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Balson, Donald 84

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Donald "Dinky" Balson, 84, of Plum Borough, died Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 53 years to Nancy (Sauers) Balson; father of Donald, David and Daniel; grandfather of Donnie, Katie, Matthew and Sarah; brother of the late Anna Unterberger, Helen Balson, Alex, Nick and James Balson; and brother-in-law of Martha Balson, Marcia (the late Joseph) Scaramuzzi and Paul (Carol) Sauers. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Don was 1950 graduate of Plum High School and earned his bachelor's degree from California State College of Pa. He was a proud Army veteran. After 30 years, Don retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Balzer Sr., Theodore H.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Theodore H. "Ted" Balzer Sr., of Swissvale, died Sunday, April 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 56 years to Julia "Judy" (Perla) Balzer; loving father of Michelle "Mickey" Pfister and her husband, Brian, Tad Balzer and his wife, Vicki, Amy Conley and Lonny, Jeffrey Balzer, Beth Kassab and her husband, Greg, Tracey Hnat and her husband, Steve, Mary Schneir and her husband, Stefan and Lisa O'Dell; dear PapPap of Jared, Jackie, Shane, Luke, Jake, Bryan, Matthew, Josh, Stephanie, Alec, Sydney, Madison, Nichole and Douglas; and brother of Harriett "Sissy" Minnotte (and son, Danny), William, Emmett, Harry and Martin Balzer. Ted was a retired baker and a Korean War Army veteran. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A service will be held at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Braddock Catholic Cemetery Chapel, Braddock Hills. The family requests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 3459 Fifth Ave., No. 421 West, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Batis, Nikolaos 62

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Nikolaos "Nick" Batis, 62, of Plum, died with his family at his side Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was the dearly beloved husband of Carol (Stefanos) Batis for 39 years; loving father of John (Kristy) Batis, of Gibsonia, and Nicole (Steve Cousins) Batis, of Lower Burrell, and the late Stefanie Batis; adored grandfather of Maximus Batis; son of John N. and the late Joanna Loukisa Batis, of Plum; treasured son-in-law of Irene (the late Frank) Stefanos, of Plum; brother of Jerry (Tamala) Batis and Tasso (Gloria) Batis, both of North Huntingdon; and is also survived by nieces and nephews and grand-puppies, Sammy and Snickers. Nick was born in Greece and journeyed with his family to America in 1966 and founded Batis Electric Company Inc., located in Plum for 38 years. Nick enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and most of all spending time with his family. His favorite quote was "Only in America." Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion will be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, in the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, Oakmont, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Global Fibrosis Foundation c/o Carol Hribko, Yale Dermatopathology Service, 15 York St. LMP 5031, New Haven, CT 06520-8059.
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Catullo Sr., William J. 87

  • Plum , Formerly of Bloomfield
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • William J. Catullo Sr., 87, of Plum, formerly of Bloomfield, died Monday, April 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Geraldine Catullo; father of Guy (Diane) Catullo, of Juno Beach, Fla., William (Debra) Catullo Jr. and Cyndi (Lee) Parshook, of Tampa, Fla.; grandfather of Kristin Shields, Kelly Jackson, Ashley Catullo, Andrew Catullo, Emily Catullo, Zachary Parshook, Jacqueline Parshook, Victoria Parshook and Ben Parshook; great-grandfather of Jeremy Jackson, Zander Jackson and Hailey Grace Shields; brother of Ray Catullo and the late Albert, Daniel, Ann, Agnus, Emma and Ida; brother-in-law of Yolanda Catullo; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. William was a World War II Army veteran and retired from Westinghouse. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. John the Baptist Church.
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Cuturilo, Nicholas A. 60

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1954-12-18
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Nicholas A. Cuturilo, 60, of McKeesport, was called home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Meadow Crest Nursing Center. Born Dec. 18, 1954, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Nick and Rosemarie (Kumf) Cuturilo. Nick graduated from McKeesport High School in 1972. He was an altar boy and member of Sacred Heart Croatian Catholic Church in McKeesport. Growing up, Nick was a natural all around athlete and an avid sports fan. You could ask him any sports question and he would know the answer. He was also a classic movie buff and worked at U.S. Steel National Tube Works in the electric weld department. His memberships included the American Croatian Club Dobrotuor in McKeesport, where he was a bartender for many years. In earlier or healthier years, Nick enjoyed fishing and canoeing with friends. Just recently, Nick battled and survived cancer. He is survived by his siblings, Stephen (Sherie) Cuturilo, of Glassport, Noreen (Gary) Reynolds, of Shaler, and Joseph Cuturilo, of Liberty Borough; and nephews, Gary Jr. and Nick Reynolds, of Shaler. Family and friends will gather at 11 a.m. Saturday for a blessing service at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, in Port Vue. Inurnment will follow. Arrangements were entrusted to WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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D'Orazio, Pio O. 88

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Pio Olindo D'Orazio, 88, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Donora, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Rosalinda D'Orazio; loving father of Paul (Peggy) D'Orazio, of Massachusetts, Susan (Ed) Generazio, of Virginia, Grace (Steve) Sherman, of Jefferson Hills, and Robert (Lisa) D'Orazio, of Mt. Lebanon; and grandfather of Amy D'Orazio, Rose Generazio, Edward Generazio, Nicholas (Shannon) Sherman, Alexander (Alaina) Sherman, Dean Sherman, Andrew Sherman, Michael D'Orazio, Vincent D'Orazio and Emma D'Orazio. He was very much looking forward to the birth of his first great-grandchild, due on his birthday, August 14. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paolo D'Orazio and Maria Assunta Colangelo. Born in Torre de Passeri, Italy, Pio and Rosalinda immigrated to the United States in 1952. He began working as a tailor and in 1967 co-founded Donora Sportswear Inc., which became one of the only U.S. based contractors for London Fog for 25 years. Donora Sportswear Inc. employed hundreds of people from the Mon Valley during the 1970s and 1980s. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Thomas a' Becket Parish. Burial will follow at Monongahela Valley Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Thomas a' Becket Church Building Fund, 139 Gill Hall Road, Clairton, PA 15025. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Eversole Jr., Olen B. 62

  • Coulter
  • Born: 1952-08-28
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Olen B. "Sonny" Eversole Jr., 62, of Coulter, died Sunday, April 26, 2015. He was born Aug. 28, 1952, in McKeesport, a son of Beatrice Miller Eversole, of McKeesport, and the late Olen Eversole. He served in the Marine Corps. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Kathy Horn Eversole; children, Rhonda (Robert) Phillips, of McKeesport, and Jamie (Kristen) Eversole, of Belle Vernon; grandchildren, Logan and Madison; siblings, Mary Louise, of Martins Ferry, Ohio, Gail, of Glassport, Jeanie, Edna May, Janie, Donald and Edward, also all of McKeesport; and his Boston terrier pug, Boss. Arrangements by 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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Freund, Rosemary 79

  • Overbrook
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Rosemary Freund, 79, of Overbrook, died Sunday, April 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 62 years of Elmer; mother of Renee (Tom) Blum, Lance, Nadine, Brigitte (Pat) Joyce, John (Val), Todd (Lauri), Nicole (Paul) Cord and the late Jeffrey (the late Jacqueline); grandmother of 16; great-grandmother of nine, with a 10th on the way; and sister of William (Barbara) Volzer and the late Elmer (survived by Emily Volzer and Lucille Kaulkstein). She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227. Funeral prayer at 11:15 a.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial at noon in St. Norbert Church. If desired, family suggests contributions to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or American Lung Association of PA, 810 River Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Fulop, Mary Ann T. 74

  • Boston
  • Born: 1940-11-18
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Theresa Fulop, 74, of Boston, died Saturday, April 25, 2015. She was born Nov. 18, 1940, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Michael E. and Rose Miller Yurechko. She was a member of St. Michael Parish, Elizabeth Township. She is survived by her husband, Alex Fulop; sons, Alex (Carol) Fulop, of Elizabeth Township, and Jason (Kara) Fulop, of Chesterfield, Va.; sister, Florence (Buck) Boegel, of Plum; brother, Michael (Karen) Yurechko, of Elizabeth Township; grandchildren, Brandon, Brian, Abigail, Carter, Julianna and Brooks Fulop; and nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Thomas Wagner, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at 412-664-2295. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Greiner, Dolores A.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Dolores A. (Fath) Greiner, of Ross Township, died Sunday, April 26, 2015. She was the wife of the late Jacob F. Greiner III; loving mother of Frederick J. Greiner Sr. (Jean), Edward F. Greiner Sr., Robert N. Greiner Sr. (Connie), Ronald W. Greiner (Jody), John C. Greiner (Joyce) and the late Judith M. Eackerfield; sister of Barbara Heim; and is also survived by 16 grandchildren; the late SSG Edward Greiner Jr.; and 12 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Sebastian Church.
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Grgic, John 72

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • John Grgic, 72, of Penn Hills, died Monday, April 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Sandra Wagner. He was the brother of Gary Grgic and the late Joy McCue and Joseph Grgic; and uncle of Joseph V. Grgic, Lorraine Manko, Susan Winkler, Michael McCue, Timothy McCue and Terry McCue. John was an Air Force veteran during Vietnam. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, PA 15235.
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Hardick, Jo Anne

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1932-06-18
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Jo Anne Hardick, of North Versailles, died peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2015. Born in Punxsutawney, June 18, 1932, Jo Anne was the daughter of the late Andrew and Charlotte Dean McGregor Hardick. She was preceded in death by a brother, James. She is survived by her best friend, Mary Lou "Cookie" Whitezell, of North Versailles; a niece, Susan Young, of Clarion; her pups; and loving friends and family. Jo Anne graduated from Punxsutawney High School, received a bachelor's in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1954, and a master's degree in special education from the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the teaching staff of Wilkinsburg School District in 1954, becoming supervisor of special education, a position she created, for 15 years. A fearless advocate for her students and teachers, she enjoyed the lifelong admiration and friendship of both. Jo Anne mentored many teachers who knew they had met her exacting measure when she bestowed an "Attaboy" on them. After retiring, she had a new career in antiques, doing shows at area malls, as well as dealing through several stores. She was a member of South Avenue United Methodist Church. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., FOREST HILLS CHAPEL, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Family and friends are invited to gather at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home to proceed to Mt. Royal Cemetery for interment, followed by a memorial service at noon in South Avenue United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to South Avenue United Methodist Church, Wilkinsburg, or Monroeville Pet Hospital Care Fund, 232 Center Road, Monroeville, PA 15146.
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Harper-Copeland, Helen M. 85

  • Formerly of Elizabeth
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Helen M. (Daff) Harper-Copeland, 85, of China Grove, N.C., formerly of Elizabeth, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury, N.C. after a period of declining health. Helen had moved from Elizabeth to North Carolina in 1998 and was a member of the Bethel Wesleyan Church in Kannapolis, N.C. Born Sept. 24, 1929, in Randolph County, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Olen and Elma (Smith) Daff. Helen is survived by her husband, James R. Copeland; son, Garry Harper, of Monroe, N.C.; daughter, Gwen Hoyt, of Graham, N.C.; grandchildren, William E. Harper II, Matthew S. Harper, Nichole Flett and Nicholas Jones; great-grandson, Jaxon Flett; and sister, Nelda Goodwin, of Kannapolis, N.C. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William E. "Bill" Harper, July 10, 2000. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth. A funeral service will take place at noon Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Roy A. Kelly officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, her family requests memorial contributions be made to the Bethel Wesleyan Church Building Fund, 4036 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, Kannapolis, NC 28083. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Jagger, Fern K. 91

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Fern K. Jagger, 91, of Bethel Park, formerly of Upper St. Clair and Detroit, Mich., died Monday, April 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence A. Jagger; loving mother of Donald Lawrence (Carol) Jagger, of Holts Summit, Mo., Lois Elizabeth (Donald) Schultz, of Overbrook, Kan., and Robert Paul (Janice) Jagger, of Washington, Pa.; grandmother of five; and great-grandmother of six, with one on the way. She loved to garden and particularly enjoyed travelling, seeing and learning about new places. Fern was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church since 1970 and was a member of the choir where she enjoyed singing. She had an interest in and concern for everyone around her and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Christ United Methodist Church, Bethel Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15223; or Prime Time at Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102; or Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 301 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201.
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Kelly, Donald J. 84

  • Ohio Township , Formerly of Spring Hill
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Donald James Kelly, 84, of Ohio Township, formerly of Spring Hill/Northside, died Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Karen (Mullen) Kelly and the late Dorothy (Szymanski) Kelly; father of Patricia (Dennis) Mahafkey; proud grandfather of Kelly (Steve) Bekker, Lauren (Jesse) Fairbanks and Kaitlyn Mahafkey; dear great-grandfather of Benjamin Bekker; brother of Eleanor Presto, Gloria Etzi and the late Jack and Charles Kelly and Evelyn Rinker; stepfather of Donna and Deborah Tedesco; and step-grandfather of Brian Tedesco and Danielle McTighe. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Kelly, Harry R. 74

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Harry R. Kelly, 74, of Shaler/Glenshaw, died Friday, April 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann (Lamperski) Kelly; son of the late Harry R. and Fiore Kelly; loving father of Kevin (Buffy) Kelly, Carrie (Richard) Penn and Steven (Deborah) Kelly; beloved Pap Pap of Sean, Lauren, Kyle, Kayla, Ryan and Scott; dear brother of Ellen Friedman and Ileen Kelly; and beloved uncle of Kathy Eckert, Pattie Cuffman, Joey and Jamie Lamperski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the BOCK FUENRAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township, with military honors.
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Kosinski, Richard W. 70

  • Brentwood
  • Died: 2015-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Richard W. Kosinski, 70, of Brentwood, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015. He was born in Nashville, Tenn. to Henry and Mary Jo Kosinski. He was the loving father of Richard W. Jr., of Pittsburgh, David, of Colorado, and Jennifer (Rubel) Montoya, of Colorado; grandfather of Taeya Montoya; brother of Bill (Dawn) Kosinski; also survived by his nieces, nephews, cousins and friend, Donna. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Wenger. Rick was an Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War, and retired from the Reserves. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Blessing service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Maloney, Elizabeth

  • Carrick
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Liz" (Brown) Maloney, of Carrick, died Friday, April 24, 2015. She was the wife of the late Dennis M.; loving mother of Denise Connolly, Michael F. and Christine E; grandmother of Amanda Leedy, Joseph Connolly, Emma Palmer, Cameron, Hattie Grace and Preston; and loving sister of Beverly "Bev" Arensberg. Friends will be welcomed from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 1008 Castle Shannon Blvd., Castle Shannon. Blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Manuel, Janice 72

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Janice Manuel, 72, of Allison Park, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She was the wife of Harry; mother of Diana Lynn and Timothy Paul; grandmother of Mayan and soon to be Mackenzie; and sister of Ralph (Jean) Hoagland. A graveside service will be held at noon Saturday, May 2, at St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery, Middle Road. Immediately following, a celebration of life luncheon will be held at Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church social hall. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kindness and heartfelt sympathy. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Masters, Janet 76

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Janet (Gardner) Masters, 76, of Penn Hills, died Friday, April 24, 2015, surrounded by family. She was the beloved mother of Bob Masters and Tom (Christine) Masters; loving sister of Dan (Christine) Gardner; cherished grandmother of Jordan and Luke; and aunt of Jeffrey, Sean and Stephanie. Janet was co-owner of Master's Insurance Service with her son, Bob, in Forest Hills for the past 23 years. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001, where service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
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McCalip, David W. 85

  • Ohio Township
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • David W. McCalip, 85, of Ohio Township, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Joanne "Munro" McCalip; loving father of Gregory W. (Wendy) McCalip and Alane M. (Steven) Malerick; and proud grandfather of Brian and Kevin Malerick, Chance, Jessica and Melanie McCalip. David was a microbiologist for the Army during the Korean War and also worked more than 40 years at the HJ Heinz Company as a microbiologist. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment to follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Condolences to www.pinkertonfuneralhome.net.
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Meskel, Edward R. 28

  • Natrona
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Edward R. "Eddie" Meskel, 28, of Natrona, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 24, 2015. He was the beloved son of Mary (Donald) Sasinoski and Geoffrey (Linda) Meskel; beloved fiance of Amy Rebecca Ross; loving brother of Mandy Meskel, Geoffrey Meskel Jr., Danielle Meskel and Charleyne Meskel; and stepbrother of Thomas and Samuel Kaminski, Lorie and Maria Sasinoski; father figure to Skyler Star Summers; grandson of Theresa Meskel; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. A Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at St. Pio Parish-St. Edward Church, Blawnox. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the family.
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Oskin, Karen A. 67

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1948-01-23
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Karen A. Oskin, 67, of Duquesne, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian. She was born Jan. 23, 1948, in Braddock, to the late Joseph and Helen (Kalinsky) Buchko. She was a retired cashier from Giant Eagle. She was an avid book reader and enjoyed playing cards. She was the beloved wife of 46 years to Raymond W. Oskin; mother of Beth (Mark) Janusek, of Bethel Park; grandmother of Katrina, and twins Brandon and Megan Janusek; sister of Jay Buchko; and sister-in-law of Leonard "Leo" Oskin, of Duquesne. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUENRAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, Supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, Funeral Director. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. John Gropp officiating. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park.
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Reilly, Joseph E.

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-04-08
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph Edmund Reilly, of McCandless, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 44 years of M. Roberta (Watt); proud and loving father of Kara L. Reilly; brother of Patricia Snyder (William D.), Elizabeth Forbes (the late Henry H.), the late Paul J. Reilly (survived by Elizabeth) and the late Mary F. Portner (survived by Jan); and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, in St. Catherine of Sweden Church. Joe enjoyed a long career with Guardian Protection Services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, The Children's Institute, The American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. "Life is all about the ride." -Joe Reilly
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Rodgers, Betty J. 92

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Betty J. Rodgers, 92, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, April 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward L. Rodgers. She is survived by her children, Edward Roy (Susan) Rodgers, of Zelienople, Timothy D. (the late Diane) Rodgers, of Sarver, Thomas M. (Lenore) Rodgers, of Irwin, and Deborah A. (Duane) Templeton, of Penn Hills; and is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings, Roy (the late Francis) Hughes, Esther (the late Frank) Riley, Edna (the late Donald) Jaronski, Shirley Hughes and Donna (John) Koran. She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Matthew Rodgers; and two siblings, Eva Cuccaro and Douglas (the late Margie) Hughes. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, in the First English Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg. Interment will follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Online condolences may be made at www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Schomburg, Wilfried K. 86

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Wilfried K. Schomburg, 86, of Whitehall, passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband to Marion M. (Petersen) Schomburg for almost 60 years; loving father of Sharon S. (Ron) Barrett and Kathryn A. (Don) Hess; caring grandfather of Christopher J. and Laura E. Barrett; and is also survived by several cousins in Germany and the United States. Wilfried was born in Hannover, Germany, to the late Willi and Frieda Schomburg. In 1950, he immigrated to the US. After honorable military service during the Korean Conflict, he attended MIT and graduated as an electrical engineer. He began his professional career working for the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad, a US Steel owned railroad, and retired as data communications manager for seven major railroads. Wil was the secretary/treasurer of the Philatelic Society of Pittsburgh for many years. He was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to all the caregivers from Comfort Keepers and the nurses and aides from Family Hospice and Palliative Care. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until time of funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Shultz, Frank L. 72

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Frank L. "Butch" Shultz, 72, of Penn Hills, died Monday, April 27, 2015. He is survived by loving children, Christine Shultz, Jennifer (Kenneth) Mckeag and Mary Furko; also survived by grandchildren, Katie, Jessica, Brianna, Kenny Jr., Ryan, Brandon, Jocelyn and Brittany; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Barbara (Dennis) Dunegan. He was preceded in death by Roxanne Shultz, Robin Maxwell and George (Nancy) Shultz. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Funeral services and interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Slabe, Elsie V.

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Elsie V. (Nagy) Slabe, of Braddock Hills, died Friday, April 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 59 years to Robert L. Slabe. Elsie is survived by her cousins, Nicky Mylo and Rosemary Morgan. She was the aunt of Donald Slabe and his wife, Cindy, and Sandy Foster and her husband, Dave. Also surviving are two grandnephews and a grandniece; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Slabe; and a brother-in-law, William Slabe. Elsie retired in 1994 after 24 years as the accounting manager with Kopp Glass Inc., in Swissvale. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Soderlund, Patricia L. 75

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1939-07-02
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Patricia Lee Soderlund, 75, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Life Care Hospice of Natrona Heights. She was born in Frazer Township, July 2, 1939, to the late Lawrence and Dorothy Luty Murray and has been a lifelong resident of the community. Mrs. Soderlund was a member of Walter Chapel Methodist Church in Rural Ridge where she had taught Sunday school. She enjoyed sewing and baking and especially liked being with her family. Surviving Patricia are her loving husband of 52 1/2 years, Billy Soderlund; her son, Billy (Mariene) Soderlund, of Ashville, N.C.; foster son, Stanley Jancowski, of North Hills; niece, Sandy Carson, of Mt. Holly; brother, Larry (Audrey) Murray, of Harmony; and nieces and nephews. Friends are invited for visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., where services will commence at 11 a.m. Wednesday with burial to follow in Prospect Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit us at www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Vlasick, Helen A. 83

  • Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Helen A. (Rakarich) Vlasick, 83, of Wilkinsburg, died Sunday, April 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter J. Vlasick; loving mother of Linda Shimko and Peter T. Vlasick and his wife, Deborah; dear grandmother of Brian, Christopher and Jason and his wife, Nicole; and great-grandmother of Caleb and Alina. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. James Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Interim Hospice, 1789 Braddock Ave., Suite 220, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Wagner, Randy D. 58

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1957-04-13
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Randy D. Wagner, 58, of Monroeville, passed away Monday, April 27, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Randy was born April 13, 1957, in Huntingdon, a son of Don and Joyce (Randolf) Wagner, of North Versailles. Randy worked at Quadrant Engineering. He is survived by his wife, Janelle Wagner; his children, Michael Wagner, Jessica Buechler (Mike), Janelle Wagner (Rico) and Holly Buechler; and their granddaughter, Kenzie Hieter, whom they are raising. He is also survived by three grandchildren; 10 brothers and sisters, Robin and Tom Vetler, Rick Wagner, Richelle and Paul Kasardo, Roger Wagner, Rita Ptaszkiewicz, Ralene and Kevin Nesky, Ryan and Cheri Wagner, Ranessa and James Sudy, Rolinda and Pat Pawlak, and Rosanne and Rodd Williams; 22 nieces and nephews; and four great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford. Funeral and burial service time and date will be announced. Memorial donations may be made to the funeral home. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Wessner, Thomas A.

  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Thomas A. Wessner passed away surrounded by his friends and family Sunday, April 26, 2015, after a long illness. His courage during his struggle with cancer and his encouragement to those close to him was an inspiration to us all. A successful business man and avid sportsman, Tom and his brother Bill led Metro Heating and Cooling on Banksville Road for 40 years. Tom took great pride in making people comfortable. Reflecting the esteem of his peers, he was elected president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and actively supported their agenda in Washington. Tom was a wonderful father, a fine and loyal friend and the best brother one could imagine. Known for his generosity to friends and family alike, he was always ready to help on a project, with a gift or a fishing trip to Tillman's Island or even to the vineyards in France. He was a cheerful, kind, thoughtful, loving man who will be long in our heart. He is survived by his sons, Brian and Zach Wessner; his grandson, Cole; his sister, Ann Winer; and his brothers, Bill, Charles and Richard Wessner. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUENRAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Funeral service will be held privately by the family. www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Westmoreland County

Barnhart, Donald E. 82

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1932-07-20
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Donald E. Barnhart, 82, of Hunker, died Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born July 20, 1932, in Greensburg, son of the late James and the late Ellamae (Garris) Barnhart. He was a member of Holy Cross Church. He retired as a molding machinist for Precise Tech of East McKeesport. Surviving are his wife, Betty J (Timko) Barnhart; and four children, Donald E. Barnhart, of Pittsburgh, Jim P. Barnhart and wife, Rose, of Irwin, Timothy Barnhart and wife, Cheryl, of Hunker, and Betty Trinkley and husband, Joseph, of Ruffsdale; daughter-in-law, Alisa Barnhart, of Mt Pleasant; a sister, Doris Query, of Greensburg; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Marty Barnhart; daughter-in-law, Grace Barnhart; three brothers, Russell Barnhart, Vince Barnhart and Dan Barnhart; and two sisters, Marie Lawrence and Dorothy Moore. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Holy Cross Church with the Rev. Bill McGuirk officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. There will be a rosary service at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital ICU, third floor, and Excela Hospice for all their love and care.
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Biasucci, Mary 95

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1919-12-27
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Mary (DePaolo) DePaul Biasucci, of Murrysville, formerly of Yukon, was committed to loving memory Saturday, April 25, 2015. She was born Dec. 27, 1919, in Crabtree, a daughter of the late James and Florence DeBone DePaolo. Mary was formerly employed by the Victory Glass Works in Jeannette. She was a member of the Seven Dolors Parish, Yukon, and a member of the Christian Mother Association. Mary was resilient, proud, strong-willed, resourceful, principled and spiritual. An enthusiastic worker, she was absolutely dedicated to her husband and children. She loved to watch sports and could shoot a basketball well into her eighth decade of life. She maintained a spotless home and was a marvelous cook and baker. Her children and grandchildren always looked forward to special occasions, when she made her exceptional ravioli, chicken, pizzelles and rolls. She extended her hospitality to all who entered her home and immediately (and repeatedly) offered them food and drink. She was never afraid to accept a challenge and earned her driver's license at the age of 66. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Peter Angelo Biasucci. She is the last surviving of seven children including her twin brother, Lewis DePaul, along with Joseph DePaolo, Michael and John DePaul, and her sisters, Carmella Chick and Rose Costello. She is survived by her daughters, Anita Perricelli and her husband, Anthony, and Gail Blessing and her husband, Gerald, of Plano, Texas; and son, Peter Biasucci Jr. and his wife, Margaret, of Carlisle. Mary was the devoted grandmother of Scott Perricelli and his wife, Susan, Brett Perricelli and his wife, Julie, Cara Perricelli Zahn and husband, Thomas, Meghan and Mollie Blessing, Leta Biasucci, Maureen Smith and her husband, Ryan, and Kate LoVerdi and her husband, Jason. She is the cherished great-grandmother of Nicholas, Julia and Christopher Perricelli, Sophia Perricelli, Thomas and Olivia Zahn and Jack and Henry Smith. She is also survived by numerous other nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Mother of Sorrow Roman Catholic Church. During her last years of a celebrated life, she was under the loving, compassionate and attentive care of the friends and staff at Redstone Highlands in Murrysville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Redstone Highlands Benevolent Fund, 126 Mathew St., Suite 2000, Greensburg, PA 15601. Arrangements entrusted to the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-461-6394.
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Brugh, Edna N. 100

  • Born: 1914-12-23
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Edna N. (Guttridge) Brugh, 100, went to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior, Friday, April 24, 2015, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township, surrounded by her loving family. Edna formerly resided in Swissvale, Venice, Fla., for 32 years, and seven years in Severna Park, Md. She was born Dec. 23, 1914, in North Braddock, a daughter of the late Alfred and Hannah (Birch) Guttridge. In addition to her parents, Edna was predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 Years, Clyde O. Brugh, in 1988; two great-grandchildren, Alex and Autumn Soltys, in 2001; and two sisters, Anne Gilmour and Elizabeth Fox. She is survived by her loving family: daughters, Yvonne D. Taczak, of Murrysville, and Emily B. Soltys and her husband, Al, whom she considered her son, of Severn, Md.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Edna worked at the Swissvale Carnegie Library, Carnegie Mellon University and Long Vue Country Club. She was an Allegheny County Committeewoman for 20 years and a committeewoman for the 7th District in Swissvale for 10 years. Edna was a past Matron and Patron of Amaranth and a past member of Eastern Star as well as a past member of the former Swissvale United Methodist Church. She is presently a member of Faith United Methodist Church. She was extremely talented, creative and enjoyed her many hobbies which included china painting, ceramics, sewing projects of all types and numerous other crafts. Edna was also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan! Edna was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, affectionately called "G.G." by the great-grandchildren. And she made the world's best taffy apples! Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Faith United Methodist Church in Delmont, with the Rev. Ronald Raptosh presiding. The family requests that everyone please meet at the church. Interment services will follow at Monongahela Cemetery in North Braddock. Memorial donations may be sent to The Syria Shriners Hospital Fund for Children, 1877 Shriners Way Cheswick, PA 15025. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Buhl, Wanda 87

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1927-11-25
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Wanda "Jean" (Lanning) Buhl, 87, of Arnold, died Monday, April 27, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. She was born Nov. 25, 1927, in Rose Farm, Ohio, daughter of Stephen "Sherman" and Lillian Hensley Lanning. She was employed by Bittors Clothing and Sports Store of New Kensington for more than 30 years as a store clerk. She was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and a life member of D.A.V.A. Chapter 53, serving as past commander and Chaplin. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph Harold Buhl; granddaughter, Jeannie Swarts; great-granddaughter, Morgan Kemp; great-grandson, Noah Dzikowski; six brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by daughters, Linda Graham, Debra (Leonard) Brzezinski and Lorraine Buhl Leuthauser; son-in-law, Ray Bolt; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, A SERVICE ORIENTED FUNERAL HOME, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, 724-337-3325. Prayers of transfer will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. Private burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in loving memory of Jean to the Aspinwall VA, 1010 Delafield Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15215. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Cossel Jr., George R. 83

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1931-07-14
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • George Richard "Dick" Cossel Jr., 83, of Scottdale, died Monday morning, April 27, 2015, in Scottdale Manor and Rehabilitation Center, Scottdale, East Huntingdon Township. He was born July 14, 1931, in Broadford, a son of the late George R. Sr. and Susan Berish Cossel. Dick was a member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and was a Fourth Degree member of the Catholic Knights of Columbus, Father Byrne Council No. 948, Connellsville. He was a graduate of Scottdale High School, Class of 1949. Dick was a veteran of the Army, serving as a corporal in Germany during the Korean War. He was the owner/ operator of Cossel's Food Market, Scottdale, for 40 years. Previously, he owned Dick's Produce, also in Scottdale. Dick held life memberships in the Scottdale Elks, BPOE No. 777 and Scottdale Moose where he held the office of past governor. He was also a former steward for the Everson VFW. Dick is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his children, Carole A. Cirillo and husband, Michael, of Mt. Pleasant, and George R. Cossel, of Scottdale; his grandchildren, Christopher Cirillo and Megan Schindler, of Latrobe, and Curtis Cirillo and Jess Joiner, of Irwin; and his sister, Ann Mary Karpinski and husband, Bill, of Bridgeville. In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys D. Hribal Cossel (Jan. 8, 2014); his daughter, Judith Lynn Cossel (Nov. 6, 1960); and his brother, Michael Lynn Cossel. Dick's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of Transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with his pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. St. John's Ministry of Consolation will conduct a wake service at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sing guest registry, send condolences, send flowers or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Greco, Gertrude 91

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1923-12-04
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Gertrude "Barni" Greco, 91, of Monessen, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 26, 2015, in her home. She was born in Monessen on Dec. 4, 1923, the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Cornelia Ezzo. Mrs. Greco was a lifelong resident of Monessen and a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, where she enjoyed volunteering as a cook. She and her late husband, Louis Greco, were co-owners of Greco's General Store in Monessen for 42 years. She is survived by a daughter, Lois (David) Bodnar of Mt. Lebanon; a granddaughter, Jill Bodnar of Seattle, Wash.; two sisters, Theresa DiPiazza and Grace Ezzo, both of Monessen; and by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis R. Greco; a brother, Joseph Ezzo; and two sisters, Stella Reda and Laverne Fronzaglio. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Entombment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Donora. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to either the Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 618 Knox Ave., Monessen, PA. 15062, or the Monessen Public Library, 326 Donner Ave., Monessen, PA. 15062. Condolences accepted for the family at www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Hochstine, William L. 77

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1937-09-22
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • William Lee "Bill" Hochstine, 77, of Greensburg, died Friday, April 24, 2015. He was born Sept. 22, 1937, in New Kensington, a son of the late Eleanor Ruth Stone and Henry Fulton Hochstine. He was a member of the Air Force and was retired from Hochstine and Guinan Associates. He attended Murrysville Alliance Church, was a member of the Westmoreland Obedience and Training Center, the Greensburg Art Center and the Vandergrift Sportsman Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Kris Anderson; and a brother, Richard Hochstine. Bill is survived by his wife, Betsy Ferguson Hochstine; three children, Leayn (Al) Hochstine, of White Oak, Jill Marie (David) Minnick, of White Oak, and Daniel C. Hochstine, of New York, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Jennifer McCune, Matt and Amy Anderson, Faythe Potersnak and Nicole Minnick; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with Pastor Susan Beth Hans and Pastor Dan Lawrence co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Comfort Dogs Ministry, c/o Lutheran Church Ministries, 333 W. Lake St., Addison, IL 60101. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Horseman, Marlin L. 74

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1941-02-27
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Marlin Leroy Horseman, 74, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. He was born Feb. 27, 1941, in Farwell, Mich., and had lived in the Lower Burrell area since 2013. He had also lived in the Vandergrift area in an earlier time. He was an engineer in applied physics and had been a teacher and author. He was a graduate of Michigan Tech, Hulton-Hancock, Mich., and enjoyed gaming, having achieved national recognition in some televised areas. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dawn Mae Bennett Horseman; son, Christopher A. Horseman, of Lower Burrell; granddaughters, Victoria, Ally and Kendra Horseman; brother, William Walter, of Michigan; and sister, Suella Lewis. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Jane Walter and Leanna Allen. Services and burial will be private. Arrangements by the RUSIEWICZ FAMILY OF FUNERAL DIRECTORS, ARNOLD AND LOWER BURRELL. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Johnson, Carl E. 81

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1934-01-04
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Carl Emil Johnson, 81, of Ligonier, formerly of Derry, died Sunday, April 26, 2015, in the Greensburg Care Center. He was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Ligonier, a son of the late Carl E. and Jennie Jones Johnson. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by the Carpenters Union No. 165 of Pittsburgh. He had served in the Army during post-war years. He was a member of the FOE No. 01188 in Latrobe, Kingston Vets and Sportsmen's Club and the American Legion No. 267 in Ligonier. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Edward, Kenneth, Howard and Archie Johnson; and a sister, Theresa Gray. Carl is survived by four children, Kristin (Michael) McCormick, of Alexandria, Va., Robert (Kim) Johnson, of Ligonier, Larrs (Wendy) Johnson, of Weirton, W.Va., and Nelson (Lori) Johnson, of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marion Sortina, of Newport News, Va., Betty Huch, of Gibsonia, and Nancy Weimer, of Latrobe; and a brother, Jack Johnson, of Florida. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Carl's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit: www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Kader, Richard L. 75

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1939-09-23
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard L. Kader, 75, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015, at his residence. He was born Sept. 23, 1939, in Latrobe, a son of the late Stella Volek. Richard was a devout Catholic. He participated with the ARC of Westmoreland Program, was an avid Pirates and Steelers fan, enjoyed going out to eat and always had a smile on his face. Richard is survived by his sister, Rose M. Shrum, of Bradenville; and a nephew, David A. Shrum. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, officiating. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to ARC of Westmoreland. 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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Koring, Aaron J. 19

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1995-11-05
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Aaron James Koring, 19, of Greensburg, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, as a result of a vehicle accident. He was born Nov. 5, 1995, the son of Ken and Christy (Peters) Koring. He was a senior at Hempfield Area High School. He enjoyed BMX riding with his friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Earl and Nancy Koring; and maternal grandparents, Jim and Dorothy Peters. In addition to his parents, he is survived by sisters, Katrina Dixon, of Latrobe, and Caila Koring, of Greensburg; two nephews, Brady and Tyler; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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McLachlan, Daniel R. 74

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1940-04-29
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Daniel Robert McLachlan, 74, of New Kensington, passed away Monday, April 27, 2015. Born April 29, 1940, in New Kensington, he was the beloved son of the late Daniel and Christine (Welsch) McLachlan; husband of Michaelene (Shremshock) McLachlan; loving father of Danielle McLachlan and Megan (Greg) Walz, all of Denver, Colo.; grandfather of Cooper Walz; and brother of Mary McLachlan, of Allison Park, Karen McLachlan, of Allison Park, and Tina McLachlan, of Baltimore, Md. Daniel had more than 35 years of service with Westinghouse as a nuclear tester, was an avid fly fisherman and proudly served his country in the Army. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Chambers, officiating. Private Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with military honors. Visit us online at www.burket-truby.com.
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Pacelli, Albert A. 88

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1927-04-23
  • Died: 2015-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Albert A. Pacelli, of Azusa, Calif., formerly of Jeannette, was called to his heavenly home on his 88th birthday, Thursday, April 23, 2015. Albert was born April 23, 1927, in Jeannette, a son of the late Philip and Mary Pacelli. God never made a friendlier or a more generous man. He was Roman Catholic by faith. Al was a graduate of Jeannette High School's Class of 1945. Al was a self-employed carpenter. In 1953, he and his wife, Margaret "Peg" (Maturo) Pacelli, and son, Phil, moved to California. They settled in Azusa, 20 miles east of Los Angeles. Al secured a position with Pacific Outdoor Advertising and quickly rose to an executive position and spent his entire career with the firm. Following retirement, he and his son, Michael, founded the A.M.P. Trees Service Corp. In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; and his two sisters, Carmella Zellers and Gloria Marion. His survivors include his four children; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph J. Pacelli (Dolores), of Jeannette; three nephews, William and David Marion, of Greensburg, and Robert Marion, of Jeannette; plus numerous relatives and friends from the Jeannette area. The OAKDALE MEMORIAL PARK AND MORTUARY of Glendora, Calif., is handling arrangements. Local information provided by JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Trafford. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Pearson, Josephine M. 98

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1916-12-10
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Josephine M. "Josie" Tudor Pearson, 98, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Friday, April 24, 2015. She was born Dec. 10, 1916, in Bethel Township, Allegheny County, to the late Michael and Mary Forystek Tudor, and was a 1934 graduate of New Kensington High School. Mrs. Pearson was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church of New Kensington and was a nurse's aide at Citizens General Hospital, also in New Kensington, retiring in 1975. Surviving are her children, Michelle P. (Craig) Cook, of Great Falls, Va., Deborah Pearson Kennedy, of Portland, Ore., and William S. (Anna Lisa Walker) Pearson, of Oklahoma Borough; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Geoffrey, Katherine, Ian and Albert; and four great-grandchildren, River, Skylar, Calleigh and Luke. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Samuel Pearson, who died in 1995; and siblings, Anne Tudor, John Tudor, Emelia Tudor, Katherine Sendykar and Julia Tudor. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday in St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, 857 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. Arrangements are entrusted to the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Those desiring may contribute to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (www.pdf.org) or a charity of one's choice. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Ray, Nelsie 90

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1924-08-28
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Nelsie (Hardway) Evans Ray, 90, of West Newton, died Saturday, April 25, 2015. She was born Aug. 28, 1924, in Rosedale, W.Va., a daughter of the late Criss and Flossie (VanBuren) Hardway. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Kroger's grocery store. Nelsie was a life member of Westmoreland Yough Trail Council and a member of United Food and Commercial Workers and AARP. She attended the West Newton Senior Center, loved to cook, fish, and play cards and bingo, and had many good times at camp. Surviving are her loving husband, Alfred A. Ray; a son, David B. Evans and wife, Irma, of Smithton; three grandchildren, Darin B. Evans and wife, Paula, of Conyers, Ga., Douglas B. Evans and wife, Diana, of Bedford, and Shannon R. Walko and husband, Mike, of Concord, N.C.; five great-grandchildren, Derek and Alfred Evans, Dallas B. Evans, of Bath, Maine, Dylan B. Evans, of Bedford, and Carly Noelle Walko; two brothers, Paul Hardway, of West Newton, and Delbert Hardway, of Fairmont, W.Va.; two sisters, Nina Nichols and Lois Fleming, both of Fairmont, W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Texie Vuckovich; and a brother, Hobert Hardway. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Ricci, Janet M. 69

  • Rillton
  • Born: 1946-04-08
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Janet M. Beardsley Ricci, 69, of Rillton, died Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born April 8, 1946, in Greensburg, she was a daughter of the late Ephraim and Mary Aujay Beardsley. She was a retired customer service representative from Elliott Co., in Jeannette, where she had worked for 40 years. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Ricci, in 2013; and her daughter, Dana Lynn, in 2012. She is survived by her sisters, Carolyn Mears and husband, Blaine, of Uniontown, and Linda Boltin and husband, Jerry, of Downers Grove, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are private at Janet's request. The P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements. www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Rubin, Sara 80

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1934-06-24
  • Died: 2015-04-07
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  • Sara Rubin passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015, after lengthy illness. She was born June 24, 1934, a daughter of Charlotte and Julius Altman, formerly of Greensburg. Sara graduated from Jeannette High School and attended The Ohio State University and played on their golf team in 1952, 1953. She was married to Norman Rubin (preceded in death 1998) for 44 years. They were former members of Hillcrest Country Club. She was an avid quilter, craft maker and cook. She is the mother of Steve Rubin (Joady), of Missouri City, Texas; grandmother to Dana (Jared) and Matt (Whitney); and great-grandmother to Devyn, Dylan and one on the way. She is also the mother of Nancy Rubin Sharff (Bob), of Deland, Fla.; and grandmother to Ben and Julie. Burial was at DeLand Memorial Gardens. Donations can be made to Vitas Hospice, 2381 Mason Ave., Suite 100,Daytona Beach, FL 32117 and/or Temple Israel of Deland, 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32724.
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Show, Helen M. 95

  • Jeannette , Formerly of Harrison City
  • Born: 1920-03-11
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Show, 95, of Jeannette, formerly of Harrison City, died Monday, April 27, 2015, in the Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. She was born March 11, 1920, in Mt. Pleasant, to the late Alvin and Anna (Emery) Overly. Helen was an avid bingo player. She was a member of Jeannette American Legion, where she volunteered for many years, and was also a member of Jeannette Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Helen is survived by her five children, James Show Jr., Donna (Paul) Orange, Ellen (Neil) Kush, Marlene (Dan) Rogers and Cindy (Dean) Loughner; 12 grandchildren, Neil (Kim) Kush Jr., Kellie (Tom) Pedder, Bonnie (Scott) Corey, Rob (Kris) Kush, Beth Rubright, Connie (Jason) Baughman, Heather (Jay) Blassingame, Belinda (Doug) Good, Deanne (Kamal) Benlahrir, Jimmy Show, Dean-o (Erin) Loughner and Kerrie Show; 26 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James F. Show Sr.; brothers, Joe, Frank and Jim Overly; and sisters, Patty Curry and Emma Jean Overly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, with Pastor Robert Ross Jr., officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Sirota, Pearl H. 89

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1925-11-28
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Pearl Helen (Kowalik) Sirota, 89, of Coppell, Texas, formerly of New Kensington, died peacefully, in her sleep, Friday, April 24, 2015, after complications from a stroke suffered earlier in the month. Pearl was born Nov. 28, 1925, in Pittsburgh, to the late Frank Sr. and Catherine Melnik Kowalik. While she lived most of her life in New Kensington, she relocated to Coppell, Texas, in 2004, after her husband died so she could be closer to her daughters who live there. Pearl worked at Horne's, in Natrona Heights, for more than 25 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of America. Pearl enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family. In Texas, she made many new friends at her retirement community, Christus St. Joseph Village, where she enjoyed bingo, bunco and exercise class. Pearl remained a die-hard Steelers fan in the heart of Cowboys country, often wearing her Big Ben jersey every Sunday during the football season. Pearl is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy (Sirota) and Gary Baker, of The Colony, Texas, and Linda (Sirota) and Dave Lacinski, of Coppell, Texas; grandsons, Joe Baker, of Dallas, Texas, Philip and wife, Amy Baker, of Sachse, Texas, and Brian Lacinski, of Midland, Texas; great-grandchildren, Zoey, Lexi and Harrison Baker; and three brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank Jr. and Karen, of Thornton, Colo., Walt and Elaine, of Oceanside, Calif., and John and Jackie, of Lower Burrell. She is also survived by numerous thoughtful and caring nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including her Christus St. Joseph Village "family." In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Joseph T. Sirota, on July 30, 2002; as well as an infant son, Thomas Joseph Sirota; and a brother, George Kowalik, of Temecula, Calif. Christian funeral Mass will be held Monday, April 27, 2015, at Christus St. Joseph Village in Coppell, Texas. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where a parting prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by committal service at St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell, by the Rev. John Szczesny. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Family Chapel at Christus St. Joseph Village, 1201 E. Sandy Lake Road, Coppell, TX 75019. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Sphon, Robert L. 82

  • Whitney
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Robert Lee Sphon, 82, of Whitney, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, April 25, 2015. There will be no funeral home visitation. All are welcome to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in the Latrobe First Church of God, 616 Princeton St., Latrobe, PA 15650, with Pastor Michael Bobula officiating. Arrangements by HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME in Latrobe. Complete obituary information, online guestbook and condolences can be found at www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Steiner, William R. 91

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1923-08-29
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William R. "Bill" Steiner, 91, of Scottdale, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Bill was born August 29, 1923, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Ludwig "Dutch" and Dora (Schurer) Steiner. He married the former Genevieve D. Lebe on Aug. 12, 1954. Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proprietor of the former Steiner's Roller Skating Rink in Scottdale for 40 years and co-owner of Huntingdon Lanes in Mt. Pleasant for 15 years. Bill was a member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Church in Scottdale and the Scottdale American Legion. A veteran of World War II, he served as a Private First Class in the Army from 1943-46 and was awarded the bronze star. Bill loved traveling, roller skating and taking care of kids! Bill will be sadly missed by his loving family; his wife of 60 years, Genevieve D. (Lebe) Steiner; his two children, Barbara Lynn and her husband, David, of Myersville, Md., and Gary Steiner, of Richmond, Va.; his two grandchildren, Liza Caton and her husband, Steve, and David Lynn IV; his four great-grandchildren, Daniel, Anthony, Addison and Parker Caton; and his two nieces. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Steiner. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300, www.fergusonfunerals.com., GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Keith Solomon, officiating. The Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard will bestow final military honors following the service. Final resting place will be in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Bullskin Township. Love Lasts Forever!
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Armstrong County

Campbell, Robert A. 75

  • McGrann
  • Born: 1939-05-24
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Robert A. "Soupy" Campbell, 75, of McGrann, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at his residence. He was born May 24, 1939, in Kittanning, a son of Arthur F. "Pump" Campbell and Clara Ruth Bish Campbell. He was the husband of Glenna Rishel Campbell, married March 14, 1981. He retired from Eljer in May of 2000 after 33 years. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in Germany and deployed for the Lebanon Crisis. He was a member of the New Life Center. He loved hunting, fishing and watching baseball and football. He is survived by his wife, Glenna Rishel Campbell; children, Jeffrey (Laura) Campbell, of Slippery Rock, Jerry Campbell, of New Bethlehem, and Jennifer Butler, of Virginia; stepchildren, Belinda (Scott) Hunter, of Kittanning, and Richard (Christina) Battick, of Shelocta; nine grandchildren, Seth (Haylee) Campbell, Shane (Kirsten) Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Brook Campbell, Jacob Butler, Billy Hunter, Sarah Hunter, Alyssa Battick and Allan Battick; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Penelope Campbell. He was predeceased by an infant sister, Bonnie Lorraine. He went to the first EMT class held at Armstrong Memorial Hospital in 1974. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Additional visitation from 10 until time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Craig Riggle officiating. Interment in Lawn Haven Cemetery. Family requests donations be made to Richard Laube Cancer Center or American Cancer Society.
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Haney, Joanne M. 83

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1932-04-17
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Joanne Marie (Mysliwiec) Haney, 83, of Kittanning, died Sunday, April 26, 2015, at her residence. She was born April 17, 1932, in Kittanning, to Mabel P. (Hawley) and Joseph J. Mysliwiec. She married Wendell Haney in June 1952, and they were married for 48 years before Wendell's death. Joanne lived the majority of her life in Ford City before moving to Kittanning. In her apartment at Balcony Towers, she could look at the location of her birth -- her life had truly come full circle. She attended Emmanuel (Heilman) Lutheran Church. A helpful friend to all, she loved to read novels and watch her one soap opera. Survivors include her daughters, Bridget (Chris) Leach, of Sydney, Australia, and Kelly Haney, of Centreville, Va.; grandchildren, Corey and Tyler Marie Leach, of Sydney, Australia; brother, Joseph Mysliwiec, of Kittanning; niece and nephew, Andrea and Doug Smith, of Ford City; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Haney, of Ford City, Marilyn (Joseph) Shaffer, of Beaver Falls, Sally (Ray) Swank, of Kittanning, and Bea Haney, of Pittsburgh; brother-in-law, Wesley Stitt, of Ford City; and multiple other nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell W. Haney; sisters-in-law, Bernice Arble, Evelyn Luchesa and Edith Stitt; and brothers-in-law, John "Bud" Haney, Bernard "Bump" Haney and Bill Haney. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Additional visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. Thursday until the time of the service at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Kevin Mackey officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association or Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Hankey, Blaine A. 74

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1941-04-08
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Blaine A. "Jake" Hankey, 74, of Ford City, died Monday, April 26, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born April 8, 1941, in Kittanning Township, to the late Russell and Zelma (Aikens) Hankey. Jake was a lifelong member of United Rockville Lutheran Church, Kittanning Township. He was the owner and operator of Hankey's Auto Service in Kittanning Township, specializing in transmission work. He enjoyed spending time with his family, attending car cruises and hunting. He also enjoyed working on projects; both in and out of his house, and could really repair and dress-up anything. He is survived by his wife, Helen Jane (Gillespie) Hankey; two sons, Thomas (Rene) Hankey, of Kittanning, and Douglas (Lisa) Hankey, of Ford City; a daughter, Andrea Lasher, of Ford City; five grandchildren, Dylan, Justyne and Kenzie Lasher and Chloe and Rafe Hankey; and three sisters, Janet (Jim) Hilliard, of Florida, Helen Schrecengost, of Kittanning, and Judy Labrecque, of Connecticut. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth (McElhatton) Hankey; a son, Timothy B. Hankey; a brother, Cecil Pete Hankey; and a sister, Connie Grondin. Friends and family will be welcomed from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in United Rockville Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Robert C. Hawk and the Rev. Phillip Ramstad, officiating. Interment will follow in United Rockville Lutheran Cemetery. To send an online condolence, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Waugaman, Mabel M. 101

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1914-02-06
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Mabel Marie Waugaman, 101, of Ford City, died Monday, April 27, 2015, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, East Franklin Township. Born Feb. 6, 1914, in Manor Township, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Flora (Hetrick) Swartzlander. She graduated from Ford City High School in 1931. Mrs. Waugaman belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church, Ford City, where she was a member of the Von Boras. She was also a member of Ford Cliff Fire Department Auxiliary for more than 50 years and the Burrell Township Senior Citizens. She also worked for Meals-On-Wheels at the First Baptist Church of Kittanning. She is survived by two daughters, Sara Bissell, of Virginia, and Paula Henry, of Kittanning; her stepsons, Donald Waugaman, of Greensburg, Glenn Waugaman, of New Hampshire, Marlin Waugaman, of Lancaster, and James Waugaman, of Worthington; a sister, Nora Stitt, of Kittanning; and a brother, Earl Swartzlander, of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and 16 step-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Fador Wess; her second husband, Harold Leroy Waugaman; two brothers, Paul and Earl Swartzlander; three sisters, Martha Artman, Frances Carberry and Nora Stitt; one step-grandchild; and two infant sisters. Family and friends are invited to attend her memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John's Lutheran Church, Ford City, with her pastor, the Rev. Jack Delk, officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City. To send an online condolence, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Butler County

George, Alan J.

  • Adams Township , Formerly of Surrey, England
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Alan J. George, of Adams Township, formerly of Surrey, England, died Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Jo Ann (Dragotto) George; loving father of Robert M. George (Janae); brother of Andrew M. George (Susan) and the late Betty Knight and her surviving husband, Richard; brother-in-law of Al Dragotto (Dana) and John Dragotto (Sharon); and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and his future grandson, Patrick Alan. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Kline, Vincent A. 50

  • Renfrew , Formerly of Mars
  • Born: 1965-04-09
  • Died: 2015-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Vincent A. Kline, 50, of Renfrew, formerly of Mars, died suddenly Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Butler Memorial Hospital. Born April 9, 1965, in Butler, he was a son of Shirley McCombs Kline, of Renfrew, and the late S. Edward Kline. He was a member of the Conway Sportsman Club of Evans City and the Herford Manor Consistory. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, tying flies, general yard work and snow plowing and was always ready to help anyone in need. He is survived by his mother, Shirley McCombs Kline; two sisters, Rita Kline, of Renfrew, and Terry Kline, of Denver, Colo.; sister-in-law, Sherrill Kline, of Mars; and nieces and nephews, Michael (Megan), Steffanie and Nickolas Kline; and great-nephew, Conner Kline. He was preceded in death by his father, S. Edward Kline; and his brother, Laury "Chip" Kline. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Greenlawn Burial Estates, Franklin Township. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation, 3109 Forbes Ave., St. 101, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Condolences and directions at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Brewer, Raymond Pap 93

  • Smithfield
  • Born: 1921-07-29
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Whitmarsh Funeral Home, Fairchance | Get Directions
  • Raymond "Pap" Brewer, 93, of Georges Township, Smithfield, Pa., passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was born July 29, 1921 in Brownstown, Fayette City, Pa. the son of Hayden and Margaret Brewer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Cunningham Brewer; son, Donald Brewer; brothers, Ike Brown, Robert Brown, Price Brown, John Brewer and Frank Brewer; sisters, Sarah Brewer and Marion Wilson and grandson, J.J. McEuen. Surviving are his children, Gary Brewer and wife Jeanne, Cindy McEuen and Carol Boris and husband Bob; granddaughters, Kimberly Boulanger and husband, Douglas, and Sheena Brewer; grandsons, Matthew Brewer and wife, Chrissy, Adam Brewer, Shane Brewer and Shawn McEuen and wife, Dee; great-grandsons, Nicholas and Nathan Boulanger, Matthew and Mitchel Brewer and Zachary Brewer; great granddaughter, Henesse “Babydoll” McEuen; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ray was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He was a life member of Amvets Post 103 in Hopwood. He was employed for 27 years with the Fruehauf Corporation in Uniontown until his retirement. The family will greet friends and family in the DEAN C. WHITMARSH FUNERAL HOME, 134 West Church St., Fairchance, Pa., on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, April 30, 2015, until 11a.m. the hour of service. Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park, Brownfield, Pa. with military rites being accorded Amvets Post 103. A special thank you is extended to Twin Oaks Home Care and Golden Living Center, Uniontown, for all of the quality care given to Pap.
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Ferraro, Philip M. 93

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1922-02-01
  • Died: 2015-04-26
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Philip M. Ferraro, 93, of Connellsville, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 1, 1922, in Dawson, a son of the late Nicholas and Ann Lamana Ferraro. He was retired from U.S. Steel. He is survived by his wife, Barbara E. Ferraro; his daughters, Angel Swab, of Pensacola, Fla., and Phylis Cappalonga, of Connellsville; a stepdaughter, Kelly Leichliter, of Connellsville, his brother, James Ferraro, of Ohio; and his sister, Nancy Bright, of Pittsburgh. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, the hour of a funeral service in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, with the Rev. Robert Lubic, as celebrant. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Grenaldo, Josephine 90

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1924-09-18
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Josephine "Jo" Yourich Grenaldo, 90, of Connellsville, went peacefully to her heavenly home Monday, April 27, 2015, with her loved ones at her side. Jo was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Monarch, a daughter of the late John Sr. and Helen Costa Yourich. She married the love of her life, Donald S. Grenaldo Sr. on Oct. 30, 1948. They shared 59 years together until his death in 2007. Jo was a member of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Sons of Italy Ladies Lodge. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Donald Jr. (Kathy) Grenaldo, Charles (Wanda) Grenaldo and Linda (Christopher) Sparks; grandchildren, Dominic Grenaldo and fiancee, Tanisha Smith, Mary Katherine (Brandon) Sabatula and Kristina Grenaldo; and great-grandchildren, Ethan and Emily Sabatula; one sister, Pauline Zaffina; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, Jo was preceded in death by brothers, Steven, John and Walter Yourich; sisters, Mary Gacy, Kay Keupp, Theresa Weils and Margaret Krizner; and her godson, Thimothy Kalich. The family wishes to thank Amedisys Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Jo and her family; her nurses, Katie and Rita; her caregivers, Brenda, Diane, Freda, Kelly, Lisa, Tammy and Roxanne; Clarita Agabon and the staff at Sunshine Estates, though her time there was short, your care and compassion shined; to Amedisys pastors, David Hixson and Lee Maley, who comforted Jo with their prayers and visits; to Father Gerry, who prayed with the family and gave us comfort; and a special thanks to Father Bob Lubic. She so loved your visits, thanks for everything. Viewing will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Rita Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. A committal service and interment will follow in St. Rita's Cemetery. St. Rita's Christian Mothers will conduct a service at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the Ladies Lodge of the Sons of Italy will conduct a service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, both in the funeral home. It was Jo's wish that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, 116 S. Second St., Connellsville, PA 15425. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Karolcik, Thomas M.Sr. 87

  • Perryopolis
  • Born: 1927-09-05
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Proud lifelong resident of Perryopolis, dedicated, loving and involved son, husband, father and grandfather, Thomas Michael Karolcik Sr., 87, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Born Sept. 5, 1927, in Star Junction, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna (Timosko) Karolcik. Tom graduated from Perry High School, spent two years in Japan with the repatriation forces then graduated from Penn State University. He worked with his father at Karolcik's Food Market, and ran the Perry Theater and bowling alley until he went into business for himself in January 1969 at the Bentleyville Foodland. He was co-owner of Mt. Pleasant Foodland, Mitchel's Corner Foodland and Fort Couch Foodland in the South Hills. He was a proud member of the Perryopolis Knights of Columbus, Bentleyville and Perryopolis Lions Clubs, Perryopolis VFW and Belle Vernon American Legion where he enjoyed serving ravioli and spaghetti at their dinners. Tom was a member of the Pittsburgh Byzantine Catholic Archeparchial Choir. He was a lifetime member of St. Nicholas, B.C. Church, Perryopolis, where he stepped into various leadership roles as he was needed. Tom is survived by loving wife and partner in all things of nearly 60 years, Barbara (Romzy). The pair spent many joyous times traveling extensively throughout North and South America and Europe. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Anna Romza (age 107) who made her home with them for 23 fun-filled years; sister, Irene (Stanley) Kokuba of Saint Clair Shores, Mich.; sister-in-law, Helen Romzy of West Mifflin; children, Thomas Jr. (Carrie) of Finleyville, Anna (Tom) Kovalcik of Barrington, N.H. and John (Amanda) of Morgantown, W.Va.; grandchildren, Macie Bliss of Morgantown, W.Va., Brock, Blake and Johnna Karolcik of Morgantown, W.Va., and Marybeth, Karolyn, Natalie and Emma Kovalcik of Barrington, N.H.; nieces and nephews, Tom Kokuba, Debbie Karapuz, Michael Romzy, Susan Althauser and Tom Bayuzik. Tom was a friendly, hardworking, fun-loving jokester. He was always thinking of others, made friends everywhere he went and never met a person he didn't like. The family would especially like to thank their amazing helpers, Kathy Pisko, Michele Pinkney, Judy Meyers, Sandy Erdely, Malina, Nancy and OSPTA hospice nurses. And a special thank you to Joann and Louise, our neighbors extraordinaire. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis. Panachida will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home on Wednesday. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas, B.C. Church, Perryopolis, with the Father Robert Halus as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Nickolas Cemetery, Perryopolis. The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Tom's name to St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 102 Railroad Street, Perryopolis, PA 15473.
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DeHainaut, Jack 79

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1935-08-16
  • Died: 2015-04-27
  • Funeral Home: Frye Fh/Monongahela, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Jack DeHainaut, 79, of Monongahela, died Monday, April 27, 2015 in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 16, 1935, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Charles and Rose Sloboda DeHainaut Sr. Jack was a welder, retiring from the Lee Norse Company and a member of the First United Methodist Church, both in Charleroi. He was an avid golfer who played in several leagues in the Mon Valley area. He loved spending time with his granddaughters and enjoyed going to all their games. He was the best pap in the world. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Markazene DeHainaut, with whom he celebrated 59 years of marriage on Nov. 12, 2014; two sons, Charles DeHainaut and wife, Robin, of Mt. Lebanon, and Tim DeHainaut and Anthony Ranallo of Pittsburgh; daughter, Sandra McMahon and husband, Randy, of Monongahela; three loving granddaughters, Sarah McMahon and fiance, Christopher Fibbi, and Ashley and Christina McMahon; sister-in-law, Mildred DeHainaut of Connellsville; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles DeHainaut; and his sister and brother-in-law, Dolores and Bud Ritzer. Friends will be received on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Jack Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery, Belle Vernon. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of Washington County, P.O. Box 275, Washington, PA. 15301. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com
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Cunningham, James M. 74

  • Born: 1940-06-05
  • Died: 2015-04-23
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  • James Mitchell Cunningham passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 45 years of Fatima; cherished father of George Francis (Pamela), Joi Cunningham (Richard Nation) and Jia Cunningham; proud grandfather of Cheyne, Cydney, Jared and Jamie; dear brother of Marlene Cunningham; and friend and advisor to all. James was born June 5, 1940, in Blythedale. He retired from Argo-Tech as vice president of Human Resources after 43 years of devoted service. Please join us Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, 9801 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106. Family visitation from noon to 1 p.m. and a memorial celebration of James' life will be held at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to Cory United Methodist Church/Golf Scholarship. Arrangements entrusted to E. F. Boyd and Son Funeral Home, 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128.
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Nealer, James K. 86

  • Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  • Born: 1928-11-04
  • Died: 2015-04-19
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  • James Kiefer Nealer, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the age of 86. He was born in Indiana, Pa., Nov. 4, 1928, to the late Alphons W. Nealer and Margaret Moore Nealer. Mr. Nealer graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia and received his graduate degree from Beacon College. He worked for Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., first as a metallurgist in its Research Lab in Natrona Heights and later as a supervisor at its plant in Dunkirk, N.Y. Following retirement from the steel industry, he pursued a career in psychology at State University of New York at Cortland, Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. In addition to his parents, Mr. Nealer was preceded in death by his son, Joseph William Nealer; and twin brother, Andrew M. Nealer. Mr. Nealer is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beulah Jane Gift, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a daughter, Judith Nealer Garrett (Lynn Justin), of Raleigh, N.C.; and two sons, James Michael Nealer (Molly), of Williamsburg, Va., and John Stephen Nealer (Susan), of Camillus, N.Y. He has four grandchildren, Kevin, Benjamin, Emily and Maggie. Funeral arrangements are private.
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Seely Jr., Ralph W. 74

  • Tionesta
  • Born: 1940-11-19
  • Died: 2015-04-25
  • Funeral Home: Wimer, Tionesta | Get Directions
  • Ralph W. Seely Jr., 74, Tionesta, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Erie. He was born Nov. 19, 1940, in Monessen, son of the late Ralph W. and Dorothy (DeMoss) Seely Sr. He married Patricia R. (Jardine) Seely, who survives, on Aug. 3, 1963, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh (North Side). He was retired from the Army Corps of Engineers after 37 years, where he worked as an equipment/mechanic supervisor and lockmaster/diver. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Tionesta, where he served as a church council member and call committee greeter. He was an enthusiastic outdoorsmen, gardener, traveler, mechanic and general jack of all trades. Ralph had a special love for hunting his Brittany dogs. Surviving, in addition to his wife of 51 years, Patricia; are two sons, Ralph W. Seely III and wife, Misa, of Seattle, Wash., and Kevin J. Seely and wife, Chelsea, of Delray Beach, Fla.; daughter, Jodi Beichner and husband, Clayton, of Leeper, Pa.; four grandchildren, Matthew Seely, a student at Florida State University, Christopher, Cooper and Carter Seely, all of Delray Beach, Fla.; a brother, James Seely and wife, Carolyn, of Malkoff, Texas; two sisters, Beatrice Johnson and husband, William, of Hawkins, Texas, and Dorothy Campbell, of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews. No public visitation. All services held private. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Tionesta. Arrangements by NORMAN J. WIMER FUNERAL HOME of Tionesta. Memorial contributions made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 2048 German Hill Road, Tionesta, PA 16353; or Tionesta Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 157, Tionesta, PA 16353. Sign the online guestbook at www.wimerfuneralhome.com.
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