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Alfieri Sr., Victor J. 87

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Victor J. Alfieri Sr., 87, of East McKeesport and White Oak, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was a World War II Navy veteran and was a retired carpenter. He was a son of the late Gennaro and Assunta (Macchione) Alfieri; husband of the late Floy Marie "Flo" (Quinn) Alfieri; beloved father of Susan (Michael) Dulak, Debra (Jim) McCrorey, Victor J. "V.J." Alfieri Jr., Michael Alfieri and the late Jimmie Alfieri (surviving wife, Nancy Alfieri); grandfather of Christine (John) Bojanac, Raymond (Jen) Williams, Elizabeth McCrorey, Daniel (Angie) McCrorey, Rebekah McCrorey, Michael McCrorey, Beth Alfieri, Ashleigh Alfieri and Madison Alfieri; great-grandfather of Rachel Plocki, Max Brown, Paige Williams and Cady McCrorey; and brother of the Rev. Peter (the late Angeline) Alfieri, Angie (Mario) Bortoluzzi, James (Jean) Alfieri and Deborah (late Daniel) Daugherty. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from noon until the time of service at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, (412) 824-4332.
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Ballas, Sandra L. 66

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Dormont | Get Directions
  • Sandra Lee (Spinneweber) Ballas, 66, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 30, 2014, with her loved family at her side. She was the beloved wife of Bill Ballas of 45 years; loving mother of Gina (Michael) Montani and Nicole; devoted grandmother of Christina, Melissa, Victoria, Nicholas and Ashley; sister of Mariann (Joseph) Billante; daughter of the late William and Jean Spinneweber; and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are by BEINHAUERS. Friends are welcome from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at 2630 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont, 412-531-4000. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Church. Interment will be in Holy Souls Cemetery. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Bartlett, Richard E. 93

  • Beechview
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Richard Eugene "Dick" Bartlett, 93, of Beechview, and a longtime resident of Beechview Manor, died Friday, July 25, 2014. He was a beloved son of the late Art and Ruth (McVay) Bartlett; loving cousin of Marion "Kay" (the late John) Gruntz and Carol (Bob) Bullin; cherished friend of Jackie. Dick proudly served our country in the Army during World War II and was a recipient of the European African Middle Eastern (EAME) Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars and was a longtime employee of Penn Camera. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service at noon Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, 509 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Arrangements by the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Bold, Ernest J. 89

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1924-12-31
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Ernest J. Bold, 89, of Hampton Township, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014. Born Dec. 31, 1924, in Titusville, he was a son of the late Ernest and Isabelle (Ruppersberg) Bold. A 1942 graduate of Titusville High School, he enlisted in the Navy in September and was honorably discharged Oct. 1 1942 at Sampson Naval Training Station. While attending Gannon College, he rejoined the Reserves in Erie and received an honorable discharge from the Ready Reserve in 1963. Ernest and Caroline Elizabeth Sullivan were married in Syracuse, N.Y., Feb. 17, 1945. He graduated from Gannon College cum laude in May 1948. He and Caroline moved to Urbana-Champaign, Ill., and he received his Master of Arts in History in August 1949. His graduate studies continued and he received an appointment as a graduate teaching assistant in February 1950. The Bolds moved to Hampton Township in August after he accepted a teaching position at Shaler Township High School, from which he retired in July 1985. He is survived by his two sons, Kevin W. and Mark E. Bold; and two grandchildren, Courtney and Brandyn Bold. In addition to his parents and wife, Caroline, who died in 2008, he was preceded in death by his siblings, John J. Bold and Alice (Bold) Plymyer. Ernest's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at KING FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will held be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at St. Ursula Church, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park. He will be laid to rest at the Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. If desired, memorial donations may be made in his honor to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 901 E. St., NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004-2025. http://www.lawmemorial.org. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Ernest's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Burns, Daniel J. 60

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Daniel J. Burns, 60, of Morningside, died Monday, July 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 38 years of Victoria L. Burns; father of Sean D. and Brian P. Burns; brother of Thomas P. Burns (Andrea) and the late Peter D. Burns (survived by Roberta); also survived by nieces and nephews. Dan worked in the automobile industry for his entire career, where he had the privilege of working beside his late father, Peter D. Burns Sr. (the late Helen L. Burns). He was a member of the Morningside VFW and an avid hunter and fisherman. But most of all, Dan will be remembered as a loving husband and devoted father. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, http://www.mccabebrothers.com, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Dan's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
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Cardas, Martha E. 87

  • Mercer , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1926-11-24
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Martha E. Cardas, 87, of Mercer, formerly of McKeesport, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Countryside Convalescent Home in Mercer. She was born Nov. 24, 1926, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Frank and Freda Kirschner Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert E. Cardas; and brothers, Newton and Herbert Taylor. She was a member of Christy Park United Methodist Church, the McKeesport Hospital Jr. Committee and volunteered at the McKeesport Hospital Snack Bar. Surviving are her son, Ross (Mary Jo) Cardas, of Mercer; a daughter, Merianne Cardas, of Fairfield, Ohio; a sister, Edna Jourdain, of Greensburg; three nieces; and a nephew. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will begin at noon with Pastor Kathleen Barnhart officiating. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in Martha's memory to your favorite charity. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Chieffo, Carole M. 92

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Carole M. Chieffo, 92, of Penn Hills, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Sterling House in Penn Hills where she resided for the last year-and-a-half. She was beloved wife of the late Charles A. Chieffo; loving mother of Kenneth (Vivian) Chieffo, Charles (Diane) Chieffo and JoAnn Chieffo; grandmother of Danyel (Dale) Campalong and Chad Chieffo; great-grandmother of Emily and Natalie Campalong; dear sister of Marietta "Chick" Accetulla, Diane Bittner and the late Pat Bastone, Patty Lou Mudroch, James Bastone and Kathryn Lang. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Connie Zappala; nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends and her loving cats, Precious and Peanut. She worked as a seamstress for Arthur Moser for more than 50 years before her retirement. Carole always enjoyed shopping with her sister, Chick. Friends and relatives will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Verona.
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Chowan, Mason S. 0

  • Born: 2014-07-21
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Mason Stephen Chowan died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 23, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family. Born July 21, 2014, Mason was the beloved son of Hailey Loughner and Matthew Chowan; grandson of Stephen (Juli) Chowan, Lisa Danford, Michelle Modena and Earl Loughner; great-grandson of Debbie (William) Solits and Julie Chowan; and nephew of Stephen Chowan Jr., Gary and Patrick Pitman, Jenna Chowan, Kristy (Andy) Truman and Mia Modena. The family hopes that Mason's legacy can be one of love and appreciation for the precious gift of life. Services are private. Arrangements entrusted to SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD.
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Cutrona, Margaret 94

  • Leetsdale
  • Died: 2014-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • Margaret Cutrona, 94, of Leetsdale, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Ross Memorial Health Care Center, in Kennesaw, Ga. Margaret was born Dec. 2, 1919, in Ambridge. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph, and her son, John. Survivors include her son, Leslie; two daughters-in-law, Marcia and Judy; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in St. James Cemetery, located in Sewickley Heights Borough. Flowers can be sent to the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME in Ambridge.
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Dawes, Mary Ann

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Dudley) Dawes, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, July 27, 2014; wife of the late Pete Dawes; mother of Sam Dawes (Darlene); grandmother of Alex Dawes; and sister of Linda Verzinskie. Mary Ann will be missed by her extended family and many friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral service will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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Dzuro, Mary P. 90

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1924-01-25
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary P. Dzuro, 90, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at St. Clair Hospital. Born Jan. 25, 1924, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Anna (Gaspar) Dzurov. Mary retired after 49 years of employment in the McKeesport, South Side and downtown payroll offices of U.S. Steel. She was a member of Corpus Christi Church and past member of Christian Mothers. Mary loved to travel and visited many countries around the world. She was an avid seamstress and enjoyed crochet and needlework. Earlier in life, she enjoyed bowling and in later years, shopping for gifts for her family. The personalized cards she created and sent have become treasured remembrances for all who loved her. Mary is survived by her sister-in-law, Carol Dzuro, of Glassport; 10 nieces and nephews; and two great-nieces and two great-nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Ellen, Joe, Agnes Petro, George and Michael. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Corpus Christi Church. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffit St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or Corpus Christi Cemetery Fund, 2515 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Eicker, Elizabeth L. 88

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1925-11-28
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Louise "Betty Lou" Eicker, 88, of Greenock, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at home. She was born Nov. 28, 1925, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Clarence Blank and Elizabeth Gilchrist Blank. She was the wife of the late Edwin J. Eicker, who died July 15, 2009. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Christy Park. She is survived by her daughter with whom she resided, Sue Ann Eicker; granddaughter, Christa Semchak; twin sister, Mary Jane Rhoades, of Mt. Vernon; and nieces and nephews. Private service took place Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the chapel of the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Entombment followed in the St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum, North Versailles. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Fischer, Stephen G. 89

  • West Homestead
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Stephen G. Fischer, 89, of West Homestead, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was the son of the late John and Bertha (Stepko) Fischer; beloved husband of 62 years to Frances (Ducar) Fischer; loving father of Stephen G. (Sheila) Fischer Jr., of Bridgeport, W. Va., and Cheryl Fischer, of Munhall; brother of the late John and Ernest Fischer; grandfather of Matthew (Ali) Fischer and C. Amanda Fischer; and great-grandfather of Lucy Grace Fischer. Stephen was a retired steelworker for US Steel Homestead Works, a member of the GCU and an avid bowler and golfer. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A Panachida service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. A funeral Liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elias Byzantine Church, Munhall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Stephen's memory to St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church, 4200 Homestead-Duquesne Road, Munhall, PA 15120. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Gillis, E. Mildred 86

  • East McKeesport
  • Born: 1927-09-09
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • E. Mildred Gillis, 86, of East McKeesport, went home to be with the Lord Monday, July 28, 2014. Born Sept. 9, 1927, she was the daughter of the late R. Leslie and Ethel (Simpson) Gillis and was also preceded in death by a brother, R. Glenn Gillis; and a brother-in-law, Samuel Maddock. She is survived by her sisters, Jean Maddock and Marjorie Woodard, both of East McKeesport. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces, great-nephews and nieces and great-great nephews and nieces. Mildred was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was employed by the East Allegheny School District as an administrative secretary for many years until her retirement in December 2005. Mildred will be fondly remembered by her friends and co-workers in the school district. She was a longtime member of Broadway Alliance Church, where she faithfully worshipped and served the Lord her entire life. She was devoted to the worldwide ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was dearly loved by her church family. Mildred lived her life totally for others. Her family will remember her as a mentor who was always there for them when in need. She was unselfish, kind, caring and compassionate, dearly loved and respected by all who knew her and will be sadly missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Broadway Alliance Church, East McKeesport, with the Rev. Alan Thompson and Rev. John Patterson co-officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if donations would be made to Broadway Alliance Church, 1000 Broadway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, in memory of Mildred. The family would like to express appreciation to Denise Richardson and all the staff of Interim Healthcare Hospice for their compassionate and loving care of Mildred.
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Glickman, Esther

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Esther Rabinovitz Glickman, of O'Hara Township, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Gilbert I. Glickman; beloved mother of Susan (Paul) Davis, of White Plains, N.Y., Arlene Levy (Ralph Liebstein), of Highland Park, and Sharon (Michael) Meliker, of Bethesda, Md.; sister of the late Raymond Rabinovitz; Bubbe of Annie (Aaron) Weingrad, Jennifer (Eric) Heller, Nikki (Corey) Allen, Jillian Meliker and Marissa Meliker; great-grandmother of Sam, Max and Leila Heller, David and Daniel Allen and Isaac and Lucy Weingrad; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation will be one hour prior to services from 2 to 3 p.m. Interment will be in B'nai Israel Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital area, 7700 Leesburg Pike, Suite No. 208, Falls Church, VA 22043. http://www.schugar.com.
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Gnoth, Edward J.

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Born: 1918-12-01
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Gnoth, of Pleasant Hills, died Sunday morning, July 27, 2014, at Mercy Hospital. Born Dec. 1, 1918, in Yukon, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anne Gnoth. He graduated from Charleroi High School and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He later worked as an engineer with Bell Telephone Company. Edward enjoyed golfing, fishing, visiting the family camp in Clarion, gardening and working in the yard, traveling and visiting with family and friends. He was active in many civic and charity groups such as the Lions Club, Masons (was a past master at Charleroi Lodge No. 615 and a 50-year member of Pleasant Hills Lodge No. 509), American Legion Post No. 787 in Mars, Scottish Rite - Valley of Pittsburgh, Syria Shrine Temple, The Pioneers - Retired Bell Telephone Employees and Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Emily V. Gnoth; brother, Walter Gnoth; and sister, Martha Gnoth. He is survived by sister, Betty Gnoth; son, Edward Gnoth; two grandsons, Edward Gnoth and James Gnoth; and two great-grandsons, Caleb Gnoth and Caden Gnoth. A Masonic service is planned for 9:30 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16505.
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Graham Sr., Edward J. 84

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Graham Sr., 84, of Monroeville, died Monday, July 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Taufkirch) Graham; loving father of Edward (Diane) Graham Jr., William (Cyndee) Graham, Ronald (Karen) Graham, and Michael (Lisa) Graham; grandfather of nine; and great-grandfather of three. Ed loved his family and enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was a longtime member of St. Bernadette Parish and was a Korean War Marine veteran. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and Route 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, in St. Bernadette Parish. Interment with full military honors will follow in Restland Memorial. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Gray II, Charles A. 54

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Charles A. "Charlie" Gray II, 54, of Glenshaw, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was the son of the late Rhoda (Croyle) and William H. Gray; beloved husband of Wendy (Dunlap) Gray; loving father of Kevin Gray; dear brother of Carole (Robert) Ledwith, James (the late Barbara) Gray, Linda (Lee) Williams and Fred (the late Sue) Gray. Charlie was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Independent Mountain Men of Pennsylvania. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church, 1520 Butler Plank Road, Glenshaw. Donations may be sent to a charity of your choice.
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Greenfield, Harry

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Harry Greenfield, of Pittsburgh, died Friday, July 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Sarah (Simon) Greenfield; beloved father of Joel Greenfield, of Pittsburgh, and Robin G. Field, of Delray Beach, Fla.; brother of Anne Hodes and the late Dolores Marks; also survived by nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. Harry was the owner of the 31st Street Pub for 53 years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy. He served on the USS Bunker Hill, CV-17. Friends met Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, and then proceeded to Ahavath Achim Cemetery, Kennedy Township for graveside services. Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association (Greater Pittsburgh Chapter), 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.schugar.com.
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Hughes Sr., Thomas G. 53

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Thomas G. Hughes Sr., 53, of Penn Hills, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was the son of Marjorie (Lappenit) and the late Joseph Hughes; father of Amanda Jackson (John) and Thomas "George" Hughes Jr.; grandfather of Alexus and Alayla Jackson; brother of Joseph, Carol Hunter, Kenneth, John and Debbie Gervasoni; and stepfather of Heather and Jessica Mihm. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral service will be at 8 p.m. Friday.
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Hunter, Marcia E. 66

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Marcia E. (Stallard) Hunter, 66, of Penn Hills, passed away Monday July 28, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Stephen M. Hunter; loving mother of J.R. and Mark Stallard; grandmother of Jacob, Courtney and Jack; sister of the late Bonnie DeTar; aunt of Jenna Sheets; and great-aunt of Alex, Sam and Ian. Marcia loved to read and was active in the Sharpsburg Family Worship Center. She volunteered for the Easter Egg Hunts and enjoyed attending the Women's Club meetings. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, (412-856-4747), where a service with Pastor Russ Horne will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow at Plum Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sharpsburg Family Worship Center, 200 8th St., Sharpsburg, PA 15215. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Jarvis, Evelyn 98

  • Formerly of Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Jarvis, 98, a former resident of the Sewickley area and a retired nurse of The Dixmont Hospital, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at The West Hills Health and Rehab Center. She was the wife of the late William F. Jarvis; mother of Bonnie Caldarazzo, of Winter Park, Fla.; and is also survived by grandson, Frank Caldarazzo and her two sisters, Ruth Slattery, of Uniontown, and Jean McMahon, of Hopwood. Funeral services and interment in Sewickley Cemetery will be private. Arrangements are by the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Jenereski, Robert J. 72

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Jenereski, 72, of Marshall Township, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014. The son of the late Stanley and Helen (Faszcewska) Jenereski, Bob was a master beekeeper and owner of Sunstream Apiary, which is one of the largest in Western Pennsylvania. He began beekeeping as a teenager growing up in Richland Township and has been tramping through the fields from West Virginia to Erie, surveying his hives for 53 years. An accounting graduate of what is now Robert Morris University, he spent 36 years working in financial positions at Westinghouse Electric and other companies. During all those years of indoor work, he continued to keep bees. Since his retirement in 1993, however, he was able to devote much more time to his hobby. Over the past decade, he has almost tripled the number of his hives from 125 to 350. He is survived by his brother, Stanley Jenereski, of Richland Township. Robert's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at KING FUNERAL HOME INC. He will be laid to rest at the St. Augustine Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Robert's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Ketterer, Marie J. 93

  • Etna
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Marie J. (Fusan) Ketterer, 93, of Etna, died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was the wife of the late Charles J. Ketterer Jr.; mother of Charles J. III (Carol) Ketterer, Kerry (Jim) Weber, Judith Ketterer-Takac (George) and the late Patricia Bailey; sister of Dorothy Theiss, Anna Stepp and the late Robert Fusan, Julia Kruljac, Eleanor Krancjcich and Lawrence, Joseph, Ralph and Edward Fusan; grandmother of Michael, Patrece and Melissa Bailey, Lisa (Mark) Fetzner and Jason (Tara) and Jessica Weber; and great-grandmother of Christopher Bailey, Noah and Hunter Corpening and Matthew Fetzner. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, in All Saints Church, Etna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to All Saints Church Stained Glass Fund, 19 Wilson St., Etna, PA 15223. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kosko Sr., Carl P. 84

  • Lincoln Place
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Carl P. "Casey" Kosko Sr., 84, of Lincoln Place died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Lois (Houck) Kosko; loving father of Barbara Jean Kosko, of Lincoln Place, Richard (Patricia) Kosko, of West Mifflin, Patricia (Gary) Schwartz, of Shaler, Jeffery (Julie) Kosko, of Friendship, and the late Carl D. Kosko; father-in-law of Janet Kosko, of Munhall; son of the late Joseph and Mary (Fetzko) Kosko; brother of Dorothy Vaslowski, of Peters Township, and the late Cecelia Kosko, Robert, Joseph, Eugene and William Kosko; cherished grandfather of Tara, Richard, Chad, Ashley, Sara, Tyler, Carly and Megan; and great-grandfather of Gabriella, London and Sydney. Casey was a retired foreman for U.S. Steel Homestead Works Structural Department, co-founder of Kosko Painting Company, member of Holy Angels Church and an usher for many years and an umpire for WPIAL baseball for 35 years. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, Hays. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ALS Association, 416 Lincoln Ave., Millvale, PA 15209. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Kovalchick, Helen 91

  • Formerly of Renton
  • Born: 1923-01-12
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Helen (Koban) Kovalchick, 91, formerly of Renton, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Clarebridge Community in Export where she was currently a resident. She was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Bitumen, daughter of the late Vasil and Anna Pechina Koban. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Michael L. "Mike" Kovalchick; five sisters, Eleanor DeMichiei, Margie (Paul) Shish, Anna (Babe) Opina, Sue (Nick) Novelsowski and Mary (Fred) Falsetti; and two brothers, John Koban and Mike (Alice) Koban. Helen and Mike began their life together in Sagamore before relocating to Renton, where they raised two sons and a daughter, Michael (Sherry) Kovalchick, of North Carolina, Denny (Kathy) Kovalchick, of Apollo, and Michele (Jim) Kelly, of Murrysville. She was "NANA" to six grandchildren, Michael (Chelsey), Natalie, Chris and Kevin Kovalchick and Jimmy (Kimberly) and Patrick (Nicole) Kelly; six beautiful great-grandchildren, Lassen, Scarlet, Logan, Abby, Mia and McKenna; two sisters, Carolyn (James) Nesbit and Betty (the late John) Bodnar; brother-in-law, "Tootie" DeMichiei; sister-in-law, Kathryn Koban; and many nieces and nephews. Besides being a loving sister, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Helen was a wonderful homemaker. She took her job seriously and truly excelled. She was always cooking up something special or baking something incredible. Her house on Maple Street was her castle and she was very proud of the home she made there. Also, she loved her music: American Bandstand during the week, oldies on Saturday mornings and always polkas on Sundays. Her home was said by many to be happy and very cozy. Her faith was very important to her everyday life. She was a member at Holy Trinity, Wall, and then later the Church of the Resurrection in Monroeville. She worked very hard at all the bazaars and the Lawn Fairs, making pirohis, holupki, nut rolls and cookies. She loved singing in Slovak during Mass and still could speak fluently just weeks before her passing. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, with Parastas at 2 p.m. at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville, with a Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Church of the Resurrection, 455 Center Road, Monroeville, with Father Joseph Raptosh as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Plum Creek Cemetery. The family would like to thank the entire staff and employees at Clarebridge for their comfort, compassion and constant support they gave to "NANA" during her last weeks. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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LaBertew, Brenda J. 47

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Brenda J. LaBertew, 47, of Plum Borough, died suddenly Wednesday, July 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Raymond J.; loving mother of Bethany Alyssa and Ryan Andrew; daughter of George and the late Patricia Chismar; sister of Doug (Julia) Chismar and Pam (Billy) Bergamasco; daughter-in-law of Ray and Mary Ann LaBertew; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was an avid bowler, enjoyed scrapbooking and her family and especially the beach. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL,7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gerald Majella. Donations can be made to the Plum Food Bank.
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Lasky, Robert J. 83

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Lasky passed peacefully Monday, July 28, 2014, at the age of 83. He was a resident of McCandless. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Miller) Lasky; brother of Jack Lasky and Dottie Lindblom; stepfather of Bonnie Gildea; and is survived by many loving and caring nieces and nephews. Mr. Lasky honorably served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of VFW McKees Rocks Post 418. Bob was an alumnus of North Catholic, Class of 1949. He was a retiree of USA Box, having worked for 58 years. Bob was proud that he started as a mail clerk and worked his way to production manager and promoted to sales manager. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless Township. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Catherine of Sweden Church. Memorial donations may be made to St. Catherine of Sweden Church, 2554 Wildwood Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Memories can be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Lassinger, Rita K. 93

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1920-08-19
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Rita K. (Saska) Lassinger, 93, of West Deer Township, went home to the Lord, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. She was born Aug. 19, 1920, in Arnold, to the late Andrew and Mary (Stopko) Saska. She graduated from Arnold High in 1938. Rita was a dedicated member of the West Deer Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 Women's Auxiliary for more than 35 years, serving as president five times and helping organize the fund raisers that helped purchase and build the present building, the company van as well as a fire truck. She could be seen at most every event in the kitchen cooking. She enjoyed her time at the fire hall, was an avid reader and liked jigsaw puzzles. Survivors include her loving children, Gloria Jean (Larry) Hockenburry, of Herndon, Va., Eileen R. Simmons, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ronald (Elaine) Lassinger, of Mars, Richard E. (Beth) Lassinger, of Butler, David A. (Paula) Lassinger, of Culmerville, and Herbert A. (Ann) Lassinger, of Frazer; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; siblings, Gertrude Dunlap, of Lower Burrell, Mary Louise (Warren) Klingensmith, of New Hampshire, Barbara Lee Saska, of Arnold, Herbert (Dorothy) Saska, of California, Thomas Saska, of Lower Burrell, and Edward (Barbara) Saska, of Jeanette. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry C. Lassinger; her daughter, Gail Lassinger; granddaughter, Lori Ann Hockenburry; stepdaughter, Sylvia A. Huber; and sisters, Ethyl Saska and Margaret Luna. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. W. James Legge, D.Min, officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Bull Creek Cemetery, West Deer. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be sent to West Deer Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, 1520 Saxonburg Blvd., Tarentum, PA 15084. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Latronica, Lucille M. 93

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1921-07-22
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Lucille M. (Jenkins) Latronica, 93, of West Deer Township, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. She was born July 22, 1921, in Springfield, Texas, to the late Theopolous and Gertrude (Tucker) Jenkins. Lucille served her country during World War II in the Women's Army Corps, where she met her husband, Vito. She moved to West Deer, where she had lived since 1949. A homemaker, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, gardening and cooking. Survivors include her children, Anna L. (Jerry) McDaniels, of Middlesboro, Ky., Donna L. Jenkins and Anthony "Butch" V. (Linda) Latronica, both of West Deer; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elora Waller, of San Antonio, Texas. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vito T. Latronica, who died Jan. 16, 2012; a sister, Mary Lou Hemminger; and brothers, John, Albert, Regan, Charles and Fred Jenkins. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, in the funeral home, with Pamela J. Bonnett, Minister of Visitation, officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Longwell, Beverly A. 76

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Beverly Ann (Nohach) Longwell, 76, of Hampton Township, passed away peacefully Friday, July 25, 2014, at her home. She was born in Butler, to the late Nicholas J. and the late Genevieve T. (Critchlow) Nohach. She was married to the late David C. Longwell. Beverly was a longtime active parishioner of Christ Episcopal Church. She earned her teaching degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's in business education from Robert Morris University. Mrs. Longwell was a teacher with Shaler Area School District for 35 years, retiring in 1993. She enjoyed traveling to Florida for relaxation. She is survived by her stepchildren, Laura (David) Lindt, of Lancaster, Beth (John) Miller, of Lancaster, and Dean (Amy) Longwell, of Hampton Township; stepgrandchildren, Maureen (Karsten) Yoder, Michelle Miller, Molly Miller, Rachael Lindt and Dana Lindt, all of Lancaster, Grace Longwell and Brady Longwell, both of Hampton Township. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David C. Longwell. As per her request, Mrs. Longwell will have no public visitation. A private service will be held at a later date at the Christ Episcopal Church. She will be laid to rest at the Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in her honor to Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Gardens, 5910 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please visit http://www.kingfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
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Lupi, Robert D. 81

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Robert D. Lupi, 81, of McCandless, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. He was the husband of the late Barbara S. (Galusha) Lupi; loving father of Robert D. Jr. and his wife, Jeannie, of Syracuse, N.Y., Michael A. and his wife, Marcia, of Butler, Joanne C. Kelly and her husband, John, of McCandless, Marie A. Nolan and her husband, William, of Jefferson Hills, and the late Charles A. Lupi (survived by his wife, Max); brother of Richard, Carol, Frannie and the late Al Lupi; also survived by 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John Neumann Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Fund or the MS Society.
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Maloney Jr., Edward J. 86

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Maloney Jr., 86, of Bethel Park, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Gladys Anne (Helferty) Maloney; loving father of John (Karen), Nancy, Beth, Edward "Ted", Joseph (Lori) and James (Linda) Maloney; cherished grandfather of Andrew, Colin, Dan, Joey, Julia, Maggie, Jenna, Mickey, Nicholas and Katie; beloved brother of Richard Maloney and the late Betty O'Neil, Eileen Joyce and Barbara Fitzgerald; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Anne Church. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Marciniec, Mary O. 93

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1921-02-13
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary O. Marciniec, 93, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at home. She was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Duquesne, daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Petrick) Olexa. She was a retired receptionist for Dr. Paul Balta in Duquesne. She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. She was a former Duquesne Democratic Committee Woman in the 1960's, was an avid bowler, volunteered at McKeesport Meals on Wheels, volunteer at Kane Regional Center in McKeesport and former member of the Former Christ the Light of the World Rosary Society. She was the wife of the late Stanley Marciniec; mother of Darlene (Sonny) Mercek, of Murrysville, Ronald Marciniec, at home, Robert (Steph) Marciniec, of North Hills, and the late Randy Marciniec; grandmother of Adam and Kara Marciniec; and sister of Dolly Tauber, of White Oak; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Michael Olexa, late Anna Suhoski and the late Helen Dandar. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Hedwig Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino. Burial will be in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Martineau, Floyd M. 91

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Floyd M. Martineau, 91, of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Marcella (Wisniewski) Martineau; loving father of James Conrad Martineau and Thaddeus Allen (Joyce) Martineau; and grandfather of Christian Martineau. Family and friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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McIntyre, Jeanne 94

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-07-14
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Jeanne (Davis) McIntyre, 94, of Fox Chapel, passed away peacefully Monday, July 14, 2014, at her home. She was the wife of the late Harlan D. McIntyre; and mother of Jane A. Gudmundsson and the late Frank D. McIntyre. She is also survived by four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Jeanne was a member of Oakmont Country Club, was a championship golfer and was a past vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Women's' Golf Association. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in the chapel at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Medved, Richard E. 78

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1935-08-27
  • Died: 2014-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Richard E. Medved, 78, of Port Vue, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, in his home. He was born Aug. 27, 1935, in McKeesport, a son of the late Caroline Kolic and John Medved. A retired mechanic for Helms Express in Irwin and a parishioner of Corpus Christi in McKeesport, Richard was a proud Vietnam War veteran of the Army, a member of the Port Vue American Legion Post No. 447, Club Dobrotvor and the CFU Lodge No. 3. He is survived by his children, Rick (Victoria) Medved, Sheryl (Stephen) Kamp, of McKeesport, Eric (Veronica) Medved, of Denver, Colo., Jay (Janet) Medved, of Liberty Borough, and Donald (Lorelei) Medved, of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Genevieve Terranova, of Maryland; and also nieces and nephews, especially Diane Brooks and John Gross. Besides his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his sister, Madeline Gross. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A blessing will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the funeral home, with Father Michael Maranowski officiating. Procession and burial, with honors performed by the American Legion Post No. 447 Honor Guard, will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Port Vue. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Edward P. 85

  • Mount Washington
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt Washington | Get Directions
  • Edward P. "White" Miller, 85, of Mt. Washington, died Monday, July 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Camille (Fevo) Miller; loving father of William J. Miller; brother of the late Mary Erne; brother-in-law of Bob Spratt; brother-in-law of the late Joseph "Gus" Fevo and Shirley Spratt; uncle of Kathy Moore, Sue Kohnfelder (Ken) and Elaine, Ted and Patrick Erne; and great-uncle of Katie and Jack Kohnfelder. Mr. Miller was a professional boxer. He trained and coached amateur boxers, as well as the JFK football league. Visitations will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, (412 381-2323). Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Mount Church. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Nerone, F. Regan 73

  • South Park
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • F. Regan Nerone, 73, of South Park, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014. Regan is survived by his loving spouse, Margaret (Ondovchik); beloved children and grandchildren, Michael Francis and Amy (wife), Katie, Mandy, Sean and Elizabeth Nerone; Rebecca Ann and Glenn (husband), Josh, Max, Sam and Spencer Yauch; Laura Lee and Andrew (husband), Tess, Ellie and Meg Reinhart; siblings, James Randal and Roberta (wife) Nerone, John Roger and Helena (wife) Nerone, Richard Anthony and Kathy (wife) Nerone, Johanna and Richard (husband) Smith, Margaret Mary and Dr. Ronald (husband) DiCarlo, Phillip Nerone, Kathy (Nerone) Peters; also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Christine Nerone. Regan was a graduate of Baldwin High School and Duquesne University, B.A.; a member of the Gamma Phi Fraternity; a graduate of Duquesne School of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree; and a lieutenant in the Army, Commander 993rd Base Post Office. Regan was a senior attorney for Westinghouse, general counsel for RIDC, solicitor for Collier Township, South Park Township and Alcosan; law clerk for the Honorable Robert A. Kelly, and director of aviation for Allegheny County and director of property and supplies for Allegheny County. In his private law practice, he was a general practitioner with specialties in anti-trust, municipal land estates and trusts. Regan was a member and active participant at Nativity Catholic Church, where he was on the Pastoral Council, catechist for CCD and RCIA, Eucharistic minister and lector. He was the 2006 recipient of the Pittsburgh Manifest Kingdom of God Award. He was a council member, president and formation director of the Secular Discalced Carmelites. Regan was a recovering alcoholic. He was an avid Steelers fan and a fan of all activities of his 11 grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Nativity Catholic Church, South Park, followed by entombment at the All Saints (Braddock Catholic) Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Nativity Catholic Church, 5811 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Online condolences can be given at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home, http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Neyman, William L. 67

  • Kennedy Township
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: McDermott, Kennedy Township | Get Directions
  • William Lee Neyman, 67, of Kennedy Township, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 28, 2014, surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Patricia (Bernat); three daughters, Denise (Ed) Binder, Diana Lynn and Debbie (John) Kronz; and eight grandchildren, Ashley Kronz, Zachary Binder, Lindsey VanBriggle, Zarley Binder, Alex Kronz, Cory VanBriggle, Austin Kronz and Casey VanBriggle. He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. Neyman and Jean (Fox) Neyman. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Township, where prayers will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m., in St. Malachy Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Bill's name to a charity of your choice.
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Pampena, Maria A. 88

  • Bloomfield
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: McCabe Bros., Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Maria Assunta Pampena, 88, of Bloomfield, died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 53 years to the late Giulio Pampena; mother of Adelio Pampena (Rosalia), Giuseppina "Pina" Zottola (Antonio) and Vincent Pampena (Millie); daughter of the late Giuseppe and Maria Vento; grandmother of eight; great-grandmother of 13; sister of Teresa Tedesco and Marzia Zangrilli, both of Toronto, Canada, and three other sisters who predeceased her; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Assunta was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Spigno Saturnia, Latina Province, Italy. Family and friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Friday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus. http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Pancoast, Donna G. 74

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1940-07-16
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Donna G. Pancoast, 74, of McKeesport, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Canterbury Place, Pittsburgh. She was born July 16, 1940, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Frank and Emma Bilz Hagedon. Donna was an active member of the Beulah Park Methodist Church in McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, William Hagedon; son-in-law, Dan Shawl; and grandson, Rocco Shawl. She is survived by one son, Frank Pancoast, of Latrobe; one daughter, Yvonne Shawl, of Herminie; one brother, Edward Hagedon; two sisters, Peggy Black, of Romulus, Mich., and Janis Wright, of Coulter; sister-in-law, Karen Hagedon, of New Boston, Mich.; five grandchildren, Edward, Hunter, Daniel and Jack Shawl and Evan Pancoast; beloved friend, Linda Davis; numerous nieces and nephews; and her cat, Naomi. Friends were received from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A service followed at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment was in South Versailles Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Payne Sr., James P. 58

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • James P. Payne Sr., 58, of Turtle Creek, died heroically Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 34 years in August of Vicki (Donofrio) Payne; loving father of Jim "Slim" (Crystal) Payne Jr., of Turtle Creek, Sara (Louis) Payne, of Penn Hills, and Marisa Payne, of Turtle Creek; proud grandfather of Makaylee Payne; brother of Daniel (Mary Beth) Payne, David (Fran) Payne, Tim (Cathyann) Payne and Rob Payne; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jim was a retired employee of Kopp Glass with more than 25 years of service. He was an avid fisherman, especially fishing at Crooked Creek State Park. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Colman Church. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Pfennigwerth, Lois M. 81

  • Brighton Heights
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Lois M. (Barbin) Pfennigwerth, 81, of Brighton Heights, passed peacefully Friday, July 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 37 years to the late Robert T. Pfennigwerth; dear mother of Robert Pfennigwerth, Elaine Pfennigwerth and Leslie Carter; proud grandmother of Chelsie N. Carter, Monica M. Fowler and Emma (Emzie) Pfennigwerth; and sister of Wade (Judy) Barbin and the late Thomas Barbin. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 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. Thursday in the Risen Lord Parish. Interment will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 602, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Please leave condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Pfleiderer, Kalah L. 26

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Kalah L. Pfleiderer, 26, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Jayden Hunter; loving daughter of Patricia Hoffman; dear sister of Joe Hoffman; granddaughter of Kathleen and Richard DeFazio; and dear friend of Joe Sedlak. Kahal will be missed by all who loved and knew her and forever in our hearts. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Community of the Crucified One, New Covenant Community Church, 104 E. 11th Ave., Homestead. Arrangements are by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Polak, Edward G. 61

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Edward G. Polak, 61 of Munhall, died, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in the comfort of his home with family by his side. Born in 1952, in Homestead, to Dorothy (Manzak) and the late Michael Polak, he attended Homestead High School and received a football scholarship to Youngstown State University. Ed was married to Dauna Helen Koestline. They celebrated their 43rd anniversary last year. Survivors include his wife, Dauna; mother, Dorothy; his daughter, Amy (Brian) Tomasic; his son, Jamie (Jackie) Polak; his brother, Michael "Mickey" (Kathy) Polak; and grandchildren include, Cal Tomasic, Chase Polak, Camden Polak and Mia Tomasic. Also, Ed enjoyed his remaining years with his good friend, Jack Linsenbigler and cherished the love of the Fetzko family (Russ, Lisa, Rudy and Joey). Ed also is adored and will be missed by his dog, Franklin. Ed's pride and joy were his two children, Amy and Jamie. Ed's grandchildren were "everything to him." Ed was a strong man, a loyal friend and a great family man. Affectionately known as "G" to his grandchildren, Ed told some, the "G" denoted his middle name which few knew was George. Others he told it stood for the word "Great." However, it stood for Grandfather. Ed Polak was the best grandparent a child could imagine! He will be remembered, celebrated and missed. We love you "G!" Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME. The funeral Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Therese Church in Munhall. In lieu of flowers, please make donations on Ed's behalf to St. Therese School, 3 St. Therese Court, Munhall, PA 15120; and/or the Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Puckey, Blanche F. 76

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1938-03-31
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Blanche F. (Aldridge) Puckey, 76, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside. She retired after 30 years of service as a cafeteria worker for the Elizabeth Forward School District and was a former member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. Blanche enjoyed bowling and was a member of various leagues at Brunswick and Colonial Lanes. Born March 31, 1938, in Monongahela, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Dubbs) Aldridge. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, James C. Puckey Sr.; daughter, Joyce (Jim) Reed, of Belle Vernon; son, James C. (Bonnie) Puckey Jr., of Finleyville; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Rebekah) Puckey, Noah Reed, Gabriel Reed, Samantha (fiance, Ryan Hohn) Puckey, Megan Puckey, James Reed, Kristina (Casey) Walton, Megan (Jason) Sonson and Amanda Poland; five great-grandchildren, Makayla, Alexander, Nicholas, Dylan and Madison; sister, Virginia Aldridge, of Wilmington, N.C.; brother, David Aldridge, of Floreffe; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. James Mimidis officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 1133 South Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Pugliano, Joseph V. 96

  • Milford , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1917-08-10
  • Died: 2013-12-04
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Joseph Vincent Pugliano, 96, of Milford, Del., formerly of McKeesport and Duquesne, died Dec. 4, 2013, at Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford, Del. He was born Aug. 10, 1917, in Broughton, son of the late Antonio and Rose (Mendecino) Pugliano. He was retired from U.S. Steel - National Tube Works in McKeesport and was a member of U.S. Steelworkers Local 1408. He proudly served his country by enlisting in the Army during World War II and was stationed in Newfoundland. He loved his family, enjoyed the casinos and was a loyal Steelers fan and Jeff Gordon fan. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Lucille "Mary Lou" (Orangio) Pugliano; father of Toni (Joe) Johnson, of Adamsville, Del., Lisa (Bill) Minnick, of West Mifflin, and Judith (John) Riley, of Holland, Pa.; grandfather of Billy Minnick Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Sean Riley, Scott Riley and Chris Riley; uncle of Roseann (John) Mindyzak, of Elizabeth Township, and Anthony (Barb) Falco, of Apollo, also great-nieces and nephews, Debbie, Gina, Nicholas, Tony, Chrissy, Abby and Brianna; great-grandfather of Britney, Clay, Shannon, Timmy, Danny, Olivia, Cady, Connor, Allison and Finnian; and brother of the late Nicholas Pugliano, Mary Pugliano, Julie Bacon and Josephine Falco, who passed away one month from the date of his death. There will be no visitation. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Holy Name Church of Christ The Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin. Arrangements are by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director.
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Queen, Carol L. 72

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Carol Lee Queen, 72, of Monroeville, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014. She was the wife of the late James T. Queen; loving mother of Jim (Michelle) Queen, Cindy (Joe) Conley and Eric (Jennifer) Queen; grandmother of Zachary and Joshua Queen and Matthew and Julie Conley; and is also survived by her dear friend, Pat Ficcaglia. Carol loved traveling, reading, spending time at Conneaut Lake and spending time with her family. There will be no visitation. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, 2310 Haymaker Road, Monroeville. Arrangements are entrusted to JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), (412-856-4747). http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Rex Jr., John P. 29

  • Indiana Township
  • Born: 1985-05-16
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • John Paul "J.R." Rex Jr., 29, of Indiana Township, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian. He was born May 16, 1985, in Pittsburgh, a son of John P. Sr. and Marian Rose Clark Rex. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption, Glenshaw. J.R. attended the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children for 18 years. He is survived by his parents, John P. Sr. and Marian Rose Clark Rex; one brother, Keith C. Rex, of Indiana Township; three sisters, Colleen M. Rex, of Indiana Township, Meredith R. (Phillip) Avolio, of McCandless, and Amber M. (Christopher) Bodle, of Iowa City, Iowa; one niece, Sienna M. Rex; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Elizabeth Nossek Clark and Raymond and Mary Theresa Coholich Rex. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, in the KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Boulevard at Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Funeral prayer will take place at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, with Father John Marcucci officiating. Memorials may be made to the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, 201 N. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or to St. Mary School, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
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Romano, Doloyse E. 85

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Doloyse E. "Dolly" Romano, 85, of Ross Township, died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was the wife of the late Carl Romano; loving mother of June Roderus (George), Susan (Herb) Stepchuk (John), and Donna Hierta (Joe); proud grandmother of Christine Herb (Andrew), Kathleen Roderus, John Herb (Amanda), and George Roderus; devoted great-grandmother of Elliot and Hayden Cook; sister of June Chapman (the late William), Felix Hammill (Donna), Betsy Helbig (Kurt), William Weir (Maria), Mary Schlentner (Ken), Zoe Motta (Jim), and Jim Weir (Kathy); and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Athanasius Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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Spicuzza, Leonard A. 81

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Leonard A. "Hawk" Spicuzza, 81, of West Mifflin, formerly of Hays, died Monday, July 28, 2014. Len was a retired lab technician for Harbison Walker Refractories, was a Korean War Navy veteran and was a member of Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church. He was very active in all types of athletics his entire life and Steel Valley's softball team No. 1 fan. Lenny enjoyed all 81 years of his life. He was the loving husband of Patricia (Sullivan) Spicuzza; beloved father of Leonard J. (Marie), of West Mifflin, Linda Bajus, of Dravosburg, Christine (Tim) Martin, of Pleasant Hills, and Kenneth (Patricia), of Oviedo, Fla.; and cherished grandfather of Marissa, Anthony, Bryan, Joshua, Samuel and Emma. He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Mildred Metz Spicuzza; and siblings, Virginia Lerro and Phillip "Spike" Spiccuza. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, in Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Stavrides, M.D., Alexander P. 85

  • Oakmont
  • Born: 1928-09-12
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Alexander Pericles Stavrides, M.D., 85, of Oakmont, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Pittsburgh. He was born Sept. 12, 1928, in Serres, Greece, a son of the late Sotiria Stavridou and the late Pericles Stavrides. He was predeceased by his wife, Marcia (Mears) Stavrides. He received an M.D. from the University of Salonica, Greece, and was a practicing pathologist in Canada and then in the Pittsburgh area for many years. He was very proud to have been invited to serve on the U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health and helped it issue its first report in 1964. He is survived by his son, Alexander Stavrides II, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and a sister, Helen Stavridou Astin, of Los Angeles, Calif. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com. Funeral service and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to West Penn Hospital Foundation, 4818 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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Terrick, Regis F. 86

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Regis F. "Rege" Terrick, 86, of Baldwin, died Monday, July 28, 2014. He was the son of the late Verna Dibble and Frank Terrick; husband of the late Ann (Gebhardt-Shoemaker) and survived by his former wife, Gloria Terrick; father of Margaret (Tim) Krol, William (Kiki) Terrick and the late Paul Terrick; grandfather of Derrick (Lindsay), Jason (Nicole) and the late Kevin Krol; brother of Angela Kennedy, Norman (Mary Ann) Terrick and Lani (Raymond "Buddy") Fritz; and is also survived by his loving great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Madisyn, as well as his nieces and nephews. Regis was a Navy veteran, serving in World War II and the Korean War. There will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 or The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Tomchik, Rita A. 84

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Rita Ann (Yesko) Tomchik, 84, of Munhall, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late George "Ben" Tomchik Jr.; mother of Jeffrey Tomchik; sister of Joseph Yesko Jr. and Monica Tomko; grandmother of Benjamin Tomchik and Vanessa Tomchik; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. At Rita's request, a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Veres, John 70

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1943-09-19
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • John "Bo" Veres, 70, of Clairton, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired fireman for the City of Clairton, a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Born Sept. 19, 1943, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late John S. and Susan (Evanko) Veres. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie (Julian) Veres; four grandchildren, Sgt. Brandon (Angela) Felicetty, USMC of Havelock, N.C., Hope Felicetty, Mary Katherine Janetka and Anthony James Janetka, all of Clairton; son-in-law, Paul M. Janetka, of Clairton; five brothers-in-law, James (Claudia) Julian, of Pittsburgh, Dan (Mary) Julian, of Akron, Ohio, Dean (Lisa) Julian, of Exton, Terry (Denise) Julian and Jeff Julian, all of Clairton; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Penni Lynn Veres-Janetka, who passed away July 25, 2014; sister, Patricia Milas; and brother, Fred Veres. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in St. Clare of Assisi Parish. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Wagasky, Loretta 82

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Loretta "Retzy" (Chaney) Wagasky, 82, of Plum, died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Jack Wagasky. She was the loving mother of the late John (surviving spouse, Adelaide) Wagasky; dear and proud grandmother of Ian Wagasky; and also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Loretta enjoyed roller skating her entire life, even until recent months. She also loved to take road trips and was an admirer of the animal kingdom. As per Loretta's request, there will not be a visitation or service. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Wojtaszek, Joseph A. 96

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Joseph Andrew Wojtaszek, 96, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mary Margaret (Malik) Wojtaszek; father of Robert (Susan) Wojtaszek, of Duquesne, Pamela (late Ronald) Tolagian, of Virginia, Joanne Murphy, of West Mifflin, and the late Richard Wojtaszek; brother of Wanda Gretz and the late Helen Wesley, Jean Vecchio, Walter Walters and Henry Walters; and is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Joseph was a retired general foreman for the B and O Railroad. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Therese Church, Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Yurosko, Catherine M.

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Catherine M. Yurosko, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014. She was the sister of Mary Eddings, Louise Kelly and the late Michael Yurosko, John Yurosko, Margaret Dukoit, Elizabeth Kosar and Irene Niccolai; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Catherine worked for McKeesport Hospital. After retirement, she volunteered at Jefferson Hospital. She was a devoted and active member of Holy Spirit Church and member of the Lion's Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, Broughton-Curry-South Park Township. Funeral prayer will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Church. The family requests donations in Catherine's name to Holy Spirit Church, 2603 Old Elizabeth Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122-2558. Condolences may be offered for the family at http://www.GriffithFH.com.
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Zuccher, Kathleen A.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Kathleen A. Zuccher, of Shaler Township, died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Josephine G. and Anthony J. Zuccher; loving sister of Vivian L. Zuccher and Mary Ellen (Bernie) Dolansky; dear aunt of Stephen (Christa) and Kevin Dolansky; and niece of Margaret Miscio. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, in All Saints Church, Etna. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
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Affrica, Daniel J. 63

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1951-04-30
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Daniel J. "Tooty" Affrica, 63, of Allegheny Township, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. Born April 30, 1951, in Natrona Heights, to the late William and Josephine (Harrigan) Affrica, Daniel grew up in Brackenridge, but lived in the Leechburg area the last 35 years. He was employed by Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation in Brackenridge as a senior supervisor of Raw Materials for the last 36 years. Daniel was a member of the Yellow Creek Trout Club in Indiana and was a pilot. He enjoyed hiking, backpacking, tennis, gardening, skiing and playing the harmonica, but he mostly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Tooty had a big heart, touched many lives and lived his life to the fullest. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William P. Affrica; and a sister, Merilyn Affrica Lindh. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Karen D. (Lewis) Affrica, of Allegheny Township; daughter, Sparrow A. (Bill) Graper, of Sarver; son, Cody J. Affrica, of Allegheny Township; two sisters, Carolyn (Ernest) Bowser, of Virginia, and Kathleen (Don) Herring, of North Carolina; a brother, John (Eileen) Affrica, of Michigan; three grandchildren, Josie, Will and Annabelle Graper; father-in-law, John Lewis; sister-in-law, Sandy Patrinos; brother-in-law, Gus (Carol) Lewis; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg, PA 15656. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the North Apollo Church of God, 507 20th St., Apollo, PA 15613, with the Rev. Robert Shallenberger officiating. Everyone is to meet at the church. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Bear Jr., Howell T. 84

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1930-01-05
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Memorial, Hopewell | Get Directions
  • Howell T. Bear Jr., 84, of Ligonier, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Virginia. He was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Virginia. He was preceded in death by his first wife; his parents; a son, Brett Bear; a granddaughter; and a grandson. He is survived by his wife, Thelma J. Bear, of Ligonier; two sons; two daughters; and four sisters. Visitation was held at the MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, Hopewell, Va., and a funeral service was held at Hopewell Church of Christ in Virginia. Interment was in the Merchants Hope Memorial Garden.
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Claycomb, I. Dale 81

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1933-04-30
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ira Dale Claycomb, 81, of Ligonier, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born April 30, 1933, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late Paul L. and Alene Anderson Claycomb. Prior to his retirement, Dale had been employed by Lodestar Bus Lines for more than 25 years. He was also a self-employed farmer and had worked for the former Vulcan Mold Co. in Latrobe. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Bertha Plummer, who died in 2010; a sister, Nancy Richards; and a brother, William Claycomb. Dale is survived by a sister, Sarah L. (Kenneth Sr.) Shean, of Derry; a nephew, who was like a son to him, Kenneth L. Shean Jr.; and nieces and nephew, Patricia Bonello, Kristy Bouch and John Hall Jr. Friends were received at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier, where Dale's life was celebrated, with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment followed in Menoher Memorial Park. The Ligonier Valley Veteran's Honor Guard held military services in the funeral chapel. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Cochran, Brother Nathan M.

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1957-06-24
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Brother Nathan M. Cochran, OSB, a monk of St. Vincent Archabbey, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was born June 24, 1957, in Marion, Ohio, a son of the late Blaine R. and Ruth E. (Roach) Cochran. A brother, Blaine A. Cochran, of Edison, Ohio, survives him. He is also survived by Phyllis Disbrow, of Edison, who, with her late husband, and her daughter, Sue Arter, and her husband, David, of Westerville, Ohio, were dear friends. He studied vocal music at Bowling Green State University from 1975 to 1977 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from The Pontifical College Josephinum in 1980. He earned a Master of Divinity degree with honor from St. Vincent Seminary in 1985 and did graduate studies in art history at the University of Pittsburgh from 1985 to 1986. In 1998, he earned a Master of Science with Pratt Honors in the theory, criticism and history of art architecture and design at the Pratt Institute. Brother Nathan entered the novitiate at St. Vincent Archabbey in 1982, made his simple profession of monastic vows July 10, 1983, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1986. He served as curator for the St. Vincent Archabbey Art Collections (from 1983 to present). In 1998, he was named as the director of the St. Vincent Gallery and a lecturer in fine arts at St. Vincent College. In 2007, he was also named the artistic director of the St. Vincent Concert Series, and, in 2008, he was appointed chair of the Department of Fine Arts. At St. Vincent College, his past appointments included assistant registrar (1985 to 1986), registrar (1986 to 1997), director of the King Ludwig Gallery (1986 to 1994), residence hall moderator (1994 to 1997), co-director of the St. Vincent Gallery (1994 to 1997), study abroad advisor (1998 to 2007) and moderator for the Review, the student newspaper, and the college yearbook (1998 to 2002). He was registrar of St. Vincent Seminary (1989 to 1997), director of public relations at St. Vincent Archabbey (1989 to 1997) and teaching assistant at the Pratt Institute (1997 to 1998). On Founders' Day in 2011, Brother Nathan was the first recipient of the St. Vincent College Projektenmacher Award, which honors an individual who, in the spirit of St. Vincent founder, Boniface Wimmer, made a valuable difference to the campus community through creativity, imagination and vision. "Since his arrival in 1982, Brother Nathan was a patient and tireless lobbyist at the college to revive the great tradition of Sacred Christian art in western civilization," said Brother Norman W. Hipps, president. "He reminded the monks and the faculty of the simple but profound message of the founder of St. Vincent, Boniface Wimmer, who said: 'I am firmly convinced that a monastic school, which does not strive to advance art as much as science and religion, will be deficient in its work'." "He played an important role in the revival of the tradition of Catholic religious art, architecture and music. While he loved the classical works of the golden age of western Christian art, he readily embraced the work of contemporary artists who created sacred art," said Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, OSB. "He was committed to the exhibition of the sacred works of arts through his biannual sacred art exhibition." Of particular note, he initiated a Nationwide Juried Catholic Art Exhibition. For the third national Catholic arts exhibit, Brother Nathan successfully enlisted famed British art historian Sister Wendy Beckett to serve as judge. She praised his endeavors, noting that "artists often come to understand their faith by the actual creation of artworks. We need these artworks, these attempts by artists known or unknown, to share with us their understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Would that there were hundreds of Brother Nathans in all countries!" He curated and designed more than 60 exhibitions at St. Vincent, including the national juried Catholic arts exhibit, the fifth of which will open Oct. 26, exhibits featuring artists such as Dai Morgan, William M. Hoffman Jr., Barbara Kern-Bush, Lynn Johnson, Naijun Zhang and Hung Liu and Alexis Dillon, regional exhibitions and faculty and student exhibitions from St. Vincent College and many on the history of St. Vincent Archabbey, College and Parish. Brother Nathan was the author of Gifts of a King: The Treasured Art of Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, 1986) and had served as editor of the Benedictine Monks of St. Vincent Archabbey Monastery Newsletter, now Heart to Heart (1989 to 1997), of which he was founding design editor. He was co-author with Annemarie Spring of German-American Art at a Pennsylvania Benedictine Archabbey: Saint Vincent, Latrobe, a paper presented at the Annual Symposium of the Society for German-American Studies, Penn State University (1994) and had written and contributed to a number of exhibition catalogues at St. Vincent and for the Cincinnati Art Museum's An American Abroad: Frank Duveneck's European Years (Cincinnati, 1987). Brother Nathan was a contributor to Saint Vincent: A Benedictine Place (Latrobe, 1995) and principal co-author of The Saint Vincent Basilica, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, One Hundred Years (Latrobe, 2005), which received a national Catholic Press Association Award in 2006. In 2004, he worked in Vatican City as the special secretary for the Beatification of Emperor Karl I of Austria. He coordinated and organized the various beatification celebrations in Rome and wrote, edited and oversaw the translation, printing and distribution of various publications and press releases in 11 different languages. The principal ceremony in St. Peter's Square was attended by more than 75,000 people and was the last major public event celebrated by Pope John Paul II. He curated an exhibit in the St. Vincent Gallery, Karl I: The Peace Emperor, The Last Habsburg Emperor of Austria-Hungary (2002) and served as a contributor and on-camera expert for Karl: The Last Habsburg Emperor, a documentary produced by George Lucas to accompany the DVD release of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, 2007. Brother Nathan received the Signum Memoriae Civilian Medal of Honor from HIRH Otto von Habsburg, Archduke and Crown Prince of Austria and King of Hungary. It was the first time the medal had been bestowed since 1898 and was presented in honor of Archduke Otto's 95th birthday. His memberships have included the American Association of Museums, Carnegie Museums, College Art Association, Kaiser-Karl-Gebetsliga fur den Volkerfreiden, (Emperor Karl League of Prayers for Peace Among the Nations), Constantian Society, Smithsonian Associates and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. At St. Vincent, he was a member of many committees including those on educational standards, Founders' Day and renovation for Kennedy Hall. He was a member of the Council of Seniors, St. Vincent Archabbey (1993 to 1994) and member and co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee (1993 to 1996). His community service included membership on the board of directors of the Greensburg Area Cultural Council (1996 to 2000) and board of directors, Westmoreland County Choral Society (1993 to 1998). He also was a religious services volunteer at the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg (1989 to 1996). The body of Brother Nathan will be received at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in the Elizabeth Roderick Center of St. Vincent Seminary. Viewing will follow from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and will continue from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in the Archabbey Basilica. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, OSB, in the Archabbey Basilica. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, St. Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Criner, Francis E. 64

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1949-08-12
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Francis E. "Fran" Criner, 64, of Scottdale, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Mt. View Specialty Care Center, Unity Township. Fran was born Aug. 12, 1949, in Jeannette, a son of the late James Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Wolfe Criner. He was married to Mary Susan Shaw Criner, who passed away March 30, 2011. Fran was a devoted father, grandfather, brother and uncle who loved his family. He was owner and proprietor of the Jeannette City Transit and Mt. Pleasant Yellow Cab Companies for the past 30 years. A member of the Partner Parish of St. Joseph in Everson, he was an avid classic car collector with his pride and joy, a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere. Fran was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving as a 2nd Class Petty Officer during two tours of duty on the USS Eversole Destroyer in the Gulf of Tomkin. He was a member of the Jeannette American Legion Post and past president of both the Westmoreland County and Pennsylvania Taxi Owners Associations. He was also a graduate of Jeannette High School. Fran will be sadly missed by his loving family; his three children, Francis E. Criner Jr., of Scottdale, Michael Hummel and his wife, Ashley, of West Newton, and Leslie Gardner and her husband, Daniel, of Jamestown, N.C.; his three grandchildren, Alyssa, Garrett and Ty Hummel; his three sisters, Anna Josephine Ritchey, of Dundalk, Md., Helen Catherine Wilson and her husband, Bruce, of Jeannette, and Eileen Clara Bogdanowicz and her husband, Chuck, of Baldwin, Md.; his two brothers, James Thomas Criner II and his wife, Wendy, of Irwin, and Christopher Gerard Criner, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. He acknowledges the friendship he had with his relatives and friends, especially, John "Yush" and Lori Shaw for all they have done. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300, http://www.fergusonfunerals.com., GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends were received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel where parting prayers were recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Partner Parish of St. Joseph in Everson with the Rev. Andrew Kawecki as celebrant. Graveside committal service and interment followed in the church cemetery next to his late wife with full military honors bestowed by the Scottdale-Everson Burial Detail. The Ministry of Consolation held a vigil at 1:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Love Lasts Forever!
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Dow, Denise M. 51

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1962-12-04
  • Died: 2014-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Denise M. Dow, 51, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born Dec. 4, 1962, in Braddock, a daughter of Paul Dow and the late Dorothy Mazik Dow. Denise was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. She was a 1980 graduate of Norwin Senior High School. She was formerly employed by Tri-Anim as a customer service representative. Denise was a volunteer for many years with the Connellsville Softball League. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert. She is survived by her father, Paul (wife Linda); one sister, Cheryl DiBiase (husband Bob); five brothers, Paul, Michael (wife Linda), Jim (wife Mary Lou), Danny (wife Leaanne) and B.J. Dow; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Friends were received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Elkus, Christopher J.

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1941-02-07
  • Died: 2014-07-16
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Christopher James Elkus, of Ligonier, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at his home following a long and progressive illness. He was born Feb. 7, 1941, in New York City, N.Y., and was raised in Pittsburgh, a son of James H. Elkus and Lenore R. Elkus. His mother was a founder of WQED-TV in Pittsburgh and a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. His father was an industrial engineer. His paternal grandfather, the Hon. Abram I. Elkus, served as Ambassador to Turkey under President Wilson and as a judge on the New York State Court of Appeals. His maternal grandmother, Hulda Lashanska, was a celebrated American concert soprano. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Gretchen M. Elkus, of Ligonier; his son, James M. Elkus; granddaughter, Sonya R. Elkus, of New York City; and his sister, Peggy H. Elkus, of Pittsburgh. His brother, Jonathan H. Elkus, of Geneva, Switzerland, died in 2003. He is also survived by his stepchildren, William M. Duryea, of Tampa, Fla., and his children, William, Peter and Andrew Duryea, and Melissa Duryea Lewis, of San Anselmo, Calif., and her children, Olivia and Augusta Lewis. Mr. Elkus was a graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., Yale University and New York University School of Business. He resided in New York City throughout most of his adult life, where he worked as an investment manager for large corporations and organizations such as the United Nations. He was a dedicated member of his community and served as President of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a multi-service organization that has served people in need on the East Side of Manhattan and on Roosevelt Island for more than 120 years. He later founded Waterford Capital Management upon his retirement to Ligonier. He was an avid sportsman, traveler and lover of the outdoors. While at St. Paul's, he excelled at football, rowing and wrestling. Following his competitive sports years, he enjoyed skiing, fishing, hunting, golf, squash and tennis. He was a member of the Racquet and Tennis Club and the Brook Club in New York, the Piping Rock Club on Long Island and the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier. His family extends their warmest thanks to his doctors and his dedicated caregivers Nan, Trudy, Tracy, Tammy M., Sue, Karen and Tammy T. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier. THE J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul's School with "Elkus Family" in the memo section (Attn: Gifts Manager, 325 Pleasant St., Concord, NH, 03301, 603-229-4713) or to the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House with "Christopher Elkus" in the memo section (Attn: Development Department, 331 East 70th St., New York, NY 10021).
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Fontana, Joseph JoJo 77

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1936-12-24
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Joseph "JoJo" Fontana, 81, of Jeannette, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, one day after Joe and his wife Eileen celebrated their 55-year wedding anniversary with their family. He was born Dec. 24, 1936, in Jeannette, a son of the late Frank and Mary Altier Fontana. Prior to his retirement, Joe was the owner/operator of Fontana's Garage in Jeannette for 45 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the Army. Joe was an avid sportsman and trap shooter, a lifetime member of the Youngwood Sportsman's and the Ruffsdale Gun Clubs. He also was a life member of the NRA and the Amateur Trapshooting Association. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by brothers, Raymond, George and Frank Fontana Jr. He is survived by his wife, Eileen DePonte Fontana; his daughters, Joleen Brewer and husband, Ron, of Jeannette, and Lisa Lydic and husband, Jeff, of Greensburg; grandchildren, David and Samantha Brewer and Alex and Conor Lydic; a great-granddaughter, Miada; a sister-in-law, Margaret Fontana, of Harrison City; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 North 2nd St., Jeannette. A blessing service will take place 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scout Troop No. 465, c/o Harold Zion Lutheran Church, Route 136 and Baltzer-Meyer Pike, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Frank, Johnny D. 84

  • Luxor
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: D'alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Johnny D. Frank, 84, of Luxor, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was the son of the late Anthony and Concetta (D'Onofrio) Frank; beloved husband of Bernice B. (Kostelnik) Frank; loving father of Doreen (Dr. Frank) Zalakar, Michael J. (Elaine) DiFranco; grandfather of Michael F. DiFranco; brother of Samuel and the late Anthony, Patsy, Joseph, William and Anna Frank; and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He belonged to The Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Johnny worked for Leonard Brothers then retired from Carolina Freight. He belonged to Teamsters Local 249, Old Crabtree Sportsman Club, South Greensburg American Legion and VFW Post 33. Johnny loved going to his hunting camp in McKean County with his family and friends. He was an avid Pirates fan and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his son, Michael, and cherished grandson, Michael. Johnny was always ready with a smile and a joke or story to tell. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Per family wishes, there will be no visitation. A blessing service and interment will be private at the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Professional services trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville.
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Gavatorta, Anna 99

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1914-08-02
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Anna Gavatorta, 99, a resident of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. She was born Aug. 2, 1914, in Yukon, a daughter of the late Battista and Mary Bertolino Molinero. Anna was a member of the Ascension Church Jeannette, and its Rosary Altar Society and Senior Citizens Group. She was also a former member of the All Seasons Club and the local AARP. In addition to her parents, Anna was predeceased her husband, Samuel Gavatorta, in 1986; a brother, Martin Molinero; and four sisters, Catherine Gavatorta, Tressa Gavatorta, and twin sisters, Natalie Shaeffer and Perina Molinero. She is survived by a sister, Rena Dotto, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in the Ascension Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Gordon, Mary A.

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary A. Gordon, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Clarence E. "Flash" Gordon and Rose Marie (Graham) Gordon. Mary was employed at L and S Machine Company and was an avid movie fan. She is survived by her daughter, Vanessa Bates and her husband, Mark, of Latrobe; her son, Joshua Hawanchak, of Latrobe; a sister, Jean Sylvester and her husband, Glen, of St. Clairsville, Ohio; a niece, Molly McWilliams and her husband, Jack; and a great-niece, Ava Rose McWilliams. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment are private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Hamilton, Russell W. 66

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1948-02-07
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Russell W. Hamilton, 66, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at home. He was born Feb. 7, 1948, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late William R. and Olive R. McCullough Hamilton. Russ graduated from Norwin High School, class of 1966, and Grove City College in 1970. Prior to his retirement, Russ was employed as an electrical engineer and sales manager. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan as well as a Boston Red Sox fan. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers season ticket holder for 45 years, member of the Pleasant Valley Country Club and Professional Engineers Association. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, William H. Hamilton. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Carol Ruby Hamilton; one son, Chad and his wife, Lisa; and one brother, Paul D. and his wife, Jan, all of North Huntingdon. He is also survived by his twin granddaughters, Emma Olivia and Aubrey Lori Hamilton, who were his pride and joy. Friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Ron Wakeman officiating. Interment was in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Hause, Kristie L. 63

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1950-12-12
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Kristie Lee Maida Hause, 63, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Mrs. Hause was born Dec. 12, 1950, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Gerald and Edna Zaronsky Maida, of Mt. Pleasant. She was a 1969 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School. Kristie enjoyed going to the Senior Citizen Center and visiting with everyone. She loved people, and always had a kind word to share. Kristie is survived by her loving family: her parents, Gerald and Edna Maida; her son, Ronald J. Hause Jr., Ph.D., of Seattle, Wash.; and her brothers and sister, Gerald E. Maida, of State College, Jonathan P. Maida and his wife, Misty, and Karen S. Maida, all of Mt. Pleasant. Kristie was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald J. Hause, in October 2013. In honoring Kristie's wishes, there will be no hours of public visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Heldman, Irene

  • Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Irene Rudzinsky Heldman, of Lower Burrell, went to be with our Lord Tuesday, July 29 2014, following a lengthy illness, surrounded by her husband and family at her side. She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Katherine Patak Rudzinsky, formerly of Stowe Township. Irene was the loving wife for more than 57 years to David M. Heldman. They were married at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in the Northside of Pittsburgh. Irene was a dedicated and loving mother to her three children, Irene K. Heldman M.D., Donna E. Heldman and Meredith S. Heldman Heavner (Kirk), all of Mars. She was also the loving grandmother of Alexander P. Heavner, of Mars. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Rudzinsky Stecko, as well as several nieces and nephews. She worked at Bell Telephone in its business office until she left to take her "dream job", which was raising her three daughters, and later, spending time with her grandson, Alex. She always was there to cheer on her family, from the early years, through high school and into college, and never missed a softball game, track event or tennis match. Although she loved attending her daughters' events, what she loved to do the most was to watch her "favorite", Alexander, play baseball, basketball and football. Despite her illness, she was able to watch him play baseball last month, during her first outing in more than seven months. Irene was a former member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, where she taught Sunday School. She was very active in the Katherine Kuhlman ministry for more than 25 years, and sang in the concert choir. Every Christmas, her family enjoyed listening to the choir's recording of Handel's Messiah. She was also a former member of the Lower Burrell/New Kensington Garden Club and had been active in the girl scouts and P.T.A. organizations. Irene was the First Lady of Syria Shrine when her husband served as the Potentate in 2009. During his year as Potentate, as well as his six years as an officer, she enjoyed traveling and supporting the Shrine by attending numerous Shrine events. Over the years, she made many dear friends through their involvement in the Shrine. In addition to the First Lady, she had also served as the past president of the Syria Motor Corp Ladies Auxiliary, and was a member of the Daughters of the Nile. Irene was a kind, sincere, thoughtful person who always knew the right thing to say and never spoke an unkind word. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grace Community Presbyterian Church, 2751 Grant St., Lower Burrell, PA 15068, by the Rev. Clifford Buell. Everyone is asked to meet at church. Entombment will follow in Mount Royal Mausoleum, Glenshaw. Memorials may be made to the Transportation Fund, Syria Shrine Center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA 15024 or the Leukemia Society Riverwalk Corp. Center, E. Carson St., Suite 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Leighty Jr., William R. 53

  • Scottdale
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William R. Leighty Jr., 53, of Scottdale, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Leighty Jr., William R. 53

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1961-02-04
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William R. Leighty Jr., 53, of Scottdale, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Feb. 4, 1961, in Leisenring, a son of William R. Leighty Sr., of Confluence. William was Catholic by faith. He was employed as a powder coater with VersaFab, New Kensington. William was a Marine veteran, having served his country from 1979-1983. He was a member of American Legion Post 301. William was an avid NASCAR fan, enjoyed hunting and spending time with his pet dog, "Roy". In addition to his father, William is survived by his loving companion of 22 years, Tracy Renee Baker, with whom he resided; a daughter, Brandi Leighty, of Connellsville; seven grandchildren; two stepchildren, Sammie Thomas, of Indiana, and Michael Thomas, of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Robert Leighty, of Connellsville, and Steven Leighty and wife, Kim, of Scottdale; a sister, Maureen Murphy and husband, Charles, of Connellsville; several nieces, nephews and very special friend, Jack A. Hann, who was like a father to William. William is predeceased by his mother, Leona Nagy, who passed away in 1978, and his son, William R. Leighty III, who died in the same automobile accident. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, the time of service, with Pastor Lee Maley officiating in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Following the service, military rites will be accorded by members of the American Legion Posts 301 and 762, and VFW Post 21at the funeral home. Interment will be held in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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LeJeune, Bryce F. 58

  • Mount Pleasant Township
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Bryce F. LeJeune, 58, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at his home. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at Charter Oak United Methodist Church, 449 Frye Farm Road, Greensburg, with the Rev. Chris Whitehead officiating. Bryce's complete announcement will appear Friday and Saturday.
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Leonardi, William L. 62

  • Rector
  • Born: 1952-03-06
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • William L. Leonardi, 62, of Rector, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 24, 2014, at his home. He was born March 6, 1952, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Frank and Helen Henderson Leonardi. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as a registered nurse in the emergency department of Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was a member of Ligonier Church of Christ. Bill was a lover of music, particularly rock 'n' roll. His greatest prides in life were "his girls," i.e. his wife and two daughters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Leonardi. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Patrica Ann (Chovanec) Leonardi; two daughters, Samantha (Aaron) Salyards, of Plum, and Carly M. Leonardi, of Rector; a grandson, Aiden Torres; and a brother, Frank Leonardi, of Pittsburgh. Bill's friends and family gathered together for a service at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Lewandowski, Thelma J. 85

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1928-10-31
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Thelma J. (Sherbondy) Lewandowski, 85, of West Newton, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Latrobe Health and Rehab Center. She was born Oct. 31, 1928, in South Huntingdon Township, a daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (Hout) Sherbondy. For years, Thelma attended activities at the West Newton Senior Center. She is survived by two sons, John Leighty and wife, Martha, of South Carolina, and Donald Lewandowski and wife, Amy, of West Newton; five grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; a brother, Jay Sherbondy, of Ruffsdale; and a sister, Janet Craig, of Tarrs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lewandowski; a daughter, Becky Ann Bennett; a brother, Richard Sherbondy; and a sister, Kate Mason. There will be no visitation or service. The J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Thelma may be made to Latrobe Health and Rehab Center, 576 Fred Rogers Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Macklin, Millie L. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1946-01-19
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Millie L. Macklin, 68, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. She was born Jan. 19, 1946, in New Alexandria, a daughter of the late Louis and Thelma (Pratt) Seice. She previously worked for Thermal Industries in production and was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Jeannette. Millie is survived by her daughters, Jodie Macklin, of Jeannette, and Vickie Macklin, of Greensburg; brothers, William Seice and his wife, Kathy, of Jeannette, and Pete Seice, of Texas; a sister, Loretta Fetty and her husband, Bud, of Jeannette; two grandchildren, Nathan and Taira Howard; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Millie's life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at her homestead, 168 Sutherland Road, Jeannette, with Pastor Susan Luttner. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of all arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Mangieri, Ray 84

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1930-03-03
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Ray Mangieri, 84, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Bel Air Health and Rehab, Lower Burrell. He was born March 3, 1930, in New Kensington, son of the late Umberto and Jennie (Petrone) Mangieri. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Adolfo and Frank Mangieri; and a sister, Mary Ellen Mangone. He was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. He worked at PPG Creighton for 52 years from 1949 until retiring in 2001. He enjoyed reading, cooking and watching football on T.V. He was an animal lover and enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Prayers of transfer will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Manley, LaQuita 52

  • Arnold
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • LaQuita Manley, 52, of Arnold, died Friday, July 25, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Jamal Chambers, of Natrona Heights, Damenica Suber, of Natrona Heights, Kevin Suber Jr., of Monessen; grandmother of Jamal Chambers Jr., Javeon Chambers, JaCora Chambers and Treyson Suber; sister of Randell (Cynthia) Howell, Suzette Marion Manley, Claudette Manley (Mark) Knuckles and Clifford Eugene Manley; stepsister of Janise Jackson, of Pittsburgh; Tara Lynn Jackson, of New York, N.Y., Margaret Windgate, of New York, N.Y., Paul Windgate Jr., of Harrisburg, and the late Dale Windgate; daughter of the late Clifford Manley Sr. and Marlene Savannah; also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; sister-in-law of the late Katrina Manley, aunt of the late Manuel Taylor III; great-aunt of Trenton Hartsfield and the late Shimya Hartsfield; and best friend of Renita Banks. LaQuita was a lifelong area resident, a Valley High School Graduate in 1980, she loved reading, cooking, loved life and especially singing and dancing. There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Canaan Baptist Church, 1230 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Martin, Jeffrey S. 54

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1960-04-10
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey Scott Martin, 54, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. He was born April 10, 1960, in Greensburg, a son of the late Betty Crosby Martin. Scott was a journeyman moldmaker for Ross Mould Inc., Washington, Pa. He was a member of the Derry Rod and Gun Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary W. Crosby Sr. He is survived by his son, Cory S. Martin and fiance, Kelly Pennell, of Greensburg; a special nephew, Gary W. Crosby Jr. and fiance, Kim, of Greensburg; a special sister-in-law, Kathryn L. Burnett Crosby; his good friend, Danny Monahan and wife, Wendy, of Monongahela; four siblings, Connie Tomb and husband, Ray, of Falconer, N.Y., Robert Crosby and wife, Cindy, Tammy Geer and husband, Scott, all of Greensburg, and Tracey Trew and husband, Gregg, of Canonsburg; an uncle, Richard Crosby, of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Scott from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Scott's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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McCune, Leroy P. 87

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1926-11-08
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Leroy P. McCune, 87, of Youngwood, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. McCune was born Nov. 8, 1926, in Manor, the son of the late Andrew and Helen Maher McCune. He was a member of the Ambrust Wesleyan Church. Leroy owned McCune Auto Repair and previously had worked for Westmoreland Auto, Chelsted Motors and Ford Motors as a gifted mechanic and service manager. He was an avid reader, a history buff and had a great appreciation for trains, both big and small. Leroy lived his life as a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ, loving his family and friends. He now enjoys his reward in heaven; his joy is complete. He is survived by his family: his loving wife of 62 years, Irene Sullenberger McCune; and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his surviving children, Brenda McCune Phillips and Kent, of Franklin, Tenn., Sandra J. McCune, of Latrobe, Timothy L. McCune and Pam, of Youngwood, Pamela McCune Neill and Vaughn, of Youngwood, and Loren B. McCune and Jackie, of Las Vegas, Nev.; his eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Leroy was preceded in death by his brother, Roland L. McCune. Visitation with Leroy's family will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, followed by a celebration of life service in the New Stanton United Methodist Church with Pastor Bonnie King officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the service. Inurnment will be private. The family wishes to thank Excela Health Hospice for their care and compassion. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Menart, Donna M. 58

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1955-10-06
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donna Marie Linardi Menart, 58, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1955, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Michael and Dorothy Winzenburg Linardi. Donna graduated in 1973 from Mt. Pleasant Area Senior High School. From 1975 to 1977, she went to Radiological Radiographer School at Westmoreland Hospital and was licensed by the state of Pennsylvania in 1977. In 1989, she became a registered ultrasonographer. On April 8, 1978, she married Gerald Menart. Donna had two sons, Anthony and Seth. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and for the last four years, Donna helped at the Friday fish dinners. She was a booster mother for her sons in baseball, football, basketball and soccer. Donna coached and refereed boys basketball for years in the JVBA organization. She retired from work at Westmoreland Hospital in July 2013 after 35 years of service. In addition to her parents, Michael and Dorothy Linardi, she is survived by her husband, Jerry; son, Anthony Menart and wife, Kayla; sisters, Linda Flaherty and her husband, Dale, and Diane Linardi Miller and husband, Michael; and her brother, Michael Linardi Jr. and his wife, Mary. Donna was predeceased by her son, Seth Andrew Menart, May 17, 2009; and her in-laws, Anna and Anton Menart. As per the wishes of Donna, there will be no public viewing. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. All arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Seth Menart Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Mt. Pleasant Area Senior High School in memory of Donna Marie Linardi Menart. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Negich, Ann M. 94

  • Export
  • Born: 1920-04-02
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Ann M. (Felesky) Negich, 94, of Export, died Tuesday, July 29, 2013, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born April 2, 1920, in Rillton, a daughter of the late George and Barbara (Kerin) Malazich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husbands, William Felesky and George Negich; a son, Ed Felesky; two sisters, Catherine Ribar and Mary Rua; and a brother, Sam Malazich. She is survived by her devoted son, Matthew Felesky and his wife, Connie, of Delmont; two cherished granddaughters, Brenda (Tony) Gardone, of Delmont, and Cheryl Tilker, of Greensburg; two loving great-grandchildren, Matt Gardone and Tony (Bobbi Jo) Gardone; and also three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Mary Catholic Church, Export. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Oesterlin, Fadra 76

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1937-10-04
  • Died: 2014-07-16
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Fadra Allshouse Oesterlin, 76, of Ligonier, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Redstone Highlands of Greensburg. She was born Oct. 4, 1937, in Greensburg, daughter of the late Merion and Tressie Harrold Allshouse. Fadra was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ligonier, its choir, and the Lutheran Church Women. She was a Red Cross Emergency Volunteer and a member of the following organizations; Thiel College Alumni Choir, Ligonier Hose Company No. 1 Auxiliary, Baltzer-Meyer Historical Society, Dorcas Class, Ligonier PTO club, Sigma Kappa Sorority, Sweet Adelines, Westmoreland Choral Society, Willing workers and the Hollow Tree Players. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. William Oesterlin. Surviving are three children, Lori Georgeff, of Ligonier, Mark Oesterlin and his wife, Tina Bilott, of North Huntingdon, and Judy Miller and her husband, Frank, of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Shawn and Phillip Rose, Marissa and Laura Miller and Jesse Lopata; and one great-granddaughter, Lily Hummel. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ligonier. Entrusted with the arrangements is the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. For online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Owen Sr., Louis D. 84

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1930-05-07
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Louis D. Owen Sr., 84, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 7, 1930, in Creighton, East Deer, to the late Leslie and Captola Munnford Owen. Mr. Owen was a caster and a stripper/burner and retired in from the caster department of Allegheny Ludlum, Brackenridge in 1990. He was employed there for 42 years. He enjoyed the Steelers, the Pirates and the Penguins, and playing cards -- especially poker. He was a member and a deacon of Canaan Outreach Ministry, New Kensington. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Lillian Ellen Ackles Owen; and his children, Iris R. "Green Jeans" Owen, Lorrie K. Owen Sr., and Trent C. Owen Sr., all of New Kensington; six stepchildren, Paul Ackles, Rhonda Blakey, Cheryl (Emery) Johnson, Darcella Brown, Tamara (Alan) Jackson and Herbert (Norma) Blakey Jr.; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a host of stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; and his brother, Willis Owen, of New Kensington. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three children, Colleen Sherdina Owen, in infancy, Lois Darcel Watkins and Louis Duane Owen Jr.; and siblings, Clarice Landers, Lesola Owen, Marvin Owen, Loumaniver Owen, Lane Owen and Munford Owen. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday from in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, in Canaan Outreach Ministry, 1226 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington. Anyone attending the service should go directly to the church. Officiating will be Elder Ronald P. White. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Pezze, Mary E. 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-12-10
  • Died: 2014-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Kober Pezze, 77, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at home. She was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Greensburg, daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Curry Kober. Mary was at one time employed as a secretary for Irwin Builders Supply of Irwin. Prior to retirement, she was a selling specialist for Hornes Department Store of Monroeville. In 1954, Mary was crowned Queen of Irwin. She was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America, was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish of Irwin and was very active with the American Diabetes Association of Pittsburgh. She enjoyed the symphony and gardening. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Marlene Paulson; and a brother, Eugene Kober. Surviving are her husband of 58 years, John I. Pezze; two children, a son, John E. Pezze, of North Irwin, and a daughter, Lisa M. Pezze of North Huntingdon; four grandchildren, John V. Pezze, Joel I. Pezze, Jason E. Pezze and Erin K. Pezze. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian burial, which was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Parish. Interment followed at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. For online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Pochet, Richard B. 65

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1949-03-06
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard B. Pochet, 65, of Jeannette, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at Forbes Regional Hospital. He was born March 6, 1949, in Latrobe, a son of the late Marcel Louis Pochet and Mary L. (Bendl) Pochet. He was a member of Community United Methodist Church, Irwin. He was a retired circulation manager at the Latrobe Bulletin and then worked as a supervisor at Torrance State Hospital and as a CNA at Westmoreland Manor. He was a longtime member of the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department Company No. 2 and volunteered at the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Brad L. Pochet; a brother, Donald J. Pochet; maternal grandparents, Jacob and Martha (Schasney) Bendl; and paternal grandparents, Louis F. and Augusta (Dumont) Pochet. He is survived by his wife, Donna M. (Davison) Pochet, of Jeannette; two sons, Brian R. Pochet, of Greensburg, and Richard A. Pochet, of Latrobe; two brothers, Robert Louis Pochet and his wife, Ellen, of Annapolis, Md., and Louis F. Pochet and his wife, Dorothy, of Greensburg; two sisters, Mary Louise Muggli and her husband, Gary, of Latrobe, and Ellen Stas and her husband, Thomas, of Unity Township; five grandchildren, Madison, Alex, Brett, Kendall and Caedin; one great-grandchild, Braxton Kumle; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the ASPCA Medical Fund, c/o Dr. Tummons Office, 725 Duck Hollow Road Ext., Uniontown, PA 15401. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Pospisil, Patricia A. 64

  • Acme
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. Pospisil, 64, of Acme, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Raymond of the Mountain, Donegal. Patty's complete announcement will follow Thursday.
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Pospisil, Patricia A. 64

  • Acme
  • Born: 1950-06-17
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. Pospisil, 64, of Acme, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014. She was born June 17, 1950, in Mt. Pleasant, daughter of Eleanor (Gorecki) Sheele, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late William Sheele. Patty was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountain Church, Donegal. She was also a member of the Roadman-White American Legion Auxiliary Post 941, where she held the position of president for many years, and she also served on the county council. Patty loved to cook and bake. In addition to her mother, Patty is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Rodger L. Pospisil; two sons, Andy Pospisil and his wife, Becky, and Billy Pospisil; granddaughter and grandson, Abby and Jeffrey Miles; four brothers, James (Maryann) Sheele, Thomas Sheele, Robert Sheele and Donald (Rose) Sheele; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Her Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, in St. Raymond of the Mountain Church. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. The Roadman-White Legion Auxiliary Post 941 will hold a service at 7 p.m. Thursday, in the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Seybold, James R. 88

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-07-24
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  • James R. Seybold, 88, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Lakeland, Fla. He was the son of the late Clarence Seybold and Anna Kepple. Jim was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Helen Mary, who died July 5, 2014. He is survived by daughters, Susan Johnston and husband, Donald "DJ", and Amy Bland and husband, Jeff; son, Richard Seybold and wife, Sharon; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Jim graduated from Jeannette High School, class of 1944, leaving early to enlist in the Navy, where he served on the USS Salt Lake City. He participated in the battles of Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After World War II, Jim worked as a piping designer for many companies in the U.S. He was a life member of the American Legion and belonged to various other clubs. He enjoyed playing shuffleboard and golf. Military services will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C., at a future date.
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Silich, Justin M. 28

  • New Kensington , Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1986-01-12
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Justin Mark Silich, 28, of New Kensington, formerly of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the emergency room of Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born Jan. 12, 1986, in Pittsburgh, and had been a life resident of the local area. A welder, he worked for McConway and Torley in Pittsburgh. Justin was a member of the Burrell High School Class of 2004 and enjoyed sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates, cards, the casino and time with his family and friends. Survivors include his parents, Mark and Denise Delenne Silich, of Davenport, Fla.; his sister, Amanda Lee Silich, of New Kensington; nephew, Nathan Hadad; grandfather, Charles Silich, of Murrysville; aunt, Darlene Delenne (Jay) Scripter, of Toledo, Ohio; uncle, Ronald (Sherry) Silich, of Murrysville; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jules and Margaret Hulings Delenne; paternal grandmother, Frances Belmay Silich; and an uncle, Dan Delenne. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until services at 8 p.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Harold Mele in the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Burial will be private. http://www.rusiewiczfh.com.
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Stapf, Mary Lou 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1934-10-27
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary Lou Chalfant Stapf, 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. She was born Oct. 27, 1934, in Larimer, daughter of the late James H. and Margaret A. Mowry Chalfant. Mary Lou loved to sew, bake, play cards, listen to country music and spend time with her family. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Larimer. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband, Ronald Stapf, in 1992; her beloved son, John, in 2009; and her brother, Jim, in 2010. Surviving are a son, Bill Stapf and his wife, Pam, of Odessa, Fla.; a daughter, Marion Smith and her husband, Lee, with whom she lived with; a daughter-in-law, Audry Blough; grandchildren, Nick and Alyese Stapf, Benjamin Smith, Bill (Colleen) Hardy, Becky Hamilton, Beth (Mark) Dressler and Brianna Hardy; great-grandchildren, MacKenzie Hamilton and William and Elise Hardy; and close friends, Bill and Joanne Hardy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St. Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ, 1230 Brownstown Road, Larimer, PA 15647. Mary Lou's family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the nurses and doctors at Forbes Regional Hospital. For online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Torok, Anna M. 95

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1918-09-29
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Anna M. Torok, 95, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Bel Air Nursing Home, Lower Burrell. She was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Graceton, to the late Joseph and Anna Konkol Bondra. Mrs. Torok was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and enjoyed cooking, baking, flowers and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia (Dominic) Giordano, of Lower Burrell, and Arlene (Richard) Bruni, of New Kensington; 10 grandchildren, Kevin (Joanne) Torok, Carrie (Bruce) Bashline, Maria (Kevin) Giordano-Filer, Anna (Michael) Lucas, John (Jennifer) and Dominic (Terra) Giordano, Kelly (Eric) Giordano-Cesaratto, Christina (Gordon) Unitas, Gina (Timothy) Giordano-Malloy and Rick Bruni; 20 great-grandchildren; and sister, Helen (Thomas) Koscianski, of Lower Burrell. Besides her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Joseph Torok Sr.; son, Joseph T. Torok Jr.; two grandchildren, Joseph H. Torok and Letitia Bruni Nielsen; brothers, Joseph, John, Steve and George Bondra; and two sisters.,Pauline Smrek and Mary Ann Fischer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Church, New Kensington. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family suggests donations made in her name to: Mt. St. Peter Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA 15068. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Wachs, Virginia E. 88

  • Lowber
  • Born: 1926-05-09
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Virginia E. Wachs, 88, of Lowber, died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was born May 9, 1926, in Armburst, a daughter of the late Alvin and Gladys (Millard) Dean. Virginia was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of West Newton. Survivors include two sons, James Wachs and wife, Denise, and Robert Wachs and wife, Georgeann; two grandchildren, Robert Wachs Jr. and wife, Jennifer, and Lonnie Wachs; three great-grandchildren, Maddelyn Rose, Tyler and Dylan; a sister, Maxine Thompson; a sister-in-law, Norma Wachs; and nephews, Craig Wachs and James Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph "Bud" Wachs; a grandson, Jesse Wachs; a brother, Alvin McIndoe; and a brother-in-law, Samuel Wachs. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, PO Box 251, West Newton, PA 15089. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Weaver, Paul W. 70

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1944-04-21
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Paul William Weaver, 70, of New Alexandria, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born April 21, 1944, in Herminie, son of the late Harry and Effie Lint Weaver. Paul retired from LWB Steinl Inc., where he was a field service technician. Paul loved to go hunting and camping. He loved playing blackjack at the casinos and dining out. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Nicholas Paul Weaver; and siblings, Harry Weaver Jr., Elizabeth Weaver and David Weaver. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Sandra McDonald Weaver, of New Alexandria; five sons and two daughters, Paul William Weaver Jr. and wife, Rose, of Clarion, Brian Lee Weaver and wife, Darlene, of Spring, Texas, Robert Wesley Weaver and wife, Sarah, of New Alexandria, Lori Ann Seiffert and husband, Eric, of Springfield, Mass., William Jacob Smith, of New Alexandria, Douglas Edward Smith and wife, Stacy, of Apollo, and Tammy Jane Smith Garland and companion, Bill, of Pleasant Unity; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and his beloved pet dog, Pebbles. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Almon Birt, pastor of Covenant Care Ministries, of Greensburg, officiating. Burial will be in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
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Weisel, Marilyn F. 71

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1943-04-01
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Marilyn F. Weisel, 71, of Scottdale (Mt. Nebo), passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at UPMC Shadyside. Marilyn was born April 1, 1943, in Presque Isle, Maine, a daughter of the late Warren and Elzena Ryder Norsworthy. Marilyn was retired from Highlands Hospital, Connellsville, where she was employed for more than 10 years. Marilyn will be sadly missed by her loving family, a son, Dennis Weisel and his wife, Michele, of Fredericksburg, Va.; one granddaughter, Stefini Weisel, of Madison, Ala.; a sister, Gloria Knox and her husband, Carrol, of Caribou, Maine; two brothers, Earlin Norsworthy and his wife, Verna, of Hebron, Conn., and Terry Norsworthy and his wife, Sandi, of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. At the request of the deceased, services and interment were private. Personalized arrangements were under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring S., Scottdale, 724-887-5300. http://www.fergusonfunerals.com. Love Lasts Forever!
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Wilson, William 76

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1937-09-02
  • Died: 2014-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Churchfield-Peters, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • William "Uncle Bill" Wilson, 76, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Squirrel Hill Center, Pittsburgh. Bill was born Sept. 2, 1937, in New Kensington, to the late Edward R. and Fannie E. Bennett Wilson. He was a veteran of the Army and worked for the VA Hospital for most of his life. He was a lifelong member of Holiday Park United Methodist Church. He enjoyed eating out, playing the lottery, going to the movies and going to church. He is survived by his two nieces and caregivers, Tammy and Debbie Wilson; his best friend of 70 years, Mary Jane Miller; his sisters, Trish, La, Judy and Lil; and many nieces and nephews. The family asks everyone to join them for a memorial service for Bill and his brother, George, at 3p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Holiday Park United Methodist Church, 81 Sandune Court, Pittsburgh, PA 15239. Arrangements are under the care of the CHURCHFIELD-PETERS FUNERAL HOME, 501 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15058, 724-335-1951. For online condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Wobrak, Pastor Michelle L. 54

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1959-11-01
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Pastor Michelle L. Wobrak, 54, of Latrobe, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe. She was born Nov. 1, 1959, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Elmer and Marjorie (Hadley) Stewart. Michelle graduated from Seton Hill College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and was a Methodist minister that served the following churches: Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood, Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Jeannette, Brush Valley, Mt. Tabor and Calvary United Methodist churches, of Indiana, Pa., New Virginia United Methodist Church, in Hermitage, and Christ United Methodist Church, in Erie. Michelle loved sewing, quilting and spending time with her family at the Jumonville Christian Camp. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Billick. She is survived by her husband, Stephen "Steve" Wobrak; a son, Craig Wobrak, of Greensburg; a daughter, Ellen Wobrak, of Latrobe; a brother, Eric Stewart, of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m., the time of services, Saturday in First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, with the Rev. Patricia M. Nelson and the Rev. David Lake co-officiating. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to the family. To send online condolences visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Armstrong County

Blom, Elizabeth Betty B. 95

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1919-03-25
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth B. "Betty" (Berrie) Blom, 95, of Gilpin Township, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Westminster Place at Presbyterian Senior Care in Oakmont. She was born March 25, 1919, in Yatesboro, to the late Joseph Berrie and Julia (Loney) Berrie. She was a bookkeeper and notary, retiring in 1994 from Charapp Auto Sales in Freeport, previously working at Bures Auto Sales in Freeport and Kiski Valley Pontiac/Cadillac in Leechburg with more than 40 years of service. She was a member of Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church in Leechburg, where she was a member of the Women's Association, Member of Session, Adult Committee and Worship Committee. She was also a member of and served four terms as president of the Leechburg Monday Evening Club, member of the Leechburg Historical Society, volunteer at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights and participated with the Garden Club in Oakmont. She was a 1937 graduate of Leechburg High School and organized her class reunions. She enjoyed reading, doing word search puzzles and cooking (Betty won first prize at an apple pie baking contest at her church). Survivors include three nieces, Judi (Robert) Stevens of Crystal Lake, Ill., Rebecca (Randy) Ferrar, of New Kensington, and Linda Koedel, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; one great-niece, Kirsten Stevens; four great-nephews, Douglas (Monica) Koedel, Michael (Christine) Koedel, Tyler Stevens and Brett Stevens; and eight great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, Tyson Koedel, Brooke Koedel, Dylan Koedel, Grady Koedel, Mya Koedel, Melanie Hauver, Sara Hauver and Steven Hauver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence S. Blom, Aug. 21, 1975; brother, Joseph A. Berrie, in 2011; sister, Ethel Koedel; her longtime friend and companion, Robert Morey; and nephew, Robert Koedel. Friends will be welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at CLAWSON FUNERAL AND CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051, and from 10 to 10:30 a.m., the time of her funeral ceremonies, Friday, at Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main St., Leechburg, with her pastors, the Rev. Gary J. Lyon and the Rev. Lisa Lyon officiating. Contributions may be made in her memory to Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main St., Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the Blom family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Remis, Frances T. 70

  • North Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1944-06-16
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Frances T. "Bub" Remis, 70, of North Buffalo Township passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in her home. Born June 16, 1944, in Kittanning, she was the daughter of Helen (Polan) Petrosky, of Kittanning, and the late Francis Petrosky. Frances lived in North Buffalo Township most of her life. She retired in 2006 from Allegheny Ludlum West Leechburg Works, where she had been employed for 30 years as a test cutter. She attended St. Paul Monastery in Kittanning and was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1138. Frances enjoyed being outdoors, taking care of animals, going to the casino and loved flowers. She was devoted to her family and loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. She was always smiling and had a heart of gold. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel Petrosky. Survivors include her mother; two daughters, Helen M. (Rick) McDonald and Carol L. Blondeaux, both of Ford City; grandchildren, Michael Cooper and Ross Sheasley, also of Ford City; a brother, Dave (Mel) Petrosky, of Ford Cliff; and numerous nieces and nephews. At Frances's request, all services will be private and have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo, PA 15613. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Serventi, Rose 91

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1923-07-05
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Rose Bernini Serventi, 91, of the Maysville section of Kiski Township, passed away Wednesday July 30, 2014, in the palliative care at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She was born July 5, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Paul and Veredina Savani Bernini. She is a member of the St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Avonmore, where she was an active member of the Altar Rosary Society. She assisted at the food bank and was also a member of the Avonmore Senior Citizens Center. Rose loved to cook and bake and was known for her lady locks and gobs. In her younger days, she baked and decorated countless wedding cakes for her family and friends. Her steadfast gentleness, kindness and dignity was an inspiration to all. She was always accepting and non-judgmental, with a spirit made up of compassion and encouragement. She is survived by her daughter, Diane Gordish and her husband, James, of Kiski Township; two granddaughters, Renee M. McDermott, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Amy L. Obriot and her husband, Daniel, of Spring Church; one great-grandson, Connor Obriot; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Primo Serventi, in 1981; and a brother, Dante Bernini. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in the St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church with Father Salvatore Lamendola as celebrant. Interment will follow in West View Cemetery, Avonmore. To view and send online condolences please visit our website at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Shrock, Leroy H. 89

  • Dayton
  • Born: 1925-03-23
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Leroy Harry Shrock, 89, of Dayton, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at Kittanning Care Center. He was born March 23, 1925, to Norman and Viola (Good) Warden at Hamilton, Pa. He graduated from Dayton High School, class of 1943. Leroy worked as a self-employed dairy farmer and drove school bus for McMeans Bus Co. for more than 20 years. He married M. Elvira Powers on June 27, 1946. He was a member of Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder and taught Sunday school for more than 30 years. Leroy was also a member of the Dayton Young Farmers, life member at Dayton Sportsmen Club and Armstrong County Mounted Posse. He was the former director of the Atlantic Breeder Co-op and Former Wayne Township Supervisor. Leroy received an award from the Armstrong County Federation of Sportsmen and was also voted most outstanding young farmer in Pennsylvania in 1958. He also loved to hunt and shoot trap. Leroy is survived by his wife, M. Elvira; son, Ronald L. (E. Gwen) Shrock, of Dayton, Pa.; three stepsisters; one stepbrother; stepgrandson, Michael O. Crawford, of Milford, Va.; stepgranddaughter, Cheryl E. Crawford-Lott, of Clarion; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Jessie Shrock; and one stepbrother. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church with Sheila Wadding officiating. Additional visitation will be held at the church, one hour prior to services. Burial will take place in the Glade Run Cemetery. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Uplinger, Hazel G. 88

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1926-06-21
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Hazel G. Uplinger, 88, of Kittanning, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born June 21, 1926, to Harry and Ethel (Ramer) Ramer, in Cowanshannock Township. She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ. Hazel is survived by her daughter, Lois (Leroy) Yount, of Kittanning; granddaughter, Annette (James) Shreckengost, of Adrian; great-grandson, Brady Shreckengost, of Adrian; two cousins, Mary Lou Cogley, of Kittanning, and Janet and Richard Wilding, of Canada; and a niece, Doris (Larry) Songer, of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ford A. Uplinger, who died April 29, 2001; and two sisters, Mary Miller and Betty Walker. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Peters officiating. Burial will take place in the Salem (Hills) United Church of Christ Cemetery. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Butler County

Lewandowski, William J. 84

  • Slippery Rock
  • Born: 1930-02-13
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Slippery Rock | Get Directions
  • William Joseph Lewandowski, 84, of Brady Township, Slippery Rock, passed away at 3 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler. He was born Feb. 13, 1930, in West Natrona, to Edward and Eva (Polczynski) Lewandowski. On Nov. 7, 1964, he married Iola Mary Shuler and she survives at the residence. Bill was a 20-year Air Force veteran; worked at Pullman-Standard until it closed in 1982-1983; and had been a member and usher at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Slippery Rock. He was a member of American Legion Post 0393 and VFW Post 6231 both of Slippery Rock. His hobbies were hand tool leathering, working in his yard and garden and fishing. Besides his wife, Bill is survived by two sons, William J. and wife, Robin Lewandowski, of Olivia, N.C., and Roy C. Lewandowski, of Fenelton; and three daughters, Cynthia R. and husband, William Freese, of Glendale, Ariz., Brenda D. and husband, Matthew Neumann, of Pensacola, Fla., and Stella M. and husband, Stephen Timko, of Sarver. He is also survived by three sisters, Patricia and husband, John Clark, of Spring Hill, Fla., Helen and husband, Gerald Baughter, of Cornwall, Pa., and Dorothy and husband, Robert Baker, of Ligonier; a brother, George Lewandowski, of Freeport; 11 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Stella Sobolewski Lewandowski; a daughter, Theresa Lewandowski; three sisters, Rose Mary Lewandowski, Stella Lewandowski and Frances Meighan; and two brothers, Edward and Frank Lewandowski. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday July 31, 2014, at the SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 670 South Main St., Slippery Rock, with Father Kevin Poecking officiating. Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery in Coylesville. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 342 Normal Ave., Slippery Rock, PA 16057 or VNA Inpatient Hospice, 115 Technology Drive, Butler, PA 16001.
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Fayette County

Ambrose Jr., Roy 87

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Roy Ambrose Jr., 87, of Connellsville, passed away, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Arrangements are in the care of GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, and will be announced when complete.
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Dillinger, Brad 38

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Brad Dillinger, 38, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete.
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Echard, Harold R. 90

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1923-11-12
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Harold Ray Echard, 90, of Connellsville, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Uniontown. He was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Scottdale, a son of the late Albert and Sarah (Snyder) Echard. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School, a World War II veteran, having served in the Army, and was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. Prior to his retirement, He worked for many years as a steel worker for Duraloy, Scottdale. A committal service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the Chapel at St. Rita's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Connellsville, with the Rev. Father Gerry Juarez officiating. Full military rites will be accorded at the chapel by the VFW Post 21 and American Legion Posts 301 and 762. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 North Pittsburgh St., Connellsville.
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Grimm, Cecil B. 96

  • Indian Head
  • Born: 1917-08-30
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Cecil B. Grimm, 96, of Indian Head, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Golden Living Center, Uniontown. He was born Aug. 30, 1917, in Tarrs, a son of the late Amos and Ruth Wolford Grimm. He was a graduate of the former German Township High School with the class of 1935. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a coal miner for the H.C. Frick Company, Shoaf Mine, Bridgeport Mine and the Republic Steel Mines. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army and landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was a member of the VFW, the 29th Division Association, the Antique Motorcycle Club of America and the American Motor Association. Cecil is survived by his brother, William Amos Grimm and wife, Andrea, of Georges Township; a sister, Barbara Carol Rolens and husband, John, of Mexico; a nephew, William Grimm; and a niece, Caroline Grippe, both of Uniontown. In addition to his parents, Cecil was predeceased by a brother, Ronald Kent Grimm; and a sister, Lillian Marie Bjostad. As per Cecil's request, there will be no viewing or services. Arrangements are under the direction of the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Melcroft, 724-455-2310. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Heater, Willow N.

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Baby Willow Nadine Heater, three months, of Connellsville, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. She was born April 8, 2014, in Westmoreland Hospital, a daughter of Christopher Heater and Elizabeth Porterfield. Willow was a very happy baby and loved everyone she came in contact with. In addition to her parents, Willow is survived by her sister, Kloee Heater, of Connellsville; paternal grandparents, Timothy and Tammy Heater, of Connellsville; maternal grandparents, Ben Porterfield, of Mill Run, and Tracy Bigam, of Connellsville; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and her pet dog, "Windham". Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, the hour of service, with Pastor Randy Newell officiating in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Normalville Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Helms, Elinor R. 77

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1936-11-25
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Elinor Rae "Ellie" Helms, 77, of South Connellsville, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in the Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon Township, after a long battle with cancer. Ellie was born Nov. 25, 1936, in South Connellsville, a daughter of the late Walter Glenn and Mildred Eicher Helms. Ellie was born and raised in South Connellsville, where she lived her entire life. She was a 1954 graduate of Connellsville High School and she was very active with her class reunion committee. She was a very active member of the Albright United Methodist Church where she was very loving to her church friends and family. She was the sole proprietor of Elinor Rae's Beauty Salon where she worked since 1965. She is survived by her only niece, Lisa M. Brown, of Irwin, with whom she was very close to; a nephew, Thomas G. Brown, of Greensburg; great-nieces and nephews, Lindsay and Jacob Westwood, of Irwin, and Sara and Thomas Brown, of Illinois. Ellie also greatly loved her pet cat, Meme. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Janice Fae Helms. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Steven Lamb officiating. Interment will be in the Hill Grove Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Leighty III, William R. 29

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1985-02-26
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William Ray "Willy" Leighty III, 29, of Connellsville, died early Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, of injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident on State Route 981 in Alverton. He was born Feb. 26, 1985, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Amy Lynn Ohler Leighty, of Connellsville, and the late William Ray Leighty Jr., who also succumbed to injuries in the same accident. He was a member of Surehouse of Jesus Christ Church, Connellsville. Willy was a graduate of Connellsville Area High School, Class of 2004. He was employed as a laborer for Versa-Fab of New Kensington for the past few months. Previously he was employed by Wal-Mart, Connellsville and County Market, Mount Pleasant. Willy is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who loved him; his mother, Amy Lynn Ohler Leighty; his sister, Brandi Leona Leighty, both of Connellsville; his paternal grandfather, William Ray Leighty Sr., of Confluence; his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Louise and Jay Boord, of Connellsville; his nephews, Robert Jr. and Taven Murphy his nieces, Raeonna Murphy and Kaycee Leighty; his lifelong friend, Raymond Thomas Jr., of Adah; his girlfriend, Tanya Null, of Connellsville; and a number of cousins. Willy was preceded in death by his father, William Ray Leighty Jr., (July 29, 2014); his paternal grandmother, Leona Leighty; his maternal grandfather, Charles William Ohler, (1990); and his fiance, Angie Thomas, (Sept. 25, 2013). Willy's family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where his funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, with his Pastor, the Rev. Robert Stewart, Officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Normalville. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, order flowers or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Nelson, Anna Mae 99

  • Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1914-09-26
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae Nelson, 99, formerly of Connellsville, died Friday, July 18, 2014, in the Hillside Manor, Uniontown. She was born Sept. 26, 1914, in Breakneck, Bullskin Township, and was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Isabelle Coughenour Minerd. Anna was a faithful member of the Connellsville Church of God. In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Nelson; son, William Nelson; a granddaughter-in-law, Christine Nelson; and one brother and two sisters. Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Marjorie Nelson; two grandsons, Curt (Kerry) Nelson and Chris Nelson; and six great-grandchildren, Matthew, Tim, Megan, Adam, Kate and Will. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville, with Pastor Nelson Confer officiating. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME of Greensburg entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of God, 126 Breakneck Road, Connellsville, PA 15425. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Richter, Wilma A. 93

  • Normalville
  • Born: 1921-03-17
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Wilma A. Richter, 93, of Normalville RD1, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Sunshine Estates Personal Care Home, Connellsville. She was born March 17, 1921, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late George and Ellen (Lyberger) Campbell. Wilma was Protestant by faith. She enjoyed cooking, tending to her flower garden, bird watching and the outdoors. Wilma is survived by three sons, Paul F. Richter and wife, Betty, Ray C. "Pete" Richter and wife, Linda S., and Michael L. Richter and wife, Teresa, all of Normalville RD1; two daughters, Ellen Byers and husband, William, and Patricia Byers and husband, Harry, all of Belle Vernon; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a special sister-in-law, Nettie Laws, of Normalville; and several nephews and nieces. Wilma was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, Wilma was predeceased by her husband, Charles A. "Chick" Richter, in 1996; a daughter-in-law, Nettie Richter; a brother; and four sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday, the hour of service with Pastor William "Ed" Nicholson officiating, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville. Interment will follow in Normalville Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Sweeney, Rosella A. 83

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1931-03-02
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Rosella A. Sweeney, 83, of Connellsville, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Highlands Hospital. She was born March 2, 1931, in Ligonier Township, a daughter of the late Paul and Margaret Kundra Permuko. Mrs. Sweeney was a graduate of Ligonier High School and she was formerly employed by the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Thomas E. Sweeney; two children, Thomas Sweeney Jr. and his wife, Tina, of Sarasota, Fla., and Cheryl Fintoski and her husband, Brian, of Fritch, Texas; five grandchildren, Shannon Sweeney, Michelle Sweeney, Shane Cali, Michelle Cali and Megan Cali; one great-grandchild, Trinity Sweeney; two sisters, Elizabeth Kozusko, of Greensburg, and Cecelia Blaszkowski and her husband, Edward, of Wilpen; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Friends were received Saturday and Sunday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service was held Monday, followed by a funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment followed in St. Ann Cemetery, Wilpen. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Father Bob Lubic and Sister Mary Agnes for their pastoral care during Mrs. Sweeney's illness, and also to Dr. Enany, Dr. Bousamra, EMS Transport and Fresenius Medical Care for their caring of her during her treatments. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Thomas, John E. 74

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1940-06-15
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Galley, Dawson | Get Directions
  • John Elwood Thomas, 74, of Vanderbilt, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the home of his sister, Eleanor Brown, of Scottdale. He was born June 15, 1940, in Connellsville, a son of the late Torrence and Ann Irene Rohal Thomas. He a was retired employee of Duraloy Technologies of Scottdale, a member of the American Legion of Connellsville, the Scottdale VFW and the Scottdale Firemen's Club. He was preceded in death by two sons, John Jr. and Jesse J. Surviving is his wife, Dolores Thomas; two sons, Jeffrey, of Mt. Pleasant, and Frank, of Vanderbilt; a daughter, Tina Smetanka, of Connellsville; two sisters, Eleanor Brown, of Scottdale, and Ruth Peterson, of Scottdale; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a special friend, Barbara Myers. At his request, funeral arrangements are private and under the direction of the RALPH E. GALLEY FUNERAL HOME, Dawson.
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Washington County

Homa, Beverly A. 76

  • California, Pa.
  • Born: 1937-12-31
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Beverly Ann Syrko Homa, 76, of California, Pa., formerly of Donora and Belle Vernon died on Friday, July 25, 2014, in Washington Hospital, Washington, Pa. She was born Friday, Dec. 31, 1937, in Donora, the daughter of the late George and Mary Scotash (Skalic) Syrko. She was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Rite Catholic Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, George A. Syrko. Surviving are her daughter, Dawn Marie (Christopher) Sullivan of Belle Vernon; a son, Donald Michael Homa of Belle Vernon; two grandchildren, Nakell and Angela; a great-grandson, Noah James Gillon; a brother, Tom (Eileen) Syrko of Corona, Cal; sister-in-law, Mildred Syrko of Warren, Ohio; also many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are being handled by the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Funeral services will follow in the funeral home at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Father Stephen Wahal officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, 511 Murray Ave., Donora, PA 15033.
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Bear Jr., Howell T. 84

  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: __, __ | Get Directions
  • Howell T. Bear Jr., 84, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia D. Bear; parents, Howell T. and Lydia F. Bear; son, Brett D. Bear; grandson, Dion S. Williams; granddaughter, Carleigh A. Buerger; brothers, Don W. Bear, David E. Bear, Vincent L. Bear and Jon B. Bear; and sister, Caroline Hess. Howell served his country proudly in the Army and was stationed in Europe during World War II and also served in the Korean War. He retired from Stone Container after 34 years of service and was a longtime member of the Hopewell Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Bear; sons, Howell T. Bear III and his wife, Tammy, Brion K. Bear and his wife, Kimberly; daughters, Virginia L. Hughes, Glenda B. Williams and husband, Donald; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Louise Anderson, Frances B. Arpaia, Joanne B. Mullins and Andrea B. Buettemeyer; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 214 N. 6th Ave., Hopewell, VA 23860. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Hopewell Church of Christ, 310 N. 3rd St., Hopewell, VA 23860, with interment to follow in Merchants Hope Memorial Garden. Condolences may be registered at http://www.memorialfh.com.
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Hull Jr., Cletus L. 77

  • Hanover
  • Born: 1936-09-06
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Wetzel, Hanover | Get Directions
  • Cletus Luther Hull Jr., 77, of Hanover, passed peacefully Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Belair Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lower Burrell. Born Sept. 6, 1936, in Hanover, he was the son of the late Cletus L. Hull Sr. and Relda Ellen (Nace) Hull. Cletus graduated Hanover High School in 1954. He was a veteran of the Air Force. Mr. Hull was employed for a number of years with Bethlehem Mines and later became owner/ operator of Stambaugh Auto Parts, Hanover from 1976 to 2002. He was a former member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ of New Oxford. Mr. Hull is survived by three sons, Cletus Hull III and his wife, Bridget, of Saltsburg, Brian Hull and his wife, Teresa Faw-Hull, of Nashville, Tenn., and Clark Hull, of Spring Grove; a sister, Doris Hetrick of Hanover; four grandchildren, Emily (Hull) Nogueira, Chaplin Hull, Rainer Hull and Trent Hull; and two great-grandchildren, Kaden and Gabrielle Nogueira. A service to celebrate the life of Cletus L. Hull Jr. will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at WETZEL FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, 549 Carlisle St., Hanover, with the Rev. Philip K. Nace officiating. A time to share memories with the family and an opportunity to view will take place from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, and again from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, in the funeral home. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted by Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Contributions in memory of Cletus L. Hull Jr. may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 20 S. Peter St., New Oxford, PA 17350; or to Harvest Time Temple, 700 Black Rock Road, Hanover, PA 17331. To share memories of Cletus Luther Hull Jr., please visit http://www.wetzelfuneralhome.com.
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Kelly, Mary Ellen 83

  • Summerfield, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Hiers-Baxley, Ocala | Get Directions
  • Mary Ellen Kelly, 83, of Summerfield, Fla., passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in her residence. Mrs. Kelly was born in Citizens General Hospital, New Kensington. She was a registered nurse in both Pennsylvania and Florida worked until she retired in Florida. She then became the nurse in her community, always helping her neighbors. Her final passion was gardening. She created a beautiful yard, full of plants and flowers. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and eating -- especially ice cream. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa D. Kelly, of Summerfield, Fla.; two grandsons, SSGT. Kelly H. Garmer, of San Diego, Calif., and Austin J. Kelly, of Florida; and brother, Calvin McElroy, of Apollo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond M. McElroy and Mamie E. Slonaker McElroy Yockey; husband, Francis R. Kelly; daughter, Nancy G. Kelly; and brother, Raymond M. McElroy. There will be no services, upon her request. Arrangements by HIERS-BAXLEY FUNERAL SERVICES, The Villages, Fla. Please make donations to Hospice of Marion County. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.hiers-baxley.com.
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Starmack, Marjorie S. 82

  • Brighton , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-07-26
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  • Marjorie S. Starmack, of Brighton, N.Y., formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at age 82, joining her best friend and husband, Ted. She was predeceased by her sister, Sally Lesniewski; and brother, Thomas Swauger. She is survived by her children, Ted (Jeanne) and Patti (John) Cyr; grandchildren, Sadi and Ray Starmack and Justin and Amanda Cyr; brothers, Robert and Marshall Swauger; and many nieces and nephews. "Guggy" was sweet, kind and loved by everyone who knew her. Arrangements are by RICHARD H. KEENAN FUNERAL HOME, 585-223-4840.
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Wareham, David R. 88

  • Moore , Formerly of Irwin
  • Died: 2014-07-28
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  • David Randolph Wareham, 88, a native of Irwin, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at his home in Moore, S.C. He was the widower of Lois E. Wareham and the son of the late Randolph Wareham and Vivian Shutterly Wareham. He served proudly in the Marine Corps during World War II and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He was retired from Union Switch and Signal. Survivors include three sons, Ronald Sebek Hutchinson and wife, Amy, Robert D. Wareham and Roger A. Wareham and wife, Tammy; a daughter, Janet G. Lister and husband, Michael; two brothers, Clyde and Charlie Wareham; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. or mail to PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. The families are at their respective homes. Condolences may be made on line at http://www.striblingfuneralhome.net.
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