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Alexander, Neil H. 49

  • Died: 2015-03-24
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  • Neil Hugh Alexander, 49, passed away from complications due to Lou Gehrig's disease. Neil died peacefully in his sleep, holding the hand of his wife, Suzanne, with his beloved sister, Shawn, by his side, his two precious children, Abby and Patrick, and "the best dogs in the world," Libby and Benny, close by. Neil will be remembered for his courage in the face of ALS and all that he did to rally a community to raise awareness, care for other patients and their children and raise funds for research to find a cure. Many will remember his bold commitment just six weeks ago to raise $2.5 million to build the $10 million LiveLikeLou Center for ALS Research at the University of Pittsburgh. And those who knew him well remember his magnetic storytelling, infectious laugh, commanding presence, kind and humble heart, sense of adventure and his unparalleled love of anything Pittsburgh, including Hefren-Tillotson, the Pirates and the amazing people he and his family have come to love since returning to Pittsburgh 22 years ago. Neil was unwilling to let his illness define him, saying, "I have never been hungry. I have never been lonely. I have never lived in fear. It's been a good life. I am lucky." The lucky family who loved him most include his late mother, LoraLee McGeary; father, Dick (Nancy); mother-in-law, Colleen Lydon; sister, Shawn (Jack Jones); brothers, Rick (Jennifer Royall), Todd (Beth) and Jonathan Alexander; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeannine and Gregg Dittoe; nieces, Sarah Alexander and Alexandria Scott; and nephews, Matthew, Benjamin and Jacob Alexander. Please join us to remember Neil's good life at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. In lieu of flowers, please honor Neil's desire to "leave ALS better than he found it" by donating either to The Pittsburgh Foundation, earmarked for LiveLikeLou.org, at 5 PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or, if intending to donate to research directly, to the University of Pittsburgh, earmarked for the LiveLikeLou Center for ALS Research at University of Pittsburgh, Forbes Tower, Suite 8084, 3600 Forbes Ave. at Meyran, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Bobak, Patricia M. 74

  • Formerly of White Oak
  • Born: 1940-12-27
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Patricia Marie (Smith) Bobak, 74, formerly of White Oak, passed peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was born Dec. 27, 1940, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Russell and Rachel (Oliver) Smith and was also preceded in her beloved husband, Ronald Paul Bobak. Pat enjoyed spending time with her family and was a caregiver to all. She will be greatly missed. She was a loving mother of Mark (Lisa) Bobak, of North Huntingdon, Randy (Diana) Bobak, of Irwin, and Lisa (Jim) Rainey, of North Huntingdon; cherished grandmother of Josh and Jake Bobak, Corey and Haylee Bobak and Reno and Reanna Rainey; sister of Sarah Roper, of McKeesport; sister-in-law of Arlene (the late Paul) Williams, of McKeesport; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Gary Mitrik officiating. Entombment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Alzheimer's Research, 1011 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 or Greater Works Outreach, 301 College Park Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Buchek, Anna J. 83

  • Bridgeville
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Warchol, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • Anna J. (Paroline) Buchek, 83, of Bridgeville, died Sunday, March 22, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John Buchek; loving mother of Linda (the late Bob) Hippert; devoted grandmother of Rob and Meredith Hippert; and sister of Margaret (Richard) Pesavento, David (Virginia) Paroline and the late Andrew Paroline. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412-221-3333). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Child Parish, Bridgeville. Memorials may be made to South Fayette Foundation for Excellence, c/o Maureen Pedzwater, 3640 Old Oakdale Road, McDonald, PA 15057. View and add condolences at www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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Cain-Wasserman, Alyce 61

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1953-08-09
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Alyce Cain-Wasserman, 61, of Bethel Park, formerly of Forward Township, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon. She was born Aug. 9, 1953, in Elizabeth, to the late Orion and Charlotta (Goettel) Cain. She was a case manager for Aetna Insurance in Pittsburgh and was a member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth. Alyce had a 43-year career in nursing, starting out in the neuro department of Allegheny General Hospital and then moving to hospice home care for many years. She then became a case manager for Health America and later moved to Aetna. An animal lover, she was one of the most giving persons and greatest mom out there. She is survived by her husband, Harry C. Wasserman; daughter, Nicole (Ben Furrer) Wasserman, with whom she resided; sister, Helen Weeks, of Forward Township; also aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Cain-Pacak; and brothers, Robert and John "Jack" Cain. No viewing or services are scheduled. Arrangements are being handled by the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUENRAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Carlin, Mabel A. 94

  • Formerly of Versailles Borough
  • Born: 1920-06-13
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Hunter, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mabel A. Carlin, 94, formerly of Versailles Borough, died Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, North Huntingdon. Born June 13, 1920, in McKeesport, she was a retired accountant, a member of Hope United Methodist Church, the McKeesport Hospital Junior Committee and the McKeesport College Club. She was the daughter of the late Henry G. and Augusta Lind Ahlquist; wife of the late James B. Carlin III; and sister of the late Elinor Flickinger and Henry G. Ahlquist Jr. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Marilyn Ahlquist, of Placida, Fla.; and nephews, Lanny and Keith Flickinger, in California. Entombment in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery Mausoleum took place Wednesday, March 25, 2015. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 1600 Coursin St., McKeesport, PA 15132, is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at Redstone Highlands, North Huntingdon Township, with the date and time to be announced.
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Carlock, Daniel P. 92

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1922-12-25
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Daniel P. Carlock, 92, of West Deer Township, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Braznell, Fayette County, to the late Michael and Elizabeth (Toth) Carlock. Dan had lived in West Deer for more than 67 years. Dan was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army. He was a member of St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church, Curtisville. Dan worked as a crane man for Pullman Standard in Lindora for more than 58 years. A member of the Russian Brotherhood Organization, he served at the national level as first vice-president and many other offices and committees in which he was involved for 52 years. He also was a member of Masonic Lodge 725 (East Liberty) Chartiers Valley Lodge, a member of the Shriners, serving as past automobile president, past deputy, past president of the reception committee, ambassador, aide to various potentates, member of the 32nd degree Consistory, Valley of Pittsburgh, tour director for the West Deer Golden Years Club, was very active in his church, life member of the American Legion, West Deer, and the DAV. Dan loved being around and helping people. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Mary (Stecz) Carlock; sons, Daniel M. (Rosanne) Carlock, of Cheswick, and David A. (Donna) Carlock, of Curtisville; grandchildren, Nicole (Adam) Figura, of McCandless, David Carlock, of Curtisville, and Danielle (Mark) Browne, of Hampton; great-grandchildren, Natalie and Adam; and sisters, Irene Smith, of Perryopolis, and Margie Zeglan, of Grindstone. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, George and John Carlock; and his sisters, Bertha Chislow, Mary Babilya and Vernie Marchin. Family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where the funeral service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, then will continue at St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church, Curtisville, with his pastor, the Rev. Alexander Poshvjalo, officiating. Parastas services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Dan will be buried with full military honors in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Checchio, Renee 56

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Renee (Dranusky) Checchio, 56, of Braddock Hills, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2015, surrounded with the loving of her family, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was the loving mother of Rick Checchio and his wife, Nicole, of Forest Hills, and Jared Checchio and his wife, Megan, of Braddock Hills; dear "Gug" and "Nae Nae" of Rick III, Cameron and Luca; beloved daughter of Teresa Dranusky and her late husband, Elmer; and sister of Jacki Kolich, Richard Dranusky and the late Dennis. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the St. Maurice Roman Catholic Church.
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Crossey, Michael L.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Michael L. Crossey, of Swissvale, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was the husband of the late Mary (Woatich) Crossey; loving father of Lawrence Crossey and his wife, Andrea, of New Jersey, and Constance McGovern and her husband, James, of Pittsburgh; dear "Little Pap" of Nicole, Zachary and Lauren; brother of Patricia Wrobel and her husband, Ted; brother-in-law of Kathryn Cargnel, Joanne Woatich and Richard Paulcheck; and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Johanna Crossey; his brothers, William and James; two sisters-in-law; and one brother-in-law. Mr. Crossey retired as a production coordinator with Westinghouse after 46 years. He will be greatly missed by his furbabies, Toby, Meeko, Spencer and Holly. Arrangements by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, in St. Anselm Word of God Church. Please meet at the church. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale, 1800 Monongahela Ave., Swissvale, PA 15218; or Forbes Hospice Office of Fund Development, 4818 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Donato, Dorothy R. 75

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-03-19
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Rita (Uhrinyak) Donato, 75, of Munhall, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015, peacefully in her sleep, to start her journey to be with her Lord. She was the beloved wife for 52 years to Nicholas Sr.; loving mother to Nick Jr., of Munhall, and Marilyn (Scott) Scaff, of Plano, Texas; cherished grandma to Dylan and Mason Scaff; and sister to the late Marilyn Keselich. Dorothy took great pride in creating a beautiful flower garden every spring. She had a special place in her heart for all animals, and enjoyed celebrating Christmas in Texas every year with her family. She was a keypunch operator for Westinghouse Electric and in later years she worked for the Steel Valley School District in the cafeteria. Friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, PA 15120, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday in Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Hays. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Attn: Donations, or Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Attn: Tributes. Please share your memories and condolences at www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Flaherty, Frances 61

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1953-11-19
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Frances (Dujmic) Flaherty, 61, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in UPMC McKeesport. She was born Nov. 19, 1953, in McKeesport, to the late Frank David Dujmic and Frances Jane Ann (Priselac) Dujmic. Frances was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge No. 3 of McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Earl F. Flaherty, who died Nov. 22, 2014. She is survived by a brother, Frank (Tess) Dujmic, of Port Vue; also nieces, nephews and two grandnephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. Funeral service will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, in the funeral home. Interment will be private. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Gari, Jeanetta 77

  • Ross Township , Formerly of Clairton
  • Born: 1938-01-27
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Jeanetta "Lynne" Gari, 77, of Ross Township, formerly of Clairton, passed away at home Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She was born Jan. 27, 1938, in McKeesport, to the late Christopher and June Keys Basich. Lynn is survived by daughters, Colleen (Butch Colaruso) Korinko, of Greensburg, Adrienne (Bill) Miko, of Ross Township, and JuneAnne (James Paxon) Albert, of West View; sons, Carl Nero, of Swissvale, and James (Nicole) Gari, of Glassport; brother, Frank "Sonny" (Patty) Shaw, of Bethel Park; and 13 grandchildren. She was a 1956 graduate of Clairton High School and spent most of her life in Clairton and Elizabeth Township. Visitation will take place from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St., Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the funeral home presided by Mark Clark. Interment will be immediately following service at Jefferson Memorial Park. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Gaza, Mary 104

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1911-01-13
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Mary (Adam) Gaza, 104, of Jefferson Hills, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She was born Jan. 13, 1911, in the village of Petrovce, Slovakia. Mary arrived at Ellis Island at age 10 on Christmas Day where she saw Santa Claus and ate ice cream for the first time. She was preceded in death by parents, John and Susan; husband, Charles; son, Dr. Dennis Gaza; and brothers, John, Albert and Mike Adam. Mary had many jobs throughout her life, starting as a "Goose Girl" herding geese in Europe. Her formal education ended in eighth grade, but she attributed being able to read by reading "everything she could find" including newspapers and crosswords puzzles. Work began at age 14 as a waitress and then manager, making funnel cakes for years at Kennywood, then went on to work in the accounting department at Duquesne U.S. Steel, and being a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II. Mary also babysat for everyone, and cooked at Barella's Restaurant well through the age of 80. She loved her yard, gardening, planting flowers and birds. She crocheted, did needlepoint, cooked and baked for everyone selflessly. Mary had been active with the Ladies Auxiliary 885 Fire Hall, Soars Steel Workers Retirees, Ladies Crafts in Elrama and was still dancing with the Peppy Steppers in Pleasant Hills through 2014. She was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church of Clairton. Mary was "Aunt Mamie" to nieces and nephews, David (Margie) Adam, of Texas, Dale (Holly) Adam and Gene (Darlene) Adam, both of West Mifflin, John (Hope) Adam, of Arizona, and MaryAnn (Ronald) Gentile, of Florida. Mary leaves behind cherished friends, including her "adopted family" who lovingly referred to her as "Grandma No. 3," Marcia Unrath, Leslee, Rick, Lindsey and Jesse Hinkle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, at S M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Parastas will be held at noon Monday at the funeral home with Father Ivan Mina. She will be laid to rest at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in her honor to your favorite charity. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Goldcamp, Francis J. 90

  • Point Breeze
  • Born: 1925-03-14
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis J. Goldcamp, 90, of Point Breeze, passed away surrounded in the comfort of his family Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Born March 14, 1925, in Shadyside, he was the son of Cyril and Helen McFadden-Riley Goldcamp. He was the husband of his late wife Elizabeth Kyle-Goldcamp. He is survived by his 13 children, Susan (John) Scherbick, Frank (Kathy) Goldcamp, Linda Newton, Mary Beth (Tim) Van Fleet, Joan Naft, Thomas Goldcamp, Joseph (Mary Jo) Goldcamp, Stephen (Mercedes) Goldcamp, David (Polly) Goldcamp, Paul (Susan) Goldcamp, Robert (Mickey) Goldcamp, Tricia (Dennis) Michaels and John (Dana) Goldcamp. He has 32 grandchildren along with 35 great-grand-children. Francis was a graduate of Central Catholic, Class of 1943, served as a combat veteran piloting a B24 bomber in World War II, awarded Air Medal Four Oak Leaf Cluster and European Theater two Bronze Stars. His working career was with J and L Steel for 38 years. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, devoted husband and father who loved the surf and sun. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.) Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Bede Church.
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Guardipee, Keith W. 81

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-03-21
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Keith W. Guardipee, 81, of Penn Hills, died Saturday, March 21, 2015. He was the loving husband of Lillian Patricia (West) Guardipee; father to Nancy Buri and Douglas Bentz; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Originally from Browning, Mont., Keith was very proud of his Native American Indian Blackfoot heritage. After earning his Bachelor of Science in chemistry at Carroll College in Montana, he had a lengthy career with Westinghouse Research. He enjoyed teaching math and chemistry at ACCC and was an avid reader his whole life. Personal interests included animal welfare and photography. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, 2400 McGinley Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. Arrangements are by WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD.
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Hettinger, Frances L. 99

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Frances L. (Fletcher) Hettinger, 99, of Bethel Park, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick E. "Fritz" Hettinger; devoted mother of Laura H. (the late Walter) Donnellan, of Wind Ridge, Dr. Paul F. (Lisa Thorell) Hettinger, of Orlando, Fla., and the late Linda Pierce; loving grandmother of Daniel P. Donnellan; and great-grandmother of Daniel P Jr. and Dillon H. Donnellan. Frances was an accomplished pianist and artist. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, with services in the funeral home chapel at 4 p.m. Interment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery will be private. If desired, memorials may be made to Paws for Purple Hearts, c/o Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Hickey, Mary F.

  • Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Mary Frances (Malarkey) Hickey, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was the wife of the late Timothy L. "Ted" Hickey; loving mother of Mary Beth Hickey and her husband, Chris Kerner, of Danbury, Conn., Anne Philbin and her husband, Dr. Terry, of Mt Lebanon, Sean Hickey and his wife, Meg, of Summersville, W.Va., Peter Hickey, of Decatur, Ill., Willie Hickey and his wife, Laurie, of Centerville, Ohio, Eileen Walter and her husband, Chas, of Monroeville, Sheila Cauley and her husband, Bill, of McCandless, and the late Timothy G. Hickey. Mary is survived by 31 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews; and was the sister of Ann Malarkey, of Forest Hills. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in the St. James Roman Catholic Church, Wilkinsburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. James Parish, 718 Franklin Ave., Wilkinsburg, PA 15221. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Hoffman, Richard J. 81

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Hoffman, 81, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Janice for 58 years; father of Vicki Stasenko (Steve), Sandi Cain (Bob), and Richard A. Hoffman (Marcie); son of the late Anthony J. and Florence Hoffman; and grandfather of Abbey and Casey Stasenko, and Leah and Allison Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman served in the Army and was a loss control agent in the insurance industry. No visitation. Service and interment private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5041. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Hubner, James R. 86

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-03-21
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • James R. Hubner, 86, of Plum Borough, died Saturday, March 21, 2015. He was the husband of the late Evelyn M.; beloved father of Wanda M. (Alton) Kester, James E. (Debra), Douglas A. (Carrie) and Richard R. (Diane); grandfather of Bob (Kate), Jennifer (Brad), John, Cheryl, Kim, Jason, Ryan, Jaimie, Chelsea and Nick; and great-grandfather of five. Friends were received Tuesday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a service was held Wednesday, March 25. Donations may be made to American Legion Post 980, 7824 Saltsburg Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239.
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Hughes III, Edward E. 69

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-03-17
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Edward E. "Sandy" Hughes III, 69, of Sewickley, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015. After a valiant battle with lung cancer, Sandy passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Born in 1945 in Pittsburgh to the late Edward E. Hughes II and Elizabeth Davis Hughes, Sandy attended Edgewood High School where he excelled in basketball and tennis, highlighted by sectional titles and the 1962 WPIAL Basketball Championship. Sandy studied civil engineering at Lafayette College, graduating in 1968 as a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He married his beloved Constance (Connie) Keck at Edgewood Presbyterian Church in 1971. Sandy began his career with Koppers Company, but soon realized a compelling interest in commercial construction, working first in Washington, DC, and ultimately in Pittsburgh. He worked for Landau Building Company for 25 years, managing projects in hospitals, universities, churches and office buildings. His most recent projects as a private consultant included the new WPXI-TV studio facility and a manufacturing plant in Memphis, Tenn. His projects won numerous Master Builders Awards. Sandy and Connie loved renovating old houses. His talent for woodworking was evident in his Welsh stick and Windsor chairs, a canoe, tables, beds, carved boxes, turned bowls and several guitars, and he delighted in passing on his craft to others. He loved sailing, music, old cars, poetry, building fences and spending time at the farm with his family and friends. Sandy and Connie were members at St. Stephens Church, Sewickley, and flourished in their small group under the leadership of Dr. Steve Smith. Since 2010, Sandy has loved being a part of Christ Church Fox Chapel where Connie is associate rector. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Experiment for 30 years, and a steadfast friend of Bill W. for 35 years. He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Connie Hughes; and daughters, Jessica Hughes Breedlove (Alan), of Gibsonia, and Corinne Hughes Dlugonski (Bernie), of Leetsdale. He was the beloved brother of Katharine Leatham, Molly Brown and Dory Spencer. He was Pop-pop to his beloved seven grandchildren, Teddy, Sophie, Katharine, Madeline, Charlie, Emma and Henry Breedlove. Sandy's approach to life was ebullient, always positive, ever grateful, celebratory, expressing his delight in "the best" of each person, each moment, each meal, each day. He quietly impacted many lives with his deep well of wisdom, acceptance and love. His last piece of advice to his family: "If you have any questions, ask Teddy." The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. A service of resurrection will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 27, 2015, at Church of the Ascension, Oakland. Contributions honoring Sandy Hughes may be made to Christ Church Fox Chapel, 630 Squaw Run Road East, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Jardini, John E. 92

  • Born: 1923-03-14
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • John E. Jardini, 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife of 65 years, Teresa Gallo Jardini and family Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was the son of the late Pasquale Jardini and Michelina Mancini Jardini, of Carrick; loving brother to the late Josephine (Frank) Hasenkopf and Orlando Jardini; and is also survived by one sister-in-law, Linda Jardini. His memory will be cherished by two children, Ronald Jardini (Immacolata Raffaele) and Eileen Jardini (Douglas Brooks); three grandchildren, John Jardini, Elizabeth Jardini and Rachel Jardini; as well as many nieces and nephews, the late "Skipper" Hasenkopf, Jon Hasenkopf (Karen Hasenkopf), Cathy Porco, Nancy Jardini (Morris Panner), David Jardini (Dawn Shober) and Michelle Jardini (Sean Gannon). He will be remembered by many other relatives and friends in the United States and in Brazil. John was born March 14, 1923, in Taquaritinga, Brazil, and his family brought him to Pittsburgh at the age of 4. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, he built a home in Carrick where he and Teresa raised their children. John was a hard-working man, self-employed as a bricklayer and contractor and was a staunch Steelers fan. After his retirement, he and Teresa enjoyed many years in Palm Beach, Fla., returning to Pittsburgh three years ago. Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227, followed by a memorial reception and dinner. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the charity of your choice in John's name.
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Kovac, Martin J. 87

  • West Natrona
  • Born: 1927-09-07
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Martin J. Kovac, 87, of West Natrona, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Harmarville. He was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Natrona Heights, a son of the late John and Eva Simun Kovac. Martin was a 1945 graduate of Har-Brack High School. Martin retired from PPG in Creighton where he worked for more than 30 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish in Natrona. Martin enjoyed reading and loved nature. He is survived by his niece and nephews, Frank Gajdosik, Barbara Gajdosik, Joseph (Joanne) Gajdosik, Matthew (Susan) Kovac and Mark (Judy) Kovac; and by eight great-nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John and Joseph Kovac, and two in infancy; his sister, Anna Gajdosik; and niece, Cynthia DelBianco. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Ladislaus Church with his pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Burial will be in Our lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Kunkler, Richard D. 86

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1928-11-19
  • Died: 2015-03-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Richard Donald Kunkler, 86, of Pittsburgh, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Lewisville, Texas. Richard was born Nov. 19, 1928, in Pittsburgh, to Lawrence and Jean (Wilson) Kunkler. He went to school at Wilkinsburg High School and enjoyed working with his father at Kunkler and Nobs Grocery Store. He married Dorothy Lorraine Heide Aug. 17, 1950, in Trauger. He attended Findlay College and the University of Pittsburgh. Richard worked as a general manager for Kroger Co. and a restaurant manager for Marriot Corp., prior to beginning his longest tenured position as a supervisor in the IHOP system. For 34 years he was associated with Linda Pont Corp. and VCM Corp., touching and influencing the lives of many. He later enjoyed working with his daughter in helping to supervise an IHOP franchise. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Army, where he was awarded the Occupation Medal in Germany as an Artillery Chief. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Flower Mound, Texas. Richard was preceded in death by his mother and father; and his brother, Lawrence Jr. Richard is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his brother, Arthur Kunkler; his daughter, Sandra Streett (David); his sons, Donald Kunkler (Louanna) and Richard Kunkler (Noelle); grandchildren Jonathan, Jason, Lindsay and Patrick Kunkler, Jennifer and Jeffrey Streett and Dakota Saunders; great-grandchildren, Emily Kesler and Reagan and Andrew Penner; as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where his funeral service will be at noon Saturday with the Rev. Eric E. Dennis, of Linway United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment to follow at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Trauger, where military honors will be accorded by the Armbrust Veterans Association. The veterans will meet at 11:45 a.m. for their service in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Lemchak, John S. 66

  • Formerly of Polish Hill
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • John S. Lemchak, 66, formerly of Polish Hill, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Hope Hospice in Florida. John grew up on Polish Hill. He was the beloved son of the late Mike and Betty Lemchak; endeared brother of Dorothy Scolaro and the late Barbara Piotrowski, Patricia Klavon, Madeline Eggers and Mike Lemchak; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. John was a proud Navy veteran, a devout Catholic and a devoted family man. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Everyone is asked to meet at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be at Allegheny Cemetery with military honors. www.zalewskifuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in John's memory to his favorite charity: The St. Jude's Children's Hospital. A memorial page has been set up in his honor at fundraising.stjude.org/goto/JOHNLEMCHAK.
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Lesoon, Bettina L. 64

  • Creighton
  • Born: 1950-07-25
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Bettina L. "Tina" Lesoon, 64, of Creighton, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Canterbury Place, Pittsburgh, following a brief illness. She was born July 25, 1950, in Harrison Township, daughter of the late Edward J. and Margaret (Calderelli) Kaniecki. Tina has lived her entire life in Creighton and was the township manager for East Deer Township for the past 41 years. She was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Creighton, and a 1968 graduate of East Deer High School. Tina loved computer games, traveling and she especially enjoyed her family, children and grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Abigail Ferrari, of Carlsbad, Calif., Audra J. Satterfield and James E. Satterfield, both of Creighton; two granddaughters, Alexis M. Ferrari, of Oceanside, Calif., and Madison Harrell, of Carlsbad, Calif. Also surviving is her loving companion of 15 years, John V. Cieslinski, of Tarentum. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Bonita Daly. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. Tenth Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Creighton, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss, officiating. Interment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. Visit: www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Linch, Irene V. 97

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1917-10-24
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Irene Virginia (Layfield) Linch, 97, of Bethel Park, died Monday, March 23, 2015, after a long and contented life and a slow battle with congestive heart failure. She was born Oct. 24, 1917, in Harrison County, W.Va., the oldest of 10 children of Bernard and Effie (Radcliff) Layfield, three of whom survive: Harold Layfield, of Florida, and Jean Vargo and Ken Layfield, of Ohio. She met and married Lester Linch in 1940 and was widowed too soon in 1970. Together they raised five children: two sons, Gary (Jayne), of Olmstead Falls, Ohio, and Stephen (Lessie), of Decatur, Ga., and three daughters, Marilyn (Robert) Frew, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Anita (Fenwick) Hall and Kathy Linch, both of Bethel Park. One granddaughter predeceased her. She is survived by 10 adult grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, all of whom admire the strong, capable woman who was "Gramma Linch." Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the South Hills Church of the Nazarene. Her celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at South Hills Church of the Nazarene, 5601 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102, followed by a fellowship luncheon at the church. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, next to her husband in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Quiet Dell, W.Va. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to South Hills Church of the Nazarene or Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. www.henneyfuneralhome.com.
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Mandich, Roger M. 88

  • East McKeesport
  • Born: 1927-02-18
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Roger M. Mandich, 88, of East McKeesport, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at home. He was born Feb. 18, 1927, in McKeesport, a son of the late Mirko and Rose (Stanich) Mandich, and was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Sentipal) Mandich. He was a retired postal clerk for the U.S. Postal Service and was also a former employee of Firth Sterling, McKeesport, and Valley Auto Parts, Turtle Creek. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of VFW Hilltopper Post 8430, East McKeesport, the American Legion, Post 701, White Oak, where he liked to dance on Monday nights, and a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport. Surviving are his brother, Edward L. (Jean) Mandich, of East McKeesport; his special friend, Louise Schenk, of Penn Hills; brothers-in-law, Robert (Maryann) Goldie and Joseph J. Goldie; also cousins. A private blessing service will be held at FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083, with interment following in Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to a charity of choice.
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Matecka, William L. 78

  • Curtisville
  • Born: 1937-03-13
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • William L. Matecka, 78, of Curtisville, West Deer Township, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was born March 13, 1937, in Curtisville, to the late John and Mary (Slaymar) Matecka, and has lived in Curtisville all of his life. A 1956 graduate of West Deer High School, he was a life member of the Owls Club, Russellton, and life member of the American Legion. Bill worked for the BP Company for 35 years at various BP gas stations in the Valley and was the owner of Bill's BP in Cheswick for seven years. He enjoyed spending time with his children and doing yard work. Survivors include his children, Laura (James) Lewis, of Galveston, Texas, William L. Matecka Jr., of Texas, Mary Bracanovic, of Georgia, Tracie (Edward) Yasko, of Virginia, Robert (Laura) Matecka, of Butler, and Bonnie (Ken) Stapchuck, of Clinton Township; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Margaret Moses, of New Castle, Pauline "Tootsie" Mariani, of Curtisville, and Irene "Jim" Matecka, of Russellton. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty (Hoss) Matecka; second wife, Barbara (Antonace) Matecka; daughter, Susan Kuhn; sisters, Anna Swaiko, Mary Stanfield, Mildred Stivenson and Helen Maholic; and brothers, Steve, Joseph, John Matecka and Kenneth McCune. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. W. James Legge officiating. Bill will be laid to rest in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Matthews, Maurice R. 53

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1961-06-25
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Lantz, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Maurice R. "Moe" Matthews, 53, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Washington, D.C. and Connellsville, went home to be with his Lord Sunday, March 22, 2015. Maurice was born in Washington, D.C. on June 25, 1961, the son of the late James Matthews and Aquarius Jenkins. Maurice was a graduate of Largo High School in Maryland in 1980 and was employed by Parkhurst Dining, located at the Pittsburgh Steelers Southside Complex. Maurice is survived by his loving fiancee, Anna E. Webb, of Pittsburgh; his children, Maurice R. Matthews II, of Fort Washington, Md., and Malerie A. Matthews, of Fort Washington, Md., who is expecting Moe's first grandchild in June; his mother, Aquarius Jenkins; his brothers, Curtis Matthews and Terry McGhee; his former wife, Valerie Matthews; and a host of family and friends. Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m., the hour of service, Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the United Baptist Church, 126 N. First St., Connellsville, with the Rev. Geoffrey L. Tate officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the LANTZ FUNERAL HOME, 297 E. Main St., Uniontown. Services will be continued at the Isle of Patmos Baptist Church, 1200 Rhode Island Ave., NE Washington, D.C. Interment will follow in the Fort Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Brentwood, Md. All condolences and floral tributes may be sent through www.lantzfh.com.
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McLane Jr., Clyde 83

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Clyde McLane Jr., 83, of Scott Township, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Bonnie; loving father of Clyde McLane III, Craig (Dani Jo) McLane and Leesa (Michael) Zias; brother of Ruth, Delano and Sonie; and loving grandfather of Ainsley and Addison. Clyde served in the Navy during the Korean War. He earned a master's degree from Texas Tech University and worked his entire career at PPG Industries. Clyde served as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and was a longtime parishioner of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Interment will be private in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Miller, Charles L. 82

  • Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2015-02-07
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Charles L. Miller, 82, of Castle Shannon, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. He was the husband of the late Shirley May (Schneider) Miller; devoted father of Charles, of Poway, Calif., Richard, of Castle Shannon, Thomas, of Orlando, Fla., James, of Pensacola, Fla., Linda LeViere, of Southington, Ohio, and Kathleen Osteritter, of West Mifflin; brother of Mary Ann Bench, of Bethel Park; also survived by 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Charles was Army veteran, retired postal worker, member of the Shriners and an avid bowler. Family plans no viewing. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Mausoleum Chapel, 509 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Arrangements by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL INC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Paramount Hospice, 3025 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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More, Helen I. 87

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Helen I. More, 87, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Patsy More; daughter of the late Anthony and Teresa Imbrogno; mother of Patricia (William) Kennedy, of Warren, Ohio, and Anthony More, of Cheswick; grandmother of Brian (Kristin) Kennedy, of Thomasville, N.C., and David Kennedy, of Chander, Ariz.; and great-grandmother of Avery Kennedy. She is also survived by sisters, Mary Lepiane, Irene Brown and Theresa Bellas; sisters-in-law, Betty Imbrogno and Meni Franceschelli; and many nieces and nephews. Helen spent 30 years teaching at St. Elizabeth School and remained there heading their fund-raising projects. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Elizabeth School. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Oesterling, George R.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • George R. Oesterling, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Mr. Oesterling was the beloved husband of Marilee A. Laslavic Oesterling; father of Nathaniel S. and Natilee A. Oesterling, both of Shaler Township; son of the late Richard and Garnet F. King Oesterling. George was a retired teacher of chemistry, physics and Civil War history at North Catholic High School. He was known for his lectures on the Battle of Gettysburg and the infamous story of Sam Sebastian. George had a great love of music. He played piano, guitar and trumpet with "Kindred Spirit," who toured with Chicago in the '60s and '70s. He was a trivia whiz and avid fan of trivia who enjoyed creating ridiculously difficult trivia quizzes to try to stump friends, students and family. Celebrate George's life with his family at memorial services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, Millvale. Arrangements by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. The family respectfully suggests donations to the American Lung Association, 810 River Ave. No. 140, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or food or monetary donations for the family. Leave condolences at www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Opfer Sr., Dennis M. 66

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1948-09-25
  • Died: 2015-03-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Dennis M. Opfer Sr., 66, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015, at home. Born Sept. 25, 1948, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Albert and Julia (Lovas) Opfer. A retired truck driver for Levinson Steel in Ambridge, Dennis was a member of Grace and Truth Church in Houston and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by a daughter, Rachel (John) Hazuda of Imperial; son, Dennis M. Opfer II of Glassport; grandchildren, Brooke and Julia Opfer and Jack and Hope Hazuda; sister, Sandra (George) Cheplic of Finleyville; brother, Wayne P. (Alberta) Opfer of Glassport; uncle, Michael Lovas of Elizabeth Township; also nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Scott A. Warne officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace and Truth Church, 12 E. Pike St., Houston, PA 15342. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Perichak, Frances G. 92

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1922-07-10
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Frances G. Perichak, 92, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at UPMC McKeesport. She was born July 10, 1922, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Thomas and Anna (Dujmic) Bertovich. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Guild. She was also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She was the beloved wife for 53 years to the late Edward Perichak, who died April 25, 2003; mother of Janet (David Giles) Maskarinec, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Donna (Jimmy) Gasper, of Chelmsford, Mass.; grandmother of Brian (Paige) Maskarinec, Ben Gasper, Sarah (Chris) Maskarinec Sumrall and Emily (Joseph) Gasper Robinson; great-grandmother of Violet Maskarinec and Cabe Sumrall; also survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Frances' name to Celtic Hospice, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046.
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Petrina Jr., Joseph E. 64

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Wylie, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Joseph E. Petrina Jr., 64, of Penn Hills, died suddenly, Sunday, March 22, 2015. He was a beloved son of Margaret (Evanish) and the late Joseph E. Petrina Sr.; father of Jeffrey (Lisa), Joseph (Danielle) and Michelle Petrina; grandfather of Alexander and Zachary Petrina; brother of Richard (Marilyn), Michael (Cheryl), James (Bobbi), Nicholas (Nancy), JoAnn and Joyce Petrina; also survived by many aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Joe was retired after 35 years in the Coast Guard. He was president of the Turtle Creek Italian Club; enjoyed helping others and spending time at his hunting camp. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Maurice Parish Church, Forest Hills.
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Pivarnik, Mary T. 90

  • Born: 1924-12-17
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Mary Theresa Pivarnik went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Friendship Ridge Nursing Center, Brighton Township. She was born Dec. 17, 1924, in West Homestead, where she lived until 2010. She was the loving daughter of the late Joseph and Maria (Beres) Pivarnik. Mary was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Michael and John Pivarnik; sisters, Margaret (McDowell) and Sister Helen Pivarnik CDS; and a niece, Mona McDowell. Mary is survived by two nephews and their families, J. Mike and Annamarie Pivarnik, of Columbus, Ohio, and J. Thomas Pivarnik, of New Brighton; and one niece, Sandra Durbin, of Ellwood City, and her family. Mary was a devoted member of St. Maximillian Kolbe Church, Homestead, and the former St. Michael's Church West Homestead. At the former St. Michael's, Mary was a member of the church choir, Christian Mothers and Michaelaires and had taught CCD there. At St. Maximillian Kolbe's, Mary was a member of the Lady's Guild and the Senior Group. She was also a member of OASIS. Family and friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. until the blessing service at 11 a.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC. Interment to follow at St. Michael's Cemetery, West Mifflin. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Polce, Dominec A. 85

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-03-20
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Dominec Anthony Polce, 85, of Monroeville, died Friday, March 20, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Ferguson) Polce; father of Jeffrey (Stacy) Polce and the late Kevin R. Polce; brother of Josephine Chioda, Pauline Martinelli, Betty Mikosz and the late Helen Perriello, Clara Cristoforo, Veto Polce, Joseph J. Polce and Virginia Polce; and grandfather of Stephanie, Jeffrey Jr., Marissa, Abby, Chloe and Dominec. Dominec was a Korean War veteran and a WABCO retiree. Friends were received this past Monday at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL. HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn. Funeral service was held this past Tuesday at Pitcairn Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Alan W. Thompson officiating. In lieu of flowers, family asks donations be made to Broadway Alliance Church, 1000 Broadway Ave., East McKeesport, PA 15035 or Pitcairn Assembly of God Church, 520 Wall Ave., Pitcairn, PA 15140.
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Rajakovich, Ann H.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Ann H. (Antolovich) Rajakovich, of Swissvale, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She was the wife of the late Frank M. Rajakovich; and loving mother of Rita Hyland and her husband, James, of Forest Hills, Ann Abraham and her husband, Philip, of Blackridge, Florian Rajakovich and his wife, Audrey, of Green Tree, Joseph Rajakovich and his wife, Lisa, of Swissvale, Frank Rajakovich and his wife, Lisa, of Swissvale, and Mary Iannetta and Joseph Klos, of Philadelphia. Ann is also survived by her 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Friends received from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Word of God Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to St. Anthony School Programs, 2000 Corporate Drive, Suite 580, Wexford, PA 15090 or Word of God Parish, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Reeder, Ann B. 81

  • Carnegie
  • Died: 2015-03-21
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Ann Beatrice Reeder, 81, of Carnegie, died peacefully Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Country Meadows, Bridgeville. She was born June 21, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Vern and Eleanor (Beatty) Moschel. Ann and Thomas S. Reeder Jr. were married on Feb. 21, 1957; she started a family and decided to stay home to be a homemaker. She loved spending time with family and close friends, enjoyed playing bingo on the weekends, and arts and crafts. She is survived by her beloved husband, Thomas S. Reeder Jr.; two sons, Thomas S. Reeder III and Timothy F. Reeder Sr. (companion, Christina Parkinson); three grandchildren, Timothy F. Reeder Jr., Terry Reeder and Tyler Thomas Reeder; and two brothers, Rich Moschel and Gary Moschel. She was preceded in death by siblings, Vern Moschel, Bud Moschel, Judy Lightel and Georgia Eckoff. Friends welcome from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Graveside services and interment at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Everyone is asked to meet at the public information center at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested in Ann Reeder's name to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 218 Alter St., East Carnegie, PA 15106.
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Rusnak Sr., Joseph E. 68

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1946-04-07
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Joseph E. Rusnak Sr., 68, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Glassport, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, in Forbes Hospice at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born April 7, 1946, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Hruska) Rusnak. A retired route supervisor for the Port Authority of Allegheny County who also worked at GM's Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin, Joseph was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Township and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, camp and ride his motorcycle. Joseph is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cheryl (Bowden) Rusnak; his sons, Joseph E. (Elizabeth) Rusnak Jr., of East McKeesport, and A.J. Rusnak, of Pauley's Island, S.C.; his grandson, Aiden Turley; his granddaughter, Emma Rusnak; his brother, Michael (Carol) Rusnak, of St. Louis, Mo.; his sister, Susan (Gordon) Boyd, of Lindenwold, N.J.; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles Borough, McKeesport, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, in St. Michael's Church with Father Thomas Wagner officiating. Interment will be private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to Forbes Hospice, 2570 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Schein, Diana M. 73

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Diana Margaret (Kline) Schein, 73, of Mt. Lebanon, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 47 years of Dr. George Schein; daughter of the late Dr. Robert and Adelaide (Baihly) Kline; loving sister of Jeffrey (Nancy) Kline, Cathy (Edward) Rainaldi and Robert (Cyndi) Kline; and beloved sister-in-law of Britta (Donald) McNemar, Bonnie Kline and the late Pastor Bruce Schein. She is survived by many adoring nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Diana was a graduate of Muskingum University and received her master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an elementary teacher in Wilkinsburg and was the office manager for her husband, Dr. George Schein. She was an avid gardener and lover of life. No visitation. All are welcome to attend a funeral Liturgy at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church, 975 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to WM. SLATER and SONS INC., Mt. Washington, 412-381-3345.
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Silverio, Richard A. 87

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Richard Anthony Silverio, 87, of Turtle Creek, died Monday, March 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Shirley (Fisher) Silverio for 61 years; loving father of Cathy Silverio Ramsey (Greg), Robin Silverio Cepikoff (Ron) and Craig Silverio; dear grandfather of Stephen Carr (Cassandra), Allison Moschetta (Jeff), Destiny Cepikoff, Emily, Stephanie and Matthew Silverio; and great-grandfather of Isabelle Moschetta and baby Carr to arrive in August. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Josephine (Rossetti) Silverio; sisters, Mary Cervi, Elizabeth Cuffaro, Rose Isue; and brothers, Armando, Dominick, Edward and twin brother, Rudolph Silverio. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army, and he was a Past Master of the F and AM, Valley Lodge No. 613 in Turtle Creek. Richard was an avid golfer and loved to dance with his wife, whom he affectionately called "My Precious". He loved his morning coffee at Starbucks, with his buddies. Richard will always be remembered for his beautiful smile and zest for life. There will be no visitation. A celebration of his life will be held at noon Saturday, April 25, 2015, in McMasters Methodist Church in Turtle Creek. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org.http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Simok, Carmella 93

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Carmella Simok, 93, of Swissvale, died Monday, March 23, 2015, peacefully at home with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Frank C. Simok; beloved mother of Bridget Baacke (James); loving grandmother of Carmella Smith (James); and dear sister of Frank Saccamango (Blanche) and the late John, Ann, Josephine, Rose, Ned, Sam, Anthony and Joseph. Carmella had a special love for her grand doggies, loved Italian music and ladylocks. The family would like to give a special thanks to family friend, Christopher Zapf. Funeral arrangements private. Arrangements by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Skavronski, Dolores 87

  • Wilmerding
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Dolores "Dolly" (Woynik) Skavronski, 87, of Wilmerding, died Monday, March 23, 2015. She was a devoted member of St. Jude the Apostle Church and will be fondly remembered as being a very loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was a daughter of the late George and Helen Woynik; wife of the late John Skavronski; beloved mother of Matthew (Kim) Skavronski, Robert J. "Bob" (Lynette Deaver) Skavronski, John Skavronski and Nancy (Guy) Farruggia; cherished grandmother of Madison Farruggia, Lauren Farruggia, Brian Farruggia and Alec Skavronski; sister of the late Kenneth (Dorothy) Woynik; aunt of Kathy (George) Padezan, the late Kristine (surviving husband, Doug) Marguriet; great-aunt of April Padezan, Kristina Padezan and Danielle (Robert) Marco; and great-great-aunt of Sierra and Tyler. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Jude the Apostle Church. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
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Snee, Richard A. 65

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1950-02-04
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Hunter, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Richard A. "Rick" Snee, 65, of White Oak, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at UPMC McKeesport. Born Feb. 4, 1950, in McKeesport, he was a retired special education teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and taught at Milliones Middle School and Mifflin Elementary School. He was a member of the 11th Ward Club, a member of PNA Lodge No. 352 and was an avid golfer. A graduate of McKeesport High School, he earned his B.A. degree in special education at California University, and his master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. A son of the late James F. and Dorothy Fuehrer Snee, he is survived by his wife, Peggy Snee; daughter, Jennifer Snee, of Sewickley; son, Mike Snee, of McKeesport; sister, Donna J. (William) Greenaway, of Evans, Ga.; and brothers, James T. (Betty) Snee, of Murrysville, and John M. Snee, of Apollo. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Victory Hills, formerly Seven Springs Golf Course, located at 357 Pineview Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 1600 Coursin St., McKeesport, PA 15132, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Taormina, Eric J. 29

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Eric J. Taormina, 29, of Shaler Township, died suddenly Sunday, March 22, 2015. He was the cherished son of A.J. and Darlene (Kasun) Taormina; dearest friend and brother of Rochelle Taormina; nephew of Ron and Maryanne Taormina and Jack and Doris Kasun; and is also survived by his forever friends, Brandon and Nate; and his sidekick, Gracie. Eric was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was a business owner. Eric was very thoughtful to everyone with his love and kindness. He will be dearly missed every moment of every day. Friends will be received from 2 until the time of a blessing service at 8 p.m. Thursday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw.
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Trappen, Edward G. 79

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Edward G. Trappen, 79, of Whitehall, died Thursday, March 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 53 years of Wilhelmena (Crocci) Trappen; father of the late Matthew; brother of Joe Ann Bohlander and Barbara Ann Kubes; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Edward was a longtime employee of Whitehall Borough. He loved his cottage, gardening and hunting and a friend to anyone. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1008 Castle Shannon Blvd., Castle Shannon. Blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Wasylik, Helen M. 88

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1926-09-08
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Helen Marie (Davidek) Wasylik, 88, of Tarentum, formerly of Arnold, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Alle-Kiski Medical Center. She was born Sept. 8, 1926, in West Tarentum, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Drobka Davidek. She worked at her family's luncheonette and later at Hart's Department Store for 25 years and Broadway Bridal for 10 years. Helen was a member of St. Joseph Church, New Kensington, where she volunteered in the school cafeteria. She also volunteered at The Little Shoppe at Citizens General Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew "Andy" Wasylik; daughter, Andrea; and brothers, Clarence, Mike and Ed Davidek. Survivors include her two sons, James Wasylik and his wife, Margie, of Latrobe, and Mark Wasylik and his friend, Tammie, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; brother, Joseph Davidek and his wife, Heather, of Tarentum; and grandchildren, Maureen Zilner, of Waynesboro, Kristen Hickman, of Pittsburgh, and Nikolaus Wasylik, of Latrobe. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 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 at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, New Kensington. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to www.cardarofuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Helen to St. Joseph Church, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068 or the charity of one's choice.
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Williams, Elvira 91

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1923-12-16
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Elvira Williams, 91, of Forward Township, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 16, 1923, in West Aliquippa, and was the daughter of the late Floyd and Mary Pauline DiFrancesco. She was wife of the late Glenn Williams, who died Dec.17, 2000. Elvira was a longtime member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth where she served many years as a Deacon. She was retired from the Allegheny County Department of Community Services. Elvira was an avid Steelers fan. She is survived by her loving daughter, Deborah (Michael) Ondrish, of Forward Township; brother, Joseph DiFrancesco, of New Eagle; sisters, Thelma Bartolini and Rose Sakas, of New Eagle, and Norma (Steve) Milas, of South Park; grandchildren, Jared (Tamara) Barker, Erin Ondrish and Michael (Elaine) Ondrish; great-grandchildren, Julian and Kendall Barker; sister-in-law, Linda DiFrancesco, of New Eagle; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda (Kenneth) Barker; and brother, Arthur DiFrancesco. There is no visitation. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Bethesda United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Walter F. Pietschmann officiating. Private burial will be in the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, 314 S. Third Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 or the Washington Area Humane Society at 724-222-7387. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Worton, Gary W. 37

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1977-07-17
  • Died: 2015-03-21
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Gary Wayne Worton, 37, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday, March 21, 2015, in West Penn Allegheny. He was born July 17, 1977, in Pittsburgh, the son of Dale Worton, of Shadyside, and Lois R. Hodill, of Bethel Park. He was a ceramic contractor and a member of East Liberty Lutheran Church. In addition to his parents, he is survived by uncles, Gary Hodill, of Baldwin, and Tim Worton, of Pittsburgh; and cousin, Lisa Worton, of Alabama. No visitation. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, in Christ Lutheran Church, Duquesne, with Pastor John Gropp officiating. Arrangements by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director.
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Zemba, Stephen F. 87

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel-Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Stephen Francis Zemba, 87, of Bethel Park, died Sunday, March 22, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Irene M. (Wrublewski) Zemba; son of the late Joseph and Agnes Veller Zemba; father of Stephen E. (Angela Sue) Zemba and Holly L. Zemba; grandfather of Alison M. (Casey) Plouffe and Ashley E. Zemba; and great-grandfather of Angela K. and Ella M. Plouffe. He was preceded in death by siblings, Josephine Zemba, Andrew (Irene) Zemba, Margaret Wilson, John Zemba, Joseph (Margaret) Zemba, Marie Biernacki and Mathilda Kubiak. Steve was a Marine Corps veteran, obtaining the rank of Staff Sargent. He served his country in both World War II (Pacific Theater) and the Korean Conflict. He was a Robert Morris College graduate. He began his business career as an accountant with J and L Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh. Later he was the owner of the Beer Box Inc. and New Etna Curb Beer Distributor Companies. In his retirement years, he was a Pennsylvania State Constable in Bethel Park. He enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his Polka friends. Gardening was his favorite pastime, along with caring for his many cars. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at FREYVOGEL-SLATER FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 412-835-1860, 112 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park, (opposite Macys South Hills Village). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Louise de Marillac Church. Entombment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
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Antonishen, Jonathan R. 22

  • Acme
  • Born: 1992-12-30
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Jonathan Ryan "Anto" Antonishen, 22, of Acme, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015. Born Dec. 30, 1992, in Mt. Pleasant, he was the son of Walter and Terri (Noel) Antonishen. His passion in life was football. His football career began as a Norvelt Colt. He continued on to be a prominent and proud member and captain of the Mt. Pleasant Viking football family. Jonathan was a senior at Geneva Christian College. He continued his football career as a starting defensive lineman for three of his four years. He was also a dedicated member of the track and field team. Football was his life and his teammates were his family. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Nick; maternal grandmother, Linda Noel "mom-mom" and Tony Avampato; paternal grandmother, Helen Jane Zeman and Joseph, and paternal grandfather, Roy Noel "pap", Aunt Tracy and Uncle Ralph Scurci and their sons, Dominic and Demetri; Uncle Frank Antonishen and Margie and his sons, Stephen and Michael; Aunt Terri Eicher "Aunt T" and uncle Ken and their son, Justin; and Jonathan's beloved dog, Titan. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Frank Antonishen. Jonathan was a conscientious student, hard worker and promising engineer. Whether you met him only once or were a longtime friend, his bigger than life personality left a lasting impression. His infectious smile lit up a room. He was the perfect son, the most genuine friend and the greatest big brother and role model to Nick. Nick and Jon had a bond between one another that most brothers never experience. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where his funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. with Jeff Swanson officiating. In lieu of flowers, keep his legacy alive. Contributions can be made to the Anto Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 313, Pleasant Unity, PA 15676.
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Back, June B. 83

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1932-02-14
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • June Beverly Back, 83, of Jeannette, died Monday, March 23, 2015, in Greensburg Care Center. She was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Richard and Grace (Long) Crosby. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Newell M. Back; and siblings, Margaret, Richard "Buzz", Albert, Joe Paul, Ralph and Glenn. She was a member of Church of the Open Door and previously worked as a housekeeper at Baldock Health Care. June is survived by her daughters, Charlotte Klevemann and her husband, Matt, of Jeannette, and Newella Martin, of Tennessee; brothers, Howard Crosby and wife, Hilda, Bill Crosby and Peggy, Harry Crosby and wife, Virginia, Jim Crosby and wife, Glenda, Clarance Crosby and wife, Jeanne; grandchildren, Nicole Bechard, Jimmy Wiltrout, Ryan and Melissa Klevemann and Tyler Martin; great-grandchildren, Ellie Mae, Brandon, Joey and Alexio; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor David Greer. Interment will follow at Westmoreland Country Memorial Park. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Bearer, Edward V. 59

  • Rector
  • Born: 1955-05-18
  • Died: 2015-03-17
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Edward Valentine Bearer, 59, of Rector, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at his home with his loving wife by his side. He had fought a courageous battle with cancer for many years. He was born May 18, 1955, in Rector, a son of Mary Kennedy Bearer, of Rector, and the late Louis J. Bearer, who died in 1992. Ed graduated from Ligonier Valley High School in 1973. He was self-employed in construction and landscaping. He loved to hunt and fish with his wife and his family. He will be remembered for being a kind and loving man. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Funk in 2013. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Diane Kelly Bearer; three sisters, Ruth (Doug) Burnett, of Mooresville, N.C., Mary (Ray) Woessner, of Bentleyville, and Peggy (Tim) Knupp, of Rector; three brothers, John (Susan) Bearer, of Camp Hill, Vincent (Linda) Bearer, of Acme, and Robert (Paula) Bearer, of Ligonier; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. It was Ed's wish that all services, if any, be private. The J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., of Ligonier, is assisting the family. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Bigler, Daniel M. 88

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Daniel Mark Bigler, 88, of Penn Township, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at his residence. Daniel is survived by his beloved spouse of 64 years, Doris (Chew) Bigler; a son, Daniel M. (Randie) Bigler; a daughter, Sandy (John) Randolph; two grandchildren, Joshua Murphy and Nathan Bigler; and four great-grandchildren, Madelin and Mason Murphy and Ashley and Logan Bigler. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Bigler. Dan retired from the Westinghouse Benolite in Manor after 25 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion in Manor and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Jeannette. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724 744-2721). Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Jeannette, with the Rev. Susan Luttner officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 211 E. Gaskill Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644. Online condolences can be given at www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Billock, Frank W. 92

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1922-07-07
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr Rowe, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Frank W. "Red" Billock, 92, of Vandergrift, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in the West Haven Nursing Home, Washington Township. Born July 7, 1922, in Smock, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Mary S. Galowicz Billock Sr. He was a veteran of the Army, having served during World War II. Frank was employed by Wean United Vandergrift plant for 42 years before retiring. He was a 50-year member of the Vandergrift No. 1 Fire Department and also active with the Vandergrift No. 2 Fire Police also a life member of the American Legion, DAV and the VFW, all in Vandergrift. He had served as a Eucharistic minister at both Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in East Vandergrift and St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift. He was a life member and fourth degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Kiski Valley Council and a member of the Italian American Bari Society in Vandergrift. Survivors include four nieces, Cynthia Sazalsky (Thomas) Heinz, of New Strawn, Kan., Patricia Cesario, of Seal Beach, Calif., Elaine Zatko, of Vandergrift, and Mary Ann (Dr. Rudy) Caprobas, of Marco Island, Fla.; nephew, Rick Billock, of Vandergrift; along with numerous great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, and many cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Billock and Ann Thomas; and four brothers, William, Joseph, Martin and John Billock. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, East Vandergrift, with Father Michael Sciberras as celebrant. Interment will be in the St. Gertrude Catholic Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, visit us at www.dunmirekerr.com.
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Brunozzi, Daniel F. 83

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1931-08-07
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Daniel F. Brunozzi, 83, of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Crabtree, a son of the late Eliodoro Brunozzi and Maria (DeFabo) Brunozzi. Daniel was a member of Holy Family Church. He was retired from Kennametal Inc. and had been a Navy veteran, having served in the Korean War. Daniel played football for the former Latrobe Zimbo's and baseball for St. Anthony's Club. He was a member of BPO Elks No. 907 and F.O. Eageles No. 01188 and was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Ida Brunozzi, Grace Nanni, Rose O'Rourke and Edith Marini; and one brother, Frank Brunozzi. He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice (Colish) Brunozzi, of Latrobe; one son, Daniel Brunozzi and his wife, Janet, of Greensburg; one daughter, Marie Klotz and her husband, Paul, of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Domenick Brunozzi and his wife, Estelle, of Greensboro, N.C.; one sister, Elizabeth Rose, of Philadelphia; four grandchildren, Joshua Klotz, Danielle Brunozzi, Hannah Klotz and Michael Brunozzi; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Posts No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church for the Church Restoration Fund or to the American Alzheimer's Association. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Byrd, Thomas A. 54

  • Slickville
  • Born: 1960-08-13
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Thomas A. "Tom" Byrd, 54, of Slickville, died peacefully Monday, March 23, 2015, in UPMC East Hospital, Monroeville. He was born Aug. 13, 1960, in Wilkinsburg, beloved son of Shirley (Baloga) Byrd, of Slickville, and the late Darl Byrd. Tom was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He had been employed by Outlaw Performance, Avonmore, and also built boats for his family's business. Tom was an avid racecar fan. He was protestant by faith. Tom will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany (Jarred) Laskey, of Youngwood; son, Jason Byrd, of Texas; mother, Shirley; brother, Timothy (Kelley) Byrd, of Greensburg; sister, Michele (Jason) Kuzmen, also of Greensburg; nieces and nephews, Jesse, Jordan, Aaron, Elizabeth and Emily; granddaughter, Emma; and extended family members and friends. Family and 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 VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Tom will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Ron Raptosh, of Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont, officiating. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Cable, Richard C. 68

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1947-02-05
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Richard C. Cable, 68, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was born Feb. 5, 1947, in Monroeville, a son of the late Thomas R. and Lois R. (Lucas) Cable. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Irwin. He retired as a case worker for the Department of Welfare in McKeesport. He was a member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, the Camp "B" in Pitcairn and liked NASCAR, World War II history and camping. Family meant everything to Richard, and he enjoyed spending time with his church family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Jack Pry. He is survived by his wife of more than 39 years, Karla F. (Wilson) Cable; brother, Robert (Lisa) Cable, of Dunham, N.C.; sister-in-law, Charlene Pry and Deborah (Gregory) Gibala; niece, Amanda Brown, Janeen (Ryan) Emsurak and Marci (James) Barrow; nephews, Jason and Joshua Cable; and great-nephews and nieces. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather for a funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Cindy Lindow officiating. Interment to follow at Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Campbell, James T. 84

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1931-01-08
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • James T. Campbell, 84, of Ligonier, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in the Bethlen Home. He was born Jan. 8, 1931, in Latrobe, a son of the late Walter and Mildred (Hirz) Campbell. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Walter, Robert, William and Richard Campbell; and a sister, Marjorie Bassett. Prior to retirement, Jim worked part-time for the Ligonier Township Police Department, and served as the Ligonier Borough chief of police for 25 years. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Westmoreland County Law Enforcement Officers Association. He was an Army veteran and belonged to the Byers-Tosh American Legion Post No. 267. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joanna (Withrow) Campbell; his three children, Deborah Bastyr and her husband, Randy, of Minnesota, James Campbell Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Ligonier, and Robert Campbell and his wife, Carrie, of Derry; seven grandchildren, Heather, Joseph (Carrie), Christopher (Katrina), Kirsten (Patrick), Megan, Caleb and Robert; seven great-grandchildren, Anna, Hailey, Chloe, Sophia, Isabelle, Kaden and Weston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Ligonier. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Holy Trinity Church, with Father John Fiorska as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. Jim's family would like to thank everyone at the Bethlen Home for all their care and compassion, especially the 200 Wing.
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Cardella, John 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-09-09
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • John Cardella, 88, of Greensburg, died Monday, March 23, 2015, in the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. He was born Sept. 9, 1926, in Greensburg, a son of the late Ralph and Jenny (Basile) Cardella. John graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, class of 1951. After graduating, he taught school in Monongahela from 1951 to 1956. From 1956 to 1962, he worked for Elliott Co. in Ridgeway. After 1962, he went to work for Dow Corning in Midland, Mich. for 30 years. John also served in World War II in the Philippines. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ann Watson and Rose Cardella; and his brothers, Alphonso, Louis, George and Michael Cardella. He is survived by his wife, Eva M. (Passarelli) Cardella; sons, Dr. John F. (Kay) Cardella, of Bloomsburg, Mark A. (Laverne) Cardella, of Palo Alto, Calif.; grandchildren, Drs. J.T. (Stephanie) Cardella, of Chapel Hill, N.C., Michael Cardella, of New York City, and Bryan (Linda) Sapena, of Palo Alto, Calif.; and two great-grandchildren, John Christopher and Emma. He is also survived by six sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Emily Gennaccaro, Mafalda Arrigonie, Carmella Rock, Lucille and Jon Fink, Marie Cardella and Carmella Cardella; and many nieces and nephews. Honoring John's wishes, cremation has taken place with no public visitation and services. Burial will be private and at a later date. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC. of Greensburg in charge of arrangements. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Costello Sr., Charles R. 95

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1920-02-13
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Charles R. Costello Sr., formerly of Jeannette, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, March 23, 2015, at the Greensburg Care Center. He was 95 years old at his passing. He was born Feb. 13, 1920, in Manor, a son of the late William and Marie DuFour Costello. He was the last survivor and oldest male of seven siblings. Charles was a World War II veteran who saw extensive combat in the South Pacific Theater aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, where he was a tail gunner on a TBF Avenger torpedo bomber. A true hero of the war, he was the recipient of seven air medals, a Presidential Unit Citation and three Distinguished Flying Crosses, one of which was for being in the lead squadron which attacked, and sunk, the Japanese battleship Yamato, the largest Japanese battleship ever built. Following his honorable discharge, Charles returned home and married Rose Marie DePaul, of Grapeville, where they raised five children. While never able to attend college himself, Charley was nevertheless a widely read man as well as an excellent woodcarver. He instilled the values of education and hard work into his children, who all became successful in their chosen careers. Charley worked for 35 years at the Edgar Thomson Division of the U.S. Steel Corp., where he worked in management. He was a lifelong member of Ascension Roman Catholic Church, Jeannette, and for years helped with their spaghetti dinners. Charley was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Rose Marie; a son, Joseph Chick; a son, Dennis William Costello, DMD; and a daughter-in-law, Debra Mae Weiskircher Costello. He is survived by his daughters, Paula Dill and husband, Frank, of San Francisco, Calif., Janet Zabkar and husband, William, of Columbus, Ohio, and Linda Costello, of Latrobe; a son, Charles R. Costello Jr., DMD, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Laura Dill, Franklin Dill and wife, Genelle, all of San Francisco, Calif., Adam Zabkar, of Columbus, Ohio, Erin Costello Reese, M.D. and husband, Adam, of Girard, Damon Costello and wife, Kirsten, of Bel Air, Md., Jaclyn Costello, M.D. and fiance, Navy Lt. Dustin Wood, of Fallon, Nev., Andrew Costello and wife, Katie, of Greensburg, and Patrick Costello, of Pittsburgh, as well as several great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe.
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DePanicis, Anthony 80

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1934-06-20
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Anthony "Tony" DePanicis, 80, of Vandergrift, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at home, surrounded by his loving family. Born June 20, 1934, in Nowrytown, he was a son of the late Leonard and Mary (Belice) DePanicis. Tony lived in Vandergrift since 1964, and was a 1952 graduate of Vandergrift High School. He served our country with the Air Force during the Korean War. Tony worked as an assistant claims manager for Penn National Insurance Company for 30 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, the Sons of Italy, Bari Club and Vandergrift Golf Club. Tony was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and tending to his garden. He loved sports, was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and liked watching boxing. Tony enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, supporting their sports and dance activities. He also loved outdoor grilling with his family and going to the casinos with his brother-in-law and sister. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Eugene "Gene" and Joseph "Joe" DePanicis. Tony is survived by his wife of 52 years, Arlene N. (Naccarato) DePanicis; children, John DePanicis, of Lower Burrell, Anthony "Tony" (Tracy) DePanicis, of Vandergrift, and Dana (Brian) Oswalt, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Alyssa, Michael, Kirsten, Eliza, Jonna, Ian, Anthony and Quinn; sisters, Doreen Holbrook, of Vienna, Ohio, Florence Truffa, of Hyde Park, Mary Jane "Jenny" Napoleon, of Pittsburgh, and Rose Marie Keller, of Boardman, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 429 Franklin St., Vandergrift. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Monday, March 30, 2015, in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Garris, Ronald R. 54

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1960-12-14
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Sparks-Griffin, Lake Orion, Mich. | Get Directions
  • Ronald R. Garris, 54, of Greensburg and Oak Park, Mich., died Sunday, March 22, 2015, at St. John Providence Hospital in Michigan. He was born Dec. 14, 1960, in Greensburg, a son of Donald and Joyce Garris. He was a member of Hempfield Church of Christ. He is survived by his two sons, Ryan Garris and his fiancee, Sydney Elliott, of Clarkston, Mich., and Rustin Garris, of Waterford, Mich., and their mother, Linda (Greenlaw) Garris; his parents, Donald and Joyce Garris, of Derry; three brothers, Raymond Garris, of Derry, Roger and wife, Lori (Taylor) Garris, of Latrobe, and Robert and wife, Cristy (Mellott) Garris, of Lovettsville, Va.; a sister, Rhonda Anderson and husband, Travis, of Latrobe; several nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; and many cousins. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday for a memorial service at Hempfield Church of Christ, 144 Hugh Black Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, with Pastor Mike Hazelton officiating. Interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME in Lake Orion, Mich.
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George, Vincent E. 83

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1932-02-04
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Vincent E. George, 83, of Vandergrift, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Pleasant Ridge Mature Living, Leechburg. Born Feb. 4, 1932, in Leechburg, he is the son of the late Vincent and Alice Adams George. Vincent had been employed at Allegheny Ludlum West Leechburg as a edge conditioner operator and a punch press operator prior to retiring in 1994 after 44 years of employment. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Vandergrift and the Leechburg Elks and former member of the VFW and American Legion, both in Vandergrift. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ida Mae (Lamison) George, of Vandergrift; three sons, Robert E. (Debra) George, of Leechburg, Kenneth A. George, of Brackenridge, and Charles V. (Cathy) George, of Vandergrift; three grandsons, Charles J. (Angie) George, Rudy V. George and Michael V. George; three great-grandchildren, Caleb George and Christopher and Nathan Fouse; one sister, Shirley (Carl) Kostelansky, of Parks Township; and two brothers, William (Maria) George, of Woodridge, Ill., and Jack (Connie) George, of Allegheny Township. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Hooks. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Mark Davis officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit us at www.dunmirekerr.com.
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Ginther Jr., Paul R.

  • Harrison City
  • Died: 2015-03-15
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  • Paul Robert "Bob" Ginther Jr., of Harrison City, passed away at Orlando Regional Medical Hospital in Orlando, Fla. He is survived by his daughter, Kristilee Ginther; son, Paul Robert Ginther III; his father, Paul R. "Bob" Ginther; mother, Melva Ginther; his sisters, Lolly (Jeff) Martin, of Atlanta, Ga., and Denise (Mike) Young, of Freedom; brother, Richard (Buffie) Ginther, of Claridge; maternal grandmother, Melva Reichert, of Delmont; former wife, Donnalyn (Nist) Ginther; several nephews, nieces, aunts uncles and many cousins. Rest in peace, Bobby. There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. April 4, 2015, at Murrysville Alliance Church, 4103 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville.
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Greenawalt, Lillian A. 96

  • Acme
  • Born: 1918-05-22
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Lillian A. Greenawalt, 96, of Acme, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at her home. Lillian was born May 22, 1918, in Scottdale, the daughter of the late Walter and Agnes Parfit Wilson. Lillian was a member of the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren, Mt. Pleasant. Surviving are her children, Walter Greenawalt, of Mt. Pleasant, James Greenawalt and wife, Shirley, of Kecksburg, and Shirley Ritenour and husband, Harrold, of Acme; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a half sister, Virgie Etling, of Mt. Pleasant; also numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Berzy Greenawalt in 1987; and a brother, William Wilson. The family is inviting friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Charles Whipple officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Joy Cemetery. Please visit Lillian's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Grimm, Edward 86

  • Acme
  • Born: 1928-10-05
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Edward Grimm, 86, of Acme, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the Eicher's Family Home, Normalville. He was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Bobtown, Greene County, a son of the late Sarah Grimm Hardy. Edward was a longtime resident of Acme. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1948. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a carpenter for Franco Construction. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Army and attended the Clinton Church of God. Edward will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving children, Peggy Grimm Mansberry, of Normalville, and Kerry Grimm and wife, Robin, of Mill Run; his son-in-law, David Mansberry, of Everson; his grandchildren, Edward Ritenour and wife, Becky, of Indian Head, Lori Geyer and husband, Michael, of Moon Township, Robert Grimm and girlfriend, Heather Prinkey, of Mill Run, Michael Grimm and girlfriend, Heather Richter, of Connellsville, and Brent Grimm and girlfriend, Sarah, of Acme; his great-grandchildren, Alyssa Ritenour, Jacob and Madison Grimm, Greyson Geyer, and Aubrey Grimm. Edward was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, Edward was predeceased by his wife, Mae F. Richter Grimm, in 2010; and his grandparents, James and Myrtle Grimm, who helped raise him. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310), where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Joseph Wingrove Jr. officiating. Interment will be in the Normalville Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Harris, Reida J. 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1927-10-04
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Reida J. (Hursh) Harris, 87, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Oct. 4, 1927, in Larimer, a daughter of the late Blair and Matilda (Ridley) Hursh. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a home health care nurse's aide. She was a member of the Larimer Fire Hall Ladies Auxiliary, and supported PAL and NCAA girls sports. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold O. Harris; brothers, James "Buddy," Paul, Blair "Junior" and Cliff Hursh. Surviving are a daughter, Vicky Bertolina and her husband, Paul, of North Huntingdon, and Trudy Painter; son, Harold Harris; grandchildren, Paul and wife, Wendy, Christy, Shanna and husband, James, Matthew and wife, Susan, Jesse and husband, Adam, and Jared; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Galla and Dolores Tornblom and husband, James; and several nieces and nephews. Reida's family wishes to express their appreciation and thanks to the Viaquest Hospice for the loving care they gave to Reida. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Irwin union Cemetery North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Viaquest Hospice, 612 Park Ave., Monongahela, PA 15063. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Hilf, Bob 73

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2015-03-13
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Bob Hilf, 73, of Level Green, died Friday, March 13, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Carla (Coconcelli) Hilf and the late Antoinette (Tucci) Hilf; loving father of Mary (Shawn) Stebleton, of Monroeville, and R. Philip (Elena) Hilf, of Forest Hills; and proud grandfather of Jacob and Isaac Stebleton and Madeline and Henry Hilf. Bob was a retired financial advisor with Waddell and Reed, retiring in 2010 with 31 years of service. Upon retirement, he returned to the career of his first love, teaching, composing and playing music. Bob was a graduate of Duquesne University, where he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's of music. For eight years, earlier in his career, he served as director of music, liturgy and choral activities at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. In recent years, Bob taught music at his Penn Township studio. Bob also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1968-1969 season, played organ, that is! Friends were welcomed at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL. Mass of Christian Burial was in St. Barbara Church, Harrison City, on St. Patrick's Day. Memorial donations may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. For complete obit or to leave a condolence, visit www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Hilty, Alvin R. 90

  • Oklahoma Borough
  • Born: 1924-06-10
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Alvin Robert "Bob" Hilty, 90, of Oklahoma Borough, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at home, surrounded by his loving family. Born June 10, 1924, in Kiski Township, he was a son of the late John and Alice (Shotts) Hilty. Bob lived in Oklahoma Borough since 1993, and served our country with the Army Air Corps during World War II as part of the world famous Flying Tigers. He also worked as a flight engineer during his time of service. Bob was a jack of all trades, working as a driller for various gas companies and as an electrician for NUMEC and in various coal and gold mines. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Apollo, member and past commander of the American Legion Post 631 in Kiski Township and was one of the founding members of the Armstrong County American Legion Honor Guard. Bob loved working on cars, enjoyed playing guitar, and liked woodworking, even building grandfather clocks years ago. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Alvin "Bob" Hilty, who passed away Jan. 17, 2014; infant daughter; brother, George Hilty; infant sister, Betty Jean; and sisters, Dorothy Francart, Myrtle Byers, Elvie Neal and Minerva Benninger. Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth E. (Watterson) Hilty; daughter, Mary J. (Randy) Beamer, of Oklahoma Borough; daughter-in-law, Susan L. (Shick) Hilty, of Leechburg; grandchildren, Lori A. Hilty, of Silver Springs, Md., Christi D. (John) Hay, of Johnstown, Tracey L. (fiance, Frank Kubus) Hilty, of Scott Township; great-grandchildren, Alexia, Madison and Astor Wolf, Alexis, Shelby and John III Hay; brother, J. Calvin Hilty, of Kiski Township; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, in the funeral home with Pastor Philip Ramstad and Chaplain David Muir co-officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Armstrong County American Legion Honor Guard following the services. Memorial Contributions may be made in Bob's memory to Interim Healthcare, 1789 South Braddock Ave., Suite 340, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Kelley Sr., John L. 76

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1938-10-01
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • John L. Kelley Sr., 76, of Lower Burrell, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after a courageous battle from a lengthy illness. He was a loving husband to his wife and best friend, Dora McKalip Kasavage Kelley for 27 years; and loving father of John Kelley Jr. (Carol), Diane Hockenberry (Danny), Curt Kelley (Eileen), Lynn Rochlinski (Ed) and Todd Kelley (Laura). He also was a loving father of Kevin Kasavage and Karen Kasavage. Born Oct. 1, 1938, in New Kensington, he was the son of the late Luther and Rachael Deer Kelley. He was a lifetime resident of the area and a member of First United Methodist Church of New Kensington. An avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, he was a 1957 graduate of Ken Hi and served our country as an M.P. in the Army. He worked and retired from Wulfrath Refractories, Tarentum, after 42 years of service. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Curtis Kelley (Jamie), Miranda Myers (Ryan), Amber McGraw (Mike), Joshua Kelley (Christine), Amanda Hockenberry, John Hockenberry, Gregory Kelley, Spencer Kelley, Jacob Kelley and Katie Kelley; and six great-grandchildren, Landon and Ava Meyers, Sean and Quinn McGraw and Noah and Hope Kelley. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Leslie Kelley; a son, Christopher Kasavage; two sisters, Dorothy Mancini and Isabell Perry. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He also will be missed by his faithful and much loved companion, his dog, Mindy. He will be sadly missed and loved by all who knew him. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday by the Rev. Drew Bell. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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King, Edward E. 57

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1958-03-22
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Edward Ellis King, 57, of Ligonier, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at his home. He was born March 22, 1958, in McKeesport, a son of Edward R. and Jean Mains King, of North Huntingdon. Edward graduated from Norwin High School in 1976. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He had been employed as a postal worker in Youngwood and most recently in Ligonier where he was known for greeting everyone with a smile. He was honored for his photography by being invited to an Ansel Adams Workshop in California. His love of photography, shared with his wife, resulted in many of their nature photos being published in magazines and calendars. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carol Lowen King; a sister, Rebecca J. King (and her husband, Matthew Costello), of Annapolis, Md.; an aunt, Paula J. Mains; and several cousins. Edward's family and friends will gather together from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with George Umphlett Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Edward's memory to the charity of one's choice. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Krupey, Mary 85

  • Formerly of Grapeville
  • Born: 1929-08-04
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Mary (Pyren) Krupey, 85, a resident of Hempfield Manor, formerly of Grapeville, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Wasil and Helen Pyren. Mary was a member of the St. Cyril and Methodist Russian Orthodox Church in Jeannette. She was a former member and past president of the Grapeville PTA and a past Girl Scout Leader. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Steven Krupey, in 2002; a sister, Elizabeth Verostko; and brothers, Theodore, Max, Phillip, Wesley and Steve Pyren. She is survived by her children, Patricia A. Avolio, of Grapeville, Susan L. Wilder and husband, Richard, of Virginia Beach Va., and William N. Krupey and wife, Michelle, of Ramer, Tenn.; grandchildren, David Avolio, Nicholas Krupey and wife, DeAndre, Patrick Krupey, and Jessica and Nathan Wilder; a great-grandson, William Avolio; three great-granddaughters, Elana, Andria and O'Lora Krupey; a sister, Helen St. Pierre and husband, Joseph Claude; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staffs of Hempfield Manor and Ridgeview Residential Care for the excellent and compassionate care that Mom received. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. Parastas services will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A funeral service will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the St. Cyril and Methodius Church with Father Lawrence Daniels presiding. Interment will follow in the Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township.
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Lekawa, Robert E. 81

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1933-05-14
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Lekawa, 81, of Unity Township, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Nature Park Commons, Hempfield Township. He was born May 14, 1933, in Nanty Glo, a son of the late Henry and Catherine (Cipiloski) Lekawa. Prior to retirement, Bob was a registered architect, having owned and operated the former Lekawa Associates, a well-known and respected architectural firm in the region. He enjoyed flying his airplane and was an avid golfer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Henry, Stanley, Theodore, Raymond and Marion Lekawa; and two sisters, Helen Massena and Julia Curry. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Thelma L. (Rummell) Lekawa; four children, Karen Kaszycki and husband, Adolph, of Greensburg, Diane Mays and husband, Robert, of Greensburg, Robert Lekawa Jr. and wife, Stefanie, of Latrobe, and Terry Masarik and husband, George, of Greensburg; six grandchildren, Kelly Snodgrass and husband, Steve, Mandy Kaszycki, Emily Salandro and husband, Michael, Danielle Mays, Kevin Lekawa and Bryan Lekawa; four great-grandchildren, Colin, Owen, Simon and Maxwell; and several nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held for the family. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, in charge of arrangements. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Levine, Holly A. 45

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1969-12-23
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Holly A. Meredith Levine, 45, of Mt. Pleasant, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in the Excela Health-Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Holly was born Dec. 23, 1969, in Washington, the daughter of James and Kathy Grimm Meredith. She was a member of Living Waters Church of Irwin. Holly was a 1988 graduate of the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. She is survived by her loving family, her parents, James and Kathy Grimm Meredith, of Mt. Pleasant; her beloved children, Kyle A. Levine and Bailey R. Levine, both at home; and by her sister and brother, Beth A. Dixson and her husband, William, of Moorsville, N.C., and Jamey B. Meredith II and his wife, Dana, of Corry. Holly is also survived by her paternal grandmother, Dolores P. Meredith, of Washington. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, James Meredith; and by her maternal grandparents, Luther J. and Melva Grimm. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Additional visitation will be held from 2 until 5 p.m., Saturday, the time of her funeral service with Pastor Steve Bane officiating in the Mt. Pleasant Church of God, 936 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Private Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Liptak, Barbara A. 68

  • Derry Township
  • Born: 1946-08-21
  • Died: 2015-03-20
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. Hirschinger Liptak, 68, of Derry Township, formerly of Collier Township, passed away peacefully Friday, March 20, 2015, in Latrobe. She was born Aug. 21, 1946, in Pittsburgh, daughter of William and Virginia Urbanik Hirschinger. Barbara was a devoted mother and grandmother and loved spending time with her family. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Stephen Liptak; and her father, William Hirschinger. She is survived by her daughter, Diana Scott-Thomas (Carl), of New Alexandria; her two grandsons, Walter and Brian Scott; her mother, Virginia Hirschinger; and sister-in-law, Roy Lyn Smith and family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Bruce Gorski officiating, followed by entombment in the St. Clair Cemetery Mausoleum, Greensburg. Barbara's family would like to thank the staff at Latrobe Health and Rehabilitation and Heartland Hospice for their compassion and support. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Manchester, David R. 72

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1942-07-16
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • David R. Manchester III, of Delmont, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was born July 16, 1942, in Pittsburgh, to the late David R. Jr. and Eleanor (Peacock) Manchester. Dave was a Delmont resident for the past 30 plus years. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Academy of Model Aeronautics and Murrysville Area Radio Control Society. Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Manchester Armendariz; brothers, Bill (Wilma) and Bob (BJ); sister, Shirley Franz (Cliff); grandchildren, Cody, Dylan, Jesse and Josey Manchester; great-grandchild, Maddox Manchester; and many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, (724-468-1177). The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First United Church of Christ, Millvale, 425 North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209. Please write "D. Manchester" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Mangan, Gene R. 76

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Died: 2015-03-23
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  • Gene R. Mangan, 76, of Lake Worth, Fla., passed away Monday, March 23, 2015. Gene was born Aug. 30, 1938, in Greensburg. He joined the Army when he was 18, was honorably discharged after an injury to his ears while marching next to a tank. He then joined Westinghouse Air-Brake and later worked as a glass worker at American Saint Gobain in Jeannette. He also was an account executive in advertising sales for the News Dispatch. He became a licensed realtor and real estate investor in Greensburg and later in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he and his wife resided for the past 30 years. He also worked at the world famous Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., and hosted a steady stream of family and friends as they visited South Florida. Gene and his wife, Leona, were married for 57 years, or as Gene used to say "114 years, 57 years each". They traveled and enjoyed many cruises throughout the Caribbean and to Mexico. Gene was an active member of the Notre Dame Club of Greensburg and organized club trips to Notre Dame football games. Both his son, Patrick, and his granddaughter, Marlena, graduated from Notre Dame. His grandson, Patrick II, earned a management certificate from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business. His granddaughter, Hannah, attends St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., where she is studying to be a registered nurse. Patrick II earned a Black Belt in karate' when he was just 13. Hannah and Katie are decorated gymnasts. Hannah was a state champion gymnast. Katie is also a champion cheersport competitor. They had one son, Patrick E. Mangan, whose wife, Denise, passed away in 2009; and four grandchildren, Marlena, Patrick II, Hannah and Katie. His son is an ordained minister and has traveled around the world as a missionary evangelist, has raised over 30 million dollars for charity and has helped put 11 Christian repeater radio stations on the air in the heartland of Indiana and Michigan. Gene's son is also the executive vice president of The Sergio Corporation, which owns and operates one of the leading disaster restoration companies in the country, First Response. He also serves as the executive director of citizens for Community Values of Indiana. Gene's oldest granddaughter, Marlena, is married to Rich Sypel, and is a teacher and has two daughters, Alexa and Addison. In addition to his wife, son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Gene is survived by two sisters, Jacqueline (Richard Vaccaro), and Joyce (John Deblasio); and four aunts, Grace Tickle, Flo Dorohovich, Gertie Herman and Yolanda Streussnig. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Verna Mangan; and his brother, Patrick Kelly Mangan. Gene was a popular entertainer in his early years and one of the first to sing and perform on television in the late 1950's in Pittsburgh. Gene loved being a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved his family and his Savior Jesus Christ. Gene was a born again Christian who readily shared his faith in Jesus with everyone he met. He always had a song and a conversation for anyone. When he would meet a waitress and find out her first name, he would routinely begin to belt out a song that featured her name. Gene did not say goodbye but rather "see you later" to those he expected to be reunited with in Heaven. Gene filled the room with his spirit of joy and love of life and will be both missed and remembered by those he touched. A wake service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at TILLMAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, 2170 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Fla. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until service time Thursday at the funeral home. A graveside service with military honors will take place at 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 S. State Road 7, Lake Worth. If attending the graveside service, please assemble at the cemetery in Lane No. 3 by 10:35 a.m.
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Marsolo, Anthony M. 55

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1960-03-09
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Anthony M. Marsolo, 55, of Jeannette, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, at his residence, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 9, 1960, in Jeannette, a son of the late David and Agnes Bonar Marsolo. Prior to his retirement, Tony was a truck driver for the Iron City Uniform Company. He was a member of Locals 30 and 249, an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Tony also enjoyed his construction business, especially brick laying and carpentry. In addition to his parents, Tony was predeceased by a nephew, Roger E. Marsolo Jr. He is survived by his loving partner and wife, Deneen Marsolo; sisters, Patricia Renwick and husband, James, and Amy Marsolo, all of Jeannette; brothers, David P. Marsolo, Roger E. Marsolo Sr. and wife, Sheri, and Joseph A. Marsolo, all of Jeannette, and James V. Marsolo and wife, Bridget, of Phoenix, Ariz.; his father and mother-in-law, Richard and Elaine Sarocky; a brother-in-law, Rich Sarocky and wife, Susan, all of North Huntingdon; his special buddies, nephews, David and Austin, and nieces, Nikki and Kenzi, and many other nieces, nephews and special friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Monsignor V. Paul Fitzmaurice, presiding. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
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McLean, Gail 88

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1926-09-05
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Gail McLean, 88, of Mt. Pleasant Township, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 5, 1926, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Harry T. and Thelma (Farmer) McLean. Gail was a graduate of Latrobe Hospital School of Nursing and Lakeside School of Anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to retirement, she was a registered nurse anesthetist at McKeesport Hospital, and she was a member of Latrobe United Presbyterian Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Harold E. McLean. She is survived by a nephew and several friends. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Donald W. Graff officiating. Interment will follow in Donegal Cemetery. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Moore, Dorothy E. 86

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1928-05-04
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Dorothy E. Moore, 86, of Lower Burrell, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Butler County Memorial Hospital. She was born May 4, 1928, in Lower Burrell, to the late Quay N. and Anna M. (Summerville) Geer, and had lived in the Lower Burrell area all of her life. Dorothy will be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Allen T. Moore on Feb. 8, 1993; and brothers, Robert, George and Quay Geer. Survivors include sons, Joseph (Maureen) George, Daniel A. Moore, Gerald T. (Linda) Moore, Randall J. (Barbara) Moore and Christopher R. Moore; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Honoring her wishes, services and burial are private. Arrangements by FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME in Lower Burrell, 724-335-6500. Memorial donations in her name may be made to Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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O'Bryon, Scott 45

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1969-08-13
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Scott O'Bryon, 45, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his home. He was born Aug. 13, 1969, in Pittsburgh, the son of Robert R. and Merlyn Miller O'Bryon. Scott was a carpenter for more than 20 years, and a 1987 graduate of Norwin Senior High School. He was actively involved in the Norwin Alliance Church and loved cooking and baking. He was a very caring person and a friend to all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his sister, Tracy O'Bryon; maternal grandparents, Merl and George Miller; and paternal grandfather, Raymond O'Bryon. He is survived by his cherished daughter, Raimey Marie; paternal grandmother, Mary O'Bryon; beloved sister, Debbie Jennette and her husband, Bill; proud uncle of Kendra Jennette and her fiance, Matt Nicholas, and Cody Jennette; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends and family will gather from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Alliance Church, North Huntingdon. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Pezzana, Martha M. 89

  • Allegheny Township , Formerly of Vandergrift
  • Born: 1925-07-30
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Martha M. (Trisoline) Pezzana, 89, of Allegheny Township, formerly of Vandergrift, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Pleasant Ridge, Leechburg. Born July 30, 1925, in Vandergrift, she was the daughter of the late Simone and Isabella (Gianinni) Trisoline. Martha was a lifelong resident of Vandergrift and was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of America and the former Altar Rosary Society of the church. She was also a member of the Bari Club Ladies Auxiliary in Vandergrift. Martha enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, John Joseph Pezzana; brothers, John, Peter and Frank Trisoline; and sisters, Margaret Trisoline, Mamie Gadola and Mary Curci. She is survived by her daughter, Jo Anna (Robert) Cooney, of St. Augustine, Fla.; son, John Michael (Susan) Pezzana, of Austintown, Ohio; grandchildren, Meghan, Catherine and Jennifer; a great-grandchild on the way; brother, Angelo Trisoline, of Vandergrift; sister, Jennie Peiples, of Vandergrift; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Entombment will be in St. Gertrude Cemetery Mausoleum, Vandergrift. Memorial Contributions may be made in Martha's name to St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Pirl, Betty L. 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1927-08-24
  • Died: 2015-03-17
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Betty L. (Sam) Pirl, 87, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at her home. She was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Irwin, a daughter of the late Abraham and Lyda Ayres Sam. Betty was a member of the Silver Sneakers and enjoyed trips to the casinos. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and George Sam; and two sisters, Doris Sam and Norma Jean Rodman. She is survived by her husband, Carl O. Pirl Sr.; two sons, Carl Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Lowell, Ind., and Scott, of Irwin; two daughters, Lorraine Watson, of Columbus, Ohio, and Kimberlee Roberts and her husband, David, of Arona; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Friends were received Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A blessing service was held Saturday. Interment was in Long Run Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Shipley, Barbara J. 74

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1940-12-10
  • Died: 2015-03-17
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Barbara J. Shipley, 74, of West Newton, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015. She was born Dec. 10, 1940, in Bidwell, a daughter of the late Paul and Ruth (Buzzard) Shipley. Barbara was a member of First Baptist Church, West Newton, and was a great Penguins fan. She was formerly employed by G.C. Murphy, West Newton, and for many years worked in child care. Survivors include two sisters, Betty McTish and husband, Matthew, of Allentown, and Catherine Williams, of West Newton; a brother, Wilbur "Red" Shipley and wife, Jan, of Blairsville; very dear friends, Debbie and John Reese, and their daughters, Jenny and Maegan; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Shipley; and a sister, Evelyn Shoop. Visitation and services were private. Interment was in West Newton Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Shrader, Clarence R. 87

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1928-02-19
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Clarence R. "Chub" Shrader Sr., 87, of South Greensburg, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. He was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Tower Hill, a son of the late John D. and Marie Albert Shrader. He was a member of South Greensburg United Methodist Church. Prior to retirement, he was a supervisor for PPG Industries. He was a former councilman and past council president for the Borough of South Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Clarence "Rick" Shrader Jr.; and two sisters, Ruth Mates and Buellah Hale. Chub is survived by his wife, Elizabeth J. Leasure Shrader; a son, Jeffrey A. (Diane) Shrader, of Greensburg; two grandchildren, John L. "Jack" (Michelle) Shrader, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Erin A. Shrader, of Greensburg; and three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Ryan and Kylie Shrader. Family and friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Sinicki, Cynthia L. 60

  • New Kensington , Formerly of Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Cynthia L. "Cyndy" Sinicki, 60, of New Kensington, formerly of Lawrenceville, went home to be with the Lord after her battle with cancer, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She leaves behind her children, Garrison, Benjamin, Jarrell and Nathan Murray-Sinicki. She was the loving daughter of Robert F. (Patricia) Sinicki and the late Lorraine M. (Schuessler) Sinicki; devoted sister of Robert W. "Butch" (the late Linda) Sinicki, Theresa L. (Anthony) Golembiewski, Patricia L. Sinicki-Mellinger, Jane L. (Michael) Heiry, Donald R. Sinicki and Becky L. Sinicki; and is also survived by nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Vera M. 89

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1925-05-18
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Dodson, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Vera M. (Medsger) Smith, 89, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was born May 18, 1925, in West Newton, a daughter of the late John Ross and Rachel Weisel Medsger. Vera was baptized at the First Church of God in West Newton and was an active lifelong member of the church. She served as the church treasurer for many years. Vera worked at many different places over her life. She was a waitress at Sweeneys Restaurant, a book keeper at a motel in McKeesport and a book keeper and clerk at Drugland in Rostraver Township until the store closed. She loved playing bingo and visiting the local casinos. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orbin R. Smith, in 1987; a sister, Ruth Thorne; and two brothers, John Ross Medsger Jr. and George Medsger. Vera is survived by her two daughters, Barbara Suchko and her husband, Ed, of West Newton, and Norma Dey and her husband, Wes, of Greensburg; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Medsger, in West Newton. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First Church of God with the Rev. Elizabeth Dunlap presiding. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery. Go directly to the church on Saturday. Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Church of God, 157 N. Second Street, West Newton, PA 15089.
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Smurphat, Margaret 97

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1917-08-13
  • Died: 2015-03-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Margaret (Evans) "Peg" Smurphat, 97, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Harrison City. She was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Edward and Mary Stanton Evans. She attended school at St. Rosalia's in Greenfield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Smurphat; infant son, Joseph; two brothers, William Evans and Donald Evans; and son-in-law, George Simmons. She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Simmons, of East Canton, Ohio; son, Charles W. Smurphat and his wife, Linda, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Jennifer Mahaffey and her husband, Shawn, Darren Smurphat and his wife, Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Jacob Ghrist, Tyler and Mackenzie Smurphat; and many nieces and nephews. Peg was an avid bowler and will be greatly missed by her many friends in her AARP Bowling League. Friends were received this past Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, where a blessing service was held this past Tuesday. Interment is in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of choice. The family extends a special thanks to Golden Heights Personal Care Home and Bridges Hospice Care for their excellent care and compassion. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Starkey, Larry J. 60

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Larry James Starkey, 60, of Trafford, formerly of San Antonio, Texas, passed peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2015. He was the beloved son of Marvin and Tillie (Antinarinio) Starkey; loving brother of Val Starkey; nephew of Walter "Pete" (Katie) Antinarinio, Mary (Frank) Witkowski, late John (late Gloria), late Pauline (late Jim) Lisk, late Norma Jean (late Lou) Chursail, late Ruthie (late Robert) Hammer, and Hope Starkey. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Mr. Starkey was retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant. He was also a 21-year cancer survivor. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Parting Prayers at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Michael Church. Burial will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery with military honors.
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Stoner, Doris A. 88

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Born: 1926-04-21
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Riggin-Pillatsch Burke, Carterville, Ill. | Get Directions
  • Doris Arlene (Ulery) Stoner, 88, of Carterville, Ill., and West Palm Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. She was born April 21, 1926, in Scottdale, to C. Homer and Mae Belle Ulery. She graduated from Scottdale High School in 1944. She was then recruited for secretarial training in Washington, D.C., and studied there during World War II. She married Virgil Ray Stoner on Dec. 29, 1948, in Scottdale. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1993. Doris had resided in Carterville, Ill., for the past 47 years, but "wintered" in West Palm Beach, Fla., for the last 23 years. She had also lived in Fort Wayne and Columbus, Ind., Herrin and Rochester, N.Y. She was a devout Christian woman who belonged to the First Christian Church of Herrin, First Christian Church of Carterville and Community Christian Church in West Palm Beach. At FCC Herrin, Doris served as church treasurer, and at many of the churches she attended throughout her life, she sang soprano solos, in trios and in choirs. Doris will be fondly remembered by everyone who ever played cards with her. She was an avid bridge player and member of several bridge clubs. In addition to bridge, Doris played gin, pay-me and Skipbo with her friends and family. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael Ray and Carolyn Stoner, of Goreville, Ill.; daughter, Anita Jean "AJ" Barrett, of Carbondale, Ill.; grandson and his wife, Ken and Mary Stoner, of Carterville, Ill.; great-grandson, David Stoner, of Carterville, Ill.; brother, Regis Ulery, of Hummelstown; Debbie and Randy Perkins, of Carterville, who she always referred to as her adopted daughter; Kim Blevins, of Indianapolis, who she always referred to as her adopted niece; stepgrandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Niki Cloud, of Goreville, Ill., and Rachel and Chuck Stroud, of Creal Springs, Ill.; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and 16 nieces, nephews and their spouses. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Stoner, former president of American Magnetics in Carterville; parents, C. Homer and Mae Belle Ulery; brothers, Homer, Emerson, Kenny and Jack Ulery; sisters, Phyllis Jean and Grace Ulery; and son-in-law, George "Gene" Barrett. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, March 27, 2015, at RIGGIN-PILLATSCH and BURKE FUNERAL HOME in Carterville, Ill., with Pastors Ron Henwood and Derek Levins co-officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Relay for Life of Jackson County Murphysboro-Caleb's Warriors, 4503 W. DeYoung, Suite 200C, Marion, IL 62959 or to Stroke Research, made to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Highland Plaza Drive West, Suite 140, St. Louis, MO 63110. To view this obituary and sign the guest register, please visit www.rigginpillatschburkefh.com.
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Strednak, Josephine A. 75

  • Acme
  • Born: 1939-11-17
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Josephine A. "Josie" (Cifone) Strednak, 75, of Acme, died Monday, March 23, 2015, in Cary, N.C. Mrs. Strednak was born Nov. 17, 1939, in North Braddock, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Theresa Bloise Cifone. She was a member of St. Raymond's of the Mountain Roman Catholic Church. Josie had been employed at Westinghouse Atomic Research, PA Glass and Sand Corporation and as secretary for the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and taking rides in the country. Josie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who was especially proud of her family and their accomplishments. Josie is survived by her loving family, her husband of 53 years, Raymond R. Strednak; her sons, Raymond J. (Sharon) Strednak, of Montomery Village, Md., and Scott G. (Kathy) Strednak, of Apex, N.C.; her daughters, Lisa (Mark) Levinson, of Winchester, Va., and Christina (Christopher) DeFlitch, of Hummelstown; and her eight grandchildren, Rochelle, Scott Jr., Nicholas, Carter, Rachel, Christopher, Owen and Sophie. She is also survived by her two sisters, Madeline Aiello and Shirley (Edward) McCarron; and by her two brothers, John Cifone and Benjamin (Marie) Cifone. In addition to her parents, Josie was preceded in death by her brothers, Louis, William and Anthony Cifone. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Josie's funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday, March 27, 2015, in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 310 32nd St., McKeesport, PA 15312, with the Rev. Vincent Velas as celebrant. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Interment will be in the All Saints Catholic Cemetery, Braddock. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Monyough Catholic School, 1640 Faucett Ave., White Oak, PA 15131, in memory of Josie Strednak. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Tellin, Margaret A. 87

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1927-12-22
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Margaret Ann "Peg" Tellin, 87, of Murrysville, died Monday, March 23, 2015. She was born Dec. 22, 1927, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret McClure Moore Lyness. In addition to her parents, Peg was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Tellin; and a sister, Patricia Hanley. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Murrysville. Peg leaves a legacy of enduring kindness and unyielding devotion to her family and faith. She provided an anchor of love, comfort and acceptance for her family, and through example a way to live a life with grace. She is survived by three daughters, Chris (Joe) Villella, of Murrysville, Susan Tellin, of Ashland, Ore., and Meg (Dan) Gebrosky, of Murrysville; a son, William (Crisanne) Tellin, of Mt. Lebanon; eight grandchildren, Kate Foryt, Sarah (Ron) Spehar, Christopher Gebrosky, Ty Clark, Lizzie Gebrosky, Lawton Tellin, Dylan Clark and Ivy Tellin; and a great-granddaughter, Lila Spehar and her great-grandbaby expected in August. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church, Murrysville. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Youth Ministries through the First United Methodist Church of Murrysville, 3916 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA 15668. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Verost, Olga 91

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Olga Verost, 91, of Murrysville, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was the former owner of William Penn Motel and a founding member of the Monroeville Convention Visitors Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Verost; daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Jacisin) Lesko; beloved mother of Cynthia Martincic and husband, Vince Rafeew, Mary (John) Mulach, Walter (Jan) Verost, Eileen (Dave) Sabina and the late Virginia (surviving spouse, Hugh) Laverty and Mary Jane Verost; grandmother of Rebecca (Mike) Sargo, Kristen Verost, Rachel (Brent) Backstrom, Clare (Chad) Jordan, Faith, Eve and Andrew Mulach and five great-grandchildren; and sister of Alex (Ann) Lesko and the late Paul (Margaret), Joseph (Irene) and Albert (Marion) Lesko. Olga also dearly loved her nieces and nephews. Olga has asked that memorials be made to St. Joseph Center Foundation, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in HART FUNERAL HOME, 3103 Lillian Ave., Murrysville. Additional visitation 9 to 9:45 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, 4202 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville. Everyone meet at church. Arrangements entrusted to R.V. ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Homestead.
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Virosko, Janet I. 83

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1931-09-01
  • Died: 2015-03-17
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Janet I. (Mason) Virosko, 83, of Irwin, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in West Penn Hospice, Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 1, 1931, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late James and Esther (Boyd) Mason. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her stepmother, Erma Mason; husband, Donald G. Virosko; and sister, Dora Simandl (husband, Wally Simandl surviving). Surviving is her brother, James Mason Jr., of California; sisters, Patricia (David) Greene, of North Huntingdon, and Sylvia (Harry) Repogle, of Apollo; and nieces and nephews. Friends were received Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday at St. Barbara Church, Harrison City. Private interment was held at Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Erie. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Watterson, Martha B. 91

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1923-05-22
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Martha B. (Morea) Watterson, 91, a lifelong resident of Vandergrift and currently living in McMurtry Towers, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born May 22, 1923, in Vandergrift, she was the daughter of the late Francesco and Rosina (Elefante) Morea. Martha was a 1942 graduate of Vandergrift High School, worked for Schenley Distilleries from 1943 through 1953, then worked as a bookkeeper for Alcoa from 1953 retiring in 1967. She was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift and its former Altar Rosary Society, the Vandergrift Historical Society, and the East Vandergrift Senior Center. Martha was an avid football fan. She loved the Steelers and never missed a Kiski Area football game when her brother Frank was coaching. Martha enjoyed cooking, talking on the phone, traveling and was a social butterfly. She loved people, was generous with a big heart, and always had an open door. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn E. Watterson, who passed away June 15, 2003; brother, Nick Morea; nephew, Thomas Morea; and also a special uncle and aunt, James and Barbara Elefante. She is survived by her brother, Frank Morea, of Glenshaw; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. Friends will be received from 10:30 until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, with Father James Loew, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Martha's memory to the Vandergrift Historical Society, 184 Sherman Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Weis, Jeffrey L. 60

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1954-11-11
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey L. Weis, 60, of South Greensburg, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at home. He was born Thursday, Nov. 11, 1954, in Greensburg, son of Ruth L. (Elder) Weis, Greensburg, and the late Thomas E. Weis. He graduated from Greensburg Salem, class of 1972. He served in the Army. He was a member of Midway St Clair Firemen's Club, the South Greensburg Hunt Club, the SNPJ, the APA Pool League, the Midway Pool League, and the Midway Golf League. He enjoyed driving his 2003 Mustang convertible and working outside. He worked as a foreman for Lamar Advertising of Pittsburgh before retiring in 2010. Surviving are his wife, Catherine (Booth) Weis; and three daughters, Aimee Barnett and husband, Drew, Southwest Greensburg, Beth Ann Weis, Jeannette, and Carrie Weis, South Greensburg; three brothers, Thomas E. Weis III and wife, Vickie, Greensburg, Michael A. Weis and friend Rose, Baltimore, Md., Mark D. Weis and wife, Dianne, Greensburg; a nephew, Ian; and his cats, Tyson and Harlee. He was preceded in death by a niece, Tressa. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at C. Richard McCauley Funeral Home Inc., with Pastor John Smaligo officiating. Military funeral rites will be accorded by the Armbrust Veterans Association. Contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 100 W. Station Square Drive, No. 215, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. www.crmfh.com
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Wintermyer, Gregory F.

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Gregory F. Wintermyer, 53, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015. He was a son of Frederick H. and Patricia A. (Walker) Wintermyer; loving father of Noah F. Wintermyer; brother of Jeffrey Wintermyer, of North Versailles, and Patrick A. (Tracy) Wintermyer, of Glenshaw; nephew of James and Edward Wintermyer and the late Richard Walker; and grandson of paternal grandparents, the late Harry and Anna Wintermyer; and maternal grandparents, Josephine and the late George Walker. He is also survived by aunt, Jessica Walker, of White Oak; and good friend, Tim McNally. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035. Service at 11 a.m. Friday at Praise Assembly of God, 245 Foster Road, North Versailles, PA 15137. Everyone please meet at the church. Family suggests memorial contributions to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Wislosky, John 89

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1926-02-23
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John Wislosky, 89, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was born Feb. 23, 1926, in Trafford, a son of the late Stephen and Catherine (Marchyn) Wislosky. He was a self-employed electrical, heating and air conditioning specialist. He served in the Army Air Corps and enjoyed bowling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Gail L. (Dulany) Wislosky; son, John B. Wislosky; and brothers, Nick and David Wislosky. He is survived by his children, Cheryl (Bill) Nimmo, of East Providence, R.I., and David (Lynette) Wislosky, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Matthew Nimmo, Jessica (Adam) Stadler and Kelly and Nathan Wislosky; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Dutka, of Monroeville, and Dorothy Dutka, of North Huntingdon. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather for a funeral service at noon Saturday with Pastor Randy Caperton officiating. Interment will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Township. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Zanolli, Aaron 34

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1980-06-22
  • Died: 2015-03-15
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  • Aaron Zanolli, 34, of Lower Burrell, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born June 22, 1980, in Natrona Heights, he was a son of the late Frederick and Elsie Zanolli. Aaron was a graduate of the Manufacturing 2000 Machine School Training Program, an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, fisherman, enjoyed attending church and spending time with his family and friends. Aaron had a strong spirit and was a great listener. He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick, in 1999, and mother, Elsie, in 2013; and brothers, Jeffrey and Anthony. Aaron is survived by his sisters, Kim Zanolli, of Vandergrift, and Amy Herr, of Avonmore.
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Armstrong County

Boyer, Anna M. 79

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1935-05-21
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel, Elderton | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae Boyer, 79, of Kittanning, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She was born May 21, 1935, in Indiana County, the daughter of George L. Adams and Goldie E. (Donahue) Houser Adams. Anna grew up in Shelocta and graduated from Elderton High School. She married Robert E. Boyer on Aug. 1, 1953, and moved to Plumcreek Township, where she lived the rest of her life. Anna was employed as a caregiver to the elderly and loved getting to know her patients. Music was her passion and she was very involved with music programs at her church, Plumcreek Church of the Brethren, serving as the former choir director and the church organist. She also loved feeding her family and was known for being an excellent cook and baker. Anna cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her caring nature will be greatly missed. Her memory will be carried on with love by her loving husband of 61 years, Robert E. Boyer, whom she married Aug. 1, 1953; sons, Larry R. Boyer and wife, Sylvia, of Saint Clairsville, Ohio, and Barry Lynn Boyer and wife, Tammy, of Ford City; daughters, Diana Leigh Arbuckle and husband, Jim, of Elderton, and Lori Ann Altman and husband, William, of Greensburg; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dorothy I. Morrison, of Ravenna, Ohio, and Betty Mae Wood and husband, William, of Kittanning. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Gary Lynn Boyer; and brothers, Robert E. Houser and Lee Adams. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at CLARK CHAPEL OF THE BAUER FUNERAL HOME, 238 S. Main St., Elderton. Additional visitation will be held from noon until the time of funeral services at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Plumcreek Church of the Brethren, 3087 Dutch Run Road, Shelocta, with the Rev. Randy Derck officiating. Burial will be in Elderton Cemetery, Elderton. Memorial contributions may be made in Anna's honor to Plumcreek Church of the Brethren Music Department, 3087 Dutch Run Road, Shelocta, PA 15774. Arrangements are being handled by the Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home, Inc. To send an online condolence to Anna's family or view a tribute honoring her life, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Fennel, Josephine B. 95

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1919-11-03
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Josephine B. (Jasensky) Fennel, 95, of Gilpin Township, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at Pleasant Ridge Mature Living in Allegheny Township. She was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Matthew Jasensky and Anna (Warner) Jasensky. Josephine was a homemaker and a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leechburg, who enjoyed gardening, dancing polkas, traveling, spending time with her family and grandchildren and her dog, Buddy. Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Lentvorski, of Austin, Texas, Donna Cattell (Nathan), of State College, twins, Beverly Fennel (Skip Eshelman), of Lower Burrell, and Barbara Aftanas, of Richland, Wash.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Mary Ann Kasan (Steve), of Ford City, and Carolyn Butters, of Terrehaute, Ind.; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Fennel, on Nov. 25, 2001; brothers, Steve Jasensky and Walter Jasensky; and sisters, Pauline Jasensky and Wanda Lux. There will be no public visitation. Funeral ceremonies will be held at the convenience of her family, with her pastor, the Rev. James V. Arter III, officiating. Private interment will be made in Forks Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Gilpin Township. In lieu of flowers, her family encourages memorials to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068; or to the donor's choice. Arrangements by CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724/842-1051). To send an online condolence to the Fennel family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Glass, Samuel W. 62

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1953-02-13
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Samuel W. Glass, 62, of Gilpin Township, died Sunday, March 22, 2015. He was born Feb. 13, 1953, in Natrona Heights, the son of the late William Rex Glass and Hazel Esther (Sheaffer) Glass. He was employed as a crane operator at the Bagdad plant of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation for 35 years, retiring in 2014. He was a member of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 1138 in Leechburg; enjoyed working on cars, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren and family. Survivors include his daughters, Kelly Remaley (Benjamin), of Vandergrift, and Kristy Cevario (Brian Helsel), of West Leechburg; son, Clint Glass (Sandra Rupert), of Leechburg; grandchildren, Lukas, Landon, Nathan and Gavin; significant other, Angie Yonek, and her children, Kenny Hubert and Tiffany Hubert, and her grandson, Logan; brother, Sidney Glass (Rita), of Greensburg; sister, Deanna Miller (Roger), of Ford City; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including Jody Lee Miller (Nadine), of Virginia, Bryan Miller (Tammy), of Virginia, and Lisa Reanea (Jeremy), of Ford City, and cousins, John Klingensmith and Judith Bryant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his aunt who raised him, Minnie May Klingensmith, on Dec. 20, 2005; and his sister, Loretta Pochiba. Friends will be welcomed by his family from 1 to 3 and 5 until the time of funeral ceremonies at 7 p.m. Friday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, (724-842-1051), with the Rev. Jerrad Peterman, officiating. In lieu of flowers, his family encourages memorials to a charity of the donor's choice. To send an online condolence to the Glass family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Harrity, Logan E. 30

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1985-01-25
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Churchfield-Peters, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Logan Edward Harrity, 30, of Ford City, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning. Logan was born Jan. 25, 1985, in Clearwater, Fla., to Diana M. Harrity. He was a veteran in the Army. Logan worked as a contractor. He was of Lutheran faith and a member of the Wildlife Lodge, Russellton. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Kloe Lynn Harrity; and her mother, Megan Lynn Baker, both of Slate Lick; his grandfather, Charles E. Harrity, of Kennerdell; his stepfather, John C. Urmann Jr., of Natrona Heights; two sisters, Sonya McHawk, of Worthington, and Carly Urmann, of Natrona Heights; and many aunts, uncles and nieces. Family and friends are invited from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the CHURCHFIELD-PETERS FUNERAL HOME, 501 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068 (724-335-1951), where services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. For online condolences, please visit us at www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Jurbala, Frances A. 82

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1933-01-29
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Frances A. Jurbala, 82, of Kittanning, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at her son's residence in Oviedo, Fla. She was born Jan. 29, 1933, in Ford City, a daughter of the late Anton Remis and Anna Sacik Remis. She formerly resided in New York, New Jersey and Indiana. She was the wife of the late Edward G. Jurbala, who died Feb. 28, 1971. She was a member of St. Lawrence Church of Cadogan and a former member of Holy Trinity Church. Her greatest loves were God, her country and her family, including her granddogs. With a knack for numbers, Fran enjoyed challenging her mind with quizzes, Jeopardy and crossword puzzles. She worked at Eljer, Shop-Rite, Pollock's and Rowley Lumber in the accounts payable/receivable area. Fran was always up for a road trip, and she enjoyed dining out. Her hobbies included writing, bingo and crocheting. She will be deeply missed by her six children, whom she raised following the death of her husband at a very young age. Survivors include her sons, Edward Jurbala and Lorri Donghia, of Middletown, N.Y., Thomas Jurbala, of Plattekill, N.Y., Robert Jurbala, of Middletown, N.Y., and Richard and Brenda Jurbala, of Oviedo, Fla.; daughters, Marie and Denny Shiring, of Sarver, and Teresa and Timothy Davis, of Kittanning; grandchildren, Ryan, Mariah, Taylor, Kylie, Breanne, Lauren, Heather, Christina, Joseph, Katie and Rebecca; brothers, Anthony and Dolores Remis, of Kittanning, Albert and Vera Remis, of Ford City, and David Remis, of Ford City; and sisters, Martha and John Lux, of Ford City, Rose Fichthorn, of New York, and Ann and Robert Borowitz, of Ford City. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Remis. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. A prayer service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Lawrence Church, Cadogan, with Father Bryan Summers. Interment at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Kissinger, Loretta B. 79

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1935-06-11
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Loretta B. (Anthony) Kissinger, 79, of Kittanning, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian. She was born June 11, 1935, in Kittanning, to the late Walter Anthony and Anna Mae (Zellefrow) Anthony. She was a homemaker and was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Kittanning and life member of the Rayburn Township Ladies Auxiliary. She liked playing bingo and going to casinos. She is survived by daughters, Deborah (John) Reesman, of Kittanning, Susan Walters, of Texas, Crystal (Bill) Olinger, of Kittanning, Paulette Long, of Kittanning, and Jamie (Frank) Davis, of Ford City; a brother, Walter (Elsie) Anthony, of Seneca; 10 grandchildren, John, Laurie, Bobbi-Jo, Dustin, Jarrod, Brandon, Justin, Nathan, Austin and Caitlyn; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. "Kissy" Kissenger, who passed away March 21, 2002; two sisters, Aretta Sinclair and Betty Reesman; an infant daughter, Christina; and sons-in-law, Bobby Walters and Lenny Long. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The Rev Carl Johnson, her church pastor, will officiate. Interment in Pine Creek Baptist Cemetery. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Minich, Charles W. 67

  • Brick Church
  • Born: 1947-10-18
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel, Elderton | Get Directions
  • Charles W. "Chuck" Minich, 67, of Brick Church, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside. He was born Oct. 18, 1947, in Kittanning, a son of Howard L. and Evelyn E. (Snyder) Minich. Chuck was a lifelong resident of Brick Church and honorably served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator for Equitable Gas until his retirement, and he then began working for Operating Engineers Local 66. Chuck was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church of Brick Church and served as the secretary for the Burrell Township Fire Company. He loved all sports and spent his free time hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed golfing and bowling, and was a member of several leagues. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his brothers, James Minich and wife, Donna, of Ford City, and Michael Minich and wife, Sue, of Lancaster; sisters, Joyce Pavetti and husband, Keith, of Penrose, Colo., Carol Byrne and husband, Jack, of Bolivia, N.C., Patricia Mitchell, of Elderton, and Tammy Tarosky and husband, Dan, of Pittsburgh; 15 nieces and nephews; nine great-nieces and great-nephews; and sister-in-law, Linda Minnich, Dewittville, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dennis Minich. Relatives and friends may visit from 2 to 4and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at the CLARK CHAPEL OF THE BAUER FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 S. Main St., Elderton. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the funeral home, with Pastor Robert Hawk officiating. Burial will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Ford City. Contributions may be made in Chuck's honor to the Burrell Township Fire Company Truck Fund, 108 Cochrans Mill Road, Ford City, PA 16226. Arrangements are being handled by the Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home Inc. To send a condolence to Chuck's family or view a tribute honoring his life, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Trainer, Lydia M. 86

  • Yatesboro
  • Born: 1928-11-01
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Lydia M. Trainer, 86, of Yatesboro, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Kittanning Care Center. She was born Nov. 1, 1928, to Michael and Adelaide (Curadi) Fornari, in Yatesboro. Lydia worked as a secretary for 23 years for U.S. Steel Pittsburgh and Robert Petrosky, Esq., in Kittanning. She was a member of New Hope Assembly of God, NuMine. Lydia is survived by her brother, Mike (Betty) Fornari, of Latrobe. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard Trainer, who died in 1967; sister, Maria Fornari; and brother, Francis Fornari. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the New Hope Assembly of God, NuMine, with Pastor Steve Kromer officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Yatesboro. The family would like to thank Kittanning Care Center for the love they showed their sister. Also to Rose Zajak and Dave for their help, love and special care. www.carsonboyer.com.
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Butler County

Fullerton, Daniel E. 63

  • Zelienople
  • Born: 1951-11-07
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • Daniel E. Fullerton, 63, of Zelienople, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Born Nov. 7, 1951, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Edward D. and Helen (Bukovic) Fullerton. Daniel was a faithful member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry Township. He graduated from Seneca Valley High School and attended Edinboro University. Daniel loved playing baseball, golf, cooking and traveling to England. He was a line supervisor for 42 years with Penn Power and he loved his job. It was his home away from home. Above all, he will be most remembered as the most loving and supportive husband, father and brother. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 38 years, Maureen (Dorsch) Fullerton, whom he married July 31, 1976; his three children, Emily Fullerton, of Pittsburgh, Ryan Fullerton and his fiance, Courtney Conlin, of Zelienople, and Mary Kate Fullerton, of New York City; his two brothers, James J. (Janet) Fullerton, of Ohio Township, and Timothy M. (Karen) Fullerton, of Cranberry Township, and their daughter, Eva; his sister, Christine M. (Gary) Miller, of Zelienople, and their daughter, Caroline; his father and mother-in-law, Anthony (Mary Ellen) Dorsch, of Cranberry Township; nine brothers and sisters-in-law; 16 nieces and nephews; and one great-niece. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle, James J. Fullerton. The Fullerton family will welcome friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township. Friends please meet at church. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in his honor in support of The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation c/o PNC Bank, PO Box 535240, Pittsburgh, PA 15253. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Daniel's family at www.boylanfuneralhome.com.
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Hall Jr., James A. 88

  • Zelienople
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • James A. Hall Jr., 88, of Zelienople, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. He was the father of Jeffrey M. and wife, Cathy, Thomas J. and James R. Hall; grandfather of Shaun, Andrew, J. Adam, Lindsey and Alexander; brother of the late Janet Raitano, Phyllis Kottner, Edward Hall, Jacqueline Weber, Donald Hall and Joseph Hufnagel; and former husband of the late Barbara A. Papa Hall. No visitation. Service and interment are private. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME. Memorials suggested to The American Cancer Society.
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Fayette County

Clarke Sr., Allen M. 69

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1945-08-15
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Allen M. Clarke Sr., 69, of South Connellsville, went to Heaven March 24, 2015, being comforted by his loving family by his side. He was born Aug. 15, 1945, in Connellsville, a son of the late Franklin P. and Adah Mains (Cable) Clarke. He was protestant by faith and a member of the Elk's No. 503. Allen was a high school graduate and a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from 1967-1969. Prior to his retirement, he worked for many years as a PA State Corrections Officer in Pittsburgh. He greatest joys in life included washing his car and going to the casino where he would meet and chat with former veterans and spending time with his grandson, Hunter, who could light up his Pappy's eyes no matter how bad things were. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 46 years, Goldie Clarke; his son, Allen Clarke Jr. and wife, Krista, and their son, James (Jim), all of South Connellsville; grandchildren, Allen M. Clarke III, of South Connellsville, Alyssa and Hayley Clarke, of Mt. Joy, and Hunter Clarke, of South Connellsville; one great-grandchild; a sister, Linda Perierd; and numerous half-brothers and sisters. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park with full military rites accorded by the VFW Post 21 and American Legion Posts 301 and 762.
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Falvo, Louis E. 96

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1918-07-26
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Kucera, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Louis Eugene "Gene" Falvo, a lifelong resident of Connellsville, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from complications of pneumonia. He was born July 26, 1918, a son of the Francesco "Frank" and Filomena (Mazza) Falvo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years Maryagnes Murphy, in 1982. He served with the Ninth Army, 102nd Infantry Division, 548th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion, Headquarters Battery, during World War II. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Ribbon and European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal. After the war, he returned to Connellsville and the railroad. Louis retired from the B and O Railroad, later Chessie System and CSX, after 41 years. He was a member of the Transportation Communications International Union, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 21 and the American Veterans Post 103. Louis was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, serving as a volunteer usher from 1999 to 2010. He will be remembered as an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and as a gardener, a hobby he continued until his death. He is survived by three children: daughter, Barbara Gallagher, of Annapolis, Md., and sons, Eugene (Sheryl) Falvo, of Morgantown, W.Va., and Richard (Paula) Falvo, of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; and five grandchildren: Barbara's son, Daniel (Susan) Luczak, of Los Angeles, Calif., Eugene's son and daughter, Craig (McKenzie) Falvo, of Puyallup, Wash., and Allison Falvo (Jason) Gilbert, of Sewickley; and Richard's son and daughter, Stephen Falvo and Kailee Falvo, of Hoffman Estates, Ill. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Jagger Luczak, Ella and Miles Falvo and Peyton and Taylor Gilbert; two sisters, Jennie Ambrisco, of Connellsville, and Mary Trout, of Arlington, Texas; and brother, Frank Falvo, also of Arlington, Texas. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Pat Falvo in 2012, and Ralph Falvo in 1998; his sisters, Louise Monzelluzzo in 1980, Sara Falvo in 1947 and Catherine Falvo in 1940; and son-in-law, Sam Gallagher in May 2014. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the KUCERA FUNERAL HOME, 127 E. Fairview Ave., Connellsville. Prayers of Transfer will be held at noon Saturday, followed by a funeral Mass at 1 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church on Crawford Avenue with Father Gerry Juarez as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors provided by members of American Legion Post 301 and VFW Post 21.
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Gaborko, Elgie D. 83

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1931-12-23
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Elgie Darrell Gaborko, 83, of Dunbar, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, March 22, 2015, after a long term illness. Friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, and until 9:15 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, when prayers of transfer will be said in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME, 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown, PA 15401. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, in St. Aloysius Church, Dunbar, with Father Micah E. Kozoil as celebrant. Elgie will be laid to eternal rest at Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown. Military honors will be accorded by the AMVETS Post 103 of Hopwood. A parish wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Heart and Lung Association. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Leonard Sr., John E. 83

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1931-06-13
  • Died: 2015-03-20
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • John Edward Leonard Sr., 83, of Dawson, died Friday, March 20, 2015, at his home. He was born June 13, 1931, in Dawson, a son of the late James Edward Leonard and Elizabeth Gertrude (Bordas) Leonard. He graduated in 1949 from Connellsville Area High School. After, he enlisted with the Air Force and served during the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a grain miller at the Continental Grain Company for 35 years. He was a member of the former Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Dawson, and was a current member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. He served as mayor of Dawson Borough in 1994, was a charter member of the former Tri-Town Sportsman Club, member of AMVETS and also served on the Highlands Hospital Board. John is survived by his children, John Leonard and Rebecca, of Dawson, and Larissa Anne Powers and husband, Dr. James Powers, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Tyler Leonard and wife, Rachel, of Belle Vernon, Zachary Leonard, of Palm Harbor, Fla., Joseph Leonard and wife, Paige, of Everson, John Edward Leonard III, of Dawson, Lynnsy Ann Leonard, of Dawson, and Elizabeth Anne Powers, Peter John Powers and James Peter Powers, all of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Lauren Nicholson, of Pittsburgh, Elizabeth Nicholson, of Connellsville, Luke Nicholson, of Connellsville, and Cassandra Nicholson, of Connellsville, who are the children of the deceased, Clarissa A. Nicholson and son-in-law, Randall Nicholson, of Connellsville; sister, Florence Richardson and husband, Gerald, of Starkville, Miss.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen J. (Rimmel) Leonard; and daughter, Clarissa A. Nicholson. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, and from 9 a.m. until the hour of his blessing service at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Connellsville.
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Mardis, Linda J. 57

  • Farmington
  • Born: 1957-06-23
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Linda Joyce Dropik Mardis, 57, of Farmington, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in the UPMC-Canterbury Place, Lawrenceville. Mrs. Mardis was born June 23, 1957, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Thomas and Lillian Chrapcynski Dropik. Linda was a 1975 graduate of Southmoreland High School. She had been employed as a receptionist for Another Way Inc. of Farmington. Linda was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. No matter when her family called, Linda was the first one to offer help. Linda is survived by her loving family, her parents, Thomas and Lillian Dropik, of Tarrs; her daughters, Jennifer Mardis, of Hunker, and Kelly Moore and her husband, Steven, of Dunbar; and by her beloved grandchildren, Stephen and Seth Moore. She is also survived by her brother and sister, Richard Dropik and his wife, Lori, of Lititz, and Susan Dropik, of Plum; and four nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Linda's funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko officiating. Private inurnment will be in the Transfiguration Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Mellinger, Lewis A. 93

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1921-09-04
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Lewis A. Mellinger, 93, of Dawson, passed away at his home Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was born Sept. 4, 1921, in Perryopolis, the son of the late Joseph Albert and Ella Lucinda (Maxon) Mellinger. Lewis was the last remaining member of his family. He retired from U.S. Steel after many years of service as a boiler maker. He loved the outdoors, so naturally he hunted and he loved to farm. He was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the Army from 1941 to 1946. Lewis is survived by his wife of 68 years, Loretta (Knight) Mellinger; a daughter, Sandra Rimel; granddaughter, Sherri Rimel; grandson, Barry Rimel Jr. and wife, Jennifer; two great-grandchildren, Chase and Emmett Rimel; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Lucinda Jo; son-in-law, Barry Rimel Sr.; and grandson-in-law, Michael Skalecki; as well as his 13 brothers and sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1 p.m. until the hour of service Friday in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME, 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis. Pastor Melissa Snyder will be officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Washington Cemetery, Perryopolis. Graveside Military Rites will be accorded by VFW Gold Star Post 7023 and American Legion 752, all of Perryopolis.
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Monosky, Roberta K. 55

  • Born: 1959-08-30
  • Died: 2015-03-06
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Roberta Kaye Monosky, 55, died Friday, March 6, 2015. She was born Aug. 30, 1959, in Connellsville, to Robert Wade Martis and Margaret L. Gaffney. She worked at Pechins as a cashier and she was a member of Mt. Carmel Church. In addition to her parents, she is survived by daughter, Rachel Elsie Monosky and fiance, Dave Firestone, of Connellsville; grandson, Hunter Firestone; brother, Robert Martis, of Lancaster; sister, Patricia Thomas, of Hopwood; many nieces and nephews; and her companion, Gregory Pritts. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Martis; and sisters, Deborah Martis and Barbara Horn. Interment will be private. Visitation with the family will be held from noon until 2 p.m., hour of her memorial service, Saturday, March 28, in THE PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home.
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Taylor, Robert V. 92

  • Lemont Furnace
  • Born: 1923-02-24
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Robert Vincent Taylor, 92, of Lemont Furnace, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Uniontown Hospital. He was born Feb. 24, 1923, in Lock Haven. He resided in Pennsville with his aunt and uncle in his teen years and was a graduate of Connellsville High School, Class of 1941. He was employed with the Christy Park Defense Plant in McKeesport when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In 1942, during World War II, he joined the Navy, aboard the LST 129 Landing Ship, Pacific Theater of Operations, where he proudly served his country during the invasions of Saipan, Tinian and Peleliu. Robert married Lauretta Elaine Morgan in 1949, and had five sons. After the war, he was employed at the Liberty Powder Company in Mt. Braddock for 13 years. When the plant closed, he worked at Rockwell International for 30 years, until his retirement in 1991. He belonged to the North Union VFW Post 8543 and the Uniontown Senior Center. Methodist by faith, Robert belonged to the Wesley United Methodist Church in Connellsville. His favorite hobby was playing the harmonica, which he played frequently for the residents and staff at Mt. Macrina Manor, where he resided for the past year. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy (O'Connell) Taylor Jump; his wife, Lauretta Elaine (Morgan) Taylor, in 2006; and sons, Robert V. Taylor Jr. and William Camden Taylor. He is survived by three sons, James Morgan Taylor, David Allen Taylor and Brian Douglas Taylor; and four grandchildren, Ellison, Noah, Dawson and Savannah. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday March 27, 2015, and from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, the hour of service with the Rev. Dave Elay officiating in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown. Military honors will follow accorded by VFW 8543 and Fayette County Vietnam Veterans. Interment will be private at Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Tremba, David E. 79

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1935-08-07
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • David Earl Tremba, 79, of Connellsville, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at home. He was born Aug. 7, 1935, in Connellsville, a son of the late Joseph and Nellie Mae Miller Tremba. He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1953. He worked in engineering for 17 years, as a personnel manager of sales and marketing, general manager of hotels, and a general contractor and a truck salesman at Davies Ford. He was a state manager of LECMPA Insurance of Southfield, Mich. He was a past executive director of the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce and his most satisfying accomplishment was the spearheading of the Yough River Bike Trail. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Connellsville. He was a member of the Slovak Club, a past officer and member of the Yough Fisherman's Association and a member of the Connellsville Police Officers Golf league. David also served as a Connellsville City Councilman for four years. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Nellie Mae Tremba; his brother, Donald Tremba; his late wife, Rosemarie Sutton Tremba; and stepson, Jerry Sutton. He is survived by sisters, Norma Tremba Gulosh and Dolores Tremba Enos and husband, Ron, of Jacksonville, Fla.; his former wife, Mary Kraynak Myers; children, Michael Tremba and wife, Cindy, of Connellsville, Patricia Tremba Firestone and friend, Robert A. (B.A.) Laugherty, of Connellsville, Connie Tremba Nicholson, of Connellsville, David Tremba and wife, Paula, of Connellsville, and Joseph Tremba, of Connellsville; stepchildren, Linda Bohr, of Concord, Ohio, Susan D'Amico, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Tom Sutton and Darl Sutton, of Ohio; 27 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Special thanks to those that gave David wonderful care: grandson, Erik Firestone, Kitty Strawn and Rhonda Striner. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Kerry Clark, of Trinity Lutheran Church Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Scott Nicholson Cancer Fund, c/o Connie Nicholson, 2511 Springfield Pike, Connellsville, PA 15425.
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Indiana County

Davis, William G. 86

  • Indiana
  • Born: 1928-07-03
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Rairigh-Bence, Indiana | Get Directions
  • William Gray Davis, 86, of Indiana, Pa., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Communities of Indian Haven. He was married to the late Edith (Matko) Davis, until her death in 2012. Born July 3, 1928, in Latrobe, Bill was a son of the late William P. and Mary (Gray) Davis. He was a graduate of Latrobe High School and worked as an engineer for Bell Telephone. Bill was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army. He was a member and former deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Clymer. William is survived by his three children, William A. "Bill" Davis and his wife, Candy, of Greenville, S.C., Bonita "Bonnie" Wess and her husband, Ty, of Greer, S.C., and Patricia D. "Patty" George and her husband, Mark, of Indiana, Pa. He is also survived by his brother, Bob Davis, of Ligonier; and brother-in-law, Edward Matko and his wife, Nancy, of Irwin. The following grandchildren survive him, David Wess and wife, Tonia, Stephen Wess and wife, Tammi, Julie Wolsieffer and husband, Dan, Neal George and wife, Amy, Olivia George and fiancee, Diaz, and Alexander George and wife, Nicole. 14 great-grandchildren also survive him. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Edith, as well as the following siblings, Betty Hauger, Jean Nace, Paul Davis, Ted Davis and Ron Davis. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, 215, at RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME OF INDIANA, 965 Philadelphia St. Viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Calvary Baptist Church in Clymer, where his funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. The Rev. Daryl Jeffers will officiate. Interment will be private at Oakland Cemetery in Indiana. The family welcomes memorial donations made to Calvary Baptist Church, 11394 PA-Route 286, Clymer, PA 15728. Condolences may be offered by visiting www.rbfh.net.
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Washington County

Coccari, Jordan P. 29

  • Speers Hill
  • Born: 1986-01-10
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Jordan Paul "Co" Coccari, 29, of Speers Hill, died on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Born on Jan. 10, 1986, he was the son of John W. Coccari of Speers Hill and the late Florence T. "Flo" Coccari. He was a graduate of Charleroi High School, was an avid golfer, enjoyed soccer, was a Steelers and Penguins fan, and had a love of animals. Jordan was a very caring person, with a perpetual smile on his face. He loved life and knew how to enjoy it. What he loved most of all was his family, and he was very close to them. Surviving, in addition to his father, are brothers, Jonathan (Heather Ondo) Coccari and Jeremy Coccari, all of Speers Hill; aunts and uncles, Gloria and George Snyder of Monessen, Marlene and Bill Ulisky of Sebastian, Fla., Nancy Nartowicz of Monessen, Basil Glinka of Rostraver, Greg and Patty Glinka of Mt. Lebanon and Akemi Glinka of Louisville, Ky.; cousins, Eddie (Stephanie) Snyder of Rochester, Minn., Troy (Vicky) Snyder, of Virginia Beach, Darren Snyder of Monessen, Jeff Nartowicz of Whitehall, Danielle (Darrell) Groves of West Newton, Allison (Buster) Balint, and their son Braiden of Verona, Ian Glinka of Bethel Park, Marie (George) Plaza, and sons Nicholas and Joshua of Louisville, and Ricky Glinka of Louisville; girlfriend, Jamie Morriston of Belle Vernon; close family friends, Paula and Cack Costantino of Speers Hill; "brother," Anthony Malandro of Speers Hill; and numerous friends. In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by his aunt, Patty Glinka; uncle, Sonny Glinka; and grandparents. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, in the Speers United Methodist Church, celebrated by the Rev. Lori Walters. Friends should go straight to the church on Saturday. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Gurchak, Evelyn M. 77

  • Blainesburg
  • Born: 1937-09-30
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Skirpan Funeral Home, Brownsville | Get Directions
  • Evelyn M. "Elaine" Gurchak, 77, of Blainesburg, unexpectedly returned to the Lord on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She was born on Sept. 30, 1937 in Allison No. 1, Pa., daughter of the late Stephen Pavlovich. Elaine was a member of the Historic Church of St. Peter in Brownsville. She loved looking at the array of flowers that were planted throughout her yard. She enjoyed decorating for each and every holiday, playing cards, baking, sitting on her porches and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Elaine kept a strong faith in God, watching Mass daily and praying the rosary. She seldom missed her soap operas. Elaine was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane Pavlovich. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Andy Gurchak; two children, Renee Pacy and her husband, Scott, of Monessen, Kevin A. Gurchak and wife, Diane, of Aliquippa; four grandchildren, Blaise and Blake Pacy and Alec and Angela Gurchak; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and until 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the SKIRPAN FUNERAL HOME, 135 Park St., Brownsville, www.skirpanfuneralhome.com, where a prayer service will be held followed by a funeral Mass at 1 p.m. at The Historic Church of St. Peter, Brownsville, with the Rev. Father Joseph D. Armamento as celebrant. Entombment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park. A wake service will be held on Friday at 4 p.m.
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Painter, Donna L. 72

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1942-03-25
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Rostraver Township | Get Directions
  • Donna L. Painter, 72, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Kade Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born in North Charleroi on March 25, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary (Tegi) Campbell. A homemaker, Donna was a member of Mel Hileman Ministries in Charleroi. She is survived by her son, David M. (Barbara) Painter of Monessen; daughter, Tammy J. Urchick of Palm Harbor, Fla.; five grandchildren, Ryan, Jordan and Sarah Painter and Stephen and Marina Urchick; great-grandchild, Rylan Painter; sister, Mary Ann Bankey of Lordstown, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, August Painter Jr.; son, August Painter; brother, Allan Campbell. Private funeral services and interment were held. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com.
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Somerset County

Acey, Russell J. 69

  • Somerset
  • Born: 1945-12-27
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Somerset | Get Directions
  • Russell J. Acey, 69, of Somerset, passed on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Born Dec. 27, 1945, in Scottdale, he is a son of the late James G. Acey. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Carol, in 2010. Russell is survived by his son, Christopher J. Acey and wife, Mandie (Saylor), of Somerset; granddaughters, Samantha and Sophia Acey; brother, James G. Acey Jr. and wife, Wendy, of Somerset; special friend, Sandy Shinew, of Lancaster, Ohio; and numerous extended family members. Russell was a veteran of the Air Force during the Vietnam War, where he served as a medic. His working career included U.S. Steel, James G. Acey and Co., K Mart, Hemminger Homes and Somerset Hospital. He was a member (and past president) of the Somerset Lions Club and the Somerset American Legion. He was a member of St. Peter's Church in Somerset. Russell enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, Somerset, with a vigil service to be held at 2 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Church with Monsignor Samuel Tomaselli as celebrant. Interment at Scottdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to In Touch Hospice at P.O. Box 1173, Somerset, PA 15501. To leave a condolence, please visit www.millerfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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McClellan, Claire R. 96

  • Berlin
  • Born: 1919-01-30
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Claire R. McClellan, 96, of Berlin, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Meadowview Nursing Center, Berlin. She was born Jan. 30, 1919, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Hilda M. Campbell Spears and John Shawley. Prior to retirement, she worked at the former Westinghouse Semi-Conductor, Youngwood. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Somerset. Claire looked forward to the day when she "goes to the Lord and could walk through the fluffy white clouds." In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn F. "Butch" McClellan; and siblings, Bernard, Nellie and Janice. She is survived by a brother, Richard Spears and wife, Violet, of San Diego, Calif.; her friends and caregivers, Bonnie Landis and husband, Stan, of Berlin; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Eric G. Raygor, officiating. Private interment will be in Lycippus Community Cemetery, Unity Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 320 Felgar Road, Somerset, PA 15501.www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Bruce, William B. 76

  • Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Died: 2015-03-18
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  • William B. Bruce, of Virginia Beach, Va., 76, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, after a recurrence of cancer at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He leaves behind two daughters, Becky Anthony and her husband, Randy, and Yvonne London; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, Kenneth, Thomas and Brian; and his sister, Alice. He was predeceased by his brother, Joel David. Born and raised in North Charleroi, the son of Henry and Helen Duvall Bruce, Bill joined the Navy after graduating Charleroi High School. After discharge from the Navy, he continued service to the government for 30 years as an electronics technician. Bill’s career landed him in Virginia Beach, Va., where he was able to enjoy the beach for almost 50 years. After retiring, Bill became active in the Robert A. Owens Association reconnecting with his past shipmates. He also enjoyed keeping up with friends, family, reading his hometown newspaper and following his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. Bill could also be seen walking to the library to fuel his favorite pastime reading or gardening in his yard. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015, at ROSEWOOD-KELLUM FUNERAL HOME, Virginia Beach. Relatives and friends are welcome at the service and the reception following. Bill will be cremated and buried at sea by the U.S. Navy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Friends may offer condolences at www.kellumfuneralhome.com.
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Byers, Amelia C. 77

  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Amelia C. "Millie" Byers, 77, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John "Jack"; loving stepmother of John (Jackie) and Jeff (Barbara) Byers; grandmother of Patrick, Caitlyn, Courtney and Emilee; and sister of Anthony and Palma Leo, Joann Tarasi and the late Ralph Leo. Millie was a longtime member of the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. No visitation, funeral private. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Carter Jr., John C. 74

  • Huntland, Tenn. , Formerly of Leechburg
  • Born: 1940-06-27
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • John Calvin Carter Jr., 74, of Huntland, Tenn., formerly of Leechburg, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Southern Tennessee Medical Center, Winchester, Tenn. Born June 27, 1940, in Leechburg, he was the son of the late John Calvin and Mary (Whitfield) Carter. John lived in Leechburg since 1983 and was a 1958 graduate of Leechburg High School. He served our country as a First Sergeant with the Marines during the Vietnam War, and continued a career in the Marines working in aeronautics for 22 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Leechburg, Masonic Lodge in Pittsburgh and was the former vice commandant of the Pittsburgh Order of Marines. John was an avid reader of military and history books, enjoyed playing on the computer and on his poker machines. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Delores (Session) Carter, who passed away in 1983; son, Duane Carter, in 1983; sister, Bertha Nabors; and an infant brother, David. John is survived by his children, Lawanda M. (Tim) Moore, of Huntland, Tenn., Denise Carter, of Cleveland, Ohio, and John Carter III, of Leechburg; grandchildren, Jacob Moore, Travis Carter, Kirstin Carter and Dante Jones; and a great-grandchild, Zaramya Carter. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. Additional visitation takes place from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Second Baptist Church in Leechburg with the Rev. Louis and Deborah Harris officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township, with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Martin, Richard W. 85

  • Sanford
  • Born: 1929-05-27
  • Died: 2015-03-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Cmdr. Richard Willis Martin, of Sanford, Fla., died Saturday morning, March 21, 2015. Rich, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in Jeannette to the late Richard J. and Margaret (Glunt) Martin on May 27, 1929. He graduated from Penn Township High School at the age of 17 and quickly joined the Navy to see the world. He had overseas duty tours in the Mediterranean, the Philippines and Bermuda. He also had duty stations throughout the U.S. He began his military career as an enlisted Aviation Ordnanceman in 1946. Married to his high school sweetheart, June Genevee Moore, in 1951, he advanced through the military ranks and 32 years later he retired as a commander in the Navy. During his naval career, he had various duties: Aviation Ordnanceman, Avionics Technician, 3rd Crewman and later Bombadier/Navigator in the Douglas A-3. Then, as an officer, he filled billets as an aircraft maintenance expert. He retired as AIMD Department Head aboard the USS Enterprise. After his retirement in 1978, Rich did not lead "the retired life." Instead he became very active in the community. He picked up unused food from participating grocery stores and warehouses and delivered food to facilities such as Teen Challenge and the Sanford/Longwood Christian Sharing Center. Rich and June could always find time for a game of golf, and he served in various leadership roles at Glen Abbey Golf Club in DeBary, Fla. Music was such an integral part of his life. He played both the clarinet and saxophone, and sang in the choir at Seminole Community College, as well as singing praises to God in the church choir. He was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Florida, which transitioned to New Creation Lutheran Church, and served on various committees including finance, building and stewardship. An active member of Rotary and recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award, Rich religiously attended weekly meetings and participated in service projects. He delivered backpacks to lower income children and to a hospital of children with AIDS, delivered library books and participated in the planning and building of what was known as "Park on Park" in Sanford. In spite of all his accomplishments, he valued his family most. Rich is survived by his bride of 64 years, June. He is also survived by his children, Richard Martin Jr., Cindy Roadarmel, Peggy Nicholas and Denise Fletcher. His 11 grandchildren are Rich, Laurel, Jake, Paul, Marion, Blake, Craig, Daniel, Kristin, Andrew and Haley. His three great-grandchildren are Nolan, Braelyn and Holden. Other survivors are his brother, Bill Martin, of Penn Township; and sister, Myrt Driscoll. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Denmark Manor United Church of Christ, 2001 Denmark Manor Road, Export, with the Rev. Meredith Hutchison officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery- Denmark Manor, Export. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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McDonald, Marie 99

  • Portland, Ore. , Formerly of Carnegie
  • Born: 1915-07-15
  • Died: 2015-03-15
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  • Marie (Fesh) McDonald, 99, of Portland, Ore., formerly of Carnegie and Heidelberg, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 15, 2015. Born July 15, 1915, she was the beloved wife of the late Clarence R. McDonald. She was the loving mother of Virginia Marie (Mel) Wagner; cherished by one grandchild, Leslie A. Hurdstrom; and two great-grandchildren, Megan A. Sells and Tyler M. Hurdstrom. She is survived by and greatly missed by her loving sisters, Shirley Toney, Helen Gracie and Sue Stopperich. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Judy Supan, Ann Nukies and Olivia Harmon; and five brothers, Michael, Andy, John, George and Peter Fesh. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank McLouglin Place for their loving and compassionate care. Memorial service will be private. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to McLouglin Place, 1153 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR 97045.
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Reedy, Virginia M. 93

  • Knightstown, Ind.
  • Born: 1922-01-22
  • Died: 2015-03-24
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  • Virginia Mae Reedy, 93, of Knightstown, Ind., passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Henry County Hospital. She was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Ruffsdale, to the late J.B. and Flora Lillian (Smith) Thompson. She had worked at the Bufferfield Canning Factory in Dunreith, Ind., for 19 years. Virginia was an avid cake baker and bowler, bowling in the Senior Citizens Leagues at New Castle Lanes and Rose Bowl. She was still bowling at age 91. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Betty Thompson, of Hunker; nieces and nephews, Susan Albert, of Greensburg, William V. Thompson, of Youngwood, Cathy Thompson, of Grateville, Cynthia (Davis) Camione, of Greensburg, Mark Thompson, of New Brighton, Linda (Mark) Hascall and their daughter, Sally Hascall, all of Greenfield, Jimmy Estelle and Kenneth Estelle, both of Greenfield, and Timothy Estelle, of Santa Anna, Calif. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Ira Reedy, in 1991; a daughter, Nancy Lee Borg; son-in-law, Ray Borg; a sister, Margaret June Estelle; and two brothers, William Thompson and James Thompson. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at HINSEY-BROWN FUNERAL SERVICE in New Castle, Ind., with the Rev. Eric Haler officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be given to the charity of choice. Condolences and memories of Virginia may be expressed at www.hinsey-brown.com.
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Sober, James M.

  • Falls Church, Va.
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Cheswick | Get Directions
  • James Martin "Jimmy" Sober, of Falls Church, Va., passed away on his birthday, March 24, 2015. He was born in 1933 in Natrona to the late Stephen C. and Adelaide Schrott Sober. He was a graduate of St. Joseph High School and Duquesne University. He served with the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. Jim retired from the U.S. Government as director of real property with the Department of Agriculture. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Patricia Bott Sober and the proud father of Kimberly Parry, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, James (Shari) Sober Jr., of Vienna, Va., and Chadd Sober, of Sterling Va. He leaves two loving grandchildren, Devin and Carter Parry; brother, Bob (Laverne) Sober, of Greensburg; four sisters, Betty Jean (John) Wilt, of Springdale, Adele (Andrew) Sluka, of Leechburg, Gerrianne (the late Donald) Dressel, of Massillon, Ohio, Marcia (Daun) Vecchi, of Tewksberry, Mass.; and brother-in-law, Harry Gustafson. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen (Dolores) Sober; and his sister, Gertrude Gustafson. Jim was passionate about playing golf and watching the Steelers (but only if he knew they won). He loved music and thought he missed his calling as a singer. He loved family, friends, seafood and Scotch, all with unfailing good and unique humor. Jimmy's family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in CHESWICK at the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 1607 Pittsburgh St. Christian funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Victory Church, Harwick, with the Rev. Alan E. Morris, officiating. Private burial will be in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Inova Health Foundation, 8110 Gatehouse Road, Suite 200E, Falls Church, VA 22042. Visit us at www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Steiger, Joseph M. 56

  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Born: 1958-10-16
  • Died: 2015-03-12
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph M. Steiger, 56, a resident of Colorado Springs, Colo., since 1999, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, at his home in Colorado Springs. He had retired after serving his country for more than 20 years in the Air Force. Joseph Michael Steiger was born Oct. 16, 1958, in Pittsburgh, to the late John and Mary Steiger. He was raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from North Hills High School in 1976. He married Darlene Margaret Whiteside Dec. 22, 1984, in Pittsburgh. During his 20-year military career, he was stationed at Homestead AFB, Lakenheath AFB, Moody AFB, Hanscom AFB and Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs where he retired. He also served in the Gulf War. He enjoyed working and spending time with his family. He will be best remembered for his generosity. He was the husband of the late Darlene Margaret (Whiteside) Steiger and is survived by his two sons, Joseph M. Steiger Jr. and Nicholas Steiger. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Warner, Harriet H. 91

  • Cape Coal, Fla.
  • Died: 2015-03-21
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  • Harriet H. Warner, 91, of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Perryopolis, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 21, 2015. She was a devoted mother of Judith (Thomas) Bellon of Johnson City, Tenn., and Ginger Patterson of Ft. Myers, Fla. She had six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was the wife of the late Benjamin F. Warner Jr. Harriet was a secretary at Old Elizabeth Mutual Fire Insurance Company for 23 years. A memorial service will be held at noon, Sat., April 11, 2015, at Community of Christ Church, 100 Johnson Hollow Road, Fayette City, PA 15438. Memorial donations may be made to the church.
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White, Fred Sr. 82

  • Formerly of Monesen
  • Born: 1932-08-20
  • Died: 2015-03-17
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  • Fred White Sr., affectionately known as, "Freddy" or "Uncle Freddy" passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, to be once again reunited with his wife of 55 years. He was the youngest of nine siblings born to Phillip and Mary White in Monessen, on Aug. 20, 1932. Fred was educated in the public school system in Monessen, and shortly afterwards joined the U.S. Air Force in July 1951. He remained in the Air Force for over 20 years until his retirement Aug. 31, 1971. Early in his military career he met his lovely wife, Virginia "Muriel" Davis while visiting relatives in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1955 and they were married six months later. Through this beautiful union were two sons, Fred White Jr. and Steve A. White. While serving in the Air Force they traveled with their sons, to Tokyo, Japan, Honolulu, Hawaii and numerous stateside assignments. After moving to the Washington Metropolitan area, Fred retired from the Air Force and later joined the civilian workforce on Joint Base Andrews (formerly known as Andrews AFB) working with Social Actions and finally retiring from the Air National Guard in 1990. He was a Vietnam veteran, a disabled veteran and a member of the U.S. Air Force Association, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and a former member of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md. and Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church in Charlotte Hall, Md. During his retirement years, Fred enjoyed traveling with his wife Muriel and spending time with family and friends. They enjoyed hosting family and friends while preparing delicious meals over wholesome good times. Fred leaves to cherish his beautiful memory to his loving sons, Fred White Jr. (Teresa) of Waldorf, Md., and Steve A. White (Brenda) Upper Marlboro, Md.; two beautiful granddaughters, Cora and Lisa White; along with two great-granddaughters, Caleigh and Camryn; and three stepgrandsons, Dwight, Danny and Rapheal Dillard; four brothers, Scipio White of Monessen, Luther White of Monessen, William White of Virginia Beach, Va., Theodore White of Monongahela; one brother-in-law, Donald Macer (Anna Ruth-deceased) of Monessen; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; four deceased siblings Phillip, Thomas, Anna Ruth (Macer) and Charles. In-laws, Elma Hall (Richard-deceased) of Hackensack, N.J.; Audrey Wright (Elliott) of Bowie, Md.; Lemuel Davis (Bessie-deceased) of Paterson, N.J., and James Alton Davis-deceased (Elsie).
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