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By Tory N. Parrish
Phil Burlbaugh was a tough but fair teacher, his family said. They know that because Burlbaugh’s former Franklin Regional School District students said so. “They …

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Albert, Lucille M. 97

  • Castle Shannon , Formerly of Lincoln Place
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Lucille M. (Krysmalski) Albert, 97, of Castle Shannon, formerly of Lincoln Place, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was the wife of the late Arthur Albert; loving mother of Lucille (Ed) Aschley, Emily (the late Fran) Dansevicus, Thomas Albert and Janet (John) Zitelli; and is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one-great-great-granddaughter. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 1008 Castle Shannon Blvd., Castle Shannon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Anne Church. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne School Endowment Fund, 400 Hoodridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 or Heartland Hospice, 750 Holiday Drive, Foster Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Amorose, David J. 55

  • Greenfield
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • David John Amorose, 55, of Greenfield, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. He was a son of Norma Jean (Long) and her late husband, Leo Mangold; brother of Barry Amorose and Cindy Olsavicky; uncle of David (Emily) Harmon, Misty Harmon, Melinda and Mark Olsavicky and Garrett Amorose; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Ave. Funeral with a blessing service at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday will be held in the funeral home, followed by interment with military honors in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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Andrews, Daniel J. 66

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Daniel J. Andrews, 66, of Upper St. Clair, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He was a beloved son of Joseph and the late Loretta (O'Brian) Andrews; brother of Jean Andrews, of Munhall, and the late Linda Foster; and uncle of Tori, Melissa and Brooklyn Andrews and Gavin Brugos. Daniel loved all animals and was a retired accountant for the U.S. Government and a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Navy. Services will be private. Arrangements by SAVOLSKIS - WASIK - GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Artberger, Alfred J. 86

  • Formerly of Fox Chapel
  • Born: 1928-01-10
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: ____, ____ | Get Directions
  • Alfred J. Artzberger, 86, formerly of Fox Chapel, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Born Jan. 10, 1928, in Fox Chapel, he was a son of Louis Artzberger and Margaret Jerling. Al graduated from Thiel College with a Bachelor of Science of Chemistry in 1950. During college, he was a proud member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He also received an industrial management degree from Carnegie Mellon. Al worked for Pittsburgh Paint and Glass for 13 years and then Dupont Automobile Paint Division. He was the beloved husband of Donna Lee (McCandless) for 62 years; dear father of Kimberly (James) Lyne, William (Suzi), Lesa (Edward) Lane and George (Jo Ann Mitchell); cherished grandfather of Karlee, Jaimee, Audra, Adam, Emily, and Georgia; and brother of Robert and the late Louis and James. A memorial service was held at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Memorial tributes may be made to Kirk in the Hills Music Fund. View obituary and share memories at http://www.DesmondFuneralHome.com.
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Benedek, Rosalie A. 64

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1950-06-21
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Rosalie Ann Benedek, 64, of North Versailles, formerly of Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was born June 21, 1950, in Brooklyn N.Y., and was the daughter of the late Gerlando and Ignatias Betty Drago Zaffuto. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rosalie was an instructional aide and had previously worked for Allegheny Intermediate Unit. She is survived by her son, John T. (Bobbijo) Benedek Jr, of Elizabeth Township; daughter, Stacey M. (Jason Sanner) Tvrdovsky, of North Versailles; brother, George Zaffuto, of Cranberry Township; grandchildren, Cody J. Tvrdovsky and Jace G. Benedek; niece, Hillary Zaffuto; and nephews, Jeremy and Bradley Zaffuto. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, with the Rev. Vincent P. Velas officiating. Private entombment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum, North Versailles. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Birkos, Caliope 94

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Caliope Birkos, formerly of Universal in Penn Hills, 94, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Caliope was the owner of the former Birkos' Confectionary in Universal, Penn Hills. She was a daughter of the late Gus and Mary (Dvorak) Birkos; sister of John (Jean) Birkos, of Verona, the late Andrew Birkos, the late Emannuel Birkos and the late Catherine Squires; and aunt of Marina "Toni" Maguire and other nieces and nephews. Friends welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti). http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Brady, Donald J. 81

  • East McKeesport , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Brady, 81, of East McKeesport, formerly of North Versailles, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at the Riverside Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Kane) Brady for 50 years; loving father of Dennis (Yvonne) Maceno, Danny (Karen) Maceno, Gary Maceno and Cindy Brady (Jim); proud grandfather of 10 and seven great-grandchildren; dear brother of Gladys (the late George) Jacobs and the late Joseph (the late Marge) Brady; and uncle of Maureen Brady and cousin of William Brady. Donald served with the Army in the Korean War, was a heavy equipment operator for the North Versailles Road Department and was an avid golfer. Donald's family would like to thank Riverside Care Center and Grane Hospice for all the wonderful care and loving support. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish. Entombment will follow at Penn Lincoln. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Cammarata, Lena R. 102

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Lena R. (LaQuatra) Cammarata, 102, of McCandless, formerly of Observatory Hill, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the wife of the late Alfred Cammarata; loving mother of Alfred J. Cammarata (Nancy), Marc J. Cammarata (Helen) and the late Michael A. Cammarata (and his surviving wife, Claire). She is also survived by six grandchildren; nine great-gandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DELVIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Lucy's Auxiliary to the Blind.
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Chiponis, Michael A. 69

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1944-12-11
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Michael A. "Cookie" Chiponis, 69, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. Born Dec. 11, 1944, he was a son of Anthony Chiponis, of West Mifflin, and the late Helen (Gust) Chiponis. Cookie was retired after 31 years as a fourth-grade teacher at New England Elementary School in the West Mifflin School District. He was a graduate of Penn State University and loved all things about Penn State. He enjoyed playing pool, was a member of the GBU in Duquesne, the head trustee at Mifflin Social Club and a social member of Homeville Fire Department, VFW Post 188 and Whitaker VFW. He had a loving relationship of 20 years with his wife, Maggie (Gibbons) Chiponis. He was the father of Chris Chiponis (Jack Hruska), of West Mifflin, and Eric Chiponis, of Duquesne and his daughter, Emma; also grandfather of Brooke Panfil, who was the light of his life; and brother of the late Anthony "Chipper" Chiponis (surviving wife, Janie), of West Mifflin. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Christy, Marjorie S. 100

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-09-04
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Marjorie S. Christy, 100, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully with her family by her side, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at her the home of her daughter, Carol Christy Raughley, in East Stroudsburg, where she has resided for the past six years. She was the beloved wife of the late Rev. Dr. Wilbur C. Christy; loving mother of Dr. Wallace Christy, Barbara Christy Filner, Carol Christy Raughley, Kathryn Christy Roseberry and Kenneth Christy; and is also survived by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. Marjorie and her late husband, Dr. Wilbur Christy, were former missionary workers in Pakistan, India, and long time residents of Mt. Lebanon, where Dr. Christy was pastor for many years at Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church. All are welcome to attend her memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, 255 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until service time at 10 a.m. in the church parlor. Interment in Bull Creek Church Cemetery, Tarentum, will be private. Arrangements are by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gujranwala Theological Seminary c/o http://www.presbyterianmission.org. or c/o Presbyterian Church USA, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Demor, Frank J. 87

  • Hampton
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Frank J. Demor, 87, of Hampton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at his home, peacefully surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine (37 years) and Margaret Jean (17 years); loving father of Frank J. Jr., Kathleen, Darlene (Richard) Prendergast, Mary Catherine (James) Belmondo, Russell (K.C.), Lisa (Rex) Ours, Amy Lynn and Beth Ann; brother of Margaret Renner and the late Barbara Micklos and Helen Milkey; and grandfather of William (Courtney), Mary Elizabeth and Laura Mae (Ryan). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. From humble beginnings on the North Side of Pittsburgh, where his Croatian immigrant mother supported the family by working in various factories and scrubbing moviehouse floors in Depression-era Pittsburgh, Frank founded Demor's Lincoln-Mercury and always made a comfortable living for his family through his determination, intelligence and hard work. He was a prominent businessman in the City of Pittsburgh for many years and will be missed by all who came to know him. Praying for peace, love and happiness, his memories will stay in our hearts forever. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Alexis Church, Wexford. Donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor or Catholic Hospice. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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DiMartini, John Q. 48

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • John Quirino DiMartini, 48, of Bethel Park, unexpectedly, yet faithfully departed Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was the devoted and adoring husband of Lori DiMartini; beloved father of Zachary; loyal and loving son of Linda and the late Jack DiMartini; protective big brother and best friend to Janet (Dr. Robert) LoCastro and Jason (Melissa) DiMartini; and absolute hero and best/coolest "Uncle Johnny" to Isabella, Sophia, Aly, Chloe, Michael, Jimmy, Nina, Anthony, Domenic, Christopher, Chessie, Joey and Mikey. John recently moved back home to Pittsburgh to be closer to family after living in Chicago and Milwaukee for the past 14 years. He was a phenomenal chef to those lucky enough to have sat at his generous table. His charisma, understanding, humility, loyalty, work ethic, humor, generosity, strength, calmness and directness made him the quiet and true leader of the DiMartini family. He made everyone and everything better and will be deeply missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Germaine Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions in John's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through http://www.stjude.org. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com. "We adore You, O' Lord Jesus Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world."
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DiTommaso, Helen M.

  • Formerly of Oakland
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Helen M. (Tarantino) DiTommaso, formerly of Oakland, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 46 years to Pasquale "Patsy" DiTommaso; loving mother of Carla (Joseph) Persichetti, Dina (Dale) Schultz and Patrice (Dwight) Crosby; cherished grandmother of Joseph, Vincent, Nathan, Lanie and Aiden; sister of Maryann Tarantino and the late Frank "Herky" Diulus, Camille Caliendo, Dom "Mooney" Diulus, Joe "Peeps" Diulis and Henry Tarantino; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Cathedral. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Donatelli, Robert T. 81

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Robert T. "Bobby D" Donatelli, 81, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice Mae (Hytla); wonderful father of Robert (Cindy) Donatelli, Linda (Doug) Hupe, Tina (Ron) Skiba and Angela (Anthony) Scolieri; grandfather of Douglas, Ashley, Brian, Natalie, Joshua and Christina; great-grandfather of Noah; and brother of Thomas, Sam, Richard and the late Frank Donatelli. Bob was a Korean War Army veteran, proud owner of Rosedale Water Company and Tyler Mountain Water Company. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. In lieu of flowers, contributions acknowledged to St. Joseph School, 825 Second St., Verona, PA 15147. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills. Funeral prayers will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Verona.
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Downing, John Jack E. 88

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John Edward "Jack" Downing, 88, a lifelong resident of North Braddock, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. He was the husband of the late Gladys (Wenning) Downing for 54 years; father of Kristin (Eugene) Sciulli and Nick (Heather Brown) Downing; and grandfather of Tyler and Natalie Sciulli, Brandon Brown, Colin and Samantha Downing; brother of Patricia (Neal) Sacramento. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Leckey) Downing; and also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack was an avid sports fan, but mostly enjoyed spending time with family and friends (especially his grandchildren). In 1935, as a 9-year-old, his father took him to a Pirates game at Forbes Field and he witnessed the last three home runs ever hit by Babe Ruth. A 1944 graduate of Scott High School, he was a member of the WPIAL Class A Championship Basketball Team during his junior year. Jack was a staunch fan of his local football teams: the Pittsburgh Steelers, California University Vulcans and especially his beloved Woodland Hills Wolverines. He was a longtime member of the VFW Post No. 5008 in East Pittsburgh, the Braddock Elks and the AOH Irish Club in Monroeville, where he enjoyed socializing and playing shuffle board. He will be remembered as a humorous, loving, devoted family man and a friend to everyone. Friends will be welcome 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery.
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Eckels, Clair E. 83

  • Formerly of Plum
  • Born: 1931-07-18
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Clair E. "Shorty" Eckels, 83, of Edinboro, formerly of Plum, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. He was born July 18, 1931, in New Kensington, to Clair A. and Margaret E. Eckels. Clair served during the Korean War, where he was a specialist E4 in Army Infantry and received specialized Korean language training at the Army Language School at the Presidio in California and AFFE Intel School in Japan. He retired from Bell Telephone after 35 years in 1984. He also ran a part-time excavating business and raised earth worms for bait. After retiring at age 53, he spent the next 30 years managing Eckels Farm Fresh Produce with his wife, woodworking and traveling. He also enjoyed raising animals, organic gardening and growing some of the finest produce you would ever taste. Clair adored every aspect of gardening from selecting the seeds to harvesting and canning all the vegetables he grew. This was much like the way he lived life, embracing every moment. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, wife of 35 years, Charlotte Ryan Eckels; father of Craig A. (MaryAnne) Eckels, Cheryl Eckels Hammer and Carrie (Marshall) Piccinini; grandfather of Craig (Annie), Calei, Leah, Jon, Bella, Alena and Christopher; great-grandfather of Crista and Cienna; and brother of Gail (Chuck) Stotler. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the loving caregivers at Senior Helpers, Melinda and Wendy. Friends were received Sunday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD. / ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a service was held Monday. To honor Clair's memory donations may be made to National FFA Foundation, P.O. Box 68960, Indianapolis, IN 46268 and/or Erie City Mission, P.O. Box 407, Erie, PA 16512.
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Ferlan, Michael J. 48

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Ferlan, 48, passed away Friday, Sept, 17, 2014, in Portland, Ore. Memorial Mass will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Gaus, David Davey R. 51

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • David Reed "Davey" Gaus, 51, of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. He was a beloved son of Janet R. and the late Joseph W. Gaus Jr.; loving brother of Susan G. (Vincent Jr.) Traficante, Barbara Cerra-Martorell (Ivan Martorell) and Kenneth (Kate) Rumbaugh; and uncle of Christina (Ryan) Mitchell (great-niece, Adaliena Grace), Michelle, Amber, Alyssa and Chelsea Cerra and Jared Martorell. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. There will be no visitation Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew Church.
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Grysiak, Helen 92

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Helen (Popovich) Grysiak, 92, of Pitcairn, formerly of North Versailles, reposed in the Lord Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was the daughter of the late George and Helen Popovich. Helen was the wife of the late Charles Grysiak for 45 years and beloved mother of Deborah, of Penn Hills, and Gary (Janet), of Monroeville. She was the dear "Grammy" to Benjamin, Luke and Irene Grysiak, along with being an aunt to several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her dear brothers, George and John Popovich. Helen was a pious and faithful parishioner of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church of East Pittsburgh, where she was very active, especially for nutroll baking and pirohi making! Helen was a skilled baker, cook, seamstress and recently enjoyed crocheting rescue and lap blankets with her friends at the Broadview Manor in Pitcairn. The family would especially thank those friends at Broadview who befriended and watched out for her, especially her dearest friend, Beatrice Stagon. In addition, we are also grateful for the love and compassion shown to her by the Sandusky and Wlahofsky families, especially the late John and Millie Reiland. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be prayed at 7 p.m. A funeral Divine Liturgy will be served at 10 a.m. Friday in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 211 Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, with interment at William Penn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 211 Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, PA 15112. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Hershman, Lois H. 84

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Lois H. Hershman, 84, of Hampton Township, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Isabel (O'Neal) Hershman; and sister of the late Robert. She will be greatly missed by her brother, James and his wife, Marge; sister-in-law, Jean; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Lois worked as a paralegal for 30 years in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She returned to Pennsylvania to spend her retirement years closer to her family. Lois's family will welcome friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in St. Catherine of Sweden Roman Catholic Church, where Lois was a member, 2554 Wildwood Road, Wildwood. She will be laid to rest at the Uniondale Cemetery in Pittsburgh. If desired, memorial donations may be made in her honor in support of the Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horn Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Lois's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Hrabovsky Jr., James T. 48

  • Edgeworth
  • Died: 2014-09-20
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  • James Thomas Hrabovsky Jr., 48, recently of Edgeworth, died tragically Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was the beloved son of Katherine Unger Hrabovsky and the late James Thomas Hrabovsky Sr.; beloved brother of Kathy Hrabovsky (Michael Oppenheimer) and Sharon Hrabovsky (Robert Serafin); loving father of Kyle, Annie and Mia; beloved uncle of Lily and Andy Oppenheimer; and beloved uncle of Bobby and Katie Serafin. Jim graduated from Chartiers Valley High School in 1983, where he was captain of the baseball team, and graduated from Kent State University in 1987, where he also played baseball and obtained a degree in marketing and sales. Jim went on to work in insurance and sales, most recently at National Oilwell Varco, where he was passionate about his work and excited about the opportunities. Although he loved his work, Jim's greatest devotion was to his faith and his family. Jim built a wonderful life for his children and supported them in their interests including swimming, gymnastics and therapeutic horseback riding. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service held for Jim by his mother and his sisters at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 218 Alter St., Carnegie, PA 15106. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made, in the name of James T. Hrabovsky Jr., to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 218 Alter St., Carnegie, PA 15106; or to Riding for the Handicapped of Western PA, P.O. Box 23, Allison Park, PA 15101-0023 (riding@rhwpa.org, 724-443-4485).
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Hrabovsky Jr., James T. 48

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • James T. Hrabovsky Jr., of Sewickley, left this earth suddenly on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the age of 48. He was the husband of 20 years to Lucia; loving father of Kyle, Annie and Mia; son of Katherine and the late James T. Hrabovsky Sr.; and brother of Sharon (Bob Serafin) and Kathleen (Michael Oppenheimer). He was a graduate of Kent State University and was employed by National Oilwell Varco. Jim was best known for the love he had for his family. He enjoyed attending his children's sporting events and was their biggest cheerleader. Jim was also an unforgettable sports fan who loved the game of baseball all the way to the very end. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the COPELAND SEWICKLEY FUNERAL HOME, 702 Beaver St. Private interment on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Hrabovsky Family Fund, P.O. Box 130, Sewickley, PA 15143.
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Iacone, Judith M. 67

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1947-08-23
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Judith Marie Fedak (Small) Iacone, 67, of Greenock, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at her home. She was born Aug. 23, 1947, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Stephen and Pauline Moran Fedak. Judy was a 1965 graduate of Norwin High School and worked as a nurses aid for Hospital Home Health in McKeesport. She is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Joseph Small; her son, Joseph (Mendy) Iacone, of Acworth, Ga.; her stepdaughter, Angela Iacone, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Vincent Iacone, Anthony Iacone and Madison Iacone; and by her sister, Barbara (Anthony) Falco, of Apollo. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Parish, McKeesport, with the Rev. Vincent Velas as celebrant. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Jones, Robert A. 80

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1933-11-24
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Jones, 80, of Sewickley, passed Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Born Nov. 24, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of the late Ernest and Julia (Kopnickey) Jones. He was the beloved husband of 49 years to Elizabeth (Goodbread) Jones; father of Douglas (Staci) Jones, of Dublin, Ohio; and grandfather of Cody, Ross, Emma and Joey Perkins. Robert was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy, and was a customer engineer with IBM. He loved to be on the move and fixing things. Known for his kind spirit and gentle heart, he was a man of few words but left a lasting impression on all he met. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at COPELAND'S, 702 Beaver St., Sewickley, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Ohio.
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Keller, Patricia A. 84

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Patricia Alice Keller, 84, of Baldwin, passed away Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold Thomas Keller; loving mother of Gary (Sonia), Russ (Vivian) and Randy Keller; grandmother of Brandon and Matthew Keller and Lisa (Brett) Evans; and great-grandmother of Elizabeth Evans. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry F. and Lottie Lerch; and her siblings, Maxine, Helen and Donald. Patricia was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School and was a longtime member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at http://www.themmrf.org or call 203-229-0464. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Khalil, Yassemine 70

  • Baldwin Borough
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Yassemine Khalil, 70, of Baldwin Borough, passed peacefully Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, surrounded by all of her children, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of the late Elias Khalil; beloved mother of Josephine (Merwan) Aboud, Jamil (Odeese) Khalil, Nasra (Najib) Aboud, Lina (Joudat) Makhoul, Georgette Farah, Hannah (Mazen) Kahwash, Atallah (Jamie) Khalil, Firas (Jillian) Khalil and Johnny Khalil; and dear sister of the late Wadih and the late Elias, Naiem, Amaleen and Nuhad Nadour. Also surviving are 24 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Yassemine enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren; she was well known for her wise words and always giving prayers to others. She loved to laugh and make people smile. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and warm heart. Family and friends were received Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227, where Trisagion prayers were held Thursday evening. Visitation continued from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 3400 Dawson St. Burial followed in St. George Cemetery, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in remembrance of Yassemine. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Kozak, Frank E. 75

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Frank E. "Tim" Kozak, 75, of Bethel Park, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Janet Kozak; loving father of Frank (Niki) Kozak, Daniel Reddick, Allison (Patrick) Ross, Ashley (Scott) Pritchard and the late Michael Kozak; dear brother of Mary (Jim) Weber, Tom (Lori) Kozak and Phil Kozak; cherished grandfather of Ryan Kozak, Brianna and Kevin Ross, Donovan Reddick, baby Pritchard and the late Justin Kozak; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Tim was an Army veteran. He worked for J and L Steel River Division on the Aliquippa as a chief engineer and for Mon Valley Hospital as an engineering supervisor. He was a member of the Vintage Tin Car Club, Carrick Sportsman Club, and was an avid outdoorsman. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUER. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724 941-3211. A service will be celebrated at noon Saturday in Windover Hills United Methodist Church, 6751 Ridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Family suggests memorial contributions to Windover Hills United Methodist Church. Please view or add tributes at: http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Legin, Karen M. 67

  • Duquesne
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Karen M. Legin, 67, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Elsie (Kraynak) Surgent. She is survived by her husband, Michael Dennis Legin; sons, Matthew J. (Stephanie) Legin, of Sarver, and John "JR" (Lori) Legin, of Mt. Lebanon; grandmother of Alexander, Nathan and Abigail; and sister of Robert Surgent, of Plum. Karen was a retired school teacher for Duquesne School District for 33 years, retired from the Teacher's Association, was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish and graduated from Thiel College. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino and the Rev. Tom Lewandowski officiating.
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Marze, Charles A. 87

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: DAlessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Charles A. Marze, 87, of Pittsburgh, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He leaves behind a legacy of love in a life well-led. He honorably served in the Navy during World War II and dedicated 47 years of labor to the national biscuit company, but his proudest life accomplishment was in living the life of his dreams by having a large family. He was the father of Frank (Jacqui Menzie) Marze, Sharyn Madden, the late Charlene (Paul) Sexton, Mary (James) Coco, Victoria (Spurrier) Marze, Francine (John) Weaver and Charles Anthony Jr.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and many loved nieces and nephews. He will receive his last blessings at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 7601 Mt. Carmel Road, Verona, and finally after many years wait rest by the side of his beloved wife, Elizabeth (Kovac) Marze. A celebration of his life for friends and family will be held from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at NBVFD, 600 Anderson St., North Braddock, PA 15104. In lieu of flowers, please donate gifts to the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Charles and his late grandson, Sgt. Ronald Zapf. Professional services by D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville.
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McCormick, William L. 75

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • William L. McCormick, 75, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Katherine (Barbera) McCormick; loving father of Kelly L., William S. (Kathryn) and Scott J. (the late Cynthia Kay) McCormick; grandfather of Taura, Jordan, Mariah, Lani, Noelle and Anna; brother of Bonny (Roger) Lind; and is also survived by his brother-in-law, Vincent F. (Barb) Barbera, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William G. "Captain Boots" and Ruth McCormick; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Rabe. Bill was a 1957 graduate of Charleroi High School and honorably served in the Army National Guard for three years. He was employed by The Power of Bowser from 1984 to 2012 and was top salesman countless times. Bill loved to vacation with his family at The Tropical Manor in Daytona Beach, Fla., and one of his greatest joys was celebrating Christmas Eve with his entire family. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jamie's Dream Team,1985 Lincoln Way, Suite 23-232, McKeesport, PA 15131, http://www.jamiesdreamteam.myfastsite.net., whose mission is to lift the spirits of those suffering from and ease the burden caused by serious illness, injury, disability or trauma. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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McHugh, James F. 75

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1939-05-31
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • James F. McHugh, 75, of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Born May 31, 1939, James was the son of the late Elizabeth McHugh, and was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Jean McHugh; and brothers, Leo McHugh Jr., Donald McHugh and Robert McHugh. He is survived by brother, Patrick McHugh; two sons, Gary P. McHugh and Douglas Patrick McHugh; daughter-in-law, Kimberlee J. McHugh; three stepdaughters, Lynne Young, Karen Yuhas and Kristen Calfo; immediate grandchildren, Gary Beining, Sabrina McHugh and Connor McHugh; and stepgrandchildren, Allison, Brittney, Nicole and Reggi. James was a Naval veteran, serving as a radarman from 1959 to 1961, retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1998. He married to the love of his life, Donna, and they shared many happy years together. James was an avid fisherman and loved to fish on the boat or from the banks. He was a member of the Sons of Italy in Carrick and bocce champion for many years. A former social dance instructor, he tripped the light fantastic on the dance floor and especially loved swing dancing. James will especially be remembered as a loving father, doting husband and grandfather, and loyal friend to many. He was guided by a strong faith in God and now rests in peace with his heavenly maker. Thanks to the Vitas Hospice staff and volunteers for their help and support. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall, followed by a service at 8:15 p.m. A private family burial will be held Friday. Memorial contributions are welcome and should be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or the St. Jude's Foundation for cancer research. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Mramor, Dolores E. 70

  • Forest Hills , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Dolores E. "Elaine" (Barnes) Mramor, 70, of Forest Hills, formerly of North Braddock and Swissvale, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Edward R. Mramor for 50 years; loving mother of Darlene (Daniel) Yeager, of Pittston, Denise (Thomas) Nardozzi, of Wilkins Township, and Lori (Shawn) McDermott, of Brookline; dear grandmother of Daniel, Bryan, Caitlin, Ashley, Lisa, Marcus, Erynn and Kayleigh; proud great-grandmother of Breyden, MacKenzie and Heaven; and brother of David (Helen) Barnes, of North Braddock, and the late Donald (surviving spouse, Patricia) Barnes. Elaine was a 1962 graduate of North Braddock Scott High School and has served on many reunion committees. She had been a secretary, volunteer and "Mom" to many members of the former North Braddock EMS. Elaine enjoyed shopping, dining out and weekend drives, especially at this time of year. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Colman Church. Entombment will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or http://www.familyhospicepa.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Mularkey, William F. 90

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • William F. Mularkey, 90, a longtime resident of Swissvale, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. He was a son of the late Michael and Mary Mularkey; brother of Mary Edrie (Mularkey) Strutt and the late Lawrence Raymond Mularkey, Margaret Gene (Mularkey) Wojnar; and uncle of many loving nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Bill was a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad and retired with more than 40 years of service. He graduated from Scott High School, North Braddock, and served in the Navy. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Word of God Church.
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Nemec, Margaret E. 96

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1917-11-10
  • Died: 2014-09-23
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  • Margaret E. Nemec, 96, of Pittsburgh, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Kent Ridge on Golden Pond. Margaret was born November 10, 1917, in Wall, to the late Fuhrman and Alma Minick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis F. Nemec; her sisters, Lillian Minick, Mary Jane Phillips, Alma Reeder and Sarah Minick; and her brother, John W. Minick, a World War II Hero and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Margaret was a graduate of Ohio Northern University where she met her husband. Upon graduation, the pair returned to western Pennsylvania to begin their careers as educators. Margaret taught English and Louis coached football and taught. Margaret retired from Monroeville Junior High School after 30 years in the profession. Margaret and Louis loved their students and players and spent countless hours mentoring and tutoring young people. She maintained many of these relationships well into her 90s. Margaret had great pride in her two surviving sons, John (Mary) Nemec, of Kent, Ohio, and James (Ann) Nemec, of Kittanning. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Mary Margaret (David) Rottinghaus, Jaymee (Keith) Zolkowski, Allison (Ryan) Hawk, Kate (Steve) Bielak, Kathryn C. Nemec, Louis (Lindsay) Nemec and James (Lindsay) Nemec; 22 great-grandchildren; nieces, Louise Hatala and Sis Croyle; cousin, Lillian Seelhorst; nephews, Tommy Reeder and Walter Reeder; and special family friends, Jack and Ann Gargan, Pat Lydon and Peg Rossi. Margaret had a love of the written word, in particular the principles of grammar. She spent many hours reading books, completing crossword puzzles and writing letters to family and friends. Over the years, Margaret found great joy spending time with her grandchildren. She was especially proud of her two grandsons who are Majors in the Army and have served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Margaret was a lifelong member of The Good Shepard Lutheran Church. The Nemec family would like to thank the staff at Kent Ridge on Golden Pond and Harbor Light Hospice for their wonderful care of Margaret in the last two years of her life. A private burial and memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Novotny, Valeria 92

  • Oakmont , Formerly of Beaver Falls
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Valeria Novotny, 92, of Oakmont, formerly of Beaver Falls, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at The Willows Presbyterian SeniorCare, Oakmont. She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen G. Novotny; dear mother of Valerie (Jerry) Novotny-Dinsdale, Irene (Dave) Tkacik, Steve (Stefoni) Novotny and Victor Novotny; sister of the late Mario, Anna, Maria, Vittorio, Luigi and Lodovico; grandmother of nine children and great-grandmother of five. Valeria married her husband, Stephen, in 1948, who was a US soldier, serving in the 88th Battalion. He was stationed in Trieste, Italy at the time. She came to the United States with her husband aboard the Queen Mary. She was employed at Beaver Medical Center as an LPN for many years. Being a member of the former St. Mary's Church, Beaver Falls, was a very important part of her life. She sang in the choir, was active in the Christian Mother's Guild, and the ladies sewing circle, where Valeria crocheted a beautiful blanket for every new baby. Her Italian dishes were savored by her family members and many friends. She was very proud of her heritage. Friends and relatives are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, 385 Maryland Ave., Oakmont. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Beaver Falls. Arrangements are by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. The family suggests memorials to Presbyterian SeniorCare 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139. Visit us at http://www.burkettruby.com.
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O'Malley, Mary Jo 84

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Mary Jo (Conroy) O'Malley, 84, of Mt. Lebanon, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 52 years of the late John J. O'Malley; devoted mother of Patty (Maynard) Honabach, of Louisville, Tenn., Katy (Jeff) McGovern, of Erie, Jack (Sue) O'Malley, of Upper St. Clair, Jim (Catherine) O'Malley, of Upper St. Clair, and Joe (Mary Kay) O'Malley, of Naples, Fla.; loving sister of Jack Conroy and Betty Conroy, both of Youngstown, Ohio, and the late Sally (Conroy) Reagan; cherished grandmother of Stacy, Kelly and Eric Honabach, Heather, Emily, Anna, Mary Catherine and Margaret Mary McGovern, Julie, Leslie and Emily O'Malley, Brigid and JoJo O'Malley, and Ashley, Seamus, Maria, Grace, Liam, Rose, Alannah and Lucy O'Malley; and is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren. She attended St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing where she earned her degree as a registered nurse. She enjoyed more than 25 years in nursing and retired from St. Clair Memorial Hospital. Mary Jo was an avid golfer, but her true passion was her service to her parish family of St. John Capistran Church. She was a devoted member of the Rosary Group, the Ladies of Charity and she worked tirelessly in bereavement ministry. The family wants to express special thanks to the Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County for all their help and support. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John Capistran Church. Interment at Calvary Cemetery of Youngstown, Ohio, will be private. If desired, memorials may be made to Ladies of Charity at St. John Capistran Church, 1610 McMillan Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Palmer, Leonard 86

  • Munhall
  • Born: 1928-01-06
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Leonard Palmer passed away at 86 on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was born Jan. 6, 1928, in Munhall, to Leonard Alexander Palmer and Dora Howden Palmer. He grew up there, graduating from Munhall High School in June of 1945. In August 1945, he enlisted in the Marines and spent a year in post World War II Asia, serving in the China Theater. When he returned from overseas, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1950 with a degree in political science. For the next 36 years, he worked for U.S. Steel, rising from the mills to become the supervisor and coordinator of the Eastern Steel Division. Leonard was married for 41 years to Helen Ann Palmer. His stepson, Joe Ripper and Joe's wife, Sharon Ripper; his stepdaughter, Doreen Ripper; and his grandchildren, Brian Ripper and Kira Ripper, survive him. In addition, he leaves behind his brother-in-law, Ken Benner; and his nieces, Kathleen Duble, Lauren Romain and Mara Benner; and a nephew, Bill Martin. Leonard loved to go to the races and was an avid Steelers fan. At his last residence, St. Barnabas Retirement Village, where he had many friends, he loved playing cards and bocce. At age 85, he fulfilled one of his bucket list items and went skydiving. He was a man who was always there for those who loved him, and he will be deeply missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. A service will be held for Leonard at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at the same location. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Platek, Nancy J. 61

  • Castle Shannon
  • Born: 1952-11-16
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Ball, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Nancy Jane Platek, 61, of Castle Shannon, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Our dear Nancy was born Nov. 16, 1952, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Stanley J. Platek and Mary Jane (Konkus) Platek. She is survived by her sister, Karen A. Sumner; brother, Steven J. Platek; and their families. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Hamilton Park at the top of Grant St. in Castle Shannon. Lunch will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Nancy's name to The Castle Shannon Public Library or the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Arrangements by BALL FUNERAL CHAPEL INC.
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Price, Leona F. 80

  • Gibsonia , Formerly of Claremont, N.H.
  • Born: 1934-06-11
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Leona F. Price, 80, of Gibsonia, formerly of Claremont, N.H., died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was born June 11, 1934, in Claremont, a daughter of the late Leonard and Lena (St. Martin) Bugbee. She was also preceded in death by her first two husbands, the late Kenneth Bemis and Stanley Fitch. She was the beloved wife of R. Gerald Price, of Gibsonia; loving mother of Karen F. (David) Parker, Stephen Fitch, Kevin Fitch, Corinne (Bill Curry) Price and Timothy Price; sister of Bernard, Richard and Robert Bugbee; and dear grandmother of Katharine Parker; a graduate of Stevens High School in Claremont, where she remained active with the alumni association for many years, Leona went on to attend Keene Teacher's College in Keene, N.H. She was a longtime member of First Congregational Church in Claremont, teaching Sunday School for more than 10 years, serving as a church clerk as well as a deaconate member for many years. Leona loved the beach, music, cooking, had a wonderful sense of humor and was a true people person, always enjoying the company of friends and family. A devoted wife, mother, sister and friend, she loved her dear family and especially her pet cats. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in First Congregational Church, 72 Pleasant St., Claremont, NH 03743. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to First Congregational Church, Stevens High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or Sullivan County Humane Society.
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Pyle, Mary 93

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1921-08-11
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Thomas, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Mary Pyle, 93, of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Harmar Village Care Center. She was born Aug. 11, 1921, to the late John and Mary Candek. She lived in Natrona Heights for the past 26 years. She is survived by two daughters, Janice Sedmak, of Springdale Township, and Joyce McQuade, of Brackenridge; two sons, William (Lynn) Pyle, of Jeannette, and Raymond Sedmak, of Galion, Ohio; grandchildren, Stephen, Matthew and Amy Pyle, Jay McQuade, Joel (Melissa) McQuade, Shawn McQuade, David (Terry) Sedmak and Scott (Chris) Sedmak; and great-grandchildren, Noah and Nicholas McQuade and Emily Sedmak. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl M. Pyle, on Jan. 13, 2006. Professional services by THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Ritenbaugh, Edwin Jack J. 78

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Edwin J. "Jack" Ritenbaugh, 78, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. He was the husband of Barbara A.; father of Sharon (Darryl) Long and Debra (Jeff) Brown; grandfather of Kristin, Jason and Peter Long and Kevin (Gretchen) and Erin Brown; great-grandfather of Samuel Brown; and brother of Betty Galvin, Evelyn Williamson, Barbara Costa and the late Lois Orbell. Jack was a branch manager for Mellon Bank, a service advisor for Tom Henry Chevrolet and the business manager for Elfinwild Presbyterian Church. Jack lived for his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchild, as he was truly a grandpa at heart. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, 3200 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw, PA 15116. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the church. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Ross, Willadean 83

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1931-03-26
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Willadean Harris Ross, 83, of Duquesne, departed this life peacefully Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in the Kane Regional Hospital, McKeesport. She was born March 26, 1931, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Cornelius Moore and Jewel Harris. She received her Bachelor's Degree in child development from the University of North Ridge California and was formerly employed as a social worker with Mon Yough. She attended Macedonia Baptist Church in Duquesne. She formerly wrote an article in the Elizabeth Herald known as the "Chit Chat Corner" and was a member of the NAACP. Surviving are two daughters, Linda Marie Ross, of Duquesne, and Carmelita Ross, of Clairton; son, William Ross Jr., of Duquesne; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister, Emma Jean Walker, of Monongahela; and two nieces, one nephew, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 449 Mitchell Ave., Clairton, with services following the visitation hour. Interment will be private.
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Russell, Robert G.

  • Aspinwall
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Robert G. Russell, of Aspinwall, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was the husband of Molly (MacKrell) Russell; father of Robert, of St. Louis, Mo., John, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Shelley Marvich, of Penn Hills; grandfather of Brock, Brody, Bryan, Benjamin, Garrett and Sean; and brother of the late Eileen Streicher, Jack Russell and Joanne Nestler. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a proud veteran of the Korean War and served with the Army. No visitation. Service and interment private. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Slagel, Gloria B. 86

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Gloria B. (Santella) Slagel, 86, passed peacefully Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was a resident of Allison Park. She was the loving mother of Gary (Joyce) Slagel and G. Anthony (Tracy) Slagel; sister of Anne Lucente and the late Herman (Viola) Santella; beloved grandmother of Matthew (Adriane) Slagel, Mark (Janet) Slagel, Savannah (Garrison) Slagel Hennig, Madison Slagel, Mackenzie Slagel, Evan Slagel and Emory Slagel; devoted great-grandmother of Arlo Slagel and a soon to arrive great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her devoted nephew, Dennis Lucente. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o St. Mary Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116. Remembrances can be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Staniszewski, Leah J. 29

  • South Park
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Leah J. Staniszewski, 29, of South Park, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was a beloved daughter of Kathy and the late Michael; loving sister of John, Amy, Jill (Sean) McArdle, Emily (her twin sister) and April (Mike) Gitzen; special person who was like a father to her, Lenny McArdle; cherished aunt of Olivia McArdle; and granddaughter of Jerry and Sue Geiser, Gertrude and the late John Staniszewski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park. Donations in her memory can be made to The American Liver Foundation, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 215, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.henneyfuneralhome.com.
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Tirpak Jr., Andrew J. 73

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of East McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Andrew J. Tirpak Jr., 73, of Penn Hills, formerly of East McKeesport, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He was a son of the late Andrew Sr. and Nellie (Mazur) Tirpak; beloved companion of 18 years to Nancy Bertoni; loving father of Dana (Todd) Allison; stepfather of Dave (Mary Beth) Bertoni and Chris (Mary) Bertoni; brother of Edward, Joanne Behun, Albert, Patricia and the late John; and stepgrandfather of Samantha, Nick, Carlo and Dom Bertoni. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Andy was a graduate of Grove City College and served in the Army Reserve. He played college baseball and was an avid softball player and a proud member and third baseman of the winning Pittsburgh Gold, a team in the 65-plus North Allegheny Senior Softball League. Andy was involved in harness racing at The Meadows, where he acted as a trainer, driver and owner for more than 10 years. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Monroeville. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Vautier, Adele E. 91

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Adele E. (DeMars) Vautier, 91, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Andrew M. Vautier; loving mother of Drew (Mary Ann) Vautier, Francis (Mary Kay) Vautier and James Vautier; sister of the late James J. DeMars Jr.; loving grandmother of Brian, Beth Ann, Renee, Jamie, Courtney, Brianna and James; and great-grandmother of Gabriella, Madeline, Brady, Sophie and Connor. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Therese of Lisieux Church. The family of Adele wishes to thank Vitas Hospice and the staff of Locust Grove Senior Living for all their help and support during a difficult time. Friends may leave condolences for the family at http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Vinski, Lillian G. 83

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lillian G. Vinski, 83, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. She was the mother of Suzannah Maduro; daughter of the late Nicholas and Margaret (Dukovic) Vinski; and sister of Rita Liebler and the late Bernice Bubanovich and Lawrence Vinski (surviving wife, Nancy). And so God calls home one of his finest of all his daughters. Lillian was an incredibly faithful and grateful woman who gave her all, always, for others. Her perpetual smile and desire to learn never ceased, nor did her desire to share and teach. A gentle woman who did her best to be Christ-like, she passed in peace and soulful prayer at her home, surrounded by loved ones. An adventurer and philosopher, Lillian's travels took her to Europe and to the Virgin Islands, where she would eventually live, teach and raise her daughter, before returning home to Pittsburgh. She leaves behind many special friends and family, but number one is her only and devoted daughter, Suzannah Maduro, her loving friend and caretaker. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute: UPCI/UPMC Cancer Center Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Lillian would be pleased if she knew that all reading this would give thanks for their blessings while at the same time, doing what they are able, to help others. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Whealdon, Judith

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Judith Keenan Whealdon, of McCandless, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Friends received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Alexis Church, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Westmoreland County

Arndt, Luann 72

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Luann (Nicol) Arndt, 72, of North Huntingdon, died suddenly while on vacation at Yellowstone National Park on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, with her beloved husband, Bernard Arndt, at her side. She and Bernie shared 43 years of marriage. She was the mother of the late Richard Arndt; and sister of Paula Weinel, of Mesa, Ariz., and Steve Nicol, of Denver, Colo. Luann was a long-term resident in the North Huntingdon area. Luann had a passion for collecting ceramic baby dolls, working in her flower gardens and traveling. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held Thursday in the funeral home chapel at a time to be announced. Interment in Brush Creek Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Baughman, Gloria J. 60

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Graziano John V, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Gloria J. Baughman, 60, of Jeannette, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 10, 1954, in Jeannette, the daughter of the late William H. Baughman Sr, and Rosita A. Jimenez Baughman. Prior to her retirement, Gloria taught art to the sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes in the Jeannette Middle School. She was a former member of the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette. She bred, raised and showed Shetland Sheepdogs to their many titles for 32 years. Gloria was a member of the Western PA Kennel Association and the American Shetland Sheepdog Association. She is survived by a brother, William H. Baughman Jr. and wife, Maryan, of Cleveland, Ohio; a niece, Amy Baughman Lloyd and husband, Kevin; a nephew, Chris Baughman and wife, Angela; and six great-nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 4 p.m. Friday in the St. Vincent Basilica Crypt, 300 Fraser-Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. Interment will take place in the Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, Tuscaloosa, Ala. JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC. entrusted with arrangements.
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Biller, Jonathan W. 38

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1976-07-21
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Jonathan W. Biller, 38, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was born July 21, 1976, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Theresa E."Tess" Brzezinski Biller, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late William "Budda" Biller, who died Dec. 21, 2009. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School Class of 1995. He was a certified Heat and Air Conditioning Technician and was employed by Callis Corp. of New Kensington. Jonathan was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding quads. Jonathan is gone from our lives but will forever remain in the hearts of his family. In addition to his mother he is survived by three children, Jonathan W. "Billy" Biller Jr., of Mt. Pleasant, Justin Robert Biller and Janis R. Biller, both of Hunker; his two brothers, Jason P. Biller and Kate, and Joseph M. Biller and Jaymie McCabe, all of Mt. Pleasant; a sister-in-law, Jamie L. Ruggiero Biller, of Greensburg, his paternal grandfather, William R. Biller Sr., of Mt. Pleasant; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Amy L. Schultheis and husband, Chris, of Ruffsdale; and a number of aunts and uncles. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Additional visitation with the family will be held with family from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Route 130, at which time his funeral service will begin, with the Rev. Frank S. Podolinski Jr. officiating. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Bird, Mary A. 99

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1915-09-23
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Mary Alice Bird, 99, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. She was born Sept. 23, 1915, in New Kensington, to the late Slaman and Helen Abbott Hanna-Sabbagh. Mrs. Bird was a graduate of the Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing and was a pediatric nurse for Dr. Plotkin at the Russellton Miner's Clinic. She and her late husband operated the Bird Nursery of Mt. Pleasant and New Kensington, and their primary interests included raising experimental hybrids of azaleas and rhododendrons. She was also an avid reader. Mary Alice was a member of the Connellsville Church of God. Surviving are her son, George G. Moffat, of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, George H. (Lesley) Moffat, Darragh (Russ) Bailey, Stuart (Julie) Moffat and Paul (Crystal) Moffat; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Dr. Henry J. Bitar Jr. and his wife, Patricia. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Bird, who died Sept. 1, 1992; sisters, Elmaza Michael, Amelia Zabec, Effie Alex, Rose Marie Bitar, Anne Thomas, Stella Moses, Lillie Chakur and Ruth Wilson; and brothers, John Hanna, Sam Hanna, Mark Hanna and Albert Hanna, who died in childhood. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Those desiring may contribute to Amber House at Harmon House in Mt. Pleasant or the Connellsville Church of God in Mary Alice's memory. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Bogonovich, Sylvia A. 85

  • Westmoreland City
  • Born: 1929-07-08
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Sylvia A. Bogonovich, 85, of Westmoreland City, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at home. She was born July 8, 1929, a daughter of the late Silvino and Olinda Costanza Felluca. She was a member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville, the Serb National Federation Napredak Lodge No. 64, Biddle, enjoyed country and gospel music, gardening and taught line dancing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Felluca; and three sisters, Anita Kifer, Lillian Vesco and Arina Lander. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ilija (Eli); son, David and his wife, Judy; two daughters, Renee Jovanovic and her husband, Rodoljub, of North Wales, Pa., and Rebecca Fiorini and her husband, Caesar, of Maywood, N.J.; and five grandchildren, Brittany, Luke, Daniel, Mila and Emma. Friends were received this past Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held Friday in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Interment is in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in memory of Sylvia. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Buchan, Pete 78

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1936-09-11
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Pete Buchan, 78, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Born Sept. 11, 1936, in Latrobe, he was the son of the late Marko Bucan and Helen Annie (Korenich) Bucan. Pete was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe. He retired from the Pennsylvania State Police as a Sergeant on July 5, 1989 after 31 years of service. While in the State Police, Pete was detached to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation during the years of 1968 to 1969 for undercover work in organized crime. He was named supervisor of the Greensburg Vice Unit in 1970 and in July of 1971, Pete started a western Pennsylvania Narcotics Detail and assumed command of the Region Five Strike Force. Pete was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July 1972. In October of 1980, Pete left the Narcotics division to return to Greensburg where he assumed the roles of traffic sergeant, crime sergeant, vice sergeant and commander of the Somerset station. A Korean War veteran, Pete served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958, stationed in the United States and Paris, France. After his retirement from the State Police, he also worked for a number of years as a safety supervisor for Mashuda Corporation. Pete was also an avid woodworker and quilter, and his quilts were exhibited at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, and in an exhibition titled "Men of Biblical Proportions," which traveled throughout the United States. His handmade miniature pianos are exhibited in the homes of friends and family throughout the United States as well. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved son, Daniel Peter; four brothers, John, Michael, William and George; and four sisters, Mary Bordanaro, Helen Demyanovich, Dorothy Krinock and Catherine Sluk. Pete is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Margaret (Gebhardt) Buchan, of Latrobe; daughter, Mary Paige Coyne (and John), of Stockholm, N.J.; daughter, Amy Buchan Baldonieri (and Kenneth M.), of Greensburg; and three grandchildren, Katie Lynn Coyne, of Stockholm, N.J., Hannah Paige Buchan and Maggie Dawn Buchan, both of Latham, N.Y. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pete's name to the Pennsylvania State Police Museum in Hershey, (http://www.psp-hemc.org.) or the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation (http://www.psta.org/troopers.php). To sign online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Burlbaugh, Philip A. 78

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1935-10-24
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Philip A. Burlbaugh, 78, of Delmont, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township. He was born Oct. 24, 1935, in New Kensington, son of the late George and Frances (Thompson) Burlbaugh. Philip is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Venese Gallagher Burlbaugh; children, Venese "Vennie" Burlbaugh (Nick Kalogeris), of Swissvale, Marc Burlbaugh and his wife, Susan, of Penn Township, and Vikki (Burlbaugh) Sherman and her husband, John, of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Nicole, Megan (Tony Nguyen), Laura and Kara Burlbaugh and Olivia Sherman; great-grandchild, Mason; a brother, George Lester Burlbaugh and his wife, Norma, of North Carolina; and also nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his pets, Buddy and Molly. Phil retired after 35 years from the Franklin Regional School District, where he was a chemistry teacher. Along with his wife, he also owned a photography business, Burlbaugh's Photos, which specialized in wedding photography. Photography was also a favorite hobby, as well as woodworking and camping. Phil was honorably discharged after serving in the Air Force. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Gary A. Evans presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to American Parkinsons Disease Association, 490 E. North Ave., Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Butler, Robert I. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1925-04-12
  • Died: 2014-09-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Robert I. Butler, 89, of Ligonier, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in the Bethlen Home. He was born April 12, 1925, in Latrobe, the son of Royston and Maud (Kepple) Butler. He had been employed as a teacher in the Ligonier Valley School District for many years. Robert was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ligonier. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William, of Latrobe, and James, of Somerset; and a sister, Britta Annetta (Babe) Williams, of Latrobe. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Sally (Austraw) Butler; his sister, Corinne Bollinger, of Latrobe; a son, Thomas A. Butler; a daughter, Barbara (Jeff) Yanits; and two granddaughters, Olivia and Grace Yanits, along with many nieces and nephews. Robert is a 1942 graduate of Latrobe High School. He is a veteran of the Navy and attended Thiel College, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi. He earned his Master's degree through University of Pittsburgh. Robert enjoyed travelling, spending winters in Florida, camping, biking and bird watching. He was an avid tennis player who played consistently into his late 70's. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Alzheimer's care team and the entire staff of the Bethlen Home. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. Interment followed in the Unity Cemetery, Latrobe.
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Cameron, Robert F. 65

  • Formerly of Latrobe
  • Born: 1949-06-25
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Robert Frederick "Fritz" Cameron, 65, formerly of Latrobe and Arnold, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey. He was born June 25, 1949, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Charles Robert and Helen (Tutka) Cameron. Fritz joined The Peace Corps as a volunteer in 1979 and started teaching math in Ghana, West Africa. After two years, he moved to Istanbul, Turkey, to continue teaching math at Robert College, where he met his wife, Derin. In 1983, Fritz moved again, this time to Kuwait, to teach at the American School of Kuwait. During the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Fritz was held hostage by the Iraqis for four and a half months. Undeterred by this experience, Fritz volunteered once again to go back and rebuild ASK after the liberation of Kuwait. Through the years, his role at ASK changed from math teacher to physical education teacher and finally student activities director for close to two decades. He coached basketball, volleyball and softball through the years at different levels. Despite his illness, he insisted on finishing the school year at ASK in 2013. Apart from his love for family and ASK, Fritz was an avid softball player. He participated in several international tournaments in Dubai, Cairo, Dhahran and Bangkok. Fritz spent his summer vacations in Latrobe with his beloved sisters and thoroughly enjoyed their golf games, jogging around the neighborhood, summer barbecues, visits to Muskoka, Canada, Steelers and Pirates games. Fritz is survived by his wife, Derin Dosdogru Cameron; three children, Sarah Nile Cameron, Joseph Marlee Cameron and Grace Derin Cameron; and four sisters, Cindy Pieza (Tom), of Lower Burrell, Debbie Iskra (Gary), of Cohasset, Mass., Nancy Smail (Jim), of Ligonier, and Robin Kniffen (Alan), of Latrobe. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Vincent Basilica, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe. Everyone please go directly to the church. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com. Please visit http://www.ask.edu.kw/fritz-cameron.html to see the impact Fritz made on students, faculty and friends.
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Cramer, Emma G. 89

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1925-05-10
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Emma G. "Dolly" Cramer, 89, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at her home with family by her side. She was born May 10, 1925, in Jones Mills, a daughter of the late Frank and Nellie (Beistel) Pyle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Palmer Cramer, in 2001; and a sister, Vera Geary. Emma is survived by five children, Glenn (Renny) Kalp, of Norvelt, Connie (David) McIlwain, of Kittanning, Bonnie (Joseph) Tandarich, of Norvelt, Palmer Jr. (Melody) Cramer, of Bellefonte, and Lonna Hoffman, of Mt. Pleasant; eight grandchildren, Kristin (Jeff) Berrigan, Brianna (Jerome) Gera, Richard McIlwain, Michael (Debbie) McIlwain, Gregory McIlwain, Kayla (Anthony) Menart, Lilly Cramer and Garth Hoffman; 12 great-grandchildren, Sean, Shayla, Brandon, Nicole, Isabella, Kelsie, Nathaniel, Alexis, Kaitlyn, Lydia, Jordyn and Maya. Dolly enjoyed crocheting, baking and gardening. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor David L. Greer, officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. The family would like to thank the staff of Medi Hospice for all the care and compassion they have shown our mother, especially Tina, Kathie and Amy. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dolly's memory to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 109 Crossroads Road, Route 119, Scottdale, PA 15683.
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Daniels, Goldie E. 89

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1925-09-28
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Goldie Edith Mondell Daniels, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Arden Courts of Jefferson Hills, Clairton. She was born Sept. 28, 1925, in Goff, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Mondell Sr. Goldie was employed by ARMCO Steel during World War II and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, North Huntingdon. Goldie was a devoted mother and loving grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the Sunday dinners. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Alex Daniels; two brothers, Joseph Jr. and Elmer Mondell; and two sisters, Velma Barone and Sophia Gostey. She is survived by her son, James L. Daniels, of North Huntingdon; daughter, Linda Halverson (Ralph), of Port Vue; three grandchildren, Robert Phillips (Rhonda), and Christopher Phillips (Ellen) and Timothy Daniels; and two great-grandsons, Steve Alex Daniel Phillips and Jacob Donovan Phillips. Friends were received Wednesday at JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral chapel. Entombment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Diffenderfer, Ruth G. 65

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1949-02-08
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ruth Grace (Loughner) Diffenderfer, 65, of Irwin, passed from this life peacefully Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, after her 26-year battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 8, 1949, in Greensburg, a daughter of Ruth (Kunkle) Loughner, of Irwin, and the late Wayne Loughner. She grew up in Irwin, where she was a girl scout and graduated from Norwin High School, Class of 1967. She then went to Grove City College, where she met her husband, Dennis, earned a degree in elementary education, and was president of the sorority, Theta Alpha Pi. She also received a master's degree in elementary education from Penn State University. She taught kindergarten and first grade for 25 years at Norwin School District. She also served as President of the Norwin PTA. During her tenure at Norwin, "Mrs. D" formed many lasting relationships with the children she taught, parents and colleagues. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Irwin her whole life, where she served as a deacon and elder. We thank Ruthie for all the joy she gave us. She was an extraordinary daughter, wife, mother, sister, friend, aunt, teacher, neighbor, cousin, colleague and volunteer, and most importantly, an incredible person who believed in the resurrected Jesus Christ. Your Tuesday morning Bible class will miss you dearly. Farewell to the lady with a smile! In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dennis R. Diffenderfer; her children, David Diffenderfer, of Irwin (an Army veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne), Julie Armel and her husband, Adam, of Dormont; her brother, Joe Loughner, of Tulsa, Okla.; and beloved cousins, Paul and Chelsea Bair, of Tucson, Ariz., Skip and Mary-Ann Leon, of Concord, N.H., John and Alex Kunkle, of Monroeville, Bill and Jan Kunkle, of Camillus, N.Y., Rick and Denise Kunkle, of Brighton, Mich., Daryl Gilder, of Rowley, Mass., Ed and Ann McEndarfer, of Bloomington, Ind., and Puran and Susanna Bair of Tucson, Ariz. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Ken and Carolyn Diffenderfer, formerly of Hagerstown, Md. Friends were received this past Wednesday and Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held this past Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 617 Main St., Irwin, with her pastor, Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman, officiating. Interment followed in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund of Greensburg, by contacting Lisa Dormire at 724-832-8400 or Westmoreland County Community College Educational Foundation of Youngwood, by contacting Debra Woods at 724-925-4083. The family wishes to thank the staff of Redstone Highlands for their professional, conscientious and caring support during a difficult and trying time in the passing of their beloved Ruthie. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Earnest, Eleanor J. 93

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1921-07-31
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: ____, ____ | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Jeanne Earnest, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Nature Park Commons. Born July 31, 1921, in Greensburg, she was a daughter of Howard and Grace Hershey and graduated from Greensburg High School in 1939. She married Andy Ray Earnest in 1949 and during their time in the Air Force traveled the world and the United States. Jeanne lived in San Jose, Calif., for 34 years before returning to her home town of Greensburg in 1994, and is survived by her daughters, Linda Rackley, of Pittston, Maine, Debra and son-in-law, Christopher J. McQuaid, of Frederick, Md.; six grandchildren, Christopher Rackley, of Napa, Calif., Matthew Rackley, of San Diego, Calif., Sarah Hobbs, Michelle McQuaid, Christine McQuaid and Christopher P. McQuaid, of Frederick, Md.; two great-grandchildren, Halley and Ashlyn Rackley, of California; a brother, Willian Hershey, of Naples, Fla.; sister-in-law, Jeannine Hershey, of Pittsburgh; and nieces and nephews. Queen Jeanne was a member of Beta Sigma Phi for 72 years and her "sisters", including St. Connie, played a major role in her life and brought her great joy. Burial services will be held at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, Calif., at a later date.
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Frendy, Donna M. 75

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1939-09-19
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Donna M. Frendy, 75, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at home. She was born Sept. 19, 1939, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Edward W. and Florence M. Loughner Ruffner. She was a member of TOPS in Jeannette. Donna's family was her world; she would do anything for them. Through it all, her faith in God never wavered. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alex C. Frendy; a daughter, Jaime Frendy; and a sister, Carolyn Brilhart. She is survived by a son, Michael Vukas and his wife, Diane, of Jeannette; three daughters, Lisa Lyons and her husband, James, of Harrison City, Marsha Miller and her husband, Larry, of Hagerstown, Md., and Diana Sommer and her husband, John, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Stephanie, Sarah, Kayla and her husband James, Joshua and his wife Sarah, Jacob, Chelsea and Kelly; great-grandchildren, Jaelynn and Landon; a sister, Betty Peach, of Sarasota, Fla.; her sister by heart and best friend, Peggy Mosbaugher, of Penn; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Dr. Renny Domske and the Rev. Gary Simpson co-officiating. Private interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Frye, Richard M. 80

  • Export , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1934-01-26
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Richard M. Frye, 80, of Export, formerly of Greensburg, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, with his beloved family at his side. He was born Jan. 26, 1934, in Greensburg, a son of the late Floyd and Margaret Olive (Hugus) Frye. Prior to retiring, Richard was employed by U.S. Steel in the research department. He was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War and will be remembered as "a true patriot." Richard was a member of the Veterans of the Korean War and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Export. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wesley Frye; and sister-in-law, June Frye. Richard will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Annette (Kapera) Frye; daughters, Brenda Frye and her fiance, Mark Bope, both of Shadyside, and Sonya Sauter and her husband, Kevin, of Missouri; and a number of nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his loyal canine companions, Lady, Chipper and Ava. Richard was the proud and loving grandfather of Griffin and Carly. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A blessing service for Richard will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment with full military honors accorded by VFW Post 33 Honor Guard, Greensburg, will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or online: http://www.dav.org. Please write "Richard Frye" 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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Gelsdorf, Richard J. 74

  • Derry
  • Born: 1939-11-01
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Gelsdorf, 74, of Derry, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Nov. 1, 1939, in Derry, a son of the late William Edward Gelsdorf and Margaret T. (Kopcha) Gelsdorf. He was a member at St. Martin's Church and was retired from G.C. Murphy Company. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward P. Gelsdorf. Richard is survived by two sons, Greg Bucciarelli, of Latrobe, and Chris Bucciarelli, of Mt. Lebanon; and a brother, John W. Gelsdorf, of Derry. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Martin's Catholic Church with the Rev. Stephen West as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Martin's cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors at Latrobe Family Practice, nurses of Excela Health Latrobe Hospital IMU and ICCU departments, and the nurses and "Reverend Mother" of Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for their tremendous care. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Hall, Ruth J. 91

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-02-13
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ruth Jean "Jeannie" Hall, 91, of Thompson, Ohio, formerly of Greensburg, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Blossom Hill Care Center, Huntsburg, Ohio. She was born Feb. 13, 1923, in Adelaide, a daughter of the late Henry William and Hazel Marie Washabaugh Seighman. Ruth was a telephone operator for 42 years with Bell Telephone, later known as AT and T, before retiring in 1985. She was a member of First Christian Church, Greensburg. Also, she was a member of Telephone Pioneers, AARP No. 3897 and a former member of the Greensburg YWCA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Hall; four brothers, Bill, Crawford, Donald and Jack Seighman; and two sisters, Sara Kalp and Dolores Early. She is survived by two sisters, Doris Hough, of Fairchance, and Marlyn Sullivan, of Thompson, Ohio; also, a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Dr. Renny Domske officiating. Interment will be in Pennsville Independent Cemetery. For more information and online condolences, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Hall Alexander, Carol 80

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1934-02-19
  • Died: 2014-09-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Carol (Hood) Hall Alexander, 80, of Ligonier, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 19, 1934, in Stahlstown, a daughter of the late William Franklin and Mabel (Roadman) Hood. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay D. Hall Sr.; a son, Jeffrey Hall; two sisters, Phyllis Newell and Arlene Pasulka; and two brothers, Grant and Paul Hood. She is survived by her six children, Katherine Hugo (Ken) Johnston, Debbie (Ace) Davis, Jay D. Jr. (Marsha) Hall, Sheryl (Dave) Arbogast, Joel (Beth) Hall and Jon Hall; 19 grandchildren, Jennifer, Jenae, Rick, Kelly, Ian, Sierra, Scott, Jay Alan, Eric, Travis, Michelle, Jimmy, Mike, Lauren, Elizabeth, Kathryn, April, Stephanie and Jessica; numerous great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services and interment will be private. Arrangements by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Ligonier.
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Hebda, Bernice A. 85

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1929-08-27
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Bernice A. McGivern Hebda, 85, of Scottdale, died early Wednesday morning, Oct. 1, 2014, at St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born Feb. 27, 1929, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Felix W. and Anna C. Schlinger McGivern, who died Aug. 21, 1977, and Oct. 1, 1991, respectively. Bernice was a devout Catholic and a lifelong and faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. She was a graduate of Scottdale High School and Durbin Secretarial School, Connellsville. She was a retired key punch operator for the former Modulus Corp. of Mt. Pleasant with 20 years of service. She also was a key punch and computer operator for Brown Boveri, South Greensburg, for 10 years. She also served on the Scottdale Borough Council, representing the fourth ward in Scottdale. Bernice is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Survivors include her loving and devoted son, Lawrence A. Hebda and wife, Lynn, of Mt. Pleasant; and her brother, Robert J. McGivern and wife, Louise, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ladislaus E. "Duke" Hebda (Mar. 19, 2005); a sister, Anna Marie McGivern (1926); and brothers, Vincent P. McGivern and Harry Regis McGivern. Bernice's family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. St. John's Ministry of Consolation will conduct a vigil service at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Herrup, William 84

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-04-03
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • William Herrup, 84, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was born in Pittsburgh on April 3, 1930, and is the son of the late Leon and Fannie Mantel Herrup. He is the beloved husband of the late Phyllis Roth Herrup. He was a retired manager for the carpet department at the former Golden Rule in McKeesport and also was employed by Molyneaux Carpet in Verona. He graduated in 1947 from Peabody High School and the University of Pittsburgh in 1951. He was a past president of the Pittsburgh Tri-State Floor Covering Association, a past president of the White Oak Lions Club, a past president of the Redstone Highlands Residents Council and a former board member of Temple B'Nai Israel. He served in the Army as a sergeant first class during the Korean War. He is survived by his children, Lisa and Bill Rogers, of Mountain View, Calif., Diane and Brinkley Sprunt, of Winfield, Pa., and Daniel and Mary Herrup, of Alexandria, Va.; grandchildren, Barbara, Laura and Timothy Sprunt and Megan, Andrew and Emilyanne Herrup; and sister, Mildred Kass, of Hillsborough, N.J. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Esther Saperstein and Leah Buckler. Friends will be received from noon until the time of service at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Rabbi Paul Tuchman will officiate. Burial will be in Temple Cemetery. Remembrances in Bill's name may be made to Temple B'Nai Israel, 2206 Cypress St., White Oak, PA 15131 or Carnegie Library of McKeesport.
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Highducheck, Helen 93

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1921-02-05
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Helen O'Bradovic Highducheck, 93, of North Huntingdon, went home to be with Jesus Christ on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at her home. She was born Feb. 5, 1921, in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late Mile and Angie (Petrovitch) O'Bradovic. Helen attended Calvary Baptist Church and the adult Bible study and also attended the missionary meetings. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William P. Highducheck Sr.; and seven siblings. Surviving are a son, William P. Highducheck Jr. and his wife, Rosemary, of Harrison City; two grandchildren, William P. Highducheck III and Robyn Poulich and her husband, Mike; great-grandchildren, Jacinta and Michael Poulich; a brother, Nicholas O'Bradovic and his wife, Hazel, of Delmont; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the funeral home chapel. Interment was private. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Homiak, Jennie M. 96

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Jennie M. Homiak, 96, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Walter Homiak; loving mother of Richard (Dale) Homiak and Eleanor Easley; and dear friend of Trish Lewis. Services are private. Professional Services are by THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. The family would like to thank the staff in the MIU unit at Harmar Village for going above and beyond in caring for Jennie.
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Jones, Daniel H. 64

  • Lower Burrell , Formerly of Washington Township
  • Born: 1950-01-12
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Daniel H. "Dan" Jones, 64, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Washington Township, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born Jan. 12, 1950, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Walter T. and Josephine (Henderson) Jones. Dan lived most of his life in Washington Township until recently moving to Lower Burrell. He was employed as a truck driver for the James W. White Excavating Company for 10 years and had worked as a meter reader for the Apollo Gas Company for 24 years, retiring in 1999. A veteran, Dan served with the Navy during the Vietnam War and was stationed on the USS Shangri-La. He was a 1969 graduate of Elders Ridge High School and a member of the VFW. An avid outdoorsman, Dan enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He also enjoyed woodworking. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah E. "Sally" Weinel. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Cynthia A. "Cindy" (Mrena) Jones, of Lower Burrell; two daughters, Sara J. Jones, of Louisburg, N.C., and Rebecca A. Jones, of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Susannah Calvo, of Latrobe, and Kathryn Mawhinney, of Cranberry; twin brother, David W. Jones, of Leechburg; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the funeral home with Father Michael Sciberras, presiding. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit, http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, LaRay A. 33

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1981-07-27
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • LaRay Anton Jones, 33, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was born July 27, 1981, in Jeannette, a son of Veronica Jones, of Jeannette, and Louis Berry III, of Rankin. He was employed by PPG Industries and he co-owned Steel City Soles. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church, Jeannette, graduated from Jeannette High School in 1999 then served in the Navy during Operation Iraqi Freedom and afterwards worked for the Department of Defense. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Nila Pigott, of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Ciara Smith, of Jeannette; a brother, Joseph Johnson, of Columbia, S.C.; maternal grandmother, Floretha Jones, of Jeannette; paternal grandmother, Ruth Jefferson, of Rankin; and host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by an uncle, Keith Jones; and cousin, Daveen Jones. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hopewell Baptist Church, 436 Chestnut St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the church, with Pastor Anthony Murray officiating. Interment will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, entrusted with arrangements. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Kakos, Mary 97

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1916-11-15
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary Andresio Kakos, 97, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Mingo Junction, Ohio, a daughter of the late John and Susan (Cibota) Andresio. Mary was employed as a cake decorator for more than eight years by Pacific Bakery. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, in North Huntingdon, and a former member of Holy Trinity Church, in McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, George J. Kakos Sr.; a son, George J. Kakos Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Kakos; a brother, Michael Anderson; and sisters, Anna Kakos and Susie Bickerstaff. Mary loved crocheting and playing bingo at St. Anne's. Surviving are four children, Thomas W. Kakos and his wife, Janet, of Bethel Park, Joseph J. Kakos, of Vanderbilt, Eleanor J. Swartz, of West Mifflin, and Janet Fazio and her husband, Anthony, of North Huntingdon; nine grandchildren, Tom, Suzanne, Mark, Dan, Gary, Jeff, Pam, Bob and Joanne; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Agnes Nicholson, of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Anne Home and Heartland Hospice for the loving care they gave to Mary. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Kratzenberg, Anna M. 72

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Anna Mary "Blanche" (Watt) Kratzenberg, 72, of Penn Township, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph C. Kratzenberg; loving mother of Jeffrey Allen (Carolyn) Kratzenberg, of Brunswick, Ohio, and Trina (Frank) Tarr, of Irwin; and sister of Lyle, Leonard and Edna Watt. Blanche was a well-known seamstress in the Penn Township area for many years. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721), where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Joseph Hedden officiating. Interment to follow at Twin Valley Memorial. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Lander Jr., Carl F. 75

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1939-04-05
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Carl F. Lander Jr., 75, of West Newton, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, with his family by his side. He was born April 5, 1939, in McKeesport, a son of the late Carl F. Lander Sr. and Amelia Bruna (Landini) Lander. Carl graduated from California University of Pennsylvania and taught graphic arts at Burnett Junior High School. He was proud of his students who won numerous international awards in graphic arts. In 1966, he opened Creative Graphics by Lander, a letterpress and offset printing shop, and celebrated 50 years in 2006. He used his unique graphic arts designs creating fine art prints, bookmarks, programs, calendars, Christmas cards, poetry, wedding invitations and many other creative works. A profound historian, he wrote and published "Builders of a Country." He did historical programs at schools and historical societies. He was a lay minister, and currently a member of Buena Vista Presbyterian Church, where he served as a pianist, elder and church clerk. Carl was a member and past master of Duquesne-McKeesport Lodge No. 731 F and AM. Also, he was a past member of West Newton Rotary Club, working with the International Student Exchange Program, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Surviving is his wife of 46 years, Ruth Ann (Markle) Lander. Most of all, Carl was the proud father of two children, Carl F. Lander III and wife, Molly, and Lydia Miller and husband, Edward. His granddaughter, Kaitlyn Rose Miller, was his pride and joy. He will be deeply missed by sisters, Amelia Faye McNeely and Ruth Mae Blum; brothers-in-law, Glenn Markle and wife, Toniann, and John Markle and wife, Sandy; sister-in-law, Patricia Harvey and husband, Art; mother-in-law, Allie V. Markle; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Paul Lander. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Buena Vista Presbyterian Church, 335 Styche St., Buena Vista, PA 15018. Everyone is asked to go directly to church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. Masonic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Buena Vista Presbyterian Church. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Lux, Dorothy J. 92

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1922-09-01
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Jean (Cummock) Lux, 92, of West Newton, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 1, 1922, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Thomas Cummock and Ruth Cummock Crise. Dorothy retired from Walther Schmitt and Associates and was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she was active in the Sew and Grow group, both in West Newton. She was a great mother and enjoyed cooking, playing cards, traveling to visit her sister, quilting, watching sports on TV, particularly baseball and golf, and her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mike; and a sister, Helen Clifton Gadwa. She is survived by her four sons, James (Mary Lee), of Austin, Pa., Donald (Alberta), Barry (Michelle) and Bruce (Debbie), all of West Newton; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. Dorothy will be sadly missed by her family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. Dorothy's family would like to express their extreme gratitude to Bruce and Debbie for the excellent care they provided during her lengthy illness. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, West Newton. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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McAdoo, Charlotte

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charlotte McAdoo died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Charlotte went to heaven to be with her beloved husband Stanley McAdoo of 70 years. She is survived by her son, Gary McAdoo and his wife, Sue; and her daughter, Shirley (McAdoo) Pickens and her husband, Jack. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at the Murrysville Community Church, with an ice cream social to follow. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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McCoy, Rosemary 80

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1934-08-19
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Rosemary McCoy, 80, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Born Aug. 19, 1934, to the late Hugh and Dorothea Duggen McCoy, she was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Frederick Mershimer. Rosemary worked as a floor manager for the Woolworth Department Store in East Liberty for 30 years until the stores closing in 1985. She enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Martin J. "Marty" McCoy, of Gilpin Township, Lisa M. Cavanaugh, of Lower Burrell, and Terri (Robert) McSherry, of Arnold; seven grandchildren, Robyn, Keith, Mark, Dustin, Erica, Tara and Marty; 10 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Bernie (Martha) McCoy, of Lower Burrell. Viewing will be from 2 p.m. until time of services at 4 p.m. Friday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. The Rev. Philip A. Beck, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tarentum will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Penn Hills. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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McDowell, Mildred G. 79

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1934-11-17
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Mildred G. McDowell, 79, of Ligonier, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Ligonier Township, a daughter of the late Noah and Cora (Roddy) Knupp. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene McDowell; and an infant son. She was a member of the Laughlintown Christian Church. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a mentor to her family. She is survived by her four loving children, Judy (Thomas) Cataldo, of Florida, Jerry (Sandy) McDowell, of Ligonier, Linda (Robert) Queer, of Ligonier, and Ronald (Bobbi) McDowell, of Ligonier; six grandchildren, Lisa (A.J.) McQuillan, Thomas Jr. (Stephanie) Cataldo, Timothy (Jodi) McDowell, Michael (Carla) McDowell, Matthew Queer and Faith McDowell; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence (Violet) Knupp, of Ligonier, and Ronald (Helen) Knupp, of Florida. Family and friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. George Umphlett and the Rev. Charles Burd co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Mildred's name to the Laughlintown Christian Church, PO Box 102, Laughlintown, PA 15655.
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Miller, Thomas A.

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Dr. Thomas Allan "Al" Miller, of Murrysville, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Born in 1928, in Boston, Ga., he was the son of the late Thomas I. and Pearl (Roper) Miller. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty (Miller) Young; a brother-in-law, Fred Young; and his beloved wife, Violet J. (VanRy) Miller. He is survived by his three brothers, Roy Miller, of Niles, Mich., Henry Miller (Caroleene), of Tremont, Ill., and Herbert Miller (Marcia), of Statesville, N.C.; two children, Paul Miller (Michelle), of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Tamara Zeliff (James), of Export; three grandchildren, Dustin, Alexandra and Haley Zeliff; and 11 nieces and nephews. Al spent his early years in Thomasville, Ga., growing up on the family farm. Later, they moved to a farm in Niles, Mich. Upon graduation from Niles High School, he worked as an arc welder for Studebaker in South Bend, Ind. He attained his private pilot's license in 1949. Al was drafted into the Army in 1950. He served as a Master Sergeant in the Fifth Army Area during the Korean War, working trans harbor craft, and was awarded the Bronze Combat Star for his service. Al married the love of his life, Violet J. VanRy, in 1954. He was a devoted and loving husband and cherished his wife, Violet, all of his life. Al attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1960 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He purchased Milford Large Animal Clinic and practiced there for more than 35 years. He is a lifetime Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He participated in field studies for pharmaceutical companies, and working with his partners, brought innovative, compassionate care to his clients. Al was loved and admired by his clients and colleagues for his honesty, sincerity, integrity and intellect. As a dedicated father, and a fun, loving, grandfather, he taught by example. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren and loved them dearly. Golf, fishing and a love of nature and the outdoors were just some of his passions. He loved sharing these activities with his friends and family. Dedicated to the service of others, he was a lifetime member of the Lions Club and he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services to Lions Club's International Foundation. Al was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason and received an Award of Gold from his home lodge in Indiana. He was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church, acting as a lay leader. He served for more than 10 years as the president of the Milford Town Council in Milford, Ind., and was awarded the Citizen of the Year award in 1980 by the Milford Area Development Committee for his work in the community. Al and Violet moved to Murrysville after his retirement in 1997. Here, he was a member of the Holiday Park United Methodist Church, the Lions club and performed many volunteer activities. Al loved a good joke and making people laugh. He saw the humor in life and enjoyed brightening people's lives with a funny story. The many and varied experiences of his life became the fodder for his stories, which he loved to share. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in the Holiday Park United Methodist Church. If desired, charitable donations may be made in Al's name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, http://www.michaeljfox.org., or the Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, http://www.Redstonehighlands.org/Murrysville, http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Monsour, Gilbert J. 86

  • Adamsburg
  • Born: 1928-05-07
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Gilbert John Monsour, 86, of Adamsburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Excela Westmoreland. He was born May 7, 1928, a son of the late John and Josephine (Urcheck) Monsour. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of VFW Post 781 and managed the Carlton Motel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Liotta. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Jean (Haluck) Monsour; children, Denise M. (Mike) Villi and Charlene DeFazio, both of Greensburg; grandchildren, Michael G. Villi, Anthony J. Villi, A.J. DeFazio, Anthony A. DeFazio II and Vincent L. DeFazio; great-grandchildren, Michael A. and Noah J. Villi; a brother, Gary P. Monsour; and a sister, Myra Beck, both of Florida; and is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Agnes Church, 11400 St. Agnes Lane St., North Huntingdon. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Penrose, Lisa A. 56

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Born: 1958-03-22
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Lisa Ann Penrose, 56, formerly of Ligonier, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. She was born March 22, 1958, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Earl Eugene and Dolores Scott Johnson. Lisa had attended the Ligonier Alliance Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Brooke Penrose; and a brother, Clifford Johnson. She is survived by a brother, Jeffrey E. (Kathleen) Johnson, of Ligonier; three sisters, Anita M. Charlton, of Somerset, Doreen L. Rose, of Derry, and Denise Neiderhiser, of Ligonier. A service to celebrate Lisa's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Larry C. McDonnell, officiating. Interment will follow in the Beulah Church Cemetery, Somerset. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Pezze, Mildred 90

  • Rillton
  • Born: 1924-07-01
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Mildred "Toots" Pezze, 90, of Rillton, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born July 1, 1924, in Rillton, daughter of the late Paul and Martha (Stopic) Ekovich. Toots worked for Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh and Gaich Trucking as an office clerk. She was also a teacher's aide at the Rillton Elementary School. She was a member of Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood. Toots was a charter member and treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary VFD in Rillton. She was also a member of the St. Edward's Sunshine Club in Herminie. She enjoyed cooking for friends and family and was famous for her pie-making skills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Pezze Jr.; her son, Don Pezze; a brother, Miller Ekovich; and four sisters, Amelia "Mecy" Medich, Dorothy Popovich, Donna Yackovich and Mary Zivkovich. Toots is survived by her two sons, Joseph P. (BettyAnn) Pezze, of Wexford, and Gary (Barb) Pezze, of Grove City; daughter-in-law, Jan Pezze, of West Newton; two special grandchildren, Joey and Lauren; a sister, Angeline Klassen, of Rillton; two special nieces, Marianne Klassen and Martha Reilly; sister-in-law, Julie Ekovich; along with numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Toots will be dearly missed by her family, friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with Father Milan Medakovich officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. Pomen services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church, 24 N. Third St., Youngwood, PA 15697, in memory of Toots.
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Porterfield, Bruce R. 66

  • Rector
  • Born: 1948-07-23
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Bruce R. Porterfield, 66, of Rector, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 23, 1948, in Rector, a son of Viola Ankney Porterfield, of Rector, and the late Delmar J. Porterfield. Bruce was a honest, hard working man of "True Grit" and even to his death he put his loved ones before himself. Bruce was a veteran of the Navy, having served in the Vietnam War. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his wife, Sherry Barron Porterfield; and a brother, Richard Porterfield. He is survived by his three children, two daughters, Rebecca Porterfield and Joseph Keslar, of Mt. Pleasant, and Julie Porterfield and Bill Clipper, of Champion; a son, Matthew Miller and Sonia, of Acme; five grandchildren, Riley, Barren, Natalie, Michaela and Carmondy; brothers and sisters, Delmer Porterfield and Rosie, of Stahlstown, Donna Fetter and Gary, of Latrobe, Martin Porterfield and Rita, of Stahlstown, Bob Porterfield and Candy, of Mansville, Randy Porterfield and Marsha, of Maryland, Melissa Monticue and Bob, of Mansville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services for Bruce were private and are under the direction of SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier.
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Proviano, Arthur A. 73

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Arthur A. Proviano, 73, of Murrysville, formerly of Manassas, Va., passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, peacefully surrounded by his family and friends. He was the beloved husband of Diana (Clouser) Proviano; loving father of David Proviano, Karen (Ignacio) Izaguirre and Michael (Kim) Proviano; proud grandfather of Sofia, Nico, Liam, Grace, Tatum and Tucker; brother of Fran (Tony) Proviano; and son of the late Jack and Frances (Aragonese) Proviano. Art was employed by Northwest Airlines as supervisor at Washington Dulles Airport and three years for Lake Central Airlines in Pittsburgh. He was volunteer chief and member of the Stonewall Jackson VFD and Rescue Squad, Manassas, Va., volunteer chief of the Prince William County Chiefs Association, and volunteer deputy sheriff, Prince William County, Va. Art was an Active Union Member LL 1759, Grievance Committee chairman, organizer, lobbyist and representative. He was also chairman of Prince William County Virginia Democratic Committee. Friends were received at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Januarius Parish. Entombment follwed at Good Shepherd Cemetery. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Senchur, Jenny M. 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-12-07
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jenny M. Senchur, 80, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in the Oak Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation, in Greensburg. She was born Dec. 7, 1933, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Teacher) Senchur. Jenny was a member of the former St. Boniface Church, in Penn. Surviving are two children, James F. Durst and his lifelong companion, Christine Kuskie, of Jeannette, and Kimberly Kunak and her husband, Joseph, of Irwin; grandchildren, Joyce Ann Dudley and her husband, Matthew, Michael Joseph Kunak, Kelly Roseberry and Martin Stouffer and his wife, Beth; great-grandchildren, Steele and Stella Dudley, Keegan Cogley, C.J. Kunak, Cody Roseberry and Ali and Haley Stouffer; great-great-granddaughter, Gabby Cogley; and several step-great-grandchildren. Jenny loved children and music and was an accomplished accordion player. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday in the Ascension Church, Jeannette. Interment followed in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Thomas Sr., Lyle E.

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1939-12-10
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Lyle E. Thomas Sr., of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, with his loving family beside him. He was born Dec. 10, 1939, in Verona, where he lived with his parents, Llewellyn and Leona May (Ellington) Thomas, for 23 years. Lyle graduated from Penn Hills High School in 1959 and became a highly skilled mechanic, working for Firestone and Uniroyal. He then became a machinist for Westinghouse Corp. in 1971. He retired in 1995 after 25 years of dedicated service. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church in Lower Burrell. Lyle was a dedicated and active member of the Lower Burrell Lions Club since 1999. In special recognition of his service to the Lions Club, he was honored with the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow for dedicated humanitarian service to those in need. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, camping, planting his flower garden, and being with his children and grandchildren. In his younger years, his family, friends and neighbors could always count on him to lend a helping hand whenever there was a need, for that was his true passion. Whereas in his later years, he was counted on by most of the community to drive slowly throughout the neighborhood looking for good conversation or those willing to contribute in any way to the many charitable organizations for which he volunteered his knack for encouraging others to help. Lyle will always be remembered for his inquisitive nature and his exemplary dedication to the service to others. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rose Marie (Pugliese) Thomas; three children, Renee Szypulski (fiance, Mark DiTullio), Lyle Thomas Jr. and Keith (Ellen) Thomas; brother, Llewellyn (Debbie) Thomas; and four grandchildren, Richelle Szypulski, Valerie Szypulski, Abbigal Cameron and Mitchel Thomas; along with his many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Joan (Jerry) Dodds. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Prayers of transfer will be held at 12:15 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church in Lower Burrell. Entombment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lower Burrell Lions Club, P.O. Box 2705, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Visit our website at http://www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Trapolsi Jr., Joseph M. 74

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1940-01-08
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Joseph M. Trapolsi Jr., 74, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. He was born Jan. 8, 1940, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Joseph M. and Margaret (Sahadi) Trapolsi Sr. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Priest; three brothers, Michael, Arthur and Victor Trapolsi; and two sisters, Joan Nader and Marcella Abrams. He worked in sales for Home Improvements and was an independent contractor with FEMA for many years. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was full of spirit and enjoyed life and his family. He is survived by his two daughters, Sara (Paul) Wrona, of Apollo, and Christine Trapolsi, of California; nine grandchildren, Rachel, Katy and Sean Wrona, Brandon Degano, Sabrina Smith, Cheri Smith, Nicole Imbornone, Mary and Joseph Priest; and is also survived by a great-grandson. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Prayers of transfer will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations to the family. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Venturo, John J. 53

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1961-02-03
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • John J. Venturo, 53, of Trafford, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in the Forbes Regional Hospital. John was born Feb. 3, 1961, the son of the late John J. Sr. and Norma Jean (Bradley) Venturo. John was a carpenter by trade and was an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Trafford, volunteered helping children in the church and he was a friend of Bill W. John was preceded in death by his son, John David Venturo; his long term companion, Joyce Mack; and a brother, Edward Venturo. He is survived by his children, Dana Lee Venturo and Steven E. Venturo; his granddaughter, Liliana Venturo; a stepson, Michael Mack, all of Trafford; his fiance, Kim Lucarelli, of Trafford; his sister, Camille Venturo, of Trafford, Marianne Zipnock, of New Stanton, and Robert Venturo, of Trafford; uncle, Joe Venturo; and many nieces, nephews, their spuoses and children, cousins and friends. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 407 Duquesne Ave., Trafford, with Pastor Justin Judy, officiating. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Waltonbaugh, Arlene M. 78

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1936-07-29
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Arlene M. Waltonbaugh, 78, of West Newton, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at home. She was born July 29, 1936, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Frank and Johanna (Cuk) Peternel. Arlene enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends. She is survived by two daughters, Cathy Frohnhofer and husband, Kie, of West Newton, and Carrie Cosalter and husband, Albert, of Ruffsdale; and three grandsons, Josh, Jesse and Corey Frohnhofer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles "Teed" Waltonbaugh. Friends were received Sunday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services were held Monday. Interment followed in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Weimer, Doris T. 90

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1924-05-28
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Doris Thelma (Haney) Weimer, 90, of Allegheny Township, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born May 28, 1924, in Brick Church, she was a daughter of the late Charles Dunham Haney and Margaret L. (Sheasly) Haney. Doris was a 1942 graduate of Leechburg High School and lived in Allegheny Township since 1944. She worked as a motor winder for Arrow Electric. Doris belonged to God and was a member and former secretary at First United Methodist Church in Leechburg, where she was a member of many church groups and committees. She was a member of Mt. Joy Grange No. 537 in Gilpin Township. Doris enjoyed crossword and word search puzzles, watching game shows and was an avid reader. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne B. Weimer; grandson, Aaron Fulkrod; brothers, Conrad and Erwood Haney; and sisters, Bernice I. Best and Alda L. Tromby. Survivors include her children, Margo Joy (Tracy) Gordon, of Erie, Alan Kent Weimer, of Allegheny Township; grandchildren, Amy, Christy and Michael; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in First United Methodist Church, Leechburg, with Pastor Jerrad Peterman officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Memorial contributions may be made in Doris's memory to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 251 Main St., Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Woycio, Daniel J. 54

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1959-11-13
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Daniel Jon Woycio, 54, formerly of New Kensington, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, of natural causes at his home in Glendale, Ariz. He was born Nov. 13, 1959, in New Kensington, to Margaret Woycio and the late Theodore Woycio Jr. He graduated from Valley High School in 1977 and attended classes at Penn State University, New Kensington campus. He traveled to the Western United States where he settled in Steamboat Springs, Colo., for 25 years and worked in a variety of jobs in the ski industry. Dan loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hiker, camper, skier and league softball, often with his trusty dog tagging along. His unique sense of "Dan" humor brought many smiles to family and friends. Family get-togethers in Colorado resulted in more than a few adventures. He easily made lifelong friends wherever he traveled and frequently performed volunteer work for the community. He recently moved to Glendale, Ariz., where he worked at a variety of jobs. Daniel was a member of St. John Orthodox Church, New Kensington, where he previously was an altar boy and later a member of the church choir. Survivors include his mother, Margaret Telesko Woycio; brothers, Theodore M. (Debra) Woycio, Gregory (Carla) Woycio, David G. (Lilia) Woycio; and nephew and niece, Scott and Larisa Woycio. He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Jr.; uncle, Walter; and nephew, Jason. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where a Panichida service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. in St. John Orthodox Church, with the Rev. Nicholas Breckenridge officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Parastas services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Zelenak, Dorothy S. 85

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1928-11-24
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dorothy S. Zelenak, 85, of Greensburg, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Dorothy was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Henry and Mary Milon Scott Doyle. The family is inviting friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday to the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Visitation Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Visitation Cemetery. A parish wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A complete obituary will appear in the Friday edition of the newspaper.
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Zundel, Leona M. 96

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1918-06-23
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Leona M. (McIntire) Zundel, 96, of Hempfield Township, went home to be with Jesus Christ on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor. She was born June 23, 1918, in Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Alex and Dessie McIntire. Leona was a member of Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, where for years she was active in the church choir, missionary and organized and went on many bus trips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther (Dutch) Zundel; daughter, Darlene; two brothers; and three sisters. Surviving are her son, Bernard (Carolyn) Zundel; grandchildren, Christie (Michael) O'Neill, Brad (Lisa) Zundel and Bret (Heidi) Zundel; great-grandchildren, Kelly and Emily O'Neill, Jesse and Lucas Zundel, Kayla Zundel and fiance Mike, Chase and Audrey Zundel; great-great-grandson, Levi; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. The Zundel family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff, nurses and nurse's aides at Westmoreland Manor. Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Thursday in Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 671 Baltzer Meyer Pike, Greensburg, with the Rev. John Smaligo officiating. Interment will follow in Harrold Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, for her love of children, memorial contributions may be made to Harrold Zion Playing with Faith Playground. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Campbell, Margaret L. 82

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1932-08-11
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Margaret L. "Peg" Campbell Bowser, of Kittanning, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Summit Township, a daughter of John N. Campbell and Hannah R. Camp Campbell. She was a member of West Glade Run Presbyterian Church since 1947, and was an active member there, where she served as a deacon, an elder and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Eastern Star, where she served as worthy matron. She enjoyed camping, cooking and, most of all her, family and grandchildren. Survivors include her loving husband of 62 years, Darrel C. Bowser; her sons, Darrel K. "Kim" Bowser and wife, Diane Bowser, and Bruce S. Bowser and wife, Kim M. Bowser; grandchildren, John M. Bowser, Jerica L. Bowser Yanik and husband, Edward T. L. Yanik, Mark A. Bowser, Marissa E. Bowser, Justin M. Cogley and Coltin W. Cogley; six sisters, Marleen Fiscus, of Kittanning, Shirley Bish, of East Brady, Joanne Cornman, of Kittanning, Judy (Randy) Mechling, of Kittanning, Jane (Edward) Blevins, of Michigan, and Betty Campbell, of Michigan; and two brothers, Robert H. (Shirley) Campbell, of Kittanning, and Joseph E. Campbell, of Kittanning. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, John Campbell; and sister, Eileen Campbell. Viewing from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Additional visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. at West Glade Run Presbyterian Church with Pastor Colleen McFarland and former pastor, David Caves Jr. Kittanning Chapter 277 Order of the Eastern Star will hold a service at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Hoffman, Elva J. 88

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1926-03-30
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Elva Jean (Burdette) Hoffman, 88, of Ford City, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at home. Born March 30, 1926, in Ford City, she was the daughter of Robert Jackson and Ada Aradel (Toy) Burdette. Mrs. Hoffman was a 1944 graduate of Ford City High School and then graduated from the Grace Martin Business School, Pittsburgh. Mrs. Hoffmann was a secretary for Sterling Quaker State Oil, Manorville. After her father's death, she became the co-owner of Burdette Lumber, Ford City. She was a member of Ford Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served as the Sunday school secretary for many years. At Ford Memorial, she and her husband were the leaders of the Methodist Youth Fellowship and sang in the choir many years. They also sang in the choir at the First Presbyterian Church, Ford City, which they attended for many years. She was also a Girl Scout leader. She loved to decorate for the holidays, and during the last few years, enjoyed wheelchair walks on Rails to Trails. She loved going to the beach and trips to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. She is survived by her husband, James Lawrence Hoffman, whom she married Oct. 6, 1951; her daughter, Ada Jean Hoffman, of Ford City; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Her family would like to give special thanks to her caregivers, Debbie, Kathy, Lynn, Missy and Theresa, as well as the Good Samaritan Hospice team. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 4th Ave., Ford City, where funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with Pastors Lloyd Riggle and Corey Grywinski, co-officiating. Interment will follow in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.welchfh.com.
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Beaver County

Camp, Eric D. 25

  • Aliquippa
  • Born: 1988-10-03
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Mastrofrancesco, Aliquippa | Get Directions
  • Eric Daniel Camp, 25, of Aliquippa, went home to dance with the Angels when he unexpectedly passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was born Oct. 3, 1988, with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Eric was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Samuel J. and Lois Bristow Jr.; and a sister, Christina L. Bartko. Eric had a zest for life. He loved music, making pottery with friends he made at Muddy Rose Pottery, watching the beautiful colors of fireworks, a good game of bowling, sharing laughter at a comedy club and being outdoors. He was very observant and loved to socialize. Eric was a member of Passavant Memorial Homes, his church, God's Choice in Rochester, Pa., American Legion Riders Post No. 925 and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Surviving Eric is an aunt and two uncles, Dana and Tim Syput and Sam Bristow; and a cousin, Shelby Syput. Eric is also survived by his adoptive family, Lori Hess and Robert Cumberledge Jr., Adam Hess, Tiffanie and Josh Lightner; and their daughters, Jennavieve and Ryeleigh. In addition to his family, Eric is survived by his longtime nurses, Linda Waddell, Julie Bialik and Cindy Woollett along with other family members who survive him. Visitation will be from noon to 2 and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the ANTHONY MASTROFRANCESCO FUNERAL HOME, 2026 McMinn St., Aliquippa, 724-375-0496, where a service will follow at 5:30 p.m., with Pastor Mel from God's Choice Church officiating. Private interment will be in Long Run Cemetery.
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Butler County

Durci, William 85

  • Sarver
  • Born: 1929-02-08
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • William "Bill" Durci, 85, of Sarver, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Butler Memorial Hospital. Born Feb. 8, 1929, in Natrona Heights, he was a son of the late John and Maryann (Gaydos) Durci. Bill was an Army veteran, stationed in Alaska. He worked as a millwright for U.S. Steel for more than 30 years. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. Surviving are his loving children, James (Anita Overbo) Durci, of Sarver, Shirley Robinson, of Cabot, Carol (Charles) Kondratowicz, of Saxonburg, and Patti (Maurice) Zajacs, of Saxonburg; eight grandchildren, Deanna, Kenny, Jonathan, Keith, Jenny, Andrew, Colt and Derek; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Margaret Seita, of Natrona Heights. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William Durci; four brothers; and two sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at the FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., 410 W. Main St., Saxonburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 315 Stoney Hollow Road, Cabot. Interment with military honors will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 315 Stoney Hollow Road, Cabot. http://www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Basinger, Margaret B. 52

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1962-07-22
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Margaret B. Basinger, 52, of Connellsville, passed away suddenly Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Highlands Hospital. She was born July 22, 1962, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Aber and Georgia Smith Lint. She was Protestant by faith. She is survived by a daughter, Shawna M. Courie and husband, David Conn, of Vanderbilt; a son, William Courie and wife, Desiree, of Diamond, Ohio; three grandchildren, Alexis Conn, of Vanderbilt, Abigail Courie, of Diamond, Ohio, and Brenden Conn, of Vanderbilt; two brothers, Mike Lint and Jarrett Lint, of Connellsville; six sisters, Naiomi McDowell, of Connellsville, Rosetta Lint, of Everson, Dolly Le, of Connellsville, Lorrie Lowther and husband, Vince, of Star Junction, Kathy Lint, of Clairton, Darla Bennett and husband, Al, of Connellsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Margaret was predeceased by her parents; a son, Calvin Currie; and a brother, Walter Lint. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, where services will be held at 7 p.m. with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will be private. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Binotto, Elsie K. 87

  • Vanderbilt
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Elsie K. Binotto, 87, of Vanderbilt, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, John L. Binotto. Elsie enjoyed being a farmer's wife, and together they spent their time farming and selling homegrown vegetables for many years. Elsie was preceded in death by her daughter, April K. Hoover-Martin, in 2010; and son, Bruce W. Binotto, in 2011. She is survived by four granddaughters, Angela Hileman and husband, Mark, of Vanderbilt, Heather Bryner and husband, Ron, of Dawson, Melissa Liston and husband, John, of Dunbar, and Heidi Lowry and husband, Timmy, of Vanderbilt; daughter-in-law, Diana Binotto, of Vanderbilt; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings, Walter Sumner, of Winter Haven, Fla., Grace Cain and husband, Dale, of Clinton, and Emily White and husband, George, of Deland, Fla. Elsie's memory will be cherished forever. Funeral arrangements are private at the family's request. Private services are being held under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Bowser, Patricia 75

  • Formerly of Van Meter
  • Born: 1939-03-04
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Barthels Funeral Home, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Patricia Bowser, 75, formerly of Van Meter, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Country Care Manor, Fayette City. She was born March 4, 1939, in Huey, Clarion County, the daughter of the late Paul J. and Margaret Brown Salizzoni. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Bowser, on Feb. 25, 2013. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She is survived by her son, Phillip Bowser and wife, Sis, of Charleroi; a granddaughter, Jessica Banahasky and husband, Tony, and their children, Hunter, Mason, Addison, and Anthony; grandson, Phillip Bowser and wife, Rachelle, and their children Brayden, Alycia, and Cameryn; grandson, Michael Bowser and wife, Lauren. She is also survived by two brothers, Paul Dennis Salizzoni of Belle Vernon, and Richard Salizzoni of North Augusta, S.C. As per Pat's wishes, there will be no visitation or services. L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME, INC., Smithton, in charge of arrangements.
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Magni, Carmella C. 88

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1926-09-05
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Kucera, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Carmella C. Magni, 88, of Connellsville, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Sunrise Estates, Connellsville. She was born Sept. 5, 1926, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late John Magni and Theresa Paduono. She was a member of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church and was retired from Connellsville Sportswear. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Vincent Magni; and sister, Angeline Magni. Survivors include her nephew, Regis Magni; grandniece, Michell Magni; and several cousins. Visitation from 9 a.m. until the hour of blessing service at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the RICHARD KUCERA FUNERAL HOME, 127 E. Fairview Ave., Connellsville, with Father Robert Lubic officiating. Interment in St. Rita Cemetery.
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Tressler, Lois 55

  • South Connellsville
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Lois Tressler, 55, of South Connellsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, while in Golden Living Center, Uniontown. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Carter, Deborah W. 63

  • North Charleroi
  • Born: 1951-01-22
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Frye, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Deborah Wagner Carter, 63, of North Charleroi, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in the Washington Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy and courageous battle with many health issues. She was born Jan. 22, 1951, in North Charleroi, the daughter of the late Herbert Wagner and Norma Carson Wagner, who survives. Deborah was known for her big heart, quick wit and determination. She was a 1969 graduate of Monongahela High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Penn State College. She was formerly a medical billing specialist in various area offices. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her loving husband, Ronald Carter; three sons and a daughter, Jonathan Moebus and wife, Jodi, of Canonsburg, Anthony Kerfonta and wife, Amanda (Rosenberry), of Apollo, Carey Proctor, of Mt. Pleasant, and Roy Proctor, of Yukon; six beautiful grandchildren, Corey and Jake Proctor, Tasha and Nevin Kerfonta, and Kamryn and Adrienne Moebus; two sisters, Janis (Wagner) Fenton and husband, Kurk, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Hollis (Wagner) Sukla Nelson, of Delmar, Md.; and a special friend who is like a son, Michael Bujanowski. Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 W. Main St., Monongahela. Funeral services and interment will be private. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Evans, Lawrence A. 71

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1942-12-17
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Frye, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Lawrence A. Evans, 71, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in his home. He was born Dec. 17, 1942, in Charleroi, the son of Andrew and Mary Kathryn Stech Evans. Larry was a graduate of Belmar High School, class of 1960. He furthered his education at California State Teachers College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in math education and a Master of Science degree in mathematics. His well-respected career encompassed 35 years, teaching integrated math and algebra for seven years at Ringgold Middle School and 28 years at Mt. Lebanon Middle School. While he taught at Mt. Lebanon, he was a coach for Math Counts. He was a lifetime member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and a member of the National Education Association. A member of The First United Methodist Church in Monongahela, Larry was a former trustee and formerly on the auditing committee. He was also a member of the American Bridge Association and enjoyed playing duplicate bridge. He was a certified bridge director and teacher and obtained the rank of silver life master. Larry was the founding president of the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife, Linda Wilson Evans, with whom he celebrated 49 years of marriage on Dec. 26, 2013; son, Darren Evans and wife, Valerie, of Greensburg; two grandchildren, Abigail and Nathaniel Evans; and a sister, Karen Evans, of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jill Suzanne Evans, who died Feb. 21, 2004. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 W. Main St., Monongahela. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Simpson Chapel at The First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Alan Morrison officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA, 134 Shenot Road, Wexford, PA 15063 or to The First United Methodist Church, Bell Tower Restoration, 430 W. Main St., Monongahela, PA 15063. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Gedda, Gwendoline G. 88

  • California, Pa.
  • Born: 1926-08-04
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Mariscotti, California | Get Directions
  • Gwendoline G. Gedda, 88, of California, Pa., died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. She was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Bristol, England, a daughter of the late Roy and Rosina Blanche (Hunt) Fielding. In addition to her parents, Gwendoline was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley Gedda (Feb. 5, 1997); sister, Joyce Dawes; and brother, Ernest Fielding. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 68 years, Thomas J. Gedda Sr.: and two children, Bonnie Filoni, of California, Pa., and Thomas Gedda Jr. and wife, Diane, of Charleroi. Also surviving are grandchildren, Wendy Filoni, Aldo Filoni and wife, Heather, Ashley Gedda, Peyton Gedda and Liam Gedda; and great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Good. Funeral services and interment were private at the request of the family and were entrusted to the care of the MARISCOTTI FUNERAL HOME INC., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth St., California, Pa.
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Hajdu, Wilma J. 82

  • Daisytown
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville | Get Directions
  • Wilma J. Hajdu, 82, Daisytown, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. in the JOHN B. GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.
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Tokar, Mary E. 91

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1922-10-28
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Mary Elizabeth “Bette” Tokar, 91, of Charleroi, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Beaver. She was born Oct. 28, 1922, in Charleroi, the daughter of the late Albert A. and Nancy M. DeSellems Wilson. Mrs. Tokar was a lifelong and active member of the Charleroi Presbyterian Church and sang in the Sanctuary Choir and was a past member of the Athena Club. A devoted homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, sewing and crocheting, all of which she did to perfection. Her homemade fudge was the best. She loved watching all Pittsburgh sports teams on TV, especially her beloved Pirates. Mrs. Tokar is survived by three sons, Albert A. (Nancy) Tokar Sr. of Elkton, Md., Joseph R. (Julia) Tokar Jr. of Perryopolis, Arthur E. (Diane) Tokar of Hillsboro, Ohio; one daughter, Myra Leigh Tokar of Aliquippa, with whom she resided the past six years; six grandchildren, Nicole, Phillip, Nancy Leigh, Morgan, Alexandra, Albert A. III; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha and Zackary. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Tokar was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph R. Tokar Sr.; three sisters, Arvilla McFeely, Alberta Lovejoy and Jean C. Wilson; and one brother, Kenneth D. Wilson Sr. Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life at a memorial service Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 5th and Lincoln Ave., Charleroi, with the Rev. Mark Woomer officiating. Private interment will be in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. The SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS INC., Charleroi, was in charge of the arrangements. The family expresses thanks to her doctors and the staff at Good Samaritan Hospice for their loving care of our mom. Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or the Charleroi Presbyterian Church.
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Asbee, Dennis J. 64

  • Norfolk, Va.
  • Born: 1949-10-06
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dennis J. "Pidge" Asbee, 64, of Norfolk, Va., passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1949, in Latrobe. Pidge enjoyed spending time with his family, bowling, fishing and traveling. Pidge is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sharon Giles Asbee; two sons, Nathan (Carrie) Asbee and Lance (Rachael) Asbee; three stepchildren, Chris (Melissa) Vogle, Melinda Vogle and Nicholas (Kristy) Vogle; nine grandchildren, Lily, Jack and Evelyn Asbee, Casey, Dalton, Addison, Colton and Conner Vogle and Cindy Smith; four brothers, Chuck Asbee, Robert (Judy) Asbee, Dan (Debbie) Asbee and Walter (Angel) Asbee; three sisters, Audrey Toth, Pauney Miller and Mildred Douglas; and several nieces and. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A committal service with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests financial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society. For online donations and condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Bradley, William V. 70

  • Rio Rancho, N.M. , Formerly of Dravosburg
  • Born: 1944-03-21
  • Died: 2014-09-29
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  • William Vincent Bradley, 70, of Rio Rancho, N.M., formerly of Dravosburg, passed away Monday, Sept. 29. 2014, in his home in the care of his family. William was born March 21, 1944, in McKeesport, a son of William and Madeline Bradley. He was preceded in death by wife, Carol Bradley. He is survived by daughters, Rebecca Bradley Scheffler and Kelly Bradley; son, William V. Bradley; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Bradley proudly served his country in the Army. He retired from a long, decorated career at Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp., formerly Bettis Atomic Power Plant. Funeral services will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Rio Rancho. The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to St. Felix Pantry. Mr. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine on your face and until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand.
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Greenewald, James H. 67

  • Springfield, Mass. , Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1947-06-10
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • James H. Greenewald, 67, of Springfield, Mass., formerly of Elizabeth Township, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was born June 10, 1947, in McKeesport and was a son of the late Albert "Rubbie" Greenewald and the late Lois Nelson Greenewald. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Springfield and was an Air Force veteran. He was a retired electronic tester for United Technologies-Hamilton Sundstrand. He is survived by his wife, Marie Ann Belardia Greenewald; sons, Steven K. Greenewald and Robert A. Greenewald, of Springfield, and Anthony A. Greenewald, of Westborough, Mass.; brother, Rubbie (Donnell) Greenewald, of Elizabeth Township; a niece, Dana; and nephews, Ryan and Justin. He was preceded in death by his brother, Herman Daniel Greenewald. Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel at noon Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Interment will follow at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Mooers, Genevieve C. 92

  • Westfield, N.J.
  • Died: 2014-09-23
  • Funeral Home: Gray, Westfield, N.J. | Get Directions
  • Genevieve Colleen (Farrah) Mooers, 92, of Westfield, N.J., formerly of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., entered into rest Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Born in Perryopolis, she was a daughter of the late Abraham and Julia (Murray) Farrah; and wife of the late Woodford J. Mooers. She is survived by children, Marcia Hill (Michael), of Ashland, Mass., Kimberly Mooers, Julia Diddell (Eric), of Westfield, N.J., and Woodford J. Mooers III (Nadine), of Mahwah, N.J.; grandmother of James F. Diddell, USCG, Woodford J. Mooers IV and Christiana L. Mooers; sister of the late Samuel Farrah, Elias Farrah, Ralph Farrah, Edna Rose and Ruth Tabita. She is also survived by sister, Olga Creighton; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was a graduate of Ramsey High School, Mt. Pleasant, and Latrobe School of Nursing, a proud member of U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps., 45-year Red Cross Volunteer Nurse and longtime private duty nurse for many patients including Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of the Power of Positive Thinking. She was a founder of Republican Women's Club, Youngwood, fundraiser for Deborah Hospital, Browns Mills, N.J., and an avid golfer bowler and bridge player. Arrangements are under the direction of GRAY FUNERAL HOME in Westfield, N.J. Services at the family's convenience. Go to grayfuneralhomes.com for online condolences. Donations, in lieu of flowers, to Friends of U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, c/o Shirley A. Harrow, 65 Gladstone St., Quincy, MA 02171.
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