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Betz, Joseph R. 63

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Joseph R. "Joe" Betz, 63, of East McKeesport, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was a son of the late John "Jack" and Josephine "Jo" (Casey) Betz; beloved husband of Peggy (McKnight) Betz; dear father of Gene (Rhonda) Zuro; grandfather of Samantha, Johnathan and Nicholas Zuro; brother of Patricia "Pat" (Tim) Dalton and Jack (Toni) Betz; son-in-law of Angie Pash; brother-in-law of Barbara Socci; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayer service at 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Jude the Apostle Church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
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Breitenbach, Antoinette K. 64

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Antoinette K. "Toni" (Fishinger) Breitenbach, 64, of Gibsonia, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 3, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, William A. and Ruth (Golebewski) Fishinger Sr. She is survived by her brother, William A. (Georgeanne) Fishinger Jr.; her son, Louis L. (Melissa) Breitenbach; and her daughter, Dana L. (Eric) Sauers, who were with her until the end. She is also survived by her grandchildren, EJ and Kimberly, who were her entire world. Toni spent her life doing anything she could for her family and friends. Throughout the struggles in her life she always found ways to have a smile on her face and find the goodness in everyone she met. She was an amazing woman with an amazing spirit and will be missed tremendously. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society or the Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Britenbaugh, Helen 99

  • Reserve Township
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Helen (Kasunich) Britenbaugh, 99, of Reserve Township, passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Edwin J. Britenbaugh; loving mother of the late Arlene H. Berner; proud grandmother of Edward J. (Patricia) Berner and Eileen (Gerald) Fester; and great-grandmother of AJ (Ame) DeMarco, Christopher DeMarco, Brett Berner and Matthew Berner. Friends received 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave. (Next to Holy Spirit Parish), Millvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Aloysius Church. Family suggests memorials to the church.
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Brucker, Sarah E. 90

  • Brentwood
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Sarah Elizabeth "Betty" (Diffendal) Brucker, 90, of Brentwood, died peacefully Wednesday, July 1, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of Gregory C. and Anna Rose Diffendal, of McKeesport; devoted wife of the late William J. Brucker Jr.; loving mother of William G. (Anne), Christine (Bob) Kircher, Daniel (Diane), Gregory (Rose), Joseph (Lori), Roselyn (Jeff) Carozza and the late Margaret (Peggy) Daylitko (a Mercy Hospital nurse); adopted mother of Joanne and David Eckert; cherished grandmother of William J. III (Stacy), April and Brenna Brucker, Robert F. III and Kelsey Kircher, Jaclyn, Jessica and Christopher Brucker, Gregory, Alex, Isabella and Natalie Brucker, Joseph, Michael and Justin Brucker and Peter and Dominic Carozza; adopted grandchildren, Grant, Sean and Daniel Eckert; sister of Thomas S. (Mary Lou) Diffendal Sr. and the late Gregory F. Diffendal, Mary Katherine Whitehead, Rose Kulis, James Diffendal and Joseph Diffendal; and dear cousin and friend of Catherine Williams. During World War II, Betty worked in the metallurgical lab of the U.S. Steel Homestead Works. Later she graduated from Shadyside Hospital as an LPN and served her community as a dedicated nurse at Mercy Hospital and Magee-Womens Hospital. She was a longtime member of the Brentwood Civic Club, VFW 1810 Ladies Auxiliary, Brentwood Historical Society, Scarlet Minx Red Hat Club and St. Wendelin Church. She was an avid reader and collector of Department 56 ceramic houses with a village display for each season. Widowed at age 47, she raised seven children as a single parent. Mrs. Brucker encouraged advanced education and was proud to say that within her family she had everything she needed for her own village: five pharmacists, two physicians, a distinguished CMU musician, a Ph.D. in chemistry, a BSN, an RN, a dentist, a CPA, a New York City comedian, a physician's assistant, a physical therapist, a chemical engineer, a mechanical engineer, an attorney, three high school valedictorians and two salutatorians, with 10 younger grandchildren still discovering their talents. Special thanks to Dr. Terence Philbin and the nurses of Mercy Hospital for their loving care. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015 at CIESLACK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at St. Wendelin Parish. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brentwood Library, 3501 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. Please sign online register at www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Eckert Jr., George W. 83

  • Formerly of Allison Park
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • George W. "Bud" Eckert Jr., 83, formerly of Allison Park, died Thursday, June 30, 2015. He was the husband of Shirley M. Eckert; son of the late George W. and Margaret Eckert; father of Kathleen (Charles) Patterson, Keith and Gary (Kathie) Eckert; grandfather of Melissa, Robert, Samantha, Felicia, Brandon and Haley; great-grandfather of Jennifer, Ashley, Danielle, Raymond and Charles; brother of William and Edward Eckert and Marlene Koenig. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Middle Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to Butler V.A. Hospital "Village of Valor" nursing section, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Edwards, Howard W. 91

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Howard W. Edwards, of Plum Borough, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015, surrounded by family. He was the husband for 42 years of the late Jane F. Edwards; loving father of Terrance E. (Diane), Bruce W. (Kitty) and Rebecca J. (Neal) Stoczynski; proud grandfather of Nicholas (Nicole) Edwards, Noah (Kristin) Stoczynski, Phillip Edwards and Tyler (Carrie) Stoczynski; brother of the late Theodore (Lillian) Edwards, Dorothy Buncher, Harry Edwards and Margaret (Elmer) Mathis; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A Navy veteran during World War II, he graduated from Westinghouse High School in 1942 and graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He was employed by Westinghouse Electric Co. in East Pittsburgh for 42 years. Helped form Scout Troop No. 77 and served as First Scout Master and was an active member of Plum Creek Presbyterian Church for more than 65 years. He enjoyed coin collecting, model railroads and his cottage in the Outer Banks. He was kind to all who knew him. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Presbyterian Church of Plum Creek.
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Enright, Suzanne 65

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1950-03-12
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Suzanne (Evans) Enright, 65, of North Versailles, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Thursday, July 2, 2015. She was born March 12, 1950, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edwin F. and Ruth (Funk) Evans and was also preceded in death by a brother, Howard F. "Buzzie" Kretzler. Suzanne was a graduate of Duff's Business Institute and was very proud of her career as a court reporter. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and the church Knit Wits, and was a faithful Bible reader always praising God despite her illness. She is survived by her husband, Timothy Enright; siblings, Mary (Fred) Arden, of Pittsburgh, William H. (Jackie) Evans, of Houston, Leslie (Larry) Cohen, of Princeton, N.J., Barb (Don) Dueker, of Dade City, Fla., and Roy "Butch" (the late Diana) Kretzler and Dennis (Nancy) Kretzler, both of Pittsburgh; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ronald Durika officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made to the Pittsburgh Foundation earmarked for LiveLikeLou.org, 5 PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or the LiveLikeLou Center for ALS Research at University of Pittsburgh, Forbes Tower, Suite 8084, 3600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Fey, Theresa M. 55

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Theresa M. Fey, 55, of Turtle Creek, passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 1, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of the late Mary and Ronald J. Sweeney and Charles Fey Jr.; loving mother of Brandy (John) Fey and Thomas (April) Fey; special niece of Joseph Shelleby; sister of Michael (the late Patricia) Narducci, Charles (Johanna) Fey III, Mary Charmine (Robert) Ondike, Tammy Fey and the late Thomas Fey and Ronald James Sweeney Jr. Theresa was an avid bingo player. A memorial visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday followed by a blessing service at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro Avenues, Turtle Creek (412-823-1950). www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Greulich, Thomas A. 90

  • Harmar Township
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Thomas A. Greulich, 90, of Harmar Township, formerly of Fox Chapel, died suddenly Tuesday, June 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Sally (Bollinger) Greulich; loving father of Thomas A. (Susan) Greulich Jr., of Baltimore, Md., Elizabeth G. (Kevin) Gilleland, of Raleigh, N.C., and Margaret G. Garland, of Ligonier; loving stepfather of Anne (Richard) Vareha, of Mars, and Edward K. (Deb) Davison, of Akron, Ohio; cherished grandfather of Sarah Ruberto, Mary "Meg" Greulich, Sarah and Olivia Gilleland and Robbie and Tommy Garland; step-grandfather of Olivia Vareha, Kaitlyn Vareha and Kyle Vareha; and brother of the late Louis P. Greulich and Margaret G. Hinckley. Tom was a graduate of Shady Side Academy ('43) and Yale University ('49). Between high school and college he served in World War II as a pilot in the Army Air Corps (2nd Lieutenant). He later served as a fighter pilot in the NY Air National Guard (1st Lieutenant), and was a transatlantic pilot for Pan American Airways. He continued his love of flying as a private pilot throughout his life. Tom founded Greulich Inc. in 1954. The company had its beginning in the erection of structural steel and soon expanded into heavy machinery installation, pile driving, concrete work and marine work. The company enjoyed its greatest success in the manufacturing and installation of steel grid bridge flooring systems for new and existing bridges. After selling his company, Tom became an owner/manager of the Fox Chapel Office Center and manager of the Mews II condominium. When he finally retired at 75, Tom continued his regimen of daily exercise and pursued his interests in history, astronomy and current events. He was a voracious reader and also enjoyed watching the college lecture series The Great Courses. Tom was an intelligent, humble, loving man of America's Greatest Generation. He was a longtime member of the Duquesne Club and Longue Vue Club. He will be missed dearly. Funeral services will be held privately. Arrangements are by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to the Salvation Army Western PA Division, PO Box 742, Carnegie, PA 15106.
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Hewitt, Robert B. 13

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Robert B. Hewitt, 13, of Plum Borough, died Thursday, July 2, 2015. He was a beloved son of Rhiannon Hewitt and Jeremy Freshwater; brother of Steven; and grandson of Robert B. Hewitt and Debra Schaffer and Grace and the late Robert Freshwater. Robbie loved to fish. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, PA 15235. Services and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Epilepsy Foundation.
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Hoffstot Jr., Henry P. 97

  • Born: 1917-11-13
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Henry Phipps Hoffstot Jr., 97, died peacefully Monday, June 29, 2015, at his home on Fifth Avenue. As was his wish, he died in the same bedroom where his mother had died nearly half a century ago. Mr. Hoffstot was born on Dunmoyle Street in Pittsburgh on Nov. 13, 1917, the second son of Henry Phipps Hoffstot and Marguerite Martin. He attended Misses Bradshaws' School on School House Lane and was graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1935, Harvard College in 1939, and Harvard Law School in 1942. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946 as a second lieutenant in the Counter Intelligence Corps and was credited with the arrest of Werner von Braun. He joined Reed, Smith, Shaw and McClay in 1942, where he was Assistant Managing Partner from 1972 to 1983. He remained at the firm for 73 years, going to the office regularly until the end of 2014. In 1947, he married Barbara Snyder Drew, daughter of Mary Snyder and James Byron Drew, Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They had two children, a daughter, Thayer Drew; and a son, Henry Phipps Hoffstot III, who is married to the former Daryln Upson Todd Brewer. Mr. Hoffstot had five grandchildren: Ian Hoffstot Unterman, Megan Drew, Dominey Drew, Henry Fife Hoffstot and Maeve Upson Hoffstot. Mr. Hoffstot served on numerous boards, including Carnegie Institute, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the American Museum in Britain, the Morewood-Shadyside Civic Association, St. Edmund's Academy, the Visiting Nurse Foundation, Family and Children's Services, The Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, and Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, among many others. He was director of the Pennsgrove Water Supply Company and the Heppenstall and Midvale-Heppenstall Companies. Over the course of five decades, he served as a Deacon, Elder, President of the Board of Trustees, Ruling Elder, and Clerk of the Session of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He had homes in Pittsburgh, New Waterford, Ohio, Palm Beach, Fla., and County Galway, Ireland. There was a private burial Thursday in New Waterford, Ohio. A memorial service will take place this summer at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).
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Ledgerwood, Madeline A. 81

  • Kennedy Township
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: McDermott, Kennedy Township | Get Directions
  • Madeline A. (LeGrand) Ledgerwood, 81, of Kennedy Township, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015, surrounded by her family while at UPMC Presbyterian of Pittsburgh. She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Edward A. Ledgerwood; loving children, Tom (Joyce) Ledgerwood, of Aliquippa, Jan (Pete) Beccari, of Oakdale, and Jack (Susy) Ledgerwood, of Herndon, Va.; four grandchildren, Julie (Jonathan) Cook, of Rock Hill, S.C., Laura (Mike) Seibert, of Bel Air, Md., Aaron Ledgerwood, of Pittsburgh, and Megan Ledgerwood, of Aliquippa; eight great-grandchildren, Caleb, Ethan and Gabriel Cook, Mary Grace, Lucia, Joseph, Gianna and Baby Seibert; and one brother, Jerry (Dolby) LeGrand. Madeline was preceded in death by infant grandsons, John Blaise, Alexander and Kolbe Cook. She was aunt to many nieces and nephews and friend to many whom she loved dearly. Madeline loved her family tremendously and was there for every milestone and event in their lives. She was a giving and loving person who made friends quickly due to her ability to make everyone feel comfortable in her presence. Madeline adored the seashore but her favorite beach stateside was Myrtle Beach, S.C. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Friends may visit 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Forest Grove Road, Coraopolis (Kennedy Township), where a prayer service will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Monday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at noon at St. Malachy Church. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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Melonya, Helen E. 94

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1920-12-22
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Helen E. Melonya, 94, of Clairton, passed away at home Thursday, July 2, 2015. She was born Dec. 22, 1920, to the late Orlando and Veranda Coletti Gentile. Helen was the loving wife of the late Henry Melonya who passed away in 1991. Along with her parents and husband, Helen, was preceded in death by a son, Daniel, who passed away in 2007. She is survived by nieces and nephews. Helen lived her entire life in the Clairton area, was a supervisor at U.S. Steel Irvin Works, a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N 6th St., Clairton, PA 15025, where memorial service will follow immediately, presided by Pastor Michael Airgood. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Pine Run United Methodist Church, 901 N 6th St., Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Robertson, Gertrude 91

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1924-03-31
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Gertrude "Trudy" Robertson, 91, of McKeesport, died at home Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Born March 31, 1924, in Glassport, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Eleanor (Luty) Bratkowski and wife of the late Russell Robertson. Trudy wanted her family and friends to know that she had a good life and enjoyed it. She wished the very same for everyone. Trudy and her husband were great travelers, saw the United States and Canada by private rail car. Their adventures together took them as far from home as Germany on two occasions. Trudy retired from U.S. Steel where she was employed in the Pittsburgh office as an administrative assistant in the Traffic Department. She had the same position earlier in life with the Pennsylvania Rail Road Company. Trudy is survived by her niece, Catherine Bratkowski, of Pittsburgh; and nephew, Walter (Maryellen) Bratkowski, of Pittsburgh; cousins, Joanne (Tim) Duskey, Richard (Susan) Bratkowski, Larry (Diane) Luty, Denise (Al) Murray, Casey Kubik, of West Newton, and Alice (Frank) Bonadio, of New Castle; and dear friends. She was preceded in death by sister, Helen Marquardt; and brother, Walter Bratkowski. Friends and family will be received from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Pastor Jody Dausey will officiate. Committal service and entombment will follow at McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, beside her beloved husband. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Rogers, Judith V. 71

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Judith Victoria Rogers, 71, of McCandless, died Friday, July 3, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Eugene E. Rogers; mother of Victoria Ann (Robert) Hall and Cynthia Jean (Todd) Haley; sister of Nancy (the late William) Borodycia, Linda (Richard) Husak and Anthony (Leafie) Phillips; and grandmother of Mariah Schlegel, Benjamin Schlegel, Caleb Hall, Monica (Sean) Rourke, Anthony Haley and Shanna Haley. Judy was preceded in death by her late infant brother, Robert; and her parents, Anthony and Mary Fedornak Phillips. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015, and Monday, July 6, 2015, at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2230 Rochester Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Contributions may be made to Catholic Hospice, 6200 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2500 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090 or St. John Neuman Parish. www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Ryave, David B.

  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • David B. Ryave passed unexpectedly Wednesday, July 1, 2015. He was the most beloved son of Gail and the late Arnold Ryave and David Acevedo; beloved father of Daniel, Jacob and Allie Ryave; treasured grandson of the late Seymour and Ceil Perlut; great-grandson of the late Belle Perlut; cherished brother of Sharon Ryave Brody and Rose Ann Stophel; fun-loving and adored uncle of Ben and Josh Brody; beloved nephew of Roni Perlut; and cousin of Stephen Murray Perlut. David was the former vice president and supervisor of Ralph Schugar Chapel, where he devoted his heart and soul to the Pittsburgh Jewish Community from the time he was 14 years old when he began working with his dad, Arnold Ryave, on weekends. Services were held at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Interment at Beth Shalom Cemetery. Contributions in David's memory may be made to Aleph Institute, 5804 Beacon St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. www.schugar.com.
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Scarry, Ron

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Ron Scarry passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, in Pittsburgh, from an injury resulting from an accidental fall. He was born in Connellsville and was the son of the late Margaret Scarry. He is survived by Linden Freeman, his beloved life partner, and Richard Miles, his beloved friend and soul mate for more than 46 years. He is also survived by his brother, James Scarry and his wife, Cherie; and his nephew, Jamie Scarry and his wife, Julie, and their children, Kennedy, Piper and Parker. Ron lived a full life. As a federal employee, his career took him from Detroit, Mich., to Washington, D.C., then to New York City. His favorite memories were living in Manhattan during the disco era becoming an A-lister at the mega clubs such as The Saint, Studio 54, The Limelight and many others. He later moved to Miami, Fla., for 10 years prior to returning to his home state of Pennsylvania. He loved living in the city of Pittsburgh with its open air markets and many festivities. His heart remained in Connellsville where he maintained a second residence and visited monthly. His favorite hobbies included taking photos, creating floral arrangements and pampering his pet cat, Baxter. He will be so very missed by all who knew and loved him. At his request, he will be cremated. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to donate towards his funeral expenses, may do so directly to Paul Fink Funeral Home, Connellsville, 724-628-1872.
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Schmidt, Ruth L. 74

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1940-11-25
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Ruth L. Schmidt, 74, of White Oak, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015, at UPMC McKeesport. Born Nov. 25, 1940, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late William Best Schmidt and the late Ruth Lillian Nelson Schmidt. She is survived by cousins and many, many friends. Ruth was a member of the First Evangelical Free Church, its Senior Achievers and was a choir director. She previously had been the organist at Kephart United Methodist Church for many years. A graduate of Wheaton College, she was extremely involved as a music teacher at McKeesport Area Senior High School until her retirement. She was involved in the musicals and the choral groups at the junior and senior high levels. She mentored many students to the musical competitions on the local and state level in which many students excelled. She was director of the Acapella Choir which participated in many nursing home functions and at Christmas season, performed at the US Steel building in Pittsburgh. She always went out of her way to help the children in her choir with special needs. Ruth was a member of the PSEA. She enjoyed being a member of the Red Hat group and always enjoyed going to lunch or dinner with friends. She will be greatly missed by her many friends who knew her and loved her. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the funeral home with Pastor Kirk Albrecht officiating. Interment will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery, West Mifflin. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Surunis, Mary A. 87

  • Formerly of Forest Hills
  • Born: 1928-01-28
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary A. (Keffales) Surunis, 87, of Aiken, S.C., formerly of Forset Hills, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Mary was born Jan. 28, 1928, in Pittsburgh, and raised on Lockhart Street on the North Side. She was a 1948 graduate of Allegheny High School. She was the beloved wife of the late James Surunis who went to be with the Lord June 2, 1976; loving mother of Stacey (Rich) Gamrat, of Aiken, S.C., Efthemia (Ronald) Yerman, of New Milford, Conn., Christ (Tamsin) Surunis, of Alameda, Calif., and John (died at birth); proud Yia Yia of Steven (Brigitte) and Christine Gamrat, Jamie and Paul Ezdebski, Anton, Zachary and Teo Surunis and Sarah Madsen; great-grandmother of Grayson, Sofia, Jacob, Benjamin and Seth. She was preceded in death by brothers, George and Bob Christ and Tony and James Keffales. Also survived by her dog and loyal companion, Angel. During her lifetime, Mary was employed by Heinz, Westinghouse -Trafford Division and most recently the former Radisson Hotel, Monroeville, from which she retired after 18 years of service. Mary enjoyed playing bingo, but her favorite pastime was being with her beloved family and friends. Visitors are welcome to pay respect from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion will be prayed at 7 p.m. Monday. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti) in East Pittsburgh. Additional viewing in church one hour prior to the service. Mary will be laid to rest, immediately following, in William Penn Cemetery, Churchill. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Teti, Salvatore A. 93

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1922-03-14
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Willig, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Salvatore A. Teti, 93, of McKeesport, died Monday, June 29, 2015, at Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. He was born March 14, 1922, in Palena, Italy. He was the beloved husband of the late Enis (Pettinari) Teti and son of the late Angelo and Rosemilda (Travalini) Teti. Salvatore worked as a millwright for U.S. Steel for 42 years. He was a World War II Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He was also a longtime member of St. Patrick Church and was a choir member until 2013. He was also a member of the American Legion No. 731, Amvets, Italian Sons and Daughters of America and President of the Palanese Club of America for more than 25 years. He was a member of the 11th Ward Club. His hobbies included gardening, handyman work and he was also an avid bowler until the age of 92. He was the loving father of Gloria (the late Robert) Wargo, of Garden Grove, Calif., Anthony (Karen) Teti, of Pittsburgh, and the late Rita Taylor; grandfather of Jenna (Jim) Murphy, Aaron Wargo, Evan (Meaghan) Wargo, Josh and Cassi Teti, Tracy and Jesse Taylor; great-grandfather of Elizabeth and Jaise Murphy and Isla Wargo; and brother of Mario and Perino Teti. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at St. Patrick Church. Father Vincent Velas will be the celebrant. Entombment to follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery. Salvatore was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Vojtek, Rev. John C. 70

  • Formerly of Munhall
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Rev. John C. Vojtek, 70, formerly of Munhall Gardens, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late John P. and Helen (Yadvis) Vojtek; brother of Bonnie (Joseph) DiCarlo, of Pittsburgh, Anita Walsh (Tim Grupac), of Penn Township, Mary Ellen Vojtek (Doug Hamilton), of Los Angeles, Calif., Paul (Diane) Vojtek, of Erie, Ed (Michelle) Vojtek, of Monroeville, and the late Thomas Vojtek; also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends and parish families. Father Vojtek was an outstanding athlete at Munhall High School. He was ordained a priest in 1976 by Bishop Vincent Leonard. He served as a priest at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Glenshaw, St. Mary Parish, Beaver Falls, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, East McKeesport, St. Bonaventure Parish, Glenshaw, St. Philip and James Parish, New Castle, Madonna of Czestochowa Parish, New Castle, St. Joseph Parish, Aliquippa and pastor of All Saints Parish, Pittsburgh and Transfiguration Parish, Russellton. Father Vojtek was a passionate supporter of the unborn child and the Pro-Life movement. He was a sports enthusiast and loved playing golf, in which he always overestimated his capabilities. He was a great bowler and truly loved his time spent at the Club Alley's in Homestead and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Translation service at 7 p.m. Monday in St. Rita Church, 219 W. Schwab Ave., Munhall, followed by visitation until 9 pm. Additional visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your home parish in Father Vojtek's memory. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Wagner, Theresa A. 75

  • Monroeville , Formerly of Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Theresa A. (Planiczki) Wagner, 75, of Monroeville, formerly of Turtle Creek, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, July 2, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Fetch) Planiczki; loving mother of James M. (Laura Duff) Wagner, Daniel J. (Laura) Wagner and Michael L. (Jenny) Wagner; dear grandmother of Julia, James and Alex; sister of Lillian (Clarence) Albensi, Julia Kruppa and Anne (David) McConaha; also several nieces and nephews. Theresa was very strong in her faith. She loved her gardening and crocheting afghans. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek 412-823-1950. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Colman Parish, 100 Tri-boro Highway, Turtle Creek, with interment to follow at Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Crowe, Clarence S. 92

  • Born: 1922-11-22
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Martucci Funeral Home, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Friends will be received 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A service of remembrance will follow at 6 p.m. led by Pastor Robert L. Wratchford. Interment will be private. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Fullman, Irene 86

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Irene (Iwaniec) Fullman, 86, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, July 3, 2015. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A complete obituary will be published in the Sunday edition of the Greensburg Tribune-Review. www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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McNally, Adam J. 25

  • Alverton
  • Born: 1989-08-16
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Adam Jason "Bird" McNally, 25, of Alverton, died Tuesday evening, June 30, 2015. He was born Aug. 16, 1989, in Latrobe, the son of John David and Sonya A. Moore McNally. Bird was a graduate of Southmoreland High School, Class of 2008. He was employed by National Hydraulic of Mt. Pleasant as a laborer, for 10 years. He enjoyed riding horses, motorcycles and enjoyed working on his truck. In addition to his parents, Adam is survived by his sister, Tiffany A. Griffith and husband, Dave, of Scottdale; his brother, Jon C. McNally and fiancee, Brianne Hennesey, of Alverton; his two nephews, Evan and Luke Griffith, of Scottdale; his maternal grandfather, Charles H. Moore and wife, JoAnn, of Alverton; his four uncles, Mark McNally and wife, Marci, of Newell, Ricky Moore, of Alverton, Keith Moore and wife, Marybeth, of Alverton, and Gregory Garsteck, of Connellsville; his aunt, Kathryn "Kathy" Routzahn and husband, John, of Connellsville; and a number of cousins. Bird was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Rebecca J. O'Toole Moore (Aug. 11, 1994); his paternal grandparents, John "Jack" and Minnie Hunter McNally (July 8, 1982) and (June 17, 2014) respectively; and his aunt, Jacqueline "Jackie" Garsteck (March 21, 2000). Bird's family will greet friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Jeffrey Welsh officiating. Chapel service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, send condolences or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Mears, Nevin D. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-03-26
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nevin D. Mears, 81, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Wellsprings Memory Care Facility. He was born March 26, 1933, in Greensburg, a son of the late Lloyd and Emma Shearar Mears. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed for 43 years for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. He was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army, and was an active member of the American Legion Post 981 South Greensburg, where he had served as past commander. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Anna Mary Koch Mears; three brothers, Robert, Charles "Dutch" and Lloyd "Bud"; and sister, Betty. He is survived by his devoted stepdaughter, Maxine Zachetti (Melvin); his beloved grandchildren, Brian Zachetti (Anne) and Jeffrey (Ami); great-grandchildren, Mia Zachetti and Isabella Zachetti; a sister, Jean McGlothlin (William); and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Entombment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery Mausoleum with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 981 Honor Guard. The family would like to thank the staff of Weatherwood Manor, Wellsprings and Viaquest Hospice for their compassionate care during Nevin's long battle with dementia. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rose, Christine 80

  • Formerly of Harrison City
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Christine (George) Rose, 80, formerly of Harrison City, died Friday, July 3, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Lewis Rose; loving mother of Jeffrey (Mary Ann) Rose, Kenneth (Nancy) Rose, Daniel (Courtney) Rose and Scott (Dawn) Rose; sister of Thelma Kidd, Joy Fry, Vicki Detore and the late Dorothy George; also survived by nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Penn-Zion Lutheran Church, Harrison City, with Pastor Roger L. Steiner officiating. Arrangements by the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to Penn-Zion Lutheran Church, 3417 Route 130, Harrison City, PA 15636. Online condolences may be made at www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Sheele, Eleanor 94

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1921-06-12
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Sheele, 94, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, July 3, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Eleanor was born June 12, 1921, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Albert and Virginia Pergalski Gorecki. Eleanor was a devoted mother to her family. She loved to do plastic canvas and bake and she was noted for her bread and cookies she baked for the holidays. Eleanor loved doing word searches and spending time with her family. Eleanor always had a smile on her face and a wry sense of humor and always put others before herself. She was a member of the former Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church and the Transfiguration Rosary Society. She is survived by her sons, James and wife, Mary Ann, Thomas and his companion, Betty Sparks, her caretaker and son, Robert, and youngest son, Donald and wife, Rose; and son-in-law, Rodger Pospisil. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; also survived by two sisters, Cecelia Barrick, of Mt. Pleasant, and Florence Zemba, of Jeannette; and brother, Edward Gorecki and his wife, Dorothy, of Mt. Pleasant. Eleanor will be missed by her family and all of her friends. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, William; daughter, Patty Pospisil; daughter-in-law, Cathy; and sisters, Sister Mary Amelia, Frances Bailey and Marcella Symanski. Friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday and the Transfiguration Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. Monday, both in the funeral home. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Snyder-Marshall, Patti J. 65

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1950-05-23
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Mason, Davidsville | Get Directions
  • Patti Jean (Cook) Snyder-Marshall, 65, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at home. She was born May 23, 1950, in Delaware, Ohio. She was preceded in death by first husband, Ernest Snyder. She is survived by husband of 11 years, Thomas Marshall, and these children, beloved daughter, Kacey Snyder, Kyle (Cara) Snyder, Patrick (Heather) Marshall and Charles Whipkey (Wendy Hoover); also survived by grandchildren, Laela, Charlotte, Samantha (Brandon) Day, Austin, Sydney and Hailey; also numerous friends and family. Patti retired from the Boys College in Monroeville. Family receiving friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at the GEORGE E. MASON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1687 Tire Hill Road, Davidsville, PA 15928, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment at Custer Cemetery. Those who wish, please make donations to the family for items needed at the Malcom House, where Kacey resides, in memory of Patti.
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Walicki, Edward V. 94

  • Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Edward V. Walicki, 94, of Lower Burrell, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Life Care Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born Oct. 21, 1921, in New Kensington, to the late Andrew and Dimicelyia Slowinska Walicki and had been a life resident of the local area. A glasscutter, he worked for the former American St. Gobain Glass Co. in Arnold. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army as a technician fifth rank with the 239th Engineer Combat Battalion in the Pacific Theater. Edward was a member of the VFW and enjoyed fishing. He is survived by a sister, Vera Thomashevsky, of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Peter, Julian and Walter Walicki; and sisters, Mary Radomile, Beatrice Howard, Helen Primozic, Cecelia Walicki and Jennie Walicki. Private services were conducted by the Rev. Harold Mele, with burial in St. Mary Cemetery. Arrangements by the RUSIEWICZ FAMILY OF FUNERAL DIRECTORS, Arnold and Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Weishorn, Eugene M. 67

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1947-11-12
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Eugene M. Weishorn, 67, of North Huntingdon, died at home Wednesday, July 1, 2015. He was born Nov. 12, 1947, in Braddock, a son of the late Roy and Helen (Humenik) Weishorn and was also preceded in death by a brother, William Weishorn. He was a former employee of Westinghouse Electric Corp., East Pittsburgh. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Kearns, of McDonald, and Lori (Louis) Pasquale, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Amanda (Zack) Martsolf and Brandon Graft; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Ron (Linda) Weishorn, of Manor; a sister, Debbie (Darryl) Petrocelli, of Blue Bell; nieces and nephews; and his cat, Mini. Friends will be received from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a blessing service will follow at 6 p.m. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Armstrong County

Hoch, Jeffrey A. 60

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1955-04-28
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey A. Hoch, 60, of Leechburg, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born April 28, 1955, in Pittsburgh, the son of Mildred (Smail) Hoch, of Leechburg, and the late Theodore K. Hoch. He was employed at Hyde Park Foundry, Hyde Park, for 30 years, before retiring; a member of the Sokol Club in Leechburg; Sons of the American Legion in Vandergrift; and Kelly Station Sportsman's Club. Jeffrey enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycle. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Steve A. Hoch (Kathryn), of Leechburg; his brother, Dean Hoch (Deborah), of Gilpin Township; two grandchildren, Grace and Marshall; and his loving fiancee, Lynn Prunty, of South Leechburg. At the request of Mr. Hoch, there will be no public visitation or funeral ceremonies. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051). To send an online condolence to the Hoch family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Klingensmith, Sandra D. 56

  • Sugarcreek
  • Born: 1958-10-25
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Buechele, East Brady | Get Directions
  • Sandra D. Klingensmith, 56, of Butler and Sugarcreek, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Butler Memorial Hospital. Born Oct. 25, 1958, she was the daughter of David B. and Marjorie "Carolyn" (McCanna) Irwin. Sandy was married to Mark Klingensmith for 37 years. They resided in New Iberia, La. for the majority of those years. Sandy loved animals, playing scrabble and cards, listening to music especially 70s music, Christian music and was a huge Elton John fan. Sandy had a great sense of humor and always made people laugh, especially her seven beautiful grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Mark Klingensmith, of New Iberia, La.; and two daughters, Caryn (Jason) Benoit and Amy (Blake) Edler, both of New Iberia; her mother, Carolyn Irwin, of Sugarcreek; five sisters, Marilyn "Marilee" Wiseman, Patricia (Jim) Emminger, Linda (Jack) Schwab, Cherie Greenspring and Robin (Ron) Patch; and one brother, David Irwin. Sandy is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kayla, Kelsey, Gracie, Tyler, Corgan, Riley and Jackson; two best friends of 50 years, Tammy (Clyde) Beham and Janice (George) LaVan; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, and one sister, Cynthia Schaumloffel. Friends of Sandra D. Klingensmith will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015, at BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 707 Kellys Way, East Brady, PA 16028. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home with Pastor Mark Hillwig of the East Brady Baptist Church officiating. The family suggests memorials in Sandy's name be made to Orphans of the Storm, 11878 State Route 85, Kittanning, PA 16201. To view or express condolences, please visit www.BuecheleFuneralHome.com.
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Troup, Susan L. 35

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1980-01-14
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Susan L. Troup, 35, of Ford City, died Friday, July 3, 2015, at her residence. Born Jan. 14, 1980, in Yuma, Ariz., she was a daughter of Bradley Yount and Melissie Weatherford Yount, both of Adrian, and also Roger Carter, of Yuma. She had lived in the area for the past 21 years. She was employed at Med Staffers as a licensed practical nurse and enjoyed reading and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Justin Troup, of Ford City; daughters, Jacalyn Troup, of Rural Valley, and Jaidyn Troup, of Ford City; brother, Steven Carter, of Adrian; stepbrother, Bradley J. Yount; sister, Christy and Andrew Shaffer, of Natrona Heights; and nephew, Cole Shaffer. Visitation will be held 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, where funeral service will follow at 8 p.m., with Pastor Kevin Giddings officiating.
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Zeiger, Robert N. 89

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Robert Nelson Zeiger, 89, of Kittanning, died Thursday, July 2, 2015. Born in Kearny, N.J., he was raised in Summit, N.J. He studied engineering at Northwestern University until being drafted into the Army in 1943. The Army sent him to Penn State University to continue his studies. Upon discharge, he returned to Penn State, where he earned three engineering degrees and was a member of Tau Beta Pi and four other honorary societies. Bob had a beautiful, baritone voice, and sang church solos while at Northwestern. He played the flute and was an avid tennis player and swimmer. Employed by U.S. Steel, he established computer programs in plants here and in France.In retirement, he split his time between Acapulco, Mexico and Kittanning, and climbed mountains in Mexico and France. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Dorothy (Slade) Zeiger; and is survived by his brother, Donald Zeiger of Wilton, N.Y. Arrangements are being handled by the BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, Kittanning. To send condolences to the family visit: www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Butler County

Crummy, Virginia R. 88

  • Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1927-02-06
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Virginia R. "VA" Crummy, 88, of Middlesex Township, Valencia, died Wednesday morning, July 1, 2015, at Saxony Health Center in Saxonburg. Born in Middlesex Township, Feb. 6, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Andrew J. and Effie Morrow Lisman. In 1948, she graduated with 37 classmates in the last Cadet Nursing Class at Butler Memorial Hospital. VA was a registered nurse and had worked as the supervisor for the operating room at Butler Memorial Hospital for 10 years. She then took time off to raise her family and then worked as a floor nurse for 25 years. She was a lifelong member and former deacon of Glade Run Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and was elementary youth director for 10 years. VA was active in the Royal Grange and was a volunteer with the South Butler Community Meals on Wheels. Surviving are her husband, W. Donald Crummy, whom she married on Aug. 30, 1952; and two sons, William Crummy and his wife, Martha, of Richland Township, and David Crummy and his wife, Kristen, of Butler. She was the grandmother of Matthew, Tyler, Ellen and John Crummy; and great-grandmother of Carter Jacob and Shae Lynn Crummy. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Gladys Truver, Dorothy Lisman, Mary K. Stone and Hazel Wilson; and her brothers, Andrew and Charles Lisman. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in Glade Run United Presbyterian Church, 1091 Pittsburgh Road, Valencia, PA 16059, with the Rev. Greg Wiest, pastor, officiating. Please meet at the church. Burial will be in Glade Run Cemetery, Middlesex Township. Memorials may be made to South Butler Community Meals on Wheels, 1091 Pittsburgh Road, Valencia, PA 16059. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Flinchbaugh, Barbara 77

  • Center Township
  • Born: 1937-10-20
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Barbara Powell Flinchbaugh, 77, of Center Township, Butler, died Friday morning, July 3, 2015, in the comfort of her home. Born Oct. 20, 1937, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Robert L. and Jessie Mayne Fisher Powell. Barbara had been a member of the Junior Women's Club of Butler, the Butler County Art Association and the Butler Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen E. Flinchbaugh, who she married Oct. 11, 1958, and who died Aug. 28, 2009. Surviving is a nephew, David Cubbison, of Bedford. Arrangements are private under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. Barbara will be buried on her family's plot at New Waterford Cemetery in New Waterford, Ohio. Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
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Fayette County

Coligan, Clyde G. 87

  • Born: 1928-03-28
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Clyde G. Coligan, 87, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Uniontown Hospital. He was born March 28, 1928 in Trotter, the son of the late Benjamin F. and Anna Colbert Coligan. He was a graduate of Dunbar Township High School. He served in the Army and was a member of the American Legion, Carmichaels. He worked and retired in milk delivery in Maryland. He is survived by sons, David and wife, Janet, of Jessup, Md., and Robert, of Holiday, Fla.; grandchildren, Teressa Neff, Julie Tegeler, Deborah Adams and husband, Fred, Savanah, Cody and Brooke Coligan; great-grandchildren, Stacy and Bailey Adams; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Hope Neff; brothers, Robert, Eugene, Donald, Frank, James, Orrin, Regis and Bernie; sisters, Freda and Mildred Coligan, Meredith, Francis, Geraldine Bartholomai, and Thelma Ambrisco. Family and friends will be received from 5 until 8 p.m., when a funeral service will be held, Sunday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will be private.
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Downing, Clara A. 73

  • Connellsville , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1942-02-24
  • Died: 2015-06-02
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Clara Ann Downing, 73, of Connellsville, formerly of Jeannette, died Thursday, June 2, 2015, in Eicher Family Home, Normalville. She was born Feb. 24, 1942, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Reginald and Clara B. (Lester) Downing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by nieces, Karen White, Kimberly Rindt and Sharon Downing; and a nephew, Robert Downing. Clara is survived by her brothers, John Downing and his wife, Wanda, of Manor, Lester Downing and his wife, Donna, of Greensburg, Ronald Downing and his wife, Ethel, of Connecticut, and Ken Downing and his wife, Pat, of McCullough; her sister, Regina B. Bosch and her husband, Duane, of Connellsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015, in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Lee Malley officiating. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Washington County

Reo, Rosemary 82

  • Donora
  • Born: 1933-06-09
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Rosemary Reo, 82, of Donora, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the Residence at Hilltop in Carroll Township. She was born June 9, 1933, in Donora, the daughter of the late Dominic and Mary Prestia Muia. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Reo, on April 11, 2015; brothers, Enrico and Paul Muia; and sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Yatchyshyn, Helen Vayansky, and Jean Molchan. Survivors include her son, Mark Reo and his wife, Lisa, of Maryland; and a sister, Louise Vitale of Donora. Arrangements are being handled by the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2015. Funeral Service will be at Anthony L. Massafra Funeral Home and Cremation Service Inc., at 1 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2015, with the Rev. Father Pierre M. Falkenhan officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Miller, Iva Margaret 93

  • Lancaster , Formerly of Adamstown
  • Born: 1921-12-03
  • Died: 2015-07-03
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Iva Margaret (Brooks) Miller, 93, of Lancaster, formerly of Adamstown and Indian Head, passed away peacefully Friday, July 3, 2015, in the Hospice Center of Lancaster, Mount Joy, with her loving family at her side. She was born Dec. 3, 1921, in Indian Head, a daughter of the late Clyde B. and Maude Miller Brooks. Iva Margaret was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1940. She then received her teaching degree from what is now the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1944. She began her teaching career in the Saltlick Township School District. Prior to her retirement, she was a second grade teacher at the Adamstown Elementary School in the Cocalico School District. She was also the former owner/operator, along with her husband, of the Knotty Pine Motel, in Adamstown. She was a member of Indian Head Church of God. Iva Margaret will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving family: her children, Michael Lynn Miller, of Lancaster, Merle Patrick Miller and wife, Tammy, of Ephrata, and Sarah Susan Myers and husband, Brad, of Akron, Pa.; her grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Lindsay, Ellen and Brody; her sister, Virginia White, of Indian Head; and her brother, Samuel C. Brooks and wife, Delores, of Connellsville. In addition to her parents, Iva Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Merle E. Miller, Feb. 13, 2007; and her sisters, Jeanne King and Doris Miller. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, 724-455-2310, where funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Ed Mikkelsen officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Champion. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Walko, Lawrence G. 92

  • Brandenburg, Ky. , Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1922-11-08
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Lawrence George Walko, 92, of Brandenburg, Ky., formerly of Lower Burrell, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Gifford Memorial Hospital, Randolph, Vt. He was born Nov. 8, 1922, in Mary D, Pa., to the late Michael John and Veronica Alice Milot Walko. He was a paint technician for PPG Paints in Springdale, retiring with 47 years of service. A World War II veteran, he served with the Army as a technician 5th grade with the 188th Signal Repair Company. Lawrence was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed golf, gardening and time with his family. He is survived by his children, Caryl Ann (Roger) Pittiglio, Columbia, Md., Lawrence G. (Carol) Walko Jr., Brandenburg, Ky., and Judith (Sam) Paddock, of Braintree, Vt.; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a sister, Theresa Lee, of Pottsville. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael C. Walko; his wife, Virginia Walko; a brother, Michael J. Walko; and a sister, Dorothy Sohnle. Friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where services will follow at 1 p.m., by the Rev. Dave Hefferan. Entombment with military honors by the Army will follow in Greenwood Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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