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Bacco, Guy J. 89

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-04-29
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Guy J. Bacco, 89, of Plum Borough, died suddenly Wednesday, April 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Bernadette (Haluck) for 68 years; endearing father of Carol (Pete) Colangelo, Yvonne (the late Ronald) McChesney, Guy (Debbie) Bacco, Victoria (David) Brown and the late Joseph (Nancy) Bacco. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and brother of Dolores Proviano and Regis Bacco. Guy was an usher at St. John the Baptist Church, proud Marine Veteran of World War II and a member of Bricklayer Local No. 9. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Church.
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Bancroft, Mark R. 51

  • Formerly of O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2015-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Mark R. Bancroft, 51, of Shelton, Conn., formerly of O'Hara Township, suddenly passed away Monday, April 13, 2015. Mark aka "Randy" was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and was executive chef at Aux Delices in Stamford, Conn. He was the beloved son of Wilder D. "Beezie" and Nancy Bancroft and the late Susanne Bancroft; brother of William Bancroft (Louise), of Charlotte, N.C., Amy Bancroft Scheurle (Lenny), of Philadelphia, and Wilder D. Bancroft III; also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. No visitation. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Animal Friends Inc., 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Funeral arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Blobner, Andrew J. 26

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1988-09-23
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Andrew J. Blobner, 26, of Bairdford, West Deer Township, died unexpectedly Friday, May 1, 2015. He was born Sept. 23, 1988, in Butler, to Ronald J. and Joann (Cerniglia) Blobner and lived in West Deer all of his life. He was a 2006 graduate of Deer Lakes High School and he was a member of St. Victor Roman Catholic Church, Bairdford. Besides his parents, he is survived by his grandfather, Ronald A. Blobner, of Hampton; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorothy (Neible) Blobner and Joseph and Dolores (Sheppard) Cerniglia. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where parting prayers will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday with a Catholic Funeral Mass following in St. Victor Roman Catholic Church, Bairdford, with the Rev. Charlie Speicher officiating. He will be laid to rest near his grandparents in Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, Ross Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Colledge, Margaret A. 90

  • Verona
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. "Peg" Colledge, 90, of Verona, died Friday, May 1, 2015, at Harmar Village. She was the beloved wife of Clyde I. Colledge for 60 years; dear mother of Carol I. (Scott) Sibley, of King of Prussia, Charles J. Colledge, of Verona, and Clyde Richard Colledge, of Pittsburgh; sister of the late Reed E. Ambler; and grandmother of Elisabeth, Daniel, Michael and Nilda. Peg was a long-time member of Verona Presbyterian Church, served as treasurer and secretary of the church, and the Women's Federation. Peg enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. Friends and relatives will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May. 3, 2015, and from 10 until 11 a.m. Monday at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Services by her pastor, the Rev Brian Diebold. Entombment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. Family suggests memorials to Verona Presbyterian Church, 566 South Ave., Verona, PA 15147. Visit us at www.burket-truby.com.
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Cook, Marian 79

  • Aspinwall
  • Born: 1935-12-20
  • Died: 2015-04-29
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Marian (Weaver) Cook, 79, of Aspinwall, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 29, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Steven Lang Cook, of Aspinwall, and Margaret Carrie King, of Aspinwall; cherished companion of Dr. Robert McDonald, of Oakland; loving grandmother to Daniel, Brian, Jessica, Callan, Max and Mia; dear sister of Samuel H. (late Helen) Weaver, of Harrisonburg, Va., Nancy (John) Evans, of Cambridge, England, and Nina (Klaus) Wedell, of Longtown, England; beloved close relative of Christine (Drew) Martier, of O'Hara Township; and cousin of Bill (Pat) Kempe, of Dallas, Texas, and Gene (Madge) Terhune, of Odessa, Texas. Marian Carrie Weaver, was born Dec. 20, 1935, in Norman, Okla., and was a daughter of the late Findley and Adela Weaver. She attended the Channing School in London, England, and the American School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Penn State in 1957 and her Teaching Certificate and Master of Science in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Her career as a teacher started in Pittsburgh Public Schools, then as a first grade teacher for 14 years at St. Edmund's Academy in Squirrel Hill. She worked several years on American military base schools overseas. Returning to Pittsburgh in 1995, she supervised student teachers at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education before she retired. Marian was active in numerous community activities including the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation as a tour guide and educator. She was a Spanish interpreter and advocate for Latin-American immigrants. She was an active member of Church of the Redeemer and enjoyed her Scottish Heritage activities. A talented artist, she excelled in fabric media, costume design and decorating. Her memorial service and visitation reception will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Interment will take place at the Humphrey Cemetery, Martindale, Texas. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall. Marian wished for any memorial donations in lieu of flowers to Church of the Redeemer at the above address or to the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) at 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 450, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Memo: Cook Memorial.
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DaDamo, Saverio 83

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Saverio "Sam" DaDamo, 83, of Plum Borough, died Monday, April 27, 2015. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Saverio "Sam" DaDamo. He was the beloved husband of Claudia DaDamo; father of Christina Marie (Kyle) Hambleton and Sammy Michael (Joan) DaDamo; stepfather of Wayne Becker and Mary Beth Becker and the late Thomas Becker; Pap of Lucas, Justin, Anthony, Nick, Jessica, Georgia, William and Zachary; great-grandfather of Zachary, Damian, Carson, David, Mayson, Jaden and Jaxon; and brother of Jerry DaDamo and the late William DaDamo. He was an Army Korean War veteran. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./Roth Chapel, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UPMC Transplant Center.
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Kacmarik, Veronica 95

  • Formerly of Clairton
  • Born: 1919-08-10
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Veronica Kacmarik, 95, of Cleveland, Tenn., formerly of Clairton, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Life Care Center of Cleveland. Born Aug. 10, 1919, in Glassport, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Janitor) Kaduk. A former lineworker at the Large Distillery, Veronica was a former member of St. Joseph's Church and its Mother's Club, St. Clare of Assisi Parish and St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Orlando. She joins her husband, the late George Kacmarik, and was also preceded in death by her son, George J. Kacmarik; and her sister, Elizabeth Storrer. Veronica is survived by her daughters, Marlene Kacmarik, of Clairton, and Claudia (Daniel J.) Popelas, of Sterling, Va.; daughter-in-law, Nancy Kacmarik, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jennifer Cooper, of Ocoee, Fla., Holly (Russell) Austin, of Ooltewah, Tenn., and Jeffrey (Samantha) Kacmarik, Orlando, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Joshua Cooper, Christopher and Alicia Austin, and Jackie, Katie, and Abbie Kacmarik; three great-great-grandchildren; brother, Andrew Kaduke, of Bethel Park; sisters, Helen Ciavarra, of Greensburg, and Irene McLaughlin, of McKeesport; and nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering will be held from 9 until 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700) with Mass of Christian Burial immediately following at 10 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Parish. Procession and burial will follow in St. Clare Cemetery. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Kaelin, Donald N. 83

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2015-05-02
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Donald N. Kaelin, 83, of Franklin Park, died Saturday, May 2, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 56 years of Ellen M. (Neely) Kaelin; father and best buddy of Donald Curtis "Curt" (Jennifer) Kaelin; precious grandfather of Matthew and Abby Kaelin; and brother of the late Elmer B. Kaelin Jr. and Patricia Kaup. Don was a graduate of Leetsdale High School and Penn State University, a member of North Hills Lodge No. 716, FSAM and a pilot in the Strategic Air Command, where he flew a B47 Stratojet. He founded Kaelin Process Equipment Co. and Kaelin Farm Market. Family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Franklin Park/Sewickley, PA 15143. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2500 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Litch, Antoinette M. 88

  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Antoinette M. (Bucar) Litch, 88, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 1, 2015, surrounded by loving family. She was the loving wife of the late Michael A. Litch; daughter of the late Magdalen (Berdik) and Martin Bucar; loving mother of Deborah (Michael) Metikosh, Michele (Peter) Litch-McGinty, Susan (Thomas) Onder, Annette (Ron) Litch and the late Michael Litch; grandmother of Stephanie, Ronald, Erica, David, Suzanne (Tim), Raymond and Maigen; great-grandmother of Weston; and loving sister of Joseph Bucar and the late Michael, Frank, John, Ann and Stephen. She will also be missed by loving friends and family. Friends and family received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Blessing service at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Lynch, John R.

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2015-04-28
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • John R. Lynch, of Franklin Park, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015. He was the husband of the late Ruth W. (Wilhelm) Lynch; loving father of John R. Lynch Jr. (Charlene), Maureen F. Thebes (Michael) and the late Gregory T. Lynch; brother of James Lynch; and grandfather of Meghan R., Michael J. and Maggie R. Thebes, John R. Lynch III and Andrew G. Lynch. He was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters. John was a World War II Army veteran. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. Mass of Christian at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Neumann Church.
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Marsh, Mary

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary "Polly" McNaugher Marsh, of Fox Chapel, died Thursday, April 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William "Bill" Marsh; mother of Dr. William "Bill" McNaugher Marsh (Stephanie), Margaret "Margo" McNaugher Marsh, Robert "Rob" McNaugher Marsh (Tracey) and the late David McNaugher Marsh; grandmother of Stephen, Becky, Emily, Sam and Beth Marsh, Mary Biernesser and Tim and Bennett Marsh; sister of Isabel "Pinky" Hatfield (Ed); and daughter of the late Dr. William and Isabel McNaugher, of Point Breeze. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Polly attended Winchester Thurston School and Vassar College. Happily married to Bill for 53 years, Polly lived in the Fox Chapel area and volunteered at a number of organizations around the Pittsburgh area. She was an elder of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, designing and creating the paraments, as well as designing the columbarium. Polly helped to create the David McNaugher Marsh Memorial Library at Shadyside Academy Middle School, where she also volunteered. She was a longtime member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, once honored as Volunteer of the Year. She was president and a lifetime member of the Squaw Valley Garden Club and Master Flower Show Judge Emeritus with the National Garden Club. Polly loved gardening and arts and crafts of all kinds from a very young age, mastering and teaching gardening, flower arranging, needlepoint, knitting, applique and quilting. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, where the family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be private. A memorial reception will follow at 5 p.m. at Longwood at Oakrnont. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the David McNaugher Marsh Memorial Library at Shadyside Academy, 500 Squaw Run Road E, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or Foxwall EMS, 145 Squaw Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Meyer, Frederick C. 93

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-04-28
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Frederick C. Meyer, 93, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015. He was the loving father of Fred L. Meyer (Ruthann). A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Faith Lutheran Church, 161 Sixth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Naccarato, Rose J. 90

  • Friendship
  • Died: 2015-05-02
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Rose J. (Mazzotta) Naccarato, 90, of Friendship, died peacefully Saturday, May 2, 2015, at home, with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Gino Naccarato; loving mother of Carmela Naccarato and Joseph Naccarato (Marian); grandmother of Matthew, Adrienne Mascilli (Daniel) and Andrew; and great-grandmother of Giorgio, Luca and Giuliana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Antonio and Nicholina Mazzotta; and her sister and brothers, Maria Magliocco and John, Lou, Carmen, Joe and Ralph. Rose, along with her late husband, Gino, were the longtime owners of Stromboli's Restaurant in Garfield. Rose and Gino were involved in family-owned restaurant businesses in Canonsburg and Blackwood, N.J., before settling in the Pittsburgh area. She was "a million dollars." Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, Friendship Campus. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Nickolaus, Quentin W. 91

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1923-11-01
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Quentin W. Nickolaus, 91, a longtime resident of North East, formerly of Natrona Heights, died Thursday, April 30, 2015. He was born Nov. 1, 1923, in Tarentum, to the late Albert "Abby" and Ruth Blakley Nickolaus. Quentin attended high school in Tarentum and later enlisted in the Navy and was a veteran of World War II. After his separation from the Navy, he began working for Peter J. Schmitt, (Loblaws, Bells, Delfarm). His first job was assigned as a meat manager in 1947. Years later he was promoted to the director of meat and deli operations, until retirement 42 years later in 1989. After retirement, he enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending time with his family. He was a lifetime member of the Natrona Heights VFW Post 894 and the First Presbyterian Church in North East. Quentin was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline "Polly" Ravera Nickolaus of 56 years; brother, Robert Nickolaus; and sister, Betty Ann Taraszewski. He is survived by his daughter, Dawn Sharp, grandson, Jared "Jamie" Sharp, and granddaughter, Alexandra, all of Rochester, N.Y.; also several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM D. ELKIN FUNERAL HOME, 65 S. Lake St., North East, and may call from 11 a.m. until time of a funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday at the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights. Military honors will be accorded by the Tarentum VFW. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Please send condolences to www.elkinfh.com.
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Oates, R. Wayne 93

  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • R. Wayne Oates, 93, died peacefully Thursday, April 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis (Crowe) Oates; devoted father of Sandra (the late Alan) Gosting and Gary (Cindy) Oates; also survived by five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Wayne, a 60-year resident of Mt. Lebanon, was born in Illinois. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army Air Corps, and a graduate of the University of Illinois. His career with PPG Industries started in Crystal, Mo., and in 1955 he transferred to the Pittsburgh headquarters, where he retired as the controller in 1984. He was a longtime member of the St. Clair Country Club and the Duquesne Club. Family and friends will gather 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday in Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Interment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery will be private. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Osborne, Harry J. 91

  • McKees Rocks , Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1923-07-13
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Harry J. Osborne, 91, of McKees Rocks, formerly of North Huntingdon, died Friday, May 1, 2015, in Caring Heights, Coraopolis. He was born July 13, 1923, in McKeesport, a son of the late Merle Osborne and Katherine Kilger Anastasiu. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a crane operator by U.S. Steel's Irvin Works of West Mifflin, and was also a staff representative for USW Local 2227, District 15. Harry was an avid fisherman and also loved to play golf. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Naomi (Reiser) Osborne; a sister, Lois Johnston; and a brother, George Anastasiu. Surviving are his wife, Loretta (Nieder) Osborne, and their children, Kathleen Bednarz and husband, Richard, of Irwin, Eric Osborne and wife, Geri, of Connellsville, William Parker and wife, Audrey, of Texas, Lori O'Reilly and husband, Patrick, of Kennedy Township, Cheryl Simchak and husband, Thomas, of Kennedy Township, and Charles "Chas" Parker and wife, Gricelda, of Annapolis, Md.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Jean Osborne, of White Oak; a brother, Melvin Anastasiu, of Dravosburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Entombment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Hospice, 6 Parkway Center, Suite 100, 875 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 or a charity of one's choice. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Paesano, Agnes 97

  • Formerly of Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-04-29
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Agnes (Petrarca) Paesano, 97, formerly of Swissvale, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent Paesano; loving mother of Annette (Paesano) Milacci (Robert); grandmother of Gregg Milacci and the late Robb Milacci (surviving spouse, Jennifer); great-grammy to Laurel and Beck Milacci; daughter of the late Carmella and Dominic Patrarca; sister of Domenic Petrarca (Lois), Anthony Petrarca, Carmella Coffee, Cecillia Marchitello, and the late Nickolas Petrarca, Antoinette Petrarca, Samuel Petrarca and Josephine Delanzo; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Agnes was a very kind, generous and social person who will be remembered fondly for her outgoing personality, her energy, her love of life, family and friends, her passion for card playing and her drink of choice - Manhattans. In her earlier years she could always be found in the kitchen regardless of whatever she was the cook or a guest. Her excuse (shared by her late husband) for hanging on to items that she had no use for was that "Someone in the family might be able to use it." Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in Madonna Del Castello Church. Family suggests donations in Agnes's memory to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Cycle for Survival Team Robb, New York, N.Y. or National MS Society, 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15223. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Rakers, Margaret 88

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Millvale | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peggy" (Stallard) Rakers, 88, of Millvale, died Thursday, April 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert F. Rakers Sr.; loving mother of Robert F. (Barbara) Rakers Jr., Kathleen (Jerry) Ellis, Paul "Hobie" (Marcy) Rakers, Dave (Yumi) Rakers and Richard "Rip" (Rachael) Rakers; proud grandmother of Jennifer Rakers, Jeff Ellis, Maureen Fortunato, Jason, Josh, Jennae, Matt, Daniel, Samantha and Liz Rakers; great-grandmother of Riley and Morgan Rakers, Michael and Julia Fortunato, Johnny, David and Andrew Ellis and Skyler Rakers; and sister of Joan (Frank) Rozum and Jean (George) O'Neil. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave. (next to Holy Spirit Parish), Millvale. Blessing service at noon Monday.
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Rinchko Jr., Frank A. 83

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1931-06-22
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Frank A. "Lifter" Rinchko Jr., 83, of White Oak, died Thursday, April 30, 2015. He was born in McKeesport, June 22, 1931, and was the son of the late Frank A. and Rea Coley Rinchko. He was also preceded in death by his son, Frank Charles Rinchko. He is survived by his grandchildren, Todd Rinchko, of White Oak, and Amanda Rinchko, of McKeesport; great-granddaughter, Madison Baker; and brother, Charles Rinchko, of Florida. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the White Oak American Legion. He was a retired crane operator from Union Local 66. Friends will be received from 4 until time of services at 6 p.m. Monday at STRIFFLERS' OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177).
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Robinson, Amy 96

  • Scott Township , Formerly of Dormont
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Amy Robinson, 96, of Providence Point, Scott Township, formerly of Dormont, died peacefully Thursday, April 30, 2015. She was a daughter of the late H.E. and Jennie Davis Robinson; sister of the late Bess Ludwick, Martha Ritter and Henry E. Robinson Jr.; beloved aunt of Martha Ludwick Litle, William W. Robinson (Carolyn McKeon), Robert W. Ritter (Monica), the late H.E. Robinson III and the late Gordon R. Ritter; great-aunt of Karen Litle, Robert Litle (Julie), Linda Litle Godfrey (Patrick), Ellen Litle, Jake Ritter (Katy), Sarah Ritter (Mike Brown), Steven Robinson and Laura Dalzell; and dear friend of Charles and Jill Brodbeck and family. Amy was a longtime kindergarten teacher at the former Hillsdale School in Dormont and an active member of the Dormont Historical Society. She was a member of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church for 68 years, where she and her late sister, Martha Ritter, handmade ceramic nativity sets for generations of Children's Sunday school classes. At her request, there will be no viewing hours and interment in the family plot at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery will be private. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in her beloved Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church. Arrangements by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, 3319 W. Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Dormont Historical Society, 2832 Espy Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216 or Ward Home Inc., 2275 Swallow Hill Road, Building 800, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Romano, Robert L.

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Dr. Robert L. Romano, of Fox Chapel, passed away peacefully Friday, May 1, 2015, at home, with his wife at his side. He was the beloved husband of Mary Jo (Dimasi) Romano and the late Doris (Evans) Romano; father of Richard (Beth) Romano, Roy Christopher (Jennifer) Romano and the late Robert L. Romano Jr.; grandfather of Emily, Matthew and Alison; also survived by his Persian cat "Marco". Bob was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and received his undergraduate degree from Cornell (a place he held dear), Master of Science from University of Missouri and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Bob came to Pittsburgh and was assistant chief of psychology at the Highland Road VA Hospital, he left to start his own private practice, with his partner Dr. Richard Miller, becoming the first psychologists, to do so in Pittsburgh. Bob was still working part-time as a psychologist until a few months before his death. Besides his love of analysis and concern for his patients, Bob also presented psychological papers for the American Institute of Medical Education in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Stratford, England, and Florence, Italy. Beyond the world of his work, Bob was a published author of fiction and nonfiction books. He recently self-published a chapbook of collected anecdotes and leaves behind a number of unfinished works. Bob was an excellent cook, painter, sculptor and photographer. He performed in the local theater for 10 years with major roles in Life in the Theater and Mass Appeal. Bob loved to host big parties (especially annual Halloween parties and, of late, band parties featuring local musical artists). Bob was a true Renaissance man, known for his keen intellect, analytical insight, artistic abilities and wicked sense of humor. He lived in a way that celebrated his love of life, people, art and his country. There will be no visitation. A Christian funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015, at St. Scholastica Church, 309 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Funeral arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Rorison, Margaret M. 96

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-04-29
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. (Valenty) Rorison, 96, of Lawrenceville, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Sandra A. (the late Robert) May and William G. (Jill) Rorison; loving grandmother of Robert (Elizabeth) May, Jennifer (Michael) Sirott, Stefanie (Daniel) Guffey and Grant Rorison; cherished great-grandmother of seven. She was preceded in death by four sister and two brothers; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cure JM Foundation, 836 Lynwood Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.
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Taylor, Teresa A.

  • Died: 2015-04-29
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Teresa Ann "Terri" Taylor passed in peace Wednesday, April 29, 2015. She was an award-winning international, investigative and environmental journalist with a capital "J". Terri passionately loved her world of human and animal family and friends, peace, environmental activism, research, swimming, gardening and reading. She was full of life force and never had a dull or idle moment in her lifelong quest to make the world a more just and healthy place. After graduating from Boston University and Columbia University, Terri established her career first in public radio and at ABC News, covering London, Europe and the Middle East. Terri later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, where she made a mark as a general and investigative reporter at KDKA-TV and won an Emmy award for her investigative series on the mysterious crash of a military flight, Arrow Air Flight 1285 in Gander, Newfoundland. She reported for and contributed to many of the finest international and local media outlets, including WQED-TV. Terri's memory will be held and cherished by her father, Dr. Paul Taylor; her brothers, Paul Jr. and Jonathan; her sister, Kirsten; her nephews; her many cousins; and her devoted friends. Terri would want those who knew and loved her to celebrate her life by taking a walk in nature, especially with a dog or cat or by drinking a fine wine, eating a remarkable cheese or standing up for justice and dignity. A memorial service in Terri's beloved Frick Park is being planned for the near future. Arrangements trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. Contributions in Terri's memory may be made to Family Hospice, Philanthropy Department. Her heart was wide open to beauty and love. She wishes you a bright and better world for you and those you love. www.dalessanaroltd.com.
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Vestovich, Judy A. 61

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-04-29
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Judy A. (Skrabak) Vestovich, 61, of Monroeville, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 41 years of Robert Vestovich; loving and precious mother of Amy Vestovich, of Monroeville; daughter of the late Charles and Wilma (Malus) Skrabak; sister of Joanne (Bill) Hardy, of North Huntingdon, and Charles (Suzanne) Skrabak, of Trafford; daughter-in-law of Rose (the late Peter) Vestovich; and sister-in-law of Gary Vestovich, Ruth Ann Stayduhar and Lorraine Swartz. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Judy was a retired engineer's assistant with Westinghouse in Cranberry. Judy's greatest love and treasure was her family. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, East Pittsburgh. Memorial donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 1133 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Williams, Howard E. 74

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Howard E. Williams, 74, of Penn Hills, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Helen (Toth) Williams; loving father "Big Guy" to Daniel E. (Debbie) Williams and David M. Williams; dear grandfather of Alysa McCormick, Alexis Williams and Annamarie Williams; and brother of Donna Jean Williams. Mr. Williams was an elementary teacher and coach for 30 years with the Penn Hills School District. Howard was a Chanter with the Syria Infinity Lodge 546, and was an umpire and commissioner of the 3 Rivers Womens Softball League. Friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro Avenues, Turtle Creek (412-823-1950), where a service will be at 8 p.m. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Zoerb, Audry A. 84

  • North Hills
  • Born: 1930-11-29
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Audry Ann Zoerb, 84, of North Hills, formerly of White Oak, died Thursday, April 30, 2015. She was born Nov. 29, 1930, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Henry and Nina Ryan Zoerb. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is survived by her many friends from the church, Ursuline Senior Services and Manor Care. Friends will be received from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177), with burial following in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Graveside services will follow at Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
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Westmoreland County

Accipiter, Anna M. 81

  • Tarrs
  • Born: 1933-10-28
  • Died: 2015-05-02
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Anna M. Accipiter, 81, of Tarrs, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Oct. 28, 1933, in Central, a daughter of the late Samuel and Eva McFadden McBeth. Mrs. Accipiter was a graduate of the former East Huntingdon Township High School and was a member of the United Church of Christ, in Ruffsdale. She is survived by her husband 62 years, Samuel J. Accipiter Sr.; her sons, Samuel J. Accipiter Jr. and Lori, of Mt. Pleasant, Barry W. Accipiter and his wife, Cindy, of Greensburg, and R. Scott Accipiter and his wife, Amy, of Tarrs; her grandchildren, Samantha Talarico and her husband, Joe, of North Carolina, Bradley Accipiter, of North Carolina, Derrick Accipiter, of Murrysville, Dustin Accipiter, of Richmond, Va., Matt Accipiter and his wife, Lindsey, of Tarrs, Brittany Gigliotti and her husband, Timothy, of Tarrs, and Ashton Accipiter, of Tarrs; stepgrandchild, Mike and Denise Bates; great-grandchildren, Kaiden and Brooklynn Gigliotti, Dana Accipiter and Matthew Accipiter Jr.; stepgreat-grandchildren, Bryer and Bryanna; brother, Kenneth McBeth, of Tarrs; and sister, Barbara Eichner, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Harold, Earl and Donald McBeth; and a sister, Eleanor McBeth. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Henry Landis officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs. The family would like to thank Grane Hospice for their care of Mrs. Accipiter during her illness. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Bradley, Sara

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1941-03-10
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Sara "Sallie" Bradley, of Penn Township, died peacefully Friday, May 1, 2015, at Forbes Hospital. Born March 10, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Dorothy Wolfgang; and was also preceded in death by her husband, John; and her Aunt Eleanor Wolfgang and son, Brian. She is survived by Andrea (Jerome) Livingston and Stacey (Martin) Coy, of New Jersey; as well as five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was devoted to the Penn-Trafford community and active in the Foster Care program, most recently volunteering for CASA for children. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Denmark Manor United Church of Christ, 2003 Denmark Manor Road, Export.
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Chew, Shirley 88

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1927-02-26
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Rhome, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Shirley "Beads" Chew, 88, of Rostraver Township, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, in Jefferson Regional Health Center. She was born Feb. 26, 1927, in Denbo, a daughter of the late George Bloyer and Ellen Mae Hyatt Bloyer Fowkes. She was a member of First Christian Church of Monessen, where she loved to sing and the church's Bowling League, Sewing Club and was a prior member of two Park Plan Card Clubs. Surviving is her daughter, Janet L. Rotolo; son, Glenn A. Chew Jr., grandchildren, Carissa "Cris" Rotolo and Richard Rotolo; great-grandson, Gage J. Stewart Rotolo; and a sister-in-law, Joycelyn Bloyer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn A. Chew; and siblings, Marilyn Bloyer Bongiorno Hannen, Parke S. Bloyer, and Alverna Bloyer. Friends will be welcomed from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015 to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., family owned and operated as a member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at First Christian Church of Monessen, with the Rev. Conrad Auel officiating. Interment will follow in the Belle Vernon Cemetery. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Chew Family at www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
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Chockla, Margaret E. 85

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-01-24
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Margaret E. Chockla, 85, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Jan. 24, 1930, in Latrobe, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Miller and Margaret (Douglas) Miller. Margaret was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe. She was retired from Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She enjoyed taking care of her family and friends and being able to spend time with them. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester W. "Bill" Chockla; and one sister, Lois McIntyre. Margaret is survived by two sons, William W. Chockla, of Latrobe, Steve J. Chockla and Lori Suman, of Bear Rocks; three daughters, Leslie A. Nuttall and Denny Freeman, of Latrobe, Peggy L. Chockla and Tim Cunningham, of Ligonier, and Christine A. Hunter and her husband, Tom, of Greensburg; three brothers, Joseph Cabazolo and his wife, Sharon, of Latrobe, James Miller and his wife, Chris, of Latrobe, and Larry Miller and Kathy, of Mt. Pleasant; three sisters, June Zannetti, of North Ridge, Calif., Joanne Danko and her husband, James, of Latrobe, and Nancy Story and her husband, Brian, of Arizona; six grandchildren, Jason Kollar, Jill Lechner, Casey Lechner, Chris Ann Hunter, Mason Nuttall and Alexis Chockla; one great-grandson, Kaden; her special friend, Katie; she is also survived by several nieces, nephews and extended family members. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Country Cottage and the emergency room and critical care unit of Excela Health Latrobe Hospital for all of their kindness, compassion and care. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Elias, James 30

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1985-01-18
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • James "Jimmy" Elias, 30, of Jeannette, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at home. He was born Jan. 18, 1985, a son of Janey Swartz Elias and her companion, Luke Harrold, of Jeannette, and Robert E. Elias Jr. and his wife, Kim, of Jeannette. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Swartz Sr.; and paternal grandparents, Robert E. Sr. and Grace Elias. In addition to his parents, Jimmy is survived by his sister, Angela Elias, of Jeannette, and her son, Carter; grandmother, Joan Swartz, of Grapeville; stepgrandmother, Carol Elias, of Jeannette; aunt, Robin Elias, of Greensburg; cousins, Albert Elias Jr. and his wife, Sara, and their daughters, Malea and Madalyn, and Calley Elias, all of Greensburg; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memorial donations may be made to Make-A-Wish at www.Wish.org. Arrangements are private. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Farmer, Orville J. 81

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1933-12-14
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Orville J. "O.J." Farmer, 81, of West Newton, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at his home. He was born Dec. 14, 1933, in West Newton, a son of the late Herbert and Almeda (Momeyer) Farmer. A member of Christ Lutheran Church, he was a graduate of West Newton High School and an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Throughout his career, he was employed by Retail Credit Co., Business Info Co. and O.J. Farmer Investigations. He was a member of Youghiogheny Country Club and was an avid golfer who had a passion for the game that took him to many courses around the world playing with very close friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Herbert and Bernie Farmer; and a sister and brother-in-law, Gail and Michael Palfey. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janet (Moyemer) Farmer; four children, Barry Farmer and wife, Sharon (Evancho) Farmer, Rebecca Farmer Kwaczala and husband, Jeffrey, Amy Farmer Wilson and husband, Kenneth, and Vicki Farmer Corwin and husband, Kerry; five grandchildren, Jordan and Kacie Farmer, Justin Wilson and Christina and Samantha Kwaczala; in-laws, Lois and Don Martin and Connie Farmer; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Christ Lutheran Church, Vine and Fourth Street, West Newton, with the Rev. Allen R. Riethmiller officiating. A special thanks to Excela Hospice ladies, Marlee, Jackie, Lisa and Millie, and to his special caretaker, Lisa Marchetti. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Excela Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Flinn, E. Regis 66

  • Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • E. Regis Flinn, 66, of Lower Burrell and Little River, S.C., died Monday, April 27, 2015, in Little River, a victim of an auto accident. He was born in New Kensington, Feb. 21, 1949, to the late Regis and Laura Cavitt Flinn and had been a life resident of the local area. He recently acquired his retirement home in Little River and completely renovated it. Rege was a retired contractor and was well-known in our region for his skills, attention to details, and he loved his work. He was a social member of the VFW in Lower Burrell. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Madonna J. "Midge" Coward Flinn; children, Matthew (Kimberly) Flinn, of Lower Burrel, Dina Sylvester and Jeremy (Jonnetta) Flinn, both of New Kensington; grandchildren, Joshua, Cali, Chelsea, Connor and Braeden Flinn, and Jenna and Adam Sylvester; and sister, Jacqueline Drzymala, of New Jersey. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Judy Helfrich and Janice Christmas. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at by the Rev. Mike Mummert. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Hare, Darleen L. 70

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1944-05-30
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Darleen L. Hare, 70, of Arnold, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Allegheny Valley Hospital. She was born May 30, 1944, in Lincoln, Neb., to the late Walter D. Baker Sr. and Martha Jean Fleming Baker. She was a nursing assistant and homemaker who lived in the Arnold area most of her life. She dedicated a large part of her life to caring for her parents and her sister. Darleen enjoyed electronic games and word search puzzles, and was proud to be a huge Steelers fan. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Cynthia L. Baker, on June 24, 2011. Survivors include sons, Kenneth E. (Susan) Hare, of Olympia, Wash., Frederick T. Hare, of Brackenridge, Shawn M. (Lori) Hare, of Natrona Heights, and Dean (Heather) Hare, of Tarentum; brothers, Walter (Peg) Baker Jr., of Ohio, and Gary K. (Nancy) Baker, of Texas; sister, Mary Graham, of Butler; grandchildren, Hanna, Tyler, Brandon, Derek, Nathan, Christopher, Michael, Ethan and Elica; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Harold M. Mele Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Kaminski, Thomas D. 79

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1936-01-30
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Thomas D. Kaminski, 79, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Jan. 30, 1936, in Latrobe, he was a son of the late Anthony Kaminski and Nellie (Kabala) Kaminski Ashbaugh Chellman. Thomas was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, and the St. John Seniors. He was retired from Industrial Ceramic. He enjoyed gardening and was a dedicated family man who was always willing to help others. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Dennis Ashbaugh. Thomas is survived by his wife of 60 years, Grace D. (DeRoss) Kaminski, of Latrobe; one daughter, Cindy C. Kaminski, of Latrobe; two brothers, Robert W. Kaminski and his wife, Josephine, of Conway, S.C., and David Kaminski and his wife, Carol, of West Newton; one sister, Eileen Patrick, of Latrobe; and a sister-in-law, Connie Cordial, of Bovard. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Members of St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Church. Interment will follow at Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Kratz, Antoinette 64

  • Upper Burrell
  • Born: 1951-03-22
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Antoinette "Toni" (Pastva) Kratz, 64, of Upper Burrell, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia in Cabot. Born March 22, 1951, in Natrona Heights, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Veronica Pastva. A member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, she retired in 2014 from St. Margaret Hospital after a 43-year nursing career. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and family. She recently started taking up golf after retiring. Previously, with her husband, she enjoyed riding their Harley with local clubs and going to car shows with their corvette. She is survived by her son, Justin (Wendy) Kratz, of Sarver; granddaughters, Mia and Letty; her dog, Shelby; and a host of other relatives and close friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Charles Kratz; daughter, Chrissy Kissel; and brother, Francis Pastva. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where parting prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Parish wake services will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Lancy, Patrick E. 73

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Patrick E. Lancy, 73, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Turtle Creek, died Thursday, April 30, 2015. He was the loving husband for 50 years of Rosa Lee Lancy; dear father of Sylvia Lynne (Ray "Skeets") Shawley, of North Huntingdon, and Lee Anne (Michael) Hrebik, of Blairsville; proud pap to his "buddies," Maxwell and Nicholas Hrebik; son of the late Edward and Margaret Lancy; brother of Karen (George) Devakos, of Nevada, Judy (Rasmine) Lancy, of Washington, Colleen Lancy, of Glassport, and the late Edward Lancy Jr.; also survived by aunt, Pauline Caliari; and numerous nieces and nephews. Patrick worked for 40 years in the Carpenter District Council Local 165, 10 of those as a business agent for the carpenter organization. He was an Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. Friends welcome from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Colman Church. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Magalich, Joseph 92

  • Murrysville , Formerly of Pitcairn
  • Died: 2015-04-29
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Joseph Magalich, 92, of Murrysville, formerly of Pitcairn, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015. He was the husband of the late Alice M. (Fichtner) Magalich; father of Alice Jean Seibert, Jerri Seng, Patti Jo Barringer, JoAnne Amicone and Mark Magalich; also survived by seven grandchildren. Joe was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army, retired from Penn Central Railroad and was a member of Carpenters Union Local No. 165. There will be no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at North American Martyrs Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Inurnment will be private. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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McGowan, John L. 83

  • Formerly of Oklahoma Borough
  • Born: 1931-11-20
  • Died: 2015-05-02
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • John L. "Jack" McGowan, 83, of Butler County, formerly of Oklahoma Borough, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Rosebrook Personal Care Home, Sarver. Born Nov. 20, 1931, in Vandergrift, he was the son of the late Clarence Elwood and Cora Gertrude (Long) McGowan. He lived in Washington Township all his life and was a 1949 graduate of Washington Township High School. Jack served in the Army during the Korean War. He was employed as a mechanical fitter for Westinghouse Electric of East Pittsburgh for 30 years, retiring in 1988. Jack was a member of the former Faith Lutheran Church, in Oklahoma, and two bowling leagues at Lee's Lanes. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and spending time with his grandsons. Jack is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn J. (Richardson) McGowan, of Sarver; son, Daniel S. (Michele) McGowan, of Allegheny Township; daughter, Leslie D. "Cookie" (John) Ziemianski, of Bell Township; grandsons, Shawn and Mitchell McGowan, of Allegheny Township; sister, Mary Jane Daugherty, of Apollo; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, with Pastor Todd Ruggles officiating. Private burial in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Ashley L. 25

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1989-08-10
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Ashley Lynn Miller, 25, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Friday, May 1, 2015. She was born Aug. 10, 1989, in Natrona Heights, to Dwayne Ian Miller, of Vandergrift, and Laura Anne Battaglia, of Saxonburg. Ashley was manager of the Taco Bell in New Kensington for several years. Besides her parents, she is survived by her children, Ay'hauna, La'rob and Ja'hauna; her sister, Kelly Miller Coliny; boyfriend, Johnathan White Jr.; maternal grandfather, Lawrence Paul Battaglia; paternal grandmother, Linda Miller; and a special friend, John Thrower. She also is survived by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Kathleen Sullivan Battaglia; her paternal grandfather, Carl Miller; an uncle, Brian Miller; and an aunt, Michele Anne Battaglia. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 p.m. until a service at 8 p.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Those desiring may contribute to Greenbriar Treatment Center, 701 Fourth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Myers, Lawrence C. 60

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1955-02-24
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Lawrence C. "Honk" Myers, 60, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Feb. 24, 1955, in Mt. Pleasant, he was a son of the late Harrison Myers and Kathleen (Ondriezek) Myers. Larry was a member of St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. He was retired from PennDOT and had worked for 10 years at Slate Construction. A Vietnam-era veteran, he served in the Navy. He loved motorcycles and riding his Harley-Davidson. He lived every day for his wife and his family, and enjoyed spending time with them and caring for them. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Brandon J. D'Aniello; a niece, Brandy Kay; and a great-nephew, Jaxn. Larry is survived by his wife, Sandra L. (O'Barto) Myers, of Greensburg; a daughter, Jessica Lynn Myers Gobbel and her husband, Justin, of Greensburg; two granddaughters, Alexis Rayne Gobbel and Makenzie Justine Gobbel; a brother, John Myers and his wife, Flo, of Latrobe; four sisters, Janie Myers, of Ruffsdale, Yvonne Randolph and her husband, William, of Florida, Colleen Gansor, of Greensburg, and Christine Myers, of Greensburg; three sisters-in-law, Johnette Bridge and her husband, Jeff, of Latrobe, Nancy Horak and her husband, Ron, of Latrobe, and Deborah Stabile and her husband, Albert, of Latrobe; five nieces, Danielle, Brittany, Crystal, Tanya and Kristin; four nephews, Ryan, Ronald, Bradley and Dan; three great-nieces, Kayleigh, Breighlyn and Lucia; and a great-nephew, Bradyn. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home by American Legion Post 515 and VFW Posts 3414 and 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Nedrow, Helen T. 91

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1923-06-22
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Helen T. Nedrow, 91, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Friday, May 1, 2015. Born June 22, 1923, in Mt. Pleasant, to the late Silvester and Ninetta Tomei D'Amato, she was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and received a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Mrs. Nedrow was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church of New Kensington. She was a registered nurse for Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington for 35 years. Surviving are her children, Sandy Hughes, Shirley House, Edward R. Nedrow, with whom she made her home, and Nina Nedrow; and several grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward James Nedrow, who passed away April 30, 2000; three brothers and one sister. Friends and relatives are invited to a funeral liturgy outside of Mass which will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the chapel of Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., of New Kensington, was entrusted with the arrangements. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Patrick, Jean M. 90

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1924-10-03
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Jean Marie Patrick, 90, of Scottdale, died early Thursday morning, April 30, 2015, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Everson, the daughter of the late John and Sophia Oles Patrick. Being a devout Catholic, Jean's greatest love was her longtime association to The Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, where she attended daily Mass with her sister Irene when they were able and prayed the Rosary faithfully for her family and her friends who were in need of prayers. She was employed as a part-time waitress for 34 years at the American Legion Post No. 240, Scottdale. Jean enjoyed her loving family and enjoyed spending quality time and holidays with her grandchildren at their homes. Jean is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her; her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law, Suzy J. Swank and husband, John, of Scottdale; her granddaughter, Kathi J. Balest and husband, Paul, of Greensburg; her grandson, John F. Swank Jr. and wife, Ta Mara, of Greensburg; her four great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Jennifer Balest, DeLaney Swank and Lauren Miller; and her sisters, Irene Patrick, of Scottdale, and Louise Penn, of Arlington, Texas. In addition to her parents, Jean will once again be reunited with her siblings; her sisters, Gladys Farrell, Julie Rizza, Margaret Proud and a sister, Mary, in infancy; and five brothers, Louis, Joseph, Frank, Vince and Martin Patrick. Jean's family would like to graciously thank Dr. Thomas De Gregory and Heartland Hospice who treated Jean like family. Also, Excela Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, Emergency Department and PCU physicians and staff for the exemplary care and kindness shown to Jean and her family. In addition, the Harmon House Care Center, for their compassionate care and especially her devoted care giver, Eleanor Peck. Jean's family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where prayers of Transfer will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Monday followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John The Baptist Church, Scottdale, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal service and Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a parish wake service at 3:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Church, Scottdale, in Jean's memory. To view on line obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences or flowers, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Pavlak, Agnes A. 92

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1923-04-20
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Agnes A. (Plowucha) Pavlak, 92, of Vandergrift, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, in Arden Courts, Monroeville. Born April 20, 1923, in East Vandergrift, she was a daughter of the late John and Katerina (Apollo) Plowucha. Agnes lived in Vandergrift all of her life, and was a 1941 graduate of Vandergrift High School. She worked at the Schenley plant and the Fashion Store in Vandergrift. Agnes was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, East Vandergrift, where she was a member of Christian Mothers and taught catechism. She was also a member of The Ladies Order of Owls Club. She enjoyed playing bingo, bowling and playing cards. Most of all, she loved and enjoyed her family. In addition to her parents, Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. "Dodge" Pavlak, who passed away in January 2003; granddaughter, Dr. Sumer (Ashker) Borek; brothers, John, George "Morgan" and Joseph Plowucha; and sisters, Bertha Crivello and Florence Canderine. She is survived by her son, Dr. Robert J. (Karen) Pavlak, of Trafford; daughters, Linda (Jerry) Francis, of Moon Township, and Lorraine (Dr. Kheder) Ashker, of Cumberland, Md.; five grandchildren, Michelle Kaminsky, RN, MSN, MBA, Brian Francis, Randy Francis, Dr. Lamees Ashker Isaacson and Dr. Kameron Ashker; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, East Vandergrift, with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial in St. Gertrude Cemetery. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, East Vandergrift, PA 15690. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Ruffo, Albert R. 71

  • Bovard
  • Born: 1943-11-19
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Albert F. Ruffo, 71, of Bovard, died Friday, May 1, 2015, in Aspinwall VA, Pittsburgh. He was born Nov. 19, 1943, in Youngwood, a son of Dorothy (Galando) McClosky, of Tennessee, and the late Reynold E. Ruffo. He graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, class of 1967. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Army. He was a teacher at Mt Pleasant High School, a case worker for the Department of Public Welfare and the owner of Ruffos Bar for 20 years. He retired from Westmoreland County Housing Authority. He was a member of VFW No. 33, Greensburg. Surviving is his wife, Patricia A. (Chromeck) Ruffo; two sons, Jason and Josh; a grandson, Trevor and his mother, Kaylee; a brother, Reynold; three sisters, Connie, Nina and Diane; a brother-in-law, Tom; a sister-in-law, Dolores; fishing buddies, Dave and Conrad; and best friends, Jim and Sam. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Christopher. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, at the at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at C. Richard McCauley Funeral Home Inc., with Father William McGuirk officiating. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family. www.crmfh.com.
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Thompson, Robert G. 84

  • Washington
  • Born: 1931-04-26
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Robert G. "General" Thompson, 84, of Washington Township, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, in West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born April 26, 1931, in Sardis, he was a son of the late Grover and Mabel (Clements) Thompson. Bob lived in Washington Township most of his life, was a graduate of Washington Township High School and was a member of the Army National Guard. He was a self-employed truck driver, tractor trailer operator and did local hauling for many years. Bob was a member of Vandergrift Presbyterian Church and the Apollo Masonic Lodge No. 437. He enjoyed collecting and selling old machinery, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sylvia L. (Craig) Thompson, Nov. 23, 2009; daughters, Carol Lynn Billeck and Cynthia Ann George; son-in-law, Dirk Skroupa; great-granddaughter, Addison; sisters and brothers, Emily, Florence, Mary, Lois, Dorothy, Donley, Jim, Nelson and Les. Bob is survived by his wife, Carol (McVey) Thompson; children, Karen L. Skroupa, of Avonmore, and Rob G. (Beth) Thompson Jr., of Washington Township; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. The Apollo Masonic Lodge No. 437 will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A celebration of life tribute ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in the funeral home, with Pastor Grant Abe officiating. Private burial will be in Poke Run Presbyterian Cemetery. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Weltz, Ethel 87

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1927-12-06
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ethel Weimer Weltz, 87, of Ligonier, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Dec. 6, 1927, in Laughlintown, a daughter of the late Ellsworth T. and Loretta (Barringer) Weimer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert M. Weltz Jr.; and two brothers, Thomas and Clyde Weimer. She is survived by her four children, Sharon Hoffmann and her husband, Bill, of Greensburg, Michael Weltz and his wife, Pamela, of Jennerstown, Shelley Weltz, of Latrobe, and Larry Weltz and his wife, Kelly, of Latrobe; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Agnes Weimer Rodd, of Ligonier; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 East Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with Samuel L. Batten officiating. Interment will follow in the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laughlintown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ethel's memory may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Armstrong County

Anselmo, Rose M. 83

  • Parks Township
  • Died: 2015-04-29
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Rose M. Anselmo, 83, of Parks Township, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015, with her son by her side. She was the daughter of the late Steve and Mary (Stomfi) Kudelka. Rose loved spending time with her family, helping friends and neighbors, playing bingo and enjoyed the outdoors. Rose was a caring woman with a big heart and smile that could light anyone's day. Rose is survived by her son, Robert Anselmo, of Parks Township; and a nephew, Dennis Kudelka. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dominic Anselmo; a daughter, Roxann Anselmo; five brothers, Joseph, John, Rudolph, Steven and Frank Kudelka; and five sisters, Mary Bowser, Helen Kvasnyak, Margie Strazzer, Ann Obron and Pauline Butko. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, with a blessing service at 4 p.m. at JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006, with Father James Loew, OSB, officiating. Interment will be at St. Catherine Cemetery in Leechburg. A special thank you to VNA Hospice and Armstrong County Helpmates, and Rose's favorite caregiver, Erin Sprankle.
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Britt, Joan C. 73

  • Leechburg
  • Died: 2015-04-29
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Joan Carol Britt, 73, of Leechburg, formerly born and raised in New Kensington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 29, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel B. and Catherine O'Connell Hill; brother, Dennis Hill; and a grandson, Ryan Horrell. She is survived by her children, Joan (Robin) Britt Nonnenberg and her two daughters, Brianna and Emily, Thomas Britt and his wife, Alane, and their children, Justin, Brandie and Cody, James Britt and his children, Elena, Shauna, Micheal and Kaira, Terri Britt Bishop and her children, Megan and Noah; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Averi, Payton, Ellieanna, Blake, McKinley and Oliver; and a brother, Samuel Hill and his wife, Karen. Joan was a graduate of Ken-Hi and attended Career Training Academy obtaining her degree to work as a medical assistant/transcriptionist for many years before retiring in 2002. She enjoyed spending time with family and reading. She left behind a legacy of teaching love, support, tolerance and forgiveness. Friends and family will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015, in the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, a service-oriented funeral home, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, 724-337-3325, with the funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday May 4, 2015, with burial following at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Beaver County

Sullivan, Maurice 73

  • Freedom
  • Born: 1941-05-30
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas Sons, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Maurice "Pat" Sullivan, 73, of Freedom, passed peacefully Thursday, April 30, 2015, at home. Born Memorial Day, May 30, 1941, he was the favorite and only son of the late Maurice P. and Mary (Tassey) Sullivan. He was the favorite and only brother of Rosemary Prostko and Kathi Sullivan; best friend and beloved husband of Marilyn (Miller) Sullivan; loving father of Gail (James) Hammill, Karen (David) Atkins and Laura Sullivan (Mark Humenik); irascible grandad to Henry and Zoe Atkins, John and William Hammill and Emmet, Darci and Jackie Humenik. Aka "Cactus Pat," this self-proclaimed curmudgeon loved sailing, flying, writing and, most of all, tending to his fleet of seasoned vehicles, especially his beloved 1978 MGB. A romantic at heart, nothing gave him greater joy than vacations in Duck, N.C., with friends and family where he would annually and daily pronounce, "Boy, do I love summer!" and sitting on the beach till sunset with drinks in one hand and a good book in the other. Loved by the Miller clan and his many friends, Pat will always be remembered for his love and appreciation for life and for all those who shared his journey. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Franklin Park, PA 15143, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to UPMC Surgical Oncology Center, Good Samaritan Hospice or Focus on Renewal. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Butler County

Brandt, Edward J. 91

  • Mars
  • Born: 1923-07-18
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Brandt, 91, of Mars, died Friday morning, May 1, 2015, at Wexford House Nursing Home. Born July 18, 1923, in Adams Township, he was a son of the late Charles C. and Loretta Osche Brandt Sr. Ed had worked at the Bulk Mail Center in Warrendale, at Castle Rubber in East Butler, at Woodings in Mars and for Mashuda Corporation in Cranberry. He was the original owner of the Mars Beer Distributor. He served as a radioman third class in the Coast Guard during World War II. He was a life member and past commander of the Mars VFW Post 7505, where he had held all offices. He was a life member of the Mars American Legion Post 787, the DAV Butler Chapter 64, the Mars Volunteer Fire Company, now Adams Area Fire District, and the Mars AARP. Ed was a member of St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church. Surviving are a daughter, Monica McMaster and her husband, James, of Callery; a son, Kevin E. Brandt, of Renfrew; his grandchildren, Chad McMaster and his fiancee, Staci, and Jessica McMaster; a great-grandson, Bryson McMaster; a sister, Myrtle Wolf, in Florida; a brother, Raymond Brandt, of Mars; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. McCombs Brandt, whom he married July 14, 1951, and who died April 7, 1995; by a brother, Charles Brandt; and three sisters, Catherine Harris, Mary Kiley and Florence Lambert. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Please dress in casual attire. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Street, with Father Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Butler County Memorial Park, Butler. Memorials may be made to St. Kilian Church, 7076 Franklin Road, Cranberry Township. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Clifford, John W. 86

  • Middlesex Township
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • John W. "Jack" Clifford, 86, of Middlesex Township, died Friday, May 1, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 62 years of Patricia R. (Miller) Clifford; loving father of Brian (Diana) Clifford, of Virginia, Greg (Brenda) Clifford, of Valencia, Mike (Lynn) Clifford, of Cranberry Township, Tim (Linda) Clifford, of Evans City, Sharon (Chuck) Johnson, of Gibsonia, and the late Jack Clifford; brother of the late Odette Yesline; father-in-law of Jill Clifford, of Cranberry Township; also survived by 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A World War II Navy veteran, Jack served in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Sangay. Amongst all the jobs he held over the years, he was most fond of his near 20 years working with Holy Sepulcher School, where he loved interacting with and helping countless children. Jack also was a gifted craftsman and woodworker. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Sepulcher Church, Glade Mills. Interment with military honors will follow in Holy Savior Cemetery, Gibsonia. In lieu of flowers, donations to Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 E. Cruikshank Road, Butler, PA 16002. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Doan, Susan 59

  • Treesdale
  • Died: 2015-04-28
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Susan Maynard Doan lost her fight in the early morning of Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in her Treesdale home, after saying "no" to her oncologist's six-month diagnosis and embarked on an eight-month long marathon against pancreatic cancer. She was 59. She leaves behind her devoted husband, best friend and favorite chemo companion, Brent Doan, and their two gorgeous children: her favorite comedian, Joshua Jon Doan, 39, of Oakland, Calif., and her living legacy, daughter, Stephanie Rose Doan, 24, of New York City. Born in Fontana, Calif., Susan was a granola-crunching, California girl at heart. Her family moved up north while Susan was in grammar school and she grew up basking in the Petaluma sunshine. She often recalled spending much of her childhood playing in the great outdoors. After graduating from Sonoma State with an English degree, Susan spent the next decade or so working an array of colorful jobs: a newspaper journalist, Tower of Power groupie, Macy's salesgirl (where she met her husband - he sold shoes, so the two were a perfect pair), the assistant to a bigwig computer techie, a real-estate agent, a paralegal, a snail farmer and stay-at-home mama. Finally, she returned to school in the mid '90s to pursue her true passion of teaching. Susan was predeceased by her golf-pro father, Ira Raymond Maynard, and survived by her mother, Dolores Tucker Maynard, and two adult brothers, Stephen and Perry, all of who still live in Northern California. Her older brother, Stephen, was born with Down's syndrome and ultimately inspired her to become a special education teacher. She received a B.S. in early childhood education from University of North Texas and a M.A. Ed., in special education from Northern Kentucky University. Susan had the patience of an angel and was able to kindle children with learning differences to love school, at a point when their former teachers had given up on them. She taught elementary school for many years before settling in as an inclusion teacher at Penn Christian Academy, located in Butler County. There, Susan kick-started a stellar program for children with mild to moderate learning differences. Her students loved her fun, reformative teaching style, parents applauded their kids' new enthusiasm for learning and fellow teachers knew her as always willing to fight for the best interest of not only her "kids" as she called them, but also any student in need. Whether that meant leading student council meetings, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army or leading a conga line of students dancing around the school to Pharrell's "Happy" song, Susan loved being a teacher. She retired in June 2014, months before her diagnosis, but was still blessed with an outpouring of visits, cards, phone calls and prayers from her former students and their forever-thankful parents throughout her cancer battle. Their positivity really kept her going! Susan's family moved often, so she learned to pack boxes like a champ and make new friends wherever "home" was. Besides, she was the ultimate caregiver of her family, always putting the needs of her family before her own, up until the day she died. During her 30 years of marriage to Brent, they lived in California, Texas, Connecticut, California again, Florida, Texas again, New Jersey, Ohio (she hated it), Texas a third time and finally in Pennsylvania for the past six years. Susan always hoped to return to the West Coast, however, she settled for a picturesque house on Lake Erie to squash her coastal blues. She and her husband spent most of their weekends up north taking their boat, Gypsea, voyaging on Lake Erie and collecting sea glass for her (maybe) blossoming jewelry making hobby. Susan loved shopping, especially for anything labeled Coach or Louis Vuitton. She was also, one of the original Aveda hair salon enthusiasts, and her beauty and style magnified with age. She listened to Carol King and James Taylor, even during the decade the two artists refused to perform together, and was at their first reunion concert. She encouraged both her children to reach their sky-high goals in life and was the best mom. She had seen every Goldie Hawn, or Meryl Streep, or Diane Keeton movie ever, and was an original ER fan (back when Clooney was just another handsome doctor). She was a Ben and Jerry's foodie, a master wings, enchiladas and taco maker, threw the best birthday bashes, went to opera school for a brief few weeks before figuring out that she hated opera, sang car karaoke like a boss and was above all a faithful servant to our Lord and Savior. Susan will be missed by her family, friends and all who had the privilege of getting to know her. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Mars Alliance Church, 997 Route 228, Mars, PA 16046. Her family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. before the service. A celebration of Susan's life will follow at her family home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Susan's memory to The Lustgarten Foundation at lustgarten.org or mail to 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714. The Doan family would like to thank Celtic Hospice for their excellent care. Arrangements are being handled by McDONALD AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Kerr, W. David 69

  • Uniontown , Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1945-06-02
  • Died: 2015-05-01
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • W. David Kerr, 69, of Uniontown, formerly of Pittsburgh, died peacefully Friday, May 1, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 2, 1945, a son of the late William Ernst Kerr and Ann (Thomas) Kerr, of Oakmont. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John A. Kerr, of Lighthouse Point, Fla. David was a devoted husband to his wife of 27 years, Carol (Lally) Kerr and a loving father to their children, Charles and Kelsey. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Patricia Dawson, of New Jersey; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kathryn Dawson and Susan Yeager, of New Jersey, Jack Lally and wife, Margaret, of Connecticut, Robert Lally and wife, Debbie, and Patrick Lally and wife, Kaaren, of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews. David was a partner in Kerr, Mogg and Koehner in the North Side, Pittsburgh. He also worked as ranch manager at Nemacolin Woodlands, sales representative for Permacote Industries and was the cofounder of Specialty Conduit, Mt. Braddock. He was active in many organizations, such as the Duquesne Club, Uniontown Country Club, where he was the co-chair of the Annual Pro Am, member of the Nemacolin Woodlands 400 Club, Pittsburgh Ramblers, Beaver Creek Anglers, Pike Run Country Club and member and vice-chairman of the Community Foundation of Fayette County. During high school, David excelled in sports, lettering in basketball, football and track. As a junior in high school, he beat the longstanding record in the 180 low-hurdles and did exceptionally well in the half-mile and mile relays. In his senior year he took second in the state hurdles. He was offered football scholarships to Oklahoma State University, University of Chattanooga and the University of Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia and Duquesne University. During the Vietnam War, he served his country in the Navy. David was an avid sportsman, loved the outdoors and loved to travel. He was an avid fisherman including deep sea and fly-fishing. He also loved shotgun sports. Although he started relatively late in life, skiing and golf were also his passions. He was a generous and compassionate man, who will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown, where services will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Foundation of Fayette County, 2 West Main St., Suite 101, Uniontown, PA 15401. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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