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‘Awakenings’ author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. He was 82. Sacks died Sunday at his home in New York City, his ...

Attorney’s skill, love of sports benefited athletes

By Tony Raap 12:01 a.m.
Steven Stepanian combined contract law with his love for sports. He worked behind the scenes as counsel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, handling home purchases for players ...

Sister Patricia Tittler’s work combined leadership, service

By Katelyn Ferral
Sister Tittler’s life epitomized service. She was always willing to travel and help wherever she saw a need. Sister Patricia Tittler, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 27, ...

Daily Courier columnist knew, loved Connellsville community

By Mark Hofmann
The Connellsville community this week lost a woman who loved the city. Nancy Henry was a Daily Courier columnist/freelance writer and a Rotarian who was active in various other organizations. Henry was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt. And she was a woman who knew and loved her community better than most. ...

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Clarion County

Ryan, Kay L. 74

  • New Bethlehem
  • Born: 1941-07-14
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Rupert, New Bethlehem | Get Directions
  • Kay L. Ryan, 74, of New Bethlehem, passed away Friday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2015, at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Born July 14, 1941, in Ford City, she was a daughter of the late Russell and Velma Aberham Hartman. Kay owned and operated Lindeman Florist in Kittanning until retiring and moving to New Bethlehem. She was a member of the Kittanning Red Hats and enjoyed knitting for homeless shelters, gardening and spending time with her dog, Sebastian. Kay is survived by one daughter, Gretchen Hartman, and her friend, Audrey Scott, of Pittsburgh; one son, Scott C. Ryan and his wife, Sally, of Fairmount City; and a special granddaughter, Katie M. Ryan, of Clarion. She is also survived by a sister, Joan Miller, of Williamsburg, Va.; and nieces and nephew, Carol Pfiester, Rita Miller and Mark Miller. In addition to her parents, Kay was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, William Miller. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at the United Rockville Lutheran Church, 720 State Route 220, Ford City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in the church with the Rev. Beth Hawk and the Rev. Jimmy Swogger officiating over the service. Interment will follow in the United Rockville Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the RUPERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE of New Bethlehem. Memorial contributions may be given in the name of Kay L. Ryan to the charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be sent to Kay's family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com.
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Allegheny County

Augustine, Robert L. 78

  • Russellton
  • Born: 1937-02-28
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Siemianowski, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Robert L. Augustine, 78, of Russellton, West Deer Township, passed away Sunday, Aug., 30, 2015, at his home with his family. Bob was born Feb. 28, 1937, and grew up in Creighton, East Deer Township, and was the son of the late Louis and Anna Augustine. He went on to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War as a jet engine mechanic. Bob worked as a maintenance electrician at Numec / Babcock and Wilcox in Apollo and retired from the US Postal Service at the GMF in Pittsburgh. He was a member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton, and was a singer at Mass with the folk group. Bob enjoyed auto mechanics and classic cars, Lionel trains, Pittsburgh sports, music, hunting, shooting and fishing, and spent many enjoyable times with family and friends at these hobbies. In retirement, Bob severed with the DAV as a veterans advocate and chaplain. He was also active in the American Legion, Russellton, and volunteered at the veteran's home in Aspinwall. He also participated in numerous veterans' memorial services. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Gloria (Mennow) Augustine; sons, Robert (Mary Ann), James and Andrew Augustine; brother, Bill (Barbara) Augustine and family; uncle, Ed Jager and family; numerous relatives, in-laws, nieces, nephews and their families. His spark of life and positive attitude will be missed by all who knew and spent time with him. Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at the ADAM SIEMIANOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 179 Starr Road, Russellton. A Christian funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton. Robert will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. Family suggests memorials to: Disabled American Veterans, West Deer American Legion, or The Veterans Hospital of Aspinwall. For online condolences, please visit www.westdeerfueralhome.com.
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Bence, Dolores J. 85

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Dolores Jean Bence, 85, of Penn Hills, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 60 Years of the late John "Jack"; loving mother of Linda (John) DeRiggi, Steve Bence, Diane (Thomas) Cadwell; grandmother of John (Mindy) and Anthony DeRiggi and Daniel Cadwelt; sister of Robert (Jean) Barthalow; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jean enjoyed bowling and loved gardening most of her life. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road at Rodi Road, Penn Hills, where funeral prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 in St. Bartholomew Church.
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Carr, Stephenson J. 90

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Stephenson J. "Steve" Carr, 90, of Turtle Creek, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Helen M. (Ludinich) Carr for 68 years; loving father of Stephenson "Steve" (Tim) Carr Jr., of Duquesne, Michael (Kathy) Carr, of Penn Township, and Bruce (Cindy) Carr, of Plum; dear grandfather of Stephen (Cassandra) Carr and Allison (Jeff) Moschetta; great-grandfather of Isabelle, Charlotte, Mannasseh and Laura; and brother of Barbara Sadar, of Turtle Creek, John Carr and Georgeann Leger, both of Florida. Steve was preceded in death by his brother, George Carr; and sisters, Katherine Carr and Carol Sboray. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Steve was a World War II veteran, having served with the Marine Corps; and a retired employee of the Union Railroad Co., with 42 years of service as a boilermaker at The Roundhouse. Friends will be welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave., at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Colman Church. Steve will be laid to rest with military honors in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Connelly, Paul H. 76

  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Paul H. Connelly, 76, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Betty Rhoden Connelly; father of Cindy C. Ryan (Kevin) and Paul G. Connelly; brother of William F. Connelly (Mildred), Ann Connelly, Karen Connelly and the late Ben Connelly and Margaret Connelly; grandfather of Conal Ryan; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul Cathedral.
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Dainty, Sandra L. 77

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1938-05-15
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. Dainty, 77, of Elizabeth Township, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at home. She was born May 15, 1938, in McKeesport, and was a daughter of the late Emerson L. and Velma Whitfield Betz. She was the wife of the late Richard "Dick" Glenn Dainty Sr., who died Feb. 19, 2013. She is survived by her sons, Richard G. (Lois) Dainty Jr. and Emerson L. "Moose" (Kathleen) Dainty, of Elizabeth Township; daughters, Beverly (George) Ritchey, of Bakers Summit, and Dalynn Dainty, of Somerset; brother, Fred (Betty) Betz, of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lynda Dainty; and sister, Nancy Betz. Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Private interment will be in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, Western PA Chapter at 1-800-726-2873. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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DeWalt, Craig 64

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Craig "Moe" DeWalt, 64, of West Mifflin, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Hospital after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. He was a loving husband, father and friend. He was born July 14, 1951, in McKeesport, a son of the late Charles Walter DeWalt Sr. and Gizella (Jean) Kozak DeWalt. Moe was a self-employed master carpenter, as well as a retired maintenance worker for Riverview Homes Association, who loved life to the fullest. He was "bigger than life" to his wife, Bev, his family and all that knew him. Moe's biggest enjoyment of life was fishing on the New Jersey party boats with his buddy, Tim, and gatherings with his family. He was an avid Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan, enjoyed having a beer, floating in his pool and listening to the game. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Beverly (Linn) DeWalt; son, Benjamin (Rachel) DeWalt, of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; daughter, Katharine L. DeWalt, at home; and granddaughter, Mollie Rose, whom he adored. He is also survived by his brothers, Charles (Joyce) DeWalt, of West Mifflin, and Carl "Bucko" (Dawn Hoffman) DeWalt, of Maryland; and sisters, Charlotte (Ed Mogus) DeWalt, of White Oak, Carla (Alan) Ochap, of McKeesport, and Cyndi (John) McGinnis, of Washington, Pa. Moe is also survived by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, who loved their Uncle Moe, as well as many, many friends, who will never ever forget "Moe." Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating.
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Douglas, Mary 89

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1925-12-12
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary (Morosko) Douglas, 89, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her residence. Born Dec. 12, 1925, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Masley Morosko; and the beloved wife of the late Charles E. Douglas. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael, John, Joseph and Pete; and sister, Ann (Morosko) Benjamin. Mary was the loving mother of three children, Marlene (Charlie) Barnes, William "Bill" (Kay) Douglas and Linda (Don) Stoddard. Also, she was the loving grandmother of five, Darren (Angie) Barnes, Danny (Andrea) Barnes, Bill (Jennifer) Douglas, Amy (Dave) Ruland and Lisa (Bill) Walker; six great-grandchildren, Katie, Emma, Jake, Nathan, Madilyn and Tyler; and aunt to many nieces and nephews. Mary is also survived by her sisters, Irene (Ciro) Venturini and Helen (Mike) Stovar. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with Pastor Marty Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Fabric, Robert J. 65

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Fabric, 65, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was a son of the late John J. and Anna Fabric; and brother of Rita Simon (Charles). Robert had been an employee of the LCB for a number of years. There will be no visitation. Interment will be private. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Fox, Calvin B. 74

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1941-04-06
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Calvin B. Fox, 74, of Tarentum, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Aspinwall. He was born April 6, 1941, in New Kensington, son of the late Martin and Sarah (Double) Fox. He was the husband of the late Marlene J. (Rogozinski) Fox, who died in 2009. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson and two sisters and a brother. He was a steel worker in the steel industry for more than 22 years. He enjoyed walking, bingo and spending time with his family. Survivors include four sons, Calvin Fox, of Florida, David Fox, of Tarentum, Clair (Krissie) Fox, of Natrona Heights, and Richard (Brenda) Fox, of Tarentum; three daughters, Lisa Fox and Debra Fox, both of New Kensington, and Sabrina Lengle, of South Carolina; 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Wilcox, of Tarentum; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Carmen Butler presiding, in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 Fifth Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Burial will be private. The family wishes to thank Consulate Health Care, Cheswick, for the care they gave their father for the past four years. To leave an online condolence, visit www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Franks Jr., William L. 69

  • Carnegie
  • Born: 1946-05-29
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Galley, Dawson | Get Directions
  • William L. Franks Jr., 69, of Carnegie, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in the Sunshine Personal care Estate. He was born in Connellsville on May 29, 1946, the son of the late William and Evelyn Ruth Sproat Franks. He was a retired air traffic controller and served in the Navy. William was a member of the Philip G. Cochran United Methodist Church in Dawson. William love to bowl and was the treasurer of his bowling league. Surviving are a sister, Nancy Swink, of Dawson; and several nieces and nephews; also a special friend, Carol Netrovich. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gwendolyn Holt. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in the RALPH E. GALLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dawson. Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, with the Rev. Vicki Lynch officiating. Interment will be in the Dickerson run Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted in the cemetery.
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Gernat, Edith G. 79

  • Fawn Township
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Edith G. "Edie" Gernat, 79, of Fawn Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia, Cabot, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late John Pobicki and Catherine (Schaeffers) Pobicki, Naperkowski. Edith lived in Fawn Township since 1978 and prior to that Brackenridge. Edith was an agent for the IRS in the Pittsburgh office, retiring in 1997. She was also an all-around wife, mother and homemaker while maintaining an eclectic work history from her time at Gulf Research to nurse's assistant at Allegheny Valley Hospital and Georgian Manor to tax preparer at H and R Block. Following her retirement, she worked side by side with her best friend as a tax preparer during the annual tax season. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights, and a 1953 graduate of Tarentum High School and furthered her education by taking accounting and tax courses. Edith surrounded herself with a group of very talented, fun loving lifelong friends who were like family to us all. As all of their children grew, this super team of ladies prepared for weddings, baby showers and graduations by making decorations, decorating and cooking to celebrate these milestone events. She was involved in all aspects of her children's lives. She was teacher, advisor, mentor, Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Leader, marching group organizer and attended every school event and activity possible her children were part of. She also enjoyed arts and crafts, gardening and travelling. Summer vacations were filled with the family visiting State and National Parks, monuments and relatives throughout the country. After the children were grown, the adventure continued. Edie and Ed visited numerous countries such as Mexico, Aruba, Bermuda, Belize, Ireland, Jamaica and many more. Her numerous trips to the homeland of her relatives in Boleraz and Bratislava, Slovakia brought her great joy. Her pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Bosnia/Herzegovina where she climbed the mountain of stones to visit the shrine of the Blessed Mother was a dream of her lifetime. She will be missed, but never forgotten. Her kindness and generous spirit will live on in each person's life she touched. She took great joy in and cherished each and every one of her children, but the delight on her face when she saw her nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren (one on the way) was beyond words. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Edward J. Gernat; her children, Sherry L. (James) Murphy, Milton, Del., Mark A. Gernat, Flowery Branch, Ga., Leslie A. Collier, Sewickley, Christopher J. (Natalia Rusak) Gernat, Lafayette, N.J., and Jennifer L. Gernat, Little Rock, Ark.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Francis "Frank" Pobicki, North Brunswick, N.J. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by infant son, Regis; and a brother, John "Jack" Pobicki. Visitation will be from 4 until time of service at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, with the Rev. Nick Spirko officiating. Interment in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. Funeral Masses would be appreciated in Edith's name. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hamilton, Jason C. 36

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt Washington | Get Directions
  • Jason C. Hamilton, 36, of Dormont, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Heather Holland Hamilton; devoted father of Austin and Aiden Hamilton; loving son of Rodger Hamilton and Mary Vodde-Hamilton; brother of Kailey Hamilton Newkirk and Michael Hamilton; son-in-law of John and Cynthia Holland; grandson of Glenna and the late Norman Hamilton and the late Marie and Edward Vodde; and is also survived by loving family and friends. Jason loved spending time exploring the outdoors with his wife and children hiking, camping and fishing. His life's work was using his God given talent as a carpenter. His heart for service, reflected through his selfless nature, inspired many. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the family are appreciated. Envelopes are available at the funeral home, or go to m.gofund.me/8g2ygzhc. Visitations are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, (412 381-2323). Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard's Church (Clairvaux Hall), Mt. Lebanon. Please meet at church. www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Heckenstaller, Donald G. 84

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Donald G. "Hecky" Heckenstaller, 84, of East McKeesport, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was the loving husband of 63 years of Theresa (Swacus); beloved father of Virginia (David) Rowe, Donald Heckenstaller, David (Kathleen) Heckenstaller and Craig Heckenstaller; grandfather of Nathan (Casey Rowe) and Emily Rowe; also numerous nieces and nephews. Don graduated Scott High School in 1948 and Duquesne University. A proud Korean War veteran, Don served in the Navy. He had 32 years with Peoples Gas. Don was a member of Wilmerding Lions Club, Braddock Knights of Columbus Council 911 and the St. Roberts Men's Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and was an avid Pirates, Penguins and Steelers fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and helping out at Heckey Graphics. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will follow with full military honors at Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Henzler, Valeria M. 92

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Valeria M. Henzler, 92, of Pittsburgh, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late George Henzler; mother of Susan (Larry) Michalik and the late Karen Egbert; grandmother of Amy (Chris) Carlisle and Larra (Jim) Daniels, Jacob (Georgia) Michalik and Scott (Kristy) Michalik; and great-grandmother of Owen, Elliott, Delaney, Aidan, Braidan, Andrew and Logan. No visitation. Services private. Arrangements by H. P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-364-4444. Online condolences may be sent to: www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Janosik, Eugene L.

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Eugene L. "Gene" Janosik, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. He was the son of the late Andrew and Minnie West Janosik. He is survived by sisters, Wonnetah Janosik, of Celebration, Fla., and Dolly Anderson, of Bethel Park; a brothr, Bill (Peggy) Janosik, of Bethel Park; also nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Gene was a retired hair stylist for Elizabeth Arden Salons. Friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, 212 Wilmot St., Duquesne. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Christ the Light of the World Church (Holy Name). Interment Jefferson Memorial Park.
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Kaduke, Andrew 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1924-12-07
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Andrew Kaduke, 90, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Andrew was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Glassport, to the late Joseph and Margaret (Janitor) Kaduk. He joins his beloved wife of 58 years, Catherine Vrabel Kaduke, who preceded him in death July 19, 2013. He is survived by his children, Karen (Fred) Blanchard, of Elizabeth, Donna (Robert) Szarmach, of Havelock, N.C., David (Beverly) Kaduke, of Columbus, Ohio, Sandra (James) Dinofrio, of West Mifflin, Raymond (Ruth) Kaduke, of Pittsburgh, Charlene (Michael) Lacey, of Bethel Park, and Suzanne (David) Cipriani, of Bethel Park. Andrew loved and cared deeply for all his family and especially his grandchildren, Careen (Rod) Waterman, Allison, Adam, Rachel, Brianna, Todd (Stephanie), Rebecca, Nicholas, Christian, Cecilia, Catherine, Delaney and Thomas. His sisters, Helen Ciavarra and Irene McLaughlin, also survived him. After 39 years of hard work and service, Andrew retired from U.S. Steel Clairton Works in 1982. Everyone was welcome to his home and to share at his table. Andrew was an avid lover of dancing, golfing and Pittsburgh sports. Keeping their home and yard well-cared for was a labor of love both he and Catherine shared. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, 412-881-4100. A funeral Mass will be noon Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Holy Spirit Church, 2603 Old Elizabeth Road, West Mifflin. Everyone please meet at church. Gifts in memoriam of Andrew may be made on behalf of his beloved grandson, Tommy, to Autism Society of Pittsburgh, 4371 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Kapral, Margaret 96

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1919-04-18
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Jordan, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Margaret Kapral, 96, of White Oak, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in AHN Forbes Hospital, Monroeville. She was born April 18, 1919, in Braddock, and was a daughter of the late John and Anna Gortek. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Kapral. Margaret was a member of the former Russian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection in Forest Hills. She is survived by her children, Loretta (Charles) West, of New Jersey, Frances (the late Thomas) Hebda, of White Oak, with whom she resided, and Ronald P. (Judith) Kapral, of Allegheny Township; sister, Katherine (Harry) Lucas, of North Versailles; seven grandchildren, Lorinda (Peter) Vaughan, Tamara (James) Quimby, Mitchell (Maria) Hebda, Nancy (Charles) Lukondi, Thomas (Amy) Hebda, Paul T. Kapral and Matthew (Michelle) Kapral; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JENNIFER S. JORDAN FUNERAL HOME INC., White Oak, where a burial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Dimitri Ermakov officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock. Condolences may be made at www.jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com.
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Kolich, James M. 66

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • James M. "Jammin Jim" Kolich, 66, of Baldwin Borough, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was the loving husband of 41 years of Chris (Kessler); beloved father of Brent (Veronica Ference) and Heather Kolich; grandfather of Damon, Jerome, Jevon and Jordan; son of Evelyn (Watkins) Kolich and the late Michael Kolich; and brother of Debra Kolich. James was a longtime disc jockey working in many area clubs. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Limbacher, Orma E. 78

  • Formerly of Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Orma E. (Emerick) Limbacher, 78, of Manassas, Va., formerly of Turtle Creek, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Manassas. She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Bertha (Jones) Emerick; beloved wife of Larry Limbacher for 50 years; loving mother of Larry Limbacher Jr., of Ohio, and Nancy (Robert Sr.) Adkins, of Manassas; dear grandmother of Robert Adkins Jr. and Ryan Adkins; sister of Thomas Emerick, of Turtle Creek, and the late Bud Emerick; also survived by nieces and nephews. Orma was a retired employee of Aerojet Corp. in Gainesville, Va. Friends welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Colman Church. Orma will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Lutz, David M. 56

  • Formerly of Springdale
  • Born: 1958-12-18
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Evans, Baltimore | Get Directions
  • David M. Lutz, 56, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Springdale, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. David was born Dec. 18, 1958. He was the loving son of Paul and Erma Jean Lutz; devoted father of Ben, Stephen, Emily and Tim Lutz; dear brother of Christine Mahone and her husband, Herb, Larry Lutz and his wife, Judy, Karl Lutz and his wife, Diana, Mary Jean Bujdos and her husband, Joe, and Michael Lutz and his partner, Jason Sumney; also survived by his many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and all of his students at Xpert Driving School. David was a graduate of Springdale High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He had a master's degree from Loyola College and was the owner of Xpert Driving School in Baltimore. He loved spending time at the family camp in Tidioute; his biggest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends, especially his kids. Family and friends will honor Mr. Dave's life from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the family owned EVANS FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES - Parkville, 8800 Harford Road. A funeral liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael the Archangel-Overlea. Interment private. A memorial service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME, 801 Pittsburgh St., Springdale, PA 15144. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Dave's name may be made to Evans Funeral Chapel for helping with funeral expenses. Memory tributes may be sent to the family at www.evansfuneralchapel.com.
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Munsch, Edward R.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Edward R. Munsch, of Ross Township, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Lang) Munsch; father of John Munsch (Debbie), Larry Munsch (Cindy), Steven Munsch (Janet), Stacey Nagel (Kim) and Timothy Munsch (Libby); brother of Robert Munsch, William Munsch, Mary Frances "Sis" Sipes and the late Merle and Ralph Munsch; and is also survived by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
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Radu, Elizabeth J. 86

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1928-10-28
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. Radu, 86, of McKeesport, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was born in Liberty Borough on Oct. 28, 1928, to the late John and Elizabeth Miller Sr. Elizabeth was an avid reader and enjoyed watching soap operas. She was employed for many years at Kaufmanns in Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by brother, John Miller Jr.; and nephew, John Miller. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah E. Radu, of McKeesport; niece, Susan E. Bilec, of Port Vue; and nephew, Gregory A. Miller, of McKeesport. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN, 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Mass will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark Parish in Port Vue with Father Daniel Straughn officiating. Burial will follow.
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Ruk, Rita P. 88

  • Richland Township , Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1926-10-19
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Rita P. Ruk, 88, of St. Barnabas Village, Richland Township, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Paul and Sophie Bojanowski. Rita retired after nearly 30 years of service as a geography teacher for the Highlands School District. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish, St. Ladislaus Church, in Natrona. Rita was an avid Pirates fan and enjoyed playing bingo, taking trips to the casino and traveling. She was the loving mother of Donn (LeeAnn) Ruk; and proud grandmother of Bryan (Mandy), Brandon (Amy), Olivia and Cameron Ruk. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her four sisters, Josephine, Monica, Jean and Mildred. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday 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. Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Ladislaus Church with her pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Schmidt, Sandra L. 61

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1954-05-01
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. Schmidt, 61, of Forward Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in her home. Born May 1, 1954, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late John and Geraldine (O'Neil) Rogan. Sandra was a former secretary for California University of Pennsylvania. She loved spending time with family and close friends and vacationing in Stone Harbor, N.J. Survivors include her husband of 29 years, William K. Schmidt, of Forward Township; daughter, Colleen (Terence O'Neill) Schmidt, of Arlington, Va.; brother, David (Patricia) Rogan, of Bethel Park; also survived by an aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Jack Rogan. A memorial gathering will be held for Sandra from 4 p.m. until the time of a memorial service at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, with Pastor Richard Krug. A gathering of friends and family will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the family home. Memorial contributions can be made to ALS Association, Western PA Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Millvale, PA 15209. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Stepanian, Steven A. II 80

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1935-04-15
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Steven Arvid Stepanian II, of Pittsburgh, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, from complications from pneumonia. He was a well-known Pittsburgh attorney. Born April 15, 1935, he was 80 years old. Mr. Stepanian had practiced sports, corporate and financial law since his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1963. Mr. Stepanian served as counsel to the Pittsburgh Penguins for more than 18 years, from 1985 through 2003, when they won their two Stanley Cups. He handled personal matters for players such as home purchases and sales, celebrity appearances and product endorsements. He often traveled with the team to away games. His best friend was Paul Martha, the Penguins President and they had lunch together every day for 35 years. From 1981 through 1990, he was general counsel for the National Football League Alumni. He negotiated a pension plan for the pre-1959 players who had been excluded from the original pension agreement. He previously was an owner of Marine Magnesium Co., which purchased its pharmaceutical business from Merck and Co. in 1988. MMC became the world's largest independent producer of magnesium pharmaceutical products and was sold in 1994 to Morton Salt Co. As past president of the Pittsburgh University Club, he was instrumental in removing the racially-discriminatory membership requirements of the club in 1981. He was a member of the Duquesne Club for more than 40 years and a lifetime member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Mensa International. Mr. Stepanian was the son of the late Steven and Edithmarion Stepanian and was raised in Charleroi. He attended Grove City College and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He flew for more than three years as a navigator for the Strategic Air Command and then remained active in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He was recalled to active duty in Vietnam in 1967 to 1968 and retired in 1972 with the rank of major. His wife, Pamela, is an international flight attendant for USAirways/American Airlines and together they traveled the world. He was a man of great humor, style and wit. His zest for life and his intellect were boundless. He will be immensely missed by his family. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Abbey Stepanian, of Pittsburgh; his brother, Leo, and his sister, Dr. Laurie Anne, both of Butler; as well as his niece and nephews, Leanne, Leo, Joshua and Jonathan; and many great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the JOHN A. FREYVOGEL INC., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, 320 Sixth Ave. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or an organization of your choice.
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Striffler, Patricia A. 87

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Patricia Anne (Connelly) Striffler, 87, of White Oak, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Patrick Aloysius and Christine Erda Weiskircher Connelly. She was the wife of the late Frank Sheridan Striffler and the mother of the late Frank Connelly Striffler. She was a 1946 graduate of McKeesport High School, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hill University, served her internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati and then worked at McKeesport Hospital as an assistant dietitian. After raising her children, she owned and operated All Aboard Travel Agency in McKeesport and North Versailles where she worked from 1978 until 1993. She was a member of the McKeesport College Club where she previously served as president, was a member and volunteer for the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center and also served on her high school reunion committee for many years. She is survived by her children, Edgar Patrick Striffler Esq. and Sue Ann Striffler (Steve) Galaski, both of White Oak; grandson, Adam Striffler Galaski; grand dogs, Puerta and Rico; sister, Carlene Cavanaugh, of Ocala, Fla.; and nieces, Stacy J. Cavanaugh, Kathleen (Alar) Elken and Christine (Scott) Altman. Friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Friday in St. Angela Merici Church. Father Kevin Dominik will officiate and burial will follow. Remembrances may be made to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 or the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Westmoreland County

Aloi, Herman S. 92

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1923-07-04
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Herman S. Aloi, 92, of New Kensington, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in his residence. Born July 4, 1923, in Rossiter, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Gaglardi) Aloi. He moved to Tarentum and Creighton early in his life and was a 1942 graduate of East Deer High School and an East Deer resident until moving to New Kensington shortly after marriage. Prior to retirement in 1985, he was a master electrician for Pittsburgh Plate Glass, Creighton, for 46 years. He was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, past president of the Holy Name Society of the church, life member of VFW, Lower Burrell, Fraternal Order of Elks and Knights of Columbus, New Kensington, 4th Degree, and Eagles, New Kensington. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. During World War II, he served in the Navy. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Armand Stephen Aloi; daughter, Barbara Jean Aloi; three brothers, Emerick, Herbert "Curly" and Lester Aloi; and a sister, Minnie Mondello. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Rosemary (Valentine) Aloi, of New Kensington; a son, Frank A. Aloi and his wife, Rebecca DePaul Aloi, of Plantation, Fla.; daughter, Mattia Marie "Tina" Aloi-Higdon and her husband, Wesley Higdon, of Texas; three grandchildren, Kristin Aloi, Lauren Rose Higdon and Robert Cody Higdon; sister, Frances Ricci, of Arizona; two nieces, Sandy Clement, of Churchill, and Mary Ellen Giardina, of Tarentum; and many other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 Fifth Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Prayers of transfer will take place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Colecchi, Eugene J. 77

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1937-10-02
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Eugene J. "Gene" Colecchi, 77, of Vandergrift, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in West Haven Manor, Washington Township, surrounded by his loving family. Born Oct. 2, 1937, in Vandergrift, he was a son of the late Morfeo and Assunta (Parlett) Colecchi. Gene lived in Vandergrift most of his life, and was a 1956 graduate of Vandergrift High School. He worked at Murphy's Music starting as a salesman in 1964, and working his way up to partner, retiring in 2000, and also taught private music lessons. Gene was a member of St. Gertrude Catholic Church, life member of the Leechburg Elks, member of the Marconi Club and leader of the Marconi Band for the Memorial Day parade, member, past president and past zone president of the Vandergrift Lions Club, and recipient of its prestigious Melvin Jones Award. He was a member of the well-known Johnny Murphy Orchestra, touring the United States, including playing the famous Roseland Ballroom in New York City. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his brothers, Anthony "Johnny Murphy" and Orlando "Bee Murphy" Colecchi; and his sister, Ida (Colecchi) Caporali. Gene is survived by his sister, Arlene M. Colecchi, of Parks Township; and several loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, with Father Michael Sciberras as celebrant. Interment in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. Contributions may be made in Gene's memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Erie, 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, PA 16505 or to the Pennsylvania Hero Walk, c/o Al Pulice, 5140 Ashbaugh Road, Murrysville, PA 15668. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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DeLambo, Frederick J. 73

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-09-08
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frederick J. DeLambo, 73, of Southwest Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe. He was born Sept. 8, 1941, in Greensburg, a son of the late John J. and Amelia (Dent) DeLambo. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Quality Building Services. Pappy was the perfect husband, father and grandfather anyone could ask for. His family meant everything to him, including his fur babies. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sallyann (Ream) DeLambo, on March 6, 2011; a granddaughter, Misty Dawn Croushore; a brother, John D. DeLambo; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Nalevanko. He is survived by a son, Mark G. Croushore and his wife, Sheri, of Marienville; two daughters, Mona L. Dorko, of Southwest Greensburg, and Marcia J. Sompel and her husband, Duane, of Greensburg; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael F. DeLambo and his wife, Amy, of South Carolina; a sister, Patricia Nalevanko, of South Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Services and interment will be private. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Elder, D. Louise 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-12-04
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • D. Louise Elder, 88, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in her home. She was born in Latrobe on Dec. 4, 1926, a daughter of the late Franklin and Delphia Ansell Poole. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Trauger. Also, Louise was a member of the Midway-St. Clair VFD Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and card club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death her husband, William C. Elder, in 2000; a son, John Elder; and daughter, Edith Mallin; seven brothers, Franklin, John, William, Walter, Samuel, Theodore and Francis Poole; and six sisters, Nellie Shick, Stella Cook, infant sister Pauline, Emma Smeltzer, Isabell Harr and Vivian Freeman. Louise was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by her sons, Theodore J. Elder (Joyce), of Whaleyville, Md., Joseph P. Elder (Sandra), of Greensburg, and Barry R. Elder (Mary), of Greensburg; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Elder; and son-in-law, Leonard Mallin; also scores of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Louise's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 Dutch Hill Road, Latrobe (Trauger), with the Rev. Mark A Werner officiating. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Interment will follow in the church's cemetery. For online condolences and other information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Hrycko, Florence C. 82

  • Rostraver
  • Born: 1932-10-18
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Rostraver | Get Directions
  • Florence C. Hrycko, 82, of Rostraver Township, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born in Denbo on Oct. 18, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Mary (Samosky) Czerwinsky. A homemaker, Mrs. Hrycko worked for Bell Telephone Co. as a telephone operator and then supervisor. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Monessen. She is survived by her husband, Peter Hrycko; three sons, Robert Hrycko of Johnstown, Steve (Carol) Hrycko of McClellandtown and Peter (Tammy) Hrycko of Rostraver Township; two granddaughters, Courtney and Kaitlyn Hrycko; two sisters, Irene Orsilli of Monessen and Stella (Ed) Sukal of Denbo. In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by two sisters, Marilyn Bieneck and Genevieve Czerwinsky. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com, where a funeral service will be held 12:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Matthew C. Stabe officiating. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville.
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Jones, Eugene R. 92

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1922-12-14
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Eugene R. Jones, 92, of Ligonier, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Waterford, a son of the late Bert E. and Mayme Kinsey Jones. Prior to his retirement in 1985, he had been employed by Bethlehem Steel for more than 37 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater. He was a member of First Church of the Brethren, the Ligonier Sportsmen's Club, and was on the board of directors of the Kinsey Museum. Eugene was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He always had a smile on his face and when he would meet you he always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and we will miss his fashion style. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Burkett and Helen Louise Boyd; and a brother, William Jones. Eugene is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Thelma Beard Jones; two sons, Richard E. Jones, of Ligonier, and Donald W. (Nancy) Jones, of New Florence; three grandchildren, Christopher (Stephanie) Jones, and Anne and Lauren Jones; a great-granddaughter, Ragan Hall; two sisters, Dorothy "Toots" Fish and Cathrine "Cass" Shadron, both of Ligonier; and his ever faithful canine, Mandy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Eugene's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Eric J. Fether officiating. Interment will follow in Menoher Memorial Park. The Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard will hold services at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Eugene's memory to First Church of the Brethren, 405 Route 271, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Kloos, Carmen 77

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1938-04-18
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Carmen Kloos, 77, of Unity Township, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born April 18, 1938, a daughter of the late Charles C. and Barbara (Uschock) Sylvester. Carmen was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, the Saturday Night Rollers bowling league and her women's card club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis J. Kloos; a grandson, Zachery L. Kloos; and two brothers, Robert C. and Roger C. Sylvester. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Lou Kloos, at home, and Sandra Cramer and husband, Raymond, of Greensburg; two sons, Lewis C. and wife, Susan, and Scott A. Kloos and wife, Melissa, all of Lycippus; eight grandchildren, Heather Markowsky and husband, Jason, Raeanne Garlowich and husband, Joe, Cory Cramer, Elizabeth Craig and husband, Adam, and Nick, Tyler, Courtney and Delaney Bella Kloos; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Barbara Lander and husband, Ronald, of Pleasant Unity; two sisters-in-law, Gwen Sylvester, of Pleasant Unity, and Bertha Sliz and husband, Joe, of Unity Township; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, O.S.B. as celebrant. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Leonard, Mildred 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-03-05
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mildred (Gratcar) Leonard, 80, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at home. She was born March 5, 1935, in Pleasant Unity, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Depto Gratcar. Minnie retired from Westmoreland Hospital. She was a member of St. Paul Parish in Carbon, where she served numerous ministries, including Rosary Altar Society, the funeral choir and her favorite, Communion Service and Recitation of the Rosary at Hempfield Manor. She also was a member of the Seton Hill Family of God Prayer Group and Our Lady of Grace Church Bible Study Group. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Donald G. Leonard, on June 6, 2012; three brothers, infant George, Michael (killed in World War II) and John Gratcar; and two sisters, Mary (the late Richard) Fajt and Eleanor Kochis. She is survived by a son, Donald Leonard and wife, Janet E., of Overland Park, Kan.; a daughter, Lesa Brasco and husband, William E., of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Lauren Leonard and partner, Matthew, Marissa Delair and husband, Matthew, and Vincent and Adele Brasco; a sister, Dorothy (the late Jack) Mahoney; sister-in-law, Mary Gratcar; two brothers-in-law, Karl Kochis and James (the late Elaine) DiPrimio; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Minnie from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Church, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Church, 820 Carbon Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Minnie's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Mediate, Donna Jean 77

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-01-21
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Donna Jean Mediate, 77, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Kathryn (DeMaria) Emerick. She met her husband, Anthony, in 1957, and they were married Nov. 5, 1960. Donna Jean had been employed by JC Penney and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her son, Vincent Michael; her special grandfather, Michael DeMaria; sisters, Lois and Mary Margaret; and a niece, Anarene. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Mediate; three children, Rocco Mediate and wife, Jessica, Nicole Maria Leavy and husband, Peter, and Gina Marie Mediate; six grandchildren, Rocco Vincent, Nicco, Marco, Blake, Logan and Francesca; brother-in-law, Joseph and wife, Donna; nephews, Joe Mediate and wife, Stephanie, Marc Mediate and wife, Heather; a niece, Kathy Vernau and husband, Jack; great-nephews, Justin, Jacob and Owen; and great-nieces, Camryn and Caitlin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by Donna Jean's funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Redstone Highlands and Promise Hospice for the amazing love, support and kindness they showed Donna and the entire Mediate family during her time there. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Blvd., Delmont, PA 15626 or the UAMS Myeloma Institute at www.myeloma.uams.edu/giving/. For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Parshook, Leon A. 80

  • Lower Burrell , Formerly of Arnold
  • Born: 1935-08-11
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Leon A. Parshook, 80, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Arnold, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in his home. He was born in Arnold, Aug. 11, 1935, to the late Archie and Mary Greshkevich Parshook, and had been a life resident of the local area. After graduating from Arnold High School in 1955, Leon served in the Army as a military policeman. Having a great love of trains, upon being discharged he worked for Union Railroad as a brakeman before becoming employed at PPG Paints in Springdale, where he worked for 37 years prior to his retirement. Leon met his wife, Eleanor, of 53 years, at a dance and enjoyed dancing until his illness. They enjoyed traveling, especially cruises and an annual trip to Ocean City, Md. He was a Pitt, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan and enjoyed local high school football and basketball games, as well as jogging daily and coffee with the Get-Go Gang. Most of all, he loved his wife, children and grandchildren. Leon was an active member of St. John Orthodox Church, New Kensington, and was involved with its perogie projects. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor M. Kapezynski Parshook; son, Lee (Cyndi) Parshook, of Tampa, Fla.; daughters, Robin Parshook and Jamie (Tom) Solano, of Pasadena, Md.; and grandchildren, Zachary (Danielle), Jacqueline, Victoria and Benjamin Parshook, and Cameron and Cailey Solano. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Parshook; and sisters, Valentina Templin, Vera Scott, Olympia Neander and Dolly Chekanski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Nicholi Breckenridge. Burial with military honors by the Tarentum VFW will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold. Panikhida services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Peoria, Kathryn A. 83

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1932-04-15
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Kathryn Ann Peoria, 83, of Youngwood, went to Heaven Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Westmoreland Hospital. She was born April 15, 1932, in Phoenixville, to the late Harvey Milton Smith and Myrtle Viola Keim. After graduating from Phoenixville High School she worked for the American Association of Anti-Communists in Valley Forge, which after a few years later moved her to their headquarters in Washington, DC, where she met her husband and married. She then moved back to Pennsylvania with her husband and opened her home caring for foreign students and homeless children. Always exercising a faithful and dutiful attitude to Christianity, she became a devout supporter of several Native American Indian tribes in North and South Dakota. She supplied the less fortunate, who lived too far from civilization, with food and clothing she trucked to them every Summer. One of her most rewarding experiences she encountered was administering to and caring for discarded babies in an orphanage in North Africa. Kathryn is survived by her husband, Joseph C. Peoria, and six children, Kim David Peoria and wife, Ingrid, Mark Joseph Peoria, Anthony Paul Peoria and wife, Lori, Tina Kathryn Peoria, Lisa Marie Peoria, and Matthew Carlos Peoria and wife, Rachelle; six grandchildren, Joe, Nikolas, Nina, Dominik, Destiny and Ismael; and her sister, Margaret Huber, of Klamath Falls, Ore. In lieu of flowers it was Kathryn's wish that all memorials be donated to Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20036, www.defenders.org., whom she was a devout supporter. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME, 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. with Pastor Tom Walters officiating. Interment will follow in Youngwood Cemetery.
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Perriello, Frank C. 85

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1930-03-16
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Frank C. Perriello, 85, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in his home. He was born March 16, 1930, in New Kensington, to the late Francesco and Elisabetta DiSevo Perriello, and was a 1948 graduate of Ken-Hi. He served in the Army for four years, during the Korean Conflict, then graduated from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W. Va., with a Bachelors degree. He later received his engineering certification from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Perriello was owner and operator of Lincoln Fabricating Company Inc., a structural steel manufacturing company, in Pittsburgh. He rose through the ranks from an engineer until becoming president of the company in 1964. In 1984, he became the owner of the company. Frank was a lifelong member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church of New Kensington, and a member of Hill Crest Country Club of Lower Burrell, since 1968. He also belonged to the VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell and was a board member of Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington. Besides his parents, who were married Jan. 27, 1910, in Italy, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Parana, in 2013; a granddaughter, Hallie Cernicky, in 2011; and siblings, Domenic, Rose, Marie, Paul and Teresa. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Esther M. Leonardi Perriello; children, Frank A. (Patricia) Perriello, of Lower Burrell, Elizabeth P. (Gary) Cernicky, of Allegheny Township, and Jennifer P. (Shawn) Bush, of Winter Park, Fla.; grandchildren, Laura, Michael and Melissa, Dominique, Frank and Hanna, Christopher and Kyle and Douglass, Cameron and Parker; three great-grandchildren, Catherine, Siena and Bruce; his brothers, Charles Perriello of Alexandria, Va., Joseph Perriello, of New Kensington, and Nicholas Perriello, of Fairfax, Va.; and his son-in-law, Tim Parana. Viewing will be from noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA 15068. Entombment will follow in Union Cemetery Mausoleum, Arnold, where military honors will be accorded by the Vandergrift Veteran's Honor Guard. Those desiring may contribute to Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church at the above address. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Polechko, Eleanor G. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-10-06
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Eleanor G. "Ellie" Polechko, 84, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Homer City, a daughter of the late Elmer George and Genevieve "Kitty" (Straka) Holzapfel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Kelly" Polechko, on May 6, 1993; a grandson, Nathan Palmer; a brother, Elmer "Al" Holzapfel; and son-in-law, Paul Caplain. She is survived by a son, Kelly Polechko, of Greensburg; three daughters, Paula J. Caplain, of Monroeville, Kathleen Cobetto and husband, Bernard, of Greensburg, and Michelle Fayish and her husband, Charles, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Jason Caplain, Noah Caplain, Jon Cobetto, Amanda Faust, Adam Palmer, Matthew Polechko and Kyle Polechko; three great-grandchildren, Paige Caplain, Leighton Caplain and Ty Faust; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Wilkes Jr., George W. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-01-13
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • George W. Wilkes Jr., 68, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His family and wife of 48 years were by his side. George was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Brownsville. He was a graduate of Robert Morris College with a BSBA degree in accounting, and completed a successful career as an accountant at Perfection Photo of Greensburg, WQED, and retired from California University of Pennsylvania in 1998. George was a past member of both St. Paul Parish and Our Lady of Grace Church and currently a member of Christ's Church in Greensburg. George was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Retired State Employees (PARSE) and had assisted coaching the girls softball team for FAVOR. George is survived by his wife, Ellie; son and daughter-in-law, William and (Tammie) Wilkes; daughter, Brenda (Wilkes) Kempton and her fiance, Ben Vermeulin; grandchildren, Mason and Zoe Wilkes and Izabel Kempton; sister, Jackie Lynn and Steve Ellis; sister-in-law, Barbie Kish; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Joan Wilkes, and father, George W. Wilkes Sr.; mother-in-law, Eleanor "Sis" Kremposky, and father-in-law, John "Jellybean" Kremposky. A very special thank you to Heartland Hospice Care for their most comforting nurses, social workers and chaplain for helping him endure this illness. Friends and family will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Parting prayers at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.1, at Christ's Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Wylie officiating. Interment will follow in Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Armstrong County

Barrett, Betty J. 92

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Betty J. Barrett, 92, of Kittanning, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at the Templeton Church of God with the Rev. Robert Grimm and Vivian Sylvester co-officiating. A full obituary will appear in tomorrow's edition. Visit www.bauerfuneral.com. for more information.
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Beaver County

Salopek, John F. 93

  • Ambridge
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • John F. Salopek, of Ambridge, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at age 93. He is survived by his daughter, Laurie, of Economy Borough, and was the devoted husband of 58 years to the late Henrietta M. (Zierenberg) Salopek. John was born and raised in Ambridge, the eldest son of Mildred (Turkalj) and Steven Salopek. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Steven and Matthew. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Ruth and Nancy, along with several nieces and nephews. John retired from the Army as a CW2 in 1976 after 32 years of service. He served proudly in World War II, Korea and Vietnam as an electronics and communications specialist. His career took him to the Far East as well as Germany and Texas. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where a blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Request donations be made to Alzheimer's (www.alz.org.) or the USO (United Service Organizations-www.uso.org.) www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Butera, Lois J. 85

  • Cabot
  • Born: 1929-10-10
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Peters, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Lois June Hildebrand Butera, 85, of Cabot, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Lois was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Phillipsburg, to the late Charles Edgar and Mary Jane Eboch Gutschall. She graduated from Har-Brack High School. She worked as a dietary aide at the Concordia Lutheran Ministries at Cabot, retiring in 2012 after 14 years of service. She enjoyed playing bingo, old movies and especially enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. She is survived by her two sons, John R. (Beverly) Hildebrand, of Sarver, and David C. (Therese) Hildebrand, of Saxonburg; four grandchildren, Shawn (Anna) Hildebrand, David W. Hildebrand, Michael P. (Jessica) Hildebrand and Mary E. Hildebrand; and four great-grandchildren, Chad, Justin, Jenna and Karen Hildebrand. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Sherman R. Hildebrand (June 22, 1989); her second husband, Joseph John Butera (April 9, 1998); two brothers, Robert and Donald Gutschall; and an infant sister. Family and friends are invited from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, to the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA (724-224-7730), where services will follow at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Jack Hartman, officiating. Private burial will follow at Brookland Cemetery, Allegheny Township. For online condolences, please visit us at www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions can be made to: Concordia Lutheran Ministries, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023.
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Ludwick, Duane L. 73

  • Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1942-05-05
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Duane L. "Pete" Ludwick, 73, of Middlesex Township, Valencia, passed away Saturday afternoon, Aug. 29, 2015, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless. Born May 5, 1942, in Baum, he was the son of the late Donald and Doris Swartzlander Ludwick. Pete was a foreman at Carl Strutz and Company in Mars, where he had worked for 55 years, and was retiring Aug. 31, 2015 (today). He was a social member of the Mars VFW and enjoyed hunting, fishing and racing. Surviving are his wife, Jean Himes Ludwick, who he married in Butte, Mont., Sept. 14, 1978; a daughter, Vickie Kowalski and her husband, Bob, of Wexford; two grandchildren, Christy Kline and her husband, Troy, of Mars, and Michael Mitchell and his wife, Candace, of Evans City; and his great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jacob and Hailie Mitchell and Kyler and Khloe Kline. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Ludwick. Arrangements are private under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. Memorials may be made to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
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Fayette County

Leonard Sr., Gary E. 64

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1951-06-30
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Gary Eugene Leonard Sr., 64, of Connellsville, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. He was born June 30, 1951, in Dunbar, a son of the late Floyd R. and Birdie Penwell Leonard. He was a member of the Connellsville Church of God. Surviving are his children, Gary E. Leonard Jr. and Tammy, and Dawn M. Bundy and Shawn; four grandchildren, Justin and wife Leigh, Dakota, Georgie and James; great-grandchild, Kiara; brothers and sisters, Audrey Smitley, Ethelynn Clark, Kenneth, George and Harold "Butch" Leonard, Diana Wingrove and Margie Brooks; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Floyd "Bud" Leonard; and a sister, Betty Rae Leonard. Friends will be received from 12 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and until 11 a.m. Wednesday, the hour of service, in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Pastor Nelson Confer officiating. Interment will be in Franklin Cemetery.
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Wiltrout, Kayla M. 16

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1999-03-06
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kayla Marie Wiltrout, 16, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born March 6, 1999, in Springfield, Ore., a daughter of Keith Wiltrout, of Scottdale; and Susanna (Nilsson) Wiltrout. Kayla was employed by McDonalds, Connellsville. She was a member of Connellsville Area High School Musical Theatre Arts; she enjoyed writing, drawing and playing piano. In addition to her parents, Kayla is survived by two sisters, Sommer Wiltrout, of Connellsville, and Tonya Jensen, of Cottage Grove, Ore.; paternal grandparents, Junior and Cheryl Kubasky, of Scottdale; maternal grandparents, Svend and Judy Nillson, of Eugene, Ore.; three uncles, Eric Wiltrout and Tim and Danny Nilsson; and Susanna's boyfriend Johnny Vanorsdale, his daughters, Amber and Ashley Miller, and his mother, Betty Vanorsdale. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, with the Rev. Gary Witt officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Wolfe, Tyler G. 22

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1992-11-17
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Tyler G. "Jynx" Wolfe, 22, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 17, 1992, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Sherry (Prinkey) Shultz, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, and the late Robert Wolfe. Jynx was employed as a mechanic for Mongell Tire Co., Scottdale. He enjoyed the outdoors, and liked art and skateboarding. In addition to his mother, Jynx is survived by two brothers, Robert Smith and Hayden Brooks, of Connellsville; three sisters, Christa Wolfe and fiance, TA Manzella, of Perry, Ohio, Kassandra Shultz and companion, Brian DeWitt, of Connellsville, and Danni Shultz, of Connellsville; grandparents, Jerry Prinkey and Margaret Shultz, both of Connellsville; three nephews; a niece; and stepfather, Troy Shultz. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the hour of service with Pastor Scott Martin officiating, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Jynx was a registered organ donor. In lieu of flowers, Jynx's family requests donations be made payable to the funeral home. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Swanger Sr., William C. 80

  • Indiana
  • Born: 1935-05-04
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Lefdahl, Indiana | Get Directions
  • William Carl Swanger Sr., 80, of Indiana, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Allegheny General Hospital. The son of Carl Eugene and Ruth Elizabeth (Pratt) Swanger, he was born May 4, 1935, in Salem Township. Mr. Swanger had been employed many years by Latrobe Steel. He also was a long distance trucker and farmer. Mr. Swanger served in the Army as a medic. His family and friends will remember him as a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather, as well as a hard worker. They will also remember his passion for antique tractors, especially the Oliver. Surviving is his wife of 37 years, Joyce (Terhorst) Swanger; children, Cindy McCurdy, of Ocala, Fla., Jared Shawn Swanger and fiancee, Cindy Shank, of Chambersville, and Jamie Shane Swanger, of Indiana; seven grandchildren, Timothy Swanger, Martin and Nancy McCurdy, all of Ocala, Fla., Caroline Gibson, of Irwin, Christina Swanger, of Marion Center, Jimmy Shank, of Chambersville, and Samantha Shank, of Chambersville; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, David and his wife, Loretta; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Swanger was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, William Carl Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN A. LEFDAHL FUNERAL HOME. Funeral service will immediately follow in the Lefdahl Chapel with the Rev. Micah McMillen, officiating. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be sent to Joyce Swanger.
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Washington County

Berger, Allen N. 86

  • Monongahela
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, for Allen N. Berger, 86, of Monongahela, who died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Thorpes New Dawn Personal Care Home, Charleroi. Interment was held in Monongahela Cemetery. The MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at marshallmarrafuneralhome.com.
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Elsewhere

Enterline Jr., Donald 90

  • St. Marys
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Donald Enterline Jr., 90, of St. Marys, formerly of Yatesboro, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by CARSON/BOYER FUENRAL HOME INC.
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Hurwitz, Gerald N.

  • Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Gerald N. Hurwitz died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was the most loving father of Nancy Sue Hurwitz (Richard) Cline, Steven K. Hurwitz and the late Jay R. Hurwitz; brother of the late Melvin Hurwitz; brother-in-law of Roslyn Hurwitz; loving grandfather of Jennifer M. Cline; uncle of Francine (Ethan) Royce and Lee (Beverly) Hurwitz; and also survived by other loving nieces and nephews. Friends may meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, and then proceed to Temple Sinai Memorial Park for 2 p.m. graveside services. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. www.schugar.com.
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Whitlatch, Bryan Jr. 85

  • Bonita Springs, Fla.
  • Born: 1930-01-10
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Rostraver | Get Directions
  • Bryan Whitlatch Jr., 85, of Bonita Springs, Fla., formerly of Rostraver Township, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Carmichaels. Born in Rostraver Township on Jan. 10, 1930, he was the son of the late Bryan N. and Jane Smalley Whitlatch. Bryan was a retired town serviceman from Columbia Gas Co. He loved Blue Grass and Country Music, and he loved to dance. He was a member of the Moose, Veterans Club, American Legion and Eagles, all in Bonita Springs, Fla., and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is survived by his two sons, Bryan Keith (Beverly) Whitlatch of Scottdale and Bruce Allan Whitlatch of Fredericktown; two daughters, Linda (Rich) Zuccarini of Pleasant Hills and Debbie Forsythe and husband, Charles, of Casper, Wyo.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend and dance partner, Theresa Briole. In addition to his parents, Bryan was preceded in death by three sisters. He was the last surviving member of his family. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Brad Sickler officiating. Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery.
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