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Addams, Merle J. 92

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1922-12-08
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Colonel (retired) Merle John "Marion" Addams died March 28, 2015, in Pittsburgh. Merle John "Marion" Addams was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Pittsburgh, to Jan and Antonina (Koziel) Adamiec. Merle knew how to work a room. A master raconteur with an ear for languages, he routinely held audiences in the palm of his hand, with stories and jokes told in flawless Italian, German, Irish and other accents. He was avid and skilled at golf, which he played for virtually his entire life, with a 4 handicap at his best. Every person he met, from the UPS delivery driver to the checkout clerk at the supermarket, knew how much he adored his wife, Irene. He made a point to offer a compliment to strangers. Merle taught his children to love God, books, music and history; how to figure things out; and how to repair almost any broken object with odd things from around the house. He taught his grandchildren all of that, plus how to play baseball and golf; and he taught everyone around him how to live creatively and stoically in the face of physical decline. After completing parochial school at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School on Pittsburgh's Polish Hill, Merle enrolled in Connelly Vocational High School, where he was an honor roll student, local chapter president and state vice president of the Future Craftsmen of America and co-editor of the school newspaper. He was forced to quit school in his senior year to support his widowed mother and siblings when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Merle joined the Army in January, 1943. Despite his lack of a high school diploma, he was selected for enrollment in Officers Candidate School in the Quartermaster Corps at Camp Lee, Va. After the training, Merle was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, assigned to a quartermaster truck company. He served two years in the European Theater as a platoon leader and then Captain, responsible for directing convoys delivering military supplies and food to directly support infantry troops in the combat zone. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain after four years of service. Merle remained a member of the Army Active Reserve for 25 years, graduating from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Army War College and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal, European Theater Medal with Three Battle Stars, Army of Occupation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the U.S. Army Reserve Medal with Star. He retired from the Army as a Colonel in 1982. When he returned home from the war, Merle married his sweetheart, Irene Prus, on June 12, 1948, after a wartime correspondence courtship. He also earned the high school credits required for graduation and enrolled at Duquesne University, where he was a member of the Beta Alpha Phi Honorary Business Fraternity. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1951. While Merle was still a college student, he accepted a position as an outside sales representative in the commercial and industrial lighting industry. He spent the majority of his career selling commercial light bulbs to businesses and institutions in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, rising through the ranks as district sales manager and regional sales director for Luxor Lighting, Pittsburgh Guaranteed Lighting and Nefglo Products. He retired in 1987. The son of two parents born in Poland, Merle was influential in developing initiatives that supported and advanced the Polish community in Pittsburgh. He joined the Central Council of Polish Organizations in 1983, became vice president in 1987 and was elected president in 1989. His first act was as president was the beginning of a quest for "jednosc", the Polish word for "oneness." Merle convened a meeting of the leaders of the various Polish organizations in metro Pittsburgh with the goal of unifying the fragmented groups into one strong organization that would advance the status of Polish Americans. In 2003, the Central Council of Polish Organizations became the Polish Cultural Council of Pittsburgh. Jednosc began to deliver results as the Polish organizations joined forces, providing greater community visibility to many cultural and fundraising programs. Attendance, support and revenues from the annual Polish Day picnic at Kennywood Park rose dramatically for many years. Merle also collaborated to launch an annual black-tie ball for the Polish community, and event that evolved into a debutante ball for accomplished young women of Polish heritage. The 2014 Bal Polonaise, during which 14 debutantes and their escorts danced the Grand Polonaise, was the 21st annual event. In 1993, Merle earned a credit in a major motion picture when the movie Roommates, starring Peter Falk and Ellen Burstyn, was filmed on location in Pittsburgh. Merle was selected as Polish coordinator and dialect coach for Peter Falk, whose character was a Polish grandfather who moves in with his grandson. Merle was a member and strong supporter of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation; included in the 1996 edition of Who's Who in Polish America; and in 2005, received the annual Dominion Foundation Volunteer in the Arts Award for his volunteer work for the Polish community. At the time of his death, he was president emeritus of the Polish Cultural Council. Merle is survived by his wife, Irene Addams; children, Jeannine Addams (Robert Coram), Dean Addams (Jane Addams), Evanne Addams (Chester Wawrzonek) and Kent Addams (Victoria Addams); and six grandchildren, Addam Wawrzonek (Becky Wawrzonek), Christian Wawrzonek, Evan Addams (Bethany Addams), Austin Addams, Jillian Addams and Christian Addams. Merle was the youngest of eight children, and the last of his siblings to die. Merle's parents named him Marion in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary because he was born on the Catholic holy day marking the Immaculate Conception. He was devoted to the Blessed Virgin for his entire life. Merle and Irene lived in Allison Park for 51 years and were members of St. Ursula Parish, as well as Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish on Polish Hill. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated in his memory at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Polish Hill. Donations in honor of Merle Addams may be made to the Polish Cultural Council, PO Box 81054, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-0554.
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Atkins, Betty L. 86

  • Reserve Township
  • Born: 1928-12-24
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Betty Lulu (Comp) Atkins, 86, of Reserve Township, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Lillington, N.C. She was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Carl and Colleta (Kruckewitt) Comp. She was the beloved wife for 66 years of the late Alfred "Al" Atkins Jr.; loving mother of Carl A. (Barbara) Atkins, Donna J. (Keith) Doll and Thomas J. (Nancy) Atkins; grandmother of Kelly (Tim) Collinson, Keith (Diana) Doll, Heather (Rob) Harrington, Jennifer (Kenny) Temple, Ainslee Atkins, Jodi (Keith) Conway, Jayme (Damon) Solomon, Kristin (Coit) Brice, Brittany (Patrick) Ferguson and Corey Atkins; dear sister of Delores (Carl) Barrett; also survived by 20 great-grandchildren. Betty loved her church where she was a greeter and Eucharistic minister as well as a Christian Mother and member of the Silver Sneakers. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Aloysius Church. Interment in Southside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. Aloysius Church, 3610 Mt. Troy Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Chiaramonte, Francis A. 83

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Francis A. Chiaramonte, 83, of Glenshaw, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Theresa (Tomaro) Chiaramonte; son of the late Frank and Josephine Chiaramonte; loving father of Joe Chiaramonte (Kim), Mike Chiaramonte (Judy), Mary Kelly (Patrick), Theresa Chiaramonte and the late Frank Chiaramonte (surviving Dawn); Pappy to Jim, Karyn (Josh), Lauren, Ashley, Mackenzie, Jarrod, Evan and Emily; and great-Pappy to Adam and soon-to-be, Eli. Francis was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was also a Color Guard. He sewed his country as a member of the Navy during the Korean War, then worked for the U.S. Postal Service, from where he retired. Frank was referred to as "the Mayor of Phillips Avenue." He will sadly be missed by many. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Blessing service at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Bonaventure Church. Arrangements by Neely Funeral Home, Glenshaw. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Clarkson, Helen L. 97

  • Bethel Park , Formerly of Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Helen Louise (Ebert) Clarkson, 97, of Bethel Park, formerly of Baldwin, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Paramount Senior Living. The daughter of the late Frank and Irene Ebert was preceded in death by her sister, Marge Fett, and is survived by another sister, Jean Ebert. She was the devoted and loving wife of the late Joseph Clarkson for 73 years. Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Joseph (Diane) Clarkson, Donald (Jeannette Martin) Clarkson and Nancy (Scott) Kocher; six grandchildren, Allison (Timothy) Seidel, Bryan Clarkson, Megan (Sara Hurley) Kocher, Andrea (Mike) Pastorius, Elise Clarkson and Scott (Kate) Kocher; and four great-grandchildren. Helen and Joe loved all types of dancing, gardening and bird watching. Their overwhelming kindness, abundant generosity and energy were a role model for their friends and family. Devoted to their faith, Helen and Joe were active members of the Emmanuel Lutheran and Good Shepherd church families. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be at noon Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the Brentwood Meals on Wheels, 3725 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Colamarino, Dennis J. 67

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1947-12-26
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Father Dennis J. Colamarino, of Duquesne, Pastor of Christ the Light of the World and St. Joseph Parishes completed his Lenten journey and became Easter on Saturday, March 28, 2015. He taught those around him how to live and love and showed them how to die with strength and dignity. Father Dennis was born Dec. 26, 1947, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Felix and Florence (Deni) Colamarino. He attended St. Luke Elementary School in Carnegie and graduated from Canevin High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Duquesne University and Master of Divinity from St. Francis College in Loretto. He was ordained May 5, 1973, by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard at St. Paul Cathedral. He became a priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh on May 5, 1973. He was the Parochial Vicar at St. Titus Parish, Aliquippa, from 1973-1978, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Burgettstown, from 1978-1983, and Holy Name Parish, Duquesne, from 1983-1984. He was named pastor of Holy Name Parish from 1984-1994 and administrator of St. Hedwig Parish from 1988-1994. In 1994, Father Dennis was appointed the first pastor of the newly formed Christ the Light of the World Parish where he served as Pastor until his death. In 1999, he was concurrently assigned administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Duquesne. In 2003, he was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish and continued to serve as pastor until his death. Along with his parish responsibilities, Father Dennis has served as Deanery director for the Steel Valley Religious Education Team, Defender of the Bond for the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal, chaplain to the Duquesne Police Department, Duquesne Volunteer Fire Department and the Allegheny County Police Officers Memorial, motivational speaker on the AIDS Epidemic to high school and church groups, co-leader of Christ the Light of the World Parish AIDS Care Team, liaison for Christian Associates of Western PA AIDS Interfaith Care Teams and member and Vicariate Two representative of the Priest Council. He frequently celebrated Saturday night Mass for the Steelers opponents when they played in Pittsburgh. He was the brother of Arthur (Robin) Colamarino, of Osprey, Fla., Anita (Gary) Rosensteel, of McMurray, Joan (John) Schlueter, of Venetia, Mary (Phil) Shank, of Carnegie, and Philip (Clare) Colamarino, of Lake Mary, Fla. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, and Friday, April 10, 2015, in Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish, 32 S. First St., Duquesne. A Vesper service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday April 10, 2015, in Holy Name Church. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Holy Name Church, by Bishop David A. Zubik. Private family burial will be at Holy Name Cemetery. Arrangements are by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne, 412-466-3300. In lieu of flowers, Father Dennis requested that donations for "ALS Research" be made in his memory to the ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209. Online condolences may be made to www.maloy-schleiferfuneralhome.com.
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Czaplicki, Rita S.

  • New Sewickley Township
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • Rita S. (Barus) Czaplicki, of New Sewickley Township, formerly of West View, died Friday, March 27, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Alexander F. Czaplicki Jr.; loving mother of Diana M. Marks (Dale), Patricia A. Czaplicki, Daniel A. Czaplicki (Karin), Cynthia J. Hall (David) and Alexander J. Czaplicki (Theresa); sister of Rose Bourg; also survived by 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Ferdinand Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
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Dworkin, Peter A. 67

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: DAlessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Peter Alan Dworkin, 67, of Squirrel Hill, died Friday, March 27, 2015. Peter was the son of the late Edward and Ella (Wolkoff) Dworkin, and is survived by his sisters, Karen Johnson and Bonnie (Bill) White, of Anaheim, Calif. He is also survived by his loving partner of 27 years, Ann Rose and their dog, Murray. Peter served as a marriage and family therapist at the South Hills Health System and as a family therapy consultant at the Vet Center. He maintained a private practice as well. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time at Starbucks and walking Murray in Frick Park. A celebration of Peter's life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, at Homewood Cemetery's old chapel, 1599 South Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Professional services by D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. Memorial contributions in Peter's name would be welcomed to the Animal Rescue League, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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Fedele, Arthur A.

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Arthur A. Fedele, of Penn Hills, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with heart disease. He is survived by his loving partner of 28 years, Lynne Price; daughters, Rene (Kevin) Rourke, Lynn (Lance) Mischen and Diane (Jim) Hannum; grandchildren, Veronica, Cassie, Dominque, Isabella, Nathaniel, Christopher and Seth; and also by many loving nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by parents, Paul and Agnes Fedele; wife, Rita (Berg) Fedele; and brother, Paul Jr. Arthur was a 1951 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School, and an Army veteran of the Korean War. He later participated in many veterans groups including Sharing and Caring and the Penn Hills Veterans association. He was also a member of the Verona Eagles. His entire career was spent at Bell of PA. During that period of time, he became an active member of Fort Pitt chapter of Pioneers and participated in numerous activities throughout the community. He held the position of president for a number of years and was an inductee into the pioneer hall of fame. Art led a very full and active life. He was also a member of a scuba club, Penn Hills Senior Softball league and an avid fisherman, hunter and cross country skier. He was a very loving and giving man and will be missed by his family and many, many friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions acknowledged to the Allegheny National Forrest, Marienville Ranger District, 131 Smokey Lane, Marienville, PA 16239. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills. Funeral prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church in Verona.
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Fields, Barbara N. 75

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1939-03-29
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Waters, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Barbara Nell Howard Fields, 75, of McKeesport, departed this life peacefully Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the Briarcliff Nursing Home, North Huntingdon. She was born March 29, 1939, in Midland, daughter of the late James C. and Thelma Davis Howard. She was a 1957 graduate of McKeesport Area High School. She had been employed as a clerk at Sears and also worked as a secretary at Carnegie Mellon University. She was a former member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church and former member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are her son, Paul L. (Dianne) Fields, of McKeesport; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister, Ava C. (Charles) Robinson, of Pittsburgh; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Howard, of Midland, and Brenda Howard, of Lakeland, Fla.; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, in the Waters Chapel with the Rev. Henry Billingsley officiating. Entombment will follow in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.
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Fraer, Margaret 89

  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Jean" Fraer, 89, died Sunday, March 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick G. Fraer; loving mother of Joyce (Thomas) Rossi, Janet Fraer, Jennifer (Joseph) Tancraitor and Frederick G. (Luanne) Fraer Jr.; sister of the late George W. (surviving spouse, Marge) Zitzman; "Grammy" of Albert, Hannah, Autumn, Gregory, Megan, Tyler, Ian and Kailey; and "Double G" of Victoria, Trevor, Robert and Emmett. Jean was past president of the Greentree Women's Club, ordained Deacon, wedding coordinator and a volunteer in the Wallace Food Pantry. She was a longtime member of the Early Birds Bowling League. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with interment to follow in Chartier's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's name to the Wallace Food Pantry, 1146 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Fugini, Alfred 83

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • Alfred "Al" Fugini, 83, of McCandless, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, after a lingering illness, at Cranberry Place. He was the loving husband of Joyce Fugini for 54 eyars; father of Lisa (Kevin) Murphy and Tom (Paige) Fugini, Laura (Dave) Kurywchak; and grandfather of Connor Murphy, Brayden and Tatum Fugini, Michael, Matthew and Natalie Kurywchak. He is survived by his four brothers and three sisters, Lewis, Father Francis OFM Cap, Vincent, Franklin, Bernadette Martin, Sylvia Pennington and Rose Rumbaugh; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, Robert, Carl and Gloria Sacharski. He served in the Army during the Korean War, having taken his basic training with the 11th Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Ky. He was a graduate of Gannon College and began his career at Erie City Iron Works, later at Westinghouse Bettis, and for 34 years as a mechanical design engineer for Pitt Des Moines. His passion was classic and antique automobiles. He was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church and a member of North Hills Historic Automobile Club and the Early Ford V8 Club. The family wishes to thank the staff, nurses and aides of UPMC Cranberry Place for their kind and compassionate care. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Mater Dolorosa Church, Chicora. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Guthrie, Mary E. 76

  • Formerly of Wall and West Newton
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Mary E. "Honey Girl" (Arendas) Guthrie, 76, formerly of Wall and West Newton, died peacefully Sunday, March 29, 2015. She was a daughter of the late George and Mary Arendas; sister of George S. (Joyce) Arendas; aunt of Michele Gaydos and George W. (Melinda) Arendas; great-aunt of Jocelyn and Stephen Gaydos and Gabriel Arendas; also survived by numerous cousins. Honey Girl was affectionately called was an architect and president for architecture development. She was a graduate from Seton Hill College, Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332, with a Parastos service to follow. Parting prayers in at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church. Burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Houpt, Iris M.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Iris M. (Simpson) Houpt, of Swissvale, died Saturday, March 28, 2015. She was the wife of the late Charles Houpt; beloved mother of John G. Simpson and his fiancee, Jennifer, of Trafford, formerly of Swissvale; sister of Maude Kukic, of North Huntingdon, and the late Paul Simpson; and dearest best friend of Christine Lersch, of Swissvale. She is also survived by a niece and nephew, great-nieces and a great-nephew and a great-great-niece. Friends received from 4 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Blessing service will be at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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King, Michelle A. 58

  • Wexford
  • Born: 1956-11-27
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Michelle A. (Tuite) King, 58, of Wexford, died suddenly Sunday morning, March 29, 2015. Born Nov. 27, 1956, in Pittsburgh, she is the daughter of Dorothy C. (Pelles) Tuite, of McCandless, and the late Frank J. Tuite; beloved wife for 37 years of Norman A. "Tony" King; loving mother of Shannon (Brian) Capellupo and Justin (Vanessa) King; sister of Diane (Michael) Sistek, Cindy Tuite and Kevin (Leann) Tuite; aunt of Valerie Tuite; and is also survived by her precious grandson, Anthony J. Capellupo. Michelle was a longtime registered nurse, working at numerous hospitals in the North Hills and a parishioner at St. Alexis Church, in Wexford, where she was active with the Lifeteen program. She loved decorating her home and most of all spending time with her 3-year-old grandson, Anthony, reading books, building blocks and enjoying every moment being a grandmother. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Alexis Church with Father Paul Zywan, officiating. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery of St. Mary Church, Glenshaw. Family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Leone, Robert T. 83

  • Ross Township
  • Born: 1931-04-16
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Robert T. Leone, 83, of Ross Township, peacefully passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, in the comfort of his family. Born April 16, 1931, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Joseph and Josephine Leone, and brother of the late Joe Leone. Robert was married for 61 wonderful years to his best friend, Mary Anne (McGinty), and was the very proud father of his four children, Beth Anne (Jeff) Bergman, Bob (Lori) Leone, Bill (Marny) Leone and Michael (Karen) Leone. Affectionately known as "Pup" or "Puppy," he was the cherished grandfather to his 11 grandchildren, Brock, Brett and Beau Bergman, and Megan, Logan, Luke, Tate, Riggs, Barrett, Arden and Marin Leone, and great-grandfather of Olivia and Bennett Bergman. Robert was a graduate of Perry High School, class of 1948, and served in the Navy aboard the USN destroyer, Robert L. Wilson, from 1948-1952. He served the City of Pittsburgh as an officer for the police department from 1960-1982, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) for 55 years. He also served as an investigator for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office until 1990. In retirement, Robert and his cohort, Mary Anne, took many trips to Florida, enjoying the surf, sun and fishing. He enjoyed gardening, following Pittsburgh sports teams, as well as spending time with his family and friends. When Robert was not spending time with his family, you could always find him in his workroom creating keepsakes for his grandchildren out of old parts and materials that he would gather from his home. A cigarette smoker since age 7, we are sure that he is smoking a "Marlboro Red" that never goes out, with a smile on his face, in heaven. It is said ... we don't have a soul. We have a body ... and a body passes away. Our soul never passes away ... it moves on. We know that Robert's soul lives on and we cherish that miracle of life. Today we celebrate the life and soul of a faithful husband, a devoted dad, loving grandfather and great-grandfather. Services and interment private. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC.
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McKinney, Julia 83

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1932-03-07
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Julia (Pavlick) McKinney, 83, of Fawn Township, passed away at home Monday, March 30, 2015, following a lengthy illness. She was born March 7, 1932, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late John and Emma (Yaloh) Pavlick. Julia has lived the past 60 years in Fawn Township where she was a homemaker. She was a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, Christian Mothers of her church and Mt. St. Peter Ezekiel 37 Prayer Group. Julia graduated from Taylor Alderdice High School and enjoyed dancing and card playing. Survivors include her children, Donna (Daniel) Vivian, of Buffalo Township, Gary (Ramona) McKinney, of Fawn Township, and Marilyn McKinney, of Buffalo Township; also surviving are her grandchildren, Chad, Justin and Andrew Vivian and Jessica and Amanda McKinney; and great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Gabriel, Cole and Adelyn-Rose. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Larry K. McKinney, in 2014; four brothers, Nicholas, George, John and Frank Pavlick; and a sister, Anne Schultz. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss officiating. Interment in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. The Prayer Community of Ezekiel 37 will hold services in the funeral home at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Family suggests contributions to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 810 River Ave., No. 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Mellor II, Chauncey J.

  • Overbrook
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: DeBor, Brookline | Get Directions
  • Chauncey J. Mellor II, of Overbrook, died Friday, March 27, 2015. He was the husband of the late Margaret C.; beloved father of Jeff (Doris Gove) and Dennis (Patricia) Mellor; grandfather of Dennis Ranft, Lori Zaremba, Eric Mellor, Erin Lau, Laura Mellor, Joe and Bobbie Jo Ranft; and father-in-law of Kathleen Ranft. Also surviving are 13 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at FRANK F. DeBOR FUNERAL HOME INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Home Patient Care Fund, 489 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234. www.deborfuneralhome.com.
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Napoli, William V. 94

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • William V. "Bill" Napoli, 94, of McCandless, died peacefully Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 64 years of Eleanor (Rezak) Napoli; father of William A. (Helen) Napoli, of Rochester, N.Y., Christopher M. (Karen) Napoli, of Plum, and Jane E. Napoli, of McCandless; brother of the late Edith Carbone, Elaine Carbone and Emma Napoli; grandfather of Jake (Mary) Napoli, Meghan, William and Benjamin Napoli; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was greatly loved by his "granddog," Sindey. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where a funeral liturgy service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Alexis Building Fund, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090. During World War II, Bill served in the Army Air Force as a bombardier navigator. In 1950, he graduated from Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon, with an engineering degree and went to work for Carrier and then later Westinghouse. He was an avid bridge player and sports fan and a loving father and husband who will be greatly missed.
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Navish, Susan J. 61

  • Collier Township , Formerly of Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Susan J. Navish, 61, of Nevillewood, Collier Township, formerly of Monroeville, died Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of Dorothy (Limbacher) Navish and the late Charles "Chuck" Navish; dear granddaughter of the late Dorothy "Lizzie" Limbacher; cherished sister of Dennis (Mary Ann) Navish, of Penn Hills, and Marlene (Patrick) O'Leary, of West Mifflin; loving aunt of Meghan (Michael) Safko, Kristen Navish, Katelyn O'Leary and Molly O'Leary; and great-aunt of Victor Navish and Sophia Safko. Susan was a 1971 graduate of St. Thomas High School in Braddock and earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from John Carroll University and her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. From 1978-2001, Susan was a home health agency administrator and from 2002-2013, she was the executive director of the Multiple Sclerosis Service Society in Pittsburgh. Susan was an active member of the National Association of Social Workers. She was a staunch advocate in pushing for the licensing of social workers in Pennsylvania. In the early 1990's, Susan's efforts were rewarded with legislation that now requires licensure of social workers. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Colman Church. Susan will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Colman Renovation Fund, 100 Tri Boro Highway, Turtle Creek, PA 15145 or John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll University, University Heights, OH 44118, or www.jcu.edu.http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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O'Keson, Margaret I. 74

  • McKeesport , Formerly of Pensacola, Fla.
  • Born: 1940-11-10
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Margaret Inez O'Keson, 74, of McKeesport, formerly of Pensacola, Fla., passed away peacefully, in her home, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, surrounded by her family, friends and beloved pets. She was born Nov. 10, 1940, in McKeesport, and was a daughter of the late Frank E. and Mabel A. (Scott) O'Keson. After graduating from McKeesport High School in 1958, she continued her education at McKeesport Hospital, where she obtained her laboratory technician degree. This degree allowed her to take positions in Chicago, Ill., Washington, D.C., and Pensacola, Fla., where she spent most of her life. After retirement from West Florida Hospital in the late '90s, Margaret purchased and renovated a Victorian home in the Downtown North Hill Historic District of Pensacola, which became the VicMar Bed and Breakfast. She served on many of the neighborhood committees and helped in the revitalization of the neighborhood. Margaret was also the proprietor of a successful business, Maggie's Lawn Care and Painting. In 2005, she decided that it was time to return to McKeesport. She took a job with the McKeesport Sewage Authority plant testing water for Marcellus Shale and immediately became active in the city's cultural and political scene. Margaret was a member of the McKeesport Planning Commission, the Joint Task Force, and was a constable for the Election Bureau. She was a volunteer for the Festival of Trees, The Christmas Parade and International Village. Margaret also received the Outstanding Leadership Award from former McKeesport Mayor James R. Brewster in 2010. Margaret not only had a love and compassion for friends and family, she also loved animals. From the cat she picked out of the gutter to the two large stray dogs that she found wandering her neighborhood, each animal had a story that ended in a loving home with Margaret. As she cared for them, both her beloved dogs, Marty and J.R., kept vigil over Margaret in her final hour. In addition to her sister, Belinda (B) O'Keson, she is survived by her extended family and friends: Mark and Christine Farrell Zacharia and their son, Terrence John "Jack," a ray of sunshine in Margaret's life since his birth, H. Aaron Dagen, of Pensacola, Fla., Carole A. Redman, of Cheverly, Md., Beatrice (Bea) Longo and Dorothy Troutmann, of McKeesport, and all others. To Margaret, if you are a friend, you are family. She was preceded in death by her brother, Martin O'Keson, who died Nov. 6, 1986. The family would like to extend a special "thank you" to Margaret's caregivers, especially Edie Mayersky, and Jill and Cindy from Forbes/Celtic Hospice. We couldn't have done it without you. There is no visitation. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, by Father Tom Lewandowski. A future celebration of Margaret's life will take place in Pensacola, Fla. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to White Oak Animal Safe Haven and Carnegie Free Library of McKeesport. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Pazzynski, Olga 94

  • Avalon
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Olga (Potoczny) Pazzynski, 94, of Avalon, was called to her heavenly home Sunday, March 29, 2015. She will surely be greeted with open arms by the mother and father she worshipped, Andrew and Anna Potoczny, and by her loving and devoted husband of 50 years, Joseph Pazzynski, as well as her sisters, Margaret Micinski and Mary Walper, and brothers, Andy and John Potoczny. Aunt Mary told me a story about the day my mother was born. She and my Uncle John sat in front of the fireplace in their home in Woods Run puffing on their leggings. Their father came from the bedroom and said, "Come and see the new baby." Olga had arrived on that cold January day. Mom worked tirelessly for years in her parents' Woods Run grocery store, Steel City Market. A meat cutter extraordinaire! Later, she displayed her unselfish charity as a 10-year volunteer for Meals on Wheels. When my father became ill and was confined to a nursing home, her bus trips to spend time with him became her mission in life. The home she cherished for 75 years, complete with her pampered flowers and tomato plants, was a source of happiness, fulfillment and pride. Also loved as aunt and godmother to many nieces and nephews, she was a strong link in our family chain, blessing us, and all her neighbors and friends, with generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness. We thank the extraordinary caregivers and staff at New Hope Assisted Living in Avalon for all the love and tenderness they showed my mother during her four-month stay. As her proud and grateful daughter and son-in-law, Eileen and Glenn Kidd, we are comforted to know how blessed each day has been to have had her at our side, not only as devoted mother, but fierce protector, nurturer and role model. Although we will dearly miss her daily presence here on earth, we know that she will forever watch over us. May God bless you and keep you in his care, Mom. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Avenue, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.
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Pirl, Twanda L. 61

  • Duquesne
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Caldwells, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Twanda L. Pirl, 61, fondly known as "Lokie", of Duquesne, peacefully departed this life Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, PA 15110, where home-going service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Archie Perrin officiating. Interment will be in McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. Professional arrangements entrusted to CALDWELL'S FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Plant, William J. 88

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Dr. William J. Plant, 88, of Shaler Township, died Friday, March 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Anna Plant; loving father of Rick Plant, Carrie (Marty) Barvinchak, Katie Besnecker, Bill (Liz) Plant, Sue (Andy) Baxter, Marianne (Mark Irvin) Plant and Betsy (Brian) McMillin; son of the late William and Rose Plant; also survived by 18 grandchildren. He was a World War II Army veteran. Bill received his bachelor's degree at Trinity College, his master's degree from the University of Vermont and the University of Maryland, and his doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of Texas. He enjoyed his work as a research chemist at the Mellon Institute. His true passion was the trumpet and he was a student of Anthony Pasquarelli. He was the co-founder of the Allegheny Brass Band. He was known for his great wit and charm and his love for his family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glensahw. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bonaventure Church, Glenshaw. Burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery.
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Polyak, Meredith 76

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Meredith (Nale) Polyak, 76, of Plum, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Tibor Polyak; loving mother of Heather (Michael) Joos; grandmother of Steven Joos and Drew (Max) Noroski; and sister of David Nale and the late Nancy Shaw. Meredith was a very strong woman of faith. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow at Plum Creek Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Pulcini, Josephine

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Josephine (Morice) Pulcini, of Swissvale, died Friday, March 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late Fiorvanti "Fats" Pulcini; loving mother of Donna Brooks and her husband, Bob, JoAnn Pieszak and her husband, Gene, and Daniel Pulcini and his wife, Cindy; dear grandma of Michael and his wife, Maria, David, Sean and his wife, Aimee, Brad and his wife, Erin, and Bobby and his wife, Erin; and great-grandmother of Taylor, Maddox, Billy, Jake, Leah, Isabel, Alexandra, Claire, Ben and soon to be born Abby. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frances and Salvatore Morice; and her sisters, Madeline, Angeline and Mary. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Madonna Del Castello Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to a charity of your choice. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Ribar, Carol 77

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Carol (Sauerwein) Ribar, 77, of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of husband, Joe, for 54 years; loving mother of children, Gary, Glenn, Lynn and Greg (Anne); proud grandmother of Kyra. Carol was preceded in death by her sister, Bea Huwe; and her brother, Alan Sauerwein. She is survived by her brothers, Don and Rich Sauerwein; sister, Karen Horvath; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at North American Martyrs Parish. Interment to follow at Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Shimrock, Margaret

  • West Homestead
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Margaret (Berta) Shimrock, of West Homestead, died Sunday, March 30, 2015, unexpectedly. She was the beloved wife of the late Milan E. Shimrock; loving mother of Donna (Jack) May, Dianne (Paul) Cain and Milan "Darryl" Shimrock; cherished grandmother of Ashley and Courtney; and dear friend of George Kostival. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Slafka, Roseanne 64

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1950-08-13
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Roseanne Slafka, 64, of McKeesport, died Sunday, March 29, 2015. Born Aug. 13, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Como, and wife of the late Andrew J. Slafka. She is survived by her mother, Virginia Meisl Como, of McKeesport; daughters, Anna Marie Slafka and Brigette (Justin) Donley, of Wintersville, Ohio; a son, Josh Slafka, of McKeesport; grandson, Jude Donley; two sisters, Odelia (Andrew) Golembiewski, of Glassport, and Anita (Buddy) Lepley, of Elizabeth; and a brother, Gerard (Sandi) Como, of Pleasant Hills. She was preceded in death by a son, Aaron A. Slafka. She was a secretary for the McKeesport School District and a member of St. Marks Church, Port Vue. Friends received from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Marks Church, Port Vue, with the Rev. Daniel Straughn.
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Sowa Jr., Walter A. 76

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1938-06-11
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Walter A. Sowa. Jr., 76, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, in Sycamore Estate Personal Care Residence in Duquesne. Retired, after 43 years of service as an electrician for U.S. Steel, Clairton Works, he was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, Clairton, and a veteran of the Air Force Reserves. He loved history, birds and antique cars. Born June 11, 1938, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Walter A. and Mary Sowa, and husband of the late Jacqueline "Joy" (McCorkle) Sowa, who passed away Feb. 28, 2007. Walter is survived by his daughters, Faith Ann Siler, of Greenville, S.C., and Stephanie (Kevin) Osselborn, of Mt. Washington; sons, Daniel J. Sowa, of Jefferson Hills, and David J.N. (Ann Marie) Sowa, of Liberty Borough; 10 grandchildren, Sam, Anthony, Christopher, Kevin, Joyce, Carol, C.J., Cassandra, Emma and Keaton; great-grandchildren; brother, Edward Sowa, of Auburn, Calif.; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Doree Sowa. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A Parastas will take place at noon Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the funeral home, with Father Ivan Mina officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions may be made to The Owl Foundation, www.canadahelps.org/dn/14298. Walter's family would like to thank the staff at Sycamore Estates for the wonderful care given to him. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Speranza, Elizabeth L. 84

  • Formerly of Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Lorraine" Speranza, 84, of Point Pleasant, formerly of Forest Hills, died peacefully Saturday, March 28, 2015. She was a daughter of the late George and Oral (Yeager) Glunt; wife of the late James Speranza; loving mother of Patty McQuistian, Kathy (Gary) Kramer, Jim (Kathy), Joe (Stacey) and Chris Speranza; special grandmother of 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and sister of Georgia Sanders and the late Jean Casley. She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and all who loved Lorraine. Mrs. Speranza was a loving and special mother. She and her late husband were the owners of P and J Motors in Wilmerding, which her sons, Jim and Joe, carried on their parents' legacy. Family and friends are being received from 2 until 8 p.m. Tuesday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Parting prayers at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Colman Church with Father James Kunkel and Father Tom Burke as concelebrants. Burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery. www.alfierifuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Danielle House, 160 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905.
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Stanich, Lena 84

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-04-20
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Lena (Codeluppi) Stanich, 84, of McKeesport, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at Briarcliff Pavilion. Born April 20, 1930, in Blythedale, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (DeSanta) Codeluppi and the wife of the late Nick Stanich. She is survived by her grandchildren, Kari and Kelly Stanich; sister, Marie (John "Legs") Lawrenzi; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Rodney Stanich; and brothers, Adolph and Robert Codeluppi. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at noon Saturday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. The Rev. Isaac Johnson will officiate. Burial will be private. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Talotta, Lena 92

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Wylie, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Lena (Lagrotteria) Talotta, 92, of Penn Hills, died Saturday, March 28, 2015. She was preceded in death by parents, Louis and Concetta (Asturi) Lagrotteria; beloved husband, Frank "Tony" Talotta; and sister, Jennie Manella. She is survived by son, Anthony Talotta; siblings, Joseph (Sharon), Paul (Diane) Lagrotteria, Tina (the late Tony) Greco and Josephine "Jay" (Robert) Veri; brother-in-law, Tony Manella; also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family wants to give a special thank you for the compassionate, loving care that they gave to their aunt, Tina Dawn Talotta and Shelly Lagrotteria. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bartholomew Church.
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Westmoreland County

Barr, Sarah J. 84

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1930-04-12
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Sarah Jane (Cramer) Barr, 84, of Washington Township, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015, in her home. Born April 12, 1930, in Oklahoma Borough, she was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Vera (Moore) Cramer. A homemaker, Sarah lived most of her life in Oklahoma Borough. She was a graduate of Washington Township High School and member of the Apollo United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Howard James Barr, on Nov. 10, 2010. Survivors include her sons, Del J. (Patricia) Barr, of Oklahoma Borough, David R. (Sandy) Barr, of Leechburg, and Randy A. (Vicki) Barr, of The Villages, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Lou Knell, of California. At the request of the family, all services were private and have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Brennan, Mary C. 91

  • Irwin
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary C. (LaMonica) Brunner Brennan, 91, of Irwin, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital Greensburg. Complete funeral arrangements will be announced by the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin.
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Brinker, Marjorie A. 78

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1936-09-18
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Marjorie Ann (Wagner) Brinker, 78, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 29, 2015, at her home in Delmont with her loving family at her side. She was born Sept. 18, 1936, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Harlen and Bertha (Snyder) Wagner. Marjorie is survived by her loving family, including daughter, Diania Mason, of Greensburg; son, Richard "Rick" Brinker (Karen), of Export; daughter, Janet Himes (Barry), of Delmont; grandchildren, Lloyd and Keith Brinker, of Export, Michael and Lindsey Ford, of Harrisburg, Sherri Ford and fiance, Benjamin Smith, of Australia, Sara O'Brien and fiance, Michael Kushner, of Greensburg; great-grandchildren, Vienna O'Brien and Lilly Byrnes; and a dear cousin, MaryJane Good, with whom Marjorie was inseparable. She will also be missed by her special canine companion, Ginger. Marjorie will be remembered for her love of animals and her delicious pies. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Peter Goetschius, of Poke Run Presbyterian Church, Apollo, presiding. Interment services will follow and will be held privately for the immediate family only at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. Memorial donations may be directed to The Humane Society of Westmoreland County, Route 119, N. Greensburg St., Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Byerly, Betty B. 85

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1930-01-10
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Betty B. Byerly, 85, of Penn Township, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, in her home. She was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Harrison City, to the late Alvin and Blanche Walters Shearer. Betty sewed all the time with Busy Hands and was a member of Penn Township Senior Citizens and Young at Heart. She was a longtime member of the Harrison City United Church of Christ, the church she grew up in, and also attended Community United Methodist Church. Betty is survived by her loving children, Samuel R. Byerly, of Chicago, Susan S. (Larry) Wojcik, of Jeannette, and Becky L. (Joe) Brandt, of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren, Brant and Andrew Byerly, Tiffany Smith, Kim Novosel, Christa Ricciuti, Jacquilyn Tamanini, Lindsey Mayer and Annie Brandt; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Lottie Elias; and brother, Alvin "Pete" Shearer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Francis A. "Sam" Byerly; twin brother, Bill Shearer; and sisters, Susie Beatty, Jean Dzendzel and Alice Akins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, with the Rev. John Ciampa officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery - Denmark Manor, Penn Township. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Busy Hands, c/o Jodie Roscosky, 2002 Harrison Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Cain, Betty L. 85

  • Export
  • Born: 1929-07-21
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Betty L. Cain, 85, of Export, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 29, 2015, with her loving family by her side. She was born July 21, 1929, in Murrysville, daughter of the late Lawrence and Ethel Cole Brunecke. She was an employee for many years at Johnny Miller's House by the Side of the Road in Murrysville and she sold Avon products for more than 40 years. She was a homemaker who loved to cook and take care of her family and on weekends they spent time at their camp at Big Bear Lake Campgrounds in West Virginia. She was a member of the Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church, Murrysville. She was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Cain, in 2014; two infant siblings; two brothers, Russell L. Brunecke and Carl E. Brunecke; and two sisters, Anna Mary Johnson and Sarah Jane Erbe. Betty is survived by three daughters, Donna (Richard) Miller, of Irwin, Cindy (Daniel) Hopper, of Harrison City, and JoAnn (Gary) Rosenberger, of Murrysville; four grandchildren, Joseph Rosenberger, Michael (Julie) Hopper, Melanie Miller and Richard Miller III; two sisters, Marion Polahar and Joie Smith; and a number of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Marnie Silbert officiating. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorials may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank in Delmont. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Garber, William Sr. 92

  • North Belle Vernon
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • William Garber Sr., 92, of North Belle Vernon passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, in Cherry Tree Nursing Home, Uniontown. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorna Cadman Garber, of 60 years in 2006. A complete obituary and funeral arrangements will be published Wednesday. The FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com, Belle Vernon, is handling arrangements.
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Hart, William L. 87

  • Mt. Pleasant , Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1927-08-19
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William Leo Hart, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Connellsville, died Friday, March 27, 2015. He was born Aug. 19, 1927, in Edenborn, the son of the late James F. Hart and Mary K. (Regan) Hart. He graduated from St. John's High School, Uniontown, in the class of 1944. After, he joined the Navy, where he served during World War II. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Connellsville, Connellsville Lions Club for more than 50 years, Connellsville Elks No. 503, a previous member of Connellsville Area School Board for 30 years and he also served with many other civic/service organizations. He was a dental technician by trade, where he operated two laboratories, first being the Abel Dental Lab in Uniontown and then Dental Prosthetics in Connellsville. William is survived by his wife of 62 years, Susanna K. (Swaney) Hart; daughters, Cindy Hutton and husband, James, of Norfolk, Va., and Tammy Hart, of Connellsville; granddaughters, Sarah McGinley and husband, Michael, of Connellsville, Amy Schwarz and husband, Ron, of Vanderbilt, Beth Brady and husband, Jason Smith, of Connellsville, and Katherine Hutton, of Richmond, Va.; great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Cameron and Colleen McGinley, William and Maggie Schwarz, and Nathanael Brady; brother, Vincent Hart and wife, Irene, of Plano, Texas; sister-in-law, Barbara Bryner and husband, Charles, of Covina, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Barbara Lee Howard and Mary Katherine Reilly. A gathering with the family will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Connellsville. Inurnment will be private. Connellsville Lions Club will hold a memorial ritual at 7 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of William Hart to Trinity Lutheran Church, Connellsville.
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Haurilesko, Irene 77

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Irene (Kocsuta) Haurilesko, 77, of Level Green, died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Manor Care Monroeville, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Kocsuta and Mary Badza. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Paul Haurilesko; son, Eric A. Haurilesko (Patricia); and grandchildren, Sarah and John Carlson, all of Level Green; daughter, Paula J. Haurilesko, of Alexandria, Va.; and brother, Charles Sterchack, of Pitcairn and the late Tony Badza. She was a longtime volunteer and board member of Penn Area Library, a member of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Rankin and a 25-year member of the Level Green Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford. A service of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. John D. Lazarek officiating. Interment will be in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Memorial donations may be made to the Penn Area Library, 2001 Municipal Court, Harrison City, PA 15636 or a Glioblastoma research organization. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Kallenborn, Ronald D. 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1937-07-12
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ronald D. Kallenborn, 77, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Wexford. He was born July 12, 1937, in West Newton, a son of the late Joseph and Florence (Highberger) Kallenborn, and was also preceded in death by his wife of more than 48 years, Karen J. (Staymates) Kallenborn, and a brother, J. Wayne Kallenborn. Ron was a retired industrial arts teacher for the Norwin School District with 37 years of service, and had received his master's degree from the University of California. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Irwin, where he served as a deacon for many years and a member of the dartball team, and was also a member of the Handyman Association of America. He is survived by his children, Kelli (John) Emmons, of Canoga Park, Calif., Missy (Allan) Bourdius, of Gibsonia, and Scott (Jen) Kallenborn, of Rawlings, Md.; grandchildren, Penny and Neil Bourdius; a brother, Gifford Kallenborn, of West Newton; and a nephew, Marc Kallenborn. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Calvary Baptist Church with his pastor, the Rev. Mark Shaffer, officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Those wishing may contribute to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090. For online condolences, visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Kiliany, Christopher B. 31

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1984-02-12
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Christopher B. Kiliany, 31, of Youngwood, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, March 29, 2015, at his home. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Feb. 12, 1984, son of Bernard "Bernie" Kiliany, of Scottdale, and Esther "Kathy" Byers Crivella and husband, John, of Tarrs. He was a graduate of Southmoreland High School's Class of 2002. Chris was a 2004 graduate of Westmoreland County Community College with a degree in HVAC. He was employed as a sheet metal worker for Local 12 and was currently employed by Hranec of Union Township. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 12 and also the East Huntingdon Township Sportsman Club. Chris is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, Bernard "Bernie" Kiliany, of Scottdale, and Esther "Kathy" Byers Crivella and husband, John, of Tarrs, Chris is survived by his loving and devoted wife of six years, Jessica A. Sage Kiliany, whom he married Aug. 8, 2009; his loving fur baby, Sadie; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald Sage and Cathy Neighbors Sage, of Scottdale; his sister-in-law, Kristie Harvey and husband, Jim, of Greensburg; his stepsister, Alissa Heinbaugh and husband, Harry, of Smithton; and his stepbrother, Brian Crivella, of Yukon. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Olga Berenche Kiliany; his maternal grandmother, Romayne E. Byers; and his uncle, Robert "Gene" Kiliany Jr. Chris' family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Steve Bane, of New Stanton Methodist Church, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John's Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, send online condolences or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Napoleon, Frank B. 86

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1928-12-30
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Frank B. Napoleon, 86, of Irwin, died Monday, March 30, 2015, in Autumn Ridge Personal Living, Monroeville. He was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Swissvale, a son of the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Pasquerella) Napoleon. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a facilities manager for Westinghouse. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, in Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Antoinette (Pella) Napoleon. Surviving are his wife, Judith (Desciscio) Napoleon; three children, Deborah Parker and husband, Raymond, of North Carolina, Renee D'Alesio and husband, John, of Harrison City, and Frank Napoleon and wife, Lesley, of California; six grandchildren, Kathryn (George) Monteleone, Benjamin (Blythe) Parker, Michael and Victor D'Alesio, Christin and Reid Napoleon; three great-grandchildren, Sophie, Cameron and Owen Parker; a brother, Nick Napoleon and wife, Ursula, of South Hills; and a sister, Donna Pembrooke and husband, Bob, of Plum. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Braddock Catholic All Saints Cemetery, Braddock Hills. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Nickle, David D. 72

  • East Huntingdon Township
  • Born: 1942-04-27
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • David D. Nickle, 72, of East Huntingdon Township, died early Monday morning, March 30, 2015, in the comfort of his son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Nickle's, home in Lemont Furnace, while being surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 27, 1942, in Jeanette, a son of the late David Frank and Emeline Marie Gagliardi Nickle. Dave is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his children, Eunice Carrie Nickle, of Grindstone, Heather Dawn Nickle, of Chalk Hill, and David Aaron Nickle and wife, Nancy, of Lemont Furnace; his special friend, Jean Karwatske, of Connellsville; his stepchildren, Joseph T. Presock, of Champion, David R. Presock, of Dunbar, and Sharon K. Nicholson and husband, Ernest, of Connellsville; his grandchildren, Brian and Aaron Nickle, Devin Morrison, Nicole Lenning and Cody Nicholson; his sister, Judy Diehl, of New Mexico; and his sister-in-law, Kathy Nickle, of Jeanette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Diane Nickle (June 21, 2014); and brother, James Nickle. David's cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., Scottdale. To view online obituary, sign guest registry or send condolences, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Poppa, William L. 83

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1931-05-16
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • William Louis Poppa, 83, of North Huntingdon, has been called home by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, March 30, 2015, at his home. He was born May 16, 1931, in Linhart, a son of the late Michele and Maria Rose Scrima Poppa. Prior to his retirement in 1994, Mr. Poppa was employed by the Edgar Thomson Works, U.S. Steel, and was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. He played banjo, guitar and harmonica with a group at the Herminie Senior Center, and often played for area nursing homes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his four brothers, Leonard, Rocco, Anthony and Dan; and four sisters, Dorothy Zeler, Helen Polivka, Ann Simile and Katherine Vater. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Eileen Marie Kirkman Poppa; two sons, Joseph W. and his fiancee, Keely, and Thomas M. and his wife, Amy; daughter, Barbara Poppa; two sisters, Mary Buzzie and Louise Nesta; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Agnes Church. Interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Sadock, Seth A. 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-06-11
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Coshey-Nicholson, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Seth A. Sadock, 61, of Greensburg, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 29, 2015. After a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer, Seth succumbed while surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 11, 1953, in Berwick, a son of the late Eileen "Popsy" Friedlander Sadock and Martin Sadock, who had resided in Greensburg. Seth began his multifaceted career at Mutual Aid Ambulance Service as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and concurrently volunteered thousands of hours at Westmoreland Hospital. Seth was a behavioral counselor for troubled children and subsequently ran a medical equipment leasing business. After a serious accident more than a decade ago, Seth founded The Blue Buddha Puppet Co. to bring joy and smiles to children and adults in everyday life. Seth was a lifeguard and a Boy Scout and was awarded the Boy Scouts' highest honor, Eagle Scout, as a teenager. He was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman and gardener. He is survived by his loving wife, Marcia Williams Sadock, of Greensburg; his two children, Samantha Aryn Sadock and Stefan Ethan Sadock and Ashley Reed, of Pittsburgh; two stepchildren, Susan Rugh and her husband, William, of Jeannette, and Kelly Ann Perkins, of Jeannette; his sister, Jamie Sadock and her husband, Jerry Perelmutter, of New York; his brother, Jonathan Sadock, of Philadelphia; his four grandchildren, Declan, Liam, Quinn and Ayla; his niece, Ava Rose Sadock, and nephew, Ian Maxwell Sadock, of Philadelphia; along with stepnieces, nephews, cousins, friends and fans and a vast collection of puppet friends, including Mr. Squeekers and Mezmo. Friends will be received from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME, 319 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. with Rabbi Sara Perman officiating. Interment will follow at Temple Emanuel Cemetery. The family wishes to thank all the loving staff at Arnold Palmer Cancer Center and Heartland Hospice for their kindness and caring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Seth's memory to Children's Cancer Network. www.childrenscancernetwork.org or mail your donation to: Children's Cancer Network, 6150 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1, Chandler, AZ 85226.
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Thiel, Louise 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-06-19
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Louise (Fannerella) Thiel, 88, of Greensburg, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born June 19, 1926, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Rocco and Concetta (Scaglione) Fannerella. Louise was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church and a former member of Hempfield No. 2 Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking for her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert W. Thiel; and brothers, Michael and Frank Fannerella. She is survived by a brother, Tony Fannerella, of Greensburg; sister, Mary Cholock, of Greensburg; brother, Bill Fannerella, of Carson City, Nev.; sister, Josephine Fannerella, of Greensburg; two sons, Don Thiel and wife, Tina, of Greensburg, and Vince and wife, Colleen, of New Alexandria; two grandchildren, Katelynn and Jeffrey; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would especially like to thank sister, Josephine, and April Kobistek for the special care they provided to Louise. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Louise from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in the funeral home with Father Dan Blout officiating. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. Louise's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Warneke, Helene A. 91

  • Irwin , Formerly of White Oak
  • Born: 1923-07-26
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Helene A. (Wawrzeniak) Warneke, 91, of Irwin, formerly of White Oak, passed away peacefully in the company of her daughter Sunday, March 29, 2015, in the Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin. She was born July 26, 1923, in Glassport, a daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Parzychowski) Wawrzeniak. She was a member of the St. Angela Church, of White Oak, and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers and a current member of the St. Agnes Church, in North Huntingdon. Helene was at one time employed as a nanny and caregiver for several families throughout the area, and was also a den mother for the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Warneke; a sister, Florence Rybar; and brothers, Edward and Ernie Warren. Surviving are a daughter, Karen Harris and husband, Jim, of North Huntingdon; a son, John W. Warneke, of Florida; and two grandchildren, Melissa and Joe Harris. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. funeral rite outside of Mass in the St. Agnes Church. Interment will follow in the St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, White Oak. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Bowser, Colleen L. 59

  • Cowansville
  • Born: 1955-10-27
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Colleen Lee (Smith) Bowser, 59, of Cowansville, died Friday, March 27, 2015, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 27, 1955, in Kittanning, to the late Clifford and Helen (Shreckengost) Smith. She was a cook and a homemaker and was a member of the Sherrett United Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, sitting on the porch and watching the butterflies, going gambling and spending time on her Kindle. Her grandchildren were her world; she spent hours with them laughing and carrying on, as she did with her children. She is survived by her children, Tara (Joe) Cornman, of Rimersburg, Tonia Bowser (Denny Hooks), of Adrian, and Glenn C. Bowser Jr. (Brittany Gauker), of Cowansville; special nephew, Benjamin Bowser; grandchildren, Joseph Glenn Cornman, Jayden Nicholas Cornman, Sydney Jolene Cornman and Brandon Thomas Bowser; siblings, Jane (Jim) Bowser, Carol Hooks, Joe Smith, Brenda Wolfe and Tracy Johns; and her twin, Christine (Tony) Judge; and is survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn C. "Prune" Bowser Sr., whom she married April 6, 1974, and died Oct. 4, 2004; sister, Nancy Shay; sister and brother-in-law, Kathie and Allen Brown; and brother-in-law, Merle Hooks. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the SNYDER CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Cowansville. Additional viewing from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Debbie Marshall officiating. Interment in Sherrett Cemetery. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Dunmire, Josephine M. 89

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1925-07-10
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Josephine Melinda Dunmire, 89, of Ford City, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, March 29, 2015, in the Armstrong County Health Center. She was born July 10, 1925, in Washington Township, to Kale and Edith Elnora (Johns) Croyle. Josephine was a devout Christian and was a member of the Evangel Heights Assembly of God Church of Sarver and she also attended the New Life Center of Ford City. She was a member of the "Silver Saints" senior citizens group of Evangel Heights. She enjoyed sewing, canning, baking pies and cinnamon rolls for her family and friends, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Josephine is survived by one son, Jack F. Dunmire and his significant other, Amy Schrag, of Ford City; one daughter, Brenda Y. (Ronald) Taladay, of Ford City; grandchildren, Carla (John) Atherton, Matthew (Toni) Taladay, Denise (Jason) Hileman and John Dunmire and fiance, Donna Denardo; and great-grandchildren, Cody Atherton, Christopher Atherton, Cole Hileman, Camron Hileman, Ella Hileman, Alena Taladay and Kaila Miller; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Franklin Dunmire, who died Aug. 16, 2014; two sisters, Rhoda Milliken and infant sister, Vera June Croyle; three brothers, William, Robert and Paul Croyle; and one infant son, James Paul Dunmire. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the funeral home with her nephew, Pastor David Croyle, officiating. Interment will follow in the Johns Cemetery, Washington Township.
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Green, Blair F. 85

  • North Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1929-04-02
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Blair Fulton Green, 85, of North Buffalo Township, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015, in the Armstrong County Health Center, Kittanning. Born April 2, 1929, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Fulton A. and Bertha (Henry) Green. Mr. Green was a pilot in the Air Force, having served during the Korean War. He graduated from Ford City High School, Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was an attorney for 53 years in Kittanning, and also had offices in East Brady, New Bethlehem, Leechburg and Freeport. He also owned and was the realtor of Kittanning Realty Company. Blair was a member of the Armstrong County Bar Association and served as an assistant district attorney for Armstrong County in the 1970s. He was also a solicitor for North Buffalo Township. He and his wife, Della, built Highland Lanes in West Kittanning, which they operated for 25 years. Blair was a member of the First Church of Ford City, where he was an elder, a Sunday school teacher and a former choir member. One of his favorite things was to have stimulating conversation with colleagues at the round table at the County Seat. He enjoyed going to church, cooking and watching TV, especially Walker Texas Ranger, NCIS, the Pirates and the Penguins. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, family and friends. He was a generous, kind, selfless and humble person who cared more about others than he did himself. He is survived by his son, Blair A. (Jeannine) Green, of Ford City; his daughter, Cynthia (Jerry) Spangler, of North Buffalo Township; three grandchildren, Jennifer Spangler, Bryan Spangler and Blair J. Green; and two nieces, Vernie G. Zeigler and Debbie G. Earley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Della Marie (Girodo) Green; and a sister, Lois B. Gaydos. Family and friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Herb Reefer, officiating. Interment will follow in Lawn Haven Burial Estates, East Franklin Township. To send an online condolence, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Panchik, Helen 94

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1920-07-01
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Helen Panchik, 94, of Ford City, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at Armstrong County Health Center. She was born July 1, 1920, in Ford City, a daughter of the late Andrew Odrechowski and Julia Dolinsky Odrechowski, and was a lifelong resident of this area. She was a member of St. Marys Ukrainian Church. Survivors include her husband, Wallace Panchik, whom she married in 1949; sons, Wallace and Barb Panchik and David and Lisa Panchik; daughter, Mary Kromka; grandchildren, Jennifer Kromka, Stephanie (Danny) Morris, Heather (Todd) Brant, Greg (Kayla) Panchik, Shawn (Holly) Panchik, Scott, Steven, Shayna, Saxon and Spencer Panchik; and great-grandchildren, Conner, Dylan, Mya and Ella Morris and Nylah and Shawn Jr. Panchik. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, John, Mike and Alex Odrechowski; and sisters, Ann Gasbarro, Martha November and Mary Kozlowsky. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Parastas service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Service at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Marys Ukrainian Church with Father John Gribik. Interment in St. Marys Ukrainian Cemetery.
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Scott Jr., Alden E. 80

  • Parks Township
  • Born: 1934-12-27
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Alden E. Scott Jr., 80, of the Kepple Hill area of Parks Township, died Monday, March 30, 2015, in his residence. He was born Dec. 27, 1934, in Leechburg, the son of the late Alden E. Scott Sr. and Lucille (Schrecengost) Scott. Alden was employed as a crane operator at Hyde Park Foundry for more than 30 years, retiring in 1993. He loved being outdoors, enjoyed going to camp with his son, fishing, watching the Steelers and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Survivors include his son, Alden E. Scott III (Helen), of Vandergrift; daughters, Lucille Blanciak (Richard), of Vandergrift, Patricia Matson (Ronald), of Leechburg and Martha "Val" Diefenderfer (Kevin), of Hermitage; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Beverly Catchpole, of Leechburg, and Dorothy Lookabaugh, of Vandergrift. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Valjean "Jean" (Gibbon) Scott, on July 23, 1992; brother, William Scott; and sister, Elnora Gamble. Friends will be welcomed by his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051. There will be no funeral ceremonies. Interment will be made at the convenience of his family in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the Scott family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Kaltenhauser, Janyce 83

  • Saxonburg
  • Born: 1932-03-16
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Janyce (Grenet) Kaltenhauser, 83, of Saxonburg, died peacefully Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. Born March 16, 1932, in Butler Memorial Hospital, she was the daughter of the late Henry Grenet and Marion (Jamison) Grenet. Jan was a 1950 graduate of Butler High School and has a degree as a dental hygienist from Temple University. She was a devoted mother, member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saxonburg, a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and a member of the local John Roebling Chapter of Questors. Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Robert Kaltenhauser; three children, Eric (Melody) Kaltenhauser, of Butler, Heidi (fiance, Rich Mooney) Kaltenhauser, of Lousiville, Ky., and Gretchen (Michael) Kurzawa, of Oakmont; six grandchildren, Karl, Dietrich and Heidi Kaltenhauser, Anya Kaltenhauser and Nathaniel and Natalie Kurzawa; her identical twin, Joyce Hall, of Butler; and her sister, Patricia Hill, of Cabot. Jan was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gorden; and a sister, Zandra Lokhaiser. There will be no viewing. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service for Jan at 11 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2015, in St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 310 W. Main St., Saxonburg, with the Rev. Roger G. Keller, officiating. Private interment will be in the Saxonburg Memorial Church Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the service in the church hall. FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., Saxonburg, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church. www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Krumpe, Lois J. 77

  • Sarver
  • Born: 1937-05-14
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Lois Jean Krumpe, 77, of Sarver, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the Butler Memorial Hospital. Born May 14, 1937, in Renton, she was the daughter of James Robert Landis and Crendia Roberts. Lois was a homemaker. She was a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in New Kensington. She loved gardening, flowers and watching hummingbirds. Surviving are husband, David A. Krumpe Sr., of Sarver, whom she married Jan. 1, 1957; two sons, David A. Krumpe Jr., of Sarver, and Mark D. (Linda) Krumpe, of New Castle; three daughters, Beth J. (John) Beatty, of Mocksville, N.C., Lisa A. Bash, of Sarver, and Dawn M. Holben, of Sarver; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister. There will be no visitation or services. FOX FUNERAL HOME INC. is assisting the family with arrangements. www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Jolley, Margaret C. 85

  • Brownstown
  • Born: 1930-02-02
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Eley-McCrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Margaret C. "Peggy" Jolley, 85, of Brownstown, Fayette City, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015, in her residence. She was born Feb. 2, 1930, in Newell, daughter of the late William E. Vaughn and Margaret Lynch Vaughn. Peggy was a lifetime member of the Fayette City Alliance Church. She owned and operated her own dog grooming business for many years. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, William "Bill" Jolley; two sons, Steven Jolley and wife, Linda, of Tyrone and Thomas Jolley of Fayette City; one daughter, Kathy Sellew and husband, Tim, of Fayette City; nine grandchildren, Michelle, Shannon, Krista, Jason, Thomas William, Corina Ann, Neil, Heather and Tyler; seven great-grandchildren, Katrina, Joshua, Eli, Mitchell, Trent, Aranna and Noah. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, June Sanders, Phyllis Smith and Jean Duwall; and brothers, John and Jim Duwall. Family and friends will be received Wednesday, April 1, 2015, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fayette City Alliance Church, 211 Connellsville St., Fayette City. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 10 a.m. in the church with the Pastor Brad Sickler officiating. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, 724-326-5621, www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com.
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Ohler, Elma L. 91

  • Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1923-10-09
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Elma L. (Mickey) Ohler, 91, formerly of Connellsville, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Elma was born Oct. 9, 1923, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Ray E. and Roxey (Faidley) Mickey. She was married to Albert B. "Bearl" Ohler, who passed away May 22, 2006. Elma was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren of Connellsville, where she was active in the Woman's Fellowship and Builders Sunday School programs. A graduate of Connellsville High School, Class of 1941, she enjoyed sewing, reading, crossword puzzles, camping with her husband and the companionship of her pet dog, Bella. Elma will be sadly missed by her devoted family: her two daughters, Sandy Brown and her husband, Bob, of Bear Rocks, and Karen Showman and her husband, Jerry, of Connellsville; her three grandchildren, Andrew Brown, Lauren Showman and her fiance, Edward Gourn, and Jillian Showman; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Eleanor Friend; and her two brothers, Wilbur "Bill" and Robert "Scotty" Mickey. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Charles Whipple officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Love Lasts Forever!
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Todaro, Frances E. 93

  • Brownstown
  • Born: 1921-04-03
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Eley-McCrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Frances E. Todaro, 93, of Newell, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Thorpe's Personal Care Home, Charleroi, surrounded by her family. She was born April 3, 1921, in Newell, daughter of the late John P. Cassin and the late Theresa Bunt Cassin. She was a member of the former Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Newell and currently a member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Belle Vernon. Frances was also a member of the Santa Barbara Club Ladies Auxiliary in Newell. She is survived by her son, Samuel J. Todaro Jr. of Charleroi; daughter-in-law, Nicki J. Todaro of Newell; three grandchildren, Brad Todaro, Todd Todaro and Tara Todaro; two great-grandchildren, Braeden and Connor; two sisters-in-law, Sis Todaro and Janet Todaro; and brother-in-law, Romeo Gallo; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Samuel J. Todaro Sr.; son, Vincent D. Todaro; sister, Ceil Sopko; and three brothers, Arthur Cassin, John Cassin and Frank A. Cassin Sr. Family and friends will be received Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, 724-326-5621, www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com. Prayers of Transfer will be recited Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in St. Sebastian Church with the Msgr. Roger A. Statnick as celebrant. Interment will follow in the LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. Rosary service will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home by members of St. Sebastian Church.
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Traynor, John 85

  • South Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • John Traynor, 85, of South Connellsville, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, in Mt. Lebanon. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Younkin, Janet 63

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1951-06-13
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Janet Younkin, 63, of Connellsville, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital. She was born June 13, 1951, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Alvin Sr. and Lucille (Roadman) Soyka. Janet is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, William Younkin; daughters, Missy Emerick, Marcy Blankenship and husband, Brian, Mindy King and companion, Larry Black, and a sister, Connie Umble, all of Connellsville; grandchildren, Krista (Brawn), Kayla and Zachary Emerick, Brianna (Roy) Stratiff, Bethany (Nathan), Brian, Brandon and Brooke Blankenship and Kenny (Kaylee) and Kaitlyn King; and a great-grandson, Kenny King II. In addition to her parents, Janet was predeceased by her brothers, Bobby and Jerry Soyka, in infancy, Donald "Butts", Alvin "Sonny" and William "Billy" Soyka. Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday, the hour of service with the Rev. Robert L. Wratchford officiating in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. Janet's family would like to thank the staff of DCI, Mt. Pleasant, for the care they provided. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Sieczkowski, Douglas 50

  • Formerly of Homer City
  • Born: 1965-01-22
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Douglas "Doug" Sieczkowski, 50, formerly of Homer City, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015. Born Jan. 22, 1965, in Silver Spring, Md., he was a son of Harry and Joyce M. (Berlin) Sieczkowski, of Apollo. Doug was a 1983 graduate of Kiski Area High School and was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Coal Loaders in Ligonier for 13 years, last working in April of 2014. He loved fishing, liked working in his vegetable garden and enjoyed riding dirt bikes with his brothers when he was younger. Doug was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Gustav and Harriet Berlin; and his paternal grandparents, John and Victoria Sieczkowski. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Ed (Pamela) Sieczkowski, of Derry, and Michael (Becky) Sieczkowski, of North Washington; nieces, Heather and McKenzie; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Friends will be received from 6 until the celebration of life tribute service at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. To send an online condolence to the family, or to share a memory of Doug please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Alton, Roy V. 92

  • Coal Center
  • Born: 1922-11-15
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee Funeral Home, Bentleyville | Get Directions
  • Roy V. Alton, 92, of Coal Center, formerly of Fallowfield Township, died Monday, March 30, 2015, in his home. He was born Nov. 15, 1922, in Charleroi, a son of the late Roy C. and Rose Vezetti Alton. Mr. Alton was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy as a member of the elite Seabees in the South Pacific. He was co-owner and operator of Alton Industries Inc. for over 35 years until his retirement in 2010 and had worked in excavation his entire life. Of the many things Roy enjoyed in life, he enjoyed his family the most. Surviving are a son, Roy Daryl Alton and his wife, Dawn, of Coal Center; four grandchildren, Shane L. Alton and his wife, Amanda, of Fallowfield, Cole V. Alton of Coal Center, Dr. Jamie Green and her husband, Dr. Sandy Green, of Danville, Pa., and Dr. Jodie Reider and her husband, Patrick, of Cranberry, Pa.; six great-grandchildren, Rayann, Jenna and Matthew Alton, Sam and Elliot Green and Claire Reider; one brother, Glenn Alton of Speers; one sister, Doris Holt of Chardon, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to his parents are his wife, Madge F. Alton who died March 21, 2004; and two brothers, Dale and Jack Alton. Friends will be received Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 619 Main St., Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015, with Jason Franks officiating. Interment will be in Maple Creek Cemetery, Charleroi. Military rites will be accorded graveside. Online guestbook and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
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Kallok, Joseph M. 61

  • Donora
  • Born: 1953-04-20
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Joseph M. Kallok, 61, of Donora, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, at his home. He was born April 20, 1953, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Simon Kallok Jr. and was a lifelong resident of Donora. As a teenager Joe worked as a busboy at the Redwood Restaurant in Donora. Upon graduation from Donora High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. His tour of duty took him to Ton Son Nhut Air Base near Siagon, Vietnam. Joe was awarded the Bronze Star with a "V" device, Air Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze service star. He was employed by North American Philips in Washington, Pa., until their relocation out of the area. Joe enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and was a Civil War enthusiast visiting Gettysburg yearly. He also made trips to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., every Memorial Day. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his niece, Christine Sikora. He is survived by his sister, Constance "Connie" Sikora and her husband, Tom, of Donora; a niece, Jennifer M. Sikora and her husband, Eric Boduch, of Wexford; an uncle, Edward Kallok and his wife, Patricia, from Springfield, Va.; and several cousins and friends. Arrangements are being handled by ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, with the Rev. Father Stephen Wahal officiating. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Donora.
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Molek, Mathias 84

  • Daisytown
  • Born: 1931-03-06
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee Funeral Home, Bentleyville | Get Directions
  • Mathias “Mok” Molek, 84, of Daisytown, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, in his home. He was born March 6, 1931, in Washington County a son of the late Mike and Mary Lopushansky Molek. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War. With over 35 years of service, Mr. Molek worked as a mechanic for Dravo Inc., Charleroi, until his retirement. He was a member of the Bentleyville American Legion Post No. 165, Independent Club of Bentleyville, Polish Club of Bentleyville, Bentleyville Eagles, Cokeburg Moose and Lithuanian Club of Bentleyville. Mr. Molek loved music. After his retirement, he was a local DJ performing at clubs, picnics, weddings and special events and was known as the Rockin’ Polish Hillbilly. Surviving are one daughter, Pam Molek-Watts (Mark) of Monessen; three sons, Matt Molek Jr. and Jeff Molek of Bentleyville, and Bradley Molek (Debbie) of Lindenwold, N.J.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Rose Lutes of Stockdale, Betty Miller of Charleroi, Patty Leyda Hellman of Smock, Judy Stringhill of Belle Vernon, Margie Gibino of Lover, and Verna Molek of Coal Center; four brothers, Andy Molek of Charleroi, Frank and Joe Molek of Coal Center and John Molek of California, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to his parents are a son, Steve Molek; infant daughter, Kimberly Molek; brother, Amos Molek; and two sisters, Dolores Galamb and Lillian Zundel. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 619 Main St., Bentleyville, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015, with the Rev. Edward L. Yuhas officiating. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery, Beallsville. Online guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
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Reid, Helen M. 96

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1919-02-10
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Helen M. "Pat" Reid, 96, of Charleroi, died on Monday, March 30, 2015. Born on Feb. 10, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Genevieve Conrad Baker. She was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas No. 669, and was a longtime resident of the Char House. She is survived by her son, Thomas Reid and wife, Mary, of South Park; daughters, Beverly Magaruh of Herndon, Va., and Carol Goimarac of Palm Coast, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Albert Reid; brothers, Lewis, James and John Baker; and sisters, Gertrude Hite, Madonna Winn, and Gladys Hite; and grandson, Peter Goimarac, Jr. Friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director, with Mass of Christian Burial following at 11 a.m. in Mary, Mother of the Church, celebrated by the Rev. Jerry Mikonis. Entombment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Mary, Mother of the Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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