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Ahmuty, George 93

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • George Ahmuty, 93, of the Villages at St. Barnabas died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Arbors Nursing Home. Born in Indiana, he was the son of Mary and Richard Ahmuty, of Cumberland, R.I. He graduated from Woonsocket High School and Chancey Hall prior to entering MIT where he earned degrees in aeronautical and industrial engineering. He served in the Army in World War II from 1942 to 1944 and was honorably discharged as a PFC. He was predeceased by his first wife, Alice, of Westport, Conn., where they made their home for more than 30 years. Both had grown up in Woonsocket, R.I. He is survived by his second wife, June Elliott, of Pittsburgh, where they moved after their wedding in 1993. Mr. Anthony ran his own company involved in computer sales from 1964 to his retirement in 1992. As an avid golfer, he played Longshore Country Club and later he and his wife, June, belonged to Wildwood Country Club in Pittsburgh. Until five years ago, Mr. Ahmuty skied New England resort areas all winter long. He is survived by two daughters, Jane Perry, of Weston, Conn., and Patti Trudel, of Manchester, Vt.; four grandchildren, R. Christopher Steele, Tamara McKenna, Jonathan Trudel and Charlotte Perry; and five great-grandchildren. There will be a private burial at Assumption Cemetery in Westport, Conn. Arrangements are by NEELY FUNERAL HOME. Donations can be made in his memory to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AK 72202, or Outreach Ministries, St. Luke Church, 49 N. Turkey Hill Road, Westport, CT 06880.
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Allerton Jr., Charles Chuck C. 66

  • Ross Township
  • Born: 1948-01-30
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Charles C. "Chuck" Allerton Jr., 66, of Ross Township, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was born Jan. 30, 1948, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Charles C. Allerton Sr. and Josephine (McKuta) Allerton. He was a graduate of North Hills High School. He then went on to further his education at Duquesne University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the University of Pittsburgh for his Master of Business Administration. Chuck was a certified professional accountant, having worked for Arthur Young, Allegheny International, Highmark Blue Cross, Alcoa and finally retiring with IBM. His career found him traveling across the country where he made quite a number of friends and developed a tight knit group of business associates. While at home, he and his wife also cherished the times they had with their close friends and family. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Renee L. (Gordon) Allerton; and his sons, Charles C. Allerton III, Colin Gordon Allerton and Corey Lee (Gretchen Boehm) Allerton. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Hiland Presbyterian Church. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hiland Presbyterian Church, 845 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation, http://www.michaeljfox.org. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Beamer III, Henry G. 80

  • Churchill
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Henry G. "Skip" Beamer III, 80, of Churchill, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine Beamer; and stepfather of Bill (Barb) DeVenzio, of Dayton, Ohio. Henry will be lovingly missed by his extended family, his many close friends and his colleagues. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University, Henry was commissioned as an officer in the Marines, achieving the rank of major upon his discharge. Henry received his Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law. He was a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Academy of Trial Lawyers, Virginia State Bar, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, American Legion Post 0002 East Pittsburgh and the Duquesne Club. Henry served on the advisory board of Penn State Fayette and was also a proud member of the Penn State Nittany Lion Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Penn State University for the Henry Beamer Basketball Scholarship, 1 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.
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Bernhart Jr., C. Baker 96

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • C. Baker Bernhart Jr., 96, of Monroeville, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Baker was son of the late Charles Baker and Carolyn (Hopper) Bernhart and was the beloved husband of the late Jean (Wilson) Bernhart. He is survived by his daughters, Carol Anne Salancy and Alexis Jean Lassow (Edward); five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Jean Thomas and the late John Bernhart. Baker was a graduate of Bucknell University and was retired from US Steel, where he had been an electrical engineer. He was a longtime member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Haymaker Road, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert Marrow, officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at Cross Roads Cemetery. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Brown, Burrell A. 67

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1947-10-18
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Burrell A. Brown, 67, a native of Clairton, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Oct. 18, 1947, in McKeesport, a son of Rebecca Frazier McGrew, of Fairfield, Ala. He received his educational foundation through the Clairton Education System and furthered his education by earning a Bachelor of Science from California University of Pennsylvania (education, major - physics), both a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. He was licensed to practice law in the courts of Pennsylvania, including before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He was a tenured professor of business at his alma mater, California University of Pennsylvania, where he taught class and researched in the areas of ethics, law and labor relations. Burrell was the former president of the Pennsylvania state NAACP Conference of Branches and prior to his election as president, he served 20 years as legal counsel to that organization. Brown has also served on numerous other civic and professional organizations, including being a founding member and past president of both the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Bar Association and the Pittsburgh chapter of the Black MBAs. He was appointed by Governor Ridge to the Governor's Commission on African American Affairs and appointed by Governor Rendell to the Inter-branch Commission on Racial, Ethnic and Gender Fairness, where he previously served as chair. He attended Gethsemane Church of God of Christ and served as chair of the Deacon Board. Burrell also served as legal counsel to Western Pennsylvania First Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ. Survivors include his wife, Anita D. (Shockley) Brown of more than 39 years; four sons, Storm BJ Gressem, Julian Lerone, Martin William and Frederick Douglass; and grandchildren, Raiven, Jalinn, Frederick Jr., Kortez, Ashley, Renee, Shania and McKenzie; siblings, Enola Duncan, Leatrice McGrew, Burrell Alford, Gerald Alford and Eileen Alford; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. He was predeceased in death by his biological dad, Burrell Leon Alford Sr.; adopted parents, Beatrice Brown and Willie Brown; brother, Earl D. Alford Sr.; and nephew, Damon J. Alford. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at Trinity Church of God in Christ, 2216 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport, with funeral services to be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at New Beginnings Church, 705 Shaw Ave., McKeesport. Interment will follow at Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth. Local arrangements are entrusted to the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton.
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Burgman Jr., George R. 79

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1935-02-12
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • George R. Burgman Jr., 79, of Dravosburg, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was born Feb. 12, 1935, in McKeesport, the son of the late George R. and Jane Boddice Burgman Sr. He served in the Army as a helicopter mechanic. He was a mechanical draftsman and a manager at Lehigh Design. He was an active member of the South Park Area Radio Control Society and was also involved with local NASCAR racing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary "Betty" Oskin Burgman; son, G. Jayme (Carol) Burgman, of White Oak, Michael (Laurie) Burgman, of Pleasant Hills, Debra (Daniel) Tepper, of Acme, and Cherie (Todd Phillips), of White Oak; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN FUNERAL HOME, 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Church and burial will be in Lebanon Church Cemetery.
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Chojnacki, Mary M. 69

  • Mt. Washington
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt Washington | Get Directions
  • Mary M. Chojnacki, 69, of Mt. Washington, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. She was the loving wife of Bill Walden; loving mother of Larry (Stacey) Manning, Debbie (Brian) Tarr, Robbie Chojnacki, David (Dianne) and Scott (Erika) Walden; loving sister of Walter and the late Louis manning; also survived by loving grandchildren, family and friends. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington (412-381-2323). Interment private. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Condron Jr., James E. 68

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • James E. Condron Jr., 68, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Beatrice; loving father of Jeffrey Michaiski, Anna (Kevin) Dudek, Camilea Andrews and Jamie Michalski; grandfather of 12; and great-grandfather of 10. Visitation has been postponed due to family illness until 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until the time of service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th Streets, Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Cosatch, Myrtle Mert E. 95

  • Bunola
  • Born: 1919-07-16
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Myrtle E. "Mert" (Metcalf) Cosatch, 95, of Bunola, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Southwestern Nursing Center. Born July 16, 1919, in Canada, she was a daughter of the late Reul Metcalf and Ada (Hubbard) Metcalf. She was the postmaster for Bunola Post Office, retiring in 1981, and also a lifetime member of Bunola Volunteer Fire Company. Myrtle is survived by a daughter, Peggy Lazzari, of Bunola; three sons, George (Bernice) Stewart, of Pahrump, Nev., Charles (Arlene) Stewart, of Punxsutawney, and Bill Stewart, of Las Vegas, Nev; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Albert "Mike" Stewart; second husband, Alfred Cosatch; and son, Fred Stewart. No viewing is scheduled. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4256. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Demyan, Joseph 81

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Joseph Demyan, 81, of Pleasant Hills, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Geraldine (Leech) Demyan; loving father of Jay (Kim), Mark (Teresa), Patti (Terry) Jacob and Karen (Ken) Sagel; proud Pap Pap of Amber, Matt, Nicolle, Tony and Julie; also survived by four great-grandchildren; a sister; and two brothers. Joe was a member of Health and Welfare Local Union No. 23, working as produce manager for Giant Eagle and being with them for 42 years. He was a proud Army veteran and longtime member of American Legion Post 712 in Pleasant Hills. Visitation will be held 1 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, with Parastas at 3:30 p.m. Funeral of Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Byzantine Catholic Church, 2336 Brownsville Road, Carrick. Donations may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh PA 15243. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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DePietro, Meribeth 56

  • Coal Valley
  • Born: 1958-12-20
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Meribeth Stinner Malcom DePietro, 56, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Southwestern Assisted Care Residence in West Mifflin, where she resided these past three years. Meribeth was born Dec. 20, 1958, in McKeesport, and raised in Coal Valley, Jefferson Hills. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Elmer and Elizabeth Allen Stinner; and a brother, Raymond Stinner. Meribeth is survived by a sister, Roberta (Paul) Estep, of Buena Vista; two brothers, Ralph Stinner, of Connellsville, and Robert (Linda) Stinner, of West Mifflin, cousin/caregiver, JoAnn Smith (David) Young, of Swissvale; loving aunts and uncle, aunt, Irene Smith, of Coal Valley, aunt, Mary Alice Morgan, formerly of West Mifflin, uncle, August Stinner, of Southwestern Assisted Care Residence, (formerly of White Oak); and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Meribeth, having lived her entire life in this area, graduated in 1976 from Thomas Jefferson High School, attended CCAC South Campus, and in her youth, attended Pine Run United Methodist Church in Clairton. After 20 years of dedicated service as a claims customer service supervisor for the Verizon Yellow/Super Pages (formerly Penn Del Directory Corp.) of Monroeville, she retired and lived so bravely these past 10 years. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Memorial service will take place immediately after visitation, at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to the Huntington Disease Society of America. Please make payable to PA HDSA Chapter, with "in memory of Meribeth DePietro" on the memo line of your check and send to: PA HDSA Chapter, P.O. Box 1196, 1140 Thorn Run Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Eaglen, Bruce 73

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Bruce Eaglen, 73, of Whitehall, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Dorothy Eaglen. He is survived by his loving wife, Sally Eaglen, and was predeceased by a daughter, Tracey Lynn Eaglen. He is also survived by one sister, Phyllis Patterson (Dave); and special furry friend, Mandy. Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Condolences may be posted at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Fischer, Phyllis G. 90

  • North Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Phyllis G. (Greb) Fischer, 90, originally from East Liberty/Highland Park, Monroeville and in recent years Vincentian Home, North Hills, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. A daughter of Frank and Clara Greb, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Clayton Fischer (1982); and 10 siblings, Frank, Margaret, Alma, Clarence, Henry, Ruth, Dolly, Charles, Wilbert and Patrick. She is lovingly remembered by her son, Paul; grandson, Jack; stepdaughter, Christie Surmacz; many nieces, nephews and dear friends that go back to third grade. Refined and appropriate, yet sweet and approachable, Phyllis lived with an understated elegance that belied growing up in Depression-era hard times. A bookkeeper by trade, she later kept the Miracle Mile Hallmark store in business while working there and served as a volunteer at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. She also was a lifetime member of St. Peter's Church in the East End. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, PA 15235. Service at 1 p.m., nearby at St. Peter's Cemetery Chapel. "Death is not extinguishing the light, it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come." - Tagare
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Fleming, Patricia J. 89

  • Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel-Slater, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Patricia Julia Fleming, 89, of Castle Shannon, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Fleming; loving mother of William (Lisa) Fleming; and grandmother of Ian Fleming. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at FREYVOGEL-SLATER FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 112 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park, (opposite Macy's South Hill's Village). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Thomas More Church. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Fowkes, William F. 59

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • William F. Fowkes, 59, of Plum Borough, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Gordon and Marcella Fowkes; brother of Robert (Mary Jo) and Lynn Fowkes, Lisa (Robert) Ellwood and Barbara (Bruce) Mastrilli; father of Jesse Fowkes; and stepfather of Jason Vermillion. No visitation or service. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Graper, Mary Ann 82

  • Reserve Township
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Hughes, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Weis) Graper, 82, of Reserve Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife and best friend of the late Richard E "Dick" Graper for 60 years; loving mother of Richard (Lisa) Graper, Sandra (Mike) Baker, Daniel Graper, Charles (Cheryl) Graper and Tim (Christine) Graper; loving grandmother of Benjamin, Elizabeth, Jaime, Michael, Lauren, Matthew, Nicklas, Ethan and Maria; loving great-grandmother of Olivia; dear sister of Fred, John and Barbara. Mary Ann was a faithful chapel attendant at St. Anthony's Chapel for more than 20 years; and daughter of the the late Fred and Mary Weis. Family is to receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME, 1501 Lowrie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, Troy Hill. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Anthony's Chapel, Most Holy Name Parish, with the Rev. James R. Orr as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to St. Anthony's Chapel, 1700 Harpster St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Grba, Dolores 82

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1932-03-07
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Jordan, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dolores "Dolly" Grba, 82, of McKeesport, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Dolly was born March 7, 1932, in Duquesne, the daughter of the late Stanko and Sava Momchilovic Vujatovich. Dolly was the wife of the late Peter Grba, who died Dec. 8, 2014. She is survived by her brother, Joseph (Norma) Vujatovich, of Duquesne; and sister, Dorothy (Pete) Gagich, of Texas; and nieces and nephews. Dolly was a retired secretary from Baer Brothers Automotive in McKeesport. She then married her husband, Pete, and they owned and operated the former Grba Grill on Market Street in McKeesport and former Village Tavern in West Mifflin. Dolly was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church where she participated in many events and formerly taught church school there. Friends will be received from 10 to noon Saturday at the JENNIFER S. JORDAN FUNERAL HOME INC., White Oak. Funeral service will be held at noon at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. Interment will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests memorial contributions to St. Sava Church Renovation Fund, 901 Hartman St., McKeesport, PA 15132. Condolences may be made at http://www.jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com.
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Grubbs, Shirley F. 78

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Shirley F. (Driggers) Grubbs, 78, of Turtle Creek, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, after a courageous battle with many health issues including heart disease, lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. Shirley has earned her wings. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Evelyn Driggers; and siblings, Tracy, Louise, Jim, Marshall, Kathleen, Curtis and Dorothy. She is the beloved mother of Dr. Charles (Artina) DeNunzio Jr., Lynn Denunzio (Rick) Crowe, John (Nicole) Grubbs and Frank (Dana) Grubbs. She was the loving grandmother of the late Ashlee Grubbs and is survived by seven other grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was the dear sister of Betty M. Afton; and an aunt to numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in Grandview Cemetery. The family would like to thank Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital CCU and Excela Hospice for the wonderful care that she received.
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Haritan, Michael 91

  • Dormont
  • Born: 1923-11-13
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael Haritan, 91, of Dormont, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Born Nov. 13, 1923, in Carnegie, to immigrant parents from Ukraine, he attended Carnegie High School and received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He also attended St. Francis College and the University of Virginia. A World War II veteran, Michael served in the Army in North Africa and Italy with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. After returning from the war, he began dating the love of his life, Alice Kucher, and they married in September 1948. Michael worked as a draftsman at Westinghouse Atomic, Blawnox, and Obenchain Engineering and worked as a drafting and design teacher at Connelley Vocational High School in the Pittsburgh Public School System for more than 25 years before retiring in 1989. He loved his family, gardening, bowling, boating, dancing, reading, singing, traveling, vacations to the beach, decorating Ukrainian pysanky, making Ukrainian pyrohy, playing the harmonica, eating and M and M's. Michael was a longtime, active member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Friends of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans and the Pittsburgh Folk Festival since its founding in 1956. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Alice; six children, Michael E. (Jane) Haritan, Dianne (Mike) Brown, Elaine Kimber, Adrienne (Alan) English, Monica Haritan and Timothy (Andrea) Haritan; 14 grandchildren, Matt (Christina), Andrew, Adam and Danny Haritan, Neal (Kristin) and Amy Brown, Caryn (Joe) Bevins, Alex and Ian Kimber, Alana, Alden and Alicia English and Allegra and Tyler Haritan; as well as two great-grandchildren, Ella and Mila Haritan. The family will receive friends 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh. Parastas service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, 730 Washington Ave., Carnegie. Contributions in Michael's memory can be made to the Diocesan Resource Committee, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, P.O. Box 16319, Pittsburgh, PA 15242 and to Family Hospice and Palliative Care 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Hawthorn Sr., Alfred Al 80

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Alfred "Al" Hawthorn Sr., 80, of Baldwin Borough, unexpectedly died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Irene (Keilback) Hawthorn for more than 55 years; loving father of Kimberly (Kenneth) Finley, of Colorado, Alfred Jr. (Sheri) Hawthorn and David Hawthorn; grandpap of Ashley, Jessica, Christopher and Ethan; and pap of Kyle and Dylan. Al was a longtime and active member of Zion Lutheran Church and a devoted family man. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday in Zion Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Zion Lutheran Church Food Bank, 4301 Brownsville Road Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Kane, Patricia M. 80

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Patricia M. Kane, 80, of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 59 years to James D. Kane Sr., loving mother of James D. (Theresa) Kane Jr.; cherished grandma of Connor, Devin and Regan; and sister of Theresa Crew, Gerry Strausser. She was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters. Pat was a registered nurse for many years in the Forbes Health System. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday only at the WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John Fisher Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to American Cancer Society.
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Kengerski, Edward S.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Edward S. Kengerski, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Mr. Kengerski was the beloved husband of Concetta Perrotte Kengerski; father of Edward Kengerski (Elvira), of West Mifflin, Timothy Kengerski (Margaret), of Shaler Township, Jeffrey Kengerski (Lori), of Wexford; son of the late Stanley and Agnes Sweeney Kengerski; and grandfather of Kayla, Jessica, Shane, Lindsay and Hannah Kengerski. Celebrate Mr. Kengerski's life with his family at a blessing service at 1 p.m. Friday at the Mausoleum at Holy Savior Cemetery, Richland Township. Arrangements made by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Kielty, Annabelle V. 90

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Annabelle V. (Barth) Kielty, 90, of Hampton Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late William J. Kielty Jr.; daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Barth; loving mother of William J. Kielty III and June A. Kielty; grandmother of Jason and Renee; sister of the late Helen Bihler and Ruth Templin; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Annabelle lived life to the fullest, always put others needs before her own, and her laughter will ring on forever. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery.
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Kubinsky, Joseph A. 61

  • Versailles
  • Born: 1953-02-26
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph Andrew Kubinsky, 61, of Versailles, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at home. He was born Feb. 26, 1953, in McKeesport, and was the son of the late John and Mildred A. Skutlin Kubinsky. Joseph was a steel worker for U.S. Steel Camp Hill for more than 20 years and was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union and Elizabeth Township Ex Servicemen's Association. He is survived by his mother, Mildred A. Kubinsky, of Berlin Center, Ohio; daughter, Jennifer (Matthew) Whetsell, of White Oak; grandchildren, Antonia "Toni" and Jack Whetsell, of White Oak; brothers, John, Daniel and Mark, of Versailles, and Michael (Nicole) Kubinsky, of Durham, N.C.; aunts, Clare (William) Sturkie, of White Oak, Helen Cruise, of Ohio, and Dolly Andrews, of White Oak; uncle, Joe (Linda) Skutlin, of New Jersey; niece, Jade; nephews, John Michael and Devon; and many cousins and friends. In addition to his father, John, Joseph was preceded in death by his brother, David. There is no visitation. Arrangements were entrusted to the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Mazzenga, Anthony 88

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Anthony Mazzenga, 88, formerly of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Carole (Vitti) Mazzenga; loving father of Mark (Mary Pat), Michael (Michele) and Teresa Farls (Chris); and brother of Gennarina and Louis (Lena). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, extended family and many friends. Friends will be received from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Bartholomew Church.
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Minnaji, Stephen A. 63

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Stephen A. Minnaji, 63, of North Versailles, diedpeacefully after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Susan (Marcoz) Minnaji for 39 years; loving father of Rachel (Bobby) Breze, of Penn Hills, and Steven L. Minnaji, of North Versailles; grandfather of Dylan and Parker Breze; brother of Philip Minnaji, of Chalfant, Patrick Minnaji, of Wilkins, Mark Minnaji, of Claridge, John Minnaji, of Chalfant, and the late Anthony Minnaji; son of the late Stephen and late Lydia (Botti) Minnaji; brother-in-law of Gloria (late Jim) Gralewski, of Manor, and Diane (Dan) Arvidson, of Florida; and is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Steve was a veteran of the PA National Guard. He had been employed at both US Steel, Homestead Plant and UPMC, Presbyterian. For the past 20 years, Steve has been a bus driver for the Port Authority, East Liberty Division. He enjoyed being at his cabin in Glendale year round and also travelling with his family and friends. Steve will be remembered for living his life to the fullest. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Jude Church, Wilmerding. Entombment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the National Pancreatic Foundation, PO Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502 or http://www.npcf.us. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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O'Neill, Barbara A. 87

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1927-12-31
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Barbara Ann O'Neill, of Monroeville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at the age of 87. She was born Dec. 31, 1927, to the late Leo and Clara Fleckenstein. Barbara was a devoted wife to Robert Andrew O'Neill Sr., her loving husband of 53 years on earth and 11 more while he's been in heaven. She was a nurturing, loving and supportive mother to her seven children, Mary Anne Knapp, Jeanne Klanchar, Bob, Bill, Paul, Tom and John O'Neill, as well as their wonderful spouses, Brian, Marty, Pat, Terry, Susan, Claudia and Shelly; an encouraging grandma to her 12 grandchildren, Stephen, Brian, Kelly, Tommy, Matthew, Andrew, Cathryn, Christine, Sarah, John Michael, Emma and Katie; an adoring great-grandmother to Owen Thomas; beloved sister of Leo (Betty) Fleckenstein and Mary (Richard) Loeser, of Huntington, W.Va., and Joanie (Bruce) Forrest, of Taylor, Mich., and the late Sister Theresa Fleckenstein, CSJ, Elizabeth Fleckenstein and Leona Hamm; as well as loving aunt to her numerous nieces and nephews and all their delightful children. Barbara was valedictorian of her graduating class at St. Joseph Catholic High School, Huntington, W.Va., and a graduate of Marshall University. Barbara raised her seven children with an unwavering focus on Christ, love and education. She was a devoted parishioner of North American Martyrs Catholic Church and she prayed daily for her children, husband and friends, as well as the poor, homeless and hungry, throughout the world. She had a huge heart and kind words for everyone, and she never complained, nor wanted anything for herself, except for the love of God, who was clearly with her every moment of her life. In the closing years of her extraordinary life, Barbara was most appreciative of the excellent and loving care provided by her children, neighbors and caregivers, and she thanks them all. She also loved all of the cards, letters, phone calls and Skypes from so many of her friends and relatives that kept her spirits soaring over the years. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in North American Martyrs Church. Interment following at Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh, 212 Ninth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Raynak, Emil W. 94

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1921-01-09
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Emil W. Raynak, 94, of Elizabeth Township, passed away at home Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Born Jan. 9, 1921, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Michael and Suzanne (Elko) Raynak, and the husband for 66 years of Marcella (Sedney) Raynak, who predeceased him in 2012. Emil served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific as a signalman. He worked 42 years for US Steel, McKeesport-Duquesne Works, retiring in 1983 as the paymaster. Emil was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth for many years where he was a long-standing member of the Ushers' Club and formerly, a Eucharistic Minister. He was also involved with the Thomas Merton Center and participated in peace and justice programs, starting with the Vietnam War. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Cynthia (Decker) Raynak, of State College, Christopher and Mary (Spyra) Raynak, of Liberty Borough, and Timothy and Patricia (Blaha) Raynak, of Elizabeth Township; two daughters, Susan Raynak, of McKeesport, and Kathleen Raynak, his primary caregiver, of Elizabeth Township; three grandsons, Sean (Alexis), Ryan (Tara) and Benjamin Raynak; granddaughter, Jessica Raynak; and one great-grandchild, Jameson Raynak. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in St. Michael's Church with Father Thomas Wagner officiating. Procession and burial, with military honors, will follow to St. Mary's Polish Cemetery in White Oak. In lieu of flowers, Emil's family asks that memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Michael's Parish, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037 or any Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Chapter. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Rohay, Tracey L. 52

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1962-11-09
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Charles, Cheswick | Get Directions
  • Tracey L. Rohay, 52, of Cheswick, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Nov. 9, 1962, to her parents, Marlene Rohay and her father, the late Andrew Rohay. Ms. Rohay was a lifelong member of the community and enjoyed crocheting things for her family and friends. Survivors include her mother, Marlene Rohay; sons, Paul (Michelle) Scherrah, of Cheswick, and Thomas Lewis, of Cheswick; sister, Cindy (James) McShea, of Cheswick; grandchildren, Wyatt and Callia Scherrah; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her father, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Darbie Goodiski; and brother, Andrew Rohay. Her family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the CHARLES B. JARVIE CHESWICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1607 Pittsburgh St., where services will commence at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, with burial to follow in Deer Creek Cemetery. http://www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Sandhu, Jagir 89

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Jagir Kaur Sandhu, 89, of Oakmont, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Gurbachan Singh Sandhu; loving mother of Harjeet Davda, Rajinder, Hardev, Jasbir and Amarjit Sandhu; and is also survived by eight grandchildren. She was the sister of Manjit Kaur Sidhu. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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Shyosky, David M. 52

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1962-04-16
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • David Michael Shyosky, 52, of Forward Township, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. He was born April 16, 1962, in Pittsburgh, and was the son of the late Michael Shyosky Jr. and the late Ann Pohodich Shyosky. He was a member of St. Mary's Romanian Church, Christy Park, and was proprietor of the former D and D Cleaning Service. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Anne Lepley Shyosky; son, Matthew David Michael Shyosky, of Forward Township; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends are welcome from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Paul Voida, officiating. There will be a funeral Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Mary's Romanian Church at a later date. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Skudneski, Leonard A. 70

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Leonard A. Skudneski, 70, of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Leonard and Josephine (Rzoska) Skudneski; loving brother of Leonora Hunter; cherished uncle of Stacy, Holly and Kelly; also survived by two great-nieces and five great-nephews. Family and friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Treese, Jane J. 96

  • Formerly of Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Jane J. (Jennings) Treese, 96, of Longwood at Oakmont, formerly of Fox Chapel, passed away with family at her side Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Townsend N. Treese; loving mother of Christopher J. (Amy) Treese, of Colorado; and cherished grandmother of Sarah Jane Treese. No visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to the Audubon Society of Western PA or to the Animal Rescue League.
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Trevellini, Irene M. 91

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1923-08-10
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Irene M. (Corinte) Trevellini, 91, of Russellton, West Deer Township, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born Aug. 10, 1923, in Russellton, to the late Martin Corinte and Mary Ann (Machusko) Fabiani and lived all of her life in Russellton. She was a 1941 graduate of Springdale High School, a member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton, and the last surviving member of the Sewing Club of Russellton. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, gardening, crafts, and especially spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Linda L. Trevellini, of West Deer, Henry M. (Christine) Trevellini, of Raleigh, N.C., and Glenn B. (Donna) Trevellini, of West Deer; seven grandchildren, Lori (Francis) Raitano, Shelby Trevellini, Justin (Deena) Mikulandrich, Whitney (Bruno) Petrilli, Melissa (Adam) Stairs, Courtney and Sarah Trevellini; five great-granchildren, Carter, Jackson, Anderson, Owen and Carson; and her sister, Hazel Zukowiski, of West Deer. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene "Geno" Trevellini; her stepfather, Albert Fabiani; and an infant sister. Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where parting prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to follow in Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Deer Creek Cemetery Harmar Township. Memorial Contributions may be made to Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, 100 McKrell Road, Russellton, PA 15076. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Yuhas, Virginia M. 87

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1927-11-18
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Virginia M. Yuhas, 87, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at her residence. She was born Nov. 18, 1927, in Homeville, and is the daughter of the late John and Ann Olsavsky Colby. She is survived by her husband; Joseph, children; Cheryl (David) McGeehan, of Pittsburgh, Karen (Jake Donaldson) Reilly, of McKeesport, Daniel Joseph (Yvonne) Yuhas and Regis Yuhas, of Duquesne; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; siblings, John "Jack" Colby, of West Mifflin, Maryann Urban, of Homestead, Joan Banaga, of Chula Vista, Calif., and Bernie Mayall, of St. Louis, Mo. Friends are welcome to join the family for a Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Christ the Light of the World Church, 32 S. 1st St., Duquesne, PA 15110. The funeral Mass will be officiated by Father Tom Lewandowski. Arrangements are in charge of STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 412-678-6177.
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Beck, Barry A. 61

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Barry A. Beck, 61, of Latrobe, passed away on his birthday, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Glenda L. (Miller) Beck; son of Marion (late Lewis "Pete") Errett and the late Raymond Beck; father of Jessica (Matthew) Olson, Heather Beck, Nicholas Beck, Jennifer (Nathan) Strickler and Nicole Miller; PapPap of Bailey and Leah Olson; brother of Karen (Lee) Hinkle and Larry (Marsha) Beck; and uncle of Matthew Beck and Steven Smith. He is also survived by his loving cats, Toby and Ginger, and was preceded in death by many other loving pets. Barry was employed by the Adam Eidemiller Inc as a laborer for 40 years. No visitation, per Barry's request. A memorial service is going to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at the Hose Company No. 8, 900 Highland Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. Please contact family for information. In lieu of flowers, family suggest contributions to Excela Health Hospice, Excela Health, Administrative Offices, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or Arnold Palmer Cancer Center, 200 Village Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. The family would like to extend thanks to the nurses and staff of the third floor oncology unit at Westmoreland Hospital and Excela Health Hospice for their care and compassion. Many thanks are also extended to Barry's fellow coworkers and friends at Adam Eidemiller Inc for their support over the last few years. Arrangements entrusted to the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, Carnegie. http://www.leohenneyfuneralhome.com.
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Bell, Raymond W. 93

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1921-03-18
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Raymond W. Bell, 93, of Latrobe, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Loyalhanna Care Center, surrounded by his family. Born Rinaldo Campana, March 8, 1921, in Crabtree, he was a son of the late Phillip Bell (Falco Campana) and Cecilia (Delle Donne) Bell. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald Kevin Bell; one sister, Ann Elias; two brothers, Guy Elda and Mario Bell. Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Julia (Brisky) Bell, of Latrobe; his daughter, Denise Cornelius, and her husband, Denny, of Latrobe; a grandson, Brock Cornelius; one brother, Lundy Bell, of Greensburg; his son-in-law's parents, Gene and Edie Cornelius, whom he loved dearly; his "second" daughter, Doris Hardy Henderson, who called him "Pap"; his grand-dogs, Colby, Chase and Billy; and several nieces and nephews. Ray was a retired security guard for Kennametal Inc. He served as a sergeant with the Military Police in the Army Air Corps during World War II, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the BPO Elks. Ray was a devoted husband and father and family always came first in his life. Ray was most known for his love of cooking. When someone would mention Ray's name, people would say, "I know Ray, he's the cook." Many people in Latrobe have sampled Ray's specialties and his passion and joy in life was preparing his favorite specialties and sharing them with family, friends, co-workers and many businesses in town. Up until his health began to fail, you would see him in the motorized carts at the supermarkets socializing with workers and friends, most likely exchanging recipes or talking about what was cooking in the kitchen that day. Ray would be the first to prepare meals for family and friends who were ill and would make it a point to prepare food for families who lost loved ones. When someone made a statement that they were hungry for homemade spaghetti, it didn't take long before a full course Italian meal was on the table and family or friends were socializing at the Bell residence. And his homemade chicken soup helped cure colds and ailments for many. During Ray's stay at Loyalhanna Care Center, he continued his passion for cooking. Dough was prepared by the kitchen staff and Ray gave a demonstration to the residents and staff on the art of making gnocchi. That was the talk there for many days and they referred to him as, "The Gnocchi Man". The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff at the Loyalhanna Care Center for the wonderful care Ray received during his stay there and for the compassion they showed to the family during a very difficult time. They are a professional and caring group of individuals. A very special thank you to Sherita Jones for her compassion and care given to Ray during his seven-month stay and also for her compassion extended to the family. She was an angel from heaven looking after Ray. Ray loved the staff and it gave the family great comfort to know that he was in such good hands and that his final days were spent surrounded by people who loved him. Also a special thank you to Heartland Hospice who cared for Ray in his final days and were there with the family during his final hours which was a great comfort to the family. Also thank you to the Excela Health Home Care and Hospice nurses and aides who cared for Ray during his time at home before entering the care center. A heartfelt thank you to all of his Kennametal retiree friends who have continued their friendship with Ray over many years and have always included him in their annual Christmas get-togethers at the Hotel Loyal, especially Jerry Burns who was a devoted friend and was there for him until the end. Thank you to all who assisted Ray throughout the years during his failing health when he could no longer perform chores and repairs around his home, especially his neighbor, Bill Kennedy, who cut his grass for years, and Jim Albert, who was always there for him if he needed a repair done or a ride to an appointment. Ray will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Friends and family will also surely miss his wonderful meals. The world truly lost a self-taught "master chef." Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and the VFW Posts No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral liturgy will be held at noon Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will be private. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Best, Charles D. 77

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1938-01-01
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Charles Dean Best, 77, of North Irwin, died at home Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Greensburg, and was the first baby born in Westmoreland County in 1938. He was the son of the late Albert Charles and Helen Dorothy (Saunders) Best. He is survived by his wife, Janice (Schade) Best; two daughters, Susan Best (David) Parker, of Concord, N.C., and Sandra Best (Scott) Maxwell, of Slippery Rock; two granddaughters, Brigitte Jana and Annaliese Piper Maxwell, of Slippery Rock; an adopted sister, Jeanne Best Lentz James, of Richmond, Va.; a sister-in-law, Jean Schade (Floyd) Grosz; two brothers-in-law, John (Bobbi) Schade and Harry (Sandy) Schade; also nieces, nephews and cousins. Charles graduated from Irwin-North Irwin High School, served in the Army Reserves, and belonged to the North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department and the Norwin Elks. He was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed the outdoors, especially bass fishing. Honoring Charles wishes, there will be no viewing or services. Cremation services are provided by the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin. For online condolences, please visit http://www.williamsnyderfuneralservices.com.
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Bowers, Joyce E. 64

  • Derry , Formerly of Robinson
  • Born: 1950-02-04
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Joyce E. Bowers, 64, of Derry, formerly of Robinson, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Specialty Care Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Born Feb. 4, 1950, in Johnstown, she was the daughter of the late Darrel "Jim" Bowers and Mary (Kimmell) Bowers. She was retired from Torrance State Hospital as a psychiatric aide after more than 32 years. She was a member of the AFSCME No. 2344, Indiana ARPEP and PARSE. She was a graduate of the United High School Class of 1968. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, shopping and was an avid reader. She also belonged to various quilting societies. She is survived by several cousins; three very close friends; Dolly and husband, Bob, Luce and Sandy; and her Dog, Bailey. She was preceded in death by her father, Darrel "Jim" Bowers; her mother, Mary (Kimmell) Bowers; and her good friend, Ilene Marsh, who lived with her for 18 years. Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville, where funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Interment will be in Germany Lutheran Cemetery, West Wheatfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Bruno, Elizabeth L. 87

  • Harrison City
  • Born: 1927-09-04
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Louise "Betty" (Petrusky) Bruno, 87 of Harrison City, formerly of Trafford, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the Forbes Regional Hospital. Betty was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Brisbin, the daughter of the late Emery and Ellen (Bizub) Petrusky. Betty was a member of the St. Regis Church Trafford and its former Altar Rosary Society. She retired as a Registered Nurse from Braddock Hospital with more than 30 years of service. She trained as an Army Cadet Nurse at the end of World War II, was a member of the Homestead Hospital Nurses Alumni Association, the ISDA Forest Hills Lodge No. 224 and was an avid bowler. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Bruno Sr., in 2005; a brother, Roman Petrusky; and a sister, Catherine Humberston. Betty is survived by her children, Carol Gevaudan (Edmond), of Harrison City, JoEllen Bruno (William Cline), of Latrobe, and Stanley J. Bruno Jr. (Kelly), of Claridge; her five grandchildren, Cristie Gevaudan (Mike Vargulish), Renee Kozielec (Sean), Robert Bruno, Elizabeth Bruno South and Luke Cline; her three great-grandchildren, Frankie South, Dean Kozielec and Rylee Vargulish; and her two sisters, June Prizmonte, of North Huntingdon, and Dorothy Jean Benevento, of Murrysville. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Buttermore, William W. 92

  • East Huntingdon Township
  • Born: 1923-01-16
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William W. "Bill" Buttermore, 92, of East Huntingdon Township, passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Bill was born Jan. 16, 1923, at Waymart, Wayne County, a son of the late Homer and Olga (Glosser) Buttermore. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie E. (Hahn) Buttermore, on March 23, 2004, and his second wife, Anna Snyder Buttermore, on Oct. 30, 2013. Bill was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a longtime self-employed farmer in East Huntingdon Township, operating the William Buttermore and Sons family farm. Along with founding and serving as COO of the family farm supply business, he was instrumental in formation of the grain drying and storage operation in the township. He was awarded Westmoreland County's "Farmer of the Year" and PA's "Dairy Distinction Award". He held board positions with the Westmoreland Conservation District, Westland Dairy and Mt. Lebanon Cemetery Association. Years ago, he was a member of the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, that he helped build and more recently, was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale. A graduate of East Huntingdon High School, Class of 1940, he served as District No. 7 Chairman of the Westmoreland County Republican Party and along with his wife, hosted yearly summer picnics. Bill enjoyed traveling to destinations in Hawaii, Ocean City and Delaware. Bill will be sadly missed by his loving family; his four children, Kathy L. Ansell and her husband, Carl, of Connellsville, Karen L. Barnhart and her husband, Barney, of Scottdale, William G. Buttermore, of Scottdale, and Ronald M. Buttermore and his wife, Tammy, of Scottdale; his 10 grandchildren, Jeremy Ansell, Clinton Ansell and wife, Erin, Kristy Philburn and husband, Greg, Jason Dodd and wife, Angie, Joshua Dodd, Justin Dodd and wife, Lisa, JW Buttermore and wife, Michelle, Amanda Buttermore, Ryan L. Buttermore and wife, Kelly, and Katie L. Buttermore; his 11 great-grandchildren, Autumn and Andrew Ansell, Madison, Emma and Greyson Philburn, Shane and Cody Dodd, Dillan and Addison Buttermore, Nick Carbonara and Presley Buttermore; his sister, Verna Rhodes, of Scottdale; his brother-in-law, Fred Rankin, of Norfolk, Va.; his nephew, his two nieces, his several great-nieces and nephews; his three stepchildren, Steven Snyder and wife, Peggy, and David Snyder and wife, Joy, all of Newcomerstown, Ohio, and Ruth Burgner and husband, Pastor Greg, of Atlanta, Ga.; and his five step-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by a son, James Ronald Buttermore (1956); and a sister, Mary Martha Rankin (1993). Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300 / http://www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Additional viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday in Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday with Pastors Stephen Moore and Greg Burgner co-officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Harmon House Activity Fund. The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of Harmon House and Grane Hospice for their loving care! Love Lasts Forever!
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Cavaliere, Louis 80

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1934-03-25
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Louis Cavaliere, 80, of Murrysville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born March 25, 1934, in Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, Vincent P. and Josephine (Raimondi) Cavaliere, Louis was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Cavaliere; and a sister, Ermie (Cavaliere) Colosimo. Louis served his country in the Army and was a member of Monroeville Assembly of God. Prior to retirement, Louis worked for the Port Authority of Pittsburgh for many years. Louis is survived by his loving wife, Mary C.(Dymer) Cavaliere, of Murrysville; three sons, Christopher L. (Susan) Cavaliere, of Farmington Hills, Mich., Vincent E. (Darla) Cavaliere, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Richard A. (Connie S.) Cavaliere, of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with Pastor Lance Lecocq and Pastor James Hart officiating. Entombment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Penn Hills.
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Christie, Edith M.

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-04
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edith M. Christie, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born in Wilmerding, a daughter of the late Constabile and Pasqualina (Caruccio) Comunale. She formerly had been employed by the G.C. Murphy Company for 27 years and was a member of the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall of Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Genre, Amelio, Frank and James; and three sisters, Helen, Angelina and Edith. She is survived by her husband, Raymond S. Christie; a brother, George Comunale and his wife, Janet, of Trafford; a brother-in-law, Austin and Maureen Cooper, of Greensburg; two sisters, Lillian Fresch, of Circleville, and Jenny De-Falco, of Irwin; several nieces and nephews including Peter and Debbie and their children, Craig and Lori and their children, and Jim and Beth and their children. Honoring Edith's wishes, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, Latrobe. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Cline, John Bob R. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-05-25
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • John Robert "Bob" Cline, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Barnes Place. Born May 25, 1920, in Latrobe, he was a son of the late John W. Cline and Mary S. (McCormick) Cline. Bob was a member of Holy Family Church and was retired from Kennametal Inc., with 47 years of service. He was a World War II veteran having proudly served in the Army Air Corps. Bob was a founding member of Laurel Highlands Model Airplane Club, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Ligonier Country Club for more than 50 years and was a life member of the BPO Elks No. 907. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Erma (Roddy) Cline; six brothers and sisters, Mary Margaret Rose, James William Cline, George Richard "Dick" Cline, Helen Riehle, Paul Daniel Cline and Dorothy Joan Vester. Bob is survived by a son, Robert L. Cline and his wife, Michele, of Reisterstown, Md.; a daughter, Nancy J. Eggert and her husband, Bill of West River, Md.; three brothers, Francis Mark Cline and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Latrobe, Edward Stephen Cline, of Latrobe, and Donald Joseph Cline and his wife, Beverly, of York; three grandchildren, Tifany Menasha and her husband, Sam, of Boston, Sheena Byrnes and her husband, Chuck, of Darien, Conn., and Molly Eggert and her husband, Nick, of Glen Burnie, Md.; two great-grandchildren, Ava Menasha and Kayla Menasha; a special niece, Deborah Schweinsburg and her husband, Ken, and their daughter, Jennifer, of Latrobe; and several other nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Post No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Barnes Place and Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Cunnard Sr., Jack L. 79

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1935-03-13
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Jack LeRoy Cunnard Sr., 79, of Youngwood, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at his home with his loving family at his side. Mr. Cunnard was born March 13, 1935, in Tarrs, the son of the late LeRoy and Selma Gordon Cunnard. Jack served for four years during the Korean War and on the USS Brush in 1951. He was a member of the American Legion Post 945. Jack was a longtime resident of California, Arkansas and Colorado. He is survived by his loving family: his wife, Terry L. Fieg Cunnard; his son, James Cunnard, of Pittsburgh; and by his three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, of Arkansas. Jack is also survived by his sisters, Patricia Yanniello, of Mt. Pleasant, Sandy Grego and Mark, of Vanderbilt; and by his brother, David Gordon, of Mt. Pleasant. Jack is also survived by many nieces and nephews, Kimberly Hough, of Mt. Pleasant, Stacey Grego Sherwood, of Alaska, Kristen Grego Vitikacs, of Connellsville, Peggy Gordon, of Scottdale, Michael Yanniello, of Cheswick, Timothy Yanniello, Joseph Yanniello and David Gordon Jr., all of Mt. Pleasant, and Ronald Hough, of Colorado. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his son, Jack LeRoy Cunnard Jr.; and by his sister, Nancy Hough. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Military honors will be conducted at 4:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home by the American Legion Post 446, followed by Jack's funeral service at 5 p.m. with the Rev. Henry Landis officiating. Additional viewing will continue after the service until 8 p.m. Inurnment will be private. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of the Arnold Palmer Cancer Center of Mt. Pleasant and the nurses from Excela Health Hospice for all their compassion and kindness. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Cyktor, Connie L. 74

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1940-04-13
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Connie L. Cyktor, 74, of Hunker, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at her home. She was born April 13, 1940, in Hempfield Township, daughter of the late Willis Elma Storey Fox. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Westmorland Manor in Greensburg as a dietician. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Cyktor; a daughter, Renee Cyktor; a son, Jeffrey Cyktor and his wife, Lori; a brother, Alan Fox, and infant brother, Donald Fox. Surviving are a daughter, Melissa Ames and her husband, Jeffery, of Hunker; a son, Terry Cyktor and his wife, Sue, of West Newton; her loving grandchildren who were her pride and joy; one great-granddaughter; and one great-grandson to be born soon. Also surviving are her sisters, Joan Stamm, of New Stanton, Marley DiNozzi and her husband, Tony, of Youngwood, Marsha Goudi and her husband, Sonny, of Confluence, and Linda Basco, of Hunker; a sister-in-law, Gerri Fox, of Youngwood; and a special niece, Shelli Kurtz, of Hunker. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Randy Sweet officiating. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery.
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Dyky, G. Jean 89

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1925-03-07
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Rhome, Monessen | Get Directions
  • G. Jean Dyky, 89, of Monessen, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. She was born Saturday, March 7, 1925, in Monessen, a daughter of the late William and Jean Ferguson Smith. She was Presbyterian by faith. Jean was an avid bingo player. She worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Co., prior to her retirement. Surviving is her son, Robert A. Dyky, of Monessen; daughter, Karen, and husband, Gene Fritz, of Greensburg; grandson, Brian and wife, Rachel Fritz, of Greensburg; sisters-in-law, Anne Dankosky and Ann Dyky, both of Monessen; several nieces and nephews; as well as her special nieces, Paige Moeller, of Greentree and Kerri Moeller Timko, of Rostraver Township; and a family friend, Debie Breckenridge Hough. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Dyky, in 2002; sister, Ruth Moeller and husband, Keith; brothers, Robert Smith and wife, Patricia, Edward Smith, and Ray Smith; and sister, Lorna Smith. Friends will be welcomed to the 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., family owned and operated as a member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, with Pastor John Smaligo of Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greensburg officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Dyky family at http://www.rhomefuneralhome.com. Jean's family would like to express a sincere, heartfelt "Thank You" to Heartland Hospice, in particular the team of Suze, LuAnn and Shannon, and the entire staff of Hallsworth House for their compassionate care and unending support throughout Jean's illness. We are forever grateful and thankful for each and every one of you.
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Dyky, G. Jean 89

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1925-03-07
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Rhome Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • G. Jean Dyky, 89, of Monessen, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. She was born Saturday, March 7, 1925, in Monessen, a daughter of the late William and Jean Ferguson Smith. She was Presbyterian by faith. Jean was an avid Bingo player. She worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Co. prior to her retirement. Surviving are her son, Robert A. Dyky of Monessen; daughter, Karen and husband, Gene Fritz, of Greensburg; grandson, Brian and wife, Rachel Fritz, of Greensburg; sisters-in-law, Anne Dankosky and Ann Dyky, both of Monessen; several nieces and nephews; as well as her special nieces, Paige Moeller of Green Tree and Kerri Moeller Timko of Rostraver Township; and a family friend, Debie Breckenridge Hough. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Dyky in 2002; sister, Ruth Moeller and husband, Keith; brothers, Robert Smith and wife, Patricia, Edward Smith, and Ray Smith; sister, Lorna Smith; and sister-in-law, Freida Smith. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., Family Owned and Operated as a Member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen, where friends will be welcomed from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. with Pastor John Smaligo of the Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greensburg officiating. Interment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Dyky family at http://www.rhomefuneralhome.com. Jean's family would like to express a sincere, heartfelt "Thank You" to Heartland Hospice, in particular the team of Suze, LuAnn, and Shannon; and the entire staff of Hallsworth House for their compassionate care and unending support throughout Jean's illness. We are forever grateful and thankful for each and every one of you.
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Heltion, Jeannie M. 57

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1957-10-16
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Jeannie Marie Heltion, 57, of Washington Township, passed away Saturday, Jan., 24, 2015. She was born Oct. 16, 1957, in Minnesota, daughter of the late Raymond Dibler and Jane (Platt) Dibler, of Washington Township. Jeanne lived in Washington Township for the last 16 years and was a graduate of Kiski Area High School. She was a self-employed house cleaner that enjoyed helping the elderly. Jeannie was a member of the Lower Burrell Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by three infants, Matthew; and twins, Ashley and Eric. Jeannie is survived by her husband of 16 years, William C. "Bill" Heltion; daughter, Chelsie D. (Matthew) Couch, of Avonmore; brother, Dennis (Mandy) Dibler, of Vandergrift; sisters, Debra Stover, of Allegheny Township, and Kathy Wiser, of Vandergrift; cousins, Bob and Tim Platt; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, with Elder Robert Krainbucher officiating at the Lower Burrell Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 830 Stevenson Blvd., New Kensington, PA 15068. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, Apollo, have been entrusted with the arrangements. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Hofecker, William C. 70

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1944-02-13
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • William C. Hofecker, 70, of Bolivar, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. He was born Feb. 13, 1944, in Fairfield Township, a son of the late Ralph and Lois McBurney Hofecker. Prior to his retirement in 2001, he had been employed by Penelec for more than 30 years. He was an active member and past elder of the Fort Palmer Evangelical Presbyterian Church. After retirement, he had been employed as a parts deliveryman for Malinish Auto Wreckers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Hofecker. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Hood Hofecker; a son, Curtis S. (Delphine) Hofecker, of Rector; a granddaughter, Jordan Hofecker; a sister, Dorothy (Thomas) Shurie, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fort Palmer Evangelical Presbyterian Church with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken, officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort Palmer Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Lambermont, JoAnn B. 72

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1942-07-22
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • JoAnn Barbara Lambermont, 72, of Lower Burrell, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born July 22, 1942, in Natrona Heights, to the late John E. and Frances P. Jontosik Sedlacek and was a life resident of the community. She had worked as a stock clerk for Giant Eagle and Shop and Save and had previously been a secretary at Braeburn Alloy Steel Corp. JoAnn was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church and the Lower Burrell Garden Club. She enjoyed gardening, ceramics, cooking, baking, bowling and time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her daughters, Heather A. (Marshall) McKallip IV and Jennifer J. (Brett) Fenner, both of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Marshall McKallip V and Dylan Leon McKallip, Kari Skye, Chase Edward, Kendel Rayne and Cruze Elijah Fenner; brothers, John (Evelyn), David (Sharon) and Michael (Patty) Sedlacek; sisters-in-law, Mary Kay Sedlacek, Aleta (Glen) Himes and Margit Lambermont. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon G. "Lenny" Lambermont; brothers, Larry and Edward Sedlacek; and brother-in-law, Robert Lambermont. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by Christian funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. by the Very Rev. Kenneth Zaccagnini in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Lesnock, John J. 66

  • Penn
  • Born: 1948-05-22
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • John J. Lesnock, 66, of Penn, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, surrounded by his family. He was born March 22, 1948, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Rose Orange Lesnock. John was employed by the Sisters of Charity in Greensburg handling maintenance. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the Army. John was a member of the American Legion Post No. 344, of Jeannette. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and also enjoyed caring for his pets. John was always thinking of others and lived his life serving and doing all for family and friends. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by an infant brother, Joseph Lesnock. He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Ricci Lesnock; daughters, Diana Lesnock McCormick, of Pittsburgh, and Christina Lesnock Sappe, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Jade and Hunter Sappe; two brothers, Paul Lesnock, of Jeannette, and Bernie Lesnock and wife, Barbara, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. As per John's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Funeral services will be private. THE JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Honors and Memorials: c/o Mr. John Lesnock, ccf.convio.net/site/TR/DIY/CCFTeamRaiser?px=2902781 and pg=personal and fr_id=1390.
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Loughry, Harry J. 91

  • Salem Township
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Harry J. Loughry, 91, of Salem Township, formerly of Penn Township, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Jean (Ashbaugh) Loughry; loving father of Daniel (Mylene) Loughry, Kim (Tom) Lewandoski, Todd Loughry and the late Tracy Loughry; grandfather of Amy (Sam) Gary and Lacey (Dan) Bridge; great-grandfather of Phoebe Grace Gary; half-brother of Florence Loughry and Carolyn Ruth (Bob) Ansell; brother-in-law of Eleanor Ashbaugh; also survived by his "Flings" Friends. Harry was a World War II Army veteran serving in the South Pacific. He was a farmer, mechanic, retired from Beckwith, Femco, and Benolite. He enjoyed traveling in their motor home, working with his wife at Draperies By Jean, and was a proud owner of his Harley and antique cars. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community United Methodist Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Forbes Trail Lodge No. 783 F and AM services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. We want to thank the nursing staff at Westmoreland Hospital, Dr. Monsour and Pastor Ciampa for their kindness and support during Harry's final days. We lost a great and loving man. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Tracy Loughry Scholarship Fund, c/o Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Masser, Christopher A. 66

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1948-10-12
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Christopher Andrew Masser, 66, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 12, 1948, in McKeesport, a son of the late William Andrew and Marion Cecilia Marten Masser. He was the former owner of Log Cabin Tire Company, Greensburg, a member of the Downtown United Methodist Church in Madison and was a state champion sporting clay shooter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Jubec; and his brother, William Anthony Masser. He was survived by his former wife, Annaliese Cole Masser, of Hempfield; his three daughters, Allison Davies and husband, Shawn, of Hempfield, Kristin Masser, of New Orleans, La., and Erika Smith and husband, Kenneth, of Irwin; four grandchildren, Breanna Jubec, Liam and Finn Davies and Anika Smith; a sister, Sandra Jeanne McFall, of Monroeville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Chris from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Bossart officiating. Interment will be private. Chris' family has entrusted his 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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Nolan, Susan 96

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-02-19
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Susan Nolan, 96, of Southwest Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 19, 1918, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Andrew and Susan (Vargo) Machuga. She was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Crabtree. She enjoyed life to the fullest and especially her trips to the casinos with her daughters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Terrance "Buzzy" Nolan; a son-in-law, Jack Tricini; eight brothers, Andy, Pete, Steve, Joe, Mike, Nick, George and John Machuga; and a sister, Ann DeAugustine. She is survived by two daughters, Virgina "Ginger" Tricini, of Greensburg, and Janet Darragh and Steve Shefchek, of Southwest Greensburg; five grandchildren, Mary Lynn (Steven) Semekoski, Kelli (Matt) Dreistadt, John Tricini, Kim (Brian) Packey and Ron (Patti) Darragh; four great-grandchildren, Matthew and Mollie Dreistadt and Steven and Sarah Semekoski; and her special caregivers, Fran Watson and Mercedes Shefchek. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 11:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon in St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Crabtree, with the Rev. Justin Matro, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhome.com.
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O'Toole, Dorothy J. 72

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1942-06-07
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. Sapola O'Toole, 72, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Mountainview Select Specialty Nursing Home, Greensburg. Mrs. O'Toole was born June 7, 1942, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Paul and Julia Hudzema Sapola. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church. Dorothy was a 1959 graduate of the former Hurst High School and received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Indiana State Teachers College. Dorothy had been employed as a school teacher for the Mt. Pleasant Area School District, retiring with more than 37 years of service. She was a member of PSEA, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club, Hilltop Quilters and the Old Lady's Quilting Group. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, quilting, reading, collecting antiques and walking to church for daily Mass. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed her time with her family. Dorothy had a love for life and a determined spirit during her illness. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Dorothy is survived by her loving family; her husband of 45 years, Lawrence F. O'Toole; her children, Rosemary J. Nestler and her husband, Frank, of Champion, Christopher P. O'Toole and his wife, Heather, of Carlisle, and Patrick T. O'Toole and his wife, Becky, of Mt. Joy; and her beloved grandchildren, Sophia and Talia Nestler and Julia and Owen O'Toole. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Halligan and her husband, John, of Freedom; and her sister-in-law, Betty Sapola, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her brothers, William and James Sapola. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by her funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Osip, Erwin A. 85

Perriello, Dale E. 63

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Dale A. Perriello, 63, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Hildann (O'Barto) Perriello for 32 years; loving father of Tina (Jason) Ondish, of Washington Township, Joseph (Tara) Perriello, of North Huntingdon, and Ashley (Jimmy) Cheripka, of North Huntingdon; proud and dear grandfather of Angeles, Gavin, Isabella, Sawyer, Kemper and Walker Ondish; Joseph Perriello Jr.; Kylee and Myrah Cheripka; brother of Jody (Sandy) Perriello, of Plum. Dale was a retired employee of Gexpro in Pittsburgh. He was a hardworking, outstanding family man, provider, husband, Dad and Pappy. Friends will be welcome from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. For full obituary or online condolences visit http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Peyronel, Albert 84

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1930-10-22
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Albert Peyronel, 84, of Lower Burrell, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Good Samaritan, Hospice, Wexford. He was born Oct. 22, 1930, in Alladin, and had lived in Lower Burrell since 1967 having moved from Natrona Heights. A steelworker, he was a ladle liner of the 8-3 Department of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation's Brackenridge Works, retiring with 32 years of service. A Korean War veteran, he served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army. Albert was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church, the American Legion and VFW all in Lower Burrell and the United Steelworkers of America. He enjoyed time with his grandchildren, sports and was a Steelers and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Anne McCudden Peyronel; children, Melissa (Joseph) Truesdell, of Wexford, John Peyronel, of Oakmont, Laurie (James) Brown, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Caitlin, Lauren and Ashley Brown, Vincent Peyronel, Seth, Ian, Joshua and Benjamin Truesdell; brother, Ernest Long; and sister, Josephine Long, Schenley; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Josephine Bosco Peyronel; and brothers, Lewis and James Peyronel. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where prayers of transfer will be said at 10 a.m. Monday followed by Christian funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Parish wake services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Rhodes, Patricia A. 74

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1940-11-24
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann Rhodes, 74 of New Kensington, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Bel Air Nursing Home, Lower Burrell. She was born Nov. 24, 1940, in Plum, to the late James and Margaret Ann Keenan Ryan Sr. and had been a life resident of the local area. She had worked as a salesperson for K-Mart in New Kensington, retiring after 25 years of service. Pat enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family. She is survived by her children, William D. (Kim) Rhodes III, of Villanova, Patricia (George) Santucci, of Plum, and Matthew Rhodes, of New Kensington; grandchildren, Dylan, Evan, Carson and Brynne Rhodes, and Jonathan and Sara Santucci; her sister, Margaret "Peggy" Kunish, of Allegheny Township; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ryan, of Lower Burrell; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Rhodes Jr.; and a brother, James Ryan Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Risley, Geraldine E. 67

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1947-03-05
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Geraldine E. Risley, 67, of Latrobe, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Emeritus at Latrobe. She was born March 5, 1947, in Latrobe, a daughter of Stella F. (Huysak) Kuba, of Bradenville, and the late George Kuba. She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. She was a retired respiratory therapist having worked at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey and Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Beverly Molchan and her husband, Dennis, of Humble, Texas; a brother, Dennis Kuba and his wife, Karen, of Marietta, Ohio; and nieces and nephews, Rey and Denice Gonzales, Lance Molchan and Matthew Kuba. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A Panachida service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Byzantine Cemetery. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Emeritus at Latrobe for their excellent care and compassion. 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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Sefchick, Martin J. 96

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1918-11-12
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Martin J. Sefchick, 96, of Norvelt, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Born Nov. 12, 1918, he was a son of the late Steve Sr. and Mary (Hahula) Sefchick. Martin was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, and a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1937. Prior to retirement in 1987, he was employed by Super Valu (Charley Brothers) as a customer service director. In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Margaret C. (Condupa) Sefchick; siblings, Elizabeth Swiderski, Joseph Sefchick and Steve Sefchick Jr. He was the last surviving member of his family. Martin is survived by his son, Niles Sefchick and wife, Judith, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Sherri and Donald Conde, of Greensburg, and Jodi Douglas Sefchick, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Rachel Coletta and fiance, Andrew Lopacinski, of New Kensington, Ashley Coletta, of Greensburg, and Morgan and Raymond Douglas, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; stepgrandson, Jordan Conde, of Connellsville; plus numerous nieces and nephews. As per Martin's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Martin's Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Florian Catholic Church, United, with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Entombment to follow at St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. Family and friends are invited to go directly to the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the non-profit organization which grants senior citizen wishes, Don't Stop Dreamin, 512 N. Main St., Butler, PA 16001. To leave an online condolence, visit hofferfuneralhome.com. The family would like to thank the administration and staff of both Easy Living Country Estates and Medi Hospice.
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Skohut, Olympia E. 93

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1921-05-04
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Olympia E. (Christopher) Skohut, 93, of New Kensington, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Paramount Senior Living of Cranberry, Cranberry Township. She was born May 4, 1921, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late Antonio and Adeline Petretta Christopher. Olympia was a 1939 graduate of Ken High. She retired after many years of service from Alcoa in New Kensington. Olympia was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in New Kensington. She enjoyed traveling and dancing. Olympia is survived by her two sisters, Virginia Bilinski and Betty Christopher, both of Brackenridge; and by several nieces and nephews and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Skohut, on July 24, 2010; brother, Michael A. Christopher; and sister, Julia M. Veitch. There will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Mt. St. Peter Church. Entombment will follow in Union Cemetery Mausoleum, Arnold. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Vudragovich, Frances M. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-06-15
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frances M. Vudragovich, 90, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was born June 15, 1924, in Slovenia, a part of the former Yugoslavia. She was a daughter of the late Franc and Ana (Zibert) Bele. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Mike Vudragovich; as well as two brothers, Franc Bele and Joseph Bele; and two sisters, Marija Bele and Josephine (Pepca) Gorjan. She is survived by her son, Michael and his wife, Nancy, of Pittsburgh; a grandson, David and his wife, Jessica, of Heiskell, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Kathryn, of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Ana Bele, of Slovenia; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and family. She came to the United States with an uncle, Joseph Kebe, in 1934 and had been an active member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, since that time. Most recently, she was a member of the Rosary Altar Society and Memorial Funeral Choir of the church. She was also active at the McKenna Senior Center. She worked at the A.E. Troutman Department Store for 29 years and Southwest Bank of Pennsylvania for 10 years. The family especially wishes to thank everyone at St. Anne Home for the excellent and loving care they provided Frannie for the past four years. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The Rosary Altar Society of St. Bruno Church will pray the rosary at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Witucki, Donald V. 79

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1935-04-05
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Donald V. Witucki, 79, of Irwin, formerly of Lower Burrell, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, after a brave battle with Leukemia. He was born April 5, 1935, in West Natrona, a son of the late Alfred and Frances Simcoviak Witucki. Don was a 1953 graduate of Har-Brack High School. He was a veteran, serving in the Army during the Korean War. Don was above all a devoted family man. His greatest joy in life was Sunday dinner for the whole family. He was an ardent Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Pitt basketball fan. Every day he could be seen walking his beloved cat, Charlie. He was a kind, selfless man, a legend in the building world, and was loved by everyone whose life he touched. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Mohan Witucki; daughter, Kathy (Laurie) Faunce; daughter-in-law, Judy Witucki; and by his grandchildren, Kylie and Nick Witucki. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Matt Witucki, on Jan. 3, 2011; and by his sister, Toni Sluka. Friends will be received from 6 p.m. until the time of service at 8 p.m. Saturday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Officiating will be the Rev. Thomas Holmes. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Armstrong County

Brink, Helen E. 95

  • Freeport
  • Born: 1919-02-13
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Helen E. Brink, 95, of the McVille section of Freeport, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, while in the company of family members, at Kittanning Care Center in Kittanning. She was born Feb. 13, 1919, in Westmoreland County, a daughter of the late Mary (Berley) and Edward Bennaman. She was the widow of Arthur E. Brink, who passed away in 1980. She was a member of the Faith Community Church in Freeport. Helen was a wonderful homemaker who enjoyed going to bingo and playing cards. She is survived by her three sons, James K. (Marcy) Brink, of Allegheny Township, Arthur E. "Ed" (Harriet) Brink, of North Buffalo Township, and Robert L. (Leona) Brink, of the McVille section of Freeport; two daughters, Barbara (Clair) Shankle, of the McVille section of Freeport, and Joyce Brink, of Creighton; daughter-in-law, Paulette Brink, of North Buffalo Township; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas P. Brink (2012); great-grandson, Cody Allen Brink (2013); and grandson, Chad Brink (1980). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until services at 8 p.m. Friday Jan. 30, 2015, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Chuck Edwards officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Community Church, 407 Freeport Road, Freeport, PA 16229. To send a condolence, visit http://www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Brumbaugh, Kenneth D. 89

  • Dayton
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Bauer - Bly, Dayton | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Delvin Brumbaugh Dayton, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are being handled by BAUER-BLY FUNERAL HOME INC. A complete obituary will run in Tuesday's edition. To send a condolence to Kenneth's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Novak, Helen 81

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1933-05-17
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Helen Warner Novak, 81, of Kittanning, North Buffalo Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at home after a brief illness with her family at her side. She was born May 17, 1933, in Kittanning, daughter of Hayes Mauthe and Margaret Painter. She was a resident of the community all her life. She was the wife of James P. Novak, who she married July 7, 1956. She was employed as a produce employee and was employed by Andy's Market. She was Presbyterian by faith. Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Helen loved reading, going to the casino and horse races with her sister, Ethel, checking her garden, watching Lifetime movies and playing Candy Crush. She especially enjoyed sitting on her front porch swing enjoying her coffee, watching the hummingbirds and visiting. In her younger years, she loved playing penny ante with her card club, dancing with her friends and bowling on the Woman's league at Falcon Lanes. She was a very hands on mother and grandmother and loving wife. She could be found for many years sitting on the bleachers and in the audience watching her children and grandchildren partake in sports, plays, recitals and concerts. We will miss her laughter and joyful personality. Survivors include her husband, James; sons, James (Deborah) Novak Jr., of Ford City, Bruce (Lisa) Novak, of Yatesboro, and Keith (fiance, Heather) Novak, of Kittanning; daughters, Linda (fiance, Tim Fouse) Novak, of Kittanning, Valerie (Edward) Wilson, of Dayton, and Laura Hillegass, of Ford City; brother, George Mauthe; sister, Ethel Swarts; and grandchildren, Christopher Wilson, Kyle Shaeffer, Tina Wilson, Dylan Vorpe, Kyle Baker, Matt Novak, Alissa Novak, Paige Baker, Jessie Vorpe, Alura Novak, Jordyn Novak. She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, David Hillegass; brothers, Hayes, Harry and Frederick Mauthe; and sisters, Mary Chestnut and Vernice "Deane" Beere. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Thompson, Helen P. 95

  • West Kittanning
  • Born: 1919-11-01
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Helen P. Thompson, 95, of West Kittanning, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born Nov. 1, 1919, in Kittanning, she was a daughter of the late Curt and Nan Redinger McKain. She was a co-owner with her husband, Carl Thompson, of Thompson's Market in West Kittanning for many years. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Joelene Trudgen Thompson; stepsons, C. Ben Thompson and Terry Thompson; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Thompson; sons, William Thompson and Thomas Thompson; brother, William C. McKain; and four sisters, Betty L. Collier, Patricia J. Lasher, Kathryn McKain and an infant sister. Following Helen's wishes, funeral arrangements are private and being handled by the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME IN KITTANNING.
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Butler County

Brutico Sr., Robert W.

  • Seven Fields
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Robert W. Brutico Sr., of Seven Fields, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Clara (Mieczkowski) Brutico; father of Christina Lutz (Ray), Robert Brutico, Neil R. Christopher (Diane), Nancy C. Svenson (Art) and Tommy M. Christopher (Lisa); brother of Janice Lutz (David); grandfather of 11 grandchildren and the late Cece Svenson; and uncle of David and Daniel Lutz. Friends received from 2 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800.
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Dillner, Mildred J. 80

  • Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1934-04-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Mildred J. (Frenchko) Dillner, 80, of Middlesex Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Born April 12, 1934, in Gibsonia, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Pauline (Chick) Frenchko; and beloved wife of the late Elmer F. Dillner. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, the late Kimberley O'Hern; and six brothers and sisters. She is the loving mother of Gary (Betsy) Dillner, of Middlesex, Cheryl (Tony Ortiz) Rodriguez, of Saxonburg, and Michele (Jim) Bruggeman, of Saxonburg; mother-in-law of Craig O'Hern, of Minnesota; sister of Dorothy Frenchko, of Gibsonial; dear grandmother of Adam, Andrew, Marci Dillner, Nicole (Jason) Snow, Jasmine Ortiz, Adam, Ashley and Brittany O'Hern and Dakota and Shelby Bruggeman; and great-grandmother of Mackenzie and Jadeyn Snow and Brody O'Hern. Mildred was a bottle packer with Glenshaw Glass for more than 35 years and worked in the cafeteria upon retirement from Middlesex Elementary School. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Dorseyville. Family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Fayette County

Gambone, Donna J. 72

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-01-18
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Donna J. Gambone, 72, of Connellsville passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Highlands Hospital. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of a memorial service, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, with Father Bob Lubic as Celebrant in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Klotz, Helen 81

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1933-07-15
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Helen Klotz, 81, of Vanderbilt, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Sunshine Estates Personal Care Home, Connellsville. She was born July 15, 1933, in Continental No. 3, a daughter of the late John and Katherine (Cherpak) Klotz. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Frank and Michael Klotz; and sisters, Katherine Klemans, Martha Klotz, Mary Klotz and Ann Lammers. Helen was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church in Uniontown. She worked most of her life as a telephone operator and retired from Bell Telephone after many years of service. Left to cherish her memory are her brothers, Steve Klotz and George Klotz and wife, Dolores, both of Dunbar; many nieces and nephews; and close special friends, Vikki Stepanik and Dianne Malick. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown, and until 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, when a Panachida service will be held. The Divine Liturgy will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 185 E. Main St., Uniontown, with the Rev. Ronald P. Larko as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Cemetery, Hopwood. The Parastas service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at http://www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Bartholow, Jess 87

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1927-08-18
  • Died: 2015-01-21
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Jess Bartholow, 87, of Blairsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana. He was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Rivesville, W. Va., son of Jess Bartholow and Georgia (Kirk) Bartholow. He was a member of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Blairsville. He was a co-owner with his son, Michael, of the former Balco Inc. He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II. Jess was a member of the American Legion Post 0407, Promise Keepers and the Society of Mining Engineers. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Phyllis L. (DiBiase) Bartholow, of Blairsville; sons, David B. Bartholow and wife, Bridget, of Wilmington, Del., and Kevin M. Bartholow and wife, Phyllis A., of Blairsville; grandchildren, Anna Kanienberg, Christine Hopenwasser, Michael D. Bartholow, Scott E. Bartholow, Camille R. Bartholow and Jess R. Bartholow; great-grandchildren, Owen Kanienberg, Ty and Sydney Hopenwasser and Caedmon Bartholow. He was preceded in death by his father, Jess Bartholow; mother, Georgia (Kirk) Bartholow; son, Michael L. Bartholow, in 2010; and sisters, Geraldine Roderheaver and Louise B. Arnett. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at the JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Blairsville. The Rev. John McMannus will officiate. VFW Post 5821 and the American Legion Post 0407 will conduct military services Saturday morning. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 135 E. Burrell St., Blairsville, PA 15717. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Harold B. 87

  • Clarksburg
  • Born: 1927-09-18
  • Died: 2015-01-21
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Harold Burton Smith, 87, of Clarksburg, (Conemaugh Township), passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at his home. The son of George and Verna (Steffey) Smith, he was born Sept. 18, 1927, in Livermore, (Indiana County). Harold was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg, Saltsburg American Legion No. 57, Blairsville VFW No. 5821, attended the Saltsburg Senior Center and was the past commander of the Blairsville VFW from 1977-1979. Harold also enjoyed going to flea markets and enjoyed antiques. He graduated from Elders Ridge High School in 1945 and worked for Nickles Bakery until he retired in 1985. Surviving are his loving wife, Lillian J. (Sheffler) Smith, whom he married June 9, 1950; three sons, David I. (Sandy) of Clarksburg, Richard H. (Anna Marie), of Nowrytown, and John T. (Lorraine), of Clarksburg; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Rev. John Cyrus Smith, of Grand Junction, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Thomas E. Smith, in 1955; two brothers, Robert G. Smith and J. Walter Smith; and four sisters, M. Isabelle Lucas, M. Annabelle Smith, Helena Smith and Edith Elwell. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC. with the Rev. Brett Hoover, officiating. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery. Military services will be accorded by the Blairsville VFW Post 5821 and the American Legion Post 0407. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Presbyterian Church.
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Barkley, Janet M. 61

  • Washington
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Cremation Funeral Care, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Janet M. Barkley, 61, of Washington, Pa., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Lewis Barkley Jr. for 42 years; loving mother of Kimberly (Neal) Megonnell, Lewis (Mary) Barkley III and Melissa Barkley; cherished grandmother of Lewis IV, Emily, Hannah, Jocelyn, Gabriel, Matthew and Brandon; dear sister of Phyllis (Andy) Lacko; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are welcome to a gathering from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Janet's name to March of Dimes at http://www.marchofdimes.org/pennsylvania/or St. Jude's Hospital at shop.stjude.org. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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Olivieri, Mary 87

  • Donora
  • Born: 1927-09-04
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Mary Olivieri, 87, of Donora, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Castle Shannon. She was born on Sept. 4, 1927, in Donora, the daughter of the late Joseph and Domenica Olivieri. Mary graduated from Donora High School in 1945 and received a Library Clerk Certificate from the PA Rehabilitation Center in Johnstown in 1973. Until 2014 she lived in Donora when, at the prompting of her nieces, she moved to the Baptist Manor in Castle Shannon to be nearer to them. Mary worked in the former Olivieri’s Restaurant in Donora, owned by her brother, Gary, for several years and as a bookkeeper when he owned a beer distributorship. She was a library clerk for 36 years in the Donora Public Library until she retired in 2009. During this time, she was voted Miss Donora. An avid reader herself, Mary was passionate about encouraging children and young adults to read. She also worked many years as a home companion for the infirm, often on a volunteer basis. Mary was an active member of Donora Community Center and St. Philip Roman Catholic Church in Donora which merged into Our Lady of the Valley Church. She was a member of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary and the Christian Mother's and Women's Guild. She met monthly with her fellow high school classmates for lunch. She loved to meet new people and to solve word find puzzles. Mary was preceded in death by her sisters, Della DeFrancisco and Angela Angeletti; and brothers Gary, Peter and Dominic Olivieri. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews, Linda Gimbrone, Lucille Koprowski, Lora Angeletti, Anthony Todora, Armand Olivieri, Philip Olivieri, Angelo DeFrancisco, Robert DeFrancisco, Dr. Lance DeFrancisco, Deborah Olivieri, Lisa Culley, Peter Olivieri, Gerard Olivieri, Joseph Olivieri, Francis Olivieri, Gregory Olivieri and Barbara Shuman. She also is survived by great-nieces and nephews. Arrangements are being handled by ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Prayers will be recited in the funeral home on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Valley Church, Donora, with the Rev. Father William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. A rosary will be recited in the funeral home on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Our Lady of the Valley Church, Donora.
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Anderson, Barb 65

  • Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio , Formerly of Glenshaw
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Barb Anderson, 65, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, formerly of Glenshaw, died suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. She was the beloved sister of David C. (Jan) Anderson and Tom (Leslie) Anderson; and dear aunt of Erika (Todd) Williams, Zach Anderson, Kristen (Aaron) Windle, Katie (Vern) Jeffries, Kelsey Anderson, Aaron Anderson and Rachel Anderson. She is also survived by five great-nephews. She was the daughter of the late Floyd and Shirley Anderson. Friends will be received from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church, Glenshaw. Burial will be in Mt. Royal Cemetery. Donations may be sent to Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 22441.
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Bowser, Eleanor S. 87

  • Oil City
  • Born: 1927-06-23
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Hile-Best, Seneca | Get Directions
  • Eleanor S. (Clowes) Bowser, 87, of Oil City, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Oakwood Heights in Oil City. Eleanor was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was born June 23, 1927, in Butler County, a daughter of the late William A. and Anna Delvis (Barnes) Clowes. Mrs. Bowser was a charter member of Grace Baptist Church in Seneca, where she served many years as church treasurer. She was always active in the Grace Baptist Ladies Missionary Society. Eleanor enjoyed a reputation for baking. Additionally, she was heavily involved in the raising of many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For many years Eleanor was employed as a receptionist and medical clerk for the late Dr. John Rightor, of Oil City. She married Wayne M. Bowser on Feb. 7, 1947, in Worthington. He preceded her in death Sept. 7, 2010. Surviving are a son, Victor W. Bowser and his wife, Sally, of Titusville; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Robert and Arthur Clowes; a sister, Evonne Christie; a son, Russell Bowser; a daughter, Loretta Beach; and a grandson, Andrew Strouse. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the HILE-BEST FUNERAL HOME INC., 2781 Route 257, Seneca, Cranberry Township. Additional visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until noon Tuesday. A funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Glenn Miller, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Brandon Cemetery, Cranberry Township, Venango County. Condolences may be expressed to the family online by visiting http://www.hilebest.com.
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Pindroh, Geraldine M. 81

  • Born: 1933-02-21
  • Died: 2015-01-10
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  • Geraldine M. Pindroh, 81, of Bourbonnais, Ill., passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. She was born Feb. 21, 1933, the daughter of the late John and Katherine Lynch Wagner. Geraldine married John G. Pindroh on June 15, 1957, in Braddock. She was a member of the Roman Catholic faith. Geraldine enjoyed reading, storytelling, and most of all loved her family. Surviving are her husband, John; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Pete Wallner, of Lowell, Mich., and Judy and Tom Pretto, of Willington, Ill.; and one son and daughter-in-law, John G. and Pam Pindroh, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her remaining siblings including her sister, Sister Mary Lorraine Wagner, lives in Osh Kosh, Wis.; and her brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Dee Wagner, live in Braddock. Private services were held Jan. 23, 2015, at the BOURBONNAIS CHAPEL OF THE SCHREFFLER LIFE STORY FUNERAL HOME with the Rev Eric Young officiating. Burial was at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Ill. In lieu of flowers, memorials are for the Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements are by the Bourbonnais Chapel of the Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes. Please visit http://www.schrefflerfuneralhomes.com, where you can learn more about Geraldine's life, archive a favorite memory or photo and sign the online guestbook.
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Ray, Sean E. 46

  • Lutz
  • Born: 1968-03-27
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sean Earl Ray, 46, of Lutz, Fla., passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Florida, where he lived for the past 10 years with his family. He was born on March 27, 1968. He was the beloved son of the late Arline Gertrude Ray Robinson and George Earl Ray, of Greensburg. Sean was a graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, class of 1986. Sean served his country from 1987 to 1991 in the Marine Corps with one tour of duty in Desert Storm. Sean was a motorcycle enthusiast and a respected member of Sin City Deciples Motorcycle Club, Tampa Chapter. His brothers knew him as "Lawdog." His untimely death leaves behind a 91 year old grandmother; a son, Christian; and two daughters, Marisa and Selena Ray. He is also survived by a brother, Keith Jones; a sister, Nakia Katonka; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was the uncle of Bobby, Keith, Brandon, Valencia, Arlaina, DaShawn, Ezekiel, Noah, Josiah, Precious, and Elias. Our hearts are heavy with sadness. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Sean from 1 to 2 p.m., the time of service, Saturday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724) 837-0020. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Crisis Line, spreadtheword.veteranscrisisline.net. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Sean's family has entrusted his 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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Salizzoni, Charles E. Jr. 91

  • Formerly of Monessen
  • Born: 1924-01-26
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Charles E. Salizzoni Jr., 91, formerly of Monessen, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Excela Health, Westmoreland Hospital. He was born in Smithton on Jan. 26, 1924, the son of the late Carlo and Mary Orlandi Salizzoni. Charlie was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church and the former St. Leonard's Roman Catholic Church. He was an active member of both church's and enjoyed help out in the kitchen. He was also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Charlie was retired from General Motors, having worked for 33 years as a sewing machine repairman. He was a veteran of Worl War II, having served with the U.S. Army in Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry. He is survived by two sisters, Gloria Robinson of Fairfield, Ohio, and Irene Salizzoni of Greensburg; two nieces, Clara Robinson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Debbie Babilya of West Newton; and two nephews, William Robinson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Norman Santori of Kittanning. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Salizzoni; and a sister, Clara Santori. Friends will be received in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen, on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, 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. Entombment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery Mausoleum. Condolences are accepted for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Sturtz, Sara L. 89

  • Houston, Texas , Formerly of Youngwood
  • Born: 1925-04-18
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom - Peterson, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Sara L. Sturtz, 89, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Youngwood, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Sara was born April 18, 1925, a daughter of the late Charlie and Margaret Malt Painter. Surviving are three sons, Robert (Denise), Craig (Pam) and Dale Sturtz; daughter, Carol Oakley and friend, Stan Sansone; and her sister, Hazel Thornton. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert Sturtz. Private graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at the Youngwood Cemetery. Arrangements are by the SALOOM-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, Youngwood.
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