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Beck, Patrick A. 48

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Patrick Allan Beck, 48, of Whitehall, died suddenly Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved son of Thomas A. and Ruth A. Crowell Beck; loving brother of Kathleen Wenk (David) and Kelly Moyers (Scott); devoted uncle of Shannon and Breanne Wenk, Shea and Isaac Moyers; and nephew of Dorothy Kording (the late Tom), Mary Ann Jancuski (Dan), Agnes Warner (John), Susanne Pfeifer (the late David), James J. Crowell Jr. (Sharon Smith), William Crowell (Joy), Mary Andre (Stephen) and Timothy Crowell. He also is survived by his many cousins. Pat was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute and also a graduate of All-State Career Driving School. He was a member of the Jugo-Slav Club in Bethel Park. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. A blessing service will be offered at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Pat's memory to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin School, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.
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Burghart, August J. 89

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • August J. Burghart, 89, of Ross Township, died Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Klaas) Burghart; loving father of Sandra Burghart, Christine (Ed) Cassesse and Elaine Burghart; proud grandfather of Zachary (Monica) and Evan (Emily) Gelacek and the late Gregory Gelacek; great-grandfather of Peter and Louisa Gelacek; and brother of Elizabeth Lamping and the late Rita Geubtner. August was a World War II veteran and a member of VFW Post 2754 in West View. He was a lifelong member of Keating Fire Hall as well as Incarnation Church. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where blessing service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Burns, Thomas E. 32

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1982-08-27
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Burns, 32, of White Oak, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, at his residence. He was born Aug. 27, 1982, in McKeesport, a son of Patrick and Bonnie Long Burns, of White Oak. He was a member of the G-Scale Train Club. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Samantha Burns, of McKeesport; brothers, Patrick Burns Jr., of White Oak, and Timothy Burns, of North Versailles; a sister, Marilyn Sanner, of Monongahela; and nine nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his grandfather, William Long; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held Friday. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Chiaramonte, Francis A. 83

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Francis A. Chiaramonte, 83, of Glenshaw, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Theresa (Tomaro) Chiaramonte; son of the late Frank and Josephine Chiaramonte; loving father of Joe Chiaramonte (Kim), Mike Chiaramonte (Judy), Mary Kelly (Patrick), Theresa Chiaramonte and the late Frank Chiaramonte (surviving Dawn); Pappy to Jim, Karyn (Josh), Lauren, Ashley, Mackenzie, Jarrod, Evan and Emily; and great-Pappy to Adam and soon-to-be, Eli. Francis was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was also a Color Guard. He served his country as a member of the Navy during the Korean War, then worked for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired. Frank was referred to as "the Mayor of Phillips Avenue." He will sadly be missed by many. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Blessing service at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Bonaventure Church. Arrangements by Neely Funeral Home, Glenshaw. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Crossland, Jane

  • Avalon
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Linn, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Jane Poole Crossland quietly slipped through the morn that man has never seen March 29, 2015. Born at the foothills of Chestnut Ridge in Connellsville, her travel through life included, graduated from Bellevue High School; worked at screw and bolt; married in Arizona; worked and volunteered at Suburban General Hospital; and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Little Hill United Methodist Church in Franklin Park. She will be joining her beloved husband, Albert W. Crossland; her parents, Florence and Correll J. Poole; and brothers, Joseph and Justin Poole. She precedes in death her sister, Joann Thomas; daughters, Janet Grey Crossland (companion, Alvin Eck) and Carol C. Leister; granddaughters, Christine Leister and Megan L. Bever (David J.); and great-grandchildren, Alexis and Michael Bever. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Little Hill United Methodist Church, 2350 Magee Road Ext., Sewickley, PA 15143. Arrangements are by McDONALD-LINN FUNERAL HOME INC., Avalon. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Little Hill United Methodist Church, PO Box 56, Sewickley, PA 15143.
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Fetchak, Mary 91

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Heard, Observatory Hill | Get Directions
  • Mary "Emma" (Erwin) Fetchak, 91, of Franklin Park, formerly of West View, died Sunday, March 29, 2015. She was the wife of the late Frank Fetchak; beloved mother of Donna Jean, Frank T. (Carol) and the late Robert Fetchak; grandmother of Nicholas T. and Daniel J. Fetchak; and sister of the late Loretta Weiss, Thomas A. Erwin, Betty Foster, William C. Erwin II and Shirley Jean Oaks. Friends received from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at noon Thursday at the HEARD FUNERAL HOME INC., 4047 Perrysville Ave., Observatory Hill. Burial will follow at Union Dale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
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Fraer, Margaret 89

  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Jean" Fraer, 89, died Sunday, March 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick G. Fraer; loving mother of Joyce (Thomas) Rossi, Janet Fraer, Jennifer (Joseph) Tancraitor and Frederick G. (Luanne) Fraer Jr.; sister of the late George W. (surviving spouse, Marge) Zitzman; "Grammy" of Albert, Hannah, Autumn, Gregory, Megan, Tyler, Ian and Kailey; and "Double G" of Victoria, Trevor, Robert and Emmett. Jean was past president of the Greentree Women's Club, ordained Deacon, wedding coordinator and a volunteer in the Wallace Food Pantry. She was a longtime member of the Early Birds Bowling League. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with interment to follow in Chartier's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's name to the Wallace Food Pantry, 1146 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Guthrie, Mary E. 76

  • Formerly of Wall and West Newton
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Mary E. "Honey Girl" (Arendas) Guthrie, 76, formerly of Wall and West Newton, died peacefully Sunday, March 29, 2015. She was a daughter of the late George and Mary Arendas; sister of George S. (Joyce) Arendas; aunt of Michele Gaydos and George W. (Melinda) Arendas; great-aunt of Jocelyn and Stephen Gaydos and Gabriel Arendas; also survived by numerous cousins. Honey Girl was affectionately called was an architect and president for architecture development. She was a graduate from Seton Hill College, Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332, with a Parastos service to follow. Parting prayers in at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church. Burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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King, Michelle A. 58

  • Wexford
  • Born: 1956-11-27
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Michelle A. (Tuite) King, 58, of Wexford, died suddenly Sunday morning, March 29, 2015. Born Nov. 27, 1956, in Pittsburgh, she is the daughter of Dorothy C. (Pelles) Tuite, of McCandless, and the late Frank J. Tuite; beloved wife for 37 years of Norman A. "Tony" King; loving mother of Shannon (Brian) Capellupo and Justin (Vanessa) King; sister of Diane (Michael) Sistek, Cindy Tuite and Kevin (Leann) Tuite; aunt of Valerie Tuite; and is also survived by her precious grandson, Anthony J. Capellupo. Michelle was a longtime registered nurse, working at numerous hospitals in the North Hills and a parishioner at St. Alexis Church, in Wexford, where she was active with the Lifeteen program. She loved decorating her home and most of all spending time with her 3-year-old grandson, Anthony, reading books, building blocks and enjoying every moment being a grandmother. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Alexis Church with Father Paul Zywan, officiating. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery of St. Mary Church, Glenshaw. Family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Kirschner, Lotta G. 95

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1919-05-29
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Lotta G. Kirschner, 95, of White Oak, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at her residence. She was born May 29, 1919, in Berlin, Germany, a daughter of the late Karl and Martha Bartz Schroeter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Kirschner; and a sister, Hedwig Olson. Surviving are her sons, Robert C. Kirschner, of Murrysville, and William M. Kirschner, of Liberty Borough; also surviving are grandchildren, Michael, Christopher and Lisa Kirschner; a great-grandson, Brandon Kirschner; a sister, Gertrude Blaha, of Elizabeth Township; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Kiser, Joan 90

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Joan Daker Kiser, 90, of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was a daughter of Jess Oliver Daker and Alverda Lockhart Daker. In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband, David Kiser; her sister, Jean Daker Dickinson; and her brother, John O. Daker. After receiving her master's at McMurray College, Joan taught health and physical education at Crafton High School. An avid golfer, she belonged to the Fairway Swingers and was a past president of the Mt. Lebanon Women's Golf Association. Joan loved to play bridge and to work in her garden. She also volunteered to serve meals at AIC. Joan is survived by four nieces, seven great-nieces, one great-nephew and nine great-great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of her funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Entombment will follow in Allegheny Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.
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Knox, Paul R. 89

  • Pitcairn
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Paul Robert Knox, 89, of Pitcairn, died Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the husband of the late Caroline Marie "Snee" Knox; father of Paul R. "Toot" Knox Jr. and James J. Knox; brother of Jerry Knox, Phyllis Sersevic and the late John C. Knox Jr. Paul was a retired chief of security for WABCO, a longtime member of the Center Avenue United Methodist Church and a Mason, Valley Lodge 613 Free and Accepted Masons. There will be no visitation. Graveside service will be private. WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., Pitcairn, assisted the family with arrangements.
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Kramer, Andrew K. 31

  • North Side
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Hughes, Troy Hill | Get Directions
  • Andrew K. Kramer, 31, of North Side, was taken from us suddenly on Sunday, March 29, 2015. He was the beloved son of Kenneth and Brenda (Armstrong) Kramer; dear brother of Renee Kramer; father of Chloe; also survived by many loving family and friends. Family to receive friends from 2 to 4 and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME INC., 1501 Lowrie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (Troy Hill), where service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Friends invited. Andrew will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.
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Mafrica, Violet Y. 93

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Violet Y. (Cosentino) Mafrica, 93, of Morningside, died Monday, March 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Leo Mafrica; mother of John (Liliana), Leonard (Camie) and Richard Mafrica (Candy); grandmother of Adan, Kate, Maggie, Richard, Chelsea, Leah and Luke; great-grandmother of Brennan and Elias; and sister of Peter Cosentino. She was predeceased by four sisters and three brothers. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. A funeral Liturgy outside Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Raphael Church. Everyone please gather at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Mellor II, Chauncey J.

  • Overbrook
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Debor, Brookline | Get Directions
  • Chauncey J. Mellor II, of Overbrook, died Friday, March 27, 2015. He was the husband of the late Margaret C.; beloved father of Jeff (Doris Gove) and Dennis (Patricia) Mellor; grandfather of Dennis Ranft, Lori Zaremba, Eric Mellor, Erin Lau, Laura Mellor, Joe and Bobbie Jo Ranft; and father-in-law of Kathleen Ranft. Also surviving are 13 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at FRANK F. DeBOR FUNERAL HOME INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Home Patient Care Fund, 489 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234. www.deborfuneralhome.com.
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Napoli, William V. 94

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • William V. "Bill" Napoli, 94, of McCandless, died peacefully Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 64 years of Eleanor (Rezak) Napoli; father of William A. (Helen) Napoli, of Rochester, N.Y., Christopher M. (Karen) Napoli, of Plum, and Jane E. Napoli, of McCandless; brother of the late Edith Carbone, Elaine Carbone and Emma Napoli; grandfather of Jake (Mary) Napoli, Meghan, William and Benjamin Napoli; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was greatly loved by his "granddog," Sindey. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where a funeral liturgy service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Alexis Building Fund, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090. During World War II, Bill served in the Army Air Force as a bombardier navigator. In 1950, he graduated from Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon, with an engineering degree and went to work for Carrier and then later Westinghouse. He was an avid bridge player and sports fan and a loving father and husband who will be greatly missed.
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O'Keson, Margaret I. 74

  • McKeesport , Formerly of Pensacola, Fla.
  • Born: 1940-11-10
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Margaret Inez O'Keson, 74, of McKeesport, formerly of Pensacola, Fla., passed away peacefully, in her home, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, surrounded by her family, friends and beloved pets. She was born Nov. 10, 1940, in McKeesport, and was a daughter of the late Frank E. and Mabel A. (Scott) O'Keson. After graduating from McKeesport High School in 1958, she continued her education at McKeesport Hospital, where she obtained her laboratory technician degree. This degree allowed her to take positions in Chicago, Ill., Washington, D.C., and Pensacola, Fla., where she spent most of her life. After retirement from West Florida Hospital in the late '90s, Margaret purchased and renovated a Victorian home in the Downtown North Hill Historic District of Pensacola, which became the VicMar Bed and Breakfast. She served on many of the neighborhood committees and helped in the revitalization of the neighborhood. Margaret was also the proprietor of a successful business, Maggie's Lawn Care and Painting. In 2005, she decided that it was time to return to McKeesport. She took a job with the McKeesport Sewage Authority plant testing water for Marcellus Shale and immediately became active in the city's cultural and political scene. Margaret was a member of the McKeesport Planning Commission, the Joint Task Force, and was a constable for the Election Bureau. She was a volunteer for the Festival of Trees, The Christmas Parade and International Village. Margaret also received the Outstanding Leadership Award from former McKeesport Mayor James R. Brewster in 2010. Margaret not only had a love and compassion for friends and family, she also loved animals. From the cat she picked out of the gutter to the two large stray dogs that she found wandering her neighborhood, each animal had a story that ended in a loving home with Margaret. As she cared for them, both her beloved dogs, Marty and J.R., kept vigil over Margaret in her final hour. In addition to her sister, Belinda (B) O'Keson, she is survived by her extended family and friends: Mark and Christine Farrell Zacharia and their son, Terrence John "Jack," a ray of sunshine in Margaret's life since his birth, H. Aaron Dagen, of Pensacola, Fla., Carole A. Redman, of Cheverly, Md., Beatrice (Bea) Longo and Dorothy Troutmann, of McKeesport, and all others. To Margaret, if you are a friend, you are family. She was preceded in death by her brother, Martin O'Keson, who died Nov. 6, 1986. The family would like to extend a special "thank you" to Margaret's caregivers, especially Edie Mayersky, and Jill and Cindy from Forbes/Celtic Hospice. We couldn't have done it without you. There is no visitation. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, by Father Tom Lewandowski. A future celebration of Margaret's life will take place in Pensacola, Fla. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to White Oak Animal Safe Haven and Carnegie Free Library of McKeesport. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Pantanella, Anthony J. 82

  • Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Anthony J. Pantanella, 82, of Castle Shannon, died Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Maureen (DeSensi) and the late Donna (Gregg); devoted father of Anthony (Jing qi), Cynthia Pagesh (Ray Gintner), Richard and Joseph (Jackie); stepfather of Vincent (Jaime) DeSensi; loving grandfather of Nicholas (Angela), Vincent, Adrienne and Joseph Pantanella, Philip and Donna Kyler and Jakeb Pagesh; great-grandfather of Kyrie, Autumn and Taryn Pantanella; and uncle of Linda (Guy) Matola, Joseph Colizoli and their families. Anthony was a letter carrier for more than 30 years after holding several other jobs. He began doing pyrotechnics with Lisbon Fireworks Company in Ohio and for Zambelli in New Castle. He was a Korean War veteran, member of the American Legion Post 490 for more than 38 years and member of the PGI. Tony was also involved in the making of the original Night of the Living Dead and several other George Romero films. He will be missed at the Living Dead festival in Evans City that he attended faithfully. Friends will be welcomed from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 1008 Castle Shannon Blvd., Castle Shannon. Blessing service will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Pazzynski, Olga 94

  • Avalon
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Olga (Potoczny) Pazzynski, 94, of Avalon, was called to her heavenly home Sunday, March 29, 2015. She will surely be greeted with open arms by the mother and father she worshipped, Andrew and Anna Potoczny, and by her loving and devoted husband of 50 years, Joseph Pazzynski, as well as her sisters, Margaret Micinski and Mary Walper, and brothers, Andy and John Potoczny. Aunt Mary told me a story about the day my mother was born. She and my Uncle John sat in front of the fireplace in their home in Woods Run puffing on their leggings. Their father came from the bedroom and said, "Come and see the new baby." Olga had arrived on that cold January day. Mom worked tirelessly for years in her parents' Woods Run grocery store, Steel City Market. A meat cutter extraordinaire! Later, she displayed her unselfish charity as a 10-year volunteer for Meals on Wheels. When my father became ill and was confined to a nursing home, her bus trips to spend time with him became her mission in life. The home she cherished for 75 years, complete with her pampered flowers and tomato plants, was a source of happiness, fulfillment and pride. Also loved as aunt and godmother to many nieces and nephews, she was a strong link in our family chain, blessing us, and all her neighbors and friends, with generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness. We thank the extraordinary caregivers and staff at New Hope Assisted Living in Avalon for all the love and tenderness they showed my mother during her four-month stay. As her proud and grateful daughter and son-in-law, Eileen and Glenn Kidd, we are comforted to know how blessed each day has been to have had her at our side, not only as devoted mother, but fierce protector, nurturer and role model. Although we will dearly miss her daily presence here on earth, we know that she will forever watch over us. May God bless you and keep you in his care, Mom. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Avenue, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.
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Polyak, Meredith 76

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Meredith (Nale) Polyak, 76, of Plum, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Tibor Polyak; loving mother of Heather (Michael) Joos; grandmother of Steven Joos and Drew (Max) Noroski; and sister of David Nale and the late Nancy Shaw. Meredith was a very strong woman of faith. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow at Plum Creek Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Reichle, Emily J. 94

  • Clairton
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Emily J. Reichle, 94, of Clairton, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Reichle; loving mother of Mary Juanita (Paul) Liptak and Robert L. (Linda) Reichle; sister of the late Michael, John, Mary Batnich, Eva Vinoverski, Anne Janus, Rose DeShields and Mildred Horne; and daughter of the late Louis and Mary (Kostic) Nikolic. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no service or visitation. Professional services are by D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville.
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Sowa Jr., Walter A. 76

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1938-06-11
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Walter A. Sowa. Jr., 76, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, in Sycamore Estate Personal Care Residence in Duquesne. Retired, after 43 years of service as an electrician for U.S. Steel, Clairton Works, he was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, Clairton, and a veteran of the Air Force Reserves. He loved history, birds and antique cars. Born June 11, 1938, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Walter A. and Mary Sowa, and husband of the late Jacqueline "Joy" (McCorkle) Sowa, who passed away Feb. 28, 2007. Walter is survived by his daughters, Faith Ann Siler, of Greenville, S.C., and Stephanie (Kevin) Osselborn, of Mt. Washington; sons, Daniel J. Sowa, of Jefferson Hills, and David J.N. (Ann Marie) Sowa, of Liberty Borough; 10 grandchildren, Sam, Anthony, Christopher, Kevin, Joyce, Carol, C.J., Cassandra, Emma and Keaton; great-grandchildren; brother, Edward Sowa, of Auburn, Calif.; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Doree Sowa. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A Parastas will take place at noon Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the funeral home, with Father Ivan Mina officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions may be made to The Owl Foundation, www.canadahelps.org/dn/14298. Walter's family would like to thank the staff at Sycamore Estates for the wonderful care given to him. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Stanich, Lena 84

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-04-20
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Lena (Codeluppi) Stanich, 84, of McKeesport, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at Briarcliff Pavilion. Born April 20, 1930, in Blythedale, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (DeSanta) Codeluppi and the wife of the late Nick Stanich. She is survived by her grandchildren, Kari and Kelly Stanich; sister, Marie (John "Legs") Lawrenzi; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Rodney Stanich; and brothers, Adolph and Robert Codeluppi. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at noon Saturday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. The Rev. Isaac Johnson will officiate. Burial will be private. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Stephens, James E. 42

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • James E. Stephens, 42, of Swissvale, died Monday, March 30, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of 18 years to Nancy L. Taylor Stephens; loving father of Jordan Rheanell, Allison Marie and Madison Jean; dear son of Norma Jean Sandrovich and her husband, Jim; son-in-law of the late William and Rheanell Taylor; brother of Richard and Sandra Stephens; uncle of Nicholas, Merissa, Nathon and David; brother-in-law of Dean Taylor and his wife, Kathy and Jenelle Taylor; and is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Christ Lutheran Church, Forest Hills. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Streeter, R. Adele 95

  • Formerly of Glenshaw
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • R. Adele Streeter, 95, formerly of Glenshaw, died Monday, March 30, 2015. She was the beloved mother of David (Cheryl) Streeter; mother-in-law of Mary Streeter; grandmother of John, Laura, Alison, Joshua and Janelle; great-grandmother of Zachary, Taylor, RJ, Natalie, Sophie, Lucas and Halleigh; and daughter of the late Laura (Fitzsimmons) and Charles Liederman. Adele was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Basil; a son, John; and a grandson, Michael. Friends will be received from 2 p.m. Thursday until the time of the funeral service at 5 p.m. at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless. Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Beyer, Mary 87

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-12-05
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Mary "Joanne" Glarrow Beyer, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, at her home. She was born Dec. 5, 1927, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late George and Stephanie Bonnaswiecz Glarrow. Mary was a longtime member of the New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Beyer, in 2006. She is survived by her son, Robert Beyer, of Philadelphia; two daughters, Karen Kerber and her husband, Walter, of Mt. Pleasant, and Christine Beyer, of Falls Church, Va.; brother, Theodore Glarrow, of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren, Jason, Dustin, Stephanie, Emily, Madeline and Carlos; and seven great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Laney, Lizzy, Olivia, Amin, Zidane and Zak. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Janet Reid officiating. The family would like to thank her great friends, Carole, Don, George, Peg, Shannon and Suzi. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601; or the Western PA Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Bish, Robert 58

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1957-01-01
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert "Bob" Bish, 58, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, March 30, 2015, in Hempfield Manor, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 1, 1957, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Robert Bish Sr. and Laura Jean (Jantz) Barret. He was employed as a truck driver by J.A. Trucking Inc., of West Newton, and was a former driver for Quality Movers, of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Lisa Arnold Bish. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Marine Corps. Surviving are two sons, Brandon and Dylan Bish, both of Ohio; a brother, Jimmy Bish, of Irwin; and a sister, Carol Fletcher, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, at which time the family will conduct a tribute. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Brennan, Mary C. 91

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1924-02-20
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary C. (LaMonica) Brunner Brennan, 91, of Irwin, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital Greensburg. She was born Feb., 20, 1924, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Felix and Catherine (Miele) LaMonica. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, in Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William F. Brunner; her second husband, Harry Brennan; a son, William B. Brunner; a sister, Lucille Gaskill; and a brother, James LaMonica. Surviving are four children, Barbara Howe and husband, Robert, of Champion, Wilma Fiorina and husband, Gary, of Latrobe, Mary Cassarino and husband, Richard, of North Huntingdon, and Lillian McCalister and husband, Fred, of Carlisle; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene Estadt, of Ohio, and Frances LaMonica, of San Diego, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Mary's family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at Stone Brook Manor for the care they gave to their mother during her stay there. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2015, at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in the funeral home follow by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Stone Brook Manor Senior Care Living, 507 Rowe Road, Manor, PA 15665. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Brinker, Marjorie A. 78

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1936-09-18
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Marjorie Ann (Wagner) Brinker, 78, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 29, 2015, at her home in Delmont with her loving family at her side. She was born Sept. 18, 1936, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Harlen and Bertha (Snyder) Wagner. She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard "Dick" Brinker. Marjorie is survived by her loving family, including daughter, Diania Mason, of Greensburg; son, Richard "Rick" Brinker (Karen), of Export; daughter, Janet Himes (Barry), of Delmont; grandchildren, Lloyd and Keith Brinker, of Export, Michael and Lindsey Ford, of Harrisburg, Sherri Ford and fiance, Benjamin Smith, of Australia, Sara O'Brien and fiance, Michael Kushner, of Greensburg; great-grandchildren, Vienna O'Brien and Lilly Byrnes; and a dear cousin, MaryJane Good, with whom Marjorie was inseparable. She will also be missed by her special canine companion, Ginger. Marjorie will be remembered for her love of animals and her delicious pies. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Peter Goetschius, of Poke Run Presbyterian Church, Apollo, presiding. Interment services will follow and will be held privately for the immediate family only at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. Memorial donations may be directed to The Humane Society of Westmoreland County, Route 119, N. Greensburg St., Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Byerly, Betty B. 85

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1930-01-10
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Betty B. Byerly, 85, of Penn Township, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, in her home. She was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Harrison City, to the late Alvin and Blanche Walters Shearer. Betty sewed all the time with Busy Hands and was a member of Penn Township Senior Citizens and Young at Heart. She was a longtime member of the Harrison City United Church of Christ, the church she grew up in, and also attended Community United Methodist Church. Betty is survived by her loving children, Samuel R. Byerly, of Chicago, Susan S. (Larry) Wojcik, of Jeannette, and Becky L. (Joe) Brandt, of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren, Brant and Andrew Byerly, Tiffany Smith, Kim Novosel, Christa Ricciuti, Jacquilyn Tamanini, Lindsey Mayer and Annie Brandt; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Lottie Elias; and brother, Alvin "Pete" Shearer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Francis A. "Sam" Byerly; twin brother, Bill Shearer; and sisters, Susie Beatty, Jean Dzendzel and Alice Akins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, with the Rev. John Ciampa officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery - Denmark Manor, Penn Township. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Busy Hands, c/o Jodie Roscosky, 2002 Harrison Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Campbell, Jean 82

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1932-10-14
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Jean "Mimi" Campbell, of Murrysville, died peacefully Monday, March 30, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Oct. 14, 1932, in East Alton, Ill., to Robert and Zelma Ottwell Shultz. In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by the love of her life and husband of 50 years, W. Wayne Campbell. Surviving are her children, Debbie (Larry) Seighman, of Washington Township, Kevin Campbell, of Trafford, and Mike Campbell, of Delmont; granddaughters, Rachel (Jeff) MacIntosh, Autumn (Joe) Geiser, Amy Campbell (Tony Teaman), Nicola Campbell, Kristy Campbell (Ian Korekach), Bonny Seighman (Seth Grills) and Erin Seighman; and great-grandchildren, Yasmine, Maddy, Claudia, Joey G., Joey M., Tyler, Dylan, Brooke, Ava, Margo, Claire and Quincy. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy L. Johnson, of Columbus, Ohio; brother-in-law, Robert L. Campbell, of East Alton, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and numerous close friends. Jean sold real estate for the former Franklin Realty for more than 10 years and was very involved in her community. She was active in the Murrysville Woman's Club for many years and served as a past president. She was also a past president of the Van Buren Point, NY Woman's Club, where she spent the summers at the family cottage, for more than 40 years. Mimi Jean was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also a world traveler and enjoyed taking her family on two cruises to the Caribbean. Jean's family would like to thank her devoted caregivers and Bridges Hospice for their compassionate care during these last few years. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in her memory, to The Westmoreland County Food Bank or the Murrysville Woman's Club Scholarship Fund. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Garber, William Sr. 92

  • North Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1922-07-29
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • William Garber Sr., 92, of North Belle Vernon, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 30, 2015, in the Cherry Tree Nursing Home in Uniontown. A son of the late Peter and Mary Wagner Garber, he was born in Monessen on July 29, 1922. William resided in Belle Vernon most of his adult life and was a member of the First Christian Church of Belle Vernon. He retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel in 1985. He was a life member and past president of the Belle Vernon Lions Club and member of the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department and Tri-County Lodge F and AM 252, Donora. William served his country as a Merchant Marine during World War II. Survivors include two sons, John W. Garber of North Belle Vernon and William Garber Jr. and fiancee, Jane Engel, of Carroll Township; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol (Bob) Berish of Belle Vernon with whom he made his home for the past eight years and Sheryl (Steve) Chachula of Bridgeville; one brother, Jack "Pee Wee" Garber of Ohio; three sisters, Mildred Molocznick and Jean McFarland from the state of California and Marian Angeline of Belle Vernon; and a former daughter-in-law, Lisa Garber; nine grandchildren, Brett (Mary Lou) Berish, Tina (Sam) Colella, Denise Dilts, Mark (Robyn) Chachula, Nicole (John) Baselj, Shelley Tebo, Steve (Lisa) Chachula, Eric Garber and Joshua William Garber; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lorna Cadman Garber on Feb. 17, 2006; four sisters, Jackie McFarland and Betty, Teresa and Margaret Garber, all in infancy; and one brother, Peter Garber. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com, 724-929-5300. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, in the funeral home with his son-in-law, Steve Chachula officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery. The members of North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department will meet in the funeral home to hold services at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
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Hall, Katherine A. 78

  • Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-07-24
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Katherine A. Hall, 78, formerly of North Huntingdon, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at St. Anne's Home in Greensburg. She was born July 24, 1936, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late John Campbell and Katherine Amelia Havicon Fulton. Prior to her retirement, Katherine was employed by the McKeesport Area School District as an elementary school teacher. She was a member of the All Souls Episcopal Church in North Versailles, an avid reader, enjoyed baking, along with traveling. Two of her favorite trips included Scotland and Sedona, Ariz. She also taught Sunday school at Cantabury Lane. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Earl Hall, in 1992. She is survived by one son, William, of Rock Hill, S.C.; one daughter, Corinne Kisslinger and her husband, Stephen, of Fort Mills, S.C.; one brother, Raymond Havicon; and two grandchildren, Heather and Holly Kisslinger. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, followed by interment in Grandview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Katherine's family, in lieu of flowers. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Johnston, Donald M. 91

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1923-04-12
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Donald M. Johnston, 91, of Ligonier, died Monday, March 30, 2015, in the Loyalhanna Care Center. He was born April 12, 1923, in Latrobe, a son of the late Merle E. and Sara Clark Johnston. Prior to his retirement in 1989, he had been employed as a unit manager at Latrobe Area Hospital. He had been previously employed by Teledyne Vasco. He was a proud veteran of World War II, having served with the Army 10th Mountain Division. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia L. Maisack Johnston, in 2009; and a daughter, Susan Gibler, in 2001. Donald is survived by a daughter, Karen Johnston, of San Francisco, Calif.; two sons, Keith (Bev) Johnston, of Ligonier, and Eric (Amy) Johnston, of Coral Springs, Fla.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fred (Judy) Johnston, of Erie. Private interment took place Tuesday in St. Michael's Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. James B. Simons officiating. A memorial service to celebrate Donald's life will be held at St. Michael's of the Valley Church, at a time to be announced. The family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to the caregivers at the Loyalhanna Care Center for giving so much of themselves to provide the care and attention that their father required. The family appreciates their dedication along with their compassion and grace. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Donald's memory to the St. Michael's of the Valley Church, Rector, PA 15677. The J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit: www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Kiliany, Christopher B. 31

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1984-02-12
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Christopher B. Kiliany, 31, of Youngwood, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, March 29, 2015, at his home. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Feb. 12, 1984, son of Bernard "Bernie" Kiliany, of Scottdale, and Esther "Kathy" Byers Crivella and husband, John, of Tarrs. He was a graduate of Southmoreland High School's Class of 2002. Chris was a 2004 graduate of Westmoreland County Community College with a degree in HVAC. He was employed as a sheet metal worker for Local 12 and was currently employed by Hranec of Uniontown. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 12 and also the East Huntingdon Township Sportsman Club. Chris is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, Bernard "Bernie" Kiliany, of Scottdale, and Esther "Kathy" Byers Crivella and husband, John, of Tarrs, Chris is survived by his loving and devoted wife of six years, Jessica D. Sage Kiliany, whom he married Aug. 8, 2009; his loving fur baby, Sadie; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald Sage and Cathy Neighbors Sage, of Scottdale; his sister-in-law, Kristie Harvey and husband, Jim, of Greensburg; his stepsister, Alissa Heinbaugh and husband, Harry, of Smithton; and his stepbrother, Brian Crivella, of Yukon. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Olga Berenche Kiliany; his maternal grandmother, Romayne E. Byers; and his uncle, Robert "Gene" Kiliany Jr. Chris' family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Steve Bane, of New Stanton Methodist Church, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John's Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, send online condolences or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Markland, William D. 92

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1922-04-10
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • William D. Markland, 92, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Transitions Health Care, North Huntingdon. He was born April 10, 1922, in McKeesport, a son of the late Samuel E. and Mrytle Hartman Markland. William was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in McKeesport. Prior to his retirement in 1983, William was employed as a layout draftsman at Westinghouse Electric East Pittsburgh. In World War II, he was a B-17 bomber pilot with the 483RD bomb group based in Italy. He flew 42 bombing missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. After combat, he was a bomber instructor pilot until the end of the war. He belonged to Masonic Lodge 375 and two radio control model airplane clubs, the Keystone Clippers and the Laurel Highland Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mrytle Surgeon. He is survived by his wife, Margaret R. Chapman Markland, whom he married in 1950; son, William Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Elizabeth Township; daughter, Ruth Watkins and her husband, William, of Belmont, Ohio; four grandchildren, Katherine and David Watkins, Douglas Markland and his wife, Tamie, and Daniel Markland; and four great-grandchildren, Joshua, Faith, Brooke and Mason. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Public Library or St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Masslock Jr., Andrew M. 74

  • Ruffs Dale
  • Born: 1940-05-04
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Andrew M. "Sonney" Masslock Jr., 74, of Ruffs Dale, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at his home. He was born May 4, 1940, in Greensburg, son of the late Andrew M. Masslock Sr. and Margaret Eckovich Masslock. He was retired from the Navy with the rank of senior chief with 23 years of service and also retired from the local coal mine in Ruffs Dale. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elvia Masslock; a son, Andres Masslock; and a daughter, Michelle Kemp. Surviving are sons, Samuel Masslock and his wife, Francine Faison, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Ricky Wilson and his wife, Rebecca Wilson, of Chesapeake, Va.; daughters, Jessica Abrahante and her husband, Eddie, of Norfolk, Va., and Deanna Moore, of Portsmouth, Va.; a sister, Joanne Rhodes and her husband, Jack, of Ruffs Dale; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Sonney was a member of the CFU Lodge No. 432 of Yukon. He had a passion for restoring cars, telling the same jokes over and he loved spending time with his best friend and brother-in-law, Jack Rhodes. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC, Route 136, Madison. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart officiating. Private interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery.
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Mulroy Jr., Francis J. 84

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1931-03-08
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Francis J. "Bud" Mulroy Jr., 84, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at his home. He was born March 8, 1931, in East Pittsburgh, a son of the late Francis J. and Margaret Katis Mulroy Sr. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Mulroy was a lifelong construction laborer and a member of the Local Union 373. He was a member of St. Helen's Church, East Pittsburgh, and was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Army Security Agency from 1948 to 1952. He enjoyed horse racing and was an avid Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates and Steelers fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Mulroy; and two sisters, Germaine Cole and Florence Mulroy. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lorraine Hawn Mulroy; children, Kathy Irvin, of Irwin, Karen Tubbs and her husband, Mark, of Yorktown, Va., and Rillton, Kenny Mulroy, of Hampton, Va., Kris Mulroy, of Irwin, and Keith Mulroy, of North Huntingdon; sister, Elaine Muskovac and her husband, Nick; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Father Miroslaus Wojcicki officiating. Interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Oleszewski, Nancy 68

  • Latrobe , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1946-09-29
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Coshey-Nicholson, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nancy Oleszewski, 68, of Latrobe, formerly of Greensburg, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Loyalhanna Care Center, Latrobe. She was born Sept. 29, 1946, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Earl and Margaret Reese Smith. She was a former employee of the Tribune-Review in Greensburg. In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Oleszewski; and a brother, James Smith. She is survived by a son, Michael Paul Oleszweski, of Manor; and two daughters, Melissa Ann Dunn and her husband, Gregory Sr., and Jamie Lynn Sullenberger, all of Latrobe; a brother, Timothy S. Smith, of Grapeville; a half-sister, Sandra Fromm; and nine grandchildren. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Robert A. Free, officiating. Interment will follow at the Hillview Cemetery. Alvin P. Oskin Jr. is in charge of arrangements.
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Rudolph, Ellen A. 91

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1923-06-22
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Ellen A. Rudolph, 91, of Murrysville, died Monday, March 30, 2015. She was born June 22, 1923, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Peter and Anna Mehalik Kovick. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Saxonburg for her early years and was a 1941 graduate of Etna High School and attended Business Training College (now Point Park University). She was employed by Koppers and then Frigidaire for a number of years. Ellen was a life member of 50-plus years of the Murrysville Women's Club and a member of Bethel United Presbyterian Church, Monroeville. Ellen enjoyed gardening and sewing. She was preceded in death by her husband, George I. Rudolph, in 2008, whom she married in Yuma, Ariz., in 1946; a brother, Perry Kovick; and a sister, Martha Dankmyer. Ellen is survived by two sons, Edward (Rainelle) Rudolph, of Bethel Park, and Kenneth Rudolph, of Murrysville; five grandchildren, Brian, Matthew, Lisa, Kelly and Michael; four great-grandchildren, Henry, Bella, Cameron and Abby; a sister, Cassie Pegher, of Pleasant Hills; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sadock, Seth A. 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-06-11
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Coshey-Nicholson, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Seth A. Sadock, 61, of Greensburg, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 29, 2015. After a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer, Seth succumbed while surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 11, 1953, in Berwick, a son of the late Eileen "Popsy" Friedlander Sadock and Martin Sadock, who had resided in Greensburg. Seth began his multifaceted career at Mutual Aid Ambulance Service as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and concurrently volunteered thousands of hours at Westmoreland Hospital. Seth was a behavioral counselor for troubled children and subsequently ran a medical equipment leasing business. After a serious accident more than a decade ago, Seth founded The Blue Buddha Puppet Co. to bring joy and smiles to children and adults in everyday life. Seth was a lifeguard and a Boy Scout and was awarded the Boy Scouts' highest honor, Eagle Scout, as a teenager. He was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman and gardener. He is survived by his loving wife, Marcia Williams Sadock, of Greensburg; his two children, Samantha Aryn Sadock and Stefan Ethan Sadock and Ashley Reed, of Pittsburgh; two stepchildren, Susan Rugh and her husband, William, of Jeannette, and Kelly Ann Perkins, of Jeannette; his sister, Jamie Sadock and her husband, Jerry Perelmutter, of New York; his brother, Jonathan Sadock, of Philadelphia; his four grandchildren, Declan, Liam, Quinn and Ayla; his niece, Ava Rose Sadock, and nephew, Ian Maxwell Sadock, of Philadelphia; along with stepnieces, nephews, cousins, friends and fans and a vast collection of puppet friends, including Mr. Squeekers and Mezmo. Friends will be received from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME, 319 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. with Rabbi Sara Perman officiating. Interment will follow at Temple Emanuel Cemetery. The family wishes to thank all the loving staff at Arnold Palmer Cancer Center and Heartland Hospice for their kindness and caring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Seth's memory to Children's Cancer Network. www.childrenscancernetwork.org or mail your donation to: Children's Cancer Network, 6150 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1, Chandler, AZ 85226.
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Smeltzer, Sara F. 88

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-02-03
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sara F. Smeltzer, 88, of Southwest Greensburg, died Monday, March 30, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Feb. 3, 1927, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Lemuel and Ida (Shaffer) Fox. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Southwest Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard W. Smeltzer, on March 23, 2001; two infant children, Gary Allen and Kathleen Sue Smeltzer; and four sisters, Elinor, Helen, Elberta and Doris. She is survived by her son, Dennis L. Smeltzer, of Southwest Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday, the time of service, in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. A. Harrison Smith officiating. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Toney-Ashe, Jeannie E. 74

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1940-04-14
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Jeannie Edith Toney-Ashe, 74, of Lower Burrell, died Friday, March 27, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born April 14, 1940, in New Kensington, to the late Edwin and Jeannie Scott Imm, and had been a life resident of the local area. She had worked in the Hematology Section of Allegheny Valley Hospital's Medical Laboratory, retiring after 40 years of employment. Jeannie enjoyed being involved with the Silver Slippers Exercise group, the Line Dance group at the New Kensington Civic Center, traveling and fine arts. She was an excellent seamstress and baker. A loving mother, grandmother, wife, stepmother and sister, she is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles P. Ashe; son, Shawn (Ann Marie) Toney; grandchildren, Mitchell, Samuel and Nicholas Toney; stepchildren, Karen Askren, Kristin Lifton, Phillip and Stephen Ashe; stepgrandchildren, Nicole and Colin Askren, Clay and Jesse Lifton, Jenna, Grant, Baylor, Calvin, Henry and Gabrielle Ashe; and a sister, Madeline Dailey. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Samuel Toney. A celebration of her life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Satruday, April 25, 2015, in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Leishman Avenue, New Kensington. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to: Special Olympics Allegheny County, 404 First St., Heidelberg, PA 15106; or Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation, 1133 S. Braddock Ave., Suite 1a, Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1286. Arrangements by the RUSIEWICZ FAMILY OF FUNERAL DIRECTORS. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Warneke, Helene A. 91

  • Irwin , Formerly of White Oak
  • Born: 1923-07-26
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Helene A. (Wawrzeniak) Warneke, 91, of Irwin, formerly of White Oak, passed away peacefully in the company of her daughter Sunday, March 29, 2015, in the Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin. She was born July 26, 1923, in Glassport, a daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Parzychowski) Wawrzeniak. She was a member of the St. Angela Church, of White Oak, and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers and a current member of the St. Agnes Church, in North Huntingdon. Helene was at one time employed as a nanny and caregiver for several families throughout the area, and was also a den mother for the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Warneke; a sister, Florence Rybar; and brothers, Edward and Ernie Warren. Surviving are a daughter, Karen Harris and husband, Jim, of North Huntingdon; a son, John W. Warneke, of Florida; and two grandchildren, Melissa and Joe Harris. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. funeral rite outside of Mass in the St. Agnes Church. Interment will follow in the St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, White Oak. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Wright, Fred V. 85

  • Export
  • Died: 2015-03-29
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  • Fred V. Wright, 85, of Export, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, at home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne, and daughter, Diana. He is survived by sons, Rob (Kim), John (Suzanne) and Dan. He was the grandfather of Laura (John Parker), Steven (Claire), Rachel, Samantha, Courtney, Natalie and Emily. He was also preceded in death by his father, Fred H.; his mother, Audrey; and his sister, Patti. After serving in the Navy, Fred lived a rewarding life working as a machinist, mechanic and printer. He enjoyed the outdoors and his family. He missed his wife and daughter, and he will be missed by us. There will be a family service, followed by burial at Twin Valley Cemetery in Delmont.
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Armstrong County

Gearhart, Hazel E. 94

  • Plumcreek Township
  • Born: 1920-06-05
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Hazel Elizabeth (Cravener) Gearhart, 94, our precious loving mother, of Plumcreek Township, went home to be with the Lord with a lone tear on her right cheek and a smile, surrounded by family Monday, March 30, 2015. Born June 5, 1920, in Cowanshannock Township, she was the mother of three children, Laird Glendon Gearhart and friend, Mary, Myrna Elizabeth Gearhart Turney and Dean Allen Gearhart and wife, Maria. Hazel also had six grandchildren, Kimberly Gearhart Nichols, Tiffany Turney Geren, Crystal Gearhart Eddy, Dustin Warr, Dean Gearhart Jr. and Sherry Gearhart Burns. Hazel is also survived by nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; one sister-in-law, Wilda, of Arizona; and brothers-in-law, Herbert, of Florida, and Harold, of Ohio. Hazel was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Laird Guy Gearhart, in 1997; her mother, Lilly Pearl (Lerner) Cravener; her father, David Edward Cravener; eight brothers, Ed, Earl, Kenny, Ralph, Wilmer, Elmer, Glenn and Clinton; and one sister, Gladys Cravener Schrecengost. Hazel always most enjoyed her family gatherings and visiting family. She also enjoyed her crafts, reading her Bible and traveling to Florida and Tennessee. Hazel will be sadly missed but we take comfort in knowing she was in the Lord's loving arms. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Additional visitation will be held from noon until time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Edward Walters will be officiating. Interment will be in the Elderton Cemetery. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Johns, Patrick L. 72

  • Adrian
  • Born: 1942-07-12
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Patrick Lee Johns, 72, of Adrian, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at home with his family. He was born July 12, 1942, in Adrian, a son of the late Woodrow S. Johns and Rhoda P. (Croyle) Milliken. Mr. Johns was a lab tech for Harbison Walker, a member of Teamsters Union and a transportation driver. He also was a notary public for 28 years. He was an Army veteran, serving in Vietnam, and a member of Brush Valley Brethren Church, Adrian. He belonged to the Moose, Eagles and Mens Club in Kittanning. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, operating amateur radio, boating, being an electrician in his spare time and spending time with his dog, Lucy. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Corenna A. Johns, of Adrian; children, Darlene Y. (David) Jones, of Kittanning, Darrin L. Johns, of Waynesboro, Tammy D. (Scott) Lash, of Adrian, and David A. (Stacey) Johns, of Latrobe; son-in-law, Denton P. Crissman, of Adrian; sisters, Vivian Y. Matthews, of Beaver Dam, Wis., Marian Grimes, of Lakewood, N.Y., and Sandy Hendrickson, of Sinclairville, N.Y.; and 10 grandchildren, David A. Jones Jr., Amber D. Jones, Darrin L. Johns Jr., Danielle J. Johns, Hilary B. Crissman, Zachary S. Lash, Brinna N. Lash, Noah P. Crissman, Brady J. Crissman and Samantha J. Johns. He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, Woodrow S. and Eleanor Johns; mother and stepfather, Rhoda P. and Frank Milliken; daughter, Jill A. Crissman; brothers, Ronald S. Johns Sr., Franklin J. Milliken and Terry D. Milliken; and sister, Sherry N. Fornell. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Cowansville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, in the funeral home with additional viewing one hour prior to service with Dr. Ron Shafer will officiating. Interment in Croyle Cemetery, Adrian. For more information or to send an online condolence: www.snydercrissman.com.
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Talmage, Sarah A. 98

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1916-07-14
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Sarah Alice (Shellhammer) Talmage, 98, of Apollo, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at West Haven Manor in Apollo. She was born July 14, 1916, in Leechburg, the daughter of the late William C. and Belva M. Coulter Shellhammer. Sarah loved to spend her time cooking, quilting and canning. She is survived by her daughter, Joan T. Lukins, of Huntsville, Ala.; her children, Jeff and Stacy Lukins, of Huntsville, Ala., and Greg and Joanna Lukins, of Sanford, Fla.; her son, Thomas K. and his wife, Gloria Jean Talmadge, of Apollo, his children, Brenda Brinker and Pete Pryor, of North Apollo, and Tom and Margo Talmage, of Indiana, Pa.; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Henry Talmage; her stepchildren, Dr. Guy Talmage, Norma Walker, Arthur Talmage and Dorothy Houser; five brothers, Homer, Ralph, William (Bill), Leland and Leroy; and four sisters, Belva Wedge, Frances Crownover, Wilda Hamm and Grace L. Shellhammer. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until noon Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo, PA 15673. Services will be conducted at noon in the funeral home. Her niece, the Rev. Colleen McFarland, will officiate. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Apollo. In lieu of flowers, donate to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. To view and send online condolences, visit us at www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Nicholson Sr., Glenn 81

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1933-06-03
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Glenn "Windy" Nicholson Sr., 81, of Connellsville, passed away peacefully Monday, March 30, 2015, at his home while surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 3, 1933, in Connellsville, a son of the late Samuel Austin and Florence Mason Nicholson. Glenn was a graduate of Connellsville High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Air Force. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a carpenter through Union Local 2274 in Pittsburgh. He had been a member of the Connellsville VFW No. 21 and American Legion No. 301. Glenn is survived by his wife, Debra A. Reho Nicholson; his children, Samuel Nicholson and wife, Jacqueline, of South Connellsville, Dawn Robin Behunin and husband, Trenton, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Richard Nicholson and wife, Sherry, of Connellsville, Wesley Nicholson and wife, Gretchen, of Scottdale, Joseph Nicholson, of Mt. Pleasant, and Kenneth Nicholson and James Shumaker, both of Connellsville; his daughter-in-law, Trudy Christman Nicholson, of Leisenring; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his brother, Samuel Arthur Nicholson and wife, Karla, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Glenn was predeceased by a son, Glenn Nicholson Jr.; a sister, Dolly Lorraine Pegg; and his brothers, Boyd, Ernest, Domer, Donald, Grant, Wade and Gilbert Nicholson. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Cheryl Lane officiating. Interment will be in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. The Connellsville VFW and American Legion Honor Guard will conduct a military service at the funeral home. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Ohler, Elma L. 91

  • Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1923-10-09
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Elma L. (Mickey) Ohler, 91, formerly of Connellsville, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Elma was born Oct. 9, 1923, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Ray E. and Roxey (Faidley) Mickey. She was married to Albert B. "Bearl" Ohler, who passed away May 22, 2006. Elma was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren of Connellsville, where she was active in the Woman's Fellowship and Builders Sunday School programs. A graduate of Connellsville High School, Class of 1941, she enjoyed sewing, reading, crossword puzzles, camping with her husband and the companionship of her pet dog, Bella. Elma will be sadly missed by her devoted family: her two daughters, Sandy Brown and her husband, Bob, of Bear Rocks, and Karen Showman and her husband, Jerry, of Connellsville; her three grandchildren, Andrew Brown, Lauren Showman and her fiance, Edward Gourn, and Jillian Showman; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Eleanor Friend; and her two brothers, Wilbur "Bill" and Robert "Scotty" Mickey. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Charles Whipple officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Love Lasts Forever!
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Pitts, Nancy F. 72

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1942-06-23
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Nancy F. Pitts, 72, of Dunbar, died Sunday, March 29, 2015. She was born June 23, 1942, in Dawson, daughter of the late Washington M. and Suzanna C. Rimmel Etling. She was a homemaker. She is survived by three sons, James (Carissa) Pitts, David (Crystal) Pitts and Joseph (Amy)Pitts; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Nellie, Loretta, Naomi, Isabelle, Lounetta, Marge, Anna Mae and Sandy; brother, Bill; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul David Pitts, on March 2, 2015; sisters, Mary and Ida Odessa; brothers, Phillip, Glenn and Albert; and grandson, Zach. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, Dunbar, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Church of God NU, North Union Township. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the church with Pastor Elliot Leighty, officiating. Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights. Special thanks to the nurses of Amedisys Hospice for their loving care given to Nancy. Special thanks to granddaughter, Jessica, and grandson, Jimmy. In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to Nancy Pitts Burial Fund, c/o Burhans-Crouse Funeral Home, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, PA 15431.
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Traynor, John B. 85

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1929-09-28
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • John B. Traynor, 85, of South Connellsville, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, in Mt. Lebanon. He was born Sept. 28, 1929, in New Salem, a son of the late John and Mary (Gallagher) Traynor. John was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was an Army Vveteran. John retired from West Penn Allegheny Power, where he worked as a computer room supervisor. John was a member of Fraternal Order of the Elks No. 503, a lifetime member of S. Connellsville Volunteer Fire Department, and member of S. Connellsville Rod and Gun Club. John enjoyed being in the outdoors, especially when working in the yard, hunting, fishing and woodworking. John is survived by his sons, John Traynor, of Pittsburgh, Thomas Traynor, of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Gregory Traynor, of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Carol Washington, of Connellsville; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Wells, of Pittsburgh, and Catherine Orsini, of Perryopolis. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his wife, Hilda Traynor; and two brothers, Joseph and Thomas Traynor. Friends will be received from noon to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Father Bob Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Younkin, Janet 63

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1951-06-13
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Janet Younkin, 63, of Connellsville, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital. She was born June 13, 1951, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Alvin Sr. and Lucille (Roadman) Soyka. Janet is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, William Younkin; daughters, Missy Emerick, Marcy Blankenship and husband, Brian, Mindy King and companion, Larry Black, and a sister, Connie Umble, all of Connellsville; grandchildren, Krista (Brawn), Kayla and Zachary Emerick, Brianna (Roy) Stratiff, Bethany (Nathan), Brian, Brandon and Brooke Blankenship and Kenny (Kaylee) and Kaitlyn King; and a great-grandson, Kenny King II. In addition to her parents, Janet was predeceased by her brothers, Bobby and Jerry Soyka, in infancy, Donald "Butts", Alvin "Sonny" and William "Billy" Soyka. Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday, the hour of service with the Rev. Robert L. Wratchford officiating in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. Janet's family would like to thank the staff of DCI, Mt. Pleasant, for the care they provided. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Dzimiera, Helen M. 91

  • Monongahela
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Dzimiera, 91, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in the Washington County Health Center. Friends will be received Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, Monongahela. A complete obituary will be published in Thursday's edition.
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Johnson, Darrell L. 57

  • Formerly of Donora
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Taylor Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Darrell Lee "Stretch" Johnson, 57, formerly of Donora, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Washington Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the WILLIAM R. TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, Trudy Taylor-Williams, funeral director in charge, 724-684-4877.
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Regitz, David J. 59

  • Revloc
  • Born: 1955-09-05
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Askew-Houser, Ebensburg | Get Directions
  • David Joseph Regitz, 59, of Revloc, a native of the Greensburg area, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at home. He was born Sept. 5, 1955, in Easton, son of Lester and Bernice Regitz. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother; loving wife, Kimberly "Sue" Mullen, to whom he was married 23 years; children, Melissa (Eric) Berringer, Stacy (Michael) Gonder, Mark Regitz; and six grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Becky Regitz, Johanna (Steve) Wtorkowski, Brenda (Dennis) Ford, Erica (Doug) Loughner and Greta Regitz. David was retired as a truck driver at the Walmart Distribution Center in Woodland. He enjoyed his family, his dog, Roscoe, and fishing. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the ASKEW-HOUSER FUNERAL HOMES INC., Ebensburg, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Monsignor David Lockard, officiating. Interment will be at Holy Name Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dave's family.
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