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Alfonsi, Antonio 93

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1921-06-19
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Antonio "Tony" Alfonsi, 93, a lifelong West Mifflin resident, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Tony was born June 19, 1921, in Sette Cerre, Italy, one of six children of Giosaffate and Felicia (DiGiacinto) Alfonsi. He worked 43 years for U.S. Steel at the Clairton Works, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and was an avid gardener. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four siblings: brothers, Martin, Jack and Thomas Alfonsi, and a sister, Eleanor Ficorilli. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Liberata "Libby" (Cerasoli) Alfonsi; two children: son, Anthony (Crystal) Alfonsi, and daughter, Rosemarie (Bruno) Bonacchi; four grandchildren, Mary, John, Lucia and Daniel Bonacchi; a sister, Mary Gabriel; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), in Jefferson Hills. There will be a prayer at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas A' Becket Catholic Church with Father Daniel Maurer as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Clare Cemetery in Clairton. For condolences, visit http://www.stephendslater.com.
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Borish, James F. 45

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1968-11-03
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • James F. Borish, 45, of Cheswick, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice of Concordia, Jefferson Township. He was born Nov. 3, 1968, in Creighton, to John Andrew Borish, of New Kensington, and Eleanor A. (Gaston) Borish, of Frazer Township. James lived the past three years in Cheswick, and prior to that Philadelphia for 15 years. He was a senior business analyst, Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. A former member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Creighton, James graduated from Deer Lakes High School in 1986, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He enjoyed golf, skiing, camping, playing the drums and music in general. He was also a member of Delta Sigma Kae Fraternity. Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Diane L. Taylor, of Tampa, Fla.; and a brother, Brian T. Borish, of Frazer Township; also two nephews, Jesse William Faulkner and Andrew John Borish; a special friend, Ashley Benner, of Cheswick; and a half brother, Brandon Borish, of New Kensington. James was preceded in death by a brother, John Alan Borish, in 1998. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. Tenth Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084, 724-224-1526, with the Rev. Michael Pattock officiating. Additional visitation held after the service, until 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.
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Burt, Robert B. 89

  • New Sewickley Township
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Robert B. Burt, 89, of New Sewickley Township, formerly of Ross Township, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was the loving husband for 60 wonderful years of Marlene P. Burt. Bob was the loving father of Donna Burt-McAliley (Scott A.) and Robert B. Burt Jr. (Mary E.); devoted grandfather of Amanda L. Burt; and loving uncle to his nieces and nephews. His brother, the late George R. Burt, preceded him in death. Bob was retired from Bell of Pennsylvania and AT and T, where he was an instructor for PBX installation and PBX maintenance. He proudly served in World War II in the Navy on board the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa, which led to his ongoing desire for personal travel in the United States and Europe. Bob was also a 32nd Degree Mason. He spent his winters in Florida during his early retirement years and traveled as often a possible up until the time of his passing. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the National Wildlife Association or a charity of your choice.
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Coholic, Nicholas M.

  • McMurray , Formerly of Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Nicholas M. Coholic, CLU, ChFC, of McMurray, formerly of Whitehall, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to the late Carole J. (Wallace) Coholic; loving father of Suzanne Coholic, Nicholas (Melody) Coholic and Robert (Linda) Coholic; grandfather of Michele and Andrew Coholic; son of the late Nicholas and Mary Coholic; brother of Ernest (Darlene) Coholic, Barbara (John) Jankowski and the late Lucille (survived by Matthew) Ostrofsky; brother-in-law, Ted (Connie) Wallace, and Marie (Mel) Kajikawa. Nick was a 1957 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the PHI KAPPA Catholic Fraternity (known as PHI KAPPA THETA.) He was an avid Pitt fan. Nick was a very generous and charitable individual throughout all aspects of his life. He retired from General American Life Insurance Co. as the eastern regional sales director and later as the registered principal of Walnut Street Securities. Nick was a member of the Pittsburgh Life Underwriters Association, the American Society of Chartered Financial Planners, the North Catholic Alumni Association, the National Rifle Association, the PA Pistol and Rifle Association, the Safari Club International, the Dormont/Mt. Lebanon Rifle Club, the North American Hunting Association, a member of the Limbaugh Institute of Conservative Studies and a former member of the Library Sportsman's Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where funeral prayer will be held 9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel of The Sorrowful Virgin Church, with entombment to follow in Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum. If desired, family suggests contributions to St. Gabriel of The Sorrowful Virgin School Fund, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Costello, Helen A. 88

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Helen A. (Weich) Costello, 88, of West View, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James R. Costello; mother of Dion (Sandra) Costello, Owen (Mary Kay) Costello and the late Brian (his surviving wife Janie), Dee Dee, Kevin and Mark Costello; grandmother of Ryan, Kelly, Maura, Kristin, Bethany, Justin, Michelle and Danielle; and great-grandmother of Conor, Lucy and Liam. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Athanasius Church with the Rev. Robert A. Norton as celebrant. Interment will follow in North Side Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Cowell, Gary 73

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Gary Cowell, 73, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was a son of the late Carl and Louise (Cross) Cowell; beloved husband of Margaret "Peg" (Prelosky) Cowell; loving father of Carla Cowell, Danelle (Jack) Kline and William "Bill" Cowell; and grandfather of Jocelyn Kline. He was a member of West Mifflin No. 3 Volunteer Fire Company and an avid golfer. He graduated from Norwin High School Class of 1959. He was a retired driver for ACCESS. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Coyne Portman, Maureen 80

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Maureen (Barrett) Coyne Portman, 80, of Mt. Lebanon, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Regis J. Coyne and Charles A. Portman; devoted mother of Kathleen Coyne D'Andrea, Christine Coyne (Frank) Ferris, Regis P. Coyne (Lynne) and the late Colleen Coyne Hendrickson; loving grandmother of Michael (Lisa) Ferris, Kevin (Shannon) Ferris, Kelly (Matt) Sumner, Matthew Johns, Ryan Hendrickson, Kristi Hendrickson, Sean Coyne and Kevin Coyne; and great-grandmother of McKenzie, Logan, Charlie and Mason. Maureen was a volunteer at St. Clair Hospital for 26 years. She also was an active and faithful member of St. Bernard Church, where family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to St. Bernard Church or St. Clair Foundation. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Damian Jr., James R. 72

  • Green Tree
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • James R. Damian Jr., 72, of Green Tree, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 50 years of Mary Diane (Tobin) Damian; loving father of Diane C. Damian, Kristin Damian (Machiel) van de Geer and Lisa (Greg Ahart) Damian; cherished Papa of Sophia and Damian van de Geer; and loving brother of Rose (Virg) Smeltzer and their children, David and Lynne. He is also survived by many cousins. James will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800),1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sepsis Alliance, 501 W. Broadway, Suite 1700, San Diego, CA 92101 or a charity of one's choice. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Daugherty, Regina E. 91

  • Plum
  • Born: 1923-02-22
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Regina Elizabeth Daugherty, 91, of Logans Ferry Heights, Plum, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. She was born Feb. 22, 1923, in New Kensington, to the late Paul and Blanche Hilliard Shrum, and had been a life resident of the local area. A legal secretary, she worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare at the State Office Building in Pittsburgh, retiring in 1985. Regina was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and enjoyed bridge. Survivors include her children, Dennis Daugherty and Diane (Chris) Stripay, both of Plum; daughter-in-law, Paula Daugherty, of Brackenridge; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel J. Daugherty Sr.; a son, Daniel J. Daugherty Jr.; brothers, Tom, Bill, Don and Bob Shrum; and sisters, Dolores Hue and Midge Collier. The family would like to thank Saxony Health Center for the wonderful care their mother received. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Davis, Virginia O.

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Virginia O. "Jean" Davis, of Plum, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the widow of William E. Davis, who died in 2003. She was a graduate of McKeesport High School and an 11-year employee in the bookkeeping department of the home office of G.C. Murphy Co. in McKeesport. She is survived by two children, Kim Marie Boyd (Daniel) and William John Davis; three grandchildren, Aaron William Boyd, Jenna Nicole Davis and Hayley Dawn Davis; a sister, Shirley Mandella (Walter); a special cousin, Cecelia McKibben (David); and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Elizabeth Obusek; and brothers, infant Lawrence, Ernest and John. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville.
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Doczkat, Elizabeth I. 86

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth I. "Betty" (Murphy) Doczkat, 86, of Monroeville, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Alvin W. Doczkat; loving mother of Sharyn (Jim) Rosipal, Ronald (Lynn) Doczkat and Bradley Doczkat; and sister of the late John and Mary. She is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek, 412-823-1950, where a service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in Church Hill Cemetery. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to Harmar Village Care Center, 715 Freeport Road, Cheswick, PA 15024. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Dohn, Jane M.

  • Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Jane M. (Moore) Dohn, of St. Barnabas, formerly of Ross Township, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was the wife of the late William H. Dohn; loving mother of Kathleen Yost (Richard); proud grandmother of Jason Yost (Babli); great-grandmother of Neel; and sister of Eleanor Wagner. Jane was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother who loved to paint and volunteered to help others. A celebration of Jane's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Drummond, Frederick G. 61

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1952-09-22
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Frederick G. "Fred" Drummond, 61, of Monroeville, died suddenly Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was born Sept. 22, 1952, in Pittsburgh, son of Mary Geier Drummond, of Monroeville, and the late Charles H. Drummond. Fred was operations manager for City Brewery in Latrobe. He was a member of the North American Martyrs Church for 37 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary J. Lewis Drummond; two loving daughters, Lisa (Aaron) Genton and Vicki (Dan) Dezort; three grandchildren, Erin Marie Genton and Rusty and Carter Dezort; three brothers, Charles J. (Debi) Drummond, Thomas G. (Beth) Drummond and David G. Drummond; three sisters, Mary V. Drummond, Nancy A. (Ron) Udovich and Julie D. (Russ) Gadagno; and 12 nieces and nephews. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Indiana Township. Interment will follow at St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to GBS/CIDP Foundation International at http://www.gbs-cidp.org. http://www.Hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Falvo, Dr. Ralph J. 67

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Dr. Ralph J. "Butch" Falvo, 67, of Philadelphia, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, June 29, 2014. Ralph was a Vietnam War Army veteran; a lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps; was a registered nurse; earned a master's degree in health care and later went on to receive his doctorate degree. He was a son of the late Ralph and Helen (Hoyko) Falvo. Surviving is his wife, Diane (Karczewski) Falvo, of Forest Hills. He was the father of Blake (Melissa) Falvo, of Murrysville, Maura (Ryan) Hoare, of Reynoldsville, and Kylene Falvo, of Forest Hills; grandfather of Richard, Morgan, Ethan and Evelyn; and brother of Dale (Rosanne) Falvo, of Export. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Private service and interment will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., with military honors. ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-824-4332.
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Garmann, M. Blanche 103

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Brady, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • M. Blanche Garmann, 103, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, of the North Side. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Garmann; sister of the late Josephine, George J., Dorothy and John F. Blanche is survived by her sister-in-law, Marcella; her two nephews, George L. and John B.; and a great-niece, Elizabeth. The family would like to thank Flo, Cathy, Linda and Nurse Pam for all their care. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at BRADY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 1151 Southside Ave. (Spring Hill). Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Incarnation Parish.
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Hamilton III, Alfred Bucky E. 70

  • Crafton Heights
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Alfred Earl "Bucky" Hamilton III, 70, of Crafton Heights, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at his "Obey Street School" in Crafton Heights, with Carol by his side after a brave battle with Leukemia. Bucky was the son of the late Alfred Earl Hamilton Jr. and Anna Mae (Thoma). Bucky was a truck driver for Entertainment Books for many years, but his true career was having fun! He enjoyed skiing, boating, motorcycling, etc. Bucky will be greatly missed by his loving companion, Carol Kee and her children, Christopher, Jon and Elizabeth Kee. Survivors include his sister, Marcia (Chris) Clark; nephews, Brian Clark and Rob (Katie) Clark; many cousins, and among them, Peter McCormick and Bob Henry; along with hundreds of friends. Friends will be welcome, with Steelers wear and Terrible Towels, from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township, where a funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
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Isaak Jr., Herman C. 74

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of Bloomfield
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Herman C. "Herky" Isaak Jr., 74, of Penn Hills, formerly of Bloomfield, beloved by many, went home to be with Jesus on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was a member of Monroeville Christian Church. Herman is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Maryann (Welsh) Isaak. He was the loving father of Michael (Michelle) Isaak, Karl (Andrella "Kay") Isaak and John Isaak; cherished grandfather of Erin (Eddie), Tristan, Susanna, Ryan, Nathaniel and the late Antwon; great-grandfather of Antwon and Andrea; brother of Margaret (the late William) Sciullo, Julia (Paul) Sciullo, Grace Isaak, Ruth (Michael) Close and the late Patricia (Ralph) Garrison; and brother-in-law of Dolly (George) Adamson. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Monroeville Christian Church with Evangelist Dave Provance officiating. Interment will follow in The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family or Monroeville Christian Church, 3780 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Miklos, Noami 94

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Naomi "Noma" (McGuire) Miklos, 94, lifelong resident of Plum, died, surrounded by her family, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. She was the wife of 63 years to the late Joseph Miklos; beloved mother of Betty Glenn and Shirley Dick; sister of Rita Lauric and Lorna Smith; loving grandmother of four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by six brothers. Friends received from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
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Mitala, Sister Vivian 95

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Sister Vivian Mitala, 95, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, Ky., passed into eternity on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in the 79th year of her religious life. Sister originally entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Joseph Parish, in Clairton, in 1935. After receiving her teaching credentials, Sister taught for seven years in the elementary school in the Pittsburgh and Greensburg dioceses. When she expressed an interest in working in the medical field, she spent one year in study at St. Louis University in Missouri. She then went on to Ohio Valley Hospital for training as a registered medical records librarian. Sister Vivian was assigned to St. Jude Hospital in Montgomery, Ala., to organize and establish the Medical Records Library. Later, Sister Vivian moved on to St. Vincent Hospital in Monett, Mo., serving as medical librarian and head of the medical records department for 43 years. When Sister retired to the Motherhouse in 2003, she helped in the business office for two years until complications following surgery left her partially paralyzed. She became a resident at the Vincentian Home, where she remained until her death. Sister was well-known for her gentle demeanor, prayerful spirit and complete trust in God. Very often, she was found in the chapel, deep in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Sister Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Susan Mitala; and her siblings, Anna, Andrew and John. She is survived by her nephews, Jack and Ronald Mitala. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at St. Louise Convent, 8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in the convent chapel, followed by interment in the Sisters' cemetery on the convent grounds. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Office of Congregational Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048-0009.
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Ramsey, Janet S. 68

  • Richland Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Janet S. (Brosenitsch) Ramsey, 68, of Richland Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Hrydil; loving mother of Kenneth (Shelly) Knight Sr., Jennifer (Joseph) Hopper, Elizabeth Knight and Shawn (Melissa) Ramsey; sister of James, Leo and Patricia Brosenitsch; and proud grandmother of Kelly and Kenneth Knight Jr. She was preceded in death by sons, Blean Ramsey and Richard Knight; and brother, Richard "Louis" Brosenitsch. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Father Thomas A. Sparacino as celebrant. Interment will follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Runkle, Leona 90

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Leona Grall Runkle, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in her assisted living apartment at St. Barnabas Health System. Leona had just celebrated her 90th birthday on May 3. She is the wife of the late Fred W. Grall Jr., and formerly of the Grall Plan. She leaves behind four daughters, Gail C. Whitaker (Guest), Donna G. Fogle (Tom), Joyce G. Dayen (the late Harry Dayen) and Shirley Grall Schnebel; and eight grandchildren, Kristi Whitaker-Krile (Steve), Katie Radloff (Ryan), Brian Fogle (Lisa), Kerri Renner (Jule), Stacey Dayen, Anna Held (Greg), Jessica Rice (Philip) and Erica Schnebel (Matt). Leona has 13 great-grandchildren, Emily, Hayden and David Krile, Jake and Sarah Radloff, Dillon and Morgan Fogle, William and Emmett Renner, Connor Dayen, Natalie and Wyatt Held and McKinley Rice. In 2001, Leone found happiness again by marrying the late Walter T. Runkle, father of Scott Runkle (Diane) and Dr. Donna Smith (the Rev. Fred). Walter had four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Leona was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, with a service at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will be at Mt. Royal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Scolieri, Antonietta A. 85

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Antonietta A. Scolieri, 85, of Morningside, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Giuseppe "Joseph" Scolieri; wonderful mother of Anthony (Angela) Scolieri, Mary (Bill) Butch and the late Philip (surviving wife Donna) Scolieri; and devoted grandmother of Ashley, Christina, Rachel, Jimmy and Alex. Also survived by nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Antonietta had unwavering faith in God and was a lifelong member of St. Raphael Parish in Morningside. She was also a member of the Ladies of Charity, the Young at Heart Club and the Morningside Bocce League. She loved playing bocce, tending to her garden, listening to classic Italian music and preparing traditional meals for her family. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Raphael Church, Morningside. Interment following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Verona. The family gives everyone who visited and assisted in her care during the past year their greatest gratitude. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Steinmiller, Helen G. 76

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Helen G. (Hildbold) Steinmiller, 76, of Ross Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Richard N. Steinmiller; loving mother of Robert (Pat) Chapman, LuAnn (Brian) Vula, Janice (Kenneth) Belke and Diane (Paul) Schlag; dear sister of Thomas Hildbold, Janice (Kenneth) Grayson and the late Elmer, Howard, Norman, William and Lloyd Hildbold, Mary Jesse Melder and Mildred Boldin; and also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Helen was a member of OES Jepthah Eastern Star No. 73 and the Social Order of Beaucant, Odd Fellows, United Lodge 2 and Rebekah Lodge. Family will welcome friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. John's Lutheran Church, 920 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229. Please meet at Church. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Stender, Joan Gail 80

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Joan "Gail" Stender, 80, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Edwin G. Stender. Gail and Ed celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 22. She was the loving mother of Trish (Ace) Kellerman, Lynn (David) Whitmarsh, Leslie Aikin, Robin (Dave) Zerby, Tracey (Emmett) Kirby, Edwin and Charles Stender; grandmother of Christina Kirby, Joseph Higwind, Eddie Aikin, Johnny Aikin and Alexis Stender; and sister of Patricia White and Robert Stennett. Gail was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins fan. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life service and reception will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the residence. In lieu of flowers, donations to Family Hospice and Palliative Care East, 103 Yost Blvd., Forest Hills, PA 15221, greatly appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Wakefield, Louise R. 98

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1916-08-03
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Louise R. Wakefield, 98, of McKeesport, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Kane Regional Center in McKeesport. She was born Aug. 3, 1916, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late William and Edith Altman Lamb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell Wakefield; daughters, Claudia Shegan and Cynthia Wakefield; and a son, William (Rita) Wakefield. She was a member of the First Evangelical Free Church and the AARP Grandview Chapter. Surviving are her sons, Clair (Joanie) Wakefield and Robert (Karen) Wakefield, both of McKeesport; daughters, Edith (Neal) Davis, of North Huntingdon, Barbara (Pete) Pease, of Washington, and Elaine (Andy) Bartko, of Florida; also surviving are grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lavina McDougall. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Kirk Albrecht officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Salvation Army, 821 Walnut St., McKeesport, PA 15132. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Westmoreland County

Barkasi, Ruth M. 50

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1964-01-05
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. Barkasi, 50, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 5, 1964, in Greensburg, the daughter of Charles E. Koshinsky, of Greensburg, and the late Naomi (Loughner) Koshinsky. She had been employed as a patient accounts representative at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, and had attended LifeSpring Christian Church, Greensburg. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles E. Jr. and Glen A. Koshinsky. In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, David J. Barkasi; a brother, John S. Koshinsky Sr. and his wife, Cindy, of Latrobe; and nieces and nephews, John Jr., Joshua, Sarah and Loren. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor Roland D. Blake officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Carnahan, Lois J. 85

  • Washington Township , Formerly of Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1929-04-13
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Lois J. (Busler) Carnahan, 85, of Washington Township, formerly of Allegheny Township, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Kittanning Care Center, Manor Township. Born April 13, 1929, in New Kensington, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Edith (Rearick) Busler. She lived in Washington Township since 1990, and was a graduate of Vandergrift High School. Lois was a secretary for the Allegheny Township Tax Collector for many years. She enjoyed crafting, specifically afghans, shopping, and spending winters in Florida. Lois was a member of the Community Club of Allegheny Township and the Allegheny Township Junior Women's Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Busler, and an infant sister. Lois is survived by her husband of 63 years, John W. Carnahan; son, John A. Carnahan, of California; daughter, Marla J. (Helmer) Johnson, of Skiatook, Okla.; grandchildren, Amanda (Zack) Xu, of Tulsa, Okla., Rachel (Nathen) Bone, of Brandon, Miss., and Helmer C. Johnson, of Jackson, Miss.; and two great-grandsons, Logan Xu and Evan Bone. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. H. Clifton Foster officiating. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Contributions may be made in Lois' memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Chapman Jr., James H. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-10-25
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James H. "Jim" Chapman Jr., 82, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1931, in Claremont, N.H., a son of the late James H. and Marion Taylor Chapman Sr. After graduating from Stevens High School in Claremont, he attended the University of New Hampshire. In Korea, Jim served as a corporal with the Army Signal Corps. At one time, he was the owner and operator of the Mobil Service Station in Claremont, N.H. Prior to retirement, he was a mechanical designer for 32 years with Sullivan Machinery Company, later known as Joy Manufacturing in Claremont, N.H., and Franklin, Pa. Jim was a member of the Aerobic Center of Greensburg, where he enjoyed participating in the Silver Sneakers program. Also, he took great pleasure in attending Art on Tap 5.2.7. at the Westmoreland Museum of Art. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, June Rose George, in 2008. Jim is survived by two daughters, Cathy Stewart, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Laura (William) Schweiger, of Baden; three sons, Jason (Marty) Chapman, of Montrose, Colo., Peter Chapman, of Greensburg, and James Chapman, of Australia; and eight grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL, where a memorial service will take place at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tri City Meals on Wheels, Box 975, Greensburg; or Westmoreland Museum of Art, 4764 State Route 30, Greensburg, PA 15601. For more information and online condolences, please go to http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Dorwart, James M. 69

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1945-02-05
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • James M. Dorwart, 69, of Arnold, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Pittsburgh, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 5, 1945, in Pittsburgh, to the late James and Myrtle Frink Dorwart. Jim was a graduate of Kiski Area High School, Edinboro University and the University of Pittsburgh. He was a chemistry teacher in the Shaler School District for 35 years, retiring in 2002. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and winemaking and he was an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan. He was a member of the Sons of Italy Lodge No. 881, New Kensington, and John Huss Lutheran Church, Arnold. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason and a Son of the American Revolution. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Andrea Pozel Dorwart; daughter, Stephanie Dorwart, of Lower Burrell; son, James (Amy) Dorwart, of Suffolk, Va.; and grandchildren, Milena and Connor Dorwart. He is also survived by sisters, Patricia (Ronald) Amon, of Youngville, and Linda (David) Lesko, of Vandergrift; mother-in-law, Olga Pozel; nieces, Kimberly Williams and Christy Amon; and a nephew, Steven Amon. Private viewing for family and close friends will be Monday at the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), in New Kensington. Private burial in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Elgin, Robert J. 91

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Robert J. "Bob" Elgin, 91, of Penn Township, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy "Dottie" (Abbott) Elgin; and brother of Betty Haggs. Bob was a research developer for U.S. Steel for many years and also a World War II veteran. He was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Parish, the Franklin Squares in Monroeville and a former chairman of the National Association of Square Dancers and the Legacy International Square Association. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Private interment in Belle Vernon Cemetery. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Gibson, Evelyn K. 98

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1916-05-09
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Kelly Gibson, 98, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Newhaven Court, Greensburg. She was born May 9, 1916, in Portage. Prior to her retirement, she had been a registered nurse. She was a member of West Hempfield Presbyterian Church. She was loved by many. In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by her husband, Walter "Hoot" Gibson, in 1990; an infant son; two daughters, Merrily Rausch and Kathy Larson; and a brother, Edward Kelly. She is survived by a son, Thomas E. Gibson and his wife, Margaret, of South Carolina; two daughters, Mary Gibson, of Brazil, and Sally Krautz and her husband, Samuel III, of Greensburg; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at Newhaven Court, Greensburg, at a date and time to be announced. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. The family would like to thank Newhaven Court and Amedisys Hospice of Scottdale for their loving care and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 109 Crossroads Road, Suite 400, Scottdale, PA 15683. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Horne, Lillian A. 85

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1929-04-09
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Lillian A. Horne, 85, of West Newton, was carried by angels to her heavenly Father, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was born April 9, 1929 in Gratztown, a daughter of the late Joseph Olschon, and Glenola (Davenport) Olschon-Walker. Lillian was a former member of First Baptist Church, West Newton, where she was very active, including teaching Sunday School. She was a member of The Church of Sutersville and the Happy Go Lucky Square Dancing Club of Dravosburg. An avid card player, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Horne; a son, Terry Horne; a sister, Naomi Matthews; and a brother, Ronald Olschon. Surviving are three daughters, Valarie Lash and husband, Dave, of Irwin, Tamara Troup and husband, Tom, of Vanderbilt, and Heather Horne, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren, Michelle (Jerry) Van Horn, Jennifer (Craig) Fusting, Melissa (Robert) Jurkeiwicz, Nichole (Donnie) Dye, Thomas Troup II and Nicolas Horne; nine great-grandchildren, Desiree and Tyler Van Horn, Gavin and Regan Fusting, Caden, Lincoln and Ethen Dye and Addison and Max Jurkiewicz; a sister-in-law, Julianne Olschon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Church, 738 1st St., Sutersville, PA 15083. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Hrtyanski, Dorothy J. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-07-28
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. Savage Hrtyanski, 81, of Greensburg, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born July 28, 1933, in Herminie, daughter of the late John and Jessie (Bugel) Savage. Prior to retirement, she was employed as an airline stewardess by Eastern Air Lines with 21 years of service. She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Herminie. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Savage; and a stepdaughter, Darcy Hill. Surviving are her husband of 40 years, William J. Hrtyanski; stepdaughter, Sherry Cambruzzi and her husband, David, of Darragh; three grandchildren, David J. Cambruzzi and his wife, Renee, of West Newton, Shanna Cambruzzi Clougherty and her husband, John, of North Huntingdon, and Joe Hill and his wife, Liz, of Apollo; three great-grandchildren, Ava Cambruzzi, Cole Cambruzzi and Cruz Clougherty; a brother, Ronald Savage and his wife, Marcia, of Nevada; two nieces, Wendy and her husband, Jim Marchesi, and Stacy Savage; four great-nieces , Mylie and Madisyn Marchesi, Marquel and Marlayna Olmos; a great-nephew, Mason Marchesi; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Savage, of Nevada. 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. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Edward Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father John Harrold as celebrant. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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King, Deborah L. 56

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1958-07-09
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Deborah L. King, 56, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside, after a courageous seven-year fight with cancer. She was born July 9, 1958, a daughter of the late Walter and Dolly Hudec Remaley. A 1976 graduate of Southmoreland High School, she earned her associate degree from Westmoreland County Community College, and was employed by the Greensburg Bureau of Disability Determination Office for 36 years. She was a member of Alverton Methodist Church, where she served as a trustee. Surviving are her husband, Anthony C. King, whom she married on Oct. 28, 1978; her children, Anthony L. King, of Virginia, and Courtney M. King and fiance, Paul Scarsella Jr., of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Donald Dean Miller and wife, Verla, and Denny Remaley and wife, Terri, both of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Dana Lopes and husband, Louie, of Fredericksburg, and Anita Guckert and husband, Jack, of Hunker; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a brother, Wally Remaley, and a sister, Vicki Remaley. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Interment will follow in Alverton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. King's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or http://www.stjude.org. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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McGee, Peggy A. 49

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Peggy Ann McGee, 49, of Murrysville, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late John and Roberta Fisher. She is survived by her fiance, Michael Matzko; her children, Brandon Gaffey (Sarah), Corey Gaffey (Tiffany) and Lisa Defloria (Brian); granddaughter, Sophia Gaffey; and brothers, John Fisher Jr. (the late Doll) and Robert Fisher. She is also survived by her loving nephew, Ryan Fisher, and cousin, Karen O'Connor, and will be missed by her extended family. Peggy enjoyed crafts, crocheting and doll making and was well known for her knitting. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, for a memorial visitation at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, (412-372-2100), with a service following. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Heart Association greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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McMond, Evelyn E. 89

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1925-09-17
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Evelyn E. (Gibson) McMond, 89, of Allegheny Township, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia. She was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Sharpsville, daughter of the late Maurice and Eleanor (Loup) Gibson. Evelyn graduated with honors from Hickory High School and attended Penn State University. Earlier in her life, she was employed at Allegheny Ludlum Steel and taught driver's education at Kiski Area High school for 15 years. She was a member of Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Lower Burrell, past member of the Laurel Point Grange in Allegheny Township and the New Kensington Quota Club. Her hobbies included traveling, playing cards and spending time with her family. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar E. McMond, on June 16, 2013; sisters, Arada Dunlavey, Alta Louise McBurney and Lida Belle Gibson; and one brother, Alton Gibson. Survivors include daughters, Judith (Raymond) Spolar, of Allegheny Township, and Kathryn (James) Oddis, of Cambridge, Md.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Trevor) Nelson, Matthew (Karen) Spolar, Daniel (Megan) Oddis, Lisa Harmon and Lori (Paul) Black; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, James Gibson, of Hermitage. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Lower Burrell, with the Rev. Ken Foust officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Community Church Memorial Fund, 2751 Grant St., Lower Burrell, PA 15068; or to Good Samaritan Hospice, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023.
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McNierney, Joan M. 81

  • Claridge , Formerly of Manor
  • Born: 1933-07-16
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Joan M. (Lagalski) McNierney, 81, of Claridge, formerly of Manor died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in the William Penn Care Center. She was born July 16, 1933, in Westmoreland City, a daughter of the late Joseph and Sophie Bukoski Lagalski. She was a former member of Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, a current member of St. Barbara Church in Harrison City, a member of the Compassionate Friends of Greensburg and the Lioness Club of Manor. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. McNierney; two children, Joseph L. and Juliann McNierney. Joan loved being a homemaker, baking and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, to her family. Surviving is a son, Francis McNierney, of Jeannette; three grandchildren, Julie (Mark) Macri, Jennifer (Robert) Greco, Jessica McNierney (fiance, Chris Wright); four great-grandchildren; a sister, Jean (Steve) Pernick, of Harrison City; a brother, Joseph (Mary) Lagalski, of Westmoreland City; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Barbara Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Molowski, Donald J. 74

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1940-09-19
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Molowski, 74, of Mt. Pleasant, died suddenly, on his birthday, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at his home. Mr. Molowski was born Sept. 19, 1940, in Wyano, a son of the late Stanley and Anna Chirrup Molowski. He was a 1958 graduate of the former South Huntingdon High School. Don was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War. He served in the Navy for nine years serving on four destroyers, including the USS Laffey, the USS Ingersoll and the USS Watts. He was employed for 30 years with Westinghouse Corp. as a nuclear reactor service technician. Don was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, and participated in the YMCA Silver Sneakers Program. He enjoyed reading, and traveling with his beloved wife. He was a loving husband and a devoted son and son-in-law. Don had a wonderful sense of humor. Don is survived by his loving family; his wife of 26 years, Patricia "Pat" Linkowski Molowski; his brother, Larry Molowski, of Latrobe; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, including Skylar and Aidan Neubert, with whom he had a special relationship. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Stanley Molowski. Family and friends will be received from 6 until 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by Don's 10 a.m. funeral Mass in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post 446 will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Tarentum. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society or the Mt. Pleasant Public Library in memory of Donald J. Molowski. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Overly, Linda 61

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1953-04-18
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Linda Overly, 61, of Ruffsdale, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at her home. She was born April 18, 1953, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Stella Leek Myers, of Ruffsdale. Linda was a 1971 graduate of Southmoreland High School. She was a member of Christ Reformed Church, in Ruffsdale, where she served as a church deaconess. Linda was always there for everyone, no matter who it was. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jerry Overly; her siblings, Donald Myers and his wife, Shari, of Dayton, Ohio, Connie Dye, of Pittsburgh, and Timothy Myers and his wife, Shelly, of Ruffsdale; her sister-in-law, Kathy Myers, of New Alexandria; and numerous nieces and nephews, including her special nieces, Makenna and Courtney Myers. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Joshua Justin Overly, in 2013; and a brother, Jay C. Myers. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Dennis Kletzing officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Plyler, Elizabeth Betty J. 77

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1937-03-15
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. "Betty" (Romeo) Plyler, 77, of Latrobe, passed away peacefully Friday, September 19, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, with her loving family and friends by her side. She was born March 15, 1937, in Slickville, a daughter of the late Rocco and Mary (Macri) Romeo. Betty was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking and especially spending time with family. Betty was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish, Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Natale Romeo and Bruno Romeo; and sisters, Josephine Varacalli and Theresa Franzi. Betty will be sadly missed by her beloved family. She is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Francis D. Plyler; daughter, Pamela Brummett and her husband, William, of Greensburg; son, Rodger Plyler and his special friend, Tonya, also of Greensburg; daughter, Lisa Simms and her husband, Jeff, of Hostetter; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She will be especially missed by her five grandchildren, Justin Trabucco, Bryan (Lisa) Trabucco, Ashley Trabucco, Jacob (Lynn) Simms and Zach Simms; and great-grandchildren, Adriauna and Rocco Trabucco and Emma and Hunter Simms; all of whom she cherished. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A blessing service for Betty will be conducted immediately following visitation at 7 pm. Monday in the funeral home, with Father Chad Ficorilli, OSB, officiating. Private interment will be held Tuesday in the Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. Betty's family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and caregivers of Excela Westmoreland Hospital, especially the 1st Floor and CCU, for the excellent and compassionate care Betty received during her stays with them. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Quinlan, Mary M. 80

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Mary Margaret Quinlan, 80, of Murrysville, formerly of Carnegie, died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the beloved aunt (second mother) to Linda Wagner (Tom), Donna Fontana (Rick), Patty Recklitis (Mike) and Janet Romagna (Al); four great-nieces and nephews; and nine great-great-nieces and nephews; along with many very special friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at North American Martyrs Church with Father Joseph Luisi as celebrant. Interment following at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, 204 Cemetery Lane, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Heart Association greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Sacriponte, Weido 84

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1930-09-06
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Weido "Skinny" Sacriponte, 84, of New Kensington, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Elmcroft of Saxonburg. He was born Sept. 6, 1930, in Arnold, to the late Guiseppe and Filodea (Passagrilli) Sacriponte, and had lived in the Arnold/New Kensington area all of his life. He was employed for 38 years by Westinghouse Electro - Mechanical Division in Cheswick, where he worked as a quality control inspector and retired as manager of Quality Control. Skinny was a member of the New Kensington Eagles, VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell and the Spartaco Club. He was a football and basketball referee for 54 years in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Skinny enjoyed playing bocce, golfing, dancing, softball and was an avid Steelers fan. He also enjoyed being outdoors and working in his vegetable garden. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 and received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony (surviving wife, Mary); sisters, Rose Phillip (surviving husband, Phil) and Mary Schultz (surviving husband, Harry); a son in infancy, Joseph; and a brother-in-law, Mike "Chico" Guerrieri. Leaving behind to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 54 years, Dorothy (Guerrieri) Sacriponte; sons, Dino (Susan) Sacriponte, of Butler, and Gary Sacriponte, of Verona; grandchildren, Vincenzo and Sophia, who were his pride and joy in his life; sister, Betty (late Phil) Alphonsi, of Lower Burrell; brother, James (Connie) Sacriponte, of Jeannette; sister, Joyce Clark (Jeff Saeger), of New Kensington; and sister-in-law, Gloria Guerrieri, of Springdale. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Harold Mele officiating. Private burial in Union Cemetery in Arnold. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 4638 Center Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Scherer, Melissa 42

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1972-03-06
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Peterson, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Melissa (Nodd) Scherer, 42, of Hempfield Township, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at her home. Melissa was born March 6, 1972, a daughter of Marie Sissy Bungard Marisette, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late William Nodd Sr. She was a former student of the Mt. Pleasant area schools and a member of the Hecla Community Church. Surviving, in addition to her mother, is her husband of 24 years, David Scherer Sr.; daughter, Alissa Scherer; and son, David Scherer Jr., all of Greensburg; a stepson, Cody Scherer, of Youngwood; her niece, Anna Marie Fee, of Latrobe; a brother, William Nodd Jr.; a sister, Rebecca Marisette, of Latrobe; and two uncles, Ronald E. and Donald E. Bungard, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a brother, Nathan John Marisette. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SALOOM-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, 408 Depot St., Youngwood. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hecla Community Church with the Rev. Dr. Dale Porterfield officiating. Interment will follow in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Saloom-Peterson Funeral Home to help the family defray cost. Arrangements by Eugene G. Saloom, funeral director of the Saloom-Peterson Funeral Home of Youngwood, 724-925-7216.
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Shearer, Charles W. 56

  • Trauger
  • Born: 1958-07-07
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Charles W. "Chuck" Shearer, 56, of Trauger, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was born July 7, 1958, in Latrobe, a son of the late Charles D. and Dorothea L. (Harr) Shearer. He was employed at Airo Die Casting, Derry Township. Chuck liked camping and fishing and also enjoyed the beach. He is survived by three children, Joshua R. Shearer and wife, Bridgette, of Trauger, Carrie R. Haines and husband, Mitch, of Greensburg, and Noah D. Shearer, of Derry; five grandchildren, Paige, Dallas, Jillian, Charlotte and Emily; his sister, Beth Ann Lawrence and husband, David, of Trauger; and his brother, Jeffrey R. Shearer and wife, June, of Alverton. Funeral services will be private for the family. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, in charge of arrangements. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sutton, John T. 92

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1922-08-31
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John T. Sutton, 92, of Irwin, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. He was born Aug. 31, 1922, in Buchanan, Ky., a son of the late Green and Lula (Howard) Sutton. He was a World War II Navy veteran and worked as a diesel mechanic for U.S. Steel for more than 30 years. He was a lifetime member of the Irwin VFW 781, loved fishing, gardening and playing softball. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Frank, Charley, Eugene and Earl; and sisters, Alta, Mabel and Shirl. He is survived by his wife, Pearl F. (Wheeler) Sutton; sons, John T. Sutton Jr., of Latrobe, Gary L. (Linda) Sutton, of Paintertown, and Rodger K. Sutton, of Irwin; grandchildren, Cassandra, Jessica (Michael), Lydia and Gary Jr.; great-grandchild, Athena; brother, Joe Sutton, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for a funeral service. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Thomas, Robert C. 88

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-08-30
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Furlong, Summerville | Get Directions
  • Robert C. Thomas, 88, of Sigel, formerly of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Brookside Assisted Living in Brookville. Born Aug. 30, 1926, in Greensburg, he was a son of the late Charles M. and Violet A. Tinsley Thomas. After high school, Robert joined the Army. He was a veteran, serving during World War II. Robert was married to Betty J. Thompson on Nov. 22, 1943, and she preceded him death on April 19, 2011. Robert was employed by Alltel until his retirement. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Greensburg. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge 225 in Greensburg. Robert is survived by a brother, Daryl J. (Jean) Thomas, of Sigel; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles M. Jr. and Richard E. Thomas; and a sister, Hazel Hall. At his request, there will be no public visitation. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Westmoreland County Memorial Park with the Rev. Steve Morris officiating. Interment will be at the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. Funeral arrangements are being handled by FURLONG FUNERAL HOME, Gregory K. Furlong, funeral director, corner of Broad Street and First Avenue, Summerville.
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Armstrong County

Balchunas, William E. 95

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1919-08-31
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • William E. "Bal" Balchunas, 95, of Kittanning, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Paramount Senior Living, Mars. Born Aug. 31, 1919, in Franklin, he was a son of the late George and Josephine Balchunas. He was a member of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, in Kittanning. He graduated from Franklin High School, where he greatly enjoyed playing nose guard for the football team. After high school, he worked for Franklin Steel and the Erie Railroad. He served in the Navy and was stationed at Corpus Christi, Texas, and Kaneohe Air Base in Hawaii, where he was on active duty in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was an airman who performed Morse code on the Navy planes in flight. Upon return from active duty, he enlisted with the Pennsylvania State Police, where he was a motor patrolman and a criminal investigator for 28 years, with much of his time spent working homicides and undercover investigating illegal gambling. For 12 years, he was an Armstrong County detective. He was a member of the Kittanning VFW and Elks, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Retired State Police Association of Pennsylvania. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, visiting the ocean, and hunting rabbits and deer. He treasured and adored his daughter, Valarie, and John's family, providing loving support and caring for them till the end. Survivors include his daughter, Valarie and John Kennedy, of Valencia; and three grandchildren, Jacob, Taylor and Mayson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Henrietta) Pytleski Balchunas, on Aug. 26, 2003; brother, George Balchunas; and sister, Pearl Gladys. Visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., 701 Sixth Ave., Ford City. Prayer service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Kittanning, with Father Douglas Dorula as celebrant. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
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Barnett, Barry H. 67

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1947-04-18
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Barry H. "Barney" Barnett, 67, of Ford City, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born April 18, 1947, in Kittanning, he was a son of the late James L. and Gladys (Bellas) Barnett. Barney served in the Navy and was employed by PPG Industries and Shaffer's HVAC, Kittanning. He enjoyed working on classic cars and drag racing cars. He loved hunting, going to the drag strip with his son and grandson, and hanging out at Pitzers. Barney is survived by his children, Barry J. (Theresa) Barnett, of Ford City, David F. Barnett, of Jacksonville, Fla., Shane M. Barnett, of Pittsburgh, and Darlyn M. (Brendon) Harrington, of Ford City; his grandson, Joshua J. Barnett; a brother, James L. (Donna) Barnett, of Warren, Ohio; a sister, Darlyn A. Barnett, of Kittanning; and his dear friend, Vicki Sellers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael J. Barnett. The Barnett family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Judy Walters, the ACMH Oncology Department and Dr. Gelacek, for the care given to Barney during his illness. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where a Christian funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Committal and interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made the Richard G. Laube Cancer Center, 1 Nolte Drive, Kittanning, PA 16201; or Three Rivers Hospice and Palliative Care, 1195 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137. To send an online condolence to his family, please visit http://www.welchfh.com.
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Wyant-Swarmer, Dolores 87

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1927-08-28
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Dolores Wyant-Swarmer, 87, of Kittanning, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 28, 1927, in Ford City, a daughter of Walter and Margaret (Flanders) Mechling. Dolores was a resident of the Kittanning area for her entire life, residing at Erdley's in Sunnyside the last few years. She was a member of the Walkchalk Salem Baptist Church and worked in the housekeeping department at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital for 12 years, retiring in 1992. Dolores enjoyed keeping house, shopping with her daughter and cooking family dinners. She will always be remembered for her warm heart and beautiful smile. She always had something good to say about everybody and she especially loved to spend time with "her pride and joy" her granddaughter, Alyssa. Dolores' memory will be cherished by her son, William M. Wyant and wife, Cindy, of Kittanning; daughter, Pamela S. Wyant Albini and husband, Vince, of Worthington; granddaughter, Alyssa "Ally" Albini; sister, Mabel Mae Bowser, of Kittanning; stepson, Duane Swarmer and wife, Tina, of Apollo; stepdaughter, Janet Moyle, of East Vandergrift; nine stepgrandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, William M. Wyant, who died April 16, 1988; second husband, Terrance D. "Bucky" Swarmer, who died Aug. 12, 2006; brother, Blaine Johnston; and two infant sisters. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at the funeral home, with the Pastor Edward Walters officiating. Burial will be in Lawn Haven Burial Estates, Worthington. Memorial contributions may be made to Walkchalk Salem Baptist Church, 1006 Butler Road, Kittanning, PA 16201. Arrangements are being handled by Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To leave a condolence for Dolores' family or view a tribute honoring her life, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Butler County

Rossi, Antoinette 85

  • Butler
  • Born: 1929-02-04
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Thompson-Miller, Butler | Get Directions
  • Antoinette "Toni" Rossi, 85, of Butler, formerly of Lower Burrell, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the Lowrie House. She was born Feb. 4, 1929, in Newark, N.J., to the late Pasquale Mazzillo and Rose (Cantalupo) Mazzillo. Mrs. Rossi was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church. In her earlier years, she worked for Prudential Insurance Company in Newark, N.J., Gaylord's Dress Shop in Lower Burrell and was a homemaker. Mrs. Rossi volunteered at the Butler Area Meals on Wheels. She was active at St. Fidelis Parish, where she sang in the choir, was a member of Christian Mothers and helped with fish fry dinners. She enjoyed swimming at the YMCA, meeting friends at Panera Bread, attending the Butler County Symphony, local concerts and going to Pittsburgh musicals. Mrs. Rossi is survived by one son, Robert Rossi and his wife, JoAnn, of Matawan, N.J.; two daughters, Jane Wolfe and her husband, Roger, of Butler, and Karen Kiernan and her husband, Patrick, of Mt. Airy, Md.; four grandchildren, Erica Savannah and her husband, Corey, David Wolfe, Megan Bruce and her husband, Cheron, and Erin Kiernan; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Rossi, whom she married Aug. 23, 1952, and who passed away Dec. 21, 1985; four brothers; and two sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 124 E. North St., Butler. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at the St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Burial will take place in the St. Peters Cemetery. St. Paul's Catholic Women and Christian Mothers will meet at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday at the church to recite the rosary. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater PA, Pittsburgh Office, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite 146, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Online condolences can be given at http://www.thompson-miller.com.
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Fayette County

Basinger, Gerald E. 68

  • Everson
  • Born: 1946-03-13
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Gerald E. "Jerry" Basinger, 68, of Everson, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, Sept. 18, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born March 13, 1946, in Everson, a son of the late John A. and Irene Harshman Basinger. Jerry is survived by his loving family: his two sisters, Ruth Anastasia and husband, Robert, of Connellsville, and Betty Basinger, of Everson, with whom he resided. In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by three brothers, Howard E. (Dec. 10, 1970), Paul (2001) and John "Jay" Basinger (Aug. 22, 2003); and his sister, Pearl French Stoner (June 22, 1996). A private funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, with the Rev. Ray Keefer officiating. Private interment will follow in the Mt. olive Cemetery. To view online obituary or sign guest registry, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Basinger, Robert K. 62

  • Connellsville Township
  • Born: 1952-02-09
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Robert K. Basinger, 62, of Connellsville Township, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. He was born Feb. 9, 1952, in Connellsville, a son of the late John and Jerry Basinger. He was retired, having worked as a laborer for several contractors out of Union Local 1058. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Basinger, of Connellsville; a son, Michael Basinger and fiancee, Debbie Goodnow, of Connellsville; a grandson, Brock Basinger, of Connellsville; a brother, John Basinger and wife, Debbie, of Connellsville; and several sisters- and brothers-in-law. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Donna Jean Savage Basinger, in 2011; and a brother, Bill Basinger, in 2014. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, where a service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Glendon Wills officiating. Interment will be private. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Leighty, Christopher L.

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 2014-09-16
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Christopher L. Leighty, of Connellsville, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was born to Stephanie L. Leighty on Sept. 16, 2014, in Pittsburgh. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his grandparents, Timothy and Jamie Watt, and Craig and Jennifer Younkin; great-grandparents, Charles and Maureen Murphy, and Lucinda Long; aunts, Trisha Murphy, Audrey Morgan and Hayley Younkin; uncles, Timmy Leighty, Travis Murphy, Tyler and Ian Younkin; great-uncles and great-aunts, Chucky Murphy, Billie Jo Long, Tiffany Morgan, Chucky Laser, Charlene Leighty and Donnie Prinkey Sr.; and several cousins. Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Committal service only at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Connellsville, with the Rev. Terry Upton officiating. Please meet at the cemetery. Donations accepted to the Christopher Leighty Memorial Fund, c/o Burhans-Crouse Funeral Home, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, PA 15431.
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Washington County

Hartman, William B. 69

  • Allenport
  • Born: 1945-02-24
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Home, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • William B. Hartman, 69, of Allenport, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. Born Feb. 24, 1945, in Allenport a son of John and Florence Watkins Hartman. Mr. Hartman was retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Allenport Plant. He was the owner of the White Barn in Dunlevy for the past 19 years. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Fleming; two sons, William Hartman Jr. of Allenport, and Andrew James Hartman of Dunlevy; three sisters and two brothers, Norma Kurek of Maxwell, John Hartman of Niagra Falls, N.Y., Virginia Moluski of Elco, Frances Chalfant of Belle Vernon, and James Hartman of Allenport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Hartman. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Howe Cemetery, Long Branch. Online condolences may be made at http://www.melenyzer.com.
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Lee, Carol M. 75

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1939-06-04
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Carol M. Lee, 75, of Monongahela, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born June 4, 1939, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Gerard J. and Madelene (Feiereisen) Hoetzlein and a graduate of St. Wendelin Catholic High School in 1957. Carol worked as an assistant manager for Eckerd Pharmacy in Monongahela until her retirement. She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela. Surviving are a son, Edwin M. St. Vincent of Washington, Pa.; two daughters, Cindy M. and Nelson Medina of Illinois and April L. and Ajay Roberts of Monongahela; a sister, Donna L. Tipton of Coal Center; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to attend a funeral Mass Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at St. Damien of Molokai Parish, 722 West Main St., Monongahela, beginning at 10 a.m. with the Father William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. The MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at marshallmarrafuneralhome.com.
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Russell, David A. 57

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1956-12-20
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • David A. Russell, 57, of Monongahela, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born in Las Vegas, Nev. on Dec. 20, 1956, a son of Selma S. Russell, who survives and resides in Belle Vernon, and the late J. Sherman Russell. Dave was self employed in the HVAC business and enjoyed riding his Harley and cars. Formerly of Belle Vernon, he had resided in Monongahela for the past 25 years. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one son, Brandon Russell of Monongahela; one sister and brother-in-law, Gail and Bill Withers of Jefferson Hills; and one brother and sister-in-law, Neill and Maryann Russell of Queenstown, Md. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon. Funeral services will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Mel Hileman officiating, 724-929-5300, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com.
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Sassak, Cecelia A. 64

  • North Charleroi
  • Born: 1950-09-05
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Cecelia Ann Sassak, 64, of Monessen, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in the emergency room of Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born in North Charleroi, on Sept. 5, 1950, the daughter of the late John S. and Mary J. (Nuzzaci) Sassak. Cecelia was a lifelong resident of Monessen, a 1968 graduate of Mon Valley Catholic High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh for dental hygiene. She had worked for the former Dudas Dental Associates as a dental hygienist and at the family business, Nuzzaci's Pizza. She is survived by three brothers, J.T. (Patty) Sassak of Monessen, Mark S. (Donna) Sassak of Monessen, and Timothy J. (Linda) Sassak of Marienville; and a sister-in-law, Charlotte "Shawnee" Sassak of Monessen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard G. Sassak Sr. Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, Monessen. Condolences accepted for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Bricker, James L. 78

  • Ten Sleep, Wyo.
  • Born: 1936-06-11
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • James L. Bricker, 78, of Ten Sleep, Wyo., passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, surrounded by his family. Born June 11, 1936, in Boggsville, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Dorothy (Templeton) Bricker. James was a member of the Naval Reserves. He was a self-employed contractor. He also worked for Don Martin Trucking, Orchard Ranch and most recently Rome Hill Ranch. James was a member of the Ten Sleep Methodist Church, the Ten Sleep Masonic Lodge No. 46 and the Sarver Vets. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, reading his Bible and helping others. James was a hardworking man, known for his love of God and his love of the mountain. Surviving are his daughter, Katherine (Peter) Winowich, of Ocala, Fla.; his sister, Mary Henson, of Grove City; his beloved dog, Penny; and his extended family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Blaine; and sister, Sandra Rose. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church, 106 Brown Road, Freeport, PA 16229, with the Rev. Mark S. Davis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ten Sleep Methodist Church, 425 Cottonwood St., Ten Sleep, WY 82442. FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., Saxonburg, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Cornman, Jack C. 79

  • Georgetown, Calif.
  • Born: 1934-11-05
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Jack Curtis Cornman, 79, of Georgetown, Calif., went to be with his Lord and savior on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Auburn Faith Hospital in Auburn, Calif. He was born Nov. 5, 1934, in Brocketville, Pa., to the late Charles and Thelma (Barnes) Cornman. He was in the Army (Honor Guard) in Orleans, France. He worked at the Aluminum Ladder Co. in Pennsylvania and for Pittsburgh Plate Glass in California. He also worked for North American Aviation (in the Space Program) and Union Carbide as maintenance supervisor. The family then moved from Lakewood, Calif., to Georgetown, Calif., in 1977, where he was working as part of a surveying team. He then owned his own business, Sierra Coffee Break, for 16 years prior to retiring. He belonged to the Masons for more than 25 years. Jack was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was also a member of the Georgetown Community Church. He loved hunting, fishing and camping and his big Kubota tractor. Both Jack and Helen traveled extensively on vacations throughout the years. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen (Renwick) Cornman; daughter, Gloria Marsey and husband, David, of Castle Rock, Colo.; two granddaughters, Trista Council and husband, Adam, and Tara Nussbacher and husband, Peter; three great-grandchildren, Jackson, Isaiah and Alaina Nussbacher, of Idaho; and many nieces and nephews around the country. Family and friends will be received at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at the Lawn Haven Burial Estates for a graveside service before interment. Services are being handled locally by the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME in Worthingon.
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Hodge, Phyllis C. 66

  • Watsontown
  • Born: 1948-08-14
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Watsontown | Get Directions
  • Phyllis Charlene Hodge, 66, of Watsontown, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Geisinger Medical Center. Born Aug. 14, 1948, in Mt. Pleasant, she was the daughter of Dorothy L. (Plyler) and the late Merle D. Beck. On Jan. 31, 1970, she married Donald K. Hodge, and they have celebrated 44 years of marriage. A 1966 graduate of Connellsville High School, she had worked at various sewing factories earlier in life, and had been a nurse's aide at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village in Lewisburg and Kramm's Nursing Home in Watsontown. More recently she was a self-employed housecleaner for private residences until her health failed. She was a member of Gideon's International, and an active member of New Covenant Assembly of God Church, Montgomery. She enjoyed quilting and needle crafts, such as counted cross-stitching, embroidering and plastic canvas needlepoint. In her younger years, she played the piano and accordion and sang at various church activities. Surviving, besides her mother, Dorothy L. Beck, of Melcroft, and husband, Donald K. Hodge, of Watsontown, are two sons and daughters-in-law, David K. and Kristen Hodge, of Haverhill, Mass., and Philip C. and Rachel Hodge, of Allentown, Pa.; five grandchildren, Hope, Luke, Grace, Ishaan and Laxmi Hodge; and a brother, Paul A. Beck and his wife, Robin Beck, of Scottdale. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death, besides her father, who died in 1991, were two brothers, Larry and Edwin Beck. Friends were invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at BROOKS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SVC, PC, 124 Main St., Watsontown. Additional visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in New Covenant Assembly of God Church, 1270 Pinchtown Road, Montgomery, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James Pentz, her pastor, officiating. Friends are also invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Indian Head Church of God, 691 Indian Creek Valley Road, Indian Head, with a service there at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Donegal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory be made to either Gideon's International at http://www.gideons.org or the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org/donate. http://www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com.
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Pollock, Evangeline Vange 94

  • Port Charlotte, Fla. , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-01-08
  • Died: 2014-09-11
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  • Evangeline "Vange" Pollock, 94, of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. She was born Jan. 8, 1920, a daughter of the late Catherine and Mat Marovich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Pollock, and brother, Matthew. She is survived by her daughter, Janet Lee Allderdice and her husband, Doug; son, George M. Pollock and his wife, Jeanne; her beloved grandchildren, Linda (Bobby) Pollock-Iezzi, Dawn Pollock, George Raad Steele and David Allderdice; her great-grandchildren, Anthony and Miranda Iezzi, Brianne (Ben) Messer, Rocco and Cassius Steele, Ben and Will Allderdice; and two great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Kay Cremonese; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Vange was actively involved in many organizations throughout her life. She served many roles in these clubs and volunteered for whatever organization needed her help. She attended Salvation Army Church and assisted in any way they needed, she also belonged to the Red Hat Society, AARP and the Pennsylvania Club, among the other clubs she was involved in; these clubs where a great source of fun and companionship for her. She loved to listen and dance to polkas, also line dancing. She enjoyed bowling, swimming and was a gold medal winner many times in the Senior Olympics. She loved to entertain and was an excellent cook and baker, which she has passed on to her family. Anyone that was fortunate enough to meet Vange knows what a special person she was; she inspired everyone with her kind ways and spunky attitude and will forever live in their heart. There will be a celebration of her life at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at her son George Pollock's home in Acme. If you are planning to attend please RSVP to Linda Iezzi Salon, 724-837-4515.
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Saksun, Rosabell 88

  • Formerly of Donora
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Rosabell Lombardo Saksun, 88, formerly of Donora, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Humbert Lane Nursing Centre, Washington. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. For additional information, go to http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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