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Abelson, Michael A. 68

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Michael A. Abelson, 68, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was the beloved son of the late Robert and Evelyn (Frankel) Abelson; brother of the late Barbara (surviving spouse, Mel) Hackman and Dennis (surviving spouse, Lu Ann) Abelson; dear uncle of Jennifer (Raymond) Dunlap, James (Melissa) Hackman, Jill Wilson and Elizabeth (John Paul) Reed; and great-uncle to Bryan and Eric Wilson and Justin and Samantha Hackman. He will be missed by his special friend, Rosa Lee Lewis. After graduating Taylor Alderice High School and Carnegie Mellon's School of Music, Mike began his labor of love teaching music in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. His students were the joy of his life. Michael was a musical genius, piano accompanist, prolific arranger for horn choir and composer. His last composition was performed May 6, 2013. Michael was best known for his kindness, generosity and prodigious memory. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Arrangements are by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), Monroeville, (412-856-4747). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Pittsburgh Promise, 1901 Centre Ave., Suite 204, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Belz, Elizabeth 89

  • Berkeley Hills
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty Lou" Belz, 89, of Berkeley Hills, Ross Township, died peacefully Wednesday, July 23, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Betsy Gahagan (husband Ken) and Thomas Belz (wife Nancy). She is survived by her loving granddaughter, Rachel Miller and husband, Cameron, and her loving grandson, Trevor Belz. She is the daughter of the late Ella Bennett, of Sistersville, W. Va. Elizabeth worked in telecommunications, first with Bell Telephone and then with LTV Steel. She was proud to be daughter of the Order of Eastern Star, Norwood Herrington Chapter No. 356 and also member of the Mellwood-Pittsburgh AARP. She found pleasure in the company of her family and friends and enjoyed traveling, singing and playing games. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in the chapel of the Arbors at St. Barnabas, Valencia. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001 (1-866-232-8484). Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Bennetter, Eleanor J. 78

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Eleanor J. (Hanneman) Bennetter, 78, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. Born in Long Island, N.Y. to the late William and Eleanor Hanneman, she was the beloved wife of the late Waldemar L. Bennetter; loving mother of Susan (Jonathan) Wilson and Neal Bennetter; and sister of the late Elaine, Pat and Ruth Ann. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Jonathan Scott Wilson and Ean Bradley Bennetter. Eleanor loved to sew, do needlepoint and enjoyed making afghans for her family. Services will be private. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Bishop, Dawn C. 78

  • Clairton , Formerly of Perryopolis
  • Born: 1936-01-23
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Dawn C. (Laverick) Bishop, 78, of Clairton, formerly of Perryopolis, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Jefferson Hospital. She was born Jan. 23, 1936, in Jefferson Hills, to the late Stephen H. Laverick and Alice (Mehrmann) Laverick. She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl C. Bishop (93). Dawn is survived by sisters; Delores Simpson, of Arlington Heights, Ill., Jean Barkand, of Charleston, S.C., Vivian Dewar, of Perryopolis, and Alice Bedsworth, of Clairton; brothers, Roy (Eileen) Laverick, of Monongahela, and Robert (Patricia) Laverick, of Forward Township; brother-in-law, John "Jack" Davies, of Pleasant Hills; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her sister, Anne Davies; and a brother, Carl Laverick. Dawn was a member of West Elizabeth Methodist and Perryopolis Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star. She was a secretary/accountant for Westinghouse Bettis for 40 years and worked as a real estate agent for Northwood for 10 years. Arrangements entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St., Clairton, PA 15025. Services are private. Inurnment will be at a later date in Round Hill Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Challis, David J. 74

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • David J. Challis, of Sewickley, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014, due to complications from pneumonia. Dr. Challis was a professor of romance languages at Grove City College, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va. After a lengthy career, he enjoyed a much-anticipated retirement to his birthplace of Sewickley. He is survived by his brother, Daniel; two sons, Lauren and Grady; his daughter-in-law, Kate; six grandchildren; a niece and nephew; and his former wife, Diana, a lifelong friend. An intelligent and gentle man, he will be missed deeply by those who loved him. He will be laid to rest with his family in a private ceremony at the Sewickley Cemetery. Arrangements by COPELANDS.
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Coene, Linda D. 67

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Linda D. (Wallace) Coene, 67, of Marshall Township, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Chris Coene; loving mother of Carolyn Becker and Jessica Coene (Meghan); proud grandmother of Mikaya Becker; loving sister of David Wallace (Carla), of Wellington, Fla.; devoted aunt of Jonathan and Adam Wallace; daughter of the late Elmer and Mildred (McWhirter) Wallace; and is also survived by many loving friends and relatives. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, (724) 772-8800, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ride for Kids, http://www.curethekids.org., 302 Ridgefield Court, Asheville, N.C. 28806.
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Conn, Tammy L. 51

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1962-11-23
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Tammy Louise Gensler Conn, 51, of McKeesport, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at home. She was born Nov. 23, 1962, in Pittsburgh, and was the daughter of Harry "Butch" George Gensler and Marjorie F. Kincaid Gensler, of North Versailles. She attended the Boston United Methodist Church and was a former member and usher at Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church. Tammy worked at Dollar Bank in Monroeville and was a graduate of Community College of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Justin Curtis Conn, of McKeesport; sisters, Sherry Renee Gensler, of North Versailles, and Jodi Lee (Rick) Sabol, of North Huntingdon; brother, Richard David (Michelle) Gensler, of McKeesport; nephews, Cody and Owen; and nieces, Jamie and Taylor. There is no visitation. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the Boston United Methodist Church with Pastor Jack Piper, officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Coulson, Ruth P. 91

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1923-01-02
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Ruth P. Coulson, 91, of West Mifflin, died peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 2, 1923, in Clairton, to the late William H. Poad and Violet E. (Cowan) Poad. She is survived by son, Tom (Sandi) Coulson; daughter, Elissa C. Hall, of Monaca; grandsons, Scott and Ryan Coulson and Douglas and Gregory Hall; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Coulson; and son-in-law, Donald C. Hall. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Lebanon Presbyterian Church in West Mifflin and also sang in Yankee Doodle's musical chorus. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Lebanon Presbyterian Church, West Mifflin. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Dobson, Mary M. 67

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Mary M. (Bly) Dobson, 67, of West View, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was the mother of Colleen (Keith H. Datum) Dobson; grandmother of Keith C. Datum; and sister of the late William J. (surviving spouse, Gerry) Bly. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary was a dedicated registered nurse at Allegheny General Hospital for more than 30 years. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where blessing service will be held at 7 p.m. following visitation. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to AGH Cancer Center, Office of Development, 320 East North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Donofrio, William G. 58

  • Brentwood
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • William G. Donofrio, 58, of Brentwood, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann (Riddle) Donofrio; dear father of Eric (Tracy) and John Donofrio; and cherished grandfather of Evan and Kaylee Donofrio. There will be no visitations. Arrangements are entrusted to CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, 412-881-2300. http://www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Foster, Helen 90

  • Formerly of Sewickley
  • Born: 1923-11-07
  • Died: 2014-07-14
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Helen Keller Foster, 90, of Elmcroft in Chippewa, formerly a longtime resident of Sewickley, went to be with her heavenly father and beloved husband, Len, of 50 years, on Monday, July 14, 2014, with her daughter by her side. Helen lived a full, filling life sharing her love for children and cooking as a home economics teacher for 26 years at Quaker Valley School District. After retiring, she continued this love by sharing chocolate chip cookies and other goodies with neighborhood children. For the 60 years she lived in Sewickley, every Christmas she would deliver a plate of homemade cookies or candy to the neighbors. She enjoyed working side by side with Len tending to their flowers and lawn. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley. Helen was born Nov. 7, 1923, in New Bloomfield, to the late Benjamin Franklin and Velma Keller. She was the loving wife of the late Len Foster; the cherished mother of John and (Ginger) Foster, of Windham, N.H., and Nancy Ellen Foster, of Chippewa; and proud grandmother of Capt. Eric Foster and 1st Lt. Aaron Foster, U.S. Air Force Academy graduates and currently on active duty in the Air Force. Helen was known as "2Ma" to her dear friends, Chip, Courtney, Caroline, Ellie, Olivia and Charlie Muse. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, in the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 328 Beaver St., Sewickley. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, in the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley. Interment followed in Sewickley Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Helen's name to either The Sewickley Tree Fund, Box 64, Sewickley, PA 15143 or Gateway Hospice Care, 9380 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. The family wishes to give sincere thanks to the devoted staff at Elmcroft of Chippewa, who gave Helen such loving and excellent care during the last two years, and to Gateway Hospice, who eased the transition to the next phase of her life.
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Heiple, Pauline L. 89

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1924-11-05
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Pauline L. "Polly" Heiple, 89, of West Mifflin, passed peacefully the morning of July 23, 2014. Polly was born Nov. 5, 1924, in New Paris, Bedford County, to the late Bruce R. Miller and Irene L. (Hoover). She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur W. Heiple for 64 years; mother of Carol L. (Harry Jr.) Mackowiak, of South Park, and the late Jean A. Simmers; grandmother of Harry A. (Susan) Mackowiak and Dana L. (Steve Clark) Mackowiak; great-grandmother of Madelyn G. Mackowiak and Cameron H. Mackowiak; and sister of Roy, Owen, Ruthann, Clark, Ethel, Elsie and the late John C., Ray and Donald "Bud". Polly is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Polly was a member of the senior center in Bullskin Township, Westmoreland County, for 25 years. Polly could be remembered for having been a cook at St. Elizabeth Convent and South Park Inn. She was most recently a resident of Mt. Vernon of South Park and under the care of Horizon Hospice. There will be no visitation at the request of Pauline. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at the Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum. An inurnment will follow within the mausoleum.
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Hershberger, J. Wilma 92

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • J. Wilma (Blackwood) Hershberger, 92, of Monroeville, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas S. Hershberger; loving mother of Lorna (Dwight) Kent; grandmother of Kelley and Heather; great-grandmother of Ryan, Liam and Braedon; and sister of Sade Donoghue and the late Peter Blackwood. Wilma was a lifelong member of Hillcrest Presbyterian Church in Monroeville. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro Avenues, Turtle Creek (412-823-1950), where a service will be at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Irwin. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 103 Yost Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Hodoba, Mary E.

  • Formerly of Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Mary E. (O'Malley) Hodoba, formerly of Swissvale, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was the wife of the late George; loving mother of George Hodoba and his wife, Cheryl, of Monroeville, and David Hodoba and his wife, Pam, of Allison Park; and sister of the late Edward. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A blessing service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Please send memorial contributions in Mary's memory to the Kane Regional Center-Ross Township, 100 McIntyre Road, Ross Township, PA 15237. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Lightner, Charles Chuck R. 75

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1939-04-18
  • Died: 2014-07-15
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Charles R. "Chuck" Lightner, 75, of Sewickley, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice House. Born April 18, 1939, in Imperial, he was a son of the late William and Rosa (Hoover) Lightner. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Gloria (Gamber) Lightner; two daughters; six grandchildren; one sister; one brother; and was preceded in death by two sisters and one grandchild. Visitation was this past Friday at COPELAND'S SEWICKLEY, 702 Beaver St. Mass was held this past Saturday at St. James Church, with the Rev. Thomas J. Burke as celebrant.
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Litterini, Cecilia D. 89

  • Formerly of Springdale
  • Born: 1925-03-04
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Cecilia D. Litterini, 89, formerly of Springdale, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Barrington Terrace, Naples, Fla. She was born March 4, 1925, in Harwick, to the late Bill and Gertrude Lemmick Golya, and had lived in Springdale since 2009, before residing in Naples for the past five years. She was a former member of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in Springdale. The youngest of her siblings, she enjoyed being a homemaker, bowling and polka dancing. Survivors include her son, Bernard C. (Kenda) Litterini, of Naples, Fla.; granddaughter, Jennifer Litterini; grandson, Ryan Litterini; and niece, Dorothy Boyle, of Springdale. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard J. Litterini; and 12 brothers and sisters. A chapel service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. Arrangements under the care of the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., Springdale/Cheswick. Visit us at http://www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Maier, John T. 88

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • John T. "Jack" Maier, 88 of West View, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 66 years of Virginia (Heintz) Maier; father of Kathleen (James) Betz and Thomas (Karen) Maier; grandfather of Kevin (Ashley) Betz, James (Christy) Betz, Joann (Brian) Salsgiver, Heather (Ryan) Mill, Jessica (Elio) Imbornone and Lindsay (Scott) Bowles; brother of the late Victor Maier and Patricia Gaskowski; also survived by 11 great-grandchildren. Loving husband and father to his children, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known by his family and friends for his great sense of humor. He was a longtime resident of West View. Jack grew up in Lawrenceville and spent 40 years in the Personnel Department of the Pittsburgh Post Office. Family will welcome friends from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Athanasius Church, 7 Chalfonte Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229 (please meet at church). Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Maier, Victor M. 90

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: D'Alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Victor M. Maier, 90, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy K. (Waudby); loving father of Victor Michael Maier, Virginia "Ginny" Maier and Linda Maier (C. Richard) Brunson; grandfather of Jennifer Angelopoulos, Geoffrey Brunson and Katie Russo; great-grandfather of Clarissa and Alexandra Angelopoulos, Andrew and Samuel Brunson; and brother of the late John "Jack" Maier and Alice P. Gasowski. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, and a retiree of Ford Motor Co. and Verizon. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville, where family and friends will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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McCutcheon, Lois

  • Died: 2014-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Lois McCutcheon passed away May 27, 2014, and was buried in Riverview Cemetery in Ohio. Family and friends are invited to attend the memorial service to celebrate her life at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley, 414 Grant St., Sewickley, PA 15143. Arrangements are by COPELAND SEWICKLEY FUNERAL HOME.
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Milko, Francis J. 80

  • East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis J. "Frank" Milko, 80, of East Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Frank is survived by his brother, Andrew "Bunky" (Babe) Milko, of East Pittsburgh; and nieces and nephews. Frank was a classical music aficionado and collector of classical music records. He was well-known in local record stores, as he shopped for his favorite music. He was also a spiritual man who attended many retreats at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery in Pittsburgh and at St. Vincent in Latrobe. There will be no visitation. Friends are welcome to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, in St. Colman Church, Turtle Creek. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Charles D. 81

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charles Donald Miller, 81, of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Willa M. Miller; father of Michelle Dawn Cheatham, Charles Donald Miller Jr. (wife, Marjorie) and Gary Douglas Miller (wife, Corina); grandfather of Ashley Payne, Michael, Alexandra, Lucas, Nova, Meja and Isabella Miller; great-grandfather of Penny Miller and Lennox Moore; and brother of James Woody Miller, Courtney D. Miller and the late Janie Ross, Venon Woody and Patricia Black. He was a son of the late Charles H. and Pearl (Woody) Miller. Donald was a retired vice-principal with the Pittsburgh Public School System and a member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the 3 Rivers Model "A" Club, the Model "A" Restorers Club and the PASR. There will be no visitation. A funeral service was held Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, 2310 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert Marrow officiating. Interment followed in Homewood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, (412-372-2100). http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Miller, Linda R. 65

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-08
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Linda R. (Ramage) Miller, 65, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014. She was a daughter of Ruth E. (Heider) and the late George Ramage; mother of Tory Miller; former wife of William Miller; and sister of Thomas E. (Donna) Ramage and Daniel E. (Bev) Ramage. Linda enjoyed gardening, cross stitching, knitting, crocheting and needlepoint and she loved her cats and dog. Celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at West View United Methodist Church, 146 Cornell Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229. Arrangements entrusted to the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., West View. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh, 6620 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Opfer, Joseph P. 60

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1954-05-28
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Joseph P. Opfer, 60, of Elizabeth Township, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon. Born May 28, 1954, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Albert and Julia (Lovas) Opfer. He was a former steelworker for Levinson Steel in Ambridge and a member of Grace and Truth Ministries in Canonsburg. The pride of Joe's life was being able to care for his mother in the final five years of her life. He is survived by a sister, Sandra (George) Cheplic, of Finleyville; brothers, Wayne (Alberta) Opfer, of Glassport, and Dennis Opfer, of Elizabeth Township; uncle, Michael Lovas, of Elizabeth Township; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 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 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Scott Warne officiating. Burial will be private in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Joe's family would like to thank Heidi Wright for the wonderful care given to him. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Pilgrim, Kenneth O. 86

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1928-04-15
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Kenneth O. Pilgrim, 86, of Clairton, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Sycamore Estate Inc. Nursing Home, Duquesne. He was the loving husband of 55 years of Patricia A. (Mills) Pilgrim, of Clairton. Kenny was born April 15, 1928, to the late Edgar and Mary (Collins) Pilgrim, in Clairton. He is survived by a daughter, Karen Pilgrim, and grandson, Kenny Coronado, both of Bronx, N.Y. Kenny is preceded in death by a daughter, Paulette Bebawy (85); sisters, Regina Pilgrim, Muriel "Mutsy" Lightowler and Dolores "DoDo" DeDominicis; and brothers, Edgar "Skip" Pilgrim Jr. and George Pilgrim. He graduated from Clairton High School in 1946, was a veteran of the Army, ranking as Staff Sergeant, worked in the maintenance department of U.S. Steel Irvin works, West Mifflin, and was a member of Steel Workers Union and retirees. Arrangements are entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St., Clairton, PA 15025. Services are private. Inurnment will be at a later date in Jefferson Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Organization. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Rupp, Ruth M. 93

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Murray, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. Rupp, 93, of Lawrenceville, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Dick Rupp; beloved mother of Richard, Edward (Libby) Rupp and Jean (Bill) Komorowski; and grandmother of Ben (Andrea) Mazzoccoli. The family would like to thank the staff at Harmar Village Care Center for their compassion and professional care. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. MURRAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Butler at 52nd streets, Lawrenceville. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Raphael Church.
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Salley, Martin J. 92

  • Edgewood , Formerly of East McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Rv Anderson, Homestead | Get Directions
  • Martin James "Jimmy" Salley, 92, of Edgewood, formerly of East McKeesport and Homestead, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Mildred (Pisarcik) Salley; brother of Richard L. Salley and the late Frank, Samuel, Joseph, Edward, John and Regis; and is also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews. Mr. Salley was employed by Westinghouse for 47 years. His employment was interrupted when he was drafted into the Army and participated in the June 6, 1944, Operation Overlord allied invasion of Europe landing on Utah Beach with his Half Track Anti-Aircraft Squad. After D-Day, he participated in numerous ground operations, culminating with the defeat of Germany on May 7, 1945. He proudly returned to Europe several times throughout his life for travel and participated in D-Day 50th anniversary ceremony in June, 1994. He was an ardent supporter of Catholic education and generously supported the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at RV ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME, 315 E. 10th St., Homestead, where a gathering will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Homestead.
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Shaw, Carol A. 66

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1948-05-25
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Carol A. Shaw, 66, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born May 25, 1948, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Rudolph L. and Virginia Maxine (Eytcheson) Vukelja. Carol was a home health aide for PRN and a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. She was the mother of Thomas Shaw, of Duquesne, and Justin Shaw, of Duquesne; Mimi of Kaylee Shaw; and sister of Vaughen Vukelja, of Florida. She is also survived by numerous friends. She enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter, Kaylee. She also adored her dog, Max. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park.
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Smith, Edmund C. 93

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1920-10-10
  • Died: 2014-07-15
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Edmund Carlyle Smith, 93, of Sewickley, died peacefully Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Gene (Sachs) Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Gary and Karen Smith, of Sewickley; and three grandchildren, Emily (James) Bauersmith, of Sewickley, Brian (Aubrey) Smith, of Greenwich, Conn., and Margaret Smith, of New York, N.Y. He was the proud great-grandfather of four boys, Ryan and William Bauersmith and Cole and Beckett Edmund Smith. He was preceded in death by his three sisters, Avis Smith, Beatrice Smith and Delores Riley. Edmund was born Oct. 10, 1920, in Grafton, W.Va., to Elias and Inez (Withers) Smith. At age 16, he enrolled at Fairmont College for one year and finished his education at West Virginia University, where he completed a degree in chemical engineering, graduating in 1941. He joined Spang-Chalfant, in Ambridge, and helped to produce more than 3,000 large shell casings daily for the U.S. war effort. After the war, he earned a Master of Metallurgical Science at Carnegie Tech and became superintendent of the hot mill for the Ambridge ARMCO plants. He retired from ARMCO in 1982, after serving as Ambridge plant manager for 10 years. Edmund continued to be active on the boards of Beaver County AAA, Ambridge Chamber of Commerce and ESB Bank post-retirement. He was an exceptionally devoted board member of the ESB Bank for 39 years, performing as audit chairman until retirement at age 82. In 1949, Edmund married Evelyn Wagner of Baden, and his only son, Gary, was born in 1950. Edmund was an active member of Shields Presbyterian Church and the Sewickley Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed golf, bowling and skiing, and was a passionate fan of Steelers football and West Virginia University football. He was a doting grandfather who rarely missed his grandchildren's athletic events. He enjoyed sporting and friendships made as a member of the Ambridge Country Club, the Edgeworth Club, Sewickley Heights Golf Club and Allegheny County Club. He also enjoyed attending the Pittsburgh Opera with his wife, Gene, a lifelong supporter. Edmund served the community as a member of the Edgeworth Borough Council for many years. Funeral services for Edmund were held this past Friday, July 18, 2014, at Sewickley Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sewickley Valley Hospital or to Sewickley Presbyterian Church.
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Smith Sr., Harvey R.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Harvey R. Smith Sr., of Swissvale, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was the husband of the late Joan Protheroe; loving father of Harvey Jr. (Kim), Robert Sr. and Debra Kenna (Robert); grandfather of Jennifer (Neil), Jacquelyn (Matt), Robert Jr., Christina (James), Rebecca, Renee and Phillip; great-grandfather of Mason; and brother of Merle. Harvey was a Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War and was also a Mason with the Infinity Lodge No. 546 in Verona. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Steigleder, Rosella

  • Brookline
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Debor, Brookline | Get Directions
  • Rosella Steigleder, of Brookline, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert; beloved mother of Germaine (Bill) McMonigal and Eileen Steigleder; and grandmother of Robert (Erica) McMonigal. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at FRANK F. DEBOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Church of the Resurrection. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. http://www.deborfuneralhome.com.
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Sullivan, Patricia A. 71

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann (Dimond) Sullivan, 71, of Allison Park died Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Francis P. Sullivan III; loving mother of Francis P. Sullivan IV, Patricia A. Giese and Sean M. Sullivan; grandmother of Virginia L. Sullivan, Ann M. Giese, Jake H. Gillam, Michael A. Sullivan and Reiley E. Sullivan; great-grandmother of Lillian R. McClemens and Michael J. McClemens II; sister of Kathy Groetsch, Eileen Earley, Rob Dimond, John Dimond, Tom Dimond, Maureen Durstein, Dave Dimond and the late Bill Dimond; and daughter of the late William J. and Eileen J. (Murray) Dimond. Family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until time of blessing service at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, 724-772-8800.
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Sweesy, Frances L. 90

  • Brighton Township
  • Born: 1924-03-24
  • Died: 2014-07-09
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • Frances Louise Sweesy, 90, of Friendship Commons in Brighton Township, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. She was born March 24, 1924, in Fair Oaks, a daughter to Joseph and Mary (Smetka) Otrhalik. In Frances' younger days, she was an avid bowler and enjoyed gardening, keeping her yard like Phipps Conservatory. She was a devoted Steelers fan and golf enthusiast. She was a member of Ambridge Christian Missionary Alliance Church. She is survived by her sons, Dick (Dee) Sweesy, of Bell Acres, Timothy Sweesy, of Baden, David (Dianne) Sweesy, of Merrimack, N.H., and Darrel Sweesy, of Ambridge; daughters, Bonita (Michael) Medianowsky, of Webster, N.Y., Gerry (John "Beeb") Harding, of New Brighton, and Christine (Doug) Wiseman, of Lincoln, R.I.; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Otrhalik, of Baden; brother-in-law, Chuck (Eleanor) Sweesy, of Aliquippa; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Louis A. Sweesy; and her nine brothers and sisters. Friends were received in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, with her son-in-law, Pastor John Harding, officiating. Interment followed in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park. Family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Laura Mantine and Dr. Christopher Gerhlein, along with the entire staff of Beaver Life and Friendship Commons for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation, 401 South Main St., Zelienople, PA 16063, note Life Beaver in the memo.
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Wachter, Rose 89

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Heard, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Rose Wachter, 89, of the North Side, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was the wife of the late John M. Wachter; loving mother of Mary "MiMi" Trimmer (late Gary) and Jan K. Wachter; grandmother of the late Brian Trimmer; sister of Dorothy Defide, Frederick Hall, Karen Torquato, Marcia Kasarkis and the late Thomas Assad and Sarah Schaum; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of the late Mary Fayad Hall and Abraham Assad; and stepdaughter of the late Frederick Hall. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HEARD FUNERAL HOME INC., 4047 Perrysville Ave., Observatory Hill, where family and friends will be gathering prior to a blessing service at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be private. Rose worked for Schorr and Ammer Bakeries and Hites Drug Store on Perry Hilltop. She will be lovingly remembered for her spirited personality and being "the character" in the crowd.
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Walker, Ameenah N. 36

  • Formerly of East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ameenah Noel Walker, 36, formerly of East Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Randy and Gwendolyn Louise (Fultz) Walker; sister of Allen, John, Darcinda, Randall and Qiturah; and niece of Vaughn, Ameenah, Connie, Steven, John, Donna, Karen Fultz and other aunts and uncles. She is also survived by two daughters, nieces, nephews and cousins. Ameenah was someone who loved their life to the fullest. She could be described as the sweetest person, who was loving, funny, attentive, honest and loyal to her family. Friends welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Weise, Carl E. 66

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-07-13
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Carl E. Weise, 66, of Upper St. Clair, died Sunday, July 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 39 years of Myrna (Foster) Weise; devoted father of Roslynn (Jon) Wingo and Hayley (fiance Brian Morency); cherished "Pop Pop" of Olivia and Madison Wingo; son of the late Erich Linus and Emilie Caroline (Rau) Weise; brother of the late Erich Weise; also survived by nieces, many cousins colleagues and friends. Carl, born in Toronto, Canada, was a graduate of the University of Waterloo, and postgraduate of the University of Toronto. He began his career in records management in 1979 moving his family to Pittsburgh and becoming the supervisor of commercial records management programs at Rockwell International. An active member of the records profession, Carl served the local ARMA Chapter (Association of Records Managers and Administrators) in a number of positions including chapter president, and he earned the professional designation, Certified Records Manager (CRM). Later, Carl was elected Administrative Vice President of the Institute for Certified Records Managers (ICRM), administering the certification examination program worldwide. He later developed expertise in records management software, hospital medical record systems, imaging and digital records management. The past seven years he travelled the globe as an educator in the training and certification programs of AIIM (Association of Information and Image Management) and formed many lasting friendships with his colleagues. Carl was a longtime member and prior council member of Faith Lutheran Church. He enjoyed tennis, cultivating orchids, and cottaging with his family and close friends on Muldrew Lake in Ontario, Canada. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, July 26, 2014, in Faith Lutheran Church. If desired, the family requests memorial donations to Faith Lutheran Church, 80 Bartley Road, Pittsburgh (Upper St. Clair), PA 15241 or Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Laughlin Memorial Chapel. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Young, Dolores E. 85

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1929-07-02
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Dolores Elizabeth Young, 85, of Cheswick, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her home. She was born July 2, 1929, in Cambria County, to the late Ramana and Alphonsus Baker. She was the second youngest of 12 children, and graduated from Patton High School in 1947. She was a bank teller until her marriage in 1952. Dolores was a homemaker and member of St. Alphonsus Church, in Springdale, where she helped at many functions, and volunteered for Meals on Wheels in the Lower Valley. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, William B. Young; five children, Nadine (Jack) Rebovich, of Blairsville, Jeffrey (Carol) Young, of Oakmont, Rebecca (John) Valasek, of Natrona Heights, Joseph (Terrie) Young, of Lewistown, and Jason (Jolynn) Young, of Brackenridge; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, William Baker, of Navarre, Ohio; and a sister, Ruth O'Donnell, of Ebensburg. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Springdale at the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St. Christian funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday in St. Alphonsus Church. Burial will be in Queen of Peace Cemetery in Patton. The family has suggested memorial tributes may be made to St. Alphonsus Church Memorial Fund.
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Zapf, Lynne E. 62

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Lynne Ellen (Hensel) Zapf, 62, of Munhall, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Jean Hensel; beloved wife of the late William Zapf; loving mother of Kimberly (Ryan) Beatty and the late Billy Zapf; cherished grammy of RJ and Tyler; sister of Cheryl Leonard; and special aunt of Michael and Ian O'Keefe. She was a longtime employee of UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Zemprelli, Margaret A. 87

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1926-11-16
  • Died: 2014-07-15
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. Zemprelli, 87, of Jefferson Hills and Jupiter, Fla., passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A well-known model in the late 1940s, the former Margie Antoinette was Miss Major League Baseball in 1947 and the spokesmodel for the Pennsylvania Telephone Company and Rinso Detergent. Born Nov. 16, 1926, in Little McConnell Mills, Washington County, she was a daughter of the late Stefan and Theresa (Araigno) Antoinetta. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Albenia Adamski, Theresa Friday, Helen Rodgers and Emil, Pete and George Antoinette. Marge was a parishioner of St. Thomas a Becket Church in Jefferson Hills, a member of the ISDA and an honorary graduate of Penn State University. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, former State Senate Majority and Minority Leader, Edward P. Zemprelli; her daughter, Carla Z. Corum; her granddaughters, Dana Macauley and Jayne McVay; her great-granddaughters, Sophia, Layla, Adrianna and Sierra; her sister, Edith Bernard; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, in St. Thomas a Becket Church in Jefferson Hills. Procession and burial will follow to Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. Arrangements by the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Zirngibl, Donald A. 77

  • Plum , Formerly of Carrick
  • Died: 2014-07-15
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Donald A. "Donnie" "Zirng" Zirngibl, 77, of Plum, formerly of Carrick, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Carol Zirngibl; loving father of Dawn (Jonathan), Lynn, Scott, Jeff (Dawn), Cheryl and the late Steve and Richard; brother of Sandy and the late June and Robert; and is also survived by nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Don worked for J and L Steel and Allegheny Ludlum. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road, (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239, where a blessing service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment followed in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Brandolino, Michael P. 65

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1948-11-04
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Michael P. Brandolino, 65, of Arnold, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in his residence. He was born Nov. 4, 1948, in New Kensington, son of the late Michael and Julia (Groza) Brandolino. In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Vida, in 2002. He was a proud Vietnam Army veteran and enjoyed playing and watching baseball. Michael is survived by a son, Aaron Bracha, of Texas; daughter, Thea Brandolino, of Texas; grandson, Jayden Jones, of Texas; brother, John Brandolino, of California; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 until the time of a Funeral Liturgy outside Mass at 8 p.m. Friday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner/supervisor. Burial will be private. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Brletic, Robert A. 57

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Robert A. "Bobby" Brletic, 57, of Trafford, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was a son of the late John and Lillian (Yusko) Brletic; and brother of the late Richard Brletic. He is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends received from 8 a.m. until parting prayers at 8:45 a.m. Friday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Roman Catholic Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Brown, Betty 81

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1933-06-01
  • Died: 2014-07-14
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Betty Shields Brown, 81, of Irwin, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at home. She was born June 1, 1933, in Rochester Mills, a daughter of the late Harry E. and Irene Getty Shields. Betty was a graduate of North Huntingdon High School, class of 1951, and a 1955 graduate of Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, Mass., with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Prior to her retirement, Betty was an account manager for WRS Inc. She was a member of the Norwin Church of the Nazarene. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed reading, gardening and crafts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William H. Shields, and sister, Mildred Harbaugh. She is survived by her two sisters, Eleanor R. King, of North Huntingdon, and Roxie Skiffen, of Crossett, Ark.; special nephew, Scott King and his wife, Linda; and additional nieces and nephews. Friends were received Thursday, July 17, at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, followed by a service in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice in memory of Betty. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Bucar, Margaret 82

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1932-06-15
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Marge" Lawrence Bucar, 82, of Trafford, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014. Marge was born June 15, 1932, in Trafford, the daughter of the late Charles J. Lawrence Sr. and Mary Petrini Lawrence. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul "Lou" Bucar. Marge is survived by her two sons, Paul and David Bucar; her grandchildren, David, Sarah, Nathan and Jordan; her brother, Charles J. Lawrence Jr.; and her sister, Joanne Zimmerman; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. At Marge's request, there will be no visitation or graveside services. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. A private burial will take place in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (State Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Cooper, Jared A. 84

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1929-11-30
  • Died: 2014-07-16
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jared A. "Jerry" Cooper, 84, of Irwin, passed Wednesday, July 16, 2014. He was born Nov. 30, 1929, a son of the late James P. and Dorothy (Spindler) Cooper. He was a longtime real estate developer in the Irwin area. He was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed driving nice cars. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, William John Cooper; and his daughter, Marcia Cooper. He is survived by children, James Phillip (Sylvia) Cooper, of Irwin, Amy Jo Donahue, of Tampa, Fla., and John Joseph (Kimberly) Cooper, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Nicole (Josh) Henderson, of Irwin, James (Jenna) Cooper, of Irwin, Justin Cooper, of Boynton Beach, Fla., Jamie Donahue, of Tampa, Fla., and Jordan Donahue, of Tampa, Fla.; great-grandchild, Gabriela Cooper, of Irwin; and brothers, James Phillip (Joan) Cooper, of Irwin, and John (Shirley) Cooper, of Irwin. Friends and family were received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone gathered at 10:30 a.m. Monday for a funeral service with the Rev. Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman, officiating. Interment followed at Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon Township.
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Criner, Francis E. 64

  • Scottdale
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Francis E. "Fran" Criner, 64, of Scottdale, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Mt. View Specialty Care Center, Unity Township. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300), and will be announced when completed.
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Critchfield, Ronald W. 76

  • Formerly of West Newton
  • Born: 1938-05-25
  • Died: 2014-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Mulkey-Mason, Denton, TX | Get Directions
  • Ronald William Critchfield, 76, of Little Elm, Texas, formerly of West Newton, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014, from complications after a recent surgery. It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce his death. Ron was born May 25, 1938, in Lash, Pa., and was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lois (True) Critchfield, also of Lash. Ron leaves behind his best friend and wife of 55 years, Annette; son, Craig and wife, Terri, of North Huntington; daughter, Rhonda and husband, Tony Cinello, of Carrolllton, Texas; as well as four grandchildren, Megan and Tyler Critchfield and Giovanna and Arianna Cinello. He is also survived by three brothers, Rob, of Spokane, Wash., Ray, of Harrisburg, and Rick, of Irwin. Those who knew Ron best described him as friendly, easygoing, welcoming and kind. In his younger days, Ron was a member of the National Guard, he was a member of the Blyth Lodge No. 593 F and AM in West Newton and was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Gourgas Lodge of Perfection in Pittsburgh. Ron prided himself in keeping a beautifully landscaped yard and a large vegetable garden with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, green beans and more. He retired from U.S. Steel Irvin Works in 2000, after 34 years of service. His house on Vine Street became known by the neighborhood kids as the place to stop after school to get "cookies with Ronnie and Annie." If you wanted to see Ron smile, just mention his Harley. He loved his motorcycle and was very active in the local Harley Owners Group. He and Annette were often out traveling with friends. He was so proud of his bike, he kept pictures in his wallet. Ron lived in West Newton most of his life before moving to Texas last October to be closer to his daughter and her family. Ron loved Texas and his new life there. He enjoyed seeing his granddaughters play soccer and volleyball and he attended all their school functions. At his new home in Little Elm, Ron liked sitting on his patio and taking in the beautiful Texas sun. He was a member of the Norwin Christian Church in Irwin and, upon moving to Texas, he attended Denton Bible Church. Ron will be deeply missed by his family, lifelong friends, new Texas friends, neighbors and his beloved dog, Bella. Funeral arrangements were private. Some of Ron's remains will be scattered on Hawksnest Beach, St. John, where he and Annette renewed their wedding vows on their 50th Anniversary.
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Daffinger, Hermine 76

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1938-02-03
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Hermine Daffinger, 76, of Ligonier, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. She was born Feb. 3, 1938, in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. She is survived by her loving husband of more than 53 years, Willi Daffinger; a daughter, Kim A. Daffinger, Esq.; and her son-in-law, Joseph A. Greco II. She was preceded in death by her son, Charles A. Daffinger, who was a PhD candidate at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, in 1991. Prior to moving to Ligonier, she worked as a talented professional dressmaker in Germany and in Long Island, N.Y. We will remember her contagious laugh, her kindness in helping others and her delight with her flower gardens. She treasured her time with her family and could always be counted on. She had a particularly remarkable affinity for animals and rescued many over the years. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. John M. Foriska as celebrant. Interment will follow in Ligonier Valley Cemetery. Arrangements are by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 East Church St., Ligonier. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Delose, Gloria N. 88

  • Rillton
  • Born: 1926-06-01
  • Died: 2014-07-14
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Gloria N. Delose, 88, of Rillton, died Monday, July 14, 2014, Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born June 6, 1926, in Hahntown, a daughter of the late Joseph Pezze Sr. and Domenica (Domenegatto) Pezze. After graduation from Irwin High School, Gloria worked briefly at the cereal plant and then at Murphy's 5 and 10. Then, until her retirement, Gloria worked in the bakery at Islay's, in Irwin. She was a member of St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, Herminie. Gloria loved homemaking, her flower garden and especially enjoyed spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Ralph F. Delose; a brother, Joseph Pezze; and two sisters, Dora Yackovich and Mary Jane Sistek. Gloria was a wonderful mother, who will be sadly missed by her loving children and grandchildren. Surviving are two sons, Ralph R. Delose and his wife, Maria, of Longwood, Fla., and Frank Delose and his wife, Mary, of Jones Mills; two daughters, Lorraine Ghion and her husband, Jeff, of Greensburg, and Kathleen Wesser and her husband, Todd, of Northampton; 12 grandchildren, Frank, Nicolas, Mindy, Michael, Ashley, Meredith, Gina, Julie, Brittany, Kathryn, Mariel and Ciaran; seven great-grandchildren, Trey, Oliver, Alice, Aidan, Lucas, Gabriel and Camilla; brothers, Santo Pezze and his wife, Geraldine, and Angelo Pezze and his wife, Ann; sister, Lorraine Patterson and her husband, George; brother-in-law, Robert Sistek; sister-in-law, Mildred Pezze; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins. Friends and family were received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, where parting prayers were also held. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father John J. Harrold as celebrant. Interment followed in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, 120 St. Edward Lane, Herminie, PA 15637. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Dorn, Gary J. 78

  • Westmoreland City
  • Born: 1935-12-11
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Gary J. Dorn, 78, of Westmoreland City died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 11, 1935, in McKeesport, a son of the late William and Blanche (Beck) Dorn. Prior to his retirement he was employed for Westinghouse Airbrake in Wilmerding and Greensburg. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew L. Dorn; two brothers, Rance Dorn and an infant brother, William Dorn; and a sister, Stella Decker. Surviving are his wife, Leota M. (Decker) Dorn; two sons, James Dorn and his wife, Cheryl, of New Stanton, and Mark Dorn and his girlfriend, Dee, of Westmoreland City; grandchildren, Mark G. Dorn and his wife, Nadine, Charlotte Gallik and her husband, R.J., Danielle Dorn and Rachel, Ashley and Donald Cline; two great-grandchildren, Raylyn Gallik and Preston Matthew Dorn; a step-grandson, Travis Trout; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Milligan, of Saltsburg; and several nieces. Friends were received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers were held in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church. Interment followed in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 308 2nd St., Irwin, PA 15642; or to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Ellis, Elsie B. 94

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1919-11-11
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Elsie B. Ellis, 94, of Scottdale, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Easy Living Country Estates, Hunker. Elsie was born Nov. 11, 1919, a daughter of Charles Berkey and Lydia (Starkey) Berkey. She was married to her first husband, James B. Ellis. After James passed away in 1978, she married Ken Kromer, who passed away in 2008. Elsie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Scottdale and she enjoyed playing piano and organ, gardening and being a homemaker. Elsie will be sadly missed by her children, Dr. Lydia Weisser and her husband, Bud, and Charlie Ellis; and her grandchild, Alex Weisser. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Wilbur Berkey. Personalized arrangements are under the supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, 724-887-4344. Family and friends were received Monday and Tuesday in the funeral home chapel, where funeral services were held Tuesday, with Pastor Jeff Welsh officiating. Graveside committal service and interment in Scottdale Cemetery. LOVE LASTS FOREVER. http://www.fergusonfunerals.com. GPS N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278.
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Gilmour, Anna Mae 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1926-10-04
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae Lipko Gilmour, 87, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Sass Lipko. She was a member of St. Agnes Church in North Huntingdon and its Christian Mothers and the Emerald Club. Anna Mae loved animals and always supported the Humane Society. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel C. Gilmour; a son, Gary David Gilmour; a brother, Joseph P. Lipko Jr.; and a sister, Mary Jo Ayers. Surviving are three children, Mary Jane Gilmour, of North Huntingdon, Karen Singh, of Ohio, and Daniel Gilmour, of East Pittsburgh; two grandsons, Adam and Josh Singh; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends were received Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Anna Mae's family wishes to thank Baldock Health Care Centre and Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital ICU for the care and compassion that they extended to their mother during her stay there. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. For online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Githens, Arlene 85

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1929-05-12
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Arlene Crago Winters Githens, 85, of Belle Vernon, Rostraver Township, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in her home. Born May 12, 1929, in Belle Vernon, she was the daughter of the late Joseph R. and Goldie Bulgar Crago. A lifelong resident of Belle Vernon, Mrs. Githens was an active member of Rehoboth Presbyterian Church, retired from Monongahela Valley Hospital in 1984 and from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 where she did Medical Research in osteoporosis. She was also a wonderful seamstress. She is survived by a son, Blake Winters of Belle Vernon; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Richard Voigts of Yorkville, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Amy Flower of Smithton; four grandchildren, Jason Winters, John Voigts, Kathy Voigts, Geoff Voigts; and a sister, Doris Nichols of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert Githens; and two sons, M/Sgt Brett Winters and Barry Winters. Visitation will be held Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Rehoboth Presbyterian Church followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Richard C. Klein Jr. Pastor of Rehoboth Presbyterian Church officiating. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Interment will take place in West Newton Cemetery. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Han, Nella J. 75

  • Youngwood
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay , Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Nella J. Han, 75, of Youngwood, formerly of Arnold/New Kensington, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was the mother of Diana Gregory and Denise, Deborah and Don Lutz. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Interment will be private. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Keslar, Ethel 96

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1918-03-08
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • Ethel Keslar, 96, of Donegal, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Nedrow's Personal Care Home. She was born March 8, 1918, in Rodney, Mt. Pleasant Township, a daughter of the late Harry and Mazie (Stairs) Albert. She was a member of Donegal Christian Missionary Alliance Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth F. Keslar; a daughter, Julie Anne Keslar; three sisters, Catherine Pushkar, Mildred Keefer and Ruth Keyser; sister-in-law, Lorraine B. Albert; and four brothers, Charles, William, Harry and infant, Phey. She is survived by her son, Terry W. Keslar, of Donegal; a granddaughter, Julie Marie Evanichko, of Trauger; three great- grandchildren, Alyssa, Joseph and Kayla; a sister, Marjorie Newingham, of Acme; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ethel's family would like to thank everyone at Nedrow's for the wonderful care that she received. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 322 Church St., Donegal. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Bruce Crossley officiating. Interment will follow in Donegal Cemetery.
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Kovac, Kellyann E. 52

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1962-04-19
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Kellyann E. Kovac, 52, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born April 19, 1962, in Greensburg, a daughter of Patricia Grant Kovac and the late Lawrence Kovac. Kellyann was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1981. She was an avid Pittsburgh sports team fan. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Keith Kovac (wife, Roxanne), of Alpine, Calif.; a sister, Kristin Dressler (husband, Donald), of North Huntingdon; two nephews and a niece; aunts and cousins. Arrangements will be private. JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Kramer Jr., Ross L. 74

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1940-04-09
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ross L. Kramer Jr., 74, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at home. He was born April 9, 1940, in Carlisle, a son of the late Ross L. Sr. and Florence (James) Kramer. He was a retired communications technician for Peoples Gas Co., Wilkinsburg and a former employee of Campbell's Sunoco, North Huntingdon. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, Shidle Lodge No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons, Irwin and a longtime member of Union Fire Company No. 1 in Carlisle, where he lived before moving to this area. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald; and twin brother, Robert James. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marcia A. (Vonau) Kramer; children, Susan Kramer, Jeffrey Kramer and Scott Kramer, all of North Huntingdon; and beloved pets, Sidney and Abby. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, with his pastor, Dr. Clifton J. Suehr, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon.
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Loucks, Ray A. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-07-23
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Ray A. Loucks, 95, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Easy Living Care of Hunker. He was born July 23, 1918, in New Stanton, a son of the late Lawrence and Clema (Kintigh) Loucks. He retired from Robertshaw Controls of New Stanton. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church of Youngwood. He enjoyed flowers and was an avid gardener. Surviving are a son, Jon A. Loucks, of Greensburg; a sister, Marge Grant, of Indiana, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve (Smith) Loucks; four brothers, Ivan, Wayne, Chuck, and Merle Loucks; and three sisters, Alberta Tomkins, Lucille Alborn and Betty Myers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Peter Norby officiating. There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg.
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Porterfield, David N. 71

  • Acme
  • Born: 1943-05-19
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • David N. Porterfield, 71, of Acme, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in UPMC East, Monroeville. Mr. Porterfield was born May 19, 1943, in Normalville, a son of the late Samuel and Mildred Pirl Porterfield. He worked as a truck driver for most of his life, retiring from the Fred Zeglin Inc. Trucking Co. Dave was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He was a retired member of the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department. Dave is survived by his loving family: his wife of 43 years, Janet Lankey Porterfield; his children, James Porterfield and Renee Trout, Scott Porterfield and Stacy, all of Acme, Leroy Porterfield and Sandra, of Stahlstown, Michael Porterfield and Kathy, Cynthia Porterfield and Sherri'e Porterfield, all of Texas; and by his 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his brother and sisters, John Porterfield and Kay, of Normalville, Jean Burkholder and Dale, Lillian Hall and Larry, all of Connellsville, Hazel Rowe and John, of Masontown, and June Porterfield, of Normalville. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his sisters, Sara Firestone, Charlotte Shultz and Emma Porterfield. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Lee Smith officiating. Interment will be in Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Rager, Erna 87

  • Adamsburg
  • Born: 1927-02-02
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Erna Rager, 87, of Adamsburg, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Juniper Village Wellspring Memory Care, North Huntingdon. She was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Weyer, Austria, to the late Leopold and Rosa Baumgartner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Walter, Leopold, Rosa and Inga Baumgartner. She was a member of Long Run First Presbyterian Church, Adamsburg Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, enjoyed bingo, knitting, crafts and was a great cook. Erna is survived by her husband, Wallace Rager, of Adamsburg; her son, Robert Rager and his wife, Jeanne, of Greensburg; daughter, Cindy Veltri and Mike Black, of Ohio; only granddaughter, who was like a daughter to her, Erica Flack and her husband, Chris, of Pleasant Unity; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Ava and Christopher; a niece, Susie Nuttel and her husband, Chip, of Cranberry; a nephew, Terry Nikkta and his wife, Sue, of Kingwood, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews in Austria. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, with Pastor Mark Clark officiating. Entombment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to charity of one's choice. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Redd, Homer L. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1924-09-21
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Homer L. "Bud" Redd, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Weirton, W.Va., a son of the late Homer and Nellie B. Glass Redd. Homer was known as the State Police "Legend" and doing things "his way" an "Officer and a Gentleman." He joined the Army in 1943 where he was a part of the 11th Airborne Division known as the "Angels" during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars and received a letter from President Harry Truman. In 1946 he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Police Academy and continued as a state trooper for 37 years in which time he was promoted to lieutenant and captain and was the commanding officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In 1976 he was promoted to major and in 1983 retired from the state police and joined the Ligonier Borough police. He then became a private investigator with Weaver Investigations and later worked for Bob and Pat Barron as a driver for Valley Transportation and then for the Veterans cab for Lou Falbo until 2011, at which time he retired after 20 years of service. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Ligonier. He also was a life member of the VFW, the American Legion, the retired State Police Association, past president of the Westmoreland County Law Association, Western PA Chiefs of Police and a past president of the State Chairman FOP. In addition to his parents, Homer was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor (Ron) Markham and Ann (Charles) Brown. Homer is survived by his loving wife, Fran Richter Redd; daughters, Patricia Fordyce and Will Swartz, of Greensburg, and Sandra (Ronald) Okum, of Mechanicsburg, also survived by Barry (Tracy) Roddy, of Greensburg, and Rhonda (Earl) Barkley, of New Florence; grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, J.C., Kellye, Jake, Rachel, Taylor and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Rylie, Madeline, Hayley and Jaylen; a sister, Lois (Otto) Blymiller, of Bulter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Homer will be remembered by his many friends, including Tim and Cathy Widich, his Friday night choir practice gang, Bob and Maryjane Mertz, Tommy Brannigan and a new paratrooper friend, Enid (Ron) Prettiman. Family and friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Morrow "Pat" Hartman, retired PSP, officiating. Interment will follow in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. The Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard held services Wednesday in the funeral home. The FOP will hold services at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation, 3625 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or St. James Lutheran Church, 300 W. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658.
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Walker, Gloria 85

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-07-14
  • Funeral Home: Emerald Coast, Walton Beach, FL | Get Directions
  • Gloria "Skelly" (Scalzitti) Walker, 85, formerly of Jeannette, died suddenly Monday, July 14, 2014, from complications of a massive stroke at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Gloria was a vivacious lady. She was preceded in death by parents, Amato and Noble Grace Scalzitti; brother, Arthur Scalzitti; and two sons, Richard and Thomas Walker. She is survived by husband, William Walker; son, David Walker; daughter-in-law, Melanie; and two grandchildren, Gianna and Dario. She became a grandmother at the age of 82 and was forever grateful for these grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Richard (Eleanor) Scalzitti, of Houston, Texas; and two sisters, Caroline Holden, of Manor, and Loretta Scalzitti, of Jeannette. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and a special cousin, Irene Shotts, of Ruffsdale. Gloria was a proud graduate of Jeannette High School, class of 1946. She leaves behind her many friends and classmates, particularly Josephine Brown, Cassandra "Sandy" Carasia, Lena Ciccotelli, Alice Masciantonio, Betty Pilkington, Phil "Pinky" Masciantonio, Dom Sisti and friend, Tony Denunzio. A celebration of life was held Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and a Mass was held Thursday, July 17, 2014, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. To share memories and express condolences, please visit: http://www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com. Condolences may also be sent to William C. Walker, 26 Sixth St., Shalimar, FL 32579.
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Westcott, John J. 55

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1958-11-16
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • John J. Westcott, 55, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at his home. He was born Nov. 16, 1958, in Pittsburgh, a son of Elizabeth (Carson) Westcott and the late Edmund M. Westcott. John was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Pitcairn Monroeville Sportsmans Club, Sons of the American Legion, White Oak, social member of Larimer Firehall. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, canoeing, karate, jujutsu and judo. John was employed by the Postal Service as a postal clerk at the Pittsburgh GMF location. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved wife, Constance (Kochalko) Westcott; two sons, John Michael Westcott and Joseph Robert Westcott; brothers and sisters, Edmund R. Westcott and his wife, Janice, Rene Edwards, Robert Westcott and his wife, Jo-Catherine, Ken Westcott, Phillip Westcott and his wife, Fran, Connie Walter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received this past Sunday and Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME. A funeral Mass was held this past Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Entombment is in St. Joseph Mausoleum, North Versailles. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the Lymphoma Society.
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Westlake, Ella D. 103

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1911-04-11
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ella D. Westlake, 103, of Ligonier, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, in the Bethlen Home. She was born April 11, 1911, in Drake's Mill, a daughter of the late Elias and Madge Cole Drake. Ella graduated from Cambridge Springs High School and Grove City College with a bachelor's degree in business education. Her teaching career included instituting the Commercial Department at Edinboro High School and holding teaching positions at Grove City and Mercer High Schools. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Grove City. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed sewing, knitting and needle work. She took great delight in flower gardening. Upon her husband's retirement, they moved to St. Cloud, Fla. She was a resident of Port St. Lucie, Fla. following her husband's death and then moved to Ligonier to be with family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Kenneth W. Westlake, who died in 1991; a sister, Dorothy Ismert; and two brothers, Frank and Paul Drake. She is survived by two children, Janice "Kay" (Jerry) Blank, of Ligonier, and Kenneth D. Westlake, of Miami, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Doug Blank, of Juno Beach, Fla., and Susan Blank, of Wilmington, N.C. A service to celebrate Ella's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Heritage United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John F. Flower Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Edinboro Cemetery, Edinboro. The J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier is assisting the family. The family is grateful for the love and wonderful care Ella received while she was a resident of the Bethlen Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ella's memory to the Bethlen Home, 66 Carey School Road, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Armstrong County

Byerly, Edward R.

  • Kittanning , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-06-04
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  • Edward R. Byerly, of Kittanning, formerly of Jeannette, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The friends and family of Mr. Byerly are invited to a memorial service honoring his life and service to his country at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, with the Rev. Dr. Allyn L. Ricketts officiating.
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Craig, Van F. 61

  • Cowansville
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Cowansville | Get Directions
  • Van Franklin Craig, 61, of Cowansville, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Cowansville, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. A complete obituary will appear in Friday's paper.
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Crawford, Sarah A. 90

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1923-11-24
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Sarah Anna (Saylor) Crawford, 90, of Worthington, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Armstrong County Health Center. She was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Buffalo Valley, West Franklin Township, a daughter of the late James and Buelah (Blymiller) Saylor, and was a lifelong resident of the area. She worked at Moonlight Mushrooms for 35 years. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Sue Crawford, of Worthington; two sons, LeRoy Crawford, of Slippery Rock, and William Crawford (Karen), of New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Charles Crawford, in 1976; sister, Joy Shankle; two brothers, Dale and Floyd "Bussy" Saylor; one grandson; one great-grandson; and one great-granddaughter. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Worthington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. William Mumaw Jr. officiating. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sarah's honor to Armstrong County Community Theater c/o F. Duane Snyder Funeral Home. For more information to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Howard, Elwood M. 76

  • East Brady
  • Born: 1937-10-22
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Cowansville | Get Directions
  • Elwood Mervin Howard, 76, of East Brady, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Born Oct. 22, 1937, he was the son of the late Harvey Elwood and Violia Mae (Snyder) Howard. He was an equipment operator and the owner of Howard's Backhoe Service. Mr. Howard enjoyed hunting, gardening and working in his garage. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice Adams. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Ruthann (Jordan) Howard; two daughters, Bonnie Alfaro (husband, Richard), of Las Vegas, and Patricia Hankey (husband, Jeffrey), of Kittanning; a son, Martin Howard (wife, Tricia), of East Brady; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley Loose, of Chicora, and Harriett McClaine, of Chicora. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Cowansville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Paul DeBacco officiating. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Jackson, Paul G. 81

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1932-12-01
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Paul G. "Chip" Jackson, 81, of Ford City, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Born Dec. 1, 1932, in Ford City, he was a son of the late Isaac and Eliza (Powell) Jackson. A veteran of the Army, he served during the Korean War. Mr. Jackson retired from Armstrong School District, after many years of service as a custodian. Chip was a member and elder of Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Seneca Lodge No. 805, Royal Arch Chapter No. 247, Council No. 52, Commandery No. 100, and the Coudersport Consistory. He is survived by three daughters, Grace (John) King, of Owego, N.Y., Diane (Ed) Parker, of Kansas City, Kan., and Kathy Farester and her companion, Jonathan Matus, of Ford City; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lula Oliver, of Florida. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores "Dolly" Jackson; a sister, Lois Toy; and a brother, Ernest Jackson. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where a Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church with Pastors Laurie Milligan and Lloyd Riggle co-officiating. There will be a viewing at the church one hour prior to the service. To send an online condolence to his family, please visit http://www.welchfh.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023.
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Beaver County

Batalik, Florence 87

  • Baden , Formerly of Ambridge
  • Born: 1926-10-14
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • Florence "Flo" Batalik, 87, a resident of Villa St. Joseph, Baden, formerly of Ambridge, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Joseph and Ann Ravagni Sheridan. She was a retired payroll clerk with the Ambridge School District with 28 years of service and a member of Good Samaritan Catholic Church. Flo was a member of and served on the board of the Ambridge Credit Union. Surviving are two daughters, Charlene (Joseph) Goral, of Cranberry Township, and Mickey (Tony) DiTullio, of Darlington; five grandchildren, Michele Ackerman, Stacy (Chuck) Huthmaker, David (Kellie) Goral, Charlene Cunzolo and Nick Shively, and Tommy (Roxanne) Jensen; and nine great-grandchildren, David, Caleb, Zachary, Seth, Kristin, DJ, Peyton, Zoe and Teagen. Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Charles Batalik; and two sisters, Jane Hopper and Mickey Flournoy. 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 JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, where prayers will be offered at 8:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in Good Samaritan Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Economy Cemetery. The family would like to extend a thank you to all who helped care for Florence and a special thank you to the dedicated staff of the Ebensburg Unit of Villa St. Joseph, Baden, Good Samaritan Hospice and her many friends in the Ebensburg Unit. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Villa St. Joseph, 1030 State St., Baden, PA 15005.
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Muders, Helen G. 90

  • Baden , Formerly of Aleppo
  • Born: 1923-08-04
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • Helen G. Muders, 90, of Baden, formerly of Aleppo, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Villa St. Joseph, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 4, 1923, in Ambridge, daughter of Paul and Mary (Wotherspoon) Perris. She was a member of the Sewickley VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Aleppo Township Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the St. James 55 Plus Club. Helen was an avid gardener, growing flowers and produce in her own green-house. She is survived by her sons, Harry (Garnette) Muders, of Aleppo Township, Robert (Donna) Muders, of Aleppo Township, David (Kelly) Muders, of Glen Osborne; daughters, Donna Cymbalak, of Baden, Linda Gail (Michael) Coombs, of Sewickley; grandchildren, Paul (Cindy) Muders, Jay (Faith) Cymbalak, Edward Cymbalak, Robert (Cheryl) Muders Jr., Ashley Taylor and Christy Sexton; great-grandchildren, Violet Olivia Muders, Sebastian and Lorelai Cymbalak, Sara and Katelyn Muders and William Sexton; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members that will miss her. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harry P. Muders; and her sister, Alice Lorraine Ceiberry. Friends and family were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, where prayers were offered at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial in St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley, with Father Thomas J. Burke as Celebrant. Interment followed in St. James Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's memory to the Villa St. Joseph, 1030 State St., Baden, PA 15005.
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Butler County

Colonello Jr., Edward J. 61

  • Mars
  • Born: 1952-11-14
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Colonello Jr., 61, of Mars, died unexpectedly Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home. Born in Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, 1952, he was a son of the late Edward J. Sr. and Mary Delsandro Colonello. Ed was a postal employee at the Pittsburgh Post Office on the North Side and later at the Bulk Mail Center in Warrendale. He was a member of Holy Sepulcher Church in Glade Mills. Surviving are a brother, Frank M. Colonello and his wife, Susan, of Allison Park; a sister, Donna Gamble and her husband, Donald, of Delmont; a nephew, Nicholas Colonello, of Allison Park; his uncles, John Colonello, of Middlesex Township, and Pete Colonello, of Gibsonia; and many cousins. There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 E. Cruikshank Road, Butler, PA 16002, with Father Phil Farrell as celebrant. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Sankovic, Edward W. 87

  • Zelienople
  • Born: 1927-02-19
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Glenn-Kildoo, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • Edward William Sankovic, 87, of Zelienople, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, while under the care of UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless. Born Feb. 19, 1927, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Joseph and Christine (Vojtasek) Sankovic. Ed was a member of the All Saints Anglican Church in Cranberry Township. He proudly served our country in the Navy Sea Bee's during World War II. Ed's passion in life was assisting the less fortunate people in the world. He was an entrepreneur in the antique business and an avid outdoorsman who loved golfing, fishing and hunting. Ed will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 64 years, Marion (Standbrook) Sankovic, of Zelienople; his three daughters, Sandra Granger and her husband, Andrew, of Tallahassee, Fla., Roxanne Nordquist, of Orlando, Fla., and Marsha Brennessel and her husband, Wayne, of Columbia, S.C.; his two sisters, Helen Warren and her husband, Robert, of Wexford, and Constance Sankovic, also of Wexford; his two grandchildren, Jessica and Sarah Granger; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Robert Sankovic; and a sister, Rosemarie West. The Sankovic Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township. A funeral ceremony will be held in Ed's honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the funeral home with Father Shawn Honey officiating. Ed will be laid to rest with military honors following the service at the Zelienople Community Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the Sankovic family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Brothers Brother Foundation, 1200 Galveston Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233 (http://www.brothersbrother.org); or the Catholic Charities USA, 2050 Ballenger Ave., Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 (http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org). Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Ed's family at http://www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.
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Schultz, Henrietta 90

  • Valencia
  • Born: 1924-01-20
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Henrietta Schultz, 90, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her home in Valencia, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 20, 1924, in Pittsburgh. Henrietta was the president and CEO of Trutread Tire Inc. and was active in Altrusa and the Valencia Presbyterian Church. Henrietta was preceded in death by her parents, Rodney and Mame (Asche) Schlag; and her sister, Jean Graham; and her husbands, Paul Schultz and Edward Feigenbaum. Henri is survived by three stepsons, Paul (Beverly) Schultz, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Keith (Dee) Schultz, of Cranberry Township, and Charles Schultz, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and her nieces, nephews and many family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Valencia Presbyterian Church, 80 Sterrett St., Valencia, PA 16059.
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Wolfe Jr., Russell D. 75

  • Formerly of Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1939-02-27
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Krynicki, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Russell Dale Wolfe Jr., 75, of Sugarcreek Rest Home, formerly of Buffalo Township, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Butler Memorial Hospital, Butler. He was born Feb. 27, 1939, in Harrison Township, and has lived in Buffalo Township since 1973. He was a retired porter for Sun Drug Store, Harrison Township, for 23 years. He was the son of the late Russell D. Wolfe Sr. and Alice Josephine Klingensmith. He was a member of First Christian Church, Tarentum. He enjoyed pastel painting and artwork. Survivors include his sister, Lisa Hill (James), of Harrison Township; and three nieces, Elisa, Emily and Elaina Hill; and caregiver, Tammy Patterson (Dennis), of Winfield Township. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell D. Wolfe Sr. and Alice Josephine Klingensmith; and brother, William E. Wolfe. Family will receive friends from 6 until time of service at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the KRYNICKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1007 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, with Pastor Greg Blythe officiating. Private burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. Online condolences may be made at http://www.krynickifh.com.
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Fayette County

Porter, Jene F. 89

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1924-11-25
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Jene F. "Bud" Porter, 89, of South Connellsville, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. He was born Nov. 25, 1924, in South Connellsville, a son of the late William O. and Etta O'Neal Porter. Mr. Porter was a retired machinist at Anchor Hocking Glass and he had also previously been employed at Rack Engineering. He was a member of the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Department and the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by a daughter, Sue Reagan and her husband, Jerry, of South Connellsville; three grandchildren, Jerry Reagan Jr. and his wife, Crystal, Thomas Reagan and his wife, Heather, and Holly Reagan; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Shirley Stewart; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bud was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Stewart Porter, in 2005; his brothers, Herbert, Lewis, John and Elwood Porter; and his sisters, Carrie Faidley, Martha Leeder and Cora Orndorff. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Wisilosky, Elizabeth A. 84

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1930-07-07
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. (Betty) Hvizdos Wisilosky, 84 of Connellsville, died peacefully Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014, in Scottdale Manor, while being comforted by her loving family. She was born July 7, 1930, in Dearth, the daughter of the late John and Mary Hlavaty (Lovaty) Hvizdos. Betty was raised in Connellsville and was a 1947 graduate of Immaculate Conception Catholic High School. She married her husband, the late Victor R. Wisilosky Sr., Nov. 22, 1951, and they were married for 55 years. Before becoming a fulltime homemaker, Betty was employed as a selector at the Anchor Hocking Glass Plant in South Connellsville. She was a proud member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church and a current member of St. John the Evangelist Church, both in Connellsville. Betty was a very active member and former officer of the Altar Rosary Society of Holy Trinity Church, where she spent many hours helping with pierogi sales, serving for funerals and helping with church fairs. Betty enjoyed cooking and baking and was proud to share her talents with her granddaughters, who have continued "Gram's" traditions. Betty loved polkas and going to polka dances at the Polish Hall. She could also be heard playing "my polkas" every Sunday, a ritual she continued while she was a resident at Scottdale Manor. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Victor Wisilosky Sr. on Feb. 11, 2006; her son, Victor Wisilosky Jr. on Aug. 11, 2004; her parents; twin sisters who died in infancy; foster parents, Mary and Andrew Liposky; and a foster sister, Martha "Auntie" Liposky. She is survived by her son, John and his wife, Marseda, of Connellsville, with whom she resided for four years, their children, John Wisilosky Jr., Julie McGough and her husband, John, of Glassport, and Katie Wisilosky; her daughter Mary Beth Stoots and husband, Matthew, and their daughter, Monica, of Connellsville; her son, Joseph Wisilosky, of Uniontown; her daughter-in-law, Joni Wisilosky, of Connellsville, and her children, Jennifer Moreau and husband, Christopher, of Alabama, and their children, Alexa, Caylin and Christopher; Brad Wisilosky and wife, Karen, and their daughter, Briella; Dawne McGregor and her husband, Eric, and their children, Madison, Korbin and Isla; and Daniel Wisilosky, all of Connellsville; her sister, Matilda D'Auria and her daughters, Gina and Lisa, of St. Louis, Mo.; and special cousins, Bob and Thad Szelc. Betty's family would like to thank the entire staff of Scottdale Manor Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care and compassion shown to her during her stay, especially in the last three months. Your special attention to her spiritual and personal needs will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank the staff of Mutual Aid Ambulance Company, the staff of Fresenius Dialysis Center, Father Robert Lubic for his many visits and prayers and her longtime roommate's, Angie "Honey" Luczka's children, Rosalyn, Elaine, Phillip and Timothy for always looking out for mom and treating her like family. Betty's family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Church, Connellsville, with Father Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the American Diabetes Association; or the American Heart Association in Betty's memory.
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Washington County

Butera, Margaret 85

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1928-12-23
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peg" Butera, 85, of Charleroi, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in the Mon Valley Care Center. Born on Dec. 23, 1928, she was the daughter on the late Frank and Mari Janic Kocian. She was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, and an excellent homemaker. Peg is survived by her son, Joseph Edward Butera, and wife, Chris, of Bethel Park; daughters, Linda Susick and husband, Michael, of Belle Vernon, and Donna Ramusivich and husband, Joseph, of Bethel Park; sister, Dolores Snyder, of Lakewood, Ohio; grandchildren, Joseph William (Melissa) Butera, Abby Butera, Michael Susick, Julie Susick, Stephen (Amanda) Ramusivich, and Brad Ramusivich; great-grandchildren, Samuel Butera and one on the way; nieces and nephews; and special friend, Joyce Ramusivich. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph D. Butera, in 2003; brothers, Steven and Frank Kocian; and sisters, Rose Sedlak, Mary Blumenstock, Agnes Fidnarik, Helen Morgan, and Ann Jeffers. Friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, and will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, in Mary, Mother of the Church, with interment following in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Kustron, Bernard 75

  • Donora
  • Born: 1939-01-11
  • Died: 2014-07-13
  • Funeral Home: Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home, Menotor, Ohio | Get Directions
  • Bernard Kustron, 75, of Donora, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at his brother's home in Painesville Township. He was born Jan. 11, 1939, in Donora, to Frank and Blanche Kustron. Bernard served in the U.S. Army. He belonged to the American Legion and enjoyed working around his house. Bernard is survived by his brother, Edward (Frances) Kustron of Painesville Twp.; nephew, Edward J. Kustron of Mayfield Heights; a niece, Barbara (Norman) Hirter of Mentor. He was preceded in death by his parents. A private service and burial were held by the family in Donora. Arrangements entrusted to BRUNNER SANDEN DEITRICK FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, Ohio. Family suggests contributions can be made to a charity of one's choice. Send flowers and offer condolences a http://www.brunneers.com.
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Moore, Lee 70

  • Centerville
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Emerson Lee Moore III, 70, of Centerville, Washington County, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Lee was born in Waynesburg, one of two sons of Emerson Lee Jr. and Audrey (Cox) Moore. He was a retired foreman for the Equitable Gas Company, was a member of the American Legion in West Brownsville and had retired from the Army in 1989 after serving 23 years during the Vietnam Era and in the Reserves. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Judy Heckman Moore; daughter, Dayna (John) Timcheck, of Cloverdale, Ind.; son, Don Moore, of Bedford, Ind.; stepdaughter, Wendy (Mike) Gabauer, of Finleyville; four grandchildren, Haley and Adam Timcheck, Jesse Moore and Rachael Gabauer; and his brother, Larry (Sue) Moore, of Waynesburg. As per Lee's wishes, there is no viewing or visitation, only a private burial in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with military honors. Arrangements by STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 412-384-0350, Jefferson Hills. His family suggests donations may be made in his name to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Lebanon, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. For condolences, visit http://www.stephendslater.com.
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Smith, Edwin W. 91

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1923-01-30
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Edwin Wesley Smith, 91, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born Jan.30, 1923, in California, the son of Wesley Phillip and Edith B. Marsland Smith. Edwin retired as a maintenance superintendent with over 40 years of employment at Combustion Engineering in East Monongahela. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II and a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (St. Anthony's) of Monongahela. For numerous years, Edwin enjoyed bowling with several different leagues throughout the Mon Valley area. He also liked to spend his time playing cards, especially euchre. He is survived by two sons, Roger Edwin Smith and wife, Ann, and Gregory Wesley Smith, all of Monongahela; six grandchildren, Diana Jessica Smith, Trisha Lee Eliason and husband Grafton, Jason Roger Smith and wife, Jennifer, Samantha Ann Smith, Sonya Marie Smith, Dorian Gregory Smith; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, William A. Smith and wife, Anne, Larry P. Smith and wife, Edna, all of Indianapolis, Ind. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Pietroboni Smith who died Jan.5, 1995; three sisters, Audrey Veit, June Chitester, Melva Smith; and a brother, Kenneth Smith. Friends will be received on Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 27, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 West Main St., Monongahela. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Stewart, Dorothy D. 90

  • Roscoe
  • Born: 1923-11-16
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Dorothy D. Stewart, 90, of Roscoe, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. A daughter of the late Oliver and Louisa Conaway Duvall, she was born in Elco on Nov. 16, 1923. A lifelong resident of Roscoe, she was a member of Eastern Star, Monessen Chapter 205. Survivors include one sister, Nola Trader of Bentleyville; one daughter-in-law, Pat Stewart of Allenport; and two grandchildren, Bob Stewart of Allenport and Darcy Henry (Ralph) of Monessen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. Stewart on April 13, 1988; a son, Robert E. Stewart on March 8, 1986; two sisters, Ruth Vernallis and Blanche Nutt; and three brothers, Clifford, Clell and Wilford Duvall. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. The Eastern Star will meet in the funeral home to hold services on Thursday at 7 p.m. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Sandy Conti officiating. Interment will follow in Howe Cemetery, Coal Center.
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Vignoli, Violet M. 88

  • New Eagle
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Violet M. Hayes Vignoli, 88, of New Eagle died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 23, 2014. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition of The Valley Independent. The FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., of Monongahela, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Albrecht, Tamara 59

  • Decatur, Ga.
  • Born: 1955-04-28
  • Died: 2014-07-15
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  • Tamara Makdad Albrecht, 59, of Decatur, Ga., died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, peacefully in her sleep. She was born April 28, 1955, in Pittsburgh, to the late Dr. Ameene and Louise Makdad. She is survived by her husband, Timothy, of Decatur, Ga.; her daughter, who was her pride and joy, Esther Albrecht, and Esther's longtime boyfriend, Alex Shoaf, of Ithaca, N.Y.; her only sister, Anisa Makdad Benson and husband, Ed, of Greensburg; a nephew, Robert Fry, of Pittsburgh; a niece, Chrissy Benson and her fiance, John Pearson; and a grandniece, Mary Louise (Lulu), of Wichita, Kan. Tamara had three sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law and several nieces and nephews on Timothy's side of the family. Tamara was a longtime instructor in the Emory Department of Music and organist choir master for several Atlanta areas. She joined the Emory Department of Music in 1987, serving as an instructor in music history and recently Cannon Chapel organist and choirmaster. She also regularly performed in chamber music ensembles and in solo and duo concerts nationally and internationally, led workshops for children's church music and classroom music, taught organ and harpsichord, and served as an active church musician, most recently at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Tamara's desire for her classes was to encourage deeper ways of listening to and thinking about music ... to develop understanding of the nature of musical content, meaning and significance. A gifted educator known for her skill in bringing people to music throughout their lifetimes, with her Kindermusik classes for preschoolers or adult church choirs, Tamara demonstrated a commitment to her calling. She was a music historian by training, with degrees in organ performance, music education, and a doctorate in worship studies. She was a true teacher and through her work touched so many lives. She earned undergraduate music degrees from Wittenberg University, a master's degree in organ performance at Northwestern University, and recently, a doctorate in worship studies from the Webber Institute for Worship Studies, where she focused on conflict resolution within the church. Tamara was always bright and happy, always smiling, and she projected that attitude dealing with hardship by facing it head on. When confronted with a diagnosis of breast cancer, Tamara decided to turn her experience into an opportunity, developing "Sharing the Journey," a monologue and musical performance that she presented, along with her husband and daughter, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise money for the Winship Cancer Institute's Patient Assistance Fund. At the time, Tamara explained: "We're not alone in the world, my journey became everybody's journey, and I took it on." A memorial service was held in Decatur, Ga. Memorial contributions for Tamara Albrecht may be made to Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 140 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601, Attention: Organ Fund.
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Beacom, Joanna 91

  • Glendale, Ariz.
  • Born: 1923-07-05
  • Died: 2014-07-16
  • Funeral Home: ___, ___ | Get Directions
  • Joanna Nicely Beacom, of Glendale, Ariz., passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014. She was born in July 5, 1923, in Ligonier. She graduated from Ligonier High School and served two years in the U.S. Coast Guard. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Beacom; parents, Charles and Grace Nicely; sister, Judith Meirski; and brother, William Nicely. She is survived by a daughter, Jill Denney, of Glendale, Ariz.; a son, Patrick Regan, of Pinetta, Fla.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; daughter-law, Judy Nicely, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; three nieces; and cousin, Walter Saling, of Ligonier. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flowers St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
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Bright, Tamara J. 48

  • Millcreek
  • Born: 1965-10-01
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Burton Westlake | Get Directions
  • Tamara Jeanine (Tepe) Bright, 48, of Millcreek, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at home surrounded by family. She was born Oct. 1, 1965, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Joseph and Connie Lehner Tepe, of Erie. Tammy graduated from Yough High School and the University of Pittsburgh with a teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She was a math teacher at Erie County Technical School. She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Church. Her time was happily consumed with all her children's activities. She was one that kept everyone together which lead her to be the matriarch of both the Tepe and Bright families. Her smile will be remembered by many. Tammy was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, William; and their four children, Chris, Taylor, Alec and Erin, all at home. She is further survived by her four brothers, Doug, of Erie, Matt (Diane), of Cincinnati, Ohio, Michael (Jennifer), of Pittsburgh, and Drew Tepe, of Pittsburgh; her sister-in-law, Bonnie Bright (Ed) Polaski, of Pittsburgh; her in-laws, Bill and Donna Elder Bright, of Pittsburgh. Friends called on the family this past Sunday at the BURTON WESTLAKE FUNERAL HOME, 3801 W. 26th St. (at Powell Ave.), Erie, PA 16506 and attended the funeral service this past Monday at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16506, with the Rev. Jason Feigh presiding. Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bill Bright, Bright Family Fund, c/o Betty Lou Schau, 2416 Midland Drive, Erie, PA 16506 to establish a fund for their children.
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Hudak, Amy S. 57

  • Nazareth
  • Born: 1957-07-11
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Reichel, Nazareth | Get Directions
  • Amy S. Hudak, 57, of Nazareth, died peacefully Monday, July 21, 2014, at home, with her family by her side. She was married to George M. Hudak, celebrating 33 years of marriage last Oct. 25. Amy was born July 11, 1957, in Philadelphia, daughter of Eleanor Gardner Newland and her husband, Damon Newland, of Belle Vernon. Amy dedicated her life to art, professionally creating many paintings and murals before becoming a teacher at the Nazareth Center for the Arts, where she also served as a board member. She was also a former secretary for the Nazareth High School lacrosse team. She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nazareth. Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by two sons, Mark J. and Evan M. Hudak, at home; brother, Stuart D. Teacher and wife, Janet, of New Hope; brothers-in-law, Larry J. Hudak and wife, Virginia, of Massachusetts, and Robert A. Hudak, of Texas; sisters-in-law, Carol A. Brown and husband, David F., of Utah, Terri Hurd and husband, Jim, of Virginia, Rita Wygonik and husband, Rich, of Virginia, and Sharon Wolmuth Teacher, of Philadelphia; cousin, Larry Baker, of Philadelphia; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brother, Lawrence Teacher. Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in JOSEPH F. REICHEL FUNERAL HOME, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Tuesday in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rose Inn Avenue, Nazareth. Burial will be at noon Wednesday in Jefferson Memorial Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
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Miller, Dorothy A. 77

  • Martinsburg
  • Born: 1937-03-29
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Dorothy A. Miller, 77, of Martinsburg, W. Va., most recently of Cranberry, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 20, 2014, in the Evergreen Nursing Home, Harmony. She was born March 29, 1937, in Acme, a daughter of the late Anthony and Ann Adamerovich Loncharich. She had worked as an office manager for the Dick Corporation and was a member of the St. Raymond of the Mountain Roman Catholic Church in Donegal. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 58 years, William G. Miller Sr.; her children, B.J. Miller and wife, Connie, of Cranberry Township, Michael Miller and wife, Brandy, of Johnson City, Tenn., Sonya Marie Harmon and Debra Sigel, both of Latrobe, and Robin Carter and husband, Tracy, of Frederick, Md.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Frederick Loncharich and wife, Bonnie, of Harrisburg; and sisters, Jane Stanczyk, of Somerset, and Carol Brooks, of Latrobe. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146, Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, 724-455-2310, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Wayne Hobbes officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Rogers, Ralph L. 92

  • North Manchester, Ind. , Formerly of Norwood
  • Born: 1922-02-02
  • Died: 2014-07-10
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  • Ralph Loucks Rogers, 92, of North Manchester, Ind., formerly of Norwood, Pa., passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind. He had been a resident of Peabody Retirement Center since 2009. Born Feb. 2, 1922, in Wilkinsburg, to Donald Spencer Rogers and Nancy Irene Loucks Rogers, Ralph lived in Pittsburgh until he was nine, when he moved with his family to the Loucks family homestead and dairy farm in Scottdale. It was while working in the dairy that Ralph's lifelong interest in science was born. A graduate of Scottdale High School, Ralph joined the Army in 1943 and studied electrical engineering. He served as a telephone repeaterman in Burma during World War II. After the war, Ralph completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Juniata College and his Doctorate of Organic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Ralph married the love of his life, Louise (Bierly) Rogers, Flag Day, June 14, 1947, and they moved to Norwood, where they raised three sons and a daughter. Ralph worked as a research chemist at ARCO Chemical Co. for 35 years. After retiring from ARCO, Ralph received a degree in computer science from Delaware County Community College, a college that he had helped to found and where he had already begun his second career as a computer science professor. At his graduation, Ralph had the singular distinction of being the only graduate to take the stage simultaneously as a trustee, professor and student of the college. Always civically minded, Ralph was very involved in Norwood United Methodist Church, served as a member and President of the Delaware County School Board, was a founding trustee of Delaware County Community College and was a committed lifelong donor and volunteer for the American Red Cross. In 1996, Ralph and Louise moved to North Manchester, Ind., where he became an involved member of North Manchester United Methodist Church. Known for his great sense of humor and love of wordplay, Ralph favored puns and enjoyed creating cryptograms for the church newsletter. The following cryptogram is included in his honor: 14,22,16; 26,4,24,20; 3,13; 5,9; 13,22,16,18, 22,16,24,20; 3; 13,22,17,26,26; 25,4,14; 19,17,25,14. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; his sister, Elaine Breen; his brother, Donald Rogers; and his grandson, Seth Rogers. He is survived by his sister, Nancy Baker, of Caldwell, N.J.; his children and their spouses, Thomas Rogers (Kay Rogers), of Glenolden, Pa., Richard Rogers (Rachael Rogers), of North Manchester, James Rogers (Nancy Forsythe), of Richmond, Ind., and Susan Rogers (Bret Rosenblum), of Pittsburgh. He was also blessed with and survived by 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Ralph's philosophy in life can be distilled down to two words: "love" and "devotion"; love for and devotion to God, family, community and education. Ralph donated his body to the Indiana University Medical School. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to the American Red Cross.
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Spitler, Richard B. 82

  • Smyrna, Tenn. , Formerly of Murrysville
  • Born: 1931-12-04
  • Died: 2014-06-28
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  • Richard B. Spitler, 82, of Smyrna, Tenn., formerly of Murrysville, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Stonecrest Medical Center in Smyrna. Richard was born Dec. 4, 1931, in Xenia, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 50 years, Judy Spitler. He is survived by his children, Kim Spitler, Jeff Spitler, Kate Britt and Ann (Mark) Gaertner; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26 2014, at The Waterford, 10540 Cedar Grove Road, Smyrna, TN 37167. Additional information may be found at http://www.cremationsocietyoftn.com.
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