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Allison, Carol L.

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Carol L. (Merritts) Allison, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her home. She was the beloved wife of 65 years to James W. Allison Sr.; the loving mother of two sons, James W. Allison Jr. and his wife, Jean, of Blairsville, and Timothy K. Allison, of Derry. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rexford Lester and Ida Mae Merritts, of Wilmerding; and her brother, Robert Merritts. Carol is survived by her eight beloved grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six siblings, Jack Merritts, Claire Shepherd, Cynthia Kramer, Claudia Petkervich, Cheryl Mitchell and David Merritts. Carol was a longtime member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, as well as the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile of the Shrine. Her lifelong love was her family, which grew throughout the years. Her kind, gentle and caring spirit will be missed by those that she touched. She was a truly a loving wife, devoted mother and caring friend to all who knew her. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert J. Marrow officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Anderson, Frances M. 85

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1929-02-08
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Frances M. (Zucchero) Anderson, 85, of Hampton Township, formerly of Shaler Township, passed peacefully Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Arden Courts personal care facility surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Zucchero; beloved wife of Robert T. Anderson Jr.; loving mother of Robert T. (Martha) Anderson III, of Rockford, Ill, and Cathy Jo (Walt) Smith, of Highland, Calif.; devoted grandmother of Nathan and Christine Smith; sister of the late Mary Catherine Cleary, Josephine Rizza and Antonina "Lena" Teresi; dedicated aunt to Norman Cleary (Moria), of Oakland, Camelia McGary (Rizza), of Sun City, Fla., Anthony Rizza, of Hilton Head, S.C., and the late Francine Teresi; Fran was a committed godmother of Lauryn (Stephen, Mila) Cessar Sacha; and loving friend to her extended family, Sandra and Rick Cessar. Fran was a graduate of Penn State University Class of 1951, School of Hospitality Management. On her June 7th wedding day, while working as a dietician for U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works, she was provided with a police escort through picket lines, to the cheers of management and labor, during the steelworkers strike of 1952. She was also the banquet manager at the Sheraton McKnight Road from 1968 through 1980. Former president of the Glenshaw Century Club, and member for more than 30 years, Fran was a chairperson for the annual holiday house tour and bazaar. She was well known among friends and family for her warm entertaining and elegant dinner parties. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Etna, since 1953. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. A celebrations of life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 66 Grant Ave., Etna, PA 15223. Interment in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD, Glenshaw.
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Bachle, Frank C. 90

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

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Ethel M. "June" (Barna) Borgan, of Munhall, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Borgan; mother of James J. (Sandy) Borgan, Joseph A. Borgan, Jacqueline E. (James) Palmieri and Jennifer (Regis) Robson; sister of Edward Barna, Robert Barna and the late John Barna; grandmother of Mindy, Jamie, Tracy, Mark, Ann, Derek, Julie Ann and Rege; also survived by four great-grandchildren. Ethel was a retired steel worker from U. S. Steel and a retired crossing guard for Munhall Borough and St. Therese Church. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Therese Church, Munhall. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to St. Therese Church in Ethel's memory. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Boyce, Harris 88

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Harris "Roy" Boyce, 88, of Whitehall, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to the late Margaret (Powell) Boyce; loving father of Harris Jr. (Mary Ann), John (Catherine) Boyce and Debra (Jim) Stetor; caring grandfather of Harris III (Amy), Sean (Katherine), John Jr. (Jeanette) and Erin (Jeff Schussler) Boyce, Courtney (Brian Dunkin) and Michael Stetor; great-grandfather of Hannah, Cameron, Kayden, Colin, Abigail, Tyler and Logan and Jack; and brother of the late Betty (Willard) Thomas and John (Jean) Boyce. Roy honorably served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After graduating from Bucknell University and the University of Pittsburgh, he was employed at Duquesne Light Co. for 40 years as an electrical engineer. He was a past Master of the Pleasant Hills-Guthrie Masonic Lodge No. 509 F and AM and a member of the Syria Shrine. Roy was a 15-year volunteer at the VA Hospital in Oakland. He was also an active volunteer of the Boy Scouts of America, awarded the Silver Beaver, earned the Wood Badge and enjoyed all facets of Scouting. He was a longtime member of the Hamilton Presbyterian Church. Roy was lovingly referred to as "Cookie Man" for his wonderful cookies, fudge and baklava. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Hamilton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Brown, Mary L. 88

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

  • Churchill
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Sam F. Cappuccio, 88, of Churchill, formerly of East Liberty, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to Eleanor; adored father of Cheryl (deceased husband, Nick) Fazio, of Florida, Ron (Annette) Cappuccio, of Monroeville, and Jeffrey (Debbi) Cappuccio, of Moon Township; brother of Dante, Fred and Peter Cappuccio; grandfather of C.J. and Anthony Cappuccio; and step-grandfather to Trey and Tylor Balson and Amanda Freedline. Sam was a proud World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, and a longtime active member of Forest Hills Lions Club. Friends will be received 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC. FOREST HILLS CHAPEL, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday in St. John Fisher Church. Everyone please meet at church.
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Casey, Abigail C. 90

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Abigail Claire Kittiko Casey, 90, of White Oak, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She will be missed by her loving husband of 66 years, Alfred James Casey, formerly of Clairton; by daughters, Clareanne (Daniel) Best, of East McKeesport, Christine Casey, of Pittsburgh, Victoria (Michael) Tomcik, of Port Vue; and son, Mark (Lynnette) Casey, of Arizona. Born Feb. 14, 1924, in McKeesport, Abigail was the daughter of the late Salvatore William Kittiko and Rose Bisesi. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph and William G. Kittiko; and a nephew, William C. Kittiko. Grandma Abby will be sadly missed by grandchildren, Donna Lippock, Brian, Daniel and Elizabeth Best, Matthew, Maegan and Terese Casey, Sarah Tomcik, Stephanie Didjunas, Samantha Roland and Rosie Casey McDunn. Her 11 great-grandchildren will deeply miss their GG. Also, Abby will be missed by her nieces and nephews and numerous loving and supportive cousins. An active member of St. Peter's Church until it closed, she was a member of St. Patrick's, formerly St. Perpetua in Christy Park. A 1943 graduate of McKeesport High School, Abigail also attended PIA. She took pride in being a homemaker. In addition, she retired from McKeesport Hospital where she was a nursing assistant in the operating room and secretary in the blood bank. She was a sales clerk at Gimbels, Kaufmanns and Forsythe's. She enjoyed traveling to Arizona and California to visit family. She loved to swim and was a longtime member of the McKeesport and Wilmerding YMCA's. An avid reader, Abby volunteered with the literacy program at the former Eastland Mall. She also volunteered at Kane Hospital in McKeesport and sewed costumes for the McKeesport High School musicals. She and her husband toured Italy, including Sicily. She loved being a member of the Red Hat Society. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Final viewing before Mass will be from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Monday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in St. Patrick Church with Rev. Vincent P. Velas as celebrant. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Memorial contributions may be sent to Auberle, McKeesport YMCA, Wilmerding YMCA or Family Hospice. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Cook, Paula 68

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Paula (Marcoly) Cook, 68, of Marshall Township, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late James and Katherine (Babic) Marcoly; loving mother of John M. "Jamie" Cook and his wife, Debby, of Arlington, Va.; dear grandmother of Kostya E. Cook, of Arlington; beloved sister of Mary Jo (the late Dr. Joseph) Micucci, of McCandless and the late James Marcoly; aunt of Dana (Mieshiel) Micucci, Bryan Micucci, Jay (Ricki) Miccuci, Andy (Amy) Cook and Candice Cook; and great-aunt of Madison, Sydney, Keaton, Cruz, Fontana, Max, Jack and Drew. A truly beautiful woman, Paula made sure to have fun all the time, was tremendously caring, tough when she needed to be, very proud, endlessly loving and lit up at the mention of her dear grandson, Kostya, who was her light and spirit. She was a longtime employee with West Penn Financial, an annual theatre subscriber and lover of the arts, loved baking, flowers, being with family and friends and will be missed by so many. Family will welcome friends 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park. Blessing services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Donations may be made to Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, http://www.aamds.org. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Dennis, Iris V. 83

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1931-10-04
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Waters, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Iris Virginia (Mosby) Dennis, 83, Pittsburgh, departed this life peacefully Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Kane Regional Hospital, McKeesport. She was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Inwood, W.Va., daughter of the late Lewis William and Roxie Ellen Wade Mosby. She worked as a caregiver to children. Surviving are two daughters, Norma "Gee Gee" (Harold) Allen, of McKeesport, and Iris Denise (Harold) Hayes, of Pittsburgh; five granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Mosby Russ, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; two sisters-in-law, Marva Young Mosby, of McKeesport, and Lola Mosby, of Hagerstown, Md.; brother-in-law, Leonard (Helen) Harris, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, with the Rev. Alonzo Burney officiating. Interment will follow in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport, PA 15132. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to NEED, Law and Finance Building, 429 Fourth Ave., 20th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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Dixon, Margaret 86

  • Shadyside
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Margaret Dixon, 86, of Shadyside, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, John I. Dixon; loving stepmother of John I. Dixon Jr., Steven H. Dixon and Alexander F. Dixon. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Franklin; her niece, Maureen Drether; and nephew, Stephen A. Lewins. Margaret was born in 1928 in Gateshead County England to Henry and Elizabeth Dobson. She and her twin sister Liz were evacuated during the war years to a place in the English countryside where they were cared for until after the war. Margaret migrated to South Africa in 1964 where she worked as a librarian until 1972 when she met and married her late husband, John. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Dovalovsky, John J. 94

  • Elrama
  • Born: 1920-06-23
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • John J. Dovalovsky, 94, of Elrama, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Arden Courts in Jefferson Hills. He was born June 23, 1920, near Elrama/Shire Oaks in Washington County. He was the son of the late John L. Dovalovsky and Catherine (Brindza) Dovalovsky, who immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. John learned to play the violin at an early age. While attending Clairton High School, he played the violin in the orchestra and in the chamber-music ensemble. He also played the tuba, then trombone in the orchestra. He attended Duquesne University School of Music for one year before taking a job with U.S. Steel in Clairton. John enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Dec. 5, 1941. He served as a sergeant in the 729th Air Material Squadron in England, France and Germany and other parts of Central Europe during World War II. He received a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Stars. He was proud of his almost four years of service to our country during the War. After his military service, John took a job with the Pennsylvania Railroad where he worked as a fireman, then engineer for more than 36 years with the PRR, Penn-Central and Conrail until he retired in 1981. He was a founding member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church near Elrama and a long-term member of the Elrama Volunteer Fire Company. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his cherished wife of more than 55 years, Helen C. (Sevcik) Dovalovsky, in 2003; and his brother, William F. Dovalovsky, in 2008. He is survived by his three children, John (Linda) Dovalovsky, of Lombard, Ill., Richard (Gail) Dovalovsky, of Wayne, Pa., and Marilyn (William) Wenger, of Rennerdale, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Jason (Laura) Dovalovsky, Brian (Stacie) Dovalovsky, Stacey (Jason) Jankowiak, Lindsay (Ian) Valentine, Michael Wenger, Danielle Wenger and Jeffrey Dovalovsky; and 10 great-grandchildren, Katrina, Jakob, Alison, Alina, Matthew, Kasia, Nicolas, Lydia, Rachael and Nathan. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all those who were kind to or helped our dad in any way since our mother passed away. Special thanks to the ladies of the Elrama United Methodist Church who always remembered our dad, especially throughout these last three years. John was a quiet, private person. He was a man of strong faith who loved his wife and was devoted to his family. Our family takes great comfort in the knowledge that he is now with God, reunited with his wife, our mother, and that they now live together with Jesus for eternity. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth. Additional visitation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at St. Isaac Jogues Church, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robert J. Boyle officiating. Burial with military honors at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Isaac Jogues Parish, 1216 Collins Ave., Jefferson Hills, PA 15025; Elrama United Methodist Church, 19 Downer Ave., Elrama, PA 15038; or Horizons Hospice, 2549 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Elliott, Elaine

  • Regent Square
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Elaine (Anderson) Elliott, of Regent Square, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late William A. Elliott; loving mother of Bruce and his wife, Brenda, Robert, and Brian and his wife, Michelle; dear grandmother of Brittney, Brandon, Zachary, Sadie, Audrey, Jackson and Caleb; and sister of Thomas, Steve and K.C. Elaine worked for U.S. Steel, the Post-Gazette and a cleaning company. Friends will be received 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Fuller, Clarence L. 73

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1941-11-21
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Clarence L. Fuller, 73, of Elizabeth, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Riverside Nursing Center in McKeesport. Born Nov. 21, 1941, in West Elizabeth, he was a son of Blanche (Sowa) Fuller, of Irwin, and the late Clarence F. Fuller. A member of The Club of Glassport, he is survived, besides his mother, by his sister, Gloria (William) Daube, of North Huntingdon; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until a noon funeral service Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344), with the Rev. Stephen Hospodor officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice, 750 Holiday Drive, No. 110, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
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Glavanics, Eugenia 77

  • Richland Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Eugenia "Sis" (Wasielewski) Glavanics, 77, of Richland Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 54 years of Alajos "Louie" Glavanics; loving mother of Louis J. Glavanics, Connie (Herbert) Gass, Susan (Norman) Hill, Lisa (John) Fabian and James Glavanics; sister of Matthew "Jr" Wasielewski, Edward Waleski, Stanley Wasielewski, Judy Krantz and Elaine Buyna; proud grandmother of Jeremy, Zachary, Amelia, Elijah, Ethan, Emily, Elissa, Lydia and Jessica; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Sis was a wonderful cook, always providing meals for family and friends, and being proud of her heritage, excelled with many Polish dishes. She loved polka, cherished her grandchildren and was always there when you needed her. She will be dearly missed. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday at St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Interment in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, http://www.stjude.org. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Gross, David L. 67

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • David L. Gross, 67, of West Mifflin, formerly of Bridgeville, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Philomena (Rajakovic) Gross; father of Al Lengyel, of Dravosburg, and Brian (Jackie) Lengyel, of West Mifflin; brother of Danny (Dolly) Gross, of Washington, Pa., and the late Dawna French; and son of the late Louis and Elvira (Durbin) Gross. He also leaves behind his beloved puppies, Zoey Pooh and Shea Shea. David was a former engineer for ICF Kaiser International, former owner of Duquesne Village Lanes, a realtor with Keller- Williams Realty Pittsburgh South and a proud Army veteran. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, with Father Nicholas Mastrangelo.
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Hoffman-Currin, Barbara 56

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

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-10-08
  • Died: 2014-09-23
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann (Putz) Holmes died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in McKeesport. Truly missed by those who loved her, Pat Holmes was born Oct. 8, 1930, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late John and Barbara (Radinovic) Putz. Widow of the late Robert F. Holmes, Pat was the loving mom of daughters, Barbara (Eric Falk) and Mary; and the beloved "Ne" to her grandchildren, Rob and Kati Falk, and Trisha Holmes. She was a graduate of Carlow College (then Mount Mercy) and Duquesne University, worked at Braddock Hospital before becoming a full-time mom and was proprietor of Barbara's Confectionary in McKeesport. She was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish and its Ladies of Charity and the McKeesport Hospital Junior Committee, working in first the snack bar and then the gift shop as a volunteer for more than 40 years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27th, at St. Angela Merici Church, Fawcett Avenue, White Oak, and Mass at 11 a.m. Burial at New St. Joseph Cemetery will be at a later date and private. If so desired, contributions can be made to St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak, PA 15131, or to Auberle Home for Youth, 1101 Hartman St., McKeesport, PA 15132. Arrangements by the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Kennedy, Elizabeth R. 96

  • Formerly of Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth R. "Betty" Kennedy, 96, formerly of Castle Shannon, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Charles Milton Kennedy Jr. and Agnes Kennedy; sister of the late Charles Milton (Helen B.) Kennedy III; and aunt of Charles Milton Kennedy IV (Bonnie Jean), of Cleveland, Ohio, and William B. Kennedy, of Columbus. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, were funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or Ligonier Camp and Conference Center, 188 Macartney Lane, Ligonier, PA 15658. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Kraynik, Margaret 90

  • Harrison Township
  • Born: 1924-05-14
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Marge" "Touchie" Kraynik, 90, of Harrison Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Rosebrook Assisted Living, Buffalo Township. She was born May 14, 1924, in East Deer Township, daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary (Siko) Kraynik. Marge has lived in Harrison Township since 1985 and prior to that Creighton. She was a secretary for Alcoa in New Kensington for 42 years, retiring in 1986. A lifelong and devoted member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Tarentum, she was a member of the choir and was extremely active in her church, which was her life. Marge graduated from East Deer Frazer High School in 1942 and enjoyed shopping, bowling, movies, singing and reading, especially Reader's Digest. Marge was very close to her nieces and nephews and enjoyed the holidays with them. She was known as Aunt Touchie to the Kubisa family. Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Bernadette E. (John) Lerch, of West Deer Township, Beverly (Robert) Brocious, of Hudson, Fla., Victor Kubisa, of West Deer Township, Andrew (Mary Jo) Kubisa, of Hampton Township, George (Shanon) Kubisa, of West Deer Township, Virginia (Michael) Slomkowski, of West Deer Township, Joseph (Jeanne) Kraynik, of Natrona Heights, Vera Dolan, of Fairchance, and Rebecca Simmons, of Brookville. A number of great-nieces and nephews also survive. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael, Andrew, Nicholas and Joseph Kraynik; and sisters, Mary Lepish, Anna Kraynik, Suzanna Kubisa, Elizabeth Kraynik and infant sisters, Helen and Kathryn Kraynik; and nieces, Patricia Matta and Maryann Mangini. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a Panachida will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by a Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Tarentum, with her pastor, the Rev. Wesley M. Mash, officiating. Interment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. A Parastas will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Family suggests contributions to SS. Peter and Paul Church, Tarentum. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kuchenbrod, Ronald L. 73

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Ronald L. Kuchenbrod, 73, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 44 years of Selma (Ramsey) Kuchenbrod; and brother of the late Clarence Kuchenbrod. Ron served in the Air Force and retired from the GSA after 20 years. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Entombment with military honors to follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Loterbaugh, Cheryl A. 59

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1955-11-14
  • Died: 2014-12-04
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  • Cheryl Ann (Jobe) Loterbaugh, 59, a former longtime resident of McKeesport, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Daughter of the late Edward and Anna Mae (Ebling) Jobe, she was born in McKeesport, Nov. 14, 1955. On Nov. 30, 1981, she married Daryl Loterbaugh, who survives at home in Fishkill, N.Y. She is also survived by her son, Shawn Loterbaugh; her daughter, Shawnna Hardesty and her husband, Aaron; her grandchildren, Amaya, Kaydence, Noah and Kaylee; and her brother, Edward Jobe. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Donald Jobe. Arrangements are under the direction of the MCHOUL FUNERAL HOME OF FISHKILL INC., 1089 Main St., Fishkill, NY 12524. For online tributes, please visit Cheryl's Book of Memories at http://www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.
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Lynch, Donald B. 89

  • Coulter
  • Born: 1925-12-02
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Donald B. Lynch, 89, of Coulter, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born Dec. 2, 1925, in McKeesport, the son of the late Harry W. and Eva Brown Lynch. He is retired from McAlloy Corporation in Charleston, S.C., is a member of the White Oak American Legion Post No. 701 and the Brentwood VFW Post No. 1810. He is survived by his wife, Marian Eichler Lynch; children, Cynthia DeLuca, of Coraopolis, and Maura Gow, of Newfane, N.Y.; grandchildren, Amy (Henry) Callithen, Christopher (Kristen) DeLuca, Nicholas DeLuca, Elizabeth (Adam) Bienas, Samuel Cuzzacrea and Daniel Cuzzacrea; great-grandchildren, Logan, Lance, Gianna, Madelina and Cameron; and sister, Christine Watson, of Gulf Breeze, Fla. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held Monday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow. Remembrances may be made in c/o Strifflers in Donald's name for his 2-year-old great-granddaughter, Madelina DeLuca, who is suffering from leukemia.
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Mulkerin, Donald 79

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Donald Mulkerin, 79, of Wilkins Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jo Ann (Pelesky) Mulkerin; loving father of Don (Glenda) Mulkerin, Colleen (James) Medwid and Timothy (Lisa) Mulkerin; stepfather of John O'Connell, Jeffrey (Natalie) O'Connell and Jayme (Ian) Dowdy; grandfather of Ashley, Rianna, Taylor, Mary, Meghan and Jenna; great-grandfather of Ronin, Ryston, Isabella and Liam; step-grandfather of six; and brother of Dorothy Kelly, Eleanor (Jack) Ferber, Isabel (Bill) Beck, Robert (Sheila) Mulkerin, Bill (Kathy) Mulkerin, Rege (Liz) Mulkerin, Shirley (John) Sutherland, Patty (Jim) Murphy and Jim Mulkerin. He was a 1953 graduate of Wilkinsburg High, Air Force veteran, Penn Tech graduate and was employed for 37 years with General Electric in the Industrial Sales Division. He was an avid golfer, as well as an accomplished athlete in his youth. He was a loyal fan of Pittsburgh sports team and proud to be a native Pittsburgher. He enjoyed traveling and reading. Faith, family and friends were most important in life. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, 412-823-1950. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Fisher Parish. Interment will follow at William Penn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Association of Pittsburgh. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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O'Connor, Donald Don 96

  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Donald "Don" O'Connor, 96, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Mr. O'Connor was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marie (Hogan) O'Connor in 2011; by his brothers, Dennis, Robert, Brian and Patrick; and his sister, Helen (O'Connor) Truxell. He is survived by his sons, David, of Murrysville, Kevin (Priscilla), of Durango, Colo., and Stephen (Barbara), of Robinson Township. He is also survived by granddaughters, Caitlin O'Connor, Lauren O'Connor and Megan Riddle; grandson, Corey Baker; great-grandchildren, Coralie Baker and Liberty Gage; along with numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Mr. O'Connor grew up in the Greenfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School. He was the oldest son in a family that has produced a number of business owners, politicians and local notable personalities. His brother Dennis, known as "Buddy O", was well known in the local stock car racing community. His brother, Robert, was the father of late Pittsburgh mayor, Bob O'Connor. Donald was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Force in England. He flew many missions over Europe, including in support of the D-Day invasion. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and other decorations for his service, but was always modest about his contributions. As a boy, he delivered groceries for the local grocery store, and continued to work for the A and P grocery chain for most of his career, rising from a store butcher to purchasing agent in the chain's Homewood office for many years. O'Connor and his family lived in Penn Hills for many years, where they participated in the activities of St. Bartholomew Parish and School. In retirement, Don and Marie moved to Plum Borough, where Don pursued his hobby of buying and selling used items. He became known as the "Toolman of O'Block Road" and was famous for seeming to have the tool you were looking for in his inventory. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
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Odle, Robert J.

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Odle, of White Oak, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born in McKeesport, the son of the late Joseph and Lucy Rosenberg Odle. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Este Berkovitz Odle, who died Nov. 19, 1989. He was a veteran of the Army serving in World War II. He was the vice chairman for Tube City IMS in Glassport for more than 64 years until, he retired in 2013. Bob's vision, drive, dedication and invaluable contributions were important factors in the evolution of the company from a regional to a global organization. He was a member of Temple B'Nai Israel in White Oak. He was a violinist for the Pittsburgh Symphony, an avid golfer and loved playing bridge. He is survived by his wife, Mariuza Carvalho Odle; children, Cindy Odle, of Pittsburgh, Wayne Odle, of New Jersey, and Jennifer (Matthew Maddamma) Odle, of White Oak; grandchildren, Emily and Julia Odle; brother, Richard (Phyllis) Odle, of Singer Island, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel by Rabbi Paul Tuchman. Burial will follow in Temple Cemetery.
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Paterson, David 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Clairton | Get Directions
  • David Paterson, 90, of West Mifflin, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was born the only son of David and Catherine (McDonald) Paterson. He retired from US Steel Irvin Works as a supervisor and was a World War II Army veteran who was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Werbeck. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Paterson; four children, Cheryl (Joseph) Depretis, Jan (Hal Brandt) Paterson, David (Diane) Paterson and Pam (Jay) Harrison; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Jones. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), Jefferson Hills, PA 15025. A prayer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Hays. Interment will follow in The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville at 12:30 p.m. with military honors. Visit http://www.stephendslater.com. for condolences.
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Petrakis, Irene 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Irene (Kavoulakis) Petrakis, 87, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the loving mother of Anna Petrakis Robinson (Robert), Kathryn Petrakis (Tom Smith), Sandra Petrakis (Edward Sheehan) and William Petrakis (Elaine); devoted grandmother of Alexander (Sandra), Lydia and Gregory Smith, Brian Petrakis, Nicole Childs (Benjamin) and Joseph Petrakis; great-grandmother of Kyriaki "Kiki" Smith. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Irene was a thoughtful and generous person and will be missed by her family and many friends. Friends received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti), 1575 Electric Ave., East Pittsburgh, PA 15112, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Petrelli, Richard A. 63

  • McKees Rocks
  • Born: 1950-06-23
  • Died: 2014-06-18
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Richard Anthony Petrelli, 64, of McKees Rocks, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Born June 23, 1950, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Patrick and Helen Petrelli. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Army with the 32nd Artillery. He retired from Kane Hospital in 2007. He enjoyed sports and was a prank specialist who always enjoyed making others laugh for his own enjoyment. His greatest love was spending time with his family and his puppy dog, Spirit. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Dolores "Dolly" (Gallagher) Petrelli, of McKees Rocks; a son, Richard A. Petrelli Jr., and his wife, Lee Ann Petrelli, of Beaver Falls; two daughters, Megan Petrelli, of West View, and Clarice Petrelli, of McKees Rocks; grandchildren, Elijah Blinn, Amber Petrelli, Giana McMullen and Isis Petrelli, a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Patricia Mason; a sister, Euluia Buccigrossi; and six nephews, Chico, Frank, Ronnie, Tom, Rich and Steven Mason. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville, where service will follow at 7:30 p.m. Interment with military honors will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Schramm, Raymond K. 85

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Raymond K. "Ray" Schramm, 85, of Penn Hills, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Holliday); father of R. Kurt Jr., Charles A. (Judy) and Eric S. (Karen) Schramm; grandfather of Sarah, Scott, Maggie and Charlotte; and brother of Robert Schramm. Ray was 32nd degree of the Masons. His lodge was in Cheswick. Friends received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday in Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, 12106 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions acknowledged to Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church.
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Smith, Sheila R. 66

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sheila Roslyn (Simon) Smith, 66, of Penn Hills, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Sheila was preceded in death by her husband, William Smith; and her parents, Max and Marie Simon. She is survived by her brothers, Lee (Janet) Simon and Grant (Cindy) Simon. Sheila was intelligent, artistic and loved to read. She collected dolls and miniatures. Sheila was a kind soul who loved her pet mice. She also enjoyed fishing with her friend, Dolly. Lee and Janet want to thank the staff at both Golden Living Center, Murrysville, and Forbes Regional Hospital for their kindness and compassion. We extend our special thanks to Dolly and Lorraine for the love and assistance they gave to our sister for many years. They have been a blessing. Sheila struggled bravely with many health problems throughout her life. She could not defeat ALS. Friends welcome from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. A private interment will take place Monday in Restland Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Venturella-Pascuzzi, Rosemary 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Rosemary "Lena" (Brunetti) Venturella-Pascuzzi, 87, of Monroeville, formerly of Swissvale, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Venturella and Carmine Pascuzzi; loving mother of Nick (Carol) Pascuzzi, Toni (George) Turner, Carmen (Bambi) Pascuzzi and Rosemarie Pascuzzi; sister of Gilda Oroukin, the late Frank Brunetti, William Brunetti, John Brunetti, Theresa Venturella, Helen Iovino and Della Hejnosz; also survived by 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) 445 Beatty Road, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Bernadette Parish. Interment to follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Williams, Darrell D. 63

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1951-01-05
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Darrell D. Williams Sr., 63, of McKeesport, departed this life peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. He was born Jan. 5, 1951, in McKeesport, son of Bertha M. Simmons Williams, of Homestead, and the late David Williams. He had worked as a laborer in the steel industry, was an avid Steelers fan and loved fishing and the outdoors. Surviving are his children, Darrell D. Williams Jr., of Clairton, Darla D. Williams and Dante (Shalay) Williams, both of McKeesport; daughters he helped rear, Ashley and Brittney Hays, both of McKeesport; three grandchildren; brother, David "Skipp" (Diane) Williams, of McKeesport; sisters, Deborah Robinson, of Roswell, Ga.; and Kim Taylor, of Buffalo, N.Y.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, his beloved dog "Grizz," and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Trinity Church of God In Christ, 2216 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport, with Bishop James M. Foster officiating. Interment will follow in the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth, PA 15037.
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Zorbas, Mary 85

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1929-11-22
  • Died: 2014-12-04
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  • Mary Zorbas, 85, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, while residing with her brother, James (Jane). She was a beloved daughter and aunt. She was the beloved daughter of George and Virginia (Sgontzou) Zorbas. Mary was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Monessen. Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Steve (Helen), Ted; and nephew, Mike. Mary is survived by her brother, James (Jane); nieces, Stephanie Roush, Christina (Alfred) Smart, Teresa, Steve (Anya), Donna (Dan) O'Brien; seven great-nephews and three great-nieces. Mary retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Her internment will be at St. Michael the Archangel in Palatine, Ill. Donations may be made in Mary's name to your favorite charity or to the Alzheimer's Association.
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Ballew, Larry E. 67

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-06-05
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Larry E. Ballew, 67, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born June 5, 1947, in Greensburg, a son of the late Wayne Walter and Elizabeth Mae (Howard) Ballew. He was a member of Robertshaw Acres Golf Course. He worked in construction and farming. Surviving is his wife, Tetiana P. Ballew; a daughter, Melinda L. Wilkinson and husband, Jason, of Armbrust; a stepdaughter, Anna Naidych; a sister, Nancy Himler and husband, Lee, of Latrobe; a brother, Robert Ballew and wife, Jorene, of Greensburg; a brother, Richard Ballew, of Youngwood; a sister, Melinda Loughner and husband, Orrie, of Pittsburgh; and a brother, Warren Ballew and wife, Linda, of Greensburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Ballew; and a sister-in-law, Debra Ballew. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 South Fourth St., Youngwood, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, with Pastor Timothy Stradling officiating. The family would like to thank the staff of Excela Westmoreland Hospital and Jeanne Green for all their care during this difficult time.
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Burky, Louise 73

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1941-02-26
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Louise Boyer Burky, 73, of Murrysville, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Altoona, daughter of the late William E. and Janice L. Kauffman Boyer. Louise was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. She was a music professor and played the flute at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire for a number of years and recently taught at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was chair of IUP's Information Department. "Louise's love for her family was always clear, as an underlying current guiding her actions, whether in good times or difficult times. We will always remember her for her musicianship, her love of cats, her care for the environment both near and far (with a special affinity for birds), her strong will and standards of excellence, her high expectations of both herself and others, her care and generosity to those near and dear to her, her passion for photography, her drive to pursue that hobby while exploring nature's treasures in Alaska, the Galapagos, Africa and elsewhere and her deep joy from spending as much time as possible with her extended family as it grew and spread across the country. These are just a few of the memories that will live on with us. We love you, Mom." She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Ken Burky; two sons, Christopher Scott (Anna) Burky, of Middle Grove, N.Y., and William Elton (Lara) Burky, of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Drew, Zachary, Cody and Wyatt; a sister, Marjorie Boyer (Ivan) Henry, of Scottdale; and two nephews, Bobby and Michael. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export, with Pastor Gregory B. Held officiating. Interment will be private in Altoona. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Casario, Betty J. 89

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1925-12-07
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Betty J. (Caesar) Casario, 89, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Excela Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Betty was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Joseph and Genevieve (Reitz) Caesar. Betty was a member of the Ascension Church, Jeannette, and was also a volunteer for their Italian Festival and Spaghetti Dinners for many years. She was a graduate of Jeannette High School, Class of 1944. She loved playing cards and was a charter member of the 500 Card Club for more than 60 years as well as playing with her Pinochle Club. Betty was also a wonderful cook and baker who made delicious pies enjoyed by all. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Michael J. Casario, in 2012; and her daughter, Patricia A. Gibson. Betty is survived by her son, John Casario (Sharon); and her son-in-law, Robert Gibson, both of Jeannette; her grandchildren, Matthew and Travis Gibson and Paige Casario; her siblings, Dorothy Vitolo (Paul) and Joseph Caesar (Lucille); close friends, Paul and Dora Gaudi; and special friend and neighbor, Valetta Bradosky, all of Jeannette. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372- 3111. Parting prayers will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Ascension Church, Jeannette, with Father Paul Lisik as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Herchelroath, Betty Jane

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Betty Jane (Gary) Herchelroath, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was born in Rockwood, Somerset County, to the late Silas D. and Alice B. (Younkin) Gary. She was the loving and devoted wife of 67 years to her soulmate, Howard B. Herchelroath, of North Huntingdon. Surviving her are children, Debra L. (Daniel) Helwig, of Enola, Denise Chulak, of Erie, and David G. (Lori), of Elizabethtown; grandchildren, Belinda Milone, Vincent A. Milone Jr., Holly Young and Bradley Herchelroath; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; her brother, Robert D. Gary, of Winter Park, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. Betty retired from PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, and served on the credit union board. Along with her husband, she taught Sunday School for many years and also led senior citizen bus trips. She loved books and reading, traveling and spending time with her family. Her generous heart, sweet smile and gentle, accepting nature will be greatly missed by all. A celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Betty Jane. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Jachimowicz, Thomas J. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-01-24
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Thomas J. Jachimowicz, 81, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Jan. 24, 1933, in Edwardsville, a son of the late Benjamin S. and Helen Koiro Jachimowicz. Following graduation from Edwardsville High School in 1952, Tom enlisted and served in the Army for three years during the Korean War. He graduated from Millersville State Teachers College with a degree in secondary education and completed his master's in education from Villanova University. After retiring as superintendent of the Aliquippa School District, Tom devoted much of his time to the Greensburg community. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, the Knights of Columbus Council 1480, Greensburg Community Development Corporation and volunteered with the Westmoreland Chapters of the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the United Way, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Rotary Club where he was past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Lillian Chicallo Jachimowicz; his brother, Julian Jachimowicz; and his sister, Claire Heister. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Patricia N. Jachimowicz; four children, Valerie Jachimowicz and husband, Bruce Amos, of Philadelphia, Christopher Jachimowicz and wife, Becky, of Topton, David Jachimowicz and wife, Gina, of Chestertown, Md., and Diane Kennedy and husband, Rob, of Clark Summit; four grandchildren, David, Audrey, Jordan and Brynne Jachimowicz; a stepgranddaughter, Brittani Fahrman and husband, Michael; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Tom from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Entombment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 126 South Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. Tom's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Kistler, Patricia L. 72

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Patricia L. "Patty" Kistler, 72, of Penn Township, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late Francis and Sarah (Kunkle) Kistler; loving sister of George (Leona), Kenneth and the late Raymond and Samuel Kistler; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was the longtime caretaker of Woodlawn Cemetery in Penn Township and also a former elder/deacon at Denmark Manor United Church of Christ. She was a record-holding platelet donor and a member of the Valley Run Lionesses. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Denmark Manor Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Penn Township. The family kindly suggests contributions may be made to the Bushy Run Lions Club. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Kovacs Sr., James P. 64

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1950-08-21
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James P. Kovacs Sr., 64, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport Hospital. He was born Aug. 21, 1950, in Greensburg, a son of the late James and Phyllis Kovacs. Prior to retirement, he had been a Chrysler technician. He was a Marine Corps Disabled Veteran and a member of the American Legion. He is survived by two sons, James P. Kovacs Jr. and his companion, Andrea, of Apollo, and Patrick Kovacs, of Jeannette; a daughter, Heather Kovacs and her companion, Joshua Graf, of Milwaukee, Wis.; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Phillip Kovacs, of Greensburg, and Richard Kovacs; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Services and interment will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Nugent, Barbara A. 83

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1931-10-13
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. (Erdlen) Nugent, 83, of Allegheny Township, formerly of Glenshaw, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was born Oct. 13, 1931, daughter of the late William and Barbara (Vukelka) Erdlen. She was the beloved wife of the late Philip E. Nugent; sister of William (Ruth) Erdlen, Paul (Marian) Erdlen and the late Anna Marie Cokus; proud aunt of Brett (Jennifer) Geibel and Dean (Laurie) Geibel; and loving great-aunt of Ashley Petrouski and Morgan Geibel. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home with interment to follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Pletcher, Leslie B. 65

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1949-11-09
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Johnson, Buena Vista | Get Directions
  • Leslie B. "Les" Pletcher, 65, of Belle Vernon, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born Nov. 9, 1949, in Avon Park, Fla., a son of Tena Ruth (Johnson) Pletcher, of Buena Vista, and the late Remo H. Pletcher. Les was a retired police sergeant for Elizabeth Township and a former Marine Reservist. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Allegheny Lodge No. 91, a member of Aliquippa Lodge No. 375, F and AM, McKeesport, a life member of Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Company and a member of the Sutersville Moose and the Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sharon (Bendel) Pletcher; his daughter, Kimberly Ann Pletcher, of Elizabeth; stepsons, Shawn and Michael Williams; grandchildren, Laura Brookes and Corbin Jeffrey; great-granddaughter, Olivia Jordan; siblings, Alice Ruth Gallingane, Remo D. (Deborah) Pletcher and Grace L. (Kenneth) Angelo, all of Buena Vista; his companion, Debbie Marsh, of Belle Vernon; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the RALPH L. JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME, 3411 Wood St., Buena Vista, 412-751-6481. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. John Yohe officiating. Those attending the service please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Aliquippa Lodge will hold Masonic funeral services at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.
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Skelly, Shane M. 23

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1991-07-25
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Shane M. Skelly, 23, of Washington Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in his home. Born July 25, 1991, in Monroeville, he was a son of Michael and Bonnie (Haluck) Skelly, of Washington Township. Shane lived in Washington Township all of his life and was a 2010 graduate of Kiski Area High School and starter for the baseball team for four years. He worked for the past seven years as a glazier with United Skys, Round Lake, Ill. Shane enjoyed watching all sporting events especially baseball, hunting, fishing and loved spending time with his brothers. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Harry Skelly. In addition to his parents, Shane is survived by his brothers, Kyle J. and Matthew J. Skelly, of Washington Township; maternal grandfather, Edward Haluck, of Washington Township; maternal grandmother, Eleanor (Kordyl) Haluck, of Plum Borough; paternal grandmother, Eileen (Kline) Skelly, of Plum Borough; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the funeral home with Father James Loew, OSB, officiating. Burial will be in Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum Borough. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Stonehill, John R. 85

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1929-05-04
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John R. Stonehill, 85, of North Irwin, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at his home. He was born May 4, 1929, in Philadelphia, a son of the late Raymond and Rose Stonehill. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and was a troop leader trainer. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Patricia (Messanger) Stonehill; four children, Jackie Werkman and husband, Denny, of North Huntingdon, Linda Johnson and husband, Bryon, of Alaska, Raymond Stonehill, of North Irwin, and Charlie Stonehill and wife, Diane, of New Jersey; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. To honor John's request, there will be no viewing or services. JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, entrusted with the arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Weeks, Mary Jo 91

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1923-03-21
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Mary Jo (Gans) Weeks, 91, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at her residence in the Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born March 21, 1923, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Fred and Harriet Fay Reid Gans. Ms. Weeks began high school in Connellsville and graduated from Trenton High School in New Jersey. She attended Junior College at what is now Quinnipiac College. At the age of 19, she was the society editor of the Newark Star Ledger and she later did secretarial jobs. She lived in many locales throughout her life, including Pennsylvania, Long Island, N.Y., Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. She moved back to her native Pennsylvania residence and resided in the Derry and Latrobe area. She was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Derry. Ms. Weeks played and loved classical piano and she was an accomplished writer. She was known for her sense of humor and her special smile. She was loved everywhere she went, especially at the care center. She is survived by three sons, Charles John Weeks, of Marietta, Ga., R. Mark Weeks and his wife, Elmira, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Michael R. Weeks, of Summersville, S.C.; three grandchildren, Emily Elston, of New Zealand, Andrew G. Weeks, of McLean, Va., and Reid Weeks, of Glen Burnie, Md.; and a great-granddaughter, Sabine Elston. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, William Gans; and a sister, Ann Gans. As per wishes of the family, there will be no public visitation or service and interment will be private. All arrangements under the direction of the Brooks Funeral Home Inc., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com
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Armstrong County

Artman, Edward P. 60

  • North Apollo
  • Born: 1954-08-15
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Edward P. Artman, 60, of North Apollo, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning. Born Aug. 15, 1954, in Natrona Heights, he was a son of the late Glenn A. and Evelyn M. (Moore) Artman Sr. Edward lived in North Apollo all of his life and was a 1972 graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School. He worked as a car salesman for many local dealerships, last employed at A-K Motors Inc., in Vandergrift, retiring in 2010. Edward was currently serving his second term as the Mayor of North Apollo. He was a member of the Leechburg Elks and Puckety Presbyterian Church, Lower Burrell. Edward was an avid bowler and a member of the Bell-Avon League at Lee's Lanes. In his younger years, Edward would buy, repair and sell motor vehicles. More recently, he loved working on and restoring his Classic Dodge Mopars. Edward was a huge Steelers fan and had been a season ticket holder for many years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Theodore Karan; and a nephew, Jeffrey J. Boratko. Edward is survived by his wife of 36 years, Debra L. (Karan) Artman; daughters, Amanda L. and Samantha J. Artman, both of North Apollo; brother, Glenn A. Artman Jr., of Allegheny Township; sister, Susan L. Boratko, of Freedom; nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Janet Karan, of Lower Burrell; and his beloved Siamese cat, Gabby. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo, until the hour of service at 8 p.m. in the funeral home, with Pastor Kirk Orr officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Edward's memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 3109 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Boggio, Clara M. 85

  • Rural Valley
  • Born: 1929-01-11
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Clara M. "Tootsie" Boggio, 85, of Rural Valley, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Kittanning Care Center. She was born Jan. 11, 1929, to Enrico and Maria (Alberti) Boggio, in Arnold. Clara worked in the dietary department at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was a member of St. Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Yatesboro, where she was part of the kitchen staff. She enjoyed cooking and playing cards with her close friends and spending time with her family. Clara is survived by her nephew, John Boggio, of Meadow Lands; and three nieces, Joanne Mohney, of Rural Valley, Joyce Boggio, of Yatesboro, and Jo-Marie (Bill) Harvey, of Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Lewis John (Josephine) Boggio. Visitation will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, from St. Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic Church, Yatesboro, with the Rev. Douglas Dorula officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery, Yatesboro. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Glock II, Carl C.

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Carl Conrad Glock II, of Kittanning, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born in 1923 in New Kensington, a son of Carl and Lulu (Masters) Glock. Carl was a graduate of New Kensington High School and attended Wittenberg College, in Springfield, Ohio. Carl served in the European Theater in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for his time in the Army Medical Corps. The Bronze Star is the fourth-highest individual military award and is earned by performing acts of heroism, acts of merit or meritorious service in a combat zone. He was also awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African-Middle Easter Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Medal Badge and Honorable Discharge Service lapel button. Carl was a former owner of the Glock's Sporting Goods Stores. Carl was also a Little League coach and a timer for the Armstrong County Swim Team. He retired from Eljer Plumbingware in 1985 after 31 years of service and belonged to Eljer Local No. 158, of which he was the recording secretary and chairman of the Eljer Retirees Club. Carl was a life member of both the BPOE and the VFW and was a member of the Eagles and the Moose. He was a former member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Kensington and served on the Applewold Borough Council. His memory will be cherished by his loving wife, Betty (Wandrum) Glock; son, Carl Glock and wife, Carol; granddaughter, Taylor Glock; daughter, Carla Glock Collichio; grandsons, Ben Collichio and wife, Rachael, and Alex Collichio and wife, Erin; and great-grandson, Alex Collichio. Carl was preceded in death by his parents. At the request of the family, services and interment are private. Arrangements are being handled by BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. To send a condolence to Carl's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com. Contributions can be made in Carl's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Fayette County

Freed, Mary Jane 60

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1954-09-26
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Freed, 60, of Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 26, 1954, in Connellsville, a daughter of Esther Reynolds Vanorsdale, of Connellsville, and the late Paul Calvin Vanorsdale. Mary Jane was a graduate of Connellsville Area High School with the class of 1973. She was working as a sales person for Sheetz in BulIskin Township. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Connellsville. Mary Jane was a very giving person and loved spending time in ministry, but most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, and will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving husband, Phillip E. Freed; her daughter, Jennifer Stewart, of Connellsville; her grandchildren, Mason and Camden Stewart, of Connellsville; her sister, Maxine Bell and husband, Stewart, of Illinois; her brothers, the Rev. Charles Vanorsdale and wife, Joan, of Florida, Thomas Vanorsdale and wife, Vicky, of Mt. Pleasant, Robert Vanorsdale and wife, Betty, of Connellsville, and Randall Vanorsdale and wife, Michele, of Florida; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her father, Mary Jane was predeceased by her brothers, Paul Richard and Basil Vanorsdale. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430). Interment will be private in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. Family and friends are then invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, at the corner of Route 119 and 11th Street, Connellsville, with Timothy Stash officiating. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Harger, Edwin 87

  • Newell
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Eley-Mccrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Edwin "Honey" Stanton Harger, 87, of Newell, passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital after a brief illness. Edwin was born in Newell, where he lived his entire life. He was the son of the late Martin L. Harger Sr. and Ruth Robinson Harger. He was a devoted, loving husband and was predeceased by his beloved wife and sweetheart, Delores "Do-Do" Givogre Harger; as well as the following brothers and sisters, Harry Harger, Robert Harger, Delores Harger, William Harger, Andrew Harger and his wife, Ruth, Martin L. Harger and his wife. Lorraine (Fuller), John Harger and his wife. Margaret, Eileen Harger Kelly and her husband. Glenn, Alice Harger Pearson and her husband, David, and Eleanor Harger McPhail. He was also predeceased by the following brothers-in-law, William Joseph Givogre, John Kwasney and John Wensing. During World War II, Edwin proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He worked for the P and LE Rial Road and Allied Chemical Co. in Newell, retiring from both in 1985. Ed loved his community of Newell. As a young man he played on Newell's football team and worked at the YMCA. He was a member of the Newell Fireman's Club and the Santa Barbara Italian Club. Edwin was part of a group of men who were instrumental in re instituting the Newell Volunteer Fire Dept. in 1954. He remained a member for the past 60 years and served as Chief of the Department for 18 Years and will be given a fireman's funeral. He was a member of the Newell Federal Credit Union for 46 years, serving on the Board of Directors for many years. Edwin was a devoted member of the Newell community for 87 years and will be sorely missed. Edwin is survived by his beloved son, Martin L Harger Sr.; his cherished grandchildren, Amber Lynn Harger and Martin L. Harger Jr.; his precious great-grandchildren, Sage Lynn Harger and Chloe Morgan Harger. He is survived by his only living sibling, Ruth (Harger) Kwasney-Wensing. In addition he is survived by his sister-in-law, Mary Givogre Tafel and her husband, Rev. Gregory S. Tafel; and many beloved nieces and nephews on the Harger and Givogre sides of the family. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, http://www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com, 724-326-5621. Funeral services will take place Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill, Pa. Members of the Newell VFD will conduct services Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to any of the following organizations would be deeply appreciated by Edwin's family: Newell VFD; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; or Alzheimer's Association. Edwin and Delores were avid supporters of these organizations.
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Kenney, Donna P. 76

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1938-09-13
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Donna P. Kenney, 76, of Dunbar, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Scottdale Manor Care Home. She was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late William and Carrie V. (Baker) Pease. Donna was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Dunbar. For 14 years, Donna worked in the cafeteria of Pechin's Market, Dunbar. Donna enjoyed spending time with her son, Patrick, and cooking for her family and friends; she will be forever remembered and missed by them. Donna is survived by a son, Patrick E. Kenney Jr., of Dunbar; a daughter, Carrie L. Basinger and husband, Richard, of Colorado; granddaughter, Jodie Fleming and husband, Zack, of Atlanta, Ga., two great-grandchildren, Jacquelynn Fleming and Vivian Lee Fleming; and Pam Heller, of Tarrs, and Pam Beal, of Vanderbilt, (whom Donna considered her daughters). In addition to her parents, Donna was predeceased by her husband, Patrick E. Kenney Sr.; three sisters, Betty Morgan, Mary Ellen Pease and Patricia Pease; and two brothers, William Pease and Clarence E. Pease. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville (724) 628-9033. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Dunbar. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Livingston, Daniel J. 66

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1948-10-19
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Galley, Dawson | Get Directions
  • Daniel J. Livingston, 66, of Dawson, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Oct. 19, 1948, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Glenn and Ruby McKnight Livingston. Daniel was a retired employee of the U.S. Steel Irwin Works and a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the Army. Daniel enjoyed the outdoors and riding his motorcycle. Surviving are his wife, Betsy Livingston; one brother, Dennis Livingston and his wife, Vickie, of Dawson; and a nephew, Justin Livingston, of Dawson. At his request, there will be no viewing. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Greenridge Memorial Park. Officiating minister will be the Rev. Roger Applebee. Arrangements are under the care of the RALPH E. GALLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dawson.
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Indiana County

Davis, Kenneth A. 29

  • Armagh
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Meese, Seward | Get Directions
  • Kenneth A. Davis, 29, of Armagh, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Nov. 9, 1985, son of Kenneth H. and Beverly M. (Stewart) Davis. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth H. Davis; and uncles, James Davis, Joseph A. Davis and Richard E. Tuttle Sr. He is survived by loving wife, the former Alyse Luther, of Armagh; loving children, Kendall, Kaydance and Kenneth James; loving mother, Beverly M. Stewart, of Latrobe; loving grandparents, Margaret Rager-Smith, of Latrobe, Ronald E. Stewart, of Greensburg, and Shirley and Tom Davis, of Cherry Tree; loving brother, Brian Showers; and loving sister, Kara Carns, both of Latrobe. Kenneth enjoyed living life and spending time with his children. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Arrangements by JON A. MEESE FUNERAL HOME, Seward. Memorial service will be held at a later date. For online condolence, please visit http://www.meesefuneralhome.com.
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Feid, John M. 83

  • Plumville
  • Born: 1931-04-08
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • John M. Feid, 83, of Plumville, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born April 8, 1931, in Pittsburgh, to Matthias and Anna (Haley) Feid. John graduated from Pitt with his bachelor's degree in industrial relations. John worked in management for Robertshaw-Indiana and Braeburn Steel in Lower Burrell. He was a member of St. Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic Church, Yatesboro, and a 25-year member of the Plumville Lions Club. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. John is survived by his wife, Emmy, whom he married June 28, 1958; four sons, John (Cecilia Lee) Feid, of Arlington, Va., Robert (Toni) Feid, of Emporia, Va., Matthew (Wendy) Feid, of Mechanicsville, Md., and David (Wanda) Feid, of Plumville; daughter, Betsy Ann (Victor) Serveiss, of Vienna, Va.; brother, Richard (Jean) Feid, of Auburn, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Geraldine Feid. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the St. Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic Church, Yatesboro, with Rev. Douglas Dorula officiating. Burial will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sagamore. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Plumville Lions Club c/o Esther Beers, 280 Beltz Road, Home, PA 15747. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Elsewhere

Beckel, Sister Inez Mary 102

  • Altoona
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Sisters Of Charity, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sister Inez Mary Beckel, S.C., 102, a native of Altoona, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, in Greensburg. Sister Inez Mary entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity, Sept. 8, 1932, from St. Leo Parish in Altoona. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Stella (Vaught) Beckel; three brothers, Edwin, Norman and Walter; and two sisters, Regina and Sister Stella Marie Beckel, S.C. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor's degree in piano, a master's degree in music education from Duquesne University and was a certified librarian. Sister Inez Mary taught elementary school students in the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Tucson, Ariz., and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. After her retirement from the classroom, she volunteered her services at Seton Hill University as a librarian and as sacristan. In reflecting on her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Inez Mary said, "Living religious life in the presence of God is the fullness of joy. May I live in this presence until eternity dawns." Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and Monday Dec. 22, 2014, at the Caritas Christi Motherhouse, Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, where funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Monday. Vigil service will be held 7 p.m. Monday also in the Motherhouse. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity, De Paul Center, 144 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. For more information visit the website, http://www.scsh.org.
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Clever, Robert Bob C. 90

  • Media
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Rigby Harting Hagan, Media | Get Directions
  • Robert Clair "Bob" Clever, 90, recently of Media, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was born in Parnassus, to Arlington Clair Clever and Hazel Snyder Clever. Bob was a Navy veteran and a graduate of Westminster College '50. He pursued a variety of interesting work which included owning and publishing the Forest Press, a weekly newspaper out of Tionesta. Aside from his family, Bob's greatest passion was for the outdoors. He was a member of Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church in Media. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 39 years, Dale Elizabeth Clever; and son, Douglas Rue. He is survived by his daughters, Gale Elaine Rue, of West Chester, and Heidi Rue (Vaughn) Ralston, of Tionesta; many grandchildren; and other close family members. A service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church, 102 West Rose Tree Road, Media. Reception is to follow at the home of daughter, Gale Rue, in West Chester. RIGBY HARTING and HAGAN FUNERAL HOME, Media, is assisting with arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 810 River Ave., Suite 140, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. http://www.haganfuneralhome.com.
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Schmidt, Stan The Man 77

  • Redington Shores, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-12-16
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  • Stan "The Man" Schmidt, 77, of Redington Shores, Fla., died peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was the founder of S.H. Schmidt Co. and worked with his family to help grow the business. His greatest times were spent sailing around Deep Creek Lake in his Flying Scott and playing softball with his team, "The Gulfport Boomerangs". He was a graduate of Taylor-Allderdice High School '55 and the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, Sarah Laifer Schmidt and Theodore Herzel Schmidt, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anne (Capets) Schmidt; his brother, William Schmidt; and his nephew, Phillip Schmidt. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Jo Schmidt; his son, Louis Schmidt; his daughter-in-law, Kim; granddaughter, Hannah Marie Schmidt; stepdaughters, Jessika Strauss and Viki Liscinsky; his nieces, Lauren and Taylor Andrew; and his dog, Roxy. There are no formal funeral arrangements, per his request. A wake and Facebook tribute are in the works. In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations to the American Cancer Society or the ASPCA would have been appreciated by Stan.
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Slobodnik, Carolyn I. 72

  • Deltona, Fla.
  • Born: 1942-07-22
  • Died: 2014-12-11
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  • Carolyn I. (Shade) Slobodnik, 72, of Deltona, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, Fla. Mrs. Slobodnik was born July 22, 1942, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of William and Gertrude Kaibus Shade. She was united in marriage to the late Robert "Bob" Slobodnik for 48 years. He preceded her in death Aug. 14, 2014. She loved and cherished her family and enjoyed time spent on the beach. She is survived by two sons, Paul (Neida) Slobodnik, of Texas, and Jamie (Ana) Slobodnik, of Florida; and four grandchildren, Bronson, Joshua, Roman and Nicolette Slobodnik.
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Stemple, Carol J. 62

  • Born: 1952-12-15
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Carol J. Stemple, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at home. She was born Dec. 15, 1952, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late George R. and Jean Shifler. She is survived by her husband, Ed; a brother, John Shifler (Ellen); step-mother, Eve Shifler; mother-in-law, Helen Stemple; two sisters-in-law, Mary Beth Stemple and Jewel Wood (Michael); two sons, Scott Bowlin (Erica) and Adam Bowlin (Jamie); step-son, John Stemple (Karla); and special niece, Jenny Gross; also surviving are her three grandchildren, Emma and Liam Bowlin, and Autumn Stemple; and great-niece, Meredith Gross. She was an employee of the Area Agency on Aging for 28 years. She will be cremated as per her wishes. There will be no services. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. 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 http://www.lopatich.com.
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Woodward, Dorothy J. 85

  • Decatur, Ala. , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1929-10-13
  • Died: 2014-12-09
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  • Dorothy Jean (Kokoska) Woodward, of Decatur, Ala., died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. She was born Oct. 13, 1929, and was a former resident of Greensburg. Mrs. Woodward was preceded in death by her husband, Harry G. Woodward Jr., to whom she was married for more than 63 years. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Kerner, Judith Laskowski and Patricia Miller; sons, Robert, Kenneth, John, Timothy and Michael; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Donald Kokoska, of Greensburg. Funeral Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in St. Ann Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church in Decatur. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Ann Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church, 3910 Spring Ave. SW, Decatur, AL 35603.
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