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Andrews, Daniel E. 59

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Daniel E. "Danny" Andrews, 59, of Wilkins Township, died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. He was the husband of Ana (Bustamente) Andrews; stepfather of Rolando Bustamente and Gabriela Sevilla; step-grandfather of Malia; son of Robert and Naomi L. (Davis) Andrews, of Clarksburg; brother of David E. (Karen) Andrews, of Penn Township, and Billie F. Andrews, of Monroeville; uncle of Frank and Christopher Dvorchak, Noah Andrews and Britt (Artie) Petro; and grand-uncle of Wyatt Petro. Danny was a building trades insulator and a member of the Insulators Union, Local No. 2 in Pittsburgh. For a pastime, Danny was a passionate coin collector. Friends are welcome from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will be held at 7 p.m. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Carpenter, Mary P. 90

  • Mt. Washington
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary Patricia "Pat" (Clougherty) Carpenter, 90, of Mt. Washington, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was the wife of the late Frank E. Carpenter; devoted mother of Pattie L. Macey and Thomas J. Carpenter (Marsha); loving grandmother of Michele Macey-Null (Anthony), Melody Macey-Kalcevic (Patrick) and Thomas P. Macey; great-grandmother to Amber Rose Macey and Arie, Mila and Fiona Kalcevic; daughter of the late Patrick and Hazel Clougherty, of East Pittsburgh; and beloved sister of Leo Clougherty (Patricia). She was preceded in death by her brothers, Richard, Robert, Francis and Raymond Clougherty. She is also survived by one brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. Known as "Pat" or "Patsy" by many, she spent more than 40 years of her life working within the dining services of Duquesne University, welcoming many young students to the daily meals in their time away from home. She became a comfort to many as well as a friend. Pat supported the students in their athletic endeavors by becoming a great fan of the Duquesne Dukes football, basketball and baseball teams, attending as many games as she could. Also an avid Steelers fan, she enjoyed her Steelers home games at Three Rivers Stadium and Heinz Field up until age 85. She was a true sports enthusiast, inspired by her Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame father. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, and are welcome to meet at St. Mary of the Mount Parish, Grandview Avenue, Mt. Washington, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Father Sean Hogan Scholarship Fund, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com
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Clarke, Donald J. 63

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1951-05-28
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Donald James Clarke, 63, of Clairton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. He was born May 28, 1951, to the late Patrick Clarke and Julia (Robstock) Clarke. He is survived by significant other, Roxanne Seganos Haman, of Clairton. Donald is also survived by four sisters, Patricia (Michael) Goetz, of Villa Hills Ky., Eileen Clarke, of Florence, Ky., Mary Allen, of Union, Ky., and Christine (Jimmy) James, of Florence; and also by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his former wife, Cheryl Hamilton Clarke in 2005. He graduated from Neshaminy High School, of Langhorne in 1968. Donald worked at a variety of companies doing odd jobs and maintenance work. Arrangements entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St., Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Cravener, Kenneth L. 73

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1941-11-13
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Kenneth L. Cravener, 73, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 27, 2014, peacefully, at his residence. Ken was born in Fawn Township, Nov. 13, 1941. He was the son of the late Dorothy (McGuire) Babinsack and George Cravener. Ken was a 1959 graduate of Freeport High School. He served in the Navy aboard the destroyer the USS Massey. After his service, he worked as a crane repairman at Pullman Standard in Butler for 20 years. When Pullman Standard closed down, Ken went to work for Casey Equipment Co., in Harmarville, for a few years and then went to work for Allegheny Ludlum Steel for 15 years, retiring in 2006. Ken was a member of the Freeport VFW and the Treasure Hunting Club of Butler. He enjoyed metal detecting, jigsaw puzzles and making jewelry out of coins. He loved to watch the Steelers and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jo-Ann (Nold) Cravener; his two sons, Michael Cravener and Tim Cravener, both of West Tarentum; his step-son, Joseph K. (Dea) Wingard, of Brackenridge; and his brother, Paul Cravener, of Freeport. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Joseph J., Levi H., Gavin W., Cody L. and Grace R. Wingard. Ken was preceded in death his step-father, and the man who raised him, Emanuel Babinsack; his son, Jeffrey Cravener; brother, George Cravener; sisters, Maxine McGuire and Karen Born; and his daughter-in-law, Debbie Cravener. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec 1, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., in Freeport. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Dec. 2, in the funeral home with Dr. Cletus L. Hull III of Trinity United Christian Church of Lower Burrell officiating. Burial will be held in McVille Union Cemetery Freeport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. To send a condolence, visit http://www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Dawkins, Marcaysia C. 19

  • Formerly of Clairton
  • Born: 1995-05-22
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Marcaysia Carrell Dawkins was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was born May 22, 1995, daughter of Charisma Joy Dawkins, of Lithonia, Ga., and Mark Anthony Price, of Clairton. She attended the Clairton School District and was a graduate of Lithonia High School in Georgia. She was very active as a cheerleader, a majorette, a member of the Honeybears Pep Team and member of the track team. She was also a member of the McKeesport Y swim team. She played summer league softball, took karate and participated in a Ms. Black Teen Pageant. She took dance lessons for 10 years at Peggy Price Studio for dance and baton. Marcaysia had great work ethics for a person so young. While attending high school, she worked at the Community Center in Mill Vue Acres, McDonald's and, in the summer, she worked at Kennywood Park. In March of 2013, she and her family relocated to Lithonia, Ga. She enrolled in Lithonia High School and on May 23, 2014, the day after her 19th birthday, she graduated from there ready to take on the world. Once she and her family relocated to Georgia, Marcaysia found a job at the McDonald's and also worked at a daycare center. She was also considering a career with the Navy. She was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church, Clairton, for many years. Marcaysia loved the Lord and he was her strength and strong tower. She was a member of the Young Peoples Choir, member of the Praise and Worship Dancers, Daughters of the KING and an usher. Upon relocating to Georgia, Marcaysia attended Berean Christian Church, Stone Mountain, Ga. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Fred Dawkins; great-grandparents, Willie and Mary Dawkins and Frances and Charles Williams. She leaves to cherish her memories her parents; sisters, Markieya Caprice Price, Kyaisha Joy Johnson and stepsister, Shaquna West; grandmother, Vivian Johnson; stepgreat-grandmother, Eula Williams; uncles, Daniel Dawkins (Monica), Brian Dawkins and Jim Price (Sharlene); aunts, Rhonda Price, Amber Price and Aljamae Singleton; other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at Morning Star Baptist Church, 307 Shaw Ave., Clairton, with funeral services following the visitation hour. The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Thompson Jr. will officiate with the Rev. Dr. William C. Callaway bringing the eulogy. Local arrangements by the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton.
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Deet, Michelle R. 44

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1970-08-26
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Michelle Renee Deet, 44, of Bethel Park, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. Born Aug. 26, 1970, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of Jacqueline Deet, of White Oak. Michelle dearly loved her family and dogs. She worked at Baldwin ATF, loved bowling and rooting for the Steelers. In addition to her mom, she is survived by sister, Lori (Daryl) Schulte; niece, Stephanie Schulte; nephew, Nicholas Schulte; uncles, Frank (Gennie), Duane (Debbie) and David (Mary Beth); also survived by cousins and caregivers. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank and Ina Hreha and William and Virginia Deet. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Round Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131.
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Dively, Susan L. 59

  • Avalon , Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Susan Lyn (Gordon) Dively, 59, of Avalon, formerly of Ross Township, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. She was the loving wife of David J. Dively; mother of Kristan Semmler and Jacklyn Prepelka; proud grandmother of four; daughter of Dolores and the late Jim Gordon; and sister of Linda Williamson and James Gordon. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until time of service at 8 p.m. Monday at the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, 412-766-5600.
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Dudgeon, Charles S. 86

  • Munhall
  • Born: 1928-01-22
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Charles S. "Bud" Dudgeon, 87, of Munhall, formerly of Duquesne, died Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at home. He was born Jan. 22, 1928, in McKeesport, a son of the late James B. and Lydia Mae (Waltower) Dudgeon. He was retired from Pipe Fitters Local 354, Latrobe. He was a member of West Side United Methodist Church, McKeesport, and a member and past master of Duquesne-McKeesport Lodge No. 731 F and AM. He was also a member of Scottish Rite Consistory Valley of Pittsburgh, Royal Order of Scotland. He proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was the beloved husband of 54 years to the late June M. (Nemes) Dudgeon; father of James (Rose) Dudgeon, of New Brittain, Conn., Robert Dudgeon, of Butler, and Lisa (Tom) Weir, of West Mifflin; grandfather of Jason and James Dudgeon, Melanie Dudgeon, Tom (Lyne) Weir and Jessica (Ryan) Shea; and great-grandfather of Jackson Dudgeon, Riley, Andrew Weir, Joslyne DeBonis, Alaina Shea, Morgan Shea and Nolan Shea. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Annette Bolds. Interment Mt. Vernon Cemetery with military honors. Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
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Enzerra, Robert M. 81

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Robert M. Enzerra, 81, of the North Side, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 51 years of Mary Georgia (Seman); loving father of Lisa Merwin Enzerra, Thomas Enzerra (Susan), Robert Enzerra (Carrie), Mark Enzerra (Paula), Edward Enzerra (Julia) and Teresa Enzerra (Christopher); proud grandfather of Megan Fike, Emily Enzerra, Carlie Enzerra, Jessica Merwyn, Donald Merwyn, Gabriella Enzerra, Halie Enzerra, Thomas Enzerra and George Enzerra; proud great-grandfather of Zoe Tate; brother of Margie Carruba, Mildred Reynolds, Joan Werkmeister, and the late Clara Preskie, Edward Enzerra, Thomas Enzerra, Alfred Enzerra and Francis Enzerra; and is also survived by many loving friends and relatives. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Incarnation of the Lord Parish, 4071 Franklin Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15214. Robert was a retired clerk with the United States Postal Service at the General Mail Facility where many referred to him by the nickname of "Coach." Robert worked in many delivery units prior to transferring to the GMF. Robert served honorably in the Army during the Korean conflict. Robert coached little league baseball for many years even after his children grew and enjoyed teaching and mentoring the kids on the North Side with the Perry Athletic Association. Robert also assisted in coaching football for Nativity Grade School. Robert was very proud and was fond of telling us his stories of his past growing up on the North Side and still maintained friendships from his childhood especially with good friends Ray Curry and Jim Cush.
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Fiedler, Virginia R. 94

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, Mc Candless | Get Directions
  • Virginia Rose (Estel) Fiedler, 94, of the North Side, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Passavant Hospital. Virginia was a member of St. Peters Church, North Side, and was a former member of the Mothers Guild of St. Mary's Church, North Side. She was predeceased by her husband, John, in 2006; and her siblings, Regis and Robert Estel, and Mildred Brady. Surviving are her sons, Christian (Paula), Robert (Jane) and John (Donna); and daughter, Virginia Sterrett. She was also loved by four grandchildren, Robert, Denise, Amy and John "JT" Fiedler. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, Wexford, PA 15090. Mass of Christian Burial wil be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Our Lady Queen of Peace, North Side (please meet at church). Burial at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church.
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Gambino, Charles Blue Eyes D. 79

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1935-11-05
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Charles D. "Blue Eyes" Gambino, 79, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Clairton, son of the late Charles and Frances (Fazio) Gambino. He was the beloved husband of Barbara (Miller) Gambino for 55 years; loving father of Charlene Gambino Petrelli (Dominic), Marc Gambino (Missy); grandfather of Gia, Angelina and Marco Gambino; step-grandfather of Richard, Nicholas and Liza Petrelli; brother of Anthony, Richard and the late Jack Gambino and Cynthia VanRyn. He isalso survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Clare of Assisi, Clairton. Condolences may be posted at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Ganassi, Sylvia M. 96

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1918-06-19
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Sylvia Mae Ganassi, 96, of Greenock, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home. She was born June 19, 1918, in Greenock, and was the daughter of the late Dario and Feame (Nizzoli) Pigozzi. Sylvia and her late husband, Mario Ganassi, were married for 43 years. She was a member of Greenock United Methodist Church and was a past president of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society. Sylvia enjoyed playing cards with her club girls and treasured her two trips to Italy. She is survived by her son, Glenn E. Ganassi, of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughters, Michelle and husband, Seth Forry, of Berlin, and Jennifer and husband, Alan Anderson, of Mt. Pleasant; great-granddaughters, Sara Forry and Emma Mae Anderson; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dario "Nick" Jr., Wayne "Zeke," Edmund "Chuck" and Glenn Pigozzi. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Edwin Pope officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenock United Methodist Church, 1213 Greenock Road, McKeesport, PA 15135. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Garfold, Ronald J. 64

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Ronald J. Garfold, 64, of Penn Hills, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Earlene; loving father of Diana (Art Barr) Garfold and Beverly Garfold; grandfather of Isabella Egloff; son of Selma Garfold and the late Huey; and brother of Hugh (Joanne) Garfold, Sandra (Pete) Law, Susan (Mike) Bac, Cynthia (John Pryle) Garfold and Cheryl (Lee) Bolling. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Susanna Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
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Harrison, Betty Ann 77

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Betty Ann Harrison, 77, of West View, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. She was the sister of Barbara Ann Harrison; cousin of Judy Groskopf, Diane Barnum, Lester Eckert, Joan Malchano, James Jackson and their children, Nancy, Richard and Linda Groskopf, Tom and Stephen Barnum, Jenny Gluck, Todd and Susie Eckert, Mark, Robert, William and Michael Malchano, Barbara King and Beth McCallister. Betty Ann retired from UPMC Presbyterian after 37 years as a registered nurse. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Hoffman, Ellen Dubby M. 91

  • Ross Township
  • Born: 1923-11-21
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Ellen M. (Mitchell) "Dubby" Hoffman, of Ross Township, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Passavant Hospital, with her loving daughters and granddaughter by her side. She was the wife of the late Bernard P. Hoffman; loving mother of Bernadette A. Hoffman (Mary) and Lisa L. Pappert (David); sister of Rita Claus and the late William, James, Jack, Thomas, Mary and Joseph; grandmother of Jennifer Pappert (Joe); and great-grandmother of Tyler Foor. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was born Nov. 21, 1923, in Pittsburgh, to John and Margaret Mitchell. She proudly served her country overseas during World War II. After the war, she attended trade school for cosmetology, earning a beautician license and opening her own business. She met her future husband on a blind date arranged by her sister at a local roller rink. After 10 years of marriage, she felt she was blessed when her two sons were born. She was an excellent cook who enjoyed shopping for loved ones and spending time with her family. She was able to overcome many challenges in her life with the love and support from her family. After the passing of her husband, Ben, in the early 90s, she went back to school to finish her education and earned her GED, of which she was very proud. She will be forever remembered for her loving and caring nature. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Animal Friends.
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Holleran, Marjorie

  • Formerly of Oakland and Beechview
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Marjorie Lewis Holleran, formerly of Oakland and Beechview, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, with family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Holleran; loving mother of Lynn Holleran (Charles Bowman), Nancy Hill (John), John Holleran (Sue), Judy Holleran (Michael Celender) and Kevin Holleran. She is the much-loved grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of seven. She was predeceased by brothers, Donald, Albert, George and Dean Lewis; and will be greatly missed by her sister-in-law, Jean Lewis; and her good friend, Marybeth Riley. Marjorie will be remembered for her generous heart, gentle spirit and her kindness to all. The family wishes to thank the staff at Marian Manor Alzheimer's Care Unit for the kindness and care that was given to Marjorie over the last 5 1/2 years. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and form 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Marian Manor Chapel. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Marian Manor Alzheimer's Unit, 2695 Winchester Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
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Maleski, Mary Beth 55

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1959-08-29
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Mary Beth Maleski, 55, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at her home. She was born Aug. 29, 1959, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of Richard A. Maleski, of Natrona Heights, and the late Helen E. Palovcak Maleski. Mary Beth studied art at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and then worked in the art department at Allegheny Ludlum Steel and as a floral designer at the former Allegheny Floral in Natrona Heights. She also won a national modeling competition based in New York, and was featured in photo shoots for national fashion magazines. Mary Beth was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. She enjoyed arts and crafts, photography, crocheting, floral designing and loved animals, especially cats. Mary Beth is survived by her father, Richard A. Maleski; sister, Cynthia (Andrzej) Maleski Groch, of Natrona Heights; brothers, Dr. Richard M. (Lisa) Maleski, of Gibsonia, and Daniel R. (Cathy) Maleski, of Mt. Airy, Md.; and by her nieces and nephew, Richard J. Maleski, Elizabeth M. Groch, Kathleen A. Maleski and Kristina M. Maleski. Friends will be received from 9 until the time of a blessing service at 9:30 a.m. in THE CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Entombment will be in Mt. Airy Mausoleum, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mary Beth may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To send and online condolence, please visit ww.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Patterson Sr., Michael D. 59

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Michael D. Patterson Sr., M.D., 59, of McCandless, died unexpectedly at his home Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Sarah Ann (Grandy) Patterson; father of Michael Jr., Darryl (Bridgett), Lucas (Cori) and Jason Patterson; grandfather of Isabella, Alexis, Benjamin, Kylie, Elle and Melody; brother of Elmore (Leslie) Patterson and Peggi Austin and the late Virginia Wynn. He is also survived by loving sisters-in-law and extended family members. He was preceded in death by parents, Elmore and Lillian (Brown) Patterson. Dr. Patterson earned his Pre-Med degree from Westminster College before going on to earn his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. His career has spanned from practicing at UPMC Mercy and Renewal Inc., as well as serving as the chair of the department of medicine at Mercy Providence Hospital and Site Medial Officer for Allegheny County Jail. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching sports, especially pro wrestling, horror movies, comic books and his family. Dr. Patterson was a very caring and generous man who always helped anyone in any way he could. He dedicated his life's work to caring for the poor, elderly, uninsured and incarcerated. He was admired and adored by all that knew him and is sorely missed. Friends received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to a fund that is to be established in Dr. Patterson's name.
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Pearce, Andrew A. 90

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-11-15
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Andrew A. Pearce, 90, of Munhall, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine (Litra) Pearce; father of Patricia Esmiol, of Tennessee, Michael Pearce, of Munhall, Thomas Pearce, of Pittsburgh, Robert Pearce, of California, Jeffrey Pearce, of California, and Susan Ledbetter, of California; brother of the late Edward Pearce, Louis Pearce and Dolly Weirnicki; and is also survived by 10 grandchildren. Andrew was a veteran of the Army Air Corp, serving during World War II, flying on the B-17. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the 100th Bomb Group Foundation, c/o Cindy Goodman, 13 Ettington Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72714, in Andrew's memory. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Therese Church, Munhall. Burial with military honors will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Perhach, Barbara Babs A.

  • McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. "Babs" Perhach, of McKeesport, formerly of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Carolyn (Hughes) Perhach; and loving sister of the late Mary Ann Hellier. She is also survived by several cousins and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at Resurrection Church, West Mifflin. The family requests memorial donations be made to Mt. Assisi Academy, 934 Forest Ave., Bellvue, PA 15202. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Proehle, Mary Ellin 92

  • Oakland
  • Born: 1922-03-09
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: McCabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Mary Ellin Proehle died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. She was born March 9, 1922. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Hill Jr. and Julia Stevens Hill; sisters, Janice Stevens Hill Waters and Susanne Hill; and nephew, David Waters. She is survived by longtime friend, Bruce McAvoy; two nieces, one nephew; and many friends and cousins. She graduated from University High School in Chicago in 1939 and the University of Chicago in 1943 with degrees in mathematics and psychology. She was a member of Pi Delta Phi Sorority and while still a student she worked on the Manhattan Project. She was a world traveler and enjoyed many trips abroad accompanied by her sister, Susanne. Mary Ellin experienced the fun of flying in every type of airplane from an open cockpit biplane to the SST Concord. She loved to reminisce with family and friends on her many trips, including her life experiences and world travels. She was also an avid Steelers fan. She was later employed by Weldon's and the University of Pittsburgh. She enjoyed reading and archery and once finished second in the National Indoor Archery Tournament. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and was a member and past president of the Western PA Genealogical Society. Burial will be private. Arrangements by McCABE BROS. INC.
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Simmons, Ronald A. 70

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1944-07-10
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ronald Arthur Simmons, 70, of Pittsburgh and Naples, Fla., died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Naples, Fla. Ron was born July 10, 1944, in Pittsburgh, to the late Ligia (Lee) DeSimone and Raymond Arthur "Art" Simmons. He was a graduate of Baldwin High School (1962), later receiving his Bachelor of Science in Education of Mathematics from Edinboro University (1966). A known sports fan, Ron created the first endowed athletic scholarship at Edinboro in 1987, Ron Simmons Football Scholarship. After a year teaching mathematics at Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, he joined IBM as a computer salesman. While employed at IBM he was called to serve in the Army from 1968 to 1970, where he served as a programmer at the Pentagon. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, he founded Simmons Business Systems in 1975 and served the Pittsburgh community and tri-state area for more than 30 years. While president of Simmons Business Systems, Ron worked with and touched the lives of hundreds of employees, and built lifetime relationships through sales and service of Brandt, IBM and Konica-Minolta products. Through years of sponsorship with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mr Simmons and Simmons Business Systems donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Pittsburgh, resulting in dozens of wishes granted for local children. Ron was a dedicated reader, avid golfer and founding member of the Club at Nevillewood, where he served as president from 2003 to 2005. He was also a member at Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla. Most importantly, Ron was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle and nephew. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Tiffany (Michael); grandson, Maxton; sister, Cynthia (Richard); brother, Robert; nephew, Liam (Jessica); niece, Emma; uncle, Ray Sabol (late Helen); and aunt, Harriet Marshall. His twinkling eyes, generous spirit, contagious laugh and room-illuminating smile will be greatly missed by his entire family, along with many friends. Friends will be welcome 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday in St. Barbara Church, 45 Prestley Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or Wounded Warriors Foundation. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Simonetti, Arkline J. 92

  • Harwick
  • Born: 1922-09-22
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Cheswick | Get Directions
  • Arkline Joseph "Ike" Simonetti, 92, of Harwick, beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Canterbury Place Hospice, Pittsburgh, after suffering a stroke two weeks earlier. He was born Sept. 22, 1922, in Ligonier, to the late Francesco and Firlinda Emidiola Simonetti. He was a 1942 graduate of Ligonier High School. Ike was in his late teens when his family moved to Russellton, later, he served his country as a sergeant in the Army during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines as a mess cook. He said, "Someone had to keep our boys' bellies full!" After the war, Ike was a barber for a short period before taking a position as a machinist at Scaife's, later known as Kellogg-America in Oakmont, where he retired in 1982. He was a member of the UAW Local Union, secretary of Union for many years and a member of Columbiana Italian Society in Arnold, as well as the Italian Club in New Kensington. Ike was a longtime member of Our Lady of Victory Church and an usher at the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass for many years. He was an avid sports fan and could be found sitting in his favorite recliner chair yelling and watching baseball, football and wrestling. He enjoyed playing cards, planting his garden, golfing, reading and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Edith (Rainaldi) Simonetti; his children, Linda (David) Bertram, of Winchester, Va., Gerald, of Winchester, Va., Liane (Brad) Majoy, of Westlake, Ohio, Dennis (Laura), of Fox Chapel, and Lisa (Dick) Matyas, of New Kensington; grandchildren, Michelle, Diane, Brian, Daniel, Lauren, Steven, Cali, Emily and Maggie Jo; stepgrandchildren, Ally and Amy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Yourish, Roma Guerrieri, Annie Gezzi and Clara Frigge; three brothers, Dominic, Pete and Bill Simonetti; and his son, Robert Simonetti. The family invites friends and relatives to attend visitation from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, the CHARLES B. JARVIE CHESWICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1607 Pittsburgh St. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Victory Church with the Rev. Alan Morris officiating. Burial will follow in Deer Creek Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his son. Memorial donations may be made to OLOV Church, 1319 Low Grade Road, 15049. http://www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Smith, George Smitty W. 84

  • Pittsbuegh
  • Born: 1930-07-21
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • George W. "G.W." "Smitty" Smith Sr., of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Smitty was born in Akron, Ohio, July 21, 1930. After moving to Pittsburgh's East End as a boy, Smitty attended Liberty School in Shadyside. In 1945, Smitty enlisted in the Army. Following his honorable discharge, Smitty spent decades serving the city of Pittsburgh as a police officer, and was often assigned to special security details for visiting dignitaries. During these years, Smitty also devoted himself to the East Liberty YMCA and played football and softball for numerous teams throughout the city. In 1975, Smitty retired as a detective on Pittsburgh's Homicide Squad and continued his service as a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Following retirement, he and his wife of 64 years, Dottie, enjoyed many years in Florida and Palm Springs, California, where Smitty was an avid golfer and fisherman. He and Dottie returned to Pittsburgh in 2002. Smitty was predeceased by his mother, Margaret Moore. And he is survived by his wife, Dottie (Dorothy Jackworth); sons, George Jr., of Pittsburgh, Danny (Elaine), of Pittsburgh, and Ed (Julie), of Alpharetta, Ga. Smitty is also survived by eight grandchildren, Erin, Courtney, Justin, George III, Jackworth, Maggie, Jason and Luke; and one great-grandchild, Ella. Smitty will be remembered for his sparkling blue eyes, his giant warm heart, and his love of family and friends. The many memories of his wonderful laugh and engaging personality will live forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. A private ceremony will be held for the family only on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, 420 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Suite 625, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Arrangements by MCCABE BROS. INC.
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Smith, John M.

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1921-09-24
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • John Michael "Jack" Smith, of Mt. Lebanon, born Sept. 24, 1921, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Elizabeth McDonough, in 2003; a son, James Michael Smith, who died in 2007; and a granddaughter, Susan Elizabeth Spinda, who died in 2009. Mr. Smith was the proud father of Mary Lou Spinda-Mangold (Fred), of Shaler, and Kathleen Bailey (Ron), of Mt. Lebanon. A beloved family patriarch, Mr. Smith was adored by his seven grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, who fondly called him "Poppy" or "PaPa." Mr. Smith enlisted in the Army in October 1942 and served in the Philippines and Fiji during World War II as a first lieutenant in the American Infantry Division in the Army. For 40 years, he was a regional manager in the steel industry. After his retirement in 1986, Mr. Smith served as a volunteer at Marian Manor for many years. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Bernard Church, 311 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Spatter, Samuel L.

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Samuel L. Spatter died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Sara Spatter; loving father of Susan Lyn (David) Breitenbach, Susan Booth and Megan (Jay) Finkelstein; brother of Ellen Lowenberg and the late Dorothy Brody and Ethel Schwachter; cherished and adoring Zaidie of Matthew, Jeffrey, Daniel, Tyler, Zachary, Seth and Taylor; also survived by his loving Chi Chi and many nieces, nephews and friends. Sam was a longtime real estate reporter in the Pittsburgh area - most recently with the Tribune Review. He was a retired lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserve. Sam was the most loving and caring husband, father and Zaidie. He will always be missed. Services at 11 a.m. Monday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation one hour prior to service (10 to 11 a.m.). Interment private. Contributions may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, http://www.schugar.com.
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Ubinger, William N. 83

  • Formerly of O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • William N. Ubinger, M.D., 83, formerly of O'Hara Township, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, with family at his side. He was the wonderful husband of 58 years to Annamae (Hepp) Ubinger; loving father of Chris (Diane), Jeff (Nicki), Annette (Bill) Zervins and Eric (Kelly); and devoted Pap-Pap of Dan, Megan, Alex, Carolyn, Matt, Jason, Devyn, Brock and Carly; brother of Bernie (late Jayne) Ubinger. Bill earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh (Phi Beta Kappa), and his Medical degree at UCLA Medical School. His medical practice included two years in California and then family practice in Tarentum (Allegheny Valley Hospital), and then retired from serving as the medical director of the Drug and Alcohol Rehab Unit at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Highland Drive, Pittsburgh. Bill spent four years in the Korean War, serving with the Navy. He loved traveling, the Pittsburgh Symphony, visiting Civil War sites and Disney World. Bill's love for his family and God was always at the top of his list. His dedication to his wife, children and grandchildren was unparalleled. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Hampton Township. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to TASH Inc., The Anna Seethaler Hospital Inc., Oaxaca, Mexico, 9448 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101.
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Vitale, Vera L. 93

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Vera L. Vitale, 93, of Scott Township, formerly of Monessen and Hallandale Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. She was the wife of the late Gerald T. Vitale Sr.; beloved mother of Anthony, James, Judith and the late Gerald Jr.; grandmother of nine; great-grandmother of eight. She was devoted to her family and put them above all else in her life. Services were private and arranged by JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Wheeler, Carmela P. 81

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Carmela P. (Ross) Wheeler, 81, of the North Side, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Lynn V.; mother of Lori Gubish and Lynne (Joe) Ames; grandmother of Justin, Jeffrey, Mark (Dana), Kevin (Jamie), Jon, Jarrod and Ryan; great-grandmother of five; and sister of Rose (Herky) Bevan. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Gubish; and brother, Joseph Ross. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Ave. A funeral Mass will be held in Risen Lord Church at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
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Zezza, Ronald N. 73

  • Rankin
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Ronald N. Zezza, 73, of Rankin, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. He was the husband of the late Mary Lou (Belavic) Zezza; loving father of Ron Zezza (Patrice), Dean Zezza, Jill Buchleitner (Nick), Nick Zezza (Christine) and Nora Caruso (Peter); dear grandfather of Matt, Sara, Alyssa, Jordan, Dylan, Nicole, Gina, Dayna, Nicholas, Angela and Kristina; and brother of Rosemarie Calandra, Pat Zezza, Lorraine Truby and Maty Lynn Bence. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Blessing service at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Zirkle, Mary Ann 90

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1924-03-09
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Zirkle, 90, of McKeesport, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Sycamore Estate in Duquesne. She was born March 9, 1924, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Carmen and Anna Tardia Cosanella. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Haskell Joseph Zirkle, and brothers and sisters. A retired stock girl for various department stores, she had also worked for Barraducci Brothers. She was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish in White Oak and volunteered at Life Span. Surviving are her sons, Kenneth Allan Zirkle Sr., of Port Vue, and Larry Dale Zirkle, of McKeesport. Also surviving are four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Josephine Jackson, of Ohio, and Sarah Bracale, of McKeesport; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Angela Merici Church with the Rev. Kevin Dominik as celebrant. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Botti, Nina M. 90

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1923-12-29
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Nina M. (Watson) Botti, 90, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in the Bristol House, Irwin. She was born Dec. 29, 1923, in Edna No. 1, a daughter of the late Norman and Margaret (Higgins) Watson. She was a member of First United Church of Christ in Irwin. Nina was a member of the North Irwin Women's Club, the All Seasons Club, of Penn, the HELP Club at St. John's Church of Larimer and also volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 34 years as of 2006. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael D. Botti. Surviving are four children, Michele Anderson and husband, Nelson, of Levittown, Michael Botti and wife, Jamie, of Herminie, Kerry Botti and wife, Michelle, of Norvelt, Lori Dunmire and husband, Gary, of Apollo; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Friends will be received 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Cindy Eresh Holmquist officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Cherrone, Robert R. 89

  • Export
  • Born: 1925-08-24
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Robert R. Cherrone, 89, a lifelong resident of Export, died Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. He was born Aug. 24, 1925, in Export, a son of the late Nicole and Serafina (Calisti) Cherrone. Bob was a retired machinist at the Elliott Co. in Jeannette and was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, where he served as a waist gunner on B-24's. Robert was Catholic by faith and had many interests but was especially fond of gardening and the joy he received in giving the fruits of his labor to his friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Tony, Louis and Earnest; five sisters, Elizabeth, Rose, Lauria, Algie and Dorothy; and a step-daughter, Mary Margaret Hill. Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Helen (Rebich) Cherrone; a sister-in-law, Josephine Cherrone; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins. Robert lived a long and satisfying life and will be missed by all who knew him. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (no visitation Sunday). Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export, with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post No. 33 Honor Guard. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Doherty, Louise 98

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1916-05-14
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Louise (Steele) Doherty, 98, of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at her home. She was born May 14, 1916, in Latrobe, to the late Floyd F. and Bess Witt Steele. When she was 3 years old, her family moved to Greensburg where she grew up. She attended Goucher College and Miss Conley's School. She married the late Dr. Joseph C. Doherty in 1938. In younger years, she was active in the Latrobe community. She was a member of Latrobe Presbyterian Church, where she served on the board of trustees, was secretary of the Latrobe Women's Club and was on the board of the Latrobe Area Hospital Little Shop. She also served as a volunteer at the Little Shop and, along with her cousin, Katherine Hartman, worked there on Thursday evenings for a number of years when the shop was a two-person operation located in the sun porch of the old hospital. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph C. Doherty in 2003; a sister, Marion Nelson; and a brother, Lt. Jack E. Steele, who was killed in World War II. She is survived by her loving family of three boys and a girl, Joseph Doherty and his wife, Gretchen, of Chicago, Ill., Patricia McNeely, of Conyers, Ga., Jack Doherty, of Latrobe, and Timothy Doherty, and his wife, Mercy, of Stuart, Fla.; three grandsons, Robin Doherty, Michael Doherty and his wife, Shaina, and Andrew Doherty; and a brother, Richard Steele and his wife, Terris, of Bonifay, Fla. Honoring Louise's wishes, there will be no viewing or visitation. Services and interment will be private. THE HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., in Latrobe, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, 428 Main St., Latrobe, PA 15650. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Hoffer, Dorothy E. 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-08-12
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dorothy E. Hoffer, 91, of Greensburg, peacefully left this world Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius; four brothers; and two sisters. Dorothy was born Aug. 12, 1923, to the late Frank and Theresa (Gether) Koger, from McKees Rocks. She is lovingly survived by children, Judi (Joe) Honick, Patti (Timothy) Odbert and Martin (Patti) Hoffer; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Tillie Delpercio and Fran Lamb; and countless individuals whose lives she touched over the years. Dorothy lived an altruistic life, always placing family and others before herself; everybody mattered more than she did. She brought immense joy (and baked goods) to anyone who knew her and expected nothing in return. She will truly and lovingly be missed. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, the time of service, at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg, Md. Our precious mother, grandmother, great-grandmother - until we meet again. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hunter, Eva J. 80

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-11-20
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Eva Jean (Cramer) Hunter, 80, of Scottdale, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at her residence. Eva Jean was born Nov. 20, 1934, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Russell Charles and Josephine Ida (Minerd) Cramer. She was married to Eugene V. Debs Hunter Sr., who passed away March 4, 2001. Eva Jean was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a graduate of Connellsville High School, class of 1952, and years ago worked as a baker in the Tasty Pastry Bakery, in Connellsville. She was a member of the Bryan United Methodist Church, near Dawson, where she taught Sunday School. Years ago, she was affiliated with the Owensdale United Methodist Church and the Scottdale Church of the Nazarene. She was also a member of the Scottdale Woman's Garden Club and the Brownfield Community Center. Eva Jean took enjoyment in singing and playing the organ. Eva Jean will be sadly missed by her loving family; her three children, Donna Kay Nicholson and her husband, Clarence Nicholson Jr., of Connellsville, Eva Marie Gaffney and her husband, Wayne Gaffney, of Scottdale, and Robert Earl Hunter and his wife, Stephanie, of Connellsville; her two step-children, Sandra Phelps and her husband, Harry, of North Carolina, and Eugene V. Hunter II, of Darragh; her 19 grandchildren; her 24 great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Dorothy Stoner, of Ohio, and Donna Lee Brooks and her husband, Eugene, of Connellsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Jean Hunter; her two sons, Kenneth Glenn Hunter and George Hunter; her step-daughter, Susan Hunter; her granddaughter, Jennifer Jean Fox; her grandson, Jimmy Crise; her two brothers, Wilber and Walter Cramer; and her two sisters, Marjorie Biller and Pauline Meloni. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 SPRING ST., SCOTTDALE, (724-887-5300 ) http://www.fergusonfunerals.com (GPS: N40 degrees 06.136 W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastors Chris Varney and Roy Butt co-officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery next to her late husband. Love Lasts Forever!
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Jarouse, Harry F. 87

  • Scottdale , Formerly of Arnold City
  • Born: 1927-05-17
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Harry F. Jarouse, 87, of Scottdale, formerly of Arnold City (Belle Vernon), passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Westmoreland Excela Hospital. He was born May 17, 1927, in Monessen, a son of the late Harry and Louise (Gerein) Jarouse. Methodist by faith, he had resided in Scottdale for the past 10 years and was formerly of Arnold City. Harry graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in business management and retired from the former Ligget Spring and Axle Co., of Monongahela, where he was the plant manager. He also served in the Army during World War II. He was an avid gardener, sharing his crops with his friends and enjoyed taking walks and rodeos. Survivors include one sister, Evelyn Ramsden, of West Berlin, N.J.; one nephew, Scott Ramsden, and children, of Brigantine, N.J.; and two nieces, Roberta Hess and her husband, William, and children, of West Berlin, N.J., and Rhonda Cislo and her husband, Fred, of Clementon, N.J. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine (Marasco) Jarouse, Jan. 18, 1996. Friends will be received 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com, 724-929-5300. Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Ken Jones, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belle Vernon officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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Jarouse, Harry F. 87

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1927-05-17
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Harry F. Jarouse, 87, of Scottdale, formerly of Arnold City, Belle Vernon, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Westmoreland Excela Hospital. A son of the late Harry and Louise Gerein Jarouse, he was born in Monessen on May 17, 1927. Methodist by faith, he had resided in Scottdale for the past 10 years and was formerly of Arnold City. Harry graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in business management and retired from the former Ligget Spring and Axle Company of Monongahela where he was the plant manager. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an avid gardener, sharing his crops with his friends, and enjoyed taking walks and rodeos. Survivors include one sister, Evelyn Ramsden of West Berlin, N.J.; one nephew, Scott Ramsden, and children, of Brigantine, N.J.; and two nieces, Roberta Hess; her husband, William, and children, of West Berlin, N.J. and Rhonda Cislo, and her husband, Fred, of Clementon, N.J. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Marasco Jarouse on Jan. 18, 1996. Friends will be received 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com; 724-929-5300. Funeral services will be in the funeral home at noon Tuesday with the Rev. Ken Jones, pastor, of the First United Methodist Church of Belle Vernon officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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Johnson, Corrine M. 59

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Ball, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Corrine M. (McNair) Johnson, 59, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. She was the loving wife of Glenn; cherished mother of Glenn Jr. and Pamela Grigsby; dear sister of four; adoring grandmother of 11; and special aunt of Lisa McNair. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 119 S. 11th St., Connellsville, PA 15425. Arrangements by BALL FUNERAL CHAPEL INC.
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Koshurba II, Alex C. 67

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-06-04
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Alex C. Koshurba II, 67, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at his home. He was born June, 4, 1947, in South Greensburg, a son of the late Alex and Josephine R. (Emanuel) Koshurba. He had been employed by Ranier Pharmacy. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and a Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Sarah J. "Sandy" (Pearsol) Koshurba; two sons, Alex C. Koshurba Jr., of Greensburg, and David Lee Koshurba, of North Huntingdon; a daughter, Jessica M. Forman and her husband, Joseph, of Irwin; four grandchildren, Eve, Brayden, McKenzie and Emma; a brother, Dennis P. Koshurba and his wife, Theresa, of New Stanton; three sisters, Mary Ann Elder and her husband, Barry, Deborah L. Nemitz, and Tammy Smola and her husband, Andy, all of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. Interment will be private. http://www.bahcafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Leap, Donald Duck J. 82

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1931-12-02
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Donald J. "Duck" Leap, 82, of Vandergrift, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in his residence. He was born Dec. 2, 1931, in Vandergrift, to the late Albert and Ruth (Inglesby) Leap. He was a crew leader for Vandergrift Borough with more than 35 years of service, a Vandergrift auxiliary policeman and a janitor at the Vandergrift branch of First Commonwealth Bank. He was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift. He enjoyed watching TV, word search puzzles, collecting and turning in scrap metal and especially being with his dogs, JoJo and Penny. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Betty Jane (Ashbaugh) Leap, of Vandergrift: son, Donnie Leap, of Pittsburgh; daughters, Mary (Tony) Despotakis, of Allegheny Township, Tammie (Kurt) Amendola, of North Apollo, and Kimberly Ferrington, of Washington Township; eight grandchildren, Justin Amendola, Stephanie Amendola, Terry Despotakis, Nick Despotakis, Greg Leap, Morgan Leap, Madison Leap and Olivia Leap; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Julia (Curci) Leap and brothers, Francis Leap, Father Michael "Leo" Leap, OSB, and Albert Leap. Friends will be welcomed by his family from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051, where parting prayers of transfer will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, with his pastor, the Rev. James H. Loew, OSB, officiating. Interment will be made at the convenience of his family in St Gertrude Cemetery, Allegheny Township. To send an online condolence to the Leap family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Lucotch, Elizabeth J. 81

  • Mt. PLeasant
  • Born: 1933-04-13
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. (Sopko) Lucotch, 81, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe. Mrs. Lucotch was born April 13, 1933, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Grec Sopko. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church of Mt. Pleasant and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society. She had been employed as a seamstress for the former Amco Co. of Mt. Pleasant. Elizabeth served as committee woman for the Third Ward in Mt. Pleasant and was an active volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program. She enjoyed going to bingo and cooking special meals for her children and grandchildren, especially haluski and pierogie. Elizabeth was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her loving family, her children, Raymond M. Lucotch Jr. and his wife, Joyce, of Vanderbilt, and Karen A. Lucotch Newill and her husband, Raymond, of Mt. Pleasant; her beloved grandchildren, Ryan Lucotch and Lisa, Justin Lucotch and Laura, Eric Newill and Brandy, Brandon Newill and Elizabeth, Lindsay Grenda and Phillip, and Evan, Adam and Alyssa Bozzarelli. She will also be sadly missed by the "joys" of her life, her beloved great-grandchildren, Giovanni, Josephine, Addison and Luca; and the two great-grandchildren whose arrival she was so looking forward to. In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond M. Lucotch Sr., in 1991; her daughter, Maria Lucotch Bozzarelli, in 2007; and by her two brothers and five sisters. Elizabeth was the last surviving member of the Sopko family. In honoring Elizabeth's wishes, there will be no hours of public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend Elizabeth's memorial Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Summit and Silver Streets, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Private inurnment will be in Visitation Parish Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Lyons, Evelyn H. 73

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1941-06-27
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Dodson, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Helen Lyons, 73, of Sutersville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. She was born June 27, 1941, in Scot Haven, a daughter of the late Pauline and Nick Opachick. Evelyn was a retired registered nurse for Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel at Allenport. She was preceded in death by her stepson, Patrick Lyons, in 2000; and seven brothers, Clyde, Edward, George, John, Roger, Nick and Leopold Opachick. Evelyn is survived by her husband of 38 years, John C. Lyons; her son, Lt. Col. Vaughn D. DeLong and his wife, retired Lt. Col. Suzanne, currently stationed in Suffolk, Va.; a sister, Sophie and her husband, Ray Werder, of Michigan; a brother, Alvin Opachick and his wife, Joanne, of Florida; three grandchildren, Keagan and Ryan DeLong and Nicolas Lyons; many nieces and nephews; and two special nieces, Julianne Miller and Donna Opachick. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton. Services will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastor John C. Lyons presiding. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the family.
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Megahan, Clara C. 84

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1930-07-15
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Clara C. (Senic) Megahan, 84, of Delmont, formerly of North Versailles, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. She was born July 15, 1930, in East Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Adam and Mary (Rahaw) Senic. In addition to her parents, Clara was preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Forkovitch. Clara is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, William Megahan; her children, Colette Smith, of Irwin, Mary Ann Praysner (Frank), of Level Green, and Helen Weber (Mark), of Boswell; a son-in-law, Daniel Forkovitch; grandchildren, Kimberly Tamburo (Dan), Thomas Hack, Karen Homick (Dean), Daniel Forkovitch (Sarah), Jeffrey Hack, Greg Praysner, Tricia Sipes (Dave), Celeste Martin (Jeff), Shani Smith (Steve), Brian Weber Jr. and Alexis Weber; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Clara loved her family and enjoyed baking. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, with services beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Morrow "Pat" Hartman presiding. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Moody, Margaret 92

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1922-08-06
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Margaret Moody, 92, of West Newton, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was born Aug. 6, 1922, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Jacob and Anna (Yelenosky) Zozula. Margaret was a graduate of Scottdale High School Class of 1940 and worked at Robertshaw Controls during World War II. She was a member of Holy Family Church, West Newton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Kane; and brothers, John, Theodore and Jack Zozula. Surviving is her loving husband, William, with whom she celebrated 66 years of marriage; loving children, Jeanne (Glen) Ustazewski, of West Newton, and John (Susan) Moody of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Chad (Brooke) Ustazewski, of North Huntingdon, and Tara (Evan) Speice, of Frisco, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Colton, Gemma and William Ustazewski and Collier Speice; a brother, William (Sophie) Zozula, of Scottdale; a sister, Mae (Ralph) Rich, of Scottdale; and a number of nieces and nephews. Marge was very loving and lived for her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, who will miss her dearly. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Holy Family Church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1133 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Moreschi, Richard J. 69

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1945-08-20
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Moreschi, 69, of Penn Township, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Born Aug. 20, 1945, in Donora, he was a son of the late Nick and Mary Leone Moreschi. Rich was a retired principal and educator from the Allegheny Valley and Woodland Hills School Districts and his career spanned nearly 40 years in education. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Pat Finney Moreschi; loving children, Monte J. (Melanie) Moreschi, Nikki J. (William McCoskery) Moreschi and Christina E. Moreschi; three grandchildren, Adler Palmer, and Darby and Sylvie Moreschi; brothers, Roger (Judie) and Ronald (Andrea) Moreschi; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Funeral service will be private. Due to family allergies to cut flowers, contributions in Rich's memory are recommended to Wounded Warrior Project, http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Papai, Stella M. 89

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Stella M. (Mazur) Papai, 89 of Penn Township, formerly of Lincoln Place, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Alexander Papai; loving mother of John (Katherine) Papai and the late Andrew Papai; grandmother of Brian, Angelica and Andrew. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by siblings, Stanley, Monica and Blanche. Friends will be received 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Barbara Catholic Parish. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Vigil services will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Roberts, John W. 89

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1925-04-21
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • John "Jack" W. Roberts, 89, of Murrysville, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. He was born April 21, 1925, in Johnstown, son of the late Clovis Virgil and Verda Shaver Roberts. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a brother, Jay C. Roberts; a sister, Jacquelyn R. McKillip; and an infant sister, Joanne Roberts. Jack served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He worked as superintendent of Cold Reduction for U.S. Steel Irvin Works. During his retirement years, Jack enjoyed riding and showing horses with his family. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia S. Strayer Roberts; two sons, Eric J. (Paula) Roberts, of Export, and Jeffrey J. (Carolyn S.) Roberts, of Murrysville; three grandsons, Andrew, Eric (Amanda) and Tanner Roberts; and a sister, Joyce R. Christ. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Nate Keisel officiating. Entombment will follow in Twin valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Westmoreland County, U.S. 119, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Woodyear, Ephraim W. 93

  • Loyalhanna Township
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Ephraim W. Woodyear, 93, of Loyalhanna Township, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township, with his loving family at his side. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Shirley (Daniel) Woodyear; son, Russell Woodyear, of Westchester, N.Y.; daughter, Nancy DiMaggio, of Loyalhanna Township; and sisters, nieces and nephews. After graduating from high school, Ephraim proudly served his country in the Army, during World War II and subsequently was honorably discharged. His family reminisces about him playing semiprofessional baseball in New York and being honored with a trophy for hitting the most home runs. Ephraim retired as a loan officer with Amalgamated Bank of New York. Friends and family will be received for visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont 724-468-8381, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with Pastor Kara Probst presiding. Interment will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville.
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Yamakita, Mitsuo 78

  • Murrysville , Formerly of Suita City, Japan
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Mitsuo Yamakita, 78, of Murrysville, formerly of Suita City, Japan, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. "Mitch", as he was known to his friends, was a graduate of Kwansei Gakuin University, in Kobe, Japan, where he majored in English. He was a businessman and entrepreneur who owned and operated a tea-ceremony company in Osaka, Japan, and was an art dealer. He enjoyed golf, jazz, travel and loved everything about the United States. Mr. Yamakita was preceded in death by his wife, Hiroko; and his parents, Kousaburo and Ryo. Surviving are his loving daughters, Akemi (Bob) Stauffer, of Murrysville, Katsuo Yamakita, of Osaka, Japan; and his cherished granddaughter, Fiona Stauffer, of Murrysville. Respecting Mitch's wishes, private services and interment will take place in his native land of Osaka, Japan. WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, 724- 327-1400, entrusted with arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Burg, Mary A. 80

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1934-11-14
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Mary Alice Burg, 80, of Apollo, passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Born Nov. 14, 1934, in Paulton, she was the daughter of the late Albert W. and Sara (Stewart) Hawk. Mary lived in the Apollo area for the last 55 years and was a 1952 graduate of Washington Township High School and graduate of Burrough's Business School in Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Apollo United Presbyterian Church and was very involved in the Church and its Women's Association and Bell Choir. Mary enjoyed working on crafts and was a member of the Monday Craft Ladies. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benny Burg, who passed away in 1980; sister, Martha Mains; and brothers, Albert Hawk Jr., Harold and Robert L. Hawk. Mary is survived by her children, Glenna M. (Timothy) Kanish, of Manor Township, Kelly L. (Dale) Mohler, of State College, and Jeffrey S. (Cindy) Burg, of North Apollo; grandchildren, Zachery (Kylie), Luke, Courtney, Derek, Tyler (Teija) and Emily; great-grandson, Knox; sister, Nancy J. Reynolds, of Cabot; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Additional visitation takes place from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in the Apollo United Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Lea Austin officiating. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. Memorial Contributions may be made in Mary's memory to the Apollo United Presbyterian Church, 401 First St., Apollo, PA 15613 or to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Foster, Dorothy D. 78

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1936-06-19
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Dorothy D. (Walters) Foster, 78, of Ford City, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in ACMH Hospital. Born June 19, 1936, in Kittanning, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Edna Mary (Mock) McElfresh. She was a very active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Ford City, where she sang in the church choir and started the morning prayer group 14 years ago. She was also always willing to help with any activities or projects at the church. She was also a member of the Von Bora Society, and enjoyed making candy and baked goods with them. Dorothy worked at Andy's Market, Ford City, for many years, and retired twice, in 1975 and 1992. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting, baking buns, flower gardening, going out for dinner, listening to music and watching cooking shows. She is survived by her children, Timothy (Kim) Walters, of Kittanning, Cynthia (Michael) Bielski, of McVeytown, Kimberly (James) Neal, of Kittanning, Susan (Scott) Gaiser, of Ford City, Edith (Pressley) Brandon, of Ford City, and Gerald (Charlotte) Walters, of Ford City; a step-son, James Foster; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Reba Jean Mikula, of Ford City, and her twin sister, Edna Arlene Claypool, of Kittanning. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Clark G. Walters, her second husband, Richard C. Foster; a sister, Helen Claypoole; and four brothers, Earl, Walter, Robert and Richard McElfresh. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Jack Delk officiating. Interment will follow in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.welchfh.com.
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Frayer, Terry W. 63

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1950-12-28
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Terry W. Frayer, 63, of Leechburg, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 28, 1950. He was the beloved husband of Donna (Burns) Frayer; father of Timothy Scott Frayer (Jamie), Cheyenne A. Offredi and Terry W. Frayer II (Rachel); son of Mildred Irene Frayer and the later Harold Frayer; grandfather of eight; and great-grandfather of two. He is also survived by three sisters and five brothers. Terry was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the Army. He was a member of Rangers of Ohio Company. He participated in many reenactments for the Rangers of Ohio Company. He loved his family, the outdoors, being an avid hunter and fisherman, music and movies. There will be no viewing. Donation may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org), or mail to P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Jewart, Freda M. 99

  • Dayton
  • Born: 1915-06-26
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Bauer-Bly, Dayton | Get Directions
  • Freda Mae Jewart, 99, of Dayton, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Marion Manor, Curwensville. She was born June 26, 1915, in Dayton, to Samuel W. and Ida Mae (Porter) Carson. Freda was a resident of Dayton for most of her life and graduated from Dayton High School in 1933. For more than 40 years, she worked as a clerk at the Dayton Post Office until her retirement in 1980. Freda was an active member and elder of Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church, where she also sang in the choir and served as the Sunday school superintendent for many years. She was involved in many local groups, including the Dayton Grange, Dayton American Legion Auxiliary, Punxsutawney Eastern Star and Dayton Senior Citizens; Freda also was a former member of the Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by her sons, Gary B. Jewart and wife, Barbara, of Curwensville, and Randall K. Jewart and wife, Kathleen, of Clarkesville, Ga.; daughter, Coleen D. Elder, of Dayton; grandchildren, Amy Lechner and husband, Mark, Michele Eguiarte and husband, Ricardo, Carolyn Misencik and husband, Jacob, and Courtney Jewart; seven great-grandchildren, Haylee, Tanner, Seth, Carson, Avery, Trent, and Ethan; and one great-great-grandson, Grayson. Freda was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Robert Bernard Jewart, whom she married June 3, 1939, and who died June 12, 1982; brothers, Roy, Dale and Ross Carson; and sisters, Margaret Lukehart and Edna Bailey. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at the BAUER-BLY FUNERAL HOME, 125 East Main St., Dayton. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church, 2540 Dayton-Smicksburg Road, Dayton, with her son, Gary B. Jewart, officiating. Interment will follow in Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Cemetery, Dayton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Freda's honor to Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church, 2540 Dayton-Smicksburg Road, Dayton, PA 16222. Arrangements are being handled by the BAUER-BLY FUNERAL HOME INC. To leave a condolence for Freda's family or view a tribute honoring her life, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Recupero, Betty V. 91

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1923-03-15
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Betty V. Recupero, 91, of Kittanning, passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born March 15, 1923, in Pine Furnace, Pa., to Glenn T. and Hazel I. (Whited) Cloak. Betty was a member of the Walkchalk Salem Baptist Church, where she was very active in her younger years. She loved to travel with her husband, Tony, and they were snowbirds for 26 years, staying on the West Coast of Florida. Betty enjoyed reading, embroidering, and especially having lunch with her daughters. She will be deeply missed by her children and her faithful dog companion, Lady. She is survived by her three daughters, Connie Loughrey and husband, David, of Worthington, Ginny Powell, of East Palestine, Ohio, and Betsy Sanders, of Kittanning; son, Denver George Recupero, of Kittanning; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Anthony J. "Tony" Recupero, whom she married March 28, 1942, and who died May 1, 2002; son, Thomas J. Recupero; grandchildren, Michael George Powell and Bonnie Loughrey; brothers, Ted Cloak and Glenn Cloak Jr.; and sons-in-law, George Powell and John Sanders. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at BAUER FUNERAL HOME, 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning. Additional visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the funeral home, until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. with Pastor Charles Lane officiating. Burial will follow at Mateer Cemetery, Templeton, Pa. Contributions can be made in Betty's memory to Walkchalk Salem Baptist Church, 1006 Butler Road, Kittanning, PA 16201, or the Kittanning Public Library, 280 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning, PA 16201. Arrangements are being handled by Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To send a condolence to Betty's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Rumbaugh, Patricia 73

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1941-07-18
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Patricia "Darlene" Rumbaugh, 73, of Kiski Township, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born July 18, 1941, in South Bend Township, she was the daughter of the late Robert H. and Blanche Louise (Bryan) Reigh. Darlene lived in Kiski Township most of her life and was a homemaker, devoting her life to her family. She proudly raised her children and took care of her grandchildren. Darlene also enjoyed cooking. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Bobbie Ann Carricato; infant granddaughter, Kelli; infant grandson, Zane; daughter-in-law, Terry (McMunn) Rumbaugh; and grandson-in-law, Kurt Sanford. Darlene is survived by her husband of 54 years, Thomas C. Rumbaugh Sr.; children, Thomas C. Rumbaugh Jr., of Kiski Township, John T. (Margaret) Rumbaugh, of Avonmore, Debra L. Manzanilla, of Homer City, and Kristi S. (Ryan) Valasek, of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Becky Sanford, Sarah (Josh) Ruffo, Katie (Rob) Rumbaugh, Juli, Josh, Megan Rumbaugh, Veronica, Gabriel, Nicholas Manzanilla and Allie Valasek; great-grandchildren, Haley, Emma, Kensley, Parker, Levi, Kieran, Isabelle, Gabrielle and Arielle; sisters, Betty Lou Kennedy, of South Bend Township, Miriam Snyder, of Hyde Park, Dorothy Hilty, of Oklahoma Borough; former daughter-in-law, Audrey Rumbaugh; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A graveside service will be held Monday, following the visitation in South Bend Cemetery, South Bend Township. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Shaner, David W. 75

  • Kittanning Township
  • Born: 1939-09-03
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • David W. Shaner, 75, of Kittanning Township, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in the Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. He was born Sept. 3, 1939, in Leetsdale, a son of the late Daniel A. and Florence M. (Moody) Shaner. David was a member of Simpson Bible Church. He was a graduate of Monaca High School and received his bachelor's degree from Geneva College and his master's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He first taught at Saltsburg High School and then taught in the mathematics department of the Black Hawk High School, Beaver Falls. He then retired after 30 years of teaching. David enjoyed baking deserts, running his farm equipment, and being at home and working on his property. Surviving is the love of his life, Sandra M. (Bish) Shaner, whom he married May 17, 2003; a stepson, John A. (Nicole) Chestnut, of Manorville; a stepdaughter, Beth Ann Chestnut, of Ford City; step-grandchildren, Tayna and Taylor Powell and Keira Chestnut, with whom he had a special bond; a sister, Margaret E. Kovach, of Beaver; his special friend, Don Gearhart; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Shaner. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where his funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with Pastor Herb Reefer officiating. Interment will follow in Simpson Bible Church Cemetery. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.welchfh.com.
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Butler County

Cedzo, Helen M. 86

  • Cabot
  • Born: 1928-08-02
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Helen Marie (Toth) Cedzo, 86, of Cabot, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, after a courageous battle following complications of open heart surgery. She was born Aug. 2, 1928, in Leechburg, to the late John and Helen (Kundrak) Toth. She was previously employed as a librarian for West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, and was also a teacher at Har-Brack High School. Helen was a graduate of Clarion University, where she was president of her sorority, Sigma-Sigma-Sigma. She was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Cabot. She taught Sunday school and was a member of Christian Mothers and the Legion of Mary Rosary Prayer Service, where she said the rosary at Fair Winds Manor Nursing Home. She enjoyed listening to classical music and had a passion for the opera. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, bicycling, yoga, swimming, cross country skiing, vacations with family and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed travel, especially to Europe and Canada. Survivors include her sons, Robert Cedzo (Theresa), of Downingtown, John Cedzo and David Cedzo, of Cabot, and Christopher Cedzo (Christine), of Erie; daughter, Laura Bourgeois (Matthew), of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, Kevin, Ryan, Hannah and Jared; brother, John S. Toth (Rita), of Bethel Park; and sister, Margaret "Dolly" King (Lloyd), of Plum. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Cedzo, in 2000; and a sister in infancy, Julia Ann Toth. Friends welcomed by her family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of her Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3rd at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 315 Stoney Hollow Road, Cabot, PA 16023. Interment following at St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery, Herman. In lieu of flowers, her family encourages memorials to the Benedictine Nuns, St. Emma Monastery, 1001 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601 or online at benedictinenuns@stemma.org; or to Capuchin Franciscan Friars, Province of St. Augustine, 220 37th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. To send an online condolence to the Cedzo family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Kay, Dean C. 90

  • Valencia , Formerly of Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Dean Clayton Kay, 90, of Valencia, formerly of Allison Park, died peacefully surrounded by his family Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Nancy C. Kay; loving father of Dina (Timothy) Swaney and Mary (Keith) Fitzpatrick; devoted grandfather of Emily, Daniel and Matthew Fitzpatrick; and is also survived by nieces, Judy (Kay) Begenwald and Joyce Kay; and nephew, James Bleil. Friends will be received from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at noon Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Glenshaw. Arrangements are by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Passavant Hospital Foundation, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.
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Smith, Alfred F. 69

  • Butler
  • Born: 1945-02-03
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Alfred F. Smith, 69, of Butler, died Monday morning, Nov. 24, 2014, at his home. Born in Pittsburgh, Feb. 3, 1945, he was the son of the late Alfred Herbert and Mary Jane Zeigler Smith. He retired from PennDot as a truck driver for the PA Turnpike Maintenance, where he loved the snowplow trains clearing the snow. He was a devout Christian, loved classic cars and the John Force Racing in Drag Racing Series, and was an avid Steelers fan. Surviving are two sons, Patrick L. (Melissa) Smith, of Pittsburgh, and Ronald J. (Karletta) Smith, of Monroeville; grandchildren, Denise, Joshua, Jessica, Joanna and Tyler Smith; and nieces and nephews, Valorie Jessica Raines, Wayne, Jeffrey and Thomas Miller, all of Sissionville, W.Va. Friends will be received from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at THE MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, with a memorial service to follow at 6 p.m. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Memorials may be made to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053. Directions and condolences at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Grimm, Dorothy A. 84

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1930-02-01
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Ann (Basinger) Grimm, 84, of Dawson, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at her home. Mrs. Grimm was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Everson, a daughter of the late Ernest and Olive Fry Basinger. She was a member of Connellsville Church of God. Dorothy had been employed by the former L.E. Smith Glass Co. in the packing and shipping department. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a friend to many. She is survived by her loving family: her daughter, Marlene Grimm Hough and her husband, Robert, of Dawson; and her grandson, Steven Hough of Orlando, Fla. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Ivan Grimm in 1995; and by her sisters, Helen Jane Basinger Frye, in 1995, and Doris Louise Basinger Keller, in 2006. Honoring Dorothy's wishes, there will be no hours of public visitation. Private viewing and funeral services will be held for the family, with interment in the Scottdale Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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McCreary, Debra R. 58

  • Perryopolis
  • Born: 1956-04-19
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Eley-McCrory, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Debra R. McCreary, 58 of Perryopolis, entered into heavenly rest Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Arnold City, with her loving children at her bedside. She was born April 19, 1956, in Donora, to Eileen Alvarez, of New Kensington, and the late Fred Cecil. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale F. McCreary, on Dec. 18, 1999. She is survived by her mother, Eileen Alvarez, of New Kensington; by daughters, Dana Encapera and Tony, of Coal Center, Dienna Sosnak and husband, Mark, of Perryopolis, Denette Branthoover and husband, Thomas C., of Arnold City, Belle Vernon, and Amanda McCreary and husband, Allan, of Belle Vernon; by five grandchildren; by sisters, Carol Cecil, of New Kensington, and Jan DeSantis, of New Kensington; and a brother, Jack Cecil, of Arnold City, Belle Vernon. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at the ELEY/MCCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, PA 15438. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, with Pastor Chip Norton, of Belle Vernon, officiating. Interment to follow in the Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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Soliday, Timothy M. 49

  • South Connellsville
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Timothy M. Soliday, 49, of South Connellsville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, and will be announced when complete.
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Washington County

Hamer, Willard E. 83

  • Twilight
  • Born: 1930-12-16
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Willard E. Hamer, 83, of Twilight, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in the Meadowcrest Care Center, Bethel Park. He was born Dec. 16, 1930, in Fairhope, the son of the late Richard and Honor Breakwell Hamer. Will was a member of the Marion Presbyterian Church. He retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Allenport Plant, in 1982. Will is survived by his wife of 36 years, Janet Willey Hamer; a daughter, Linda DeGregorio and husband, John, of Speers Hill; a son, Philip R. Hamer and wife, Tina, of Beverly Hills, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Dr. John Rapano of Uniontown. In addition to his parents, Will was preceded in death by two daughters, Sandy Rapano, Susan Rose; a granddaughter, Carrie Ann Rapano; a sister, Emogene Dunn; and two brothers, Allan Hamer and John Hamer. Friends will be received Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Robert Prinkey officiating. Interment will follow in the Belle Vernon Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Zentek, Rosella C. 75

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1939-10-13
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Rosella Carole Zentek, 75, of Monongahela, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born Oct. 13, 1939, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas A. and Helen Marie (Moore) Mendicino. Carole was a graduate of Dormont High School. After moving to Monongahela with her family, she began working as a clerk at various stores in the Monongahela area. A member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela, she was a past member of the Monongahela Woman's Club, PTA member of the former Lincoln School in Monongahela and a Washington County Democratic Chair Person. Surviving are three loving sons, J. Nicholas Zentek of Monongahela, Curtis B. and wife, Cindy Zentek, of New Eagle and Darren and wife, Kathy Zentek, of College Park, Md.; four cherished grandchildren, Julian A., Olivia P. and Roman J. and Blaine A. Zentek; a brother, Peter Mendicino of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Carol and husband, Chuck Lindsey, of Washington, Pa., and Lois Hart of Mt. Lebanon; and a very special friend, Nancy Staffen of Monongahela. Preceding her in death was her husband John A. "Jack" Zentek Jr., who died Sept. 14, 2007. Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, 722 West Main St., Monongahela, with the Father William Terza as celebrant. The MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at marshallmarrafuneralhome.com.
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Makrancy, Julia 91

  • Formerly of Greenhills, Ohio
  • Died: 2014-11-25
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  • Julia (Firment) Makrancy, 91, formerly of Greenhills, Ohio, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen L. Makrancy; devoted mother of Daniel (Sharyn) Makrancy, Frederick (Karon) Makrancy and Stephen (Angela) Makrancy; dear grandmother of Matthew, Michael, Michelle, Christopher and Fredrick; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Margaret (Swansager) Firment. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 17 Farragut Road, Greenhills, where Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Lung Association of Ohio, SW 4050 Executive Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45241. Condolences may be sent to http://www.neidhardyoungfuneralhome.com.
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Maze Jr., Earl Bob R.

  • New Albany, Ohio , Formerly of Ross Township
  • Born: 1936-11-13
  • Died: 2014-11-26
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  • Earl Robert "Bob" Maze Jr., of New Albany, Ohio, formerly of Ross Township and Sewickley, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Jane (Gorman) Maze. Born Nov. 13, 1936, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Earl R. and Edith (Roessler) Maze, he lived in the area until four years ago. Bob was a graduate of Bellevue High School and Indiana State Teachers College and held two master's degrees. He was a teacher and librarian for Quaker Valley High School for 35 years before retiring in 1993. Bob was an active member of Bellevue Baptist, Ingomar United Methodist, Heritage Presbyterian and Christ Church at Grove Farm churches and enjoyed lifting his strong baritone voice to the glory of the Lord. He is survived by his sister, Grace J. Black Hammond, of Woodland Park, Colo.; and his loving children, Amy E. (Steven) Marshall, of New Albany, and E. Robert (Amanda) Maze III, of Brighton, Colo.; as well as his five grandchildren, Timothy and Erin Marshall, Jacob, Braelyn and Nathan Maze. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions can be made in his memory to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122. Please visit http://www.schoedinger.com to share a special memory or to extend condolences.
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Rech, Lina 103

  • Born: 1911-09-17
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Neill, Harrisburg | Get Directions
  • Lina Rech, 103, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Lina was born in Seren del Grappa, Italy, Sept. 17, 1911, daughter of Luigia and Ernesto DeMarco. Predeceased are two siblings, Mira and Enzo. At age 15, she and her mother went to Switzerland where they ran a small store and boarding house. In her early 20s, she graduated from the Premiata Scuola De Taglio, in Milan, Italy. She became an excellent seamstress and was in much demand. In February of 1938, she married Primo Rech and came to America. Lina became a proud citizen of the USA in 1947. Her favorite song was "God Bless America." Lina was a loving mother who had a deep faith in Christ and taught her children and grandchildren the importance of love, respect and unity of family. She was an inspiration and blessing to all who knew her. She is survived by three daughters and their spouses, Nedda (Robert) Pollock, of Hummelstown, Joan (Warren) Silvers, of Harrisburg, and Diane (David) Carroll, of The Villages, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at Cathrine Laboure Catholic Church, 4000 Derry St., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. The family sends a special thank you for the loving care given to Lina at the Ecumenical Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Cathrine Laboure Catholic Church or Ecumenical Retirement Home 3525 Canby St., Harrisburg. Entombment will be in Greensburg. Arrangements by NEILL FUNERAL HOME INC., Harrisburg.
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Tallerico, Yolanda 92

  • North Tanawanda , Formerly of Leechburg
  • Died: 2014-11-23
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  • Yolanda Tallerico, 92, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., formerly of Leechburg, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, while under the care of Niagara Hospice following a brief illness. She was born in Jamaica, N.Y., and returned to San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, at the age of 4, before eventually returning to New York. She was a daughter of the late Biagio and Assunta (Amatucci) Ferretti, the eldest of 10 children. Mrs Tallerico was a homemaker who loved to cook and bake. Her famous spaghetti sauce and Italian pizzelles were the best. She also loved to tell stories about her life growing up in Italy with her brothers and sisters. Mrs Tallerico was married for 54 years to the late Joseph Tallerico, who passed away two months ago. She was the devoted mother of Joanne (Joe) Stevick of North Tonawanda; loving grandmother of Nicholas and Angela Stevick; sister of Mafalda, Enzo, Domenica, Osvaldo, Rita, Isabella, Bruno, Giovanni and the late Antonio, all of Italy; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Italy and the United States. A Mass of Christian Burial is being held at noon Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, from St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 800 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, NY. Family and friends are invited to a committal service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, Lower Burrell, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Online guest registry at http://www.Wattengel.com.
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