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Alfonsi, Antonio 93

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1921-06-19
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Antonio "Tony" Alfonsi, 93, a lifelong West Mifflin resident, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Tony was born June 19, 1921, in Sette Cerre, Italy, one of six children of Giosaffate and Felicia (DiGiacinto) Alfonsi. He worked 43 years for U.S. Steel at the Clairton Works, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and was an avid gardener. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four siblings: brothers, Martin, Jack and Thomas Alfonsi, and a sister, Eleanor Ficorilli. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Liberata "Libby" (Cerasoli) Alfonsi; two children: son, Anthony (Crystal) Alfonsi, and daughter, Rosemarie (Bruno) Bonacchi; four grandchildren, Mary, John, Lucia and Daniel Bonacchi; a sister, Mary Gabriel; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), in Jefferson Hills. There will be a prayer at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas A' Becket Catholic Church with Father Daniel Maurer as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Clare Cemetery in Clairton. For condolences, visit http://www.stephendslater.com.
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Atkinson, Freda M. 87

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1927-05-16
  • Died: 2014-09-23
  • Funeral Home: Krynicki, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Freda M. Atkinson, 87, of Tarentum, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Applewood Personal Care, Brackenridge. She was the wife of the late Samuel A. Atkinson, who died Oct. 4, 1990. She was born May 16, 1927, in West Winfield Township, a daughter of the late Joseph Markovic and Stella Jones Carnathan Markovic, and lived in this vicinity most of her life. A homemaker, she was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed puzzle books and especially enjoyed her dog, Tess. Survivors include her son, Samuel A. Atkinson Jr. (Danielle), of Tarentum; daughter, Devorah Jenson, of Harrison Township; three grandchildren, Jessica Pittman, Jill Smozski and Cameron Atkinson; one great-grandson, Gavin Pittman; and two brothers, Donald Carnathan (Beverly), of Fawn Township, and Theodore Carnathan (Maxine), of Brackenridge. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Lynn; and two brothers, James Carnathan and Walter Carnathan. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at KRYNICKI FUNERAL HOME INC., where funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, with the Rev. Darlene Ryniec, pastor of Millerstown Methodist Church. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Harrison Township. Online condolences may be made at http://www.krynickifh.com.
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Barto, William J. 92

  • Liberty Borough
  • Born: 1921-12-18
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • William J. "Bill" Barto, 92, of Liberty Borough, was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Born Dec. 18, 1921, in Duquesne, Bill was the son of the late Andy and Elizabeth (Popovich) Barto. His wife of 63 years, Helen (Janus) Barto, preceded him in death in 2011. Bill was a retired expeditor from U.S. Steel Duquesne Works after 42 years of employment. As a sergeant in the Army during World War II, he served in the South Pacific. Bill was also a proud member of the 1939 graduating class of Duquesne High School. He was a founding member of St. Eugene Church (now St. Mark Parish) in Liberty Borough, where he served as an usher and volunteer for church functions for many years. Bill was also a member of the Port Vue Senior Citizens Club and a former member of the Swedish Singing Society. He and his wife also loved to travel, especially to Florida, Las Vegas and Hawaii. Surviving are his daughter, Joanne Barto-Hanlon (Larry); stepdaughter, Gina Oslick (Tommy); sister, Irene Betz; sister-in-law, Mary Slafka; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The family would like to thank the staffs at both Seneca Manor and Seneca Place for taking such good care of Bill for the past three years. A special thanks goes to Terry, Nancy, Carol and Chester at Seneca Manor and the whole staff of the fourth floor at Seneca Place, especially Bill, Aretha, Lori, Dana, Dacia, Terry and Kathy along with Paula the unit manager. At Bill's request, there will be no visitation. Friends and family are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at St. Mark Church (Liberty Borough site). Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the family to be distributed to the charities that were close to Bill's heart. Arrangements entrusted to WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, McKeesport.
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Binkley, Sally L. 65

  • Clairton , Formerly of Lincoln Borough
  • Born: 1949-07-27
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Sally Lynn Binkley, 65, of Clairton, formerly of Lincoln Borough, was sadly taken by the Lord back home with Him Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. She was born July 27, 1949, in McKeesport, to the late Lawrence M. Klug and Margaret McCracken Klug Brown. Sally was raised by her loving stepfather, the late Thomas D. Brown. She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Levittown. Sally worked for American Can, was the owner of F and S Contracting, was a manager at Walgreen's in Boynton Beach, Fla.; Rite Aid in Glassport, Library and Martinsburg, W.Va.; and was also employed at Cardinal Health Systems in Pittsburgh as a hospital delivery driver. Sally derived much enjoyment from cooking, baking and spending time with her grandson during his hockey days. She was an avid Penguins and Steelers fan. She is survived by son, Roger Lynn, of Clairton; daughter, Courtney (Monty) Daugherty Belpuliti, of Glassport; grandson, Rob McClure; granddaughter, Brianna McClure; sister, Sharon Coward, of Hopewell, N.J.; and brothers, Gregg (Nan) Brown of Burlington, N.J., and Scott (Tanya) Brown, of Levittown. Sally is also survived by many loving aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and her two cherished puppies, Mickey and Max, along with her mom, dad and stepdad. Sally was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Jimmy Daugherty. Visitation will take place from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, PA 15045. Services will take place at the funeral home immediately after visitation at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested contributions be made to the funeral home in Sally's name to help defray their expenses. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Bowers, Marjorie 94

  • Formerly of McKeesport and White Oak
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Hunter, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Marjorie Hall Bowers, 94, formerly of McKeesport and White Oak, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Milford, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard James Bowers. She is survived by their son, David James Bowers (Deborah Heuer), of Milford, Ohio; their daughter, Barbara Wattenmaker (Fred), and grandson, Matthew David Wattenmaker, all of Downingtown; and several cherished cousins. A graduate of Slippery Rock University and the University of Pittsburgh, Marjorie taught for 35 years in several McKeesport schools. She was a dedicated member of McKeesport College Club and achieved membership in the Embroiderers' Guild of North America. She treasured her many friends, supported several local cultural organizations, and was an enthusiastic traveler and gardener. Marjorie was a lifelong and very active member of the First United Methodist Church of McKeesport. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the First United Methodist Church of McKeesport, 1406 Cornell St. Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Deb Kociban officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 1600 Coursin St., McKeesport, PA 15132, is in charge of arrangements. Contributions in her memory may be made to the church or to the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Burt, Robert B. 89

  • New Sewickley Township
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Robert B. Burt, 89, of New Sewickley Township, formerly of Ross Township, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was the loving husband for 60 wonderful years of Marlene P. Burt. Bob was the loving father of Donna Burt-McAliley (Scott A.) and Robert B. Burt Jr. (Mary E.); devoted grandfather of Amanda L. Burt; and loving uncle to his nieces and nephews. His brother, the late George R. Burt, preceded him in death. Bob was retired from Bell of Pennsylvania and AT and T, where he was an instructor for PBX installation and PBX maintenance. He proudly served in World War II in the Navy on board the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa, which led to his ongoing desire for personal travel in the United States and Europe. Bob was also a 32nd Degree Mason. He spent his winters in Florida during his early retirement years and traveled as often a possible up until the time of his passing. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the National Wildlife Association or a charity of your choice.
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Caldwell, Ellis 92

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1922-06-25
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Waters, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Ellis Caldwell, 92, of North Versailles, departed this life peacefully Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Riverside Care Center, McKeesport. He was born June 25, 1922, in Attalla, Ala., a son of the late Ellis and Rita Caldwell. He was also preceded in death by daughter, Carolyn Coates; grandson, Vaughn Coates; and brother, Eddie Caldwell. He was a graduate of Pearl High School in Nashville, Tenn., and received a certificate in engineering from CCAC. He was a retired building engineer for McKeesport Hospital and a 64-year member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He formerly served faithfully as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and helped start up the Men's Prayer group. He was a Navy veteran. Surviving are his loving wife, Valerie K. Platt Caldwell; two sons, Harold (Marilyn) Caldwell, of White Oak, and Shawn Washington, of Pittsburgh; stepson, Curtis F. Henry III, of North Versailles; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Glynn Caldwell, of Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Veleria Campbell and Sandra Clark, both of Dayton, Ohio; mother-in-law, Catherine Platt, of Steubenville, Ohio; brothers- and sisters-in-law, George (Tina) Platt, of Kent, Ohio, and Craig (Theresa) Platt, of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Platt and Carletta Williams, both of Steubenville, Ohio; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Charlene (Arnie) Mitchell, of Columbus, Ohio; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Special thanks to the staff at Riverside Care Center. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Bethlehem Baptist Church, 716 Walnut St., McKeesport, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, with the Rev. Earlene Coleman officiating. Interment will follow in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. Local arrangements entrusted to the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., McKeesport.
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Carek Sr., Edward A. 74

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1940-05-25
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Edward A. Carek Sr., 74, of McKeesport, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. Born May 25, 1940, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Stephen and Anna Bogdonavich Carek. Ed was a retired truck driver for Trinity Industries, a member of the Duquesne American Croation Club, a social member of the White Oak American Legion and a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Duquesne. He is survived by his beloved wife, Anna Ballough Carek; a son, Edward A. (Hope) Carek Jr., of North Huntingdon; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Ann Carek, Sept. 20, 2011; two brothers, Stephen and John Carek; and four sisters, Mary Crowe, Anne Lucko, Katie Salopek and Helen Sanders. Friends and family will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church with Rev. Dennis Colamarino and Rev. Thomas Lewandowski, celebrants. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Coholic, Nicholas M.

  • McMurray , Formerly of Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Nicholas M. Coholic, CLU, ChFC, of McMurray, formerly of Whitehall, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to the late Carole J. (Wallace) Coholic; loving father of Suzanne Coholic, Nicholas (Melody) Coholic and Robert (Linda) Coholic; grandfather of Michele and Andrew Coholic; son of the late Nicholas and Mary Coholic; brother of Ernest (Darlene) Coholic, Barbara (John) Jankowski and the late Lucille (survived by Matthew) Ostrofsky; brother-in-law, Ted (Connie) Wallace, and Marie (Mel) Kajikawa. Nick was a 1957 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the PHI KAPPA Catholic Fraternity (known as PHI KAPPA THETA.) He was an avid Pitt fan. Nick was a very generous and charitable individual throughout all aspects of his life. He retired from General American Life Insurance Co. as the eastern regional sales director and later as the registered principal of Walnut Street Securities. Nick was a member of the Pittsburgh Life Underwriters Association, the American Society of Chartered Financial Planners, the North Catholic Alumni Association, the National Rifle Association, the PA Pistol and Rifle Association, the Safari Club International, the Dormont/Mt. Lebanon Rifle Club, the North American Hunting Association, a member of the Limbaugh Institute of Conservative Studies and a former member of the Library Sportsman's Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where funeral prayer will be held 9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel of The Sorrowful Virgin Church, with entombment to follow in Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum. If desired, family suggests contributions to St. Gabriel of The Sorrowful Virgin School Fund, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Costello, Helen A. 88

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Helen A. (Weich) Costello, 88, of West View, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James R. Costello; mother of Dion (Sandra) Costello, Owen (Mary Kay) Costello and the late Brian (his surviving wife Janie), Dee Dee, Kevin and Mark Costello; grandmother of Ryan, Kelly, Maura, Kristin, Bethany, Justin, Michelle and Danielle; and great-grandmother of Conor, Lucy and Liam. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Athanasius Church with the Rev. Robert A. Norton as celebrant. Interment will follow in North Side Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Coyne Portman, Maureen 80

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Maureen (Barrett) Coyne Portman, 80, of Mt. Lebanon, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Regis J. Coyne and Charles A. Portman; devoted mother of Kathleen Coyne D'Andrea, Christine Coyne (Frank) Ferris, Regis P. Coyne (Lynne) and the late Colleen Coyne Hendrickson; loving grandmother of Michael (Lisa) Ferris, Kevin (Shannon) Ferris, Kelly (Matt) Sumner, Matthew Johns, Ryan Hendrickson, Kristi Hendrickson, Sean Coyne and Kevin Coyne; and great-grandmother of McKenzie, Logan, Charlie and Mason. Maureen was a volunteer at St. Clair Hospital for 26 years. She also was an active and faithful member of St. Bernard Church, where family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to St. Bernard Church or St. Clair Foundation. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Damian Jr., James R. 72

  • Green Tree
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • James R. Damian Jr., 72, of Green Tree, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 50 years of Mary Diane (Tobin) Damian; loving father of Diane C. Damian, Kristin Damian (Machiel) van de Geer and Lisa (Greg Ahart) Damian; cherished Papa of Sophia and Damian van de Geer; and loving brother of Rose (Virg) Smeltzer and their children, David and Lynne. He is also survived by many cousins. James will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800),1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sepsis Alliance, 501 W. Broadway, Suite 1700, San Diego, CA 92101 or a charity of one's choice. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Daugherty, Regina E. 91

  • Plum
  • Born: 1923-02-22
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Regina Elizabeth Daugherty, 91, of Logans Ferry Heights, Plum, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. She was born Feb. 22, 1923, in New Kensington, to the late Paul and Blanche Hilliard Shrum, and had been a life resident of the local area. A legal secretary, she worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare at the State Office Building in Pittsburgh, retiring in 1985. Regina was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and enjoyed bridge. Survivors include her children, Dennis Daugherty and Diane (Chris) Stripay, both of Plum; daughter-in-law, Paula Daugherty, of Brackenridge; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel J. Daugherty Sr.; a son, Daniel J. Daugherty Jr.; brothers, Tom, Bill, Don and Bob Shrum; and sisters, Dolores Hue and Midge Collier. The family would like to thank Saxony Health Center for the wonderful care their mother received. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Davis, Virginia O.

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Virginia O. "Jean" Davis, of Plum, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the widow of William E. Davis, who died in 2003. She was a graduate of McKeesport High School and an 11-year employee in the bookkeeping department of the home office of G.C. Murphy Co. in McKeesport. She is survived by two children, Kim Marie Boyd (Daniel) and William John Davis; three grandchildren, Aaron William Boyd, Jenna Nicole Davis and Hayley Dawn Davis; a sister, Shirley Mandella (Walter); a special cousin, Cecelia McKibben (David); and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Elizabeth Obusek; and brothers, infant Lawrence, Ernest and John. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville.
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DeLuca, Mary 95

  • Beechview
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Dormont | Get Directions
  • Mary (Santomo) DeLuca, 95, of Beechview, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert DeLuca; sister of Betty (Harold) Hayes, Marlene Holmes-Dunn, Raymond (Mary) Santomo and Arthur (Nancy) Santomo; aunt of Holly, Hal, Scott, Mark, Suzanne, Harry, Jeanette, Wayne, Dennie, Henry John, Marguerite, Tony, Anita, Michelle, Christine, David, Greg and the late Marlene and Art Jr. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS, 412-531-4000. Friends will be welcome 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 2630 West Liberty Ave., Dormont, PA 15216. Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891. Please read and add a tribute at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Doczkat, Elizabeth I. 86

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth I. "Betty" (Murphy) Doczkat, 86, of Monroeville, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Alvin W. Doczkat; loving mother of Sharyn (Jim) Rosipal, Ronald (Lynn) Doczkat and Bradley Doczkat; and sister of the late John and Mary. She is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek, 412-823-1950, where a service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in Church Hill Cemetery. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to Harmar Village Care Center, 715 Freeport Road, Cheswick, PA 15024. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Drum, Eileen A. 91

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1923-07-08
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Eileen A. (Walsh) Drum, 91, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at her home. She was born July 8, 1923, in Steubenville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Carl and Anne Urbanski Walsh. Eileen grew up on Greenwich Street in Natrona. During World War II, she lived on Long Island, in New York, and then made her home in Natrona Heights until her death. Eileen will be fondly remembered by many in the area as the nice lady who sold ice at Drum's Ice in Natrona Heights, owned by her husband, Andy. She was a warm and caring person who enjoyed many day and overnight bus trips with her lady friends. A long time hospital volunteer, she was also a member of the Fire Ladies Auxillary in Natrona. Eileen was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Natrona Heights. She was especially close to her family, living until her death at home with her daughter, Donna. Eileen is survived by her daughter, Donna Brooks-Reitler; son, George Drum; grandchildren, Matt Reitler, Erin Reitler (Andy Kustra), Rairigh Drum and husband, Nathan Longhofer. She is also survived by nieces, Mary Ellen Ankeny, Carol (John) Ekas and Margaret Steinhagen; cousins and extended family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George D. "Andy" Drum, on Nov. 26, 2006, and by her brother, Alfred Walsh. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Funeral ceremonies and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Eileen may be made to the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches, 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Drummond, Frederick G. 61

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1952-09-22
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Frederick G. "Fred" Drummond, 61, of Monroeville, died suddenly Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was born Sept. 22, 1952, in Pittsburgh, son of Mary Geier Drummond, of Monroeville, and the late Charles H. Drummond. Fred was operations manager for City Brewery in Latrobe. He was a member of the North American Martyrs Church for 37 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary J. Lewis Drummond; two loving daughters, Lisa (Aaron) Genton and Vicki (Dan) Dezort; three grandchildren, Erin Marie Genton and Rusty and Carter Dezort; three brothers, Charles J. (Debi) Drummond, Thomas G. (Beth) Drummond and David G. Drummond; three sisters, Mary V. Drummond, Nancy A. (Ron) Udovich and Julie D. (Russ) Gadagno; and 12 nieces and nephews. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Indiana Township. Interment will follow at St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to GBS/CIDP Foundation International at http://www.gbs-cidp.org. http://www.Hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Ehlers, Irene D. 91

  • Formerly of Millvale
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Irene D. (Drexler) Ehlers, 91, formerly of Millvale, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.She was the wife of the late Herman A. Ehlers Sr.; loving mother of Irene Scheller, Joanne Richter (Bill) and Herman Ehlers Jr. (Susan); and is also survived by sisters, Dorothy and Virginia, and brother, Arthur; dear grandmother of Sandra Kagle, Bill Richter, Mark Richter, the late Larry Scheller, Matthew Scheller and Randy Ehlers; and great-grandmother of C.J., Joshua and Cassie Kagle and Jessica and Kasey Scheller. There is no visitation. She will be buried along with her husband at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the First United Church of Christ, 425 North Ave., Millvale, PA 15209. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Irene's memory can be made to the church. Remembrances may be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Feather, Catherine G. 86

  • Moon Township
  • Born: 1927-10-17
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Moon | Get Directions
  • Catherine Greenlee Feather, 86, of Moon Township, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. She was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Charleston, W.Va., to Jacob Andrew and Ethel (Jarrett) Greenlee. Catherine received a BA from Asbury College in 1949 with a major in organ. She served as a church organist for approximately 30 years in various churches. She was honored in 1970 by Forest Chapel United Methodist Church in Forest Park, Ohio, with a stained glass window dedicated in her name. She also taught piano to students of all ages for many years. Catherine served as an advocate for students with disabilities on the Allegheny County Intermediate Unit Task Force. She was always active in the churches she attended. In recent years, at St. Stephen's Church in Sewickley, she organized a Seniors Fellowship Ministry which promoted seniors activities including special musical programs for the community. She was a woman committed to her Christian faith and faithful to her family and friends. She will be rejoicing with her Lord in heaven. Catherine will be greatly missed by her loving family. Catherine and her husband, Reid Feather, were married for 62 years and is survived by her husband, Reid, of Moon Township; brother, Dr. J. Harold (Ruth) Greenlee, of Fort Myers, Fla.; sister, Gene (Greenlee) Hutchens, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; daughters, Beth Feather, of Moon Township, and Melinda Feather, of Kennedy Township; a son, Brent (Leslie) Feather, of Greenville, S.C.; two grandchildren, Jaime (Rob) Stevens and Jason Feather; and great-grandson, Parker Stevens, all of Greenville, S.C. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Copeland's Moon Township, 981 Brodhead Road. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen's Church, Sewickley (everyone meet at church). Interment at Sewickley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to the Music Ministry at Stephen's Church, 405 Frederick Ave., Sewickley, PA 15143 in Catherine Feather's name.
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Hallas, Matilda A. 89

  • Martinsburg, W. Va. , Formerly of Homestead
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Matilda Ann "Tillie" (Posipanka) Hallas, 89, of Martinsburg, W. Va., formerly of Homestead, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John B. Hallas; daughter of the late Michael and Ann (Harmon) Posipanka; mother of Kenneth (Karen) Hallas, of South Park, and the late Lawrence Hallas; sister of the late John (wife Emma survives), Margaret, George and Michael Posipanka; grandmother of John Hallas, Melissa (Hallas) Spare and Michael Hallas; great-grandmother of Corey and Connor Fowler, Kaitlyn Spare and Miranda and Melina Hallas. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Homestead. Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Hast Jr., John 88

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1925-12-19
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • John Hast Jr., 88, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. He was born Dec. 19, 1925, and is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Hast. He is the husband of the late Ruth McCabe Hast. He served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his daughter, Ruth (Ken) Lewellen, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Jason Hast and Jennifer Marie Higgs; and great-grandchildren, Blaine Alexander Higgs and Emilee Elise Higgs. Services were held yesterday and cared for by STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN, 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192).
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Hermanowicz, Eleanor I. 93

  • Stowe Township
  • Died: 2014-09-23
  • Funeral Home: McDermott, McKees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Eleanor I. (Krupinski) Hermanowicz, 93, of Stowe Township, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at home. She was the beloved wife of Thomas; loving mother of Theresa (Wayne) Hammond, Mary Frances (the late R. David) Nelson and Rose Marie (John) Dombrowski; and sister of John Krupinski and the late Josephine Czachowski, Henry and Louis Krupinski. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-granddaughters. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Eleanor's life with her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, where prayers will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. John of God Parish, the Church of St. Mary's. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggest contributions be made to Catholic Hospice and Palliative Services, 6200 Brooktree Road, Suite 220, Wexford, PA 15090, http://www.catholichospicepgh.org. http://www.mcdermottfh.com.
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Hill, Ada 87

  • Emsworth
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Linn, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Ada (Sacunas) Hill, 87, of Emsworth, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Katherine (Karpavicius) Sacunas; beloved wife of Robert H. Hill and the late Clarence Herman; loving mother of Mark Herman (Marian), of San Francisco, Calif., and stepmother of Wayne Hill (Anne), of Portland, Ore., and the late Scott Hill; sister of Eleanor Quinn (the late Raymond), of Pittsburgh, Elizabeth Griffin (Raymond), of Jeannette, and the late Edward and Bernard Sacunas; step-grandmother of Amelia and Preston Hill; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Ada was a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, friend, mentor and builder of community. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the McDONALD-LINN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 California Ave., Avalon, and again from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Saturday in Greenstone United Methodist Church, 939 California Ave., Avalon, with the Rev. David Ewing, officiating. Private interment will take place in Hadley Cemetery, Hadley. Memorial contributions are suggested to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Development Department, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Isaak Jr., Herman C. 74

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of Bloomfield
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Herman C. "Herky" Isaak Jr., 74, of Penn Hills, formerly of Bloomfield, beloved by many, went home to be with Jesus on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was a member of Monroeville Christian Church. Herman is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Maryann (Welsh) Isaak. He was the loving father of Michael (Michelle) Isaak, Karl (Andrella "Kay") Isaak and John Isaak; cherished grandfather of Erin (Eddie), Tristan, Susanna, Ryan, Nathaniel and the late Antwon; great-grandfather of Antwon and Andrea; brother of Margaret (the late William) Sciullo, Julia (Paul) Sciullo, Grace Isaak, Ruth (Michael) Close and the late Patricia (Ralph) Garrison; and brother-in-law of Dolly (George) Adamson. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Monroeville Christian Church with Evangelist Dave Provance officiating. Interment will follow in The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family or Monroeville Christian Church, 3780 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Johnston, Patti L. 48

  • Whitehall
  • Born: 1965-12-12
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Cremation Funeral Care, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Patti Lee Johnston, 48, of Whitehall, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Born Dec. 12, 1965, in Pittsburgh, she is the beloved daughter of Thomas and Patricia (Tessitore) Johnston. She was the beloved mother of Chelsea Tessitore and David Wilhelm; dear niece of Jeanette (Ron) Werkmeister, John, Steve and Tom Tessitore; and is also survived by many cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Steve and Irene Tessitore; and cousin, Amanda Werkmeister. Patti was always known for making everyone smile. She always said "Don't sweat the small stuff." Friends and family are welcome from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA, 15317, (724) 260-5546. A committal service will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546. Please sign and view the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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Jordan Jr., Ernest

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ernest Jordan Jr., formerly of North Braddock and a former resident of Hamilton Hills in Turtle Creek, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Ernie would have reached his 94th birthday Wednesday. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Kitch) Jordan for 59 years; loving father of David E. (Joanne) Jordan, of Port Vue, Margaret J. (Paul) Smith, of West Mifflin, Beverly L. (Ron) Austin, of Plum; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Catherine Martini and Mildred Kirkpatrick; and brother, Wilbert D. Jordan. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Ernie was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and a retired wireman from Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh plant, with 44 years of service. He was a member of the former Odd Fellows, Braddock Field Lodge No. 529 and he was a member of the White Oak American Legion. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Burial with military honors will be held in Monongahela Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Kennedy, Lois J. 85

  • Versailles Borough
  • Born: 1929-03-24
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Lois Jane Kennedy, 85, of Versailles Borough, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at home. She was born March 24, 1929, in Everett, and was the daughter of the late Rufus "Gene" Zembower and Ethel Clark Ake. She was the wife of late Lawrence P. Kennedy, who died Sept. 4, 2007. Lois was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and was a retired self-employed hairdresser. She is survived by daughters, Virginia "Ginny" Holliday, of Lincoln Borough, Belinda "Binny" Kennedy/Tressler and Lois "Jane" Ondechek, of Versailles Borough; grandchildren, Kristie Armstrong and Robert Kennedy; great-grandchildren, Jenna and Ava; and nieces and nephews. There is no visitation and services are private. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Khalil, Yassemine 70

  • Baldwin Borough
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Yassemine Khalil, 70, of Baldwin Borough, passed peacefully Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, surrounded by all of her children, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of the late Elias Khalil; beloved mother of Josephine (Merwan) Aboud, Jamil (Odeese) Khalil, Nasra (Najib) Aboud, Lina (Joudat) Makhoul, Georgette Farah, Hannah (Mazen) Kahwash, Atallah (Jamie) Khalil, Firas (Jillian) Khalil and Johnny Khalil; and dear sister of the late Wadih and the late Elias, Naiem, Amaleen and Nuhad Nadour. Also surviving are 24 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Yassemine enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren; she was well known for her wise words and always giving prayers to others. She loved to laugh and make people smile. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and warm heart. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227. Trisagion prayers will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 3400 Dawson St. Funeral service begins at 11 a.m., with burial following at St. George Cemetery in Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in remembrance of Yassemine. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Miklos, Noami 94

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Naomi "Noma" (McGuire) Miklos, 94, lifelong resident of Plum, died, surrounded by her family, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. She was the wife of 63 years to the late Joseph Miklos; beloved mother of Betty Glenn and Shirley Dick; sister of Rita Lauric and Lorna Smith; loving grandmother of four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by six brothers. Friends received from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
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Mitala, Sister Vivian 95

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Sister Vivian Mitala, 95, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, Ky., passed into eternity on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in the 79th year of her religious life. Sister originally entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Joseph Parish, in Clairton, in 1935. After receiving her teaching credentials, Sister taught for seven years in the elementary school in the Pittsburgh and Greensburg dioceses. When she expressed an interest in working in the medical field, she spent one year in study at St. Louis University in Missouri. She then went on to Ohio Valley Hospital for training as a registered medical records librarian. Sister Vivian was assigned to St. Jude Hospital in Montgomery, Ala., to organize and establish the Medical Records Library. Later, Sister Vivian moved on to St. Vincent Hospital in Monett, Mo., serving as medical librarian and head of the medical records department for 43 years. When Sister retired to the Motherhouse in 2003, she helped in the business office for two years until complications following surgery left her partially paralyzed. She became a resident at the Vincentian Home, where she remained until her death. Sister was well-known for her gentle demeanor, prayerful spirit and complete trust in God. Very often, she was found in the chapel, deep in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Sister Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Susan Mitala; and her siblings, Anna, Andrew and John. She is survived by her nephews, Jack and Ronald Mitala. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at St. Louise Convent, 8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in the convent chapel, followed by interment in the Sisters' cemetery on the convent grounds. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Office of Congregational Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048-0009.
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Musin, Amelia 94

  • Brackenridge
  • Born: 1920-05-15
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Amelia Musin, 94, of Brackenridge, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital. She was born May 15, 1920, in Natrona, daughter of the late John and Katherine (Jarias) Podolan. Amelia has lived in Brackenridge since 1944, where she was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. She loved flower gardening, baking and cooking. She especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Patricia A. (Raymond) Drane and Robert K. Musin, both of Brackenridge; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Musin; and siblings, John and Frank "French" Podolan, Ann Kovac, Pauline Pukal, Josephine Holowitz and Mary Schutzler. At Mrs. Musin's request, all services were private. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Och, Lawrence J. 76

  • Formerly of Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1938-02-13
  • Died: 2014-09-16
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  • Lawrence J. "Larry" Och, 76, Nokomis, Fla., formerly of Jefferson Hills, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Larry was born Feb. 13, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Loretta Och; and son-in-law to the late George Miller. He was the owner of Maintenance Welding Inc. and Mon Hoist both in Donora. After retiring in 1985, he spent many years sailing the coast of Florida on his boat with his beloved wife, Georgette. Larry is survived by his loving family, his wife of 54 years, Georgette (Miller) Och; and mother-in-law, Margret Miller, of Monongahela. He survived by his children, Debie Steele, Kathy Smith, Terrie Eger and Larry Och; also survived by his grandchildren, Ben, Mitch, Jessica, Jared, Justin, Chris and Pat; also his siblings, Ann, John and Bill. Arrangements are private. "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and held so dear."
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Olar, William J. 78

  • Curtisville
  • Born: 1936-07-05
  • Died: 2014-09-23
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • William J. Olar, 78, of Curtisville, West Deer Township, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. He was born July 5, 1936, in Russellton, and has lived in West Deer his entire life. A 1952 graduate of West Deer High School, Bill worked for Glenshaw glass for 14 years as a bottle maker and then for the IBEW Local 1919 as a tree trimmer for more than 32 years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of the IBEW, Local 1919 of Pittsburgh, a life member of the Russellton Owls Club and a member of the Tarentum Elks. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, but most of all spending time with his friends and especially his family. Survivors include his sons, Randy A. Olar, of Curtisville, Jeffrey J. (Diane) Olar, of Herman, and Ronald J. "Chuch" (Susan) Olar and W. Kevin Olar, both of Curtisville; grandchildren, Chris, Alex, Brandon, Melanie and Amanda; great-grandsons, Christian and William; and sisters, Beverly Negley, of Lower Burrell, and Beatrice (Robert) Beuth, of Summerville, S.C, and his loving companion, Barbara Scholtz, of West Deer Township. He was preceded in death by his wife, June (Matulis) Olar, Sept. 23, 1990; his parents, Wasil and Julia (Pollock) Borison; and his sister, Loretta Myers. Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday. He will be laid to rest next to his wife in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Oliverio, Domenick G. 88

  • Wall , Formerly of Lakeland, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Domenick G. Oliverio, 88, of Wall, formerly of Lakeland, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. He was the companion and dear friend of Irma Lopata; and is survived by his nieces and nephews, Sandy Damasky, Mariane Fazekas, late Kathi Genre, Lawrence Odoski, Gloria Brzeskiewicz, Edward Odoski, Peter Oliver and Norma Gleeson and special angel niece, Cheryl Damasky Makdad. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Catherine Zwyar, Hilda James; and a brother, August Oliver. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. in St. Jude the Apostle Church. Burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Platt, Carole J. 65

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Carole Jean Platt, 65, of Wilkins Township, died unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. She was the wife of Richard H. Platt; loving mother of Dr. Julie R. (fiance Dr. Phillip Alexander) Platt, of Arkansas, and Amy R. Platt, of Nevillewood; sister of Linda Eicher, of Mt. Pleasant, Robert Rose, of California, David Rose, of Florida, and the late William Rose; and is also survived by mother-in-law, Rita Platt, of Johnstown; and daughter of the late Warren and Ruth Rose. Carole was employed for 45 years as a registered nurse at Magee-Womens Hospital. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Maurice Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, http://www.curearthritis.org.
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Rakar, Carl J. 72

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Carl J. Rakar, 72, of Hampton Township, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Pittsburgh. He was a maintenance worker and volunteer with the Hampton Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Edna Rakar; daughter, Janice Schmitt; son, Brian and his wife, Stacy (LaFever) Rakar; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. In addition to his parents, Mike and Dorothy (Smithley) Rakar, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Doreen (Rakar) Pivaronas; and son-in-law, Richard Schmitt. Carl's family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in St. Ursula Church, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park. He will be laid to rest in Hampton Cemetery, Allison Park. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Carl's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Schmitt, Jerome L. 89

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Jerome L. Schmitt, 89, of Ross Township, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Clara G. Schmitt; father of Bernard (Sharon) Schmitt, Robert (Linda) Schmitt and Bill Schmitt; grandfather of Joshua (Diana) Schmitt and Jeffrey Schmitt; and great-grandfather of Chelsea Schmitt. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 311 Siebert Road. Contributions may be made to St. Sebastian Catholic Church. http://www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Schriner, Charlotte S.

  • Kennedy Township
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Musmanno, McKees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Charlotte S. Schriner was led peacefully to this far better life with Christ by her lifelong patron and foster father, St. Joseph, the evening of Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, after celebrating a joy-filled birthday with family. "I long to depart this life and be with Christ for that is far better" (Philippians 1:23). Charlotte was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Schriner; and her uncle, Louis J. Stanson. Charlotte knew and believed in this better life of the Savior, and generously shared this life with her family, friends, coworkers and her parish family of St. John of God. As a well-respected manager with Bell Atlantic and Verizon, Charlotte rose through the ranks because of her integrity, leadership, inspiring sense of fairness and genuine good heartedness for colleagues and staff members alike to become a key member of the Pittsburgh and North Eastern operations teams until her retirement. She was a life member of Verizon Pioneers. Active membership does not adequately describe Charlotte's devotion to her St. John of God Parish. She was a recipient of the Manifesting the Kingdom Award by the bishop. As a lector, Eucharistic minister, council member, RCIA sponsor, fundraising chair, events planner, pizza kitchen worker and in so many other capacities, Charlotte made it a point that everyone received a taste of the better life that Jesus offers. Through many years of illness, her courage, faith and hard work was a gift to this faith community and beyond. Her passing imposes a great wound, yet her resurrection imprints such a blessing of hope and healing, especially to her sister and brother-in-law, Patti and William Hall; Auntie to Angel and Willie; her godsons, Immanuel Antonio Compomizzi and Biagio Harding Shipman; her family, friends, her beloved parish community and special friend to the Compomizzi, Shipman and Cianciosi families. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at the Anthony M. Musmanno Funeral Home Inc., 700 Seventh St., McKees Rocks. The celebration of Charlotte's resurrection into the better life of Christ will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at St. John of God Parish/St. Mary Church, 1011 Church Ave., McKees Rocks. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Charlotte's memory may be sent to St. Joseph's House of Hospitality, 1635 Bedford Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Please view our online guestbook: http://www.musmannofh.com.
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Schuler, Casimir L.

  • Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2014-09-23
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Casimir Leo Schuler, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, of Castle Shannon. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Clara M. (Diehl) Schuler; loving and cherished father of Christine M. Buffkin, Cheryl K. Schuler, Cassy Phillips and Mary Lou Schuler-Karr; proud grandfather of Dan Brandt and Chad Brandt; son of the late Andrew and Clara Schuler; brother of Clare Larkin, Gerard (Ann) Schuler, Regis (Lorraine) Schuler, and the late Joseph Schuler and Marie Robinek (Schuler); and cousin to Raymond Schuler; uncle to many nieces and nephews. Cas served in the Navy from 1941 to 1944. He was a graduate of Conley Trade School and owned his own automotive business for 50 years until he retired and began driving school buses for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. He was an accomplished pilot and was a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol and belonged to the American Legion in Pleasant Hills. He had the extraordinary talent of becoming an instant best friend to everyone he met. There wasn't anything he couldn't fix. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday morning. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Winifred Church. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Scott, Kathleen E. 72

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1942-07-27
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Kathleen E. Scott, 72, of West Deer Township, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Born July 27, 1942, in her family home, she was the beloved daughter of the late R. Glenn and Isabel (Moody) Scott; loving cousin of Carolyn M. Danko and John Moody; and is also survived by countless dear friends and her two dear cats, Kali and Sweetie. Kathleen was an office manger in executive management for more than 53 years with Curtiss-Wright Corporation, formerly Westinghouse Corporation, Cheswick. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in the North Park Church with the Rev. Bobby Brown, officiating. A reception of fellowship and memories will follow. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to North Park Church, 600 Ingomar Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Sheperd, Viola C. 96

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1918-05-15
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Viola C. Sheperd, 96, of West Mifflin, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Southwestern Nursing Center. She was born May 15, 1918, in Croyle, to the late Edward Louis and Anna Bella Paul Goughnour. She was the wife of the late Albert Sheperd. Viola is survived by a son, Richard Glen (Mary Ann) Sheperd, of Perrineville, N.J. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Richard A. Sheperd and Kelly A. (Chris) Riolo; great-grandson, Ashton; and a niece, Shirley Adams, of West Mifflin. Viola was a retired cafeteria maintenance worker in the West Mifflin Area School District for 20 years and a member of Lebanon Presbyterian Church. Arrangements, including a private viewing, have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton, PA 15025. Private burial will take place at Lebanon Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lebanon Presbyterian Church as a special thank you for their kindness and support. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Steinmiller, Helen G. 76

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Helen G. (Hildbold) Steinmiller, 76, of Ross Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Richard N. Steinmiller; loving mother of Robert (Pat) Chapman, LuAnn (Brian) Vula, Janice (Kenneth) Belke and Diane (Paul) Schlag; dear sister of Thomas Hildbold, Janice (Kenneth) Grayson and the late Elmer, Howard, Norman, William and Lloyd Hildbold, Mary Jesse Melder and Mildred Boldin; and also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Helen was a member of OES Jepthah Eastern Star No. 73 and the Social Order of Beaucant, Odd Fellows, United Lodge 2 and Rebekah Lodge. Family will welcome friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. John's Lutheran Church, 920 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229. Please meet at Church. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Stender, Joan Gail 80

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Joan "Gail" Stender, 80, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Edwin G. Stender. Gail and Ed celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 22. She was the loving mother of Trish (Ace) Kellerman, Lynn (David) Whitmarsh, Leslie Aikin, Robin (Dave) Zerby, Tracey (Emmett) Kirby, Edwin and Charles Stender; grandmother of Christina Kirby, Joseph Higwind, Eddie Aikin, Johnny Aikin and Alexis Stender; and sister of Patricia White and Robert Stennett. Gail was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins fan. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life service and reception will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the residence. In lieu of flowers, donations to Family Hospice and Palliative Care East, 103 Yost Blvd., Forest Hills, PA 15221, greatly appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Taylor, Jeffrey P. 49

  • Formerly of Plum
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Wylie, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey Paul Taylor, 49, formerly of Plum, unexpectedly passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. He was the beloved son of Wilma (Pack) and the late Clare C. Taylor; loving brother of Dan (Rose) Taylor, Lorraine (Rick) Schoepke, James (Kristy) Taylor, Patty (Troy) Strezeski and Tracy (David) Farbacher; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jeff enjoyed history, loved riding his bike and taking photos of Pittsburgh. He will be missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Salvation Army, 865 W. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
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Utz, Robert L. 60

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Monahan, Gettysburg | Get Directions
  • Robert L. Utz, 60, of Penn Hills, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. He was the loving brother of Nancy (Fred) Hawthorne, of Gettysburg; and uncle of Christopher (Sarah) Hawthorne, of Langhorne, and the late Robert and Sara Utz. Services were private. Family suggests memorial contributions to the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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Wallace, William F. 96

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • William F. "Bill" Wallace, 96, of Ross Township, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. He was the husband of the late Flavia (Taylor) Wallace. He is survived by many nieces, nephews and loving friends privileged to have known him. He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and retired from Dravo Corporation in 1972. A longtime member of St. Sebastian Church, he and his wife, Flavia, performed with the St. Sebastian Players for 25 years, and also in monthly sing-alongs for more than 35 years at Vincentian and Regency Nursing Homes. Bill was also a member of the Berkeley Hills Fire Police for 27 years. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vincentian Home, 111 Perrymont Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Williams, Velma M. 95

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Velma M. (Smith) Williams, 95, of Munhall, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The beloved wife of the late Corlis Williams, she leaves behind her loving family: Jennifer (John) Yuhaschek, Anne (David Tauberg) Hawkins and the late Bob Hawkins. She was the adored grandmother of Sarah (Cameron) Bond, Kate (Tyler) Matthew and Eric (fiancee, Becky Nelson) Hawkins; proud great-grandmother of Lachlan Bond and Haydn and Oskar Matthew; and sister of the late Elden Smith, Glen Smith, Edna Hull and Wilma Williams. She is survived by sisters, Edith White and Martha Lee (Leo) Williams; and many nieces and nephews. Velma graduated from Mountain State College, where she also taught for a number of years. She and Corlis were active members of First Christian Church of Homestead and later Homeville Christian Church. She was an avid reader and charter member of the Frigateers Book Club. She was also a skilled seamstress, who made many prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and both of her daughters' wedding gowns. Velma loved to cook, and there was always a pot of soup and a pan of biscuits or cornbread ready to share with anyone who stopped by. Her grape jelly and her peanut butter cookies were legendary, and she enjoyed sharing them with her neighbors. Her family and friends will always remember her kindness and her beautiful smile. The family would like to thank the staff of Locust Grove Assisted Living and Vitas Hospice for their care and support. Celebrate a life well lived with her family from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME, 3511 Main St., Munhall. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Homeville Christian Church, 4702 Eliza St., West Mifflin. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne, PA 15110 or http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Wilson, Roy E. 80

  • Harrison Township
  • Born: 1934-02-13
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Roy E. "Whip" Wilson, 80, of Harrison Township, died at his residence on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Born Feb. 13, 1934, in Tarentum, he was a son of the late Lloyd E. and Marie Bowman Wilson. Roy was a retired airplane mechanic for the U.S. government, and served during the Vietnam and Korean wars in the Air Force. During his career, Roy worked at Lockheed Aircraft at Kennedy airport. After his retirement, he worked as security at David Lawrence Convention Center. He graduated from Tarentum High School, class of 1952, and was a member of Alle-Kiski Historical Society. He loved to fish and work in his garden. He was also a lifetime member of Natrona Heights VFW and Disabled American Veterans. He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn (Bulles) Wilson, of 47 years. He was the dear father of Margaret Wilson, of Natrona Heights, Gregory Wilson, of Lower Burrell, Edward Wilson, of Port Orchard, Wash., Michael Wilson, Markus Wilson and the late Thomas and Ronald Wilson; grandfather of five; great-grandfather of three; and brother of Robert G. (Marianne) Wilson, of Tarentum, and the late Lloyd (the late Audrey) Wilson. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service interment at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at LAKEWOOD MEMORIAL GARDENS, 943 Route 910, Cheswick, PA 15024, in the chapel at the cemetery, with the Rev. Kenneth Love officiating. Military honors will be accorded by Plum American Legion. Arrangements made through BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont (412-828-3535). Visit us online at http://www.burket-truby.com.
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Zoscak, David 55

  • Liberty Borough
  • Born: 1959-06-30
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • David Zoscak, 55, of Liberty Borough, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. He was born June 30, 1959, in McKeesport, the son of the late John and Beatrice Jamison Zoscak. He was a 1977 graduate of South Allegheny High School. He is survived by his siblings, Doreen (Paul) Nolfi, of Glassport, Duane Zoscak, of Liberty Borough, Shawn (Sue) Zoscak, of Florida, and Betty (CJ) Sernik, of Sterling, Va.; and is also survived by nieces and a nephew. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at HUNTER-EDMUNDSON-STRIFFLER FUNERAL HOME, 600 Market St., McKeesport, PA 15132 (412-678-6191). Service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Remembrances in David's name may be made to The American Cancer Society, East Central Division, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033.
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Aber, Kathleen D. 75

  • Hyde Park
  • Born: 1939-01-15
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Kathleen D. (Kepple) Aber, 75, of Hyde Park, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at the Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. She was born Jan. 15, 1939, in Pittsburgh, to the late Glenn O. and M. Isabelle (Brewer) Kepple. She was employed as a shipper at Hyde Park Foundry and Machine Company, Hyde Park, for eight years. She was also a secretary at Allegheny Hyde Park Junior High School and a secretary for First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leechburg, retiring in 1992. She was a 1956 graduate of Leechburg Area High School, member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leechburg, assisted the minister, sang in all the choirs, member of the altar guild, church council and various committees. She loved all types of music, traveling, spending time with her family and really enjoyed her pet, Leisel. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Donald E. Aber, of Hyde Park; daughters, Barbara Mulholland (Milton), of Brentwood, and Jennifer Daugherty, of Vandergrift; six grandchildren, Jonathan, Ryan, Brendan, Katelyn, Logan and Nathan; and sister, Marjorie Laine (Edward), in Illinois. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Aber, in infancy. Friends will be welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051, and from 10:30 a.m. until her funeral ceremonies at 11 a.m. Thursday with her pastor, the Rev. James V. Arter III, officiating, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 358 Main St., Leechburg, PA 15656. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Her family encourages contributions to the Abiding Gifts and Memorial Fund at her church. To send an online condolence to the Aber family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Anderson, Kenneth E. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-03-08
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Kenneth E. Anderson, 84, of Greensburg, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. He was born March 8, 1930, in Greensburg, a son of the late Raymond and Margaret Sager Anderson. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Army. Mr. Anderson was a retired truck driver for Helms. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Vicki L. Anderson; a brother, Arthur Anderson; and a sister, Shirley Neiderhiser. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Compton Anderson; two sons, Dan E. (Carol) Anderson, of McMurray, and Terry D. (Paula) Anderson, of Arona; four grandchildren, Craig Anderson, Christine (Jeff) Mal, Randy Rothwell and Kenny Anderson; and a sister, Elinor Book, of Greensburg. Honoring Mr. Anderson's wishes, there will be no public visitation. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, with the Rev. Martin Koss officiating. Interment with full military honors accorded by the Armbrust Veterans will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. For online condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Aubrey, Alfred 85

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1929-02-21
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Alfred Aubrey, 85, of Elizabethton, Tenn., formerly of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at his home. He was born Feb. 21, 1929, in Cecil Township, a son of the late Henry and Madeline Bransberg Aubrey. Mr. Aubrey served as the minister at Waterford Church of Christ until his retirement and was a member of Crossroads Christian Church in Gray, Tenn. Throughout his life, he served 40 years in the ministry, working both full- and part-time. He was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy. He is survived by his beloved wife of more than 65 years, Sarah Diecks Aubrey; three sons, Allan, Rob and Rich Aubrey; four daughters, Jan Westfall, Nancy Miller, Laurie Steiner and Christy King; a sister, Marcella Butter; 22 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends and relatives from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. The family will receive friends and relatives at 9 a.m. Saturday at Hempfield Church of Christ, where a celebration service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be private in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Christian, 472 Killarney Road, Mill Run, PA 15464.
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Bogonovich, Sylvia A. 85

  • Westmoreland City
  • Born: 1929-07-08
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Sylvia A. Bogonovich, 85, of Westmoreland City, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at home. She was born July 8, 1929, a daughter of the late Sylveno and Olinda Costanza Felucca. She was a member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville, the Serb National Federation Napredak Lodge No. 64, Biddle, enjoyed country and gospel music and taught line dancing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Felucca; and three sisters, Anita Kifer, Lillian Vesco and Arina Lander. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Eli; son, David and his wife, Judy; two daughters, Renee Jovanovic and her husband, Rodoljub, of North Wales, Pa., and Rebecca Fiorini and her husband, Caesar, of Maywood, N.J.; and five grandchildren, Brittany, Luke, Daniel, Mila and Emma. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A Pomen service will take place at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in memory of Sylvia. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Boratko, Kathryn M. 67

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1946-10-19
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Kathryn M. Boratko, 67, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Oct. 19, 1946, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Agnes (Graff) Williams. Prior to retirement, she had been a nurse at Jeannette District Memorial Hospital, Westmoreland Hospital and Buffalo General Hospital. She was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, and a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School and Westmoreland School of Nursing. She is survived by her husband, John A. Boratko; a brother, Harry "Dutch" Williams Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Swan Point, Md.; an uncle, John Henry Williams, of Greensburg; and several cousins. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Hempfield Township. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Cernuto, Doris D. 91

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1923-05-29
  • Died: 2014-09-23
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Doris D. Smith Cernuto, 91, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the Amber House in Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Cernuto was born May 29, 1923, in Bridgeport, a daughter of the late George and Mable Wagner Smith. She attended St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church. Doris was a graduate of the former Hurst High School. She worked for many years for the family business, C and C Lumber Co., as the bookkeeper. Doris loved caring for her family. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by her loving family: her children, Terence F. Cernuto and his wife, Beverly, and Frank J. "Skip" Cernuto Jr. and his wife, Louise, all of Mt. Pleasant; and her beloved grandchildren, Terence F. Cernuto Jr. and his wife, Davida, Kerry A. Cernuto, Michael A. Cernuto, Emily A. Shuster and her husband, A.J., and Jillian M. Corcoran and her husband, Joshua. In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Cernuto, in 2005; her brothers, William, George and Murl Smith; and by her sister, Ruth Smith Farrell. Family and friends will be received from 3 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Pius X Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of the Amber House and the nurses of Grane Hospice for their care and compassion. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Chapman Jr., James H. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-10-25
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James H. "Jim" Chapman Jr., 82, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1931, in Claremont, N.H., a son of the late James H. and Marion Taylor Chapman Sr. After graduating from Stevens High School in Claremont, he attended the University of New Hampshire. In Korea, Jim served as a corporal with the Army Signal Corps. At one time, he was the owner and operator of the Mobil Service Station in Claremont, N.H. Prior to retirement, he was a mechanical designer for 32 years with Sullivan Machinery Company, later known as Joy Manufacturing in Claremont, N.H., and Franklin, Pa. Jim was a member of the Aerobic Center of Greensburg, where he enjoyed participating in the Silver Sneakers program. Also, he took great pleasure in attending Art on Tap 5.2.7. at the Westmoreland Museum of Art. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, June Rose George, in 2008. Jim is survived by two daughters, Cathy Stewart, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Laura (William) Schweiger, of Baden; three sons, Jason (Marty) Chapman, of Montrose, Colo., Peter Chapman, of Greensburg, and James Chapman, of Australia; and eight grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL, where a memorial service will take place at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tri City Meals on Wheels, Box 975, Greensburg; or Westmoreland Museum of Art, 4764 State Route 30, Greensburg, PA 15601. For more information and online condolences, please go to http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Cunningham, Grace E. 74

  • Derry
  • Born: 1939-10-21
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Grace E. (Jadot) Cunningham, 74, of Derry, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Oct. 21, 1939, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Charles L. Jadot and Rose (Wertz) Jadot. Grace had been employed at Westinghouse, Blairsville. She loved camping, being outdoors and spending time with her family. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Louise Curran. Grace is survived by her loving husband, Arthur W. Cunningham Sr., of Derry; two sons, William B. Cunningham and his wife, Yvonne, of Jeannette, and Arthur W. Cunningham Jr. and his wife, Dana, of Greensburg; four daughters, Deborah A. Gross and her husband, Dean, of Lancaster, Mary J. Ruggiero and her husband, Robert, of Greensburg, Sherry L. Plummer and her husband, Paul, of Latrobe, and Joyce A. Murray and her husband, Stephen, of New Derry; two brothers, Charles Jadot and his wife, Gloria, of Lower Burrell, and William Jadot and his wife, Susan, of Green Tree; two sisters, Marie Havash and her husband, Stephen, of Pleasant Unity, and Marcella Cavanaugh and her husband, James, of Vandergrift; 16 grandchildren, Barbara, Robert, Jenny, Michelle, Daniel, Melissa, Bryan, Johnna, Joelle, David, Stephen, Kayla, Kyle, Karly, Abigail and Molly; four great-grandchildren, Xander, Braiden, Brylee and John Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitations. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital ICU for their excellent care. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Diffenderfer, Ruth G. 65

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1949-02-08
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ruth Grace (Loughner) Diffenderfer, 65, of Irwin, passed from this life peacefully Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, after her 26-year battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 8, 1949, in Greensburg, a daughter of Ruth (Kunkle) Loughner, of Irwin, and the late Wayne Loughner. She grew up in Irwin, where she was a girl scout and graduated from Norwin High School, Class of 1967. She then went to Grove City College, where she met her husband, Dennis, earned a degree in elementary education, and was president of the sorority, Theta Alpha Pi. She taught kindergarten and first grade for 25 years at Norwin School District. She also served as President of the Norwin PTA. During her tenure at Norwin, "Mrs. D" formed many lasting relationships with the children she taught, parents and colleagues. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Irwin her whole life, where she served as a deacon and elder. We thank Ruthie for all the joy she gave us. She was an extraordinary daughter, wife, mother, sister, friend, aunt, teacher, neighbor, cousin, colleague and volunteer, and most importantly, an incredible person who believed in the resurrected Jesus Christ. Farewell to the lady with a smile! In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dennis R. Diffenderfer; her children, David Diffenderfer, of Irwin, Julie Armel and her husband, Adam, of Dormont; her brother, Joe Loughner, of Tulsa, Okla.; and beloved cousins, Paul and Chelsea Bair, of Tucson, Ariz., Skip and Mary-Ann Leon, of Concord, N.H., John and Alex Kunkle, of Monroeville, Bill and Jan Kunkle, of Camillus, N.Y., and Rick and Denise Kunkle, of Brighton, Mich. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Ken and Carolyn Diffenderfer, formerly of Hagerstown, Md. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 617 Main St., Irwin, with her pastor, Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman, officiating. Those attending, please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund of Greensburg, by contacting Lisa Dormire at 724-832-8400 or Westmoreland County Community College Educational Foundation of Youngwood, by contacting Debra Woods at 724-925-4083. The family wishes to thank the staff of Redstone Highlands for their professional, conscientious and caring support during a difficult and trying time in the passing of their beloved Ruthie. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Figiel, Florian 93

  • Collinsburg
  • Born: 1920-11-15
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Florian "Yunch" Figiel, 93, of Collinsburg, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was born Nov. 15, 1920, in Wyano, a son of the late Michael and Mary (Skiba) Figiel. Florian was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, West Newton, Elks, AARP and the Slovenian Club. Prior to retirement, he was employed by U.S. Steel Irvin Works. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy, and enjoyed wine making and gardening. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Lillian (Pevc) Figiel; a son, Kerry Figiel and wife, Jamie; a daughter, Kathy Basista; six grandchildren, Koren Childress and husband, Nathan, Kerry Figiel Jr., Krystal Dietrich and husband, Robert, Kolleen Figiel, Jonathan Basista and Kristin Basista; four great-grandchildren, Gavin, Avery and Ella Childress and Cecilia Dietrich; and a brother, Walter Figiel and wife, Darlene. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Michael and Bernard Figiel; sisters, Caroline Boord, Waja Boltich, Emily Peternal and Josephine Urinsco; and a son-in-law, John Basista. 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 J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Gyurke, John V. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-05-21
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • John V. Gyurke, 88, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. Born May 21, 1926, in Nettleton, he was a son of the late Michael and Julia (Kozar) Gyurke, of Nanty Glo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Virginia A. (Garber) Gyurke, on Sept. 22, 2010; brothers, Joseph, William, Stephen and Michael; and sisters, Mary, Elizabeth, Anna and Margaret. He was a member of the former Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, Trauger. Prior to retirement in 1990, John had been employed as a painter by Westmoreland Hospital. John was the loving father to Darlene Rhoades and husband, Alvin, of Norvelt, and David Gyurke and wife, Francine, of Ruffsdale; and loving grandfather to Jennifer Rhoades, of Jeannette, and Jason Rhoades and wife, Krystal, of Irwin, and great-grandchildren, Shane and Tori. Also surviving are brothers, Jim Gyurke and wife, Rita, of Mt. Pleasant, and Wilhelm Gyurke and wife, Marcella, of Nanty Glo; and several nieces and nephews. He was a wonderful father and grandfather. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674, where his funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday with Father Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, officiating. Interment will follow in Forty Martyrs Cemetery, Trauger. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John's memory to Greensburg Care Center, c/o Activity Department, 119 Industrial Park Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, where he loved playing bingo, or to Feeding the Spirit, 611 Southwest Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Iacoboni, Romilda J. 89

  • North Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1925-04-17
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Romilda J. Nesti Iacoboni, 89, of North Belle Vernon, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at 2:21 a.m. at Monongahela Valley Hospital, Monongahela. Born April 17, 1925, in North Belle Vernon, she was the daughter of the late Ugo and Julia Dolfi Nesti. A lifelong resident of North Belle Vernon, Mrs. Iacoboni was a member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church and was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Ralph V. "Val" Iacoboni to whom she was married 67 years; son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Rosemary Tenuta Iacoboni of North Belle Vernon; daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Tom Mavrikas of North Belle Vernon; eight grandchildren, Angela Julie Iacoboni, Gina Lucia Iacoboni, Maria Rose Iacoboni, Ryan Mavrikas, Anthony Mavrikas, Dominic Mavrikas, Tessa Kennedy, and Cara Iacoboni; six great-grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Orland Giorgi of Charleroi. She was preceded in death by her son, Ralph Iacoboni; granddaughter, Julia Iacoboni; two sisters, Angeline Ferrari and Olga Vernaccini; and two brothers, Elmo Nesti and Emil Nesti. Private family visitation and funeral services were held Tuesday at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS , Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183, with the Rev. Msgr. Roger A. Statnick, pastor, of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church officiating. Interment took place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Romilda J. Iacoboni to St. Sebastian School. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Kandcer, Frank R. 63

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1950-10-27
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frank R. Kandcer, 63, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1950, in McKeesport, a son of the late Frank and Mildred Stokes. He was also predeceased by a sister, Carol Stokes; and a stepbrother, Russell Cibak. He is survived by his son, Frank E. (Christie Santa) Kandcer; a daughter, Patricia McNelis; two brothers, Robert and William Stokes; and step-siblings, Rebecca, Randy and Richard. Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service at noon Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the Homestead Park United Methodist Church, 4231 Shady Ave., Munhall, PA 15120. Cremation service provided by BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg.
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Kerston, Helen 95

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1919-06-04
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Helen (Wargo) Kerston, 95, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in her home, surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born June 4, 1919, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Peter and Pauline Wargo. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt and operated a dog grooming business for 20 years. During retirement, she enjoyed bowling in the Seniors' Bowling League at Great Valley Lanes and was a frequent volunteer for church events. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Kerston; son, Robert Conley; a brother, Peter Wargo; and three sisters, Mary Pazur, Margaret Andress and Anne O'Brien. She is survived by her son, William Kerston and wife, Traci, of Rillton; and daughters, Helen Jane DeFelice, of Charlotte, N.C., and Patricia Micklo and husband, Daniel, of Belle Vernon. She is also survived by two brothers, Robert Wargo and Charles Wargo; four sisters, Elizabeth Krumenaker, Norma Jean Dunlay, Paula Gardner and Irene Hernishin; and daughter-in-law, Linda Conley. Helen is also survived by five grandchildren, Debra DeFelice, Lisa Grimm, Robert Conley, Janet Conley Barnhart and Traci Eicher; and 10 great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Kayleigh, Emily, Shawn, Jessica, Nate, Robert, Ethan, Heath and Billy; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive relatives and friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Helen's blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Monsignor V. Paul Fitzmaurice officiating. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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LeGros, Christopher M. 41

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1973-01-25
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Christopher M. "Uncle Fish" LeGros, 41, of Irwin, died at home Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 25, 1973, in Alexandria, Va., a son of Linda M. (Bell) (husband Ray) Poorbaugh, of Irwin, with whom he resided, and Terry (the late Judy) LeGros, of Virginia. He was a graduate of Yough High School, a self-employed carpenter, loved to fish and participated in many fishing tournaments and loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition to his parents, he is survived by siblings, Eddie (Jodi) Poorbaugh, of Herminie, Justin (Christy) Poorbaugh, of Berlin, and Shannon (Brian) Leigh, Stephanie (Tommy) Settle and Sarah LeGros, all of Virginia; grandparents, Betty "Nanny" (the late Richard) Bell and Virginia "Gigi" (the late Johnny) LeGros; nieces and nephews, Caleb, Evan, Cayley, Gage, Gavin, Noelle and Colbie; aunts and uncles; many cousins with whom he grew up with and had a lifetime of memories; and his pet cat, Shimano, aka "Bubs". Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. Those wishing, please wear your favorite Steelers outfit. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714 or Hillman Cancer Center, 5150 Center Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15132.
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Matty, John E. 76

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1938-06-04
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • John E. Matty, 76, of Belle Vernon, Rostraver Township, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at his home. Born June 4, 1938, in Belle Vernon, he was the son of the late John Matty and Anna Pasterick Matty of Belle Vernon. Mr. Matty was a member of St. Basil the Great Russian Orthodox Church, Rostraver Township, sang with the Cathedral Choir of Pittsburgh and was a graduate of late vocations program on Orthodox Theology. He owned and operated MR machine which specialized in machine shop equipment and was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served in the U.S. Army. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Helen Revak Matty; a son, Dean Matty; daughter and son-in-law, Marie and John Slagus of Belle Vernon; four very special granddaughters, Jessica Slagus, Kaitlyn Slagus, Lauren Slagus and Malory Matty; a brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Louise Matty of Belle Vernon; brother-in-law, Mac McCutchen and wife, Sue, of California; sister-in-law, Jean Matty of Irwin; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Matty; and sister, Sandi Matty McCutchen. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Prayer will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. at St. Basil the Great Russian Orthodox Church, Rostraver Township, with the Father Dionysi Vitali officiating. Interment will take place in West Newton Cemetery. Parastas services will be held Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of John E. Matty to St. Basil the Great Russian Orthodox Church, 144 Ridge Road, Belle Vernon PA 15012. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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McGee, Peggy A. 49

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Peggy Ann McGee, 49, of Murrysville, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late John and Roberta Fisher. She is survived by her fiance, Michael Matzko; her children, Brandon Gaffey (Sarah), Corey Gaffey (Tiffany) and Lisa Defloria (Brian); granddaughter, Sophia Gaffey; and brothers, John Fisher Jr. (the late Doll) and Robert Fisher. She is also survived by her loving nephew, Ryan Fisher, and cousin, Karen O'Connor, and will be missed by her extended family. Peggy enjoyed crafts, crocheting and doll making and was well known for her knitting. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, for a memorial visitation at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, (412-372-2100), with a service following. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Heart Association greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Miller, Anna M. 84

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1930-07-09
  • Died: 2014-09-23
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Anna M. (Holewa) Miller, 84, of Scottdale, died Tuesday morning, Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014, in Mt. Pleasant. She was born July 9, 1930, in Everson, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Ann Hjorchowski Holewa and was Catholic by Faith. She attended Scottdale High School and was a former employee of Anchor Hocking Glass and Cap Co., Connellsville, with 44 years of service. Anna enjoyed maintaining her property, planting flowers and working alongside her late husband, Eugene, on the family farm for 55 years. Anna is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her, including her loving and devoted daughter, Tanya Miller, of Scottdale, with whom she resided. In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by, her husband, Eugene R. Miller, May 9, 2001; and her brothers, Marion, in 2010, Adolph in 2002, Edward in 1970, Michael, in 1988, and John Holewa, 1950. Anna's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where a funeral liturgy will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. John A. Sedlak officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Scottdale Cemetery. To view online obituary, order flowers, send condolences or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Pavetto, Anita J. 57

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1957-05-14
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Anita J. Pavetto, 57, of Jeannette, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at her residence. She was born May 14, 1957, in Jeannette, a daughter of Geraldine Salvatore Pavetto and the Late Joseph J. Pavetto. Anita was a member of the Ascension Church Jeannette. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Rudy Bohince, and an infant niece, Angel Bohince. In addition to her mother, Anita is survived by her siblings, Carl Pavetto and wife, Shirley, of Rockville, Md., Rita Pavetto, of Greensburg, Gerald Pavetto, of Decatur Ill., Joanne Bohince, of Greensburg, and Lisa Unger and husband, Michael, of Bethel Park; a special cousin, Barbara Agresti, of Jeannette, who was one of her caregivers along with Anita's sisters, Rita and Joanne; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Ascension Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Arc of Westmoreland, 316 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Podkul, Henry E. 71

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1943-03-26
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Henry E. "Hank" Podkul, 71, of Trafford, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Hank was born March 26, 1943, in Braddock, the son of the late Jesse and Helen (Whitco) Podkul. Hank was retired from WABCO in Wilmerding and was currently employed by the Monroeville Convention Center. Hank loved spending time with his grandkids and attending their sporting events. He was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed playing golf with his son, his brother and his friends in their league at Irwin Country Club. Hank spent many years coaching his kids' baseball, softball and football teams in Trafford and Pitcairn. He was a member of the St. Regis Church in Trafford. Hank is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sandra "Sandy" (Zigarovich) Podkul; his children, Mark Podkul (Kelly), of Greensburg, and Dawn Blank (Jeff), of Jeannette; his grandchildren, Allison, Morgan and Sarah Podkul and Cody and Jack Blank; and his brother, Stanley Podkul (Barbara), of Allen Park, Mich. 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 in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Porterfield, Bruce R. 66

  • Rector
  • Born: 1948-07-23
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Bruce R. Porterfield, 66, of Rector, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 23, 1948, in Rector, a son of Viola Ankney Porterfield, of Rector, and the late Delmar J. Porterfield. Bruce was a honest, hard working man of "True Grit" and even to his death he put his loved ones before himself. Bruce was a veteran of the Navy, having served in the Vietnam War. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his wife, Sherry Barron Porterfield; and a brother, Richard Porterfield. He is survived by his three children, two daughters, Rebecca Porterfield and Joseph Keslar, of Mt. Pleasant, and Julie Porterfield and Bill Clipper, of Champion; a son, Matthew Miller and Sonia, of Acme; five grandchildren, Riley, Barren, Natalie, Michaela and Carmondy; brothers and sisters, Delmer Porterfield and Rosie, of Stahlstown, Donna Fetter and Gary, of Latrobe, Martin Porterfield and Rita, of Stahlstown, Bob Porterfield and Candy, of Mansville, Randy Porterfield and Marsha, of Maryland, Melissa Monticue and Bob, of Mansville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services for Bruce will be private and are under the direction of SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier.
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Quinlan, Mary M. 80

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Mary Margaret Quinlan, 80, of Murrysville, formerly of Carnegie, died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the beloved aunt (second mother) to Linda Wagner (Tom), Donna Fontana (Rick), Patty Recklitis (Mike) and Janet Romagna (Al); four great-nieces and nephews; and nine great-great-nieces and nephews; along with many very special friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at North American Martyrs Church with Father Joseph Luisi as celebrant. Interment following at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, 204 Cemetery Lane, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Heart Association greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Roddy, Ronald L. 81

  • New Florence
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ronald L. Roddy, 81, of New Florence, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Fairfield Township, a son of the late Clifford E. and Lois (Penrod) Roddy. He was a member of the First Church of the Brethren, Waterford and an Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion and was the owner of the former Chicken of Tomorrow Restaurant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Caitlin Roddy; and a brother, John Roddy. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn J. Roddy; four loving children, Barry (Tracy) Roddy, of Greensburg, Rhonda (Earl) Barkley, of New Florence, Becky (John) Roddy, of Harrisburg, and Donald W. Roddy, of New Florence; six loving grandchildren, J.C., Jake, Rachel, Taylor Ashley and Emily; one great-grandchild, Jaylen; a brother, Kenneth (Barb) Roddy, of Ligonier. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Church of the Brethren, Waterford, with the Rev. Eric J. Fether officiating. Interment will follow in the Menoher Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ronald's name to the Ligonier Valley Honor Guard, 418 Matson Road, Ligonier, PA 15658.
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Scherer, Melissa 42

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1972-03-06
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Peterson, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Melissa (Nodd) Scherer, 42, of Hempfield Township, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at her home. Melissa was born March 6, 1972, a daughter of Marie Sissy Bungard Marisette, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late William Nodd Sr. She was a former student of the Mt. Pleasant area schools and a member of the Hecla Community Church. Surviving, in addition to her mother, is her husband of 24 years, David Scherer Sr.; daughter, Alissa Scherer; and son, David Scherer Jr., all of Greensburg; a stepson, Cody Scherer, of Youngwood; her niece, Anna Marie Fee, of Latrobe; a brother, William Nodd Jr.; a sister, Rebecca Marisette, of Latrobe; and two uncles, Ronald E. and Donald E. Bungard, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a brother, Nathan John Marisette. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SALOOM-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, 408 Depot St., Youngwood. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hecla Community Church with the Rev. Dr. Dale Porterfield officiating. Interment will follow in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Saloom-Peterson Funeral Home to help the family defray cost. Arrangements by Eugene G. Saloom, funeral director of the Saloom-Peterson Funeral Home of Youngwood, 724-925-7216.
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Showers, Marion F. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-07-11
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Marion F. Showers, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born July 11, 1920, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Raymond C. McClintock and Dorothy E. (Wilson) McClintock. She was a member of St. Vincent Basilica and its Rosary Altar Society. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 515. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Showers; a daughter, Phyllis D. Bucci; her son-in-law, Donald Bucci; a step-granddaughter, Sherry Bucci-Lehman; two brothers, Raymond and Donald McClintock; one sister, Dorothy Brinckle; her grandmother, Ella Wilson; and two great-aunts, Florence and Alice Frambes. Marion is survived by a son, Robert A. Showers and his wife, Winifred "Fred", of Ontario, Canada; seven grandchildren, Kellie, John, Leslie, Amy, Wendy, Wesley and Alana; three step-grandchildren, Tina, David and Vickie; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Gregory Chapel at St. Vincent Archabbey. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Siegel, Antoinette 89

  • Yukon
  • Born: 1925-03-03
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Antoinette Siegel 89, of Yukon, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the Weatherwood Personal Care Home in Greensburg. She was born March 3, 1925, in Scottdale, daughter of the late Metro and Christina Rotko Fesh. She was a member of St. John's Byzantine Catholic Church in Scottdale. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Siegel; and several brothers and sisters. Surviving are three sons, Stanley M. Siegel and his wife, Pam, of West Newton, Stephen J. Siegel and his wife, Debbie, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Donald Siegel and his wife, Jackie, of Rillton; three daughters, Carol Painter and her husband, David, of Hahntown, Diane Gagliardi and her husband, Michael, of Austin, Texas, and Sandra Manns and her husband, Tim, of Creedmoor, N.C.; and also surviving are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was a private family viewing and service at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison, followed by interment in the Westmoreland Memorial Park Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Stewart, Hazel M. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1928-03-01
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Hazel M. Stewart, 86, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born March 1, 1928, in Luxor, a daughter of the late William and Alice (Ruffner) Leonard. She was a member of Middletown United Methodist Church, Harrold's Garden Club, Senior Citizens Club of Madison and Harrold's Fair. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens and baking sugar cookies for her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norvell R. Stewart, in 2007; two sisters, Lowella Trout and Alberta Dell; a brother, Clark Leonard; and great-grandson, Logan Vesely. She is survived by three sons, Wayne R. Stewart and his wife, Patricia, and Jack A. Stewart and his wife, Olive Ann, all of Greensburg, and Robert E. Stewart and his wife, Cindy, of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Candice Raymond (Mike), Amy Jo Stewart, Amanda Vesely (Ryan), Jessica Bush (Daniel), Jerah Stewart, Eric Stewart and Dace Stewart; seven great-grandchildren, Becky, Caylin, Hadley, Braden, Emmett, Lyla and Landon; six brothers, Alfred Leonard, of Greensburg, and his companion, Gladys Gower, Edward Leonard and his wife, Dorothy, Robert Leonard and his wife, Margaret, Dale Leonard and his wife, Judy, George Leonard, and Gary Leonard and his wife, Jeannie, all of Latrobe; five sisters, Sally Ruoff, of New Alexandria, Freda Kunkle and her husband, Richard, of Greensburg, Judy Watt and her husband, James, of New Alexandria, Gail Frye and her husband, William, of Pleasant Unity, and Barbara Scifo, of Latrobe, and her companion, Skip Harr; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the Middletown United Methodist Church, where a funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart officiating. Interment will follow in the Middletown Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Westmoreland Manor and Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Troup, Blanche G. 92

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1922-03-01
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Blanche Gertrude (Rodgers) Troup, 92, of Vandergrift, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in the West Haven Nursing Home, Apollo. Born March 1, 1922, in Vandergrift, she is the daughter of the late Francis and Blanche Christina Weimer Rodgers. Blanche was a graduate of the Vandergrift High School. She loved to read and work crossword puzzles. Blanche "Tootie" married Raymond W. Troup July 7, 1954, and was a full time homemaker. Survivors include her children, Karen C. Troup, of Vandergrift, Kenneth J. (Cathy) Troup, of Hyde Park, and Kevin L. Troup, of New Alexandria; a brother, Robert (Eilene) Rodgers, of North Apollo; three grandsons, Loren P. (Natalie) Lowers, of Tallahassee, Fla., Ryan L. Troup, of Butler, and AIC Jason A. Troup, of Baltimore, Md.; a granddaughter, Malynne R. Lowers, of Lansing, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Bailey and Zoe Marken, of Piitsburgh, and Jayme and Anthony Lowers, of Lansing, Mich., along with numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Raymond W. Troup, in 1993; an infant great-granddaughter, Penelope Reese Lowers, in 2004; four sisters, Katherine Nardulli, Marie Claypoole, Sarah Murray and Alice Crofutt; and two brothers, Francis and Donald Rodgers. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday with Father Meinrad Lawson, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit us at http://www.dunmirekerr.com.
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Watt, Robert E. 64

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1950-04-08
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Watt, 64, of New Alexandria, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Loyalhanna Care Center, Latrobe. He was born April 8, 1950, in Latrobe, son of the late Jim Watt and Ruth Kelly Watt, of Latrobe. He retired from Hertz Rent-A-Car in Greensburg, where he worked in counter sales. Bob was a member of the New Alexandria United Methodist Church. Along with his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, John. He is survived by his wife, Debbie A. Watt, of New Alexandria; a son, Robert J. Watt and wife, Joelyn, of New Alexandria; a granddaughter, Sophia; brother, Jim Watt and wife, Judy, of New Alexandria; a sister, Pat Stewart and husband, Wayne, of Greensburg; and his aunt, Betty Kelly, of Greensburg. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington Sts., New Alexandria, in charge of arrangements. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in the P. David Newhouse Funeral Home with the Rev. Rhea Summit, pastor of the United Methodist Church of New Alexandria. Burial will be in Congruity Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Salem Township.
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Yost, Francis L. 83

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1931-09-09
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Francis L. Yost, 83, of Arnold, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at West Haven Nursing Home, Apollo. He was born Sept. 9, 1931, in New Kensington, son of the late Sidney C. and Wavie (Smith) Yost, and is also preceded by an infant son and a brother. He was an auto mechanic all his life. He opened his first shop at the top of 7th St., where he sold gas and had a towing service and later opened his second shop, Yost's Service on Stevenson Blvd. in the mid 1970's to the mid 1980's. He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey S. Yost, of Plum, and James W. Yost, of Leechburg; three grandchildren; a brother, Russell Yost, of Colorado; and a sister, Patricia Machen, of California. Friends will be received from 6:30 until time of funeral service at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor, with the Pastor Carmen Butler presiding. Burial will be private. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Armstrong County

Crissman, Janet K. 66

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1948-06-23
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Janet K. (Gillespie) Crissman, 66, Kittanning, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Armstrong County Health Center, after her two-and-a-half year battle with cancer. Born June 23, 1948, in Kittanning, she was a daughter of Mervin C. Gillespie and Alma E. (Boyer) Gillespie. She retired in July 2014 from Armstrong County Family Counseling where she was an insurance intake coordinator and fiscal assistant. She attended Free Methodist Church and First Church of the Nazarene. She earned an associate business degree from the Newport Business Institute. She loved to crochet afghans as gifts to friends and family, enjoyed fishing, line dancing, shopping with friends, traveling to the Virginia beaches and loved her companion, shih tzu dog, Katrina. Survivors include her son, Shaun (Barb) Crissman, of Kittanning; step-grandchildren, Brady, Carson, Ian and Abigail, of Kittaning; and sister, Alberta "Bertie" (Walt) Frint, of Parker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Timothy "Tiny" Crissman in 1999; her father, Mervin Gillespie, in 1998; and her mother, in 2006. There will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Free Methodist Church, 2339 Freeport Road, Kittanning, PA 16201, with Pastor Wayne Sawyer. Inurnment will be held at Lawn Haven Burial Estates. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made to Make-A-Wish of Greater Pittsburgh, The Gulf Tower, 707 Grant St., 37th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938. For more information or to send condolences, please visit: http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Miller, William T. 87

  • North Apollo
  • Born: 1927-02-24
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • William T. Miller, 87, of North Apollo, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in West Haven Nursing Home, Apollo. He was born Feb. 24, 1927, to the late Joseph and Mary S. Stephens Miller and lived most of his life in Apollo. He retired from Apollo Ridge School District as a janitor with 22 years of service. Bill enjoyed watching TV. He is survived by his brother, John Miller, of Colorado. There will be no public visitations. Private services and burial next to his parents will take place Thursday in Riverview Cemetery, North Apollo. Arrangements are under the care of the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., Springdale/Cheswick.
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Woodside, Brian D. 42

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2014-09-23
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Brian David Woodside, 42, of Kittanning, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice of Butler. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning, PA 16201, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. A full obituary will run in Thursday's paper. For more information, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Wright, Ronald D. 80

  • Dayton
  • Born: 1933-12-22
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Ronald Delano Wright, 80, of Dayton, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 22, 1933, to Jesse James Sr. and Edna Blanch (Cooke) Wright, in Coolspring, Pa. Ronald served in the Army during 1955 to 1958. Ronald was employed by the R and P Coal Company as an assistant mine foreman at the Jane mine in Armstrong County, retiring in 1987. He was also a member of the Dayton First Church of God. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time with his wife and family. Ronald is survived by his wife, Lois I. (McNutt) Wright, whom he married April 4, 1959; two sons, Jamie Lynn (Janie) Wright, of Rural Valley, and Ricky Dean (Debra) Wright, of NuMine; one daughter, Lorrie Sue (John Sr.) Milliron, of Rimersburg; eight grandchildren, Jesse James (Bridget), Jared Jacob (Melinda), John Albert Jr., Autumn Gail, Scott Alan, Alyssa Nicole, Curtis Rodney Paul and Leah Joelle; one great-grandson, Oliver Delano; two sisters, Jean McHenry and Dorothy (Richard) Brewer, both of Brookville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gerald Paul Wright and Jesse James Jr. Wright; two sons, Phillip Scott and Petty Officer 2nd Class Rodney Dale; and five sisters, Alice McInstry, Dollie Taylor, Betty Greeley, Lois Shaffer and Ruth Forsythe. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME, 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley, with funeral service immediately following. The Rev. John Milliron will be officiating. Burial will take place in Harkleroad Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Carson/Boyer Funeral Home. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Beaver County

Biega, Lena 92

  • Formerly of Ellwood City
  • Born: 1922-06-04
  • Died: 2014-09-16
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  • Lena Nardone Biega, 92, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in the Villa St. Joseph in Baden. Mrs. Biega was born June 4, 1922, in Bellaire, Ohio, to the late Samuel (Saverio) and Theresa DiPalma Nardone-Esoldo. She is a former member of the St. Agatha Catholic Church, where she was the originator for the church rummage sale in the 1950s and a past member of the Queen of Heaven Parish in Koppel. Presently, she is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. Mrs. Biega is survived by her two daughters, Sheila Mardahl and Kathleen Poncer, both of Reading; her two sons, Dennis (Angie) Biega, of Economy Borough, and Robert (Barbara) Biega, of Lexington, Ky.; her seven grandchildren; and her five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters, Rose Sheeler, of Koppel, and Alvida Guandolo, of Chippewa Township; her three brothers, Evan (Judy) Nardone, of Connellsville, Nick (Shirley) Nardone, of Darlington, and Tony (Darlene) Esoldo, of Koppel; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert M. Biega, whom she married Oct. 9, 1939, and passed away Jan. 4, 2011; and her two sisters, Malina Nardone and Connie Priestas. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Entombment followed at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, St. Peter's Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to the Villa St. Joseph, 1030 State St., Baden, PA 15005.
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Butler County

Kutsch, Bernice M. 90

  • Clinton Township
  • Born: 1924-02-12
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Bernice M. (McConnell) Kutsch, 90, of Clinton Township, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Jefferson Township. She was born Feb. 12, 1924, in Tarentum, daughter of the late Renwick and Rose M. (Hileman) McConnell. She has lived in Clinton and Buffalo Township most of her life. Bernice was a homemaker and also owned and operated Route 356 Tavern for 25 years. A member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights, and a 1942 graduate of Tarentum High School. Bernice enjoyed crocheting, puzzles, playing cards, euchre and bingo but she especially enjoyed her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Linda A. (John) Gizienski, of Clinton Township, Carol K. (Troy A.) Durand, of Clinton Township, Ronald G. (Judith) Kutsch, of Washington Township, Thomas L. Kutsch, of Buffalo Township, and Gail M. (George E.) Mrozinski, of Buffalo Township; also surviving are her 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and her dog, Benji. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, George J. Kutsch; infant son, George Jr.; and her sisters, Audrey Jones, Leone Schickline and Beatrice Bowser; and a brother, Lyle McConnell. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights, with the Rev. James K. Mazurek officiating. Interment in Sacred Heart - St. Peter Cemetery, Tarentum. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Weiherer, Charles R.

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Charles R. Weiherer, of Cranberry Township, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Shirley (Keffer) Weiherer; father of Bethany Sekura (Joseph) and Kristin Postler (Scott); brother of Francis Weiherer (Eileen), James Weiherer and the late Eileen Jackson; and grandfather of Tyler and Courtney Sekura and Sydney and Aubrey Postler. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Ferdinand Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Ferdinand Church Building Fund.
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Zarnick, Ronald P. 51

  • Butler
  • Born: 1963-09-12
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Thompson-Miller, Butler | Get Directions
  • Ronald P. "Ronnie" Zarnick, 51, of Butler, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the Trinity Living Center in Grove City, after his courageous battle with ALS. He was born Sept. 12, 1963, in Butler, to H. Paul Zarnick and Sandra K. (James) Allen. Ron worked at Nicholas Moving and Storage as a furniture delivery mover. He is of Catholic faith and was an altar server at St. Peters Roman Catholic Church as a young boy. Ron was an avid member of the Slovak Club and the Slovak Sokol Society of Lyndora. He was an avid fisherman, camper, Steelers fan and enjoyed playing "poker". Ron is survived by one son, Clint Harper; his father, H. Paul Zarnick; his mother, Sandra K. Allen and her husband, David, all of Butler; one brother, Scot A. Zarnick and his wife, Heather R., of Freeport; two sisters, Sherry L. Zarnick and Angie D. Zarnick, both of Butler; one niece; and two nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 124 E. North St., Butler. Funeral services will follow immediately at 8 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Matthew Perkins of New Beginnings Free Methodist Church, officiating. Online condolences can be given at http://www.thompson-miller.com.
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Fayette County

Herron, William C. 64

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1950-09-03
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William Clyde Herron, 64, of Dunbar, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Sept. 3, 1950, in Connellsville, a son of the late William H. Herron Jr. and Ellanoir (Randolph) Herron. He was a veteran of the Navy, having served during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement in 2011, he worked for many years as a postmaster with the U.S. Postal Service. He is a member of Franklin United Methodist Church, Dunbar. Bill was an avid classic and antique car enthusiast, music lover, trivia guru and a self-proclaimed "Pyrotechnic Engineer" of Dunbar Borough. He was a loving man with a healthy humor whose absence will be deeply felt by all who knew him. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Pam (Fink) Herron, of Dunbar; daughter, Alyssa; son, Patrick and wife, Jeanine; grandson, Cru; brother, Mike; mother-in-law, Marilyn (Miller) Fink; sister-in-law, Paulann (Fink) Bunting and husband, Bob, and their sons, Chris, Brandon and Aaron; special cousin, Lynn and husband, David, and her children, Jessica and Matt, and the rest of his extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a good friend and special cousin, Bill Kelly; and also many other cousins. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 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 11 a.m. Friday, with Pastor David D. Ealy officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Connellsville.
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Indiana County

Fleck, Mary 94

  • Ernest
  • Born: 1920-09-08
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Rairigh-Bence, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Mary (Hoyas) Fleck, 94, of Ernest, died peacefully, with her family at her side, on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Forbes Hospital, Monroeville. Born in Coral, Sept. 8, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Hoyas and Helen (Macey) Hoyas. She was the widow of Layard Leroy "Pouch" Fleck, who died Sept. 14, 2006. She and Pouch moved to Ernest to raise their family while he worked in the coal mines. Mary worked for Aramark at IUP for many years. She was very active in the Church of the Resurrection, Ernest. She was "Famous" in Ernest for her excellent cooking and canning skills. However, her grandchildren will tell you she made the best cookies in the world, and they will be missed. She led a long and full life. Mary is survived by her sons, Ronald Fleck and wife, Dorothy, of Murrysville, and Larry Fleck and wife, Sue, of North Carolina. Other survivors include her sister, Jane Adams, of Maryland; and the following grandchildren: Vicki McGuire and husband Andy, Ronald Fleck Jr. and wife Sandra, Lisa Ihrig, Jeff Fleck and wife Kim, Jason Fleck and wife Alexis, Shawn Fleck and wife Melissa, Elisha Fleck and Jesica Fleck. Her surviving great-grandchildren are Mackenzie McGuire, Ryan Ihrig, Alek Fleck, Joey McGuire, Luke Fleck, Colin Ihrig, Nate Fleck, Cade Fleck, Jeffrey Fleck, Ronnie Fleck, Kaiya Fleck, Gianna Fleck, Brycen Fleck and Antonio Fleck. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Steve, John and Joe Hoyas, Helen Schruba and Catherine Canton. Mary's life will be celebrated with a visitation from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 965 Philadelphia St., Indiana, Pa. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Church of the Resurrection, Ernest. The Rev. Timothy Kruthaupt will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery, Indiana. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.rbfh.net.
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Washington County

Hartman, William B. 69

  • Allenport
  • Born: 1945-02-24
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Home, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • William B. Hartman, 69, of Allenport, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. Born Feb. 24, 1945, in Allenport a son of John and Florence Watkins Hartman. Mr. Hartman was retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Allenport Plant. He was the owner of the White Barn in Dunlevy for the past 19 years. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Fleming; two sons, William Hartman Jr. of Allenport, and Andrew James Hartman of Dunlevy; three sisters and two brothers, Norma Kurek of Maxwell, John Hartman of Niagra Falls, N.Y., Virginia Moluski of Elco, Frances Chalfant of Belle Vernon, and James Hartman of Allenport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Hartman. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Howe Cemetery, Long Branch. Online condolences may be made at http://www.melenyzer.com.
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Walker, QQQRosebudQQQ Patricia 68

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1946-08-27
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • "Rosebud" Patricia (Doyle) Walker, 68, of Charleroi, died on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Born on Aug. 27, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Catherine Doyle. She was retired as the co-owner of the Emporium II, in Charleroi, and was a member of the American Motorcycle Association and ABATE. She is survived by her brother, Leonard Doyle; niece, Vonna De Armond; and nephew, Brian Doyle. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William A. Walker. Funeral services are private and under the direction of the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Somerset County

Hostetler, Alice M. 83

  • Somerset
  • Born: 1931-05-23
  • Died: 2014-09-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Alice M. Hostetler, 83, of Somerset, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, while in Siemon's Lakeview Nursing Home, Somerset. She was born May 23, 1931, in Somerset, a daughter of the late Perry H. and Evelyn Saylor Will. Alice was a graduate of Somerset High School with the class of 1950. She was a member of County Line Church of the Brethren in Champion. Alice was a loving homemaker, mother, grandmother and sister, and liked gardening, cooking and taking care of her family. She will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her loving children, Marjory Hostetler, David D. Hostetler and wife, Dorothy, Arthur J. Hostetler, Betty J. Countryman and husband, Roy L., Patricia A. Hostetler, and Denny B. Hostetler II and wife, Cindy S., all of Somerset; her grandchildren, Jeremy Hostetler, of Somerset, Luke and Jay Hostetler, both of Connellsville, Amanda J. Pollard and husband, Jason, of Davidsville, Roy A. Countryman and wife, Melissa, of Somerset, Lorie Pines, of Texas, and Stephen and Randy Firestone, both of Somerset; her great-grandchildren, Lucy, Lillie, Leeah, Brianna, Brooke and Brailynn; her sisters, Iva Jean Julia, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Janet Rae Keyser and husband, Paul, and Dorothy Jane Seybold, all of Somerset; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Alice was predeceased by her husband, Denny B. Hostetler; a grandson, Ben A. Hostetler; a brother, Perry Will; and a sister, Margie Emert. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday 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 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Barry Conn officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Champion. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to County Line Church of the Brethren, 1411 County Line Road, Champion, PA 15622, in memory of Alice M. Hostetler. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Elsewhere

Anderson, Shirley 86

  • Tampa, Fla. , Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1927-11-10
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Ackley) Anderson, 86, currently residing in Tampa, Fla., and formerly of New Kensington, where she raised her family until 1972, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was born Nov. 10, 1927, in New Kensington, to the late Joseph A. and Elda H. Smith Ackley, and was a graduate of New Kensington High School. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James A. Anderson; two sons, Donald K. Anderson and his wife, Diane, of Maryville, Tenn., and Lee A. Anderson and his wife, Lisa, of Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren, Bradley (Jennifer) Anderson and Heather (Brooks) Zweifel and Tanner Ackley Anderson and Delaney Anderson; five great-grandchildren, Faythe, Savannah and Brady Anderson and Hannah and Ayden Zweifel; and her sister, Bonnie A. Kirkbride and her husband, L. Dale. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Scott Ackley Anderson, who died Oct. 31, 1983. Visitation and services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), of New Kensington. Burial will be in Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum Borough. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Bromley, Mary Anne 70

  • Walnut Creek, Calif.
  • Born: 1944-07-25
  • Died: 2014-08-09
  • Funeral Home: Schleifer, North Braddock | Get Directions
  • Mary Anne O'Malley Bromley, 70, of Walnut Creek, Calif., passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, from complications of spinal meningitis, which she contracted after four back surgeries. She was born July 25, 1944, to the late William and Mary Wibranetz O'Malley, of Braddock. She was a 1962 graduate of St. Thomas High School and a 1965 graduate of Duquesne University, where she majored in mathematics. After graduation she joined IBM Corp., where she worked until this year. She was a specialist in large systems storage. Mary Anne enjoyed her work, family and friends, reading, cooking and especially working crossword puzzles. She was a bright, clear thinking and warm person who will be sorely missed by her family and all those friends whose lives she touched. Mary Anne is survived by her husband, William Bromley; her brothers, James, Thomas and Patrick O'Malley; and a sister, Kathleen O'Malley. She is also survived by her nephews, nieces and their families. They are Terry, Mike and Matt O'Malley, Kristen and Stephen Dafner, Kate Savile and Dani Touchstone. She is also survived by a stepson, David Ledbetter; five grandchildren; her mother-in-law, Marie Bromley; and three sisters-in-law, Josie O'Malley, Linda Dafner and Aleciah Savile. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in Good Shepherd Church, 1100 Braddock Ave., Braddock. Memorial donations may be made to the family for the ongoing care of Mary Anne's brother, Tom. They may be sent to Kathleen O'Malley, 200 White Hampton Lane, Apartment 926, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. SCHLEIFER FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., North Braddock, (412-271-1361), has been entrusted with local arrangements.
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D'Errico, Michael A. 94

  • New Castle
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Decarbo, New Castle | Get Directions
  • Michael A. D'Errico, 94, of New Castle, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home, 3000 Wilmington Road, New Castle. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Vitus Church. http://www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
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Dinga, Mary C. 81

  • Middletown, Pa.
  • Born: 1933-06-11
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Matinchek Daughter, Middletown | Get Directions
  • Mary Catherine Dinga, 81, of Middletown, Pa., passed peacefully into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Mary was born June 11, 1933, in Ford City, and was raised there by her late parents, Rudolph and Marie Petrovsky. She graduated from Ford City High School, class of 1951, where she was a cheerleader and a badminton player. She attended Mercyhurst College in Erie. She met Frank Dinga while working at the soda counter at Ford City Pharmacy. They were married in 1952, enjoyed 62 years of marriage, and were blessed with six children. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her only son, Francis J. Dinga Jr., who passed away in 1981. Mary is survived by her loving husband, Francis (Prink) Dinga, of Middletown; as well as her five daughters, Mary Albers and husband, Ken, of Middletown, Joan Lane, of Placentia, Calif., Madonna Szekeres, of Berryville, Va., Loretta Kiedrowski and husband, Jamie, of Bloomingdale, Ohio, and Yvonne Horner and husband, Russ, of Alexandria, Va. She is also survived by her brother, the Rev. Felix Petrovsky, OFM Cap., of Victoria, Kan. Mary leaves behind 18 loving grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and countless people she "adopted" into her family, who called her "Mom Dinga". She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews as well. She was devoted to our Lord and our Blessed Mother, Mary. She had a strong faith that she humbly shared with others, even in her final days. Her genuine love and caring attitude defined her, and she was always willing to give a helping hand or kind words to those in need. She was a loving wife and mother and cherished time with her family. She enjoyed many trips with her husband and family reunion vacations. Her hobbies included dancing, reading, doing puzzles, sewing and volunteering. In 1982, Mary established the funeral luncheon committee at Seven Sorrows Church, and coordinated it with her husband, Frank. She worked with her team captains and helpers, providing funeral luncheons for parish families for more than 25 years. She also assisted with many church events and activities, including being on the church cleaning crew for more than 25 years. She was a member of the Council of Catholic Women. She volunteered for Birthright (now called Morning Star) for many years, assisting women and children. She was involved with the Girl Scouts when her daughters were young and was a Brownie leader. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown. The celebrant will be the Rev. Ted Keating and concelebrating will be the Rev. James Petrovsky, cousin of Mary, and assisted by Deacon Eric Dinga, Mary's grandnephew. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the MATINCHEK AND DAUGHTER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with recitation of the rosary at 8 p.m., and from 2 p.m. Monday until the time of service in the narthex of the church. Burial will follow the mass at St. Mary's Cemetery, Middletown. Donations in Mary's honor may be sent to Seven Sorrows Church in Middletown or to Morning Star Pregnancy Services. Or you may consider sending flowers to your own mom in honor of Mom Dinga. Online condolences can be sent to http://www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.
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Dolecki, Erin 82

  • Brookville
  • Born: 1932-08-04
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Burns, Clarion | Get Directions
  • Erin Cain Dolecki, 82, of McKinley Health Center, in Brookville, formerly of Clarion, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the McKinley Health Center. Born Aug. 4, 1932, in Oakland, she was the daughter of Patrick Joseph and Mary Tolle Cain. Erin was first married to Edward M. Dolecki in August of 1957, who preceded her in death in October of 1990. She then married Matthew Dolecki in November of 1991, who also preceded her in death in March of 2011. Erin is survived by two daughters, Bridget Divins and her husband, Dennis, of Clarion, and Anne Mahoney and her husband, Daniel, of Whitehouse Station, N.J.; and one brother, James Cain, of Florida. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the ROBERT V. BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 638 Wood St., Clarion, where a Christian Wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Clarion, with the Rev. Monty Sayers, pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church, presiding. Interment will be held at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting http://www.rvburnsfuneralhome.com.
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Hiner, Betty J.

  • Waynesboro, Va.
  • Born: 1926-05-20
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Henry, Staunton, Va. | Get Directions
  • Betty Jane Smith Hiner, a resident of Waynesboro, Va., died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the UVA Medical Center. The third of five children, she was born May 20, 1926, in Greensburg, to Amanda Keenan Smith and Robert Edward Smith. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Hiner; and a sister, Esther Jean Smith. Survivors include children, Susan Rogers and husband Ted, Sallie Warren and husband, S.S. Ward, Larry Hiner and Goldie, Jane Mangione and husband Rick, and Wendy Dodge and husband Hollis. Also surviving are sisters, Alice Wurzbacher and Twyla Langenberg; a brother, Robert Smith; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the HENRY FUNERAL HOME, 1030 W. Beverley St., Staunton, Va. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in St. Michael's United Church of Christ, Bridgewater, Va., by the Rev. Hollis Dodge. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Salvation Army or St. Michael's United Church of Christ. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.henryfuneralhome.net.
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Montgomery, Elizabeth A. 77

  • Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  • Born: 1936-11-08
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Ann Yingling Montgomery, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., passed at her home Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, on Hilton Head Island. She was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Butler, to Don and Olga Delcomyn Yingling, of Saxonburg. She was a 1954 graduate of Butler High School, 1958 graduate of Grove City College, member of Theta Kappa Sorority and taught at Butler High School, also in Shaler Township and Hampton Township schools while living in Glenshaw. Surviving is her loving husband, Bob, of 55 years; her loving family which includes three sons, Robb, his wife, Ann, their two children, Robert III, Laura and John Roth, her husband, of Pittsburgh, Jeff and his wife, Christel, their three children, Sarah, Natasha and Emma, of Winchester, Va., and Don and Pam, of Centreville, Va. She was active in various organizations on Hilton Head Island including at First Presbyterian Church and the Country Club of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Plantation. While a resident of Fairfax, Va., she participated in many functions at Fairfax Virginia United Methodist Church, Franklin Farm Home Development, VA POA and on the 1984 inaugural committee for the President of the United States. While a resident of Glenshaw, she was an active member of Elfinwild United Presbyterian Church and various community organizations. Along with her husband, she was in real estate sales as a realtor in Northern Virginia with Weichert Realtors and ERA Evergreen Real Estate in South Carolina. She was a member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and a member of the Eastern Star. No matter where she lived, she made friends easily and earned mutual respect and affection from many, including her close high school friend, Carol. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and their very good friends, Ann and Jim, to many parts of the world. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Allison Park. The family will greet guests before the service at 10 a.m. A reception at the church will follow the service. Interment will be private in North Side Cemetery, Butler. In lieu of flowers, donations may be considered to Grove City College, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA 16127 for the JH Montgomery Scholarship Fund, First Presbyterian Church, (FPC), 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 or to the charity of your choice. http://www.theislandfuneralhome.com. Local arrangements handled by Neely Funeral Home, Glenshaw.
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Saksun, Rosabell 88

  • Formerly of Donora
  • Born: 1925-10-22
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Rosabell Lombardo Saksun, 88, formerly of Donora, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Humbert Lane Nursing Home, Washington, Pa. She was born in Monessen on Oct. 22, 1925, the daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline Valo Lombardo. Rosabell grew up in Monessen and was a graduate of Monessen High School and lived most of her adult life in Donora. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Monessen, the Donora Democratic Committee, Donora Sewing Club, Donora Senior Citizens Center, Washington County Board of Elections, and the Eagles Aerie 2399 and Sokol's in Monessen. Rosabell enjoyed to go dancing, playing cards, sewing, crocheting, knitting and traveling. She is survived by a son, Leonard M. (Lana Lee) Saksun of Monessen; a daughter, LaVern Marchines of Belle Vernon; two grandchildren, John (Dana) Marchines III of Jefferson Township, and Shane Marchines of Belle Vernon; three great-grandchildren, Jaden and Gage Saksun and Nina Marchines; three nephews, Anthony (Johnna) Lombardo of Monessen, Ronald Lombardo of Monessen, and Joseph "Lumpy" Lombardo of Dunlevy; and a niece, Vicki Lynn Lombardo of West Palm Beach, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony "Hank" Lombardo; and a sister, Charlotte Lombardo. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held on Thursday at noon in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Monessen. Everyone is to meet at church. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. The family would like to thank Humbert Lane Nursing Centre skilled care aids for all their assistance and loving care. Condolences accepted for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Vanyo, John T. 82

  • Erie
  • Born: 1932-07-16
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Burton, Erie | Get Directions
  • John Thomas Vanyo, 82, of Erie, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at UPMC Hamot. He was born July 16, 1932, in McKeesport, son of the late Mary Hanusich and Andrew Vanyo. John graduated from McKeesport High School and served in the United States Army Corp of Engineers during the Korean War. He worked for the Kelsey Hayes Plant in McKeesport and also the PA State Liquor Control Board, from which he retired following 30 years of service. John was a member of East McKeesport Lodge No. 765 Free and Accepted Masons and was an assistant scout master of BSA Troop 55, Port Vue. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margret Vanyo Maturkanich; and brothers, George Vanyo and Andrew Vanyo. John is survived by his nephew, Elmer Maturkanich, and Elmer's sons, Christopher and Jared. Arrangements were entrusted to BURTON WESTLAKE FUNERAL HOME, 3801 West 26th St., Erie, PA 16506. To send condolences, please visit http://www.Burtonfuneralhome.com.
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