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Christ, Philomena M. 96

  • Bloomfield
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Philomena M. (DeAndrea) Christ, 96, of Bloomfield, died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles W. Christ; loving sister of Joseph DeAndrea and Angeline Grant. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where friends and family will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
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Coholich Jr., Joseph 91

  • Indiana Township
  • Born: 1922-11-22
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Joseph Coholich Jr., 91, of Indiana Township, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in UPMC Passavant, McCandless. Born Nov. 22, 1922, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Joseph Coholich Sr. and Mary (Cvetic) Coholich. Prior to retirement, he was chief shipping clerk for H.J. Heinz Co., North Side, and a World War II veteran, having served in the Army as a staff sergeant. He attended St. Mary of the Assumption, Glenshaw, was a member of the BPOE Etna Elks Lodge 932, Oakmont, and the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 4 and was also an avid bowler. He was a member of the church choir for more than 60 years starting at age 11 and was also a member of the church bell choir. He is survived by five children, Sandy (Bill) of Zielinski, of Allison Park, Donna Connell, of Franklin Park, Pam (Ray) Kurkiewicz, of Allison Park, Bob (Sharon) Coholich, of Columbus, Ohio, and Joe (Patti) Coholich, of Allison Park; three brothers, George (Kay) Coholich, of Glenshaw, Bernard (Tootsie) Coholich, of Newnan, Ga., and Edward (Mary Ann) Coholich, of Allison Park; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, she was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys H. (Dabek) Coholich, Aug. 12, 2003; and a sister, Mary Theresa Rex and her husband, Raymond. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd. at Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw. A parish wake service will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Funeral prayers will be held 9:15 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, with Father John Marcucci as celebrant. Interment with military honors will be held in Assumption of St. Mary Cemetery, Glenshaw. Memorials may be made to St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
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Cunningham, Grace M. 92

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1922-03-10
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Grace Mae Cunningham, 92, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. Born March 10, 1922, in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Grace May (Strausser) Householder. A member of both the First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport and the Elizabeth Baptist Church, Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cunningham, who passed away in March 1995; and her son, Erik Cunningham, who passed away in 1988. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Jean Huston, of Elizabeth; her grandsons, Erik Cunningham, of Kent, Ohio, and Chad Cunningham, of Pittsburgh; her daughter-in-law, Kathy Cunningham, of Pittsburgh; her niece and caregiver, Jeannie Huston, of Elizabeth; and also other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344). A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the funeral home's chapel, with Pastors Kirk Albrecht and David L. Myers co-officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. Memorial donations in Grace's name may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 4638 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Davies, John E. 68

  • Monroeville , Formerly of Oakland
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • John E. Davies, 68, of Monroeville, formerly of Oakland, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, Monday, April 21, 2014, at UPMC East, Monroeville. He was the beloved husband of Marcia Davies; father of Sean and Jason Davies; brother of Judith D. Klingensmith, M. Susan Cupps and Thomas R. Davies. John was a 1963 graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall, where a parting prayer will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall.
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Donelli, Jacob R. 19

  • Wexford
  • Born: 1994-12-01
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Jacob Ryan Donelli, 19, of Wexford, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Jacob was born Dec. 1, 1994, in Verplanck, N.Y., to Lauren Smith Donelli and the late Scott M. Donelli. He was a senior at Adelphoi Education Center in Millvale/North Allegheny Senior High School. He was the beloved brother to Matthew Michael, Gregory Thomas, Tracy Lynn and Courtney Marie Donelli; and also loving grandson to Joan and Harry Seton, as well as Rita Bauer and Andrew Donelli (Arlene Donelli). Also surviving are many other relatives and friends. He was an extraordinary self-taught guitar player from the age of 10 on as well as a gifted artist. He was a kind and compassionate son, brother and friend, and he will be greatly missed. He could easily make anyone laugh as well, a very special quality in a person. The memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Allison Park Church. All are welcome. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw.
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Fox, Ethel E. 88

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Boron, Carrick | Get Directions
  • Ethel Evelyn "Lefty" (Lippl) Fox, 88, of Baldwin, gloriously made her journey to heaven Easter Sunday morning, April 20, 2014. Ethel is now with her beloved, the late Clyde W. "Foxy" Fox. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Diana and Jim Behers, Linda and Bill Arthur, Tammy Novak, and Gilbert and Tracy Fox; her nine grandchildren, Traci and Kevin Dougherty, Rob and Jen Koran, Stephanie and Nicole Behers, Amy Koran, Ryan and Jamie Koran, Kayla (Bobby Nogal), Kaitlyn and Karly Novak, and Jenna Fox; and her 10 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her siblings, Viola Vespaziani, Eileen Rinaman, and Dennis Lippl; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. Ethel was a faithful member of Knoxville United Church. The family would like to thank the staff of Oakleaf Personal Care Home and Celtic Hospice. Visitations with the family will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at BORON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1719 Brownsville Road, Carrick, where relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 10 a.m. Friday. http://www.BoronFuneralHome.com.
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Gillens, Jason E. 40

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Jason E. Gillens, 40, of Plum, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jennifer L. Merz; cherished father of Caden J. Gillens, of Plum, and Jay Gillens, of Murrysville; loving son of Linda (Roger) Downing, of Plum, and Gordon (Sara) Gillens, of New Hampshire; brother of Scott A. Gillens, of Michigan, and Diane L. Gillens, of Vermont; stepbrother of Jeffrey and Karen Downing, both of Vermont; son-in-law of Donald and Carol Merz, of West Deer; brother-in-law of Kristin (Michael) Baum, of Gibsonia; and proud uncle of Tyler Thurston, Amanda and Emily Howe, Julie Downing and Logan Baum. Jason is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Jason worked in security with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a loyal supporter of local fire and police departments and above all loved raising and spending time with his dear son, Caden. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Father Thomas J. Galvin as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Gross, Mary C. 82

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1931-10-23
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Mary Catherine Gross, 82, of McKeesport, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was born Oct. 23, 1931, in Hazelwood, and is the daughter of Alfred W. and Catherine Decoursey Gross. She is survived by her brother, Alfred W. Gross Jr., of McKeesport. She previously was employed by G.C. Murphy Company and the Christy Park Credit Union as a secretary. She was a member of the former St. Pius Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Guild, Ladies of Charity and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She is currently a member of Corpus Christi Church where she was a member of the Ladies of Charity. She also was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and was a great Notre Dame fan. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Corpus Christi Church. Burial will follow.
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Hastings, Isabella F. 92

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Isabella F. (Konieczka) Hastings, 92, of Shaler Township, died peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Robert E. Hastings; mother of Connie Riesmeyer and the late Robert F. Hastings; beloved grandmother of Darlene (Raymond) Danik, Robert F. (Dawn) Hastings Jr., Kim Kenetz and Brian (Jenn) Hastings; great-grandmother of Maxwell, Jessica Danik, Brian Jr. and Adam Hastings; and is also survived by daughter-in-law, Roselda Hastings; and brothers and sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday in All Saints Church, Etna.
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Herzer, Robert J. 86

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1928-01-19
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Richland Twp | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Herzer, 86, or Richland Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Born Jan. 19, 1928, on the North Side of Pittsburgh, he was the beloved son of the late Chris and Eugenia (Ritter) Herzer; beloved husband for 45 years of Audrey A. (Hogan) Herzer; loving brother of Richard (Carol) Herzer, of Spring Hill, Jean Peluso, of Franklin Park, and the late John Herzer; and is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. A World War II Army veteran, Robert proudly worked for H.J. Heinz Company for more than 40 enjoyable years, loved spending time with family and friends and was an avid and skilled gardener. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Friday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044, with Father Thomas A. Sparacino, celebrant. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, McMurray. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Karoly, David M. 59

  • Lincoln Place
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • David M. Karoly, 59, of Lincoln Place, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was the beloved son of Mary Agnes (Straka) and the late Bernhard Karoly Sr.; brother of Bernhard (Elaine) Karoly Jr., of Florida; and uncle of Bernhard Karoly III, also of Florida. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in David's memory to St. John Mark Lutheran Church, 225 E. Tenth Ave., Homestead, PA 15120 or the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150 Chicago, IL 60601. ww.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Ketter, Mary J. 69

  • Boston
  • Born: 1944-11-03
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mary Jean Ketter, 69, of Boston, Elizabeth Township, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born Nov. 3, 1944, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Barno Hollis. She was a member of Dormition of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport, and was a beautician at the former Lesko's Beauty Shop in McKeesport. She is survived by her daughters, Paula Marie Johns, of Boston, Donna Jean and her husband, Paul Wojton, of New Castle, and Lisa Lynn Ketter, of Buena Vista; son, David A. Ketter, of McKeesport; sister, Elaine A. Getsko, of Boston; grandchildren, Bobbie Jo Wojton, Paul C. Wojton Jr., Felecia Ketter, Brandon Ketter, Shawn Lewis and Sarah Feurintino; and nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dimitri D. Ermakov officiating. Private burial will be at the West Newton Cemetery. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Klasnic, Helen L. 98

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1915-05-18
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Helen L. Klasnic, 98, of McKeesport, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Briarcliff Pavilion in North Huntingdon. She was born May 18, 1915, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late John and Anna Polka Domarski. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Klasnic; brothers, Joseph, Peter and John; and sisters, Gladys and Mary. She was a member of Corpus Christy Parish in McKeesport. Surviving are her sons, William Klasnic, of McKeesport, and John Klasnic, of White Hall, Md. Also surviving are grandchildren, Billy, Lynda, Gary and Kathy; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Corpus Christi Church. Private interment will be in St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, White Oak. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Kranik, Bonnie S. 61

  • Pitcairn
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Bonnie S. Kranik, 61, of Pitcairn, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Bonnie is survived by Maxine DeVinney, Georgeann Knorr, Andrew and Tracey Kranik, Kevin Kranik, Janelle Kranik, Michael and Joanie Kranik, Brittany Kranik, Christopher Kranik and Michelle Kranik and various great-nephews and friends. A family viewing was held April 21 at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., Pitcairn.
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Lascheid, Linda 85

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Linda (Dougan) Lascheid, 85, a longtime resident of Mt. Lebanon, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 61 years of the late Vincent C. Lascheid Jr.; devoted mother of Mary Sue, Vincent III "Chuck" (Elizabeth), Richard Leo (Maria), Malinda Anne "Mindy" (Russ) Lewis and the late Nancy Joan Lascheid; loving grandmother of Miranda, Dollie, Angela, Vincent, Christina and Melody; and is also survived by many great-grandchildren. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Bernard Church. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Laughlin, Donna R. 68

  • Center Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Donna R. (Osbourne) Laughlin, 68, of Center Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Alner Rafe Osbourne; beloved wife of James Laughlin and the late Robert Wagner; beloved mother of Charles and Mark Wagner; dear stepmother of David J. Laughlin, Lori Carnahan and Wendi Kerr; and dear step-grandmother of Keenan and Camille Kerr. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life luncheon for friends and family will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Grieco's Carefree Inn, Indianola. RSVP to Lori by Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 412-343-9408 or llaugh@verizon.net. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. Memorial donations may be sent to the Lymphoma Society for Blood Cancer Research.
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Mitchko, Joseph S. 84

  • Lincoln Borough
  • Born: 1929-08-22
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Joseph S. Mitchko, 84, of Lincoln Borough, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in HCR ManorCare, Whitehall. Born Aug. 22, 1929, in Clairton, he was the son of the late Stephen and Anna (Gazda) Mitchko. He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a maintenance supervisor by Westinghouse in Large. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Leona (Wallace) Mitchko; daughter, Paula R. Tognarine; and son, Joseph R. Mitchko. He is survived by two sons, Michael J. (Michelle) Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township, and William M. (Valerie) Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township; a daughter-in-law, Peggie Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township; four grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Breanna Mitchko and Renee Benedetti; also nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Monroe, Emma 92

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Georgetown, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Emma (Romito) Monroe, 92, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Georgetown subdivision, Daytona Beach, Fla., peacefully passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles "Carl" Monroe; loving mother of Charles (Linda) Monroe Jr., Jeffrey (Denise) Monroe and the late Richard Monroe; grandmother of Kristen, Jeff and Misty. Services and entombment are private. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Myron, Thomas L. 90

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Thomas L. Myron, 90, of Bethel Park, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at home. He was the husband of the late Kathleen (Lynch) Myron; beloved father of Thomas (Linda), James, Mary (Steve Dobrosielski), Redsy (Walt) Croke, John Patrick, Michael (Carol), David (Maria), Jerome, Margaret (John Sigg), Coleman (Kelley) and Paul (Michele); loving grandfather of 37 and three great-grandchildren; also many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his siblings, Grace Ferney, Helen Myron, John Myron and Rita Enright. Tom was a captain in the Air Force during World War II. Visitation from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Germaine Church. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Pennsylvania Foundation for Life, 159 Hornaday Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
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Parker, James H. 87

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1926-12-04
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • James H. Parker, 87, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. A fellow of the American Physical Society and a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, he was born Dec. 4, 1926, in Bakersfield, Calif. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Catherine M. Parker; and his sisters, Genevieve Parker, formerly of Orinda, Calif., and Alberta Horn, formerly of Point Richmond, Calif. He was the loving father of Lynn Parker, of Arlington, Va., and David Parker, of Tipp City, Ohio. He is also survived by two grandchildren. He received a Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1949 and 1954, respectively. He was a member of the staff at the Westinghouse Research Labs in Pittsburgh from 1953 until retirement in 1985. During his career, he carried out experimental and theoretical work over a broad range of physics and in 1970 he became manager of the Cryogenics and Superconductivity Department. He authored or coauthored more than 50 journal and conference papers. After retirement from Westinghouse, he continued his physics and engineering work as a private consultant for Westinghouse and several other local companies. He played bassoon for the Pittsburgh Savovards and was also a longstanding member of the Pittsburgh Woodwind Quintet. He loved jazz and classical music, physics, electronics, woodworking and metalworking. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Memorial contributions may be made to the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, P.O. Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Robb, Barbara A. 84

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1929-11-11
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. Robb, 84, of Forward Township and Fort Pierce, Fla., died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Fort Pierce, Fla. Born Nov. 11, 1929, in West Elizabeth, she was the daughter of the late Melvin C. and Daisy J. (McQuown) O'Dell. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth. Prior to retirement, she was employed as an assistant manager by the former Bell Telephone. She enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida with her husband. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by daughter, Kathy Jean Stadmueller. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Howard E. Robb; son, Richard A. (Melinda) Robb, of Vernon Center, N.Y.; and three grandchildren, Kasey Robb, of Binghamton, N.Y., Nashua R. Robb, of Vernon Center, N.Y., and Eric (Dani) Kegel, of Huntsville, Ala. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jim Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Robertson, Jane E. 88

  • Formerly of North Side
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Jane E. (Johe) Robertson, 88, formerly of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 70 years of Robert E. Robertson; loving mother of Carol J. (Randolph) Wood, of Greer, S.C., and Robert E. (Karen), of Boston, Mass.; sister of Geraldine Meister, of South Hills, and the late Jack Johe; proud grandmother of five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Service will be held following at a time to be announced in St. John's Lutheran Church of Highlands, Cumberland Road. Family suggests donations to St. John's Lutheran Church of Highlands, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Romanelli, Brillante Bill 85

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Brillante "Bill" Romanelli, 85, of Turtle Creek, died Friday, April 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy (Kurtanic) Romanelli; loving father of Joseph (Victoria) Romanelli, of North Versailles, Paul (Juanita) Romanelli, of Turtle Creek, and Daniel Romanelli, of Wilkins Township; grandfather of Patrick, Joseph, Nicole, Samantha, Jaiden, Dale, Jason, Troy and the late Andrea; brother of Alfonsina Fortunato, of New York; and also survived by nieces, Maria Rossi, Donita and Jan Kurtanic, and nephew, Eric Kurtanic. Bill was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army, and was the owner of Brillante's Beauty Shop for 15 years. He had also been employed at Westinghouse for 17 years. Bill was a member of the Forbes Trail Masonic Lodge No. 783. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Friends will be welcome 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Colman Church followed by a presentation of military honors at Good Shepherd Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Samuels, Ethel L. 87

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1927-04-07
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Ethel L. (Kemp) Samuels, 87, of Tarentum, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home. She was born April 7, 1927, in Arrington, Va., daughter of the late Jake and Elizabeth (Irving) Kemp. She has lived in the area since 1946. Ethel was an assembler for the former New Kensington Manufacturing Company, a member of Allegheny Valley Corps Salvation Army, Brackenridge; and volunteer for the Salvation Army and the former Dayspring Christian Church, both of Tarentum. She was also a Sunday School teacher and very active in the Women's League and the League of Mercy. She graduated from Nelson County VA School District and was a member of the Ladies Group at her church and 50 years at the Salvation Army. She did programs from her home, such as crafts and exercising. Survivors include her children, Reuben (Lanny) Samuels III, of Penn Hills, Robert (Barbara) Samuels, of New Kensington, Deborah (Don) Moore, of New Kensington, Willie Sue Samuels, of Youngstown, Ohio, Donna Mae (Harry R. Couchenour) Samuels, of Shaler Township, and Sola Samuels, of Fox Chapel; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are her siblings, Floyd (Bonnie) Kemp, Lester (Debbie) Kemp, William (Rose) Kemp, Harvey (Shirley) Kemp and Emma Headen, all of New Kensington. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben J. Samuels II, in 1967; four sons, Richard, James and Tony Samuels and infant son, Donald; and her siblings, Thomas and Mansfield Kemp, Lily King and Mary Kemp. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Salvation Army, Brackenridge, with Captain Rickie Armour, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Schott, Marlene 68

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Marlene (Samoriga) Schott, 68, of Plum, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 47 years of Harry "Bucky" Schott; loving mother of Derek (Jennifer) Schott and Jayson Ryan Schott; proud grandmother of Hunter Ryan Schott; dear sister of Gene Samoriga; sister-in-law of Donna Conn; aunt of Mark, Laura, Paula, Bobbie and Richie; daughter of the late Peter and Ann Samoriga; and daughter-in-law of the late Harry and Silvia Schott. Marlene was a longtime hairdresser, owning salons in Murrysville and Monroeville. She also owned the Love Search Dating Service in Pittsburgh. Marlene will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Frederick M. 98

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Frederick Merle Smith, 98, of Monroeville, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Meta (Schwartz) Smith; loving father of David (the late Carol) Smith, Melvin (Kathleen) Smith, Victoria (Mark) Risko; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and brother of Evelyn Merritt, Beatrice (Merle) McWilliams, Felix Reichart Jr., Robert Smith, Richard Smith, Dorothy Armel, Helen Ohmes and the late Elizabeth Bennett, Gerald Reichart, Donald Smith, Theodore Smith, Wilber Smith, Francis Smith, Arlene Miller and Margie Stedman. Arrangements are by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL). A celebration of life event will be held starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the family residence, 1222 Old Concord Road, Monroeville. A memorial service will also take place at Venango Cemetery, Venango, at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to Rite for Harvest, Gwen Smith, PO Box 487, Monument, CO 80132. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Stephanie 87

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Stephanie (Demus) Smith, 87, of Turtle Creek, died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John E. Smith for 55 years; loving mother of Dennis (Michelle) Smith, of Penn Township, Dorene Smith, of Turtle Creek, Dale (Mary Jo) Smith, of Wilkinsburg, and Darla (Dennis) Burger, of North Versailles; dear grandmother of Eric (Rebecca) Smith, Nicole (Paul) Martin and Amanda Smith, Christopher (Andrea) Smith and Bernadette Smith, Jessica (fiance, Nathan) and Emily Burger; great-grandmother of Laura and Nathan Smith, Braden and Wyatt Martin; and sister of the late Richard (surviving spouse, Sandra) Demus and the late Carl (surviving spouse, Betty) Demus. Stephanie was born in Poland and immigrated to America at the age of three from Ukraine. Because of her background, she was able to speak four languages. Stephanie retired as a sales associate from Macy's in Monroeville Mall after also working for Horne's and Lazarus. In retirement, she assisted her husband, John, with the operation of their gas station/carwash on Beulah Road in Wilkins Township. Friends will be welcome 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Colman Church.
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Solomon, Michael 87

  • West Homestead
  • Born: 1926-11-03
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Michael Solomon, of West Homestead, passed away peacefully Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his home, at the age of 87. He was surrounded by his wife and family. Born Nov. 3, 1926, in Canonsburg, to Syrian immigrants, Mike was the second of four children of Kattas and Nijme Moussa Solomon. Immediately upon graduating from Canonsburg High School in June of 1944, Mike enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a machinist servicing B-17s and B-25s. By the time he was sent overseas, World War II had ended and he served in the postwar Occupation Force, attending the proceedings at the Nuremberg War Trials. Returning to the States, Mike began a lifelong career in finance with Mellon Bank, first as a teller, then as branch manager of the Claysville, Munhall, Homestead, New Kensington and East Liberty offices. He delayed retirement by serving as Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer at Mellon's Pittsburgh headquarters in the mid '90s. Mike married Mary Leon, the love of his life, Oct. 17, 1953. They raised their four children in the Steel Valley community of West Homestead: Timothy, an ordained Presbyterian minister now serving as pastor of Emmanuel Community Church in Meadville and as Protestant Campus Minister at Penn State Behrend in Erie; Amy, a businesswoman in California; Mary Beth (husband, David Wilson), a market research consultant in Jersey City, N.J.; and Michael (wife, Maureen), a professional drummer/percussionist in California. In addition to being a devoted father to his children, Mike dearly loved his four grandchildren: Rachel, David and Eva Solomon and Michael Solomon Leopold. A faithful member of the Homestead United Presbyterian Church since moving to the Steel Valley in 1959, Mike served continuously as an Elder and Trustee over the decades. Always community-minded, Mike served on the boards of Homestead Hospital, Jefferson Regional Medical Center and Steel Valley Arts Council, and co-founded Mon Valley Initiative (MVI) and Homestead Economic Revitalization Corporation (HERC). In earlier years, he was an active member of Kiwanis and later served on the Steel Valley School Board for 16 years. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's MBA program, Mike also took post-graduate studies at Rutgers University's Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Mike was an avid reader, always keeping abreast of political issues of national and international scope. He also enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing checkers with his six-year-old grandson Michael and traveling domestically and abroad, including to his parents' village in Syria. Most of all, Mike found meaning in doing his job and talking with people from all stations in life. Exercising an economy of words, a warm humor and an insightful mind, he was often sought out for his wisdom in matters both practical and eternal. Cherished by his wife, family, church and community, Mike Solomon will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by a sister, Rebecca Gladden, of McDonald; a brother, Edward Solomon, of Canonsburg; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Fred; his beloved nephew, Michael Solomon; and niece, Mary Agnes Solomon. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME, Munhall. The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Homestead United Presbyterian Church (Ninth and Ann streets), including military honors, with a luncheon to follow. Please everyone meet at church. Memorial donations may be made to Homestead United Presbyterian Church (http://www.homesteadupc.org) and/or the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (http://www.adc.org).
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Tierno, Georgeann 69

  • Bloomfield
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Georgeann (Gregg) "Gi Gi" Tierno, 69, of Bloomfield, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was the wife of Joseph J. Tierno; beloved mother of Frank J. (Andrea) Tierno and Georgeine "T.T." (William) Evans; grandmother of Ashley, Amanda, Samantha, Jenna, Alexis, Frankie, Angelia, Billy and Jo Jo; great-grandmother of Justice, Jaden, Ryder, Demetri and Ariana; and sister of Sue Ellen Christman, the late Geraldine "Jerry" Simpson, Roberta "Bootsie" Minert, Jane Faix and Karen "Casey" Poelcher. Friends received from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Liberty Campus.
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Tortorelli Jr., Joseph A. 80

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. Tortorelli Jr., 80, of Dormont, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 56 years of Johanna "Josie" Tortorelli; loving father of Mary Jo Tortorelli, Lynn (Chip) Tanis, Barbara Tortorelli and Rio Tomlin; devoted grandfather of Joseph Tanis, Tyler Tortorelli, Erika Hill and Johanna Tanis; and brother of the late Robert and William Tortorelli. Joe loved life and was always true to himself and others. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Catherine of Siena Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Weideman, Joan M.

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1931-08-06
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Joan M. (Yott) Weideman, of McCandless, died peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born Aug. 6, 1931, to the late Joseph and Eva Yott, she was the beloved wife for 57 years of Jim Weideman; loving mother of Jim (Jeanne Veltre), John (Yvonne Lapinski), Mary (the late Frank) Gualtieri, Jeanne (Bob) Randig, Julie (Isabel Gonzales) and Joanie (Jeff) Gorman; proud grandmother of Justin (Leanna Tessling), Jaime (Pete McDevitt), Gabe, Jesse, Jason, Ryan, Mark, Maria, Joey, Rob, Meg, Elizabeth and Marina; and caring great-grandmother of Rhilee, Jonah and Charlotte. Joan is survived by her sisters, Terri and Pat; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Martin and Barbara Weideman. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joe, and sister, Linda. Joan was a graduate of the University of Detroit, with a Bachelor of Education. She loved and was loved by young and old alike. She loved all aspects of art, especially cooking, sewing, quilting, gardening and painting. After losing her mother at a young age, she became the mother figure for her younger sisters. Through her strength, love and faith, she was truly God's example of an extraordinary wife, mother and grandmother. She touched and inspired everyone she met. She will be missed beyond words. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, http://www.alz.org/pa.
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Woodside, Mary Jane 84

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1929-06-30
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane (Kukel) Woodside, 84, of North Versailles, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was born June 30, 1929, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Kukel. She was a former member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Versailles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Woodside; five brothers and a sister. She is survived by children, David R. Woodside, of North Versailles, Thomas R. Woodside (Tammy Close), of North Huntingdon, and Jean I. (Larry) Grandy, of Chester, S.C.; grandchildren, Robert (Cynthia) Santner and Carrie (Joseph) Sistare; great-grandchildren, Zackary and Tyler Santner, Kherington and Cameron Sistare; a brother, Victor (Jane) Kukel, of Littleton, Colo.; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in William Penn Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Macula Vision Research Foundation, 1 Tower Bridge, 100 Front St., Suite 300, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 or St. John's Lutheran Church, 715 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137.
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Zablocki, Mary

  • Formerly of Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary (Kersul) Zablocki, formerly of Braddock, died peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home. She was the loving wife of the late Peter B. Zablocki; and dear sister of Wilma (the late Albert) Franko, Olga Kersul and the late Emilie (Frank) Lisowski, Zora (Munchello) Blogovich, John (Toni) Krsul, Emil (Jean) Kersul, Jayda (Dominick) Gambino and Kayda (Donald) Giacchino. Aunt Mary will be lovingly missed by her many nieces and nephews. She was a lifelong member of the Croatian Fraternal Union. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. Anselm Church, Word of God Parish.
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Barto, Martha L. 84

  • Cabot , Formerly of West Leechburg
  • Born: 1929-06-27
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Martha L. (Zachar) Barto, 84, formerly of West Leechburg, peacefully passed away Monday, April 21, at Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Cabot. Martha was born June 27, 1929, in Leechburg, a daughter of the late Rudolf M. and Mary (Ferrick) Zachar. She grew up in Leechburg and moved to West Leechburg, where she lived for 48 years before moving to Logan House in Lower Burrell, and then to Concordia. Martha attended Leechburg High School and worked for more than 30 years, beginning at Schenley Distillery and then retiring from Haskell Manufacturing in Oakmont. She was a member of Christ the King Parish in Gilpin Township. Martha enjoyed baking, shopping, playing bingo, and spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who always put her family first. She will be sadly missed. She is survived by three daughters, Debra K. Banzhoff, of Hagerstown, Md., Patricia A. (Steven) Thomas, of Allegheny Township; and Kathleen M. (Merle) Lookabaugh, of Mackenbach, Germany; four grandchildren, Jessica Banzhoff, Kellie (Russell) Elliott and Brad and Tara Lookabaugh; one great-granddaughter, Isla Charlotte Elliott; a brother, Frank Zachar; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Emil J. Barto in January 2008; two brothers, Steve and John Zachar; four sisters, Jean Kwiatkowski, Pauline Nastuck, Velma Soloniche and Dorothy Jean Zachar; and a son-in-law, Scott Banzhoff in 2010. Friends will be welcomed by her family from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), where parting prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Parish, Gilpin Township. A private interment will follow at St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin. To send an online condolence to the Barto family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Black, Leah J. 86

  • Perryopolis , Formerly of West Newton
  • Born: 1927-10-21
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Leah Jane (Gordon) Volk Orr Black, 86, of Perryopolis, formerly of West Newton, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born Oct. 21, 1927, in West Newton, daughter of the late Charles and Susannah (Highberger) Gordon. She was preceded in death by her loving husbands, Leo William Volk and Ralph Emerson Orr. Leah was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Also, she was a faithful and beloved member of Bible Alliance Church of West Newton. Surviving are her husband, John Eugene Black; five children and four stepchildren, Susan J. (Andrew) Volk Mizak, Mary E. (Charles) Volk Popovich, Ann L. (Robert) Volk Wolfe, Paul W. Barbara (Volk), Virginia L. (Thomas) Volk Spano, Debbie (Timothy) Black Britt, Lori Black, Douglas Black, Lisa (Arthur) Black Tice and the late John E. Black III; 26 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Friends may gather at noon Thursday at the funeral home, followed by funeral services to be held at 1 p.m. in the Bible Alliance Church, Route 31, West Newton. Interment will follow in Mill Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Alliance Church. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Boring, Timothy K. 75

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1938-10-29
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Timothy K. Boring, 75, of Jeannette, went home to be with his Lord Tuesday, April 22, 2014, after suffering from a long illness. Timothy was born Oct. 29, 1938, in Bolivar, to the late Harrison and Virginia Boring, and stepson of the late Corinne Boring. Mr. Boring was a graduate of Turtle Creek High School. He served in the Army. His professional career was spent as a tool and die maker. Tim loved to play golf and follow most sports teams. He could spend hours talking with his brother, Barrie, about the Steelers and the Pirates. In his words, "The most important things in this life are faith, family and friends." He is survived by his former wife, Brenda (Quear) Boring Gorski, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and siblings, Lane (Kathy), of Amherst, Ohio, Nathan (Maryann), of Annapolis, Md., Hope (and the late Gary) Hundley, of Maylene, Ala., Beth (David) Wayman, of Pegram, Tenn., Amy (Denny) Stiles, of Wampum, Michelle (Greg) McIntyre, of Trafford, and the late David Boring, formerly of Monroeville, and Barrie (Bertha) Boring, formerly of Whitaker. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL and CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with interment following in Crossroads Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tim's name may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642-1438. Corl Family Directors, 412-372-2100. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Dallara, August F. 84

  • Avonmore
  • Born: 1929-05-11
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • August F. Dallara, 84, of Avonmore, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Excela Health in Greensburg. Born May 11, 1929, in Avonmore, he was a son of the late August and Louisa Dallara. Before his retirement in 1983, he was employed by Reynolds Manufacturing in Avonmore. August was an Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean War. He is survived by his brother, Perry F. Dallara, of Avonmore; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Leno, Robert, Eugene and John Dallara; and his sister, Lena Zuemie. At August's request, there was no public visitation or services. A private family interment was held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Westview Cemetery in Avonmore. Arrangements have been entrusted to KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. To view and/or send online condolences, visit at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Dell Sr., Richard W. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-06-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard W. "Dick" Dell Sr., 86, of Greensburg, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Greensburg Care Center. He was born June 29, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Richard John and Anna Olga (Nopp) Dell. Dick was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and, prior to his retirement, he was a Pennsylvania licensed funeral director, having owned and operated the former Richard W. Dell Home for Funerals in Latrobe for 34 years. He was a member of St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church near Marguerite, and a former member of the Latrobe Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong County Funeral Directors Association. Dick loved music and was a talented musician, able to play nine different instruments. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Rose Marie (Ridilla) Dell, in 2005; and a brother, Hiliard Jerome Dell. He is survived by four children, Sandy Dell, of New York City, Richard Dell Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Pittsburgh, John Dell and his wife, Beth, of Latrobe, and Barbara Dell Combs, of St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren, Sienna Rose Combs, Shane Arthur Hamilton Combs and Cinthia Rose Combs; a brother, Robert Howard Dell and his wife, Edith "Toots", of Latrobe; in-laws, Cecilia Dell, Helen Rosa (William), Martha Rullo (Daniel), Susan Schmucker, Peter Paul Ridilla (Joan), Harry R. Ridilla (Helen) and Stella "Toto" Ridilla; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Benedicts Church, 260 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, with Father Daniel L. Blout as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Garia, Joseph I. 81

  • Level Green , Formerly of Verona
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Joseph I. "Iggy" Garia, 81, of Level Green, formerly of Verona, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was a retired worker at Westinghouse. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Josephine (Pasqualina Manganaro) and Joseph Garia; his sister, Josephine Zanella; his brothers, Anthony "Cherry" Garia, Rocco Garia and Michael Garia; and his granddaughter, Amanda Garia. He was the wonderful father of Laura Martin (Ron), of Pitcairn, Ellen Garia (Marty), of Verona, and Susan Garia, of Level Green; and grandfather of Maria Urick, Joseph Garia (Vanessa), Michael Urick, Sean Martin and Alexis Garia. He loved playing poker, watching the Pirates and cooking his family favorite spaghetti dinners. He loved his children and grandchildren and will be sadly missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association Inc. or the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Gearing, Mary T. 81

  • Derry
  • Born: 1932-12-18
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary T. Gearing, 81, of Derry, died peacefully Friday, April 18, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Erie. Mary was the beloved wife of Joseph P. Gearing; loving mother of Joseph P. III (Kathy) Gearing, Diane Mackert and Janice (Jerry) Zuccher; sister of Dorothy Spence; grandmother of Jerod (fiancee Jenn), Joe (Laurel), Amber, Holly (Earl), Melissa and John; and great-grandmother of Eddie and a great-grandchild on the way. Mary lived her life in service to others. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Church, with the Rev. William P. Donahue as celebrant. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Westmoreland County Area on Aging (Home Delivered Meals), 200 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Greguric, Elaine A. 87

  • Formerly of Westmoreland City
  • Born: 1926-12-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elaine A. (Krotz) Greguric, 87, formerly of Westmoreland City, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Greensburg. She was born Dec. 29, 1926, in North Irwin, a daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Freund) Krotz. Elaine was employed at one time as a secretary for Westinghouse Printing of Trafford. She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church, of Irwin, its BYKOTA Sunday school class, the United Methodist Women and the Happy Methodists and served her church in many other ways. Elaine was the youngest and last surviving of her 10 siblings. In addition to her parents and brothers and sisters, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Greguric. Surviving are three children, Jean (Steve) Halza, of North Huntingdon, Joel (Patty) Greguric, of Baldwin, and Jan Greguric, of Peters Township; seven grandchildren, Katie and Andy Halza, Ryan and Alex Greguric, Kayla (Tyler) Short, Kiersten and Hannah Greguric; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Lake, her pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, PA 15642. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Hysong, Betty L. 82

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1931-12-13
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Betty L. Hysong, 82, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Oak Hill Nursing Center, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 13, 1931, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Charles and Florence Niswonger Forejt. Mrs. Hysong was a 1949 graduate of the former Scottdale High School. She was formerly employed at Union Apparel in Norvelt for 20 years. She also worked at the former Connellsville Sportswear and later at County Market. She is survived by five daughters, Tawnyia Dodd and her husband, Allen, of Donegal, Kim Overly, of Norvelt, Tammy Cook and her husband, Gary, of Mt. Pleasant, Kerrie Hysong and her companion, Mark Soforic, of Hecla, and Tara Miele and her husband, Dan, of Mt. Pleasant; a "special daughter", Debbie Pfeifer, of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Forejt, of West Virginia; special niece and nephew, Chuck and Cindy; and her special hospice nurses, Jenny Caruso and Cheryl Potoka. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, the hour of funeral services with the Rev. Harrison Smith officiating, in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be private. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Jones, Loree V.

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Loree Virginia Jones left this life Monday, April 14, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Silver Spring, Md. She was a lifetime resident of Jeannette until August 2010, when she relocated to Silver Spring because of poor health. She was a lifelong member of St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Jeannette, where she served over the years on the Trustee Board, the Missionary Society, Pastor's Aide and Stewardess Board. She was also the Mother of Church. Loree was a licensed practical nurse and was employed at Westmoreland Hospital and the former Monsour Medical Center. She held memberships in the Greensburg-Jeannette Branch of the NAACP, the Jeannette Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the Jeannette Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and the Greensburg Business and Professional Women's Club. Preceding her in death, was her husband of 62 years, Willie Jones; her son, William Charles Jones; her parents, Rosa Lee and Charles Eliard; three sisters, Cenota Barclay, Lois Wimbush and Nina Davis; and a brother, Charles Bruza Eliard. She is survived by her daughter, Olgarita and husband, Will, of Silver Spring, Md.; her son, Larry "BeNo" Jones, of Jeannette; two grandsons, Mycal (Dina) and Bryan; two great-grandchildren, Giavonna Loree and Michael Oliver; a sister, Rosalie "Woodgie" Foster; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Living Word Congregational Church, 2003 Ridge Road, Jeannette, PA 15644. A viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the church, at which time a home going service will take place. Arrangements entrusted to the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette. Floral arrangements may be sent directly to the church.
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Joyce, Mileva 80

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Mileva "Eve" (Radjenovich) Joyce, 80, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Braddock, died peacefully Thursday, April 17, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Bozo and Luba Radjenovich; beloved wife for 60 years of John "Jack" Joyce; loving mom of Jack (Kathy) Joyce, Tommy (Audrey) Joyce and Jeanne Holmes; "Baba" (grandma) of Erica, Stephanie, Monica and Matthew; dear sister of George (Ethel) Radjenovich, Don Radjenovich, Rose Radjenovich, Bea Radjenovich, Gloria (Jack) Marzec and Nick (Colleen) Radjenovich; sister-in-law of Lois O'Neil, Marilyn Glade, Peggy McKivitz, Lue Youse and Eileen (Tony) Miele; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and all who loved Eve. Eve loved her family above all, enjoyed cooking and enjoyed bingo with friends. She was preceded in death by siblings, Ken Radjenovich, Roberta (surviving, Al) Gates and Mildred (late Milan) Devich. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332, with Pomen service at 8 p.m. Additional visitation from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Kattera, Bernadette 62

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1951-07-28
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Bernadette Yancosky Kattera, 62, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the UPMC Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh. Mrs. Kattera was born July 28, 1951, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mamie Crivella Yancosky. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of its Christian Mothers. Bernie was a 1968 graduate of the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. She received her BA in history from Seton Hill and then went on to receive her Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Bernie retired from the Mt. Pleasant Area School System, primarily as the librarian at Rumbaugh and Norvelt Elementary Schools. The year before she retired, she was librarian at the Senior High School. Bernie was responsible for organizing the Read Across America Program in the district. She was loved by her students, and respected by her colleagues for her dedication and contributions to the teaching profession. During her career, Bernie served as president of the Mt. Pleasant Area Education Association, and was also very involved with her work as treasurer of the Westmoreland County Association of School Librarians. She belonged to the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club and the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society. Bernie loved PBS, old movies, history and traveling. One of her favorite things to do was sit on the beach and read. Bernie touched the lives of so many people with her kindness and generosity. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her, and will be remembered always for her gentle spirit. Bernie is survived by her loving family: her daughter, Jaclyn Kattera and her fiance, Nicholas Cerkovnik, of Latrobe; her sisters and brother, Anne Forsythe, of Scottdale, Joseph "Coke" Yancosky and his wife, Carol, and Connie Thomas and her husband, Terry, all of Mt. Pleasant, and Toni Brown, of Florida. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. In addition to her parents, Bernie was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Kattera, in 2007. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Transfiguration Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held in the funeral home at 3 p.m. Friday. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Kelley, Ruth A. 89

  • Smithton
  • Born: 1925-03-28
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Ruth A. Kelley, 89, of Smithton, South Huntingdon Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Excela Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 28, 1925, in Bullskin Township, a daughter of the late E. Wilmer and Viola P. (Struthers) Woods. She was a member of Barren Run United Methodist Church, a homemaker and a camp host for 17 years, along with her husband, at Laurel Hill State Park. Ruth and Orran were named Volunteers of the Year in 2008 for all of the State Parks in Pennsylvania and recently had a lane named after them, "Kelley Lane," in Laurel Hill State Park. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orran Kelley, Oct. 26, 2013; a daughter, Shirley Ann; a son, Phillip; granddaughter, Lisa; her twin sister, Helen Kelley; and a brother, James T. Woods. She is survived by her children, Robert Kelley (Loretta Bunn), of Smithton, James Kelley and wife, Carol, of Wyano, Nancy Jean Viviani and husband, Terry, of Long Branch, Wayne Kelley and wife, Karen, of Ruffs Dale, and Mark Kelley (Tiffani Oblar) of Youngwood; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorretta Hodge, of Connellsville. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Barren Run United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the church, with Pastor John Logan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Bullskin Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Laurel Hill.
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King, Virginia M. 74

  • Slickville
  • Born: 1939-08-28
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Virginia "Nene" M. King, 74, of Slickville (Salem Township), died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township. She was born Aug. 28, 1939, in Slickville, daughter of the late Rudolph and Angeline Bregar Helfer. In addition to her parents, Nene was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Helfer. She is survived by her beloved husband, Andrew "Sonny" King, of Slickville; siblings, including Albert Helfer and his wife, Lillian, of Canonsburg, Robert Helfer and his wife, Madeline, of the Villages, Fla., James Helfer and his wife, Lois, of Greensburg, Joni Hutchinson, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Carol Jones, of Slickville, Ronald Helfer and his wife, Marlene, of Saltsburg, Richard Helfer and his wife, Rose, of Hunker, Kenneth Helfer and his wife, Delila, of Washington; sister-in-law, Joyce Helfer, of Natrona Heights; and several nieces and nephews. Nene was an avid collector of Hallmark Christmas ornaments, was an active member of Slickville Presbyterian Church and was adored by all who knew her. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Clifford H. Buell presiding. Interment will be private at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. Memorial donations may be made to the Slickville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 151, Slickville, PA 15684.
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Konieczny, Christine L. 75

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1938-04-29
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Christine L. Blackburn Konieczny, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday evening, April 20, 2014, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, while being comforted by her loving family. Christine'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 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson, with her Pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as Celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Everson. St. Joseph Society will recite the Rosary at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Ministry of Consolation will conduct a service at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Kovacina, George 87

  • Kecksburg
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George Kovacina, 87, of Kecksburg, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt. Transfer prayers will be at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Florian Catholic Church, United. Complete obituary to follow.
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Lee, Douglas C. 61

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1952-09-08
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Douglas Craig Lee, 61, of Blairsville, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. A son of Myron E. and Frances L. (Ruddon) Lee, he was born Sept. 8, 1952, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Mr. Lee was a member of No Walls Ministries, New Alexandria. He was a veteran of the Army and was employed by Chestnut Ridge Communication Services, Blairsville, as a telephone technician for 17 years. He loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren, loved fishing with his family and his job with CRCS. He also enjoyed drawing and painting. Surviving are his wife, Debra L. (Albright) Pawlik; son, Buck Pawlik (Kim), of Derry; two grandchildren, Felicia and Nick; parents, Myron and Frances Lee, of Seward; seven brothers, Raymond E. Lee, of Mesa, Ariz., Marion Lee, of Mesa, Ariz., Allen Jenkins, of Salemburg, N.C., James Jenkins (Shirley), of Blairsville, Tim S. Lee (Ruth Ann), of Seattle, Wash., David Lee (Ruth Ann), of Indiana, and Ronald Lee (Jennifer), of Nashville, Tenn.; three sisters, Nanette Perkey (Fred), of Blairsville, Myla J. Lee, of Marysville, Wash., and Susan Olson (David), of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Charlie Brownawell officiating. Interment will be in Germany Lutheran Cemetery, West Wheatfield Township. Military services will be accorded by the Blairsville VFW Post 5821 and American Legion Post 0407. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Leshko, Margaret M. 88

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-02-19
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. Leshko, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Leshko was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Old Bethany, a daughter of the late John and Veronica (Rushnock) Leshko Sr. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church and its Rosary Altar Society. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Margaret was a 1945 graduate of the former East Huntingdon High School. She had worked as the produce manager for Shop 'n Save in Mt. Pleasant and had also worked as a cook at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and the McKenna Center. Margaret was an avid sports fan, who especially enjoyed watching the Steelers, Pirates and the Penguins. Margaret was the aunt that enjoyed spoiling her nieces and nephews, being the best friend, "grandmother" and special aunt that would do anything for them. Margaret is survived by her brother, William Leshko and his wife, Theresa, of Tarrs; her brother and sister-in-law, Andrew Verostko and Mary Ann Leshko; and numerous special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Mary Moore and Dorothy Verostko and John J. Leshko Jr. and Joseph Leshko; and her niece, Ellen Moore. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by her 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held in the funeral home at 3:30 p.m. Thursday followed immediately by the Rosary recited by the Visitation Rosary Altar Society. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Mahoy, Lillian M. 87

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1927-03-08
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Lillian M. Mahoy, 87, of Penn Township, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in her home. She was born March 8, 1927, in Pleasant Valley, daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Susa Kinkela. She was a member of St. Barbara Church in Harrison City. She enjoyed her membership in Harrison City Women's Club and Young at Heart. Lillian, or Dolly, as her friends knew her was a wonderful baker. She loved playing cards and decorating her home. In addition to her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Mahoy Sr.; and a brother, Frank Kinkela. She was the loving mother to a son, James L. Mahoy Jr. and his wife, Alda, of Blue Ridge, Va.; and two daughters, Karen M. Bowan and her husband, William, of Penn Township, and Donna M. Cilli and her husband, Cary, of Irwin; four grandchildren, William, Kristyn, Leanne and Rachelle; and four great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Sean, Evelyn and Lillian. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, where funeral prayers will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Barbara Church, with Father Kenneth G. Zaccagnini officiating.
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Moran, Mary Jane 70

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1943-12-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Moran, 70, of Sutersville, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Riverside Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1943, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Ted and Helen (Koerber) Brodnos. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, and enjoyed spending time with her special friend, Alice Droznek. She was the beloved wife of 52 years to Fred R. Moran; mother of Kathy (Don) Weber, of West Mifflin, Gayle (Marty) Davis, of Elizabeth, and Mike (Becky) Moran, of Ruffsdale; grandmother of David Barker, Jenny (A.J.) Smith, Davina (Ben) Antonoff, Brian (Terrin) Crux, Donald Weber and Brook Moran; great-grandmother of Nathan Antonoff, Mason Smith, Cheyanne Smith and Alexander Crux; and sister of David (Marilyn) Brodnos, of South Park Township, and the late Freddie Brodnos. Mary Jane has made the ultimate gift, she has donated her body to medical research. Arrangements by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, with Pastor Allyn Itterly. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Moses, John T. 83

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1931-01-25
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • John Thomas "Jack" Moses, 83, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 25, 1931, in Arnold, to the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Balthes) Moses, he excelled in basketball and football at Arnold High School, graduating in 1949 as class president. Attending the University of Pennsylvania on a football scholarship, he achieved notoriety and developed a lifelong love of the sport. Graduating from Penn in 1953, Jack briefly served in and was honorably discharged from the Marines. In 1956, Jack struck pay dirt, marrying his wife of 57 years, Donna Gallian. Professionally, Jack worked for Atlantic Richfield and Sunoco as a field engineer for 35 years. He was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in New Kensington, the Westmoreland Phoenicians and the Munger Men, a group of Penn footballers who played for Coach George Munger. In 2000, Jack was inducted in the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Hall of Fame. A dedicated father and husband, Jack passionately followed local high school sports, especially those in which his children and grandchildren participated. Although not a wrestler himself, Jack developed a love for high school wrestling and could be seen at most Burrell High School matches. Additionally, he enjoyed visiting his family in Montana and watching cowboy movies. Jack will be warmly remembered for his unrelenting devotion to his "Donna Jean", his generous and giving spirit, dedication to family and friends and for opening his home and heart to anyone, anytime. Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Donna (Gallian) Moses; children, Jack (Anne) Moses, of Palo Alto, Calif., Chuck (Lynn) Moses, of Lower Burrell, Tracey (Robert) Muller, of Reserve Township, and Tom (Michele) Moses, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Jackson, Sam and Tucker Moses, of Palo Alto, Calif., Jeremy, Chelsea, Casey, Jordan and Alex Moses, of Lower Burrell, and Lindsay and McKenzie Muller, of Reserve Township; brothers, Elias (Julia) Moses, of Arnold, and Fred (Valarie) Moses, of Allegheny Township; sister, LaVerne (Eugene) Whiteman, of Monroeville; and dear friends, Jim and Kathy Ludwiczak, of Murrysville. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lawrence and Samuel "Mike"; brother and sister-in-law, George "Buster" and Pat Key, along with their son, George Key; dear friends, Joe "Juicy" Allen and his wife, Isabel; and his high school football coach, Alex Tannas and his wife, Frances. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK F GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. George Orthodox Church in New Kensington. Trisagion service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Arnold. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. George Orthodox Church, 1150 Leishman Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068.
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Ontko Sr., John E. 66

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John E. Ontko Sr., 66, of North Huntingdon, formerly of North Braddock, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the dear husband of Lucy (Fialkovich) Ontko, of 44 years; loving father of John K. (Jen) Ontko, of Hampton, Jennifer Alexander, of North Huntingdon, and Diane Ontko, of Turtle Creek; beloved grandfather of Joshua and Zachary Alexander and Jeremy and Johna Ontko; and brother of Susan (Ken) Regrut, of Monroeville, and Martin Ontko, of East Berlin. John was a Vietnam Army veteran. He worked at St. Maurice School for 25 years, where the kids lovingly called him "Mr. John". He was the vice president of the Slovak Catholic Sokol No. 179 in North Braddock. John had a real love of people and life. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Maurice Church. John will be laid to rest with military honors in St. Joseph Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Pingor, Wendy L. 59

  • Delmont
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Wendy L. (Dudra) Pingor, 59, of Delmont, died suddenly on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, enjoying the day with her family. She was a kindhearted and selfless soul. Wendy had the gift of making anyone who met her a better person. She is survived by her husband and best friend of 39 years, Darryl E. Pingor; son, Matthew E. Pingor; daughters, Lindsay L. Pingor and her fiance, Joel Fitzpatrick, and Kara E. Pingor. She was also the loving godmother to Tyler Lacock and Lauren Johns and husband, Jesse Johns; and was very important in the lives of her sister-and-law and brother-in-law, Dianne Lacock and Chris Lacock. Wendy leaves behind a wonderful family, including her three sisters, her brother, her mother, Jean Dudra, and her father, the late Rudy Dudra. Her siblings include: sisters, Lisa Emmett and husband, Doug Emmett, with children, Jason and Kyle Emmett; Dana Biel, married to Bill Biel, with daughter, Caitlyn Biel; Laurie Downing, married to Tom Downing, with children, Hannah, Jacob and Joshua Downing; and brother, Michael Dudra. Wendy served as a preschool teacher for the past 15 years at the Calvary Lutheran Early Learning Center in Murrysville and was beloved by many. She will be truly missed and forever loved. Family and friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A Panachida service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Homestead. Everyone please meet at church. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Price, Barbara A. 62

  • Harrison City , Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Barbara Anne "Barb" Price, 62, of Harrison City, formerly of Penn Hills, died Monday, April 21, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was the daughter of the late Lester and Martha Price; loving mother of Bruce (Joelle) Corna Jr., Jason C. (Aida) Corna and Joshua (fiancee, Elizabeth Ferri) Corna; nana to Hope, Grace, Bruce III, Scarlett, Denis and Jameson; and sister of Leslie (Ralph) Guzzo, Michael Price, Hollie (John) Hooper and the late Raymond Price. Barb also loved and held a special place in the heart for all her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She held degrees from both the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University and was formerly an employee of the Elliott Company in Jeannette. Barb loved life but her boys more than anything. She will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her. The family wishes to acknowledge the excellent, compassionate care Barb received from Family Hospice at Canterbury Place. A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be sent to Family Hospice at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., Lawrenceville, PA 15201. http://www.lindsayfh.com.
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Ressler, Jennie 82

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1931-05-10
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Jennie (Springer) Ressler, 82, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Select Speciality Care, Latrobe. She was born May 10, 1931, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Arthur E. and Zerelda Mae (Allen) Springer. Jennie graduated from Irwin High School, Class of 1950, and attended comptometer school. She was employed with Coppers Building in Pittsburgh and Irwin Bank. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Irwin and a member of the choir and a member of the Irwin subunit of the ARC since 1990. She was a past member of American Legion Post 977 Women's Auxiliary, collected donations in their neighborhood for several different charities and she loved doing latchhook rugs and word search puzzles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeremy M. Radziwon. She is survived by her husband, William C. Ressler, for almost 55 years; two daughters, Valerie Sue Miller and Vickie M. Radziwon and her husband, Anthony L. Radziwon II; son, William Arthur Ressler; grandson, Anthony L. Radziwon III; granddaughter, Brittany Nicole Miller; and great-grandchildren, Anthony L. Radziwon IV, Aubrea D. Radziwon and Alexis D. Radziwon. Jennie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to many. The family would like to thank the wonderful doctors and nursing staff of the ER and ICU at Excela Health Westmoreland and the entire staff at Select Speciality Care at Excela Latrobe Hospital for the compassionate and loving care they gave to our mother. She will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Irwin, with the Rev. Lake officiating. Interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association in memory of Jennie. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Shank, Ralph 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1952-10-28
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ralph "Ric" Shank, 61, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014. He was born Oct. 28, 1952, in Greensburg, a son of Christine (Yutcy) Shank, of Greensburg, and the late John Harry Shank Jr. Ric was a veteran of the Air Force. He enjoyed riding his Harley and visiting South Carolina and Civil War sites and enjoyed Civil War history. He was employed by Enercon and was a graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, class of 1970. In addition to his mother, Christine Shank, he is survived by his daughter, Amanda Mobley and husband, Kevin; his grandson, Kiren T. Mobley; his brother, John M. Shank and wife, Sandy; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Also survived by his close friends, Theresa; Greg Zambano; Marshall Wolfe and Peter Campolongo. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment with military honors bestowed by VFW Post 33 will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Sibal, Mary J. 95

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1919-04-17
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mary J. "Peggy" Sibal, 95, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born April 17, 1919, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late James and Barbara Sistek. Early in her life, Peggy was employed at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. She was an avid bingo player and loved to travel, cook and bake. She was a member of Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. She is survived by two children, Robert Sibal and his wife, Carolynn, of Somerset, Ky., and Carol Truswell and her husband, Richard, of Mt. Pleasant; five grandchildren, Kenny Sibal, Robert "Bo" Sibal, Chad Truswell and his wife, Misty, Michelle Ginder and her husband, Jason, and Kristopher Truswell; two great-grandchildren, Kayden and Caleb Ginder; and one brother, Charles Sistek, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Michael Sibal; her siblings, Frank Sistek, Rosie Moheny, Jim Sistek, Andy Sistek, Helen Dankulic, Bill Sistek, Joe Sistek, Robert Sistek, Dick Sistek and Eddie Sistek. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dennis Bogusz officiating. Interment will follow in Visitation Parish Cemetery. To offer a remembrance or condolence, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Silverman, Betty Ann 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1935-04-01
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Betty Ann Silverman, 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born April 1, 1935, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Otto E. and Lizzie (Dannenhauer) Silverman. Prior to her retirement, Betty Ann was a secretary for National Tube and U.S. Steel and she enjoyed spending her free time reading. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and O. James Silverman; and two sisters, Alice Silverman and Clara (Silverman) Rieger. She is survived by her sisters, Dorothea Beech, of North Huntingdon, and Virginia Maher and her husband, Thomas, of Irwin; and brother, Roger Silverman, of Wilson, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, with interment in McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Circleville VFD or NHT Rescue 8. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Stas, Joseph E. 79

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1934-08-01
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph E. "Joe" Stas, 79, of Latrobe, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was born Aug. 1, 1934, in Whitney, a son of the late John M. Stas and Mary (Menarcheck) Stas. Joe was a lifelong member of St. Cecilia Church, Whitney, its Holy Name Society and had served as a lector and was on the parish council. He was a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1952, and St. Vincent College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958. He received a Master of Education degree from Duquesne University in 1965. He also attended Clemson University and the University of Pittsburgh. His first teaching position was 1958 to 1960 with Unity Township, Youngstown School District, as head elementary teacher at the Northern Area Building. Also, he served as Summer Recreational Director of Unity-Youngstown and served as a board member of Unity-Youngstown Recreation Commission. He retired from Mt. Pleasant Area School District in 1991, where he served as teacher, football coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. Joe served for 20 years (1985 to 2005) on the Greater Latrobe School Board and eight years on the Eastern Westmoreland and Career and Technology Center. His life memberships included, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, PSEA and NEA. He was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Union (Jednota), life member of the BPO Elks 868 Mt. Pleasant and Hostetter Literary and Social Club. Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Rusnock; a brother, Stephen Stas; and two sisters, Margaret (Stas) Dlugos and Martha (Stas) Uhring. Joe is survived by his wife, Theresa (Bizup) Stas, of Latrobe; 12 children, Joseph Stas and his wife, Linda, of Wexford, Dr. Ronald Stas and his wife, Melanie, of Latrobe, Annette Rusnock and her husband, Thomas, of Latrobe, Regina Knestaut and her husband, Keith, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Edward Stas and his wife, Nancy, of Latrobe, Theresa Martincic, of Latrobe, Kenneth Stas and his wife, Sandra, of Latrobe, Mary Helen Vasinko and her husband, Raymond, of Latrobe, Dorothea Looney and her husband, Edgar, of Austin, Texas, Sandra Fenton and her husband, Neal, of Latrobe, Renee Reisenweaver and her husband, Kevin, of Mechanicsville, Va., and Randall Stas, of Latrobe; 33 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, John R. "Jumbo" Stas, of Latrobe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe's positive, uplifting attitude, humor and genuine love for people will be remembered and an inspiration to all. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. St. Cecilia Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Cecilia Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Indian College Fund, Circle of Sons, 8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, CO 80221; or St. Cecilia Church, 220 St. Cecilia Road, Whitney, PA 15693. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Karen, Janet and Chuck for their excellent care during Joe's brief hospice care. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Stitt, Susan 70

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1943-10-02
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Massafra, Donora | Get Directions
  • Susan (Helsley) Stitt, 70, of New Kensington, formerly of Charleroi, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Consulate Health Care of Cheswick. She was born Saturday, Oct. 2, 1943, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late William Carl and Margaret Emma (Walsh) Helsley. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her husband, G. Curry Stitt, Nov. 2, 2004; and a brother, William Carl Helsley Jr. Surviving is her son, Grant Curry Stitt III, of Donora; and a brother, Robert Helsley, of New Kensington. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC. located at 40 Second St. Extension, Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where services will follow at 11 a.m., with Father Robert Hanna officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Stitt, Susan 70

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1943-10-02
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Susan Helsley Stitt , 70, of New Kensington, formerly of Charleroi, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Consulate Health Care of Cheswick. She was born Saturday, Oct. 2, 1943, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late William Carl and Margaret Emma (Walsh) Helsley. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her husband, G. Curry Stitt on Nov. 2, 2004; and a brother, William Carl Helsley Jr. Surviving are her son, Grant Curry Stitt III of Donora; and a brother, Robert Helsley of New Kensington. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Ross G. Walker Funeral Home Ltd., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, and on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., located at 40 Second St., Ext. Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, from 9 to 11 a.m. the time of service with the Father Robert Hanna officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Szelong, Virginia R. 85

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1928-09-02
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Virginia R. "Jean" Szelong, 85, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Stanley and Victoria Wilczynski Rogacki. Mrs. Szelong was a member of the former Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church and a current member of Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church. She was a member of the Transfiguration Rosary Society and a member of the former Kosciuszko Club Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by three children, Dolores Nicol, of Mt. Pleasant, Robert Szelong and his wife, Cathy, of Mt. Pleasant, and Walter Szelong and his wife, Gretchen, of Mt. Pleasant; her grandchildren, Christina Nicol, Angela Rumbaugh and her husband, Kurt, Jessica Hodge and her husband, Adam, Katie Weir and her husband, Ken, Scott Szelong and his fiance, Jennifer Bradley, Jena Szelong and Alexa Szelong and Adrienne Gaunter; her great-grandchildren, Madison, Kayla and Austin Rumbaugh, Savannah, Gradin and Hudson Hodge and Baleigh and Tyler Gauntner. Jean was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Walter R. Szelong in 1996; a son-in-law, Emerson Nicol; and her siblings, Lawrence, Paul and John Rogacki, Ellen Smulski, Josephine Rogacki, Verna Marvis, Gertrude Hresko and Florence Petro and infants, Mary, Paul, Frank and Joseph Rogacki. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church, Bridgeport St., Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Bruce Sleczkowski as celebrant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Cemetery. The Transfiguration Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Harmon House for their wonderful, loving care of Jean during her time there. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Vinkler, Robert 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1939-05-10
  • Died: 2014-01-06
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  • Robert (Bob) Vinkler, 74, of Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. A reception at West Point Fire will start at 5 p.m. on the same day.
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Whirlow, Henry J. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-05-07
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Henry J. "Hank" Whirlow, 82, of Greensburg, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at home, after a long illness, surrounded by his children. Born May 7, 1931, he was the son of the late Clarence and Emily (Bezak) Whirlow. After formative years in the Navy and Pennsylvania State University, Hank served the Greensburg community for more than 50 years as an insurance specialist and broker. His greatest joy, however, was found in his role as loving husband to Eleanor Pantalone Whirlow, who preceded him in death in 2009, and father to his children, Drs. Daniel and Janet Whirlow. Hank's children and many friends will remember him most for his wonderful voice, ready wit and laughter. His attention to detail and desire for the highest quality in all of his endeavors were traits valued by his clients, and that provided the finest role model for his children's professional goals. No memory of Hank is complete without mentioning his love of good music and playful sense of humor. Hank was a source of joy, loving kindness and an example of a productive and blessed life. He has the eternal gratitude of his children for making every day special. Hank is survived by his children, Dr. Daniel F. Whirlow, of Greensburg, and Dr. Janet E. Whirlow, of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Janet E. Whirlow, of Harrison City; and his beloved pets. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Hank from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at which time a funeral service will be held, in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. The family would like to thank his business associate and friend, Judy, and his loving caregivers who supported him throughout his long illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at http://www.CurePSP.org or 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or to Animal Friends of Westmoreland, 216 Depot St., Youngwood, PA 15697. Hank's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Yasher, Irene R.

  • Calumet
  • Born: 1931-02-28
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Irene Rita (Kowatch) Yasher was born Feb. 28, 1931, and entered into God's Kingdom on his most holy day of all days, Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She lived her childhood days in United, a daughter of Lewis and Margaret (Spisak) Kowatch, along with her siblings, Raymond (Elizabeth) Kowatch, of New Hartford, N.Y., Ethel (John) Caverno, of Sun City, Ariz., Margaret (James) Kashin, of Pittsburgh, Dolores (Alquin) Heinickel, of Crabtree, and Lewis Kowatch, of United. She has left this earth to meet her deceased sister, Eleanor, and her loving husband, John T. Yasher. She was married to John for 58 years, where they resided in Calumet. Together they were great dancers. They had a son, David John Yasher, whom she loved dearly, along with his wife, Monica. Her face would light up as she spoke proudly of her grandchildren, Jessica Anne and David John (DJ). Irene was a kind, caring person as she thought about everyone's needs before her own. She was an excellent cook for her family making halupki, halushki, mushroom soup and foods taught to her from her mother. For holidays, Aunt Irene's was the place to be. She loved to sew and was proud to win a contest in high school as the best seamstress, as well as create the crib bumpers for both of her grandchildren upon birth, fix a prom dress with all its layers or just patch a pair of well-liked blue jeans. Irene loved her family and her faith. She had daily conversations with the Lord, as a devout Catholic. Upon her passing, her rosary beads were in her hand. She was a member of St. Florian Church in United, and loved being a part of the Forty Martyr's family in United, as her lifelong sacraments were received there. Along with her immediate family, she will be missed by several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt. Her transfer prayers will be held at 9:10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Florian Cemetery. A vigil service will be held at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
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Ziska, James Bill W. 84

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1929-05-31
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • James William "Bill" Ziska, 84, of North Irwin, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home surrounded by family. He was born May 31, 1929, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late James W. Ziska Sr. and Genevieve (Fisher) Ziska Glass. He was a retired trucking supervisor, a 65-year member of North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department, a former member of North Irwin Council, had served on the Westmoreland County Drug and Alcohol Council and was the former treasurer of Central Westmoreland Council of Government. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by children, Daniel Gary and Paul W. Ziska; a brother, John C. Ziska; and sisters, Esther Ondish and Dorothy Bell. He is survived by his wife, of nearly 65 years, Elsie (Bernard) Ziska; children, Debbie Lynn Panetta, of Michigan, James R. (Karen) Ziska, of North Huntingdon, Vickie L. Blume, of Plum Borough, Michelle A. (Todd) Birch, of Chicago, Ill., Douglas K. Ziska, of Atlanta, Ga., and Lisa M. Ziska (Bill McGinnis), of Irwin; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Frank Ziska, of North Versailles, and Kathryn Mansfield, of Texas; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with his brother, Frank Ziska, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. The North Irwin VFD will hold services at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to a charity of choice.
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Armstrong County

Christopher, Pete 88

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1926-02-23
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Pete Christopher, 88, of Leechburg, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Platinum Ridge, Brackenridge. Born Feb. 23, 1926, in East Vandergrift, he was the son of the late Peter and Theresa (Paris) Christopher. Pete lived in Leechburg all of his life, and served our country with the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific as an open water rescue swimmer. He worked as an overhead crane operator for Allegheny Ludlum in West Leechburg for 40 years, retiring in 1988. Pete was a member of Christ the King Parish in Gilpin Township; The Allegheny Ludlum Retirees; 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Assembly 928 in New Kensington; Leechburg Elks 377, where enjoyed playing cards; and, for more than 50 years, was a member of the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Department, where he was well-known as a bingo caller and fire truck driver. Pete was an avid golfer and bowler, once scoring 299 in 1969 at Lee's Lanes. He loved hunting and fishing, and was a real handyman, skilled in painting, installing doors and windows and landscaping. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his wife, Julia (Balla) Christopher, who passed away July 12, 2005; and siblings, James R. Christopher (2012), Thomas M. Christopher (1994), Theresa Komaniak (1989) and Eugene Christopher, who died in infancy. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Doran, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; grandson, Brendan Christopher Doran, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Helen Balla, of Leechburg, Elizabeth Fanelli, of Leechburg, and Janet Christopher, of Vandergrift; brother-in-law, Arthur Morvai, of Barberton, Ohio; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Church, Gilpin Township, with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township, with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Pete's memory to the American Cancer Society, PA Western Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620; or Christ the King Parish, 125 Park Road, Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Davis Jr., Leonard P. 57

  • Kittanning , Formerly of Rosston
  • Born: 1956-11-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Leonard Paul Davis Jr., 57, of Kittanning, formerly of Rosston, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian. Born Nov. 29, 1956, in Kittanning, he was the son of Leonard Paul Davis and Joan L. Scott Davis. Leonard enjoyed going to flea markets, hunting, fishing, helping people out and spending time with his family. Surviving him are his sons and their spouses, Johnathan P. Davis and Melissa of Ford Cliff, Michael A. and Jaime Davis of McGrann and Brian Lee Davis and Theresa of Templeton; his grandchildren, Jacob, Alex, Kassie, Kayleigh, Ryleah, Rebecca and Tyler; and his sisters, April Boarts, of Kittanning. Paulette (and Walter) Kilgore, of Worthington, and Shelly Bethke of Minnesota. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, 701 Sixth Ave., Ford City, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday with Pastor John Neyman officiating. Interment will take place in Ford City Cemetery.
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Williams, Betty J. 88

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1925-06-06
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Betty Jean (Zellefrow) Williams, 88, of Ford City, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born June 6, 1925, in Kittanning, daughter of the late Charles M. Zellefrow and Lillian (Templeton) Zellefrow. She was a lifelong resident of the community. She worked for Nolte Chevrolet as a secretary. She attended West Glade Run Presbyterian Church and was a member of the American Legion Post in Natrona Heights, N.R.A. and N.W.T.F. She enjoyed square dancing, crossword puzzles, crocheting, listening to country music and going to auctions. Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Beer, of Gifford; son, William Wyant, of Florida; daughter, Carol Wyant, of Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Harding Wyant and Floran Williams; three brothers, Melvin, Vern and Milton Zellefrow; one sister, Mary Shortt; son, Ashley Wyant; granddaughters, Lisa Tindell and Becky Willy; and great-granddaughter, Isabella Willy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service with the Rev. Colleen McFarland. Burial will be in St. Paul's Reformed Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Betty's Honor to any charity of the donor's choice. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Indiana County

Hall, Timothy M. 47

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1966-07-13
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Timothy Mark Hall, 47, of Saltsburg, Loyalhanna Township, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born July 13, 1966, in Saltsburg, a son of the late Daniel Charles and Louise Ida (Bell) Hall. Tim was employed by Amark Environmental in Erie. He was a 1984 graduate of Saltsburg High School. He was member of both the C and Y Sportsmen's Club and the Nowrytown Sportsmen's Club. Tim enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and especially his time spent with family and friends. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Louise Trunzo and her husband, Tom, of Saltsburg, and Terrie Hall, of Seabrook, Texas; four brothers, Daniel Hall and his wife, Sharon, of Saltsburg, Rick Hall and his wife, Tracy, of Saltsburg, Paul Hall and his wife, Anna, of Delmont, and his twin brother and best friend, Tom Hall, also of Saltsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Sharon Waltenbaugh officiating. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Arnold, Charles W. Sr. 66

  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Tidd Funeral Home, Hillard, Ohio | Get Directions
  • Charles W. Arnold Sr., 66, of Columbus, Ohio, departed this life on April 21, 2014. He was a U.S. Army veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart in the Vietnam War and retired from The Ohio State University as an engineer after 20 years of service. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles and his mother, Ruby Lomax Arnold; brother, Nelson "Wimpy" Arnold; and stepmother, Vera Slater Arnold. Surviving are his wife, Leyda R. Arnold of 25 years; children, Charles W. Arnold Jr., Raymond D. Arnold, Vickie (Darnel) Howell and Gregory Arnold; stepchildren, Robert D. Ward and Erica N. McKnight; sisters, Gerri Arnold and Deborah Arnold; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of friends. Family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Potter's House, 3220 Lowell Drive, Columbus, OH 43204, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday with visitation 1 hour prior to the time of service. Interment will be held in Franklin Hills Memory Gardens. Arrangements completed by the TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH 43026. http://www.tiddfuneralservice.com. Please deliver all flowers to the church. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Diorio, Laura B. 90

  • Chambersburg
  • Born: 1924-03-04
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Geisel, Chambersburg | Get Directions
  • Laura B. Diorio, 90, of Chambersburg, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at Menno Haven Nursing Home. Born March 4, 1924, in Vandergrift, she was the daughter of the late Wayne W. and Verdie M. (Strong) Coy. Her loving husband of 30 years, Alfred W. Diorio, preceded her in death in 1991. Laura spent most of her life as a homemaker in Mingo Junction, Ohio. Laura graduated from Vandergrift High School in 1942 and attended business school in New Kensington. She then went on to work as a secretary in Pittsburgh. Laura was an active and faithful member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Steubenville, Ohio. She is survived by her brother, Robert W. Coy, of Chambersburg; three nephews, Robert W. Coy Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio, David N. Coy, of Buckley, Wash., and Neal R. Coy, of Elverson; and her faithful and dear friend, Michelle Park, of Scottsdale, Ariz. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Menno Haven Chapel, 2075 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Chaplain Vernon Isner will officiate. A private interment will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Mingo Junction, Ohio. Arrangements are entrusted to THOMAS L. GEISEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, Chambersburg. Condolences and memories may be shared on her Book of Memories page at http://www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Marion C. 86

  • Quaker Hill, Conn.
  • Born: 1928-03-20
  • Died: 2014-04-20
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  • Marion C. "Bud" Jones, 86, of 838 Vauxhall St. Ext., Quaker Hill, Conn., passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence. He was born March 20, 1928, in Tarentum, the son of the late Paul and Matilda (Kennedy) Jones. Bud was a 1946 graduate of Tarentum High School. Bud is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret (McClain) Jones; his children, Amy (Todd) Branche, of Quaker Hill, Conn., Mark, of Gales Ferry, Conn., Paul, of Madisonville, Texas, and Dane, of Pflugerville, Texas; four grandchildren; and by his sister, Eleanor Shearer, of Golden, Colo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter. Bud was also awaiting the arrival of his first great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church, 1241 Poquonnock Road, Groton, CT 06340. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bud may be made to Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church.
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Wymard, Francis X.

  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis X. Wymard, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Rachel (Walton) Wymard and the late Mary (Dacey) Wymard and Ellin (Hahn) Wymard; father of Francis Dacey (Katherine) Wymard and Katherine Fitzpatrick Wymard; grandfather of Harper Dacey Wymard; and brother of Joseph M. Wymard (Ellie), James A. Wymard (Sara) and the late William F. Wymard and John P. Wymard. There will be no visitation. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Calvary Episcopal Church. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com. Remembrances may be made to Sheldon Calvary Camp c/o Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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