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Bair, Raymond E. 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Raymond E. Bair, 87, of Monroeville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen R. Bair; loving father of Steven (Susan) Bair, Jeffrey Bair, Julie (Paul) Lattner and Amy (Doug) Lechmann. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Tim Bair and Albert (Bunch) Bair. Raymond served his country in the Marine Corps, and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving as a lieutenant in the Army. There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at North American Martyrs Church with Father Joseph Luisi as celebrant. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, (412-372-2100). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, are greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Bova, Salvatore J. 88

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Salvatore J. "Sam" Bova, 88, of the North Side, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. He was the husband of the late Theresa Marie (Costello) Bova; father of Theresa "Pinky" Eileen Bova and Michael J. Bova (Joan); brother of Frances Lewondowski; and grandfather of Brittany, Megan and Phillip. Sam served in the Merchant Marines and Air Force in World War II and retired from Bell Telephone after 35 years of work. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at McKnight United Methodist Church, 600 Fox Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Arrangements are by T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills.
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Bryan, Jeffrey T. 58

  • Collier Township
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey T. Bryan, 58, of Collier Township, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. He was a son of Joan (McIntyre) Bryan and the late John "Jack" Bryan; brother of Susan Davis, Jill Bryan, Nancy (Chris) McMullen, Daniel (Cassie) Bryan, Kenneth (Beth) Bryan, Jack (Jenny) Bryan, JoAnn Bryan, Kelly (Barry) Lewellyn and the late John (Bob) Bryan; father of James (Jill) Zimbicki; and grandfather of two. Friends are invited to call from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 323 Second Ave., Carnegie, where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. http://www.leohenneyfuneralhome.com.
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Bucki, Mary Jane 91

  • Ross Township , Formerly of West View
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane (Voegtly) Bucki, 91, of Ross Township, formerly of West View, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Rudolph Bucki; dear sister of Greta Nicklas, Gloria Belohlavek, John Voegtly and the late Jewel Allison, James Voegtly and Amieda Repitske; and also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Mary Jane worked her entire life as a finisher, polisher and inspector at John Unertl Optical. She enjoyed playing bingo, cards and eating out with her family and friends and was an avid Pirates fan. Family will welcome friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to a charity of your choice. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Dinning, C. Jane 72

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1941-10-01
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • C. Jane (Hibler) Dinning, 72, of West Deer Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, after fighting a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Born Oct. 1, 1941, in Pittsburgh, to the late C. James and Kay (Brown) Hibler, Jane was a 1959 graduate of Allegheny High School and a member of East Union United Presbyterian Church, West Deer Township. She worked for more than 17 years as a claims analyst for the Giant Eagle corporate office in Pittsburgh. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, John G. Dinning III; her children, John G. (Colleen) Dinning IV, of Ocala, Fla., and Kathleen I. (Kevin) Brown, of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Kelly, Ashley, Sydney and Boyd; and her sister, Kathleen Hibler, of West Deer Township. Family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. Family asks those attending the funeral to meet 10 a.m. Wednesday at East Union United Presbyterian Church, East Union Road, West Deer Township. Burial will follow in East Union Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street No. 105 Cardello Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Frey, Monsignor Francis X. 85

  • South Fayette Township
  • Born: 1928-12-07
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Warchol, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • Monsignor Francis X. Frey, 85, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the Family Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Mt. Lebanon. He was born in Pittsburgh, Dec. 7, 1928, and grew up in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He was the ninth of 13 children born to J.W.A. Frey and Ellen M. (Andrew) Frey. He is survived by his siblings, Charles Frey (Kathy), Thomas Frey (Sue), Bernard Frey (Irene), Ellen Pry and Alice Kenawell; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Frey (Ambrose). He was predeceased by siblings, John Frey, George Frey, William Frey, Ambrose Frey, Father Lawrence J. Frey, Sister Marie Frey and Catherine Jansen; and in-laws, Mary Margaret Frey (John), Mary Catherine Frey (George), Bernie Jansen (Catherine), Gerald Pry (Ellen) and Charles Kenawell (Alice). He is also survived by most of his 77 nephews and nieces. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at Holy Child Parish, 212 Station St., Bridgeville, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Tuesday. Arrangements entrusted to the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC. (412-221-3333). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Holy Child Parish or the charity of your choice. View and share condolences and view the complete obituary at http://www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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Galket, Helen 96

  • Atlanta, Ga. , Formerly of Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Helen (Kivinski) Galket, 96, of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Turtle Creek, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Galket; loving mother of Marlene (Robert) Tomain, LaVerne (the late Donald) Cifra and Diane (Kip) Quinlan; grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of 12; and sister of Frances Kasmarek (the late John Connolly and William Kasmarek) and Theresa Maxwell. She was preceded in death by six siblings. Helen was a member of the St. Colman Choir in Turtle Creek for many years. A memorial service and interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Hill, Dr. Warren T.

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Died: 2014-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Dr. Warren Thomas Hill, formerly of Bedford, Ohio, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in his home in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. He was a loving son of Luella Leonard Hill and Raymond Hill; and brother of Russell and Leonard. He leaves behind many treasured friends and relatives. Dr. Hill attended Bedford High School, MIT and received a Ph.D. from Boston University. His career took him to the University Counseling Center at the University of Pittsburgh until his retirement. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Hebron Presbyterian Church, 10460 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, PA 15235. Arrangements entrusted to: CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., Penn Hills.
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Jones, James A. 84

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-08-13
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Craig, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • James A. Jones, 86, of McKeesport, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. He was born Aug. 13, 1930, in McKeesport, a son of the late Edwin W. and Arthurine (Bonnet) Jones. Jim was retired after 45 years of service at Bettis Atomic in West Mifflin, he was a member of McKeesport Presbyterian Church and East McKeesport Lodge 765 F and AM. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Lou (Culbert) Jones; three sons, J. Mark (Cindy) Jones, J. David (Susan) Jones and Neil R. (Terri) Jones; a sister, Carol McLaughlin; and eight grandchildren. According to Jim's wishes there is no visitation. A private family service was held in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., of McKeesport. Private Burial took place in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. The family is requesting contribution in Jim's name to the UPMC Cancer Center at McKeesport Hospital or the Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.
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Kiely, Francis E. 96

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Francis E. "Ed" Kiely, 96, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia O'Connell Kiely; father of Kathleen, of Washington D.C., Timothy (Maureen), of Atlanta, and Kevin, of Pittsburgh; and grandfather of Olivia and Tim. Ed was the former Pittsburgh Steelers' publicist for more than 40 years and was a World War II Army veteran. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at McCABE BROTHERS INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bede Church. http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Lafferty, Jean R.

  • Died: 2014-08-10
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Jean R. Lafferty died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. She was the wife of the late Richard E.; daughter of the late Mildred Donnelly; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and her friends, Kim and John Sabol. Jean was a nurse at Kane Hospital and Asbury Heights. She loved music and sang with the Sweet Adelines for many years. There will be no public visitation. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, contributions requested for the Pittsburgh Symphony or the Pittsburgh Public Theater.
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Leonhardt, Mark A. 52

  • Formerly of North Hills
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mark A. Leonhardt, 52, of Ellwood City, formerly of the North Hills, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. He was the beloved son of Claire and the late Alfred Leonhardt. He is also survived by his sisters, Diane (Don) Klingensmith and Linda Leonhardt; nieces, Dana Meinert and Devon Klingensmith; great-niece, Madisyn O'Connor, and great-nephew, Blake Meinert, as well as an uncle, aunts, cousins and his longtime dear friend, Jeffrey Bentlejewski. He was the owner of AJ Pattern Co., located on his cherished farm in Ellwood City. Mark was a graduate of North Hills High School. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and living the country life. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, (412-364-4444), where a blessing service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the VNA Inpatient Hospice, 115 Technology Drive, Butler, PA 16001.
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Malli, F. Kennard 71

  • Upper Saint Clair
  • Born: 1942-12-10
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • F. Kennard "Ken" Malli, 71, of Upper St. Clair, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was surrounded by family, loved ones and generous care. Ken is survived by his wife, Sophie (Husar) Malli; son, David, and daughter, Megan; as well as his sister, Nancy (Robert) George, of Canton, Ohio, and many other loving family members throughout the country. Ken was born Dec. 10, 1942, in New Eagle, to Frank and Nancy (Kennard) Malli, both deceased. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and matriculated on to Carnegie Institute of Technology to study engineering. Ken was a proud Freemason. He also served many other philanthropic organizations. The impact of his charitable vision and leadership was felt worldwide through groundbreaking missions like Rotary International's "Polio Plus". A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241, with Pastor Jim Gilchrist officiating. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial donations may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or to Rotary International's "End Polio Now" campaign (http://www.endpolionow.org/donate). Condolences may be left at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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McDonough, Maureen M. 82

  • Collier Township , Formerly of Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Maureen M. McDonough, 82, of Collier Township, formerly of Upper St. Clair, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, after a brief illness, with family at her side. She was the beloved wife of the late James C. McDonough Jr.; loving mother of Erin M. (Thomas Rider) McDonough, James C. (Karen) McDonough III, John M. McDonough and the late W. Patrick McDonough II; and grandmother of Maggie Rider, Madison, Isabella and Coleman McDonough. Maureen loved to entertain family and friends at her home. Friends welcome from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial at noon Tuesday in St. Barbara Parish, Bridgeville. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Merolillo, Mildred R. 95

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Mildred R. (Miserendino) Merolillo, 95, of West View, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Merolillo; loving mother of Joanne (the late William) Cahill and John (Maureen) Merolillo; proud grandmother of Joseph (Gwyn) Boyer Jr., John, Timothy and Nicholas Merolillo; dear GGMA of Gabrielle and Joshua Boyer; and sister of Josephine Moretti and the late Jennie Tripodi, Theresa Winsky, Rosemarie Harpur, Louis Miserendino and James Miserendino. Family will welcome friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Athanasius Church.
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Pascarella, Margaret 96

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Margaret Dowling Pascarella, 96 years, three weeks and one day, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Robert Pascarella; devoted mother of Howard (Terri) Dowling and Loucresia (the late Donald) Murphy; and proud grandmother of six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. There will be no viewing. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at Cross Roads Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Ruffolo, Michelle 55

  • Wilmerding
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michelle Ruffolo, 55, of Wilmerding, completed her earthly journey after a courageous battle Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Edgar Ruffolo, of East McKeesport, and the late Ondraie Ruffolo; loving daughter of Anna Marie (Azzolini) Ruffolo and the late Ernest "Jumbo" Ruffolo; dear sister of Christine Probola, of Forest Hills, Frank (Carrie) Ruffolo, of Brookville, and Mark (Marianne) Ruffolo, of Swissvale; proud grandmother of Zander Ruffolo; niece of Lou and Maxine Azzolini, of Swissvale; and very dear friend of Edgar Loving. Michelle was a former employee of Wabco in Wilmerding. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Good Shepherd Church.
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Scott, John F. 53

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • John F. Scott, 53, of Penn Hills, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was a beloved son of Kathleen and the late Donald Scott; brother of Larry (Linda) Scott, Colleen (Eric) Coates and Patty (Frank) Ruefle; and also survived by nieces, nephews and dear friend, Renee Kovash. He was a member of Hebron United Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in Hebron United Presbyterian Church. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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Sholder, John P. 65

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2014-08-06
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • John Paul Sholder, 65, of Wilkins Township, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. He was the brother of Judy Kane; uncle of Christopher and Brian Kane; and is also survived by his uncle, Jon Niehl, of Chicago, Ill.; his aunt, Arvella Haines, of California; and numerous cousins. John was a 1967 graduate of Churchill High School and a 1971 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He was a career retail sales associate, having been employed by Wander Sales, The Appliance Store, Perla's and lastly Sears at Penn Center. John was an aficionado of all literature and reading ranging from the classics to comic books. He also was a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Friends and family are invited to a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in St. Colman Church. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 810 River Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 or http://www.lung.org. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERALHOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 412-823-9350. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Skendrovich, Naticia L. 41

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Naticia L. Skendrovich, 41, of North Braddock, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, as her valiant fight with cancer ended in the presence of her caring family. She was the beloved wife of Robert D. Skendrovich Jr. for 19 years; dear and loving mother of Katelynn and Alyssa; precious daughter of Nancy Lee (Zinza) Lippai (husband, Richard) and Stephen Koncz, both of North Huntingdon; and treasured sister of Dawn (Thomas) Bonsall, of Verona, and Carrie Koncz Haverty, of Elizabeth Township. She is also survived by numerous cousins. Naticia was an artistically gifted crafter of needlework, beadwork and jewelry and enjoyed all genres of music. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Memorial donations may be made to the family. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Sobol, Mary E. 86

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Sobol, 86, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at her daughter's home. She was the beloved wife of Walter Sobol; loving mother of Robyn (James) Sobol-Walters and Dale (Kathy) Sobol; proud grandmother of Timothy, Jamie, Megan and Gregory and great-grandmother of Carter and Jaxson; and dear sister of Rosemary Metz and Theresa Thimons. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Colman Parish. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Strohm Sr., Wayne R. 75

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Wayne R. Strohm Sr., 75, of O'Hara Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Barbara (Work) Strohm; loving father of W. Robert "Rob" (Kimberley) Strohm Jr. and Emily (John) Willard; dear grandfather of Coleman Strohm, J.R. and James Willard; dear brother of Bonnie Besonson, of Michigan; and a son of the late Ralph and Ellen (Poppleton) Strohm. Private burial will be held. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Arrangements entrusted to the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw, 412-486-8500. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church or Summer's Best Two Weeks, 111 Lake Gloria Road, Boswell, PA 15531-1509.
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Tognarine, Ethel M. 73

  • Baldwin , Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1941-05-31
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Ethel Mae Tognarine, 73, of Baldwin, formerly of Port Vue, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, after a long illness in Baldwin Rehab Center. Born May 31, 1941, in Mt. Lake Park, Garrett County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Lena Fresh. She was retired from Jefferson Hospital and the Salvation Army. She is preceded in death by her husband, Regis J. Tognarine; daugher, Lorraine Zoscak; and brother, William Fresh, of Elizabeth. She is survived by daughters, Linda (Robert) Marzec, of Baldwin, Mary Lou (Pete) Evanchak, of Port Vue, and Cheryl (Brad) Reber, of North Carolina; brother, Joseph McRobie, of Tennessee, and sister, Mary Fresh, of Maryland; sister-in-law of Chris (Charlene) Tognarine, of Jefferson Hills, Geno (Patricia) Tognarine, of McKeesport, and Judith Fresh, of Elizabeth; and is also survived by nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Interment will follow in Roundhill Cemetery, Elizabeth. The family of Ethel requests memorial donations be made in her memory to the Humane Society of Pittsburgh, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, (http://www.wpahumane.org), as she adored her animals. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Vremsak, Carole L.

  • Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Musmanno, McKees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Carole Lou Vremsak, formerly of Ross Township, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Carole was the only child of the late Beatrice "Betty" and Louis Vremsak. Carole resided at Manor Care Bethel Park and was one of the staff. Carole will be remembered by her cousins and friends who loved her. There will be no visitation or service. Carole Lou graciously donated her body to science. ANTHONY M. MUSMANNO FUNERAL HOME INC., in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Manor Care Bethel Park, 60 Highland Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102, 0r to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 560 St. Joseph Way, Baden, PA 15005.
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Watychowicz, Josephine G. 95

  • Formerly of Indianola
  • Born: 1918-10-07
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Josephine G. Watychowicz, 95, formerly of Indianola, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the Arbors of Valencia. She was born Oct. 7, 1918, to the late Mike and Bridgette Oshnock, and resided in Indianola most of her life. She was formerly a member of St. Timothy Parish in Indianola, now St. Pio Parish in Harmarville. Survivors include her son, Edward (Yvonne) Wagner, of La Quinta, Calif.; grandson, Greg (Roseate) Wagner, of Burlingame, Calif.; granddaughter, Leigh Wagner, of San Diego, Calif.; and two great-grandchildren, Calvin and Darren Wagner. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Walter Watychowicz. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in Springdale at the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St. Christian funeral Mass will follow at noon in St. Pio Church in Harmarville, with burial to follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Dorseyville.
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Wegener, Eileen C. 79

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Eileen C. (Lotz) Wegener, 79, of McCandless Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 55 years of Ralph M. Wegener; loving mother of R. Michael Wegener Jr. (Doley), Susan Miller (Matt) and Patricia Wegener; and dear grandmother of Matthew and Julia Miller and Chelsey and Courtney Wegener. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Sebastian Church, 311 Siebert Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow at Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Sebastian School.
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Westmoreland County

Andognozzi, Jeanne A. 74

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1939-11-10
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jeanne A. (Cinciripini) Andognozzi, 74, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in the Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Lawrenceville, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 10, 1939, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Sperduto) Cinciripini. Jeanne was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Clarence Rogozinski. Surviving is her husband of 51 years, Fausto Paul "Andy" Andognozzi; a son, Vincent J. Andognozzi and his wife, Kimberly, of North Huntingdon; brother and sisters, Diane M. Rogozinski, of Irwin, Josephine F. Matlak and her husband, Richard, of Massachusetts, Paul Michael Cinciripini and his wife, Lynn, of Texas; two grandchildren, Angel Marie and Kristina Noel Andognozzi; sister-in-law, Jenny Catalana and her husband, George, of North Hills; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Aukerman, Jay D. 89

  • Youngstown
  • Born: 1924-11-22
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Jay D. Aukerman, 89, of Youngstown, Pa., passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. He was born Nov. 22, 1924, in Pleasant Unity, a son of the late Ira "Pete" and Lillian (Bronson) Aukerman. Prior to retirement in 1987, Jay was employed by Latrobe Steel with more than 40 years of service. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army with the 349th Harbor Craft Company in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations. He attended St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown. He loved attending the Latrobe and Ligonier High School football games with family. He also liked to travel to Grove City and Westminster colleges for their football games where he enjoyed tailgating with family and watching the bands during the halftime show. He also enjoyed day trips and watching Penn State football games on TV. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Esther (Tarr) Aukerman, and his brother, William D. Aukerman, both in 2012. He is survived by his loving daughters, Linda LaRue and her husband, William E., of Ligonier, and Corliss Aukerman, of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Susan LaRue Huba and her husband, Stephen, of Ligonier, and Steven LaRue and his friend, Alycia Jones, of Washington, D.C.; two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Addie Huba; a brother-in-law, Maurice Tarr Jr. and his wife, Cora Lee, of Latrobe; a sister-in-law, Libby Aukerman, of Latrobe; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown with the Rev. David Clement officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment with full military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post 33 Honor Guard will follow in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4329 Route 982, Youngstown, PA 15696. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Davis, Frances M. 79

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-09-18
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Frances Marie Davis, 79, of Scottdale, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Weatherwood Manor, Hempfield Township. Frances was born Sept. 18, 1934, at Old Meadow in East Huntingdon Township, a daughter of the late Irvin and Elizabeth (Santmyer) Kropp, who passed away Feb. 2, 1988, and March 22, 1984, respectively. She was married to John Richard "Dick" Davis, who passed away Sept. 2, 1984. Frances was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was previously employed in the jewelry department at Kmart and was a longtime and faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale. She also was a member of the Clingerman Class at the church and the local Red Hat Society. A graduate of Scottdale High School, Class of 1952, she was an ardent supporter of the scouting program, serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother. She enjoyed traveling, cruises and years ago camping with the Penn Woods Sunrays. Frances will be sadly missed by her loving family; her five children, John R. Davis Jr. and his wife, Deborah of Ruffsdale, Kathryn Carnes and her husband, Charles, of Newark, Del., Robert Davis and his wife, Dorota, of Mt. Pleasant, James Davis and his wife, Lisa, of Scottdale, and Laurie Werry and her husband, Ronald, of Acme; her seven grandchildren, Adam, Andrew and Alex Carnes, Kristin MacDonald and her husband, Ian, Jennifer Kernicky and her husband, Ken, and Julia and Nolan Davis; her two brothers, Irvin Kropp Jr. and his wife, Sheila, and Donald Kropp and his wife, Alice; her two sisters, Dolores "Cup" Crossland and her husband, William, and Martha "Jane" Crouse and her husband, Merele; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Jane Davis (1957); her son, Donald Wayne Davis (1959); her sister, Shirley Szwed (1960); and her special friend of 20 years, Eugene "Gene" Tarr (2010). Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / http://www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with her Pastor, the Rev. Stephen Moore officiating. Graveside committal service and interment next to her late husband will be in Scottdale Cemetery. Love Lasts Forever!
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Heasley, Eugene J. 68

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1946-05-25
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Eugene J. "Boo" Heasley, 68, of Trafford, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. He was born May 25, 1946, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late Paul and Pauline (Waite) Heasley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Kratochvil. He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Sherry (Winters) Heasley, of Trafford; children, Richard (Wendy) Heasley, of Ardara, Karen (John) Bonay, of Jeannette, Sandra (Bob) Leonard, of North Huntingdon, Linda Ooten, of Wall, Eugene Heasley Jr., of Trafford, and Tracie Heasley, of Trafford; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brothers, Teddy and Ralph Heasley. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for a funeral service with the Rev. Dr. Ronald Wakeman officiating. Interment to follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. To send flowers or condolences, please visit the funeral home website at http://www.williamsnyderfuneralhome.com.
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Homerick, John G. 90

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • John G. Homerick, 90, of Trafford, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Forbes Regional Hospital. He was born in Lilly, son of Paul and Emma (Hooder) Homerich. He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Jean (Gongloff); and daughter, Robin J. Mayhue. He is survived by two daughters, Tammy Homerick and Sherry Varchetto, of Trafford; three grandchildren, Samantha Mayhue and Matthew and Stephanie Varchetto; three brothers, Paul, George and Charles; and two sisters, Julia Hudak and Anna Mardula, of Cresson. He was a World War II Navy veteran who served on the USS Washington as a gunner. He was retired from Snavely Forest Products, where he worked for more than 20 years as a truck driver and lumber yard worker. He enjoyed long walks in the woods and working in his garden. Services and interment at the mausoleum chapel with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, North Huntingdon, is in charge of arrangements. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the AMVETS, 220 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601, in his memory. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Just, Dolores A. 75

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1939-01-26
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dolores A. Reep Barr Just, known to everyone as "Gram," 75, of Greensburg (Hempfield Township), died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 26, 1939, in Butler, a daughter of the late Raymond A. and Eva Guidish Reep. Prior to moving to Greensburg, she worked in the office of Nationwide Insurance Co. She also was the office manager for her husband, Carl, who was a home builder in the Greensburg and Latrobe areas. Dolores was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg, The Reep Family Association and AARP. She was also a former member of the Ligonier Writers Association. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl J. Just, in 1981; a stepdaughter, Sandra Just Eagle; and by an infant brother, Donald Lee Reep. Dolores is survived by a son, William Barr and his wife, Linda, of Latrobe; a daughter, Carla Just Bates; stepdaughter, Candice Just Hallam and her husband, John, of Finleyville; a granddaughter, Michelle Barr; three stepgrandchildren, Carl Eagle and his wife, Mary Jo, Tonia Zdarko and her husband, James, and Travis Hallam and his fiancee, Amber Gray; stepgreat-grandchildren, Marina and James Zdarko III and Hunter Hallam; a brother, Raymond R. Reep, of Butler; a nephew, Cardice Peter Just, who had made his home with Carl and Dolores; a number of nieces and nephews; also, her best friend, Margaret Kirkland. Friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, followed by a memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church. Interment will be held in St. Michael's Cemetery, Butler. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation, Landmarks Building, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1920, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepple-graft.com.
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McElhinny, Elmer J. 87

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1926-11-05
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Elmer J. McElhinny, 87, of Greensburg, formerly of Port Vue, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. Born Nov. 5, 1926, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Albert J. and Margaret (Fuehr) McElhinny. Elmer was a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, and a member of St. Bruno Parish in Greensburg. He retired in 1981 from Swift Industries Home Builders as an architectural designer. Elmer is survived by his wife, Patricia J. (McMahon) McElhinny; sons, Edward J. (Margaret) McElhinny, of Port Vue, and Thomas A. (Lori) McElhinny, of Port Vue; daughters, Sherry M. (Paul) Merritt, of Greensburg, and Lisa M. (Gerald) Stofko, of Johnstown; sisters, Evelyn Simon, of Rhode Island, and Thelma (Richard) Caito, of Naples, Fla.; brothers, Sven (Donna) McElhinny, of White Oak, and Gerard (R.K.) McElhinny, of Pittsburgh; sisters-in-law, Eileen McElhinny, of Pittsburgh, and Phyllis McElhinny, of York; son-in law, Mark Schaitkin; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Elmer was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Beth Schaitkin; and brothers, Albert, Walter and Conrad McElhinny. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township, with Father Matthew Reese as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in St. Joseph's Cemetery in North Versailles. Memorial contributions in Elmer's name should be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4256. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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McFeaters, Margaret Peggy M. 86

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-04-23
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. "Peggy" McFeaters, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Emeritus of Latrobe. She was born April 23, 1928, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Evan L. and Louise (Gilson) Moberg. Prior to her retirement, Peggy was the financial secretary and bookkeeper for Unity Cemetery and the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. She was an avid duplicate bridge player earning the title of Silver Life Master. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren R. McFeaters, in 1990; a daughter-in-law, Toni McFeaters; three sisters, Louise Robbins, Ruth Gressingh and Jean Frost; and her brother, Dr. John "Jack" Moberg. She is survived by four children, Sandra Marcano, of Newark, N.Y., Raymond (Corde) McFeaters, of Saltsburg, David McFeaters, of Freeport, Fla., and Kevin (Jane) McFeaters, of North Liberty, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol Moberg, of Palm Coast, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be no funeral home visitation. Friends and family are welcome to a memorial service at noon Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Unity Chapel, with her pastor, the Rev. Clark R. Kerr, officiating. THE HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., in Latrobe has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Latrobe Presbyterian Church and designated for the Moberg-McFeaters Music Fund, 428 Main St., Latrobe, PA 15650. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Milyak Sr., Robert P. 70

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1943-12-28
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Robert P. Milyak Sr., 70, of Unity Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Latrobe, a son of the late John S. and Anna A. (Labuda) Milyak. Prior to retirement, he was a truck driver for Owens and Minor, Greensburg, and previously worked at Latrobe Steel. He was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. Bob was a life member and former Fire Chief of the Marguerite Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Western Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County Firemens associations, Norvelt Firemens' Club and Hecla Sportsmens Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter; and two brothers, Leonard A. and John J. Milyak. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen L. (Davis) Milyak; his daughter, Paula S. Aiello and husband, Fred; his son, Robert P. Milyak Jr. and wife, Kimberly, all of Unity Township; seven grandchildren, Kerrick A. Scott, Ryan J., Nicholas R., Anthony J. and Alexander J. "Chooch" Aiello and Anna E. and Abigale G. Milyak; a brother, Gerald M. Milyak, of Jeannette; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be no visitation or viewing. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, with the Rev. Daniel L. Blout as celebrant. Private inurnment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Benedict Church, 260 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 or to Marguerite Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 173, Pleasant Unity, PA 15676. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Pore, Alice V. 90

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1924-03-03
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Alice V. Pore, 90, of West Newton, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at her home. She was born March 3, 1924, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late C. Homer and Ruth (Holtzer) Miller. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Old Republic Insurance Co. in Greensburg. She was a member of Sewickley United Presbyterian Church in Sewickley Township and also the Sewickley Grange No. 1897. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn A. Pore; also by three brothers, Homer, Robert and Dale Miller. Surviving are two sons, Jack Pore and his wife, Claire, and Lynn Pore, and daughter, Joyce Norman, all of West Newton; four grandchildren, Alana Buljat and her husband, Mike, Erin Watkins and her husband, Brian, Staci Steen and her husband, Joe, and Jared Norman; four great-grandchildren, Nikki, Addie, Brycen and Callie; three brothers, Jim Miller and his wife, Donna Lee, of Florida, Karl Miller and his wife, Mary Lee, of Oklahoma, and Tom Miller, of Indiana; four sisters, Dorothy Hart, of Lincoln Heights, Helen Miller, of Alaska, and Donna Mull and her husband, Merle, of Greensburg, Phyllis Frye of Slickville; two sisters-in-law, Vi Pore, of West Newton, and Shirley Miller, of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Madison. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with Pastor Glenn Hart officiating. Interment will follow in the Sewickley Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made in Alice's name to Excela Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601-9928.
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Ruzina, Bernard J. 81

  • Yukon
  • Born: 1932-11-10
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Bernard J. Ruzina, 81, of Yukon, Pa., died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Yukon, a son of the late George and Mary (Oravec) Ruzina. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the former Robert Shaw Manufacturing Co. in New Stanton as a machinist. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy. He was a member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Yukon and was also a member of the Yukon Slovenian Hall Lodge No. 729, the Slovene Heritage Association of Pittsburgh and the Yukon Lions Club, having served as past president and secretary. He was a pitcher for the Yukon Baseball League in the 1960s and he loved to dance, loved hunting and fishing and all sports. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, August, Bennie, Bobbie and George Ruzina; and a sister, Katherine Albert. Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Betty (Mackovsek) Ruzina; a daughter, Lisa Genta and her husband, Anthony, of Sarver; three grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and two brothers; Ronald Ruzina and his wife, Tina, of Mt. Pleasant, and Joseph Ruzina, of Colorado. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME, Route 136, Madison. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with Father Jonathan Wisneski officiating. Interment will follow in Seven Dolors Church Cemetery, Yukon.
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Scott, Joseph C. 82

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1931-12-05
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Joseph C. Scott, 82, of Trafford, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in the Golden Living Center, Monroeville. Joseph was born Dec. 5, 1931, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Edward and Lydia (Cromie) Scott. He grew up in East Liberty and graduated from Peabody High School. Joseph was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the Army. He was actively involved in the Level Green community, including coaching and expanding the athletic association to include girls' softball. He was a retired insurance agent and member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve G. Scott, in 2012; his son, Jeffrey Scott and his wife, Susan; three brothers, Wally, Harold and Edward Scott; and a sister, Margaret Trabits. Joseph is survived by his children, Pam Phalin (Tom), of Bethel Park, Joe Scott (Jane), of Saginaw Mich., Janet Jupena (Bruce), of Level Green, and Suzanne Kalna (Scott), of West Newton; and his seven grandchildren, Joshua Scott, Virginia "Ginny" Scott, Jordan, Jarad and Jevin Jupena; and twins, Wyatt and Chloe Kalna. There will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford. Interment with military honors will be at 2 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., Trafford, (412)372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Smith, Margaret Rose A. 80

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1934-01-04
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. "Rose" Smith, 80, of Irwin, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late George D. and Alice A. (Reichard) Rose. She was a former housekeeper for LOOM, Lodge 236, Irwin, and a member of West Hempfield Presbyterian Church and Community Life of McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh A. Smith in 1994 and a brother, George D. Rose Jr. She is survived by her children, Sarah A. (Duane) Moshier, of North Huntingdon, Robert H. (Carol) Smith, of Lewisville, N.C., and Deborah J. Smith, of McKeesport; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. To send online condolences, please visit our website at http://www.williamsnyderfuneralhome.com.
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Spitzel, David J. 72

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • David John Spitzel, 72, of Murrysville, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was a son of the late John Francis and Florence (Hanson) Spitzel; and brother of Judy S. (David) Wieserner, Susan J. (Frank) Gasper and the Rev. Jim Spitzel. He is also survived by two nephews and a niece. Friends received from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn, where services will be held at noon with the Rev. James Miller officiating. In lieu of flowers, family asks donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
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Sumski, Josephine 88

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Josephine (Ameris) Sumski, 88, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side Friday morning, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Bloom and the late William Sumski. Josephine was the beloved mother of Karen Bloom Dunlap, Darlene Bloom Bartholf, Margaret Sumski Kalil and Billy Sumski. She is also survived by five sisters, Mary Ann Goldburg, of Las Vegas, Nev., Amelia Baxter, of Atlanta, Ga., Dorothy Ameris Kolek, of New Kensington, Virginia Johnson, of Tennessee, and Carol Remmick, of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Marie Bianco Ameris; and her brothers, James Ameris and Edward "Picky" Ameris. "A special thanks for Josephine's caregiver, Delilah Fouse, who has given our mother superb care the past five years." Our mother loved music, going to plays and shopping. She loved old movies and knew everything about the movie stars. She enjoyed spending time with the family. Our mother was a devoted mother. She will be deeply missed by all and never forgotten. Sleep now with the angels, Ma, you are at peace. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, 857 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Ursic, Lois J. 85

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1929-01-29
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Lois Jean Ursic, 85, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Swissvale, a daughter of the late Carl and Vivian Hoffman. Prior to her retirement, Lois was a secretary for Cray Industry. She was a member of the United Methodist Holiday Club and enjoyed playing cards, traveling with her retirement community and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Ursic; and two brothers, David and Kenneth Hoffman. She is survived by her two daughters, Karen Yonika and her fiance, Charles Ritchie, and Cherie Ursic; two grandchildren, Rayden and Greysen Galley; niece, Judy Lotz; and nephew, Dave Hoffman Jr. A memorial service will be held at a later date. JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642, is in charge of arrangements. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Woods, Timothy M. 60

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1954-05-17
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Timothy M. Woods, 60, of Apollo, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in his home. Born May 17, 1954, in Kittanning, he was a son of the late Walter and Elizabeth (Armey) Woods. Timothy lived in the Apollo area all of his life, and was a 1972 graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School. He was employed as an iron worker through the Iron Workers Local Union No. 3 in Pittsburgh, and later worked in maintenance for Allegheny Ludlum in Brackenridge, retiring in 2014. Timothy was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying riding his bike, canoeing, fishing and camping. He loved Pittsburgh sports, especially the Steelers and Pirates. In addition to his parents, Timothy was preceded in death by his sisters, Peggy Womeldorf and JoAnn George; and brother, Charles E. Woods. He is survived by his wife, Lauren (Rodnicki) Woods; children, Rachel Y. (Fred) Sharrow, of East Vandergrift, Timothy M. Woods Jr., of Apollo, and Ashley S. Woods, of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Carter, Brayden and Chloe; brother, Walter (Sandra) Woods, of Loganville, Ga.; sisters, Carol Sells, of Apollo, Linda (Stanley) Matthews, of Apollo, Jan (Gene) Lackey, of Spring Church, and Jean (Bernie) Blystone, of Camden, N.C.; and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Apollo, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral costs. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Imperant, Ruth E. 62

  • Cranberry Township , Formerly of Millvale
  • Born: 1951-10-22
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Glenn-Kildoo, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Ruth Elaine "Hootie" (Muschar) Imperant, 62, of Cranberry Township, formerly of Millvale, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, while under the care of UPMC Passavant, McCandless. Born Oct. 22, 1951, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Mary Ruth (Senk) Muschar. Hootie's zest for life, energetic spirit and caring nature will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by those who had the honor of knowing and loving her. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her adoring husband of 35 years, Michael A. Imperant, whom she married on May 12, 1979; Jan Muschar, the wife of her dear late brother, Albert "Big Al" Muschar, who passed away March 11, 2014; her brother-in-law, Harry "Mup" Imperant and his wife, Marsha; her two sisters-in-law, Peggy Willby and her husband, Dave, and Annette Sauer and her husband, Dave; and numerous nieces and nephews. Hootie's family will welcome friends Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 p.m. until the time of a funeral ceremony at 8 p.m. at the GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Hootie's honor in support of the USO, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677 (http://www.uso.org). Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Hootie's family at http://www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Galik, Kathleen M. 70

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1944-02-14
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kathleen M. Galik, 70, of Connellsville, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1944, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late, Stephen Louis and Angela Geraldine (Loughran) Galik. Kathleen was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1962. After, she was a clerical worker for various companies. She was a devote Catholic and a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville. She served the church as a Eucharistic Minister, choir member and as a member of Christian Mothers. She loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, her pets and classical music. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Michael Galik. She is survived by six siblings, John T. "Jack" Galik and wife, Geraldine, Stephen T. "Tim" Galik, Elaine (Galik) Sidders and companion, Frank Rokosz, of Florida, James J. "Jim" Galik and significant other, Jean Slusser, Regis A "Rege" Galik and Patrick E. "Pat" Galik and wife, Darlene; and also many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Private interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, Connellsville.
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Kelley, Frank A. 59

  • Connellsville , Formerly of Uniontown
  • Born: 1955-04-03
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Goldsboro-Fabry, Fairchance | Get Directions
  • Frank Allen Kelley, 59, of Connellsville, formerly of Uniontown, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at his home, with his caretaker, Donald Laugherty, by his side. He was born April 3, 1955, in Alliance, Ohio, a son of the late Walter and Helen Kelley. Frank proudly served his country in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in the Christian Church of Connellsville, 212 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at a later date. Frank's professional funeral services are entrusted to the GOLDSBORO-FABRY FUNERAL HOME INC., 21 E. Church St., Fairchance, John M. Fabry, supervisor.
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Rohal, Vera M. 91

  • Leisenring
  • Born: 1922-09-02
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Vera M. Rohal, 91, of Leisenring, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at her residence. She was born Sept. 2, 1922, in Smock, a daughter of the late Harry and Zedell (Dodson) Doppelheuer. She was a loving homemaker and a member of the Leisenring Presbyterian Church. She was a past member of the VFW Auxiliary, Barstow, Calif., and the Odd Fellows. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Yagla; sons, Harry Sonny and Patrick J. Yagla; grandsons, Bobby Jo and Braden Yagla; and a sister, Jane. She is survived by three children, Helen J. Yagla, of Connellsville, Karen A. Yagla and Thomas A. Yagla, both of Leisenring; and also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in her church, Leisenring Presbyterian Church, with her Pastor, Rick Watson, officiating. Private interment will be held in Green Ridge Memorial Park.
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Indiana County

Cashdollar, Miriam A. 76

  • Shelocta
  • Born: 1937-12-26
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel/Bauer, Elderton | Get Directions
  • Miriam A. Cashdollar, 76, of Shelocta, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 26, 1937, in Kittanning, a daughter of Kenneth Schall and Helen (Smeltzer) Galinas. Miriam was a lifetime resident of the area and married Raymond T. Cashdollar, June 30, 1956. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church where she was a faithful volunteer and also served as the bookkeeper for many years. Miriam loved caring for her home and family and in her spare time enjoyed tending to her flower gardens. Family was paramount in her life and she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Raymond T. Cashdollar; daughter, Rae Ann Hollis and husband, William, of Apollo; grandchildren, Jessica Dudek and husband, Adam, and Bill Hollis and wife, Kristi; great-grandchildren, Shannon Dudek, Jonothan Shelkey, Matthew Rametta and Breanna and Brayden Hollis; brother, Kenneth Schall and wife, Helen, of Rural Valley; sisters-in-law, Florence McClanahan, of Fairview, June Walker, of Shelocta, and Eileen Schall, of Shelocta; and brother-in-law, Robert Cashdollar, of Shelocta. Miriam was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Albert "Whitey" Galinas; stepmother, Eleanor Schall; son, Barry Albert Cashdollar, who died in 2007; and brother, Edward Schall. Relatives and friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at CLARK CHAPEL OF THE BAUER FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 South Main St., Elderton. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, the time of services, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 449 Girty Road, Shelocta, with the Rev. Ernie DeLuca officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Cemetery, Shelocta. Arrangements are being handled by the Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home Inc. To send a condolence to Miriam's family or view a video tribute honoring her life, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Elsewhere

Blobner, Dolores U. 86

  • Palm Coast, Fla. , Formerly of Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-08-23
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  • Dolores U. Blobner, 86, of Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of Shaler Township and summer resident of Canadohta Lake, peacefully departed this life Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Brandon Regional Hospital, in Brandon, Fla. She was a daughter of the late Jennie (Stolarski) and Walter Uszko. Dolores graduated from Millvale High School in 1946 and worked as their secretary for several years before getting married and starting a family. "Dolly" loved cooking, sewing, reading, music, bingo and spending time with all her family and friends. Senior centers in Florida and Union City knew her well! Dolores is survived by her children, Joann Lentz, Robert (Nancy) Blobner, David Blobner, Diane Nellis, Michael (Roslyn) Blobner and Christine (Kevin) Powell; 12 loving grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and her sister, Val Roch. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony "Tony" Blobner; sisters, Ursula Hilf and Pat Sieg; brother, Richard Uszko; and her son, Daniel Blobner. "Mom/Aunt Dolly/Gram/Dolly" will be missed by all her family and friends. She was a wonderful woman, a devoted mother, grandmother and wife and lived a long and happy life. Upon her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, Canadohta Lake, will be held at a later date. Florida arrangements are under the careful direction of LOHMAN FUNERAL HOME, Palm Coast. Condolences may be shared with the family at http://www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.
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Conroy Brown, Barbara L. 61

  • Grove City
  • Born: 1953-03-14
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Cunningham, Grove City | Get Directions
  • Barbara L. (Kulbacki) Conroy Brown, 61, of Grove City, passed away Friday afternoon, Aug. 29, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with cancer. Barb was born March 14, 1953, in Pittsburgh, to Leonard V. and Mary Lou (Zimmerman) Kulbacki. She married Arthur F. Brown Jr., Feb. 8, 2002, in Daytona Beach. Barb was a graduate of both Richland High School, Class of 1971, and A.W. Beattie Technical School. She was a residential and commercial wastewater inspector and consultant. She created and was owner/operator of Conviro Inc., Wastewater Consulting. Until her illness, she was Springfield Township Administrator for many years. She was on the board and formerly was chair of Pennsylvania Sewage Advisory Committee. She was active with and a member of the board for the Grove City Food Pantry and Thrifty Threads, a member of the Grove City Planning Commission, Mercer County MPO, where she was former chair, a founding member and chair of PASEO, Mercer County Democrat Party, League of Women Voters and Democrat Women. Barb was a founder and board member of the Ken Seamans Scholarship Fund, New Wilmington. Formerly she was PTO chair with Highland Elementary School and she was a Girl Scout Leader, both in Grove City. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post No. 7465, Brent, Springfield Township, Mercer County. Barb enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading, baking and spending time with her family and friends. She lived everyday of her life to the fullest and she loved helping others. Survivors include her husband, Arthur, at home; two children, Heather A. Conroy, of Portland, Ore., and Daniel M. Conroy Jr. and wife, Megan, of Butler; her mother, Mary Lou Kulbacki, of Gibsonia; stepson, Eric Brown and wife, Jennifer, of Hermitage; granddaughter, Celia K. Mellow, of Portland; step-grandchildren, Ethan and Ryan Brown, of Hermitage; two sisters, Diane Kulbacki, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mary Jane Czamerda and husband, Nicholas, of Gibsonia; and one brother, Leonard V. Kulbacki Jr. and wife, Leslie, of Allison Park. She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard V. Kulbacki Sr. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, the time of services, in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME INC., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City, with the Rev. Lester Rowan, Pastor of Wayside Community Church, officiating. Memorials may be made to Grove City Food Pantry, 114 S. Center St., Grove City or Wayside Community Church, 1911 Mercer-Grove City, Mercer, PA 16137.
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White, Roy S. 81

  • Royersford , Formerly of Columbiana, Ohio
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Houck And Gofus, Pottstown | Get Directions
  • Roy S. White, 81, of Royersford, formerly of Columbiana, Ohio, Lady Lake, Fla., and North Huntingdon, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at the Phoenixville Hospital. He was the husband of Nancy (Lyons) White. Born in Frank, he was a son of the late Robert and Ethel (Thompson) White. A graduate of McKeesport High School, he continued his education at Grove City College, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Metallurgy. Roy served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a manager for U.S. Steel, McKeesport, and retired from Pittsburgh Tube in Darlington. Mr. White was a member of the McKeesport Lion's Club and the Fairfield Ruritan Club in Columbiana. Roy enjoyed keeping up with financial news, the stock market and played an occasional round of golf. Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Dr. Beth White (Randy Fugate), of Holland, Pa., Arlene (Bill) Bianco, of Lower Pottsgrove Township, and Amy White, of Boise, Idaho; five grandchildren, Ryan Fugate, Michael, Briana, Christopher and Nicholas Bianco; and son-in-law, Michael Knak. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Rebecca White; his brothers, Robert and Paul White; and his sister, Ruth Bobnar. Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at the HOUCK and GOFUS FUNERAL HOME INC., 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, where a memorial service will follow at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Barry L. Moyer officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.houckgofusfuneralhome.com.
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