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Abels, Vaora 85

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-08-03
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Vaora "Vay" Abels, 85, of McKeesport, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. She was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Dravosburg, and was the daughter of the late Clarence and Estelle Johnson Abels. She is survived by her son, William E. (Christine) Abels, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandchildren, William R. Abels, Rodney T. Abels and Rachael E. Abels; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Brittany; niece, Lori Parker, of South Park; and other nieces and nephews and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her companion of 27 years, William Fiore. At Vay's request here is no visitation or service. Private inurnment will be in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery Mausoleum, Elizabeth Township. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Augustine, Robert L. 78

  • Russellton
  • Born: 1937-02-28
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Siemianowski, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Robert L. Augustine, 78, of Russellton, West Deer Township, passed away Sunday, Aug., 30, 2015, at his home with his family. Bob was born Feb. 28, 1937, and grew up in Creighton, East Deer Township, and was the son of the late Louis and Anna Augustine. He went on to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War as a jet engine mechanic. Bob worked as a maintenance electrician at Numec / Babcock and Wilcox in Apollo and retired from the US Postal Service at the GMF in Pittsburgh. He was a member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton, and was a singer at Mass with the folk group. Bob enjoyed auto mechanics and classic cars, Lionel trains, Pittsburgh sports, music, hunting, shooting and fishing, and spent many enjoyable times with family and friends at these hobbies. In retirement, Bob served with the DAV as a veterans advocate and chaplain. He was also active in the American Legion, Russellton, and volunteered at the veteran's home in Aspinwall. He also participated in numerous veterans' memorial services. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Gloria (Mennow) Augustine; sons, Robert (Mary Ann), James and Andrew Augustine; brother, Bill (Barbara) Augustine and family; uncle, Ed Jager and family; numerous relatives, in-laws, nieces, nephews and their families. His spark of life and positive attitude will be missed by all who knew and spent time with him. Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at the ADAM SIEMIANOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 179 Starr Road, Russellton. A Christian funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton. Robert will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. Family suggests memorials to: Disabled American Veterans, West Deer American Legion, or The Veterans Hospital of Aspinwall. For online condolences, please visit www.westdeerfueralhome.com.
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Bayne, Thomas B. 82

  • McCandless , Formerly of Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Thomas B. Bayne, 82, of McCandless, formerly of Oakmont, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Vincentian Villa, Pittsburgh. He was the husband of Clara (Burlando); brother of Jon Bayne and his wife, Linda, of California; brother-in-law of Frances Burlando, of Leechburg; and also survived by many cousins, friends, and neighbors at Vincentian Villa. Tom graduated from St. Joseph's High School. After high school he attended and graduated from St. Vincent College and Seminary, where he was ordained in 1959. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 until 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Louise Convent Chapel, 8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Louise Convent Chapel. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
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Belles Sr., Robert E. 82

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Belles Sr., 82, of Shaler Township, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Mary J.; loving father of Debra Streb, Patti Allison (Richard), Barbara Paris (Mike), Robert E. Belles Jr. (Cathy), John Boehler, Edward Boehler (Heather), Daniel Boehler and Frank Boehler (Michele); brother of the late June Lattner and Joyce Bruggeman; grandfather of Rebecca, Anthony, Jeffrey, Melissa, Robbie, Rachel, Ryan, Candice, T.J., Edison and Brooks; great-grandfather of Kayla, Noah, Elizabeth and Lucas; and is also survived by extended family, friends and several foster children. Extraordinary love for the Lord and all the ways he touched people's lives as an ambassador for Christ and now he is at home in the Mansion in the sky. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Bracken, Dorothy E. 83

  • Ross Township
  • Born: 1932-07-26
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Eileen (Anderson) Bracken, 83, of Ross Township, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. She was born July 26, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Charles and Lydia (Grimm) Anderson. Prior to her retirement, she was employed in the janitorial staff at numerous downtown buildings, including Oxford Center and Jenkins Arcade. In her free time, she volunteered at Kane Regional in Ross Township. She enjoyed collecting frogs and loved to cheer on the Pittsburgh Penguins. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Denise Michaels; as well as a grandson, John Michaels; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Bracken; a brother, Charles Anderson; sisters, Jane Abbinanti and Lydia Thompson; and a niece, Sandra Mueller. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the HP BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Condolences may be offered at www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Byard, Marion G. 89

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1925-11-15
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Marion G. Byard, 89, of White Oak, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her residence. She was born Nov. 15, 1925, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Otto and Marie Wetzler Geruschat; wife of the late Wm. Dal Byard; mother of the late Jeffrey Byard; and sister of the late Walter Geruschat. Marion was a member and very active in the Christ United Methodist Church in North Huntingdon and was a member of the Tweeners and the Ridge Road Women's Club. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Gregar; sons, Robert and James Byard; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dr. Sang K. Choi, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Connelly, Paul H. 76

  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Paul H. Connelly, 76, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Betty Rhoden Connelly; father of Cindy C. Ryan (Kevin) and Paul G. Connelly; brother of William F. Connelly (Mildred), Ann Connelly, Karen Connelly and the late Ben Connelly and Margaret Connelly; grandfather of Conal Ryan; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul Cathedral.
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Fitzgerald, Thelma R. 91

  • Formerly of Sewickley and Bellevue
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Thelma R. Fitzgerald, 91, formerly of Sewickley and Bellevue, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was the wife of the late John D. Fitzgerald and also preceded in death by her sons, John D. Jr. (Barbara Soltis) and Robert and James (Debra) Fitzgerald. She is survived by children, Carol, Pat (Ross Kocher) and Michael (Jean) Fitzgerald. Thelma was grandmother to 12 and great-grandmother to 13. The family wishes to thank Vincentian Home for its loving care and support during Thelma's last five years. As Thelma requested, there will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1000 Avila Court, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. (Everyone will meet at the church at 10 a.m.) Interment will follow in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to Vincentian Home, 111 Perrymont Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. www.ltmillerfuneralhome.com.
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Gedrock, Dorothy 90

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Dorothy (Oliver) Gedrock, 90, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Carnegie, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was the wife of the late Chester C. Gedrock; mother of Mary Anne Gedrock (the late Paul) Fitzgerald; sister of George A. Oliver, of Buffalo, N.Y., and the late Matthew (Marie) Oliver, Rosella Oliver McGrady, Mary Lou (August) Fontanesi, John (Sarah) Oliver and Irene (Lawrence) Speer; also survived by many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and aunt. She was the family "prayer warrior." God and family came first. She was fiercely loyal to family and friends, a teacher of God's word by actions and prayers. "God's loving care." Family and friends will be welcomed from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Anne Church, 400 Hoodridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Hamilton, Jason C. 36

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt Washington | Get Directions
  • Jason C. Hamilton, 36, of Dormont, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Heather Holland Hamilton; devoted father of Austin and Aiden Hamilton; loving son of Rodger Hamilton and Mary Vodde-Hamilton; brother of Kailey Hamilton Newkirk and Michael Hamilton; son-in-law of John and Cynthia Holland; grandson of Glenna and the late Norman Hamilton and the late Marie and Edward Vodde; and is also survived by loving family and friends. Jason loved spending time exploring the outdoors with his wife and children hiking, camping and fishing. His life's work was using his God given talent as a carpenter. His heart for service, reflected through his selfless nature, inspired many. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the family are appreciated. Envelopes are available at the funeral home, or go to m.gofund.me/8g2ygzhc. Visitations are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, (412 381-2323). Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard's Church (Clairvaux Hall), Mt. Lebanon. Please meet at church. www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Janosik, Eugene L.

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Eugene L. "Gene" Janosik, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. He was the son of the late Andrew and Minnie West Janosik. He is survived by sisters, Wonnetah Janosik, of Celebration, Fla., and Dolly Anderson, of Bethel Park; a brother, Bill (Peggy) Janosik, of Bethel Park; also nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward A. Janosik. Gene was a retired hair stylist for Elizabeth Arden Salons. He was a member of CLW Church, CLW Choir and Knights of Columbus Council 4210. Friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, 212 Wilmot St., Duquesne. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Christ the Light of the World Church (Holy Name). Interment Jefferson Memorial Park.
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Klein, Bernice

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Bernice Klein, of Pittsburgh, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Sidney Klein; greatly loved mother of Paul M. Klein (Holly Maurer-Klein), Steven A. Klein, Edward J. Klein (Jill) and Ellen K. Brown; much loved grandmother of Laura Klein Mullen (Gavin), Anna and Emily Klein, Benjamin and Scott Brown and great-grandmother of Jack Paul Mullen (born Aug. 22, 2015); and sister of Marion (late Samuel) Byer. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends and her favorite nurse, Henry. Everyone who knew Bernice felt fortunate to have had her in their lives. She will live on in the hearts of many. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation one hour prior to services (10 to 11 a.m.). Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 501 Martindale St., Suite 670, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. www.schugar.com.
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Kolich, James M. 66

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • James M. "Jammin Jim" Kolich, 66, of Baldwin Borough, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was the loving husband of 41 years of Chris (Kessler); beloved father of Brent (Veronica Ference) and Heather Kolich; grandfather of Damon, Jerome, Jevon and Jordan; son of Evelyn (Watkins) Kolich and the late Michael Kolich; and brother of Debra Kolich. James was a longtime disc jockey working in many area clubs. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Limbacher, Orma E. 78

  • Formerly of Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Orma E. (Emerick) Limbacher, 78, of Manassas, Va., formerly of Turtle Creek, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Manassas. She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Bertha (Jones) Emerick; beloved wife of Larry Limbacher for 50 years; loving mother of Larry Limbacher Jr., of Ohio, and Nancy (Robert Sr.) Adkins, of Manassas; dear grandmother of Robert Adkins Jr. and Ryan Adkins; sister of Thomas Emerick, of Turtle Creek, and the late Bud Emerick; also survived by nieces and nephews. Orma was a retired employee of Aerojet Corp. in Gainesville, Va. Friends welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Colman Church. Orma will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Morrow, Carole A. 75

  • Formerly of North Fayette Township
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Herrick, Imperial | Get Directions
  • Carole Ann (Schneider) Morrow, 75, formerly of North Fayette Township, Imperial, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Masonic Village of Sewickley. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Morrow. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Regis Schneider; and several beloved pets. She was the beloved sister of Jack (Terral), Joe (Marcy), Tom (Sally), Bill Schneider and Mary (Ian) Singleton. Also surviving are many well loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Carole received a teaching B.A. from Duquesne University and went on to earn her M.Ed. and further education from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught in several schools and various children's programs in the Pittsburgh area until she retired from the Montour School District. She was also an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Carole loved socializing with family, friends, or almost anyone else and enjoyed spending long hours playing or teaching card games to fellow residents of the Masonic Village. She loved animals, conversation, a good meal, and lots of laughter. Carole greatly appreciated humor, always ready with a joke or banter. She enjoyed being on the giving or receiving side of good natured teasing with family. A memorial gathering will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at the Masonic Village of Sewickley. Memorial gifts may be made to the Animal Rescue League, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Arrangements by HERRICK COMPASSIONATE FUNERAL SERVICE, PC, Edward M. Herrick, supervisor/owner, 951 Cliff Mine Road, North Fayette Township, Imperial, 724-695-7332.
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Munsch, Edward R.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Edward R. Munsch, of Ross Township, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Lang) Munsch; father of John Munsch (Debbie), Larry Munsch (Cindy), Steven Munsch (Janet), Stacey Nagel (Kim) and Timothy Munsch (Libby); brother of Robert Munsch, William Munsch, Mary Frances "Sis" Sipes and the late Merle and Ralph Munsch; and is also survived by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
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Price, Christine 66

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Hughes, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Christine (Shlapak) Price, 66, of Shaler Township, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in her sleep, with her family at her side. She was the loving wife of 44 years to Elmer "Al" Price Jr.; daughter of the late Steven and Mary Emma (Bielic) Shlapak; beloved mother to Amy (Mark) Proie and Jason (Danielle) Price; devoted grandmother of Nick and Mathieu Proie and Carson Price; dear sister of Barb (Dave) Derr; daughter-in-law of Corrine Price; sister-in-law of Tom (Anita) Price and Julie (Chuck) Killcrece; also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME INC., 1501 Lowrie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 - Troy Hill. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Most Holy Name Church, Troy Hill. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ross Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 1700 Harpster St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Radu, Elizabeth J. 86

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1928-10-28
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. Radu, 86, of McKeesport, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was born in Liberty Borough on Oct. 28, 1928, to the late John and Elizabeth Miller Sr. Elizabeth was an avid reader and enjoyed watching soap operas. She was employed for many years at Kaufmanns in Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by brother, John Miller Jr.; and nephew, John Miller. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah E. Radu, of McKeesport; niece, Susan E. Bilec, of Port Vue; and nephew, Gregory A. Miller, of McKeesport. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN, 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Mass will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark Parish in Port Vue with Father Daniel Straughn officiating. Burial will follow.
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Stepanian II, Steven A. 80

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1935-04-15
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Steven Arvid Stepanian II, of Pittsburgh, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, from complications from pneumonia. He was a well-known Pittsburgh attorney. Born April 15, 1935, he was 80 years old. Mr. Stepanian had practiced sports, corporate and financial law since his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1963. Mr. Stepanian served as counsel to the Pittsburgh Penguins for more than 18 years, from 1985 through 2003, when they won their two Stanley Cups. He handled personal matters for players such as home purchases and sales, celebrity appearances and product endorsements. He often traveled with the team to away games. His best friend was Paul Martha, the Penguins President and they had lunch together every day for 35 years. From 1981 through 1990, he was general counsel for the National Football League Alumni. He negotiated a pension plan for the pre-1959 players who had been excluded from the original pension agreement. He previously was an owner of Marine Magnesium Co., which purchased its pharmaceutical business from Merck and Co. in 1988. MMC became the world's largest independent producer of magnesium pharmaceutical products and was sold in 1994 to Morton Salt Co. As past president of the Pittsburgh University Club, he was instrumental in removing the racially-discriminatory membership requirements of the club in 1981. He was a member of the Duquesne Club for more than 40 years and a lifetime member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Mensa International. Mr. Stepanian was the son of the late Steven and Edithmarion Stepanian and was raised in Charleroi. He attended Grove City College and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He flew for more than three years as a navigator for the Strategic Air Command and then remained active in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He was recalled to active duty in Vietnam in 1967 to 1968 and retired in 1972 with the rank of major. His wife, Pamela, is an international flight attendant for USAirways/American Airlines and together they traveled the world. He was a man of great humor, style and wit. His zest for life and his intellect were boundless. He will be immensely missed by his family. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Abbey Stepanian, of Pittsburgh; his brother, Leo, and his sister, Dr. Laurie Anne, both of Butler; as well as his niece and nephews, Leanne, Leo, Joshua and Jonathan; and many great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the JOHN A. FREYVOGEL INC., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, 320 Sixth Ave. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or an organization of your choice.
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Striffler, Patricia A. 87

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Patricia Anne (Connelly) Striffler, 87, of White Oak, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Patrick Aloysius and Christine Erda Weiskircher Connelly. She was the wife of the late Frank Sheridan Striffler and the mother of the late Frank Connelly Striffler. She was a 1946 graduate of McKeesport High School, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hill University, served her internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati and then worked at McKeesport Hospital as an assistant dietitian. After raising her children, she owned and operated All Aboard Travel Agency in McKeesport and North Versailles where she worked from 1978 until 1993. She was a member of the McKeesport College Club where she previously served as president, was a member and volunteer for the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center and also served on her high school reunion committee for many years. She is survived by her children, Edgar Patrick Striffler Esq. and Sue Ann Striffler (Steve) Galaski, both of White Oak; grandson, Adam Striffler Galaski; grand dogs, Puerta and Rico; sister, Carlene Cavanaugh, of Ocala, Fla.; and nieces, Stacy J. Cavanaugh, Kathleen (Alar) Elken and Christine (Scott) Altman. Friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, 412-678-6177. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Friday in St. Angela Merici Church. Father Kevin Dominik will officiate and burial will follow. Remembrances may be made to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 or the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Suda, Anthony T. 92

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Born: 1922-12-27
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Anthony T. Suda, 92, of Squirrel Hill, formerly of Clairton, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Heritage Place in Squirrel Hill. Born Dec. 27, 1922, in Lamont Furnace, he was a son of the late Stanley and Hedwig Suda. A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, Anthony was a World War II veteran of the Army, worked at both River Shipping in Elizabeth and the former Large Distillery, and was a former member of both the Slavonic Club of Clairton and the Daniel Keffer Post 75 of the American Legion in Clairton. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his five siblings, Mary Klement, Catherine Suda, Wanda Whitney, Leota Hrvacic and Joseph Suda. Anthony is survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial at noon Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700) in St. Clare of Assisi Parish. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Behning, Cliff 83

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1932-06-12
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Cliff Behning, 83, of Arnold, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret after a very brief illness. He was born June 12, 1932, in Dayton, Pa., and was a lifelong resident of the Allegheny Valley. He was a self-employed plumber for most of his career. In his younger days, he was a volunteer fireman in Lower Burrell and in recent years received much pleasure visiting with longtime friends from the area at his local fire hall. Cliff liked to travel and visited all four corners of the United States; but his primary pride and joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Most recently, he enjoyed being with the wonderful and caring staff and clients of Community Life in Tarentum. He is survived by his children, Michelle (Robert) Storer, of Juneau, Alaska, Laurie (James) McAuley, of Powell, Ohio, Christopher (Lynn), of Cranberry Township, Diana (Jeff) Ellis, of Prospect, and Richard (Mary Jane), of Apollo; and his grandchildren, Kelly, Jenna and Evan McAuley, Marissa and Ryan Behning and Benjamin and Elizabeth Ellis. He is also survived by his sisters, Anne (Edward) Dufford, of Upper Burrell, Verda Surma, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Paula Malloy, of Sarver; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Cliff; and his mother, Marcella (Demharter) Behning. Per Cliff's wishes, services will be private; but his children would like to celebrate his life with a gathering of family and friends. The place and time will be announced in the very near future. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. www.thomasmsmithfh.com.
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Besser, Rosella M. 85

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1930-08-26
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Rosella M. (Yankauskas) Besser, 85, of Irwin, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Aug. 26, 1930, in Vandergrift, a daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Boikus) Yankauskas. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin and also a member of the Sunshine Club in Irwin. Rosella enjoyed gardening. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles J. Besser; a daughter, Janet Savini; a grandson; four sisters; and a brother. Surviving are four children, Eugene King and wife, Kathy, of North Huntingdon, Joseph King, of Murrysville, Kenneth King, of Saltsburg, and Barbara Davison and husband, John, of Avonmore; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and a loving friend, Charlie Swjantek. There will be no visitation. Everyone is invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Debich, Ann 96

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-01-01
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Coshey-Nicholson, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ann Debich, 96, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Weatherwood Manor, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Export, a daughter of the late Milich and Anna Godich Zatezalo. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg and was a former secretary at Westmoreland County Community College in the practical nursing department. In addition to her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her husband, John Debich; and eight brothers and sisters. She was the last surviving member of the Zatezalo family. Ann is survived by her son, John Debich and his wife, Natalie, of Greensburg, and granddaughter, Larisa Debich, a senior at Auburn University; and several nieces and nephews. In accordance with Ann's wishes, a private graveside service will be held at Westmoreland County Memorial Park with the Rev. Martin Ankrum officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ann's name to the Greensburg-Hempfield Library. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., supervisor, in charge of arrangements for the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg.
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Elder, D. Louise 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-12-04
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • D. Louise Elder, 88, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in her home. She was born in Latrobe on Dec. 4, 1926, a daughter of the late Franklin and Delphia Ansell Poole. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Trauger. Also, Louise was a member of the Midway-St. Clair VFD Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and card club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death her husband, William C. Elder, in 2000; a son, John Elder; and daughter, Edith Mallin; seven brothers, Franklin, John, William, Walter, Samuel, Theodore and Francis Poole; and six sisters, Nellie Shick, Stella Cook, infant sister Pauline, Emma Smeltzer, Isabell Harr and Vivian Freeman. Louise was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by her sons, Theodore J. Elder (Joyce), of Whaleyville, Md., Joseph P. Elder (Sandra), of Greensburg, and Barry R. Elder (Mary), of Greensburg; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Liska; and son-in-law, Leonard Mallin; also scores of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Louise's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 Dutch Hill Road, Latrobe (Trauger), with the Rev. Mark A Werner officiating. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Interment will follow in the church's cemetery. For online condolences and other information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Fry Jr., Robert E. 66

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1949-06-19
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Fry Jr., 66, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 19, 1949, in Latrobe, a son of the late Robert E. Fry Sr. and Helen E. Ankney Fry. Prior to retirement, he was employed by SCI of Greensburg as an electrical tradesman instructor. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Marine Corps. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and Chestnut Ridge Community Volunteer Fire Company for 35 years, where he served as president for 25 years. He was also a member of the Latrobe American Legion Post 515. Bob served as an EMT with Mutual Aid Ambulance since 1981, CPR instructor for the American Red Cross and was an auditor for Cook Township. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Karen. Bob is survived by his wife of 45 years, Doreen Piper Fry; two children, Mark (Tammy) Fry, of Latrobe, and Darlene Fry, of Latrobe; two grandchildren, Christian Fry and Anastasia Fry; and two sisters, Helen Piper and Linda Bittner. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Roy Piper officiating. Private interment will be in Bethel Cemetery. The Latrobe/Derry Veterans Honor Guard will hold services at 7 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the Chestnut Ridge Community Volunteer Fire Company at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob's memory may be made to Chestnut Ridge Community Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 160, Stahlstown, PA 15687.
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Gorda, Richard S. 78

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1936-11-07
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Richard S. Gorda, 78, of Trafford, formerly of Duquesne, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at UPMC East. He was born Nov. 7, 1936, in McKeesport, a son of the late John and Bertha (Wargo) Gorda. He was a retired custodian at St. Agnes Church in Oakland and a former security guard. He was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne and the former Duquesne Auxiliary Police. He was formerly employed by W.T. Grant Co., Duquesne. He attended Mass daily and proudly served his country in the Navy. He was the brother of Kathleen M. (Ted Konchina) Schussler, of North Versailles, Madeline (late Francis) Salvatore, of Imperial, John M. (late Terry) Gorda, of Duquesne, and the late Patricia Anderson and Marian Gorda. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment with military honors in Holy Name Cemetery.
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Grooms, Richard C. 83

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Richard C. Grooms, 83, of Murrysville, went home to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, while surrounded by his loving family. He was the cherished husband of Gertrude (Dolly) Grooms; loving stepfather of the late Karl Keil, Mark Keil (Lydia), Douglas Keil, Timothy Keil (Wanda), William Keil III and Tamara Mazurkiewicz (Joseph); loving Pa-Pa to 13 grandchildren; also survived by nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Minor and Ruby Grooms; sister, Ruth Rubright; and brother, Ray Grooms. Richard was a veteran of the Korean War, a member of the American Legion Post 711 and a member of Local 2 Frostworkers and Insulators Union for 47 years. With his quick wit and engaging smile, Richard was a shining light to all who were fortunate enough to know him. He was the greatest blessing in our lives. Special appreciation to the staff of UPMC Shadyside CT/Med ICU for their compassionate kindness with Richard's care. Friends and family welcome for visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church, 5103 Logans Ferry Road, Murrysville, PA 15668. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park with full military honors. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hallock, Susan 67

  • New Alexandria
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Susan Hallock, 67, of New Alexandria, formerly of Pittsburgh and originally of Harrison City, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of Ann (Zubaty) Hallock and the late Frank J. "Fritz" Hallock; dear sister of Jane (Fred) Angelone; and aunt of Alex and Lexi. She was preceded in death by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Viewing and service will be private. Arrangements entrusted to LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or www.cancer.org.http://www.Lindsay-Jobefuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Eugene R. 92

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1922-12-14
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Eugene R. Jones, 92, of Ligonier, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Waterford, a son of the late Bert E. and Mayme Kinsey Jones. Prior to his retirement in 1985, he had been employed by Bethlehem Steel for more than 37 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater. He was a member of First Church of the Brethren, the Ligonier Sportsmen's Club, and was on the board of directors of the Kinsey Museum. Eugene was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He always had a smile on his face and when he would meet you he always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and we will miss his fashion style. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Burkett and Helen Louise Boyd; and a brother, William Jones. Eugene is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Thelma Beard Jones; two sons, Richard E. Jones, of Ligonier, and Donald W. (Nancy) Jones, of New Florence; three grandchildren, Christopher (Stephanie) Jones, and Anne and Lauren Jones; a great-granddaughter, Ragan Hall; two sisters, Dorothy "Toots" Fish and Cathrine "Cass" Shadron, both of Ligonier; and his ever faithful canine, Mandy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Eugene's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Eric J. Fether officiating. Interment will follow in Menoher Memorial Park. The Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard will hold services at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Eugene's memory to First Church of the Brethren, 405 Route 271, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Kloos, Carmen 77

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1938-04-18
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Carmen Kloos, 77, of Unity Township, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born April 18, 1938, a daughter of the late Charles C. and Barbara (Uschock) Sylvester. Carmen was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, the Saturday Night Rollers bowling league and her women's card club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis J. Kloos; a grandson, Zachery L. Kloos; and two brothers, Robert C. and Roger C. Sylvester. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Lou Kloos, at home, and Sandra Cramer and husband, Raymond, of Greensburg; two sons, Lewis C. and wife, Susan, and Scott A. Kloos and wife, Melissa, all of Lycippus; eight grandchildren, Heather Markowsky and husband, Jason, Raeanne Garlowich and husband, Joe, Cory Cramer, Elizabeth Craig and husband, Adam, and Nick, Tyler, Courtney and Delaney Bella Kloos; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Barbara Lander, of Pleasant Unity; two sisters-in-law, Gwen Sylvester, of Pleasant Unity, and Bertha Sliz and husband, Joe, of Unity Township; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, O.S.B. as celebrant. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Leonard, Mildred 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-03-05
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mildred (Gratcar) Leonard, 80, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at home. She was born March 5, 1935, in Pleasant Unity, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Depto Gratcar. Minnie retired from Westmoreland Hospital. She was a member of St. Paul Parish in Carbon, where she served numerous ministries, including Rosary Altar Society, the funeral choir and her favorite, Communion Service and Recitation of the Rosary at Hempfield Manor. She also was a member of the Seton Hill Family of God Prayer Group and Our Lady of Grace Church Bible Study Group. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Donald G. Leonard, on June 6, 2012; three brothers, infant George, Michael (killed in World War II) and John Gratcar; and two sisters, Mary (the late Richard) Fajt and Eleanor Kochis. She is survived by a son, Donald Leonard and wife, Janet E., of Overland Park, Kan.; a daughter, Lesa Brasco and husband, William E., of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Lauren Leonard and partner, Matthew, Marissa Delair and husband, Matthew, and Vincent and Adele Brasco; a sister, Dorothy (the late Jack) Mahoney; sister-in-law, Mary Gratcar; two brothers-in-law, Karl Kochis and James (the late Elaine) DiPrimio; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Minnie from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Church, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Church, 820 Carbon Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Minnie's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Paletta, Margaret P. 97

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1917-11-05
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Margaret P. Paletta, 97, of New Kensington, passed away Sunday evening, Aug. 30, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, following a brief stay. She was born Nov. 5, 1917, in New Kensington, where she lived her entire life, the fifth child born to Frank and Mary Carmen Filipelli Paletta. Along with her parents, Margaret was predeceased by her brothers, Leonard, John and Dr. Francis X. Paletta; and sisters, Mary Romeo, Teresa Griffith and Edith Loffert. She is survived by her sister, Rose Spencer, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and her personal assistant and dear friend, Marty O'Shell. Responsibility for oneself, love of family and faith characterized Margaret. She took great pride in her home and country, living each day always with the intention of accomplishing important goals that made all the difference in helping others, staying informed and maintaining her independence. Her career spanned 36 years as a supervisor of accounting and personnel officer for the New Kensington Post Office. Overseeing benefits registration for all individuals in the Alle-Kiski Valley, following the Social Security Act of 1935, and issuing U.S. saving bonds after legislation was signed that same year, allowing the Treasury Department to sell a new type of security, were among her early experiences as a federal employee. Margaret led a purposeful life that inspired and often entertained family and friends throughout her time. She will long be remembered and missed greatly by many. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, where Margaret was a lifetime member. Interment will be in the family mausoleum at Union Cemetery, following Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to one of the local area food banks.
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Perriello, Frank C. 85

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1930-03-16
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Frank C. Perriello, 85, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in his home. He was born March 16, 1930, in New Kensington, to the late Francesco and Elisabetta DiSevo Perriello, and was a 1948 graduate of Ken-Hi. He served in the Army for four years, during the Korean Conflict, then graduated from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W. Va., with a Bachelors degree. He later received his engineering certification from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Perriello was owner and operator of Lincoln Fabricating Company Inc., a structural steel manufacturing company, in Pittsburgh. He rose through the ranks from an engineer until becoming president of the company in 1964. In 1984, he became the owner of the company. Frank was a lifelong member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church of New Kensington, and a member of Hill Crest Country Club of Lower Burrell, since 1968. He also belonged to the VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell and was a board member of Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington. Besides his parents, who were married Jan. 27, 1910, in Italy, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Parana, in 2013; a granddaughter, Hallie Cernicky, in 2011; and siblings, Domenic, Rose, Marie, Paul and Teresa. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Esther M. Leonardi Perriello; children, Frank A. (Patricia) Perriello, of Lower Burrell, Elizabeth P. (Gary) Cernicky, of Allegheny Township, and Jennifer P. (Shawn) Bush, of Winter Park, Fla.; grandchildren, Laura, Michael and Melissa, Dominique, Frank and Hanna, Christopher and Kyle and Douglass, Cameron and Parker; three great-grandchildren, Catherine, Siena and Bruce; his brothers, Charles Perriello of Alexandria, Va., Joseph Perriello, of New Kensington, and Nicholas Perriello, of Fairfax, Va.; and his son-in-law, Tim Parana. Viewing will be from noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA 15068. Entombment will follow in Union Cemetery Mausoleum, Arnold, where military honors will be accorded by the Vandergrift Veteran's Honor Guard. Those desiring may contribute to Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church at the above address. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Polechko, Eleanor G. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-10-06
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Eleanor G. "Ellie" Polechko, 84, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Homer City, a daughter of the late Elmer George and Genevieve "Kitty" (Straka) Holzapfel. She was formerly employed by Amacor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Kelly" Polechko, on May 6, 1993; a grandson, Nathan Palmer; a brother, Elmer "Al" Holzapfel; and son-in-law, Paul Caplan. She is survived by a son, Kelly Polechko, of Greensburg; three daughters, Paula J. Caplan, of Monroeville, Kathleen Cobetto and husband, Bernard, of Greensburg, and Michelle Fayish and her husband, Charles, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Jason Caplan, Noah Caplan, Jon Cobetto, Amanda Faust, Adam Palmer, Matthew Polechko and Kyle Polechko; three great-grandchildren, Paige Caplan, Leighton Caplan and Ty Faust; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Roote, Jay C. 84

  • Hempfield Township , Formerly of Jackson, Tenn.
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Jay C. Roote, 84, of Hempfield Township, formerly of Jackson, Tenn., went to be with the Lord Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.He was the beloved husband of the late Blanche Marie (Churchel) Roote; loving father of David (Diane Smith) Roote, of Delmont, Dennis (Carol Eastman) Roote, of Rochester, N.Y., and Douglas (Jennifer Warner) Roote, of Derry; grandfather of Steven, Andrew and Elizabeth Roote; brother of Barbara (Parker) Williams, of Humbolt, Tenn., Beverly (Sam) Hall, of Jackson, Tenn., Betty Roote, of Jackson, Tenn., and James (Mary) Roote, of Stevenson, Ala.; and is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jay retired after nearly 30 years as an electrical engineer from Westinghouse Electric. He was past president and treasurer of the Jeannette Lions Club, volunteer for Meals on Wheels, member and past trustee of Community United Methodist Church in Harrison City and served as a medic in the Army. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City. Funeral service celebrating Jay's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Community United Methodist Church. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Lions Club International Foundation, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842 (www.lionsclub.org.) or Community United Methodist Church, Meals on Wheels, 3487 PA Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. www.Lindsay-Jobefuneralhome.com.
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Russell, Nancy 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-08-20
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Nancy Russell, 79, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Aug. 20, 1936, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late John and Angeline Resek Primozich. Prior to her retirement, Nancy was employed with Helms Trucking Co. as an administrative assistant, Kaufmann's china department, administrative assistant for Beacon Auto Parts, and the Norwin Public Library. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon, the Green Ridge Garden Club and enjoyed gardening and reading. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Russell, in 2012. She is survived by her two sons, W. Patrick and his wife, Linda, of New Castle, and Daniel J. and his wife, Karen, of Irwin; two daughters, Sally Petraglia and her husband, David, of Delmar, N.Y., and Susan Benson, of Shawnee, Kan.; and five grandchildren, Emily, Max and Madeleine Petraglia, Erin Benson and Hannah Russell. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with Father Len Stoviak as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Barbara Cemetery, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Public Library. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Salvatore, David J. 56

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1959-07-02
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • David J. Salvatore, 56, of West Newton, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was born July 2, 1959, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Ann (Matecko) Salvatore. David was previously employed by Menasha in Ruffsdale, and was a member of VFW Post 7812 of West Newton and the Slovenic Benefit Singing Society of Collinsburg. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Betty Ann (MacDonald) Salvatore; a sister, Joanne Salvatore; two brothers, John Salvatore and wife, Theresa, and Timothy Salvatore; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Salvatore Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Skatell, Michael J. 53

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1962-01-09
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michael Joseph Skatell, 53, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 9, 1962, in Latrobe, a son of Bette Herrod Skatell Iannuzzo and the late Herman Skatell. Michael was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. He worked for various businesses in the area, including DeLallo's, St. George Crystal, as a CDL truck driver and in the family business, Greensburg Beverage. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Skatell; and his stepfather, Lewis "Sonny" Iannuzzo. Michael is survived by his wife, Kelly Rae Fischer Skatell; his daughter, Maryssa Anne Skatell; his mother, Bette Iannuzzo; two stepsons, Giovanni and Antonia Meighan; four sisters, Lisa Skatell, Jennifer Skatell, Lynne Eley (Dale) and Gina Skatell; two stepbrothers, James and David Iannuzzo; nieces, Jessica Skatell, Emilee Knopp, Angela and Dena Valesky and Tiffany Fischer; and nephew, Christopher Valesky. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Michael's funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Entombment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Stanton, Howard C. 71

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1944-04-17
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Howard C. Stanton, 71, of Sutersville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born April 17, 1944, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Edith L. Craig Bomboy. Prior to his retirement, Howard was a steelworker for LTV Steel in Hazelwood. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Erma Holland. He is survived by his son, William and his wife, Marie; daughter, Christi Stanton; sister, Nancy Somerfield; two grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan; great-grandson, Damian; and two nieces, Deborah Baker and Denise Sallade. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Suda, Sophia H. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1921-05-02
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Sophia H. Suda, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born May 2, 1921, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Lawrence Suda and Henrietta (Orzehowski) Suda. Sophia was retired from Allis Chalmers, Pittsburgh, and was a World War II veteran, having served in the Women's Air Corps. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Henry, Frank, the Rev. Thaddeus, OSB, Stanley, Lawrence Jr., John and Anthony Suda; and two sisters, Mary T. Patts and Ann Suda. She is survived by two sisters, Helen Suda, of Latrobe, and Rose DeMary, of New Alexandria. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Vincent Basilica. Inurnment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Taddeo, Mary G. 83

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1931-11-18
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Mary G. Taddeo, 83, of Easton, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her residence. She was born Nov. 18, 1931, in Manor, a daughter of the late Carl and Bessie Siegfried Gross. Prior to her retirement, Mary was employed in the accounting department of the former Bell Telephone Company in Greensburg. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Jeannette. Mary was a volunteer for the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital, and she loved to travel, play golf and was an avid reader. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, David I. Taddeo, in 2004; a sister, Ruth Rager; and brothers, Harry, Carl Jr., Robert and Raymond Gross. She is survived by her daughter, Traci Taddeo and husband, John Carrozza, of Easton; sisters, Norma Rutledge and Nelda Kozinko, both of Greensburg; and brothers, Bill Gross and wife, Carolyn, of Stow, Ohio, James Gross and wife, Jane, of Big Island, Va., Donald Gross, of Hackettstown, N.J.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Thur, Mary L. 95

  • New Kensington , Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1920-01-06
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Mary Lucille Thur, 95, of New Kensington, formerly of Lower Burrell, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, East Franklin Township. She was born Jan. 6, 1920, in Duquesne, to the late George M. and Susan Gonas Sandrey, and had been a life resident of the local area. A seamstress, she worked for the former Duquesne Manufacturing and had worked in the payroll department of PPG Industries in Creighton. She had also been the manager of the former United Dairy in Lower Burrell for a time. Mary was an active church member of the former All Saints Church in Arnold where she was the president of the Ladies Aid Society. She loved singing and was active in the Resurrection Choirs at All Saints, St. Joseph's and St. Margaret Mary Choirs. An artist, she enjoyed drawing and painting, playing cards, making candy and flowers and plants and was a member of the Jednota. Survivors include her daughter, Christine S. (Cosmo) Bruno, with whom she made her home; granddaughter, Charisse Reed (Nick) Fedio; and great-grandsons, Brandon and Christopher Fedio. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Thur; infant grandson, Kyle Fedio; son-in-law, Charles L. "Larry" Reed; brother, George "Fritz" Sandrey; and a sister, Pauline Kuchta. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell, by the Rev. Kenneth Zaccagnini. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. Parish wake services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Tidd, Agnes 98

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1917-07-06
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Agnes Baird Tidd, 98, of Longwood at Oakmont, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday morning, Aug. 30, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret in Aspinwall. She was an elementary teacher in the New Kensington and Leechburg school districts for 30 years, before retiring in 1977. Agnes was born July 6, 1917, in Indiana County, to John and Elsie Resinger Baird, and was the oldest of three children. She attended elementary school in Gilpin Township and high school in Leechburg. She graduated from Indiana State Teachers College, and began her teaching career in a one-room school house in Gilpin, where she stoked the coal stove each winter morning to get ready for her young students. She then taught in Leechburg and also instructed students in Peterson penmanship in schools throughout Western Pennsylvania. She met her husband, Lyle Tidd, a barber on North Street in New Kensington, and they married in 1953. Agnes taught in the New Kensington School District for the last 15 years of her career, teaching first and second grades at Greenwald and Fort Crawford. She was always proud that her daughter, Mary Beth Yeamans, chose the same profession, and her daughter joined her in teaching young children in New Kensington. Mrs. Tidd was a loyal member of the United Presbyterian Church in New Kensington, and always enjoyed getting together with members to put out a monthly newsletter about its activities. She also was a longtime member of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society for teachers and librarians. She and her husband enjoyed bowling together and visiting relatives. Agnes loved being with her family, which included babysitting her grandchildren and attending their school and sports activities. She also enjoyed watching Pittsburgh sports, including the Pirates, Steelers and Pitt basketball, and she loved hearing about her father's Scottish heritage and always liked to watch the Highland Games at Kennywood Park. People who met her in later years were always amazed to learn her age because she looked much younger. When she moved to Longwood in 2014, she enjoyed attending their many activities and programs. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Beth (John) Yeamans, of New Kensington; two grandsons, Matt Yeamans, of Baltimore, Md., and Eric Yeamans of Pittsburgh; stepsons, Lyle Tidd, of Carlisle, Gilbert Tidd, of Bell Township, and Bernard Tidd, of Naples, Fla.; her sister, Betty Baird, in Concordia Home, Cabot; stepdaughter, Genevieve Steward, of Zelienople; 12 step-grandchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren; a niece, Tracey Baird, of Clarion; and nephews, Bob Baird, of Leechburg, and Scott Baird, of Fredericksburg, Va. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, in 2002; her brother, Bob; and three step-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the United Presbyterian Church of New Kensington. Anyone attending the service is asked to go directly to the church. Entombment will be in Greenwood Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Wilkes Jr., George W. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-01-13
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • George W. Wilkes Jr., 68, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His family and wife of 48 years were by his side. George was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Brownsville. He was a graduate of Robert Morris College with a BSBA degree in accounting, and completed a successful career as an accountant at Perfection Photo of Greensburg, WQED, and retired from California University of Pennsylvania in 1998. George was a past member of both St. Paul Parish and Our Lady of Grace Church and currently a member of Christ's Church in Greensburg. George was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Retired State Employees (PARSE) and had assisted coaching the girls softball team for FAVOR. George is survived by his wife, Ellie; son and daughter-in-law, William and (Tammie) Wilkes; daughter, Brenda (Wilkes) Kempton and her fiance, Ben Vermeulin; grandchildren, Mason and Zoe Wilkes and Izabel Kempton; sister, Jackie Lynn and Steve Ellis; sister-in-law, Barbie Kish; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Joan Wilkes, and father, George W. Wilkes Sr.; mother-in-law, Eleanor "Sis" Kremposky, and father-in-law, John "Jellybean" Kremposky. A very special thank you to Heartland Hospice Care for their most comforting nurses, social workers and chaplain for helping him endure this illness. Friends and family will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Parting prayers at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.1, at Christ's Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Wylie officiating. Interment will follow in Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Armstrong County

Barrett, Betty J. 92

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1923-05-14
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Betty J. Barrett, 92, of Kittanning, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born May 14, 1923, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of John Levi and Maude M. (Reighert) Hull. Betty was a resident of the Templeton area most of her life and was a member of Templeton Church of God. She loved attending church activities and participated in the church's women's organization, WCSC. During World War II, Betty worked at the VA Hospital in Butler, performing various duties around the facility, and starting in 1959, she worked in her home as a self-employed hairdresser for 35 years. Flowers and gardening were of great interest to her and she enjoyed creating beautiful gardens around her home. Another of her favorite activities was bowling and she was active in the sport since 1959. Betty loved her family and cared for them deeply, and they will never forget her devotion to them over the years. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, John L. "Jack" Barrett and wife, Janice, of Kittanning, and Kenneth A. Barrett and wife, Jen, of Silver Springs, Fla.; grandsons, John A., Tucker and Andrew J. Barrett and wife, Erin; granddaughters, Amanda S. Greighsop and husband, Matt, and Megan Barrett; and great-grandchildren, Sam, Arlo and Otis Greighsop, and Lillian Barrett. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Kenneth E. Barrett, who died Sept. 22, 1992. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 515 N. McKean Street, Kittanning. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in Templeton Church of God, 276 Clay St., Templeton, with the Rev. Robert Grimm and Vivian Sylvester co-officiating. Burial will be in Cochran Cemetery, Templeton. Arrangements are being handled by Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To leave a condolence for Betty's family, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Enterline Jr., Donald 90

  • Yatesboro
  • Born: 1924-09-24
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Donald Enterline Jr., 90, of Yatesboro, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian. He was born Sept. 24, 1924, in Yatesboro, to Samuel D. and Jean (Burns) Enterline. Donald worked as a laborer for various businesses. Donald was World War II veteran, serving in the Marines. He was a member of the American Legion - Cosgrove Post for 70 years and the William Penn Association, both of Rural Valley. Donald is survived by his two granddaughters, Tina (Michael) Pistner, of St. Marys, Pa., and Amy (Rob) Lion, of Benezette, Pa.; three sisters, Doris Jean "Dotsy" Maffei, of Rural Valley, Ida Kathryn Millikin, of Yatesboro, and Peggy (Charles) Klodell, of Newberry, Fla.; granddaughters, Olivia and Isabella Pistner; and grandsons, Wes and Noah Lion. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Melissa "Mitzi" Vargesko; two sisters, Mary Anna Lettie and Barbara "Bubba" Shaffer; a brother, Samuel Enterline; and longtime companion, Marjorie Smith. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the funeral home with the Rev. Bruce Shannon officiating. Burial will take place in the Rural Valley Cemetery. www.carsonboyer.com.
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Trudgen, W. Dale 87

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1927-11-28
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • W. Dale Trudgen, 87, of Kittanning, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at the Armstrong County Health Center. He was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Kittanning, to Carl G. and Clara M. (Claypoole) Trudgen. Dale was a 1946 graduate of Kittanning High School and attended the First United Methodist Church of Kittanning. He was a self-employed contractor and was formerly a member of the Armstrong/Indiana Builders Association, where he once served as president. Dale enjoyed reading, traveling, going on cruises, reading the Bible and watching sports. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and loved making people laugh by telling jokes. Dale's true passion was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Grace (Grey) Trudgen, whom he married March 2, 1950; sons, Larry Trudgen and wife, Carol, of Kittanning, the Rev. Terry Trudgen and wife, Judy, of South Fork, and Daniel Trudgen and wife, Dancene, of Richfield, Ohio; daughter, Darlene Welsh and husband, David, of Sheffield; grandchildren, Michael Trudgen, Brian Trudgen and wife, Tiffany, Jennifer Lichtenfels and husband, Chad, Cory Trudgen, Aaron Trudgen and wife, Jessica, Christopher Welsh and wife, Chrissy, Matthew Trudgen and wife, Emily, Kevin Welsh and wife, Gabrielle, Logan Trudgen and Kayla Welsh; great-grandchildren, Alex Lichtenfels, Benjamin Trudgen, Cole Lichtenfels, Madison Trudgen, Zachary Trudgen, Austin Trudgen, Gabriel Lichtenfels and Parker Trudgen; and sister, Orvetta Trudgen, of Ford City. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Carl, Gerald, Ted, Richard and Robert Trudgen. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Wade Berkey and his son, the Rev. Terry Trudgen co-officiating. Contributions can be made in Dale's name to the First United Methodist Church, 301 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning, PA 16201. Arrangements are being handled by the Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To send a condolence to Dale's family or view a tribute honoring his life, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Butler County

Coester, David R. 26

  • East Butler
  • Born: 1989-08-14
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Young, Butler | Get Directions
  • David Robert "Dave" Coester, 26, of East Butler, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was born Aug. 14, 1989, in Orange Park, Fla., a son of James Paul Coester, of West Sunbury, and Lou Ann (Thompson) Coester, of Saxonburg. Dave was a member of Power of God Pentecostal Church and had attended Highlands High School. He worked for United Plate Glass and for Texas Roadhouse. He played bass guitar, loved heavy metal music, Lernerville Raceway, hiking at McConnells Mills, playing catch and spending time with his friends and family. Surviving, along with his parents, are his wife, whom he married Feb. 28, 2014, Stephanie (Hortert) Coester, of East Butler; his son, David Coester Jr., and a son on the way, Deagan Coester; three sisters, Amanda Coester, of Butler, Naomi Coester and Hope Coester, both of West Sunbury; two brothers, Stephen Coester, of West Sunbury, and Chris Strausser, of Butler; niece, Annabelle Strausser, of Butler; nephew, Justin Austin, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jim and Katherine Thompson; paternal grandparents, Bill and Susan Coester; and two aunts, Chelle Gannon and Sarah Sulensky. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME LTD., 127 W. Jefferson St., Butler. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Power of God Pentecostal Church, 222 W. Cunningham St., Butler (enter from Birch Street Alley) with his pastor, Danny Anthony, officiating. Interment in Butler County Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a trust has been established by his work, United Plate Glass, for his children. Checks should be made payable to the David Coester Children's Trust Fund and mailed to UPG, 108 Grundman Drive, Butler, PA 16001. www.youngfuneralhomes.com.
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Hays, Susan L. 58

  • Portersville
  • Born: 1956-10-09
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Susan L. Hays, 58, of Portersville, formerly of Evans City, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 29, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, with her family at her side. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints, Psalm 116:15. Born Oct. 9, 1956, in Rochester, she was the daughter of Betty Miller Kramzar and the late Frank Kramzar. A homemaker, Susan was a member of the First Bible Baptist Church of Harmony. Susan enjoyed traveling and camping and she and her family had made many trips around the country in their travel trailer. Surviving are her husband, Larry L. Hays, whom she married July 31, 1982; her children, Benjamin Hays and his wife, Deborah, of Frederick, Md., and Timothy Hays and Sarah Hays, both of Portersville; her grandchildren, Abigail, Micah, Caleb, Luke and Hannah Hays; her mother, Betty Kramzar, of Edmond, Okla.; her sister, Kathleen Epps and her husband, William, of Edmond, Okla.; her brother, John Kramzar, of Greenville, N.C.; her niece, Jackie Kramzar; and her nephew, Daniel Epps. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor David Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Memorials may be made to the First Bible Baptist Church, 127 Seneca School Road, Harmony, PA 16037. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Ludwick, Duane L. 73

  • Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1942-05-05
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Duane L. "Pete" Ludwick, 73, of Middlesex Township, Valencia, passed away Saturday afternoon, Aug. 29, 2015, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless. Born May 5, 1942, in Baum, he was the son of the late Donald and Doris Swartzlander Ludwick. Pete was a foreman at Carl Strutz and Company in Mars, where he had worked for 55 years, and was retiring Aug. 31, 2015 (today). He was a social member of the Mars VFW and enjoyed hunting, fishing and racing. Surviving are his wife, Jean Himes Ludwick, who he married in Butte, Mont., Sept. 14, 1978; a daughter, Vickie Kowalski and her husband, Bob, of Wexford; two grandchildren, Christy Kline and her husband, Troy, of Mars, and Michael Mitchell and his wife, Candace, of Evans City; and his great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jacob and Hailie Mitchell and Kyler and Khloe Kline. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Ludwick. Arrangements are private under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. Memorials may be made to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
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Fayette County

Detone, Frank G. 71

  • Dunbar Township
  • Born: 1944-01-26
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Frank G. Detone, 71, of Dunbar Township, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 26, 1944, in Connellsville, a son of the late Frank and Goldie (Miller) Detone. Frank was retired from Kendi Corporation. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting ginseng and was a member of the American Hunting and Fishing Club. Frank is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carol Ann (Snyder) Detone; seven sons; two daughters; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and one brother. There will be no public viewing or visitation. Private arrangements are being held under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Leonard Sr., Gary E. 64

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1951-06-30
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Gary Eugene Leonard Sr., 64, of Connellsville, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. He was born June 30, 1951, in Dunbar, a son of the late Floyd R. and Birdie Penwell Leonard. He was a member of the Connellsville Church of God. Surviving are his children, Gary E. Leonard Jr. and Tammy, and Dawn M. Bundy and Shawn; four grandchildren, Justin and wife Leigh, Dakota, Georgie and James; great-grandchild, Kiara; brothers and sisters, Audrey Smitley, Ethelynn Clark, Kenneth, George and Harold "Butch" Leonard, Diana Wingrove and Margie Brooks; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Floyd "Bud" Leonard; and a sister, Betty Rae Leonard. Friends will be received from 12 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and until 11 a.m. Wednesday, the hour of service, in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Pastor Nelson Confer officiating. Interment will be in Franklin Cemetery.
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Ruck, Patrick J. 55

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1959-10-01
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Patrick J. Ruck, 55, of Connellsville, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Oct. 1, 1959, in Connellsville, a son of the late Robert and Mary Margaret McCarthy Ruck. Patrick was a 1977 graduate of Connellsville High School. He was employed for 32 years as a locomotive engineer for the CSX Railroad. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan Emanuel Ruck; two children, Christienne Ruck, of Connellsville, and Sean Ruck, of Cleveland, Ohio; three brothers, Robert Ruck and his wife, Joann, of Connellsville, Edward Ruck and his wife, Donna, of McDonald, and John Ruck and his wife, Jennifer, of Connellsville. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, his aunts, cousins and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Daniel P. Ruck, in 2000; brother, Richard Ruck; his paternal grandparents, Paul and Martha Ruck; and his maternal grandparents, Edward and Eleanor McCarthy. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Silko Jr., John 44

  • Rostraver
  • Born: 1971-03-16
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • John "Jay" Silko Jr., 44, of Rostraver, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at his home. He was born March 16, 1971, in Indiana, Pa., a son of John Silko Sr. and Linda Silko, of Blairsville. He was a Blairsville High graduate of 1989, playing football at Blairsville and also at Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology, where he attended for two years. He was a member of the U.S. Steel Workers Union and he worked as a brick layer from 1999 to 2010 out of Local No. 9. Jay enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, camping at Tionesta, cutting firewood and canoeing. He also helped coach the Blairsville Boilermakers football team for several years. He loved watching the Steelers, Pirates and dirt biking. He also loved his two English Mastiffs, Deuce and Carly. In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife of 11 years, Lara "Lori" Bolitho Silko, of Rostraver, whom he married May 29, 2004; stepson, Tyler Kuviak, of Rostraver; sisters, Kathy Silko, of Blairsville, Michele Cline, of Blairsville, and Mandy Henry and husband, Mark, of Homer City; maternal grandfather, William Cook, of Nanty Glo; father-in-law, Thomas B. Bolitho, of Jefferson Hills; mother-in-law, Lana J. Bolitho, of Jefferson Hills; brother-in-law, Thomas H. "Tuffy" Bolitho, of Jefferson Hills; nieces and nephews, Pete and Heather Beskid and Michael Adair and Olivia Wilson; great-nephew, Owen Schilling; many aunts, uncles, cousins and also many faithful friends. He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Helen Cook; and paternal grandparents, Thomas and Verna Silko. Visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. Funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the funeral home. The Rev. Scott Shaffer will officiate. www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Margaret 83

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Margaret Smith, 83, of Connellsville, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at home. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side Connellsville, and will be announced when complete.
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Wiltrout, Kayla M. 16

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1999-03-06
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kayla Marie Wiltrout, 16, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born March 6, 1999, in Springfield, Ore., a daughter of Keith Wiltrout, of Scottdale; and Susanna (Nilsson) Wiltrout. Kayla was employed by McDonalds, Connellsville. She was a member of Connellsville Area High School Musical Theatre Arts; she enjoyed writing, drawing and playing piano. In addition to her parents, Kayla is survived by two sisters, Sommer Wiltrout, of Connellsville, and Tonya Jensen, of Cottage Grove, Ore.; paternal grandparents, Junior and Cheryl Kubasky, of Scottdale; maternal grandparents, Svend and Judy Nillson, of Eugene, Ore.; three uncles, Eric Wiltrout and Tim and Danny Nilsson; and Susanna's boyfriend Johnny Vanorsdale, his daughters, Amber and Ashley Miller, and his mother, Betty Vanorsdale. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, with the Rev. Gary Witt officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Wolfe, Tyler G. 22

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1992-11-17
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Tyler G. "Jynx" Wolfe, 22, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 17, 1992, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Sherry (Prinkey) Shultz, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, and the late Robert Wolfe. Jynx was employed as a mechanic for Mongell Tire Co., Scottdale. He enjoyed the outdoors, and liked art and skateboarding. In addition to his mother, Jynx is survived by two brothers, Robert Smith and Hayden Brooks, of Connellsville; three sisters, Christa Wolfe and fiance, TA Manzella, of Perry, Ohio, Kassandra Shultz and companion, Brian DeWitt, of Connellsville, and Danni Shultz, of Connellsville; grandparents, Jerry Prinkey and Margaret Shultz, both of Connellsville; three nephews; a niece; and stepfather, Troy Shultz. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the hour of service with Pastor Scott Martin officiating, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Jynx was a registered organ donor. In lieu of flowers, Jynx's family requests donations be made payable to the funeral home. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Durand, Lois J. 78

  • Young Township
  • Born: 1937-04-04
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Lois J. Matlack Durand, 78, of Iselin (Young Township), passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at her home. She was born April 4, 1937, in Edmond, the daughter of the late Elmer and Winifred Walter Matlack. Lois was a member of the Iselin Presbyterian Church. She loved to cook and bake. She is survived by two daughters, Carol Jean Walker, of Iselin, and Sandy Bartlebaugh and her husband, Nicholas, of New Alexandria; a son, Carl Lynn "Bugsy" Durand, of Clarksburg; three grandchildren, Amy Petruzzi and her husband, Fred of Dayton, Megan Durand, of Iselin, and Clint Walker and his wife, Gracia, of Olivet; four great-grandchildren, Hailey, Sarah, Tori and Jase; four sisters, Judy Shearer and her husband, Bernard, of Oak Ridge, Janet Hollis and her husband, Jim, of Apollo, Joyce Shearer and her husband, Randy, of Vandergrift, and Jean Shearer and her husband, Larry, of Bell Township; two brothers, Ted Matlack and his wife, Nancy, of Bell Township, and Larry Matlack, also of Bell Township. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Durand, in 2014; three sisters, Helen Klinger, Ruth Pividori and Nancy Kunkle; and three brothers, Joe Matlack, Jim Matlack and a brother in infancy. At Lois's request there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the Iselin Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Kirt Anderson will officiate. Interment will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. To view and send online condolences visit us at www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Hurwitz, Gerald N.

  • Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Gerald N. Hurwitz died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was the most loving father of Nancy Sue Hurwitz (Richard) Cline, Steven K. Hurwitz and the late Jay R. Hurwitz; brother of the late Melvin Hurwitz; brother-in-law of Roslyn Hurwitz; loving grandfather of Jennifer M. Cline; uncle of Francine (Ethan) Royce and Lee (Beverly) Hurwitz; and also survived by other loving nieces and nephews. Gerald was a pharmacist for many years and was a veteran of World War II. Friends may meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, and then proceed to Temple Sinai Memorial Park for 2 p.m. graveside services. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. www.schugar.com.
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Vitori, William D. 84

  • Senatobia, Miss. , Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1931-01-05
  • Died: 2015-08-26
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  • William Dominic "Bill" Vitori, 84, of Senatobia, Miss., formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at his residence, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was born Jan. 5, 1931, and raised in Blythedale by his parents, Victor and Mildred (Volpi) Vitori. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Bill was a proud veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He was a staff sergeant in the Mosquito Squadron. He enjoyed celebrating his Italian heritage, spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, and supporting his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane Vitori, of Senatobia, Miss.; sons, William Scott Vitori and wife, Bunny, of Belle Vernon, Michael Cote and wife, Karen, of Bartlett, Tenn., and Matthew Cote and wife, Maggie, of Sardis, Miss.; daughters, Valaria Penick and husband, Mark, of Charles Town, W.Va., Michelle Joyner and husband, Jimmy, of Hernando, Miss., and Melissa Dalton and husband, Shawn, of Strayhorn, Miss.; brother, Frank Vitori and wife, Ann, of Spring Hill, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his loving dog, Ms. Fran. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeannette Vitori; and daughter, Dena Vitori. PATE-JONES FUNERAL HOME in Senatobia was in charge of the arrangements.
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