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Bair, Raymond E. 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Raymond E. Bair, 87, of Monroeville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen R. Bair; loving father of Steven (Susan) Bair, Jeffrey Bair, Julie (Paul) Lattner and Amy (Doug) Lechmann. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Tim Bair and Albert (Bunch) Bair. Raymond served his country in the Marine Corps, and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving as a lieutenant in the Army. There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at North American Martyrs Church with Father Joseph Luisi as celebrant. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, (412-372-2100). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, are greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Bokin, Mae

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Mae Bokin, of White Oak, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. She was born in Homestead and is the daughter of the late Romain Holawaty and Ethel Emery Holawaty Jones. She is survived by her husband, Andrew J. Bokin Sr., with whom she spent 45 wonderful years. She is also survived by children, Michael (Agnes) Faulds, of West Mifflin, Paul (Paula) Faulds, of Munhall, Ronald (Cheryl) Faulds, Andrew J. Bokin Jr., Lynn Bowen and Michele (Carlin) Smith, all of White Oak; grandchildren, Ron, Ray, Sharon, Matt, Samantha, Elysia, Sarah and Anthony; great-grandchildren, Devan, Matthew, Noah, Melia and Nichole; sister, Deborah (Leonard) Takach, of North Strabane; godchildren, Anastasia (Justine) Ross and Dennis Takach; and to many others she was known as Aunt Mae. She was preceded in death by brother, Paul Holawaty. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel, and will be officiated by her brother-in-law, Pastor Jack Bokin. Burial will be in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.
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Bova, Salvatore J. 88

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Salvatore J. "Sam" Bova, 88, of the North Side, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. He was the husband of the late Theresa Marie (Costello) Bova; father of Theresa "Pinky" Eileen Bova and Michael J. Bova (Joan); brother of Frances Lewondowski; and grandfather of Brittany, Megan and Phillip. Sam served in the Merchant Marines and Air Force in World War II and retired from Bell Telephone after 35 years of work. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at McKnight United Methodist Church, 600 Fox Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Arrangements are by T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills.
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Brown, John C. 83

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • John C. Brown, 83, of Plum, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in UPMC East, Monroeville, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband for 59 years of Marjorie Brown; and father of Joanne Crosby, James (Sharon) Brown, Sharon (Sheldon) Morris and Robert Brown. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Emily Brown; his son, Charles Brown; a brother; two sisters; and his great-granddaughter, Daniella Provenza. John was a graduate of St. Vincent Prep, a member of Holiday Park VFD and EMT, a longtime member of Our Lady of Joy Parish, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree, The Holy Name Society, a Korean War Army veteran, and a member of Slickville American Legion Post 18. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the MAURICE L. KNEE FUNERAL HOME LTD., (across from S and T Bank), 7663 Saltsburg Road, Plum, PA 15239. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Joy Roman Catholic Church, Plum Borough.
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Bryan, Jeffrey T. 58

  • Collier Township
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey T. Bryan, 58, of Collier Township, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. He was a son of Joan (McIntyre) Bryan and the late John "Jack" Bryan; brother of Susan Davis, Jill Bryan, Nancy (Chris) McMullen, Daniel (Cassie) Bryan, Kenneth (Beth) Bryan, Jack (Jenny) Bryan, JoAnn Bryan, Kelly (Barry) Lewellyn and the late John (Bob) Bryan; father of James (Jill) Zimbicki; and grandfather of two. Friends are invited to call from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 323 Second Ave., Carnegie, where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. http://www.leohenneyfuneralhome.com.
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Butler, Robert M. 71

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1943-04-16
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Robert M. Butler, 71, of Clairton, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was born April 16, 1943, to Walter and Kathryn (Todd) Butler. He retired from the Port Authority and is a former Clairton police officer. He is a member of F and AM Wilson Joppa Lodge No. 714 and is a Vietnam veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert M. Butler Jr. He is survived by his son, Chris (Jennifer) Butler; grandson, Landon; two siblings, Mary Ann Butler and William (Bonnie) Butler; and a nephew, Marshal (Heather) Butler. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51, Jefferson Hills (412-384-0350). There will be a prayer service at the end of visitation at 7 p.m. and a burial of his cremated remains in St. Clare Cemetery. For condolences and more information, visit http://www.stephendslater.com.
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Dinning, C. Jane 72

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1941-10-01
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • C. Jane (Hibler) Dinning, 72, of West Deer Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, after fighting a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Born Oct. 1, 1941, in Pittsburgh, to the late C. James and Kay (Brown) Hibler, Jane was a 1959 graduate of Allegheny High School and a member of East Union United Presbyterian Church, West Deer Township. She worked for more than 17 years as a claims analyst for the Giant Eagle corporate office in Pittsburgh. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, John G. Dinning III; her children, John G. (Colleen) Dinning IV, of Ocala, Fla., and Kathleen I. (Kevin) Brown, of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Kelly, Ashley, Sydney and Boyd; and her sister, Kathleen Hibler, of West Deer Township. Family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. Family asks those attending the funeral to meet 10 a.m. Wednesday at East Union United Presbyterian Church, East Union Road, West Deer Township. Burial will follow in East Union Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street No. 105 Cardello Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Greager, Kimberly G. 48

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Kimberly G. Greager, 48, of Ross Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of William and the late Bella Greager; loving sister of Deborah Greager, John Greager (Anita), Kathy Gehry (Robert) and the late Sandra and Leslie "Tom" Greager; proud aunt of John, Theresa, Tracy, Cheryl Lynn and Karie Greager; John and Michael Greager; Erica Welsh, Ashley Gehry and William Gehry; and devoted great-aunt of Austin, Alyssa, Kailey and Bella. She is also survived by many loving friends and relatives. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where a service will also be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
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Hill, Dr. Warren T.

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Died: 2014-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Dr. Warren Thomas Hill, formerly of Bedford, Ohio, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in his home in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. He was a loving son of Luella Leonard Hill and Raymond Hill; and brother of Russell and Leonard. He leaves behind many treasured friends and relatives. Dr. Hill attended Bedford High School, MIT and received a Ph.D. from Boston University. His career took him to the University Counseling Center at the University of Pittsburgh until his retirement. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Hebron Presbyterian Church, 10460 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, PA 15235. Arrangements entrusted to: CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., Penn Hills.
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Kiely, Francis E. 96

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Francis E. "Ed" Kiely, 96, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia O'Connell Kiely; father of Kathleen, of Washington D.C., Timothy (Maureen), of Atlanta, and Kevin, of Pittsburgh; and grandfather of Olivia and Tim. Ed was the former Pittsburgh Steelers' publicist for more than 40 years and was a World War II Army veteran. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at McCABE BROTHERS INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bede Church. http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Leonhardt, Mark A. 52

  • Formerly of North Hills
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mark A. Leonhardt, 52, of Ellwood City, formerly of the North Hills, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. He was the beloved son of Claire and the late Alfred Leonhardt. He is also survived by his sisters, Diane (Don) Klingensmith and Linda Leonhardt; nieces, Dana Meinert and Devon Klingensmith; great-niece, Madisyn O'Connor, and great-nephew, Blake Meinert, as well as an uncle, aunts, cousins and his longtime dear friend, Jeffrey Bentlejewski. He was the owner of AJ Pattern Co., located on his cherished farm in Ellwood City. Mark was a graduate of North Hills High School. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and living the country life. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, (412-364-4444), where a blessing service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the VNA Inpatient Hospice, 115 Technology Drive, Butler, PA 16001.
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Lopretto Jr., David L. 65

  • Elizabeth Township , Formerly of Bethel Park
  • Born: 1949-02-18
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • David L. Lopretto Jr., 65, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Bethel Park and Virginia Beach, Va., died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. Born Feb. 18, 1949, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late David L. Sr. and Stella (Giganti) Lopretto; and the husband of Jacquelene "Jackie" (Bentley) Lopretto, his loving wife of 46 years. David was a member of St. Patrick Church, 3rd degree Knights of Columbus, St. Benedict's Council No. 9056, McKeesport Community Life and past member and usher of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Virginia Beach. A former salesman at Bowser, Hamilton Buick and several Virginia dealerships, David's automotive sales and management career spanned 31 years. A patriotic man, he was proud to have met President Ronald Reagan, toured Washington, D.C., and volunteered at political action committees. Vacationing and exploring the United States, twice every year, with his beloved wife was his favorite pastime. In addition to Jacquelene, David is survived by sisters, Carol Lopretto, of Baldwin, Diane Nestor, of Jefferson Hills, Darla (Randy) Sarber, of Georgetown, and Denise (Bill) Whitney, of McKeesport; brothers, Donald (Denise), of Clairton, Dean "Leo", of White Oak, and Police Lt. Joseph Lopretto, of McKeesport; nieces and nephews; siblings-in-law, Maggie Bentley, Martha and Howard Heath, all of Michigan; and Abby, his companion Malapoo. David was preceded in death by stepmother, Audrey "Babe" Lopretto; brother-in-law, Monzell "Mac" Nestor; and Precious, his companion Yorkie of 14 years. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Church by Father Vincent P. Velas. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.
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McDonough, Maureen M. 82

  • Collier Township , Formerly of Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Maureen M. McDonough, 82, of Collier Township, formerly of Upper St. Clair, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, after a brief illness, with family at her side. She was the beloved wife of the late James C. McDonough Jr.; loving mother of Erin M. (Thomas Rider) McDonough, James C. (Karen) McDonough III, John M. McDonough and the late W. Patrick McDonough II; and grandmother of Maggie Rider, Madison, Isabella and Coleman McDonough. Maureen loved to entertain family and friends at her home. Friends welcome from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial at noon Tuesday in St. Barbara Parish, Bridgeville. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Merolillo, Mildred R. 95

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Mildred R. (Miserendino) Merolillo, 95, of West View, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Merolillo; loving mother of Joanne (the late William) Cahill and John (Maureen) Merolillo; proud grandmother of Joseph (Gwyn) Boyer Jr., John, Timothy and Nicholas Merolillo; dear GGMA of Gabrielle and Joshua Boyer; and sister of Josephine Moretti and the late Jennie Tripodi, Theresa Winsky, Rosemarie Harpur, Louis Miserendino and James Miserendino. Family will welcome friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Athanasius Church.
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Methven, Robert D. 64

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: ___, __ | Get Directions
  • Robert D. Methven, 64, of Plum, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Robert was born to Josephine and the late Colin Methven. Retired from the military, Robert was a Vietnam War veteran, who served in the Army and National Guard for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Jil; children, Barbara, Sean and David; and grandson, Cole. In lieu of a funeral service or flowers, Robert preferred donations to be made to the Army Emergency Relief in his name (http://www.aerhg.org/dnn563/).
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Pirl, Ericka L. 43

  • Duquesne
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Caldwells, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Ericka L. Pirl, 43, fondly known as" Erie," of Duquesne, peacefully departed this life Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at home. She leaves to cherish her memories her loving children, Dorrisha, Shadarra, Demia, Eric, Aaron, Arionna and Darryl Pirl; and a host of other relatives and friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, PA 15110, where service will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday with Pastor Archie Perrin officiating. Interment at McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. Professional arrangements entrusted to CALDWELLS FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Semega, Judith M.

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Judith M. "Judy" Fucic Semega, of Hampton Township, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Mrs. Semega was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence J. Semega; mother of Richard P. Semega (Carol), of Ross Township, George D. Semega (Debby), of O'Hara Township, and the late Lawrence J. Semega Jr.; daughter of the late George and Anastasia Cadic Fucic; stepdaughter of the late Julia Fucic; sister of Helen Klos (late Louis) and Jenny Slivka (late John), both of Pittsburgh, and the late Mamie and Rocco; also three stepsisters; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Celebrate Mrs. Semega's life with her family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Family respectfully suggests donations be made to Kane Hospital Patient Fund, 110 McIntrye Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Skendrovich, Naticia L. 41

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Naticia L. Skendrovich, 41, of North Braddock, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, as her valiant fight with cancer ended in the presence of her caring family. She was the beloved wife of Robert D. Skendrovich Jr. for 19 years; dear and loving mother of Katelynn and Alyssa; precious daughter of Nancy Lee (Zinza) Lippai (husband, Richard) and Stephen Koncz, both of North Huntingdon; and treasured sister of Dawn (Thomas) Bonsall, of Verona, and Carrie Koncz Haverty, of Elizabeth Township. She is also survived by numerous cousins. Naticia was an artistically gifted crafter of needlework, beadwork and jewelry and enjoyed all genres of music. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Memorial donations may be made to the family. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Sobol, Mary E. 86

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Sobol, 86, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at her daughter's home. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Sobol; loving mother of Robyn (James) Sobol-Walters and Dale (Kathy) Sobol; proud grandmother of Timothy, Jamie, Megan and Gregory and great-grandmother of Carter and Jaxson; and dear sister of Rosemary Metz and Theresa Thimons. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Colman Parish. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Tognarine, Ethel M. 73

  • Baldwin , Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1941-05-31
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Ethel Mae Tognarine, 73, of Baldwin, formerly of Port Vue, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, after a long illness in Baldwin Rehab Center. Born May 31, 1941, in Mt. Lake Park, Garrett County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Lena Fresh. She was retired from Jefferson Hospital and the Salvation Army. She is preceded in death by her husband, Regis J. Tognarine; daugher, Lorraine Zoscak; and brother, William Fresh, of Elizabeth. She is survived by daughters, Linda (Robert) Marzec, of Baldwin, Mary Lou (Pete) Evanchak, of Port Vue, and Cheryl (Brad) Reber, of North Carolina; brother, Joseph McRobie, of Tennessee, and sister, Mary Fresh, of Maryland; sister-in-law of Chris (Charlene) Tognarine, of Jefferson Hills, Geno (Patricia) Tognarine, of McKeesport, and Judith Fresh, of Elizabeth; and is also survived by nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Interment will follow in Roundhill Cemetery, Elizabeth. The family of Ethel requests memorial donations be made in her memory to the Humane Society of Pittsburgh, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, (http://www.wpahumane.org), as she adored her animals. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Tomasic Jr., Nicholas G. 65

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Nicholas G. Tomasic Jr., 65, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. He was a dear son of Helen (Haggerty) Tomasic, of North Braddock, and the late Nicholas "Mike" Tomasic Sr.; beloved husband of the late Joanne (Labik) Tomasic for 39 years; loving father of Joanne (Dana) Buffo, of Pleasant Hills, and Daniel (Valerie) Tomasic, of West Mifflin; loving pappy of Jonathan and Peter Tomasic and Ella Buffo; beloved brother and friend of James (Jerri) Tomasic and Debra (Joseph) Balcik, all of Monroeville; beloved uncle of Tracy Sharpley, Jennifer Tomasic, Christopher and Sarah Balcik; and nephew of Mary (late Ozzie) Kerlin and George (late June) Tomasic. Nick was an avid traveler and thoroughly enjoyed trains, whether driving or riding them or collecting models of various kinds of trains. Friends welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday (time later) in Resurrection Church, West Mifflin. Burial will be in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579 or http://www.rrmuseumpa.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Acey, Eugene D. 86

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1928-08-27
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Eugene David "Gene" "Jeep" Acey, 86, a longtime resident of Scottdale, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, Aug. 30, 2014, in Amber House, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Aug. 27, 1928, in Scottdale, a son of the late David Assey and Mary Saad. Jeep was a longtime and faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and was a former member of St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when he resided there. He was a graduate of the former Scottdale Joint Senior High School, Class of 1948. He was also a graduate of Drama School at the Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, Calif., and also of the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Metropolitan T.V. School of New York City. Gene had pursued his acting career and did many commercials in Florida and California. He also appeared in two movies while in California, one which was titled "Somebody Up There Likes Me." Jeep was a retired store manager with the former A.C. Products, Scottdale, with 17 years of service. Previously he was the hotel manager with The Fountain Bleu Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla., with eight years of service and was display manager at the Miami Beach Convention Center for three years. For a number of years, Gene also served as a boating deputy sheriff in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas. Gene was a veteran of the Navy, serving during the Korean War as a petty officer draftsman. He was also the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal (First Award). Gene was a member of the American Legion and VFW Posts, both of Scottdale and the Scottdale BPOE No. 777. Gene will be greatly missed by his family and those who loved him, especially his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph A. and Bessie I. (Ritenour) Acey, of Connellsville; his two grandchildren, Robert Eugene and Stephen Anthony Acey, both of Connellsville; and his great-granddaughter, Jade Acey; and a number of nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Russell Acey, of Somerset. In addition to his parents, Gene was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph Assey, KIA during World War II on Anzio Beach Head in 1943, Samuel M. Assey (Nov. 2, 1995) and James G. Acey; and three sisters, Gimillia Assey (March 24, 1975), Helen Lepley (March 28, 1997) and Dorothy Samole. Gene's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. St. John Ministry of Consolation will hold a vigil service at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday and the Scottdale BPOE No. 777 will conduct a memorial ritual at 7 p.m. Tuesday, both in the funeral home. Parting prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the partner parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with his pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in the Scottdale Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the gravesite by the Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard. To view online obituary, send condolences, flowers or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Artman, John C. 32

  • New Alexandria , Formerly of Slickville
  • Born: 1982-05-24
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • John Curtis Artman, 32, of New Alexandria, previously of Slickville, died unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in an accident. He was born May 24, 1982, in New Kensington, a beloved son of Kenneth John (Jill) Artman and Edith Ann Cline (Merle) Hoak. John was employed by the Elliott Co., Jeannette, in the industrial maintenance department. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends. John was an avid fisherman and hunter who also enjoyed boating, canoeing, motorcycling and music. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Helen Nolan; maternal grandfather, Vearl Cline Sr.; and uncle, Bill Artman. John will be sadly missed by his loving partner, Jennifer Marie Sultzer, the mother of his two children, Logan John Artman and Sakora Raye Artman; parents, Kenneth (Jill) and Edith (Merle); brother, Timothy Michael Artman; sister, Jennifer Lynn Artman; paternal grandparents, William M. and Audley A. Artman; and a loving group of stepsiblings, extended family members and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, where a memorial service will be conducted at noon, immediately following the gathering. The family respectfully requests that no flowers be sent. As an expression of sympathy, contributions may be made to "Children of John Artman," a fund that is being set up at S and T Bank to benefit Logan and Sakora. To send online expressions of sympathy, grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Astle, Richard W. Sr. 65

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1949-02-23
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Rostraver Township | Get Directions
  • Richard Wayne Astle Sr., 65, of West Newton, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born in Monongahela on Feb. 23, 1949, he was the son of the late Herbert and Davida (Anthony) Astle. Richard was a heavy equipment operator and was in the Steelworkers Union. He was a member of Webster Methodist Church and Sutersville Moose. He is survived by his wife, Deborah (Konsugar) Astle; son, Richard W. Astle Jr. of Pittsburgh; daughter, Crystal M. (Joseph) Harvey; grandchildren, Tyler, Austin and Bryce Harvey; brother, David Astle; and sister, Goldie Kruper all of West Newton; brothers-in-law, Michael (Mary Ann) Konsugar and Randy (Carol) Konsugar; many beloved nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com.
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Aukerman, Jay D. 89

  • Youngstown
  • Born: 1924-11-22
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Jay D. Aukerman, 89, of Youngstown, Pa., passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. He was born Nov. 22, 1924, in Pleasant Unity, a son of the late Ira "Pete" and Lillian (Bronson) Aukerman. Prior to retirement in 1987, Jay was employed by Latrobe Steel with more than 40 years of service. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army with the 349th Harbor Craft Company in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations. He attended St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown. He loved attending the Latrobe and Ligonier High School football games with family. He also liked to travel to Grove City and Westminster colleges for their football games where he enjoyed tailgating with family and watching the bands during the halftime show. He also enjoyed day trips and watching Penn State football games on TV. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Esther (Tarr) Aukerman, and his brother, William D. Aukerman, both in 2012. He is survived by his loving daughters, Linda LaRue and her husband, William E., of Ligonier, and Corliss Aukerman, of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Susan LaRue Huba and her husband, Stephen, of Ligonier, and Steven LaRue and his friend, Alycia Jones, of Washington, D.C.; two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Addie Huba; a brother-in-law, Maurice Tarr Jr. and his wife, Cora Lee, of Latrobe; a sister-in-law, Libby Aukerman, of Latrobe; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown with the Rev. David Clement officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment with full military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post 33 Honor Guard will follow in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4329 Route 982, Youngstown, PA 15696. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Barker, Harry D. 93

  • Salina
  • Born: 1921-06-02
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Harry D. Barker, 93, of Salina, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born June 2, 1921, in Salina, he was a son of the late Wayne and Florence (Gerheim) Barker. Harry lived in Salina all of his life, and was a 1938 graduate of Bell Township High School. He served our country with the Army during World War II. Harry worked as a shipping foreman for General Refractories - Salina Brickyard for many years, retiring in 1983. He was a former member of the Odd Fellows in Saltsburg, former member of the Salina Reformed Church, member of the VFW in Avonmore, life member of the Bell Township Fire Department and an endowment member of the NRA. Harry was an avid hunter and fisherman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty M. Barker, who passed away March 1, 2011; and a brother, Donald W. Barker, who passed away Dec. 2, 1987. Harry is survived by his daughters, Mary Jane Barker, of Salina, Donna (Kevin Steele) Johnson, of Salina, and Sarah Gorman, of Salina; grandchildren, Kenneth (Sarah Sabo) Johnson, Daniel (Sarah Yobp) Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Dylan Gorman and Casey Gorman; great-grandchildren, Alex Dean Johnson, Ronnie Yobp and Allison Lee Johnson; two nieces; and one nephew. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the funeral home, with Pastor Larry L. Armstrong officiating. Interment in Westview Cemetery. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Davis, Frances M. 79

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-09-18
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Frances Marie Davis, 79, of Scottdale, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Weatherwood Manor, Hempfield Township. Frances was born Sept. 18, 1934, at Old Meadow in East Huntingdon Township, a daughter of the late Irvin and Elizabeth (Santmyer) Kropp, who passed away Feb. 2, 1988, and March 22, 1984, respectively. She was married to John Richard "Dick" Davis, who passed away Sept. 2, 1984. Frances was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was previously employed in the jewelry department at Kmart and was a longtime and faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale. She also was a member of the Clingerman Class at the church and the local Red Hat Society. A graduate of Scottdale High School, Class of 1952, she was an ardent supporter of the scouting program, serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother. She enjoyed traveling, cruises and years ago camping with the Penn Woods Sunrays. Frances will be sadly missed by her loving family; her five children, John R. Davis Jr. and his wife, Debra of Ruffsdale, Kathryn Carnes and her husband, Charles, of Newark, Del., Robert Davis and his wife, Dorota, of Mt. Pleasant, James Davis and his wife, Lisa, of Scottdale, and Laurie Werry and her husband, Ronald, of Acme; her seven grandchildren, Adam, Andrew and Alex Carnes, Kristin MacDonald and her husband, Ian, Jennifer Kernicky and her husband, Ken, and Julia and Nolan Davis; her two brothers, Irvin Kropp Jr. and his wife, Sheila, and Donald Kropp and his wife, Alice; her two sisters, Dolores "Cup" Crossland and her husband, William, and Martha "Jane" Crouse and her husband, Merele; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Jane Davis (1957); her son, Donald Wayne Davis (1959); her sister, Shirley Szwed (1960); and her special friend of 20 years, Eugene "Gene" Tarr (2010). Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / http://www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with her Pastor, the Rev. Stephen Moore officiating. Graveside committal service and interment next to her late husband will be in Scottdale Cemetery. Love Lasts Forever!
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Everett, Thomas W. 63

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1951-06-19
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Thomas William "Bugs" Everett, 63, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was born June 19, 1951, in Greensburg, the son of the late William and Veda Everett. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Hutchison and Gunter where he worked for 40 years. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and received the bronze, silver and gold palms and the God and Country award. In addition, he was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was also a member of Blythe Lodge 593 West Newton, was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason. Tom was an active member of the Greensburg Fire Department, where he had served as captain and longtime chairman of the carnival for Hose Company No. 3. Currently, he was serving as president of the board of the Greensburg Fire Museum. He was president of the local chapter of the Red Knights motorcycle club and was a member of the Hill Top Club. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie (Crum) Everett; and a great-niece, Dara Marie Flock. He is survived by his sisters, Karin E. (Dennis) Flock and Jan E. (John) Owen, of Greensburg; a niece, Heather (George) Reichart; his nephews, Michael (Donna) Flock, Derek (Amber) Owen and Kyle Owen; also four great-nieces, Makayla, Rylie, Harleigh and Amanda; and three great-nephews, Hayden, Kyle and Georgie. Also surviving is his brother-in-law, Bruce (Marietta) Crum; and daughters, Christie and Kelly; and a sister-in-law, Jane Lee (David) Pellegrini. 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 his funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. John Owen. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. The Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. and members of the Greensburg Fire Department will conduct a memorial service at 7:30 p.m., both on Tuesday in the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greensburg Fire Museum, P.O. Box 924, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Gamble, Robert L. 86

  • New Florence
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Robert L. Gamble, 86, of New Florence, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Trinity Presbyterian Church, 117 Chestnut St., New Florence. Interment in Bethel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box D, New Florence. Complete obituary in Tuesday's paper. Online condolences may be left at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Giordano, Thomas J. 70

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1944-01-08
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Retired Air Force Maj. Thomas John Giordano, 70, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall. He was born Jan. 8, 1944, in Natrona Heights, a son of the late Thomas D. and Mary Tomczak Giordano. A career military officer and Vietnam War veteran, his career sent him to stations in Montgomery, Ala., San Antonio, Texas, Jacksonville, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa, Fla. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, he graduated from Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was scheduled to move up in rank just prior to his retirement. He was a great Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and loved God and his country. Survivors include his daughters, Lydia Ann Giordano (Richard) Pin, of South Dartmouth, Mass., Alicia Marie Giordano (Justin) Falk, of New Kensington; grandchildren, Magnolia Giordano Pin, Kodiak Claudius Pin, Carter Thomas Coffman and Mila Marie Falk; brother, Dominic (Patricia) Giordano, of Lower Burrell; and sister, Patricia (John) Litz, of Allegheny Township. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where prayers of transfer will be said at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. Burial with military honors by the Air Force will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Malt, Karen A. 60

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1953-09-20
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Karen A. (McCue) Malt, 60, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in the McGee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 20, 1953, a daughter of Gertrude (Styke) McCue, of North Huntingdon, and the late Raymond E. McCue. Karen was a teacher's assistant for Pace School, of Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, the St. Joseph Polish Club and the FOE 1671, of Irwin. She loved to go to camp at Prince Gallitzin. Surviving are her husband, Scott Malt; a son, Craig Miller and wife, Claudia, of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Kristian, Alejandra and Sierra Miller; three brothers, Raymond McCue, of Boston, Mass., Timothy J. McCue and wife, Laura, of Natrona Heights, and Christopher McCue, of Arizona; a sister, Kathleen M. Thornton and husband, Kevin, of North Huntingdon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christine Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Entombment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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McCormick, Doris 92

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Doris McCormick, 92, of Penn Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the sister-in-law of Annabelle McCormick and Dale N. Smith. Doris was also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Marie McCormick; and siblings, Wayne McCormick and A. Jayne Smith. Doris was a retiree of Westinghouse Electric with more than 40 years of service. Friends will be received 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, Wexford, PA 15090 where a service will be held at 5 p.m. Memories can be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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McElhinny, Elmer J. 87

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1926-11-05
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Elmer J. McElhinny, 87, of Greensburg, formerly of Port Vue, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. Born Nov. 5, 1926, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Albert J. and Margaret (Fuehr) McElhinny. Elmer was a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, and a member of St. Bruno Parish in Greensburg. He retired in 1981 from Swift Industries Home Builders as an architectural designer. Elmer is survived by his wife, Patricia J. (McMahon) McElhinny; sons, Edward J. (Margaret) McElhinny, of Port Vue, and Thomas A. (Lori) McElhinny, of Port Vue; daughters, Sherry M. (Paul) Merritt, of Greensburg, and Lisa M. (Gerald) Stofko, of Johnstown; sisters, Evelyn Simon, of Rhode Island, and Thelma (Richard) Caito, of Naples, Fla.; brothers, Sven (Donna) McElhinny, of White Oak, and Gerard (R.K.) McElhinny, of Pittsburgh; sisters-in-law, Eileen McElhinny, of Pittsburgh, and Phyllis McElhinny, of York; son-in law, Mark Schaitkin; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Elmer was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Beth Schaitkin; and brothers, Albert, Walter and Conrad McElhinny. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township, with Father Matthew Reese as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in St. Joseph's Cemetery in North Versailles. Memorial contributions in Elmer's name should be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4256. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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McFeaters, Margaret Peggy M. 86

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-04-23
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. "Peggy" McFeaters, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Emeritus of Latrobe. She was born April 23, 1928, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Evan L. and Louise (Gilson) Moberg. Prior to her retirement, Peggy was the financial secretary and bookkeeper for Unity Cemetery and the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. She was an avid duplicate bridge player earning the title of Silver Life Master. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren R. McFeaters, in 1990; a daughter-in-law, Toni McFeaters; three sisters, Louise Robbins, Ruth Gressingh and Jean Frost; and her brother, Dr. John "Jack" Moberg. She is survived by four children, Sandra Marcano, of Newark, N.Y., Raymond (Corde) McFeaters, of Saltsburg, David McFeaters, of Freeport, Fla., and Kevin (Jane) McFeaters, of North Liberty, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol Moberg, of Palm Coast, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be no funeral home visitation. Friends and family are welcome to a memorial service at noon Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Unity Chapel, with her pastor, the Rev. Clark R. Kerr, officiating. THE HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., in Latrobe has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Latrobe Presbyterian Church and designated for the Moberg-McFeaters Music Fund, 428 Main St., Latrobe, PA 15650. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Mihalick, Margaret 90

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Johnstown
  • Born: 1924-03-22
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret Mihalick, 90, of Greensburg, a former lifelong resident of Johnstown, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born March 22, 1924, in St. Michael, Pa., a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Kundrot) Kapitan. She was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Mihalick, on March 28, 2005; a grandson, Bryan C. Mihalick; two brothers, Andrew and John Kapitan; and two sisters, Helen Trisch and Anna Biros. She is survived by her son, George A. Mihalick and his wife, Diane, of Irwin; a granddaughter, Tina Marsalko and her husband, Paul, and their two children, Logan and Chase. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Dunlo, Pa. Parastas will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff and administration at Westmoreland Manor and Latrobe Hospital for their kind and thoughtful care to mother Margaret. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Bryan C. Mihalick Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Juniata College (please make checks payable to Juniata College) or St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 624 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Monaghan, Edward V. 69

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1944-11-30
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Edward Vincent Monaghan, 69, of Monessen, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in the Emergency Room of Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born in Uniontown on Nov. 30, 1944, the son of the late Edward "Ted" and Mary Franks Monaghan. Ed was a graduate of German Township High School and received his bachelor and master's degrees from California State Teachers College. He worked as an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor in the Albert Gallatin School District for 35 years. For the past 12 years, he worked as an attendant for Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home Inc. in Monessen. He was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, Monessen Lions Club, BPOE 773, PSEA, and the New Alpine Club Golf League. Ed was an avid sportsmen, having played baseball for California State Teachers College and softball for the Masontown Hawks. He later helped coach basketball at Albert Gallatin High School and the golf team at Monessen High School. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Virginia Sala Monaghan; a daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Jason Bradburn of Rostraver Township; his beloved granddaughters, Quinn and Brecklynn Bradburn; a sister, Sandra (George) Rantovich of Masontown; a sister-in-law, Rosemary (Bernie) Dunyak of Monessen; two nephews, Scott (Dedra) Rantovich of Venetia and David (Rebecca) Dunyak of Fairfax Station, Va.; a niece, Debbie (Sam) Perry of Monessen; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Entombment will follow in Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum, Monessen. The Monessen Lions Club will conduct services at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, 7829 National Pike, Uniontown, PA 15401. Condolences accepted for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Riblett, Jack E. 83

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-10-25
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jack Earl Riblett, 83, of Greensburg, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1930, in Johnstown, a son of the late George and Evelyn (Hershberger) Riblett. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Sun Oil Co. He was a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren, Southwest Greensburg, and sang in the church choir. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a lifetime member of the West Point Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Betty L. (Vivis) Riblett; a son, Randy Riblett and his wife, Suzann, of Greensburg; a daughter, Jacqueline Toth, of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Eric Riblett, Rachelle Donahue and her husband Justin, Ashley Toth and Ross Toth; three great-grandchildren, Connor, Ava and Abby; and a sister, Roberta Standa. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. till noon Wednesday, the time of service, in the Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Ronald Overly officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Jack was a devoted husband and best father anyone could hope to have. Jack had a lust for life and a contagious sense of humor, and will be missed beyond belief. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the West Point Volunteer Fire Department, 100 Volunteer Drive, Greensburg, or the Church of the Brethren, 554 Stanton St., Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Romano, Virginia R. 89

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-12-24
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Virginia R. Romano, 89, of Greensburg, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. She was born Dec. 24, 1924, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Pallitto) Santodonato. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by several sisters. She is survived by her husband, Daniel W. Romano Sr.; a son, Daniel W. Romano Jr. and his wife, Michele, of Greensburg; a daughter, Pat Battiston and her husband, Lee, of New Stanton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. At the family's request, there will be no public visitation. Interment will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter, 555 Grant St., Suite 380, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, 130 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601; or RNC, 890 Weatherwood Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Roudabush, Mattie A. 86

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1928-07-31
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Mattie A. Roudabush, 86, of Sutersville, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at her home. She was born July 31, 1928, in Elizabeth Township, a daughter of the late Sheridan and Alice (Sterner) Weaver. Mattie was a member of Sutersville Primitive Methodist Church, where she formerly served as a Bible School teacher, on the board of trustees and as treasurer. Surviving are seven children, Nancy Roudabush, Kenneth (Frances) Roudabush, Paula (Russell) Jazemski, John Roudabush, Karen (John) Pierce, Donna (Roger) Opachick and Lisa (Charlie) Wood; nine grandchildren, Terri, Kennett, Jesse, Zane, Rachel, Nicole, Traci, Lori and Brandon; eight great-grandchildren, Kayla, April, Luke, Michael, Isaiah, Aiden, Zaelyn and Evelyn; a sister, Sara Penney; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, F. Paul Roudabush; brothers, Alvin and James Weaver; and sister, Dorothy Williams. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Matthew Sigler officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sutersville Primitive Methodist Church, P.O. Box 382, Sutersville, PA 15083. Mattie's family would like to thank Chrissy Yuhas from the Thorne Group and Bea Holma and Kristin Nuttall from Amedysis Hospice for the care given to her. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Margaret Rose A. 80

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1934-01-04
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. "Rose" Smith, 80, of Irwin, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late George D. and Alice A. (Reichard) Rose. She was a former housekeeper for LOOM, Lodge 236, Irwin, and a member of West Hempfield Presbyterian Church and Community Life of McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh A. Smith in 1994 and a brother, George D. Rose Jr. She is survived by her children, Sarah A. (Duane) Moshier, of North Huntingdon, Robert H. (Carol) Smith, of Lewisville, N.C., and Deborah J. Smith, of McKeesport; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. To send online condolences, please visit our website at http://www.williamsnyderfuneralhome.com.
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Sumski, Josephine 88

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Josephine (Ameris) Sumski, 88, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side Friday morning, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Bloom and the late William Sumski. Josephine was the beloved mother of Karen Bloom Dunlap, Darlene Bloom Bartholf, Margaret Sumski Kalil and Billy Sumski. She is also survived by five sisters, Mary Ann Goldburg, of Las Vegas, Nev., Amelia Baxter, of Atlanta, Ga., Dorothy Ameris Kolek, of New Kensington, Virginia Johnson, of Tennessee, and Carol Remmick, of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Marie Bianco Ameris; and her brothers, James Ameris and Edward "Picky" Ameris. "A special thanks for Josephine's caregiver, Delilah Fouse, who has given our mother superb care the past five years." Our mother loved music, going to plays and shopping. She loved old movies and knew everything about the movie stars. She enjoyed spending time with the family. Our mother was a devoted mother. She will be deeply missed by all and never forgotten. Sleep now with the angels, Ma, you are at peace. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, 857 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Zaronsky, Edna D. 83

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1931-03-31
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Edna D. Zaronsky Maida, 83, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Maida was born March 31, 1931, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Paul and Helen Long Zaronsky. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church. Edna was a graduate of the former Ramsay High School. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Edna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who devoted her life to caring for her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Gerald C. Maida; her children, Gerald E. Maida, of State College, Jonathan P. Maida and his wife, Misty, and Karen S. Maida, all of Mt. Pleasant; and by her beloved grandson, Ronald J. Hause Jr., Ph.D., of Seattle. Edna is also survived by her brother and sisters, Paul Zaronsky Jr. and his wife, Geraldine, of Mt. Pleasant, Doris Donnadio, of Connellsville, Nancy Nowakowski, of Philadelphia, and Joy Graczyk and her husband, Ronald, of New York. In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death by her daughter, Kristie Maida Hause, in July 2014. In honoring the wishes of Edna and her family, there will be no hours of public visitation, and her funeral will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Balentine, William F. 71

  • Freeport
  • Born: 1942-09-05
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • William F. Balentine, 71, of the Clinton section of Freeport, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia in Cabot. Bill was born Sept. 5, 1942, in Natrona Heights, the son of the late Florence I. (Haube) and Fred R. Balentine. He was a 1960 graduate of Freeport High School and served with the Navy Construction Battalion "Seabees" during the Vietnam War. After his service to his country, went to work as a repairman for North Pittsburgh Telephone in Gibsonia for 35 years. Bill retired in 2000. He was a member of Clinton Presbyterian Church in the Clinton area of Freeport for many years. Bill was a member of the Armstrong Lodge No. 239 in Freeport, life member of the South Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Department and past board member of the Freeport Youth Football Organization. Bill enjoyed fishing on Lake Erie, hunting, model trains, casino trips and watching football. He is survived by his three sons, Mark A. (Tammy Kloes) Balentine, of Buffalo Township, Mike S. (Cherrie) Balentine, of South Buffalo Township, and Brad J. (Kelly) Balentine, of Henderson, N.C.; five grandchildren, Ashley, Nikki, Kara, Nathan and Katlyn Balentine; and his sister, Susan (Stanley) Stein, of Ford City. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St. in Freeport. A Masonic service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Hindman officiating. Military honors will be given in the funeral home by the Tarentum VFW on the morning of the funeral. Burial will be held in McVille Union Cemetery, Freeport. To send a condolence, visit http://www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Crawford, Christopher L. 25

  • McGrann
  • Born: 1989-05-09
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Rupert, New Bethleham | Get Directions
  • Christopher Lee Crawford, 25, of McGrann, formerly of New Bethlehem, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning, Aug. 30, 2014. Born May 9, 1989, in Kittanning, he was a son of Michelle Miller Walker and James P. Walker, of New Bethlehem, and the late Robert C. Crawford, who preceded him in death on June 20, 2004. Chris worked in maintenance and attended the Oakland Church of God in Distant in the past. In addition to his mother and stepfather, he is survived by his brother and sisters, nieces and nephews, Nathan A. Crawford, of McGrann; Trisha Toy and her husband, Brody, of Kittanning, and daughter, Claire; Lindsey Strength and her husband, Robert, of New Bethlehem, and children, Sophie and Mark; Ashton Walker, of Aliquippa, and son, Donnie; and Savannah Walker, of New Bethlehem. Chris is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Florence Dinger, of Adrianne; paternal stepgrandmother, Doris Walker, of Apollo; paternal grandparents, Donald and Brenda Shilling, of Kittanning, and Evelyn Crawford, of New Bethlehem. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers, Dale Crawford and Robert Walker. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at the RUPERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE CHAPEL, 233 Penn St., New Bethlehem. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Mark Pollock officiating over the service. Interment will follow in the North Freedom Cemetery, Jefferson County. Online condolences may be sent to Chris' family at http://www.rupertfuneralhomes.com.
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Patchin, Lynn M. 83

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Lynn M. Patchin, 83, of Williamsport, formerly of Ford City, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at the Williams Port Home. Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, Ford City.
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Salsgiver, Dale W. 92

  • Dayton, Pa. , Formerly of Bethel Township
  • Born: 1922-08-05
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Dale W. Salsgiver, 92, of Dayton, formerly of Bethel Township, died Aug. 30, 2014, at Butler Hospital. He was born Aug. 5, 1922 in Burrell Township to A.O. and Ada (Knepshield) Salsgiver. Mr. Salsgiver was a World War II veteran having served with the Army in the European Theater and the States during the Korean War. He attained the rank of staff sergeant. He was self-employed for many years as a building contractor. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 30 years of service and then served 10 years with the County of Armstrong as Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Housing Corp. on low-income housing renovation along with water and sewer line contracts. Mr. Salsgiver received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock State Teacher College in 1950. He was active in community affairs having organized Crooked Creek Sportsman Club, which he was past president of, and was also active in Bethel Township PTA and past president and life member of Bethel Township Volunteer Fire Department. He designed and built the fire hall building with volunteer help. He was a life member of the Armstrong County Fireman's Association. Mr. Salsgiver was a member of Kiskiminetas F and AM and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh. He worked with scouting for several years, serving as Cubmaster of Pack 591 and Scoutmaster of Troop 591. He was an adult leader on a scouting trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He received a distinguished service award in 1972 from Moraine Trails Council for outstanding service to boyhood. He was a past member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church and a past member of Bethel Lutheran Church, where he was church treasurer and served on church council. He is now a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Smicksburg. Mr. Salsgiver enjoyed woodworking, hunting and traveling. He made trips to all the western states, Alaska and parts of Canada. Mr. Salsgiver is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Salsgiver-McIllwain and husband, Joseph, Joan Ford and husband, Winston; two sons, Mark Salsgiver and companion, Barbara, John Salsgiver and wife, Melissa; four grandchildren, Michelle Salsgiver Wolfe and husband, Brook, Jennifer Salsgiver, Brittany Ford and James Ford; and two great-granddaughters, Audrey and Pheobe Wolfe. Mr. Salsgiver was preceded in death by his wife, Vermelle (Scurry) Salsgiver, Dec 20, 1997; his parents, A.O. and Ada (Knepshield) Salsgiver; and his brothers, Gene and Arthur Neal. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the time of services, at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, with Pastor Arlene Schweitzer officiating. Interment will be held in St. Michaels Cemetery.
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Shirley, Donna J. 77

  • North Apollo
  • Born: 1937-07-19
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Donna J. (Knepshield) Shirley, 77, of North Apollo, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born July 19, 1937, in Garretts Run, she was a daughter of the late Irvin and Bertha (Fought) Knepshield. Donna lived in North Apollo most of her life and was a 1955 graduate of Kittanning High School. She was a faithful member of the North Apollo Church of God. Donna enjoyed working on puzzles and watching the Pens. But she most enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Lester L. Shirley; sister, Doris Waugman; brothers, Covert, Dwight and Dean; and infant brother, Charles. She is survived by her children, Terri Ann (Michael) Barto, of North Apollo, Michael W. (Eva) Lezark, of Lower Burrell, Robert (Karen) Lezark, of Vandergrift, Jeffrey Lynn (Laurie) Lezark, of Oakmont, and Kelli Shirley, of North Apollo; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Twila Clever, of Vandergrift, and Maxine McDivitt, of Prospect; nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Annie. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the funeral home, with Pastor Lee Rupert officiating. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Stennett, Timothy A. 61

  • Formerly of Kittanning
  • Born: 1953-02-14
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Timothy A. Stennett, 61, of Marienville, formerly of Kittanning, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside. Born Feb. 14, 1953, in Kittanning, he was a son of the late Earla (June) Westwood Stennett. He was the owner and operator of Custom Design Monuments in Kittanning since 1978. He was a member of the Eagles and the Men's Club in Kittanning. He loved spending time with his buddies at camp, loved singing karaoke, being creative and a master craftsman, and spending time with his family. Survivors include a son, Scott and Brenda Stennett, of Plumville; a daughter, Jennifer L. and Andrew C. Johnson, of Kittanning; seven grandchildren, Jarrid, Karissa, Aaron, Todd, Christian, Brent and Chelsea; three brothers, Mike and Icel Stennett, of Kittanning, John and Connie Stennett, of Kittanning, and Russell and Sandra Stennett, of Ford City; and three sisters, Karen and Dennis Kough, of Elderton, Melissa Stennett, of Ford City, and Jackie and Frank Emigh, of Kittanning. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie Laird Stennett, on June 14, 2003; a brother, Greg Stennett; and a sister, Cynthia Stennett. Visitation from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., 701 Sixth Ave., Ford City. Additional visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until noon Wednesday at the Kittanning Township Volunteer Fire Department, where services will begin at noon with Pastor John Snyder officiating. Interment will be in Kittanning Cemetery. Family requests donations be made to the Richard G. Laube Cancer Center.
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Troutman, Craig E. 72

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1942-04-19
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Craig E. Troutman, 72, of Kittanning, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at his residence. Born April 19, 1942, in Ernest, he was a son of the late Craig and Lena (Thompson) Troutman. He was a sandblaster and painter who worked for 20 years at Pullman Standard before retiring from Snyder Co. He was Protestant by faith, and a member of Kittanning Men's Club and Kittanning Eagles. Mr. Troutman enjoyed hunting and his dog, Freddie. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Ramona (Eckman) Troutman; sons, Craig H. Troutman and wife, Gina, of Kittanning, Kenneth Troutman and wife, Dianna, of Rural Valley, and Mark Troutman, of Kittanning; stepson, Louie Alberti and companion, Brenda, of New Castle; stepdaughters, Bonnie Cribbs, of Kittanning, and Brenda Cribbs and husband, Mike, of Creekside; grandson, David Cribbs, whom he raised as a son, of Kittanning; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, Harold Thompson and wife, Liz, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Jack Troutman and wife, Paula, of Sagamore, and Joe Troutman, of Sagamore; and sisters, Evelyn Steffenino, of Ardara, Kay Mumau and husband, Roy, of Glen Campbell, Patsy Kosic and husband, Dick, of Rochester Mills, Shirley Watt and husband, Bucky, of Yatesboro, Darlene "Betty" Kessler and husband, Dale, of Indiana, Pa., Caroline "Hutch" Eckman and husband, Casey, of Sagamore, Donna Montgomery and husband, John, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., Dorothy Eckman and husband, George, of Sagamore, and Linda Brown and husband, Charley, of Yatesboro. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Barbara Ann Van Horne; brothers, Robert, James and Tommy; and sisters, Margaret Hurst and Nancy Troutman. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, Kittanning. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with one hour of additional viewing prior to the services. The Rev. Herb Reefer will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to help offset expenses. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Watterson, Martha 45

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1969-02-25
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Martha "Marti" Watterson, 45, of Kittanning, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born Feb. 25, 1969, in Kittanning, a daughter of Hugh Bonner, of Worthington, and the late Amelia Blondeaux Bonner, who died in 1993. She was a lifelong resident of Kittanning. Marti liked to read, arts and crafts, and spend time with her friends and family. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a son, Tyler Lee Watterson. In addition to her father, survivors include her stepmother, Betty Bonner, of Worthington; a son, James Reid Watterson; a granddaughter, Jaylin, and grandson, Damien; two sisters, Amy Mundy, of Ford City, and Gigi Bonner, of Kittanning; a niece; several nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., 701 Sixth Ave., Ford City. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment will be in Ford City Cemetery.
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Butler County

Smithco, Frederick 94

  • Formerly of Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Healy-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Frederick "Fred" Smithco, 94, of Wexford Healthcare Center, formerly of Cranberry Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. He was the beloved father of the late Lois J. Geis. He is survived by a son-in-law, Richard Mitesser; a granddaughter, Jacqueline Geis (Frank); and two great-grandsons, Cameron and Kolby Yourison. Fred was a proud veteran of the Merchant Marine, having served in World War II. He was a retiree of the chamber of commerce and was a lifetime member of the BPOE Elks Lodge No. 2249 of Cranberry Township. In his free time, Fred enjoyed spending time with friends, golfing, playing bingo and watching the Pirates, Steelers and the Price is Right on television. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the HEALY-HAHN FUNERAL HOME INC., 512 Grant Ave., Millvale, 412-821-2940, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The family would like to thank all the caring patient staff from Wexford Healthcare Center.
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Fayette County

Lint, William G. 91

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1923-01-05
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William G. Lint, 91, of Vanderbilt, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Scottdale Manor Rehab in Scottdale. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the hour of service with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will follow in Greenridge Memorial Park. The family would like to thank Amedisys Home and Hospice Care, Scottdale Manor Rehab, Dr. Richard Tiberio and Always Care Pittsburgh. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Pence, Rev. Roger I. 93

  • Melcroft
  • Born: 1921-07-10
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • The Rev. Roger I. Pence, 93, of Melcroft, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the Butler VA Medical Center, after an illness. Roger was born July 10, 1921, on the Pence family farm in Madison Township, Armstrong County. He was a son of the late Meade and Kathryn Starr Pence. He married his sweetheart, Betty George, also from Madison Township, Feb. 26, 1942. Soon afterward, Roger entered the Air Force during World War II and received instruction as a flight engineer on B-17s. Due to a training injury, he was reassigned to fly with the Troop Carrier Command in the United States. He had many memories of flying throughout our nation. He recalled the sound of the first A-Bomb test in 1945 in New Mexico, while stationed nearby. At the war's end, Roger and Betty moved near Kittanning, where they raised their family and he worked at PPG Industries. At that time, Roger answered God's call to the ministry. He was an ordained Pastor with Penn-Del District Assemblies of God for 44 years. He and Betty helped found Assembly of God Church at Adrian. In 1965, Roger became Pastor of Melcroft Assembly of God in the Laurel Highlands. His ministry there continued for 26 years until his retirement in 1991. Roger was a valuable supporter of his family, offering many prayers, encouragements and faithful support for the Lord's work despite declining health. He enjoyed attending church, visiting his family, Steelers Football and reading. His wife, Betty, preceded him in death in 1997. Also preceding him in death, were his sister, Alberta Pence Richmond; and his brother, Don Pence. Surviving are his daughters, Patricia and her husband, the Rev. Clifford Hamilton, of Erie, and Linda and her husband, the Rev. George Miller, of Butler; his son, Gary and wife, Shirley Kalp Pence, of Acme; his grandchildren Keith, Trisha, Philip, Tim, Ben and Julie; his great-grandchildren, Adam, Katie, Luke, Caleb, Joshua, Daniel, Timothy, Isaac, Simon, Jonah, Madison and Mia; and a number of nieces and nephews. Private funeral services with military rites were held for the family this past Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-3800. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery, Acme. http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Shiery, William K. 78

  • Everson
  • Born: 1935-12-05
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William K. Shiery, 78, of Everson, Upper Tyrone Township, passed away early Saturday morning, Aug. 30, 2014, in Redstone Highlands SNF, Greensburg. Bill was born Dec. 5, 1935, in Bullskin Township, a son of the late William Clayton and Julia A. Shandorf Shiery. He was a longtime and active member of the Everson Evangelical Church, where he served on the Members Visitation Committee for many years. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School, Class of 1954. Following graduation, Bill enlisted in the Air Force where he proudly served from 1954 until 1962 and attained the rank of sergeant. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal and a Certificate of Achievement during the Cold War. Bill was a retired mechanic for Ohler and Son's Plumbing and Heating of Connellsville with 17 years of service. Previously, he had been employed by the former Modulus Corp. and the Connellsville Hospital. He also was employed part-time for 17 years with Marion Motors, Connellsville. In his early years, Bill managed the area Little League teams and the Boy Scouts of America in Everson. Bill's memories will forever remain in the hearts of his loving and devoted family: his son and daughter-in-law, W. Richard and Kathryn (Toth) Shiery, of Everson; and his four grandchildren, Mylinda Hanners and husband, Josh, and Jeffery Shiery, both of Pittsburgh, Specialist Fourth Class James Lint, Army, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Melissa Myers and husband, Josh, of Madison. In addition to his parents, Bill will once again be reunited with his wife of 53 years, Esther A. Shiery, who died Dec. 10, 2009; his son, Jeffrey Clayton Shiery, in infancy; and his brother, George Edward "Tub" Shiery. Bill's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where his funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Neil Stevens, pastor of New Hope Alliance Church, Scottdale, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Scottdale Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the gravesite by the Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Indiana County

Cashdollar, Miriam A. 76

  • Shelocta
  • Born: 1937-12-26
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel/Bauer, Elderton | Get Directions
  • Miriam A. Cashdollar, 76, of Shelocta, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 26, 1937, in Kittanning, a daughter of Kenneth Schall and Helen (Smeltzer) Galinas. Miriam was a lifetime resident of the area and married Raymond T. Cashdollar, June 30, 1956. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church where she was a faithful volunteer and also served as the bookkeeper for many years. Miriam loved caring for her home and family and in her spare time enjoyed tending to her flower gardens. Family was paramount in her life and she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Raymond T. Cashdollar; daughter, Rae Ann Hollis and husband, William, of Apollo; grandchildren, Jessica Dudek and husband, Adam, and Bill Hollis and wife, Kristi; great-grandchildren, Shannon Dudek, Jonothan Shelkey, Matthew Rametta and Breanna and Brayden Hollis; brother, Kenneth Schall and wife, Helen, of Rural Valley; sisters-in-law, Florence McClanahan, of Fairview, June Walker, of Shelocta, and Eileen Schall, of Shelocta; and brother-in-law, Robert Cashdollar, of Shelocta. Miriam was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Albert "Whitey" Galinas; stepmother, Eleanor Schall; son, Barry Albert Cashdollar, who died in 2007; and brother, Edward Schall. Relatives and friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at CLARK CHAPEL OF THE BAUER FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 South Main St., Elderton. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, the time of services, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 449 Girty Road, Shelocta, with the Rev. Ernie DeLuca officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Cemetery, Shelocta. Arrangements are being handled by the Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home Inc. To send a condolence to Miriam's family or view a video tribute honoring her life, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Washington County

Pierce, Joel F. 75

  • Richeyville
  • Born: 1938-09-10
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee's Funeral Home, Bentleyville | Get Directions
  • Joel Franklin Pierce 75, of Richeyville, strolled through the gates of heaven Saturday August 30, 2014 at his residence with his beloved wife by his side. He was born Sept. 10, 1938, in Ellsworth, Pa., a son of the late Carl B. and Dorothy Blackburn Pierce. Mr. Pierce was a 1956 graduate of Bentleyville High School and was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960. He served aboard the U.S.S. Paricutin and the U.S.S. Finch and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He had been employed by the Woolworth Corporation as a manager for over 15 years in Ohio and New York locations. He later pursued his passion for farming and for 22 years had been employed by the Matthews farm in Bentleyville. Mr. Pierce attended the Garwood Baptist Church in Coal Center and was also a member of the Bentleyville American Legion Post No. 165 and the Miners Club of Richeyville. He had a passion for farming and gardening and his love of the fields, growing and sharing the fruits of his labors with others was second to none. He often recited the quote “The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world” and was known as the “Candyman” by many always handing out candy bars to people, especially children. You never had to guess what was on his mind. He had a special kindness, generosity, wit, and clarity about him. He enjoyed sharing his special handmade hoagies and also his vast knowledge of sports trivia. Mr. Pierce was an avid Cal. U. of Pa. women’s basketball fan and enjoyed attending games as well as being a regular attendee at many local High School sporting events. On Dec.. 21, 1992, he married Susan Westbrook Pierce who survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Stephanie Beamer (Bryan) of Monument, Colo., Joann Caine of Cincinnati, Ohio, Robin Lutes of Bentleyville, and Dana Vahaly of Pompono Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Del Jean Haddad of Bentleyville, and Leota Reale (Sam) of Twin Oaks, Ohio; one brother, William Pierce of La Quinta, Calif.; a son-in-law, Harvey Lutes of Scenery Hill; eight grandchildren including a special grandson, and best friend, Andy “Boomer” Lutes of Bentleyville; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to his parents, are a sister, Patty Harford; and a brother, James Pierce. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to noon Wednesday, the hour of services, in the JOHN B. GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 2830 Main St., Beallsville, with the Pastor Cliff Reynolds officiating. Interment will be private. An online guestbook and personal condolences may be accessed at http://www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Washington City Mission, 84 Wheeling St., Washington, PA 15301 or the Garwood Baptist Church, 637 Scenic Drive, Daisytown, PA 15427.
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Elliott, David

  • Fort Myers, Fla. , Formerly of Cape Coral
  • Born: 1922-02-26
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • David Elliott, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Cape Coral, Fla., and Kittanning, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at his home in Fort Myers. He was born Feb. 26, 1922, in Brownsville, a son of David Edward and Olive Elizabeth (Deems) Elliott, and grew up in Beallsville. Mr. Elliott was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church of Cape Coral. David was a contractor; he and his wife formerly owned Henry Shaffer Lumber Co. of Kittanning. After retiring from the construction business, he raised Simmental Cattle on his farm near Mosgrove. Previously, he was a school teacher for Shannock Valley High School. David served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 244, the Rotary Club of Cape Coral and previously served as President of the Kittanning Rotary Club. Mr. Elliott was a member of the Palmetto Pine Country Club of Cape Coral. David had a variety of interests, from antique furniture to woodworking tools and enjoyed travelling with his wife, Jean. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 49 years, Jean Elliott, whom he married Oct. 16, 1965; two sons, Dr. David M. Elliott and wife, Lois, of McCandless, and Timothy E. Elliott and wife, Patricia, of Plano, Texas; one daughter, Jill DesJardins and husband, Richard, of Sandia Park, N.M.; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Glendening and husband, Charles, of Butler, and Linda Smithe and husband, Brian Ducharme; six grandchildren, Schuyler Kidd, Shannon Tieppo, Andrew Glendening, Meredith Glendening, Brett Ducharme, and Eric "Biff" Ducharme; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert E. Elliott, of Kerrville, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Jeane Carson Elliott, who died in 1964; and a son, Jeffrey Carson Elliott, in 1953. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at the BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 515 N. McKean St., where funeral services will be held at noon, with the Rev. Dana Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the Rural Valley Cemetery, Rural Valley, Armstrong County. Arrangements are being handled by Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To leave an online condolence for David's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Giannetti, Mary Grace 72

  • Falls Township
  • Born: 1941-11-08
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Harding-Litwin, Tunkhannock | Get Directions
  • Mary Grace Giannetti, 72, of Falls Township, Pa., passed peacefully in her home Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. She was born Nov. 8, 1941, in Pittston, daughter of the late James and Grace (Lonser) Hogan. Mary Grace graduated from St. John's High School and Misercordia University. She worked as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital Surgical Unit and later at Northeastern Eye Institute. She enjoyed reading, bowling and traveling the world. Mary Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Michael J. Giannetti; and sister, Jean Marie Jackson. Surviving is her son, Daniel M. Giannetti and his wife, Julie (Purvis) Giannetti; grandsons, Gino and Rocco; and her brother, James Hogan. Friends may visit from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at HARDING-LITWIN FUNERAL HOME, Tunkhannock. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Winola. Friends are asked to go directly to church. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Lake Winola. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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