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Aleksa, Mary A. 83

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Mary A. Aleksa, 83, of Bethel Park, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. She was a devoted daughter of the late George and Mary (Ladik) Aleksa; loving sister of Helen McLane, of Farmville, Va., Florence (Michael) Gaydos, of Bethel Park, and the late Anna Evans and Margaret Stibrik; and cherished aunt of many nieces and nephews. Mary was a retired secretary from the U.S. Steel Homestead Works. Friends will be welcomed from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Family and friends will gather at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in St. Thomas More Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of Western PA, 3468 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or a charity of your choice. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Beitler, Agnes 97

  • Formerly of Spring Hill
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Agnes Beitler, 97, formerly of Spring Hill, died Friday, April 18, 2014. She was the wife of the late Edward J.; mother of Elaine J. Butler; grandmother of Janice Butler Frank (Kyle) and Michael Butler (Connie); great-grandmother of Evan Garbowsky and Makaela Butler; and sister of the late Annella "Nell" Stehle. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon Monday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Memorials suggested to Concordia at Rebecca Residence, 3746 Cedar Ridge Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Cosentino, Richard M.

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel , Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Richard M. Cosentino of Pittsburgh died Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Doreen Donauer Cosentino; father of Caterina Natalia (Michael), Domenick Cosentino (Megan), Richard S. Cosentino (Lisa) and Michael Cosentino; "Papa" of Thomas, Michael, and Joseph Natalia, Grace, Sebastian and Neva Cosentino; brother of Louise Carter and the late Vera McDaniel and Louis Cosentino; and uncle of Jack, Dennis and Patrick McDaniel. During the Korean War, Rich was a Civil Engineer in the Air Force and served as a first lieutenant, and was the former Director of the Pittsburgh Water Department and Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. He was a landscape architect, and an avid Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Pitt fan. Richard will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., (http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Cathedral. Remembrances may be made to St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or the American Cancer Society.
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Cronin, Margaret Peg M. 94

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. "Peg" (Connors) Cronin, 94, of Munhall died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late P.J. and Margaret Connors, who were of Lawrenceville; devoted wife of 36 years to the late Thomas V. Cronin; loving mother of Thomas Cronin, of Martinsburg, W.Va., Elaine (late Jack) Loeffert, of Murrysville, Timothy Cronin, of Buckhannon, W.Va., Terence (Linda) Cronin, of Buckhannon, W.Va., and Patricia Cronin O'Neill, of Munhall; caring sister of the late Roy Connors, Anna Mae Lynn and Patricia Lang; playful and loving grandmother of Eric Loeffert, Dr. Kathleen (Jeff Kepler) Loeffert, Callie (Nathan) Sams, Timothy Cronin, Terry (Colleen Schmidt) O'Neill, Sean (Jessie) O'Neill and Ian Cronin; adoring great-grandmother of Michael and Margaret Kepler and Zoi Loeffert; and known as "Aunt Marg" to many loving nieces and nephews. A member of St. Therese Women's Guild, Duquesne Golf Club and AARP, Peg was employed at the J. C. Penney North East Regional Office before retiring after 22 years of employment. Peg will be remembered by her large and loving extended family and by friends for her wonderful sense of humor and her courage and determination in the face of adversity. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Therese Church, Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Cvetnic, William J. 84

  • Chalfant
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • William J. Cvetnic, 84, a life-long resident of Chalfant, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Sandra D. (Yoha) Cvetnic, who died on the same date, April 17, two years ago in 2012; and the father of William D. Cvetnic, M.D., of Florida. He was also the uncle of Sandy Palocsko of California and Gene Palocsko of Philadelphia; brother-in-law of Patsy (Yoha) and Gene Krenicky, of West Mifflin. Mr. Cvetnic was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Rose Cvetnic; his sisters, Caroline Polesnak and Betty Palocsko; and his nephew, Father Roman Polesnak. Bill was a Korean War Army veteran and was a retired mechanical engineer from Aetna Standard Engineering Co. He was also a renowned musician of Tamburitza music. In 1996, Bill was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Tamburitza Association of America in Milwaukee. Bill played with various Tamburitza groups over the years such as the Balkan Four, Danny Kukich Orchestra, Balkan Serenaders, Dunav and Novi Glas. He performed throughout the country with his groups and once played at a banquet for the late King Peter of Yugoslavia while he was visiting Pittsburgh. Not only was Bill a musician playing the tambura, the prim and the bugarija, but he also made musical instruments. He was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union, Lodge No. 141. Along with his love of music, Bill was a long-time season ticketholder and staunch fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a Blessing Service will be held at 1 p.m.Tuesday. Entombment with military honors will follow at Penn Lincoln Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to the Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Fund, 100 Delaney Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15235. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Franciscus, Chyla R. 22

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Chyla Rose Franciscus, 22, of Penn Hills, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of James E. Franciscus and Melanie (Potts) Franciscus; loving sister of James Franciscus; fiancee of Brandon Carter; granddaughter of Bonnie (late Edward) Franciscus and Jack and Rose Potts; and also survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins and her beloved dog, "Dria." Friends will be received 2 to 7 p.m. Monday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank) Plum, PA 15239, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment is to follow in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Gaisford, Dr. John C. 98

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John C. Gaisford, M.D., 98, of Fox Chapel, passed away on Masters Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances Jacobs Gaisford; and father of Linda Tedder (Mike), Cindy Close (Chuck) and Carolyn Imbriglia (Joe). Also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends were received this past Thursday, April 17, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., where services were held this past Friday, April 18, 2014. Remembrances may be made to West Penn Hospital Burn Care Center, 4800 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Gedeon, George C. 94

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • George Casper Gedeon, 94, of Scott Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Leaetta I. Gedeon; son of the late Casper and Anna Gedeon; loving father of Dr. John Gedeon, William Gedeon, Linda (Paul) Gulyas, Donald Gedeon and Susan (Abby) Bishop; brother of the late Lucille Parmley and Regina Grady; and dear grandfather of nine granddaughters. Mr. Gedeon was a member of SS. Simon and Jude Church, graduate of Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a B.A. degree in mechanical engineering, a proud Navy veteran of World War II, avid golfer and most of all he was a very loving husband, father and grandfather. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in SS. Simon and Jude Church. Interment private by family only. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Golick, James L. 83

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • James L. Golick, 83, of Pitcairn, formerly of Monroeville, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Tressa (Hunt) Golick; loving father of Susan (William) Coyne, James Golick, Michael Golick and Carol Golick; and brother of Irene (Edgar) George. Jim was the former owner of Golick Motors in Pitcairn for more than 60 years where he had sold Hudsons, Nash, American Motors, Renault, Jeep and Chrysler. He was the past president of the Pittsburgh Automobile Trade Association and the Western Pennsylvania Dealer Advertising Association. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at North American Martyrs Parish. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, 3468 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Harrison Jr., Harry Ed 94

  • Harmar Township
  • Born: 1920-01-04
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Harry "Ed" Harrison Jr., 94, a lifelong resident of Harmar Township, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Harmar Village. He was born Jan. 4, 1920, in Harmar, to the late Harry E. Sr. and Flora Jane McKrell Harrison. Ed was employed by Gulf Research and Development Corp., as a supervisor in the painting department. Among his interests were gardening and horses. Survivors include: a nephew, Fred Harrison, of Harmar Township; a niece, Carol Owens, of South Carolina; two great-nieces, Jennifer (Charles) Hickman, of Texas, and Elizabeth (Chad) Larson, of Wisconsin; and a great-nephew, Stephen W. (Jennifer) Owens, of Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Harrison; and a sister, Anna L. Owens. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in SPRINGDALE at CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801Pittsburgh St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow in Walter Chapel Cemetery, Indiana Township. Visit at http://www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Hillard, Robert L. 85

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Linn, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Robert L. Hillard, 85, of Ross Township, died Friday, April 18, 2014. He was the husband of the late Catherine East Hillard; father of Robert (Karen) and Kevin Hillard; grandfather of Susan, Amy and David Hillard; and brother of James D. (Mary) and Stanley E. (Lois) Hillard. He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in economics. Mr. Hillard was a veteran, having served as corporal in the Army Air Corps. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until time of services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-LINN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 California Ave., Avalon.
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Humphrey, Amy 56

  • Aspinwall
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Amy (Bradshaw) Humphrey, 56, of Aspinwall, passed away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the loving mother of Will, Constance and Elizabeth Humphrey; beloved daughter of Joan "JoJo" Bradshaw and the late Dr. William A. Bradshaw; cherished sister of Bill (Kelly) Bradshaw III, Nancy (Kent) Foster and Jody (Lewis) Fisher. Amy was the happiest person we have ever known. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Arrangements are by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Huntington's Disease Society of America, 505 8th Ave., Suite 90s, New York, NY 10018.
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Keil, Lila M. 92

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lila M. Keil, 92, of Shaler Township, died Sunday, April 13, 2014. She was a daughter of the late George and Jane (Dixon) Keil; sister of Ruth (Keil) Webb, of Rock Hill, S.C.; aunt of Dr. Eric Seth Webb, of Talent, Ore., and Alan George Webb, of Charleston, S.C.; and great-aunt of Alexander E. Webb. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Glenshaw. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. Memorials may be sent to the church.
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Kline, Laurence 71

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Cremation Funeral Care, Mcmurray | Get Directions
  • Laurence Kline, 71, of Pittsburgh, passed away suddenly Thursday, April 17, 2014, from a massive stroke. Born Nov. 19, 1942, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Edith and Wilford Kline. He was the beloved husband of Dana Silliman Kline; cherished father of Jonathan Kline and wife Christine Brill; adored grandfather of Felix and Cordelia Kline; and dear brother to sister Nancy Rickenbach. Larry graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and later earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Until his retirement, he was an Advisory Engineer at Westinghouse Electric's Science and Technology Center and later Northrop Grumman. His professional work focused on using computers to model and analyze complex physical situations for engineering applications. During his career, Larry led internationally recognized research on plasma physics, artificial intelligence and computer simulations. He co-authored the book, "Plasma Reactor Engineering," wrote numerous papers and book chapters and is the holder of two U.S. patents. Throughout his lifetime, Larry was also a dedicated model railroader and railroad historian. He was an active member of the National Model Railroad Association, achieving Master Model Rail Roader status in 2012. His work won numerous modeling awards, including a national "First Place Freight Car" in 1977. Larry wrote frequently on both modeling and railroad history including the book, "The Postwar Freight Car Fleet," co-authored with Ted Culotta. Larry was particularly dedicated to the preservation of railroad history, volunteering his time at the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society Archives in Lewistown. He was also the Vice President of the P and LE Historical Society and editor of its magazine for many years. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724)260-5546. Memorial contributions may be made in Larry's name to the P and LE Historical Society and Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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Koziarz, Rose M. 100

  • Harwick
  • Born: 1913-10-02
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Rose Marie Koziarz, 100, a longtime resident of Harwick, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the William Penn Care Center in Jeannette. Born Oct. 2, 1913, in Curtisville, to the late Max and Philomina Nase Gagliardi, she lived in Harwick most of her life. Mrs. Koziarz was a member of Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Harwick. She worked at the former Flannery's in Harwick, the former Edna Hotel in Arnold and was a clerk at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh for 18 years. Surviving are her daughter, Patricia A (David J.) Reese, of Murrysville; seven grandchildren, Gloria Kushtos, David A. Reese, Juanita Riffle, Pamela Richards, Daniel R. Reese, Sherry Kushtos and Laloni Bailey; 13 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a brother, Rudolph (Audrey) Gagliardi, of Arnold; and two sisters, Emma Payne, of Pittsburgh, and Eve Yeloushan, of Cleveland, Ohio. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Koziarz, who died Dec. 24, 1963; her daughter, Lillian Evelyn Koziarz Kushtos, in 2007; her son-in-law, Peter A. Kushtos, in 2009; brothers, Nick DeRita, Louis, William, infant Michael, and Henry Gagliardi; and sister, Violet Hall. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will be held at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 1319 Low Grade Road, Harwick, PA 15049. Private burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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LaFrankie, Daniel M. 39

  • Clairton , Formerly of Forward Township
  • Born: 1974-09-06
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Daniel M. LaFrankie, 39, of Clairton, formerly of Forward Township, passed away at home Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Born Sept. 6, 1974, in Upper St. Clair, he was a son of the late Paul S. and Carol (Keefe) LaFrankie. A service technician at Dave and Buster's in Homestead and a graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, Daniel enjoyed playing dek hockey at Bill's Golfland and watching the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is survived by his brothers, Paul D. (Kara) LaFrankie, of Washington, and Michael S. (Stephanie) LaFrankie, of Forward Township; his nephews, Nathan, Alex, and Zachary LaFrankie; his niece, Tori LaFrankie; his fiancee, Rachel Blank Haberle, with whom he resided; his friend, Dean the cat; and also aunts, uncles, and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344). A Blessing Service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in the funeral home with Father Thomas Wagner officiating. Interment will be private. www.bekavacfuneralhome.
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Lally, James Jimmy F. 90

  • Oakland
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • James F. "Jimmy" Lally, 90, a lifelong resident of Oakland, died Monday, April 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 56 years of Joan K. Lally; father of Michelle H. Lally (Philip B. Skender); and also is survived by many godchildren and cousins in the Walsh, Lally and Obringer families. He was a son of the late Helen (Walsh) Lally and James A. Lally. Jimmy attended St. Regis (Chapel) Grade School and graduated from Central Catholic High School, Class of 1941. He served as assistant business agent of Steamfitters Local Union No. 449 for 33 years and was the longest serving elected officer. He was elected to Pittsburgh City Council in 1975 and served as president of Pittsburgh Building and Construction Trades Council; was a member Federal Home Loan Bank Board; Port Authority Board; Pittsburgh Stadium Authority; and Executive Director, Three Rivers Stadium and the Allegheny Labor Council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Knights of Equity and St. Paul Cathedral, where he served as head usher at the 10 a.m. Mass for 72 years, and a member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. There will be no visitation on Easter Sunday. Mass of the Resurrection will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Jim's beloved St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or to the James F. Lally Memorial Scholarship Fund at Central Catholic High School, 4720 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Lange, Lillian 87

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer-Connell, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Lillian (Klein) Lange, 87, of Bethel Park, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Mervin; loving mother of Russell (Leann) and Gary; grandmother of Andy (Alexis); great-grandmother of Annabelle; sister of the late Herman J. Jr. and James A. Klein. Funeral arrangements are by BElNHAUER-CONNELL. Friends will be welcome 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 5120 W. Library Ave., Bethel Park, 412-835-7940, where services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice. Please add or view tributes at: http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Link Jr., Henry W. 92

  • Banksville
  • Died: 2014-04-16
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  • Henry W. Link Jr., 92, of Banksville, went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jean; devoted father of Gary and loving daughter-in-law, Jill; and loving grandfather of Jillian, Joshua, Jessica and Jackson. He was a World War II veteran and served with the Navy as an air specialist aerial gunnery instructor, CPT pilot primary training. He was a member of First Christian Church of Carnegie, American Legion Post 156 and Masonic Lodge No. 743 and Veterans Breakfast Club. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Marabito, Lewis C. 59

  • Mt. Washington
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Lewis C. Marabito, 59, of Mt. Washington, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was the loving father of Jimmy (Susan) Marabito, Marlo (John) Stadelman and the late Lewis J. Marabito; grandfather of Bella, Gino and Rocco Marabito; brother of Joseph (Diana), Richard (Marge) Marabito and Carol Rice; son of the late Lewis V. and Virginia Marabito; and also survived by loving family and friends. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, 412-381-2323. A blessing service will be held at the conclusion of evening visitations. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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McCrimmon, Janet Scotty 87

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1926-10-01
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Janet "Scotty" McCrimmon, 87, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. Born Oct. 1, 1926, in Scotland, she was a retired nurses' aide from UPMC McKeesport with 30 years of service and a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Duquesne. She enjoyed gardening, bingo and her pet dogs. She was the wife of the late Donald McCrimmon; mother of Donald "Scotty" McCrimmon; and sister of the late Margaret Prasher. At her request there will be no visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director.
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Mertens, Gary E. 78

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Gary E. Mertens, 78, of North Versailles, died Friday, April 18, 2014. He was the loving husband of Rita A. (Samulski) Mertens; dear father of Robert (Susan) Mertens, of New Alexandria, Diane (Ralph) Deer, of Peters Township, Susan (Daniel) Harner, of North Versailles and Carol (Kevin) Batey, of North Huntingdon; the beloved grandfather of 16; and great-grandfather of four. Gary was an Army veteran of the Korean War and former employee of Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh and also of Pitney Bowes, Downtown. Friends will be welcomed from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Linda L. 69

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Linda Louise Miller, 69, of Mt. Lebanon, originally of Bishop, Washington County, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was the cherished mother of Caroline (Mals) Abele and her husband, Christopher; loving grandmother of Chloe Ann and Curt Christopher Abele; daughter of the late Andrew M. Miller, Carmel (Bout) and her devoted stepfather, Vincent F. Molinaro; sister of Jacqueline Mae (Dr. Robert E.) Grady; and loving aunt of Dr. Robert E. Grady Jr., James F. and Jacqueline Ann Grady. Linda was previously a Human Resources Manager at Highmark and later worked as a programmer for Fiserv. Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. If desired, memorials may be made to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Morgan, Byrnece J. 89

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Byrnece J. (Vogt) Morgan, 89, of West Mifflin, died Friday, April 17, 2014. Byrnece was born in Whitaker, a daughter of the late William and Stella (Rushe) Vogt. She was a graduate of Munhall High School, University of Pittsburgh, with a degree in biology and a longtime active member of Homestead United Presbyterian Church. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Morgan; cherished mother of Vicki Morgan Lewis and Lori (John) Morgan Cerepani; and loving grandmother of Morgan and Chaz Lewis and Krista and Eric Cerepani. Friends will be received 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Munhall, PA 15120, 412-461-6394, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Homestead United Presbyterian Church, 9th and Ann St., Homestead, PA 15120. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Mulkerin, William F. 89

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-03
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • William F. Mulkerin, 89, of Penn Hills, died Thursday, April 3, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Rita Mulkerin; faithful father of Judy (Bill) Jacobs and Jill (Randy) Murchak; brother of Betty Brown, Tom Mulkerin and the late Mary Jane Felt and Ron Mulkerin; grandfather of Lindsey Crummy, Jenna Jacobs and Madison Murchak. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Barclay Building of Hebron United Presbyterian Church, 10460 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, followed by lunch. Arrangements entrusted to TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., Penn Hills. Memorials may be made to Hebron United Presbyterian Church.
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O'Malley, John J. 85

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • John J. O'Malley, 85, of McCandless, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was the husband of the late Ann (Rafter); loving father of John J. (Kathi), of Florida, Michael (Carol), of Emsworth, and Joseph P. (Janet), of Ross; proud grandfather of Joseph, Sean, Rachel, Michael Carey, Michael Raymond, Cory, Christopher and Jordan; and is also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John Neumann Church. John proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge, he began his long career as an accountant for U.S. Steel. John was a Eucharistic Minister at St. John Neumann and a former member of St. Teresa of Avila Church. He also was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.
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Parker, James H. 87

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1926-12-04
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • James H. Parker (Fellow, American Physical Society; Life Member, IEEE), 87, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was born Dec. 4, 1926, in Bakersfield, Calif. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Catherine M. Parker and his sisters, Genevieve Parker, of Orinda, Calif., and Alberta Horn, of Point Richmond, Calif. He was the loving father of Lynn Parker, of Arlington, Va., and David Parker, of Tipp City, Ohio. He is also survived by two grandchildren. He received a Bachelor of Science and PhD in Physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1949 and 1954, respectively. He was a member of the staff at the Westinghouse Research Labs in Pittsburgh from 1953 until retirement in 1985. During his career, he carried out experimental and theoretical work over a broad range of physics and in 1970 he became manager of the Cryogenics and Superconductivity Department. He authored or co-authored over 50 Journal and conference papers. After retirement from Westinghouse, he continued his physics and engineering work as a private consultant for Westinghouse and several other local companies. He played bassoon for the Pittsburgh Savovards and was also a long-standing member of the Pittsburgh Woodwind Quintet. He loved jazz and classical music, physics, electronics, wood-working and metal working. Memorial contributions may be made to the Woman's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, PO Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Arrangements are entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Online condolences may be made to: http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Rocco, Pauline 92

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Pauline (Caliendo) Rocco, 92, of Swissvale, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph Rocco; loving sister of Peter C. Caliendo (Mal), Anthony R. Caliendo (and his late wife, Angelica) and the late Virginia Caliendo; and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Madonna Del Castello Church. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Rupp, David P. 54

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • David P. Rupp, 54, of Penn Hills, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Kimberly; loving father of April (Steven), Theresa (Nick) and David Jr. (Jamie); brother of Sharon Fiore, Christine (Tom) Murphy, Kevin (Jackie), Stephen (Michalene), John (Wendy), Michael, Danny (Cathy) and the late Raymond Rupp. Friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Monday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Church.
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Seewald, Sidney 96

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sidney Seewald, 96, of Pittsburgh, who retired to West Palm Beach, Fla. in 1978 and returned to Pittsburgh in 2010, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Agnes; loving father of Karen (Gerald) Greco; longtime companion of the late Marge Nappi; and brother of the late William and George Seewald and Mildred Eisenberg. There will be no visitation. A private inurnment, with military honors, will be held in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Arrangements by H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-364-4444. Donations may be made to the Catholic Hospice, 6200 Brooktree Road, Suite 220, Wexford, PA 15090; or to Cumberland Crossing Benevolent Fund, 9350 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Sotak, Raymond G. 85

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 0000-00-00
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Raymond G. Sotak, 85, of Swissvale, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He had been the husband of the late Nicoletta Sotak; the loving father of Raymond M. Sotak (Paula), Theresa Thomas (Steve), Constance Haffner (David), John J. Sotak, Elizabeth Sotak (and her fiancé, Joseph Molinaro); dear grandfather of Steven (Sonia), Zachary (Danielle), Jaret, Joshua and Gabriella; great-grandfather of Laylah, Austin and Milah; and brother of the late Michael "Mickey" Sotak and Father Donald Sotak. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Anselm Church, Word of God Parish. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Strathen, Grace J.

  • Etna
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Grace J. (Walcer) Strathen, of Etna, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. Mrs. Strathen was the beloved wife of the late Melvin J. Strathen; mother of Melvin J. Strathen, of Linesville, and Russell E. Strathen, of Etna; daughter of Joseph and Catherine Grace Walcer; sister of Dolores Spasbo (late Lawrence), of Chico, Calif., and the late Mary C. Brown and Joseph Walcer; and grandmother of Kelly and Michael Strathen. Celebrate Mrs. Strathen's life with her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Services and interment are private. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Szypulski, Wendy L. 55

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Wendy L. (Wiesmore) Szypulski, 55, of Monroeville, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 35 years to Richard "Rick" Szypulski; loving mother of Amy Hillgrove (Brian) and Michael Szypulski; sister of Richard Wiesmore (Ruth "Sis"); aunt of loving nieces and nephews; and daughter of the late Richard and Thelma Wiesmore. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, in the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Varley, Margaret

  • Formerly of Dorseyville
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peg" Varley, formerly of Dorseyville, died Friday, April 18, 2014. Ms. Varley was the beloved daughter of the late Marcellus and Mary Margaret Kernan Varley; and sister of Jim Varley (Bonnie) and Bob Varley (Donna), both of Dorseyville. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and a great-nephew. Celebrate Peg's life with her family from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Volomino, Vincent M. 90

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Vincent M. Volomino, 90, of Munhall, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Velma (Besnak) Volomino; loving father of Sandy Sullivan and Michael Volomino; grandfather of Paul (Jen) Volomino, Melinda Volomino and Vinnie Volomino, Michael (Mara) Sullivan and Shane (Sara) Sullivan; and great-grandfather of Alyssa, Angelo, Dominic, Cortland, Callen, Maggie and Anna. Vincent served in the Army during World War II in the tank division and was the second tank to cross the Rhine in the European Theater. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the SAVOLSKIS - WASIK - GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. No visitation Easter Sunday. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Munhall. Interment with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Voytek, Sister Claudia 85

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sister Claudia Voytek, 85, of Pittsburgh, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, died peacefully Tuesday, April 15, 2014, having served the Lord faithfully for 68 years. She was originally from Republic, and entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from Holy Rosary Parish in 1946. Sister Claudia received her B.Ed. and M. Ed. in Elementary Administration from Duquesne University. During her years in ministry in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, and Mobile, Ala., Sister Claudia served in various assignments including elementary school teacher, principal and parish organist. Prior to her retirement, Sister was organist at the Vincentian Motherhouse for 45 years, where she was greatly regarded for her gift and love of music. Sister Claudia endeavored to glorify the Lord through her rendition of meaningful music in Sacred Liturgy. Her final years were spent as a substitute teacher at St. Sebastian and St. Ursula School along with providing piano lessons to students in the Pittsburgh area. Sister Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mae Voytek. She is survived by her sister, Sister Emerentia Voytek, SCN, her brother Leo, and her Sisters in Community. Friends are being received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at St. Louise Convent (formerly the Vincentian Motherhouse) on McKnight Road, Pittsburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, followed by interment in the Sisters' cemetery on the convent grounds. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Office of Congregational Advancements, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, PO Box 9, KY 40048. Arrangements are by T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME.
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Wagner, Bernard Bernie R. 82

  • Kennedy Township
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McDermott, Mckees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Bernard R. "Bernie" Wagner, 82, of Kennedy Township, died Friday, April 18, 2014. He was the devoted husband of Eleanor (Berilla). Bernie was preceded in death by his mother and father, Susan and Vincent Wagner. In addition to his parents, preceding him in death were his nine brothers and two sisters. Surviving Bernie are his children, Chris (Karon) and Dave (Theresa) Cruse, as well as his many devoted nieces and nephews. Mr. Wagner was the beloved grandfather of Randy and Sidney; great-grandfather of Mackenzie, Julia, Lily and Colin. Bernie was an Army veteran of the Korean War and later worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as a civilian. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at MCDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Malachy Church.
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Waldbaum, Alfred G. 82

  • Elizabeth
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Alfred George Waldbaum, 82, of Elizabeth, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He died of heart failure where he chose to be, in the home he, our mother, and we all shared in Elizabeth. His wish came true to remain there peacefully until the end, passing on to be with our mother, who left us 10 years ago, March 3, 2004. He insisted on doing things his own way, trying to cure himself naturally, living a full independent, healthy life as best he could until the end. He enjoyed the outdoors more than anything, hiking through Ligonier, his favorite spot in Pennsylvania, and strolling through White Oak Park. He drove us all crazy at times with his stubborn, contentious and odd ways, but we loved him regardless. He was a smart, determined and advantageous man, assuring his children would continue to prosper long after he was gone. We are grateful for all he has done for us, and he will truly be missed by each and every one of us. He will live in peace now with our mother, his parents, his four older siblings and his grandson, Jerid, and all who passed many years before him. He leaves behind his children, Laurie Lynn Pasquino, Beth Ann D'Acierno, Tracey Lynn Demarco, Heide Beatriix Waldbaum and son, Eric Alfred Waldbaum, along with his 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. "We love you, Dad." Funeral visitation and services are private at the request of the family. Funeral arrangements are by DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com. Memorials in Alfred's name should be made to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, 1801 Willamette St., Suite 200, Eugene, OR 97401.
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Weaver, Robert W. 59

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1954-09-01
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Cheswick | Get Directions
  • Robert W. Weaver, 59, of Springdale, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at his home. Born Sept. 1, 1954, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late William D. and Martha Howard Weaver and had resided in Springdale the past 15 years. He formerly was employed as a printer with West Penn-Allegheny Health Systems and had served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Bob attended Our Lady of Victory Church with his wife, Nancy, and was a member of the Springdale VFW. He was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan. His survivors include: his wife, Nancy Cangilla Weaver; two brothers, Thomas Weaver, of Pittsburgh, and Toby (Danielle) Weaver, of Churchill; two sisters, Ginger (Rich) Young, of Volant, and Jeanne Weaver, of Mt. Lebanon; two godchildren, Tina Carder and Chris Weaver; brother and sister-in-law, Dan (Sue) Cangilla, of McCandless; and also his beloved dog, Breezy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in CHESWICK at CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 1607 Pittsburgh St. A Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated 9 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Victory Church with burial to follow in Springdale Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Pittsburgh Pirates Charities, PNC Park at North Shore, 115 Federal St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Clark, M. Joan 85

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-11-03
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • M. Joan Clark, 85, of Latrobe, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Paul J. Igo and Katherine L. (Ballantyne) Igo. Joan was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was also active in the church as a lector, teller, member of the "cooking crew" and had served on church council. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack D. Clark; and her son-in-law, Dwayne Rodgers. Joan is survived by her daughter, Karen D. Rodgers, of Latrobe; one sister, Nancy Urdzik and her husband, Michael, of Latrobe; two sisters-in-law, Veronica Clark, of Latrobe, and Freida Clark, of Indianapolis; one granddaughter, Heather Morgan and her husband, James, of Latrobe; one great-granddaughter, Madelyn; a special niece, Kathy Ciranni, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, in Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Trinity Clergy officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Craig, Richard J. 65

  • Derry
  • Born: 1949-02-13
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Craig, 65, of Derry, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Excela Latrobe Hospital. He was born Feb. 13, 1949, in Latrobe, a son of the late Walter L. and Kathryn (Shirey) Craig. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Air Force, and had retired from Derry Township. Dick is survived by his brother, David R. (Rainey) Craig, of West Newton; his sister, Jane Russo, of Gordonsville, Va.; good friend, Laurie Allison Gundas; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. As per Dick's request, there will be no viewing and a memorial service will be announced at a later time. MCCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Davison, James F. 68

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1946-03-22
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James F. "Jim" Davison, 68, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at his residence with his loving family by his side. Jim was born March 22, 1946, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late James H. and Thais Sager Davison. He married the former Christina M. Baker June 10, 1969. Jim was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He retired in 2002 from Lenox Crystal, Mt. Pleasant, where he was employed as a glass gatherer for 36 years. Jim was a member of the Shaft Citizens Club and the Kosciuszko Club and enjoyed his grandchildren, planting his garden and picking mushrooms. He also adored his pet dog, Bubba; and cat, Gizzy! Jim will be sadly missed by his loving family, his wife of 45 years, Christina M. (Baker) Davison; his three children, Elaine Suter and her husband, Bruce, of Ruffs Dale, Lisa Suter and her husband, Kenneth, of Ruffs Dale, and James F. Davison Jr., of Mt. Pleasant; his four grandchildren, Brittany Suter and fiance, Spencer Conway, Kenneth Suter III and his fiance, Lara Wojtaszek, Ashley Suter and her companion, Jimmy Shaffer, and Joshua Suter; his great-grandson, Jesse James, and his expectant great-granddaughter; his brother, Robert Davison; his sister, Stella Wood, both of Mt. Pleasant; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Davison (Oct. 18, 2009); and five sisters, Sara Kolar (April 29, 2007), Thelma Mismas (Aug. 12, 2013), Nancy Kravanja (Feb. 21, 2005), Carol Faye Davison (1944), and Sandra S. Davison (March 8, 2013). Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, 724-887-5300. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, in the funeral home chapel, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with Pastor Dave Hixson officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Alverton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to assist the family. Love Lasts Forever! http://www.fergusonfunerals.com. GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278.
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Dillinger, Donna J. 55

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1958-06-15
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Donna J. Dillinger, 55, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at her residence. She was born June 15, 1958, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late William J. Dillinger and Clarice E. (Denny) Dillinger. Donna was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe. She previously worked as an EMT for Citizens Ambulance Co. Donna was an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed following her favorite driver, Tony Stewart. She also enjoyed crafting, woodworking, painting and face painting for kids. She is survived by her sister, Barbara L. Dillinger, of Latrobe; and a special cousin, Susan C. Kosik, of Latrobe. She is also survived by numerous other cousins; and her pets, Snuggles, Smoke and Boo. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Trinity clergy officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, Dr. Sulecki and the staff at Arnold Palmer Pavilion, and a special thank you to her caregivers, Colleen and Linda. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Fox, James I. 75

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1939-01-09
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • James I. Fox, 75, of Greensburg, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 9, 1939, in Arona, a son of the late Calvin and Laura Henry Fox. He was a graduate of Texas Lutheran College with a BA degree. He was retired from the Air Force as a senior master sergeant, having served from 1957 until 1980, and was also awarded a Bronze Star. He was also retired from the U.S. Civil Service as a GS-14, having served from 1984 until 2004. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Fox; and a sister, Doris Fox. Surviving are his wife, Bernadette Vanyo Fox, of Greensburg; four sons, Jeffrey J. Fox and his wife, Sherry, of Atlanta, Ga., Shawn C. Fox and his wife, Trisha, of Jacksonville, Fla., Daniel Prettiman and his wife, Joyce, of Greensburg, and Robert Prettiman, of Greensburg; two daughters, Mrs. David (Joanne) Copeland, of Ligonier, and Mrs. James (Diane) Menhorn, of Latrobe; five grandsons and one granddaughter; two brothers, Henry D. Fox, of Strange Creek, W.Va., and Gerald J. Fox, of West Middlesex; four sisters, Beatrice Wise, of Arona, Grace Todd, of New Stanton, Sara Burns, of Arlington, Iowa, and Nancy Lynn, of Arona; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Anyone wishing to attend James' funeral service is asked to go directly to Hilltop United Methodist Church for a service at noon Tuesday with the Rev. Randy Sweet and the Rev. Martin Wright co-officiating. Interment will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery, Rillton, with full military rites accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard of Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions be made to Heartland Hospice or the American Red Cross.
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Galley, Donald R. 79

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1934-05-27
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald R. Galley, 79, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. He was born May 27, 1934, in Youngwood, a son of the late Thomas and Virginia Griffiths Galley. Mr. Galley was a 1953 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He was a member of Teamsters Local No. 30. During his life, he was employed as a mechanic, having worked with his father at Galley's Auto. He also worked as an insurance adjuster, welder and truck driver. He was the former owner of the Pizza Galley Shop. Don was an original member of the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department and also was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, 28th Division, 110th Infantry Service Company, where he attained the rank of Specialist 5. He was a member of New Beginnings Evangelical Church, Youngwood and was a member and volunteer at the Bullskin Township Senior Center. Don loved hunting, fishing and woodworking. He is survived by his wife, Donna Jean Miner Galley, whom he married Aug. 21, 1972; daughter, Sandy Heide and her husband, Ernie, of Yukon; sons, Douglas Ullery, of Philadelphia, and Darrin Ullery and his wife, Tammy, of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Nicole Hedrick, Bobby Hedrick and Matthew Ullery, his special "buddy"; great-grandchildren, Shane, Laiken, Kylee and Kain; a brother, Larry Galley and his wife, Carol, of Scottdale; many nieces and nephews and their families; and his special friend, his pet dog, Aga. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Wingrove Galley; and a daughter, Rhoda Galley Fabian, who died July 1, 2013. Family and friends are invited to attend a committal service at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville, with the Rev. David Hixon officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested by the family to New Beginnings Evangelical Church, Youngwood in memory of Donald R. Galley. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Gunkle, Mark R. 56

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1958-04-06
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Mark R. Gunkle, 56, of Penn Township, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, after a long illness, with his family and friends by his side. He was born April 6, 1958, in Pittsburgh, to the late Ralph and Lois (Kiefer) Gunkle. He attended the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where he received his business administration degree in 1981. Mark worked as a location manager for First Student Penn Trafford. On June 24 1989, he married Anita Mascuch at Heinz Chapel. Mark is survived by his loving spouse of 24 years, Anita Mascuch Gunkle. He was the loving father of Amanda Marie Gunkle and Andrew Ralph Gunkle; brother of Matthew (Judy) Gunkle; nephew of Bob and Carol (Kiefer) Baldauff; uncle of Nicole and Megan Gunkle and John and Michael Schumacher; brother-in-law of Patricia and William McKim, Teresa and Randall Schumacher and Michael Mascuch; and is also survived by numerous cousins. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130 Harrison City, where funeral prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m., in St. Barbara Church, with Father Kenneth G. Zaccagnini officiating. Burial will follow in St. Barbara Cemetery. http://www.LindsayFH.com. The family would like to thank all of Mark's First Student and Penn Trafford School District work associates and friends.
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Harash Sr., Joseph 92

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1921-11-29
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Joseph Harash Sr., 92, of Easy Living Estates, Hunker, formerly of Smithton, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Nov. 29, 1921, in Lowber, Fayette County, son of the late George and Veronica Harash. He attended Rostraver High School until his enrollment in the Civilian Conservation Corp July 12, 1940 at the age of 18. He was discharged June 3, 1941. He was inducted into the Army July 14, 1942. He attended basic training at Fort Bragg, N.C. and was assigned to the 42nd Division I Company. He arrived in France Dec. 9, 1944. He then served in France, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He returned home Jan. 12, 1946. On Feb. 4, 1946, he was given an honorable discharge as a staff sergeant awarded with the Good Conduct Medal, the European-American Theater Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the Victory Medal. In 1948, he enlisted in the Air Force and served during the Korean War era. He was discharged in 1951. Joe met the love of his life, Margaret Giordana, at the Italian Hall in Smithton. They were married Nov. 8, 1947, in Smithton. He was employed at Malsbary Manufacturing Co. in Uniontown and was also self-employed as a bricklayer. He retired in 1983. Joe was an avid sports fan and, with his love for children, coached little league baseball for the Smithton Reds for many years. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 790. He was preceded in death by his siblings, George, John, Steve, Michael, Andrew and George II; his wife, Margaret; and grandson, Bruce Allew. His memory will live in the hearts of those who knew and loved his, sons, Joseph Jr., Ronald (Gladys), Michael, Kenneth (Sally) and Duane (Sue); daughter, Theresa (Vern); grandchildren, Ronald Jr. (Jodi), Stacey (Todd), Tammy (Mike) and Joshua; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Rylie; a sister, Helen Komar; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME, Smithton. A blessing will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, in the funeral home, with Father Jonathan Wisneski officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery.
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Josephic, Edward 89

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1924-06-01
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Edward "Doc" Josephic, 89, of Trafford, passed away Good Friday, April 18, 2014, in the Nugent Convalescent Home in Hermitage. Doc was born June 1, 1924, in Trafford, son of the late John and Sophie (Turchan) Josephic. Doc retired from Westinghouse Electric and was a member of St. Regis Church, both in Trafford. Doc was preceded in death by his wife, Estelle A. Josephic in 1997; two brothers, John and Mike Josephic; and two sisters, Genevieve Wrobel and Sophie Mares. Doc is survived by his son, Kenneth E. Josephic (Deborah), of Jamestown; grandchildren Kyle, Kraig and Kourtney; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Kellen; and his brothers, Pat, of Trafford, and David, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 12 noon, in St. Regis Church, with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Kalp, Audrey J. 77

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1936-11-08
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Audrey J. Kalp, 77, of Ligonier, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, with her loving husband by her side. She was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Arden and Ruth Brinkley. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier. Audrey loved to shop, travel and spend time with her family. Audrey is survived by her husband of 60 years, Glenlyn "Glen" Kalp; two sisters, Lois Brinkley, of Long Island, N.Y., and Dorothy Basinger, of Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 East Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul D. Poerschke officiating. Interment will be in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Audrey's memory to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 West Main St., Ligonier.
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LaCarte, Emma 99

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1914-10-29
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Emma (Ferrando) LaCarte, 99, formerly of Rostraver Township, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at The Residence at Hilltop, Monongahela, with many of her family around her. Born Oct. 29, 1914, she was a daughter of Joseph and Giovanna Ferrando. She was born in and grew up in Smithton, while her parents owned and operated the Smithton Hotel. She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. LaCarte; an infant grandson, Thomas; brothers, Gildo and Joseph Ferrando; sister, Margret Anderson; and a son-in-law, Samuel Kusic. Emma met her husband, John J. LaCarte, at work one day. They were employed in one of the area's first state unemployment offices located in Monessen. They were married in November 1941. Two years later, John was drafted into the Navy. Emma returned to the Smithton Hotel to help her mother run the business and raise her son, Jack. When the war ended, John came home. Emma worked on making a home for her young family, which grew to two with the birth of their daughter, Jilda. Emma's life was her family: "Nothing was more important," she would say. She was always present for all the family's life events and sometimes she was present for no reason at all, other than to stop in and say "yoo-hoo." She enjoyed Steelers Sundays, crossword puzzles, bridge parties, knitting afghans for family and friends, cooking Sunday dinners for her large family and helping to raise her many grandchildren. Emma was a longtime volunteer with the Monongahela Valley Hospital Auxiliary, where she served in various roles on its board, and could always be found pushing the gift cart through the hospital corridors on Saturday mornings. Emma is survived by her son, Jack LaCarte and his wife, Mary, of Belle Vernon; her daughter, Jill Kusic, of Greensburg; nine grandchildren, John (Shelly), Mike (Susan), Dave (Dana), Joe (Stefanie), Dan (Michele), Sam, Matt (Julie), Johanna and Mary Beth; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Neva Sabadash, of Fairfax, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the James C. Stump Funeral Home Inc., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Church of St. Anne, with the Rev. Vincent J. Gigliotti as celebrant. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. We'd like to extend a special "yoo-hoo" to the staff at The Residence at Hilltop for their compassionate care of Emma over the past three years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Emma's name to: The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc., c/o Monongahela Valley Hospital, 1163 Country Club Road, Monongahela, PA 15063.
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Lupyan, Miriam L. 61

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1952-11-01
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Miriam Louise Lupyan, 61, of New Alexandria, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 1, 1952, in Braddock, daughter of the late John George and Nellie Doloris Dennis Sage. She worked for Breeze Industrial Products Corporation in Saltsburg. Miriam was a member of St. James Church of New Alexandria. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Pat Yurek; and a brother, John "Jack" Sage. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Ronald Richard Lupyan; two children, James Lupyan and Christie Colello and husband, James; two grandchildren, Kayla and Laurna Colello; and siblings, Jean Hilbert and husband, George, Flo Love, Sally Lanyi and husband, Rich, and Frank Sage and wife, Kathy. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria, with the Very Rev. Larry J. Kulick J.C.L., Pastor of St. James Church, as celebrant. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Mallik, Wanda 83

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1931-03-17
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Wanda (Stankiewicz) Mallik, 83, of Trafford, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, in her home. Wanda was born March 17, 1931, in Trafford, a daughter of the late Anthony and Julia Stankiewicz. Wanda was a member of St. Regis Church, Trafford. She was very generous to her friends and neighbors with her love of cooking and baking and had a great love for her garden and flowers. Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Mallik, in 2005; her brother, Joseph Stankiewicz; and two sisters, Irene and Natalie Stankiewicz. Wanda is survived by her son, Martin A. Mallik, of Trafford; her favorite brother-in-law, Richard Mallik, of Churchill; four sisters-in-law, Evelyn Bossar, of Erie, Edna Stevens, of Irwin, Sara Filvkoski and Margaret Armbrust, both of Penn Township; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372- 3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Mandalakas, John N. 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-01-09
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John N. Mandalakas, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. John was born Jan. 9, 1936, in Chios, Greece, son of the late Nikolaos and Lambrini (Couladis) Mandalakas. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1956. He was sponsored by his uncle, George Couladis and his wife, Aspacia, and was also supported by his beloved aunts, Alexandra Macos and Argyri Kollikias. He attended Ohio University and graduated in 1961. After graduation, he married Kay Papaliodis and moved to Western Pennsylvania to work at the Westinghouse Semi-Conductor Division in Youngwood. During those early years of his career, he attended Carnegie Tech (now, Carnegie Mellon) at night and obtained his master's degree in electrical engineering. He later worked at Westinghouse's Nuclear Division and at the Transportation Division, where he was instrumental in developing control systems for their "People Mover" project. For this seminal work, he was awarded the IEEE U.S. engineer of the year award. John left Westinghouse to found Mesta Electronics in North Huntingdon. He was always proud that Mesta manufactures in Southwestern Pennsylvania and uses components made in the U.S. John found great satisfaction from his work on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Constantinople. In recognition of his tireless dedication to the church, he was bestowed the title of "Archon" in 2002. He was a political activist who supported the occupied nation of Cyprus, Greek national defense and religious freedom in Turkey. John was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed playing golf, especially with the Bombardier Golf League for the past 40 years. John was also very proud of the educational accomplishments of his children and other relatives. He was the beloved husband of Kay (Papaliodis) Mandalakas for 52 years; loving father of Nicholas, of Lancaster, Debbie (Peter) Leventopoulos, of North Huntingdon, Anna (Edwin Caldwell), of Houston, Texas, and Elaine (Andrew) Demos, of Wading River, N.Y.; dear grandfather of John Nicholas Mandalakas, Dean and Yianni Leventopoulos, Kalliopi, Clare Markella and Thaleia Caldwell and Alexander Andrew and Ariyana Demos; and brother of Paul Mandalakas, of Monaca, and Despina Mylonadis, of Greece. He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden at Cable avenues, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion will be prayed at 7 p.m. Monday. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, in Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti) with an additional viewing one-half hour prior to service. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial donations may be made to the International Orthodox Christian Charities, 110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, MD 21204, http://www.iocc.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Nicasio, Lucille 83

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Lucille (Glaid) Nicasio, 83, of Greensburg, formerly of Carrick, died suddenly Thursday, April 10, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 27 years to Vicente "Jorge" Nicasio; stepmother of Nida (Antonio Gancayco), Rico (Leticia) and Christine (Mariano Zaldarriaga); and stepgrandmother of Lauren, Luis, Anna, Vincent and Isabella. She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Elizabeth Dolcich, Rita Bertha and Joanne Very; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Barbara Sommer Glaid; and her two brothers, Dr. Andrew Glaid and William Glaid. Lucille was employed at the Seraphic Mass Association for more than 50 years, supporting the missions entrusted to the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Augustine throughout many developing countries. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where a funeral prayer will be held at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m., in St. Wendelin Church, 2728 Custer Ave., Carrick. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to St. Wendelin Parish in Lucille's memory. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Patik, Shirley 74

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1939-07-27
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Lesko) Patik, 74, of Scottdale, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. Mrs. Patik was born July 27, 1939, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Ketch) Lesko. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, where she faithfully served as a Eucharistic minister. Shirley was a 1957 graduate of the former Hurst High School and a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. She enjoyed playing with her grandchildren, exercise and yard work. Shirley loved good conversation and company and was a master storyteller. She was an artist and sketcher with a heart of gold. She loved and cared for all people and animals. Her bright spirit will be deeply missed by anyone who knew her. Shirley is survived by her loving family; her husband, Robert M. Patik; her children, Cynthia Horton and her husband, the Rev. Gregory Horton, of Idaho, Richard T. Patik and his wife, Holly, of Mt. Pleasant, and Rhoda Patik, of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Corrine Lesko, Barbara Dombrosky and Rose Marie Pisula, all of Mt. Pleasant, Joseph Lesko Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Irwin, and Gerald Lesko and his wife, Kathy, of Alaska. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by her 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Piper, Donna L. 67

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1946-08-19
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Donna L. Piper, 67, of Latrobe (Cook Township), died Friday, April 18, 2014, at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1946, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Howard Bennett and Betty Queer Bennett Stouffer. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as a steward for VFW Post 734, Ligonier. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, the VFW Post 734 Ladies Auxiliary, an honorary member of the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and member of the Unity Township American Legion Post 982 Ladies Auxiliary. Donna was an enthusiastic collector of artifacts. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Carl Dean Piper; two sons, Christopher D. Piper, of Latrobe, and Daniel A. Piper, of Melcroft; three grandsons, Dylan, Chase and Wyatt Piper; a sister, Deborah (Nevin) Karasek, of Irwin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Donna's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Bethel Lutheran Church with her pastor, the Rev. James N. West, officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions in Donna's memory to the Chestnut Ridge Meals on Wheels. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Raling, R. Dean 86

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1928-03-05
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • R. Dean Raling, 86, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Woodhaven Care Center, Monroeville. He was born March 5, 1928, in Larimer, a son of the late Charles and Barbara Hutton Raling. Prior to his retirement, Dean was employed as a mechanic for the Associated Truck Lines in Jeannette. Dean also was a shortage runner for the Tribune Review and was a driver for the Solar Optical Co. He was a member of Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church, the Norwin BPOE No. 2313, the Kingston Veterans Sportsman's Club of Latrobe, a social member of the VFW No. 33 of Greensburg and the American Legion Post No. 344 in Jeannette. Dean was a graduate of Norwin High School, Class of 1946, and was an avid Penn State Fan. He loved gardening and was proud of the many blue ribbons he won at the County Fair. Dean was a people person and was always helping someone. Most of all, he and his "bride" enjoyed spending time, fishing, crabbing and just watching the ocean in North Myrtle Beach. In addition to his parents, Dean was predeceased by his sisters, Alma Raling, Margaret Omler, Lois Myers, Elizabeth Judge and Ethel Short; a brother, Charles Raling; and a son-in-law, Theodore Novak. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Helen Spore Raling; his children, Susan Raling-Young and husband, Bruce, of State College, Bonnie Lowden and husband, Mark, of Lore City, Ohio, Jackie Fisher and husband, Robert, of Manor, and Nancy Novak, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Jesse Raling-Young, Adam and Steven Lowden, Tara Hoey, Robert, Michael and David Fisher and Ted, Ed and Brian Novak; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley McClelland, of Delmont; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dean's family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of the Woodhaven Care Center for the kind and personal care Dean received during his time there. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 North 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Bruce Anthony officiating. Interment will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church, 224 Wendel Road, Irwin, PA 15642; or to Action for Animals, PO Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Whetsel, Lawrence S. 92

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1922-03-28
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Lawrence S. Whetsel, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Prittstown and Rockwood, died Friday, April 18, 2014, in Jo Ella's Personal Care Home, Mt. Pleasant. He was born March 28, 1922, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Chester M. and Helen Mae (Kuhn) Whetsel. Mr. Whetsel was a 1940 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He was a retired steelworker at the U.S. Steel Irvin Works. He was a member of United Steelworkers Local 2227. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army Air Corps. He was a lifetime member of the Mt. Pleasant VFW and American Legion. He was a lifetime member of the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Southwestern Firemen's Association and Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association. He was also a member of the Rockwood Senior Citizens and the Mt. Pleasant Firemen's Club. Mr. Whetsel was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren. He is survived by three children, Lawrence Whetsel and his wife, Linda, of Kissimmee, Fla., Helen Etling and her husband, William, of Scottdale, and Donna Petraglia and her husband, Carmen, of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Opal (Freed) Whetsel; one sister, Betty Junick; and one brother, Ed Whetsel. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. Military Honors will be accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion and VFW Honor Guard. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff of Excela Home Health and Hospice and the girls at Jo Ella's Personal Care Home for their excellent care and concern for Mr. Whetsel during his time there. To offer a remembrance or condolence, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Wilcox, Robert E. 68

  • Claridge
  • Born: 1945-11-25
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Wilcox, 68, of Claridge, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at home. He was born Nov. 25, 1945, in Homestead. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander J. and Ortrude Wilcox; and two sisters, Barbara Wilcox and Alvira Rodizon. Robert was Claridge's first mail carrier; served in the Air Force during Vietnam; was the manager of Nautical Mile Campground and Marina; and a member of the Good Sam Camping Club. Surviving are his wife, Patricia; sons, Robert A. and Brandy, of Arkansas, and William and Donna, of Latrobe; and daughters, Patti Manning and Paula Anderson, of Arkansas. There will be no visitation or services. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, is in charge of all arrangements. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Armstrong County

Bier, Sara J. 92

  • Formerly of North Apollo
  • Born: 1921-08-02
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Sara Jane Bier, 92, of Cabot, formerly of North Apollo, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. She was born Aug. 2, 1921, in Kiski Township, the daughter of the late James M. and Mary Jane McKee Patterson. Sara was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Cabot. She is survived by her son, Patrick J. Bier, of Meadville; her daughter, Jayn Bier-Keller and her husband, Bruce, of Sharon, Vt.; her brother, J. McKee Patterson and his wife, Doris, of Cabot; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth M. Bier, in 2000; and her brother, Ray J. Patterson. At Sara's request, all visitation and services will be private. Interment will take place in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made in Sara's memory to the Good Samaritan Hospice Charitable Fund, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023 or to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 330 Hannahstown Road, Cabot. Arrangements have been entrusted to the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Kent Dink 33

  • Elderton
  • Born: 1980-12-23
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Kent "Dink" Smith, 33, of Elderton, tragically passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, with his son and other family by his side. Born Dec. 23, 1980, Dink was the son of Susan Kepple of Vandergrift and the late Larry Kepple. He was employed by Apollo Stone Supply in Apollo and was loved by so many. Dink enjoyed numerous outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, dirt biking and bonfires. Dink lived for his son, Harley, and loved spending time with family and friends. Dink always had a kind word and smile for everyone. He was a blessing to know and will be missed by all who knew him. Dink was preceded in death by his grandfather, William Burkett Sr.; and an uncle, William Burkett Jr. He is survived by his mother, Susan Kepple (Greg Retter), of Vandergrift; a son, Harley Smith, of Elderton; his grandparents, Betty and Don Nicholson, of Elderton; two sisters, Jessica (Ed) Ressie, of Kittanning, and Tara Smith, of Kittanning; a stepbrother, Chris (Valerie) Kepple, of Five Points; an uncle, Rodger (Betsy) Burkett, of Vandergrift; Aunt Loretta Burkett, of Elderton; niece, Brooke; nephews, Justin, Jackson and Eddie; and cousins, Lindsey, Paige, Jeremy and Bryce. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and from 10 a.m. Wednesday until time of service at 11 a.m. at JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006, with Pastor Lee Rupert officiating. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Apollo. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at Janette L. Gamble Funeral.
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Sulava, Brandon J. 19

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1994-05-06
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Brandon James Sulava, 19, of Apollo, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Born May 6, 1994, in Monroeville, he was a son of James A. "Shmouse" Sulava, of Apollo, and Anne E. (Shafer) Sulava, of Kittanning. Brandon was a 2013 graduate of Lenape Vo Tech and attended North Apollo Church of God. He enjoyed hunting and working out. Brandon completed his black belt training with the American Taekwondo Association in Apollo. He especially enjoyed spending his days with his best friend, Brandon "Bubba" Sauers Barr, lifting weights, trail bike riding, playing X-box and just hanging out. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Martin Sulava, who passed away in 2010. In addition to his parents, Brandon is survived by his maternal grandparents, Calvin "Cal" (Nancy) Shafer, of Apollo; paternal grandmother, Pauline Sulava, of West Leechburg; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Brandon was a leader and gentleman and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be announced at a later date to honor Brandon's life. Arrangements have been entrusted to CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Apollo. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Albert, Nellie B. 91

  • Cranberry Township
  • Born: 1922-12-17
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Nellie B. Albert, 91, of Cranberry Township, died Friday morning, April 18, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. Born Dec. 17, 1922, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late George and Mary Easa Bartiromo. Nellie had worked for the State of Pennsylvania and Dixmont Hospital in the Personnel Department and the Youth Development Center. She was an avid reader and a fabulous cook. Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Albert, of Cranberry Township, and Rhoda Ludin, of Pittsburgh; two sons, John Albert II and his wife, Eileen, of Adams Township, and George Albert, of Cranberry Township; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Albert, whom she married July 4, 1943, and who died March 4, 2000; by a sister, Joan Ranick; and a brother, Anthony Bartiromo. Friends will be received from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will follow at 8:30 p.m., in the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Stamp officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Scott Township. Memorials may be made to the Mars Public Library, P.O. Box 415, Mars, PA 16046. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Bahler, Frederick J. 95

  • Cabot , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Born: 1918-07-13
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Frederick J. Bahler, 95, of Cabot, formerly of North Versailles, died Friday, April 18, 2014. He was born July 13, 1918, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Frederick and Ella (Novak) Bahler. He was a retired fitter for Westinghouse Electric Corp., East Pittsburgh, and a former member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Bahler; his second wife, Mary Bahler; and two sisters, Gerrude H. Berns and Helen M. Reinersmann. He is survived by a brother, Edward C. Bahler, of Ellenton, Fla.; and also nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday in St. Robert Bellarmine Church, time announced later. Private interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Fred's name to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Zopf, Amy C. 29

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Amy C. (Sewell) Zopf, 29, of Cranberry Township, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of William C. Zopf III. She is survived by her beloved pet dog, Cally. She was the beloved daughter of Bob and Atsumi Sewell; loving sister of David (Caroline) Sewell and LeaAnn (Scott) Robinson; daughter-in-law of William C. Jr. and Patricia Zopf; and sister-in-law of Ann (Andrew) Patterson. Amy brought a smile and joy to everyone she met. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2618 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Ferdinand Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Fayette County

Dursa, Margaret A. 84

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1930-03-04
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Dolfi, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. Dursa, 84, of Uniontown, fell asleep in the Lord Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Sea Breeze Nursing Center, Panama City, Fla. May her memory be eternal! Margaret was born March 4, 1930, in Scottdale, a daughter of Antonio and Lucy (Comforti) Scarcitelli. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Dursa Sr.; and four brothers, John, Samuel, Albert and James Scarcitelli. Margaret grew up in an Italian home on Walnut Street in Uniontown. She went to Uniontown High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh. A devout and active member of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church for more than 50 years, Margaret was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Margaret is survived by son, the Rev. Father George Dursa and wife, Linda, of Panama City, Fla.; a daughter, Antonia Lynn Dursa, of Connellsville; and three grandchildren, Elica, Alexander and Joseph. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in the THOMAS M. DOLFI FUNERAL HOME, 136 N. Gallatin Ave., Uniontown, PA 15401, and until 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at which time a blessing service will be held followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. The family asks that donations be made to St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 185 E. Main St., Uniontown, PA 15401 in Margaret's name.
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Burns, Eleanore 85

  • Richmond, Va.
  • Born: 1928-01-09
  • Died: 2014-01-03
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Eleanore Frederick Burns, of Richmond, Va., died peacefully Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Mrs. Burns was born Jan. 9, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Charles and Martha Rudnick Frederick. She was an active member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Richmond, where she took great delight in singing in the church choir. Eleanore was a 1946 graduate of the former Ramsay High School in Mt. Pleasant and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked at Deluxe Check Printers for more than 30 years until her retirement. In 1992, she moved to Richmond, where she was very pleased to serve in a volunteer role at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital for more than 15 years. She was also a member of the Catholic Women's Club and Richmond Tri Club. Eleanore was very proud of and delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eleanore took great pleasure in remaining up-to-date on her love for fashion and design. Eleanore is survived by her daughter, Pamela A. Shellenbarger, of San Diego, Calif.; her grandchildren, Alison Shellenbarger Pertler and Peter Shellenbarger; and by her great-grandchildren, Henry and Miriam Pertler. She is also survived by her sisters, Veronica F. Harenchar, of Richmond, Va., and Martha F. Fox, of Youngstown, Ohio. In addition to her parents, Eleanore was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Lawrence F. Burns, whom she married in October 1950; her infant son, Mark Alan; her son-in-law, Randall Shellenbarger; and by her sisters and brother, Florence F. Secorie, Magdalene F. Kapr, Dorothy F. Burdick and Raymond Frederick. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of her blessing service at noon Monday, April 21, 2014, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, followed by her funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Pius X Parish Cemetery. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Fettes, Elizabeth Lisa 63

  • Overland Park, Kan.
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth (Lisa) Duffy Fettes, 63, of Overland Park, Kan., died peacefully Thursday, April 17, 2014, at The Kansas City Hospice House. Lisa was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Frederick C. and Regina Kelly Duffy. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, William C. Fettes; son, Edward M. Fettes; her sisters, Mary Anne (Howard) Hanna and Barbara Duffy (William) Stewart; and her brother, Frederick C. Duffy Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan. A memorial Mass will be held in Pittsburgh at a date to be determined. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC.
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Pontius, Robert G. 90

  • Worcester
  • Died: 2014-04-12
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  • Robert Gilmore Pontius, M.D., 90, died peacefully Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Worcester, Mass. He is survived by his former wife, Mary T. Pontius; five children and their spouses, Helen (David) King, Diane (Hassan) Pontius, Louise (Dennis) Wunder, Joan (Filip) Pontius and Gil Pontius; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Jean Rathbone and Jo Pogue. He is predeceased by his sister, Mary Ellen Pontius; and stepbrother, William Meyer. Robert was born in 1923 in Palmerton to Ellen Kate Gross Pontius and the Rev. Paul Reid Pontius. Following the death of his mother, and his father's remarriage to Eleanor Walthour Meyer, Robert and his family moved to Greensburg. Robert had attended Mercersburg Academy, Haverford College, and as part of the Navy's V12 program, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He served as a physician in the Navy during the Korean War. Surgical training included positions at Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. As a heart surgeon in Pittsburgh, he had served as president of a chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the American Heart Association. His accomplishments at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh include performing the hospital's first successful pump-oxygenator open-heart surgery on children. Robert's surgical mottos included: "First of all, do no harm", "Everybody makes mistakes" and "Never say Oops!". Later life, Robert was an active member of the Pontius Family Association. He enjoyed swimming at Pittsburgh's Schenley Park Pool, attending college reunions, keeping in touch with his previous patients and spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed following sports, especially wrestling and football. In 2012, he moved to Worcester, Mass., to be near his son. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at University of Pittsburgh Heinz Chapel. A reception at the University Club will follow from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the donor's choice of organization investigating congenital heart disease and/or the ethical care of patients. http://www.ricefuneralhome.com.
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