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Bachle, Frank C. 90

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1923-12-21
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Frank C. Bachle, 90, of McCandless, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was born Dec. 21, 1923. He was the husband of the late Alberta (Pecanis) Bachle; loving father of Mary Frances Tanney (Douglas), Anna Marie Hinnebusch (Ronald), and the late Elizabeth Ann Bachle; brother of Ruth Bachle and the late Helen Gibson; and grandfather of Zachary Tanney. Frank was a World War II Army veteran and belonged to the Harmony Invitation Pigeon Club, Inc. There will be no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Balsomico, Richard J. 91

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Balsomico, 91, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was the husband of the late Margaret M. (Ciancio) Balsomico; beloved father of Richard J. (Frannie) Balsomico II and Debbie (John) Alm; grandfather of Jason (April) Balsomico, Steven (Yasuko) Balsomico, Andrew and Gina Alm, and the late Brian Balsomico; great-grandfather of Logan and Richard Juntarou "RJ" Balsomico; and brother of Edna Braverman, Norma DeLuca and the late Dorothy Mittenswey. Richard served in the Navy during World War II, was a U.S. Postal Clerk and retired in 1978, then became a volunteer for the Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh and John Kane Hospital. He was a certified lifeguard and past president of AARP Chapter 3949, a fan of boxing, having boxed for the Kingsley House and in the Navy. In Richard's early years, he, his father, uncle and family formed the group "The Melody Four." His favorite hobby was singing and entertaining the residents at Canterbury Place. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church.
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Brown, Mary L. 88

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Mary Louise Brown, 88, of Penn Hills, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late George O. Brown Jr.; mother of Martin (Marge) Brown, Laurel, Md., Beverly (Tim) Bitler, Murrysville, Joann (Dave) Delozier, Wilkins Township, the late Raymond (Linda) Brown, Melbourne, Fla., Bernard (Gail) Brown, Rearden, Wash., Barbara (Gary "Doc") Legge, Penn Hills, Patti (John) Springer, Allegheny Township, and Mary Beth (Jeff) Meyers, North Huntington. She was the beloved grandmother of 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Campbell, William R. 79

  • Cranberry Township
  • Born: 1935-11-05
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Glenn-Kildoo, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • William Ross Campbell, 79, of Cranberry Township, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, while in the comfort of his home. Born Nov. 5, 1935, in Blairsville, he was the son of the late William Richard and Martha Jane Campbell. Ross proudly served his country in the Navy. He was a faithful member of Grace Community Church in Cranberry Township for many years. During his free time, Ross enjoyed reading, golfing, fishing, listening to music and admiring art, but above all, he loved traveling to the beach and cherished the time spent with his family. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 59 years, GeorgeAnn (Sheriffs) Campbell, whom he married Oct. 20, 1955; his three loving children, William R. Campbell (Judy), Sandra J. Kowal (Eric) and James E. Campbell (Cissy); his two brothers, Robert Campbell and James Campbell (Kathy); his two sisters, Nellie Henken (Conrad) and Nancy Swiula (Mike); and his three adored grandchildren, Alison Campbell, MacKenzie Campbell and Andrew Campbell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his birth mother, Catherine Elizabeth Flickenger; and his brother, Richard Campbell. The Campbell family will welcome friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township. A funeral ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Stamp officiating. He will be laid to rest at Pinewood Memorial Gardens in Cranberry Township. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Campbell family at http://www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.
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Cardamone, Thomas A. 63

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Thomas A. Cardamone, 63, of Mt. Lebanon, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 34 years of Deborah J. (Hart) Cardamone; father of the late Marla; loving grandfather of Julian Thomas and the late Christopher Michael; son of Thomas and Margaret (Kobosky) Cardamone; grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Cardamone and Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Kobosky; son-in-law of Mary and the late Richard Hart; loving brother-in-law of Richard and Denise Hart, Ronald and M.B. Hart, Randal and Amy Hart; uncle of Brittany Hart (Jeremy) Hamilton and Kaylynn Renee Hart; great-uncle of Hailey Noelle Hamilton; loving godfather of Nina Cardamone; adopted pap of Gabriel and Anthony Marino; and close and dear friend of Elliot and Donna Sanft. Thomas was a hero to his wife and grandson. "Goodnight sweet prince and flights of angels bring thee to thy rest." Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2014, at St. Anne Church. Inurnment will be in St. Anne Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in care of St. Anne Parish, 400 Hoodridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Frasca, Mary V. 91

  • East Pittsburgh , Formerly of Windber
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Mary Velvia Frasca, 91, of East Pittsburgh, formerly of Windber, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at home, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved daughter of the late Enrico and Beatrice (Yocca) Frasca; loving sister of Eunice Ann (the late Frank) Qualls and the late E. Elmer (the late Grace) Frasca and Ada Mildred (the late Edmund) Rutkowski; cherished aunt of Jeffrey (Vicki) Rutkowski and Janice (Jerry) Britanik; and great-aunt of Jeffrey (Shannon), Drew (Becky) and Janna (Brendan). Mary worked for Westinghouse for more than 30 years, and was a member of St. Colman Church and the Wilkins Township Senior Center. Mary enjoyed spending countless hours with her family, oftentimes in the kitchen teaching and cooking. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950), where a blessing service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Fuller, Clarence L. 73

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1941-11-21
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Clarence L. Fuller, 73, of Elizabeth, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Riverside Nursing Center in McKeesport. Born Nov. 21, 1941, in West Elizabeth, he was a son of Blanche (Sowa) Fuller, of Irwin, and the late Clarence F. Fuller. A member of The Club of Glassport, he is survived, besides his mother, by his sister, Gloria (William) Daube, of North Huntingdon; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until a noon funeral service Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344), with the Rev. Stephen Hospodor officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice, 750 Holiday Drive, No. 110, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
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Glenwright, Deborah A. 52

  • Monroeville , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Deborah Ann (Jackson) Glenwright, 52, of Monroeville, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of James B. Glenwright; loving mother of Douglas (Vania), James B. Jr., Stephen, Samantha, Jordan, Alexander and Shawn; grandmother of Addison. Debbie was an award winning foster care mother. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 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. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to The Bair Foundation Child and Family Ministries National Office, 241 High St., New Wilmington, PA 16142. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Hill, Anna Annele L. 81

  • Greenfield
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • Anna L. "Annale" Hill, 81, of Greenfield, passed peacefully at home, after a long illness, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late William K. Hill Jr.; devoted mother of William S. Hill, Patrick G. (Barbara) Hill, Annale (Paul) Yobbi and Mary Beth (Raechel) Hill; "Mimi" of Aleena, Rachel, Jennifer, Gillian, Dana, Jamie and Michael; sister of the late Eleanor Teague; also survived by several loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Edward P. Kanai Funeral Home, 500 Greenfield Ave., Pittsburgh, 15207. Funeral Mass at noon Saturday, Dec. 27, in St. Rosalia Church.
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Hoffman-Currin, Barbara 56

  • Etna
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Ogrodnik-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Barbara Hoffman-Currin, 56, of Etna, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis, passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was the beloved sweetheart, soul mate and companion of Robert Currin; cherished daughter of Mildred and the late Robert Hoffman; loving sister of Robert, Frank (Cathy), Carolyn and Steve (Jennifer); and aunt of Walter, Steven, Luke, Isabella and Adam. Our heartfelt thanks to Sean and Martin at the St. Margaret Hospital ICU for their care and compassion. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the OGRODNIK-HAHN FUNERAL HOME INC., 333 Butler St., 412-781-0571. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Sharps Hill. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials in Barbara's name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. Condolences may be offered at http://www.ogrodnik-hahnfuneralhome.com.
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Holmes, Patricia A. 83

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-10-08
  • Died: 2014-09-23
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann (Putz) Holmes died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in McKeesport. Truly missed by those who loved her, Pat Holmes was born Oct. 8, 1930, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late John and Barbara (Radinovic) Putz. Widow of the late Robert F. Holmes, Pat was the loving mom of daughters, Barbara (Eric Falk) and Mary; and the beloved "Ne" to her grandchildren, Rob and Kati Falk, and Trisha Holmes. She was a graduate of Carlow College (then Mount Mercy) and Duquesne University, worked at Braddock Hospital before becoming a full-time mom and was proprietor of Barbara's Confectionary in McKeesport. She was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish and its Ladies of Charity and the McKeesport Hospital Junior Committee, working in first the snack bar and then the gift shop as a volunteer for more than 40 years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27th, at St. Angela Merici Church, Fawcett Avenue, White Oak, and Mass at 11 a.m. Burial at New St. Joseph Cemetery will be at a later date and private. If so desired, contributions can be made to St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak, PA 15131, or to Auberle Home for Youth, 1101 Hartman St., McKeesport, PA 15132. Arrangements by the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Jobes, Catherine Kay A. 86

  • Turtle Creek , Formerly of Braddock
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Catherine A. "Kay" (Doran) Winters Jobes, 86, of Turtle Creek, originally from Braddock, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of both the late Kenneth R. Winters and the late George Jobes; dear mother of Kenneth (Julie) Winters, of California, David Winters, of Braddock Hills, Marsha (Steve) Adamsky, of Vermont, Edward (Lynn) Winters, of East McKeesport, and Patrick Jobes, of Turtle Creek; grandmother of nine; great-grandmother of eight; and sister of the late Ed and late Bill Doran. Friends will be welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Faith Bible Baptist Church, Wilkins Township. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Leban, Mary L. 92

  • McDonald
  • Born: 1922-08-29
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Salandra, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Lorraine Leban, 92, of McDonald passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in St. Clair Hospital. She was born Aug. 29, 1922, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Anton and Mary Zagar Sivavec. During World War II, Mary proudly worked for Dravo as a drill press operator. She was a resident of Gladden Heights for most of her life and had attended St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in McDonald. She volunteered as a 4-H Leader in McDonald for many years. Mary was also a longstanding member of the SNPJ Lodge 138 in Strabane. Mary had a full appreciation of life and wanted to keep her loved ones close. Her family was her priority. Much effort went into gardening and cooking healthy meals for her family. Faith was another priority in Mary's life. She felt as she was one with the Lord. On July 15, 1950, she married Anton A. Leban, who passed away March 27, 2010. Surviving are three daughters, Linda L. Mahanay, of Palm Coast, Fla., Donna J. Leban, of South Burlington, Vt., and Janice H. (Mark) Gearhart, of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Bernard (Dorothy) Sivavec, of McMurray; her granddaughter, Allison J. (Michael) Grkman, of Canonsburg; two great-grandsons, Luka and Niko Grkman, both of Canonsburg; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Sivavec, of Canonsburg, and Kathy Sivavec, of Upper St. Clair; and 11 nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Anthony and Frederick Sivavec. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 in SALANDRA FUNERAL SERVICE INC., Joseph P. Salandra, Owner/Supervisor, Lin Webb, Funeral Director, 304 West Pike St., Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 317 West Pike St., Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, McMurray. To view or extend condolences, please visit http://www.salandrafunerals.com.
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Lloyd, Thomas R. 82

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Thomas R. Lloyd, 82, former mayor of Dormont, surrounded by his loving family, died early Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 58 years to Alberta "Bert" (Rider) Lloyd; devoted father of Thomas Jr. (Ruth), Julie (Mark) Overand and Daniel J. Lloyd; loving grandfather of Jason Overand, Christopher (Rafalena) Lloyd, Ashley (Jim) Alexander, Robert and Caitlin Lloyd; brother of the late John "Bud" and James Lloyd; great-grandfather of four. Tom was most proud of all the youths he coached during his 22 years of being a Dormont Little League baseball manager. He often told stories of these younger players and what they added much joy his life. He was delighted when he met them later in life and they remembered each other. As mayor, Tom thought highly of all the Dormont Borough employees. Friends will be welcomed from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Pius X Church, Pioneer Avenue. Interment with Military Honors at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. If desired, memorials may be made to Dormont Volunteer Fire Department, 1455 Hillsdale Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216, where Tom was Honorary Member for many years. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Lynch, Donald B. 89

  • Coulter
  • Born: 1925-12-02
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Donald B. Lynch, 89, of Coulter, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born Dec. 2, 1925, in McKeesport, the son of the late Harry W. and Eva Brown Lynch. He is retired from McAlloy Corporation in Charleston, S.C., is a member of the White Oak American Legion Post No. 701 and the Brentwood VFW Post No. 1810. He served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Marian Eichler Lynch; children, Cynthia DeLuca, of Coraopolis, and Maura Gow, of Newfane, N.Y.; grandchildren, Amy (Henry) Callithen, Christopher (Kristen) DeLuca, Nicholas DeLuca, Elizabeth (Adam) Bienas, Samuel Cuzzacrea and Daniel Cuzzacrea; great-grandchildren, Logan, Lance, Gianna, Madelina and Cameron; and sister, Christine Watson, of Gulf Breeze, Fla. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow. Remembrances may be made in c/o Strifflers in Donald's name for his 2-year-old great-granddaughter, Madelina DeLuca, who is suffering from leukemia.
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Martin, Gerald W. 89

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1925-08-29
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Gerald W. Martin, 89, of Hampton Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, while under the care of the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford. Born Aug. 29, 1925, in Fairmont, W.Va., he was the son of the late Raymond and Gladys (Hart) Martin. Gerry was a World War II veteran. He worked as a machinist for Pittsburgh Pipe And Coupling Company, which became Anvil Products. He enjoyed fishing. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Ehmann) Martin; daughter, Cynthia Martin; brother, Raymond Martin; sisters, Shirley Ramsey and Rose Zimmerman; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Surace. A memorial service will be held at a later time at Parkwood Presbyterian Church in Allison Park. If desired, memorial donations may be made in his honor in support of the American Heart Association, 15120 Collection Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693. Arrangements have been entrusted to KING FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Gerald's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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McDaniel, Horace J. 85

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Dormont | Get Directions
  • Horace J. "Holly" McDaniel, 85, a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Audrey (Moore) McDaniel for 53 years; loving father of Rebecca Ann (Leslie) Cochran, Victoria Marie (Ronald) Moule, Patricia Jo (William West) McDaniel, Cynthia Layne Cagey and Gordon Joseph (Michelle) McDaniel; and brother of Ralph McDaniel and the late Jane McDaniel, Henry G., Anna, Rebecca, William, Henrietta, Monica, Frances and Thomas McDaniel. He also is survived by many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews who brought him great joy. Horace enlisted in the Army Air Corps after his graduation from Peabody High School. After his military discharge he joined the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, where he served for more than 35 years, retiring at the rank of commander. After his retirement, he rekindled his love for flight and served as an officer in the Civil Air Patrol. He was known for his keen sense of humor, integrity and his absolute love for his family. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUER, 412-531-4000. Friends welcome from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at 2630 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont 15216. Service and interment are private. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Mihalsky, Gerald Jerry J. 65

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1949-09-01
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Gerald J. "Jerry" Mihalsky, 65, of Duquesne, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at Select Specialty Care in McKeesport. He was born Sept. 1, 1949, in McKeesport, to the late Anthony and Margaret (Ondrej) Mihalsky. Jerry was employed by Allegheny County Intermediate Unit at the Sunrise School, Monroeville, and was a member of the St. Joseph Church in Duquesne. He proudly served his country in the Navy, and was a member of Teutonia Mannerchor Club, Duquesne, Duquesne Eagles, VFW Post No. 188, Soldiers and Sailors Hall, Munhall, Whitaker VFW Post 6673 and West Mifflin Social Club. He was formerly employed at U.S. Steel in Homestead from 1967 to 1982. He was the brother of Anthony "Tony" (Diana) Mihalsky, of Pleasant Hills, and Barbara "Barb" Pesta, of Upper St. Clair; uncle of Sheri (Justin) Huffman and Wendy (Ernie) Seech; also survived by a great-niece, Emily Seech. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, Supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, Funeral Director. A blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment with military honors at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, 817 W. Grant Ave., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Minnock, Patrick K. 48

  • Point Breeze
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Patrick Kevin Minnock, 48, of Point Breeze, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was the loving husband of Robin; devoted father of Michael Patrick; adored son of Aileen and the late Larry Minnock; and caring brother of Ann, Larry, Nula, Brennan and Liam. He will also be deeply missed by many aunts, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. Patrick will be remembered for being gifted at fixing anything and his love of the simple pleasures in life. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Bede Church. http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Mortimer Jr., Walter J. 65

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1949-08-15
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Walter J. Mortimer Jr., 65, of Clairton, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 15, 1949, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Walter J. and Viola Gouker Mortimer; and is the longtime companion of Rhonda Alderson. A member of St. Clare Parish in Clairton, he was a retired carpenter for Wyatt Inc. and formerly worked at U.S. Steel Clairton Works, and was a member of F and AM Lodge No. 304 of Pleasant Hills. He is survived by his children, Andrew (Elizabeth Rollert) Mortimer, of Bethel Park, and Katie Mortimer, at home; grandson, Andrew Jacob Mortimer; and brother, Paul Mortimer, of Clairton. Private funeral arrangements are in charge of the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, Clairton. Memorial may be made to CORE, 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Nardozzi, Barbara A. 63

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. (Knetzer) Nardozzi, 63, of Swisshelm Park, passed peacefully at home Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 39 years to Richard Nardozzi; loving mother of Michael Nardozzi and Lisa Urban (Jeffery); Nana of Aubrey and Ashley; dear sister of Richard Knetzer, Christine Stevenson (Barry), John Knetzer (Sharon), James Knetzer (Lisa), Susan Knetzer and the late Ronald Knetzer; also many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Madonna del Castello Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Onderko, Hilda

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Hilda (Spilka) Onderko, of Glenshaw, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. George M. Spilka Sr., of Pittsburgh, and the late John M. Onderko, who was from Monongah, W.Va., and former Marion County, W.Va., County Commissioner; loving mother of George M. (Sarah) Spilka Jr., of Allison Park; sister of the late Alfred Bartek and Mildred Toomey; dear grandmother of Vicki Spilka, of South Park, Susan (David) Daum, of North Huntingdon, Carolyn (Dan) Bergeron, of Pittsburgh, and Louise (Joel) Boyden, of Asheville, N.C.; also survived by 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Hilda was a registered nurse and worked at the veterans' hospitals in Aspinwall, Clarksburg, W.Va., and Oakland. Her last position at the VA Hospital in Oakland was director of all nursing operations for the third shift. She retired from the VA Hospital in Oakland after 37 years. She was nominated for Federal Woman of the Year in 1982 and she belonged to the National Nurses Association. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
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Opipare, Anna S.

  • Formerly of Brighton Heights
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Anna S. Opipare, formerly of Brighton Heights, died peacefully Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the wife of the late Louis R. Opipare Sr.; beloved mother of Louis (Pamela) Opipare Jr., William (Virginia) Opipare and Anthony (Judy) Opipare; sister of Theresa Ragghanti, Carmella Della Valle and the late Earl and Frank Frustaci; grandmother of Amanda (Dan) Price, Louis (Sarah) Opipare III, Matthew and Daniel Opipare; and great-grandmother of Madilyn Price. Anna and her late husband were faithful members of St. Cyril of Alexandria Church. Anna did charitable work with the Little Sisters of the Poor and was active on the resident council at Vincentian Home. She always loved people and was happiest when she was able to help others. Family will receive friends from 12 until 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 460 Lincoln Ave. Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, in St. Cyril of Alexandria Church.
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Perella, Laura A. 59

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Warchol, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • Laura A. Perella, 59, of Scott Township, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was a beloved daughter of Anne (Erdeljac) and the late Robert Perella Sr.; loving sister of Robert (Sharon) Perella Jr. and Anne Perella; niece of the Rev. Frank Erdeljac; and godmother of Aleksandr, Dmitri and Erika Bocchino. Laura was employed by several software companies in the Pittsburgh area, her most notable achievement was founding Penthera Partners Inc. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412-221-3333). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Child Parish. View and add condolences at http://www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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Renk, Chris J.

  • Brookline
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Debor, Brookline | Get Directions
  • Chris J. Renk, of Brookline, passed suddenly Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was the most beloved son of Charles J. (Kathe) Renk and Marcia "Marty" Cumer; brother of Charles J. (Kathi) Renk and Elaine Krieger; best uncle of Raeann, Jeffrey, Talia and Patrick; also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday only at FRANK F. DEBOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Church of the Resurrection. http://www.deborfuneralhome.com.
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Scott, Lillian K. 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Lillian K. (Sackett) Scott, 87, of Monroeville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late William Scott; loving mother of Pamela Ann Scott and her husband, Larry Gold, William J. Scott and his wife, Carol, and Andrea K. Scott and her husband, Michael Rumbaugh; grandmother of Genna and Ben Gold, Bradley (Danielle) Scott and Emily (Andy) Bonafazi; and great-grandmother of Olivia. Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bernadette Parish. (Everyone please meet at the church.) Private interment at Good Shepherd Cemetery. Arrangements by JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., Monroeville. The family kindly suggests contributions may be made to the St. Bernadette Organ Fund and sent to 245 Azalea Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Sharp, Theresa M. 56

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1958-11-27
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Theresa M. Sharp, 56, of McKeesport, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nov. 27, 1958, a daughter of Paul and Joyce Blakely Ridge. She was a member of the Devine Restoration C.O.G. in Duquesne and was a retired nurse. She is survived by her son, Paul Ridge and wife, Angela, of Duquesne; three sisters, Margaret Ridge, Esther Ridge and Mary Blakely; and numerous grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at the Devine Restoration C.O.G., Duquesne, with Pastor Eric Ewell officiating. Arrangements are being handled by L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Smithton.
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Spezialetti, Robert J. 90

  • Regent Square
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Spezialetti, 90, of Regent Square, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Irene H. (Testa) Spezialetti for 56 years; much loved father of Mary and Madalene Spezialetti; brother of Violet Del Pizzo; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was employed by Mine Safety Appliances Co. for 34 years. Born in Coraopolis, Robert was one of 11 children. After the passing of his father, the family moved to Milan, Italy, where Robert grew up before returning to the United States at age 27. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in Madonna del Castello Church, where Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Arrangements by McCABE BROS. INC. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Robert's memory to St. Anthony School at http://www.stanthonyschoolprograms.com.
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Sullivan, Victoria M. 87

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Victoria M. Sullivan, 87, of Glenshaw, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Luke J.; loving mother of Luke (Judy), Patrick, Mark, Brian, Karen (Jon) Williamson and Sharon (Denny) Fedigan; grandmother of Christina (Adam), Lori (Scott), Shannon, Kevin, D.J. and Kaylee; great-grandmother of Aiden and Ava; sister of Norma Zlocki and Irene Burkholder; and caretaker and companion of Max. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bonaventure Church. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Thomas, Ruth E. 93

  • Bloomfield
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Ruth Elizabeth (Samuels) Thomas, 93, of Bloomfield, died peacefully Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Edwin R. Thomas Sr.; loving mother of Robert J. (Wendy) Thomas and the late Edwin Russell Thomas Jr. (the late Judy Thomas). Ruth was loved very much by her three grandchildren: James Thomas, Jennifer (Peter) Iwaszko and Bryan Thomas. Ruth was the sister of Jean Sergi and the late Norma Samuels and Robert Samuels. Ruth is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Friends and family received 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Tuesday followed by a service at 10 a.m. at Allegheny Cemetery Temple of Memories.
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Yerace, Rose M. 97

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1917-07-28
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Rose M. (Sennec) Yerace, 97, of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Forbes Regional Hospital Monroeville. Rose was born July 28, 1917, in Chalfant, the daughter of the late Conrad and Marie (Ungerman) Sennec. Rose was an avid bowler and enjoyed watching baseball, especially the Pirates. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Guy F. Yerace, in 2000; and her two brothers, Joseph and Emil Sennec. Rose is survived by her children, Guy A. Yerace, of Monroeville, Mary Brown (George), of Trafford, and Geraldine Powell (Merle), of Pleasant Unity; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. until noon Tuesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC. 702 Seventh St. (Rt. 130), Trafford 412-372-3111. A blessing service will follow visitation at noon in the funeral home with Father David Nazimek officiating. Interment will follow in the Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Buscaglio, Rosemary A. 76

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-08-16
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Rosemary A. Buscaglio, 76, of Greensburg, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Select Specialty Hospital of Latrobe. She was born Aug. 16, 1938, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Guiseppe and Jennie Palumbo Buscaglio. She was a beautician by trade, and a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Frank, John, Nicholas and Samuel Buscaglio; and a sister, Agnes Hawse. She is survived by her son, Dennis Buscaglio and his girlfriend, Lori Rolley; a brother, Joseph Buscaglio and wife, Carmella; and a sister, Angeline Altieri, all of Greensburg; two sisters-in-law, Stella Buscaglio, of Greensburg, and Joann Hellein, of Latrobe; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Rosemary from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Rosemary's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Charles Sr., Robert E. 86

  • Delmont , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Robert Earl Charles Sr., 86, of Delmont, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was the husband of Barbara Lois (Whitehead) Charles; father of Kimberly (Gary) Bence, Robert E. (Dolores) Charles Jr., Kelly (Ed) Dolby, Bruce (Lorna) Charles and Holly (Chaz) Porter; and brother of Pat Unrue and Sally McKelvy. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, James Joseph and Harriet (Ryan) Charles, and six siblings. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Robert was a World War II Army veteran, a milkman for 25 years for Beverly Farms, a part-time auxiliary police officer for Wilkinsburg for 25 years and a security officer for UPMC Presbyterian hospital for 25 years. Friends received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Michael Church with the Rev. Joseph G. Luisi as celebrant.
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Chicklo, Maria 87

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1927-11-01
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Maria "Mary" Chicklo, 87, of Jeannette, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the Bristol House, Irwin. She was born Nov. 1, 1927, in Riccia, Italy, the daughter of the late Raffaele and DelZingaro Vassalotti. Prior to her retirement, Mary was employed by the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Ascension Church Jeannette, the church's Rosary Altar Society and the M and S Club Women's Bocce League. Mary loved to cook and bake and was known for her homemade pasta and pizzelle cookies. She also enjoyed gardening and sharing what she grew. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Nick Chicklo, in 1958; a son, Anthony "Tony" Chicklo, in 2004; and a brother, Giuseppe Vassalotti. She is survived by her son, Nick Chicklo and wife, Karen, of Jeannette; grandchildren, Anthony Chicklo and wife, Emily, Ronald Chicklo and wife, Carrie, all of Jeannette, Jeffrey Chicklo and wife, Christy, of Irwin, Nicole Kaklis and husband, Dino, of Wise, Va., Carley Chicklo, of Arlington, Va., Kareen Hayes and Christopher Moffa, both of Jeannette; great-grandchildren, Rocco, Nino, Gino, Isabella and Gabriella; sisters-in-law, Antoinette Vassalotti, Marie Ciccaglione, and Connie Santopouli and husband, Carmen; brothers-in-law, Samuel Ciccalgione and wife, Carmella, and Joseph Ciccaglione and wife, Angelina; a nephew, Raffaele Vassalotti; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Mary's family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff and nurses of the Bristol House and the Heartland Hospice for all of the kind and compassionate care that Mary received during her time there. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Ascension Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Heartland Hospice, 3520 Rt. 130, Irwin, PA 15642.
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Eichelberger, Lillian L. 84

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1930-03-24
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Lillian L. (Ottoson) Eichelberger, 84, of Irwin, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. She was born March 24, 1930, in Irwin, a daughter of the late Herbert E. and Olga (Jackson) Ottoson. She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Harrison City. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 34 years, Walter L. Eichelberger; daughter, Cathy Middlemiss; son-in-law, Jesse Ballantyne; and sister, Esther Tharp. She is survived by her children, Marilyn Eichelberger, of Penn Township, Susan (Donald) Labuda, of Elizabeth, Walter (Yong Sun) Eichelberger Jr., of Madison, Ruth Ballantyne, of North Huntingdon, and John Eichelberger, of Harrison City; grandchildren, Christopher Ballantyne Sr., Walter (Sara) Eichelberger III, Daniel Eichelberger and Emily Ballantyne; great-grandchildren, Christopher Ballantyne Jr., Walter Eichelberger IV and Colton Ballantyne; and sister, Betty Beard. The family would like to thank their friend Diane for her loving care. 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. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Community United Methodist Church in Harrison City. Interment to follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in North Huntingdon. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Hartman, Walter R. 67

  • Ligonier , Formerly of Bolivar and Robinson
  • Born: 1947-11-13
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Walter R. Hartman, 67, of Ligonier, formerly of Bolivar and Robinson, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the Bethlen Home. He was born Nov. 13, 1947, in Wilpen, a son of the late Ralph W. "Wynn" and Margaret J. "Peg" Garland Hartman. Prior to his retirement, he had captained his own tugboat, was an over-the-road truck driver, and operated a salvage business at the Robinson Foundry. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Navy Seabees. He belonged to the Robinson Rod, Gun and Archery Club. He was an animal advocate and loved all animals, especially his beloved dog, Shep. He had attended Fort Palmer Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his sister, Sally K. Henderson, of Bolivar; and three nephews, Richard A., Thomas W. and Terry L. Henderson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Walter's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. If desired, contributions may be made in Walter's memory in care of 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Horney, Katherine Kay D. 87

  • Lowber
  • Born: 1927-03-06
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Katherine D. "Kay" Horney, 87, of Lowber, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was born March 6, 1927, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Theodore and Elizabeth (Luty) O'Bryon. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Sabin's China in Versailles. Kay was known for her cooking and generosity to others. Surviving are two children, Frank Horney Jr. and wife, Barb, and Colleen Tuskan and husband, George; three grandchildren, Christopher and wife, Tanya, Casey, and Aaron and wife, Shelly; a great-grandchild, Colby; a sister, Alice Bonadio and husband, Frank; and a special cousin, Gertrude. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; son, Brian; and brothers, Dan and Paul. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC. 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice and the staff at Transitions Healthcare for the special care given to Kay. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Inks, David L. 57

  • Export
  • Born: 1957-05-30
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • David L. Inks, 57, of Export, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born May 30, 1957, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Harry and Norma (Wible) Inks. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary "Jean" Behe; brothers, William and Robert "Bubba" Inks; and a granddaughter, Anya. He worked as a nuclear tech at Master-Lee Energy Services and loved hunting, fishing, playing golf and riding quads. David is survived by his wife of 41 years, Judy (Brougher) Inks; two daughters, Stephanie Inks and Jeff, of Jeannette, and Nicole Inks, of Export; brothers, Harry Inks and Michelle, of North Versailles, and Johnny Inks and Jamie, of North Carolina; sisters, Pearl Kitner and Ron, of Apollo, and Carol Anthony, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Anthony, Michael, Ryan, Zachary, Nathanael and Abigail; great-grandson, Anthony Jr.; best friend, David Schneider and Janie; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in the funeral home, with Pastor Charles Bowser officiating. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Keffel, Patricia 71

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1943-01-12
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Patricia "Patsy" Keffel, 71, of Monessen, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born on Jan. 12, 1943, in North Charleroi, the daughter of the late Joseph Diamante and Mary DeRocco Diamante. Patsy was a lifelong resident of Monessen and a 1960 graduate of Monessen High School. She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church and had worked for First Federal Savings Bank in Monessen. Patsy loved to cook, enjoyed spending time with her family, going on vacations, and was her grandchildren's number one fan at their sporting events. She is survived by husband of 49 years, Robert F. Keffel; a son, Erik Keffel; and a daughter, Robyn Keffel, both of Monessen; two grandchildren, Cole Robert and McKenna L. Keffel; brother-in-law, Demetri Minniti of Monessen; a niece, Kelly (Jim) Sepesky of Monessen; a nephew, Jason (Stacy) Minniti of Belle Vernon; great-nieces and nephews, Julian, Kolby, Aiden, Jude, and Arden; and many cousins and dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Gerry Minniti; and a nephew, Shaun Minniti. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Condolences accepted for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Kolenc Jr., Bernard 70

  • Fitz Henry
  • Born: 1944-02-17
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Bernard Kolenc Jr., 70, of Fitz Henry, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Excela Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Feb. 17, 1944, in Fitz Henry, a son of the late Bernard and Josephine Stieman Kolenc Sr. He was a retired South Huntingdon Township road maintenance employee, a member of the former St. Timothy Catholic Church in Smithton, and was a member of the American Legion Post 790 in Smithton. He is survived by his brother, Donald Kolenc, of Fitz Henry; two nephews, Donald Kolenc and wife, Lisa, of Fitz Henry, and David Kolenc and wife, Darla, of Smithton; and a niece, Kristen Porter and husband, Jason, of Rostraver; great-nephews, Chris and Ian; and great-nieces, Autumn, Madeline, Emma, Penny and Paige. Family and Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Second Street, Smithton. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with father Jonathan Wisneski officiating. Burial will be in Hoffman Cemetery, South Huntingdon Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a local animal shelter or the ASPCA.
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Leeper, Roberta J. 92

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1922-10-04
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Roberta J. Finley Leeper, 92, of Belle Vernon, Rostraver Township, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at 10:15 p.m. at her home. Born Oct. 4, 1922, in Belle Vernon, she was the daughter of the late Clarence McVay and Margaret Roose Finley. A resident of Rostraver Township, Mrs. Leeper was a member of Rehoboth Presbyterian Church, Rostraver Township, was a secretary from the former Page Wire Mill, Monessen and Rehoboth Presbyterian Church where she retired. She was a member of the Rehoboth Alpha and Omega, the Bible Study Group and was a past Eastern Star member. She was also a homemaker and the "Best Little Pie Maker". She is survived by a daughter and son in law Edwina 'Winnie" and Rick Matson of Rostraver Township; two grandchildren, Erin Kristen McNair and husband, Sandy, Eric Richard Matson; two great-grandchildren, Jadyn Matson and Richard McNair. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Sanford Leeper; three brothers, Gail Finley, William Finley, Robert Finley; and four sisters, Mary Finley, Mabel Graue, Helen Gafney and Elizabeth Morford. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183, followed by funeral services at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Richard C. Klein Jr. of Rehoboth Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will take place in Rehoboth Cemetery. Members of the Belle Vernon Rotary Club will conduct services Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Roberta J. Leeper to Rehoboth Cemetery or Rehoboth Presbyterian Church. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Moore, Dorothy Dode 90

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1924-02-24
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Dorothy C. "Dode" Moore, 90, of Lower Burrell, passed away Saturday Dec. 20, 2014, in Bayberry Place in Lower Burrell. She was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Delmont, to the late Wendell and Sarah (Fennell) Kaufman and had lived in the Alle-Kiski Valley area all of her life. Dorothy was a housewife who enjoyed her family, her dogs and working crossword puzzles. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marge Soloman; and a brother, Wendell. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Richard H. "Rocky" Moore; sisters-in-law, Lois Moore, of Tarentum, and Dorothy "Dot" Moore, of Lower Burrell; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Honoring her wishes, visitation and burial are private. Arrangements by FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME in Lower Burrell, 724-335-6500. Memorial donations in her name may be made to Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. www.giglerfuneral home.com.
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Nugent, Barbara A. 83

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1931-10-13
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. (Erdlen) Nugent, 83, of Allegheny Township, formerly of Glenshaw, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was born Oct. 13, 1931, daughter of the late William and Barbara (Vukelka) Erdlen. She was the beloved wife of the late Philip E. Nugent; sister of William (Ruth) Erdlen, Paul (Marian) Erdlen and the late Anna Marie Cokus; proud aunt of Brett (Jennifer) Geibel and Dean (Laurie) Geibel; and loving great-aunt of Ashley Petrouski and Morgan Geibel. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home with interment to follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Pruger, Theodore A. 95

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1919-11-28
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Theodore A. Pruger, 95, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at Kittanning Care Center. He was born in Creighton, Nov. 28, 1919, to the late Andrew and Eleanor Pinkos Pruger, and had been a life-long resident of the local area. Mr. Pruger was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell, the YMCA and Tarentum VFW. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and worked as a metallurgical engineer for Allegheny Ludlum for 34 years until retiring in 1980. He enjoyed golf, gardening, reading, playing football in college at Carnegie Tech and was an avid Steelers fan. He is survived by his grandson, Mark (Ashley) Pruger, two great-grandchildren, Theodore A. Pruger II and Isabella Pruger; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alfreda Szarek Pruger; son, Mark Andrew Pruger; and two infant sisters. Friends will be received from 8 a.m. until Prayers of Transfer at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial with Military Honors by the Navy will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family suggests donations made in his name to St. Margaret Mary Church, 3055 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068 or Allegheny Valley YMCA, 5021 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Ray, Kenneth D. 89

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1925-06-22
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Kenneth D. Ray, 89, of Ruffsdale, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 22, 1925, in Wyano, a son of the late Daniel and Hettie (Hoke) Ray. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert R. Ray; and two sisters, Jenny Moore and Norma Moore. Ken was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy as a motor machinist's mate third class. Prior to his retirement, he had worked for the Yough School District in the maintenance department for 10 years, and was also a Union carpenter for Masters Builders in Pittsburgh. Ken was a lifetime member of Hilltop United Methodist Church in Madison. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially spending time with his family. Ken is survived by his loving wife, Jeannine (Kiehl) Ray, of Ruffsdale; his three sons, Robert (Valinda) Ray, Larry (Laverne) Ray and Kenneth (Barbara) Ray, all of Ruffsdale; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Ken will be dearly missed by his family, friends, neighbors and his three special dogs, Blossom, Pooh-Bear and Baby. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor Randy Sweet officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
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Redding, William S. 75

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1939-08-29
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • William S. Redding, 75, of Jeannette, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at his residence. He was born Aug. 29, 1939, in Jeannette, a son of the late Carlyle and Katherine Watkoski Redding. Prior to his retirement, Bill was a self-employed electrical contractor. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Arlington Sportsman's Club, both of Jeannette, and the National Rifle Association. Bill was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Virginia "Ginny" Gurksnis Redding, in 2002; and brothers, James, Thomas and Donald Redding. He is survived by his sons, William T. Redding, of Jeannette, Richard A. Redding and wife, Kimberly, of North Huntingdon, and Michael J. Redding and wife, Sharon, of Grapeville; a daughter, Kelli Copper, of Florida; grandchildren, Johnny, Brandon and Anthony Copper, Daniel Heffelfinger and wife, Emily, Kaylyn Heffelfinger, Sarah Calabrese and husband, Craig, and Andrew Parana; great-grandchildren, West, Finn, Jayden and Abigayle; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A blessing service will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik officiating. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Salvatore, Stella J. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-12-06
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Stella "Jean" Marshall Salvatore, 90, of Greensburg, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Walnut Ridge Personal Care Home. She was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Ralph Marshall and Marie Brinkley Marshall. Prior to retirement, she worked as a sales clerk for Pross Co., A.E. Troutman Co. and Thomas Drug, all of Greensburg. She was a member and past president of Marilao Ladies Auxiliary Post 33 in Greensburg and past District 27 president. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Salvatore Sr.; a son, James "Jimbo" Salvatore Jr.; and a brother, Ralph "Bud" Marshall. She is survived by four daughters, Nancy Pastor, of Florida, Suzette (Michael) Fedor, of Greensburg, Jennifer "Ginger" Salvatore (John McVicker), of Jeannette, and Judy Salvatore, of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Penny (Greg) Hutsell, Matthew (Sue) Pastor and Michael (Chris) Pastor, all of Maryland, and Michael Fedor and Angela Salvatore, both of Greensburg; seven great-grandchildren; and a former son-in-law, Richard J. Pastor. Stella will be missed by her daughters, for whom she lived her life. We love you, Mummy! Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the VFW Post 33 Ladies Auxiliary of Greensburg or The American Heart Association. The family would like to thank the staff at Walnut Ridge Personal Care Home for their care of Stella. For online condolences, please visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Sheets Sr., Carroll E. 82

  • Derry
  • Born: 1932-08-29
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Carroll E. Sheets Sr., 82, of Derry, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the Greensburg Care Center. He was born Aug. 29, 1932, in Back Creek, Fayette County, a son of the late Elmer H. and Myrtle Bittner Sheets. He was a member of the Blairsville Free Methodist Church. Carroll was retired from the Army after 21 years of service, having served two tours in Vietnam and time in Korea. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Giesla Sheets; his second wife, Chris Cross Sheets; a son, Fredrick Sheets; and his sister, Iona Clark. Carroll is survived by his wife, Ann A. Malnofski McKlveen Sheets; two sons, Johnnie Sheets, of Kentucky, and Elmer Sheets (Beth), of Latrobe; his daughter, Sandra Hogue, of Derry; four stepchildren, Lauren Schirf (Grant), Sandra Hughes (David), Russ McKlveen (Pam) and Jeff McKlveen (Connie); a brother, Ronald Sheets, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday with his pastor, the Rev. Rusty McClurg, officiating. Interment will be made in Normalville Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Smen, Jane S. 97

  • Derry
  • Born: 1917-01-09
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Jane S. Smen, 97, of Derry, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Jan. 9, 1917, in Blairsville, a daughter of the late Samuel E. and Agnes Ashton Smith. Jane was a member of the Derry First United Methodist Church. She was a proud supporter of the food bank. She liked to cook and loved being with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Americo Pallottini; her second husband, Tony Smen; a son, William Smen; her brother, Ashton Smith; and her sister, Ruth Henigin. She is survived by her sons, Alfred Pallottini (June), of Leslie, Mich., Louis Pallottini (Sandy), of Derry, Ronald Smen (Carol), of Unity Township, Tony Smen Jr., of Bangor, Maine, Steve Smen (Carla), of Derry, and James Smen (Sandy), of Blairsville; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday with her pastor, the Rev. John Emigh, officiating. Interment will follow in Coles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Treskovich, Louise A. 85

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1929-11-17
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Louise A. Treskovich, 85, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Emeritus Senior Living, Latrobe. She was born Nov. 17, 1929, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late John and Teresa (Marol) Burke. Prior to her retirement, she was the secretary for many years for the St. Vincent Development Club and enjoyed traveling both in the U.S. and abroad. She was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Loretta Burke. Louise is survived by her son, Barry J. Treskovich, of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; her daughter, Nancy Treskovich, of Greensburg; a brother, Gerald J. Burke, of Latrobe; a sister, Mrs. Ben (Linda) Falcone, of Greensburg; a special niece, Mrs. Chris (Abbey) Owoc, of Irwin; special nephew, Nicholas (Dana) Falcone, of Carnegie; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a number of 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Emeritus Senior Living, Diagnostic Associates, and Heartland Hospice for their excellent care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Louise's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. 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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Trovel, Mary 92

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1922-12-07
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary Yawczak Trovel, 92, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in her residence. Born Dec. 7, 1922, in Dorothy, she was a daughter of the late Daniel and Theodora Rudy Yawczak. She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Latrobe Area Hospital. Mary was a member of Holy Family Church in Latrobe. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Paul J. Trovel, in 2002; five brothers, John, Theodore, Peter, George and Nicholas Yawczak; and a sister, Sophie Kopetsky. She is survived by her daughter, Marcia Ballinger and husband, Charles, of Vineland, N.J.; a son, Charles Trovel and wife, Kathleen, of Camp Hill; three grandchildren, Christopher Trovel, Brandon Trovel and Michelle Ballinger; a great-grandson, Alexander Trovel; and her sisters, Gertrude Yawczak, of Derry, and Kathryn Daniels, of Bridgeton, N.J. There will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Holy Family Church, Latrobe, with Father Daniel Mahoney as celebrant. (Everyone please go directly to the church.) Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. Arrangements by FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Latrobe.
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White, Kenneth L. 54

  • Derry Township
  • Born: 1960-06-29
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Kenneth L. White, 54, of Derry Township, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born June 29, 1960, in Latrobe, a son of the late Robert G. Sr. and Lois B. (Heasley) White. Ken worked for JM Builders of Latrobe as a carpenter. Besides his parents, Ken was preceded in death by a brother, Robert G. White Jr. Ken is survived by his son, Eric L. White and wife, Cheryl, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Amy E. White, of Export; a brother, William S. White and wife, Patricia, of Derry; four sisters, Lois J. Martin and husband, George, of Keysville, Va., Linda S. Laughlin, of Derry, Betty A. White and Mark Napoli, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Helen G. Daugherty and husband, James, of Derry; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends for Ken's life celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Wilson officiating.
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Wilson, James L. 68

  • Export
  • Born: 1946-04-16
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • James L. "Jim" Wilson, 68, of Export, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 16, 1946, in Homestead, a son of the late William and Violet (Rose) Wilson. Jim was a former employee of Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh and retired as a welder with Dura Bond Steel Corp in Export. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Wilson; and a brother-in-law, John Sloan. Surviving are his beloved wife, Barbara (Glunt) Wilson; two loving children, Brian (Lisa) Wilson and Lisa Wilson, all of Export; a brother, William (Moon) Wilson, of Idaho; a sister, Nancy Sloan, of Turtle Creek; and several nieces and nephews. Jim will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him, including his two dogs, Colby Blake and Diesel. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export (724) 327-1400, where services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dan Lawrence officiating. Interment will be private. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Wilson's name to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Armstrong County

Beers, Paul R. 91

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1923-08-16
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Paul Raymond Beers, 91, a lifelong resident of Kittanning, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning. Born Aug. 16, 1923, in Kittanning, he was a son of the late Raymond Earl and Nettie (Slagle) Beers. He was a member of Center Hill Church of the Brethren. He was retired from PPG Industries, Ford City. A World War II veteran, he served in the Army as a sergeant and was stationed in Guam. He had a green thumb, which he put to great use in gardening his flower bed and vegetable garden, for which he was well know in his community. He also loved watching the deer and turkey in his backyard. Paul and his wife, Tressa, traveled the United States in their motor home, meeting many new friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Tressa (Bracken) Beers, on Feb. 13, 2010; son, David Paul Beers, on June 25, 2006; brothers, Roy and Donald Beers; and sister, Sadie Rupert. Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Harry) Patton, of Kittanning; daughter-in-law, Pam Beers, of Worthington; stepgrandchildren, Vaughn (Ed ) Underberg, of Florida, Will (Tracy) Patton, of Chicora, Andy (Stacy) Patton, of Ford City, and Jason Warner, of Ford City; stepgreat-grandchildren, Molly Underberg, Justin, Austin, Aiden, Marra, Sarah and Alex Patton; brothers, Alfred "Clair" and Clarence "Buss" Beers, of Kittanning, William Beers, of Worthington, Kenneth Beers, of Oakwood, Ill., and Calvin "Son" Beers, of Freeport; sisters, Aldora Clever, Margaret Smeltzer and Bessie Frantz, of Kittanning, Helen Branan, of Cowansville, Marthabelle (Boyer) Miller, of Pulaski, and Deloris Miller, of Ford City; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Kittanning, and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Center Hill Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Wes Berkebile officiating. Interment in Center Hill Church of the Brethren Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Crytzer, Walter N. 83

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Walter N. Crytzer, 83, of Ford City, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Armstrong County Health Center, Kittanning. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. A complete obituary will be published in Tuesday's Leader Times. For further information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.welchfh.com.
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Giff, K. Louise 87

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1927-04-17
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • K. Louise (Crawford) Giff, 87, of Worthington, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Kittanning Care Center. She was born April 17, 1927, in Brady's Bend, to the late Calvin and Buelah (Shakley) Crawford-Emery. She was a member of the Union Baptist Church on Cadogan/Slick Run Road. She is survived by her daughter, Joanie Turney (Michael), of Kittanning; granddaughter, Sheena (Adams) Best, of Worthington; step-grandson, Jim Turney, of Ford City; two brothers, Richard Crawford (Connie), of Kittanning, and Robert Crawford (Marie), of Worthington; two sisters, June Smith, of Worthington, and Patricia Smith, of Worthington; and two step-brothers, Dennis J. Emery, of Bruin, and the Rev. Larry L. Emery, of Ashtabula, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louis Giff, in 2012; four sisters, Jean Smith, Betty Mularchik, Dorothy Budd and infant sister Vivian Crawford; and two step-brothers, Ronald and Wallace Emery. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Worthington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Jonathan Hill officiating. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Baptist Church for church camp. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Johns, Tammy C.

  • Spring Church
  • Born: 1966-01-31
  • Died: 2014-12-18
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  • Tammy Carol Johns, of Spring Church, passed away peacefully Thursday Dec. 18, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born January 31, 1966, to Carolyn (Toy) and Stanley Johns. She is survived by fiance, William Lukehart; mother, Carolyn Johns; sisters, Paula (Johns) Donivan and Debra Johns; sons Frederick Tregaskes III and Jonathan Tregaskes; daughter, Kimberly (Tregaskes) Singleton; and two grandchildren, Kira and Isaiah Singleton. Tammy enjoyed spending time with her family and reading. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Gertrude Johns Long; and father, Stanley Johns. Tammy will be missed by all. At Tammy's request, arrangements will be private. Family will host a memorial at a later date.
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Myers, Alvera A. 80

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1934-08-12
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Alvera A. Myers, 81, of Kittanning, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born Aug. 12, 1934, in Export, she was retired from Rivercliff Terrace Personal Care Home in Kittanning and was a member of the Kittanning Eagles. She loved cooking and baking and her dog, "Tweety". Most importantly, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Survivors include, children, Debbie Taleff, of Kittanning, Thomas (Vicki) Myers, of Leechburg, and Morris (Jane) Myers, of Saltsburg; grandchildren, Nicole (Dave) Branan and great-grandchild, Abigail, of Manorville, Robert Myers, of Kittanning, Martha (Chad) Morrissey, of Saltsburg, Cindy (Ryan) Kozert, and great-grandchild, Logan, of New Florence, Staci (Dean) Moyer and great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Kaitlyn, of Vandergrift, Tommy and Travis Myers, and Theresa (Michael) Moeslein and great-grandchildren, Michael, Trystan, Logan and Riley, of Cranberry; and brother, Frederick Panzer, of Export. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Morris Myers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Kittanning, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating.
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Stewart, Arlene S. 76

  • Rural Valley
  • Born: 1937-12-22
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Arlene S. Stewart, 76, of Rural Valley, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Kittanning Care Center. She was born Dec. 22, 1937, to Alvin and Anna (Potts) Johnson, in Sagamore. Arlene is survived by her two sisters, Marlene (Clifford) Anderson and Lorna Makuta; two brothers, Wayne (Sonja) Johnson and Lyle (Sandy) Johnson; five nephews, Brian Johnson, Randy Johnson, Jason Johnson, Bradley Johnson and Bobby Johnson; and one niece, Michelle (Makuta) Hari-Leila. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a niece and nephew. As per Arlene's wishes, services will all be private. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Walker, Daryl Pokey P. 82

  • Formerly of Templeton
  • Born: 1932-01-21
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Daryl P. "Pokey" Walker, 82, of Chesterton, Ind., formerly of Templeton, went to be with his Lord Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Templeton, to Edward A. and Hazel M. (Farster) Walker. In 1961, he and his family moved to Chesterton, Ind., where he worked at Midwest Steel, retiring in 1993. He enjoyed life, especially the outdoors. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and gardening, and growing his special prized tomatoes. He loved telling his stories to anyone would listen; and amazingly, the stories were true. One of his favorite things was watching the sunsets at the Dunes State Park with his wife of 61 years. Daryl was a life-long member of Templeton Methodist Church, as well as a member of Pinecrest Sportsman Club. He enjoyed baseball and even played third base for the U.S. Army team from 1952 to 1954 in Japan. Daryl served his God, his country and his family. His legacy lives on in those who knew him. He was one of the Good Guys and our hero. He is survived by his wife, Lois (Atherton) Walker; one son, Dr. Steven and wife, Carol, of Jackson Township, Ind.; his granddaughter, Shawna and husband, Michael Hallinan, of Alexandria, Va., and grandsons, Christopher and wife, Jennifer, of Jackson Township, Ind., Cameron, of Jackson Township, and Seth, of Chesterton, Ind.; his great-granddaughters, Hailey and Destani; as well as his brothers, Leroy and wife, Peggy, of Templeton, and Grover "Bo," of Kittanning; and his sister, Vivian Wyant, of Kittanning. The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at WHITE-LOVE FUNERAL HOME, 525 S. Second St., Chesterton, Ind. Also, friends will be received from 9 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Interment in Cochran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Templeton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 177, Templeton, PA 16259 or to the Cochran Cemetery Association, Box 172 C/O Etta Fox, Templeton, PA 16259. http://www.snydercrissmanfh.com.
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Beaver County

Mulroy, Jon M. 55

  • Beaver Falls
  • Born: 1958-12-27
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Marshall, Wampum | Get Directions
  • Jon Mark Mulroy, 55, a lifelong resident of Beaver Falls, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the home of his brother, Rick, in Ford City. Born Dec. 27, 1958, he was a son of the late Reardon J. and Marie J. Algier Mulroy. Jon worked for the City of Beaver Falls for 22 years. He was a member of the former St. Mary's Parish in Beaver Falls. Survivors include two sisters, Maureen Larkin, of Newfoundland, Pa., and Nancy (Tom) Myers, of Parker; two brothers, Edward T. Mulroy and Reardon A. "Rick" (Delores) Mulroy, both of Ford City; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Reardon "Ricky" Mulroy. Friends will be received from 5 p.m. until the time of the blessing service at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 341 Main St., Wampum. Father Camillus Njoku will officiate the service. Private interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Beaver Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Three Rivers Hospice, 1195 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.marshallsfh.com.
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Butler County

Huffmyer, Helen M. 84

  • Butler
  • Born: 1930-07-05
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Thompson-Miller, Butler | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Huffmyer, 84, of Butler, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., in the Saxony Health Center. She was born July 5, 1930, in Pittsburgh, to the late Walter H. Dunlap and Mary (Glasgow) Dunlap. Mrs. Huffmyer enjoyed going to church, being with her family and enjoyed traveling and trips with Tanglewood. She was formerly employed at West Penn Power and Star Lumber. Mrs. Huffmyer was a former member of the Community Alliance and Freeport Alliance Churches. Mrs. Huffmyer is survived by five sons, Edward W. Green and his wife, Carrie, of Fort Benton, Mont., Timothy A. Green, John P. Huffmyer and his wife, Carla, Walter G. Huffmyer and Lawrence R. Huffmyer, all of Butler; nine grandchildren and one on the way; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Green; her second husband, Elmer E. Huffmyer, whom she married March 5, 1962, and who passed away Sept. 4, 1983; one son, William Huffmyer; and two brothers, Walter and Willard Dunlap. Friends will be received at from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Dec. 22, 2014, at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 124 E. North St., Butler. Additional viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, with funeral services immediately following at 11 a.m. with Pastor Deb Huffmyer, of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Saxonburg, officiating. Burial will take place in the Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Sewickley. Memorials are suggested to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 210 Westminster Road, Saxonburg, PA 16056. Online condolences can be given at http://www.thompson-miller.com.
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Smolensky, Albert P. 96

  • Mars
  • Born: 1918-06-05
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Albert P. "Al" Smolensky, 96, of Mars, died Sunday morning, Dec. 21, 2014, in the comfort of his home with his family at his side. Born June 5, 1918, to Michael and Anastasia Smolensky on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Al was the third of seven children. He attended Oliver High School, graduating in 1936 with honors and four years of perfect attendance. He declined a scholarship to Duquesne University, choosing instead to go to work to help support his four younger siblings. When World War II broke out, Al enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Excelling in aerial gunnery, he was assigned to a crew of a B-24 Liberator as a nose gunner. Al became a part of Crew 118 in the 375th Bomb Squadron, "The Flying Tigers" of the 308th Bomb Group, under the command of Gen. Claire Chennault. Following combat crew training, Crew 118 was assigned a brand new aircraft, a bright, gleaming B-24 Liberator, which the crew promptly dubbed "American Beauty." They left Hamilton Air Force Base in San Francisco on Sept. 12, 1944, and arrived in Kunming, China, on Oct. 17, 1944. Having flown six missions, "American Beauty" was destroyed on the ground during a night raid by the Japanese. The crew was safe in a bomb shelter. From then on, Al's crew was known by the Air Corps as an orphaned crew, and flew any available plane. Their next plane, "Kings Ex," was the oldest plane in the squadron. Flying several more missions, it experienced equipment failure on landing and the nose wheel collapsed and the plane was damaged beyond repair with the crew intact. Their third B-24 was known by its serial number only. This was February 1945 and Al and the crew were flying 10 hour missions almost daily. On Al's 31st mission during a bombing raid, their plane sustained enemy flak fire, damaging the plane so severely that they would not make it back to base. The decision was made and the crew readied for a crash landing in China behind enemy lines. The pilot and co-pilot managed a successful crash landing and the crew scrambled out, banged and bruised but alive. Although the radio was knocked out, Chinese peasants, then our allies, guided the crew to safe haven in the mountains. Because of the damaged radio, they could not make contact with command and the crew was considered lost. After three weeks, the radioman fixed the radio and they called for help. Al's crew was picked up and transported to North Africa, where Crew 118 was assigned their fourth B-24. In 1945, B-24 Liberators cost $250,000, thus earning the crew the nickname, "The Million Dollar Crew." While in North Africa, Al was bitten by a venomous spider and the ensuing infection turned his leg black. Doctors feared possible amputation, but through the grace of God and the skill and attention of the doctors and nurses, Al pulled through intact, though severely weakened. Unable to rejoin his crew and accompanied by the tail gunner, John Trisch, who was also from the North Side of Pittsburgh, the two headed for the States on a hospital ship, en route to Miami. Once back in the U.S., Trisch rejoined the crew who had also come home, while Al recuperated in the hospital. Once released, having flown 31 combat missions and 252 combat hours, Al was honorably discharged on Oct. 29, 1945. Crew 118 was awarded many medals and commendations, including the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Once again a civilian, Al married Alice Hune on April 24, 1946. Five children followed: Paul, wed to Marianne (Brisco) Smolensky, Robert, wed to Sally (Ashton) Smolensky, Mary Lou Smolensky Fleming, Ann Smolensky Roczko and Dr. David, wed to Jennifer (Brockett) Smolensky, with whom Al and Alice lived their remaining years in Mars. Shortly after celebrating 50 years of marriage, Alice died on Dec. 19, 1996. Also mourning his passing by celebrating a life well lived and loved are his five grandchildren, Daniel Meyer, Heather (Smolensky)/Phil Lewis, Dr. Holly (Smolensky)/Michael Lowther, Jennifer (Smolensky)/Jack Foster and Corey Roczko. Al was also great-grandfather (Pap-Pap-Pap) to Colin, Morgan, Abigail, Claire, Nora, Seth and Robert. Surviving are two brothers, Chester and Robert Smolensky. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Edward, and three sisters, Ruth Kennedy, Grace Muchow and Agnes Ruhl. As a father, Al was the kindest, gentlest, strongest and most accepting man ever known. He only saw the good in people, and truly welcomed everyone to his home. He was a true friend to his friends and they were many. A loving and devoted husband, father, pap and favorite uncle, he was always full of kind words and deeds. Al's life was truly worth celebrating. He will be remembered fondly and lovingly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Blessing services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Father Charles Bober officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Memorials may be made to the Mars VFW Post 7505, 331 Mars-Valencia Road, Mars, PA 16064. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Bohatch, Andrew V. Jr. 59

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1955-08-20
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Kezmarsky Funeral Home, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Andrew Vincent Bohatch Jr., 59, of Uniontown, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Aug. 20, 1955, in Uniontown the son of the late Andrew Bohatch Sr. and Loretta Mae Decker Bohatch. Andrew was a member of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church. He was a 1973 graduate of Frazier High School. He loved drag racing. He was a member of the NHRA Drag Racing. He raced super stock and truly enjoyed anything that had to do with drag racing. He liked to eat out and enjoyed vacation. He is survived by his loving brother, James Joseph Bohatch and wife, Judy, of Perryopolis; niece, Jaimie L. Bohatch; his loving fiancee of 27 beautiful years, Loretta Porreca Vernon and her family, Mario Porreca of New Salem, Joseph and Linda Alexander of Uniontown, Gerald and Patricia Rose of Altoona and Joseph and Denise Porecca of West Newton; nieces and nephews and his childhood and lifelong friend, Buddy Lepley and wife Anita of McKeesport. Friends will be received in the KEZMARSKY FUNERAL HOME, 71 Pennsylvania Ave., Uniontown, on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, from 3 to 8 p.m. Friends and family are asked to attend a funeral Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at 9 a.m. in St. Therese Roman Catholic Church with Msgr. Michael W. Matusak V.F., pastor as celebrant. Entombment follows at Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. Parish wake will be held Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Eye or Heart Institute at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
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Fowler, Truman 78

  • Normalville
  • Born: 1936-04-23
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Truman Fowler, 78, of Normalville (Clinton), passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born April 23, 1936, in Barbourville, Ky., a son of the late Wils and Maudie Rowlett Fowler. Truman had worked as a carpenter for Al Rose and A.J. Firestone. He then retired as a custodian having worked for the Connellsville Area School District. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Army. Truman had several hobbies he loved, including trains, horseshoes and bluegrass music. The family would like to thank nurse Jill from Home Health Care for all of her fine and loving care given to Truman during his illness. Truman will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered, by his loving family, his wife of 59 years, Ruth Ritenour Fowler; his children, Karen Crider and husband, Roy, and Donna Zavatson and husband, Robert, all of Connellsville, Kevin Fowler and wife, Sherry, of Scottdale, and Glenn Fowler, of Clinton; his grandchildren, Roy Crider and wife, Krystal, of Rivesville, W.Va., Jennifer Nicholson and husband, Robert, and Amanda Pisczek and husband, Kris, all of Connellsville, Sarah Koffler and husband, Donald, of Brownsville, Donald Fowler and wife, Tabetha, of Scottdale, and Brian Fowler, of Birmingham, N.Y.; his great-grandchildren, Kathlynn, Caleb, Logan, Zackery, Connor, Tori and Lexie. Truman was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Della Stone and Hazel Barnard; and his brothers, Ray, Elmer, Carrol, Harold and Boyd Fowler. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Chris Golemblowski officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Valley VFW. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Hreno, Faith M. 60

  • Brownsville
  • Born: 1954-02-07
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Faith M. Hreno, 60, of Brownsville, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at home. Born Feb. 7, 1954, in North Charleroi, she was a daughter of the late Cecil E. and Erma A. (Wilt) Boyd. Protestant by faith, Faith was a licensed practical nurse and retired from Jefferson Hills Manor. She had great love for her grandchildren, who called her "Nana". She is survived by her husband, John M. Hreno; son, Edward A. (Lauren) Vayansky Jr., of Bethel Park; daughter, Tara M. Hay, of North Fayette; three grandchildren, Kayla Hay, Ryan Hay and Margaret Faith Vayansky; brother, Cecil E. Boyd Jr., of Missouri; and two sisters, Janet (Larry) Wagner, of North Carolina, and Naomi Guth, of Erie. In addition to her parents, Faith was preceded in death by her brother, Martin Boyd. 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 funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, with Lt. Joel Thwaite, of The Salvation Army officiating. Interment will follow in Fells Cemetery.
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Kenney, Donna P. 76

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1938-09-13
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Donna P. Kenney, 76, of Dunbar, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Scottdale Manor Care Home. She was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late William and Carrie V. (Baker) Pease. Donna was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Dunbar. For 14 years, Donna worked in the cafeteria of Pechin's Market, Dunbar. Donna enjoyed spending time with her son, Patrick, and cooking for her family and friends; she will be forever remembered and missed by them. Donna is survived by a son, Patrick E. Kenney Jr., of Dunbar; a daughter, Carrie L. Basinger and husband, Richard, of Colorado; granddaughter, Jodie Fleming and husband, Zack, of Atlanta, Ga., two great-grandchildren, Jacquelynn Fleming and Vivian Lee Fleming; and Pam Heller, of Tarrs, and Pam Beal, of Vanderbilt, (whom Donna considered her daughters). In addition to her parents, Donna was predeceased by her husband, Patrick E. Kenney Sr.; three sisters, Betty Morgan, Mary Ellen Pease and Patricia Pease; and two brothers, William Pease and Clarence E. Pease. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville (724) 628-9033. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Dunbar. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Lane, E. LaVerne 92

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1922-03-23
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • E. LaVerne (King) Lane, 92, of Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at her home. She was born March 23, 1922, in Owensdale, a daughter of the late Chalfant W. and Elizabeth Dieterly King. LaVerne was a graduate of Scottdale High School with the class of 1941. Prior to her retirement, she worked as an inspector for the Anchor Hocking Cap. Plant No. 15, in South Connellsville. LaVerne attended the Hickory Square United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, LaVerne was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Ray Lane, in 2003; and three brothers, Gilliam W. King, in 1994, Blain S. King, in 2011, and Robert W. King, in 2009. LaVerne was the last surviving member of her immediate family. LaVerne is survived by her niece, Kathleen King, of Uniontown, who helped care for LaVerne; and many other nieces and nephews and their families. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Roy Butt officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Scottdale Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Saxon, Roy 67

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Roy Saxon, 67, of Connellsville, passed away at home Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vito C. Martucci Funeral Home, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, and will be announced when complete.
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Indiana County

Karp Sr., Robert Fuzzy G. 86

  • Conemaugh Township
  • Born: 1928-03-04
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Saltsburg | Get Directions
  • Robert George "Fuzzy" Karp Sr., 86, of Conemaugh Township, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, in Pittsburgh, surrounded by his loving family. Born March 4, 1928, in Export, he was the son of the late William and Clara (Hill) Karp. Robert lived in Conemaugh Township since 1957 and was a 1946 graduate of Franklin High School. He served our country with the Army during the Korean War. Robert worked as a dairy farmer until 1977, when he took a job as a heavy equipment operator for Twinbrook Coal Company in Marion Center for 15 years, retiring in 1993. Robert loved working on his farm and had a cow/calf operation, raising feeder calves and selling them. He was a member of St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in Saltsburg, and the Saltsburg American Legion. Robert enjoyed traveling with his wife, Margaret, seeing much of the United States, and even visited Rome, Italy and the Holy Land. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jerry and James Karp. Robert is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret J. (Gebrosky) Karp; children, Robert G. (Barbara) Karp Jr., of Connellsville, Mary Lynn (Jeff) DiFiore, of Imperial, Michael A. (Victoria) Karp, of El Dorado, Ark., Constance L. "Connie" (Leo) Shannon, of Saltsburg, and Jeffrey L. "Luke" (Margaret) Karp, of Saltsburg; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Snock, of Apollo; brother, William Karp, of Export; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, Saltsburg, with Father Salvatore Lamendola as celebrant. Interment in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Memorial Contributions may be made in Robert's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org). To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Gainor, Douglas E. 50

  • Conneaut Lake
  • Born: 1964-10-05
  • Died: 2014-12-18
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  • Douglas Edward Gainor, 50, of Conneaut Lake, died at home unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Born Oct. 5, 1964, he was a son of Jack and Joanne Gainor, of Hadley, Pa. Doug wed his partner of 20 years, Tom Martinac, on June 7, 2014. DBAML He attended Commodore Perry High School and was a graduate of Penn State University with a master's degree in computer science. He was student body president at Penn State. Most recently he was a warehouse manager at Warren Industries, Meadville, and had a long-term career at Werner Co., Greenville, Pa. Doug was proud to be a volunteer firefighter with the Conneaut Lake Park Volunteer Fire Department. He was truly loved by all who knew him and had a very generous nature and a fantastic sense of humor. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and the people he loved. He will be missed for a million plus three years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joanne Gainor; father, Jack Gainor; and brother, Michael Gainor. He is survived by his spouse, Tom Martinac; siblings, Paula Harnett and husband, Jim, of Greenville, Pa., Mark Gainor and wife, Kim, of Hadley, Pa., Teri Tingley and Dennis, of Valencia, Connie Gainor, of Meadville, and Dan Gainor and wife, Carrie, of St. Augustine, Fla.; his very dear friend, Lizzie McMahon, of Cranberry; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Doug was adored by his nieces and nephews listed below and took great pride in being the favorite uncle: Kristy Carson and husband Corey (great-nephews, Ty and Alex), Eric Tingley, Craig Tingley, Jacklyn Gates, Josh Gates, Melissa McIntosh and husband, Tom (great-nieces, Madison and Cassidy), Jason Gainor, Jessica Cox and husband, Ryan (great-niece, Delayna), Andrea Milesend and husband, Dylan, DeAnna Boyd and husband, Ryan (great-niece, Lacey), Dayna Williams and husband, Eric, and Danielle Gainor. A celebration of Doug's life is planned for a later date. Doug had a great love for all animals. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Doug's memory be made to the Crawford County Humane Society.
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Olszewski, Irene K. 54

  • Winter Haven, Fla. , Formerly of Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Irene Kay Olszewski, 54, of Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Monroeville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was the life partner of Kimberly Ann Stickovitch; beloved daughter of the late John and Julia (Nagle) Olszewski; loving mother of John, Nicole and the late Dustin (surviving spouse, Jessica) Pridmore; grandmother of Alexia, Kasey, Gavin and Phoenix; sister of Linda (Ray) Lewis and Julia Bennett; and also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747, where a service will follow at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation by phone 1-800-441-CURE or online at http://www.srfcure.org. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Tatrai-Ray, Rochelle 46

  • Florida
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Mariscotti Funeral Home, California | Get Directions
  • Rochelle Tatrai-Ray, 46, CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of Gai Linn Daley Tatrai and Louis Tatrai. She is survived by her two daughters, Marisa and Selena Ray; two sisters, Gai-Linn Sitta and Dana Febbraro; and three nieces, Lauren and Brynn Sitta and Maria Febbraro. She was born June 20, 1968, in Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Peter J. Daley and Gladys Moyer Daley; and her paternal grandparents, Louis B. Tatrai Sr. and Margaret Milcheck Tatrai. Rochelle was the Salutatorian of the 1986 Class of Charleroi Area High School. She graduated with honors from Washington and Jefferson College with a bachelor of arts. She also received her master's with honors from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She was a Licensed Mental Health Therapist. Rochelle started her career as an instructor at Westmoreland Community College, Carlow College and Duquesne University in Pennsylvania. Then she became the Supervisor at Family Based Mental Health. She went on to become Program Director for Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services. She moved to Florida in 2003 to become the Clinical Administer at Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, where she later became COO. At the time of her death, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services. Rochelle was a frequent public speaker and advocate for children's and mental health policies. She has presented at numerous State, National and International Conferences, including SAMHSA's National GAINS conference, Creating Effective Services in Washington, D.C.; and the Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies International Conference in Montreal. She co-presented at the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs at the National Conference in Washington, D.C. Most recently she had been advocating for additional funding for Hernando County to help troubled individuals find employment to allow them to provide support to their children. She successfully advocated to allow services to be provided in Pasco County to unaccompanied children from Central America. She established a number of advisory boards to engage key stakeholders in advocacy efforts for the disadvantaged, including those with mental illness, refugees, and our local Jewish Community. Rochelle was a member of the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network Board, and a member of HUD Housing EGRET-HERON Board. She was a founding member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority at Washington and Jefferson College. She also had been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Charleroi. Friends will be received in the MARISCOTTI FUNERAL HOME, Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth St., California, on Friday, Dec. 26, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, in the United Christian Church, Malden, Pa., with Rev. Jana Quisenberry officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a College Trust fund for Rochelle's daughters, which is being established at Bank of America, or to a fund in Rochelle's name at Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services. For the trust fund, a deposit can be made at any Bank of America branch; and for the Gulf Coast Jewish Family fund, donations can be made online at http://www.gcjfcs.org.
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Yaros, Peter S. 65

  • Formerly of Monongahela
  • Born: 1949-03-16
  • Died: 2014-12-19
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  • Peter Steven Yaros was born March 16, 1949, in Charleroi, and passed away on Dec. 19, 2014. He was a 1967 graduate of Monongahela High School where he was a three-sport athlete. He received a full scholarship for basketball to Fairfield University, Connecticut, after which he was employed as a supervisor for Corning Glass in Charleroi for many years. He moved to Chambersburg, where he worked in the department of education. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Martha Yaros. Peter is survived by his beloved wife, Donna (Keiffer)Yaros; daughter, Tonya YarosBelczyk (Joshua); son, Michael Steven Yaros; and brother, John Yaros (Ann). He was the loving grandfather of Sasha and Mila Belczyk, Uncle Pete to John (Candice) and Andrew (Sue) Yaros; and great-uncle to Jackson and Harper Yaros. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church, 214 Mansfield Blvd., Carnegie, Pa.
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