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Veteran, volunteer never grew tired of serving

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Acklin, Keith 41

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2015-01-06
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Keith Acklin, 41, of Pitcairn, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. He was a beloved son of the late Wayne and Jean Acklin; father of Brianna and William; brother of Tammy Acklin; uncle of Kiara Jean; also aunts, uncle and cousin and friends. Memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in St. John Lutheran Church, 715 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15139. Arrangements by THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., Swissvale. http://www.niedfuneral.com.
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Ahmuty, George 93

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

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

  • Churchill
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Henry G. "Skip" Beamer III, 80, of Churchill, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine Beamer; and stepfather of Bill (Barb) DeVenzio, of Dayton, Ohio. Henry will be lovingly missed by his extended family, his many close friends and his colleagues. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University, Henry was commissioned as an officer in the Marines, achieving the rank of major upon his discharge. Henry received his Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law. He was a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Academy of Trial Lawyers, Virginia State Bar, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, American Legion Post 0002 East Pittsburgh and the Duquesne Club. Henry served on the advisory board of Penn State Fayette and was also a proud member of the Penn State Nittany Lion Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Penn State University for the Henry Beamer Basketball Scholarship, 1 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.
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Benedict, Andy J. 92

  • Robinson Township
  • Born: 1923-01-01
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Somma, Robinson Township | Get Directions
  • Andy J. Benedict, 92, of Robinson Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Born Jan. 1, 1923, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Andy and Katherine V. Benedict. Mr. Benedict was retired from the Parkway West Area Technical School since 1988. He was the husband of Dorothy Pavolko Benedict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Damon S.; his sisters, Mary Denuzzio and Lucille Mendicino; brothers, Damon, Mark, Derry and Benny. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy A.; sons, Andy John (Margaret), Michael A. (Vicky), George J. and Jon A. (Rose); four grandchildren, Derek (Lindsay), Max (Whitney), Haley (Nick) Heslip and Megan (Ryan) Melvin; and six great-grandchildren, Milana, Natalia and Jack Benedict and Evelyn, Audrey and Nathan Heslip. Mr. Benedict was a veteran of World War II. He graduated from the Stuttgart Flying School with the Aviation Cadet Class of 44-B. He was a commissioned officer and the B-24 bomber pilot with the 15th Air Force, based at Manduria, Italy. Mr. Benedict attained the rank of first lieutenant after flying 23 missions over Nazi territory, ranging from Toulon, France in the West, Munich, Germany and Vienna, Austria in the North and to one of the most heavily defended targets in Europe, the Ploesti, Romania oil fields and refineries in the East. Mr. Benedict participated in the following battles and campaigns: Southern France, PO Valley, Air Combat Balkans, Rome Arno and Northern Apennines. His decorations and citations included: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Service Medal, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, World War II Victory Medal and Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic Medal. Mr. Benedict was a member of the 15th Air Force, 450th Bombardment Group, 723rd Squadron Association. Mr. Benedict was active in the community, serving as an umpire in the Robinson Township Boys Baseball League. He was an officer and member of the Robinson Township Water Authority. It was during his tenure that the water treatment plant near Neville Island was built and put into operation. Mr. Benedict was the head of the Bishop Canevin High School Fund Raising Project for Holy Trinity Parish involvement under the Rev. Kris Kristmalski. After spending 60 years at the graphic arts trade (he was a member of the International Typographical Union, Local No. 7, for 30 years), Mr. Benedict finished his working career teaching graphic arts at the high school level in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Parkway West Area Technical School in North Fayette Township. Mr. Benedict was a graduate, cum laude, of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH M. SOMMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 5405 Steubenville Pike, Moon Run, Robinson Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Church, Robinson Township. Burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hopewell Township.
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Bernhart Jr., C. Baker 96

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • C. Baker Bernhart Jr., 96, of Monroeville, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Baker was son of the late Charles Baker and Carolyn (Hopper) Bernhart and was the beloved husband of the late Jean (Wilson) Bernhart. He is survived by his daughters, Carol Anne Salancy and Alexis Jean Lassow (Edward); five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Jean Thomas and the late John Bernhart. Baker was a graduate of Bucknell University and was retired from US Steel, where he had been an electrical engineer. He was a longtime member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Haymaker Road, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert Marrow, officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at Cross Roads Cemetery. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Bieri, Catherine D. 94

  • Formerly of Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Catherine D. (Brudin) Bieri, 94, of Friendship Village, formerly of Bethel Park, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Bernard A. Bieri; loving mother of Joan, Diane Dulik (Len), Gail Anwyll (fiance, Paul Black), Patricia Conlon (Paul) and the late Don Bieri; grandmother of Sarah Porter (Shawn), Jeff Miller (fiancee, Michelle Kusiolek), Joe and Julia Conlon; great-grammy to Lucas, Joel, Delaney and Eric Porter; and aunt of Charles "Bud" Bieri and Mary Ann Mathews (Jack). Family was most important to Cathy and nothing made her happier than staying connected. Always ready for adventure, she travelled extensively with her beloved husband, Bern, and later enjoyed many memorable trips with friends. Never idle in her early years, Cathy was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Bethel Park Welcome Wagon, Satellites, Gold Card Club and several bridge, walking, bowling and lunch groups where she established many dear friendships. Her gracious smile, sense of humor, twinkle in her blue eyes, kindheartedness and unending optimism will be missed by so many. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS, 724-941-3211. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Brown, Burrell A. 67

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1947-10-18
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Burrell A. Brown, 67, a native of Clairton, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Oct. 18, 1947, in McKeesport, a son of Rebecca Frazier McGrew, of Fairfield, Ala. He received his educational foundation through the Clairton Education System and furthered his education by earning a Bachelor of Science from California University of Pennsylvania (education, major - physics), both a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. He was licensed to practice law in the courts of Pennsylvania, including before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He was a tenured professor of business at his alma mater, California University of Pennsylvania, where he taught class and researched in the areas of ethics, law and labor relations. Burrell was the former president of the Pennsylvania state NAACP Conference of Branches and prior to his election as president, he served 20 years as legal counsel to that organization. Brown has also served on numerous other civic and professional organizations, including being a founding member and past president of both the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Bar Association and the Pittsburgh chapter of the Black MBAs. He was appointed by Governor Ridge to the Governor's Commission on African American Affairs and appointed by Governor Rendell to the Inter-branch Commission on Racial, Ethnic and Gender Fairness, where he previously served as chair. He attended Gethsemane Church of God of Christ and served as chair of the Deacon Board. Burrell also served as legal counsel to Western Pennsylvania First Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ. Survivors include his wife, Anita D. (Shockley) Brown of more than 39 years; four sons, Storm BJ Gressem, Julian Lerone, Martin William and Frederick Douglass; and grandchildren, Raiven, Jalinn, Frederick Jr., Kortez, Ashley, Renee, Shania and McKenzie; siblings, Enola Duncan, Leatrice McGrew, Burrell Alford, Gerald Alford and Eileen Alford; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. He was predeceased in death by his biological dad, Burrell Leon Alford Sr.; adopted parents, Beatrice Brown and Willie Brown; brother, Earl D. Alford Sr.; and nephew, Damon J. Alford. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at Trinity Church of God in Christ, 2216 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport, with funeral services to be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at New Beginnings Church, 705 Shaw Ave., McKeesport. Interment will follow at Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth. Local arrangements are entrusted to the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton.
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Buckley Jr., Christopher L. 29

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Christopher Lawrence Buckley Jr., 29, of Sewickley, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. He was the father of Bradley Buckley; son of Christopher L. Buckley and Diane Flowers; brother of Robert J. Buckley III; and stepson of Cristin Buckley. Visitation was from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 23, at COLE FUNERAL HOME, 328 Beaver St., Sewickley. His funeral was held at 11 a.m. Jan. 24, at St. James Church, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Christopher Lawrence Buckley Jr. Memorial Fund at PNC Bank, 401 Beaver St., Sewickley, a trust fund for his surviving son.
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Burgman Jr., George R. 79

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1935-02-12
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • George R. Burgman Jr., 79, of Dravosburg, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was born Feb. 12, 1935, in McKeesport, the son of the late George R. and Jane Boddice Burgman Sr. He served in the Army as a helicopter mechanic. He was a mechanical draftsman and a manager at Lehigh Design. He was an active member of the South Park Area Radio Control Society and was also involved with local NASCAR racing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary "Betty" Oskin Burgman; son, G. Jayme (Carol) Burgman, of White Oak, Michael (Laurie) Burgman, of Pleasant Hills, Debra (Daniel) Tepper, of Acme, and Cherie (Todd Phillips), of White Oak; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN FUNERAL HOME, 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Church and burial will be in Lebanon Church Cemetery.
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Byrne, Michael S. 46

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Michael S. Byrne, 46, of Whitehall, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved son of Rosemarie and the late Raymond "Mike" Byrne; loving brother of Mary Joyce, Jeffrey and the late Thomas Byrne. There will be no visitation or service. Professional services are trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Cersosimo, Joseph B. 71

  • Kennedy Township
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Sanvito, Kennedy Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph B. Cersosimo, 71, of Kennedy Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was a son of the late Joseph and Steffie Cersosimo; beloved husband of Diane M. Cersosimo; loving father of Michelina Cersosimo and Brian (Jessica) Cersosimo; brother of Bonita (late Jakie) Cersosimo; and loving grandfather of David, Kaylee, Mary, Mikki and Livianna. Joe was a current board member of the Forest Grove Sportsmen's Club and a past board member of Allegheny County Sportsmen's League. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the ANTHONY J. SANVITO FUNERAL HOME, 1650 Broadway, Stowe/Kennedy Township. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Malachy Church, Kennedy Township. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery.
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Chojnacki, Mary M. 69

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

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

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

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

  • Coal Valley
  • Born: 1958-12-20
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Meribeth Stinner Malcom DePietro, 56, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Southwestern Assisted Care Residence in West Mifflin, where she resided these past three years. Meribeth was born Dec. 20, 1958, in McKeesport, and raised in Coal Valley, Jefferson Hills. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Elmer and Elizabeth Allen Stinner; and a brother, Raymond Stinner. Meribeth is survived by a sister, Roberta (Paul) Estep, of Buena Vista; two brothers, Ralph Stinner, of Connellsville, and Robert (Linda) Stinner, of West Mifflin, cousin/caregiver, JoAnn Smith (David) Young, of Swissvale; loving aunts and uncle, aunt, Irene Smith, of Coal Valley, aunt, Mary Alice Morgan, formerly of West Mifflin, uncle, August Stinner, of Southwestern Assisted Care Residence, (formerly of White Oak); and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Meribeth, having lived her entire life in this area, graduated in 1976 from Thomas Jefferson High School, attended CCAC South Campus, and in her youth, attended Pine Run United Methodist Church in Clairton. After 20 years of dedicated service as a claims customer service supervisor for the Verizon Yellow/Super Pages (formerly Penn Del Directory Corp.) of Monroeville, she retired and lived so bravely these past 10 years. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Memorial service will take place immediately after visitation, at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to the Huntington Disease Society of America. Please make payable to PA HDSA Chapter, with "in memory of Meribeth DePietro" on the memo line of your check and send to: PA HDSA Chapter, P.O. Box 1196, 1140 Thorn Run Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Dykeman, Lois M. 86

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-01-22
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  • Lois M. Dykeman, 86, of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, after an extended illness. She was the beloved mother of Jennifer A. (Dykeman) Foster and husband, Robert, the late Joseph E. Dykeman and the late Robert S. Dykeman; wife of the late Joseph E. Dykeman; grandmother to Graceann E. Foster; aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline (Karstetter) Fries and John Karstetter. Lois was a graduate of Altoona Nursing School and proudly performed her nursing duties for more than 35 years. Most notably, she was head nurse on 6 Main in Shadyside Hospital and she worked in the emergency room at Magee Women's Hospital. Memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 Fifth Ave., at the corner of S. Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Interment will be at the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Send condolences at simpsonfuneralhome.com/obituary. Donations in lieu of flowers, Myastenia Gravis Association of Western PA. http://www.mgawpa.org.
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Eaglen, Bruce 73

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

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

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

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • William F. Fowkes, 59, of Plum Borough, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Gordon and Marcella Fowkes; brother of Robert (Mary Jo) and Lynn Fowkes, Lisa (Robert) Ellwood and Barbara (Bruce) Mastrilli; father of Jesse Fowkes; and stepfather of Jason Vermillion. No visitation or service. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Garofolo, Marybelle C. 85

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Marybelle C. (Beattie) Garofolo, 85, of Monroeville, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Samuel Garofolo Jr. for 64 years. She was the loving mother of Rosemary O'Brien, of Hopewell, Deborah (Darryl) Luther, of McKeesport, and Samuel W. (Lisa) Garofolo, of Monroeville; cherished grandmother of Stacy McClelland Bell, Tom (Emily) O'Brien, Ian (Joanne) McClelland, Michael (Kyra) Garofolo and Nicole Garofolo; and great-grandmother of Dylan and Bryan Bell, Mia, Blake and Troy McClelland. Marybelle is also survived by her precious guardian and therapy dog, Ellie May. She was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Philip Beattie and her sister, Margaret Calcamp. Marybelle was a proud homemaker, an excellent cook, baker and seamstress and was passionate toward gardening in her remarkable yard. Marybelle enjoyed family trips to their camp in Jefferson County where she taught her children fishing and how to catch worms. Marybelle mostly enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren and all of her family. Friends were received this past Sunday and Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial was this past Tuesday in St. Colman Church. Burial followed in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Glass, Lawrence E. 55

  • Plum
  • Born: 1959-08-18
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Lawrence E. "Larry" Glass, 55, of Plum, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Larry was born Aug. 18, 1959, at Braddock Hospital, a son of the late John J. and Patricia (Mattiko) Glass. He was the loving husband of Carol (Kuehn) Glass, and cherished father of Amber E. Glass, of Morehead City, N.C., and Nicholas Glass, of Plum. He was stepfather of Katherine E. and Ryan S. Kuehn, both of Monroeville. Larry was also grandfather of Wyatt, son of Katherine. He is survived by his brothers, John J. Glass Jr., James P. Glass and Paul E. Glass. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was a 1977 graduate of Plum High School and attended Warner University where he received a B.S. degree in business management. He also earned an A.S. degree in fire science technology. Larry dedicated his life to fire service and was currently fire chief of Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department in Plum. He was an advocate in educating children and parents in fire prevention. Larry took great pride and satisfaction in the training, mentoring and development of firefighters so they could better serve the community. He was a member of the International Fire Chiefs' Association and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 85. He was employed at the Port Authority of Allegheny County as a bus driver and was later promoted to dispatcher. Friends and family will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Joy Church, 2000 O'Block Road, Plum. Everyone please meet at the church. Entombment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, the Glass family suggest contributions to a college fund set up for Nicholas at Citizens Bank, Route 286, Plum.
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Goldbach, Elizabeth J. 90

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Jane (Graham) Goldbach, 90, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, on her wedding anniversary. She was the beloved wife of the late Clyde Wilson Goldbach; loving mother of Clyde W. (Cida) Goldbach Jr., of Vienna, Va., and James Graham (Ginny) Goldbach, of Carol Stream, Ill.; grandmother of Ricardo, Amy, Rebecca and Gregory; great-grandmother of Owen; and sister of the late William, Eleanor and Isabelle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday 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 at 11 a.m. Saturday. Private interment will be at Penn Lincoln Memorial. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to a Breast Cancer organization of one's choice. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Graper, Mary Ann 82

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

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

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

  • Dormont
  • Born: 1923-11-13
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael Haritan, 91, of Dormont, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Born Nov. 13, 1923, in Carnegie, to immigrant parents from Ukraine, he attended Carnegie High School and received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He also attended St. Francis College and the University of Virginia. A World War II veteran, Michael served in the Army in North Africa and Italy with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. After returning from the war, he began dating the love of his life, Alice Kucher, and they married in September 1948. Michael worked as a draftsman at Westinghouse Atomic, Blawnox, and Obenchain Engineering and worked as a drafting and design teacher at Connelley Vocational High School in the Pittsburgh Public School System for more than 25 years before retiring in 1989. He loved his family, gardening, bowling, boating, dancing, reading, singing, traveling, vacations to the beach, decorating Ukrainian pysanky, making Ukrainian pyrohy, playing the harmonica, eating and M and M's. Michael was a longtime, active member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Friends of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans and the Pittsburgh Folk Festival since its founding in 1956. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Alice; six children, Michael E. (Jane) Haritan, Dianne (Mike) Brown, Elaine Kimber, Adrienne (Alan) English, Monica Haritan and Timothy (Andrea) Haritan; 14 grandchildren, Matt (Christina), Andrew, Adam and Danny Haritan, Neal (Kristin) and Amy Brown, Caryn (Joe) Bevins, Alex and Ian Kimber, Alana, Alden and Alicia English and Allegra and Tyler Haritan; as well as two great-grandchildren, Ella and Mila Haritan. The family will receive friends 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh. Parastas service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, 730 Washington Ave., Carnegie. Contributions in Michael's memory can be made to the Diocesan Resource Committee, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, P.O. Box 16319, Pittsburgh, PA 15242 and to Family Hospice and Palliative Care 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Harkness Ferchak, Mary E. 98

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1916-10-29
  • Died: 2015-01-21
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Harkness Ferchak, 98, of Sewickley, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in the North Hills Rehab Center, Wexford. Born Oct. 29, 1916, in Sewickley, she was a daughter of the late Vincent and Mary Winkler Czik. She was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church, Sewickley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William A. Harkness, in 1974; her second husband, Michael Ferchak; three sisters, Elizabeth Kish, Catherine Ellis and Margaret Ahern; and a grandson, William Harkness. She is survived by four sons, Richard V. Harkness, William (Eileen) Harkness, James R. (Nancy) Harkness and Robert D. (Sandy) Harkness; seven grandchildren, Sandy (Ed) Brezny, Deborah (Bill) Wible, Donna (Joe) Bahorich, Beth (Mark) Fitzgerald, Robert Harkness, Daniel Harkness and Mike (Rachel) Harkness; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Vincent Czik; and a sister, Eileen Broor. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 328 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. James Roman Catholic Church, Sewickley, with Father Thomas J. Burke officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, Sewickley.
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Hawthorn Sr., Alfred Al 80

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

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

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

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Annabelle V. (Barth) Kielty, 90, of Hampton Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late William J. Kielty Jr.; daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Barth; loving mother of William J. Kielty III and June A. Kielty; grandmother of Jason and Renee; sister of the late Helen Bihler and Ruth Templin; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Annabelle lived life to the fullest, always put others needs before her own, and her laughter will ring on forever. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery.
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Kleeb, Lois S. 88

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lois S. Kleeb, 88, of Shaler Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was the wife of the late George F.; mother of Thomas (Linda) and Robert (Linda) Kleeb; daughter of the late Theodore Russell and Miriam Hickler Schroth; sister of the late Naomi Rabold Fincke; grandmother of Kelli and Jeffrey Kleeb, Talia Gilrain and Kristin Johnson; and is also survived by six great-grandchildren. Lois was the former owner of Bendot's Beauty Shop and also sang in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Choir and the AARP Chorus. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Etna. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kubinsky, Joseph A. 61

  • Versailles
  • Born: 1953-02-26
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph Andrew Kubinsky, 61, of Versailles, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at home. He was born Feb. 26, 1953, in McKeesport, and was the son of the late John and Mildred A. Skutlin Kubinsky. Joseph was a steel worker for U.S. Steel Camp Hill for more than 20 years and was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union and Elizabeth Township Ex Servicemen's Association. He is survived by his mother, Mildred A. Kubinsky, of Berlin Center, Ohio; daughter, Jennifer (Matthew) Whetsell, of White Oak; grandchildren, Antonia "Toni" and Jack Whetsell, of White Oak; brothers, John, Daniel and Mark, of Versailles, and Michael (Nicole) Kubinsky, of Durham, N.C.; aunts, Clare (William) Sturkie, of White Oak, Helen Cruise, of Ohio, and Dolly Andrews, of White Oak; uncle, Joe (Linda) Skutlin, of New Jersey; niece, Jade; nephews, John Michael and Devon; and many cousins and friends. In addition to his father, John, Joseph was preceded in death by his brother, David. There is no visitation. Arrangements were entrusted to the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Lau, Ruth D. 67

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Ruth Diane (DiPofi) Lau, 67, of Dormont, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was the beloved companion and wife of Keith L. Lau; daughter of the late Pio DiPofi and Dorothy Wilson DiPofi; loving mother of Richard, Gerald (Renee), Keith D. (Jennifer) and Shawn (Debbie) Lau; sister of Jackie (late David) Sipe, Pio (Karen) DiPofi, Darlene (Wayne) Falgiani, Michele (Ron) Conley and Dino DiPofi; beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws; and grandmother of Lacey, Lindsay, Ashley, Haley, Jacob, Justin, Sadie, Koral and Jason. Friends welcome from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1810 Belasco Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Everyone please meet at church. Burial in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Lutz, John J. 85

  • Mount Washington
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • John J. Lutz, 85, of Mt. Washington, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Grace Cimillo Lutz; loving father of Jeannie (Don Richards) Lutz, Cathy (Nick) Fortunato, John (Marlene) Lutz and Tony (Kerry) Lutz; grandfather of Melody (Norman) Campbell, Nichole (Jayson) Stonehouse, Tara (Rob) Hammel, Lauren (Dan) Krchmar, Tony, John J., Michael Angelo and Shirleyann Lutz; great-grandfather of Bailey and Jordan Campbell, Ella, Bobby and Reese Hammel and Lyla Krchmar; brother of the late Gert, William, Mae and Jeannie; brother-in-law of Ann (Duke) Gorga, Eva (Joseph) Ciniello and the late Jimmy Cimillo and Marie (Vince) Parino; and is also survived by loving family and friends. Visitations will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC.214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, 412-381-2323. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Mount Church. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Lyons, Jo Ann 84

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Jo Ann Lyons, 84, of Monroeville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Jo Ann was retired from Giant Eagle, where she was a longtime cashier, and had worked at Monroe Bowl. She is survived by her children, Judith Travers (the late Robert), Robert Lyons (Anne) and Lawrence Lyons (Karen); eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was a sister of Betty Stuber (the late Andrew), the late Richard and late Rita Long, Bonnie Hattman (Sally) and the late John Long. There will be no visitation. The family requests instead of memorial contributions, please go out and do an act of kindness for someone. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Mazzenga, Anthony 88

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Anthony Mazzenga, 88, formerly of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Carole (Vitti) Mazzenga; loving father of Mark (Mary Pat), Michael (Michele) and Teresa Farls (Chris); and brother of Gennarina and Louis (Lena). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, extended family and many friends. Friends will be received from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Bartholomew Church.
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Miller, James R. 75

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • James R. Miller, 75, of McCandless, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Marion (Hutchison) Miller; loving father of James K. Miller (Carolyn), Michelle M. Brungo (the late Craig) and Michael J. Miller (Christine); brother of Marilyn Pentland, Karen Chillcott, John Miller, Nancy Miller, Robert Miller, Richard Miller, Timothy Miller and the late Judy Fletcher; and grandfather of Brittany, Ashley, Allison, Lauren, Robert, Daniel, Kaitlyn, Kelsey and Megan. Jim was a retired McCandless police officer and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Sebastian Church.
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Miller Jr., John H. 86

  • Fox Chapel , Formerly of Churchill
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • John Hobart Miller Jr., 86, of Fox Chapel, formerly of Churchill, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Lucille (Wroblewski) Miller; and nine adored children, Karen (Val) Homze, John H. (Jane) Miller III, Lynn Miller, Amy (Frank) Palermo, David James (Teresa) Miller, Martin Miller, Lisa (Steve) Tessier, Christopher (Kim) Miller and Patrick (Melissa) Miller. He was especially proud of his 24 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; brother of Marie Fazio, Rita Bingaman and the late Richard and Raymond Miller; extended family of Jeanne Cimino and Maureen Hergenroeder. His family was the centerpiece of his life. Born in Swissvale, John graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1947. He started his own construction firm, John Hobart Miller Inc., in 1956 and expanded the single family home building company and entered the land development business. One of his favorite quips, when asked about being in the development business, was, "You should have what I owe." He was a big believer in giving back to the community and his industry. He served on the Allegheny County Planning Commission, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority and the Urban Redevelopment Authority. He was president of the Builder's Association of Metro Pittsburgh and was awarded the honor of Pittsburgh Builder of the Year twice. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Builder's Association and was awarded Pennsylvania Builder of the Year. He was an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan. Friends will be received 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001, Thursday only. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. John Fisher Church, Churchill. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Lucy's Guild for the Blind or Forbes Hospice.
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Minnaji, Stephen A. 63

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

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1927-12-31
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Barbara Ann O'Neill, of Monroeville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at the age of 87. She was born Dec. 31, 1927, to the late Leo and Clara Fleckenstein. Barbara was a devoted wife to Robert Andrew O'Neill Sr., her loving husband of 53 years on earth and 11 more while he's been in heaven. She was a nurturing, loving and supportive mother to her seven children, Mary Anne Knapp, Jeanne Klanchar, Bob, Bill, Paul, Tom and John O'Neill, as well as their wonderful spouses, Brian, Marty, Pat, Terry, Susan, Claudia and Shelly; an encouraging grandma to her 12 grandchildren, Stephen, Brian, Kelly, Tommy, Matthew, Andrew, Cathryn, Christine, Sarah, John Michael, Emma and Katie; an adoring great-grandmother to Owen Thomas; beloved sister of Leo (Betty) Fleckenstein and Mary (Richard) Loeser, of Huntington, W.Va., and Joanie (Bruce) Forrest, of Taylor, Mich., and the late Sister Theresa Fleckenstein, CSJ, Elizabeth Fleckenstein and Leona Hamm; as well as loving aunt to her numerous nieces and nephews and all their delightful children. Barbara was valedictorian of her graduating class at St. Joseph Catholic High School, Huntington, W.Va., and a graduate of Marshall University. Barbara raised her seven children with an unwavering focus on Christ, love and education. She was a devoted parishioner of North American Martyrs Catholic Church and she prayed daily for her children, husband and friends, as well as the poor, homeless and hungry, throughout the world. She had a huge heart and kind words for everyone, and she never complained, nor wanted anything for herself, except for the love of God, who was clearly with her every moment of her life. In the closing years of her extraordinary life, Barbara was most appreciative of the excellent and loving care provided by her children, neighbors and caregivers, and she thanks them all. She also loved all of the cards, letters, phone calls and Skypes from so many of her friends and relatives that kept her spirits soaring over the years. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in North American Martyrs Church. Interment following at Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh, 212 Ninth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Popojas, Dennis J. 61

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1953-08-04
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dennis John "Pop" Popojas, 61, of Port Vue, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 4, 1953, in McKeesport, a son of Albert "Jake" and Theresa Bollas Popojas, of Liberty Borough. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Vicky Carraher Popojas; son, Dennis Popojas, of Pittsburgh; brother, Jeffrey (Mary Jane) Popojas, of White Oak; sister, Terrie Lynn (Gary) Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; cousin, Andy (Sandy) Popojas, of North Huntingdon, who was more like a brother to him; niece, Kristina Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; many other cousins and nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Cathy Atkins, of Liberty Borough. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and family, drinking in the wine and sun. He was active and always moving toward brighter days, but never too busy to help anyone in need. His quick wit made every greeting memorable. He left his kindest words unsaid, but instead spoke with his actions. He will be missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (412-678-6177). Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel.
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Raynak, Emil W. 94

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1921-01-09
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Emil W. Raynak, 94, of Elizabeth Township, passed away at home Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Born Jan. 9, 1921, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Michael and Suzanne (Elko) Raynak, and the husband for 66 years of Marcella (Sedney) Raynak, who predeceased him in 2012. Emil served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific as a signalman. He worked 42 years for US Steel, McKeesport-Duquesne Works, retiring in 1983 as the paymaster. Emil was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth for many years where he was a long-standing member of the Ushers' Club and formerly, a Eucharistic Minister. He was also involved with the Thomas Merton Center and participated in peace and justice programs, starting with the Vietnam War. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Cynthia (Decker) Raynak, of State College, Christopher and Mary (Spyra) Raynak, of Liberty Borough, and Timothy and Patricia (Blaha) Raynak, of Elizabeth Township; two daughters, Susan Raynak, of McKeesport, and Kathleen Raynak, his primary caregiver, of Elizabeth Township; three grandsons, Sean (Alexis), Ryan (Tara) and Benjamin Raynak; granddaughter, Jessica Raynak; and one great-grandchild, Jameson Raynak. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in St. Michael's Church with Father Thomas Wagner officiating. Procession and burial, with military honors, will follow to St. Mary's Polish Cemetery in White Oak. In lieu of flowers, Emil's family asks that memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Michael's Parish, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037 or any Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Chapter. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Reams, Bernadine M. 96

  • Reserve Township , Formerly of North Side
  • Born: 1918-08-04
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Bernadine M. (Wieprzkowski) Reams, 96, of Reserve Township, formerly of North Side, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was born Aug. 4, 1918, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Ladislaus and Helen Weiprzkowski. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Reams; mother of the late Gerri (Edward) Chmura; grandmother of Michael (Tracy) Chmura, Marci Chmura, and Mark Chmura; great-grandmother of Melissa, Edward, Jeramey, Henry, Caelan, Nathan, Jordan and Cassidy; and great-great-grandmother of Daphne, Alyssa, Dorian, Kylie, EJ and Gavin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES WEST VIEW, 388 Center Ave., Pittsburgh PA, 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. She was a member of the 1941 Auxiliary Policewomen class, as well as the Christian Mothers of St. Peter Parish and the Oasis Club. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 110 Liberty Ave., Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please pay tribute with our online condolences at http://www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com.
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Robison, Matthew E. 39

  • Verona
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Matthew E. Robison, 39, of Verona, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Amy E. (Cullumber) Robison; loving father of Andrew, Owen and Mariana; son of Mary Ann Spehar; and brother of Patricia Steinbach and Jeannette Robinson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SVC. INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be made to help with the children's education fund. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Rohay, Tracey L. 52

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

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Jagir Kaur Sandhu, 89, of Oakmont, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Gurbachan Singh Sandhu; loving mother of Harjeet Davda, Rajinder, Hardev, Jasbir and Amarjit Sandhu; and is also survived by eight grandchildren. She was the sister of Manjit Kaur Sidhu. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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Schilter, Linda R. 66

  • Bethel Park , Formerly of Pitcairn
  • Born: 1948-12-20
  • Died: 2015-01-09
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Linda Regina (Heskin) Schilter, 66, of Bethel Park and Miramar Beach, Fla., formerly of Pitcairn, passed away Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Pensacola, Fla. She was born Dec. 20, 1948, in Pittsburgh. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Bertha Heskin; her brothers, William and Richard Heskin; and sisters, Anna Mae Jones and Patricia Flamm and Bertha Grace Heskin. Linda is survived by her husband of 38 years, Charles; and sisters, Lois Kosoglow, Virginia Sprowls and Joan (Ray) Connolly. Funeral services were private. The WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., Pitcairn, assisted family with arrangements.
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Schneider Jr., John L. 61

  • Emsworth
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • John L. Schneider Jr., 61, of Emsworth, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved father of Ryan "RJ" Schneider and the late Evan L. Schneider; loving brother of Susann Schneider; son of the late John L. Sr. and Romayne Schneider; and is also survived by several cousins. John was a letter carrier for more than 20 years and was the mailman that all dogs (and cats) loved. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Western PA, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, 412-321-4625.
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Shemenski, Jared 27

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1987-07-18
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Jared Shemenski, 27, of Pittsburgh, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was born July 18, 1987, in Natrona Heights, to Nadine Sue French Schmitt, of Pittsburgh, and Jeffrey Lee Shemenski, of Upper Burrell, and had been a lifelong resident of Lower Burrell until moving to Pittsburgh last year. Jared worked as a driver for UPS and enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Justin Shemenski, of Leechburg; paternal grandmother, Janet Shemenski, of Cheswick; maternal grandfather, Wesley French, of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; stepfather, Kevin Schmitt; stepsister, Nichole Schmitt; and stepbrother, Kevin Schmitt. He was preceded by his paternal grandfather, Adam Shemenski; and maternal grandmother, Clara French. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Robert D. Waterloo. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Shyosky, David M. 52

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

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Leonard A. Skudneski, 70, of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Leonard and Josephine (Rzoska) Skudneski; loving brother of Leonora Hunter; cherished uncle of Stacy, Holly and Kelly; also survived by two great-nieces and five great-nephews. Family and friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Stevens, Jack E. 62

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1952-10-20
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Cremation Funeral Care, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Jack E. Stevens, 62, formerly of the H.J. Heinz VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at the University Drive VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh. Mr. Stevens was born Oct. 20, 1952, in West Virginia. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Jack is survived by many of his fellow veterans at the H.J. Heinz VA Medical Center. Interment will be held with full military honors at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Services have been entrusted to CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, Proud Veterans Funeral Care Provider, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA, 15317, (724)-260-5546. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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Treese, Jane J. 96

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

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1923-08-10
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Irene M. (Corinte) Trevellini, 91, of Russellton, West Deer Township, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born Aug. 10, 1923, in Russellton, to the late Martin Corinte and Mary Ann (Machusko) Fabiani and lived all of her life in Russellton. She was a 1941 graduate of Springdale High School, a member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton, and the last surviving member of the Sewing Club of Russellton. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, gardening, crafts, and especially spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Linda L. Trevellini, of West Deer, Henry M. (Christine) Trevellini, of Raleigh, N.C., and Glenn B. (Donna) Trevellini, of West Deer; seven grandchildren, Lori (Francis) Raitano, Shelby Trevellini, Justin (Deena) Mikulandrich, Whitney (Bruno) Petrilli, Melissa (Adam) Stairs, Courtney and Sarah Trevellini; five great-granchildren, Carter, Jackson, Anderson, Owen and Carson; and her sister, Hazel Zukowiski, of West Deer. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene "Geno" Trevellini; her stepfather, Albert Fabiani; and an infant sister. Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where parting prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to follow in Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Deer Creek Cemetery Harmar Township. Memorial Contributions may be made to Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, 100 McKrell Road, Russellton, PA 15076. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Trovato, John J. 85

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • John J. Trovato, 85, a longtime resident of Sewickley, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Barbara Ann Burckart Trovato (2003); father of Darby Ann Trovato, of Houston, Texas, Jerry (Sandy) Trovato, of Sewickley, John "Nuke" ( Debra) Trovato, of Sewickley, and Jim (Julie) Trovato, of Bell Acres. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his sister, Teresa Trovato Hodges, of Louisiana. Friends were received this past Tuesday in THE RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 328 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated this past Wednesday, with Father Thomas J. Burke as celebrant. Interment followed in St. James Cemetery.
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White, Rev. Paul 78

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Wilkes-Barre
  • Born: 1936-09-21
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mitred Archpriest Paul "Red" White, 78, of West Mifflin, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Sept. 21, 1936, in Homestead, and was the son of the late Sue Maxwell White (John) Homer and the late Reynolds White. He was the husband of the late Matushka Pauline Babilya White, who died April 22, 2010. Father Paul was a graduate of St. Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, and was ordained as a priest in December 1970 at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport. He served at SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Crossingville, St. John the Divine Russian Orthodox Church in Monessen, St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church in Masontown and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre for 28 years. He was a member of Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in McKeesport and the church choir there, the Pittsburgh Russian Orthodox Male Chorus and the Northeastern Balalaika Group. He is survived by his sons, David (Kera) White, of Memphis, Tenn., and Mark White, of West Mifflin; daughters, Tanya (Very Rev. Andrew D.) Nelko, of Campbell, Ohio, and Natasha (Rev. Dimitri D.) Ermakov, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Kristianna, Anastasia, Andrew, Nathanael, Nadia, Tatyana, Justina, Mark, Samantha, Kristina, Alexandra, Natalia, Ksenia, Maria and Dimitri II; and great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Lily and Yelena. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, 330 Shaw Ave., McKeesport. Panihida service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 58 Seneca St., Wilkes-Barre. Burial of a Priest service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, with the Very Rev. Andrew D. Nelko and the Rev. Dimitri D. Ermakov as concelebrants. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Centralia. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Yuhas, Virginia M. 87

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

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

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

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

  • Derry , Formerly of Robinson
  • Born: 1950-02-04
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Joyce E. Bowers, 64, of Derry, formerly of Robinson, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Specialty Care Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Born Feb. 4, 1950, in Johnstown, she was the daughter of the late Darrel "Jim" Bowers and Mary (Kimmell) Bowers. She was retired from Torrance State Hospital as a psychiatric aide after more than 32 years. She was a member of the AFSCME No. 2344, Indiana ARPEP and PARSE. She was a graduate of the United High School Class of 1968. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, shopping and was an avid reader. She also belonged to various quilting societies. She is survived by several cousins; three very close friends; Dolly and husband, Bob, Luce and Sandy; and her Dog, Bailey. She was preceded in death by her father, Darrel "Jim" Bowers; her mother, Mary (Kimmell) Bowers; and her good friend, Ilene Marsh, who lived with her for 18 years. Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville, where funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Interment will be in Germany Lutheran Cemetery, West Wheatfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Brentzel, Wayne 76

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1938-03-20
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Wayne Brentzel, 76, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian. He was born March 20, 1938, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late Frank and Ethel (Barton) Brentzel. Wayne was the owner of the Wayne Brentzel Construction Co. since 1963. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Beth Brentzel; and sister and brothers, Frank Brentzel, Romaine Hensler, John Brentzel, Edward Brentzel and William Hamilton. Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Elaine (Napolitano) Brentzel; four children, David W. Brentzel and wife, Erin, of North Huntingdon, Stephen E. Brentzel, of Ardara, Renee A. Miscovich and husband, Mark, of North Huntingdon, Matthew A. Brentzel, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren Jillian, Emily, Devin, Alexandra, Nicholas and Jessica; a brother, Ronald Brentzel and wife, Diane, of North Huntingdon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel, with Ron Nelson officiating. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Bruno, Elizabeth L. 87

  • Harrison City
  • Born: 1927-09-04
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Louise "Betty" (Petrusky) Bruno, 87 of Harrison City, formerly of Trafford, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the Forbes Regional Hospital. Betty was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Brisbin, the daughter of the late Emery and Ellen (Bizub) Petrusky. Betty was a member of the St. Regis Church Trafford and its former Altar Rosary Society. She retired as a Registered Nurse from Braddock Hospital with more than 30 years of service. She trained as an Army Cadet Nurse at the end of World War II, was a member of the Homestead Hospital Nurses Alumni Association, the ISDA Forest Hills Lodge No. 224 and was an avid bowler. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Bruno Sr., in 2005; a brother, Roman Petrusky; and a sister, Catherine Humberston. Betty is survived by her children, Carol Gevaudan (Edmond), of Harrison City, JoEllen Bruno (William Cline), of Latrobe, and Stanley J. Bruno Jr. (Kelly), of Claridge; her five grandchildren, Cristie Gevaudan (Mike Vargulish), Renee Kozielec (Sean), Robert Bruno, Elizabeth Bruno South and Luke Cline; her three great-grandchildren, Frankie South, Dean Kozielec and Rylee Vargulish; and her two sisters, June Prizmonte, of North Huntingdon, and Dorothy Jean Benevento, of Murrysville. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Bush, Elizabeth J. 93

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1922-01-15
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. Bush, 93, of Ligonier, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Ligonier Gardens. She was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Elmer and Elizabeth Gibson Hoffer. She was an Army veteran of World War II. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. "Captain" Bush, in 1987; a brother, John Hoffer; and three sisters, Dorothy Snodgrass, Virginia Heatherington and Anna Flack. She is survived by two children, Patricia Hutchinson, of Latrobe, and David L. (Lynn) Bush, of Oshkosh, Wis.; a sister, Lois Himler, of Latrobe; and a brother, Larry (Judy) Hoffer, of Ligonier. Friends were received from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon Friday, Jan. 23, at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. The Ligonier Valley Veterans' Honor Guard held services at noon Friday in the funeral chapel. Interment followed in Ligonier Valley Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Buttermore, William W. 92

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Scottdale
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Theresa M. "Daisy" Delligatti, of Scottdale, passed away unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Peter and Catherine Zaffina Zucco. Daisy was a devout Catholic and a lifelong faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. She attended the former Scottdale High School and was the owner and operator of Theresa's Salon in Kingview, where she worked from her home for more than 55 years. Daisy also worked on the Fayette County Election Board with more than 55 years service. Being an avid sports fan, she enjoyed all types of sports, especially cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates and the Steelers. She was impeccable in her appearance and took delight in maintaining her home and working outdoors in her garden and flower beds whenever possible. Daisy is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her: her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law, who were also her best friends, Rose A. Brophy and husband, Paul R., of Greensburg; her two sisters, Rose Hough, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Marie R. Pilatic, of Scottdale; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Daisy was preceded in death by her husband, Michael E. Delligatti (Feb. 24, 1985); two brothers in infancy, both named Peter; four sisters, Mary Robertucci Santore, Angeline Zucco, Florence Robertucci (June 17, 1996) and Frances Yuhouse (April 24, 2001); also two brothers, Frank and Dominic Zucco. Daisy's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a parish wake service at 1:45 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Parting prayers will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her Pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. Rose and her husband, Paul, would like to extend a genuine Thank You to the nurses, aides and the entire staff of Westmoreland Manor for their expert care and compassion they showed her mother and especially Dr. James Masterson, of Greensburg, who was her physician and friend for many years. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Dyky, G. Jean 89

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1925-03-07
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Rhome, Monessen | Get Directions
  • G. Jean Dyky, 89, of Monessen, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. She was born Saturday, March 7, 1925, in Monessen, a daughter of the late William and Jean Ferguson Smith. She was Presbyterian by faith. Jean was an avid bingo player. She worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Co., prior to her retirement. Surviving is her son, Robert A. Dyky, of Monessen; daughter, Karen, and husband, Gene Fritz, of Greensburg; grandson, Brian and wife, Rachel Fritz, of Greensburg; sisters-in-law, Anne Dankosky and Ann Dyky, both of Monessen; several nieces and nephews; as well as her special nieces, Paige Moeller, of Greentree and Kerri Moeller Timko, of Rostraver Township; and a family friend, Debie Breckenridge Hough. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Dyky, in 2002; sister, Ruth Moeller and husband, Keith; brothers, Robert Smith and wife, Patricia, Edward Smith, and Ray Smith; and sister, Lorna Smith. Friends will be welcomed to the 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., family owned and operated as a member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, with Pastor John Smaligo of Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greensburg officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Dyky family at http://www.rhomefuneralhome.com. Jean's family would like to express a sincere, heartfelt "Thank You" to Heartland Hospice, in particular the team of Suze, LuAnn and Shannon, and the entire staff of Hallsworth House for their compassionate care and unending support throughout Jean's illness. We are forever grateful and thankful for each and every one of you.
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Eichler, Patricia A. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1946-10-28
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann "Patty" Sloskey Eichler passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Select Specialty Care Hospital in Latrobe. Pat was born Oct. 28, 1946. She was the daughter of the late John and Ann Kivador Sloskey, of New Alexandria. Pat was also predeceased by her sister, Joann Shirley; two brothers, John and Edward, and her fiancee, Doug Dovenspike. She is survived by her daughter, Anna Marie; also her former husband and caregiver, Tim Eichler, of Greensburg; her brother, Michael Sloskey, of New Alexandria; sisters, Mary Lou Mochan, of New Alexandria, and Joyce Blough, of Boswell; a niece, Terri; nephews, Joseph, JR, Jonathan and Michael; her cousins, who loved her very much; a special friend, David Dovenspike; her friends at Pershing Square apartments; and all others who knew her. Pat endured many hardships in her lifetime, but the "little things" in life brought her much happiness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the Community Room at Pershing Square Apartments, 209 W. 3rd St., Greensburg. The Rev. A. Wayne Duffield will conduct the service. Interment will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, 215 Church St., New Alexandria. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Fellner, David P. 67

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1947-06-19
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • David Paul Fellner, 67, of Irwin, passed away quietly in his sleep Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was born June 19, 1947, in Belleville, Ill., a son of the late Paul and Ruth (Bailey) Fellner. He retired after 36 years as a junior high English teacher at Southmoreland Intermediate Elementary School, where he served as a junior high and varsity girls basketball coach. He loved golf, music and sports and was an alumnus and avid supporter of the University of Michigan. He will be dearly missed by friends and family. He is survived by children, Holly Thomas, of Pittsburgh, and Douglas (Susan) Fellner, of New Kensington; his granddaughter, Harper Fellner, with whom he shared a special bond and spent a great deal of time; sister, Lynn Lund, of O'Fallon, Ill.; two nieces and one nephew. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather at 10 a.m. Friday for a blessing service with Father John Moindau officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at http://www.pittsburghclo.org. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Glozik, Constance J. 90

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1924-06-20
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Constance Jean "Connie" Glozik, 90, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Born June 20, 1924, in Bairdsford, to the late Stanley and Anna Konesky Novak, she was a graduate of Ken-Hi and a longtime resident of New Kensington. Mrs. Glozik was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone and a check-out supervisor for K-Mart. Connie was a member of John Huss Evangelical Lutheran Church of Arnold. Surviving are her daughters, Barbara Ann Glozik, of Murrysville, and Connie Jean (Cliff) Feldman, of Gettysburg; her grandchildren, Jessica (Dave) LeTourneau, of Reisterstown, Md., and Neil Feldman, and his fiancee, Halley Pack, of Baltimore, Md.; and her stepsister, Virginia Killian, of Napierville, Ill. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Glozik who died in October of 2014; her brother, Stanley Novak Jr.; a stepsister, Irene Bibri; and her stepmother, Rose. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where parting prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday in John Huss Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1539 Kenneth Ave., Arnold. The Rev. Jerome E. Panzigrau will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Gray, Glen A. 74

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1940-02-22
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Glen A. Gray, 74, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was born Feb. 22, 1940, in Brackenridge, to the late Glenn L. and Ruth J. Remaley Gray. He graduated from Ken-Hi in 1958, and then served several years in the Army. Glen was a paymaster for Oberg Manufacturing for 38 years and retired in 2005. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, going to the casino, and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Kathleen L. Erb Gray; children, Scott Alan (Kimberly) Gray, of Norfolk, Va., Susan Ann (J.E. "Jay") Lombardo and Kelly Lynn (John Jr.) Galcik, both of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Connor Gray, Nicholas Lombardo and Eric, Karlee and Madison Galcik; and his brother, Gary Gray, of New Kensington. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Gray, and a brother, Frank Gray, both of whom died in infancy. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 p.m. until time of service at 8 p.m. Friday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. The Rev. Dean Ward, pastor of The River - A Community Church, will officiate. Military honors will be conferred by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. Private burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Those desiring may contribute to Alzheimer's Research. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Hall Sr., Donald R. 70

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1944-07-13
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald Richard Hall Sr., 70, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Mr. Hall was born July 13, 1944, in Latrobe, the son of the late Donald and Frances Bitner Hall. He was employed as a housekeeper for the Harmon House Convalescent Center of Mt. Pleasant. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing, but he most looked forward to spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Don is survived by his loving family: his children, Frances Rose Phillips, of Lafayette, Tenn., Donald R. Hall Jr., of Mt. Pleasant, and Jason A. Hall, of Garrett, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Roy Hall, of Auburn, Ind., Wilbert "Web" Hall, of Laughlintown, Anna Jane Jennings, of Findlay, Ohio, and Helen Stevenson, of Stahlstown. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his stepmother, Marie Hall; his granddaughter, Britni Rose Hyso; his first wife, Barbara Raye Beatty; his second wife, Frances Ann Sumner; and by his brother and sisters, Calvin James Hall, Edna Hazlett, Ethel Hissem and Donna Jean Swope. There will be no hours of public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Don at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Mt. Nebo Church, Mt. Nebo Road, Champion. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Harvey, George R. 85

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1929-10-15
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dodson, West Newton | Get Directions
  • George R. Harvey, 85, of West Newton, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at his home. George, born Oct. 15, 1929, a lifelong resident of West Newton, was the son of the late George C. Harvey and Myrtle Mae Naugle Harvey. Honoring George's wishes, there will be no viewing and interment will be private. RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME, in charge of arrangements.
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Heltion, Jeannie M. 57

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

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1944-02-13
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • William C. Hofecker, 70, of Bolivar, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. He was born Feb. 13, 1944, in Fairfield Township, a son of the late Ralph and Lois McBurney Hofecker. Prior to his retirement in 2001, he had been employed by Penelec for more than 30 years. He was an active member and past elder of the Fort Palmer Evangelical Presbyterian Church. After retirement, he had been employed as a parts deliveryman for Malinish Auto Wreckers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Hofecker. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Hood Hofecker; a son, Curtis S. (Delphine) Hofecker, of Rector; a granddaughter, Jordan Hofecker; a sister, Dorothy (Thomas) Shurie, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fort Palmer Evangelical Presbyterian Church with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken, officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort Palmer Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Keselich, Mabel H. 81

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-09-02
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Mabel H. Keselich, 81, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Manor Care, Monroeville. She was born Sept. 2, 1933, in Irwin, a daughter of the late James and Mabel Plues Allan. Prior to her retirement, she was head custodian for Norwin Senior High School and a member of Snyder-Frye Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 781, Hahntown Firehall, and Wendel-Herminie Athletic Association. She is survived by her children, William M. Keselich, of North Huntingdon, and Cynthia Kalanja (husband, Robert), of Trafford; and four grandchildren, Chera and Cassie Keselich, Elizabeth Augustine (husband, Jon) and Robert Kalanja. Services will be private. Arrangements made by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to time American Lung Association. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Lach, Patricia 78

  • Mount Pleasant , Formerly of Harrison Park
  • Born: 1936-12-20
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Patricia (Reuss) Lach, 78, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Harrison Park, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at the home of her daughter. She was born Dec. 20, 1936, in Larimer, a daughter of the late George and Clara (Hoffman) Reuss. Patricia assisted her late husband, Donald "Quack" Lach, in the daily operations of Lach Printing, in Manor. She was a member of the St. Barbara church, in Harrison City. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Elsie Mack, Eva Tuskan and Magdelena Hellmann; and son-in-law, Michael Parson. Patricia was an avid bowler, card player and enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Surviving are two children, Joan Moser, of Mt. Pleasant, and David Lach, of North Side, Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Lynette and Tanner; two great-grandchildren, Alona and Avyona; sisters, Mary Fenton and Clara McElfresh; a brother, George Reuss and wife, Martha; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A blessing service was held Saturday in the funeral home chapel. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, PO Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Lambermont, JoAnn B. 72

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

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

  • Salem Township
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Harry J. Loughry, 91, of Salem Township, formerly of Penn Township, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Jean (Ashbaugh) Loughry; loving father of Daniel (Mylene) Loughry, Kim (Tom) Lewandoski, Todd Loughry and the late Tracy Loughry; grandfather of Amy (Sam) Gary and Lacey (Dan) Bridge; great-grandfather of Phoebe Grace Gary; half-brother of Florence Loughry and Carolyn Ruth (Bob) Ansell; brother-in-law of Eleanor Ashbaugh; also survived by his "Flings" Friends. Harry was a World War II Army veteran serving in the South Pacific. He was a farmer, mechanic, retired from Beckwith, Femco, and Benolite. He enjoyed traveling in their motor home, working with his wife at Draperies By Jean, and was a proud owner of his Harley and antique cars. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community United Methodist Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Forbes Trail Lodge No. 783 F and AM services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. We want to thank the nursing staff at Westmoreland Hospital, Dr. Monsour and Pastor Ciampa for their kindness and support during Harry's final days. We lost a great and loving man. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Tracy Loughry Scholarship Fund, c/o Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Luptak, Carl E. 81

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-04-03
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Carl E. Luptak, 81, of North Huntingdon passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. He was born April 3, 1933, in McKeesport, a son of the late John and Elizabeth Germak Luptak. Prior to his retirement, Carl was employed with U.S. Steel and was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Army. Carl played basketball for McKeesport High School, and loved the beach and camping. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and William; and sister, Betty Jane. He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene Miller Luptak; daughter, Vickie Ericksen and her husband, Howard; sons, Ron and his wife, Wendy, and Gregory and his wife, Deb; three grandchildren, Ryan Ericksen, Alyssa and Gage Luptak. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Masser, Christopher A. 66

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1948-10-12
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Christopher Andrew Masser, 66, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 12, 1948, in McKeesport, a son of the late William Andrew and Marion Cecilia Marten Masser. He was the former owner of Log Cabin Tire Company, Greensburg, a member of the Downtown United Methodist Church in Madison and was a state champion sporting clay shooter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Jubec; and his brother, William Anthony Masser. He was survived by his former wife, Annaliese Cole Masser, of Hempfield; his three daughters, Allison Davies and husband, Shawn, of Hempfield, Kristin Masser, of New Orleans, La., and Erika Smith and husband, Kenneth, of Irwin; four grandchildren, Breanna Jubec, Liam and Finn Davies and Anika Smith; a sister, Sandra Jeanne McFall, of Monroeville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Chris from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Bossart officiating. Interment will be private. Chris' family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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McConville, Michael J. 35

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1979-12-05
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Michael Jay McConville, 35, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. He was born Dec. 5, 1979, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Regis M. and Virginia "Jean" (Means) McConville. Surviving is a son, Luke Regis McConville, of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Sandy McConville, of Pittsburgh; and an uncle, James Means and wife, Rhonda, of Reisterstown, Md. Friends were received this past Saturday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the family in order to help support Michael's son, Luke, throughout his life. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Mencer, Donald F. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1934-03-01
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald Franklin Mencer, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Scottdale Manor Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Mencer was born March 1, 1934, in South Huntingdon Township, a son of the late Guy Poole Mencer Sr. and Ruth Marie Hout Mencer. He was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and the former Transfiguration Parish. Don was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He had been employed by Westinghouse Corp. in Derry until his retirement. Don is survived by his loving family: his children, Lori Kalinay and her husband, Vaughn, of Boiling Springs, Pa., and Joe Nitkiewicz and his wife, Vivian, of Mt. Pleasant, and their mother, Betty Nitkiewicz Mencer, of Mt. Pleasant; and by his grandchildren, Emily and Erica Kalinay, John Nitkiewicz and Amy Magda, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne Lockwood, of Thompson, Ga. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Guy Mencer Jr., on Jan. 19, 2015. As per the wishes of the family, there will be no hours of public visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Private inurnment will be in Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Nolan, Susan 96

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

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1942-06-07
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. Sapola O'Toole, 72, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Mountainview Select Specialty Nursing Home, Greensburg. Mrs. O'Toole was born June 7, 1942, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Paul and Julia Hudzema Sapola. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church. Dorothy was a 1959 graduate of the former Hurst High School and received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Indiana State Teachers College. Dorothy had been employed as a school teacher for the Mt. Pleasant Area School District, retiring with more than 37 years of service. She was a member of PSEA, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club, Hilltop Quilters and the Old Lady's Quilting Group. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, quilting, reading, collecting antiques and walking to church for daily Mass. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed her time with her family. Dorothy had a love for life and a determined spirit during her illness. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Dorothy is survived by her loving family; her husband of 45 years, Lawrence F. O'Toole; her children, Rosemary J. Nestler and her husband, Frank, of Champion, Christopher P. O'Toole and his wife, Heather, of Carlisle, and Patrick T. O'Toole and his wife, Becky, of Mt. Joy; and her beloved grandchildren, Sophia and Talia Nestler and Julia and Owen O'Toole. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Halligan and her husband, John, of Freedom; and her sister-in-law, Betty Sapola, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her brothers, William and James Sapola. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by her funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Oberley, Judith L. 73

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-03-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Judith L. Oberley, 73, of South Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was born March 12, 1941, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Hornick Marquis. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a grandson, Adam Dunn; a sister, Kathy Cunningham; and a son-in-law, Donald Moore. She is survived by her husband, Wilbert Oberley; four sons, William (Andrea) Dunn, of Latrobe, Greg (Melissa) Dunn, of Latrobe, Richard (Christine) Patton, of Herminie, and Patrick Patton, of Greensburg; four daughters, Candice Moore, of Latrobe, Rebecca Lahosky, of Florida, Michelle (John) McCallum, of Luxor, and Undine (Kevin) Hanshovsky, of Greensburg; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three brothers, Steven, Ronald and Thomas Marquis; a stepsister, Tina Marquis; and a beloved dog, "Bo". A graveside committal service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. A reception will follow at Luxor Fire Hall. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Onesi, Lucille Lucy M. 87

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1928-01-01
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Giunta - Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Lucille M. "Lucy" Onesi, 87, of Arnold, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Born Jan. 1, 1928, in Arnold, she was a daughter of the late Remo and Michaelena (Guercione) Galie and was the wife of the late Lawrence Onesi Sr., who died in 1997. At one time, she worked as a bridal consultant for Anita's Bridal Shop in New Kensington and Lower Burrell. Mrs. Onesi was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. She enjoyed watching television, cooking and loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by two sons, Larry (Bonnie) Onesi Jr., of Arnold, and John (Mary Annis) Onesi, of Sunbury; and daughter, Donna (Robert) Purvis Jr., of Allegheny Township, five grandchildren, Michael (Dr. Shari Payne) Purvis, Julie (Dan) Giannetti, Maria (Jeff) Casciani, Daniel Onesi and Lauren Onesi; four great-grandchildren, Ryan Bates, Gino Giannetti, Rocco Giannetti and Sophie Purvis; a brother, Remo Galie, of Plum; a sister, Toni Guzzo, of New Kensington; and two sisters-in-law, Esther Razdik and Ann Onesi; and also by nieces and nephews. Visitations and services are private as per Mrs. Onesi's request. Arrangements by GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th. Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, Owner-Supervisor. Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to St. Jude's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Osip, Erwin A. 85

Perriello, Dale E. 63

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

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1930-10-22
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Albert Peyronel, 84, of Lower Burrell, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Good Samaritan, Hospice, Wexford. He was born Oct. 22, 1930, in Alladin, and had lived in Lower Burrell since 1967 having moved from Natrona Heights. A steelworker, he was a ladle liner of the 8-3 Department of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation's Brackenridge Works, retiring with 32 years of service. A Korean War veteran, he served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army. Albert was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church, the American Legion and VFW all in Lower Burrell and the United Steelworkers of America. He enjoyed time with his grandchildren, sports and was a Steelers and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Anne McCudden Peyronel; children, Melissa (Joseph) Truesdell, of Wexford, John Peyronel, of Oakmont, Laurie (James) Brown, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Caitlin, Lauren and Ashley Brown, Vincent Peyronel, Seth, Ian, Joshua and Benjamin Truesdell; brother, Ernest Long; and sister, Josephine Long, Schenley; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Josephine Bosco Peyronel; and brothers, Lewis and James Peyronel. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where prayers of transfer will be said at 10 a.m. Monday followed by Christian funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Parish wake services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Ratica, Margaret F. 91

  • Penn Towsnhip
  • Born: 1923-07-19
  • Died: 2015-01-18
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Margaret F. Ratica, 91, of Penn Township, died Sunday, Jan.18, 2015, at Golden Heights, Irwin. She was born July 19, 1923, in Turtle Creek, a daughter of the late Walter and Frances Yesnick. Prior to her marriage, she was employed as a secretary at Westinghouse Electric of East Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Regis Church of Trafford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Herman J. Ratica; and two brothers, Ernest and Walter Yesnick. Surviving are her sister, Ann Lebeda, of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Linda Smith and her husband, Larry, of Yardley, and Diane Church and her husband, Harry, of Benicia, Calif.; five grandchildren, Jeffrey (Morgan), Amanda and Gregory Smith, Hannah and Jennifer Church; and several nieces and nephews. We wish to send a special thank you to all the wonderful staff for the care and support provided at Golden Heights. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Jan. 23, at St. Regis Church, Trafford. Interment will followed in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. Entrusted with the arrangements is the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Reidmiller, Francis J. 87

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1927-07-02
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Francis J. Reidmiller, 87, of Irwin, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital. He was born July 2, 1927, in Jeannette, the son of the late Jerome F. and Eleanor G. (Otto) Reidmiller. He was a retired employee of General Motors, Fisher Body Plant, Dravosburg, a founding member of Rillton Volunteer Fire Department with more than 55 years of service and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was very proud of receiving his GED diploma at the age of 47 and attended Vale Tech in Blairsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn E. (Ogg) Reidmiller; and brothers, Henry Reidmiller; and an infant brother, Stanley. He was survived by his children, James R. (Marlene) Reidmiller, of Palmyra, F. Keith (Marsha) Reidmiller, of West Newton, and Kevin J. (Linda) Reidmiller and Audrey (Michael) Skrgic, both of Irwin; grandchildren, Scott, Lisa, Stephanie, Mathew, Daniel, Christopher, Joshua, Kyle, Rachel and Paul; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Reidmiller, of Jeannette; numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Keith and Kathy Vay. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday 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. Saturday. Interment will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to the Rillton VFD. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and caregivers at Allegheny General Hospital for their kind and compassionate care; also his neighbors, Leland and Jan Ober and Robert "Hutch" Novak, and everyone at Rillton VFD for always being there. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Rhodes, Patricia A. 74

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

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1947-03-05
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Geraldine E. Risley, 67, of Latrobe, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Emeritus at Latrobe. She was born March 5, 1947, in Latrobe, a daughter of Stella F. (Huysak) Kuba, of Bradenville, and the late George Kuba. She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. She was a retired respiratory therapist having worked at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey and Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Beverly Molchan and her husband, Dennis, of Humble, Texas; a brother, Dennis Kuba and his wife, Karen, of Marietta, Ohio; and nieces and nephews, Rey and Denice Gonzales, Lance Molchan and Matthew Kuba. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A Panachida service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Byzantine Cemetery. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Emeritus at Latrobe for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Sabol, Raymond P. 86

  • Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1928-06-28
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Raymond Paul Sabol, 86, died peacefully with his wife of 63 years, Helen (Yarosik) Sabol, at his side, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Aiken, S.C. Formerly of North Huntingdon Township, he was born June 28, 1928, in Duquesne, the son of the late Mary (Koresko) and Michael Sabol. Following graduation from Duquesne High School, he enlisted in the Navy, served four years and was honorably discharged. He enlisted in the Naval Reserves and was recalled to serve in the Korean War for two years. Upon discharge, he was employed by Westinghouse - Bettis, where he worked on the reactor for the nuclear-powered submarine, Seawolf. He then transferred to the Westinghouse Nuclear Service Division in Monroeville, where he worked with nuclear plant steam generators in the U.S. and Europe and set up the Snubber Testing Program. He then transferred to the Westinghouse Service Center Division in Spartanburg, S.C., and later to the Savannah River Site where he retired after 40 years with Westinghouse. Following retirement, he worked part-time at the George Funeral Home, Aiken, S.C. While living in North Huntingdon, Ray was a member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, as well as a member of the Norwin Band, Aids where he served as president. While in Aiken, S.C., he was a member and communicant of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he held positions as Faithful Navigator, Assembly No. 1074 and then Grand Knight of Columbus No. 3684. Ray was a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and for Sunday games, hosted a Steelers Club at the Knights to watch the game with other loyal Steelers fans in South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lawrence (Marie). He is survived by his wife, Helen; his sister, Marian (Ben) Beaudoin; and sister-in-law, Bernadette Sabol. He is the beloved father of Regis Paul (Gail) Sabol, of North Huntingdon, Donna (Gary) Bate, of Augusta, Ga., and Richard Paul (Pennie) Sabol, of Augusta, Ga.; loving grandfather of Lisa (Kevin) Winwood, of North Huntingdon, Ryan Paul Sabol, of Boulder, Colo., Allison (Sam) Hardy, of Augusta, Ga., Keith (Caitlin) Bate, of Atlanta, Ga., Roman Paul Sabol, of Valdosta, Ga., Russell Paul Sabol and Megan Sabol, of Augusta, Ga.; great-granddaughter, Jasie Mae Winwood, of North Huntingdon; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 2015, at the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, 828 Richford St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 200 Leger Road, North Huntingdon, PA 15642, followed by interment with military honors at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at http://www.skovrankos.com.
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Salizzoni Jr., Charles E. 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-01-26
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Charles E. Salizzoni Jr., 91, of Greensburg, formerly of Monessen, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Charlie was a resident of Newhaven Court at Linwood for the past few years. He was born in Smithton on Jan. 26, 1924, the son of the late Carlo and Mary Orlandi Salizzoni. Charlie was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church and the former St. Leonard's Roman Catholic Church in Monessen. He was an active member of both churches and enjoyed helping out in the kitchen. He was also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Charlie was retired from General Motors, having worked for 33 years as a sewing machine repairman. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Army in Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry. He is survived by two sisters, Gloria Robinson, of Fairfield, Ohio, and Irene Salizzoni, of Greensburg; two nieces, Clara Robinson, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Debbie Babilya, of West Newton; and two nephews, William Robinson, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Norman Santori, of Kittanning. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Salizzoni; and a sister, Clara Santori. Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, with a blessing in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Entombment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery Mausoleum. Condolences are accepted for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Schmucker, Marc A. 58

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Died: 2015-01-13
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Marc Anthony Schmucker, 58, formerly of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, with his loving family at his side, at Mosaic Care Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo. Marc was born in Latrobe, the son of Joann Skoloda Schmucker Bitzer and the late Gerald Schmucker. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Chris Ann Shadron. Marc was a 1974 graduate of Ligonier Valley High School. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a minor in human resources. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Air Force. Marc had been employed as vice-president of human resources and safety for the Bradken Steel Foundry of Atchison/St. Joseph. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Brenda Malinish Schmucker; three children, Eric (Michelle) Schmucker, Jeffrey (Karis) Schmucker and Madison Schmucker; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Ava, Mya, Bellaluna and Thor; stepfather, Howard Bitzer; a brother, Jeffrey (Kamala) Schmucker; two sisters, Mary (Tom) Clark and Angela (Shane) Herrholtz; brother-in-law, Mike Shadron; stepbrother, Howard (Alicia) Bitzer; in-laws, Andy and Lois Malinish; sister-in-law, Glenda (Corey) Stump; brother-in-law, Scott (Tina) Malinish; and his beloved dog, Sophie. A private funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in the chapel of the Ligonier Valley Cemetery with the Rev. John Foriska officiating. Local arrangements were handled by the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier.
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Schupp, Gregory H. 66

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1948-08-29
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Gregory H. Schupp, 66, of Murrysville, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home surrounded by his loving family Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. He was born Aug. 29, 1948, in Port Chester, N.Y. He was a kind and honorable man who had a great sense of humor. Greg was a lover of the outdoors, conservation, animals and travel (most countries in South America, the Galapagos Islands and Alaska). He also enjoyed speaking Spanish and living in Latin cultures. He was an avid reader of current events, finance, and conservative libertarian politics and enjoyed playing golf. But most of all he loved his family, especially his dedicated wife, Leslie Schupp, a local realtor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Greg worked for MSA in International sales for 25 years. When in good health, he volunteered for Murrysville's Meals on Wheels. He was a son of the late Herman Albert Schupp Jr. and Dorothy Louise (Goldbright) Schupp. He is survived by his loving wife, Leslie (Class) Schupp; two daughters, Jennifer (Kevin) Beale, of Wynnewood, and Rachel (Lucas) Foley, of Warren, Vt.; four grandchildren, Amelia, Benjamin, Nora, Tobin and a baby on the way; his brother, Herman Christian Schupp, of New Fairfield, Conn.; and many beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews were important people in his life. The memorial celebration of his life will be family only. If desired, contributions can be made to the Murrysville Medic One, Murrysville Meals on Wheels or Horizons Hospice. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sefchick, Martin J. 96

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1918-11-12
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Martin J. Sefchick, 96, of Norvelt, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Born Nov. 12, 1918, he was a son of the late Steve Sr. and Mary (Hahula) Sefchick. Martin was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, and a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1937. Prior to retirement in 1987, he was employed by Super Valu (Charley Brothers) as a customer service director. In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Margaret C. (Condupa) Sefchick; siblings, Elizabeth Swiderski, Joseph Sefchick and Steve Sefchick Jr. He was the last surviving member of his family. Martin is survived by his son, Niles Sefchick and wife, Judith, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Sherri and Donald Conde, of Greensburg, and Jodi Douglas Sefchick, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Rachel Coletta and fiance, Andrew Lopacinski, of New Kensington, Ashley Coletta, of Greensburg, and Morgan and Raymond Douglas, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; stepgrandson, Jordan Conde, of Connellsville; plus numerous nieces and nephews. As per Martin's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Martin's Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Florian Catholic Church, United, with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Entombment to follow at St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. Family and friends are invited to go directly to the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the non-profit organization which grants senior citizen wishes, Don't Stop Dreamin, 512 N. Main St., Butler, PA 16001. To leave an online condolence, visit hofferfuneralhome.com. The family would like to thank the administration and staff of both Easy Living Country Estates and Medi Hospice.
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Semon, Rosemary J. 83

  • Jacobs Creek
  • Born: 1931-09-22
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Barthels Funeral Home, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Rosemary J. Semon, 83, of Jacobs Creek, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 22, 1931, in Jacobs Creek, a daughter of the late Nick and Anna Magnone Snyder. She was a member of the Church of St. Anne in Rostraver Township and was a retired postal clerk, having worked in the Smithton, Jacobs Creek and retiring from the Rostraver Post Office. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Lukie" Semon; and three sisters, Ruth Nicastro, Frances Toth and Natalie Kostella. She is survived by five sons, Michael Semon and wife, Nancy, of West Newton, Terry Semon and wife, Karen, of North Charleroi, John Semon and wife, Beth, of Youngwood, David Semon, of Jacobs Creek, and Chris Semon and wife, Kim, of Scottdale; and two granddaughters, Meredith and Courtney. She is also survived by a sister, Nicolena Koloucci, of New Jersey; a brother, Timothy Snyder, of Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received Wednesday and Thursday at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2nd St., Smithton. A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday at The Church of St. Anne with Father Vincent Gigliotti, as celebrant. Burial was in St. Timothy Cemetery, Smithton.
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Shear Jr., George T. 74

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1940-08-01
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • George T. Shear Jr., 74, of Murrysville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. He was born Aug. 1, 1940, in Pittsburgh, son of the late George T. Sr. and Esther L. McClintock Shear. He served our country in the Army. Prior to retirement, George worked at Mine Safety Appliances Company with more than 40 years of service. He was a volunteer fireman for the Sardis Volunteer Fire Company Station 78. George was an avid hunter and fishermen and adored his grandchildren. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Mary Lee (Wise) Shear, of Murrysville; three daughters, Sherri (Robert) VanSnik, of Derwood, Md., Shannon (Daniel) Fagan, of Delmont, and Shelly Creighton, of Murrysville; five grandchildren, Riley, Grady, Evan, Katie and Courtney; a sister, Margaret "Peggy" Phillips; brother-in-law, Richard K. (Susan) Wise, of Depew, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was Friday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service was held Saturday in the funeral home. Interment followed in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the wounded warrior project. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Siegel, David C. 70

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1944-05-17
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • David C. Siegel, 70, of Irwin, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born May 17, 1944, in Hahntown, a son of the late Herbert and Norma Douglas Siegel. David was employed by Painter Tool Company. David enjoyed gardening and animals. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Linnea Siegel Kehoe. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Whalen Siegel; daughter, Heather Siegel; stepson, Rob Baran, of Pittsburgh; stepdaughter, Phoebe Eichinger, of Colorado Springs; one sister, Karen Siegel Vuleta, of San Diego, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Vicky Eichinger. Services will be private. Arrangements are by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made in memory of Dave to http://www.GrowPittsburgh.com.
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Skochylas, Michael 97

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1917-09-28
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Michael "Mike" Skochylas, 97, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 28, 1917, in Arnold, to the late Paul and Mary Roman Skochylas, and was a New Kensington-Arnold resident for his entire life. Mike was a graduate of Arnold High School and graduated from Robert Morris College and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He was the accountant for Hetrick Manufacturing and in earlier years, worked for the Arnold News. He proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and was a longtime member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Kensington. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Esther Maruk Skochylas; and his two daughters, Elaine Widmer and her husband, Tom Gruber, of West Hartford, Conn., and Ellen Smith and her husband, Tom, of Oakmont; grandchildren, Erin Yacovetti and her husband, John, and Lauren Smith; his great-grandchild, John Collin Yacovetti; and his sister, Mildred Rewnicki, of Arnold. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gene Scott. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral service and military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 221 Ridge Ave., New Kensington, by his pastor, the Rev. Alfred S. Petrill. Private burial will be in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Skohut, Olympia E. 93

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1921-05-04
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Olympia E. (Christopher) Skohut, 93, of New Kensington, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Paramount Senior Living of Cranberry, Cranberry Township. She was born May 4, 1921, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late Antonio and Adeline Petretta Christopher. Olympia was a 1939 graduate of Ken High. She retired after many years of service from Alcoa in New Kensington. Olympia was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in New Kensington. She enjoyed traveling and dancing. Olympia is survived by her two sisters, Virginia Bilinski and Betty Christopher, both of Brackenridge; and by several nieces and nephews and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Skohut, on July 24, 2010; brother, Michael A. Christopher; and sister, Julia M. Veitch. There will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Mt. St. Peter Church. Entombment will follow in Union Cemetery Mausoleum, Arnold. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Smith, Debra 59

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1955-08-29
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Debra West Smith, 59, of West Newton, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in the UPMC East, Monroeville. She was born Aug. 29, 1955, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Richard and Edna Mae (Torok) West. Debra was employed as a sales clerk for K-Mart, in Belle Vernon. She was a social member of the VFW Post 33, of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Mellinger; and brothers, Gary and William West. Surviving are two children, Karen Wood and husband, Albert, of Ruffs Dale, Rebecca Smith, of West Newton; 10 grandchildren, Danielle, Courtney, Austin, Donovan, Keelin, Samara, Alexis, Bracen, Elizabeth and Avery; three brothers, Jeffrey West, of North Huntingdon, Martin West, of Glassport, and Jason West, of Jeannette; her fiance, Troy Loughner, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service was held Friday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor David Hixson, officiating. Interment followed in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Greenock. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Swackhammer, Donna 57

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1957-08-08
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Donna Diddle Swackhammer, 57, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at her residence. She was born Aug. 8, 1957, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Dr. Kenneth W. and Glenna Floyd Diddle. Donna was employed by the Pediatric Associates of Westmoreland in Greensburg. She was a member of the Cornerstone Ministries Church in Murrysville. Donna is survived by three daughters, Brienne Marco and husband, Adam, of Charleston W.Va., Meghan Smith and husband, David, of Montross, Va., and Addison Swackhammer, of Greensburg; a grandson, Owen Smith; a sister, Deborah Malfara and husband, David Sr., of Reunion, Fla.; brothers, Kenneth W. Diddle Jr., of Greensburg, and Jeffrey Diddle, of New Alexandria; her significant other, Collin Shrift; nephews, David Malfara Jr. and wife, Sarah, Dominic Malfara, Andrew Diddle; and niece, Carly Diddle. Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Templeton, Voris A. 95

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-11-02
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Voris A. "Popeye" Templeton, 95, of Southwest Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Nature Park Commons. He was born Nov. 2, 1919, in Greensburg, a son of the late Virgil S. and Margaret (Green) Templeton. Popeye was the donut baker at Schaller's Bakery for many years, and was a member of Greensburg Alliance Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John Templeton, in 2010, and Virgil Templeton Jr., in 1989. He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Learn and her two daughters, Cheryl and Nancy, all of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Vareda Love Templeton, of Royersford, and her three sons, Jerry, Tom and Kevin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a service will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. D. Roy Dail officiating. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Treichler, Therese A. 73

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-17
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Therese A. Treichler, 73, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Church, Greensburg. Inurnment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, P.O. Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Valente Jr., Peter E. 91

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1923-10-10
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Giunta -Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Peter E. Valente Jr., 91, of Arnold, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at West Haven Nursing Home, Apollo. He was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Arnold, a son of the late Pietro and Philomena (Sinegal) Valente Sr. He was the husband of the late Ann C. (Guiciardi) Valente, who died in 2008. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis and Joseph Troise; and a sister, Laura Patera. Mr. Valente was a World War II Navy submariner, serving on the USS Cabrilla. He was a laborer for Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Creighton for 33 years in the Fabricating Department for glass windshields until retirement. He was a graduate of Arnold High School, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a lifelong member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. He enjoyed painting, reading Westerns and was a lifetime fan of the Steelers. His art was published in The Pittsburgh Steelers Weekly. His religious art hangs in West Haven Manor Nursing Home in Apollo. Survivors include a son, Peter E. (Jonny) Valente III, of Apollo; two grandchildren, Kristin (Edward) King, of Apollo, and Peter John (Dana) Valente, of Vandergrift; four great-grandchildren, Jordan, Lindsey, Dalton and Francesca; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 Fifth Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Family and friends please meet for a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. The Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will present the flag to the family during visitation. Burial will be private. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Vudragovich, Frances M. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-06-15
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frances M. Vudragovich, 90, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was born June 15, 1924, in Slovenia, a part of the former Yugoslavia. She was a daughter of the late Franc and Ana (Zibert) Bele. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Mike Vudragovich; as well as two brothers, Franc Bele and Joseph Bele; and two sisters, Marija Bele and Josephine (Pepca) Gorjan. She is survived by her son, Michael and his wife, Nancy, of Pittsburgh; a grandson, David and his wife, Jessica, of Heiskell, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Kathryn, of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Ana Bele, of Slovenia; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and family. She came to the United States with an uncle, Joseph Kebe, in 1934 and had been an active member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, since that time. Most recently, she was a member of the Rosary Altar Society and Memorial Funeral Choir of the church. She was also active at the McKenna Senior Center. She worked at the A.E. Troutman Department Store for 29 years and Southwest Bank of Pennsylvania for 10 years. The family especially wishes to thank everyone at St. Anne Home for the excellent and loving care they provided Frannie for the past four years. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The Rosary Altar Society of St. Bruno Church will pray the rosary at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Wassilchalk, Mike 98

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1916-11-21
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Mike Wassilchalk, 98, of Belle Vernon, Rostraver Township, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at 10:55 a.m. at Thorpe's Personal Care, North Charleroi. Born Nov. 21, 1916, in Pricedale, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Anna Pysh Wassilchalk. A lifelong resident of Belle Vernon, Mr. Wassilchalk was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Monessen, was retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Monessen Plant, where he worked in the chipping department and was a member of the Belle Vernon Golden Age Assembly. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Carole Wassilchalk Jr. of North Belle Vernon; daughter and son-in-law, Rose Marie and Edward Lesovic of Belle Vernon; four grandchildren, Alice and Christian Breckenridge of Belle Vernon, Mark and Gala Wassilchalk of Somerset, Donna Wassilchalk of Belle Vernon, and Scott Lesovic of Belle Vernon; and three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Breckenridge, Thomas Breckenridge and Tanner Wassilchalk. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Tadavich Wassilchalk on Jan. 17, 2001; five brothers, Steve, John, Andrew, Daniel, and Pete Wassilchalk; and four sisters, Theresa Belsick, Pearl Makar, Anna Tallerico and Mary Bashada. Visitation will be held Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Prayer service will be held Saturday at 9:15 a.m. in the funeral home followed by funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Monessen, with the Rev. Stephen J. Wahal as celebrant. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Members of St. Mary's church will pray the rosary Friday at 2:30 p.m., and the North Belle Vernon Fire Department will conduct services Friday at 7 p.m., both in the funeral home. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Weixel, Veronica Ronie 88

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1926-06-26
  • Died: 2015-01-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Veronica "Ronie" (Myers) Weixel, 88, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in the UPMC East, Monroeville. She was born June 26, 1926, in East Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Geary) Myers. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a cook for Nuclear Automation. She was a member and a Eucharistic Minister of the Immaculate Conception Church and its Christian Mothers/Women Guild. Ronie also volunteered at the Immaculate Conception School cafeteria. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert Weixel; a son, Richard Weixel; three sisters, Dorothy Myers, Leona Pennington and Ann Lawrence. Surviving are two sons, Norbert C. "Norm" Weixel and wife, Peggy, of Blaine, Minn., Terry Weixel and wife, Judy, of Punta Gorda, Fla.; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Joel, Jason, Kristi, Januari, Michael and Brandon; and seven great-grandchildren, Tommy, Kaitlynne, Sophia, Julia Ella, Lexi and Nickolas. Friends were received Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers were held Saturday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment followed in the Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. The family suggest in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 308 Second St., Irwin, PA 15642 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E 201 Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Welty, Alan E. 64

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Born: 1951-01-05
  • Died: 2015-01-11
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Alan E. Welty, 64, of Anderson, S.C., formerly of Ligonier, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson. He was born Jan. 5, 1951, in Latrobe, a son of the late George H. Welty and Florence Vaughn Welty. Alan was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va., and had been employed as a salesman for several manufacturers during his career. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. Alan was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by his family. Alan is survived by his wife, Phylis Welty, of Anderson, S.C.; his sister, Barbara Welty Lightcap (William), of Greensburg; his brother, George V. Welty (Susan); a nephew, Douglas J. Welty (Jennifer); a niece, Megan E. Welty; a great-niece, Kate Welty; and a great-nephew, Daniel Welty, all of Ligonier. Funeral services and interment were held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Anderson, S.C. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier, PA 15658.
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Williams, Kent E. 57

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1957-07-24
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Peters, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Kent Eugene Williams, 57, of New Kensington, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital Emergency Room, Natrona Heights. Kent was born on July 24, 1957, in New Castle, to Audrey L. Fegley Williams, of New Kensington, and the late Gary J. Williams. He was a veteran in the Marines during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his mother; his children, Sean, Michele and Elissa; his siblings, Stephen M., Alan G., John M., Matthew D., Joel E., Jeanine M. Koontz, Lisa A. Settnek, Susan E. Waugaman and Robert V. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy S. Williams. There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the care of the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 (724-224-7730). For online condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Witucki, Donald V. 79

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1935-04-05
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Donald V. Witucki, 79, of Irwin, formerly of Lower Burrell, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, after a brave battle with Leukemia. He was born April 5, 1935, in West Natrona, a son of the late Alfred and Frances Simcoviak Witucki. Don was a 1953 graduate of Har-Brack High School. He was a veteran, serving in the Army during the Korean War. Don was above all a devoted family man. His greatest joy in life was Sunday dinner for the whole family. He was an ardent Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Pitt basketball fan. Every day he could be seen walking his beloved cat, Charlie. He was a kind, selfless man, a legend in the building world, and was loved by everyone whose life he touched. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Mohan Witucki; daughter, Kathy (Laurie) Faunce; daughter-in-law, Judy Witucki; and by his grandchildren, Kylie and Nick Witucki. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Matt Witucki, on Jan. 3, 2011; and by his sister, Toni Sluka. Friends will be received from 6 p.m. until the time of service at 8 p.m. Saturday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Officiating will be the Rev. Thomas Holmes. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Zihmer, Curt D. 58

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1956-12-08
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Curt D. Zihmer, 58, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born Dec. 8, 1956, in Sewickley, a son of the late Albert J. and Marie Teresa Zihmer Jr. He was an inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and was a certified instructor for APICS National. His occupation took him to food banks, nursing homes and schools to ensure they provided quality services. Curt earned a bachelor's degree at Penn State University, a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and an associate degree from Westmoreland County Community College in biology. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, enjoyed riding motorcycles and freely gave of his time to ensure the safety of his friends and neighbors by plowing snow from their driveways. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy James Zihmer. He is survived by his brother, Albert J. Zihmer III, of North Huntingdon; two sisters, Kim Vockley (Joseph), of Damascus, Md., and Beth Ann Burik (Joseph), of Greensburg; nieces and nephews, Christopher, David and Dana Vockely and Mason Zihmer; and his two canine companions, Buster and Peanut. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, North Huntingdon, with Father Len Stoviak, officiating. Interment will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Brink, Helen E. 95

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

  • Dayton
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Bauer - Bly, Dayton | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Delvin Brumbaugh Dayton, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are being handled by BAUER-BLY FUNERAL HOME INC. A complete obituary will run in Tuesday's edition. To send a condolence to Kenneth's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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McKelvey, Shirley J. 85

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Born: 1929-03-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Shirley Jean (Slagle) Lauster McKelvey, 85, formerly of Ford City, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in her home in Eighty Four. She was born March 12, 1929, in Templeton, a daughter of the late Charles E. and Ethna I. (Adams) Slagle. Mrs. McKelvey was a long-standing member of Ford Memorial United Methodist Church, Ford City, where she served as a member of the board of trustees, a childcare worker and a member of the "Care and Share" clothing ministry team. She worked as a salesperson at the former Maxine's Clothing Store of Kittanning, Hart's Clothing Store, formerly of Kittanning, the Fashion Bug and Lefkosky's Clothing Store, Ford City. Surviving is one son, Bradford L. (Karen) Lauster, of Eighty Four; grandchildren, Brian (Liz) Plyler, of Pittsburgh, and Sean (Bethany) Lauster, of Pittsburgh; great-grandchildren, Jace Plyler and Von Plyler, of Pittsburgh; one sister, Rosalyn A. Brumbaugh, of Kittanning; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Leslie Lauster, in 1958; her second husband, John E. McKelvey, in 1996; and brothers, Harry "Bud" Slagle, Robert Slagle and Raymond Slagle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ford Memorial United Methodist Church. The Rev. Thom Bonomo, the Rev. Alison Berkey and the Rev. Sara Wrona will officiate. Interment will follow in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. Memorial contributions may be made to Ford Memorial United Methodist Church. To send an online condolence to her family, please visit http://www.welchfh.com.
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Novak, Helen 81

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1933-05-17
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Helen Warner Novak, 81, of Kittanning, North Buffalo Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at home after a brief illness with her family at her side. She was born May 17, 1933, in Kittanning, daughter of Hayes Mauthe and Margaret Painter. She was a resident of the community all her life. She was the wife of James P. Novak, who she married July 7, 1956. She was employed as a produce employee and was employed by Andy's Market. She was Presbyterian by faith. Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Helen loved reading, going to the casino and horse races with her sister, Ethel, checking her garden, watching Lifetime movies and playing Candy Crush. She especially enjoyed sitting on her front porch swing enjoying her coffee, watching the hummingbirds and visiting. In her younger years, she loved playing penny ante with her card club, dancing with her friends and bowling on the Woman's league at Falcon Lanes. She was a very hands on mother and grandmother and loving wife. She could be found for many years sitting on the bleachers and in the audience watching her children and grandchildren partake in sports, plays, recitals and concerts. We will miss her laughter and joyful personality. Survivors include her husband, James; sons, James (Deborah) Novak Jr., of Ford City, Bruce (Lisa) Novak, of Yatesboro, and Keith (fiance, Heather) Novak, of Kittanning; daughters, Linda (fiance, Tim Fouse) Novak, of Kittanning, Valerie (Edward) Wilson, of Dayton, and Laura Hillegass, of Ford City; brother, George Mauthe; sister, Ethel Swarts; and grandchildren, Christopher Wilson, Kyle Shaeffer, Tina Wilson, Dylan Vorpe, Kyle Baker, Matt Novak, Alissa Novak, Paige Baker, Jessie Vorpe, Alura Novak, Jordyn Novak. She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, David Hillegass; brothers, Hayes, Harry and Frederick Mauthe; and sisters, Mary Chestnut and Vernice "Deane" Beere. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Smail, Elizabeth Betty I. 93

  • Apollo
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel, Elderton | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Iola "Betty" Smail, 93, of Apollo, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Stahlstown. Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Arrangements are being handled by the CLARK CHAPEL OF THE BAUER FUNERAL HOME INC. To read a complete obituary or send a condolence to Betty's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Thompson, Helen P. 95

  • West Kittanning
  • Born: 1919-11-01
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Helen P. Thompson, 95, of West Kittanning, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born Nov. 1, 1919, in Kittanning, she was a daughter of the late Curt and Nan Redinger McKain. She was a co-owner with her husband, Carl Thompson, of Thompson's Market in West Kittanning for many years. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Joelene Trudgen Thompson; stepsons, C. Ben Thompson and Terry Thompson; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Thompson; sons, William Thompson and Thomas Thompson; brother, William C. McKain; and four sisters, Betty L. Collier, Patricia J. Lasher, Kathryn McKain and an infant sister. Following Helen's wishes, funeral arrangements are private and being handled by the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME IN KITTANNING.
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Troutman, Patricia M. 72

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1942-02-23
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Patricia May "Patty" (Bacu) Troutman, 72, of Apollo, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. Born Feb. 23, 1942, in New Kensington, she was the daughter of the late Fernal and Ethel May (Carter) Bacu. Patricia lived in Apollo most of her life and was a 1960 graduate of Kensington High School. Patricia was employed as a secretary for the Casino Theatre in Vandergrift and later worked as a cafeteria monitor in the Leechburg Area School District, retiring in October 2014. She was a member of Kiski Unity Free Methodist Church and the Red Hat Society. Patricia absolutely loved bingo and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, enjoying the Pirates, Penguins and the Steelers. In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Troutman, who passed away March 11, 2000. She is survived by her children, William Lee (Eli) Troutman, of Sanford, Fla., John Matthew (Denise) Troutman, of Kiski Township, Patricia Renna (Joe) Camp, of Gilpin Township; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Fred Harry Bacu, of Columbus, Ohio; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in the funeral home, with Pastor Paul Eckenrode officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Memorial contributions may be made in Patricia's memory to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Baer-Cherbonneau, Susie 61

  • Butler
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Susie Baer-Cherbonneau, 61, of Butler, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Susie is survived Jerry Lemasters, her loving companion of more than 17 years; a daughter, Lana (Chris) Howell; loving granddaughters, Emma and Abbie; sister, Pam (Wayne) Calder; brother, Rich (Cindi) Baer; mother, Susan June Baer; sisters, Tina (John) Courter, and Carole (Regis) Helch; as well as many nieces, nephews, Aunt Pat and Uncle Bill and Jarod Lemasters. Susie was proud to be a lifelong juvenile diabetic and joins her father, Chief Richard Baer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Alphonsus Church, Wexford.
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Brutico Sr., Robert W.

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

  • Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1934-04-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Mildred J. (Frenchko) Dillner, 80, of Middlesex Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Born April 12, 1934, in Gibsonia, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Pauline (Chick) Frenchko; and beloved wife of the late Elmer F. Dillner. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, the late Kimberley O'Hern; and six brothers and sisters. She is the loving mother of Gary (Betsy) Dillner, of Middlesex, Cheryl (Tony Ortiz) Rodriguez, of Saxonburg, and Michele (Jim) Bruggeman, of Saxonburg; mother-in-law of Craig O'Hern, of Minnesota; sister of Dorothy Frenchko, of Gibsonial; dear grandmother of Adam, Andrew, Marci Dillner, Nicole (Jason) Snow, Jasmine Ortiz, Adam, Ashley and Brittany O'Hern and Dakota and Shelby Bruggeman; and great-grandmother of Mackenzie and Jadeyn Snow and Brody O'Hern. Mildred was a bottle packer with Glenshaw Glass for more than 35 years and worked in the cafeteria upon retirement from Middlesex Elementary School. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Dorseyville. Family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Penny, Charles Chuck A. 77

  • Saxonburg
  • Born: 1937-12-31
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Charles A. "Chuck" Penny, 77, of Saxonburg, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at his home. Born Dec. 31, 1937, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late George and Blanche (Austin) Penny. Chuck was a graduate of Carrick High School. After high school, he served in the Army, deploying to Germany, where he was a chauffeur to the Brigadier General. He worked as a truck driver for ElectroMelt, Lewis Pflugh Trucking and Aaron Industrial Supply. He enjoyed driving and watching racing. Surviving are his loving wife, Patricia (Rhyshek) Penny, whom he married Aug. 29, 1967; his son, Charles J. Penny, of Warren, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., 410 W. Main St., Saxonburg. A blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Foundation. http://www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Earnesty, Milton S. 27

  • Champion
  • Born: 1988-01-12
  • Died: 2015-01-17
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Milton S. Earnesty, 27, of Champion, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Milt was born Jan. 12, 1988, in Greensburg, a son of John and Kathy Kuhn Earnesty, of Mt. Pleasant. Milt was a 2006 graduate of Somerset High School, where he participated on the varsity teams of football and track and field and excelled as a power lifter for the school. In his younger years he played football for the Norvelt Colts and baseball for Mt. Pleasant Little League. Milt graduated from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute in 2009 with a degree in criminal justice and as an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting, fishing, camping and snowboarding with his family and friends. In addition to his parents, Milt is survived by his fiance, Brandee Leighty, and her children, Payton and Brody; brothers, John Earnesty (Brooke), of Ruffsdale, Brandon Earnesty (Morgan), of Champion; and a sister, Katie Rhodes (Brian), of Mt. Pleasant; a nephew, Bryton Rhodes; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Kuhn, of Mt. Pleasant; aunt, Susan Wadsworth (Bruce), of Sante Fe, N.M.; and uncles, James Kuhn (Terri), of Acme, and Robert Earnesty, of Mt. Pleasant; and also surviving are numerous great-aunts, uncles and cousins. Milt was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James "Jess" Kuhn and paternal grandparents, Milton and Margaret Earnesty. Visitation was held this past Thursday at SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, where services were held this past Friday, with Pastor Michael Dickman officiating. Entombment followed in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Milt may be made to the funeral home. Please visit Milt's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Gambone, Donna J. 72

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

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1933-09-17
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Joseph B. Johnson, 81, of Uniontown, departed this life peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Uniontown Hospital. He was a former resident of Clairton. He was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Maysville, S.C., a son of the late Samuel Johnson and Chanie Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ruffin Johnson; and brothers, Curdell, Jack and Sidney Johnson. He was a 43-year retiree with the U.S. Steel Clairton Works. He was a faithful member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Clairton, where he served as trustee emeritus and member of the male chorus until his health began to fail. He was an avid boxer and trainer and former coach for the James Royster American Legion Baseball Team. He was a foster parent with the Allegheny County CYF Department. Surviving are sons, Roland Johnson, of Temple Hills, Md., the Rev. Eric (Roxanne) Johnson, of Uniontown, and Benjamin Johnson, of Somerset; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; sister, Ella M. Harper, of Clairton; three brothers, Samuel (Ruth) Johnson Jr., of Pittsburgh, Stanford (Sadie) Johnson, of Clairton, and Johnnie (Maxine) Johnson, of Cleveland, Ohio; three sisters-in-law, Delores Johnson, of Temple Hills, Md., Sharon Johnson, of Washington, Md., and Olivia Johnson, of Rocky Mount, N.C.; extended family, The Millers, Helen, Edith, Burel and Mary; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 177 Mitchell Ave., Clairton, with services to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, with the Rev. Rhonda Alderman officiating and his son, the Rev. Eric T. Johnson, bringing the eulogy. Interment will follow in the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth. Local arrangements entrusted to the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton.
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Kline, Kathryn G. 92

  • Jumonville
  • Born: 1923-01-23
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Kathryn G. "Kitty" Kline, 92, of Jumonville, formerly of Dunbar, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Dunbar, daughter of the late John Medved and the late Catherine Kubala Medved. She was the last member of her immediate family. She was a member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. Kitty worked in the cafeteria of Dunbar Elementary School for many years. She enjoyed playing cards with her grandchildren and best friend, Rose Novak and her family. She also enjoyed sewing for her family and many friends. Surviving are daughter, Terry Janosek and husband, Ron, of Jumonville, whom she resided with for six years; grandchildren, Michael Gambone and wife, Robbi, Michelle Larsen and husband, Dave, Mark Gambone and wife, Suzette, Erin McFadden, Maria Phillips and husband, Troy, Chevella, Jeremey, Bryan, Mary Catherine and Sara Kline; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack A. Kline; daughter, Kathy Gambone; son, John Kline; son-in-law, Sully Gambone; and sisters, Mary, Margaret, Helen, Elizabeth and Ann. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Prayers will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with the rosary at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Dunbar, with the Rev. Micah E. Kozoil as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude for the care she received at Sunshine Estate for the past year and also Golden Living for the care she received and the attention given to her in her final days. In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to St. Aloysius St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.
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Klotz, Helen 81

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1933-07-15
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Helen Klotz, 81, of Vanderbilt, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Sunshine Estates Personal Care Home, Connellsville. She was born July 15, 1933, in Continental No. 3, a daughter of the late John and Katherine (Cherpak) Klotz. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Frank and Michael Klotz; and sisters, Katherine Klemans, Martha Klotz, Mary Klotz and Ann Lammers. Helen was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church in Uniontown. She worked most of her life as a telephone operator and retired from Bell Telephone after many years of service. Left to cherish her memory are her brothers, Steve Klotz and George Klotz and wife, Dolores, both of Dunbar; many nieces and nephews; and close special friends, Vikki Stepanik and Dianne Malick. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown, and until 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, when a Panachida service will be held. The Divine Liturgy will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 185 E. Main St., Uniontown, with the Rev. Ronald P. Larko as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Cemetery, Hopwood. The Parastas service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at http://www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Olinzock, Frank 91

  • Star Junction
  • Born: 1923-03-03
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Frank "Chris" Olinzock, 91, of Star Junction, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born March 3, 1923, to Joseph and Katherine (Lukasik) Olinzock. He was a dedicated member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church. Frank received a Purple Heart while serving in the infantry in World War II. He was a retired steel worker in the Irvin Works Pittsburgh. He was a loving, devoted husband and caregiver to his dear wife, Sue, who died Jan. 18, 2015. Frank was preceded in death by his wife; parents; five brothers, Andrew, Benjamin, Joseph, Adam and Eugene; and two sisters, Sofie Lawrence and Johanna Cook. Frank was the loving father of Kathleen (Thomas) McNeil, of Gibsonia, Michael (Patty) Olinzock, of Perryopolis, and Suzanne (Mike) Pisula, of Pleasant Hills; the cherished grandfather of Ryan McNeil, Justin McNeil, Meghan (BJ) Taraszewski, Michael (Krystal) Olinzock, Andrea (Jacob) Rabatin, Emily Pisula, Molly Pisula and Jennifer Pisula; and great-grandfather to Connor McNeil, Jacob McNeil, Autumn Taraszewski and Coleson Taraszewski. Frank was especially proud of his annual vegetable garden which he generously shared with family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and until 10 a.m. Saturday, the hour of the prayer service, in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perryopolis. Father Anthony Ditto will be the celebrant. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Perryopolis. Graveside military rites will be accorded by VFW Gold Star Post 7023 and American Legion Post 752, all of Perryopolis.
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Olinzock, Frank 91

  • Star Junction
  • Born: 1923-03-03
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Frank "Chris" Olinzock, 91, of Star Junction, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Born March 3, 1923, to Joseph and Katherine (Lukasik) Olinzock. He was a dedicated member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church. Frank received a Purple Heart while serving in the Infantry in World War II. He was a loving, devoted husband and caregiver to his dear wife, Sue, who died on Jan. 18, 2015. Frank was preceded in death by his wife; parents; five brothers, Andrew, Benjamin, Joseph, Adam, Eugene; and two sisters, Sofie Lawrence and Johanna Cook. Frank was the loving father of Kathleen (Thomas) McNeil of Gibsonia, Michael (Patty) Olinzock of Perryopolis, and Suzanne (Mike) Pisula of Pleasant Hills; the cherished grandfather of Ryan McNeil, Justin McNeil, Meghan (BJ) Taraszewski, Michael (Krystal) Olinzock, Andrea (Jacob) Rabatin, Emily Pisula, Molly Pisula, and Jennifer Pisula; and great-grandfather of Connor McNeil, Jacob McNeil, Autumn Taraszewski and Coleson Taraszewski. Frank was especially proud of his annual vegetable garden which he generously shared with family and friends. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis, on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday until 10 a.m. the hour of a prayer service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perryopolis, with the Father Anthony Ditto as celebrant. Interment will be in St.Nicholas Cemetery, Perryopolis. Graveside Military Rites will be accorded by VFW Gold Star Post 7023 and American Legion Post 752 all of Perryopolis.
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Porterfield, Thomas E. 83

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Thomas Edward Porterfield, 83, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at home, with his loving family members by his side. Born March 11, 1931, in Connellsville, he was the son of the late Clarence and Dorothy Prickett Porterfield. He was a Corporal in the Army, stationed at Fort Dix, N.J., and he served from 1948 until 1952 in the Korean War. He worked for Herriott's Trucking in Buffalo, N.Y. for five years, worked for Anchor Hocking of South Connellsville for 11 years and from there Maple Creek Mines, where he worked for 19 years until he retired. He was a member of Greenwood Methodist Church and American Legion 301, Connellsville. He was a great fan of the Steelers and Pirates games. He is survived by wife, Edith Burnsworth Porterfield; his five daughters, Esther (Vinnie) Potoka, of Alabama, Patty (Gary) Potoka, of Loysville, Tammy (Clyde) Caldwell, of Elliottsburg, Tomi Renae (Rick) Trout, of Scottdale, and Dorothy (Glenn) Daniels, of South Connellsville; grandchildren, Vinnie (Jennifer) Potoka, of Alabama, Thomas (Amber) Potoka, of Alabama, Matthew Caldwell (fiancee, Alexa Thompson), of Belle Vernon, Liling Caldwell, of Elliottsburg, and Braleigh, Kayden and Kyle Trout, of Scottdale; great-grandchildren, Blakely Thompson and Italia Caldwell, of Belle Vernon, Ben Potoka, of Alabama, and Bryson Potoka, of Alabama, who will be born this week; and also many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Walter Porterfield; and his sister, Jane Pirl. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until noon Friday, the hour of his funeral service with Pastors Lee Maley and Mark Sholtis officiating in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. Interment will follow in Hill Grove Cemetery, Connellsville. Full military rites will be accorded at the funeral home by the VFW Post 21 and American Legion Posts 310 and 762. Tom's family would like to thank the Amedysis Nurses and Aides for all the hard work and love that they showed for Tom. Also, thank you to Pastor Lee Maley and Pastor Mark Sholtis for being there all the time for Tom and his family. Thank you to everyone that has shared in the life of Tom.
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Indiana County

Bartholow, Jess 87

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

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

Barkley, Janet M. 61

  • Washington
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Cremation Funeral Care, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Janet M. Barkley, 61, of Washington, Pa., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Lewis Barkley Jr. for 42 years; loving mother of Kimberly (Neal) Megonnell, Lewis (Mary) Barkley III and Melissa Barkley; cherished grandmother of Lewis IV, Emily, Hannah, Jocelyn, Gabriel, Matthew and Brandon; dear sister of Phyllis (Andy) Lacko; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are welcome to a gathering from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Janet's name to March of Dimes at http://www.marchofdimes.org/pennsylvania/or St. Jude's Hospital at shop.stjude.org. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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Cole, Robert S. 82

  • Fallowfield Township
  • Born: 1933-01-04
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Robert S. “Bob” Cole, 82, of Fallowfield Township, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born Jan. 4, 1933, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Robert and Margaret Steyer Cole. Mr. Cole served in the U.S. Air National Guard. He was a member of the Speers United Methodist Church and the Charleroi Sportsmen’s Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time at his camp. He retired from West Penn Power Co. Mr. Cole is survived by his wife, Edna Hast Cole; son, Bob Cole and wife, Kathleen, of Peters Township; daughters, Peggy Baker and husband, Barry, of Fallowfield Township, Patti Kavka and husband, John, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sandy Green and husband, Ricky, of Rostraver Township; brother, William Cole and wife, Mary, of Quitman, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Justin (Devaki) Baker, Katie (Derek) DiPiazza, Danny (Amanda) Kavka, Becky (Bob) Navarre, Adam Kavka, Bobby, Patrick and Shannon Cole and Mike and Matt Green; one great-grandson, Luca Baker; also Norman Monack of Lancaster who was like a son to Bob. In addition to Mr. Cole’s parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Cole; and a great-grandson, Aiden. Friends will be received Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Amedisys Hospice Care, 100 Stoops Ave., Suite 300, Monongahela, PA 15063; or the Speers United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Elsewhere

Anderson, Barb 65

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

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

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Born: 1948-05-02
  • Died: 2015-01-18
  • Funeral Home: Rapp, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Lynn Alyson Brown, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at her home. She was born May 2, 1948, to Jim and Erma Brown, of Pittsburgh. Lynn retired as a special education teacher in Hempfield School District and made a large impact on many young lives. Lynn loved animals. She belonged to 4-H and won many ribbons with her quarterhorse, "Talley Blue". She grew up with many pets but especially loved her cats. All her life, she was loved by everyone she met. Lynn spent most of her life living in Pennsylvania, surrounded by many lifelong finds and neighbors. She is survived by nephews, Peter Brown and Michael Brown; and nieces Kim Baldwin, Valarie Gray and their children; and a close cousin, Rick Greene. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Peter Brown (Beverly). There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Homewood Cemetery Chapel, 1599 South Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh. Arrangements by RAPP FUNERAL HOME, 412-241-5415. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Animal Shelter of your choice.
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Karidis, Penelope A. 89

  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Penelope A. "Penny" Karidis, 89, of Spokane, Wash., died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter G. Karidis and the late Achilles P. "Acky" Copetas; daughter of the late Sarantis "Charles" Sarandou and the late Orania Sarandou; mother of Rayanne (Robert) Barnes, Constance Copetas (Gerald Smith) and Stephen (Maria) Copetas; stepmother of Cynthia (James) Widmer, George (Lynn) Karidis and the late John (Lynn) Karidis; sister of the late Dr. Spero Sarandou, Marie Johnston and the late John Sarandou; and is also survived by 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Penny was born June 7, 1925, in Pittsburgh. During her childhood years, she helped her parents operate the Keystone Candy Shoppe and Restaurant in Lawrenceville. After marrying Acky Copetas in 1950, she moved to Glenshaw and raised her three children. After Acky died in 1979, she married Peter Karidis and lived in Mt. Lebanon. She was a homemaker and member of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon. She was active in church activities such as the Philoptocos. After Peter passed away in 2009, she moved to Spokane, Wash., to be near her daughter, Dr. Constance Copetas. A private family service will be held. Interment is to be at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Allison Park. Arrangements are by BOCK FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gikeson Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.
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Pindroh, Geraldine M. 81

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

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

  • Formerly of Monessen
  • Born: 1924-01-26
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Charles E. Salizzoni Jr., 91, formerly of Monessen, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Excela Health, Westmoreland Hospital. He was born in Smithton on Jan. 26, 1924, the son of the late Carlo and Mary Orlandi Salizzoni. Charlie was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church and the former St. Leonard's Roman Catholic Church. He was an active member of both church's and enjoyed help out in the kitchen. He was also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Charlie was retired from General Motors, having worked for 33 years as a sewing machine repairman. He was a veteran of Worl War II, having served with the U.S. Army in Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry. He is survived by two sisters, Gloria Robinson of Fairfield, Ohio, and Irene Salizzoni of Greensburg; two nieces, Clara Robinson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Debbie Babilya of West Newton; and two nephews, William Robinson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Norman Santori of Kittanning. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Salizzoni; and a sister, Clara Santori. Friends will be received in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen, on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Entombment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery Mausoleum. Condolences are accepted for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Sturtz, Sara L. 89

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