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Barainyak, Rudolph 88

  • Springdale Township
  • Born: 1926-03-27
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Rudolph "Rudy" Barainyak, 88, of Springdale Township, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot, after a lengthy illness. Born March 27, 1926, in Hyde Park, he was a son of the late Steve and Anna Firak Barainyak. He lived in the Springdale area since 1945. Rudy was employed at PPG Industries, Creighton, for 45 years, retiring in 1988. A Navy veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Springdale, and was a former member of the Springdale Sportsman's Club. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Katherine Tumas Barainyak; a son, Steve (Esther) Barainyak, of Springdale; daughters, Patricia Prior, of New Kensington, Karen (Mark) Misutka, of Worthington; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Barainyak; of Swedeland; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Rudy was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Thomas Proir in 2012; brothers, Martin, Joseph, Andy and Steve Barainyak; and sisters Anna Hluska, Eva Brestensky and Mary Dixon. At Rudy's request, there will be no visitation. Private funeral arrangements are being handled by CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., Springdale/Cheswick. Visit at http://www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Basl, Helen 85

  • Formerly of Squirrel Hill
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Helen (Gregg) Basl, 85, formerly of the Squirrel Hill and Greenfield area, died peacefully Tuesday, April 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel J. Basl Jr.; mother of Jane DeCecco and Susan (Dale) Schmidt; grandmother of Daniel and Justin DeCecco, Aaron and Nicole Schmidt; great-grandmother of Catrina and Nicholas DeCecco; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Ave., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.
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Beam, Duane L. 59

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-04-09
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Duane Lee Beam, 59, of Monroeville, died suddenly Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Cancun, Mexico. He was the beloved husband of Sally Jo (McElhinny) Beam; loving father of twin daughters Erika Lynn Beam and Stacey Ann (fiance, E.J. Morascyzk) Beam; brother of Nelson L. Beam Jr. and Robert (Melissa) Beam; uncle of Jason (Heidi) Beam, Christina (Joseph) Morascyzk and Carolyn (Sanjit) Khara. Duane and his brother, Bob, founded Beam Heating and Cooling in 1978. He had an extremely strong commitment to his family and friends and was dedicated to his daughters. Friends were received 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Funeral services were 10 a.m. Wednesday at Crossroads Presbyterian Church. Burial followed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jonathan M. Houy Memorial Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, 5 PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Carmassi, Evelyn M.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Marie (Yacomelli) Carmassi, of Ross Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Carmassi; loving mother of Gary M. Carmassi (Judy), Ronald P. Carmassi (Linda) and the late Joseph S. Carmassi Jr. Mrs. Carmassi is also survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Evelyn was a longtime restaurant owner in the North Hills area, owning Rebels Corner Restaurant and Carmassi's Restaurant in Ross Township. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where a blessing service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Vincentian Home.
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Connelly Jr., Christopher 62

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Christopher Connelly Jr., 62, of Pleasant Hills, died Monday, April 14, 2014, after a brief illness. He was the beloved brother of John Charles Connelly of Philadelphia, and Daniel and Marjorie Connelly, both of New York City; and son of the late Christopher Sr. and Ann Connelly, formerly of Pleasant Hills. Chris was a sergeant in the Air Force and attended Pennsylvania State University. He was a longtime clerk for the State of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue. He was an avid reader of history and politics and a great fan of pop culture, particularly the music of the 1960s and 1970s. He was known to friends and family for his astute observations and strong opinions. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Arrangements by GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-655-4400/4600. http://www.GriffithFH.com. If desired, please make a donation in Chris' memory to the USO or the Pleasant Hills Library.
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Dixon, Robert Bob C. 58

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-04-09
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Robert Charles "Bob" Dixon, 58, of Upper St. Clair, died suddenly Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was the beloved son of James J. Dixon Sr. (Cora) and the late Sarah V. Dixon; loving husband of Melanie Pattison Dixon; devoted father of Allison Dixon and her fiancé Will Shapiro and Paula Dixon; dear brother of Jerry (Ann) Dixon, Sally (Sam) Bellin, Dave (Erin) Dixon, Paul (Diana) Dixon, Jim (Laura) Dixon and the late Don Dixon; son-in-law of LuAnne and the late John Pattison; brother-in-law of Tom (Wendy) Pattison, Pam (Bill) Murdock and the late Sheryl Sikora. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bob loved life and was always the life of the party. He will be fondly remembered for his stories and his many "Bob-isms." May all who knew and loved him take comfort in knowing that everything Bob always pondered about is now answered. The family plans no viewing or visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Bob's life at a gathering at the family's home from 3-7 p.m. Saturday April 19, 2014. Arrangements are by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL (412-531-5100). http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please do a good deed for someone you love.
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Eisenhuth, James B. 84

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1930-03-09
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • James B. Eisenhuth, 84, of White Oak, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Family Hospice and Palliative Care at Canterbury Place. He was born March 9, 1930, in Duquesne, son of the late James B. and Sarah (Kelly) Eisenhuth. Jim was retired from U.S. Steel Duquesne Works, working in the Blast Furnace. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, of North Huntingdon. He served as an usher at the 8:30 a.m. Mass Sunday. He proudly served his county in the Army during the Korean War. He was the beloved husband for 55 years to Irene "Rene" (Schorr) Eisenhuth; father of Laura L. (Todd M.) Sullivan, of Boalsburg; and grandfather of Meghan Sullivan and Makenzie Sullivan. He was predeceased by his brother and sisters, Thomas H. Eisenhuth, Naomi Eisenhuth, LaVerne Mason, Alma Moffat and Ruth Lynch; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. No visitation on Easter Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with the Rev. Len Stoviak, the Rev. W. David Schorr and the Rev. John McKenna. Interment with military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201.
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Fenner Jr., Milton M. 99

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-02-15
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Milton Marion Fenner Jr., 99, of Sewickley, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at home, with family at his side. He was born in Norfolk, Va., to Milton M. Fenner II and Margueretta W. Fenner. He went by several nicknames including Milt, Milty, Bunny, Jedge and his favorite, Grandbunny. Mr. Fenner was raised in Fredonia, N.Y. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, worked summers in a radiator factory and in 1931 graduated second in his class from Fredonia High School. A member of Psi Upsilon fraternity, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He also attended two years of law school at Harvard University. In 1939, Mr. Fenner began work at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation in Dunkirk, N.Y., and in February, 1942, enlisted in the Navy. During the war, Mr. Fenner served in the Pacific Theatre as a commissioned officer on the U.S.S. Drayton, DD366, (dubbed "The Blue Beetle"), from November 1942 until 1944. On the U.S.S. Drayton, he participated in several naval encounters including the Battle of Tassafaronga and Leyte Gulf, during which the Drayton experienced severe damage from enemy gunfire and a kamikaze attack. He then served on the commissioning crew of the U.S.S. Vesole, which supported the Allied occupation of Japan in 1945. After leaving active duty, he remained in the Naval Reserves until retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1949. Mr. Fenner returned to Allegheny Ludlum to work in their sales and marketing department. He and Mary wed in 1948, lived for several years in Michigan and Coraopolis and moved to Sewickley in 1958. Mr. Fenner earned a Master of Letters in Business and Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954 and rose to the position of director of sales. In 1976, he and other company executives bought out the Specialty Steels division to create the AL Tech Steel Corporation. He retired in 1980. Mr. Fenner developed several long-standing friendships through his love of golf, tennis, paddle tennis, and squash. He was a member of the Edgeworth Club, Allegheny Country Club, and Duquesne Club. In 1957, he served as Chairman of the Edgeworth Club's tennis committee to host the Wightman Cup professional tennis tournament; in which played Althea Gibson, the first African American Wimbledon Champion. He served as President of the Edgeworth Club in 1962. Milton and Mary were dedicated members of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church where he ushered at the early service. He and Mary had many close friends with whom they loved to play golf, tennis, gin rummy and bridge. After Mary's death in 1993, he enjoyed a close friendship with Betty Hetherington, also of Sewickley. After retiring, Mr. Fenner volunteered with the Pittsburgh Adult Literacy Council and taught several adults to read. He belonged to the Edgeworth Investors Club and was especially fond of the Gathering of Old Friends. Remarkably, Milton played tennis into his eighties and golf into his nineties. He shot his age, finally, at 85. Regardless of the weather, he went for a long walk, every day, until the last years of his life. He befriended many dogs along the way. A talented letter writer and toast-maker, he had a keen interest in grammar, expression, poetry, music and word-puzzles. He recently learned to navigate the iPad, using it to find song lyrics, performances, music and stock market information. Mr. Fenner possessed strong self-discipline, held high expectations and maintained a die-straight integrity. He was known for his clean, dry wit, his engaging personality and a dignified humility. He should also be remembered for his commitment to his family and his generosity to the community he loved. Mr. Fenner is survived by his children, Missy Fenner, her children, Tucker and Meg Stolberg, their father, Ted Stolberg, his daughter, Lindsay Heller, and her daughter, Georgia, John Fenner, his wife Jaye Moyer, her daughter, Molly, David Fenner, his wife Kashka Kubzdela, and their daughter, Nicola. Mr. Fenner was pre-deceased by his first son, Milton M. (Mike) Fenner IV; his sister, Florence F. (Peggy) Aular; and his wife Mary. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Allegheny Country Club, 250 Country Club Road, Sewickley Heights, PA 15143, 412-741-7500. Interment will be at the Fenner family plot in Fredonia, N.Y. at a future date. Arrangements are by COPELAND'S. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the M.M. Fenner IV (Mike) Fund at Sewickley Academy, the American Cancer Society or other worthy organization.
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Gaisford, Dr. John C. 98

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John C. Gaisford, M.D., 98, of Fox Chapel, passed away on Masters Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances Jacobs Gaisford; and father of Linda Tedder (Mike), Cindy Close (Chuck) and Carolyn Imbriglia (Joe). Also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014. Remembrances may be made to West Penn Hospital Burn Care Center, 4800 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Goston, Richard F. 67

  • Etna , Formerly of Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Richard F. Goston, 67, of Etna, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was the beloved father of Emily S. (Jorge) Orsovay and the late Gretchen M. Jones; loving grandfather of Nicholas Orsovay and Zachary and Carly Jones; and is also survived by former spouse, Carol (McElhattan) Logan. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
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Hart, Gerald E.

  • Formerly of Fox Chapel
  • Born: 1931-04-08
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Gerald E. Hart passed peacefully Monday, April 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Gene Hart. He was born April 8, 1931, in Manhattan, N.Y., to Joe and Ruth Ann Hart. Big Ger and Gene raised six children, boasted frequently of their 21 grandchildren and one great-grandaughter. Big Ger attended Brooklyn Prep High School, West Point Military Academy, as well as Kansas State University and Columbia University. He was active and involved in many organizations including the Iron and Steel Institute, the Economic Club of Detroit, served as chairman of the Pope John XXIII Hospitality House, as well as a board member of the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. He was also proud of his affiliation with Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Kappa Psi Business fraternity. His professional career was highlighted by 30 years at J and L/LTV, followed by another 10 years split between Fruehauf and Dietrich Industries. In his spare time, he worked over a decade in the NFL and USFL as a football official, after playing in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. Before that, his athletic highlights included the NCAA heavyweight boxing title and having played on the last undefeated West Point football team. He was an avid golfer and over the years, a proud member of Oakland Hills, Bloomfield Hills and Oakmont Country Clubs where he shot his only hole in one! Carrying the torch and advancing his zest for life includes son, Kevin (Peggy) Hart and their children, Michael, Patrick, Ryan, Caitlin and Brendan; daughter, Mary (Kirk) Ferentz and their children, Brian, Kelly, Joanne (Tyler), James and Steven; son, Joe (Mary-Elaine) Hart and their children, Maureen, Catherine, Kevin and Michael; daughter, Bunny (Tim) Bennett and their children, Madison and Tom; daughter, Patty (Girard) Phillips and their children, Joe, Matt, Annie and Jimmy; daughter, Margie (Wade) Souza and their son, Ben; and finally, Brian (first grandchild) and Nicole Ferentz delivered his first great-granddaughter, Presley. Today we are counting our blessings for having him in our lives and confident Big Ger's spirit will live on through all of us whose lives he so lovingly touched. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at St. Scholastica Church, 309 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Hrico, George 91

  • West Homestead
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • George Hrico, 91, of West Homestead, died Thursday, April 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Florence E. (Lovas) Hrico; loving father of George J. (Mary Ann) Hrico, Jan (Laurie) Hrico, Mary Theresa (Eric) Rehak and the late Janice Hrico; brother of the late John Hrico, Mike Vasko, Mary Grofik, Mary Hrico, Ann Kalupson, Betty Karch, Mickey Hrico, Andrew Hrico, Frances Rusnak and Margaret Porvaznik; grandfather of Michelle Santiago, Heidi Parsons, Janson Hrico, Melissa Hrico, Gabrielle Holmes, George P. Hrico, Sandra Yakubic and Joseph Carlino; and great-grandfather of Lyndsea, Jocelyn, Kylie, Dante, Dylan, Hanna and Avery. George was a World War II and Korean War veteran, having served with the Marines. He worked for U.S. Steel and was a member of AARP No. 3172. He loved to play bingo, go dancing with his wife, working outside and especially he loved to play his harmonica. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always laughing and joking. Friends and family will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A blessing service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, John Jack G.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • John G. "Jack" Jones, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, April 12, 2014. He was a dear brother of Lois Lampenfeld, of Swisshelm Park, and the late Thelma, Mary, William and Florence. Jack is also survived by his nieces and nephews; his good friend, Gary Wiegand, of Ross Township; many friends at the Crows Nest Restaurant; and also survived by his dog, Miranda. Friends will be received 10 to 11 a.m. Friday morning only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday morning at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Kamer Sr., Hubert L. 89

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1925-01-10
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Hubert L. Kamer Sr., 89, of Fawn Township, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 10, 1925, in Ford City, a son of the late Hubert and E. Violet (Bowser) Kamer. Hubert had lived in Fawn Township since 1955. He was a cupola operator in the 8-7 Department of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, retiring in 1986 after 44 years. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy, and volunteered for the Merchant Marine. He was a member of Center United Methodist Church, Fawn Township, a lifetime member of Natrona Heights VFW Post 894 and attended Tarentum High School. Hubert enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Della M. (Carter) Kamer; his children, Hubert "Red" (Tamara) Kamer, of Scottdale, Katherine (Jeffrey) Held, of Apollo, Susan (Randy) Faloon, of Morgantown, W.Va., and William (Oksana) Kamer, of Casa Grande, Ariz.; grandchildren, Douglas (Cory) Kamer, Christopher (Shavon) Haidze, David L. Ewing Jr., Kelly (Mark) Flemm, Nicole Kamer, William Kamer Jr., Jonathan (Mae) Kamer, Joe Fraser, David (Julie) Fassinger, Nicole (Alex) Brito, Zachary (Jen) Faloon and Zara Faloon; and 20 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Sonja (Bill) Vassil, of Parma, Ohio. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Victor Kamer; and a sister, Patricia Kamer Doutt. Visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., offering Cremation Services, 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Dr. James H. Ritchie officiating. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kocik, Tracey 35

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1978-11-30
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Tracey Perrin Kocik, 35, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Murrysville, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after a hard battle with cancer, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born Nov. 30, 1978, in Media. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Charles Perrin. She was a member of Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville and loved spending time with her family and friends. Tracey is survived by her very loving husband, Nathan B.F. Kocik. of Pittsburgh; her mother, Margaret "Peggy" Baker Perrin, of Murrysville; her father, Bob and his wife, Michelle, of Harrison City, two sisters; Amy and Bailey Perrin; maternal grandparents, Leo and Lorriane Baker, of Donora; paternal grandmother, Esther Perrin, of Monroeville; father and mother in-law, John S. and Shawna Kocik, of Pittsburgh; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends who loved and adored Tracey. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tracey's name to the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation Inc., 201 N. Charles St., Suite 2404, Baltimore, MD 21201. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Laughlin, Donna R. 68

  • Center Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Donna R. (Osbourne) Laughlin, 68, of Center Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Alner Rafe Osbourne; beloved wife of James Laughlin and the late Robert Wagner; beloved mother of Charles and Mark Wagner; dear stepmother of David J. Laughlin, Lori Carnahan and Wendi Kerr; and dear step-grandmother of Keenan and Camille Kerr. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. Memorial donations may be sent to the Lymphoma Society for Blood Cancer Research.
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Leinas, Peter S. 81

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-04-09
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Peter Steve Leinas, 81, of Monroeville, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was a son of the late Steve and Malamo Leinas; loving brother of Constantine "Gus" Leinas and Mary Leinas, both of Monroeville, and the late Theodore Leinas. Pete was a 1954 graduate of Allegheny College and a Korean War Army veteran. He had been employed as a credit manager for various companies during his career. Pete enjoyed sports, especially swimming and tennis, and was a member of The Club in Monroeville for many years. In 1986, Pete began swimming and, in 2007, recorded his 3,000th mile in spite of three surgeries and other health obstacles. Pete was a lifelong member and volunteer at Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti) in East Pittsburgh and was a member of Y.A.S.O.U. He volunteered to collect crutches for the Monroeville area disabled. Friends were received Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Avenue at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a Trisagion also was prayed Sunday. Funeral service took place Monday, in Ypapanti, with an additional viewing one-half hour prior to service. Pete was laid to rest, with military honors, in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Ypapanti, PO Box J, East Pittsburgh, PA 15112. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Leshen, Theodore D. 73

  • Elizabeth
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Theodore D. Leshen, 73, of Elizabeth, Monday, April 14, 2014. He was the loving husband to Eddy Lynn (Geiser) Leshen; beloved father of Christopher Volpe, of Elizabeth, Debra Leshen, of Elizabeth, Theodore J. "T.J." (Judy) Leshen, of Virginia, and Joseph (Tina) Volpe, of Jefferson Hills; brother of Kim Leshen; uncle of Britnee, Holly and Chasidi; cherished grandfather of Tori, Coda, Sylvie, Catherine, Caroline and Grace; and great-uncle of Sky Lee. Ted was a retired maintenance foreman for U.S. Steel Homestead Works and he was an avid bowler and fisherman. Arrangements entrusted to GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Please share your memories and condolences at georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Magill, Vernon T. 90

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Vernon T. Magill, 90, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. He was a son of the late Vernon T. and Eva Mae (Lentz) Magill; beloved husband of the late Marjorie L. Magill; loving father of Diane M. (D. Scott) Bechtel and David B. (Susan) Magill; grandfather of Devon N. Bechtel, David Myles Bechtel, Mark Magill, Marlene A. Magill (Matt) Daldoss and Matthew D. Magill; and great-grandfather of Taylor Magill. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Eva Mae Holt and Elizabeth Orme. He was the owner of Magill's Auto Service since 1964. Vernon was an Army 8th Air Force veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart after receiving injuries from being shot down over Germany. He loved to go dancing, was a longtime member of Monroeville United Methodist Church, the American Legion and the Caterpillar Club. Friends were received this past Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike. Services were held this past Monday, April 14, 2014, in the funeral chapel, with the Rev. Tom Barnicott officiating, and interment followed at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorial donations to the Pitcairn Meals on Wheels, 416 Center Ave., Pitcairn, PA 15140, will be greatly appreciated. Corl Family Directors,412-372-2100, http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Mattioli, Thomas 53

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1960-05-02
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Thomas Mattioli, 53, of Natrona Heights, left this world unexpectedly Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014, at home sleeping peacefully. He was with his beloved dogs, Abby and Cocco. Born May 2, 1960, in Natrona Heights, he was a son of Louis and Mary Louise Spinelli Mattioli. Tom's Italian heritage kept him close to the parents he cherished and cared for daily, who lived only a couple of blocks away. Tom endured a troubled life in his early adult years, but managed to correct bad choices and was proud to be doing the best he could. Beneath that rough scruffy facade was a caring loving soul, somewhat misguided, but always trying to help others. He kept his troubles inside and refused to burden family or friends with his problems. His true friends know he had a heart of gold, too often forfeiting his good for the benefit of friends and his dogs. He attended Most Blessed Sacrament School, St. Joseph High School, and graduated from Highlands High School in 1978. He played basketball and golf in school. He worked as a painter in the valley and recently had been working for a Pittsburgh company. Tom was a true Italian American. He loved watching The Godfather, Bronx Tales, and Goodfellows with his dad and brother at home. Visiting his mom daily and caring for her for years until she passed, and now caring for his father were his main concern. He enjoyed Pittsburgh sports, golfing, and fishing with his dad's friends, and watching the TV Land station. Tom is survived by his father, Dr. Louis Mattioli, of Natrona Heights; sister, Michelle (Joe) Isenberg, of Irving, Texas; brothers, Terry (Christina) Mattioli, of York, and Dr. Gary Mattioli, of Natrona Heights; and his niece, Victoria, of York, whom he loved dearly. Also surviving are several cousins and close friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Louise Mattioli, Jan. 17, 2013; and by his maternal and paternal grandparents. Tom was no angel, but those who really knew him know he has earned a place in heaven with his Lord and with his beloved mother. He was a caring devoted son, a loyal brother, and a great cousin and friend. He relished in a life in which he was supported by those who loved him. If loyalty and devotion were money, Tom would have been a wealthy man. He was a true "Ramblin' Man" trying to make a living and doing the best he can -- always there to help friends in need. "We couldn't ask God for a more devoted son or brother." Tom's family wishes to thank his special friends who saw good in his life and helped him when he was too proud to burden his family. Friends Tom and Sue K., Mark W., Troy S., Tom C., and neighbors, Sue and Andrea, and dear family friend, Darla L., thank you for seeing good where others turned away. "Take care of Mom and the dogs, Tom. It's never goodbye. We love you. We'll always miss you. Help us keep the faith until we meet again.." Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Officiating will be the Rev. Nick Spirko. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tom may be made to Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068.
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McElravy, Boyd Mac 93

  • Duquesne
  • Died: 2014-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Boyd "Mac" McElravy, 93, of Duquesne, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, in First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne, 719 Duquesne Blvd., Duquesne, PA 15110, with a reception to follow in the church social hall. For condolences and more information visit http://www.stephendslater.com.
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Morantz, Sadie C. 91

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1922-06-08
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Jordan, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Sadie C. Morantz, 91, of White Oak, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 8, 1922, in McKeesport, and was a daughter of the late Samuel and Bertha (Feintuck) Lebowitz. Sadie was the beloved wife of the late William H. Morantz. She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn Weinblum and Janis Weiss, both of White Oak; granddaughters, Amy Weinblum, of Santa Monica, Calif., and Danielle (Dan) Reilly, of Irwin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Sadie was preceded in death by her siblings, Louis, Shim, David and Milton Lebowitz and Tillie Hochman. Sadie was the former owner of Liberty Tailors in McKeesport and Green Valley Cleaners in North Versailles. She was a member of Temple B'Nai Israel Congregation, life member of Hadassah and B'Nai Brith, a former member of Tree of Life Sfard Congregation and a former member of Gemilas Chesed Congregation and its Sisterhood. Graveside service will held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Tree of Life Sfard Cemetery, with Rabbi Paul Tuchman officiating. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the JENNIFER S. JORDAN FUNERAL HOME INC., White Oak. The family gratefully requests memorial contributions to Alzheimer's Association at http://www.alz.org. Condolences may be made at http://www.jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com.
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Motosicky, Joseph 88

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1925-05-13
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Joseph Motosicky, 88, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, following a brief illness. He was born May 13, 1925, in Harrison Township, a son of the late Paul and Mary (Hrustinec) Motosicky. Joseph had lived his entire life in Natrona Heights. He was a first ladleman for Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy and a member of St. Joseph Parish, Natrona. Joseph was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed his camp in Clarion, boating and gardening. Survivors include his children, Joseph W. (Pamela) Motosicky, of Allegheny Township, Teresa (Russell) Poe, of Buffalo Township, Linda (Stanley) Stull, of Freeport, Thomas P. (Susan) Motosicky, of Natrona Heights, and Mathew G. (Kimberly) Motosicky, of Buffalo Township; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Also surviving is a sister, Rose (Robert) Betts, of Natrona Heights. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty M. (Becker) Motosicky, in 1995; grandson, David J. Johns in 2007; five brothers, Clement, John, Steve, Amos and Lou Motosicky; and a sister, Ann Wiskeman. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., offering Cremation Services, 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona. Interment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Nath, Henrietta B. 77

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Henrietta B. Nath, 77, of Whitehall, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Walter and Vera (Wessol) Orchowski; mother of Steve Nath, Linda (Joe) Killgallon and Amy Nath (Kramer Turner); grandmother to Michelle (Phil) Johnson and Megan and Michael Killgallon; and also survived by her sisters, Lillian Orchowski and Lucille Marcucci as well as Robert Nath and many friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Daniel Orchowski, Robert Orchowski, Marie Price and Alice Nossokoff. She was kind to everyone she met and brave in the face of cancer. The world lost a loving person and we are left to make our lives better in the hopes to measure up to the woman she was. Some of her best times were with her family and her faithful cat, Sam. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. A blessing service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Cieslak and Tatko Funeral Home. Please sign the online register at http://www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Osman, William R. 65

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • William R. "Bill" Osman, 65, of Turtle Creek, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was the husband of the late Patricia (Puhala) Osman for 21 years; loving father of William (Sandy) Osman, of North Carolina, and Amy (Scott) Harris, of Turtle Creek; loving stepfather of Kevin Herskovitz, of Latrobe; grandfather of Marris and Will Osman, Spencer, Noah and Jaden Kies, Emily and Hannah Harris and Eddie Herskovitz; great-grandfather of Ayden Fletchall; brother of Jack (Judy) Osman, of Turtle Creek, Mickey (Mary Ann) Osman, of Monroeville, and Susan Tepke, of Turtle Creek; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bill was a Vietnam War Army Veteran, receiving a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and a licensed funeral director for 15 years, having retired from Lopatich Funeral Home in Latrobe. Prior to his career in funeral service, he was a computer operational manager at Westinghouse for 25 years. Bill was a life member of the Turtle Creek Fire Department and was a member of AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians), Division No. 17 in Monroeville. Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Avenue at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at. Bill will be laid to rest, with military honors, in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Romanelli, Elizabeth A. 47

  • Franklin Park Borough
  • Born: 1966-11-16
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Ann (Neidhardt) Romanelli, 47, of Franklin Park Borough, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. Born Nov. 16, 1966, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Edward and Barbara (McIntyre) Neidhardt. She married Daniel Romanelli April 28, 1990, in St. Ursula Parish. She was a member of Sts. John and Paul Parish in Sewickley. Beth worked for 9-West for 21 years, beginning on the floor and moving up to the regional manager of the Northeast. For the last two years, she has enjoyed a rewarding career as district merchant with Macy's. Beth enjoyed reading, fashion and classic rock. She liked sports and traveling. She loved her family above all. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Romanelli; three daughters, Kayla Makenna and Juliana Romanelli, all of Franklin Park; parents, Edward and Barbara (McIntyre) Neidhardt, of Cranberry Township; sister, Susan Rosa, of Bethel Park; and her brother, Edward (Colleen) Neidhardt. Beth's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014 and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at Sts. John and Paul Catholic Parish, 2586 Wexford Bayne Road in Sewickley with Father Joseph R. McCaffrey officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. If desired, memorial donations may be made in her honor to her daughters' college fund. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Beth's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Ruckert, Diane L. 50

  • Formerly of Wexford
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Diane Louise (McClain) Ruckert, 50, of Monroe, N.C., formerly of Wexford, died Saturday, April 12, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Marian McClain, of Wexford. She is survived by her husband, Charles; sister, Karen (Robert) Clinton, of Cranberry Township; brother, Mark (Deanna) McClain, of Harmony; niece, Nicole Woolslare; nephews, Ryan, Matthew and Kory McClain; and stepson, Charles Ruckert Jr. and his five children. Diane was a 1981 graduate of Richland High School, Gibsonia. She went on to receive a degree in cosmetology from Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. Friends received at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, until the prayer service at noon at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford.
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Sobol, Jean K. 84

  • McKees Rocks
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Mcdermott, Mckees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Jean K. Sobol, a lifelong resident of McKees Rocks, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the age of 84. She was the beloved wife of the late Carl A.; loving mother of Carl F. (Sharon) and Tim. Jean also leaves behind her cherished granddaughter, Ashley. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, with a blessing service being held at 4 p.m. and Rosary being said at 7:30 p.m. http://www.mcdermottfuneralhome.com.
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Taylor, Loretta E. 65

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1948-05-02
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee, Bentleyville | Get Directions
  • Loretta E. Taylor, 65, of Mt. Lebanon, took heavenly flight to the Lord Monday, April 14, 2014, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon. She was born May 2, 1948, in North Charleroi, a daughter of the late William H. and Kathryn Eloise Jefferson. Mrs. Taylor was a 1966 graduate of Bentworth High School and a 1969 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She also received a master's degree from West Virginia University and additional credits toward her PhD. She was employed as a teacher from 1972 to 1976 at the John F. Kennedy Youth Center, Bureau of Federal Prisons. From 1976 to 1988 she worked as a Spanish teacher for the Marion County, West Virginia School District and from 1992 to 2011 she worked in the North Hills School District until retirement. She held a professional teaching certification in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She had a great passion for education and love of children. Mrs. Taylor was a member of PSEA-R, American Association Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, American Council of Teaching Foreign Language, North Hills Retired Teachers Group, Mt. Lebanon Library Spanish Conversation Group and the Black Association of South Hills. She was a full member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bentleyville, affiliated member of Warren United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh and attended Bethel United Methodist Church, Lower Burrell, where her husband is pastor. She was a longtime Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Taylor enjoyed reading, needlepoint, sewing, traveling and the performing arts. On Aug. 4, 1973, in Bentleyville, she became the beloved wife of Rev. Paul D. Taylor, who survives. Surviving, in addition to her husband, is a daughter, Christina D. Taylor, of Laurel, Md.; and son, Paul D. Taylor II, of Chicago, Ill.; three sisters, Katherine Jones, of White Lake, Mich., Joyce White (Ossie), of Bowie, Md., and Linda Washington, of Green Tree; three godchildren, Catherine Tate, Monique Washington and Gabrielle Washington; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Patricia Ikard, Betty Finch and Rosemarie Franklin; one brother, William H. Jefferson Jr.; and two nieces, Cheryl and Lois Ikard. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 619 Main St., Bentleyville, and from 10 a.m. until the hour of services at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Grace United Methodist Church, Coal Center, with the Rev. William Meekins Jr. and Rev. Kathy Barnhart, of United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery, Beallsville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Sickle Cell Foundation Inc. of Pittsburgh, Gove Business Center, 226 Hall St., Suite 102, Pittsburgh, PA 15211; or to Light of Life Rescue Mission, 10 East North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Online guestbook and personal condolences may be accessed at http://www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
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Taylor, Loretta E. 65

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1948-05-02
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville | Get Directions
  • Loretta E. Taylor, 65, of Mt. Lebanon, took heavenly flight to the Lord on Monday, April 14, 2014, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon. She was born May 2, 1948, in North Charleroi, a daughter of the late William H. and Kathryn Eloise Jefferson. Mrs. Taylor was a 1966 graduate of Bentworth High School and a 1969 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish. She also received a master's of science degree from West Virginia University and additional credits toward her Ph.D. She was employed as a teacher from 1972 to 1976 at the John F. Kennedy Youth Center, Bureau of Federal Prisons. From 1976 to 1988 she worked as a Spanish teacher for the Marion County, W.Va., school district and from 1992 to 2011 in the North Hills School District until retirement. She held a professional teaching certification in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She had a great passion for education and love of children. Mrs. Taylor was a member of PSEA-R, American Association Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, American Council of Teaching Foreign Language, North Hills Retired Teachers Group, Mt. Lebanon Library Spanish Conversation Group and the Black Association of South Hills. She was a full member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bentleyville, affiliated member of Warren United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh, attended the Bethel United Methodist Church, Lower Burrell, where her husband is pastor. She was a long time Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Taylor enjoyed reading, needlepoint, sewing, traveling and the performing arts. On Aug. 4, 1973, in Bentleyville, she became the beloved wife of Rev. Paul D. Taylor who survives. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are daughter, Christina D. Taylor of Laurel, Md.; and son, Paul D. Taylor, II of Chicago, Ill.; three sisters, Katherine Jones of White Lake, Mich., Joyce White (Ossie) of Bowie, Md. and Linda Washington, of Green Tree, Pa.; three godchildren, Catherine Tate, Monique Washington and Gabrielle Washington; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Patricia Ikard, Betty Finch and Rosemarie Franklin; one brother, William H. Jefferson Jr.; two nieces, Cheryl and Lois Ikard. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 619 Main St., Bentleyville, and Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of services, in the Grace United Methodist Church, Coal Center, with the Rev. William Meekins Jr. and the Rev. Kathy Barnhart of the United Methodist Church, co-officiating. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery, Beallsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation Inc. of Pittsburgh, Gove Business Center, 226 Hall Street, Suite 102, Pittsburgh, PA 15211, or Light of Life Rescue Mission, 10 East North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Online guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at http://www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
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Toole, Kathleen 69

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-04-09
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Kathleen (Shannon) Toole, 69, of Fox Chapel, passed away unexpectedly from complications of a stroke on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 40 years to Walter D. "Bud" Toole; loving mother of Karen Kennedy Toole, Helen Louise Tracy (Dwight), Michael O'Brien Toole, Patricia Ann Dudzic (Paul), Shannon Hayes Satterfield, Katherine Douglas Doane (Michael) and Elizabeth Reed Loughrey (Tom); grandmother of Ashley, Vanessa, Alyson, Madeline, Caroline, Elizabeth, Meghan, Michael, Mack, Christopher, Townes, Phoebe, Thomas and Walter; and sister of Robert T. Shannon Jr. Kathleen was a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She was business manager of Fox Chapel Country Day School for more than 24 years. Kathleen served Fox Chapel Borough on the Environmental Advisory Committee and was a current member of borough council. She was a longtime member of Fox Chapel Garden Club and Pittsburgh Field Club. In addition to her love of gardening and her community, she cherished her summers spent at Chautauqua Lake. Kathleen dearly loved her husband, children and grandchildren and in turn was loved by all who knew her. Friends were received Friday, April 11, at the WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday in St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Walsh, Violet 86

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1928-02-15
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Violet Walsh, 86, of Springdale, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at Consulate Care Center, Indiana Township. She was born Feb. 15, 1928, in Springdale, to the late James and Mary Ann Dodson Walsh and resided here all her life. Violet was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Springdale. Survivors include her brother, James D. (Natalie) Walsh, of Cheswick; sister, Catherine (George) Hackler, of New Mexico; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Audrey Walsh. A family visitation and service was held Wednesday by her pastor, Tricia Schnect, in the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC. Burial followed in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.
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Zagorski, Leonard F. 94

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Healy-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Leonard F. "Sarge" Zagorski, 94, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was the husband of the late Kathleen R. Zagorski; loving father of David (Ruthie), Richard (Dona) and the late Michael (surviving wife Linda) Zagorski; proud grandfather of Amy, Mark, Matthew and Laura and also two great-grandchildren; and brother of Isabell Kochanowicz and the late Ralph Zagorski and Florence Paga. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HEALY-HAHN FUNERAL HOME, 512 Grant Ave., Millvale, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. Lenny served in the Army for five years in the Corp of Engineers. After his military service in World War II, he then worked for the H.J. Heinz Company for 40 years. He was a member of the VFW Post 9199 (Shaler) and was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan. Family suggests memorials to the Holy Spirit Church, 608 Farragut St., Pittsburgh, PA 15209, where he was a member.
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Westmoreland County

Ament, Kenneth E. 85

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1928-10-18
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Kenneth E. Ament, 85, of Ligonier, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Oct. 18, 1928, in Cook Township, a son of the late Charles M. and Anna Stahl Ament. Prior to his retirement in 1997, he had been employed as a dispatcher for Laidlaw Bus Lines for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Waterford United Methodist Church, the Ligonier Valley Senior Citizens and served time with the Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Donald L. Ament, in 1997; and three brothers, Charles, Emory and Norman Ament. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Sarah M. "Betty" Ament; a son, Jeffrey M. (Donna) Ament, of Tigard, Ore.; two grandchildren, Lee (Stephanie) and Christopher Ament; two great-grandchildren, Rohan and Browyn Ament; and a daughter-in-law, Laura Ament, of Latrobe. Friends were received Wednesday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Ken's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Fred Zickefoose officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit: http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Balko, Mike 88

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1925-09-07
  • Died: 2014-04-07
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Mike Balko, 88, of West Newton, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at home. He was born Sept. 7, 1925, in Van Meter, a son of the late Charles and Anna (Lesko) Balko. Mike was a member of West Newton Bible Students Association and prior to retirement was a carpenter and superintendent for Dick Corp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Andrew Balko; five brothers, John, Andrew, Charles, James and George; and by sisters, Anna Swalchick and Mary Krasonic. Surviving is his wife of 66 years, Marjorie (Rubisch) Balko; a son, Michael (Vickie) Balko, of Casselberry, Fla.; two daughters, Marjorie (Byron) Keith, of Bothell, Wash., and Karen (Louis) Speroni, of Rostraver Township; eight grandchildren, Deanna Speroni (Bob) Byers, Dana Speroni (Jeff) Kolbfleish, Louis III (Casey) Speroni, Jeremy (Allison) Balko, Timothy Balko, Ryan (Kim) Balko, Jonathan (Katie) Keith and Aaron Keith; six great-grandchildren, Nolan and Shane Byers, Ada and Zane Balko, and Jackson and Kennedy Keith; a brother, Paul Balko, and a sister, Dorothy Loraine Praskavich, both of Rostraver Township; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received this past Thursday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services were held this past Friday, with Elder Byron Keith officiating, and interment followed in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Balogh Sr., James 97

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of White Oak
  • Born: 1916-11-11
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • James Balogh Sr., 97, of North Huntingdon, formerly of White Oak and McKeesport, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, April 14, 2014, dying peacefully at home. Jim was born Nov. 11, 1916, in McKeesport, a son of the late Gabor and Mary (Szekely) Balogh. He was the husband for 66 years of Elizabeth (Kovach) Balogh. Jim was a lifelong member of Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport, where he served as an elder of the church council and helped formulate the plans for the new church building development, where Free Hungarian Church of McKeesport currently resides. He retired from U.S. Steel, National Tube, after working there for nearly 50 years. Jim had a "green thumb" and enjoyed making a vegetable garden each summer; many of these vegetables were shared at family picnics and "Hungarian bacon frys" which were an important aspect of Jim's heritage. Jim and his wife, Betty, traveled to Hungary and Europe, and took numerous train excursions with family and friends. Even in his declining years, he continued to enjoy family events, Steelers games and parties, and celebrating his birthdays with family and friends. Above all else, he loved spending time with his late wife, Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gabor Balogh; and Joker, a therapy dog who was of great assistance to him. He is survived by his son, Jim, and daughter-in-law, Paula A. (Pazur) Dawson Balogh, of North Huntingdon; granddaughter, Gaylinne Joy Berry and her husband, Danny, of Toney, Ala.; great-granddaughter, Cameo Ray Balogh Berry, of Toney, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews and family members. He is also survived by his brother, William Balogh, of Finleyville. Family and friends are invited to join for visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at noon Friday at Free Hungarian Reformed Church, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Borsay officiating. A committal service will be held at McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. A special thanks is extended to the staff and management of Heartland Hospice for all their kindness and care.
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Carns, Bobby E. 80

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1933-05-29
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Bobby Eugene Carns, 80, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born May 29, 1933, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late Pealer P. and Margaret Heffelfinger Carns. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Martha Jane O'Brien Carns. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Fairmont Cemetery with the Rev. Chad Somerville officiating. The J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Costanza, John B. 68

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1946-03-20
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • John B. Costanza, 68, of Herminie, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 20, 1946, in Herminie No. 2, son of the late Domenico and Nora (Smith) Costanza. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Castine; and five brothers-in-law, Marvin Turnbull, George Price, Albert Castine, Russell Elliot and Robert Peoples. Johnny was kindhearted and a hard worker. He was proud to be a barber in Herminie since 1963 until currently, when his illness worsened. He owned his own water hauling business from 1979 to 2013 and also owned a garbage route from 1980 to 1996. He was Sewickley Township supervisor up until 2010 and was a life member of the Herminie Wendel Athletic Association. He was also an active board member of the Municipal Sewage Authority of the Township of Sewickley. He enjoyed gardening and loved sharing his vegetables with his family and friends. He leaves behind Erica and Johnathin; a brother, Louis (Barbara ) Costanza, of Irwin; four sisters, Olive Turnbull, of Michigan, Ann Price, of Pitcairn, Kathleen Elliot, of Irwin, and Michaeleen Peoples, of Grapeville; numerous nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Johnny will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Per Johnny's wishes, there will be no public visitation. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, in charge of arrangements.
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Dixon, William R. 69

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1944-10-15
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • William R. Dixon, 69, of Irwin, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at home. He was born Oct. 15, 1944, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Frances M. Dixon. Prior to his retirement, William was employed as a master molder by Brass and Bronze Casting Co. with 41 years of service. He was a member and bartender at the Slovakian Club, Lower Greenfield, member of Hahntown-Wendel Club and social member of Westmoreland City Firehall and Adamsburg Firehall. He enjoyed fishing, doing home improvements, woodworking and jerry-rigging anything on which he worked. He was well-known for being a jokester and pulling pranks. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol A. Barney Dixon; daughters, Stacy A. Barbour and her husband, Michael, of South Greensburg, and Stephanie A. Dixon and her fiance, John Shakoske, of Rilton; brother, James Dixon, of Pittsburgh; sister Linda Fidel and her husband, Bill, of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Jenna and Andy Barbour; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved four-legged companion, Rudi. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m., in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Fraicola, Frank Fritz 80

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1933-07-30
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Frank "Fritz" Fraicola, 80, of Herminie, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born July 30, 1933, in Herminie, a son of the late Andrew and Mary (Macinsky) Fraicola. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Vickie Jo and Jayme Fraicola; four brothers, John, Mike, Andrew and George Fraicola; and three sisters, Katie Nelson, Mary Arway and Tillie Cardinale. Fritz was a Korean War veteran having served with the Army. Prior to his retirement he was a securities analyst having worked for Mine Safety Appliances Co. in Pittsburgh for more than 28 years. He was a member of St. Edward Church in Herminie, a life member of the Herminie Volunteer Fire Department Station 15, Herminie VFW Post 8427, Sewickley Township Community Ambulance Service, Sewickley Area Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and SNPJ Lodge 87. He loved spending time with his special grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Fritz is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Loretta (Pace) Fraicola, of Herminie; two daughters, JoAnn (Rick) Newingham, of Arona, and Joyce Taylor and John Martin, of Bracey, Va.; a son, Frank J. (Janet) Fraicola, of Herminie; six grandchildren, Jennifer (J.J.), Mandy, Carissa (Barry), Stephanie, Josh and Alli; six great- grandchildren, Hailey, Andrew, Reed, Blake, Alonna and Drake; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice, especially Melanie Glowacki for all their love and compassionate care over the past weeks. Friends will be received 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Father John J. Harrold officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sewickley Township Volunteer Fire Department, 101 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, in memory of Fritz. The fireman will meet for services in the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening.
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Garrison, Freda L. 87

  • Oklahoma Borough
  • Born: 1926-11-01
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Freda L. (Hixenbaugh) Garrison, 87, of Oklahoma Borough, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Born Nov. 1, 1926, in Brave, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Dorsey and Frances (Cole) Hixenbaugh. A homemaker, Freda enjoyed sewing, baking, doing yard work and gardening. She lived in Oklahoma Borough since 1962 and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Vandergrift. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Albert Garrison Sr., Nov. 11, 2009; two brothers; and two sisters. Survivors include two sons, Albert E. (Connie) Garrison Jr., of Spring Church, and Charles E. (Patricia) Garrison, of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Linda L. (Gregory) Crystal, of Charlotte, N.C.; five grandchildren, Sharon (Tyler) Smith, of Mt. Lebanon, Edward (Chelsea) Garrison, of Richmond, Va., Brian (Mitzi) Crystal, of Suffolk, Va., Amy (Charles) Smith, of Richmond, Va., and Michael (Heather) Crystal, of Mooresville, N.C.; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Hixenbaugh, of Waynesburg; and a sister, Jolaine Hixenbaugh, of Greensburg. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. There will be additional visitation from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 134 Custer Ave., Vandergrift, with Pastor Sharon Waltenbaugh officiating. Entombment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family suggests memorial contributions in Freda's memory be made to First United Methodist Church, 134 Custer Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit, http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Hissem, John W. 77

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1936-11-02
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • John W. Hissem, 77, of Stahlstown, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Ruffsdale, a son of the late Harry T. and Margaret Bowser Hissem. Prior to his retirement, John worked as a heavy equipment operator for Ripepi's in Monongahela. He was a member of the Stahlstown Senior Citizens and was Protestant by faith. John is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Ethel B. Tinkey Hissem; his children, John Hissem and fiancee, Stacie, Susan Hixson and husband, David, and Frances Will and husband, Mark, all of Ligonier, Kevin Hissem and fiancee, Wanda, of Acme, David Hissem and wife, RoniSue, of Mt. Pleasant, Karen Wemer and husband, Tim, of Dacula, Ga., Richard Nedrow and fiancee, Dawn, of Indian Head, Tammy Shawley and Brian Hunt, of Stahlstown, and Kimberly Eicher and husband, Chris, of Mt. Pleasant; his 24 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; his brothers, Harry Hissem and wife, Glenda, of Latrobe, and Henry Clay Hissem and wife, Polly, of Stahlstown; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Shirley and Kerm Miller, of Lore City, Ohio. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, the hour of a funeral service, in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146, Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, 724-455-2310, with the Rev. Keith Hauger officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Action for Animals, 125 Fairview Lane, Derry, PA 15627 in memory of John W. Hissem. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Homer Chapple, Alma J. 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1926-04-30
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Alma J. Homer Chapple, 87, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 30, 1926, in Munhall, a daughter of the late Anthony Frederick and Blanche May Hess. Prior to her retirement, Alma was a clerk in the auditing department for Old Republic Insurance Co. She was a member of the East Suburban Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Homer Sr.; brother, Albert Hess; and two sisters, Blanche Hess and Lois Siniawski. She is survived by her husband, Walter Chapple; son, Thomas Homer Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of Virginia; four daughters, Penny Crowe and her husband, Scott, of Matthews, N.C., Jane Walker and her husband, Roger, of Zelienople, Jean Brown and her husband, Ronald, of Middletown, Ohio, and Blanche Painter and her husband, Melvin, of Penn Township; stepchildren, Dennis Chapple and his wife, Deborah, and Beverly Treese and her husband, Val; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Friends were received Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Kattic, Joanne 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-07-11
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Joanne Andrecak Kattic, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Joanne was born July 11, 1936, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Steve and Elizabeth (Wargo) Andrecak. Joanne was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. She graduated from St. Peters High School in McKeesport in 1954. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Joann Fabrics. She is preceded in death by her brother, Donald Andrecak; and grandson, "JJ" John Patrick Jones III. She will be missed by her husband of 58 years, Donald Kattic, of North Huntingdon. Surviving are five daughters, Laura (Philip) Ivkovich, of Vero Beach, Fla., Lana (Mark) Huffman, of Salisbury, N.C., Lisa (Ed) Kovalcin, Luanne Jones and Leslie (Tom) Quealy, all of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Cara (Erik) Falk, Christine Bratkovich, Heidi Stogard, Katie (Chris) Adcock, Melissa Kovalcin, Philip Ivkovich, Eddie Kovalcin, Mandie Starkey, Claire Jones and Tommy and Trey Quealy; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Paige, Brooke, Billy, Avery, Anderson, Ellie, Madison and Murphey; and sisters, Dorothy (Harry "Bud") Hines, of Greensburg, and Patricia "Patsy" (Victor) Falvo, of New Jersey. She was a gifted and avid quilter and belonged to the Norwin Quilt League and won first place at the Westmoreland County Fair. The family is especially proud that she donated "lap quilts" to the Veterans Hospital. She will be missed very much and is with the Lord and Angels in Heaven. Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the St. Agnes Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Kemerer, Carol A. 66

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1947-12-09
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Carol A. Kemerer, 66, of Youngwood, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Mountainview Specialty Care Center. She was born Dec. 9, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Blair C. Jr. and Livia (Pastore) Kemerer. She formerly had been employed by Eat'n Park. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas B. Kemerer; a sister, Kathleen Bihon; a niece, Deannette Bihon; paternal grandparents, Blair C. Sr. and Eldora Kemerer; and maternal grandparents, Louis and Nancy Pastore. She is survived by a brother, Larry L. Kemerer and his wife, Deborah, of New Stanton; and several nieces and nephews. Honoring Carol's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Private interment will be in Hillview Cemetery. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Mellor, Patricia J. 73

  • Derry , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-08-23
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Kepple - Graft , Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Patricia Jean (Mancini) Mellor of Derry, formerly of Greensburg, went home to be with the Lord Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born Aug. 23, 1940, in Monongahela. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Kenneth L. Mellor, and their three children: son, Brad (Kim, Clarksville); daughter, Amy Urana, of Latrobe; and daughter, Tammy Welsh (Rich, Greensburg). She is also survived by her sisters, Dolores Rendulic (Jim, Finleyville) and Linda Hludzik (George, Framingham, Mass.); her beloved grandchildren, Karen (David) Kulivan, Jacob, Katie, Lauren, Joey and David; and her great-grandchildren, Nathan and Violet Kulivan. She was preceded in death by her brother, Anthony Mancini; and her parents, Mary and Anthony Mancini. Patricia was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ in Greensburg and remained a devoted mother and grandmother throughout her life. She will best be remembered by her quick wit and storytelling. She was always "pretty okay" no matter the question. Her family will always remember her love for them and for the Lord. She will be greatly missed by all. Viewings will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will continue from 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, at The Church of Jesus Christ, Rt. 136, Greensburg, until time of the 11 a.m. funeral service with Elder Paul Gehly presiding. A private burial will take place in Monongahela Cemetery. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, has been entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com./.
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Niedzalkoski, Stanley L. 72

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1941-11-17
  • Died: 2014-04-09
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Stanley Lawrence "Larry" Niedzalkoski, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Nov. 17, 1941, in Jeannette, the son of the late Joseph and Lillian Defabo Niedzalkoski (Joe and Lil Bush). A natural-born athlete, he proudly wore the football uniforms of the Greensburg Lions and West Virginia University Mountaineers. While earning his physical education degree at WVU, he met grad student Marlene Peltonen, of Charleroi, who he married April 4, 1964. The newlyweds moved to Jamestown, N.Y., where Larry began coaching high school football. He continued coaching when they moved back to Pennsylvania, first at Jeannette, and then served his alma mater Greensburg as assistant coach to his mentor and idol, Bob Williams. In addition to his career teaching health and physical education for the Greensburg Salem School District, he turned his love of model railroading into a successful business venture, beginning in the basement of his home in 1971 and later moving to downtown Jeannette. Niedzalkoski's Train Shop is still thriving today, operated by his son, Mike. Larry was well known in the community, having been named a Paul Harris Fellow in the Jeannette Rotary Club, serving on the church council and financial committee of Sacred Heart Parish, as president of the Greensburg Teachers Credit Union and as a proud member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. He was unmatched in his knowledge of sports trivia and 1950's rock and roll. He also loved poetry, crossword puzzles and second-guessing the call of every referee and coach on each televised sporting event he watched. Larry is survived by his wife, Marlene, and sidekick pug, Rookie, daughter, Laura Neal and husband, Kyle Duckworth, of Bar Harbor, Maine, daughter, Kim Lee, and granddaughters, Lily, Lila and Lydia, of Beijing, China, son and protegee, Michael Niedzalkoski and special friend, Linda Irwin, of Greensburg, brother and best friend Joe Niedzalkoski and wife, Judy, of Greensburg, niece, Amy Niedzalkoski Brown and husband, Alex, and children, Alaina and Nathan, of Bryn Mawr, aunt, Lacy Sartoris, of Latrobe, aunt, Gloria Defabo, and many cousins, teammates, students and friends. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, concelebrated with Father Paul Lisik and Father Paul Taylor. Interment followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Jeannette. A reception followed at Rizzo's Malabar Inn, Crabtree. Larry's family wishes to thank the staffs of the Arnold Palmer Cancer Center, Westmoreland Hospital and Latrobe Hospital for their tireless and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the donor's favorite charity. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Novak, Richard J. 61

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1953-03-12
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Krupa, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Novak, 61, of New Kensington, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until the time of funeral outside Mass at 7 p.m. Friday in JOHN F. KRUPA FUNERAL HOME INC., 1000 Freeport Road, New Kensington, 724-337-7504, Robert Jarosinski, supervisor. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. Everyone is asked to assemble at the cemetery site .
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Odrey, Pearl J. 89

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1924-11-23
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Pearl J. Odrey, 89, New Kensington, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Belair Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lower Burrell. She was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Arnold, to the late Michael and Pauline (Raskiewicz) Rudawsky. She was the wife of the late William M. Odrey, who died in 2009. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy (Odrey) Keibler; two sisters, Joan Zacher and Rosemary Guercione; and infant sister, Anna. Pearl was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, Addolorata Society, St. Anthony Guild and Ezekiel 37 Prayer Group, all of the church. She also volunteered for the Altar ministry for 40 years. Pearl always put God first in her life. She enjoyed volunteering at church and was proud to be chosen May Queen. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. At one time, she worked as a teller at the Parnassus Bank for 11 years. She also was a member of the Care and Share Group, New Kensington. Pearl is survived by two sons, Michael (Lori) Odrey, of New Kensington, and William Odrey II, of Georgia; five grandchildren, Jennifer, David, Wade, Rachel and Michael; four great-grandchildren, Chloe, Makayla, Hannah and Emma; a sister, Patricia Kusma, of Lower Burrell; and a nephew, John Michael Guercione, of New Kensington. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner/supervisor. Funeral Liturgy outside Mass will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Orange, Robert J. 25

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1989-02-09
  • Died: 2014-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Robert Joseph Orange, 25, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 10, 2014. He was born Feb. 9, 1989, a son of Lori Bossick Shearer and husband, Tom, of Norvelt, and John Orange and wife, Diane, of Greensburg. He was a 2007 graduate of Geibel Catholic High School in Connellsville, where he played soccer and basketball. He graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University and was currently employed by Nabors Completion and Production in Black Lick. Surviving, in addition to his parents, is his sister, Molly Orange, of Washington, Pa.; his paternal grandmother, Louise Orange, of Indiana, Pa.; his aunts and uncles, Joseph Bossick (Kathy), of Southwest, Pa., Jan Brougher (Roy), of Latrobe, Lee Ann Rice (Larry), of Florida, Liz Maguire (Bill), of Allison Park, Todd Orange (Leesa), of Apollo, and Amy Orange (Robert), of Alaska; several cousins; and his dog, Carlos. Deceased are his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Ann Bossick; and his paternal grandfather, Robert Orange. Friends were received Monday in SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in St. Florian Roman Catholic Church, 4261 Route 981, United. Interment followed in St. Florian Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 105 Braunlich Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence.
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Patik, Shirley J. 74

  • Scottdale
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Shirley Joanne Lesko Patik, 74, of Scottdale, died Monday, April 14, 2014. A complete obituary will be published in the Sunday edition of the Greensburg Tribune-Review. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To see a complete obituary, visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Peddicord, Daniel L. 50

  • Manor
  • Born: 1963-10-25
  • Died: 2014-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Daniel Larence Peddicord, 50, of Manor, formerly of North Huntingdon, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 10, 2014. He was born Oct. 25, 1963, in Jeannette, a son of the late Raymond and Hildegard (Dressel) Peddicord. Danny was a western Pennsylvanian through and through. He bled black and gold, never missed a Pittsburgh sporting event and was center stage wherever he went be it one of Courtney's band performances, Nathan's fireman's banquets or Ashley's honors ceremonies. He has proudly celebrated high school graduations with both Ashley and Nathan. He loved his family and friends more than life itself but not as much as he loved the Lord. He is most remembered by his beaming smile and contagious laughter that filled a room. When it came to entertainment, "nothing is better than fireworks!" says Danny. He was a light in this world and his legacy will live on through his loving family. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Becky (Mertz) Peddicord; three children, Ashley Nicole and fiance, Jacob "Jake" Hensell, Nathan Daniel and girlfriend, Joelle "Muffy" Smith, and Courtney Marie Peddicord; five brothers, Raymond Jr. and his wife, JoAnne, of Greensburg, Robert, of Herminie, Richard and his wife, Nancy, of South Carolina, William and his wife, Valerie, of North Versailles, and Anthony and his wife, Melissa, of Greensburg; a sister, Mary Ferrell, of Monroeville; brothers and sisters-in-law, including Bill Mertz, who was one of his best friends; 25 nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and nephews; and special friend, Jeff Hensell. Friends were received Saturday and Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service followed in First United Methodist Church, 10 Atlantic Ave., Manor, PA 15665, with the Rev. Darlene Williams officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Daniel Peddicord Family Cancer Fund at First Niagara Bank, 201 Ronda Court, North Huntingdon, PA 15642.
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Pletcher, James R. 69

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1944-10-30
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James R. Pletcher, 69, a longtime resident of Ruffsdale, died Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014, in RNC of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg, while being comforted by his loving family. He was born Oct. 30, 1944, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Earl and Ruth Cramer Pletcher. Jim was a member of Scottdale Church of Christ. He was a retired millwright for U.S. Steel, Irvin Works with 33 years of service. Jim loved collecting, restoring and customizing antique cars. He was well-known around the area car shows, displaying his craftsmanship. Jim was an honorable, kind man who loved his family and was greatly loved in return. Jim is gone from our lives forever, but never gone from our hearts. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 49 years, Alice Lubiniski Pletcher, whom he married Feb. 20, 1965; three loving children, Michelle R. Corbin, of New Castle, Valerie H. Johnson and husband, Rand, of Ruffsdale, and Jason R. Pletcher, of Mt. Pleasant; his adoring grandson, Ian Michael Johnson; and two sisters, Ethel Rupp and husband, Paul, of Ruffsdale, and Marie Hough and husband, Ronald, of Scottdale. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his son, Michael Earl Pletcher (March 19, 1974); and two sisters, Edith Toward and Betty Thomas. Jim's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, in the funeral home, with his pastor, Bob Chambers, Minister, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Polanofsky, Gary L. 83

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1930-07-08
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Gary Lee Polanofsky, 83, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home. Born July 8, 1930, in Mt. Pleasant, he was a son of the late John and Martha (Nemiseck) Polanofsky. In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Weldon and Alice Jones; a brother, Jay; and a son-in-law, Bill Pawlikowski. He was known as Dad, Pap or Chief. Gary's passions were his family, his work and "messing with old cars." He graduated from the Chicago Motive Trades Institute in 1948. Gary served in the Army during the Korean War. He was the owner and operator of Gary's Garage in Mt. Pleasant for more than 62 years and was a member of Pennsville Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy J. (Jones) Polanofsky; children, Cindy (Fitz) Prinkey, of Scottdale, Sandy (Jeff) Swartz, of Connellsville, Carol Pawlikowski and fiance, Patrick Moore, of Pittsburgh, and Gary (Kelli) Polanofsky, of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Tina (Paul) Wetzel, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., Molly (Dave) Aliyetti, of Lower Burrell, Lynn Brooks, of Pittsburgh, Jeffrey "Bud" (Marisa) Swartz, of Boyertown, Bill Pawlikowski, of Pittsburgh, Brad Pawlikowski and Krista Polanofsky, both of Mt. Pleasant. A private memorial service was held Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, with the Rev. Josh Tamblyn officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Pennsylvania, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110. "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the Spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Eccl. 12:7.
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Quakenbush, Tyler L. 21

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1992-10-23
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Tyler Lee Quakenbush, 21, of Latrobe, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Tyler was born Oct. 23, 1992, in Latrobe. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Brenda (Leonard) Quakenbush and Vic Mills, of Latrobe; three brothers, Blake, Collin and Luke, all of Latrobe; his maternal grandmother, Virginia (Barra) Leonard, of Latrobe, and pap, William Hanson, of Greensburg; and aunts and uncles, Drew (Rhonda) Leonard, of Greensburg, William (Jessica) Hanson, of Greensburg, Lori (Dave) Albright, of Greensburg, Chrissy (Raphael) Albright, of Latrobe, Tom Mills, of Greensburg, and Jake Hanson, of Greensburg. Tyler is also survived by his true love, Hailee Knott; and his little buddy, Kameron, of Youngstown, Pa.; and a host of relatives and good friends too numerous to mention. Waiting in heaven to play a game of horseshoes, is his maternal grandfather, Clark "Pap" Leonard. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. David Von Schlichten, Pastor of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Reihner I, Herbert C. 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-03-23
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Herbert C. Reihner I, 91, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 23, 1923, in Washington, Pa., a son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Amon) Reihner. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Plasteel Products, Washington, Pa. He was a member of West Washington United Methodist Church, and was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Ralph Riethmiller and Alan Broadway. He is survived by his wife, Ethel L. (Howard) Reihner; three sons, Herbert C. Reihner II, of Florida, Paul E. Reihner and his wife, Marianne, of Washington, Pa., and Jeffery A. Reihner and his wife, Holley, of Waynesboro; three daughters, Connie L. Riethmiller, of Norfolk, Va., Diana L. Broadway, of Florida, and Vicky L. Ahrens and her husband, Eric, of Greensburg; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Reihner, of Washington, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Ken Loomis officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sickles, James A. 75

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1938-10-08
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James A. Sickles, 75, of Scottdale, passed away, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. Jim was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Thomas and Sarah (Strike) Sickles. He was employed as a motor coach driver with Quest Coach of Scottdale and was previously employed by Washington Charters. He is survived by his loving companion, Mary French; a son, James Michael Sickles; two grandchildren, Junior and Ryan Sickles; his extended family, Amanda, David and Amy Stone, Michael, Nathan, Tiffany, Brandon, Alyssa, Charity and Shakyra and Logan Riley; a sister, Sara Ruth (Glen) Miles; brothers, Norman "Sonny" (Joan) Sickles and Thomas Sickles; numerous nieces and nephews; and his pets, Jasmine and Lilly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John "Jack" Sickles. Family and friends are invited to Jim's memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard. Interment will be private. A reception will immediately follow the service. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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Stumpo, Angeline

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Angeline Stumpo of Mt. Pleasant died Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Forbes Regional Health Center, Monroeville. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Paul P. and Rose Ragusa Stumpo. A graduate of the former Ramsay High School, Angeline was a retired, self-employed beautician. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Josephine Stumpo, of Greensburg, wife of the late Sam Stumpo; her nieces and nephews, Sam, Tom and Paul Stumpo, of Greensburg, David (the late Joanne) Stumpo, of Mt. Braddock, Cathy Barnhart and her husband, Bob, of Greensburg, Greg Monchak, of Mt. Pleasant, Georjan May and her husband, Jeffrey, of Mt. Pleasant, and Patricia Lane of North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters, Mary Belcastro, Helen Stumpo and Flora Monchak; and one brother, Sam Stumpo. As per the wishes of Angeline, there was no public visitation. A private funeral Mass was held for the family at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. Interment was in St. Pius X Cemetery. All arrangements were under the direction of BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Tiberi, Bernard S. 62

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1951-09-19
  • Died: 2014-04-09
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Bernard S. Tiberi, 62, of Ligonier, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his home. He was born Aug. 19, 1951, in Latrobe, a son of the late Constantine and Clara Caldarelli Tiberi. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by the Derry Construction Co. He also served with the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He is survived by a sister, Constance (Lee) Sholley, of Canton, Ohio; a brother, James V. (Kathryn) Tiberi, of Ligonier; several nieces and nephews; an aunt; and an uncle. There will be no public viewing and all services will be private. Interment will be in Ligonier Valley Cemetery. The J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www. jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Wells, Martha B. 88

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1926-02-19
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Martha B. Wells, 88, of Norvelt, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home. Born Feb. 19, 1926, in Unity Township, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Florence Scherer. Prior to retirement, Martha worked in the office at Idewild Park, Ligonier. She was a member of United Church of Christ Trauger, did volunteer work at Latrobe Hospital and the Pleasant Unity Food Bank and did taxes for the elderly at the senior center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick E. Wells; a daughter, Vera Zawalsh; an infant son, Freddy; siblings, Elmer Scherer Jr., Vera Sobinsky, Edna Eckenrod and Ray Scherer. The most important things in her life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the loving mother to her daughters, Barbara Wells, of Ridgeway, and Karen (Joe) Herrod, of Latrobe; loving grandmother to Eric (Georganna) Zawalsh, Jason Herrod, Adam (Kelly) Zawalsh and Shelby and Jordan Wells. She was the loving Great-Grammy Candy to Ronnie, Cayden, Tristan, Brianna and Lydia Zawalsh. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt. Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in United Church of Christ, 107 Dutch Hill Road, Latrobe (Trauger), with the Rev. David J. Ackerman officiating. Please go directly to the church Saturday. Interment will follow at St. Paul Reformed Cemetery.
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Wood, Anna A. 92

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1921-05-28
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Anna Almira Wood, 92, of Irwin, Sewickley Township, died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born May 28, 1921, in Cowansburg, a daughter of the late John and Anna (Albright) Jury. Surviving are six children, Marie Colebank, of Markleysburg, Linda VanDyke, of Yukon, and JoAnn Casoni, of Sutersville, James Wood, of McKeesport, Barry Wood, of Connecticut, and John Wood, of Irwin; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ronald Jury. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Wood Jr.; a brother, John Jury; and three sisters, Bertha Walters, Alice Perry and Mary Lash. Friends were received Monday and Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where funeral services were held Wednesday. Interment followed in Mars Hill Cemetery. "May her loving joyful spirit live on in all the hearts of her loved ones." http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Cravener, Paul E. 87

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1926-08-14
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Paul Edward Cravener, 87, of Kittanning, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning. Born Aug. 14, 1926, in Kelly Station, he was a son of the late William and Florence Cravener. He was retired from PPG. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Kittanning. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy, and received the European, American, Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation Medal. During the Korean War, he served in the Army, and received the Combat Infantry Badge and Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star. He also was a member of the American Legion, VFW and Ford City Eagles. Mr. Cravener was a member of the Armstrong County Hockey Hall of Fame. He was instrumental in implementing the Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey programs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy B. Cravener; sisters, Della and Thelma; and brother, Herbert. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Paula Foster (Gary), of McGrann, and Vicky L. Russell (Jeffrey), of Ford City; a son, Lloyd W. Cravener (Wendy), of Kittanning; four grandchildren, Keith Crissman, of Ford City, Rebecca Crissman, of McGrann, Evan Cravener, of Kittanning, and Gabby Cravener, of Kittanning; three great-grandchildren, Keith Crissman, of Ford City, Kim Crissman, of Ford City, and Derrick Croyle, of McGrann; and his loving companion, Marleen Fiscus, of Kittanning. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, Kittanning. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with one hour of additional viewing prior to service. The Rev. Carl Johnson will officiate. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Armstrong County Hockey Hall of Fame, 11931 State Route 85, Suite C, Kittanning, PA 16201. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Harkless Sr., William W. 76

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1938-02-06
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • William W. Harkless Sr., 76, of Worthington, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. Born Feb. 6, 1938, in Kittanning, he was a son of the late Millard Edward and Dessie Fay (McCanna) Harkless. He was a lifelong member of the Worthington community. He was a shear operator for Pullman Standard and Vietnam War era veteran. He attended Craigsville United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion in Cowansville. He is survived by his wife, Juliette B. (Gagne) Harkless, of Craigsville; sons, William Jr. (Norma) Harkless, of Kittanning, and Ronald Duane (Linda) Harkless, of Kittanning; grandchildren, Rita Harkless (Bernando) Cruz, of Blades, Del., Sherry Leon (Robert) Bartl, of Craigsville, Bradley Harkless, of Kittanning, and Amanda Harkless, of Kittaning; siblings, Jean Harkless Smith, of Kittaning, Linda Harkless Stamp, of Sarver, Millard E. Harkless Jr., of Sarver, and Lori Sue Harkless Melay, of Cowansville; great-granddaughters, Sophia Eileen Martinez, of Blades, Del., Yasmin Juliette Cruz, of Blades, Del., Amber Rose Bartl, of Worthington, and Lily Anne Bartl, of Worthington; and family friend, Pam Turney. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Edward Harkless; and sister, Joan Claypool. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Worthington, with services at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Worthington Presbyterian Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Butler County

Brandt, Katherine L. 82

  • Mars
  • Born: 1932-03-22
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Katherine L. "Kay" Werling Brandt, 82, of Mars, died Monday morning, April 14, 2014, at LAS St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars. Born May 22, 1932, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Clara Meyers Werling. She had worked in the office of Three Rivers Food Brokers and enjoyed camping with the Moraine Blazing Stars Campers. Kay loved flower gardening and crocheting. She was a member of St. Kilian Church in Mars. Surviving are her husband, Raymond J. Brandt, who she married Aug. 20, 1955; a daughter, Terri Brandt, of Mars; three sons, Donald Brandt (Jane), of Maryland, Craig Brandt (Kim), in Georgia, and Charles Brandt (Kim), of Saxonburg; her grandchildren, Melissa Marion (Brett), Adam Brandt (Jess), Gloria Brandt, Amber Smith (Lance), Layla, Elizabeth, Jason, Charles Jr., Andrew and Erin Brandt; a great-granddaughter, Mila Marion; a brother, Robert Werling; and two sisters, Esther and Deanna Werling, all of Warrendale. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Father Charles Bober, officiating. Burial will be in St. Gregory's Cemetery, Zelienople. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. Memorials may be made to LAS St. John Specialty Care Center for Employee Appreciation, PO Box 928, Mars, PA 16046.
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Fayette County

Hughes, Earl E. 81

  • Uniontown
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Earl E. Hughes, 81, of Uniontown, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in the presence of family members. Earl retired from Connellsville Area School District in 1994, was a veteran of the Korean War, and was a member of Pipeliners Local 798. Left to cherish Earl's memory are his wife of 56 years, Dorothy; and his loving children, daughter Cathy Piwowar and husband, Jim; son Chuck and wife, Peggy, son Mark and wife, DeeDee, and son Bill and wife, Robin; grandchildren: Michelle Schrock, husband, John and daughters, Tess and Piper, Jamie Piwowar and fiancé, John Lewis, Mark Hughes II, fiancée, Sarah Jordan and daughter Hannah, Miranda Jacobs, husband Joel and daughters Emma and Abbey, and Nicolette Hughes; an extended family of grandchildren, Tatum Miller, husband Donnie, and daughters Sabrina and Sierra, Tommy Burrie, wife Angie and sons Easton and Kace, Meghann Richards, husband Ben, and son Cooper and Caitlyn Burrie; siblings, Doris Stollar, Mary Ranko, Leo Hughes, and Sharon Simpson and husband Fred; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC. A memorial service to celebrate Earl's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Fairchance Free Methodist Church, 59 S. Morgantown St., Fairchance, officiated by Pastor Kenny Rockwell. Military honors will be accorded by the AMVETS, Post No. 103. Your personally written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at http://www.hakyfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fairchance Free Methodist Church.
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Vojacek, Rita G. 58

  • West Leisenring
  • Born: 1956-03-24
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Rita G. (Wilhelm) Vojacek, 58, of West Leisenring, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Laurel Ridge Center, Uniontown. She was born March 24, 1956, in Connellsville, daughter of Kenneth Wilhelm, who preceded her in death and Anna Marie (Savage) Wilhelm, of Uniontown. In addition to her mother, she is survived by two children, son, Steve G. Vojacek and fiance, Sharon, of Hopwood, daughter, Rachel Ann Vojacek, of West Leisenring; a grandson, Maxx Vojacek, of Uniontown; five brothers and sisters, Nancy Morris, of Virginia, Clyde Savage and Jamie, of Perryopolis, Shirley Jarzynka and husband, Ed, of Hopwood, Bonnie Gaudiano and husband, Don, of Uniontown, and Ken Wilhelm, of West Leisenring; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown. The funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Kenneth Walls and Pastor Vincent Winfrey officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at http://www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Waggle Jr., John E. 80

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1933-09-27
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Galley, Dawson | Get Directions
  • John E. Waggle Jr., 80, of Vanderbilt, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in the Hillside Manor Personal Care Home in Uniontown. He was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Smock, the son of the late John E. Waggle Sr. and Sara Miller Waggle. He was a member of the James Cochran Lodge 614 F and AM, the Shriners and TREH U.S. Navy. He was retired from the Navy after serving 22 years. After retirement from the Navy, he was employed by Duraloy Blawknox of Scottdale. John was a veteran of the Vietnam War and Korean War. Surviving are four children, Jeff Waggle and wife, Pat, of Escondido, Calif., Melody Camlin, of Scottdale, Cheryl Jones and husband, Mike, of South Bend, Wash., and John Waggle III, of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Michelle Hess, Justine Waggle and Matthew Waggle; unrelated grandchildren, Jessica Newell and Jennifer Jones; and special friend and companion, Olive Vivio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Claudine Waggle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, and until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the RALPH E. GALLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dawson with the Rev. Dan Bryant officiating. Interment will be in the Flatwoods Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Connellsville American Legion, VFW and Trotter American Legion. Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
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White, Genevieve Jenny B. 86

  • Indian Head
  • Born: 1928-02-12
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Genevieve Barbara "Jenny" White, 86, of Indian Head, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Jenny was born Feb. 12, 1928, in Ralphton, Somerset County, a daughter of the late Lester "Huck" and Catherine (Blucas) Nedrow. She was a member St. Raymond Catholic Church for 18 years and currently a member of Indian Head Church of God, where she was Sunday School superintendent of the primary department for many years. Jenny was passionate about children and helped the youth of the church raise money to attend church camp. Jenny graduated from Connellsville Area High School in 1946. She attended Penn State University and California University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education in 1969. Jenny earned her master's degree in reading and elementary supervision from California University in 1974. She retired from her job with the Connellsville Area School District as a first grade teacher after 22 years of service. After her retirement, Jenny established numerous scholarships for students from Saltlick and Springfield townhips for them to attend institutions of their choice and pursue the field of education. And so, her legacy lives on. Jenny will be sadly missed by her beloved husband of 67 years, H. Dean White. She is survived by her loving family; four sons, Dean Keith White and wife, Cindy, of Maysville, Ky., Mark R. White and wife, Karen, of Indian Head, Todd E. White and wife, Janet, of MaysviIle, Ky., and Daryl E. White and wife, Charlene, of Connellsville; her daughter, Susan B. Shepler and husband, Mark, of Indian Head; 10 grandchildren, Brian (Gena) White, Emily (Greg) Huizen, Eric White, Ethan White, Sara (Mike) Lindsay, Katie (Bill) Noel, Amy (Ryan) Gartley, Andrea Shepler, Rachel Shepler and Cyrus Shepler; six great-grandchildren, Nolan and Allen White, Laila Huizen, Jackson Dix, Eli Noel and Foster Gartley; her sister, Mary Griger and husband, Bob; her sister, Grace Hoover and husband, Duane; her brother, John Nedrow and his wife, Marilyn; her sister, Helen Sparks and sister, Catherine Wolk and husband, Paul; her brother-in-law, Doran "Curt" White and his wife, Barb; sister-in-law, Virginia White; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, William Sparks; brother-in-law, Harold White; a niece, Trudy Sparks; and three nephews, Adam Wolk, Joseph Nedrow and John C. White. The family would like to thank the staff at Emeritus Senior Living Facility in Latrobe and also Grane Hospice Care. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft. Additional viewing for Genevieve will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, the time of services, in Indian Head Church of God, Indian Head, PA 15446, with Pastor Doug Nolt and Pastor Ed Mikkelsen officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 Main St., Findlay, OH 45840 or to Camp Sonrise Mountain, P.0. Box 2321, Indian Head, PA 15446, in memory of Genevieve B. White. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneraIhomes.com.
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Washington County

Allen, Dale S. 98

  • North Charleroi
  • Born: 1915-12-27
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Dale Stacy Allen, 98, of North Charleroi, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Meadow Crest Nursing Home in Bethel Park. He was born Dec. 27, 1915, in Charleroi, the son of the late Dale L. and May (Stacy) Allen. Mr. Allen was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Monongahela, where he served in various callings through the years. He and his wife, Marjorie, also served for several years as Stake Missionaries’ assigned to the Uniontown Branch of the Church, and was a member of the Charleroi Historical Society, DAV. Mr. Allen was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army, and was retired from Beacon Supply Co. in Belle Vernon. Surviving are his daughter, Cynthia and Thomas Riley of Columbus, Ohio; three grandchildren, Adam and Aaron Cook and Jeremy Allen; four great-grandchildren, Brendan and Jordan Allen and Kaitlyn and Von Cook; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Carson Allen; son, Jeffrey Allen; and sister, Maxine Harb. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 136 Sacred Heart Road, Monongahela, PA 15063, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Charleroi. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Brletich, Rose M. 75

  • Donora
  • Born: 1938-08-16
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Rose M. Brletich, 75, of Donora, died on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township. She was born Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1938, in Charleroi, and was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Church. Rose was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Joseph E. Brletich on Oct. 17, 2010; and a sister, Maryann Murphy. Surviving are two daughters, Dayna (Eric) Pelzer of Monongahela and Audra (Mark) Criss of Charleroi; three sons, Joseph (Anne) Brletich of West Chester, James (Karen) Brletich of Monongahela and John (Laura) Brletich of Newville, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, Erykka, Ashley, Colton, Tori, Nathan, Eric, Morgan, Hannah, Harley, Jimmy and Caydn; great-granddaughter, Aambur; a brother, Charles Melving (Nana) Sering Jr.; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014, at ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Anthony L. Massafra Funeral Home and Cremation Service Inc., located at 40 Second St. Ext. Donora, PA 15033 with the Rev. Father Pierre M. Falkenhan officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Dunmeyer, Retta A. 36

  • Donora
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: House Of Jackson Memorial Chapel, Donora | Get Directions
  • Retta A. Dunmeyer, our beloved angel, 36, of Donora, was called back home on April 12, 2014. Retta was the daughter of Rodney and Kathie Dunmeyer and sister of Crystal Dunmeyer. She left behind six children whom she loved dearly, Trei Youngblood Dunmeyer, Keondre Dunmeyer, Dakota Youngblood, Robert, Zane, and Shelby Miller. She also left behind two nieces and two nephews as well as other family members and friends. She will always be loved and missed, but never forgotten. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at HOUSE OF JACKSON MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 546 Thompson Ave., Donora, with service following on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. Words of comfort given by Bishop Karl Jackson, pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Monessen, Pa. Final celebration has been placed in the hands of House of Jackson Memorial Chapel, Karl Jackson, funeral director, 724-379-5420.
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Rice , James E. Sr. 80

  • New Eagle
  • Born: 1933-09-06
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • James Ernest Rice Sr., 80, of New Eagle, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Carroll Township, the son of Charles F. and Mildred Smail Rice Sr. Jim, along with his son, Scott, owned and operated J and S Rice Masonry in New Eagle. After his retirement, he was employed for several years as a security guard at the Maple Creek Mine and was a member of the Riverview Baptist Church in New Eagle. Jim loved spending time with children, especially his great-grandchildren. He enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower gardens, cutting wood and going to the Meadows. He is survived by his wife, Helen Cutright Rice with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on Aug. 8, 2013; two daughters, Ginny Casper and husband, Bob "Peep" of Washington, Darla Smerilli and husband, Ron, of New Eagle; son, Scott Rice and wife, Patrice, of New Eagle; five grandchildren, Justin and Rachel Smerilli, Chad and Derek Rice, and Courtney Cox; five great-grandchildren, Kendal Morgan, Layne, Mason and Anabella Rice, Rosalie Cox; brother, Samuel Rice and wife, Belinda; sister, Ruth Gregg and husband, William, all of New Eagle; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James Ernest Rice Jr. who died April 16, 2004; brother, Charles F. "Jr." Rice; three sisters, Arbutus "Sis" Himich, Juanita Subasick and Alice Burgan. Friends will be received on Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, April 18, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 West Main St., Monongahela, where services will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bruce Moses officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverview Baptist Church, 405 Main St., New Eagle, PA 15067. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Wagner, Jan P. 67

  • Donora
  • Born: 1947-01-08
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Jan P. Wagner, 67, of Monongahela, crossed over to the other side on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township. She was born on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1947, in North Charleroi, the daughter of the late John P. and Dorothy R. (Tekach) Magash. Surviving are sister, Celeste Magash of Donora; a brother, Martin Magash of Donora; daughter, Brook Jadczak of Illinois; nephew, Travis (Julie) Magash; great-niece, Lilly Magash; her beloved dog and faithful companion, Phoebe Rose; and her beloved cats. Private funeral services will take place at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com.
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Burns, Eleanore 85

  • Richmond, Va.
  • Born: 1928-01-09
  • Died: 2014-01-03
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Eleanore Frederick Burns, of Richmond, Va., died peacefully Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Mrs. Burns was born Jan. 9, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Charles and Martha Rudnick Frederick. She was an active member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Richmond, where she took great delight in singing in the church choir. Eleanore was a 1946 graduate of the former Ramsay High School in Mt. Pleasant and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked at Deluxe Check Printers for more than 30 years until her retirement. In 1992, she moved to Richmond, where she was very pleased to serve in a volunteer role at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital for more than 15 years. She was also a member of the Catholic Women's Club and Richmond Tri Club. Eleanore was very proud of and delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eleanore took great pleasure in remaining up-to-date on her love for fashion and design. Eleanore is survived by her daughter, Pamela A. Shellenbarger, of San Diego, Calif.; her grandchildren, Alison Shellenbarger Pertler and Peter Shellenbarger; and by her great-grandchildren, Henry and Miriam Pertler. She is also survived by her sisters, Veronica F. Harenchar, of Richmond, Va., and Martha F. Fox, of Youngstown, Ohio. In addition to her parents, Eleanore was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Lawrence F. Burns, whom she married in October 1950; her infant son, Mark Alan; her son-in-law, Randall Shellenbarger; and by her sisters and brother, Florence F. Secorie, Magdalene F. Kapr, Dorothy F. Burdick and Raymond Frederick. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of her blessing service at noon Monday, April 21, 2014, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, followed by her funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Pius X Parish Cemetery. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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