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Baker, James F. 94

  • Brackenridge
  • Died: 2014-04-01
  • Funeral Home: Siemianowski, West Deer | Get Directions
  • James F. Baker, 94, of Brackenridge, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 1, 2014. He was a retired, self-employed plasterer and a World War II Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Madeline M. Baker; and three sons, Jim, Michael and Allan Baker. James is survived by sons, George R. Baker and Gary D. Baker; daughters, Patricia Baker, Becky (Rich) Ostrowski Sr. and Darlene Baker; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. May his family find comforting memories which live on within their hearts as his is now with his wife and sons. Dearly loved and forever missed. May he rest in peace. He will be cremated with no service.
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Benko, Frank 86

  • Reserve Township
  • Born: 1927-09-28
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Frank Benko, 86, of Reserve Township, died peacefully Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Slovenia, Yugoslavia. He was the beloved husband of the Rev. Patricia Arledge-Benko; loving father of Frances Marie (Ronald) Bishop; stepfather of Zeta A. (Charles H. Jr.) Turner; and grandfather of Michael and Stephen Turner. Frank worked for 35 years for John Unertl Optical Company on East St. and in Mars. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ross Township. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association of Pittsburgh, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or American Slovenian Citizens Association, 230 Herron Ave., Cheswick, PA 15024. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Carmassi, Evelyn M.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Marie (Yacomelli) Carmassi, of Ross Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Carmassi; loving mother of Gary M. Carmassi (Judy), Ronald P. Carmassi (Linda) and the late Joseph S. Carmassi Jr. Mrs. Carmassi is also survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Evelyn was a longtime restaurant owner in the North Hills area, owning Rebels Corner Restaurant and Carmassi's Restaurant in Ross Township. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where a blessing service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Vincentian Home.
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Carr, Catherine M. 92

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Catherine M. (Adelman) Carr, of McCandless, peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the age of 92. She was the loving wife of the late Robert Carr; beloved mother of Susanne (William Medovitch) Carr and the late Diane Carr; grandmother of Lori Hayden and Kevin and Jeff Medovitch; and was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Juliet and Elsa. She will also be missed by her nieces and nephew, Marge Hickman, Sandy Wittman and Ed Gangwisch, as well as many good friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday in St. John's Lutheran of Highland, 311 Cumberland Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Cieslak, Lorraine C. 83

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1930-09-10
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Lorraine C. Cieslak, 83, of Richland Township, Gibsonia, died Saturday evening, April 12, 2014, at St. Barnabas Home in Gibsonia. Born in Scottdale, Sept. 10, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Lorraine Amend Carlin. A homemaker, Lorraine was a member of St. Kilian Church, where she belonged to the Christian Mothers. An avid card player in the Mars area, she also was a member of the Haymont Card Club. Surviving are two daughters, Mary J. Watach (Joseph), of Ambridge, and Kathleen M. Ochsenreiter (Robert), of Glenshaw; six sons, Edward T. Cieslak (Irene), of Tucson, Ariz., David G. Cieslak (Linda), of St. Michael, Minn., Kenneth V. Cieslak (Catherine), of Lady Smith, Va., Gregory P. Cieslak, of Gibsonia, Jeffrey A. Cieslak (Christen), of Ben Avon, and Brian K. Cieslak, of Gibsonia; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Regina Carlin, of Lake Charles, La.; a brother, George Carlin (Carol), of Economy Borough; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor A. Cieslak, whom she married on Jan. 19, 1952, and who died Oct. 20, 2008; by a sister, Rose Mary Aul; and three brothers, James, Thomas and William Carlin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Wednesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars, with Father Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery, Pine Township. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, in care of St. Kilian Church, 7076 Franklin Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Clifford, Ellen

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Ellen "Bonnie" Clifford, of Ross Township, died Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the loving mother of Eric Clifford and grandmother of Ashley Clifford; sister of Walt (Kay) Kaye, Ruth (Ron) Roth, Paul (Arlene) Kaye, Marion (Rob) Patinski and Roberta Niggel; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until the time of service at 8 p.m. Wednesday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless. Memories can be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Eisenhuth, James B. 84

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1930-03-09
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • James B. Eisenhuth, 84, of White Oak, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Family Hospice and Palliative Care at Canterbury Place. He was born March 9, 1930, in Duquesne, son of the late James B. and Sarah (Kelly) Eisenhuth. Jim was retired from U.S. Steel Duquesne Works, working in the Blast Furnace. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, of North Huntingdon. He served as an usher at the 8:30 a.m. Mass Sunday. He proudly served his county in the Army during the Korean War. He was the beloved husband for 55 years to Irene "Rene" (Schorr) Eisenhuth; father of Laura L. (Todd M.) Sullivan, of Boalsburg; and grandfather of Meghan Sullivan and Makenzie Sullivan. He was predeceased by his brother and sisters, Thomas H. Eisenhuth, Naomi Eisenhuth, LaVerne Mason, Alma Moffat and Ruth Lynch; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. No visitation on Easter Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with the Rev. Len Stoviak, the Rev. W. David Schorr and the Rev. John McKenna. Interment with military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201.
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Gaisford, Dr. John C. 98

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John C. Gaisford, M.D., 98, of Fox Chapel, passed away on Masters Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances Jacobs Gaisford; and father of Linda Tedder (Mike), Cindy Close (Chuck) and Carolyn Imbriglia (Joe). Also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014. Remembrances may be made to West Penn Hospital Burn Care Center, 4800 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Goston, Richard F. 67

  • Etna , Formerly of Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Richard F. Goston, 67, of Etna, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was the beloved father of Emily S. (Jorge) Orsovay and the late Gretchen M. Jones; loving grandfather of Nicholas Orsovay and Zachary and Carly Jones; and is also survived by former spouse, Carol (McElhattan) Logan. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
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Grossman, Helen C. 92

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Helen C. Grossman, 92, of Franklin Park, died Sunday, April 13, 2014. She was the wife of the late William Grossman; loving mother of William Grossman (Lois), Susan Hirt (Rick), Cheryl Love (Greg) and Michele Love (Jeffrey); sister of Lois Polivka and Walter Crispens (Shirl); and is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
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Hart, Gerald E.

  • Formerly of Fox Chapel
  • Born: 1931-04-08
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Gerald E. Hart passed peacefully Monday, April 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Gene Hart. He was born April 8, 1931, in Manhattan, N.Y., to Joe and Ruth Ann Hart. Big Ger and Gene raised six children, boasted frequently of their 21 grandchildren and one great-grandaughter. Big Ger attended Brooklyn Prep High School, West Point Military Academy, as well as Kansas State University and Columbia University. He was active and involved in many organizations including the Iron and Steel Institute, the Economic Club of Detroit, served as chairman of the Pope John XXIII Hospitality House, as well as a board member of the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. He was also proud of his affiliation with Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Kappa Psi Business fraternity. His professional career was highlighted by 30 years at J and L/LTV, followed by another 10 years split between Fruehauf and Dietrich Industries. In his spare time, he worked over a decade in the NFL and USFL as a football official, after playing in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. Before that, his athletic highlights included the NCAA heavyweight boxing title and having played on the last undefeated West Point football team. He was an avid golfer and over the years, a proud member of Oakland Hills, Bloomfield Hills and Oakmont Country Clubs where he shot his only hole in one! Carrying the torch and advancing his zest for life includes son, Kevin (Peggy) Hart and their children, Michael, Patrick, Ryan, Caitlin and Brendan; daughter, Mary (Kirk) Ferentz and their children, Brian, Kelly, Joanne (Tyler), James and Steven; son, Joe (Mary-Elaine) Hart and their children, Maureen, Catherine, Kevin and Michael; daughter, Bunny (Tim) Bennett and their children, Madison and Tom; daughter, Patty (Girard) Phillips and their children, Joe, Matt, Annie and Jimmy; daughter, Margie (Wade) Souza and their son, Ben; and finally, Brian (first grandchild) and Nicole Ferentz delivered his first great-granddaughter, Presley. Today we are counting our blessings for having him in our lives and confident Big Ger's spirit will live on through all of us whose lives he so lovingly touched. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at St. Scholastica Church, 309 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Hartzer, George 93

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • George Hartzer, 93, of Munhall, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Jennie Hartzer; loving father of Leslie (Paul) Balint, Larry (Amy) Hartzer, Eric (Carol) Hartzer and Laura (Brian) Tebbe; grandfather of Lisa (Tom) Novosel, Nathan (Donna) Hartzer, Pete Hartzer, Emily (Mike) Harlacher, Amber (Matt) Alexander, Ryan Wingerson and Aaron Tebbe; great-grandfather of Hayden, Sydney, Carson, Elyse, Mikey and Carmella; and brother of Charles Hartzer and Elsie Scarsellone. He was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers. George was a decorated World War II Army veteran. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Condolences may be left at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Krasman, Helen B. 90

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1924-03-14
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Helen Barbara (Labik) Krasman, 90, of Duquesne, was peacefully taken home by the Lord Friday, April 11, 2014, with her beloved daughter and friend, Mary Beth, near her side. Helen was born March 14, 1924, in Williamstown, Pa., daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Gerenda) Labik. She was the wife of the late William George Krasman; loving mother to Mary Beth (Mark) Mattis, of South Park, and William (Barbara) Krasman and Karen (Luther) Meyer; grandmother to Zachary and Jacob Mattis and Jordan Meyer; cherished sister-in-law to Elizabeth "Betty" Krasman, of West Mifflin; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Helen worked at U.S. Steel Corporation Duquesne Works in the accounting department for 15 years. Helen was a very loving, caring and kind person who dedicated decades of her life to many charitable activities including the Intersection Meal Center in McKeesport and Kane Hospital, where she received much recognition for outstanding volunteer service. Helen was blessed with many talents including a beautiful choir singing voice, and playing the piano and organ. She loved to sketch pictures of flowers and people and write inspirational poetry. She greatly enjoyed music and crossword puzzles but most importantly loved to read her bible and pray for her family and people in need. Helen gave all of herself in all that she did. She found gratification in feeding the sick and elderly and helping anyone who needed her. Her compassion for people was the angelic essence of her beautiful spirit. Private services will be held to honor and celebrate Helen's 90 years of life. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Latzy, Margaret 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Marge" (Novak) Latzy, 90, of West Mifflin, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Novak; beloved wife of the late George B. "Gute" Latzy; loving mother of Bernard (Bonnie) Latzy and June (Michael) Duli; sister of the late John, Andrew, Frank, Albert and Len Novak and Helen Gezovich; grandmother of Lynnette Carmichael, Lori (Brad) Gottschalk and the late Michael Christopher Duli; great-grandmother of Ashley and Amanda Minech, Michael Carmichael and Brenden, Madisyn and Cameron Gottschalk; and is also survived by two great-great-grandchildren. Marge loved to play cards and she faithfully did the Post-Gazette crossword puzzles daily. She was also a member of Resurrection Church in West Mifflin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Laughlin, Donna R. 68

  • Center Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Donna R. (Osbourne) Laughlin, 68, of Center Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Alner Rafe Osbourne; beloved wife of James Laughlin and the late Robert Wagner; beloved mother of Charles and Mark Wagner; dear stepmother of David J. Laughlin, Lori Carnahan and Wendi Kerr; and dear step-grandmother of Keenan and Camille Kerr. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. Memorial donations may be sent to the Lymphoma Society for Blood Cancer Research.
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Miller, Donald G. 83

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1930-10-10
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Donald G. Miller, 83, of Bethel Park, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian-Montefiore Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 10, 1930, in Buffalo, N.Y., a son of the late George C. and Eleanor K. (Blum) Miller. Donald began his career as a ceramic engineer with Boeing Company, Wichita, Kan., and was employed by Cook Electric, Morton Grove, Ill., General Motors Company, Allison Division, Indianapolis, Ind., before retiring from the former Westinghouse Electric Corporation, R and D Center in Pittsburgh. He was an Army veteran who enjoyed hockey, especially when his son Keith was an avid hockey player growing up. Don was enthusiastic Steelers and Penguins fan. Other interests included tennis, golfing and skiing in his younger days. Memberships included but were not limited to the Franklin Mint Die Cast Collector Club, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, American Ceramic Society and the University of Buffalo Geology and Geography Society. Surviving are his devoted wife of 36 years, Mary Ann (Mance) Miller; loving son, Keith D. Miller and his wife, Alison (Kaufman) Miller, of Windham, N.H.; three cherished granddaughters, Julia, Kyla and Aliya, all of Windham, N.H.; a sister, Elaine (Miller) Nehrbass, of Mt. Dora, Fla.; and three nephews, Brian (Melissa) Nehrbass, of Newport News, Va., Gary (Cynthia) and Alan (Melissa) Nehrbass, all of Florida. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the WOLFE-von GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow with military honors in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Motosicky, Joseph 88

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1925-05-13
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Joseph Motosicky, 88, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, following a brief illness. He was born May 13, 1925, in Harrison Township, a son of the late Paul and Mary (Hrustinec) Motosicky. Joseph had lived his entire life in Natrona Heights. He was a first ladleman for Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy and a member of St. Joseph Parish, Natrona. Joseph was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed his camp in Clarion, boating and gardening. Survivors include his children, Joseph W. (Pamela) Motosicky, of Allegheny Township, Teresa (Russell) Poe, of Buffalo Township, Linda (Stanley) Stull, of Freeport, Thomas P. (Susan) Motosicky, of Natrona Heights, and Mathew G. (Kimberly) Motosicky, of Buffalo Township; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Also surviving is a sister, Rose (Robert) Betts, of Natrona Heights. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty M. (Becker) Motosicky, in 1995; grandson, David J. Johns in 2007; five brothers, Clement, John, Steve, Amos and Lou Motosicky; and a sister, Ann Wiskeman. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., offering Cremation Services, 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona. Interment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rack, Edward J. 100

  • Coral Springs, Fla. , Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Died: 2014-04-05
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  • Edward J. Rack, 100, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Coral Springs, Fla. He was the beloved husband of the late Genevieve; loving father of Janice (Robert) Sherman, of Elizabeth Township, Norman (Nancy) Rack, of Coral Springs, Fla., and the late Eddie Kent. Mr. Rack is also survived by his grandchildren, Dale, Mark, Craig, Lynne, Tracy, Tobias, Tina and Todd; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Anne Stencil and Emily Korbar; and sister-in-law, Lila Gdovic. Eddie and Gen founded Seven Springs Golf Course in Elizabeth Township in 1954, which the family still owns and operates. The family is planning to celebrate his life at a memorial service in June 2014 at the golf course. Arrangements have been entrusted to KALIS-MCINTEE FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Online condolences can be made at KalisMcintee.com.
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Ressler, Daniel R. 32

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1981-07-21
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Daniel Robert Ressler, 32, of Elizabeth, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born July 21, 1981, in McKeesport and was the son of Sherry Leaver Ressler, of Elizabeth, and the late Robert D. Ressler who died June 28, 2011. In addition to his mother, he is survived by brothers, Justin T. (Lauren) Ressler, of Elizabeth Township, and Rusty W. (fiancee, Meagan) Ressler, of Elizabeth; uncle, Tom (Gail) Ressler and their granddaughter, Danielle Yost, of Reading; nephews, Lucas and Cam Ressler; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Erin E. Evans officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Sando, Dr. Isamu 85

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Isamu Sando, M.D., 85, professor emeritus, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, died Saturday, April 12, 2014. Born in 1928, in Ashikaga, Japan, near Tokyo, Dr. Isamu Sando worked hard as a young man to follow the example set by his father-in-law, Yoshio Ogura, who, during his career, had been awarded a Merit Medal from the Emperor of Japan. Dr. Isamu Sando graduated from Nihon University Medical School in 1952 and trained in Otolaryngology at Sagamihara National Hospital. In 1962 he came to the United States with his wife, Yoko, and their daughter, Mariko, to do a Fellowship in Temporal Bone Histopathology with Professor Harold Schuknecht at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. Widely respected and dearly loved by his associates, research fellows and peers throughout the world, he is most fondly remembered as a kind, caring and compassionate professor of Otolaryngology and Pathology and the director of the Elizabeth McCullough Knowles Otopathology Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He mentored every resident in Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh and more than 40 research fellows from his native Japan from 1976, when he joined the department, until his retirement in 2001. He helped everyone advance their careers and share the knowledge he had worked so hard to gain. His contributions to the Department of Otolaryngology were recognized by the Department in the awarding of Emeritus Professor status in October 2001. His unique ability to describe the microscopic anatomy of the temporal bone in both English and Japanese resulted in a better understanding of many disease processes in the ear and made him a much sought after lecturer throughout the world. During his 50-plus year career, he contributed more than 200 publications and published a medical school text book in Japan. He gave more than 260 lectures and presentations throughout the world. His research was consistently supported by research grants from NIH and the Deafness Research Foundation. In recognition of his significant contributions to medical science in 2007, he was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasures, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon medal from the Emperor of Japan. He truly lived by his credo, "Think positive, work hard, and have good relations." This is best exhibited by his last year and a half with us in which he cast his walker aside and proudly strode the foyer to shake hands with the Japanese Consulate General while proudly wearing his Emperor's Medal, danced at his granddaughter's wedding, returned to his beloved Japan to see his friends, colleagues and research fellows at his Alma Mater, Nihon University. Early December brought the birth of his great-granddaughter, Casey Grace, and just before Christmas 2013, he achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. He is survived by Yoko, his beloved wife of 54 years; daughter, Mariko (Jack); grandchildren, Jackson and Maya (Andrew); great-granddaughter, Casey Grace; sister, Kotoko Aoki; Pittsburgh family, Akiko, John, Miki, Erica and Justin; and his family's beloved hero, Dr. Eugene Myers, who was with them always as mentor, boss and, most importantly, friend. Isamu's passing was peaceful and in the presence of his loved ones. We will miss him dearly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street (http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com). A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, in Heinz Chapel.
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Schrieber, G. Eulalia 89

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1924-10-31
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • G. Eulalia Schrieber, 89, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully Friday, April 11, 2014, in Baldock Health Care Center, North Huntingdon. She was born Oct. 31, 1924, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late William V. and Henrietta (Bradley) Wylie. She was the wife of the late J. Raymond Schrieber. Eulalia formally worked for the Famous and Gimbles department stores. She also worked in the home health care. She was a former member of the White Oak Lions Club and AARP 2171. She had been a resident of the Grandview Apartments for several years. No visitation or services will be held. Private inurnment will be at Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum next to her husband. Arrangements are under the care of the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Sobol, Jean K. 84

  • McKees Rocks
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Mcdermott, Mckees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Jean K. Sobol, a lifelong resident of McKees Rocks, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the age of 84. She was the beloved wife of the late Carl A.; loving mother of Carl F. (Sharon) and Tim. Jean also leaves behind her cherished granddaughter, Ashley. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, with a blessing service being held at 4 p.m. and Rosary being said at 7:30 p.m. http://www.mcdermottfuneralhome.com.
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Zacharias, William E. 90

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • William E. Zacharias, 90, of Ross Township, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. He was the loving father of Linda (Joseph) Danver and Donna (Gregg) Corsello; grandfather of Rebecca, Melissa, Joseph, Dawn and David; and is also survived by five great-grandchildren. Prior to his retirement, William worked as a guidance counselor in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy. He was a member of the VFW, the North Allegheny Senior Softball Association and North Hills Community Baptist. William enjoyed life and could often be found playing softball and golf, dancing, playing cards or just socializing with his friends. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. Friends may gather at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday for a procession to Mt. Royal Cemetery for committal services. Following that, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. in the North Hills Community Baptist Church. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Ament, Kenneth E. 85

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1928-10-18
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Kenneth E. Ament, 85, of Ligonier, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Oct. 18, 1928, in Cook Township, a son of the late Charles M. and Anna Stahl Ament. Prior to his retirement in 1997, he had been employed as a dispatcher for Laidlaw Bus Lines for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Waterford United Methodist Church, the Ligonier Valley Senior Citizens and served time with the Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Donald L. Ament, in 1997; and three brothers, Charles, Emory and Norman Ament. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Sarah M. "Betty" Ament; a son, Jeffrey M. (Donna) Ament, of Tigard, Ore.; two grandchildren, Lee (Stephanie) and Christopher Ament; two great-grandchildren, Rohan and Browyn Ament; and a daughter-in-law, Laura Ament, of Latrobe. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Ken's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Fred Zickefoose officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit: http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Balogh Sr., James 97

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of White Oak
  • Born: 1916-11-11
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • James Balogh Sr., 97, of North Huntingdon, formerly of White Oak and McKeesport, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, April 14, 2014, dying peacefully at home. Jim was born Nov. 11, 1916, in McKeesport, a son of the late Gabor and Mary (Szekely) Balogh. He was the husband for 66 years of Elizabeth (Kovach) Balogh. Jim was a lifelong member of Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport, where he served as an elder of the church council and helped formulate the plans for the new church building development, where Free Hungarian Church of McKeesport currently resides. He retired from U.S. Steel, National Tube, after working there for nearly 50 years. Jim had a "green thumb" and enjoyed making a vegetable garden each summer; many of these vegetables were shared at family picnics and "Hungarian bacon frys" which were an important aspect of Jim's heritage. Jim and his wife, Betty, traveled to Hungary and Europe, and took numerous train excursions with family and friends. Even in his declining years, he continued to enjoy family events, Steelers games and parties, and celebrating his birthdays with family and friends. Above all else, he loved spending time with his late wife, Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gabor Balogh; and Joker, a therapy dog who was of great assistance to him. He is survived by his son, Jim, and daughter-in-law, Paula A. (Pazur) Dawson Balogh, of North Huntingdon; granddaughter, Gaylinne Joy Berry and her husband, Danny, of Toney, Ala.; great-granddaughter, Cameo Ray Balogh Berry, of Toney, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews and family members. He is also survived by his brother, William Balogh, of Finleyville. Family and friends are invited to join for visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at noon Friday at Free Hungarian Reformed Church, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Borsay officiating. A committal service will be held at McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. A special thanks is extended to the staff and management of Heartland Hospice for all their kindness and care.
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Fraicola, Frank Fritz 80

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1933-07-30
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Frank "Fritz" Fraicola, 80, of Herminie, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born July 30, 1933, in Herminie, a son of the late Andrew and Mary (Macinsky) Fraicola. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Vickie Jo and Jayme Fraicola; four brothers, John, Mike, Andrew and George Fraicola; and three sisters, Katie Nelson, Mary Arway and Tillie Cardinale. Fritz was a Korean War veteran having served with the Army. Prior to his retirement he was a securities analyst having worked for Mine Safety Appliances Co. in Pittsburgh for more than 28 years. He was a member of St. Edward Church in Herminie, a life member of the Herminie Volunteer Fire Department Station 15, Herminie VFW Post 8427, Sewickley Township Community Ambulance Service, Sewickley Area Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and SNPJ Lodge 87. He loved spending time with his special grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Fritz is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Loretta (Pace) Fraicola, of Herminie; two daughters, JoAnn (Rick) Newingham, of Arona, and Joyce Taylor and John Martin, of Bracey, Va.; a son, Frank J. (Janet) Fraicola, of Herminie; six grandchildren, Jennifer (J.J.), Mandy, Carissa (Barry), Stephanie, Josh and Alli; six great- grandchildren, Hailey, Andrew, Reed, Blake, Alonna and Drake; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice, especially Melanie Glowacki for all their love and compassionate care over the past weeks. Friends will be received 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Father John J. Harrold officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sewickley Township Volunteer Fire Department, 101 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, in memory of Fritz. The fireman will meet for services in the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening.
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Guzzi, M. Luella 89

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1924-04-29
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Giunta -Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • M. Luella Guzzi, 89, of Arnold, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in her residence. She was born April 29, 1924, in Leechburg, to the late James L. and Nellie (Page) Bodenhorn; and wife of the late Gregory M. Guzzi, who died in 2011. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Jean Prunty. She was a member Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, Addolorata Society of the church. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and spending time with her family. Survivors include a son, Michael J. Guzzi, of Oakmont; two granddaughters, Lisa (Remo) Ficca, of Lower Burrell, and Lori Robinson, of Hyde Park; four great-grandchildren, Kayla, Courtney, Abby and Joey; and one great-great-grandson, Gregory. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 1509 Fifth Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner, supervisor. A funeral liturgy, outside Mass, will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Jurkovic Jr., John E. 84

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-03-08
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • John Edward Jurkovic Jr., 84, of South Greensburg, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at his home. He was born March 8, 1930, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late John and Margaret (Hogan) Jurkovic. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Westinghouse and later Powerex of Youngwood. He was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, the VFW and American Legion, both of Mt. Pleasant, a life member of the Kosciuszko Club and also a life member of the Hecla Sportsmen's Club. He was a social member of the Mt. Pleasant Firemen's Club. He was also a veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Pacek Jurkovic; their son, Jeffrey John Jurkovic and his wife, Cosette, of North Huntingdon; three sisters, Mary Ellen Fullman, of Mt. Pleasant, Florine Anderson and her husband, Matt, of Greensburg, and Janet Shaffer and her husband, Howard, of Bear Rocks; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joseph and Judy Pacek, of Greensburg; several nieces and nephews; and two grandpuppies, Klondike and Snow. Friends will be received from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg. Prayers at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 1 p.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kemerer, Carol A. 66

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1947-12-09
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Carol A. Kemerer, 66, of Youngwood, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Mountainview Specialty Care Center. She was born Dec. 9, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Blair C. Jr. and Livia (Pastore) Kemerer. She formerly had been employed by Eat'n Park. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas B. Kemerer; a sister, Kathleen Bihon; a niece, Deannette Bihon; paternal grandparents, Blair C. Sr. and Eldora Kemerer; and maternal grandparents, Louis and Nancy Pastore. She is survived by a brother, Larry L. Kemerer and his wife, Deborah, of New Stanton; and several nieces and nephews. Honoring Carol's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Private interment will be in Hillview Cemetery. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Levendosky II, John Butch T. 65

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Derry
  • Born: 1948-06-02
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • John T. "Butch" Levendosky II, 65, of Greensburg, formerly of Derry, died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 2, 1948, in Latrobe, a son of the late John T. "Jack" and Edna L. McManamy Levendosky. He was a member of Word of Life Ministries in Greensburg; a graduate of Derry Area High School; a Vietnam War Navy veteran; life member of the VFW; and a former EMT with the Derry Area Ambulance Service. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas A. Levendosky; and a nephew, Chad Horwat. Butch is survived by his sister, Rebecca L. Kercher (James), of Townsend, Mont.; two brothers, Robert F. Levendosky (Joyce), of Greensboro, N.C., and David M. Levendosky (Marcie Beaman), of Derry; an aunt, Peg O'Hara, of Bowie, Md.; a niece, Tina Levendosky; and three nephews, Adam and Andrew Levendosky, and Jimmie Beaman. Friends will be received from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 2 p.m. with Pastor Curt Detar officiating. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Marucco, Kathleen L. 61

  • Latrobe , Formerly of Reading
  • Born: 1953-03-19
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Kathleen L. Marucco, loving sister and aunt, 61, formerly of Reading, died Monday, April 14, 2014, after a four-year battle with cancer, at her brother's home in Latrobe. She was born March 19, 1953, in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Leroy "Babe" Marucco and Ann Corey Marucco. Kate graduated from Greater Latrobe High School where she developed her love of art and theater. She went on to Edinboro College where she earned a degree in Art. Growing up in Latrobe, she was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. Her career in retail advertising took her from Troutman's in Latrobe to Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, Ga., and finally to Reading, where she managed print advertising for the Boscov's department store chain until last year. Kate loved animals, especially her long-haired Dachshund, Hannah; trips to New York City with her niece, where they would meet her nephew and his wife for Broadway shows; vacations in Cape May; and music, especially Bruce Springsteen. She leaves behind her brother and sister-in-law, David and Connie Marucco, who were her caregivers. Her brother will be eternally grateful to his wife, Connie, for her hours and hours of work caring and fighting for Kate. Also surviving are her niece, Megan Marucco, of Shadyside, and her nephew, Michael Marucco and his wife, Erin, of Columbus, Ohio. Throughout this ordeal, many people worked so hard for Kate, too many to name individually. But the family would like to single out Brenda Sioris, Kate's wonderful friend in Reading, for all her help and love and her Latrobe caregivers, Jo Ann Pry, Deborah Rich and Joan Thompson, whose skill, dedication and compassion made Kate's and her family's lives so much better. The family also wants to thank the staff at the Arnold Palmer Cancer Center, especially the truly amazing Leslie Stewart and Beth O'Neil from Excela Home Health and all the family and friends who were there for Kate and her family, especially her cousin, Lou Marucco. After a long hard fight, the family has requested there be no calling hours or public services. Burial will be private at Unity Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Contributions in Kate's honor may be made to Action for Animals Humane Society, 386 Route 217, Latrobe, PA 15650 or your local Humane Society. 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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McCoy, Vernabelle S. 81

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1932-06-03
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Vernabelle S. McCoy, 81, of New Alexandria, died peacefully Sunday, April 13, 2014, in her home. She was born June 3, 1932, in New Kensington, to Foster Lovell Stephens and Mabel Adell Longdon. Vernabelle was a housewife and homemaker. She was an avid sailor, and she and her husband built a 41 foot sailboat in their front yard. In 1981, she, her husband and family sailed from Norfolk, Va., across the Atlantic Ocean to Portugal. During the next 17 years, she and her husband, friends and family sailed throughout the Mediterranean as far east as Turkey, the Baltic Sea as far north as Oslo, Norway, as well as many canals and rivers of Europe, taking a break in 1991. Then, homeward bound, the group sailed back across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Barbados with her two sons and Pittsburgh sailing friends. For two more years, they cruised the Caribbean, the Bahamas and the Intra Coastal Waterway back to the Magothy River on Chesapeake Bay, where they had begun their journey 21 years earlier. She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, James Allen McCoy. There are four children, Kim McCoy, of Worcester, Mass.; Jan McCoy and wife, Dr. Kimberly Rau, of Fox Chapel, and Sean and Maggie; Jil McCoy, of New Alexandria; Lyn McCoy and husband, Rick Szelinski, of Belleview, Wash., and Annie and Stephen. P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets in New Alexandria in charge of arrangements. Interment and services will follow at a later date. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Mellor, Patricia J. 73

  • Derry , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-08-23
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Kepple - Graft , Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Patricia Jean (Mancini) Mellor of Derry, formerly of Greensburg, went home to be with the Lord Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born Aug. 23, 1940, in Monongahela. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Kenneth L. Mellor, and their three children: son, Brad (Kim, Clarksville); daughter, Amy Urana, of Latrobe; and daughter, Tammy Welsh (Rich, Greensburg). She is also survived by her sisters, Dolores Rendulic (Jim, Finleyville) and Linda Hludzik (George, Framingham, Mass.); her beloved grandchildren, Karen (David) Kulivan, Jacob, Katie, Lauren, Joey and David; and her great-grandchildren, Nathan and Violet Kulivan. She was preceded in death by her brother, Anthony Mancini; and her parents, Mary and Anthony Mancini. Patricia was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ in Greensburg and remained a devoted mother and grandmother throughout her life. She will best be remembered by her quick wit and storytelling. She was always "pretty okay" no matter the question. Her family will always remember her love for them and for the Lord. She will be greatly missed by all. Viewings will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will continue from 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, at The Church of Jesus Christ, Rt. 136, Greensburg, until time of the 11 a.m. funeral service with Elder Paul Gehly presiding. A private burial will take place in Monongahela Cemetery. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, has been entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com./.
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Novak, Richard J. 61

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1953-03-12
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Krupa, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Novak, 61, of New Kensington, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital. He was born March 12, 1953, in New Kensington, to the late Henry and Josephine Valasek Novak. He lived in the area all his life. Richard had worked for Allegheny Ludlum as a finisher in the No. 3 Department, retiring in 2006, after 30 years of service. He was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed camping, fishing and playing with his grandson, Mason. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline "Sue" (Athey) Novak, of Arnold; daughter, Melynda Novak, of New Kensington; two stepsons, Michael Novak, of Pittsburgh, and Jeremy Novak, of Arnold; brother, Henry (Linda) Novak, of Allegheny Township; sisters, Sheila (Robert) Uzmack, of Tarentum, Marlene (Dan) Palchinsky, of North Carolina, and Stacy (Bill) Novak, of Level Green; and grandchildren, Mason, Hailie and Bella. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph F. Miller. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until the time of funeral outside Mass at 7 p.m. Friday in the JOHN F. KRUPA FUNERAL HOME INC., 1000 Freeport Road, New Kensington, 724-337-7504, Robert Jarosinski, supervisor. Burial will be Saturday in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.
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Shannon, Edith E. 75

  • Export
  • Born: 1938-11-18
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Edith E. (Hileman) Shannon, 75, of Export, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born Nov. 18, 1938, in Greensburg, daughter of the late Frank and Edna Hileman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Q. "Beige" Shannon in 2009; a sister, Marie Hileman; and a brother, Clair Hileman. Beige and Edie owned and operated Shannon's Auto Heaven along Pleasant Valley Road for 46 years. Edie is survived by a daughter, Tammy (Fred) Geahry; a grandson, Ryan Geahry; a sister, Mary Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews. According to Edie's wishes, there will be no visitation or services. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sisti, Anthony 83

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1931-01-07
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Anthony "Tony" Sisti, 83, of Jeannette, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Jeannette, a son of the late Joseph and Josephine Stella Sisti. Prior to his retirement, Tony was the owner/operator of the former QT's Tavern in Jeannette. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the Navy. In addition to his parents, Tony was predeceased by a brother, Victor J. Sisti. He is survived by his wife, Donna Odorisio Sisti; a daughter, Leslie Sisti, of Jeannette; a brother, Dom C. Sisti and wife, Carroll, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. A blessing service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul Lisik presiding. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity or organization of one's choice.
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Taylor Sr., Jack A. 81

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1932-11-11
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Jack A. Taylor Sr., 81, of Ligonier, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor. He was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Arona, a son of the late Aldren A. Taylor and Grace (Shupe) Taylor. Jack was retired from Kennametal with 35 years of service. He was a former member of Ligonier Country Club, Old Colony Sportsmen's Club and Laughlintown Protective Association. Jack was an avid hunter, shooter and golfer. He is survived by three sons, Jack A. Taylor Jr. and his wife, Jody, of Latrobe, Jay M. Taylor and Jeff C. Taylor, both of Lower Burrell; seven grandchildren, David, Kaitlin, Sara, Stephanie, Jay, Alyssa and Megan; and the mother of his children, Joy L. Taylor, of Cocoa Beach, Fla. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment are private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Wilkins, Marien E. 45

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1968-09-08
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Marien E. "Maddie" Wilkins, 45, of Hunker, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Sept. 8, 1968, in New Brighton, daughter of Richard and Donna (Johnson) Tucker, of Rochester. She worked as a manager for Long John Silvers in Mt. Pleasant/Scottdale and Belle Vernon. She was a member of Anxiety Bowling League, Bier Haus Pool League of Ruffsdale, a part of the Eat n Park Singers and enjoyed karaoke. Besides her parents, surviving are her husband, Robert J. Wilkins; two daughters, Jessica E. Wilkins and Taylor-Jane Rose Wilkins, both of Hunker. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., with the Rev. Bonnie King officiating.
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Armstrong County

Matthews, Martha Fern 90

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1923-06-28
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Martha Fern Matthews, 90, of Kittanning, died Monday, April 14, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 28, 1923, in Toby Township, Clarion County, daughter of Samuel V. and Anna Blanche (Wilson) Myers. Fern was a lifetime resident of the Kittanning area and graduated from Sligo High School in 1942. She was a member of St. Luke's United Church of Christ. Fern enjoyed quilting and walking her dog. She also loved the beach, but her favorite place to be was with her family. Fern will be greatly missed by her family, who deeply loved her. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Ronald David Matthews and wife, Darlene, of Madison, Ala., and their son, Rick Korab; her daughter, Carol Bucko and husband, John, of Dayton, and their son, Matthew Bucko; her daughter, Barbara G. Heilman and husband, Curt, of Kittanning, and their daughter, Stephanie Edwards and husband, Matt; brother, Orville Myers, of Manfield, Texas; and sister, Anna Mae Lingenfelter, of Mechanicsburg. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas D. Matthews; and brothers, Dwight, Eugene and Vincent Myers. At Fern's request, services will be private. Burial will be in Lawn Haven Burial Estates, Worthington. Arrangements are being handled by BAUER FUNERAL HOME. Contributions can be made in Fern's honor to St. Luke's United Church of Christ, 333 N. McKean St., Kittanning, PA 16201. To leave a condolence for Fern's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Butler County

Brandt, Katherine L. 82

  • Mars
  • Born: 1932-03-22
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Katherine L. "Kay" Werling Brandt, 82, of Mars, died Monday morning, April 14, 2014, at LAS St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars. Born May 22, 1932, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Clara Meyers Werling. She had worked in the office of Three Rivers Food Brokers and enjoyed camping with the Moraine Blazing Stars Campers. Kay loved flower gardening and crocheting. She was a member of St. Kilian Church in Mars. Surviving are her husband, Raymond J. Brandt, who she married Aug. 20, 1955; a daughter, Terri Brandt, of Mars; three sons, Donald Brandt (Jane), of Maryland, Craig Brandt (Kim), in Georgia, and Charles Brandt (Kim), of Saxonburg; her grandchildren, Melissa Marion (Brett), Adam Brandt (Jess), Gloria Brandt, Amber Smith (Lance), Layla, Elizabeth, Jason, Charles Jr., Andrew and Erin Brandt; a great-granddaughter, Mila Marion; a brother, Robert Werling; and two sisters, Esther and Deanna Werling, all of Warrendale. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Father Charles Bober, officiating. Burial will be in St. Gregory's Cemetery, Zelienople. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. Memorials may be made to LAS St. John Specialty Care Center for Employee Appreciation, PO Box 928, Mars, PA 16046.
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Vogel, E. Eileen 82

  • Mars
  • Born: 1932-01-30
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • E. Eileen Vogel, 82, of Mars, passed away Saturday morning, April 12, 2014, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless, after a short illness, with her family at her side. Born Jan. 30, 1932, in Phoenix, Ariz., she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Margaret Lawless Johnson. Eileen retired after 25 years as a dispatcher for Spector Freight of Evans City. For 18 years, she was the owner of 3-D Ceramics in Mars. She was a generous supporter of local volunteer community organizations. She was a member of St. Kilian Church and the Silver Sneakers in Mars. She was the beloved wife of 62 years of Donald E. Vogel, who she married March 8, 1952; loving mother of Debra Vogel, of Las Vegas, Nev., Donna Steed and her husband, Vincent, of Cranberry Township, and Diane Vogel, of Mars; her grandchildren, Danielle Gundlach (Alan) and Vincent Steed II; and two great-grandsons, Logan and Luke Gundlach; two sisters, Irene Kanerva, of Portage, Mich., and Patricia Johnson, of Arnold, Calif.; and two brothers, George Michael Johnson and his wife, MaryAnn, in California, and Paul Bernard Johnson and his wife, Patsy, in Arizona. She was preceded in death by her infant twins, Gale and Dale Vogel; sisters, Helen Lepker, Julianna Easton and Mary Jane Johnson; and a brother, Hubert Johnson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Sts., Mars, with Father Christopher Donley officiating. Memorials may be made to Quality E.M.S., Animal Friends or St. Kilian Church Building Fund. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Macz, Sandor F. 39

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1974-09-18
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Eley-Mccrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Sandor Frank Macz, 39, of Belle Vernon, passed away tragically Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington Township, Fayette County, as a result of being struck with a train. He was born Sept. 18, 1974, in Rahway, N.J., son of Sandor Macz and Judith A. Stevens Lilley, who both survive. Sandor was a member of the Nottingham Christian Center in Eighty Four. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends who dearly loved him. Surviving are his father, Sandor Macz and wife, Jeanean, of Monongahela; mother, Judith A. Stevens Lilley, of Monessen; two sons, Tyler and Dylan Macz, of Monongahela; siblings, Lisa Radar, of Belle Vernon, Frank Macz, of Spring, Texas, Christine Davis, of Fayette City, Kevin Macz, of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Dennis Macz, of Monessen; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Funeral arrangements were handled by the ELEY-MCCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, PA 724-326-5621, http://www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com.
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Owens, Ada M. 63

  • Hopwood
  • Born: 1950-09-30
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Ada M. Owens, 63, of Hopwood, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. She was born Sept. 30, 1950, in Connellsville, a daughter of Ethel Hammett Martin and the late Charles Martin. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her mother; a sister, Sandra Sandor and husband, Michael, of Ohio; a brother, Robert Martin and wife, JoAnn, of Virginia; an uncle, Melvin Hammett and wife, Nora, of Hopwood; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Jimmy, Charlie and Melvin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Jim Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Cemetery, Dunbar.
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Vojacek, Rita G. 58

  • West Leisenring
  • Born: 1956-03-24
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Rita G. (Wilhelm) Vojacek, 58, of West Leisenring, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Laurel Ridge Center, Uniontown. She was born March 24, 1956, in Connellsville, daughter of Kenneth Wilhelm, who preceded her in death and Anna Marie (Savage) Wilhelm, of Uniontown. In addition to her mother, she is survived by two children, son, Steve G. Vojacek and fiance, Sharon, of Hopwood, daughter, Rachel Ann Vojacek, of West Leisenring; a grandson, Maxx Vojacek, of Uniontown; five brothers and sisters, Nancy Morris, of Virginia, Clyde Savage and Jamie, of Perryopolis, Shirley Jarzynka and husband, Ed, of Hopwood, Bonnie Gaudiano and husband, Don, of Uniontown, and Ken Wilhelm, of West Leisenring; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown. The funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Kenneth Walls and Pastor Vincent Winfrey officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at http://www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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White, Genevieve Jenny B. 86

  • Indian Head
  • Born: 1928-02-12
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Genevieve Barbara "Jenny" White, 86, of Indian Head, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Jenny was born Feb. 12, 1928, in Ralphton, Somerset County, a daughter of the late Lester "Huck" and Catherine (Blucas) Nedrow. She was a member St. Raymond Catholic Church for 18 years and currently a member of Indian Head Church of God, where she was Sunday School superintendent of the primary department for many years. Jenny was passionate about children and helped the youth of the church raise money to attend church camp. Jenny graduated from Connellsville Area High School in 1946. She attended Penn State University and California University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education in 1969. Jenny earned her master's degree in reading and elementary supervision from California University in 1974. She retired from her job with the Connellsville Area School District as a first grade teacher after 22 years of service. After her retirement, Jenny established numerous scholarships for students from Saltlick and Springfield townhips for them to attend institutions of their choice and pursue the field of education. And so, her legacy lives on. Jenny will be sadly missed by her beloved husband of 67 years, H. Dean White. She is survived by her loving family; four sons, Dean Keith White and wife, Cindy, of Maysville, Ky., Mark R. White and wife, Karen, of Indian Head, Todd E. White and wife, Janet, of MaysviIle, Ky., and Daryl E. White and wife, Charlene, of Connellsville; her daughter, Susan B. Shepler and husband, Mark, of Indian Head; 10 grandchildren, Brian (Gena) White, Emily (Greg) Huizen, Eric White, Ethan White, Sara (Mike) Lindsay, Katie (Bill) Noel, Amy (Ryan) Gartley, Andrea Shepler, Rachel Shepler and Cyrus Shepler; six great-grandchildren, Nolan and Allen White, Laila Huizen, Jackson Dix, Eli Noel and Foster Gartley; her sister, Mary Griger and husband, Bob; her sister, Grace Hoover and husband, Duane; her brother, John Nedrow and his wife, Marilyn; her sister, Helen Sparks and sister, Catherine Wolk and husband, Paul; her brother-in-law, Doran "Curt" White and his wife, Barb; sister-in-law, Virginia White; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, William Sparks; brother-in-law, Harold White; a niece, Trudy Sparks; and three nephews, Adam Wolk, Joseph Nedrow and John C. White. The family would like to thank the staff at Emeritus Senior Living Facility in Latrobe and also Grane Hospice Care. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft. Additional viewing for Genevieve will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, the time of services, in Indian Head Church of God, Indian Head, PA 15446, with Pastor Doug Nolt and Pastor Ed Mikkelsen officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 Main St., Findlay, OH 45840 or to Camp Sonrise Mountain, P.0. Box 2321, Indian Head, PA 15446, in memory of Genevieve B. White. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneraIhomes.com.
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Buechele, G. Michael 70

  • The Villages, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-04-12
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  • G. Michael "Mike" Buechele, 70, of The Villages, Fla., formerly of the Greensburg-Latrobe area, died peacefully Saturday, April 12, 2014, with his wife of 38 years, Mitzi, their son, Greg, daughter-in-law, Ashley, and granddaughter, Cosette, at his bedside. Born in Pittsburgh, he was predeceased by his parents, Greg and Bernice Buechele; and his devoted uncle and aunt, George and Anne Buechele Deike. Mike is survived by his wife, son and family, brother, Paul and wife, Carla, of Atlanta, and numerous special cousins, nephews and nieces. Mike fought the fight against cancer for three years with strength and dignity, but eventually could fight no more. A memorial service will be held April 25 in Hope Lutheran Church, 250 Avenida Los Angelos, The Villages, FL 32162. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to Hope Lutheran Church or the church or charity of your choice.
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