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Allan, Rita

  • Formerly of Edgewood
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Rita (McEvoy) Allan, formerly of Edgewood, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the wife of the late William A. Allan Sr.; loving mother of William A. Allan Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Plum, Jeffrey S. Allan and his wife, Cindy, of Cabot, and Marianne A. Lesnick and her husband, Mark, of Level Green; dear grandma of Alex, Chris, Amy and her husband, Jake, Leigh, Colin and Melanie; great-grandmother of Jacob, Austin, Molly, Lucy and Owen; and sister of Lorene Green, of Butler. Rita is also survived by her nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the St. Anselm Roman Catholic Church. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Burzese Sr., Robert L. 91

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1922-09-25
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • Robert L. Burzese Sr., 91, of Sewickley, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Ambridge, to the late Alexander and Mary Mercadante Burzese. He was retired from the Ambridge Water Authority and was the owner of The Original Style Pizza in Ambridge, also known as 14th St. Pizza and Police Station Pizza for 32 years. It is now owned by his son, Alex. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army, and participated in campaigns in Rhineland, Central Europe and Africa, as part of the medical corps and was the recipient of two bronze stars. Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were his loving wife of 65 years, Angelina Dippolito Burzese; and a brother, Alexander Burzese. He was the faithful and loving father to Marie (Joe) Drewnowski, of Baytown, Texas, Robert Burzese Jr. (Joanne), of Butler, Elaine (Terry) Sechler, of Sewickley, Dianne (Barry) Rotz, of Cranberry Township, and Alexander (Amy) Burzese, of Sewickley; loving grandfather to 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Burzese, of Florida, and Alfred (Phyllis) Burzese, of Tennessee; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tony (Mary) Dippolito, of Economy. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, where prayers will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, followed by a Mass of Christian at 10 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church. Interment with full military honors will follow in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the http://www.WoundedWarriorProject.org. or mail to PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Please include in memory of Robert Burzese Sr.
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Cacco Sr., Jack D. 85

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Jack Dominic Cacco Sr., 85, of Turtle Creek, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Gloria (McLaughlin) Cacco; loving father of Judith Cacco, Jack (Diana) Cacco Jr., Luanne Morton, Kevin (Patricia) Cacco and the late Therese Manupelli and Rosemarie Cacco; brother of Stella Scheid and Elizabeth Marino; also survived by nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jack was an Army veteran and was a store manager for the PA Liquor Control Board for many years. He was an avid gardener, loved cowboy movies and country music, and was an extremely artistic stone mason in his spare time. There will be no visitation or service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Arrangements entrusted to the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 412-823-1950. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Csokuly, Mary M. 83

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Mary Margaret (Sarosy) Csokuly, 83, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Z. Csokuly; daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Szokoly) Sarosy; loving mother of Anna Marie Foust and John (Linda Kelley) Csokuly; sister of William (Terri) Sarosy and the late Stephen Sarosy; grandmother of Jennifer (Rich) Florian and Jason Foust (Nicole Trapani); great-grandmother of Brooke Florian, Damian Foust and Joey Florian; and dear friend of Paul Martin. Mary was a member of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Seniors, Resurrection Church Happy Hour Seniors and the Homeville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Resurrection Church, West Mifflin. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Cully, Mary Ann

  • Ross , Formerly of North Side
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Holesh) Cully, of Ross, formerly of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 60 years of Ronald "Red" Cully; loving mother of Lynn Cully Venderley (Charles), Ronald J. (Donna), Thomas M. (Patricia), Craig M. (Brenda) and Lisa Cully Kurchena (Robert); daughter of the late Michael and Helen Holesh; sister of Olga Serenko, Helen Marince and the late Michael and John Holesh; sister-in-law of Lucy Holesh and Rita Cully; and grandmother of Shawn, Brittany, Mary, Nathaniel, Michael, John, Kathryn, Matthew and Daniel. She enjoyed baking for her family, relatives and friends. She took pleasure in counted cross stitch, quilting and reading. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. Everyone please meet at church.
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Davies, John E. 68

  • Monroeville , Formerly of Oakland
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • John E. Davies, 68, of Monroeville, formerly of Oakland, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, Monday, April 21, 2014, at UPMC East, Monroeville. He was the beloved husband of Marcia Davies; father of Sean and Jason Davies; brother of Judith D. Klingensmith, M. Susan Cupps and Thomas R. Davies. John was a 1963 graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall, where a parting prayer will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall.
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Drag, Pamela H.

  • Creighton
  • Born: 1957-06-28
  • Died: 2014-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Pamela H. "Missy" Drag passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 12:50 p.m., in her home in Creighton. Born June 28, 1957, she was married to Mark Drag and had two children, Jennifer Marie and Andrew Michael; two stepchildren, Amy Drag and Joseph Drag; and five grandchildren, Lenae, Joshua, Logan, Shaylynn and Jocelyn. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Ann (Carberry) Arthur. She had worked at Medrad Inc., Pittsburgh, for 17 years, ending in April 2014. She loved her job and the people she worked with, and she had many great memories of parties and other activities she shared with them. Missy is also survived by her father, Lester Jack Arthur Sr., of Gibsonia; eight brothers and sisters, Bonnie (Ronald) Clemence, of Harrisburg, Lester Jack (Shirley) Arthur Jr., of Baytown, Texas, Gary (Virginia) Arthur, of Tarentum, Timothy (Bonnie) Arthur, of Freeport, David Arthur, of Beaver, Susan (Thomas) Fowler, of Baytown, Texas, Wendy (William) Bryner, of Tarentum and Diane (Christopher) Zalepa; and numerous nieces and nephews. Missy was a family person and lived to please her family, and sisters and brothers. She enjoyed parties and meals shared with her family at her sister Wendy's home. She will be missed by all of her family. Family will have private services at their convenience. Arrangements by the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Horizon Hospice, 2549 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146, 412-372-5320.
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Farrell, Michael R. 47

  • Brookline
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Debor, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael R. Farrell, 47, of Brookline, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was a beloved son of Robert K. and Kathleen M. Farrell; brother of Denise M. (Nick), Robert "Rob" and the late Raymond Farrell; and uncle of Nino and Talia Fiscante and Austin Farrell. Michael was a much loved bartender for many years at Albert's in Dormont. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday only at FRANK F. DEBOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Church of the Resurrection. Memorial contributions may be made to Kane Hospital Patient Care Fund, 300 Kane Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.deborfuneralhome.com.
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Fox, Ethel E. 88

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Boron, Carrick | Get Directions
  • Ethel Evelyn "Lefty" (Lippl) Fox, 88, of Baldwin, gloriously made her journey to heaven Easter Sunday morning, April 20, 2014. Ethel is now with her beloved, the late Clyde W. "Foxy" Fox. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Diana and Jim Behers, Linda and Bill Arthur, Tammy Novak, and Gilbert and Tracy Fox; her nine grandchildren, Traci and Kevin Dougherty, Rob and Jen Koran, Stephanie and Nicole Behers, Amy Koran, Ryan and Jamie Koran, Kayla (Bobby Nogal), Kaitlyn and Karly Novak, and Jenna Fox; and her 10 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her siblings, Viola Vespaziani, Eileen Rinaman, and Dennis Lippl; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. Ethel was a faithful member of Knoxville United Church. The family would like to thank the staff of Oakleaf Personal Care Home and Celtic Hospice. Visitations with the family will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at BORON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1719 Brownsville Road, Carrick, where relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 10 a.m. Friday. http://www.BoronFuneralHome.com.
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Franciscus, Chyla R. 22

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Chyla Rose Franciscus, 22, of Penn Hills, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of James E. Franciscus and Melanie (Potts) Franciscus; loving sister of James Franciscus; fiancee of Brandon Carter; granddaughter of Bonnie (late Edward) Franciscus and Jack and Rose Potts; and also survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins and her beloved dog, "Dria." Friends were received this past Monday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank) Plum, PA 15239, where a blessing service was held this past Tuesday. Interment followed in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Gaisford, Dr. John C. 98

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John C. Gaisford, M.D., 98, of Fox Chapel, passed away on Masters Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances Jacobs Gaisford; and father of Linda Tedder (Mike), Cindy Close (Chuck) and Carolyn Imbriglia (Joe). Also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends were received this past Thursday, April 17, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., where services were held this past Friday, April 18, 2014. Remembrances may be made to West Penn Hospital Burn Care Center, 4800 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Gasparovic, Steve 80

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1933-05-11
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Steve "Snaps" Gasparovic, 80, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. He was born May 11, 1933, in McKeesport, a son of the late Mate and Anna (Stimac) Gasparovic. He was retired from U.S. Steel, National Tube Works, McKeesport where he had worked in the carpentry department. Steve was a Korean War Army veteran, a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport, the Versailles Croatian Men's Club, American Legion No. 361, of McKeesport, and the VFW Post No. 514, of McKeesport. He was a member and officer of both CFU No. 3 and also Club Dobrotvor and was a charter member of Archer Hill Bowling League. Steve is survived by a sister, Margaret (John) Snodgrass, of Pittsburgh; nephews, Dr. Stephen (Kelly) Snodgrass, of Greenville, S.C, and Christopher Snodgrass, of Pittsburgh; and great-nephew, Simon M. Snodgrass. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Matthew, John and Thomas Gasparovic; sisters, Ann and Mary Gasparovic; and sister-in-law, Mary Moran Gasparovic. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 4504 Walnut St., McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Corpus Christi Parish, with Father Stephen Kresak officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Port Vue. Memorial contributions may be made to Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Fund, 100 Delaney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
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Gillens, Jason E. 40

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Jason E. Gillens, 40, of Plum, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jennifer L. Merz; cherished father of Caden J. Gillens, of Plum, and Jay Gillens, of Murrysville; loving son of Linda (Roger) Downing, of Plum, and Gordon (Sara) Gillens, of New Hampshire; brother of Scott A. Gillens, of Michigan, and Diane L. Gillens, of Vermont; stepbrother of Jeffrey and Karen Downing, both of Vermont; son-in-law of Donald and Carol Merz, of West Deer; brother-in-law of Kristin (Michael) Baum, of Gibsonia; and proud uncle of Tyler Thurston, Amanda and Emily Howe, Julie Downing and Logan Baum. Jason is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Jason worked in security with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a loyal supporter of local fire and police departments and above all loved raising and spending time with his dear son, Caden. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Father Thomas J. Galvin as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Griggs, Sally J.

  • Oakland , Formerly of Edgewood
  • Died: 2014-04-05
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sally Jane Griggs, of University Square Apartments, Oakland, formerly of Edgewood, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Shadyside Hospital. She was a beloved daughter of the late Ernest and Ruth (Adams) Griggs. She retired from Carnegie Institute Museum as benefits manager in 2006. Sally was an active volunteer at her church, Shadyside Presbyterian, where she was an elder, deacon and usher; the Junior League of Pittsburgh; and The Twentieth Century Club, where she was lecture chairman, Minerva market chairman and bridge chairman. Sally loved the New Jersey Shore and visited annually with her friends. She will be greatly missed by all her friends and acquaintances for the many kindnesses including loving cards, candy and laughter. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. Donations may be sent to the charity of your choice or The Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Guenther, Robert H.

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Robert H. Guenther, 92, of Whitehall, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was the husband of 65 years to Helen Milkovich; the father of Nancy (Michael) Dougherty and Carol (John) Fleming; grandfather of Luke and John Fleming Jr.; and brother of Richard (Bernice) Guenther. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a Navy veteran of World War II. The family would like to extend its appreciation to the Celtic Hospice for their compassion and care during Bob's illness. Arrangements have been made by JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100. There are no visitations. Burial is private. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church, 900 Country Club Dr., Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228. The family suggests contributions to Celtic Hospice, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Hall, Georgia R. 98

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1916-03-26
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Georgia R. (Miller) Hall, 98, of White Oak, died Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born March 26, 1916, in Elm Grove, a daughter of the late David Benton and Jessie Ella (Bowsman) Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Leroy Hall. She is survived by her children, Martha Lee (Paul) McGowan, of North Huntingdon, and James LeRoy (Barbara) Hall Jr., of Greensburg; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Maryann (Clayton) Smith, of Uniontown. Georgia was a member of the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Hall Auxiliary for many years. She was an avid square dancer and volunteered work in nursing homes by performing dances. She loved gardening, being outside and taking care of others. Her sweet, loving soul will be missed greatly. Burial will take place in Round Hill Cemetery and arrangements are in the care of STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 412-678-6177.
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Hankey, John 91

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1923-03-04
  • Died: 2014-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Dolence, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John Hankey, born March 4, 1923, in Plum Borough, died Thursday, April 24, 2014. He lived all his life on the family farm in Plum Borough. He served in the Navy from Nov. 8, 1944 to June 3, 1946. He was stationed in Hawaii and California. John farmed the family farm all his life as well as working the Renton coal mine. He worked the mine from July 23, 1946 until it closed March 11, 1983. John's hobbies included hunting and gardening. He is survived by his nephews, Thomas (Judy) Reeger, Kenneth (Linda) Reeger, Thomas (Sue) Jackson and Wesley (Bonnie) Jackson; nieces, Marlene (John) Volk and Sylvia (Bob) Parker. He is also survived by great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Miles Hankey and Ida Mae (Miller) Hankey; his sisters, Ethel Reeger, Dorothy Sutter, Ruth Jackson, Margaret Hankey and Clara Hankey; and brothers, Lawrence Hankey and George Hankey. Services and interment are private. Arrangements are by STEPHEN P. DOLENCE Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Hastings, Isabella F. 92

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Isabella F. (Konieczka) Hastings, 92, of Shaler Township, died peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Robert E. Hastings; mother of Connie Riesmeyer and the late Robert F. Hastings; beloved grandmother of Darlene (Raymond) Danik, Robert F. (Dawn) Hastings Jr., Kim Kenetz and Brian (Jenn) Hastings; great-grandmother of Maxwell, Jessica Danik, Brian Jr. and Adam Hastings; and is also survived by daughter-in-law, Roselda Hastings; and brothers and sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday in All Saints Church, Etna.
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Herzer, Robert J. 86

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1928-01-19
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Richland Twp | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Herzer, 86, or Richland Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Born Jan. 19, 1928, on the North Side of Pittsburgh, he was the beloved son of the late Chris and Eugenia (Ritter) Herzer; beloved husband for 45 years of Audrey A. (Hogan) Herzer; loving brother of Richard (Carol) Herzer, of Spring Hill, Jean Peluso, of Franklin Park, and the late John Herzer; and is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. A World War II Army veteran, Robert proudly worked for H.J. Heinz Company for more than 40 enjoyable years, loved spending time with family and friends and was an avid and skilled gardener. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Friday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044, with Father Thomas A. Sparacino, celebrant. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, McMurray. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Ivkovich, Daisy 87

  • Versailles Borough
  • Born: 1926-08-06
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Daisy (Mervos) Ivkovich, 87, of Versailles Borough, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. A member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport, Daisy was also in the choir and member of its Mother's Club. Born Aug. 6, 1926, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Dusan and Cvijeta (Lalich) Mervos, and wife of the late Nick Ivkovich. She is survived by a son, Nicholas (Nancy) Ivkovich, of Liberty Borough; daughter, Nancy Ivkovich, at home; grandchildren, Kristi (Chuck) McCutcheon and Dana (Jason) Seyerle; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa, Nicholas and Nina; sister, Dorothy Shumkaroff, of McKeesport; also nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Mildred Dokmanovich. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454, where a Pomen service will take place at 7 p.m. A burial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in St. Sava Church, with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Jaronski, Wade M. 45

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1969-01-17
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Wade Matthew Jaronski, 45, of Springdale, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at UPMC St. Margaret's Hospital. He was born Jan. 17, 1969, in Pittsburgh, to Edna Hughes Jaronski and the late Donald Jaronski. Wade was employed as a painter with Fischetti Painting Contractors and served in the Navy. Wade was a loving husband and father who was devoted to his family and was loved by all. Survivors are his wife, Lisa Shurina Jaronski; sons, Simon Jaronski and Emmett Jaronski, both at home; and mother, Edna Jaronski, of Harmar; sister, Deena Jaronski (Ray Varhola), of Fawn Township; brother, Neal Jaronski, of North Carolina; and also nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. A private family visitation will be held Friday in the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., Springdale. A blessing and burial will follow Saturday in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township.
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Jarvie, John 92

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1921-06-13
  • Died: 2014-04-07
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • John Jarvie, 92, of Sewickley, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014. Born June 13, 1921, in Caulder Bank, Scotland, he was a son of the late Alexander and Jane Cloe (Gray) Jarvie. He was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine R. (Steffenauer) Jarvie; loving father of William Jarvie, of Portersville, Thomas (Renee) Jarvie, of Aleppo Township, Craig Jarvie, of Boyton Beach, Fla., and Amy Jarvie, of Leetsdale; grandfather of Emily, Rebecca, Melissa, Stephanie, Eric and Kristen; great-grandfather of Mae, Abigail, Joseph Jr. and Ava; brother of Janet Jarvie, of Edgeworth, and the late William Jarvie; and brother-in-law of Dorothy Von Hofen, of Sewickley. John was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II, a template maker for American Bridge, a member of the American Legion of Sewickley, the Mariner's of Pennsylvania-New Castle and enjoyed gardening and landscaping. Visitation was held Wednesday at COPELAND'S SEWICKLEY, 702 Beaver St., where a service was held Thursday. Interment was in Sewickley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sewickley in his memory.
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Jordan, Sara M. 73

  • Formerly of Brackenridge
  • Born: 1941-01-02
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Sara M. "Nana" Jordan, 73, formerly of Brackenridge, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. She was born Jan. 2, 1941, to Tillie Mae Knoll Mohney, of Lower Burrell, and the late Edwin "Jay" Mohney Sr. Sara was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Brackenridge. She worked at Rosa's Pizza Shop in New Kensington, was an assembly line operator at Pennex, and most recently was a machine operator at Medrad in Indianola for 14 years, retiring in 1998. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading and shopping. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. In addition to her mother, survivors include her four children, Walter Clayton (Cindy) Jordan, of Chicora, Sharon A. (Thomas) Morrow, of Sarver, Suzanne (Dominic) DiDomenico, of Tarentum, and Kimberly H. (Robert) Omecinski, of New Kensington; eight grandchildren, April, Walter, Daniel, Kristen, Alex, Martha, Ryan and Adam; seven great-grandchildren, Jordan, Jacie, Clayton, McKenna, Evelyn, Kaydence and Hayden; two sisters, Roseann (Roy) Ament, of New Kensington, and Irene Mohney, of Lower Burrell; and a brother, Edwin J. Mohney Jr., of Natrona Heights. She is also survived by her loving feline companion, Charlie. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Charles Jordan, in 1998; her son, Mark David Jordan, in 2009; and her sister, Diana Lawson. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Jeffrey A. Vanderhoff. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Jugan, Michael R. 90

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1923-05-07
  • Died: 2014-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Michael R. Jugan, 90, of Duquesne, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. He was born May 7, 1923, in Duquesne, a son of the late Michael and Marie (Frederick) Jugan; and loving husband of more than 50 years to the late Margaret Popovich Jugan. He was a retired senior draftsman from Westinghouse Electric Corp. in East Pittsburgh with 43 years of service. He held many mechanical and engineering patents, including those for the hydro-electric systems at Niagara Falls. He served during World War II as a Mustang P-51-D Fighter Pilot in the 9th Air Force, 354th Fighter Group and 353 Squadron in France. During World War II, he flew many combat missions in Germany. He was knocked out of the sky when he strafed a German ammunition train which exploded, and he was taken as a German POW. He successfully escaped the POW camp and proudly served as a Mustang P-51-D USAF combat fighter pilot for the duration of the war. He was a highly decorated war hero and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart along with other medals. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Duquesne, a charter member of the Knights of Columbus No. 4210 and its 4th Degree Color Corp., member of the Passion Play put on by the Knights of Columbus, member of the former Knights of Columbus Senior Citizens, Men's Club of St. Joseph Parish, P51 Mustang Pilots Association and West Mifflin Men's Garden Club. He also was the founder of the Knights of Columbus in Brazil, where he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp. for a brief time. He was the fantastic and loving father of sons, Thomas (Deborah), of the Pittsburgh area, and Michael (Tina), of Knoxville, Tenn. He spent many enjoyable hours hunting and fishing with his sons and rooting for his sons, along with his wife, at swim meets. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Michael and Maria Jugan; nieces and nephews; his dear friend and beloved companion, Martha Manns; and sister, Marcella Blasko, of White Oak. He was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Robert, Kenneth and Paul Jugan, Marie McAllan and Rosella Yusko. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 and from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral prayers will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m., in St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Interment, with military honors, will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Korekach, Despo G. 86

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1927-10-23
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Despo G. Korekach died April 22, 2014, in the Meadowcrest Nursing Center in Bethel Park, at the age of 86. She was born Oct. 23, 1927, at home in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. Despo was preceded in death by her parents, Gus Ganopulos, former proprietor of Gus's Place in Homestead, and Roxanne (Ekakiades) Ganopulos, of Greece; and three brothers, Emmanuel I, James G. and Emmanuel II, all of Homestead. Despo is survived by her only son, James Korekach, of McKeesport, and his wife, Susan; three grandsons, Ian James Korekach, of Trafford, Adam Luke Korekach, of McKeesport, and Douglas C. Korekach and wife, Christine, of Munhall; three great-grandchildren, Evan James, Derek Alexander and Claire Marie; also numerous cousins, nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Greece. Despo was both baptized and married in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland and remained proud of her Greek heritage and steadfast in her faith. Raised in the Homestead area, she attended school there where she used her considerable artistic talents on the staffs of the school's newspaper and yearbook. She attended Carnegie Art Institute with the dream of entering fashion design, alas, economic necessity and marriage waylaid those plans. Spending her third and fourth decades as a stay-at-home mom, she became a community organizer and fundraiser, member and past president of the Marigold Elementary PTO in the Munhall Gardens area. She was also an avid bowler, dancer and singer of Broadway show tunes and opera in their language of origin. She re-entered the working world as a sales clerk for the former Sun Drug Co. working her way up to store manager at the Squirrel Hill, Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh locations. She ended her career in retail for the May Co. as a cosmetics consultant for Clinique at Kaufmann's flagship store downtown. A special thanks to the staff at Meadowcrest of Bethel Park for caring for Despo for nearly seven years and Bethany Hospice in her final days. Also special recognition to her lifelong friends, Christina (Tenekedes) Burke; and her sisters, Angie and Eva, whose loyalty will not be forgotten. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday with the Trisagion service at 7 p.m. at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gilkeson Road, Upper St. Clair. Everyone please meet at church. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. Donations may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237; the Western PA Conservancy or the Arthritis Foundation of Western PA, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 100 W. Station Square, Suite 1950, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Condolences at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Laughlin, Donna R. 68

  • Center Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Donna R. (Osbourne) Laughlin, 68, of Center Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Alner Rafe Osbourne; beloved wife of James Laughlin and the late Robert Wagner; beloved mother of Charles and Mark Wagner; dear stepmother of David J. Laughlin, Lori Carnahan and Wendi Kerr; and dear step-grandmother of Keenan and Camille Kerr. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life luncheon for friends and family will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Grieco's Carefree Inn, Indianola. RSVP to Lori by Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 412-343-9408 or llaugh@verizon.net. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. Memorial donations may be sent to the Lymphoma Society for Blood Cancer Research.
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Leone, James E. 80

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Miami, Fla.
  • Born: 1933-11-14
  • Died: 2014-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • James E. Leone, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Miami, Fla., passed away peacefully Thursday, April 10, 2014, after a long illness. He was born Nov. 14, 1933, in Quincy, Mass., to Anselm and Lena Leone. Jim graduated from Williams College and MIT and worked as a mechanical engineer, researcher and scientist in a long and distinguished career. His work produced more than 30 individual patents and his design and management work were instrumental in developing modern radiation dosimetry detectors, ophthalmic lasers, implantable pacemakers, angioplastic stent technology and orthopedic devices. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlene (Hayes); two sons, Dr. Bruce (Christine) Leone and Gary (Bonni) Leone; a daughter, Susan Leone; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Martha) Leone and John (Linda) Leone; and a sister, Lois (Joseph) Constantino. Services and interment will be in Quincy, Mass. Arrangements by the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. Remembrances may be made to UPMC Cancer Center, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Matyasovsky, Edith 95

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Edith Matyasovsky, 95, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Edith is survived by her loving children, Albert E. (Sharon), Robert J. (Carla Maksin) Matyasovsky and Rita A. Thompson; grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer), Allison and Jennifer Matyasovsky; also survived by many nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert E. Matyasovsky Sr.; parents, Paul and Concetta Castagna; brother, Dominic Castagna, and sister, Clara LeDonne. Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Online condolences at http://www.JeffersonMemorial.biz.
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Mitchko, Joseph S. 84

  • Lincoln Borough
  • Born: 1929-08-22
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Joseph S. Mitchko, 84, of Lincoln Borough, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in HCR ManorCare, Whitehall. Born Aug. 22, 1929, in Clairton, he was the son of the late Stephen and Anna (Gazda) Mitchko. He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a maintenance supervisor by Westinghouse in Large. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Leona (Wallace) Mitchko; daughter, Paula R. Tognarine; and son, Joseph R. Mitchko. He is survived by two sons, Michael J. (Michelle) Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township, and William M. (Valerie) Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township; a daughter-in-law, Peggie Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township; four grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Breanna Mitchko and Renee Benedetti; also nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Myron, Thomas L. 90

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Thomas L. Myron, 90, of Bethel Park, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at home. He was the husband of the late Kathleen (Lynch) Myron; beloved father of Thomas (Linda), James, Mary (Steve Dobrosielski), Redsy (Walt) Croke, John Patrick, Michael (Carol), David (Maria), Jerome, Margaret (John Sigg), Coleman (Kelley) and Paul (Michele); loving grandfather of 37 and three great-grandchildren; also many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his siblings, Grace Ferney, Helen Myron, John Myron and Rita Enright. Tom was a captain in the Air Force during World War II. Visitation from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Germaine Church. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Pennsylvania Foundation for Life, 159 Hornaday Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
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Myros, Paul J. 25

  • Crescent Township
  • Born: 1989-04-14
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Copelands, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Paul Joseph Myros, 25, a lifelong resident of Crescent Township, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Heritage Valley Sewickley. He was born April 14, 1989, in Sewickley, beloved son of Timothy and Karen (Keppel) Myros; loving brother of Kaitlyn Myros, of Crescent; cherished grandson of Joseph and Stephanie Keppel and the late John and Helen Myros; also many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends. Paulie was a 2007 graduate of Moon High School and had obtained his associate's degree from CCAC as an auto mechanic technician. He had worked as a certified Ford mechanic technician at Crivelli Ford in Hopewell. Paulie was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed his motorcycle. He was a member of Forest Grove Sportsman's Club and the Coraopolis Moose. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday Copeland's Moon Township, 981 Brodhead Road, where service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.
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O'Donnell, Dolores 83

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1930-08-03
  • Died: 2014-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Monahan, Gettysburg | Get Directions
  • Dolores O'Donnell, 83, of Gettysburg, formerly of Natrona Heights, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 24, 2014, after a long battle with dementia and lung cancer. Dolores was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Brackenridge, to Otto and Thelma Preisser. She was a 1948 graduate of Har-Brack High School. She was recognized in high school for dancing, for her success as a feature majorette and for her big smile and dimples, which led to her nickname of "Dimp." She was a longtime employee of the former Silverman's Drug Store in New Kensington, in addition to several secretarial jobs in the area. She also was a lifetime member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish during her years in the area. Dolores married John P. O'Donnell, a former writer-editor for the Valley News Dispatch, in 1961. The couple and their son, Mark, eventually made their home on McWilliams Drive, Natrona Heights, until John transferred in 1980 to the Chambersburg Public Opinion, a sister-newspaper to the Valley News Dispatch, where he worked as the night editor. Dolores and John moved to Gettysburg a few years later when John accepted the same position at the Gettysburg Times, where he worked until his death in January, 2010. Dolores had been a resident of Transitions Healthcare since November, when she became ill. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents, Otto and Thelma Preisser, of Brackenridge; her brother, Robert, of Davenport, Iowa; and her uncle, Alvin Cunningham, of La Jolla, Calif., with whom she was very close. She is survived by her son, Mark (Dorothy); three grandsons, Sean, of Saxonburg, Joseph (Andrea), of Churchill, and Paul, of Brackenridge; two great-grandchildren; and her cousins, Tim Cunningham, of Point Loma, Calif., and Barry Cunningham, of DelMar Heights, Calif., whom she considered to be like brothers. Dolores loved her life in Alle-Kiski Valley. Among her favorite activities included shopping, participating in a local ladies bowling league and spending time with her mom and family. Dolores was a devoted Christian, and she always talked about her participation in the family prayer group with the Joseph Thimons family in Natrona as a highlight of her "walk with Jesus." In lieu of flowers, anyone who would like to acknowledge Dolores' memory is asked to stop at some point, raise their arms and shout "Thank you Jesus." She would love that.
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Pfeiffer, Catherine M. 88

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Catherine M. "Kay" Pfeiffer 88, of West View, went peacefully to the Lord Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph Pfeiffer; loving mother of Carol (Edward Kolczynski) Jackson, Jack (Carol) Pfeiffer, Jim (Marisa Harajda) Pfeiffer and the late Ralph Pfeiffer; sister of Eileen Louis, Mary Lou Scott and the late Robert Hennon; grandmother of Blair (Carrie) Jackson, Jamie (Kevin) Koeninger, Kyle and Kory Pfeiffer; great-grandmother of Allie, Laura and Christina Jackson, Ansel and Laurel Koeninger. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICE INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Kay loved animals and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Proch, Loretta K. 97

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Loretta K. Proch, 97, of Glenshaw, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Proch; loving mother of Andrea P. (Philip) Mueller; and daughter of the late Anton and Rose Kirch. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Loretta was a member of Glenshaw Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years. She graduated from Grace Martin Business School and the University of Pittsburgh. She was a member of Delta Zeta and the Glenshaw Century Club, and enjoyed playing bridge. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Glenshaw. Burial will be in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 4724 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or to the church.
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Puharic, Andrew G. 80

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Millvale | Get Directions
  • Andrew G. "Andy" Puharic, 80, of Millvale died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Irene "Renee" Puharic; loving father of Michael (Theresa) Puharic, Lori (Larry) Strafalace, Beverly (Eddie Zunic) Grundler, Maggie (Rick) Welte and Donna (Ray) Lisowski; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and brother of Ludmilla, Bonnie, Eugene, Patricia and the late Evelyn, Thomas Frank and Robert. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave., Millvale (next to Holy Spirit Parish), 412-821-3700. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church. Family suggests memorials to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Ragan, Margaret A. 88

  • Formerly of Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. (Demek) Ragan, 88, formerly of Monroeville, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Ragan Jr.; loving mother of Gloria (Stan) McCloskey, of Palmetto, Fla., and Patricia (Denny) Jadlocki, of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandmother of Stan McCloskey II, Christine McCloskey and David (Kristina) Jadlocki; great-grandmother of Dillon and Rachel Jadlocki; and sister of the late Joseph Demek and Mary Cummins. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747, where a blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Reichert, Thomas Tom H. 76

  • Carrick
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Thomas H. "Tom" Reichert, 76, of Carrick, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Mr. Reichert was the beloved husband of Melva Reichert for more than 30 years; and was the stepfather of Melva (Bob) Ginther; he also is survived by his four grandchildren and their spouses; and eight great-grandchildren. He was the son of the late William H. and Sara K. Reichert; and brother of Katherine Reichert of Hadley, Mass., and the late William Reichert. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where his funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Riley, Thelma 93

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Slater/, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Thelma (McKeen) Riley, 93, of Baldwin Borough, formerly of Hays, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the wife of the late Paul Riley; mother of Kenneth (Betty) Guerra and Richard Hagerty; grandmother of Kenneth (Dawn) Guerra, Michael (Alise) Guerra, Douglas (Sherri) Guerra, Laura and Devon Hagerty; great-grandmother of Michael, George, Alexandria, Nicholas, Atlas and Gianna Guerra; and sister of the late Russell McKeen. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her companion, Winston. Thelma was a former employee of the B.M. Kramer Co., and a great friend of Biff. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where a funeral prayer will be said at 10:15 a.m. Monday. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. in Holy Angels Church. If desired, the family suggests contributions to Paralyzed Veterans, National Headquarters, 801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Robb, Barbara A. 84

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1929-11-11
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. Robb, 84, of Forward Township and Fort Pierce, Fla., died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Fort Pierce, Fla. Born Nov. 11, 1929, in West Elizabeth, she was the daughter of the late Melvin C. and Daisy J. (McQuown) O'Dell. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth. Prior to retirement, she was employed as an assistant manager by the former Bell Telephone. She enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida with her husband. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by daughter, Kathy Jean Stadmueller. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Howard E. Robb; son, Richard A. (Melinda) Robb, of Vernon Center, N.Y.; and three grandchildren, Kasey Robb, of Binghamton, N.Y., Nashua R. Robb, of Vernon Center, N.Y., and Eric (Dani) Kegel, of Huntsville, Ala. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jim Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Robertson, Jane E. 88

  • Formerly of North Side
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Jane E. (Johe) Robertson, 88, formerly of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 70 years of Robert E. Robertson; loving mother of Carol J. (Randolph) Wood, of Greer, S.C., and Robert E. (Karen), of Boston, Mass.; sister of Geraldine Meister, of South Hills, and the late Jack Johe; proud grandmother of five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John's Lutheran Church of Highlands, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (please meet at church). Family suggests donations to St. John's Lutheran Church of Highlands, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Scatena, Anthony A. 38

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Anthony A. Scatena, 38, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was the beloved father of Anthony and Aylissa Scatena; loving son of Eileen (Carroll) and the late Guy Scatena Sr.; brother of Daniel (Cathy) Michel, Denise (the late Fred) Liscio, Diana (Terry) Handyside, George (Nancy) Michel and Guy (Heather) Scatena Jr.; nephew of Pat Scatena; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral is private. Arrangements by the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Lawrenceville.
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Schott, Marlene 68

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Marlene (Samoriga) Schott, 68, of Plum, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 47 years of Harry "Bucky" Schott; loving mother of Derek (Jennifer) Schott and Jayson Ryan Schott; proud grandmother of Hunter Ryan Schott; dear sister of Gene Samoriga; sister-in-law of Donna Conn; aunt of Mark, Laura, Paula, Bobbie and Richie; daughter of the late Peter and Ann Samoriga; and daughter-in-law of the late Harry and Silvia Schott. Marlene was a longtime hairdresser, owning salons in Murrysville and Monroeville. She also owned the Love Search Dating Service in Pittsburgh. Marlene will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Schubert, Grace M. 92

  • Formerly of Tarentum
  • Born: 1921-12-21
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Grace M. (Miller) Schubert, 92, formerly of Tarentum, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Bel Air Nursing Home in Lower Burrell, where she was a resident for the past three months. She was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Natrona, a daughter of the late William S. and Sophia (Dunsberg) Miller. Grace had lived most of her life in Tarentum, where she was a homemaker and a member of United Presbyterian Church, New Kensington. A 1939 graduate of Har Brack High School, she enjoyed quilting, traveling, gardening and flowers. Survivors include her son, Alfred H. "Al" (Patricia) Schubert Jr., of East Deer Township; grandchildren, Alfred H. "Al" (Jill) Schubert III and Jennifer Schubert, both of Brackenridge; great-granddaughter, Alaina Schubert, of Brackenridge; and daughter-in-law, Christine Schubert, of Lower Burrell. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred H. "Al" Schubert Sr. in 2008; son, James E. Schubert in 2014; and a brother, Edward J. Miller. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. Friday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., Offering Cremation Services, 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, with the Rev. Stephen Crocco, interim Pastor, officiating. Private entombment will be in Allegheny Cemetery Mausoleum, Pittsburgh. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Simpson, Alice Sally H. 73

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Alice H. "Sally" Simpson, 73, of Mt. Lebanon, died unexpectedly Friday, April 18, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late William D. and Louise (Miller) Simpson; dear sister of Dana S. Killen; devoted niece of Lyde H. Simpson; aunt of Kyle (Amy) Killen and their children, twin daughters, Nixon and Ripley, and son, Mars, and Bryce (Sara) Killen and their son, Liam, and daughter Aubreigh; and also survived by her many friends and beloved cat, Shadow. At Sally's request, service and interment in Jefferson Memorial Park will be private. Arrangements by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Mt. Lebanon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Sloss, Geraldine D. 87

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1926-11-23
  • Died: 2014-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Geraldine D. Sloss, 87, of McKeesport, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nov. 23, 1926, in Coulters, a daughter of the late Herbert and Margaret Rodibaugh Downes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald G. Sloss; sisters, Mabel Esway, Gladys Marks, Dorothy Stride and Frances Greaves; brothers, Clarence, Howard, Norman, Herbert and Moe Downes. She attended First Christian Church in McKeesport, was a member of the AARP Versailles Chapter 2911 and had worked for Premier Furniture in West Mifflin. Surviving are her daughters, Linda (Stephen) Zugai, of North Huntingdon, Marsha (William) Ransick, of Elizabeth Township; grandchildren, Jason (Staci) Zugai, Marissa (Nick) Ransick-Goranitis, Joshua (Jesi) Zugai and Caitlin Ransick. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Rocco, Mia and Mary Zugai; niece, Valerie Downes Vastadore, whom was raised by Ronald and Geraldine; other nieces and nephews; and her devoted dog, Mindy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Ray J. Beard officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Geraldine to your favorite charity. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Solomon, Michael 87

  • West Homestead
  • Born: 1926-11-03
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Michael Solomon, of West Homestead, passed away peacefully Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his home, at the age of 87. He was surrounded by his wife and family. Born Nov. 3, 1926, in Canonsburg, to Syrian immigrants, Mike was the second of four children of Kattas and Nijme Moussa Solomon. Immediately upon graduating from Canonsburg High School in June of 1944, Mike enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a machinist servicing B-17s and B-25s. By the time he was sent overseas, World War II had ended and he served in the postwar Occupation Force, attending the proceedings at the Nuremberg War Trials. Returning to the States, Mike began a lifelong career in finance with Mellon Bank, first as a teller, then as branch manager of the Claysville, Munhall, Homestead, New Kensington and East Liberty offices. He delayed retirement by serving as Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer at Mellon's Pittsburgh headquarters in the mid '90s. Mike married Mary Leon, the love of his life, Oct. 17, 1953. They raised their four children in the Steel Valley community of West Homestead: Timothy, an ordained Presbyterian minister now serving as pastor of Emmanuel Community Church in Meadville and as Protestant Campus Minister at Penn State Behrend in Erie; Amy, a businesswoman in California; Mary Beth (husband, David Wilson), a market research consultant in Jersey City, N.J.; and Michael (wife, Maureen), a professional drummer/percussionist in California. In addition to being a devoted father to his children, Mike dearly loved his four grandchildren: Rachel, David and Eva Solomon and Michael Solomon Leopold. A faithful member of the Homestead United Presbyterian Church since moving to the Steel Valley in 1959, Mike served continuously as an Elder and Trustee over the decades. Always community-minded, Mike served on the boards of Homestead Hospital, Jefferson Regional Medical Center and Steel Valley Arts Council, and co-founded Mon Valley Initiative (MVI) and Homestead Economic Revitalization Corporation (HERC). In earlier years, he was an active member of Kiwanis and later served on the Steel Valley School Board for 16 years. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's MBA program, Mike also took post-graduate studies at Rutgers University's Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Mike was an avid reader, always keeping abreast of political issues of national and international scope. He also enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing checkers with his six-year-old grandson Michael and traveling domestically and abroad, including to his parents' village in Syria. Most of all, Mike found meaning in doing his job and talking with people from all stations in life. Exercising an economy of words, a warm humor and an insightful mind, he was often sought out for his wisdom in matters both practical and eternal. Cherished by his wife, family, church and community, Mike Solomon will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by a sister, Rebecca Gladden, of McDonald; a brother, Edward Solomon, of Canonsburg; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Fred; his beloved nephew, Michael Solomon; and niece, Mary Agnes Solomon. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME, Munhall. The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Homestead United Presbyterian Church (Ninth and Ann streets), including military honors, with a luncheon to follow. Please everyone meet at church. Memorial donations may be made to Homestead United Presbyterian Church (http://www.homesteadupc.org) and/or the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (http://www.adc.org).
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Spence, Wayne C. 58

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1955-10-13
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Richland Township | Get Directions
  • Wayne C. Spence, 58, of Gibsonia, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was born Oct. 13, 1955, in Washington, Pa., son of the late Alvin and Elizabeth (Smith) Spence. He was the loving husband for 36 years of Beth P. (Posa) Spence; beloved father of Brian (Diana) Spence, of Edinboro, and David Spence, of Lawrenceville; brother of David (Barbara) Spence, of Kennett Square, Pa.; uncle of David and Katie Spence; also survived by two dear grandchildren, Maxton and Lyla Spence, both of Edinboro. Wayne was a longtime and devoted member of North Hills Community Baptist Church, where he served as moderator, taught Sunday school and chaired the Christian Education Board. He worked in marketing for Curtiss-Wright Corporation in Cheswick for more than 33 years, enjoyed golfing and spending time with his grandchildren and family. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5865 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in North Hills Community Baptist Church. Private entombment will be held in Washington Cemetery, Washington, Pa. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237; or Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, 800 McKnight Park Drive, Suite 802, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Theis, Henry E. 80

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Copelands, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Henry Ericsson "Eric" Theis, of Sewickley, died Friday, April 18, 2014, of Parkinson's disease. He was 80 years old. For more than 50 years, Mr. Theis was involved in the steel coil processing industry, retiring in 2000 after 20 years as vice president of Sales and Marketing for Herr-Voss Corporation. He was the author of the 672 page textbook "The Handbook of Metal Forming Processes" which is still considered the definitive work on the subject. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied mechanical engineering and was a Member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Harvard Business School and after completing his service in the Army, University of Chicago Business School. Mr. Theis was a distinguished speaker at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo School of Business Center for Leadership in Ethics where he served on the Ethics Committee. He was a professional expert for OSHA and volunteered with organizations including Shepard's Heart Anglican Church, Boy Scouts of America and Hope and a Future Anglican Conference. He was a long term member of The Edgeworth Club, Sewickley Senior Men's Club and Erie Yacht Club. A world traveler, Mr. Theis has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, South America and Africa, organized a family reunion in Sweden, and has taken his elder grandchildren to Europe. He had a passion for sailing and co-wrote a book titled "The Cruising Logs". He also enjoyed spending time with his family, entertaining, camping and working on his home. A family friend wrote that Mr. Theis was, "a huge presence, a great boom-voiced man looking like a ship's captain in a painting, presiding over the fiery Glogg at Christmas parties, having everyone on as he joked with his dry wit." Whether it was helping those less fortunate in Pittsburgh, or serving at St. Paul's Church in New York City for four days after Sept. 11, 2001, serving food to the rescue workers, Mr. Theis was a strong, brilliant man with a charitable heart, unwavering integrity, a twinkle in his eye and tremendous love for his family, church family and community. Mr. Theis, the son of the late Frank Victor Theis, M.D., and Hazel Harriet Ericsson Theis, of Chicago, Ill., is survived by his loving wife, Deacon Laura Radford Yates Theis; his beloved sons, Henry Ericsson (Kathya), of Bowie, Md., John Bolling (Lisa), of Guilderland, N.Y., Frank Munford (JP), of Pottstown, and Peter Radford (Alexis), of Sewickley; his cherished grandchildren, William, Benjamin, Laura, Sophie, Jackson, Nicholas and Anna; and his brother, Peter Frank Theis (Jill), of McHenry, Ill. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at COPELAND'S FUNERAL HOME in Sewickley. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Sewickley. The family suggests memorial donations be sent to St. Stephen's Anglican Church or Shepard's Heart Anglican Church.
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Tortorelli Jr., Joseph A. 80

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. Tortorelli Jr., 80, of Dormont, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 56 years of Johanna "Josie" Tortorelli; loving father of Mary Jo Tortorelli, Lynn (Chip) Tanis, Barbara Tortorelli and Rio Tomlin; devoted grandfather of Joseph Tanis, Tyler Tortorelli, Erika Hill and Johanna Tanis; and brother of the late Robert and William Tortorelli. Joe loved life and was always true to himself and others. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Catherine of Siena Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Weaver, Jacqueline 68

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1946-01-18
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • Jacqueline Weaver, 68, of Dravosburg, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was born Jan. 18, 1946, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Milton and Edith Swindler Nabors; and the wife of the late Robert Weaver. She was previously employed at the food court at Century III Mall for many years. She loved to travel and was a great collector. She was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt and great friend to all. She was a wonderful grandmother to her grandson, Bobby, and babysat many neighborhood children through the years. She is survived by her children, John Fazio, of Edinboro, and Lisa Fazio, of Cambridge Springs; a grandson, Robert Wilson; brother and sister-in-law, David and Kathy Weaver, of Ohio; sister-in-law, Beverly Nabors, of Palm Springs, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Sharon, Jim, Larry, William and Robert Nabors. Friends will be received from 12 noon until the time of services at 4 p.m. Saturday at STRIFFLERS DRAVOSBURG/ WEST MIFFLIN, 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034, 412-678-6192. The Rev. Kathleen Barnhart will officiate. Burial will take place in Richland Cemetery.
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Weideman, Joan M.

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1931-08-06
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Joan M. (Yott) Weideman, of McCandless, died peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born Aug. 6, 1931, to the late Joseph and Eva Yott, she was the beloved wife for 57 years of Jim Weideman; loving mother of Jim (Jeanne Veltre), John (Yvonne Lapinski), Mary (the late Frank) Gualtieri, Jeanne (Bob) Randig, Julie (Isabel Gonzales) and Joanie (Jeff) Gorman; proud grandmother of Justin (Leanna Tessling), Jaime (Pete McDevitt), Gabe, Jesse, Jason, Ryan, Mark, Maria, Joey, Rob, Meg, Elizabeth and Marina; and caring great-grandmother of Rhilee, Jonah and Charlotte. Joan is survived by her sisters, Terri and Pat; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Martin and Barbara Weideman. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joe, and sister, Linda. Joan was a graduate of the University of Detroit, with a Bachelor of Education. She loved and was loved by young and old alike. She loved all aspects of art, especially cooking, sewing, quilting, gardening and painting. After losing her mother at a young age, she became the mother figure for her younger sisters. Through her strength, love and faith, she was truly God's example of an extraordinary wife, mother and grandmother. She touched and inspired everyone she met. She will be missed beyond words. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, http://www.alz.org/pa.
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Yeschenko, John A. 61

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Born: 1952-11-02
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • John A. "Chink" Yeschenko, 61, of Pleasant Hills, formerly of Duquesne, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 23, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer which he fought until the very end. Born Nov. 2, 1952, in Homestead, he was a son of the late Alexander and Wilma Maydak Yeschenko. He is survived by his loving wife, Paulette Young Yeschenko; two brothers, Alan (Lois) Yeschenko and Robert (Pat) Yeschenko, both of West Mifflin; nieces, nephews, stepchildren and grandchildren. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday April 26, 2014, in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne.
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Zablocki, Mary

  • Formerly of Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary (Kersul) Zablocki, formerly of Braddock, died peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home. She was the loving wife of the late Peter B. Zablocki; and dear sister of Wilma (the late Albert) Franko, Olga Kersul and the late Emilie (Frank) Lisowski, Zora (Munchello) Blogovich, John (Toni) Krsul, Emil (Jean) Kersul, Jayda (Dominick) Gambino and Kayda (Donald) Giacchino. Aunt Mary will be lovingly missed by her many nieces and nephews. She was a lifelong member of the Croatian Fraternal Union. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. Anselm Church, Word of God Parish.
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Zehnder Jr., Harry E.

  • Ohio Township
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Harry E. Zehnder Jr., of Ohio Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was the husband of the late LaVerne I. (Bennett) Zehnder; father of Harry E. Zehnder III (Diane) and Stephen M. Zehnder (Donna); brother of Lillian French; grandfather of Katelyn Conner (Michael) and Patrick Zehnder; and great-grandfather of Luke Conner. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004, http://www.navymemorial.org. Military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Allegheny County Memorial Park, with a celebration of Harry's life to follow. Everyone please meet at cemetery office. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY.
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Black, Leah J. 86

  • Perryopolis , Formerly of West Newton
  • Born: 1927-10-21
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Leah Jane (Gordon) Volk Orr Black, 86, of Perryopolis, formerly of West Newton, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born Oct. 21, 1927, in West Newton, daughter of the late Charles and Susannah (Highberger) Gordon. She was preceded in death by her loving husbands, Leo William Volk and Ralph Emerson Orr. Leah was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Also, she was a faithful and beloved member of Bible Alliance Church of West Newton. Surviving are her husband, John Eugene Black; five children and four stepchildren, Susan J. (Andrew) Volk Mizak, Mary E. (Charles) Volk Popovich, Ann L. (Robert) Volk Wolfe, Paul W. Barbara (Volk), Virginia L. (Thomas) Volk Spano, Debbie (Timothy) Black Britt, Lori Black, Douglas Black, Lisa (Arthur) Black Tice and the late John E. Black III; 26 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Friends were received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Friends may gather at noon Thursday at the funeral home, followed by funeral services to be held at 1 p.m. in the Bible Alliance Church, Route 31, West Newton. Interment will follow in Mill Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Alliance Church. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Blasco, Elsie L. 88

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1925-07-31
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Elsie L. Blasco, 88, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born July 31, 1925, in Loyalhanna, a daughter of the late John J. Hacker and Mary E. (Kubath) Hacker. Elsie was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church and a former member of its Ladies Guild. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, and traveling all over the country to her husband's Army reunions. Elsie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Besides her parents, Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen J. Blasco Sr.; a brother, James Hacker; and a sister, Shirley Falino. Elsie is survived by four sons, Stephen J. Blasco Jr. and his wife, Suzie, of Marysville, John G. Blasco, of Latrobe, James A. Blasco, of Latrobe, and Walter A. Blasco and his fiancee, Reyne Mazzarese, of Loyalhanna; a brother, John Hacker, of Penn Hills; a sister, Karen Klym, of Derry; five grandchildren, Natalie Blasco, Nick Blasco, Andrew Blasco, Shawn Blasco and his wife, Lacey, and Aaron Blasco and his wife, Becky; two great-grandsons, Carter and Mason; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Panachida service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow in St. Mary Byzantine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Heartland Hospice for their care, the nurses and staff at Loyalhanna Care Center for their many years of care to the family and also their heartfelt thanks goes to Reyne and Elsie's sister, Karen, for their devoted care that they provided. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Boring, Timothy K. 75

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1938-10-29
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Timothy K. Boring, 75, of Jeannette, went home to be with his Lord Tuesday, April 22, 2014, after suffering from a long illness. Timothy was born Oct. 29, 1938, in Bolivar, to the late Harrison and Virginia Boring, and stepson of the late Corinne Boring. Mr. Boring was a graduate of Turtle Creek High School. He served in the Army. His professional career was spent as a tool and die maker. Tim loved to play golf and follow most sports teams. He could spend hours talking with his brother, Barrie, about the Steelers and the Pirates. In his words, "The most important things in this life are faith, family and friends." He is survived by his former wife, Brenda (Quear) Boring Gorski, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and siblings, Lane (Kathy), of Amherst, Ohio, Nathan (Maryann), of Annapolis, Md., Hope (and the late Gary) Hundley, of Maylene, Ala., Beth (David) Wayman, of Pegram, Tenn., Amy (Denny) Stiles, of Wampum, Michelle (Greg) McIntyre, of Trafford, and the late David Boring, formerly of Monroeville, and Barrie (Bertha) Boring, formerly of Whitaker. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL and CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with interment following in Crossroads Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tim's name may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642-1438. Corl Family Directors, 412-372-2100. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Capasso, Nancy L. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1929-07-05
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nancy L. Capasso, 84, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 5, 1929, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late August and Bessie (Zello) Pedicone. She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Theresa Daverse, Mary Ann Sikora and Genevieve Loncharich; and five brothers, Carmen, Henry, Joseph and Frank Pedicone and Vincent Capozzi. She is survived by her husband, Alexander N. Capasso; their son, Alexander Capasso and his wife, Karen, of Pittsburgh; two granddaughters, Andrea and Marissa Capasso; two brothers, Richard Capozzi and his wife, Julie, of Harrison City, and Robert Capozzi and his wife, Marlea, of Tryon, N.C.; two sisters, Florence Gray, of Ruffsdale, and Angeline Schultz, of Acme; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Carns, Bobby E. 80

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1933-05-29
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Bobby Eugene Carns, 80, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born May 29, 1933, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late Pealer P. and Margaret Heffelfinger Carns. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Martha Jane O'Brien Carns. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Fairmont Cemetery with the Rev. Chad Somerville officiating. The J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Cencebaugh, Rickey N. 54

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1959-11-18
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Rickey N. Cencebaugh, 54, of Irwin, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was born Nov. 18, 1959, in Albany, Ga., a son of Betty Griffith Wolfe, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and the late Edward Boone Cencebaugh. He was also predeceased by a granddaughter, Sarah; and a stepson, David Hawthorne. In addition to his mother, Rickey is survived by his wife, Deborah A. Egic Hawthorne Cencebaugh; a son, Evan Cencebaugh, of Lake Placid, N.Y.; a daughter, Eden Cencebaugh, of Lake Placid, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, David, Kayla (Jake Siko), Devon (Kelsey), Jordan, Emily, Ethan and Hunter; two great-grandchildren, Stephen and Madelyn; two brothers, Ralph (Michelle) Cencebaugh, of Debary, Fla., and Edward (Tracy) Cencebaugh, of Port Orange, Fla.; a stepson, Toby (fiancee, Leeann) Hawthorne, of Mt. Pleasant; a stepdaughter, Kim Hawthorne, of Irwin; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Mike (Tracy) Egic, of Irwin; and a daughter-in-law, Candice Hawthorne, of Jeannette. Cremation provided by BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, a Professional Cremation Service affiliate firm. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Shafton Fire Hall, 681 Jackson St., Irwin, PA 15642. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Daugherty Jr., Sherman H. 75

  • West Leechburg
  • Born: 1938-09-14
  • Died: 2014-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Sherman H. Daugherty Jr., 75, of West Leechburg, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 24, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 14, 1938, in North Apollo, to the late Sherman H. and Winifred L. (Covert) Daugherty Sr. He served in the Army from 1959 to 1961. He was employed as a mobile maintenance mechanic at West Leechburg Works of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation for 30 years, retiring in 2003. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Leechburg, and the Retirees of the United Steelworkers of America in Leechburg. Sherm, as he was known to his friends, was passionate about cars and auto mechanics. He enjoyed restoring antique cars, especially his 1969 Jeep that he restored to pristine condition. He also enjoyed traveling to visit his grandchildren. Sherman is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandra L. (King) Daugherty, of West Leechburg; two sons, Leon Daugherty (Christine), of Lower Burrell, and Duane Daugherty, of Tarentum; daughter, Carla McJunkin (James), of Chicago, Ill.; three grandchildren, James McJunkin Jr., Jared McJunkin and Jonathan McJunkin; brother, William H. Daugherty (Kathy), and sister, Elizabeth A. Bucholz, both of West Leechburg; sisters-in-law, Patricia Daugherty, of West Leechburg, and Ruth Daugherty, of Ford Cliff; brother-in-law, Billy Butler, of Allegheny Township; and many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Edward H. Daugherty and John C. Daugherty; and sister, Charlotte Jean Butler. Friends welcomed by his family from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051) and from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 251 Main St., Leechburg, with his pastor the Rev. Jerrad R. Peterman officiating. Interment following in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Allegheny Township. To send an online condolence to the Daugherty family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Dell Sr., Richard W. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-06-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard W. "Dick" Dell Sr., 86, of Greensburg, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Greensburg Care Center. He was born June 29, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Richard John and Anna Olga (Nopp) Dell. Dick was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and, prior to his retirement, he was a Pennsylvania licensed funeral director, having owned and operated the former Richard W. Dell Home for Funerals in Latrobe for 34 years. He was a member of St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church near Marguerite, and a former member of the Latrobe Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong County Funeral Directors Association. Dick loved music and was a talented musician, able to play nine different instruments. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Rose Marie (Ridilla) Dell, in 2005; and a brother, Hiliard Jerome Dell. He is survived by four children, Sandy Dell, of New York City, Richard Dell Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Pittsburgh, John Dell and his wife, Beth, of Latrobe, and Barbara Dell Combs, of St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren, Sienna Rose Combs, Shane Arthur Hamilton Combs and Cinthia Rose Combs; a brother, Robert Howard Dell and his wife, Edith "Toots", of Latrobe; in-laws, Cecilia Dell, Helen Rosa (William), Martha Rullo (Daniel), Susan Schmucker, Peter Paul Ridilla (Joan), Harry R. Ridilla (Helen) and Stella "Toto" Ridilla; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Benedicts Church, 260 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, with Father Daniel L. Blout as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Detar, Mary V. 88

  • Irwin , Formerly of Penn
  • Born: 1925-10-12
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Mary V. Detar, 88, a resident of Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin, formerly of Penn, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was born Oct. 12, 1925, in Penn, a daughter of the late Anthony and Anastasia Tarus Subaczus. Prior to her retirement, Mary was employed by the Belle View Company in Penn and was a housekeeper for several priests in Penn for more than 20 years. She was a member of the former St. Boniface Church in Penn, the church's Christian Mothers, choir and also the Silver Threads. Mary enjoyed gardening, bowling, bingo and taking care of her husband and family. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Lee M. Detar in 2004; a sister, Nellie Schade; and two brothers, George and Jim Subaczus. She is survived by her children, Sharon Garrick and husband, Nick, of Newark, Del., Lee M. Detar II and wife, Rose, of Pittsburgh, Dennis Detar and wife, Sharon, of Ashburn, Va., and Kathy Gennuso and husband, Rich, of Robinson Township; grandchildren, Nick Garrick II, Kevin Gennuso and wife, Aman, April Magent and husband, Chris, Jason Garrick, Lee Detar III and wife, Erica, Nicole Stewart and husband, Sean, Matt and Kristine Detar and Mitch Gennuso; great-grandchildren, Ben and Claire Stewart, Abigail and Gabriel Detar and Liam Gennuso; a sister, Ann Campbell, of Uniontown; a sister-in-law, Ruth Bennett, of Irwin; a special niece, Carol Gudac, of Uniontown; and several other nieces and nephews. Mary's family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of both the Golden Heights Personal Care Home and the Bridge's Hospice for the kind and personal care Mary received during her time there. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, with Father Paul Lisik as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or the Bridge's Foundation, 1200 Golf Lab Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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DiDonato, Irene C. 75

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1939-01-23
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Irene C. DiDonato, 75, of Unity Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Jan. 23, 1939, in Ambridge, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anastasia (Garbol) Chekanowsky. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, and its Rosary Altar Society. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by all her siblings, John, Bill, Mary and Helen. She is survived by her husband, Emery J. DiDonato; a daughter, Lynette DiDonato and her husband, Keith Gassman, of Greensburg; a son, David DiDonato and wife, Kathy, of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Nicole A. DiDonato and her fiancee, Hunter Owen, Gabby Gassman and Lexi Gassman; and several loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. Interment will follow in St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Cemetery, Ambridge. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Benedict Catholic Church, 560 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Dillinger, Donna J. 55

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1958-06-15
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Donna J. Dillinger, 55, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at her residence. She was born June 15, 1958, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late William J. Dillinger and Clarice E. (Denny) Dillinger. Donna was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe. She previously worked as an EMT for Citizens Ambulance Co. Donna was an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed following her favorite driver, Tony Stewart. She also enjoyed crafting, woodworking, painting and face painting for kids. She is survived by her sister, Barbara L. Dillinger, of Latrobe; and a special cousin, Susan C. Kosik, of Latrobe. She is also survived by numerous other cousins; and her pets, Snuggles, Smoke and Boo. Family and friends were received Monday and Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service was held Wednesday in the funeral home with the Trinity clergy officiating. Interment followed in Unity Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, Dr. Sulecki and the staff at Arnold Palmer Pavilion, and a special thank you to her caregivers, Colleen and Linda. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Dixon, William R. 69

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1944-10-15
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • William R. Dixon, 69, of Irwin, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at home. He was born Oct. 15, 1944, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Frances M. Dixon. Prior to his retirement, William was employed as a master molder by Brass and Bronze Casting Co. with 41 years of service. He was a member and bartender at the Slovakian Club, Lower Greenfield, member of Hahntown-Wendel Club and social member of Westmoreland City Firehall and Adamsburg Firehall. He enjoyed fishing, doing home improvements, woodworking and jerry-rigging anything on which he worked. He was well-known for being a jokester and pulling pranks. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol A. Barney Dixon; daughters, Stacy A. Barbour and her husband, Michael, of South Greensburg, and Stephanie A. Dixon and her fiance, John Shakoske, of Rilton; brother, James Dixon, of Pittsburgh; sister Linda Fidel and her husband, Bill, of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Jenna and Andy Barbour; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved four-legged companion, Rudi. Friends were received Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will followed in the funeral home chapel. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Donovan, Mary M. 92

  • Formerly of Sutersville
  • Born: 1922-02-06
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Mary M. Donovan, 92, formerly of Sutersville, died Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Verona, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Jaros) Palochik. Mary was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, West Newton. Prior to retirement, she was the postmaster of the Sutersville Post Office. Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Kahn and husband, Michael, of Savannah, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Grace Donovan, of Irwin; a son, William Donovan and wife, Lisa, of Brewster, N.Y.; a sister, Helen Fentzel, of Pittsburgh; a sister-in-law, Emma Santostefano, of Bradenton, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jessica Kahn and husband, Scott Bieker, of New York, Peter Kahn and wife, Karin, of Milton, Mass., Christine Shope and husband, Jim, of Irwin, Katie Mumm and husband, Travis, of Volo, Ill., Colleen Donovan, of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and Anne Donovan and Claire Donovan, both of Brewster, N.Y.; and seven great-grandchildren, Madison Caruso, Kaylee Shope, Carter Kahn, Davis Kahn, Daphne Bieker, Theo Bieker and Teegan Mumm. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, William Donovan; a son, Terry Donovan; brothers, Michael Palochik and wife Anne, John Palochik and wife Jean, Paul Palochik and Andy Palochik; sister, Frances Hester and husband, John; and brother-in-law, Earl "Bud" Fentzel. Friends were received Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. A funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday in Holy Family Church. Interment followed in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, 225 N. Second St., West Newton, PA 15089. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Dunbar, Maxine 91

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1923-03-08
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Maxine Dunbar, 91, of Lower Burrell, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in St. Barnabas Gibsonia. She was born March 8, 1923, in New Kensington, to the late Richard and Beatrice (Warden) Grant and was a homemaker who lived in the Lower Burrell area most of her life. Maxine was a member of the Arnold United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who made the best pies in town. She enjoyed crafts, especially seed art. Her interests included bird watching, gardening and her dog, Sadie. Maxine was a graduate of Ken-Hi. She had many cherished friends in the Lower Burrell area. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. "Bert" Dunbar, Feb. 14, 1998; and a grandson, Jeffrey Michael Kolakowski. Survivors include her children, Thomas (Paulette) Dunbar, of Delaware, Susan (Ronald) Kolakowski, of Tennessee, Robert (Diana) Dunbar, of Texas, and Christine Platania, of Shaler Township; grandchildren, Jason (Louise) Kolakowski, Jonathan (Eliza) Kolakowski, Nicole (Anthony) DiRico, Thomas (Amy) Dunbar, Jackie (William) Dobos, Meagan (Brody) Epperson, Nicholas Dunbar and Emily Platania; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Polliard, of California. Family and friends will be received from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held with the Rev. Dr. Dirk M. Lesnett of Elfinwild Presbyterian Church in Glenshaw, officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044 or to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Mills, MI 48307.
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Forney, Bernadette M. 68

  • Oklahoma Borough
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Bernadette M. Forney, 68, of Oklahoma Borough, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Bernadette is survived by her two sons, Christopher M. (Heather Percell) Forney, of Verona, and Robert A. (Christy) Forney, of North Carolina; two brothers, Richard A. (Pam) Povlak, of California, and Jeffrey L. (Leila) Povlak, of Georgia; and sister, Karen A. Seaton, also of California; as well as two grandchildren, Tyler and Dominic Forney; and several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690, where a blessing service will be held at 4:30 p.m. with Father James Loew, OSB officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bernadette's memory to St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Galbraith, Gilda A. 86

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1928-02-11
  • Died: 2014-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Gilda Ann Galbraith, 86, of Bolivar passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born Feb. 11, 1928, in Bolivar, she was a daughter of the late Vincent and Cleonice (Pace) Keck. She also was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, Robert Keck, Jane (Keck) Gennaro and Ralph Keck. Gilda is survived by her husband, James D. Galbraith Sr. She was the loving mother of Cindy Thomas and husband, Joe, of Seward, James D. "Jim" Galbraith Jr. and wife, Becky, of Hoyt, Kan; Nancy Larger and husband, John, of Webster, Fla.; Wendy Ritenour and husband, Ernie, of Bolivar; dear grandmother of Stephanie McCarthy, Timothy Galbraith, Gwen Warton, Jackie Long, Emilee Larger, David Larger, James Larger, Thomas Larger and Jillian Ritenour; several stepgrandchildren; and great-grandchildren; brother, Rudy Keck and wife, Gladys, from Seward; and several nieces and nephews. A member of the former St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Bolivar, and Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Seward, she also was a member of the Bolivar American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 128 and Robinson VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 9310. Gilda enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, dancing and spending time with her family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 425 Bridge St., Seward, with the Rev. Robert M. Washko officiating. Internment will be in Armagh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Online condolences may be left at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Garia, Joseph I. 81

  • Level Green , Formerly of Verona
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Joseph I. "Iggy" Garia, 81, of Level Green, formerly of Verona, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was a retired worker at Westinghouse. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Josephine (Pasqualina Manganaro) and Joseph Garia; his sister, Josephine Zanella; his brothers, Anthony "Cherry" Garia, Rocco Garia and Michael Garia; and his granddaughter, Amanda Garia. He was the wonderful father of Laura Martin (Ron), of Pitcairn, Ellen Garia (Marty), of Verona, and Susan Garia, of Level Green; and grandfather of Maria Urick, Joseph Garia (Vanessa), Michael Urick, Sean Martin and Alexis Garia. He loved playing poker, watching the Pirates and cooking his family favorite spaghetti dinners. He loved his children and grandchildren and will be sadly missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association Inc. or the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Graham, Beverley D. 66

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1947-05-28
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Beverley Dumai Graham, 66, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born May, 28, 1947, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to the late H. Anthony and Mary (Press) Hodges, she became a United States citizen in 1979. Mrs. Graham received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of California in San Francisco, Calif. She worked at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, the Visiting Nurses Association and at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco for 15 years until 2006. Beverley specialized in psychiatric nursing with AIDS patients. Until recently, she taught art classes at the Alle-Kiski Senior Citizens Center in New Kensington. She was a member of The River, a Community Church of New Kensington. Surviving is her husband, Harold R. Graham; son, Robert B. (Melissa George) Ludwig, of Davis, W.Va.; daughter, Karen Jo (Louis Carl) Roberts, of Churchill; grandchildren, Brianna, Kathleen and Matthew (Maria); great-grandson, Aubrey; brother, Thomas Anthony (Kimberly) Hodges, of Oakmont; and sister, Andrea Hodges, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Visitation will be 3:30 to 4 p.m., the time of the funeral service, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, officiated by her pastor, the Rev. Dean Ward. Those desiring may contribute to the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, 3500 Victoria St., Room 218, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, to establish a scholarship in Beverley's memory. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Greguric, Elaine A. 87

  • Formerly of Westmoreland City
  • Born: 1926-12-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elaine A. (Krotz) Greguric, 87, formerly of Westmoreland City, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Greensburg. She was born Dec. 29, 1926, in North Irwin, a daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Freund) Krotz. Elaine was employed at one time as a secretary for Westinghouse Printing of Trafford. She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church, of Irwin, its BYKOTA Sunday school class, the United Methodist Women and the Happy Methodists and served her church in many other ways. Elaine was the youngest and last surviving of her 10 siblings. In addition to her parents and brothers and sisters, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Greguric. Surviving are three children, Jean (Steve) Halza, of North Huntingdon, Joel (Patty) Greguric, of Baldwin, and Jan Greguric, of Peters Township; seven grandchildren, Katie and Andy Halza, Ryan and Alex Greguric, Kayla (Tyler) Short, Kiersten and Hannah Greguric; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Lake, her pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, PA 15642. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Gustafson, Shelvie J. 76

  • Green, Ohio , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1937-05-04
  • Died: 2014-04-20
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  • Shelvie J. Gustafson, 76, formerly of Jeannette, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 20, 2014. Born May 4, 1937, in Greensburg, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Velma Byerly. Shelvie was a 1955 graduate of Jeannette High School and had been an Akron area resident since 1959. She was a graduate of the Columbia School of Nursing in Pittsburgh and had worked as a registered nurse for Barberton Citizen's Hospital, Akron Children's Hospital and the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. Shelvie enjoyed baking, sewing and gardening, but she most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She loved growing up in the 1950's, and especially enjoyed the music of that era. Shelvie is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, Gus, of Green, Ohio; her children, Charley Gustafson and Rose (John) Back, of Uniontown, Ohio; grandchildren Sam and Sydney Back; brother Kenneth Byerly; sisters-in-law, Betty Jo (James) Wilson, of North Huntingdon, Kathryn Gustafson, of Jeannette, and Dorothy Gustafson, of Akron; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Inurnment will take place at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. ANTHONY FUNERAL HOMES, Akron, Ohio, anthonyfh.com., 330-724-1281.
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Halula, Frances G. 93

  • Marguerite
  • Born: 1921-01-24
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Frances Geraldine Halula, 93, of Marguerite, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Nature Park Commons, Hempfield Township. She was born Jan. 24, 1921, in Marguerite, a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Yarab) Halula. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, its Blessed Virgin Sodality and Living Rosary Society. She was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Branch No. 144, Marguerite, and also Branch No. 98. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters, Mary, Anna, Agnes, Catherine, Sister M. Scholastica, OSF, and Elizabeth; four brothers, John, the Rev. Raymond and two infant brothers, both named Stephen; and two sisters-in-law, Rosalie and Florence. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph, of New Cumberland, and Edward Halula and wife, Dorothy, of Springfield, Ohio; a sister, Helen Novotny, of Greensburg; and a sister-in-law, Grace Halula, of California, She is also survived by caregivers, nephew, Gervase "Jerry" Gumbita and wife, Ann, and niece, Mary Jane Schnupp; and numerous additional nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. A parish rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Prayers will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Nature Park Commons and Viaquest Hospice LLC. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hanson, Jane L. 93

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1921-02-13
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Jane L. Hanson, 93, of North Huntingdon, now residing in Harrisville, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Autumn Grove Care Center in Harrisville. She was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Braddock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Hanson; two daughters, Linda J. Hanson and Dayna Keeler. She is survived by one son, Cary Hanson and his wife, Lorette, of Harrisville; four grandchildren, Heather Butler (Greg), Hayley Dubovsky (Dave), Dawn and Ryan Keeler; three great-grandchildren, Austin Lovett, Alexis Miller and Cody Dubovsky. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. Arrangements are by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Heffron, Gina A. 21

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1992-04-28
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Gina Arlene Heffron, 21, of Lower Burrell, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was born April 28, 1992, in Tacoma, Wash., to Shari E. Schrock Heffron, of Lower Burrell, and the late Lawrence Gerard Heffron, and has been a resident of Lower Burrell since 2001, having previously resided in Springdale, Harmar, and the state of Washington. Gina was great with children and especially enjoyed spending time with her son, Kahlil Lawrence Heffron. In addition to her mother and son, she is survived by her four brothers, Casey, Tyler, Dillion and Jesse Heffron, all of Lower Burrell; her paternal grandmother, Rosemary Heffron, of Ardmore; and her maternal grandfather, James Schrock, of Harmar Township. Besides her father, she was preceded by her grandfather, Laurence Heffron, and grandmother, Freda Schrock. I will always love my little girl. Love, Mom. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday by the Rev. Harold Mele. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Memorial donations may be made for her son Kahlil's future c/o Corning Credit Union, 100 8th St., Charleroi, PA 15022, 724-489-2235. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Hysong, Betty L. 82

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1931-12-13
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Betty L. Hysong, 82, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Oak Hill Nursing Center, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 13, 1931, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Charles and Florence Niswonger Forejt. Mrs. Hysong was a 1949 graduate of the former Scottdale High School. She was formerly employed at Union Apparel in Norvelt for 20 years. She also worked at the former Connellsville Sportswear and later at County Market. She is survived by five daughters, Tawnyia Dodd and her husband, Allen, of Donegal, Kim Overly, of Norvelt, Tammy Cook and her husband, Gary, of Mt. Pleasant, Kerrie Hysong and her companion, Mark Soforic, of Hecla, and Tara Miele and her husband, Dan, of Mt. Pleasant; a "special daughter", Debbie Pfeifer, of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren, Eric and Nathan Dodd, Rhea and Randy Overly, Kelly Novak, Gary Cook, Frank and Kaylin Chain and Trin and Danny Miele; eight great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Bodie, Kaysea and Ashten Dodd, Ayla Mena and Vaun Stout and M'Kaila Cook; brother, Charles Forejt, of West Virginia; special niece and nephew, Chuck and Cindy; and her special hospice nurses, Jenny Caruso and Cheryl Potoka. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, Randy Overly. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, the hour of funeral services with the Rev. Harrison Smith officiating, in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be private. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Jamnik, Zora 96

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1917-05-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Zora (Malek) Jamnik, 96, of Trafford, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in Evening Star Personal Care Home, Wilmerding. Zora was born May 5, 1917, in East Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Mato and Kata (Zaluski) Malek. Zora was retired from the Croatian Fraternal Union in Wilkins Township and was a member of Lodge 141 of East Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Regis Church, Trafford. She was an avid bowler and loved dancing polkas with her husband, "Jam," at the Slovenian Ballroom. Zora was preceded in death by her husband, John J. "Jam" Jamnik, in 2007; and her siblings, Matt and John Malek, Barbara Skrbin, Anna Koshko, Mary Tomasic, Catherine Raspolic and Charlotte Bozic. Zora is survived by her daughters, Arleen Toocheck and Norma Jean Sudina (Mike), all of Level Green; her grandchildren, Barbara Toocheck, Rebecca Toocheck (Kurt Schnaubelt), Matt Toocheck, Antonio and Stephanie Sudina; and her great-grandchildren, Zora and Alex, Patton and Isabella Toocheck. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085 or Evening Star Personal Care Home, 200 Caldwell Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Johnson, Richard K. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1925-04-04
  • Died: 2014-03-14
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Richard K. Johnson, 88, of Greensburg, died Friday, March 14, 2014, in Mexico. He was born April 4, 1925, in Jeannette, son of the late Vincent W. and Angeline (Weightman) Johnson. He was a railroad freight conductor for 45 years, hired March 12, 1947, and retired March 16, 1992, working for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central and Conrail. He attended school first through tenth grade in the Hempfield School District and graduated from Harrold Junior High School in 1940. He attended senior high school at Greensburg High School graduating in 1942. Upon graduation from high school in 1942, he entered the Marine Corps and was a veteran of World War II, serving at Guadalcanal and Bougainville British Solomon Islands as a radar man with the 90 mm guns, 3rd Defense Battalion under the command of 2nd and 3rd Marine divisions. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, member and past commander of the Slickville American Legion Post 18, life member of VFW Post 33, Greensburg, and also Greater Greensburg Marine Corps League, former member of Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Hose Company 3 and Delmont Ambulance Service. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Blanche (Johnson) Truxal Armel, Helen (Johnson) Milligan and Vera (Johnson) Baur; and a brother, Dwight V. Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Silvia Johnson, of Greensburg; a sister, Joanne (Johnson) Mertz, of Greensburg; his children, Carol Stowman, of Cherry Hill, N.J., Rick and Marianne Johnson, of Elizabeth, Veronica (Ronni) Baker, of Koppel, Vincent (Matt) and Mary Johnson, of Leland, N.C., and Robert Johnson, of Elizabeth; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and scores of nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the VFW Post 33, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Toys for Tots Greater Greensburg Marine Corps League.
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Jones, Loree V.

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Loree Virginia Jones left this life Monday, April 14, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Silver Spring, Md. She was a lifetime resident of Jeannette until August 2010, when she relocated to Silver Spring because of poor health. She was a lifelong member of St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Jeannette, where she served over the years on the Trustee Board, the Missionary Society, Pastor's Aide and Stewardess Board. She was also the Mother of Church. Loree was a licensed practical nurse and was employed at Westmoreland Hospital and the former Monsour Medical Center. She held memberships in the Greensburg-Jeannette Branch of the NAACP, the Jeannette Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the Jeannette Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and the Greensburg Business and Professional Women's Club. Preceding her in death, was her husband of 62 years, Willie Jones; her son, William Charles Jones; her parents, Rosa Lee and Charles Eliard; three sisters, Cenota Barclay, Lois Wimbush and Nina Davis; and a brother, Charles Bruza Eliard. She is survived by her daughter, Olgarita and husband, Will, of Silver Spring, Md.; her son, Larry "BeNo" Jones, of Jeannette; two grandsons, Mycal (Dina) and Bryan; two great-grandchildren, Giovanna Loree and Mycal Oliver; a sister, Rosalie "Woodgie" Foster; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Living Word Congregational Church, 2003 Ridge Road, Jeannette, PA 15644. A viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the church, at which time a home going service will take place. Arrangements entrusted to the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette. Floral arrangements may be sent directly to the church.
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Joyce, Mileva 80

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Mileva "Eve" (Radjenovich) Joyce, 80, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Braddock, died peacefully Thursday, April 17, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Bozo and Luba Radjenovich; beloved wife for 60 years of John "Jack" Joyce; loving mom of Jack (Kathy) Joyce, Tommy (Audrey) Joyce and Jeanne Holmes; "Baba" (grandma) of Erica, Stephanie, Monica and Matthew; dear sister of George (Ethel) Radjenovich, Don Radjenovich, Rose Radjenovich, Bea Radjenovich, Gloria (Jack) Marzec and Nick (Colleen) Radjenovich; sister-in-law of Lois O'Neil, Marilyn Glade, Peggy McKivitz, Lue Youse and Eileen (Tony) Miele; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and all who loved Eve. Eve loved her family above all, enjoyed cooking and enjoyed bingo with friends. She was preceded in death by siblings, Ken Radjenovich, Roberta (surviving, Al) Gates and Mildred (late Milan) Devich. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332, with Pomen service at 8 p.m. Additional visitation from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Kalp, Audrey J. 77

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1936-11-08
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Audrey J. Kalp, 77, of Ligonier, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, with her loving husband by her side. She was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Arden and Ruth Brinkley. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier. Audrey loved to shop, travel and spend time with her family. Audrey is survived by her husband of 60 years, Glenlyn "Glen" Kalp; two sisters, Lois Brinkley, of Long Island, N.Y., and Dorothy Basinger, of Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 East Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul D. Poerschke officiating. Interment was in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Audrey's memory to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 West Main St., Ligonier.
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Kattera, Bernadette 62

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1951-07-28
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Bernadette Yancosky Kattera, 62, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the UPMC Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh. Mrs. Kattera was born July 28, 1951, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mamie Crivella Yancosky. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of its Christian Mothers. Bernie was a 1968 graduate of the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. She received her BA in history from Seton Hill and then went on to receive her Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Bernie retired from the Mt. Pleasant Area School System, primarily as the librarian at Rumbaugh and Norvelt Elementary Schools. The year before she retired, she was librarian at the Senior High School. Bernie was responsible for organizing the Read Across America Program in the district. She was loved by her students, and respected by her colleagues for her dedication and contributions to the teaching profession. During her career, Bernie served as president of the Mt. Pleasant Area Education Association, and was also very involved with her work as treasurer of the Westmoreland County Association of School Librarians. She belonged to the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club and the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society. Bernie loved PBS, old movies, history and traveling. One of her favorite things to do was sit on the beach and read. Bernie touched the lives of so many people with her kindness and generosity. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her, and will be remembered always for her gentle spirit. Bernie is survived by her loving family: her daughter, Jaclyn Kattera and her fiance, Nicholas Cerkovnik, of Latrobe; her sisters and brother, Anne Forsythe, of Scottdale, Joseph "Coke" Yancosky and his wife, Carol, and Connie Thomas and her husband, Terry, all of Mt. Pleasant, and Toni Brown, of Florida. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. In addition to her parents, Bernie was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Kattera, in 2007. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Transfiguration Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held in the funeral home at 3 p.m. Friday. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Kattic, Joanne 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-07-11
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Joanne Andrecak Kattic, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Joanne was born July 11, 1936, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Steve and Elizabeth (Wargo) Andrecak. Joanne was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. She graduated from St. Peters High School in McKeesport in 1954. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Joann Fabrics. She is preceded in death by her brother, Donald Andrecak; and grandson, "JJ" John Patrick Jones III. She will be missed by her husband of 58 years, Donald Kattic, of North Huntingdon. Surviving are five daughters, Laura (Philip) Ivkovich, of Vero Beach, Fla., Lana (Mark) Huffman, of Salisbury, N.C., Lisa (Ed) Kovalcin, Luanne Jones and Leslie (Tom) Quealy, all of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Cara (Erik) Falk, Christine Bratkovich, Heidi Stogard, Katie (Chris) Adcock, Melissa Kovalcin, Philip Ivkovich, Eddie Kovalcin, Mandie Starkey, Claire Jones and Tommy and Trey Quealy; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Paige, Brooke, Billy, Avery, Anderson, Ellie, Madison and Murphey; and sisters, Dorothy (Harry "Bud") Hines, of Greensburg, and Patricia "Patsy" (Victor) Falvo, of New Jersey. She was a gifted and avid quilter and belonged to the Norwin Quilt League and won first place at the Westmoreland County Fair. The family is especially proud that she donated "lap quilts" to the Veterans Hospital. She will be missed very much and is with the Lord and Angels in Heaven. Friends were received from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers were held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the St. Agnes Catholic Church. Interment followed at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Keslar Sr., James R. 78

  • Acme
  • Born: 1936-04-12
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • James R. Keslar Sr., 77, of Acme, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 23, 2014, surrounded by his family, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Jim was born April 12, 1936, in Acme, son of the late John and Birdie Lankey Keslar. As a young man, he served in the Navy on the USS Lake Champlain. He was a member of Mt. Zion Community Church and was employed as a carpenter by Carpenter Local Union 759. He loved to fish and was a member of the Normalville Rod and Gun Club and the Bridgeport Sportsman's Club. He also enjoyed gardening and farming. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Benita Shaffer Keslar; children, Rev. James R. Keslar Jr. and wife, Pamala, Gerald Keslar and wife, Vivian, Kenneth Keslar and wife, Donna, and daughter, Deborah Keslar; and grandchildren, Laura Keslar, Melissa Keslar, Jennifer Sankey and husband, Ryan, Janelle Keslar, Angela Lusko and Zachary Keslar. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a brother, David Keslar; and a sister, Lucy Princler. The family is inviting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday to the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, in Mt. Zion Community Church, Acme, where services will be held at 2:30 p.m., with Pastors Paul Haasz and Leroy Kesler officiating. Interment, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, will follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mt. Zion Christian Academy, 159 Kreinbrook Hill, Acme, PA 15610. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Kovacina, George 87

  • Kecksburg
  • Born: 1926-08-22
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George Kovacina, 87, of Kecksburg, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. Born Aug. 22, 1926, in Mammoth, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna (Repiscak) Kovacina. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John, Tom, Michael and Rudy; and sisters, Pauline Kirik and Elizabeth Kovacina. He was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United. Prior to retirement, George had been employed for 35 years by Citizens Telephone of Mammoth. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy. He was a member of American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, and the NRA. George was the loving husband of 26 years to Linda M. (Peffer) Kovacina. Also surviving are stepchildren, Aaron Robinson and Rebekah (Mike) Witz; grandchildren, Dennis and Douglas Robinson and Tyler and Alyson Witz; sister, MaryAnn (Michael) Zubovich; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674. Transfer prayers will be at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Kecksburg, with military honors accorded by the American Legion. The veterans will extend accolades to the departed veteran, which are so justly deserved, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. A vigil service will be at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
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Kratzer, Margaret 69

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1945-02-21
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peggy" Kratzer aka Miss Arnold, 69, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in her home. She was born Feb. 21, 1945, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Agnes Payonk Vokes. Peggy worked as a waitress for many years at local restaurants in the area, including Arden, Mercurio's, Clementines, Lamp Post and Kings. She was a wonderful cook, but the most important thing in her life was her children and grandchildren, especially her great-grandson, Reilly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Hoderowski; second husband, William Kratzer; brother, Glenn Vokes Sr.; sister, Elizabeth Ann Peterson; and two nephews, Glenn Jr. and Eugene Jr. Vokes. Survivors include her four daughters, Darla (Michael) Georgevich, Donna (Thomas) Devore, Dawn (Fran) (Ferich) Butz and Dana (James) Rowles Sr.; five grandchildren, Jessica Ferich, James Rowles Jr., Bethany Rowles, Austin Devore and Rachele Georgevich; great-grandson, Reilly Rowles; five brothers, Howard Sr., Joseph "Joe", Gerald "Butch", Arthur and Eugene Sr. Vokes; and four sisters, Barbara Beere, Josephine "Josie" Rakes, Jane Callahan and Connie Lowers. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, a service oriented funeral home, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, 724-337-3325. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Carmen Butler officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to http://www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Kruel, Stanley C. 75

  • Herminie No. 2
  • Born: 1938-10-16
  • Died: 2014-04-09
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Stanley C. "Sonny" Kruel, 75, of Herminie No. 2, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 16, 1938, in Herminie No. 2, son of the late Joseph and Clara (Lacunsky) Kruel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Evans; and a sister, Carolyn "Sissy" Grazel. Sonny was a member of the Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church. Prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver having worked for ANR Trucking. After retiring he was a greens keeper at Carradam Golf Club and Greensburg Country Club where he had many friends. He was a member of the Teamsters, NHRA and NRA. He was an avid hunter but he mostly enjoyed and his passion over the past 30 years was "drag racing" traveling with his wife locally and all over the eastern states. He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl (Overly) Kruel, of Herminie No. 2; his three sons, Vince (Cathy) Kruel, of Herminie, Stanley C. "Sonny" Kruel Jr., of Irwin, and Keith Kruel, formerly of Wendel; two daughters, Lorri Kruel, of Irwin, and Tammy (Michael) Bennett, of Manor; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond "Corkey" (Paulette) Kruel, of Herminie No. 2; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Per Sonny's wishes, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Arona United Methodist Church with Pastor Bruce Anthony officiating. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church, 224 Wendel Road, Irwin, PA 15642, in memory of Sonny.
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Lennon, Jean

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Jean Lennon, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, in her home, surrounded by those she loved. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and faithful friend. She was born in Mt. Pleasant and over the years she resided in Mt. Pleasant, Greensburg, Ligonier and Latrobe. As the proud mother of 11 children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, she devoted her life to her family and God and will be greatly missed by all. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Lennon Jr.; her son, Timothy Lennon; her daughters, Mary Alyce Sullivan and Janet Lennon; her son-in-law, Brett Roach; her parents; and all of her nine siblings. She is survived by her children, Carol Lennon, of Latrobe, Thomas (Sue) Lennon, of Stowe, Ohio, Terry (Cathy) Lennon, of Raleigh, N.C., F.J. (Laura) Lennon, of New Market, Md., Trish (Bill) Perry, of Ligonier, Joan Roach, of Latrobe, Kathy (Bob) Harper, of Frederick, Md., and Lee Ann (Chuck) Costanzo, of Montgomery, Ala.; and her daughter-in-law, Nina McIver, of Franklin, Tenn. In addition, she is mourned by her grandchildren, Sean Lennon, Kevin (Darby) Lennon, Brian (Amy) Lennon, Christopher Lennon, Colleen Lennon (Ben Leo), Patrick (Sura) Lennon, Bill (Amy) Perry, Nicole Roach (Michael) Louderback, Brett Roach (Lindsay Hartman), Michael Roach, Olivia Lennon and Clara Jean Lennon. She leaves behind eight great-grandchildren, Ryan Poirier, Ryder and Bryce Lennon, Emma Perry, Alexia, Finnegan and Heath Lennon and Henry Louderback. She will also be mourned by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. According to her wishes, there will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. Vincent Basilica, the church she loved. Interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Donations can be made in the name of Jean Lennon to Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or online at http://www.ourclubhouse.org. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Leonard, Rudolph 87

  • Adamsburg
  • Born: 1927-03-30
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Rudolph Leonard, 87, of Adamsburg, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. He was born March 30, 1927, in Adamsburg, a son of the late Felix and Verna (Cheslar) Leonard. He was a member of the former St. Boniface Church, Penn. Rudolph retired from ASG Industries in Jeannette and was a lifetime member of the Adamsburg Community Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife of more than 62 years, M. Elizabeth "Liz" Leonard; daughters, Lynn (Richard) Ray, of North Huntingdon, and Debbie (John) Horton, of Darragh; granddaughter, Dr. Jennifer Horton, of Saginaw, Mich.; sister, Rose Marie Leonard; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Emery Leonard; and sisters, Betty Billeck and Carol Lee Leonard. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Leshko, Margaret M. 88

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-02-19
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. Leshko, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Leshko was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Old Bethany, a daughter of the late John and Veronica (Rushnock) Leshko Sr. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church and its Rosary Altar Society. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Margaret was a 1945 graduate of the former East Huntingdon High School. She had worked as the produce manager for Shop 'n Save in Mt. Pleasant and had also worked as a cook at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and the McKenna Center. Margaret was an avid sports fan, who especially enjoyed watching the Steelers, Pirates and the Penguins. Margaret was the aunt that enjoyed spoiling her nieces and nephews, being the best friend, "grandmother" and special aunt that would do anything for them. Margaret is survived by her brother, William Leshko and his wife, Theresa, of Tarrs; her brother and sister-in-law, Andrew Verostko and Mary Ann Leshko; and numerous special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Mary Moore and Dorothy Verostko and John J. Leshko Jr. and Joseph Leshko; and her niece, Ellen Moore. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by her 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held in the funeral home at 3:30 p.m. Thursday followed immediately by the Rosary recited by the Visitation Rosary Altar Society. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Livengood, Morna E. 92

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1921-07-03
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Morna Elizabeth Livengood, 92, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh. She was born July 3, 1921, in Export, a daughter of the late Bessie (Spencer) and William M. Alexander Sr. Morna was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, West Point. Besides her parents, Morna was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Livengood; brothers, William Alexander Jr. and Edward Alexander; and sisters, Dara Adams and Rose McAdoo. Surviving are her sons, Ronald W. Livengood, of San Francisco, and Keith E. Livengood, of Greensburg; granddaughter, Kayla (Jerad) Mefferd; twin grandsons, Reed and Chase Livengood; and a great-grandson, Camden Mefferd. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Hans Andrae officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Macular Degeneration, Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21297-0495. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Mahoy, Lillian M. 87

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1927-03-08
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Lillian M. Mahoy, 87, of Penn Township, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in her home. She was born March 8, 1927, in Pleasant Valley, daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Susa Kinkela. She was a member of St. Barbara Church in Harrison City. She enjoyed her membership in Harrison City Women's Club and Young at Heart. Lillian, or Dolly, as her friends knew her was a wonderful baker. She loved playing cards and decorating her home. In addition to her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Mahoy Sr.; and a brother, Frank Kinkela. She was the loving mother to a son, James L. Mahoy Jr. and his wife, Alda, of Blue Ridge, Va.; and two daughters, Karen M. Bowan and her husband, William, of Penn Township, and Donna M. Cilli and her husband, Cary, of Irwin; four grandchildren, William, Kristyn, Leanne and Rachelle; and four great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Sean, Evelyn and Lillian. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, where funeral prayers will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Barbara Church, with Father Kenneth G. Zaccagnini officiating.
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Mandalakas, John N. 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-01-09
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John N. Mandalakas, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. John was born Jan. 9, 1936, in Chios, Greece, son of the late Nikolaos and Lambrini (Couladis) Mandalakas. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1956. He was sponsored by his uncle, George Couladis and his wife, Aspacia, and was also supported by his beloved aunts, Alexandra Macos and Argyri Kollikias. He attended Ohio University and graduated in 1961. After graduation, he married Kay Papaliodis and moved to Western Pennsylvania to work at the Westinghouse Semi-Conductor Division in Youngwood. During those early years of his career, he attended Carnegie Tech (now, Carnegie Mellon) at night and obtained his master's degree in electrical engineering. He later worked at Westinghouse's Nuclear Division and at the Transportation Division, where he was instrumental in developing control systems for their "People Mover" project. For this seminal work, he was awarded the IEEE U.S. engineer of the year award. John left Westinghouse to found Mesta Electronics in North Huntingdon. He was always proud that Mesta manufactures in Southwestern Pennsylvania and uses components made in the U.S. John found great satisfaction from his work on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Constantinople. In recognition of his tireless dedication to the church, he was bestowed the title of "Archon" in 2002. He was a political activist who supported the occupied nation of Cyprus, Greek national defense and religious freedom in Turkey. John was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed playing golf, especially with the Bombardier Golf League for the past 40 years. John was also very proud of the educational accomplishments of his children and other relatives. He was the beloved husband of Kay (Papaliodis) Mandalakas for 52 years; loving father of Nicholas, of Lancaster, Debbie (Peter) Leventopoulos, of North Huntingdon, Anna (Edwin Caldwell), of Houston, Texas, and Elaine (Andrew) Demos, of Wading River, N.Y.; dear grandfather of John Nicholas Mandalakas, Dean and Yianni Leventopoulos, Kalliopi, Clare Markella and Thaleia Caldwell and Alexander Andrew and Ariyana Demos; and brother of Paul Mandalakas, of Monaca, and Despina Mylonadis, of Greece. He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews. Friends were received Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden at Cable avenues, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion was prayed. Funeral service were held Tuesday, in Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti). Burial followed in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial donations may be made to the International Orthodox Christian Charities, 110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, MD 21204, http://www.iocc.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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McCormick, Mabel C. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1924-10-17
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Mabel C. McCormick, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 17, 1924, in South Bend Township, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Glenn and Ruth (Dunmire) Coleman. She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church where she was active with the church nursery. Mabel retired from the Bureau of Forestry in Laughlintown and also worked as a teacher's aide with the Ligonier Valley School District. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Richard R. McCormick; two loving daughters, Patricia Maxwell and her fiance, Larry McGhee, of Hartselle, Ala., and Tamara Dunlevy and her husband, David, of Ligonier; two grandchildren, Ryan Dunlevy and his wife, Maureen, and Clark Maxwell; two great-grandchildren, Brendan and Kaylee Dunlevy; a sister, Doris Patterson and her husband, McKee; a brother, Dale Coleman and his wife, Patricia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Covenant Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robert D. Cummings, officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mabel's memory to the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier.
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Moran, Mary Jane 70

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1943-12-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Moran, 70, of Sutersville, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Riverside Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1943, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Ted and Helen (Koerber) Brodnos. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, and enjoyed spending time with her special friend, Alice Droznek. She was the beloved wife of 52 years to Fred R. Moran; mother of Kathy (Don) Weber, of West Mifflin, Gayle (Marty) Davis, of Elizabeth, and Mike (Becky) Moran, of Ruffsdale; grandmother of David Barker, Jenny (A.J.) Smith, Davina (Ben) Antonoff, Brian (Terrin) Crux, Donald Weber and Brook Moran; great-grandmother of Nathan Antonoff, Mason Smith, Cheyanne Smith and Alexander Crux; and sister of David (Marilyn) Brodnos, of South Park Township, and the late Freddie Brodnos. Mary Jane has made the ultimate gift, she has donated her body to medical research. Arrangements by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, with Pastor Allyn Itterly. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Moses, John T. 83

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1931-01-25
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • John Thomas "Jack" Moses, 83, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 25, 1931, in Arnold, to the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Balthes) Moses, he excelled in basketball and football at Arnold High School, graduating in 1949 as class president. Attending the University of Pennsylvania on a football scholarship, he achieved notoriety and developed a lifelong love of the sport. Graduating from Penn in 1953, Jack briefly served in and was honorably discharged from the Marines. In 1956, Jack struck pay dirt, marrying his wife of 57 years, Donna Gallian. Professionally, Jack worked for Atlantic Richfield and Sunoco as a field engineer for 35 years. He was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in New Kensington, the Westmoreland Phoenicians and the Munger Men, a group of Penn footballers who played for Coach George Munger. In 2000, Jack was inducted in the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Hall of Fame. A dedicated father and husband, Jack passionately followed local high school sports, especially those in which his children and grandchildren participated. Although not a wrestler himself, Jack developed a love for high school wrestling and could be seen at most Burrell High School matches. Additionally, he enjoyed visiting his family in Montana and watching cowboy movies. Jack will be warmly remembered for his unrelenting devotion to his "Donna Jean", his generous and giving spirit, dedication to family and friends and for opening his home and heart to anyone, anytime. Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Donna (Gallian) Moses; children, Jack (Anne) Moses, of Palo Alto, Calif., Chuck (Lynn) Moses, of Lower Burrell, Tracey (Robert) Muller, of Reserve Township, and Tom (Michele) Moses, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Jackson, Sam and Tucker Moses, of Palo Alto, Calif., Jeremy, Chelsea, Casey, Jordan and Alex Moses, of Lower Burrell, and Lindsay and Mackenzie Muller, of Reserve Township; brothers, Elias (Julia) Moses, of Arnold, and Fred (Valarie) Moses, of Allegheny Township; sister, LaVerne (Eugene) Whiteman, of Monroeville; and dear friends, Jim and Kathy Ludwiczak, of Murrysville. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lawrence and Samuel "Mike"; brother and sister-in-law, George "Buster" and Pat Key, along with their son, George Key; dear friends, Joe "Juicy" Allen and his wife, Isabel; and his high school football coach, Alex Tannas and his wife, Frances. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK F GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Trisagion service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. George Orthodox Church in New Kensington. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Arnold. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. George Orthodox Church, 1150 Leishman Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068.
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Niemi, Carl M. 58

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1956-01-24
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Carl M. Niemi, 58, a lifelong resident of Level Green, passed away quietly Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Golden Living Care Hospice Center in Monroeville following a yearlong battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 24, 1956, a son of the late Walter and Elvira Niemi. Carl was a 1974 graduate of the Penn-Trafford High School and earned a bachelor's degree from California University of Pennsylvania. He was employed by Mellon Bank and various computer firms. He loved working around the house and fishing. He is survived by his brother, Eric (Susan) Niemi, of Palm Coast, Fla. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., State Route 130, Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Entombment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Obremski, Dorothy A. 72

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1941-10-24
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Dorothy A. Obremski, 72, of North Huntingdon, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 21, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 24, 1941, in Swissvale, a daughter of the late Joseph and Minnie Scharbo Stoffa. Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family, camping and socializing. She was the beloved wife of Stan; loving mother to her two children, Daniel Obremski (Tami) and Karen Baker, both of Irwin; also surviving is one sister, Rose Marie Moorehead (Mervin), of Penn Hills; six grandchildren, Kelton, Daniel, Chandra and Braydon Obremski and Dylan and Gabrielle Baker; and three great-grandchildren, Devin, Maya and Gavin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Christian Life Church, Trafford, followed by a reception immediately after service. Memorial donations may be made to Forbes Hospice or Baby Nathan Lutz. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Ontko Sr., John E. 66

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John E. Ontko Sr., 66, of North Huntingdon, formerly of North Braddock, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the dear husband of Lucy (Fialkovich) Ontko, of 44 years; loving father of John K. (Jen) Ontko, of Hampton, Jennifer Alexander, of North Huntingdon, and Diane Ontko, of Turtle Creek; beloved grandfather of Joshua and Zachary Alexander and Jeremy and Johna Ontko; and brother of Susan (Ken) Regrut, of Monroeville, and Martin Ontko, of East Berlin. John was a Vietnam Army veteran. He worked at St. Maurice School for 25 years, where the kids lovingly called him "Mr. John". He was the vice president of the Slovak Catholic Sokol No. 179 in North Braddock. John had a real love of people and life. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Maurice Church. John will be laid to rest with military honors in St. Joseph Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Patik, Shirley 74

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1939-07-27
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Lesko) Patik, 74, of Scottdale, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. Mrs. Patik was born July 27, 1939, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Ketch) Lesko. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, where she faithfully served as a Eucharistic minister. Shirley was a 1957 graduate of the former Hurst High School and a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. She enjoyed playing with her grandchildren, exercise and yard work. Shirley loved good conversation and company and was a master storyteller. She was an artist and sketcher with a heart of gold. She loved and cared for all people and animals. Her bright spirit will be deeply missed by anyone who knew her. Shirley is survived by her loving family; her husband, Robert M. Patik; her children, Cynthia Horton and her husband, the Rev. Gregory Horton, of Idaho, Richard T. Patik and his wife, Holly, of Mt. Pleasant, and Rhoda Patik, of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Corrine Lesko, Barbara Dombrosky and Rose Marie Pisula, all of Mt. Pleasant, Joseph Lesko Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Irwin, and Gerald Lesko and his wife, Kathy, of Alaska. Family and friends were received this past Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service was held this past Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment followed in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service was held this past Tuesday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Payne, Angeline Holly C. 85

  • Hannastown
  • Born: 1928-05-20
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Angeline C. "Holly" (Mignogna) Payne, 85, of Hannastown, quietly and peacefully passed away with her loving family by her side Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born May 20, 1928, in Hannastown, she was a daughter of Gusippe Mignogna and Asunta Catrone Mignogna. She was a retired nurse's aide for St. Anne Home, Greensburg. Mrs. Payne was a member of St. Bartholomew Church, the Rosary Altar Society and the Fellowship Group. She was also a member of the Hannastown Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Sam, Anthony, Michael, Dan and Patsy Mignogna Sr.; and three sisters, Angeline DeMatteo, Josephine Naples and Florence Olshefsky. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 66 years, Michael L. Payne Jr., who walked by her side each day, caring for all her needs; two daughters, Linda Sok of Luxor and Susan Payne, who lives at home; four grandchildren, Billy Bowers of Hannastown, John Patrick Golobish Jr., of Fort Myers, Fla., Jennifer Steele and husband, Alan, of Ligonier, and Charlie Sok of Greensburg. She is also survived by two great-granddaughters, Elysia Taylor Steele and Carissa Mae Steele, who were the loves of her life and brought so much joy and happiness to their NaNa. Also surviving is her sister, Florence "Dolly" Uliano and her husband, Frank, of Crabtree; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Holly from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724) 837-0020, where prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Church, with Father Justin Matro, OSB, officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Crabtree. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit at http://www.pantalone.com.
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Piper, Donna L. 67

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1946-08-19
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Donna L. Piper, 67, of Latrobe (Cook Township), died Friday, April 18, 2014, at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1946, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Howard Bennett and Betty Queer Bennett Stouffer. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as a steward for VFW Post 734, Ligonier. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, the VFW Post 734 Ladies Auxiliary, an honorary member of the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and member of the Unity Township American Legion Post 982 Ladies Auxiliary. Donna was an enthusiastic collector of artifacts. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Carl Dean Piper; two sons, Christopher D. Piper, of Latrobe, and Daniel A. Piper, of Melcroft; three grandsons, Dylan, Chase and Wyatt Piper; a sister, Deborah (Nevin) Karasek, of Irwin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends were received Monday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Donna's life was celebrated Tuesday in Bethel Lutheran Church with her pastor, the Rev. James N. West, officiating. Interment followed in Bethel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions in Donna's memory to the Chestnut Ridge Meals on Wheels. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Price, Barbara A. 62

  • Harrison City , Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Barbara Anne "Barb" Price, 62, of Harrison City, formerly of Penn Hills, died Monday, April 21, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was the daughter of the late Lester and Martha Price; loving mother of Bruce (Joelle) Corna Jr., Jason C. (Aida) Corna and Joshua (fiancee, Elizabeth Ferri) Corna; nana to Hope, Grace, Bruce III, Scarlett, Denis and Jameson; and sister of Leslie (Ralph) Guzzo, Michael Price, Hollie (John) Hooper and the late Raymond Price. Barb also loved and held a special place in the heart for all her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She held degrees from both the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University and was formerly an employee of the Elliott Company in Jeannette. Barb loved life but her boys more than anything. She will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her. The family wishes to acknowledge the excellent, compassionate care Barb received from Family Hospice at Canterbury Place. A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be sent to Family Hospice at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., Lawrenceville, PA 15201. http://www.lindsayfh.com.
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Reece, Donald J. 74

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1940-02-24
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Reece, 74, of Level Green, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside Hospital surrounded by loved ones. He was born Feb. 24, 1940, son of Annie Elizabeth (Steiner) Reece and William Arthur Reece. He was a graduate of Sewickley High School. Donald was a master carpenter and builder, owner of the former Wesco Builders in Irwin, a subcontractor for Backus Cabinets, Manor House Kitchens in Pennsylvania and Shiffendecker, in Belleville, Ill. Don was well known and very respected in his profession. He had a reputation as a perfectionist with an eye for beauty and the ability to create the same. He loved hunting, the cottage, traveling in his fifth-wheel, spending time with friends and family along with his Shelties, Mollie and Abby. He had a wonderful sense of humor and contagious laugh that will be forever missed by those who love him. Don is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Alice Louise (Yerina) Reece; six daughters, Brenda Lee (Reece) Antonich (Joe); grandchildren, Joseph and Amanda, Karen Lynn (Reece) Baughman; grandchildren, Keri, Patrick and Travis, Dawn Joy (Reece) Reilly, (the late Brett); grandchildren, Brett and Kasey, Patti Ann (Reece) Thompson (Lynn); grandson, Cody, Wendy Lee (Reece) Burton (Brian); granddaughters, Rachael and Catlyn and Nancy Lee (Nelms) Austin (Richard); grandsons, Christopher and Alexander. He is also survived by his beloved sisters, Nancy Lee (Reece) Shetler (Albert), Elizabeth Ann "Libby" (Reece) Morrell (Damon), Lorraine Gail (Reece) Morse, (Roy); Gladys Fern (Reece) Machlet (and the late Robert). May God bless all the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and his special friends and neighbors. Friends were received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Donald's memory. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Scrips, Rose 92

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1922-03-28
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Rose Renock Scrips, 92, of Lower Burrell, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Elmcroft of Saxonburg. She was born March 28, 1922, in Mt. Sterling, Pa., to the late John and Ludwina Rafacz Fudala, and has been a resident of Lower Burrell the past four years, having previously resided in Ford City, Arnold and New Kensington. Mrs. Scrips was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell, a former member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Ford City, and had worked for Papercraft, Blawnox, and Andy Gard, Arnold. She was the Rosie in Rosie's Pierogies and a longtime volunteer at Kittanning Hospital. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, crocheting, casinos, bingo, traveling and she especially enjoyed entertaining company in her home. She is survived by her three children, Janet (Stephen) Fabry, of Gilpin Township, Robert J. (Debra) Renock, of Lower Burrell, and Kenneth (Deborah) Renock, of New Kensington; stepchildren, Joseph (Patti) Scrips and Linda (Roger) Richardson, both of Elderton; grandchildren, Cathy Fabry, Kimberly Sebastian, Carrie (Joe Robertson) Fabry, Stephen (Erin) Fabry, Charmayne (Jeff) Stewart, Christyne (Ed) Lane, Allison, Devon (Bevin), Sean (Lisa) and Rachel Renock; stepgrandchildren, Krista (Mike) Johnston, Brandon Richardson, Cory (Kathy Jo) and Ryan (Sarah) Scrips; great-grandchildren, Kenneth and Katelyn Sebastian, Nicholas and Kylie Fabry, Ian and Keegan Stewart, Brandon Lane, Reese, Collin and Max Renock; stepgreat-grandchildren, Laney and Grant Johnston, Makayla, Mia, Liam and Jonah Scrips; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her first husband, Nicholas Renock; second husband, Joseph Scrips; brothers, John, Andrew, Joseph and Frank Fudala; and sisters, Mary Hubacka, Blanche Stofcheck and Anne Kensic. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road, where a parting prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Sgro, Vincent J. 60

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1954-04-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Vincent James Sgro, 60, of Blairsville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. Born April 5, 1954, in Philadelphia, he was the son of George V. and Lillian C. (DeFalco) Sgro. Vincent was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church, New Derry, and was employed by Pool City, Greensburg, for the past 17 years. He was a great sports fan and enjoyed watching his son play hockey. Surviving are his wife, Christina M. (Clevenger) Sgro, whom he married Feb. 1, 1986; two sons, Justin J. Sgro, of Philadelphia, and Jordan J. Sgro, of Blairsville; two daughters, Amanda M. Sgro and Sarah E. Sgro, both of Blairsville; and his mother, Lillian C. Sgro, of Blairsville. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, George. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin Catholic Church, New Derry. Interment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for Vincent's children at First Commonwealth Bank, 53 E. Market St., Blairsville, PA 15717. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Sheetz, A. Louise 78

  • Armbrust
  • Born: 1935-10-13
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • A. Louise Sheetz, 78, of Armbrust, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Oct. 13, 1935, in Hecla, daughter of the late John and Anna (Felo) Lukasik. She was a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1953. Surviving are her husband, Boyd L. Sheetz; four children, Daniel V. Sheetz and wife, Diane, of Dillsburg, David V. Sheetz and wife, Deborah, of Greensburg, Barbara L. Shawley and husband, William, of Youngwood, and Roberta E. Mills and husband, William, of Jensen Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Candice, Chrystal, Michael, Matthew, Jason, Bonnie, Jennifer and Benjamin; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Dolores Immel and husband, Thomas, of Seattle, Wash.; and a brother, Alan Lukasik and wife, Ginny, of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene and Francis Lukasik. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the funeral home, with the Rev. John Smaligo officiating. Interment will follow in Central Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Sibal, Mary J. 95

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1919-04-17
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mary J. "Peggy" Sibal, 95, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born April 17, 1919, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late James and Barbara Sistek. Early in her life, Peggy was employed at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. She was an avid bingo player and loved to travel, cook and bake. She was a member of Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. She is survived by two children, Robert Sibal and his wife, Carolynn, of Somerset, Ky., and Carol Truswell and her husband, Richard, of Mt. Pleasant; five grandchildren, Kenny Sibal, Robert "Bo" Sibal, Chad Truswell and his wife, Misty, Michelle Ginder and her husband, Jason, and Kristopher Truswell; two great-grandchildren, Kayden and Caleb Ginder; and one brother, Charles Sistek, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Michael Sibal; her siblings, Frank Sistek, Rosie Moheny, Jim Sistek, Andy Sistek, Helen Dankulic, Bill Sistek, Joe Sistek, Robert Sistek, Dick Sistek and Eddie Sistek. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dennis Bogusz officiating. Interment will follow in Visitation Parish Cemetery. To offer a remembrance or condolence, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Sickles, James A. 75

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1938-10-08
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James A. Sickles, 75, of Scottdale, passed away, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. Jim was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Thomas and Sarah (Strike) Sickles. He was employed as a motor coach driver with Quest Coach of Scottdale and was previously employed by Washington Charters. He is survived by his loving companion, Mary French; a son, James Michael Sickles; two grandchildren, Junior and Ryan Sickles; his extended family, Amanda, David and Amy Stone, Michael, Nathan, Tiffany, Brandon, Alyssa, Charity and Shakyra and Logan Riley; a sister, Sara Ruth (Glen) Miles; brothers, Norman "Sonny" (Joan) Sickles and Thomas Sickles; numerous nieces and nephews; and his pets, Jasmine and Lilly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John "Jack" Sickles. Family and friends attended Jim's memorial service this past Friday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Military honors were conducted at the funeral home by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard. Interment was private. A reception followed the service. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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Silverman, Betty Ann 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1935-04-01
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Betty Ann Silverman, 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born April 1, 1935, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Otto E. and Lizzie (Dannenhauer) Silverman. Prior to her retirement, Betty Ann was a secretary for National Tube and U.S. Steel and she enjoyed spending her free time reading. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and O. James Silverman; and two sisters, Alice Silverman and Clara (Silverman) Rieger. She is survived by her sisters, Dorothea Beech, of North Huntingdon, and Virginia Maher and her husband, Thomas, of Irwin; and brother, Roger Silverman, of Wilson, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nephews. Friends were received this past Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, with interment in McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Circleville VFD or NHT Rescue 8. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Smith Sr., Thomas D. 77

  • West Newton
  • Died: 2014-04-10
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  • Thomas D. Smith Sr., 77, of Coal Hollow, West Newton, went to meet his family in heaven, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Tom was a special man, a loving husband to the love of his life, Sara, a wonderful dad to his seven children, a great "Pappy", "Grand-Pappy", "Great-Grand-Pappy", "Special Pappy", mentor to his extended family and the best brother in the world. He was a great friend and was loved by many. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert "Hoppy" and Hunteretta Smith, of Coal Hollow; his beloved wife, Sara (Opalinski) Smith; a son, Tommy; a brother, Bob; a brother-in-law, Herb Gross; and a nephew, Danny Smith. He will be missed by his children, Tammy (Tony) Filippelli, Terri (Jim) Novak, Timothy (Terri Jo) Smith, Toni Jo (Mike) Metropulos, Tracy Bergman and Tricia Kauffman; and his daughters-in-law, Michaela and Renee. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, who were so special to him. They will miss Pappy taking them hunting, fishing, for long walks and just talking and lovingly mentoring them. Grandchildren include, Nikki Buttermore, Ian Maksim, Tomy and Angel Smith, Sara (Brian) Kratochvil, PJ Volk, Trista and Taleena Smith, Joseph, Carmen and Erica Cappelli, Kevin Carlock, Shayla (Mo) Almoukhtar, Margaret Smith, John Grec and Jesica and Jenna Kauffman. Also surviving is Tom's precious great-grandchildren, Connor Stoneking, Sophia Kratochvil, Eli Almoukhtar, and Liam Davies; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother, Dennis (Joann) Smith and children, Dwayne Smith and Jaylene Batchko; sisters, Judie Backstrom and Mayetta (Mitzi) Gross; a special niece, Jeffri (Chad) Wright; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Smith. We must also mention Tom's loving extended family of Sara's brothers and sisters. He loved them all and they returned his love tenfold. A memorial service, hosted by his children, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at The Church, Sutersville-Rillton Road, Sutersville. All those who loved Tom and respected him are welcome to come and share in the celebration of his life. Pastor Frank A. Rocco will share with the family and offer the blessing for the dinner which will be served in the Church Social Hall following the memorial service.
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Stas, Joseph E. 79

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1934-08-01
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph E. "Joe" Stas, 79, of Latrobe, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was born Aug. 1, 1934, in Whitney, a son of the late John M. Stas and Mary (Menarcheck) Stas. Joe was a lifelong member of St. Cecilia Church, Whitney, its Holy Name Society and had served as a lector and was on the parish council. He was a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1952, and St. Vincent College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958. He received a Master of Education degree from Duquesne University in 1965. He also attended Clemson University and the University of Pittsburgh. His first teaching position was 1958 to 1960 with Unity Township, Youngstown School District, as head elementary teacher at the Northern Area Building. Also, he served as Summer Recreational Director of Unity-Youngstown and served as a board member of Unity-Youngstown Recreation Commission. He retired from Mt. Pleasant Area School District in 1991, where he served as teacher, football coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. Joe served for 20 years (1985 to 2005) on the Greater Latrobe School Board and eight years on the Eastern Westmoreland and Career and Technology Center. His life memberships included, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, PSEA and NEA. He was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Union (Jednota), life member of the BPO Elks 868 Mt. Pleasant and Hostetter Literary and Social Club. Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Rusnock; a brother, Stephen Stas; and two sisters, Margaret (Stas) Dlugos and Martha (Stas) Uhring. Joe is survived by his wife, Theresa (Bizup) Stas, of Latrobe; 12 children, Joseph Stas and his wife, Linda, of Wexford, Dr. Ronald Stas and his wife, Melanie, of Latrobe, Annette Rusnock and her husband, Thomas, of Latrobe, Regina Knestaut and her husband, Keith, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Edward Stas and his wife, Nancy, of Latrobe, Theresa Martincic, of Latrobe, Kenneth Stas and his wife, Sandra, of Latrobe, Mary Helen Vasinko and her husband, Raymond, of Latrobe, Dorothea Looney and her husband, Edgar, of Austin, Texas, Sandra Fenton and her husband, Neal, of Latrobe, Renee Reisenweaver and her husband, Kevin, of Mechanicsville, Va., and Randall Stas, of Latrobe; 33 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, John R. "Jumbo" Stas, of Latrobe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe's positive, uplifting attitude, humor and genuine love for people will be remembered and an inspiration to all. Family and friends were received Tuesday and Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. St. Cecilia Rosary Society recited the rosary Wednesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Cecilia Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Indian College Fund, Circle of Sons, 8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, CO 80221; or St. Cecilia Church, 220 St. Cecilia Road, Whitney, PA 15693. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Karen, Janet and Chuck for their excellent care during Joe's brief hospice care. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Stumpo, Angeline

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Angeline Stumpo of Mt. Pleasant died Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Forbes Regional Health Center, Monroeville. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Paul P. and Rose Ragusa Stumpo. A graduate of the former Ramsay High School, Angeline was a retired, self-employed beautician. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Josephine Stumpo, of Greensburg, wife of the late Sam Stumpo; her nieces and nephews, Sam, Tom and Paul Stumpo, of Greensburg, David (the late Joanne) Stumpo, of Mt. Braddock, Cathy Barnhart and her husband, Bob, of Greensburg, Greg Monchak, of Mt. Pleasant, Georjan May and her husband, Jeffrey, of Mt. Pleasant, and Patricia Lane of North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters, Mary Belcastro, Helen Stumpo and Flora Monchak; and one brother, Sam Stumpo. As per the wishes of Angeline, there was no public visitation. A private funeral Mass was held for the family at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. Interment was in St. Pius X Cemetery. All arrangements were under the direction of BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Szelong, Virginia R. 85

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1928-09-02
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Virginia R. "Jean" Szelong, 85, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Stanley and Victoria Wilczynski Rogacki. Mrs. Szelong was a member of the former Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church and a current member of Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church. She was a member of the Transfiguration Rosary Society and a member of the former Kosciuszko Club Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by three children, Dolores Nicol, of Mt. Pleasant, Robert Szelong and his wife, Cathy, of Mt. Pleasant, and Walter Szelong and his wife, Gretchen, of Mt. Pleasant; her grandchildren, Christina Nicol, Angela Rumbaugh and her husband, Kurt, Jessica Hodge and her husband, Adam, Katie Weir and her husband, Ken, Scott Szelong and his fiance, Jennifer Bradley, Jena Szelong and Alexa Szelong and Adrienne Gaunter; her great-grandchildren, Madison, Kayla and Austin Rumbaugh, Savannah, Gradin and Hudson Hodge and Baleigh and Tyler Gauntner. Jean was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Walter R. Szelong in 1996; a son-in-law, Emerson Nicol; and her siblings, Lawrence, Paul and John Rogacki, Ellen Smulski, Josephine Rogacki, Verna Marvis, Gertrude Hresko and Florence Petro and infants, Mary, Paul, Frank and Joseph Rogacki. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church, Bridgeport St., Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Bruce Sleczkowski as celebrant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Cemetery. The Transfiguration Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Harmon House for their wonderful, loving care of Jean during her time there. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Thorne, Sally M. 70

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1943-05-27
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Sally M. (Biondo) Thorne, 70, of Hunker, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at home. She was born May 27, 1943, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Victor and Sarah (Greene) Biondo Sr. She retired from Phillips and Haluck, Greensburg. She was Presbyterian by faith. She was a member of the Hempfield Hunt Club, New Stanton, Slovak Club, Mt. Pleasant, the Over the Hill Gang Bowling League of Mt. Pleasant and honorable member of the Red Hats Team 162 Vietnamese Airborne Division. She was an avid bingo player. Surviving are her husband, David T. Thorne Sr.; a daughter, Kimberly J. Rae, of Mt. Pleasant; two grandsons, William D. Rae Jr. and wife, Chrystal, of Mt. Pleasant, Eric V. Rae, Mt. Pleasant; two great-granddaughters, Samantha Lea Rae and Brooke Ashley Rae; three brothers, Victor Biondo, of Pittsburgh, Ronald Biondo and wife, Joan, of Houston, Texas, Richard Biondo, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Lois Biondo. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Russell Biondo officiating. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery.
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Urban, Lynn S. 55

  • Acme
  • Born: 1958-07-15
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Lynn S. Urban, 55, of Acme, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, having lost her battle with cancer. Born July 15, 1958, in Ligonier, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Bernice (Walters) Sweeney. A 1976 graduate of Ligonier Valley High School, Lynn was a self-employed interior decorator and had worked at Action Hardware, Latrobe. She is survived by her loving husband, Andrew R. Urban; two sons, Kenneth and Bryce Horrell; a sister, Kathy (Bob) Carpenter; and nephew, Seth. Lynn will be greatly missed by her faithful companions, Lando and Bella, whom she loved greatly. She liked planting flowers and trees and enjoyed riding motorcycles and shooting guns. A memorial service for Lynn will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, with the Rev. John J. McClure officiating.
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Vinkler, Robert 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1939-05-10
  • Died: 2014-01-06
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  • Robert (Bob) Vinkler, 74, of Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. A reception at West Point Fire will start at 5 p.m. on the same day.
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Whetsel, Lawrence S. 92

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1922-03-28
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Lawrence S. Whetsel, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Prittstown and Rockwood, died Friday, April 18, 2014, in Jo Ella's Personal Care Home, Mt. Pleasant. He was born March 28, 1922, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Chester M. and Helen Mae (Kuhn) Whetsel. Mr. Whetsel was a 1940 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He was a retired steelworker at the U.S. Steel Irvin Works. He was a member of United Steelworkers Local 2227. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army Air Corps. He was a lifetime member of the Mt. Pleasant VFW and American Legion. He was a lifetime member of the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Southwestern Firemen's Association and Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association. He was also a member of the Rockwood Senior Citizens and the Mt. Pleasant Firemen's Club. Mr. Whetsel was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren. He is survived by three children, Lawrence Whetsel and his wife, Linda, of Kissimmee, Fla., Helen Etling and her husband, William, of Scottdale, and Donna Petraglia and her husband, Carmen, of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Opal (Freed) Whetsel; one sister, Betty Junick; and one brother, Ed Whetsel. Friends were received this past Monday and Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services were held this past Wednesday, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Interment followed in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. Military Honors were accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion and VFW Honor Guard. The Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department conducted a memorial service Tuesday in the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff of Excela Home Health and Hospice and the girls at Jo Ella's Personal Care Home for their excellent care and concern for Mr. Whetsel during his time there. To offer a remembrance or condolence, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Willyard, Raymond A. 70

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1943-06-06
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Raymond A. "Pappy Ray" Willyard, 70, of Allegheny Township, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Lifecare Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born June 6, 1943, in Brady's Bend, he was the son of the late Norman Edwin and Dorothy June (Kemery) Willyard. Ray was a 1961 graduate of Kittanning High School, and lived in Allegheny Township since 1974, formerly residing in Center Hill. He worked as a self-employed owner of Ray Willyard's General Contracting for his entire career. Ray was a skilled carpenter. He was an avid fisherman, and would fish all over Western PA with late wife, Dolores, including annual trips to Gary, Ind., for steelhead trout. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Ann (Lamanna) Willyard; and brother, Ken Willyard. He is survived by his sons, William A. "Billy" Ruane, of Allegheny Township, Michael J. "Harpo" Ruane, of North Apollo, and Jeffrey J. "Jeff" Ruane, of East Vandergrift; grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew, Nathan, Anthony and Aja Ruane; sister, Bertha "Sissy" (Tom) Cornman, of Dubois; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A celebration of life tribute service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, in the funeral home. Entombment in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. Contributions may be made in Ray's memory to a charity of one's choice. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Ziska, James Bill W. 84

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1929-05-31
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • James William "Bill" Ziska, 84, of North Irwin, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home surrounded by family. He was born May 31, 1929, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late James W. Ziska Sr. and Genevieve (Fisher) Ziska Glass. He was a retired trucking supervisor, a 65-year member of North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department, a former member of North Irwin Council, had served on the Westmoreland County Drug and Alcohol Council and was the former treasurer of Central Westmoreland Council of Government. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by children, Daniel Gary and Paul W. Ziska; a brother, John C. Ziska; and sisters, Esther Ondish and Dorothy Bell. He is survived by his wife, of nearly 65 years, Elsie (Bernard) Ziska; children, Debbie Lynn Panetta, of Michigan, James R. (Karen) Ziska, of North Huntingdon, Vickie L. Blume, of Plum Borough, Michelle A. (Todd) Birch, of Chicago, Ill., Douglas K. Ziska, of Atlanta, Ga., and Lisa M. Ziska (Bill McGinnis), of Irwin; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Frank Ziska, of North Versailles, and Kathryn Mansfield, of Texas; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with his brother, Frank Ziska, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. The North Irwin VFD will hold services at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to a charity of choice.
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Kness, John B. 81

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1932-06-20
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel/Bauer, Elderton | Get Directions
  • John B. Kness, 81, of Plumcreek Township, Kittanning, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born June 20, 1932, in Plumcreek Township, to Clyde V. and Belle (Sturgeon) Kness. John was a 1950 graduate of Elderton High School. He was previously the secretary for Whitesburg Presbyterian Cemetery for more than 15 years and also was employed as a meter reader for West Penn Power. He was a member of the BPOE Elks, Lodge No. 203. He enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play, and NASCAR, especially rooting for his favorite driver, Dale Earnhart Jr. John was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time with the many cats he had over the years. John will best be remembered for being a man of strong opinions and his willingness to help anyone. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 57 years, Helen (Peterman) Kness, whom he married Oct. 5, 1956; a son, Jeffrey J. Kness Sr. and wife, Marie, of Kittanning; two grandchildren, Thomas J. Kness and fiancee, Melanie, of Ebensburg, and Jeffrey J. Kness Jr., of Kittanning; and a sister, Jane Britton of Miami, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Glenn G. Kness. Relatives and friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at CLARK CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 238 South Main St., Elderton, where funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in John's honor to the Richard G. Laube Cancer Center, One Nolte Dr., Kittanning, PA 16201. Arrangements are being handled by Clark Chapel of Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To express online condolences to the family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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McMunn, Clara M. 73

  • Templeton
  • Born: 1941-01-01
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bauer-Hillis, Rimersburg | Get Directions
  • Clara Mae McMunn, 73, of Templeton, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Clarion Hospital. She was born Jan. 1, 1941, in Slickville, the daughter of Stanley James Smith Sr. and Edna Catherine (Eckenrod) Smith. Clara lived in the Rimersburg and Templeton areas for most of her life and was a member of Lawsonham United Methodist Church. Family was paramount in her life and she found her calling in being a wife and mother. Clara loved working in her home and cooking delicious meals for her family. In her later years, she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren. She always worked to help those in need and her friends and family will never forget her ability to make people laugh and her caring personality. She is survived by her sons, Stanley Chester Renwick Jr., of Templeton, and Randy Allen Renwick and girlfriend, Helen Myers, of Ford City; daughter, Lisa Marie Renwick and fiance, Ricky L. Butler Jr., of Vandergrift; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Bobby Smith and Harry Smith, both of Kittanning; and sister, Helen Johnson, of Apollo. Clara was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Stanley C. Renwick Sr.; and brothers, Franklin Smith, John Smith, Stanley Smith and Bill Eckenrod. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the BAUER-HILLIS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 758 Main St., Rimersburg. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis A. Fetter officiating. Burial will be in Duncan Cemetery, Templeton. Arrangements are being handled by BAUER-HILLIS FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. To leave a condolence for Clara's family or view a tribute honoring her life, visit http://www.bauerhillisfuneral.com.
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Roebuck, Clara 88

  • Rural Valley
  • Born: 1925-05-22
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Clara Pina Roebuck joined her husband, Frank (Toby) and son Frank (Bucky) in heaven April 22, 2014, one month before her 89th birthday. She died with grace and peace in her home, surrounded by her family. Clara was born May 22, 1925, to Betta and Joseph Pina, as the middle child of six sisters. She married the love of her life, Frank Roebuck, Oct. 23, 1944. He preceded her in death Oct. 13, 1976. Her son, Frank, preceded her in death July 3, 1983. She is survived by her loving daughter, Frances Roebuck Kuhns; devoted son-in-law, John; adoring grandsons, Frank (Misty Bennett Kuhns) and Bryan; great-grandchildren, Toby and Mackenzie; sister, Betty Pina Priestas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Clara was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters, Anne Coccia, Erma Kulick, Josephine Boggio and an infant. Clara shared her many gifts of humor, cooking and friendship with everyone she touched. As the owner of Pina's Italian Restaurant, she was well known for her exceptional culinary skills. Her greatest gift was a loving heart and generous spirit. She was an active member of the Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of America in St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Yatesboro. A time to celebrate her life will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley, PA 16249, where an Altar Rosary Service will be held at 3 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, with Father Douglas Dorula officiating. Closing prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations honoring her memory may be made to WRC Senior Services Charitable Care, 985 Route 28, Brookville, PA 15825 or to St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Box 327, Yatesboro, PA 16263. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Shurina, Martin V. 74

  • North Vandergrift
  • Born: 1940-03-20
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Martin Vince Shurina, 74, of North Vandergrift, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at West Haven Manor in Washington Township. He was born March 20, 1940, in Dubois, son of the late Stefan and Vincencia V. Bicansky Shurina. Before his retirement, he was employed by Edgewater Steel Company in Oakmont for 36 years as a shot blaster. He was a Navy veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Martin was of the Roman Catholic faith. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He is survived by six children, Martin Shurina and his wife, Missy, of Unionville, Va., Kimberly Proper and her husband, Ted, of Locust Grove, Va., Sheila Mascio and her husband, Brian, of Haddonfield, N.J., Shelly Hilty and her husband, Derek, of Washington Township, Vincencia Shurina, also of Washington Township, and Ashleigh Shurina, of North Vandergrift; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, John Shurina and his wife, Jennie, of Lower Burrell, and Millard Shurina and his wife, Barbara, of Millstown; a sister, Olga Fricioni and her husband, Gene, of Victorville, Calif.; and a cousin, Pete Shurina, of Curtisville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Steve Shurina; and three sisters, Olga, in infancy, Stefania Conway and Mary Wright. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 until the time parting prayer services at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Father Michael Sciberras will officiate. Interment will be private. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Long, Larry K. 66

  • Karns City
  • Born: 1947-12-28
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Buechele, East Brady | Get Directions
  • Larry K. Long, 66, of Karns City (Queenstown), died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital. Born Dec. 28, 1947, in Sugarcreek Township, he was the son of George H. and Kathryn E. (Posey) Long. Larry was a 1966 graduate of East Brady High School. Larry married Ella Mae Holler Dec. 23, 1967. He worked for the Rex Hide Inc. in East Brady for nine-and-a-half years, Finley Brown Drilling Co. in New Bethlehem for two years and Witco Chemical in Petrolia for nine-and-a-half years. Larry was also a Perry Township supervisor for five years. Larry served during the Vietnam War in the Army as a specialist 5. He was stationed at Fort Dix, N.J. where he was a cook. Later he was stationed in Germany as an executive chef. He was a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, a Sharpshooter M-14 and the National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 488. Larry was an avid coin collector, enjoyed woodworking and especially loved time spent with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Ella Mae Long, of Karns City; three daughters, Michelle Long, of Karns City, Raquel Hornberger and husband, Steve, of Karns City, and Melissa Moore and husband, James, of Karns City; one son, Larry Long Jr. and wife, Kyndall, of Parker; five granddaughters, Kayla (Jamie) Buzard, Stephanie Hornberger, Jenna Hornberger, Taylor Moore and Whitney Moore and one soon-to-be granddaughter, Emma Moore; two grandsons, Matthew Long and Grant Long; and one great-grandson, Tucker Buzard. Larry is also survived by four sisters, Barbara (Charlie) Snyder, of Butler, Linda (Larry) Campbell, of Seybertown, Lisa (Danny) Kriebel, of Parker, and Georgia Brewer, of Butler; one brother, Donald (Jo Ann) Long, of Cowansville; and one stepbrother, Tim (Tammy) Shirley, of Kittanning. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Grace Shirley Long; and one sister, Kathryn. Friends of Larry K. Long will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 707 Kelly's Way, East Brady, PA 16028. The American Legion Post No. 488 will conduct a military service at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Larry Piper officiating. To view or express condolences, please visit http://www.BuecheleFuneralHome.com.
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Miller, James D. 79

  • Cabot
  • Born: 1934-12-09
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • James D. Miller, 79, of Cabot, went to his home of eternal rest after several years of failing, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, surrounded by his family at the Good Samaritan Hospice. Born Dec. 9, 1934, in Allegheny Township, Butler County, he was the son of the late James C. Miller and Mabel E. Benson Miller. Jim was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Herman, long term Grand Commander of Alhambra, 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Bricklayers Union for 57 years. One of Jim's first jobs was a laborer for a masonry crew on a school in Wesley, where he ran into members of his future wife's family. He worked his way up to a bricklayer, working all over the area. He operated a sawmill and made pallets while working at the Freeport Brick Yard. He started building houses with the help of his brother in the late 60's, continuing to this day. He enjoyed his family, traveling, gambling and his work. Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Joan Schiebel Miller; his children, Debbie (Angelo "Butch") Marcucci, of Butler, Doug (Cathy) Miller, of Cabot, and J. Kevin (Lynn) Miller, of Cabot; his brother, Edward C. (Pat) Miller, of South Carolina; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Calvin Miller; and one sister, Reatha Payne. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., Saxonburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church with Father Ward Stakem officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Herman. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church, 821 Herman Road, Butler, PA 16002 or E.W.T.N., 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210. http://www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Brinker, Elwood L.

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2014-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Elwood L. Brinker, of Connellsville, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., Connellsville, and will be announced when complete.
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Bucci, Renee Na-Na M. 56

  • Dunbar
  • Died: 2014-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Renee Marie "Na-Na" Bucci, 56, of Dunbar, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 10, 2014, surrounded by her family. In honoring Renee's wishes, a memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, (724) 628-9033, with Monsignor J. Edward McCullough as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, Renee's family requests donations be made to the Sam Bucci Memorial Field Fund, c/o Living Word Evangelical Free Church, 222 Rieger Road, Butler, PA 16001. To sign the online guest registry, visit the funeral home's website at www martuccifuneralhome com.
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Homer Sr., Paul J. 79

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1934-09-09
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Paul J. Homer Sr., 79, of Dunbar, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. He is survived by five grandchildren, Victoria Pletcher and Paul J. III, Christopher, Nicholas and Emily Homer; nine great-grandchildren, Nicole, Megan, Sterling, John, Grace, Taylor, Bryce, Collyn and Sydney; and three great-great-grandchildren, Landen, Liam and Natalia. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 9 p.m. Friday with Parastas service at 8 p.m. Friday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Panachida service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church, with Father Ronald Larko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. St. Macrina Cemetery.
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Nicholson, Viola G. 96

  • Durand , Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1918-02-26
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Viola G. Nicholson, 96, of Durand, Mich., formerly of Connellsville, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Durand, Mich. She was born Feb. 26, 1918, in Bullskin Township, a daughter of the late Lawrence E. and Isabelle May Minerd. Viola was a former member of the Cherry Tree Alliance Church in Uniontown. Viola is survived by her children, Larry F. Nicholson, of Florida, and Sharon L. Kessler and husband, Robert, of Kentucky; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Viola was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, Viola was predeceased by her husband, Boyd C. Nicholson, Sept. 4, 1970; her children, Florence Lorraine Overton, Nancy LuHellier and Ronald B. Nicholson; her sisters, Bertha Minerd, Ruth Burns, Anna Mae Nelson and Verna Belle Walker; and her brothers, Earl C. Minerd and Lawrence "Larry" Minerd Jr. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, the hour of a funeral service in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, with Pastor R. W. Ellenberger officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To send a message or leave condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Greene County

Whyel, Robert Bobby Woo 61

  • Waynesburg , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Robert "Bobby Woo" Whyel, 61, of Waynesburg, formerly of North Braddock, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the father of Robert "Rob" Whyel and Randy (Lori) Whyel, both of Waynesburg; grandfather of Laurel Marie and R.J. Whyel; brother of Pauline (late Jimmy) Blasko, of North Huntingdon, Fran (late Phil) Cibak, of North Huntingdon, Dee (John) Arnold, of North Versailles, John (Arlene) Whyel, of Massachusetts, Alice (Lawrence) Kobulinsky, of Florida, Joe (Patricia) Whyel, of McKeesport, Geniveve (John) Bowser, of Butler, and Tom (Diane) Whyel, of North Braddock, the late Harry (surviving wife, Theresa) Whyel, of Delmont; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a former member of the North Braddock Volunteer Fire Department. Friends will be welcome 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Opauski, Marsha R. 50

  • Indiana
  • Born: 1964-01-30
  • Died: 2014-04-01
  • Funeral Home: Robinson-Lytle, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Marsha R. Opauski, 50, of Indiana, Pa., went to her eternal home in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She passed peacefully with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 30, 1964, in Denver, Colo., a daughter of Joseph and Evelyn (Plance) Opauski. Marsha grew up in Mosgrove/Kittanning and graduated from Kittanning Senior High School and Lenape Vocational Technical School. She later obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Marsha enjoyed attending Grace United Methodist Church, participating in prison ministries and being an active member in her bible study group. She enjoyed helping others to better themselves and was a leader with her church and friends. Marsha is survived by her parents, Joseph and Evelyn Opauski, of Murrysville; her companion, Tom Vincent, of Indiana, Pa., his children, Christa and Kayla, and his grandchildren, Thomas, Taza and Lily; two brothers, Joseph T. Opauski and wife, Kimberly Kroehle, and their children, Katherine and Natalie, and Charles Opauski and his children, Tina, Katelyn and Thomas. In keeping with Marsha's firm request, there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kathy Mihoerck and Pastor Denny Marshall officiating. A private interment will be held at Irwin Union Cemetery. ROBINSON-LYTLE INC. is in charge of arrangements. We extend special thanks to the nursing and clinical staff at Indiana Regional Medical Center for its devoted care and support of Marsha and her immediate family. We thank Marsha's extended family and friends for their appreciation of this remarkable woman. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 or Grace United Methodist Church, 712 Church St., Indiana, PA 15701. http://www.robinsonlytleinc.com.
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Ramsden, M. Lynn 65

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1949-02-06
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • M. Lynn (Ashley) Ramsden, 65, of Blairsville, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, Pa. The daughter of Richard C. Ashley and Marguerite (Kinkead) Ashley, she was born Feb. 6, 1949, in Latrobe. Lynn was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed watching QVC. Prior to her retirement in 1989, she worked for Westinghouse Specialty Metals, Blairsville. Surviving are her husband, Karl R. Ramsden, whom she married June 29, 1978; two stepchildren, Sally Harris (Paul), of Blairsville, and Robert Ramsden (Nancy), of New Alexandria; six stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; father, Richard Ashley, of Derry; brother, Keith Ashley, of Harrisburg; two sisters, Jo Ann Ridilla (James), of Derry, and Lori Chendy (John), of Jeannette; three nieces, Alicia Taluskie, of Hagerstown, Md., Molly Ridilla, of Latrobe, and Lauren Ashley, of Harrisburg; nephew, Zach Ashley, of Harrisburg; four great-nephews; and one great-niece. She was preceded in death by her mother. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, in the funeral home, with Father Stephen R. Bugay officiating. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Klingerman, Robert H. 74

  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Born: 1939-10-10
  • Died: 2014-04-17
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  • Robert Harvey Klingerman, 74, of Knoxville, Tenn., went to his final rest Thursday, April 17, 2014, at home, surrounded by family. He was born Nov. 10, 1939, in Freeland, Pa. Valedictorian of his high school, he earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University. He married the love of his life, Eleanor Jean Deemer, in August 1963. Throughout their 50-plus years of marriage, they lived in several locations: Jeannette; Medford Lakes, N.J.; Lake Orion, Mich.; and Knoxville, Tenn. Bob's early career was highlighted by innovation in vacuum heating technology, culminating as president of WJ Savage Company (Savage Saws) for more than 20 years. His career included extensive travels to all corners of the earth. Bob was a longtime member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, where he was an adult Sunday school teacher for more than 20 years. He was an avid reader, chef and model train enthusiast, but his greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Emma Klingerman, of Morrisville, Pa. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Jean Klingerman; sons, Jeff Klingerman and wife, Kerry, of Weddington, N.C., and Timothy Klingerman and wife, Kimberly, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Nathan Klingerman and wife, Kekka, of Huntersville, N.C., Kyle, Derek and Meghan Klingerman, of Weddington, N.C., and Caleb, Matthew and Ethan Klingerman, of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Eleanor Cipriano and husband, Don, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and brother-in-law, Jim Deemer and wife, Lori, of Phoenix, Ariz. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, with funeral services following at 7 p.m. with Dr. Kenny Faught officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the KiMe Fund, focused on finding a cure for Parkinson's: Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund P.O. Box 770001, Cincinnati, OH 45277-0053, KiMe Fund - Giving Account No. 1039334. Online condolences may be extended at http://www.rosemortuary.com. Arrangements by ROSE MORTUARY MANN HERITAGE CHAPEL.
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Reesman, Dennis F. 61

  • New Bethlehem
  • Born: 1953-01-22
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Bauer - Bly, Dayton | Get Directions
  • Dennis F. Reesman, 61, of New Bethlehem, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born Jan. 22, 1953, in Kittanning, the son of Wilson Reed Reesman and Bernice A. (Foster) Reesman. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Concord Presbyterian Church, 576 SR 1037, Dayton, with Pastor David D. Murphy officiating. Arrangements are being handled by BAUER-BLY FUNERAL HOME INC. Contributions may be made in Dennis' memory to the American Cancer Society, Armstrong Unit, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, Orphans of the Storm, PO Box 838, Kittanning, PA 16021 or a charity of the donor's choice. To read a complete obituary or express a condolence to Dennis' family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Schuster, Raymond

  • Clearwater, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Millvale | Get Directions
  • Raymond Schuster, of Clearwater, Fla., died Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was a son of the late John and Sophie Schuster; brother of Mildred Baumgard, of Beaver Falls, and the late John, Charles, Father Herbert, Lawrence, Joseph, Vincent Schuster and Hilda Pappert; also survived by many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Raymond attended St. Anthony School and Church and followed his father as president of the Holy Name Society. He attended North Catholic High School, graduating in 1944. He served in the Navy during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. Returning home, he worked for Crucible Steel Company, moving to Florida, where he became interested in sales and, for many years, was employed by upscale gentlemen's clothing stores, retiring in 2008. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave., Millvale (next to Holy Spirit Parish), 412-821-3700. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Church.
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Spengler Jr., Carl F.

  • Redmond, Wash.
  • Died: 2014-04-04
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  • Carl F. "Bud" Spengler Jr., died Friday, April 4, 2014, at Emerald Heights, Redmond, Wash. Born in New York City, the son of Carl and Gladys Spengler, Bud graduated from Ross High School, Fremont, Ohio, in 1947 and from The Ohio State University in 1953. After serving in the Air Force, Bud enjoyed a successful career in employee benefits, retiring as an executive from Johnson and Higgins in 1987. Bud is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy (Curtin) Spengler; children, Ric (Alysse), Jeff (Cindy), Susan (John) Rhodes and Libby (David) Miller; and 12 grandchildren.
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Swiderski, Elizabeth Lib A. 84

  • Ocala, Fla. , Formerly of Brook Park, Ohio
  • Born: 1929-12-23
  • Died: 2014-04-16
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  • Elizabeth A. "Lib" Swiderski, 84, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Brook Park, Ohio, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Hawthorne Village of Ocala. She was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Hecla, a daughter of the late Steve and Mary Sefchick. After retiring from a career in retail sales, she and her husband Andrew moved to Ocala from Brook Park, in 1989. She enjoyed needlepoint, word puzzles and volunteering at the Oak Run Library. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph Sefchick and Stephen Sefchick; and sister, Ann Sefchick. Lib is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, Andrew, of Ocala; son, David Swiderski and his wife, Mary Ann, of Oviedo, Fla.; and brother, Martin Sefchick, of Norvelt. The funeral procession was held this past Monday, April 21, 2014, from the HIERS-BAXLEY TIMBERRIDGE CHAPEL, 9695 SW 110th St., Ocala, FL 34481, to the shelter committal at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.hiers-baxley.com.
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Whitner, Addie D. 65

  • Born: 1948-08-24
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: House Of Jackson Memorial Chapel, Donora | Get Directions
  • Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at St. Paul Baptist Church, 49 South McKean Ave., Donora, with service to follow on Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m. with the Pastor, Rev. Lee Haney, officiating. Interment will be with military honors at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil, Township, Pa. Final celebration has been gently placed in the hands of HOUSE OF JACKSON MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 546 Thompson Ave., Donora, 724-379-5420, Karl Jackson, funeral director.
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Wymard, Francis X.

  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis X. Wymard, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Rachel (Walton) Wymard and the late Mary (Dacey) Wymard and Ellin (Hahn) Wymard; father of Francis Dacey (Katherine) Wymard and Katherine Fitzpatrick Wymard; grandfather of Harper Dacey Wymard; and brother of Joseph M. Wymard (Ellie), James A. Wymard (Sara) and the late William F. Wymard and John P. Wymard. There will be no visitation. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Calvary Episcopal Church. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com. Remembrances may be made to Sheldon Calvary Camp c/o Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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