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Bennetter, Eleanor J. 78

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Eleanor J. (Hanneman) Bennetter, 78, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. Born in Long Island, N.Y. to the late William and Eleanor Hanneman, she was the beloved wife of the late Waldemar L. Bennetter; loving mother of Susan (Jonathan) Wilson and Neal Bennetter; and sister of the late Elaine, Pat and Ruth Ann. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Jonathan Scott Wilson and Ean Bradley Bennetter. Eleanor loved to sew, do needlepoint and enjoyed making afghans for her family. Services will be private. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Berman, Alvin E. 87

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: D'Alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Alvin E. Berman, 87, of Pittsburgh, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth (Scoratow); father of Howard (Robin) and the late Joanne Berman; grandfather of Tanner and Shane Berman; brother of Sanford (Claryne) Berman; and companion of Eve Levy. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Alvin was a proud World War II Navy veteran. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Beth Abraham Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Professional services entrusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Biros, Ruth A. 76

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1938-01-02
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Ruth A. Biros, 76, of White Oak, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Canterbury Place in Lawrenceville. Born Jan. 2, 1938, in Wilkinsburg, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Katherine McQuillen McKenna. She was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish in White Oak. Surviving are her husband, George Biros; sons, David (Roberta) Biros, of Mercer, Bill (Julie) Biros, of Chicago, Ill., James Biros, of White Oak, and Tommy (Sharon) Biros, of West Newton; and a daughter, Diane (Ken) Dandar, of White Oak. Also surviving are six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Father Thomas McKenna, and a sister, Patty (James) Petitta, both of Turtle Creek. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday with Deacon Dale J. DiSanto officiating. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Callahan, David W. 75

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1938-08-04
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • David W. Callahan, 75, of McKeesport, died Friday, July 18, 2014. Born Aug. 4, 1938, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Charles and Agnes (Pipp) Callahan. Dave was retired from Steelmet in McKeesport. He was a maintenance man at the McKeesport YMCA. He was a Marine Corps veteran and a member of the AMVETS Post 8, McKeesport. Dave was preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Archibald; a brother, Dennis Callahan; and sister, MaryAnn Callahan; and son, Chris Callahan. He is survived by brothers, John (Jean) Callahan, of Versailles, Ed Callahan, of McKeesport, Chuck Callahan, of McKeesport, and Bill Callahan, of McKeesport; sisters, Shirley Fairbanks, of Export, Peg (Phil) Rodgers, of White Oak, Zita Jimenez, of North Carolina, Cindy (Chris) Walters, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sandy (Greg) Johnston, of Chicago, Ill; children, Carl Callahan, David Callahan, Steve Callahan, Cathy Callahan, MaryAnn Callahan and John Callahan; also many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Coene, Linda D. 67

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Linda D. (Wallace) Coene, 67, of Marshall Township, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Chris Coene; loving mother of Carolyn Becker and Jessica Coene (Meghan); proud grandmother of Mikaya Becker; loving sister of David Wallace (Carla), of Wellington, Fla.; devoted aunt of Jonathan and Adam Wallace; daughter of the late Elmer and Mildred (McWhirter) Wallace; and is also survived by many loving friends and relatives. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, (724) 772-8800, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ride for Kids, http://www.curethekids.org., 302 Ridgefield Court, Asheville, N.C. 28806.
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Conn, Tammy L. 51

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1962-11-23
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Tammy Louise Gensler Conn, 51, of McKeesport, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at home. She was born Nov. 23, 1962, in Pittsburgh, and was the daughter of Harry "Butch" George Gensler and Marjorie F. Kincaid Gensler, of North Versailles. She attended the Boston United Methodist Church and was a former member and usher at Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church. Tammy worked at Dollar Bank in Monroeville and was a graduate of Community College of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Justin Curtis Conn, of McKeesport; sisters, Sherry Renee Gensler, of North Versailles, and Jodi Lee (Rick) Sabol, of North Huntingdon; brother, Richard David (Michelle) Gensler, of McKeesport; nephews, Cody and Owen; and nieces, Jamie and Taylor. There is no visitation. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the Boston United Methodist Church with Pastor Jack Piper, officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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D'Achille, Michael A. 31

  • Wexford
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Michael Adolfo D'Achille, 31, of Wexford, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of one year to Lauren (Battaglia) D'Achille. He is also survived by his loving parents, Adolfo and Carol D'Achille. Michael was a triplet and is survived by his sister, Natalie (Aaron) Price, and brother, Steven (the late Alexis) D'Achille, and his younger sister, Christie (Ross) Taggart; nephew, Luca Price, and nieces, Adriana D'Achille and Maddison Wrigley; and grandparents, Jane (the late Russell) North and Iole (the Late Corrado) D'Achille. He was the son-in-law of Sue and Tony Battaglia; and brother-in-law of Lindsey (Marty) Wrigley and Diana Battaglia. Michael leaves his two dogs, Bubbles and Mocha. Michael's pride and joy was owning and operating Pomodoro Restaurant. Friends received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus, 300 Edmond St., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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DeLia, Carrie C. 98

  • McKees Rocks
  • Born: 1916-01-10
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Carrie C. (Mazzella) DeLia, 98, of McKees Rocks, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was born Jan. 10, 1916, in Benwood, W.Va., a daughter of the late Guy and Concetta (Mazzella) Mazzella. She was a member of Madonna del Castello Church, in Swissvale, and was an excellent cook, baker and mother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Vincent DeLia; four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by children, Anthony (Joanne) DeLia, of Orlando, Fla., Guy V. (Virginia) DeLia, of North Versailles, and Adele Perry, of Robinson; grandchildren, Jason (Victoria) DeLia, Matthew Perry, Anthony DeLia, Kristen (Michael) Mrdjenovich, James (Leandra) Perry and Janeen (Donal) Connors; and great-grandchildren, Alex, Jake, Dyllan, Haley, Mike, Josh, Madison, Joe, Mia and Orianna. Friends and family will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Madonna del Castello Church, Swissvale. Interment will follow in Braddock Catholic All Saints Cemetery, Braddock Hills.
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Dithrich Jr., Leo J. 97

  • Bethel Park , Formerly of Baldwin Borough
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Leo J. Dithrich Jr., 97, of Bethel Park, formerly of Baldwin Borough, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Mt. Vernon of South Park. Mr. Dithrich is survived by his wife of nearly 74 years, Olive M. (Schuster) Dithrich, married Sept. 10, 1940. He was preceded in death by his son, John W. Dithrich, late husband of daughter-in-law, Charlene, and granddaughter-in-law, Kathleen Cecotti, late wife of grandson, Keith. He is also survived by his loving daughter, Diane (Mel) Cecotti and devoted daughter-in-law, Charlene Dithrich; beloved grandchildren, Kevin Cecotti, Keith (Diana) Cecotti, Jill (Sam) Jessee and Beth (Brad) Shapiro; and six great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Leo was the brother of the late Rosella Oechslein, Felicitas Kunzler and Wilfred Dithrich, and is survived by sister, Dolores Cupples; and brother, Melvin Dithrich. Leo worked for many years as a sign maker and sign painter, noted for his exceptional hand-lettering skills, and became a co-owner of West Penn Sign Company. In his younger days, he was an active member of the Kiwanis Club in South Baldwin. His great passions were travel and photography, and friends and family will fondly remember his carefully documented slide shows of travels throughout the United States, as well as overseas. After retiring from the sign making business, Leo took up painting, primarily landscapes, and learned to play the organ. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Nativity Catholic Church. Entombment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Donofrio, William G. 58

  • Brentwood
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • William G. Donofrio, 58, of Brentwood, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann (Riddle) Donofrio; dear father of Eric (Tracy) and John Donofrio; and cherished grandfather of Evan and Kaylee Donofrio. There will be no visitations. Arrangements are entrusted to CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, 412-881-2300. http://www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Drnach, Joseph V. 88

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1925-10-02
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Joseph V. Drnach, 88, of Clairton, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, in his home. Born Oct. 2, 1925, in Large, he was a son of the late Vincent and Frances (Krancevic) Drnach, and husband of the late Margaret (Buchina) Drnach, who passed away Sept. 20, 2012. A retired field maintenance foreman for U.S. Steel Clairton Works, Joseph was a World War II veteran of the Marine Corps and a 20-year member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He was also a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, the American Legion Daniel Keffer Post No. 75 of Clairton and the SNPJ. Joseph will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A blessing will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the funeral home, with procession and burial to follow in St. Clare Cemetery. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Halbleib, Karen L. 61

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Hazelwood
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Karen Lee (Hodermarsky) Halbleib, 61, of West Mifflin, formerly of Hazelwood, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Robert Halbleib; loving mother of Valerie (Daniel) Tomasic; daughter of Antoinette (DiNardo) Sciarretti and the late Daniel Hodermarsky; cherished grandmother of Bryan Sedlak Jr.; sister of Robin Valentine, Diane Reutzel and the late Nancy Steele; special aunt of Daniel Sean Steele and many nieces and nephews; and godmother to many godchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Haney, Edward F. 67

  • Brentwood
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Edward F. Haney, 67, of Brentwood, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was a son of the late Emma and Francis Haney and cousin of Ed and Jane Haney. Ed was a social studies teacher at Oliver High School for 33 years, a J.A. volunteer for more than 20 years, a former Brentwood School Director, a Brentwood Councilman, president of Brentwood Council, active at St. Sylvester Church as a Eucharistic Minister, a parish council and pastoral council member and CCD teacher. Ed was named a Teacher of Distinction, Teacher Excellence, received the Crystal Apple for Outstanding Teaching and the PA House of Representatives citation for Outstanding Teaching and Community Service, and a recipient of more than 200 other awards. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Sylvester Church. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Hanowich, Peter J. 66

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Peter John Hanowich, 66, of Allison Park, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the loving partner of Jill Kummer; also survived by his sister, Patricia Goff, of McClean, Va. Peter was a successful businessman working for Rockwell International for more than 20 years. Post Rockwell, he assisted businesses with mergers and acquisitions to their portfolios. He was deeply involved with the Chaine des Rotisseurs, on a national level as well as locally, serving as Bailli (chapter president) for more than 27 years. His interest in mentoring young chefs resulted in the creation of a national program within the Chaine, dedicated to advancing the education of these professionals. Peter was also the wine educator for the Pittsburgh Wine Festival, conducting wine tastings and seminars. In his spirit, a scholarship fund is being established at The American Academy of Culinary Arts at Pittsburgh Technical Institute to further the educations of young chefs. A celebration of a life well lived will be private and at a later date. Arrangements by SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC. http://www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Harrison, Jessica M. 32

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1982-05-30
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Jessica May Harrison, 32, of McKeesport, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was born May 30, 1982, in Pittsburgh, and was the daughter of the late Michael Francis Scott. She is survived by her parents, Robert and Paula Harrison Moore, of McKeesport. She was a dancer for Sacred Heart Junior Tamburitzans when she was younger. Along with her parents, she is survived by children, Joshua and Jordan Moore and Madison Buhaly; siblings, Tristan and Clarissa Moore; grandmother, Donna O'Toole, of Irwin; aunt, Therese Harrison, of Clearwater, Fla.; uncle, Douglas Harrison, of Glassport; great aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Ralph Marasco, of McKeesport; and cousins, Dawn, Robyn, Lynsey, Jennifer, Jarrett, Jillian, Katie and James. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Angela Merici Church with the Rev. Kevin Dominik officiating. Arrangements by STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177).
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Herb, Debra J. 57

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1956-10-02
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Debra J. Ainsco Herb, 57, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her residence. She was born Oct. 2, 1956, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late John Greenwalt and Doris Mae Ainsco. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Herb. She was a bartender for various local area bars. Surviving are her son, John Molinari; and a daughter, Maria Moffitt, both of McKeesport; five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, all of Pennsylvania. Also surviving is a great-grandson; a sister, Martha Moffitt, of McKeesport; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township, (everyone please meet at the cemetery). http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Hershberger, J. Wilma 92

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • J. Wilma (Blackwood) Hershberger, 92, of Monroeville, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas S. Hershberger; loving mother of Lorna (Dwight) Kent; grandmother of Kelley and Heather; great-grandmother of Ryan, Liam and Braedon; and sister of Sade Donoghue and the late Peter Blackwood. Wilma was a lifelong member of Hillcrest Presbyterian Church in Monroeville. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro Avenues, Turtle Creek (412-823-1950), where a service will be at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Irwin. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 103 Yost Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Leksich, Gail 57

  • Swissvale
  • Born: 1957-06-08
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Gail Leksich, 57, of Swissvale, born June 8, 1957, passed peacefully Friday, July 18, 2014. The lifelong Swissvale resident graduated from Duquesne University School of Pharmacy in 1980. She worked as a pharmacist for Revco and most recently at the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Leksich and Anna Mae (Urbanic) Leksich; and by her beloved sister, Anna Mae Leksich. Gail was known for her generosity and acts of kindness and her love for dogs. Funeral service is private. Arrangements are by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Litterini, Cecilia D. 89

  • Formerly of Springdale
  • Born: 1925-03-04
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Cecilia D. Litterini, 89, formerly of Springdale, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Barrington Terrace, Naples, Fla. She was born March 4, 1925, in Harwick, to the late Bill and Gertrude Lemmick Golya, and had lived in Springdale since 2009, before residing in Naples for the past five years. She was a former member of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in Springdale. The youngest of her siblings, she enjoyed being a homemaker, bowling and polka dancing. Survivors include her son, Bernard C. (Kenda) Litterini, of Naples, Fla.; granddaughter, Jennifer Litterini; grandson, Ryan Litterini; and niece, Dorothy Boyle, of Springdale. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard J. Litterini; and 12 brothers and sisters. A chapel service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. Arrangements under the care of the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., Springdale/Cheswick. Visit us at http://www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Maier, John T. 88

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • John T. "Jack" Maier, 88 of West View, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 66 years of Virginia (Heintz) Maier; father of Kathleen (James) Betz and Thomas (Karen) Maier; grandfather of Kevin (Ashley) Betz, James (Christy) Betz, Joann (Brian) Salsgiver, Heather (Ryan) Mill, Jessica (Elio) Imbornone and Lindsay (Scott) Bowles; brother of the late Victor Maier and Patricia Gaskowski; also survived by 11 great-grandchildren. Loving husband and father to his children, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known by his family and friends for his great sense of humor. He was a longtime resident of West View. Jack grew up in Lawrenceville and spent 40 years in the Personnel Department of the Pittsburgh Post Office. Family will welcome friends from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Athanasius Church, 7 Chalfonte Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229 (please meet at church). Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Maier, Victor M. 90

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: D'Alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Victor M. Maier, 90, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy K. (Waudby); loving father of Victor Michael Maier, Virginia "Ginny" Maier and Linda Maier (C. Richard) Brunson; grandfather of Jennifer Angelopoulos, Geoffrey Brunson and Katie Russo; great-grandfather of Clarissa and Alexandra Angelopoulos, Andrew and Samuel Brunson; and brother of the late John "Jack" Maier and Alice P. Gasowski. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, and a retiree of Ford Motor Co. and Verizon. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville, where family and friends will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Mickelic, Ann L. 78

  • Formerly of Harwick
  • Born: 1936-03-20
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Ann Louise Mickelic, 78, formerly of Harwick, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. She was born March 20, 1936, in Homer City, to the late John and Mary Kuchinick Novosel and was a lifelong resident of this area. She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church in Harwick. Survivors include her son, Richard (Mary Beth) Mickelic, of Freeport; daughter, Patricia (Sean) Atkinson, of Greensburg; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, John "Sonny" Novosel, of Sarver. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Donald L. Mickelic. There will be no public visitation. A graveside service will held at a later date. Arrangements were handled by the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., Springdale and Cheswick.
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Mikosz Jr., John J. 90

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • John J. Mikosz Jr., 90, of North Versailles, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Irene Mikosz and the late Dolores (Turney) Mikosz; loving father of Mark and Marty and Marcia Jennings and Marilyn Gash; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren and one on the way. John was employed at Fisher Body. He was a service member of 50 years to St. Vincent DePaul. Also, John was an active member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, where he was an usher, Eucharistic minister and an altar server. He was a volunteer of Meals on Wheels for many years. John was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy. In lieu of flowers, family asks for donations to be made to Promise Hospice. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.
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Miller, Charles D. 81

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charles Donald Miller, 81, of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Willa M. Miller; father of Michelle Dawn Cheatham, Charles Donald Miller Jr. (wife, Marjorie) and Gary Douglas Miller (wife, Corina); grandfather of Ashley Payne, Michael, Alexandra, Lucas, Nova, Meja and Isabella Miller; great-grandfather of Penny Miller and Lennox Moore; and brother of James Woody Miller, Courtney D. Miller and the late Janie Ross, Venon Woody and Patricia Black. He was a son of the late Charles H. and Pearl (Woody) Miller. Donald was a retired vice-principal with the Pittsburgh Public School System and a member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the 3 Rivers Model "A" Club, the Model "A" Restorers Club and the PASR. There will be no visitation. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, 2310 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert Marrow officiating. (Everyone please meet at the church.) Interment following in Homewood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, (412-372-2100). http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Rupp, Ruth M. 93

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Murray, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. Rupp, 93, of Lawrenceville, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Dick Rupp; beloved mother of Richard, Edward (Libby) Rupp and Jean (Bill) Komorowski; and grandmother of Ben (Andrea) Mazzoccoli. The family would like to thank the staff at Harmar Village Care Center for their compassion and professional care. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. MURRAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Butler at 52nd streets, Lawrenceville. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Raphael Church.
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Smith Sr., Harvey R.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Harvey R. Smith Sr., of Swissvale, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was the husband of the late Joan Protheroe; loving father of Harvey Jr. (Kim), Robert Sr. and Debra Kenna (Robert); grandfather of Jennifer (Neil), Jacquelyn (Matt), Robert Jr., Christina (James), Rebecca, Renee and Phillip; great-grandfather of Mason; and brother of Merle. Harvey was a Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War and was also a Mason with the Infinity Lodge No. 546 in Verona. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Sullivan, Patricia A. 71

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann (Dimond) Sullivan, 71, of Allison Park died Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Francis P. Sullivan III; loving mother of Francis P. Sullivan IV, Patricia A. Giese and Sean M. Sullivan; grandmother of Virginia L. Sullivan, Ann M. Giese, Jake H. Gillam, Michael A. Sullivan and Reiley E. Sullivan; great-grandmother of Lillian R. McClemens and Michael J. McClemens II; sister of Kathy Groetsch, Eileen Earley, Rob Dimond, John Dimond, Tom Dimond, Maureen Durstein, Dave Dimond and the late Bill Dimond; and daughter of the late William J. and Eileen J. (Murray) Dimond. Family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until time of blessing service at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, 724-772-8800.
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Walker, Ameenah N. 36

  • Formerly of East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ameenah Noel Walker, 36, formerly of East Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Randy and Gwendolyn Louise (Fultz) Walker; sister of Allen, John, Darcinda, Randall and Qiturah; and niece of Vaughn, Ameenah, Connie, Steven, John, Donna, Karen Fultz and other aunts and uncles. She is also survived by two daughters, nieces, nephews and cousins. Ameenah was someone who loved their life to the fullest. She could be described as the sweetest person, who was loving, funny, attentive, honest and loyal to her family. Friends welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Zapf, Lynne E. 62

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Lynne Ellen (Hensel) Zapf, 62, of Munhall, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Jean Hensel; beloved wife of the late William Zapf; loving mother of Kimberly (Ryan) Beatty and the late Billy Zapf; cherished grammy of RJ and Tyler; sister of Cheryl Leonard; and special aunt of Michael and Ian O'Keefe. She was a longtime employee of UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Zunski, Leota M. 79

  • Franklin Park
  • Born: 1935-04-16
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Leota M. (Quigley) Zunski, 79, of Franklin Park, formerly of Moon Township, passed Monday, July 21, 2014. She was born April 16, 1935, in Calumet, Okla., daughter of the late Chris and Bessie (Schmidt) Quigley. She was the beloved wife of 59 years to Robert Zunski; loving mother of Cheryl (Luis) Linares, of Murrieta, Calif., and Robert J. (Penny) Zunski, of Franklin Park; grandmother of Rene Carter, Dannielle Mata, Allison Meeks and Molly and Christopher Zunski; great-grandmother of Chloe, Hailey and Kayla Mata; sister of James and Larry Quigley, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Roger Quigley, of Elkhart, Kansas, Christine DeMenor, of Abilene, Texas, and the late Joe Quigley; and aunt to several nieces and nephews. Leota was valedictorian of her senior class in 1953 of King Fisher High School. Leota was an elementary school teacher, having taught at DeMille Elementary in Westminster, Calif. for 21 years and recently at St. Joseph's School in Coraopolis until her retirement for 18 years, and received the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence. She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Leota loved children and teaching and was a wonderful wife, mother and an amazing teacher. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at COPELAND'S MOON TOWNSHIP, 981 Brodhead Road. Prayers of transfer will be at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church in Moon Township. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery.
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Bostak, William R. 72

  • Harrison City
  • Born: 1942-03-02
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • William R. "Bill" Bostak, 72, of Harrison City, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, showing courageous and inspiring will to the end. Born March 2, 1942, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Richard and Margaret Thelma (Kern) Bostak. His beloved wife of 38 years was the late Dolores "Dolly" J. (Patalsky) Bostak. Prior to his retirement as a telecommunications network engineer, he worked at Affiliated Computer Services in Pittsburgh. Bill was proud of his 33-year career as a telecommunications manager with the National Security Agency and his Army service. He was also a member of St. Barbara Church, Harrison City. He is survived by his loving twin children, Jennifer A. (Stephen) Paulone and David W. Bostak, AIA; beloved granddaughters who called him Pappap, Jessica and Allyson Paulone; a sister, Karen (Paul) Shidel; and several nephews and a special niece, Kathleen (Hose) Border. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Barbara Catholic Church. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Memorial contributions may be made to the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh, 5513 William Flynn Highway, Suite 400, PMB No. 283, Gibsonia, PA 15044. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Brletic, Robert A. 57

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Robert A. "Bobby" Brletic, 57, of Trafford, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was a son of the late John and Lillian (Yusko) Brletic; and brother of the late Richard Brletic. He is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends received from 8 a.m. until parting prayers at 8:45 a.m. Friday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Roman Catholic Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Bucar, Marjorie 82

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1932-06-15
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Marjorie "Marge" Lawrence Bucar, 82, of Trafford, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014. Marge was born June 15, 1932, in Trafford, the daughter of the late Charles J. Lawrence Sr. and Mary Petrini Lawrence. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul "Lou" Bucar. Marge is survived by her two sons, Paul and David Bucar; her grandchildren, David, Sarah, Nathan and Jordan; her brother, Charles J. Lawrence Jr.; and her sister, Joanne Zimmerman; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. At Marge's request, there will be no visitation or graveside services. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. A private burial will take place in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (State Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Castine, Robert A. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-09-01
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Castine, 87, a resident of Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Jeannette, a son of the late William and Marietta Henry Castine. Prior to his retirement, Bob was a neon tube bender for the former McBride's Sign Company of Pittsburgh. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Army Air Force. Bob was a member of the Ascension Church and the American Legion Post 344, both of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Levia DePonte Castine; a brother, Ronald Castine; and a sister, Jean GasPerin. He is survived by his wife, Esther Newhouse Castine; children, Kathleen Blackburn and husband, Lawrence, of Jeannette, Robert Castine, of Los Angeles Calif., Gregory Castine and fiancee, Diane Fair and Jeffry Castine and wife, Diana, all of Greensburg; grandchildren, Phillip Snyder, Courtney Hamilton and Anthony and Christopher Castine; brothers, William Castine Jr., and wife, Vera, of Jeannette, and James Castine, of Greensburg; sisters, Janet Leep, of Greensburg, Nancy Musiak and husband, Joseph, of Latrobe, and Cheryl Painter and husband, William, of Dillsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of the Westmoreland Manor and the Heartland Hospice for the kind and personal care that Bob received. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. The Jeannette Combined Veterans will hold services at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Hamilton, Russell W. 66

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1948-02-07
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Russell W. Hamilton, 66, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at home. He was born Feb. 7, 1948, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late William R. and Olive R. McCullough Hamilton. Russ graduated from Norwin High School, class of 1966, and Grove City College in 1970. Prior to his retirement, Russ was employed as an electrical engineer and sales manager. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan as well as a Boston Red Sox fan. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers season ticket holder for 45 years, member of the Pleasant Valley Country Club and Professional Engineers Association. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, William H. Hamilton. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Carol Ruby Hamilton; one son, Chad and his wife, Lisa; one brother, Paul D. and his wife, Jan, all of North Huntingdon; twin granddaughters, Emma Olivia and Aubrey Lori Hamilton, who were his pride and joy. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Ron Wakeman officiating. Interment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Keslar, Ethel 96

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1918-03-08
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • Ethel Keslar, 96, of Donegal, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Nedrow's Personal Care Home. She was born March 8, 1918, in Rodney, Mt. Pleasant Township, a daughter of the late Harry and Mazie (Stairs) Albert. She was a member of Donegal Christian Missionary Alliance Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth F. Keslar; a daughter, Julie Anne Keslar; three sisters, Catherine Pushkar, Mildred Keefer and Ruth Keyser; sister-in-law, Lorraine B. Albert; and four brothers, Charles, William, Harry and infant, Phey. She is survived by her son, Terry W. Keslar, of Donegal; a granddaughter, Julie Marie Evanichko, of Trauger; three great- grandchildren, Alyssa, Joseph and Kayla; a sister, Marjorie Newingham, of Acme; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ethel's family would like to thank everyone at Nedrow's for the wonderful care that she received. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 322 Church St., Donegal. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Bruce Crossley officiating. Interment will follow in Donegal Cemetery.
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Lamison, Barry J. 49

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1965-03-29
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Barry J. Lamison, 49, of Vandergrift, passed away Monday, July 22, 2014, at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was born March 29, 1965, in Tarentum, son of the late Wilbert M. Lamison and Doris F. (Richardson) Lamison. Barry was a bighearted soul who lived the majority of his life in the Kiski Valley. He was a graduate of Kiski Area High School, class of 1983, and Penn Technical School of Electronics. He was an Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post No. 114 in Vandergrift. Barry loved adventure and travel. He was an avid outdoorsman who was passionate about hunting and fishing; he was a great cook and loved to entertain family and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jeffery Lamison, in 1976. Survivors include his wife, Kathy J. (Westergom) Lamison; his daughter, Tiffany A. Lamison (Douglas J. Leipertz), of Plum; two stepsons, Chase J. Westergom, of Kepple Hill, and Justin T. Westergom, of Indiana, Pa.; also surviving are his two brothers, James (Mariam) Lamison, of Lower Burrell, and Douglas M. Lamison, of Bedford, Ohio; his sister, Shari A. (Bill) Serena, of Washington Township; five nieces, Kasey, Danielle, Bethany, Nicole and Erin; in-laws, Tom and Verna (Parks) Westergom, of Vandergrift; sister-in-law, Karey (Leslie) Anderson, of Paine, Texas; brother-in-law, Jonathan Westergon, of Spring Church; his beloved Pomeranians, Theodore and Eleanor; and a great number of friends who will miss him dearly. A full military memorial service with Vandergrift Honor Guard will be held in his honor from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, with the memorial service to begin at 7p.m. at the JEANETTE GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006, with Chaplin Robert Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Butler Health Care - Account 7023, 325 Newcastle Road, Butler, PA 16001.
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Lange, George L. 84

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • George L. Lange, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, of natural causes. He was 84. A resident of Murrysville, he was born in Natrona Heights to the late George V. and Mildred Lange. He attended Harbrack Senior High School, graduated from the California State Teachers College in 1956 and obtained a Master's in education from the University of Pittsburgh. George served in the Naval Reserves, attaining the rank of Midshipman. In 1982, he was president of the Greater Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce and retired in 1987 as the director of Forbes Road Career and Technology Center. He made notable contributions in the field of vocational education development. George was an active member of Christ's Lutheran Church in Murrysville for many years and was most recently a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling with Leah in their motor home and fishing. He will be especially remembered for his love for family, passion for education, positive outlook, his wink and his wit. Survivors include his wife, Leah; sister, Catharine (Bill) Roberts; and his children, Father Jeremiah Lange OSB PhD, Dr. Deborah (John) Lange, Margie (Jim) McKain and Patricia (Andy) Lasher. Additional survivors include Leah's children, Andrea Cunningham, James (Karen) Lapcevic, Angela (Keith Myers) Ring, Janette (Mario) Traffichini and Paula (Todd) Good. Surviving grandchildren are Dr. Margaret (Eamon) Chory, David Kennedy, Dr. Anthony Kennedy, Molly, Madeline, Millie and Maggie McKain, Joseph and John Lasher. Leah's grandchildren also survive, Lauren Cunningham, Alexandra and Rebecca Lapcevic, Stephon and Ryan Conto; and great-grandchild, Carly Conto. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, located at 5000 Old William Penn Highway, Export. Friends and family will be received at the church at 10:30 a.m. with the memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lewandowski, Thelma J. 85

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1928-10-31
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Thelma J. (Sherbondy) Lewandowski, 85, of West Newton, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Latrobe Health and Rehab Center. She was born Oct. 31, 1928, in South Huntingdon Township, a daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (Hout) Sherbondy. For years, Thelma attended activities at the West Newton Senior Center. She is survived by two sons, John Leighty and wife, Martha, of South Carolina, and Donald Lewandowski and wife, Amy, of West Newton; five grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; a brother, Jay Sherbondy, of Ruffsdale; and a sister, Janet Craig, of Tarrs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lewandowski; a daughter, Becky Ann Bennett; a brother, Richard Sherbondy; and a sister, Kate Mason. There will be no visitation or service. The J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Thelma may be made to Latrobe Health and Rehab Center, 576 Fred Rogers Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Loucks, Ray A. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-07-23
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Ray A. Loucks, 95, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Easy Living Care of Hunker. He was born July 23, 1918, in New Stanton, a son of the late Lawrence and Clema (Kintigh) Loucks. He retired from Robertshaw Controls of New Stanton. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church of Youngwood. He enjoyed flowers and was an avid gardener. Surviving are a son, Jon A. Loucks, of Greensburg; a sister, Marge Grant, of Indiana, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve (Smith) Loucks; four brothers, Ivan, Wayne, Chuck, and Merle Loucks; and three sisters, Alberta Tomkins, Lucille Alborn and Betty Myers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Peter Norby officiating. There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg.
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Redd, Homer L. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1924-09-21
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Homer L. "Bud" Redd, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Weirton, W.Va., a son of the late Homer and Nellie B. Glass Redd. Homer was known as the State Police "Legend" and doing things "his way" an "Officer and a Gentleman." He joined the Army in 1943 where he was a part of the 11th Airborne Division known as the "Angels" during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars and received a letter from President Harry Truman. In 1946 he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Police Academy and continued as a state trooper for 37 years in which time he was promoted to lieutenant and captain and was the commanding officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In 1976 he was promoted to major and in 1983 retired from the state police and joined the Ligonier Borough police. He then became a private investigator with Weaver Investigations and later worked for Bob and Pat Barron as a driver for Valley Transportation and then for the Veterans cab for Lou Falbo until 2011, at which time he retired after 20 years of service. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Ligonier. He also was a life member of the VFW, the American Legion, the retired State Police Association, past president of the Westmoreland County Law Association, Western PA Chiefs of Police and a past president of the State Chairman FOP. In addition to his parents, Homer was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor (Ron) Markham and Ann (Charles) Brown. Homer is survived by his loving wife, Fran Richter Redd; daughters, Patricia Fordyce and Will Swartz, of Greensburg, and Sandra (Ronald) Okum, of Mechanicsburg, also survived by Barry (Tracy) Roddy, of Greensburg, and Rhonda (Earl) Barkley, of New Florence; grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, J.C., Kellye, Jake, Rachel, Taylor and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Rylie, Madeline, Hayley and Jaylen; a sister, Lois (Otto) Blymiller, of Bulter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Homer will be remembered by his many friends, including Tim and Cathy Widich, his Friday night choir practice gang, Bob and Maryjane Mertz, Tommy Brannigan and a new paratrooper friend, Enid (Ron) Prettiman. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Morrow "Pat" Hartman, retired PSP, officiating. Interment will follow in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. The Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard will hold services at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The FOP will hold services at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation, 3625 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or St. James Lutheran Church, 300 W. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658.
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Saunders, John W. 63

  • Scottdale , Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1951-01-31
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John W. Saunders, 63, of Scottdale, formerly of Irwin, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was born Jan. 31, 1951, a son of the late John H. "Jack" and Patricia (Wyncoop) Saunders, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Tubbs. He was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1968, and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He was a former salesman in the automotive industry and enjoyed finish carpentry. He is survived by his son, Mark Saunders, of Ohio; a sister, Karen (Nick) Miniotis, of Louisiana; a brother, William (Lori) Saunders, of Jeannette; also nieces and nephews. At John's request, there will be no viewing or services. Private interment will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of arrangements.
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Sendykar, Lillian 87

  • Formerly of Arnold
  • Born: 1927-01-15
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Lillian Sendykar, 87, formerly of Arnold, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Hospice Home at High Point, N.C. She was born Jan. 15, 1927, in Leechburg, daughter of the late Louis and Teresa (Audo) Conto. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Janet (Brucki) Sendykar; and two nephews. Lillian was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in New Kensington, the Addolorata Society and St. Anthony Guild, both of the church. At one time, she worked at her family's store, Conto's Market. She also worked as a bookkeeper in the automotive industry for Teo's Dodge in Irwin, Joe Duke Pontiac in Arnold and Frank Fuhrer and Associates in O'Hara Township for many years. Lillian was a member of the Catholic Business and Professional Women, New Kensington, and Forward America Ladies Lodge. She enjoyed life, movies, plays, playing cards, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Lillian is survived by a son, David L. Sendykar; two grandsons, Eric (Lauren) Sendykar and Marc Sendykar; two great-grandsons, Harrison and Hayden Sendykar; a sister, Florence Polas; and two nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner/supervisor. Prayers of transfer will take place at 12:30 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 1 p.m., in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Vucelich, Alice D. 83

  • Export
  • Born: 1930-12-30
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Alice D. Vucelich, 83, of Export, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 20, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Delmont, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Plantni) Paulich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, David and Sam Vucelich; four sisters, Christine, Agnes, Betty and Alberta; and a brother, Henry Paulich. Alice was a member of St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church in Monroeville. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her beloved husband, Sam; loving grandchildren, Allison, Sam, Alex, Michael and Bekah; daughter-in-law, Roberta Vucelich; great-grandson, Samulito; and is also survived by brother and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, (724) 327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export. Pomen service will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mad in Alice's name to St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, 2110 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Walter, Brendan J. 18

  • Tarrs
  • Born: 1996-02-23
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Brendan J. "B" Walter, 18, of Tarrs, died Saturday afternoon, July 19, 2014, of injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident on State Route 31, East Huntingdon Township. Brendan's family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with his Pastor, the Rev. Stephen Moore, of Trinity United Methodist Church, officiating. Chapel service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. For those who wish to remember "B" in a special way, Brendan's family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed presently to his parents, for a scholarship fund to be set up in "B's" Memory in the very near future. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send online condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Wasil, Laura M. 79

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1934-10-29
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Laura M. Wasil, 79, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late John E. and Grace Lauffer Rugh. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Greensburg. Prior to her retirement, she worked at Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Laura was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteered at the American Red Cross of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Wayne Rugh. She is survived by four sons, Mark A. Wasil, of Luxor, Ralph T. (Brenda) Wasil Sr., of Norvelt, Paul D. Wasil, of Latrobe, and Scott E. (Barb) Wasil, of Ligonier; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Crusan, of Greensburg. There will be no public visitation or service. Private interment will be in Greensburg Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, 351 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Armstrong County

Byerly, Edward R.

  • Kittanning , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-06-04
  • Funeral Home: ___, ___ | Get Directions
  • Edward R. Byerly, of Kittanning, formerly of Jeannette, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The friends and family of Mr. Byerly are invited to a memorial service honoring his life and service to his country at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, with the Rev. Dr. Allyn L. Ricketts officiating.
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Crawford, Sarah A. 90

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1923-11-24
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Sarah Anna (Saylor) Crawford, 90, of Worthington, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Armstrong County Health Center. She was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Buffalo Valley, West Franklin Township, a daughter of the late James and Buelah (Blymiller) Saylor, and was a lifelong resident of the area. She worked at Moonlight Mushrooms for 35 years. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Sue Crawford, of Worthington; two sons, LeRoy Crawford, of Slippery Rock, and William Crawford (Karen), of New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Charles Crawford, in 1976; sister, Joy Shankle; two brothers, Dale and Boyd "Bussy" Saylor; one grandson; one great-grandson; and one great-granddaughter. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Worthington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. William Mumaw Jr. officiating. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sarah's honor to Armstrong County Community Theater c/o F. Duane Snyder Funeral Home. For more information to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Jackson, Paul G. 81

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Paul G. "Chip" Jackson, 81, of Ford City, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where a Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church. There will be an additional hour of visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. A complete obituary will be published in Thursday's Leader Times. http://www.welchfh.com.
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Lasher, Keith A. 50

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1964-01-10
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Keith A. "Skeeter" Lasher, 50, of Kittanning, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. He was born Jan. 10, 1964, in Kittanning, and was a lifelong resident of the community. He was the son of the late Edward J. Lasher Sr. and Shirley (Beers) Titus. He was a retired custodian for the Armstrong School District. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Survivors include his mother, Shirley Titus, of Kittanning; brother, Edward J. (Denise) Lasher Jr., of Ford City; sister, Kimberly (Dave) Crawford, of Kittanning; stepbrother, James Titus, of Kittanning; stepsister, Brenda (Greg) Anderson, of Templeton; nephew, Hunter Lasher, of Ford City; best buddy, Cushey; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward J. Lasher Sr.; stepfather, James Titus Sr.; and stepsister, Stacy Atherton. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME, Kittanning. Interment will be in Kittanning Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Wolfe, Helen L. 88

  • Adrian
  • Born: 1926-07-18
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Cowansville | Get Directions
  • Helen L. (Kaufman) Wolfe, 88, of Adrian, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born July 18, 1926, in Washington Township, she was a daughter of the late Leroy and Mary Jane (Harmon) Kaufman. She attended St. Mark Lutheran Church in Adrian. Mrs. Wolfe liked to play bingo and crossword puzzles. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Jacob Wolfe, whom she married in July 1944; a daughter, Connie (Jim) Crawford, of Karns City; five sons, Jacob (Kathy) Wolfe Jr., of Sherrett, James (Linda) Wolfe, of East Brady RD1, Robert (Pat) Wolfe, of Adrian, Marty (Debbie) Wolfe, of Garretts Run, and Ronald (Teri) Wolfe, of Adrian; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Rick Swaney, of Adrian; and two sisters, Jean Belles, of Adrian, and Carol Bowser, of Florida. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Swaney; a grandson, Jimmy Wolfe; a great-grandson, Matthew Johns; two brothers, Arthur and Walter Kaufman; and three sisters, Vera Jack, Betty Southworth and Thelma Kaufman. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Cowansville. Additional viewing will be held from noon until time of services at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. Mark Lutheran Church, in Adrian, with the Rev. James Neal officiating. Interment in Croyle Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Beaver County

Batalik, Florence 87

  • Baden , Formerly of Ambridge
  • Born: 1926-10-14
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • Florence "Flo" Batalik, 87, a resident of Villa St. Joseph, Baden, formerly of Ambridge, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Joseph and Ann Ravagni Sheridan. She was a retired payroll clerk with the Ambridge School District with 28 years of service and a member of Good Samaritan Catholic Church. Flo was a member of and served on the board of the Ambridge Credit Union. Surviving are two daughters, Charlene (Joseph) Goral, of Cranberry Township, and Mickey (Tony) DiTullio, of Darlington; five grandchildren, Michele Ackerman, Stacy (Chuck) Huthmaker, David (Kellie) Goral, Charlene Cunzolo and Nick Shively, and Tommy (Roxanne) Jensen; and nine great-grandchildren, David, Caleb, Zachary, Seth, Kristin, DJ, Peyton, Zoe and Teagen. Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Charles Batalik; and two sisters, Jane Hopper and Mickey Flournoy. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, where prayers will be offered at 8:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in Good Samaritan Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Economy Cemetery. The family would like to extend a thank you to all who helped care for Florence and a special thank you to the dedicated staff of the Ebensburg Unit of Villa St. Joseph, Baden, Good Samaritan Hospice and her many friends in the Ebensburg Unit. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Villa St. Joseph, 1030 State St., Baden, PA 15005.
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Olujich, John 91

  • Formerly of Ambridge
  • Born: 1923-04-13
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • John Olujich, 91, of Woodridge, Ill., formerly of Ambridge, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Seasons Hospice, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 13, 1923, in Prolozac, Croactia, to Grgo and Antica Olujic. John was a member of the Good Samaritan Catholic Church and longtime owner of Jobco Steel Fabricating in Ambridge until his retirement in 2007. John is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth "Betty" (Witkowski) Olujich; daughters, Michele (Richard) Czupowski, of Woodridge, Ill., and Anita (Joseph M) Olujich-Dempsey, of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; grandchildren, Richard II (Shannon) Czupowski, Michael Czupowski, Danica Dempsey, Miranda Dempsey and Kieran Dempsey; great-grandchildren, Payton and Reagan Czupowski; sister, Ana Rimac, of Split, Croatia; sister-in-law, Lois Kaufman, of Zelienople; brother-in-law, Mathew (Judith) Witkowski, of Florence, S.C.; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members who will miss him. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Ante Olujic. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, where prayers will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m., in Good Samaritan Catholic Church. Interment will follow in St. Augustine Cemetery in Shaler Township.
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Butler County

Colonello Jr., Edward J. 61

  • Mars
  • Born: 1952-11-14
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Colonello Jr., 61, of Mars, died unexpectedly Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home. Born in Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, 1952, he was a son of the late Edward J. Sr. and Mary Delsandro Colonello. Ed was a postal employee at the Pittsburgh Post Office on the North Side and later at the Bulk Mail Center in Warrendale. He was a member of Holy Sepulcher Church in Glade Mills. Surviving are a brother, Frank M. Colonello and his wife, Susan, of Allison Park; a sister, Donna Gamble and her husband, Donald, of Delmont; a nephew, Nicholas Colonello, of Allison Park; his uncles, John Colonello, of Middlesex Township, and Pete Colonello, of Gibsonia; and many cousins. There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 E. Cruikshank Road, Butler, PA 16002, with Father Phil Farrell as celebrant. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Porter, Jene F. 89

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1924-11-25
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Jene F. "Bud" Porter, 89, of South Connellsville, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. He was born Nov. 25, 1924, in South Connellsville, a son of the late William O. and Etta O'Neal Porter. Mr. Porter was a retired machinist at Anchor Hocking Glass and he had also previously been employed at Rack Engineering. He was a member of the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Department and the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by a daughter, Sue Reagan and her husband, Jerry, of South Connellsville; three grandchildren, Jerry Reagan Jr. and his wife, Crystal, Thomas Reagan and his wife, Heather, and Holly Reagan; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Shirley Stewart; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bud was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Stewart Porter, in 2005; his brothers, Herbert, Lewis, John and Elwood Porter; and his sisters, Carrie Faidley, Martha Leeder and Cora Orndorff. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Stile, Donna M. 60

  • Perryopolis
  • Born: 1954-05-12
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Eley-McCrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Donna M. Stile, 60, of Perryopolis, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at home surrounded by her family. She was born May 12, 1954, in North Charleroi, son of the late Robert G. Stile and Geraldine E. Kerr Stile. She is survived by her long-time loving companion Rick "Yogi" Keffer of Perryopolis; daughter, Tina Roach and fiance, Jay Minton, of Confluence; daughter, Holly Keffer and fiance, Steve Gollihue, of Perryopolis; brother, Ken Stile and wife, Lois, of Perryopolis; brother, Bill Stile and wife, Alice, of Elizabeth; brother, Dave Stile and wife, Sandy, of McKees Rocks; sister, Beverly Harash of Mt. Pleasant; three grandsons, Jay Minton Jr., Jaden and Albert Gollihue. She was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Stile Jr. Private viewing and funeral services were held Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the ELEY/McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, 724-326-5621, http://www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com. Interment took place in the Monongahela Cemetery, Monongahela, PA 15063,
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Washington County

Butera, Margaret 85

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1928-12-23
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peg" Butera, 85, of Charleroi, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in the Mon Valley Care Center. Born on Dec. 23, 1928, she was the daughter on the late Frank and Mari Janic Kocian. She was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, and an excellent homemaker. Peg is survived by her son, Joseph Edward Butera, and wife, Chris, of Bethel Park; daughters, Linda Susick and husband, Michael, of Belle Vernon, and Donna Ramusivich and husband, Joseph, of Bethel Park; sister, Dolores Snyder, of Lakewood, Ohio; grandchildren, Joseph William (Melissa) Butera, Abby Butera, Michael Susick, Julie Susick, Stephen (Amanda) Ramusivich, and Brad Ramusivich; great-grandchildren, Samuel Butera and one on the way; nieces and nephews; and special friend, Joyce Ramusivich. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph D. Butera, in 2003; brothers, Steven and Frank Kocian; and sisters, Rose Sedlak, Mary Blumenstock, Agnes Fidnarik, Helen Morgan, and Ann Jeffers. Friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, and will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, in Mary, Mother of the Church, with interment following in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Gricas, Shirley L. 79

  • North Charleroi
  • Born: 1934-07-25
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Shirley Lou Gricas, 79, of North Charleroi, died on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in UPMC Mercy Hospital. Born on July 25, 1934, in North Charleroi, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Katherine Kreull Franks. She was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church and formerly worked at Books Shoe Store in Charleroi. She is survived by her husband, John W. Gricas; son, John A. Gricas of North Charleroi; daughter, Cindy Randall of North Charleroi; grandsons, Bryan Randall and wife, Alexis, of Bethel Park and Mark Randall of North Charleroi; great-grandson, Alex Randall; and sister, Betty Wright of North Charleroi. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, in Mary, Mother of the Church, with interment following at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Moore, Lee 70

  • Centerville
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Emerson Lee Moore III, 70, of Centerville, Washington County, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Lee was born in Waynesburg, one of two sons of Emerson Lee Jr. and Audrey (Cox) Moore. He was a retired foreman for the Equitable Gas Company, was a member of the American Legion in West Brownsville and had retired from the Army in 1989 after serving 23 years during the Vietnam Era and in the Reserves. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Judy Heckman Moore; daughter, Dayna (John) Timcheck, of Cloverdale, Ind.; son, Donald Moore, of Bedford, Ind.; stepdaughter, Wendy (Mike) Gabauer, of Finleyville; four grandchildren, Haley and Adam Timcheck, Jesse Moore and Rachael Gabauer; and his brother, Larry (Sue) Moore, of Waynesburg. As per Lee's wishes, there is no viewing or visitation, only a private burial in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with military honors. Arrangements by STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 412-384-0350, Jefferson Hills. His family suggests donations may be made in his name to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Lebanon, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. For condolences, visit http://www.stephendslater.com.
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Ruschak, Betty Jane (Huss) 74

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1940-07-01
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Betty Jane (Huss) Ruschak, 74, of Charleroi, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was born July 1, 1940, in Dunbar Township, a daughter of the late William and Catherine Hair Huss. Betty graduated from East Huntington High School in 1958. In her high school years, she was a member of the Glee Club, Tri-Hi-Y, 4-H and the Special Chorus. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Charleroi and a member of the church choir. Betty was lifetime member of the Y-Gradale and of the Eastern Star. She was one of the founders of the Charleroi Youth and Government Program of the YMCA and a lifetime member of the Mon Valley YMCA. Betty worked alongside her husband at Ruschak Associates, Insurance and Real Estate Agency in Charleroi. She was a licensed insurance agent and real estate broker. She loved to meet her family at their family farm in Forward Township. She loved to garden, cook, can foods and was an excellent seamstress. Betty was very proud of her family. She loved Charleroi "The Magic City" where she loved shopping in Millers, Towne Casuals, Oranges Gift Shop and all the shoe stores. Betty was the best wife, mother and grandmother that one could ever have. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Donald Ruschak; two sons, Donald Alan Ruschak and wife, Lois, of Charleroi, and David Emerson Ruschak and wife, Jessie, of Monongahela; a sister, Barbara Brilhart and husband, Gene, of Scottdale; one brother, William Huss and wife, Sharon, of Scottdale; and seven grandchildren, Shelby, Samantha, Skylar, Coral, Pearl, Noah and Jonah Ruschak. She also leaves behind a canine friend named Gunner. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Funeral services will held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mon Valley YMCA or an organization close to your heart. Online condolences may be sent to the family at schrock-hogan.com.
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Stewart, Dorothy D. 90

  • Roscoe
  • Born: 1923-11-16
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Dorothy D. Stewart, 90, of Roscoe, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. A daughter of the late Oliver and Louisa Conaway Duvall, she was born in Elco on Nov. 16, 1923. A lifelong resident of Roscoe, she was a member of Eastern Star, Monessen Chapter 205. Survivors include one sister, Nola Trader of Bentleyville; one daughter-in-law, Pat Stewart of Allenport; and two grandchildren, Bob Stewart of Allenport and Darcy Henry (Ralph) of Monessen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. Stewart on April 13, 1988; a son, Robert E. Stewart on March 8, 1986; two sisters, Ruth Vernallis and Blanche Nutt; and three brothers, Clifford, Clell and Wilford Duvall. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. The Eastern Star will meet in the funeral home to hold services on Thursday at 7 p.m. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Sandy Conti officiating. Interment will follow in Howe Cemetery, Coal Center.
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Elsewhere

Jaffe, Annalee and Andrew

  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Annalee Katherine and Andrew Robert Jaffe died Sunday, July 20, 2014, after a short stay on Earth, in Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C. They were the children of Thomas A. and Marie (Swallop) Jaffe, of Charlotte, N.C. In addition to their parents, Annalee and Andrew are survived by their paternal grandparents, Roger and Margaret Jaffe, of Gaithersburg, Md.; and maternal grandparents, Robert and Cynthia Swallop, of Connellsville. Friends will be received from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m., in St. Rita Roman Catholic Church, with Father Jean-Luc Zadroga, NOSB, of St. Vincent College and Archabbey, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Rita Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Kealy, Patricia 86

  • Wilmington, Del.
  • Died: 2014-07-21
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  • Patricia Weaver Kealy, 86, of Wilmington, Del., passed away Monday, July 21, 2014. Born in Ford City, Pat was the daughter of Anna Keener and James Bert Weaver. She graduated with her nursing degree from Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and supported the family while her husband, Tom, earned his doctorate. After getting the youngest of her nine children into grade school, she returned to nursing, first at the Wilmington General Hospital, then Christiana Hospital and finally at the Kutz Home. Pat loved times when the family was all together as well as all of the individual visits with her children and their families. At family gatherings, she'd be found playing Rummikub with the grandkids. Pat had a great sense of humor and came out with one-liners that made you laugh. She enjoyed the camaraderie with the other Pearls and Clams in her water group at the Brandywine YMCA. She was a member of the parish at St. Helena's for more than 40 years and appreciated the relationships she built there. Some of those years she served as a volunteer helping people in the community. Pat is survived by her children, Ann Mitchell (Henry), of Chesapeake City, Md., Tom Kealy (Kathy), of Landenberg, Mary Jo Kealy (Mark Rockel), of Wilmington, Del., Terry Agee (Dave), of Bucks County, Liz Kealy, of Boston, Mass., Kiki Comerford (Pat), of West Chester, Jean Isaacs (Mitch), of Wyckoff, N.J., and Maggi Chodack (Jeff), of New Milford, Conn.; 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Joseph Kealy; her daughter, Jane Kealy Ordemann; her parents; three sisters, Elizabeth Weaver, Marion Weaver and Dorothy Winslow; and her brother, James Weaver.
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Miller, Dorothy A. 77

  • Martinsburg
  • Born: 1937-03-29
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Dorothy A. Miller, 77, of Martinsburg, W. Va., most recently of Cranberry, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 20, 2014, in the Evergreen Nursing Home, Harmony. She was born March 29, 1937, in Acme, a daughter of the late Anthony and Ann Adamerovich Loncharich. She had worked as an office manager for the Dick Corporation and was a member of the St. Raymond of the Mountain Roman Catholic Church in Donegal. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 58 years, William G. Miller Sr.; her children, B.J. Miller and wife, Connie, of Cranberry Township, Michael Miller and wife, Brandy, of Johnson City, Tenn., Sonya Marie Harmon and Debra Sigel, both of Latrobe, and Robin Carter and husband, Tracy, of Frederick, Md.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Frederick Loncharich and wife, Bonnie, of Harrisburg; and sisters, Jane Stanczyk, of Somerset, and Carol Brooks, of Latrobe. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146, Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, 724-455-2310, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Wayne Hobbes officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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