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Andrews, Martin F. 65

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1949-11-23
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Martin F. Andrews, 65, of McKeesport, departed this life Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born Nov. 23, 1949, in McKeesport, son of the late Thomas Andrews Sr. and Mabel Mack Andrews. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Jacquelyn Gault Andrews, on Sept. 2, 2014. He was a graduate of McKeesport High School. He later received an Associate Degree from Beckley College, Beckley, W. Va., Bachelor's Degree in education from Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va., Master's in human resources from LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, an educational leadership certification and a Master's in public management, both from Carnegie Mellon University. He was a retired teacher from the Duquesne City School District. He was previously employed with the McKeesport Area School District, Point Park College, and with the Allegheny County Housing Authority. He was a member of more than 50 years of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he served as the former treasurer of the Kiddie Haven Day Care and the Mortgage Committee. He was a life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., member of the Pittsburgh Iota Phi Chapter and life member of the NAACP. Surviving are his children, Martin "Blaze" (Lori) Andrews, of Irwin, Mysty Conway, of North Versailles, and Jade Lynne (Shomari) Andrews-Whyte, of Fairfield, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, Jordyn, Jaedyn, Jaxsyn, Jeavyn, Jozlyn, Justys, Journey, Jyselle, Judge and Omega Conway, Tyler and Alexis Andrews and Carter Whyte; sisters, Ruthie M. (Norman) Buckner and Geneva L. "Cookie" Andrews (Ernie), both of McKeesport; brothers, Vernon E. (Heather) Andrews, of McKeesport, Thomas Andrews Jr. (Helen), of Irwin, and David E. (Katrina) Andrews, of McKeesport; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, 716 Walnut St., McKeesport, with services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, with Pastor Earlene Coleman officiating. Interment will follow in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.
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Antenucci, John J.R. R. 54

  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • John Robert "J.R." Antenucci, 54, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, after a courageous battle with renal cancer. He was the adored son of Shirley (Muschweck) Antenucci and Peter Antenucci; loving husband of Tina; beloved father of Mariah, Brendan and John; brother of Sue (John) Stone and Peter (Lynn) Antenucci; brother-in-law of Denise (Michael) Macklen; also survived by loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and dear friends. J.R. was best known for his infectious laugh, kindness, love of sports and ability to encourage all children to play and enjoy sports, especially baseball. J.R. will truly be missed by all whose hearts he touched. Friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Austin, John A. 81

  • Bakerstown
  • Born: 1933-03-21
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • John A. "Jack" Austin, 81, of Bakerstown, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. He was born March 21, 1933, in Bakerstown. He was the beloved husband for 61 years of Ann M. (McClaren) Austin; loving father of John W. "Jack" (Allison), of Wexford, Richard D., of Gibsonia, Kimberly A. (Daniel) Stefanov, of Bridgeport, W.Va., Karen L. (Frank) Snair, of Fawn Township, Jeffrey S. (Jill), of Wexford, and Karla D. (Michael) Gill, of Gibsonia; and proud grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. and Erdene (Burchfield) Austin; stepmother, Lee (McCoy) Austin; siblings, Dorothy Dillner, Wilma Sweazen and William Austin; daughter-in-law, Rhonda; and grandson, Graham Austin. Jack proudly served his country in the Army Signal Corps during the Korean War and was an elder at Bull Creek United Presbyterian Church. Family will welcome friends from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bull Creek United Presbyterian Church. Private interment at Bakerstown Cemetery. Family suggests donations to Allegheny Valley Association of Churches, 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 or Bull Creek United Presbyterian Church, 224 Tarentum-Culmerville Road, Tarentum, PA 15084. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Austin, John A. 81

  • Bakerstown
  • Born: 1933-03-21
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • John A. "Jack" Austin, 81, of Bakerstown, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. He was born March 21, 1933, in Bakerstown. He was the beloved husband for 61 years of Ann M. (McClaren) Austin; loving father of John W. "Jack" (Allison), of Wexford, Richard D., of Gibsonia, Kimberly A. (Daniel) Stefanov, of Bridgeport, W.Va., Karen L. (Frank) Snair, of Fawn Township, Jeffrey S. (Jill), of Wexford, and Karla D. (Michael) Gill, of Gibsonia; and proud grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. and Erdene (Burchfield) Austin; stepmother, Lee (McCoy) Austin; siblings, Dorothy Dillner, Wilma Sweazen and William Austin; daughter-in-law, Rhonda; and grandson, Graham Austin. Jack proudly served his country in the Army Signal Corps during the Korean War and was an elder at Bull Creek United Presbyterian Church. Family will welcome friends from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bull Creek United Presbyterian Church. Private interment at Bakerstown Cemetery. Family suggests donations to Allegheny Valley Association of Churches, 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 or Bull Creek United Presbyterian Church, 224 Tarentum-Culmerville Road, Tarentum, PA 15084. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Barr, Jack E. 93

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1921-08-06
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Jack Edward "Bucky" Barr, 93, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Monroeville. He was born Aug. 6, 1921, in McKeesport, and was the son of the late Anthony and Laura Kujawa Wisniewski. Jack was a World War II veteran and served in the Army as a staff sergeant under Generals McBride and Patton in the European Theatre, St. Geneva, France. He was awarded two Silver Stars, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart with three Oak Clusters, the French Croix de Guerre and the African Middle Eastern Medal with five bronze stars. He is a distinguished member of The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall of Valor in Oakland. He retired from Fisher Body after 34 years of service. Jack was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was past commander of McKeesport Veterans Post 514 and was a life member of The American Legion, AMVETS, the Eleventh Ward Welfare Association and the Croatian Club in Versailles. He is survived by his wife, Emily Sebbens Barr; daughters, Laura Barr, of White Oak, and Cynthia (Petros) Christofi, of Greenock; son, Timothy (Patti) Barr, of Birdsboro; and grandchildren, Alexis and John Christofi, of Greenock. There is no visitation. Funeral service with Military Honors took place Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or 412-471-0935. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Boyles, E. Harold Hal 91

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1923-08-23
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • E. Harold "Hal" Boyles, 91, of Monroeville, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, surrounded by family. Born Aug. 23, 1923, in Alexander, W.Va., he was a son of John Bethel and Ruth Cosby (Brooks) Boyles. He was the beloved husband of 67 years of Gertrude A. (Hart) Boyles; devoted father of Diana Hayes, Elaine (Ben Burnheimer) Junio, John (Catherine) Boyles, Pamela (Vincent) Panucci and Andrew (Julia) Boyles; loving grandfather of Amanda and John Hayes, Rachel Junio, Christina (Brandon) Moses and David (Emily), John P. (Carly), Levi, Seth and Keilah Boyles; and great-grandfather of Amelia, David E., Madison, Liam and Mason Boyles and Hanna, Julia, Tyler, Graysen and Hudson Moses. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A 1946 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a self-taught writer, photographer and musician, he had a long career in advertising. He retired from Eljer Plumbingware as director of marketing communications in 1985. An avid painter, he had been a member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, the Penn Art Association and the East Suburban Art League, where he also served as president. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service in the funeral chapel will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, with the Rev. Rob Marrow officiating. Interment will be following at Restland Memorial Park. The family thanks Forbes Hospice for their caring professionalism. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Forbes Hospice or Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Monroeville. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Connors, Shirley 88

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Adams) Connors, 88, of Oakmont, formerly of Penn Hills, passed away peacefully, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 58 years to Joseph Connors; mother of Barbara (Michael) Kurcina, of Plum Borough, and Daniel Connors, of Penn Hills; and grandmother of Joseph and Jeremy Kurcina. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Kathleen Schott and Bernadette Klepsky; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Clyde and William Adams; niece, Colleen Adams; and nephew, Dale Adams. The family would like to express their gratitude to Presbyterian Senior Care, Woodside Place and the Willows as well as family hospice. A special thanks to Aunt B, Cindy and Gary who helped us through this journey. "And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it," Eccl 12:7. Service and interment are private. Arrangements by WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD. If desired, contributions can be acknowledged to Presbyterian Senior Care Benevolent Fund, 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139.
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Corrao-Scanga, Marguerite 90

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Marguerite Corrao-Scanga, 90, of Penn Hills, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Marguerite was a registered nurse who supervised the emergency room at Shadyside Hospital for 25 years. She was the wife of the late John Scanga and Charles Corrao; loving mother of James Corrao (Mary Lou), Christine (Wesley) and Charles Corrao; sister of Marianna Fiore, the late Henry Fiore, Caroline Corvino and Norma DeLucia; grandmother of Dayna, Michael, Mary Marguerite, Adrienne, Carrie, Charlie, Jimmy, Candace and Chelsey; and great-grandmother of Anthony, Isaac, Cyris and Cyonna. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Bartholomew Church.
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Costello, Martha A. 97

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Martha A. (Modrak) Costello, 97, of Braddock Hills, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late William Costello; loving mother of the late Mary Louise Costello; and is also survived by loving nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Martha graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Nursing School and served her country with distinction during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant Army nurse in France. She retired as a nurse at Wiggins Company with more than 30 years of service. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Good Shepherd Church, Braddock. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Davis Jr., Charles J. 89

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of Shadyside
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Charles J. Davis Jr., 89, of Penn Hills, formerly of Shadyside, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Veronica (Galuska) Davis; loving father of Helen (the late Steve) Fialkovich, Charles S. Davis and Veronica (Bill) Franciscus; dear grandfather of Megan Fialkovich, Erin and Matthew Franciscus; and brother of the late Helen Davis. Charles was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church and Choir in Shadyside. He proudly served our country in the Navy during World War II and was a longtime employee of U.S. Steel and Research. He was also a member of Frick Lawn Bowling. The family would like to thank the physicians and staff at Harmarville DCI Dialysis, 4 East Shadyside Hospital and the staff and volunteers at Forbes Hospice. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 310 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Forbes Hospice, c/o West Penn Hospital, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224 or National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
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Delserone, Anna Marie 85

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie (Lucsko) Delserone, 85, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Donald R. Delserone; daughter of the late Michael and Mary Lucsko; mother of Richard (Tammy) Delserone and the late Donald D. Delserone; grandmother of Richard Jr. (Rachel) Delserone and Alex Robert Delserone; and great-grandmother of Gavin Delserone. She was predeceased by several brothers and sisters and is also survived by her former daughter-in-law, Patricia Delserone. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Father Nicholas Mastrangelo, officiating. Interment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Dillner, Herman E. 93

  • West Deer
  • Born: 1921-05-04
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Herman E. Dillner, 93, of West Deer, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Born May 4, 1921, in Gibsonia, he was the son of the late Joseph and Irene (Bonin) Dillner; beloved husband for 50 years of Dorothy (Patton) Dillner; loving father of Herman E. (Joy) Dillner Jr., of Pymatuning, Betty Jane (John) Burke, of Florida, Mark E. (Marcie) Dillner, of Bairdford, and Marrene (Charles) Mechler, of Tarentum; brother of Hazel Mink, of Dorseyville, Earl Dillner, of Butler, Howard Dillner, of Gibsonia, and the late Harry Dillner, Elmer (Jean) Dillner and Ruth Black; and is also survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. An Army World War II veteran, Herman served in an infantry division in Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland, Central Europe. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal and Freedom Award, given by the French government. Herman went on to work for 33 and one third years at the Gulf Research Facility in Harmar as a painter. He was a lifelong member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Dorseyville, where he served on the property and cemetery Committees. Herman was a longtime member of the West Deer VFW and enjoyed gardening, playing cards and working on his five tractors. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Trinity United Church of Christ, Dorseyville, with interment to follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Dorseyville. Family suggests donations to Trinity U.C.C., 3712 Saxonburg Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Flaherty, Earl F. 66

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1948-04-11
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Earl F. Flaherty, 66, of McKeesport, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. Born April 11, 1948, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Earl F. Flaherty Sr. and Betty (Ensign) Flaherty. A 1966 graduate of McKeesport Vocational High School, Earl also attended Machine Shop Technologies Center in Pittsburgh during his 38 years as a millwright with U.S. Steel, primarily at the Clairton Works. He was a volunteer at St. Mary's Byzantine Church in McKeesport and a member of CFU Lodge 3. He loved Tamburitzan music and was well known as the Santa for 13 years at Kaufmann's Pittsburgh department store. Earl is survived by his wife of 37 years, Frances (Dujmic) Flaherty; a sister, Cathy (Howard) Hayden; brother, Charles (Nikki) Flaherty; brother-in-law, Frank (Tess) Dujmic; nephews and godsons, Frank Dujmic Jr. and Charles Flaherty Jr.; nieces, Heather Flaherty, Rebecca and Mary Kathryn Dujmic, Kayla and Lauren Hayden; and nephews, Joseph Dujmic and Jake Hayden. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). Funeral services will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in the funeral home by Fathers Paul Voida and Matthew Elanjalith. Interment will be private. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Ganassi, Sylvia M. 96

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1918-06-19
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Sylvia Mae Ganassi, 96, of Greenock, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home. She was born June 19, 1918, in Greenock, and was the daughter of the late Dario and Feame (Nizzoli) Pigozzi. Sylvia and her late husband, Mario Ganassi, were married for 43 years. She was a member of Greenock United Methodist Church and was a past president of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society. Sylvia enjoyed playing cards with her club girls and treasured her two trips to Italy. She is survived by her son, Glenn E. Ganassi, of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughters, Michelle and husband, Seth Forry, of Berlin, and Jennifer and husband, Alan Anderson, of Mt. Pleasant; great-granddaughters, Sara Forry and Emma Mae Anderson; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dario "Nick" Jr., Wayne "Zeke," Edmund "Chuck" and Glenn Pigozzi. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Edwin Pope officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenock United Methodist Church, 1213 Greenock Road, McKeesport, PA 15135. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Garbos, Irene M. 90

  • Hollywood, Fla. , Formerly of Curtisville
  • Born: 1924-07-07
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Irene M. (Godlewski) Garbos, 90, of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Curtisville, West Deer Township, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born July 7, 1924, in Arnold, to the late Joseph and Stella (Rapczinski) Godlewski. Irene grew up in Curtisville, graduating from high school and attending cosmetology school at the age of 19 and then opening her beauty shop at her residence. She also worked many years in Pittsburgh at Kauffman's in their beauty shop. She was a former member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton. Irene enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include her children, Larry W. Garbos, of Pittsburgh, Carolyn (Jon) Gorr, of West Park, Fla., and Joseph E. Garbos, at home; her grandchildren, Gerard Gorr, Jonathan Gorr, Sophia Garbos and Spencer Garbos; and two great-grandchildren; her sister, Stella T. Ostrowski, of Curtisville; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Patrick J. Garbos; sisters, Catherine Maciak, Josephine Skurka and Sophie Zalewski; and brothers, Leo, Leonard, Walter, Steve, Stanley and Edward Godlewski. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where parting prayers will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by Catholic funeral Mass in Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. James P. Holland, officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her son, Patrick, in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lower Burrell. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Heckman, Ada M. 91

  • Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1923-05-09
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Ada M. Heckman, 91, of North Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla. Born in Vermillion County, Indiana, May 9, 1923, Ada was a daughter of the late Joseph and Ida (Lucantoni) Pappafava, and wife of the late Charles Joseph Heckman. She attended grade school in Shirkieville, Ind., and graduated from Sewickley Township High School in Herminie. Ada completed her business education at Douglas Business College in McKeesport. Ada is survived by two sons, Deacon Kevin Charles Heckman and wife, Michele Heckman, of Arvada, Colo., and Richard Anthony Heckman and wife, Kathy Sommer, of Leonia, N.J.; a sister, Louise Zaverl, of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; three granddaughters, Hannah Quast and husband, Paul, Holly Heckman and Emma Heckman; and loving companion, Norval "Dick" Williams, of Fort Myers, Fla. Ada was also preceded in death by brother, Premo J. Pappafava, of Greensburg, former CEO of General Carbide Corp. in Hempfield Township. She is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews. Her employment was with Potter-McCune Co., U.S. Steel Corp., National Works. She retired from Union National Bank, McKeesport. Ada was a member of American Legion Post 701 seniors; the American Legion Auxiliary; associate member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; Elizabeth Township Seniors and Life Span; and the Italian American Club of Lehigh Acres, Fla. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in St. Patrick's Church, McKeesport. Procession and burial will follow to Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Johnson, Mildred I. 86

  • Avalon
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Mildred I. Johnson, 86, of Avalon, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert Johnson; mother of Robert (Gail) Johnson, Susan (Richard) Knight, Sally (Shawn) Heagerty, Sandy (Mark) Paterson, Stacey (Chris) McLaughlin, Shelly (Norbert) Johnston and Ray (Julieta) Johnson; grandmother of 11; great-grandmother of seven; sister of Robert (Rose) Peck, David (Joanne) Peck, Ruth (Ernie) Stevens and the late James (surviving wife, Frances) Peck; and is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Forest Ave., Presbyterian Church, 898 Forest Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kemmerling, Byron R. 76

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Byron R. Kemmerling, 76, of Shaler Township, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Edna M. (Paul) Kemmerling; loving father of Glenda Kemmerling; brother of Lois (Robert) Sovak and Edward J. Borkowski; uncle of D'Ann (Clifton) Stanford, Michael (the late Kimberly) Sovak and the late Robert (surviving wife, Melissa) Sovak; great-uncle of Corey and Christopher Stanford, Emily, Megan, Justin and Lindsay Sovak; and is also survived by many extended family members, relatives and friends from the Lawrenceville community. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. No visitation Thanksgiving Day. Family and friends are invited to gather at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Kohan, William A. 69

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • William A. "Bimbo" Kohan, 69, of Allison Park, Shaler Township, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. He was the son of the late Andrew and Agnes (Welsh) Kohan; beloved husband of Beverly (Willis) Kohan; loving father of Albert, Jennifer, Jimmy and Marissa Kohan; and brother of Sue Benaglio, Ann Sollinger, Nancy Myros, Jane Bittner, Tom, Robert, Any, Ron and the late Joe, John, Albert, Eileen and Sally Kohan. Bill was the proud owner of W.K. Trucking Inc. His passion was his trucks and NASCAR. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery of St. Mary's, Hampton Township.
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Llewellyn, Nicholas A. 23

  • Harwick
  • Born: 1991-01-19
  • Died: 2014-11-14
  • Funeral Home: Siemianowski, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Nicholas A. Llewellyn, 23, of Harwick, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. He was born Jan. 19, 1991, in Natrona Heights. Nick was employed by Gino Brothers in Sharpsburg. He enjoyed playing video games and sports, especially watching the LA Lakers. Nicholas is survived by his mother, Tammy (Scott) Myers, and father Matt Llewellyn; sister, Kaitlyn Llewellyn; and grandfather, George Drum. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Charlene Drum. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Springdale Open Bible Church, Springdale, with Pastor Donald Frye, officiating. Arrangements are by ADAM SIEMIANOWSKI FUNERAL HOME. For online condolences, please visit http://www.westdeerfuneralhome.com.
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Lofink, Robert J.

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: O'Brien, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Lofink, of Gibsonia, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, as a result of an accident. He was the beloved husband for 50 years of Elaine (Curtin) Lofink; loving father of Darlene M. Biernesser, Renee A. (David) Eichenlaub and the late Robert Lofink; grandfather of Breanne Dolby, Chelsey Biernesser, Artie Biernesser, Edward Eichenlaub, Kaitlin Eichenlaub and Jeannine Eichenlaub; and brother of John C. (Marilyn) Lofink, of Hermitage, Judy M. (Tony) Verdi and David A. (Regina) Lofink. There are no visitations. There will be a funeral Mass for Mr. Lofink at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in St. Catherine of Sweden Church (Hampton Township). Everyone invited.
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Lynch, William C.

  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • William C. Lynch died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of the late Sheila Darney Lynch; father of Glynn A. (Don) Essick and the late W. Christopher Lynch; grandfather of Regis William Essick and Kaitlyn McGlynn Essick; brother of Joe and Jerry Lynch, Rosemarie Neil and the late Patsy Koslosky, Helen Harrington, Joan Modzelewski, John, Gene, Thomas and Anthony Lynch; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. (http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul Cathedral.
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Mayo, Henrietta Etta E. 71

  • East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Henrietta "Etta" E. Mayo, 71, of East Pittsburgh, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Vince "Henry" Mayo, of East McKeesport; dear grandmother "Oma" of Vincent Andrew Mayo, of East Pittsburgh; sister of Samuel Koschik, of Pitcairn, John Koschik, of Homestead, and the late Millianne "Nootsie" Koschik. Etta was a retired employee from the registrar's office at the University of Pittsburgh, with 10 years of service, and a floral designer for 20 years with Shackford and Maxwell flower shop, in Wilkinsburg. In retirement, she enjoyed knitting, playing Sudoku and watching television. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Avenue at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery, in Monroeville. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com
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McGregor, Marsha 75

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Marsha (Jasik) McGregor, 75, of Ross Township, died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the loving mother of Lynda (Mark) Dodson and the late David McGregor; daughter of the late Andrew Jasik and Edwin and Mary Mitesser; and is also survived by loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and relatives. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kanzius Cancer Research, The Erie Community Foundation, 459 W. Sixth St., Erie, PA 16507 in memory of her son, David.
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Meerhoff, Kathryn L. 68

  • Monroeville , Formerly of Polish Hill
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Kathryn L. (Mazza) Meerhoff, 68, of Monroeville, formerly of Polish Hill, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the beloved wife of William Meerhoff; loving mother of Billy (Linda) Meerhoff Jr. and David Meerhoff; cherished grandmother of Dylan Meerhoff; loving daughter of Anne Janes and the late Jack Mazza; dear sister of John Mazza, Robert Mazza, Connie Lynn and the late Chuck Janes; niece of Edward and Robbie Malewski and family; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral service will be at 7:30 p.m. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Mihalko, Helen S. 90

  • Glassport
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Helen S. Mihalko, 90, of Glassport, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Helen (Thompson) Dolfi; and wife of the late Charles Mihalko. She is survived by her daughters, Marcia Stevenson, of Ocean City, N.J., Margaret Reefer, of Pittsburgh, and Patricia (Dr. Eugene) Cheslock, of Little Silver, N.J.; son, Charles (Nancy) Mihalko, of Elizabeth; brother, Felix Zabroski, of Monroeville; sisters, Janice LaBelle, of Cannonsburg, and Judith Mehalcik, of Glassport; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Helen was retired from Woolworth's and volunteered at Kane Regional Center for 10 years. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church, Christian Mothers, Rosary Society and bowled for St. Cecilia's Bowling League. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Queen of the Rosary Church with Rev. Kedzierski. Interment will follow in Richland Cemetery.
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Mort, Charles W. 90

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charles W. Mort, 90, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was the husband of the late Phyllis Mort; father of George Mort and his wife, Karen and Daniel Mort; grandfather of John Mort and Daniel Mort; brother of Richard Mort (Marlene) and Robert Mort (Sue), Betty Rickey (Rick) and Theo Brennan (Phil); and is also survived by his caregiver, Karen Reinhart. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffrey Mort; and his siblings, Merle, Melvin, George, Harold and Roy Mort, and Margaret Riley. Chuck was an Army World War II veteran, serving with the 81st engineers and was a retired crane operator at J and L for more than 30 years. He also was a security guard at Woodland Hills High School. He was an avid golfer. The family wishes to thank Forbes Hospice for their care and compassion. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in the funeral chapel with Rev. Rob Marrow officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to VFW- National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Rock, Michael 67

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Michael Rock, 67, of the North Side, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 42 years of Helen Rock; father of Michael (Casie) Rock; brother of Patricia Schwer; and nephew of Michael Lonzo. He also is survived by granddog, Riley. Mike was a generous man and loved to make everyone laugh. He loved his son, Mike, his motorcycles and working on cars. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View 15229, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Seibel, Betty L.

  • Overbrook
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Debor, Brookline | Get Directions
  • Betty L. Seibel, of Overbrook, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert; beloved mother of Lyndalee South and Maryann (Jan) Rihs; grandmother of Kristen Rihs and Rebecca (Justin) Galloway; sister of Mary Jane Klein and William Schohn; also many loving nieces and nephews. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at FRANK F. DEBOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in Church of the Resurrection. No visitation on Thanksgiving Day. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15228.
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Snyder, William 96

  • Plum , Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1917-12-02
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • William Snyder, 96, of Plum, formerly of Lower Burrell, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Born Dec. 2, 1917, in Argentine, Butler County, he came to New Kensington as a young adult, graduated from Ken-Hi in 1935, and served in the Navy during World War II. Bill worked as a timekeeper for Alcoa for 34 years, retiring in 1970. He was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of New Kensington, a board member of the Alle-Kiski Senior Citizens, a member of the Alcoa 25 Year Club, the Alcoa Retirees, a past president of Local 302, a member of the AARP, and the American Legion Post 347, the Moose, Eagles and the VFW of Lower Burrell. Surviving are his son, William T. (Barb) Snyder, of Plum, and daughter, Virginia Hauser, of Georgetown, Texas; grandchildren, Frank (Suzy) Hauser, Jennifer (Shane) Womack, and their children, Chad, Scott and Hope, and Lori (James) Garcia and their children, Blake, Tyler and Chance; and stepdaughter-in-law, Pat Dotto, of Lower Burrell, and her children, Reina (Sean) O'Donnell and their children, Nathan and Brendan; Monica (Jason) Dunkel and their children, Morgan and Dominick; and Brian (Shannonlee) Dotto. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Blanche Bates Snyder; his second wife, Helen Citrone Dotto; a brother, Harry Snyder; and two sisters, Annabelle Lockhart and Lillian Snyder. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday by his pastor, the Rev. Drew Bell. Private burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Teck Jr., Nicholas R. 76

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1938-02-11
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Nicholas R. Teck Jr., 76, of Duquesne, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at Lawson Nursing Home. He was born Feb. 11, 1938, in McKeesport, son of the late Nicholas and Stella (Nichols) Teck Sr. He was a retired tire man from Schuloff Automotive in McKeesport. He was the husband of the late Donna (Craven) Teck; father of Nicholas (Bridget Heberling) Teck, of Indiana, Pa., and Vicky Ann (Richard Scott) Adams, of Duquesne; grandfather of Aaron, Autumn and Avi Adams; brother of John (Mary) Nichols, of Belmar, N.J., Tom Teck, of Smock, Rose Marie Seman, of Wilmerding, Larry (Joan) Teck, of Versailles, Steve (Judy) Teck, of North Versailles, and the late Bill Teck and late Richard Teck (surviving spouse, Louise); brother-in-law of Judy Smitley; and is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at 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 at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski, officiating.
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Thompson, Alvin R. 96

  • Wexford
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Alvin Royal Thompson, 96, of Wexford, formerly of Drexel Hill, went to be with Jesus Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was the loving husband of the late Gretchen Thompson; beloved father of Lynne (Bill) Curran, of Media, Linda (Rob) Blankemeyer, of Wexford, and the late Barbara Repsher (survived by Hank), of Springfield; proud grandfather of Stephen (Kathleen), Matthew, Lindsay (Owen), Gretchen (Nathan), Meredith (Garrett), Kristin (Jimmy) and Adam; and great-grandfather of Miles, Emily and Connor. Al was a Navy veteran of World War II, an active member of Orchard Hill Church and he loved all sports. Friends will be received from 9 a.m. until the time of a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Road, Wexford. Arrangements are by H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-364-4444. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that those so inclined may make a donation to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850.
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Tomasetti, Elizabeth 97

  • Southside
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Tomasetti, 97, of Southside, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the wife of the late William; mother of Gayle (Robert) Knoll and Ronald (Kathy) Tomasetti; grandmother of Robert Jr., Rachel, Raymond, Richard, Ronald, Adam, Liz, Jeremiah and the late Bryan; great-grandmother of ten; sister of the late Phillip, Andy, Charlotte, Freddy, Michael and Ernie; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church. Arrangements handled by the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood PA 15227. If desired, family suggests contributions to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Wills, Mary Jane 94

  • Bellevue
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane (Brown) Wills, 93, a resident of St. John's Specialty Care Center, formerly of Bellevue (West View), died peacefully Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert L. Wills Sr.; loving mother of Beverly Deiss of Bellevue and Robert L. (Karen) Wills Jr., of Greensburg; proud grandmother of Debbie (Pat) Riley, of Ross Township, Michelle (Todd) Longanecker, of Irwin, Rob (Melissa) Wills, of York, and Doug Wills, of York; and great-grandmother of Abigail, Shane, Dylan, Robby, Grace, Alex and Claire. Mary Jane was a graduate of Perry High School Class of 39 and was active in the Ladies Auxiliary of Fairview Volunteer Fire Company and served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, 412-766-5600, until the time of service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to St. John's Specialty Care Center.
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Busato, Xiuqin 61

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1953-06-11
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Xiuqin Song Busato, 61, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at her residence. She was born June 11, 1953, in Fushun, China, a daughter of the late Song Weishan and Zhao Feng. Xiuqin was employed by the Holiday Inn Corp. She is survived by her husband, Louis W. Busato; her children, Li Yen, of Fushun, China, Lindsey Busato, of Greensburg, and Christine Busato Watson and husband, Rick, of Candor, N.Y.; two grandsons, Shawn and Zachery Watson; two brothers and a sister still in China; her father-in-law, Louis Busato and wife, Jackie, of Jeannette; a sister-in-law, Sally Young, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Funeral services and interment in Calvary Hill Cemetery, in Crabtree, were private. The JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, was entrusted with arrangements.
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Dollman, James H. 86

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1928-06-15
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • James H. "Jim" Dollman, 86, of Delmont, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was born June 15, 1928, in Nadine, a son of the late Harris and Eleanor (Loy) Dollman. Prior to retiring, Jim was employed in the trucking industry. He served in the Army during the Korean War, earning Army Good Conduct and Defense Service medals. He was a Mason and a founding member of Faith United Methodist Church in Delmont. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Thelma H. (Stroschein) Dollman. He was the loving father of Kathie I. Kirschman (late Duane R.), of Delmont, and David J. (Deborah) Dollman, of New Alexandria; loving grandfather of Jennifer (Michael), Kathryne (Jonathan) and David J. II (Elisha); and loving great-grandfather of Andrew, Abbigail, Alliyah, Nicole, Nathan, Samuel, David J. III and Leila. He is also survived by his brother, Samuel (Louise) Dollman, of Hawaii; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A service of Christian burial and committal services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in Faith United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont, officiated by the Rev. Ron Raptosh and Pastor Donald Watkins. A song that was special to Jim will be sung by the Rev. Dr. Deryl Larsen. Everyone please meet at the church. Private interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Jim's memory be made to Faith United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont, PA 15626. Please write "J. Dollman" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Henry, Linda L. 74

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1940-02-21
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Linda L. (DeVinney) Henry, 74, of Vandergrift, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in the Kittanning Care Center. Born Feb. 21, 1940, in Indiana, Pa., she is the daughter of the late Paul and Ruth DeVinney, and had lived in the Vandergrift area all of her life. She was a graduate of Vandergrift High School, Class of 1958, and the Franco Beauty Academy. Linda was a beautician and homemaker. She enjoyed music, watching the Steelers and Penguins and her 1967 Mustang Convertible. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William Henry, of Vandergrift; daughter, Erin (Michael) Gengo, of Vandergrift, and her son, Tim (Andria) Henry, of Leechburg; her grandchildren, Morgan and Evan Gengo, both of Vandergrift; a sister, Marlene Bielek, of Plum Borough; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Shellhammer. At her request, there will be no public visitation. Services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. The family suggests memorial donations be sent to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001. To leave an online condolence, visit us at http://www.dunmirekerr.com.
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Hoffer, Homer E. 84

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1930-05-04
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Homer E. Hoffer, 84, of Scottdale (Bullskin Township), died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born May 4, 1930, in Acme, a son of the late Henry and Elsie Brown Hoffer. Mr. Hoffer was employed as a construction worker and farmer. He was a member of the Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where he served as an elder and choir member. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Snyder Hoffer; his children, Loretta Painter and her husband, Homer Wayne, of Mt. Pleasant, Darell Hoffer and his wife, Janice, of Mt. Pleasant, Shirley Keller and her husband, Melvin, of Jones Mills, Julia Miller and her husband, Jeffrey, of Casselberry, Fla., Henry Hoffer and his wife, Kathie, of Acme, Myron Hoffer and his wife, Eileen, of Scottdale, and Glenda Bradley and her husband, Damon, of Florida; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Philson Hoffer, of Greensburg, Kenneth Hoffer and his wife, Ida, of West Middlesex, Carolyn Clark, of Berlin, Robert Hoffer and his wife, Eleanor, of Acme, Orlando Hoffer and his wife, Cheryl, of Acme, and Ronald Hoffer and his wife, Wilda, of Acme. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Emma Marie Keller; a grandson-in-law, Mark Elam; and siblings, Otha Hoffer, Belle Kreinbrook, Dorothy Snyder, Huldah Stouffer, Hazel Rooney and Wilmer Hoffer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. There will no viewing on Thanksgiving Day. Viewing will continue from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Additional viewing will take place from 10 a.m. until the hour of services at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church with the Rev. Bruce Crossley officiating. Interment will follow in the Keslar Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Huha, Victoria 80

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of Glassport
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Victoria "June" Huha, 80, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Glassport, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Victor and Elizabeth Jaskolski; and wife of the late John Huha. She is survived by her children, Mary (Les) Mannerberg, of North Huntingdon, Michelle (Jim) Yurkiewicz, of Pittsburgh, John Huha, of Pittsburgh, and Marsha (Bill) Boulger, of Minnesota; her beloved grandchildren, Mandy (Dave) Gates, Greg and Matthew Mannerberg and Maxwell Boulger; great-grandchildren, Nicole and David Gates; and sisters, Jean Pack, of Connecticut, Margaret Stefanowicz, of New Jersey, Mary Audrey Billy, of Port Vue, and Elizabeth "Bunny" Doncoes, of New York. She was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Skotnicki; and brother, Robert Jaskolski. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport. A funeral Mass will be held at noon Saturday at Queen of the Rosary Church with Rev. Kedzierski. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Joyce, Mary E. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1932-09-29
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Elizabeth Joyce, 82, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, Fla. She was born Sept. 29, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Sweeny) Moore. Mary was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral where she was a former member of the parish council. She was on the board of directors of Clelian Heights School and volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul. Mary belonged to various Bible study groups and was a quilter, weaver and spinner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Frank Moore. Mary is survived by her husband of 60 years, Fred M. Joyce; her daughters, Carolyn Bump and husband, Walter, of Floresville, Texas, and Colleen McWilliams and husband, Richard, of Export; and two granddaughters, Jennifer Lynn and Kelly Colleen McWilliams. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where Prayers of Transfer will be recited at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Clelian Heights School, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601 or Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 126 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please go to http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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McSorley Cucchi, Shirley E. 83

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1931-09-14
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Shirley E. (Huffmyer) McSorley Cucchi, 83, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born Sept. 14, 1931, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late James "Sam" and Iola (Slagle) Huffmyer. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Irwin, also part of the Sweet Adelines singing group and a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than seven years, Joseph Cucchi. She is survived by her children, Deborah (Gary) Hunt, Arthur (Bonn) McSorley, Michael (Jennifer) McSorley, Patricia Talbot Reuther (Robert Feldman), Donna (Torok) McSorley and Kathleen Lyons; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; sister, Phyllis (Hugh) Joslin; brother, James (Sue) Huffmyer; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Church, 502 Main St., Irwin, with Dr. Clifton J. Suehr officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or the ASPCA at http://www.aspca.org. For online condolences, please visit our website at http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Naeger, Eleanor 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-11-10
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Naeger, 81, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in the Mountain View Specialty Care Center, Unity Township. She was born Nov. 10, 1933, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Bridge) Shabella. Eleanor was a member of St. Rose Roman Catholic Church in Latrobe. She loved gardening, crafts and sewing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hilary T. Naeger, April 5, 2014; and six siblings, Agnes Stascheck, Sarah Yuhouse, Frank Shabella, Martin Shabella, Cecilia Shabella and Mary Mariana. She is survived by her son, Richard M. Naeger, of Derry; her grandson, Stephen Naeger, of Derry; her great-granddaughter, Allison Naeger; two sisters, Barbara Ballash and Francis Unferdorfer; her former daughter-in-law, Karen Naeger; three sisters-in-law, Rose Flodin, Mildred Shabella and Loretta Shabella; two brothers-in-law, Bill Naeger and Jerry (Marian) Naeger; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. Online condolences and guestbook can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Nardelli, James L. 85

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1929-02-27
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Attorney James L. Nardelli, 85, of New Kensington, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall. He was born Feb. 27, 1929, in New Kensington, son of the late James L. and Florinda (Marini) Nardelli. He was the husband of 57 years of Linda J. (Guarino) Nardelli. He was the founder of Nardelli Law Office, P.C. in New Kensington, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, undergraduate and Law School. Mr. Nardelli practiced law in Western Pennsylvania for 57 years. For more than 50 years, he was solicitor for New Kensington Municipal Authority. He also served as solicitor for Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary, Avonmore Borough, and the Westmoreland Housing Authority. He was on the board of the New Kensington Civil Service Commission. In his younger days, he loved off-roading, motorcycles, horseback riding and was an accomplished piano player. He enjoyed watching the Steelers and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and also was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Survivors include his wife, Linda J. (Guarino) Nardelli, of 57 years, of New Kensington; three sons, James L. (Deborah) Nardelli Jr., of New Kensington, Anthony (Terri) Nardelli, of Allegheny Township, Michael D. (Tambrea) Nardelli, of Arnold; daughter, Mary Christina (Raymond) Matejczyk, of Michigan; and five grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan and Zachary Matejczyk and Jessica and Sarah Nardelli. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 until the time of the service of a funeral Liturgy outside Mass at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Burial will be private. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Peer, Jimmie Beth 63

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-12-29
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jimmie Beth (Marple) Peer, 63, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 29, 1950, in Charleston, W.Va., a daughter of the late James S. and Jessie (Armstrong) Marple. Jimmie Beth was an entrepreneur and owned several businesses throughout her life and most recently retired as a nurse's aide for Right at Home Health Care, of East Pittsburgh. She was a 1973 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in business and marketing and a master's degree in business administration. Jimmie was a member of Murrysville Alliance Church, and also a member of A.B.A.T.E. (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Towards Education), the Order of the Eastern Star, of California, Pa., the Adamsburg Community Fire Hall Social Club, and also a member of the WVU marching band and was a very talented musician and pianist. Surviving are her husband, Dennis Peer Sr.; two children, Nichlas Kaukonen and fiancee, Julie Huppman, of Coal Center, and Jamie Jarmon and husband, Joseph Jr., of Salem, W.Va.; two stepchildren, Dennis Peer Jr. and wife, Darcy, of Pittsburgh, and Kaitlin Peer, of Greensburg; a grandson, Joseph Jarmon III; two sisters, Daphne Moore and husband, Ernest, of West Virginia, and Dolores Pease and husband, Alan, of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Dan Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Ritenour, Cheryl D. 57

  • Derry Township
  • Born: 1956-12-15
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Cheryl D. Ritenour, 57, of Derry Township, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 15, 1956, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late C. Homer "Grizz" and Carole G. Hartshorn Miller. Cheryl was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Youngstown. She had worked at Torrance State Hospital in dietary and had previously worked at the Sheetz in New Alexandria. Prior to her health problems, she belonged to many organizations and was willing to help anyone in need. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother who will be missed more than words can say. She is survived by her loving daughters, Danielle (Pete) Dreistadt, of Pleasant Unity, and Denise (Eric) Catone, of Derry Township; two brothers, Charles F. Miller (Judy Lynch), of Derry and Clifford W. Miller, of New Derry; her sister, Crystal L. (Gregg) Lazar, of Irwin; five grandchildren, Pete, Colette, Eric, Chloe and Nicholas; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. A special thanks to all of Cheryl's caregivers. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Short, Agnes B. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-01-22
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Agnes B. Short, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Greater Pittsburgh. She was born Jan. 22, 1920, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late John Zurick and Anna (Kovacs) Zurick. Agnes was a member of Holy Family Church, where she served as organist in the late 1960s through the early '80s, was a member of Holy Family Rosary Altar Society, and sang in the church choir. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert A. Short; three brothers, Anthony, Edward and Albert Zurick; and three sisters, Elizabeth Oswald, Eva Jean Dale and Joanne Harr. Agnes is survived by her daughter, Maureen A. Thomas and her husband, Curtis, of Greensburg; and five sisters, Mary Ellen Fluxmon, of New York, N.Y., Anna Mae Mellett, of Pittsburgh, Rose LaRue, of Johnstown, Theresa Polosky, of Pittsburgh, and Suzanne Peipock and her husband, Michael, of South Bend, Ind. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 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. The Holy Family Rosary Altar Society will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Westmoreland County Humane Society. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Stephens, Thomas D. 72

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1942-07-30
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Thomas D. "Drew" Stephens, 72, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born July 30, 1942, in Jeannette, a son of the late Elmer and Viola (Griffith) Stephens. Prior to retirement he was employed by All Metals Fabricating Company and he was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the Army. Drew was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jeannette, American Legion Post 301 in Connellsville and ABATE. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, William and Elmer Stephens; six sisters, Florence Myers, Nora Belle Stephens, Oma Pifer, Harriet Kalbfleisch, Ruth Kifer and Phyllis Griffin. He is survived by a daughter, Deborah DelGross, of New Alexandria; a sister, Stella Butler, of North Huntingdon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Charles Bowser officiating. Interment with military rites will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Thomas-Carlock, Diana L. 57

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1957-07-25
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Draper Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Diana Lynn "Nessa" Thomas-Carlock, 57, of Monessen, passed into the hands of our Lord on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at her home. Born on July 25, 1957, in Charleroi, she was one of six children. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Viola and Samuel Johnson. Diana "Nessa," as she was affectionately called, was a loving mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. She loved her family, listening to music, watching movies, her dogs and most of all her granddaughters, Diana and Deborah Garry. Her smile was infectious. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Lynn (Chris) Garry; two granddaughters, Diana and Deborah Garry; her mother, Donna Lee Thomas, all of Monessen; two sisters, Hope Thomas of McKees Rock and Kimberly Thomas of New Castle; three brothers, Don Lee Thomas of Chicago, Gerald Thomas of Dubois and Jeffrey Thomas of Pittsburgh; a best friend, Alvina Lucas of Monessen; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Family and friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, followed by a Celebration of Life at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 230 Reed Ave., Monessen, officiated by the Rev. Terry Sanders of Uniontown. Arrangements have been entrusted to The BEVERLY C. DRAPER FUNERAL HOME INC., 608 Sixth St. Monessen, 724-684-6242, http://www.draperfh.com.
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Williams, Jessica L. 31

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of Penn Township
  • Born: 1983-09-02
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Jessica Lynn Williams, 31, of North Huntingdon and formerly of Penn Township, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born Sept. 2, 1983, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of George Oravec, of Penn Township, and the late Diana (Smith) Oravec. A graduate of James Madison University, Jessica worked as a financial analyst for KPMG in Pittsburgh. Jessica was an outgoing and positive person whose warm smile and generous heart will forever stay with those who knew her. Besides her father, she is survived by her husband, Nick Williams, of North Huntingdon, and their son, Greyson; her brother, Jeff (Stephanie) Oravec, of Charlotte, N.C.; her sister, Megan Oravec, of Penn Township; her niece, Maryn Oravec; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Harrison City, with Pastor John Ciampa officiating. Funeral arrangements are by the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. In lieu of flowers, Jessica's family asks that memorial contributions be made to Greyson Williams' 529 college fund, in care of the family. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Moorehead, Karl E. 94

  • Formerly of Apollo
  • Born: 1920-01-06
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Karl Eugene Moorehead, 94, formerly of Apollo, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Country Manor Personal Care Home, Kittanning. Born Jan. 6, 1920, in Hyde Park, he was a son of the late William H. and Hazel (Cline) Moorehead. Karl lived in the Apollo area all of his life, and attended Apollo High School. He served our country with the Navy during World War II. Karl worked as a millwright for Allegheny Ludlum, Bagdad plant, for 36 years, retiring in 1982. Karl was a member of the former First United Methodist Church in Apollo and the United Steelworkers Union in Leechburg. He enjoyed car shows, living in the country and loved country music. In addition to his parents, Karl was preceded in death by three wives, Marian Corcetti, Pearl Woods and Elva Cline; sisters, Ethel Romagni and Mary Slee; and brothers, James and William Moorehead. He is survived by his sister, Delores H. Shuster, of Orange City, Fla.; brother, John D. (Esther) Moorehead, of Valparaiso, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 9 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo, with Pastor Sara Wrona officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Armstrong County American Legion Honor Guard. Interment in Vandergrift Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be made in Karl's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15215. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Jones, Roberta F. 77

  • Butler , Formerly of Shadyside
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Roberta F. "Bobbi" "Bertie" Jones, 77, of Butler, formerly of Shadyside, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late Robert D. and Beane (McShane) Jones; sister of the late Mary Louise Trenga; dear aunt of Deborah Ann Trenga-Myers (Jay Myers), Linda Polito-Rhodes (Richard Rhodes) and the late Donna Polito; and great-aunt of MaryGrace and Jayson Myers and Christine and Heaven Rhodes. Bobbi worked for Crum and Forster Insurance Cos. for 28 years. She wrote for the company paper, "Spotlight," under the nom de plume "Sally Snoop from the Sixth Floor." Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Interment to follow at Mt. Royal Cemetery.
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Kline, Dorothy M. 81

  • Callery
  • Born: 1933-09-28
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. "Dot" (Wilson) Kline, 81, of Callery, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, peacefully in the comfort of her home, with her family at her side, after a long illness. Born in Nixon, Pa., Sept. 28, 1933, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Florence Lloyd Wilson. Dot was a retired Postal Clerk for the Zelienople Post Office. She was a lifetime member of the Crestview Presbyterian Church, where she had served as a Deacon and also belonged to the Mars Chapter 271, Order of the Eastern Star. Dot loved spending time with her family and enjoyed sports. Surviving are three daughters, Vicki L. Kline Sayti (Gene Colonello), of Callery, Melanie "Mel" Golden (Bob Jr.), of Cranberry Township, and Kim Fair, of Butler; her grandchildren, Shawn, Ryan and Lindsay Sayti, Zacchary (Morgan) and Mitchell Golden, and Chase and Cambry Kosich; her sister, Madelynn "Mitzie" Staaf, of Gibsonia; and her brother, Lloyd "Cy" Wilson, of Mars. She is also survived by three nephews, a niece and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Kline, whom she married Feb. 20, 1953, and who died June 22, 2002; and by her daughter, Tammy Kline Kosich. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Crestview Presbyterian Church, 210 Kline Ave., Callery, PA 16024, with the Rev. Robert Goossen officiating. Please meet at the church. Burial will be in Brownsdale Cemetery in Penn Township. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that memorials be made to the Crestview Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box AA, Callery, PA 16024. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

McElroy, Jesse M. 88

  • Leisenring
  • Born: 1925-12-18
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Jesse M. McElroy, 88, of Leisenring, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in his home. He was born Dec. 18, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Joseph M. and Delia (Henry) McElroy. He was retired from Marsalino Construction Company. Jesse was a 30 year member of North Union Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary member of Uniontown American Legion Post 51 Honor Guard. Jesse is survived by his loving wife, Helen "Tootie" (Smiley) McElroy; a brother-in-law, Georgie Smiley; a daughter-in-law, Lorrie (Black) McElroy; a niece, Ilene Timko; four grandchildren, Christina Ober, Heather Morrison Martucci, Brandi Jo Hutter and husband, Scott and Joey Chidister; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Jesse was predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Lee (McElroy) Bell; and a son, Jesse Melvin McElroy. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and until 10 a.m., the hour of service with Pastor Dave Taylor officiating in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Schwartz, Perry 91

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1922-11-24
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Perry Schwartz, 91, of Belle Vernon, died peacefully on Nov. 23, 2014, at St. Barnabus Nursing Home, Gibsonia, with his loving wife Helen at his side. Born Albert Perry Schwartz in Belle Vernon on Nov. 24, 1922, to Louis and Lillian Swartz, he had two sisters, both now deceased: Louise Wolfe and husband, George, and Katherine "Kass" Altpater and husband, Clint. Perry graduated from North Belle Vernon High School in 1940 where he was a standout basketball player. As an undergraduate at California State Teachers College (now California University of Pennsylvania) he continued to star in both basketball and tennis. In 1943 he attended the Naval Officers Training Program at Bloomsburg State College, and then served his country as a Naval officer in the Mediterranean during World War II. Upon his return from active duty, he taught math and coached football at North Belle Vernon High School for several years before starting his own business, Standard Physicians Supply Company, which he and Helen ran as a successful family business. Perry took a genuine interest in people and had a great sense of humor - one couldn't be near him for very long before being engaged in friendly conversation. He will be remembered by many as a great friend; giving his time and talent to many charitable organizations and causes. He was an active member of the Belle Vernon Lion's Club for over 40 years, chairing countless events and committees and serving multiple times as President. He also served as president of the Monongahela Valley Country Club, where he was a long-time member and a regular on the golf course. After moving his family to Monessen, Perry joined the Monessen Elks Lodge 773, as well. Following his retirement in 1987, Perry became more involved with the veteran's organization, Mon Valley Shipmates, often donning his uniform to participate in parades and community events. And he finally had time to complete the lyrics to a love song he started composing many years before in Naval Training School, titled "You're Always the Girl in My Dreams". Perry is survived by his devoted wife Helen and three children, Patricia Henriquez (husband Jack) of Allentown, Debra Achen and husband, Donn of Monterey, Calif., and Tracey Deal of Poway, Calif. He is also survived by two grandsons and four great-grandchildren: Eric Henriquez (son Jack, and daughter, Emerson), and Ryan Henriquez (wife Jennifer, twin daughters Harlow and Roma). Friends will be received noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. A blessing service will be in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. James Bump officiating. Entombment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery. The members of the Mon Valley Shipmates will meet in the funeral home Saturday at 1 p.m. to conduct a two bell service In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Belle Vernon Lion's Club, 435 Speer Street, Belle Vernon, PA 15012.
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Sembower, William L. 65

  • Bullskin Township
  • Born: 1949-09-05
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William L. "Bill" Sembower, 65, of Bullskin Township, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2014, at home. He was born Sept. 5, 1949, in Connellsville, a son of the late Robert and Bessie (Shaffer) Sembower. Bill retired from County Line Collision as an auto body repairman. He was an Army veteran. Bill enjoyed the outdoors, especially while riding his motorcycle. Bill is survived by two sons, Toby Sembower and wife, Jamie, of Gainesville, Fla., and Tom Sembower, of Fort White, Fla.; three grandchildren, Colton, Taylor and Dayton Sembower; two brothers, Joseph Sembower and wife, Ruth, of Connellsville, and Lance Sembower, of Connellsville; sisters, Belinda Evans and husband, Chris, of San Antonio, Texas, Deborah Sembower, of Long Beach, Calif., and Karen Aiton and husband, Mike, of Edmonton, Canada. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by a son, Donald Sembower; and a brother, Tim Sembower. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Shearer, Donald L. 66

  • Mill Run
  • Born: 1948-08-24
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Donald L. Shearer, 66, of a lifelong resident of Mill Run, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at his home, while surrounded and comforted by his loving family. He was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Connellsville, the son of the late Laren G. and Florence Bigham Shearer. Donald was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1966. He then attended West Virginia University, where he played varsity baseball and was a graduate in 1970. Upon graduating from WVU, Donald had the opportunity to sign with the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team but chose to stay in Pennsylvania to start a family. Donald continued his passion for baseball as he went on to play and manage for the Mill Run baseball team in the County Baseball League. Donald had worked as a track foreman with CSX for 30 years and he was a member of the BMWE Local No. 1049 for 30 years. Donald was very civic-minded. He served in the West Virginia National Guard, he was a member of the Mill Run Recreation Authority and he was a lifetime member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run where he served as the Sunday school teacher for the Couples Class. Donald was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially by his loving wife of 41 years, Eileen Cunningham Shearer; his son, Brian Shearer and wife, Nikki, of Mill Run; his daughter, Stacey Shearer Hoover and husband, Jay, of Mill Run; his grandchildren, Cole, Bryn and Kace Shearer and Derek, Kara and Kylee Hoover; his sister, Karen Rebar, of Connellsville; his brother, L. Glen Shearer and wife, Peggy, of Mill Run; and several loving brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310). (There will be no viewing Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.) A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Gary Dull officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1 Station Square Drive, Landsmark Building, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, in memory of Donald L. Shearer. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

Brocious, Thomas D. 51

  • Dixonville
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Rairigh, Hillsdale | Get Directions
  • Thomas Duane Brocious, 51, of Dixonville, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the RAIRIGH FUNERAL HOME LTD., 18944 Route 286 Highway East, Hillsdale, Indiana County. There will also be a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at New Life Lutheran Church, 1209 Leroy Road, Marion Center, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral service, officiated by Pastor Stephen C. Bond. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
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Washington County

Cepaitis, Anna M. 87

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1927-07-27
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie Thomas Cepaitis, 87, of Monongahela, died on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family knowing that just as in life God was watching over her. Born July 27, 1927, in Brownsville, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Anna (Godderz) Thomas. Anna was a member and officer of the Valley Art Club and a volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Monessen. She was a member of AARP, the Ladies of Charity, and a lifelong member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration). Anna enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, creating works of art, keeping up with the latest technology, and engaging in a variety of activities including her card club, art club, and bible study group. Anna was an accomplished self-taught artist, winning numerous awards in the annual Valley Art Club exhibits. She shared her view of the world through her many still life and landscape paintings. Her love for family and friends was evident in her portrait and genre paintings. She especially enjoyed painting Mon Valley scenes. Some of these paintings hang in several locations throughout the area and are featured in the book, Monongahela City. They were also reproduced by the Monongahela Area Historical Society in prints, post cards, and Christmas cards. Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tom and Lu Cepaitis of Washington, Pa., and Mark Cepaitis of Southpointe; three daughters, Terry Cepaitis of Maryland, Patty Cocciolone of Monessen and Anita Cepaitis and fiance, Mark Wukovich of Monongahela; a brother, Al Thomas and wife, Lundie, of Pittsburgh; a brother-in-law, Joe and his wife, Vanna Cepaitis, of Donora; five grandchildren, Heather, Amy, Jamie, Shelby and Taylor; and seven great-grandchildren, Hannah, Lane, Jannah, Sawyer, Giana, Gio, and James; and extended family members, Teri and Joe Barone of Monongahela and Cliff Goodrow of Southpointe. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Funeral prayers will begin in the funeral home Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church at 10 a.m. with the Father William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow at Monongahela Cemetery.
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Bennett, Tembra A. 74

  • New Bern, N.C.
  • Died: 2014-11-22
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  • Tembra Anne Horrell Bennett, 74, of New Bern, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, after a long illness. A native of Western Pennsylvania, she lived in New Bern, N.C., since 1972. She is survived by her husband, Roger; son, Chris (Beth) Bennett, of New Bern; daughter, Michelle (Alice) Bennett, of Roanoke, Va.; brothers, Luther, John, David and their families, of Ligonier; and her granddaughter, Olivia, of New Bern. Tembra will be missed by friends and students in New Bern where she taught art in the Craven County School System until her retirement in 2001. She was both an artist and art collector who traveled with her husband to the cities and museums of Europe to see the masterpieces in person. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Bethany Christian Church, in Arapahoe, N.C. Family will receive friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at COTTEN FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC 28557 or Bethany Christian Church, 8126 N. Carolina 306, Arapahoe, NC 28510. Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the Bennett family at http://www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
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Carey, Barbara A. 70

  • Oceanside, Calif.
  • Born: 1943-11-21
  • Died: 2014-11-18
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  • Barbara Ann Carey, 70, born Nov. 21, 1943, in New Kensington, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. She resided in Oceanside, Calif., at the time of her passing.
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Hamilton, Charles W. 85

  • Formerly of Donora
  • Born: 1929-03-11
  • Died: 2014-11-07
  • Funeral Home: Jernigan Warren Funeral Home, Fayetteville, N.C. | Get Directions
  • Charles W. Hamilton, 85, formerly of Donora, went home peacefully to be with his Lord on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Charles, also known as Lefty, Charlie, and Pop, was born in Coverdale, Pa., on March 11, 1929, the son of the late Thomas and Jane (Staff) Hamilton. Charles served his country, first in the U.S. Marine Corps and then as a Sergeant First Class during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division. Mr. Hamilton also worked and retired from the Black and Decker Company in Fayetteville, N.C. Charles was predeceased by his former wife, Josephine (Jo) Cierebiej Hamilton; one son, Thomas Klemens Hamilton; two brothers, Thomas W. Hamilton and Boyd Hamilton; and five sisters, Grace Poole, Edith Smock, Mildred Wahl, Eunice Williams and Della Koskoski. Mr. Hamilton is survived by three daughters and one son-in-law, Kathy Starling, Kim and Gary Langdon, and Nancy Kebort, all of North Carolina; loving grandsons, Gary and (Lauren) Langdon of Florida, Justin Langdon, Christopher Hales, Charles McKnight, and Branson Kebort, and one precious granddaughter, Stacy Langdon, all of North Carolina; three cherished great-granddaughters, Kelsey, Aria, and Isabella; one loving sister, Norma (Hamilton) Lewis of Monessen; many nieces, great-nieces, great-great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, great-great-nephews, and cousins. Family and friends were received Nov. 13, 2014, in Fayetteville, N.C. On Nov. 14, Charles was laid to rest next to his son, Thomas Klemens Hamilton, following a professional military funeral honors, in accordance with service tradition in Ft. Benning, Ga., Main Post Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans at http://www.dav.org; or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, in memory of Charles W. Hamilton. Anyone wishing to leave the family with a memorial sympathy verse may do so by going to the Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home website: jerniganwarren.com. .
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Pracel, Scott J. 56

  • Harrisburg
  • Born: 1958-04-11
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Scott J. Pracel, 56, of Harrisburg, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was born in Pittsburgh, April 11, 1958, son of the late Joseph M. and Rita G. (Reed) Pracel. He was the loving brother of Rita (the late Robert) Megahan and Joseph (Carol), Richard (Sherry) and Wayne (Judith) Pracel. He is also survived by an aunt, Rose (Seigal) Wills; and many nieces and nephews. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Scott's name to the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens), 825 K St., NW, Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20006. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., West View. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Waite, Lorraine 88

  • Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  • Born: 1926-08-22
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home , Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Lorraine "Sis" Guglielmi Waite, 88, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., formerly of Belle Vernon passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in The Palms at St. Lucie, Port St. Lucie, Fla. A daughter of the late Virgil and Ada Vernicini Guglielmi, she was born in Belle Vernon on Aug. 22, 1926. Prior to her moving to Florida in 2001, Lorraine had resided in Belle Vernon for most of her adult life and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was retired from the Belle Vernon Area School District where she had been a Spanish teacher. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Albert Kuebler of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; one son and daughter-in-law, Raymond E. and Janice Waite of Liberty, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Raymond "Jordan" Waite, Dillon Waite, Cole Kuebler and Kelsey Kuebler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Raymond W. Waite on Feb. 5, 1999; one sister, Lillian Giovanini; and one brother, Edward Guglielmi. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com, 724-929-5300. Funeral services will be in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Suzanne Currie officiating. Entombment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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