five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by his family. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUENRAL HOME INC., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Avenue. A funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Cyril of Alexandria Church.
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Potlas, Daniel 82

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Daniel Potlas, 82, of Millvale, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was the former husband of Joanne Potlas; loving father of Daniel A. Potlas and Lori A. Smith (Paul); brother of Laura Cindric, Dorothy Whitehurst, James Potlas, Marylou Brosky and the late Helen Price and Ann O'Block; and grandpap of Morgan and Austin. Visitation from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at NEELY FUENRAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ursula Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to St. Ursula Church, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park, PA 15101. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Skelly, Gertrude M. 90

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1925-05-04
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Gertrude M. "Trudy" Skelly, 90, of Gibsonia, died Friday, July 31, 2015. Born May 4, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Martin J and Gertrude Mary Flaherty, and the beloved wife of 67 years to the late John C. "Jack" Skelly; mother of Amanda M. Zink, of Carnegie, Marguerite A. (Fred) Logan, of New Hope, and John C. "Jack" (Jane) Skelly III, of Harmony; sister of the late Martin J. and Edwin R. Flaherty; also survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Trudy was a stewardess with American Airlines and then a wife and loving mother. She was an accomplished seamstress creating costumes for celebrities and sewed for retail stores, church, family and friends. Active in her church, she was a member of the Ladies Guild and a Eucharistic minister at St. Richards Parish. She was also involved with the Lighthouse Food Pantry of Bakerstown. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Richard Church with Father Thomas A. Sparacino as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Royal Cemetery. Family suggests donations to St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Skelly, John C. 92

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1922-08-24
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • John C. "Jack" Skelly, 92, of Gibsonia, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. Born Aug. 24, 1922, in Sharon, he was a son of the late Frank E. and Althea M. (Shaffer) Skelly. He was a beloved husband for 67 years of Gertrude M. "Trudy" (Flaherty) Skelly; father of Amanda M. Zink, of Carnegie, Marguerite A. (Fred) Logan, of New Hope, and John C. "Jack" (Jane) Skelly III, of Harmony; brother of the late Marguerite Jamieson and Frank L. Skelly; also survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A World War II Army veteran, Jack was a member of American Legion Post No. 548, Bakerstown, Mars VFW No. 7505, Traffic and Transportation Association of Pittsburgh. A professional sales manager employed by Consolidated Freight Ways for 40 years, he also served as an usher and was active with the Men's Group at St. Richard Church. Jack previously served on the board of directors Richland Water Authority. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Richard Church with Father Thomas A. Saracino as celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in Mt. Royal Cemetery. Family suggests donations to St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Speicher, Jeffrey C. 70

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey C. Speicher, 70, of Bethel Park, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Margie Speicher; loving father of Mark C. (Tina) and Paul L. (Sherrie) Speicher; proud pappy of Kayla, Carly, Jesse and Savana; and great-grandpa of Keegan and Leena. Jeff enjoyed life and loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved his four-legged friends and any household animals. He was known for his bargain shopping and took pleasure in meeting new people to talk to. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Anne Church, Castle Shannon. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216.
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Starcich, Irene 95

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1920-04-02
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Irene Dickey Starcich, 95, of Richland Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Valencia Woods of St. Barnabas, with family by her side. Born April 2, 1920, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Winifred (Flanagan) and stepfather, John Kaufert. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Dickey, from Richland Township, for 44 years. She remarried and was preceded in death by Steve Starcich, her loving husband of 20 years. While living in Gibsonia, Irene was employed at St. John's Convalescing Home in Valencia, which is now known as Valencia Woods of St. Barnabas. Irene was a member of Gibsonia Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the Richland Civic Club. After retiring, she spent many happy years living in Kennerdell. Irene is survived by her two sons, Dann (Deborah) Dickey, of Sautee Nacoochee, Ga., and Gregg (Deborah) Dickey, of Richland Township; grandchildren, Dale Dickey, Jill Bugbee, Brad (Jeni) Dickey, Gregg Dickey, Kristen (Timothy) Mahoney, Lindsay Dickey, Christine Drobka, Amy Dickey, Melissa Dickey and Wesley Dickey. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren; many loving nieces and nephews; as well as stepchildren and step-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and two loving husbands, Irene was preceded in death by three sons, Robert Charles Dickey, Wesley Dickey and William Dickey; five sisters, Marguerite Lang, Wilma McGinnis, Helen Cammarata, Mildred McClaren and Elma Jean Arndt. She was blessed with a singing voice which matched her beautiful soul. Beyond her music talent, she had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. She deeply loved being with her family. Because of the stories she passed on, we are now the keeper of her memories. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SVCS INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Gary Weston officiating. She will be laid to rest at Glade Run Cemetery, Cooperstown.
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Stelitano, Anna M. 92

  • Shaler Township
  • Born: 1923-07-02
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie (Mangola) Stelitano, 92, of Shaler Township, passed surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, July 30, 2015. She was born July 2, 1923, in San Carlo, Italy. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Carmen C. Stelitano; her parents, Andrew and Dominica Mangola; and her siblings, Tony and Joseph Mangola and Mary Engel. She is survived by her children, Domenick (Darlene), Carmen (Joyce), Donna (Stephen) Erb, Andrew (Linda) and Frank (Gaile); 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; her sister, Carmela Schepis; and many nieces and nephews. Anna was a strong-willed, colorfully articulate woman who loved to laugh. Though her mind may have left her years ago, her spirit remained the same. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Juan Diego Parish, Madonna of Jerusalem, Ninth St., Sharpsburg. Burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in her name to the Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or at alz.org.
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Stull, Evelyn M. 77

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1938-07-04
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Evelyn M. Stull, 77, of McKeesport, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, after a long illness in Select Care in UPMC McKeesport. She was born July 4, 1938, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Nick and Veronica (lghnat) Obradovich. She was the wife of the late Jack A. Stull. Evelyn was a member of the First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport. She was a former employee of Thurman's Candy and Cox's department store in McKeesport. She is survived by a sister, Marlene Petrosky; and two brothers, Nick (Caroline) Obradovich and David Obradovich; and nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132. Services will be held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Kirk Albright officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. www.whcraigfuneralhome.com.
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Sutter, Mary L. 85

  • Etna
  • Born: 1930-01-06
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Mary Louise (LaCava) Sutter, 85, of Etna, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015, while under the care of the UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. Born Jan. 6, 1930, in Sharpsburg, she was the daughter of the late Rocco and Clementine (Panza) LaCava. She married the love of her life, Francis J. "Spike" Sutter, on Aug. 20, 1959, at Madonna of Jerusaleum Church, Sharpsburg. Mrs. Sutter was a homemaker and a sales associate at K-Mart in Shaler Plaza. She enjoyed spending time with the "Etna 49'S". She is survived by her daughters, Ann M. (Stephanie Brown) Sutter, of Ohio Township, and Susan (Gary R.) Neil, of Hermitage; son, Michael A. (Cynthia) Sutter, of West Deer Township; grandchildren, Gary Neil Jr., Megan Neil, Joshua Sutter, Brooke Sutter, Ashton Sutter and Colton Sutter; sister, Constance Panza, of Hampton Township; and brother, Philip "Chip" LaCava, of Florida. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Francis "Spike" Sutter, Feb. 21, 2011; three sisters, Rachel Panza, Florence Soeder and Philomena Lyle; and five brothers, Samuel, Joseph, Frank, Louis and Peter LaCava. Mary's family will welcome friends from 4 till 8 p.m. July 31, 2015, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the All Saints Parish Etna, Pittsburgh, with Father James Gretz officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Assumption Cemetery in Glenshaw. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Mary's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Sweeney, James L. 77

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • James L. Sweeney, 77, of Morningside, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 53 years to Mary Pelusi Sweeney; father of Daniel (Valerie), Diana Backner (Kevin), David (Stephanie) and Douglas (Diana); grandfather of Andrew, Patrick, Brendan, Colin, Michael, Kaitlyn, Christopher, Connor, Simon, Jude, James and Luke; son of the late Patrick and Mary Sweeney; brother of Marjorie Webber (Raymond), Father John Sweeney and the late Patricia Maloney (survived by James), Frank Sweeney (survived by Charlene) and Kathleen Sweeney; also survived by nieces and nephews. Jim had a decades-long commitment to St. Raphael Parish. He contributed in many ways: recent recipient of the Manifesting the Kingdom Award, Parish Council president, Folk Group member, Parish Share chairman, Capital Campaign leadership, star of St. Raphael Auditorium Players' production of "Ten Little Indians" and Big Chuck Pit Boss. Friends received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. Raphael Angel Fund.
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Yerger Jr., John D. 87

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • John Douglas "Doug" Yerger Jr., 87, of O'Hara Township, passed away at his home on Monday, July 27, 2015. Doug was a veteran in the Navy, a graduate from MIT and had a 40-year career as a metallurgist at ALCOA. He was the son of the late John Douglas Yerger Sr. and Elsa Schlippert. He married the late Virginia Anne "Jinny" Lowellin in 1950. He is survived by his son, John D. Yerger III and his wife, Leslie; his grandchildren, Evan, Julia and Megan, all of Hawthorn Woods, Ill.; his sister, Grace Yerger Landers, of Littleton, Colo.; and his companion, Connie Hall. Doug was known for service above self, acting as Warden and treasurer for several churches as he and his family moved around the United States and to Swansea, Wales. After retiring from ALCOA, Doug worked with Habitat for Humanity renovating homes in the Pittsburgh area. He was an avid carpenter and woodworker. He was an avid tennis player throughout his life, from his high school team in his hometown of Reading through 40 years at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club. He was also a proud member of the Fox Chapel Navy. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Christ Church Fox Chapel, 630 Squaw Run Road, East. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Habitat for Humanity or the American Cancer Society.
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Bisping, Isabelle D. 95

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1920-04-29
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Isabelle D. Bisping, 95, of New Stanton, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at home. She was born April 29, 1920, in New Stanton, daughter of the late William H. and Bertha E. (Miller) Parks. She was a charter member of Assembly of God Church, New Stanton. Her life was to spread the word of Jesus. She distributed religious tracts around the country. She wrote a religious column for the Mt Pleasant Journal. Surviving are three children, Kathleen I. VanDyke and husband, Jesse, of Hunker, Carolyn E. Miller and husband, Joseph, of Hunker, and James R. Bisping, of Hunker; a daughter-in-law, Ly Bisping, of Hecla; a brother, William Parks and wife, Alice, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Pearl Parks, of McGakeysville, Va.; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 34 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a special family friend and caregiver, Dee Eicher, of New Stanton. She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Bisping; a son, William H. Bisping; a brother, Fred L. Parks; and a sister, Lillian Bisping. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Assembly of God with Pastor Mike Hampton officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Contributions may be made to the Excela Hospice or Assembly of God, New Stanton. crmfh.com.
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Broker, J. Virginia 81

  • Penn
  • Born: 1934-04-18
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • J. Virginia "Ginny" (Ghrist) Broker, 81, of Penn, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Mt. View Specialty Care. She was born April 18, 1934, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Harry and Sara (Ringler) Ghrist. She attended the Salvation Army in Jeannette where she was the Young Peoples Sergeant Major as well at multiple volunteer positions with the Salvation Army. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl O. Broker; and an infant son, Wade. She is survived by her children, Karen Scalzitti, of Jeannette, Carl O. Broker II, of Penn Township, Marsha Schmidt and her husband, Scott, of Penn, and Diana Loughner, of Adamsburg; six grandchildren, Lisa, Denny, Cody, Kylie, Josh and Jessie; two brothers, Harry "Bucky" Ghrist and William "Billy" Ghrist, of Jeannette; brother-in-law, John Broker and his wife, Patti, of Penn Township; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Pennsville Independent Baptist Cemetery, Bullskin Township. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Chew, Leroy D. 84

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1930-11-24
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Leroy D. Chew, 84, of Irwin, died Monday, July 27, 2015, at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1930, in Arona, son of the late William W. and Mary Jane King Chew. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the U.S. Steel Corporation, Braddock Mill, with 40 years of service. He was a veteran of the Army and was a member of the community United Methodist Church in Irwin and was also a member of the Greater Irwin Church Dartball League, having competed in numerous area churches. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Joann Chew. Surviving are his wife, Alice L. (Weaver) Chew; two sons, Kevin L. Chew and his wife, Kathy, of South Carolina, and Gregory Chew and his wife, Darcy, of Meshoppen; five grandchildren, Courtney, Blake, Brad, Matt and Jessica; a great-grandchild, Bailynn Cannon; also surviving is a sister, Joyce Lloyd and her husband, Bill, of Texas. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. John Ciampa officiating. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin.
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Culp, Elsie M. 81

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1934-01-08
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Elsie M. Culp, 81, of Hempfield Township, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Alfred W. and Madelyn Bowen Valesky. Elsie was Lutheran by faith and loved to play Bingo. Prior to retirement she was employed by the former Jeannette Hospital and worked in both the housekeeping and dietary departments. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, William Glenn Culp. She is survived by her daughter, Judith Vinkler and her husband, Dave, of Irwin; a son, William, of Slippery Rock; two grandchildren, Tony (Missy), of York, and Michael (Erica), of Jeannette; two great-grandchildren, Tanner and Parker; a sister, Vonna Spino, of Greensburg; four half-sisters; a very dear friend, Rose Kochis; and numerous nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Susan Luttner officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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DeRose, Antoinette M. 102

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1912-10-14
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Giunta - Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Antoinette M. DeRose, 102, who resided at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, formerly of Arnold and Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. She was born Oct. 14, 1912, to Merle and Mary Salvatore, of Arnold. There she grew up, attended school, graduated with highest honors from Arnold High; earned her Bachelor of Arts in Languages from Grove City College and master's at the University of Pittsburgh. She taught English, French and Latin at Arnold High School (later Valley High School) for 33 years. On Feb. 14, 1942, Valentine's Day, she married her sweetheart, P. Louis DeRose, Esq., who left a week later for service in the Army during World War II. During their 39 years of marriage the couple had three sons, P. Louis DeRose III, David S. DeRose and Thomas M. DeRose. Widowed in 1981, Antoinette was remarried in 1990 to retired Navy Capt. Francis J. Chester, of Virginia Beach, Va. They traveled extensively and then settled in Daytona Beach Shores. She was widowed again in April 2003. Capt. Chester was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Antoinette loved her family, the teenagers whom she taught and her many devoted friends. She was a proud member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Daytona Beach Symphony Society and Guild, Navy League, Military Officers' Association, Halifax River Yacht Club and numerous other associations. Both her sister, Jessamine Salvatore (1965) and her youngest son, Thomas (1998) predeceased her. She is survived by two sons, P. Louis DeRose and his wife, Joan, of Greensburg, David S. DeRose and his wife, Johnette, of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Peter DeRose (Kelly), Catharine Ackerstrom (Eric), Nathaniel DeRose (Jessica), Christopher DeRose and Eric DeRose (Erika); and two great-grandchildren, Piper Ackerstrom and Gage DeRose. She is also survived by her second husband's children, Stephen (Sara), Mary Rushton (Rick) and Gregory (Lisa); by her niece, Patricia Tirdel; her son Tom's spouse, now Jane Landry (Russ); and many wonderful neighbors and devoted friends in Daytona Beach, especially Andy Reagan, and at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. Viewing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., JohnPaul Bertucci, Supervisor, 1509 5th Ave., Arnold. Prayers of transfer will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Burial will take place in the family plot in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. St. Peter Church, New Kensington or Redstone Highlands, 6 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg.
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Engler Jr., Martin 85

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1930-03-25
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Martin "Tony" Engler Jr., 85, of Arnold, died Friday, July 31, 2015, in Family Hospice, Lawrenceville. He was born in New Kensington on March 25, 1930, to the late Martin Anthony Sr. and Sophia Shemenski Engler and has been a lifelong resident of the local area. Mr. Engler received his bachelor's degree from Clarion University where he played football and was part of the only undefeated season in Clarion Football history. He was then recruited as an outfielder by the New York Yankees farm team in Olean, N.Y., the Olean Yankees. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he received the Purple Heart, serving in the Marine Corps. He was member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington; Polish Falcons Nest 41, New Kensington, where he was a former officer and president of the Golf League; VFW Post 92, Lower Burrell; American Legion Post 868, Lower Burrell; the Seventh Street Sportsman's Club and the FO Eagles, both of New Kensington. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed gardening, bowling, and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. He is survived by his three children, Donald Martin (Evelyn Dillingham) Engler, of New Kensington, Robert Andrew (Tina) Engler, of Lebanon, Pa., Regina (Brad) Engler-Berecin, of New Kensington; seven grandchildren Amanda, Donald, Brandon and Sarah Engler, and Nicolette, Preston and Danica Berecin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his first wife, Regina Catherine Siuta Engler, on April 28, 1982; his second wife, Dorothy Ludwig Engler, on April 28, 2011; son Randall Engler, in 2002; grandson, Daniel Engler, in 2012; sister, Gloria Larko; brother, Ronald Engler; sister, Inez Michel; and infant sister, Elizabeth Engler. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where Prayers of Transfer will be said at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday followed by Christian Funeral Mass at noon in St. Mary Church. Burial with military honors by the Vandergrift Honor Guard will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. VFW Post 92 will meet at 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home to conduct services followed by the Marine Corps League at 3:15 p.m., Seventh Street Sportsman at 7 p.m. and American Legion 868 at 7:15 p.m. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Gelet, Anna M. 81

  • Formerly of Wyano
  • Born: 1933-12-13
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie Gelet, 81, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Wyano, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the Consulate of Lake Park Lakeland, Fla. She was born Dec. 13, 1933, in Wyano, daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary Hoadwonic Sedunov. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Crown Metal Products Co. in Wyano. She was a member of the St. Cyril and Methodious Orthodox Church in Jeannette. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Gelet Sr.; also by three brothers, John, Nick and Pete Sedunov; and four sisters, Helen, Catherine, Donna and Eleanor. Surviving are her son, Richard Gelet Jr. and his wife, Barbette, of Lakeland, Fla.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Anthony Sedunov, of Latrobe; two sisters, Elizabeth Henry and her husband, Daniel, of Centerville, and Pearl Gornick, of West Newton. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the West Newton Cemetery with Father Lawrence Daniels officiating. Arrangements by BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Madison.
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Hardt, Grace 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1927-09-03
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Grace (Luciano) Hardt, 87, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, July 31, 2015. She was born Sept. 3, 1927, in Altoona, a daughter of the late Michael and Rose (Rubin) Luciano. Grace graduated from Altoona Senior High School and attended Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo. She was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church, North Huntingdon, where she was part of the women's ministries. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dr. David L. Hardt; brothers, Ralph, Daniel, Nicholas and Theodore Luciano; sisters, Elizabeth and Anna Luciano and Mary Richardella; and granddaughter, Dawn Hardt. She is survived by her children, Rev. Jonathan P. (Sharen) Hardt, of Westfield, and Joy A. (Robert) Willett, of Davidsonville, Md.; grandchildren, Jonathan, Dana and Justin Hardt and Robert and Corey Willett; great-grandsons, Jadin Hardt, Nathan Askins and Blake Hardt; brother, John Luciano, of Altoona; sister, Pauline Scalia, of Tyrone; also nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Calvary Assembly of God Church with her pastor, the Rev. Nick Poole, officiating. Interment will be in Bedford County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Calvary Assembly Church, 8653 Pennsylvania Ave., North Huntingdon, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Harter Sr., Zain E. 82

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1933-06-08
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder Funeral Home, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Zain E. Harter Sr., 82, of Jeannette, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born June 8, 1933, in Phillipsburg, a son of the late Donald Harter Sr. and Zella (Taylor) Harter. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Westinghouse in Cheswick, was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army, and he attended Greensburg Alliance Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Shimmel) Harter; and a brother, Donald Harter Jr. He is survived by a son, Zain E. Harter Jr., of Jeannette; a daughter, Anna Sturgess and her husband, Bob, of McKeesport; two granddaughters, Jade and Faith Harter; his pride and joy, great-grandson, Brantley Zain Stumpf; a sister, Beulah Seafelt, of Lewiston, N.Y.; his special friend, Donna Bickerstaff, of North Huntingdon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with Pastor Roy Dail officiating. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Husband, Neil R. 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-06-20
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Neil R. Husband, 74, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. He was born June 20, 1941, in Greensburg, a son of the late Frank Byron and Irene (Jones) Husband. Neil attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was involved with the Hempfield Band for many years. He also served as a Scoutmaster. He was employed for many years at Limpco Manufacturing and had also worked for Brake Drum and Equipment, JC Penney and most recently at UPS and for First Student as a bus driver, where he enjoyed transporting students to school. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marian M. Husband; a son, Scott R. Husband; a great-grandson, Reese N. Pfoutz; and his sister, Karen Mitnick. He is survived by his children, Melinda S. Scott, Terri L. Rios (Rick), Cindy L. Husband, Sandy J. Spittka (Paul) and Kevin D. Husband (Heather); a daughter-in-law, Laura Husband; 18 grandchildren; a grandson, soon to be born; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a brother, Gary Husband, (Gail). Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. Monday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m., with Dr. Robert Statler officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greensburg Alliance Church, 4428 PA-136, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Indof, Susan R. 55

  • Smithton
  • Born: 1960-03-03
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Susan R. Indof, 55, of Smithton, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born March 3, 1960, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Raymond Steiner, of Smithton, and the late Victoria Kempa Steiner. She was a member of Hope Memorial Lutheran Church in Smithton. In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, John Indof; a daughter, Jessica Camarote and husband, Timothy, of Greensburg; a granddaughter, Hannah; two brothers, Terry Steiner and wife, Doreen, and Michael Steiner and wife, Denise, all of Smithton; and an aunt, Josephine Kempa, also of Smithton. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at Hope Memorial Lutheran Church, Smithton, with the Rev. Allen Riethmiller officiating.
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Jackson, Mylea J. 21

  • Arnold
  • Died: 2015-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Mylea Jade Jackson, 21, of Arnold, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015. She was born in Pittsburgh to Wilmer and Nancy Kolan Jackson Brooks. Besides her mother, she is survived by her daughter, Journee Jade Jackson; and her siblings, Filicia Jackson, Diamian Jackson, Bryan Wade, Misty (William) Griniage, Tiara (Charles Cutler) Jackson, Jeremy (Kylie) Jackson, Christian (Casey Dailey) Jackson and Chavira Amberlee. She was preceded in death by her father. Viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, with a service at 8 p.m., in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME, 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Arnold. Please leave a condolence at www.rossgwalker.com.
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Knupp, Jeffrey W. 56

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1959-06-05
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey Wayne "Knuppie" Knupp, 56, of New Florence, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at UMPC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. He was born June 5, 1959, in Johnstown, the son of late Wayne Harold Knupp and Sara Elizabeth (Dorney) Knupp. He is survived by wife, Gay Lou (Henderson) Knupp; children, Sarah Parrish and husband, Joseph, Ligonier, Colin Knupp, New Florence, Crystal Stromberg, Blairsville, and Joshua, Virginia; grandchildren, Ava, Luke, Racheal, Noah and one soon to be born grandchild; sister, Linda Malinowski, Arnold, Md., and her daughters, Nikki and Maddie; brother, Richard "Cort" Bowers, Seward; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family members. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and movies, also was a history buff who enjoyed most of all spending time with his grandchildren. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, where service will be held 1 p.m. Monday. Online condolences maybe left at www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Maffit, Norma 86

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-11-20
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Norma (Domasky) Maffit, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, at Greensburg Care Center. She was born on Nov. 20, 1928, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late George Domasky and Ann (Smith) Domasky. Norma was a member of St. Rose Church. She was retired from the State Unemployment office and had been previously employed at Commercial Bank and Kennametal. Norma was a member of AARP, PARSE, and enjoyed playing cards, taking bus trips and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles O. Maffit Jr.; and a sister, Dolores Zook. Norma is survived by two daughters, Barbara A. Maffit, of Latrobe, and Amy M. Roman and her husband, Jon, of Greensburg; one son, David C. Maffit, of Nevada; three grandchildren, David, Sarah and Kyle; a brother-in-law, Frank Zook, of Latrobe; a sister-in-law, Patricia Barbour and her husband, George, of Greensburg; and she is also survived by several nieces and nephews. At Norma's request, there will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Church. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. 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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Muller, Herman J. 82

  • Greensurg
  • Born: 1933-03-12
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Herman Joseph "Joe" Muller, 82, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015. in his home. He was born March 12, 1933. in Jersey City, N.J., a son of the late Herman C. and Fannie (Fleckner) Muller. Prior to retirement in 1982, Joe worked as a truck driver for Jones Motor Freight. He was also president and owner, along with his wife, of Mary Lou's Party World, Greensburg. Joe was a member of Teamsters Local No. 30, Hannastown Volunteer Fire Department and Luxor Methodist Church. He was a Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his son, Joseph M. Muller; his grandson, Jason Muller; two brothers, Francis and Robert Muller; sister, Miriam Crawford; and stepsister, Veronica Eisberg. Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Lou (Frisko) Muller; son, Vincent J. Muller and wife, Jo Lee, of Allentown; three grandchildren, Joey, Ryan and Alaina Muller; daughter-in-law, Susan Muller; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Family and friends will be received from 2 to4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Joe's funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Robert Arduino officiating. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. For their wonderful care of Joe, the Muller Family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Home Health Care, especially nurse Joey and physical therapist Carla; Heartland Hospice Services and Mutual Aid Ambulance Service. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Smartnick, Pauline F. 95

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1920-06-21
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Pauline F. Smartnick, 95, of Hunker, Hempfield Township, passed away Thursday evening, July 30, 2015, in The Loyalhanna Care Center, Latrobe, where she has been a resident since 2005. She was born June 21, 1920, in Everson, a daughter of the late Zachary and Margaret Luczcz Nebesney. Mrs. Smartnick was employed as a glass worker for Anchor Hocking in South Connellsville from 1942 to 1948, before starting her family. She enjoyed flowers, watching and feeding birds, and spending time with her grandchildren. Her husband, Joseph G. Smartnick, preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1990. She is survived by her three children, Rose Marie Brush and husband, John W. "Jack", of Greensburg, Patricia Ann Havel, of Hunker, and Daniel J. Smartnick and wife, Mary Elaine, of Latrobe; two grandchildren, John W. Brush II and wife, Amy, of Butler, and Brian M. Brush and wife, Kristie, of Kentucky; two great-grandchildren, Tayler and Jeremy Brush; a sister, Florence Nebesney Hostoffer, of Everson; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are her son-in-law, Dan Havel; three sisters, Stella Misterka, Nellie Krol and Frances Stillwagon; and four brothers, Walter, Michael, John and Joseph Nebesney. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
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Smith, Alberta A. 91

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1924-03-15
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Alberta "Bertie" Anne (Adamik) Coulter Smith, 91, of Washington Township, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler. Born March 15, 1924, in North Vandergrift, she was the daughter of the late John P and Mary I. (Yesenski) Adamik. Bertie was a lifelong resident of Washington Township and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church, Apollo, an active member of the choir, the Rosary Confraternity, St. James C. D of A. and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 92. Bertie volunteered at the East Vandergrift Senior Center, St. Vincent DePaul Store, VFW as well as anywhere else she was needed. She avidly fished and hunted with her husband, Arthur. Bertie baked wedding cakes and dozens of buns and cookies for several family members and friends. She enjoyed several years of local, state and national bowling. Bertie loved her children unconditionally. In addition to her parents, Bertie was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur L. Coulter, on April 5, 1967; second husband, Paul F. Smith, on Feb. 6, 1986; two sons, Eugene A. Coulter, in 2004, and Arthur A. Coulter, in 1994; sisters, Margaret Berry, Barbara Claypool and Elizabeth Fitzsimmons; and brothers, Albert, Robert, Anthony, Nicholas and John Adamik. She is survived by her children, David A. Coulter, of Lower Burrell, Michael A. Coulter, of Newburgh, N.Y., and Lisa Anne Coulter, of Apollo; 10 grandchildren, Sean Michael Coulter, Jessica Patrice Coulter, Sarah Coulter, Melissa Heinzl, Jim Coulter, Kate Martin, David M. Coulter, Matthew C. Coulter, Kelly Anne Rudd and James J. Rudd; a sister, Sylvia (Ray) Previni, of Apollo; nine great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Apollo, with Father John Euker as celebrant. Private burial in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bertie's memory to the St. James The Greater Church, Apollo, earmarked for the 2015 Angel Tree. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Tancraitor, Diane

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-07-16
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  • Diane Tancraitor, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, July 16, 2015. She is survived by her sons, Michael Tancraitor and Brian Tancraitor; mother, Drue Moore; and her sister, Sandy Weathers. She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Moore Sr.; and brother, Ronald Moore Jr. She was our beautiful butterfly. Fly free.
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Wargo, Toni

  • Irwin
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Toni "Skinny" (Palarino) Wargo, of Irwin, formerly of Turtle Creek, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. Skinny was the beloved wife of Richard Wargo for 35 years; loving mother of Stacey (Kerry Jobe) Wargo, of Slickville, and Ross (John Warman) Wargo, of Glassport; proud grandmother to Lily; cherished daughter of Charlotte Palarino and the late Anthony Palarino Jr.; endearing sister to Cheryl (the late Richard) Neal, of Irwin, Patty (the late Jim) Sinclair, of North Versailles, Barbara (Bobby) Previc, of Slickville, Belinda (Bo) Kirkpatrick, of Turtle Creek, and Anthony (Jeanna) Palarino, of Turtle Creek. Skinny was the sister in-law of Nancy Wargo, of Irwin, and Gary (Shin) Wargo, of Tucson, Ariz. She was the aunt to many nieces and nephews. Skinny enjoyed her dogs Gabby and Daisy, and all of her family and friends. She especially enjoyed family trips to Daytona Beach, Fla. Friends welcome from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a Blessing Service will be held at 5 p.m. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Bleakney, Velma L. 81

  • Elderton
  • Born: 1933-11-19
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel, Elderton | Get Directions
  • Velma L. Bleakney, 81, of Elderton, died Friday, July 31, 2015, at Indian Haven Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Plumcreek Township, Armstrong County, the daughter of Arthur Forest Cribbs and Goldie I. (Reefer) Cribbs. Velma grew up in Armstrong County and graduated from Elderton High School in 1951. She lived in Wilkes-Barre for 18 years, and while there worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance in the Major Medical Department. Velma also was employed by Jewelcore and as a clerk in a grocery store. She returned to Elderton in 1982 and was a member of Elderton Presbyterian Church. Her favorite hobbies were playing bingo, playing cards and reading. Most recently, Velma lived at Moorehead Place in Indiana, Pa. She cherished the friendships she made there throughout the last two years. Velma also loved spending time with her family and will be greatly missed. Her memory will be cherished by her son, Brad Eugene Bleakney and wife, Kathryn, of Chicago, Ill.; daughter, Rita Lee Strezo and husband, Kevin, of Indiana, Pa.; grandsons, Vaughn Blair Bleakney, Kevin Michael Strezo and Andrew John Blair Strezo; sisters, Gladys Ruth Johns and husband, Harry, of Elderton, and Grace Louise McConnell and husband, Robert, of Erie; and several nieces and nephews. Velma was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Blair E. Bleakney, whom she married March 2, 1956, and who died Feb. 28, 2000; infant brother, Blaine Eugene Cribbs; and brother, Arthur "Wayne" Cribbs. At Velma's request, services will be private. Burial will be in Elderton Cemetery, Elderton. Velma's family would like to give a special thank you to VNA Hospice, Dr. Stella Boron, Dr. Bernard Coppolo and the caring nursing staff at the Communities of Indian Haven and the Moorehead Place Assisted Living of Indiana, Pa. Contributions can be made in Velma's memory to Elderton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 159, Elderton, PA 15736; or the VNA Family Hospice Services, 805 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701. Arrangements are being handled by the CLARK CHAPEL OF THE BAUER FUNERAL HOME INC. To send a condolence to Velma's family or view a tribute honoring her life, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Harkleroad, Yvonne S. 57

  • Rural Valley
  • Born: 1958-04-02
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Yvonne Shirley Harkleroad, 57, of Rural Valley, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at her residence. She was born April 2, 1958, to Arthur Dean and Shirley (Rupp) Rosenberger, in Kittanning. Yvonne worked as a self-employed housekeeper. She was a member of Rural Valley Lutheran Church. Yvonne enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. Yvonne is survived by her husband, Paul, whom she married Sept. 27, 1975; her mother, of Rural Valley; son, Jason (Patti) Harkleroad, of Marion Center; daughter, Nicole (Jayson) Reppard, of Ford City; sister, Melinda (Brace) George; two brothers, Art (Billie Jo) Rosenberger and Ed (Tammy) Rosenberger; brother-in-law, Bruce George; and six grandchildren, Landon, Theresa, Ian, Annie, Nolan and Jaxson. She was preceded in death by her father and sister, Janine George. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at the funeral home with Pastor Charles Reppard, officiating. Interment will take place in the Harkleroad Cemetery. www.carsonboyer.com.
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Long, Tammy E. 55

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1960-05-14
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Tammy Elizabeth (Mohney) Long, 55, of Kittanning, was taken from her family too soon on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at home. She was born May 14, 1960, in Kittanning, to the Rev. Herman W. and Annabell Marie (Bish) Mohney. She loved spending time with her family. She built her life around her grandchildren's activities. She liked singing and karaoke and sitting around a fire. She is survived by her daughter, Tara Long, of Kittanning; a son, Todd Long, of Kittanning; granddaughters, Alexis Presley, Olivia Presley, Lyric Barber, Tessa Long and Thea Long, all of Kittanning; companion, Terry Slagle, of Kittanning; sisters, Gloria (Jay) Wynkoop, of Cadogan, Norma Katherine Baum, of Kittanning, Ida Ruth (Richard) Earl, of Kittanning, Penny Marie (William) Crim, of Apollo, Vicky Grantz, of Kittanning, and Faith Ann (Dan) Davis, of Kittanning; brothers, John Mohney, of Kittanning, and Timothy Allen (Gaye) Mohney, of Kittanning; also numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was precede in death by three brothers, Herman Theodore, Edison Lamont Mohney and Nathan David Mohney; and a niece, Wendy Marie Schaub. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Services will be held at noon on Monday in the funeral home with additional visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service with Pastor Llyod Riggle officiating. Interment in Kittanning Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses at 253 N. Grant Ave., Kittanning, PA 16201. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Volner, Olan C. 77

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1937-12-15
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Olan C. "Pete" Volner, 77, of Worthington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was born Dec. 15, 1937, in St. Genieve, Mo., to the late George M. and Dessie L. (O'Brien) Volner. After spending 22 years in the Navy, where he served two tours in Vietnam, Pete was a 911 operator and also was a part-time police officer in Kittanning Borough, and then he retired from Butler County Children and Youth Services after 20 years. He was a member of Ford City First Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed Pirates baseball. He is survived by two daughters, Tracy (Terry) Yockey, of Worthington, and Jackie (Randy) Kruse, of Worthington; grandson, Brett (Juliann Patton) Yockey, of Kittanning; brothers, Lyndell O. Volner, of Hemet, Calif., and Bobby G. Volner, of Arnold, Mo.; and sisters, Betty J. (Volner) McCain, of Kennett, Mo., and Carol Ann (Volner) Payne, of Fenton, Mo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Gail (Carson) Volner, in 2011. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Monday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning with Pastor Tim Kutch officiating. Interment in Kittanning Cemetery. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Butler County

Newcamp, Bradley J. 29

  • Butler
  • Born: 1986-01-07
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Bradley J. Newcamp, 29, of Butler, formerly of Mars, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Butler. Born in McCandless on Jan. 7, 1986, he was the son of Paul R. and Deborah McQuillan Newcamp. Bradley was a Warehouse Laborer. Surviving are his parents, Paul and Deborah Newcamp, of Mars; his fiancee, Brandy Mueller, of Butler; his nine-month-old son, Talon Knight Newcamp; two sisters, Dena Miller (Michael), of Mars, and Jennifer Newcamp (Jarod Schrecengost), of Fairfield Township; a niece, Elyn Schrecengost; his maternal grandmother, Joan McQuillan, of Mars; and his paternal grandmother, Florine Newcamp, of Allison Park. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Charles Newcamp and Robert McQuillan. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday at the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the family for the benefit of Bradley's son, Talon Knight. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Scrapchansky, David E.

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • David E. Scrapchansky, of Cranberry Township, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Jeanne (Buttermore) Scrapchansky; loving father of Stacy L. Tipton (Todd) and Tina M. Green (Craig); brother of the late Jerome Scrapchansky; and proud grandfather of Madelynn, Noah and Paige Tipton and Brandon Green. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Ferdinand Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Fayette County

Bigam, William T. 86

  • Mill Run
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William Troy Bigam, 86, of Mill Run, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant, after suffering a stroke. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Curtis D. 53

  • Normalville
  • Born: 1961-09-19
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Curtis Don Miller, 53, of Normalville, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Sept. 19, 1961, in Connellsville, a son of the late Don D. and Althea Rose Knupp Miller. Curtis was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1980. He had worked at Pioneer Park Campground in Bakersville and he liked boating, fishing and camping. He had attended the Millertown Community Church. Curtis will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving sister, Donna L. Tressler, of Ligonier; his niece, Tiffany R. Tressler; his great-nephew, Skyler Lee Tressler; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC. at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310), where a funeral service will be held at noon Sunday with the Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Watson officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Miller, Josephine 96

  • Vanderbilt
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Galley, Dawson | Get Directions
  • Josephine Miller, 96, of Vanderbilt, died Wednesday night, July 29, 2015, in the Cherry Tree Nursing Center, Uniontown. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the RALPH E. GALLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dawson.
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Stuyvesant, Shane L. 19

  • Fayette City
  • Born: 1995-12-23
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Shane Louis Grant Stuyvesant, 19, of Fayette City, passed away peacefully Friday, July 31, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital after a long illness. He was born in Monongahela on Dec. 23, 1995, a son of Kim Marie Troth Stuyvesant of Fayette City and George A. Stuyvesant of Monessen. Shane enjoyed hunting and fishing, and attended the Clairview School in Greensburg. He was a member of the Fayette City Presbyterian Church and played in the Miracle League Baseball Association of Uniontown. A lifelong resident of Fayette City, he graduated with the Class of 2014, Belle Vernon Area High School and the Clairview School. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Kayla Marie Stuyvesant; a brother, George Arnold Stuyvesant, both at home; maternal grandmother, Josephine Beeman Troth of Fayette City; paternal grandfather, George Stuyvesant, and his wife, Fay, of West Newton; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. Funeral services will be in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park.
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Indiana County

Stallings, Edgar W. 98

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1917-05-10
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Zeigler, Hyndman | Get Directions
  • Edgar W. Stallings, 98, of Saltsburg, formerly of Hyndman, died peacefully Thursday, July 30, 2015. Born May 10, 1917, in Cooks Mills, he was a son of the late Roy C. and Nellie (Welsh) Stallings. He was the oldest of eight children. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Gladys Marie (Logsdon) Stallings; a granddaughter, Carol Joan Stallings; brothers, Robert, Roy and Leslie Stallings; sisters, Sylvia Stallings, Jane Mertens and Betty Iames; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law. He is survived by children, Marsha Stallings, of Saltsburg, Elizabeth (John) Stock, of Greencastle, and Elliott (Dee) Stallings, of Ellerslie, Md.; grandchildren, Sarah (Rob) Johnson, of Corriganville, Md., Andrew (April) Stock, of Portland, Ore., Ben Stallings, of Solomons, Md., and Nick (Casie) Stock, of Las Vegas, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Emily and Abbigail Stallings, Hannah and Samuel Johnson and Asher Stock; a sister, Marilyn Kennell; and numerous nieces and nephews. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. He was elected to the Hyndman Londonderry School Board, serving 12 years. He owned and operated Stallings Garage in Hyndman and retired from there in 1984. Over the years he served in various capacities at Palo Alto Church and Faith Community Church, both of Hyndman, and Calvary Holiness in Cumberland, Md. The joy of the Lord animated his life and he was well-loved and will be missed by many. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the HARVEY H. ZEIGLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 169 Clarence St., Hyndman. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Ken Korns, retired pastor of Calvary Bible Church of Ellerslie, Md., officiating. Interment will follow in Palo Alto Hilltop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union Rescue Mission of Western Maryland Inc., P.O. Box 1614, Cumberland, MD 21501-1516. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.zeiglerfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Cain, Sharyn E. 65

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1949-08-04
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Sharyn E. Piscitelli Cain, 65, of Monongahela, River Hill, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born Aug. 4, 1949, in Monongahela, she was the daughter of the late Mike and Sadie (Namie) Piscitelli. For many years, Sharyn was a secretary in Pittsburgh working for Blue Cross, following that she began working at the former Kurtz Oxygen Emergency in Elizabeth. A 1967 graduate of Monongahela High School, she was a very active member of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Monessen, where she belonged to their Parish Council and enjoyed singing in their choir. She loved nature, especially bird watching. She enjoyed collecting 45's from the late 1950s and early 1960s and was very proud of her Hallmark ornament collection. Surviving are her husband, Raymond H. Cain, whom she married Feb. 10, 1984; a brother-in-law, Charles R. Jr. and wife, Shirley Cain, of Forward Township; and a sister-in-law, Elva and husband, Allen Boisin, of Forward Township; and her loving dog, Rowdy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Richard "RC" Cain who died May 7, 2014. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com. A funeral liturgy will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, Monessen, with the Father Fred Pfeil officiating. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. A Trisagion service will be held in the funeral home Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made in Sharyn's name to either the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1201 Patton Ave., Monessen, PA 15062; or the Washington County Area Humane Society, 1527 Rt 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330.
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Fong, John H. 57

  • Essex, Md. , Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • John Henry Fong, 57, of Essex, Md., formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015. He was a beloved son of the late Soon Sen Fong and Chin Kam Wong; husband of Karen (Waldschmidt) Fong; dear father of John Joseph Michael Fong; brother of James (Mary Beth) Fong, May Gene (John) Fong Rodewald, Janet Fong, Elizabeth Fong, George Fong, Amy (Francis) Fong Chen and the late May Joan Fong Singleton, Tina Fong and Anna Fong; also survived by five nephews, two nieces and dear friends, Darlene Williams and Michael Watson. John was a proud Marine Corps veteran. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the HP BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in Homewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org. Condolences may be offered at www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Naylor, Father Ronald J. 81

  • Norfolk, Va. , Formerly of Turtle Creek
  • Born: 1933-10-23
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Father Ronald J. Naylor, 81, of Norfolk, Va., formerly of Turtle Creek, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He was born Oct. 23, 1933, the third of 12 children to the late Percy and Alice Naylor. Father Ron was ordained in the Diocese of Richmond, Va., on May 3, 1960, and he served 10 years at various parishes throughout the Diocese. In 1970, Father Ron, was commissioned by the Navy as a member of the Navy Chaplain Corps and served at duty stations throughout the world. He was the brother of Theresa Mignogna, Nan (Lou) Renda, Jerry (Rose) Naylor, Bill (Diana) Naylor and Dan (Susan) Naylor. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Carolyn Seibel and Regina Naylor; and his brothers, Arthur, Charles, Joseph and Mickey Naylor. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, PA 15145, 412-823-9350. Translation to St. Colman Church will be at 9 a.m. Monday, where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Father Ron will be laid to rest with military honors in Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Tucker, Barbara A. 93

  • Belton, Texas , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Barbara Agnes Tucker, 93, of Belton, Texas, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died peacefully Wednesday, July 29, 2015. She was the wife of the late Rev. Howard Earl Tucker, married July, 1947, in DuBois; loving mother of David H. (Jan) Tucker, of Belton, Texas, and Timothy P. (Marybeth) Tucker, of Penn Hills; and is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was the sister of Norman D. Wheeler, of Bally, and the late Andrew M. Wheeler. Mrs. Tucker was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Reynoldsville, the daughter of Andrew and Mildred (Murdock) Wheeler. She was a registered nurse, but also a minister's wife and homemaker. Her husband was the longtime minister of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Wilkinsburg. She moved to Texas in 2006 and was a member of Taylor's Valley Baptist Church. Friends will be received from 1 until time of service at 3 p.m. Sunday at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Burial will follow at noon Monday in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please gather at 11:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple, Texas, or Child Evangelism Fellowship.
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