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Kovka, David R. 61

  • Jefferson
  • Born: 1953-01-01
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • David Ray Kovka, 61, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in UPMC Montefiore, in Pittsburgh. Born Jan. 1, 1953, he was a son of Constance (Crownover) Kovka, of Clairton, and the late George Kovka, who passed away March 11, 2003. A 1970 graduate of Clairton High School and avid fisherman, David was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church and worked for 33 years as a bricklayer for U.S. Steel Clairton Works and also independently. Besides his mother, he is survived by his daughters, Amy Louise Kovka, of Clairton, and Heather Ann (Bob) Ludwig, of Elizabeth Township; his seven grandchildren; his siblings, Timothy (Kathleen) Kovka and Beverly Ann (George) Jones, both of South Park; his nieces and nephews; and his companion, Deborah Hvozdik, of Jefferson Hills. No visitation for David is scheduled. A funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Ascension Church with Father Ivan Mina officiating. Interment will be private. Arrangements by the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700), http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Allegheny County

Allison, Donald J. 66

  • Penn Hills
  • Born: 1948-02-03
  • Died: 2014-12-09
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Allison, 66, of Penn Hills, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Somerset Hospital. Born Feb. 3, 1948, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Norman C. and Betty (Corbett) Allison. Donald graduated from Slippery Rock University and worked as a draftsman. He is survived by his wife, Linda Allison; his children, Leslie, Derek and Benjamin Allison; and his brothers, David C. and John C. Allison. Interment is private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Beleski, Joseph A. 96

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. "Jock" Beleski, 96, passed away peacefully in his Baldwin Borough home, one day short of his 97th birthday. Jock was born in a company house of a coal patch outside of DuBois, known by him as "No. 2 shaft." His father died in the flu epidemic of 1918 before he reached his first birthday. He was the youngest of five children to his original parents. His mother remarried and gave birth to two more siblings making him third youngest of seven. He had great admiration and respect for his stepfather for supporting his mom and taking on five kids. Jock was a member of the "Greatest Generation" that survived both the Great Depression and World War II. He served his country as a civil servant welder, putting ships back together in Pearl Harbor after it had been attacked, and later in the Army as part of the occupation force in Germany. Jock worked for more than 35 years for the Mesta Machine Company as a welder, helping to build the heavy equipment for the booming steel industry in the U.S. after World War II. He was a longtime member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church. He was known at St. Elizabeth's and a Mesta as "Joe." Jock was the consummate family man. Nothing was more important to him than family. Jock was the loving and faithful husband of the late Cecelia M (Uzenas) Beleski for 63 years. He was the beloved father of and survived by children, JoAnn (Tom) Rostek, of Baldwin, Patricia (the late Michael) Simodejka, of Toms River, N.J., and Richard (Donna) Beleski, of Gibsonia; and brother of the late Anne (the late Steve) Batcha, the late Enoch (the late Mary) Beleski, the late Adele (the late William) Weber, the late Anthony (the late Jean) Beleski, the late Helen (the late Carl) Kopp and George (the late Vera) Dereskavich. He was also beloved by and survived by his five grandchildren, Thomas (Nancy) Rostek, of Sewickley, Kristin (David) Gottesman, of Mill Valley, Calif., Dawn (Michael) Jacobus, of Toms River, N.J., Jason (Ellen) Simodejka, of Park Ridge, N.J., and Jennifer (Charles) Leis, of New Brighton; two stepgrandchildren, Michelle and Michael Abbinanti, of Pittsburgh; and seven great-grandchildren, Katie, Andrew, Michael, Kira, Sydney, Leo and Jesse. Jock was also uncle to six beloved nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Interment at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Online condolences to http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Belobrajdic, Gale C. 80

  • Fawn Township
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Gale C. Belobrajdic, 80, of Fawn Township, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis G.; loving father of Kipp Esteep, Paul Belobrajdic, Karen Belobrajdic, Bonnie Spiker, Blase Belobrajdic and Chris Belobrajdic; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gale was a professional musician. There will be no visitation or service. Professional services are trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Berry Jr., John Planet J. 55

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • John J. "Planet" Berry Jr., 55, of Monroeville, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the son of the late John and Mary Berry; beloved husband of Kathleen; father of Amanda and Ashley Berry; brother of Barbara Taylor and the late Mary Ann Clark; and nephew of Ellen Niber. Planet was the cook at the Penn Monroe for many years. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a funeral is to follow at 8 p.m.
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Bertini, Richard A. 86

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Born: 1928-02-11
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Richard A. "Dick" Bertini, 86, of Pleasant Hills, passed Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. He was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Granville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Filinto "Frank" and Elizena "Elizabeth" (Landini) Bertini; his son, David Bertini; nephew, Alan Bertini; sisters and their spouses, Rita (Lawrence) Nones, Inez (William) Budd and Jennie (Richard) McMonagle; and brother, Geno Bertini and wife, Nancy. He is survived by devoted wife, Cecilia (Hoffee) Bertini; loving son John Bertini; daughter-in-law, Jill (Achtzehn) Bertini; grandchildren, Isabella and Jacob Bertini; sister-in-law, Bonnie (McNab) Bertini; nephews and their spouses, Ronald Nones, Larry Nones, Richard (Tina) McMonagle and Keith (Kathy) McMonagle; niece, Trudi Sandi and husband, Ken; and many great-nieces and nephews. He was a 1946 graduate of Donora High School and a 1951 graduate of Duquesne University with a bachelor's degree in education, completing post graduate degrees there also in the 1970s. He served his country honorably in the Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Dick was an accomplished musician with his own group and member of countless others. He was an employee of the Clairton School District for his entire career serving as band teacher, school psychologist and Middle School principal, retiring as High School principal. A gentleman in every sense, he was devoted to family, education and music. He will be sorely missed. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to The Salvation Army. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Blissman, Hannah K. 104

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1910-07-27
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Hannah K. (Abbatoy) Blissman, 104, of North Versailles, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was born July 27, 1910, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late George and Leana (Wingarth) Abbatoy. She was a former member of the Broadway United Presbyterian Church in East McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 71 years, George C. Blissman; and daughter, H. Joan Murray. She is survived by her sons, George C. (Blanche) Blissman Jr., of North Versailles, Thomas J. (Shirley) Blissman, of North Versailles, and Dean S. (Joyce) Blissman, of North Huntingdon; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and various nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083, where everyone will gather at 11 a.m. Friday for a funeral service with the Rev. Gary Evans, officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army at http://www.salvationarmy.org. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Borgan, Ethel June M.

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Ethel M. "June" (Barna) Borgan, of Munhall, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Borgan; mother of James J. (Sandy) Borgan, Joseph A. Borgan, Jacqueline E. (James) Palmieri and Jennifer (Regis) Robson; sister of Edward Barna, Robert Barna and the late John Barna; grandmother of Mindy, Jamie, Tracy, Mark, Ann, Derek, Julie Ann and Rege; also survived by four great-grandchildren. Ethel was a retired steel worker from U. S. Steel and a retired crossing guard for Munhall Borough and St. Therese Church. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Therese Church, Munhall. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to St. Therese Church in Ethel's memory. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Brickett, Mildred F. 98

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Mildred Frances (Gottschalk) Brickett, 98, of Lawrenceville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph "Pal" Gottschalk and Paul Brickett; loving mother of Vera Colasant, of Florida, the late Thomas J. (surviving wife Roseanne) Gottschalk, Kenneth Gottschalk and Robert (surviving wife Joann) Gottschalk; stepmother of Carolyn Willen; grandmother of the late Thomas (surviving wife Joann) Gottschalk and Robert (surviving wife Becky) Errett; also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Bridgen, Kenneth S. 90

  • Glen Osborne
  • Died: 2014-12-09
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Kenneth S. Bridgen, 90, a longtime resident of Glen Osborne, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital. He was the husband of the late Patricia Lou Siebel Bridgen; father of Debrah (Sam) Bruno, of Ambridge, and Ruth Anne (Ron) Yankello, also of Ambridge; brother of Thomas Bridgen, of Lake Latonka, Mercer County; grandfather of Christy (Todd) Viola, Anthony Yankello, Justin (Jessica) Davis and William Davis Jr.; and great-grandfather of Addison Davis, Jacob and Isabella Viola. Friends will be received from noon until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, when a funeral service will be held, in the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 328 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143. Contributions may be made in Ken's name to The Gettysburg Foundation, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
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Briggs, Aubrey C. 94

  • Sewickley Heights
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Aubrey C. Briggs, 94, of Sewickley Heights, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in his home surrounded by family. Aubrey was born Sept. 22, 1920, in Sydney, Australia. He joins his beloved wife, the late Nancy. Aubrey is survived by his daughters, Vida (Robert) Peckham, of Martin, Tenn., and Rosemary (Mark) Ulintz, of Robinson Township; and his son, Leonard (Holly) Briggs, of Sewickley Heights. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in Sewickley Presbyterian Church, 414 Grant St., Sewickley 15143. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the cause which was closest to Aubrey's heart, "The Malawi Water Project," c/o Sewickley Presbyterian Church, at the same address. Announcement by COPELAND'S OF SEWICKLEY.
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Bush, Donald L. 82

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Donald L. Bush, 82, of Plum, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 57 years of Vel (Havranek) Bush; loving father of late son, Jeffrey Alan Bush; son of the late LeRoy and Muriel Bush; brother of the late Edith Hobert; stepbrother of Michelle Fettis; brother-in-law of John Havranek, of New York; and is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Don worked for First Energy (Allegheny Power, Greensburg office) as a computer systems analyst. He had a great sense of humor. He loved dogs and enjoyed many hobbies. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club and belonged to several golf and bowling leagues, once bowling a 300 game, and enjoyed square dancing, Bingo, metal detecting, collecting antique cars and going to car shows. Don proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237-1109 or to Monroeville United Methodist Church, 219 Center Road, Monroeville, PA 15146-1748.
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Cagnacci, Dolores 90

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Dolores Cagnacci, 90, of North Braddock, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Louis Cagnacci, of North Braddock; and sister of Angelo (Goldie) Cagnacci, of Wall, Barbara Holcum, of Braddock Hills, the late David Cagnacci and the late Mary Huber. Friends will be welcome from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will follow at 7 p.m.
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Coddington, Ann E. 87

  • Christy Park
  • Born: 1927-06-15
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Ann E. Coddington, 87, of Christy Park, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at John J. Kane Regional Center. Born June 15, 1927, in Filbert, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Klinko) Olesko, and the wife of the late Walter W. "Popeye" Coddington. Ann was a lifelong member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 285 and a member of the former Holy Trinity Church. She loved music and caring for her family. She is survived by her children, Catherine (Wayne) Kelley, of McKeesport, Walter (William McElhiney) Coddington, of McKeesport, Harry Coddington, of McKeesport, George (Linda Parsons) Coddington, of McKeesport, Evelyn (Jerome "Jay") Schillaci, of McKeesport, and Joseph (Samantha) Coddington, of McKeesport; grandchildren, Aries, Mark, Jay, Jeremy and Caitlin; and great-grandchildren, Makayla, Alessandra and Kayden. Family and friends will be received from noon until the time of the blessing service at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Father Michael Maranowski will officiate. Entombment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. http://www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Cook, Paula 68

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Paula (Marcoly) Cook, 68, of Marshall Township, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late James and Katherine (Babic) Marcoly; loving mother of John M. "Jamie" Cook and his wife, Debby, of Arlington, Va.; dear grandmother of Kostya E. Cook, of Arlington; beloved sister of Mary Jo (the late Dr. Joseph) Micucci, of McCandless and the late James Marcoly; aunt of Dana (Mieshiel) Micucci, Bryan Micucci, Jay (Ricki) Miccuci, Andy (Amy) Cook and Candice Cook; and great-aunt of Madison, Sydney, Keaton, Cruz, Fontana, Max, Jack and Drew. A truly beautiful woman, Paula made sure to have fun all the time, was tremendously caring, tough when she needed to be, very proud, endlessly loving and lit up at the mention of her dear grandson, Kostya, who was her light and spirit. She was a longtime employee with West Penn Financial, an annual theatre subscriber and lover of the arts, loved baking, flowers, being with family and friends and will be missed by so many. Family will welcome friends 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park. Blessing services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Donations may be made to Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, http://www.aamds.org. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Denne, Wilma Rusty 86

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1928-10-06
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Wilma "Rusty" Denne, 86, of Clairton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in her home. Born Oct. 6, 1928, in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Berlyn and Naomi (Lewis) Parsons. A member of Pine Run United Methodist Church and an avid ballroom dancer, Wilma joins her husband, the late Edmund Denne, and longtime companion, the late Bernie Veschio. She is survived by her daughter, Renee (Richard) Mursch, of Sutersville; son, Beryl (Mary) Denne, of Rostraver Township; her four grandsons, Shawn and Brad Denne, and Richard and Ryan Mursch; and her five great-grandchildren, Devon, Emily, Marissa, Kelsey and Jacob. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344). Funeral services and burial will be private at the request of the family. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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DiDomenico, Nicholas 71

  • Rankin , Formerly of Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-12-03
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Nicholas DiDomenico, 71, of Rankin, formerly of Swissvale, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. He is survived by his beloved wife, Amelia; his daughter, Nicki; and his three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Missey Gregg. Nicholas will be remembered fondly for his love of travel throughout the U.S. and Canada. A graveside service with military honors provided by the Army will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. Professional service entrusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Doricich, Florian M. 83

  • Bethel Park , Formerly of Bessemer
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Florian "Mitch" Doricich, 83, of Bethel Park, formerly of Bessemer, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. He was the son of the late Matt and Mary Doricich, of Bessemer; beloved husband of Sandra (Bryan) Doricich; loving father of Mitchell (Tracy) Doricich and Dayna (Patrick Jackson) Doricich; cherished and proud grandfather of Eric and Emma; and brother of Mary Ann (the late Carl) Ohlin. Florian was a dedicated parishioner of St. Valentine Catholic Church and enjoyed meeting friends and taking his grandson to Eat'n Park for breakfast. He proudly served in the Army and had many interesting stories while stationed in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Mastering the skill of Morse code was a favorite topic. Throughout his life, he was an accomplished accordion player, most notably from the Steve Garchar Band and their radio show in Youngstown, Ohio, to the Henry Lavrich Orchestra and their acclaimed album "Polka Sounds" in 1968, which he wrote the "Parkside Polka." A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he retired from Duquesne Light Co. as an electrical engineer after 35 years of service. Florian was at his happiest when in the company of his family, and enjoyed visiting and traveling. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Valentine Church, 2710 Ohio St., Bethel Park, PA 15102. Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Valentine Frawley Hall Renovation Fund.
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Dormish, Nancy

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Nancy (Leathers) Dormish, of Upper St. Clair, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife for 30 years of Jeffrey F. Dormish; devoted mother of Robert B. and Philip E. Dormish; daughter of the late Robert and Doris (Purcell) Leathers; sister of Susan Leathers and David Leathers (Sydney); aunt of Morgan, Austin and Meryl Leathers; sister-in-law of Brian (Fawn) Dormish; and aunt of Stephen and Kristin Dormish. Nancy was past president of the St. John Capistran Women's Guild and a member of the church choir. Nancy truly loved the annual family vacations to Stone Harbor, N.J. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John Capistran Church. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Dudley-Murray, Brenda L. 53

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1961-08-25
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Draper, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Brenda Lee Dudley-Murray, 53, of McKeesport, peacefully departed this life Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Born Aug. 25, 1961, she was the daughter of Edward Dudley Sr., who survives, and the late Verna Lee Dudley. Brenda attended the McKeesport Public School District. She was employed as a school bus driver for Pennsylvania Coach Lines for five years before becoming the director of Happy Trails 2 U Family Daycare, where she remained until her passing. She loved to travel and cook. She was one of the founding members of the Untouchable Travelers Club and The Menu Catering Co. She was the treasurer and trip coordinator for the Untouchables for the past three years. She traveled all over; her favorite spot was Atlantic City, N.J. When she wasn't traveling, she was partying hard at Bel-Aire, which she nicknamed her backyard. She would cook everything for everyone, even if she was a guest in your home she would take over your kitchen. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Khaled "K" Murray; sons, Ciquann, Jayron, Jajuan and Jasper Dudley and John Alston; grandsons, Ciquann Jr. and Tre'Quann Dudley; sister, Jerry Dudley; brother, Edward (Irisha) Dudley Jr.; goddaughters, Sunday Vininz and Jream McKinley; best friends, LaRita "Sherry" Jenkins and Myra Payne; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 716 Walnut St., McKeesport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the church with the Rev. Earlene Coleman officiating. Interment will take place in Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BEVERLY C. DRAPER FUNERAL HOME INC., 608 Sixth St., Monessen, 724-684-6242. http://www.draperfh.com.
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Eichhorn, Calvin Cal C. 91

  • Etna
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Calvin C. "Cal" "Ike" Eichhorn, 91, of Etna, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 66 years to the late Emma M. (Gabler) Eichorn; loving father of David (Pamela) Eichhorn, Laura Eichhorn, Mark (Karen) Eichhorn, Janet and Michael Stypula, and the late Richard and Paul Eichhorn; proud grandfather of Todd Eichhorn, Jill (Johnny) Rodriquez, Aaron (Suzy) Eichhorn, Jeremy Eichhorn, Matthew (Shannon) Stypula, Jennifer Eichhorn, Dylan Eichhorn and Emma A. Eichhorn; proud great-grandfather of Joshua and Leah Eichhorn; and loving brother of Lillian Eichhorn, of Sacramento, Calif. Cal served on a PT boat in the Navy during World War II and was active in the European and Pacific Theaters. He was a member of the Etna Little League Association and he served on Etna Borough Council. He enjoyed family celebrations and meeting friends at the DOH Club on Friday nights. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Etna. Burial in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Children's Hospital.
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Emery, Russell A. 87

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Russell A. Emery, of West Mifflin, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Russ was 87 years old. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris (Bach); and his sisters-in-law, Colleen Bach and Emmy Bach. Mr. Emery was also known as "Unk" to Donna Tomasic, Richard Wilson, Jacqueline Weimer, David Wilson, Ralph Bach, David Wilson, Ralph Bach, Danny Bach, Patricia Martin, Noreen Bach, Howard Bach, Lois Bach, Mary Ann Clare and John Hruby. He was the great-uncle of Brian and Kevin Tomasic. Kevin and his wife Joy helped care for Russ and Doris over the last few years. Russ was an Army World War II veteran and a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Russell retired from the Bettis Laboratories almost 30 years ago. He was also a member of the First Evangelical Free Church of McKeesport where he proudly ran the "sound system" for many years during their church services. "Uncle Russ" was known for his quick wit and "Emery humor." He enjoyed taking church trips with Doris through AAA, talking politics as a proud Republican and lunch engagements at Steak-n-Shake or Eat'n Park. Russ will be missed by friends, family and numerous people he was blessed to have known over the years. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kirk Albrecht officiating. In lieu of flowers and plants, donations can be to the First Evangelical Free Church, 4001 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132. Condolences may be posted at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Erskine, Dariell C. 88

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1926-12-16
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Peters, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Dariell C. Erskine, 88, of West Deer Township, died at home on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was born in Ansted, W.Va., Dec. 16, 1926, to the late James W. and Edith Burns Erskine. Dariell worked at Allegheny Ludlum for 42 years, retiring in 1987. He belonged to Masonic Lodge, Pollock Lodge 502; Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh; Orient Royal Arch Chapter, Duquesne Commandery; Syria Shrine; Shrine Motor Corps; and Hillbilly Clan 53. He was a driver for the Syria Road Runners, who drive children to Shriner's hospitals. He was a member of the Pleasant Unity United Presbyterian Church, West Deer Township. Dariell traveled to all 50 U.S. states with his wife, who had never been out of Pennsylvania. They also saw much of Canada and the Caribbean, and some of Mexico and South America. He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet (Stewart) Erskine; his parents, listed above; sister, Louise Heberling; and brothers, Charles, James, Robert, Herman and Jack. He is survived by sisters, Virginia (Jan) Nicholson, Barbara (Harry) Arbuthnot, and Nancy (Bill) Lowe, of Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Lorraine and Carole Erskine; children, William (Linda) Erskine, Jennie (Michael) Freidhof, and Jeffrey Erskine, of North Carolina; and grandchildren, Katie Erskine (Doug Snyder), and Ashley (Charlie) King and Nicole Erskine, both of North Carolina. Family and friends are invited from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, to the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065, (724-224-7730), where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. John Gehring-Anders officiating. Private burial will follow in Pleasant Unity Cemetery, West Deer Township. Masonic services will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Road Runners, Syria Shrine Center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA 15024. For online condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Fasiska, Dr. Edward J. 77

  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dr. Edward J. Fasiska, PhD, 77, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, the Feast Day of Our Lady Guadalupe. Dr. Fasiska was the son of late John Fasiska and Mary E. Fasiska. He is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Deborah Dobransky-Fasiska; daughter, Desanka Noelle Fasiska; his nephews and nieces, John Fasiska, Kelly Brinker and Cindy, Todd, Rona and Chris Corbin. Dr. Fasiska will be forever in the hearts and minds of his beloved extended family, friends and in-laws, including Edward, Mark and Eric Dobransky, Denise Fuller and Valerie and Rachel Dobransky. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Rory Dobranksy and Carol Pawlikowski who gave Dr. Fasiska special loving care in his final years. Dr. Fasiska is remembered for his many accomplishments. He was a former vice president of Mellon Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, the co-founder of Materials Consultants and Laboratories; he went on to be the principle research scientist for major laboratories in the United States as well as published several scientific peer-reviewed papers in the physics and materials science community. His philanthropic achievements include serving on boards, including the Latin American Children's Fund, which the family requests donations are made in honor of Dr. Edward J. Fasiska. Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Arrangements are by STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6191.
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Febbraro, Gesuele 73

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Gesuele Febbraro, 73, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Caterina; father of Elisabeth Lazzaro (Anthony) and Gregorio Febbraro (Ginina); loving and proud grandfather of Nicholas, Jesse and Gabrielle Lazzaro, Isabella Caterina and Anna Lin Febbraro; brother of Francesco G. (Vittoria), Carmelo (Lina) Febbraro, Concetta (Giuseppe) Costa, Teresa (Pietro) Costa and Candida (Pasquale) Malta; and brother-in-law of Giuseppe (Lisa) Burello and Antonia (Nino) Tavella. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews. Gesuele was born in Maierato, Southern Italy. He took pride in his work and family and was a dedicated husband and loving and compassionate father and provider and also was a proud and adoring Nonno to his loving grandchildren. He will be truly missed. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bonaventure Church. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Flanigan, Cynthia A. 55

  • West Deer Township , Formerly of Butler
  • Born: 1959-11-11
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, West Deer Township | Get Directions
  • Cynthia A. (Lepley) Flanigan, 55, of Russellton, West Deer Township, formerly of Butler, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her residence. Born Nov. 11, 1959, in Butler, she was the daughter of Janet A. (Cumberland) Lepley, of Russellton, and the late William D. Lepley. She was a 1977 graduate of Portersville Christian School and attended Hannahstown Road Baptist Church, Cabot. She enjoyed reading, decorating, crafts and especially spending time with her grandson. Besides her mother, she is survived by her grandson, Jackson T. Flanigan, his parents, and her son, Tyler D. Flanigan and Elyse Silva, all of Lower Burrell; brother, David R. Lepley, of Russellton; and her former husband, Timothy A. Flanigan, of Butler. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to the time of the service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Hannahstown Road Baptist Church, 250 Hannahstown Road, Cabot, PA 16023, with Pastor Mark Wagner officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Golembiewski, Francis T. 51

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1963-08-02
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Francis Todd Golembiewski, 51, of Clairton passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Jefferson Hospital. He was born Aug. 2, 1963, in McKeesport, to the late Francis A. Golembiewski, who passed away in 2013; and Gloria Musisko Golembiewski, of Jefferson Hills. Todd is survived by his mother; brother, John Francis Golembiewski, of Charleroi; and nephew, James M. Lewis, of Elizabeth. He lived in the Clairton/Jefferson area all of his life, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1981 and was the lead security guard at Clark Testing for 5 and one half years in Large (Jefferson Hills). He also was an avid kayaker and fisherman. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St., Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the funeral home followed by interment at Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Herb, Anna 93

  • Carrick
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Anna Herb, 93, of Carrick, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. She was the devoted daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Terak) Herb; cherished sister of John, the late PFC Michael Herb Jr. and Margaret "Marge" Herb; loving aunt of John M. Herb and Annamarie M. (Scott) MacMurray; and great-aunt of Andrew MacMurray. Anna was a clerk with the Internal Revenue Service for 35 years who truly loved her career, family and church. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 1008 Castle Shannon Blvd., Castle Shannon. A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 18th St. at Jane, in the South Side. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Keeley, Delys A. 69

  • Robinson Township , Formerly of McKees Rocks
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Schepner-Mcdermott, Crafton | Get Directions
  • Delys A. (Barrett) Keeley, 69, of Robinson Township, formerly of McKees Rocks, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Art Keeley; loving mother of Lori (Bill) Schallus, Scott and Todd Keeley; loving and devoted nana of Matthew and Michael Schallus; daughter of Ruth (Savha) and the late Dan Barrett; and dear sister of Dan, Tom (Ann Marie), Brian (Sandi), Dean (late Gerry) Barrett. She is sadly missed by the Keeley and Schiller families; and also nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. As per Del's wishes, there will be a private viewing and service. Arrangements are by SCHEPNER-McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, Crafton.
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Kennedy, Eugene Gene 75

  • Floreffe
  • Born: 1939-01-03
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Eugene "Gene" Kennedy, 75, of Floreffe, Jefferson Hills, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 3, 1939, in Jefferson Township, one of two children to Eugene Herbert and Lillian (Bucy) Kennedy. He was retired from U.S. Steel's Clairton Works. Gene served in the Army, was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church in West Elizabeth and was a member F and AM of Lodge 759 in Pleasant Hills and a Lodge in Coudersport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Mark Alan Kennedy; and his only sibling, Carol Snyder. He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Prout) Kennedy; two children, Rhonda (Rick) Angelone, of Elizabeth Township, and Kevin Kennedy, of Wilson Borough in Clairton; four grandchildren, Chelsey Angelone, Ashley, Katelyn and Kristen Kennedy; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), in Jefferson Hills, where his funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, with the Rev. Janice Holmes of Olivet Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery. Visit http://www.stephendslater.com for condolences.
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King, Stella M.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Stella M. (Haraburda) King, of Swissvale, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. She was the wife of the late John J. King; loving mother of Miriam A. King; and special aunt of Amy Wiesczynski Ruth, Kristin Williams, Bryan Ruth and Alison Ruth. Stella retired at the age of 76 after 27 years working for Jerry Belbot. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Anselm Church, Word of God Parish. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Kulbacki, Charlotte 74

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Charlotte Kulbacki, 74, of Shaler Township, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was the wife of Robert J. Kulbacki; mother of Robert (Diana), Joseph and Timothy (Heidi) Kulbacki and Christine (Neil) Sabatini; grandmother of Amanda, Samantha, Stephanie, Nicole, Daltan, Allison and Bruno; and great-grandmother of Jobe, Ashlynn and the late Felicia. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Polish Hill. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Langenberg, Marguerite C. 91

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Born: 1923-04-23
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Marguerite C. "Peggy" Langenberg, 91, of Upper St. Clair, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was born May 23, 1923, in Hagerstown, Md., a daughter of the late Donald Cardone and Lena P. Cardone. She is survived by her loving husband, Frederick C. Langenberg; sister, Betty Filipps, of Tulsa, Okla.; nieces, Valerie Holt and Melinda Singleton, of Tulsa; and nephew, Donald Filipps, of Tulsa. She was the loving stepmother to Rick Langenberg and Susan Brainer and loving stepgrandmother to Laura Jane, Dan and Andrew Brainer. Peggy Langenberg graduated from the Pennsylvania Business College, and began working at Jessop Steel Co., Washington, Pa. She became the highest ranked secretary in the company, working with the president for five years. She then moved to Washington, D.C., and was executive assistant to the president of the American Iron and Steel Institute. She next moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1979, and was executive secretary to the chairman of Interlake Corp., a Fortune 500 company. She returned to Pittsburgh in 1990 and helped found the Langand Corp., a Subchapter S Corporation. She and her husband were loyal to Pennsylvania State University, where she was a life member of the Alumni Association and a member of the Mount Nittany Society. Peggy Langenberg was a president of the Washington, Pa., branch of the National Secretaries Association. She was a member of the St. Clair Country Club, Chicago Golf Club and Belleair Country Club in Florida. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends and family are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment in Forest Lawn Gardens. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Lopatta, Richard Dick J. 80

  • Pitcairn
  • Born: 1933-12-21
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Pearce Funeral Home, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Richard "Dick" Joseph Lopatta, 80, of Pitcairn, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, peacefully at his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1933, in Trafford. Richard is a veteran of the Korean War, where he served his country with pride. He will forever be remembered by his devoted wife and "best friend," Marie H. Lopatta; his beloved children, Michael Lopata, Cathy Mazzocchetti (Rodgers), Joanne Lopata, Joseph Mazzocchetti, Richard "Ricky" Lopatta, Pamela Lopatta (Sorenson) and Tracy Lopatta; along with several in-laws; eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and countless friends and family who were blessed to know him. Richard loved baseball, especially the Pirates, no matter how bad they were. He also loved to fish and spend time at his camp in Yellow Creek with family. Richard touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. He will be greatly missed by many. No Visitation. Services will be private at Richard's request. The WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME, Pitcairn, is assisting family with arrangements.
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McCormick, Verner L. 87

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Verner L. McCormick, 87, of Plum Borough, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy L. McCormick; father of Stephen McCormick (Teri) and Cynthia McCormick (Joseph Werns); grandfather of Kristen and Philip McCormick and Parker and Josh Werns; and brother of the late Mary Ellen Shope, Leonard McCormick and Elizabeth Kramer. He had served in the Army and had retired as a steelworker from U.S. Steel's Homestead Works. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, (412-372-2100), where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Interment will be private. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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McGaughey, Fred C. 82

  • Bell Acres
  • Born: 1932-05-03
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • Fred C. "Bummy" McGaughey, 82, of Bell Acres, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice of Beaver. He was born May 3, 1932, in Leetsdale, to the late Fred C. and Romaine Mullholland McGaugh. He was president of the former McGaughey Trucking Company in Leetsdale and later worked for Am-Guard Security in Moon Township. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the Navy aboard the USS Wedderburn as a signalman, a member of the Leetsdale VFW and Sewickley YMCA. He was an avid Pittsburgh Panthers fan and a member of the Golden Panthers and a season ticket holder since 1957. Surviving are his loving wife, Sylvia Capozzoli McGaughey; a son, Stephen (Michaelene) McGaughey, of Economy; a daughter, Kathy (Richard) Ferguson, of Dublin, Ohio; six grandchildren, Jeff (Ashley) McGaughey, of Fair Oaks, Steve McGaughy, of Ambridge, Steve McGaughey, of Economy, Kristy McGaughy, of Poland, Ohio, Sara McGaughy, of Columbus, Ohio, and Alexandra Ferguson, of Bloomsburg; a sister, Donna Fleig, of Leetsdale; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were his son, Michael C. McGaughey; and brother-in-law, Donald Fleig. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, where a funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday followed by full military honors provided by the Beaver County Special Unit.
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Merriman, John F. 75

  • Fair Oaks
  • Born: 1939-11-25
  • Died: 2014-12-09
  • Funeral Home: Gabauer-Matter, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • John F. Merriman, 75, of Fair Oaks, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Wexford. Born Nov. 25, 1939, in Sewickley, a son of the late Fred and Frances Minnick Merriman, he was a graduate of Sewickley High School. He was a truck driver for Neville Chemical, Taylor's Milk and retired from M.C. Tank. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local 926. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Marge Belcastro Merriman; children, Lynn Galloway, John Merriman, Mary Merriman, Samantha "Sam" Hiller and her husband, Robert, Adolph Stephansky and his wife, Karen, and John Stephansky and his wife, Charleen; a brother, Eddie Merriman and his wife, Patty; grandchildren, Erin, Justin (Monica), Cristen, John (Ashley), Derek and Christina; a special niece and nephew, Tina Wilson and James Havens; and other nieces and nephews. Friends were received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the GABAUER-MATTER FUNERAL HOME, 1133 Church St., Ambridge, http://www.gabauermatterfuneralhome.com, where a blessing service was held at 8 p.m.
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Oertel, Wilbert J. 88

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Wylie, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Wilbert J. Oertel, 88, of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Beverly J. (Walker) Oertel; father of Wilbert J. Jr. (Roxanne), Steve F. (Donna) and the late David L. Oertel; brother of Robert J. Oertel and Marian Oertel; grandfather of Justin (Heidi), Michael (Micaela), Amanda and Stephanie Oertel; great-grandfather of Isaac and Hallie; and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Oertel was an Army Air Force World War II veteran. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
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Ostovich, Paul 86

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1928-01-03
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Paul Ostovich, 86, of Clairton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. He was born Jan. 3, 1928, in Clairton. He retired as a supervisor from U.S. Steel's Clairton Works. Paul was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the former St. Mary's Serbian Orthodox Church in Clairton, where he was a longtime member of the choir, and a current member of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Pleasant Hills. He joins his late wife of 57 years, Mildred F. (Cheran) Ostovich, who passed away Feb. 13, 2011. Paul is survived by his daughter, Paula (Michael) Hodnik, of West Homestead; his son, Greg (Gayle) Ostovich, of Dade City, Fla.; his four grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Peter Ostovich; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in the funeral home with Father Rajko Kosic officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. Paul's family would like to give a special thanks to his caregivers, Dorothy and Patty, and ask that any memorial contributions be made to either Holy Trinity Cathedral, 4920 Clairton Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15236 or the charity of one's choice. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Paytas, Dennis C. 58

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-12-11
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Dennis Charles "Denny" Paytas, 58, of McCandless, Our Top Gun, adored husband, worshipped father and cherished Pappy, took his final flight on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. He was the loving husband and co-pilot of 39 years to Debra A. "Goose" (Conner) Paytas. He would say "Together, we've got this, Goose." A passion for each other beyond any love story known, they truly defined what love is. He was the devoted father of Heather Dawn "Heath" Liberto (Sam) and Tyler Jay "Teege" Paytas, his wingman for life, both of whom will honor his legacy for life and fly with the best of the best; and proud Pappy of Hannah "Babes," Riley and Spencer, whom he loved to spoil rotten and would always say, "I'm the Pappy. I get to do what I want and send them back home." Hannah's best friend for life and hero. A bond that will continue on in her through the generous and kind deeds her Pappy taught her. He was the cherished son of Catherine "Trink" (Skillen) and the late Edward D. Paytas Sr.; and brother of Daniel, Lynne, Lisa (don't ever stop listening to the Beach Boys), Edward Jr., Kenneth "Buck" Paytas and Katie Kraus. Dedicated owners and operators for many years of the Meadville Giant Eagle, Denny and Debbie made an impact on the community and touched countless lives. Big Dog's table will be reserved exclusively for him in the cafe so that he can watch over us all and keep us on our toes. In just a few words, Denny was "Simply the best." We love you, Pops! Even though a Wild Hog is riding in Heaven now, his best friends will hold him dear to their hearts as he did to his. You know who you are. Ride hard or stay home boys. Services are private. Family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444.
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Phaturos, Dorothy M. 82

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. (Grech) Phaturos, 82, of West View, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter T. Phaturos; loving mother of Joseph (Arlene) Phaturos; grandmother of Timothy Phaturos and Michelle (Joseph) Szczerbiak; great-grandmother of Robert, Elizabeth, Joseph and Calista; sister of William (Lorriane) Grech, Lillian Grech, Thomas (Mary Ann) Grech and the late Anthony (surviving wife Edna) Grech. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, 15229. A Trisagion service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the St. George Chapel, Holy Trinity Cemetery, 8941 Ringeisen Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. (Everyone please meet at cemetery.) In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. George Chapel Memorial Fund, 985 Providence Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Regan, Elizabeth Poddie P. 95

  • Greenfield
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth P. "Poddie" Regan, 95, of Greenfield, died after a long illness, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. She was the wife of the late Edward F. Regan; loving mother of John Regan, Catherine (Martin) Conroy, Edward F. (the late Nancy) Regan, Eileen (Herman) Voth and the late Elizabeth (surviving husband, David) Christian; grandmother of Dara, Eric, Brian, David and Heather; sister of the late Marie Balkey, and John Michalka; and great-grandmother of nine. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Ave. Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, followed by funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Rosalia Church.
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Ross, Martha 60

  • Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2014-12-13
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  • Martha Ross, 60, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, after a battle with cancer. Her family and friends were by her side, when she went with the lord. She was born to Shirley G. (Chestnut) Meyers. Martha worked for DACC with her dear friend, Candy Petrovich, before she fell ill. Martha loved playing cards and building puzzles with her granddaughter, bingo, gambling and spending time with her friends and family. Besides her mother, she is survived by her daughters, Nicole Ross, of Natrona Heights, Kelly Ross, of Saxonburg, and Crista Ross, of Butler; her son, David Salvatore, of Virginia; her three grandchildren; her siblings, Dixie (Bob) Couturiaux, of Allegheny Township, Cookie (Mike) Simmons, of California, Betty (Dan) Knapp, of Brookville, Joyce (Chuck) Stephenson, of Florida, Shirley (Mark) Campbell, of Penn Hills, Keely (Mark) Nolan, of Florida, and Gary (Jodie) Stephenson, of Cranberry Township; and lifelong friend, Ed Campbell, of Natrona Heights. Family and friends are asked to join in celebrating the life of Martha Ross at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at the VFW in Tarentum.
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Sayles, Alicia G. 55

  • McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Tunie, Homestead | Get Directions
  • Alicia G. Sayles, 55, of McKeesport, passed away suddenly Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at McKeesport Hospital surrounded by her family. She leaves to cherish her memory: parents, Gerald and Maxine Sayles; children, DeJuan, Jeffrey, Anthony and Andre Sayles; siblings, Gerald Sayles Jr. and Antony Sales Sr.; and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St., McKeesport, PA, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery. Arrangements by TUNIE FUNERAL HOME INC. http://www.tuniefuneralhomeinc.com.
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Shaw, Harold J. 81

  • South Side Slopes
  • Born: 1933-05-25
  • Died: 2014-12-11
  • Funeral Home: Jordan, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Harold J. "Hal" Shaw, 81, of the South Side Slopes, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. He was born May 25, 1933, in McKeesport, and was the son of the late James and Anna Schibik Shaw. Harold was retired from the accounting department of U.S. Steel Corp., South Side. He was an Air Force veteran. Hal was a member of the Cycle Paths Bike Club since 1999 in which he named and where he formed many wonderful friendships. He is survived by his sister, Gladys Jobes, of North Huntingdon; nieces, Dianne (Terry) Martz, of North Huntingdon, Patty (John) Grominski, of North Huntingdon, Lisa (Dr. James) Montgomery, of Greensburg; nephew, George Jobes, of North Huntingdon; and beloved canine companion, Zeeva. At Hal's request there will be no visitation or service. Private inurnment will take place in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. The family has requested memorial contributions in Harold's memory to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
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Shawfield, Wilhelmina M. 90

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Wilhelmina M. Shawfield, 90, of Penn Hills, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald L. Shawfield; loving mother of Donna (Chris) Bennett, Willa (Robert) Weltner and Darryl (Regnia) Shawfield; grandmother of 13; and great-grandmother of four, with one on the way. She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Wilhelmina was a member of the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania and volunteered for many years at the Penn Hills voting polls. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Penn Hills, next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Phipps Conservatory, 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Shiff, Nancy A. 84

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Nancy Ann (Snowden) Shiff, 84, of Scott Township, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Nancy was the beloved wife for 54 years of Ted Shiff. Surviving are three children and 11 grandchildren. She always was a teacher, beginning with kindergarten and then led the visually handicapped program in Beaver Valley. Later, she taught in our church and community bible classes, plus leading our family and other families in any way possible. She always offered to help anyone at any time. Mom, grandma, Nancy, aunt - Thank you! If we were to write about your life and all its goodness, this entire newspaper would be filled with stories of you and its other contents would pale in significance. You not only taught love (1 Cor 13:4-8) you put it on full display with your life. Nothing is more important to God (Matthew 22:36-40) so thank you for leaving us with that lasting legacy. You are already deeply missed by countless many, but for us who know the truth we say the reunion is going to be sweeeet! Enjoy your first real Christmas and the best present you could ever receive - eternal life (Romans 6:23). Family and friends will be received at 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. A celebrate life (no. 2) remembrance time will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday in Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Visitation will continue 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Laughlin's. Interment will be Monday in Jefferson Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held in January in Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 255 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 or to cancer research.
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Sisca, Richard D. 69

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Richard D. Sisca, 69, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was a beloved son of the late Richard A. and Mary R. Sisca. He is survived by his sisters, Donna Sisca and Fugi Sisca (Greg Macklin); and his brother, Joseph S. (Eileen) Sisca; six nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends. There will be no visitation. Family and friends will gather for his funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Church, Morningside. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael Church. Professional services trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Skiffington, Daniel A. 17

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Daniel A. Skiffington, 17, of Ross Township, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the beloved son of Vincent II and Sharon (Wagurak) Skiffington; loving brother of Renee L. (Robert) Krebs and Brandi D. Skiffington; beloved grandson of Mary Lou Skiffington and the late Vincent Skiffington Sr., and Ethel Wagurak and the late Alexander Wagurak; loving nephew of Kathleen (David) Wire, Douglas (Paula) Wagurak, and Janae (Michael) Nail; and also survived by many cousins. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help cover funeral costs; go to: youcaring.com and search for Daniel A. Skiffington.
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Snyder, Helen 81

  • Crafton , Formerly of Bristol
  • Born: 1933-04-28
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Helen Fessick Snyder, 81, of Crafton, formerly of Bristol, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was born April 28, 1933, in McAdoo, daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna Czernianski Fessick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Snyder; a son, Theodore C. Snyder; two brothers, Nicholas and John Fessick; and a sister, Dorothy Fessick. Helen is survived by three sons, Robert J. (Janet) Snyder, of Langhorne, Mark (Mary) Snyder, of Murrysville, and Daniel Snyder, of Yardley; 10 grandchildren, Catherine, Eric, Christopher, Nicholas, Joscelyn, Helena, Maura, Haley, Morgan and Kyra; and a brother, Joseph (Betty) Fessick, of New Jersey. A private blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Interment will be private. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sokolowski, Casimir R. 87

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1927-08-16
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Casimir R. "Sam" Sokolowski, 87, of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Nanticoke, the son of the late Charles and Josephine Bobowicz Sokolowski. Sam was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy. He was a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in business. Sam retired after 35 years of service as an internal auditor for Allegheny Ludlum Steel, working at both the Pittsburgh and Natrona Heights offices. He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, in Natrona Heights, the American Legion Post 226, in Brackenridge, and the Tarentum Area Lions Club. Sam was also a former member of the school board for Most Blessed Sacrament School in Natrona Heights, headed the fund raising for the installation of air conditioning at Most Blessed Sacrament Church and was on the initial board of directors for the start and completion of Sylvan Pool in Natrona Heights. Sam is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan Sabol Sokolowski; his children, David (Anna Mae) Sokolowski, of Natrona Heights, and Lynne Williams, of Gibsonia; eight grandchildren, Niki McBride, John Williams, Jaime Michaels, Andrea Sokolowski, Magdalena (Ed) Huybrecht, Matthew Sokolowski, Dana Sokolowski and Alyse Sokolowski; 15 great-grandchildren; and by his sister, Eleanor Lewczyk, of Natrona Heights. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jean R. Sokolowski, Feb. 6, 2008; brother, Rev. Edward Sokolowski; and sister, Geraldine Toone. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with his pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Entombment with full military honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in Mt. Airy Mausoleum, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Sam may be made to the Alzheimers Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Thomas, Mary Jean 77

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1937-10-14
  • Died: 2014-12-11
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Mary Jean (Cole) Thomas, 77, of White Oak, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Family Hospice Lawrenceville, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 14, 1937, in Uniontown, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Charles Joseph and Rosealee Alora Jane Teets Cole. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward William "Bill" Thomas; and sister, Patricia Lewis. She is survived by her children, Marcy (Mark) Clair, of Shelton, Conn., Bill (Patty) Thomas, of Hempfield Township, Mary Beth Thomas, of Greensburg, Geri Ann (Adrian) Fenton, of Wexford, and Barry Thomas, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Logan and Luke Clair, Billy and Michael Thomas, Noah, Margaret and Mary Fenton; brother, Charles (Sue) Cole; sister, Shirley Coulson; and numerous nephews and nieces. Friends were received this past Sunday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held this past Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church of North Huntingdon. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Venturini, Amelio 102

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1912-05-15
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Amelio Venturini, 102, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Logan Place, Lower Burrell. He was born May 15, 1912, in Gilpin Township, a son of the late Alberto and Rosa Chiappelli Venturini. Amelio was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He retired from Alcoa in New Kensington and later worked as a security guard at Paper Craft in Blawnox. Amelio was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, in Natrona Heights, and the VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights. He enjoyed gardening and jigsaw puzzles. Amelio is survived by his two daughters, Emma (Stephen) Sekeras, of Cheswick, and Betty (Albert) Palko, of New Kensington; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Salto Venturini, Nov. 9, 2007; his son, Paul Louis Venturini, in infancy; grandson, Curt Alan Sekeras, and by his siblings, Adriano Venturini, Natalina Salvatore, Luigino Venturini, Tulio Venturini, Marco Venturini, Torbe Venturini and Carlo Venturini. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with his pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Wigton, JoEllyn 67

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1947-08-19
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • JoEllyn (Chonko) Wigton, 67, of Sewickley, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. She was born Aug. 19, 1947, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Joseph Anthony and Marian Catherine (Koontz) Chonko. She was the beloved wife of the late Calvin Richardson Wigton; sister of Mary (the late Joseph) Esther Kratzenberg, of Dravosburg, Patricia (the late Carl) Ann Bucy, of West Elizabeth, Ruth (George) Elizabeth Pisko, of Andover, Ohio, Virginia (Ralph) Lemak, of Baldwin, Ona (Mark) Jean Horgas, of Trafford, James (Marie) Anthony Chonko, of West Mifflin, and Timothy (Tammy) Michael Chonko, of Duquesne; and many nieces and nephews survive. JoEllyn was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley and volunteered in the office there and worked for Mellon Bank. Visitation was Tuesday at COPELAND'S FUNERAL HOME, 702 Beaver St., Sewickley. Funeral service was Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley. Interment was in Sewickley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of your choice in her memory.
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Wright-Carter, Sandra 56

  • Homestead
  • Born: 1958-01-20
  • Died: 2014-12-11
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  • Sandra Wright-Carter, 56, of Homestead, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Sandra was born Jan. 20, 1958, and graduated from Greensburg Salem School and worked in the Pittsburgh area. She was preceded in death by her mother, Naomi Wright; her father, Roland Wright; and a brother, James Wright. She is survived by her husband, Philmore Carter; a son, Von Anthony Wright, both of Pittsburgh; sisters, Brenda Evans, of Connecticut, and Althea Cecelia Wright, of Greensburg; and a brother, Armstead Heatherington, of Baltimore, Md.; grandchildren, Ali, Trevon, Von Jr. and Nykeea; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at WEST FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Wylie Ave., Pittsburgh, where the Rev. J.V.A. Winsett will officiate.
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Zelman, Paul

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Paul Zelman, of Highland Park, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Miriam Zelman; loving father of Barbara and Harold Caplan, Eileen Katz and Beverly Trout; brother of the late Saul Zelmanov; cherished Papa of Scott and Nadia, Anne, Erin and Bruce, Andrea and Josh, Pamela, Lauren and Jessica; great-great-Papa of Larissa, Daniel, Joshua, Nicole, Lindsay, Devon, Jaidyn and Grace. Services at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation one hour prior to services (noon to 1 p.m.). Interment Adath Jeshurun Cemetery. Contributions may be made to New Light Congregation, 1700 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. http://www.schugar.com.
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Ankney, Deloris 83

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Born: 1930-12-24
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Deloris Ankney, 83, formerly of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Dec. 24, 1930, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Charles Ankney and Annabell Showers Ankney Morrow. Deloris was a member of the Heritage United Methodist Church. Prior to her retirement she had been employed as a caregiver for several local area families. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Wayne "Red," Paul and Greg Morrow, and Kenneth and Charles Ankney; and a sister, Aileen Shanefelt. She is survived by two children, Kimberley (Michael) Parker, of Loyalhanna, and Mark (Taryn) Ankney, of Ligonier; a grandson, Michael Parker, who was the love of her life; three brothers, William F. Morrow Jr., of Stahlstown, Donald (Diane) Morrow, of Landers, Wyo., and Lewis (Rae) Ankney, of Berlin; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Saturday the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with her pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com. Deloris Ankney formerly of Ligonier Deloris Ankney, 83, formerly of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Dec. 24, 1930, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Charles Ankney and Annabell Showers Ankney Morrow. Deloris was a member of the Heritage United Methodist Church. Prior to her retirement she had been employed as a caregiver for several local area families. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Wayne "Red," Paul and Greg Morrow, and Kenneth and Charles Ankney; and a sister, Aileen Shanefelt. She is survived by two children, Kimberley (Michael) Parker, of Loyalhanna, and Mark (Taryn) Ankney, of Ligonier; a grandson, Michael Parker, who was the love of her life; three brothers, William F. Morrow Jr., of Stahlstown, Donald (Diane) Morrow, of Landers, Wyo., and Lewis (Rae) Ankney, of Berlin; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Saturday the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with her pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., officiating. Interment was in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Barcellino, Elizabeth L. 51

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1963-07-26
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Ann Barcellino, 51, of Penn Township, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, with loved ones by her side, under the care of Forbes Hospice. Born July 26, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Elizabeth devoted her life to her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband, Jeffrey Barcellino, whom she married May 22, 1981. They had two devoted daughters: Christina, married to Timothy O'Neil, and Karrie, married to Joshua Weinman. Elizabeth had four granddaughters, Arabella, Vada, Gabriella and Kinley. She is also survived by her parents, Adam and Hilda McMeekin; and her siblings, Lisa Cusato, Thomas and Lori McMeekin, Jennifer and Brandan Valore. In loving memory, her late brother: Eric McMeekin. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Unity Church, 215 Unity Center Road, Plum, PA 15239. Arrangements by MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers,memorial contributions are suggested to Forbes Hospice in Elizabeth Barcellino's name. Please go to Forbes Health Foundationto place a donation: http://www.ahn.org/ways-to-give/forbes-health-foundation/giving-forbes-hospice. We'd like to thank the amazing staff at Forbes Hospice for their wonderful care.
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Boyd, James S. 71

  • Webster
  • Born: 1943-01-08
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • James S. Boyd, 71, of Webster, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at home. Born in New Eagle on Jan. 8, 1943, he was the son of the late Norval and Dorothy (Shawley) Boyd. James was retired from the Laborers Union Local 373. He liked working in his yard and garden, taking care of his animals and his cars. He is survived by his two sons, James S. (Mary Ann) Boyd Jr. of Pleasanton, Texas and Robert M. Boyd of Webster; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Walter (Kerry) Boyd of Sutersville and Norval (Joann) Boyd Jr. of Jacobs Creek; three sisters, Karen (Kenny) Roberts of West Newton, Dorothy Forsyth of Florida and Sharon (Scott) Holliday of Elizabeth; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Boyd. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in Mon Valley Memorial Park.
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Busatto, Cheryl A. 59

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1955-04-27
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Cheryl Ann "Cheri" (Miller) Busatto, 59, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Ms. Busatto was born April 27, 1955, in Connellsville, a daughter of Helen Walker Miller, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late Eugene "Bucky" Miller. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church. Cheri was a 1973 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School. She was employed as the office manager for Dr. Aboosi for more than 28 years. Cheri loved to cook and bake for her family and her friends. She was known especially for her exceptional pepperoni rolls. Cheri's kindness and her smile will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She is survived by her loving family: her mother, Helen; her longtime companion, Vic Jordan, of Mt. Pleasant; her son, Daniel Busatto and his wife, Carey, of Greensburg; and the two loves of her life, her granddaughters, Elie and Adelyn Busatto. Cheri is also survived by her sisters, Cynthia Poole, of Latrobe, Susan Halvonik, of Pottstown, Joyce Markiewicz and her husband, Kevin, of Mt. Pleasant, and Jeanne Kisiel and her husband, Joseph, of Erie; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cheri was preceded in death by her father, Eugene "Bucky" Miller, in 2010; an infant brother, Richard Miller; by her maternal grandparents, Harry and Nellie Walker; and her paternal grandparents, Walter and Margaret Miller. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home, followed by Cheri's funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the St. Pius X Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Campbell, Clara L. 68

  • Valley Heights
  • Born: 1946-07-30
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Clara L. Campbell, 68, of the Valley Heights area of New Kensington, died Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014, in UPMC St. Margaret, Pittsburgh. She was born July 30, 1946, in New Kensington, and has been a lifelong resident of the local area. Mrs. Campbell enjoyed cooking, going out to lunch, watching TV and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her father, Clarence Reynolds, of Cheswick; husband of 43 years, Verne F. "Butch" Campbell; son, Richard (Lori) Albaugh, of Indianapolis, Ind.; two daughters, Stacy (Daniel) Tursky, of Linesville, and Yvonne (David) Ewing, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Bambi (Sheldon) Simmons, Heather (Chris) Porter, Sue Albaugh, Ashley (Jake) Nolder, Daniel (Toni) Tursky, Verne Campbell, Rick Albaugh Jr., Kristopher Tursky, Emma Ewing, Ellie Ewing and Trevor Tursky; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Debra (Albert) Mehalic, of West Deer; and three brothers, Jonathan Reynolds, of New Kensington, James Reynolds, of Harmarville, and Jeffrey Reynolds, of Natrona Heights. She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Tadrcak Reynolds; son, Douglas W. Campbell; and sister, Denise R. Greenwald. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Harold Mele officiating. Burial will be private. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Caruso, Mary J. 93

  • Norvelt , Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1921-03-25
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mary J. Belzer Caruso, 93, of Norvelt, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at her home. Mrs. Caruso was born March 25, 1921, in Tarrs, a daughter of the late Louis and Liboria Rotella Belzer. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society. Mary worked for her nephew, the late Leonard Santorella, at the former Thrift Sales Co. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and many friends, and was proud to have made raviolis in her kitchen for many years for Kraisinger's Market. Mary also enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family. Mary was a loving wife and very devoted mother and grandmother. A friend to many, she will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Mary is survived by her loving family: her children, Mary Jo Baker and her husband, Randy, of Norvelt, where she lived for more than 11 years, Roxanne Scott and her husband, Mike, of Mt. Pleasant, and Donna Eckman and her husband, Paul, of Shohola; and by her beloved grandchildren, Adam Baker, Brynn Matthews and Bill, Amanda Scott and Barry James, Megan Scott and fiance Dan O'Neil, Rachael Cox and T.J., and Jarrod Eckman and Janet Vega. She will also be greatly missed by her great-grandchildren, Colton, McKenna and Averie Cox, Adryan and Hayden Opitz, and an expected Matthews great-grandchild in April 2015. Mary is also survived by her loving brother, Sam Belzer and his wife, Connie, of Dearborn, Mich.; her sister-in-law, Virginia Belzer, of Tarrs; and many, many nieces and nephews. Her loss will also be felt at the annual Caruso family reunion, where she presided as the matriarch. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank J. Caruso, in 1974; her companion, Dom Amoroso, in 2007; her two sisters, Angeline DePalma and Virginia Belzer; and her seven brothers, Jack, Joseph, Edward, Louis, Frank, James and Tom Belzer. Family and friends were received Tuesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service was held Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the funeral home, followed by Mary's funeral Mass in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment was in St. Pius X Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service was held Tuesday in the funeral home. A very special thanks for the love and caring for over a year, given by Medi-Home Hospice from her loving "angels," niece Jennifer Caruso, Cheryl Potoka and Cindy Hayden. In lieu of flowers and to commemorate Mary's favorite season, the family suggests memorials may be made to Operation Santa Claus or the Westmoreland County Food Bank in memory of Mary J. Caruso. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Champion, Richard A. 35

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1979-05-08
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Champion, 35, of Ligonier, a police officer with the Perryopolis Police Department, was killed in the line of duty Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. He was born May 8, 1979, in Durham, N.C., a son of Gary W. (Linda) Champion, of Zebulun, N.C., and Helen Szadek Champion, of Rougemont, N.C. Richard had recently completed two tours of duty in Iraq with the Army. He had been employed by the Perryopolis Police Department for eight months. He was a member of the NRA. His life was his family, especially his wife and his son. He was preceded in death by a stepsister, Danyell Sanders; paternal grandparents, Irene and Cal Champion; and maternal grandfather, Joseph Szadek. In addition to his parents, he was survived by his loving wife of five years, Dawn M. Carney Champion; his son, Tanner R. Champion; a brother, Wayne G. Champion, of Rougemont, N.C.; a stepsister, Kelly (Rob) Powers, of Williamsport, Md.; mother-in-law, Rose Bobbitt, of Macedonia, Ohio; father-in-law, Donald (Misty) Carney, of Stahlstown; maternal grandmother, Maria Szadek, of Hillsboro, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends and family will gather from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Richard's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. John Foriska, officiating. Interment will follow in the Snowball Cemetery with full military and law enforcement honors. Please no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in Richard's memory to a fund established for his wife Dawn and son Tanner. Contributions may be made to PPBF c/o 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658 with "DAWN CHAMPION" in the memo line. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Cheatham, Father Louis W. 94

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-12-27
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: __, __ | Get Directions
  • Father Louis W. Cheatham, 94, a retired priest of the Diocese of Greensburg, who was the oldest priest of the diocese, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Mt. Macrina Manor, Uniontown. A native of South Carolina who was raised in Baltimore, Md., Father Cheatham was a priest for 69 years and served for more than 50 years in the Diocese of Greensburg, including 16 years as pastor of St. Peter Parish, Brownsville. "Father Lou was a priest's priest," said Father James F. Petrovsky, senior priest active at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, western Fayette County. "He loved the priesthood and loved and cared about the people he served. The people of St. Peter Parish were so close to his heart. He loved returning there," said Father Petrovsky, who frequently golfed with Father Cheatham. Father Cheatham was born Dec. 27, 1919, in Edgefield, S.C., a son of the late Louis W. and Margaretta Wellmore Cheatham. The family moved to Baltimore when was 3, and their home parish was Corpus Christi. He attended Catholic primary and secondary schools in the Baltimore area and earned undergraduate degrees at St. Charles Preparatory College in Catonsville, Md., and St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. He earned a bachelor's degree in sacred theology from St. Mary's in 1945. Father Cheatham was ordained to the priesthood March 17, 1945, by the late Archbishop Michael J. Curley, of Baltimore, at the Basilica of the Assumption Cathedral, Baltimore. Father Cheatham served for 13 years in the Archdiocese of Washington before accepting a six year appointment in Verdun, near Montreal, Canada. He began priestly ministry in the Diocese of Greensburg Jan. 25, 1964, and was incardinated here in 1971. In the Diocese of Greensburg, Father Cheatham served as parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish, New Kensington, (1964-72). He served as pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Brady's Bend, and its former chapel in Sugar Creek, (1972-76); SS. Simon and Jude Parish, Blairsville, (1976-79); and St. Peter Parish, Brownsville, and its former chapel in Newell, from 1979 until his retirement in June, 1995. He spent most of his retirement years living in Neumann House, the diocese's residence for retired priests at the Bishop William G. Connare Center, near Greensburg. In an article in the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Accent, marking his 90th birthday, Father Cheatham said the highlights of his priesthood included working with students, visiting the sick in hospitals, conducting eight or nine baptisms after Mass, forming youth groups and serving as pastor of the oldest parish in the diocese, St. Peter Parish, Brownsville. During Father Cheatham's pastorate at St. Peter, the church was listed on the National Register for Historical Places (1980), and the parish marked the 240th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in the Brownsville area and the 150th anniversary of the church building. Following retirement, he continued to celebrate Masses around the diocese, assisting at more than 50 different diocesan parishes. He was priest director for the Diocesan Expansion Day appeal in 1974 and served as liaison for retired priests. In addition to English, Father Cheatham spoke Latin, German and French. A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the Bishop William G. Connare Center, and a Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel at the Connare Center with Father John T. Euker as celebrant and homilist. A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at St. Peter Church, Brownsville. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at St. Peter Church, Brownsville, with Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt as celebrant and homilist. Interment will follow in Historic St. Peter Cemetery on the parish grounds.
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Davenport, Christine 46

  • North Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1968-11-11
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Christine Dascani Davenport, 46, of North Belle Vernon, died Saturday, Dec.13, 2014, after a lengthy illness at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Nov. 11, 1968, in Greensburg, she was the daughter of the late William D. Dascani and Drucila Darrigo Dascani and stepfather, Carey Lehew, of North Belle Vernon, with whom she made her home. A resident of North Belle Vernon for the past nine years, Christine was a Catholic by faith. She is also survived by a daughter, Jessica Marie Davenport, of Wilks-Barre; son, Joseph Douglas Berlin, of Greensburg; two sisters and brother-in-law, Lisa Ann Dascani, of Clayton, Ga., Lori Lynn and Bradford Kunkle, of Herminie; four grandchildren, Haylie Ruby, Brylee Hemminger, Joseph Lucas and Jay-Dee Berlin; aunts and uncles, Judy and Dennis Taylor and Joseph and Joyce Darrigo; six special cousins, Rochelle, Angela, Stacey, Scott, Jimmy and Brian; and her special companion, Matthew Diethorn, of North Belle Vernon. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Santo and Nadine Darrigo; and paternal grandparents, William and Lucille Dascani, and a companion, John D. Berlin. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Jones, Pastor of First United Methodist Church officiating, in the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME and CREMATIONS, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. The Family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Christine Davenport to the family. Condolences accepted at the funeral homes web site, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Davis, Robert

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Robert "Bob" Davis, of Greensburg, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis Davis; most loving father of Rachel Leah (Terry) Davis, Carole Davis, James and Marilyn Davis and Steven Davis; cherished Pup of Jeffrey (late Katherine) Toig, Sarah Toig and Rae-Ann Wood, Elisabeth Duffy and Sam Chatterton-Kirchmeier, Lauren Davis, Kate Davis, Margot and Jacob Laksin, Joshua Davis, Susan Davis and Andrew Mitchell; great-grandpup of Cole Feins, Ursa Mitchell, Isla Mitchell, Caleb Duffy and Natan Laksin. He was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Noah Wood Toig. He was the brother of Norma and Lawrence Brodell, Melva (late Mark) Weisberger and Ada (late Stanford) Davis; and is also survived by a multitude of loving family and friends. Services will be at noon Wednesday in Congregation Emanu-El Israel, 222 N. Main St., Greensburg. Visitation will be two hours prior to services from 10 a.m. to noon in Congregation Emanu-El Israel. Interment will be at Emanu-El Israel Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC. Contributions may be made to Congregation Emanu-El Israel, 222 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.schugar.com.
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Diana, Geraldine L. 84

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1930-07-05
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Geraldine L. "Gerri" Diana, 84, of New Stanton, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at her home. Gerri was born July 5, 1930, in Ruffsdale, the daughter of the late John and Bessie Frye Leasure. She was formerly employed by H.C. Frick Hospital as a nursing assistant, retiring in 1989. Surviving are her husband, Guy Diana; children, Ronald Butler, of Ruffsdale, and Pastor Gregory Butler and wife, Kathy, of Tarrs; grandchildren, Kelly Sue Farris and husband, Sean, and Samantha Garsteck and husband, Rich; and a great-granddaughter, Allison. In addition to her parents, Gerri was preceded in death by a brother, John Leasure; and sisters, Eleanor Long, Josephine Sinnamond, Genevieve Leasure, Henrietta Achtzehn and Dolores Haines. The family invited friends on Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services were at 9 a.m. Saturday with her son, Pastor Gregory Butler, officiating. Entombment followed in the Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Please visit Gerri's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com. to sign our condolence guest book. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Donahue, Gerald B. 78

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1936-04-15
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Gerald B. Donahue, 78, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, after a lengthy illness in the comfort of his home. He was born April 15, 1936, a son of the late Francis "Tex" and Anne "Tiny" Donahue. Graduating from Har-Brack High School, Jerry was a proud marine that served during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Allegheny Steel with more than 33 years of service. Jerry was an avid fisherman throughout his entire life. He was also a sports fanatic, loving football, baseball and basketball, but most of all, he loved the Pirates. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Vera M. Argento Donahue, in March of 2014; and infant baby; and his grandparents, John and Carrie Sample, who raised him as a child. He is survived by his son, Edward P. Donahue, and daughter, Colleen M. Donahue, both of Arnold; brothers, Don (Carla) Donahue, of Freeport, and David Donahue, of Creighton; and sisters, Zona (Bill) Christy, Lawana (Bill) Porter, of Freeport, and Tori Rock, of Pittsburgh. As per Jerry's wishes, all visitation, services and burial were private. Arrangements were entrusted to the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, New Kensington, 724-337-3325. In loving memory of Jerry, all donations may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to http://www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Durmis, Rosemary P. 69

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Rosemary P. (Perevuznik) Durmis, 69, of North Huntingdon, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, with her family present. She was the beloved wife of Dennis G. Durmis for 49 years; loving mother of Dennis (Sheila) Durmis and Cindy (Angelo) Bonacci, all of North Huntingdon, and Jeff Durmis, of Elizabeth Township; dear grandmother of Natalie, Christine and Anna Durmis and Kayla Bonacci; sister of Robert (Cathy) Perevuznik, of Monroeville, and the late George Perevuznik; daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Stagon) Perevuznik; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Rosemary's passion in life was being a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She possessed a deep and caring concern for all her family and friends. Even while in the hospital these recent days, she was more worried about others than herself and never complained about her condition. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Parastas will be prayed at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. John Orthodox Church, East Pittsburgh. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Cemetery, Delmont. Rosemary's family extends deep gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of 7-A at Allegheny General Hospital for the wonderful care given to Rosemary. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Fassinger, Josephine R. 93

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1921-11-26
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Josephine R. Lopatowski Fassinger, 93, of Scottdale, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Emil and Catherine Duniec Lopatowski. Josephine was a devout Catholic and a longtime member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and also continued to attend the 8 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Manor with her son, David. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother to her family. Josephine is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her: her three loving children, John E. Fassinger and wife, Charlesia, of Cranberry Township, Rita A. D'Innocenzo and husband, Donald, of Eaton, Colo., and David A. Fassinger, of Scottdale, with whom she previously resided; her five loving grandchildren, David R. Fassinger and wife, Julie, of Upper St. Clair, Nicole Lynn Fassinger Brito and husband, Alex, of Monroeville, Erin Fassinger, of Cranberry Township, Emil D'Innocenzo and wife, Hannah, of Norfolk, Va., and Anna Marie D'Innocenzo Link and husband, Marty, of Baltimore, Md.; her five great-grandchildren and a great-grandchild to be born in February. In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, John Joseph Fassinger (Nov. 28, 2011); two sisters, Mary Ann O'Shea (Nov. 29, 1994) and Ann Gibson. Josephine's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. St. John's Ministry of Consolation will recite prayers at 1:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Fawcett, Robert P. 94

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1920-10-13
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert Parker Fawcett, 94, of Irwin, died at home surrounded by family on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was born Oct. 13, 1920, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Hugh Small and Janette (Woodburn) Fawcett, and was also preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Fawcett Deslam, a brother, William D. Fawcett Sr., and a sister, Elizabeth Williams. Bob was a vice president and longtime salesperson for Bell View Food Products, Penn, and a member of the Pennsylvania Food Manufacturers Association. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 69 years, Betty Jane (Hinds) Fawcett; his granddaughter, Elizabeth Deslam; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Fawcett, of Manor; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Union Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to First Presbyterian Church, 617 Main St., Irwin, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Geckle, Charles R. 78

  • Ruffs Dale
  • Born: 1936-04-17
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Charles R. "Chuck" Geckle, 78, of Ruffs Dale, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in the Excela Health-Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Mr. Geckle was born April 17, 1936, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Clarence and Janet Lynch Geckle. He was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church of Mt. Pleasant. Chuck was a 1954 graduate of the former East Huntingdon High School. He served proudly during the Korean Era in the Marine Corps. Chuck had been employed as a custodian for the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. He was a member of the American Legion Post 446 of Mt. Pleasant. Chuck was an avid golfer and gifted carpenter, fixing things for everyone, and enjoyed watching the Steelers. He was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather. Chuck is survived by his loving family; his wife of 54 years, Joanne D. Gach Geckle; his children, Valerie Spence and her husband, Paul, of Gibsonia, Mark Geckle and his wife, Laura, of Webster, N.Y., Brian Geckle, of Ruffs Dale, and Robert Geckle, of Pittsburgh; and by his beloved grandchildren, Joshua, Sarah and Matthew Geckle and Katherine and Teresa Spence; and a special cousin, Marsha Kennel. In addition to his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence Jr. and Ronald Geckle. Family and friends will be received from noon 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 his funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko, as celebrant. Private Inurnment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Military honors will be conducted following his funeral Mass by the American Legion Post 446. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Glaser, Edwin P. 84

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1930-11-02
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Edwin P. Glaser Sr., 84, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Braddock, a son of the late Jacob and Anna Mae (Welsh) Glaser. Edwin was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Prior to his retirement in 1992, he was employed by MSA as a systems specialist with 44 years of service. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, but most especially spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Norwin VFW Post 781. Edwin was the youngest of 14 children. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy Szekely Glaser, three sons, Edwin Jr., Dan (Kelly) and David (Vicki); two daughters, Cindy Raymer (Ron) and Mary Anne Smatana (Mike); sister, Lucille DePaul (Henry); brother, Donald Glaser; sisters-in-law, Betty and Toni Glaser; nine grandchildren, Kara, Keri, Jake, Sarah, Joshua, Hannah, Eli, Issac and Abram; and one great-grandchild, Haley. Friends were received Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral mass was held Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Interment Good Shepherd Cemetery. Memorials to the Parkinsons Foundation. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Gosciejew, Helen J. 87

  • Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Helen J. Gosciejew, 87, of the Kinloch section of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Lilly, Cambria County, to the late Steven and Mary Nodge Uveges, and was a longtime resident of Lower Burrell. Helen was a homemaker and enjoyed crafts, gardening and bowling for the William Penn Society. She was a life member of the Kinloch Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Ladies of the Moose, the William Penn Association and the Hungarian Reform Church. Mrs. Gosciejew made candy for Herman's Nut Shop and worked part-time at West Penn Hat and Cap and the Normandy Grill. Surviving are her children, Deanne "Diane" (Anthony) Thomas, of Brackenridge, Nancy (Peter) Mohr, of Washington Township, and Jeffery Gosciejew and his companion, Lisa Illinsky, of Springdale; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Gosciejew, of Delaware; grandchildren, Melissa, Peter "PJ", Christopher, Katie and Zak; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Audrina; and her sister, Mary Antoniono, of Leechburg. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Borys Gosciejew; son, Boris "Bo" Gosciejew; granddaughter, Jessica Gosciejew; daughter-in-law, Diana Gosciejew; and her brothers, Steve and Alex Uveges; and her sister, Irene Johnson. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Grabowski, Helen P. 84

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1930-01-15
  • Died: 2014-12-01
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Helen P. Grabowski, 84, of Jeannette, passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at her residence. She was born Jan. 15, 1930, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Michael and Helen Sheptak Uhrik. Helen was a member of the Sacred Heart Church Jeannette where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the churches Resurrection Choir and Rosary Altar Society. Helen enjoyed cooking, baking and was known by her grandchildren as Grandma Boski. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Stanley A. Grabowski Sr., in 2008; a daughter, Christine McCarthy; sisters, Julia Uhrich and Mary Hakala; and brothers, John and Joseph Uhrik. She is survived by her children, Stanley A. Grabowski Jr., of Jeannette, and fiance, Joan Jenkins, and Colleen M. Bambery and husband, John, of Darlington, S.C.; grandchildren, Jarrad McCarthy, Jason Cochran and wife, Karen, Renee Hensell and Eric McCarthy; great-grandchildren, Lacy Cochran, Wade and Kalli Jessman and Dakota and Rylie Cochran; sisters, Lucille Kroll and husband, Edward, and Joann Flanigan, all of Herminie; her special caregivers at Promise Hospice, especially Candy and Audra; and several nieces and nephews. As per Helen's wishes, her funeral services and interment were private. Arrangements were entrusted to the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette. Memorial contributions may be made to the Promise Hospice, 121 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Hollis, Michelle M. 52

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1962-01-16
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Michelle M. Hollis, 52, of Scottdale, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Michelle was born Jan. 16, 1962, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Milton R. Hollis and Wilma L. (Vernon) Hollis. Michelle was a devoted and thoughtful daughter and sister to her family. She was educated in the Southmoreland School System and enjoyed her beloved pet, Diva Marie, and spending time camping and in the outdoors. Michelle will be sadly missed by her loving family; her mother, Wilma L. (Vernon) Hollis, of Scottdale; her brothers and sister, Aaron (Amy), Brian (Diana) and Georgia (Greg), as well as her father, Milton R. Hollis, and additional brothers and sisters, Milton Jr. (Nadine), Bonnie (Ken), Steve (Lindsay), Mark (Tammie) and Jamie (Tony). She will also be sadly missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family members. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, 724-887-5300, http://www.fergusonfunerals.com, GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Cheryl Barron officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Hollis Family, PO Box 399, Scottdale, PA 15683. Love Lasts Forever!
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Jager, Steve P. 94

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1920-01-14
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Steve P. Jager, 94, of New Kensington, passed peacefully Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Born Jan. 14, 1920, in Krasok of The Slovak Republic, he emigrated to the United States in December, 1928, and resided in Creighton until enlisting in the Army. He later moved to Springdale, then Arnold and New Kensington. Steve served as a sergeant in the Army, assigned to the Hawaiian Department of Defense-Communication Division at the Schofield Barracks at the time the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Sometime after the attack, the division was assigned to Australia then to the Philippine Islands. He served in the military for five years. After being discharged in July, 1945, Steve worked for Allegheny Energy, Springdale Power Station for 38 years. Steve was an active member in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association, New Kensington, serving as an officer; as well as the Springdale Veterans Association. He also was a member of St Mary's of Czestochowa Church, Slovak Sokols Lodge 130 and the Polish Falcons of America-Nest No. 41, where he received the Gold Badge of Honor. As a Pearl Harbor survivor, Steve had a passion for giving lectures to the students at numerous area schools as well as participating in memorial services remembering all his comrades that gave their life for our country, in the hope they would never be forgotten. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Anna Jager; beloved wife of 55 years, Sophie Jager; and sister, Anna Augustine. Survivors include his stepdaughter, Dolores Nagy, of Springdale; brother, Edward L. Jager, of Monroeville; grandchildren, Gary (Karen) Nagy, Alan Nagy and Diane (Kenny) Tomayko; great-grandchildren, Bryan, Brittany, Erin and Katlyn Nagy; and nephews and niece, Robert and William Augustine, Anthony Jager and Christine Shellenbach. Steve will be greatly missed by all that were touched by him. His memories will live on through all of us. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, 857 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, by his pastor, Rev. John Szczesny. Burial with military honors accorded by Tarentum VFW Post 5758 will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. Springdale Veterans Association will assemble in the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to hold services for their late member, followed by the Polish Falcons of America at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Mary's of Czestochowa Church or Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot.
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King, Robert M. 50

  • Delmont
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Robert M. King, 50, of Delmont, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in his home. Robert was born in Braddock, a son of Donna (Zablocki) Pace, of Munhall, and the late George King. Robert was a self-employed contractor by trade. He loved fishing in the Monongahela River, watching Steelers games, eating Triangle Bar subs and a good Vinnie Pie and was a big supporter of the Penn-Trafford High School football program, where his son played. In addition to his father, Robert was preceded in death by his stepfather, Artie Pace. Along with his mother, he is survived by his children, Katie Gavin (Larry) and their daughter, Terrah Rae, of Level Green, Jon King (Samantha), of Trafford, and Jordan King, of Level Green; his two brothers, Tom King, of Pittsburgh, and George King (Gwyn), of Dumas, Texas; and a sister, Carol King, of Munhall. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral services will follow visitation at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment is private. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Kintigh, Mary E. 88

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1925-12-20
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Kintigh, 88, of Trafford, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in her home. Mary was born Dec. 20, 1925, in Chicora, a daughter of the late Rev. Herman and Mabel (Deuer) Flick. Mary was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Trafford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton F. Kintigh, in 2010; and two brothers, George and Paul Flick. Mary is survived by her children: Bill Kintigh, of Warrington, and Edna (David) Morris, of Scott Township. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 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. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert J. Marks officiating. Interment will follow in the Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Western Westmoreland County Faith in Action, 2001 Municipal Court, Harrison City, PA 15236. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Kulha, Deven 17

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1997-01-14
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Deven Kulha, 17, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Jan. 14, 1997, in Indiana, Pa. Deven was preceded in death by his grandmother, Kathleen Kulha. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Deven is survived by his mother, Michele Kulha; siblings, Tyler and Morgan Kulha; grandfather, Michael G. Kulha; uncle, Michael S. Kulha; and cousin, Haley Kulha. Services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Lukon, Catherine 96

  • New Derry
  • Born: 1918-11-10
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Catherine "Katie" (Dofollo) Lukon, 96, of New Derry, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 10, 1918, in Atlantic, a daughter of the late Michael and Catherine (Machuga Prebish) Dofollo. Katie enjoyed gardening and watching and feeding birds from her sun porch. She played the accordion and harmonica and loved listening to her polkas. In addition to her parents, Katie was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Lukon; a son, Paul A. Lukon; two brothers, Steve Prebish and John Dofollo; and four sisters, Susie (Prebish) Carnes, Effie Dofollo, Mary (Dofollo) Bankosh and Anne (Dofollo) Kelly. Katie is survived by her 10 children, John Lukon and wife, Rose, of New Derry, Anna Marie Burick and husband, John, of Rochester, Pa., Mary Frances Polinsky, of New Derry, Joseph Lukon, of New Derry, Michael Lukon and wife, Patti, of Derry Township, Charlie Lukon, of New Derry, Elizabeth Ankney and husband, Bill, of New Derry, Theresa Bundy and husband, Joseph, of Derry, Robert Lukon and wife, Julie, of Latrobe, and Catherine Lukon, of Senegal, West Africa; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends. At Katie's request, the visitation, funeral and final committal will be private. The family has entrusted the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331, with the funeral arrangements.
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Mangery, Nancy J. 81

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1933-07-21
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Nancy Jean (Miller) Mangery, 81, of Delmont, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, with her loving family at her side. She was born July 21, 1933, in Pavia, a daughter of the late Clarence and Emma (Stiffler) Miller Taylor and stepfather, Arthur W. Taylor. In addition to her parents, Nancy was predeceased by her beloved husband, Franklin A. Mangery; a son-in-law, Richard A. Redman; and siblings, Calvin Taylor, Aileen Taylor, Lois Arlene Decker, Dorothy Lachie, Beverly Brown, Lucille Kersten, Sylvia Taylor and Judy Taylor. She is survived by her loving family, including her children, Frank R. Mangery and his wife, Carol, of Delmont, Michael J. Mangery and his wife, Donna, of Penn Township, Mardi R. Zerbini and her husband, Edwin, of Greensburg, Mary Beth Redman, of Jeannette, and Dante A. Mangery, and his wife, Kristene, of Saltsburg; grandchildren, Mariah Mangery, Frank Mangery, John Zerbini, Matthew Mangery, Steven Zerbini, Daniel Zerbini, Daine Mangery, Monique Redman, Lukas Mangery, Swade Redman, Dante Mangery and Dalton Mangery; great-grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Margaret) Miller, Zane (Carol) Taylor, Ruby Brown, Dolores Hauth, Patricia Litz, Joyce (Barry) Veronesi, Sandra (Paul) D'Ascenzo, Cynthia (Fred) DeMetro; and numerous nieces and nephews. Nancy Jean will also be missed by Betty Jo Mangery and her many friends. She loved cooking and was known for making the "best spaghetti sauce!" She was the president of Mangery Contracting Inc., in Delmont and previously worked at Westinghouse Airbrake and the former Sheraton Inn in Greensburg. She graduated from Penn Township High School in 1951 and was a member of the girls' basketball team and the Girls Athletic Association. Friends were received this past Tuesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. Funeral services were held this past Wednesday at Slickville Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Thomas M. Holmes presiding. Committal services followed at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. Memorial donations may be made to Delmont Meals-on-Wheels, 301 East Pittsburgh St., Delmont, PA 15626. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Messich, Mary J. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-03-28
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Jean Messich, 84, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born March 28, 1930, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Charles and Bernadette (Gerard) Meyer. She was Catholic by faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas G. Messich; and a sister, Florence Stinson. She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Smail and her husband, Thomas, and Judith Messich, all of Greensburg; two grandchildren, Tyler and Hannah Smail; a brother, Joseph Meyer and his wife, Carol, of Ligonier; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth "Skip" Stinson. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a funeral liturgy will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Nedzesky, Stanley J. 86

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1928-04-22
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Stanley J. Nedzesky, 86, of Rostraver Township, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at home. Born in Bethel Park on April 22, 1928, he was the son of the late Anthony and Rose (Monastryska) Nedzesky. Stanley was the founder and owner of Ace Hydraulic Service, operating businesses in Pittsburgh, Large and Rostraver Township. He was Catholic by faith and loved to golf. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gladys (Davis) Nedzesky; son, Stanley (Cheryl) Nedzesky of Long Branch; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Bruno Nedzesky of Pittsburgh; sister, Josephine Castanet of Bethel Park; and his caregiver, Susan Stewart. In addition to his parents, Stanley was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen M. Wypych; and two brothers, Theodore and Anthony Nedzesky. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com, where a funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. with the Rev. David L. Myers officiating.
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Newcomer, Moira A. 53

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1961-12-11
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Moira A. Newcomer, 53, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her residence. She was born Dec. 11, 1961, in Jeannette, a daughter of Frances (Rellick) Newcomer, of Latrobe, and the late William Newcomer. She was a member of St. Vincent Basilica and was a 1984 graduate of Seton Hill University. She worked as a supervisor at the Latrobe Senior Center and was a member of the Latrobe Chamber of Commerce. Moira was an avid reader, loved to cook, bake and do needlework. In addition to her mother, she is survived by one brother, Edward Newcomer and his partner, Sherry Bolha, of Latrobe; two sisters, Lenore Newcomer and her fiance, Shawn Gilbert, of Pomona, Calif., and Catherine Luttner and her husband, Ron, of Latrobe; a half brother, William Newcomer and his wife, Anna Marie, of Pittsburgh; a half sister, Helen Currykosky, of New Derry; her nieces and nephews, Nicole, Michelle, Edward Jr., Cory, Megan and Trent; numerous aunts and uncles; and her three faithful feline friends, Johnny, Timmy and Isabella. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will be private. 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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Newmyer, William J. 88

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1926-06-13
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • William Larimer Newmyer, 88, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. He was born June 13, 1926, in Irwin, a son of the late John W. and Margaret Irwin (Larimer) Newmyer. Bill was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon, an Army veteran of World War II and a former employee of Lincoln Coach Lines, North Huntingdon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John "Pat" Newmyer; and a sister, Jane Irwin Rice. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 4, 2015, in New Hope Presbyterian Church, 12727 Lincoln Way, North Huntingdon, 724-863-7702, with Rev. Ms. Janet A. Reid, officiating. A graveside committal service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Long Run Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, 724-863-1200. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Peffer, Mary J. 87

  • Mammoth
  • Born: 1927-03-17
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary J. (Turner) Peffer, 87, of Mammoth, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Born March 17, 1927, in Fairfield, Texas, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Ethel (Hopkins) Turner. Mary was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Trauger. Before retirement, she was employed by Westland Manufacturing Co., of Greensburg. Mary was a first charter member of the Kecksburg VFD Ladies Auxiliary and was an avid bingo player. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Edward Peffer; a son, Jake; a sister; and three brothers. She is survived by her loving children, Byron "Zeke" (Joellen "Bunny") Peffer, of Norvelt, Avis (Wayne) Specht, of Latrobe, and Eric (Shelly) Peffer, of Mammoth; daughter-in-law, Patricia Goulding, of Springertown; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Byron Turner; and a sister, Hilda McLeod. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Private interment will follow in St. Paul Reformed Cemetery, Trauger. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Riedl, Robert J. 91

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1923-06-29
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Riedl Jr., 91, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Forbes Hospital, Monroeville. He was born June 28, 1923, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Robert J. Sr. and Margaret Scheithauer Riedl. Prior to his retirement, Robert was employed by Union Switch and Signal as a tool and die maker. He was an avid bowler, enjoyed gardening and trips to the Norwin Public Library. Robert was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Merchant Marines. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, in 1991; and two brothers, Frank and Norman Riedl. He is survived by two sons, Jim (Barbara) and Frank (Anne); two daughters, Darlene Roberts (Gregory) and Roberta (Bill) Gonos; one sister, Marjorie Aucoin (Ray); six grandchildren, Shelley Provident (Dan), Wendy Zimmaro (Brian), Jim Riedl (Lisa), Michael Riedl, Kimberly and Michelle Gonos, two great-grandchildren, Jason and Alyssa Zimmaro; and two great-grandchildren on the way. Friends were received Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME. A funeral service was held Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment Brush Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Shiffler, William H. 81

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1933-04-15
  • Died: 2014-12-09
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • William H. Shiffler, 81, of Irwin, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. He was born April 15, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Albert E. and Alma H. (Neligh) Shiffler. Bill was a retired automotive salesperson, a Navy veteran, a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and a former member of the Norwin Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, the Irwin Male Chorus and formerly served on Irwin Borough Council. Bill had a lifelong love of airplanes and cars. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sally L. (Lapcevich) Shiffler; sons, William H. Jr. and his wife, Meg, of Irwin, and Scott M. and his wife, Kristin, of Woodstock, Ga.; grandchildren, Natalie, Judson, and Adison, who he adored and attended every activity of theirs that he could; a brother, Albert E. Shiffler Jr. and his wife, Thelda, of Utah; also nieces and nephews, and cousins, including Elden (Nancy) Walthour and the late William T. Ray. There will be no public viewing or services. A private funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Ronald Durika officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. Those wishing may contribute to a charity of choice. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Steck, Richard T. 57

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1956-12-21
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Richard T. Steck, 57, of Irwin, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1956, in Jeannette, a son of the late Roy and Viola (Jabaut) Steck. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a mover for Maroadi Moving Co. Richard was an avid fan of Pittsburgh sports teams, especially his beloved Steelers. He also enjoyed reading and fishing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward M. Steck. Surviving are two brothers, Robert Steck and wife, Judie, of North Huntingdon, and James Steck and wife, Gayle, of Freedom; and several nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service held at a later time. Entrusted with the arrangements is the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Sundry, Charles J. 66

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1948-05-08
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Charles J. "Skip" Sundry, 66, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in UPMC Montefiore, Oakland. He was born May 8, 1948, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Charles J. Sundry and Helen Sundry Recknor. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Hamill Manufacturing. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two children, Anna Marie Sundry, of Jeannette, and Christine B. Sundry, and two grandchildren, Matthew V. Grover and Gabriella Gregorini, all of North Huntingdon; a brother, James R. (Graceann) Sundry, of Chadds Ford; and nieces and nephews. At Skip's request, there will be no public visitation. Private interment will be in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Donations may be made in Skip's memory to his favorite charity, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (http://www.givetochildrens.org). http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Thomas, Loretta A.

  • Irwin
  • Died: 2014-12-08
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Loretta A. McKay Thomas, of Irwin, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph and Loretta (Galvin) McKay. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a nurses aid for Westmoreland Manor, in Greensburg. Loretta was a member of the Mars Hill Baptist Church in Herminie; and the Silver Sneakers in North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Thomas. Surviving are a sister, Peggy Browne and husband, Charlie, of North Huntingdon; nephews, Francis "Rusty" Browne and wife, Stacey, of North Huntingdon, and Michael Browne and wife, Lynn, of Greensburg; and a niece, Bonnie Anderson, of Fairview. Friends were received Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service was held Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Greg Knapp, Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist in Irwin, officiating. Interment followed in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, PO Box 1552, Greensburg PA 15601. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Triplett, Ralph K. 94

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1920-10-14
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ralph K. Triplett, 94, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. He was born Oct. 14, 1920, in Wilmerding, a son of the late Walter and Mayzetta (Todd) Triplett. Ralph was a graduate of Wilmerding Memorial High School and retired in 1984 from Allegheny Power Service Corporation, Greensburg, as a senior electrical engineering technician. He was a member of Circleville United Methodist Church, North Huntingdon, a former member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Larimer, and was a longtime member of the Norwin Boosters Club, where he served as vice president until the boosters club was disbanded in 1980. He was a member of the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department and served as their Chaplin as well as the soloist for their funeral services. He was a life member of the VFW Post 781, of Irwin, and also sang for their funeral services. Ralph was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operations with the 28th SPNGB (Seabees). He served on the Islands of the Marshalls, Caroline's, Philippines, and with the occupational forces of Japan. He was a member of the new millennium parade military committee, a charter member of the vet/2000 memorial committee and was a member of the committee for the installation of the Vietnam Veteran's Travelling Wall at Irwin Park. He did the electrical installation for the wall as well as electrical work that was necessary to make the Irwin Veterans Memorial Renovation Project possible. He was a longtime member of the BPO Elks, Norwin Lodge 2313, and a longtime member of the Jacktown Ride and Hunt Club. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Ruth Milne Triplett, in 1997; a son, Walter Triplett, in 1963; two brothers, Howard and Robert Triplett; and six sisters, Edith Sadler, Ruth Kugler, Ethel Farr, Hazel Lovone Hoffman, Gwen Dugan and Irene Garbowsky. Surviving is a son, David (Lindsay) Triplett; and a granddaughter, Kirby Lin Triplett, all of Morgantown, W. Va.; and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Saturday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service followed visitation. Private interment was in Union Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to Larimer Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 306, Larimer, PA 15647. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Voich, John 94

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1920-06-22
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John Voich, 94, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in the Transition Care Center, North Huntingdon. He was born June 22, 1920, in Hahntown, a son of the late Eli and Mary (Bullick) Voich. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a welder for U.S. Steel Duquesne Works. He was a member of the St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, in Monroeville. John was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army, and was a member of the VFW Post 781 of Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred G. (Gryak) Voich; brothers, Eli, Fred, Peter, Joseph, Nicholas, Robert and George Voich; and sisters, Kay Miklik and Mildred Voich. Surviving are three children, Millicent "Mitzi" Heinack, of Butler, Julianna "Julie" Thompson, of Herminie, and John Andrew Voich and wife, Debbie, of Delmont; three grandchildren, Michael Loeffler, Kelly Valmassoni and Josh Thompson; four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Kassidy Valmassoni, Kyle Loeffler and Dylan Thompson; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A Pomen service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 12:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. Father D.C. Malich officiating all services. Interment will follow in the Irwin union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Weaver, Mary Jane 89

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1925-10-09
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Churchfield-Peters, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Weaver, 89, of Lower Burrell, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her home. Mary Jane was born Oct. 9, 1925, in Banks Township, to the late Joseph and Hazel Coalmer Huey. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, baking and making dinner for family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Algiers Weaver; her two daughters, Judith (Tom) Blake, of Upper Burrell, and Barbara Snyder, of Lower Burrell; her sister, Mary; and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Dorothy Yetka; and by two brothers and three sisters. Family and friends are invited from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the CHURCHFIELD-PETERS FUNERAL HOME, 501 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068, (724-335-1951), where services will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Paul Eckenrode officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. For online condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Young, Ronald G. 63

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1951-08-04
  • Died: 2014-12-11
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Ronald Gene Young, 63, of Greensburg, departed this life Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was formerly of McKeesport. He was born Aug. 4, 1951, in McKeesport, son of the late Rocinlus Charles "R.C." Young and Bertha Johnson Young. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Marion Carter, Loretta Butler and Toni Ross. "Pee Wee", as he was affectionately known by family and friends, was a retired employee of the United States Steel Corporation, Clairton Works, and member of the Elizabeth Elks. Surviving are his loving wife, Princess Ann Wilson Young; sons, Ronald (Bianca) Young Jr., of Dallas, Texas, Duane Young and Andrey Young, both of Greensburg; six grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Ann (Alton) Lawrence, of Detroit, Mich., Phyllis Bryant, of McKeesport, Debra Young and Renee Davis, both of Detroit, and Denise Whatley, of Buffalo, N.Y.; brothers, Charles Young, Donald (Sandra) Young and Robert Young, all of McKeesport; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, with services following the visitation hour with Pastor Leroy Robinson officiating at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport. Interment will follow in the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth.
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Armstrong County

Cupec, George W. 87

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1927-03-24
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • George W. "Bill" Cupec, 87, of Kittanning, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning. Born March 24, 1927, in Vandergrift, he was a son of the late Steven F. and Frances E. (Dynka) Cupec. He was a member of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, in Kittanning. He retired from Wean United Foundry in Vandergrift. He was a World War II Navy veteran, having served in the Seabees. He married Marjorie A. Mann on Aug. 27, 1949, and they then moved from Vandergrift to a farm in Kittanning Township in 1952. He loved being with family and friends, enjoyed farming, bowling, bingo, fishing and motorcycle riding. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Marjorie A. (Mann) Cupec, on Feb. 27, 2014; daughter, Linda Cupec; brothers, John Cupec and Steve Cupec Jr.; and sister, Ethel Klingensmith. Survivors include his children, Diane Tressler, William (Pam) Cupec, Carol (Mark) Schaub, Sharon (Bill) Erb and Debbie Cupec; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Harold "Sonny" Cupec; sister, Alice Hepler; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 p.m. until time of services at 5 p.m. Thursday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Kittanning, with the Rev. Douglas E. Dorula officiating. Interment will be in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift.
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Kunkle, Cheryl L. 59

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1955-07-29
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Cheryl L. (Morrow) Kunkle, 59, of Kiski Township, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Born July 29, 1955, in Natrona Heights, she was the daughter of Wilda G. (Kough) Morrow, of Kiski Township, and the late Samuel James Morrow. Cheryl lived in the Apollo area all of her life, and was a 1974 graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School. She was a member and very active at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, including serving as a member of the choir. Cheryl also helped with events at the Kiski Township Fire Hall. She liked ceramics, crocheting and enjoyed making wood lawn ornaments. Cheryl loved the outdoors, especially watching the turkey and deer on her property. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Samuel James Morrow. Besides her mother, Cheryl is survived by her husband of 38 years, Lyle E. Kunkle Sr.; son, Lyle E. Kunkle Jr., of Kiski Township; brothers, Gary E. "Butch" (Marlene) Morrow, of Kiski Township, and Terry L. (Brenda) Morrow, of Kiski Township; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the funeral home with Pastor Sara Wrona and Pastor Olivia Graham co-officiating. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. Contributions may be made in Cheryl's memory to New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 1559 PA State Route 56, Apollo, PA 15613. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Pella, Ellen L. 66

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Ellen L. Pella, 66, of Ford City, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her residence. Arrangements by MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, are incomplete.
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Steele, Ethel M. 97

  • North Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1917-10-22
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Ethel Marie Steele, 97, of North Buffalo Township, was taken hand in hand with God Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, and together they walked into heaven forever to be one of his precious angels. She was in the care of Fair Winds Manor, Sarver, at the time of her death. She was born Oct. 22, 1917. She was a lady who never acted her age, her best quality. She was everyone's favorite for her humor and love no matter where she went. She was the loving widow of Leslie C. Steele, who died April 14, 2006. They were married for 69 years. She is survived by her son, Vernon Dale Steele, of Slate Lick, who took care of her until she went to Fair Winds Manor. She is also survived by two grandsons, Dale Steele and girlfriend, Tonya, of Slate Lick, and Michael Steele and Ann Miller, of Ford City; a granddaughter, Melanie Witmer and Leonard McGuire, of Saxonburg; another granddaughter who Ethel adopted in recent years, Lori Thomas, of Saxonburg; great-grandchildren, Dawson Steele, Shawnee Steele, Kalie Steele and Dakota Thomas; two sisters, Betty Brocious, of Greys Colonial Manor, and Sue and Robert Stitt, of Shelocta; a brother, Ralston and Judy Steele, of Butler; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert K. Steele; and sisters, Alice Gallo, Edith Mauthe and June Steele. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Worthington, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, with the Rev. Jonathan Hill officiating. Burial will take place in Slate Lick Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Stover, Dorothy A. 79

  • South Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1934-12-24
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Dorothy A. "Dottie" Stover, 79, of South Buffalo Township, passed away Dec. 16, 2014, while in the company of family members, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dottie was born Dec. 24, 1934, in Natrona Heights. She was the daughter of the late Clarice (Woods) and Lynn B. Crytzer. She was a member of Srader Grove United Presbyterian in South Buffalo Township for more than 50 years. Dottie was very involved at her church, being a past Elder and helped with running the kitchen in the social hall. Dottie was also a long time member of the South Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, where she helped in the kitchen, running all the social events. She and her husband enjoyed camping, traveling and spending time with their family. Dottie is survived by her husband of 60 years, Roy E. Stover; their two daughters, Debbie (Ken) Boroski, of Freeport, and Michelle Anto, of Church Hill, Tenn.; and daughter-in-law, Janine Stover, of South Buffalo Township; her 10 grand and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Virginia Adams, of Lower Burrell, and brothers, Robert "Bo" Crytzer, of Turnersburg, N.C., and Donald "Red" Crytzer, of Dinosaur, Colo. She is preceded by her son, Kenneth R. Stover, who passed earlier this year; her three brothers, Jackie, Gene and Lynn Crytzer; and her sister, Lillian Walters. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., in Freeport. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the Srader Grove United Presbyterian, in South Buffalo Township, with the Rev. Robert Hindman and Pastor Lea Austin, of Apollo United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be held in Slate Lick Cemetery, Kittanning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Srader Grove United Presbyterian Church, 108 Srader Grove Road, Freeport, PA 16229. To send a condolence visit, http://www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Thompson, Marilyn E. 75

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1939-08-23
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Marilyn E. (Shearer) Thompson, 75, of Gilpin Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the Life Care Hospital of Pittsburgh, Natrona Heights. She was born Aug. 23, 1939, in New Kensington, to the late Howard W. Shearer and Evelyn R. (Treat) Abraham. Marilyn was employed as a registered nurse for the former Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington and also worked at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh and the former Georgian Manor in Natrona Heights. She was a member of Forks Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gilpin Township and WELCA at Forks Church, where she also sang in the choir. She also enjoyed painting, watching Turner Classic Movies, flower gardening and taking care of her cats and dogs. Survivors include her son, Jack Thompson, of Gilpin Township; her companion, Ed; great-granddaughter, Angela Snyder; stepsisters, Sandy Kotvas (John), of South Leechburg, and Susan Strapac (Dennis), of Gilpin Township; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Thompson, on Feb. 23, 2006; son, Bruce Thompson; and her granddaughter, Karissa Thompson Snyder. Friends welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), and from 9:30 a.m. until funeral ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forks Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gilpin Township, with her pastor, the Rev. Terri Landers, officiating. Interment following in Forks Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Gilpin Township. In lieu of flowers, her family encourages memorials to Forks Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 253 Forks Church Road, Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the Thompson family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Workman, Catherine 64

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1950-09-17
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Catherine Workman, 64, of Apollo, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was born Sept. 17, 1950, and was the daughter of the late Robert and Ann (Griffith) Burkett. Catherine enjoyed crafts, sewing, painting, stuffed teddy bears and loved listening to Elvis. She had a smile that will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by three sons, Robert (Deborah) Bolcar, of Iowa, Michael (Anna) Bolcar, of New Kensington, and David (Amanda) Bolcar, of East Vandergrift; six grandchildren; three brothers, Robert (Margaret) Burkett, of Apollo, William (Trish) Burkett, of Schenley, and Thomas (Susan) Burkett, of Apollo; two sisters, Barbara (John) Watts, of Apollo, and Linda Segar, of Penn HIlls. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Burkett; and a nephew, Harley Walter. Friends and family will be received for a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, with Chaplin Susan Brown officiating.
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Butler County

Donaldson, John W. 90

  • Formerly of Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1924-04-03
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • John W. "Red" Donaldson, 90, formerly of Middlesex Township, Valencia, died Monday morning, Dec. 15, 2014, in Evergreen Nursing Center, Harmony. Born in Callery, April 3, 1924, he was a son of the late Richard E. and Florence M. Monahan Donaldson. Red had been a machine shop superintendant for Heppenstall Co. in Pittsburgh for 33 years and later worked as a clerk for Pfeifer Hardware in Mars until he was age 83, and enjoyed interacting with customers and co-workers. He loved his family dearly and especially enjoyed his great-grandchildren, who made him laugh and smile everytime he saw them. He also enjoyed golfing with his son. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown, Corinthian Lodge 573 in Pittsburgh and the Syria Temple and Consistory. Red had been a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II. Surviving are his son, John W. Donaldson II and his wife, Betty, of Freedom; his grandchildren, Justin Donaldson and his wife, Denise, and Adam Donaldson and his wife, Jenny; and his great-grandchildren, Teresa Ann, Isaac Marcus, Abby Lynn and Luke Adam. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Violet M. Wolfarth Donaldson, whom he married on Nov. 17, 1945, and who died June 14, 2011; and his siblings, George, James, Florence and Richard. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Kobasa, Lucille

  • Buffalo Township
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Russin, Plains | Get Directions
  • Lucille Kobasa died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Lucille Kobasa was born in Buffalo Township, a daughter of the late Very Rev. Gregory Kobasa and Marie Kostyzak Kobasa, from Jeannette. Following graduation from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, she worked at the Elliott Co., an engineering firm in Western Pennsylvania. In 1958, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Pepsi-Cola Co. Subsequently, she worked at Superior Oil, where she served as executive secretary to the chief legal counsel for 25 years and was a corporate officer. After Superior Oil was acquired by the Mobil Corp. (Exxon-Mobil) in 1984, Ms. Kobasa managed a Georgetown Christmas store and served and served as a volunteer for 40 years at the Kennedy Center, for which she was recognized with an award at her retirement. Ms. Kobasa was devoted to her Eastern Orthodox Faith. Before relocating to Washington, she was a longtime member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church, where her father was the priest. For 56 years she was a member of St. Nicholas Cathedral of the Orthodox Church in America, in Washington. Ms. Kobasa is survived by 10 nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the SIMON S. RUSSIN FUNERAL HOME, 136 Maffett St., Plains, PA. She was buried in St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery Cemetery, South Canaan. Contributions in her memory may be made to Ss. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church, 520 Scott Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644.
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Kvindis, William 80

  • Adams Township
  • Born: 1934-08-16
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Glenn-Kildoo, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • William "Bill" Kvindis, 80, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Adams Township. Bill was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Canonsburg, to John and Katherine (Sage) Kvindis. The son of a coal miner, Bill grew up in Canonsburg and had an early interest in music, playing both piano and bugle. Bill was a member of his high school track team and ran relays with his Greek teammates. Slovak in nationality, Bill was baptized Greek Catholic. Bill attended Duquesne University and later enlisted in the Army, serving in the 351st Combat Regiment and later the 98th Army Band at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he regularly played reveille and taps on the bugle at the base. Upon returning to Canonsburg, he worked as an insurance underwriter for New Amsterdam Casualty in Pittsburgh. In 1959, he met and dated Jeani Reidenbaugh, later Pierce, and they dated for one year. After the passing of his father, Bill hitchhiked to Southern California via Route 66. Bill met his future wife, Terry Moniz, in Hollywood, Calif., and they married in 1974. Bill became an instant and loving father to six wonderful children and worked in the insurance industry and HVAC wholesale industry. Bill and Terry were married for 16 years until Terry's untimely passing. Bill reconnected with Jeani Pierce in 1997 which began their love story again, after 38 years apart. Bill relocated back to Pittsburgh the same year. Bill and Jeani enjoyed music and attending the theater together and travelled often to places as far away as Europe. Bill worked for years at Johnstone Supply. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry and a member of the Bible Study Group and the Knights of Columbus. An avid photographer, Bill chronicled travels, nature and every gathering of family and friends, and captured much joy through the lens. Bill loved watching the Steelers play and was so happy to see the Pirates finally get a winning season. He was an LA Dodgers fan as well and enjoyed classic movies, 40's music, local history and Ford Mustangs. Bill constantly put others first with his warm smile and sense of humor and Hollywood looks. Bill awoke early each day with the genuine intention of doing random acts of kindness for others. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Terry; parents, John and Katherine; and his long lost, much loved, and recently found twin sister, Margo (Bob) Scott, John (Ragena) Kvindis, Adam (Peg) Kvindis and Francis (Warner) Fahlgren. Bill is survived by his beloved partner, Jeani Pierce, of Mars; daughters, Teri (Steve) Hazzard, of Torrance, Calif.; grandchildren, Matt, Erica and Andrew; Anita Ross, of Glendale, Calif., grandchildren, Thom and Tracy; Sandy Frazier, of Worcester, Mass., grandchildren, Brian, Kevin, Wendy and Michael; Patty Libner, of Silverton, Ore., grandchildren, Debbie and Cheryl; and was preceded in death by his son, Joe Moniz, and daughter, Donna Harvey; surviving grandchildren, Kenny, Wendy, Joe and Joanie. Bill is also survived by daughters of Jeani Pierce, Lynn (Mike) Pierce, of Leominster, Mass.; granddaughter, Megan, and Kate (Joe), of Vermilion, Ohio; granddaughter, Jackie; and many other great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends. Bill was a very loving and kind person, very strong in his faith, always willing to help someone. He was just a great human being. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2014, in St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. A luncheon in his honor will take place immediately after the Mass in Oldenski Hall at the church. Bill will be laid to rest aside his wife, Terry, and son, Joe Moniz, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego County, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the A-T Children's Project (Ataxia-telangiectasia disease) at http://www.atcp.org. or checks can be mailed to William Kvindis Memorial, c/o A-T Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd. No. 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Kvindis family at http://www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.
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Rall, Chris D. 50

  • Portersville
  • Born: 1964-06-11
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • Chris D. Rall, 50, of Portersville, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Born June 11, 1964, in Bellevue, he was the son of Kenneth (Elaine) Rall and the late Norma (Schodde) Rall, who passed away Dec. 9, 1990. Chris enjoyed hunting and golfing. He will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered. In addition to his father and step-mother, he leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 23 years, Kyra (Lewis) Rall, whom he married Aug. 3, 1991; his two sons, Ken Rall and Keven Rall; and his brother, Terry (Kim) Rall. The Rall family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A funeral ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Mt. Chestnut Presbyterian Church, 727 W. Old Route 422, Butler, PA 16001, with the Rev. Jeff Curtis officiating. Friends please meet at church. He will be laid to rest at Allegheny County Memorial Park in McCandless. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in his honor in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 E. 56th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022 or the YMCA Camp Kon-o-kwee Spencer, 126 Nagel Road, Fombell, PA 16123. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Rall family at http://www.boylanfuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Chalfant, Arthur J. 56

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1958-10-24
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Arthur Joseph Chalfant, 56, of Uniontown, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at home, following a lengthy battle against cancer. Art was born Oct. 24, 1958, in Uniontown, a son of Carrie Lillian (Wingard) Chalfant, of Uniontown, and the late Arthur Higgenbotham Chalfant. Art was a 1976 graduate of Laurel Highlands High School, Uniontown. Art attended ICM Business School where he received his degree in computer programming and began working for Fayette Steel. After his time with Fayette Steel, Art went to Sony Corporation, New Stanton, where he was an instrumentation technician. Art's career then led him to The Elliott Group, Jeannette, where he worked as an Engineer II. Through the years, Art played Bass guitar for numerous bands, including his latest band "Redrum". Art enjoyed the outdoors; especially when fishing, woodworking and gardening (growing his own plants from seeds). Art was known for always helping others, whether repairing their computers, teaching them math, working on their cars or home repairs, Art was there. In addition to his mother, Art is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Florence Jean (Bush) Chalfant; his daughters, Kristina Elizabeth Chalfant, of Uniontown, and Angela Marie Chalfant Firestone Hill and her four children, of Brownsville; his brother, Timothy Scott Chalfant, of Footdale; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, Art was predeceased by a grandson, Kellan Edward Chalfant. Art's family would like to express their gratitude to Pish Medical Association, Dr. Vanek, UPMC Cancer Center, UPMC Radiation Center, The Uniontown Hospital, Amedisys Hospice and The Elliott Group. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Dave Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Normalville Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Kobosky, Kathleen M. 73

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1941-11-02
  • Died: 2014-12-06
  • Funeral Home: Eley-Mccrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Kathleen Mary Kobosky, (Lahti), of Belle Vernon, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at her winter home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mrs. Kobosky was born November 2, 1941, in North Charleroi, to Harry Lahti and Carmilla Lahti (Baumgardner). She attended Bellmar High School in Belle Vernon. She continued her education at Westmoreland Community College in Youngwood, where she graduated with highest honors with a degree in hotel management, on the Dean's List and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She loved to travel, including a four-year stay in Amsterdam, Netherlands, a safari adventure in Kenya, Africa, and many other destinations around the world. She was Presbyterian by faith. She is survived by her husband, Carl (Rudy) Kobosky; sons, Richard of Belle Vernon, Rudolph of Delmont, Pa.; and daughter, Debra Kobosky (Smail) of New Stanton. She has three surviving brothers, Harry of Belle Vernon, John of Belle Vernon, and Robert of Houston, Texas; and one sister, Patricia Farquhar of Fayette City. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Wesley Kobosky of Belle Vernon and Jamie Kobosky (Blackhurst) of Fredonia, Pa.; and one great-grandson, Connor Blackhurst. Family and friends will be received on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Suzanne Currie officiating. Private interment will take place in the Belle Vernon Cemetery at a later time for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Humane Society of your choice.
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Mulroy, Randall J. 85

  • Bullskin Township
  • Born: 1929-09-11
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Randall J. Mulroy, 85, of Bullskin Township, passed away peacefully at home Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Randall was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Everson, a son of the late Martin and Nellie Mulroy. Randy retired from Anchor Hocking Glass, where he was assistant plant manager. He was a member of GBBA and President of Union Local 149. Randy was a World War II Army veteran. Randy is survived by his children, Pamela Omalacy, Randy Mulroy and wife, Deborah, Andrea Grimm and husband, Brian, and Rodney Mulroy and wife, Beverly, all of Connellsville; grandchildren, Bill and Roseanne Omalacy, Sheila and Jeff Bollinger, Trisha, Craig Mulroy, Alisha and Patrick Ruff, Nancy Grimm, Charlie and John Lowry, Rayel Mulroy and Lindi Mulroy; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to his parents, Randy was predeceased by his loving wife of 45 years, Marion Mulroy; infant daughter, Cindy; five brothers; four sisters; and his son-in-law, Bill Omalacy. Randy's family would like to express their gratitude to Vanessa Means, caretaker, and The Amedysis Hospice Nurses. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Addition viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, the hour of service with the Rev. Carol Morris officiating, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Quairiere, Herman J. 96

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1918-01-05
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Herman J. Quairiere, 96, of Dunbar, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Jan. 5, 1918, in Dunbar, son of the late Herman Quairiere and the late Olive Ellis Quairiere. He was a member of Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church, Dunbar. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He worked as a millwright for Pittsburgh Forgings. Surviving are brother, Robert Quairiere, of Dunbar; sister, Alice Davidson, of Seminole, Fla.; nephews and nieces, James and William Snow, Barry Quairiere, Richard Renzi, Charlotte Gniazdowski, Robbi Fuller, Lisa Pecil-Sullivan, Keith Quairiere, David Quairiere, Martin Pecil and Randy Davidson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maurita Martin Quairiere; two brothers, Alex and Raymond; and two sisters, Elaine and Alther. Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and until 2 p.m. Friday, the hour of service, in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Pastor Matthew Goldsberry officiating. Military rites will be accorded at graveside by Amvets Post 103, Hopwood. Interment will follow in Franklin Cemetery, Dunbar.
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Shroyer Jr., Howard A. 40

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1974-09-18
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Howard A. "Dew" Shroyer Jr., 40, of Vanderbilt, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Dew was born Sept. 18, 1974, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Howard A. Shroyer Sr. and Marjorie Koontz Shroyer. Dew was a 1992 graduate of Laurel Highlands High School. In addition to his parents, Dew is survived by his children, Stephanie Huffine, of Dawson, and Cynthia Shroyer, of Uniontown; sisters, Marjorie Aultz and husband, Benny, of Dickerson Run, Rebecca Carson and Jason Hatter, of Vanderbilt, and Anna Mae Greer and husband, George, of Pittsburgh; a brother, Isreal Shroyer, of Dickerson Run; a special niece, Cheyenne (Red) Aultz; and many nieces and nephews and his special companion, Buster. The family is welcoming friends from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St. Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Lonnie Rittinhour officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenlick Cemetery, Bullskin Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dew may be made to the funeral home. Please visit Dew's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Indiana County

Hilty Sr., William G. 84

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1930-10-09
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • William G. Hilty Sr., 84, of Saltsburg, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Nowrytown, the son of the late Ellis and Lena Stump Hilty. Bill was a Navy veteran, having served his country for 20 years. He also served in the Army for two years. He served four tours of duty in Vietnam and also served during the Korean War. Before his retirement, he was employed at The Kiski School in maintenance for more than 30 years. Bill enjoyed fishing and truck pulls. He is survived by his wife, May M. Wensconis Hilty; four children, Josephine Hilty, Lynn Schimizzi and her husband, Bill, Bill Hilty and his wife, Margie, and Jean Hilty, all of Saltsburg; four grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert Hilty, of Spring Church, and James Hilty, of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents. At his request, all services will be private. Family and friends are encouraged to attend a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the Bell Township Fire Department in Salina. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Carson, Colleen 84

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1930-04-06
  • Died: 2014-12-03
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Colleen Carson, 84, of Charleroi died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Monongahela due to complications from colon cancer. She was born April 6, 1930, in Donora, the daughter of Lawrence Thomas and Mary Grace Rochester. Colleen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Anita Carson of Youngstown, Ohio; and one granddaughter, Sarah Grace Carson of Waco, Texas. Colleen was preceded in death by her husband, Dwight Carson; and sisters, Thelma Bianchi and Lorraine Wilson. Colleen battled cancer for three years with a positive attitude and strong will. She loved to bake, knit and crochet, talk, send cards to friends and cheer on her favorite football teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Florida State Seminoles and Baylor Bears. Colleen was marked by generosity and was a great a friend to many, always offering a listening ear, funny story, and wise advice. Colleen loved helping others and worked as a registered nurse at Mon Valley Hospital and West Penn Hospital. She and her late husband, Dwight, were members of First Christian Church in Charleroi. Colleen brought joy to the lives of everyone she came in contact with, and was unwavering in her faith. A private funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in the Monongahela Cemetery Chapel. The Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 61 Walnut Ridge Road, Charleroi, PA 15022, or Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin PA 15642 "Memorial Fund". Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Fazzini, Carole B. 81

  • Donora
  • Born: 1933-05-08
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Carole B. Bowen Hill Fazzini, 81, of Donora passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. She was born in Donora on May 8, 1933, the daughter of Lucille and Edward Bowen and raised by her grandparents, Edith and Joseph Hill. She is survived by 10 children she loved dearly, Frank (Jean) Fazzini of Eighty Four, Sister Sue Fazzini of Waynesburg, Tom and Arllen Fazzini of Anchorage Alaska, Mary (Dave) Mucci of Monongahela, Ann Fazzini of Aurora, Colo., Elizabeth Fazzini of Donora, Paul (Anna) Fazzini of Lancaster, Michael (Gina) Fazzini of Finleyville, Barb (Jeff) Black of Charleroi, and Dan Fazzini of St. Petersburg, Fla. Also left to carry on her legacy of love are her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she loved unconditionally. She is also survived by a sister, Norma (Vince) Malena; and brothers, Charles (Mary) Wincer and Fred Bowen. Carole was a strong and wise woman who was progressive before it was fashionable to be progressive. She welcomed everyone into our home unconditionally and taught us to be inclusive of everyone. She was creative and independent and instilled those qualities in her children and grandchildren. She wove our family together as a quilt using love, laughter, tolerance and resilience. Mom you taught us to pray and prayer has been a huge factor in our success, however, your humor saved our souls!! Arrangements are being handled by the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where friends will be received on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, from 1 to 9 p.m. Prayers will be recited in the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Valley Church, Donora with the Rev. Father Pierre M. Falkenhan as celebrant. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Donora Public Library….or to honor our mom buy a stranger a Frappe.
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Pankiewicz, Marguerite L. 70

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1944-08-24
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Marguerite Louise (Margie) Pankiewicz, 70, of Charleroi, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 24, 1944, the daughter of the late Patsy A., and Louise M. Arrigo Caruso. After graduating from Mon Valley Catholic High School in 1962, Margie earned a bachelor of science in education from California University of PA and a master's in library science from the University of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Pankiewicz taught for over 35 years in the Charleroi Area School District, beginning at North Charleroi Elementary School. During her teaching career she shared her passion for music, pen-pals for Sister Cities and supported local veteran’s organizations with annual programs for students at the Charleroi Elementary Center. She was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Charleroi American Legion and received VFW Teacher of the year honors. Margie was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish in Charleroi and served as an officer in the Christian Mothers and Catholic Women’s College Club. In addition, Margie was secretary of the Mon Valley Catholic High School Alumni Association for many years. She also supported the Pitt Alumni Association. She volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul, Meals on Wheels and holiday nursing home visits to patients. Margie was a devoted wife, mother, sister and teacher. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Stanley R. Pankiewicz; two sons, David Patrick Pankiewicz and Ryan J. Pankiewicz; and a sister, Fran Frye. Friends will be received Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, at Mary, Mother of the Church, 7th and Washington Ave., Charleroi, celebrated by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charleroi Area School District Educational Fund, c/o Tom Nutting, Treas., P.O. Box 382, Charleroi, PA. 15022 or the John K. Tener Library, 638 Fallowfield Ave, Charleroi, PA 15022.
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Gordon, Doris R. 85

  • Harrisburg
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Hoover, Harrisburg | Get Directions
  • Doris Jean R. Gordon, 85, of Harrisburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, with her family by her side. Mrs. Gordon was born in Export, and was the daughter of the late Richard and Ruth (Kepple) Ross. She was a graduate of Penn Township High School and in later years from HACC. She was employed by Westinghouse Airbrake and Smith Kline and French of Philadelphia. She was active member of the Harrisburg Women's Auxiliary, serving as president from 1973 to 1974. She was an active member of the Linglestown Life United Methodist Church, where she served as a board member for 40 years, member of the choir from 1967 and a member of the bell choir since 1993. Mrs. Gordon was predeceased by her brothers, Richard Ross Jr., Clifford Ross and Samuel Ross; and her sister, Beulah Teitt. Mrs. Gordon's greatest joy in life was her family. She is survived by her loyal husband of 63 years, William S. Gordon, M.D.; her sons, Dudley (JoAnn), Jeff (Jamie) and Scott, all of Harrisburg; her daughter, Nanci (Mark) Flamand, of West Chester; 11 grandchildren, who were her life, Crystal, Erica, Tom, Zac, Billy, Nikki, Chase, Lindsay, Paige, Ruth Anna and Ben; five great-grandchildren, Cole, Aries, Raiden, Eevee and Miller; four sisters, Elizabeth Collier, of Greensburg, Elsie Smith, of Latrobe, Roxie Keene, of Irwin, and Alice Miller, of Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the Linglestown Life United Methodist Church, 1430 N. Mountain Road, Harrisburg. The Rev. George Reynolds will be officiating. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at the convenience of the family. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the HOOVER FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY INC., 6011 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Online condolences may be left at http://www.hooverfuneralhome.com.
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Kolakowski, Ron 68

  • Bath Springs, Tenn.
  • Born: 1946-09-26
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Smith Sons, Jackson, Tenn. | Get Directions
  • Ron Kolakowski, 68 of Bath Springs, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at his home. Ron was born Sept. 26, 1946, to the late Edward and Frances Kolakowski. He was the founder of local medical equipment company, Advanced Medical Solutions. Mr. Kolakowski was a proud Rotarian for many years and a faithful member of Clifton United Methodist Church. He will live on in the acts of kindness, and goodness that he did on this earth. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Susan Kolakowski; two sons, Jason (Mary Louise) Kolakowski, of Jackson, Tenn., and Jonathan (Eliza) Kolakowski, of Nashville, Tenn.; one sister, Diane (James) Rairigh; and four grandchildren, Rose, Jeffrey, Bodhi and River. Other than his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Kolakowski, who passed away in 2010. The family would like to express with gratitude, his special caregivers, Debbie, Brittany, Theresa, Sharon and Wendy, for all their assistance. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons, with burial to follow in the Kolakowski Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Care Center of Jackson.
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McDermott, Edward F. 87

  • South Pasadena, Fla. , Formerly of Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-12-12
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  • Edward Francis McDermott, 87, of South Pasadena, Fla., formerly of Leetsdale and Sewickley, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Eddie was born in Queens, N.Y. He and his sister, Florence (Gilmartin, recently deceased), were raised by their grandparents and aunts and uncles following the early passing of their parents. Eddie enjoyed dancing in those years and won jitterbug contests in New York City. At the age of 16, he joined the Army and served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne during World War II. He met his wife, Donna, in Philadelphia, while working in a hospital after the war. They married and moved to Huntingdon so he could attend Juniata College. Following college, they moved to the Pittsburgh area, where they settled and raised two children. Eddie spent his working years at LTV Steel Company. Donna and Eddie played in numerous bowling leagues throughout adulthood and long into the retirement years. He was happily married for 57 years until Donna's passing in 2007. He is survived by his loving family, son, Karl (Dee) McDermott; daughter, Marilyn (Michael) Maurin; and three grandchildren, Andrew (Heather) Maurin, Patrick Maurin and Katherine McDermott. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay Inc., c/o Guardian ad Litem Program, 14250 49th St. North, Suite 4000, Clearwater, FL 33762.
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Nedley, Shirley A. 77

  • Erie
  • Born: 1937-11-02
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Dusckas-Taylor, Erie | Get Directions
  • Shirley A. Krotz Nedley, 77, a resident of Brevillier Village, Erie, passed away peacefully at Ball Pavilion on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, following an extended illness. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Nov. 2, 1937, the daughter of the late John and Rose Borza Krotz. Shirley had resided in the Erie area since 2009, having previously been a longtime resident of Jeannette. She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed cooking. Shirley was previously a member of the former St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, which was located in Penn. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Paul A. Nedley, who passed away Nov. 12, 2011; her daughter, Kathy A. Nedley Wisebaker; and a brother, John Richard Krotz. Survivors include her son, Kenneth P. Nedley, of Erie; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Capar (Mike), of Florida; two brothers-in-law, William Nedley, of Florida, and John Nedley (Adele), of Penn; a dear cousin, Bill Klinchock; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the DUSCKAS-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 5151 Buffalo Road (at Hannon Road in Harborcreek Township), Erie, and are invited to attend a prayer service there at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. James Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. The Nedley family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the compassionate care which was graciously extended to Shirley by the entire staff of Brevillier Village during her stay. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Respiratory Alliance of Western PA, 201 Smith Drive, Suite E, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.
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Zorbas, Mary 85

  • Elk Grove Village, Ill.
  • Born: 1929-11-22
  • Died: 2014-12-04
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  • Mary Zorbas, 85, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, while residing with her brother, James (Jane). She was a beloved daughter and aunt. She was the beloved daughter of George and Virginia (Sgontzou) Zorbas. Mary was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Monessen. Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Steve (Helen), Ted; and nephew, Mike. Mary is survived by her brother, James (Jane); nieces, Stephanie Roush, Christina (Alfred) Smart, Teresa, Steve (Anya), Donna (Dan) O'Brien; seven great-nephews and three great-nieces. Mary retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Her internment will be at St. Michael the Archangel in Palatine, Ill. Donations may be made in Mary's name to your favorite charity or to the Alzheimer's Association.
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