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Allegheny County

Berezanich, Eugene D. 83

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Eugene D. Berezanich, 83, of Plum, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 56 years to Shirley; father of John (Eileen), Don, Ron (Carol) and Tom (Theresa) Berezanich; grandfather of Amanda, Daniel, Jason, Mike, Matt and Mark; great-grandfather of Sarah and Roland. Eugene retired from Westinghouse Research and Development Center. He was a proud Army veteran and enjoyed spending time outside, especially fishing. For nine years, he served as a Scoutmaster through St. John the Baptist Church where he taught, mentored and impacted many lives. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES, LTD./ROTH CHAPEL,7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Joy Church. Interment in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Davis, Duane C. 91

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1924-07-28
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Duane Clyde Davis, 91, of Elizabeth Township, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. He was born July 28, 1924, in Glassport, the son of the late Clyde and Marietta Moon Davis. He was a member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church in Elizabeth Township, Stephen Bayard F and AM Lodge 526, Tall Cedars of Lebanon and was also a Shriner. Duane was retired from U.S. Steel Clairton Works. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois Bashforth Davis; daughters, Lois (James) Leggett, of Forward Township, and Diane (Jamie) Mitchem, of Parkersburg, Va.; son, Brian (Carol) Davis, of Bethel Park; grandchildren, Jill (Richard) Stoner, Lisa Leggett, Rachel Davis, Danielle (Sean) Smith and Wesley Mitchem; great-grandson, Joseph Evan Stoner; sisters, Vivian "Boots" Milligan, of Denver, Colo., and Thelma "Tiny" Davis, of Jefferson Hills; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Dorothy Halfhill and Peggy Fuller; and a brother, Donald Davis. Friends are welcome from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, and from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. William Starr officiating. Interment will follow at the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Highlands Community Methodist Church, 100 Timothy Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Geary, Kathryn S. 38

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1976-09-01
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Kathryn Suzanne Schmeltz Geary, 38, of Tarentum, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in West Penn Hospice, Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 1, 1976, in Westmoreland County, the daughter of Nancy Schmeltz and the late Richard B. Schmeltz. Katy was a graduate of Geibel High School, class of 1994. She was an avid fan of the Steelers and Pirates. She loved to participate in the activities and events that were sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Kathryn was preceded in death by her father, Richard B. Schmeltz, of Perryopolis; her paternal "Grammie", Mildred Schmeltz; her maternal grandparents; and her "Uncle Phil". She is survived by her mother, Nancy; three wonderful and courageous children, Lara Marie, Maggie Ann and Richard Joseph "RJ"; her brother, Dr. Mark Schmeltz and wife, Shelley Ann, and daughters, MacKenzie and Sydney, of Edwardsburg, Mich.; many uncles, aunts and cousins; and her ex-husband, Joe Geary. Friends will be received from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis. Interment will be private.
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Grubb, Robert R. 66

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1949-03-21
  • Died: 2015-09-04
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Robert R. Grubb, 66, of McKeesport, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. He was born March 21, 1949, in McKeesport, and was a son of the late Roy and Susan Fincik Grubb. Robert was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the Army. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Nancy Grubb; and brother, Ronald (Pat) Grubb, of Florida. Arrangements were handled by HUNTER-EDMUNDSON-STRIFFLER FUNERAL HOME CO., 600 Market St. McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-678-6191.
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Grubbs, Ella Mae 95

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1920-05-11
  • Died: 2015-09-04
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Ella Mae (Gray) Grubbs, 95, of West Deer Township, passed peacefully Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, surrounded by her family. Born May 11, 1920, in West Deer, she was a daughter of the late William G. and Bertha L. (Bonin) Gray. Ella Mae lived in West Deer all of her life. A 1938 graduate of Etna High School, she attended Duffs Iron City College in 1941. She worked for the H.J. Heinz Co. as a secretary from 1940 through 1950. A member of Dorseyville Alliance Church, she enjoyed art painting and sharing her passion of painting by giving numerous painted sand dollars as gifts. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Survivors include her son, Gary W. (Terry) Grubbs, of Karns City; her daughter, Janet L. (David) Grubbs, of West Deer; grandchildren, Heather and Casey Grubbs; great-granddaughter, Adelynn Fowler; brothers, Charles W. Gray, of West Deer, and David B. (Phyllis) Gray, of New Wilmington. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson R. Grubbs; son, Robert W. Grubbs; brother, Harold Gray; and sisters, Anna M. Gray and Olive L. Thompson. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where a funeral service will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Michael Brownfield. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Kennell, Verna C. 85

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-06-14
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Verna C. Kennell, 85, of McKeesport, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in the John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. Born June 14, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Ida (Mondin) Forsberg. Prior to retirement, she was a former clerk for Goodwill Industries, Wilkinsburg, and was a member of Corpus Christi Parish, McKeesport and also the former St. Pius V Church. Survivors include her son, Raymond J. Kennell, of Elizabeth Township; sister, Patricia Harris, of McKeesport; granddaughters, Agela Kennell, of Eliazbeth Township, Christina (Pete) Conroy, of Brentwood, and Holly Kennell, of Pleasant Hills; great-grandchildren, Alexa Williams and Peter Conroy Jr.; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her stepfather, Elmer Forsberg; and twin sister, Myrna Palm Bunda. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-678-3454, where blessing service will follow at noon, with Father Michael Maranowski officiating. Interment will be private. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Kush, Mary T. 94

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Mary T. (Messina) Kush, 94, of Gibsonia, formerly Johnstown, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter F. Kush; loving mother of Dr. Frank (Beth Cene-Kush) Kush, Mary Frances (Robert) Kush-Snelson, Elaine (late Eric Martin) Kush, and Elizabeth (Michael) Gates; sister of Elly Duca and the late Domenica Ieni; grandmother of Anthony, Nathan, Clare, Michael, Alayna, Stephen, Natalie, and Joseph; great-grandmother of Dominick, Logan, Avery, Sadie, Margaux and Ainsley; also survived by Dr. Margaret Kush and Thaddeus Kush. Mary was a member of the Business and Professional Women of Johnstown, Johnstown Garden Club, and St. Clare of Assisi Church in Johnstown, formerly St. Anthony Church. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Richard Church with Father Phil Farrell as celebrant. Interment will be held in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial donations may be made to Bethany Hospice, 6 Parkway Center, 875 Greentree Road, Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Nichols, John D.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • John D. Nichols, of Swissvale, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. He was the loving son of Florence Seaman Nichols and the late James; dear brother of Lee Nichols and his wife, Monica, of West Mifflin, Judi Cunzolo and her husband, Douglas, of Forrest Hills, Dan Nichols, of Swissvale, Anna Nichols, of Swissvale, and the late Jim. John loved being an uncle to his many nieces and nephews. John passed away from a year and a half battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis of ALS. The disease also claimed the lives of his father, James, in 1983, and his older brother, Jim, in 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the wonderful staff at the ALS Association Western PA Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209, 412-831-3254. Please designate your contribution for patient and family care. There will be no visitation and burial will be private. Arrangements are by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, Swissvale.
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Novosel, Steve J.

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-09-04
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Steve J. Novosel, 89, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Steve would have been 90 on Sept. 4, 2015. He was a son of the late Mike and Anna Sobinski Novosel; husband of the late Sophia Lukaesko Novosel, who died Sept. 3, 1988; father of MaryAnn (Joe) Gajdos, of West Mifflin, and Dolores J. (Scott) Yoder; grandfather of Stephanie Zabelsky, Scott, Steve, Sandy and Sindy Yoder; and great-grandfather of Jenna and Jake Zabelsky, Moriah, Sophia, Isaiah, Leah, Noah, Bethany, Mackenzie, Kaitlyn, Nicolette and Ava Yoder. He was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Novosel; and sisters, Catherine Gregory, Agnes Susevic, Elizabeth Vekalja, Syl Bajgier and Mary Kinneer. He was retired from U.S. Steel Duquesne Works Bar Mill. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, past vice president of American Croatian Lodge, president of Croatian Club 320, Duquesne, Member of GBU and a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 212 Wilmot St., Duquesne. Blessing service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
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Sopko-Hrezo, Rinelda 73

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1942-01-08
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Rinelda "Suzie" Sopko-Hrezo, 73, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Jefferson Hospital. Born Jan. 8, 1942, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Leo and Rinelda (Bradley) Meisl. A member of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Elrama, Rinelda was a beautician who taught cosmetology at the Lesko Beauty School in McKeesport and was a Cosmetology Proctor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is survived by her husband, Paul Hrezo; her children, Toy M. (Randy) Sopko-Kildow, of Elizabeth Township, Susann D. S. (Angelo) Donofrio, of New York, Joseph D. (Helene) Sopko, of Level Green, and Alexa R. Sopko-Siemon, of Elizabeth Township; her 16 grandchildren; stepchildren, Brian Hrezo, of Warner Robin, Ga., and Kim Ludwig, of Clairton; her sister, Trudy Johns, of Mt. Pleasant; and also nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Rinelda was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph F. "Butch" Sopko; and her brother, Daniel V. Meisl. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, at St. Isaac Jogues Church, Elrama, with Father Robert J. Boyle officiating. Procession and burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Tengowski, Adrian P. 58

  • Polish Hill
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Adrian P. Tengowski, 58, of Polish Hill, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Henry and Laura (Bik) Tengowski; brother of Thomas (Peggy) Tengowski, Walter Tengowski, Kenneth (Janet) Tengowski, Robert Tengowski, Roberta Tengowski, Henry (Sandy) Tengowski and Adrienne (Thomas) Staresinic; and also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was the nephew of Walter Bik. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St,, Lawrenceville. A funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. Family requests memorial donations to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
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Vitunic, Elsie H. 95

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Elsie Hanna (Wilkes) Vitunic, 95, of Ross Township, departed life Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. She was the wife of Edward W. Vitunic, whom she married June 27, 1942, and who died April 16, 1995. She was the daughter of the late Albert R. and Ellomay (Pearson) Wilkes, of Pittsburgh. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Ruth J. Shiring, Sigrid E. Brody and Jean E. Stuart; and brothers, Bruce R., Edward P. and Albert L. Wilkes. Elsie is survived by two sons, Edward S. Vitunic (Celeste) and David W. Vitunic, of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Susan M. Franczyk (Thomas), of Ross Township, and Janet C. Opst (Edward), of Mt. Pleasant; dear grandmother of six, Brian, Gregory and Diane Vitunic, Abigail, Sarah and David Opst; great-grandmother of two, Ava and Tenaya Vitunic; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family and countless others whose lives she touched. According to her wishes, there will be no visitation and interment is private. A memorial service in her memory will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at Memorial Park Presbyterian Church, 8800 Peebles Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 in her honor. Arrangements entrusted to NEELY FUNRAL HOME.
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Weil, William C. 78

  • Oakmont
  • Born: 1937-02-10
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • William C. Weil, 78, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 2 , 2015. Bill was born Feb. 10, 1937, to Charles and Anna Weil, of McKees Rocks. For 48 years, he enjoyed a wonderful marriage to his sweetheart, Janet C. Leitsch, until her death in 2006. Together they lovingly raised two children, William Weil Jr. (Sandy), of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Lori Hogan (Bill), of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a devoted and actively involved grandfather who was incredibly adored by his grandchildren, Allison, Caroline and Daniel Hogan and Maria and Emmett Weil. For the past eight years, Bill enjoyed the affectionate companionship of his long time friend, Mary Ellen Strachan, of Oakmont, and the love of her extended family. He was preceded in death, not only by his spouse, Janet, but also by his beloved sister, Charlotte Malchon, of Jim Thorpe; and granddaughter, Elaine Hogan. Bill deeply cherished his many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews as well. Upon graduating from St. Mary's High School, Bill studied engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. After years of working as a draftsman and salesman, Bill followed his dream and ventured out to establish his own company in 1978, starting the W.C. Weil Company, a manufactures' representative business, providing equipment and service to Municipal Water and Waste Water Treatment facilities across the tri-state and beyond. The company prospered and upon his retirement in 2002 he sold the thriving business to one of his first employees and friend. Bill will be fondly remembered for his charismatic personality, impeccable dress and manners, high level of integrity, strong steadfast faith, abundant love of family and the unending kindness he so generously extended to others. Bill loved interacting with people and brightened the lives of everyone with whom he interacted. He will be deeply missed. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in St. Ursula Parish, Allison Park. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow at St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ursula Parish, Capital Campaign, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park, PA 15101. Online condolences may be made at www.englishfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Behning, Cliff 83

  • Arnold
  • Died: 2015-08-30
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  • Cliff Behning, 83, of Arnold, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret after a very brief illness. Cliff's children will hold a celebration of his life from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at the Brackenridge American Legion, 845 First Ave., Brackenridge. All are welcome.
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Conrad, Myrtle A. 80

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-01-25
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Myrtle A. "Myrt" Conrad, 80, of South Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at her home. She was born Jan. 25, 1935, in Greensburg. She had been employed at Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, as a certified registered nurse anesthetist for more than 30 years, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Greensburg. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and friend to many. Myrt was an avid card player having belonged to several area card clubs. She was also a member of Frick retired nurses group and the Westmoreland Nurses Association. She was preceded in death by her mother, Pearl Hutchinson. Myrt is survived by her husband, William R. Conrad; two children, Holly L. Novak and husband, John, of North Carolina, and Terry A. Manko and husband, Zenon, of Wexford; and four grandchildren, Jeff Novak, Johnny Novak, Kasey Manko and Karissa Manko. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. To share an online condolence, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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George, Bessie 86

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1929-05-15
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Bessie (Orr) George, 86, of Blairsville (Derry Township), passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. The daughter of W. Lee and Helen (Potts) Orr, she was born May 15, 1929, in Washington Township, Indiana County. Bessie was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Blairsville, where she was very involved in her church and loved being with her church family. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. Bessie worked as a waitress for Dean's Diner, Blairsville, for 47 years, before her retirement. Surviving are three children: a son, Robert C. George Jr. (Sandra), of Blairsville, and two daughters, Lois Spence (Robert), of Blairsville, and Linda D. George (Paul Yasurek), of Blairsville; three granddaughters, Sherry Hallow, Brandy Gardner and Amanda Spence; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Christine Talley, of Punxsutawney; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Robert C. George Sr., on July 30, 2008; a grandson, Robert C. George III; a granddaughter, Holly George; three brothers, Raymond, Russell and Larry Orr; and three sisters, Lola Eckman, Lucille Limer and Erma Rumbaugh. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the United Presbyterian Church, 137 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, with the Rev. Timothy R. Monroe officiating. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville, PA 15717. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Giorno Jr., Angelo 4

  • Born: 2010-11-22
  • Died: 2015-09-04
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Angelo Giorno Jr., 4, went to dance in the clouds early Friday morning, Sept. 4, 2015, in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh chasing the stars and the moon. His little body just could not fight adenovirus any longer. Please remember him as the carefree spirit, fun-loving little guy he was. He was born Nov. 22, 2010, in Philadelphia, to Angelo Giorno and Michelle Evernham. He leaves behind his loving "daddys," whom he made his home with Dean Kuhns and Dale Darazio; two brothers, Michael and Cory Darazio; two sisters, Amaajah Darazio and Danielle Giorno; and countless aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in the MCCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Hurst, Mary Catherine 90

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1924-09-09
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary Catherine (Watherwax) Hurst, 90, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. She was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Chattanooga, Tenn., a daughter of the late Arthur and Della Holbert Watherwax and was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Hurst Jr.; sons, Richard T. and Jeffrey Hurst; and a brother, Arthur W. Watherwax. Mary Catherine was a former employee of G.C. Murphy Co., the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and had previously owned a floral shop in West Hempfield. She was a member of West Hempfield Presbyterian Church, card club and the charity circle. She is survived by her brother, Richard Watherwax, of Florida; nieces and nephews; also her good friend and neighbor, Joe Spinogatti. At Mary Catherine's request there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 12:15 p.m. Sunday following the regular worship service at West Hempfield Presbyterian Church, 8 West Hempfield Drive, Irwin, PA 15642, with the Rev. Peggy Sharron officiating. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, is in charge of arrangements. Those wishing may make a contribution in Mary Catherine's name to her church. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Kuzmkowski, Jacob O. 29

  • Derry
  • Born: 1986-02-02
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Jacob Owen Kuzmkowski, 29, of Derry, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Feb. 2, 1986, in Latrobe a son of Dennis Owen and Lorie Hart Kuzmkowski, of Derry. Jacob was a member of Church of Christ in Ligonier. A 2004 graduate of Derry Area High School, he loved jogging and riding his Harley. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Autumn Kuzmkowski, of Pittsburgh, and Lindsey Rensko, of Ligonier; two uncles, Mark Kuzmkowski, of Plum, and Allan Kuzmkowski (Kim), of Round Top, Va.; his aunt, Melaina Jones (Michael), of Sullivans Island, S.C.; his paternal grandparents, Henry and Irene Kuzmkowski, of Herminie. Jacob was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jack and Gail Malugen. All services are private for the family. Arrangements by McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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LaPresti, Joseph A. 98

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1916-11-05
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Joseph Alfred LaPresti, 98, of Monessen, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Havencrest Nursing Center. He was born in Monessen on Nov. 5, 1916, the son of the late Samuel LoPresti and the late Margaret Rosa LoPresti. Joe was a lifelong resident of Monessen and a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, where he served as usher for many years. He was also a member of Belle Vernon American Legion Post 659, Belle Vernon Moose and Tri County Federation of Musicians, having served as president for many years. Mr. LaPresti had worked as an auto mechanic at Franks Service Garage in Monessen. In addition to being an auto mechanic, he was also a musician. He had his own band which he started in 1935, the Kent Thomas Orchestra. Mr. LaPresti was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in Company C, 70th Tank Battalion. He is survived by his son, Kent (Helen) LaPresti of Monongahela; a sister, Marie Petrulli of Port Vue; two grandchildren, Mark (Lisa) LaPresti of Tampa, Fla., Craig (Leann) LaPresti of Mt. Pleasant; three great-grandchildren, Anthony, Tyler and Allie LaPresti; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Sierakowski) LaPresti; a brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and JoAnna LaPresti; and a sister, Santina Minardi. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Donora. The American Legion Post 659 will conduct services 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Condolences accepted for the family at www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Marconi, Nanci 46

  • Lowber
  • Born: 1968-11-08
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Nanci Kendrella Marconi, of Lowber, went to be with her Lord, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was born Nov. 8, 1968. She was the beloved daughter of Larry and Jonna (Kammerer) Ryan. She is also survived by her father, Arthur and Cindy Kendrella. Nanci graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School, Class of 1987. She attended the Relevant Community Church of Greensburg. Nanci loved her family and enjoyed the simple things in life such as bonfires, friends, walking, bird watching, ice cream, music, beaches and family game nights. Her children, J.J. and Kelsie, were the apple of her eye. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 24 years, Joseph Marconi; her beloved children, J.J. and Kelsie Marconi; stepsisters, Tiffany Ryan and Jennifer Shotzbarger; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Also, she will be dearly missed by her in-laws, Frank and Carol Marconi. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Mabel Kammerer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with a service at 7:30 p.m. at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. The family requests that flowers not be sent. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Meckling, Albert P. 55

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1960-05-27
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Alberta P. Meckling, 55, of New Kensington, passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. She was born May 27, 1960, in Pittsburgh, daughter of Alberta R. (Spear) Nyga, Natrona Heights, and the late Wilbur M. Meckling. Alberta has lived the past year in New Kensington and prior to that Lower Burrell and Natrona Heights. She was an assembly line worker in the food industry in Ohio. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Brackenridge, and enjoyed playing bingo, TV, crossword puzzles and was a sports fan, especially Pittsburgh teams. Besides her mother, survivors include her companion of nine years, David A. Hayden; daughters, Melva (Edward) Lemley, Onalaska, Wisc., and Kandi Bailey and companion, Chris Harris, Lower Burrell; and four grandchildren, Chyanne, Noel, Nautica and Justis. Also surviving are her siblings, Delaun Meckling, Natrona Heights, Jerry Meckling, and Virginia Meckling, Braddock Hills; stepsisters, Tammy (David) Williams, Brackenridge, Patti (David) Wendt, Buffalo Township, and Terri Bouch and Scott, Kittanning. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Melissa Meckling. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Shiloh Baptist Church, Brackenridge, with the Rev. Edward Carter Jr. officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family of Alberta Meckling. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Pfeifer, Donald R. 83

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1931-10-27
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald R. Pfeifer, 83 of Norvelt, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Pfeifer was born Oct. 27, 1931, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Charles and Dora Hawse Pfeifer. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church of God, where he was a former Sunday school superintendent. Don was a 1949 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He proudly served with the 28th Infantry Division Company E of the Army as a First Lieutenant. He served two years active duty in the Korean War and a combined 32 years in the Army Reserves and National Guard. Don retired from the maintenance department at the Brown Boveri Co. in South Greensburg. He was also a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 133, where he was an Assistant Scoutmaster. As a merit badge counselor, he assisted many young men on their trail to becoming Eagle Scouts, including his sons and grandsons. Don was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He completed his Wood Badge in 1988, received the Braddock Trail District Award of Merit in 1989, and the prestigious Silver Beaver Award in 2000. Don was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Township Lions Club where he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 2013. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 446 and the Military Officers Association of America, General Greene Chapter. Don is survived by his loving family: his devoted wife, Nellie Lohr Pfeifer, with whom he would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17, 2015; his beloved children and their families, Kimberly S. Kelley and her husband, Mark, of Mt. Pleasant, David A. Pfeifer and his wife, Jane, of Johns Creek, Ga., and Scott D. Pfeifer and his wife, Krista, of Mt. Pleasant. He is also survived by his grandchildren, the loves of his life, Christopher Kelley, of Mt. Pleasant, Steven and Katie Pfeifer, of Johns Creek, Ga., and Caleb and Carlee Pfeifer, of Mt. Pleasant. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle Street, Mt. Pleasant. Additional viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the time of his funeral service, Sunday in the funeral home with the Rev. Douglas E. Show officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post 446 will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Kecksburg. Don's children would like to thank Mom from the bottom of their hearts for the awesome care that you gave Dad over the last 10 months during his illness. The family wishes to thank his niece Brenda Toth and Excela Health Hospice Nurse Dary Ann Ullrich for their kindness and compassion. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, c/o Ben Piper, 800 W. Smithfield St., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666, in Memory of Donald R. Pfeifer. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at: www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Roach, Marie C. 83

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1932-06-27
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Marie C. Roach, 83, of Youngwood, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born June 27, 1932, in Mt Pleasant Township, a daughter of the late William and Anna (Danko) Grindle. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood. She retired from First National Bank, Youngwood. Surviving is a son, Mark E. Roach and wife, Robin, of Youngwood; a grandson, Matthew D. Roach and fiancee, Amanda Weightman, of Youngwood; a brother, Jack Grindle and wife, Phylis, of Greensburg; and two sisters, Margaret Popovich, of Michigan, and Elizabeth (Goldie) Zemba and husband, John, of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Roach; three brothers, William R.Grindle, Russell W. Grindle and Arthur B. Grindle; and two sisters, Eleanor " Peg" Foriska, and Betty Jane Grindle. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at Christ United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Seth officiating. Interment will follow in the Youngwood Cemetery, Youngwood. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church or Excela Hospice. The family would like the thank Marie's caregivers Debbie, Lauren and Irene.
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Sprowls, W. Alfred 69

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1945-11-11
  • Died: 2015-09-02
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  • William Alfred Sprowls, 69, formerly of New Kensington, passed Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Richard Campbell Veterans' Home in Anderson, S.C. He was born Nov. 11, 1945, in New Kensington, to Donald and Barbara Sprowls. He attended New Kensington High School (class of 1963) and earned his Bachelor of Science from Bucknell University. In 1969, he married Marion Darlene Farkas, of New Kensington. He served as a captain in the Army Signal Corps in Germany and Vietnam. He worked for McGraw Edison/Cooper Power Systems for more than 30 years as an international consulting electrical engineer. He and his family lived in Hong Kong and in Manila, Philippines, then in Brookfield, Wis., and then in Johns Creek, Ga., before retiring to Salem, S.C. Al was known for his firm handshake and his smiling mustache. He was a dedicated father and was supportive of anything his daughters wanted to do. Al was passionate about all things technological. He loved stereo equipment and was an avid photographer. He enjoyed driving his Corvette, playing pool with his daughters and eating Darlene's pumpkin pies. Al loved to make people laugh with his good-natured teasing and practical jokes. His giggling laugh was, indeed, his best form of communication, even near the end of his life. Al is survived by his wife, Darlene Sprowls, of Mt. Dora, Fla.; and his four daughters, Emily Sprowls, Alison Sprowls, Maren Wronowski and Kathryn Poore; his four grandchildren; and his siblings, James Sprowls, Janet Thom and Elaine Spana. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church of Eustis, Fla. Memorial donations may be made to the William Alfred Sprowls tribute at the Alzheimer's Association, bit.ly/AlfredALZ.
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Armstrong County

Fox, Marion H.

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2015-09-04
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Marion H. Fox, of Kittanning, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City.
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McCullough, Richard J. 55

  • West Kittanning
  • Born: 1960-04-21
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Richard J. McCullough, 55, of West Kittanning, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at UPMC Mercy. He was born April 21, 1960, in Kittanning, a son of Cora P. (Ellenberger) McCullough, of Kittanning, and the late Richard A. McCullough. He was a bricklayer at Allegheny Ludlum in Brackenridge and belonged to Belknap United Church of Christ. He liked NHRA drag racing, Mack trucks, mowing his grass, his three Corgi dogs and sitting by the fire, but most of all he loved his family. In addition to his mother, survivors include his fiancee, Susan (Farster) Schwenk, of West Kittanning; sons, Ryan McCullough and wife, Salena, of Kittanning, and Jesse McCullough, of Kittanning; daughter, Angela Palilla and husband, Darin, of Brookline; grandchildren, Josie and Adam Palilla; brother, Thomas A. McCullough and wife, Maxine, of Weirton, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. Sunday in SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning, with the Rev. John W. Snyder. Interment in Belknap Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Orphans of the Storm, 11878 State Route 85, Kittanning, PA 16201. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Smith, Larry K. 82

  • Freeport
  • Born: 1932-11-11
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Larry Keith "Sarge" Smith, 82, of Freeport, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot, after battling Lou Gherig's Disease (ALS) for more than a year. Larry was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Natrona Heights, the son of the late Clarence and Mathilda (Hughan) Smith. Sarge graduated from Har-Brac High School in 1950. He served his country for four years in the Air Force during the Korean War as an airman first class. After the war, Larry came home and became a co-owner in the Montgomery Lumber Co. in Freeport. Sarge had also been a carpenter by trade. He was an avid volunteer with the Freeport Area Food Bank, Freeport Meals on Wheels and served on a litany of committees at Freeport United Methodist Church where he was a member. He enjoyed woodworking, yard work/gardening and attending his grandchildren's activities. Sarge was a member of the Armstrong Lodge No 239 F and AM in Freeport and the Freeport VFW Post 6648. Larry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty A. (Montgomery) Smith; his son, Jeffrey and Donna Smith; and daughter, Susan and William Affrica, both of South Buffalo Township; and his seven grandchildren, Emily and William Howell, of Euless, Texas, Megan Affrica, Fort Worth, Texas, Nicholas and Crystal Smith, Andrew "Hooch" Smith, Alex Smith, Blaine Smith and Sarah Affrica, all of South Buffalo Township. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his brother, the Rev. Dr. Ronald W. Smith. At Larry's request, there will be no public visitation and burial will be held in Mt. Airy Cemetery in Natrona Heights. Memorial service and a celebration of Larry's life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at the Freeport United Methodist Church in Freeport, with Pastor James Young officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the ALS Association Western PA Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209; and/or Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., Freeport, PA 16229. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Butler County

Leonberg, Lowry S. 77

  • Mars
  • Born: 1938-03-15
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Lowry S. "Butch" Leonberg, 77, of Mars, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 1, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born in Mars, March 15, 1938, he was a son of the late Elmer and Frances Davidson Leonberg. Butch had been the head of maintenance for Penn Mar Plaza for 25 years. He also was a self-employed auto mechanic for many years. A life member of the Mars Volunteer Fire Company, now Adams Area Fire District, he had served two decades as assistant chief and was an EMT. He was a member of Mars United Presbyterian Church and was an avid hunter. Butch had served as an airman second class with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard with the 171st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and was a social member of the Mars VFW. He also belonged to the John E. Mair Lodge 729 F and AM. Surviving are his wife, Alice Keefer Leonberg, whom he married on Jan. 23, 1959; his children, Jeffrey Leonberg, of Mars, Brian Leonberg, of Seymour, Tenn., and LeaAnn Chairizio and her husband, Frank, of West Homestead; his grandchildren, Erica, Amber, Mitchell, Nate and Ben; his sisters, Carol Stanford and her husband, Edward, of Roanoke, W.Va., Patricia Garvin and her husband, Gerald, of Chandler, Ariz., and Lois Nichols and her husband, Gordon, of Sedona, Ariz.; his brothers, Chuck Leonberg, of Bakersfield, Calif., and Rick Leonberg, of Middlesex Township; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Mars United Presbyterian Church, 232 Crowe Ave., Mars, with the Rev. Nathan Esser, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Members of John E. Mair Lodge 729 F and AM will conduct a Masonic service at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mars United Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 805, Mars, PA 16046 or to the Adams Area Fire District, P.O. Box 232, Mars, PA 16046. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Washington County

Mahovlic, Florence A. 93

  • Carroll Township
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Florence Ann Vlasic Mahovlic, 93, of Carroll Township, passed peacefully at The Residence at Hilltop, on Aug. 28, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Stephan and Catherine Milkan Valasic. Florence was a retired educator in the Charleroi Area School District (Fallowfield). She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Kay Lorantas (Richard). In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan, to whom she was married for 69 years; and a brother, Charles Vlasic. Consistent with her directive, interment at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies is private. The SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Barber, George C. 98

  • Born: 1917-05-22
  • Died: 2015-08-29
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  • George Cullen Barber, 98, passed away quickly and peacefully in his home on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, after a short illness. George was the eldest of five siblings and was born on May 22, 1917, in Paterson, N.J. He held several jobs during his youth. He worked in New York City with The New York Life insurance Company during his teenage years prior to being accepted to the University of Virginia, School of Engineering in 1938. Upon graduation and with a Bachelor's of Science in mechanical engineering, he was accepted in to the Navy's Officer Candidate School. He had several assignments in the Navy where he was primarily responsible for directing the maintenance activities of naval aircraft at bases in Georgia, San Diego, and Seattle and in the South Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington. Upon finishing active duty with the Navy, George was accepted in to The Harvard Business School in 1946 and obtained his Master's of Business Administration. He worked for Otis Elevator for a few years before beginning his 32-year journey with Anchor Hocking Corporation in 1950 as an assistant plant manager in Connellsville. In 1968, he transferred to the company's corporate headquarters in Lancaster, Ohio. There he held various roles starting as the VP of sales for the Closure Division, the VP of the Closure Division, the VP of the Container Division, the president and chief operating officer, the president and chief executive officer and finishing his career as chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He retired in 1982 and moved to San Diego where he lived an active, healthy and enjoyable life for 33 years. George is survived by his wife, Sue Barber, of San Diego, Calif.; son, Jeff Barber, of Humble, Texas; son, Bruce Barber, of Lee's Summit, Mo.; son, Doug Barber, of Marietta, Ga.; and their families. He was a great man with a great history and will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all, along with his awesome tomatoes.
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Johnson, Andrea L. 70

  • Formerly of Charleroi
  • Born: 1945-02-11
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Pavlic Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Andrea L. Johnson 70, formerly of Charleroi, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Washington County Health Center. Born in Charleroi on Feb. 11, 1945, she was a daughter of Andrew and Edith Lambing Martin. She was the beloved mother of two sons and a daughter, Daniel C. and wife, Sandy Jackson, of Fayette City, Scott E. Jackson of California, and Melissa and husband, Shawn Haley, of Monongahela; a brother, Robert J. Martin of Napels, ME; and six grandchildren. Andrea was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Johnson, on Oct. 2, 1981; three brothers, William, James and Edwin Martin; and a sister, Betty Martin. There will be no public visitation. A private burial service will be held at Charleroi Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the LEONARD M. PAVLIC FUNERAL HOMES INC., Charleroi.
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Sivak, Gayle E. 80

  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Baker, Suffolk | Get Directions
  • Gayle Evana Sivak, 80, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2015. Left to cherish her memory are daughters, Bonni Kelly, of Smithfield, Va., and Lisa O'Leary (Daniel), of Suffolk, Va.; grandchildren, Brandy Bryan, Jonathan Kelly, Michael Kelly, Kelsey O'Leary and Logan O'Leary; and numerous relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, with a visitation half an hour prior to the service at R.W. BAKER and COMPANY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk, with Father Emmanuel Mensah officiating. Condolences may be offered at www.RWBakerFH.com.
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