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Aiken, James A. 69

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • James A. Aiken, 69, of Oakmont, went home with the Lord at his residence on Friday, July 3, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Kathryn "Kathy" (Cauley) Aiken for 49 years; dear father of Cpt. James (Tirzah), Todd (Sherry), Sean (Anna), Matthew (Erica), Dr. Peter (Nicole) and the late Joshua Aiken; son of the late Robert and Ursula Aiken; brother of Kathleen (late Paul) Kimpel, William (Lil), Jerry (Mary) and Mark Aiken; grandfather of Annika, Samuel James, Mikaela, Benjamin, Abraham, Maddie, Ryan, Emma, Luke, Sarah, Andrew James, Grace, Isabella, Eli James, Kathryn, Lizzie, Joshua and David. Jim was a former manager with John Hancock and a retired pastor serving Shady Avenue Christian Assembly. Kathy and her family send a special thank you to Bethany Hospice for their loving care. Friends and relatives will be received from 3 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oakmont Presbyterian Church, 415 Pennsylvania Ave., Oakmont. Everyone please meet at church. Family strongly suggests memorials to New Life Christian Fellowship, 5877 Commerce St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Visit us at www.burket-truby.com.
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Andrews Jr., Benjamin 78

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1937-01-31
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Benjamin Andrews Jr., 78, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, July 2, 2015. He was born Jan. 31, 1937, in Pittsburgh, and was the son of the late Benjamin V. and Marie K. Andrews. Benjamin was retired from the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 12 and was an Army veteran. He is survived by his sister, Shirley A. Andrews, of Monroeville. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dolores Coyne; and brothers, Eugene, William and Berkley Andrews. There is no visitation. Service with Military Honors will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, in the Chapel of Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Bell, James J. 78

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • James J. Bell, 78, of Shaler Township, died Sunday, July 5, 2015. He was a son of the late Elizabeth and George Bell; beloved husband of the late Annette (Murphy) Bell and Catherine (Koteles) Bell; loving father of Lori Aul, of McCandless, and Stephen Bell, of Germany; grandfather of Rebecca and Kristan Aul, William Aul Jr., Megan Aul, Jessica Bell, Jason Bell and Julina Bell; and brother of Terrance (Kay) Bell and the late George (surviving Gladys) Bell and Richard (Nancy) Bell. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Jane McQuaid and Mary Ellen (Branko) Belich; also many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Jim was retired from Iron City Uniform as a plant manager. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bonaventure Church, Glenshaw.
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Biondo, Carmen R. 87

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Carmen R. Biondo, 87, of Wilkins Township, died on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary E. (Pugliano) Biondo for 61 years; son of the late Marcello and Concetta Biondo; loving father of Dennis (Cathey), Carmen (Gerry), Marshall (Donna) and Bob (Lori); dear grandfather of Dennis, Danielle (Craig) Kaniecki, Philip (Ann), Natalie, Shawna (Eric) Bullard, Sharon (Chris) Broker, David (Haleigh), Ashley (Ryan) Bianco, Kristin (Matt) Fischman and Melissa; great-grandfather and "Pappy" of Landon, Gavin, Nathan, Gage, Coleton, Brady, Broden, Carter, Braxtynn, Juliana, Silur, Payton, Caden and Brooke; brother of the late Vincent (late Helen) Bionta, late Frank (late Cleo) Bionta and the late Antoinette Kissel; and brother-in-law of Kitty (late Anthony) Carvelli, Evelyn (late James) Albanese, Teresa (Rick) Smith, late Rose Madonna, late John, late Shippy and late Tony Pugliano. Carmen will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Carmen was a World War II Army veteran and a retired employee of RPC Electronics with more than 30 years of service. He was a life member of the Italo-American Citizens Club of Wilkins Township. Carmen loved his large family and cherished all of the time he shared with them. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Colman Church. Carmen will be laid to rest with military honors in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Colman Church Update and Renovate Fund, 100 Tri-Boro Ave., Turtle Creek, PA 15145. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Boslett, Gertrude H.

  • Wilkins Township , Formerly of Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Gertrude H. Boslett, of Wilkins Township, formerly of Forest Hills, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Bruce Urton and Loretta Seeger Hill. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband of 59 years, John A. "Doc"; and her brother, John T. Hill. She is survived by her brother, Bruce U. Hill (Jacqueline); loving children, John (Theresa), of Ithaca, N.Y., William (Janet), of Chicago, Ill., Penelope Boslett-Smith (late Bob) and Pamela, both of Wilkins Township; and grandchildren, Dr. Bryn, Andrew and James. The family wishes to thank Concordia of Monroeville and Good Samaritan Hospice for the compassionate care of their mother. Funeral arrangements are private. WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., 412-731-5001.
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Bukovan, David N. 87

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • David Nicholas Bukovan, 87, of Pittsburgh, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Elaine; daughters, Joan Schmitt and Jane Rahenkamp; stepchildren, Bill, Jeff, Paul, Nicotra and Beverly Ferrara; sisters, Dorothy Madara, Lillian Santucci, Marion Suchacek, Genevieve Koller and their families; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois (Hartung) Bukovan; son, Matthew Bukovan; his parents; and brother. No visitation. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Most Holy Name Church, 700 Harpster St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Memorial contributions may be made to Most Holy Name Church Special Education Program. Professional services trusted to the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. www.thomasmsmithfh.com.
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Campbell, David W. 57

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1958-02-06
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • David W. "Corndog" Campbell, 57, of Elizabeth, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015, in Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville, W.Va. He was an iron worker with Local Union 3 in Pittsburgh and he loved to barbecue and play softball. Born Feb. 6, 1958, in McKeesport, he was a son of Helen (Chester) Gallinari, of Loxahatchee, Fla. and the late Joseph Campbell. In addition to his mother and stepfather, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Cheryl A. (Keener) Campbell; daughters, Stacey Campbell and Stephanie Campbell, both of Elizabeth; sisters, Holly (Mark) Laurie, of Caloosa, Fla., and Kim Weeks, of Floyd, Va.; brother, John Domer, of Woodstock, Ga.; also nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth. A funeral service will take place at noon Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. R. Paul Walter officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Downs, James A. 62

  • Avalon
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Linn, Avalon | Get Directions
  • James A. Downs, 62, of Avalon, died suddenly, Monday, July 6, 2015.He was the beloved husband of Cathy A. (Lawry) Downs; dear father of James M. Downs (Lindsay), Kristy L. Druzak (Joshua) and Nicholas A. Downs (Amy); brother of Mary Jane Mahoney (Douglas) and Patrick J. Downs (Pamela); grandfather of Atom J., Brooke C. and Cora N.; also survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Family will receive friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-LINN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 California Ave., Avalon. Committal services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Allegheny County Memorial Park Chapel, 1600 Duncan Ave., Allison Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to ACHIEVA, 711 Bingham St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203.
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Elza, Shirley M. 80

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Shirley M. Anderegg Elza, 80, of Mt. Lebanon, died Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was the wife of the late Russell Anderegg; devoted mother of Laura (Robert) Anderson, of Dormont, and Maria (Gino) Kim, of Illinois; loving grandmother of Rebecca, Rachael, Daniel and Elizabeth Kim; also survived by Joseph Elza. Shirley was a charter member of Bible Baptist Church of Pittsburgh and was a Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher for more than 30 years. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Bible Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, 412 Old Washington Pike, Carnegie, PA 15106 (in the Heidelberg area). Interment will be in Union Dale Cemetery. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Evarts, Betty Ann 77

  • Allison Park
  • Born: 1938-06-27
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Betty Ann Evarts, 77, of Allison Park, died Saturday morning, July 4, 2015, in the comfort of her home. Born in Wexford on June 27, 1938, she was the daughter of the late John D. and Hazel May Myers Werling Sr. A homemaker, Betty Ann was a member of Hiland Presbyterian Church. Surviving are her husband, Frederick C. Evarts, who she married on Jan. 12, 1957, a daughter, Polly Stehle and her husband, Ralph C., of Ross Township; a son, Roger C. Evarts, of Allison Park; her grandsons, Ralph A. (Alexandria) and Robert T. Stehle; and a brother, Eugene Werling, of Avalon. She was preceded in death by a brother, John D. Werling Jr.; and a sister, Hazel May Stewart. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Ruby officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Marshall Township. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Feyes, Susan B. 65

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Susan B. (Colmer) Feyes, 65, of Monroeville, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 48 years to Kenneth W. Feyes; loving mother of Scott A. Feyes and Jamie L. Feyes; grandmother of six; mother to Shanequa Williams; and sister of Donna Yutzy (Chuck) and the late Nancy Colmer-Schaub (surviving spouse, Paul). Also surviving are a special niece, Amy Mihm (Ken); two nieces and a nephew. She was a daughter of the late Elmer and Edith (Dauncey) Colmer. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100) and with additional visitation from noon until 1 p.m. Thursday, the time of the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Gdovic, John L. 87

  • Mt. Vernon
  • Born: 1928-05-17
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • John L. Gdovic, 87, of Mt. Vernon, died Monday, July 6, 2015, at home. He was born May 17, 1928, in Port Vue, and was a son of the late Andrew and Mary Gdovic. He was the husband of the late Lila Lee Davis Gdovic, who died May 27, 2014. John was a member of St. Michael Parish, Elizabeth Township, and the Golden Oldies Bowling League. He was also a member and secretary of the Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens. He was retired from the former General Motors-Fisher Body plant, after 32 years of service. He is survived by daughter, Karen Martin, of White Oak, and son, Lawrence M. "Larry" (Jacqueline Stroshine) Gdovic, of Mt. Vernon; grandsons, Bradford D. and Chase H. Martin; great-grandchildren, Joseph M., Hunter S. and Skylar N. Martin; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Agnes, Helen and Margaret; brothers, Michael, Andrew, Stephen and John; and grandson, Judson E. "Judd" Martin, who died July 12, 2012. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, in St. Michael's Parish with the Rev. Thomas Wagner as celebrant. Interment will follow at Corpus Christi Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Greiner, Mark A. 33

  • Overbrook
  • Born: 1981-08-28
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Mark Alan Greiner, 33, of the Overbrook section of Pittsburgh, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015, at his home. Mark is formerly from New Kensington. Mark was born Aug. 28, 1981, in New Kensington, the son of Janet (Ferguson) Pernazza, of Buffalo Township, and Thomas E. Greiner, of New Kensington. Mark was a 1999 Graduate of Valley High School and had served in the Marine Corps. He worked as a self-employed drywall installer and finisher for more than 12 years. Mark enjoyed attending and competing in arm wrestling tournaments. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed playing baseball. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Janet and James Pernazza, of Buffalo Township; his father, Thomas E. Greiner, of New Kensington; his sister, Ashley L. Pernazza, of Buffalo Township; his paternal step-grandparents, Geno and Lillian Segorek Pernazza, of Freeport; and niece, Ella Lynn Greiner, of Natrona Heights. Mark was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas J. Greiner, who passed in 2008; paternal grandparents, Theodore and Luella Greiner; and his maternal grandparents, Clair and Edna Ferguson. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, in the funeral home with Barbara Ravenstahl, SAM, of Faith Lutheran Church, Natrona Heights, officiating. Private burial service will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Freeport. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Haberman, Elizabeth M. 81

  • Aspinwall
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth M. (Brosenitsch) Haberman, 81, of Aspinwall, died Saturday, July 4, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William J. Haberman; loving mother of Mary Pollice, Nancy (Mark) Alchier, William J. Jr. (Mim), Mark E., Susan (John) Dinger, Amy (Kevin) Voytosh, Ronald G. (Dawn); cherished grandmother of Gemma, Eric, Amanda, Jessica, William III, Heather, Mark, Abigail and Christian; great-grandmother of Nathan, Brianna, Caleb, Luke and Rylee; stepgrandmother of Ben and Dylan; and sister of George (late Helen) and Thomas (late Carol) Brosenitsch. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall, where a parting prayer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Scholastica Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Heinricher, David R. 61

  • McKees Rocks
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • David R. Heinricher, 61, died peacefully Monday, July 6, 2015. He was a beloved son of the late Lawrence and Dorothy Heinricher; brother of Lawrence Jr. and Bill Heinricher; and uncle of Andrew Heinricher and Kate Heinricher. A graduate of St. James, Wilkinsburg, Central Catholic High School and Carnegie Mellon University, David loved kayaking, playing cards, cooking, reading and movies. Family and friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Alexis Church, Wexford.
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Horn, Richard W. 78

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Richard W. "Tyke" Horn, 78, of Baldwin, died Friday, July 3, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Alberta A. "Birdie" Horn; loving father of Richard A. "Rick" (Kimberly) Horn and Victoria A. "Vickey" (Thomas) Goldie; grandfather of Natalie (Bill) Merola, Vanessa (Patrick) Roth and Stephen Goldie; great-grandfather of Valerie and Britney Merola; son of the late Aloysius and Rose (Devlin) Horn; brother of Rose Marie (Bob) Cargo, Patricia (Phil) DeGregorio, Gerald "Jerry" (Dee) Horn and the late Elizabeth Lutch and Clifford Horn; also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a lifetime member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, served with Local Union No. 230 for more than 50 years. Tyke retired from Dick Corp. as a valued superintendent. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman as well as a NASCAR follower and enjoyed his part-time employment at Wildwood Country Club. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where funeral prayer will be held 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Albert the Great Church. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Huerbin, Grace 78

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Grace (Pilone) Huerbin, 78, of Ross Township, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William Huerbin; mother of Denise (Matthew) Harvey, Edward (Michelle L.) Huerbin and Jeffrey (Jessica) Huerbin; grandmother of Casey, Matthew, Michael, Tyler, Brenna, Robert and William; sister of the late Antoinette Thornquest, Frank Pilone and Anna Pilone; sister-in-law of Raymond Huerbin; cousin of Sister Catherine Meinert, Jeannie Centennial and Joanne (Raymond) Seals; also survived by nieces and nephews. Grace cherished her many friendships she acquired over the years and the many memories she made with them. Family will welcome friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. Athanasius Church. Special thanks to Dr. Dennis Gabos, Dr. Benjamin Jagiello, Dr. Robert Gluckman, Dr. Elizabeth Bergman and Dr. Joann Kim. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. Athanasius Church, 7 Chalfonte Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Johnston, Thomas H. 88

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1926-10-03
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Thomas H. Johnston, 88, of White Oak, died Saturday, July 4, 2015. He was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Glassport, and was the son of the late Kenneth and Mary Catherine Davidson Johnston. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in McKeesport and the White Oak American Legion Post 701. He enlisted in the Navy on Feb. 3, 1944, served during World War II, and retired March 3, 1969. He was preceded in death by his wife, Angeline Scire Johnston; daughter, Rosalie Johnston Jennings; and brother, Kenneth Johnston. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Tambella Amendola Johnston; children, Thomas Johnston, of Clearwater, Fla., Marcia Ann Rogers, of Littleton, Colo., and Angela Marie Johnston, of Malborough, Md.; stepson, Dr. Mark Amendola, of Endwell, N.Y.; grandsons, Michael Rogers, Christopher and Nicholas Johnston; and great-grandsons, Gavin and Caven Rogers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Church. Burial will follow. Remembrances may be made to St. Patrick Church, 310 32nd St., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Koscelnik, Patricia A. 78

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann (Mesher) Koscelnik, 78, of Monroeville, died Saturday, July 4, 2015, after a two-year struggle with stomach cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, John C. and Frances Mesher. She is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, Richard Francis Koscelnik; children, Jacqueline Koscelnik Esq., of Pittsburgh, Carole Raymond (David), of Laurel, Md., Michael Koscelnik, of Kensington, Md., and Diane Koscelnik, of Pittsburgh. Also survived by six grandchildren, Lauren, Natalie, Patrick and Joseph Raymond, and Julia and Alexandra Koscelnik. She was the sister of John C. Mesher (Carol), of The Villages, Fla., and George E. Mesher (Barbara), of Pittsburgh. Born and raised in Donora, Patricia became an RN through Mercy Hospital School of Nursing ('57). Her nursing career focused on long-term care. She was Director of Nursing at Murray Manor, Woodhaven Care Center and The Heritage Shadyside. Patricia and her husband enjoyed retirement living in The Villages, Fla., where she was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church. Interests included golf, Mah Jongg and pinochle. Her true passion was quilting, especially creating and sewing quilts for her family. She also belonged to Friendship Star Quilters in The Villages. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Monroeville. A Christian Burial will follow at Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernadette Catholic Church or Animal Friends of Pittsburgh. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Lang, Lucille 90

  • Indiana Township
  • Born: 1924-12-05
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Lucille (Bigler) Lang, 90, of Indiana Township, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015. Born Dec. 5, 1924, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Louise (Walzer) Bigler, and the wife of the late Charles Anthony Lang, who passed away in 1986. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Rosalina Roeder. She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Edward Seel) DiCapio, of Indiana Township, Nancy (Robert) Sutter, of Florida, Mike Lang, Patty (William) Sacoulas and George (Tara) Lang, all of Indiana Township; grandchildren, Theresa, Vincent, Shannon, Cullen and Yvonne; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Alicia Diana. Lucille's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw. She will be laid to rest at the St. Mary Cemetery on Mt. Troy Road in Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in honor of Lucille to the charity of your choice. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Lucille's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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LaPone, Shirley 90

  • Gibsonia , Formerly of Gloversville, N.Y.
  • Born: 1925-03-16
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Shirley LaPone, formerly Shirley Pezzella, 90, of Gibsonia, formerly of Gloversville, N.Y., passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015, at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Gibsonia, of natural causes. Mrs. LaPone was born March 16, 1925, in East Greenwich, R.I., a daughter of the late Herbert and Carrie Plympton. She is survived by daughter, Kathryn Murphy, of Moneta, Va.; and son, Frank Pezzella, of Boulder, Colo.; as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased in marriage by former Gloversville natives, Frank Pezzella and Anthony LaPone. After attending Edgewood Business College in Rhode Island, she served as an administrative executive to the state's governor. In marriage, she was active developer in the real estate community as well as the auto sales industry. She was a parishioner of St. Mary Church in Gloversville. She was a member of The Rosary Society and The Knights of Columbus Ladies' Auxiliary. She also volunteered at the Fulton County Infirmary. Mrs. LaPone will be interred at a private graveside service Friday, July 11, 2015, at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Gloversville. Arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, Bakerstown. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to P.O. Box 688, Hardy, VA 24101. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Barnabas Nursing Home, 5827 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Laviana, Gertrude W. 87

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Gertrude W. "Trudy" (Wincko) Laviana, 87, of Forest Hills, died Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Laviana; and loving mother of the late Susan Laviana. Trudy is survived by her sisters, Rosemarie Liggett, of Blackridge, and Joan (the late Leonard) Rosenfeld, of New York; her brother, Anthony (Lou Anne) Wincko, of Wilkins Township; as well was nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Raymond Wincko and Joseph (surviving spouse, Martha) Wincko. Friends welcome from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Maurice Church. Burial will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Maurice Church, 2001 Ardmore Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15221. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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LeClere, M. Denise 66

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • M. Denise LeClere, 66, of Ross Township, died Monday, July 6, 2015. She was the loving wife of Paul LeClere for 34 years; daughter of Jean and the late Dennis Roberts; sister of Jane Poff, John and Dennis Roberts; and aunt of Diane Poff and Jordan Roberts. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
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Likovich, Barry 53

  • Rankin and Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Barry Likovich, 53, of Rankin and Monroeville, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015, just two days short of his 54th birthday. He was the beloved son of Raphael "Tina" Likovich and the late Lawrence "Larry" Likovich; husband of the late Susan (Rosemeyer) Likovich; father of Tyler Likovich; grandfather of Lilyana Likovich; brother of Maryann Likovich, Lorraine (Jeff) Venturella and Larry (Nancy) Likovich; brother-in-law to the Rosemeyer family; also many loving nieces and nephews and greet-nieces and nephews. Memorial service from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at City Reach Church, 7327 McClure Ave., Swissvale, PA 15218. Arrangements by the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 107 Fourth Ave., Rankin, PA 15104, 412-271-6322. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Marciniak, Robert L. 53

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Roberta L. (Jakicic) Marciniak, 53, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, July 4, 2015. She was the wife of the late Carl J. Marciniak; daughter of Frances and the late Robert Jakicic Sr.; sister of Robert (Phyllis) Jakicic Jr., Randy, Ryan and Michael Jakicic; niece of Joseph Lewandowski, Barbara Szarmack, Linda Yeager and Rose (Ken) Czachorowski; and aunt of Robert, Randy, Amanda and Pamela Jakicic. Funeral arrangements by WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME.
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McKeever, Constance Y. 77

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Constance Y. "Connie" McKeever, 77, of Wilkins Township, died Saturday, July 4, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 55 years to Raymond J. McKeever; loving mother of Maureen McKeever, of Wilkins, Michael (Kathy) McKeever, of Lancaster, and Matthew (Donna) McKeever, of South Hadley, Mass.; grandmother of Seth, Hope, Nathan, Joshua and Ethan McKeever; and daughter of the late Herman and Frances Yeschka. Connie graduated from Stowe High School in 1954, and went to Penn State University, where she was a member of Theta Phi Alpha sorority, graduating in 1958. She was employed by Koppers Co. as a secretary until marrying Raymond. Connie was a Girl Scout leader and active with the Wilkins Century Club, Wilkins Zoning Hearing Board, Wilkins Arts Festival and Wilkins Recreation Board. She was also involved with the County Rock Garden Society. She then graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1990, and practiced family law. She was active in her church on parish council, as an usher and with marriage prep. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., FOREST HILLS CHAPEL, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. John Fisher Church. Memorials may be made to your local food bank.
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Mieczkowski, Dolores 75

  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Dolores (Karolski) Mieczkowski, 75, died Saturday, July 4, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Patrick J. Mieczkowski; loving mother of Daniel (Marie), David, Tammy (Scott) and Karen; grandmother of Michael, Lauren, Kara and the late Ryan; sister of Richard, Raymond and the late Lorraine. Family and friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Church. www.zalewskifuneralhome.com
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Miller Biddle, Carole 82

  • West Elizabeth
  • Born: 1933-05-31
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Carole (Hines) Miller Biddle, 82, of West Elizabeth, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015, in Jefferson Hospital. Born May 31, 1933, in West Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late George and Catherine (Gephart) Hines. A member of the former West Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Carole was an avid swimmer who enjoyed swimming at Jefferson Beach in her youth. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Biddle and a son, Michael G. Miller. Carole is survived by her children, Susan Fulmer, of Boston, Pa., Marylin (Galen) Bisel, of Jefferson Hills, Lew (Ann) Miller, of West Elizabeth, and Paul Biddle, of West Elizabeth; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her brother, Bill Hines, of West Elizabeth. Friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344, where a service will follow at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Hal Dangel officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Milochick, Margaret E. 87

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1927-12-14
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Margaret E. Milochick, 87, of Plum Borough, died Monday July 6, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Dec. 14, 1927, in Hamilton County, Ohio, to the late Albert and Alta Erb Rosenberger and has been a resident of Plum Borough for the past 64 years. Mrs. Milochick was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, the Logan's Ferry Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the New Kensignton Fraternal Order of Eagles. She worked as a seamstress and enjoyed making pirohi for St. Vladimir Church, playing bingo and spending time with her three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is survived by her two daughters, Chris (Keith) Kuzma, of Mars, and Pam (David) Yoezle, of Munhall; grandchildren, Lance (Kim) Yoezle, Tiffany (Hector) Gonzales and Katie Kuzma, great-grandchildren, Carter and Brady Gonzales and Reese and Gia Yoezle; and brother, Richard (Shirley) Rosenberger, of New Kensington. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Milochick, May 12, 2002; and her sister, Shirley Ostrowski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church. Burial will follow Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum Borough. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Mizia, Walter A. 66

  • Born: 1949-01-20
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Szafranski-Eberlein, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Walter A. Mizia, 66, died Thursday, July 2, 2015. He was the beloved husband Lorraine Mizia; father of Walter (Jamie) and Steven Mizia; son of the late Jean Rose and WaIter Mizia; proud grandpap of Tyler, Evan and Reese; and brother of Linda, Michael and the late Gary and Charmayne. Walter was a retired Allegheny County firefighter lieutenant, a retired navy reserve master chief petty officer, a life member of the Fairview Volunteer Fire Deparment, past commander of the American Legion Post No. 290, a retired Pennsylvania State firefighting instructor, member of Holy Child Roman Catholic Church and proud Vietnam veteran. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SZAFRANSKI - EBERLEIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 Third St., Carnegie. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Barbara Church. Burial with full military honors will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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Nelson, Rachel D. 89

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1926-05-12
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Rachel Delores Nelson, of McKeesport, entered into eternal rest Thursday, July 2, 2015. Born May 12, 1926, in Washington, D.C., she was the fourth of five children of the late Dennis and Marialyce Graham Mack. After moving to McKeesport, she married James W. Nelson, who preceded her in death in 1978. Rachel was a former longtime member of McKeesport's Zion Baptist Church and its Usher Board and the Fannie M. Howard Nurses Guild. She later became a charter member of New Birth Baptist Church in Duquesne and served as the financial secretary. A resident of McKeesport for more than 60 years, she retired from Allegheny County in 1991. She was also a member of the Henry C. Williams American Legion Post. To cherish her memory, she leaves behind sons, James (Carol), of Pittsburgh, and William, of Richmond, Texas; daughter, Delores, of Reston, Va.; a brother, Dennis (Barbara) Mack, of Hyattsville, Md.; sister, Gladys Coley, of Columbus, Miss.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Her brother, Charles, and sister, Rita, preceded her in death. Rachel will be remembered by friends and family for her love of life, her curiosity and humor, the way she spoke her mind and her generosity. Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, at HUNTER-EDMUNDSON-STRIFFLER FUNERAL HOME, 600 Market St., McKeesport, PA 15132 (412-678-6191). A Home Going and Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, at New Birth Baptist Church, 406 W. Grant Ave., Duquesne. Remembrances may be made to New Birth Baptist Church in her name.
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Nolan, Mary N. 100

  • North Versailles Township
  • Born: 1915-03-16
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Jordan, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Mary N. Nolan, 100, of North Versailles Township, died Monday, July 6, 2015, in UPMC McKeesport. She was born March 16, 1915, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Michael and Francesca Grillo Sichitano. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Edward M. Nolan Sr.; and daughter, Marie F. Conners. Mary is survived by her sons, Edward M. (Sharon) Nolan Jr., of Murrysville, and Michael (Vickie) Nolan, of North Huntingdon; sisters, Katherine Benkovich, of Harrison City, and Helen Yaderosa, of North Versailles; grandchildren, Jackie and Paul Kost, of White Oak, Lori and Matt Lindey, of Cranberry Township, Kelly and Michael Mullen, of North Huntingdon, Tara and Brian Swenson, of Virginia, Carla and Orest Motyl, of Connecticut, and Nicole and Richard Frischolz, of North Huntingdon; also 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mary was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in East McKeesport. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at the JENNIFER S. JORDAN FUNERAL HOME INC., White Oak. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport, with the Rev. John Brennan officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum of Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or www.cancer.org/donate. Condolences may be made at www.jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com.
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Pennell, Colleen H. 83

  • Buena Vista
  • Born: 1931-09-15
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Colleen H. (Phillips) Pennell, 83, of Buena Vista, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015, at home. She was a former member of Bell Chapel United Methodist Church and attended the United Presbyterian Church of Buena Vista. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and very active with church activities. An avid walker, Colleen enjoyed baking, reading and playing cards with her friends. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Born Sept. 15, 1931, in Kitzmiller, Md., she was a daughter of the late Aubrey and Theresa (Harvey) Phillips, and wife of the late Charles W. Pennell Jr., who passed away Jan. 5, 1988. She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Tom) Sloboda, of Forward Township, Sandy (Bill) Meyers, of Forward Township, and Tracy (Bob) Sivak, of Buena Vista; seven grandchildren, David (Beth) Albeck, of Tyrone, Matthew Albeck, of Ruskin, Fla., Bill (Justine) Meyers, Ryan Meyers, Kelsey Meyers and Kyle Sivak and Keaton Sivak; great-grandchildren, Kendall and Blake Meyers; sisters, Darlene (Bob) Magri, of Street, Md., Mary Ellen (Bill) Bennett, of Baltimore, Md., and Natalie (John) Warnick, of Keederville, Md.; brother, Paul Phillips, of Kitzmiller, Md.; nieces and nephews; and loving companions, Charlie and Abby. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her son, Chuckie Pennell. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344), followed by a 7 p.m. service in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. William Heaton officiating. Private interment will take place in International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Elk Garden, W.Va. Memorial contributions may be made to Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Race, John W. 87

  • Munhall
  • Born: 1927-08-05
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • John W. Race, 87, of Munhall, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015. He was born to Tresa and Yum (John) Race on Aug. 5, 1927. He was adored and cherished by his loving wife, M. Therese (Fenner) Race for 63 years; deeply loved by his sons, John "Skip" (Joanne) Race and Charles (Cheryl) Race, daughter, Joan Grubbs Trosky, and the late Chris Race, who died July 4, 2014; grandsons, John "Jay" (Alison) Race, Jeff Race and Jason (Amy) Race; granddaughters, Kate (Dennis) Naujelis, Alana and Larkin Trosky and Mandy Race; also two great-granddaughters, Delaney and Saylor Race. He is also survived by loving and caring nieces and nephews who adored him and called him "Uncle Porky"; and numerous cousins. He was a loving brother of sister, Pearl (late Regis) McCloskey, and brother, Albert "Bus" (Joan) Race; also nephew of Joseph Race, of Whitaker, and Wilma Koch, of Munhall. Jack was a member of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Munhall. He was a 1945 graduate of Munhall High School. He was very proud of his service in the Navy, of which he served in Bikini and Operation Crossover and witnessed the first test of the nuclear bomb. He was past president of Homestead Post Office, past Pa. state president and regional administrative assistant for Pa./South Jersey Letter Carriers. He was a retired Union Railroad employee. Jack was a great Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan and they lost a great fan in John. He was a quiet, kind and gentle man and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Therese Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Carnegie Library of Homestead or Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
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Reno, Donald A. 84

  • Formerly of Glenshaw
  • Born: 1930-08-20
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Colonial, Leesburg | Get Directions
  • Donald A. Reno, 84, of South Riding, Va., formerly of Glenshaw, passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va. He valiantly battled chronic lymphocytic leukemia for seven years. Don was born Aug. 20, 1930, in Pittsburgh, a son of John and Ruth Reno. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Reno, of South Riding, Va.; son, Douglas Reno, of Haltom City, Texas; daughter, Caroline Wilder, son-in-law, Robert Wilder, and grandchildren, Grant and Kiersten Wilder, of Ashburn, Va. He is also survived by his older brother, John "Jack" Reno Jr., of Lancaster; and his sister, Nancy Seiler, of Frederick, Md. Don was also known as Papa to the pharmacy staff at the South Riding Food Lion. Don graduated from Shaler High School in Glenshaw, attended Grove City College and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tarkio College in Missouri. A history major, Don loved reading various books on history and politics. He worked for many years at the YMCA in Pittsburgh as a membership director. During that time, he met many sports luminaries and coordinated various PR events. He loved meeting people. He later went on to pursue a career in real estate. Don enjoyed life's simple pleasures such as walking, enjoying quiet contemplation on his deck overlooking the lake, reading and watching his beloved Washington Nationals. Having grown up in Pittsburgh, he was also a longtime Steelers fan. Don also had a keen interest in politics and genealogy and was the family historian. Don and his beloved wife, Mary, enjoyed 57 years of marriage and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008 at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. He and Mary attended Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Chantilly, Va., for more than a decade and made many wonderful friends there. Don loved Jesus, and he loved people. A memorial service was held to celebrate Don's life at noon Monday, July 6, 2015, at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. Please leave condolences at www.colonialfuneralhome.com.
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Schrecker, Phyllis M. 92

  • Formerly of Tarentum and Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1922-10-09
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Phyllis Mae (Robinson) Schrecker, 92, formerly of Tarentum and Lower Burrell, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015, at Wesbury Retirement Community, Meadville. She was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Freeport, a daughter of the late Joseph and Lillian Humes Robinson. Phyllis was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Brackenridge, where she enjoyed volunteering and serving on numerous committees. She was also a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society and a volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels. Phyllis enjoyed watching Jeopardy and was a Steelers and Pirates fan. She is survived by her children, Robert R. Schrecker Jr., of Brackenridge, and LuAnn (the Rev. Joseph) Patterson, of Edinboro; and by her grandsons, David and Aaron Patterson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Schrecker Sr., in 1979; daughter, Linda Schrecker, in 1969; brother, Joseph Walker Robinson Jr.; and sisters, Dorothy Lann, Mildred Robinson and Helen Robinson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Trinity United Methodist Church with her pastor, the Rev. Jeffrey Vanderhoff, officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Phyllis may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 847 10th Ave., Brackenridge, PA 15014. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Siepkes, Mary Ann 72

  • North Versailles , Formerly of Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Kucera) Siepkes, 72, of North Versailles, formerly of Turtle Creek passed away peacefully Friday, July 3, 2015, at home. Born and raised in Monroeville, she courageously fought multiple myeloma cancer for more than five years. As a devout Catholic, she served as organist and cantor at St. Colman Catholic Church in Turtle Creek for 26 years and subsequently at St. Michael Catholic Church in Pitcairn. She has lately served as organist at First Presbyterian Church of Braddock. She was a faithful member and regent of the Catholic Daughters of Americas, St. Colman's Chapter. A woman of cultured tastes, she loved music, painting, and writing and had an enthusiasm for history and current events. She was also a great lover of animals. She was a valued employee of the Credit Union and Compass Federal Bank in Wilmerding and of Wal-Mart in North Versailles. Most of all, Mary Ann will be remembered as a devoted mother and wife with a sincere concern and abundant love for her family, friends and community. She is survived by and greatly missed by her sons, John and Eric Siepkes; she was the beloved wife of the late Henry Siepkes; and daughter of the late John and Annette Kucera. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are welcome to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at St. Colman Church, 100 Tri-Boro Highway, Turtle Creek, PA 15145. Arrangements by ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-824-4332.
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Skiles, William C. 75

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • William Charles Skiles, 75, of Ross Township, formerly of Fineview, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015. He is survived by his sister, Carol Strawser; sister-in-law, Joan (late Charles) Skiles; four nieces and nephews; and six great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles and Walter Skiles; and his parents, Walter and Ruth Hanley Skiles. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Lois 73

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Lois (Mills) Smith, 73, of Monroeville, lost her long-time battle with COPD, peacefully at home with her family near on Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was a beloved and devoted mother and nana.She is survived by her children, Dennis J. Smith Jr. (Karen) and Susan S. Patrick (Christopher); and her grandchildren, Dylan E. Smith, Emily J. Patrick and Phoebe M. Patrick. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Grace (Ward) Mills; and her brother, James A. Mills. Lois enjoyed teaching little ones in Sunday school and was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Corinth Chapter 229. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION CENTER OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100), where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015. Interment will follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Smolenski, Kathleen A. 45

  • Edgewood
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Kathleen Ann Smolenski, 45, of the Edgewood section of Pittsburgh, passed Friday, July 3, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of Chester and Anita Smolenski, of Murrysville. Kathleen was a prolific giver of thoughtful gifts, and a caring friend to many. A passionate advocate for the less fortunate, she was selfless in her support of others, with a particular soft spot for pets and the environment. She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents. She is survived by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Marty Smolenski, of Bend, Ore.; and numerous cherished aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A graduate of Mother of Sorrows School and Franklin Regional High School, Murrysville, she earned her degree in finance from John Carroll University, her MBA from Point Park University and a Master of Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was a dedicated professional in the cyber security and fraud field. A memorial gathering will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Mother of Sorrows Church, 4202 Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville, immediately followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Funeral arrangements are being handled by HART FUNERAL HOME INC., of Murrysville. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com. Donations in remembrance may be made to Mother Teresa Outreach at Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville, or a charity of personal choice.
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Spangler, Homer R. 88

  • Formerly of West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-06-07
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Homer "Hoot" R. Spangler, 88, formerly of West Mifflin and Port Vue, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth (Lane) Spangler; and son, Daniel "Willie" Spangler. He is survived by his daughter, Darla (Rege) Urban; and grandson, Danny, of Munhall; sister, Erma (Don) Sharpe, of Monroeville; and nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his wife, Pauline (Lugarich) Spangler; stepdaughter, Genny (Ted) Lutzel, of Dallas, Texas; stepson, Joe (Donna) Maykut, of Orlando, Fla., and their five children. Hoot worked for 42 years at U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works. He was a veteran of the Army, serving during World War II. His true love and passion was singing, and he had the privilege of performing with the Point Four and Roadrunners Quartets. He was an avid sports fan, loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, attended many Super Bowls over the years, and also worked as a guard for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field. At Hoot's request, there will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Arrangements entrusted to SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., Munhall. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Stearns, Pearl M. 96

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Pearl M. (Riley) Stearns, 96, of West Mifflin, died Friday, July 3, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Stearns and Charles Riley; loving mom of Carol (Robert) Fisher, of West Mifflin, Charles (Bonnie) Riley, of Findlay, Ohio, John "Jack" Riley, of Glassport, and the late LaRue Dillard; and mother-in-law of Randall Dillard, of West Mifflin. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Special thanks to the staff at Sycamore Estates Nursing Home for their loving care to Pearl. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in her church, Homeville Christian Church. Memorial donations may be made to Homeville Christian Church, 4702 Eliza St., West Mifflin, PA 15122. Arrangements entrusted to GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., Munhall.
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Sullivan, Joan E. 85

  • Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Joan E. Sullivan, 85, of Wilkinsburg, died Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank A. Sullivan; loving mother of Jeffrey S. Sullivan and the late Janet E. Sullivan; also three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills.
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Swiger, Denise L. 47

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1968-03-16
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Denise L. Swiger, 47, of Port Vue, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, in UPMC Montefiore, Pittsburgh. She participated in Mon Yough Opportunities Unlimited. Born March 16, 1968, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of Claudia (Begovich) Swiger Cowalsh, of Port Vue, and the late John F. Swiger. In addition to her mother, she is survived by brothers, John Swiger, of Port Vue, and Paul Swiger, of Penn Hills; sister, Paulette (Robert) Morgan, of Hatfield; and nieces and nephew, Deanna, Callie and Brendan. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a noon blessing, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454, with Deacon Dale DiSanto officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Tedesco, Vincent L. 90

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Vincent L. Tedesco, 90, of Penn Hills, died Saturday, July 4, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn (DeWitte) Tedesco; loving father of Mary Margaret Tedesco and Deborah Gathagan (Chris); grandfather of Karen Moses (John), Dennis Ayres (Melissa) and Nicole Baraff (Tyler Sherman); great-grandfather of Courtney, Demi and Haley Moses and Samantha and Denny Ayres; and brother of the late Benny Tedesco. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bartholomew Church. Memorial donations may be made to St Bartholomew Parish or a charity of your choice.
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Williams, Charles H. 90

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1925-04-30
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Charles H. "Chuck" Williams, 90, of Richland Township, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, while under the care of Kane Regional Center in Ross Township. Born April 30, 1925, in Latrobe, he was a son of the late Charles and Julia (Krompoltz) Williams. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Marine Corps. He had worked in the steel industry for 29 years. He is survived by his wife, Lois (Dinehart) Williams, whom he married on May 5, 1950; sons, David C. (Mary Ann) Williams, of Hampton Township, and Thomas S. (Marcy) Williams, of Richland Township; many nieces and nephews; brother, Lloyd (Cheryl) Brown, of Tarentum; and his sister-in-law, Shirley Dailey, of West Deer Township. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Keith Williams; and his sisters, Betty and Julie. He will be laid to rest at Lakewood Memorial Gardens in Cheswick. Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to KING FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Allison Park. If desired, memorial donations may be made in his honor in support of Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Chuck's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Alexander, Joanne H. 84

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Joanne H. Alexander, 84, of Redstone Highlands in North Huntingdon, formerly of Monroeville, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William; loving mother of Susan A. Ott (Ron), Nancy Murrin (Kevin), Mary Jo Petrakis (Charles), William P. Alexander (Mary) and David H. Alexander (Maja); grandmother of Jessica Young (Tom), Jennifer Misek (Geoff), Steven Petrakis (Diana), Greg Petrakis and Sebastian Alexander; great-grandmother of River Young; and sister of Robert Hurley. Joanne was a member of Ladies of Charity at North American Martyrs Church and was a volunteer at UPMC McKeesport. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at North American Martyrs Church with Father Joseph Luisi as celebrant. Entombment following in Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital ICU Capital Campaign c/o Patti Buhl, or Redstone Highlands, greatly appreciated. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Barkefelt, Samuel R. 73

  • Delmont , Formerly of Slickville
  • Born: 1942-02-25
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Samuel R. Barkefelt, 73, of Delmont, formerly of Slickville, died peacefully Monday, July 6, 2015, at home, with his beloved family by his side. He was born Feb. 25, 1942, in Greensburg, a son of the late Albert and Ruth (Barkefelt) Wolfard. Sam was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a carpenter by Specialty Tire, Indiana, Pa. Sam was an Army veteran and member of the Slickville American Legion Post 18. He was Protestant by faith. Sam was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending time outside. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant granddaughter, Samantha J. Perfetta; and brother, Herb Wolfard. Sam will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Lois J. (Pratt) Barkefelt; daughters, Jeannie Shope, of Latrobe, and Brenda Perfetta and her husband, John, of Export; sisters, Ruth West, of Youngwood, and Terri Werner and her husband, Tom, of Jeannette; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends. He was the proud grandfather of Adam, Amber and Brandon. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral and committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Keith Tucci, of Living Hope Church, Latrobe, officiating. Private interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Barkley, Alan R. 62

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1952-07-23
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Alan R. Barkley, 62, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 6, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Wednesday, July 23, 1952, in Greensburg, a son of the late William and Geraldine (Gilmore) Barkley. He was preceded in death by a brother, William Barkley. Services are private. Arrangements by the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 South Fourth St., Youngwood.
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Brown, Thelma M. 91

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1923-07-12
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Thelma M. Brown, 91, of Stahlstown, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in the Bethlen Home. She was born July 12, 1923, in Fairfield Township, a daughter of the late Jacob and Lillie Ankney Kiser. She was a member of the Kregar Community Church. She enjoyed playing bingo with special friends and Pinochle with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Paul L. Brown Sr. in 1992. Thelma is survived by three children, John J. "J.J." (Joann) Brown and Paul L. (Sherry) Brown Jr., all of Rector, and Viola M. "Vi" Brown, of Stahlstown; eight grandchildren, Candy (William) Hofmann, Scott (Valerie) and Whisper (David) Jones, John Jay (Tammy), David, Paul A. (Annette), Lester (Rachael) and Kevin (Jennifer) Brown; 11 great-grandchildren, Dylan and Kyle Hofmann, Alycia, Jordan, Dante and Hannah Jones, Nathan, Taya, Seth, Audress and Shanay Brown; and two very special friends, Maria Paulino and Danilo Mejia. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier, where her life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Dr. Dale Porterfield and Pastor Harry Langley co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Snowball Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Thelma's memory to the Kregar Christian Church, 989 Route 381, Stahlstown, PA 15687. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Coffman, Shirley R. 74

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1941-02-26
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Shirley R. (Drobney) Coffman, 74, of Penn Township, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015. She was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Barberton, Ohio. She was the beloved wife of 53 years to Daniel R. Coffman; loving mother of Jennifer (Keith) Vollberg, Jeffrey (Kristen) Coffman and Julie (John) Zaccaria; dear grandmother of Ashley Coffman; daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Julia Drobney; and sister of Mary Ann (Amos) Dixon and the late Joseph Drobney Jr. Shirley was a former choir director at St. Augustine Parish in Barberton, Ohio, leader of Hungarian Dance Group, at Holy Trinity Parish, in Barberton, Ohio. She was also a choir member, cantor, member of the bereavement group and former council member at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Harrison City. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at St. Barbara Catholic Church, Harrison City. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org.http://www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Crosby Jr., Leo W. 87

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1927-11-21
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Leo Wendell Crosby Jr., 87, of New Stanton, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor. He was born Nov. 21, 1927, in Greensburg, a son of the late Leo Wendell Sr. and Mary M. (Henninger) Crosby. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Jeannette Glass Corp., and was a veteran of the Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen M. (Wilson) Crosby, in 2006; and a brother, Walter Crosby. He is survived by a son, Leo Wendell Crosby III, of Greensburg; four daughters, Mary Lynn Crosby, of Palm Coast, Fla., Deborah Shaffer and her husband, Duane, of Grafton, W.Va., Tama Pianko and her husband, Michael, of Greensburg, and Cheryl Dorn and her husband, Jim, of New Stanton; 12 grandchildren, Marc Pianko, Michelle Rossi, Melissa Saxton, Travis Trout, Danielle Dorn, Charlotte Dorn, Miranda Crosby, Ryan Crosby, Joseph Lloyd, James Lloyd, Doug Shaffer and Duane Shaffer; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Crosby. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Davis, Alan C. 68

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1946-07-20
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Alan C. Davis, 68, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, July 5, 2015. He was born July 20, 1946, in Greensburg, a son of the late Albert and Esther (Railing) Davis. He served in the Marines and retired as a stock person at the Kenny Ross car dealership in North Huntingdon. He is survived by his wife of more than 35 years, Rosemary (Abriola) Davis; daughters, Jennifer (Evon) Davenport, of Irwin, and Marisa Davis, of North Huntingdon; stepdaughters, Kimberly Pagett and Tracy Norcutt; grandson, Quentin Davenport; and sister, Marianne Woleslagle, of Trafford. Friends and family will be received from 6 p.m. till time of funeral service at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, with Pastor Curt Detar officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends of Westmoreland at www.animalfriendswestmoreland.org. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Gilson, Beverly J. 80

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1934-12-01
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Beverly Jeanne "Bev" Gilson, 80, of Penn Township, died Friday, July 3, 2015, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township, surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 1, 1934, in Marion County, Iowa, a daughter of the late Coline Reynolds. On Sept. 15, 1956, she wed her beloved, Robert W. Gilson, with whom she had 55 years of marriage. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jeannette. Bev graduated from Sacred Heart Nursing School in Spokane, Wash. She briefly worked as a nurse before starting and raising a family. In addition to her mother and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter and her sister-in-law, Virginia Gilson. Bev is survived by her daughter, Sharla Gilson, of Saltsburg, and her partner, Jimmy McGee; and her son, Robert Gilson Jr., of Trafford; her daughter-in-law, Debby Svec, of North Huntington; a brother, Craig Reynolds, of Lewiston, Idaho; her brother-in-law, Harold Gilson, of Detroit, Mich.; nephews, Steve Gilson (Cathy) and Ray Gilson (Sharon); a niece, Linda Belokonny (Dave); as well as a number of great-nieces and nephews. Bev had a gift for loving and living and her smile will be missed. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Thursday in the First Presbyterian Church of Jeannette, 314 Bullitt Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250; or to the First Presbyterian Church of Jeannette at the address above. A special thanks to Bridges Hospice and William Penn Care Center for their care and support. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Good Sr., Edward E. 77

  • Harrison City
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Edward E. Good Sr., 77, of Harrison City, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, at his residence, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Valerie (Palla) Good; wonderful son of the late Anna Marie (Lux) and Marion Oscar Good; loving father of Eddie (Kami) Good and Gene (Amy) Good; adored grandfather of Ethan, Gavin, Carson and Poppy's Little Girl, Natalie; brother of Wilbert (Lois) Good, Lois Bortz, LaVerne (Alan) Mochnick, Joanne (the late Thomas) Brookover and the late Kathleen (the late Paul) Koontz; brother-in-law of Mary (the late William) Good and Sue (the late Clifford Sr.) Good; and uncle of the late Regina (Koontz) Mattucci. Ed was a life member and a past fire chief for 24 years at the Harrison City Volunteer Fire Department. He was also past president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Westmoreland County, past president of the Westmoreland County Firemen's Association, past big chief of the Mohawk's Association, member of the State Firemen's Association and past director of the Fire School Committee for the Fire Chiefs Association. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, (724-744-2721). Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Penn Zion's Lutheran Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park. Fireman's memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harrison City Volunteer Firemen's Association, P.O. Box 419, Harrison City, PA 15636 or Penn Zion's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 351, Harrison City, PA 15636. www.Lindsay-Jobefuneralhome.com.
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Hacker Jr., John R. 93

  • Formerly of Latrobe
  • Born: 1921-10-26
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • John R. Hacker Jr., 93, of UPMC Seneca Manor, Penn Hills, formerly of Latrobe, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, in UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall. He was born Oct. 26, 1921, in Loyalhanna, a son of the late John J. and Mary (Kubat) Hacker. John was a member of St. Rose Roman Catholic Church, Latrobe. Prior to his retirement in 1984, he was employed by Teledyne-Vasco with more than 44 years of service. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the 1881st Engineering Aviation Battalion attached to the 5th Air Corps and 6th Army. He was a member of American Legion Post 945. Throughout his life, John enjoyed automobile racing, and later on he enjoyed golfing as well. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Martha (Patak) Hacker; a daughter-in-law, Andrea M. (Salamacha) Hacker; a brother, James Hacker, of Lansing, Mich.; two sisters, Elsie Blasco (and her husband, Steve), of Latrobe, and Shirley Folino (and her husband, Anthony), of Trafford; and a brother-in-law, Robert Klym, of Derry. John is survived by his son, Raymond J. Hacker, of Pittsburgh; a grandson, Raymond A. Hacker Jr., of Pittsburgh; a sister, Karen Klym, of Derry; and a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Members of the St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Military services will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home by American Legion Post 515 and VFW Posts 3414 and 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Rose Church with the Rev. Rod Rodriguez as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery. To sign online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Hockensmith, MaryAnn 87

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1928-06-10
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • MaryAnn Hockensmith, 87, of Jeannette, joined her heavenly Father, surrounded by her family, on Monday, July 6, 2015, in the home in which she was born. She was born June 10, 1928, a daughter of the late Peter and Cicely Smith Becker. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Jeannette and, later, the First Baptist Church of Greensburg. She was an outspoken Christian and tireless worker at the church: singing in the choir, teaching church school and serving as deaconess. She loved cooking, gardening, painting and arts and crafts. She was a competitive bowler in her later years. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Clarence R. Hockensmith, who she met at Jeannette Glass and married in 1951. She was also predeceased by a brother, Peter Becker Jr., and a sister, Shirley Stepanik. She is survived by two sons, Cliff (Carol) Hockensmith, of Greensburg, and Clint (Mary) Hockensmith, of Jeannette; four grandchildren, Andrew Hockensmith, Adam Hockensmith, Corrie (Justin) McBride and Matthew (Emily) Hockensmith; three great-grandchildren, Benjamin McBride, Ava McBride and Hailey Hockensmith; the following nieces and nephews: Ron Stepanik, Rich Stepanik, Lori Arthur and Michelle Hubbard; and many great-nieces and great-nephews, including Natalie, Jamie and Nick. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church, 131 N. Second St., Jeannette. The family wishes to thank Excela Westmoreland Hospice for their service. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Hoffer, Patricia A. 80

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1935-01-29
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann (McConville) Hoffer, 80, of Allegheny Township, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot, surrounded by her loving family. Born Jan. 29, 1935, in Tarentum, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Frances "Addie" (Wilken) McConville. Patricia was a 1952 graduate of Kittanning High School, and lived in the Leechburg area since 1965. She was an excellent cook and baker, and enjoyed travelling with her late husband, John, including camping in State College and Potter County. Patricia also liked going to Florida to visit her sister, Dorothy. In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Hoffer, who passed away Dec. 17, 2002; and a brother, Bill McConville. She is survived by her children, Thomas J. (Charlene) Hoffer, of Allegheny Township, Kenneth J. (Melanie) Hoffer, of Allegheny Township, Kathleen (Edward) Pacuch, of West Leechburg, and Karen Hoffer, of Philadelphia; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Dietz, of Spring Hill, Fla., Mary Lou Childers, of Omaha, Neb.; brothers, Edward "Eddie" (Sue) McConville, of Lancaster, Ohio, and Jack (Hilda) McConville, of Elderton; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 9 a.m. until the memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg, with Pastor R. Dennis Smith officiating. Private interment in St. Catharine Cemetery, Gilpin Township. Memorial contributions may be made in Patricia's memory to Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Attn: Development Office, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Hughes, Barbara S. 86

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1928-10-14
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Barbara S. Hughes, 86, of Ligonier, died Monday, July 6, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Latrobe, the only child of the late Joseph Alexander and Sarah Daisy Thompson Smith. Barbara Ann graduated from Latrobe High School with honors from their Commercial Program. She began working in the office at Latrobe Electric Steel Co. while still a senior in high school. At LESCO she met her future husband, David Paul Hughes, a metallurgist from the Pittsburgh area. They married in September 1950. Barbara was an active volunteer, working at the Little Shop in Latrobe Hospital for decades, at Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels for more than 30 years, and as a Sunday school secretary at the Heritage United Methodist Church. She was an avid sports fan, and a lifelong enthusiast for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Barbara and her father were in attendance at Forbes Field during the famous game seven of the World Series when Bill Mazeroski's home run propelled the Bucs past the New York Yankees for the title. Barbara was a devoted member of the Heritage United Methodist Church where she attended regularly and tithed faithfully, through all times of thick and thin. She and her family members sat in the same worship pew at the church for generations. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David Paul Hughes, in 1999. She is survived by two sons, David William Hughes, of Lawrenceville, Ga., and James Joseph "Smokey" (Tammie) Hughes, of Cave Creek, Ariz.; and two granddaughters, Heather and Jamie Hughes. Barbara's friends and family will gather together from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Heritage United Methodist Church with her pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., officiating. Interment will follow in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Barbara's memory to the Heritage United Methodist Church or to Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels. To sign the online register book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit: www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Kauffman, Carol E. 69

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1945-09-16
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Carol E. (Pravlik) Kauffman, 69, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Jefferson Hills Manor. Mrs. Kauffman was born Sept. 16, 1945, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Francis and Kathryn Yezek Pravlik. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Scottdale. Carol was a 1963 graduate of the former East Huntingdon High School. She had been employed with the Central Tax Bureau in Youngwood and had also served as secretary for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for many years. Carol was a member of the East Huntingdon Township Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, where she had served as treasurer, and the former Slovak Club Ladies Auxiliary, where she had been past president, secretary and treasurer. Carol loved to bake and had created and decorated beautiful wedding cakes for many couples in the Mt. Pleasant area. She is survived by her loving family: her devoted son, Richard A. Kauffman and his wife, Tammy, of Jefferson Hills; and her beloved granddaughters, Abigail and Addison Kauffman. She is also survived by her sister, Doris Jean Pravlik Butts and her husband, Kenneth, of Owensdale. In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Alton J. Kauffman, less than one month ago on June 8, 2015. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Karen C. Thompson officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at: www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Kauffman, Tricia 45

  • West Newton
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Tricia (Smith) Kauffman, 45, of West Newton, died Friday, July 3, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Thomas and Sara Smith. Surviving are two daughters, Jesica Kauffman and Jennifer Kauffman; granddaughter, Emma Walker; and the rest of the Smith family. Tricia was a loving mother, grandmother and friend, who will be sadly missed by all. No visitation and services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Klein, James J. 88

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1926-10-10
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • James Julian Klein, 88, of Lower Burrell, died unexpectedly Saturday July 4, 2015, at his camp in Canadohta. He was born Oct. 10, 1926, in New Kensington, to the late Gerard H. and Mary (Leasure) Klein and lived in the Lower Burrell area all of his life prior to moving recently to Concordia Haven II. James retired Nov. 1, 1988, from Braeburn Alloy Steel where he worked as a heat treater and carpenter for 45 years. He was a member of Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Lower Burrell and served as treasurer of SOAR - USW since 1988. James was a "jack-of-all-trades", but enjoyed his time as a carpenter and woodworker. James served in the Merchant Marines Coast Guard in 1945. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who cherished his time with his family and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, June Etta Klein, July 28, 2013. Survivors include two daughters, Sandra (Robert) Granson, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Mariann (John) Fusik, of Monroe, Mich.; grandchildren, James (Karen) Yockman, Alexander Denski, Bevin (Ryan) Beck, Emma Denski and fiance, Jake Stafford; Christian Fusik and fiancee, Samantha Brish; and two great-grandchildren, Luka and Hadlee. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK F GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where service will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Ken Foust of Grace Community Presbyterian Church officiating. Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will conduct full military honors following the service at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Community Presbyterian Church, 2751 Grant St., Lower Burrell, PA 15068. www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Koza, Charles R. 56

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1959-01-05
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Charles R. "Chaz" Koza, 56, of Scottdale, died unexpectedly Monday morning, July 6, 2015, at his residence. He was born Jan. 5, 1959, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Charles and Sophie Machowicz Koza, who died July 3, 1996, and Jan. 30, 1983, respectively. Chaz was a graduate of Geibel High School and received his associate degree in engineering at Penn State. Chaz was a member of the Partner Parish of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson. He was the owner/operator of Pro Comp Electronic Systems of Scottdale for more than 13 years. Previously, he was employed by Westinghouse Corp., Waltz Mill. Chaz was an avid collector of HO trains and enjoyed visiting train displays along with his family whenever he could. He was a loving husband and father to his family. Chaz is gone from our lives forever, but remains in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his loving and devoted wife of 26 years, Lynn R. Rogers Koza, whom he married Nov. 4, 1989; his three children, Brittany Ann Koza, Matthew Tyler Koza and Megan Sophia Koza, all of Scottdale; and a number of uncles, aunts and cousins. In addition to his parents, Chaz was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Ann Koza (Dec. 20, 1955). Chaz's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with his funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson, with the Rev. John A. Sedlak, pastor of St. Florian Roman Catholic Church, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Everson. A parish vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send online condolences, send flowers or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Lentz, Eleanor M. 92

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1923-06-25
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Mae Lentz, 92, of Unity Township, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born June 25, 1923, in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Charles K. and Nanny Mae (Long) Greene, and raised in Youngstown, Pa. She met her loving husband, soul mate and lifelong companion, Norman K. Lentz, on a trip to Pittsburgh with one of her girlfriends. Norman and Eleanor married Sept. 9, 1946, in Philadelphia. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage before Norman passed away in 2010. Eleanor was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Latrobe and was an active, supportive business partner on the Lentz family farm. In addition to her husband, Norman, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Greene, and sister-in-law, Betty. She is survived by her loving children, Patsy and Willy (deceased) Shean, Charles and Ketta Lentz, Sandra and Joe Davis, Norman and Denise Lentz; grandchildren, Mark, Charles, Susan, Jason, Jeremy, Jessica, Josh, Ashley, Brittany, Shane and Nicholas; and numerous great-grandchildren, all of whom miss her dearly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jeffrey L. Schock officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. To post an online condolence, please go to www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Lumsden, Sara L. 85

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1930-04-01
  • Died: 2015-07-01
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  • Sara L. (Kovaly) Lumsden, 85, of Irwin, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. She was born April 1, 1930, in Perryopolis, Fayette County, the daughter of the late Andrew and Ruth Kovaly. Sara had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of Manor Presbyterian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Sara was married to her husband and best friend, Brian Lumsden, for 67 years. She loved animals, playing cards, watching her "stories" and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Sara was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda; a sister, Margaret; and two brothers, Arthur and Richard Kovaly. She is survived by her loving husband, Brian; a son, Bruce and his wife, Deborah; a grandson, Brian Lumsden and his wife, Laura; two granddaughters, Kristy Lumsden and her partner, Chasity Clem, and Amy Hamley and her husband, Ryan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Manor Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at the West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sara's name to Manor Presbyterian Church, Broadway and Atlantic, Box 545 Manor, PA 15665.
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Mailloux, Beckett T.

  • Scottdale
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Beckett Thomas Mailloux, infant son of Brett T. and Hope Shaw Mailloux, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, July 2, 2015, shortly after birth in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, while surrounded by his loving family. In addition to his parents, Beckett is survived by his brothers, Spencer W. Smith, Tyler S. Smith, twins Matthew G. Smith and Ethan M. Smith, and Beckett's twin brother, Parker L. Mailloux, all of Scottdale; his maternal grandparents, Judy Shaw, of Tarrs, and John Shaw and wife, Gail, of Deering, N.H.; his paternal grandparents, Leonard Mailloux and wife, Dianne, of North Providence, R.I.; and his aunt and uncles, Shannon Hutter and husband, Jason, of Mt. Pleasant, Patrick Shaw, of Jersey City, N.J., and Derek Andelloux and wife, Megan, of Pawtucket, R.I. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Alverton Cemetery, with the Rev. Lee Kline, pastor of Center Bethel Church of God, Alverton, officiating. FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, have been entrusted with Beckett's arrangements. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Milie, Ellen L. 85

  • Formerly of Vandergrift and Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1929-06-26
  • Died: 2015-05-31
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Ellen L. (Rothrauff) Milie, 85, of Gainesville, Fla., formerly of Vandergrift and Pittsburgh, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Florida. Born June 26, 1929, in Braddock, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Gertrude (Reichle) Rothrauff. Ellen attended Graduate High School in Braddock, and was a retired billing supervisor for Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift and Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Gainesville, Fla. Family was of utmost importance to Ellen, and always came first. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis A. Milie, who passed away June 4, 2007; sisters, Dolly James, Nellie Saccamano, May Wengel and Mary Rothrauff; brother, Howard Rothrauff; brothers-in-law, Chuck James, Neil Saccamano and Bruce Wengel; and sister-in-law, Louisa Rothrauff. Ellen is survived by her sons, Robert L. (Mary E.) Milie, of Gainesville, Fla., Jack D. (Brenda) Milie, of Lafayette, Ind.; grandchildren, Kristine (Shane) Milie Tuttle, Robert L. Milie II, Lindsey Bertugli, Jessica Milie and Jack Milie; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Anthony Tuttle and Peyton Milie; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, with Father Meinrad Lawson as celebrant. Interment in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. Memorial contributions may be made in Ellen's name to St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. The BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, Vandergrift, are in charge of local arrangements. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Newell, Arthur A. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-05-18
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Arthur A. Newell, 68, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015. He was born May 18, 1947, in Greensburg, a son of Emily R. Smith Newell, of Greensburg, and the late Alvin S. Newell. Art enjoyed CB radio and the scanner. He had belonged to the Young Adult Handicapped and was a collector of tobacco pipes. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, David (Debbie) Newell, of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Debra Noel, of Darlington; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Barren Run Cemetery. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Ortman Sr., Richard D. 83

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1931-07-20
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Richard Donald Ortman Sr., 83, of New Kensington, died Friday, July 3, 2015, in Life Care Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born July 20, 1931, in Arnold, to Harry J. and Lillian Heavner Ortman Sr., and had been a life resident of the local area. He had worked as a security guard for AMGARD in Pittsburgh and previously for Mid-America Packaging and U.S. Gypsum in Oakmont. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, receiving three Bronze Stars. Richard was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Kensington, and a life member of the Arnold Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 and the American Legion in Lower Burrell. He is survived by his children, Sandra Lynn Ortman, of New Kensington, and Roger D. Ortman, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Gweneth A. "Gwen" and Rheanna A. Ortman; and sisters, Martha Felt, of New Kensington, and Arveda Taliani, of East Deer. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet A. Bryan Ortman; a son, Richard D. "Rick" Ortman Jr.; brothers, Harlan and Harry Ortman Jr.; and sisters, Louise Hanyo, Dorothy Miller and Ruth Hyer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday by the Rev. Marsha Adams. Burial with military honors by the Vandergrift Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The Arnold Fire Department will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home to conduct memorial services. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Reott, Frank J. 61

  • New Alexandria
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Frank J. Reott, 61, of New Alexandria, formerly of New Derry, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015. He was born in 1954 in Latrobe to George J. Reott and Martha Boggio. He is survived by a brother, Richard Reott, of New Derry; four sisters, Evelyn I. Bernadino, of New Jersey, Betty Siko, of Derry, Madalena "Aggie" Brown, of Ohio, and Kathy Carver and husband, Charles, of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Joseph, Phillip, Teddy, Robert, David and George Reott; and three sisters, Rosaline Krunszynsky, Martha Jane Gretz and Barbara Shirey. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME, Derry, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in St. Martin Catholic Church Cemetery, New Derry.
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Shultz, William W. 78

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1937-05-18
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • William W. Shultz, 78, of New Stanton, died Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born May 18, 1937, in Carpentertown, he was a son of the late Waid T. and Anna Mae (Magill) Shultz. He served in the Army. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, New Stanton, and Fort Allen Antique Farm Equipment Association. He volunteered at the apple festival in Delmont and loved animals. He retired from Landers Service, Jeannette. Surviving are his wife, Grace E. Shultz; four children, Susan L. Orischak and husband, Douglas, of Hunker, William J. Shultz and wife, Brenda L., of Hunker, Franklin W. Shultz, of New Stanton, and David A. Shultz, of New Stanton; three grandchildren, Andrew Orischak, William Shultz and Tiffany Orischak; and two sisters, Betty Loyd, of Hunker, and "Mitzie" Kimmel, of Mt. Pleasant Township. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Shultz and James Shultz; and a sister, Nancy Shultz. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 6, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. Anne Woodman Howe officiating. Interment will follow in Youngwood Cemetery.
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Sinwell, James F. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1928-09-01
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James F. Sinwell, 86, of Greensburg, died Friday, July 3, 2015, in Brookdale Senior living, Latrobe. He was born Sept. 1, 1928, in Pitcairn, a son of the late Joseph R. and Margaret (McNamara) Sinwell. Prior to retirement, he had been an engineer for Westinghouse Nuclear Energy. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Greensburg, Knights of Columbus Council 1480 and the Young Voters Club, both of Greensburg. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard and William; and three sisters, Margaret, Joanne and Grace. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rose Marie (Palangio) Sinwell; a son, attorney James C. Sinwell, retired Air Force colonel, and his wife, Patricia, a very special, kind and compassionate daughter-in-law; two special grandchildren, of whom Jim was very proud, Nicole Marissa Sinwell and Kevin Andrew Sinwell; two brothers, Paul and Robert Sinwell; aunts and uncles, Betty and David Valerio and Sophia and Richard Nardizzi; and several nieces and nephews. Private services were held Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. A special thanks to Cindy Fry and staff in Memory Care at Brookdale Senior Living and also Heartland Hospice. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Spor Sr., John L. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1937-01-20
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • John L. Spor Sr., 78, of Greensburg, died Saturday, July 4, 2015, at his home. He was born Jan. 20, 1937, in Greensburg, a son of the late Albert and Helen (Montgomery) Spor. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Greensburg Concrete Block. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Albert Spor; and a sister, Margaret Caletri. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia A. (Shaffer) Spor; a son, John L. Spor Jr., of Greensburg; three daughters, Kimberly A. Sloskey and her husband, Michael, of New Alexandria, Darlene L. Johnston and her companion, Daniel P. Spino, of Greensburg, and Nancy Lee Cribbs and her husband, Dana, of Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren, Sarah, Renee, Deja and Brandon A.; three great-grandchildren, Adrian, Aleister and Brandon T.; a brother, Fred Spor and his wife, Joanne, of Titusville; and several nieces and nephews. Honoring John's request, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church, 1228 Brinkerton Road, Greensburg, with the Rev. Dr. Clifford Hockensmith officiating. Arrangements by LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Steiner, Victoria M. 83

  • Smithton
  • Born: 1931-12-12
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Victoria M. Steiner, 83, of Smithton, died Monday, July 6, 2015, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Dec. 12, 1931, in Smithton, a daughter of the late Samuel and Victoria Serva Kempa. She was a member of Hope Memorial Lutheran Church in Smithton, a homemaker, and had worked at K-Mart as a cashier. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Joseph Kempa. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Steiner; children, Terry Steiner and wife, Doreen, Susan Indof and husband, John, and Michael Steiner and wife, Denise, all of Smithton; three grandchildren, Jessica Camarote, Matthew and Mark Steiner; a great-granddaughter, Hannah; and a sister, Josephine Kempa, of Smithton. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Thursday at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Second St., Smithton. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hope Memorial Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Allen Riethmiller officiating. Burial will be in the Olive Branch Cemetery, Rostraver Township.
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Stringer, Janet L.

  • Formerly of Luxor
  • Born: 1950-05-04
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Janet Lee Goswick Stringer, of New Braunfels, Texas, formerly of Luxor, died Saturday, July 4, 2015, in New Braunfels. She was born May 4, 1950, in Tarentum, a daughter of Lee Goswick, of Armbrust, and Janey Kerfoot Goswick, of Greensburg. She was a graduate of Hempfield Area High School with the class of 1968. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Stringer, and children, Steven (Honey) Stringer, of Texas, and Katie Stringer (Jeff) Lam, of Texas; stepdaughter, Melonie, of Florida; three brothers, Ronn, of Burbank, Calif., Rick (Christy), of Ligonier, and Mark (Sue), of New Castle; a grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2015, at Luxor Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Ligonier.
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Testa, Margaret 71

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1944-02-09
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Margie" Testa, 71, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015. She was born Feb. 9, 1944, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Michael B. and Mary M. (Martini) Testa. Prior to retirement, Margie had been the administrative assistant at the Pastoral Services Department at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital for 51 years. In 2004, she received the Paul Harris Fellow Award. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Judy (McClain) Testa. She is survived by her brother, Michael X. Testa, of Greensburg; nieces and nephews, Michael Testa, of Erie, Brooke Testa and his wife, Kelli, of Summerville, S.C., and Tara Benko and her husband, George, of Ebensburg; nine great-nieces and great-nephews, Allison, Katelyn, Macy, Annie, Anthony, Katie, Sophia, Maria and Enzo; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Tognarini, Lisa M. 39

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1976-06-10
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Lisa Marie Tognarini, 39, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 3, 2015, at Excela Health in Greensburg. Born June 10, 1976, in Kinross, Mich., at the Kincheloe Air Force Base, she was the loving daughter of Kristine (Kessler) Adler, of North Huntingdon, and William Adler, of Greensburg; and the beloved wife of Michael J. Tognarini Jr., of North Huntingdon. Lisa was a graduate of Serra Catholic High School, Class of 1994, and a graduate from Forbes Road Career and Technology Center, nursing program in 2001, in Monroeville. She was the devoted mother of Jonathan and Kaitlyn Tognarini, both of North Huntingdon; special granddaughter of Eileen Kessler, of North Huntingdon; sister-in-law of Joy Harden, of Clairton, and Shelley (Bob) Ruffing, of McKeesport; and niece of Jack (Kelly) Kessler, of North Versailles. She leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and hundreds of friends. Lisa was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. She will be in our hearts forever. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. A blessing service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, in the funeral home chapel. Father Kevin Dominik will be the celebrant. Committal will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lisa Tognarini burial fund at gofundme.com. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Von Hofen, Joan 73

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1942-03-17
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Joan Schafer Von Hofen, 73, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Monday, July 6, 2015. Born March 17, 1942, in New Kensington, to the late William C. Sr. and Esther Woomer Schafer, she was a 1960 graduate of Ken-Hi, went to Allegheny College School of Nursing, then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from LaRoche College. Joan was a head nurse for Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington on 3D. She worked for the hospital for more than 20 years. She belonged to the United Presbyterian Church and the East Kensington Community Circle, both of New Kensington. She enjoyed reading and loved all animals, especially dogs. Surviving are her children, Ann E. (David) Swab, of Moorhead, Minn., Eric C. (Marilynn Hartman) Von Hofen, of Coral Springs, Fla., and John P. Von Hofen, of New Kensington; seven grandchildren, Megan E. (Matthew) Lee, Michael D. (Tabitha) Swab, Mariah E., Ryan D., Brianna E. and Noah C. Von Hofen; her great-granddaughter, Peyton E. Lee; and her brother, William C. (Theresa) Schafer Jr., of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Private entombment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. To leave a condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Zuber, Mary E. 75

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1939-12-29
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary E. "Betsy" Zuber, 75, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born Dec. 29, 1939, in Allegheny County, she was a daughter of the late Peter P. Fabian and Helen (Straka) Fabian. Betsy was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Bradenville, and a veteran of the Air Force. She had been the town clerk and a justice of the peace for Hinesburg, Vt., and had also been employed locally by the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, as well as the Derry Area School District. She was an active member of the Latrobe Lions Club and an avid bowler. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, David Paul Zuber. Betsy is survived by a son, Eric Zuber, of Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Denise Zuber, of Vermont; a brother, Peter E. Fabian, of Derry; two sisters-in-law, Jean Gibson and her husband, Ken, and Geri Veczko; a nephew, Kerry Fabian and his wife, Anne; and a niece, Rhonda Murtha and her husband, Jack. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Members of the Latrobe Lions Club will hold a necrology service at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Military services will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Friday in the funeral home by American Legion Post 515 and VFW Posts 3414 and 444. Panachida service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Bradenville. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to either Action For Animals or to the Latrobe Lions Club. To sign online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Crawford, Sandra R. 58

  • Bradys Bend
  • Born: 1956-11-10
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Buechele, East Brady | Get Directions
  • Sandra R. Crawford, 58, of Bradys Bend, died Sunday, July 5, 2015, surrounded by her family at West Penn Hospital. Born Nov. 10, 1956, in Butler, she was the daughter of Carl Dean and Shirley J. (Shea) King. A 1975 graduate of East Brady High School, Sandy married Henry J. Crawford Jr. on Nov. 25, 1978. He survives. A member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, her love for children was evident through her involvement with the Vacation Bible School every summer and CCD. She also babysat and provided daycare from her home for many East Brady area children for years. Sandy was a member of the Bradys Bend SOI where she was active with dinners and events. She enjoyed crafting and her flower gardens. Sandy was glad to have recently participated in the Whisper Walk for Ovarian Cancer. Sandy was a wonderful person with a kind heart. She will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Henry Crawford Jr., of Bradys Bend; and three sons, Henry Crawford III, of Pittsburgh, Brett Crawford, of North Port, Fla., and Evan Crawford, of Kaylor. She is also survived by her parents, Dean and Shirley King, of East Brady; one sister, Susan (Bryan) Bly, of Chippewa; and two brothers, Ward (Ruth) King, of Ambler, Pa., and Carl Dean "Rocky" (Lynn) King, of Bradys Bend; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Sandy was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Elaine. At Sandy's request, there will be no visitation. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Bradys Bend, with the Rev. John Butler officiating. The Crawford family suggests that donations be made in Sandy's name to St. Patrick Church's Vacation Bible School Fund, 915 State Route 68, East Brady, PA 16028. Arrangements are under the direction of BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., East Brady. To view or express condolences, please visit www.BuecheleFuneralHome.com.
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Johnson, Robert G. 78

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Robert G. Johnson, 78, of Kittanning, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Friends and family are invited to gather from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at his residence to celebrate his memory. Arrangements are being handled by BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. To express online condolences to the Robert's family, visit: www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Shaw, Kristopher J. 34

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1980-10-27
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Kristopher James Shaw, 34, of Ford City, died Sunday, July 5, 2015, in his home. Born Oct. 27, 1980, in Greensburg, he was a son of James R. Shaw, of Ford City, and Denise (Kotuch) Shaw, of Manor. He was baptized Methodist, and was a 2001 graduate of Ford City High School. He formerly lived, worked and went to school in Hawaii, then lived, worked and played softball in Jacksonville, Fla. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing basketball, bowling and watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pirates. Kristopher also had a tryout with the Cincinnati Reds. After moving back to the area, he worked as a crew chief for Dunkin' Donuts. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Kimberly Shaw, of Royersford; and two brothers, Donald Shaw, of Kittanning, and Derek Shaw, of Ford City. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Cory Grywinski officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send an online condolence, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Shumaker, Nancy J. 77

  • Manorville
  • Born: 1938-03-19
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Nancy J. Shumaker, 77, of Manorville, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in her home. Born March 19, 1938, in Cadogan, she was a daughter of the late James and Alfreda (Wasiek) Goodyear. Nancy was a very active member of Christ Our Hope Anglican Church, Harrison Township, where she belonged to the Altar Society. She formerly worked at the Cadet Restaurant, PPG Industries, Essex, the Leader Times and as a teacher's aide for Armstrong School District. She was a volunteer worker at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital and served as an auditor for Manorville Borough for many years. Her hobbies included walking, going to the YMCA, working on her computer, sewing and needle point, ceramics, exercise classes, cruising, taking care of her flowers and sitting on her front porch. She is survived by her husband, Robert T. Shumaker; her children, Theresa (Jess) Elger, of Newburgh, Ind., Robert (Elizabeth) Shumaker Jr., of Manorville, Joni (David) Birdsall, of Sugar Hill, Ga., and Laurie (John) Schreckengost, of Cadogan; 10 grandchildren, Paige and Ashley Birdsall, Christopher and Joseph Schreckengost, Elliot (Carrie) Elger, Owen and Alex Elger, Michael (Nikki) Shumaker, Robert (Sara) Shumaker III and Sarah Shumaker (fiance, Tim); eight great-grandchildren, Addalyn, Jonathon, Olivia, Isabella, Sophia, Emma, Lillian and Abigail; her sisters, Jean (Bill) Turicik, of Carlisle, Sharyn (Marion) Shaffer, of Adrian, and Kathy Dunmire, of Ford City; and her brothers, James (Doris) Goodyear, of Clymer, and Charles (Barbara) Goodyear, of New Jersey. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with her pastor, the Rev. John P. Bailey, officiating. Interment will follow in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Christ Our Hope Anglican Church, 926 Painter Ave., Natrona Heights, PA 15035. To send an online condolence, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Smith, Alda B. 93

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1921-07-23
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Cowansville | Get Directions
  • Alda Blanche (Wachter) Smith, 93, of Kittanning, died Monday, July 6, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born July 23, 1921, in Indiana Township, Allegheny County, to the late Edward F. and Mary (Shorts) Wachter, and has lived in the area since 1958. Alda worked as a registered nurse and went back to school at the age of 83 to get her bachelor's degree. She was a member of the Cadet Nursing Corps during World War II and a member of Union First Presbyterian Church, Cowansville. She also attended Grace Presbyterian Church in Kittanning. She belonged to the Golden Links and spent many years traveling with the West Penn Winnies camper club. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and taking her children to activities when they were younger. Survivors include her daughters, Marian (William) Sumney, of Chicora, and Nancy (David) Shaffer, of Adrian; sons, Clyde (Ellie) Smith, of Butler, Martin Smith, of Victoria, Texas, and Bryan (Christine Corry) Smith, of Millers Creek, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Smith, who passed away July 11, 2000; two brothers, Earl and Orville Wachter; one sister, Martha Wachter-Thompson; and grandson, Martin F. Smith Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Cowansville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Union First Presbyterian Church in Cowansville, with additional visitation at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service with the Rev. Mary Marks King. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. Memorial contributions may be made in Alda's honor to Union First Presbyterian Church, 824 E. Brady Road, Cowansville, PA 16218; or Grace Presbyterian Church, 150 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning, PA 16201. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Walters, Thirby A. 78

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1937-01-14
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Thirby A. Walters, 78, of Ford City, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at Armstrong County Health Center. He was born Jan. 14, 1937, in Ford City, a son of the late Thirby Listen Walters and Anna Reitler Walters, and was a lifelong resident of the community. He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie Blusk Walters, to whom he'd been married since 1957. He formerly worked for Ford City Borough and was employed at the Armstrong County Health Center and was a guard at the mine. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church and enjoyed gardening, cooking and cleaning. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Kenith Walters Sr., of Ford City; daughter, Constince and Richard Parrish, of Fairmont, W.Va.; sister, Shirley Lemon, of Chicago, Ill.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Thirby Walters Jr.; brothers, Ken, Leonard, LeRoy, Clark and Ed; and sisters, Evelyn, Sarah, Delores and Freda. Visitation from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, where a service will follow at 4 p.m. with Pastor Jack Delk.
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Butler County

Hunker, Frederick 80

  • Mars
  • Born: 1934-08-04
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Frederick "Fred" Hunker, 80, of Mars, died Friday afternoon, July 3, 2015, at his home. Born in Wilkinsburg, Aug. 4, 1934, he was a son of the late Frederick and Dorothy Schirra Hunker. Fred was a bus driver for Lenzner Motor Coach in Pittsburgh, providing airline transportation. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Mars. Surviving are his wife, Cecelia McDonnell Hunker, whom he married on June 8, 1957; three daughters, Joyce Hunker, of Mars, Cheryl Kurth and her husband, Roland, of Denver, Colo., and Melanie Houghton, of Mars; and a grandson, Kevin Houghton, of Fairfax, Va. He was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Hunker. Arrangements are private by the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Memorials may be made to Quality EMS, 222 Brickyard Road, Mars, PA 16046. Condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Kennedy, Lee Anna 94

  • Cabot
  • Born: 1921-02-19
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Thompson-Miller, Butler | Get Directions
  • Lee Anna Kennedy, 94, of Cabot, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 at the Concordia Lutheran Ministries. She was born Feb. 19, 1921, in Kiskiminetas Township, to the late Walter Edgar McColgin and Rhoda (Scott) McColgin. Mrs. Kennedy graduated from Westminster College in 1942. She taught music at Leechburg School District and later taught at Fox Chapel School District, retiring in June 1989. She was a member of East Union Presbyterian Church, West Deer Township, where she was the organist and choir director for 35 years. Mrs. Kennedy enjoyed teaching music until she developed macular degeneration. Mrs. Kennedy is survived by one son, Karl Edgar Kennedy and his wife, Nancy, of Valencia; one daughter, Marsha Lee Crall and her, husband, Robert, of Las Vegas, Nev.; two granddaughters; two grandsons; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Richard Karl Kennedy, whom she married June 28, 1945, and who passed away Nov. 1, 2005; one sister; and two brothers. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at East Union Presbyterian Church, 292 East Union Road, Cheswick. Arrangements are being handled by the THOMPSON - MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 124 East North St., Butler. Memorials are suggested to East Union Presbyterian Church, 292 East Union Road, Cheswick, PA 15024 or Westminster College, 319 S. Market St., New Wilmington, PA 16142. Online condolences can be given at www.thompson-miller.com.
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Mayhew, Kathryn B. 99

  • Cabot
  • Born: 1916-03-07
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Kathryn B. "Kay" Mayhew, 99, of Cabot, formerly Gibsonia, was called home to the Lord on Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was born March 7, 1916, in Swissvale, daughter of the late Carl and Mary (Most) Best. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert B. Mayhew, now eternally together. She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters and was the loving mother of Marcia L. (Gary P. Demeter) Mayhew, of Gibsonia; dear aunt to nieces and nephews; also survived by her beloved Yorkshire Terriers, Darby and Delsey. Kay worked early on for Union Switch and Signal in Swissvale, enjoyed sewing and was a longtime and devoted member of First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown. A memorial service will be held in the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown at a date and time to be announced. Private burial was held in Eastview Union Cemetery, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, donations to First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown, attn: Honduras Medical Mission, P.O. Box 127, Bakerstown, PA 15007; or Good Samaritan Hospice Charitable Care Fund, 3500 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, Bakerstown. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Miller Jr., Raymond R. 85

  • Formerly of Valencia
  • Born: 1930-01-01
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Raymond Russel Miller Jr., 85, of Alexander City, Ala., formerly of Valencia, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Alabama. Born Jan. 1, 1930, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Raymond Sr. and Clara (Stewart) Miller, and the husband of the late Lorraine (Hoover) Miller, who passed away in 2003. Raymond was a retired captain of the Marine Corps. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He is survived by his sons, Raymond R. (Lynne) Miller III, of Stafford, Va., James R. (Carol) Miller, of Mathews, Ala., and Michael L. (Michelle) Miller, of Sarver; daughter, Michelle L. (Heather) Miller, of Seattle, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; brother, Dale (Elsie) Miller, of Wildwood, Pa.; and sisters, Joan (Daryl) Kuni, of Reading, and Shirley Hubbard, of Magalia, Calif. Raymond's family will welcome friends from 9 till 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9, in St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church, Clark Street, Mars, with Father Charles Bober as celebrant. He will be laid to rest in Assumption Cemetery, Glenshaw. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Raymond's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Napoletan, Mary L. 80

  • Butler
  • Born: 1935-03-23
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Martin, Butler | Get Directions
  • Mary L. Napoletan, 80, of Butler, passed away Saturday afternoon, July 4, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born March 23, 1935, in Coudersport, she was a daughter of the late J. Elwin and Bertha L. Pelchy Predmore. Mary worked in the sales department at Magnetics for 18 years. Following her retirement, she worked as a freelance clerical worker. After retirement, Mary found great pleasure manicuring her many flower beds around her beautiful home. In her spare time, she found relaxation reading a good novel in the summer sun at her favorite vacation spot, Lake Arthur. But most of all she lived her life for her children, whom she adored and cherished, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who brought her such delight. She will be greatly missed by all the lives she touched and by all she left behind. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church. Mary is survived by two sons, Anthony P. Napoletan, of Butler, and Steven J. Napoletan and his wife, Johanna, of Butler; two daughters, Tracy L. Goettler and her husband, Daniel, of Butler, and Roxanne Brown and her husband, Jeffery, of Renfrew; and a sister, Mrs. Ruth Baker, of Roulette. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Gabrielle Parker and her husband, Robert, Jordan Jurysta and her husband, Matthew, Katie Pruskowski and her husband, Matthew, Brittany Goettler, Patrick Goettler, Leah Smith and her husband, Levi, and Haley Brown and her fiance, Joel Vaughn. Two great-grandchildren, Rory Parker and Finnley Smith, also survive. Psalm 71:20-21 "Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up increase my honor and comfort me once again." Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony T. Napoletan, who passed away Feb. 19, 2006; and a brother, Arley Predmore. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the MARTIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 429 Center Ave., Butler. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 432 Center Ave., Butler. Donations may be made to the Butler Regional Cancer Center, 102 Technology Drive, Suite 110, Butler, PA 16001. www.martinfh.net.
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Teets, Arlene H. 102

  • Cabot
  • Born: 1912-09-03
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Murphy, Rochester | Get Directions
  • Arlene H. Teets, 102, of Cabot, formerly of Rochester, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015, in the Concordia Lutheran Ministries. Born Sept. 3, 1912, in Baden, a daughter of the late Enos and Bertha Musser Hill, she was a retired owner of the former Teets Hardware Store in Rochester. She was a member of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rochester, where she was a former choir member. She was a graduate of Ambridge High School and the Sewickley Valley Hospital School of Nursing. She was a former registered nurse with the former Rochester General Hospital. She was a member of the Naomi Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a volunteer with the Salvation Army in Rochester. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reed H. Teets, in 1969; and a brother, George M. Hill. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Ed H. and Lynn C. Teets, of Rochester; a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia L. and the Rev. Raymond Hausele, of Cabot; seven grandchildren, Edward H. Teets Jr. and his wife, Elisa, Lynn Teets and her husband, John Howard, Dr. Shellee Teets Higgins and her husband, David, Sue Teets and her husband, Dee Briggs, Raymond Hausele Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, Nancy Hausele Klein and Carol Hausele and her husband, Michael Ferens; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one niece; and one nephew. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Friday in the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 393 Adams St., Rochester. The Rev. Gregory S. Clagg will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Freedom. The family wishes memorial contributions be made, if desired, to the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.
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Weleski, Mary Ann 91

  • Cabot
  • Born: 1923-10-26
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Bielski) Weleski, 91, of Cabot, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at Concordia Lutheran Ministries. Born Oct. 26, 1923, in Ford City, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Bronislawa "Bessie" (Czelusniak) Bielski. She was a proud graduate of Ford City High School, Class of 1941. Mary Ann married Edward T. Weleski Sr. on May 15, 1946. They enjoyed 55 years together until Ed's death on May 30, 2001. Mary Ann was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Cabot, where she was involved with the Christian Mothers. She was a member of the Polish Falcons in Ford City and the Cabot A and R. She enjoyed playing the piano and attending daily Mass prior to her move to Concordia. Mary Ann's greatest joy was her family. Surviving are her seven children, Edward T. (Nancy) Weleski Jr., of Georgia, Roseann W. (Larry) Rybicki, of Ford City, Kenneth J. (Carol) Weleski, of Kentucky, Dennis M. (Debbie) Weleski, of Elizabethtown, Karen L. (Chuck) Love, of Butler, Thomas A. (Stacey) Weleski, of Natrona Heights, and Jane M. Rea, of Natrona Heights; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Paul Bielski, Walter "Vud" Bielski, Stanley "Stas" Bielski and Thaddeus "Tudge" Bielski; sisters, Helen Serfozo and Cecelia "Ceil" Wojton; son-in-law, Curtis "Curt" Rea; and grandson, Mark Weleski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., 410 W. Main St., Saxonburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Mark Pattock, OFM Cap., as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Herman. Memorial donations may be made to the Saxonburg Library, P.O. Box 454, Saxonburg, PA 16056. www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Brown, Marcillia 42

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-07-07
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Marcillia Brown, 42, of Connellsville, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Highlands Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, and will be announced when complete.
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Labuda, Bernard E. 52

  • Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1962-08-03
  • Died: 2015-07-02
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  • Bernard E. "Junior" Labuda, 52, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Connellsville, died Thursday, July 2, 2015. He was born Aug. 3, 1962, the eldest son of the late Bernard J. and Mary F. Quinn Labuda. He was a 1980 graduate of Connellsville Area Senior High School and attended St. Vincent College. He enjoyed weightlifting, playing the clarinet, swimming at the river and playing in the annual turkey bowl with his brothers. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy. Surviving are his brothers, Kevin and Sean; and his sisters, Susan Nolker (Kurt), Angela Guth (Richard), Karen, Kim, Katrina Kirsch (Scott), Kristen Smith (Thomas) and Shannon Bernick (Brandon). He is also survived by several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. There is no public service. Arrangements by Brandon Cremation and Funeral Services.
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Mazza, Dolores G. 86

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1928-10-21
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Dolores G. "Dee" Mazza, 86, of Connellsville, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Golden Living Center, Uniontown. She was born Oct. 21, 1928, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Anthony and Katherine (Paduano) Carbonara. Dee was a member of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church and St. Rita's Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Sons of Italy Ladies Lodge. Dee enjoyed traveling, gardening and being in the outdoors. Dee is survived by her husband, Michael Mazza; and a son, Michael A. Mazza and wife, Natalie, of Monessen. In addition to her parents, Dee was predeceased by two daughters, Katherine Jo Burns and Bonnie Ann Mazza; a sister, Josephine Scott; and three brothers, Dominic, Nick and Albert Carbonara. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Rita Roman Catholic Church with Father Gerry Juarez as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Rita Cemetery. St. Rita's Christian Mothers will hold a ritual at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a ritual held by the Sons of Italy Ladies Lodge. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Sinsley, Lyle W. 89

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1926-01-12
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Lyle W. Sinsley, 89, of Belle Vernon, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 6, 2015, at his home. A son of the late Lyle W. and Ellen May White Sinsley, he was born in Belle Vernon on Jan. 12, 1926. He was a lifelong resident of Belle Vernon and was a member of the Church of Nazarene in Belle Vernon. He was a volunteer for the Salvation Army ringing bells for many years. He worked as a Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service until he retired in 1988. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army 11th Airborne in the Pacific Theater, Philippine Islands. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Barbara Nicholson Sinsley; two daughters and one son-in-law, Carlotta Seftas of Monessen and Susan (Kelly) Cate of Simi Valley, Calif.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter Thomas (Brenda) Sinsley of Belle Vernon and David (Evangelia) Sinsley of Monessen; one sister, Joanne Sellers of Bethel Park; 10 grandchildren, Jason and Mark Seftas, Aaron, Daniel, Chelsea, and Meagan Sinsley, Brianna Cate, Alisa Sinsley, Brandon Cate, and Sophia Sinsley; two great-grandchildren, Ella and Alexis. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday 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 on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Fred Brucker officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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Stefano, Anna M. 94

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1920-10-14
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Anna M. (Bernardo) Stefano, 94, of Dunbar, went to be with her Lord and Savior early Friday morning, July 3, 2015, at Highlands Hospital, Connellsville, after a long and religious life. She was born Oct. 14, 1920, and was the last surviving member of her immediate family being predeceased by her parents, Nicolangelo and Assunta Farrace Bernardo; one brother and two sisters; and her loving husband, Jim Stefano Sr., in 1989. Ann enjoyed cooking with a passion and set many mouth-watering holiday dinners. Several of her recipes have become family staples and favorites, especially her sauce and meatballs. In 1958, Ann helped launch Stefano's Printing alongside her husband and son, Jim Stefano Jr., and worked many years in the business. A lifelong member of St. Aloysius Parish, she helped serve meals with the Altar and Rosary Society members and also helped them serve at the county fair. She loved gardening and bowling and excelled at both in her younger days. Ann is survived by her son, Jim, and wife, Stephanie; three beloved grandchildren, Senator Pat and wife, Tina, Ken and wife, Molly, and Mario and wife, Karin; seven great-grandchildren; three special nieces, Carmella Mullins, Marie Hagner, and Josephine Dominick. Special thanks are extended to the untiring help and devotion of niece, Carmella, and friends Linda and Don. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, PA 15431 with Prayers at 2:30 p.m. and rosary at 3:30 p.m. Morning prayers at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church with Father Micah E. Kozoil and Father Bob Lubic as co-celebrants. Interment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Ward, J. Elton E. 81

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1934-03-05
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • James Elton Ward, 81, of South Connellsville, passed away peacefully Monday, July 6, 2015, at the South Connellsville Personal Care Home, where with his beloved wife, Erika, following a lengthy illness. Elton was born March 5, 1934, in Clearville, Bedford County, to Herman and Dessie Clingerman Ward. After his father began working on the railroad, the family relocated to Connellsville in 1938. Following in his father's footsteps, Elton began a career with the railroad also. He first worked for the B and O, which then became the Chessie System and finally CSX. He retired after many years of service. After working on the railroad for a few years, Elton joined the Air Force, where he served from 1953 through 1957. He had the good fortune of being stationed in Germany, where he met the love of his life, Erika Zeuch, whom he married while stationed there. Elton was a very active person who enjoyed hunting with his brothers, sons and nephews, fishing and, upon his retirement, began golfing in a senior league. He also enjoyed all types of sports and was a frequent spectator at little league games and helped coach the 1977 all-star team who went on to win the state title that year. He enjoyed traveling and was able to see many places throughout the years. He enjoyed watching the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins on television. He was a member of Albright United Methodist Church, the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club and was a member of the former South Connellsville Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Erika Zeuch Ward; his children, James Earl Ward, of South Connellsville, Christine Ward Fiano and Peter, of Connellsville, Joyce Ward Grimm and Thomas, of Columbus, Ohio, and Michael Ward, of South Connellsville; grandchildren, Christopher Ward, Brant Fiano, Ashley Fiano McFadden and Daniel, Alana Fiano, Adam Grimm, Abbey Grimm, Alec Grimm and Dylan Ward; a great-grandson, Lennon McFadden; siblings, Betty Ward Christopher, Robert Ward and Patricia, Chester Ward and Sandra, Melda Ward Yonke and George Leo Ward and Debbie; brother-in-law Horst Zeuch and Brigitta; and sister-in-law, Anna Colatch. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who were special to him. He was predeceased by his parents; in-laws, Robert and Frieda Zeuch; brothers-in-law, James Christopher, Edward Savage and Thomas Yonke. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Steven Lamb officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Albright United Methodist Church, South Connellsville, in memory of James Elton Ward. The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice Care and South Connellsville Personal Care Home for the wonderful care that they provided Elton throughout his illness. To offer a condolence or remembrance please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Greene County

Phillips, Peggy L. 83

  • Formerly of Waynesburg
  • Born: 1932-06-16
  • Died: 2015-07-01
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  • Peggy L. Yost Phillips, 83, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Northbrook, Ill. Peggy was born June 16, 1932, in Fairview, W.Va., the daughter of the late Edward Joe and Murby Wilson Yost. She married her high school sweetheart, Marvin Phillips, in 1950. They moved into the house that Marvin built on Smith Creek Road outside of Waynesburg in 1956. Peggy resided there until 2009, when she moved to Illinois to be near her daughter and family. Peggy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, always putting family first. She was an excellent seamstress and craftsperson and sold her Boone Hollow Baskets at craft fairs throughout Greene County. She was a longtime member of Fairall United Methodist Church. Surviving are son, Mike (Karen Shogren) Phillips, of Greensburg; daughter, Mindy (Jef) Heidekat, of Wilmette, Ill.; grandchildren, Marc Phillips, Dale (Rami) Heidekat Fakhouri and Jay Heidekat, of Chicago, Ill., and Eric (Coleen McManamy) Phillips, of Grove City; great-grandchildren, Judah and Malachi Phillips; sisters-in-law, Doris, Ellen and Cathy Yost; and many nieces, nephews and longtime friends. Preceding her in death are her husband, Marvin; and three brothers, Joe Duane, Roddie and Larry Yost. She will be remembered as a loving, kind and caring friend who was always there to lend a helping hand. She walked with a smile and greeted everyone on her path. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Village of Northbrook. Her ashes will be interred alongside those of her beloved husband, Marvin, in the Fairall Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions in honor of Peggy may be made to Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/CureAlzFund/OnlineDonation.html or to Fairall United Methodist Church, 583 White Barn Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370.
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Indiana County

Smith, Kathryn 79

  • Formerly of Blairsville
  • Born: 1935-11-30
  • Died: 2015-07-04
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  • Kathryn (Stevenson) Smith, 79, of Stafford, Va., formerly of Blairsville, died early Saturday morning, July 4, 2015, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous fight against cancer. Born in Indiana, Pa. on Nov. 30, 1935, she was the loving daughter of the late Allen and Anne Stevenson. Kathryn worked as a registered nurse and retired from Torrance State Hospital. She loved her family, riding her bike and sitting on her swing. Surviving are her loving husband and best friend of 56 years as of June 20th this year, Jacob William Smith. She is also survived by her three daughters, Nellie Anne (Tim) Baker, of Stafford, Va., with whom she resided, Allison (Brian) Ridilla, of Greensburg, and Jacqueline Tarzian, of Wilbraham, Mass.; and her son, Jacob (Robin) Smith, of Plum. Kathryn also leaves behind her many loving grandchildren-her pride and joy, Kaylen Baker, TJ (Laura) Baker, Allen Baker, Kathryn Ridilla, Brian Ridilla JR, Zike Tarzian, Jaylyn Tarzian, Alexis and Evan Smith. She is also survived by her brother, Allen (Inez) Stevenson, of Patton; a sister, Nellie (Dean) Stewart, of San Diego, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Mike Polinsky, of North Carolina; plus many loving nieces and nephews too numerous to list. Kathryn was preceded in death by her beloved and much missed son, Allen, in 1988; her sisters, Ruth Wisnieski, Esther Weister and sister-in-law, Mary Lou Polinsky. Before her passing, Kathryn was granted one of her greatest wishes-to meet her first great grandchild, Lydia Fay Baker. In honor of Kathryn's wishes, there will be no viewing or service. Her family asks that contributions to a fund to end Pancreatic Cancer be made. An online site has been set up at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/allison-ridilla/Kathryn.
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Washington County

Brozinski, Alex 70

  • Carroll Township
  • Born: 1945-05-15
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Alex Brozinski, 70, of Carroll Township, went to be with the Lord Friday, July 3, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital, with his family by his side, after a lengthy illness. He was born May 15, 1945, in North Charleroi, the son of the late Alex A. and Alexandra Seroka Brozinski. Alex was a resident of Carroll Township, Eldora, most of his life. He fought bravely over the last two years with cancer. He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Church, and served his country with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, where he was stationed in Da Nang. Alex was a 1963 graduate of Donora High School and the Douglas Business School in 1965. He worked in production control at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel in Allenport. He was known as Big Bro by his co-workers. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Rosalie Vitalbo Brozinski, where they would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Oct. 29, 2015; his son, Joseph Brozinski; two daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Robert Loar, and Kimberly and Jason Siwula all of Carroll Township; six grandchildren, Michael and Alex Brozinski, Tyler and Isabella Loar, and Aleah and Aubrey Siwula; a sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Nick Kustra of Greensburg; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Justine and Tom Russell of Belle Vernon; two aunts, Dolores Warbutton of Florida and Jackie Seroka of Monessen; a lifelong best friend and "brother" Bill Brody; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements are being handled by the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second Street Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Prayers will be recited in the funeral home on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Valley Church with the Rev Father Pierre Falkenhan as celebrant. Interment to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township.
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Lorenzo, Emily M. 74

  • Donora
  • Born: 1941-06-01
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Emily M. Cooper Lorenzo, 74, of Donora, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born June 1, 1941, in Long Branch, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Anna (Semanchik) Cooper. She was a 1959 graduate of California Area High School. Along with being a devoted homemaker to her family, Emily and her late husband Pete owned the Donut Station in Donora until 1990. She enjoyed going to the Meadows and Wheeling Island with family and friends. Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Manuel P. Lorenzo Jr. of Donora and Eric and Marie Keller-Lorenzo also of Donora; four grandchildren, Emma, Madison and Alexander Lorenzo and Adam Keller; a brother, Walter Cooper of Charleroi; and four sisters, Sara (David) Moulder of LaGrange, Ohio, Dolores Harper of Oberlin, Ohio, Judy (Ray) Orobona of Valley City, Ohio, and Edith (Alexander "Sandy") Lutz of Avon Lake, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Carol Cooper of Parma, Ohio; and many loving nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was her husband Manuel "Pete" Lorenzo who died Feb. 19, 2008; two brothers, Vincent Cooper Jr. and Joseph Ray Cooper; a brother-in-law, Daniel Harper. Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday, July 11, 2015, beginning at 10:30 a.m in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Emily's name to the charity of one's choice. The MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences can be made online at marshallmarrafuneralhome.com.
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Tarabrella, Mary C. 96

  • Carroll Township
  • Born: 1919-03-22
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Marra Marshall, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Mary C. (Kikla) Tarabrella, 96, of Carroll Township, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Nevaeh Cove Personal Care Home, Charleroi. Born March 22, 1919, in Webster, she was a daughter of the late Samuel Sr. and Elizabeth (Pitek) Kikla. A homemaker, Mary was a 1937 graduate of Monongahela High School. She was a member of Mary Mother of the Church in Charleroi where she was a past CCD teacher and belonged to their Christian Mother Society. She also volunteered her time for the MVH Auxiliary and hospice organizations. Surviving are two sons, Daniel (Joyce) Tarabrella, of Elizabeth, and Mario (Suzanne) Tarabrella, of Monongahela; a daughter, Danielle (Marty) Pistella, of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Daniel (CrisAnne) Tarabrella, Christine (Bill) Shaffery, Louie Tarabrella and Theresa (Dr. Don) McMahon; eight great grandchildren, Angela, Nicholas and Daniel Jr. Tarabrella, Liam, Benjamin and Aiden Shaffery and Maisie and Donovan McMahon; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul and Julie Tarabrella, of Monongahela; and a sister-in-law, Josephine Kikla, of Carlisle; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was her beloved husband, William J. Tarabrella, who died Aug. 20, 1980; four brothers, Samuel Jr., John, Joseph and Victor Kikla; and two sisters, Elizabeth Kikla and Amelia York. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com. Friends and family are asked to go directly to Mary Mother of the Church, 624 Washington Ave., Charleroi for a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, with Father Gerald Mikonis as celebrant. Memorial contributions can be made in Mary's name to the charity of one's choice.
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Tarabrella, Mary C. 96

  • Carroll Township
  • Born: 1919-03-22
  • Died: 2015-07-05
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  • Mary C. Kikla Tarabrella, 96, of Carroll Township, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Nevaeh Cove Personal Care Home, Charleroi. Born March 22, 1919, in Webster, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Sr. and Elizabeth (Pitek) Kikla. A homemaker, Mary was a 1937 graduate of Monongahela High School. She was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church in Charleroi where she was a past CCD teacher and belonged to its Christian Mother Society. She also volunteered her time to the MVH Auxiliary and hospice organizations. Surviving are two sons, Daniel (Joyce) Tarabrella of Elizabeth and Mario (Suzanne) Tarabrella of Monongahela; a daughter, Danielle (Marty) Pistella of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Daniel (CrisAnne) Tarabrella, Christine (Bill) Shaffery, Louie Tarabrella and Theresa (Dr. Don) McMahon; eight great-grandchildren, Angela, Nicholas, Daniel Jr. Tarabrella, Liam, Benjamin and Aiden Shaffery and Maisie and Donovan McMahon; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul and Julie Tarabrella of Monongahela; and a sister-in-law, Josephine Kikla of Carlisle; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her beloved husband, William J. Tarabrella who died Aug. 20, 1980; four brothers, Samuel Jr., John, Joseph and Victor Kikla; and two sisters, Elizabeth Kikla and Amelia York. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome, from 1 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Friends and family are asked to go directly to Mary, Mother of the Church, 624 Washington Ave., Charleroi, for a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10 a.m. with Father Gerald Mikonis as celebrant on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made in Mary's name to the charity of one's choice.
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Williams, James E. III 44

  • Donora
  • Born: 1971-04-21
  • Died: 2015-07-06
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • James E. Williams III, 44, of Donora, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015, in his home after a lengthy illness. Born April 21, 1971, he was the son of James E. Williams Jr. of Charleroi, and the late Charlene Moffit Williams. He was a member of The Orchard Christian Fellowship in Monessen where he was a Deacon and, along with his wife, was the youth director of the Fishgate youth group. He graduated from Charleroi High School in 1990 and worked for MMVTA as a bus driver and dispatcher. He was a member of the Charleroi Belgian Club and was an avid gardener and fisherman who kept his trophy bass proudly on display. James is survived, in addition to his father, by his wife, Sherry Williams; son, Adam; stepchildren, Joseph Minno of Monessen and Shayley (Nathan Walls) Hohn and Shachia (Chico O'Hair) Hohn, all of Richmond; granddaughter, Auri Kay O'Hair; sister, Amy (Jim Durinsky) Williams of Charleroi; nephew, Nigel Summers; uncle, Charles B. (Glady) Moffit Jr. of Monongahela; aunts, Cindy (Dave) Hanna of Monessen, Diane (Gary) Gray of Charleroi and Alice Lauderback of Charleroi; numerous cousins; and his Pekingese, Jasper. In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by his grandparents, Chuck and Lois Moffit and James and Ethel Williams. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of services, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. The 8 p.m. service will be conducted by Pastor John Custer. Online condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Acre, David L. 68

  • Ansonia, Conn.
  • Died: 2015-06-10
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  • David L. "Dave" Acre, 68, of Ansonia, Conn., passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in St. Augustine, Fla., after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Dave was born in Harrison Township and grew up in Brackenridge, and had lived much of his adult life in Connecticut. He served his country in the Army as a staff sergeant during the Vietnam War, having completed two combat tours of duty. For more than 18 years, Dave worked as a manufacturing technical advisor at Ascom - Hasler in Shelton, Conn. He enjoyed woodworking, carpentry and loved following his favorite sports team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Above all Dave was a loving father and brother and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his daughter, Lauren J. Acre, of Jacksonville, Fla.; son, Stephen C. Acre, of St. Augustine, Fla.; brothers, Richard D. Acre, of San Antonio, Texas, Kenneth W. Acre, of Brackenridge, and Edward G. Acre (Hilde), of Lincoln Park, N.J.; sister, Phyllis J. Acre, of Newark, Del.; and former wife, Bonnie P. Acre, of St. Augustine, Fla. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur C. Acre (March 11, 1984); mother, Margaret L. (Frain) Acre (Feb. 11, 2010); and a brother, Ralph A. Acre (May 10, 2005). Services and interment with military honors will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. The family would like to thank VITAS Healthcare for the wonderful care provided to Dave during his final days.
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Alford, Eleanor L. 74

  • Pittsfield, Mass.
  • Born: 1940-08-22
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Louise Lankford Alford, 74, of Pittsfield, Mass., departed this life on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield. She was born Aug. 22, 1940, in Elizabeth, a daughter of the late William Henry and Ethel Josephine Ford Lankford. She was also preceded in death by siblings, Eva Marie Davison, Ethel Marie Batch, Anna E. Lankford and Lena Carson. She was a housewife and provided seamstress services from her home. Surviving are her son, Mark (Dorothy) Alford, of Pittsfield, Mass.; two stepsons, Rufus Alford Jr. (Vivian Courtney), of Washington, D.C., and Tyrone (Anissa) Alford, of Bowie, Md.; nine grandchildren; brother, Nathan (Audrey) Lankford, of Elizabeth; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives; and many friends. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, at the Allen Chapel AME Church, 606 Fifth Ave., Elizabeth, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, with the Rev. Marilyn Fisher officiating. Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth. Local arrangements by the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton.
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Brown, Walter B. 91

  • Born: 1924-06-29
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Poland-Thompson, Cameron | Get Directions
  • Walter Bowman Brown, who was born June 29, 1924, in Greensburg, passed away June 30, 2015, in Cameron, Mo., following a brief illness. He was 91 years of age. He is survived by daughters, Brenda Dean Brown-Lankshear and Glenna Sue Humphrey; his sister, Anna Marie Campbell; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Dean Brown, on July 10, 1991. He was proud of his military career, his faith and devotion to his family. Walter joined the Navy at the age of 17 and served in both Atlantic and Pacific Theaters during World War II. He served on numerous minesweepers and the aircraft carrier, USS Shangri-La (CV-38). Following his military service, he married his wife and they started a family and purchased a standard oil service station. He also worked as a truck mechanic for Helzer Cartage and ABF Freight until his retirement. As much as Walt loved his family and county, he loved his Lord. He was, among other things, a deacon, the Bus Ministry director and a tenor with the choir at Waldo Avenue Baptist Church in Independence, Mo. Waldo Avenue Baptist Church subsequently became Grace Heartland Community Church. During his later years, he resided in the Cameron Missouri Veteran's Home where he enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie of the many fellow veterans. Walter will be missed by friends and family members. Services will be held Thursday, July 9, 2015, in the chapel of the Cameron Veterans Home, 1111 Euclid, Cameron, MO 64429. Viewing will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service. Burial will occur at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery at Higginsville, Mo. There are plans to have an interment of his wife, Mary Dean, with Walter at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery. Arrangements by POLAND-THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, Cameron, Mo. Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.
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Dorazio, Christine 92

  • Midlothian, Va. , Formerly of West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-07-03
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  • Christine Dorazio, 92, of Midlothian, Va., formerly of West Mifflin, went to be with the Lord Friday, July 3, 2015. She was the widow of Angelo Dorazio and is survived by her son, Tony and his wife, Judy; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A graveside service for friends and family will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, at Jefferson Memorial Park in Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1503 Michaels Road, Henrico, VA 23229.
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Hill Jr., Earl S. 81

  • West Chester
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Earl S. Hill Jr., 81, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 58 years of Lee Ann (Hillard) Hill; father of Earl S. Hill III (Lynn), Thomas R. Hill (Stephanie), Rebecca Hill (Angelito Alzona), Elizabeth Jeanson (Michael) and Amanda Osborn (Ross); grandfather of six; and brother of Paul Hill (Patricia), Linda Peoples (the late James) and the late Patricia Kraus (the late David). He was a retired engineer for ARCO. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME, 524 High St., Freeport. A memorial Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at St. Mary's Church, Freeport, followed by interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Freeport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Carnegie Mellon University, School of Engineering, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hover, Bonnie L. 65

  • Warren, Ohio
  • Born: 1949-08-18
  • Died: 2015-07-02
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  • Bonnie L. Hover, 65, of Warren, Ohio, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015, at her home. She was born Aug. 18, 1949, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Robert and Doris (Breegle) VanArsdale. She married Steven Hover on Feb. 7, 2003, and they have shared 12 years of marriage together. She was a 1967 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and was a homemaker. Bonnie was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading her Bible and spending time with her grandsons. She was a Steelers fan. Bonnie was a funny, happy and loving person. She was full of life. Bonnie's memory will be carried on by her husband, Steven Hover, of Warren, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Heidi Cernuto, of Southington, Ohio; brother, Robert (Judy) VanArsdale, of Greensburg; three grandsons, Cole and Cobe Cernuto, of Southington, Ohio, and Noah Kauffman, of Greensburg; several nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Keely Alcorn, of Mt. Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Don "Buck" Cernuto and Robert "Brady" Kauffman; brother, Charles VanArsdale; and sister, Susan Sponseller. Services will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at CARL W. HALL FUNERAL HOME, where Pastor Rick Oaks will officiate. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may view Bonnie's obituary and/or send condolences to the family by visiting carlwhall.com. The family requests that material contributions be made to American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406; or First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481, in her memory.
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Johnston, Carole A. 56

  • Lorain, Ohio
  • Born: 1959-05-12
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Carole A. (Lux) Johnston, 56, of Lorain, Ohio, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born May 12, 1959, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Robert and Mary (Smayda) Lux, she was a 1977 graduate of Yough High School. Carole was employed by Aramark with the Lorain City Schools, working in the elementary schools cafeterias for more than 20 years. She loved camping, going to casinos and her weekly lunches with the "Lunch Bunch" as well as spending time with her family and friends. Surviving are her husband of 30 years, James Johnston; her son, Tyler Johnston; brother, Kenny Lux, of West Newton; sister, Jeanne (Lenny) Minkus, of Sutersville; nieces, Charity and Betsy; great-niece, Taylor; and great-nephew, Bobby. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Robert John and Tommy "Yaky" Lux; and sister, Betsy Lux. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Interment will be in West Newton Cemetery. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Panciera, Verna L. 83

  • New Bethlehem
  • Born: 1931-09-01
  • Died: 2015-07-04
  • Funeral Home: Rupert, New Bethlehem | Get Directions
  • Verna L. Panciera, 83, of New Bethlehem, passed away early Saturday morning, July 4, 2015, at Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sligo, following an illness. Born Sept. 1, 1931, in Kittanning, she was a daughter of the late George V. and Jennie L. Sefton Collier, and was a graduate of the Kittanning High School. She married Harold "Bunk" Panciera on Dec. 17, 1955, in the St. Charles Catholic Church in New Bethlehem and he preceded her in death on May 7, 2014. Verna was self-employed as an Avon representative for 39 years. She loved spending time with her family, camping, playing cards and games and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include three daughters, Denise Kahle and her husband, Dana, of Shippenville, Debra Sigworth and her husband, William, of Mayport, and Dana Kifer and her husband, Perry, of Curllsville; five grandchildren, Megan Wensel and her husband, Keith, of St. Marys, Ga., Levi Sigworth and his wife, Dr. Rebekah Gensure, of Somerset, N.J., Laci Weston and her husband, Mike, of Brunswick, Maine, Jacob Kifer and his wife, Kayla, of Rimersburg, and Caleb Kifer and his fiancee, Elicia Mealy, of Clarion. Verna is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Laiken Wensel, Logan Wensel, Taylor Kifer and Harper Kifer; and five sisters and a brother, Dede Heilman, Phyllis Bassinger, Jean Shankel, Brenda Mateer, Susan Schall and David Collier. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters, Donald Collier, James Collier, Millie Skinner and Claire Slagle. At Verna's firm request, there will be no public visitation of service. Entombment will take place in the New Bethlehem Cemetery mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be given in the name of Verna L. Panciera to the Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 14663 Route 68, Sligo, PA 16255. Online condolences may be sent to Verna's family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the RUPERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE OF NEW BETHLEHEM.
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