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Bracht, Sister Rita 87

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1926-11-04
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Staab, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sister Rita Bracht, CDP, 87, of McCandless, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in UPMC Passavant, McCandless, after several weeks of illness. Sister Rita was born Nov. 4, 1926, in Pittsburgh. She entered the Sisters of Divine Providence on Sept. 8, 1945. Throughout the next 69 years, she faithfully and joyfully served God and others as teacher and administrator assistant in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for 39 years. Sister Rita taught at St. Joseph in Braddock, St. Basil, St. Mary's in Glenshaw, St. Bonaventure's, SS. Peter and Paul in Beaver, St. Martin in the West End and St. Margaret's in Green Tree, and taught in Detroit, Mich., for 11 years. Upon her retirement, she continued as a volunteer at Providence Child Care South for seven years and then moved to Providence Heights to continue Community Service. Sister Rita received a Bachelor of Education degree from Duquesne University, Master's of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Library Endorsement from St. Francis University of Loretto. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Henry Bracht and Margaret Centner Bracht; two brothers, the Rev. Lewis Bracht and Mark Bracht; and four sisters, Mary Ida McDonough, Margaret Bracht, Anna Fortwangler and Dorothea Hock. Sister Rita is survived by her nephews, Mark Fortwangler and William Hock, and nieces, Mary Lou Kandra and Maragaret Hock. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Providence Heights, with wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation from noon to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, with Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m., in Mother of Divine Providence Chapel, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101. Arrangements entrusted to ANTHONY G. STAAB FUNERAL HOME INC. Add a tribute at http://www.staabfuneral.com.
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Coholic, Nicholas M.

  • McMurray , Formerly of Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Nicholas M. Coholic, of McMurray, formerly of Whitehall, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to the late Carole J. (Wallace) Coholic; loving father of Suzanne Coholic, Nicholas (Melody) Coholic and Robert (Linda) Coholic; grandfather of Michele and Andrew Coholic; son of the late Nicholas and Mary Coholic; brother of Earnest (Darlene) Coholic, Barbara (John) Jankowski and the late Lucille (survived by Matthew) Ostrofsky; brother-in-law, Ted (Connie) Wallace, and Marie (Mel) Kajikawa. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where funeral prayer will be held 9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel of The Sorrowful Virgin Church, with entombment to follow in Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum. If desired, family suggests contributions to St. Gabriel of The Sorrowful Virgin School Fund, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Costello, Helen A. 88

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Helen A. (Weich) Costello, 88, of West View, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James R. Costello; mother of Dion (Sandra) Costello, Owen (Mary Kay) Costello and the late Brian (his surviving wife Janie), Dee Dee, Kevin and Mark Costello; grandmother of Ryan, Kelly, Maura, Kristin, Bethany, Justin, Michelle and Danielle; and great-grandmother of Conor, Lucy and Liam. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Athanasius Church with the Rev. Robert A. Norton as celebrant. Interment will follow in North Side Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Cowell, Gary 73

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Gary Cowell, 73, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was a son of the late Carl and Louise (Cross) Cowell; beloved husband of Margaret "Peg" (Prelosky) Cowell; loving father of Carla Cowell, Danelle (Jack) Kline and William "Bill" Cowell; and grandfather of Jocelyn Kline. He was a member of West Mifflin No. 3 Volunteer Fire Company and an avid golfer. He graduated from Norwin High School Class of 1959. He was a retired driver for ACCESS. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Dille, Harold C. 94

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Harold C. "Hut" Dille, 94, of McCandless, formerly of Spring Hill, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 69 years to Ruth E. (Hesse) Dille; loving father of David Dille (Mary Anne), Thomas Dille and Barbara Marcellus (Robert); proud grandfather of Bryan (Becky), Jacquelyn (Gregor), Erin (Andrew), Rachel, Amanda, Marcie (Ben), Lisa and Emily; great-grandfather of Donovan, Dayton, Sabine, Cheyenne and Paisley; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Harold served in the Army during World War II in the China, Burma and India Theaters and was the chief of the Administrative Division of the Regional Veterans Administration Office. Friends received from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Ascension Lutheran Church, 8225 Peebles Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to Hut's church.
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Doczkat, Elizabeth I. 86

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth I. "Betty" (Murphy) Doczkat, 86, of Monroeville, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Alvin W. Doczkat; loving mother of Sharyn (Jim) Rosipal, Ronald (Lynn) Doczkat and Bradley Doczkat; and sister of the late John and Mary. She is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek, 412-823-1950, where a service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in Church Hill Cemetery. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to Harmar Village Care Center, 715 Freeport Road, Cheswick, PA 15024. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Dohn, Jane M.

  • Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Jane M. (Moore) Dohn, of St. Barnabas, formerly of Ross Township, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was the wife of the late William H. Dohn; loving mother of Kathleen Yost (Richard); proud grandmother of Jason Yost (Babli); great-grandmother of Neel; and sister of Eleanor Wagner. Jane was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother who loved to paint and volunteered to help others. A celebration of Jane's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Earnest, Clarke J.

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1938-05-27
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Clarke Jay Earnest, formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Born May 27, 1938, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late George Melvin and Velva Earnest. Clarke is survived by his children, Dawn R. (Mike) Wehrheim, Clarke J. Jr. (Cheryl) Earnest, Daniel L. (Kelly) Earnest, Katherine J. (Mike) Anderson, Douglas R. (Jenny) Earnest; stepson, Eric Becraft; and his 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who will miss their granddad, Poppy Clarke. Clarke was born in Pennsylvania, where he grew up with his two brothers, Robert Dale and Howard, who preceded him in death. Clarke grew up surrounded by his brothers and many cousins. He resided in Pennsylvania until the early 60s when, on a trip to visit his older brother, Dale, in the Rio Grande valley during the winter months, he realized how mild the winters were there and fell in love with the area. He returned to the valley in fall of 1965, with his wife, Joyann, and small daughter and son to make a home and raise his family there. He promptly took a job with his brother, Dale, as a long haul truck driver. After some time at that job he went out and purchased a backhoe and went into business for himself as a general contractor, following in his father's footsteps. Later he created Earnest Construction Co. Inc., with his brother Dale Earnest and after many successful years created Lanai Pools and with Lonny Sumers, Irrigation Systems of Texas Inc. He moved on to the San Antonio, Texas, area and established Clarke Earnest and Sons Construction. Clarke retired in 2007 with his wife, Pamela Earnest, whom he met and married after moving to the area. She preceded him in death in 2008. Clarke enjoyed the outdoors and liked to hunt and boat. He also enjoyed photography and reading about ancient art, as he had gone to art school in his young years and was quite a gifted artist. He especially loved flying his 250 Piper Comanche and later his Cessna 337-D. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, always welcoming people into his home. Clarke was a member of the Masonic Lodge as well as the Alfazar Shrine. Clarke will be truly missed by his family and friends alike. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children at 901 N. Loop, 1604 W. San Antonio, TX 78232.
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Eckert, Paul A. 84

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1930-03-27
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Paul A. Eckert, DDS, 84, of North Versailles, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 27, 1930, in St. Mary's, a son of the late Vincent A. and Marie (Pistner) Eckert. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in St. Mary's in 1948, Penn State University with a degree in chemistry and the University of Pittsburgh with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. He served in the Army for two years and was in dental practice for more than 35 years in East McKeesport. He was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in East McKeesport, where he served as an usher and part of the men's club. He was active in the Boy Scouts, Harmonicats of Turtle Creek, Happy Go Lucky Square Dance Club of Dravosburg, The Odontological Society of Western PA (ADA) and the American Legion Post 701 in White Oak. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Gloria Jean Eckert and Joan Pfeuffer. He is survived by his wife, Lois (Kuntz) Eckert, whom he married in 1956, more than 58 years ago in St. Mary's; children, Kathleen Mehaffey, of Monroeville, George A. (Carol) Eckert, of Reading, Stephen P. (Nancy) Eckert, of Leander, Texas, Cynthia J. (Daniel) Sabol, of Round Rock , Texas, Robert V. (Jill) Eckert, of Tulsa, Okla., James E. (Christine) Eckert, of Fayetteville, Ga., Christine M. (Martin) Pingree, of Beaver, and John M. (Cheryl) Eckert, of Owasso, Okla.; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas M. Eckert, of St. Mary's; brother-in-law, Thomas E. Kuntz, of New Castle; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the FORGIE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial contributions can be made to either: St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 1313 Fifth Ave., East McKeesport, PA 15035; or the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 3501 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or a charity of your choice. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Falvo, Dr. Ralph J. 67

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Dr. Ralph J. "Butch" Falvo, 67, of Philadelphia, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, June 29, 2014. Ralph was a Vietnam War Army veteran; a lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps; was a registered nurse; earned a master's degree in health care and later went on to receive his doctorate degree. He was a son of the late Ralph and Helen (Hoyko) Falvo. Surviving is his wife, Diane (Karczewski) Falvo, of Forest Hills. He was the father of Blake (Melissa) Falvo, of Murrysville, Maura (Ryan) Hoare, of Reynoldsville, and Kylene Falvo, of Forest Hills; grandfather of Richard, Morgan, Ethan and Evelyn; and brother of Dale (Rosanne) Falvo, of Export. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Private service and interment will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., with military honors. ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-824-4332.
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Garmann, M. Blanche 103

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Brady, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • M. Blanche Garmann, 103, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, of the North Side. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Garmann; sister of the late Josephine, George J., Dorothy and John F. Blanche is survived by her sister-in-law, Marcella; her two nephews, George L. and John B.; and a great-niece, Elizabeth. The family would like to thank Flo, Cathy, Linda and Nurse Pam for all their care. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at BRADY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 1151 Southside Ave. (Spring Hill). Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Incarnation Parish.
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Hamilton III, Alfred Bucky E. 70

  • Crafton Heights
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Alfred Earl "Bucky" Hamilton III, 70, of Crafton Heights, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at his "Obey Street School" in Crafton Heights, with Carol by his side after a brave battle with Leukemia. Bucky was the son of the late Alfred Earl Hamilton Jr. and Anna Mae (Thoma). Bucky was a truck driver for Entertainment Books for many years, but his true career was having fun! He enjoyed skiing, boating, motorcycling, etc. Bucky will be greatly missed by his loving companion, Carol Kee and her children, Christopher, Jon and Elizabeth Kee. Survivors include his sister, Marcia (Chris) Clark; nephews, Brian Clark and Rob (Katie) Clark; many cousins, and among them, Peter McCormick and Bob Henry; along with hundreds of friends. Friends will be welcome 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township, where a funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
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Horne, Lillian A. 85

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1929-04-09
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Lillian A. Horne, 85, of West Newton, was carried by angels to her heavenly Father, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was born April 9, 1929 in Gratztown, a daughter of the late Joseph Olschon, and Glenola (Davenport) Olschon-Walker. Lillian was a former member of First Baptist Church, West Newton, where she was very active, including teaching Sunday School. She was a member of The Church of Sutersville and the Happy Go Lucky Square Dancing Club of Dravosburg. An avid card player, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Horne; a son, Terry Horne; a sister, Naomi Matthews; and a brother, Ronald Olschon. Surviving are three daughters, Valarie Lash and husband, Dave, of Irwin, Tamara Troup and husband, Tom, of Vanderbilt, and Heather Horne, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren, Michelle (Jerry) Van Horn, Jennifer (Craig) Fusting, Melissa (Robert) Jurkeiwicz, Nichole (Donnie) Dye, Thomas Troup II and Nicolas Horne; nine great-grandchildren, Desiree and Tyler Van Horn, Gavin and Regan Fusting, Caden, Lincoln and Ethen Dye and Addison and Max Jurkiewicz; a sister-in-law, Julianne Olschon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Church, 738 1st St., Sutersville, PA 15083. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Huff, George F. 90

  • Formerly of Fox Chapel
  • Born: 1923-11-04
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • George Franklin Huff, formerly of Fox Chapel, died peacefully Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Gladwyne. George, born Nov. 4, 1923, in Pittsburgh, to George Franklin and Elsa Steiner Huff, was a graduate of Peabody High School in East Liberty. He completed his coursework at Yale University in two-and-a-half years and graduated in the Class of 1945. During World War II, George served in the Pacific as an ensign aboard the USS Hovey and the USS Doyle, both high-speed minesweepers. He survived the sinking of the USS Hovey in Lingayen Gulf after aerial attacks in January 1945, and he earned the Purple Heart. In 1949, he earned his Doctor of Science from Carnegie Institute of Technology. George was Vice President of Callery Chemical Co. in Evans City, where he was the assignor of a number of patents. He was an executive of Gulf Oil Corp. in Pittsburgh and Houston, Texas, from the mid-60s until his retirement in 1980. George was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Suzanne Johnston Huff, whom he married June 17, 1950. He is survived by four children, Frederick (Leslie) Huff, of Philadelphia, Suzanne Huff (Larry) Carreker of Houston, Sarah Huff (Richard) Day, of Whitney Point, N.Y., and George F. III (Sharon) Huff, of Houston; his brother, William Steiner Huff; his sister, the Rev. Elizabeth Huff (William) Rodewald, of Pittsburgh; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. George was a kind, generous and very wise man who was often described as a gentleman and a gentle man. He was a man of honor and duty and a man of deep and abiding faith who was devoted to and who loved his family unconditionally. His family will miss him greatly. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in the chapel at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements by the WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his good works with the unobtrusive humility which is the proper attribute of true wisdom. - James 3:13.
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Irons, Marion A. 78

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1935-10-12
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Marion A. (Harvey) Irons, 78, of Plum Borough, died tragically Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, as the result of the injuries she sustained in a vehicle accident. She was born Oct. 12, 1935, in Trafford, a daughter of the late Samuel and Anne (Visnick) Harvey. Prior to retiring, Marion was employed as a secretary by Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Center, Monroeville. She was a social member of the Submariners Unit, USS Requin, Pittsburgh, and a member of Holiday Park United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John W. Irons Jr.; beloved grandson, Michael E. Caldwell; and sister, Betty McCoy. Marion will be dearly missed by her loving family. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Denise Smail and her husband, David, of Mt. Pleasant; stepsons, John Michael Irons and his wife, Sylvia, of Florida, and John W. Irons III and his wife, Wendy, of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. She was the proud grandmother of four grandchildren, Ashley, Phylicia, Shane and Abby, each of whom she treasured. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Marion will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Tony Fallisi, of Holiday Park United Methodist Church, officiating. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Marion's memory may be made to the Requin Submariners Unit. Please make checks payable to "Requin Base Memorial Fund" and mail to: Requin Base Memorial Fund, c/o Hubert Dietrich, 213 Andrew Drive, Glenshaw, PA 15116. Please write "Marion Irons" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Lope, Patrick A. 89

  • Wexford
  • Born: 1925-07-31
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • Patrick A. Lope, 89, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice. Born July 31, 1925, in Munson, to Philip and Jenny Lope, he attended Clearfield High School before joining the Navy and serving our country as a midshipman from 1945 to 1946. After returning from the service, he settled in central Pennsylvania, where he met and married his partner for life, Mary A. Vizza. Pat and Mary started their family while operating Pat's Food Market in Johnstown. Pat spent the next 35 years in the grocery and food industries, retiring from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. in 1988. After retirement, Pat and Mary spent many wonderful years with friends at their homes in Glenshaw and Bradenton, Fla. Great memories were created at the beaches in Florida, following all of the grandchildren's activities, their many trips including their native towns in Italy, and countless games of Scrabble and cards with family and friends. Pat will be especially remembered for his ability to make friends with everyone from CEOs to the man on the street. His natural interest in others was displayed in his work relationships, his friends, the neighborhood youth, but mostly through his children and grandchildren. He was a friend of everyone. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, May, of Wexford; children, Philip (Meg), Theresa Stahler (Bill), Tom, Patrick (Leslie), Mark (Susan) and Chris (Rhonda); grandchildren, Patrick (Lea Ann), Margie, Katie Casker (Steve), Matthew, David Stahler (Jessi), Michael Stahler, Mark Stahler (Katie), Mary Pat Stahler (Lee), Julie Walker (Matt), Sarah Sakoian (Christian), Thomas, Kerry, Christina, Adam, Ben, Nick, Kelsey, Courtney and Ashley Lope; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Wyatt, Stella, Mia, John Philip, William, Ryan, Drew, Cara, Hunter and Theo. Also surviving are sisters, Rose, Anna Louise and Jeanie; brother-in-law, Merle; and countless adoring nephews and nieces. Pat was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank; and daughter-in-law, Amy Beth. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Church in Wexford, followed by a reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 250 Swinderman Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions are encouraged in lieu of flowers to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 114 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Thank you to family and friends for their support, and especially to the staff at Good Samaritan Hospice for their unconditional care and counsel.
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Methven, Josephine A. 92

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Josephine A. Methven, 92, of Penn Hills, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the wife of the late Colin H.; mother of the late Robert Methven; mother-in-law of Jil Methven; grandmother of Barbara, Sean and David Methven; and great-grandmother of Cole McBryde. She was a former member of the Slovene National Benefit Society and Gold Star Wives of America. Friends received from 10 a.m. until the time of the blessing service at noon Saturday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills.
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Musgrave, M.D., Ross H.

  • Shadyside
  • Died: 2014-09-12
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ross Howard Musgrave, M.D., of Shadyside, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 67 years to Norma Jane Duncan Musgrave; father of Joan (Denny) Wickham, Nancy (Rick) Ray and Randy Musgrave; grandfather of Brian (Christy) Ray, Allie (Brandon) Driscoll, Katie (Kyle) Schulenborg and Blaire Wickham; great-grandfather of Alexis Ray and Olivia Driscoll; brother of Don (Mary) Musgrave; brother-in-law of Don (Judy) Duncan; son of the late Margaret and Avery Musgrave; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dr. Musgrave attended Westminster College and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and did his residency at University of Pennsylvania and UPMC before serving in Japan during World WarII. He was a plastic surgeon in private practice as well as a distinguished clinical professor of surgery at UPMC where hundreds of residents trained with him. Over the course of his career, he held every top national post in his field: President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, President of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Governor of the American College of Surgeons. Pitt honored him with the Bicentennial Medallion of Distinction and the University and School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni awards. After a long teaching career and private practice, he entered the second phase of life as Executive Director of Medical Alumni Association and established the Musgrave Lectureship for Plastic Surgery. He served on boards at Westminster College and Winchester Thurston, as a deacon at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and as a trustee for both UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Musgrave was a lifelong sports nut, being an avid Pirates fan and asked everyday if the Pirates won, up until the day he died. He was also a great Steelers fan and had season tickets to the Pitt Panthers and went faithfully to their football games with his wife for more than 50 years. He loved the arts as an actor, director and painter. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Shadyside Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Lynn Portz officiating. Remembrances may be made in his honor to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Library for the Blind, which was so very helpful to him when his Macular Degeneration became so difficult to him, Development office 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Attn; Library for the Blind.
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Ramsey, Janet S. 68

  • Richland Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Janet S. (Brosenitsch) Ramsey, 68, of Richland Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Hrydil; loving mother of Kenneth (Shelly) Knight Sr., Jennifer (Joseph) Hopper, Elizabeth Knight and Shawn (Melissa) Ramsey; sister of James, Leo and Patricia Brosenitsch; and proud grandmother of Kelly and Kenneth Knight Jr. She was preceded in death by sons, Blean Ramsey and Richard Knight; and brother, Richard "Louis" Brosenitsch. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Father Thomas A. Sparacino as celebrant. Interment will follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Runkle, Leona 90

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Leona Grall Runkle, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in her assisted living apartment at St. Barnabas Health System. Leona had just celebrated her 90th birthday on May 3. She is the wife of the late Fred W. Grall Jr., and formerly of the Grall Plan. She leaves behind four daughters, Gail C. Whitaker (Guest), Donna G. Fogle (Tom), Joyce G. Dayen (the late Harry Dayen) and Shirley Grall Schnebel; and eight grandchildren, Kristi Whitaker-Krile (Steve), Katie Radloff (Ryan), Brian Fogle (Lisa), Kerri Renner (Jule), Stacey Dayen, Anna Held (Greg), Jessica Rice (Philip) and Erica Schnebel (Matt). Leona has 13 great-grandchildren, Emily, Hayden and David Krile, Jake and Sarah Radloff, Dillon and Morgan Fogle, William and Emmett Renner, Connor Dayen, Natalie and Wyatt Held and McKinley Rice. In 2001, Leone found happiness again by marrying the late Walter T. Runkle, father of Scott Runkle (Diane) and Dr. Donna Smith (the Rev. Fred). Walter had four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Leona was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, with a service at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will be at Mt. Royal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Scolieri, Antonietta A. 85

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Antonietta A. Scolieri, 85, of Morningside, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Giuseppe "Joseph" Scolieri; wonderful mother of Anthony (Angela) Scolieri, Mary (Bill) Butch and the late Philip (surviving wife Donna) Scolieri; and devoted grandmother of Ashley, Christina, Rachel, Jimmy and Alex. Also survived by nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Antonietta had unwavering faith in God and was a lifelong member of St. Raphael Parish in Morningside. She was also a member of the Ladies of Charity, the Young at Heart Club and the Morningside Bocce League. She loved playing bocce, tending to her garden, listening to classic Italian music and preparing traditional meals for her family. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Raphael Church, Morningside. Interment following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Verona. The family gives everyone who visited and assisted in her care during the past year their greatest gratitude. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Edward S. 91

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Edward S. Smith, 91, of Penn Hills, formerly Wilkinsburg, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 52 years of the late June (Hickcox) Smith; loving father of Edward (Joy) Dean, William A. (Donna) and David W. (Suzanne); grandfather of Todd (Jennifer), Jared (Jill), Joseph, Emily, Zachary, Meghan and Alex; great-grandfather of Sophia, Sarah, Myles and Marin; and brother of Helen Wiseman. Edward was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army, and retired after 41 years with U.S. Steel. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.
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Steinmiller, Helen G. 76

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Helen G. (Hildbold) Steinmiller, 76, of Ross Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Richard N. Steinmiller; loving mother of Robert (Pat) Chapman, LuAnn (Brian) Vula, Janice (Kenneth) Belke and Diane (Paul) Schlag; dear sister of Thomas Hildbold, Janice (Kenneth) Grayson and the late Elmer, Howard, Norman, William and Lloyd Hildbold, Mary Jesse Melder and Mildred Boldin; and also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Helen was a member of OES Jeptha Eastern Star No. 73 and the Social Order of Beaucant, also Odd Fellows. Family will welcome friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. John's Lutheran Church, 920 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229. Please meet at Church. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Trimmer, Michael P. 64

  • Coraopolis
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: D'Alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Michael Paul Trimmer, 64, of Coraopolis, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was the husband of Nancy Trimmer; and brother of John, Mark, Jeff and Gary Trimmer, Tina Corso and the late Kim McConkey. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Michael was a lifetime Steelers, Pirates and Pitt Panthers fan and was a dedicated member of the Church of Christ. He was a Vietnam War veteran and spent most of his working life as a carpenter. Professional services by D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org.
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Welsh, Aubri D. 35

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Aubri Dawson Welsh, 35, of Morningside, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Craig P. Smith; mother of Dawson Cooper, Ayslynn Smith and Aleigh Smith; a daughter of Jan Welsh and beautiful and wonderful daughter and best friend of Marjorie Dawson; sister of Scott Welsh (Kim); aunt of Jesselynn and Jamie Welsh; granddaughter of the late James and Mary Rita Dawson; also survived by many aunts, uncles cousins and many other loving family. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McCABE BROS., INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Monday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. In lieu of cut flowers, the family suggests you bring perennial plants to create a memorial garden for Aubri. May she rest in peace and dance among the angels. http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Wincko, Raymond M. 83

  • Monroeville and Plum
  • Born: 1931-09-15
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Raymond Michael Wincko, of Monroeville and Plum, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. He was born Sept. 15, 1931, in Braddock, to Joseph and Mary "Mamie" Wincko. Ray was a steelworker in his early years, and then was a salesman for Manmare LTD in North Versailles, from where he retired. He was an Army Korean War veteran. Ray was an avid sports fan of the Steelers, Pirates and Pitt football and basketball. All of those who knew him well knew that you do not call him when a game was on. He leaves to this earth the loves of his life, his children, Lora Dunkle and her husband, Bob, Andy Wincko and his wife, Mary, Claudia Wincko Trainer, Ray Wincko and his wife, Janet, Ron Wincko and his wife, Tami, and Teresa Cimillucca and her husband, Frank. He is also survived by the other loves and joys of his life, his grandchildren, Joe Wincko, Lauren Wincko, Patrick Trainer, Leah Trainer, Kayla Wincko, Ray Wincko III and Emily Wincko. He is also survived by his brother, Tony Wincko and his wife, Lou Ann; sisters, Trudy Lavianna, Rosemarie Liggett and Joan Rosenfeld; and a sister in-law, Martha Wincko; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Joe Wincko; a grandson, Stephen Wincko; a granddaughter, Grace Wincko; a niece, Susan Lavianna; and a brother-in-law, Don Lavianna. Ray will be greatly missed and now we celebrate a life well-lived. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at St. Bernadette Church. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Westmoreland County

Barkasi, Ruth M. 50

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1964-01-05
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. Barkasi, 50, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 5, 1964, in Greensburg, the daughter of Charles E. Koshinsky, of Greensburg, and the late Naomi (Loughner) Koshinsky. She had been employed as a patient accounts representative at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, and had attended LifeSpring Christian Church, Greensburg. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles E. Jr. and Glen A. Koshinsky. In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, David J. Barkasi; a brother, John S. Koshinsky Sr. and his wife, Cindy, of Latrobe; and nieces and nephews, John Jr., Joshua, Sarah and Loren. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor Roland D. Blake officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Bradley Jr., Robert S. 65

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1949-09-05
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Robert S. Bradley Jr., 65, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. He was born Sept. 5, 1949, in Greensburg, a son of Therese M. Gunther Bradley, of Greensburg, and the late Robert S. Bradley Sr. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert S. Bradley Sr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two children, Kenneth Bradley and Sarah Bradley McKnight; three siblings; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. There will be no public viewing or services. Robert's family has entrusted his care to the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. 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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Dewez Jr., Fernand J. 84

  • Delmont
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Fernand J. Dewez Jr., 84, of Delmont, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Caroline Dewez; father of David A. (Kathy), Dana and the late Douglas Dewez; stepfather of Brian (Donna) Clugston; and grandfather of Jason, Joshua, Jonathan, Douglas, Richard and Amber. Fernand was a retired metallurgical engineer from U.S. Steel Research. Service and interment private. Arrangements entrusted to JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., Monroeville (412-856-4747). http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Dorwart, James M. 69

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1945-02-05
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • James M. Dorwart, 69, of Arnold, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Pittsburgh, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 5, 1945, in Pittsburgh, to the late James and Myrtle Frink Dorwart. Jim was a graduate of Kiski Area High School, Edinboro University and the University of Pittsburgh. He was a chemistry teacher in the Shaler School District for 35 years, retiring in 2002. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and winemaking and he was an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan. He was a member of the Sons of Italy Lodge No. 881, New Kensington, and John Huss Lutheran Church, Arnold. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason and a Son of the American Revolution. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Andrea Pozel Dorwart; daughter, Stephanie Dorwart, of Lower Burrell; son, James (Amy) Dorwart, of Suffolk, Va.; and grandchildren, Milena and Connor Dorwart. He is also survived by sisters, Patricia (Ronald) Amon, of Youngville, and Linda (David) Lesko, of Vandergrift; mother-in-law, Olga Pozel; and nieces, Kimberly Williams and Christy Amon. Private viewing for family and close friends will be Monday at the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), in New Kensington. Private burial in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Dunlop, Thelma L. 96

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-07-19
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Thelma L. Dunlop, 96, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was born July 19, 1918, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Michael A. and Thelma McConnell Leister. She was a member of Maplewood United Presbyterian Church of Greensburg and had volunteered at St. Anne Home and Kreations Unlimited. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William M. Dunlop; and a sister, Mary Kathleen Brezler. She is survived by a son, Craig R. (Betsy) Dunlop, of Latrobe; two daughters, Kathy B. (Stephen) Pastrick, of Mt. Pleasant, and Melissa D. (Clyde) Young, of Camarillo, Calif.; six grandchildren, Jason and Robert Tabita, Ashley, Nicole and Lauren Dunlop and Joseph Young; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park. The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Anne Home, especially those on Villa Benjamin Courtyard. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Elgin, Robert J. 91

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Robert J. "Bob" Elgin, 91, of Penn Township, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy "Dottie" (Abbott) Elgin; and brother of Betty Haggs. Bob was a research developer for U.S. Steel for many years and also a World War II veteran. He was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Parish, the Franklin Squares in Monroeville and a former chairman of the National Association of Square Dancers and the Legacy International Square Association. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Private interment in Belle Vernon Cemetery. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Giaquinto, Donna L. 74

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1939-11-16
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Donna L. Giaquinto, 74, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Nov. 16, 1939, a daughter of the late Charles and Marcella Pifer Mains. Donna was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette. She was a devoted daughter, sibling, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She set aside personal aspirations, ambitions, and dedicated her heart and soul to her family. Donna loved her summer family vacations to Myrtle Beach, the Sunday spaghetti dinners, playing cards and family get-togethers. She lived life loving her whole family around her with an all in attitude, although she always said don't cry for her when she goes. She will be greatly missed. In addition to her parents, Donna was predeceased by a son-in-law, Greg Casper; brothers, Charles Mains Jr., Kenneth, Paul and David Mains; and a sister, Marcella Peer. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Vincent D. Giaquinto; her children, Lauri Persin and husband, Leonard, of Virginia Beach, Va., Jane Casper, Sandy Johnston and husband, Wayne, Vincent Giaquinto and Mark Giaquinto and fiancee, Melissa Lupari, all of Jeannette; grandchildren, Eric Hall and wife Colleen, Ryan Hall and wife Debra, Kati Coakley and husband Travis, Adam and Jaclyn Johnston, Riley and Lindsay Giaquinto, Mark Giaquinto Jr. and Nicholas Casper; great-grandchildren, Drew, Braden, Alannah and Avery; siblings, Margaret Beckner, of Irwin, Joseph Mains and wife, Mary Jane, of Jeannette, Naomi Songer, of Trafford, Brenda Keffer and husband, Willis, of Greensburg, and Richard Mains and wife, Fran, of Kingman, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Mains, of Jeannette, Mary Mains, of Indiana, and Marie Cardella, of Greensburg; a brother-in-law, Jerome Giaquinto and wife, Peggy, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Ascension Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hempfield Township.
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Gibson, Evelyn K. 98

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1916-05-09
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Kelly Gibson, 98, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Newhaven Court, Greensburg. She was born May 9, 1916, in Portage. Prior to her retirement, she had been a registered nurse. She was a member of West Hempfield Presbyterian Church. She was loved by many. In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by her husband, Walter "Hoot" Gibson, in 1990; an infant son; two daughters, Merrily Rausch and Kathy Larson; and a brother, Edward Kelly. She is survived by a son, Thomas E. Gibson and his wife, Margaret, of South Carolina; two daughters, Mary Gibson, of Brazil, and Sally Krautz and her husband, Samuel III, of Greensburg; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at Newhaven Court, Greensburg, at a date and time to be announced. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. The family would like to thank Newhaven Court and Amedisys Hospice of Scottdale for their loving care and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 109 Crossroads Road, Suite 400, Scottdale, PA 15683. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hornock, Olga R. 94

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1920-03-18
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Olga R. Eidemiller Hornock, 94, of New Alexandria, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. Born March 18, 1920, in New Alexandria, she was a daughter of the late John Philip and Agnes (Schmucker) Eidemiller. Olga was a member of St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria. She was a housewife and homemaker. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James R. Hornock, on Jan. 16, 2004; her daughter, Agnes Bortz Nolan; three sisters; and a brother. Olga is survived by two daughters, Kathy Hoyman, of Greensburg, and Barb Martin and husband, George, of New Alexandria; grandchildren, Raymond Bortz, Debbie McCleary, Scott Bortz and Christopher Hoyman; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Jerome Eidemiller and wife, Mary, and Matilda Burkholder, both of New Alexandria, and Minerva Phillips, of Florida. Visitation from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Pleasure Acres Equine and Feline Rescue Center Covered Bridge Grove at 149 Hornock Drive, New Alexandria. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church, New Alexandria, with Monsignor Larry J. Kulick, JCL, pastor of St. James Church, as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Unity Township. Arrangements by P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, New Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pleasure Acres Equine and Feline Rescue Center, 149 Hornock Drive, New Alexandria, PA 15670. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Hrtyanski, Dorothy J. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-07-28
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. Savage Hrtyanski, 81, of Greensburg, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born July 28, 1933, in Herminie, daughter of the late John and Jessie (Bugel) Savage. Prior to retirement, she was employed as an airline stewardess by Eastern Air Lines with 21 years of service. She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Herminie. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Savage; and a stepdaughter, Darcy Hill. Surviving are her husband of 40 years, William J. Hrtyanski; stepdaughter, Sherry Cambruzzi and her husband, David, of Darragh; three grandchildren, David J. Cambruzzi and his wife, Renee, of West Newton, Shanna Cambruzzi Clougherty and her husband, John, of North Huntingdon, and Joe Hill and his wife, Liz, of Apollo; three great-grandchildren, Ava Cambruzzi, Cole Cambruzzi and Cruz Clougherty; a brother, Ronald Savage and his wife, Marcia, of Nevada; two nieces, Wendy and her husband, Jim Marchesi, and Stacy Savage; four great-nieces , Mylie and Madisyn Marchesi, Marquel and Marlayna Olmos; a great-nephew, Mason Marchesi; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Savage, of Nevada. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Edward Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father John Harrold as celebrant. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Kardash, John Roger 75

  • Hutchinson
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • John "Roger" Kardash, 75, of Hutchinson, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. He was the husband of 52 years to Patricia (Cunningham) Kardash. There will be no public visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the church he belonged, St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father John J. Harrold as celebrant. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, 126 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. This charity was a very important part of Roger's life. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, in charge of handling arrangements.
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King, Deborah L. 56

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1958-07-09
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Deborah L. King, 56, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside, after a courageous seven-year fight with cancer. She was born July 9, 1958, a daughter of the late Walter and Dolly Hudec Remaley. A 1976 graduate of Southmoreland High School, she earned her associate degree from Westmoreland County Community College, and was employed by the Greensburg Bureau of Disability Determination Office for 36 years. She was a member of Alverton Methodist Church, where she served as a trustee. Surviving are her husband, Anthony C. King, whom she married on Oct. 28, 1978; her children, Anthony L. King, of Virginia, and Courtney M. King and fiance, Paul Scarsella Jr., of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Donald Dean Miller and wife, Verla, and Denny Remaley and wife, Terri, both of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Dana Lopes and husband, Louie, of Fredericksburg, and Anita Guckert and husband, Jack, of Hunker; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a brother, Wally Remaley, and a sister, Vicki Remaley. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Interment will follow in Alverton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. King's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or http://www.stjude.org. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Kinsey, Mary Ann 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-03-24
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Kinsey, 81, of Latrobe, our loving mother, grandmother and devoted wife, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born March 24, 1933, a daughter of the late Peter Smith and Christine (Roth) Smith. Mary Ann was a member of St. Vincent Basilica and its Rosary Altar Society and was a member of the St. Vincent Development Club. She enjoyed traveling to the beach, going to casinos and was an avid card player and bingo player. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Jerry Smith. Mary Ann brought beauty and kindness into the world. She will be dearly missed by her surviving husband, Ronald D. Kinsey; her four children, Lynn (Ronald) Hunter, Lori (Charles) Sobien, Ronald (Jon) Kinsey and Christine (Jesse) Johnston; eight grandchildren, her pride and joy, Cole, Dillon, Dalton, Evan, Kinsey, Luke, Weston and Wyatt; a brother, Joseph Smith; and two sisters, Margaret Thompson and Betty Lipyance. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory Chapel at St. Vincent Archabbey. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Mastroianni, Rebecca 58

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1956-02-07
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Rebecca "Becky" Mastroianni, 58, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at the Excela Health Frick Hospital, after lengthy illness. Becky was born Feb. 7, 1956, in Wilkinsburg, the daughter of Dolores Kochanov, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late Paul Kochanov. Becky loved the outdoors, hiking the hills of Twin Lakes Park, working in her gardens and taking care of her many animal friends. She was a volunteer at the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant, and a great supporter of the Wounded Warriors. Becky was a true Bucs and Pens fan, being faithful to the Bucs even through the not so good years. She will be watching the Bucs in the World Series from the best seat in the house, a true angel in the outfield. Love Lasts Forever. In addition to her mother, Becky is survived by her husband of 39 years and her high school sweetheart, Robert Mastroianni; a sister, Debi Duncan; and a brother-in-law, Jim Mastroianni. Services for Becky will be private and are under direction of the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122. Richard Rega, funeral director. Contributions in memory of Becky may be made to any Animal Friends organization or the Wounded Warrior Project. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence.
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McGee, Peggy A. 49

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Peggy Ann McGee, 49, of Murrysville, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late John and Roberta Fisher. She is survived by her fiance, Michael Matzko; her children, Brandon Gaffey (Sarah), Corey Gaffey (Tiffany) and Lisa Defloria (Brian); granddaughter, Sophia Gaffey; and brothers, John Fisher Jr. (the late Doll) and Robert Fisher. She is also survived by her loving nephew, Ryan Fisher, and cousin, Karen O'Connor, and will be missed by her extended family. Peggy enjoyed crafts, crocheting and doll making and was well known for her knitting. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, for a memorial visitation at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, (412-372-2100), with a service following. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Heart Association greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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McNierney, Joan M. 81

  • Claridge , Formerly of Manor
  • Born: 1933-07-16
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Joan M. (Lagalski) McNierney, 81, of Claridge, formerly of Manor died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in the William Penn Care Center. She was born July 16, 1933, in Westmoreland City, a daughter of the late Joseph and Sophie Bukoski Lagalski. She was a former member of Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, a current member of St. Barbara Church in Harrison City, a member of the Compassionate Friends of Greensburg and the Lioness Club of Manor. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. McNierney; two children, Joseph L. and Juliann McNierney. Joan loved being a homemaker, baking and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, to her family. Surviving is a son, Francis McNierney, of Jeannette; three grandchildren, Julie (Mark) Macri, Jennifer (Robert) Greco, Jessica McNierney (fiance, Chris Wright); four great-grandchildren; a sister, Jean (Steve) Pernick, of Harrison City; a brother, Joseph (Mary) Lagalski, of Westmoreland City; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Barbara Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Molowski, Donald J. 74

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1940-09-19
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Molowski, 74, of Mt. Pleasant, died suddenly, on his birthday, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at his home. Mr. Molowski was born Sept. 19, 1940, in Wyano, a son of the late Stanley and Anna Chirrup Molowski. He was a 1958 graduate of the former South Huntingdon High School. Don was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War. He served in the Navy for nine years serving on four destroyers, including the USS Laffey, the USS Ingersoll and the USS Watts. He was employed for 30 years with Westinghouse Corp. as a nuclear reactor service technician. Don was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, and participated in the YMCA Silver Sneakers Program. He enjoyed reading, and traveling with his beloved wife. He was a loving husband and a devoted son and son-in-law. Don had a wonderful sense of humor. Don is survived by his loving family; his wife of 26 years, Patricia "Pat" Linkowski Molowski; his brother, Larry Molowski, of Latrobe; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, including Skylar and Aidan Neubert, with whom he had a special relationship. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Stanley Molowski. Family and friends will be received from 6 until 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by Don's 10 a.m. funeral Mass in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post 446 will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Tarentum. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society or the Mt. Pleasant Public Library in memory of Donald J. Molowski. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Overly, Linda 61

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1953-04-18
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Linda Overly, 61, of Ruffsdale, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at her home. She was born April 18, 1953, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Stella Leek Myers, of Ruffsdale. Linda was a 1971 graduate of Southmoreland High School. She was a member of Christ Reformed Church, in Ruffsdale, where she served as a church deaconess. Linda was always there for everyone, no matter who it was. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jerry Overly; her siblings, Donald Myers and his wife, Shari, of Dayton, Ohio, Connie Dye, of Pittsburgh, and Timothy Myers and his wife, Shelly, of Ruffsdale; her sister-in-law, Kathy Myers, of New Alexandria; and numerous nieces and nephews, including her special nieces, Makenna and Courtney Myers. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Joshua Justin Overly, in 2013; and a brother, Jay C. Myers. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Dennis Kletzing officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Penzera, Joseph F. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-11-02
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joseph F. Penzera, 95, of Greensburg, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. He was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Hecla, a son of the late Louis and Angeline (Puzo) Penzera. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by the former Walworth Valve Co. of South Greensburg. He was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, and an Army veteran of World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, John and Michael; and three sisters, Carmella Detore, Agnes Testa and Susan Good. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna B. (Bosnich) Penzera; two sons, Joseph R. Penzera and his wife, Linda, of Delaware, Ohio, and Thomas F. Penzera, of Greensburg; a brother, Anthony Penzera, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Piper, Franklin W. 76

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1937-12-05
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Franklin W. Piper, 76, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 5, 1937, in Cook Township, a son of the late William and Bernice (Weaver) Piper. He was preceded in death by his son, Robbie Piper Sr.; grandson, Bradford Staats; sister, Violet Moore; and two brothers, Alfred and Robert Piper. Franklin was an Air Force veteran. He was an avid NASCAR fan, loved to paint figurines and tinkering. Prior to retirement, he was a self-employed lumberjack. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Irene (Langner) Piper; four loving children; Mike (Bonnie), of Derry, Belinda (Bill) Staats, of Greensburg, Randy Piper, of Latrobe, and Melinda Piper, of Greensburg; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Pete (Pat) Piper, of Latrobe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 East Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home, with the Rev. James N. West officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Franklin's name to Bethel Lutheran Church, 647 Bethel Church Road, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Plyler, Elizabeth Betty J. 77

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1937-03-15
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. "Betty" (Romeo) Plyler, 77, of Latrobe, passed away peacefully Friday, September 19, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, with her loving family and friends by her side. She was born March 15, 1937, in Slickville, a daughter of the late Rocco and Mary (Macri) Romeo. Betty was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking and especially spending time with family. Betty was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish, Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Natale Romeo and Bruno Romeo; and sisters, Josephine Varacalli and Theresa Franzi. Betty will be sadly missed by her beloved family. She is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Francis D. Plyler; daughter, Pamela Brummett and her husband, William, of Greensburg; son, Rodger Plyler and his special friend, Tonya, also of Greensburg; daughter, Lisa Simms and her husband, Jeff, of Hostetter; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She will be especially missed by her five grandchildren, Justin Trabucco, Bryan (Lisa) Trabucco, Ashley Trabucco, Jacob (Lynn) Simms and Zach Simms; and great-grandchildren, Adriauna and Rocco Trabucco and Emma and Hunter Simms; all of whom she cherished. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A blessing service for Betty will be conducted immediately following visitation at 7 pm. Monday in the funeral home, with Father Chad Ficorilli, OSB, officiating. Private interment will be held Tuesday in the Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. Betty's family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and caregivers of Excela Westmoreland Hospital, especially the 1st Floor and CCU, for the excellent and compassionate care Betty received during her stays with them. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Ross, Denise L. 55

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1959-08-10
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Denise Lynn Ross, 55, of Ligonier, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born Aug. 10, 1959, in Jacksonville, N.C., a daughter of William J. Ross and the late Betty Weller. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her son, Ross J. Gibson, in 2008. She is survived by her father, William J. Ross and his wife, Janet, of Stahlstown; two sisters, DeAnne Ross, of Laughlintown, and Amy Davis and her husband, Joe, of Ligonier; a niece, Alyssa (R.J.); three nephews, Jess (Carly), Adam (Alysa) and Jonathan; grandmother, Lois "Moose" Ross, of Ligonier; and numerous aunts and uncles. Services for Denise will be private and are under the direction of SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. Memorial contributions in Denise's name may be made to Conemaugh Regional Hospice, 315 Locust St., Suite 5E, Johnstown, PA 15951.
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Sacriponte, Weido 84

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1930-09-06
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Weido "Skinny" Sacriponte, 84, of New Kensington, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Elmcroft of Saxonburg. He was born Sept. 6, 1930, in Arnold, to the late Guiseppe and Filodea (Passagrilli) Sacriponte, and had lived in the Arnold/New Kensington area all of his life. He was employed for 38 years by Westinghouse Electro - Mechanical Division in Cheswick, where he worked as a quality control inspector and retired as manager of Quality Control. Skinny was a member of the New Kensington Eagles, VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell and the Spartaco Club. He was a football and basketball referee for 54 years in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Skinny enjoyed playing bocce, golfing, dancing, softball and was an avid Steelers fan. He also enjoyed being outdoors and working in his vegetable garden. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 and received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony (surviving wife, Mary); sisters, Rose Phillip (surviving husband, Phil) and Mary Schultz (surviving husband, Harry); a son in infancy, Joseph; and a brother-in-law, Mike "Chico" Guerrieri. Leaving behind to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 54 years, Dorothy (Guerrieri) Sacriponte; sons, Dino (Susan) Sacriponte, of Butler, and Gary Sacriponte, of Verona; grandchildren, Vincenzo and Sophia, who were his pride and joy in his life; sister, Betty (late Phil) Alphonsi, of Lower Burrell; brother, James (Connie) Sacriponte, of Jeannette; sister, Joyce Clark (Jeff Saeger), of New Kensington; and sister-in-law, Gloria Guerrieri, of Springdale. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Harold Mele officiating. Private burial in Union Cemetery in Arnold. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 4638 Center Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Teears, Sara B. 86

  • Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1928-07-21
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Sara B. (Hayes) Teears, 86, a resident of Golden Heights, formerly of Irwin, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was born July 21, 1928, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Clarence and Eleanor (Bradly) Hayes. She was a retired cafeteria employee for the Norwin School District and was a longtime active member of First United Methodist Church, Irwin, the United Methodist Women and the Happy Methodists. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husbands, Arthur T. Teears Jr. and Robert Rhodes; and a son, Arthur T. Teears III. She is survived by children, Susan (the late Charles) Heinz, of Moneta, Va., Carol (Jeffrey) Devey, of Clarion, Skip (Janice) Bradford, of Randleman, N.C., and Audrey Teears (Lori Thomas), of North Huntingdon; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and her former daughter-in-law, Helen Bradford. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David S. Lake officiating. Those attending please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to her family of caregivers at Golden Heights and Heartland Hospice for all the kind and loving care shown to Sara and her family. Those wishing may contribute to First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, PA 15642; or Golden Heights Activity Fund, 3522 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Butler County

Campbell, John Doug D. 75

  • Seven Fields , Formerly of Oil City
  • Born: 1939-05-11
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • John D. "Doug" Campbell, 75, of Seven Fields, formerly of Oil City, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born May 11, 1939, in Oil City, he was a son of the late Alvin B. and Isabella Crow Campbell. Doug had been the traffic manager for Quaker State Oil Corp. in Oil City. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church of North Hills and a former member of Christ Church in Oil City. Known for his wonderfully gentle sense of humor, he enjoyed going to church and his church family. He loved golfing with his kids and grandkids and his favorite place was the cottage at President Village. He was an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan. Doug had served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Surviving is his wife, Carole Lindquist Campbell, whom he married Aug. 3, 1963; his children, Jeffrey Campbell, of Seven Fields; Mark Campbell and his wife, Diana, of Ithaca, N.Y., and Jennifer Campbell, of Meadville; his grandchildren, Abigail and Aidan; his brother, Kenneth Campbell, of Oil City; and nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church, 5910 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237, with the Rev. Canon James Shoucair officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens, Oil City. Arrangements are under the direction of the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or to the Donor's Favorite Charity. Condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Jordan, William A.

  • Butler
  • Died: 2014-09-12
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • William A. "Bill" Jordan, of Butler, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. He was the father of William (Joyce) Jordan, Gregory (Lorri) Jordan, Misty Bowman and Janice Damien; and brother of Arthur "Art," Douglas, Audrey Rice, Pamela Dambach and the late Francis McCall and Larry "Buck" Jordan. Friends and family are invited to meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Evans City VFW, 408 N. Washington St. Cremation services by THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Fayette County

Basinger, Robert K. 62

  • Connellsville Township
  • Born: 1952-02-09
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Robert K. Basinger, 62, of Connellsville Township, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. He was born Feb. 9, 1952, in Connellsville, a son of the late John and Jerry Basinger. He was retired, having worked as a laborer for several contractors out of Union Local 1058. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Basinger, of Connellsville; a son, Michael Basinger and fiancee, Debbie Goodnow, of Connellsville; a grandson, Brock Basinger, of Connellsville; and several sisters and brothers-in-law. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Donna Jean Savage Basinger, in 2011; and a brother, Bill Basinger, in 2014. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 South First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, where a service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with Pastor Glendon Wills officiating. Interment will be private. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martucifuneralhome.com.
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Hall Sr., Robert Hoppy F. 75

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1939-04-01
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Robert Francis "Hoppy" Hall Sr., 75, of Connellsville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in the comfort of his daughter's home in McKeesport. He was born April 1, 1939, in Vanderbilt, a son of the late Francis and Hazel D. McCutcheon Hall. Hoppy served in the Marine Corps before the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, he worked for the B and O Railroad, Best for Less as a station attendant, and worked security for the Comet Drive-In Theater. He was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church, the VFW and American Legion, all in Connellsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carol A. Fouss; great-granddaughter, Braelynn Hall; and his wife, Judith Hall. He is survived by four children, Peggy Hart and husband, Frank, of Connellsville, Robert Hall Jr. and companion, Mary Jeffers, of Connellsville, Robin Hall-Emery and husband, James, of Smock, and Michelle Hall Bundridge and companion, Terry Foster, of McKeesport; grandchildren, Thomas Hart, of Scottdale, Frank Hart, Shannon Hall, Brooke Hall, Brittany Martin, Smalley Martin Jr., all of Connellsville, Tony Leasure and Damon Bundridge, of McKeesport; sister, Audrey Arison, of Vanderbilt; brother, George Hall, of Chalk Hill; and also many great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Matthew Goldsberry officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, with full military rites accorded by the VFW Post 21 and American Legion posts 301 and 762.
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May, Virginia L. 77

  • Mill Run
  • Born: 1936-12-08
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Virginia L. May, 77, of Mill Run, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Eicher's Family Home, Normalville. She was born Dec. 8, 1936, in Rockwood, a daughter of the late Walter and Lucille Ritenour Kalp. Mrs. May was formerly employed as a cafeteria worker for the Connellsville Area School District for 34 years. She was a member of the Mill Run United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Laird May; her children, Alvie May and his friend, Joann, of Meyersdale, Audrey Cain and her husband, Pat, of Normalville, Jane Hormell and her husband, Donald, of Connellsville, and Walter May and his wife, Kathy, of Mill Run; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Helen Winters, of Lavansville, Robert Kalp and his wife, Ruth, of Donegal, Dale Kalp and his wife, Lorraine, of Florida, and Ethel Monticue and her husband, Valjean, of Florida. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a grandson, Dustin May. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Randy Newell officiating. Interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

Cavitt, Daniel R. 65

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1949-02-09
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Daniel R. Cavitt, 65, of Saltsburg, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Fair Winds Manor in Sarver. He was born Feb. 9, 1949, in New Kensington, to the late Roy L. and Bertilla (Pattock) Cavitt, and had lived in the Freeport area most of his life. Daniel was last employed by Freeport Steel in New Kensington. He was a member of the Seventh Street Sportsmen's Club in New Kensington, the Saltsburg American Legion and the Salem Gun Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed going to his camp in Tidioute and also spent time tinkering with motors and engines. Time with his grandson was very special to him. Daniel proudly served his country in the Air Force. Survivors include his ex-wife and best friend, Judi (Sakala) Cavitt, of Freeport; daughter, Lisa (Brian) Eastman, of Erie; son, Michael (Mandi) Cavitt, of Townville; grandson, Logan Eastman; sisters, Diane (Ken) Macey, of Redding, Conn., and Jayne Cavitt (Jim Sande), of Albany, N.Y.; brother, Timothy (Ebby) Cavitt, of Avonmore; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his "granimals," dogs Tucker and Leonard and horse Queenie. Honoring his wishes, services and burial are private. Memorial donations in his name may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Arrangements by FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME in Lower Burrell, 724-335-6500.
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Cheek, Delmar L. 78

  • Charles Town, W.Va.
  • Born: 1936-08-09
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: ____, ____ | Get Directions
  • Delmar L. Cheek, 78, of Charles Town, W.Va., passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital surrounded by loving family. Born Aug. 9, 1936, in Beckley, W.Va., he was a son of the late Orden and Ocie Cheek. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Holley Ann Smith; and his son, Frank L. Cheek. Delmar, also known as Cheeko, served in the Army 82nd Airborne Division, from 1960 to 1963, and was a United Steel Worker Local 1276. He was a skilled outdoorsman, with a passion for hunting and fishing and was also a lifelong Steelers fan. Delmar is survived by his devoted wife of 49 years, Roxanne E. Cheek; his loyal canine companion, Jackson; two daughters, Rebecca (Charles) McFarlin and Yvonne (Pablo) Smith, both of Charles Town; one son, Jeff Roscoe, of Pittsburgh; one stepdaughter, Wendy (Ed) Westley, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; one sister, Jeannie Andrews, of Reading; and one niece and one nephew. One of Delmar's greatest joys in life was his grandchildren who survive him: Tango, Hannah, Mickey, Pablo, Jonathan, Roxanne, Vonne and Kenny; and one great-granddaughter, Milliana Delmarie; also special friends, Hank and Jackie. Services will be scheduled for a date to be announced and will be officiated by Minister Joseph Tomlin.
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Ludwig, Melba J. 90

  • Phoenix, Ariz. , Formerly of Cheswick
  • Born: 1923-10-01
  • Died: 2014-09-15
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  • Melba Jean Ludwig, 90, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Cheswick, entered into eternal life Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Born Oct. 1, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Richard B. and Ethel Shaw, of Springdale; and was the loving wife of 57 years of the late George Ludwig. Melba Jean was an active member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Phoenix and formerly a member of Cheswick Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed singing in her church choir and volunteering in the library, where she resided from August 2013 to June 2014 at La Siena Senior Living in Phoenix. Melba Jean was an avid bird watcher, reader, draftsperson and enjoyed playing cards and scrabble. Dedicated to church and family, she also had a passion for life. Everyone who knew her will remember her inquisitive nature, positive energy and warm smile. She is survived by a son, Brooks (Diane) Ludwig, of Fairbanks, Alaska; and two daughters, Sharman (Dan) Paulus, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Carol (John) Kleber, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, in Phoenix. Burial services will be held at a later date in Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 3839 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028 or to Hospice of the Valley, http://www.hov.org.
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Pollock, Evangeline Vange 94

  • Port Charlotte, Fla. , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-01-08
  • Died: 2014-09-11
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  • Evangeline "Vange" Pollock, 94, of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. She was born Jan. 8, 1920, a daughter of the late Catherine and Mat Marovich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Pollock, and brother, Matthew. She is survived by her daughter, Janet Lee Allderdice and her husband, Doug; son, George M. Pollock and his wife, Jeanne; her beloved grandchildren, Linda (Bobby) Pollock-Iezzi, Dawn Pollock, George Raad Steele and David Allderdice; her great-grandchildren, Anthony and Miranda Iezzi, Brianne (Ben) Messer, Rocco and Cassius Steele, Ben and Will Allderdice; and two great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Kay Cremonese; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Vange was actively involved in many organizations throughout her life. She served many roles in these clubs and volunteered for whatever organization needed her help. She attended Salvation Army Church and assisted in any way they needed, she also belonged to the Red Hat Society, AARP and the Pennsylvania Club, among the other clubs she was involved in; these clubs where a great source of fun and companionship for her. She loved to listen and dance to polkas, also line dancing. She enjoyed bowling, swimming and was a gold medal winner many times in the Senior Olympics. She loved to entertain and was an excellent cook and baker, which she has passed on to her family. Anyone that was fortunate enough to meet Vange knows what a special person she was; she inspired everyone with her kind ways and spunky attitude and will forever live in their heart. There will be a celebration of her life at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at her son George Pollock's home in Acme. If you are planning to attend please RSVP to Linda Iezzi Salon, 724-837-4515.
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Rotella, Mary Ann 92

  • Langhorne
  • Died: 2014-09-18
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  • Mary Ann Rotella, 92, of Langhorne, Bucks County, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Charles Sekel and Elizabeth Sivey; wife of the late Wedo Rotella; mother of William Joseph of Durham, N.C., Elizabeth "Betty" Ann and Robert Charles, both of Bucks County; sister of Elizabeth "Betty" Naples, James Sekel, John Sekel and the late Arlene Gerlach and William Sekel, all of Pittsburgh. She is survived by a loving daughter-in-law, Jo Rotella, and a host of loving nieces, nephews and their families in all parts of the country. Mary Ann moved to The Brunswich at Attleboro in Langhorne in 2012, where she was embraced by staff and residents alike and led a happy, fulfilled and active life. In her youth, she was an aviatrix, became a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan and was an avid golfer, for the past 40 years. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME, 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. Services will follow the visitation at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, with interment at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery, McMurray. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate memorial contributions to American Lung Association/COPD. View and share condolences at http://www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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Shea Jr., Everett D. 84

  • Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Died: 2014-09-19
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  • Everett Draucher Shea Jr., 84, of Pinehurst, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst, N.C. A native of Pennsylvania most of his life, he graduated from Tarentum High School, Grove City College and the University of Pittsburgh. Everett worked for Keystone Carbon Company in St. Mary's, Pennsylvania for 43 years as vice president of Sales and Marketing. Shea was active in Kiwanis, his church and seriously raised Arabian Horses for 50 years. He was a member of the Arabian Horse Registry of America for 35 years and served as president from 1977 to 1982. He was also an active member of the Arabian Horse Trust in Westminster, Colo. Shea leaves a wife of 63 years, JoAnn; and four children, Jeffrey E. and wife, Louanne Tucker, Kathy A. Chera and husband, Joseph Chera, Cynthia E. Cox Wilson and husband, Terry Wilson, and Samuel E. and Anne Hoyt; 10 grandchildren, Lauren M. Shea Abadie and husband, Dr. Sebastian Abadie, Christine J. Shea and Wendeline M. Shea, Madeline Chera, Ben Chera, Julian Cox, Malcolm Cox, Isaac Cox, Brian Thompson and Everett S. Shea; and three great-grandchildren, Liam Shea Abadie, Walter Shea Abadie and Shea Alexander Cox. He will be laid to rest next to his mother, Elva Mae, and father, Everett Sr., in the Luthersburg Union Cemetery in Luthersburg, Pa. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at BOLES FUNERAL HOME in Southern Pines with the Rev. Archie P. Stevens officiating. A time of visitation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to FirstHealth Hospice House, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Online condolences may be made at http://www.bolesfuneralhome.com. Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.
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Woodwell III, John K. 59

  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Born: 1954-11-08
  • Died: 2014-08-28
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  • John K. Woodwell III, 59, of Spokane, Wash., died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at his home. He was born Nov. 8, 1954, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John Knowles Jr. and Martha Reed Woodwell. In addition to his parents, Mr. Woodwell was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Herron Woodwell. Mr. Woodwell grew up on Reynolds Street in the Point Breeze area of Pittsburgh. He attended Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Valley School in Ligonier and the Orme School near Mayer, Ariz. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, Mr. Woodwell worked as a landman in Wyoming, negotiating oil and gas leases for Victory Land and Exploration of Denver, Colo. Recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, he began a new career as a stockbroker, first with Parker Hunter in Pittsburgh, and then with Fidelity Investments in Denver, Colo. In 1990, Mr. Woodwell moved to the Pacific Northwest, working as lands database manager for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Ore. In that position, he designed, implemented and maintained an agriculture and lands database used for leasing and land management by the tribes. As an independent venture, he raised registered Angus cattle. In 2000, Mr. Woodwell moved to Spokane, Wash., continuing his work in data management with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Subsequently, he returned to college, earning a degree in geography with an emphasis in geographic information systems from Eastern Washington University. In 1994, Mr. Woodwell married Joni Gibbens, originally of North Dakota. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Pamela Woodwell Geerdes (married to Gregg Geerdes), of Rochester, Minn.; and his faithful dog, Curran. Mr. Woodwell was a member of the Rolling Rock Club, Ligonier, and the Wianno Club, Osterville, Mass. Private interment will take place Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in St. Michael's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Rector. Following, Mr. Woodwell's family will receive friends at 11:30 a.m. at the Rolling Rock Club. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210-2215. Arrangements by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Ligonier.
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