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Amato, Anthony S. 87

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Anthony S. Amato, 87, of Ross Township, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Joan; father of the late Karen; father-in-law of Jay Schwartz; grandfather of the late Marissa; and brother of Angelo (Lois) Amato. There will be no visitation. A blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Our Redeemer Mausoleum Chapel, 204 Cemetery Lane, Ross Township, PA 15237.
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Auld, Robert F. 80

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1935-04-28
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Robert F. "Bob" Auld, 80, of Hampton Township, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, with his family at his side. Born April 28, 1935, in Glenshaw, he was a son of John P. and Betty (Ferber) Auld. Bob was a graduate of Hampton High School, where he met his beloved wife, Connie Marie Ager. They were married for 56 years, until her death in 2013. He worked at Starr Lumber in Saxonburg and held key positions at John H. Auld Bros. in Allison Park for many years. He was a lifelong member of Parkwood Church. Bob enjoyed going to his hunting camp in Elk County and Steelers games. His family will remember his great sense of humor, deep love of family and appreciation for nature. He is survived by his three sons, Robert (Ruth) Auld, of West View; Daniel (Cindi) Auld, of Wildwood, and David Auld, of Hampton Township; grandchildren, Joshua (Jan) Auld, of Kennett Square, Carrie (Edis) Denic, of Chicago, Ill., Rachel (Robert) Reed, of Winchester, Va., Daniel Auld and Amber Auld, both of Wildwood; and great-granddaughters, Lily, Claire, Heidi and Caroline. Bob's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015 at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd. in Allison Park, with the Rev. Jeffrey Potter officiating. Please meet at the church. He will be laid to rest at the Mt. Royal Cemetery in Glenshaw. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor in support of Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Bob's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Chisholm, Janice 78

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Janice Chisholm, 78, of Frisco, Texas, formerly of Penn Hills, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the wife of the late Eugene Chisholm; loving mother of Eric (Sharon) Chisholm and Amy (Ellis Stokes) Chisholm; and grandmother of Danielle, Ellis and Arden. Friends received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, PA 15235.
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Dudeck, Richard J. 76

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1939-02-16
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Dudeck, 76, of Gibsonia and Cape Canaveral, Fla., formerly of Rochester, N.Y., died Friday afternoon, May 22, 2015, in UPMC Passavant, McCandless. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., Feb. 16, 1939, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna Damczek Dudeck. A graduate of Manhattan University, Richard was an information systems analyst and manager for Eastman Kodak for 30 years. After retirement, he continued his education to become a certified financial planner and did financial planning. He was a member of St. Kilian Church. He was an avid golfer and coin collector, but he especially treasured the times spent with his family. Surviving are his wife, Madeleine Falcone Dudeck, whom he married on July 7, 1962; a daughter, Christine Valenta and her husband, Paul, of Gibsonia; a son, Richard J. Dudeck Jr. and his wife, Rhonda, of Tulsa, Okla.; and his grandchildren, Riley and Leslie Barnes, Garrett and Perrin Dudeck and Michaela and Nicholas Valenta. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Dudeck II. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars Borough, with Father Charles Bober, pastor, as celebrant. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of St. Kilian Church, 7076 Franklin Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Dvorsky, Bertha D. 86

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1928-05-30
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Bertha D. Dvorsky, 86, of Duquesne, formerly of North Versailles, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Sycamore Estate, Duquesne. She was born May 30, 1928, in McKeesport. She retired with 40 plus years of service at McKeesport Hospital as a unit secretary. She enjoyed working, singing and shopping. She was the beloved wife of the late John W. Dvorsky; mother of Millie (Greg) Bobuk, of West Mifflin; grandmother of Jessica Bobuk, T.J. Bobuk and Nicholas Bobuk; great-grandmother of Madelyn Rae Pitz; and sister of Daniel Capner, of McKeesport, Mary (late Steven) Spishock and the late Regina. There will be no visitation. Services entrusted to 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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Faulkner, Jack D. 80

  • Lincoln Place
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Jack D. "Sammy" Faulkner, 80, of Lincoln Place, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was the loving husband of 54 years to Louise J. (Chorey) Faulkner; beloved father of Cynthia A. (Dale) Shirley, of Monroeville, and Amy L. Faulkner, of Lincoln Place; brother of Carol Paternoster and Robert C. (Patricia) Faulkner, of Bridgeville; cherished grandfather of Ryan P. Srnik, of Monroeville; and step-grandfather of Deanna Camut, Dana Grimes and Derek Shirley. Jack was a retired captain of the City of Pittsburgh Firefighters, former director of Pennsylvania Fire Academy in Lewistown, and an Army veteran. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics.
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Glew, Richard T. 92

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Richard T. "Dick" Glew, 92, of Monroeville/Pitcairn, died Friday, May 22, 2015. He was the husband of Esther Jane (Wesley) Glew; and father of Ken and Tom Glew, of Monroeville. Dick was a World War II Army Air Force veteran as a radio man on a B24 in the South Pacific. He was a mail carrier in Pitcairn and Monroeville for 30 plus years, also secretary of Tyrian Lodge 612 F and AM for 33 years and a member of Highland Avenue United Methodist Church until it closed, then a member of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church PCA. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WM. O. PEARCE FUENRAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn. Funeral service at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church PCA, 398 Hochberg Road, Monroeville, with the Rev. Richard Lang officiating. Everyone please meet at church.
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Hanson, William F. 74

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • William F. "Bill" Hanson, 74, of Wilkins Township, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Roberta (Bogovich) Hanson for 55 years; loving father of Bill (Mariah) Hanson, of Oil City, Robert (Ruth) Hanson and Jennifer (Mark) Skladany, all of Wilkins Township; proud grandfather of Bob Hanson and Chloe Noah; brother of Sally (John) Trinchero, of Turtle Creek, Jack (Debbie) Hanson, of Wilkins Township, Patrick (Tina) Hanson, of Delmont, Ruth McClelland, of Turtle Creek, and the late Laura Falcocchio and late Frank Hanson. Bill was a retired employee of Westinghouse, Research and Development site in Churchill. He was a fishing enthusiast, especially at Lake Erie angling for steelhead, bass and walleye. His most enjoyment, however, came while spending time with his family. Friends welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Colman Church. Bill will be laid to rest in Church Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Family Hospice, 55 Moffet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Kerber, Robert 83

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Robert "Bob" Kerber, 83, of West Mifflin, where he was a lifelong resident, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Emma Kerber. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Audrey; two children, Kim Ragan (Steve) and Jeffrey Kerber (Kathleen); and one sister, Susan Shearer (Robert). Mr. Kerber was a loving grandfather to four grandchildren, Robert (Mia), Nicholas and Thomas (Becky) Kerber, and Michael Ragan; two great-grandchildren, Gracelynn and Jaxston Kerber. Bob was a member of Lebanon Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years. Mr. Kerber was a proud veteran of the Navy Seabees during the Korean War. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, with the funeral service to follow at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, family has asked to please donate to Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Condolences may be posted at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Klimek, Patricia 70

  • North Versailles , Formerly of Clairton
  • Born: 1945-01-23
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Patricia Klimek, 70, of North Versailles, formerly of Clairton, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was born in McKeesport on Jan. 23, 1945, and is the daughter of the late John and Roberta Soncini Patrick. She is survived by her husband, Randy; sons, William (Laura) Klimek, of Elizabeth, and Randy (Shannon Smith) Klimek, of Clairton; grandson, Daniel; brother, Ronald (Sharon) Patrick, of Wheatfield, Ind.; and her faithful companions, Gizmo and Bella. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, John Patrick. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel and officiated by Father Kevin Dominik.
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Kovalyak, George S. 83

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1931-10-15
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • George S. Kovalyak, 83, of West Mifflin, formerly of Clairton, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, in the Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon. Born Oct. 15, 1931, in Clairton, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Faron) Kovalyak. George retired from U.S. Steel Irvin Works where he worked in the refrigeration and air conditioning department. He was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton and its Holy Name Society, an Army veteran where he served as a sergeant in the Korean War and was a member of the VFW Post No. 803 in Clairton. George enjoyed golfing in both the Topsy Golf League at Seven Springs and the Happy Hackers at South Park Golf Course. George is survived by his wife of 58 years, Irene (Iski) Galiyas Kovalyak; daughter, Terri Michell, of Bethel Park; son, George R. Kovalyak, of West Mifflin; stepson, Mitchell E. (Mary Jo) Galiyas, of Coraopolis; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Kovalyak, of Palm Coast, Fla., James Kovalyak, of Easley, S.C., and Michael Kovalyak, of Clairton; sisters, Betty Trepanowski, of Glassport, Mary Zaken, of Elizabeth Township, and Ann Chargo, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; also nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Paul and John Kovalyak. Friends will be received from 2 until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A Parastas service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church. (Everyone please meet at the church.) Burial will follow at Ascension Cemetery, Clairton. The family would like to thank the staff at Family Hospice and Palliative Care for the compassion and attention given to George and would like memorial contributions sent to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Lovrich, Sister M. Magdalene 94

  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Sister M. "Mary" Magdalene Lovrich, OSF, 94, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Mt. Assisi Convent Motherhouse in Bellevue. She was a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis of the United States Province and in her 75th year of profession. Sister Magdalene entered the community from St. Albert Church, Adah, in 1938 and professed her first vows in 1939 at Mt. Assisi Convent in Pittsburgh. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Carlow University majoring in math and minoring in English and Latin; a Master of Arts in Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh majoring in English. She completed a postmaster's work in secondary school administration at Duquesne University. Throughout her years of ministry, Sister Magdalene taught in elementary school for one year and the remainder of her teaching ministry was in Central Catholic High School in Allentown, Mt. Assisi Academy in Pittsburgh and Mon-Valley High School in Monongahela. Sister Magdalene was principal of Mt. Assisi Academy from 1954 to 1970 and also taught English, Latin and math. She knew many of the alumnae of Mt. Assisi Academy and kept in contact with them and they with her after the academy closed in 1978. Sister Magdalene was very intelligent and had a remarkable memory for facts and details. She used her gifts and talents for her religious community and for the students she taught. Sister Magdalene was a member of the administration of the province for three terms, served as a delegate for three general chapters, secretary for two other general chapters and a delegate for five provincial chapters. She was a member of the Congregational Constitution Committee when major changes took place after the Second Vatican Council. In 1993, she was appointed as the official archivist of the province and served until 2013. Sister Magdalene was a daughter of the late Thomas and Agnes (Slujnski) Lovrich. She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas. She is survived by her religious community; her sisters, Carolyn Bailey, who resides in Land O'Lakes, Fla., and Anna Tuskan, who is a resident of Marian Hall Personal Care Home in Pittsburgh. She is also survived by her nephews, Jerome Tuskan, Ron Tuskan and Dennis Bailey; nieces, Regina Rinderer and Rosemary Pascia; and great-nieces and nephews. The viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at Mt. Assisi Convent. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Queen of Angels Chapel, Mt. Assisi Convent in Pittsburgh. Arrangements by LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., Bellevue.
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Lydic, Harry C. 77

  • Aspinwall
  • Born: 1938-01-31
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Davis, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Harry Carl Lydic, 77, of Aspinwall, died Friday, May 22, 2015, in VA Pittsburgh Healthcare. Born Jan. 31, 1938, in Latrobe, he was a son of the late Harry and Twila Lambert Lydic. He was a retired maintenance worker and a Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirlene Hileman; and two brothers, David and Jack Lydic. He is survived by two sisters, Linda and husband, Gerald Golemiewski, of Ligonier, and Sally Lydic, of Trafford; son, Allan and wife, Lisa Lydic, of Greensburg; daughter, Janet and husband, Rodger Gennaro, of Bovard; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Viewing will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in ROBERT B. DAVIS II FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, where service will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Duane Brown officiating. Interment will be in St. Clair Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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McClelland, Diane 74

  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Diane McClelland, 74, passed on to God at St. Margaret's Hospital on May 24, 2015, after lengthy complications from a broken hip. Left behind are her husband, Richard, who loves her greatly. Diane was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., as the daughter of Glenn and Harry Davidson. Diane subsequently met her husband, Richard, while a student nurse at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. The above photo is how her husband of 52 years prefers to remember her when they first met. Diane went on to public health nursing until her daughter, Allyson, was born. Diane will be greatly missed by her husband, daughter and granddaughter, Abey, and her many friends. Her sunny disposition and wise council were without peer. Diane was a breast cancer survivor and would have requested in lieu of flowers that contributions be sent to a related charity. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444, where a funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Additional visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. Wednesday until time of service. Condolences may be offered at www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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McDevitt, Hannah E. 90

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1924-10-23
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Hannah E. (Goodrum) McDevitt, 90, of Clairton, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 22, 2015. She was born Oct. 23, 1924, in West Mifflin, to the late James and Britha (Andrews) Goodrum. She was the beloved wife of 64 years of Lawrence F. McDevitt, who passed away Jan. 16, 2014. She was cared for and is survived by her loving daughter, Vickie McDevitt, of Clairton; sister, Jean Hudson, of Shalimar, Fla.; many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by sister, Mary DaBaldo; and brothers, James and Arnold Goodrum. Her sister Viola Edwards, of Sewickley, passed recently on May 23, 2015. She retired from Kmart-Crafton Ingram as the restaurant manager and previously worked at W.T. Grant Company. She enjoyed spending time in Tionesta, her daily walks throughout the neighborhood and trips to the casino. She was a member of Lebanon Presbyterian Church in West Mifflin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Lebanon Church Cemetery, West Mifflin. A special thanks to the wonderful health care workers at Celtic Hospice, who provided great care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Hannah's name may be made to Celtic Hospice and Pallative Care fund, Office of Fund Development, 4818 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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Mentzer, Anna M. 96

  • Reserve Township
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Anna M. (Snyder) Mentzer, 96, of Reserve Township, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond A. Mentzer; mother of Raymond A. (Beth) Mentzer, Mary A. Mentzer and Joanne G. (Bob) Evers; proud grandmother of Sarah (Ben) Gist and John (Amanda) Mentzer; dear great-grandmother of Alexander, Natalie, Stella and Calvin; and sister of Joan Reder and Margaret Weidner. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Athanasius Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to a charity of your choice. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Neeper, Donald F. 87

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Donald F. Neeper, 87, of Forest Hills, died Friday, May 23, 2015. He was the loving husband of the late Maxine T. (Petrick) Neeper; dear father of Susan (late Michael) Daniher, of Colorado, Terry (late Raymond) Bradley, of Monroeville, Lee Ann (Gerry) Sandusky, of Maryland, and Mark (Lisa) Neeper, of Colorado; grandfather of Christopher and Sweet Cicely Daniher, Kathryn and Zachary Sandusky and Bradley Neeper; and brother of Ronald Neeper, of Irwin. Don was a retired sales representative of Westinghouse at the Power Circuit Breaker Division in Trafford. He was a longtime member of the Forest Hills Lions Club and the Forest Hills Auxiliary Police and he was a frequent attendee of Forest Hills Council meetings. Don's greatest passion was being a jazz drummer. In his prime, he played in various bands in many clubs and nightspots in Pittsburgh. His biggest thrill was the one-evening chance to play with the Benny Goodman Orchestra at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. In his retirement, Don could be found in his basement studio playing his drums to the recorded tunes of Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and Count Basie. Don requested that his body be donated to science. Friends are welcome to a commemoration of Don's life from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at his favorite restaurant, Jodi B's in Forest Hills. Arrangements are with PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Memorial donations may be made to the Forest Hills Lions Club, c/o Henry Van Dyke, Treasurer, 134 Rockwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221.
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Pickl, John A. 86

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John A. Pickl, 86, of Millvale, died Friday, May 22, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary M. Pickl; loving father of Stephen (Eva) Pickl and Cathy (late John) Foley and the late David Pickl; cherished grandfather "Matt" of Jesse and Leo Foley and Alex and Matthew Pickl; brother of Catherine Leas and the late Herman Pickl and Marie Dempsey; and loved by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave. (next to Holy Spirit Parish), Millvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Church.
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Pomay, Gertrude M. 91

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1923-10-04
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Gertrude M. (Vitai) Pomay, 91, of Duquesne, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Baldwin Health Center. Born Oct. 4, 1923, in Hays, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Mihislana) Vitai. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, Duquesne. She was the beloved wife of 60 years to the late Louis S. Pomay; mother of Francis "Fran" (Sharon) Pomay, of Greenock; and grandmother of William (Kristin) Hutchison and Lindsey (Dan) Duda. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers and sisters, Joseph Vitai, George Vitai, Nicholas Vitai, Elizabeth Bowersox and Helen Rudman. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski as celebrant. Interment in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
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Runco, Dr. Angelo S. 88

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe Bros, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Angelo S. Runco, M.D., 88, of Highland Park, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Marjorie (Boehmer) Runco; father of Paul, Robert (Sherry), Carol Emmons, Mark (Nora), John (Kelly), David and Thomas (Hollybeth) and the late Mary Ellen Jesse; grandfather of Stephen and Chris Emmons and Michael, Maddy, Lincoln, Ben, Ally, Killian and Ravenna Runco; brother of affection to Theresa, Tony and Sam Runco; also survived by many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Dr. Runco was a much-loved and greatly respected pediatrician who practiced in the East End for more than six decades. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, www.mccabebrothers.com, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Dr. Runco's memory to The Children's Home of Pittsburgh: www.childrenshomepgh.org/donate-now-sup.
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Shoemaker Jr., Paul T. 75

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1939-12-15
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Paul T. Shoemaker Jr., 75, of Tarentum, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Dec. 15, 1939, in Tarentum, son of the late Paul T. Shoemaker Sr. and Laura Belle (Heeter) Shoemaker-Elliott. He has lived his entire life in Tarentum where he was a butcher for Bi-Lo Foods for 30 years in Natrona Heights. Paul was of the Christian faith and was a social member of VFW and Eagles, both of Tarentum. He graduated from Tarentum High School and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Paul enjoyed the outdoors but he especially enjoyed his family. Survivors include his children, Paula G. Hull, Betty Jean "Cissy" (Kevin) Linza and Donna Mistrik, all of Tarentum; stepchildren, Heidi (Frank) Schaffhauser and Temple Renee (James) Vonderkall, both of Ford City; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, Donald (Amber) Shoemaker, of Buffalo Township, and Patricia L. Groom, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and four nephews and one niece. Besides parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Terry Ann (Beers) Shoemaker, in 2008. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. Tenth Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Jean Smith, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Soltis, Allen L. 66

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1948-07-27
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Allen Lewis Soltis, 66, of Dravosburg, formerly of Duquesne, passed away suddenly at Jefferson Regional Medical Center on Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was born July 27, 1948, in Braddock, to the late William and Barbara Ballock Soltis. Allen is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Diana M. Wenzel Soltis; daughters, Marie L. (Jim) Brajdic, of North Fayette, Paula A. (Reed) Tripp, of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and Karin M. (Randy) Cochenour, of Economy Borough; brothers, William (Faith) Soltis, of Antioch Calif., and Lewis (Janet) Soltis, of Pittsburgh's North Side; grandchildren, Alyssa Brajdic, Zack Soltis, Leikyn Cochenour, Rani Cochenour and Jadyn Cochenour; and nieces and one nephew. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Soltis. Allen was a 1966 graduate of McKeesport Technical High School, employed for 27 years as a dispatcher for PAT, a salesman at Gander Mountain Store in West Mifflin, a member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in West Mifflin, an avid hunter, and a member of Clairton Sportsman Club. He also loved antique cars and planes and "oldies but goodies" music. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at I. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 Fourth St., Dravosburg, PA 15034. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015 at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in West Mifflin. Interment will follow at Lebanon Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be made to The American Lung Association, Pulmonary Fibrosis Division, 810 River Ave. No. 140, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Stephan, Ruth M. 95

  • Born: 1920-01-02
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. (Roberts) Stephan passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. She was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Carrick. She got married on June 21, 1942, to Jack P. Stephan, who passed away in 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Walter Roberts; and one son-in-law, Allen Hewitt. She was the loving mother of Susan Hewitt, Linda Baker and Judy Classon; cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Ruth was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in education. She taught fourth grade in Brentwood during the war and later kindergarten in the Pine Richland Schools for 30 plus years until retiring at the age of 65. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother and teacher. She enjoyed a full life always with a smile and a kind word for everyone. She will be missed enormously by her family. A service will be held at 10 a.m. on July 18, in South Side Cemetery with the Rev. Ted Martin officiating. Local arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown.
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Toomey, Sister Mary

  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Sister Mary Toomey passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, after living as a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities for 69 years. During that time, Sister taught students in elementary grades for 25 years in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. After pursuing her masters in library science, Sister became a librarian in the various high schools staffed by her community, working in that capacity for almost 16 years. Upon retirement, S. Mary spent time as registrar for the St. Francis Nursing Alumnae for six years. Sister was always intrigued with technology and was quite skillful with the computer, especially as it was a means of keeping in touch with family and happenings in the global community. S. Mary had a sharp Irish wit and a keen memory which enabled her to hold everyone's attention as she told stories from her childhood and her early adult years before entering religious community. Although small in stature, she had a heart that was full of compassion and tenderness for those less fortunate. She was fond of saying "we are so blessed," and we in turn can truly say how blessed we were for having her as our sister in community. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until time of funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Mt. Alvernia Mother House Chapel, 146 Hawthorne Road, Millvale. Professional services trusted to the care of D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY LTD. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Ministry, Formation or Retirement Fund, 146 Hawthorne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15209.
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Vana, Erma 84

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Erma Vana, 84, of Monroeville, died peacefully Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the cousin of Carol Fink, of Ohio, and also numerous cousins. Family and friends are welcome from 6 until 9 p.m. Monday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home followed by interment in Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seasons of Life Hospice, 9511 W. Pleasant Valley Road, Parma, OH 44130.
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Zielinski Sr., Leonard E. 90

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1924-11-02
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Leonard E. Zielinski Sr., 90, of Port Vue, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was born Nov. 2, 1924, in Glassport, and was a son of the late Stanley and Catherine Sydeski Zielinski. He was the husband of the late Evelyn Sopko Zielinski, who died March 24, 2002. He was a member of St. Mark Parish in Port Vue and was also a member of the former Blue Rock Social Club. He retired from the former Copperweld in Glassport and was a World War II Navy veteran. He received the Pacific Theater Ribbon with six stars, the American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two stars. Leonard along with his four brothers all served in World War II. He is survived by his sons, Leonard E. (Della) Zielinski Jr., of Port Vue, Michael P. (Sandra) Zielinski, of Carnegie, and Daniel D. (Marjory) Zielinski, of Eighty Four; daughter, Mary Lou (Robert) Magdic, of Fredericktown; sister, Dolores Kyne, of Rhode Island; brother, Ernie Zielinski, of Massachusetts; grandchildren, Jacquelyn (William) DeBlasio, Andrew Magdic, David, Levi, Sarah and Jacob Zielinski; great-grandchildren, Sienna and Dominic DeBlasio; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary and Virginia Zielinski and Florence Balogh; and brothers, John, Stanley and Harry Zielinski. Friends are welcome from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 26, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at noon Tuesday, May 26, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Daniel T. Straughn officiating. Entombment with military honors will follow at the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Westmoreland County

Breeze, Joseph J. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-10-30
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joseph J. Breeze, 81, of Greensburg, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at his home. He was born Oct. 30, 1933, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph B. and Anna H. (Buran) Breeze. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Works. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He was a member of the Roosevelt Club, American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg, South Greensburg Hunt Club and SNPJ Lodge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Russell. He is survived by his brother, Frederick L. Breeze and his wife, Shirley, of Greensburg; a brother-in-law, Stanley Russell, of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Gabonay, Celestina M. 93

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-04-10
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Celestina M. "Chris" Gabonay, 93, formerly of Greensburg, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, in William Penn Care Center. She was born April 10, 1922, in Arnold, a daughter of the late Angelo and Concettina "Mary" (Riccadelli) DeSocio. She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church in South Greensburg and the SNPJ Lodge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Gabonay; a son, Steven P. Gabonay; and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, William J. Gabonay Jr. and his wife, Christina, of Smock; two daughters, Christine Kitz and her husband, John, of Kecksburg, and Carol Pipak and her husband, Gary, of Delmont; seven grandchildren, John Kitz (Kelly), Lauren Terhorst (Tim), Shanon Anderson (Josh), Danielle Baggett (Jerry), Erika Gabonay, William Gabonay (Chrissy) and Michelle Lear (David); seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rose Vingelin, of Oregon. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Haines, Mary M. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-05-23
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary M. (Culver) Haines, 95, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. Born May 23, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Cromwell and Mary Victor Culver. Mary was a 1938 graduate of Dunbar Township High School where she also served as past vice president of the alumni club. A member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she was also a former member of the First Baptist, both of Greensburg, where she served as a secretary and treasurer of the Bailey circle and also co-chariman of the Joy Club. Mary was a member of the Eastern Star from 1939 until present. She was an employee of Royer's, working in the teen department. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy E. Haines; her granddaughter, Wendy Sue Leonard, in 1992; a son-in-law, William T. Sheppard, 2001; also many brothers and sisters, Edwin, Frank, Robert, Perry, infant brother Cromwell, and sister, clover. She is survived by her daughter, Sally A. Sheppard, of Greensburg; her granddaughters, Donna Lee (Leonard) Miller and her husband, Craig, of Nashville, Tenn., and Megan Lyn; sisters-in-law, Nina Culver, Marie Fisher and Margaret Steele; also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. Her funeral service will be Thursday at a time to be announced. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Mary may be made to her church's window fund.
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Jacobs, Letitia J. 88

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-08-27
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Letitia Jean Jacobs, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Aug. 27, 1926, in Ridgway, a daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy Duffy Truman. Letitia was a graduate of the Salamanca High School, New York, where she grew up. She had worked as an office manager for Western Union and the hospitality shop at Frick Hospital. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant. Letitia will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving daughters, Toni (Joe) Straka, of Youngstown, Cynthia Gowton and Betsy Henderson, both of Fairless Hills, and Paula (Dan) Sucanic, of Mt. Pleasant; her grandchildren, Scott, Stacie, Keith, Kevin, Alexis, Sarah and Trisha; her great-grandchildren, Kyle, Connor, Michael, Noah, Wyatt, Jackson and Henry; her sisters-in-law, Bev Truman and Adele Pruitt; numerous nieces and nephews; and her caregiver, Cathy. Letitia was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Alexander Jacobs; her sister, Lucy Dry; and her brothers, Jack and Richard Truman. The family would like to thank all the nurses and aides who have cared for their mother. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406. E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant (724-547-3800), where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Karen Thompson officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Kerestes, Kathy J. 61

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1954-05-19
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Rostraver Township | Get Directions
  • Kathy Jane Kerestes, 61, of Belle Vernon, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. Born in Monongahela, May 19, 1954, she was a daughter of the late Michael T. and Barbara C. (Ulakovic) Kerestes. A graduate of Point Park College, Kathy began her career at WESA Radio in Charleroi. She then became the morning news anchor at WTAE Radio for the O'Brien and Garry Show, where she was "The Voice of Pittsburgh" for 12 years and was also a weekend reporter for WTAE-TV. She left WTAE and became director of media and community relations at Carlow College, where she developed the prestigious "Women of Spirit" program. She served on many boards and committees, including Alice Paul House, POWER and the CLO, and her honors include Pennsylvania Press Award, National Associated Press Award, Carlow College President's Award for Excellence and recognition as One of Pittsburgh's 50 Finest. She is survived by her brother, Edward M. (Mary Ann) Kerestes, of Rostraver Township; sisters, Barbara Martin, of Canonsburg, and Dr. Suzan (Jay) Mohney, of Fallowfield Township; nephews, Michael Ross Martin, Edward Ryan Kerestes, Jay Michael Mohney and Jeffrey Edward Mohney; and niece, Victoria Kerestes. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, (724-929-7934), where a blessing service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, followed by funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 801 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, with Monsignor Roger A. Statnick as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com.
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McCullough, Gary L. 71

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1944-02-10
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Gary L. McCullough, 71, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. He was born Feb. 10, 1944, in Greensburg, a son of the late Kenneth and Eleanor Barton McCullough. Prior to his retirement, Gary was employed for the Delta Airline Co. as a customer service agent. As a veteran, he served as a chaplain's assistant with the 911th Military Airlift Group Reserve at Greater Pittsburgh Airport. Gary was a member of the United Church of Christ, Jeannette, where he served as the church's usher coordinator, a member of the American Legion Post No. 344, the Jeannette Italian Club, the Jeannette Masonic Lodge No. 750, the Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the International Shriner's and the Delta Pioneer Retirees. Gary enjoyed golfing and seeing his beloved hometown of Jeannette from the sky after earning his private pilot's license. You could always find Gary at sports events supporting his favorite teams, "The Jayhawks." In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by his brother, Lanny McCullough. He is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Donna Gentilo McCullough; two daughters, Kelly Andrewlevich and husband, Ted, of Bristow, Va., and Courtney McCullough and fiance, Raymond Smolka, both of Greensburg; grandchildren, Erin and T.J. Andrewlevich; a sister-in-law, Barbara McCullough, of Hagerstown, Md.; an aunt, Mary McCullough, of Greensburg; an uncle, Robert Stewart and wife, Betty, of Springfield, Va.; his mother-in-law, Viola Tocco Gentilo, of Jeannette; brothers-in-law, Dennis Gentilo and wife, Louella, of Jeannette, and Richard Gentilo and wife, Joyce, of Waldorf, Md.; special cousins, Cyndee, Sandi and Lori; and numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. The Jeannette Lodge No. 750 F and AM will hold services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Robert Marks officiating. Entombment with military honors accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jeannette Public Library, McGee Avenue and South Sixth Street, Jeannette, PA 15644.
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Meloy, Elizabeth 98

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1916-11-04
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" (Sedlak) Meloy, 98, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Nov. 4, 1916, in Loyalhanna, a daughter of the late John Sedlak and Ann (Lucas) Sedlak. Betty was a member of Holy Family Church. She loved polkas, enjoyed gardening and loved to give away flowers and vegetables. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer Meloy; three brothers, John, Michael and Andrew Sedlak; and seven sisters, Anna Shugars, Mary Sedlak, Veronica Sedlak, Margaret DeMine, Katherine Baron, Helen Molchan and Pauline Sedlak. Betty is survived by one brother, Paul Sedlak and his wife, Cindy, of Derry; two sisters, Mildred Shabella, of Lloydsville, and Ethel Callagan, of Painesville, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Jane Ann Fritz, Jim Shugars, Bob Shugars, Patti Diamond, Bernadette Baron, Catherine Ann Lewis, David DeMine, Butch DeMine and several other nieces and nephews; good friends, Edie Kenly and John McDonough; and her dog, Twister. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Action For Animals, PO Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Mennow, Robert F. 94

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-08-09
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Robert F. Mennow, 94, of Southwest Greensburg, died Friday, May 22, 2015, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. He was born Aug. 9, 1920, in Greensburg, a son of the late Frank Mennow and Catherine (Kosko) Mennow Exton. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Brown-Boveri, formerly ITE, in South Greensburg. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps as a first lieutenant, and a member of VFW Post 33, Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Florence I. (Moorhead) Mennow. He is survived by two daughters, Susan Hollinger and her husband, William, of Memphis, Tenn., and Sally Baloga, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Joy Blystone, of Greensburg; a special friend, Eileen Petrich, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Donald H. Hazel officiating. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family would like to thank the staff at Redstone Highlands for their devoted care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, 126 Mathews St., Suite 2800, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Nelson, Mary Beth 62

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1953-02-12
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Mary Beth (Kubrick) Nelson, 62, of Murrysville, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was born Feb. 12, 1953, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Albert and Ann Wrona Kubrick. She was a hair stylist for many years. Mary Beth is survived by her husband, William C. Nelson, of Monroeville; a son, BillyJoel (Robin Kapusta) Nelson, of Saltsburg; a daughter, Stevi (Bernard) Leech, of Johnstown; one grandchild, Avery Kapusta-Nelson; two sisters, Marsha (James) Beall, of Plum, and Diane Vecchio, of Naples, Fla.; four nephews, James Beall Jr., Justin (Jessica) Beall, Tony Vecchio and Danny Vecchio; two great-nephews, Carter and J.J. Beall; and a great-niece, Stella Beall. Services for Mary Beth will be private. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave. Tower, 8th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Spino, Joan 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-06-14
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joan "Nina" (DiMartino) Spino, 91, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at home. She was born June 14, 1923, in Foggia, Italy, a daughter of the late Antonio and Rafaela Lepore DiMartino. Nina was an active member of Our Lady of Grace Church for 69 years, where she participated in Youthful Seniors and the Rosary Altar Society. She was also a member of the Cercemaggiore Association. Prior to working as an escort for Westmoreland Hospital, she was a seamstress at Westland Manufacturing in Greensburg. Nina recently retired in December, 2014, after volunteering at the hospital for 40 years delivering mail. She enjoyed bowling with the HiLo League at Hillview Lanes and watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and all sports. Nina loved traveling with her husband and family to the beach and returned to Italy 23 times to visit family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John A. Spino; and a sister, Lucia Giorgio. She is survived by a daughter, Maria Kunkle and husband, Richard; and a son, John A. Spino Jr. and wife, Mary Lou, all of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Vincent Spino and wife, Sara, Matthew Spino and wife, Cristy, and Angela Buo and J.R. Maxson; four great-grandchildren, Megan, Nicholas, Victor and Dominic Spino; a brother, Andrea DiMartino and wife, Antonietta, of Foggia, Italy; many nieces and nephews, both locally and in Foggia, Italy; and many friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nina from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the Our Lady of Grace Church. Entombment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. The family would like to thank Excela Hospice for their care and compassion and her caregivers, Nancy Santone and Sue Octavio. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cercemaggiore Association, 658 Jack St., Greensburg, PA 15601. Nina's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Tomechko, Mary E. 93

  • United
  • Born: 1921-09-20
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary Elizabeth (Lucas) Tomechko, 93, of United, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, after a very brief illness. She was born Sept. 20, 1921, to the late Mary and Joseph Lucas. Mary was married to Walter Tomechko until his death July 31, 1979. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Kujawa; four brothers, John, Joe, Walter and Eugene Lucas. Mary lived a long and happy life. She was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. During her life, she enjoyed golfing, bowling, bingo, reading, crossword puzzles and casino trips. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and leaves behind many cherished friends at Westmoreland Manor. She is survived by her three sons, Tom (Anita), of Erie, Greg (Diana), of United, and Bob (Renee), of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughters, Erin (Russell) Potter, of Aspen, Colo. and Dana (Scott) Turner, of Erie; her great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Katelyn, of Erie; sister, Margie (Greg) Bart; brothers, Emil, Bernard and Eddie (Pauline) Lucas; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Mary's funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Florian Church, United, with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Transfer prayers will be 10:15 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment is to follow at St. Florian Cemetery, Trauger.
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Whoric, Steven 80

  • Jeannette , Formerly of Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Steven Whoric, 80, of Jeannette, formerly of Connellsville, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2015, at home. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, and will be announced when complete.
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Armstrong County

McMillen, Jean L. 91

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1923-09-29
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Jean Louise (Wolfe) McMillen, 91, of Kittanning, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at home, surrounded by family. Born Sept. 29, 1923, in Kittanning, she was a daughter of the late James and Maryann (Hodgson) Wolfe, and was a lifetime resident of Kittanning. She was a member of Union Avenue Methodist Church in Kittanning. She was a housewife and worked as a beautician for more than 50 years and did hair in her home beauty shop. Mrs. McMillen enjoyed cooking, baking, ballroom dancing and spending time with family and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. Survivors include three sons, Gary (Karen) McMillen, of Redmond, Wash., Greg (Pam) McMillen, of Kittanning, and Jeff (Kathy) McMillen, of Kittanning; six grandchildren, Sherrie Morts, of Redmond, Wash., Chad (Erin) McMillen, of New Port Richey, Fla., Amanda (Eric) Smith, of Kittanning, Stephanie Fowler, of Templeton, Brandon McMillen, of Kittanning, and Steven (Heather) McMillen, of Ocala, Fla.; six great-grandchildren, Gage Fowler, of Maine, McKenna McMillen, of Kittanning, Kathryn Morts, of Redmond, Wash., Mara McMillen, of New Port Richey, Fla., Deacon McMillen, of Ocala, Fla., and Natalie Smith, of Kittanning; a sister, Kathleen (Richard) Sinclair, of Galion, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Kathryn Wolfe, of Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry A. McMillen; grandson, Zane M. McMillen; brothers, James (Dorothy) Wolfe, Ray (Sarah) Wolfe and Darrel Wolfe; sisters, Isabelle (Harv) Atwood, Allene (Frank) Lemmon, Lucy (Wesley) Star and Pauline (Vindle) Kosick; and two infant siblings. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until time of services at noon Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME, Kittanning, with the Rev. Ali Berkey, of Union Avenue Methodist Church, officiating. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Avenue Methodist Church. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Roberts, Curtis J. 36

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Born: 1978-06-06
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Curtis J. Roberts, 36, formerly of Ford City, died unexpectedly Monday, May 18, 2015. He was born June 6, 1978, in Kittanning. Curt was employed by Klingensmith's Healthcare as a driver, and had recently resided in Penn Hills. He is survived by his mother, Corinne (Bowser) Gentile; his brother, Dustin Roberts, of Brackenridge; his grandmother, Glenna Bonner; and his beloved dog, Brutus. Curt was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas A. Bowser Jr.; and his paternal grandparents, Vernon and Mary Roberts. A service will be planned for a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City. To send an online condolence, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Butler County

Groves, Theodore C. 73

  • Mars
  • Born: 1941-12-19
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Theodore C. "Ted" Groves, 73, of Mars, formerly of McKeesport and Hazelwood, died Thursday evening, May 21, 2015, at Family Hospice in Pittsburgh. He was born Dec. 19, 1941, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Theodore C. and Margaret Culhane Groves. Ted had been a machinist, inspector and union rep for Union Switch and Signal. An avid car enthusiast, he was a member of the Corvette Club of the Palm Beaches, Fla. Surviving are his wife, Lynn Quinten Groves, whom he married Oct. 19, 1963; a son, Theodore R. Groves, of Mars; a daughter, Dana Stankiewicz and her husband, Paul, of Miami, Fla.; a brother, John "Jack" Groves and his wife, Mary, of West Mifflin; his grandchildren, Teddy, J.D., Justin and Kaylee; and a soon-to-be great-grandchild. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Those attending are asked to dress in casual attire. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Bigam, Mary S. 89

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1925-12-17
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Mary S. Bigam, 89, of Connellsville (Pleasant Hill), went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, May 22, 2015, with her loving family at her side while in the Hillside Manor Nursing Home, Uniontown. She was born Dec. 17, 1925, in Normalville, a daughter of the late Henry William and Daisy M. Scott Basinger. Mary was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1945. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and the Normalville Senior Citizens. Mary will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving sons, Dennis Bigam, of Winston-Salem, N.C., Roger Bigam and wife, Beverly, of Connellsville, and Robert Dale Bigam and wife, Karen, of Melcroft; her grandchildren, Michael Bigam, Jeff Bigam, Kelli Richter and husband, Michael, Robert Stevens and Seth Bigam; and her great-grandchildren, Karissa, Allie, Alec, Austin, Kassi and Noah. Mary was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Ralph M. Bigam, on April 10, 2007; a granddaughter, Melanie Richter; her sisters, Henrietta Donaldson, Nevada Rankin and Elizabeth Ohler; and her brothers, Lester and Samuel Basinger. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUENRAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Watson officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery. Special thanks to the hospice and caregivers at Hillside Manor Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in memory of Mary S. Bigam. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Bosley, Mary U. 69

  • Hopwood
  • Born: 1946-02-27
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Mary U. (Walk) Bosley, 69, of Hopwood, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, in her home with her husband by her side. She was born in Connellsville, Feb. 27, 1946, daughter of the William Walk Sr. and Clara G. Bryner Walk. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Autumn Bosley. Mary graduated from Connellsville High School with the class of 1964 and from Penn State University in 1982. She worked as a high school math tutor for many before retirement. She will be deeply missed by her husband, Earl M. Bosley; her son, Dennis A. Bosley and his wife, Kim, and their children, Dylan, Aaron and Meghan, of Akron, Ohio; two brothers, William Walk Jr., of Flintstone, Md., and Robert Walk and wife, Lu, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; three sisters, Carole Bowe, of Hopwood, Judith Porter, of McMurray, and Linda Miller, of Cannonsburg; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, where family and friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Visitation will continue from 10 until 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, followed by a service celebrating Mary's life at 11 a.m. with Pastor Larry Krause officiating. Interment will follow at Green Ridge Memorial Park, Connellsville. Donations in memory of Mary to the Church of Christ, 70 Roosevelt Drive, Uniontown, PA 15401. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at ad.ferguson.com.
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Kutch, Andrew 91

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1923-09-12
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Andrew Kutch, 91, of Uniontown, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Point Manor North, Uniontown. He was born Sept. 12, 1923. Andrew was Protestant by faith. Andrew had no known survivors, but has many close friends who loved and cared for him. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the hour of service at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Green Brier Cemetery in Ohiopyle. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Leyda, Kenneth W. 72

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1943-02-26
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Kenneth William Leyda, 72, of Dunbar, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at home. He was born Feb. 26, 1943, in Brownsville. He was a veteran serving with the Marines in Vietnam and was a member of Dunbar Eagles. He worked as a laborer for Atlas Service Corporation, Washington. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Viola M. McKnight Leyda; children, Kenneth (Cheryl) A. Leyda, Curtis and his fiance, Becky, J. Leyda, Heather (James) Leyda Black; brother, Terry (Amber) Leyda; five grandchildren, Joni and Joel Leyda and Tyler, Aiden and Keira Black; sister-in-law, Sheila Hall; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jenny Thorpe Hall; brothers, Marvin "Toehead" Hall and Sam Leyda; and grandson, Joshua Allan Leyda. Friends will be received from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday in BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Lee Maley, officiating. Military service accorded by Amvets Post 103, Hopwood. Interment will follow in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
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Martin, Mary C. 90

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1925-01-27
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Mary C. Martin, 90, of Dunbar, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at home. She was born Jan. 27, 1925, in Mt. Independence, Pa. She was a homemaker. Surviving are three children, Judith Martin and husband, Charles, James E. Martin, Janice Beal and companion, Scott Darnell, all of Dunbar; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Medvec; and her husband, James Martin, in 1994. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and until 11 a.m., the hour of service, Wednesday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Deacon William Pitts officiating.
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Micheals Jr., Marshall R. 79

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1935-08-07
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Marshall R. Micheals Jr., 79, of Connellsville (Springfield Township), passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. He was born Aug. 7, 1935, in Connellsville, a son of the late Marshall R. Sr. and Dorothy L. Matson Micheals. Marshall was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1953. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown and his MBA from the University of Missouri. Prior to his retirement, Marshall was part owner and electrical plant foreman for the Huron Lime Co. in Huron, Ohio. He was a veteran of the Army and served in Germany. He was a member of Wayfarer Lodge No. 0789 F and AM, in Akron, Ohio, and a member of Greenwood United Methodist Church in Connellsville. Marshall will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by his loving wife of 55 years, Donna A. Critchfield Micheals; his children, Michele R. Doyle and husband, Michael, of Burlington, N.C., Leann M. Micheals and husband, Ralph Ferraiolo, of Leesburg, Va., and Marshall R. Micheals III and wife, Laura, of Amherst, Ohio; his 14 grandchildren; his five great-grandchildren; and his brothers, Harry J. Micheals, of Norwalk, Ohio, Harmon W. Micheals and wife, Eileen, of Poland, Ohio, and Richard S. Micheals and wife, Nancy, of Greensburg. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, the hour of a funeral service, in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, (724-628-1430), with the Rev. Mark Sholtis officiating. A committal service and entombment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Greenwood United Methodist Church, (mailing address) 109 East End, Connellsville, PA 15425, in memory of Marshall R. Micheals Jr. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Shaffer, Margaret J. 83

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Margaret Jane "Janie" (Zovatchen) Shaffer, 83, of Connellsville, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, and will be announced when complete.
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Washington County

Mazur, Dorothy 88

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1926-06-07
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: William A. Bautz Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Dorothy “Dolly” (Ghilani) Mazur, 88, of Monongahela, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015. Born June 7, 1926 in Victory Hill, she was a daughter of the late Emilio and Sarah Bizzotti Ghilani; beloved wife of the late Peter Mazur; grandmother of Kimberly (Myron) Samsin of Winnipeg, Canada, Bill (Mindy) Sherry of New Eagle, Jonathan (Samantha) Dawson of Belle Vernon, Erin and April Dawson both of Monongahela; great-grandmother of David Sherry and Gianna Dawson. Numerous nieces and nephews still survive. Dolly was preceded in death by her children, Nancy Sherry, Richard Mazur and Karen Dawson; a grandson, Brian Teets; brothers, Anthony, Arthur, Edward, Frank and Joseph Ghilani; and a sister, Lena Buckeye. Family and friends are welcome at WILLIAM A. BAUTZ FUNERAL HOME, 139 Main Street, New Eagle, 724-258-8190, on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. where a blessing service will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Father William R. Terza as celebrant in the funeral home. Interment will be held in the Monongahela Cemetery. Condolences can be left on the obituary page at www.williamabautzfuneralhome.com.
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Narey, Ruth 84

  • Carroll Township
  • Born: 1931-02-09
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Ruth "Pat" Narey, 84, of Carroll Township, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Southmont Presbyterian Home in Washington, Pa. She was born Feb. 9, 1931, in North Charleroi, the daughter of the late John and Bertha (Clement) McClain. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jack Narey on December 5, 2007; three brothers, John, George and Jim McClain; and two sisters, Betty Brewer and Ellen Burkhart. Survivors include her two sons, Jack Narey and his wife Janet and Brian Narey both of Donora; a brother Herb (Kay) McClain; seven grandchildren a 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are being handled by ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, followed by funeral services at 8 p.m. with the Rev. James Bailey officiating.
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Shetterly, Thomas 74

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1941-03-15
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Thomas Shetterly, 74, of Charleroi, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was born March 15, 1941, in Charleroi, the son of the late Charles W. and Alberta Smith Shetterly. He was a lifetime construction worker that spent his last years before he retired being self-employed. He retired after 55 years. He was President of the PA Fish and Boat Commission, member of Trout Unlimited of Chestnut Ridge, Business agent for the Lathers Local Union, Carpenters Union, active in cold water conservation, he was a serious outdoors man engaging in hunting and fishing and he cared about the environment and protecting it for further generations. He recently received an award from the Pennsylvania Senate for his outstanding efforts to restore springs in the Laurel Highlands through his work with Trout Unlimited of Chestnut Ridge. Thomas is survived by his wife, Janet Yates Shetterly, the following daughters and sons; Shari Horan, Thomas E. Shetterly and wife, Ashley, Tami Pahanish and husband, Mike; the following grandchildren: Melissa, Sean, Jason, Dylan,Lauren, Erin, Aidan, Natasha, Lena,Garrett, Logan and Braden and great-grandson, Mason. He was also survived by the following sisters and brothers, Kenneth Shetterly and wife, Pat, Dona Brazzon and husband, Mike, Terry Shetterly and wife, Leslie, Glenda Gasper and husband, Tom, and Phil Shetterly and wife, Bonnie. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday until 10 a.m., the hour of the service. Interment is private. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Trout Unlimited of Chestnut Ridge, PO Box 483, Uniontown, PA 15401.
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Jackson, Gerald J. 62

  • Champion, OH
  • Born: 1952-10-28
  • Died: 2015-05-24
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  • Gerald J. Jackson, 62, of Champion, Ohio, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015. Throughout his illness, Gerald always maintained a strong faith in God and great dignity. He was born Oct. 28, 1952, in Glassport, a son of the late Everett Jackson and the late Claire Borucki-Jackson. He married Dr. Gilda Stigliano on April 29, 2000. He was a 1973 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and was the VP of International Sales at Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic. Gerald was a member of St. William Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Pennsylvania and everything about the outdoors from fishing, hunting, hiking and boating. He always treasured his time spent on the Pennsylvania State Game Lands and applied his education along with his practical skills to help out anyone who needed him. Throughout his dedicated career at Ajax he was always well liked and respected by his work associates with whom he was honored to work along-side. Left behind to cherish his memories are his wife of 15 years, Dr. Gilda Stigliano, of Champion, Ohio; son, Nathan Taylor, of Bazetta, Ohio; daughter, Kris Jackson, of Akron, Ohio; and a brother, Richard (Jeanette) Jackson, of Elizabeth Township. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gaye Durst-Jackson; father, Everett Jackson; and mother, Claire Borucki-Jackson. Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the St. William Catholic Church, where Father Michael D. Balash will officiate. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the St. William Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Champion Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material contributions in Gerald's memory be made payable to the Pennsylvania State Game Commission and mailed C/O Richard Jackson, 9 Colonial Drive, McKeesport, PA 15135.
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Patsko, Elizabeth M. 95

  • Tucson, Ariz. , Formerly of Derry
  • Born: 1919-07-02
  • Died: 2015-05-17
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth M. Patsko, 95, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Derry, died Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Turner Adult Care Home, Tucson, Ariz. She was born July 2, 1919, in Adah, the daughter of the late Michael J. and Elizabeth M. (Nemiego) Patsko. Elizabeth is survived by her sister, Helen Chemski, of Pennsylvania, and her brother, Tom Patsko, of Tennessee; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends for Elizabeth's life celebration from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, PA, 724-694-8331. Funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Stephen C. West, as officiant. Interment will follow in the St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township.
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