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Bialek, Edward

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Edward Bialek, of Ross Township, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015. He was the husband of the late Rosemarie (Toth) Bialek; father of Marcia Davies, Marlene Bialek and Mary Jeffrey (Bill); and brother of the late Frank, Stanley, Walter, Chester and Joseph Bialek. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Boal, Marie 68

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Marie (Thompson) Boal, 68, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Charles Boal; and loving daughter of Margaret (Gray) and the late William G. Thompson. Marie was a teacher for the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747, where visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, followed by a service. Interment is to follow at Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to any Animal Rescue Organization of your choice. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Brody, Gilbert E. 90

  • West Homestead
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Gilbert E. Brody, 90, of West Homestead, died Friday, April 17, 2015. He was the beloved husband to Kathryn (Lally) and the late Margaret (Lally); loving father to Gilbert (late Leslie) Brody, of Allison Park; brother of Catherine Wierzchowski, of Munhall; and cherished grandfather to Christopher and Shayne Brody. Gilbert was a retired steelworker for U.S. Steel Carrie Furnace and a Marine Corp veteran of World War II. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with Father Daniel Sweeney officiating.
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Buettner, Roy J. 95

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Roy J. Buettner, 95, of Hampton Township, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 70 years of Nancy M. (Brandall) Buettner; loving father of Janet Rushmore and the late Roy M. Buettner and Patricia Donnelly; brother of the late Leone Abinanti and Ethelda Sukits; grandfather of Nancy, Terri, Amy, William and Heather; great-grandfather of Charles, Sarah, Reagan, Bradley, Evan, Sofia, Jack, Telio and Kaycee. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Roy enlisted days after the bombing on Pearl Harbor and became a technical sergeant with the 77th Fighter Squadron. As communications chief serving in England, he worked with the Royal Air Force to improve radio communications identifying enemy planes during night bombings. Roy was awarded several military honors including Six Bronze Stars. On Feb. 19, 1945, he married the love of his life, Nancy, in Peterborough, England and upon returning home they purchased property and built their home in Hampton. Roy was a member of the Hampton Township planning commission and was integral in developing construction regulations and advocating for the people of Hampton against corruption. Roy worked for Executone Systems of Pittsburgh as an electrical engineer, installing communications systems in many of the hospitals and office buildings throughout Pittsburgh. He and Nancy enjoyed traveling the world, marking their travels on a large world map displayed in their home. He spent much of his free time in his extensive garden, proud of his bountiful harvest and doing projects around his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Ursula Church, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park, with military honors to follow. Private interment in St. Mary Cemetery, Mt. Troy. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Ciaburri, Nancy L.

  • Aleppo Township
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Nancy L. (Vail) Ciaburri, of Aleppo Township, formerly of New Sewickley Township, died Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 59 years to Robert L. Ciaburri; loving mother of Robert Ciaburri II (Christine) and Kim Breit (Robert); grandmother of Nicholas, Aaron, Rachel, Jillian and Molly; and great-grandmother of Ella, Domenick, Asher, Vera and Isaac. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Orchard Hill Church. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME of Cranberry.
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Coscarelli Jr., Cyril F. 90

  • Formerly of Highland Park
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Cyril F. Coscarelli Jr., 90, formerly of Highland Park, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 66 years to Monica A. Coscarelli; father of William, Thomas and Mary Louise Coscarelli; grandfather of Katie, Cyra, David, Laura and Sean; great-grandfather of Mabeline and Tululah; and brother of the late Dorothy Coscarelli. There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are by McCABE BROTHERS INC. www.mcccabebrothers.com.
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DelSignore, Yolanda 97

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1917-11-02
  • Died: 2015-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Yolanda (Ingel) DelSignore, 97, of McKeesport, died peacefully at home Friday, April 10, 2015. Born Nov. 2, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Angela (Ferri) Ingel. She was a member of St. Patrick Parish, McKeesport. Beloved wife of the late Sylvester Simone DelSignore, she is survived by her children, Cosimo "James" DelSignore and Annette Bodnar; six grandchildren, Jason Bodnar, John Stas, Natalie Walters, Dean Kelly, Bergetta Hugus and Dale Kelly; nine great-grandchildren, Joselyn Bodnar, Kristy Roderick, Kari Stas, Justin Stas, Elise George, Dean Kelly Jr., Jeremy Kelly, Sarah Hugus and Ashley Hugus; and three great-great-grandchildren, Ethan Micheal Nye, Marissa Roderick and Londyn Roderick. Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sylvia Kelly. Yolanda was a devoted wife and a dedicated mother that raised both her children and grandchildren. She showed her love through her cooking and baking that everyone who knew her loved and enjoyed. She will be loved and missed by many. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Prayers will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, McKeesport, with the Rev. Vincent Velas, celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary's German Cemetery, McKeesport.
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Dengler Jr., David C. 40

  • Reserve Township
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • David C. Dengler Jr., 40, of Reserve Township, passed unexpectedly Tuesday, April 14, 2015. He was the beloved son of Kathleen A. (Hillebrand) Perlik; loving father of Dawson Dengler; dear brother of Amy E. (Chris) Schindler, Angela Perlik, Brian C. Perlik and Steven Perlik; and nephew of Mary (Harry) Schmidt and the late Arleen Hillebrand. David is also survived by his ex-wife, Karen Hillgrove; and many cousins. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Sebastian Church. Dave was president of Spring Garden Volunteer Fire Company. He enjoyed family time doing special activities with his son, Dawson, and collected memorabilia of Star Wars and Beastie Boys. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in David's memory to the Spring Garden Volunteer Fire Company, 3367 Spring Garden Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please leave condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Eyrich, Patrick D. 56

  • Plum Borough , Formerly of Kiski
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Patrick Driscoll Eyrich, 56, of Plum Borough, formerly of Kiski, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 16, 2015. He was the father of Stephanie Cross, Brittany Eyrich and Joshua Eyrich; grandfather of Kiersten Shields, Colton Eyrich, Vanessa Wolff and Brianna Graham; son of Walter Francis D. and the late Betty Eyrich; brother of Michael (Josephine) and Jeffrey (Cheryl) Eyrich and Cathy Berger; uncle of Amy (Tim) Wicks, Beth (Mike) Griffin, Rebecca and Jennifer Berger; and is also survived by ex-wife, Karen (John) Zofcin. Pat was a handy man and a devoted provider for his family. He enjoyed camping and spending time outdoors especially in Cooks Forest. Pat's kids and grandkids will remember him for introducing them to his love for bad horror films. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL,7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a service will be held at noon Monday. Interment will be in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Fedock, John J. 69

  • Verona
  • Born: 1945-05-30
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • John J. Fedock, 69, of Verona, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. Born May 30, 1945, in New Kensington, he was the son of the late John and Jennie (Artac) Fedock; beloved husband and best friend for 49 years of Arlene (Tucci) Fedock; devoted father of John (Suzan) Fedock, of Richmond, Va., and Amy (William) McElligott, of Oakmont; loving pappy of Jamie and Jason Fedock, Luke and Liam McElligott; brother of Arlene (the late Chuck) Becker, of Lower Burrell; and brother-in-law of Mary Lou (the late James) Sonnie, of Verona, and Edward (Leslie) Tucci, of Penn Hills. He grew up in Springdale and was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Verona. He was very caring, loving and was always ready to lend a helping hand. John enjoyed woodworking, camping, creative cooking and all Pittsburgh sports teams. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Verona, with Father Edwin Wichman officiating. Interment will follow in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to MDA c/o Connor's Crusaders, 400 Penn Center Blvd. Suite 524, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Visit us online at www.burket-truby.com.
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Fox, Mary B. 97

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1917-06-19
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Mary Blanche (Patterson) Fox, 97, of West Mifflin, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at home. She was born June 19, 1917, in their Elizabeth Township home, to Mabel Blanche Phillips and David M. Patterson. She was baptized in Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church, where she later served as a Sunday schoolteacher. She was employed as a cashier at Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth Township. She met Thomas P. Fox, who was superintendent of grounds at Butler's. They married June 14, 1943 and had 56 years of marriage. After serving at Butler's Golf Course for 27 years, the family moved to Morgantown, W.Va., where Tom was superintendent of Lakeview Country Club. They moved back to Pennsylvania, where Tom was superintendent of Youghiogheny Country Club. They bought a home on Peairs Road in Elizabeth Township, where Blanche lived for 10 years after Tom passed away in 1997. She then moved to Arrowood, an independent living facility in West Mifflin, where she rented a one-bedroom apartment and had resided there ever since. Blanche was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth for more than 40 years. She attended the services at Arrowood, conducted by retired Methodist ministers. She was very happy living at Arrowood, a very nice facility where she had many friends. Her daughter, Carole, would take her for weekends to her home in Smock. She is survived by daughters, Carole J. (Roger) Rittenhouse, of Smock, and Linda J. (Dennis) Ault, of Montoursville; sons, Thomas P. (Rosemary) Fox, of North Huntingdon, and Ronald J. (Chris) Fox, of St. Joseph, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Todd (Julie) Rittenhouse, Heather (Matt) Mazur, Chris (Michelle) Ault, Heidi Ault, Jessica (Drew) Alwood, Ashley (Josh Milani) Fox and Stephen Fox; five great-grandchildren, Eli Rittenhouse, Addison Mazur and Ryder, Tanner and Spencer Ault; also nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Ruth Cramer, Cora Henry, June Colbert, Mabel Jane Kober and David Thomas Patterson. Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. April 18, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 North Second Ave., Elizabeth, until the hour of service at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Jim Davidson officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, 411 Third St., Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Frum, Joyce E. 58

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1957-01-23
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Joyce E. Frum, 58, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was born in McKeesport, Jan. 23, 1957, to the late Charles and Velma Kansa Eckersberg. She was a waitress then hostess at the Youghiogheny Country Club for about 20 years and was an active member of the West Side United Methodist Church. She is survived by her loving husband, Gary Frum; brother, Charles (Lisa) Eckersberg, of North Huntingdon; sisters, Judy (Cliff) Crevar, of McKeesport, and Janice (Joseph) Bradley, of North Huntington; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at HUNTER-EDMUNDSON-STRIFFLER FUNERAL HOME, 600 Market St., McKeesport, PA 15132 (412-678-6192). Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Remembrances to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, or West Side United Methodist Church, 305 Atlantic Ave, McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Kalocay, Jennifer S.

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel-Slater, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Jennifer Shannon Kalocay, of Bethel Park, died unexpectedly Friday, April 17, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of Bernard "Bo" and the late Mary Lee Kalocay; dear sister of Michael (Wendy) Kalocay and Jackie Kalocay Hogg (David); doting aunt of Andrew Hogg, Rylee and Ryan Kalocay; and godmother of Andrew Hogg. Her smile and presence touched the lives of many friends and family members. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at FREYVOGEL-SLATER FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 112 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park (opposite Macy's South Hills Village). Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Valentine Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to Chartiers Center (TSR Mt. Lebanon), 437 Railroad St., Bridgeville, PA 15017.
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Kiesel, Blanche N. 90

  • Penn Hills
  • Born: 1925-02-23
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Blanche Nora Ann "Babe" Kiesel, 90, of Penn Hills, passed away comfortably at home Thursday, April 16, 2015. Babe was born in Fairmont, W.Va. to Veronica and Edward Finnerin on Feb. 23, 1925. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, she graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1942. She went on to work at Bell Telephone/ATT for 25 plus years and later retired and spent some time in Sebastian, Fla. She was a member of the Central Catholic Mothers Guild and was one of the founding families of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends. She loved to travel, having been known to make frequent trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and later in life, the Rivers Casino. She was a sports fanatic with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the top of her list of teams to root for and frequently called in to the Tunch and Wolf show, her handle as "Babe, from Penn Hills." She was a vivacious, hard-working, independent woman who was loved by many. Babe was preceded in death by her parents, Veronica and Edward Finnerin; her former spouse, John "Jack" Kiesel; her sister, Mary Agnes (Bunko) Kiesel; and her three sons, James "Jimmy," William "Billy" (Kathleen) and Joseph "Joey" (Florence). Babe is survived by her sister, Patricia Ann Sperling; and her children, John, Rene (Buddy) Fitzgerald, Diane (Jim) Truszkowski, Debbie (Gary) Ryan, Mark (Eileen) and David (Diana). She is also survived by grandchildren, Shannon, Billy (Leah) and Sarah Fitzgerald, Jennifer (Frank) Muto, Stacie Truszkowski, Jamie (Max) Murphy, Maggie (Phil Gunde), Veronica, Vicki (Steve Merlo), Courtney, Katie, Joe, Billy, Mark, Taylor, Matthew and Jim Kiesel; and 11 great-grandchildren. Friends received from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew Church. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Lakota Children's Enrichment, P.O. Box 581, Scarsdale, NY 10583 or to a fund to be established for the college education of her great-grandchildren (please contact a family member for additional information). The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the doctors and nurses that cared for Babe over the years and at the end of her life including Dr. Mike Finikiotis, Dr. Jim O'Toole and Dr. Emily Yee as well as the physicians and staff at Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Anderson Manor.
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Koontz, Margaret H.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Margaret H. "Peg" Koontz, of Swissvale, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at her home with her family at her side. She was the daughter of the late Donald Sr. and Henrietta Koontz; loving sister of Estelle K. Wylie, of Wilkins, Donna Reilly and her husband, Jack, of Florida, Donald Koontz Jr., and his wife, Sue, of Murrysville, Barbara Wilson and her husband, Bob, of North Huntingdon, Lyn Koontz, of Swissvale, Mary Jo Tammariello and her husband, Bob, of Edinboro, Richard Koontz and his wife, Judy, of Forest Hills, and the late Kathie Burgard and her surviving husband, Paul. Peg is also survived by her loving numerous nieces and nephews. She retired as a social worker with Family Children's Service. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUENRAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Rite of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in the Word of God Roman Catholic Church (formerly St. Anselm). Donations to Word of God, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale, PA 15218 or to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. www.niedfuenralhome.com.
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Lang, Dolores T. 103

  • Born: 1912-03-21
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Dolores T. Lang, 103, an angel returned to heaven Thursday, April 16, 2015. Born March 21, 1912, and at the age of 103 years and 26 days, Dolores (Aul) Lang left this earth to join her husband, William J. Lang; her twin sister, Dorothy Reynolds; and many other family and friends. She leaves to celebrate her life her daughter, Dolores Miller and husband, Michael Miller; and her son, William Lang and his wife, Nancy. For many years she showered her love on her seven grandchildren, Lauren Paslay, Lisa Bare (Dennis), Kimberly Miller, Michael Miller (Sherri), Christopher Miller (Terry), Marcus Lang and Michelle Kearns (Christopher). Her 16 great-grandchildren and her two great-great-grandsons will always remember their Gigi. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Finleyville. Interment private. Memorials may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church or a charity of one's choice. Please visit www.beinahuer.com to add or view tributes.
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Leahy Jr., J. Blair 88

  • Wexford
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • J. Blair Leahy Jr., 88, of Wexford died Wednesday, April 15, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Lois M. Froehlich Leahy for 64 years; dear father of Shelia Siegal (Bruce), of Tennessee, James, of Wexford, and Mark, of Virginia; grandfather of James Jr., Katie, Rachel, Bridgette and the late Lori; great-grandfather of Collier; and is also survived by one brother and three sisters. He was predeceased by two brothers. Blair was an active member of the Knights of Equity since 1947. He was named Pittsburgh Irishman of the Year in 1982. He was presented the Manifesting the Kingdom award by the Most Reverend Bishop David A. Zubik in 2009. Blair was a member of Knights of Columbus No. 3907, where he was a past Grand Knight. He was also a former Marshall Township supervisor. He was a World War II Navy veteran, Pacific Theater. Blair was a member of the American Legion Post 161. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Alphonsus Church, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Alphonusus School, c/o St. Alphonsus Rectory, 201 Church Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
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McGee Jr., Charles N. 61

  • Mt. Washington
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Charles N. McGee Jr., 61, of Mt. Washington, passed unexpectedly Thursday, April 16, 2015. He was the beloved father of Charles N. (Lisa) McGee III, Steven W. McGee, Lawrence J. (Jaime) McGee, Anthony D. McGee, Joseph L. (Kelly) McGee and Jamie L. (Jason) McGee-Wilkes; loving grandfather of 13; and brother of John McGee, Nancy (Bob) Scott and James McGee. His grandchildren were his life. They enjoyed fishing and camping. He also enjoyed traveling and spending time at the casino with family and friends. Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Miller, Charles W. 87

  • Valencia
  • Born: 1927-05-11
  • Died: 2015-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Charles W. "Chuck" Miller, 87, of Valencia, died Monday, April 13, 2015, at Valencia Woods. Born May 11, 1927, in Wilkinsburg, he was a son of the late K. Carolyn "Carrie" Miller. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Stockdale Miller; a son, Timothy C. (Kimberly) Miller; his sister and brother-in-law, Opal and Warren Hessler; a sister-in-law, Shirley M.S. Kennedy; and two nephews. He worked for James Austin Co. for 32 years and the Butler Auto Auction for 10 years until 2004. Chuck had a passion for rebuilding antique cars and driving them in parades. He enjoyed playing with his grandsons. He was a member of the Mars Alliance Church, where he had been an usher. He was V.P. of the Valencia Boy Scouts for many years. He and Arlene helped to collect and deliver items for the people of Appalachia. Chuck joined the Navy at the age of 16 and was honorably discharged after serving from 1944 to 52. He served on the New Jersey, the Oakland and the Raby, spending most of his time in the Pacific as a gunner's mate and specialized in fire training while stationed in Guam. After Hiroshima, his ship, the New Jersey, was one of the first ships to enter a Japanese harbor. He and Arlene enjoyed attending Navy reunions for more than 20 years. He is survived by his son, Lonnie E. Miller; grandsons, Casey (Nicole), Charles A. and Matthew Miller; great-grandsons, Wyatt and Aiden Miller; sister-in-law, Norma D.S. Hoffman; and many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday at Mars Alliance Church, 997 Route 228, Mars. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Memorials may be made to Mars Alliance Church, or the Wounded Warriors Project or the Friends or Pittsburgh Fisher House, 3945 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3507. Condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Miller Jr., Raymond T. 67

  • West Deer Township
  • Died: 2015-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Raymond T. Miller Jr., 67, of West Deer, died Monday, April 13, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Christine M. (Skvarla) Miller; loving father of Leah M. Yingling, Laura R. (Eric) Turnbaugh and Lindsey A. (Benjamin Salem) Miller; brother of Charles Miller and Christine Brewer; proud grandfather of Chloe and Gemma Turnbaugh, Penny Boyd and Jonah Salem. Ray loved camping, was passionate about motorcycles and his Harley-Davidson, and most of all was a loving father and devoted husband. Family suggests memorial donations to the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Moffitt, Kathy S. 60

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1954-04-18
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Kathy S. Moffitt, 60, of Duquesne, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at home. She was born April 18, 1954, in McKeesport, daughter of Robert Murphy, of Port Vue, and the late Donna (Hayes) Murphy. She was a caregiver. She was the wife of Joseph R. Merriman; mother of Frank J. (Cindy) Moffitt Jr., of McKeesport, and Kenneth Moffitt, of Pittsburgh; grandmother of Angelina (Brian Sr.) DiCecco, Ashley Moffitt, Autumn Moffitt and Kenneth Moffitt Jr.; great-grandmother of Brian DiCecco Jr.; sister of Patrick (Lois) Murphy, of Port Vue, Sandy (Tim) Wilson, of Port Vue; and aunt of Katie Wilson, Jake Wilson, Robbie Murphy, Lucky Murphy and Patrick Murphy Jr. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral will be at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME with the Rev. William Galius, of Walnut Grove Assembly of God, officiating. Interment will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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Moll, Mary L. 92

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Mary L. (Spisak) Moll, 92, of Monroeville, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Moll; loving mother of Thomas (Dianne) Moll, Evelyn (David) Fela, Marion (Thomas) Marcin, David (Brenda) Moll and Cathy Landry; sister of Theresa (Donald) Sheffler, and the late Jennie Maschue, Bernard Spisak and Helen Speigle. Mary enjoyed the company of her family and playing cards and bingo with her friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernadette Parish. Interment will follow at Good Shepherd Cemetery. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or online at www.core.org; or to St. Bernadette Parish, 245 Azalea Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Perry, Elizabeth 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Perry, 87, of Monroeville, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 64 years of John H. Perry Jr.; dear mother of Mark, Steve (Kelly), Janice (Don) Doerfler and the late Jeffrey (surviving wife, Carla); grandmother of Chad, Rebecca, Sarah, Meghan, Taylor, Raymond, Alison, Emily, Jackson, Macy and Sydney; and great-grandmother of Brytlin. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, in St. Bernadette Church, with Father Tony Gargotta, as celebrant. Interment will follow at Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Reid, Donald D. 63

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Donald D. Reid, 63, of Wilkins Township, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 15, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Donna (Kocak) Reid; adored son of the late Luther and Joyce Reid; brother-in-law of Albert (Theresa) Kocak Jr., Debbie (Ron) Savko, Jerry Kocak, Robert (Kim) Kocak and Ronald (Sharon) Kocak; also survived by 16 nieces and nephews. Don was a Vietnam Marine veteran and a drug and alcohol counselor in Florida. Once he moved to Pittsburgh to be with his wife, he became an insurance fraud agent specializing in workman's comp. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Fisher Church. Interment will follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Rinkacs, Doris M. 90

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1924-07-11
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Doris M. Rinkacs, 90, of Duquesne, was granted her angel wings Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. She was born July 11, 1924, in McKeesport, to the late Edward and Mary (Schulte) Bernd. She attended St. Joseph Church, Duquesne. She was the beloved wife of 44 years to the late Joseph J. Rinkacs; loving mother of Patricia (Richard) Germek, of Spring Hill, Tenn., Deborah (Thomas) Kuchma, of Duquesne, Renae (Glenn) Pomycala, of Pasadena, Md., and the late Joelle Mendicino; mother-in-law of Michael Mendicino, of Mt. Vernon; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters and brother, Annabelle Chuto, Bernadette Field, Charles Bernd and Helen Pirl. Visitation from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUENRAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300. William B. Schleifer, Supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, Funeral Director. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Doris' family would like to thank Kane regional Center 4B, McKeesport, for the love and compassion they have shown our mom for the last two years.
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Schmitt, Howard 72

  • Formerly of West Deer Township
  • Born: 1942-11-29
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Howard "Buddy" Schmitt, 72, a longtime former resident of West Deer Township, passed peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015. Born Nov. 29, 1942, in Meadville, to the late Walter A. and Anna Mae (Forbes) Schmitt, Buddy was a former member of East Union Presbyterian Church, West Deer and was an avid honorary member of the Moose Lodge in Zephyrhills, Fla. He worked for a short time for Good Will Industries. Buddy loved his family. Survivors include his sisters, Nelda A. (William) Teel, of Alexandria, Va., and Waltha A. (James) Cardone, of Valencia; nieces, Contenta M. (Erik) Schoenman and Amelle M. (Brandon) Schultz; grand-nieces, Lily and Rosa Schoenman; and grand-nephews, Clay and Wade Schultz. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where services will be conducted 10 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. James Ramsey officiating. He will be laid to rest next to his parents in East Union Cemetery, West Deer. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Smith, Elizabeth

  • Oakland
  • Died: 2015-03-10
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Dunn Smith passed away peacefully Friday, March 10, 2015, at her home in Oakland. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, Robert H. Smith; her brothers, Thomas and John. She is survived by two sons, Robert Haring-Smith (Tori Haring-Smith), of Washington, Pa., and David S. Smith (Carole), of Pittsburgh; one daughter, Charlotte Bourhis (Alain), of Natick, Mass.; also survived by four grandchildren, Whitney Haring-Smith (Abigail Seldin), of Washington, D.C., Emma Smith, of Pittsburgh, Charlotte Smith, of Washington, D.C., and Nicholas Bourhis, of Natick, Mass. She is also survived by two brothers, H. Stewart Dunn (Loti), of Washington, D.C., and James G. Dunn, of Pittsburgh. A memorial Mass will be held at noon Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Pittsburgh Oratory, 4450 Bayard St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC.
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Stahley, Zola M. 77

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Zola Mae Stahley, 77, of Oakmont, died Friday, April 10, 2015. She was the sister of John Stahley, of Livonia, Mich., and the late Anna Lou Landstorfer. Zola is also survived by her beloved and special nephew, Alan Landstorfer, of Oakmont, and other nieces and nephews. Zola was a retired account manager with the former Daniel, Sapp and Boorne Associates in downtown Pittsburgh. Friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, in the Oakmont United Methodist Church, 419 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Arrangements are by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 412-823-9350. Memorial donations are suggested to the Oakmont United Methodist Church. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Stasik, Matthew C. 31

  • Carrick
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Matthew Charles Stasik, 31, of Carrick, died suddenly Wednesday, April 15, 2015. He was the husband of the late Trina (Pfister) Stasik; beloved son of Lynn (Odato) Stasik and stepson of Keith Cahill; loving dad of Mattalyn and Isaac Stasik; brother of Christine Stasik, Eddie Stasik and his twin brother, Luke Stasik; grandson of Charles S. Odato and the late Helen (Ackerman) Odato; nephew of Helen Booth and Charles J. Odato; and is also survived by nieces and a nephew. Family and friends will be received from 2 until the time of the service at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. (Please do not use Ice Plant Hill Exit). www.alfierifuneralhome.com.
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Stupar, Andrew 89

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Andrew Stupar, 89, of Munhall, died Thursday, April 16, 2015. He was the son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Soltis) Stupar; brother of Betty Jozefov, Margaret J. Breznai, Stephen Stupar and the late James Stupar; uncle of Stephen Breznai, with whom he resided; and also survived by many other nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested for the Children's Rehab Institute, 1405 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Traupman, Olive 90

  • Spring Hill
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Olive (Title) Traupman, 90, of Spring Hill, passed peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was the wife of the late Frank Traupman II; mother of Darlene A. (Daniel) Weber, Mark L. (Rose) Traupman and the late Frank J. Traupman III; grandmother of Daniel (Christie) Weber, Heather Weber, Frank J. Traupman IV and Misty Traupman; great-grandmother of Gabrielle, Alyssa, Laurel and Zachary. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless. A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, in St. Ambrose Church, 1025 Haslage Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Vincentian Home Activity Fund, 111 Perrymont Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Remembrances can be left at www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Vallejo, Velma M. 70

  • Crafton , Formerly of Canonsburg
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Velma M. (Warren) Vallejo, 70, of Crafton, formerly of Canonsburg, passed Thursday, April 16, 2015, following a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Sidney and Letha Mae (McBride) Warren; mother of Dr. Manuel (Susan) Vallejo Jr. and Rodrigo Vallejo; loving grandmother of Manuel's children, Alexander and Anna Vallejo, and Rodrigo's daughter, Haley Vallejo; sister of James Warren, Patricia D'Amico, John Paul Warren, Sharon Ann Clark and the late Jack Warren and Mary Sue Burris; and is also survived by beloved niece, Nina (Sam) Amer, and nephews, Sam and Geno D'Amico, as well as many additional nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Services and interment will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., Franklin Park. Please leave condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Zwigart, Marian E. 97

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1918-01-21
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Marian E. (Fiegel) Zwigart, 97, of Hampton Township, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. Born Jan. 21, 1918, in Etna, she was the daughter of the late John and Susan Fiegel and the wife of the late Theodore J. Zwigart, who passed away in 1998. Marian was a longtime member of St. Ursula Christian Mothers and devoted to Our Lady, the Blessed Mother. She handmade and donated over 50,000 Rosaries to missions worldwide. She is survived by her son, Dennis (Karen) Zwigart; and three daughters, Cheryl (Bob) Horsley, Donna (Bill) Klingensmith and Bonnie (John) Scarp; grandchildren, Denee, Elyce and Daryl; and seven great-grandchildren. Marian's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 20, at St. Ursula Church, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park. She will be laid to rest at St. Mary Cemetery in Sharpsburg. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Marian's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Butts, Patricia H. 86

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1928-07-18
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Patricia H. Butts, 86, of Ligonier, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born July 18, 1928, in Brownsville, a daughter of the late William and Pauline Kooser Hardy. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as an educator and principal in Northern Virginia for more than 40 years. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, the Order of the Eastern Star and the National Education Association. She will be remembered for having a beautifully gifted operatic voice. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Jean Hardy Sprowls and Jacqueline Hardy. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 64 years, Donald W. Butts; two nieces, Elizabeth (Richard) Gillmore and Barbara (Alan) Jenkins; and eight grand-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier, where her life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, with her pastor, the Rev. Robert D. Cummings officiating. Interment will follow in the Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Caldwell, LaVerna J. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-09-01
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • LaVerna J. Caldwell, 90, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Wallace and Margaret (Reese) Caldwell. Prior to retirement, she had been a supervisor for Bell Telephone with 33 years of service. She was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, the Elks Lodge of Irwin and enjoyed golfing and going out to eat. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Josephine Thomas, Bernice Brosnahan and Virginia Benson; a brother, Clifford W. Caldwell; a nephew, Brian Caldwell; and her companion, Charles Flack. She is survived by two brothers, Richard Caldwell and Robert Caldwell, both of Greensburg; two nephews, Richard Caldwell Jr. (Sharon), of Greensburg, and John Brosnahan, of Irwin; three nieces, Diane Gindlesperger (Jeff), of Greensburg, Dolores Brosnahan, and Sherry Brosnahan, both of Irwin; great-nephews, Michael, Joshua and Mark Gindlesperger; and a great-niece, Rachel Caldwell. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Carpenter Jr., Edward D. 81

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-04-05
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Edward Dwight Carpenter Jr., 81, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Litteton, Mass., passed away after a brief illness, one year ago today, April 19, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, with his devoted and beloved wife, Jil, at his bedside. Ed was the only child of the late Edward and Victoria (Kuczylowski) Carpenter Sr. He was born April 5, 1933, in Wheeling, W.Va., and raised in McMurray. He graduated from Peters Township High School where he played center on the football team. Ed enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and served in 821st Engineer Battalion. He went on to graduate from California State University and Boston University as an English major. Ed had a distinguished career in the Chelmsford High School in Massachusetts and was in charge of the English Book Closet and Honor Society advisor. His good friend and co-worker, Barry Hazzard, spearheaded a scholarship fund in Ed's name. Ed was a proud member of the First Presbyterian Church in Irwin. He attended Book Club and Tai Chi classes at Redstone Colonial Estates and was a member of the Penn's Woods Seniors. All who met Ed knew him to be a gentle, kind and generous gentleman and a wordsmith. His most frequently used word was thank you. His poem "To Jill" was entered in a poetry contest, published and selected as a semifinalist. Ed married his college sweetheart, Sondra Jil Coffman, on July 20, 2012, in the Norwin Public Library butterfly garden officiated by the Rev. Ronald Durika. Ed's favorite meal was a crock of French Onion Soup and a steak at the Jacktown Ride and Hunt Club. He remained loyal to his Patriots and Bruins but, would cheer on the Steelers and Penguins as long as they weren't playing his old teams. On the date that would have been his and his wife's second wedding anniversary, Ed's ashes, along with those of his feline companion, Mr. Tango, and feline buddy, Mr. Deiter, were scattered at a private ceremony. Contributions toward Edward Dwight Carpenter Jr. Scholarship fund can be sent to: Chelmsford High School Alumni Association c/o Scholarship Committee, 200 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, MA 01863. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, was in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Cook, Dan E. 53

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1961-07-13
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Peterson, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Dan E. Cook, 53, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at his home. He was born July 13, 1961, a son of James H. and Jill Cook. Dan was a devout member of Acme Open Bible Church, where he was a board member, deacon, Sunday school teacher and church drum player. He was a professional occupational therapist and trigger point therapist and formerly was the manager of Cook's Lumber, a 102-year-old family business (Build-It). Dan is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in psychology and went on to study pain management and obtained a degree in occupational therapy at Kaplan Career Institute. Dan was an athlete, tennis pro and cyclist. He was also a master woodworker, writer, poet and jazz lover. Dan was the beloved husband of Barbara Martin Cook; and loving father to Cyrus Cook. Also surviving are his parents, James H. and Jill Cook; two brothers, Arnold Cook (Edith), of Pittsburgh, and Otis Cook, of Litchfield, Conn.; and his 22 nieces and nephews of Pittsburgh. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Acme Open Bible Church, 725 Bear Rocks Road, Acme. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Tyrone Smartnick officiating. Dinner will immediately follow at the church. Interment will be in the Reform Cemetery, Trauger. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Mt. Pleasant Library, 120 S. Church St., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666; or to the Acme Open Bible Church, P.O. Box 28, Acme, PA 15610. Funeral arrangements by SALOOM-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, Youngwood, Eugene G. Saloom, funeral director.
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Forish, Elizabeth A. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-07-10
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Repko) Forish, 78, of Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born July 10, 1936, in New Alexandria, a daughter of the late Joseph Repko and Anna (Polk) Repko. Betty was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and was retired from the Elliott Company. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Edward T. Forish; three sisters, Mary Kannala, Ann Repko and Dorothy DeMichael; and one brother, John Repko. Betty is survived by a sister, Vera Morris, of Levelgreen; a brother, Joseph Repko and his wife, Shirley, of Ohio; and she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Parting prayers will be at 8:45 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow at St. Clair Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Gira, Margaret 86

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1929-01-12
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Rhome Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Margaret Gira, 86, of Monessen, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Monessen, a daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Kukrak Mandzok. She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Church of Monessen and was a member of the former Most Holy Name of Jesus Church of Monessen and its Christian Mothers. Margaret was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed time spent with her family. Surviving are her husband, John A. Gira; and son, John J. and wife, Cathy Gira of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Marjorie and husband, Rod Barbee, of Annadale, Va., son, Martin Gira of Monroeville; eight grandchildren, Brian and Chris Gira, Jonathan, Michael and Tom Barbee, Marcus Nalls, Nick and Alex Gira; and a great-grandson, Hunter. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nanette Nalls; brothers, George, John, Joe, Cyril and Method Mandzok; two sisters in infancy, Mary and Elizabeth. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., Family Owned and Operated as a Member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd. Monessen where friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home on Monday at noon, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 at the Epiphany of Lord Church of Monessen with the Father Michael Crookston officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Name Cemetery, Monessen. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Gira family at www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
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Graham, Deborah J. 65

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1949-12-14
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Deborah J. Graham, 65, of Bolivar, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. She was born Dec. 14, 1949, in Ligonier, a daughter of Patricia (Robb) Graham and the late William Lynn Graham. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Robb Graham. Deb worked for many years at the Camp Henry Kaufmann with the girl scouts and loved and boarded horses and was a member of the Westmoreland County 4-H where she was a leader for 30 years. She is survived by her mother, Patricia Robb Graham; a sister, Donna Lenhart and her husband, Lonnie, of Bolivar; three nieces, Jennifer Lucas and her husband, Mark, Jill Lebo and her husband, Eric, and Jodi McDowell and her husband, Tim; a great-nephew, Casey Lucas; and a great-niece, Kaitlynn Lebo. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Ligonier Alliance Church with the Rev. Larry C. McDonnell officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland County 4-H for the horse project, 214 Donohoe Road, Suite E, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Keegan, Bernadette 65

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1949-09-13
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Rhome Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Bernadette Keegan, 65, of Monessen, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian. Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 13, 1949, in Charleroi, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Edith Martin Nichols. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. She will be deeply missed by many. She touched everyone's hearts. She was a wonderful person inside and out. Surviving are her partner of 28 years, Bruce Davis; children, Tom, Allen, and Alice Keegan all of Monessen; eight grandchildren, Amanda Keegan, Tom Keegan Jr., Jehmal Jordan, Brett Jordan, all of Monessen, and Tyler, Hope, Kansas, and Allen Keegan Jr. all of Washington; sisters, Alice and husband, Allen McElfresh, Gloria DeStefano; and a brother, Carl and wife, Kathy Nichols; brother-in-law, John Kudlik and sister-in-law, Sue Nichols, aunt Ann Scheirman; several nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Shirley Kudlik, John T. Nichols, Patricia Stout, Charles E. Nichols, Benjamin Nichols Jr., Eileen Nichols; and a grandson, Michael Allen Keegan. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., Family Owned and Operated as a Member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen, where friends will be welcomed from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015. Services will be held at Rhome Funeral Home Monday, April 20, 2015, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Belle Vernon Cemetery. Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
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Linsenbigler, Edgar D. 77

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1937-05-01
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Edgar D. "Eddie" Linsenbigler, 77, of Murrysville, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 1, 1937, in Apollo, a son of the late Edgar D. and Marie (Mornes) Linsenbigler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Catherine, George, Pete and Rose. Eddie worked as a self-employed ceramic tile contractor until his retirement and was an Army veteran who served during the Berlin Crisis. He was a life member of the NRA who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and farming. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Lillian (Egloff) Linsenbigler; three loving sons, Keith (Cindy), of Apollo, Gary (Lisa), of Saltsburg, and Jimmy (Tina), of Apollo. He was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren, Melissa, Jimbo, Christina, Dana, Nicole and Kelly; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at noon Monday at the WOLFE-von GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will follow in Poke Run Cemetery, Mamont, with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eddie's name to St. Jude Children's Hospital Leukemia Research, PO Box 1000 Dept. 42, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For directions or to send online condolences please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Marino, Grace J. 79

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-07-16
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Grace J. (Keenan) Marino, 79, of Greensburg, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 16, 1935, in Haydenville, a daughter of the late Edward and Florence Hoover Keenan. She worked at the former Modern Tea Room and she was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceeded in death by her husband, John A. Marino; six sisters, Harriet, Alice, Betty, Marie, June and Ann; and five brothers, Edward, William, Charles, Jack and Walter. She is survived by her four sons, John and wife, Regina, of Marienville, Robert and Richard, both of Greensburg, and Phillip and wife, Wendy, of Dublin, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Leah, Laura, Nina, Alyssa, Augustus, Romulus, Robert and RJ and wife, Krissy; one great-granddaughter, Baylee Rae; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public viewing or services. Grace's family has entrusted her care to the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com, Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Marody Sr., Richard A. 61

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1953-10-06
  • Died: 2015-04-08
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Marody Sr., 61, of Sutersville, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015. He was born Oct. 6, 1953, in Fredericktown, to the late Al and Edith Marody. He is survived by companion, Rhonda Ellisor; son, Richard (Roberta) Marody Jr.; grandson, Jordan Marody; brothers, Albert Jr., Michael Marody, Ronald Wingrove, Norman, Joseph and George Steadman; sisters, Barbara Phillips and Nancy Steadman; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were held at HUNTER-EDMUNDSON-STRIFFLER FUNERAL HOME, 600 Market St., McKeesport, PA 15132 (412-678-6191).
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Metzler, Margaret L. 82

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1933-01-18
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret L. (Goodbread) Metzler, 82, of Lower Burrell, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Jan. 18, 1933, in Hyde Park, the daughter of the late Walter Orr and Margaret Ruth (Leech) Goodbread. Survivors include her son, Donald "Skip" Metzler (Sandrah), of North Apollo; daughter, Linda Domyancic, of Monroeville; three grandchildren, Matthew, Zachary and JoLynn; and three great-granddaughters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Hilary Metzler, on May 5, 1984; and her sister, Martha Schall. Friends welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), where funeral ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Jerrad Peterman officiating. Interment following in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the Metzler family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Mitchell III, William E. 39

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1975-12-25
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • William E. Mitchell III, 39 years old, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was a much cherished and beloved son, brother and good friend to all who knew him. He brightened the path of all those who crossed it. He loved his family, his fiance, Maggie, the Steelers, Penguins and his faithful pets. He was born Dec. 25, 1975, in Greensburg. He graduated from Hempfield High School class of 1994. He was a member of The Roosevelt Club and the SNPJ of Carbon. He worked for Omnova of Jeannette. Previously he worked for DNP Corp of New Stanton. Surviving are his parents, Andrea and Edward Hedrick, William E. II and Kathy Mitchell; his brother, Ryan; his fiance, Maggie Roberts; and his much loved pets, Rayna and Malkin. He was preceded in death by his faithful dog, Louie. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 South Fourth St., Youngwood. Services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC. with Pastor John Smaligo, officiating. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the Animal Friends of Westmoreland County.
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Murray, Patricia

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Patricia Murray, of Murrysville, has passed away. Mrs. Patricia Murray radiated an inner joy and happiness, brimming with smiles and laughter. She treasured those around her with warmth and love. Pat was grandmother to five boys, and their nickname for her, "Mumsie", caught on widely, as she shared her home with their extended network of friends and family. Church was always vital to Pat. She was the family's spiritual anchor. Pat was a longtime member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Wilkinsburg and later Pittsburgh, where she served in many capacities. In addition to raising a family, Pat supported her beloved husband Ralph in the growth of the manufacturing company he led. Pat and Ralph were happily married for more than 52 years. A fashion design graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, Pat was also an accomplished artist and painter. She shared her gift by teaching painting classes and jurying local art shows. Pat and her college roommate ended up married to brothers and the families knit together as they grew. Pat was a lifelong Steelers fan, skilled bocci player and had a great sense of humor. She connected intimately with nature and had a soft spot for animals, including all the wildlife in the wooded yard behind her Murrysville home. Pat especially loved time spent with friends and family, including daughter, Cary Bohl and her husband, Ken; grandsons, Dave, Nick and Kyle; son, David Murray and his wife, Marthe; grandsons, Gordon and Sutton; brother, Paul Pringle and his wife, Aggie; and in-laws, extended family and friends. Her memory will be deeply cherished by all who have known her. A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Patricia Murray at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 4275 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA 15668. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Novaleski, Frank 93

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1922-02-04
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Frank Novaleski, 93, of New Kensington, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, in his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1922, in New Kensington, to the late John and Anastasia Zajac Novaleski and has been a life long resident of the local area. Mr. Novaleski was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II where he was a P40 Pilot. He attended St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and St. John Orthodox Church, both in New Kensington. He worked in operations for West Penn Power in Springdale until retiring in 1987. He was a member the Lower Burrell American Legion Post 868 and a life member of Seventh Street Sportsman's Club and enjoyed golf, playing horseshoes, bowling, hunting and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is survived by his two sons, Frank (Peggy) Novaleski, of Harrisburg, and Mark (Sylvia) Novaleski, of New Kensington; four grandchildren, Aaron, Carla, Sara and Carolyn Novaleski; and three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Mason and Jackson Novaleski; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded by his wife, Dorothy A. Domansky Novaleski; daughter, Marcia Novaleski; brothers, Michael J. and Harry Novaleski; and sisters, Olga Kremer, Pearl Cowfer, Helen Mattie, Mary Hoshyla and Anna Smouse Hemphill. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where a Parastas service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. in St. John Orthodox Church with the Rev. Nikolai Breckenridge, officiating. Burial with military honors by the Vandergrift Honor Guard will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. Parastas services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. The American Legion Post 868 will conduct services at 6 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Schrader, Christine A. 61

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1953-12-02
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Christine A. Schrader, 61, of Hunker, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born Dec. 2, 1953, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late James A. and Irene (Ohler) True. She was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys. She worked at Integrated Health Systems of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. Surviving is her husband, Thomas L. Schrader; two children, Lynn E. Schrader and wife, Danni, of Claridge, and Julie A. Schrader and fiance, Jeffrey J. Johns Jr., of Greensburg; and a sister, Jennie Stokes, of Clarksburg. She was preceded in death by a brother, James True. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 South Fourth St., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at C. Richard McCauley Funeral Home Inc., with Jay Schrader officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Contributions may be made to the MS Society of America.
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Stanko, Josephine A. 76

  • Bradenville
  • Born: 1938-05-04
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Josephine A. (Liberoni) Stanko, 76, of Bradenville, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, at her residence. She was born May 4, 1938, in Superior, a daughter of the late Frank Liberoni Sr. and Josephine M. (Vesco) Liberoni. Josephine attended St. Martin's Church, New Derry, and had been employed at the former Green Meadows. She volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul and loved to be outdoors and mow the lawn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Stanko; her fiance, John Irwin; a son, Jeffrey Scott Stanko; and two brothers, Frank J. Liberoni Jr. and Joseph A. Liberoni. Josephine is survived by a son, James A. Stanko and his wife, Sandra, of Twinsburg, Ohio; a daughter, Lori A. Cramer, of Derry; two sisters, Dolores Iaquinta, of Connellsville, and Louise Gruska and her husband, Richard, of Derry; two granddaughters, Kaitlyn Stanko and her fiance, Michael Tata, and Nicole Stanko; her Goddaughter, Gianna Gruska; and special friends, Dolly Stiffler, Terri Selembo, Judy Lipinski and Mike and Judy Fennell. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home with the Rev. Chad Ficorelli, OSB, officiating. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Excela Health Home Care and Hospice. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Thomas, Joan E. 75

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1939-05-04
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Joan E. Thomas, 75, of Unity Township, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born May 4, 1939, in Calumet, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Mamula) Puskar. Prior to retirement she worked at Latrobe Area Hospital and was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Trauger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. "Sparky" Thomas; and two sisters, Mary Kay Bashioum and Bernadette Hall. She is survived by four daughters, Sherry Brewer and husband, Arnie, of Scottdale, Kerry Baker and husband, Bob, of New Kensington, Diane Deemer and husband, Gary, of Greensburg, and Billie Jo Vallorani, of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Jack, Jerrad, Justin, Shane and Brett Vallorani; three great-grandchildren, Chase, Addy, Kendall and Josie; two sisters, Kathy Perkey and Sophie Puskar; two brothers, John and Mike Puskar; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Dick Seigfried, officiating. Interment will follow in Hillview Cemetery, Hempfield Township. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Viola, Victoria A. 96

  • Export
  • Born: 1918-12-22
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Victoria Ann Viola, 96, of Export, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. She was born Dec. 22, 1918, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Paul and Nora Petrino. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Emanuel Viola Jr., who passed away in May of 1990; and a brother, Joseph Petrino. Vicky is survived by four children, Paul (Corinne) Viola, of Clarksburg, Dianne Tropeck, of Acme, Patty Deet, of Plum, and Thomas (Darlene) Viola, of Homer City; two grandsons, Don and Chris Deet, of Plum; a sister, Maryann "Honey" Meglio, of Forest Hills; many nieces and nephews; plus her special friends, the Jerry and Jan Moore family, of Export. Vicky was well-known in the Export, Murrysville and Delmont areas as an avid bingo and card player and wishes all fellow players the same good luck and good fortune she enjoyed her whole life. Visitation 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville with a blessing service at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery, Export. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Yowonske, Theodore 66

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1949-03-20
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Theodore "Ske" Yowonske, 66, of Belle Vernon, Rostraver Township, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born March 20, 1949, in Pricedale, he was the son of the late John and Helen Britvich Yowonske. A resident of Rostraver Township, Mr. Yowonske was a member of the Church of St. Anne, Rostraver, and attended St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, Belle Vernon. Ted was the owner and operator of Carbon Fuel Resources, Bullskin Tipple Co. and T. Yowonske Farms. He was a 1967 graduate of Belle Vernon High School, loved to collect guns, hunt, especially in Alaska, enjoyed spring fishing in Erie and farming always. He also enjoyed his daily meetings with his friends at Randall's, B and B and the Sunday morning crowd at Denny's. Ted was a veteran of the Vietnam War having received the Purple Heart serving with the U.S. Marines in the 3rd Battalion Platoon 336. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine "Gerri" Claybaughm Yowonske to whom he was married 42 years; daughter and son-in-law, Nicole "Angel" and Jody Henson of Belle Vernon; son, Ted "Bo" Yowonske of Belle Vernon; two grandchildren, Max "My Man" Henson, Lexi "Queen Bee" Henson; brother and sister-in-law, Lee Yowonske Sr. and wife, Janet, of Belle Vernon; and two nephews, Lee Yowonske Jr. and Jason Yowonske. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Yowonske and John Yowonske Jr. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Prayer service will be held Monday at 9:15 a.m. in the funeral home followed by funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Vincent Gigliotti, Pastor of the Church of St. Anne officiating. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Members of St. Sebastian parish will pray the rosary for the departed soul of Ted Yowonske Sunday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Theodore Yowonske to Wounded Warrior c/o Safari Club 3 State Chapter, P.O. Box 1727, Uniontown PA 15401. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Richey, Clarence N. 89

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1925-06-15
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Clarence N. "Tig" Richey, 89, of Kiski Township, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Scenery Hill Manor, Indiana, Pa. Born June 15, 1925, in Salina, he was the son of the late James and Ella (Decker) Richey. Clarence was a lifelong resident of Kiski Township and served our country with the Army during World War II in the Americal Division in the South Pacific from 1943-46. He worked as a chainman for Wean United for 33 years, retiring in 1984. Clarence was a member of the Kiski Township Sportsmen's Club. He loved hunting and enjoyed football, gardening and was an avid New York Yankees fan. Clarence also enjoyed spending time reminiscing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian J. (Mitcheson) Richey, who passed away Nov. 26, 1997; sisters, Dorothy Egloff and Carrie Lamana; and a brother, James W. Richey. Clarence is survived by his daughter, Terry (John) Jones, of Spring Church; and a sister, Joanne Newingham, of Spring Church. At Clarence's request, all arrangements are private with services conducted by the Rev. Terri Swails, and interment in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. Arrangements have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Apollo. Memorial contributions may be made in Clarence's memory to AsceraCare Hospice, 1255 Scalp Ave., Suite 1, Johnstown, PA 15904. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Shiring, Evelyn 89

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1925-06-16
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Shiring, 89, of Ford City, died Friday, April 17, 2015, in her home. Born June 16, 1925, in Ford City, she was a daughter of the late John E. and Barbara (Kreutzer) King. She was a member of Christ, Prince of Peace Parish, Ford City, and the LCBA of the church. Mrs. Shiring worked at the Ford City National Bakery for many years and was a member of the Ford City Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, going to musicals, traveling and attending family gatherings. She is survived by her children, Patricia (Raymond) Finkel, of Natrona Heights, Dennis (Marie) Shiring, of Sarver, and Keith (Lenora) Shiring, of Decatur, Ill. She was "Nanny" to her grandchildren, Kara (Mike) and Amanda (Bo) Finkel, Kimberly (Luke) Bondra and John (Angela), Matt, Taylor and Kylie Shiring; her great-grandson, Tyler Corbett; and her step-great-grandchildren, Deonte, Olivia and Gian Bondra. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward C. Shiring, who died Feb. 7, 1995; and two brothers, John F. King and Raymond King. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. Parting prayers will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Christ, Prince of Peace Parish, with Father Bryan Summers as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. To send an online condolence, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Butler County

Fleming, Joseph W. 87

  • Cranberry Township , Formerly of McCandless
  • Died: 2015-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph W. Fleming, 87, of Cranberry Township, formerly of McCandless, died Monday, April 13, 2015, in Sherwood Oaks. He was the beloved husband of Brenda (Mimi Goetz); loving father of John A. and James C.; and doting grandfather of Morgan and Marissa. He is survived by his siblings, Ruth (Van Kirk), Martha (Murray) and Jay and was preceded in death by his brother, William. Joe was born in West Newton and was a graduate of West Newton High School in 1946 and Penn State in 1951.He worked as a chemical engineer for Koppers Company for more than 30 years at various chemical plants across the eastern United States. During the Korean War, he was in the Chemical Warfare section of the Army from 1953 until 1956 at the Army's Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland. While in the Army, he obtained his private pilot's license. He holds several patents granted to him personally for chemical and mechanical processes. Joe was an avid bridge player developing his own bidding system. No visitation please. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Sherwood Oaks. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME of CRANBERRY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Western PA.
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Thieleman, Eleanor M. 93

  • Mars
  • Born: 1922-03-28
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Eleanor M. Thieleman, 93, of Mars, died Thursday afternoon, April 16, 2015, at LAS St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars. Born March 28, 1922, on the family farm in Adams Township, she was the daughter of the late E. Raymond and Marie L. Kidd Thieleman. Eleanor had been a postal clerk for the Mars Post Office for many years and was a member of the Mars Alliance Church. Surviving are two sisters, Frances P. Baillie, of Evans City, and Bernice L. Kelly, of Mars; three brothers, Donald C. Thieleman and his wife, Mae, George F. Thieleman and his wife, Margaret, and William J. Thieleman, all of Mars; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Elmer E. Thieleman. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will follow at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Memorials may be made to the Mars Alliance Church, 997 Route 228, Mars, PA 16046. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Cypher, Helen F. 99

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1916-02-24
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Helen Faye (Barr) Cypher, 99, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, passed to eternal rest peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 24, 1916, in Shamokin, a daughter of the late J. Roy and E. Faye Strouse Barr. Helen was a graduate of the Connellsville High School with the class of 1933. She had formerly worked for the former Troutman's Department Store in Connellsville and for Martin's Pharmacy in Butler. She was a very active member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Connellsville, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Katherine Francis Sunday School class. She was a former member of the Eastern Star and the Mother's Study Club, of which she served as president. The Mothers' Study Club provided milk to public schools to be provided to needy children. Helen was a loving homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her loving children, Kay Cropp, of Connellsville, Susan McConnell and husband, William, of Winter Haven, Fla., and Judy Schomer and husband, Mark, of Connellsville, with whom she resided for the last seven years; her grandchildren, Lynne LoGrande and boyfriend, Skeeter, of New Jersey, Dr. John Cropp and wife, Anne, of Madison, Conn., Cathy Tangretti and husband, David, of Greensburg, David McConnell, of Penn Hills, and Douglas McConnell and wife, Dori, of Norfolk, Va.; her nine great-grandchildren; and her great-great-grandchild. Helen was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband, John H. Cypher; Edward and Katherine Fenstermacher, who raised her; her brothers, Kershner, John, Richard Barr and Stuart Fenstermacher; and her sister, Marion Fenstermacher. Helen was cared for and loved by her caretakers Donna, Marie, Tracie, Marge and Sandy. The family would also like to thank Amedysis Hospice for their care and compassion, especially Rita, Lyndsey, Lori, Chelsea and Pastor Maley. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC. 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, the hour of a funeral service, with the Rev. David Ealy officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 417 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, PA 15425, in memory of Helen Faye Cypher. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Falco, Regis E. 81

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1933-09-03
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Regis E. Falco, 81, of Connellsville, died Friday, April 17, 2015 in RNC, Greensburg. He was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Connellsville, a son of the late Ralph and Susan (Colatch) Falco. Regis was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. Regis was an insurance agent for METLife for many years. He then worked in the Shipping/Receiving department of Montgomery Wards. Regis was an avid fan of all sports, especially when watching dog races. Regis is survived by his daughter, Sue Ann Kezmarsky and husband, Tom "Kaz", of Connellsville; three grandchildren, Chad and Julie Kezmarsky, and their children, Isabella and Chloe Kezmarsky, of Connellsville, Renee Kezmarsky, of Philadelphia, and Jason Kezmarsky, of Alexandria, Va.; two sisters, Marie Blasey and Marlene Scarry, both of Connellsville; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a sister-in-law, Eileen Falco. In addition to his parents, Regis was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Falco; and two brothers-in-law, Gerry Scarry and Don Blasey. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, with Father Bob Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Kushnar, John F. 87

  • Fayette City
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Eley-McCrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • John F. Kushnar, 87, of Fayette City passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. Family and friends will be received Monday, April 20, 2015, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the ELEY McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, 724-326-5621, www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com. A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition.
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Rade, Diane R. 59

  • Star Junction
  • Born: 1955-06-23
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Diane R. Rade, 59, of Star Junction, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was born June 23, 1955, the daughter of the late Charles and Betty Schultz Griffith. She enjoyed needlepoint, crocheting, crossword puzzles, and she moved into the electronic age by loving to play on her tablet. She also loved to express herself by writing in her journals. She is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Sevcik and husband, Ron; son, (grandson) Dakota; sister, Charlene Backo and sons (nephews) Scott and Brian; a brother, Jack and family; beloved friend, Danelle Kooper and Leonard Cole and family. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Mark (Radar) Rade. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis.
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Sines, Ronald A. 50

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1964-10-04
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Ronald "Ronnie" Alvin Sines, 50, of Dunbar, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 4, 1964, the son of the late James Frank Sines and the late Kathryn McGarrity Sines. Surviving are daughter, Danielle and Justin Maharowski, and their children, Blake, Landon, Wyatt and Leona; daughter, Amanda Sines; brothers and sisters, James Eugene and Carole Sines, Barbara Ellen Sines, John Francis Sines, Donald and Mary Pat Sines, Delbert and Kathi Jo Sines, Linda and Rheabon Bowers, Janet Sines and daughters, Alie and Emmy, Amy and William Ghrist, Susann and Scott Burwell, and Joni Furlo; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m., the hour of service, Saturday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Pastor Lee Maley officiating.
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Indiana County

Waters, Daniel C. 73

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1942-02-20
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Daniel Charles Waters, 73, of Saltsburg, died peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. He was born Feb. 20, 1942, in Homer City, a son of the late Charles and Florence (Weir) Waters. Daniel was a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Daniel was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was Protestant by faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved son, Charles Waters. Daniel will be greatly missed by his beloved family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Clara (McClain) Waters; daughter, Michele Waters, of Saltsburg; son, Daniel Waters, of Greensburg; granddaughters, Grace (Bryan) Hull and Cassandra Nath; and his buddy, Smitty, his dog. He is also survived by a brother, Lance; sisters, Judy and Deb; and extended family members. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral and committal services for Daniel will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Ron Raptosh of Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont, officiating. Private interment will be in Armagh Cemetery, Armagh. The Waters family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and caregivers of Westmoreland Manor for the excellent care Daniel received and compassion shown to him and his family during his stay. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Caputo, Catherine 93

  • Elco
  • Born: 1922-01-02
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Catherine "Kay" Turtzer Caputo, 93, of Elco, formerly of North Belle Vernon, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 8 p.m. at Flo's Personal Care Home, Elco. Born Jan. 2, 1922, in Charleroi, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Marin Turtzer. Mrs. Caputo was a member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, the former St. Sebastian Ladies Guild, former Catholic Daughters of the Americas Belle Vernon Court 1522, former Legion of Mary St. Sebastian Church, Belle Vernon Golden Age Assembly and volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul. She also loved to play the organ and watch Steelers football. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Bob Grant and wife, Paula, Frank Grant, David Grant and wife, Dr. Erin Hannagan, Judi Grant Kostelansky and husband, Norman, Andrew Kozar, Charles Kozar, Deacon Jerome Kozar and wife, Pat, Paul Turtzer and wife, Ruth, Karen Turtzer Hanrahan and husband, Tom, Dorothy Whitlatch and husband, Al, and Raymond Kolick; special great-nieces, Jean Ann Kozar Blair; and many other great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-nephews, Matthew Blair and wife, Cali, Nicholas Blair and Dale Kozar. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph P. Caputo June 21, 1975; four brothers, Frank, Alex, Rudolph and Charles Turtzer; three sisters, Margaret Kozar Pandrock, Betty LaVonne, and Emma Kolich; special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rose "Babe" and Bob Grant; and a niece, Joann Kozar. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Prayer service will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home followed by funeral Mass at 1 p.m. at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Roger A. Statnick, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Members of St. Sebastian parish will pray the rosary for the departed soul of Catherine Caputo Sunday at 3:15 p.m. in the funeral home. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Clair, Florence M. 88

  • North Charleroi
  • Born: 1926-08-19
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Florence Margaret Clair, 88, of North Charleroi, formerly of Vandergrift, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in her daughter's residence. Born Aug. 19, 1926, in Etna, she was the daughter of the late Floyd L. and Florence Hazen Knochel. She enjoyed watching Pirates baseball, playing bingo and working crossword puzzles. Survivors include her siblings, Sandra (Randy) Griffith, of North Charleroi, Jim Clair, of Fayetteville, N.C., Brian K. Clair, of Vandergrift, Karen Walker, of Vandergrift, Floyd L. Clair, of North Charleroi, Bonnie Dosch, of Hyde Park, and Bobby (Angie) Clair, of Butler; a sister, Grace (John) Holfelder, of Florida; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren and one on the way. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Clair, in 2007; three brothers, Floyd, George and Howard Knochel; and two sisters, Ruth Holfelder and Mae Kozakovsky. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. Monday in the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, with the Rev. John Jackson, officiating. Interment will be in the Lakewood Memorial Park, Cheswick. To leave an online condolence, visit us at www.dunmirekerr.com.
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Gatalica, Dennis 75

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1940-02-04
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Bentleyville | Get Directions
  • Dennis Gatalica, 75, of Charleroi, Fallowfield Township, died Thursday morning, April 16, 2015, at Uniontown Hospital. He was born Feb. 4, 1940, in Charleroi, a son of the late Michael and Martha Emily Nozier Gatalica. He worked as a printer for Business Forms in Monongahela and was a member of the Roscoe Sportsmen's Association. On June 16, 1962, he married Carol Jean Maroney Gatalica, who died May 15, 2012. Surviving are a son, Dennis R. Gatalica (Patricia Sneddon)of Fayette City; grandchildren, Grant and Rebecca Gatalica; sisters, June Briggs and Pauline Laskey, both of Charleroi and Nesbit Yakovich of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are a son, Eric Gatalica; and a brother, George Gatalica. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family in care of the THOMPSON MARODI FUNERAL HOME INC., 809 Main St., Bentleyville, 724-239-2255. Visit www.thompson-marodi.com to leave a condolence message.
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Menzler, Stephen C. 61

  • Donora
  • Born: 1953-08-09
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Stephen C. Menzler, 61, of Donora, formerly of Monessen, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at his home. He was born in North Charleroi on Aug. 9, 1953, the son of the late Stephen J. and Frances McGovern Menzler. Stephen grew up in Monessen and was a 1971 graduate of Monessen High School. He received his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Clarion University and was a self-employed painting contractor. He was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity and numerous social clubs throughout the Mon Valley. Steve was a free spirit who enjoyed traveling and especially looked forward to taking trips to the beach. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Cheryl L. McFeely Menzler; daughter, Courtney Menzler and friend Robert Moran of Pittsburgh; a sister, Kathy Menzler of Monessen; two brothers, Terry (Nancy) Menzler of Belle Vernon, Robert Menzler of Donora; nieces and nephews, Tara, Morgan, Robert, Tyler and Megan; a great-niece and great-nephews; and his faithful puppy, Gracie. Friends will be received on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave. Suite E-201 Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Condolences accepted for the family at www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Rudy, Janet C. 73

  • Eighty Four
  • Born: 1941-06-05
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Janet C. Rudy, 73, of Eighty Four, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Washington Hospital. Born June 5, 1941, in Daisytown, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Cecelia (Ofcharik) Markovich. A 1959 graduate of California Area High School, she was a homemaker and a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela and had belonged to their Altar Rosary Christian Mother Society. Surviving are her husband, Andy H. Rudy; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Lance and Billie Jo Rudy of West Newton, Mark Rudy of the state of California and Jed Rudy of Eighty Four; a brother, Joseph and wife, Cecelia Markovich, of Daisytown; three granddaughters, Janet, Billie Jo and Kandice Rudy; and a great-grandson, Andrew Lance Rudy. She was preceded in death by twin babies, Evette M. and David E. Rudy. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated in St. Damien of Molokai Parish at 10 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, with the Father George Chortos as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Coal Center.
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Underwood, Nancy 60

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1954-08-29
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Nancy M. Careatti Underwood, 60, of Charleroi, died on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Born on Aug. 29, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Pauline Careatti. She was Catholic by faith, and was a licensed psychologist, having graduated from Duquesne University and practicing as Nancy M. Underwood M.Ed. She previously served on the board of C.O.R.E., which had a special meaning to her because she was both a recipient and a donor. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and was an avid orchid grower. Nancy is survived by her ex-husband, Harold James Underwood Jr., of Belle Vernon; and close friend, Belinda Brova of Washington. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers, Andrew and James Careatti. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m., the time of services, on Monday, April 20, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. Online condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Yates, Dolores E. 82

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1932-10-25
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Dolores E. Yates, 82, of Charleroi, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, in her home. Dolores was born on Oct. 25, 1932, in North Charleroi, the daughter of the late Stanley and Aniella “Nellie” Rzegocki Sowinsky. Dolores was a member of the Jokers Card Club for several years and the Gems/Powder Puff Bowling League. She is survived by five sons, John W. and Roberta Yates of Hutchinson, Minn., Robert and Karen Leonard of Damascus, Md., Steven Leonard of Charleroi, James Yates of Charleroi and Jeff and Jennifer Yates of Wexford; one daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Greg Mayer of Charleroi; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Adeline Povich of Charleroi; and one brother, Andrew Sowinsky of New Jersey. She was preceded death by her husband, Wilfred “Jim” Yates; and two sons, Richard Yates and Darryl Leonard. Friends will be received Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Brown, James A. 91

  • Born: 1924-01-09
  • Died: 2015-03-27
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  • James "Jim" Austin Brown, 91, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, and will be greatly missed by family and friends. He was the loving father of Bonita Power (Brown) and Martin Brown; cherished grandfather of Alanna Power; great-grandfather of Krystal Power-Long; loving brother of Chester Brown, Delores Corron (Brown), Austin Brown and Norman Brown. He is survived by the mother of his children, Gladys Brown. He will also be missed by many close friends, companion and caregivers in Kirtland, Ohio. Jim was a proud World War II veteran, serving the Navy starting March, 7, 1943, and received the Silver Star. He served in combat on the SS Walter Colton, SS President Jackson, and USS Antietam near or in New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. Jim was a respected and successful business owner of the Richmond Hts., Ohio Open Pantry Food Mart and sponsored a variety of local Little League sport teams through the years. Jim was an accomplished golfer and team leader with many winning awards including hole-in-ones, eagles and many super shooters. He also played local league baseball in his younger years in McKeesport, was an avid baseball and football sports fan and became a manager of Bonds Clothing Stores after moving to Ohio. Jim was also quite proud of his 50 plus years of service and 32nd Degree honors with the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Jim was laid to rest with military honors at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery April 2, 2015. Arrangements by DEJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT of WILLOUGHBY HILLS (440-516-5555). Online obituary at www.DeJohnCares.com.
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Brown, Lillian E. 97

  • Formerly of Charleroi
  • Born: 1918-01-26
  • Died: 2015-03-08
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  • Lillian E. "Sue" Brown, formerly of Charleroi, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 8, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. She was born Jan. 26, 1918, daughter of the late Elmer and Lydia Robb. Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Brown (Brownie) of Charleroi, and her siblings, Eleanor (George), and Joseph. Sue is survived by her two daughters, Patricia (Leslie) Isaacs and Beverly (William) Carpenter; grandchildren, Tamara (Bruce) Isaacs-Smith, Michelle (John) Troeltzsch, Charles (Diana) Carpenter, Scott Carpenter, and Mary (Joe) Dalsin; and eight great-grandchildren, Brianna Smith, Amber Rae Walsh, Emily and Anne Troeltzsch, Michael and Luca Dalsin, Cy and Eliana Carpenter. Sue loved to reminisce about her adventures growing up in Charleroi including riding the trolley into Pittsburgh to listen to jazz and swimming across the Monongahela River in the summer as well as the antics of her cats she had over her lifetime. There will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be held in the summer at Mary, Mother of Church in Charleroi, and she will be laid to rest next to “Brownie” at Calgary Cemetery. Donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation, www.alzfnd.org, or SPCA of Washington County www.wcspca.org in lieu of flowers are appreciated.
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Hanni, Rosella 93

  • Bay City, Mich.
  • Born: 1922-04-01
  • Died: 2015-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Rosella (Giunta) Hanni, 93, died Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Independence Village of Frankenmuth, Michigan. She was born April 1, 1922, in Pittsburgh, where she resided most of her lifetime, to Anthony and Nancy (Franze) DiGirolamo. Rosella's life was her family and she loved spending special times with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a "mother to so many" as she shared her tender care and knowledge to all who were acquainted with her. Additionally, Rosella enjoyed reading and an occasional visit to the casino. She was united in marriage to Anthony Giunta, who preceded her in death, and then later married Richard Hanni, who also predeceased her. Surviving family members include two daughters, Nancy Zapolski (Thomas) and Rozanne Giunta (Norman Monto); four grandchildren, Scott Monto (Ashley Jericho), Mark Monto (Tayyaba), Kristen Hetzel-Homann (Jason) and Bre Hetzel-Nugent (Matthew); three great-grandchildren, Ayden Monto, Austin Snyder and Samantha Homann; along with two brothers, Jack and Sam DiGirolamo. The funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, in the Church of the Assumption, 45 N. Sprague Ave., Bellevue. The family will be present at the church after 10 a.m. to gather in fellowship with relatives and friends to share fond memories of Rosella. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908, Shriners Hospitals For Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or other charity of the donor's choice.
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Kelly, Margaret G. 98

  • St. Petersburg, Fla. , Formerly of Edgewood
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Margaret Genevieve (Hughes) Kelly, 98, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Edgewood, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late James Joseph Kelly Jr.; mother of Mary Ann (Bill) Raymer, James Kelly III (Rob Mangel), Mary Jo (Mike) Ferson, Michele (Jack) Klingler, Peggy (John) Stoeff and late Mary Patricia Kelly; and grandmother of Sarah (Brad) Susa, Michael Klingler, Kelly Ann (Pete) Smith, John Stoeff Jr., Peter Ferson, James Frankie Polston and Amber Marshall. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Paddy Hughes; her brothers, Joseph, John, Anthony; and sisters, Agnes, Honor and Mary Hastings. Margaret grew up in North Braddock and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she played women's basketball. After graduation, she taught elementary school and math in the General Braddock School District for more than 20 years. As an educator, she valued learning. As a young widow, she was able to put each of her children through college, and was proud that they went on to earn advanced degrees. She adored her grandchildren and was proud of the people they have become. A first generation Irish-American, she embraced her Irish heritage and loved anything Irish: music, dance, entertainers, food, wool sweaters and linen table cloths. After she put her children through college, she traveled extensively both domestically and internationally. And while she visited such exotic places as Bosnia and Russia, her favorite destination was Ireland, which she visited a dozen times, often with her children and grandchildren. A devout Catholic, Margaret was a member of the Holy Cross Parish in Seminole, Fla., where she attended Mass daily and volunteered extensively. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC, 7441 Washington Ave., Swissvale, PA 15218. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Seraphic Mass Association, Capuchin Mission Office, 3600 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Mijic, Milka 74

  • Poland, Ohio
  • Born: 1940-08-15
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Milka "Mickey" (Lackovic) Mijic, 74, of Poland, Ohio, died peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Vigin Most, former Yugoslavia. She was the wife of the late Ilia Mijic; beloved mom of Elaine (Danny) Vucelich and Michael (Jovanka) Mijic; special Nana of Daniella and Kristofer Vucelich and Maxim and Emilija Mijic; sister of Milos (Nada) Lackovic, Nikola (late Smljana) Lackovic, Danica (late Milan) Vignjevic, Milica (late Baco) Mrkobrada and late Yandre (Evelyn) Lackovic; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and all who loved Mickey. She was a wonderful baker and cook who enjoyed crocheting, knitting and especially loved her family. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, with a Pomen service at 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday in St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, 2200 Irwin St., Aliquippa, PA 15001, until the time of service at 11 a.m., with the Very Rev. Milan Krstic and the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cemetery. www.alfierifuneralhome.com. Memory eternal.
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Pezze, Michael D. 25

  • Scottsdale, Ariz. , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1989-04-29
  • Died: 2015-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Dr. Michael D. Pezze, 25, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, as the result of an accidental drowning in Arizona. He was born April 29, 1989, in Greensburg, a son of David S. and Barbara Jean Heider Pezze, of Greensburg. He was a 2007 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic and a 2013 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy. He was a member of a pharmacy fraternity, Phi Delta Chi. Michael enjoyed skiing, lifting weights, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He would light up a room with his smile and charming personality. Michael had so many good friends from every walk of life and he cherished them all. Michael was employed as a pharmacist at Sam's Club in Arizona. He worked at Westmoreland Country Club as a caddy for a number of years and was known as "Mongo". He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Homer Heider Sr. and Lou Ellen Wilson Heider. In addition to his parents, Michael is survived by two brothers, Philip Pezze, of McKees Rocks, and Matthew Pezze, of Greensburg; paternal grandparents, Santo and Geraldine Pezze, of North Huntingdon; aunts and uncles, Homer (Kathy) Heider, Donald (Patricia) Heider, James (Barbara) Heider, Vincent (Barbara Jo) Heider, Bonnie (Randy) Marts, Thomas (Cynthia) Pezze, Jennifer (Dr. Joseph) Capito and Daniel Pezze; and numerous cousins. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorials may be made to Focus on the Family, 8605 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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